Kimmel on Trump v Amazon: ‘He’s jealous because Jeff Bezos is actually a billionaire’

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Comics discussed Trump’s attacks on Amazon and his statement about the state of US-Russia relations

Late-night hosts on Tuesday discussed president Trump’s attacks on Amazon and its owner Jeff Bezos, as well as his comments regarding the administration’s relationship with the Kremlin.

Related: Kimmel on Melania Trump: ‘all she’s been working on is an escape tunnel’

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As a Jewish Corbyn supporter, this antisemitism row feels like gaslighting | Rachel Shabi

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We have faced varying degrees of hostility and manipulation. But let’s not pretend Corbyn’s Labour invented antisemitism

It is utterly bewildering that Labour MPs and journalists thought it was fine to distinguish bad Jews from good this week, as a way to discredit Jeremy Corbyn’s Passover meeting with the radical London-based group Jewdas. These voices said the Jewish community organisation, friendly to the Labour leader, was the wrong kind of Jew. Yet other Jewish groups – those critical of the Labour leader – had until then refused to meet with him unconditionally. It wasn’t him refusing to meet them.

Related: Corbyn agrees to meet Jewish leaders for antisemitism talks

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Utah Prosecutor Drops Death Penalty in Prison Killing After Corrections Officials Withheld Evidence

A Utah judge has excoriated the Utah Department of Corrections for practices he called “sneaky” and “deceitful” and a state prosecutor has dropped the death penalty after learning that state prison officials had withheld nearly 1,600 pages of prison records from a defendant facing capital charges in a prison killing. Despite a court order to produce all prison records, the department had failed to disclose medical and mental health records detailing psychiatric medication Steven Douglas Crutcher (pictured, right) had been receiving in the months before he killed his prison cellmate. On March 28, 2018, following disclosure of the records, Sanpete County Attorney Kevin Daniels (pictured, left) withdrew the state’s notice to seek the death penalty and Judge Wallace Lee sentenced Crutcher to life. Preparing for an April 9 capital sentencing hearing, the defense learned in mid-February that the department had withheld medical and mental health records that Crutcher’s lawyer, Edward Brass, said “went to the heart” of the defense’s case. Brass alerted Daniels to the prison’s violation of the court order and Daniels, saying he was “irate” about the prison’s misconduct, withdrew the death penalty from the case. “I hold myself to the highest ethical standard,” he said, “and any withholding of information is an affront to justice. The whole concept of justice is that you put all the evidence, all the cards on the table, and if you go where the evidence leads you, it’s a just result.” “This could have been a disaster,” Brass told reporters. “If it wasn’t for the integrity of the county attorney, it would have been a disaster.” Judge Lee said he was “beyond angry” over the department’s behavior. “This was totally wrong and makes me doubt the credibility of everything I hear about the Department of Corrections,” he said. In a statement, the department blamed its failure to produce the records on a “misinterpretation” of Judge Lee’s October order, but defense lawyers said medical doctors at the prison had been so difficult to work with that one doctor even refused to tell them what medical school he had attended. The judge questioned how the department could have misunderstood an order that had directed it to produce Crutcher’s “entire file,” including all mental health records. “That is something I would expect from Russia or North Korea, not a society like we have under the Constitution,” Lee said. “It’s got to stop. I’ve worried that if it’s happened in this case, it’s happening in other cases out there.” A prison spokesperson told the media that the department has retrained its clinical services records staff on responding to court orders and records requests and has started reviewing other cases to determine whether court orders had been responded to appropriately. Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers executive director Stewart Gollan said the department also has been uncooperative in releasing prisoners’ medical records in civil rights cases.

(Jessica Miller, Judge ‘beyond angry’ after Corrections workers withheld evidence, allowing Utah killer to avoid death penalty, Salt Lake Tribune, March 28, 2018; Jessica Miller, Could there be more cases where Utah Department of Corrections withheld medical records despite court orders?, Salt Lake Tribune, March 31, 2018.) See Utah and Official Misconduct

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On 50th anniversary of MLK assassination, ICE deports Khmer refugees to Cambodia

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By Sina Sam* and Soya Jung Today, the United States is scheduled to deport 43 Khmer refugees on a flight from El Paso, Texas to Cambodia. Some reportedly have significant mental and physical disabilities. The fact that these deportations are taking place today, on the 50th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. […]

Fact check: Were 400 white South African farmers murdered last year? Racist Aussie Leaders Lie Shamelessly to accomplish what?

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says that around 400 white farmers have been murdered in South Africa over the past 12 months. RMIT ABC Fact Check takes a look at the data.

Source: Fact check: Were 400 white South African farmers murdered last year?

The most recent police statistics show that 74 people were murdered on farms in the year to March 2017.

When Robert F. Kennedy Told an Indianapolis Crowd of King’s Assassination

I have to say – 50 years later – I never really got over the deaths of Martin and Bobby. I was living and going to college at American University in Washington, D.C. at the time. In an improvised speech 50 years ago, Kennedy broke the news of King’s death to a largely black crowd. Two months later, he too was killed.

Wednesday Open Thread | Mueller preparing report about potential Trump obstruction of justice

Keep a Knocking till you get in!

Special counsel Robert Mueller is preparing a report on President Trump’s actions during his tenure in office and anything that could be considered obstruction of justice, according to The Washington Post.

Sources told the Post that Mueller relayed the information to Trump’s legal team, and emphasized his team’s need to sit down with the president in order to determine if he had any intent to foil the federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

More info: Mueller team wants to release report on Obstruction investigation, incidents during President’s time in office this June or July. AND THEN they continue with collusion probe. Hot Summer. pic.twitter.com/tFQHd9yZ4y

— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 4, 2018

The publication also reported on Tuesday that Mueller told Trump’s lawyers last month that he does not consider the president to be a criminal target at this point in his probe.

Trump was reportedly relieved to hear that Mueller had not considered him to be a criminal target, and has expressed more willingness to agree to a future interview.

The president has said in the past that he would be willing to sit down with Mueller’s team.

However, the special counsel still considers the president to be a subject of his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump’s advisers have warned that the special counsel could potentially put the president at risk of becoming a criminal target.

Trump has repeatedly denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and Russian election meddling and has referred to Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.”

A Two-Way Street: How Immigration Shapes Everyday Life in Silicon Valley | migrationpolicy.org

Source: A Two-Way Street: How Immigration Shapes Everyday Life in Silicon Valley | migrationpolicy.org

While research shows immigrants in the United States become integrated over time, this is only a partial account of the changes that immigration brings. As newcomers reshape their communities, longtime residents themselves adjust to shifting social, economic, and political contexts—sometimes re-engaging with their own ethnic or cultural identities. This article explores this process of relational assimilation in Silicon Valley.