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Florida state senator resigns over racial slurs in front of black lawmakers
(CNN)Update April 21: The Florida lawmaker under fire over racially inflammatory remarks toward his African-American colleagues has resigned, a spokeswoman for the Florida Senate Majority Office told CNN. The embattled state senator, Frank Artiles, submitted his letter of resignation to Senate President Joe Negron on Friday, just days after apologizing on the Senate floor for his remarks.
Original story from April 20:
A Florida state senator is facing mounting pressure to resign after unleashing a tirade during a private conversation with African-American colleagues.
Troubles for Republican Sen. Frank Artiles began after reports surfaced he had used the N-word and cursed at a fellow senator.
Artiles was having drinks at the Governors Club in Tallahassee with fellow Sens. Audrey Gibson and Perry Thurston when he told the pair that Senate President Joe Negron had only risen to his position of power because "six [N-word]" in the Republican caucus elected him, The Miami Herald reported. Gibson and Thurston are both black.
Thurston confirmed the exchange to CNN. On Wednesday, Artiles apologized on the Senate floor for his remarks. "I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended," Artiles said in his prepared remarks. He also apologized to Gibson for calling her a "bitch" during his tirade. But the contrition may be too little, too late for the embattled lawmaker.
Venezuela: Ten people killed in Caracas looting incident
Footage recorded by residents showed heavy shooting and police in armoured vehicles trying to regain control of the situation in El Valle district.
In a separate incident, a man was shot outside the capital at the end of an opposition march.
The violence comes at the end of two days of protests against the President Maduro's socialist government.
Three other people were killed during protests on Wednesday and Thursday.
The authorities blamed opposition activists for most of the deaths in the El Valle looting incident, which happened late on Thursday night.
Egyptian soldiers accused of killing unarmed Sinai men in leaked video
The footage, which is unverified, appears to show military officers rearranging the scene to make it seem as if a gun battle had taken place.
Soldiers are shown apparently placing weapons beside the dead bodies.
A pro-government news site has said that the 2016 video is a fabrication.
So far there has been no comment from the Egyptian military, which has previously released footage - apparently from the same incident late last year - saying it had eliminated a "dangerous terrorist cell" after a heavy exchange of gunfire.
Human rights group Amnesty International said it had analysed the footage. It showed "cold blooded killings", which it said should be urgently investigated by the Egyptian authorities.
The footage, which emerged on Thursday, was apparently filmed with a mobile phone and has been broadcast on Mekameleen TV, a station that supports the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
It appears to show two detainees being shot at point-blank range by Egyptian soldiers.
Russian MP incensed after son jailed in US
Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, 32, was convicted in August for stealing credit card data from US restaurants, causing nearly $170m (£132m) in damages.
Russian MP Valery Seleznev said the sentence was "passed by man-eaters" and that his son was "abducted".
Seleznev made millions by selling the data on the dark web, US officials say.
"It's a sentence passed by man-eaters...My son was abducted," Mr Seleznevtold RIA Novosti news agency.
Mr Seleznev, a member of the lower house of the Russian legislature known as the Duma, is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reports.
"My son was tortured because being in jail in a foreign country after abduction is torture in itself. He is innocent," he continued.
Mr Seleznev, a member of the the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), added that he viewed the sentence as a life sentence because his son would never survive 27 years in prison.
GM says Venezuela has seized its car plant
Pot fans observe 4/20 holiday with smoke-outs, high hike
Before the clock even hit 4:20 p.m., there were arrests in the nation's capital, as police took seven people into custody at a demonstration that involved handing out joints to congressional staff members.
Pot fans in Los Angeles went for a cannabis-fueled hike, and in Portland, Maine, an author gave away more than 200 grams of marijuana to a long line of fans.
Overcast skies and drizzle didn't stop thousands of people — many in costume — from gathering at a park near the Colorado Capitol.
At 4:20 p.m., they lit up and sent out a raucous
cheer — as well as a cloud of smoke that lingered in the humid air.
The annual celebration of cannabis culture gave activists an opportunity to reflect on how far they've
come — recreational use of marijuana is now legal in eight states and the nation's capital — and on the national
political tone, with Trump administration officials reprising talking points from the heyday of the war on drugs.
New details on federal investigation into Fox News
the National Organization for Women declared the ouster of host Bill O’Reilly isn’t enough.
“We thought it was really important to come out and shed some light and shame the 13 members of
the board of directors of 21st Century Fox who’ve allowed this culture to flourish,” said one activist.
epresenting former Fox News co-host Andrea Tantaros, who’s suing former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes
, says the U.S. Attorney has subpoenaed one of his other clients.
“Well I want to be clear that I don’t know what the nature of the investigation is,”
said attorney Judd Burstein. But Burstein told
CBS News the subpoena suggests the investigation relates to the method in which settlements were paid.
“There is a grand jury investigation that it is being conducted by the securities fraud division of the U.S. Attorney’s office.
And I do know that when Fox News talked to settle with Andrea Tanteros they wanted to pay the settlement out as salary,” Burstein said.
The March for Science could break stubborn stereotypes about scientists
While aimed in part at politicians who are hostile to scientific findings, the march may also act as a much-needed professional recruiting tool.
To many young people, science seems like a solitary and humorless pursuit dominated by white men. Might the march change some young people’s minds, perhaps by showing them that scientists are a diverse and passionate group of people who sometimes escape the laboratory? Psychologists see potential.
“I would expect that perceptions of both scientists and the nature of science might shift, at least temporarily,” said Amanda Diekman, a psychologist at Miami University in Ohio who studies stereotyping.
Bill O’Reilly: Fox News Ouster ‘Tremendously Disheartening,’
Venezuela crisis: Teenager and woman shot dead at anti-government protests
Homeland Security now acknowledges deported DREAMer had protective status
The Department of Homeland Security reversed itself Wednesday saying that a young man, identified by USA TODAY as the first DREAMer to be deported by the Trump administration, had valid protective status despite its earlier claim. On Tuesday, the department said its records showed the protective status of Juan Manuel Montes, 23, expired in 2015. On Wednesday, the department said that status was in fact valid until 2018. Montes, who was deported from Southern California to his native Mexico in February, had been protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama for so-called DREAMers, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. On Wednesday, the department said he lost that status because he left the United States without permission and was caught trying to re-enter the country. DACA enrollees must be approved to travel outside the U.S.
Miami state senator Frank Artiles 'sorry' for racial slur
Miami Republican Frank Artiles spoke on the floor of the Florida Senate on Wednesday, saying "no one deserves to be spoken to like that".
His apology stems from a late-night tirade at the Governors Club, only steps away from the State Capitol.
He berated two black senators during a chat on politics.
"I stand up before all of you, every one of you, and with great humility, I ask for your forgiveness," Mr Artiles said on Wednesday in a nearly four-minute mea culpa.
According to the Miami Herald, the incident began after 22:00 local time on Monday over drinks at the members-only club.
A lawmaker approached Mr Artiles to ask if his objections to a bill she had filed were political payback for her questions about one of his previous bills.
Black Caucus leader Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, was present when Artiles went on his rant at the Governor’s Club, a members-only bar and restaurant in Tallahassee. State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, the Rules chairwoman, agreed that there was “probable cause” that Artiles violated Senate rules saying a senator must “maintain the integrity and responsibility of his or her office.” Negron appointed Senate General Counsel Dawn Roberts to investigate and report her findings to the Rules Committee by the end of next Tuesday.
Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, faces a cacophony of calls for him to resign or be thrown out of office after he made racist and sexist remarks while arguing with black lawmakers Monday night at a private club. Artiles and called several Republican senators “n------,” though he explained that he actually said “niggas” and thought the slang word was not insulting. He also referred to state Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, as a “b-----” and a “girl” and called Sen. President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, “a p----.” The Florida Legislative Black Caucus, which includes seven senators and 21 state representatives, issued a letter Wednesday calling for the Senate Rules Committee to begin the process of ousting Artiles from the Senate.
The White House does not have any immediate timeline for President Donald Trump's voter fraud investigation and the commission he was adamant about creating during his first few weeks in office, even as the administration approaches the end of its 100 days.
US missile system en route to Korean peninsula
As the White House works to "maximize pressure" on North Korea, one of the ways it is hoping to turn up the heat is by deploying a high-powered anti-missile defense system to the region.
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Spicer Ignorance is
O'Reilly, gone like a "Fart in a Hurricane Wind"
No Life is outside the of the taking, when "Money" is involved.
When the ultimate Rich, demeans, and reduce the prize to a
simple human flash... captured in the soles of his/her shoe...
one has to "stop" and understand that you, as an employee,
no matter your status....,
is only a
Bill, you have now been "Fired", and you have been placed in a conscientious perspective that millions of Americans....
deal with daily.
Bill, your not a God,
you are not above being chastised,
you are not above being "Fired".
deal with the conscientious mental anguish that millions
have experienced after being fired....
For you..., you will not need to search for a job... but,,,,
you have been reduced to nothing more than these words
"your fired, and you will not be praised... you will be
equated to Bill Cosby" .
What's the Perfect Word for men like Manafort?
The Appropriate description of those rich men who get caught attempting to sell out to other nations.., all based on "greed" has to be a word that captures how truly gutless these men are..., to feel so repugnant to be willing to commit treason for a "$dollar".
The Word "Thug" is so callously and conveniently used to describe circumstance where a man, or a group of men, gather, and behave poorly, or express themselves boisterously, whom all happen to be "Black Men".
What's the conveniently applicable word that would meet the criteria for the many circumstance of men who are caught banking their huge sums of money in banks outside of the
United States of America,
in a effort to screw this nation of money from taxes of the money?
Hypocrite is insufficient... for these people who have the audacity to complain about the current state of America,
while they deamonize, bastardize, and undermine this nation ,
while living in mansions in gated communities, far away from the human beings who love this nation enough to take America's crappy and worthless members of congress
who serve these same men behind closed doors.
There simply has to be a word that fits perfectly...,
as the label for these type of American Men....
What Word Would You Use
to describe these extremely flawed men?
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