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Ohio city comes together to scrub away racist ‘Hail Trump’ graffiti on victims’ home

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The day after a woman spray-painted a racial slur and the words “Hail Trump” on a for-sale house, residents of Toledo, Ohio came together to wash the words of hatred off their fellow citizen’s walls.

The Toledo Blade reported that 47-year-old Patricia Edelen was arrested and charged with ethnic intimidation and criminal mischief and property damage after she vandalized a house on her street with the Trump and Hitler-inspired slogan along with the words “n**gers keep out.” The report noted that the vandalism took place hours before the city’s annual African-American Parade a few miles away.

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Monica Davis, the realtor selling the property, posted a Facebook livestream as she went to investigate the graffiti, which neighbors witnessed and recorded prior to Edelen’s arrest. In the video, Davis’s realtor sign was visible mere feet away from the racial slur.

Minutes after the realtor posted her video, the Blade reported, “community members appeared bearing power hoses to help remove the graffiti.”

Toledo Councilman Yvonne Harper told the newspaper that she went straight from the African-American parade to the scene of the graffiti, which she described as “eerie” to witness in her town.

Another Toledo City Council member, Peter Ujvagi, posted photos of Toledo residents helping power-wash and scrub the hateful messages away.

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“Overnight a racist, hate crime [occurred] in Toledo,” he wrote. “Today a dozen Toledo citizens, [without] being asked by anyone, came together to try and eliminate the stain on our heart.”

“I have never been more dismayed and than more proud of Toledo than today,” Ujvagi wrote.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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