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Mercedes-Benz sees new US vice president

17.07.2019 9:30

German automaker Mercedes-Benz has appointed a new vice president and chief financial officer in the United States.

From: www.luxurydaily.com

McConnell says Trump is 'not a racist' and calls for Washington to 'tone down' rhetoric

17.07.2019 9:28


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Donald Trump is a racist despite the president’s calls for four Democratic lawmakers to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came.”

From: news.yahoo.com

Odd Man Out: How the Independent Justin Amash Could Shake Up the 2020 Presidential Election

17.07.2019 9:28


Washington circles are abuzz with the suggestion that Justin Amash, the ex-Republican congressman from Michigan, may mount a third-party presidential campaign in 2020. In the few days since leaving the GOP, he’s talked about “room for a third party” and refused to rule out running for president. But sources close to Amash and the Libertarian Party deny that a presidential run is in the works—although the door is still open. For the time being, the Libertarian-leaning representative is looking to build a fiscally conservative, pro-restraint coalition across party lines.Michigan representative Justin Amash has made waves in recent weeks with his challenges to the Republican establishment. He first suggested that President Donald Trump should be impeached, then he contested the president’s authority to attack Iran without congressional approval, and finally left the party.Amash seemed to send mixed signals about his next move, telling CNN that he’s planning to run for re-election to the House of Representatives, but confirming that he still “wouldn’t rule anything like [a Libertarian presidential run] out.”

‘I saw hate in his eyes’: White security guard pulls gun on black police officer

17.07.2019 9:28


Sheriff’s deputy Alan Gaston thought they were on the same side.One man, Mr Gaston, was a high-ranking officer in the Lucas County, Ohio, sheriff’s department with 34 years of experience.The other was a security guard contracted to protect an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office in Toledo.But then the guard pulled his gun. He raised his voice. He put a hand on Mr Gaston’s arm and rested his finger on the trigger.In a matter of seconds, what began with a routine errand at the IRS escalated into a frightening standoff between a white security guard and a black police officer, who said he heard hate in the guard’s shouts and believed he would be shot.“You don’t expect to be ambushed by someone who you think is on the same team,” Mr Gaston told The Washington Post.“I feel there was definitely some racial overtones involved. And I’m not the type of person to throw the race card, I’m just telling you the facts. I looked in his eyes and I saw hate in his eyes.”He had stopped by the IRS office during his shift on 31 May to ask a question about a letter the agency sent him.He was in full uniform, his badge and his firearm in clear view.The security guard, identified in court documents as Seth Eklund, asked Mr Gaston to leave his gun in his patrol car.When Mr Gaston replied he couldn’t do that, he said Mr Eklund became hostile. Mr Eklund accused Mr Gaston of reaching for his weapon, shouting “get your hands off your gun”, even though Mr Gaston said his hands were visible and nowhere near his holster.Mr Gaston, who has years of experience teaching defensive tactics, decided it was time for him to leave.He recalled a wide-eyed elderly couple in the office waiting room watching the exchange, and he said he feared for the bystanders’ safety. Mr Gaston turned to go.As he walked out of the cramped office, Mr Eklund drew his gun, trained it on Mr Gaston’s back and followed him. At one point, Mr Gaston said, Mr Eklund tried to arrest the uniformed officer.“He came around the corner with his weapon out, telling me, ‘you had your chance, you’re not going anywhere, I’m detaining you’,” Gaston said.“That’s when I was preparing myself to be shot. The hate and anger he had against me, I was getting ready to be shot by this security guard for no reason.”Mr Eklund, who could not be reached for comment, pleaded not guilty to one charge of aggravated menacing in a court appearance on Monday.Mr Gaston and his wife have also filed a lawsuit against Mr Eklund and the two security firms that apparently employed him.Representatives of those companies, Paragon Systems and Praetorian Shield, did not respond to requests for comment. The IRS declined to comment.The local news station WTVG published what it claims to be security camera footage of the interaction and The Washington Post obtained screenshots of the video.The images show Mr Gaston backing away and attempting to leave the building in an elevator. But Mr Eklund, gun still drawn, blocks the door with his foot.Mr Gaston says he felt cornered, scared. He took out his phone to take a picture of Mr Eklund, he said, and the security guard finally holstered his weapon.Heather Taylor, president of the Ethical Society of Police in St Louis, said that Mr Eklund behaved recklessly and likely would not have treated a white officer the same way.“We know what it’s like being an African American police officer in a city,” Ms Taylor said. “A lot of us realise that, hey, even though you’re in uniform, that doesn’t mean you’re safe.”The tense scene recalled other, infamous incidents with grisly endings. Ms Taylor pointed to the case of Jemel Roberson, a black security guard who was killed by a Midlothian, Illinois, police officer while they both responded to a shooting at the bar where Roberson worked.She also mentioned Detective Jacai Colson in Maryland, who was killed by a fellow officer while working undercover. Mr Colson, according to a lawsuit, had his badge in his hand and was shouting “Police! Police!” before he was killed.“You’re not given the benefit of the doubt as a minority,” Ms Taylor said. “It’s something we’ve been highlighting forever and now here’s another example of it.”She applauded Mr Gaston’s cool demeanour in the face of what she said was potentially lethal bigotry.Mr Gaston said he didn’t feel that Mr Eklund respected him as a law enforcement officer, and in more than three decades of police work has never dealt with anything like that.He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression, he said. He’s been on medical leave and is seeing a counsellor twice a week. The civil suit Mr Gaston and his wife filed seeks compensation.The standoff between Mr Gaston and Mr Eklund ended, he said, when Toledo police officers responded to a 911 call from inside the building that mentioned a man who has “got a gun” and “won’t leave”. The caller didn’t mention that the man was a police officer.When Toledo police arrived, Mr Gaston recounted, they told Mr Eklund: “You know he’s a uniformed deputy sheriff, right? We can go anywhere in this building we want.”Washington Post

House Votes to Allow Pelosi to Call Trump’s Comments ‘Racist’ After Floor Fight

17.07.2019 9:28


House Democrats blocked an attempt to have Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech in which she called several of President Trump's tweets "racist" stricken from the House record after fireworks erupted on the floor over her remarks excoriating the president."Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president's racist tweets," Pelosi said in an impassioned speech, referring to a resolution condemning Trump's tweets in which he tells several progressive congresswomen of color to "go back" to where they came from if they are unhappy with the U.S."Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color," the resolution reads.Democrats have rallied around the four Democratic congresswomen in question, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, who have shot back at the president that he is a racist."To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people. I urge a unanimous vote," Pelosi said on the floor.Republican congressman Doug Collins immediately asked the speaker if she would care to "rephrase her comment," to which Pelosi responded she had "cleared my remarks with the parliamentarian before I read them."Collins then requested a point of order that Pelosi's remarks were "unparliamentary and her words be taken down."After over an hour of consideration, Democratic presiding chair Emanuel Cleaver abandoned the chair in frustration."We don't ever, ever want to pass up, it seems, an opportunity to escalate, and that's what this is," Cleaver said. "We want to just fight. I abandon the chair."House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer eventually took over the chair and said Pelosi's remarks were found "not in order," but Democrats prevailed in a subsequent vote on striking them from the House record, meaning they will remain."Characterization characterizing an action as racist … should not be used in debate," Hoyer said.Pelosi doubled down on her remarks before the vote."I stand by my statement," she told reporters. "I’m proud of the attention that’s being called to it because what the president said was completely inappropriate against our colleagues, but not just against them, against so many people in our country."

From: news.yahoo.com

Beto O'Rourke says he is descended from slave owners, supports reparations to unite 'two Americas'

17.07.2019 9:28


The Democratic presidential hopeful from Texas published a blog post in which he discussed his family's history and his support for reparations.

From: news.yahoo.com

'You must be stupid': Duterte says he won't be tried by international court

17.07.2019 9:28


Philippine 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.

From: news.yahoo.com

Trump shares false information about AOC and Ilhan Omar's polling figures

17.07.2019 9:28


Donald Trump has been accused of “mass distortion of reality” after he shared misleading polling data on the two of the Democratic congresswomen of colour he targeted in a series of racist tweets.He tweeted that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had an approval rating of 21 per cent, while Ilhan Omar had a rating of just eight per cent. It came as the US president insisted that he did not have a “racist bone” in his body and called the vote to condemn his racist attacks directed at the four congresswomen as a “Democrat con game”.Mr Trump had said that some Democratic congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” in a series of tweets on Sunday.While the US president did not name the targets of his attack, the context of his tweet made it clear it was aimed at a group of four progressive Democratic women of colour – Ms Omar, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Defending his previous remarks, Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country.” “Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said”He added: "Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!"However, the data he cited was based on a poll by news website Axios which only surveyed “white non-college voters” who supported Mr Trump in 2016.In response to Mr Trump’ tweet citing the data, Ms Ocasio-Cortez wrote: ”Authoritarians rely on mass distortion of reality to further concentrate their power, and they will take advantage of anyone and anything to meet that end.”The polling data has since been criticised eviscerated by polling experts.Ariel Edwards-Levy, the Huffington Post’s polling editor, said: “Readers have no way of knowing who commissioned the poll, who conducted it, how they identified the voters they surveyed, what methodology they used to interview them or what exactly respondents were asked.”“That makes it basically impossible to evaluate the survey in any meaningful way.”The House of Representatives voted in favour of the resolution condemning Mr Trump’s racist tweets on Tuesday night.The vote was largely along partisan lines with only four Republican congressmen voting against the resolution.

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit unveiled at Smithsonian

17.07.2019 9:28


The spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his mission to the moon went on public display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum exactly 50 years to the day when Apollo 11 launched into space. Armstrong's son Rick unveiled the suit along with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence who recalled how the country was deeply divided in the late 1960s but came together in pride when Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. "On top of the contributions to science and human understanding, for that brief moment, the man who wore this suit, brought together our nation and the world," Pence said.

From: news.yahoo.com

Trump Says ‘Many People’ Are Racist Like Him… and He’s Right

17.07.2019 9:28


Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo Getty“If you’re not happy, you can leave.”Those are the words of an American president, spoken from the steps of the White House this morning. Even for someone like Donald Trump, a man with a long history of bigotry and racism, the scene was breathtaking. This is who he is, and who his supporters are.  “If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time—very simply,” he said. “You can leave.” Trump Is a Racist. If You Still Support Him, So Are You.No one expected the president to walk back the racist tirade he unleashed on social media over the weekend. After three years of Trump, no one believed that congressional Republicans would ever firmly and unambiguously denounce his latest string of bigoted, xenophobic statements. Or evangelical Christians. Or conservatives. Or White House staffers. That’s not who they are. They are standing with this president because they either agree with him or are content that their own political power is fueled by white supremacy. The few who spoke at all parsed words until they were drained of all meaning. And then, there were the politicians like Sen. Lindsay Graham and cable news pundits like Fox News’s Brit Hume and Katie Pavlich, who audaciously cast aspersions on those who dared to speak up in defense of the common good, those who openly celebrate the inherent value of embracing diversity. They are willing to forego the promise of this nation in order to hitch their wagons to a hate-mongering, chest-thumping demagogue. While the president’s remarks, laced with bravado and mendacity, were pointed at four freshmen members of Congress—all of whom are women of color—on Monday Trump was speaking to a nation. He stood before a bank of cameras and told us plainly and without pause that he meant every deplorable thing he’d tweeted and that if you don’t like it, get out. “Does it concern you that many people saw your tweet as racist?” a reporter asked. Trump, who appears incapable of shame, did not spare a breath before he responded, “It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me.”I honestly thought his presidency was over the day he defended white supremacists from the lobby of Trump Tower. After a progressive activist was killed in Charlottesville, intentionally struck by a car driven a white nationalist, Trump wanted the world to believe the torch-baring band of alt-right protesters spewing “Jews will not replace us!” were  “some very fine people.” I was wrong. Just after he spoke Monday in Washington, one of those “fine people,” James Alex Fields Jr., was sentenced to life and 419 years for murdering Heather Heyer and injuring others in Charlottesville. But that’s not the sort of person Trump is telling to leave America. Instead, he aimed his ire at lawmakers who disagreed with his policies, and by extension anyone who agrees with those lawmakers, and urged us to leave the country. Last week, he delivered a similar message to immigrants detained in government-sponsored concentration camps. They should stay in their own country, he said, if they don’t like the inhumane conditions. Trump has singlehandedly turned Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on a hill” into a sewer of malfeasance and cruelty. Rooted in the now defunct Tea Party’s “take our country back” mantra, the message was then and it is now: America—the land of the free and the home of the brave—is for white people. It was always coming to this. There was always going to be a day when this commander-in-chief demanded a brand of personal loyalty most commonly required by autocrats and dictators. A man who surrounds himself with glad-handing sycophants, Trump has never once publicly admitted a failure of judgment and is unable to brook dissent. He is both uninterested in and incapable of hearing more than one side of an argument or digesting the complexities of public discourse. He cannot grasp the notion that what makes a nation exceptional is its ability to devote its energies to the progress of its people. All of them. Presumably buoyed by the fact that he would never be removed from office by the GOP-controlled Senate, even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved forward with an impeachment inquiry, Trump appears to believe there are no real checks on his powers. He has shown himself more than willing to flout the judiciary and thumb his nose at congressional subpoenas. And who could blame him?After all, his actions have been celebrated by his political base-- which has shown no significant decline since his inauguration. For them, Trump is simply telling it “like it is” by boldly, unapologetically espousing the politics of white resentment. Reminiscent of men like former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox—who wielded an ax handle to keep African Americans out of his whites-only restaurant—Trump’s revival of Jim Crow-style politicking is openly embraced in certain quarters of the country. While some political prognosticators continue to blame “economic anxiety,” that has always been a fallacy. “Reagan Democrat” was always code for racial intolerance. And as long as those red hats and t-shirts keep filling arenas around the country, this president will continue pushing the kind of divisive, abhorrent talking points he has become known for. He will forego the opportunity to unify and inspire, preferring instead to instigate and denigrate. This is who he is, and he has shown himself incapable of anything else.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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