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#FridayFlashback After a brief period of sanity post-9/11 in which America shut off the pipeline of Saudi flight students, GWBush opened the doors again & Saudi Arabia created special aviation scholarships to send pilot trainees here==>…
Some basic data on foreign students from Saudi Arabia in US in 2018-2019:
Admitted: 37,080
Percent in STEM/Engineering fields: 30.2
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💥NEW: #Manafort lawyers argue for reduced sentence, attacking Mueller for "misinformation," "not being able to find Russian collusion," vilifying Manafort. Seems like a Hail Mary, angling for a pardon. IRONY: Manafort used vilification for years—as a sword. Now it's his shield.
This is rich: #Manafort says his life's work is "promoting democratic values" as a political consultant. He didn't even promote democratic values in US! He ran Reagan's Southern strategy. Abroad he worked mostly for dictators. Does he think Judge Ellis' clerks don't use Google??
#FridayFlashback #Manafort promoted propaganda smears for corrupt authoritarians—not "democratic values." THREAD on disinformation he planted to vilify political rivals of pro-Russia clients in Ukraine (against Tymoshenko) AND in US (against Clinton)
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I'm crying.

I'm listening to @NPR's @MorningEdition report on the internment of #MatthewShepard's ashes.

I'm recalling the candlelight vigil I attended with friends.
The emotional interview I did with Judy Shepard.
The shocking brutality of the killing.
@NPR @MorningEdition I'm thinking of other #LGBT hate crime killings I covered that weren't national headlines.

#SakiaGunn was two weeks shy of her 16th birthday when a man called her a d*ke and when she talked back, stabbed her. She died in the lap of her cousin.

@NPR @MorningEdition #GwenAraujo was a teenager when she was raped and murdered.

#BrandonTeena was in their 20s when they were raped and murdered.

Two young trans/GNC people just trying to live their authentic lives. But men wanted them to follow their birth genitalia instead.

Like Trump.
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1. For your Extremist #FridayFlashback, I'd like to share a totally-forgotten incident from September 1999 involving a militia shootout in West Virginia--one of uncounted such episodes involving right-wing extremism over the past 25 years that got very little media attention.
2. A team of fed/state/law enforcement officers were looking for illicit marijuana grows in Lincoln County, West Virginia, when they ran into two brothers who were indeed growing pot out in the woods--but who were also anti-government extremists, part of the militia movement.
3. Investigating an illegal camp on gas company property, the officers ran into Bobby Wayne Hager riding an ATF. Hager tried to pull a gun on the officers but they restrained him--but not before he shouted a warning to his nearby brother. The brother, Everett Hager, opened fire
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