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Rigged Election
"Remember, students, if Timmy wins this classroom elected, there will be no recess for a Week!"

Student elections were rigged by a faculty advisor who was supposedly against conservative candidates.

In an email that broadcasted to all parents, the Principal, Mick Wagner indicated how the school’s voting system had been under the influence of someone, as the company that was handling the school elections confirmed that fraudulent votes were cast in the race to choose the class presidents if 2018 & 2019.

“An audit conducted by the electronic voting service has verified that no other election outcomes were affected by the voting irregularities, “the principal wrote.

“This is a very unfortunate and disappointing situation, and I regret the impact it has had on the students involved and the student body as a whole,” he added.

A parent of Vista Murrieta, Wade Sine told a local paper, on Monday, that he had played a part in trying to identify the underlying evidence confirming that the voting was rigged.

“Many of the votes, he said, were made at 10:30 p.m. or later, in 40-second increments, by someone who appeared to be going down a list alphabetically and voting for certain candidates.

He grew suspicious after he started hearing from people about irregularities after the results were posted, which seemed to undercount support for a member of a group of conservative male students who had run in previous school elections, he said,” Sine told the paper.

Although, the identity of the advisor had not yet been revealed to the public, Karen Parris, a spokesperson for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District refused to answer as to whether the advisor has been fired, she did mention that the advisor has been asked to step down from their position.

“Obviously, it was a serious lapse in judgment, and the school is committed to righting the wrong,” Parris stated.

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Texas California
I distinctly remember being told, "This won't be pushed on you, or your family. It's just about consenting adults in private."

Pastors in Houston were quick to express their discontent with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Carranza wanted to add LGBTQ studies to school coursework.

In a meeting hosted by the Houston Defender, Carranza said, “The LGBTQ movement in the U.S. has a history, and in many cases, many people would call it a civil rights history in terms of acceptance and in terms of who have been leaders of the movement.” He added, “I think its part of the American history. To include that as part of what kids study is just a bigger picture of who we are as America.”

To this, Rev. Dave Welch expressed his discontent with the proposal and stated that Carranza and all those supporting his idea are in fact trying to use classrooms “as a social experiment of a radical political agenda.”

“Carranza is an import from San Francisco, where this kind of propaganda that attempts to equate sexual lifestyles, gender confusion, and hostility toward the traditional family has become the norm,” Welch said in a statement. “The HISD Board of Trustees needs to remind Dr. Carranza that this is Texas, where the people of all ethnicities still believe that our children are to be protected, nurtured, and educated, not used as a social experiment of a radical political agenda.”

“Dr. Carranza, not in our city and not our children,” he continued. “The former mayor of Houston attempted to turn Houston into San Francisco with this same philosophy. Again, this is Houston, Texas, not San Francisco, California.”

Carranza, on the other hand, made it quite evident during his meeting that incorporating LGBTQ studies is only the beginning of the many changes that you would like to implement in the near future.

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Campus Activists
Hey, can you redistribute some good grades my way, comrade?

A recent research has concluded that more than 100 colleges and universities are now offering students, both undergraduate and graduate, the option of studying “social justice” as a major or minor degree, or earning a “concentration” or “certificate” in the subject.

The report by College Fix’s Toni Airaksinen analyzed social justice academic programs being offered at major US universities and colleges, determined that more than 100 institutions now offer students the option to specialize in what can be considered left-wing social justice academic programs.

According to the study, “The Fix found at least 64 American colleges that offer minors in social justice or a substantially similar field, such as social justice leadership. At least 18 offer four-year degrees in the field, and at least 15 offer master’s degrees.”

In addition to that, two colleges also offered students doctoral programs with a focus on social justice.

However, what is noteworthy here is that while a few of the colleges surveyed by College Fix are private institutions, most of them are public colleges that receive a whole lot of state funding.

For example, a public university in New Jersey, Rutgers University, offers a minor degree in social justice. But to complete the program, students must complete a variety of leftist courses. The courses range from “Practicing Social Justice” to other courses which require students to participate in left-wing causes.

The course, “Practicing Social Justice” will introduce “students to diverse practices of social justice activism including grassroots organizing, labor organizing, political organizing, and transnational organizing. Readings about social change efforts are combined with student participation in community mobilizations, labor organizing efforts, political campaigns, and transnational social movement and NGO activism.”

Furthermore, the University of Missouri also offers a minor in social justice. According to the university, the course, “involves the idea that in a perfect world all citizens would have identical social benefits, rights, protections, and opportunities regardless of their backgrounds and membership in diverse groups. Recognizing that the world is not perfect, the primary goals for the minor in social justice are to enhance sensitivity to vulnerable and at-risk populations, to provide opportunity for critical review of social policies and the allocation of societal resources; to stimulate interest in advocacy and the planned change process.”

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Snowflake Protest
The Civil Rights chant of our time, "Your rights end where my feelings begin!"

The University of Minnesota Association is now urging students to be open and freely report any incidents of bias; determined simply by whether or not they “feel” they have experienced any form of biasness.

The MSA website clearly informs all visitors that bias can be in many forms and most of them won’t even be evident. The site went on to explain that most forms of bias will be subtle and it can become very difficult to conclude whether a certain incident involves any form of biasness. According to the website, in such situations, students should “trust their gut.”

The body to which students are urged to report incidents where they feel bias, Minnesota State Bias Response and Relief team, a bias incident can be defined as “an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation that is motivated in whole or in part by bias based on an individual’s or group’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

“The best way to determine bias is your own feelings — if you feel like you may have experienced something that was wrong, then you likely have. It’s important to trust your gut when it comes to recognizing bias,” the MSA site states. “Talking it over with trusted colleagues, friends, family, or others may help you determine whether or not the incident was based on bias toward you.”

Students are asked on the top fold of the website, if they have been a victim of, or have experienced bias. They can then pick from two responses: “I’m Unsure” or “Yes.” It is to be noted that there is no option for “No.”

According to a survey conducted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, in 2016, universities and colleges have been increasingly urging students to “anonymously report offensive, yet constitutionally protected, speech to administrators and law enforcement.” The complaints are then forwarded to bias response teams such as Minnesota State Bias Response and Relief team at the University of Minnesota.

FIRE also surveyed 231 bias response teams at private and public institutions. According to the findings, less than a third of the teams included faculty members. FIRE believes that the lack of faculty members on such teams could hamper the students’ learning about academic freedom.

Furthermore, FIRE has stated in its report that about 42 percent of the bias response teams include security or police officials. This “sends a message to students that undercuts claims of respect for freedom of expression: If you say something that offends someone, you may (or in some cases will) be investigated by police,” FIRE said in its report.

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"Look Bibi, this is not joke. If I stay off of twitter for more than an hour, my hands shake."

The Knight First Amendment Institute sent a letter to President Donald Trump, demanding him to unblock dissenting Twitter users, as according to them, this violates the First Amendment.

President Trump’s Twitter account, the @realDonaldTrump has supposedly blocked quite a sum of users that had replied to the president’s tweets with rather mocking, disagreeing and criticizing comments, as indicated by a letter sent to the White House, by the free speech group.

“This Twitter account,” the institute wrote, “operates as a ‘designated public forum’ for First Amendment purposes, and accordingly the viewpoint-based blocking of our clients is unconstitutional.

“We ask that you unblock them and any others who have been blocked for similar reasons,” the letter requested.

The institute, a brand of the much larger Knight Foundation is said to be representing two Twitter users: Holly O’Reilly, @AynRandPaulRyan, and Joseph M. Papp, @joepabike, both of whom were blocked by the president’s Twitter account.

“This Twitter account,” the institute wrote, “operates as a ‘designated public forum’ for First Amendment purposes, and accordingly the viewpoint-based blocking of our clients is unconstitutional.”

“We ask that you unblock them and any others who have been blocked for similar reasons,” the letter requested.

The institute’s senior staff attorney, Alex Abdo argued that Twitter is very much similar to a town hall or a public forum. Katie Fallow, a senior fellow at the institute, backed the argument by highlighting a case called Davison v. Loudoun County.

In that particular case, the plaintiff, Brain Davison had argued that by deleting a post from a Facebook page maintained by a county supervisor in Loudoun County, Virginia, violated his First Amendment rights. The court had sided with Davison and ruled that the Loudon County cannot discriminate against or block people based on views.

Laurence Tribe, a Liberal Harvard Law School professor also claimed that Trump’s Twitter account is “a public forum subject to [First] Amendment anti-blocking principles.”

While, the First Amendment only protects the right to speak, not the right to be heard. When you block someone on Twitter, unlike Facebook, it doesn’t prevent anyone from posting anything, but rather means that the president won’t be able to read the posts.

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Whatever

According to a CBS News report, Deering High School in Portland Maine, has announced that it has made available sports hijabs to young Muslim girls playing sports for the school.

In order to make them feel more comfortable and confident, school officials recently decided to give female Muslim athletes, representing the school, the option to wear a sports hijab while participating in any sports activities.

“We’re more confident on the field,” junior lacrosse player Fadumo Adan said. “This one doesn’t fall off. No matter what I do, it won’t fall off.”

After the school’s athletic director revealed that there was indeed such a product that could help young Muslim girls play their choice of sports without having to compromise on their attire, the female tennis teams two co-captains raised over $800.

An Iraqi immigrant and a senior at the school, Israa Enan, reportedly stayed off the school’s tennis team because her family had issues with the uniform.

“I wished I was one of these girls who wear the hijabs and play with it, but it’s OK,” Israa Enan, a senior at Deering High, said. “I’m too late now.”

However, she noted that she is “happy for the other girls who have the opportunity now to wear the hijab and be more comfortable doing the things they like to do.”

Tabarek Kadhim is another young woman who immigrated to the US from Jordan. Currently a sophomore and a star tennis player, appreciated the gesture and added, “There are some people who actually care, respect and love others, and they are actually accepting of others, which makes me really happy.”

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn was shut-down by Piers Morgan for stating that budget restraints had kept him from monitoring 400 people with suspected terror ties, in London.

“You are the mayor of the capital city where the most recent terrorist attack has taken place. How many of those 400 have come back to London?” co-host Susanna Reid asked.

“The estimate is just over half,” Khan admitted.

“Where are they?!” Morgan yelled. “No, seriously, where are they?”

“How are we letting people back into the U.K., who haven’t just been trained,” Reid asked, “they’ve actually fought, potentially against our troops, how are we letting them back in without knowing exactly where they are and what they’re up to. Because out of all the thousands of people that we’re concerned about, surely those who’ve actually gone to fight are the biggest risk.”

“That’s one of the reasons why it doesn’t make sense for the government to be cutting resources,” Khan responded.

“But where are they, you’re the mayor of this capital city, where are they?” Morgan interjected.

“Well, hold on, I can’t follow 400 people, what I can do…” Khan protested.

“Why can’t you instruct the police?” Piers interrupted, “why can’t you call [Met Police Chief] Cressida Dick right now and say ‘everyone of those people who’s come back from a war zone who’s in London, I want them followed.’”

“Let me say why,” Khan responded. “Because the Met Police budget, roughly speaking, 15% to 20% is funded by me the mayor. The rest comes from central government. If the Met Police budget is being shrunk and reduced, then you got to prioritize and use their resources in a sensible, savvy way.”

“What could be a bigger priority than people coming back from a Syrian battlefield with intent to harm British citizens?” Morgan demanded. “Why is it not the number one priority?”

“Why are these people just allowed to come back in, in the first place, and then the London mayor doesn’t appear to have a clue where any of them are!” he added, “I mean, no disrespect to you, but where are they?”

“Well,” Khan said, “that’s one of the questions that obviously the police…”

“But you’re the mayor!” Morgan implored. “Sadiq, you’re the mayor of London!”

“But this chap here,” Khan explained, “the three men responsible for the attacks on Saturday night hadn’t come from overseas, they were, for all intents and purposes, integrated into our way of life.”

Recently, Britain had attracted a string of terror attack that have put elected official on defense in regards to whether they’re doing enough to protect their citizens.

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If Malcolm X were alive today, would he snatch back his glasses and put a dress on this chick?

Assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, on Thursday, criticized Fox News saying that the “mob-like mentality” of its “fringe audience” compelled her to call off her public appearances in the near future over fears of physical attacks.

Following her commencement address at Hampshire College, where she called President Donald Trump a “racist and sexist megalomaniac” – Taylor said that Fox News showed video footage of her speech and as a result was flooded with threats.

In a statement released on Thursday, Taylor said:

“It is with great regret that I have decided to cancel my public lectures scheduled at Seattle’s Town Hall and at the University of California, San Diego this week. I am canceling my appearances for fear of my safety and my family’s safety.

“Since last Friday, I have received more than fifty hate-filled and threatening emails. Some of these emails have contained specific threats of violence, including murder.

“Earlier this month, I delivered the commencement address at Hampshire College’s graduation ceremony. My speech at Hampshire was applauded but Fox News did not like it. Last week, the network ran a story on my speech, describing it as an ‘anti-POTUS tirade.’ Fox ran an online story about my speech and created a separate video of excerpts of my speech, which included my warning to graduates about the world they were graduating into. I argued that Donald Trump, the most powerful politician in the world, is ‘a racist and sexist megalomaniac,’ who poses a threat to their future.

“Shortly after the Fox story and video were published, my work email was inundated with vile and violent statements. I have been repeatedly called ‘n*****,’ ‘b***h,’ ‘c**t,’ ‘d**e,’ ‘she-male,’ and ‘c**n’ — a clear reminder that racial violence is closely aligned with gender and sexual violence. I have been threatened with lynching and having the bullet from a .44 Magnum put in my head.

“I am not a newsworthy person. Fox did not run this story because it was ‘news,’ but to incite and unleash the mob-like mentality of its fringe audience, anticipating that they would respond with a deluge of hate-filled emails — or worse. The threat of violence, whether it is implied or acted on, is intended to intimidate and to silence.

“In some sense, then, they have been successful.

“In the last few weeks, white racists have committed heinous acts of violence. On May 20, a white ‘alt-Right’ sympathizer, Sean Urbanski, murdered an African-American Bowie State University student, Richard Collins III, on the campus of the University of Maryland. Urbanski was a member of a Facebook group called ‘Alt-Reich: Nation.’ And just this past weekend, a white supremacist in Portland, Oregon, murdered two men and attempted to murder another, when all three stepped in to stop an Islamophobic and racist attack on two young women riding public transit.

“President Donald Trump finally decided to release a half-hearted and subdued tweet to oppose the murders in Portland, but with not nearly the same vigor he has used to incite his base against immigrants, while also whipping up anti-Muslim hysteria. The lethargy of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in responding to the actual threat of white supremacist, terrorist violence encourages the development of its networks and organizations across the country.

“The cancelation of my speaking events is a concession to the violent intimidation that was, in my opinion, provoked by Fox News. But I am releasing this statement to say that I will not be silent. Their side uses the threat of violence and intimidation because they cannot compete in the field of politics, ideas, and organizing. The true strength of our side has not yet been expressed in its size and breadth, and so they believe they are winning. We have to change this dynamic and begin to build a massive movement against racism, sexism, and bigotry in this country. I remain undaunted in my commitment to that project.”

Princeton University’s spokesperson confirmed yesterday that Taylor had taken a sabbatical and is well aware of the threats she received following her commencement address.

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He just can't stop the feeling.

While speaking in Germany on Thursday, former president Barack Obama took aim at President Donald Trump for promising to build a wall on the Mexico- US border.

According to TheBlaze, Obama went as far as to invoke God during his rebuke:

“In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child. We can’t distinguish between them in terms of their worth and their inherent dignity and that they’re deserving of shelter and love and education and opportunity.”

Speaking at an event in Berlin, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, honoring the 500th anniversary of the Christian Reformation, Obama criticized the Trump administration’s plans to build a border wall.

Progressives and Democrats like Obama, have not shied away from showing their opposition to Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border of the US. With the belief that a wall would be “racist” and could potentially “isolate” the US from the rest of the world, progressives argue that the US should, instead of building walls, be building bridges. On the other hand, Republicans are of the belief that a wall is the only way the influx of potential terrorists, illegal immigrants, and criminals can be stopped.

“In this new world that we live in we can’t isolate ourselves,” Obama further said in Berlin. “We can’t hide behind a wall.”

However, many were quick to point out the hypocrisy in Obama’s comments. Living in Washington D.C.’s posh Kalorama neighborhood in his post-White House life, Obama had a metal and brick wall built around his house just for his family.

According to TMZ, the wall had begun to be constructed while Obama was still in charge of the White House in January.

Despite Obama’s constant proclamations that a wall on the US-Mexico border would “isolate” America, John Kelly, Secretary Homeland Security disagrees.

Speaking on “Fox and Friends” Friday, Kelly said: “We’re not hiding behind a wall. We’re constructing a physical barrier backed up by technology and of course the great men and women of the Customs and Border Protection to simply safeguard our southern border. We’re not hiding behind a wall, and you can’t defend anything by hiding behind something.”

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This is gonna hurt.

New revelations made on as to how Mylan overcharged for their EpiPen, attracted new attacks from primary opponent of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D.), since his daughter is CEO of the pharmaceutical company.

Heather Bresch, Manchin’s daughter came under the spotlight, when she was called to testify in front of the Congress regarding the increase in the price of EpiPens.

Just as the price of a two-pack EpiPen rose from $100 in 2007 to more than $600 by 2016. Bresch’s salary, also rose from $2.4 million in 2007 to nearly $19 million in 2015.

On Wednesday, a report was released that showed that Mylan had in fact overcharged the government $1.27 billion, after the company had settled with the Department of Justice only for $465 million, last year.

The situation for Mylan, became even worse, when reports indicated that a top executive was paid $98 million the very same year.

Paula Jean, Manchin’s Democratic primary opponent, took no time in turning the report into a political attack against the West Virginia senator, who had taken $127,000 in campaign contributions from Mylan and pressed for his colleagues to be “open-minded and fair” when investigating the scandal.

She shared the report on Twitter, “I will just leave this here,” Jean wrote linking to the CNN report. “You can ask my opponent about it.”

“We won’t be beholden to any special interests because our campaigns are funded by small donations from supporters, not big corporations,” Jean said in an email.

And said on her website, “Private insurance companies have been allowed by generations of corrupt politicians to become monopolies with the power to extort many hundreds of billions of dollars from the American people each year.”

It has also been brought to light that the drug company classified their EpiPen as a generic drug instead of a brand-name drug under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, which granted them $1 billion in excess payments from the rebate program.

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