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Serena, Djokovic, Federer face upstarts in US Open 2nd round

Serena Williams’ matchup against 17-year-old American Caty McNally heads a lineup of second-round contests that similarly pit established champions against hungry upstarts.

The eighth-seeded Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champ, will be heavily favored in the nightcap in Arthur Ashe Stadium against McNally, who is ranked No. 121 and got her first victory in a Grand Slam event after receiving a wild card to play singles and doubles with fellow teenage star Coco Gauff.

Defending men’s champ and top seed Novak Djokovic is in the leadoff night match in Ashe, taking on 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero after third-seeded Roger Federer plays 99th-ranked Damir Dzumhur.

Other key matches on Wednesday include Venus Williams against No. 5 Elina Svitolina, and No. 2 Ash Barty taking on 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis.

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Ohio State’s Young leads with his mouth, then backs it up

Chase Young is one chatty Buckeye, and he has the game to back up the big talk.

Young is No. 5 Ohio State ‘s best player and was named to the preseason Associated Press All-America team presented by Regions Bank. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end with startling quickness and a mean streak rarely stops cheering, cajoling and trash-talking.

“Every day we’re expected to have the most juice,” Young said of the defensive front.

Last year, after star defensive end Nick Bosa went down with an injury in the third game, Young carried the flag for the Buckeyes‘ “Rushmen,” piling up 10 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss and 77 quarterback pressures and establishing himself as one of the most dynamic linemen in the country. The Maryland native did it a lot of the time with sore ankles.

Young became only the eighth player in Ohio State history to record double-digit sacks in a season. If he can do it again in this, his junior year and likely his last in Columbus, he will become only the second to have double-digits sacks in a season. Mike Vrabel, now head coach of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, did it in 1994 and ’95.

Rated as the seventh overall prospect nationally coming out of high school in 2017, Young is bright on the national radar now, and is set up for monster year as the Buckeyes featured pass rusher.

“I feel like looking at the film from last year, I can use my hands a lot better,” Young said. “I feel like I can get off the ball better. It’s just a lot of stuff where I’m really nitpicky about.”

This season he’s also expected to set an example.

“The guys like him,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “He has a happy-go-lucky personality. I see more seriousness now. I think he knows this is his time to step up and be a leader.”

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson can hardly wait to see what’s going to happen. He’s got a guy who’s nearly as good, Jonathon Cooper, at the other defensive end position, experienced interior linemen and tons of depth.

“Chase is going to get double-teamed, so that turns three guys loose,” Johnson said. “Our inside guys have to be really good pass rushers. That’s been our focus from the day we ended (last) season, to get ready for that. If they double-team Chase, we’ve got one-on-one on the inside, and I’ll take that all day. And we’ll move Chase around from right to left, so they’ll have to find him.”

Young will be expected to pace a defense that struggled during stretches last season and has something to prove.

Day brought in new defensive coaches — Johnson is the only holdover — and installed a new scheme that is in some ways more basic. Safety Jordan Fuller, a preseason second-team All-American, anchors the secondary, and all three starting linebackers return.

None of Young’s teammates will be telling him to tone down the talking, although he may need to get a handle on his enthusiasm so it doesn’t hurt the team. In the Rutgers game last year, Young got himself ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct because of his exuberant celebrating.

“He’s awesome,” linebacker Pete Werner said. “He gets me pumped up. As far as taking a leadership role he’s made big steps. He’s that guy now on the team that everybody is going to learn from.”

WHO’S HOT

Jonathan Greenard, OLB, Florida

The transfer from Louisville, who missed all but a few plays last season with a gruesome wrist injury, was part of a relentless pass rush for the Gators against Miami. Florida finished with 10 sacks and they were spread around. No player had more than two. Greenard finished with 1.5 and looked very much like the player who had a breakout season for the Cardinals in 2017.

WHO’S NOT

Jeff Thomas, WR, Miami

The speedster had a crucial muffed punt and was kept quiet (two catches for 28 yards) by Florida cornerbacks C.J. Henderson and Marco Wilson.

ALL-AMERICA MATCHUP

Stanford OT Walker Little vs. Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher.

Little is a preseason first-team All-American for No. 25 Stanford. A consensus five-star recruit and No. 1 prospect in the country in 2017, the 6-foot-7, 315-pound left tackle is a force. Fisher, a second-team All-American, has proven to be one of the best defensive players ever at Northwestern with 229 tackles in his first two seasons.

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Marc Thiessen: Trump administration can’t defend the defensible

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The Trump administration’s inability to defend the defensible is simply mind-numbing. Even when the president is doing the right thing, he and his team can’t seem to get out of their own way.

Take the administration’s perfectly reasonable decision to implement a new rule to ensure that immigrants seeking permanent residency in the U.S. are not on the dole. Decades ago, Congress passed a law declaring that a person likely to become a “public charge” may be denied residency, but the law was difficult to enforce because it did not explicitly define what a public charge is.

The Trump administration’s new rule fixes that, defining a public charge as someone who “receives one or more public benefits,” including Medicaid, food stamps and public housing. To most Americans, this is common sense. Legal immigrants seeking work are welcome in the United States; those seeking handouts are not.

But then President Trump’s acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, decided to rewrite Emma Lazarus’s words etched on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Asked in an NPR interview whether the words “Give me your tired, your poor” are still part of the American ethos, Cuccinelli replied that what Lazarus really meant to say was: “Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” The president’s critics pounced on the unforced error.

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Lazarus did not need Team Trump’s editing. She wrote: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” – not yearning for food stamps or free government health care. Trump is not changing the American ethos; the Democrats who want to give free stuff to foreigners are. Not difficult.

For another example of the Trump team getting in its own way, take China. There is bipartisan agreement that China is an economic predator that must be confronted. As part of its effort to challenge Beijing, the Trump administration has been encouraging U.S. businesses to shift production away from China.

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Encouraging such economic disengagement from China is perfectly fine. Ordering it is not. But that is precisely what Trump did last week.

After China imposed new tariffs on American goods, the president announced via Twitter: “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China.”

Ordered? Trump National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Trump did not really mean it. “What he is suggesting to American businesses,” Kudlow said, is that “you ought to think about moving your operations and your supply chains away from China.”

No, the president tweeted, he really meant it. “Try looking at the [International] Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977,” he wrote, “Case closed!”

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Not really. If Trump ever actually tried to use this law to “order” U.S. businesses to leave China, he would almost certainly be overturned by veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress. Once again, the president took a completely reasonable policy and turned it into a needless controversy.

President Trump was absolutely right to call out Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan for their virulent anti-Semitism — including their charge that Israel’s supporters in Congress are disloyal to America and, as Tlaib put it, “forgot which country they represent.”

But then, Trump declared that “any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat” show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty” – inadvertently using the very same anti-Semitic trope that got Omar and Tlaib in trouble in the first place.

Democrats used Trump’s words to turn the tables on him. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted: “When he uses a trope that’s been used against the Jewish people for centuries with dire consequences, he is encouraging – wittingly or unwittingly – anti-Semites throughout the country and world. Enough.”

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It was ridiculous because Trump is the most pro-Israel president in U.S. history. And the same Democrats who had just been defending Omar and Tlaib five minutes earlier were now accusing Trump of anti-Semitism. Yet, Trump handed them an opening – and lost the moral high ground.

This self-defeating pattern is undermining the Trump presidency. If you hit the mute button, the administration is doing a great job in many areas. Reforming our immigration system to reward work and discourage dependency; taking on China’s predatory trade practices; standing up for Israel and against anti-Semites are all good policies. But when the sound comes on, the chaos and lack of discipline drown it all out.

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Tropical Storm Dorian set to hit Puerto Rico, expected to blast Florida as Category 2 hurricane

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Tropical Storm Dorian generated strength overnight and is expected to reach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later Wednesday with heavy winds before growing stronger as it heads to the Bahamas and then Florida, where it’s expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane over the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET update that Tropical Storm Dorian was located about 85 miles southeast of St. Croix with maximum winds of 60 mph — a 10 mph increase from Tuesday — as it moved northwest at 13 mph.

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“Although weakening is possible after Dorian moves across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the storm is forecast to strengthen late this week and this weekend while passing near or to the east of the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas,” Senior Hurricane Specialist John Cangialosi wrote in the update.

Hurricane watches have been posted for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana.

The National Hurricane Center warns heavy rainfall in these areas could cause life-threatening flash floods. The Florida peninsula is expected to get the most rain, with Tropical Storm Dorian dropping 4 to 8 inches, with up to 10 inches in isolated areas, the center said.

The hurricane center predicts Dorian could reach hurricane strength over the next two days and peak at 100 mph, Category 2 strength, within the next five days, but “uncertainty in the intensity forecast late this week remains higher than usual due to a large spread in the model guidance,” the Sun Sentinel reported.

On Monday, Puerto Rico’s Gov. Wanda Vázquez signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and provided a list of all the new equipment that public agencies have bought since Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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The director of the National Hurricane Center, Kenneth Graham, told WSVN-Ch. 7 on Tuesday that it remains too early to tell how the storm will affect South Florida.

“It’s such an undetermined situation here. If it’s a weaker storm you can see some gusty winds and some rainfall but if it stays stronger — right now we’re looking at the potential for a tropical storm,” he told the station. “So, preparedness is everything, it’s having that plan ready just in case.”

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Colorado couple uses baseball bat when bear, cub enter home

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A Colorado couple defended themselves Monday night with a baseball bat when a bear entered their home in rural Jefferson County.

The couple– including a 71-year-old man– went into the kitchen to investigate a noise and saw that a bear and her cub had entered through a screen door and started eating a loaf of bread.

The man hit the bear and his wife attacked it with a baseball bat until both bears ran out through the screen door.

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The man had scratches and cuts on his face and arms and his wife was uninjured.

The mother bear was found and euthanized. Colorado Parks and Wildlife law says a bear must be euthanized if it attacks a person. The cub was not found.

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Wildlife officials said bears are especially active this time of year as they try to eat as much food as possible before winter hibernation. The color of the bear was unclear.

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Golden State Warriors forgot where they came from, Oakland A’s pitcher says

Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks slammed his former neighbors, the Golden State Warriors, in an interview published Tuesday, claiming the NBA team was less than nice to him and his fellow teammates after they started to experience success.

“They treated us like s— over here so we don’t care for them much,” Hendriks told The Athletic, according to SFGate.

The Warriors, who are moving to the Chase Center in San Francisco for the upcoming 2019-20 season, once shared space in the Oakland Arena with the Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders.  Hendriks said the six-time NBA championship team became “a—holes” after their winning streak following their 2015 victory.

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“When the Warriors sucked and the A’s were good, the A’s would give them tickets,” Hendriks said. “When the Warriors became good, they decided to cut all ties and become a—holes. So, no love lost for them leaving.”

Hendriks recalled one incident in which he claimed a Warriors security guard wouldn’t let him out of a parking lot shared by the A’s and the Warriors when both teams are in-season. The guard, he said, told the MLB player that he was “not as important as a player for the A’s as a fan for the Warriors is.”

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Now that the Golden State Warriors and Raiders are set to leave the arena after the upcoming NFL season, Hendriks is already thinking of the ways his team can make use of the extra space.

“We can make some improvements after they leave,” Hendriks said. “We can take (the Raiders’) clubhouse because their clubhouse is way nicer than ours.”

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John Stossel: The battle against poverty in Africa can be won – In a surprising way

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Why does most of Africa stay poor while other parts of the world prosper?

People blame things such as climate, the history of colonialism and racism.

But I say Senegalese businesswoman Magatte Wade gives the right explanation: too many rules.

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“Once you hire someone, good luck getting rid of them for any reason,” Wade complains. Her government must approve every firing.

“Then the tax code is so complicated … worth at least two or three truckloads of paper.”

Wade started a lip balm company. Some of her ingredients are not made in Senegal, so she imports them. To “protect” Senegalese manufacturers, the government makes importing ingredients expensive.

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“Some have a 70 percent import tariff on them!” she says.

President Trump now threatens similar taxes on imports from China.

In Africa, people sometimes escape such taxes by paying bribes. We hear a lot about African corruption.

“People complain about corruption as if corruption is a root problem,” says Wade. “I say no. Corruption is a natural consequence of stupid, senseless, idiot laws.”

She says there would be just as much corruption in the U.S. if taxes and regulations here made it as difficult to do business as Senegal does.

“The only way to fix corruption is to simplify,” advises Wade.

Wade’s business has survived because she was fortunate enough to find a helpful bureaucrat who pointed out a loophole.

“I went to see the head of customs, and we started looking together,” recounts Wade.” Looking through the volumes of crushing regulations, they “found a clause in one of the binders saying if you’re exporting 80 percent of your products, and if you’ve been in business for two years, you can ask for an exemption.”

Most people are “clueless” about these obstacles, she said, especially those in academia, Hollywood and the news media. “They have such a strong anti-capitalism bias.”

To raise awareness about why economic freedom creates prosperity but regulation prevents it, Wade and the Foundation for Economic Education made a documentary titled “Made in Mekhe.”

In it, she asks: “Why is it that a couple decades ago, China was at the same level as most African countries? Countries like Singapore made it. Hong Kong made it. Even a place like Dubai — bare land of desert sand — all of a sudden, Dubai (is) one of the financial centers of the world! You’re like, what? What happened here?”

She says booming places like those understood that they wouldn’t create prosperity unless they made it easy for business to operate.

But international aid organizations have a different solution. Wade says they often make Africa’s problems worse by adding rules. The United Nation’s “Sustainable Development” goals include things like “inclusive and equitable quality education,” “climate change” and “gender equality.”

“We have chains around our necks! No one is seeing it. Then they want to come talk to me about inequality! We need greater economic freedom!”

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Governments send $50 billion a year to Africa, and businesses offer Africa free goods.

TOMS Shoes promotes itself by sending a pair of shoes to Africa for every pair you buy.

Wade says: “I know it came from a good place. I get it. But can you just think further down the road?”

She points out that a result of TOMS “charity” is that African shoemakers go out of business. “You can’t compete with free!”

But donation promotion has become trendy among Western businesses, says Wade. “Now you’re seeing it with tampons, seeing it with soap, with everything!”

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Africa becomes dependent instead of self-sustaining. It would be better, says Wade, if Westerners simply encouraged African governments to stop strangling their own entrepreneurs.

“If I have a job then, guess what? My malnutrition problem goes poof! Even access to clean water goes poof,” says Wade. Instead, “the business climate sucks so much that people like me can’t do that work of creating companies and jobs.”

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Bernie bashes billionaires in manifesto to rescue the media

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Bernie Sanders wants to save the free press.

The candidate who has been fuming about his campaign coverage is now setting a lofty goal to go along with his plans for free college and Medicare for All. Call it Journalism for All.

Look, it’s nice to have someone care about my struggling profession. And Sanders is explicitly contrasting himself with a president who routinely rails against fake news.

But his methods are rather unrealistic, amounting to just another plank in his anti-corporate crusade.

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In a piece for Columbia Journalism Review, the Vermont senator doesn’t like the fact that billionaires now own some of America’s top newspapers. Of course, mega-wealthy guys, from William Randolph Hearst to Mort Zuckerman, have always owned papers.

But these days, with print publications in deep trouble as victims of the digital revolution, more papers are being snapped up by the rich at bargain prices. These range from the L.A. Times, now owned by biotech kingpin Patrick Soon-Shiong, to the Boston Globe, bought by Red Sox owner John Henry when the New York Times unloaded it at a billion-dollar loss.

And of course there’s the Washington Post, which Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought six years ago from the Graham family for $250 million.

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Sanders happens to believe the Post treats him unfairly, and he blames Bezos. You know who else is perpetually outraged at Bezos and what he dubs the Amazon Washington Post? Donald Trump.

When Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and others proclaimed that Bezos never meddles in newsroom decisions, Bernie backed off, saying his real beef is with “corporate media.”

Now I give Sanders credit for recognizing the magnitude of the problem, such as newsrooms losing 28,000 employees in the last decade while Google and Facebook dominate the online advertising market. Even Gannett had to sell itself to another large chain.

And I get that as a Democrat Sanders is drawing a stark contrast with the incumbent: “Trump’s authoritarian bullying of the media is totally unacceptable and it must be denounced and rejected.”

But his policy prescriptions sound pretty pie-in-the-sky, and his CJR piece devolves into an anti-corporate manifesto:

“Corporate conglomerates and hedge fund vultures have bought and consolidated beleaguered local newspapers and slashed their newsrooms—all while giving executives big payouts…We should not want even more of the free press to be put under the control of a handful of corporations and ‘benevolent’ billionaires who can use their media empires to punish their critics and shield themselves from scrutiny.”

I don’t want a handful of giants controlling what we see and hear either, but you can’t repeal the free market. And given the ailing health of so many newspapers, we should be grateful that zillionaires like Bezos and Soon-Shiong have not just rescued but revitalized some of the country’s top papers—knowing full well they’ll never be profit centers.

There are outlier owners who do use their media properties to protect their empires, but unless Sanders can prove that the mainstream billionaires are wielding their papers as political weapons, he shouldn’t make the charge.

Other Bernie ideas:

–Taking a tougher stance against media mergers, such as the recent agreement to reunite CBS and Viacom. Okay, but some of these mergers and acquisitions are an attempt at survival, such as Disney’s recent mega-deal in buying Fox’s movie studio and other entertainment assets.

–Requiring major media companies to disclose whether their transactions and merger plans will involve significant layoffs. I detest newsroom layoffs, but one company’s not going to buy another without being able to shrink the combined staff.

–“We will prevent media-related merger and deregulation decisions at federal agencies that adversely affect people of color and women.”  Not quite clear how this would work.

–Boost efforts by media workers to form unions. There’s nothing stopping them from trying to unionize now, as many have, and this sounds like an effort to please labor unions with endorsements to make.

–Toughen antitrust enforcement against such tech giants as Facebook and Google “to prevent them from using their enormous market power to cannibalize, bilk, and defund news organizations.”

It’s true that those companies have eaten their rivals’ lunch, but news outlets are full partners in using social media to promote their stories. It’s a lousy deal for the news folks, but it’s difficult to see the antitrust violations when the biggest media outlets have been ardently trying to collaborate with the likes of Facebook.

I welcome anyone joining the debate about how to preserve an independent press, especially at a time when local journalism is dramatically shrinking. And media concentration is a very real problem. But not even a president can wave a wand and banish billionaires and big corporations from the media marketplace.

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23 killed in attack on bar in southern Mexico

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An attack on a bar in Mexico’s Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 23 people and injured 13 late Tuesday.

The attackers started a fire that ripped through the bar, killing eight women and 15 men. There was no immediate information on the condition of the injured.

Photos of the scene showed tables and chairs jumbled around, apparently as people tried to flee.

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The state prosecutor’s office in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz said the search was continuing for the attackers.

Veracruz Gov. Cuitlahuac Garcia suggested that a gang dispute was involved in the attack.

“In Veracruz, criminal gangs are no longer tolerated,” Garcia wrote of the attack, adding police, the armed forces and newly formed National Guard are searching for the attackers.

State police identified the establishment as the “Bar Caballo Blanco.”

The tatty bar is located in a storefront on a busy commercial street in Coatzacoalcos, a city whose main industry has long been oil and oil refining.

The fire may have been started with gasoline bombs.

It came almost eight years to the day after a fire at a casino in the northern city of Monterrey killed 52 people. The Zetas drug cartel staged that 2011 attack to enforce demands for protection payments.

The Zetas, now splintered, have also been active in Coatzacoalcos.

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The attack, along with the killing of 19 people in the western city of Uruapan earlier this month, is likely to renew fears that the public, theatrical violence of the 2006-2012 drug war has returned.

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‘I am Antifa’ professor who posted desire to hit Trump with bat resigns from post

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A college professor in Iowa who declared his support for the far-left Antifa movement and came under fire for social media post in which he expressed a desire to hit President Trump with a bat— resigned from his post on Tuesday.

Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct English professor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, resigned Tuesday. The school said in a statement it accepted his resignation and has an instructor who will teach Klinzman’s one course this semester. The decision to name a new instructor for Klinzman’s course was based on securing a safe learning environment for students and staff, not on the professor’s politics or his right to express his views, the statement said.

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A local TV station, which found numerous posts believed written by the professor both on his personal page and on an “Iowa Antifa” page, asked Klinzman last week about his social media activity.

“I affirm that I am Antifa,” Klinzman told local ABC affiliate KCRG-TV. He stood behind his comments. Some comments were inflammatory to Evangelical Christians and he said he was willing to apologize to any Christians offended by them.

The outlet reported that in one post, Klinzman shared a poem containing the words, “Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground,” to which he added the comment, “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

The professor was also an active participant in a local Antifa group on Facebook, according to KCRG, where he made the apparent comment about attacking Trump.

In a July 27 tweet, President Trump wrote: “Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!”

“Yeah, I know who I’d clock with a bat…” Klinzman wrote on the local Antifa Facebook page in reference to the president’s message.

Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, has been facing scrutiny and calls to be labeled as a domestic terrorist organization, particularly after a series of violent incidents in Portland, Ore. Masked Antifa demonstrators allegedly beat up conservative blogger Andy Ngo at a June 29 rally that drew national attention to this small, liberal city.

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More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Federal Protective Service, were active in Portland earlier this month to help police monitor dueling protests between right-wing demonstrators and Antifa.

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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