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Devin Nunes Tries Coaxing Witness To Out Whistleblower

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) tried using part of his time while questioning National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman during Tuesday morning’s impeachment hearing to gather information about the whistleblower ― but was quickly shut down by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

Republicans defending President Donald Trump have attempted to create suspicion around the whistleblower report about a July 25 phone call between the U.S. president and his Ukrainian counterpart that kicked off the inquiry.

Beginning his line of questioning, Nunes asked Vindman whether he had spoken about the phone call to anyone “outside the White House.”

Vindman said that he had, because it is part of job. He provided a readout of the call to two “cleared U.S. government officials with the appropriate need to know” about Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he testified. One of them was a State Department official, and the other was “the individual in the intelligence community” thought to be the whistleblower. 

Nunes seized on the opportunity to press Vindman for more details about the whistleblower, demanding to know the specific agency to which he or she belongs before Schiff intervened. 

“Please stop,” Schiff said. “I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistleblower through these proceedings.”

Vindman then clarified that he did not know the identity of the whistleblower, merely that the individual had the security clearance necessary to receive information about the call.

His response appeared to perplex Nunes, who told the witness he could “either answer the question or you can plead the Fifth.”

At that point, Vindman’s counsel stepped in, telling Nunes that “we’re following the rule of the committee, the rule the chair with regard to this issue.”

“This does not call for an answer that is invoking the Fifth or anything like that,” the counselor told the ranking member.

Schiff later intervened again during questions from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) about the whistleblower’s identity. 

“You have said—even though no one believes you, you have said you don’t know who the whistleblower is,” Jordan retorted to Schiff. “So how is this outing the whistleblower?”

As the impeachment inquiry has marched on, the whistleblower’s legal team has said they have received numerous death threats

But Republicans have continued to push for the whistleblower’s unmasking ― even after current and former government officials have corroborated details of the report during public and private hearings, including several firsthand accounts. 

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The Divide in Yakima Is the Divide in America

YAKIMA, Wash. — Dulce Gutiérrez heard the angry voice as she was speaking in Spanish to a group of students who had volunteered to hand out leaflets for her City Council campaign.

It came from across the street, where an older white woman stood on her front porch. Ms. Gutiérrez had endured the taunt before, but this time, in front of hopeful teenagers, the words felt like fire. They actually made her hot.

She wanted to scream back. She wanted to call the woman a racist. She wanted to let her know how hard she, a daughter of migrant farmworkers, had worked to be here, offering Latinos the chance to have a say in a community where they had felt shut out for so long.

“Go back to Mexico!” the woman had yelled.

“Ouch,” was all Ms. Gutiérrez remembers being able to muster in response. “That hurts.”

Ms. Gutiérrez went on to win a seat on the Yakima City Council and become among the first Latino politicians ever elected in the Central Washington community of nearly 94,000 where the number of Latinos has doubled in just one generation, now making up almost half of the total population.

The changes in this farming valley, known as the nation’s fruit basket, mirror demographic trends in numerous U.S. cities where the population is becoming increasingly less white. Ms. Gutiérrez represents a major shift not only because of her ethnicity, but because of her age — she was 26 when first elected. In Yakima, young adults are nearly twice as likely to be Latino as older adults.

In most diversifying American cities, the age dynamics are just as striking, a New York Times analysis has found. In nearly 100 U.S. metropolitan areas — from Santa Fe to New York and dozens of cities in between — whites comprise the majority of residents over the age of 45, and the minority of adults younger than that.

Demographic changes like those are defining a political moment in America where the president stokes tensions along racial lines with immigration crackdowns, plans to build a wall along the Mexican border and disparaging comments, like telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to their “home” countries.

On a local level, the demographic changes are leading to political changes too. In Yakima, the same year that the first Latino City Council members took their seats, the community also voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, though Washington State went for Hillary Clinton. This year, a heated debate broke out over Immigration and Customs Enforcement jets landing in the city. On Election Day, Yakima County joined the rest of the state in rejecting a measure that would have restored affirmative action, and fewer Latinos will sit on Yakima’s City Council come January.

Five days a week, Dave Ettl, 67, offers a running commentary on the transformation in Yakima, where he has lived since the early 1980s. He is the co-host of a popular conservative morning radio show, which he describes as “good conversation wrapped in our tell-it-like-it-is kinda style.” Lately, the discussions are centered on “politically driven social justice warriors” and “certain values we hold dear.” He thinks a lot about how quickly life in Yakima is changing.

“Old dinosaurs like me and our ideology may or may not have to change, and I do think there is a time for it,” Mr. Ettl said. “The far left — they’re pushing too fast too hard. Things might be sliding this way, but they’re jumping out too far ahead. Our current scenario is getting too far, too left, too soon.”

Manicured lawns in the west side neighborhoods of Yakima. Farm workers in the Yakima Valley.

The rich, volcanic soil of the Yakima Valley was first farmed by members of the Yakama Nation before they were forced onto a reservation in the mid-1800s and then by a Japanese population that migrated here, until they were forced into internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. White workers migrated here, too, fleeing their own parched fields in the middle of the country that had dried out during the Dust Bowl era. Many stayed and thrived, buying land and building sprawling farms.

The Yakima Valley bursts with apples, pears, hops and cherries, so much so that farmers had trouble hiring enough workers to harvest it all. The work is delicate and difficult — most fruit must be picked by hand — and often is paid piecemeal. Farmers found a ready work force in Mexicans who began arriving in large numbers to fill wartime labor shortages in the 1940s and others who later fled rising unemployment and a financial crisis at home. Many came to Yakima on temporary visas and returned home after the harvest.

As farms expanded and refrigerated warehousing offered year-round jobs, some Mexican workers stayed on illegally. In 1986, many took advantage of President Ronald Reagan’s amnesty program offering the chance for citizenship. Their families grew, and workers from Mexico and other Central American countries kept coming.

Latino children — including Ms. Gutiérrez — began populating Yakima classrooms, some like her, arriving with little or no English. In 1999, for example, Yakima’s Eisenhower High School listed its student body as 23 percent Latino and 70 percent white. In a decade’s time it became the opposite, with Latino students in the majority.

But to some longtime residents, the familiar was becoming unrecognizable. Some white parents grumbled that school presentations were in both English and Spanish.

Mr. Ettl, the radio host, remembers attending a bilingual presentation at one school. “It took twice as long as it needed to,” he said.

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On his conservative radio show, Dave Ettl offers a running commentary of the transformation in Yakima. “Our current scenario is getting too far, too left, too soon,” he said.

A part-time magician who calls himself a conservative, not a Republican, Mr. Ettl arrived in Yakima in 1983. Mexican-American entrepreneurs were setting up businesses — taquerias and shops selling quinceañera dresses and cowboy hats.

He remembers in the 1990s when National Guard helicopters buzzed overhead in an effort to curb drug crimes that had become so prolific in Yakima, it earned a derogatory new nickname: Crackima.

He decided to get involved in politics and in 2009, won a seat on the nonpartisan City Council and began work on initiatives to fight gangs, which were operating on the east side of the city, home to many Latino families.

Mr. Ettl and many other white residents blamed the growing Latino population for the proliferation of gangs in the city, located along an interstate connecting drug traffickers to eastern routes. The anger ran deep; readers of the local paper called to complain when photos of Latino children appeared on the front page with Santa Claus.

Ms. Gutiérrez also recalls life in Yakima at the time. She remembers going to see Santa when she was little. Her mother had enrolled her in a program where Santa distributed gifts to underprivileged children.

The new Yakima Rotary Aquatic Center. The Southeast Yakima Community Center.

The new aquatic center in Yakima has everything.

An eight-lane lap pool, giant water slides, a special pool just for physical therapy and a lazy river.

But it’s not what the east side residents say they were promised.

In the mid-2000s, with a recession settling over the nation, Yakima closed two pools on the east side, saying they weren’t used enough to justify the cost. City leaders promised to replace the pools when the economy improved and built a small splash pad with arched sprinklers as a substitute.

Discussions about a new pool had twisted through rounds of debate for years on the City Council. As donations poured in, along with a Y.M.C.A. partnership, officials decided to build the $22 million facility on Yakima’s north side, essentially the town’s geographic center, so the whole city could benefit from it. That’s not how east side residents viewed it.

“It’s intended to serve the white population of town,” Ms. Gutiérrez said, noting that it’s too far for children on the east side to walk to.

Yakima’s social divide has long been defined by a physical one. Numerous white families live on the west side. There, amid the brick homes and green lawns, the city operates a community center — decked out with Western art, a billiards room and a two-story, stone fireplace — that serves a large senior population. On the heavily Latino east side where in some neighborhoods children make up nearly 40 percent of the total number of residents, the city’s two community centers cater to children — and have the charm of a hospital, with linoleum floors and fluorescent lighting.

While all of Yakima’s community centers receive public funding, the west side’s senior center has benefited from more private donations, city officials said.

Mayor Kathy Coffey, whose grandfather also served as a mayor of Yakima, said she does not believe inequities exist in city services between the community’s Latino and white population. But she understands that “in perception there are those who feel there is a real issue there.”

Those perceptions prompted an A.C.L.U.-backed lawsuit in 2012 arguing that Yakima’s at-large voting system for its City Council diluted the Latino vote, blocking minority representation. Plaintiffs pointed out that no Latino had ever been elected to the City Council in the 37-year history of the current system, even though Latinos at the time accounted for more than one-third of the city’s voting-age population, and one quarter of eligible voters.

A federal judge sided with the plaintiffs, ruling that Latino voters were at “a steep mathematical disadvantage” and that their votes had been “unlawfully diluted.”

Mr. Ettl — who was then still on the City Council though isn’t any longer — and other council members pushed for an appeal, and the city spent more than $1 million on an ultimately unsuccessful fight.

Yakima was carved into districts, offering the east side a chance for two seats on the seven-member council. Ms. Gutiérrez filed her candidacy to represent one of the east side districts and began a bilingual campaign in the spring of 2015.

Her campaign materials pledged she would improve the city “neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block.” At least you have real eyebrows, one white resident told her on the campaign trail, and not painted on ones like those other Mexican women. Another white resident asked her why he had to vote for a Mexican. She reminded him he could have run for City Council himself.

The senior center on the west side. A karate class at the east side’s community center.

Ms. Gutiérrez measures progress here in baby steps.

From the beginning, she knew she would be battling low voter turnout among Yakima’s Latino population, as happens across the rest of the nation, too.

Older white voters are far more likely to turn out on Election Day than younger, minority voters, a Times analysis found. In the 2018 midterm elections, 70 percent of eligible white seniors voted compared to only one-third of Latinos under 45 who showed up at the polls.

Yakima’s Latino residents are about two times more likely to live below the poverty line than white residents, and about half of the Latino population here lacks a high school diploma. Some of Ms. Gutiérrez’s constituents don’t know what a City Council is, she said.

“It’s not an obstacle for white folks who subscribe to the newspaper and are literate in English and are comfortable around authority figures. They have a strong sense of entitlement to government and feel like they can come to City Hall and yell at us and be angry at us,” said Ms. Gutiérrez, who worked in warehouses as a teen during cherry harvest season.

For her Latino constituents, that comfort level is lacking. “People don’t know what they can ask from government officials. They have no connection to them,” she said.

Ms. Gutiérrez set up a mentorship program to pair disadvantaged children with council members. She fought for more sidewalks, crosswalks and street lamps in east side neighborhoods. Critics labeled her divisive. A man known to have ties to white supremacist groups called City Hall and asked for her. She got a dog to protect herself.

The election of President Trump, she said, seemed to unleash a new anger in Yakima.

Across the nation, families were being separated. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was carrying out raids of undocumented people. Ms. Gutiérrez was worried about her constituents, many of whom had family who were in the country illegally. They were afraid. About one-quarter of Latinos in Yakima are not citizens, according to Census Bureau data.

But amid the rekindled fears, local nonprofits reported an increase in attendance at citizenship classes, driven by people who wanted to register to vote, they said.

On a recent morning, huapango music wafted over the grape vines in an orchard outside of town where Alexandra Ornelas, 23, was snipping clusters with a small pair of scissors.

She works a full day in the fields and squeezes in courses toward certificates in viticulture and treetop production so she can become an orchard manager. She said the president, who rails against immigrants, doesn’t understand how hard they work or what they are seeking in America.

She helped her mother become a citizen not long ago, she said, in part so she could vote against Mr. Trump in 2020.

In 2017, the Latino City Council members tried to rally support for a “welcoming city” resolution, which stated that Yakima would accept anyone regardless of immigration status. They were outvoted. Ms. Gutiérrez kept pushing, calling for a policy that offered assurances that the police wouldn’t arbitrarily ask for a person’s immigration status. The council voted to end discussion on the issue for good.

Meanwhile, 180 miles away, contractors at Boeing Field near Seattle took a stand on immigration and began refusing to fuel jets that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were using for deportations and detentions of undocumented immigrants, largely from Central America. The move effectively shut down ICE flights to the state. The agency turned to Yakima to ask if the planes could land on its runways.

Ms. Gutiérrez was outraged. The way she saw it, a community that is nearly half Latino, that has welcomed immigrants to work in its fields for decades was now going to allow planes carrying out inhumane deportations. Her constituents were outraged, too.

“ICE is coming to airports and picking up a population of people who look like us here,” said Juan Beltran, 20, who had helped Ms. Gutiérrez canvass for voters during her campaign.

Ms. Gutiérrez tried to rally fellow council members to stop the flights. But some of them worried the city could lose federal funding if they did so. Surely they could find a way to resist, Ms. Gutiérrez pleaded. The debate culminated in a four-hour meeting in July where dozens of citizens crowded the City Council chambers.

One woman sobbed that her own father had been deported on a similar flight. Some people said the city was prioritizing profits over humanity; the city gets a landing fee for each flight. Mr. Beltran wanted to be at the meeting, but it was harvest time and he was working a late shift in the accounting office at a cherry warehouse. He watched a recording of the proceedings after work online.

The council voted 4-3 to allow the flights. Planes now land almost weekly at the Yakima airport, loading Central American migrants wearing leg shackles and handcuffs to and from buses bound for a federal immigration facility on the other side of the state.

But in some ways, Ms. Gutiérrez sees the outcome as a victory. The issue would never even have come up for a vote five years ago, she said.

Ms. Gutiérrez decided not to run for re-election, so will leave office when her term is up later this year. She’ll be on the outside as the city debates whether to change how it picks its mayor — a move she says would dilute the political power of east side voters. And the newly elected City Council is set to be less diverse. But Ms. Gutiérrez plans to enroll in law school, move to a bigger city, maybe even Washington, D.C., where she can get involved in federal politics and then return to Yakima.

She is using the rest of her term to continue to make good on her campaign promise to improve the city “block by block.”

On a recent afternoon, Ms. Gutiérrez was out visiting a constituent who had called her office to lobby for a new streetlight. The councilwoman knew the house. She took a deep breath and marched onto the porch — the same porch where Margery Guthridge had yelled at her to “go back to Mexico” four years earlier.

Ms. Guthridge is a white minority in the mostly Latino district. She has lived in her house for seven years, and shares it with a Chihuahua-Yorkie mix named Miss Tipsy Two. An American flag is propped up out front, and the yard is surrounded by a chain-link fence that she sometimes padlocks shut. She said the neighborhood was rough when she first moved in, but lately, things have been calmer.

Her Spanish-speaking neighbors bring her plates of food when they barbecue. With her push for better lighting and new curb cuts, Ms. Gutiérrez has made the neighborhood safer. Ms. Guthridge said she regrets yelling the taunt.

“I want to forget that. I really didn’t mean that,” she said. “I’ve done quite a bit of growing up since then. I understand people more. And I am real sorry.”

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Tammy Bruce: Democrats using ‘same template’ against Trump as they did against Kavanaugh

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Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce on Tuesday accused Democrats of employing the same tactics against President Donald Trump in the course of the House impeachment hearings as they did against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

Specifically, Bruce pointed to last week’s questioning of former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman.

“It’s their tendency, a habit, or perhaps it’s because of how they really do think of women — to use women and put them in a position of being victims or infants in order to harm powerful men,” said Bruce on her Fox Nation show “Get Tammy Bruce.”

During the Yovanovitch’s testimony, President Donald Trump tweeted about the former ambassador, writing, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.”

Some Democrats characterized the president’s tweet as amounting to “witness intimidation,” and Schiff appeared to press that point during the hearing.

“Now the president in real-time is attacking you,” he said to Yovanovitch.

Goldman asked Yovanovitch how she felt after she learned that the president had called her “bad news” in that July phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In setting up his question, Goldman warned, “I’d like to show you the excerpts from the call, without upsetting you too much?”

“What I’m casting the Democrats as doing here, which I think is obvious on its face,” argued Bruce, “is treating this powerful woman like she’s an infant, like she is some woman who is afraid and hiding in the corner or disturbed, by an example, a tweet by the president.”

Bruce accused Democrats are intentionally framing their witness to achieve maximum effect.

“When I think of Ambassador Yovanovitch, I think of a woman who knows her job, who is not a wallflower, who is not a woman who is going to be made afraid and who is clearly not moved through her life as a fearful individual.”

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN BLASTS IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS, PROCESS REMINDS HIM OF ‘THIRD-WORLD NATIONS’

Furthermore, Bruce contended that this tactic is not new.

“I will remind you that this is almost the exact same template that was used against now-Justice Kavanaugh,” she continued.

“You had women coming forward – women who had achieved certain things in life, who were professionals,” she said in reference to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

In fact, Bruce was not the only political analyst to make this observation, though an opinion piece on NBC News came to a much different conclusion.

The article’s headline read, “Trump’s smearing of ex-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch echoes Christine Blasey Ford: In the same way that Ford came to symbolize a certain kind of strength, Yovanovitch symbolizes any woman who’s ever had a man try to undermine her, demote her or push her out.”

Bruce sees a clear political purpose in the Democrats’ handling of Yovanovitch.

“They believe that putting her in this position and casting her as a damsel in distress is going to appeal to suburban women. That, in other words, that is how much contempt they hold for their own voters, for women in general. That you can be manipulated.”

In conclusion, Bruce said she objects to the use of women as tools to achieve political ends.

“I contend, having been on the left, that the Democrats see women as useful idiots. They see us as useful victims… they need victimhood, as you’ve seen in both the Kavanaugh situation and now the impeachment hearing, women as victims are useful, they’re needed and they’re necessary.”

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‘Devin Nunes Is An Idiot’ hashtag trends after Vindman corrects lawmaker about his official title

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Nunes got told to fuck off by Schiff, Jennifer Williams, Lt Col Vindman and then Vindman’s counsel, all in succession.

It was a sight to behold. Gym Jordan also got told by Williams and Vindman.

Then Jim Himes spent his 5 minutes calling out Trump’s shitty Tweets attacking Williams and the right wing media for attacking Vindman, who is, in addition to all of his other credentials, a decorated combat veteran.

The Republicans are taking a beating this morning.

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‘Devin Nunes Is An Idiot’ hashtag trends after Vindman corrects lawmaker about his official title

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Nunes got told to fuck off by Schiff, Jennifer Williams, Lt Col Vindman and then Vindman’s counsel, all in succession.

It was a sight to behold. Gym Jordan also got told by Williams and Vindman.

Then Jim Himes spent his 5 minutes calling out Trump’s shitty Tweets attacking Williams and the right wing media for attacking Vindman, who is, in addition to all of his other credentials, a decorated combat veteran.

The Republicans are taking a beating this morning.

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Tammy Bruce: Democrats using ‘same template’ against Trump as they did against Kavanaugh

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Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce on Tuesday accused Democrats of employing the same tactics against President Donald Trump in the course of the House impeachment hearings as they did against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

Specifically, Bruce pointed to last week’s questioning of former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman.

“It’s their tendency, a habit, or perhaps it’s because of how they really do think of women — to use women and put them in a position of being victims or infants in order to harm powerful men,” said Bruce on her Fox Nation show “Get Tammy Bruce.”

During the Yovanovitch’s testimony, President Donald Trump tweeted about the former ambassador, writing, “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.”

Some Democrats characterized the president’s tweet as amounting to “witness intimidation,” and Schiff appeared to press that point during the hearing.

“Now the president in real-time is attacking you,” he said to Yovanovitch.

Goldman asked Yovanovitch how she felt after she learned that the president had called her “bad news” in that July phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In setting up his question, Goldman warned, “I’d like to show you the excerpts from the call, without upsetting you too much?”

“What I’m casting the Democrats as doing here, which I think is obvious on its face,” argued Bruce, “is treating this powerful woman like she’s an infant, like she is some woman who is afraid and hiding in the corner or disturbed, by an example, a tweet by the president.”

Bruce accused Democrats are intentionally framing their witness to achieve maximum effect.

“When I think of Ambassador Yovanovitch, I think of a woman who knows her job, who is not a wallflower, who is not a woman who is going to be made afraid and who is clearly not moved through her life as a fearful individual.”

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN BLASTS IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS, PROCESS REMINDS HIM OF ‘THIRD-WORLD NATIONS’

Furthermore, Bruce contended that this tactic is not new.

“I will remind you that this is almost the exact same template that was used against now-Justice Kavanaugh,” she continued.

“You had women coming forward – women who had achieved certain things in life, who were professionals,” she said in reference to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

In fact, Bruce was not the only political analyst to make this observation, though an opinion piece on NBC News came to a much different conclusion.

The article’s headline read, “Trump’s smearing of ex-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch echoes Christine Blasey Ford: In the same way that Ford came to symbolize a certain kind of strength, Yovanovitch symbolizes any woman who’s ever had a man try to undermine her, demote her or push her out.”

Bruce sees a clear political purpose in the Democrats’ handling of Yovanovitch.

“They believe that putting her in this position and casting her as a damsel in distress is going to appeal to suburban women. That, in other words, that is how much contempt they hold for their own voters, for women in general. That you can be manipulated.”

In conclusion, Bruce said she objects to the use of women as tools to achieve political ends.

“I contend, having been on the left, that the Democrats see women as useful idiots. They see us as useful victims… they need victimhood, as you’ve seen in both the Kavanaugh situation and now the impeachment hearing, women as victims are useful, they’re needed and they’re necessary.”

For Bruce’s full remarks join Fox Nation and watch “Get Tammy Bruce” today.

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Scooter Braun Tells Fans ‘Kindness Is The Only Response’ During Taylor Swift Drama

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Music executive Scooter Braun is imploring fans to be kind in a social media post amid his ongoing controversy with his superstar former client, Taylor Swift.

Braun on Tuesday posted an image of a quote: “Kindness is the only response.”

Braun’s post on Twitter adds to a back-and-forth saga with Swift in which she publicly accused Braun and ex-label boss Scott Borchetta last week of preventing her from performing a medley of her songs at the upcoming American Music Awards. The two music titans then, via a statement from Big Machine Label Group, accused Swift of spreading false information. 

Braun and Borchetta are behind Big Machine, which owns the catalog of Swift’s music from her 2006 debut to 2017′s “Reputation.” Swift said she will rerecord her music next year in an effort to take back her catalog. But meanwhile, she claims, Braun and Borchetta are keeping her from performing her old songs and from using them in an upcoming Netflix documentary.

Swift issued a rebuttal to Big Machine’s statement, explaining her side of things and telling fans: “Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money.”

Big Machine said in a second statement on Monday, saying that, alongside Dick Clark Productions, the label has “come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms. This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performance.”

In response, Dick Clark Productions told ET in a statement: “At no time did Dick Clark Productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards. Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team.”

Swift has yet to publicly respond to the latest developments.

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US tips off Germany to ‘radical Islamist’ from Syria suspected of planning devastating attack

Police in Germany arrested a “radical Islamist” from Syria on Tuesday after receiving a tip from U.S. intelligence officials that the man was planning an attack.

Prosecutors said the 26-year-old man was planning an attack designed to “kill and injure a maximum number of people,” according to reports.

U.S. law enforcement had passed on a tip that the suspect had obtained information online on how to build bombs and talked in Internet chats about planning an attack, The Associated Press reported.

Germany’s ARD reported the man was at the top of the federal police’s list of dangerous Islamist extremists, Reuters reported. His name was not released.

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A German police officer stood outside the house of a Syrian man suspected of exchanging bomb-building material after the man’s arrest Tuesday in Berlin. (REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke) 

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According to reports, the suspect was an asylum-seeker who had been living in Germany since 2014.

Prosecutors said the suspect had begun to procure the “requisite components and chemicals for the construction of an explosive device” with the intention of killing as many people as possible, Deutsche Welle reported.

“This was intended for detonation at an unknown point in time and at an unknown location in Germany,” the prosecutors added, according to the broadcaster.

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The suspect in August had purchased hydrogen peroxide and acetone — two chemicals used to synthesized the high explosive TATP, Deutsche Welle reported.

According to the outlet, the suspect, who worked as a janitor at a Berlin elementary school, was being observed by prosecutors in an electronic message group affiliated with the Islamic State.

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Police raided his Berlin apartment early Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California prosecutor accused of using daughter, 13, to bait sex predator placed on leave

A prosecutor in California accused of using his 13-year-old daughter to bait another man back to the spot where she claimed he molested her has been placed on leave, and an internal review has been launched.

The San Jose Police Department announced on Thursday that Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and false imprisonment in connection with the incidents on the Los Alamitos Trail in Almaden Valley.

The sexual assault investigation began Oct. 8, a day after the victim told her doctor that she had been sexually assaulted. In the ensuing police investigation, the 13-year-old gave accounts of three instances between August and October in which the same man approached her while she was walking her dog on the trail and touched her sexually.

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According to police reports, the father of the 13-year-old girl is a Santa Clara County prosecutor, and he brought the girl back to the trail as authorities were investigating her claims. He recorded video of her interacting with the man that was later handed over to police, the Mercury News reported on Sunday, citing police reports and sources familiar with the case. The prosecutor dad allegedly wanted the accused man’s alleged incriminating actions caught on video

The day after the prosecutor gave the recordings to police, Lajmiri was arrested.

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 photo, released by San Jose Police Department shows suspect Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, Calif., who was arrested Tuesday, on suspicion of molesting a 13-year-old girl. (San Jose Police Department )

In the police reports obtained by the Mercury News, the prosecutor told police he and the girl had arranged for her to walk back and forth on the trail, while the two of them stayed in touch with cellphones and earbuds.

“He stated that they had already done this several times,” San Jose Detective Sgt. Sean Pierce wrote in the police report on the case. “He directed (the victim) to let (the suspect) touch her if she encountered him, but if it was the breast or between the legs to move away. He instructed (the victim) to let (the suspect) identify and make the contact and if she cannot handle things she should move away. He instructed (the victim) to walk back and forth on the designated route and don’t interact with anyone for very long.”

Multiple sources confirmed the prosecutor’s identity to the Mercury News, which did not name him to protect the identity of the underage sexual assault victim.

The state Attorney General’s office has since taken over the prosecution of the molestation case because of the conflicts of interest involved. Such conflicts already existed because of the prosecutor’s relationship to the victim, which then became more pronounced when he attempted to obtain evidence against the suspect.

In a letter sent out to staff on Monday obtained by KGO-TV, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen told staffers that prosecutors “must never forget that our own behavior — inside and outside of the courtroom — matters.”

“The choices we make in our professional and personal lives need to be in harmony with the protocols, laws, and ethics of our criminal justice system,” Rosen said in the memo.

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Law enforcement sources told the Mercury News on Monday that the state Attorney General’s office is examining filing child endangerment charges against the prosecutor, who has been placed on paid leave after an internal review of his actions was launched by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has launched an internal review of a prosecutor after he allegedly used his 13-year-old daughter as bait to lure a suspected sex predator, Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, (seen left), into performing incrimination actions on her that he caught on video. (San Jose Police Department )

Public defender Molly O’Neal, whose office is representing the defendant, told the newspaper the prosecutor’s conduct was something she has never seen in 30 years working in her office, saying the “what-ifs in this situation are horrifying.”

“I have never seen a prosecutor exercise such outlandish bad judgment,” O’Neal told the Mercury News. “If you work in the criminal justice system, you know full well that people may act in ways that are unexpected. So you shouldn’t ever involve you or your family in a vigilante fashion when you are not trained to respond to any scenario that might unfold.”

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia declined to comment specifically on the case and the prosecutor’s involvement but generally advised against citizens taking the law into their own hands.

“As a father, I understand how emotional it can be when your child is the victim of a crime. But we have to remember that the safety of the child comes first,” Garcia said, “and channel that frustration in a positive way to assist the investigation and not hinder it.”

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Lajmiri, who told authorities he suffers from Alzheimer’s, is being held in the Santa Clara County jail on $3 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court Jan. 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Scooter Braun Tells Fans ‘Kindness Is The Only Response’ During Taylor Swift Drama

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Music executive Scooter Braun is imploring fans to be kind in a social media post amid his ongoing controversy with his superstar former client, Taylor Swift.

Braun on Tuesday posted an image of a quote: “Kindness is the only response.”

Braun’s post on Twitter adds to a back-and-forth saga with Swift in which she publicly accused Braun and ex-label boss Scott Borchetta last week of preventing her from performing a medley of her songs at the upcoming American Music Awards. The two music titans then, via a statement from Big Machine Label Group, accused Swift of spreading false information. 

Braun and Borchetta are behind Big Machine, which owns the catalog of Swift’s music from her 2006 debut to 2017′s “Reputation.” Swift said she will rerecord her music next year in an effort to take back her catalog. But meanwhile, she claims, Braun and Borchetta are keeping her from performing her old songs and from using them in an upcoming Netflix documentary.

Swift issued a rebuttal to Big Machine’s statement, explaining her side of things and telling fans: “Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money.”

Big Machine said in a second statement on Monday, saying that, alongside Dick Clark Productions, the label has “come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms. This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performance.”

In response, Dick Clark Productions told ET in a statement: “At no time did Dick Clark Productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards. Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team.”

Swift has yet to publicly respond to the latest developments.

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