Rep. King blasted for white supremacy re­marks

The Detroit News - - NATION & WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton – The House Repub­li­can leader said Sun­day he will meet with Rep. Steve King this week to dis­cuss King’s fu­ture and role in the party and promised ac­tion fol­low­ing the Iowa con­gress­man’s re­cent com­ments in de­fense of white supremacy.

“That lan­guage has no place in Amer­ica. That is not the Amer­ica I know and it’s most def­i­nitely not the party of Lin­coln,” said House Mi­nor­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy, RCalif. “Ac­tion will be taken. I’m hav­ing a se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tion with con­gress­man Steve King.”

King was quoted in The New York Times last week as say­ing, “White na­tion­al­ist, white su­prem­a­cist, Western civ­i­liza­tion — how did that lan­guage be­come of­fen­sive?” King has in­sisted he is an ad­vo­cate for “Western civ­i­liza­tion,” not white supremacy or white na­tion­al­ism.

U.S. air traf­fic con­trollers get free pizza

Mon­treal – Cana­dian air traf­fic con­trollers have bought hun­dreds of piz­zas for their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts over the past few days in what has be­come an in­dus­try-wide show of sup­port dur­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s par­tial shut­down.

Peter Duf­fey, the head of the Cana­dian Air Traf­fic Con­trol As­so­ci­a­tion, said Sun­day the ini­tia­tive be­gan Thurs­day when em­ploy­ees at Ed­mon­ton’s con­trol cen­ter took up a col­lec­tion to buy pies for con­trollers in Anchorage, Alaska, and snow­balled.

“As it stands right now, I be­lieve we’re up to 36 fa­cil­i­ties that have re­ceived pizza from Canada, and that num­ber is grow­ing by the hour,” Duf­fey said.

LA teacher strike ap­pears likely

Los An­ge­les – A mas­sive teach­ers strike in Los An­ge­les, the na­tion’s sec­ond-largest school dis­trict, is all but in­evitable start­ing Mon­day after the two sides did not re­new ne­go­ti­a­tions over the week­end.

With no new dis­cus­sions sched­uled, pick­ets are likely to be­gin at 7 a.m. as teach­ers stand firm on stick­ing points in­clud­ing higher pay and smaller class sizes.

Schools will stay open if a walk­out hap­pens. The dis­trict, with 640,000 stu­dents, has hired hun­dreds of sub­sti­tutes to re­place teach­ers and oth­ers who leave for picket lines.


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