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‘We’re being hunted’: Philando Castile’s mom accuses cops of ‘silent war against African-Americans’

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The mother of a Minnesota man who was shot and killed by police Wednesday night accused law enforcement of conducting a “silent war against African-American people.”

The morning after Falcon Heights police shot Philando Castile during what was described as a “routine” traffic stop, Valerie Castile told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that her son was killed because there are “no checks and balances in the justice system.”

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“A lot of our African-American men, women and children are being executed by the police,” she remarked. “And there are no consequences.”

“I feel like it’s becoming more and more repetitive,” Valerie Castile continued. “Every day you hear of another black person being shot down, gunned down by the people that’s supposed to protect us. My son was a law abiding citizen and he did nothing wrong.”

The mother noted that she had not been permitted to identify her son’s body, and that a Facebook live stream of the aftermath by Philando Castile’s girlfriend was the only reason the family had details about the shooting.

“You see them saying that there’s no profiling, but there is,” she insisted. “We’re being hunted every day. It’s a silent war against African-American people as a whole.”

“I believe because everyone is getting acquitted it’s like open season,” Valerie Castile concluded. “If you don’t hold people accountable for what they do then they feel like they can just do anything.”

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Very much a student of New Deal economics, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has often stressed that helping the unemployed during an economic downturn not only helps those who are out of work — it also benefits the economy on the whole. Krugman made that point many times during the Great Recession, and in a column published this week, the liberal economist warns that the “coronavirus recession of 2020” will become even worse if unemployed Americans don’t receive the help that they need.

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‘Friday Night Massacre’ at US Postal Service as Postmaster General—a major Trump donor—ousts top officials

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Government watchdogs, Democratic lawmakers, and pro-democracy advocates declared it a "Friday Night Massacre" for the U.S. Postal Service after news broke in a classic end-of-the-week dump that Louis DeJoy—a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump and the recently appointed Postmaster General—had issued a sweeping overhaul of the agency, including the ouster of top executives from key posts and the reshuffling of more than two dozen other officials and operational managers.

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Virus outbreak in Houston-area nursing home kills 17

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A novel coronavirus outbreak at a Missouri City nursing home, outside of Houston, has killed 17 residents, according to data from state officials.

City officials issued a press release this week raising alarm over 19 deaths that they said occurred at the Paradigm at First Colony Nursing Home but nursing home officials told The Texas Tribune that the number is incorrect and declined to provide the correct number.

The city also reported that the facility has 24 infected staff members and the nursing home reported 11 currently infected residents who are in stable condition.

“This harrowing development speaks to the severity of this pandemic and how everyone needs to take it even more seriously,” said Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford of the outbreak in a Wednesday press release.

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