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Armed robbers try to rob McDonald's full of Special Forces members

Two armed robbers entered a McDonald’s in France on Sunday night and expected to leave with a load of money. Instead, they ended up at the hospital after 11 Special Forces members, who were eating at the restaurant, intervened.

The robbery occurred on Sunday night in Besancon, France, when the two armed robbers, both in their early 20s, entered the establishment and fired a shotgun in the air, The Telegraph reports. Unbeknownst to them, 11 of the 40 patrons in the restaurant were off-duty members of the French parliamentary Special Forces known as “among the most effective anti-terror forces in Europe,” according to The Telegraph.

The Special Forces members did not engage the robbers immediately so that they wouldn’t injure any of the patrons. They waited until the robbers grabbed the $2,270 they were stealing and made their way out of the store, The Washington Post reports. While escaping, one of the robbers tripped, which allowed the Special Forces members to restrain him. They ordered the second robber to drop his weapon. He did not comply and was shot in the stomach.

The Telegraph reports, “During the hold-up, the gendarmes didn’t do anything,” local prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot told the Telegraph. “It was out of the question to use their weapons, as this would have created difficulties and could have placed many people’s lives in danger.”

According to The Washington Post, the Special Forces unit was created following the hostage crisis at the 1972 Munich Olympics and specializes in these types of situations. Both robbers were taken into custody and to the hospital for treatment.


The Republicans are trapped in a big orange blob


This is what Trumpsters see when they sit behind me in Traffic


Donald once used the homeless to try to evict tenants from one of his properties.

In 1981, Donald Trump was facing a dilemma. He had purchased a series of elegant but old buildings overlooking Central Park, hoping to quickly demolish them and erect new, glitzy replacements where he could charge sky-high rent. But one of them, 100 Central Park South, was filled with tenants who had no interest in giving up their rent-controlled apartments, and Trump was having a hard time convincing them to leave.

The problem was of his own making. "I didn't fully understand until much later…that it's almost impossible to legally vacate a building filled with rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments," he noted in his 1987 bestseller, The Art of the Deal. But that didn't mean he didn't try. He sent eviction notices and cut off heat, hot water, and other services, according to lawsuits filed against him. None of that worked, so he tested another solution.

"By the summer of 1982—about a year after I took over the building—the problem of the homeless in New York was beginning to get a lot of attention," he recalled in the book. "One morning, after passing several homeless people sleeping on benches in Central Park, I got an idea. I had more than a dozen vacant apartments at 100 Central Park South. Because I still planned to demolish the building, I had no intention of filling the apartments with permanent tenants. Why not, I thought, offer them to the city for use by the homeless, on a temporary basis?"

It was a generous, selfless offer, according to Trump—and it didn't hurt that the scheme allowed him to stick it to the intransigent tenants, whom he dismissed as "multimillionaires living in rent-controlled apartments." As he put it, "I'm not going to pretend that it bothered me to imagine the very wealthy tenants of 100 Central Park South having to live alongside people less fortunate than themselves for a while." But many of the tenants weren't wealthy. A large chunk of the residents were "people living on fixed incomes, such as Social Security checks, who have made their homes there for 20 years or more," as the New York Times's Sydney Schanberg reported.

The city rejected Trump's offer to turn the building into what Schanberg jokingly called the "Trump Chateau for the Indigent." "I'm left with an uncomfortable feeling and therefore am not pursuing it," said Robert Trobe, then a deputy administrator at the city's Human Resources Administration.


Nancy Pelosi Sends Media Advisory: "Speaker Ryan To Hide From Reporters Today"


"This is what Donald Trump's talking about, people like you," she reportedly said.

Isaiah Baskins, a father of three, was at North Carolina’s Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on April 14 to seek treatment for his then two-week-old daughter when a white hospital volunteer began verbally and physically assaulting his family.

“You’re getting out,” the volunteer, Donna Bridger, screamed as she lashed out at the family, pushing him and his children out the door of the waiting area and calling them racial slurs. “Shut your mouth up,” she yelled repeatedly, according to a video Baskins recorded during the incident.

The video went viral, and authorities have charged the former volunteer with simple assault. But Justin Bamberg, the lawyer representing the Baskins family, told ThinkProgress that the video leaves out an important detail: The volunteer referenced Donald Trump before Baskins started recording the attack.

“When she’s flipping out on them, she says ‘Get your black kids out of here. Do you even have a job? Do you know what a job is, n-word? This is what Donald Trump’s talking about, people like you.”


Iowa's lead paper: 'There are invertebrates that have shown more spine than Sen. Charles Grassley'

Grassley didn’t seem at all perturbed by Trump’s remarks about Judge Curiel, which have been widely denounced and described even by House Speaker Paul Ryan as the “textbook definition of a racist comment.”

The best Grassley could muster was this: “I would not say what Trump said.”

As Edmund Burke said, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. And when it comes to Donald Trump, there are invertebrates that have shown more spine than Sen. Charles Grassley.


From 1999: Sir, I think I figured out what the Clinton Legacy is...


ABC's Matthew Dowd: Trump's Teleprompter Speech Was Like A "Tranquilized" "Circus Lion"

MATTHEW DOWD: I was struck by Donald Trump's talk last night on the teleprompter. It was almost as if he was like a circus lion who had been tranquilized because he had bit too many people in the course of this. How long it lasts? I have some doubt that he's going to keep this up.

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