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Oklahoma bully’s mom justifies attack on gay teen: ‘This kid called him a rapist’

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An Oklahoma middle-schooler claims he was beaten up by a classmate because he’s gay — but the other student’s mother claims her son is the victim.

The attack was recorded on cell phone video March 8 at Highland West Middle School, and the other teen was cited for assault, reported KFOR-TV.

“All of a sudden, I felt something hit my face then hit my head against the locker,” said Blake, a seventh-grader at the Moore school.

But the other student’s mother said Blake had been tormenting her son, who is autistic.

“This kid called him a rapist, and basically my son just snapped,” said Rachael Clymer, the alleged bully’s mother. “It is not okay that he physically snapped, but he didn’t just go the school and walk up to the kid and hit this child for no reason. He had been verbally attacked for months.”

It’s not clear why Blake made the accusation against the other teen, but his parents say the school has been hesitant to take action because the other boy takes part in an individualized education program.

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“It shouldn’t matter what the child – whether you have IEP or anything, there should be zero tolerance for that,” said Brandy Miner, Blake’s mother.

Principal Dan Schwartz said the school was investigating the assault but declined to comment any further, but the assailant’s mother insisted the attack wasn’t over Blake’s sexuality.

“I think that is absolutely ridiculous,” Clymer said. “(He) has grown up with three family members who are gay, and that’s – no, absolutely not.”

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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People are calling Denver’s newest city council member a communist — but she’d rather be called an anarchist

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On April 10, Candi CdeBaca’s 33rd birthday, Denver’s second “bomb cyclone” of the year brought snow and heavy wind, and knocked out power in some areas, including at CdeBaca’s house in Elyria-Swansea. When CdeBaca, then a Denver City Council candidate, finally got power back and turned on her phone, she saw she had an unusually high number of missed calls and messages. Birthday wishes, she assumed.

“There was a death threat,” she said. “There were two of them within an hour. One of them said, ‘I was trained to kill commie shit like you.’”

The context: At a candidate forum on April 7, CdeBaca offered some remarks that, to many, sounded like she was advocating a Communist form of government.

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Iran says new ‘mentally retarded’ Trump sanctions mean ‘permanent closure’ of diplomacy

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Iran said Tuesday that new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader meant a “permanent closure” of diplomacy, while the country’s president labelled the White House “mentally retarded” as tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week.

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