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The managing editor of a military publication blasted Ohio congressional candidate J.R. Majewski for embellishing his military service record.
The U.S. Air Force veterans misleadingly claimed to have been deployed to combat in Afghanistan, offered a laughable excuse for the discrepancy, and then was caught misrepresenting his past punishment and demotion -- and Task & Purpose managing editor Jared Keller called him out.
"In response to that initial report, Majewski claimed that, despite his status as a glorified plane loader at a rank just one notch above entry-level, his ostensible deployments to Afghanistan were 'classified' and that the Associated Press article — based on his own military records — represented a 'hit piece,'" Keller wrote.
House Republicans pulled nearly $1 million in ad spending from Majewski campaign after the revelations first surfaced, although the Ohio GOP hasn't offered a response, and Keller said the candidate stands to lose support from the military community.
"Among active-duty service members and military veterans gearing up to vote in the midterm elections this November, the label of 'stolen valor' — lying about or deliberately exaggerating the details of one’s military service — may end up hurting the Majewski campaign more than any claims of 'classified' service can fix," he wrote.
On Thursday, WRAL reported that a community in Harnett County, North Carolina is up in arms over a Halloween decoration that appears to depict a man hanging from a tree.
"This display, shared hundreds of times on Facebook, shows what appears to be a fully-dressed man with his hands tied behind his back hanging from a tree outside a home in Coats," said the report. "Investigators with the Harnett County’s Sheriff Office tell WRAL the family says it was Halloween decoration meant to look like a farmer. Some residents say the display had racist undertones."
According to the report, the family, which is Hispanic, has taken down the decoration after it prompted social media outrage and an investigation by the county sheriff's office. "Investigators said the family took down the display after realizing the hurt it caused within the community. They go on to say there aren’t policies banning such displays on private property."
"Those who saw it in person said this hits close to home for families of color," said the report. "'My daughter is biracial — she’s Black, white and Indian, and I don’t want her growing up seeing these things,' said Jenni Byrd."
While this display may not have had ill intent, racist Halloween decorations have caused controversy around the country over the years.
In 2017, a Virginia Halloween yard display that appeared to depict a Black man being lynched triggered protests. A similar display in 2018 was put up by the owner of the Kickstand bar in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, although the bar claimed that the hanged individual was supposed to be the Devil.
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Conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito this week responded to criticism from his liberal counterparts on the nation’s highest court.
“It goes without saying that everyone is free to express disagreement with our decisions and to criticize our reasoning as they see fit,” Alito told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “But saying or implying that the court is becoming an illegitimate institution or questioning our integrity crosses an important line.”
CNN noted that it “is rare for a justice to issue such a statement when asked for comment about an ongoing controversy.”
Earlier this year, Justice Elena Kagan said that the Supreme Court was losing its connection with the public. “That is a dangerous thing for democracy,” she added.
The conservative-dominated court has faced intense criticism after overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that enshrined a woman's right to an abortion, saying that individual states can now permit or restrict the procedure themselves.
"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the court said.
In the majority opinion, Alito said "abortion presents a profound moral issue on which Americans hold sharply conflicting views.
"The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion," he said.
The opinion shredded the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by the nation's highest court that said women had the right to abortion based on the constitutional right to privacy over their own bodies.
The ruling was made possible by the nomination of three conservative justices to the court by former Republican president Donald Trump -- Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
With additional reporting by AFP