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Rep. Steve King jokes about imprisoned Muslims being forced to eat pork in China

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is facing backlash after he joked about forcing Muslims imprisoned in China to eat pork during a town hall event on Tuesday.

The Sioux City Journal reported that King was explaining China’s crackdown on Muslims and how a “million of them” have been detained in concentration camps where he said the women are sterilized so that they can’t have any children. He went on to mention how China had also been forcing them to “wear Chinese clothes” and “eat Chinese diet,” which he reportedly added, “includes trying to force the Muslims to eat pork.”

“That’s actually the only part of that that I agree with. Everybody ought to eat pork. if you have a shortage of bacon, you can’t be happy,” King chuckled.

An estimated 1 million Uighurs have since been detained in internment camps and prisons across the region, and advocacy groups say that includes more than 400 prominent academics, writers, performers and artists. Critics say the government is targeting intellectuals as a way to dilute, or even erase, the Uighur culture, language and identity.

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King has already gotten blowback from The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), demanding GOP lawmakers to condemn the Iowa representative.

“Republican leaders need to make clear, once and for all, that Islamophobia will not be tolerated in their ranks,” CAIR said in a statement to the Sioux City Journal. “If King had joked about any other religious minority in concentration camps suffering the same humiliation he would have been kicked out of the Republican Party.”

This isn’t the first time King’s remarks sparked controversy. Earlier this month, the congressman pondered whether everyone’s “family trees” included ancestors who were the product of rape or incest while attempting to defend his pro-life stance that excludes any exceptions for abortions.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King said. “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”

Several GOP lawmakers condemned their colleague following those remarks, including Rep. Liz Cheney, who called on him to resign.

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King was formally condemned in the House of Representatives back in January for asking why terms like “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” had become offensive. He was also stripped from all committee assignments.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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TV host apologizes after saying black co-anchor looked like a gorilla

A white news anchor tearfully apologized on live television Tuesday after causing outrage for saying her black colleague looked like a gorilla.

Alex Housden, who hosts the morning news show at KOCO 5 TV in Oklahoma City, sparked the outrage during a segment about a baby western lowland gorilla named Fin recording selfie videos. The initially lighthearted segment quickly turned viral after Housden said to her co-host, Jason Hackett, who is black, that Fin “kind of looks like you when you take a picture.”

Hackett, who briefly pauses, replied “yeah it does, actually, yeah … very close to the camera.”

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The next morning, however, there were no laughs on the set. Housden and Hackett sat beside each other on a couch as Housden tearfully apologized to her colleague and to viewers over her “inappropriate” comment.

“I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate and I hurt people,” she said. “I want you to know I understand how much I hurt you all out there and how much I hurt you. I would never do anything on purpose to hurt you.”

Housden described Hackett as her “best friend” and insisted that she would never “do anything on purpose to hurt” him.

Hackett accepted Housden’s apology and said the incident was a “teachable moment.”

“What she said yesterday was wrong. It cut deep for me and a lot of you in the community. The lesson here is that words matter,” he said. “We are becoming a more diverse country and there is no excuse.”

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“We have to understand the stereotypes, we have to understand each other’s backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep,” he added.

“We have to find a way to replace those words with love and words of affirmation.”

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Gregg Jarrett: ‘Andrew McCabe ought to be criminally prosecuted’

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Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said Tuesday that former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe should be criminally persecuted for his role in the Russia investigation while appearing on “Hannity.”

“If we’re going to apply an equal standard of justice and not selective prosecution based on politics, Andrew McCabe ought to be criminally prosecuted,” Jarrett said.

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According to a New York Times report Monday, McCabe’s legal team met with Justice Department officials last week.

Benjamin Wittes, the editor-in-chief of Lawfare and someone former FBI director James Comey describes as a “good friend,” wrote a blog Tuesday that speculated that McCabe is likely to be charged.

“Such meetings generally take place when indictment is imminent; they happen when the government plans to bring charges,” Wittes wrote.

McCabe is accused of lying to federal agents.

Jarrett took McCabe to task for his role in the Russia investigation and with Michael Flynn.

“McCabe was instrumental in that because he was essentially… lying and deceiving and trying to entrap Michael Flynn to pursue the Russia hoax against Donald Trump,” Jarrett said.

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The legal analyst called the career trajectory in the FBI for both McCabe and Comey “frightening.”

“These two guys or the symbol of malevolence and corruption. It should be frightening to all Americans that Comey and McCabe rose through the ranks,” Jarrett said.

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Ingraham: Never Trumpers ‘clinging to their fantasy’

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Fox News’ host Laura Ingraham set her sights on Never Trump conservatives Tuesday, ripping the Republicans who have refused to accept Trump as the leader of the party.

“They are still clinging to their fantasy, to a Republican Party that no longer exists,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

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“And they think that if they hate the president enough then they’ll convince others to go along with their open borders, pro-China trade, pro-military interventionist outlook.”

Ingraham took aim specifically at conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin who called for the Republican Party to “burn down” and for Trump supporters to be “shunned.”

Ingraham argued that the Republican Party has already been burned down.

“Their fairytale house, it’s already burned down. In 2008 and in 2012 when they lost the presidency twice to Obama,” Ingraham said.

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The Fox News host blasted the movement.

“But the Never Trump fantasy…. It’s kind of like a bad romance novel. But without any of the hunky characters. You just want it to be over,” Ingraham said.

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

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Here’s why the House and Senate engage in a parliamentary dance during lengthy respites

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The United States Senate is the only institution in the world which would wait two hours and 17 minutes to do something which lasts 32 seconds.

The Senate was supposed to meet in a brief “pro forma” session at 10 Tuesday morning. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was scheduled to be the only senator present, perfunctorily gaveling the Senate to order and then gaveling out a few minutes later.

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But Rubio was delayed. Only Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough and a few other Senate staffers milled about the chamber for the ensuing swatch of time, waiting dutifully for Florida’s senior senator to arrive.

Rubio finally materialized at 12:17 pm. He took his seat on the dais, received brief instructions from MacDonough and then clasped the hourglass-shaped ivory gavel. Rubio rapped the gavel once on the dais.

“The Senate will come to order and the clerk will read a communication to the Senate,” said Rubio.

A Senate clerk then announced that the Senate had in fact designated Rubio “under Rule I, Paragraph 3” to preside over the Senate Tuesday in his capacity as “a senator from the state of Florida.”

The clerk’s boilerplate proclamation about Rubio took more time than anything Rubio said.

“So under the previous order, the Senate stands adjourned until 5 pm on Friday, August 30th, 2019,” said Rubio.

The Florida Republican thumped the gavel again and the Senate concluded its day – two hours, 16 minutes and 28 seconds later than everyone thought Tuesday.

The House has been on the “August recess” since late July. The Senate started its recess a few days later earlier this month. Neither body is slated to return to a bona fide session until September 9. Yet, at least one lawmaker of the majority party has shown up at three-day intervals to perform this quick “gavel in, gavel out” exercise, which consumes about a half a minute in the Senate and only three or four minutes in the House.

There’s a reason why the House and Senate engage in this parliamentary dance during lengthy respites like August, in the spring, Thanksgiving, Christmas and around other holidays.

Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution requires the House and Senate to meet every three days unless they have “Consent of the other” to not get together. If the House and Senate don’t want to convene every three days, both must approve what’s called an “adjournment resolution.” If the House and Senate okay the adjournment resolution, that’s it. Congress could be gone for weeks at a time without anyone showing up to hit the gavel.

It’s de rigueur these days for the House and Senate to eschew an adjournment resolution. Here’s why: Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution gives the President the “Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate.” In other words, if the House and Senate were truly out of session for a prolonged period of time, President Trump could bypass the Senate’s confirmation process on everything from judges to cabinet officials to ambassadors. Those figures would then take office without the Senate’s “advice and consent.”

Democrats control the House now. So, as a defensive move, House Democrats won’t let the Senate adjourn for more than three days and refuses to approve an adjournment resolution. House Republicans took the same approach with President Obama when the GOP was in the majority some years ago.

That compels the House and Senate to huddle in these abridged meetings. After all, “pro forma” is Latin for “a matter of form.” The sessions look like regular get-togethers of the House and Senate. But they’re really not.

That said, it’s not unheard of for the House or Senate to actually conduct some legislative business during what at one point was designed to be a pro forma session. Such was the case earlier this year when the House attempted on three separate occasions to approve a disaster aid bill with just a skeleton staff on hand. The Senate had already passed the plan. The House just needed to sync up. But Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and John Rose (R-TN) surfaced on different days to singularly block the efforts.

Marco Rubio isn’t the only lawmaker to find themselves running behind to preside. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) showed up 18 minutes late to do the honors for 34 seconds during an August 2017 pro forma confab. Paul was stuck in traffic. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) also had trouble getting to Washington for a pro forma session in 2016 following the Republican convention. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) stood in for Lee.

Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) never made it to a 2008 pro forma session. The Senate allowed then-Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson to preside without a senator present. Fox is told that was an error. Such a figure like the Secretary of Senate might be permitted to preside, provided the Vice President or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate aren’t available. Vice President Pence is President of the Senate. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is the President Pro Tempore, the most senior member of the majority party.

Pro forma sessions sometimes give lawmakers a chance to score some press on important issues of the day.

There was wonder on Capitol Hill if House Democrats may try to do something around the House’s first pro forma session scheduled this month after the massacres in El Paso and Dayton. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) was the lone Democrat to preside over the conclave. Sarbanes went through the standard patter of the pro forma session but made no mention of the shootings. Sarbanes did not address a small contingent of reporters afterward in the hall. Yet that night, the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent around a press release from the Congressman’s office. The statement proclaimed “Sarbanes Leads Call for Gun Safety Reform.” The release went on to say that “After Presiding Over the U.S. House of Representatives as Speaker Pro Tempore, Congressman Sarbanes Urged Majority Leader McConnell to Pass Bipartisan Gun Safety Measures.”

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But, the Sarbanes statement was as “pro forma” as the session earlier in the day. The Congressman made no reference to the shootings from the dais and never spoke to reporters afterward.

So the pro forma sessions will continue. Just not this August and September – but likely into the future. And, they usually happen on time.

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This Day in History: Aug. 28

On this day, Aug. 28 …

1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Also on this day:

  • 1922: The first commercial broadcast over radio airs on station WEAF in New York City. 
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  • 1955: Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old boy from Chicago, is abducted from his uncle’s home and later killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. 
  • 1981: The Centers for Disease Control announces a medical task force has been formed to look into the incidence of Kaposi’s sarcoma and pneumocystis in homosexual men; AIDS is later found to be the cause.
  • 2008: Illinois Sen. Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president. 
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GWU professor who NYT’s Brett Stephens targeted hits backs: It was an ‘abuse of his power’

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The college professor who New York Times columnist Brett Stephens targeted over an insulting tweet is firing back in an op-ed on Tuesday night, accusing his email of being an “abuse of his power.”

“Bret Stephens is above me in the status hierarchy. He knows this. I know this. He has won a Pulitzer Prize and has a regular op-ed column in the New York Times. I am just some professor… So I was surprised to receive an email from Bret Stephens last night,” George Washington University associate professor Dave Karpf began his piece published in Esquire.

Karpf had some fun at the expense of Stephens on Monday when he suggested that the bed bugs that had reportedly infested the Times newsroom last weekend were a “metaphor” and that the “bedbugs are Bret Stephens,” something Stephens took personally enough to email both him and the GWU provost.

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“I, meanwhile, was surprised that he had found the tweet at all. I had not used his Twitter handle in the message. With zero retweets, he would have had to look hard to find it on Twitter, and would have had to work even harder to take offense to such an innocuous joke,” Karpf explained. “But what was most striking to me was that he had gone to the effort to CC the provost. Including the Provost clarifies the intent of the message.”

“It means he was not reaching out in an earnest attempt to promote online civil discourse. It means he was trying to send a message that he stands above me in the status hierarchy, and that people like me are not supposed to write mean jokes about people like him online. It was an exercise in wielding power—using the imprimatur of The New York Times to ward off speech that he finds distasteful.”

The associate professor knocked Stephens’ appearance on MSNBC, where he suggested that being called a “bed bug” is a tactic that traces back to “totalitarian regimes.”

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“You can draw your own conclusion as to whether my joke was worth a chuckle. But equating a random Twitter account with a totalitarian regime is a remarkably long walk,” Karpf reacted.

He went on to suggest that Stephens was being hypocritical since he has repeatedly denounced “safe spaces” and wrote an op-ed titled, “Free Speech and the Necessity of Discomfort,” which Karpf added  “Discomfort for thee, but not for me, it would seem…”

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“Bret Stephens seems to think that his social status should render him immune from criticism from people like me. I think that the rewards of his social status come with an understanding that lesser-known people will say mean things about him online,” Karpf continued. “Stephens reached out to me in the mistaken belief that I would feel ashamed. He reached out believing my university would chastise me for provoking the ire of a writer at The New York Times. That’s an abuse of his social station. It cost me nothing, but it is an abuse of his power that would carry a real penalty for a younger or less privileged academic.”

“The Times should expect more of its writers. Stephens should expect more of himself. No one has freer speech than a public intellectual with a regular column in the paper of record. Stephens is free to say whatever he wants. With that freedom comes the discomfort that people will disagree with you. If Stephens is going to have this social power, he is going to have to learn to wield it more responsibly.”

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Trump mocks NYT’s Bret Stephens: My resort doesn’t have ‘bedbugs,’ but he’s ‘loaded up with them!’

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President Trump slammed New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, suggesting he’s “loaded up” with bed bugs.

After the president floated the idea of hosting next year’s G-7 summit at his Doral resort, a report resurfaced that his resort settled a lawsuit in 2017 after a New Jersey man named Eric Linder alleged he woke up one morning at Trump’s property with bites all over his body.

Trump denied of having any bed bugs at his resort Tuesday morning, blaming “Radical Left Democrats” for spreading “nasty rumors.”

However, the president took the opportunity on Tuesday night to repeat his denial about the alleged bed bug problem and hit one of his outspoken critics from the Times.

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“A made up Radical Left Story about Doral bedbugs, but Bret Stephens is loaded up with them!” Trump tweeted. “Been calling me wrong for years, along with the few remaining Never Trumpers – All Losers!”

The op-ed columnist had been widely-mocked after he responded to a Twitter user who jokingly referred to him as a bed bug in reaction to reports of a pest infestation at the Times newsroom.

“The bedbugs are a metaphor. The bedbugs are Bret Stephens,” George Washington University associate professor Dave Karpf quipped.

This tweet apparently angered Stephens enough for him to email both Karpf and the GWU provost, which Karpf shared on Twitter Monday night.

“Someone just pointed out a tweet you wrote about me, calling me a ‘bedbug,'” Stephens began the email. “I’m often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people – people they’ve never met – on Twitter. I think you’ve set a new standard.”

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The Times columnist went on to invite Karpf to his home, meet his wife and children, and then “call me ‘bedbug’ to my face.”

“That would take some genuine courage and intellectual integrity on your part,” Stephens told the college professor. “I promise to be courteous no matter what you have to say. Maybe it will make you feel better about yourself.”

Stephens has since deactivated his Twitter account.

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Minor league baseball pitcher’s wife, son and mother-in-law killed by family member in rural Virginia: cops

A minor league baseball player’s wife, son and mother-in-law were allegedly murdered Tuesday by his brother-in-law in their rural Virginia hometown Tuesday, according to reports.

Deputies found the body of a woman in a driveway and the bodies of another woman and a child inside the home in Keeling, Va., prompting a three-hour manhunt for the alleged killer, USA Today reported. The player was reportedly Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Blake Bivens.

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An unarmed and naked Matthew Bernard, who is Bivens’ wife’s brother, was found running through the woods just after noon, the Danville Register & Bee reported. The 19-year-old was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Matthew Bernard was charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

In a video obtained by WSET-TV, a naked Bernard and an officer are seen in the parking lot of the Keeling Baptist Church. The suspect strangles a man outside the church. The officer maces the suspect and chases after him before finally bringing him into custody.

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office has not released the identities or the causes of death for the three victims. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report the Virginia triple homicide was connected to Bivens. The Tampa Bay Rays later released a statement that Bivens “suffered a terrible family tragedy in southern Virginia.”

“Our hearts are broken for Blake. We are grieving with him and will support him any way we can. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the Bivens family and the Biscuits family during this extremely difficult time,” the statement read.

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Bivens, 24, pitches for the Montgomery Biscuits, a Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bays Rays Minor League Baseball division. He began his baseball career after he was selected by the Rays out of George Washington High School in Danville, Va., in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, USA Today reported.

The Montgomery Biscuits canceled a doubleheader Tuesday with the Chattanooga Lookouts and will return to Montgomery, Ala., where they will take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Thursday, AL.com reported.

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New photos taken of a North Korean shipyard suggest the country could be building a submarine that could potentially be capable of launching a nuclear missile, a report early Tuesday said.

The photos show vessels and cranes that could be used to haul a missile out to sea for launch, according to experts at a Washington-based think tank, NBC News reported.

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The satellite photos seem to confirm North Korean state media reports from July about a newly built submarine.

“There is no conclusive evidence at the moment that this is a near-term certainty,” an expert said of a possible missile test.

Once a submarine is built, it would take at least a year before it’s ready, according to an expert.

“The construction and commissioning of a true SSB (ballistic missile submarine) capability would represent a significant advancement of the North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear threat and complicate defense planning in the region, given the difficulties of tracking and/or pre-emptively targeting such capabilities,” analysts said and would lower the chances of denuclearization.

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In the last year, 15 cranes have been installed at the shipyard, NBC reported.

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