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KKK Grand Dragon gets outed as Florida college student — and classmates want him gone

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Students at Jacksonville, Florida’s University of North Florida were shocked when they discovered their “normal”-looking classmate is a KKK “grand dragon.”

In interviews with The Tab, UNF students describe their interactions with Ken Parker, a well-known racist profiled multiple times for his hateful ideology.

Monique, a social studies education student who shares a Civil War and Reconstruction History class with the bigoted political science major said “you would never know he was the Grand Dragon of the KKK.”

“Honestly, he seems like a regular white guy. He’s very quiet,” Monique said. “You would never think he would advocate for the genocide of black people.”

She went on to say that it’s unsurprising to find this type of organized bigotry in Jacksonville, it’s still discomfiting.

“It does make me feel unsafe,” she said. “I haven’t had time to process it. I can’t even believe it.”

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Her one tip-off of something peculiar about Parker came during a class discussion about Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis, who was shot by a white man named Michael Dunn who thought he was playing his music too loud. She said Parker’s views on Davis’ murder were “reactionary.”

Upon discovering Parker’s identity, another student is calling for UNF to expel Parker, who has reportedly left the Klan for the neo-Nazi Nationalist Socialist movement.

“I would like to see the university address this more directly,” sociology student Casey Craig told The Tab. “This is a very crucial time for race relations and acceptance in America. Should he not be removed or asked to leave, students should be offered more protection and assurance that their rights will not be violated or endangered.”

Parker has been profiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations and publications, and is referred to as the Florida Grand Dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump has cut her out of his life — he virtually never calls her anymore

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Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks was broadly considered to be one of President Donald Trump's favorite staffers.

But when she left the administration in 2018, the president virtually cut off ties to her, and has only spoken with her five times since then, according to the transcript of the closed-door hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday:

In her interview, Hope Hicks says she has only spoken to Trump between five and ten times since she left the White House in February 2018. (He used to call that much in a day.) They last spoke in April, when they had dinner. Our story from yesterday:https://t.co/3gzVY21c3z pic.twitter.com/VMZqhnbgib

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Elections regulator warns foreign intrusion into US campaigns is already happening

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In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Federal Elections Commission is warning that there is already foreign intrusion in the U.S. campaigns.

FEC chair Ellen L. Weintraub was forced to issue a statement after President Donald Trump said that he wasn't sure what he would do if a foreign government approached him with "dirt" on his political opponent. He said that he "might" tell the FBI but would likely hear what they had to say. He said that it wasn't illegal, but Weintraub issued a statement reiterating that it is illegal.

"I am particularly concerned about the risk of illicit funds and foreign support influencing our political system. Foreign dark money represents a significant vulnerability for American democracy. We do not know the extent to which our political campaigns receive foreign dark money, but we do know that the political money can be weaponized by well-funded hostile powers," the letter warned.

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Trump’s anti-abortion rule attacking Planned Parenthood can go into effect in 49 states: appeals court

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According to the Associated Press, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump's domestic "gag rule" can take effect while litigation proceeds, potentially making it far harder for low-income women to access abortion care.

District judges in California, Oregon, and Washington previously blocked the rule from taking effect. But a three-judge panel in San Francisco today said that the rule was "reasonable" as an interpretation of federal law, and lifted the injunction preventing it from being enforced. The rule can now take effect in every state except Maryland, where another federal judge's order has still enjoined the policy.

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