Journalist Arrested During D.C. Protest Faces 75 Years In Prison

Aaron Cantú, a freelance journalist arrested during Inauguration Day protests in Washington, D.C., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on riot charges and faces up to 75 years in prison if convicted.

Cantú, who says he was working as a journalist at the time, was one of 230 people arrested during violent demonstrations held Jan. 20 as President Donald Trump was sworn into office. Six other journalists were among those detained by authorities, all of whom have since had charges against them dropped.

A grand jury indicted Cantú last week on eight felony charges, including inciting a riot, rioting and conspiracy to riot, according to his current employer, the Santa Fe Reporter. The paper published a story in defense of his actions, and the outlet?s editor said it continued to ?stand behind him.?

?Aaron is an experienced journalist who disclosed this pending case during the hiring process,? said Julie Ann Grimm, editor and publisher of the Santa Fe Reporter. ?We stand behind him and look forward to his continued good work in his new home in Santa Fe.?

Cantú?s work has been published by The Guardian, Vice News and The Nation, among others.

Earlier this year, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press sent a letter to acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips, who is overseeing the case, questioning the charges and declaring that ?being near a newsworthy event is no crime for anyone, reporters included.?

?Journalists are not above the law and have no right to incite a riot or engage in acts of assault or vandalism,? the advocacy group?s executive director, Bruce Brown, wrote in February. ?They were covering protesters and were therefore in the vicinity when a few of those protesters apparently threw rocks or smashed store windows with hammers…. Journalists routinely run toward the center of any action, so they can better serve the public by reporting an event they personally witnessed, rather than something recounted by bystanders.?

If convicted on all charges, Cantú could be sentenced to up to 75 years, according to The Monitor newspaper in his native Rio Grande Valley in Texas. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

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May 8, 2018

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Trump’s Pick For Deputy Budget Director: Islam Is ‘A Deficient Theology’

WASHINGTON ? President Donald Trump?s nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, thinks that Islam is ?a deficient theology? and that Muslims ?stand condemned? for not believing in Jesus Christ.

At least, that?s what Vought wrote in a January 2016 post on the conservative blog, The Resurgent.

In his piece, titled ?Wheaton College and the Preservation of Theological Clarity,? Vought makes the case that someone can?t really ?know God? without a focus on Jesus.

?Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology,? he writes. ?They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.?

A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on whether Trump stands by Vought?s comments.

Vought, who spent seven years as vice president of the conservative Heritage Action for America, is set for his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He must be confirmed by the Senate to get the job.

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April 18, 2018

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April 7, 2018

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These Two Univ. of Minnesota Teammates Open Up About Falling In Love

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You can read Justin Rabon?s full coming-out story here.

You can read Brad Neumann?s full coming-out story here.

Brad Neumann and Justin Rabon are teammates in love.

The two Univ. of Minnesota Golden Gophers were both struggling on their college track teams just a couple years ago when they found the courage to come out to one another via text message.

That was late in 2014 ? They have been together almost since that day.

While they have been out for much of the last two years, it was only recently that we tracked them down on Instagram, where they do not shy away from sharing photographs of one another and the love they share.

Theirs is a relationship the likes of which we are hearing about more and more, between two gay teammates. Though, they weren?t exactly teammates when they first started dating, but for that story you?ll have to read the wonderful coming-out pieces these two great guys wrote for us.

You can read Justin Rabon?s full coming-out story here.

You can read Brad Neumann?s full coming-out story here.

For more from OutSports, check out these stories:

Tennis legend Margaret Court compares gays to Hitler

US Soccer will don gay apparel for Pride Month

Miami tennis player wants to end bisexual confusion

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February 20, 2018

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