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American University’s Black Students Targeted With Bananas Hanging From Nooses

American University targets black students with banans hung on noosesFor the second time this school year, black students at American University in Washington, D.C. were the target of a hateful and racist act on campus.

On Monday, photos of bananas hanging by nooses were circulating online, featuring the words “AKA” ― the predominantly African-American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha ― and “Harambe,” an apparent reference to the gorilla that Cincinnati zoo officials killed last year. The bananas were found at a shuttle bus stop, a dining hall and near an undergraduate residence hall.

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Historians see a dark underside to Trump's Civil War riff

Historians see dark underside of Trump Civil War riffPresident Donald Trump on Monday once again defied the history books, this time claiming that Andrew Jackson was “really angry” about the Civil War – despite having died 16 years before the first shots were fired – and puzzled why a deal wasn’t cut to avoid the war altogether.

“He was really angry that he saw with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this,’” Trump said in a radio interview with conservative writer Salena Zito broadcast Monday.

“The Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask the question but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” Trump added.

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President's Adviser Jared Kushner Didn't Disclose Startup Stake

Jared KushnerJared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, didn’t identify on his government financial disclosure form that he is currently a part-owner of a real-estate finance startup and has a number of loans from banks on properties he co-owns, according to securities filings.

Mr. Kushner’s stake in Cadre—a tech startup that pairs investors with big real-estate projects—means the senior White House official is currently a business partner of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and billionaires including George Soros and Peter Thiel, according to people close to the company.

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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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