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Federal prosecutors pick up the slack as Trump ignores America’s biggest terrorist threat: legal analyst

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The Trump administration continues to take an extreme hardline stance on immigration, pushing out Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen for not being fully committed to separating immigrant children from their families.

President Trump has justified his crackdown at the Southwest border by claiming that it’s necessary for national security. Yet, the President appears to neglect protecting Americans from a far more insidious threat: homegrown terrorism.

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Writing on the CNN website Tuesday, legal analyst Jennifer Rodgers points out that white supremacist terrorism appears to be on the rise. “Headlines are full of recent terrorist attacks carried out by people with white supremacist views; they include the Tree of Life synagogue killer, the Coast Guard lieutenant charged with plotting a major attack on politicians and news anchors perceived to be left-leaning (he has pleaded not guilty), the New Zealand mosque killer, and the mail bomber Cesar Sayoc,” Rodgers writes.

She points out that the Trump administration seems to have ignored the findings of federal law enforcement that white supremacist terrorism poses as persistent threat. FBI Director Christopher Wray also found that white supremacy is a “persistent, pervasive threat.”

Yet, the Department of Homeland Security has disbanded an intelligence and analysis unit devoted to homegrown extremists.

She does see a positive sign in the guilty plea federal prosecutors secured in the Cesar Sayoc case. Sayoc, a Trump supporter further radicalized by social media, mailed bomb threats to a number of public figures he perceived to be enemies of the President.

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“Of course, we should be able to rely on our President, our intelligence communities, and our investigative agencies to take these threats seriously and act accordingly. Hopefully they do,” Rodgers writes.

“But at least Sayoc’s guilty plea is a sign that the criminal justice system part of our government is working to deter those who would wish to follow in Sayoc’s footsteps.”


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Trump gets triggered by ‘threats of impeaching’ Kavanaugh ‘over made up stories’ of sexual misconduct

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President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at Democrats who have called for the impeachment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

After fresh evidence of sexual misconduct came to light over the weekend, several Democratic presidential candidates said that they support the impeachment of Kavanaugh.

By Sunday afternoon, Trump fired back on Twitter, comparing the case to the impeachment proceedings he is facing.

Can’t let Brett Kavanaugh give Radical Left Democrat (Liberal Plus) Opinions based on threats of Impeaching him over made up stories (sound familiar?), false allegations, and lies. This is the game they play. Fake and Corrupt News is working overtime! #ProtectKavanaugh

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A dive into the ‘deadliest wave of the opioid epidemic’ is the most frightening book of the year — and mandatory reading

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First a spoiler alert: Among the multiple apocalyptic revelations in Ben Westhoff’s Fentanyl, Inc.:  How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic is sour news for all hard drug users, from casual weekend abusers to full-time cocaine cowboys. In light of developments presented in this epic book in gruesome and unprecedented fashion, putting questionable substances up your nose, in your veins, or even on your tongue is highly discouraged from here on in.

“Any drug where it’s a powder or a pill, you just can’t trust it,” Westhoff said in an interview about his latest project. “There can be fentanyl in anything … [Home drug-testing kits] are getting very sophisticated, and there are websites you can consult, but in terms of going to a party and someone offering you some blow or something like that, it’s over.”

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‘He didn’t do nothing’: Black kids confront white Philly cops as they terrorize innocent student at bus stop

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A group of children called out Philadelphia police officers who said that they wanted the kids to be "shaking" from the confrontation.

Video posted on social media over the weekend shows a white officer telling a shirtless African-American boy to get in his police cruiser.

The video was posted by Twitter by a user named Asia who claimed to be a student waiting for her bus.

Instagram is helping this get out, but it needs more attraction. This Happened in Philadelphia,Pa on Thursday. A group of school kids and I were waiting for the bus at the bus stop when a cop car came to us, slowed down and stared at us then kept going down the street. pic.twitter.com/OrvOvWf3Oh

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