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‘Partying’ racists brutally beat a construction worker in New York City: police

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Two men allegedly brutally beat a construction worker in New York City’s Hells Kitchen neighborhood over the weekend while out partying, according to WPIX. The men, Veton Balidemaj and Klevis Vulaj, found their way onto a private construction site just west of Midtown Manhattan late Friday night/early Saturday morning, when the worker asked the pair to leave the work area.

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“We’re out here partying and you’re out here working like a n—-r,” one of the men allegedly said, adding: “What are you going to do about it, n—-r?”

One of the duo allegedly then tackled the construction worker and punched him multiple times, court documents show, while another kicked the victim.

The unnamed 48-year-old worker suffered a fractured orbital bone and several lacerations to his head, according to court records. Balidemaj and Vulaj were subsequently arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime after police caught up with the pair and they were arraigned Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court.

The changed men are expected to be back in court Feb. 14.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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