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Furious parent rips Arkansas school board member over shocking blackface photos

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An Arkansas school board member apologized Monday for a photo that circulated on social media of himself wearing blackface.

In the photo, Blevins School Board member Ted Bonner painted his face black, distressed his teeth and carried a sign reading “Blak [sic] Lives Matters,” Arkansasmatters.com reports. Sources told the news site Bonner wore the costume at a Halloween party in October.

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Blevins Superintendent Billy Lee said Bonner apologized at a school board meeting Monday. He noted there is no mechanism in place to remove Bonner before his term is up, but the school board member could opt to step down.

“A superintendent doesn’t have any power to address a problem on the part of an individual board member. Board members are collectively the boss of the superintendent,” Arkansas School Boards Association staff attorney Kristen Garner told KATV.

In a statement, school board President Justice West called the incident “upsetting and distasteful”:

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“That action does not represent the values of the Blevins School District, the school board, or our community. However, the school board nor the school administration holds the power under the law to discipline or remove a school board member, only the voters have that power during the next school board election. The issue was addressed at Monday nights’ board meeting along with a sincere apology from the individual board member for the thoughtless act.”

But an apology is not enough for many, including Faye Smith, who has two boys in the Blevins school district, who said Bonner’s blackface costume was “appalling” and “inappropriate.”

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“Why is blackface funny?” Smith asked. “I mean, we have a whole race of people who don’t think looking in the mirror is a joke.”

“I don’t appreciate the fact that you’re mocking the thing that I’m teaching my boys is something to be proud of,” she added.
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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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