Sen. Ted Cruz Slams Tennessee Day To Honor KKK Grand Wizard: ‘This Is WRONG’

Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is speaking out against Tennessee’s decision to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest ― a Confederate general, slave trader and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan ― calling it downright “wrong.” signed a proclamation deeming Saturday “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” and praising him as “a recognized military figure in American history and a native Tennessean.” days of recognition each year. In addition to Forrest, the state also has days honoring Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate army, and Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves. Echoing Cruz’s criticism, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) called on the governor to bring the state “into the 21st century” rather than “backsliding into the 19th.” Despite the criticism, Lee “I haven’t even looked …

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Honors KKK Grand Wizard With Proclamation

Each year, according to state law, the governor is supposed to sign six such proclamations for days of observation, three of which are in honor of the Confederacy, “I signed the bill because the law requires that I do that and I haven’t looked at changing that law,” Lee told The Tennessean on Thursday. panned by the media. New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie tweeted: “Very cool that Tennessee has a day honoring a confederate war criminal and founder of America’s oldest and deadliest terrorist group.”  bloodthirsty slave trader and the KKK’s very first grand wizard. In 1864, he led Confederate soldiers to commit what’s known as the Fort Pillow Massacre, according to The Washington Post. Three hundred Union soldiers, …

Joe Biden Lays Out Foreign Policy Plan To ‘Repair Trumps Damage

NEW YORK ― Former Vice President Joe Biden used an expansive foreign policy speech on Thursday to assert that President As part of an attempt to improve the country’s relationships with other democracies, Biden said that early in his presidency he would host a “global summit for democracy to renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the Free World.”  “Donald Trump’s brand of ‘America first’ has too often led to ‘America alone,’” he said. Tacitly acknowledging recent criticism that he isn’t taking the threat of China seriously, Biden repeatedly mentioned that country’s growing worldwide influence and described pulling together a united front of countries wary of Beijing’s authoritarianism. “We are the United States of America and we …

Mike Pence Cant Account For Photo Of Dismal Migrant Detention Conditions

Mike Pence said he “can’t account for that.” tour of a detention center in McAllen, Texas, Pence applauded Customs and Border Protection for “doing their level best in an overcrowded environment and a difficult environment,” calling out “slander against” the agency. With that, Brown showed Pence a photo of migrants sitting practically shoulder to shoulder. The image was included in a May alert from the Department of Homeland Security’s “When you look at that, what do you see?” she asked. “What I can account for … is the facility that you saw today represents the level and the standard of care that we are working to bring to all those caught up in this crisis,” he said. Continuing, Pence said …

Hunt backs protection for Christians worldwide

Christian persecution ‘at near genocide levels’ Alarm over China’s Church crackdown Pope decries killing of Christians It said the Foreign Office should identify the “particular character” of discrimination against Christians, alongside “similar definitions for other religions”. Boris Johnson, Mr Hunt’s rival in the Conservative leadership race, also signalled his backing for the report. Image Copyright @BorisJohnson @BorisJohnson Mr Hunt said he thought officials should clearly call out specific anti-Christian hatred using the term ‘Christophobia’. “We need to recognise that there is a specific Christian-related issue that goes beyond the championing of freedom of religious belief,” he added. The bishop’s report estimated estimated that one in three people suffer from religious persecution, with Christians the most persecuted religious group. ‘Not about …

Bill Clinton ‘knows nothing’ about financier Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘terrible crimes,’ former president’s spokesman says

Court documents unsealed Monday show wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein is charged with creating and maintaining a network that allowed him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls. (Fox News) Prosecutors also allege Epstein “worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates” who helped facilitate his conduct by contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with the 66-year-old at his mansion in New York City and Palm, Beach, Fla. At Epstein’s multi-story mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, prosecutors said that victims would be escorted to a room with a massage table where they would perform a massage on him. “The victims, who were as young as 14 years of age, were told by Epstein or other …

Bid to make no deal more difficult scrapes through

He tweeted that it “makes it much harder for incoming prime minister to suspend Parliament”. Not selected The UK had been due to leave the EU on 29 March, but this date was delayed after MPs repeatedly rejected Theresa May’s deal. Currently, the date for exit is 31 October. If that date is reached without a deal being agreed on the separation process, then the UK will leave without one. MPs have consistently voted against this option, but the prime minister could try to get around that by closing Parliament – proroguing – in the run-up to Brexit day, denying them an opportunity to block it. Why there’s more to the Northern Ireland bill Can the new prime minister force …

Trump sings praises of American exceptionalism in elaborate July 4 salute

“Today, we come together as one nation with this very special Salute to America,” a smiling Trump said. “We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag — the brave men and women of the United States military.” ‘SALUTE TO AMERICA’ CRITICS FUELED BY ‘HATE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP’: KAYLEIGH MCENANY From George Washington leading the Continental Army to the Apollo 11 moon landing, Trump rattled off a list of American accomplishments and inventions in the name of freedom, while surreptitiously sneaking in a boast about his administration’s accomplishments. “Americans love our freedom and no one will ever take it away from us,” Trump said to chants of “U-S-A.” “Our nation is stronger today than it ever was …

War criminals among us: inside the quiet effort to prosecute and deport violators disguised as refugees

FILE – In this April 13, 1975, file photo, U.S. Marines come under Khmer Rouge fire while they were on the ground near the U.S. embassy during Operation Eagle Pull which evacuated American and embassy personnel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Five days after Operation Eagle Pull, the dramatic evacuation of Americans, the U.S.-backed government fell as communist Khmer Rouge guerrillas stormed into Phnom Penh. Nearly 2 million Cambodians – one in every four – would die from executions, starvation and hideous torture. (AP Photo/Tea Kim Heang, File) (The Associated Press) More recently, a case this year was won against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, regarding the president’s direct involvement in the targeted killing of American journalist Marie Colvin amid …

‘Inconsistency’ around blue badges ‘needs to end’

A spokesperson from the Welsh Government said: “We welcome this review and the opportunity to give evidence. We will consider the findings and respond in due course.” ‘No real information’ Tina Sharp, from Knighton in Powys, who contributed to the committee’s inquiry, said it was “really difficult” for people to apply for blue badges. The 55-year-old has used a wheelchair for the past 15 years as she has Arnold-Chiari malformation which affects brain and spinal cord development. She also had to apply for a blue badge for her father because he “wouldn’t have known where to start” which would have left him “house-bound”. Ms Sharp said many people use libraries to seek help to make their application, but 10 libraries …

Why are the UK and China arguing about Hong Kong?

Demonstrators argue it threatens Hong Kong’s autonomy (its right to rule itself) and undermines its independent legal system. They fear China could use it for political reasons. In 1984, then prime minister Margaret Thatcher signed the Joint Declaration with the Chinese government. In it the two countries agreed that Hong Kong would be handed back to China in 1997, on a number of conditions. These included the region’s high level of autonomy and maintaining certain rights not granted in mainland China. It was also agreed that Hong Kong’s capitalist system, which was different to China’s communist model, would continue. The agreement would be in place for the following 50 years – that’s until 2047. Related Topics Hong Kong extradition protests …

Harris and Biden campaigns spar over desegregation busing one week after first debate

(CNN)The debate over desegregation busing continues to reverberate in the 2020 Democratic presidential race one week after the first debate. But in the days following her standout moment, Harris and her campaign have struggled to explain her own position on busing to desegregate schools today. And animosity between the two campaigns has spilled out into the open, with top aides to Biden and Harris engaging in a heated back-and-forth on social media over where their respective candidates stand on the issue. The public spat has also reignited debate over busing, which was one of the most controversial aspects of the effort to address segregation in schools. Supporters of busing argued that it was to necessary to correct the damaging legacy …

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Dismisses Trumps Comments On Homelessness

After President problems, saying the federal government “may intercede,” Gov. Newsom told reporters Trump administration has been to address the reasons people are on streets and sidewalks in the first place.” Trump’s 2020 budget proposal released earlier this year proposed sweeping programs. In a that aired Monday, Trump was asked about “filth” in cities like New York, San Francisco and L.A. He responded with lengthy, meandering remarks, apparently referring to homelessness, saying: “We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate.”  He singled out Los Angeles and San Francisco, slamming the “liberal establishment,” saying: “You take a look at what’s going on with San Francisco, it’s terrible.”  On Tuesday, Newsom spun the president’s remarks to welcome …

The children of the devolution look to the future

Image copyright Anne Macphail Image caption Places like Stranraer can still feel a long way from the seat of power Forty years after I left here, what you might call peripheral Scotland still feels a long way from the centre political power. The birth of the Scottish Parliament doesn’t seem to have done much to narrow the perceived gap. James Mitchell, professor of politics at Edinburgh University, says: “The same argument that was always applied for having a Scottish Parliament – that Scotland was distinct and different – equally applies at the local level. “The local authorities and communities are diverse with different interests, different priorities. “We stand out in comparative European terms as one of the most centralised places …

How pop divas dominated Glastonbury’s last day

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChristine and the Queens on equality in music The Cure might have been headlining the Pyramid Stage, but Glastonbury’s final day was all about envelope-pushing pop divas. Billie Eilish, Janelle Monae and Christine And The Queens played across the site, bringing with them messages of liberation, empowerment and acceptance. Monae, who headlined the West Holts stage, delivered a potent mix of sex and politics, encouraging the crowd to embrace their sexuality by declaring: “Say it loud, I’m dirty and proud”. A field away, Christine and the Queens’ Heloise Letissier was also preaching tolerance, pronouncing the Other Stage “a safe space – because if there’s no judgment, then anything can happen”. Both artists …