We’ve heard this story before. But it still doesn’t get any easier to understand.
At a Trump rally Monday, a Secret Service agent slammed down a photographer for Time Magazine.
Gif of the moment in question in case Instagram gets pulled. Brutal. pic.twitter.com/Lh9Q65WW07
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) February 29, 2016
The incident took place at a Trump rally in Redford, VA a day before the critical Super Tuesday slate of primary elections across 13 states.
According to CNN’s Jim Acosta, the photog is named Chris Morris and he is planning on pressing charges despite being attacked by the agent.
Here’s moments prior. The reporter says “f*ck you” — that’s when it got physical pic.twitter.com/h9K2wIbEWQ
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) February 29, 2016
The rally had been interrupted by numerous Black Lives Matter protestors according to Talking Points Memo.
Morris claims that he stepped out of the predetermined photography box by about 18 inches and then was assaulted.
Time photog Chris Morris tells me how he was grabbed and taken down at Trump rally pic.twitter.com/XKDJarpXda
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 29, 2016
Turns out that a Fascist Presidential candidate can even turn the Secret Service into a mob.
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By Leslie Ovalle
In 1977, after one year in prison for discussing his political beliefs, Jean-Claude Exulien—a secondary school history professor—decided to flee his home in Haiti.
Exulien said that there are times in history when a government cannot be criticized, but he is also quick to remind that as an intellectual and educator, it is impossible to suppress critical discussions.
Exulien fled Haiti during the rule of the dictator “Baby Doc”, or Jean-Claude Duvalier, seeking his own and his family’s safety. He said that if it hadn’t been for Haiti’s suppressive regime many Haitians, including himself, would not have fled the land they feel such patriotism for.
His office in North Miami, decorated with Haitian flags and cultural photographs, is evidence to his love of country.
“I’m a big witness, I would say, of what happened in Haiti during the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier and Jean-Claude Duvalier,” said Exulien, “Haitian intellectuals were obliged to leave the country to save their lives.”
Many Haitians fleeing the regime of the time decided to migrate to Montreal, Canada. This is something that crossed Exulien’s mind, but a summer school teaching opportunity and family here in South Florida is what pushed him to make this city his new home.
“Some friend told me one time ‘it’s not difficult for you, because you used to teach at a higher level.’ I said ‘no it’s not a problem because I love these people, they are my people’. Until today that is my job, to teach them how to write in French, Creole, and English,” explains Exulien.
Knowing Creole, French, English, and Spanish, Exulien embodies the importance of knowing multiple languages in a place as diverse as South Florida.
On his office desk lays an ocean of newspapers—which he refers to as his tools—and in this ocean you can find all four languages. He jokes, although in a serious manner, saying that nowadays if you speak only one language you are handicap.
“Sometimes there are news in El Nuevo Herald or Las Americas and you cannot find the same news in The Herald, for example, so we have to read more than one newspaper and in more than one language,” he said.On the side of his office cabinet hangs a quote by John Dewey, the liberal philosopher that reads, in all caps: “education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”
Exulien takes education beyond the classroom, besides teaching literacy, history, and anthropology he has a radio show on 1700 AM Radio Mega every Saturday at 11am.
“This is a class, it’s not a radio show,” Exulien said.
His radio segment is 90% Creole and 10% English; where he discusses current events, ideas, and history with his listeners.
A very proud man of his country’s history, he is one of the founders of the Haitian American Historical Society—a non-profit organization seeking the recognition and accuracy of historical events pertaining to Haitians and those of Haitian descent.
In 2007, the organization erected a monument of Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue in Savannah, Gerogia. Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue was a group of Haitian free men who volunteered to fight in The Siege of Savannah on October 9th, 1779 against the British.
“Haitian people died there, in Franklin Square, for the independence of the United States,” said Exulien.
The organization is now working on erecting yet another monument, in St. Augustine, Florida, commemorating General Georges Biassou—a Haitian forefather who fought with Spanish royalists.
Exulien is also the president of the organization Haitian League for Human Rights, INC.
“We created this organization one year ago, because of the situation of [our Haitian] brothers and sisters in Santo Domingo,” said Exulien.
This article was originally published on Rise Miami News.
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NBC News is reporting that Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk who refused to marry gay couples will be released from jail.
The New York Times’ Alan Blinder is also reporting that Davis will be released.
BREAKING: Federal judge lifts contempt order against Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County. She is to be released from jail. Story soon.
— Alan Blinder (@alanblinder) September 8, 2015
Same-sex marriage was legalized in the whole of the United States in a high profile Supreme Court case in June.
Read the court order releasing Davis from jail from Fox News report Kevin Corke:
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Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign for president has been a bit underwhelming.
Rubio (along with the rest of the mainstream party favorites) has been overlooked for the bluster and excitement of outsider candidates like Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson.
Polling indicates that Rubio is a top-tier candidate, with the Huffington Post Pollster (an index that averages 157 polls from 29 pollsters) saying that he is currently in 5th place out of 16 candidates.
But for Rubio supporters, there is hope. Their man is a bit of a comeback kid- having upset the then presumed unbeatable Charlie Crist in the 2010 Republican primary for senate.
One way that Rubio could position himself is as someone who has a firm grasp of foreign policy matters and a strong vision for the future.
Well, a video widely circulating on social media may help the junior senator from the Sunshine state accomplish that goal.
The video is of a Senate floor speech Rubio gave last week before a key vote on President Obama’s deal nuclear agreement with Iran.
So far, it has been watched over 800,000 times on Facebook and shared nearly 25,000 times.
It will be interesting to see how Rubio approaches the upcoming CNN debate and whether he tries to dominate foreign policy questions.
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