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CNN’s Rye: Statues of Washington, Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee ‘All Need to Come Down’

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:25

On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” CNN Political Commentator Angela Rye argued that statues of slave owners, whether they’re of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Robert E. Lee should come down. CNN Political Analyst and Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon who had referred to comparisons between Washington and Robert E. Lee as “idiotic” and stated that Confederates tried to claim Washington. Avlon also argued that there is no comparison between the Confederacy and Washington because Washington tried to unite the country and the Confederacy tore it apart. Later on, Rye said, “I think that we have to get to the heart of the problem here, and the heart of the problem is the way in which many of us were taught American history. American history is not all glorious. And even though I love John to death, I couldn’t disagree more about George Washington. George Washington was a slave owner. And we need to call slave owners out for what they are, whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not. He wasn’t protecting my freedom. I wasn’t someone who, my ancestors weren’t deemed human beings to him. And so, to me, I don’t care if it’s

Lehigh President receives petition to rescind Trump's honorary degree

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:23

Lehigh University President John Simon has received a petition to strip President Donald Trump of his honorary degree and sent it to the Board of Trustees.

Lehigh spokeswoman Lori Friedman said Thursday that Simon received the petition that has almost 15,000 signatures. The Board of Trustees, which...

In Corporate Antifa’s Wake, Stocks Fall by Most in Three Months

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:22

Shares of many of the companies whose CEOs rebelled against Trump saw there biggest declines in months.

Florida’s Entire Prison System on Lockdown, Threats of Prisoners Uprising

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:19

Florida's entire prison system, comprising of 97,000 inmates, is on lockdown due to unspecified threats of uprisings, Florida Department of Corrections officials confirmed Thursday.

After criticism, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence in letter to staff

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:55

Facing criticism over her muted response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday condemned those "tragic and unthinkable" events and blasted "neo-Nazis and other racist bigots" in a letter to staff.

DeVos' email to Education Department employees...

Pennsylvania lawmakers want stolen money repaid to non-human 'victims'

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:45

As a Bethlehem Township taxpayer, state Sen. Lisa Boscola feels victimized by two men who bilked the township out of nearly $1 million in a street light scam they perpetrated elsewhere, too.

And it outrages her that a technicality in the law may allow them to avoid paying restitution. But to fix...

South Whitehall man pleads guilty to mall, airport bomb threats

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:40

In an episode his lawyer described as a “prank gone awry,” a South Whitehall Township man faces federal prison time for phoning in false bomb threats against Lehigh Valley International Airport, the Lehigh Valley Mall and area restaurants that led to delayed flights and evacuations of buildings.

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VP Mike Pence on Barcelona Terror: U.S. Stands Ready to Assist, Find, Punish Those Responsible

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:38

On the last stop of Vice President Mike Pence’s four country tour of South America, he reaffirmed President Donald Trump’s condemnation of the terror attack in Spain and offered assistance from the United States to Spain to “find and punish those responsible.”

Florida Woman Accused of DUI with Unbuckled 3-Year-Old Had Bug-Eyed Expression in Mug Shot

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:19

A woman accused of drunk driving and leaving her 3-year-old with her seat belt unbuckled in the car looked extremely disheveled, South Florida deputies say.

As internet demand increases, RCN launches 1-gigabit speed in Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:15

RCN is again boosting its internet speed in the Lehigh Valley, a move the provider believes further distances itself from the competition as the number of internet-connected devices in each home continues to skyrocket.

RCN on Thursday announced the immediate availability of 1-gigabit-per-second...

Wisconsin Mayor Orders Confederate Statues Removed From Cemetery

National News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:07
The mayor of Madison, Wisconsin ordered the removal of the statues depicting Confederate soldiers from the grounds of Forest Hill Cemetery, The Wisconsin State Journal reports.

GOP Sen Scott: Trump’s ‘Moral Authority Is Compromised’

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:55

During an interview with Vice News on Thursday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said President Donald Trump’s comments on Tuesday about the violence that took place last week in Charlottesville, VA have “compromised” his “moral authority.” Scott said, “I’m not going to defend the indefensible. I’m not here to do that.” He continued, “His comments on Monday were strong. His comments on Tuesday started erasing the comments that were strong. What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happens. There’s no question about that.” Follow Pam Key On Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Report: GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Meets With Julian Assange, Receives ‘Earth-Shattering’ Information

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:54

Republican California Representative Dana Rohrabacher met with WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this week.

Anonymous publishes GOP legislators' private numbers in bid to push for Trump's impeachment

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:39

A group affiliated with the online activist group known as Anonymous on Thursday posted what it says are the private cellphone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress in a bid to push for President Donald Trump's impeachment, reigniting the use of hacked information in...

Carson Reveals Home Vandalized, Calls for 'High Road'

National News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:30
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson revealed Wednesday his home was vandalized in May, urging for people in similar circumstances to take "the high road."

American Left Adopts Taliban Tactics in Destruction of Historical Icons

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:23

As the American left targets historical icons for destruction, one is reminded of the way the Taliban destroyed centuries-old Buddhist statues.

UC Berkeley Immigration Attorney: ‘White Americans are the Original Nazis’

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:22

Prerna P. Lal of UC Berkeley's Undocumented Student Center took to Twitter in the aftermath of the Charlottesville chaos to argue that "white Americans are the original Nazis."

Trump defends 'beautiful' Confederate monuments, calls their removal 'sad'

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:15

President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing "the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart."

Trump's remarks came as the White house tried to manage his increasing isolation and...

Dem Rep: Impeach Trump, He ‘Can’t Discern the Difference’ Between Protesters and Nazis

United States News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:12

Thursday, on MSNBC, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said President Donald Trump should be impeached because he “can’t discern the difference between a domestic terrorist and a protester.” Cohen said, “Well, there has been a thought in the Democratic caucus that the president will hang himself. And he’s certainly doing a real good job of it, and that we should let him do that. I have been tempted to introduce an impeachment resolution. … I will be introducing my own impeachment resolution.” He added, “What happened in Charlottesville showed that the president can’t discern the difference between a domestic terrorist and a protester. He can’t distinguish between citizens, Americans who are objecting to abhorrent behavior of Klansmen and Nazis and Nazis and Nazis and Klansmen. That demonstration in Charlottesville reminded me of Kristallnacht in 1938 in Germany. It reminded me of Klan rallies with the torches. Those people were yelling, ‘Jews will not take our jobs.’ They do not like African-Americans. They don’t like Jews. They don’t like America.” Follow Pam Key On Twitter @pamkeyNEN  

Attacker drives van swerving into crowd in Barcelona; at least 13 dead, 1 arrest

Lehigh Valley News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:20

A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district Thursday, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Calling it a terror attack, police said at least one person was killed and 32 were wounded, many seriously.

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