Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who somehow still hasn't resigned, had the idea of going on a "reconciliation tour" to help black people see that he's not as racist as his blackface/Ku Klux Klan yearbook photo would indicate.
The first stop? An event at Virginia Union University, a historically black school, for an event honoring students who protested segregation in Richmond nearly 60 years ago.
Northam was apparently invited by the school's administration. The only problem: The students wanted no part of Northam's presence, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
And why would they? Northam's attendance would almost certainly overshadow the purpose of the event (which was student body president Jamon Phenix's concern), and Northam has not exactly been subtle about his attempts to use black institutions and leaders to get himself out of this predicament.
So, Phenix, on behalf of Virginia Union students, asked Northam not to come. Northam agreed to their request in a letter he sent back to Phenix.
"I appreciate the original invitation of VUU's administration, but I will abide by the students' wishes," Northam wrote. "I accept the Student Government Association's invitation for future dialogue and honest conversation on issues of race, reconciliation, and equity."
Northam seems like he's weathered the worst of the racist yearbook storm, as his story has largely faded from media attention in favor of Jussie Smollett's apparent hoax and President Donald Trump's national emergency.
Still, he's trying to regain some respect from leaders in Virginia's black community. Wednesday, he met with the founder of the National Black Farmers Association, John Boyd Jr. Before that, Northam's aides had him reading works by black authors as part of his rehabilitation process.
Northam has admitted to wearing blackface to dress as Michael Jackson for a dance contest. He also admitted to being in a yearbook picture featuring a man in blackface and another man in a KKK uniform. He later said he wasn't in the picture.
Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California tried to show off his latest act of anti-Trump protest, but the reaction on social media was merciless mockery and ridicule.
Swalwell posted that he was spurning the coffee at Trump Tower and braving the snow in New York to find another source of coffee.
He added a photo of his courageous plight:
While the tweet received more than 5.3k retweets in support, but got more than 24k in responses, many of them ridicule of his moral opposition to Trump Tower coffee.
"Just like Normandy," mocked Ben Shapiro.
"Please. It's New York, there are coffee shops everywhere. You just wanted to post about Trump and be dramatic. Sad!" said Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe.
"History will long remember this day," responded Caleb Howe. "The March of the Starbucks Martyr, they'll say. We live in blessed times."
"Sir, your courage is an inspiration to us all," said Matt Walsh.
"Being a member of Congress now means getting zero work done and constantly trying to turn yourself into a meme," replied Jason Howerton. "Cringe."
"Thoughts and prayers to you on this stunning and brave journey, sir!" said Amber Athey.
Many of those laughing at Swalwell's tweet pointed out that there are more than enough coffee shops nearby.
One person from the left admired Swalwell's tweet for the avalanche of criticism it received.
"When you piss off Trump world as you did with this tweet you are doing something good!!" responded Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah.
This isn't the first time Swalwell has been mocked online for his social media missives. In November he tweeted off-handedly that the government could use nuclear weaponry against its own citizens if they rose up in defense of gun rights.
Actor Jussie Smollett was charged with a felony Wednesday evening for allegedly filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack at the hands of Trump supporters in Chicago, according to WLS-TV.
The "Empire" actor has been charged with felony disorderly conduct, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
"Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," said Smollett's attorneys in a statement. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."
Chicago police say they will reach out to Smollett's legal representatives to "negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest." He is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The charges come on the same day that surveillance video from a beauty supply store in Chicago showed two men, the Osundairo brothers, connected to Smollett buying red hats, ski masks and gloves the day before the alleged attack. The two men are Smollett's personal trainer and a man who has appeared on Empire. They told police Smollett paid them to carry out the attack.
This situation has been trending toward these charges for days now. Tuesday, news broke that the FBI was investigating a threatening letter sent to Smollett at the studios where "Empire" is shot. Investigators believe Smollett may be responsible for sending the letter to himself.
The Osundairo brothers said Smollett had them stage the attack after the letter did not get enough attention.
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The development coincided with the announcement from the police that Smollett was officially being investigated as a suspect for filing a false report.
Ola and Abel Osundairo can be seen purchasing items that fit the description of the attack in a video first revealed to the public by Charlie De Mar of CBS-2 in Chicago.
The video shows at least one red hat and ski masks in the items the brothers purchased.
The brothers are cooperating with the police investigation and that they are accusing Smollett of orchestrating the attack and paying them to participate.
The lawyer for the brothers said to the media that they testified before a grand jury for two and a half hours about their part in the hoax.
The alleged attack became a national sensation as many on the left blamed President Donald Trump on the basis that Smollett said one of the attackers yelled, "this is MAGA country!" as a reference to the president's campaign slogan.
Others expressed skepticism at some of the bizarre details of the account. Sources from the Chicago police have admitted to various news outlets that the investigation has changed its focus to whether Smollett planned the attack.
Smollett has denied having any part in planning the altercation, and has implied that the sources are lying about the facts of the case.
A representative for the Chicago police had said they would charge Smollett if they believed he filed a false report.
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A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who was allegedly planning numerous acts of domestic terrorism targeting liberal politicians and journalists was arrested Friday on gun and drug charges, according to court documents obtained by the George Washington University Program on Extremism.
Federal authorities have filed a motion for detention pending trial for Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, who they say "intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."
Investigators searched his home and found more than a dozen firearms and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition in a small basement apartment in Maryland.
Hasson identified himself in his writings as a "long time White Nationalist, having been a skinhead 30 plus years ago before my time in the military." He wrote that he "fully supports the idea of a white homeland."
He also had a spreadsheet, created in January, with a list of media and political targets, including prominent politicians such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand, and freshman Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Media targets included Chris Hayes, Joe Scarborough, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and others.
Hasson had performed online searches for queries such as "Where do most senators live in DC," "Most liberal senators," and "Do senators have ss protection."
Activities by Hasson preparing for these planned attacks appear to date back at least two years, when Hasson began purchasing weapons and drafting messages contemplating types of violence, such as biological attacks or a "bombing/sniper campaign." He also performed visited websites selling weapons and tactical gear thousands of times.
Hasson apparently drew inspiration for his methods from Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in two attacks in 2011.
Hasson's arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
On Wednesday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed a 1972 essay written by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) which resurfaced after the 77-year-old announced he's running for president again in 2020.
The article, titled "Man — and Woman," was first published in a now-defunct newspaper called the Vermont Freeman, then republished in a Mother Jones portrait during the 2016 presidential election. It opens with the lines:
A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused.
A woman enjoys intercourse with her man — as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously.
The man and woman get dressed up on Sunday — and go to Church, or maybe to their 'revolutionary' political meeting.
Have you ever looked at the Stag, Man, Hero, Tough magazines on the shelf of your local bookstore? Do you know why the newspaper with the articles like 'Girl 12 raped by 14 men' sell so well? To what in us are they appealing?
"That's crazy," said Glenn. "I don't know who thinks like that ... This is why progressives believe there is a rape culture, because people like this are saying 'we know what all guys a like.' No, Bernie, guys and women, they're not like this."
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A music store owner in Ohio has made it known that he doesn't want any Trump-supporting customers, and that he'd "rather starve" than to take their money, according to The Hill.
Joe's Music in Willoughby, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, displayed a sign on the front door recently telling anyone who supports President Donald Trump to find another music store.
Here's what the sign said:
"I am truly sorry, however I feel unclean and dirty accepting money from you. Please, politely shop somewhere else. Sorry, I would rather starve and close the store than participate in wrongdoing. Many blessings to you. I hope you understand."
The sign did not explain how selling musical instruments or other music-related items to someone would constitute participation in wrongdoing. But, customers received the message. And some of them were not happy.
WOIO-TV reported that the Willoughby Police Department had to be notified due to a surge in phone calls to the store, some of which have been threatening.
The owner, only identified by WOIO as "Joe," said he is surprised by the community's reaction.
"I did not do this for attention...I have posted things before about President Trump, so I didn't expect this response," Joe said.
Joe told WOIO that a dying friend recently told him that life is too short for endless heated political debate. It seems odd, then, that Joe would respond by stirring up a heated political debate with his business.
Willoughby is in Lake County. The county voted for Trump in 2016 by a margin of 54.83 percent to 39.59 percent for Hillary Clinton. It was the largest victory for a presidential candidate in Lake County since former President George H.W. Bush won the county in 1988.
Jussie Smollett, the "Empire" star who said that he was the victim of a homophobic and racial attack, has been officially declared a suspect by Chicago police.
Evidence against Smollett was presented by detectives to a grand jury on Wednesday, according to a statement from police.
"Case Update," the statement read, "Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony)."
"Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury," the statement concluded.
Previous to this official declaration, the hoax account of the attack was reported by news outlets receiving information from anonymous sources on the police force.
Those reports indicated that the two brothers who had been seen on grainy surveillance video on the night of the attack had begun cooperating with police after they were arrested.
On Monday, the brothers released a terse statement, saying, "We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens."
Smollett has denied any involvement in planning the attack, and in one interview he said that he was "pissed" at any insinuation that he was anything but a victim.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration announced Tuesday that it plans to cancel $928,620,000 that it had promised to California for the construction of a high-speed rail project and that it wants to recuperate previous grants to the project worth $2.5 billion.
The announcement came a week after the state's liberal governor declared that he was canceling much of the project due to cost.
On Feb. 12, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, announced that he was cancelling most of a planned high-speed rail project because it would "cost too much" and "take too long" to be feasible.
Originally, the rail line was supposed to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco. Instead, now the only portion that will still be built will connect Bakersfield to Merced — less than half the distance, according to Google Maps. Newsom also said that the project had suffered from "too little oversight and not enough transparency."
However, Newsom's admissions during that announcement may have cost his state nearly $1 billion in promised federal funding — and $2.5 billion the state has already received.
In a letter addressed to California High Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly, FRA Administrator Ronald Batory said that the FRA "has determined that CHSRA has materially failed to comply with the terms of the Agreement and has failed to make reasonable progress on the Project (as defined in the Agreement), significantly endangering substantial performance."
The letter specifically cited Newsom's announcement, saying that decision to significantly scale down the project "frustrates the purpose for which Federal funding was awarded." It also pointed out that the state fell short of the amount it was expected to contribute. In one month alone state contributions were more than $100 million less than it had promised.
The letter told Kelly that he could contest this decision if he had evidence that CHRSA had lived up to its obligations, had made "reasonable progress" on the high-speed rail project, or if he could prove that Newsom's "announcement does not constitute a fundamental change in the purpose of the overall project for which Federal funding was awarded."
Batory said that the federal government also wants to recover $2.5 billion it had already paid to the state for the original project and will explore "all available legal options" to do so.
Newsom fired back, saying that the announcement from the FRA was based on politics and not about his decision to scale back the project.
"It's no coincidence that the Administration's threat comes 24 hours after California led 16 states in challenging the President's farcical 'national emergency,'" he said on Tuesday. "The President even tied the two issues together in a tweet this morning. This is clear political retribution by President Trump, and we won't sit idly by. This is California's money, and we are going to fight for it."
The day before this announcement California and 15 other states had filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. Trump declared the emergency in order to get funding for his border wall that Congress had denied him.
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump criticized the states that filed the suit, singling out "California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train with no hopes of completion."
The White House denied that the decision to cancel the funding was politically motivated, calling the project a "boondoggle" that "costs too much and will never be constructed as planned."
Thousands are expected to gather for the "Day of Mourning" event in Albany, New York, in response to the recent expansion of the state's abortion laws that allow a woman to terminate her pregnancy up to the moment of birth.
"Women used to celebrate motherhood and find joy in their children. Today, in places like New York City, they are taking joy in destroying their children," the event's website reads. "The state of New York has crossed a line of inhumanity that should drive us to our knees."
Elizabeth Johnston, who's also known as the Activist Mommy, will be among the event's featured speakers Saturday at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
The mourners will gather to pray and worship "right underneath the statehouse of New York, where the gruesome infanticide law was signed and celebrated," according to the website. "We will give the preborn the solidarity they deserve."
Johnston is a mother of 10 and pro-life activist and blogger who uses her voice to speak out about sensitive social and moral issues concerning faith and family values.
"My oldest [child] is 20 and my youngest just turned 3. And I have 6 babies in heaven through miscarriage," Johnston wrote in an email to TheBlaze.
TheBlaze recently caught up with Johnston to learn more about her involvement with the "Day of Mourning."
Q. What does the "Day of Mourning" mean to you as a mother?
A. As a mother, I am concerned that my children and future grandchildren are growing up in a nation where children are being dehumanized. A nation which kills its children won't last long.
Q. What does the event mean to you as a Christian?
A. As Christians, we should be following the example of heroes in the Bible, like Moses and Esther, who stood in the gap and interposed for their people during times of looming judgment. I love the concept of the "Day Of Mourning" because it is God's people standing in the gap for our nation through prayer and repentance.
Q. What would you like to say to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) if he showed up at Saturday's event?
A. Cuomo, and every governor who turns a blind eye to child killing, should resign immediately for being an accomplice in the crime of murder.
I'd also tell him that he had better fall on his face before God and repent for the blood that is on his hands.
Jesus said, "What you do unto the least of these, you do unto me."
Q. How many people will be attending the event?
A. So far, 3,500 have registered and maxed out our venue. I believe more than 5,000 will probably show up. We are looking for a local church to help us to accommodate the overflow crowd for livestreaming the event.
In addition to the Albany event, there are 21 cities that will be simulcasting the live event.
Q. What else do you want people to know?
A. This is not a political event or a pep rally. It will be a very serious time of worship and prayer and repentance.
God promises us, "If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land," (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The event organizers have called on participants to show their support on Saturday by wearing black, refraining from shopping, closing businesses, and repenting for abortion.
Speakers will include twin brothers and authors, David Benham and Jason Benham; the founder of pro-life ministry Love Life, Justin Reeder; author and speaker David J. Harris, Jr.; along with several others.
Editor's note: Some of Johnston's responses were edited for clarity and/or brevity without changing the context.
A mother in Scotland ripped the lenient sentence handed down to a transgender woman who sexually assaulted her 10-year-old daughter in a supermarket restroom, the Courier reported.
The mother — who isn't being named in order to protect her child's identity — was furious that 18-year-old Katie Dolatowski is serving the sentence in the community with "tagging orders" rather than in jail at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court, the paper said.
"I don't have any confidence whatsoever that he will not go out and do something equally as bad or worse," the mother told the Courier.
When the victim emerged from a restroom stall on March 4 of last year, Dolatowski grabbed the girl by the face, shoved her back into the stall, and ordered her to remove her pants, the paper said.
Dolatowski also told the girl a man was outside who would kill her mother, the Courier added.
But the girl punched Dolatowski in the face, stomach, and groin and ran to her father and siblings waiting outside the restroom, the paper said.
A month prior to the incident, Dolatowski filmed a 12-year-old girl on a toilet in another supermarket by holding a cellphone over the stall divider, the Courier added.
Dolatowski admitted to both crimes, the paper said, but Sheriff James Williamson gave Dolatowski what he said was a "stringent" community-based sentence while being banned from contact with children.
Dolatowski was considered a "moderate risk" of reoffending, the Courier reported, but Williamson apparently wasn't keen on jail time. "I have come to the conclusion that the public will be better protected by the imposition of a stringent community payback order," he said.
A court heard that Dolatowski had been in the social care system since the age of 3 and had mental health issues, the paper said.
The 10-year-old victim's mother told the Courier that her daughter was hysterical after the attack and has had flashbacks about it: "This is something that will remain with her for the rest of her life."
"He was stalking the toilets," the mother added to the paper. "He went there specifically to attack a child. We were so, so lucky that nothing worse happened. It was only her reaction that stopped that. It could have been a 5-year-old child that wouldn't have been able to fight back."
As for Dolatowski's troubled background, the mother told the Courier that "a lot of people have been in care, but they do not go out and assault children. I don't care that he has issues or what his background is: He is a pedophile, and he has been let out on a supervision order."
She added to the paper that she feels "very, very let down."
In this episode of "Wilkow!" host Andrew Wilkow sits down with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk to discuss how the decadeslong dominance of progressive thinkers in American schools has resulted in a generation of voters who view socialism more favorably than capitalism.
"If you're wondering how is it that radical leftists ... like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are succeeding in their hostile takeover of the Democratic Party, look no further than to the schools," Andrew said.
He talked about the powerful influence academia has over the "young and impressionable" and noted a recent poll that shows 61 percent of Americans between 18 and 24 years of age prefer socialism over capitalism.
Andrew asked Charlie how Turning Point USA — a national student movement dedicated to promoting the principles of free markets and limited government — is combating "the progressive death-grip on young Americans."
"We're up against formidable opposition ... It's tough. We're selling reality, they're selling Utopia," Charlie said. "An entire generation, my generation, has been told that they should be victims, they've been told that that they're dependent, that they deserve something just for existing. When in reality, we're a generation that has it better off than any other generation in the history of the world.
"My generation's definition of adversity is that a conservative came on a college campus to give a lecture," he added. "My job is to go on college campuses ... and I find that students are not opposed to our ideas inherently, it's that they're not exposed to them in the first place."
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New U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce the end of the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to CNN. This could come as soon as next week.
CNN cited "people familiar with the plans" who said that the Mueller report would be coming shortly. The exact date could depend on the timing of President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. NBC News had previously said that the investigation was likely to wrap up in the middle of February.
Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, to oversee an investigation into potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. Rosenstein had taken over the investigation after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on the grounds that he had been a Trump campaign surrogate. Rosenstein is expected to resign next month.
When Mueller's investigation wraps up, he will submit a full report to the attorney general. In this report, Mueller will have to detail why he chose to prosecute (or not prosecute) each matter he investigated.
It's not clear how much of that report will be released to the public or Congress, if any of it is released at all. During his confirmation hearings, Barr indicated that rather than release the report from Mueller directly, he might choose to instead release a report of his own summarizing Mueller's findings.
On Wednesday, Trump said that he would leave the decision of whether or not to release the report with Barr.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the investigation, calling it a waste of time and taxpayer money and a "hoax."
While Mueller's team has so far not revealed any information that could incriminate Trump, the investigation has led to convictions for multiple people connected to the president, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on charges unrelated to the campaign.