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  • Democrats Can???t Even Condemn Trump Racism Without Infighting
    July 16, 2019

    Democrats Can???t Even Condemn Trump Racism Without InfightingPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Brendan SmialowskiHitting back at Donald Trump???s latest tirade was supposed to be easy for House Democrats: a show of unity in criticizing the president???s racists tweets leading to a formal condemnation of his targeting of four Democratic freshman lawmakers.But as with most attempts to show disapproval with the president, Tuesday???s efforts proved to be ham-fisted. House Democrats formally condemned Trump for his social media missive. But the path getting there was complicated by internal disarray, and overshadowed by the absence of an agreed-upon strategy that culminated in a massive blow-up on the House floor, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused of violating House rules in her attempts to peg the president as a racist.??It was, in the grand scheme of things, a bureaucratic misstep. But for many Democrats it symbolized something far more: yet another illustration of the party???s ineptitude and, ultimately, its timidity in confronting Trump.?????Trump wins all these fights for the simple reason that he???s not getting impeached,??? said Adam Jentleson, former chief of staff to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. ???Every half-hearted attempt to hold him accountable just highlights that Democrats are choosing not to use the most powerful accountability tool available to them.???Jentleson added, ???This is an untenable strategy for leaders who promised real accountability.???Indeed, the promise of impeachment arrived immediately after the vote gaveled out: Rep. Al Green (D-TX), for the third time in three years, read articles of impeachment of Trump on the House floor, setting up a procedural vote within a week that would put the entire Democratic caucus on record over the issue most dividing it. Not everyone in the party was thrilled.?????He listens to no one,??? said one senior Democratic aide, who feared that the party???s actual momentum toward building a case for impeachment would be compromised by a rushed attempt to oust the president from office over his latest, controversial tweet storm.??Pro-Impeachment Dems Are Privately Recruiting Other Members Despite Pelosi???s WarningsTrump???s tirade against the young, progressive Democrats was initially seen as a gift to the party, letting House Democrats rally against the president on the heels of weeks of bitter infighting between leadership, moderates, and the left flank.But, as has become customary in the current Congress, Democrats were not on the same page when it came to devising a?? response to the president???s conduct. Indeed, the divisions have been increasingly apparent for weeks. Over the weekend, the House Democrat???s official Twitter account put out an inflammatory tweet going after the chief of staff for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) for criticizing fellow Democrats for supporting a bill to fund Customs and Border Patrol with few strings attached. That tweet, sources told The Daily Beast, was sent without clearance from Pelosi???s office.??Pelosi???s office declined to comment for this piece. But the frictions persisted through Trump???s tweetstorm. At a meeting on Tuesday morning, several lawmakers said they preferred a resolution to formally censure the president???a symbolic response with some more historical heft and that would have served as a rebuke to Trump???s conduct beyond the tweets, such as language about his administration???s immigration policy.As some lawmakers pushed for the tougher censure resolution, Pelosi told the caucus that their rebuke should focus solely on Trump???s tweets about the Democratic lawmakers, according to a senior Democratic official.??Many lawmakers backed the less fiery condemnation measure in hopes it would attract support from Republicans inclined to push back against the president???s words. But just four GOP lawmakers???and one former Republican, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash???ended up voting yes.Before the vote, lawmakers defended the resolution in the face of criticism it did not go far enough. ???This is an unprecedented action we???re doing, having Congress finally take a stand against the president???s words,??? said Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. ???This is significant.??????To the big impeachment question this always leads to,??? said Pocan, ???this is important today, but I think you???ll see probably a lot more people making more comments next week.???Pocan was referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller???s testimony on July 24???a juncture at which many Democrats expect that many of those on the fence about impeachment will make a decision.Impeachment is gaining some momentum ahead of Mueller???s hearing. On Tuesday, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), who represents a traditionally GOP-leaning district, announced her support for an inquiry. Over a third of the Democratic caucus is now supportive of impeachment.??And others who have long been supportive of launching an inquiry said that Trump???s tweets may be fueling that momentum. ???I think every single day, including those comments, the president offers more and more evidence of how he is unfit for office, and that we ought to begin an impeachment inquiry, absolutely,??? said Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA).But even staunch backers of impeachment conceded that the idea wasn???t spreading like wildfire,??even as key House leaders denounced Trump???s comments in the harshest terms, saying they were vicious and dangerous to the country.???A little bit but not much,??? said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), an early impeachment supporter, described the movement on the issue this week. ???Probably as much pickup as, I guess, Seth Moulton???s presidential campaign might have got last week."Green???s introduction of articles of impeachment appeared poised to inflame those tensions. The Texas Democrat has forced votes on impeachment of Trump every year through a rarely used parliamentary procedure. The vote could possibly take place Wednesday or Thursday???immediately on the heels of Mueller???s testimony.??There is some anxiety in the caucus about taking an impeachment vote in that explosive climate. Green told reporters that he had not consulted with colleagues and urged them to ???vote his or her conscience.???Some Democrats see ominous signs in the minefield that faces the party going forward.???Trump threw us a lifeline and unified us for now,??? a senior House Democratic official told The Daily Beast. ???But I think what you're seeing here is what is going to play out national during this election: progressives feeling like they're always getting pushed aside for the more moderate position and the frustration will continue to boil over.??????I don???t think our problems are going away anytime soon.??????With reporting by Erin BancoRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Italian, U.S. police make arrests as Mafia clan looks to regroup
    July 17, 2019

    Italian, U.S. police make arrests as Mafia clan looks to regroupItalian and U.S. police have launched a coordinated crackdown against major crime families who were looking to rebuild their Mafia powerbase in Sicily, Italian investigators said on Wednesday. More than 200 police, including officers from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have been carrying out 19 arrest warrants since dawn targeting the Inzerillo clan in Sicily's capital Palermo and the New York-based Gambino family. Sicily's organised crime group, known as 'Cosa Nostra' (Our Thing), has been in a state of flux since the death of the feared boss of bosses Salvatore "Toto" Riina, who died in prison in 2017 after spending almost a quarter of century behind bars.


  • What If America Lost a Carrier in a War with Iran?
    July 16, 2019

    What If America Lost a Carrier in a War with Iran?The Navy simply lacks enough ships and aircraft to meet the increasing demands of its global mission. The??recent??oil tanker??attacks??in the Gulf of Oman reinforce the need to reestablish a highly visible U.S. naval deterrent in the Middle East. For eight months last year, no aircraft carrier strike group plied the region, the longest such interruption this millennium. With the United States needing a more robust posture against Iran and confronting renewed challenges in Asia and Europe, several immediate measures and concerted longer-term efforts are critical to ensure America has the carriers it needs.The requirement to maintain carrier presence in the Middle East is a critical part of a broader national security strategy, in which U.S. global security interests necessitate a worldwide force presence. Indeed, the Navy's mission demands remain as high as those of the Cold War, calling on ships to be everywhere seemingly at once, but today's fleet is less than half the size it was 30 years ago.During the Obama administration, a ???rebalance??? supposedly allowed the Pentagon to focus on Asia and Europe while washing its hands of the Middle East. In reality, we never effectively rebalanced forces in the Indo-Pacific, and the situation on the ground forced us to remain deeply involved in the Middle East. Now with a growing Iranian threat, it would be imprudent to suddenly abandon the region, even as we face renewed challenges in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean.(This first appeared in June 2019.)


  • At least 1 dead, 15 injured ??? including 3 firefighters ??? in California house explosion
    July 16, 2019

    At least 1 dead, 15 injured ??? including 3 firefighters ??? in California house explosionA California gas company reports one of its employees died in an explosion Monday afternoon in Murietta, California.


  • Kamala Harris tops Joe Biden in new poll
    July 17, 2019

    Kamala Harris tops Joe Biden in new pollNew Quinnipiac California poll shows Sen. Kamala Harris leading former Vice President Joe Biden; reaction and analysis from Wall Street Journal editor James Freeman.


  • Iran Says Missing Tanker Had Problems and Was Towed for Repairs
    July 16, 2019

    Iran Says Missing Tanker Had Problems and Was Towed for Repairs(Bloomberg) -- A small oil tanker that had gone missing in the Persian Gulf had technical difficulties and was towed into Iranian waters for repairs, an Iranian foreign ministry official said, according to the ISNA news agency.Further details on the ship, the Panamanian-flagged Riah, will be announced later, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, according to the semi-offficial ISNA. Iran responded after a request for assistance from the tanker, the report said.The Iranian comments did little to clarify exactly what happened to the Riah. The vessel was passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the shipping chokepoint at the mouth of the Gulf, before it went silent more than two days ago in unexplained circumstances, according to the Associated Press. The news agency said the U.S. ???has suspicions??? that Iran took control of the tanker, citing an unidentified defense official.The disappearance was first reported by CNN, which said U.S. intelligence increasingly believed the tanker had been forced into Iranian waters by Iran???s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps but that some Gulf sources suggested the ship simply broke down and was towed by Iran.Earlier, a United Arab Emirates official said the ship isn???t owned or operated by the U.A.E. and hadn???t sent out a distress call.While details are unclear, if the Riah was seized, it would seem an unusual target for Iran. The vessel is 30 years old and tiny. Its capacity is 2,000 dead weight tons, according to the MarineTraffic website. That???s only a fraction of the almost 160,000-ton capacity of the British Heritage, the U.K. oil tanker harassed by Iranian ships last week while exiting the Persian Gulf.Why Tanker Attacks Raise Fears Over Strait of Hormuz: QuickTakeWhile Iran has been blamed for attacks on merchant shipping in recent months, it has denied responsibility. The main threats it has made in the past few weeks have been against the U.K. after British Royal Marines helped authorities in Gibraltar seize the supertanker as it carried Iranian crude in the Mediterranean Sea seemingly bound for Syria.In May and June, six tankers were attacked just outside the Gulf. A British Navy frigate intervened this month to stop Iranian boats from blocking the BP Plc-operated British Heritage as it was exiting the waters.U.K. Navy Intervenes After Iran Tries to Stop British Oil TankerThe U.S. Navy???s 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg.\--With assistance from Anthony DiPaola and Golnar Motevalli.To contact the reporters on this story: Zainab Fattah in Dubai at zfattah@bloomberg.net;Verity Ratcliffe in Dubai at vratcliffe1@bloomberg.net;Zoya Khan in New York at zkhan79@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Bill Faries, Larry LiebertFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com??2019 Bloomberg L.P.


  • Investigators 'discover mysterious 200lb load' on board MH370 after take-off
    July 16, 2019

    Investigators 'discover mysterious 200lb load' on board MH370 after take-offInvestigators looking into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have discovered a ???mysterious 200lb load??? added to the flight list after take-off, according to an engineer whose wife and two children were on board. Ghyslain Wattrelos said the cargo was revealed in a report on the passengers and baggage by French investigators. Mr Wattrelos, who believes the flight was deliberately downed, told Le Parisien newspaper: ???It was also learned that a mysterious load of 89 kilos was added to the flight list after take-off. A container was also overloaded, without anyone knowing why. It may be incompetence or manipulation. Everything is possible. This will be part of the questions for the Malaysians.??? MH370 became one of the world???s greatest aviation mysteries when it vanished with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. French investigators who examined flight data at Boeing???s headquarters in Seattle believe that the pilot was in control of the airliner ???right up to the end???.?? A modern mystery | Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Mr Wattrelos said the investigators told him the data ???lends weight??? to the theory that the pilot crashed into the sea in a murder-suicide, although they stressed that there was no proof. The investigators expect it to take up to a year to examine the data fully. However, some experts believe a hijack by a stowaway is a possibility and the mysterious load could lend credence to the theory. Tim Termini, an aviation security specialist, told Channel 5 earlier this month: ???It???s highly likely that a hijack took place and again, there???s four options for the hijack. "One is the hijack of the aircraft through a crew member. The second is a hijack coming from a passenger. A third option, which is a fairly unusual one, would be a stowaway. And then of course the fourth option is an electrical takeover of the aircraft from a ground-based station.??? Mr Wattrelos, 54, who has led a campaign to find out what happened to the flight, acknowledged that ???there is a risk that I may never learn the full truth.??? Want the best of??The Telegraph??direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily??Front Page newsletter??and new??audio briefings.


  • Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul for Blocking 9/11 Victim Funding: ???It???s an Abomination???
    July 17, 2019

    Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul for Blocking 9/11 Victim Funding: ???It???s an Abomination???One month ago, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart went on Fox News to shame Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to protect 9/11 first responders.??Wednesday afternoon, he was back on that network to give his fellow Republican senator from Kentucky a piece of his mind.??In an interview with Bret Baier, Stewart immediately took aim at Rand Paul who, along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), blocked a Senate bill that would extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, making the case that it should be offset by other spending cuts.?? Responding directly to Paul, Stewart called his objection ???absolutely outrageous,??? adding, ???Pardon me if I???m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul???s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling.?????Jon Stewart Fires Back at Mitch McConnell on ???Colbert???: Stop ???Jacking Around??? 9/11 First RespondersStewart went on to condemn Paul for supporting President Trump???s $1.5 trillion tax cut that ???added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit??? and now trying to ???balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community.????????Bret, this is about what kind of society we have,??? a clearly furious Stewart continued. ???At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand Paul did today on the floor of the Senate was outrageous.????????He is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt,??? he said of Paul. ???And now he???s going to tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle? You know, there are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card, but somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community???the cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors???all of a sudden we???ve got to go through this.?????Appearing next to Stewart was 9/11 first responder and activist John Feal, who thanked the host and Fox News as a whole for being so ???generous??? with their time on this issue before calling Senators Paul and Lee ???bottom-feeders??? who ???lack humanity??? and ???lack leadership.???Stewart said survivors like Feal and others shouldn???t have to ???drag themselves back to Washington, put their hats in their hands and beg for something that this country should have done 14 years ago,??? adding, ???It???s an abomination.?????Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoon
    July 16, 2019

    Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoonThe alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida. After local enthusiasts tried and failed to trap the reptile, Frank Robb arrived from St. Augustine on Sunday . "I brought my fishing rod and it went down pretty fast," Robb said at a news conference at the park Tuesday morning.


  • Kellyanne Conway challenges reporter who questioned Trump's tweet: 'What's your ethnicity?'
    July 16, 2019

    Kellyanne Conway challenges reporter who questioned Trump's tweet: 'What's your ethnicity?'The counselor to the president lashed out at a White House reporter who pressed her on President Trump???s tweets saying four Democratic congresswomen of color should ???go back??? to their home countries.


  • Former tenant charged in killing of Louisiana civil rights activist
    July 16, 2019

    Former tenant charged in killing of Louisiana civil rights activistBaton Rouge detectives arrested Ron Jermaine Bell in the killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, whose body was found stuffed in the trunk of her car on Friday afternoon, Police Chief Murphy Paul told a news conference. The suspect was already in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish for failing to register as a sex offender when police linked him to the murder, said Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III, at the same news conference. Roberts-Joseph's death was ruled a homicide by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office on Monday.


  • An Air Force Pilot Tells Us What Flying a B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Like
    July 16, 2019

    An Air Force Pilot Tells Us What Flying a B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Like(Washington, D.C.) When B-2 stealth bombers attacked Serbia on the opening night of Operation Allied Force in 1999, destroyed Iraqi air defenses during 2003???s ???Shock and Awe??? and eliminated the Libyan fighter force in 2011 -- the attacks were all guided by highly-specialized pilots trained in stealth attack tactics.Given the dangers of these kinds of missions, such as flying into heavy enemy ground fire from air defenses, confronting the prospect of air attacks and preparing for electronic warfare over hostile territory, B-2 pilots need to be ready.???We prepare and train every single day in case we get called up tomorrow,??? Lt. Col. Nicola Polidor, Commander of Detachment 5 of the 29th Training Systems Squadron, told Warrior in an interview.While performing missions, B-2 pilots need to maintain the correct flight path, align with specific targeting intelligence and load and prepare weapons, all while manning a digital cockpit to control a wide range of additional variables at one time. Polidor, who trains future B-2 pilots at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, says Air Force pilot trainees have adjusted well to learning a seemingly overwhelming amount of new information.???The biggest challenge for pilots is being able to manage flying for long periods of time at the same time as managing a communications suite and robust weapons package,??? Polidor said.Polidor is only the 10th female B-2 pilot in history.Training is broken down into an academic phase and a flight phase, with classroom training as the first step. Trainees, Polidor explained, typically spend about two months working on a simulator, before taking their first flight.


  • How Kim Jong Un Got Mercedes-Benz Pullman Limos Home to North Korea
    July 16, 2019

    How Kim Jong Un Got Mercedes-Benz Pullman Limos Home to North KoreaResearchers tracked the luxury cars all the way from the Netherlands, in apparent defiance of sanctions.


  • Australia calls on China to let Uighur mother and son leave
    July 17, 2019

    Australia calls on China to let Uighur mother and son leaveAustralia's government on Wednesday called on China to allow an Australian child and his Uighur mother to leave the country, days after co-signing a letter denouncing Beijing's treatment of the Muslim minority. China has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in tightly controlled Xinjiang region, in the country's northwest. Sadam Abdusalam has campaigned for months for his Uighur wife, Nadila Wumaier, and their son Lutifeier, whom he has never met, to be allowed to come to Australia.


  • Susan Rice Calls Chinese Diplomat a ???Racist Disgrace??? on Twitter
    July 15, 2019

    Susan Rice Calls Chinese Diplomat a ???Racist Disgrace??? on Twitter(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice sparred with a senior Chinese diplomat on Twitter in an unusual and heated dispute over race in Washington.In a series of Tweets apparently aimed at making a broader point about diplomatic divisions over the mass detention of Muslims in China???s Xinjiang province, Lijian Zhao, a diplomat posted in Islamabad, said on Sunday that if ???you???re in Washington, D.C., you know the white never go??? to the southeastern part of the U.S. capital.???You are a racist disgrace. And shockingly ignorant too,??? Rice told Zhao on Twitter. Likely assuming that Zhao was posted in China???s mission in Washington, she then addressed her next comment to China???s ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai. ???Ambassador Cui, I expect better of you and your team. Please do the right thing and send him home.???Zhao, who is deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan???s capital, is often vocal on Twitter against critics of China???s infrastructure-building projects in Pakistan and other parts of Asia. Beijing has invested tens of billions of dollars in Pakistan, whose leader Imran Khan has previously dodged questions about the issue.???Shockingly Ignorant??????You are such a disgrace, too. And shockingly ignorant, too. I am based in Islamabad. Truth hurts. I am simply telling the truth,??? Zhao fired back at Rice on Monday. ???To label someone who speak the truth that you don???t want to hear a racist, is disgraceful & disgusting.???Read More: How China Is Defending Its Detention of Muslims to the WorldZhao didn???t immediately respond to phone calls, an email and a direct message on Twitter seeking comment.In a string of messages that appeared aimed at highlighting U.S. hypocrisy on human rights, Zhao referred to everything from income inequality and school shootings in the U.S. to immigration officers separating children from parents.He tweeted a list of mostly-Western nations that condemned China for its actions in Xinjiang as well as a separate list of other countries -- including Pakistan, Cuba, Tajikistan and Nigeria -- that wrote a joint letter to the United Nations supporting Beijing, which Zhao called ???a big slap on the face of U.S. & its western cohorts.???Outspoken DiplomatsChina???s diplomats have become increasingly vocal and outspoken. This month, China???s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, gave a rare televised statement accusing the British government of meddling in Hong Kong, the scene of mass protests against Beijing???s rule.Earlier this year, China???s envoy to Canada publicly accused his hosts of ???white supremacy,??? while the country???s chief envoy in South Africa said President Donald Trump???s policies were making the U.S. ???the enemy of the whole world.???Asked about the Twitter dispute on Monday, China???s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang didn???t comment directly.???I don???t know the specific situation,??? he said. However, he added, ???we resolutely oppose the interference of the U.S. and individual Western countries in interfering in China???s internal affairs with the Xinjiang issue.???To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Marlow in New Delhi at imarlow1@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Chris Kay, Gregory TurkFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com??2019 Bloomberg L.P.


  • North Carolina father of 7 dies trying to save his drowning children at beach
    July 17, 2019

    North Carolina father of 7 dies trying to save his drowning children at beachA North Carolina father drowned Sunday while rescuing two of his youngchildren who were swept away by a wave while walking on a submerged jetty atWrightsville Beach


  • Tucker Guest: ???People of Color??? Label Is Racist Because It Gives ???Virtue??? to Dark Skin
    July 17, 2019

    Tucker Guest: ???People of Color??? Label Is Racist Because It Gives ???Virtue??? to Dark SkinMoments after the crowd at President Trump???s Wednesday night rally chanted ???Send Her Back!??? at Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a guest on Fox News??? Tucker Carlson Tonight argued that the term ???people of color??? should be done away with because it gives people with dark skin ???special virtue.???While airing the president???s rally in the background, host Tucker Carlson invited conservative art critic and commentator Roger Kimball on to help decide whether or not America is a racist country.???Is America more racist than it was five years ago? Ten years ago???? Carlson asked.???Clearly not,??? Kimball replied, adding that both the country as a whole and college campuses are ???less racist??? than they ever have been. He then pivoted to taking aim at the four Democratic congresswomen of color that have recently been the target of racist attacks by Trump, calling them the ???Juvenile Squad.???Claiming that the young lawmakers???Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley???aren???t really legislators but instead ???burnishing their own celebrity,??? Kimball then issued a request.???I wish they would give the phrase ???people of color??? a rest,??? he declared. ???We need to retire that phrase because it is a racist phrase.??????What does that mean???? Carlson asked.???You are a nice color, Tucker,??? Kimball said. ???I think of myself as being sort of a pleasing pink. But everyone has a color.??????It is a racist term because the idea is that somehow you are trapped by your skin color,??? he continued. ???That having dark skin imbues you with a special virtue, and having white skin imbues you with a special evil, or a liability, and that is a racist idea.???Kimball went on to call for the media to stand up against the use of the term because, in his view, it is being ???used as a bludgeon to criminalize policy differences and criminalize differences of opinion.???Carlson, meanwhile, lamented that many people allow the use of the label to go unchallenged because they ???are remarkably passive in the face of hyperaggressive racists like Ilhan Omar.???The Fox News host has been hyper-focused on Omar of late, devoting large chunks of his program to extremely negative coverage of the Muslim congresswoman. Earlier this month, the anti-immigrant host accused Omar???a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Somalia???of despising America and described her as a ???living fire alarm??? for the country's immigration laws.Following widespread outrage over his remarks, Carlson doubled down the following night, devoting the first 20 minutes of his show to blasting Omar and inviting a guest on who said the Minnesota lawmaker ???would be a member of the KKK??? if she weren???t in Congress.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Your Kids Won't Have Any Room For Candy After These Halloween Dinner Ideas
    July 17, 2019

    Your Kids Won't Have Any Room For Candy After These Halloween Dinner Ideas


  • The Latest: Texas Dem introduces articles of impeachment
    July 16, 2019

    The Latest: Texas Dem introduces articles of impeachmentTexas Rep. Al Green has introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, potentially forcing a vote this week on whether to remove the president from office. Green introduced the measure shortly after the House voted to condemn Trump for tweets that four Democratic congresswomen should "go back" to their home countries. Any member of the House can force an impeachment vote.


  • 'You must be stupid': Duterte says he won't be tried by international court
    July 17, 2019

    'You must be stupid': Duterte says he won't be tried by international courtPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared he will never be tried by an international court for mass killings in his war on drugs, and vowed no let up in a crackdown that he said he was winning and would see through "to the very end". In a television interview with a celebrity pastor, the firebrand leader said the Philippine justice system was working fine, so it would be "stupid" to imagine he would let an international court put him on trial.


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