(Washington, DC) — The House has passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s attacks on four minority Democrats. The Democratic resolution calls Trump’s comments racist. Yesterday’s vote was mostly along party lines, though four Republicans did join Democrats in voting for the resolution.
A controversy grew after a weekend tweet from Trump saying the lawmakers should go back to their countries. The Democratic women are all American citizens, with only one having been born outside the U.S.
Four Republicans voted with Democrats to condemn President Trump. Congresswoman Susan Brooks of Indiana is retiring after this session. The other three who voted with Democrats in calling the tweet “racist” are Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan. All three represent moderate districts and face competitive elections.
(Chicago, IL-AP) — R-and-B singer R Kelly is staying behind bars. A federal judge ordered he be held without bond on sex crime charges.
This means Kelly will be taken from Chicago to New York to face a separate count of allegedly sexually abusing girls across the country. Kelly was arrested Thursday evening and faces a total of 18 charges in Chicago and New York.
Kelly’s attorney argue there’s no evidence he’s a risk to children, but prosecutors say the 52-year-old is an “extreme danger.”
(South Bend, IN-AP) -A white Indiana police officer who fatally shot a black man is resigning. Yesterday, officials said Sergeant Ryan O’Neil has resigned after having to deal with job-related stress, a lawsuit and the negative media attention.
On June 16th, O’Neill fatally shot 53-year-old Eric Logan after he allegedly approached the officer with a knife. The death sparked a huge controversy because O’Neill’s body camera wasn’t on so the shooting wasn’t recorded.
Many locals became angry with Democratic presidential nominee and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, because he launched the body camera initiative.
Buttigieg also already faced heat for demoting the city’s first black police chief.
(AP) – Seventy current and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees are reportedly being investigated after inappropriate posts in a secret Facebook group.
Customs officials said the employees allegedly made jokes about dead migrants and made sexist comments about Latina Congresswomen.
Sixty-two of the employees in the probe are current employees and eight are former. Officials say so far, investigations into two employees have wrapped up and their cases have been handed over to CBP for disciplinary action. But, it’s unclear what kind of action they’ll face.
(Chicago, IL-AP) – R. Kelly is expected to appear in a Chicago federal courtroom today. The singer is charged with federal sex crimes and racketeering in two separate indictments filed last week in Chicago and Brooklyn, New York.
The judge is expected to consider whether the R&B star should be freed from jail as he awaits trial. Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti represents three victims in the federal cases.
He claims Kelly paid two-million-dollars to keep the alleged victim and her family off the witness stand in the 2008 child pornography trial that ended with the singer’s acquittal.
(Washington, DC-AP) — We’re getting a look at finances in the Democratic race for president as the candidates faced a deadline on Monday to file their second quarter fundraising totals.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised the most at nearly 25 million. Former Vice President Joe Biden was next at 21-and-a-half, followed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 18 million.
The only other candidate in double figures in the millions was California Senator Kamala Harris with just under 12 million. None of the other Democratic candidates was able to top five million.
(London) –– British royalty meets Hollywood royalty at the Lion King premiere in London. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at the premiere last night, and mingled with Lion King star Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z.
Beyonce reportedly talked with the Duchess of Sussex about her new baby, Archie. Other celebrities at the premiere included Seth Rogen, Elton John, Taron Egerton and Vin Diesel. The new live-action version of The Lion King hits U.S. theaters this Thursday.
(New York, NY-AP) — A federal judge says he needs more time to decide whether to release accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein on bail. Judge Richard Berman says he will issue his decision on Thursday morning. Epstein will remain behind bars at the Manhattan Detention Center until then.
His attorneys are hoping he can be released on 77-million dollars bail by putting up his Upper East Side mansion and other assets. The 66-year-old hedge fund manager is currently being held without bail, after his arrest on new accusations that he abused dozens of girls in his New York and Florida homes.
He’s been kept behind bars without bail after prosecutors argued that he was a flight risk
(Washington, DC-AP) — The Trump Administration is proposing a new restriction to crack down on migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S.
The restriction would deny anyone who crosses the southern border from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they came through another country and did not seek asylum in that country. Meaning that a migrant from Honduras who did not seek asylum in Guatemala or Mexico would not be eligible for asylum in the United States.
Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the rule will help reduce a major “pull factor” and lead to fewer individuals “transiting through Mexico on a dangerous journey.” Attorney General William Barr called the rule a “lawful exercise of authority provided by Congress to restrict eligibility for asylum.”
(Washington, DC) — President Trump is unapologetic about what some call his racially-charged attacks on four congressional Democrats, who are all women of color. Speaking at the White House today, Trump said they’re angry all the time and should leave the U.S. if they’re so unhappy. He also accused critics of making racist remarks in response to his comments. Trump called the four freshmen congresswoman “socialists” and said they hate the U.S. and Israel. The backlash was fueled by Trump’s remark that the four women should go back to their countries.
The four congresswomen are all American citizens. Trump said he has not mentioned the congresswomen by name but then accused Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar of making supportive comments about al-Qaeda. The other three congresswomen are New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib , and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
It all started when trump tweeted “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” who originally came from other countries are telling the “people of the United States” how the government should be run, adding, quote, “why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” He was assuming that because they are all women of color that they weren’t from the United States. But, all but one were born in the U.S.