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Jemele Hill’s call for black athletes to leave ‘white’ colleges draws charges of ‘pro-segregation’ and racism

Former ESPN host Jemele Hill — now a staff writer for The Atlantic — argues in her controversial first article for the magazine that black college athletes should leave predominantly white schools.

The article, titled, “It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges,” has drawn a range of responses — including assertions that Hill is “pro-segregation” or even “racist.”

In the article, which appears in The Atlantic’s October issue, Hill argues that black athletes help attract money and attention to “predominately white universities that showcase them,” while Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continue to struggle.

She writes that mostly white schools’ multibillion-dollar revenues have been built on the “exertions of (uncompensated) black athletes,” claiming that an elite black athlete attending an HBCU raises awareness of the institution, whose endowments combined are less than a tenth of Harvard’s.

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Jemele Hill, shown during a February 2018 appearance on ABC’s “The View,” now writes for The Atlantic after leaving ESPN. (Getty Images) 

She writes that HBCUs have graduated a significant number of black professionals, a thriving HBCU lifts up the community around it and finally, that some black students “feel safer, both physically and emotionally,” at an HBCU – “all the more so as racial tensions have risen in recent years.”

“Navigating a predominantly white campus as a black student can feel isolating, even for athletes,” she adds.

“The flight of black athletes to majority-white colleges has been devastating to HBCUs,” she writes, positing, “What if a group of elite athletes collectively made the choice to attend HBCUs?”

While some readers appreciated her argument, Hill’s editorial didn’t sit well with everyone. Critics on Twitter called the piece “pro-segregation” and “racist” and pointed to the fact that Hill graduated from Michigan State University, which is not an HBCU.

Hill left ESPN in 2018 after making waves as a frequent critic of President Trump. On Twitter, she called the president a “white supremacist” and a “bigot” who was “unqualified and unfit to be president.”

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ESPN initially declined to punish her for the tweet but then sidelined her for two weeks in October 2017, after she violated the company’s social media guidelines again. The second violation occurred when she called on fans to boycott advertisers of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they did not stand up during the national anthem.

Fox News’ Amy Lieu contributed to this report. 

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Media spread ‘misinformation’ about now-dismissed corruption charges, ex-Illinois lawmaker says

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A Republican former congressman from Illinois claimed Thursday night that the media helped spread “misinformation” about corruption charges against him that were ultimately dropped.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schockwho resigned from office in 2015, told Martha MacCallum on “The Story” that he legally used money from his congressional office budget to decorate the space.

“There was never any money spent on my apartment,” he said of claims that some funds were misused.

“There’s been so much misinformation by the press because they’ve been so eager to write about a corrupt politician,” Shock said. “The reality is there’s only one reason the Justice Department would drop a 24-count felony indictment: It’s because I didn’t commit 24 felony counts. I didn’t commit ‘a’ felony.”

PROSECUTORS AGREE TO DROP CHARGES AGAINST DISGRACED FORMER GOP REP. AARON SCHOCK IF HE PAYS BACK IRS

In regard to the allegations, Schock said much of the controversy stemmed from mileage records lawmakers and their staffs fill out for travel reimbursement.

“I’m a member of Congress, I’m running all over the 205 towns I represent. I never filled out a mileage statement in my life,” he said, adding he could have done a better job overseeing his staff’s official work in that regard.

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He called the case against him a “complete waste of taxpayer money” and a “witch hunt,” adding he agreed to pay back the tens of thousands of dollars he had billed the government for mileage.

Looking ahead, the 38-year-old said he is not expecting to pursue elected office again at this time.

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On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ordered the formal dismissal of charges against Schock.

One of the ex-lawmaker’s actions that drew scrutiny was when he decorated his office in the style of the “Downton Abbey” TV series.

Under the deal, Schock agreed to repay his campaign committees $68,000 and work with the IRS to determine how much he owes in taxes for income he didn’t report between 2010 and 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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1 more for 24: Serena Williams reaches US Open final again

NEW YORK (AP) — By no means was Serena Williams perfect at the start of her U.S. Open semifinal.

She faced three break points in the opening game and managed to pull it out. She trailed 40-love in the second, then came through again. Another trio of break points arrived later in that initial set. Once more, Williams was up to the task. Soon enough, she was on her way to yet another final at Flushing Meadows — and yet another shot at Grand Slam singles trophy No. 24.

Williams turned in an increasingly impressive performance for a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday night, reaching her fourth final in the past six major tournaments.

“To be in yet another final, it seems, honestly, crazy,” said Williams, a six-time U.S. Open champion who will face 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Canada on Saturday. “But I don’t really expect too much less.”

Nor does anyone else at this point.

“That’s why she is who she is. You are playing in front of the best tennis player in the world,” Svitolina said. “If you don’t take it, she just grabs it. And there’s no chance to take it back.”

GIGI HADID WILDLY CHEERS FOR SERENA WILLIAMS AT THE US OPEN

Since returning to the tour last season after more than a year away while having a baby, she was the runner-up at Wimbledon twice, losing to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and to Simona Halep in July, and was also the runner-up, of course, a year ago at the U.S. Open, losing to Naomi Osaka.

That one in New York was, and forever will be, overshadowed by Williams’ extended argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who docked her a point, then a game — and was barred by the U.S. Tennis Association from officiating any matches her or her older sister, Venus, played in this year’s tournament.

Asked whether she prefers to find motivation from that final against Osaka or would rather forget it, Williams stared straight ahead and replied, “I mean, it hasn’t really crossed my mind.”

The 15th-seeded Andreescu reached her first major title match in only her fourth appearance at a Slam by eliminating No. 13 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-6 (3), 7-5.

“If someone told me a year ago that I would be in the finals of the U.S. Open this year, I would have told them, ‘You’re crazy,'” said Andreescu, who took her semifinal’s last five games after trailing 5-2.

She is the first player to get this far in her debut in New York since Venus Williams was the runner-up in 1997.

“It’s just surreal,” Andreescu said about the prospect of facing Serena Williams next. “Like, I really don’t know what to say.”

So much of what the younger Williams does nowadays must be seen through the prism of tennis history, and that is certainly the case in this instance. Her 101st career match win at Flushing Meadows tied Chris Evert’s tournament record.

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“It’s just impressive, I guess,” Williams said. “I don’t think about it. I just come out here and do what I can.”

By getting to the final, Williams set a mark for longest gap between first career Grand Slam title match and most recent such appearance: It’s almost exactly 20 full years since she won the 1999 U.S. Open as a teenager.

Most importantly, if she can beat Andreescu, Williams will equal Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in a sport that dates to the 1800s.

Court, though, won more than half of hers against amateur competition before professionals were allowed to play in majors starting in 1968.

This was Williams’ 38th Grand Slam semifinal, just the second for the 24-year-old Svitolina.

Right from the start, though, it was Svitolina who was steadier. She earned those three chances to break from the get-go — but failed to convert. Then she let the second game slip through her fingers, too. In all, Svitolina held eight game points across that opening pair, and was left with nothing to show for it. Quickly, it was 3-0 for Williams.

“I don’t think she played amazing today,” Svitolina said, “but she played (at a) very high level at the beginning, where you had to make a difference.”

If it wasn’t as lopsided a performance as Williams put forth in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Maria Sharapova in the first round or a 6-1, 6-0 win over Wang Qiang in a 44-minute quarterfinal, it was pretty dialed-in.

Williams’ assessment?

“Today was solid,” she said. “It definitely wasn’t my best tennis.”

Still, she launched serves at up to 119 mph and saved every break point she faced. She smacked three return winners in one game alone. She revved up some of the very best groundstrokes you’ll see, at angles a pool shark would appreciate, to the tune of a 10-3 edge in points that lasted nine or more strokes. She finished with a 34-11 advantage in winners. She showed no trace of any lingering effect from a rolled ankle earlier in the tournament.

As if for good measure, Williams even threw in a serve-and-volley approach while facing break point in the first set — and, naturally, it worked, thanks to a swinging putaway.

“Don’t expect that again,” Williams said, joking that this was going through her mind: “What am I doing at the net?! Let me get back to the baseline!'”

Maybe Svitolina, whose one upset of Williams in five previous matchups came at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was too passive, content to stay back and try to chase down everything sent her way.

Wasn’t the proper strategy. At least not against this opponent, in this match, on this day.

“On the important moments, she steps up, always steps up,” Svitolina said, “always brings her best game.”

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That’s usually the case for Williams, even as her 38th birthday approaches in three weeks. It just wasn’t in the three most significant matches of her return so far: three Grand Slam finals, three losses.

She’ll try again Saturday.

One more for 24.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of things that I’ve learned in the past,” Williams said, “but I just have to go out there (and), above all, most of all, just stay relaxed.”

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Jennifer Aniston Reveals The Biggest Change She’s Noticed Since Turning 50

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Jennifer Aniston pointed out a subtle way that women are treated differently once they crack a certain age.

In an interview and cover shoot with InStyle, the 50-year-old actor said that, although she felt incredible since hitting the milestone in February, she had noticed a shift in how she was perceived.

“I don’t know what it is because I don’t feel any different. Things aren’t shutting down in any way. I feel physically incredible,” she said.

“So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage.”

Aniston’s InStyle cover drew criticism from commentators who said she looked unnecessarily airbrushed, calling the photos “insulting” to the actor.

The actor’s most recent project, “The Morning Show” series, which will premiere this fall, will tackle themes of ageism and sexism for women in the entertainment industry.  She and her good friend Reese Witherspoon will both star in the drama series and be executive producers.

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CNN blaming Trump? On-screen graphic says president defended Dorian map ‘as people die’

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CNN offered an eyebrow-raising on-screen headline Thursday as President Trump continued his feud with the media regarding his repeated claim that Hurricane Dorian was projected to hit Alabama.

“As people die, Trump defends presenting doctored map,” the on-screen graphic read.

Trump has been criticized for tweeting Sunday morning that Alabama was among the states expected to be affected by the hurricane. Forecasts at the time from the National Weather Service, however, projected that Alabama would be spared.

WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY MOCKS CNN OVER BOTCHED GRAPHIC: ‘PERHAPS YOU CAN USE YOUR TIME TO STUDY UP ON US GEOGRAPHY’

Amid criticism, Trump doubled down by displaying a chart in the Oval Office on Wednesday that appeared to be altered with a black marker, so that southeastern Alabama appeared to be part of the storm’s projected path.

Trump has since reiterated his stance on Twitter with multiple tweets, showing graphics indicating in early projections that Alabama was within Dorian’s reach. He repeatedly blasted the media for its coverage of the controversy.

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This isn’t the first time CNN drew attention for its labeling of stories. Last month, the network was widely panned for a headline that read, “No chants of ‘Send her back’ so far at Trump rally,” amid his feud with the “Squad” of far-left Democrats. In June, CNN posted another headline that claimed former Vice President Joe Biden was going to “eviscerate” Trump at an upcoming rally in Iowa.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Former Trump campaign staffer drops ‘forcible kissing’ lawsuit: report

A former campaign staffer who claimed then-candidate Donald Trump forcibly kissed her during a rally in August 2016 has ended her lawsuit against the president, according to a report.

Alva Johnson, 44, of Alabama, claimed in a February court filing that Trump kissed her “without her consent” in front of several people at a Florida event. The suit was filed in federal court in Tampa.

The White House later denied Johnson’s claims.

ALVA JOHNSON SPEAK SOUT IN TEARFUL INTERVIEW ABOUT HER CLAIM TRUMP ‘FORCIBLY KISSED’ HER

“This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts,” then-White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at the time.

In June, a federal judge tossed out Johnson’s lawsuit, describing it as “a political lawsuit, not a tort and wages lawsuit.”

U.S. District Court Judge William Jung ruled, however, that Johnson could refile her lawsuit if she reframed her arguments.

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Alva Johnson, a former Trump campaign staffer, has droper her lawsuit against the president, according to a report. (Erica Aitken Photography)

In July, video footage surfaced of the interaction between Trump and Johnson. It showed Trump briefly kissing Johnson on the cheek and then briefly placing his hands on her shoulders as the pair exchanged greetings.

Johnson is heard on the video telling the president: “We’re going to get you in the White House. I’ll see you in February.”

Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, claimed on Fox News’ “Hannity” at the time that the video vindicated the president.

On Wednesday, Johnson told the Daily Beast that she withdrew her lawsuit because she felt at a disadvantage against the president.

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“I’m fighting against a person with unlimited resources, and repeatedly the judicial system has failed to find fault in his behavior,” Johnson told the news outlet. “That’s a huge mountain to climb.”

Johnson served as director of outreach and coalitions for the Trump campaign in advance of the 2016 Alabama GOP primary and also did similar work in Florida.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Charles Creitz and Danielle Wallace contributed to this story.

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Hannity blasts Biden for gaffes: ‘Biggest opponent is himself’

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Sean Hannity blasted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as the former vice president continues to make news over his campaign trail gaffes and flubs.

“Yeah, politicians have gaffes. I don’t remember anybody like this having this many gaffes, this often,” the Fox News host said Thursday night on “Hannity.”

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Biden is trying to move further to the left to placate progressive voters, Hannity claimed. The host also criticized Biden for backing the Green New Deal, the progressive plan to address climate change.

“Biden knows he’s not, well, radical enough to survive the new extreme Democratic Party,” Hannity said. “Last night he did sign on to the radical Green New Deal. Wasn’t that nice.”

During CNN’s seven-hour climate change town hall Wednesday night, Biden was asked if U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s legislation “goes too far.”

“No,” Biden responded, suggesting it could go further.

The Fox News host ripped Biden for his response.

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“So he has to now spin it in a million different directions trying to keep his story straight. Trying to keep it together on the campaign trail,” Hannity said.

Ultimately, Hannity said, Biden’s “biggest opponent is himself.”

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Trump was reportedly the person who used a black Sharpie to change the confusing Hurricane Dorian map

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It shows much more than his need to lie and be right all the time. It demonstrates his need to be more right than the NOAA and to undermine independent gov’t agencies to spare his paper-thin hide, which is dangerous. It shows he can’t make appropriate delegation of his attention and responsibilities, whingeing about the media while the hurricane bears down on the other states. And now he’s apparently ordered a Coast Guard official to issue a statement to back up this pathetic diatribe of his, showing his willingness to co-opt any power and authority he has to make personal points for himself rather than to serve the people of this country and protect either the dignity of the Office or the Constitution.

This is more than a man-baby having a very silly temper tantrum, though it certainly is that. It, in a very small story, demonstrates how truly dangerous he is to this democratic republic.

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Texas man known as ‘Baby Jesus’ accused of taunting cops with motorcycle stunts arrested

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A Texas man who allegedly performed stunts on his motorcycle to evade arrest during a traffic stop turned himself in on Wednesday, police said.

Jesus Sebastian Gomez surrendered to the Tarrant County Sherrif’s Office on a felony warrant of evading arrest, the Blue Mound Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. His bond was set at $15,000.

Police shared dashcam footage of Gomez, AKA Baby Jesus, doing wheelies and standing on his motorcycle while weaving in and out of traffic on Aug. 10, taunting police who were trying to stop him.

“You have a few options: 1) Turn yourself in and pay a cash bond to prepare for court. 2) Call a bail bondsman or an attorney to post your bond. 3) Run,” police wrote in a Facebook post. “We don’t recommend the 3rd option. You already see where that has gotten you.”

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Witnesses who saw the video helped police identify Gomez, Fox 4 reported.

“We have identified the rider. Sebastian, aka: ‘Baby Jesus’ you need to come speak to us regarding this incident or we can come to you,” police said in a statement, according to KTVT. “We could have a ‘come to Baby Jesus’ meeting.”

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Beto O'Rourke takes on Meghan McCain over gun rights amid gun control debate after mass shootings

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WASHINGTON — Former Texas Rep. and Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is pushing back against Meghan McCain’s recent assertion that implementing a mandatory buyback policy for assault weapons — which O’Rourke has proposed — would lead to violence.

O’Rourke told the Daily Beast in an interview published Thursday that “I think the response should be, ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert,'” adding “We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”

Earlier this week, McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and an outspoken conservative in her own right commented on “The View” that the “AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far. I was just in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”

“I just I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” O’Rourke said in response, according to the Daily Beast. “It becomes self-fulfilling; you have people on TV, who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying ‘you know this is this is going to happen.’”

Meghan McCain: ‘There’s going to be a lot of violence’ if assault weapons are banned

O’Rourke used to represent El Paso, Texas, where a shooting at a local Walmart left 22 people dead. He asserted that McCain’s comments dismiss the problems surrounding gun violence.

He continued, “When someone says ‘if you do this, then this will happen,’ almost as though that’s a natural response or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen.”

“When I think the response should be: ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert. There is violence right now and it is horrifying and it is terrifying and it is terrorizing.’….We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”

Meghan McCain responded to O’Rourke’s comments in a tweet, saying: “Beto is the only man in all of Texas who would revise ‘Come and Take It’ to ‘Please, Come and Take It.’”

The original phrase has come to represent defiance and pride to Texans dating back nearly 200 years. As the Houston Chronicle reported, the saying symbolizes “defiance against someone or something looking to grind you down or deprive you of a right or privilege.”

O’Rourke and McCain have clashed before when he was a guest on “The View” and stood by comparing a controversial rally in North Carolina put on by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to a “Nuremberg rally.” in Nazi Germany. 

“You’re talking about Trump supporters, comparing them to Nazis in Nuremberg, that sounds extreme to me as well,” McCain told O’Rourke at the time. “When Democrats come on here and wax poetic about extremism—I’m not saying Trump isn’t doing it, but you’re calling everybody who was in that North Carolina rally a Nazi.”

“From my standpoint, it seems like the left is pretty extreme as well,” she added.

“We all have accountability for our actions and everyone who shouted to send them back is responsible for that as well,” he said to cheers from the studio audience on “The View” in July 

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He later continued, “I don’t care who you voted for last time. I don’t care if you’re a Trump supporter or a Republican. You’re an American first before you are anything else and I call you to this country’s greatness.”

O’Rourke recently appeared on CNN where he discussed gun violence after the shooting rampage in Odessa and Midland, Texas that left seven dead.

He said, “To protect our kids, our families, our fellow Americans in public places. At a Walmart in El Paso where 22 were killed. In Sutherland Springs, in a Church. One or two a day all over this country. A hundred killed daily in the United States of America. We’re averaging about 300 mass shootings a year. No other country comes close.”

“So yes, this is f***** up,” the former Texas congressman concluded. 

The comments echoed remarks he’d made at an event the night before.

And his presidential campaign recently started selling a new T-shirt on the website that repeats “This is f*cked up” and concludes with a call to action: “End gun violence now.”

“Beto for America” is printed at the bottom of the t-shirt.

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Contributing: Nicholas Wu, Rebecca Morin 

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