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Who are the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran?

Derided by some as a terrorist group, dismissed by others as a cult, the People’s Mujahedin is a secretive organization that has existed on the fringes of Iranian politics for decades.

The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, has received strong support from prominent U.S. figures, including President Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and former National Security Adviser John R. Bolton.

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Mujahedin-e Khalq members wave Iranian flags during the conference “120 Years of Struggle for Freedom Iran” at the Ashraf-3 camp, which is a base for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, MEK) in Manza, on July 13, 2019.  (AFP via Getty Images)

Inspired by Marxist ideology, it began in the mid-1960s in opposition to the highly unpopular U.S.-backed Shah of Iran. But the MEK soon came to reject the theocratic regime that replaced him after the 1979 revolution.

The group became increasingly violent, carrying out a series of bombings and assassinations against the Iranian government — actions that caused its popularity to plummet.

By the mid-1980s the group had relocated its headquarters to Iraq, where it received protection under Saddam Hussein.

Despite the U.S. State Department designating the MEK as a foreign terrorist group in the late 1990s, it nonetheless received American protection during the Iraq War.

After American troops began winding down operations in Iraq, the MEK suffered violent recriminations from the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government.

In 2012, the U.S. removed the MEK from its terrorist list and worked with the United Nations to find an alternative host country. The following year, Albania welcomed the group, hoping to gain favor with Washington.

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Attempts by journalists to gain access to the MEK have remained elusive. Though the group has renounced violence, advocating for the peaceful overthrow of Iran’s theocratic government, some former members have said they were brainwashed.

A New York Times reporter recently gained rare access into the group’s headquarters outside the capital of Albania. He also interviewed former members living in the country who claimed they were forced to renounce romantic relationships and that all sexual thoughts were banned.

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Insiders have denied these claims, arguing that any discipline of thought was necessary to battle the despotic Iranian regime.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kamala Harris: With All-White Debate, Everyone Is ‘Accountable’ On Black Maternal Health

SAN FRANCISCO — Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Tuesday ahead of a roundtable on Black maternal health that it is up to all the 2020 presidential candidates, regardless of their race or gender, to prioritize such issues. 

HuffPost asked Harris, who dropped out of the race in December, whether she thought key perspectives would be missing from the Democratic debate stage in Nevada on Wednesday, specifically on issues like Black maternal mortality, given that all the candidates who qualified were white

“I strongly believe it should not be incumbent on a Black woman to talk about Black women’s issues,” Harris said. “If you want to be a leader in any field, much less president of the United States, [Black maternal health] should be one of your issues. It should be a priority issue, you should know about it, you should understand it and you should be committed to dealing with it.” 

“And certainly that was a voice that I would bring to the debate stage when I was in the race,” Harris added. “And I hold everyone accountable, regardless of their gender, of their race, for creating priorities around this.” 

Some of the leading candidates in the race have spoken to the issue of Black maternal mortality in their campaigns, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Harris, who has championed the issue for years as a senator, reintroduced her Maternal CARE Act in 2019, which would direct funds to medical schools and other health programs to carry out implicit bias trainings and give grants to states to implement “culturally competent” medical home programs for at-risk pregnancies.

The senator kicked off Tuesday’s event at her Senate offices by reading out what she called a “startling” statistic: Black women in the U.S. are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. 

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Sarah Ruiz-Grossman/HuffPost Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at a Black maternal health roundtable her office hosted Tuesday in San Francisco.

Over two dozen women, almost all Black, attended the roundtable, with several telling personal stories of facing racism in their experiences either as patients or as health providers and advocates in the field of maternal health. 

“I had one pediatrician say, ‘You’re really great with the teen moms — because you used to be one.’ And I wasn’t,” said Tanefer Camara, who is a lactation consultant in Oakland. “What I said was: ‘I’m great with all moms.’” 

Karesha Boyd, who is a mother of four, recounted how she went to the hospital for her last pregnancy and was told she had a “tubal” or ectopic pregnancy, when fertilized eggs grow outside the uterus. She was sent home with medication. Later she was still bleeding and began vomiting, so she called an ambulance. 

“The ambulance driver told me: ‘They shouldn’t have sent you home,’” Boyd said. “I knew it didn’t feel right.”

Once back at the hospital, after getting surgery, she was told she was no longer pregnant. Months later, convinced she still was, she went back to the hospital. 

“I ended up having the baby. This is the baby,” she said, rocking her baby, whom she was breastfeeding. “They thought that I was crazy. That’s why it’s important for [Harris’] bill to pass.” 

It should not be incumbent on a Black woman to talk about Black women’s issues. Sen. Kamala Harris

After several women shared their stories, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the surgeon general of California, noted that the U.S. health care system is “just like our broader American society … built on a history of racism and oppression.” 

Burke Harris noted that hospitals were segregated only a few decades ago. Later Dr. Stephen Lockhart, the chief medical officer of the Sutter Health hospital system in Northern California, said he was born at home in St. Louis in 1958 because hospitals were still segregated at the time.

Harris, who noted that California is a “great leader” on Black maternal health, asked for ideas from the room to improve her legislation. 

Some women suggested going further than implicit bias trainings and including accountability measures as well as a financial impact for hospitals that don’t show improvement. Harris said she “couldn’t agree more” and requested ideas for best practices around measuring outcomes.

In a similar vein, Warren proposed an idea in April to have medical providers’ funding be contingent on the quality of care they give to black mothers.

“The hospitals are just going to get a lump of money, and if they bring down those maternal mortality rates, then they get a bonus, and if they don’t, then they’re going to have money taken away from them,” the presidential candidate said. 

Harris concluded Tuesday’s event by saying Black maternal health “can’t just be a fight waged by Black women.” 

“Everyone has to be held accountable for this issue,” Harris said, adding that “elections matter.” 

“This should not be the issue that it is. You should not be telling the stories you just told, not in this year of our Lord 2020,” Harris said. “Let’s just keep fighting.”

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Woman battling brain cancer away from home receives special snow message: ‘Mom be brave’

A woman from Guatemala who is in Cleveland receiving treatment for an aggressive brain tumor received a little extra encouragement through a message written in the snow outside of her hospital window. Michele Schambach, who was diagnosed with oligodendroglioma at home and referred to the Cleveland Clinic by her doctor, said she was “feeling down” when the message appeared.

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“MOM, BE BRAVE,” reads the message, which was written by her daughter, Dr. Marie Schambach, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

Marie Schambach shared photos of her message on Facebook on Feb. 14, and told followers that her mom was “in the best hands in the world at Cleveland Clinic.” She added that her mom is a “superwoman.”

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Oligodendroglioma is a primary central nervous system tumor that begins in either the brain or spinal cord, according to Cancer.gov. Schambach’s tumor was classified as Grade III, meaning it’s malignant and also fast-growing. The tumors most often strike in patients between 35 and 44 but can occur at any age. The cause remains unknown.

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Michele Schambach was referred to the Cleveland Clinic by her doctors in Guatemala.  (Marie Schambach)

According to Fox 2 Detroit, Schambach had traveled to Cleveland Clinic in October for surgery to remove as much of the tumor as they could before beginning chemotherapy and radiation. However, earlier this month she learned that her blood counts were not improving, which is when Marie Schambach stepped in to help.

Her message was even recognized by the hospital’s social media team in a special tweet.

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Marie Schambach wrote the message for her mother, who was feeling down about her latest test results. (Marie Schambach)

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“A beautiful message was left at our main campus today,” the clinic tweeted. “To the person who wrote it, you’ve touched our hearts. #MomBeBrave.”

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Woman battling brain cancer away from home receives special snow message: ‘Mom be brave’

A woman from Guatemala who is in Cleveland receiving treatment for an aggressive brain tumor received a little extra encouragement through a message written in the snow outside of her hospital window. Michele Schambach, who was diagnosed with oligodendroglioma at home and referred to the Cleveland Clinic by her doctor, said she was “feeling down” when the message appeared.

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“MOM, BE BRAVE,” reads the message, which was written by her daughter, Dr. Marie Schambach, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

Marie Schambach shared photos of her message on Facebook on Feb. 14, and told followers that her mom was “in the best hands in the world at Cleveland Clinic.” She added that her mom is a “superwoman.”

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Oligodendroglioma is a primary central nervous system tumor that begins in either the brain or spinal cord, according to Cancer.gov. Schambach’s tumor was classified as Grade III, meaning it’s malignant and also fast-growing. The tumors most often strike in patients between 35 and 44 but can occur at any age. The cause remains unknown.

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Michele Schambach was referred to the Cleveland Clinic by her doctors in Guatemala.  (Marie Schambach)

According to Fox 2 Detroit, Schambach had traveled to Cleveland Clinic in October for surgery to remove as much of the tumor as they could before beginning chemotherapy and radiation. However, earlier this month she learned that her blood counts were not improving, which is when Marie Schambach stepped in to help.

Her message was even recognized by the hospital’s social media team in a special tweet.

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Marie Schambach wrote the message for her mother, who was feeling down about her latest test results. (Marie Schambach)

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“A beautiful message was left at our main campus today,” the clinic tweeted. “To the person who wrote it, you’ve touched our hearts. #MomBeBrave.”

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Bloomberg Vetoed 2003 Bill Expanding Rape Victims’ Access To Emergency Contraception

In 2003, over the objections of the New York City Council and reproductive rights advocates, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed two bills that would have expanded access to, and information about, emergency contraception. 

One bill required pharmacies in the city that don’t sell emergency contraception to post a sign alerting customers or face a penalty of up to $500. The other mandated that emergency rooms in city-funded hospitals provide access to the morning-after pill to rape victims, if they wanted it. The city would be prohibited from contracting with hospitals that did not comply. 

The city council overrode Bloomberg’s veto. 

I can’t believe the mayor vetoed those bills … This is something that is so important for women to have available to them, and it’s just incredible to me that anyone could not respond favorably to … making these emergency contraceptive drugs available,” said Oliver Koppell, then a Democratic member of the council, during an April 9, 2003, meeting.

At that time, Bloomberg was a Republican. He is now running for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Bloomberg did sign a third bill that required clinics treating sexually transmitted diseases to carry emergency contraception. 

“It is the least the law can say to make sure that women who have suffered such a horrible crime get the medical standard of care in every emergency room in this city…” Former New York City Council Member Christine Quinn (D)

The Bloomberg campaign noted that the former mayor has received kudos plaudits from abortion rights groups during his career. Bloomberg supports abortion rights and has donated millions to groups like Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List, which works to elect Democratic women who support abortion access. In 2005 and 2009, he received the backing of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, a major abortion rights group. And both Planned Parenthood and NARAL have given him awards. 

But he has also donated heavily to Republican politicians who oppose these rights. And in this case, Bloomberg was on the opposite side of reproductive rights groups on the issue of these emergency contraception bills. 

The city council conducted an investigation in 2002, finding that only half the city’s emergency rooms gave rape victims the option of the morning-after pill. Just 55% of the 170 pharmacies surveyed in the city carried at least one type of emergency contraception.

Women outside Manhattan, especially in Staten Island and Queens, also had less access to emergency contraception.

Bloomberg and his administration objected to the pharmacy legislation because, they said, it would be hard to enforce

They opposed the emergency room mandate because they didn’t like that it would interfere with the contracting process and were worried about the potential cost during a “fiscal crisis” and deep budget cuts, according to Isaac Weisfuse, a deputy commissioner of health at the time who spoke before the council.

In urging the council to override Bloomberg’s veto at the time, then-council member Christine Quinn (D) called the emergency room measure “the least we can do for women that have been raped.”

“It is the least the law can say to make sure that women who have suffered such a horrible crime get the medical standard of care in every emergency room in this city,” she said during an April 9, 2003 meeting, adding that without a law, treatment would entirely be up to individual hospital administrators, who change on a regular basis. “We need to set the standard for women who are victims of crime in this city and then make sure the hospitals in this city that we do business with live up to it.”

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ASSOCIATED PRESS As New York City’s mayor in 2003, Michael Bloomberg vetoed two bills by the city council expanding access to emergency contraception. The council eventually overrode his vetoes. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada)

The pieces of legislation that Bloomberg vetoed had the strong support of reproductive rights advocates. Representatives from Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Reproductive Action League of New York and the National Organization of Women, among others, spoke before the council in favor of the bills. 

Emergency contraception “should be offered at every hospital in this city that treats rape survivors or on an emergency basis. Every rape survivor has the right to know about all, and have access to all treatment options,” said Joan Malin, who was then president of Planned Parenthood of New York City. In December, Malin came out and praised the Bloomberg campaign’s plan for reducing the mortality rates of pregnant women.

The idea of the pharmacy bill was not only to shame pharmacies into offering emergency contraception, but to save women the trouble and embarrassment of having to ask if they sell it. 

It “requires any pharmacy that does not sell EC to conspicuously post this over its prescription counters, sort of like saying there’s no fire extinguisher here ― which does save one from standing in line, and women really do not need to stand in lines at multiple pharmacies only to find out they don’t have EC,” said Carolyn Westhoff, then a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University.

Later in 2003, in October, New York Gov. George Pataki (R) signed a law requiring every hospital in the state to offer the option of emergency contraception to rape victims.

In 2004, the New York City Council issued a new report, finding that even after the state and city passed its emergency room laws, nearly a quarter of hospital emergency rooms in the city were “failing women and breaking the law by not providing survivors of rape/sexual assault the medication necessary to prevent pregnancy.” It also found that nearly a quarter of pharmacies were still not stocking the morning-after pill either.

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When Did Bloomberg Turn Against Stop-and-Frisk? When He Ran for President.

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Days before he announced his presidential campaign in November, Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City from 2002 through 2013, renounced one of his signature policies: stop-and-frisk, in which police officers stopped and searched millions of New Yorkers, the vast majority of whom were black or Hispanic and had not committed a crime.

But as his campaign has grown — he qualified on Tuesday for this week’s Democratic debate — and stop-and-frisk has become a major piece of ammunition for his opponents, Mr. Bloomberg has begun to imply that he turned against the policy much sooner than he did.

He has also taken credit for the near-disappearance of the practice by the time he left office at the end of 2013 (the practice plummeted because of a court case whose outcome Mr. Bloomberg fiercely opposed), and claimed that the only reason he didn’t apologize before 2019 was that no one asked him about it (not true).

In reality, Mr. Bloomberg defended stop-and-frisk throughout his time as mayor and continued to do so, consistently and repeatedly, for nearly six years afterward — including in an interview the month before he entered the presidential race.

At a news conference in May 2012, when a reporter asked if he was bothered by how controversial stop-and-frisk was, Mr. Bloomberg said:

“When you do polling, my understanding is that the polls show overwhelming support by the public for the tactics we’ve been using to bring down crime. There’s always going to be somebody who disagrees, and they have a right, but if you were ever to do a balanced story, I think you’d find that it’s a minority of people who don’t like the tactic.

We are very careful to follow the law. We go where the crime is. If our school system were better and if we kept working with families to help them raise their kids, maybe someday we won’t have the crime. But right now, we unfortunately do in certain communities.”

Mr. Bloomberg went on to suggest the policy had saved thousands of lives — though a study released the next year would find that only 6 percent of stops from 2009 to 2012 had resulted in an arrest, and 0.1 percent in a conviction for a violent crime. And he said that neither he nor the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, would apologize for it.

“When we came into office, people always thought that crime was at rock bottom and it couldn’t go any lower. I think conventional wisdom was that crime would go up in this city.

If that had been true, and if we had just held on to the gains that Rudy Giuliani’s administration brought to the city — and he did dramatically reduce the crime — there’d be another 5,600 people dead today. … Nobody should ask Ray Kelly to apologize — he’s not going to, and neither am I — for saving 5,600 lives.

I think it’s fair to say that stop, question and frisk has been an essential part of the N.Y.P.D.’s work.”

In a speech at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, Mr. Bloomberg acknowledged the validity of some criticisms and said he and Mr. Kelly were working to reform the practice. But he refused to abandon it.

“We’ve also sent a message to criminals: If we suspect you may be carrying a gun, we will stop you. Through those stops, the police have recovered thousands of guns over the past decade, and tens of thousands of other weapons. There is no doubt those stops have saved lives.

Now, I understand why some people want us to stop making stops. Innocent people who are stopped can be treated disrespectfully. That is not acceptable. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you deserve nothing but respect and courtesy from the police.

Police Commissioner Kelly and I both believe we can do a better job in this area, and he’s instituted a number of reforms to do that. We believe that when it comes to making stops — to borrow a phrase from President Clinton — the practice should be mended, not ended. That work has already begun, and Commissioner Kelly has said that he fully expects the number of stops to decline.”

As contenders to replace him as mayor made stop-and-frisk a campaign issue, Mr. Bloomberg accused them of “playing politics with people’s lives” and said in a speech to police leaders:

As the ongoing federal court case is now demonstrating for any objective observer to see, the N.Y.P.D. conducts stops based on seeing something suspicious, or witnesses’ descriptions of suspects, not on any preconceived notions or on demographic data that would have you stopping old women as often as you stop young men. That’s not the real world.

If the N.Y.P.D. conducted stops and intelligence gathering based on demographic data rather than real leads, guns would be everywhere in our city, thousands of New Yorkers who are alive today would be dead, and terrorists may well have succeeded in attacking us again.”

He went on to denounce a City Council proposal to ban racial profiling, claiming that if a witness described the perpetrator of a crime as “a 20-something white man wearing a blue windbreaker,” the legislation would make officers ignore the racial identification and “stop 80-year-old black women if they’re wearing blue windbreakers.”

“The legislation is based on the false allegation that the N.Y.P.D. disproportionately stops young men of color. But as you know, stops are made based on descriptions of suspects and suspicious activity only. And the sad reality is on the streets of our city, 90 percent of murder suspects and murder victims are black and Latino, and blacks and Hispanics are the overwhelming majority of suspects in other violent crimes.

The truth of the matter is, comparing stops to the general population is just not rational. Comparing stops to the witnesses’ description of suspects and the identification of suspicious activity, which together reflect the racial and ethnic breakdown of criminal activity, is what matters. And the numbers put the lie to the racist allegations. In fact, the percentage of stops of blacks is less than that of whites and Asians when adjusted for crime reports.”

In comments that drew a strong backlash at the time, Mr. Bloomberg said on a radio show that, in fact, the police stopped and frisked too few people of color.

“They just keep saying, ‘Oh, it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be. But it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murders. In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course or a logic course.”

The Wall Street Journal reported additional comments:

“For years now, critics have been trying to argue that minorities are stopped disproportionately. If you look at the crime numbers, that is just not true. The numbers don’t lie. … I understand that we’re in a campaign season and everybody wants to do something right for their campaign, rather than help us get out of this terrible situation where a disproportionate percentage of the crime is committed by a group of young kids that just don’t have any future.”

In a New Yorker interview, Mr. Bloomberg said:

“I would suggest to the next mayor, whoever it is, that saving lives is the most important thing, more so than pandering. Stop-and-frisk has been shown to be not the only, but the most effective, tool in getting guns out of the hands of kids.”

After a federal judge ruled that New York’s use of stop-and-frisk was unconstitutional, Mr. Bloomberg complained in a radio interview: “What does she know about policing? Absolutely zero. Your safety and the safety of your kids is now in the hands of some woman who does not have the expertise to do it.”

He also gave a lengthy speech defending the policy.

“I’m happy to say we are on pace for another record low of shootings and homicides this year because our police officers follow the law and follow the crime. They fight crime wherever crime is occurring, and they don’t worry if their work doesn’t match up to a census chart. As a result, today we have fewer guns, fewer shootings and fewer homicides. In fact, murders are 50 percent below the level they were 12 years ago, when we came into office — something no one thought possible back then.

Stop-question-frisk, which the Supreme Court of the United States has found to be constitutional, is an important part of that record of success. It has taken some 8,000 guns off the streets over the past decade, and some 80,000 other weapons. … We have the lowest percentage of teenagers carrying guns of any major city across our country.

The possibility of being stopped acts as a vital deterrent. … The fact that fewer guns are on the streets now shows that our efforts have been successful, and there is just no question that stop-question-frisk has saved countless lives. And we know that most of those lives saved, based on the statistics, have been black and Hispanic young men.

Shortly after the court ruling, Mr. Bloomberg defended stop-and-frisk in an interview with New York magazine.

“The judge is just wrong. We have not racial profiled, we’ve gone where the crime is. I don’t have any doubts that she will be reversed right away. The question is, will our successor continue the battle?

I cannot get involved in the next administration, nor should I. But for something like that, I would certainly make my views known. … The sad thing, which nobody’s willing to talk about, is that most of our crime is in two neighborhoods: southeast Bronx, central Brooklyn. All minority males 15 to 25. We’ve got to do something about that. And unless you get the guns out of their hands, you’re not going to ever be able to do anything.”

Mr. Bloomberg went to a black church in Harlem in late 2013 to defend the policy. Here is his account from a speech two years later at the Aspen Institute:

“Two Decembers ago, my last year in office, some minister from a black Baptist church in Harlem invited me to come speak about stop-and-frisk. And I never turn down an opportunity to explain to the voters what we’re doing. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t, but I went. And while I’m sitting there, he introduced me, he said to his congregation, ‘You know, if every one of you stopped and frisked your kids before they went out at night, the mayor wouldn’t have to.’ And so I knew I was going to be OK.”

When he eventually apologized years later, Mr. Bloomberg would take credit for almost eliminating stop-and-frisk by the end of his tenure (a trend largely attributable to the legal challenges that he opposed). In reality, he still gave a full-throated defense of stop-and-frisk in a Rolling Stone interview after he left office.

“Almost all murders are young minority males killing young minority males. It’s like 90 percent. Take out domestic violence; after that, there’s nothing left. … So you go to those places where the crimes are reported, you look for people that look like the description, and then you use good police work. Is there any reason to stop them? The courts say if you act furtively, or there’s a bulge in their pocket or something like that, you stop them. And what happens is the kids learn, ‘I don’t want to carry a gun.’”

When the interviewer brought up the ruling that the practice “violated the constitutional rights of black and Latino New Yorkers as it was applied,” Mr. Bloomberg responded:

“Well, that’s what cops do. That is the job. If you don’t do that, you’re not going to ever stop anybody. And in fact, one judge did rule that it was discriminatory. We argued — and I am 100 percent convinced it would have won on appeal — that that’s not true. We are not targeting any race. The sick thing in our society is, the perpetrators and victims fit that description, 90 percent of them. That’s where we should be focusing our efforts.

We did two things, really: less incarceration, because you create less criminals, and stop-and-frisk. If you hadn’t done that in the last 12 years, 9,000 more murders would have taken place in New York City, and they all would have fit that description of male minorities, 15 to 25. Just think about the carnage. Think about the families. … I’ve looked at it very carefully, and I am 100 percent convinced that as explained to me by lawyers, we were consistent with the law, that we were doing the right thing, and that we saved 9,000 lives.

You can actually get a list of those 9,000 lives. It’ll be an interesting list. That’s what we should do — run an ad with the names of the 9,000 people.”

Mr. Bloomberg’s “9,000 lives” figure is hypothetical: a statistical extrapolation from past and present crime rates. It is not possible, as he claims, to identify specific people whose lives were saved.

In an audio clip from his speech at the Aspen Institute, which circulated widely this month, Mr. Bloomberg said:

“It’s controversial, but the first thing — 95 percent of your murders and murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That’s true in New York, it’s true in virtually every city in America, and that’s where the real crime is.

You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed. … Kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed, so they just don’t have any long-term focus or anything. It’s a joke to have a gun, it’s a joke to pull the trigger.”

He said other cities had higher murder rates than New York because “they haven’t gone after scaring the kids to get guns out of them. A lot of people don’t like the fact that that’s what you do, but that’s what stops this.”

“Put those cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods. An unintended consequence is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana, they’re all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is.

The first thing you can do for people is to stop them getting killed. We did a calculation on how many people who would have been dead if we hadn’t brought down the murder rate and got the guns off the streets, and the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them against the wall and frisk them. Because then they say, ‘I don’t want to get caught,’ so they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.”

After a long stretch in which he didn’t prominently comment on stop-and-frisk, Mr. Bloomberg confirmed in an interview with The New York Times (parts of which were published at the time) that he still believed it had been the right policy during his tenure. He did allow, though, that circumstances might be different now.

“We used it at a point in time where there were an awful lot of people killing each other, and it was a technique that we used which was supported by a lot of people who said, ‘Look, we just got to stop this carnage no matter what.’ And based on that, we’ve evolved into using other techniques. But the murder rate came down dramatically, and what I look at is the number of people whose lives were saved by getting kids to not carry guns because they were afraid to be stopped.

The New York City Police Department is very well managed and has stayed within the law. And I can’t tell you every cop did everything perfectly, but I think it was a technique that was appropriate at the time. My job was to do everything I could to stop murder.”

When pressed on the fact that the crime rate kept falling after Bill de Blasio became mayor and abandoned stop-and-frisk, Mr. Bloomberg acknowledged the trend but said:

“Keep in mind, all of this stuff is built on what was done before. So you can’t just say the techniques you would have after kids are afraid to carry guns are different than the techniques you would use if they were not afraid to carry guns.”

During a question-and-answer session at the United States Naval Academy, a midshipman asked Mr. Bloomberg what he would say to the black and Latino communities affected by stop-and-frisk. Mr. Bloomberg said the police “certainly did not pick somebody by race” and added:

“We focused on keeping kids from going through the correctional system — kids who walked around looking like they might have a gun, remove the gun from their pockets and stop it. … The result of that was, over the years, the murder rate in New York City went from 650 a year to 300 a year when I left. … It was a program which we had, and then when the number of guns we were confiscating started to fall and people left their guns at home, we tailed that off.”

Just a month before he renounced stop-and-frisk, Mr. Bloomberg defended it in a Washington Post interview and argued that it had actually helped minority communities.

“I came into a situation where an awful lot of people were killing an awful lot of other people, and it was all pretty much one community. And I just said, we are going to do anything we can to stop the carnage. The first thing was stop the murders. And we brought down the incarceration rate in jails by a third, mostly minority kids. We brought down the murder rate by 50 percent, from 600 to 300 murders, and you know who would have been killed.”

On the eve of his presidential campaign announcement, standing in the same church where he defended stop-and-frisk in 2012, Mr. Bloomberg renounced the policy for the first time.

“I can’t change history. However, today, I want you to know that I realize back then I was wrong, and I’m sorry. … Over time, I’ve come to understand something that I long struggled to admit to myself: I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong. I didn’t understand back then the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities. I was totally focused on saving lives, but as we know, good intentions aren’t good enough.”

Mr. Bloomberg reiterated his apology in an interview with CBS News’s Gayle King, and acknowledged that the continued decrease in crime after stop-and-frisk ended undermined his argument that it had been necessary.

“We were overzealous at the time to do it. Our intent was to do anything we could to stop the carnage, the murder rate. What was surprising is when we stopped doing a little bit, we thought crime would go up. It didn’t; it went down. Should have, would have and could have — in looking back, I can’t help that. In looking back, I made a mistake. I’m sorry. I apologize.”

When Ms. King noted that the timing of Mr. Bloomberg’s apology raised questions about its sincerity, Mr. Bloomberg claimed falsely, “Well, nobody asked me about it until I started running for president, so come on.”

People had asked him about it at least four times between when he left office and when he started running for president, including twice in 2019 alone, and he defended it each time.

In a statement after the release of the audio from his 2015 Aspen Institute speech, Mr. Bloomberg said he had “taken responsibility” but simultaneously sought to play down his responsibility by saying stop-and-frisk predated his time as mayor.

“I inherited the police practice of stop-and-frisk, and as part of our effort to stop gun violence it was overused. By the time I left office, I cut it back by 95 percent, but I should’ve done it faster and sooner. I regret that and I have apologized — and I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on black and Latino communities.”

This statement falsely implied, once more, that Mr. Bloomberg had begun to reject the policy “by the time” he left office.

Alexander Burns contributed reporting.

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British Woman Plays Violin While Doctors Remove Brain Tumor

Surgeons often listen to music in the operating room, but it’s rare that it’s being performed by the patient during the surgery.

Doctors at Kings College in London got the in-operation performance courtesy of Dagmar Turner, who has had a passion for playing the violin since the age of 10.

The 53-year-old former management consultant was diagnosed in 2013 with a slow-growing brain tumor after suffering a seizure during a symphony.

Despite radiotherapy and other treatments, the tumor grew to the point where surgery was considered the best option, according to a Kings College press release.

However, Turner’s tumor was located in the right frontal lobe of her brain, close to an area that controls fine movement of her left hand. 

Turner explained her passion for the violin to professor Keyoumars Ashkan, a consultant neurosurgeon at the college, and expressed concern the surgery might affect her ability to play.

He completely understood: Ashkan holds a degree in music and is also an accomplished pianist.

And so a plan was devised: First, Turner’s brain was carefully mapped to identify the areas that were active when she played the violin, and also those responsible for controlling language and movement.

Then Turner agreed to be woken up halfway through the surgery to play the violin so that doctors would be able to steer clear of the parts of the brain that controlled the delicate hand movements used when playing the instrument. 

The university did not say what Turner played during her surgery, but it turned about to be a success: She was sent home three days later with her husband and son, and hopes to rejoin her orchestra soon.

“The thought of losing my ability to play was heart-breaking but, being a musician himself, Prof Ashkan understood my concerns,” she said in the release. “He and the team at King’s went out of their way to plan the operation — from mapping my brain to planning the position I needed to be in to play.”

This type of surgical procedure is rare, but it has happened before.

In 2018, teen musician Kira Iaconetti sang during an operation to treat a form of epilepsy that triggered seizures when she listened to or performed music.

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I’m Blair Reynolds, an Entrepreneur, Veteran and former Bartender running to represent Oregon’s working parents in Congress. Ask me anything!

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Greetings and salutations! Thanks to the mods for giving me a virtual soapbox here. To give you some background, I am a small business owner, father of three young kids in public school, veteran, Portland’s 2013 Bartender of the year, and now, Congressional candidate. I’m running a campaign based on pragmatic progressive values, where our Government works for the people, not just the rich and powerful. I’m running against an incumbent that leans a bit right of center, with millions at his disposal. It’s a challenge to be had, for sure, but I’ve never been one to back away from a challenge. My stance on the issues are particularly Bernie-esque, though I also see additional places where legislation could be introduced and championed, particularly where it comes to small, like really small businesses. I want to empower your mom ‘n pop shops and side hustles to grow, innovate, and pay employees a living wage. My website is at https://reynoldsfor.us, twitter handle @reynoldsforus, facebook page https://fb.me/reynoldsforus, and an awful fake negative ad I made because it made my wife laugh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZKO3I3UxPA

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Harvey Weinstein trial: Everything to know about the movie mogul’s New York case

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s fate is in the hands of a New York City jury in the first trial for the man whose alleged misconduct helped spark the #MeToo movement.

A jury of seven men and five women started deliberating Tuesday in the closely watched trial as the world lies in wait to see if Weinstein will face consequences for his alleged actions. The ongoing trial has covered a lot of dicey legal ground that makes it difficult for the average person to fully grasp the scope of what Weinstein is on trial for and the stakes of a possible conviction on any or all of the five charges against him.

For those who aren’t familiar with the former Hollywood titan’s legal issues in New York, below are answers to some of the most common questions associated with the Harvey Weinstein trial:

WHAT IS HARVEY WEINSTEIN ACCUSED OF?

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Harvey Weinstein is on trial for five charges related to the alleged rape of three women. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Scores of women have come forward since a 2017 expose in the New Yorker by Ronan Farrow saw several women accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct. However, his New York City trial stems from just three allegations.

The “Pulp Fiction” producer is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in March 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman, TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi, at his apartment in July 2006.

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The most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, requires jurors to decide two things: if he raped actress Annabella Sciorra in the mid-1990s and if he committed one of the charged acts.

HOW MUCH TIME COULD HARVEY WEINSTEIN FACE?

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Harvey Weinstein could be in jail until his early 90s. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Each of the predatory sexual assault counts is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.

The first-degree rape and criminal sex act counts each carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Third-degree rape carries a maximum sentence of 4 years in prison.

WHAT’S THE WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR HARVEY WEINSTEIN?

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Harvey Weinstein could go to jail for a majority of the rest of his life. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

He’s convicted of predatory sexual assault. Even if the jury finds Weinstein guilty on just one of those top-level counts, a minimum sentence would keep him in prison until he’s in his early 90s.

HOW DOES THE PREDATORY SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST HARVEY WEINSTEIN CHARGE WORK?

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Annabella Sciorra testified against Harvey Weinstein in his rape trial in New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Under New York law, one way a person can be found guilty of predatory sexual assault is if he or she committed certain sex offenses in the past, even if that conduct didn’t result in criminal charges.

In Weinstein’s case, prosecutors allege that he raped Sciorra in late 1993 or early 1994 — an accusation that is too old to be the basis for criminal charges on its own because of the statute of limitations. However, Sciorra still testified against Weinstein along with three other women in an effort to help the prosecution establish a pattern of Weinstein’s alleged predatory behavior.

DOES THE JURY HAVE TO REACH A VERDICT ON ALL CHARGES AGAINST HARVEY WEINSTEIN?

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Harvey Weinstein found his fate in the hands of a New York City jury. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

No. Weinstein is charged with five counts, but the way the verdict form is designed, jurors won’t have to make a decision on all of them.

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The form instructs the jury to start by reaching a verdict on the predatory sexual assault counts, which encompass the other charged acts. Depending on what they decide on those counts, they can move onto or skip other charges.

For example, if jurors find Weinstein guilty of the predatory sexual assault count alleging he both raped Sciorra and assaulted Haleyi, then the jury does not need to decide the criminal sex act charge involving Haleyi.

If the jury finds Weinstein guilty of the second predatory sexual assault count, alleging that he both raped Sciorra and raped the woman in 2013, then the jury does not need to decide the standalone rape charges involving the unnamed woman.

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If the jury decides Weinstein didn’t rape Sciorra, then it can’t find Weinstein guilty of either predatory sexual assault count.

If jurors acquit Weinstein of the second predatory sexual assault count because they don’t feel it was a first-degree rape, they must find him not guilty of that charge but can still consider a separate third-degree rape charge involving the woman.

WHAT IS HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S DEFENSE?

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Witnesses were brought in on both sides of the Harvey Weinstein trial. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Weinstein maintains the encounters were consensual. His lawyer said that the allegations are “regret renamed as rape.” The defense grilled Haleyi and the 2013 accuser about meetings they had with Weinstein after the alleged assaults and highlighted friendly, flirtatious emails they sent him.

The defense also called witnesses to the stand meant to discredit the reports of Sciorra and the three other women who testified.

WOULD HARVEY WEINSTEIN HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER?

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Harvey Weinstein would have to register as a sex offender if convicted. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Yes. If Weinstein is convicted on any of the charges, he would be required to register as a sex offender under New York’s version of what’s known as Megan’s Law.

WOULD HARVEY WEINSTEIN BE HAULED OFF IN HANDCUFFS RIGHT AWAY?

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Harvey Weinstein could end up in jail right away. (Reuters)

If Weinstein is convicted on any of the charges, there’s a good chance his bail will be revoked and he’ll be taken to jail right away.

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Prosecutors could argue he’ll have extra incentive to flee and that he’s rich enough to do it. Even before the trial, prosecutors say he was showing signs of restlessness. A judge hiked his bail in December after prosecutors accused him of futzing with his electronic monitoring bracelet.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR HARVEY WEINSTEIN?

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Harvey Weinstein will face a trial in California after his New York trial concludes. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Win or lose, Weinstein faces more criminal charges in a California case announced last month, just as his New York trial was getting underway. In that matter, Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulted one woman and raping another on back-to-back nights days before the Oscars in February 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump Takes Up Call for Barr to ‘Clean House’ at Justice Dept.

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WASHINGTON — Ignoring appeals from his attorney general to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, President Trump on Wednesday renewed his attacks on the agency, demanding “JUSTICE” for himself and all future presidents.

With a series of retweets, Mr. Trump appeared to embrace the suggestion that Attorney General William P. Barr “clean shop” at the department. And the president promoted the idea of naming a special counsel to investigate what Tom Fitton, the head of the conservative nonprofit Judicial Watch, described as a “seditious conspiracy” at the department and the F.B.I.

A day earlier, Mr. Barr was, according to some of his associates, considering a different sort of shop cleaning: If his boss did not stop meddling with Justice Department investigations, he was said to be considering his own future.

For more than a week, the president has been publicly open about his view of the case against his longtime friend and adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. And the notion that Mr. Barr might leave his post over Mr. Trump’s commentary did not appear to quiet the president.

Mr. Stone was convicted in November of seven felonies for obstructing a congressional investigation into whether the Trump campaign had ties to Russia. At the time, Mr. Trump said his friend’s conviction was evidence of a double standard in the justice system.

Last week, a day after prosecutors filed a routine recommendation for Mr. Stone’s sentencing, Mr. Trump called it “horrible and very unfair.” Hours after that, Mr. Barr intervened to lower the sentencing recommendation, drawing public praise from the president while spurring fears that the Justice Department was bowing to White House influence.

This led four prosecutors to quit the Stone case, drawing a lashing from Mr. Trump who said they “cut and run,” and were part of the special counsel team’s “investigation that was illegal.”

Amid outrage over the prosecutors’ departures, Mr. Barr took the extraordinary step of going on national television to send a message to the president: “It’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases.”

Mr. Trump has also questioned the decisions of the federal judge overseeing the Stone case. And on Tuesday, he spoke highly of Mr. Barr’s integrity while simultaneously undermining his authority. Mr. Trump said, “I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country.”

Mr. Stone’s sentencing is scheduled for Thursday.

Mr. Barr’s ability to protect the Justice Department from Mr. Trump’s influence was a concern of critics when Mr. Trump announced his nomination.

Since then, critics say, Mr. Barr has all but proven their fears. Mr. Barr oversaw an administrative-review-turned-criminal inquiry into the origins of the 2016 Russia investigation, an investigation Mr. Trump had been demanding for months. Mr. Barr reviewed and decided not to pursue a criminal referral about the president’s campaign finance violations regarding Ukraine, dealings that ultimately led to Mr. Trump’s impeachment last year. And Mr. Barr summarized the findings of the special counsel inquiry, led by Robert S. Mueller III, in a manner that was favorable to Mr. Trump — leaving out details about the instances in which Mr. Trump may have obstructed justice.

Mr. Trump acknowledged on Tuesday that his running commentary on the Stone case was making Mr. Barr’s job harder, but he gave no indication that he would back off.

Asked about pardoning Mr. Stone after the president granted clemency to several white-collar criminals on Tuesday — decisions he said were made based on advice from friends and business associates — Mr. Trump said, “I haven’t given it any thought.”

He added, “In the meantime, he’s going through a process. But I think he’s been treated very unfairly.”

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