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Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack

County GOP chair James Buchal says security forces may be appropriate as tensions rise after two people died in a racial attack on public transport

tensions continue in Portland following the racially charged murder of two men on Friday, the top Republican in the city said he is considering using militia groups as security for public events.” data-reactid=”12″>As tensions continue in Portland following the racially charged murder of two men on Friday, the top Republican in the city said he is considering using militia groups as security for public events.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were stabbed to death and 21-year-old student Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured when they came to the aid of two women being subjected to hate speech on public transport. The suspect, Jeremy Christian, 35, was found to hold white supremacist views and to have attended an “alt-right” rally in the city.” data-reactid=”13″>Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Rick Best, 53, were stabbed to death and 21-year-old student Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured when they came to the aid of two women being subjected to hate speech on public transport. The suspect, Jeremy Christian, 35, was found to hold white supremacist views and to have attended an “alt-right” rally in the city.

belated message of condolence. Asked about the president’s tweet, Portland mayor Ted Wheeler told the Guardian: “Our current political climate allows far too much room for those who spread bigotry. Violent words can lead to violent acts.” data-reactid=”14″>On Monday, Donald Trump issued a belated message of condolence. Asked about the president’s tweet, Portland mayor Ted Wheeler told the Guardian: “Our current political climate allows far too much room for those who spread bigotry. Violent words can lead to violent acts.

“All elected leaders in America, all people of good conscience, must work deliberately to change our political dialogue.”

Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal, however, told the Guardian that recent street protests had prompted Portland Republicans to consider alternatives to “abandoning the public square”.

“I am sort of evolving to the point where I think that it is appropriate for Republicans to continue to go out there,” he said. “And if they need to have a security force protecting them, that’s an appropriate thing too.”

Asked if this meant Republicans making their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, Buchal said: “Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”

Asked if he was considering such groups as security providers, Buchal said: “Yeah. We’re thinking about that. Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis.”

ran for Oregon attorney general in 2012 and has stood for election to Congress and the state legislature. The Oath Keepers are described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the US”, recruiting current and former military and law enforcement personnel. They have recently appeared at rallies from Berkeley, California, to Boston, standing with activists from the far right, activists holding what were once fringe positions who have recently risen to national prominence.” data-reactid=”20″>Buchal ran for Oregon attorney general in 2012 and has stood for election to Congress and the state legislature. The Oath Keepers are described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the US”, recruiting current and former military and law enforcement personnel. They have recently appeared at rallies from Berkeley, California, to Boston, standing with activists from the far right, activists holding what were once fringe positions who have recently risen to national prominence.

described by Political Research Associates as “a paramilitary group that pledges armed resistance against attempts to restrict private gun ownership”. They were a highly visible presence in Burns, Oregon, before and during the occupation of the Malheur wildlife refuge by rightwing militia early in 2016.” data-reactid=”21″>The Three Percenters are described by Political Research Associates as “a paramilitary group that pledges armed resistance against attempts to restrict private gun ownership”. They were a highly visible presence in Burns, Oregon, before and during the occupation of the Malheur wildlife refuge by rightwing militia early in 2016.

Buchal told the Guardian it was important not to become involved with extremists, and said that on the Three Percenters website, “right there on the front page there is what looks like a solid commitment to this not being about race at all”.

cancellation of the Avenue of the Roses Parade, an annual Portland community event scheduled for 29 April, after organisers received an anonymously emailed threat of disruption.” data-reactid=”23″>The main reason Buchal gave for his attraction to the militia groups was the cancellation of the Avenue of the Roses Parade, an annual Portland community event scheduled for 29 April, after organisers received an anonymously emailed threat of disruption.

The anonymous message claimed “Trump supporters and 3% militia” were encouraging people to “bring hateful rhetoric” to East Portland. “Two hundred or more people”, the email said, would “rush into the middle and drag and push those people out”.

a statement in which he bemoaned a “criminal conspiracy to commit crimes of riot” and a letter to Mayor Wheeler in which he lamented “rising lawlessness” in Portland.” data-reactid=”25″>When the parade was called off, Buchal issued a statement in which he bemoaned a “criminal conspiracy to commit crimes of riot” and a letter to Mayor Wheeler in which he lamented “rising lawlessness” in Portland.

was filmed throwing fascist salutes and yelling racial epithets, and where he approached antifascist counter-protesters armed with a baseball bat.” data-reactid=”26″>In response to the cancellation, a local far-right organizer, Joey Gibson, organized a “free speech rally” – the event at which Christian, the suspect in Friday’s double murder, was filmed throwing fascist salutes and yelling racial epithets, and where he approached antifascist counter-protesters armed with a baseball bat.

Gibson’s organizing efforts for the far right, including a planned rally this Sunday which leftwing counter-protesters have vowed to oppose, Buchal said such actions were understandable.” data-reactid=”27″>Asked about Gibson’s organizing efforts for the far right, including a planned rally this Sunday which leftwing counter-protesters have vowed to oppose, Buchal said such actions were understandable.

“I think that for a long time there has been a closing of the mind and a censoring to a point where now people feel justified in using force to prevent the expression of opinions with which they disagree,” he said. “I believe that the left – the ‘antifa’ [antifascist] crowd – fired the first shot in that regard.

“There is definitely something wrong if criminal gangs are essentially allowed to shut down normal and traditional activities of Republicans. With that climate arising, the question becomes: what do you do? A lot of the rank and file party members are old and frail people. They are intimidated by what’s going on.”

Corey Pein surfaced a video of Buchal addressing a Multnomah County Republican central committee meeting.
” data-reactid=”32″>Buchal appears to have made radical statements in the past. Portland reporter Corey Pein surfaced a video of Buchal addressing a Multnomah County Republican central committee meeting.

The video depicts Buchal making a fiery pro-Trump speech. He says of the president: “His enemies are my enemies and his enemies are all our enemies.”

“Our enemies are more dangerous than ever,” he continues. “We are really in a life and death battle for the future of our society. And these globalist people are not going to give up.

“If we don’t tell out fellow citizens that there are these dark forces in the government, like the CIA and the shadow government, who are trying to take Trump down with lies, who is going to tell them?”

major report on the growth of the far-right Patriot Movement in Oregon, said: “The Oath Keepers have been acting as a de facto security team for white supremacists and neo-Nazis for the last month or two.” data-reactid=”36″>Spencer Sunshine, an associate researcher at Political Research Associates who last year co-authored a major report on the growth of the far-right Patriot Movement in Oregon, said: “The Oath Keepers have been acting as a de facto security team for white supremacists and neo-Nazis for the last month or two.

“The Three Percenters have no accountability and are implicitly a deeply racist group, and sometimes have explicitly racist members. They have no interest in screening those explicit racists out.

“Consideration of the use of unaccountable, private paramilitary groups by one of the main political parties is a dangerous lurch to the far right.”

In a statement, Rose City Antifa, a Portland antifascist group, said: “That the GOP need[s] to bring in private armed security rather than rely on Portland Police speaks volumes on their stance against ‘violence’. These private security elements of the extreme right claim to be supporting ‘free speech’ when in reality their main goal is directing violence and hate speech towards antifascist protesters and activists while protecting white supremacists.”

evidence of Oregon Three Percenters attending “alt-right” rallies.” data-reactid=”40″>The group pointed to what it said was evidence of Oregon Three Percenters attending “alt-right” rallies.

statement on Monday that he had denied a permit for the planned “free speech” rally on Sunday and a possible follow-up.” data-reactid=”41″>Mayor Wheeler said in a statement on Monday that he had denied a permit for the planned “free speech” rally on Sunday and a possible follow-up.

“I have confirmed that the City of Portland has NOT and will not issue any permits for the alt-right events scheduled on 4 June or 10 June,” Wheeler said.

The mayor added: “The federal government controls permitting for Shrunk Plaza, and it is my understanding that they have issued a permit for the event on 4 June. I am calling on the federal government to IMMEDIATELY REVOKE the permit(s) they have issued for the 4 June event and to not issue a permit for 10 June.

“I am appealing to the organizers of the alt-right demonstrations to CANCEL the events they have scheduled on 4 June and 10 June.”

Gibson told the Guardian that he would press on with the rally.

“There will be hundreds of people down there regardless of what I do. I will be down there with a permit in a controlled safe environment,” Gibson said.

“Without a permit it could get ugly because we have no right to kick people out.”

Portland police bureau spokesman, sergeant Peter Simpson, told the Guardian that using private security was ambiguous under state law.

“It’s a complex issue. Private security in Oregon needs to be certified by the state. That said, people showing up to assist do not. We don’t advocate bringing in outsiders to police an event.”

He also said that police were monitoring the build-up to the planned rally on Sunday.

“We are aware of the heated rhetoric regarding the planned events next Sunday and are working to determine what our role may be in protecting public safety.”

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Special counsel in Trump-Russia probe stresses value of honesty and integrity in student graduation address

federal investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow, has stressed integrity, patience and humility in a student graduation speech.” data-reactid=”22″>The man leading the federal investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow, has stressed integrity, patience and humility in a student graduation speech.

Robert Mueller, a former FBI Director, said that “nothing else matters” if people were not honest.

“As the saying goes, if you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters,” Mr Mueller told graduating students at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts.

In his first public appearance since being named special counsel on May 17, he added: “Whatever we do, we must act with honesty and with integrity, and regardless of you chosen career, you are only as good as your word.”

Mr Mueller, who headed the FBI under George W Bush and Barack Obama, encouraged the graduates to enjoy the journey ahead and all it has to offer.

“As I reflect on my career, I could say that I never could have anticipated where I have ended up,” he said, according to CNN.

The school near Cape Code invited Mr Mueller to speak to the graduating seniors, including his granddaughter, before he was appointed special counsel. He did not address the Russia investigation during his commencement speech and did not meet with reporters afterwards.

“When given the opportunity to address students, I always mention integrity because it is so essential to who and what you ultimately will become,” Mr Mueller said.

Later in his address, Mr Mueller said patience was also an important part of life, and that it is “an acquired skill” that was still working on.

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6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia's Sulawesi

A shallow, 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit inland on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi Monday, US seismologists said, causing people to panic but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake hit at a depth of nine kilometres (six miles) at 10:35 pm (1435 GMT), west of the town of Poso, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Muhammad Guntur, who lives on the outskirts of the town, said it was felt strongly.

“People are panicking here. We are now all gathered outside of our houses,” he told AFP immediately after the impact.

A hotel worker in Poso also said that people panicked when the quake struck but that things had returned to normal there.

“The electricity was off for a while,” said the worker Buhory, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. “People were panicking but now it is on again and everything is okay.”

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the quake was felt in Poso for about 20 seconds but there had been no reports so far of casualties or damage.

Local disaster agency officials were still assessing the impact, he added.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

An earthquake struck Indonesia’s western Aceh province in December, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

The quake hit in one of the areas worst affected by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

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Boy Thrown From Water Slide at California Water Park

The opening of a highly anticipated water park in Dublin, California took a frightening turn Saturday when a boy was flung from the bottom of a three-story slide before skidding across the concrete.

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Memorial Day observed across the U.S.

Memorial Day observances have been taking place throughout the weekend, remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. From quiet moments with fallen loved ones to the presidential wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, Va., here’s a look.

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Martial Law Declared in Philippines Over ISIS-Linked Group

At least 100 people are believed to have been killed so far as the Philippine military tries to fend off fighters who claim to have aligned themselves with ISIS.

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JFK’s family reflects on his 100th birthday

Caroline Kennedy says a day hasn’t gone by without her thinking about her father, the late President John F. Kennedy.

“I’ve thought about him and miss him every day of my life,” Kennedy, 59, said in a video released on the eve of what would have been his 100th birthday. “But growing up without him was made easier thanks to all the people who kept him in their hearts, who told me that he inspired them to work and fight and believe in a better world, to give something back to this country that has given so much to so many.”

Caroline Kennedy, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan during President Barack Obama’s second term, is the only surviving child of President Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. She was just 5 years old when her father was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.

“I remember hiding under my father’s Oval Office desk when I was little and sitting on his lap on the Honey Fitz,” she said, referring to the presidential yacht. “He would point out the white shark and the purple shark that always followed the boat, although I never could quite see them. He said they especially liked to eat socks and would have his friends throw their socks overboard, which I loved.”

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“President Kennedy inspired a generation that inspired America,” she continued. “They marched for justice, they served in the Peace Corps, in the inner cities, in outer space. His brothers carried on that work, fighting against poverty, violence and war, championing human rights, health care and immigration. As my father said in his inaugural address, this work will not be finished in our lifetime. It’s up to us to continue to pass these values on to our children and grandchildren.”


Caroline Kennedy, Tatiana Kennedy Schlossberg, Rose Kennedy Schlossberg and Jack Kennedy Schlossberg. (JFK Library and Museum)

Caroline Kennedy’s three children also appear in the video, which was produced by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

“One of the defining relationships in my life is with someone I’ve never met: my grandfather, President John F. Kennedy,” Tatiana Kennedy Schlossberg said. “It’s a little odd to be connected to someone you don’t know, especially when everyone else has access to much of the same information about him that you do.”

“President Kennedy was elected on a platform of challenges, not promises,” Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s only grandson, said. “Not for what he would offer the American people as president, but what he would ask of them. My favorite speech is the one President Kennedy gave at Rice University, where he makes the case for sending a man to the moon. He said that challenge was worthwhile not because it would be easy, but because it would be so hard.”

“My generation will inherit a complicated world with countless unsolved problems,” he continued. “Climate change is just one of them, but it’s the type of challenge I think my grandfather would have been energized about and eager to solve.”

“I’m inspired by my grandfather’s sense of equality, his courage in naming the injustices in American society and his call for action,” Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, JFK’s other granddaughter, said. “His words and his ideals mean so much to me and to the world we live in today. But we are still faced with tremendous inequality and injustice — from voting rights to our criminal justice system and mass incarceration. My grandfather would be proud how far we’ve come as a nation since 1963, but he would have been the first to tell us that we have a long way to go.”

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    U.S. Navy skydiver killed in parachuting accident in New York Harbor

    By Maurice Tamman

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (Reuters) – A member of the U.S. Navy’s elite skydiving demonstration team plunged to his death on Sunday when his parachute failed to open while performing in an aerial exhibition as part of New York Harbor’s annual Fleet Week festival.

    The parachutist was pulled from the waters of Morris Canal near the mouth of the Hudson River moments after the accident, witnessed by thousands of spectators watching the show from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

    The skydiver, a member of the Navy SEALs commando unit that operates under the Naval Special Warfare Command, was pronounced dead at the Jersey City Medical Center, Rear Admiral Jack Scorby told a news conference outside the hospital.

    The Navy man’s identity was being publicly withheld pending notification of his family.

    Scorby gave few details about the cause of the accident except to say that the skydiver’s “parachute did not open.”

    Sunday’s festivities, part of a weeklong showcase that brings dozens of U.S. warships and thousands of service members to the New York City area every year, included demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, known as the Leap Frogs.

    The team is the official skydiving demonstration unit of the U.S. Navy, comprising active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen and support personnel. It is sanctioned by the Defense Department and recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to its website.

    Bjoern Kils, 37, of Jersey City, was watching the event from a boat when he saw three Leap Frogs jump from a helicopter, complete their aerial maneuvers and land.

    “Almost the same time that they touched down in Liberty State Park, we heard a splash and turned around very quick. I saw the water splash, and apparently there was a fourth parachutist,” said Kils, who runs charter boats.

    “We’re not sure where he came from. We didn’t see him exit the same helicopter and apparently the chute did not deploy.”

    Kils saw emergency responders pull a man out of the water. “They pulled him out of the water and started doing chest compressions,” he said. “He was just limp in the water.”

    (Additional reporting by Frank McGurty and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Peter Cooney)

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    Portland stabbing victims hailed as heroes

    The victims of the deadly stabbing attack aboard a light-rail train in Portland, Ore., on Friday are being hailed as heroes for intervening on behalf of two young women who were the apparent targets of the suspect’s anti-Muslim epithets.

    “They were attacked because they did the right thing,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Saturday. “Their actions were brave and selfless and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all. They are heroes.”

    Rick Best, a 53-year-old U.S. Army veteran and city of Portland employee, was headed home on the train when a man, later identified as Jeremy Christian, began hurling epithets at two young women, including one wearing a hijab, witnesses said. Best and two other men were stabbed after stepping in to help, witnesses said.

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    Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, died at the scene. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was transported to a Portland hospital, where he was listed in serious condition Saturday.

    said Saturday he was “very thankful” as both a Muslim and a Portlander for their actions.” data-reactid=”22″>Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at Portland’s Muslim Community Center, said Saturday he was “very thankful” as both a Muslim and a Portlander for their actions.

    The two young women “could have been the victims,” Najieb added, “but three heroes jumped in and supported them.”

    Namkai Meche, a recent graduate of Reed College, was remembered in a statement from a former professor.

    a statement posted to Facebook. “He was thoughtful, humble, smart, inquisitive, and compassionate. He was a wonderful human being. As good as they come. And now he is a hero to me.”” data-reactid=”25″>“I still remember where he sat in conference and the types of probing, intelligent questions I could anticipate him asking,” Professor Kambiz GhaneaBassiri said in a statement posted to Facebook. “He was thoughtful, humble, smart, inquisitive, and compassionate. He was a wonderful human being. As good as they come. And now he is a hero to me.”

    mourned her son in a Facebook post.” data-reactid=”30″>Meche’s mother, Asha Deliverance, also mourned her son in a Facebook post.

    “My dear baby boy passed on yesterday while protecting two young Muslim girls from a racist man on the train in Portland,” she said. “He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love you forever.”

    Fletcher’s mother told CNN she wasn’t surprised that her son tried to intervene.

    “Micah’s always done that,” she said. “He’s always been that way.”

    According to the Oregonian, Best retired from the Army in 2012 after serving 23 years in the military, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.” data-reactid=”34″>According to the Oregonian, Best retired from the Army in 2012 after serving 23 years in the military, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    In 2014, Best launched an unsuccessful bid for Clackamas County commissioner. He began working for the city in 2015.

    “He was always the first person you would go to for help,” Kareen Perkins, his supervisor at the Bureau of Development Services, told the newspaper. “I’ve talked to most of his coworkers today, and several of them said it’s just like Rick to step in and help somebody out.”

    Best is survived by his wife, three teenage sons and a 12-year-old daughter.

    “My heart goes out to the family of Rick Best. They have lost a husband and a father, and we have lost a treasured employee,” city commissioner Chloe Eudaly said in a statement. “Rick worked for the city for a little more than two years and was a valued member of our Bureau of Development Services team. And as a veteran, he served our country with honor and distinction. He stood up for two young women and others he didn’t even know — all because he wanted to help.

    “Losing a colleague is hard,” she added. “Losing someone under these circumstances makes it even worse. We are very saddened at the loss of Rick and we will remember him fondly as we move forward.”

    Christian, 35, was arrested and is being held on suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted murder and intimidation — the state equivalent of a hate crime. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday.

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    After Maryland student's speech, mockery and anger in China

    BEIJING (Reuters) – When Chinese student Yang Shuping described how she ditched her five pollution masks upon discovering the “oddly luxurious” air of the United States, she drew a fierce online backlash, indignant newspaper columns and even a rebuttal from her hometown.

    On Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency’s English-language Twitter account broadcast a live-stream from Kunming, with two reporters interviewing passersby about air quality and whether they wore pollution masks.

    “As you can see, most of the people don’t wear masks, but some do,” one of the reporters said.

    China’s foreign ministry also weighed in, saying it was aware the issue was being widely discussed online, and that any Chinese citizen should “make remarks responsibly”.

    Delivering her commencement address at the University of Maryland on Sunday, the psychology and theater graduate said that back home, she was forced to wear a face mask every time she went outside to prevent falling sick.

    “When I took my first breath of American air, I put my mask away.” she said. “The air was so sweet and fresh, and oddly luxurious.”

    “Democracy and freedom are the fresh air that is worth fighting for,” she said.

    As the video went viral, and the online furor escalated over what was interpreted as an affront to China, netizens scoured Yang’s online presence for personal details, a process known in China as “human flesh search”.

    They found Yang hailed from Kunming, capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan, a gateway to some of China’s most idyllic scenic attractions – and fresh air.

    The revelation prompted a tongue-in-cheek retort from the city on its official Weibo social media account.

    “We won’t take the rap for this! Up to May 8, the number of good quality air days in Kunming this year is 100 percent,” it said.

    Netizens accused Yang of pandering to her American audience.

    “Freedom of speech doesn’t mean not respecting the facts,” said one person on Weibo. “Trampling on China to praise the U.S., sorry I can’t agree with that.”

    Yang apologized on Monday.

    “The speech is just to share my overseas experience and comes with no intention to negate or belittle my country,” she said on Weibo, deleting earlier posts.

    At a daily foreign ministry news briefing, spokesman Lu Kang said many students studying abroad would naturally experience a “development and change process” in how they see the world.

    “As long as in the end they still ardently love the motherland, and are willing to make contributions toward it, I believe the Chinese government will encourage, support and welcome it,” he said.

    (Reporting by Philip Wen and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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