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1 month ago

John Lewis: Donald Trump should seek forgiveness for birther push

Republican nominee Donald Trump is retracting his long-held belief that President Obama was not born in the United States but the GOP nominee should also admit he was wrong and ask for forgiveness, Georgia Rep. John Lewis said Friday.

Lewis, a civil rights pioneer and Democratic congressman, spoke with Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson from inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

In the interview, Lewis discussed the so-called birther movement, which holds the false belief that President Obama was not born in the United States. On Friday morning, Trump attempted to distance himself from movement, despite being its most visible proponent for several years.

President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period, Trump said. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.

When Trump first raised the issue of Mr. Obamas birthplace in 2011, Lewis said, I thought it was shameful.

Everybody, every reasonable person knew that he was born in America in Hawaii, not in Kenya, Lewis explained. And he just wouldnt give up on it.

When you make mistakes, when youre wrong, you should admit youre wrong, and ask people to forgive you, Lewis added.

Dickerson also asked Lewis about Trumps argument that Mr. Obama has been such a bad president that it will prevent another African American from being elected to the office for a long time.

I think President Barack Obama has been a good president, Lewis replied. I have met every president since President Kennedy. And I think Barack Obama must be listed as one of the best. This young man has been so inspiring - not just to people in America but to people all around the world.

For more of our interview with Lewis, along with a look at the latest developments in the 2016 election, tune in Sunday to Face the Nation. Check your local listings for airtimes.

4 months ago

Trump, Saddam and why people mistrust the media - Washington Post

At a July 5 rally in Raleigh, N.C., Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters that Saddam Hussein was a "really bad guy," but that "he killed terrorists. He did that so good." (Reuters)

By now, everyone's aware that Donald Trump wanderedoff message Tuesday night and told an audience in Raleigh, N.C., that Saddam Hussein, for all his sins, "killed terrorists."

"He did that so good," the presumed GOP presidential nominee said. "They didnt read them the rights. They didnt talk. They were terrorists. It was over.Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism. You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq. Its like Harvard, okay? So sad."

There were spasms of outrag

7 months ago

Politics|Authorities: 'Hamburglar' Breaks Into Five Guys Restaurant - New York Times

WASHINGTON Authorities say a man got hungry while he was burglarizing a District of Columbia hamburger restaurant and began cooking himself some food.

The Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release that security footage from March 18 shows the suspect putting food on the grill after breaking into a Five Guys restaurant.

The video appears to show the man cooking two cheeseburgers while talking on a cellphone, but a police spokesman tells The Washington Post ( he couldn't confirm the nature of the food.

Officer Sean Hickman says the man sneaked inside the restaurant after a delivery person left, and eventually stole a bottle of water.

Authorities say the incident is being investigated as a burglary. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest.


Information from: The Washington Post,

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11 months ago

Starkly Different Accounts of Freddie Gray's Death as Trial of Officer Begins - New York Times

BALTIMORE As Freddie Gray lay handcuffed and shackled on the floor of a police van, Officer William G. Porter, who is facing charges of manslaughter in Mr. Grays death, ignored the young mans cries for help and failed to call for a medic, even when he said I cant breathe, a prosecutor told a jury here Wednesday.

But defense lawyers offered a starkly different account, insisting that Mr. Gray never said he could not breathe in Officer Porters presence, that the officer tried to help Mr. Gray sit upright inside the van and that he twice asked Mr. Gray if he needed a medic. Declaring his client innocent, Gary Proctor, one of the defense lawyers, played off a rallying cry of the Black Li

11 months ago

Pfizer Inversion Puts Pressure on US Lawmakers to Revamp Tax Rules - Wall Street Journal

By Richard Rubin Nov. 23, 2015 1:01 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON Pfizer Inc. PFE -2.33 % s decision to escape the U.S. tax system by putting its legal headquarters in Ireland puts even more pressure on lawmakers to revamp tax rules and prevent the corporate tax base from eroding. But the largest corporate inversion in history is unlikely to dislodge the obstacles that have prevented action.

The political and technical hurdles to overhauling the tax codeeven a limited set of changes to the taxation of U.S. companies foreign incomehave stymied lawmakers for years. And the fragile consen