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NYPD chief Bratton rips Ted Cruz: Calling for anti-Muslim ‘patrols’ is why he won’t be president

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New York City Police Chief Bill Bratton denounced Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) proposal for increased “patrols” against Muslim communities, Capital New York reported.

“I would remind the senator that he lives in the United States of America, and the statements he made today is why he’s not gonna become the president of this country,” Bratton said during a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We don’t need a president that doesn’t respect the values that form the foundation of this country.”

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The Republican presidential candidate called for the “patrols” shortly after the attacks by members of the Islamic State group in Brussels earlier in the day.

“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” Cruz said on his Facebook page.

According to the Washington Post, Cruz’s campaign later said that, should he be elected president, his administration would revive the surveillance program formerly used by Bratton’s department, saying that de Blasio scuttled it because of “political correctness.”

Both de Blasio and Bratton pointed out that the NYPD has more than 900 active Muslim officers.

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“I have over 900 very dedicated officers in this department, many of whom do double duty,” Bratton said. “They serve as active duty members of the U.S. Military in combat, something the senator has never seen.”

Watch footage from the press conference, as posted online, below.

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Modi tells Xi summit will launch ‘new era’ for India and China

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday that his summit with Chinese leader Xi Xinping would launch a "new era" between the neighbours who are seeking to overcome troublesome differences.

Modi and Xi strolled along a pristine Bay of Bengal beach and held one-on-one talks overlooking the ocean before their delegations sat down to official negotiations at the historic resort town of Mahbalipuram, south of Chennai.

The two leaders are meeting for the second time in a year in a bid to ease tensions over border disputes, the troubled Kashmir region and China's domination of trade between their huge economies.

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Trump calls for impeachment of Mitt Romney for criticizing him in rambling tweet

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Hours after Donald Trump attacked Sen. Mitt Romney for being critical of his call for the Chinese to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, the president was back for another round, calling for the Utah Republiocan to be impeached.

Claiming without evidence that voters in Utah are turning on their senator, Trump claimed, "I’m hearing that the Great People of Utah are considering their vote for their Pompous Senator, Mitt Romney, to be a big mistake. I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats!" followed by:  #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY

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Trump claimed ‘inequality is down’ — one day later federal data showed the exact opposite is true

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"The separation between rich and poor from 2017 and 2018 was greater than it has ever been."

Federal data released Thursday showed U.S. income inequality in 2018 reached the highest level since the Census Bureau began measuring it five decades ago, a finding that comes less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump said "inequality is down."

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