ICE begins roundups of undocumented immigrants

The deportation raids announced by Donald Trump are sparking new protests across the country.

  • Trump defends people who 'love' the Confederate flag and says they're 'not thinking about slavery'
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    Trump defends people who 'love' the Confederate flag and says they're 'not thinking about slavery'

    Associated Press President Donald Trump defended people who support the Confederate flag and said they don't necessarily support it because of the Confederacy's deep-rooted ties to slavery. "Well, people love it, and I don't view — I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery," Trump told CBS News in an interview. Confederate leaders explicitly laid out in their constitution that the main goal of the Confederacy was to preserve slavery.

  • Iran executes defense ministry staffer as alleged CIA spy
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    Iran executes defense ministry staffer as alleged CIA spy

    Iran has executed a former employee of the defense ministry who was convicted of spying on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, the country's judiciary said Tuesday. The report said Reza Asgari was executed last week. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Asgari had worked in the airspace department of the ministry and retired in 2016.

  • Florida man arrested for spray painting anti-racism messages on 100 stop signs
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    Florida man arrested for spray painting anti-racism messages on 100 stop signs

    A Florida man is facing felony charges after allegedly spray painting anti-racism phrases on 100 stop signs, according to the Port Orange Police Department. The word “racism” or the phrase “I can't breathe” were found spray-painted beneath the word “Stop" on stop signs around Port Orange causing an estimated $12,500 in damage last month, according to police records. 'I can't breathe' has been uttered by dozens of people who died after being restrained by police, and became a rallying cry against police brutality after the high-profile deaths of Eric Garner in 2014 and George Floyd in May.

  • US Postmaster General tells postal workers to leave mail behind if it slows down their route
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    US Postmaster General tells postal workers to leave mail behind if it slows down their route

    Mario Tama/Getty Images The US Postal Service's new Postmaster General has established new cost-saving policies that could slow down mail service. Mail carriers are being told to leave mail behind at distribution centers rather than taking late trips, taking extra trips, or logging overtime, according to memos first reported on by The Washington Post and subsequently reviewed by Business Insider. The Postal Service is on financially shaky ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Business Insider previously reporting that it may run out of cash by the end of September.

  • Reuters

    Chinese university sacks professor who criticised President Xi, friends say

    A Beijing law professor who has been an outspoken critic of China's President Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party was fired by his university after being released from a nearly week-long detention, his friends said. Xu Zhangrun, a constitutional law professor at the prestigious Tsinghua University, returned home on Sunday morning, six days after he was taken away by police. In a text message showed to Reuters by one of his friends, Xu told the friend that he had been "relieved of teaching and public positions" by Tsinghua University.

  • Fact check: Rep. Ilhan Omar was not photographed at an al-Qaida training camp
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    Fact check: Rep. Ilhan Omar was not photographed at an al-Qaida training camp

    When Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was sworn into office in January 2019, she became one of the first two Muslim women in Congress,  alongside Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. Throughout her term, Omar has faced vitriolic, racist comments and threats from her political opponents and members of the American public. Omar's religion is often central to the attacks, with people accusing her of treason and association with al-Qaida.

  • 'I didn't do it': Executed federal prisoner used final words to plead innocence
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    'I didn't do it': Executed federal prisoner used final words to plead innocence

    The first man executed by the US federal government in 17 years protested his innocence in his final words before his sentence was carried out on Tuesday. Asked if he wanted to give a final statement before the lethal injection procedure, Lee reportedly said “I bear no responsibility for the deaths of the Mueller family.” Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday at a US penitentiary in Indiana.

  • Pro-Police Agitators and Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash in Brooklyn
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    Pro-Police Agitators and Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash in Brooklyn

    During multiple incidents in Brooklyn, N.Y. over the weekend, groups of dueling demonstrators supporting the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement became engaged in physical altercations. Video footage from the scene shows, on numerous occasions, people in attendance to support the NYPD directing racist, sexist and vulgar language at smaller groups of BLM supporters. Videos of violent interactions between the two groups spread widely over social media, in particular on Sunday night, as did examples of aggressive policing by NYPD officers.

  • 21 Best Wall-Mounted Planters to Infuse Your Space With Greenery
    Architectural Digest

    21 Best Wall-Mounted Planters to Infuse Your Space With Greenery

    Create living wall art that will freshen up any space Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Biden Threatens to Eliminate Filibuster If Republicans Prove Uncooperative
    National Review

    Biden Threatens to Eliminate Filibuster If Republicans Prove Uncooperative

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden expressed on Monday a willingness to eliminate the Senate's practice of imposing a 60-vote threshold for most legislation, contingent upon Republicans' behavior. “I think it's gonna depend on how obstreperous they become,” he said of Senate Republicans in a wide-ranging Zoom interview with reporters, the Washington Post reported. “I have not supported the elimination of the filibuster because it's been used as often … the other way around [for Republicans' benefit], but I think you have to just take a look at it.”

  • Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions 'hijacked'
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    Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions 'hijacked'

    An oil tanker sought by the U.S. over allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a seafarers organization said Wednesday. Satellite photos showed the vessel in Iranian waters on Tuesday and two of its sailors remained in the Iranian capital. It wasn't immediately clear what happened aboard the Dominica-flagged MT Gulf Sky, though its reported hijacking comes after months of tensions between Iran and the U.S. David Hammond, the CEO of the United Kingdom-based group Human Rights at Sea, said he took a witness statement from the captain of the MT Gulf Sky, confirming the ship had been hijacked.

  • Daniel Lewis Lee: US executes first federal prisoner in 17 years
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    Daniel Lewis Lee: US executes first federal prisoner in 17 years

    US murderer Daniel Lewis Lee has been put to death, hours after the Supreme Court allowed the first executions of federal inmates in 17 years. Several executions were initially delayed when a judge ruled on Monday that there were still unresolved legal challenges. The condemned prisoners had argued that lethal injections constitute "cruel and unusual punishments".

  • An international student said the Trump administration rescinding its deportation threat is a relief, but the whiplash is unsettling
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    An international student said the Trump administration rescinding its deportation threat is a relief, but the whiplash is unsettling

    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on July 6 that international students who were taking courses entirely online would not be allowed to remain in the US. The new policy was met with immediate backlash as 17 states and Washington, DC, filed a lawsuit to block the motion while Harvard and MIT led a similar suit that quickly garnered the support of 200 more universities. An international student told Insider that while she is happy about the rollback, she is still unsettled by the inconsistency of the Trump administration on potentially life-altering issues for students like her.

  • Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’
    The Daily Beast

    Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’

    Geoffrey Berman, formerly the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was brought in for a closed-door session of the Judiciary Committee on July 9 to talk about the events surrounding Barr's public announcement on June 19 that Berman had “stepped down” from his post, even though the U.S. attorney made clear to Barr multiple times that he was not stepping down. The next day, Berman said he would leave the job when Barr agreed to let his deputy take over as acting U.S. attorney, as opposed to Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, whom Barr wanted to install in the position until the Trump administration's pick, Securities and Exchange Commission chief Jay Clayton, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

  • Virginia police are searching for people posting flyers calling on residents to 'pray for white Americans in 2020'
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    Virginia police are searching for people posting flyers calling on residents to 'pray for white Americans in 2020'

    Virginia police are investigating white supremacist flyers that are appearing in local resident mailboxes across the state.

  • 'Why would I donate to my host?' Airbnb guests perplexed by 'kindness card' email suggesting extra payments
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    'Why would I donate to my host?' Airbnb guests perplexed by 'kindness card' email suggesting extra payments

    Airbnb  sent emails to guests suggesting they send "kindness cards" to their hosts – including an optional monetary contribution – which has irked many a guest on social media. "Like all of us, hosts on Airbnb are impacted by COVID-19, and many of them are unable to welcome guests," the email reads. Once users click "send a kindness card," they're able to choose a host, pick the style of card, add a note and opt for how much they'd like to pay.

  • Doctors in France have found the world's first recorded case of an unborn child contracting COVID-19 from their mother while inside the womb
    Business Insider

    Doctors in France have found the world's first recorded case of an unborn child contracting COVID-19 from their mother while inside the womb

    The paper's lead author said "pregnant women should be reassured" because "in most cases there will be no damage to the baby." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Video: 6 months of the coronavirus pandemic reviewed in 6 minutes Doctors in France have reported what they say is the first confirmed case of an unborn child contracting the coronavirus from their mother while still in the womb.

  • 'We absolutely have to': Pelosi willing to cancel August recess for deal on another coronavirus relief package
    The Independent

    'We absolutely have to': Pelosi willing to cancel August recess for deal on another coronavirus relief package

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi will delay or cancel Congress' August recess if negotiators need more time to reach a deal on a coronavirus relief package that is expected to include a renewal of beefed-up unemployment benefits and more federal assistance to state governments in order to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Cancelling the August recess would be a highly unusual move in an election year. Republican congressional leaders and White House economic advisers have increasingly signalled their willingness in recent weeks to engage Democrats on another coronavirus relief package, though the parties are still weeks away from a deal.

  • 'Difficult to attack vanilla': Trump's throwing everything at Biden, but nothing is sticking
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    'Difficult to attack vanilla': Trump's throwing everything at Biden, but nothing is sticking

    President Donald Trump and his campaign have spent months deploying a series of attacks depicting Joe Biden as weak, unfit and a tool of leftists. On Tuesday, Trump stood in the Rose Garden and went on a non-stop nearly hour-long anti-Biden rant, spraying a variety of broadsides at the former vice president, on everything from China policy to immigration to policing and much more. In what may have been his wildest attack, Trump claimed Biden's housing policy would "abolish the suburbs."

  • 8 Marines Earn Valor Awards for Daring Afghanistan Helo Raid with Hours of Close Combat
    Military.com

    8 Marines Earn Valor Awards for Daring Afghanistan Helo Raid with Hours of Close Combat

    A Marine master sergeant blasted his way into a building filled with at least eight Taliban fighters in an attempt to save an Afghan comrade during an hours-long fight in which he braved point-blank gunfire and grenade blasts, earning him the nation's third-highest valor award. The master sergeant was one of eight Marine Raiders recognized by Marine Forces Special Operations Command for their actions during the April 10, 2019, mission in southern Afghanistan. Three other Raiders -- a major and two staff sergeants -- were awarded Bronze Stars with combat "V" devices for their roles in the raid.

  • Black Leaders Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit as Shootings Spike
    National Review

    Black Leaders Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit as Shootings Spike

    Leaders in the black community are calling on the New York Police Department to bring back the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit that was eliminated last month as shootings and murders spike across the city. About 600 undercover officers from the unit were set to be transferred to other assignments including detective work and policing neighborhoods, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said a month ago. The anti-crime unit, which was responsible for getting guns off the streets, had been criticized as stoking distrust in law enforcement in minority communities.

  • 'MythBusters' Host Grant Imahara, Dead at 49, Embodied the Pop Mech Spirit
    Popular Mechanics

    'MythBusters' Host Grant Imahara, Dead at 49, Embodied the Pop Mech Spirit

    The brilliant roboticist and master tinkerer inspired a generation of makers. From Popular Mechanics

  • International students are losing their 'idealized vision' of the US and weighing options to leave the country if Trump wins in November
    INSIDER

    International students are losing their 'idealized vision' of the US and weighing options to leave the country if Trump wins in November

    Gabriella de Lorenzo The US Immigration Custom and Enforcement agency said in a July 6 announcement that international students taking courses entirely online would not be allowed to remain in the US. Some international students that are relying on visas to continue their education told Insider that they are unsettled by the new ICE guidelines which may jeopardize their ability to stay in the country. Students say the Trump administration's anti-immigration stance has changed their "idealized vision" of study or work in the US – one even says she's considering "transferring from the US to another country" depending on the presidential election in November.

  • Philippine police deployed as virus cases forced into quarantine
    AFP

    Philippine police deployed as virus cases forced into quarantine

    Philippine police are being deployed to ensure people who test positive for the coronavirus and cannot self-isolate at home are taken to state-run quarantine centres, sparking warnings Wednesday of potential rights violations. The move comes as authorities step up efforts to slow the rapid spread of the disease by increasing testing, reimposing lockdowns, and building dozens of quarantine centres to isolate patients with mild symptoms. To clamp down on local transmission, police are accompanying health workers to the homes of people who have tested positive and taking them to government facilities if their homes are considered inadequate for self-isolation or if they live with "vulnerable" p...

  • Coastal flooding in US will continue to increase as seas rise, report says
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    Coastal flooding in US will continue to increase as seas rise, report says

    "Nuisance" or "sunny day" high-tide flooding is becoming more commonplace in the U.S., and a federal report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that such flooding will worsen in the decades to come as seas continue to rise. “America's coastal communities and their economies are suffering from the effects of high-tide flooding, and it's only going to increase in the future,” said Nicole LeBoeuf, acting director of NOAA's National Ocean Service. As sea-level rise continues, damaging floods that decades ago happened only during a storm now happen more regularly, such as during a full-moon tide or with a change in prevailing winds or currents, according to NOAA.