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Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer Finally Quits

I t was just a matter of time before the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer , resigned. He was the spokesman for an administration that has difficulty telling the truth, which made him the target of fierce criticism and humor.

The New York Times reports that Spicer stepped down on Friday over President Donald Trump ‘s hiring of  Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

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Source: FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty/ Anthony Scaramucci (L); Sean Spicer (R)

However, the reasons for Spicer leaving his post are likely much deeper. Trump was reportedly displeased with Spicer’s performance following his firing of FBI director James Comey . As the White House’s explanations for the firing evolved, Spicer appeared frustrated and unable to keep up with Trump’s shifting stories.

Many in the media and public lost respect for Spicer from the early days of the administration. The Washington Post gave him “four Pinocchios” for his obvious lie about the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd, claiming it was the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration.”

Time after time, Spicer stepped to the podium and told untruths for the administration with a straight face–often becoming confrontational with journalists who questioned him.

The Times reported that Trump hired Scaramucci on Friday, disregarding Spicer’s objections. Trump reportedly asked Spicer to stay, but the outgoing press secretary declined and warned that appointing the financier is  “a major mistake.”

Politico describes Scaramucci as “a natural schmoozer and fixture on the global financial scene.” He’s a Republican deep-pocket donor who’s unliked by former Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus , who now serves as Trump’s chief of staff.

Scaramucci, however, has the boss’ support and confidence. Trump reportedly loves how Scaramucci has defended him on TV over the Russia scandal.

According to Politico, hiring Scaramucci may signal that Priebus has fallen out of grace with Trump.

SOURCE: New York Times , CNN , Washington Post , Politico

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California College Fires Black Gay Man For Tweeting About Cops Racism

O ne college couldn’t deal with the radical views and critiques of a Black queer man so they decided to fire him. Dr. Jonathan Higgins was the head of Claremont Colleges’ Queer Resource Center. His leadership comprised of the consortium of California colleges, which includes Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Pitzer.  According to NewNowNext , Higgins was brought on in June for his activist background and history of empowering queer people of color students. You would think in a setting and with this background, the college wouldn’t mind engaging with someone who shook things up. They did mind.

The college’s dismissal of Higgins stemmed from a few tweets he posted over the course of the year. One tweet from April 2017, had Higgins responding to the question, “ Who are you automatically wary of/keep at a distance because of your past experiences ?” He answered, “ White gays and well-meaning White women .”

A second tweet had Higgins criticizing law enforcement: “ I finally have nothing to say other than police are meant to service and protect White supremacy .”

Lastly, in June, Higgins slammed #HeterosexualPrideDay which was trending during LGBT Pride month: “ So y’all been real quiet about #heterosexualprideday. I mean I thought I’d see parades celebrating rape culture, homophobia and transphobia .” Higgins added, “ Oh wait: y’all do that every day…

Apparently, some people’s feelings were hurt over these tweets, with a few unidentified folks  making complaints to the student-led website  College Fix.  One White gay student said he believed he wouldn’t receive equal treatment under Higgins. Another gay student said Higgins’ tweets concerned him “because my family is heavily involved in law enforcement and because I have many siblings and cousins, all of whom I support and love deeply, who serve as officers.”

In response to Higgins’ firing, a group of 100 student affairs employees and college students sent an  open letter  to Collins-Eaglin, shaming the firing as a “gross injustice and serves as an act of violence and silencing of queer Black voices.”

Higgins defended himself, saying “ Baby I’m fat, Black, queer and educated. My whole life has been a fight. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. If folks don’t want to discuss the issues, why should that affect me? My existence is resistance. So I will continue to lead by example. Period. If you don’t like it y’all, simple: don’t follow.

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Chicago Police Prosecutors Accused Of Colluding To Convict Four Innocent Black Teens, Report

A damning report unsealed Wednesday reveals allegations of collusion among Chicago police and prosecutors to win murder convictions against four Black teens, known as the Englewood Four, the  Chicago Tribune   reports.

The men– Michael Saunders, Vincent Thames, Harold Richardson and Terrill Swift– are using the scathing 7-page document drafted in March 2012 as a key piece of evidence in separate lawsuits against police. Arrested as teens, the men claim cops and Cook County prosecutors conspired against them to obtain wrongful convictions in the 1994 rape and murder of 30-year-old Nina Glover.

They spent 15 years in prison before DNA tests in 2011 matched Glover’s body to dead convicted murderer Johnny “Maniac” Douglas . A judge threw out their convictions and later granted the men certificates of innocence.

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the document should be unsealed given recent developments in a pending lawsuit from one of the victims, the Tribune report says. It details an interview by FBI special agent Jeffrey Moore of former Assistant State’s Attorney Terence Johnson , one of two prosecutors who worked with detectives in approving charges against the four Black men.

Johnson alleged that police fed forced statements to the Englewood Four. Prosecutors in the felony review unit approved charges only to maintain cushy relationships with officers and other misconduct.

The strategy was to use the subjects against each other ,” the unsealed report said. “ They [Englewood Four] were told the detectives needed a witness, and if they were forthcoming and credible, they would be the witness .”

 

A prosecutor named in the report told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday that any allegations of misconduct are simply “false.” Lawyers for police and prosecutors said unsealing the report was an attempt to use media to push a wrongful conviction agenda.

The Cook County Board also approved a $5.6 million settlement Wednesday with Swift, who also tentatively settled with the city for an as-yet undisclosed amount, according to the Tribune. A ttorneys for the city in the pending federal cases of the three other men filed a motion asking a judge to schedule a settlement conference.

We hope the men continue to fight in a case that is symbolic of problems in the criminal justice system, not just in Chicago, but across the nation.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune , Chicago Sun-Times

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