Anthony Scaramucchi Out As White House Community Director

Anthony Scaramucchi Out As White House Community Director shortly after General John Kelly took his post as White House Chief Of Staff according to multiple reports.

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Putin Expels 755 Diplomats In Response To Tougher Sanctions Placed On Moscow By The White House

Russian president Vladimir Putin declared that by Sept. 1, 755 American diplomats will have to be removed from Russia.

This would bring the number of diplomats to 455, the same number of Russian diplomats and technical staff allowed to remain in the U.S. after sanction applied by President Obama following the 2016 election.

According to multiple reports, Russia will also seize two U.S. diplomatic buildings.

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President Donald Trump Delivered A Speech To Police Officers On Long Island Friday

President Trump delivered a speech Friday to police officers on Long Island. There he highlighted the notorious MS-13, who has been a focal point of the administration’s “America First” agenda.

Trump also highlighted the recent raid done by ICE agents on Long Island and further commended the work of Law Enforcement Agents around the country stating that he would support law enforcement 100% and like no other president before him.

Trump took to calling perpetrators of violent crimes “animals” on a few occasions.

The President also made some comments about how officers should treat suspects.

“When you see these towns and you see these thugs getting thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in rough,” Trump said. “I said ‘please don’t be too nice.’ like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head. You know the way you put their hand up like don’t hit their head and they just killed somebody? I said ‘you can take the hand off.”

Trump’s comments have drawn condemnation from law enforcement agents around the country and other important figures such as Maxine Waters.

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The full speech can be found below. The part of the speech where he talks about police handling of suspects is starts around 22:30.

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North Korea Launches An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Capable Of Reaching Los Angeles And Chicago

North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching most of the United States on Friday.

According to multiple reports the missile flew 2,300 miles into space and stayed in the air for 47 minutes.

The Pentagon only confirmed that is was a ICBM meaning it is capable of reaching at least about 3,400 miles and was in the air for more than 40 minutes. Other sources have speculated that most of the United States is within range of North Korea’s missiles.

Following the launch, the United States and South Korea ran drills that included The United States Army Traditional Missile System and South Korea’s Hyunmoo-2 Missile. 

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The GOP’s Latest Attempt To Repeal The Affordable Healthcare Act Failed To Pass Senate Early Friday Morning

The GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, titled “Healthcare Freedom Act” failed to pass the senate with a vote of 49 – 51 as Senator John McCain and two other republicans voted no on the “skinny repeal.”

McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, was flown in Wednesday to cast a vote to keep the bill alive before eventually delivering the death blow to the bill early Friday, leaving Mitch McConnell and fellow republicans stunned.

McCain later defended his opposition to bill via twitter.

He later called for politicians from both sides of the aisle to come together to improve the healthcare system.

The GOP’s latest bill was similar to the “skinny repeal” voted on earlier in the week.

The Healthcare Freedom Act would have removed the individual mandate in place due to the Affordable Care Act, would have delayed a tax on medical devices and would have removed the requirement for large employers to offer healthcare coverage to employees. The bill would have also cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood for a year and increased federal grants to community health centers.

Since, President Trump has asked for his supporters to keep hope that a repeal and replace will take place.

For the time being, the Affordable Healthcare Act will remain. You can learn what that means for you here.

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President Trump Appoints John Kelly To White House Chief Of Staff

Via Twitter, President Trump announces Reince Priebus will be replaced as White House Chief of Staff with General John Kelly.

Kelly is a retired Marine Corps General and held the office of United States Secretary of Homeland Security prior to this appointment.

Priebus is said to have resigned secretly Thursday according to multiple reports.

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Jeff Sessions Visits El Salvador To Talk About Anti-gang Activity

In furthering the White House’s tough on crime agenda, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a trip to El Salvador to meet with his Latin American counterparts to discuss strategies for tackling the gang problem and immigration enforcement measures.

On Friday Sessions will meet the attorney generals of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Sessions will also meet with other top law enforcement officials about a “transnational anti-gang task force.”

Sessions will also visit a detention center and meet former MS-13 members.

MS-13 has been a focal point of the White House’s agenda.

MS-13 is a international criminal gang that started in Los Angeles in the 80’s. Their crimes include drug trafficking, human smuggling, prostitution and murder. They were also seen meeting with a top Al-Qaeda official in 2004.

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Justice Department To Argue Whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Protects Sexual Orientation Discrimination

In an amicus brief filed by the justice department, the question is raise to whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers sexual orientation.

“The question presented is not whether, as a matter of policy, sexual orientation discrimination should be prohibited by statute, regulations, or employer action,” The document reads. “The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination”

The justice department argues that although “sex” was not fully defined when added to the act, cases over the years have proved that “sex” discrimination pertains to discrimination against an individual based solely on their sex such as considering gender stereotypes when hiring an individual versus discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

“In 1991, Congress further amended Title VII,” The document reads. “As detailed below, by that time, several courts of appeals had held that Title VII does not prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, and no court of appeals had held otherwise. Against the backdrop of that precedent, Congress neither added sexual orientation as a protected trait nor defined discrimination on the basis of sex to include sexual orientation discrimination—notwithstanding that Congress amended the provisions concerning sex discrimination in other respects and overruled numerous other judicial precedents
with which it disagreed. In fact, every Congress from 1974 to the present has declined to enact proposed legislation that would prohibit discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation.”

The case highlighted in the brief is that of Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor who claimed that a former employer, Altitude Express, had violated Title VII by firing him for being gay in a 2010 lawsuit.

Zarda’s claim was first rejected by The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York who ruled that Title VII didn’t include sexual orientation protections.

Although Zarda died in 2014 in a base jumping accident, representatives of his estate have continued his lawsuit.

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Despite President Trump’s Announcement Wednesday, The Military Will Continue To Allow Transgender Individuals To Serve Openly

In a memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and enlisted military leaders, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. military would continue to allow transgender individuals to serve openly for now.

“I know there are questions about yesterday’s announcement on the transgender policy by the President,” Dunford wrote. “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is currently on vacation and according to the Dunford’s statement had not been given any presidential direction in regards to modifying the transgender policy.

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect. As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions,” Dunford continued.

This announcement comes a day after President Trump announced via twitter the U.S. military would no longer allow or accept transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the military.

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At Least One Dead And Seven Injured When A Ride Malfunctions At The Ohio State Fair

One person has been pronounced dead and seven others were rushed to the hospital when the popular ride, “Fireball” malfunctioned Wednesday evening at the state fair in Ohio.

Video of the event was captured by a passerby.

Warning this video might be disturbing to some viewers.

Following the event, Ohio governor John Kasich ordered all rides be shut down until the proper safety inspections take place in a statement released on twitter.

Wednesday was the fair’s opening day and is expected to stay until Aug. 6.