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FBI Director: White-Supremacist Violence Accounts for Majority of Domestic-Terrorism Arrests Since Last OctoberFBI director Christopher Wray told Congress on Tuesday that the majority of domestic-terrorism arrests since last October have been linked to white supremacy."I will say that a majority of the domestic-terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white-supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well," the FBI chief said in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.Wray explained that since October, the FBI has arrested about 100 people on international-terrorism charges and about the same number of individuals on charges related to domestic extremism.The FBI director emphasized that his investigators' "focus is on the violence.""We the FBI don’t investigate the ideology, no matter how repugnant. We investigate violence. And any extremist ideology, when it turns to violence, we’re all over it," Wray said. "We take domestic terrorism or hate crime – regardless of ideology – extremely seriously, I can assure you, and we are aggressively pursuing it using both counterterrorism resources and criminal investigative resources and partnering closely with our state and local partners."President Trump has repeatedly come under fire for using rhetoric that his opponents say encourages violent, racist tendencies. Critics have warned that violence resulting from white-supremacist ideologies has been on the rise since Trump took office.“I don’t, really,” Trump said in March when asked if he thinks white nationalism is a growing threat. “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.”The highest-profile act of violence perpetrated by a white supremacist over the last few years occurred at a 2017 white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where one of the male rally-goers murdered one counter-protesters and injured dozens of others by mowing them down with his car. The man has received several life sentences for his crimes.


7/23/2019 12:47:20 PM

France tells Iran to return to compliance in nuclear deal -foreign ministryFrance's foreign ministry told a senior Iranian envoy on a visit to Paris on Tuesday that Tehran had to return to compliance to the nuclear deal and take the necessary steps to ensure the de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf. Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi met President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Macron has tried, but struggled, to initiate a mediation between Tehran and Washington over tensions in the region.


7/23/2019 3:16:24 PM

Sorry, Al Franken: 7 senators regret pushing Franken to resign, as new reporting casts doubt on key allegationSeven of former Sen. Al Franken's Democratic colleagues now say they regret calling on him to resign in 2017 before a full investigation was completed.


7/22/2019 8:09:23 AM

Anger in Hong Kong over 'triad attack' on anti-government protestersPetrified screams fill a metro carriage as people scramble from stick-wielding thugs; a pregnant woman lies motionless after repeated blows; a young man pleads for mercy on his knees, only to be smacked in the face.   In the age of live-streaming, Hong Kong residents on Monday woke up to the sickening horror of a vicious assault on pro-democracy protesters and innocent bystanders by suspected triad gangsters in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long district. Pictures of bloodied faces, gashed heads and bruised limbs overwhelmed social media channels after Sunday night's attack, which left 45 wounded and one in critical condition. Panic-filled cries, captured in footage of hordes of white-shirted men terrorising passengers with poles and pipes, struck deep in a city already reeling amid a profound political crisis. The seemingly coordinated assault,  on protesters returning from a huge pro-democracy march, marked a dramatic escalation in the turmoil that has plagued the financial hub for six weeks.  What began as demonstrations against a contested extradition bill has now widened into a rallying cry for democracy, igniting an outpouring of anger over Chinese rule and shrinking freedoms.  Now, the brutal scenes at the train station in the New Territories, close to the Chinese mainland, have raised concerns that the city’s feared pro-Beijing triad gangs are wading into the political conflict. On Monday, footage of the violence on public train televisions mesmerised passengers heading out to suburb of Yuen Long, where criminal gangs and staunchly pro-Beijing rural committees remain influential. Some of the men in white shirts were filmed leaving the scene in cars bearing Chinese mainland number plates Credit: Tyrone Siu/Reuters The blood had been washed from the station tiles and replaced with a strong stench of disinfectant, but the shocking incident has ramped up pressure on the city’s beleaguered police force. Officers have been accused of taking more than an hour to reach the site and failing to arrest the armed assailants who stayed in the streets around the station into Monday morning. Lam Cheuk-ting, a legislator who was hospitalised in the incident, accused the police of failing to protect the public. “Is Hong Kong now allowing triads to do what they want, beating up people on the street with weapons?” he asked reporters.  "What happened last night doesn't seem accidental in any way," said Claudia Mo, another pro-democracy lawmaker. "It's all organised." On the walls of the Yuen Long police headquarters, critics had slapped posters accusing police of working with triads. Inside, Enzo Tang, a young father and construction worker, screamed at officers over their inaction. He told The Telegraph that he had been attacked for no reason as he returned home, revealing a spreading bruise on his elbow, and a video of the man who allegedly struck him. His phone record showed he had tried to call the police for help eight times, but he claimed it had been constantly disconnected. Officers said it was “not an appropriate time to comment” on what had happened, and Telegraph enquiries as to whether the gangs were linked to triads or if arrests had been made went unanswered. Pro-democracy lawmakers have accused Hong Kong police of turning a blind eye to the attack Credit: Lam Cheuk Ting /AFP/Getty Images However, in an afternoon press conference, Stephen Lo, the commissioner of police, strongly rejected allegations of collusion between the officers and triads. He blamed the delay in reaction on the lack of manpower, as many officers had been deployed to Hong Kong Island to deal with Sunday’s protests. “Our manpower is stretched, because every time when there is a major event, which may lead to violent confrontations, we have to redeploy some of our manpower from various districts to the Hong Kong Island,” Mr Lo said. The brutality of the gang’s actions may prove to be a turning point in public opinion, galvanising support for the protest movement and against the establishment, suggested high-profile democracy activist Joshua Wong. “The pro-democracy camp has never attacked ordinary people, but it has happened on the Beijing side,” he said in an interview. “Those gangs are just serving the interests of Beijing. I believe it is really important for people to realise that,” he claimed. Assaults on critics of Beijing by thugs-for-hire has some precedent in Hong Kong. The 2014 “Umbrella” movement led by Mr Wong, which called for free and fair elections, was also attacked by pro-establishment vigilantes accused of being triads. In 2017, the Taiwanese police arrested men with alleged links to gangs who had tried to attack Mr Wong and other pro-democracy activists when they landed in Taipei for meetings. “I believe there is common ground between the Hong Kong and Taiwan gangsters. They also have certain Chinese support,” he alleged. China condemned the protesters' vandalism of its Liason Office in Hong Kong as "absolutely intolerable" Credit: Jerome Favre/EPA-EFE/Rex The Yuen Long violence overshadowed reports of clashes between demonstrators and riot police on Monday night after thousands broke away from a huge anti-government march to besiege the office of Beijing's representative in the city. Protesters who defaced the walls and a national emblem outside the Liaison Office were pushed back by riot police firing rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets. Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s embattled leader, on Monday strongly condemned the “attack” on the office, calling it a “challenge” to national sovereignty. She also described the Yuen Long incident as “shocking”, saying authorities would investigate fully. But in an ominous sign of Beijing losing patience, Chinese state media called the move a “blatant challenge to the central government” that would not be tolerated. “When the majestic national emblem of the People’s Republic of China was defaced with black paint, it caused unbearable pain and anger,” state newswire Xinhua said. “These illegal acts are unacceptable to all Chinese people, including the people of Hong Kong.” “The escalating violence and provocative acts have completely exposed these mobs and the forces behind them,” it said.


7/22/2019 3:08:23 AM

'Racist'? UPenn Prof. Amy Wax says U.S. better with more white than non-white immigrantsAmy Wax said more immigration leads to dirtier cities. Penn Law's dean said comments were bigoted and possibly racist, but didn't address her tenure.


7/23/2019 1:19:05 PM

Sarah Huckabee Sanders shows up to govs shindig as Arkansas rumors swirlSanders is seen as a possible 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial candidate.


7/22/2019 12:10:29 PM

Diver Has Epic Nose-to-Nose Encounter with One of the Most Elusive Sharks Lurking in the Deep SeaYou may have heard of megalodon, the massive prehistoric shark, but what about the bluntnose sixgill? This enormous, ancient shark was lurking in the deep long before its extinct cousin -- and still exists today at the bottom of the ocean. It's rarely seen even by scientists. But on a recent submarine dive shark expert Gavin Naylor caught amazing footage of one on camera cozying up to his research vessel, seeming to almost flirt and play with the vessel."I'm literally nose to nose with this animal," Naylor, who does research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told Live Science, referring to his trip in a submersible.Bluntnose sixgills are the oldest living shark lineage, said Dean Grubbs, a deep-sea ecologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Although Grubbs wasn't on board the submarine that night, the dive was part of his ongoing research on the behavior and biology of these sharks. [Photos: Orcas Are Chowing Down on Great-White-Shark Organs]"This is like studying dinosaurs," Grubbs told Live Science.In fact, the sixgill predates most dinosaurs -- the species has been around for roughly 200 million years. Some scientists even believe they may have survived the largest mass extinction event, the Permian-Triassic, which killed 96% of sea life.Diver comes nose-to-nose with a huge six gill shark. OceanXThe 16-foot-long (4.9 meters) female sixgill was spotted about 3,250 feet (1,000 m) beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Cape of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. She appeared to show off for Naylor, opening her massive mouth ("big enough to swim into," Grubbs said) and blinking huge blue eyes. She seemed curious about the submarine, Naylor said, nudging it with her nose."She was quite gentle," Naylor added.That is, until she started tearing into the bait that was attached to the sub, shaking the entire vessel."They seem really slow and really graceful," Lee Frey, a deep-sea engineer who was piloting the submarine at the time, told Live Science, "but then, boy, when they go after a meal, they are just really powerful."Naylor's dive was the fourth attempt during a mission to track down and tag a sixgill shark in its deep-sea environment -- a tricky feat from the submarine.Tagging a sixgill shark in its natural environment poses an unusual challenge because they live so deep in the ocean -- between 2,500 and 3,500 feet (800-1,100 m) below the surface. In the past, researchers had pulled sharks to the surface to tag them. But that method didn't always paint a clear picture of shark behavior -- after surfacing, the tagged sharks would act erratically. So the researchers equipped a vessel with a dart gun that could shoot tags at the sharks. If they succeeded, they would be the first team of scientists to successfully tag an animal from a submarine.When Naylor saw this particular sixgill, it became clear that she was far too close to the research vessel to tag with a dart gun. But he wasn't about to miss a great camera shot. Luckily, a better opportunity to tag a shark arose later that night, when he spotted a male sixgill at perfect range; he pointed and shot.The tag, which will track the shark's movement, will help Grubbs' team better understand the behavior of these seldom-studied prehistoric creatures.The dive was part of an OceanX mission, an organization that conducts ocean research, sometimes alongside institutions. * 7 Unanswered Questions About Sharks * In Photos: Baby Sharks Show Off Amazing Ability * Photos: Great White Shark Mysteriously Washes Up on a California BeachOriginally published on Live Science.


7/22/2019 9:33:00 AM

Why No Enemy Would Dare Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft CarrierCircumstances obviously matter for an attack on a U.S. aircraft carrier. An out-of-the-blue attack from a conventionally armed state actor would enjoy the highest levels of success, but would also have an impact on elite and public opinion in the United States that might drive calls for dire retribution. Since the 1950s, the supercarrier has been the most visible representation of U.S. military power and maritime hegemony. Although supercarriers have participated in nearly every military conflict since the commissioning of USS Forrestal in 1955, no carrier has come under determined attack from a capable opponent. In part, this is because supercarriers are very difficult to attack, but the symbolic grandeur of the massive ships also plays a role; no one wants to know what the United States might do if one of its carriers came under attack.(This first appeared several months ago.)What would happen if a foe attacked a United States Navy (USN) aircraft carrier during a conflict? How would the United States react, and how would it respond?Circumstances:


7/22/2019 1:58:00 PM

Gambia's ex-president accused of ordering migrant slaughterGambia's former president Yahya Jammeh ordered the massacre of some 30 migrants he said were "mercenaries" sent to topple him in 2005, a member of the former strongman's hit squad told a truth commission on Tuesday. The testimony comes a day after another army officer accused Jammeh of ordering the murder of a leading journalist who worked for an independent newspaper and wrote articles about corruption that marked Jammeh's iron-fisted rule for 22 years. Omar Jallow, a former officer in the Presidential Guard, said about 45 Europe-bound migrants comprising nationals from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo, were arrested on a beach while trying to get to Europe.


7/23/2019 6:32:37 PM

Venezuela Says Widespread Power Outage Caused by Electromagnetic Attack(Bloomberg) -- The lights are returning for millions in Venezuela after a major power failure knocked out electricity to about two-thirds of the country on Monday afternoon.The incident, which the government said was caused by an “attack,” was reminiscent of another failure in March which dragged on for as long as 10 days in some areas and prompted Nicolas Maduro’s administration to begin power rationing outside of the capital city Caracas to normalize the grid.Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that school and work activities would be suspended on Tuesday in order to keep power demand lower and state-run electricity company Corpoelec said that service had been restored to all of Caracas, with work still to be done in other states nationwide.Maduro and his government have insisted that the country’s electrical problems are a product of sabotage and sophisticated attacks by the U.S. and local opposition who are seeking to remove him, while industry experts and critics point to a lack of investment and maintenance.Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has claimed to be the legitimate leader of Venezuela and is recognized as such by more than 50 countries following Maduro’s dubious re-election in 2018, said he’ll take to the streets on Tuesday to rally people against the government.“They tried to hide the tragedy with rationing across the country but their failure is evident,” he wrote in a post on Twitter. “They destroyed the electric system and they don’t have any response.”Power failures in March cut into Venezuela’s already flagging oil production, with output falling to zero in some areas for several days. Electricity was cut off at joint venture crude operations involving Petroleos de Venezuela SA, Chevron and Rosneft on Monday afternoon in the east of the country, according to two people with knowledge of the situation who aren’t authorized to speak publicly on the issue. PDVSA, as the state producer is known, didn’t reply to a request for comment.Since the crippling blackout in March, the government has been rationing electricity in more than 20 states, excluding Caracas from the restriction to avoid spurring protests. Still, for many the only assurance is trying to buy a generator in preparation for the next failure.On Monday, crowds of Venezuelans packed the Caracas sidewalks as shops and restaurants closed. Many trekked home after the buses provided by the city’s transit system filled up and with the subway system closed. Amid Internet disruptions, drivers parked along the city’s highways seeking a signal from cell phone tower.“The only thing that matters to me is getting home as soon as possible to avoid getting robbed,” said Julio Penalver, a 52-year-old handyman as he walked home to Petare, the large area of slums in eastern Caracas.To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Vasquez in Caracas Office at avasquez45@bloomberg.net;Fabiola Zerpa in Caracas Office at fzerpa@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Patricia Laya at playa2@bloomberg.net, Jose Orozco, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


7/23/2019 6:31:17 AM

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