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What Did Trump Mean When He Told Proud Boys to ‘Stand Back and Stand By’?

What Did Trump Mean When He Told Proud Boys to ‘Stand Back and Stand By’?
Asked to condemn white supremacists on Tuesday night, President Trump instead named a militant white supremacist group and issued a call to arms.

Moderator Chris Wallace asked Donald Trump if he was willing to “condemn white supremacists and militia groups.” He referenced cities such as Kenosha and Portland, hotbeds of civil unrest where much of the violence been initiated by far-right extremists and militia members.

At first, Trump appeared to be receptive to condemning far-right extremists, but when pressed by Sen. Joe Biden and Wallace, he didn’t exactly do that:

Are you willing,
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Watch Justice Department Inspector General Testify Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Live (Video)

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is set to testify Wednesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about his report on the FBI’s probe into President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and its possible ties to Russia.

The hearing will begin at 7 a.m. Pt/10 a.m. Et.

On Monday, Horowitz issued a report that the FBI had ample justification to investigate links between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign and rejecting Trump’s conspiracy theory that he was unfairly targeted as baseless. The report also detailed procedural errors made by agents in the course of their investigation.

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After Horowitz’s report was released, Trump repeated that conspiracy theory in a statement, saying that the FBI investigation was an “an attempted overthrow” of the government.

Reactions poured in from
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Dept. of Homeland Security Names White Supremacy a Domestic Terrorist Threat

In the wake of the El Paso shooting and other white supremacist-motivated attacks, the Department of Homeland Security has added white supremacy to its list of domestic terrorism threats, marking the first time since the creation of the department post-9/11 that it has emphasized white nationalist domestic terrorism as a threat on par with that posed by foreign groups.

In a speech at the Brookings Institute on Friday, Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said that recent mass shootings had “galvanized the Department of Homeland
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Republicans Are Doing a Good Job Blocking Efforts to Fight Russian Meddling in 2020

Former special counsel Robert Mueller issued several reminders during his testimony before Congress on Wednesday. Russia wanted to put in Trump in the White House in 2016, he said, which we already knew. We also knew that Trump’s campaign welcomed this help, that Trump made concerted efforts to impede the investigation into the matter, and that, three years later, Russia is still working to interfere in American elections. As Mueller put it Wednesday, it’s happening “as we sit here.”

On Thursday, we learned something new: Russia’s interference in
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Skin Review: Jamie Bell Astonishes in Brutal White Supremacist Redemption Tale

Skin Review: Jamie Bell Astonishes in Brutal White Supremacist Redemption Tale
Skin is the riveting true story of Bryon Widner, a violent white supremacist who was covered, head to toe, in appalling racist tattoos. A disaffected youth, Widner was targeted by a couple in the white power movement and forged into a loyal, brutal soldier for the cause. The film is his story of redemption, and the terrifying repercussions he faced when leaving the Vinlanders Social Club. British actor Jamie Bell, who's had a brilliant career since his boyhood debut in Billy Elliot, is unrecognizable as Bryon Widner. Skin is difficult to watch, but a pertinent and cautionary tale for these divisive modern times.

Skin begins with the Vinlanders Social Club marching through the streets spewing hateful rhetoric. In short order, the violent gang clashes with protestors in an all-out melee. Bryon Widner (Jamie Bell) targets a young black teenager. Later that night, after drinking and fornicating into a stupor, he's arrested for his horrific crime.
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Norah O’Donnell Will Help CBS News Kick Off New Mission

Norah O’Donnell has always liked the view one gets at the White House. But it’s a sight she thinks can appeal to folks living and working outside the Beltway.

“That’s where everything from the Korea trade deal to the prices for milk farmers in Iowa gets decided,” she recalls thinking when she was working the White House beat for NBC News. “It has always kind of fascinated me.”

O’Donnell, a veteran of Washington reporting, will return to her old stomping grounds in the not-too-distant future with a mandate to relate the goings-on there to a broader audience as part of a revamped “CBS Evening News.” O’Donnell will take over as anchor of the venerable program this summer and begin broadcasting from the nation’s capital in the fall. Her move is one of many that has been orchestrated by new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky
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There Were Also Serious People at That Hearing on White Nationalism

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.” Despite the inherent magnitude of that topic, it is one that hasn’t much interested Republicans. That’s easy to understand. President Trump, whom they seem unable to defy, has embraced white nationalism in his rhetoric and policies, even as he has repeatedly sought to gaslight the public and the press about the racist philosophy’s scope and influence. We don’t know if he or the party ever really tried to
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CBS Mulls Changes to ‘CBS Evening News,’ Eyes Norah O’Donnell for Anchor Slot (Exclusive)

  • Variety
CBS News is considering making significant changes to its flagship “CBS Evening News,” according to four people with knowledge of the talks, part of a top-down look at the news division by incoming president Susan Zirinsky.

Executives are considering putting “CBS This Morning” anchor Norah O’Donnell in the lead role of its evening-news broadcast, these people said, as well as moving the broadcast to Washington, D.C. instead of its longtime roost in New York City. CBS News declined to make executives available for comment. These plans are not definitive, these people cautioned, and there is no guarantee they will come to fruition. Jeff Glor remains anchor of “CBS Evening News” at present.

The discussions about O’Donnell indicate a dissatisfaction with the “Evening News” performance under Jeff Glor, who was named “Evening News” anchor in October 2017. CBS’ flagship nightly broadcast has long trailed its rivals on ABC and NBC,
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Andrew McCabe Says the FBI Discussed a Plan to Remove Trump From Office

Last month, the New York Times reported that after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation to determine if the president was working on behalf of Russia. It was quite the bombshell.

The man who would have launched such an investigation was Andrew McCabe, who took the reins of the FBI following Comey’s ouster only to have Trump replace him with Christopher Wray three months later. McCabe has mostly stayed silent since he left the bureay, but on Sunday he will
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Mail Bomb Suspect Charged With Five Federal Felonies, Faces Maximum Of 58 Years

Federal law enforcement officials laid out their case against Cesar Sayoc Jr., the Florida man arrested in connection with the series of bombs mailed to CNN, prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump.

“Physical violence and the threat of violence is antithetical to our vigorous system of self-government,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.. He then announced five federal felony charges against Sayoc, 56, who is in FBI custody. The 56-year-old suspect — whose van is plastered with pro-Trump stickers and photos of well-known Democrats with crosshairs over them — is charged with interstate transportation of explosives, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against a former president and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.

“These charges may change or expand as the investigation proceeds,” Sessions said. If convicted on all counts, he faces a
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Why Did So Few Campaigns Sign Up for the FBI’s Cybersecurity Briefing?

Washington — As part of its efforts to combat forms of foreign election interference like that seen in 2016, the FBI in August launched a project called Protected Voices to help political candidates and consultants defend against the next wave of cyberattacks on U.S. soil. Now, just three weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, the program has taken a strange turn.

This past Tuesday, two FBI special agents who work on Protected Voices had planned an online briefing with political operatives based in Washington and northern Virginia to share “cyber hygiene” tips
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Donald Trump Elevates Conspiracy Theory To Government Plot On White House Lawn

After a major morning Twitter dump, President Donald Trump proudly declared to reporters on the White House lawn that “they” too are now using the name “Spygate” with regard to his campaign to discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.

“We now call it ‘Spygate.’ You’re calling it ‘Spygate,'” Trump beamed inaccurately, on the South Lawn.

The master of media manipulation held another of his tantalizing impromptu news conferences as he walked toward Marine One, heading to an event in New York where he said he plans to regale the crowd with more stories about the Ms-13 gang. White House is calling it an immigration event. Same thing, in Trumpworld.

Not wasting time, one off-camera reporters asked what proof Trump had as to his claims that his campaign was spied on by the FBI.

It was exactly the question Trump had hoped for.

“All you have
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Donald Trump Blames FBI's Attention on Russia Collusion for Missed Florida School Shooting Tip

  • PEOPLE.com
President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI via Twitter on Saturday night, asserting that the organization was preoccupied investigating his presidential campaign and neglected to follow up on information about the shooter who killed 17 when he opened fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday.

“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable,” he wrote. “They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign — there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”

Trump
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White House: Personnel Security Office To Blame For Delay In Ousting Rob Porter

One day after putting it on the FBI, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders handed responsibility for the months-long delay in moving against Rob Porter to the White House Personnel Security Office. In the time between her Monday briefing and her Tuesday briefing, FBI Director Christopher Wray had put in an appearance at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, responding to Sanders I Don’t Think So-ily, telling the committee it had flagged things it had…
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FBI Chief Nukes White House Timeline On Rob Porter Security Check

The FBI made the White House aware of Rob Porter's domestic abuse against both of his two wives, impacting his ability to get needed security clearance, last summer, FBI director Christopher Wray said Tuesday at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Wray’s testimony contradicts the explanation the White House finally settled on as to who knew what when on allegations against the former White House Staff Secretary. Porter resigned Wednesday after press reports saying…
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See Samantha Bee Slam FBI's Ridiculous 'Black Identity Extremist' Report

See Samantha Bee Slam FBI's Ridiculous 'Black Identity Extremist' Report
Samantha Bee skewered the FBI for creating a new terrorist category called "Black Identity Extremist" on Wednesday. 

The new designation, revealed in a report from last August, defines a "Black Identity Extremist" as "those who feel oppressed and respond with violence." "Feeling oppressed and responding with violence doesn't make you a terrorist, it makes you an Eagles fan," Bee joked. 

More seriously, she added, "the 'Black Identity Extremist' report gives law enforcement an excuse to surveil the communities that are protesting them. Surveilling Americans because of their free speech is dangerous and wrong.
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Christopher Wray Confirmed as New FBI Director by Senate

Christopher Wray Confirmed as New FBI Director by Senate
The U.S. Senate confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI in a 92-5 vote on Tuesday. The five senators to oppose Wray were Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley. His confirmation comes after appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month. The former Justice Department official represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane-closing “Bridgegate” case. He also worked in the Justice Department under George W. Bush. Also Read: Gizmodo Sues the FBI for Roger Ailes' File When he nominated Wray back in June,
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