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Trump and the right-wing try to blame media for Covington Catholic kids to defend racist political allies

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The debate over the students of Covington Catholic school in Kentucky prompted rage among Fox News hosts Monday as the scandal advanced into its third day.

President Donald Trump took a stand in support of his MAGA hat-clad followers being unjustly harassed by members of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The Native American veteran, Nathan Phillips, was the man trying to defuse the conflict between the two groups, putting himself in the middle of the crowd to play drums.

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“Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false – smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback! ‘New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American,” Trump tweeted, quoting Tucker Carlson.

Drums have cultural significance in some Native ceremonies, and according to the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, “the drum is used to bring balance and renewal to a person through participation in dancing, singing or listening to the heartbeat.” These men were members of the Omaha, and Phillips claimed was attempting to use his drumming to calm the two groups.

Sandmann said he was silently praying and that he thought it best to stand there and do nothing.

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Fox News and Trump have now turned to blame the media. In a letter to Heavy, one Covington mother sent a very angry response.

“Shame on you! Were you there? Did you hear the names the people where calling these boys? It was shameful. Did you witness the black Muslims yelling profanities and video taping trying to get something to futher (sic) your narrative of hatred?? Did you know that this “man” came up to this one boy and drummed in his face? Shame on you. Only reporting what you want. More fake news.”


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Trump encourages China to take advantage of Jay Powell and Fed: They ‘don’t have a clue’

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President Donald Trump launched a new attack against his own Federal Reserve chairman in a pair of Monday morning tweets.

The president has been publicly pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates in hopes of staving off a recession, but the Trump appointee has so far resisted his calls.

"Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus," Trump tweeted. "Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation...Highest Interest Rates..."

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Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’

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President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.

Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.

....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!

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Is the Trump administration squelching a whistleblower — and a major scandal?

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America's system of government has always worked on the honor system. With so few Senate-confirmed Cabinet and federal agency heads, and so many “acting” officials working in the Trump administration, people who are constantly forced to audition for permanent positions are now under tremendous pressure to protect a president hellbent on breaking every norm of good governance. Now a new possible political scandal could be brewing in the Trump administration that tests the loyalty of these “acting” officials — pitting their allegiance to the nation against their desire to impress their boss.

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