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Texas police chief creates new position for himself after ‘resigning’ over racist rant

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According to a Dallas/Ft. Worth CBS affiliate, a school board member and police chief in Commerce, Texas have resigned amid controversy surrounding board member Michael Beane’s racist tirade against a black beauty queen in May.

In late May, a 23-year-old woman named Carmen Ponder swerved to avoid an erratically-driven truck — and was soon confronted in a Walmart parking lot by elected school board member Beane, who began screaming at her. Beane put his hands on her and called her a “black b*tch” for swerving around what was later revealed to be his 14-year-old daughter, whom he was teaching how to drive without a permit.

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Ponder initially believed the man who yelled at her was Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews, because she was asked to apologize to “the police chief” for upsetting him by an off-duty officer– a man police now say is Crews. When Ponder refused, she was arrested and spent the night in jail.

Now, both Police Chief Crews and Board Member Beane have resigned amid the nationwide backlash from the story. The Root noted that although Crews resigned as police chief on Monday, he is taking a position as assistant to the city manager — a position he created.

“Neither Beane nor Crews accept responsibility for their actions, nor the pain they caused Ms. Ponder, but they have been sure to paint themselves as victims of the Black Lives Matter movement. Ms. Ponder’s experience with both of these men shows why they would allude to this,” Lee Merritt, Ponder’s attorney, told The Root.

 

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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report

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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.

“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.

By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.

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‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’

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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."

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