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Lynchings that occurred 100 years ago are still linked to the death of black people today: study

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America’s brutal racist past still has a hold on the present—in the most tragic way.

A new study published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities found that counties with the highest rates of lynchings between 1877 and 1950 had higher mortality rates between 2010 and 2014.

While the death rates were far worse for blacks than for whites, white people in the counties also had lower life spans than their counterparts in counties with fewer historical lynchings.

Researchers adjusted for a wide range of socio-economic factors that could impact mortality rates, including access to health insurance, education levels and unemployment and still found higher mortality rates linked to lynchings in the past.

It’s not clear how the trauma of lynchings is passed down through the generations, the researchers note. But by their nature, lynchings were a terrorist act designed to have as wide of an impact as possible—a message to society at large.

‘The common image of a hanged individual surrounded by a white crowd portrays an almost calm death scene,” the researchers noted in their introduction. “Extensive torture frequently preceded the eventual death, and mutilation of the body by the assembled crowd was expected. Of note, photographs of lynching victims and the perpetrators were circulated as a way of disseminating the event’s terror message more broadly.”

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“Strange fruit yields strange harvest, among both black and white populations,” researcher Janice Probst said. “While we cannot change the past, we can identify key problems and work to change the future.”

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‘This is ridiculous’: ex-prosecutor rips Democrats for not even swearing-in Hope Hicks before her testimony

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The House Judiciary Committee failed in how they went about interviewing Hope Hicks, the longtime Trump advisor who rose to White House communications director.

On Thursday, the committee released a 273-page transcript of Hicks testimony behind closed doors.

For analysis, MSNBC "Hardball" anchor Chris Matthews interviewed former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne.

Lawyers representing Hicks repeatedly objected to her answer questions.

"What is this thing, this word objection? This is loaded, all this wasted paper, a lot of this paper simply has the word objection on it," Matthews said, holding up a 271-page printout of Hicks' transcript.

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Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump has cut her out of his life — he virtually never calls her anymore

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Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks was broadly considered to be one of President Donald Trump's favorite staffers.

But when she left the administration in 2018, the president virtually cut off ties to her, and has only spoken with her five times since then, according to the transcript of the closed-door hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday:

In her interview, Hope Hicks says she has only spoken to Trump between five and ten times since she left the White House in February 2018. (He used to call that much in a day.) They last spoke in April, when they had dinner. Our story from yesterday:https://t.co/3gzVY21c3z pic.twitter.com/VMZqhnbgib

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Elections regulator warns foreign intrusion into US campaigns is already happening

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In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Federal Elections Commission is warning that there is already foreign intrusion in the U.S. campaigns.

FEC chair Ellen L. Weintraub was forced to issue a statement after President Donald Trump said that he wasn't sure what he would do if a foreign government approached him with "dirt" on his political opponent. He said that he "might" tell the FBI but would likely hear what they had to say. He said that it wasn't illegal, but Weintraub issued a statement reiterating that it is illegal.

"I am particularly concerned about the risk of illicit funds and foreign support influencing our political system. Foreign dark money represents a significant vulnerability for American democracy. We do not know the extent to which our political campaigns receive foreign dark money, but we do know that the political money can be weaponized by well-funded hostile powers," the letter warned.

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