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‘I’m shooting up the school’: Woman arrested for threatening massacre at Emory University

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Police in the US state of Georgia arrested a female university student who threatened to open fire on classmates, authorities said Monday, as the country deals with a spate of campus shootings.

Emily Sakamoto, 21, a second-year student at Emory University in Atlanta, was arrested Sunday after posting the threat online.

She was detained after her classmates notified authorities about the message, which was posted on the Yik Yak mobile app, which allows users to see posts in a radius of up to five miles (eight kilometers).

Sakamoto’s arrest came just over a week after a gunman killed nine people at a community college in the state of Oregon.

“I’m shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms,” Sakamoto’s threat said, according local broadcaster WXIA-TV.

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“The ones on the quad are the ones who will go first,” the message said, according to the station.

The message was up for just minutes, but several students saw it and one called 911 emergency services, Emory University said in a statement.

“At this time a sophomore student has confessed to sending the message and has been arrested,” the university told students in a campus-wide email.

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Sakamoto is accused of “making terrorist threats against the university as a result of a social media message that she posted early Sunday morning,” the university said in a statement.

She was being held in the Newton County jail pending arraignment, the university said.

On Friday, President Barack Obama met in Oregon with relatives of victims of the deadly October 1 rampage there, as shootings on two more school campuses left two people dead and four wounded.

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Obama has angrily called on Congress to do more, warning that failure to act on gun control was a “political decision,” and vowing to keep pushing for reform.


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Trump’s racist attacks on Dem lawmakers are a test run in case he faces Kamala Harris in 2020: MSNBC contributor

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Speaking with host Alex Witt on Sunday afternoon, an MSNBC contributor speculated that Donald Trump's racist attack on four female Democrats -- none of whom are white -- was a test run to see how far he can go attacking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) should she be his opponent in the 2020 general election.

According to Democratic strategist Don Calloway, Trump may not have a grand strategy, but he's in "campaign mode" which brings out his barely concealed inner-racist.

"I'm not one to ascribe a strategy to the president when it's clear he's not a deep thinker, but he is, however, in campaign mode," he explained. "I see this as a good campaign device for him to gin up his base, fueled by the xenophobia and race-based hatred."

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In a column for the Daily Beast, a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives laid out a simple way to force lawyers advising aides to Donald Trump to defy Congressional subpoenas -- or avoiding one themselves -- to stop giving bad advice by moving to have them disbarred.

According to Brad Miller, who represented North Carolina in Congress between 2003 and 2013, the way in which former President Bill Clinton's impeachment was handled -- and the penalty he eventually received -- is a road map for legal retaliation even if Democrats in Congress won't do it.

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Lara Trump snarls at critics of ‘send her back’ for pushing a ‘biased, racially-charged narrative’

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Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump's son Eric, has accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of pushing a "biased, racially-charged narrative" after he criticized her recent defense of the Trump administration over the "send her back" scandal.

This article first appeared on Salon.

"Anyone insinuating that there was some premeditated plan to orchestrate the “send her back” chant is obviously desperate to continue pushing a biased, racially-charged narrative. #FakeNews," Trump posted to her Twitter account on Saturday. She included a link to the Washington Examiner, a right-leaning newspaper which included a quote from Cooper blasting Trump for supposedly "lying" about her role in whipping up a crowd to chant "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

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