California Governor Approves New ‘Brock Turner’ Law

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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday signed a bill that mandates state prison time for those convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim. The legislation was in response to the Brock Turner case, in which the Stanford student was given a short jail sentence after being convicted of raping an unconscious woman. Turner ended up serving just three months behind bars, and his case received national attention when his victim’s letter excoriating his defenders was made public.


El Cajon Police Shooting Video Released


Police in El Cajon, California, released a video Friday afternoon showing the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a police officer. The video, which was taken by a witness on a cellphone, shows officers firing four shots at Alfred Olango, 38, who was allegedly holding a vape, and nearby women screaming before the video abruptly ends. Officials said the decision was made to release the video because early accounts of the shooting were “misleading,” and they wanted to correct the record. El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis described in-depth the violent protests that were sparked by the shooting, including instances of individual demonstrators calling for the killing of police officers. Out of concern for safety, the town asked all businesses to close early on Friday afternoon after the video was released.


Alicia Machado Fires Back at Trump’s ‘Campaign of Hate’


Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe whom Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked this week, fired back at the Republican presidential nominee on Friday morning in an Instagram post, calling his campaign one based in “hate.” Machado wrote that Trump’s penchant for insulting women is “something that is definitely one of his more frightening characteristics.” In a tweetstorm early Friday morning, Trump attacked Machado further by insinuating she was part of a sex tape that doesn’t actually exist, urging voters to “check out” the tape. Clinton called the comments “unhinged, even for Donald Trump.”

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Judge Releases Trump Deposition Video


A judge in Washington, D.C., disclosed video depositions of Donald Trump and his son, Donald Jr., on Friday. In one of the videos, Trump says his comments about Mexican “rapists,” on the day he announced his candidacy, were planned but not pre-written. He also says in the deposition that the construction project of the new Trump hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., was run solely by Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump. The depositions stem from a lawsuit Trump brought against several restauranteurs who reneged on a deal to operate in Trump’s refurbished Old Post Office after the candidate made his incendiary remarks about Mexican people. In the deposition, Trump says that the restauranteurs would actually benefit from being in his hotel because he was able to “tap into something” that was being felt among the electorate.


Roger Ailes Buys $36M Mansion After $40M Buyout

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The $40-million golden parachute former Fox News chief Roger Ailes received to exit the network following sexual-harassment allegations has seemingly paid off in real estate. According to the Daily Mail Online, the deposed cable-news mogul is the secret buyer of a luxurious $36-mllion oceanfront mansion in swanky Palm Beach, Florida. The 12,700-square-foot property offers a private beach, seven full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, and a guest house. Ailes and his wife reportedly purchased the home through a trust with City National Bank of Florida, so as to keep their names out of public records.


Joakim Noah Protests Dinner with Army Cadets

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NBA player Joakim Noah, who was recently traded to the New York Knicks from the Chicago Bulls, is skipping a team dinner with Army cadets at West Point because he would have felt “uncomfortable” due to his opposition to war. The Knicks are holding their training camp at the U.S. Military Academy there this year. “It’s hard for me a little bit—I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting—but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world,’’ Noah said, urging against characterizing his decision as a protest. “I have mixed feeling about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America. I don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.’’ Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said “it’s [Noah’s] right” to skip the dinner as well as a speech by a retired army colonel. 


Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended for Remainder of Term

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended without pay Friday morning for the remainder of his term after being found guilty of ethics violations in his defiance of a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages. Moore had faced ethics charges for the second time in 13 years—the first for his refusal to allow the removal of a Ten Commandments monument in the court lobby—for his January 2016 administrative order informing the state’s 68 probate judges of their “ministerial duty” to not issue same-sex marriage licenses.


Neo-Nazi Hacker Targets Seattle Mariners

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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, white nationalists and a Neo-Nazi hacker are targeting the Seattle Mariners after the team suspended backup catcher Steve Clevenger for tweets that were widely condemned as racist. In a post on The Daily Stormer, a Neo-Nazi hacker named Weev wrote: “We can no longer stand silent while good white men lose their incomes and futures to the Jew mob.” The white nationalists also called on their fellow activists to storm the team on social media. After the protests in Charlotte over the police killing of a black man, Clevenger wrote in a tweet that the Black Lives Matter movement and President Barack Obama are “pathetic,” and that “everyone should be locked behind bars like animals.” Clevenger, who was on the 60-day disabled list, was suspended for the rest of the season after posting a public apology. 


Debate Commission: Trump Had Audio Issues

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Donald Trump’s microphone was experienced audio issues during the first presidential debate on Monday night, the Commission on Presidential Debates said Friday. The technical malfunction only affected the sound level inside the debate hall, the commission noted, and did not alter how millions of viewers at home heard the Republican candidate. Debate-watchers observed that Trump appeared to be sniffling into his microphone during the debate, but Trump aides were quick to say it was simply his breathing that was picked up on the microphone. Following the debate, Trump told reporters in the spin room that his microphone was “defective,” and suggested the debate might have been rigged against him. “I wonder, was that on purpose? Was that on purpose?” Trump told reporters in the spint room following the debate. “But I had a mic that wasn't worked properly, with, working properly within the room.”