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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Two People Stabbed To Death In Portland While Standing Up To White Supremacist’s Hate Speech

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

As commuters in Portland, Oregon headed home Friday afternoon on a public transit MAX train, a passenger began screaming violent hate speech directed at a number of groups and religions. He particularly targeted two teenage girls, one of them black and one a Muslim wearing a hijab. When a few good samaritan male passengers attempted to calm the man and defend the girls, he stabbed two of them to death and hospitalized a third, according to witness reports.

Update: On Saturday afternoon, police identified the two men who died as 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley which borders Portland, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche of Southeast Portland. The third stabbing victim, who is not believed to have life-threatening injuries, is 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland.*

Authorities have since identified the perpetrator of the stabbing as 35-year-old Jeremy Christian, a known white supremacist.



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In Trump’s Budget, Both Epic Betrayal And Mathematical Fraud

Elect a fraudster to the presidency — remember Trump University and the Trump Foundation? — and he will soon deliver a fraudulent budget. What makes this presidential fraud’s first budget so special is its perpetration of egregious trickery on more than one level, simultaneously.

Aside from defense spending, the Trump budget violates nearly every programmatic promise he made to voters last year. And adding insult to real injuries, he pretends to fulfill his promise to balance the budget with fake numbers.

 Not only are the numbers phony, but they represent the most audacious mathematical con game in a federal budget that anyone in Washington can remember.

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The President Who Never Combed Gray Hair Turns 100

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

“An idealist without illusions,” John Fitzgerald Kennedy once defined himself. Note the cut of his jib, a few words to express an elegant thought. He sailed like that in life.

The president who tragically died at 46 never combed gray hair, as the Irish say about dying young. His 100th birthday is upon us Monday, May 29. Yo-Yo Ma, the great cellist, played at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to honor his memory. So I must do my part. I hope you don’t mind if I call him Jack.

I went to see the house where he lived when he was a senator in the 1950s.…

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