Mixed feelings in El Paso and Dayton as Trump plans to visit in wake of shootings

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump will receive a reluctant welcome to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, by leaders and community members still grappling with the aftermath of horrific mass shootings that left 31 dead.

The president plans to travel on Wednesday to El Paso and Dayton to offer his condolences to victims, meet with leaders and talk about his plans to combat the scourge of gun violence in the United States. Trump, who had an empty public schedule on Tuesday, spent the day preparing for his encounters with the grieving communities, according to a White House official. But some are questioning the presence of the president, whose rhetoric, they say, encouraged the shooters and has fanned the flames of division.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the president travels to “heal communities” by meeting with the injured, survivors, local law enforcement and medical professionals. In what has become routine for modern presidents, Trump visited victims and local law enforcement in the aftermath of mass shootings like Parkland, Florida, and Pittsburgh. But in El Paso — a border city with a large Latino population — some residents questioned why the president would visit.

“Why would he want to come? That would be my first — I know he’s our president, but he has promoted a lot of this — all this anger. He has promoted it across the nation and it needs to stop, it needs to stop,” Bill Aguirre, a veteran and El Paso native told ABC News.

El Paso County Commissioner David Stout told ABC News Senior Washington Reporter Devin Dwyer on “The Briefing Room” Tuesday that there’s “a gaping wound that’s still open here” and that a lot of people feel that Trump’s presence in the community is “just going to be throwing salt in an open wound.”

Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, said on MSNBC Monday that Trump “is not welcome” in El Paso. “He should not come here while we are in mourning.”

On Twitter Tuesday, she also posted a thread about how she declined the president’s invitation to join him during his visit to El Paso and said she requested a phone call with him instead.

 However, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said he would welcome Trump, “as he is president of the United States.”

“So in that capacity, I will fulfill my obligations as mayor of El Paso to meet with the president and discuss whatever our needs are in this community and hope that if we are expressing specifics that we can get him to come through for us,” Margo said.

Stephanie Whiddon, who recently moved to El Paso from Indiana, was not opposed to the visit and said it could be a learning opportunity.

“He should come, he should see what we’re going through. The pain that this community is feeling right now, the pain that their families are suffering. He needs to be a part of that.”

In her comments on Monday, Escobar specifically pointed to the president’s language when she said Trump wasn’t welcome.

“Words have consequences. And the president has made my community and my people the enemy. He has told the country that we are people to be feared, people to be hated. He has done that at his rallies, he has done that through his Twitter,” Escobar said. “And so I would ask his staff and his team to consider the fact that his words and his actions have played a role in this.”

The El Paso shooting suspect allegedly said he wanted to target as many Mexicans as he could in his deadly rampage at a Walmart, and used white nationalist rhetoric. In a speech at the White House on Monday, the president condemned hate speech and white nationalism that was hailed by the suspect in El Paso.

But Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said his comments on Monday fell short of unifying.

“I’m disappointed with his remarks. I think they fell really short. He mentioned gun issues one time. I think watching the president over the past few years on issues of guns, he has been — I don’t know if he knows what he believes, frankly,” Whaley said.

On Tuesday, she told reporters that she planned to tell Trump “how unhelpful he’s been” with regard to his comments about how to tackle gun violence, but deflected when she was asked if she thought the president was visiting Dayton too soon after the shootings.

“He’s the president of the United States. He does his calendar, I do mine,” she said.

Later, she said, “I will welcome him in the official capacity as mayor since he is in the office of the president.”

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Key questions about the threat of domestic terrorism in America

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jimfeng/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The deadly assault inside an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday and a spate of other attacks deemed “domestic terrorism” by U.S. authorities have renewed questions over the threat itself and whether the U.S. government is currently equipped to stop it.

In recent months, both Congress and the FBI have grown increasingly vocal about concerns focused on the swelling prominence and influence of white supremacist ideology, especially on the internet. But at times, lawmakers and law enforcement officials have been “talking past each other,” as the head of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Michael McGarrity, recently put it.

Here are seven key questions often asked about domestic terrorism:

How is ‘domestic terrorism’ defined?

“Domestic” terrorists have nothing to do with international terrorism. They are moved to violence by what McGarrity called “domestic influences, such as racial bias and anti-government sentiment.”

“Homegrown” terrorists, on the other hand, fall under the FBI’s international terrorism program and are radicalized by overseas groups like ISIS or Al Qaeda.

The FBI is currently investigating about 850 possible domestic terrorists and tracking another 1,000 potential “homegrown violent extremists,” according to McGarrity and other senior FBI officials.

Is the domestic terrorism threat growing?

“Domestic terrorism notably is on the rise,” McGarrity told the House Homeland Security Committee in May. “[And] the threat of domestic terrorism exists in every region of the United States and affects all walks of life.”

Specifically, the number of actual attacks carried out by domestic terrorists has risen, and that is why authorities are so concerned.

But the number of domestic terrorism investigations has in fact dropped in recent years — from about 1,000 two years ago to 850 now. And the number of domestic terrorism arrests has also dropped. In FY 2017, about 150 of the FBI’s domestic terrorism subjects were arrested, according to the FBI. In FY 2018, the number dropped to 115, and so far in FY 2019 the number stands at 90.

As McGarrity testified: “We’re actually down in cases. But … [the] velocity is much quicker than it’s ever been before.”

“There have been more arrests and deaths in the United States caused by domestic terrorists than international terrorists in recent years,” he said. “Racially-motivated violent extremists are responsible for the majority of lethal attacks and fatalities perpetrated by domestic terrorists since 2000.”

McGarrity noted that of the 850 domestic terrorism cases currently open, about half are what he called “anti-government, anti-authority.” Another 40 percent are “racially-motivated violent extremist cases,” and “a significant majority” of them “are racially-motivated extremists who support the superiority of the white race,” he said.

Like “homegrown” terrorists, however, “domestic” terrorists are hard to stop because they often operate alone.

“When you can go on the internet and find content that justifies what you want to do, your specific ideology whatever that ideology is, that … makes it harder for us to detect you from a law enforcement perspective,” McGarrity said.

Are hate crimes on the rise?

It’s not clear. The FBI has seen a surge in reports of hate crimes from local law enforcement agencies, but with as many as 1,000 new agencies now sending data to the FBI, the FBI can’t say whether there is a real uptick in hate crimes or just an uptick in data they’re receiving.

“[FBI officials] are cognizant of the increase and determining whether it’s an increase in data collection and the reporting, or is there actually an increase in hate crimes? I can’t answer that,” McGarrity noted. “I just know it’s an issue they’re looking at.”

How much of a priority is domestic terrorism for the FBI?

FBI officials repeatedly say domestic terrorism is one of their highest priorities. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts are devoted to international terrorists, including “homegrown” radicals inside the U.S. inspired by ISIS or Al Qaeda.

Specifically, 80 percent of the FBI’s counterterrorism cases are international terrorism cases, stretching around the world, according to McGarrity. By contrast, 20 percent of the FBI’s counterterrorism case are domestic terrorism cases.

Accordingly, 80 percent of the FBI’s counterterrorism agents in the field are assigned to work on international terrorism cases, while 20 percent work on domestic terrorism.

Meanwhile, nearly half of terrorism suspects were flagged to the FBI by local police, state police, or members of the public, McGarrity said.

Can the FBI open an investigation based on hateful rhetoric?

No — not if that’s all there is.

As McGarrity said: “We are prohibited from reviewing, looking at First Amendment activity. So if it’s speech, if it’s ideology — and it might be alarming — we are prohibited from that.”

Testifying alongside McGarrity, a senior Justice Department official, Brad Wiegmann, put it this way: “We’re going to need more than just a statement, depending on what the statement says.” Even just a so-called “manifesto” of grievances isn’t enough, according to Wiegmann.

But if “it’s a statement that indicates threats of violence, we can investigate that,” and authorities can investigate “if we have additional information about the individual — [for example] he has his manifesto but we know the person’s out buying a gun, or we have a source inside that says this person we think is is turning violent,” Wiegmann added.

Would the FBI and Justice Department like more powers to investigate domestic terrorism, including a ‘domestic terrorism statute’?

Yes, depending.

“From my perspective, whether I’m working gangs, MS-13 or terrorism, any tool in the toolbox helps me when I’m looking at that threat everyday as to what my options are and how I can disrupt that threat before an attack,” Wiegmann testified. “We’re always looking to approve our authorities. And so I think we’re certainly open to having a discussion with the Congress if there’s interest in the Congress pursuing a ‘domestic terrorism statute,’ we’re certainly open to having that discussion.”

Wiegmann suggested that a domestic terrorism statute could mirror current hate crime statutes, which allow for harsher sentences when crimes are committed out of bias and discrimination.

“That would be something that we could do that would be broader on domestic terrorism,” Wiegmann said. “Kind of like hate crimes but focused on domestic terrorism.”

Wiegmann, however, noted that federal authorities currently have “a whole array of charges” they can bring against domestic terrorists to take them off the streets and deliver justice.

“We can use gun charges, we use explosive charges, we use threat and hoax charges, we can use hate crimes,” he said.

But do the FBI and Justice Department want to start designating domestic groups as terrorists?

No, at least not officially. The First Amendment presents a series of challenges and concerns.

The U.S. government designates overseas groups like ISIS as “foreign terrorist organizations,” and it is a federal crime to offer them any “material support.” But Constitutional guarantees of free speech, free assembly and free association make it hard to treat groups based in America the same way.

“We probably would not want … something that is similar to what we have on the international side, which is designating foreign terrorist organizations,” Wiegmann testified. “Designating domestic groups as ‘domestic terrorism organizations’ and picking out particular groups that you say you disagree with their views … is going to be highly problematic, in a way that’s not when you’re designating Al Qaeda or ISIS or an international organization.”

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Trump imposes full embargo on Venezuela in escalation that echoes Cuba policy

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twinsterphoto/iStock(WASHINGTON) — In a dramatic escalation of his administration’s pressure campaign against Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, President Donald Trump has imposed a full embargo on the socialist president’s government.

The executive order, signed late Monday, freezes all Venezuelan assets in America’s jurisdiction and importantly allows the U.S. to impose sanctions on anyone doing business with Maduro.

The historic move puts Venezuela in the same category as North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Syria in terms of how much economic pressure and global isolation the U.S. is attempting to impose on it.

Critics say the move is a sign of the decision’s misdirection, as decades of similar embargoes have failed to change the governments or policies of Havana or Tehran.

But senior administration officials expressed optimism that it would quicken the demise of Maduro’s rule, seven months after the opposition-controlled National Assembly declared him illegitimate and named its president Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim leader. Despite that declaration and immediate support from the U.S. and eventually more than 50 other countries, Guaidó remains on the outskirts of power, with the military leadership still behind Maduro.

“We’re more optimistic that the peaceful transfer of power from the Maduro regime to Juan Guaidó can be achieved,” national security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday on the sidelines of the Lima Group meeting in Peru.

The 14-country group was created in 2017 to condemn Maduro for his ongoing crackdown on political opposition and his consolidation of power.

“This is the most sweeping executive order that we’ve made in connection with Venezuela in the last six months. It’s a very broad action with very broad implications,” Bolton added, in particular issuing a warning to Russia and China.

Along with Cuba, Iran and Turkey are Maduro’s closest allies and economic lifelines, but their government agencies, businesses and citizens will now be subject to possible sanctions for doing business with Maduro, his government and anyone associated with it. It’s unclear, though, whether the threat of these secondary sanctions will scare these countries off, which have long supported Maduro.

Since recognizing Guaidó as interim president, the Trump administration has levied successive rounds of sanctions on Maduro, including on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company and central bank. Bolton said there will be “additional steps” announced “in due course,” hinting at steps to cut off Venezuelan oil shipments to Cuba, which he said was “under very close study.”

There are exemptions made for humanitarian reasons, allowing U.S. businesses and citizens to continue to provide food, medicine and medical devices, personal remittances, and telecommunications or internet support.

Guaido voiced support for the measures, speaking to reporters in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, “This is not against Venezuela. It goes against a regime, it goes against those who do businesses at the expense of the hunger of Venezuelans.”

But critics say these carve-outs will not do enough to help the Venezuelan people, who are suffering amid food and medical shortages, power blackouts, and hyper inflation. Mismanagement and corruption have plagued the Venezuelan system and brought a once-rich oil nation to its knees, according to analysts.

“We know how this ends: More suffering, more grandstanding, less diplomacy,” according to Alejandro Velasco, a Latin America historian at New York University. “At some point we have to realize and acknowledge these policies are having the opposite effect of what many imagined [or] hoped and become evil in their own way that can’t be excused away.”

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Museumgoers in Germany can now see ‘Snow White’s’ gravestone

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Disney/IMDb(BERLIN) — Once upon a time, there was a wealthy woman named Maria Sophia von Erthal. Born in 1725 in the castle of the Medieval German town of Lohr am Main, she was a baroness and the sister of bishops.

But she went on to be known culturally as the possible inspiration for the fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” written by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the 19th century.

The Bamberg Diocesan Museum in Bavaria just added her refurbished gravestone to its collection, sparking renewed interests in the parallels between the life of von Erthal and the fairy tale heroine.

While the jury is still out as to whether she was “the fairest one of all,” there are certainly a number of provocative parallels between von Erthal’s life and that of the poison-apple-eating protagonist.

For starters, von Erthal was said to have helped many of the area’s unfortunate, including children working in the mines of nearby districts — thought to be the inspiration for the seven mining dwarfs in the famous tale, the museum stated. A disused mine outside of Lohr can be reached by crossing seven hills, which are also mentioned in the fable, reported the BBC.

Von Erthal’s father also got remarried to a woman who was said to favor her own children to those of her new husband’s, similar to the wicked stepmother in the tale.

As if that wasn’t enough, von Erthal’s father even owned a mirror factory and one of his mirrors, currently housed in the Spessart Museum in Lohr am Main was inscribed with the words “amour propre” or “pride” in French, which could have been inspiration for the stepmother’s infamous “mirror on the wall” in the fairy tale, according to the museum.

The Grimm brothers first published the fairy tale called “Schneewittchen” in 1812, and Disney subsequently released the animated film “Snow White” in 1937.

Given that the Grimm brothers lived just 60 miles west of Lohr am Main, which is now referred to as “Snow White City,” it’s possible they may have caught wind of the baroness’ tale and used it as fodder for their story. The tale of von Erthal was well-known in the 19th century, museum director Holger Kempkens told the BBC, adding that the brothers typically wrote stories they heard from other people.

Kempkens told the BBC that there are “indications” that von Erthal was the model for Snow White.

“Today when you make a film about a historic person there is also fiction in it. So in this case I think there is a historic basis, but there are also fictional elements” he told the network.

Von Erthal’s life did not have an overtly romantic ending. She became blind in her youth and died at the age of 71 in a monastery in Bamberg, according to the museum.

At the time, women did not typically get their own gravestones, which makes von Erthal’s historically significant, whether or not she inspired the fairy tale, points out the museum.

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Tiffany Haddish, Blair Underwood and more tapped to star in Octavia Spencer’s ‘Madam C.J. Walker’ series

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Netlfix/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) — Octavia Spencer’s forthcoming Madam C.J. Walker Netflix series has found its starting lineup.

According to Deadline, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris and Kevin Carroll have signed on for principal roles in the series about the legendary entrepreneur and philanthropist. They join Spencer, who has already been cast as Sarah Breedlove, the woman known as Madam C.J. Walker.

Walker, who died in 1919 at age 51, was America’s first female self-made millionaire. She amassed much of her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women, via her Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

As previously reported, the eight-episode series is based on Walker’s granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles book, On Her Own Ground.  It’s the first scripted drama from LeBron James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment. James and Spencer will co-executive produce the drama, with Bundles to serve as a consultant on the series.

Deadline reports that Haddish will play Lelia, the “smart and feisty daughter” of Breedlove and her late first husband, while Ejogo will portray Breedlove’s former friend Addie, a hairstylist who doesn’t support Sarah’s ambitions.

Underwood will star as C.J. Walker, Sarah’s supportive and encouraging husband; Morris will play C.J.’s father Cleophus, a former slave, and Carroll will play Ransom, Sarah’s lawyer, who helps her with her hair product patents.

A release date for the Madam C.J. Walker series has yet to be announced.

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As Trump visits El Paso, his campaign still hasn’t paid bill for February rally

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pabradyphoto/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The last time President Donald Trump visited El Paso — for a political rally in February — his campaign racked up a big bill, one it still hasn’t paid.

It has been six months since Trump held the “Make America Great Again” rally in downtown El Paso that cost the Texas border city nearly a half million dollars — mostly for city police providing security around his event, along with protection from the fire and health departments.

El Paso billed Donald J. Trump for President Inc., sending the invoice to the campaign’s Fifth Avenue offices in New York on March 27. The bill was due April 26, and according to El Paso officials, they have yet to see a dime.

As the months passed with no sign of payment, El Paso sent multiple letters to the Trump campaign warning of penalties if it didn’t comply.

“Failure to pay your past due balance or to make acceptable payment arrangement within 30 days from the date of this notice (May 23) may result in your account being charged a one-time collection fee of 21 percent on your gross account receivable balance,” a letter from El Paso’s Office of the Comptroller states, given to ABC News from the city of El Paso.

The deadline came and went and a 21% penalty fee got tacked onto the bill.

That 21% adds almost $100,000 to the Trump campaign’s tab, bringing the total to almost $570,000.

“As with any invoices we issue out, our expectation is to be paid for the services rendered,” Robert Cortinas, El Paso’s chief financial officer, told ABC News in a statement. “The City is fiscally responsible,” he said.

If the Trump campaign does not pay, the city of El Paso says the money would have to come out of the city’s contingency budget — funds used for unexpected and emergency situations, such as natural disasters. The more than half-million dollars is also equivalent to the annual salaries of several El Paso police officers – law enforcement the president praised in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting for responding with “extraordinary grace and courage.”

Donald J. Trump for President Inc.’s now outstanding $569,204.63 balance due is about 63% of the city’s contingency budget for the entire year.

ABC News has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, but has not heard back.

In June, the campaign said it doubts El Paso’s accounting, implying it’s been overcharged.

“Since 2015, the Trump Campaign has held nearly 550 rallies all over the country, and this invoice is roughly 10 times the amount that a locality generally asks to be reimbursed,” Michael Glassner, chief operating officer with the Trump Campaign, told ABC News. “We are reviewing it.”

Indeed, other cities where the Trump campaign has held rallies, including Mesa, Arizona, billed for about $64,500 for a rally held there in October 2018. Mesa city officials told ABC News their police department still has received no reimbursement from the Trump campaign.

Campaigns failing to pay cities for their visits is not uncommon. During the 2016 election, the presidential campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders were also behind in several rally payments, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Trump himself has a long history of not paying his bills. Often boasting of his business success and touting his record as the “Dealmaker in Chief,” Trump has a trail of receipts and lawsuits that reflects a long line of personal debts shifted to businesses — with the burden of multiple Chapter 11 filings falling on investors who bet on his business acumen. Numerous contractor lawsuits claim that Trump and his businesses have refused to pay them.

This time, if the campaign doesn’t pay, El Paso would have to absorb the cost – even as it reels from dealing with a mass shooting.

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Former FBI agent Peter Strzok sues FBI, DOJ, claiming firing due to pressure from President Trump

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wingedwolf/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Former FBI special agent Peter Strzok sued the Department of Justice and FBI on Tuesday over his firing in August 2018, which his lawyers argue was “the result of unrelenting pressure from President Trump and his political allies in Congress and the media.”

In a complaint filed in D.C. District Court against Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray, Strzok’s lawyers write that “the campaign to fire Strzok included constant tweets and other disparaging statement by the President, as well as direct appeals” by Trump to fire Strzok made to then-AG Jeff Sessions and Wray.

The lawsuit argues that the FBI and DOJ unlawfully disclosed his private text messages that disparaged Trump before and after the 2016 presidential election — including the time frame during which Strzok helped lead the agency’s investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s private email server and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has made Strzok a frequent target, citing those disparaging texts, and has repeatedly argued that Strzok’s political bias tainted the early stages of the Russia investigation.

But in combative testimony before Congress in July of last year, Strzok told lawmakers that, “at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took.”

When the DOJ’s inspector general uncovered the text messages between Strzok and then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, he was removed by Robert Mueller from the special counsel’s office to a lower-level human resources position before his eventual firing from the bureau. Page has left the FBI but also is a frequent Trump target.

One text exchange between the two that especially rankled Trump read: “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page wrote to Strzok in August 2016.

Strzok, responded: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”

In the lawsuit, Strzok’s lawyers argue that his firing came after Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau Investigation Office of Professional Responsibility Candace Will recommended that Strzok not be fired, and instead receive a demotion and suspension for 60 days without pay. Despite Strzok agreeing to the so-called “last-chance agreement,” he was still fired from the bureau on August 9, 2018.

“The FBI fired Special Agent Strzok because of his protected political speech in violation of his rights under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” the lawsuit said. “The FBI also deprived Strzok of his property interest in his employment without due process, in violation of his rights under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.”

The lawsuit calls for Strzok to receive, “equitable and injunctive relief, including reinstatement and back pay … as well as actual damages for the violations of the Privacy Act.”

ABC News reached out to DOJ for a response to the lawsuit, but the department declined to comment.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director Taika Waititi to receive the first Ebert Director Award at Toronto Film Festival

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Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney(TORONTO) — New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi will be honored with the inaugural Ebert Director Award at this year’s inaugural Toronto Film Festival, named after late, legendary movie critic Roger Ebert.

Organizers of the event, which runs from September 5 to September 15, have previously honored filmmakers — including Martin Scorsese and Ava DuVernay — under the prize’s former name: The Roger Ebert Golden Thumb Award.

Waititi shook up the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, and will work on a follow-up, Thor: Love and Thunder, which opens in 2021.

Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, a satire that has him playing Adolf Hitler, who in the film is the imaginary friend of a boy in Nazi Germany, will have its world premiere at the festival. Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, and Scarlett Johansson also star.

“Taika Waititi is the rock star cinema needs right now,” festival co-head Cameron Bailey said in a statement. “His films are full of razor-sharp humor, faultless style, and boundless generosity.” 

Taika’s prize will be handed out to him on September 9, during the inaugural Tribute Gala, a fundraiser for the organization that will also bestow the first Tribute Actor award on Oscar-winner Meryl Streep.

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Dayton mayor says she’ll tell Trump he’s been ‘unhelpful’ in wake of shootings

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yorkfoto/iStock(DAYTON, Ohio) — The mayor of Dayton isn’t mincing words about President Trump’s upcoming visit to her city in the wake of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said that she plans to tell Trump “how unhelpful he’s been on this,” regarding his comments Monday about ways to tackle gun violence.

When asked if enough is being done at the federal level to address gun violence, the mayor said, “absolutely not.”

“What do you see in D.C.? You see a lot of nothing happening on a lot of stuff,” Whaley said, speaking to reporters on Tuesday. “Common sense gun reform is definitely an example where nothing’s happened.”

Whaley, a Democrat, said that she will “absolutely” tell Trump that she does not think he has helped the push for reform.

“He probably will hear it from you all, better than he hears it from me,” she said to reporters. “I mean, yesterday, his comments weren’t very helpful to the issue around guns,” she said.

Ask if she believes Trump is coming to Ohio too soon after the tragedy, Whaley deflected.

“He’s the president of the United States. He does his calendar, I do mine,” she said.

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Trump hits back at Obama rebuke of divisive language in wake of mass shootings

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TriggerPhoto/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A day after former President Barack Obama sharply criticized divisive language on race and hate from “our leaders” — but not mentioning President Donald Trump by name — Trump on Tuesday hit back at the rebuke from the first African American president.

Obama, in a rare tweet Monday afternoon, responded to the controversy surrounding the weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, saying, “We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as subhuman or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.”

“Such language isn’t new — it’s been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history, here in America and around the world,” Obama wrote. “It has no place in our politics and our public life. And it’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, or every race and faith and political party, to say as much — clearly and unequivocally,” Obama added.

Trump fired back in tweets on Tuesday morning, apparently paraphrasing what was said on “Fox and Friends” earlier in the day to make his point.

“‘Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook,” Trump tweeted. “‘President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.'”

He added, “‘It’s political season and the election is around the corner. They want to continue to push that racist narrative.’ @ainsleyearhardt @foxandfriends And I am the least racist person. Black, Hispanic and Asian Unemployment is the lowest (BEST) in the history of the United States!”

During his presidency, Obama addressed the nation following 14 mass shootings, which included the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla.

Throughout his eight-year tenure, the former president called for “common-sense gun laws” but did not make significant progress, with major pieces of gun control legislation failing to pass in the Senate in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama offered their condolences to the families affected in the statement as well.

His message comes after Trump’s public remarks at the White House on Monday, responding to the two shootings over the weekend.

“These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack upon our nation and a crime against all of humanity,” Trump said. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”

As these two mass shootings have sparked the all-too-familiar debate on gun control, former President Bill Clinton also commented.

“How many more people have to die before we reinstate the assault weapons ban & the limit on high-capacity magazines & pass universal background checks? After they passed in 1994, there was a big drop in mass shooting deaths. When the ban expired, they rose again. We must act now,” he tweeted.

On Monday afternoon, the El Paso Police Department updated the number of people killed to 22 with dozens more injured.

Nine people were killed in Ohio before police killed the shooter. There were 27 people who were also injured in the shooting, which took place less than 24 hours after the Texas shooting.

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Posted On 06 Aug 2019