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Three pro-Palestine students at Vanderbilt University have been expelled, one suspended, and 27 have been issued disciplinary probation after taking part in a rowdy demonstration after protesting against the administration’s removal of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions initiative — an anti-Israel effort, per Fox News Digital.

The Vanderbilt Divest Coalition had put forth an amendment to the Vanderbilt Student Government Constitution that would bar government funds from being used to support businesses that supported Israel.

The proposed amendment had received 600 signatures, which qualified for appearing on the ballot. However, the university removed the amendment, motivating 30 students to march into the halls of Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier’s office and hold a sit-in last month.

While there were claims that protesters physically assaulted a Community Service Officer and shoved other staff members, the VDC claimed that the whole demonstration was a “peaceful” one, per the report.

The sit-in ultimately lasted more than 20 hours. Even though the students faced suspension and forced removal, 30 Vanderbilt students decided to remain on the steps outside the building.

The Vanderbilt Hustler — the university’s student-run newspaper — reported that an open letter was sent to Chancellor Diermeier, claiming that the actions taken against the students were “draconian.”

The letter stated: “Some of us participated in similar sit-ins in our own day; they form part of the protest lexicon. And while such civil disobedience carries consequences, the consequences our administrators have chosen — including expulsion and criminal charges — are draconian,” Maroney said. “We call on the Chancellor to change course.”

It continued: “We recognize that as a private entity, Vanderbilt has the latitude to set its own policies about free expression. But we are concerned that these rules seem arbitrary, shifting, and unevenly applied to student activists and other community members. We also contend that the criterion that student protests must not ‘disrupt’ university operations is perniciously vague and expansive. Nonviolent protests aim at disruption to varying degrees. Thus, stipulating that protests violate handbook policy when they disrupt university operations potentially bans many meaningful forms of protest.”

The university did not comment on the number of expulsions and suspensions, appealing to federal privacy laws.

“After a thorough review of the incident, including examination of evidence and interviews with students, the Student Accountability Community Standards and Academic Integrity staff issued a range of findings and sanctions that took the individual circumstances of each student’s conduct into account,” Vanderbilt Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver said on Friday. “The sanctions included disciplinary probation as well as suspension and expulsion.”

The students affected by the disciplinary action have ten days to appeal their case. During the appeal process, students will be allowed to return to class.

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  • Avatar BOB says:

    Good Ridence , deport the heathens .

  • Avatar D L B says:

    SEND THEM to PALESTINE!!! No If’s, ands. or buts. . .

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    Crowds are gathering for former President Donald Trump’s rally in the Bronx — a Democrat stronghold as Trump sticks to his word in making a heavy play for traditionally blue areas in the 2024 election cycle.

    “President Trump is going to speak directly to locals in the Bronx, in the borough, about how their lives have worsened under Joe Biden’s policies, particularly ‘Bidenomics,’ which has led to the highest inflation in a generation,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt said in a statement to Spectrum News NY1 ahead of Trump taking the stage in Crotona Park.

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    Videos are emerging on social media, showing crowds gathering ahead of the former president’s big speech. Some supporters were lined up to see Trump seven hours before the big event.

    Trump also shared a video of voters explaining why they support the former president, writing, “THANK YOU—SEE YOU TONIGHT AT 6:00PM EASTERN!”

    The rally follows Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — clearly disturbed by Trump’s presence in her home state — admitting that Democrats are engaging in lawfare against Trump to keep him off the campaign trail.

    “New York City is blue. Brooklyn is blue. Queens is blue. The Bronx is blue, and he’s got nowhere to go, so he has decided to come to the South Bronx,” she said.

    “He is broke. He needs to pay the legal funds and busing people and to get those donations so he can funnel them to his legal fees is kind of his business right now,” she claimed, ignoring the fact that Trump has said, for months, that he would make a play for Democrat strongholds.

    In May, Trump attracted a crowd of roughly 100,000 at his rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, as well.

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    Senate Downs Border Bill for Second Time

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    The Senate voted down the bipartisan border bill Thursday, marking the second time it has been blocked in a matter of months as Democrats look to shore up their political troubles and give President Biden and incumbent senators a boost in the process.

    In a widely expected outcome, senators voted 43-50 to take down the proposal, which was negotiated over the fall and winter by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.). The bill lost support compared to the previous vote in February, which fell in a 49-50 tally.

    Headlining those who flipped their votes this time around was Lankford, who was the lead GOP member throughout negotiations before the border bill met an unceremonious death.

    The Oklahoma Republican told The Hill last week that Schumer and Murphy didn’t discuss the renewed border push with him and that he was siding with his GOP colleagues, arguing this current push was inherently political and that Democrats were not interested at this point in getting a legislative result.

    “Today is not a bill. Today is a prop. Today is a political messaging exercise,” Lankford said ahead of the vote. “That doesn’t help us as a country.”

    Joining Lankford in flipping their votes to no were Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Sinema.

    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) voted against the bill in February, but was absent Thursday.

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said repeatedly in recent weeks that he wanted to put the bill on the floor again to drive home the point that former President Trump and his supporters killed the bill for political purposes, and that Democrats want action at the border.

    “People want us to get things done. People want us to come together. And when they hear that the only reason Republicans backed away from this bill is not that it wasn’t strong enough, but that Donald Trump said he wanted chaos at the border, they don’t like that,” Schumer said Thursday on the floor.

    “The public is on the same page. And in the polling data, Democrats, Republicans, and independents are all on the same page: act on a bipartisan bill, get something done,” he continued. “Don’t play political games.”

    Republicans have panned those claims and maintain Schumer is the one pursuing a nakedly-political agenda, and Democrats have failed to secure the border throughout Biden’s White House tenure.

    The border vote was also viewed by many as an attempt by Schumer to lend a hand to a number of his Democratic colleagues who are staring down tough reelection fights in November as the border is turning into a potent issue in red and purple states.

    “They’re trying to get right, and they know they need political cover. To me, that’s all this is about,” Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said Wednesday. “He knows this is not going to get an outcome. It’s not going to pass the House. We’re not making law here.”

    “This is about political messaging, and they understand it’s a big political vulnerability for them, and I get why he’s doing what he’s doing,” Thune continued. “But I don’t think this is going to work, because people realize who owns the issue of the border, and that’s the Democrats.”

    According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, fiscal 2024 has averaged 217,000 migrant crossings per month, with more than 300,000 crossings marking the high-water mark in recent years.

    “It’s no mystery how we got here. President Biden and Vice President Harris were promising open borders four years ago on the campaign trail. And they started following through literally on day 1,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor.

    The border bill emerged out of tense negotiations among the three, along with the Biden administration and staffers for Schumer and McConnell, as part of a bid to gain House Republicans’ backing of the national security supplemental and aid for Ukraine.

    Republicans lined up en masse against it within hours of its release in February, dooming it from the get-go. That prompted Schumer to plow ahead on the aid package, which included funds for Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific and for humanitarian purposes.

    Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) eventually relented and moved ahead with his national security plan in April, which also included a potential ban of TikTok.

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    Biden Has Now Canceled $167 Billion in Student Debt

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    The Biden administration is canceling student loans for another 160,000 borrowers through a combination of existing programs.

    The Education Department announced the latest round of cancellation on Wednesday, saying it will erase $7.7 billion in federal student loans. With the latest action, the administration said it has canceled $167 billion in student debt for nearly 5 million Americans through several programs.

    “From day one of my administration, I promised to fight to ensure higher education is a ticket to the middle class, not a barrier to opportunity,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “I will never stop working to cancel student debt — no matter how many times Republican-elected officials try to stop us.”

    The latest relief will go to borrowers in three categories who hit certain milestones that make them eligible for cancellation. It will go to 54,000 borrowers who are enrolled in Biden’s new income-driven repayment plan, along with 39,000 enrolled in earlier income-driven plans, and about 67,000 who are eligible through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

    Biden’s new payment plan, known as the SAVE Plan, offers a faster path to forgiveness than earlier versions. More people are now becoming eligible for loan cancellation as they hit 10 years of payments, a new finish line that’s a decade sooner than what borrowers faced in the past.

    The cancellation is moving forward even as Biden’s SAVE Plan faces legal challenges from Republican-led states. A group of 11 states led by Kansas sued to block the plan in March, followed by seven more led by Missouri in April. In two federal lawsuits, the states say Biden needed to go through Congress for his overhaul of federal repayment plans.

    A separate action by the Biden administration aimed to correct previous mistakes that delayed cancellation for some borrowers enrolled in other repayment plans and through Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which forgives loans for people who make 10 years of payments while working in public service jobs.

    The Biden administration has been announcing new batches of forgiveness each month as more people qualify under those three categories.

    According to the Education Department, 1 in 10 federal student loan borrowers has now been approved for some form of loan relief.

    “One out of every 10 federal student loan borrowers approved for debt relief means one out of every 10 borrowers now has financial breathing room and a burden lifted,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement.

    The Biden administration has continued canceling loans through existing avenues while it also pushes for a new, one-time cancellation that would provide relief to more than 30 million borrowers in five categories.

    Biden’s new plan aims to help borrowers with large sums of unpaid interest, those with older loans, those who attended low-value college programs, and those who face other hardships preventing them from repaying student loans. It would also cancel loans for people who are eligible through other programs but haven’t applied.

    The proposal is going through a lengthy rulemaking process, but the administration said it will accelerate certain provisions, with plans to start waiving unpaid interest for millions of borrowers starting this fall.

    Conservative opponents have threatened to challenge that plan too, calling it an unfair bonus for wealthy college graduates at the expense of taxpayers who didn’t attend college or already repaid their loans.

    The Supreme Court rejected Biden’s earlier attempt at one-time cancellation, saying it overstepped the president’s authority. The new plan is being made with a different legal justification.

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    DEI FAIL: Half of UCLA Medical School Graduates Can’t Pass Basic Competency Tests

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    Long considered one of the best medical schools in the world, the University of California, Los Angeles’s David Geffen School of Medicine receives as many as 14,000 applications a year. Of those, it accepted just 173 students in the 2023 admissions cycle, a record-low acceptance rate of 1.3 percent. The median matriculant took difficult science courses in college, earned a 3.8 GPA, and scored in the 88th percentile on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

    Without those stellar stats, some doctors at the school say, students can struggle to keep pace with the demanding curriculum.

    So when it came time for the admissions committee to consider one such student in November 2021—a black applicant with grades and test scores far below the UCLA average—some members of the committee felt that this particular candidate, based on the available evidence, was not the best fit for the top-tier medical school, according to two people present for the committee’s meeting.

    Their reservations were not well-received.

    When an admissions officer voiced concern about the candidate, the two people said, the dean of admissions, Jennifer Lucero, exploded in anger.

    “Did you not know African-American women are dying at a higher rate than everybody else?” Lucero asked the admissions officer, these people said. The candidate’s scores shouldn’t matter, she continued, because “we need people like this in the medical school.”

    Even before the Supreme Court’s landmark affirmative action ban last year, public schools in California were barred by state law from considering race in admissions. The outburst from Lucero, who discussed race explicitly despite that ban, unsettled some admissions officers, one of whom reached out to other committee members in the wake of the incident. “We are not consistent in the way we apply the metrics to these applicants,” the official wrote in an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “This is troubling.”

    “I wondered,” the official added, “if this applicant had been [a] white male, or [an] Asian female for that matter, [whether] we would have had that much discussion.”

    Since Lucero took over medical school admissions in June 2020, several of her colleagues have asked the same question. In interviews with the Free Beacon and complaints to UCLA officials, including investigators in the university’s Discrimination Prevention Office, faculty members with firsthand knowledge of the admissions process say it has prioritized diversity over merit, resulting in progressively less qualified classes that are now struggling to succeed.

    Race-based admissions have turned UCLA into a “failed medical school,” said one former member of the admissions staff. “We want racial diversity so badly, we’re willing to cut corners to get it.”

    This story is based on written correspondence between UCLA officials, internal data on student performance, and interviews with eight professors at the medical school—six of whom have worked with or under Lucero on medical student and residency admissions.

    Together, they provide an unprecedented account of how racial preferences, outlawed in California since 1996, have nonetheless continued, upending academic standards at one of the top medical schools in the country. The school has consequently taken a hit in the rankings and seen a sharp rise in the number of students failing basic standardized tests, raising concerns about their clinical competence.

    “I have students on their rotation who don’t know anything,” a member of the admissions committee told the Free Beacon. “People get in and they struggle.”

    It is almost unheard of for admissions officials to go public, even anonymously, and provide a window into confidential deliberations, much less to accuse their colleagues of breaking the law or lowering standards. They’ve agreed to come forward anyway, several officials told the Free Beacon, because the results of Lucero’s push for diversity have been so alarming.

    “I wouldn’t normally talk to a reporter,” a UCLA faculty member said. “But there’s no way to stop this without embarrassing the medical school.”

    Within three years of Lucero’s hiring in 2020, UCLA dropped from 6th to 18th place in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings for medical research. And in some of the cohorts she admitted, more than 50 percent of students failed standardized tests on emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

    Those tests, known as shelf exams, which are typically taken at the end of each clinical rotation, measure basic medical knowledge and play a pivotal role in residency applications. Though only 5 percent of students fail each test nationally, the rates are much higher at UCLA, having increased tenfold in some subjects since 2020, according to internal data obtained by the Free Beacon.

    That uptick coincided with a steep drop in the number of Asian matriculants and tracks the subjective impressions of faculty who say that students have never been more poorly prepared.

    One professor said that a student in the operating room could not identify a major artery when asked, then berated the professor for putting her on the spot. Another said that students at the end of their clinical rotations don’t know basic lab tests and, in some cases, are unable to present patients.

    “I don’t know how some of these students are going to be junior doctors,” the professor said. “Faculty are seeing a shocking decline in knowledge of medical students.”

    And for those who’ve seen the competency crisis up close, double standards in admissions are a big part of the problem. “All the normal criteria for getting into medical school only apply to people of certain races,” an admissions officer said. “For other people, those criteria are completely disregarded.”

    Led by Lucero, who also serves as the vice chair for equity, diversity, and inclusion of UCLA’s anesthesiology department, the admissions committee routinely gives black and Latino applicants a pass for subpar metrics, four people who served on it said, while whites and Asians need near perfect scores to even be considered.

    The bar for underrepresented minorities is “as low as you could possibly imagine,” one committee member told the Free Beacon. “It completely disregards grades and achievements.”

    Several officials said that they support holistic admissions and don’t believe test scores should be judged in isolation. The problem, as they see it, is that the committee is not just weighing academic merit against community service or considering how much time a given student had to study for the MCAT. For certain applicants, they say, hardship and community service seem to be the only things that matter to the majority of the committee’s 20-30 members, many of whom were handpicked by Lucero, according to people familiar with the selection process.

    “We were always outnumbered,” an admissions officer told the Free Beacon, referring to committee members who expressed concern about low grades. “Other people would get upset when we brought up GPA.”

    Lucero hasn’t been kind to dissenters. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, six people who’ve worked with her described a pattern of racially charged incidents that has dispirited officials and pushed some of them to resign from the committee.

    She has lashed out at officials who question the qualifications of minority candidates, five sources said, suggesting naysayers are “privileged,” implying that they are racist, and subjecting them to diversity training sessions.

    After a Native American applicant was rejected in 2021, for example, Lucero chewed out the committee and made members sit through a two-hour lecture on Native history delivered by her own sister, according to three people familiar with the incident. No applications were reviewed that day, an official present for the lecture said.

    In the anesthesiology department, where Lucero helps rank applicants to the department’s residency program, she has rebuffed calls to blind the race of candidates, telling colleagues in a January 2023 email that, despite California’s ban on racial preferences, “we are not required to blind any information.”

    That alone could get UCLA in legal trouble, according to Adam Mortara, the lead trial lawyer for the plaintiffs in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, the Supreme Court case that outlawed affirmative action nationwide.

    Asking for information about an applicant’s race when “no lawful use can be made of it” is “presumptively illegal,” Mortara said. “You can’t have evidence of overt discrimination like this and not have someone come forward” as a plaintiff.

    Lucero has even advocated moving candidates up or down the residency rank list based on race. At a meeting in February 2022, according to two people present, Lucero demanded that a highly qualified white male be knocked down several spots because, as she put it, “we have too many of his kind” already. She also told doctors who voiced concern that they had no right to an opinion because they were “not BIPOC,” sources said, and insisted that a Hispanic applicant who had performed poorly on her anesthesiology rotation in medical school should be bumped up. Neither candidate was ultimately moved.

    Lucero’s comments from the meeting were flagged in an email to UCLA’s Discrimination Prevention Office, which has received several complaints about her since 2023, emails show. The office has declined to act on those complaints on the grounds that they aren’t “serious enough” to merit an investigation, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The Discrimination Prevention Office did not respond to a request for comment.

    The focus on racial diversity has coincided with a dramatic shift in the racial and ethnic composition of the medical school, where the number of Asian matriculants fell by almost a third between 2019 and 2022, according to publicly available data. No other elite medical school in California saw a similar decline.

    As the demographics of UCLA have changed, the number of students failing their shelf exams has soared, trends professors at the medical school say are connected.

    Between 2020, the year Lucero assumed her post, and 2023, when the first classes she admitted were taking their shelf exams, the failure rate rose dramatically across all subjects, in some cases increasing tenfold relative to the 2020 baseline, per internal data obtained by the Free Beacon.

    “UCLA still produces some very good graduates,” one professor said. “But a third to a half of the medical school is incredibly unqualified.”

    The collapse in qualifications has been compounded by UCLA’s decision, in 2020, to condense its preclinical curriculum from two years to one in order to add more time for research and community service. That means students arrive at their clinical rotations with just a year of courses under their belt—some of which focus less on science than social justice.

    First-year students spend three to four hours every other week in “Structural Racism and Health Equity,” a required class that covers topics like “fatphobia,” has featured anti-Semitic speakers, and is now the subject of an internal review. They spend an additional seven hours a week in “Foundations of Practice,” which includes units on “interpersonal communication skills” and, according to one medical student, basically “tells us how to be a good person.” The two courses eat up time that could be spent on physiology or anatomy, professors say, and leave struggling students with fewer hours to learn the basics.

    “This has been a colossal failure,” one professor posted in April on a forum for medical school applicants. “The new curriculum is not working and the students are grossly unprepared for clinical rotations.”

    Nearly a fourth of UCLA medical students failed three or more shelf exams in 2021, data from the school show, forcing some students to repeat classes and persuading others to postpone a different test, the Step 2 licensing exam, that is typically taken in the third year of medical school and is a prerequisite for most residency programs.

    Around 20 percent of UCLA students have not taken Step 2 by January of their fourth year, according to the data. Ten percent have not even taken the more basic Step 1—an “extremely high number,” one professor said, that will force many students to extend medical school.

    “It’s a combination of a bad curriculum and bad selection,” another professor said, referring to the admissions process. Some students are accepted with GPAs so low “they shouldn’t even be applying.”

    As medical schools around the country adjust to the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ban, the experience of UCLA offers a preview of how administrators may skirt the law and devise public-spirited excuses for violating it.

    Lucero has told the admissions committee that each class should “represent” the “diversity” of California, including its remote and rural areas, so that graduating students will return to their hometowns and beef up the medical infrastructure there, officials say.

    Race is rarely mentioned outright, and unlike the committee for anesthesiology residents, the committee for students does not see the race or ethnicity of applicants.

    Instead, officials say, Lucero uses proxies like zip codes and euphemisms like “disadvantaged” to shut down criticism of unqualified candidates, citing a finding from the Association of American Medical Colleges that, technically, most students with below-average MCATs make it to their second year of medical school. How well they do after that point goes undiscussed and undisclosed.

    “We have asked for metrics on how these folks actually do,” one committee member said. “None of that is ever divulged to us.”

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    Cassie Breaks Silence on Diddy Assaults

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    Cassie Ventura has shared a statement expressing her gratitude for the support she has received since CNN’s publication of a 2016 surveillance video that showed her being physically assaulted by her then-boyfriend, Sean “Diddy” Combs.

    “Thank you for all of the love and support from my family, friends, strangers and those I have yet to meet,” Ventura wrote in a post shared on Instagram. “The outpouring of love has created a place for my younger self to settle and feel safe now, but this is only the beginning.”

    Ventura continued, “Domestic Violence is THE issue. It broke me down to someone I never thought I would become. With a lot of hard work, I am better today, but I will always be recovering from my past.”

    She then turned her focus to seek support for others.

    “My only ask is that EVERYONE open your heart to believing victims the first time. It takes a lot of heart to tell the truth out of a situation that you were powerless in,” Ventura wrote. “I offer my hand to those that are still living in fear. Reach out to your people, don’t cut them off. No one should carry this weight alone.”

    “This healing journey is never ending, but this support means everything to me,” she concluded her message.

    Combs and Ventura dated off and on from 2007 to 2018. In her complaint that was settled within a day of its filing in November 2023, Ventura alleged Combs raped her in 2018 and subjected her to years of repeated physical and other abuses over the course of their relationship.

    Combs has denied her allegations.

    “A decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing,” Ben Brafman, an attorney for Combs, told CNN in a statement in November. “Mr. Combs‘ decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”

    Combs apologized on Sunday for his actions in the surveillance video.

    Ventura’s attorney Meredith Firetog criticized his response.

    “When Cassie and multiple other women came forward, he denied everything and suggested that his victims were looking for a payday,” she in a statement to CNN.

    Ventura and Combs did not name each other in their respective statements. Their November settlement states that neither of them can speak about each other in any way, according to multiple sources familiar with the agreement.

    Growing legal issues for Combs

    Including Ventura’s lawsuit, Combs has been named in seven civil lawsuits in recent months. Six of those lawsuits, including one filed Tuesday, contain allegations of sexual assault. One of the six suits names Combs as a defendant but was brought against Combs’ son, Christian Combs. Only Ventura’s has been settled.

    Authorities searched Diddy’s homes on March 25, 2024, because he is a target of a federal investigation carried out by a Department of Homeland Security team that handles human trafficking and other crimes, according to a senior federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.

    The investigation stems from many of the same sexual assault allegations put forth in the civil lawsuits, according to a second law enforcement source familiar with the searches.

    Combs and his attorneys have denied the allegations. Six lawsuits remain active.

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    Father and Son Hamas Rapists Describe Going House to House Carrying Out Sex Attacks and Murder

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    An evil father and son have revealed to Israeli investigators how they killed and raped innocent civilians after taking part in the Hamas invasion.

    Shameless Jamal Hussein Ahmad Radi, 47, and his son Abdallah, 18, were captured by IDF forces in Gaza and questioned about the atrocities they committed in a kibbutz close to the border.

    In video footage of their confession obtained by MailOnline, the men chillingly describe murdering innocent civilians in their homes, kidnapping others and brutally raping women they found and shooting them once they had finished their evil acts.

    Details of the horrific sexual-related violence carried out emerged in the weeks after the invasion which left more than 1,200 people dead and has sparked a fierce retaliation by Israeli forces in Gaza.

    In the footage the men – dressed in grey tracksuits and with handcuffs – are seen sitting in front of an Israeli flag as they are questioned by an Arabic speaking member of the Shin Bet security service at a secret location.

    Father-of-seven Radi, a member of the Hamas Security Service, who was captured in March in Gaza, describes how he, his son and other terrorists broke into the Nir Oz kibbutz.

    Without any visible sign of remorse he said: ‘In each house where we found someone, we either killed them or kidnapped them.’

    Pressed further he added: ‘In the first house I found a woman and her husband, and we hit them with fire and killed them…they were in their late 40s.’

    He then went on to confess how he had raped one woman and said: ‘She was screaming, she was crying, I did what I did, I raped her.

    ‘I threatened her with my gun to take her clothes off, I remember she was wearing jean shorts, that’s about it.’

    ‘I don’t know what happened to her, I was there for fifteen minutes and then I left.’

    But according to his son Abdallah, his father killed the woman, as he told investigators: ‘My father raped her, then I did and then my cousin did and then we left but my father killed the woman after we finished raping her.

    ‘Before this woman, we had raped another girl as well, I killed two people, I raped two people, and I broke into five houses.’

    The chilling confessions come two months after Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, released a report on sexual violence carried out during the October 7 attacks.

    She questioned several victims and said:’ What I witnessed in Israel were scenes of unspeakable violence perpetrated with shocking brutality.’

    During a month-long visit earlier this year she spoke to 34 survivors and visited four kibbutzim as well as morgues where the bodies of victims were kept.

    Ms Patten said: ‘It was a catalogue of the most extreme and inhumane forms of killing, torture and other horrors.’

    Women who attended the Nova music festival were also targeted for conflict-related sexual violence during the October 7 attack.

    The video confessions come after horrifying footage of five terrified women captured by Hamas fanatics being threatened at gunpoint, was released on Wednesday.

    Commenting on the confessions video an IDF spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Over the past months, we’ve seen countless evidence of the brutal violence used by Hamas on October 7th, including harrowing acts of gender-based and sexual violence.

    ‘These confessions further prove that any attempt to deny the horrors of October 7th, and discredit the testimonies of witnesses, survivors and freed hostages, is part of a campaign to de-legitimize Israel, and to promote the justification of terrorism.’

    The spokesperson added that both father and son were in custody awaiting trial.

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    At Least 5 Dead, 50 Injured as Stage Collapses at Mexico Campaign Rally

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    At least five people were killed and dozens others hurt when part of a stage collapsed during a campaign rally in Mexico attended by a long-shot presidential candidate who escaped injury, according to officials.

    Terrifying video shows a strong gust of wind forcing the top of the stage to crumple while at least seven people stood on stage for the Citizens Movement party event in the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia in the state of Nuevo Leon.

    The party’s presidential nominee Jorge Álvarez Máynez was seen smiling and waving his hands as the crowd chanted his name before looking up to see the beams shake loose.

    He and several others sprinted for safety toward the back of the stage, while some were spotted cowering in place.

    At least five people died, officials said. An estimated 50 people were injured, including some who were trapped.

    Álvarez Máynez said on social media that he was “fine” after being taken to a local hospital, but that members of his team were injured in the accident.

    He also noted that there were “victims,” but did not say how many were injured, adding that a “gust of wind” was to blame for the tragedy.

    Álvarez Máynez was one of the main headliners for the campaign event along with Mayor of San Pedro Lorenia Canavati.

    Canavati shared an image of the giant stage in the hours before the rally, which showed that the roof of the structure was held by eight beams.

    “Waiting for you starting at 6pm here at the El Bishop Baseball Field to celebrate together that soon San Pedro will be better,” she wrote in the photo caption.

    Samuel Garcia, the governor of the northern border state of Nuevo Leon and a leading member of Álvarez Máynez’s Citizens Movement party, said in a taped statement that “unfortunately, there are (people) injured.”

    Garcia said the “strong winds blew down a stage at a campaign closer.” Such events are being held this week and next in anticipation of the June 2 presidential, state and municipal elections.

    Álvarez Máynez has been running third in polls in the presidential race, trailing both front-runner Claudia Sheinbaum of the ruling Morena Party, and opposition coalition candidate Xóchitl Gálvez.

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    Kaylee Gain Attacker Won’t Be Tried as Adult After Evidence of Bullying Emerged, Judge Rules

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    The 15-year-old girl accused of viciously beating classmate Kaylee Gain into a coma will not be charged as an adult, a St. Louis judge ruled on Wednesday.

    The case will remain in juvenile court after the judge reviewed the unnamed suspect’s school history and met with the girl and her family several times since the brutal March fight outside Hazelwood East High School.

    Gain, 16, was left severely injured in a fight on March 8.

    Disturbing video showed her attacker get on top of the teen and repeatedly bash her head into the pavement.

    She awoke from a coma several days later, but still has a long road to recovery, her family has said.

    The teen’s defense attorney, Greg Smith, said in court Wednesday that Gain was previously suspended from school for a fight and struck the 15-year-old first.

    Gain’s parents were present in the courtroom.

    Smith argued that his client had a stable home life, performed well in school and had behaved well while locked up in a juvenile detention center.

    Gain is back home after spending months in the hospital after the brawl.

    She’s doing well but still suffers from short term memory loss, attends speech and physical therapy several days per week and will have surgery to reattach a piece of her skull.

    She still deals with “trauma, fear and pain that have arisen from this incident,” Gain’s family attorney Bryan Kaemmerer said in an update on her condition earlier this month.

    Karmmerer said that the Gain’s family would “respect” the judge’s decision regarding trying the 15-year-old as a juvenile or adult.

    The suspect’s family claimed that the juvenile suspect had been acting in self-defense and that they received numerous racial threats after the incident.

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    Nikki Haley: I Will Be Voting for Trump

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    Former UN ambassador and GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she will vote for former President Trump in November, a shake-up to the 2024 race.

    Haley’s nod could give Trump a boost as he’s repeatedly struggled to court her voters in recent GOP primaries, even after she suspended her presidential campaign.

    Haley has continued to draw about 20% in GOP primary contests, creating a warning sign for Trump’s campaign.

    She also drew double-digit vote shares in key suburban counties in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia, areas that could determine the election.

    Haley said during a conversation at the Hudson Institute that Trump has not been “perfect” on a number of policies, but President Biden has been a “catastrophe.”

    “I will be voting for Trump. Having said that, I stand by what I said in my suspension speech,” she said.

    “Trump would be smart to reach out to the millions of people who voted for me and continue to support me.”

    The event marked Haley’s first public remarks since suspending her presidential campaign in March.

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    Top Fauci Adviser allegedly Destroyed Evidence About COVID Origin — House GOP Considers Criminal Charges

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    Hours after the release of several seemingly damning emails revealing his provocative COVID-era communications, a former top adviser to Dr. Anthony Fauci offered excuses and apologies — but few real answers — during a contentious congressional showdown.

    Dr. David Morens, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) senior adviser, appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability on Wednesday afternoon with few insights about the alarming messages but a host of apologies to lawmakers. The newly released emails detail interactions between Morens and Dr. Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance, a non-governmental organization that funded coronavirus research in Wuhan, China.

    “It’s just something I’m very ashamed that I can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube,” Morens said of the emails’ language, much of which he attributed to being just “black humor.”

    Republican lawmakers accuse Morens of deleting emails and using his personal email account to skirt Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

    In one of the newly released emails to Daszak, Morens said he “learned from our FOIA lady here how to make emails disappear after I am FOIA’d, but before the search starts. So I think we are all safe. Plus I deleted most of those earlier emails after sending them to Gmail.”

    During Wednesday’s testimony, Morens said “that was a joke” when House Rep. Richard McCormick, R-Ga., asked what he learned from the “FOIA lady.”

    “Are you sure about that? We can subpoena her email too,” McCormick responded. “You said she gave you advice… so you were lying then but telling us the truth now?”

    “I wasn’t lying, I was making a joke. I said something like, ‘I have a way to make it go away.’ But that was just a euphemism,” Morens responded.

    Morens also wrote from his personal email account to Daszak, saying, “We are all smart enough to know to never have smoking guns and if we did, we wouldn’t put them in emails. And if we found them, we would delete them.”

    Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., asked Morens if he “deleted any records” or had conversations with Fauci regarding deletions.

    “Not to my knowledge,” Morens said. “But again, we’re at the issue of defining what’s a federal record? I deleted a lot of emails. I do it every day.”

    At one point in the hearing, Morens offered: “I don’t know what to say except I’m sorry.”

    In other released emails, Morens appeared to express concerns about what was being sent to his work email and what was sent to his personal email, informing those on the email chain that they did not need to worry and that he would “delete anything I don’t want to see in the New York Times.” It is not clear if any deletions actually occurred.

    “As you know, I try to always communicate on gmail because my NIH email is FOIA’d constantly,” Morens wrote in a September 2021 email, which was sent at the time to many scientists involved in the debate about the origins of the COVID-19 virus. “Stuff sent to my gmail gets to my phone … but not my NIH computer.”

    GOP lawmakers are considering recommending criminal charges against former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci’s senior adviser.

    “At the very least, he misled Congress through his transcribed interview,” subcommittee Chair Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told the Examiner. “Lying to Congress is a felony.

    “As we go through it and learn more, we may make some criminal referrals. Hopefully, we have a Department of Justice that’s willing to act when laws have been violated.”

    Rep. Rich McCormick, R-Ga., told Newsmax last week he believes Fauci lied to Congress when he testified about government funding at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

    “I do believe on the evidence that we’ve seen that he has lied to Congress,” McCormick said on “The Record With Greta Van Susteren.”

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