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Group That Fueled Dylann Roof’s Hate Is Subsidized by U.S. Taxpayers

Hate group tax exemptAlleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof wrote that he was never the same after discovering a website with “pages upon pages of these brutal black on white murders.”

The pages that left Roof in disbelief were the product of a white-nationalist group subsidized by American taxpayers.

The Council of Conservative Citizens Inc. is listed by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization that promotes social welfare, also known as a 501(c)(4). Such groups pay no federal taxes, a form of government subsidy. As the Government Accountability Office, Congress's investigative arm, noted, tax exemptions "have the same effect as Government payments to favored taxpayers."

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NYC gives Stonewall Inn landmark status

Stonewall InnThe Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar widely recognized as the birthplace of the U.S. LGBT rights movement, was granted historic landmark status by city officials on Tuesday.

The unanimous vote by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was hailed by activists and supporters of the designation.

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Documents show 112 Rikers Island employees ‘red-flagged’ for integrity issues still working at prison

Reikers IslandMeet New York's Boldest!  A jail guard hired by the city Correction Department who “completely forgot” to mention his prior domestic violence arrest.

A correction officer seen on Facebook making gang signs, but telling the department “he was not affiliated with any gang, he just wanted to look cool.”

Another CO with an “affiliation” with the Bloods, while another had once been shot at by the Latin Kings and testified against them.

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NSA spied on French presidents: WikiLeaks

French presidents spied onThe United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.

The revelations were first reported in French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on the presidents during a period of at least 2006 until May 2012, the month Hollande took over from Sarkozy.

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Hoping to build trust, NYPD details new approach to policing

NYPDNew York City police officials provided the first in-depth look Tuesday at a new policing strategy they say will put more beat cops in neighborhood precincts to improve the relationship between officers and the communities they serve.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said the neighborhood policing plan would use staffing changes and other tactics to restore faith in a department that, in an era of historically low crime, still struggles to boost the morale of its own officers and gain the trust of mostly minority residents in the city's toughest neighborhoods.

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Amazon pulls Confederate flag merchandise

Jeff BezosThe online retailer Amazon will remove all Confederate flag merchandise from its website, a move that comes amid growing public criticism and skyrocketing sales of the so-called "Southern cross," a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

Amazon's decision, first reported by CNN's M.J. Lee, came after similar moves by Wal-Mart, Sears and eBay, all of which have pulled sales of Confederate flag merchandise over the past 24 hours. In that same time period, Amazon had seen its sales of Confederate flags grow by more than 3,000 percent.

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eBay Bans Confederate Flags

Confederate flageBay said in a statement today that it will ban Confederate flag-themed items, immediately, following in the footsteps of Walmart, Sears and K-Mart.

“We have decided to prohibit Confederate flags, and many items containing this image, because we believe it has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

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