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Minn. GOP chair apologizes for Facebook post calling Ellison 'Muslim Goat Humper'

Minn. legislator calls Ellison a Muslim goat-humperMinnesota's state Republican Party chairwoman on Tuesday apologized to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) after a Facebook post referred to the Muslim lawmaker as “Minnesota’s Head Muslim Goat Humper.”

The now-deleted message — posted on the official Facebook page of Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District Republican Party — featured the text superimposed over a picture of Ellison, asking: "Does this mean Muslim Refugees coming to Western Minnesota?"

Jennifer Carnahan referred to the post as "repugnant hate speech" in an interview with the Star Tribune.

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Trump calls for a 'good shutdown' in September

Trump calls for good showdown of governmentPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday seemingly called for an end to the legislative filibuster in the Senate and suggested that a government shutdown in September might be “good” in order to accomplish his policy goals without interference from Democrats.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill managed to avoid the imminent threat of a government shutdown late last week and over the weekend, first passing a stop-gap one-week funding bill and then agreeing on a deal to fund the government through the end of September.

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Cops change their story after an officer kills unarmed teen outside a party

Texas teen killed by police who change storyPolice in a Dallas suburb have changed their story on the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a teenager outside a house party over the weekend.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber initially said a car was moving "aggressively" toward officers when one of them fired into it Saturday night, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, but the chief told reporters Monday he "misspoke."

Haber said body camera footage of the incident showed the car was driving forward, away from the officers, not reversing toward them.

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State Department issues travel alert for Europe this summer

Travel alert issued for european travelThe U.S. State Department urged citizens going to Europe this summer to be extra vigilant, issuing a travel alert to the continued threat of terrorist attacks.

The alert cited recent attacks in France, which will elect a new president next week, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

"While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks," the alert said.

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Former South Carolina Cop to Plead Guilty in Walter Scott's Death

Cop in Walter Scott killing pleads guiltyA white former South Carolina police officer planned to plead guilty Tuesday to violating the civil rights of an unarmed black motorist he shot and killed as the man ran from a 2015 traffic stop, according to a copy of the plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press.

The 13-page document also notes that as part of the deal, state prosecutors would drop a pending murder charge against Michael Slager, effectively bringing to a close both parallel cases against the former North Charleston police officer.

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Dallas Paramedic Shot Treating Shooting Victim; Gunman, 2nd Person Found Dead

Dallas paramedic shotThe gunman suspected of opening fire on and critically wounding a Dallas paramedic providing aid to a shooting victim Monday morning has been found dead inside a home along with another deceased person, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed Monday afternoon.

The injured Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic is in critical but stable condition and has been moved to the ICU after undergoing surgery. Rawlings said the paramedic will need additional surgeries and extensive medical treatment to fully recover.

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Trump set to hand key family planning role to anti-contraception advocate

Trump set to appoint anti contraception woman to HHS roleDonald Trump has reportedly appointed to a position overseeing the US’s family planning safety net a law professor who once stated that “contraception doesn’t work” and “family planning is something that occurs between a husband and a wife and God, and it doesn’t really involve the federal government.”

The prospect of Teresa Manning becoming deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, first reported by PoliticoPro, has led reproductive rights activists to demand that Trump withdraw the appointment, saying his choice could jeopardize the federal program responsible for preventing millions of unplanned pregnancies, and by extension, abortions.

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Thousands expected to hit the streets for May Day protests

Thousands expected to hit the streets for May Day protestsHundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets Monday in massive May Day events across the USA mostly protesting the policies of President Trump.

May Day — also known as International Worker’s Day — has spawned protests around the globe in past years highlighting workers’ rights. But on Monday, the impetus for the U.S. marches span from immigrants' rights to LGBT awareness to police misconduct.

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Fox News Channel gets rocked AGAIN: big boss Bill Shine is out

Shine out at FOXAnother day, another Earthquake in the executive suite at Fox News.

Bill Shine, the right-leaning news channel's co-president, and a loyal lieutenant of disgraced Fox News boss Roger Ailes, has resigned just a week after the network axed its star, Bill O'Reilly under a seething cloud of sexual harassment allegations.

Fox chief Rupert Murdoch broke the news to staffers in a memo Monday.

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