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Capitol Coup: Fact checking Senator Ron Johnson’s effort to divert blame from White Supremacists

Senator Ron Johnson, as he predicted, got himself in trouble for saying he “never felt threatened” by those who attacked the Capitol on January 6, but he “might have been a little concerned” if they were “tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters. In response to critics who found his remarks to be racist, Johnson wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal — “I Won’t Be Silenced by the Left” — that distorted a report’s findings on last year’s demonstrations against racial injustice. In his op-ed, Johnson cited the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data...

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The Un-United Methodist schism: Conservative faction details its plans for breakaway denomination

Conservative leaders within the United Methodist Church unveiled plans Monday to form a new denomination, the Global Methodist Church, with a doctrine that does not recognize same-sex marriage. The move could hasten the long-expected breakup of the UMC over differing approaches to LGBTQ inclusion. For now, the UMC is the largest mainline Protestant church in the U.S. and second only to the Southern Baptist Convention, an evangelical denomination, among all U.S. Protestant churches. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UMC’s General Conference — at which the schism would be debated — has been postponed for two consecutive years, and...

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Photographing Fukushima: Toru Anzai’s images document life at ground zero for future generations

Images of temporary housing where many lived in uncertainty and a mountain of disposal bags full of radioactive soil, those were part of the photographic collection taken by 73-years old Toru Anzai after the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in March 2011 forced him to evacuate from his home of many years in Iitate, Fukushima. Anzai started photography as a hobby when he was in his twenties, at a time when film cameras were still in their heyday. He recalled being especially fond of taking landscape photographs, capturing beautiful rural scenes or the sun rising from in between mountains....

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Kimberly Montgomery: An unimaginable list of family and friends lost due to COVID-19

The first person Kimberly Montgomery lost to COVID-19 was her aunt. She had trouble breathing, so her daughter dropped her off at the emergency room. It was the last time her daughter saw her alive. Then, one after another, 14 other people in Montgomery’s world — family members, friends, friends who were like family — succumbed to the same disease. There was the retired police officer who was an usher and deacon at her church. A friend’s brother who was a restaurant cook. A close friend who was a nurse caring for virus patients in Atlanta. A cousin who...

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The story of Yasuke: An enduring history of the first African Samurai in feudal Japan

Almost 500 years ago, a tall African man arrived in Japan. He would go on to become the first foreign-born man to achieve the status of a samurai warrior. Known as Yasuke, the man was a warrior who reached the rank of samurai under the rule of Oda Nobunaga – a powerful 16th Century Japanese feudal lord who was the first of the three unifiers of Japan. In 1579, his arrival in Kyoto, the capital at the time, caused such a sensation that people climbed over one another to get a glimpse of him with some being crushed to...

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Kenosha prosecutors seek arrest of Kyle Rittenhouse after he disappeared from last known address

Kenosha prosecutors asked Judge Bruce Schroeder on February 3 for a new arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen charged with shooting three people, killing two of them, during a protest over police brutality in Wisconsin after he apparently violated his bail conditions. Rittenhouse violated his bond agreement by apparently moving out of his home without notifying the court. In the court filing, prosecutors said several attempts to contact the teenager had failed. The motion asks Judge Schroeder to issue an arrest warrant and increase Rittenhouse’s bail by $200,000. On February 2, Kenosha police detectives visited the address...

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