Hate Crimes Increase, National Security Challenges, Alleged Ethiopian Coup, Homeland Secretary Shaky

Hate Crimes Increase, National Security Challenges, Alleged Ethiopian Coup, and more
  • The number of U.S. hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased about 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to the agency's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program's annual Hate Crime Statistics report, released Monday. Law enforcement reported 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016. According to the report, the most common bias categories in single-bias incidents were race/ethnicity/ancestry at 60 percent, religion at 21 percent, and sexual orientation at 16 percent. In addition to the 7,106 single-bias incidents reported last year, there were also 69 multiple-bias hate crimes reported.

  • America's military superiority has eroded to a dangerous degree, leaving the United States in a "crisis of national security," especially if faced with more than one conflict at once, according to a new congressionally-mandated report, Defense News reports. "The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict," reads the report, issued Wednesday by the National Defense Strategy Commission. "It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia."

  • The Ethiopian attorney general said Monday that evidence indicated that the country's senior security leaders orchestrated an attack against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at a rally in June, according to Reuters. Two people were killed and scores injured after a grenade went off at a political rally in the capital Addis Ababa that Abiy attended. The government issued arrests for 36 officials from branches of the security forces including the national security agency and the​ federal and Addis Ababa police forces.

  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will likely be asked by President Trump to resign soon, CNN reports. With the midterm elections over, President Trump has been eyeing potential replacements for several senior positions in his administration. Trump could ask Nielsen to resign in the coming days, multiple officials familiar with the matter told CNN, describing the president's continued frustration at her handling of his signature issue: immigration and border security.