Jesse Jackson: NFL like black slaves ‘picking cotton balls’

(DAILY CALLER) — Rev. Jesse Jackson compared professional NFL players to slaves Monday, saying that athletes have gone, “from picking cotton balls to picking footballs and basketballs without freedom.”

On Fox Sports’ “Undisputed,” Jackson referenced Muhammed Ali, saying, “When he changed his name, took a religious position against the war, they took his title, saying ‘You can have a title but not a championship. I won that.’”

“And in many ways it is oppressive. To go from picking cotton balls to picking up footballs and basketballs without freedom is not very much progress,” the civil rights activist stated.

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Facebook tries ‘pay-to-play’ news

(MASHABLE) — Watch out, publishers: a nightmare scenario for Facebook may soon be a reality.

The social network last week officially launched its secondary news feed called Explore. The feed generally features posts from Facebook Pages users don’t follow. News Feed, meanwhile, hosts posts from friends and Pages users do follow.

But that’s not true for everyone. In six markets, Facebook has removed posts from Pages in the original News Feed and relegated them to another feed, Filip Struhárik, editor and social media manager at Denník N, wrote. That means Facebook’s main feed is no longer a free playing field for publishers. Instead, it’s a battlefield of “pay to play,” where publishers have to pony up the dough to get back into the News Feed.

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Mueller targets brother of Hillary’s campaign chief

Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller

While Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate allegations of Trump administration collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, the probe has expanded to the Democratic lobbying firm run by the brother of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign manager, according to sources who spoke to NBC News.

The report comes on the heels of news that an FBI informant was blocked from testifying of Russian efforts to influence the Clintons and the Obama administration regarding the sale of Uranium One to a Moscow-controlled company, which effectively gave the Russians control of 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves.

The Podesta Group, run by Tony Podesta, the brother of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, has a tie to Uranium One, having received $180,000 from the company to lobby Hillary Clinton’s State Department, according to Open Secrets. The New York Times reported in April 2016 that “as the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported Monday the secretive, Kremlin-linked, green-energy company for which John Podesta served as a board member, Joule Unlimited, apparently met its demise because of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss.

WND reported last year that Joule received $35 million from a Putin-connected Russian government fund at the same time then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spearheaded the transfer of U.S. advanced technology, some with military uses, as part of her “reset” strategy with Russia, according to a report titled “From Russia With Money” by the Government Accountability Institute.

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The Podesta Group became a target of Mueller’s probe after investigators discovered former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort worked with the firm on a pro-Ukrainian lobbying effort. Mueller is looking into possible violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by the Podesta Group, according to NBC News.

A spokesman for the Podesta Group said in a statement the firm “is cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times — and we did so in this case.”

NBC News reported Monday that Mueller’s team is examining allegations that Manafort and the Podesta Group failed to disclose their relationship with the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, or ECMU, a nonprofit public relations campaign to promote Ukraine’s image in the West in an effort to enter the EU. The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires disclosure of any work with a foreign government.

The ECMU was backed by the Party of Regions, the pro-Russian and oligarch-funded Ukrainian political party that paid millions to Manafort and his firm for consulting, NBC reported. FBI agents raided Manafort’s home in July as part of Mueller’s probe.

Buried evidence

The Hill reported last Tuesday that before a government panel in which Hillary Clinton was a member approved the Uranium One sale, the FBI was sitting on evidence Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to expand Moscow’s nuclear business in the U.S.

The Times 2016 investigation found Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. Others with ties to Uranium One also made donations. The Clintons, however, did not publicly disclose the contributions, the Times said, despite an agreement Hillary Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. In addition, Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank tied to the Kremlin in 2010, when Hillary Clinton opposed sanctions on Moscow. She reversed her position the following year.

The Daily Caller said senior executives of Joule, the company for which John Podesta served as a board member, admitted “new investor prospects” walked way after Clinton lost the election in November.

Dmitry Akhanov, the president and CEO of the Kremlin-owned venture capital firm Rusnano USA Inc., oversaw the Russian government’s investment in Joule.

He agreed that Clinton’s loss doomed the company.

“We lined up investors who were willing to buy the bonds, but after the elections, with some statements from the new administration regarding potential uncertainty, the future support of biofuels was stopped,” he told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The company was not able to do the deal and it was one of the reasons why the company was closed.”

Akhanov said his company, which is nicknamed “Putin’s child,” lost $35 million when Joule closed its doors.

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‘Shooter heard voices, saw visions’ in church onslaught

(TENNESSEAN) — Emanuel K. Samson, the suspect in a deadly mass shooting at an Antioch church, “made some comments about visions and voices” during an interview with police after the shooting, according to testimony in court Monday.

Metro police detective Steve Jolley said Samson mentioned the visions, including a vision of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. Jolley said Samson also admitted to opening fire outside the church on Sept. 24.

Jolley testified as part of Samson’s preliminary hearing. At the end of the hearing, Judge Allegra Walker ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury.

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‘Betrayed’: Governor reverses ban on men in women’s bathrooms

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham

Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has completed the reversal of state legislation that barred men from women’s public restrooms and showers.

The move is drawing a warning from one of the state’s most prominent personalities: Franklin Graham.

The CEO and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and  Samaritan’s Purse commented Monday via Facebook after Cooper signed an executive order allowing people to use facilities according to their “gender identity” rather that biological sex.

“North Carolinians have been betrayed by Governor Roy Cooper. The people of this state are now going to be exposed to pedophiles and sexually perverted men in women’s public restrooms,” Graham wrote.

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“Shame on him and those who supported this executive order for being so morally bankrupt and blind to the threat this is to young girls, children, and women. Join me in praying that the eyes of the governor and other politicians who support this would be opened to the dangers, and that the people throughout the state will let their voices and concern be heard,” he said.

“What the governor has done is wrong, and if one woman or one child is molested because of this executive order, he should be held accountable,” Graham said.

LGBT activists, as well as the Obama White House, decried the state’s 2016 law, HB 2, restricting the use of gender-segregated facilities according to the gender listed on one’s birth certificate. The state’s economy lost hundreds of millions of dollars as businesses canceled major expansion plans, sporting events moved out of state, including the NBA All-Star Game.

Earlier this year, Cooper signed HB 142, which repealed portions of HB 2 but kept in place the requirement that showers and bathrooms be used “in accordance with one’s sex on their birth certificate.”

Now, Cooper’s new executive order requires that the state no longer make decisions based on “sexual orientation, gender identity” or “gender expression.”

He ordered that rules be set up for “all state agencies, boards, commissions, and departments under the jurisdiction of the office of the governor” to allow men who want to dress and be treated as women to go to the restroom and take showers with women.

He also ordered that contractors who do business with the state be required to prove that they support the transgender agenda.

Demanding periodic reports on the progress the state makes on the social agenda, the governor has created a “Commission on Inclusion.”

The panel will create goals and strategies, and identify offenders of the law.

“The left was upset that Cooper didn’t sign a full repeal of HB 2,” said Claire Chretien of LifeSiteNews, which monitored the state’s change from traditional morality to unrestricted transgenderism.

“HB 142 weakened, but still left in place some key parts of HB 2. It also prevents cities from passing pro-LGBT ‘public accommodation’ nondiscrimination laws until 2020.”

OneNewsNow reported the North Carolina Values Coalition warned residents that with Cooper’s new executive order, business owners and others are “essentially being forced to choose between living by the convictions” of their faith or losing government contracts.”

“Bathroom privacy and safety are sacrificed under Roy Cooper’s bathroom plan, which is more akin to Harvey Weinstein’s bathroom plan,” the group said. “Anyone who has or seeks a government contract with the state or receive government benefits – like churches and religious organizations – will have to adopt internal operating policies.”

Critics of the governor’s social agenda say it creates special protections and allowances for a favored group of people, transgenders, while others are must give up privacy and safety.

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Men take classes to unlearn ‘toxic masculinity’

(THE CUT) — For some time, Stephen Hicks had felt like something was off. “My relationship ended, then a lot of things started collapsing in front of me,” Hicks says. He began attending therapy, which made him realize that he needed to make a bigger change: “I wasn’t doing really terrible things, but I also wasn’t being the most ideal Stephen I could be,” he says. “The bar is really lowered for cisgender guys.”

So earlier this year, Hicks signed up for the pilot Rethink Masculinity class, a partnership between the Washington, D.C., Rape Crisis Center, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and ReThink, an organization that works to prevent sexual assault.

The program bills itself as a class where men “learn how social constructs of masculinity harm them and the people around them, and work to construct healthier masculinities.” Or, as Hicks puts it, “It was eight weeks of guys discussing how they can address their actions with better self-awareness and less toxicity.”

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Watch live: Steve Bannon talks Iran, Muslim Brotherhood

Former White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon

Former White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon

The voice of Stephen Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, has been all over the news in recent weeks and months. First, as a contrary voice during the campaign, then as a startlingly outside-the-beltway opinion in the White House.

Now he’s once again on the outside, and today is addressing the topic of the Muslim Brotherhood, violent extremist and what America needs to do to defend itself.

He’s part of a special event assembled by the Hudson Institute that also includes former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus.

It’s being livestreamed:


Coming from the Ronald Reagan building in Washington, D.C., it looks at the violence of the extremists of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose members were brought into the U.S. government during the Obama administration.

And what does it mean for America now.

The institute is an independent research group promoting global security, prosperity and freedom.

WND reported over the weekend about Bannon’s plans for a grass-roots political army based on “big bold ideas” – like bringing a halt to illegal immigration.

He was addressing California Republicans, and said, “That shows that we don’t need to raise hundreds and millions of dollars. The future of the state is in your hands and I mean that.”

The opposition, Bannon said, “has overplayed their hand. And they’ve given the Republicans and the conservatives the one weapon they need to destroy them.”

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Bannon said the coalition necessary for future victories includes “populists and nationalists and evangelical Christians and conservatives and establishment Republicans. We had to put our differences aside in order to win.”

“If you have the wisdom, the strength, the tenacity to hold that coalition together, we will govern for 50 to 75 years,” Bannon said. “And it’s not going to be easy.”

He said the key is not the politicians, it’s the organization that needs to be built.

“And let me say something about President Trump: I’ve had the great honor of being the CEO of the campaign and then being his chief strategist and senior counsel in the White House,” said Bannon. “And now, I’m proud to say, his wingman outside.”

Bannon said Republicans need to re-create the kind of political movement that was put together by Barack Obama and David Axelrod.

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McCain mocks Trump for Vietnam deferment

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(NPR) In a week that saw two of President Trump’s predecessors issue thinly veiled warnings about where the country is heading under Trump’s leadership, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain fired off what appeared to be a long-delayed riposte to the man who once mocked his war record.

In an interview broadcast Sunday on C-SPAN, McCain spoke on the 50th anniversary of his being shot down over North Vietnam — an event that led to his capture by communist forces and a 5 ½-year stay in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison.

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Illegal teen takes abortion fight to full appeals court

(POLITICO) Lawyers for an undocumented 17-year-old girl in a federally funded shelter in Texas are asking the full bench of a federal appeals court in Washington to permit her to have an abortion immediately despite resistance from the Trump administration.

Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union moved Sunday night to escalate the legal fight to the full D.C. Circuit after a three-judge panel issued a 2-1 decision Friday trying to forestall a definitive ruling in the case. That panel gave authorities until the end of the month to try to find the teen an adult sponsor, who could then help her get an abortion if she still desires one.

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Trump: Fake news claims ‘finally sinking in’

(THE HILL) President Trump early Sunday said media organizations have “lost cred,” pointing to a recent poll that found almost half of voters think the media make up stories about him.

“It is finally sinking through. 46% OF PEOPLE BELIEVE MAJOR NATIONAL NEWS ORGS FABRICATE STORIES ABOUT ME. FAKE NEWS, even worse!” Trump tweeted. “Lost cred.”

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