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‘Thug granny’ who went berserk on two black soldiers gets charged with battery

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The 70-something year old white Georgia woman who, along with her son, launched an attack Saturday that many describe as both racist and homophobic, has been charged. Video of the assault, showing her hitting one of the two Black women soldiers in a restaurant, went viral.

Judy Tucker has been charged with battery, The Associated Press reports. She had been taken into custody Saturday and released on $650 bond.

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“A Bibb County Sheriff’s report says Judy James Tucker told deputies it all started because she’s white and it was a race issue,” the AP says.

The report says 34-year-old Stephanie Mitchell told deputies that Tucker’s adult son, Robbie, used obscene, sexist language as he told her and 27-year-old Treasure Sharpe to “learn how to park” on Saturday. Then, report says, the Tuckers followed the uniformed women inside, where Robbie Tucker called them “black lesbian b——.”

At one point, Sharpe says “I’m pregnant,” and Robbie Tucker says “Oh really, by her?”

Queerty notes that “Tucker is, er, was the proud owner of Judy Tucker’s Complete Art Restoration. Since the appalling video surfaced, however, she has shut down her website and evidently closed up shop.”

The restaurant has banned Tucker.

“The Cheddar’s restaurant chain sent NBC affiliate station 11alive the following statement: ‘We were appalled by the behavior of the individuals who confronted the two female service members. Such behavior flies in the face of our values and those individuals are no longer welcome in our restaurant,'” The Daily Dot reports.

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And Tucker appears to have lost an occasional teaching job.

“Judy Tucker is not currently employed at Mercer University. She has occasionally taught an art class in the past, but will not be teaching at Mercer in the future,” the school told WUSA9.


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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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Fox News poll spells doom for GOP in Arizona

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The GOP's chances in Arizona have not looked this bad in years.

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A new Fox News poll of registered voters in the Grand Canyon State shows Democrat Mark Kelly miles ahead of Republican Sen. Martha McSally — 50% to 37% — with 8% undecided.

Further, McSally's problems appear to come from within her own party. While Kelly enjoys the support of nearly 90% of Democrats, only 73% of Arizona Republicans back McSally.

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Trump may come to regret his big celebration of a small dip in unemployment

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Though the unemployment rate remains in the double-digits, the official unemployment numbers are slightly lower than economists expected, prompting self-congratulations by President Donald Trump.

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Indeed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May as the economy added 2.5 million jobs. The high April number was the worst that the American workforce had seen since monthly record-keeping began in 1948, and almost certainly the worst since the Great Depression. White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicted last month that unemployment would rise above 20 percent, a view that was widely shared by economists.

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