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Them Too: We Need to Listen to Justin Fairfaxs Accusers

To be a black woman in America is to constantly be forced to choose between two identities. Black women since slavery have always been the backbone of the black community. They endured daily the unthinkable at the hands of their slave-owners: rape, abuse, and back-breaking work, and in spite of all of that, they did their best daily to protect their black sons from being beaten, sold, or worse, lynched. Black women have always been expected to protect black men, even when they hurt us, abuse us, mistreat or rape…

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Charlottesville murderer pleads guilty to federal hate crimes

James Alex Fields Jr drove his car into anti-racism protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injured dozens A man convicted on state murder charges in a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia has pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges. James Alex Fields Jr, of Maumee, Ohio, faced 29 federal charges stemming from the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017. Fields, 21, was convicted in December of first-degree murder and other state charges for killing the antiracism activist Heather Heyer and injuring dozens…

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Gates Says He Committed Crimes With Manafort: Trial Update

The trial of Paul Manafort resumed Monday afternoon with Rick Gates, Manafort’s former right-hand man, taking the witness stand to testify against his former boss. Gates is the prosecution’s star witness in the tax- and bank-fraud trial of Manafort in Alexandria, Virginia. Gates Says He Stole From Manafort (5:34 p.m.) Gates told jurors that when he worked for Manafort he submitted fake expense reports, which brought him hundreds of thousands of dollars that he didn’t deserve. Manafort’s lawyers claim Gates embezzled millions. The testimony elicited by prosecutors is intended to…

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Manafort Heads to Jail After Judge Faults Witness Tampering

Paul Manafort was sent to jail Friday by a federal judge who said she couldn’t turn a blind eye to claims that he attempted to tamper with witnesses, adding pressure on President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager to cooperate with a U.S. probe of Russian election meddling. U.S. authorities immediately took Manafort into custody and escorted him out of a packed courtroom, with his wife looking on. The dramatic turn means that Manafort will have to prepare for two federal trials in the coming weeks — one in Washington, and…

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Less Than a Year After Charlottesville, the Alt-Right Is Self-Destructing

Some have turned federal informant. Others are facing prison time. More are named in looming lawsuits. All of them are fighting. Last summer, the American alt-right was presenting itself as a threatening, unified front, gaining national attention with a blamed both sides and the alt left for the violence. But less than a year after Charlottesville, the alt-right is splintering in dramatic fashion as its leaders turn on each other or quit altogether. Matthew Heimbachs arrest in a killing one and injuring more. Matthew Heimbachs arrest in a March trailer…

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Mueller Releases Secret Memo Underpinning Manafort Probe

Rosenstein gave Mueller authority to look at Ukrainian work Manafort claims that Mueller overstepped his appointment Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort by releasing a secret government memorandum granting him authority to investigate crimes related to Manafort’s political consulting work for former President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine. Mueller is using the memo to refute Manafort’s claims that prosecutors went too far by investigating crimes beyond Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors released the memo just before midnight on Monday, arguing that Manafort can’t legally challenge his indictment for financial…

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Gates Guilty Plea Strengthens Muellers Hand Against Manafort

As the newest cooperator for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Rick Gates gives prosecutors a powerful weapon in pursuing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and possible election collusion with Russia. Gates, who pleaded guilty Friday in Washington, was Manafort’s right-hand man and worked with him for a decade in his political consulting firm lobbying on behalf of Ukraine before joining him on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. Gates also remained on the Trump campaign after Manafort resigned in August 2016, and he helped plan Trump’s inauguration. In a victory…

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Twitter Cracks Down on Verified Accounts With New Policy

tweet, “this perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.” Earlier this month, the social network stopped the system of authenticating a user’s identity with a blue check mark after drawing intense tweeted a screen shot of a note he received from Twitter, saying that his verified badge will be permanently removed “after determining that your account does not comply with Twitter’s guidelines.” The company has also removed the blue check mark from conservative commentator

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Ban Kneeling Pro Athletes, Trump Repeats After Curry Slam

President Donald Trump, a one-time football team owner, is ratcheting up his rhetoric against professional sports and some of their stars — and at least one league and some athletes are giving it back to him. Hours after profanely criticizing NFL players who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to disinvite National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry from a White House appearance traditional for championship sports teams. His winning team, the Golden State Warriors, said it won’t visit Trump. US President Donald…

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Microsoft and Facebook’s big undersea cable is now complete

Marea cable headed towards the oceanImage: microsoft More than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, there now lies the “most technologically advanced subsea cable,” providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google’s alternative, now poorly named, “Faster.” The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius.  Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won’t be operational until early 2018.  SEE ALSO:…

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Charlottesville: far-right crowd with torches encircles counter-protest group

People gathering to oppose Unite the Right demonstration say they were hit with pepper spray and lighter fluid in clash on University of Virginia campus Hundreds of far-right demonstrators wielded torches as they marched on to the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night and reportedly attacked a much smaller group of counter-protesters who had linked arms around a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Starting at a municipal park less than a mile away, alt-right protesters who have gathered for the weekend Unite the Right rally marched in a…

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US defense contractor caught with $16,500 in luggage is charged with spying for China

Kevin Mallory accused of selling classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer who was found with $16,500 in his luggage has been arrested by American counterintelligence officials and charged with spying for China. The Justice Department said Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia had sold classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April. He could face up to life in prison if found guilty and potentially face the…

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Wife of Virginia shooter who targeted Republicans: ‘I can’t believe he did this’

Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words as she made her first public statement since her husband attacked a Republican congressional baseball practice The wife of critically injured GOP congressman Steve Scalise has spoken publicly for the first time about the shooting, telling reporters: I cant believe he did this. At an emotional press conference outside the couples home in Belleville, Illinois, Sue Hodgkinson struggled for words to describe events running up to the shooting and said her husband, known also as Tom, had told her he had gone to the nations…

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