The suspected gunman in Saturday’s racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo previously garnered police attention with a threat he made last year, officials said. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said a June 2021 incident involving the suspect, Payton Gendron, was not racially charged. “From what I have, it was a generalized threat, not a specific threat directed at a specific place or person,” Gramaglia said at a press conference in Buffalo. Gramaglia said “the individual was brought in for a mental health evaluation. He was evaluated and then released.” Gendron, 18, was arreste...
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According to a report from The Hill, Donald Trump has done particularly poorly in the state of Georgia when it comes to endorsements and analysts believe his attacks on the state and its lawmakers over the 2020 presidential election are haunting his choices.
Noting that, with the exception of former football star Hershel Walker -- who received only token opposition -- the high-profile GOP candidates the former president avidly promoted to replace Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger failed miserably at the polls.
According to the report by Brett Samuels, "Overall, six of the president’s eight endorsed candidates in competitive races lost their primaries, with the two exceptions being Senate candidate Herschel Walker and Burt Jones, who is running for lieutenant governor."
Andrea Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta, suggested that Trump's endorsement, as has been seen in other primaries, is sometimes overrated.
“The big takeaway of all of this is that we should be skeptical of any proposition that suggests an endorsement from Donald Trump is the be all end all of winning a race," she told The Hill. "Endorsements are important, but you need more than endorsements to be able to win an election.”
According to the report, many of the candidates relied too much on the Trump nod as well as his complaints that the election was stolen from him and that hurt him with voters in the state that went for Joe Biden in 2020 despite his claims.
Adding, "Taken together, experts and strategists said the underwhelming performance of Trump’s preferred candidates in Georgia underscores the risks of his often emotional endorsements and reflects how the former president’s stamp of approval is often not enough to carry a lesser-known candidate over the finish line," the report quotes University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock suggested that the failure of Trump's endorsees can also be chalked up to, "bad candidates and not being willing to put money behind them.”
The report noted, "Trump’s struggles in Georgia date back to the 2020 election, when he lost to Joe Biden by roughly 11,000 votes in a state that had not gone Democratic in a presidential race since 1992. Republicans then lost both Senate seats in the state’s January 2021 runoff elections after Trump used a campaign rally in the state to repeat false claims of fraud."
US basketball star Brittney Griner, who is in detention in Russia on drug charges, will go on trial in Russia on July 1, a court said on Monday.
Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February after she was found carrying vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her luggage.
She was charged with drug smuggling, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison in Russia.
Griner's detention came days before Russian President Vladimir Putin defied US warnings and sent troops into Ukraine, prompting Western powers to impose sweeping sanctions and send military aid to Kyiv.
A court in the town of Khimki outside Moscow said on Monday that Griner's trial will begin on July 1.
Griner's lawyer said on Monday the court had extended her detention for the duration of the trial.
"This was absolutely expected," he said.
He said his client, who was seen by journalists being escorted in handcuffs, was "worried".
Washington says that Russia has "wrongfully detained" the six-foot-nine (2.06-meter) basketball star, 31, and turned her case over to the US special envoy in charge of hostages.
The WNBA has also said it is working to bring Griner home.
She is considered among the greatest female basketball players and is a high points scorer.
She was playing club basketball in Russia before the resumption of the US season, a common practice for American stars seeking additional income.
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Children were forced to flee over the weekend after a man wearing a Proud Boys shirt pulled out a gun at a Drag Queen Story Hour that was taking place at a library in Sparks, Nevada.
Local news station MyNews4 reports that said that the incident took place during an organized Proud Boys demonstration against the event, which they have falsely claimed is about "grooming" children for sexual abuse.
As the demonstration was winding down, a demonstrator pulled out a gun and approached the library, which MyNews4 says forced "everyone, including children, to run into the library for safety."
The Sparks Police Department was reportedly monitoring the Proud Boys protest "from a distance" as it was taking place, but they had left by the time the gun-toting man approached the library.
The Proud Boys are a far-right gang that has been increasingly showing up at Drag Queen Story Hour events across the country in apparent attempts to intimidate organizers. The group was also instrumental in the January 6 riots at the United States Capitol building, and several of the group's leaders have since been indicted on seditious conspiracy charges.