Attorney General Barr Releases Summary Of Mueller Report

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Attorney General William Barr has released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

That decision has been contested, mostly by Democratic lawmakers, who want the full report to be released.

The letter says Mueller’s report is split into two parts, covering Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

Barr wrote Mueller and his team didn’t find the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia.

And regarding possible obstruction, Barr’s letter says, “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.'”

The special counsel did not recommend that the Justice Department pursue any new indictments based on the investigation’s findings.

Mueller and his team worked on the investigation for nearly two years and submitted the final report to Barr on Friday.

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Source:: Newsy Headlines

Apple is teasing tomorrow’s show time event with a ‘live stream’ of the Steve Jobs theater

Apple will hold its show time event tomorrow from the Steve Jobs theater at its Cupertino headquarters in California. It’s expected to unveil a number of new services that highlight its shift into services, including a revamped news service, subscriptions to premium TV channels, and its own original content. Ahead of the event, Apple has been looping a video from the theater today, teasing its focus on television.

The video is stylized to look like a CRT television set, and has been switching between a handful of different angles of the theater. Presently, the theater’s screen has a classic Apple screensaver on the screen, although some Twitter users have spotted some other things pop up on the screen, like a screenshot of an incoming…

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Hate crimes reportedly jumped by 226 percent in counties that hosted Trump campaign rallies

The president frequently gets called out for failing to forcefully condemn white nationalism.

Words really do have consequences.

According to a new study reported by The Washington Post, counties that hosted political rallies with Donald Trump as the headliner in 2016 saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally in subsequent months.

The three researchers behind the analysis, who are all professors or graduate students of political science at the University of North Texas, aimed to find out whether Trump’s divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail played a role in emboldening white nationalists. Using data from the Anti-Defamation League that maps out reported incidents of hate crimes, the authors designed a metric to measure how Trump’s campaign rallies correlated with incidences of hate crimes.

Their findings: “Trump’s rhetoric may encourage hate crimes.”

Of course, correlation does not imply causation, which the authors note. “Our analysis cannot be certain it was Trump’s campaign rally rhetoric that caused people to commit more hate crimes in the host county,” the authors state. But, they add:

However, suggestions that this effect can be explained through a plethora of faux hate crimes are at best unrealistic. In fact, this charge is frequently used as a political tool to dismiss concerns about hate crimes. Research shows it is far more likely that hate crime statistics are considerably lower because of underreporting.

Similarly, the researchers do not suggest that Trump directly caused any of these crimes, either. But there are certainly a number of cases in which the president declined to outright condemn messages and incidents that peddled hate.

Trump seldom takes a tough stance on white nationalism

Over the course of his presidency, Trump has earned a reputation for making outrageously provocative or outright racist statements, while …read more

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Richmond’s ‘Topgroep uit Canada’ releases its debut album … 53 years after it was recorded

Until recently, The Centaurs were one of those classic 1960s garage-rock bands that seemed lost to time.

“All that is known about The Centaurs is that they came from The Hague,” said the liner notes to compilation of Dutch bands from the “psychedelic sixties,” Flight to Lowlands Paradise. “Their only single came out on Polydor in 1967.”

The band did live in The Hague in the ’60s, but they were actually from Richmond, B.C.

After forming in 1964, the quintet played most every type of local gig you can imagine. They opened for movies at the Lougheed Drive-In, attracted 1,400 teenagers to the Peach Bowl in Penticton and were headliners at Vancouver’s first psychedelic hotspot, The Afterthought.

But they grew frustrated at being a garage-rock band in a rhythm and blues town. So in November 1966 they moved to Europe.

In Holland they were billed as the “Topgroep uit Canada,” opened for The Troggs and had a hit single. In Germany, they were offered a residency at the Star-Club in Hamburg, where the Beatles had honed their craft.

“They said, ‘We’d like you to stay, we want you to play here like The Beatles — but we’re not going to pay you,’ ” recalls drummer John Gedak.

“We said, ‘Why?’ They said, ‘We will make you famous.’ I looked at him and said, ‘Well, we’re already famous. We have a hit record in Holland with Polydor, we’re booked there as Canada’s top band.’ ”

The band was in Europe 18 months before they got homesick and came back to Vancouver. Gedak stayed behind to play with a German band, and The Centaurs broke up.

The Centaurs smell the flowers in a 1967 shoot for Polydor Records. Standing, left to right: Ron Williams, Hugh …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun