CINCINNATI (AP) — “At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the course of World War II.
Now the sole survivor of the original 80-member group, Cole recalls the excitement of learning the bombing target they had been secretly training for was Japan itself.” More here. 75 years after the Doolittle Raid, the last survivor remembers how the US struck back at Japan in WWII
In other News:
“The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared poised to expand religious rights and potentially narrow the separation of church and state after liberal and conservative justices alike signalled support for a church denied Missouri taxpayer funds for a playground project.” More here. U.S. justices lean towards church in key religious rights case
“For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands, two U.S. officials told Fox News.” More here. Russian bombers again fly near Alaska
“It’s time for Republican leaders to come together and build consensus on the major Trump agenda items” Video here. Hannity to Republicans in Congress: Get back to work
“Fox News is cutting ties with Bill O’Reilly, the biggest star in its 20-year history, after mounting allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior prompted the network to end his program.
“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations,” parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement, “the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” More here. Fox News drops Bill O’Reilly in wake of harassment allegations
For the most information on the subject go here. Signed, sealed, delivered, he’s out: Murdoch and sons announce that Bill O’Reilly will NOT be returning to Fox News as the disgraced host meets the Pope on vacation with his son in Rome
Taxes / IRS:
“For years, federal employee unions have enjoyed a government subsidy that enables their members to perform union duties while being paid by the taxpayer.” More here. Report: Taxpayers Potentially Paid Thousands of Union Officials
“Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, recently issued guidance that directs federal agencies to find ways to, in part, “reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce” and “Develop a plan to maximize employee performance.”
A good start toward fulfilling this directive would be to get rid of federal employees who do not perform any public duties but still are paid a government salary. Believe it or not, there are a surprising number of federal employees that don’t do any government work. Maximizing employee performance cannot be achieved without requiring federal employees to do the job they were hired to do.: More here. Stop Paying Federal Employees to Perform Union Business
“The Trump administration is prompting a lot of change in Washington. Now, there’s a new call to get to the bottom of the corruption inside the Internal Revenue Service’s well- coordinated scheme to target conservative organizations.” More here. Lois Lerner got off easy in the IRS scandal. It’s time to reexamine the targeting of conservatives
“a recent case from Santa Clara, California, illustrates the reality of what happens when the sanctuary city mentality corrupts the justice system.
The Daily Beast has the story of Abhishek Gattani, an immigrant who is the CEO of a startup company there. Gattani was arrested after his wife Neha Rastogi went to police with a recording of him beating her. Gattani was charged with felony assault and other charges.
However, the Beast says that the charges were lowered to a non-violent felony due to a no-deportation policy by the Santa Clara District Attorney.” More here. SANCTUARY POLICIES CORRUPT LAW ENFORCEMENT
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses the danger posed the Central American MS-13 gang to Americans, its history in the US and the plan to beat them, saying ‘We’re going after them!” More here on Tucker. AG Sessions: Open, lawless border a factor in rise of MS-13
CHARLOTTE, NC (The Charlotte Observer) – “Four Charlotte-area members of the El Salvadoran gang MS-13 were convicted on Tuesday of federal racketeering charges.” More here. ILLEGAL ALIEN GANG MEMBERS CONVICTED IN LARGE-SCALE RACKETEERING CASE
WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Federal Reserve said Wednesday the U.S. economy kept expanding in the early spring, with tight labor markets and many businesses reporting rising wages.
In its latest survey of economic conditions nationwide, the central bank found that it’s 12 regional banks all depicted growth as either “modest or moderate” from mid-March through early April. The strength came from consumer spending, tourism, housing construction and manufacturing.
The report said businesses reported tight labor markets with more job turnover and bigger wage increases for workers whose skills were in short supply.” More here. Fed survey finds moderate economic growth in spring
Wow, talk about corruption. Lengthy but well worth the read by Sharyl Attkisson.
You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one. Please note: temporal proximity of events doesn’t necessarily imply a connection. More here. Obama-era Surveillance Timeline