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‘When They See Us’ Wins Big At Critics’ Choice Awards After Snubs

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Ava DuVernay’s searing Netflix miniseries “When They See Us” bounced back from its Golden Globes snubs by winning big at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night. 

The Jharrel Jerome-fronted series that reframed the real-life stories of the “Exonerated Five” ― a group of five Black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully accused of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989 ― picked up the award for Best Limited Series at the 25th annual ceremony.

After the star-studded crowd rose to its feet, the Oscar-nominated director seemingly addressed the lack of awards recognition at the Globes in her acceptance speech by thanking the Critics Choice Association for “finally letting us take the stage.”

“We made a four-part, five-hour film that was an act of love,” DuVernay said, before thanking the cast and crew, as well as Netflix for letting a “black woman do her things.” 

“This series began with a tweet from Raymond Santana and now he, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and the mighty Korey Wise, stand for something larger than they ever imagined,” DuVernay shared. “They stand for justice, they shine bright like the gems they always were but that we never saw.”

“If you watched their story and felt something in that moment, I invite you to doing something,” she continued. “There’s no right thing to do. Do what you feel where you are, but don’t let your anger and sadness be all.”

DuVernay previously addressed the series being completely shut out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which determines the Golden Globe nominations, on Twitter following fan outcry. 

“These things are a cherry on top,” DuVernay tweeted in response to a fan the day the nominations were announced. “The sundae is yummy with or without it. And this one has been particularly delicious.”

“When They See Us” was expected to make a strong showing at the Globes after Jharrell Jerome made history at the Emmys last year by becoming the first Afro-Latino to win the trophy for acting. 

The series was, however, the most nominated series at the Critics’ Choice ceremony with Jerome also picking up an award for Best Actor in a Limited Series, while co-stars Asante Blackk, John Leguizamo, Niecy Nash and Marsha Stephanie Blake also received nods. 

Fans of the series watching at home were, of course, thrilled by the win, taking to Twitter to express their enthusiasm. 

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Florida man who spat on ‘MAGA’ hat-wearing bar patron gets 90 days in jail

A Florida man who spat on a fellow bar patron wearing a “Make America Great” hat was sentenced to 90 days in jail and one year of supervised probation.

Matthias Ajple, 43, entered a no-contest plea Thursday and Judge David Morgan found Ajple guilty of battery, Treasure Coast News reported.

Surveillance footage of the incident showed Ajple approaching Robert Youngblood, 67, at a bar in Vero Beach on Oct. 26.

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Matthias Ajple was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

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He placed a paper towel on Youngblood’s head to cover up the “Make America Great Again” lettering on the hat, and slapped the bill of the hat before telling him to “go back to Russia, you f— communist,” investigators said.

Ajple then spat on Youngblood and left the bar, according to an Indian River County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.

Youngblood took down Ajple’s license plate and gave it to police.

Ajple told police when they arrested him, “I was just trying to protect you guys because I support law enforcement. Trump supporters are communist and racist.”

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“I don’t even care that I’m going to jail; this is actually exciting,” he said. “Plus, I have more time on this earth than he does anyway; he probably feels so good about himself.”

Ajple must also pay a $155 to Youngblood, pay for all necessary court costs and avoid contact with him, according to the sentencing document.

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Debunking the “abortion regret” narrative: Data shows women feel relief, not regret. In our study we learned that after 5 years, 99 percent of women reported their abortion was the right decision

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You all do realize that the argument, at least the properly made ones don’t claim abortion is bad because it isn’t taken lightly. The argument is that in non marginal cases(marginal being rape, imminent death), a women’s want to abort a baby does not outweigh the life of the baby. This of course breaks down into the semantics of where the line is drawn about it being considered a life, which philosophy has a lot to say on the matter. But there are countless ways to defend how upon conception, day 1, a clump of cells should be treated as a life.

It seems the left and right conflate two separate arguments, the left says I can do what I want with my body, which the right isn’t disagreeing with. What they are disagreeing with is that fact that the clump of cells inside of you no longer counts as your body and thus you do not have a right to kill it.

The reason getting an abortion feels like a difficult decision is because one must find a way to deal with the fact they are in essence, committing murder. The reason a miscarriage at any point in a pregnancy feels so heartbreaking is because it is the loss of a life. If I was a woman, about to have an untimely baby, I’d probably want to abort it too… but who wouldn’t want to murder someone about to potentially ruin their whole life or at the very least take 18 years off of it?

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Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial had 41 witnesses, Clinton’s had 3, and now some GOP senators want zero

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Once again. Everything the GOP says is projection and double speak. McConnell can’t stop talking about Impeachment precedent and procedure which I guess he applies very selectively and then simultaneously upending precedent elsewhere. The Trump fiasco shows that the GOP has lost all principle. No other person could highlight it in so many facets.

– They’re not really religious.

– They’re not really patriotic.

– They’re not really for law and order.

– They’re not really about interpreting the Constitution conservatively.

– They’re not really for election security.

– They’re not really interested in cutting the deficit.

– They’re not really patriots.

The GOP has become a post-democratic party that is happy with enriching itself as a political class at the expense of literally the rest of the world.

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Elizabeth Warren Says Bernie Sanders Sent Volunteers ‘Out to Trash Me’

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — A nearly yearlong run of good will between two of the leading progressives in the 2020 presidential race, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders, appears to be evaporating in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

Ms. Warren said on Sunday she was “disappointed” that Mr. Sanders’s campaign had been using a script for volunteers that suggested she was appealing mainly to highly educated voters and would not be able to expand the Democratic Party coalition.

“I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me,” Ms. Warren, of Massachusetts, said. “I hope Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction.”

After months of studiously avoiding any negative words about Mr. Sanders, Ms. Warren went on to cite the divisiveness of the 2016 primary race between Mr. Sanders and Hillary Clinton, implying it had helped President Trump. “We all saw the impact of the factionalism in 2016, and we can’t have a repeat of that,” she warned. “Democrats need to unite our party and that means pulling in all parts of the Democratic coalition.”

In a rare question-and-answer session with reporters after his final event of a weekend Iowa swing, Mr. Sanders — in response to a question on whether he approved of his campaign’s criticism of Ms. Warren — denied responsibility for the script, saying he himself had never attacked Ms. Warren. And he blamed the news media for overstating the tension between the two campaigns. “I got to tell you, I think this is a little bit of a media blowup, that kind of wants conflict,” he said.

“Elizabeth Warren is a very good friend of mine,” Mr. Sanders, of Vermont, said. “We have worked together in the Senate for years. Elizabeth Warren and I will continue to work together, we will debate the issues.”

“No one is going to trash Elizabeth Warren,” he added.

The Sanders campaign did not provide any further information on the script. Pressed again on the topic, Mr. Sanders said: “We have hundreds of employees. Elizabeth Warren has hundreds of employees. And people sometimes say things that they shouldn’t. You have heard me give many speeches. Have I ever said one negative word about Elizabeth Warren?”

The exchange on Sunday — just two days after a major Iowa poll showed them in first and second place in the state was a rare fraying of a de facto nonaggression pact the two senators have shared since the beginning of the primary race. On the debate stage, they have often formed a progressive tag team of sorts, defending their far-reaching policy proposals against criticism from moderates that they were unrealistic. This was perhaps never clearer than when Ms. Warren, answering a debate question, declared “I’m with Bernie” on the issue of “Medicare for all.”

In recent weeks, Mr. Sanders has indicated a willingness to draw more direct contrasts with Ms. Warren: At an event on New Year’s Eve, he highlighted a subtle policy distinction with her over their health care plans.

But until Sunday, the two liberal senators, who are each other’s chief ideological rivals, were wary of saying anything inflammatory about the other.

That changed swiftly after Politico published a report late Saturday night on the talking points for Sanders volunteers, known as a call script. Its authenticity was not disputed by the Sanders campaign. It begins: “I like Elizabeth Warren. [optional] In fact, she’s my second choice. But here’s my concern about her. The people who support her are highly educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what.”

It goes on: “She’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.”

A top Warren supporter in Iowa, State Senator Claire Celsi, strongly disputed that argument and said she was unsurprised that the Sanders campaign was leveling it. “Doesn’t surprise me about Bernie,” she said. “He went straight to the gutter with Hillary. More of the same.”

The Sanders campaign declined to comment. His national press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, wrote on Twitter that “Warren has plenty to recommend her” but that “only Bernie’s volunteer army, fund-raising numbers, and popularity with a diverse working-class coalition can compete” with Mr. Trump.

The back-and-forth with Ms. Warren is only one of several fronts that the Sanders campaign opened in recent days. On his first weekend as a front-runner in Iowa — after his first-place finish in the poll, by The Des Moines Register/CNN — his campaign advisers also fervently attacked former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his record on the Iraq War, lodging repeated salvos on Twitter and in a statement late Saturday.

In his session with reporters, Mr. Sanders said he was doing nothing more than running a campaign.

Asked about Mr. Biden, Mr. Sanders — who has long been averse to political catfights — suggested his recent offensive was part of the game of politics. “We are going to be talking about the record,” he said. “People are talking about my record. I was just asked a question about my record. That’s kind of what a campaign is about. We will contrast records — nothing wrong with that.”

Ms. Warren’s campaign has begun to project her as a “unity candidate” — “We need someone who will excite every part of the Democratic Party,” she told reporters Sunday — and her latest big-name endorser, the former housing secretary Julián Castro, has sharpened that message as a cudgel against her rivals.

“About 25 percent of the folks out there, when you look at Democrats, about 25 percent, for instance, say they would be unhappy if Vice President Biden was the nominee,” Mr. Castro said in Marshalltown, Iowa, on Sunday. “About 25 percent say that they would be unhappy if Senator Sanders were the nominee. The person that scores the best on that, who people are good with, that they would get out there and vote if they’re the nominee, is Elizabeth Warren.”

Still, Mr. Sanders is not the first to try to pigeonhole Ms. Warren as the candidate of the elites. Mr. Biden did so last fall, irritating Ms. Warren’s allies. In a Medium post in November, Mr. Biden accused Ms. Warren, though not by name, of engaging in a “‘my way or the highway’ approach to politics.”

“It’s condescending to the millions of Democrats who have a different view,” Mr. Biden wrote at the time. “It’s representative of an elitism that working- and middle-class people do not share: ‘We know best; you know nothing.’”

On Sunday, Ms. Warren’s campaign and supporters pushed back at the idea that she had an affluent-only coalition.

“I earned my GED before going to a state school and I am proud to support Elizabeth Warren!” Roger Lau, Ms. Warren’s campaign manager, wrote on Twitter.

Shane Goldmacher reported from Marshalltown, Iowa, and Sydney Ember from Iowa City.

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Chinese-Malaysian woman’s dismembered body found in Taiwan; manhunt underway for suspect

Taiwanese police are searching for a suspect in the gruesome murder of a Chinese-Malaysian woman whose dismembered body turned up Saturday in northern Taiwan, according to reports.

The Taipei Police Department received a report on Jan. 6 regarding the disappearance of the 26-year-old woman named Teng, Taiwan News reported.

Police searched the woman’s unoccupied apartment in the Wanhua District of Taipei.

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Surveillance from a convenience store showing a suspect in the disappearance and murder of a Chinese-Malaysian woman. (Taipei Police Department)

Officers reportedly identified Teng’s neighbor, 45-year-old Lin Guo-Ping, as a suspect.

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Police tracked Lin’s movements, which led them to a wooded area of Keelung – about 15 miles northeast of Taipei – where they found Teng’s remains, Taiwan News reported.

Local media reported that the officers found the body dismembered, wrapped in cotton quilts and placed inside two cardboard boxes.

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Taipei police told reporters Sunday that Lin was a prime suspect in the case and has gone into hiding, Focus Taiwan reported.

They said he likely was hiding somewhere in New Taipei City, Taipei City or Keelung.

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Elizabeth Warren Says Bernie Sanders Sent Volunteers ‘Out to Trash Me’

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — A nearly yearlong run of good will between two of the leading progressives in the 2020 presidential race, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders, appears to be evaporating in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.

Ms. Warren said on Sunday she was “disappointed” that Mr. Sanders’s campaign had been using a script for volunteers that suggested she was appealing mainly to highly educated voters and would not be able to expand the Democratic Party coalition.

“I was disappointed to hear that Bernie is sending his volunteers out to trash me,” Ms. Warren, of Massachusetts, said. “I hope Bernie reconsiders and turns his campaign in a different direction.”

After months of studiously avoiding any negative words about Mr. Sanders, Ms. Warren went on to cite the divisiveness of the 2016 primary race between Mr. Sanders and Hillary Clinton, implying it had helped President Trump. “We all saw the impact of the factionalism in 2016, and we can’t have a repeat of that,” she warned. “Democrats need to unite our party and that means pulling in all parts of the Democratic coalition.”

In a rare question-and-answer session with reporters after his final event of a weekend Iowa swing, Mr. Sanders — in response to a question on whether he approved of his campaign’s criticism of Ms. Warren — denied responsibility for the script, saying he himself had never attacked Ms. Warren. And he blamed the news media for overstating the tension between the two campaigns. “I got to tell you, I think this is a little bit of a media blowup, that kind of wants conflict,” he said.

“Elizabeth Warren is a very good friend of mine,” Mr. Sanders, of Vermont, said. “We have worked together in the Senate for years. Elizabeth Warren and I will continue to work together, we will debate the issues.”

“No one is going to trash Elizabeth Warren,” he added.

The Sanders campaign did not provide any further information on the script. Pressed again on the topic, Mr. Sanders said: “We have hundreds of employees. Elizabeth Warren has hundreds of employees. And people sometimes say things that they shouldn’t. You have heard me give many speeches. Have I ever said one negative word about Elizabeth Warren?”

The exchange on Sunday — just two days after a major Iowa poll showed them in first and second place in the state was a rare fraying of a de facto nonaggression pact the two senators have shared since the beginning of the primary race. On the debate stage, they have often formed a progressive tag team of sorts, defending their far-reaching policy proposals against criticism from moderates that they were unrealistic. This was perhaps never clearer than when Ms. Warren, answering a debate question, declared “I’m with Bernie” on the issue of “Medicare for all.”

In recent weeks, Mr. Sanders has indicated a willingness to draw more direct contrasts with Ms. Warren: At an event on New Year’s Eve, he highlighted a subtle policy distinction with her over their health care plans.

But until Sunday, the two liberal senators, who are each other’s chief ideological rivals, were wary of saying anything inflammatory about the other.

That changed swiftly after Politico published a report late Saturday night on the talking points for Sanders volunteers, known as a call script. Its authenticity was not disputed by the Sanders campaign. It begins: “I like Elizabeth Warren. [optional] In fact, she’s my second choice. But here’s my concern about her. The people who support her are highly educated, more affluent people who are going to show up and vote Democratic no matter what.”

It goes on: “She’s bringing no new bases into the Democratic Party.”

A top Warren supporter in Iowa, State Senator Claire Celsi, strongly disputed that argument and said she was unsurprised that the Sanders campaign was leveling it. “Doesn’t surprise me about Bernie,” she said. “He went straight to the gutter with Hillary. More of the same.”

The Sanders campaign declined to comment. His national press secretary, Briahna Joy Gray, wrote on Twitter that “Warren has plenty to recommend her” but that “only Bernie’s volunteer army, fund-raising numbers, and popularity with a diverse working-class coalition can compete” with Mr. Trump.

The back-and-forth with Ms. Warren is only one of several fronts that the Sanders campaign opened in recent days. On his first weekend as a front-runner in Iowa — after his first-place finish in the poll, by The Des Moines Register/CNN — his campaign advisers also fervently attacked former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his record on the Iraq War, lodging repeated salvos on Twitter and in a statement late Saturday.

In his session with reporters, Mr. Sanders said he was doing nothing more than running a campaign.

Asked about Mr. Biden, Mr. Sanders — who has long been averse to political catfights — suggested his recent offensive was part of the game of politics. “We are going to be talking about the record,” he said. “People are talking about my record. I was just asked a question about my record. That’s kind of what a campaign is about. We will contrast records — nothing wrong with that.”

Ms. Warren’s campaign has begun to project her as a “unity candidate” — “We need someone who will excite every part of the Democratic Party,” she told reporters Sunday — and her latest big-name endorser, the former housing secretary Julián Castro, has sharpened that message as a cudgel against her rivals.

“About 25 percent of the folks out there, when you look at Democrats, about 25 percent, for instance, say they would be unhappy if Vice President Biden was the nominee,” Mr. Castro said in Marshalltown, Iowa, on Sunday. “About 25 percent say that they would be unhappy if Senator Sanders were the nominee. The person that scores the best on that, who people are good with, that they would get out there and vote if they’re the nominee, is Elizabeth Warren.”

Still, Mr. Sanders is not the first to try to pigeonhole Ms. Warren as the candidate of the elites. Mr. Biden did so last fall, irritating Ms. Warren’s allies. In a Medium post in November, Mr. Biden accused Ms. Warren, though not by name, of engaging in a “‘my way or the highway’ approach to politics.”

“It’s condescending to the millions of Democrats who have a different view,” Mr. Biden wrote at the time. “It’s representative of an elitism that working- and middle-class people do not share: ‘We know best; you know nothing.’”

On Sunday, Ms. Warren’s campaign and supporters pushed back at the idea that she had an affluent-only coalition.

“I earned my GED before going to a state school and I am proud to support Elizabeth Warren!” Roger Lau, Ms. Warren’s campaign manager, wrote on Twitter.

Shane Goldmacher reported from Marshalltown, Iowa, and Sydney Ember from Iowa City.

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Drexel student, 23, falls to his death after jumping between rooftops, witnesses say

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A 23-year-old medical student fell to his death in the early hours of Saturday morning after he tried to jump between two building rooftops in North Philadelphia, according to reports.

Witnesses said Vivek Subramani, a third-year Drexel College of Medicine student, was jumping between rooftops when he missed and fell two stories down, hitting his head on the concrete, Fox 29 reported.

Subramani was face down in a pool of blood and was unresponsive as witnesses tried giving him CPR until medics arrived, KYW-TV added.

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They also told investigators he was part of a group who’d been drinking at an event earlier in the evening but police said they didn’t believe narcotics or foul play were involved.

Subramani was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

“On behalf of the entire Drexel community, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Vivek. There are no words to express the sense of loss when any young life is cut so short, and especially for someone with so much promise,” Drexel President John Fry said in a statement.

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Subramani was a member of the Sigma Beta Rho fraternity, which described him as a “bright, young and caring man who was so close to achieving his dreams of becoming a doctor.”

“He would always brighten up any room he walked into and was more than a friend to those who knew him,” the fraternity wrote on a GoFund Me page to raise money for his family.

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Iran Cracks Down as Protests Over Downing of Airliner Grow

A top Iranian military commander made a rare public appeal for forgiveness on Sunday as security forces fired on protesters and outrage over the mistaken downing of a jetliner reignited opposition on the streets and stirred dissent within the government’s conservative base.

It was the second day of protests after the military acknowledged early Saturday that it had launched the missiles that brought down a Ukraine International Airlines jet near the Iranian capital on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board. The disaster unfolded amid escalating tensions with the United States over the killing of a revered Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

For the first three days after the crash, Iran denied growing international accusations that it had shot the plane down, and looked as if it was engaged in a cover-up. The Iranian authorities insisted that the jetliner had gone down for mechanical reasons, and refused to cooperate with investigators. They also began to remove some evidence from the scene.

But then, as the uproar mounted, Iranian leaders admitted that they had shot the aircraft down, citing human error.

That admission limited the blowback from abroad — but threw a match on the volatile situation at home. Anti-government protests that had quieted when General Suleimani was killed in a drone strike in Iraq rekindled across the country.

Still, analysts argued that this latest wave of internal unrest could ultimately strengthen those in Iran who are pressing to confront the United States. Already, they were seeking to blame Washington for the protests.

On Sunday, the unrest spread outside Tehran, the capital, to at least a dozen cities. Security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and eventually live ammunition to disperse demonstrators in Tehran. By late Sunday night, several people had been wounded, witnesses said.

Unlike previous waves of opposition, some of the outrage this time has come from conservatives who ordinarily support the government, as well as from the usual critics.

Headlines in hard-line newspaper demanded resignations, and the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Hossein Salami, issued a very rare public apology. In a televised address, he all but begged Iranians to return to the nationalist zeal that only days earlier had seemed to fill the country, after General Suleimani’s killing.

Iran responded to his death by firing missiles at bases in Iraq where American forces were stationed. “We achieved a great victory,” General Salami said, though the missile barrage injured no one and did little serious damage. “But the crash of the airplane has tarnished it.”

He said he wished he, too, had “crashed and burned” on the jet.

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The editor in chief of the Revolutionary Guard’s Tasnim news agency, Kian Abdollahi, said that attempts by government officials to lie about what had happened were as great a “catastrophe” as the crash itself.

“Officials who misled the media are guilty too,” he said on Twitter. “We are all ashamed before the people.”

Analysts say the uproar, however, is unlikely to dampen the Iranian appetite for confrontation with the West.

Iranian hard-liners habitually suspect that American covert operations are behind domestic protests, and the unvarnished pleasure the White House seemed to take in the events unfolding in Iran over the weekend may only harden that view, analysts said.

“We are following your protests closely and are inspired by your courage,” President Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Ali Vaez, Iran project director at the International Crisis Group, said that even as they took tough measures to suppress protests at home, Iranian leaders might lash out against Washington, covertly or otherwise.

“They believe that the U.S. and its allies in the region are fueling and exploiting internal discontent in Iran,” he said. “The game will return to Iran’s comfort zone: indirect attacks against the United States and its allies in ways that would allow plausible deniability and minimal risks of reprisal.”

Over the last year, the Trump administration has hit Iran with a so-called “maximum pressure campaign” of painful economic sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran to submit to new restrictions on its military activities and nuclear program. Iranian officials describe it as economic warfare.

If hawks in Washington view the protests as evidence of success, that could work against Iranians who favor compromise with the United States — and strengthen hard-liners who favor confrontation, said Sanam Vakil, a scholar at Chatham House.

“Security-focused conservatives are thinking they can’t come to the table now because it would be weak,” she said.

General Salami of the Revolutionary Guards, in his apology and plea for unity on Sunday, appeared eager to rally Iranians once again against their perennial rival since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“We are at war with the United States,” he said. “We do not consider the conflict with the United States over. We are the soldiers of the people, and we will sacrifice ourselves for you.”

“Iran has risen,” he said, noting that its military had dared fire missiles toward American forces on bases in Iraq — even if it did so without much chance of damage or casualties. “Iran is proud and the whole world has seen our power.”

By acknowledging belatedly that Iran’s own military had brought down the jet, Iranian leaders avoided the prospect of greater international isolation. European and other governments that had sought to trade with Iran or mediate its dispute with Washington had all begun to cite evidence that Iranian forces shot down the plane.

Canada, the final destination of most passengers on the downed jet, lost 57 citizens. At a memorial event on Sunday at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the crash “truly a Canadian tragedy.”

“I want to assure all families and all Canadians: We will not rest until there are answers,” he said. “We will not rest until there is justice and accountability.”

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Sunday that two of its air accident investigators had obtained visas from Iran and would arrive in Tehran on Monday. It said two experts in downloading and analyzing flight data and voice recorder information would follow.

In Tehran, the scale of the domestic backlash may have caught the government by surprise.

Uniformed members of the security forces and pro-government militia men were deployed in large numbers in cities around the country, apparently in an unsuccessful effort to discourage a second day of protests.

By the end of the night, at least several people had been shot in the back by security forces, according to witnesses and videos. Several protesters in Tehran said in interviews that a circle of militiamen had closed in and beaten them.

“The city is a security zone and special forces units are at every square,” Siamak Ghasemi, an economist living in Tehran, wrote on his Instagram page. The wrong group, he said, was being punished: “It’s as if civilians had brought down a military plane.”

Despite the heavy security presence, large crowds turned out. In many places, they chanted caustic slogans. Some denounced the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which is a capital offense in Iran.

“The supreme leader is a murderer; his regime is obsolete,” demonstrators chanted in Azadi Square in Tehran.

“Our enemy is right here,” others chanted in a video circulating on social media. “They lie to us that it’s America.”

The protests in several cities were centered at universities and dominated by students, perhaps because many of those killed in the plane crash were recent graduates heading for further study in Canada.

“They killed our geniuses and replaced them with clerics,” young men and women chanted in the city of Shiraz.

Dozens of prominent film directors, artists and performers issued statements condemning the government’s handling of the crash and pulling their work from a prestigious competition.

“We are not citizens,” Iran’s best-known actress, Taraneh Alidoosti, wrote on her Instagram page; she has six million followers. “We are hostages, millions of hostages.”

A member of the Tehran city council issued a stinging statement of resignation: “Today we are faced with systematic lies, cover-ups and lack of accountability. In the current environment I have no hope for reform.”

And the only female Iranian athlete to win an Olympic medal also chose Sunday to announce that she had defected. “I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years,” the athlete, Kimia Alizadeh, wrote on Instagram. She won a bronze medal in taekwondo in 2016.

Officials appeared to be scrambling to get behind the outpouring of public grief for those killed on the plane.

A billboard in downtown Tehran that had displayed a photo of General Suleimani was taken down. In its place was a black banner with the names of the victims and a verse about grief. In Tabriz and Tehran, some protesters could be seen tearing up photos of General Suleimani that had been hanging from poles.

Iranian media reported that local officials, prayer leaders and Revolutionary Guard commanders were visiting the families of victims to offer apologies and condolences.

Like the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards, though, Ayatollah Khamenei did his best to shift public attention back to the conflict with the Washington.

In a meeting with the visiting emir of Qatar, according to his website, he argued that the problems of the region were created by “the United States and its friends.”

Ian Austen contributed reporting from Ottawa.

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Packers’ Za’Darius Smith sends one-word message to critics after sack

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Green Bay Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith delivered a message to his critics Sunday night after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the first quarter.

After tackling Wilson, Smith pulled down his white undershirt to reveal a one-word message.

“SNUBBED.”

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Smith, 27, was neither selected to the Pro Bowl nor named an All-Pro after a terrific first season with the Packers.

The 6-foot-4, 272-pound pass rusher recorded 13 1/2 sacks, 55 combined tackles and a forced fumble in 16 games for Green Bay. It’s been seen as the best season of his career.

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Smith said last month he wasn’t even worried about making the Pro Bowl.

“I wasn’t worried about it from the jump,” he told reporters, according to Packers Maven. “[Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine] said something about it; he thought I should have went to the Pro Bowl. I was like, ‘Coach, I’m not even worried about the Pro Bowl. I’m trying to get to the Super Bowl.’ I’m going to let that be. We all know what type of event that is, so we’re going to stay out of that and focus on this game and hopefully get a chance to play in the Super Bowl.”

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The Packers signed Smith to a four-year deal in the 2019 offseason.

He played his first four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

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