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NAACP Warns Black Travelers To Use ‘Extreme Caution’ When Visiting Missouri – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS The Missouri state chapter of the NAACP had issued an advisory of its own in June, urging travelers to “pay special attention while in the state of Missouri and certainly if contemplating spending time in Missouri.” h2kyaks/Flickr The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri, citing recent “race-based incidents” and new state legislation that makes it harder for fired employees to prove racial discrimination. It’s the first time the national civil rights organization has issued a travel warning for an entire state, the Kansas City Star reports. The group warns “African American travelers,...

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Head Of House Intel Committee Went To White House Grounds To Meet Source – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) walks to the House floor on Capitol Hill on Friday. Nunes has been challenged by his colleagues about over how he acquired and handled classified information that he didn’t share with the rest of the committee.Drew Angerer/Getty Images The head of the House Intelligence Committee secretly went to the White House grounds to meet with a source, before he surprised his colleagues by briefing the president — and the press — on information they hadn’t seen. The revelation, first reported by CNN and later confirmed by a spokesman for...

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Israel Arrests Man Suspected In Wave Of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Centers – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department K-9 officers search the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada after an employee received a suspicious phone call that led about 10 people to evacuate the building on Feb. 27. A suspect in Israel has been arrested in connection with the waves of bomb threats like this one. Ethan Miller/Getty Images A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Israel as the “primary suspect” behind a string of phoned-in bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the U.S. and elsewhere. The arrest was the result of an investigation by Israeli police and the...

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The FBI Is On The Case — And Other Takeaways From The House Intel Hearing

NPR FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers testify during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images At an hourslong public hearing on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, and pushed back against President Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Obama. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence also heard from Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers about Russia’s general attempts to influence the U.S....

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Ben Carson Confirmed As Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development – NPR

Ben Carson arrives for the presidential inaugural parade in front of the White House on Jan. 20. Carson was confirmed as Housing and Urban Development secretary on Thursday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been confirmed as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, by a 58-41 Senate vote. Six Democrats and one Independent joined with the Republicans to approve the nomination — mostly Democrats who are up for re-election next year and represent states that voted for President Trump, NPR’s Arnie Seipel reports. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who received blowback from liberals for voting for Carson in committee, voted against his nomination today,” Arnie says. Carson was a controversial nominee to lead HUD because of his lack of experience in either housing or development — or government in general. Before Trump announced his selection of Carson, an aide told the media that Carson wasn’t interested in joining the Cabinet because he “feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency.” But the same aide, Armstrong Williams, later told NPR’s Rachel Martin that Carson was qualified to lead HUD because of “his life growing up in subsidized housing, growing up in poor communities.” “He’s never been disconnected from these inner cities and these people who live these lives,” Williams said. “Dr. Carson may have aspired to become a world-renowned pediatric surgeon and a...

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Trump Adviser Repeats Baseless Claims Of Voter Fraud In New Hampshire

Voters went to the polls at Amherst Street Elementary School on November 8, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images White House adviser Stephen Miller doubled down on the Trump administration’s groundless claims of voter fraud in New Hampshire — and across the nation — during in an interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. Earlier this week President Trump claimed, with no evidence, that voters from Massachusetts were bused to New Hampshire to vote illegally. A member of the Federal Election Commission called it an “extraordinarily serious and specific charge” and asked Trump to “immediately share his evidence with the public.” On This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Miller, a senior White House policy adviser, to provide that evidence. In fact, he asked three times. Miller said the show was “not the venue” to supply evidence, but repeated the baseless claim multiple times. He said in part: “I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real. It’s very serious.” New Hampshire’s secretary of state has said there is no proof of buses appearing at polling places, and that a large number of voters arriving like that would have attracted attention. The New Hampshire voting fraud claims are a variant on a frequently repeated Trump claim of nationwide voter fraud —...

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Trump Jokes, Of State Senator, 'We'll Destroy His Career' – NPR

Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to county sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday. Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images At a gathering of sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday, President Trump joked about destroying the career of a Texas politician who is trying to set limits on an often-criticized police practice. The remark came after a participant at the sheriff’s roundtable raised the issue of asset forfeiture — that’s when the government seizes “suspicious” assets and keeps them, even if the person who had the item was never convicted (or even accused) of a crime. The resulting funds often go directly into police budgets. Taking property from people who haven’t been convicted of a crime is legal, but controversial. “Police confiscate cars, jewelry, cash and homes they think are connected to crime. But the people these things belong to may have done nothing wrong,” NPR’s Laura Sullivan explained a few years ago. “Prosecutors say the seizures are helpful tools to combat drug dealers and drunken drivers,” Laura wrote. “But for people who haven’t committed a crime, the cases are expensive to contest and often disproportionately affect people without means or access to a lawyer.” One sheriff at the gathering mentioned that some critics have said the practice violates due process, and called for limits. Trump responded: “I’d like to look into that...

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In Meeting With Sheriffs, Trump Repeats False Murder Rate Statistic

Enlarge this image President Trump speaks during a meeting with county sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP At a roundtable meeting with county sheriffs on Tuesday morning, President Trump repeated a false statistic about the U.S. murder rate that he repeatedly deployed on the campaign trail. On multiple occasions Trump has suggested the murder rate is at a historic high, a claim that’s been repeatedly debunked. In fact, the murder rate is currently at less than half its peak. But here’s what Trump said to the county sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday: “… the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years. I used to use that — I’d say that in a speech and everybody was surprised, because the press doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that. But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, from 45 to 47 years.” According to the FBI, the murder rate for 2015, the last year for which data is available, was 4.9 per 100,000 people. Every year between 1965 and 2010, the FBI reported a higher rate than that. Article continues after sponsorship In some cases, it was much higher. In 1974, 1980, 1981 and 1991, the...

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