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Lawsuit Accusing Trump Of Inciting Rally Violence Gets Green Light From Judge

A Kentucky federal judge has ruled that a startling lawsuit accusing then-candidate Donald Trump of inciting violence at a campaign rally last year can proceed. The suit was brought by three protesters who say they were roughed up by three men provoked by Trump. The Trump supporters were also sued. 

Trump told the audience at the time to ?get ?em out of here,? referring to the protesters ? two women and a teenage boy ? at a rally at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville last March. The confrontation that followed was caught on video that went viral.

Trump?s attorneys argued that the suit should not be allowed to go forward because his speech was protected under the First Amendment ? and that he didn?t intend for violence to occur.

U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled that the protesters? injuries may have been a ?direct and proximate result? of Trump?s actions, and that there is no First Amendment protection for speech that incites violence.

?It is plausible that Trump?s direction to ?get ?em out of here? advocated the use of force,? Hale wrote in his ruling issued Friday. ?It was an order, an instruction, a command. Trump?s statement at least implicitly encouraged the use of violence or lawless action.?

One of the men accused in the attack said in a letter cited by the judge: ?Trump kept saying, ?get them out, get them out,? and people in the crowd began pushing and shoving the protesters. I physically pushed a young woman.?

Plaintiffs Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau are suing Trump and the Trump campaign for incitement to riot, negligence, gross negligence and recklessness, and are seeking unspecified damages.

The judge dismissed part of the suit claiming that Trump and the campaign were ?vicariously liable? for assault and battery. Hale said that the men who apparently attacked the protesters ? who are also being sued ? were not employed by the Trump campaign, nor were they under Trump?s direct control.

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Protester Dies In Paraguay Clashes After Congress Re-election Vote

A protester was killed in Paraguay and two top government officials were fired after violent clashes overnight sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election.

Activists streamed into Paraguay?s capital on Saturday from the landlocked country?s interior in a sign the protests may resume after the country?s Congress was stormed and set on fire.

Firefighters managed to control the flames on the building?s first floor on Friday. Thousands of protesters rioted in other parts of Asuncion and elsewhere in the country into the early hours of Saturday.

Reports of damage and injuries proliferated. At Congress on Saturday, charred debris and glass from broken windows littered the steps.

Rodrigo Quintana, 25, was killed by a rubber bullet fired by police at the headquarters of a liberal youth activist group, the Paraguayan opposition and a prosecutor said.

?We have a commitment to the blood Rodrigo spilled … we will continue the fight,? opposition Senator Miguel Saguier said at a press conference.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement an investigation would be opened into Quintana?s death. Interior Minister Tadeo Rojas was later fired by Cartes along with the national police chief, Crispulo Sotelo.

?We are working to identify the people responsible for the events,? the new interim interior minister, Lorenzo Lezcano, told a news conference.

Around 200 protesters were detained, police said, and shops and government buildings were vandalized.

Several politicians and journalists were injured, local media reported, and the government said several police were hurt. One member of the lower house of Congress, who had been participating in protests that afternoon, underwent surgery after also being hit by rubber bullets.

Meetings for the Inter-American Development Bank?s (IADB) annual board of governors went ahead as scheduled in a rare high-level international event in Paraguay.

IADB President Luis Alberto Moreno called for peace and dialogue and said Paraguay would continue to be a vital partner of the regional bank.

While Paraguay has long suffered from political uncertainty and violence, the soy- and beef-exporting country has attracted investment in agriculture and manufacturing sectors in recent years as Cartes offered tax breaks to foreign investors.

?I think this is a very unfortunate event but I do not see that it will have consequences for the economy,? Finance Minister Santiago Peña said.

Violent upheaval in the country of 6.8 million is a concern for its much larger neighbors Brazil and Argentina, which have increasingly looked to Paraguay for business opportunities. 

CLOSED-DOOR VOTE

The region is already worried about unrest in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday moved to quell protests and international condemnation. The pro-government Supreme Court revoked its controversial annulment of the opposition-led congress.

Cartes called for calm and a rejection of violence in a statement released on Twitter on Friday night. He promised the government would do its best to maintain order.

Paraguay?s Senate voted on Friday during a special session in a closed office rather than on the Senate floor. Twenty-five lawmakers voted for the measure, two more than the 23 required for passage in the 45-member upper chamber.

Opponents of the measure, who claim it would weaken Paraguay?s democratic institutions, said the vote was illegal.

The proposal will also require approval by the House, where it appeared to have strong support. A vote which had been expected early on Saturday was called off until the situation calmed down, said the chamber?s president, Hugo Velazquez.

A popular referendum would also be required to change the law prohibiting re-election, passed in 1992 after the brutal dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner fell in 1989.

(Additional reporting by Luc Cohen and Mariel Cristaldo, writing by Caroline Stauffer and Hugh Bronstein; editing by G Crosse and Mary Milliken)

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Venezuela Rocked by Political Chaos

President Nicolas Maduro asked the Supreme Court in a late-night speech to review a ruling nullifying the lawmaking body after that decision set off a storm of criticism from the opposition and foreign governments.

Golden State Warriors rally past Houston Rockets

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors held the Houston Rockets scoreless for almost seven minutes of the fourth quarter Friday night, enabling the two-time defending Western Conference champions to overcome a four-point deficit en route to a 107-98 victory.

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House Republicans earlier this week passed a bill to scrap regulations preventing internet service providers from sharing customers? personal information, including their web browsing history, without their consent.

Understandably, people aren?t exactly thrilled about the prospect of ISPs profiting off their browsing histories, and are raising hell about it. But AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, having lobbied for exactly that outcome, seem startled by the blowback, as indicated by blog posts the companies published about privacy Friday. 

Put another way: The farmer has decided to spend less time watching the hen house, and the foxes feel they?ve been unfairly maligned, despite having a well-deserved reputation for eating chickens. Oh, and the foxes paid the farmer to look the other way.

Pity the poor foxes.

Comcast struck a conciliatory tone in its blog, with the company?s chief privacy officer Gerard Lewis assuring readers the company does not ?sell … broadband customers? individual web browsing history.?

?We did not do it before the FCC?s rules were adopted,? Lewis writes, ?and we have no plans to do so.? Not having current plans to do so, of course, does not mean they will never do so.

Lewis adds that Comcast has ?committed not to share our customers? sensitive information (such as banking, children?s, and health information), unless we first obtain their affirmative, opt-in consent.?

As with his first reassurance, there?s a caveat here: Mainly, this only applies to select categories of information deemed ?sensitive.? In the next sentence, Lewis elaborates that ?other, non-sensitive data? is indeed used to send targeted ads. To his credit, Lewis provides a link for customers to opt out of receiving those ads, though it?s unclear if opting out of the ads means they cease collecting ?non-sensitive? data.

Lewis closes with a pledge to ?revise [Comcast?s] privacy policy to make more clear and prominent that, contrary to the many inaccurate statements and reports, we do not sell our customers? individual web browsing information to third parties and that we do not share sensitive information unless our customers have affirmatively opted in to allow that to occur.?

In striking contrast to Comcast?s attempts at reassurance, AT&T executive Bob Quinn came out swinging, accusing those critical of Congress? recent regulatory rollback of having a ?fact-free debate.?

Quinn argues that ISPs safeguarded customer data just fine before the FCC introduced these rules, which he casts as the Obama administration putting its ?hand on the scales to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.?

The real problem, Quinn says, is that ?other internet companies, including operating system providers, web browsers, search engines, and social media platforms? are collecting and using customer information in shady ways.

That may well be true, but his argument doesn?t quite pass the smell test. Quinn is effectively saying, ?We totally don?t collect and profit from your personal information? ? while also saying, ?It?s not fair that other companies on the internet get to collect more information than we do.?

Verizon (which owns Huffington Post parent company AOL) also published a similar letter on the topic Friday, defending both its privacy record and using the same tired line about regulatory ?consistency? to defend Congress? rollback this week.

?Let?s set the record straight,? writes chief privacy office Karen Zacharia. ?Verizon does not sell the personal web browsing history of our customers. We don?t do it and that?s the bottom line.

?Consumers benefit and innovations flourish when there is one consistent consumer privacy framework that applies to all internet companies and users in the internet ecosystem.?

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Orange County Sheriff’s Department Admitted To Cultivating ‘Hundreds Of Jailhouse Informants,’ Lawyer Says

LOS ANGELES ? A notorious jailhouse informant program in Orange County has been maintained and promoted for decades by the OC Sheriff?s Department, whose leadership and staff were committed to illegally concealing it ? those are the explosive allegations from Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders stemming from his review of more than 5,600 internal sheriff?s department documents.

The trove of documents still remains under seal from the public, but Sanders outlined his extensive findings in a blistering motion filed Thursday in the ongoing case against Scott Dekraai, Sanders? client. Dekraai pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and seven other people at a Seal Beach hair salon in 2011, in what remains the deadliest mass shooting in county history.

Dekraai still awaits the penalty phase of his case, which has stalled because of egregious misconduct from prosecutors and sheriff?s deputies in their use of jail informants. 

According to Sanders? latest brief, it appears the government deception was far worse than previously understood.

OCSD stopped calling informants ?informants? and started calling them ?sources of information? in order to mislead, according to Sanders.

The new document trove, along with OCSD policy manuals Sanders had previously obtained, reveal that the sheriff?s department changed official vernacular inside the agency in an attempt to ?create cover for false testimony [by their deputies] about the use of informants.? 

Sanders says deputies were ordered to stop calling informants ?informants? and instead call them ?sources of information.? Sanders argues the agency later changed its policy manuals to suggest that ?informants? and ?sources of information? were two different categories of inmates.

Sanders calls the switch ? which allowed deputies to deny a jailhouse informant program existed during the Dekraai hearings ? a ?shameful ?inside joke?? played on Dekraai, his defense team and the court.  

The sheriff?s department currently denies that an informant program exists ? but it admitted to cultivating ?hundreds? of informants a decade ago, Sanders says. 

While the pile of evidence that a jail informant program exists in the county has only grown in the years since Dekraai?s case began, the sheriff?s department has continued to deny it.

?The deputies in the jail are not conducting investigations … we don?t have our folks working informants,? Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has said.

But the cache of documents Sanders reviewed contains numerous internal memos circulated widely among command staff within the OCSD describing the ?need to develop and cultivate informants, the importance of utilizing informants and the details of what informants were sharing,? Sanders notes.

The documents Sanders has examined suggest that the sheriff?s department has ?likely managed well over a thousand informants over the past several decades.?

Sanders cites an email from the document trove that reveals the Special Handling unit, which formerly oversaw inmates and informants inside county jails, claimed that nearly a decade ago it had already ?cultivated hundreds of jailhouse informants.?

Sanders says that according to the contents of the document trove, numerous high-ranking staff members reporting to Sheriff Hutchens are ?fully knowledgeable? about the jailhouse informant program. Those include newly named OCSD public information officer Lt. Lane Lagaret, who previously served as a special handling unit supervisor during the controversial period that produced the once-secret deputy log.

Sanders specifically cites an email that was allegedly once posted on the wall of the special handling unit?s office, sent to Lagaret by deputies under his command, which Sanders says ?emphasized? the role of deputies in their ?cultivating and managing? informants in the jail. The contents of that email is redacted from Sanders? brief as it remains under seal.

The Huffington Post contacted Lagaret about Sanders? allegations against OCSD. Lagaret said he?d heard about the brief, but had not read it. 

?I am not going to make a statement in reference to the brief or any of its contents,? Lagaret said. ?In reference to the email Sanders is referencing, I haven?t read the brief and do not know of any email he references.? 

HuffPost asked for a copy of the email and forwarded the section of the brief describing the email to Lagaret so he could review the allegations, but Lagaret declined to comment further.

?I don?t intend to comment on what he wrote until called upon to do so in court,? Lagaret said.

There are likely still countless key documents missing.

Sanders says the recent trove of documents, along with other internal records he?s obtained, reveals the ?true scope of the jailhouse informant effort? and indicates the presence of far more internal OCSD documentation surrounding their informant effort than has been turned over or even known to exist.

These new documents reference other kinds of logs beyond the special handling log ? module deputy logs, sergeant activity logs, daily briefing logs, administrative segregation logs, none of which have been turned over to the court.

In the Dekraai case, the more than 1,000 pages in the special handling log that OCSD turned over represents just seven of the 65 months Dekraai has spent jailed in the county.

Deputies who have testified in the Dekraai case committed ?flagrant perjury,? the public defender says.

Three OCSD special handling deputies ? Seth Tunstall, William Grover and Ben Garcia ? have all testified about their understanding of an informant program during special evidentiary hearings in the Dekraai case. And the testimony of all three has continued to be undermined by new documents and prior testimony Sanders found from other cases. 

In a 2015 ruling, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals called out Tunstall and Garcia for having ?either intentionally lied or willfully withheld information? during their testimony in the Dekraai case. But Sanders says the newly discovered testimony, as well as previously hidden documents, shows that all three deputies committed ?flagrant perjury? in their testimony.

In a 2013 statement Tunstall made in a search warrant for a different case, the deputy wrote that he had ?cultivated, interviewed and supervised numerous confidential informants? and that one of the duties of his unit included ?developing? informants. In 2015, though, he disavowed his earlier admissions, claiming he had used the ?wrong? words. 

But Sanders cites testimony given by Tunstall in two prior cases elicited by Assistant District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh, in which Tunstall freely admitted his duties included developing informants. Sanders also cites a letter Tunstall wrote in support of the outstanding work of one his best jailhouse informants. 

In Garcia?s original testimony in 2014, he never mentioned an entire jail records system that special handling deputies use to track inmates and informants. In 2015, when questioned about why he didn?t bring up the system, he claimed he couldn?t talk about it in court because that?s how the deputies were trained. 

But Sanders located testimony from Garcia in a separate 2009 homicide case in which he appeared to speak openly about the tracking system, how it was used to document the movements of inmates, and how that information was compiled within a computer database.

During Grover?s 2014 testimony in the Dekraai case, he downplayed his work with informants, saying he spent ?less than zero? time working with informants. ?That?s not my focus,? he said. ?That?s not my scope. I generally am consumed with administrative duties.?

But the once-hidden special handling log contains daily entries by Grover depicting his interaction with informants over nearly five years. Sanders also obtained an internal performance evaluation of Grover in which Grover ?proudly wrote of his efforts with informants.? In that record, Sanders says, his first major accomplishment he wanted to discuss with his supervisor involved a jailhouse informant. Further, a newly discovered slideshow presentation regarding informant use appears to have been created by Grover and directs those who view it to contact him. 

Sanders also cites a key email written by Grover before his testimony in the Dekraai case, stating that OCSD was no longer calling informants ?informants.?

OCDA delayed the release of additional deputy logs in order to ensure a death sentence in a separate murder case, Sander says.

In June, after years of denials, the OCDA?s office finally acknowledged that an informant program does indeed exist and that sheriff?s deputies actively ?recruited and utilized? informants and rewarded them for information. The admission followed the discovery of the 1,000-page special handling log that shed new light on the scope of the informant program inside county jails. 

But Sanders says a series of emails discovered in the new document cache indicate that the OCDA took possession of still more deputies? logs in June 2016 and decided to delay their release to the court until December 2016.

Sanders argues that a deeply troubling but ?likely? explanation for the delay was related to the timing of the sentencing in a separate murder case ? that of Daniel Wozniak, whom Sanders also represents. According to Sanders, the mere existence of these logs would have impeached testimony in hearings held earlier in the Wozniak case. 

By withholding the log until after Wozniak?s case was completed in September 2016, it helped to ?ensure that a death sentence … would be imposed? on Wozniak without the issue emerging or the case being delayed, Sanders says.

When asked about the allegations, OCDA directed The Huffington Post to a December 2016 OCDA press release about the special handling log. The release does not address the allegations of intentional delay.

OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has maintained that no one in his office intentionally behaved inappropriately in relation to the jailhouse informant program. OCSD argues similarly and that it has taken steps to create more robust ways of documenting and managing inmates.

The Justice Department announced in December that it was investigating allegations that the informant program used by the sheriff?s and district attorney?s offices had violated defendants? rights. 

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced this week that he will continue to seek the death penalty against Dekraai, despite his case being tainted by government misconduct. 

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Secret Service Laptop Holding Trump Tower Floor Plans Stolen From Agent’s Car

A laptop computer containing Trump Tower floor plans and other sensitive intelligence was stolen from a Secret Service agent?s parked vehicle in New York, authorities said.

The theft occurred Thursday morning in Brooklyn, according to CBS News. The Secret Service confirmed the theft.

?Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information,? the Secret Service said in a statement.

It?s unclear whether the theft was random, or whether the agent was targeted, according to CBS New York.

NYPD detectives are searching for the laptop. A police source told the New York Daily News that ?it?s a very big deal? and ?they?re scrambling like mad? to catch the thief.

Along with Trump Tower floor plans, the laptop contained sensitive information about the investigation into Hilary Clinton?s campaign emails. Sensitive documents also were taken from the agent?s car, according to CBS2 News, which didn?t elaborate.

The theft adds to a string of recent embarrassments for the Secret Service. Two agents face an internal investigation after allegedly taking a photo of Trump?s sleeping grandchild during a protective detail last week. A week ago, a White House intruder was able to stay on the grounds for 15 minutes before Secret Service agents finally caught him.

The Secret Service ranked dead-last in a 2016 employee survey of 305 federal agencies for employee satisfaction, according to The Washington Post. 

Authorities said they are looking for a white man wearing dark clothing.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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The Bachelor Episode 7: Nick Cries All The Time

We open in St. Thomas with Nick’s poorly explained existential crisis, in which he doubts that the whole show will work out because he sent Danielle home.  The women worry that he’s going to throw in the towel, and he talks to Chris Harrison about his doubt and ambivalence. Come on, does anyone expect us to believe that Nick is really going to give up this experience for any reason, short of decapitation?  And of course, Nick goes to the women’s hotel and says that, despite being “in his head” which appears to be a Millennial synonym for “experiencing self-doubt,” he will valiantly power through, kind of like a Navy SEAL, and agree to continue traveling the world and hooking up with with adoring beautiful women.  He should get a Purple Heart, or at least a purple condom. The women laugh and sigh with relief that the show will go on, and they have not lost their chance to marry Nick (and deal with the midlife crisis he will undoubtedly have in ten years where he believes he picked the wrong soulmate on this show).

The group adjourns to another island, Bimini, I think, but remember, I can only get through this show if I stick to my no rewinding policy.  The one-on-one date card goes to Vanessa, which makes the Corinne anxious because this is Vanessa’s second date and she hasn’t yet had a one-on-one.   The date is on a yacht, ho hum, and Vanessa expresses her concern about Nick’s ambivalence from the day before. Back at the hotel, Corinne says that Vanessa’s shtick of being a “special needs teacher with a big Italian family” is annoying.  Unlike her “spoiled heiress Daddy’s girl” routine, which is super original.

On the yacht, Vanessa says that Nick is someone that she envisioned but never thought she’d meet, and then they snorkel and make out.  At dinner, she tells the camera that she is planning to tell him that she loves him tonight, and she knows he feels the same way.  She leads in with how they have done many “firsts” together, like snorkeling, and there are many more to come, like possibly threesomes, I guess.  She tells Nick she loves him, and Nick kisses her hand and says he really likes her, and when he next says I love you, he wants it to be like he’s saying it for the first time, because he thinks there is a bigger love out there for him than he has felt for previous women.  Vanessa is hurt, and tells the camera that she thought that his relationship with her was special, and that he would respond that he loved her too.  Except YOU’RE ON THE BACHELOR, fool.

Group date.  Corinne, Raven, and Kristina go sailing with the Nickster, who arrives in some bizarre flowered short shorts.  Corinne and Kristina disrobe down to their bikinis, and Nick starts rubbing suntan lotion into Kristina, which massively irritates Corinne. The activity du jour is swimming with sharks.  I predict that he gets rid of Raven on this date, because she’s not super smart.  Neither is Corinne, obviously, but I don’t know if the producers are going to let him get rid of her, and she also has probably given Nick a secret hand job already.

Dinner date.  We find out a couple of interesting tidbits, like that Raven’s dad had lung cancer, which dissuaded her from continuing law school, so she is potentially less dumb than she appears, in that she could get into law school.  Corinne expresses her anxiety to Nick and he reassures her by making out with her.  Nick cries for some reason to Kristina, and they make out.  He needs to learn to go more than ten minutes without crying, though.  Raven gets the group date rose, which is obvious since she mentioned a sick parent, and that means that she’s going on the hometown date for sure!  Nick and Raven dance and kiss at a concert after she gets the rose, and the other two discarded women pout alone.

One-on-one with Danielle the boring neonatalia nurse.  That was a typo for neonatal because I’m so used to to typing Natalia, the name of my oldest child, but it looks like a complex Latin word for a disease so I’m leaving it.  They play basketball with some random kids, who I hope got paid for their participation on this show.  Then they sit and gaze out at the water, but they don’t seem to have very deep conversation, and, as I continue to point out, she is as boring as lint, so I hope he gets rid of her.   At dinner, they talk about getting to know each other and he brings up hometown dates and her dead fiancee.  She says that she hasn’t introduced any guy to her family since the dead one, and continues, “I want you to know that my heart is very open.  And it’s very open to you.”  WTF.  Then she says that she is scared because she doesn’t know how he feels, and looking at his face, I know how he feels.  He tells her that he has experienced “longing” and “burning desire” in the past with others, and he wants it with her, but his heart can’t get there.  Whoa, that wasn’t necessary. But it’s true, her reserve and boringness doesn’t lend itself to passionate obsession.

Danielle cries and leaves.  She says that she wishes he would return and say he made a big mistake, but no such luck.  The other girls hug her goodbye, and Raven says how shocked she is.  Corinne says that Nick is unpredictable and she needs to make sure that she gets a hometown date, so she’s going to sneak over and see him.  She puts on her full seductress regalia, including Louboutin heels and black skinny pants.  She knocks on his hotel room door.  He offers her a nightcap, while her voiceover says that she “knows how to turn on the sex charm.” As soon as the conversation falters, which is fairly soon since she’s an idiot, she starts to kiss him to make up for it.  She tells the interviewer that her heart is gold but her “vaginne is platinum.”  She adjourns with Nick to the bedroom, where we hear her tell Nick to massage her boobs, I think, but then he stops the party and says that he doesn’t think this is a good idea.  This throws Corinne into a frenzy of self-doubt and insecurity, which doesn’t look cute.

Rachel’s one-on-one.  They go a bar known for no tourists, which is not too believable, since they’re there.  Nick asks if he’s the first white guy that Rachel will have brought home, and she says yes, and he resolves to call her dad, “Sir” and not his first name.  Then they make out.  It seems that Rachel continues to be a front runner, and when she returns to the hotel, Corinne almost has a panic attack about her own uncertain status.

Nick tells Chris Harrison that he knows who he wants to eliminate, but he wants to do it before the rose ceremony out of respect for this person.  Then Nick walks to the women’s hotel and asks to speak to…. Kristina, of all people.  That was a curveball! While he speaks to Kristina, Corinne freaks out wondering if Kristina is getting eliminated or not.  Outside on the veranda, Nick cries yet again, and tells Kristina that he feels love for her but he is not in love with her.  She says, “You didn’t give me a fair chance.”  He says, “There are stronger relationships right now in the house.”  They both cry.  Then he walks away, and the women comfort her back in the house.  Poor Kristina says that she never pictured her life with anyone else before Nick, and cries as the limo drives away.

Next week: “hometown dates are on the line and you won’t believe what Nick decides,” another woman returns to confront Nick, and Nick trods solemnly through the snow in a suit, which indicates that they have left St. Thomas for somewhere less enviable.  Till we meet again, I remain, The Blogapist Who Says, Kristina Will Be Shoveling Dudes Away From Her Door After She Gets Home.

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Gulping Gargoyles, J.K. Rowling Looked Incredible At The BAFTAs

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J.K. Rowling took a break from owning trolls on Twitter to owning the BAFTAs red carpet on Sunday. 

The author looked straight-up magical in a long-sleeved, fitted maroon gown with a thigh-high slit. 

She paired the gown with purple pumps, a sparkly clutch and some serious statement earrings. 

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” took home an award for best production design, but we’d say Rowling herself won the award for best selfie of the night, posing with “Beasts” star Eddie Redmayne and Emma Stone.

Swoon. So much to obsess over, so little time. Check out the rest of the looks from the show: 

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U.S. Warns North Korea Of ‘Overwhelming’ Response If They Use Nukes

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an “effective and overwhelming” response if it chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured South Korea of steadfast U.S. support.

“Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at South Korea’s defense ministry, at the end of a two-day visit.

Mattis’ remarks come amid concern that North Korea could be readying to test a new ballistic missile, in what could be an early challenge for Trump’s administration.

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy South Korea and its main ally, the United States, conducted more than 20 missile tests last year, as well as two nuclear tests, in defiance of U.N. resolutions and sanctions.

The North also appears to have also restarted operation of a reactor at its main Yongbyon nuclear facility that produces plutonium that can be used for its nuclear weapons program, according to the U.S. think-tank 38 North.

“North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons program and engage in threatening rhetoric and behavior,” Mattis said.

North Korea’s actions have prompted the United States and South Korea to respond by bolstering defenses, including the expected deployment of a U.S. missile defense system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), in South Korea later this year.

The two sides reconfirmed that commitment on Friday.

China, however, has objected to THAAD, saying it is a direct threat to China’s own security and will do nothing to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table, leading to calls from some South Korean opposition leaders to delay or cancel it.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang reiterated China’s opposition, which he said would never change.

“We do not believe this move will be conducive to resolving the Korean peninsula nuclear issue or to maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula,” Lu told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo said Mattis’ visit to Seoul – his first trip abroad as defense secretary – sent a clear message of strong U.S. support.

“Faced with a current severe security situation, Secretary Mattis’ visit to Korea … also communicates the strongest warning to North Korea,” Han said.

Once fully developed, a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) could threaten the continental United States, which is about 9,000 km (5,500 miles) from North Korea. ICBMs have a minimum range of about 5,500 km (3,400 miles), but some are designed to travel 10,000 km (6,200 miles) or more.

Former U.S. officials and other experts have said the United States essentially has two options when it comes to trying to curb North Korea’s fast-expanding nuclear and missile programs – negotiate or take military action.

Neither path offers certain success and the military option is fraught with huge dangers, especially for Japan and South Korea, U.S. allies in close proximity to North Korea.

Mattis is due in Japan later on Friday.

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Donald Trump Thinks Roger Goodell Is ‘Weak,’ ‘Stupid’ And A ‘Dope’

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Here comes a penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.

In a recently published conversation with The New York Times, President Donald Trump shared his opinion of the NFL’s handling of Deflategate and called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “dope,” among other choice adjectives.

The article, entitled “The Uncomfortable Love Affair Between Donald Trump and the New England Patriots,” takes a look at the president’s friendship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Coach Bill Belichick, and star quarterback Tom Brady.

Here are Trump’s thoughts on the dealmaking that went down between Kraft and the NFL during the Deflategate debacle, including a Mitt Romney reference:

Kraft was under pressure, Trump explained. “He choked, just like Romney choked. He said: ‘You know what? They winked at me.’ I said, ‘Bob when you make a deal, you should have gotten it all wrapped up.’ Who ever heard of making a deal like that? Now you got this mess.” Kraft should never have trusted Goodell, he said.

Trump also took the opportunity to share some descriptive words about the NFL commissioner:

“The commissioner is a weak guy,” Trump said. “When he made the Ray Rice deal, everybody said: You’re stupid. You’re weak. And it was such a weak deal. So now he’s going overboard with their star, Brady.”

He added: “The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy.”

Not an especially surprising point of view, considering that a year ago Trump indicated he would “fire” Goodell, if he could. 

Asked on Wednesday about his feelings toward Trump, Goodell said that “as commissioner of the NFL, I am singularly focused on the Super Bowl right now.”

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Marching In Topeka: Grief, Disbelief And Action In A Red State

I went to bed past midnight on election night, after witnessing the shocking development that Donald Trump would win the electoral vote. Our college sophomore son texted us at 1:30 a.m. that Trump had indeed bagged the Electoral College.

Sometime in the wee hours I dreamt I was comforting Hillary Clinton, who was, naturally, dressed in a pantsuit. I hugged her and told her how sorry I was that she had lost the election. Then I said, “I love your hair color. Can you tell me who your hair colorist is?”

Maybe my hair colorist question expressed my unconscious wish to normalize the life ahead of us, to convince myself that even in the face of devastating election results, we could all return to life as usual. But I awoke to a grimmer reality. Like many others, I didn’t shower that day or leave the house. I cried when Tim Kaine spoke. I cried when Hillary finally conceded to Trump. I skipped the panel I was planning to attend that evening at a public library. And for many days after, I burst into tears unexpectedly, still in shock at the death of my dream that we would have our first female president, a woman vastly qualified and prepared for the office.

In fact, I’ve remained in shock, dismay and disbelief until the recent Women’s March. I knew I didn’t want to board a bus for D.C., but when my 34-year-old dancer daughter said she was attending the Topeka march, and that she and her partner and another friend were making signs, I committed to going with them.

In the past, I have preferred to air my political beliefs through writing, not marching. In fact, this women’s march was my first march ever. In college, as a student journalist, I covered protests, but did not participate in them. I once did a half-marathon walk/run for the ERA, but I have preferred the pen to the pavement.

The goddesses smiled on the Topeka Women’s March, which drew 4,000 participants, young and old, male, female and in-between, to the south side of the State Capitol on a sunny day in the 50s. Against the bluest sky, the crowd was uplifted by a wonderful all-female musical group, The Skirts. My daughter recognized the mandolin player as a kindergarten teacher whose class she visits once a week to teach creative dance. They led us in “Teach Your Children Well,” with telling lyrics given the antics of our renegade president. A child in the crowd held a sign: “I’m Listening.”

Beryl New, African American principal of Topeka’s east-side Highland Park High, who had children in day care with my daughter, served as a dynamic emcee. “We have been blessed so that 4,000 people can come together to celebrate the banner over all of us, the banner of love,” she said. Interestingly, the organizers of the march in Topeka were a young University of Kansas professor, who lived down the street from us as a girl, and a History and Spanish teacher at a local private school, the younger sister of a classmate and friend of my daughter from a big Mormon family.

A female Unitarian minister led a prayer that ended with the wish that we come together in “a movement, not a moment.”

As we listened to the speakers, a mother tapped me on my shoulder and told me her daughter wanted to give me a sunflower. At the end of two and a half hours of a baker’s dozen women speakers, including a construction worker, a transgender woman, an African American legislator, an indigenous speaker, a disabled activist, and more, we marched around the Capitol Building. For the first time since Trump’s election, I felt exhilarated. I was joined by my husband and my son, our daughter and several of her friends. I carried my Kansas sunflower proudly.

Fatima Mohammadi, of Iranian/Danish parents, mother of three and an attorney, had ended her remarks by asking the crowd, “What if this darkness is not the darkness of a tomb, but of a womb?”

Across the nation, Gloria Steinem, veteran activist, echoed these sentiments at the Women’s March on Washington when she said, surveying the crowd of one million gathered there: “This is the upside of the downside.” Her rousing, stirring keynote referenced the 370 marches occurring in all states and on seven continents, marches that in the days after were reported to have drawn 3 to 4 million.

In closing, Steinem observed that often after electing a “possible president, we too often go home.” But as she said, since “We’ve elected an impossible president, we’re never going home.”

The National Women’s March organizers have recommended 10 actions in 100 days. This week I was invited to three postcard-writing parties. At the one I attended I asked my Congressional representatives to not tamper with the Affordable Care Act, telling the story of my daughter’s duet partner who broke her wrist during a performance, but had insured herself thanks to the ACA two weeks before. I wrote my state legislators asking that they support a bill granting permanent exemption from the Kansas concealed carry laws for public buildings, including universities, saying had I known there would be weapons on campus at the University of Kansas after July, I would have encouraged my son to go out of state to college.

The many airport rallies in opposition to Trump’s travel restrictions for those from seven Muslim-majority countries shows public protests will continue.

We Kansans may live in a red state, but sizable numbers of us intend to resist the Trump administration when it steps on the rights of those perceived as Other. During the first week alone, those others were non-Christians, Muslims, and people with little means to purchase health insurance.

We are not going home, as Steinem, 82, and still splendid in her galvanizing energy, said. We will keep up the pressure. We will move through loss and grief, toward hopeful and positive action.

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I went to bed past midnight on election night, after witnessing the shocking development that Donald Trump would win the electoral vote. Our college sophomore son texted us at 1:30 a.m. that Trump had indeed bagged the Electoral College.

Sometime in the wee hours I dreamt I was comforting Hillary Clinton, who was, naturally, dressed in a pantsuit. I hugged her and told her how sorry I was that she had lost the election. Then I said, “I love your hair color. Can you tell me who your hair colorist is?”

Maybe my hair colorist question expressed my unconscious wish to normalize the life ahead of us, to convince myself that even in the face of devastating election results, we could all return to life as usual. But I awoke to a grimmer reality. Like many others, I didn’t shower that day or leave the house. I cried when Tim Kaine spoke. I cried when Hillary finally conceded to Trump. I skipped the panel I was planning to attend that evening at a public library. And for many days after, I burst into tears unexpectedly, still in shock at the death of my dream that we would have our first female president, a woman vastly qualified and prepared for the office.

In fact, I’ve remained in shock, dismay and disbelief until the recent Women’s March. I knew I didn’t want to board a bus for D.C., but when my 34-year-old dancer daughter said she was attending the Topeka march, and that she and her partner and another friend were making signs, I committed to going with them.

In the past, I have preferred to air my political beliefs through writing, not marching. In fact, this women’s march was my first march ever. In college, as a student journalist, I covered protests, but did not participate in them. I once did a half-marathon walk/run for the ERA, but I have preferred the pen to the pavement.

The goddesses smiled on the Topeka Women’s March, which drew 4,000 participants, young and old, male, female and in-between, to the south side of the State Capitol on a sunny day in the 50s. Against the bluest sky, the crowd was uplifted by a wonderful all-female musical group, The Skirts. My daughter recognized the mandolin player as a kindergarten teacher whose class she visits once a week to teach creative dance. They led us in “Teach Your Children Well,” with telling lyrics given the antics of our renegade president. A child in the crowd held a sign: “I’m Listening.”

Beryl New, African American principal of Topeka’s east-side Highland Park High, who had children in day care with my daughter, served as a dynamic emcee. “We have been blessed so that 4,000 people can come together to celebrate the banner over all of us, the banner of love,” she said. Interestingly, the organizers of the march in Topeka were a young University of Kansas professor, who lived down the street from us as a girl, and a History and Spanish teacher at a local private school, the younger sister of a classmate and friend of my daughter from a big Mormon family.

A female Unitarian minister led a prayer that ended with the wish that we come together in “a movement, not a moment.”

As we listened to the speakers, a mother tapped me on my shoulder and told me her daughter wanted to give me a sunflower. At the end of two and a half hours of a baker’s dozen women speakers, including a construction worker, a transgender woman, an African American legislator, an indigenous speaker, a disabled activist, and more, we marched around the Capitol Building. For the first time since Trump’s election, I felt exhilarated. I was joined by my husband and my son, our daughter and several of her friends. I carried my Kansas sunflower proudly.

Fatima Mohammadi, of Iranian/Danish parents, mother of three and an attorney, had ended her remarks by asking the crowd, “What if this darkness is not the darkness of a tomb, but of a womb?”

Across the nation, Gloria Steinem, veteran activist, echoed these sentiments at the Women’s March on Washington when she said, surveying the crowd of one million gathered there: “This is the upside of the downside.” Her rousing, stirring keynote referenced the 370 marches occurring in all states and on seven continents, marches that in the days after were reported to have drawn 3 to 4 million.

In closing, Steinem observed that often after electing a “possible president, we too often go home.” But as she said, since “We’ve elected an impossible president, we’re never going home.”

The National Women’s March organizers have recommended 10 actions in 100 days. This week I was invited to three postcard-writing parties. At the one I attended I asked my Congressional representatives to not tamper with the Affordable Care Act, telling the story of my daughter’s duet partner who broke her wrist during a performance, but had insured herself thanks to the ACA two weeks before. I wrote my state legislators asking that they support a bill granting permanent exemption from the Kansas concealed carry laws for public buildings, including universities, saying had I known there would be weapons on campus at the University of Kansas after July, I would have encouraged my son to go out of state to college.

The many airport rallies in opposition to Trump’s travel restrictions for those from seven Muslim-majority countries shows public protests will continue.

We Kansans may live in a red state, but sizable numbers of us intend to resist the Trump administration when it steps on the rights of those perceived as Other. During the first week alone, those others were non-Christians, Muslims, and people with little means to purchase health insurance.

We are not going home, as Steinem, 82, and still splendid in her galvanizing energy, said. We will keep up the pressure. We will move through loss and grief, toward hopeful and positive action.

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Celebs Reveal Trump’s ‘Alternative Constitution’ In Funny Or Die Bit

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So that’s why President Donald Trump is ticking off so many people!

In this celebrity-packed Funny or Die satire, we learn that the country’s new leader abides by a different constitution than the one we all use. And Trump has followed this cursed “Alternative Constitution” since his youth. 

Actors Amber Heard, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Rodriguez and many others explain the contents and history of this alt-constitution, then urge viewers to help them get Trump copies of the real one.

Watch the video above to learn more.

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There is more than one story to be told about Muslims in Trump’s America


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Maha Bali, American University in Cairo

Let me tell you two stories that happened to two different people. Both concern religion in North America.

Register how you feel about each of them.

Story one: “Why are you not Christian?” a man asks you.

Story two: You wake up to find someone has left a Bible on your doorstep.

Which of these sounds more violent, more threatening to you? Or neither?

Now, imagine yourself a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf in a Western country and repeat the two stories to yourself again. How would you feel?

Now let me complete each story and give you some context.

Story one

“Why are you not Christian?” the man asked, kindly, in broken English.

“We believe in Jesus and the Bible,” I said, wanting to comfort him, “and we have a lot of Christians in Egypt where I come from.”

This happened to me in Houston, Texas around 2007 or 2008. The man was a plumber coming in to fix my sink. He found it difficult to express himself in English but seemed to care about saving my soul, however misguided that was.

It didn’t occur to me to be offended or afraid. This was a time when America was on the cusp of electing either a black president, a female president or at least a female vice president. Houston, despite what all my American friends had told me before I left Egypt, was not a generally racist place to live.

Half of the surgery fellows working with my husband at the Texas Heart Institute were Muslim. Some strangers said “Assalamu Alaikum” (peace be upon you) to me on the streets, or stopped me and my friends to comment on the beauty of our colourful headscarves.

Story two

You wake up to find someone has left a Bible on your doorstep. This happened to a friend in North America, soon after Donald Trump was elected president. She felt it was a threat or a subtle act of violence. She wondered how her neighbours would feel if she placed a Qur’an on their doorsteps.

When I heard my friend’s story, it got me thinking about the possible intentions of the person who placed that Bible on her doorstep.

I trust that my friend’s feeling of being threatened was real in that context. But I wondered if the story might have been different. What if the story had included a note inside the Bible, showing who had left it, or giving an invitation to exchange holy books?

What if the Bible on the doorstep had been the beginning of a dialogue rather than a way to scare someone away? And if the person who left the Bible on my friend’s doorstep didn’t have bad intentions, why didn’t they do it in person and look her in the eye?



What does a Bible on a doorstep mean?


Context and power

There are differences between story one and two, chief among them are context and power. The political context and who the actors are make a difference to the story. An elderly, Hispanic plumber fixing my sink? Not a threat to my 20-something self in Houston, accompanying my surgeon husband doing a fellowship at a prestigious nearby hospital.

Had I been asked the same question by a white man, in an angry voice, in another context, my reaction would probably have been very different.

I am telling this story in the era where we are lamenting the rise of fake news and exploring our roles as educators to respond to it, as if a technical solution to figuring out if something is a lie will fix our problems. It won’t. Because it’s not a technical problem.

Education and understanding

Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US is not fake news. It’s real news. And as a community, we have to deal with it.

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has said:

Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes that if you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story and to start with, ‘secondly’. Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African state, and not with the colonial creation of the African state, and you have an entirely different story.

The media does this all the time. So do politicians – we see Donald Trump right now, talking about banning Iraqi refugees and immigrants from entering the US, without mentioning the role of his country in causing the instability that motivated the immigration in the first place.

Adichie also says:

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

In my view, the best way to ensure that we and our children see more than the stereotypical story about people who are different from us is to expose them and ourselves to multiple stories. The bare minimum is to expose ourselves to other cultures on their own terms.

So, for example, we don’t learn about Native Americans from Pocahontas or from Western films. We learn from Native Americans themselves. If we don’t have direct access to them (I live a long way away in Egypt), find them online. Read or listen or even, if you’re lucky, converse.

I know what you’re thinking. I’m Muslim, talking about Muslims in America. What brought this on? But in the midst of my concern over Muslims in America, I also noticed Trump’s presidential memo to advance approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline, I can see the injustice in this, and the irony: on the one hand, a “nation of immigrants” that is neither honouring immigrants, nor honouring the original residents of this land.

We will always have blind spots towards cultures that are unfamiliar to us. But the more deeply we establish understanding of the “other”, the more we try to empathise, with social justice as our underlying value, the more likely we are to become empathetic, critical, global citizens. As educators, we must expand and diversify the people in our in-groups, and help students do this too.

Education expert Sean Michael Morris, on the day of Trump’s inauguration, urged us to change the way we teach. He wrote:

An education that convinces us of what needs to be known, what is important versus what is frivolous, is not an education. It’s training at best, conscription at worst. And all it prepares us to do is to believe what we’re told.

This goes for parents and mentors as well as those of us in more formal teaching roles.

Building empathy

The best way not to believe what we’re told is not to go fact-checking each and every thing we hear. Instead, I propose we start building our ability to understand people who are different from us, in context, rather than relying on harmful stereotypes. To know them as individuals, as they would like to be known, not as some dominant power (or US president) has decided we shall know them.

This is not quick or simple. But it can allow us to form a view of the world that rises above deception and to see what’s important in our humanity. And it will change the way we vote. When we empathise with others, we imagine how our decisions can impact them.

Remember those two stories I mentioned earlier? Back in 2007 and 2008, I felt comfortable and safe praying in a mosque in Houston. Now, I would not, given the latest news of Islamophobic violence in mosques coming from North America, most recently the terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec City that left six people dead.

My friend with the Bible on her doorstep, a dual citizen, was unable to attend a conference in the US a few days ago.

But that isn’t the biggest tragedy. The tragic stories are those of families torn apart by this executive order. Parents who cannot reach their children. What we need now, more than ever, is empathy.

The Conversation

Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo

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Duterte and the Incoming U.S. Administration

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