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Muslim inmates in Alaska fed pork during Ramadan: activists

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A federal judge granted a restraining order Thursday forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramadan, rights campaigners said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming Anchorage Correctional Complex had violated constitutional prohibitions against “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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CAIR said the US District Court for Alaska had granted its request for an emergency temporary order requiring guards to provide adequate meals in accordance with government health guidelines.

“CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president,” the Washington-based organization said in a statement.

Muslims are currently marking the holy month of Ramadan, fasting from dawn until sunset, which means going without food for around 18 hours in Anchorage.

Inmates observing the festival are given rations equating to 1,100 calories a day at most, according to the complaint, far short of the recommended daily amount of around 2,500 calories for men.

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The packages contain food made of pork, which is forbidden in Islam, rendering the actual nutritional value of the meals even more inadequate.

CAIR said the treatment contravened the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and violated First and 14th Amendment rights to equal protection and free exercise of religion.

The suit seeks a “balanced nutritional diet” for inmates, as well as policy changes and compensatory and punitive damages.

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The Alaska corrections department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ramadan began on May 16 in the United States and will end on or around June 15.


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NYT columnist has identified the one man who could be an even worse president than Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump has not even been in office for three full years, yet already historians are ranking him as one of the worst American leaders of all time.

But could America do even worse?

Farhad Manjoo, a columnist for The New York Times, conducted a "thought experiment" to imagine how voters could do even worse.

"What sort of character do we have to imagine occupying the White House in 2029 to make lefties like myself feel even a slight pang of nostalgia for the good old days of Donald J. Trump?" he wondered.

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Trump accuses critics of sedition during post-golf Twitter rant full of conspiracy theories

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President Donald Trump returned to the White House from Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Saturday and proceded to air his grievances on his favorite social media platform.

Trump began by complaining about the "demented deep state" and a "probably illegal" partnership between Democrats and the media.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1175492022662287361

The president then retweeted a conspiracy theory by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) falsely claiming there had been a coup planned against the administration.

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GOP Senate candidate is worried he’ll lose if 2020 is a referendum on Donald Trump

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In 2018, Republican John James challenged Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and closely embraced President Donald Trump. He lost by 6.5% points.

In 2020, James is running for U.S. Senate once again, this time challenging Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) -- but is attempting to distance himself from the unpopular commander-in-chief.

“A vote for me is a vote for me,” James told MLive.com.

"This race isn’t about President Trump," he argued.

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