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Actor and activist Jussie Smollett visits Build Series to discuss the TV show 'Empire' and his work for charitable causes at Build Studio on Nov. 14, 2018 in New York City.Gary Gershoff / WireImage file
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Jussie Smollett is charged for allegedly making up his hate-crime attack, a new report says migrant families are still being separated at the border, and prosecutors reveal a Coast Guard lieutenant’s secret life as an alleged "domestic terrorist."
Christopher Paul Hasson was a Coast Guard lieutenant working in Washington, D.C. But he was also a white nationalist who wanted to commit mass murder, according to federal prosecutors.
Hasson intended "to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country" and compiled a list of prominent politicians and journalists, according to a detention memo. He was arrested on drug and gun charges.
The Coast Guard flagged him after he viewed extremist websites while at work. A search of his Maryland home found 15 firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition, the court documents say.
Following international outrage, President Donald Trump formally ended the policy of separating children from their families at the southern border in June.
But eight months later, this practice is still happening — albeit not at the same scale but often under troubling circumstances — according to a new report.
"Family separations are still very much happening in the southern border, they’re still being torn apart by the U.S. government," says Efrén Olivares, director of racial and economic justice at the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Jussie Smollett attracted a wave of sympathetic messages from celebrities and human rights activists when he reported two men had hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him and wrapped a rope around his neck last month.
At the time, police investigated the reported incident as a "possible hate crime." After weeks of claims and counterclaims, the "Empire" star was charged with allegedly making the whole thing up. He has been arrested and is in custody, officials in Chicago said Thursday.
Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct. His attorneys said he "enjoys the presumption of innocence" and that they will mount an "aggressive defense."
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