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Trump-loving skinhead group led by GOP official beats up black man at Pennsylvania bar: police

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Not only did members of a white supremacist gang allegedly beat up a black man in a Pittsburgh bar for his race, but their GOP official leader was charged with doing the same thing in 2003.

Local news station KDKA reported that six or seven alleged members of the Keystone United gang beat up a man named Paul Morris outside a Pittsburgh bar earlier in July. The Citizen, a local Pittsburgh gazette, reported that witnesses at the Jackman Inn bar identified the gang members by their style of dress, insignia and skinhead looks.

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Morris told The Citizen that he was at the bar to give a thank-you note to the kitchen manager for making food for his son’s graduation party. He said that after the group made “vulgar comments” to him about his race, a group that consisted of both men and women jumped him and the kitchen manager who rushed to his aid. The group fled when someone said the police had been called — but not before Morris heard one of them identify themselves as “Neo-Nazis” who want to “eradicate” people of color.

The Daily Beast reported that Keystone United founder Steve Smith, an elected official within his county’s Republican Party, was not at the scene of the crime when the alleged members attacked Morris. The founder of the white supremacist gang did, however, plead guilty to “terroristic threats” and “ethnic intimidation” after beating up a black man. He’s currently listed as the group’s “spokesman,” per their website.

Smith only served 60 days in prison for the attack on a black man in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Beast noted, and remained active with Keystone until 2012, when he “won an uncontested race for a committee seat in his county’s Republican party.” He was re-elected in 2016 and celebrated his victory on the white supremacist Stormfront forum, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported.

Sometimes referred to as the “Keystone State Skinheads,” the Beast reported that Keystone United members “travel en masse” to Donald Trump’s rallies. Along with Smith,


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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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