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Republican Rep. Justin Amash Calls For Trump’s Impeachment

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Amash is the first GOP member of Congress to say the legislative body should take that action.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump after reading the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s 2016 election meddling.

Amash, who has long been a critic of Trump, voiced his concerns in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon, concluding that Trump’s conduct is worthy of impeachment. Amash is the first Republican congressman to call for Congress to take that action.“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash wrote.

Amash also concluded that Attorney General William Barr willfully misled the public about what was in the report before its release in hopes of downplaying the findings.

“In comparing Barr’s principal conclusions, congressional testimony, and other statements to Mueller’s report, it is clear that Barr intended to mislead the public about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s analysis and findings,” he wrote.

Amash also accused his fellow members of Congress of not actually reading the full report.

“Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report; their minds were made up based on partisan affiliation—and it showed, with representatives and senators from both parties issuing definitive statements on the 448-page report’s conclusions within just hours of its release,” he wrote.

The Michigan congressman was praised by the public and colleagues who applauded his decision to cross party lines.  

“America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome,” Amash wrote. “Our Constitution is brilliant and awesome; it deserves a government to match it.”

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Two African Americans graduate at the top of their class, make school history

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For the time in history at the Junction City School District, two African American females will graduate with two of the highest honors.

"This is the first time we have had a black femal valedictorian and black female salutatorian," said Principal Joy Mason.

Alexis Peterson and Taykeetria Rogers claim this year's academic titles as valedictorian and salutatorian.

"It's a great thing to me," Rogers said. "It doesn't seem like we should be graduating but it's something that we've managed to accomplish."

Rogers is the salutatorian and will head to Louisiana Tech in the fall. She wasn't just the school's top scholar but she was a member of various school clubs, a cheerleader and an athlete.

She was named all-conference and player of the year in basketball and named to the all-state cheer team two times in a row.

"I managed by taking it a day at a time," Rogers said. "Focusing on one thing and when the next thing got here focusing on that."

Rogers had to overcome mental and physical adversity throughout her high school career. She had two consecutive torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries while playing basketball but conquered what seemed to be a defeat.

"It made me miss out on softball for two years but I came back even stronger and finished out my senior year," Rogers said.

Alexis Peterson is the class valedictorian and will head to Northwestern State in the fall. She has held a 4.0 grade point average throughout her entire years of high school.

"It feels good to be the top two black females because they have never had it," Peterson said.

Peterson is also a cheerleader and is a member of numerous school organizations. Being so involved in not just school activities but church and community activities has been no easy feat.

"You have to take it day by day so that you won't become frustrated with it," she said.

Peterson and Rogers may walk the halls for the last time but they will forever be etched in the school's history books. Both agree they wouldn't have made it without their parents, their community and God. Their piece of advice for the graduating class is simple.

"Never try to change yourself," Rogers said. "Always try to be a better you."

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Judge In Bill Cosby Case Disputes Appeal, Points To Comedian’s ‘Signature’ Crime

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The disgraced entertainer is appealing his 2018 sexual assault conviction from jail.

The judge who presided over Bill Cosby’s criminal case said he let five other accusers testify at the sex-assault trial because their accounts had “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime.

A jury last year convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, after hearing from her and the five others. Cosby, 81, is appealing his conviction based on the women’s testimony and other key rulings by Montgomery County Judge Stephen O’Neill.Cosby began serving a three- to 10-year prison term in September at a state prison near Philadelphia.

O’Neill, in a lengthy opinion filed Tuesday, said he found “striking similarities” in the women’s descriptions of their encounters with the comedian long beloved as “America’s Dad.”

“In each instance, (he) met a substantially younger woman, gained her trust, invited her to a place where he was alone with her, provided her with a drink or drug, and sexually assaulted her once she was rendered incapacitated,” O’Neill wrote. “These chilling similarities rendered (their) testimony admissible.”

Cosby and his wife Camille Cosby wrote in a statement to HuffPost that racism was the main reasoning behind O’Neill’s opinion. 

“Now, after more than 50 years of work, that humanized the dehumanized; which also challenged the perpetual architects of racist, exploitive and greedy maneuvers that have enabled them to divide and conquer,” Camille Cosby wrote. “My husband has been severely redefined by Judge O’Neill, despite having zero proof.”

“Judge O’Neill, with a great deal of help from the media, has tried to turn Bill Cosby into one of the most insidious stereotypes of African American men… the brutal, black buck,” she added.

Cosby wrote that he stands with his wife “on the foundation of solidarity and truth,” adding: “Camille has always been a fearless warrior against corruption and bigotry. She’s not afraid of this unethical judge, nor am I afraid of O’Neill’s grossly immoral tactics.”

O’Neill had allowed just one other accuser to testify at Cosby’s first trial in June 2017, when a jury deadlock led to a mistrial. Cosby was retried in April 2018, months after the #MeToo movement burst into view with sexual assault accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in Hollywood and beyond.

In the ruling Tuesday, O’Neill said the new defense team that handled Cosby’s retrial never directly challenged him on the difference in his two trial rulings about the other accusers’ testimony. At any rate, he said, judges are not bound by their prior decisions.

The defense, in outlining their appeal issues, have also argued that Cosby had a binding agreement with a former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, that he would never be charged in the case. O’Neill again rejected the claim Tuesday, finding the signed press release from Castor ― used to bolster the claim ― falls short of an immunity agreement.

Castor had investigated Constand’s complaint for about a month in 2005 before deciding not to bring a case, questioning why she waited a year to contact police. Before the year was out, 13 other accusers had come forward to support the lawsuit Constand filed against Cosby. He settled the case for $3.4 million.

When Cosby’s deposition testimony from the lawsuit became public in 2015, and the criminal case was reopened, Castor for the first time told his successor about the supposed “non-prosecution” agreement. He forwarded their correspondence to Cosby’s defense lawyer and testified as a defense witness at a 2016 hearing, O’Neill noted.

O’Neill also rejected defense efforts to have him step down from the case because of his alleged bias, and outlined the four-year legal process that led up to Cosby’s conviction and sentencing.

Cosby’s latest team of lawyers has been awaiting the opinion so they can proceed with the appeal in Pennsylvania courts. The lead lawyer, Brian Perry, did not immediately return a phone message on Tuesday.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, in a statement, said “O’Neill has a habitual habit of always trying to cover his many errors, which continues to show his hatred towards Mr. Cosby.”

The Associated Press does not typically identify sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted.

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Nicolle Wallace Reveals Why Trump Is Secretly Afraid Of Kamala Harris

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President Donald Trump likes to dismiss polls and judge popularity by crowd size ― to the point of inflating his own numbers. And that, said MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, may be why the Democratic candidate he fears most isn’t former Vice President Joe Biden

It’s Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who kicked off her campaign earlier this year in front of a massive crowd of 20,000 people in Oakland. 

“Her crowds spooked him,” Wallace said.  

“In Trump’s mind, that’s the measure, that’s the poll,” Axios reporter Jonathan Swan said on “Deadline: White House.” “Crowds don’t lie.”

The show’s panel also discussed a New York Times report that said Harris was rebooting her campaign with more direct attacks on the president. Times reporter Annie Karni said that while Trump had labeled Biden as “Sleepy Joe” and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as “Crazy Bernie,” he hadn’t said a whole lot about Harris. 

“She is notably one candidate in the wide field that he doesn’t seem to know how to take on,” Karni said. 

Reminded that Trump had once called her a “nasty wit,” Karni said the insult was “almost like a compliment.”

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Sandra Bland Filmed Her Traffic Stop Arrest. Officials Never Told The Public.

Her family is calling for the investigation to be reopened based on the newly surfaced cellphone video.

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