Trump trolls Rosie O’Donnell to justify Comey firing

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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President Trump trolled lesbian comedian Rosie O’Donnell late Thursday on Twitter to justify his firing of FBI Director James Comey, retweeting her remarks from nearly six months ago calling for his dismissal.

“We finally agree on something Rosie,” Trump wrote succinctly in the subtweet. O’Donnell’s tweet simply says, “Fire Comey” as part of a thread started by former Hillary Clinton campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon.

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How Seattle police, local prosecutors address hate crimes

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SEATTLE (AP)- In a classroom spotted with colorful hijabs, Seattle police Detective Beth Wareing stands in front of whiteboard and asks the group of 25 refugees what the police were like in the countries they emigrated from.

“From what I’ve heard, police are not the people you call for help,” she says.

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FBI returns items taken during Pulse shooting investigation

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The FBI is returning items to survivors and the families of those killed six months after the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.

The agency collected some 1,000 items during the investigation into the June 12 shooting that killed 49 people. The items were made available for pickup last week at an Orlando resort.

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Hate crimes are stain on America’s ‘soul,’ says Attorney General

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STERLING, Virginia (AP) – Hate crimes tear at the fabric of American communities and represent a stain on the country’s soul, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a mosque and Muslim community center on Monday.

Lynch spoke at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center as law enforcement across the country confronts a spike in hate crimes targeting Muslims.

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Uprisings: Without a Doubt

By : Jeremy Williams
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There have always been ridiculous references to “October Surprises” and their political import, but never, at least in my history, have they involved a Weiner. Last week, as everyone knows, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey unleashed the political hounds and stated that he was re-opening his case against Hillary Clinton based on emails she didn’t even write. Comey, he of the Bush administration, saw fit to pull a stunt like this just a week before the presidential election.

What does it all mean? We will not know, possibly ever. The Friday news dump issuance of his concerns is, well, concerning. The FBI is clearly playing politics. And Wiener’s dick pics remain unimpressive.

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Clinton speaks to LGBTQ supporters in Wilton Manors

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WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) – Hillary Clinton vowed Oct. 30 that she would not be “knocked off course” in the election’s final days, as she sought to push past a new FBI email inquiry in a sexting probe that delivered a late jolt to her race against Republican Donald Trump.

“I’m not stopping now, we’re just getting warmed up,” Clinton declared during a packed rally with gay and lesbian supporters in battleground Florida. “We’re not going to be distracted, no matter what our opponents throw at us.”

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Pulse shooter prayed at Kissimmee mosque 4 days before attack

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – An imam has released video footage of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen praying in a Central Florida mosque four days before the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

Imam Helmi Elagha told reporters Sept. 28 that he was unaware that Mateen had visited the mosque until FBI investigators contacted him a couple of days after the June 12 shooting at Pulse.

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Judge clears way for release of many more Pulse 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge Sept. 20 cleared the way for the release of many of the hundreds of 911 calls related to a mass shooting at a gay Florida nightclub, but calls capturing patrons’ deaths will still be exempt.

In dismissing a lawsuit by the city of Orlando, Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber sided with more than two dozen media groups who sued for the recordings three months ago, immediately after the June 12 shooting at the Pulse club. Less than an hour after the lawsuit was filed, the city filed a complaint arguing that the records were exempt from the state’s public records law, both because they were part of an investigation and because some of them depicted patrons being killed. Current state law prohibits the public release of any 911 calls that capture someone’s death. Technically, the law will change on Oct. 1 to exempt only calls capturing the death of law enforcement officers. No officers died in the Pulse standoff.

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Florida man making Pulse-like threats arrested by FBI

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr., Washington Blade
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A man who posted messages on Facebook last week threatening to carry out a Pulse nightclub type shooting against LGBT people on Labor Day in the gay enclave of Wilton Manors, Fla., was arrested by the FBI in Orlando on federal charges of making threats to injure people.

Craig Allen Jungwirth, 50, who had been promoting a gay event in Wilton Manors and nearby Fort Lauderdale known as Beach Bear Weekend, was initially arrested on Saturday, Sept. 3, by the Florida Highway Patrol in Osceola County, Fla. near Orlando on an unrelated charge of driving with a suspended license, according to Orlando police.

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FBI: Man linked to LGBT threats facing federal charge

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A man linked to social media posts threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community in South Florida was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on an unrelated charge.

According to the FBI, 50-year-old Craig Jungwirth was arrested Sept. 3 for a violating bond conditions in an unrelated pending misdemeanor case.

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Police investigate Facebook threats against LGBT people

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WILTON MANORS, Fla. (AP) – Law enforcement officials are investigating threats posted on Facebook to “exterminate” LGBT people living in a predominantly gay city near Fort Lauderdale.

Wilton Manors Commissioner Justin Flippen says the threat is being taken seriously by the FBI and local police.

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FBI won’t pursue hate crime charges in scalding assault on gay couple

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ATLANTA (AP) – The FBI has decided not to pursue hate crime charges against a Georgia man found guilty of throwing scalding water on a sleeping gay couple.

Martin Blackwell was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

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