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India Elects Untouchable President From Lowest Dalit Caste

Source: NBC News

LONDON — India chose an “untouchable” as its next president Thursday after the first contest in which both candidates were from the lowest tier of the country's caste system.

Ram Nath Kovind, nominated by the ruling BJP party, had been clear favorite for the largely ceremonial post, which is decided by 4,800 lawmakers across the country.

Under India’s constitution, the prime minister and his ministers wield executive power but the president sometimes plays a role such as deciding which party should form a government if a general election is inconclusive.

Kovind, 72, is not the first president to be “Dalit,” a term that means “oppressed” in Sanskrit and refers to members of the lowest caste. Kocheril Raman Narayanan took office in 1997 more than half a century after Gandhi pledged to end the country’s ancient system of discrimination.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/india-elects-untouchable-president-ram-nath-kovind-lowest-dalit-caste-n784726

Dems get top challenger for Nevada Senate fight

Source: The Hill

Freshman Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced her Nevada Senate bid Thursday, hoping to take on Republican Sen. Dean Heller in 2018's general election.

The Nevada race represents one of the few offensive opportunities for Democrats, who face a daunting Senate map elsewhere in the country with many incumbents defending their seats. Landing a perceived top-tier candidate like Rosen in Nevada, a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016, boosts their hopes of taking Heller's seat.

Rosen blasted the Trump administration in a Thursday statement announcing her bid, making it clear that opposition to President Trump will be a centerpiece of her bid against Heller.

"Now more than ever, Nevadans deserve a Senator they can trust to be an independent voice standing up to President Trump, not his enabler. Senator Heller might not sound like President Trump, but his voting record shows he supported Trump’s agenda 100% of the time in his first 100 days," she said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/340799-heller-gets-dem-challenge-for-nevada-senate-seat

Trump announces pick for last open labor board seat

Source: The Hill

Business groups are lauding President Trump for announcing his intent to fill the last open seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with labor-law attorney William Emanuel.

Emanuel, who represents employers in labor and employment law matters at Littler Mendelson in Los Angeles, would round out the panel, which had two vacancies when Trump took office.

“It is long past time that these vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board are filled,” Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee and the National Right to Work Foundation said in a statement.

“The Senate should quickly confirm these qualified nominees.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/339844-trump-announces-second-labor-board-pick

Sanders: FBI inquiry of wife is 'pathetic' attack

Source: The Hill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday broke his silence on an FBI inquiry into his wife Jane Sanders, calling the probe a "pathetic" and politically motivated attack.

"My wife is about the most honest person I know," Sanders said on CNN's "OutFront" Tuesday. "All that I will tell you now is it's a sad state of affairs in America when not only we have politicians being destroyed ... but when you go after people's wives. That's pretty pathetic."

Sanders also suggested in the video that the inquiry was politically motivated, but wouldn't comment further.

"That's all I'm going to say. I think it's fairly pathetic that when people are involved in public life not only do they get attacked, but their wives and their families get attacked," Sanders added.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/339772-sanders-fbi-inquiry-of-wife-is-pathetic-attack

NC man gets life for plotting ISIS inspired attack

Source: AP/WSPA-TV

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP/WSPA) – A North Carolina man accused of plotting a U.S. terror attack that he discussed with a member of the Islamic State group pled guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. He pled guilty in November.

Justin Sullivan of Morganton is also accused of killing his neighbor and stealing his money so he could buy an assault rifle to carry out an IS-inspired shooting at a concert or club.

Sullivan will be observed by a doctor to determine if he is predisposed to schizophrenia.

The defense argued that being placed in a high security prison could trigger schizophrenia.

Read more: http://wspa.com/2017/06/27/nc-teen-get-life-for-supporting-isil/

'Pizzagate' gunman sentenced to four years

Source: BBC News

A US man who opened fired in a Washington DC pizza restaurant because of an online conspiracy theory has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, burst into Comet Ping Pong on 4 December 2016 armed with a rifle and pistol.

He drove from North Carolina to pursue bogus claims that the restaurant was the nexus of a child sex ring linked to Hillary Clinton's inner circle.

No one was injured in what prosecutors described as an "armed invasion".

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40372407?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Federal authorities launch probe into city of Tallahassee

Source: WCTV

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Federal authorities have launched an investigation into redevelopment deals that involve business owners and developers as well as an ally of a Florida mayor running for governor.

A federal subpoena asks for records, texts and emails between the city of Tallahassee and a local redevelopment agency involving business owners, including Adam Corey, the former campaign treasurer of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

Both the city and the agency have been ordered to turn over records to a federal grand jury in July. The Associated Press has obtained a copy of the subpoenas.

Amy Alexander, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Florida, said she had no public information about the investigation.

Read more: http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Federal-authorities-launch-probe-into-city-of-Tallahassee-430164903.html

Gillum has been picking up a lot of endorsements for his campaign for Governor. I suspect that he may not be getting a whole lot more for a while.

Bernie Sanders isnt backing Tim Canova in his second bid against Wasserman Schultz

Source: McClatchy DC

In the summer of 2016, Tim Canova was the South Florida proxy for the dying embers of Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid.

After Sanders endorsed — on national television — Canova’s bid to oust Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her congressional seat, the Nova Southeastern University law professor raked in millions from disaffected liberal Democrats around the country upset with her leadership of the Democratic National Committee and her perceived favoritism toward Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.

“Clearly I favor her opponent, his views are much closer to mine than to Wasserman Schultz’s,” Sanders said in May 2016.

Last week, Canova announced he will challenge Wasserman Schultz again in 2018 despite a 14-point loss in the Democratic primary to the longtime congresswoman from Weston.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article157374229.html

This Canova is becoming toxic. We don't need any elected Democrats from the Alex Jones wing of the party.

Dem who launched bid against Paul Ryan raises 100k in first day of campaign

Source: The Hill

Democrat Randy Bryce, who's challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) for his Wisconsin seat, raised more than $100,000 in just over 24 hours after declaring his candidacy, he said Tuesday.

Bryce, a union ironworker who ran twice unsuccessfully for the state legislature, announced on Monday that he would challenge Ryan, the top congressional Republican who has represented Wisconsin's 1st district since 1999.

Bryce will face David Yankovich in the district's Democratic primary early next year. Both men backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) early on in the 2016 presidential elections.

Ryan is among the most well-connected Republicans in the country and is backed by a massive fundraising operation.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338709-dem-who-launched-bid-against-paul-ryan-raises-100k-in-first-day-of-campaign
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