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Three Men Who Plotted To Bomb Somali Refugees Say Donald Trump Inspired Them

The lawyers for Patrick Stein, Curtis Allen, and Gavin Wright are asking for leniency.

After Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election, Patrick Stein, Curtis Allen, and Gavin Wright planned to blow up an apartment complex in Kansas that housed a mosque and dozens of Somali refugees. The goals was to "wake people up." After an eight-month investigation by the FBI, Stein, Allen, and Wright were arrested.

According to reports, all three men will face sentencing on Nov. 19 and 20, however, their lawyers say Donald Trump's rhetoric inspired the potential bombing and are now asking for leniency during sentencing.

"As long as the White House with impunity calls Islam 'a dangerous threat,' and paints average Americans as 'victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad,' a mixed signal gets sent," Wright's attorneys wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday (Oct. 30)

"As long as the Executive Branch condemns Islam and commends and encourages violence against would-be enemies, then a sentence imposed by the Judicial Branch does little to deter people generally from engaging in such conduct if they believe they are protecting their countries from enemies identified by their own Commander-in-Chief," Wright continued.

Federal prosecutors argued that a maximum sentence of life in prison would be "acceptable."

"Their goal was not only to commit mass murder, but also to incite other groups to 'wake up' and commit other acts of violence against Muslims, against landlords who rent to Muslims, and against the U.S. government, and to spread the hateful message that Muslims should be, in the words of Defendant Stein, 'eradicated' from the United States," prosecutors argued.

Stein's attorney asked he serves no more than 15 years, while Allen's lawyer asked he be sentenced to 10 years for each count to be served consecutively. Wright's legal counsel asked he be sentenced to time served.

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Drake's "In My Feelings" Received The Kidz Bop Treatment

After the release of Drake's chart-topping Scorpion album, his single "In My Feelings" skyrocketed to number one, so it's no surprise the City Girls assisted track received the Kidz Bop treatment.

Since 2000, the compilation LP has sold about 17 million copies and over the weekend, Kidz Bop released its 39th installment offering the world a G-rated and tween-friendly version of today's biggest hits.

Once Twitter learned Kidz Bop laid its prepubescent hands on Drake's song, there was a mixed bag of feelings. Some went along with it and commented positively, while others were frankly offended.

I just saw a Kidz Bop commercial with the Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings and I feel like a curse has been placed on me

— Jeremy (@TacticalRPG) January 10, 2019

That Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings lets me know that hell is a real place.

— Nappy Head Nietzsche (@AugustCulture) January 19, 2019

This #KidzBop version of "In My Feelings" is SENDING me! 😂 pic.twitter.com/EQzTwdbfb6

— Nicholas D. (@Creat1ve) January 18, 2019

This isn't the first time Drake's music has been Kidz Bopped. For Kidz Bop 31, "Hotline Bling" was also featured. The new 18-track album also features Cardi B's "I Like It" as well as Khalid and Normani's "Love Lies."

The lyrics to the hook received a slight change.

KiKi do you love me/are you with me/say you'll never ever leave from beside me/cause I want ya/and I need ya/and I'm down for ya always

And when it came time for the City Girls portion of the song, they turned that down as well.

all of us kids and we hangin' in the rain/hangin' in rain/I need a black card with the code to the safe/code to the safe.

Hey, kids need love too. Watch the Kidz Bop version of Drake's "In My Feelings" below.

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South Carolina High School Students May Soon Take A Personal Finance Class

High school students in South Carolina may now have to pass a personal finance class in order to receive their diploma.

According to reports, Republican lawmakers Luke Rankin and Horry County Senator have filed a pre-bill that will require high school students to take a class that will aim to help students learn how to better budget their money.

"You can really put yourself in a really bad hole that you're gonna be digging yourself out of the rest of your life," financial planner Dr. Christopher St. John said.

The course will cover insurance, taxes, retirement planning, budgeting, banking, and how to avoid too much debt.

Finance website Make Lemonade reports there are more than 44 million borrowers who owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt within the United States. Student loan debt has become the second highest debt among consumers followed by mortgage debt.

The class of 2016, reportedly has $37,172 in student loan debt.

If the bill is passed, it would go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. The course would be required and student who take a test at the end of the year prior to graduation.

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Cardi B Obliterates Tomi Lahren's Public Taunt With Just One Line

Cardi B is a mother, sister, rapper and now a Grammy-nominated artist, yet in her spare time, she moonlights as a political correspondent.

The "Bodak Yellow" artist took to social media last week to comment on the partial U.S. government shutdown that's now rolled into its 30th day. While Belacalis admittedly didn't have a solution, she expressed remorse for the more than 800,000 federal employees who've been ordered by a judge to return to work without pay.

Cardi B's clip quickly went viral and caught the attention of right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren who took to Twitter to poke fun.

Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. HA! Keep it up, guys! #MAGA2020

— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) January 17, 2019

The "I Like It" rapper saw the tweet and with just one line, offered her own scorching retort.

Leave me alone I will dog walk you . https://t.co/FjqIzpUbvp

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 20, 2019

Lahren then called Cardi B's political comments "moronic," to which Cardi called her a "sheep."

You’re so blinded with racism that you don’t even realize the decisions the president you root for is destroying the country you claim to love so much .You are a perfect example on no matter how educated or smart you think you are you still a SHEEP! https://t.co/khRpoOt16B

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 20, 2019

The partial U.S. government shutdown is now the longest shutdown in U.S. history. The impasse has come by way of Donald Trump's demands for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and new elected Democratic Congress refusing to give in to the request.

 

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