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Portland mayor calls for cancellation of free-speech rally

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and similar events, saying they are inappropriate could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he hopes the victims will inspire “changes in the political dialogue in this country.”

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed as they tried to stop Jeremy Joseph Christian from harassing the women, one of whom was wearing a hijab, authorities say. Another who stepped in was seriously injured.

Christian’s social media postings indicate an affinity for Nazis and political violence. He was charged with aggravated murder, intimidation — the state equivalent of a hate crime — and being a felon in possession of a weapon and was scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

The federal government has issued a permit for the free-speech rally Saturday and has yet to give a permit for an event June 10. The mayor says his main concern was the participants “coming to peddle a message of hatred,” saying hate speech is not protected by the Constitution.

A Facebook page for the event says there would be speakers and live music in “one of the most liberal areas on the West Coast.” It features Kyle Chapman, who describes himself as an American nationalist and ardent supporter of President Donald Trump. Chapman was arrested at a March 4 protest in Berkeley, California.

Trump condemned the stabbing, writing Monday on Twitter: “The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.”  Read More

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Protesters block the road to Donald Trump rally near Phoenix

Donald Trump’s rally in the Phoenix suburbs on Saturday was briefly delayed as dozens of protesters carrying signs that denounced racism blocked an Arizona highway leading to the rally site.

The route was first blocked by a pair of pickup trucks decorated with banners reading “Comb Over Racism: Dump Trump” and “Shut Down Trump.” Dozens of protesters then filled in the roadway, carrying signs reading “Love Trumps Hate” and “Stand Against Racism.” One homemade sign said, “Combat White Supremacy.”

As the trucks were towed away, protesters formed a human wall. Traffic finally resumed after officers began arresting

Later Saturday afternoon, scores of protesters temporarily blocked the entrance to the Tucson Convention Center, chanting “Shut it down!” and preventing supporters from entering a Trump rally there.

And in New York City, protesters from a wide range of left-leaning organizations organized a roaming protest Saturday targeting two of Trump’s most prominent properties in midtown Manhattan. There were reports that the police used tear gas to prevent a group of protesters from moving past barriers near Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.  Read More

$19bn and just married … I hope Mark Zuckerberg got a prenup, says Donald Trump

$19bn and just married ... I hope Mark Zuckerberg got a prenup, says Donald Trump

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are seen in this photograph taken on their wedding day Photo: REUTERS

But when Mark Zuckerberg wed his long-time girlfriend, a day after the stock market in New York valued Facebook at $104 billion (£66 billion), it was unclear whether he had taken the property mogul Donald Trump’s advice.

Like the rest of the world, Mr Trump was unaware of Mr Zuckerberg’s forthcoming marriage to Priscilla Chan when he mused on the implications for their relationship of the 28-year-old’s wealth following Facebook’s public flotation.

With a 28 per cent stake in the company, Mr Zuckerberg’s worth stands at more than $19 billion (£12 billion).

Mr Trump told CNBC: “So he’s gonna be worth like $18, $19 billion, you’re telling me he’s got a girlfriend, does he get a prenuptial agreement? They get married, and then for some reason over the next couple of years they get divorced and then she sues him for $10 billion and she hits the jackpot.” Asked how much the new Mrs Zuckerberg should receive from a prenup, the three-times married Trump said: “I’m notoriously cheap with these things, I think if she made $1 million [£630,000], that would be very good.”  Read More

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