Here are the News and Headlines at 4:30 this morning. Scroll down for the rest and the latests News and Headlines, Commentary and more for the day.
“Smoke billows as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London, Britain June 14, 2017. “
“Londoners have reacted with horror to a towering fire that has burned a 27-story tower block in the West of the city “through to its very core” on Wednesday, killing six people and putting more than 50 in hospital. “
“London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton described the blaze in a statement as an “unprecedented incident;” the worst she had seen in a 29-year career. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said more than 250 firefighters, over 100 medics and 100 police officers had attended the scene.
Tim Downie, an eyewitness, told the BBC part of the building was “completely burned away”. More here.> LONDONERS REACT WITH HORROR AS ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ BLAZE BURNS TOWER BLOCK ‘TO ITS VERY CORE’
“Islamist militants control about 20 percent of the southern Philippines town of Marawi, a top general said on Tuesday, more than twice the area the military cited last week, suggesting that an end to the bloody three-week siege is not at hand.
The Islamic State militant group’s (ISIS) news agency, Amaq, said the Philippines military had “completely failed” to regain the Muslim-majority city, which hundreds of fighters allied to the ultra-radical group tried to seize and seal off on May 23.
“ISIS fighters are spread in more than two-thirds of Marawi and tighten the chokehold on the Philippine army that is incapable of maintaining control of the situation,” it said.” More here.> ISIS-Linked Militants Retain Significant Proportion Philippines Town of Marawi After Three-Week Siege
“Marawi (Philippines) (AFP) – Islamist militants holding parts of a Philippine city are killing civilians who try to flee while using others as orderlies and cooks, authorities said Tuesday after the gunmen boasted of executions.
There are up to 1,000 people still trapped in the parts of Marawi city that the militants control, the government said, three weeks after fighting erupted with gunmen going on a rampage and flying black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group.” More here.> ISIS-backed militants are reportedly executing and enslaving civilians in the Philippines
“The man arrested in the killings of an Ohio mother and her two adult daughters is suspected in the slaying of another couple murdered in their own home, officials said.
A SWAT team nabbed George Brinkman after a seven-hour standoff at a Brunswick home came to an end at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Brunswick Police Department said.
Brinkman, who authorities described as a squatter, was allegedly armed and refused to surrender.
He was Tasered and brought to an area hospital, officials said.” More here.> Suspect in Killings of Mom and Her 2 Daughters Believed to Be Behind New Murders: Cops
“Megyn Kelly is less than one month into her new role at NBC News, and much of the glowing national media coverage that she enjoyed as a star at Fox News has suddenly dimmed.
On Tuesday, Kelly released a statement responding to critics, many of them in the media, who disapproved of her upcoming interview with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.” More here.> Megyn Kelly falls out of favor with the mainstream
“Otto Warmbier, an American university student held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months and said by his family to be in a coma, was medically evacuated from the reclusive country after a rare visit there from a high-level U.S. official.
Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, arrived in the United States on Tuesday evening, witnesses said.”
His release came after Joseph Yun, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy on North Korea, traveled to Pyongyang and demanded Warmbier’s release on “humanitarian grounds,” capping a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts, a U.S. official said.
Warmbier’s parents, Fred and Cindy, confirmed their son was on a medevac flight.
“Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016,” the parents said in a statement. “We learned of this only one week ago. We want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime in North Korea.” More here.> High-level U.S. visit leads North Korea to free student in coma
In the News:
“Congress baseball gunman was a Trump-hating Bernie supporter: Hero cops kill white Illinois man, 66, who opened fire on Republican lawmakers on the President’s birthday, leaving five injured”
- James Hodgkinson, 66, died in hospital after being shot by Capitol Police at the baseball field in Virginia
- He was a staunch Democrat who documented his hatred for President Trump on social media pages
“The gunman who was killed by cops after opening fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, the president’s 71st birthday, was a Trump-hating Democrat and Bernie Sanders supporter with a long criminal history.
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois, was killed by Capitol Police after firing up to 100 rounds from an assault rifle at a baseball park in Alexandria, Virginia, leaving five injured including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise at 7am on Wednesday.
Scalise’s condition worsened throughout the afternoon and was deemed critical by hospital staff after he he was released from emergency surgery on his hip.
Two Capitol Police officers were shot as they bravely returned fire on Hodgkinson while the lawmakers scrambled across the field to safety. Congressional staffer Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika were shot but both are expected to recover.” Pictures, Videos and More here.> They were injured along with lobbyist Matt Mika and congressional staffer Zachary Barth but all are expected to recover
“President Donald Trump called for unity in the wake of a shooting at a congressional baseball practice that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others on Wednesday, after clearing his public schedule to focus on the incident.”
AMERICANS ‘STRONGEST WHEN WE ARE UNIFIED,’ TRUMP SAYS
Speaking to the country after the shooting in Alexandria, Va., Trump appealed for unity and also announced that the suspect had died from injuries.
“We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good,” Trump said.” More here.> President urges unity after shooting at Congressional baseball practice
“United Airlines issued an apology Tuesday after a video was released of a Houston-based employee pushing a 71-year-old passenger to the floor during an argument over a ticket. The man was left lying there motionless.
The confrontation took place about two years ago but was detailed in a lawsuit filed last week in Harris County, Tex. The airline is still facing fallout over an incident with David Dao, a passenger who was violently dragged off a flight in Chicago in April.” Video and more here.> United apologizes after video shows employee pushing 71-year-old passenger to floor
“A Texas woman who was freed from a life sentence last year after President Obama granted her clemency is behind bars again.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Carol Denise Richardson, 49, was arrested for theft in Pasadena, a Houston suburb, and violated other conditions imposed when she was released from prison.” More here.> Texas woman freed from life sentence by President Obama is back in prison
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — “Five people, including the head of Michigan’s health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires’ disease.
Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking member of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of how the city’s water system became poisoned after officials tapped the Flint River in 2014.” More her.> HEALTH CHIEF, 4 OTHERS CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN FLINT
Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump Happy birthday to U.S. ARMY and our soldiers. Thank you for your bravery, sacrifices, & dedication. Proud to be your Commander-in-Chief!
“Fox & Friends” on Wednesday wished President Trump a happy 71st birthday.
The morning news show, believed to be one of Trump’s favorite TV shows, sent him birthday wishes on Twitter and on the air.
Trump is the oldest US president, beating President Reagan by eight months.” > ‘Fox & Friends’ wishes Trump a happy birthday
“Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. All across the country, Americans are having their lives forever changed by criminal aliens. Watch the moving stories below.”> Examples of Serious Crimes by Illegal Aliens
“The fact that the Trump administration has not acted on its campaign promise to halt the DACA temporary amnesty has resulted in a resurgence of speculation that the administration may be amenable to adopting a full-scale amnesty. Some reports have identified DACA recipients and some other illegal aliens from Central America with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as candidates for legal status in exchange for some measures of increased enforcement against illegal immigration such as mandatory work eligibility verification (E-Verify) and border barrier construction.
What appears to be missing from this speculation is the underlying conviction held by most Americans that immigration is welcome only if it is moderate and within legal provisions. The lesson that must be remembered from the 1986 amnesty (IRCA) was that amnesty may have the effect of increasing illegal immigration especially when new measures that are supposed to counteract it are exposed as being toothless.” More here.> GROWING AMNESTY SPECULATION COULD LEAD TO REPEATING PAST FOLLIES
“Illegal aliens who entered the United States as minors are getting amnesty from the Trump administration at a rate that mirrors the Obama years. The latest government data show some 17,000 new two-year amnesties, under President Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were issued and more than 107,000 renewal applications were approved in the first quarter of 2017.
Hey, it’s for the kids, right?
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services report, released on a day when James Comey’s Senate testimony sucked all the oxygen out of the news cycle, didn’t get much media attention. But the numbers are noteworthy.
USCIS’s continued soft treatment of DACA “youth” flies in the face of Trump’s pledge to reform and tighten the U.S. immigration system.” More here.> TRUMP TO DACA RECIPIENTS: DREAM ON
“In another assault on public safety and commonsense, a national coalition of immigration enthusiasts is pushing “no-cash bail” policies to spring criminal aliens from local lockups.
The jailbreak is led by the Fair Punishment Project and two migrant-defense organizations that bemoan President Donald Trump’s “barbaric immigration policies.”
The group’s report – “The Promise of Sanctuary Cities and the Need for Criminal Justice Reforms in an Era of Mass Deportation” – never uses the term “illegal immigrants” in its 35 pages. Nor does it offer any evidence that America is in an era of mass deportation. But the study lumps illegal alien criminals in with garden-variety offenders who are, it is asserted, abused by the American criminal-justice system.” More here.> DEALING GET-OUT-OF-JAIL-FREE CARDS TO ILLEGALS
“Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton on whether James Comey had evidence that Loretta Lynch was trying to protect former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.” Did Loretta Lynch try to protect Clinton?
Judicial Watch: Defense Department and CIA Appear to Have Misled the Court in Lawsuit Seeking Memos Justifying bin Laden Raid
Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department for Records about Forcing Corporations to Fund Leftist Groups
“Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate former attorney general Loretta Lynch instructing James Comey to mislead the public about the Clinton email investigation.” More here.> Dem Senator Wants Investigation Into Lynch Interference On Clinton Email Investigation
“A broad rout in tech stocks has taken place since Friday. Apparently, some investors seemed to think that after the spectacular gains they’d made so far in 2017, it was time to sell.
Among those taking it on the chin as a result of declining tech stock prices: Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, who both lost billions over the period.
The Amazon founder and CEO saw his net worth decline from approximately $86.5 billion to $82.8 billion according to Bloomberg data, while Facebook founder Zuckerberg has lost $2.5 billion to see his net worth fall to $63.5 billion. Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Oracle’s Larry Ellison, have also seen significant declines.” More here.> Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg Each Lost More Than $2 Billion Since Friday
Commentary / Opinion:
“If the left, the politicians and the climate change alarmist would ever get over themselves and the Alinsky style propaganda and attacks people might actually listen and get more involved.” More here.> The most reasonable thing I ever heard about “Climate Change”and the Paris Climate Accord.
A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: A First-person Account Of Depression…And Faith
WASHINGTON– “ProEnglish, the nation’s leading advocate for preserving English as the nation’s common language, says Sunday’s non-binding Puerto Rico referendum was rigged by Gov. Ricardo Rosello to indicate pro-statehood sentiment— even though less than one-in-four voters participated. “Besides,” says ProEnglish Chairman Dr. Rosalie P. Porter, “any legislative attempt by the island commonwealth to become the 51st state must stipulate that English become its primary official language of the government, courts and school system. The island is predominantly Spanish-speaking.” More here.> Puerto Rico Referendum ‘Rigged to Favor Statehood’; English Must Be PRIMARY Official Language for State
“What did you expect?
“Julius Caesar,” dressed and looking on purpose like Donald Trump, is knifed to death nightly in a New York theater presentation lauded by CNN as “a masterpiece.”
Tom Perez, the head of the Democratic National Committee, says “Republican leaders and President Trump don’t give a sh*t about the people they were trying to hurt.”
That noted political philosopher, Madonna, thinks a lot about blowing up the White House.
Words have weight. And now, a former campaign volunteer for Bernie Sanders has used violence to express his feelings. The scale on which he stepped registers the weight of guilt.” More here.> Scalise shooting: Of course this was going to happen