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Boom! Watch Trump Flail As Chuck Todd Finally Fact-Checks Him Into Oblivion (VIDEO)

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If you thought there could be nothing new under the sun, take a moment to enjoy the spectacular moment of bliss in which human doormat Chuck Todd finally couldn’t take Donald Trump’s relentless lies and called him out, leaving Trump screeching incoherently. It’s an instant classic.

Amid slipping poll numbers, Trump was on a Sunday morning media blitz when he phoned into Meet the Press with the typically docile Todd. Instead of getting five minutes to spread more lies, Trump was immediately confronted about his pathetic lies about Muslim Americans cheering the terror attacks on 9/11 from New Jersey.

Todd explained to Trump that his claim has been universally debunked by reporters from nearly every major news outlet in existence. In fact, even back in 2001 multiple reports noted that the idea that thousands of Muslims were cheering in America was false. Trump was left relying on a single paragraph from a single Washington Post article – whose reporter had already clarified was being completely misread by Trump.

Instead of admitting he was wrong, Trump claimed he had heard from “hundreds” of people recently that also saw Muslims cheering in New Jersey. He, of course, couldn’t provide any information that would allow reporters to fact-check their stories, however. Instead, he insisted Todd take it on faith. The NBC host wasn’t buying it.

“People were saying?” Todd asked in astonishment. “If I said, ‘Well, people have said Mr. Trump’s not worth $10 billion, and people were saying,’ you would say that’s crazy. You wouldn’t make a business deal based on retweets and based on hearsay.

You’re running for president of the United States. Your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters.”

For Trump and his supporters, facts really don’t matter. It’s enough to feel that tinge of xenophobia and conclude that it must be based on something other than stereotypes and bigotry.

While Trump has frequently lied throughout his campaign (at last count he has 15 “Pants of Fire” lies to his name, but the day is young), his lies about Muslims cheering the attacks on the World Trade Center are particularly galling for several reasons. First, it is so obviously false. To continue to insist that this happened means Trump is either so astoundingly dense that no amount of reality gets in or he’s being intentionally deceptive. But more importantly, Trump is promoting an ugly stereotype meant to paint American Muslims as “terrorist sympathizers.” It’s disgusting rhetoric that could lead to innocent people being targeted based on lies Trump refuses to apologize for.

Todd is an admittedly odd person to call Trump out on his lies. He once claimed that it wasn’t his responsibility to fact-check the people he was interviewing, after all. But it’s refreshing to see Trump get hit so hard with facts. It probably won’t dissuade his fanatical fans, but it sure makes Trump look unelectable to the wider public. For that, we do owe Todd a bit of gratitude. Let’s hope he doesn’t squander it.

JAMESON PARKER

H/t: DB

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10 things you need to know today: November 30, 2015

(AP Photo/Jacky Naegelen, Pool)

THE WEEK

1. More than 200 protesters arrested as high-stakes Paris climate talks open
French police arrested 200 people as protesters clashed with officers ahead of the Monday opening of climate change talks. Authorities had warned the public not to hold mass demonstrations under security rules imposed after the Paris terror attacks. Nearly 150 world leaders, including President Obama, are attending the opening of the two-week Conference of Parties or COP21 on cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. “What is at stake is the future of the planet, the future of life,” French President Hollande told participants as the talks opened.

Source: Time, The Telegraph

2. Planned Parenthood shooting suspect due in court
Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is scheduled to make his first court appearanceMonday on charges that he fatally shot a police officer and two others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Dear reportedly told authorities “no more baby parts” after his arrest. Planned Parenthood said “hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers”fueled the violence. GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, a vocal Planned Parenthood critic, said it was “typical left-wing tactics” to link anti-abortion rhetoric to the attack.

Source: The Associated Press, The Huffington Post

3. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant announces retirement
Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant announced Sunday that he would retire from the NBA after this season. “My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” the 37-year-old wrote on The Players Tribune in a letter that opened, “Dear Basketball.” Bryant has won five NBA titles in a career that began when he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th overall pick at age 17. Hampered by injuries since 2013, he is struggling this season, as has his team, which has a 2-13 record.

Source: Los Angeles Times

4. NSA ends bulk collection of phone data
The National Security Agency ended its program to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk Sunday. The secret Patriot Act program was brought to light by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013. Congress ordered it shut in June. The government has been testing a new system, which reportedly only allows intelligence officials to collect information on people and phones linked to foreign powers and terrorist groups.

Source: Politico, The Washington Post

5. Baltimore on edge as Freddie Gray police trials begin
Jury selection begins Monday in the first trial for one of the six Baltimore police officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who sustained a fatal spinal injury while in police custody in April. The death of Gray, 25, touched off mostly peaceful protests that turned violent on the day he was buried. The case fueled the national Black Lives Matter movement protesting mistreatment of African-Americans by police. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said “the future of the city is at stake” in the trials.

Source: The Associated Press

6. EU and Turkey seal deal on cutting refugee wave into Europe
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday reached a deal with European leaders to help reduce the flow of migrants to Europe. Under the agreement, the European Union will pay Turkey up to 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion). The EU says the money will be used to raise the quality of life for the 2.2 million Syrians currently in Turkey, providing them an incentive to stay. It will be paid out as Turkey meets certain benchmarks. Turkey also negotiated a new round of talks on joining the 28-member union.

Source: Reuters, BBC News

7. University of Chicago cancels Monday classes due to threat
The University of Chicago canceled classes on Monday after FBI counterterrorism officials notified the school of a threat of gun violence posted online. University President Robert Zimmer said in an email to the campus community that there would be an increased police and security presence on campus and in the surrounding area as the FBI investigated the threat. Zimmer said university officials decided to “exercise caution” due to the warning and “recent tragic events at other campuses across the country.”

Source: USA Today

8. Pope visits besieged Muslim neighborhood at end of Africa trip
Pope Francis, under heavy security, continued his call for peace in the Central African Republican during a visit to a volatile Muslim neighborhood in Bangui, the nation’s capital, on Monday. Residents of the neighborhood have been unable to leave since Christian militia fighters surrounded the area months ago. Violence between Christian and Muslim militants has killed thousands and forced nearly a million people to flee their homes since 2013. After the stop, Francis headed to a sports stadium for a final Mass before returning to Italy after a three-country Africa tour.

Source: The Associated Press

9. Amazon unveils new delivery-drone design
Amazon on Sunday released video of its new delivery-drone design. The craft takes off like a helicopter, then at an altitude of 400 feet flies forward like an airplane. The first prototype the online retail giant unveiled nearly two years ago, when it announced its intention to use drones for deliveries, carried the parcels underneath. The new one, which can fly up to 15 miles, carries packages in its fuselage. Amazon says it will launch its Prime Air service once it has “the regulatory support needed to safely realize our vision.”

Source: PC World

10. Adele’s 25 breaks first-week album sales record
Adele’s new album, 25, sold 3.38 million copies in its first week, smashing the record for debut sales, according to Nielsen Music. In fact,25 was the first album to pass the three million mark since Nielsen began tracking first-week purchases in 1991. The previous record was 2.4 million, set in 2000 by NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. 25 is now by far the best-selling album of the year, leaving the previous leader — Taylor Swift’s 1989 — far behind at 1.8 million.

Source: Billboard

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‘I’m not going to take it back’

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  • Donald Trump insisted on Sunday he was ‘100 percent right’ when he said he saw Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks  
  • Trump said he was getting an ‘unbelievable response’ from ‘hundreds’ of people who told him they also saw televised Muslim celebrations 
  • He said: ‘I saw it. So many people saw it. And, so, why would I take it back? I’m not going to take it back’  

Donald Trump insisted on Sunday he was ‘100 percent right’ when he said he saw Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

In a phone interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, the Republican presidential candidate said he was getting an ‘unbelievable response’ from ‘hundreds’ of people who told him they also saw televised Muslim celebrations of the September 11, 2001, attacks in Manhattan.

‘I saw it. So many people saw it. And, so, why would I take it back? I’m not going to take it back,’ said Trump, who has been among the most vocal of the Republican candidates in the race for the November 2016 election about Muslims living in the United States.

‘It did happen in New Jersey,’ Trump said. ‘I have hundreds of people that agree with me.’

Insistent: Donald Trump claimed on Sunday he was '100 percent right' when he said he saw Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks. Above he is pictured in Florida Saturday
Insistent: Donald Trump claimed on Sunday he was ‘100 percent right’ when he said he saw Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks. Above he is pictured in Florida Saturday

In a phone interview on NBC's Meet the Press, the Republican presidential candidate said he was getting an 'unbelievable response' from 'hundreds' of people who told him they also saw televised Muslim celebrations

In a phone interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, the Republican presidential candidate said he was getting an ‘unbelievable response’ from ‘hundreds’ of people who told him they also saw televised Muslim celebrations

Trump  rejected the assertion made by NBC anchor Chuck Todd (above) that 'this didn't happen in New Jersey'

Trump  rejected the assertion made by NBC anchor Chuck Todd (above) that ‘this didn’t happen in New Jersey’

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The One Difference Between Democrat and GOP Responses to the Planned Parenthood Shooting

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POLICY.MIC

After a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, three people were confirmed dead — including one police officer — and many more injured. In the wake of the attack, people tweeted messages of grief, hope and solidarity to Colorado Springs. People who utilized Planned Parenthood, those who believe in the nonprofit’s mission (including model Chrissy Teigen) and many prominent politicians joined in the outpouring of messages. Except, that is, 13 of the 14 Republican presidential candidates.

After the attack, all three Democratic presidential candidates shared messages of support to Planned Parenthood.

The first tweet to appear was former from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at 5:36 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders showed support for those in Colorado Springs late Friday night, as well.

By Saturday morning, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had also sent a message of solidarity to the people in Colorado.

On Saturday, President Obama released a statement on the attacks, saying “This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal.”

As of press time, only one Republican candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has issued a statement on Friday’s shooting. However, his tweet made no specific mention of Planned Parenthood and instead focused on those who were killed, their families and the first responders.

As recently as August, Cruz had led a rally in opposition to Planned Parenthood. His campaign website has a whole page dedicated to defunding the organization.

While Cruz at least mentioned the shooting, since Friday morning most GOP candidates have only tweetedboilerplate campaign videos, attacked Obama’s foreign policy or hawked Black Friday campaign deals on sunglasses and cold weather bundles. After an incident in which he seemed to be mocking a reporter with disabilities, Donald Trump spent his time on Twitter reminding followers that he’s spent more money than anyone in America helping people living with disabilities.

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Trump Cancels Press Conference After Black Pastors Clarify Meeting Isn’t Endorsement

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PicMonkey Collage - TrumpWhile Donald Trump will indeed be meeting with a coalition of black pastors tomorrow, it seems that a press conference that was supposed to occur afterwards has been thrown out after many of those invited said the discussion would not equate to an endorsement.

CBS noted that Trump’s campaign said multiple times last week that he would be hosting 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders at Trump Tower; the press event afterwards was reportedly billed as an endorsement. However, new reports indicate that the campaign has scrapped the event after several of these invited leaders said that don’t support Trump as much as he may believe.

“On Monday, Mr. Trump will host an informational meet and greet with many members of the Coalition of African American Ministers,” said spokeswoman Hope Hicks in a statement today. “This is not a press event, but a private meeting, after which, a number of attendees are expected to endorse Mr. Trump’s campaign for President. This is closed to press and therefore no media credentials will be provided.”

Los Angeles Bishop Clarence McClendon, who wrote on Facebook that he declined his invitation, and that the meeting was initially presented before him as a discussion, not an endorsement. “I am not officially endorsing ANY candidate and when I do you will NOT need to hear it from pulpitting courtjesters who suffer from intellectual and spiritual myopia,” McClendon wrote.

McClendon’s opinion seems to be shared by Bishops Paul S. Morton of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, and “Preachers of Detroit” figure Corletta Vaughn. Vaughn said online that Trump “is an insult and embarrassment. But he represents the country we have become,” and Morton posted this message to his followers on Twitter:

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Black films matter: why Chi-Raq and Beasts of No Nation are game-changers

Chi-Raq (Nick Cannon) in Spike Lee’s ‘blistering comeback’.

Chi-Raq (Nick Cannon) in Spike Lee’s ‘blistering comeback’. Photograph: Parrish Lewis

THE GUARDIAN

Spike Lee’s gang satire and the Idris Elba war drama couldn’t get made in the traditional Hollywood system. Why did it take streaming sites to make two of the year’s best films?

This time last year, the curtain was raised on the whitest awards season in recent memory. This was despite the presence of a black woman as the president of the Academy, and a well-reviewed biopic of Martin Luther King from an African-American director. So overwhelmingly Caucasian were the bulk of the nominees that #OscarsSoWhite started trending on Twitter.

Spike Lee recently commented that it is easier to become a black president of the US than a black studio head, correctly assessing a business still defined by decisions made by white people. “The industry at large remains painfully homogeneous in its ethnicity and social background,” says Screen International’s Andreas Wiseman. “However, film and TV audiences continue to diversify. Around 40% of the US population is non-white. That diversity won’t be fully reflected in the films selected at the Oscars this year [where the acting frontrunners include usual suspects Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio], but the size of those audiences will help to slowly move the dial. The online players are responding to that.”

While recent years have seen Netflix documentaries such as Virunga and The Square score Oscar nominations, this looks set to be the first year where two fiction films made by streaming platforms may figure in the race for the key categories. Yet more striking is that both these contenders are films with predominantly black casts dealing with issues that Hollywood often dodges. In October, Netflix unveiled Beasts of No Nation, an uncompromising drama starring Idris Elba as a fearsome warlord in charge of an army of child soldiers in an unnamed African country. It’s a film that steers clear of cliche – and the need to filter the atrocities through a white viewpoint.

But its troubled route to the small screen (before being picked up by Netflix, the film’s budget came from a bond company) was “without a doubt” down to the colour of the cast, according to the director, Cary Fukunaga. “The studios are in the business of making money, so if the numbers show that X subject delivers Y amount of money, then they are going to finance those projects,” he said to the Guardian earlier this year. “As long as the films are about this white person’s issue and that white person’s issue, they’re going to continue to make those films.”

Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation.

Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation. Photograph: Netflix

Next month sees the release of Amazon Studios’ Chi-Raq, a blistering comeback for director Spike Lee that takes a satirical yet impassioned look at escalating gun crime in the US (the title hat-tips slang referencing the similarity between murder rates in Chicago and Iraq). The script’s urgency and topicality – during the five weeks of production, 65 people were shot and killed in the city – has led to controversy, with the families of victims and the mayor of Chicago expressing concern over Lee’s intentions. (The director hit back, saying that it was the crime itself that was giving the city a bad name, not his movie.) But as the first post-Ferguson film to deal with issues of racism, poverty and weaponry in contemporary America, it’s an undeniably vital addition to a season dominated by films possessed by the past.

Lee has remained outspoken throughout his career, on topics from the government’s handling of Hurricane Katrina to racism within the entertainment industry, but has recently struggled to secure an audience – and a budget – for his films. His “black vampire” film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, was funded through Kickstarter, while the Brooklyn-based drama Red Hook Summer failed to take even $500,000. Despite the timeliness of Chi-Raq and the starry cast (Samuel L Jackson, John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson), the road to production wasn’t easy – until the new outfit stepped in.

Amazon’s $15m (£9.9m) outlay for Chi-Raq represents a substantial investment in a film that focuses on a minority narrative from a director who isn’t exactly a safe commercial bet. Like Beasts, Chi-Raq will have a limited theatrical release before being available to watch online. “There are economic reasons behind those decisions,” says Wiseman. “Studies have shown that the growing proportion of ethnic minorities in the US and UK are over-represented among buyers of cinema tickets and in digital film consumption.”

On TV, Amazon and Netflix have also offset a disappointing landscape for LGBT characters with groundbreaking shows such as Transparent and Orange Is the New Black. The companies are young and willing to take risks, with Netflix recently plunging $50m into an unconventional monster movie directed by Korean director Bong Joon-ho and starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal.

But it remains to be seen whether the Academy will respond positively to Beasts and Chi-Raq. The two major films with black characters that have excelled with the Academy in recent years have been The Help and 12 Years a Slave, which saw wins for Octavia Spencer and Lupita Nyong’o – but playing a maid and a slave, respectively. Last year’s Selma snub was seen as a clear sign that black agency is still feared by the voters. “David Oyelowo’s performance deserved at least a mention,” film-maker John Akomfrahtold the Guardian earlier this year. “He didn’t get it because he was playing a black character who was in control or was attempting to be in control, and that much is indisputable.”

In March, Selma’s director, Ava DuVernay, concurred. “The studios aren’t lining up to make films about black protagonists,” she said. “Black people being autonomous and independent.” This year has seen the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, become a surprise success, making $200m worldwide, while the diversely cast Fast & Furious 7 broke records with $1.5bn. A UCLA study from March showed that it’s not audiences who are the problem, but rather “an industry culture that routinely devalues the talent of minorities and women”.

Beasts and Chi-Raq are both passionate polemics about black characters dealing with seemingly insurmountable odds without help from kindly white folk. They also have unconventional release strategies, which might put off the more traditional voters. It’s quite possible that #OscarsSoWhite will be trending again very soon. “I’m hopeful that might not be accurate, but if it is, it’s not a big surprise,” says Willmott. “You can’t be nominated if they don’t make those films. The surprise is when there are several African-American nominees.”

H/t: Majida

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Peace symbol-wearing Muslim girl to Trump: I heard you wanted us to wear badges so I chose one for myself

Marwa Balkar (Facebook)

Marwa Balkar (Facebook)

THE RAW STORY

A young Muslim woman is being commended for writing an open letter to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump blasting him for saying Muslim Americans should be tracked by the government and have special identification.

Marwa Balkar, 22, of the Southern California city Corona, posted the letter last week, and since then it has garnered more than half a million “likes” on Facebook, including from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Balkar posted a picture of herself wearing a peace symbol on her shirt.

“We are still Americans, and I feel like if he’s running to be the leader of our nation, he shouldn’t be alienating us,” she told ABC7.

Balkar said Trump has yet to respond.

“I heard you wanted us to start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself. I am not easily identifiable as a #Muslim just by looking at me, so my new badge will let me display proudly who I am. I chose the peace sign because it represents my #Islam,” she wrote. “I heard you want to track us as well. Great! You can come with me on my Cancer Awareness walks at the local middle school, or you can follow me to work where it’s my job to create happiness. You can also see how my local mosque makes PB&J sandwiches for the homeless and hosts interfaith dinners where everyone is welcome.”

Her post was also shared more than 150,000 times and received more than 1,000 glowing comments.

“Marwa you have more love and compassion and integrity in your heart than Donald Trump has and we can only pray that one day his eyes and ears will be opened to the truth,” one woman wrote. “Good on you for being a remarkable human being Bless you heaps.”

Balkar told ABC she’s gotten messages of support from all over the world.

H/t: DB

 

 

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The Bush presidency was my fault: I am so sorry my work stopped the Florida recount

The Bush presidency was my fault: I am so sorry my work stopped the Florida recount

Broward County canvassing board member Judge Robert Rosenberg examines a disputed absentee ballot Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000; George W. Bush. (Credit: AP/Wilfredo Lee/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

SALON

An example of an extremely significant, decidedly unintended result of a relatively tiny event can be nightmarish. This one is, at least for me. It concerns the role I played in getting George W. Bush elected president in 2000. That I was the butterfly whose fluttering cascaded into Bush’s election still pains me. I had written an op-ed for the New York Times titled “We’re Measuring Bacteria with a Yardstick” in which I argued that the vote in Florida had been so close that the gross apparatus of the state’s electoral system was incapable of discerning the difference between the candidates’ vote totals. Given the problems with the hanging chads, the misleading ballots (in retrospect, aptly termed “butterfly ballots”), the missing and military ballots, a variety of other serious flaws and the six million votes cast, there really was no objective reality of the matter.

Later when the Florida Supreme Court weighed in, Chief Justice Charles T. Wells cited me in his dissent from the majority decision of the rest of his court to allow for a manual recount of the undervote in Florida. Summarizing the legal maneuverings, I simply note that in part because of Wells’s dissent the ongoing recount was discontinued, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and George Bush was (s)elected president.

Specifically, Judge Wells wrote, “I agree with a quote by John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics at Temple University, when he wrote that, ‘the margin of error in this election is far greater than the margin of victory, no matter who wins.’ Further judicial process will not change this self-evident fact and will only result in confusion and disorder.” (Incidentally, the CNN senior political analyst at the time, Jeff Greenfield, cited the quote in his book on the 2000 presidential election, “Oh, Waiter! One Order of Crow!,” and wrote, “The single wisest word about Florida was delivered not by a pundit but by mathematician John Allen Paulos.” I doubt, however, that Greenfield thought it was reason to stop the recount.)

I was surprised and flattered, I admit, by the judge but also very distressed that my words were used to support a position with which I disagreed. Vituperative e-mails I received didn’t help. Many were angry that I would support Bush. Some were clearly demented. With all due respect to these correspondents and the esteemed judge, I believed and still believe that the statistical tie in the Florida election supported a conclusion opposite to the one Wells drew. The tie seemed to lend greater weight to the fact that Al Gore received almost half a million more popular votes nationally than did Bush. If anything, the dead heat in Florida could be seen as giving Gore’s national plurality the status of a moral tiebreaker. At the very least the decision of the rest of the court to allow for a manual recount should have been honored since Florida’s vote was pivotal in the Electoral College. Even flipping a commemorative Gore-Bush coin in the capitol in Tallahassee would have been justified since the vote totals were essentially indistinguishable.

Historical counterfactuals are always dubious undertakings, but I doubt very much that the United States would have gone to war in Iraq had Gore been president. I also think strong environmental legislation would have been pursued and implemented under him. Was I responsible for Bush’s presidency? No, of course not; butterflies can’t be held responsible for the unpredictable tsunamis that in retrospect can be traced to their fluttering and to a myriad of other intermediate events. Still, every once in a while, the guiltifying thought that the unwarranted Iraq War was my fault does occur to me.

H/t: DB

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10 things you need to know today: November 29, 2015

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THE WEEK

1. Planned Parenthood vows to reopen Colorado Springs clinic soon
Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains President Vicki Cowart vowedSaturday to reopen the Colorado Springs, Colorado, clinic soon. None of the clinic’s 15 employees in the building at the time were wounded when a gunman fatally shot three people Friday. “We will adapt,” Cowart said. “We will square our shoulders and we will go on.” The clinic went under lockdown as the gunman reportedly wasn’t able to make it past a locked door leading to the main part of the facility.

Source: The Guardian, The Associated Press

2. Suspected Planned Parenthood gunman reportedly known to South Carolina authorities
Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is being held without bond in connection withFriday’s fatal shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dear, who authorities say has an address in Hartsel, about an hour away from Colorado Springs, has reportedly been investigated as many as nine times by authorities in North and South Carolina. Though no official motive for the shooting has been announced, several outlets are reporting an anonymous law enforcement official heard Dear say “no more baby parts” after his arrest.

Source: BuzzFeed News, The Associated Press

3. Ben Carson visits Syrian refugees in Jordan
After meeting Syrian refugees in Jordan on Saturday, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson said he still does not want the U.S. to accept them. The retired neurosurgeon called the refugees he met in the Azraq camp “very hard working, determined people” that neighboring Middle Eastern countries should accept. Many Republican presidential candidates, governors, and legislators have called on the White House to modify its plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, citing security concerns in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks.

Source: Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press

4. Cleveland prosecutor releases enhanced images of Tamir Rice shooting
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty released 326 enhanced images Saturday showing a frame-by-frame analysis of the November 2014 fatal shooting by Cleveland police officers of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy carrying a toy gun. The images seemingly back up reports released by the prosecutor suggesting Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot Rice, may have believed Rice was armed with a real gun. The Rice family’s attorneys are challenging that notion and asking the prosecutor to let their own use-of-force experts testify before the grand jury.

Source: The Plain Dealer, USA Today

5. Prominent Kurdish lawyer killed in Turkey
Tahir Elçi, a prominent Kurdish human rights lawyer, was fatally shot in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on Saturday. Two Turkish police officers also died. It was not clear who was responsible for the attack, and there was disagreement over whether Elçi was targeted as part of an ongoing violent conflict between Kurdish militants and the Turkish state. “In the place left by Tahir Elçi, thousands more Tahir Elçis will carry on the work in the struggle for law and justice,” the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party said in a statement.

Source: The New York Times

6. Pope Francis calls for peace in Central African Republic
In his first visit to an active war zone, Pope Francis relayed a message of peace to the Central African Republic on Sunday. Due to violence between Christian and Muslim militants, thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others have been displaced since 2013. “My wish for you, and for all Central Africans, is peace,” Francis said at a refugee camp in Bangui, the nation’s capital. The pope’s visit is the last stop on his trip to Africa.

Source: The Associated Press, CNN

7. ‘Baby Doe’ Bella Bond buried in private funeral
A private funeral service was held for “Baby Doe” Bella Bond, the Massachusetts 2-year-old whose unidentified body was found in a bag in June, prompting a months-long investigation of her death. “That gives us some good feeling that as she rests, she can look down and say that she was loved,” said Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop). Michael McCarthy and Bond’s mother, Rachelle, have both pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and being an accessory after the fact, respectively.

Source: ABC News, WCBV

8. Burkina Faso holds first vote since 2014 uprising
Burkina Faso residents took to the polls to elect a new leader Sunday in what experts called the most democratic vote in the West African nation’s history. In October 2014, a political uprising ousted then-President Blaise Compaoré, who had ruled for 27 years after taking power in a coup. There are 14 candidates on the ballot, two of which analysts say have good shots at winning. Results are expected as early as Monday, with a runoff to follow if no one candidate earns a simple majority.

Source: Al Jazeera, Reuters

9. Researchers confident King Tut’s tomb has hidden chamber
Researchers are now 90 percent sure there’s a hidden chamber behind the tomb of King Tutankhamun, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said at a news conference Saturday. British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves published a paper earlier in 2015 with his findings from examining detailed scans of King Tut’s tomb, suggesting there are two secret doorways that have gone untouched since the 14th century B.C. One might lead to a storeroom, and the other to the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, whose burial site has long been a mystery for researchers.

Source: Reuters, NPR

10. Matt Jones tops Jordan Spieth by 1 stroke in Australian Open win
Matt Jones shot 8-under 276 in the 72-hole Australian Open to beat defending champ Jordan Spieth by one stroke Sunday. Jones led by three strokes going into the final day, and managed to stay ahead in spite of shooting a bogey, double-bogey, and triple-bogey on the front nine. Adam Scott tied Spieth for second place. “I battled away today,” Jones said. “I could have let it slip and let it get away easily, but I fought it out.”

Source: ESPN