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Aislinn Murphy
Aislinn Murphy is a junior at Cornell University majoring in Communication with a focus in Media Communication. Prior to attending Cornell, she studied Screenwriting and Film & Television Production at Loyola Marymount University.
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Van Kills Pedestrians In Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack

A white van plowed through a crowd of tourists and residents in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, killing 13 people and injuring as many as 100 others in what Spanish officials confirmed as a terror attack, reports Fox News. Shortly after the van travelled 1,800 feet down the famous promenade, swerving back and forth to hit as many people as possible, Catalan police arrested two people in connection with the attack. A manhunt is underway to apprehend the driver of the van, who is still at large. Keep Reading

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Alabama Attorney General Sues Birmingham For Covering Confederate Monument

The Alabama Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against the city of Birmingham for hiding a Confederate monument in Linn Park on Wednesday, according to USA Today. A crew erected plywood walls around the 52-foot-tall obelisk that honors Confederate sailors and soldiers, after a violent white supremacist rally defending a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, VA turned deadly over the weekend. Concealing the monument violated a state law that aims to preserve historic monuments, and the AG’s office intends to get to the bottom of the controversy. “My office has determined that by affixing tarps and placing plywood around the Linn Park Memorial such that it is hidden from view, the defendants have ‘altered’ or ‘otherwise disturbed’ the memorial in violation of the letter and spirit of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act,” Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement indicating that this was a clear violation of the law. Keep Reading

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Rep. Rohrabacher Meets With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, reports Business Insider. Conservative journalist Charles Johnson told the Daily Caller that he arranged the meeting between Rohrabacher and the WikiLeaks founder on Wednesday because Assange hoped to strike a deal with the United States so that he can stop living in asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has resided since August 2010. Keep Reading

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Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues In The Dead Of Night

Crews removed Confederate statues from city parks and public squares across Baltimore shortly after midnight on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. The City Council unanimously passed a resolution to tear down several monuments after a white nationalist rally to defend similar statues turned deadly in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun that she was acting in the “best interest of [her] city” to remove the statues without announcement and under the cover of darkness, citing public safety fears as her reason for doing so. “The mayor has the right to protect her city,” Pugh said in a statement Wednesday. “For me, the statues represented pain, and not only did I want to protect my city from any more of that pain, I also wanted to protect my city from any of the violence that was occurring around the nation. We don’t need that in Baltimore.” Pugh, a staunch Democrat, said she has been working towards the removal of the statutes… Keep Reading

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Dean Heller Faces Challenger Danny Tarkanian In Nevada Primary

Danny Tarkanian announced that he will challenge Senator Dean Heller in Nevada’s Republican primary during “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, according to Politico. “So many people have contacted me in the past few months, saying, ‘You got to run against Dean Heller,’” said Tarkanian on the morning news program. “They understand, like I do, that we’re never going to make America great again unless we have senators in office supporting President Trump. Dean Heller wasn’t just one of the first Never-Trumpers in the state of Nevada, he was one of the most influential. He actually helped Hillary Clinton win the state of Nevada.” On the show, he cited Heller’s lack of support in President Donald Trump as his inspiration for mounting a primary challenge, pointing to Heller’s record on the Senate Republican effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Heller, who has served in the Senate since 2011, is considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in the country up for reelection during the 2018 midterms as the only… Keep Reading

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Virginia Man Sues Republican Party Over ObamaCare Repeal Failure

A disappointed Republican donor in Virginia has filed a lawsuit against the national and state Republican Parties for failing to repeal ObamaCare, according to The Hill. The retired attorney, Bob Heghmann, filed the suit in U.S. District Court on Thursday, alleging that the GOP raised millions of dollars in donations despite having knowledge that the party would not be able to repeal ObamaCare. In the suit, he claimed the Republican Party “has been engaged in a pattern of racketeering which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well as some Independents and Democrats.” Keep Reading

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This Is Why Analysts Say North Korea Cannot Bomb The United States

Analysts who examined video of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test launch on Friday concluded that the missile poses less of a threat than originally thought, according to the New York Times. Although the missile appeared capable of reaching the West Coast of the United States in terms of distance traveled, footage of the Hwasong-14 re-entry vehicle indicated that it broke apart during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere before crashing into the sea off the coast of Japan. An analyst at 38 North, a website run by The US-Korea Institute at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, concluded that this news represents a major setback in North Korea’s ramped-up attempts to build weaponry capable of reaching the continental United States. “If this assessment accurately reflects reality,” said Michael Elleman, the missile expert who weighed in his thoughts about the hostile dictatorship’s weapons capability. “North Korea’s engineers have yet to master re-entry technologies and more work remains before Kim Jong Un has an ICBM capable of striking the American… Keep Reading

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Trump Administration Takes Initial Steps To Renegotiate NAFTA

The United States is taking the next steps to renegotiate the globalist North American Free Trade Agreement, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer released a comprehensive summary of the Trump administration’s negotiating objectives, with reducing the trade deficit with Canada and Mexico as their main goal. The release of these objectives will lay the groundwork for negotiations that are anticipated to begin later in the summer. “Under President Trump’s leadership, USTR will negotiate a fair deal,” Lighthizer said in a statement. “We will seek to address America’s persistent trade imbalances, break down trade barriers, and give Americans new opportunities to grow their exports. President Trump is reclaiming American prosperity and making our country great again.” Since NAFTA was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton back in 1994, the U.S. trade balance with Mexico has gone from a $1.3 billion surplus to a $64 billion deficit. Farmers and ranchers have encountered market access issues with Canada… Keep Reading

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President Trump Will Discuss Syria And Counterterrorism During Paris Visit

President Trump will travel to Paris on Thursday to discuss Syria and counterterrorism with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a senior White House official. They will also share their individual perspectives on the recent G-20 summit. Last month, Trump formally accepted Macron’s invitation to attend the Bastille Day celebrations alongside the First Lady as guests of honor on Avenue des Champs-Élysée. “While there they’re going to use the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest,” a senior administration official said. “But that’s really the centerpiece of this visit.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry onto French soil and officially into World War I. Several units of the United States military will participate in the parade, including the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, which was the first unit to enter France in 1917. Keep Reading

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Trump Backs Legislative Reforms That Would Give No Safe Space For Sanctuary Cities

Representatives from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Justice Department urged the passage of two immigration bills scheduled to get voted on this week during Wednesday’s White House briefing. This announcement comes as Tom Homan, Acting Director of ICE, met with President Donald Trump and the families of victims killed by illegal immigrants for a round-table discussion yesterday. The two bills—Kate’s Law and The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act—will be voted on by Congress later in the week. Both bills represent steps by the Trump administration and their allies to crackdown on illegal immigration. Keep Reading

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Tense Exchange Between CNN’s Jim Acosta And Sean Spicer Overshadows Briefing

A tense exchange between CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta and Press Secretary Sean Spicer regarding the ban on television cameras in the press room overshadowed the rest of June 26’s briefing. Acosta is one of many reporters outraged over the White House’s decision to restrict the live broadcast of briefings by news organizations over the past few weeks. This shift from standard procedure of past administrations has drawn criticism from the media. Tensions came to a head today when Acosta repeatedly pressed the issue. “Some days we’ll have them, some days we won’t,” said Spicer, who recently accused White House reporters of trying to make a scene to get attention. Keep Reading

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