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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Friday (04/12/19)


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SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon Heavy, World’s Most Powerful Rocket, For Paying Customer – Fox News
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SpaceX successfully launched its new and improved Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Thursday, more than a year after sending up a “red Roadster” in its initial test flight.

The updated Falcon Heavy is now the world’s most powerful operation rocket with 27 engines firing at liftoff. It launched into the sky Thursday evening with Arabsat-6A, a Saudi Arabian satellite built by Lockheed Martin and operated by Saudi Arabia.

Eight minutes after liftoff, SpaceX landed two of the first-stage boosters back at Cape Canaveral, side by side, just like it did for the rocket’s debut last year. The core booster landed two minutes later on an ocean platform hundreds of miles offshore – the only part of the first mission that missed…

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Boston Globe Publishes, Then Edits Op-Ed Encouraging Waiters To ‘Tamper With’ Trump Official’s Food – Daily Wire

The Boston Globe found itself in hot water on Wednesday after publishing an opinion piece from a man who said he regretted “not pissing” on a Neo-conservative pundit’s food and encouraging waiters to “tamper” with the food of outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The article, titled “Keep Kirstjen Nielsen unemployed and eating Grubhub over her kitchen sink,” was written by Luke O’Neil, a former waiter and occasional writer for the Globe.

The article now has an editor’s note at the top and has been stealth edited for “tone.” The article originally began:

One of the biggest regrets of my life is not pissing in Bill Kristol’s salmon. I was waiting on the disgraced neoconservative pundit and chief Iraq War cheerleader about 10 years ago at a restaurant in Cambridge and to my eternal dismay, some combination of professionalism and pusillanimity prevented me from appropriately seasoning his entrée…

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8,000 Fewer Americans Ask For Unemployment Benefits In Sign Of Continued Job Market Strength – Apoch Times
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The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 in the week ending April 6. The decline suggests the jobs market remains hot with job openings still far outpacing the number of people actively looking for jobs.

While there were 204,000 newly claimed jobless benefits in the week ending March 30, the number dropped the following week to 196,000 (pdf), the least since Oct. 4, 1969. At that time, however, there were nearly 40 percent fewer people in the country. Counted as a rate per 100,000 Americans, the jobless claims now for the first time fell below 60.

The latest data has beaten expectations of economists polled by Reuters, who had forecast claims would rise to 211,000…

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Bangalore Employees Kidnap And Torture Boss Until He Pays Their Salaries – Zero Hedge

Four employees of a now-defunct tech company near the Halasuru neighborhood of Bangalore, India, have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping their boss and torturing him until he paid three months of salary they were owed, according to The Hindu.

The victim, Sujay S.K., 23, owner of the start-up and resident of Cambridge Layout, was taken by his seven employees to a farm house in Maddur where he was locked up and tortured before he was released on the assurance that he would arrange the money. – The Hindu.

After he returned home, Sujay reportedly attempted suicide and was rushed to a hospital, where police met him to take a statement.

A total of seven employees reportedly participated in the incident, while four of them – Sanjay, Rakesh, Niranjan, and Darshan – were found and arrested on charges of abduction, assault and criminal intimidation…

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Vice President Pence To Venezuelan Ambassador At UN: “You Shouldn’t Be Here” – Daily Wire
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On Wednesday, speaking at a Special Session of the United Nations Security Council on the Crisis in Venezuela, Vice President Mike Pence issued a scathing condemnation of the Maduro regime in Venezuela and one of the most stunningly blunt statements in the history of the U.N., looking directly at the ambassador from the Maduro regime and telling him, “With all due respect, Mr. Ambassador, you shouldn’t be here. You should return to Venezuela and tell Nicolás Maduro that his time is up.”

Pence began by noting that Article 24 of the U.N. Charter confers on the Security Council the “responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.” He quoted President Truman telling Congress in 1947 of the U.N., “The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.”…

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Mysterious E. Coli Outbreak Sickens 96 People Across 5 U.S. States – Washington Standard

A mysterious E. coli outbreak has spread to 5 states and sickened 96 people. On Tuesday, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the outbreak is continuing to spread and get worse.

Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) are bacteria which can found in the environment, foods, and intestines of both people and animals. The types of E. coli that can cause illnesses and death are often spread through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or people.

Children younger than 5 years and adults aged 65 and older are more likely than others to develop serious illness, however, almost anyone can be susceptible to the infection.

The CDC says that the total number of people infected with the recent E. coli outbreak is now 96, which is 24 more than the agency initially reported on Friday, according to a report by CNN. 11 of those sickened have been hospitalized with severe symptoms of the bacterial infection…

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum – Fox News
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for aiding Chelsea Manning in the cracking of a password to a classified U.S. government computer in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department announced hours after Assange’s arrest in London.

Assange is accused of engaging in a conspiracy with Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst, in breaking a password stored on a U.S. Defense Department computer connected to a U.S. government computer network for classified documents and communications, the Justice Department said.

Manning later transmitted a trove of classified government files to Assange…

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Obama White House Counsel Gregory Craig Charged By Federal Prosecutors Over Alleged Ukraine Lies – CNBC

Gregory Craig, who was White House counsel under President Barack Obama, was indicted Thursday on charges of lying and hiding information related to his work for Ukraine.

Craig, a 74-year-old lawyer based in Washington, D.C., was charged by the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, unit. Craig faces up to five years in prison for each of the two counts.

The charges reportedly stem from the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which came to a formal end last month.

In advance of the DOJ’s announcement, Craig’s attorneys said in a statement to news outlets that their client’s case had already been put to rest by federal authorities in the Southern District of New York:

“This case was thoroughly investigated by the SDNY (Southern District of New York) and that office decided not to pursue charges against Mr. Craig,” the attorneys said…

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Creepy Porn Lawyer Indicted On 36 Counts; Faces 335 Years In Prison – Gateway Pundit
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Embattled creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti was hit with a 36-count indictment on Thursday for fraud, perjury, failure to pay taxes, embezzlement and other financial crimes, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Avenatti is accused of stealing “millions of dollars from five clients and used a tangled web of shell companies and bank accounts to cover up the theft.”

According to the Times, Avenatti hid a $4 million settlement from one of his clients who was a mentally ill paraplegic man on disability.

Geoffrey Ernst Johnson was awarded $4 million from a settlement of a lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the money was wired to Avenatti in January of 2015…

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Busted: Thousands Of Amazon Employees Listening To Alexa Conversations – Zero Hedge

Amazon employs thousands of people to listen in on what people around the world are saying to their Alexa digital assistant, according to what is sure to be a Congressional hearing-inspiring report by Bloomberg, which cites seven people who have worked on the program.

While their job is to “help improve” NSAlexa – which powers the company’s line of Echo speakers – the team “listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices,” which are then transcribed, annotated and fed back into the software in order to try and improve Alexa’s understanding of human speech for more successful interactions. In other words, humans are effectively helping to train Amazon’s algorithm.

In marketing materials Amazon says Alexa “lives in the cloud and is always getting smarter.” But like many software tools built to learn from experience, humans are doing some of the teaching. – Bloomberg

The listening team is comprised of part-time contractors and full-time Amazon employees based all over the world…

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Ken Starr Says Hillary Clinton Drove Vince Foster To Suicide By Humiliating Him In Front Of White House Staff – Daily Mail
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Ken Starr purposefully left out the finding that Hillary Clinton had ‘triggered’ the suicide of President Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel in his final FBI report to spare her feelings, DailyMail.com can reveal.

FBI agents investigating the death of Vince Foster learned he was set off after Hillary attacked and humiliated him in front of other White House aides a week before he took his own life on July 20, 1993. But for what were then unexplained reasons, Starr elected to conceal the FBI’s finding that Hillary’s tirade triggered Foster’s suicide when he wrote his final report on the matter.

At a reception for authors participating in the 2019 Annapolis Book Festival last weekend, I asked Starr why he omitted the damaging FBI finding…

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234 House Democrats, Two RINOs Co-Sponsor Bill Forcing Schools To Let Boys Compete On Girls’ Sports Teams – Daily Caller

Every House Democrat but one has co-sponsored a bill requiring schools to allow male athletes who identify as transgender girls to compete on female sports teams.

Democrats’ Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law. Among other things, the bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.

Sarah Warbelow, director of the left-wing Human Rights Campaign, praised the bill’s impact on high school sports in written testimony submitted to a House subcommittee on Tuesday.

“Opponents of equality in athletics for transgender athletes have argued that girls who are transgender have unfair physiological advantages over cisgender girls and as a result, will dominate women’s competitive sports,” Warbelow wrote, calling it not “rooted in fact” that biologically male athletes will outperform their female counterparts…

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FBI Busts $1.2 Billion Medicare Fraud Ring – PJ Media
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It’s being called “one of the largest health care fraud schemes in U.S. history” against Medicare recipients. The FBI announced it had charged 24 individuals, including CEOs and COOs of medical equipment companies, with defrauding Medicare to the tune of $1.2 billion.

The good news is that the feds were able to crack the case. The bad news is it went on for five years before they were able to stop it. The scheme was simple and elegant.

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The alleged scheme involved the payment of illegal kickbacks and bribes by DME companies in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries by medical professionals who were working with fraudulent telemedicine companies…

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Queer Teacher Steals $100K From Church, Murders Boyfriend, Then Dies In Car Crash While Fleeing Police – Law & Crime

A Georgia teacher who was accused of stealing $100,000 from a church and bonded out of jail, later killed a man he’d been dating and got into a car crash while fleeing from police, authorities said. He did not survive the Monday crash.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police in Atlanta said Roy McClendon-Thompson, 42, used to work part-time at the Tabernacle Baptist Church as their chief financial officer. Well, he allegedly moved more than $103,000 from its accounts to his personal funds between November 2015 and April 2018.

Cops booked McClendon-Thompson at the Fulton County jail March 21. He bonded out two days later. Three weeks after that, he became a murder suspect.

Police said that McClendon-Thompson killed James Curtis Jones, 45, at the victim’s home at an apartment complex in Dunwoody on Monday. Their exact relationship status at the time of the incident remains unclear…

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Dimwits Douse High School Baseball Field With 24 Gallons Of Gasoline, Set It On Fire It Attempt To Dry In Before Game – WDBJ
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A high school baseball field in Connecticut needs repairs after police say it was set on fire in a reported attempt to warm up the infield before a game.

Police are investigating but are unsure if anyone will face charges after the Ridgefield High School baseball field was set on fire Saturday morning.

Video shot by a teacher reportedly shows the moment after 24 gallons of gasoline were poured on the infield and set ablaze.

“It had rained the night before, [and] there was a scheduled baseball game… [that] was delayed due to the wet field. It is an active investigation into who instructed, if anybody instructed, in regard to warming the field with fire,” said Police Capt. Shawn Platt…

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President Trump Pulling Up The Drawbridge On Goodies For Illegals – American Thinker

With the wall still in the works, President Trump isn’t sitting idle as 1.5 million illegal migrants prepare to storm the U.S. border this year. He’s moving swiftly to get some kind of handle on the migrant surge by strengthening the U.S.’s loophole-filled system of laws that have made immigrating here illegally more attractive to would-be migrants than following U.S. law. He’s pulling up the drawbridge.

OANN reports that Trump’s new package of measures, which should be complete by this summer, may just be the invisible architecture to deter illegal immigration as effectively as a wall. With the migrant surge forming, it can’t come soon enough. OANN reports:

President Trump is preparing to make some dramatic changes to immigration policies…

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Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Waters Tries To Pin Student Debt Crisis On Banks; Doesn’t Know That Student Loans Were Nationalized A Decade Ago – Daily Caller
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Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters challenged bank executives during a Wednesday morning hearing, appearing to blame them for the student debt crisis. What she appeared to leave out was the fact that student loans were nationalized nearly a decade ago under former President Barack Obama to cut banks’ ability to offer government-backed loans.

“By cutting out the middleman, we’ll save the American taxpayers $68 billion in the coming years,” Obama said when he signed the legislation in 2010. “That’s real money.”

Waters now chairs the committee that oversees those student loans.

Waters began by explaining the student debt crisis, saying, “Today, there are more than 44 million Americans that owe… $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.”…

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Socialist Nightmare Update: Starving Venezuelans Resort To Grave Robbing For Jewelry, Gold Teeth As Inflation Soars – Hannity

Starving Venezuelans have reportedly resorted to ‘grave robbing’ in recent weeks; combing cemeteries and church yards for jewelry and “gold teeth” as runaway inflation has rendered the country’s currency virtually worthless.

According to the BBC, relatives are guarding the final resting places of relatives across the country to fend off would-be robbers as food supplies dwindle throughout Venezuela.

“I come here every week, or every two weeks. I keep watch. I worry I’ll arrive one day and she’ll be gone,” said one man referring to his deceased wife. “When I buried her, you could just walk in here. but lately you can barely reach her grave, because every tomb has been opened and the remains taken out.”

“This is a lawless land, there is no respect for anything here,” he added. “God will punish those people that are doing this.”…

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Netanyahu Lauds ‘Incredible Victory’ As Exit Polls, Early Results Show Clear Win – Times Of Israel
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared himself victorious in the 2019 general election Tuesday night, as updated exit polls and early results showed him with a clear path to forming a new government.

“I am very moved on this night,” he told exuberant supporters. “This is a night of an incredible, incredible victory.”

Though initial exit polls at 10 p.m. had shown Likud and Blue and White either even at 36 seats (Channel 13 and Kan) or with an advantage for Blue and White (37 to 33 on Channel 12), updated results accounting for the final hours of voting on both Channel 12 and 13 showed Likud leading 35 to 34…

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Attorney General Barr Forms Team To Review FBI’s Actions In Trump Probe – Bloomberg

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and FBI officials, including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter.

This indicates that Barr is looking into allegations that Republican lawmakers have been pursuing for more than a year – that the investigation into President Donald Trump and possible collusion with Russia was tainted at the start by anti-Trump bias in the FBI and Justice Department.

“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” Barr told a House panel on Tuesday.

Barr’s inquiry is separate from a long-running investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general…

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Leaked Google Memos Reveal Aggressive “News Blacklist” Used Against Conservative Sites – Zero Hedge
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Leaked internal documents reveal that Google maintains a blacklist preventing certain news outlets from appearing in search results for news or other specific sections, according to the Daily Caller’s J. Arthur Bloom.

What this means is that while search results from blacklisted outlets will still appear in the generic “ten blue links” portion of search results – targeted sites will not be allowed in sections such as “top news” or “videos,” according to the report.

“The purpose of the blacklist will be to bar the sites from surfacing in any Search feature or news product. It will not cause a demotion in the organic search results or de-index them altogether,” reads the policy document…

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Scumbag Inspired By ISIS Plotted To Drive Stolen Truck Into Pedestrians Near Washington, DC – Baltimore Sun

A Maryland man inspired by the Islamic State group plotted to ram a stolen U-Haul truck into as many pedestrians as possible at a popular convention and tourist destination just outside the nation’s capital, federal prosecutors said Monday.

The allegation was made in a court filing as prosecutors in Maryland urged a judge to keep the defendant, 28-year-old Rondell Henry, detained on a charge of driving a stolen vehicle across state lines. The police arrested him on March 28 after officers who discovered the stolen truck saw him leap over a security fence.

Henry then made incriminating statements that show steps he took to maximize damage, prosecutors say.

“I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving. I wasn’t going to stop,” the document quotes Henry as telling law enforcement authorities who questioned him. He said he wanted to create “panic and chaos” similar to a deadly truck attack that killed scores of people in Nice, France, in 2016, prosecutors say…

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Nancy Pelosi’s Perv Problem – Michelle Malkin
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If you’re a sleazy male Democrat, you can always count on Nancy Pelosi to run interference for you and your pervy proclivities.

While she has soaked up plaudits as a champion for women (most recently as the VH1 Trailblazer Honors recipient last month for International Women’s Day), what she really deserves is Cheerleader of the Year Award from the Democratic Bad Boys Club.

The latest beneficiary of her soft-glove treatment is former Vice President and potential 2020 Democratic presidential aspirant Joe Biden – a.k.a. the veep creep. She gently advised him to “pretend you have a cold” and joked during a Politico interview that he should emulate her “straight-arm” policy of keeping distance from others…

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Yet Another Unlikeable Douchebag Joins To 2020 Democrat Primary Race – PJ Media

On Monday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) announced he’s running for president – on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Swalwell is a former prosecutor born in Iowa and best known for his obsession with the Trump-Russia collusion narrative and his threat to use nuclear weapons against Americans who refuse to turn over their “assault weapons.” Swalwell seems to be focusing his campaign on the issue of gun confiscation.

In his campaign launch video, the 38-year-old Swalwell speaks with a gun shop owner, and then he utters this statement: “Most Americans believe that to be free of gun violence, we should take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people.” Yet Swalwell himself has endorsed using the most dangerous weapons – nuclear weapons.

Just last November, in a tweet Swalwell has not yet deleted, the congressman confirmed the worst fears of conservative gun owners…

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Senior Obama Cyber Official Lobbying For China – Washington Free Beacon
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China’s government-linked telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has hired a senior Obama administration cyber security official as a lobbyist, according to a congressional filing. Samir Jain, former senior director for cybersecurity policy at the White House National Security Council, notified Congress March 27 that he is registering as a lobbyist for the Shenzhen-based Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Jain is now with the lobbying firm Jones Day.

According to his online biography for Jones Day, Jain worked at the White House from 2016 to 2017 and before that was an associate deputy attorney general from 2014 to 2015, where he worked on national security and computer fraud issues.

At the White House, Jain led a team responsible for cyber incident response…

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UCLA Event Compares Communist Dictator Che Guevara To Jesus – Campus Reform

The University of California-Los Angeles hosted a seminar Thursday that compared communist dictator Che Guevara to Jesus, with the speaker calling Guevara a “quasi-divine cosmic force” and showing numerous art pieces depicting Guevara with a crown of thorns and crucified.

UCLA Professor Emeritus of Art History David Kunzle was invited by the Department of Religion to make Wednesday’s presentation, titled, “Chesucristo: The Fusion in Image and Word of Che Guevara and Jesus Christ,” which was based largely on his book of the same name.

“Che Guevara, once the epitome of armed struggle, has evolved to an avatar of justice, peace, and love, as Jesus always was but no longer is exclusively,” Kunzle said. The professor referred to Guevara’s portrayal in one of the slides of his presentation as “a quasi-divine cosmic force.”

During the course of the lecture, Kunzle labeled Jesus “leader of an armed guerilla struggle against Rome” and drew a parallel between Guevara’s execution and Jesus’ death…

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Queen Elizabeth Invites President Trump For Official State Visit To Celebrate 75th Anniversary Of D-Day – Daily Wire
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The United Kingdom has been stingy with its state visits since Donald Trump became president, but it seems Queen Elizabeth II is willing to make an exception, even amid the Brexit crisis, to welcome Trump for the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6th.

People Magazine reports that “after much back and forth,” the Queen has settled on welcoming the president, now more than two years into his term, to mark the success of Operation Overlord and the massive joint invasion that started the Allies down the path to victory in World War II.

Donald Trump may even get to ride in a carriage down London’s mall to Buckingham Palace accompanied by members of the Queen’s Household Cavalry to mark the occasion…

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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Friday (02/08/19)


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Netflix Paid Nothing In Federal Or State Taxes In 2018 Despite Posting Record Profits Of $845 Million, And Even Got A $22 Million Rebate – Daily Mail
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Netflix didn’t pay a cent in state or federal income taxes last year, despite posting its largest-ever U.S. profit in 2018 of $845million, according to a new report. In addition, the streaming giant reported a $22 million federal tax rebate, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

Senior fellow at ITEP Matthew Gardner said corporations like Netflix, which has its headquarters in Los Gatos, California, are still ‘exploiting loopholes’ and called the figures ‘troubling’.

Netflix says they paid $131 million in taxes in 2018 and this is declared in financial documents. But Gardner says this figure relates to taxes paid abroad, according to a separate part of their statements…

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Evil Baby-Killing Whores Of Satan Update: Massachusetts Bill Follows New York’s Radical Agenda, Legalizes Abortions Up To Birth – LifeNews

Massachusetts is joining the lineup of states considering bills to legalize abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.

The bill (SD 109), similar to a radical pro-abortion law passed in New York in January, would allow viable, late-term unborn babies to be aborted for any loosely defined “health” reason, according to the Washington Examiner.

It also would repeal the state law that requires girls under 18 to obtain a parent’s consent before an abortion, the report states. The bill is named the Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access Act (ROE Act).

Across the country, pro-abortion Democrats are pushing these bills based on fears that the new U.S. Supreme Court justices may overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to begin protecting unborn babies’ lives again. Similar bills are being considered in New Mexico, Vermont and Rhode Island. Another pro-abortion bill was defeated last week in Virginia…

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Jeff Bezos Publishes National Enquirer’s “Extortion” Letter About “Below The Belt Selfies” – Hollywood Reporter
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The Amazon billionaire is hitting back against the tabloid and its owner, American Media, alleging that the publication tried to blackmail him by threatening to publish explicit photographs of both him and Lauren Sanchez-Whitesell. In response, AMI says it will investigate the claims.

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos has done something very few people at his level have ever done: He’s published a lengthy essay in his own words, on the blog platform Medium, in an effort to hit back at the National Enquirer and its owner, American Media Inc., alleging that the publication was trying to blackmail him over explicit selfies.

“Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten,” writes Bezos…

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The Moral Idiocy Of Our Times – Bruce Thornton

One of the foundational myths of modernity holds that the progress of scientific knowledge and technology has been accompanied by moral progress. As wealth and knowledge increase, the old impediments to moral improvement such as poverty, religious superstition, and ignorance are being swept away, resulting in a kinder, gentler, and more pacific human nature.

Last week we were presented with evidence that this argument is woefully mistaken. In New York a bill was passed that removed restrictions on late-term abortions, allowing infants viable outside the womb to be killed “at any time” to protect the mother’s life or “health.”

Worse yet, this regression into primitive custom was met with celebratory cheers and a standing ovation by the “lawmakers” who had approved it.

In Virginia a similar law was proposed but rejected. It had been defended by Del. Kathy Tran and Gov. Ralph Northam (pictured above). They admitted that a baby could be killed even after the mother went into labor, or after delivery…

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The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal – David Harsanyi
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A number of Democratic Party presidential hopefuls – including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Juliلn Castro, and Beto O’Rourke, for starters – have already endorsed or expressed support for the “Green New Deal” (GND).

Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward J. Markey dropped details about her plan.

It is not hyperbole to contend that GND is likely the most ridiculous and un-American plan that’s ever been presented by an elected official to voters. Not merely because it would necessitate a communist strongman to institute, but also because the societal cost are unfathomable…

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NYT Big Jill Abramson Accused Of Plagiarism In New Book, And Boy, Is It Bad – Monica Showalter

Jill Abramson, the former New York Times editor who carries a little plastic Obama doll in her purse for comfort, has written quite a book, trying to describe the news industry the same way the great David Halberstam once did in The Powers that Be in the 1970s.

She examines four news outfits, plus Facebook, in an attempt to replicate Halberstam’s tome about how the news industry evolved in her new book, titled Merchants of Truth. Her conclusion? Legacy media rule. Upstart media have no value.

After a big buildup from this, she’s got a problem: she’s being accused of plagiarism.

Here’s the New York Times’ generally positive review from Jan. 22:

The episode [Abramson’s firing from the New York Times], in more ways than one, set Abramson on a path that would produce “Merchants of Truth,” her book examining four news organizations trying to sail through the storm of digital transformation: BuzzFeed, Vice, The Washington Post and The Times…

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RNC Files Grievance Against Elizabeth Warren For Claim She Is Native American – Breitbart
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a grievance on Wednesday with the State Bar of Texas over Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 1986 claim on her Texas Bar registration card that her race is American Indian.

The claim appears to be made in Warren’s own handwriting.

The story that Warren claimed in her 1986 Texas Bar registration card that her race is American Indian was first reported in The Washington Post on Tuesday.

Late Wednesday a spokesperson for the State Bar of Texas confirmed to Breitbart News that Warren did claim her race was American Indian in that 1986 bar registration card, and provided Breitbart News with a copy of that card…

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U.S. Army To Buy Israeli-Made Iron Dome To Protect Soldiers From Indirect Fire – Military

The U.S. Army will buy the Israeli-made Iron Dome air-defense system to protect soldiers from indirect-fire threats on the battlefield.

“The U.S. Army has announced its intent to procure a limited number of Iron Dome weapon systems to fill its short-term need for an interim Indirect Fire Protection Capability,” Col. Patrick Seiber, spokesman for Army Futures Command, said Wednesday in a press release.

The Iron Dome Weapon System was developed by the Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to detect, assess and intercept incoming rockets, artillery and mortars. Rafael has teamed with Raytheon to produce Iron Dome’s Tamir interceptor missiles to engage incoming threats launched from up to 40 miles away.

“It’s the world’s most used missile defense system, intercepting more than 1,500 targets with a greater than 90 percent success rate since being fielded in 2011,” according to Raytheon’s website…

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Fourth Democrat Gets Caught Up In Virginia Scandals, Knew About Sexual Assault Allegations For A Year, Report Says – Daily Wire
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The series of scandals that have brought Virginia Democrats to their knees over the last week worsened after a new bombshell report was released on Wednesday night that alleges a Democratic lawmaker knew about the sexual assault allegations against Democrat Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax for over a year.

ABC News reports that Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) was made aware of the allegations directly from Fairfax’s accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, “who on Wednesday released a statement detailing the alleged 2004 assault, which took place at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.”

“Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously,” Scott said in a statement to ABC News. “I have known Professor Tyson for approximately a decade and she is a friend…

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Colorado University Hit With Lawsuit For Refusing To Recognize Christian Apologetics Club – College Fix

A federal court may soon determine whether universities may dictate the leadership structure of a student organization that’s dedicated to defending and supporting Christian principles with logic, reasoning and facts, according to a lawsuit filed in Colorado.

The student organization, Ratio Christi, “is a global movement that equips university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ,” according to its website.

Beginning in 2016, the Christian apologetics campus organization was denied formal registration status by the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs due to a requirement in the group’s bylaws that its officers must “share and personally hold Christian beliefs.”

According to campus officials, Ratio Christi cannot be registered with the university unless it allows non-Christians – even those with explicitly anti-Christian beliefs – to hold leadership positions within the group…

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Virginia AG Mark Herring Admits Wearing Blackface In College – Breitbart
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) revealed to black lawmakers in an emergency meeting Wednesday morning that he wore blackface at a college party in 1980. Herring issued a statement saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as a 19 -year-old undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

The revelation further roils the top levels of Virginia government. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) are already facing controversies, and Herring would be next in line to be governor after those two men.

Herring said he and two friends dressed up to look like rappers they listened to, including Kurtis Blow…

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Feds Spending $1,489,703 Studying Sleep Habits At Mexico Border – Washington Free Beacon

The National Institutes of Health is spending roughly $1.5 million on a study of the sleep habits of Mexican Americans living along the U.S. border. The “border health” study began last year and is being conducted by the University of Arizona.

The study is recruiting 1,100 people in the tiny border town of Nogales, Ariz., to see how well they sleep. Researchers claim Mexican Americans do not sleep as well as their peers, blaming “social” factors at the border.

“Disparities in sleep health in racial/ethnic minorities exist, including Mexican Americans. In particular, social-environmental factors at the U.S.-Mexico border may play an important role in sleep health disparities,” according to the grant for the study. The project aims to help Mexican Americans sleep “through a community partnership.”

“This project will not only allow for increased understanding of the complex relationship among sleep, health, and social-environmental pressures, but through a community partnership it can maximize our ability to reduce these disparities,” the grant states…

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Extremely White Elizabeth Warren Identified Herself As An “American Indian” On 1986 State Bar Registration – Zero Hedge
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In a report published Tuesday night, just before President Trump started his State of the Union, the Washington Post revealed that it had discovered a document where 2020 Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren, who was exposed by a DNA test that backfired late last year for having a negligible amount of Native American heritage, listed her race as “American Indian” on a registration card for the Texas State Bar in the mid-1980s.

The card lists Warren’s name, gender and the address for the University of Texas law school in Austin, where she was working at the time. On the line for “race,” Warren wrote: “American Indian.” Meanwhile, lines for “National Origin” and “Physical handicap” were left blank.

As WaPo explains, “the card is significant” because, for the first time, it shows that Warren “directly claimed the identity.”…

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Winning: U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows Much More Than Expected – CNBC

The U.S trade deficit with its global partners fell in November for the first time after five straight months of increases as the shortfall with China and several other countries declined.

Tightening the balance between imports and exports has been a major goal of the Trump administration, which last year started levying tariffs in an effort to close the gap.

A release from the government Wednesday showed the gap had closed in November, the most recent month for which data was available, to $49.3 billion from $55.7 billion in October, representing an 11.5 percent decline. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for a deficit of $54.3 billion.

The decline was largely due to a slide in imports, which fell 2.9 percent to $259.2 billion. Exports edged lower to $209.9 billion, a 0.6 percent drop.

In all, the year-to-date goods and services deficit increased by $51.9 billion, a 10.4 percent rise from the same period in 2017…

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Amid Baltimore’s Persistent Violence, Police Department Failing To Fill 500 Patrol Officer Positions – Baltimore Sun
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The Baltimore Police Department’s efforts to recruit hundreds of new police officers to fill vacant patrol positions in the face of persistently high levels of street violence are not going well, according to new recruitment figures obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The department is not only failing to fill the estimated 500 vacancies, but suffered a net loss of 36 sworn officers in 2018 – hiring 184 officers but losing 220 others, data show. Meanwhile, homicides have topped 300 in each of the past four years, making Baltimore the most murderous big city in the nation.

The net decline in officers comes despite a recognition among top-level city administration and police officials that the department’s current practice of paying overtime to overworked officers to fill otherwise empty patrol cars is unsustainable…

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Democrat Senators Refuse To Acknowledge Virginia Lieutenant Governor Fairfax’s Sexual Assault Accuser – Daily Caller

Democratic senators on Capitol Hill refused to acknowledge the sexual assault allegations that have emerged against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday.

When asked if Fairfax’s accuser should be believed, every senator asked, dodged the question or acted like they had not heard the news, despite the fact it has been major national news for multiple days.

Less than an hour later, Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders returned and pretended that he was on a phone call to avoid answering questions about Fairfax’s accuser.

“I haven’t even looked at the details about that. I really haven’t. I just know the high level. I haven’t really looked at the details about any of that. It’s a tough situation but I just don’t look at the details. It’s just not something that I’ve focused on,” Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones said to TheDCNF…

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Trump: “America Will Never Be A Socialist Country”; “We Were Born Free And We Will Stay Free” – Real Clear Politics
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President Trump said the United States will never become a socialist country in his 2019 State of the Union address.

“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom – and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair,” Trump said Tuesday night.

“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” the president said. “America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”…

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32 Religious Groups Targeted By Leftist Administrators At University Of Iowa – Washington Free Beacon

The University of Iowa has placed 32 campus religious groups on probation because they are supposedly in violation of the school’s antidiscrimination policy. The public became aware of the list during arguments in federal district court last week involving a Christian student group initially kicked off campus.

Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) brought together students for weekly discussions centered on prayer and biblical messages. The mission of the group is to form future business leaders who integrate the values of their faith into their work. BLinC’s group leaders are expected to share its Christian faith.

In February 2017, a member of BLinC filed a complaint with the university after he was denied the chance to serve as the group’s vice president because he was openly gay and disagreed with the group’s views on marriage and sexuality.

The student was told he could remain as a member but could not serve in a leadership role…

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Evil Baby-Killing Whores Of Satan Update: Democrat Patty Murray Blocks Senate Bill Banning Infanticide After Failed Abortions – LifeSite
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Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, blocked the unanimous passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act today, a bill which would have required doctors to provide medical care to babies born alive during failed abortions.

This was a unanimous consent vote, a mechanism under which the bill passes the U.S. Senate if no senator objects and individual senators’ positions are not recorded. Murray objected to the motion, claiming there are already laws against infanticide.

“This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and, therefore, I object,” said Murray. After Murray objected to the bill, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-IA, lamented on the Senate floor that this body “can no longer unanimously condemn murder.”…

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DHS-AG Report: ‘No Evidence’ Foreign Government Had Any ‘Material Impact’ On Midterm Elections – CNS

On Monday, Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen submitted a classified joint report to President Donald Trump evaluating the impact of any foreign interference on election infrastructure or the infrastructure of political organizations, including campaigns and candidates in the 2018-midterm elections.

“There is no evidence to date that any identified activities of a foreign government or foreign agent had a material impact on the integrity or security of election infrastructure or political/campaign infrastructure used in the 2018 midterm elections for the United States Congress,” the Executive Order-mandated report concludes:

“Although the specific conclusions within the joint report must remain classified, the Departments have concluded there is no evidence to date that any identified activities of a foreign government or foreign agent had a material impact on the integrity or security of election infrastructure or political/campaign infrastructure…

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Colorado Jogger Strangles Mountain Lion To Death – Daily Caller
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A mountain lion met a very unlikely fate when it attacked a jogger in Colorado on Monday afternoon.

The “juvenile mountain lion,” as a Colorado Parks and Wildlife statement describes it, approached and attacked a jogger about an hour north of Denver at the West Ridge Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. But the jogger reacted quickly, manhandled the beast, and strangled it to death. He then took himself to the hospital.

The CPW statement explains, in part:

The victim of the attack described hearing something behind him on the trail and was attacked by a mountain lion as he turned around to investigate…

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More Alarm Bells As 440 Chinese Companies Issue Profit Warnings In One Day – Zero Hedge
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Alarm bells are ringing in China as Beijing continues its relentless crackdown on shadow banking.

Hundreds of Chinese companies issued profit warnings, telling their investors that earnings for the full year were going to be below expectations, according to Bloomberg. No less than 440 zombie companies disclosed the bad news on Wednesday, still one day before the deadline for such disclosures.

The companies cited the country’s economic slowdown (which is also catalyzing sales of Chinese-held U.S. real estate), as well as recent accounting changes that followed a $2.3 trillion equity market selloff last year…

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Trump To Nominate Three Judges To Leftist-Controlled Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals, Four More To California District Courts – Washington Examiner

The White House on Wednesday announced a trio of nominees to fill vacancies on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a move that comes after conservatives warned that the White House Counsel’s Office was attempting to cut a deal with California’s Democratic senators over picks to the court.

President Trump intends to nominate Daniel Bress, Daniel Collins, and Kenneth Lee to the San Francisco-based appeals court, considered to be the country’s most liberal, the White House announced.

Collins and Lee were tapped to fill vacancies on the 9th Circuit last year, but their nominations were returned at the end of the last Congress. Bress, meanwhile, was on the White House’s initial list of candidates for the appeals court.

The president also plans to nominate four others to federal district courts in California, including Patrick Bumatay, whom Trump nominated to the 9th Circuit last year, the White House said…

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President Trump To Meet With Xi Jinping To Seal Trade Deal After Meeing With Chinese Delegation This Week – Reuters
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping soon to try to seal a comprehensive trade deal as Trump and his top trade negotiator both cited substantial progress in two days of high-level talks.

Trump, speaking at the White House during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, said he was optimistic that the world’s two largest economies could reach “the biggest deal ever made.”

The Chinese trade delegation said in a statement that the two days of high-level talks made “important progress,” China’s official Xinhua news agency reported. No specific plans for a meeting with Xi were announced, but Trump said there could be more than one meeting…

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Catholic Leaders In Texas Name 286 Priests Accused Of Abusing Minors – Fox News

Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collections of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania.

Fourteen dioceses in Texas named those credibly accused of abuse. The only diocese not to provide names, Fort Worth, did so more than a decade ago and then provided an updated accounting in October.

There are only a handful of states where every diocese has released names and most of them have only one or two Catholic districts. Arkansas, for instance, is covered by the Diocese of Little Rock, which in September provided a preliminary list of 12 former priests, deacons and others.

Oklahoma has two districts: The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is scheduled to publicly identify accused priests on Feb. 28 and the Diocese of Tulsa previously named two former priests accused of predatory behavior…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Explains How She’s Privileged, And It’s More Insane Than You Think – Right Scoop
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I really didn’t want to do two Ocasio posts in a row, but this one is just crazy-town and I couldn’t help myself.

We on the right like to call a spade a spade. When we see someone struggling with, say, gender identity, we realize they have mental issues and are in need of someone who can help them remedy this problem. Yes, we definitely call it a problem in need of a solution. We realize these people were created by God as they are but somehow or another they got mixed up along the way and they need help to restore balance.

But on the left, they have a more bizarre way of dealing with these issues. Instead of trying to get the person help, they declare that the person is not having mental issues…

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Queer Couple Married By Ruth Bader Ginsburg Now Arrested For Rape – WorldNetDaily

Two gays married by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – a prominent opera star and “his conductor husband” – have been arrested on rape accusations after a young musician claimed “he was left bleeding from the rectum after blacking out at an after-show party” with them.

David Daniels, 52, and Scott Walters, 37, were taken into custody in Michigan, where they live, reported the Daily Mail of London. They were being held pending extradition to Houston.

Samuel Shultz came forward last year with the claim that he was raped after a musical performance there in 2010.

“In his complaint, Schultz, who was 23 at the time, described how he rarely drinks but accepted a drink from Daniels once they got back to the home the couple was staying in,” the report said.

WND reported last year when the claim Daniels and Walters drugged and raped the student arose…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Executive Order To Abolish Common Core In Florida – WTVT
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Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference Thursday he wanted to abolish the Common Core education program, which is part of the state education system’s Florida Standards. DeSantis cited concerns from parents, he heard while campaigning to become governor, as the main reason for the decision.

“When you complained about Common Core, I hear you,” the governor said. “I told you I would do something about it.”

DeSantis said he was looking forward to working with Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran to come up with a new set of standards, “which will include eliminating Common Core and the vestiges of Common Core.”…

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Record Fentanyl Seizure Made At Border, Enough To Kill 57 Million People – Daily Wire

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced on Thursday that officers made a record-breaking seizure of fentanyl on the U.S.-Mexico border that was enough to kill tens of millions of Americans.

“According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a canine officer alerted other officers to the presence of 254 pounds of fentanyl hidden inside an 18-wheeler carrying cucumbers, during a secondary inspection at the Mariposa port of entry just past noon on Saturday,” The Arizona Republic reported.

“This is the largest fentanyl seizure in any port of entry,” CBP official Guadalupe Ramirez said. “In CBP, in the history of CBP, this is the largest fentanyl seizure.”

In addition to the record fentanyl seizure, agents also seized 395 pounds of methamphetamine from inside the 18-wheeler. CBP estimated the value of the fentanyl, which came in the form of powder and pills, to be approximately $3.5 million…

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Rand Paul Awarded $580,000 In Case Stemming From Attack By Neighbor – Hot Air
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In November of 2017, Rand Paul’s neighbor Rene Boucher attacked the Senator, charging at him while he was cutting the lawn with his back turned. The result for Sen. Paul was six broken ribs and severe pain that lasted for weeks.

Today, Fox News reports a jury awarded Paul $580,000 in a civil trial stemming from the incident.

Sen. Rand Paul was awarded over $580,000 in damages by a Kentucky jury on Wednesday after he was attacked by his neighbor in the fall of 2017.

Paul, R-Ky., was awarded $375,000 in punitive damages and $200,000 for pain and suffering, plus $7,834 for medical expenses…

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Trump’s Tax Cut ”Scam’ Created 1.3 Million New Jobs, New CBO Data Show – Investor’s Business Daily

Tax Cuts: During the tax cut debate in 2017, Republicans argued that the cuts would at least partially pay for themselves by spurring economic growth. Democrats said they were nothing more than a giveaway to the rich. The latest data from the Congressional Budget Office makes it clear that the GOP had it right.

The headline news from the CBO’s latest annual budget and economic forecast report is supposed to be the that deficits will hit $897 billion in 2019, and top $1 trillion by 2022. Proof that the tax cuts failed, right?

“The CBO’s latest report exposes the scam behind the rosy rhetoric from Republicans that their tax bill would pay for itself,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The other headline is that the government shutdown would cut ultimately cost the economy about $3 billion this year.

But entirely overlooked is what the CBO report shows about the tax cuts…

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Virginia Demon-crat Proposes Bill Allowing ‘Abortion’ As Woman Is ‘Dilating’ – Breitbart
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Virginia Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran proposed a measure last week that would not only allow abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy in the state, but would also permit a woman to decide whether she wants to “abort” her baby as she is dilating and about to give birth.

The bill is proposed as New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just signed into law the Reproductive Health Act, which eliminates recognition of “personhood” in the unborn and defines a “person” as a “human being who has been born and is alive.” That law has been referred to as permitting “infanticide” by many pro-life groups.

The Daily Wire reported on Tran’s legislation and provided this exchange between Tran and Virginia Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert…

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Demon-crats To Strike ‘So Help You God’ From Oath Taken In Front Of Key House Committee – Fox News

A key committee in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is moving to eliminate the God reference from the oath administered to witnesses testifying before the panel, as part of a new rules package expected to be approved this week, according to a draft obtained exclusively by Fox News.

The draft shows that the House Committee on Natural Resources would ask witnesses to recite only, “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”

The rules proposal places the words “so help you God” in red brackets, indicating they are slated to be cut. The words “under penalty of law” are in red text, indicating that Democrats propose to add that phrasing to the oath.

The draft rules also remove the phrase “his or her” throughout the document, changing those two pronouns to “their.”…

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20 Tons Of Gold Bars ‘Shipped Out’ Of Venezuela On Boeing 777 – Daily Express
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Venezuela is preparing to ship a gigantic amount of gold from the country, according to recent reports from a former Venezuelan economist. No one knows where the shipment is going, however.

Venezuela is still in the grips of a political uprising, as opposition leader Juan Guaido has claimed power from incumbent Nicolas Maduro backed by a number of countries and international organisations.

The Venezuelan economy was a core motivator for the power struggle, as the country’s currency the Bolivar is in record hyperinflation. Jose Guerra, a former economist and current lawmaker, said a Russian Boeing 777 which landed in the country was there to carter off 20 tonnes of gold…

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Defense Official: Nothing Stopping Trump From Authorizing Military To Build Border Wall – Breitbart

President Trump can build a border wall using the United States military to stop mass illegal immigration and drug trafficking without funding approval from Congress and without having to declare a national emergency.

During a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood confirmed to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) that Trump does not need Congress or a national emergency declaration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The exchange went as follows:

BROOKS: I want to direct your attention to 10 United States Code § 284 which authorizes President Trump to deploy the United States military to the southern border to build fences and to do a lot of other things, and for clarity, if you look it up in the dictionary the word fence includes the word barrier and the word barrier includes walls made of a wide variety of different materials…

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ICE Raid Leads To 118 Arrests In New York – Daily Caller
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Tuesday that officers made 118 arrests during “Operation Cross Check” in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley during a five-day long raid.

Out of the 118 arrests for violating U.S. immigration laws, 107 of those individuals were convicted criminals or had pending criminal charges, and more than 55 individuals had been issued a final order of removal but either failed to leave the United States or return illegally, ICE said in a statement.

Many of those arrested had felony convictions for serious and/or violent offenses including sex crimes, assault and weapons charges…

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Report: Trump Can Build Wall Without Declaring Emergency – Washington Examiner

Unable to nudge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., any closer to approving funding for a border wall, President Trump can move on his own without declaring a national emergency, according to a nonpartisan congressional report.

The Congressional Research Service, Capitol Hill’s think tank, is highlighting laws for Trump to tap that would not be subject to Congress’ “termination provison.”

The CRS “legal sidebar” outlines alternative paths for the president, who has been considering tapping the National Emergencies Act.

“A new report by the CRS not only suggests that the president could obtain funding for his wall by declaring an emergency or by using other existing statutory authority, it provides a virtual road map,” said a new analysis from George Washington University Law School Professor John F. Banzhaf.

The administration has said that there is enough legal precedent for Trump to act under the National Emergencies Act, and Banzhaf’s analysis agrees…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Watch Nears The End Of Its Second Month – American Thinker
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It has been 54 days since the public laid eyes on the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her absence is prompting calls for proof of life. The last time she was seen was on December 6, 2018, when she heard arguments in person at the Court. Since then, she underwent surgery on December 21 of last year after two cancerous growths from her left lung were discovered and removed.

All official statements have been issued by people close to her and meant to assure the public that she is recovering quietly. However, RBG has missed oral arguments this month for the first time in her 25-year career on the bench, and it is raising anxieties about how well and if she is recovering.

It has been reported that the White House is taking steps toward preparing a short list of Supreme Court nominees in the event of Justice Ginsburg’s death or departure…

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Trump Gets NATO Allies To Pony Up $100 Billion – Don Surber

The American press howled when President Donald John Trump (shuffles cards) demanded NATO allies keep their word and devote 2% of their GDP to the defense of their nations.

Time magazine screamed on February 20, 2017, “Donald Trump’s Demands on NATO Defense Spending Are Driving a Wedge Into Europe.” MSNBC screamed on April 21, 2017, “Trump is starting to run out of U.S. allies to alienate.” And Politico published on May 31, 2017, “Primer for President Trump: How NATO funding really works.” The primer played down the 2 percent requirement, which of course was the primary goal.

Politico said why “in Germany’s case, meeting the 2 percent GDP target would require nearly doubling its annual military spending to roughly $70 billion from $40 billion.”

That is the American press for you. It is more worried about poor Germany than it is about the United States of America. But President Trump succeeded because he was right and the press was wrong…

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Election Reform Fraud: Democrats’ Plan Would End American Democracy As We Know It – Investor’s Business Daily
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‘Election Reform’ Fraud: The media have already started a drumbeat in favor of the first major legislation proposed by the new Democratic Congress, the so-called “For The People Act Of 2019.” It is, in fact, a dangerous piece of legislation that, if enacted, would end American democracy as it has existed for over over 240 years.

That’s no exaggeration. Far-left media advocates for the Democrats’ have benignly called the proposed new law “election reform”, claimed it “could save American Democracy” and characterized it as “a sweeping anti-corruption proposal.” It is none of those things.

Instead, H.R.1, the new law’s official designation, is a shocking power grab on the part of the Democrats who seek to nationalize all elections so they can permanently silence the Red States that stand in their way…

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A Cure For Cancer? Israeli Scientists Say They Think They Found One – Jerusalem Post

A small team of Israeli scientists think they might have found the first complete cure for cancer.

“We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer,” said Dan Aridor, of a new treatment being developed by his company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), which was founded in 2000 in the ITEK incubator in the Weizmann Science Park. AEBi developed the SoAP platform, which provides functional leads to very difficult targets.

“Our cancer cure will be effective from day one, will last a duration of a few weeks and will have no or minimal side-effects at a much lower cost than most other treatments on the market,” Aridor said. “Our solution will be both generic and personal.”

It sounds fantastical, especially considering that an estimated 18.1 million new cancer cases are diagnosed worldwide each year, according to reports by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Further, every sixth death in the world is due to cancer, making it the second leading cause of death (second only to cardiovascular disease)…

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U.S. Announces Sweeping Sanctions Against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, State-Owned Oil Company – Fox News
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The White House on Monday announced billions of dollars in new sanctions against disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the country’s state-owned oil monopoly PDVSA, less than a week after President Trump formally recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.

National Security Adviser John Bolton, meanwhile, warned that “all options are on the table” and that Venezuela would face a “significant response” if any harm came to U.S. diplomatic personnel, Guaido, or Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly.

Words on Bolton’s notepad that were visible during the briefing – “5,000 troops to Colombia” – were related to the situation in Venezuela, White House officials confirmed to Fox News…

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Trump Administration Moves To Protect Religious Liberty In Adoptions, Foster Care – Washington Free Beacon

The Trump administration is working to protect religious adoption and foster care agencies that have been threatened by “burdensome regulations” imposed in the closing days of the Obama presidency.

Days before leaving office President Obama implemented new regulations that targeted religious foster care providers by requiring recipients of federal assistance to abandon “discriminatory” standards in placement.

South Carolina asked the Department of Health and Human Services for an exemption to protect one of its largest foster care agencies, Miracle Hills Ministries, which only places children in Christian households.

The Trump administration granted the exemption, saying that religious partners were vital to caring for children. The Obama-era rules could run afoul of religious liberty protections, according to Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary for the department’s Administration for Children and Families…

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Obamacare Is Working So Well That Half Of U.S. Doctors Are Considering Leaving Medicine – Study Finds
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Are health insurance policies creating nightmares for physicians and hazards for their patients? A new study finds that nearly nine in ten doctors believe barriers set by insurance plans have led to worsened conditions for patients in need of care.

Researchers with Aimed Alliance, a non-profit that seeks to protect and enhance the rights of health care consumers and providers, say that doctors are so fed up with the constant headaches caused by insurers, two-thirds would recommend against pursuing a career in medicine, and nearly half (48%) are considering a career change altogether.

For the study, the organization polled 600 physicians in the U.S. practicing either family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics/gynecology…

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Terrorist Who Targeted Americans Takes Over Mexican Cartel On Texas Border – Breitbart

A verified and convicted terrorist who attacked a U.S. Consulate with a grenade and automatic rifle fire has taken over the ruthless Los Zetas cartel, a group headquartered at the Texas border in the Nuevo Laredo-Laredo metropolitan border area.

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, sits immediately across the border from Laredo, Texas, and is the only urban location along the entire U.S.-Mexico Border that does not have any fencing or constructed security barrier of any kind.

The convicted terrorist, Hector Raul Luna Luna, is known as “El Tory” and was convicted in the 2008 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. He was released from prison due to bribes paid by Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and has now taken over the dominant faction of Los Zetas, Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), to open up the lucrative and unsecured border corridor into Texas.

Under El Tory’s new reign, Los Zetas is linked to a level of brutality that had not been seen in prior years…

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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Friday (01/04/19)


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‘Gun-Toting Hippies’ Greet Boulder ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban With Mass Noncompliance – Washington Times
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Boulder’s newly enacted “assault weapons” ban is meeting with stiff resistance from its “gun-toting hippies,” staunch liberals who also happen to be devoted firearms owners.

Only 342 “assault weapons,” or semiautomatic rifles, were certified by Boulder police before the Dec. 31 deadline, meaning there could be thousands of residents in the scenic university town of 107,000 in violation of the sweeping gun-control ordinance.

“I would say the majority of people I’ve talked to just aren’t complying because most people see this as a registry,” said Lesley Hollywood, executive director of the Colorado Second Amendment group Rally for Our Rights. “Boulder actually has a very strong firearms community.”…

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U.S. Payrolls Shatter Expectations, Surge 312,000 In December – Washington Examiner

U.S. employers added 312,000 workers in December as the economy benefited from retail hiring during the busy holiday shopping season and the country’s economic expansion continued.

The increase reported by the U.S. Labor Department on Friday topped the average estimate of 180,000 from economists surveyed by FactSet and remained well above the level needed to keep up with inflation. The unemployment rate, however, inched up to 3.9 percent from a nearly 50-year low of 3.7 percent.

Retailers hired 24,000 new employees during the month as purchases in stores and e-commerce sites surged to the highest in six years. Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, retail spending grew 5.1 percent to $850 billion, according to a Mastercard SpendingPulse report released the day after Christmas.

Other notable hiring gains occurred in the healthcare industry, which added 50,000 workers, and bars and restaurants, which brought in 41,000 new employees…

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Donald Trump Trolls Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren With Mock 2020 Campaign Banner – Daily Mail
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Donald Trump needled Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday for claiming she is of Native American heritage. He shared a parody ‘Warren 2020’ sign that said ‘Warren 1/2020th’ on his Twitter account.

A DNA test the Democratic senator released in October found that she’s between 1/64 and 1/1024 American Indian. Warren giddily released the results but conceded last month that she is ‘not a person of color’ in a tacit acknowledgement that prior claims about her alleged Native American heritage were overblown.

She is working hard to overcome the misstep before other possible challengers make up their minds about entering the 2020 race…

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Chicago: Democrat Alderman Edward Burke Charged With Extortion – Chicago Tribune

Longtime Ald. Edward Burke, one of Chicago’s most powerful figures and a vestige of the city’s old Democratic machine, has often been considered too clever and sophisticated to be caught blatantly using his public office to enrich himself.

But after years of dodging investigations while watching dozens of his colleagues hauled off to prison, Burke has been accused of crossing the line himself – and doing so in a quintessential Chicago way.

A federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday charged Burke with attempted extortion for allegedly using his position as alderman to try to steer business to his private law firm from a company seeking to renovate a fast-food restaurant in his ward. The charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison on conviction.

The complaint also alleged Burke asked one of the company’s executives in December 2017 to attend an upcoming political fundraiser for “another politician.”…

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China Lands Rover On Far Side Of The Moon – The Hill
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A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday landed on the dark side of the moon, marking the first time in history a country has sent a rover to the part of the moon that perpetually faces away from the Earth.

The Associated Press reported that the China National Space Administration called the touchdown of the Chang’e 4 a “new chapter in human lunar exploration.” The spacecraft touched down at 10:26 a.m. China time, and was announced to the public on a state news broadcast at noon.

Only China, the former Soviet Union and the United States have sent spacecraft to the surface of the moon, though previous explorations have landed on the near side that faces Earth…

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Mitt Romney Is An Idiot – John Nolte

As the freshman senator from Utah, Mitt Romney is a long way from the presidency. That has to be especially tough on a two-time presidential loser with You-Know-Who sitting in the Oval Office, a guy who took the brass ring by doing the exact opposite of what you did.

My opinion of Mitt Romney has changed over the years. When he lost the Republican nomination to John McCain in 2008, I thought he was a classy guy with a future.

When he lost the general election to Barack Obama in 2012, I thought he was a good man with a glass jaw.

When he repeatedly got on his high horse to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, I thought he was an opportunistic sleaze bag gorging on sour grapes and his own monstrously selfish sense of virtue.

But now, after reading his Washington Post jihad against Trump, I finally figured what Mitt Romney really is… an idiot…

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Apple Loses $450 Billion In Market Capitalization In Three Months – Business Insider
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Apple’s stock has been in freefall since since its 52-week high in October, and the unexpected sales warning from CEO Tim Cook has sped up the decline. The iPhone maker’s share price fell by 9.96% on Thursday following a shock readjustment of its revenue forecast.

Just three short months ago, Apple was on a high as the most valuable company in the world. But since Apple hit a peak of $232.07 a share on October 3, giving it a market cap of $1.16 trillion, it has dropped to $142.19, wiping $450 billion from its value. Its market cap stood at $710.97 billion on Thursday, according to Macrotrends. Bloomberg pegs Apple’s current market cap at $674.74 billion.

To put that into context, that $450 billion loss is significantly more than the value of Facebook, which is currently worth $383.76 billion, according to Macrotrends…

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California And Los Angeles County To Remove 1.5 Million Inactive Voters From Voter Rolls, Settle Judicial Watch Federal Lawsuit – Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch announced today that it signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid. These removals are required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

The NVRA is a federal law requiring the removal of inactive registrations from the voter rolls after two general federal elections (encompassing from 2 to 4 years). Inactive voter registrations belong, for the most part, to voters who have moved to another county or state or have passed away.

Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents, more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States. California is America’s largest state, with almost 40 million residents.

Judicial Watch filed a 2017 federal lawsuit to force the cleanup of voter rolls (Judicial Watch, Inc., et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al. (No. 2:17-cv-08948))…

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Border Agents Give Media An Education About The Border – Daily Wire
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President Donald Trump held a surprise news conference on Thursday with members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) who addressed the media about the realities that Border Patrol agents face every day on the southern border.

Trump started by congratulating Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on becoming Speaker of the House before transitioning into talking about the border and turning the mic over to NBPC President Brandon Judd.

“I’ve been a Border Patrol agent for 21 years,” Judd said. “I can personally tell you, from the work that I have done on the southwest border, that physical barriers, that walls actually work. You hear a lot of talk that there are experts that say that walls don’t work…

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Afghan And Iranian Asylum Seekers Rampage Through German Town, Injuring 12 – PJ Media

The Bavarian town of Amberg is in shock after a group of asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Iran rampaged through the city Saturday night. Four attackers aged 17 to 19 randomly beat exiting passengers at the train station, and then moved to the city center to continue their rampage.

According to reports, the attackers shouted “kafir” (a derogatory term meaning “non-Muslim,” “unbeliever”) and “n*****” at some victims.

In all, 12 victims ranging from ages 16 to 42 needed medical attention. A 17-year-old victim was treated for severe head wounds.

German authorities announced that at least two of the attackers have already had their asylum claims rejected, and that at least one should have already have been deported. This has prompted German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to demand changes to deportation laws, as Deutsche-Welle reports…

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Former Sanders Campaign Staffers Demand Candidate Investigate Incidents Of ‘Sexual Violence,’ ‘Toxic Masculinity’ On 2016 Campaign – Daily Wire
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A group of former Bernie Sanders staffers are demanding a meeting with the Vermont senator and his “top political advisers” to discuss rampant “sexual violence” they say took place on the Sanders 2016 presidential campaign.

Politico reports that in recent weeks, staffers from Sanders’ former campaign have been comparing experiences, and after a group discussion, drafted a letter to Sanders and several of his top 2016 advisers requesting time to “discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle.”

The request was meant to be private but news of the letter leaked late last week…

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Google Shifted $23 Billion To Tax Haven Bermuda In 2017: Filing – Reuters

Google moved 19.9 billion euros ($22.7 billion) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of an arrangement that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill, according to documents filed at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

The amount channeled through Google Netherlands Holdings BV was around 4 billion euros more than in 2016, the documents, filed on Dec. 21, showed.

“We pay all of the taxes due and comply with the tax laws in every country we operate in around the world,” Google said in a statement. “Google, like other multinational companies, pays the vast majority of its corporate income tax in its home country, and we have paid a global effective tax rate of 26 percent over the last ten years.”

For more than a decade the arrangement has allowed Google owner Alphabet (GOOGL.O) to enjoy an effective tax rate in the single digits on its non-U.S. profits, around a quarter the average tax rate in its overseas markets…

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Senate Confirms Dozens Of Stalled Trump Nominees Hours Before The 115th Congress Ends – Washington Examiner
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The Senate confirmed dozens of stalled Trump administration nominees Wednesday night, just hours before the close of the 115th Congress. The list excluded federal judges despite an effort by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to secure a deal for those nominees with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

In total, the Senate cleared 77 nominees by voice vote, among them 23 ambassadors to countries including Australia, Armenia, Yemen, Guyana, Kenya, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Senate confirmed eight U.S. attorneys and eight U.S. marshals, a member of the Federal Maritime Commission, and two members of the Federal Communications Commission. The Senate confirmed James Carroll Jr. to be director of National Drug Control Policy…

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Ninth Circuit Finally Hands Trump A Big Win Against Youth’s Global Warming Lawsuit – Daily Caller

The Trump administration’s battle against a global warming lawsuit brought by 21 youths will continue into 2019 after a federal court handed the government a big win over the holiday season.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a Dec. 26 ruling largely missed by major media outlets. The court granted DOJ’s petition for interlocutory appeal that decreases the chances of the climate lawsuit going to trial anytime soon.

The three-judge Ninth Circuit panel is the very same one that in March 2018 ruled against Trump administration petitions for a writ of mandamus, which allows a higher court to overrule a lower court before a case is decided.

Environmentalists handling the case on behalf of youth activists immediately filed a petition asking the District Court of Oregon to restart trial proceedings in light of the appeals court ruling…

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Video Surfaces Of Washington Post Op-Ed Contributor Launching Shoulder-Fired Missile, Then Shouting “Death To America” And “Curse The Jews” – Conservative Tribune
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Less than two months after he was given prominent op-ed space in the Washington Post, a video has surfaced of Houthi rebel leader Mohammad Ali al-Houthi launching a shoulder-fired missile and then reciting the Houthi slogan, which calls for “Death to America.”

The Washington Post contributor chants, “Allah is the greatest. Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse the Jews. Victory to Islam.” He has also taken to his unverified but media – and think tank – cited Twitter account to repeat the infamous Houthi slogan.

Ali Shihabi, the founder of the Arabia Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based Middle East think tank, confirmed to Conservative Review that it is indeed al-Houthi in the video. Shihabi tells CR that it is “documentary evidence of the type of leader” that the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is up against, whom “many critics have ignored.”…

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Trump’s New Asylum Policy Will Help Block Illegal Immigration – Daily Signal

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen recently announced a significant policy change to stop illegal immigration.

After years of catch and release, loopholes, and poor enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security is moving to plug the holes in the U.S. immigration system, and especially the loopholes that surround the asylum system.

One of the most serious problems the U.S. faces in its immigration system is that when illegal immigrants cross the border, they can claim asylum in order to avoid quick deportation. This is an especially common tactic with illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Less than 10 percent of these individuals, however, will end up qualifying for asylum.

But asylum often isn’t the real objective: Those who manage to pass through the initial screening are often released into the U.S. This is made worse by various loopholes such as the Flores settlement and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which require unaccompanied children and adults with children to be released…

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Netflix Bows To Saudis, Removes Content At Request Of Kingdom – Zero Hedge
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Netflix has removed content by American comedian Hasan Minhaj from being broadcast within Saudi Arabia at the “request” of the Kingdom.

In his Netflix-based news/comedy show, Patriot Act, Minhaj voiced his opinion about the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who is widely believed to have been murdered at the order of Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. Minhaj called the murder “…the most unbelievable cover story since Blake Shelton won sexiest man alive.”

Minhaj also fleshed out political ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia, along with noting Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Yemen and its push-back on women’s rights advocates…

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Over 1,000 Cars Torched Across France As New Year’s Eve Arrests Rise – The Local

France saw a jump in arrests on New Year’s Eve as well as an increase in the number of cars torched by vandals, a ritual among revellers in the country’s high-rise suburbs. The number of vehicles set alight on the night of December 31st climbed from 935 a year ago to 1,031, while arrests rose from 456 to 510, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Violence also marred celebrations in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, where two police officers were attacked by a large group of people at a party.

French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to denounce the “cowardly and criminal lynching of police officers doing their duty” and warned that the culprits would be “found and arrested”.

“I regret that incidents like yesterday can happen but overall people were able to enjoy New Year’s eve in a peaceful manner,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Monday.

Some 140,000 security and emergency forces were deployed across France on New Year’s Eve…

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Assclown Gets Caught In His Own Steering Wheel After Fleeing Scene Of Car Accident – Fox News
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A California man trying to flee the scene of a car accident Monday ended up waiting around for police anyway – but only after his foot got stuck in his vehicle’s steering wheel, police said.

A picture tweeted by the California Highway Patrol showed the unidentified man, who was later arrested, dangling upside down outside his white and red pickup truck. He had been trying to enter a code to enter a gated community near Cathedral City, according to KABC-TV.

“When your DUI & fleeing from a Hit&Run. Then you lean over to the gate keypad, you fall over & your foot gets stuck in the steering wheel,” police said in a tweet. “Because [you’re] unable to help yourself, Cathedral City PD arrive, assist & take you to jail for DUI & Hit&Run.”…

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Palestinian-American Sentenced To Life In Prison By Palestinian Authority For Selling Property To Jews – Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian court in Ramallah sentenced a Palestinian-American to life in prison with hard labor on Monday, after finding him guilty of selling a house in the Old City of Jerusalem to a Jewish Israeli organization.

The man was identified as Issam Akel, a resident of east Jerusalem, who was arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces in October. The story of the incarceration of the 53-year-old Akel, a U.S. citizen, was first reported by The Jerusalem Post earlier this year.

The Palestinian Grand Criminal Court found Akel guilty of “attempting to cut off a part of the Palestinian land and adding them to a foreign country.” The verdict was issued after a one-week trial.

Akel worked for one of the PA ministries and a hospital in east Jerusalem, according to Palestinian sources. It remains unclear how he was arrested by PA security forces. As a resident of east Jerusalem, he holds an Israeli ID card that gives him immunity against being arrested or prosecuted in a PA court…

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Mayor Sadiq Khan Slammed For Spending £2.3 Million As He Turned London’s New Year Fireworks Show Into An EU Tribute – The Sun
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London mayor Sadiq Khan has been blasted for spending £2.3million on his pro-EU New Year extravaganza. The London Eye was turned into the EU flag by blue and yellow fireworks.

The slogan “London is Open” was repeated over loudspeakers in seven languages, with Remainer Mr Khan saying he wanted to highlight our ties with Europe.

Songs such as We Are Your Friends, Stay and Don’t Leave Me Alone accompanied the fireworks.

Critics last night said the money should have been spent tackling violent crime in the capital, which has soared under Mr Khan’s watch. Tory Charlie Elphicke warned: “Sadiq Khan needs to respect the referendum and move on to focus on London’s spiralling crimewave…

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Trump Ultimatum: Fund Wall Or Southern Border Shuts Down ‘Entirely’ – Daily Wire
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On the seventh day of the federal government shutdown, President Trump threatened to “close the Southern Border entirely” if Democrats continue to reject his demands for money to “finish” building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Last Friday, Democrats refused to approve $5 billion for the wall, even though the amount is just 0.13% of the budget. Instead, Democrats – led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), expected to become Speaker of the House in January – decided to let the government partially shut down instead.

“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” the president wrote on Twitter…

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Top 10 Progressive Endorsements Of Child Abuse In 2018 – Linda Harvey

There’s a lengthy, sordid history of the damage children suffer because of “progressive” values and policies. In 2018, the harm went beyond passive side effects.

The left is now brazenly cheering over the corruption, pain and heartbreak of children – and sometimes, their deaths.

What can be done? We must work within all lawful means possible to stop this evil. Here are some of the year’s worst examples, although this article could go on and on:

10. Colleges are now recommending 4-year-olds engage in sexual activity. Yes, some UC Santa Barbara academics have advanced the idea that preschoolers should engage in “sexual play.” Hopefully, law enforcement officials are checking these folks’ laptops for child porn links and will issue the proper indictments.

9. Sixth graders in Washington state were asked as a class if any of them questioned their gender identity…

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SWAT Negotiator Ends Standoff By Singing ‘White Christmas’ – WPVI
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A police standoff in Chester County ended on Wednesday after a SWAT negotiator sang a Christmas carol. Authorities say 34-year-old Nathaniel Lewis barricaded himself inside a home on the 300 block of Aftons Circle in East Vincent Township Tuesday night.

Police were called to the scene from a concerned family member who was said Lewis was in the process of separating from his wife and was behaving erratically. Lewis, a member of the National Guard, was in possession of a rifle, and during the course of the barricade he allegedly opened fire at police officers who were both inside and outside of a SWAT vehicle.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says, a SWAT negotiator eventually talked the man into surrendering nine hours later by singing “White Christmas.”…

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Leftist Nightmare Update: IRS Unable To Recoup Nearly $1 Billion In Obamacare Subsidies – Washington Times

The IRS overpaid nearly $4 billion to Obamacare customers through tax credits last year, and because of the way the law is written it can’t even try to collect on a quarter of that, the Treasury Department’s inspector general reported this week.

All told, the Treasury Department paid out roughly $27 billion in Obamacare subsidies in the 2018 tax-filing season, with overages accounting for $3.7 billion of that. Only $2.7 billion was recaptured.

The $1 billion left over is small compared to the overall federal budget, but it is 20 percent of the president’s border wall funding request that’s spurred the current government shutdown.

Overpayments were built into Obamacare, with most people who buy insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges collecting subsidies through the IRS to help them afford their plan premiums…

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U.S. Explorer Colin O’Brady Completes First Unaided Solo Trek Of Antarctica – The Guardian
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An American explorer has made the first solo unsupported trek across Antarctica, an epic feat of endurance that took nearly two months and ended with an extraordinary sprint. Colin O’Brady covered the final 77.54 miles over 32 hours without sleep, a trek he described as an Antarctic ultramarathon, then called his family to tell them tearfully, “I did it!”.

“Something overcame me,” O’Brady said in a telephone interview with the New York Times. “I didn’t listen to any music – just locked in, like I’m going until I’m done. It was profound, it was beautiful and it was an amazing way to finish.”

He had spent 54 days in conditions that pushed his body to its limit, battling hunger, cold and solitude, often trekking almost blind through driving snow…

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John Kerry’s Family Fights To Keep Peasants Away From Ancestral French Villa – PJ Media

Saint-Briac-sur-Mer on the Brittany coast in France is a private playground for the European elite. It’s also the home of Les Essarts, the ancestral home of former Democratic presidential candidate and former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry. It has been in his family since 1923 and was the place he regularly vacationed as a child.

But Saint-Briac is now a legal battleground between the French state and the uber-rich villa owners, including Kerry’s family, who for decades have defied a French law that allows for a small right-of-way on the city’s beach for hikers and visitors.

Now it seems that the illegal efforts by the villa owners to keep the hoi polloi out of Saint-Briac is nearing an end.

Agence France Press reports:

Hikers demanding right of way along a pristine stretch of coastal France are locked in a legal war with villa owners in a posh Brittany resort town…

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Liberal Billionaire Apologizes For Funding Russian Bot ‘False Flag’, But Questions Remain Unanswered – Daily Caller
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Billionaire Reid Hoffman apologized Wednesday for funding an effort to dupe Alabama voters into believing Russian bots were fueling Republican Roy Moore’s failed senatorial bid. But he left crucial questions unanswered.

His statement left several important facts about the so-called experiment unaddressed, including a detailed accounting of everyone involved in the caper, as well who crafted and executed the campaign. The effort was the subject of a closed-door presentation in Washington, D.C., to a group of liberal technology experts, The Washington Post reported, citing anonymous sources.

“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing,” Hoffman said in his statement…

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DOJ Colluding With Clinton Email Scandal Witnesses To Thwart Court-Ordered Discovery Efforts By Judicial Watch – Gateway Pundit

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch revealed on Wednesday that the DOJ is colluding with Hillary Clinton email scandal witnesses to thwart court-ordered discovery to stop the watchdog’s efforts to gather evidence.

Judicial Watch appeared in a DC federal court last month on a motion to compel more testimony from Hillary Clinton as well as to make public video recordings of depositions of top Clinton aides such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

The court ruled that Hillary Clinton must answer more questions about the setting up of her private server.

Hillary Clinton arrogantly answered that she set up the private server out of “convenience.”

Earlier this month, a federal court blasted the DOJ and State Department on Hillary Clinton’s emails and ordered a discovery plan in 10 days as to whether Hillary’s private email system was intentionally set up to evade FOIA requests and lawsuits…

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Former Walmart Santa Claus Charged After Two Of His Children Found Buried In His Backyard – Daily Wire
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A Georgia man who was formerly employed as a Walmart Santa Claus has been charged in connection to the discovery of his two teenaged children found buried in his backyard.

On December 19, authorities responded to a welfare check on 14-year-old Mary Crocker at the home of Elwyn Crocker Sr., her father. Mary had been missing since October, though no official missing person’s report was filed.

Information provided by Elwyn Sr. during an interview with officials eventually led officers to the bodies of Mary and her brother Elwyn Crocker, Jr., who was last seen some two years ago. Like Mary, no official missing person report was filed for the boy, either.

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Over 3,000 Patients At New Jersey Surgery Center May Have Been Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis – USA Today

More than 3,000 patients at a surgical center in New Jersey may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, the New Jersey Department of Health confirmed earlier this week.

Patients who stayed at HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook from January to Sept. 7 for a procedure may have been exposed, the department said Monday. The Department of Health closed the center from Sept. 7 to Sept. 28.

No illnesses reported and the risk of infection is low, according to the Health Department. The department called it “an abundance of caution” to suggest that people be tested.

In an email, the surgery center administrator, Betty McCabe, said the center is “focused on helping this select group of 3,778 patients get tested quickly and expediently.”

McCabe said “deficiencies in infection control in both our sterilization/cleaning of instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to blood borne pathogens.”…

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President And First Lady Fly To Iraq For Surprise Visit With Troops – Fox News
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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared in Iraq on Wednesday for a surprise visit with troops and senior military leadership at Al Asad Air Base. There, he said it’s because of U.S. military gains against the Islamic State terror group that he can withdraw 2,000 forces from Syria.

“We’re no longer the suckers, folks,” Trump told service members at the base, which is situated in western Iraq. “We’re respected again as a nation.”

During his first visit to the troubled region, Trump also said he has “no plans at all” to remove any of the 5,000 U.S. troops from that country. Trump’s visit – which is also his first to a combat zone as commander in chief – comes on the heels of his announcement about pulling troops out of Syria…

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City Slapped Down For Forcing Churches To Bow To LGBT Agenda – WorldNetDaily

A city’s attempt to force churches and other religious groups to align with its gender-identity and sexual-orientation agenda has been slapped down by a judge. The city of De Pere, Wisconsin, adopted a “non-discrimination” ordinance then designated churches “places of public accommodation.”

The city claimed that any time a church is open to the public, outside the role of a house of worship, it is subject to the ordinance. On Friday, however, Brown County Judge William Atkinson granted a summary judgment to the churches and denied the city’s request to dismiss the suit.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which represented several churches in the lawsuit, said the “unconstitutional ordinance could not go unchallenged.”

The ordinance demanded “non-discrimination” on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in housing, employment, advertising and public accommodations…

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Woman Films Herself Chasing Down Scumbag Who Stole Package From Her Front Porch – Law & Crime
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A Denver area woman took matters into her own hands when she caught someone taking a package from outside her home, days before Christmas.

Renee Abeyta got a notification on her phone from the Ring app on Wednesday, letting her know there was someone at her front door. Using the app, which was connected to a camera monitoring her porch area, Abeyta saw video of another woman approaching her home and taking a package, according to local KDVR. That’s when she sprung into action.

“I thought, ‘No way this is happening to me,’” Abeyta told the station.

Determined to get back what belonged to her, Abeyta got in her car, drove after the woman, parked, and confronted her…

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Donald Trump Can Fund The Border Wall Without Congressional Approval – Brett M. Decker & James Renne

The federal government has shut down because Republicans can’t agree on funding for President Donald Trump’s main campaign promise to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and Democrats are insisting they will not vote for wall funding. This typical Washington gridlock is surmountable because Trump can build the wall on his own.

A week ago, the White House put out a call to federal agencies to look for “pots of money” in their existing budgets that could be cobbled together to pay for border wall construction.

Immediately, Sen. John Thune, the Republican whip in the upper chamber, shot down the idea of shifting funds from executive departments to the border, saying, “I’m not a big fan of moving money.” Like it or not, there are sources of revenue in the executive branch that the president has authority to use without congressional approval.

The Department of Agriculture has about $200 billion in outstanding loans for rural development projects such as community buildings, bridges, roads, fire stations, police stations, water projects and barriers such as fencing and walls…

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Arrested Aventura Anti-Semite Photographed With Obama, Donated To Hillary – Frontpage
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Nadim Siddiqui’s life has gone through a dramatic shift, from ambitious entrepreneur with political connections and an attractive girlfriend to a poverty-stricken and raving anti-Semite with repeated arrests and no one to turn to. What happened to Siddiqui that he would experience such a major downfall? This article examines the possible causes.

The scene was a Miami-Dade courtroom. Nadim Benjamin Siddiqui stood dressed in a red prison shirt, as he listened to Judge Renatha Francis sentence him to house arrest in addition to a $25,000 bond.

His crime: threatening Jewish establishments. When the judge stated that Siddiqui was alleged to have “targeted Jews,” a quick and menacing smile came over Siddiqui’s face…

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China Cuts Tariffs On 700 More Items – American Thinker

In its third round of tariff cuts this year, China announced that 700 more goods will have tariffs cut. Bloomberg reports:

China announced another round of tariff cuts, lowering import taxes on more than 700 goods from Jan. 1 as part of its efforts to open up the economy and lower costs for domestic consumers.

No doubt, that’s what they say. And it is true that domestic consumers will benefit from lower cost access to foreign goods. But, is President Trump’s pressure on China not a factor? I am sorry, but I can’t accept the notion that Trump is irrelevant to the decision.

Note that the rate cuts are temporary and can be changed at any time. To me, this is further evidence that they are a bargaining chip in the confrontation over trade that President Trump started.

The underlying reality – that President Trump recognized unlike his predecessors – is that because of its trade surplus, China has far more to lose than the U.S. from a trade war…

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Former Disney Actor Charged For Allegedly Trying To Have Sex With Underage Boy – Daily Caller
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Former Disney Channel star Stoney Westmoreland was charged for allegedly trying to have sex with a 13-year-old boy, according to recent reports published Monday.

Westmoreland was officially charged Friday with one count of enticing a minor, four counts of dealing harmful material to a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, according to an indictment from the Salt Lake County, Utah district attorney, CNN reported.

He allegedly used a dating app to chat with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. The indictment states that Westmoreland admitted to sending nude photos to someone he thought was a teenager, according to CNN…

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Iraq Makes Christmas Day An Official Nationwide Holiday To Mark ‘The Occasion Of The Birth Of Jesus Christ’ – Daily Mail

Iraq has made Christmas Day a national holiday, its government confirmed this morning. The Iraqi Cabinet approved an amendment to its national holidays law which creates a new official one ‘on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ’.

Previously, Christmas Day had been designated as a religious break only for the Iraqi Christian community, but the amendment extends the holiday to everyone.

‘Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world,’ the Iraqi government wrote on Twitter.

‘We extend our warmest wishes to Christians in Iraq and around the world for a very happy and peaceful Christmas,’ it added.

Iraq is a 95 per cent Muslim country – 66 per cent are Shia and 29 per cent Sunni. There are thought to be only around 300,000 Christians remaining in the country, the vast majority of whom are Aramaic-speaking ethnic Assyrians…

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New York Times Salutes The Christmas Spirit Of Hezbollah – Breitbart
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In a bizarre article published on Christmas Eve, the New York Times saluted the murderous Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah for its wonderful Christmas spirit, applauding the group for helping to “ring in the season” and implying the United States has unfairly designated it as a foreign terrorist organization.

The opening passage of the Times article paints a remarkable picture:

The Iranian cultural attaché stepped up to the microphone on a stage flanked by banners bearing the faces of Iran’s two foremost religious authorities: Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, and Ayatollah Khamenei, the current supreme leader.

To the left of Ayatollah Khomeini stood a twinkling Christmas tree, a gold star gilding its tip…

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Holiday Retail Sales Strongest In Years – Fox Business

Holiday sales increased for U.S. retailers at the best pace in six years, according to early data.

Total U.S. retail sales, excluding automobiles, rose 5.1% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year earlier, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks both online and in-store spending with all forms of payment.

Overall, U.S. consumers spent over $850 billion this holiday season, according to Mastercard.

The figures suggest a stock-market swoon and partial government shutdown haven’t curbed consumer confidence and spending, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sales have been generally strong throughout the holiday season, led by an increase in online shopping.

Retailers entered the holidays with momentum as online sales jumped 26.4 percent from a year earlier between the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through Black Friday, one sign of an early buying surge, according to Adobe Analytics…

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While Democrats Were Sleeping, President Trump Ended Catch-And-Release Policies – Gateway Pundit
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While Democrats were sleeping and ruining Christmas for everyone else President Trump announced new changes to United States immigration procedures. This is a much larger shift in policy than was originally reported by The Gateway Pundit back in November

Without much media fanfare President Trump ended George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s insane catch-and-release policies.

From now on illegal aliens caught entering the United States will be sent to wait in Mexico while their applications are processed. Once their “notice to appear” is available they will allowed in to attend their court hearing. Aliens without valid claims will be deported to their home countries…

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House Approves Spending Bill With $5.7 Billion For Trump’s Border Wall – Fox News
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The House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill that would fund most of the federal government through early February – and provides $5.7 billion for President Trump’s long-promised border wall, increasing the chances of a partial government shutdown later this week.

Eight Republicans joined all 177 voting Democrats to oppose the measure, which passed 217-185. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is certain to fall short of the 60 votes needed for passage since the chamber’s 49 Democrats are against funding the wall.

That, in turn, makes it more likely that parts of the federal government, including nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, will cease operations at midnight Friday…

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Louie Gohmert Spills The Beans, Says Paul Ryan Urged GOP Lawmakers To Campaign Against Trump – BizPac Review

On the very same day that resigning House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered his farewell address on the floor of Congress, fellow House Rep. Louie Gohmert revealed what may perhaps be the real reason why his relatively young colleague’s career has come to an unexpected end.

“Just a few weeks before the [2016] election, we were told by Paul, by our elected leaders that, gee, the only way we can keep the House majority is just all of us start running against the president,” Gohmert claimed during an interview on radio station WMAL “The Larry O’Connor Show.”

“Fortunately, we had enough people one after another on the call that pushed back so hard they backed off of that,” he added during his discussion Wednesday with guest host Derek Hunter.

Gohmert disseminated the shocking revelation during a broader discussion on how congressional Republicans seem to always be hijacking President Donald Trump’s agenda…

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DemoNazi Storms Out Of Hearing After Claiming Trump Would’ve Helped Kill Baby Jesus – Daily Wire
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Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) shamed people for endorsing Christianity or celebrating Christmas while promoting border security on Thursday as he proceeded to claim that President Donald Trump would’ve shared responsibility in killing baby Jesus.

Gutierrez then stormed out of the House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration and border security after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen attempted to respond to his baseless claim that she was a “liar.”

“It is repugnant to me, and astonishing to me, that during Christmas – I like to call them the holiday seasons to be inclusive, but during Christmas because the majority always wants to just call it Christmas – that during Christmas, a time in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a Jesus Christ who had to flee for his life with Mary and Joseph, thank God there wasn’t a wall that stopped him from seeking refuge in Egypt,” Gutierrez said…

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General Mattis Stepping Down As Secretary Of Defense In February – Breitbart

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis would be retiring in February.

“General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years,” Trump announced on Twitter.

News of Mattis’ departure broke hours after the president ordered all United States troops be withdrawn from Syria, despite protests from his top military advisers. Mattis released his resignation letter shortly after Trump’s announcement on Twitter, arguing his views on foreign policy were different than the president.

“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis wrote…

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Armed Robber Screws With The Wrong Marine In Pennsylvania Bar – WJAC
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Altoona police said a retired Marine Corps combat veteran disarmed a man trying to rob a bar early Tuesday morning.

According to police, a black man walked into Ajay’s Bar on Maple Avenue sometime around 1 a.m and attempted to rob the bar. Police said the retired Marine, who was bartending, was able to disarm the robber while he was handing over money from the cash register.

Police said the two got into a struggle, and one round was fired from the gun. Neither of them were hit by the bullet, but police said they believe the suspect has obvious facial injuries from being hit with the gun.

Police released surveillance video of the incident to their Facebook page…

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Florida: “Officer Of The Year” Murders Family, Kills Self – Washington Standard

I’ll be writing a follow up to this piece to point out the hypocrisy of the Communists in government who want us to jump through all sorts of hoops for permission to exercise our right to keep and bear arms while those entrusted with enforcing the law, who go through such measures are given weapons and yet, many of them commit the kinds of crimes outlined in this article.

A Flordia sheriff’s deputy murdered his wife, daughter and granddaughter before taking his own life on Wednesday.

Hillsborough County, Florida sheriff’s deputy and 2009 “Officer of the Year” Terry Strawn, 58, killed himself after murdering his wife Theresa, 54, and granddaughter Londyn, 6, in their home and then traveling to another house to murder his daughter, Courtney Strawn.

In his last radio transmission at 6:30am before committing the crimes, Strawn told his colleagues that his “depression was real.”…

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Driver Plows Car Into Pedestrians At German Bus Stop, Killing One And Injuring Several More – Deutsche Welle
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On Thursday afternoon a 32-year-old man drove his car into a group of pedestrians waiting at a bus stop in the German city of Recklinghausen, near Dortmund. The crash injured seven people, including the driver, and killed an 88-year-old woman.

The cause of the accident, which took place shortly before 3 p.m. local time (1400 GMT/UTC), is not yet known. The driver reportedly swerved out of his lane, crossing onto the wrong side of the street before plowing into the crowded bus stop.

“Police experts are working intensively on determining the cause. The area around the accident has been closed off,” local police said on Twitter. Recklinghausen police repeatedly urged citizens responding to their original tweet not to jump to conclusions…

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Trump Signs $867 Billion Farm Bill Into Law – News Star

President Donald Trump signed the new Farm Bill into law Thursday afternoon, setting agriculture policy for the next five years.

America’s Farm Bill provides a safety net for farmers and food security for those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program better known as food stamps. It will cost almost $900 billion.

“We have to take care of our farmers and ranchers,” Trump said in a press conference. “They are the heart and soul of our nation. It’s a great bill.”

The Farm Bill doesn’t expand or strengthen work requirements for those who receive food stamps as Trump had wanted, but the president signed the bill after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue promised to reform SNAP through his regulatory power.

“The president has directed me to propose regulatory reforms to ensure those who are able to work do so in exchange for their benefits,” Perdue said during a media call Wednesday…

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‘This Is Outright Christian Persecution’: Baker Jack Phillips Strikes Back At Colorado’s Anti-Christian Attacks – CBN
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Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips is back in court today, going on the offense after Colorado officials came after him a second time. This time it’s because he declined to celebrate an LGBT activist’s transgender transition from male to female.

With the state’s relentless attacks against his faith, Phillips has decided to sue the state. The Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Phillips, stating, “The very same state agencies decided to go after him a second time. If that isn’t government hostility towards people of faith, what is?”

“Jack had no choice but to file a federal lawsuit to defend himself from this targeting. He should not have to fear government punishment for his faith when he opens his cake shop for business every day…

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Trump Tells Congress To Go Pound Sand; Won’t Sign Spending Bill Without Border Wall Funding – WTOP

President Donald Trump told congressional Republicans Thursday he would not sign a bill to fund the government because it doesn’t include money for his border wall with Mexico, throwing the budget process into deep disarray and risking a federal shutdown this weekend.

“The president said he will not sign this bill,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said exiting a hastily called meeting with Trump and other GOP lawmakers at the White House. The House had been set to vote on the bill Thursday, before a deadline at midnight Friday to fund parts of the government or risk a partial shutdown just before Christmas.

The White House suggested earlier Thursday that Trump was not onboard with the critical spending agreement because it lacked billions of dollars for “steel slats or a wall” at the Mexican border.

And Trump himself lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Ryan. Then Trump’s press secretary issued a statement saying the president “does not want to go further without border security,” including money for the wall…

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Triple-Amputee Veteran Raises Over $5 Million In 3 Days To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall – Navy Times
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An airman who survived the most catastrophic war wounds in the service’s history has started a fundraiser – with a goal of $1 billion – in an effort to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Purple Heart recipient, started the GoFundMe account, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” amidst ongoing deliberations on how the border wall, a campaign promise of President Donald Trump, will actually be funded.

Trump most recently stated it will be U.S. troops who are tasked with building the wall if Democrats refuse to fund the project, a notion the president emphasized over a series of Dec. 19 tweets discussing border security. Kolfage, meanwhile, had enough of the delays resulting from back-and-forth funding discussions…

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Least-Educated State: California No. 1 In Percentage Of Residents 25 And Older Who Never Finished 9th Grade; No. 50 In High School Graduates – CNS

California ranks No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have graduated from high school, according to new data from the Census Bureau.

Texas ranks No. 2 for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 49th for the percentage who have graduated from high school. 9.7 percent of California residents 25 and older, the Census Bureau says, never completed ninth grade. Only 82.5 percent graduated from high school.

8.7 percent of Texas residents 25 and older never completed ninth grade, and only 82.8 percent graduated from high school.

California and Texas – while having the highest percentages of residents 25 and older who never finished ninth grade and the lowest percentages who graduated from high school – are the nation’s two most populous states…

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President Trump Declares Victory In Syria As U.S. Moves To Withdraw All Troops ‘As Quickly As Possible’ – Daily Wire
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President Trump will move to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria immediately, declaring that “we have defeated ISIS in Syria.”

“U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said,” according to The Wall Street Journal. “The Pentagon has an order to get to move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible, “ a U.S. official said.

Trump has pledged to wrap up the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, often writing on Twitter that the U.S. was moving rapidly to defeat the group. On Wednesday, Trump said the work is done in Syria…

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Scumbag Judge Who Accused General Flynn Of Selling Out The Country Orders Deported Asylum Seekers To Be Returned To The U.S. – Fox News

A federal judge on Wednesday took the extraordinary step of ordering that asylum seekers who sued after their deportation be returned to the U.S. to have their claims heard anew, ruling against the Trump administration’s revised asylum policies.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington came a day after the same judge presided over a contentious sentencing hearing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn – in which he questioned whether the ex-White House official committed “treason” and accused him of selling out the United States to foreign interests.

He later delayed Flynn’s sentencing until 2019, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

In his sweeping ruling Wednesday against the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Sullivan said recent changes violated federal law. “The Court holds that it has jurisdiction to hear plaintiffs’ challenges to the credible fear policies…

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Vice President Pence Announces Creation Of U.S. Space Command In Cape Canaveral – Air Force
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Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday officially announced the recreation of US Space Command as the 11th combatant command in the US military, moving one step closer to the creation of a new separate service for space operations.

​​​During a visit to Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., for the launch of the first GPS III satellite, Pence said the new directive from President Trump creates the command, which will “integrate space capabilities across all branches of the military.”

SPACECOM will be tasked with developing doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures to operate in space and its establishment marks a “new era of American national security” in space, Pence added…

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Big Win For Churches As Judge Rules Wisconsin Ordinance Violates Religious Freedom – CBN

A Wisconsin judge has ruled that a De Pere city non-discrimination ordinance cannot be applied to churches and other faith-based groups.

The ordinance, which was approved last year by the city council, labeled religious organizations as places of public accommodation. That means churches would have been in danger of discriminating against transgender and gay individuals if they preached that God determines gender and prohibits homosexuality.

Alarmed by the decree, five churches and a faith-based radio station filed a lawsuit seeking an exemption, noting that the ordinance is so broad that it undermines their constitutionally protected right to freely exercise their faith.

“Unlike many of its counterparts in other state, local and federal law, the De Pere ordinance does not clearly exempt religious organizations. Nor has the city been willing to assure religious institutions that they will not be subjected to the ordinance when it takes effect March 1, 2018,” the 21-page suit reads…

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Attorney: Michael Savage Being Silenced By ‘Corporate Censorship’ – Washington Times
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The voice of New York, come Jan. 7, may be no more. That’s because WABC, one of the city’s premiere, preeminent stations, is poised to boot Michael Savage – to deplatform him, in broadcast-speak, said his attorney, Daniel Horowitz, in a telephone interview.

WABC isn’t saying such; in fact, a recent news release from the station indicates Savage will be moving into a new, fresher format designed to take advantage of emerging media, one that will see him do one hour of radio alongside one hour of podcast.

But the behind-the-scenes story is a bit different. According to Horowitz, who said he’s seen “the emails back and forth” between his client, Savage, and the radio powers-who-be, “The Savage Nation” is actually poised to go dark on WABC on Jan. 7…

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Texas Girl’s Inoperable Brain Tumor Miraculously Disappears – KVUE

A little girl’s inoperable brain tumor is gone and doctors have no explanation. Today, Roxli Doss is doing what she loves, and that’s horseback riding.

“She is just as active as she ever was,” said Scott Doss, Roxli’s father.

It’s hard to imagine not too long ago doctors diagnosed the little girl with an inoperable brain tumor in June called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG.

“It is very rare, but when we see it, it is a devastating disease,” Dr. Virginia Harrod with Dell Children’s Medical Center. “You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing.”

Dr. Harrod said the now 11-year-old went through weeks of radiation, even though there is no cure. The family held a benefit for her in August, and the Buda community responded in a big way. At that point, all Gena and Scott Doss could do was pray for a miracle…

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President Of National Border Patrol Council: Under Obama, Border Agents Spent Their Own Money To Buy Necessities For Migrant Children – Breitbart
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Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Breitbart News that border agents spent “their own money” to provide diapers, formula, toys, and other basic necessities to children in their custody during the Obama administration.

He offered his remarks in a Monday interview with Breitbart News Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight.

Judd said, “Back in 2014, at the height of the children that were crossing the border without parents – the unaccompanied minors – when we took them into custody, we did not even have the basic necessities for those children, such as formula, such as diapers, and frankly, toys for these children to play with while we were waiting to put them into the hands of ICE.”…

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DemoNazi State Senator Urges Republican Aide To Kill Herself On Twitter, Then Attempts To Cover Up Actions By Deleting Tweet – Daily Wire

A New York State Democrat senator came under intense fire on Tuesday after he urged a Republican aide to kill herself in a now-deleted tweet and then immediately continued attacking her.

Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) instructed New York State Republican Deputy Communications Director Candice Giove to “Kill yourself!” after she allegedly exposed Parker appearing to misuse a parking placard.

“[I] got to the bottom of this. The placard is assigned to @SenatorParker,” Giove tweeted. “However, the license plate # on the placard does not match the vehicle. So he either used it in another car or gave it to someone to use, both of which are not permitted.”

Parker’s horrifying remark comes after he “attracted attention late last month when he proposed a bill that would require those seeking a firearm permit to consent to having their social-media accounts searched for objectionable content,” the Democrat & Chronicle reported…

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Witch Hunt Update: Scumbag Judge Accuses War Hero General Flynn Of Selling Out Country During Sentencing Hearing – The Hill
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The judge at former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s sentencing hearing has given the former Trump Cabinet member a scolding, saying that lying to the FBI is a “very serious offense.”

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan also said Flynn arguably sold his country out.

“This is a very serious offense,” he said at the hearing. “A high-ranking senior official of the government making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while on the physical premises of the White House.”

Sullivan also noted that Flynn could have been charged with other crimes that were not included in his plea agreement…

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DOJ Inspector General Discovers 19,000 Missing Strzok-Page Text Messages – Sean Hannity
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A stunning new report released by the Office of the Inspector General confirmed Thursday that their investigation recovered over 19,000 “lost” text messages exchanged between former DOJ officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

“The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General initiated this investigation upon being notified of a gap in text message data collection during the period December 15, 2016 through May 17, 2017, from Federal Bureau of Investigation mobile devices assigned to FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page relevant to a matter being investigated by the OIG’s Oversight and Review Division,” writes the report.

“The OIG forensically recovered thousands of text messages from FBI mobile devices issued to Strzok and Page through its multiple extraction efforts…

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Federal Judge Demands Exculpatory Documents In Flynn Case – PJ Media

The federal judge overseeing former national security advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s criminal case is demanding that Special Counsel Robert Mueller turn over all of the government’s documents related to Flynn’s questioning by 3:00 p.m. EST Friday.

The documents requested by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan include potentially exculpatory “memoranda” pertaining to Flynn’s case.

This comes after a sentencing memo filed by Flynn’s defense team on Tuesday showed that Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe suggested that then-national security adviser Flynn not have a lawyer present for his interview with two bureau agents at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017.

That interview with FBI agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka ultimately led to Flynn’s guilty plea on one count of making false statements regarding wiretapped communications with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn “clearly saw the FBI agents as allies” and was “relaxed and jocular,” according to the 302 prepared by the agents…

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Florida School-Massacre Panel: Arm Teachers! – WorldNetDaily
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Teachers should be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings, a panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday.

In a 13-1 vote, the Associated Press reported, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission urged the Legislature to allow the arming of teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training.

The panel concluded that having one or two police officers or armed guards on campus is not sufficient to stop the kind of shooting that took 17 lives in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

A Florida law already allows districts to arm non-teaching staff members such as principals, librarians and custodians…

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Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; Still Run $305.4 Billion Deficit – CNS

The federal government collected record total tax revenues of $458,653,000,000 in October and November, the first two months of fiscal 2019, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

Even with these record tax collections, however, the government still ran a deficit of $305,394,000,000 for the first two months of the fiscal year. That is because while collecting that record $458,653,000,000 in taxes, the government spent $764,046,000,000.

The record $458,853,000,000 in federal taxes in October and November was up $5,280,090,000 from the $453,372,910,000 in total taxes in constant November 2018 dollars that the federal government collected in October and November of fiscal 2018.

Although the total federal taxes collected in October and November set a record, individual income tax collections did not set a record. In October and November of last year, the federal government collected $231,465,760,000 in individual income taxes…

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Apple To Build $1 Billion Campus In Texas – Circa
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Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years will expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado.

The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a mile from existing Apple facilities, will open with 5,000 positions in engineering, research and development, operations, finance, sales and customer support.

The site, according to Apple, will have the capacity to eventually accommodate 15,000 employees. The three other new locations will have more than 1,000 employees each. Early this year, Apple said that it would make more than $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. over the next five years…

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Factory Robot Malfunctions And Skewers Chinese Worker With Ten, Foot-Long, Steel Spikes – Daily Mail

A factory worker was skewered with ten huge steel spikes after a rogue robot malfunctioned and impaled the man. The incident occurred in China and the man managed to survive after the robot’s arm fell onto him and plunged the spikes into his chest and arm.

Surgeons managed to removed the spikes from the 49-year-old known as Zhou, through emergency surgery. One of the robot’s pins was just 0.1 centimetres (0.04 inches) from a major artery.

Each of the sharp steel bars measured 30 centimetres (one foot) in length and 1.5 centimetres (0.59 inches) in diameter, according to a Chinese hospital which treated the factory worker.

The man is in stable condition, according to the Xiangya Hospital in Changsha. The victim works for a porcelain factory in Zhuzhou in southern China’s Hunan Province. It is said that the accident took place last Tuesday when Mr Zhou was working a night shift…

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Pentagon: U.S. Army Could Fund, Build Sections Of President Trump’s Border Wall – America One News
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The Pentagon has responded to President Trump’s suggestion the U.S. military could build the border wall.

In a statement Wednesday, the Defense Department said it currently has no plans to build the wall, but could take part in the construction of border projects in the near future.

The Defense Department said U.S. law allows the Pentagon to use its budget for border security purposes. This comes as Democrats refuse to meet the president’s funding requests for the project, prompting him to threaten a government shutdown.

“When you look at what happened with the caravans, with the people, with a lot – we shut it down, we had no choice, we shut it down,” stated President Trump…

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DHS: New Border Wall Stops “Violent Mob Of 1,000 People”; No Breaches – CNS

“Walls Work,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared Wednesday, highlighting how new wall in California successfully thwarted “a violent mob of 1,000 people” on Sunday – without a single breach:

“On Sunday when a violent mob of 1,000 people stormed our Southern border, we found the newly constructed portions of the wall to be very effective… All of the individuals were either apprehended or retreated into Mexico. That evening, the fence was repaired. There were no breaches along the newly constructed border wall areas.”

But, in places where wall had not yet been constructed, the outdated fencing was breached by the violent mob, which assaulted border agents, DHS reports:

“In the area of the breach, a group of people tore a hole in the old landing mat fence constructed decades ago and pushed across the border. U.S. Border Patrol agents who responded to the area ultimately dispersed the crowd, which had become assaultive, and apprehended several individuals.”…

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First Lady Melania Trump Visits With Service Members, Children In Hampton Roads – WAVY
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First Lady Melania Trump was in Hampton Roads on Wednesday morning visiting with troops and their families. Mrs. Trump made a quick stop at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. There were hundreds of service men and women in the crowd along with children from Bethel Manor and Burbank Elementary Schools.

The First Lady was met with cheers and lots of excitement as she took the stage.

“I’ve been teaching for a long time and when we told them, I’ve never heard kids scream louder than when we told them we were coming here,” said Michelle Rumschlag, a 5th grade teacher at Bethel Manor Elementary.

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Chinese Auto Sales Accelerate Historic Collapse, Set For First Annual Decline In 30 Years – Zero Hedge

Progress in the United States/China trade war seems to be happening at just the right time.

The automobile industry in China has been crippled, partly as a result of this trade war, partly due to the ongoing domestic economic slowdown in the mainland, and absent major subsidies – which don’t appear to be coming – the outlook for the rest of 2018 and 2019 is not promising. The collapse has been historic and according to new data, continued through November.

November data confirmed a continuation of the ugly trends that we discussed last month. For instance, passenger vehicle wholesales were down 16.1% on the year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. This data includes sedans, SUVs and crossover utility vehicles.

November vehicle wholesales were also down well into the double digits, dropping 13.9% to 2.55 million units year-over-year. Total retail passenger vehicles fell 18% on the year and SUV sales fell 20.6% year-over-year to 854,289 units, according to the Passenger Car Association…

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Trump Signs Order Aimed At Revitalizing Economically Distressed Communities – The Hill
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President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order aimed at helping economically distressed communities, building off a provision in his tax-cut law.

The order creates a White House panel dubbed the Opportunity and Revitalization Council, which will be led by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and consist of representatives from 13 federal agencies.

At a signing ceremony at the White House, Trump called the council a “very big thing” and said that the council will help utilize government resources to rebuild “impoverished neighborhoods that have been ignored by Washington in years past.”…

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British PM Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote Despite Brexit Chaos – Fox News

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of confidence in her leadership of her party Wednesday, but not until after a bruising challenge in which she reportedly promised she would step down before the next general election.

A leadership vote had been triggered after 48 Conservative Party MPs had written letters expressing no confidence in her leadership – 15 percent of the party’s members in the Commons.

But the vote of confidence of the broader bloc of Tory MPs went in her favor – with 200 MPs backing her leadership and 117 voting against her.

The victory means not only that May holds onto power, but also that now she cannot be formally challenged by her own party for a year. However, it also means that a third of her party voted against her, a factor that may only increase calls for her to step down in the coming months…

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Mueller’s Collusion Hoax Collapses – Conrad Black
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The sudden death of the unutterable nonsense of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government, announced as it was in the hand-off to the Southern New York U.S. Attorney of the shabby fruit of Michael Cohen’s plea bargaining, has divided onlookers into three communities of opinion.

The true believers in the collusion canard are left slack-jawed, like the international Left after the announcement of the Nazi-Soviet Pact: an immense fervor of faith is instantly destroyed; it is the stillness of a sudden and immense evaporation.

The professional Trump-haters, the Democratic Party assassination squads in the Congress and media, like disciplined soldiers, have swiveled with parade ground precision and resumed firing after a mere second to reload, at the equally fatuous nonsense about illegal campaign contributions…

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No, The Deficit Isn’t ‘Soaring’, And Yes, Tax Revenues Are At Record Highs – Investor’s Business Daily

Budget: In the first two months of the new fiscal year, tax revenues are up. But so is the deficit. Why? Because spending continues to outpace revenues. So why do tax cuts keep getting blamed?

The latest monthly budget report from the Congressional Budget Office shows the deficit jumping $102 billion in just the first two months of the new fiscal year.

That sure looks like the deficit is “soaring,” as one news outlet claimed. But as the CBO makes clear, almost all that deficit increase was the result of quirks of the calendar. Depending on where weekends fall, significant sums of spending can get shifted into different months.

A true apples-to-apples comparison, the CBO says, shows that the deficit climbed by just $13 billion.

So, no, the deficit is not soaring. Nor are tax cuts to blame for the relatively small increase so far this year. In fact, the CBO report shows that overall tax revenues climbed by $14 billion in the first two months of the year…

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Google Hosts Sharia Law App Enabling Muslims To Report Blasphemy And Heresy To The Police – PJ Media
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On December 7, 2018, the Google Play Store approved the latest version of “Smart Pakem,” an app that allows Muslims in Jakarta, the capital of the largest Muslim country on earth, to report violations of Sharia law such as blasphemy and even heresy.

The app allows users to report people who practice unrecognized religions or unorthodox interpretations of Indonesia’s six officially recognized faiths: Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Protestant Christianity, and Roman Catholic Christianity.

According to Google’s translation on the Google Play Store, “Smart Pakem” intends “to make it easier to find information and manage religion, belief flow and community organizations in the jurisdiction of DKI Jakarta,” the capital of Indonesia…

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Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers To Testify About Tax Crimes, Pay-For-Play – Zero Hedge

Following allegations of sloppy accounting, potential tax fraud and pay-to-play, the Clinton Foundation will be under a Congressional microscope this week after three whistleblowers have come forward and agreed to testify – one of whom secretly submitted 6,000 pages of documents to the IRS and FBI in August of 2017, and all three of whom have submitted various documents to Congressional investigators.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum on Monday night that there are three whistleblowers who have spent the past two years investigating the Clinton Foundation, and have “explosive” allegations which they will share during Thursday testimony on Capitol Hill.

MACCALLUM: OK. With regard to the investigation, which doesn’t get a lot of attention, into the Clinton foundation, the DOJ designated John Huber to look into this. They have 6,000 pages of evidence that they’ve gone through. The foundation raised $2.5 billion, and they’re looking into potential improprieties…

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Memo: FBI Recommended Michael Flynn Not Have Lawyer Present During Interview, Did Not Warn Of False Statement Consequences – Washington Examiner
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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau’s interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 – the interview that ultimately led to Flynn’s guilty plea on one count of making false statements – suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents.

In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was “relaxed” during the session.

The new information, drawn from McCabe’s account of events plus the FBI agents’ writeup of the interview – the so-called 302 report – is contained in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn’s defense team…

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Parasitic Leftists Update: California Drafting Plan To Tax Text Messages – Daily Wire

In California’s never-ending quest to tax everything, there are new reports that the liberal state may soon levy a tax on text messages.

California state regulators are working on a plan to charge cell phone users a fee for text messaging, all in the name of collecting taxpayer money to pay for programs to make phone service cheaper to low-income residents, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

No one yet knows how much cell phone users would be charged, but the News says the fee would “likely would be billed as a flat surcharge per customer – one of those irksome fees at the bottom of your wireless bill – not a fee per text.”

And cell phone users might have to retroactively pay the fee for the last five years.

Business groups, including the Bay Area Council, California Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Valley Leadership Group and others opposing the idea, calculated the new charges for wireless consumers could total about $44.5 million a year…

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President Trump Stands Firm On Wall Funding After Meeting With DemoNazis Schumer And Pelosi At White House – Daily Caller
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After a fiery Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Tuesday, the White House is standing firm in its demand for more border wall funding in a spending bill set to expire Dec. 21.

“President Trump had a constructive dialogue with Democrat Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, adding, “President Trump made clear that any government funding measure must include responsible border security, including a wall, to protect the American people from drugs, crime, terrorism, public health threats, and the severe straining of the social safety net.”

“So far, the Democrat Party has made clear they would rather keep the border open than the government open,” Sanders continued…

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“Your Time Is Up, White People”: South African Government Sets Date For White Farmers To Give Up Land Without Compensation – Gateway Pundit

South African lawmakers passed a proposal to change the country’s constitution to make land grabs legal. The government voted in agreement to take land from white farmers without compensation. This same plan turned South Africa’s neighbor Zimbabwe from a state of plenty to a starving state.

The parliament sang before voting to take white-owned land without compensation.

The Star reported:

The country’s National Assembly approved a proposal to change the constitution to make the so-called reforms legal in a vote of 183 to 77. This paves the way for land to be taken from farmers without giving any kind of compensation.

And now lawmakers have agreed to set up a committee that will write and introduce a new bill for land expropriations. A deadline of the end of March next year for the committee to present its first report to parliament has also been agreed…

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Everything You Need To Know About This Dog’s Breakfast Of A Brexit Fiasco – James Delingpole
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This Brexit is a dog’s breakfast of a cock-up of a disaster of a fiasco.

I’ve been looking for guidance from some wise columnist who can explain what is happening and then reassure me that it’s all going to be OK in the end.

But such a person does not exist for the simple reason that no one knows anything: everything is up in the air, everybody is lying, cheating or on manoeuvres, everyone is partisan and betraying their own biases and wishful thinking.

That’s why I feel free to offer my own hot takes on the issue, confident that no one can gainsay me because my guesses are as good as anyone else’s.

Here is where I think we are…

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