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Ben Carson Believes Poverty is Just a ‘State of Mind’

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

When Sallie Mae calls you next month to collect on your student loans, tell them that your debt is just a state of mind, and you actually don’t owe them a thing.

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Sheriff David Clarke’s Reported Plagiarism, and NOT People Dying in His Jail, May Keep Him From Trump Administration Job

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. (MIKE THEILER/AFP/Getty Images)

After a media outlet reported on plagiarism in his master’s degree thesis paper, Sheriff David Clarke is unsure of his standing with the Trump administration and whether or not he will actually get that job with the Department of Homeland Security that he’s been bragging about recently.

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LAPD Officer Gets Slap on the Wrist For Beating a Man Who Was Being Held Down

Screenshot of LA Times video showing officer Clinton Alford Jr. being tackled by police

The Los Angeles police officer who was caught on video kicking, punching, and elbowing a black man who was being held down on the street was sentenced to just two years probation Tuesday as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that has been criticized as being too lenient.

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A Black Attorneys Group and the New Black Panther Party Are Demanding a Life Sentence For Michael Slager

Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager (Grace Beahm-Pool/Getty Images)

A Washington-based Black attorneys group is demanding that former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager be given a life sentence in his federal case for the shooting death of unarmed Black motorist Walter Scott in 2015. Continue reading

People Gather For Two Demonstrations in OKC After Betty Shelby is Found Not Guilty

Tulsa PD Officer Betty Shelby

Betty Shelby (Tulsa, Okla., County Jail)

The weekend after Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Terence Crutcher, people gathered for rallies in Oklahoma City on two separate days to say “Black Lives Matter.”

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#Flint: ‘NOVA’ Will Explore the Chemistry and Engineering Behind the Water Crisis

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The Public Broadcasting Service program NOVA, the most-watched science series on American television, will air an episode looking at the chemistry and engineering behind the three-year-old lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

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British Prime Minister Raises Nation’s Threat Level Amid Fears Another Attack ‘May Be Imminent’

British Prime Minister Theresa May

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British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the nation’s threat level Tuesday night, saying another attack “may be imminent,” just one night after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, left 22 people dead.

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Your President Really Hates Poor People

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 19: Copies of President Trump’s FY’18 budget books are stacked, at the Government Publishing Office, on May 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s new budget proposal will be reveals that he really and truly hates poor people. It comes with major cuts to Medicaid and changes to anti-poverty programs that would allow states to limit a range of benefits for needy families, something that Congress has already been uneasy about.

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#FreeBresha: Bresha Meadows is Happy With Her Plea Deal

Bresha Meadows (WFMJ screenshot)

15-year-old Bresha Meadows accepted a plea deal at her court date on Monday which could see her home with her family in early 2018.

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In Case You Missed It, Your President is Horribly Corrupt

US President Donald Trump Meets Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

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The Washington Post is reporting that in his capacity as president, Donald Trump reportedly asked two high-ranking national intelligence officials in March to help him push back against the FBI investigation into possible connections between his presidential campaign and the Russian government.

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Justice Department Appoints Special Counsel for Russia Probe

Robert Mueller, Former FBI Director

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 08: Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) on August 8, 2013 in New York City. The ICCS, which is co-hosted by Fordham University and the FBI, is held every 18 months; more than 25 countries are represented at this year’s conference. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed an order Wednesday appointing former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to oversee the ongoing investigation into whether or not Trump associates and Russian officials coordinated last year to interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election.

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Mama’s Day is For the Mama’s Who Get Left Out of the Traditional Holiday

Breena Nuñez Forward Together Mama's Day Card

Breena Nuñez for Forward Together/Mamas Day

Today as people all over the country celebrate Mother’s Day the way it was popularized and capitalized on by Hallmark, there are many women who will unfairly be left out of the card and gift giving because they don’t fit the “traditional” idealized image of motherhood.

Mamas Day was created in 2011 by Forward Together to celebrate those women and include those who represent mamahood whether they gave birth to us or not.

“The Mamas Day campaign has always been about celebrating all the mamas in our lives … and motherhood broadly defined … our biological mamas, our chosen mamas.”

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Trump’s Staff Can’t Keep Their Stories Straight, So He Wants To End Press Briefings

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On Friday, your president threw a temper tantrum and threatened to end all White House press briefings for good because his staff has a hard time keeping their stories straight.

Trump made his comments after the reasons he gave for firing FBI Director James Comey during an NBC interview on Thursday were directly contradicted by statements made by others in the White House including Vice President Mike Pence, meaning the various explanations were at best misleading, and at worst, flat out lies.

Let’s be honest: no one really believes anything coming out of the mouths of this administration any longer. We are all just sitting around waiting for it to self-destruct.

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Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Obstructing Federal Investigation

This is the end of an era. Lee Baca is going to prison.

Baca initially struck a deal with prosecutors last year, agreeing to serve six months in prison for lying about his role in a plot to obstruct an FBI probe into abuses at Los Angeles County Jails, and in exchange he would avoid facing more serious charges at a trial with the possibility of even more time behind bars. That deal eventually fell apart, and Baca ended up losing the trial he had hoped to avoid.

Baca, who is 74 years old and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, received his sentence in the same courtroom where he was found guilty in March of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and the same lying charge he was ready to cop to in order to avoid doing serious time in jail.

Source: Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Obstructing Federal Investigation

#NoDAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Already Had a Leak Before It’s Even Fully Operational

The Dakota Access Pipeline is not yet fully operational and it has already had a leak. This is why people were protesting the construction of the pipeline. This is why no one wanted it.

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which was the subject of international protests because of the threat it posed to both the environment and the indigenous people living along the Missouri River, has already had a leak more than a month before it’s scheduled to be fully operational.The April 6 leak spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, and although state officials said the leak was contained and quickly cleaned, The Guardian reports that critics of the pipeline say the spill raises new concerns about the potential hazards to waterways and Native American sites.

Source: #NoDAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Already Had a Leak Before It’s Even Fully Operational

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