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Midwest bracing for more ‘unprecedented’ flooding that has shattered record-high river levels

People view the rising waters from the Platte and Missouri rivers which flooded areas of Plattsmouth, Neb., on Sunday.

In Atchison, Kansas, a city with a population of more than 10,000, businesses are reported to be piling up sandbags as the National Weather Service is forecasting river levels to reach 30 feet there later this week – something likely to prompt major flooding.

Some of the city’s residents have already left for higher ground.

Other communities in states like Nebraska are still reeling Monday from floods that swept through the region in recent days.

And serious flooding is expected to continue there over the next few days, despite river depths leveling off in some parts, the Associated Press is reporting.


Roseanne Barr returns to standup comedy stage with Andrew Dice Clay

Roseanne Barr, Andrew Dice Clay.
Roseanne Barr, Andrew Dice Clay.

The beleaguered Barr thanked Clay for “telling the truth,” which she said “is illegal nowadays.”

Clay — the first comedian to ever sell out Madison Square Garden despite being banned from MTV for life over his edgy material — and Barr received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the show, after which Clay posted a photo with Barr expressing his support for her.

“She hadn’t been on stage since she got fired from ABC, and last night made so many people laugh, and they loved her,” he wrote.

“We are the comedians of this crumbling world, but we are human and sometimes screw up … Our job is to keep you laughing amongst the [chaos] of a world going through pain.”


POLL: HALF OF AMERICANS BELIEVE TRUMP IS THE VICTIM OF A ‘WITCH HUNT’

The poll, conducted by USA TODAY/Suffolk University, asked 1,000 registered voters about their views on the Mueller investigation as the special counsel is expected to soon deliver his final report to Attorney General Bill Barr.

Fifty percent of voters said that they believe Mueller’s investigation is a “witch hunt,” agreeing with Trump’s constant assertions that he is being investigated over politics rather than credible allegations of wrongdoing.

Just 28 percent of those surveyed said they have trust in Mueller’s ability to be fair and accurate in his investigation, the lowest level polled to date.


California psychiatrist’s body found in trunk of car, died of blunt-force injury, police say

Dr. Thomas Burchard
Dr. Thomas Burchard was found dead in his car earlier this month. (CHOMP)

Thomas Burchard’s body was discovered March 7 near the entrance to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said.

The Clark County’s Coroner’s Office said Thursday the 71-year-old Salinas, California native’s death could officially be ruled a homicide, but police added no one had been arrested in his death, according to the newspaper.

Burchard’s body was found after a passerby noticed that a parked vehicle had a rock thrown through one of the windows, police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said.


Woman shot herself in the head while cuffed with hands behind her back during traffic stop, police say

19-year-old Sarah Wilson,
19-year-old Sarah Wilson, pictured left, shot herself through the mouth while handcuffed last year, according to police (Facebook)

Police said they handcuffed Wilson and, while attempting to apprehend her boyfriend, 27-year-old Holden Medlin, he became combative and ran away from the scene.

Cops then reportedly left Wilson handcuffed with her hands behind her back as they ran to catch Medlin.

While unattended, police say, she was able to grab a weapon out of the Lexus, “contorted” her body and shot herself through the mouth.

An internal investigation was launched after her death, which has since been concluded, though police have declined to comment on its outcome.

A medical examiner confirmed on Thursday that Wilson died of a suicide — but friends and family continue to doubt the official story.


Charges against 3 Dallas officers dropped in arrest death

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office dropped the misdemeanor deadly conduct charges against Sgt. Kevin Mansell and Officers Danny Vasquez and Dustin Dillard.

Their cases arose from the death of Anthony Timpa , who was arrested for erratic behavior and later died at a hospital. Police say the 32-year-old was combative.


Judge OKs evidence of prior drive-by in cop’s homicide case

A judge Monday allowed testimony at the trial of Michael Rosfeld regarding the drive-by shooting that involved the vehicle in which 17-year-old Rose was a passenger. The trial begins Tuesday.

Rosfeld’s lawyer has said Rose’s shooting was justified.

Allegheny County Judge Alexander Bicket isn’t letting jurors hear details about a robbery that Rosfeld’s lawyer says involved Rose before the drive-by incident and before his fatal shooting.


NY Self-Help Guru Keith Raniere Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Keith Raniere, second from right, attends a court hearing in Brooklyn, New York on April 13, 2018. Photographer: Elizabeth Williams/AP Photo

Keith Raniere was charged last week with exploiting a child and possessing child pornography.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of operating a secret society within his NXIVM group that forced women “slaves” to have unwanted sex with him and branded them with his initials.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza told a judge on Monday that the government is in “active plea negotiations” with Allison Mack, best known for playing a teenage friend of Superman on the “Smallville” TV series, and two other defendants in the sex-trafficking case.

Additionally, defense attorney Mark Geragos said that his client, Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman, will be asking for a separate trial on charges she bank-rolled the Albany-based group that has been compared to a cult. Bronfman and Mack have previously denied the charges.

“We don’t need to be the collateral damage,” Geragos said.

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Drunk driver reports drunk driver, cops arrest both

(Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit)

Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit posted pictures of the cars on Twitter, adding: “You couldn’t make this up. Very minor collision at the junction causing no damage.

“One driver suspects the other is drunk so quite rightly calls us.

“Forgetting he is also drunk. Both arrested. One blew 40 and the other 78. Charged to court.”


Todd Starnes: Sex offender reads to kids at library’s drag queen story time — How the heck did that happen?

It turns out the public library failed to conduct a background check on Garza.

“In our review of our process and of this participant, we discovered that we failed to complete a background check as required by our own guidelines,” the library said in a statement.

“We deeply regret this oversight and the concern this may cause our customers. We realize this is a serious matter.”

Parents may have never known their children were placed in danger had it not been for the work of Houston MassResistance, a pro-family activist group.

They did what the library failed to do – they conducted a background check.

Last year Houston parents filed a lawsuit to stop Drag Queen Storytime, but a federal judge dismissed the case in January.


ACLU Sues to Allow Kentucky Planned Parenthood to Kill Babies With Down Syndrome in Abortions

Democratic Kentucky Sen. Reggie Thomas said pro-life lawmakers should support funding for education and social services rather than attack women’s reproductive rights.

“If you want to be pro-family … let’s fund public education so every child in this state can have a quality education … Let’s fix our broken welfare system and health care system,” Thomas said, Cincinnati Public Radio reported.

Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin responded to the news of the coming lawsuit with a tweet staunchly defending the bill.

Politics:


HOGAN WAITING UNTIL MUELLER REPORT DROPS TO DECIDE ON TRUMP PRIMARY CHALLENGE

Hogan is a widely popular Republican governor in a generally liberal state who has strayed from the president on many turns since his election.

“I’m for a bigger tent, for coming up with ideas and solutions that can reach a wider audience,” Hogan said, adding, “I appeal to Republicans because my message is: I haven’t abandoned my principles. I’ve just said let’s deal in the art of the possible.”

Hogan will face stiff criticism from within the Republican National Party with GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel saying at the Conservative Political Action Committee that anybody who challenges Trump “will lose horribly.

“What would any Republican be thinking saying, ‘This is a guy I’m going to run against?” McDaniel said. “So have at it, go ahead, waste your money, waste your time and go ahead and lose.”

Venezuelans Who’ve Fled Socialism Shred D.C. Protesters Who Support Maduro’s Regime

Hundreds of protesters descended on D.C. at Lafayette Square near the White House on Saturday to show their support for Venezuela’s embattled socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro.

The “Hands Off Venezuela” protesters are not only against any sort of intervention in Venezuela, but many actually believe Maduro is a good leader.

Now dozens of Venezuelans who’ve fled socialism crashed the rally to educate the protesters about the true horrors of socialism and Maduro.

GOP senators present plan for budget neutral paid family leave

The birth or adoption of a child is a happy experience for all families, but for millions of working moms and dads affording the time off to spend with their newborns is a much more complicated picture.

Some members of Congress now think they may have a solution. One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.


Joe Manchin won’t support LGTBQ protection bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.),Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The West Virginia senator, perhaps the most conservative Democrat in Congress, said that he believes the bill should allow more local control after talking to officials in his state.

“I strongly support equality for all people and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. No one should be afraid of losing their job or losing their housing because of their sexual orientation,” Manchin said.

“I am not convinced that the Equality Act as written provides sufficient guidance to the local officials who will be responsible for implementing it, particularly with respect to students transitioning between genders in public schools.”

Sen. Graham promises Senate Judiciary hearings on FISA warrant process

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said his panel will soon turn its focus to abuses of the FISA warrant process and evidence that the Obama-era Justice Department may have sought to undermine the Trump presidency before it began.

One America’s Jordan Clifford has more.


Court Victory Against Deep State FBI

U.S. District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper for the District of Columbia has agreed with that the FBI did not adequately search for records related to the removal and reassignment of Peter Strzok from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team. He was a former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI.

In granting our request, Judge Cooper ordered the FBI to further search their records.  (The original, deficient search had only returned 14 pages.)

The order comes in the December 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit we filed after the DOJ failed to respond to and August 17, 2017, request (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Federal Bureau of Investigation (No. 1:17-cv-02682)). Judicial Watch seeks:

World News:


Netherlands tram shooting leaves 1 dead, ‘multiple’ wounded, police say

Ambulances are seen next to a tram after a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday. (AP)

Authorities launched a manhunt for the shooter following the incident that occurred around 10:45 a.m. local time in the Dutch city of Utrecht, located about 22 miles southeast of Amsterdam.

A gunman reportedly opened fire near 24 Oktoberplein junction, leaving “multiple people injured” before fleeing the scene.

Heavily armed anti-terror officers gathered in front of an apartment block close to the scene of the attack hours after the deadly shooting had occurred.


Over 1,000 feared dead after cyclone slams into Mozambique

Speaking to state Radio Mozambique, Nyusi said Monday, March 18 that although the official death count is currently 84, he believes the toll will be more than 1,000. (Denis Onyodi/IFRC via AP)

“It is a real disaster of great proportions,” President Filipe Nyusi said.

Cyclone Idai could prove to be the deadliest storm in generations to hit the impoverished southeast African country of 30 million people.

It struck Beira, an Indian Ocean port city of a half-million people, late Thursday and then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi with strong winds and heavy rain.

But it took days for the scope of the disaster to come into focus in Mozambique, which has a poor communication and transportation network and a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy.


Media Silence Surrounds Muslim Massacre of Christians

The mosque attacks were indeed a horrific affair and worthy of universal condemnation.

Presidents, prime ministers, royalty, and religious leaders rushed to extend their condolences to victims and their families — as well they should — while decrying the hate that purportedly motivated the shootings.

Without exception, the mainstream media gave top billing to the shootings, with newspapers carrying the story on their front pages and television news channels leading off their broadcasts with the story.

The bizarre aspect of the coverage was not, in fact, the attention paid to a heinous crime committed in New Zealand, but the absolute silence surrounding the simultaneous massacre of scores of Christians by Muslim militants in Africa.


CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION AND GENOCIDE IS WORSE NOW THAN “ANY TIME IN HISTORY,” REPORT SAYS

A member of the Syrian Arab-Kurdish forces places a cross in the rubble ahead of a Christmas celebration at the heavily damaged Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs in Raqqa, Syria. GETTY IMAGES

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The report examined the plight of Christians in China, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Turkey over the period lasting from 2015 until 2017.

The research showed that in that time, Christians suffered crimes against humanity, and some were hanged or crucified.

The report found that Saudi Arabia was the only country where the situation for Christians did not get worse, and that was only because the situation couldn’t get any worse than it already was.


China Says 13,000 Xinjiang ‘Terrorists’ Have Been Arrested Since 2014

The lengthy report said the government’s efforts have curbed religious extremism but as in past statements, gave little evidence of what crimes had occurred.

The far northwestern region is closed to outsiders, but former residents and activists abroad say Muslim identity itself is punished.

Criticism has grown over China’s internment of an estimated 1 million members of the Uighur (WEE-gur) and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups.

China describes the camps as vocational training centers and says participation is voluntary.

Former detainees say they were held in abusive conditions, forced to renounce Islam and swear allegiance to China’s ruling Communist Party.


Christchurch shootings: Erdogan criticised for showing NZ video

Mr Erdogan said part of gun suspect Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto was to keep Turks from Europe.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters told Turkish officials showing the video was “unfair” and endangered his country’s citizens abroad.

Sunday’s rallies were aimed at galvanising support among his conservative power base ahead of a local election at the end of this month.

The prime motive was to condemn global Islamophobia – along with the West’s response to it – and to criticise political opponents inside Turkey as weak.

Tech Watch:


Facebook can’t find enough local news for its local news service

Facebook hoped to help people across the US stay more informed about local news, information and events when it launched its Today In feature in November.

Facebook isn’t the only reason hundreds of outlets have bitten the dust. Consolidation and mergers have played a role, but the likes of Facebook and Google have certainly been key factors.

Approximately 1,800 papers have shut down in the US since around the time Facebook came online 15 years ago, and it seems barely a week goes by without layoffs in the media industry.

Local and hyperlocal news sites have sprung up in various locations (including networks such as Patch), but that doesn’t seem to have been enough to fill the gaps left by the death of print media in many parts of the country.


Conservatives face a tough fight as Big Tech’s censorship expands

To address this problem, Hawley proposed adding a viewpoint neutrality requirement for platforms that benefit from Section 230’s protections, which were originally enacted to protect the internet as “a forum for a true diversity of political discourse.”

“Google and Facebook should not be a law unto themselves,” Hawley declared.

“They should not be able to discriminate against conservatives. They should not be able to tell us we need to sit down and shut up!”

It’s high time other conservative politicians started heeding Hawley’s warnings, because the logical endpoint of Big Tech’s free rein is far more troubling than conservative meme warriors losing their Twitter accounts.

As we’re already starting to see, what starts with social media censorship can quickly lead to banishment from such fundamental services as transportation, online payments and banking.

Commentary/Opinion:

Swamp Watch: Beto O’Rourke

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Steve takes a look at the Irishman who just threw his hat into the Democratic presidential primary for 2020.

DivestU

It’s no longer a secret that many college campuses today are nothing more than leftist indoctrination camps.

But what can we do about it?

Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, offers a simple and effective solution.


Donna Brazile: Why I am excited to join Fox News and take part in a civil – and sensible – debate

The 2020 presidential election is a consequential moment in American democracy.

Everything we believe in as Americans will be examined and, in essence, ratified by our votes.

But it concerns me, as it does the majority of good Americans, that our national debate has become hostile and disrespectful. We no longer simply agree to disagree.

Too often we demonize the intentions of others. Our lines of communication are frayed, if not broken.

In order for us to best decide as a people how to better protect and preserve our way of life, we need to first be able to hear what others are saying without the filter of bias and contempt.

Not until we once again become practiced at treating those of differing views with civility and respect can we begin to join together to solve the myriad of problems our country must overcome.


Tulsi Gabbard Poignantly Discusses America’s Devastating Regime-Change Wars

Tulsi reminds me of the ideal person to deliver that eulogy I’d hoped I would never have to hear, the one that comes back to me on those rainy, bourbon days.

When she speaks about democracy, when she speaks of spirit and kindness and standing up for those you care about, when she delivers her message with the poise of a soldier and the heart of friend, I believe her. She is genuine.

Now before you skip right to blasting me in the comments, pause. I don’t agree with her on many issues, particularly economic ones. When she says, “Aloha is the recognition that we are all children of God,” I seek refuge in the lashing wit of Christopher Hitchens.

I don’t agree that all our systems are designed to reward the powerful, but I do believe the powerful game those systems to their advantage.

Those systems include the courts, large corporations, universities, and law firms that are so formidable the working class has no shot against them.

We’re left to pout about our problems on social media and hope something we say is clever enough on a slow news day to gain some traction and win us a few crumbs before they shut the gates.


Judge Jeanine’s constitutionally correct question about sharia law

It was the late Justice Antonin Scalia who raised the profile of the intellectual, constitutional debate about foreign law and its influence on American legal interpretation.

Scalia and other originalists have recognized the First Amendment right of Muslims to practice their faith.

That issue, however, is distinct from whether foreign law may be used to construe or influence American law under our Constitution, which is our fundamental and paramount law governing government itself.

The question of whether sharia or any foreign laws, including those from socialist regimes, may be used to dilute or even construe American constitutional law is fundamental to our national political debate.

Andrew McCarthy wrote in 2016, “[F]oreign policy of the United States has for a generation proceeded on the absurd assumption that sharia and Western liberalism are perfectly, seamlessly compatible.”

This absurdity is only advanced in suppressing legitimate debate.

A recent conversation I had with my new Muslim friend — coincidentally, on a visit to the Fox News studios — affirms that there is no inconsistency in what Judge Jeanine asked.

He said, “So many Americans complain, but they don’t know how lucky they are,” referring to God’s blessings.

We may have a different faith about what God directs, but my new Muslim friend clearly appreciates America’s freedoms and benefits under our Constitution, unlike so many politically correct American malcontents.

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