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WATCH: White Georgia woman defends confederate statues by ranting that slavery ‘wasn’t so bad’

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During a city hall meeting debate on whether Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston’s name should remain in a local park in Georgia, a white woman said slavery wasn’t that bad.

Mary Stevens referenced census data that shows an increased in blacks in the south. “And you see … every decade, there is an increase in free blacks in the South as opposed to in the North,” she said. “So had slavery been so bad for the freed slaves, they would have left the South.”

She said every race throughout history was subjected to slavery. “Every race throughout history has either had slaves or been slaves at one time or another,” she said.

She even claimed the Civil War was not about slavery.

“The war was not about slavery,” said Stevens. “Read Lincoln’s inaugural address that said he was fighting to keep the Union, not slavery. Georgia was named after King George II, who approved of slavery. Should we change the name of our state? America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, who took slaves on his voyages.”

Commissioner Lisa Cupid, spoke up afterward to fact-check Stevens’ claims and called them offensive.

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“I was deeply offended by some of the statements that were made this morning by the previous speaker,” Cupid said. “I am not here to refute the fact that there may have been slaves other than persons who were African American, but there is numerous documentation and historical evidence that [the] chattel slavery that blacks were subject to in America was not comparable to that of any other race.”

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Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a proposed Texas law banning guns in secure airport areas. Supporters say it’s still needed.

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Federal law already makes it illegal for most people to possess a weapon on secure parts of an airport tarmac. The bill was aimed at also allowing local law enforcement, especially at smaller airports, to take action in the face of an emergency.

A state representative says action is still needed after Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed his bill that would have allowed local authorities to bring charges against people who carry a gun in a secure area of a Texas airport.

Federal law already makes it illegal for a person or airport employee to possess a weapon on secure parts of the airport tarmac. State Rep. Rafael Anchía, a Democrat from Dallas, wanted to give state officials the same jurisdiction as federal agents in such a case, partially so that smaller commercial airports wouldn’t have to wait for a federal agent to arrive on site in order to take action in the face of an emergency.

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Judge drops the hammer on ‘possibly criminal’ Alex Jones for his unhinged rant against Sandy Hook families

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A Connecticut judge this week sanctioned InfoWars host Alex Jones after he uncorked an unhinged rant against attorneys representing the families of Sandy Hook victims who are suing him for defamation.

CNN reports that Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis slammed Jones in court on Tuesday and called his attacks on the Sandy Hook families and their attorneys "indefensible," "unconscionable," and "possibly criminal behavior."

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‘Where?’: Trump fans told to seek shelter from storm after waiting in line for hours

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President Donald Trump is scheduled to launch his campaign Tuesday evening. But his supporters are being told to seek shelter as the weather gets worse.

Trump supporters held tailgates and by noon Tuesday, thousands were waiting to enter the arena. That's when it began to rain and within hours the rain turned into storms.

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