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Fake ‘hunting licenses’ left on cars encourage killing Black people, Wisconsin cops say

A woman who left racist notes on multiple cars outside a Walmart has been arrested, according to Wisconsin police.

Fake notes allegedly left by Cathleen Yauch resembled hunting licenses and allowed the recipient to kill Black people, WLUK reported. The notes included a racial slur and permitted the holder of the card to “hunt day or night. With or without dogs,” the TV station reported.

Notes were left last week on at least two cars, according to the Herald Times Reporter. Surveillance footage identified Yauch as a woman involved in previous theft cases, the newspaper said.

Yauch was charged with “making a terroristic threat with a hate crime enhancer” and bail jumping, the Seehafer News reported. She was placed in the Manitowoc jail on a $2,500 bond, according to the news website.

The Lakeshore’s United Visionaries, an organization “dedicated to bringing unity” to the Manitowoc community, shared an image of the fake note containing racist language allegedly left by Yauch.

“This wasn’t in Kenosha, or Chicago, or LA, this was on our Lakeshore. Here in Manitowoc,” the organization wrote on Facebook. “WE CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE TO RACISM. Manitowoc is not immune to these moments of hate, and since we see it clear as day we must take action against it.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations also condemned the crime.

“We condemn any actions that threaten or target members of minority communities and urge swift action to show that Americans stand against anti-Black racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacist intimidation,” CAIR Director Ibrahim Hooper said.

Yauch confessed to putting the fake licenses on the windshield, police said, according to WLUK.

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This is what Biden needs to do to win the debate, according to experts

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will face Donald Trump in the first presidential debate on 29 September. (REUTERS)

On Tuesday, Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will face off in the first presidential debate of the 2020 US election.  

As the nation heads into an unprecedented election – one held during a pandemic and amid fears that the sitting president is scheming to remain in office regardless of the results – the presidential candidates have a lot to gain – and a lot to lose – by appearing victorious at the debates.  

Donald Trump will almost certainly play to his base during the debates, and his base will almost certainly assert that he is the victor of those debates, regardless of his performance.  

While Mr Biden has a stalwart base of support that will likely proclaim him the victor no matter how he performs, he is also representing a large number of Democrats – and moderate Republicans – who did not support him during the primaries.  

For Mr Biden to appear victorious and energize voters who are wary of his record or spurned by Mr Trump’s leadership and rhetoric, he will have to do more than simply make the case that he is not Mr Trump.  

Dr Mitchell McKinney, professor of political communication and director of the Political Communication Institute at the University of Missouri, said Mr Biden will likely appeal to a few key demographics during his debate performance.  

“The whole convention was about appealing to the moderate Republicans and other wavering types who could be pulled off. Biden has in mind the segment of the Obama coalition that wavered and wilted when it came to the Clinton vote,” he said. “Biden knows he’s got to win those votes back and appeal to their concerns – African American and Hispanic voters – and particularly the working class constituency that wavers between Republicans and Democrats in the Rust Belt. I fully expect Biden will be appealing to them.”

Luckily for Mr Biden, he has a bit of an advantage going into his first debate with Mr Trump – one that the president himself handed to him.  

For weeks, Mr Trump has attacked Mr Biden’s mental acuity, suggesting that his mental capacity is slipping and even going so far as to allege that Mr Biden took drugs during his primary debate with Senator Bernie Sanders to enhance his performance.  

“I think there’s probably – possibly – drugs involved. That’s what I hear. I mean, there’s possibly drugs. I don’t know how you can go from being so bad where you can’t even get out a sentence – I mean, you saw some of those debates with the large number of people on the stage,” Mr Trump said during an interview. “He was – mean, I used to say, ‘how is it possible that he can even go forward?'”

Dr McKinney believes the president’s attacks may have lowered the expectations for Mr Biden heading into the debate, making it easier for the former vice president to appear sharp and commanding should he have even a decent performance.  

“The Trump folks and Trump himself have reminded us over and over that Biden can’t string two sentences together, that he wont make it through the 90 minute debate, accusing him of drug use. That violates the fundamental rule of setting expectations we normally, see, where the candidate lowers expectations for themselves and heightens them for his opponent. Trump has done the opposite,” Dr McKinney said.  “Trump always talks about how smart he is and how weak Biden is. The setting of expectations has caught the trump folks following the convention address that Biden gave, and now we have conspiracy theories claiming Biden must have been taking drugs, or the speech must have been pre-recorded, etc.”  

He said that in order to make use of those expectations, Mr Biden has to avoid making gaffes or blunders that will feed into that narrative. He believes based on Mr Biden’s past primary debates that the former vice president is capable of doing so without issue.  

Dr Todd Graham, the Director of Debate at Southern Illinois University, known by some as “America’s Debate Coach,”  believes Mr Biden hasn’t lost his mental faculties, but that he may have lost his ability to quickly make a point. He pointed to the former vice president’s debate with Mr Sanders as proof that – when he has more time to answer – he can be a formidable debate opponent.  

He said Mr Biden should stick to broad topics and manage his time wisely.  

“He’s lost a step in quickness, not intelligence. I would tell him to focus on big ideas and ignore the minutiae.  He should focus more on generalities. If the question is about bussing or Black Lives Matter, then it’s really about civil rights. So engage there rather than trying to focus in,” Dr Graham said.  

He also warned that Mr Biden’s proposed strategy of fact checking Mr Trump on stage is actually a bad idea.

“Biden has said hes going to fact check Trump in real life. Oh my God no, don’t to that. Studies indicate that if you fact check someone, the audience is more likely to have a backfire effect and believe your opponents’ claim. If he actually tries to fact check in detail he’ll spend the entire debate on defense,” Dr Graham said.  

Both debate experts agreed that Mr Biden’s best pathway to victory lies in keeping himself cool when Mr Trump inevitably attempts to make him mad, and keep in mind that most people aren’t watching because they’re on the fence about a candidate, but because they want to confirm that their candidate is strong and capable of winning in November.  

According to Dr McKinney, 92-95 per cent of debate watchers have already made up their mind on who they’re voting for. Those voters are watching to determine whether or not their candidate is a capable leader.  

“Voters tell us from their debate watching that they take away an image of the character and the type of leader candidates are or will be. These things go together. Biden talks about saving Obamacare and then works in that his young son was in the hospital and elder son died of cancer,” Dr McKinney said. “That’s where we get that idea that he projects empathy and the idea he’ll be a caring, kind leader, etc. That’s what they reveal for voters, their image, character, the kind of leaders they are.”

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Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in New Marvel Disney Plus Series (EXCLUSIVE)

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Samuel L. Jackson to Play Nick Fury in New Marvel Disney Plus Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Samuel L. Jackson is set to reprise the role of Nick Fury in a new Marvel series currently in development at Disney Plus, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.

The exact plot details of the show are being kept under wraps, but multiple sources say Jackson is attached to star with Kyle Bradstreet attached to write and executive produce. Like all the other Marvel shows at Disney Plus, Marvel Studios will produce.

Reps for Jackson, Bradstreet, and Disney did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

Jackson famously portrayed Fury, the monocular head of the clandestine government agency S.H.I.E.L.D, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going back to the post-credits scene in the first “Iron Man” film in 2008. He has appeared in multiple films within the MCU since, most recently portraying Fury in “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Captain Marvel.” He also played the character in two episodes of the ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” SPOILER ALERT: The last time fans saw Fury was in the post-credits scene of “Far From Home,” where he was onboard a Skrull ship somewhere in deep space.

Jackson is one of the most iconic actors of modern times. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Quentin Tarantino, most notably Jackson’s Oscar nominated performance in “Pulp Fiction.” The two went on to work together on films such as “Jackie Brown,” “The Hateful Eight,” and “Django Unchained.” He has also worked with Spike Lee on multiple films, including “Do the Right Thing,” “School Daze,” “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever,” and “Chi-Raq.”

Jackson is also known for his roles in films like the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy, “Snakes on a Plane,” “Unbreakable” and the recent followup “Glass,” and “Coach Carter.” The Nick Fury series would mark the first regular television role of his career.

He is repped by ICM, Anonymous Content, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Bradstreet most recently worked as a writer and executive producer on the Emmy-winning USA Network series “Mr. Robot.” His other credits include “Borgia,” “Berlin Station,” and “Copper.”

He is repped by UTA.

Should the project go to series — which seems highly likely — it would be the latest big budget Marvel show to get the greenlight at Disney Plus from Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios. “WandaVision” is supposed to drop later this year, with “The Falcon and Winter Soldier” and “Loki” on deck for 2021. It was also recently reported that Tatiana Maslany is attached to star in the “She-Hulk” series in the works at the streamer. Other Marvel shows in the works include “Hawkeye,” “Moon Knight,” and “Miss Marvel.”

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3 ‘Strong Buy’ Stocks With Over 7% Dividend Yield

Markets are volatile, there can be no doubt. So far this month, the S&P 500 has fallen 9% from its peak. The tech-heavy NASDAQ, which had led the gainers all summer, is now leading the on the fall, having lost 11% since September 2. The three-week tumble has investors worried that we may be on the brink of another bear market.The headwinds are strong. The usual September swoon, the upcoming election, doubts about another round of economic stimulus – all are putting downward pressure on the stock markets.Which doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities. As the old saw goes, “Bulls and bears can both make money, while the pigs get slaughtered.” A falling market may worry investors, but a smart strategy can prevent the portfolio from losing too much long-term value while maintaining a steady income. Dividend stocks, which feed into the income stream, can be a key part of such a strategy.Using the data available in the TipRanks database, we’ve pulled up three stocks with high yields – from 7% to 11%, or up to 6 times the average dividend found on the S&P 500 index. Even better, these stocks are seen as Strong Buys by Wall Street’s analysts. Let’s find out why.Williams Companies (WMB)We start with Williams Companies, an Oklahoma-based energy company. Williams controls pipelines connecting Rocky Mountain natural gas fields with the Pacific Northwest region, and Appalachian and Texan fields with users in the Northeast and transport terminals on the Gulf Coast. The company’s primary operations are the processing and transport of natural gas, with additional ops in crude oil and energy generation. Williams handles nearly one-third of all US commercial and residential natural gas use.The essential nature of Williams’ business – really, modern society simply cannot get along without reliable energy sources – has insulated the company from some of the economic turndown in 1H20. Quarterly revenues slid from $2.1 billion at the end of last year to $1.9 billion in Q1 and $1.7 billion in Q2. EPS in the first half was 26 cents for Q1 and 25 cents for Q2 – but this was consistent with EPS results for the previous three quarters. The generally sound financial base supported the company’s reliable dividend. Williams has been raising that payment for the past four years, and even the corona crisis could not derail it. At 40 cents per common share, the dividend annualizes to $1.60 and yields an impressive 7.7%. The next payment is scheduled for September 28.Truist analyst Tristan Richardson sees Williams as one of the midstream sector’s best positioned companies.“We continue to look to WMB as a defensive component of midstream and favor its 2H prospects as broader midstream grasps at recovery… Beyond 2020 we see the value proposition as a stable footprint with free cash flow generation even in the current environment. We also see room for incremental leverage reduction throughout our forecast period on scaled back capital plans and even with the stable dividend. We look for modestly lower capex in 2021, however unlike more G&P oriented midstream firms, we see a project backlog in downstream that should support very modest growth,” Richardson noted.Accordingly, Richardson rates WMB shares as a Buy, and his $26 price target implies a 30% upside potential from current levels. (To watch Richardson’s track record, click here)Overall, the Strong Buy analyst consensus rating on WMB is based on 11 Buy reviews against just a single Hold. The stock’s current share price is $19.91 and the average price target is $24.58, making the one-year upside potential 23%. (See WMB stock analysis on TipRanks)Magellan Midstream (MMP)The second stock on our list is another midstream energy company, Magellan. This is another Oklahoma-based firm, with a network of assets across much of the US from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi Valley, and into the Southeast. Magellan’s network transports crude oil and refined products, and includes Gulf Coast export shipping terminals.Magellan’s total revenues rose sequentially to $782.8 in Q1, and EPS came in at $1.28, well above the forecast. These numbers turned down drastically in Q2, as revenue fell to $460.4 million and EPS collapsed to 65 cents. The outlook for Q3 predicts a modest recovery, with EPS forecast at 85 cents. The company strengthened its position in the second quarter with an issue of 10-year senior notes, totaling $500 million, at 3.25%. This reduced the company’s debt service payments, and shored up liquidity, making possible the maintenance of the dividend.The dividend was kept steady at $1.0275 per common share quarterly. Annualized, this comes to $4.11, a good absolute return, and gives a yield of 11.1%, giving MMP a far higher return than Treasury bonds or the average S&P-listed stock.Well Fargo analyst Praneeth Satish believes that MMP has strong prospects for recovery. “[We] view near-term weakness in refined products demand as temporary and recovering. In the interim, MMP remains well positioned given its strong balance sheet and liquidity position, and ratable cash flow stream…” Satish goes on to note that the dividend appears secure for the near-term: “The company plans to maintain the current quarterly distribution for the rest of the year.”In line with this generally upbeat outlook, Satish gives MMP an Overweight (i.e. Buy) rating, and a $54 price target that implies 57% growth in the coming year. (To watch Satish’s track record, click here)Net net, MMP shares have a unanimous Strong Buy analyst consensus rating, a show of confidence by Wall Street’s analyst corps. The stock is selling for $33.44, and the average price target of $51.13 implies 53% growth in the year ahead. (See MMP stock analysis on TipRanks)Ready Capital Corporation (RC)The second stock on our list is a real estate investment trust. No surprise finding one of these in a list of strong dividend payers – REITs have long been known for their high dividend payments. Ready Capital, which focuses on the commercial mortgage niche of the REIT sector, has a portfolio of loans in real estate securities and multi-family dwellings. RC has provided more than $3 billion in capital to its loan customers.In the first quarter of this year, when the coronavirus hit, the economy turned south, and business came to a standstill, Ready Capital took a heavy blow. Revenues fell by 58%, and Q1 EPS came in at just one penny. Things turned around in Q2, however, after the company took measures – including increasing liquidity, reducing liabilities, and increasing involvement in government-sponsored lending – to shore up business. Revenues rose to $87 million and EPS rebounded to 70 cents.In the wake of the strong Q2 results, RC also started restoring its dividend. In Q1 the company had slashed the payment from 40 cents to 25 cents; in the most recent declaration, for an October 30 payment, the new dividend is set at 30 cents per share. This annualizes to $1.20 and gives a strong yield of 9.9%.Crispin Love, writing from Piper Sandler, notes the company’s success in getting back on track.“Given low interest rates, Ready Capital had a record $1.2B in residential mortgage originations versus our $1.1B estimate. Gain on sale margins were also at record levels. We are calculating gain on sale margins of 3.7%, up from 2.4% in 1Q20,” Love wrote.In a separate note, written after the dividend declaration, Love added, “We believe that the Board’s actions show an increased confidence for the company to get back to its pre-pandemic $0.40 dividend. In recent earnings calls, management has commented that its goal is to get back to stabilized earnings above $0.40, which would support a dividend more in-line with pre-pandemic levels.”To this end, Love rates RC an Overweight (i.e. Buy) along with a $12 price target, suggesting an upside of 14%. (To watch Love’s track record, click here)All in all, Ready Capital has a unanimous Strong Buy analyst consensus rating, based on 4 recent positive reviews. The stock has an average price target of $11.50, which gives a 9% upside from the current share price of $10.51. (See RC stock analysis on TipRanks)To find good ideas for dividend stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.

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