By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A long white shawl on her head, Rani Khan gives daily Koran lessons at Pakistan's first transgender-only madrasa, or Islamic religious school, which she set up herself using her life savings. The madrasa is an important milestone for the LGBTQ community in the overwhelmingly fundamental Muslim country, where transgender people face ostracism, even though there is no official restriction on them attending religious schools or praying at mosques. "Most families do not accept transgender people. They throw them out of their homes. Transgender people turn to w...
Former President Donald Trump bragged that he effectively obstructed justice during a Fox News interview.
Amid demands for Attorney General Merrick Garland to impanel a grand jury, Trump told Fox News that he simply had to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Otherwise, he could have been held accountable for his relationship with Russia during the 2016 election.
"Don't forget, I fired Comey," Trump bragged. "Had I not fired Comey, you might not be talking to me right now about a beautiful book about four years in the White House, and we'll see about the future. If I didn't fire Comey, they were looking to take down the president of the United States… I don't think could've survived if I didn't fire him."
The report published by former special counsel Robert Mueller said that they didn't even look at whether Trump broke the law during the 2016 election because he followed the Office of Legal Counsel's opinion that the president couldn't be indicted while in office. What Mueller did say was that he uncovered at least 10 examples of obstruction of justice from Trump attempting to stop his investigation.
In the video below, Trump admits that firing Comey was one of those examples:
Trump: If I didn\u2019t fire Comey, they were looking to take down the President of the United States\u2026 I don\u2019t think could\u2019ve survived if I didn\u2019t fire himpic.twitter.com/AHxYyPBZA6— Acyn (@Acyn) 1638755926
CNN announced Sunday evening that the United States wouldn't send any diplomats or lawmakers to Beijing for the 2022 Olympics.
According to the report, President Joe Biden intends to make the announcement this week that they won't stop athletes from participating but that human rights abuses in China have left him unwilling to send any leaders.
China has been under scrutiny about the country's treatment of an ethnic group known as the Uyghurs. The Chinese government has been accused of rounding up the Uyghurs and killing them.
There's also the matter of abuses of protesters angry that China took over Hong Kong earlier than scheduled.
Another concern is for a Chinese tennis player who publicly said that the former vice president forced her into an affair. She was then called back to China and disappeared from public view until questions surfaced about whether the government had imprisoned her or worse. She ultimately reappeared in a meeting with the International Olympic Committee that the Chinese government photographed and published to dispel myths she had been disappeared.
The Washington Post editorial board columns have slowed as former President Donald Trump left the White House. But in the wake of the Oxford, Michigan mass shooting, the group announced that it agreed with the decision to prosecute parents of underage mass shooters who they gave illegal access to guns.
Michigan prosecutor Karen McDonald announced criminal charges against the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old who killed four students and injured several others at his high school on Nov. 30.
The Post wants this to be the new standard. Given Kyle Rittenhouse was also underage when he shot four people, killing three of them. He was just 17 and his friend purchased an AR-15 that he was too young to have. He then got the gun from his friend and drove across state lines, carrying the gun without a license to do so and without being the mandated age. While Rittenhouse was found not guilty, those are all charges that prosecutors in the state could charge Rittenhouse's mother and friend.
McDonald detailed that the evidence walks through the ways in which Crumbley was enabled by his parents, including the gun being purchased for him by his father and warning signs from the school that Crumbley wanted to kill other students.
"The morning of the shooting, the suspect’s parents were summoned to the school after a teacher found a disturbing note he had drawn — images of a gun, a laughing emoji and the words 'Blood everywhere' and 'The thoughts won’t stop. Help me," The Post recounted. "The school told the parents the boy needed counseling."
His parents didn't want him removed from school. They also didn't check if he had the gun or even inform the school that they'd just bought him one. The Post also blames the school for allowing Crumbley back into class after the incident and for not searching his possessions.
The board also cited a 2018 report that showed 84 of the 105 gunmen got their weapons from home, relatives or friends. McDonald wants to see the state mandate weapons be secured in a safe location. More than half of the school shootings since 1999 wouldn't have happened because the children wouldn't have had access to a weapon, the analysis said.
Adults are almost never held accountable for the behavior of their children, however. The Post wants to see this change.
"The Supreme Court has deemed the right to own firearms a sacrosanct personal freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. The inevitable result is a society saturated with guns, in which tragedies — suicides, accidents and, yes, rampages — will occur, even when lawful gun owners try to store their weapons safely," the board wrote. "But these horrors do not have to happen as often as they do. It should not be so rare for prosecutors to charge parents like the Crumbleys with crimes such as involuntary manslaughter, and states should tighten their laws to make it clear: When gun owners behave recklessly, there should be no doubt that they will face criminal punishment."