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Right-wing provocateur and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos took to Facebook to react to the ISIS attack on an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night in the U.K. that left 22 dead and dozens more injured.

“Sadly, Ariana Grande is too stupid to wise up and warn her European fans about the real threats to their freedom and their lives. She will remain ferociously pro-immigrant, pro-Islam and anti-America. Makes you wonder whether they bombed to attack her or in solidarity.”

The conservative firebrand has long been a critic of open borders and Islam, arguing it leads to cultural decay and threatens public safety in the West.

For context, in July 2015, Grande was captured on video at a California donut shop saying “I hate America,” where the pop singer was even seen licking the pastries in the shop.

She later had to apologize for the incident. lynx.media
One official told the Post that the line of questioning from the White House amounted to, “Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?”

This is a significant scoop for at least two reasons.

First, it adds to what we already know about a possible pattern of justice obstruction aimed at interfering with the FBI’s Russia investigation.

Second, it suggests that Trump—who pressured Comey to go easy on Flynn in a private meeting at the White House—wasn’t the only member of his administration who took concrete steps to try and quash the Flynn probe.

What’s strange is that the Post buried this news in the 13th paragraph of its story, choosing instead to focus on something else.

To be sure, the “something else” was also hugely important: According to the Post’s sources, Trump asked his director of national intelligence and the head of the National Security Agency to “publicly deny” that his campaign had colluded with the Russian government.  slate.com
For the alt-right, the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, England, all but confirms their openly bigoted policies.

We should close our borders, we should oppose Islam at every turn, and we should focus on making our respective countries “great again,” they say.

What, then, should we make of the champion of this movement, Donald J. Trump, sword-dancing in the Middle East with a group of people he once accused of being behind the September 11 attacks?

What does the alt-right make of their lord and savior now that he has negotiated a deal worth at least $110 billion in arms sales (over $300 billion over the next decade) to the very kingdom Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails confirm directly sponsors the terror group ISIS?

Saudi Arabia exports radical Islam like a commodity. According to The Week, Saudi Arabia propagates its Wahhabist ideology — the same ideology ISIS subscribes to. theantimedia.org
President Trump's first budget can be summed up like this: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor.

He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America's poor. 

It's a "tanks and tax cuts" budget. 

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, spelled it out clearly for reporters on Monday. 

Advocates for the poor are stunned at the magnitude of the cuts. 

It's a "reverse Robin Hood agenda," says the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank that is one of the top voices for low-income Americans in Washington. cnn.com
A St. Charles County teenager is charged with possession of stolen guns and materials to make homemade explosives after his father turned him in.

On May 9, police arrested Tristan Blasius, 17, after his father discovered weapons including knives, firearms, ammunition and materials to manufacture “homemade” explosives in their basement.

Investigators from O’Fallon Police and the St Charles County Bomb Squad responded and discovered seven homemade devices along with an “old peanut butter jar full of fertilizer,” according to the charging documents.

Members of the bomb squad determined the devices to be “functional improvised explosive devices designed to throw fragmentation upon detonation,” said investigators. kmov.com
Former CIA Director John Brennan told House Russia investigators Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered" in US elections, including actively contacting members of the President Donald Trump's campaign -- but he stopped shy of dubbing it "collusion."

"I saw interaction that in my mind raised questions of whether it was collusion," Brennan told Rep. Trey Gowdy, saying that he supported the FBI digging further.

"It was necessary to pull threads."

Brennan was speaking to the House intelligence committee on the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections and possible ties to the Trump campaign, where he was asked about how Moscow recruits sources "wittingly and unwittingly."

"Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late," Brennan said. cnn.com
Chase Little, 31, of Beaumont, and Colton Leblanc, 25, of Winnie, pleaded no contest to felony assault and committing a hate crime against Maan Singh Khalsa during the Sept. 25 attack.

The arrangement was part of a plea deal, according to Simon O’Connell of the Contra Costa County district attorney’s office.

O’Connell said the beating wasn’t just an attack. Little and Leblanc, the prosecutor said, went out of their way to cut Khalsa’s hair, which he maintained unshorn as part of his Sikh faith, “making this so clearly a hate crime.”

“We want to think that crimes like this only occur elsewhere and ‘don’t happen in our community.’

They do,” O’Connell said. “Reducing the frequency of hate crimes starts with recognizing that we need to do a better job of embracing our differences.” latimes.com
Officials in the United States say British authorities have identified the suspect in the Manchester suicide bombing attack as Salman Abedi.

A U.S. official confirmed the identity Tuesday to The Associated Press. No additional details were immediately available.

The bombing Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people and sparked a stampede of young concertgoers.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility, but Dan Coats, the U.S. director of intelligence, says that connection has not yet been verified. ctvnews.ca
A Republican state lawmaker in Mississippi, the last remaining state in the US to carry the Confederate battle emblem within its official flag, has posted an incendiary threat on social media calling for those removing Confederate monuments from public display to be lynched.

Karl Oliver, a funeral director from Winona Mississippi who represents the 46th district of the state, made his explosive remarks on Facebook.

He began by lambasting the recent events in New Orleans, in neighboring Louisiana, which saw the last of its Confederate monuments – a statue of the south’s civil war commander Gen Robert E Lee – taken away on Friday in a move by local officials to end the visible celebration of white supremacy.

Oliver called the action in New Orleans “heinous and horrific”, and likened it to Nazi-era book burning.

He went on to make his threat against anyone wanting to “destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY”, saying: “They should be LYNCHED!” theguardian.com
A visitor who thought boa constrictors were native to South Carolina released one in a Midlands park, according to officials.

Congaree National Park posted on its Facebook page that rangers received reports of a visitor releasing the non-venomous snake Sunday night. 

The visitor was under the impression boa constrictors already were in the park and established, neither is true, park officials said.

Congaree National Park officials added it is never appropriate or legal to release a non-native or even a native species in the park.

“Even native species that have been rehabilitated may have picked up diseases while in recovery that can decimate populations within a range, as well as doing great harm to other animals populations.” 

Anyone walking on park trails who sees the boa should report it to the park staff immediately. thestate.com