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President Donald Trump is about to give his biggest speech since taking office. He’s expected to talk about beefing up the military with a sharp increase in military spending and border security in a prime time talk tonight when he addresses a joint session of Congress. He’s also expected to send his first budget proposal to lawmakers this week. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says the speech will focus on the “renewal of the American spirit.” Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic response.
President Trump has delivered his latest accusation, passing the buck of responsibility. He told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” he believes former President Barack Obama is behind leaks from the Trump administration.Trump told the hosts of the show, “His people are certainly behind it.” President Trump did not offer any evidence for his claim. Fox released a clip Monday night from the interview that aired on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning. Earlier this month, Trump told Fox News that “Obama people” leaked accounts of his phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.
Authorities are investigating the latest wave of bomb threats to be called in to Jewish community centers around the nation and at home. The Anti-Defamation League says at least 20 threats were received on Monday in a dozen states and Indianapolis was not spared. A threat was called in to the JCC on the city’s northwest side. The building was evacuated after someone called in the threat there. No bombs were found at any of the centers. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said he was “appalled” by the threat and said hate will not be tolerated in Indianapolis. This latest wave of threats is the fifth incident of a wave threats against Jewish institutions over the past few weeks. The White House said on Monday that President Trump is deeply disappointed about ongoing acts of anti-Semitism in the country. Among those acts was the vandalism of dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia this weekend. Since the beginning of the year, there have been about 90 threats received by Jewish centers in the U.S. and Canada. The president accepted no responsibility for his words that some critics say created a welcoming environment for this wave of hate. Learn more about the increase of hatred in the era of Trump, HERE.
Thirteen years ago, the Justice Department reopened the Emmett Till investigation but said there wasn’t enough evidence to file new charges in the shocking 1955 civil-rights murder case in Mississippi. Till’s family says with a former storekeeper now admitting she lied about what happened, things have changed. Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Till’s cousin, was in Jackson, Mississippi Monday for a rally calling for a new investigation focusing on 82-year-old Carolyn Bryant Donham, whose claims that Till grabbed her, whistled at her and talked salaciously to her set Till’s murder into motion. Her husband and brother-in-law killed the black teenager who was visiting from Chicago. Both men were acquitted by a jury of their peers and later admitted they’d done it in a paid magazine interview months after their acquittal. Much like Till wasn’t too young to be tortured and killed. Gordon-Taylor told those gathered that Donham isn’t too old to go to prison.
Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe…so take your umbrellas if you’re heading to tonight’s Mardi Gras events in downtown Indy tonight. Today’s High: 63 degree.