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White Supremacists Pose Greater Terrorist Threat In America Than Radical Muslims, Finds NYT Report
Well this is a surprise. The New York Times just published a fascinating report revealing that White supremacists have killed almost double the people as have radical Muslims in the US since 9/11. Numbers show that 48 have been killed by non-Muslim, anti-government fanatics while 26 were killed by jihadists.
Furthermore, 19 of terrorist attacks were committed by non Muslim extremists versus seven by Islamic militants. Even our nation’s police departments recognize which group poses a greater risk; 74 percent said antigovernment extremists were more dangerous than Al Qaeda-inspired violence versus 39 percent. Read more at the New York Times.
Boston Bomber Sentenced To Death, More Than 30 Victims To Speak
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death today for bombing the Boston Martathon in 2013. Tsarnaev and his brother, the now deceased Tamerian Tsarnaev, killed three people and wounded at least 260 people in the attack. About 30 victims of the attack addressed him directly at the sentencing. Read more at ABC News.
Senate To Put A Final Vote On Obama’s Trade Bill Today
Any moment now, we will hear from the Senate on their last vote on the Pacific Trade Agreement. Yesterday, President Barack Obama passed a hurdle in getting fast track authority to go forward negotiating terms of the trade agreement with foreign powers. If things keep going his way, today’s vote will finally put the implementation of the trade bill in stone. Read more at Reuters.
US Families Can Now Pay Ransoms To Captors Abroad
In light of Americans being held hostage and later beheaded by the Islamic State, the Obama administration is no longer prosecuting families for paying ransoms to retrieve those being held captive. A new group of government officials called the “fusion cell” will consist of employees from the FBI, the State Department and the Pentagon to manage communications and operations in those episodes. Read more at the Washington Post.
WikiLeaks Alleges U.S. Spied On French Presidents
President Francois Hollande of France is probably a really salty at Obama at the moment. WikiLeaks is claiming that the US National Security Agency has been spying on not only Hollande but also his two predecessors, Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac, between 2006 and 2012. The US refuses to comment on the allegations. Read more at the BBC.
Bonus Round: Teens Invent Color-Changing Condoms To Detect STIs
A set of high-school-aged students from England have made what is in my humble opinion the most brilliant invention of all time. These kids designed a condom that changes color when it comes into contact with sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and syphilis. Called the S.T.EYE, the condom changes to a different based on the kind of bacteria present. The students designed the condom to provide people with an easy way to test for sexually transmitted diseases in the privacy of their own homes. Read more at the Independent.