While promoting his new (and failing) movie Suicide Squad, actor Will Smith took the opportunity to bash Donald Trump and anyone who supports him.According to reports, Smith asserted that Trump was the problem with the United States and therefore the country needed to be “cleansed” of him and his supporters.“As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk and as embarrassing as it is as an American to hear him talk, I think it’s good,” Smith told reporters. “We get to know who people are, and now we get to cleanse it out of our country.”Smith went on to claim it was important for him to visit Dubai in order to show that Islamic culture isn’t all that bad.“In terms of Islamophobia in America, for me that’s why it’s important to show up,” he continued.
Hacker Who Exposed Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Pleads Guilty
A Romanian computer hacker who revealed the existence of a private email server used by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state pleaded guilty to hacking-related offenses on Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department said.Marcel Lazar, who used the alias “Guccifer,” entered his guilty plea before Judge James Cacheris in U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Virginia, the department said in a statement. Sentencing was set for Sept. 1.In recent media interviews, Lazar claimed he had easily hacked into Clinton’s controversial private email server. But the Justice Department statement did not confirm this claim, and a law enforcement official said investigators did not find evidence to support the claim.
Tension Endures A Year After Black Man Shot By South Carolina Officer
The South Carolina city where a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black man one year ago still simmers with racial tension as black residents say they continue to be harassed and humiliated by law enforcement.Patrolman Michael Slager killed motorist Walter Scott on April 4, 2015, firing eight times at his back as he fled a traffic stop for a broken tail light. A bystander captured the shooting on cell phone video. Scott, 50, was a father of four.Slager’s arrest on a murder charge may have helped spare North Charleston the rioting that took place in other U.S. cities after police killings of black men. He is awaiting trial, his lawyers saying he acted in self-defense.
African Americans say their demands for more transparency in police practices, such as the creation of a citizen review board, have gone unheeded. Some complain of being subjected to overly aggressive policing and racial profiling.“This has got to stop. It’s going to affect our children and our grandchildren. We need to clean house,” Milton Brewer, a businessman and retired Air Force veteran, said last month at a community gathering called by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Civil rights organizations are urging the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the police department. The NAACP’s legal defense fund has collected testimonials they hope will bolster the request for a federal probe, said lawyer Monique Dixon.“We want to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Edward Bryant III, president of the NAACP’s North Charleston chapter. No one should “act as judge, jury and prosecutor on the streets in a police car.”
Mayor Keith Summey, who declined an interview request, said in a statement that steps had been taken to rebuild trust in the city where 47 percent of the 106,000 residents are black and about 78 percent of the city’s police force is white, as are Summey and Police Chief Eddie Driggers.The entire police force is now equipped with body cameras and the department launched two new community outreach programs, including “front porch visits” aimed at forging relationships between people and law enforcement.
Driggers “has built a more responsive, yet gentler department than what we had at the beginning of 2015,” Summey said. Driggers did not respond to an interview request.The Charleston Area Justice Ministry, an interfaith group that works for social change, will ask the police department to allow an external audit of its records for evidence of racial bias after the group said it collected anecdotes of unwarranted searches and questioning.The group plans to present its findings to the city this month, member Bill Thomas said.
State records show black drivers continue to be stopped by North Charleston police at a higher rate than white drivers.In both the nine months before Scott’s death and the nine months after, black drivers were stopped at almost twice the rate of white drivers. Total traffic stops dropped by more than half in the nine months following the shooting, according to the state Department of Public Safety.“I think they’re laying low,” James Johnson, president of the South Carolina chapter of the National Action Network and a North Charleston resident, said of police. “They’ve been under scrutiny.”
Slager, 34, was released on bail in January and is scheduled to be tried in October. He has said he feared for his life after being attacked by Scott following the stop.He was dismissed from the force, and the city reached a $6.5 million wrongful death settlement with Scott’s family last fall.
Sanders Endorses Clinton For White House In Show Of Party Unity
Democrat Bernie Sanders endorsed former rival Hillary Clinton for president in a show of party unity on Tuesday, saying she was the best candidate to fix the country’s problems and beat Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election.With Clinton nodding in agreement beside him, Sanders put their bitter primary campaign behind them and said she would take up the fight to ease economic inequality, make college more affordable and expand healthcare coverage for all Americans.“This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face, and there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that,” he told a raucous crowd in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, that included plenty of vocal Sanders supporters.
“I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States,” the U.S. senator from Vermont said.His endorsement, coming five weeks after Clinton became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, brought the most prominent holdout in the party’s liberal wing into her camp. Sanders threw Clinton his support less than two weeks before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where she is to be formally nominated.“I can’t help but reflect on how much more enjoyable this election will be now that we are on the same side,” Clinton said of Sanders. “Thank you, Bernie, for your endorsement, but more than that, thank you for your lifetime of fighting injustice.”
In a statement, the Trump campaign said Sanders was now officially part of the rigged system he had criticized during his long primary battle with Clinton.“Bernie’s endorsement becomes Exhibit A in our rigged system – the Democrat Party is disenfranchising its voters to benefit the select and privileged few,” said Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to Trump.Clinton hopes the joint appearance will help her win over Sanders supporters, some of whom carried Sanders signs into the rally and frequently drowned out her backers. In recent Reuters/Ipsos polling, only about 40 percent of Sanders backers said they would back Clinton, and the crowd at Tuesday’s rally made it clear she still had work to do.
“I am absolutely certain I will not vote for Hillary Clinton,” said Gale Bailey, a Sanders supporter and an unemployed graphic designer from Rochester, New Hampshire, who attended the rally in a Sanders T-shirt.“She’s a crook, and I’m not going to vote for a crook,” Bailey said, adding that she would write in Sanders’ name on the November ballot.The appearance in Portsmouth concluded weeks of negotiations between the two camps as Sanders pressed for concessions from Clinton on his liberal policy agenda.
It came after Clinton last week adopted elements of Sanders’ plans for free in-state college tuition and expanded affordable healthcare coverage. Sanders also successfully pushed to include an array of liberal policy positions in the Democratic platform, which a committee approved on Saturday.Sanders did not win all of his policy fights, most notably failing to win support for blocking a vote in Congress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
But he told the Portsmouth rally that “our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratically controlled Senate, a Democratically controlled House and a Hillary Clinton presidency – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.”The Clinton campaign is vetting James Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral who served as supreme allied commander at NATO, as a possible running mate, the New York Times reported, citing a person with knowledge of the vetting process. NBC News also reported that Stavridis, currently dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, was being vetted for the No. 2 spot on the ticket.
Top Democrats, including President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a favorite of the party’s liberal wing, have already announced their support for Clinton, leaving Sanders at risk of being left behind in the Democratic battle against Trump.“I think all signs point to the fact that we’re going to have a very united party going into Philadelphia,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said on CNN earlier on Tuesday, “and when you compare it to the Republicans, we’re going to be miles ahead of them.”Trump has struggled to unify the Republican Party after alienating many establishment figures with his stances on immigration, Muslims and women. A number of prominent Republicans are skipping the party’s convention in Cleveland next week.In another sign of the Democrats’ growing unity, two prominent liberal groups that had backed Sanders, the Communications Workers of America labor union and the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC, announced their support for Clinton on Monday.
Amtrak Train Derails Near Philadelphia Two Deaths Reported
An Amtrak train locomotive derailed when it struck a backhoe in Chester, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, and two people were killed in the accident, television stations reported.Amtrak, the U.S. passenger train company, said it was suspending Northeast Corridor services between Philadelphia and New York.
The southbound Palmetto train running from New York to Savannah, Georgia, had about 341 passengers and seven crew members aboard when it struck the backhoe, Amtrak said.Philadelphia’s ABC and NBC television affiliates reported two deaths. The NBC station said at least one more person was injured.Spokesmen for the Chester police and fire departments were not available for immediate comment.
Fox News said the two dead were construction workers who were unable to clear the tracks in time. It quoted witnesses as saying the train’s horn sounded before it struck the equipment.Passenger Stephanie Burroughs described a fireball and windows on the train being blown out upon impact.
“The conductor did inform us that there was a fatality, that there were people working on the track,” she told Fox News.A spokesman for the Trainer United Methodist Church in Chester, about 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia, said it was being used as a staging area and hundreds of passengers were in the church’s gymnasium.In one of Amtrak’s deadliest recent accidents, eight people were killed and 43 hurt last May when a New York-bound train derailed in Philadelphia. Officials are still determining the cause of that crash.Last month, about three dozen people were injured when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Kansas.
China’s Yuan Trade System To Open Branches In London
China’s state-owned currency marketplace said on Sunday it was preparing to open branches in London and New York as part of efforts to promote the yuan’s global status.The China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS), a subsidiary of China’s central bank, said in a statement that by expanding its network offshore, it aims to serve more overseas institutions and become a “main trading platform and pricing center” for the yuan globally.China has been gradually loosening its capital controls to allow more foreign participation in its onshore yuan market. Beijing is also fostering offshore yuan centers to promote international use of the Chinese currency.CFETS provides an electronic bidding system for the yuan against foreign currencies. It also offers cross-rate trading, as well as RMB interbank lending and bond trading. Yuan-based trading on CFETS totaled 618.12 trillion yuan ($94.24 trillion)in 2015, according to official Xinhua News Agency.
The CFETS said that it would further strengthen cooperation with overseas trading platforms, and aim to eventually provide trading services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The market platform extended its trading hours for China’s onshore yuan this year to end trading at 11:30 p.m. local time from 4:30 p.m. previously.“CFETS is willing to provide comprehensive service and support to British institutions who participate in China’s inter-bank market, and strengthen cooperation with them as Chinese companies go offshore,” Sun Jie, executive vice president of CFETS, told an event in Shanghai.The event, focused on the topic of yuan’s internationalization, was attended by Chinese and British regulators, as well as financial institutions.
Britain and China have been working hard in recent years to strengthen their economic relationship, despite strong differences due to Britain’s criticism of China’s human rights record. Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Britain last October to seal what both call a “golden time” in relations.Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group, told the same event on Sunday that London is now the world’s biggest offshore yuan center after Hong Kong.LSE is working with the Shanghai Stock Exchange to launch a cross-border investment scheme to link the British and Chinese stock markets.
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