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News and Headlines. 7/26/2017

Big News day, lots In The News section. Don’t stop there though scroll down for World News, Government Corruption, Immigration News, Economy News and more. Wow, wonders never cease. “The elusive new species, named the Hoodwinker Sunfish, was found by a team of experts from Australia’s Murdoch University.

The giant fish, which had eluded discovery for centuries, was uncovered by Marianne Nyegaard, a doctoral student at Murdoch University’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences. 

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Nyegaard spent four years searching for the fish, which like other sunfish species, can weigh more than two tons and grow to more than 9.8 feet in length. The quest began after she noticed genetic differences in sunfish samples from the Australian and New Zealand longline fishery.” More here.> Stunning sunfish discovery: Researchers find new species

In the News:

“A newborn was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after his teenage father abandoned him in a Northern California strip-mall parking lot, police said.

The father, Daniel Mitchell, 18, drove into the lot in Suisun City on Monday, removed a car seat holding the 16-day-old boy, put it on the ground and left, police said after viewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses.” More here.> Dad arrested after allegedly leaving 16-day-old son in California parking lot

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — “A Mississippi man charged with killing a deputy, his mother-in-law and six others who were his relatives or acquaintances is due in court on Wednesday.

Willie Cory Godbolt has been jailed without bond since his arrest May 28, shortly after the fatal shootings that started after witnesses say Godbolt was arguing with his estranged wife.

The killings May 27 and 28 occurred at three homes in and around the south Mississippi city of Brookhaven, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Jackson. A deputy responded to a disturbance call at Godbolt’s in-laws’ home, and the shootings started there.” More here.> Man accused of killing deputy, 7 others due in court

Mississippi police kill man serving warrant at wrong house

Two Omaha police officers will face assault charges in the death of a mentally ill man who was shocked with a stun gun a dozen times and repeatedly punched, even after he was on the ground, a Nebraska prosecutor said Wednesday.” More here.> 2 Nebraska officers face assault charges in man’s death

Aide for Rep. Wasserman Schultz arrested trying to leave country

Republicans look for California House wins in 2018 midterms

July 26 (UPI) — “The U.S. Senate narrowly voted Tuesday to move ahead with efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — with only Republicans supporting the measure — but hours later rejected a bill that would have accomplished the long-held GOP goal.” More here.> Senate votes to advance GOP healthcare reform, first GOP bill fails

July 25 (UPI) — “The Justice Department announced Tuesday it won’t give grant money to cities unless they allow immigration officials access to jails and alert the federal government when someone facing deportation is released from custody.

The move follows through on Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ threat to start cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities for not complying with federal attempts to deport undocumented immigrants.” More here.> Justice Department to withhold grants from sanctuary cities

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci lit into leakers in the White House, threatening to “fire everybody” to stop the leaks.

“If I got to get this thing down to me and Sarah Huckabee, then the leaking will stop,” he told White House reporters including Breitbart News in the White House driveway as he entered the West Wing on Tuesday morning.

Scaramucci signaled that there would be no tolerance for leaking, asserting that he had authority from the president to fire whoever he thought necessary.” More here.> No One is Safe: Anthony Scaramucci Torches White House Leakers

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon announce several criminal leak investigations, Fox News has learned.

A U.S. official familiar with the discussions said Tuesday that the planned announcement surrounding stepped-up efforts on leak investigations has “been in the works for some time and will most likely happen sometime in the next week.” More here.> Sessions to announce investigations into intelligence leaks: source

Trump: Crowd in Ohio ‘broke all records’

Trump to donate second quarter salary to Department of Education

Pres. Trump To Speak To Student Delegates, Deliver Announcement Regarding U.S. Jobs

Trump just announced a ban on transgender people in the US military

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“The White House on Wednesday said that President Trump wants to “protect all Americans,” adding that the decision to bar transgender people from serving in America’s armed forces is based on “military readiness.”

“The president has a lot of support for all Americans and wants to protect all Americans at all times,” incoming White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing. “I think the president has made very clear he is fighting for all Americans.”

“This was a decision about military readiness,” she added. “Once again, this decision is based on what is best for the military. It’s obviously a very difficult decision. It’s not a simple one.” Go here for the latest updates.> The White House said Trump’s ban on transgender people serving is for ‘military readiness’

“The Texas state Senate early Wednesday gave final approval to a bill restricting public restroom access for transgender people. The legislation now moves on to the House, where it faces opposition.

The bill, which passed 21-10, shortly after midnight local time, is similar to one that North Carolina enacted into law in 2016, but repealed a year later because of boycotts and other organized reactions from the law’s opponents.

The Republican-controlled Senate in Texas approved a proposal mandating that transgender people use public restrooms based on the sex listed on their birth certificate or other forms of ID issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Tribune reported.” More here.> Texas ‘bathroom bill’ advances after Senate vote

Maryland man found guilty in killing of transgender woman

Traces of weed killer were found in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

From Seattle Times: “A 65-year-old transgender woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1990 slayings of three women who worked as prostitutes.

Donna Perry was sentenced in Spokane County Superior Court. Perry was known as Douglas Perry before undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2000, which prosecutors contended was done to avoid suspicion in the deaths.

She was convicted in the killings of Yolanda Sapp, 26, Nickie Lowe, 34, and Kathy Brisbois, 38. They were all shot during a four-month span in 1990.

The cases were unsolved until 2012, when Perry was convicted in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Her DNA was entered into a national database and linked to the victims.” More here.> Man who underwent “gender reassignment” surgery to foil detectives sentenced to life for three Spokane-area slayings

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — “Ohio put a child killer to death Wednesday, carrying out the state’s first execution after a 3½-year delay and signaling the possible resumption of capital punishment in the state.

Ronald Phillips was executed by lethal injection without any of the complications that marred the state’s last execution and caused the governor to pause scheduled executions.

Phillips was sentenced to die for the 1993 rape and killing of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

His chin and chest moved slightly and he breathed heavily while the lethal drugs were administered.” More here.> OHIO PUTS CHILD KILLER TO DEATH IN 1ST EXECUTION IN 3 YEARS

“Six weeks after he was shot on an Alexandria baseball field, Rep. Steve Scalise has been discharged from the hospital.

The Louisiana congressman’s office tweeted a statement saying he “has made excellent progress in his recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound…and is now beginning a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation.” More here.> Rep. Steve Scalise Released From Hospital, Begins Rehabilitation

Federal Court Smacks Down D.C. Ban On Carrying Guns

“The week following President Donald Trump’s first voter-fraud meeting, a new study has revealed that 8,471 cases of double voting were discovered across 21 states – fraudulent ballots that were cast during the 2016 presidential election.

The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) – a nonpartisan watchdog group cofounded by former Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-large Peter Schweizer – uncovered that 7,271 ballots were cast in more than one state by voters with the same first and last name, middle initial, birthdate and partial Social Security number – while another 1,200 double votes with identical criteria were found in the same state.” More here.> 21 states reveal 8,471 double votes

Shock Claim: Florida County Has ‘Thousands’ of Voters Over Age 100

Government Corruption:

“The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.

The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.” More here.> Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying

“At a hearing today, witnesses will testify that Fusion GPS, an organization behind an infamous dossier pumping the Russia-Trump collusion story, is a highly paid smear-for-hire operation in violation of international laws.” More here.> Senate Testimony: Fusion GPS Helped Corrupt Russians And Venezuelans

“Republicans in Congress have joined the White House in asking questions about the extent to which a Democratic Party consultant may have worked with Ukrainian officials to hurt then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential bid last year. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote a letter earlier this week to the Justice Department asking whether the Democratic National Committee broke the law. Grassley, R-Iowa, specifically asked if the DOJ was investigating Alexandra Chalupa, a Ukrainian-American DNC consultant who allegedly had meetings at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to discuss incriminating information about Trump campaign officials.” More here.> Trump’s not alone: Congress digging into DNC-Ukraine connection

“A Louisiana farmer is guilty of defrauding the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) by using fake farms to qualify for $1.6 million in subsidies, the Department of Justice said Monday in a press release.

The jury convicted Brad McIntyre of Bastrop, La., of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering after a five-hour deliberation July 21, the press release states

McIntyre’s fraud began in 2009 when he found a way to avoid a $40,000 cap on the amount of USDA subsidies a single farm owner is allowed by listing his family members and workers as farm owners on parts of his total acreage, the Louisiana News Star reports.” More here.> Louisianan Steals $1.6 Million From Taxpayers By Farming For Subsidies

“Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Inspector General (IG) David Montoya quietly became the first presidentially appointed cabinet-level watchdog to leave since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Montoya departed sometime in June but without any public announcements. His LinkedIn page and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency’s (CIGIE) website still list him as the HUD IG. The reason, terms and exact date of his departure are unclear.

Helen Albert took over as the acting IG sometime in June, according to the HUD watchdog’s official web site.

Montoya’s departure followed soon after he sent a June 9 letter to Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley in response to questions the Iowa Republican asked regarding 14 IG reports TheDCNF revealed had been withheld from the public. His letter contained factual errors, mischaracterizations and an admission of hiding HUD mismanagement IG investigators and auditors discovered.

The IGs for the remaining 14 cabinet-level departments are holdovers from President Barack Obama. Temporary IGs took over the Departments of Defense and Energy just weeks before Trump’s inauguration after the permanent watchdogs left their posts.” More here.> Trump Loses First Cabinet-Level Watchdog, Left Without Public Explanation

World News:

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

Raw video: Egyptian government says tank driver’s actions thwarted major terrorist operation at security checkpoint that had potential to kill 50 people.” Video Here.> Tank drives over suicide bomber’s car before deadly blast

WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Trump administration hit Venezuela with new sanctions Wednesday targeting 13 current or former top officials in President Nicolas Maduro’s government, and threatened more penalties if he goes through with efforts to rewrite the beleaguered country’s constitution.

The fresh sanctions were intended to dissuade Maduro from holding a controversial election, scheduled for Sunday, for a constituent assembly charged with overhauling the country’s charter, Trump administration officials said. They targeted four senior Venezuelan officials that the U.S. said were promoting that election or undermining democracy in Venezuela, along with five others implicated in violence or repression amid the country’s political crisis.” More here.> US HITS VENEZUELA WITH MORE SANCTIONS AHEAD OF VOTE

Afghan forces rescue 2 abducted Pakistani diplomats

At Least 26 Dead, 13 Wounded After Taliban Attacks Afghan Army Base

“An emboldened Hamas on Wednesday called for a “day of rage” against Israeli security forces, as the terror group claimed a win in the violent dispute over a contested shrine in Jerusalem.

Israel’s security cabinet decided late Monday to remove metal detectors set up at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which had angered Muslims.

Hamas responded by holding a celebratory march in Gaza City Wednesday titled “Victory in the battle over Al-Aqsa Mosque,” and the group called on supporters to confront Israeli security forces Friday as a reaction “to recent events in order to deter Israel from continued infractions against our nation and our holy sites,” More here.> Hamas claims victory over Israel in mosque dispute, calls for ‘day of rage’

“The first travelling exhibition of objects from Auschwitz is set to go on tour in the hope it will become “a warning cry” to future generations.

The exhibition is due to visit 14 cities in the US and Europe, and will be made up of more than 600 objects from the Nazi German camp in Poland.” More here.> Auschwitz: First travelling exhibition will visit Europe and US

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“Residents in Southwest France build a wall to protest plans to turn a former hotel into a migrant shelter.

The barrier, which is six-feet-high, was built early Monday, preventing access to the hotel’s entrance.

Locals say they were not consulted over the decision, adding the schools will become overcrowded if the town continues to welcome migrants.” More here.> Wall Built In Southwestern France In Protest Of Migrant Shelter Plans

Islam:

SAN DIEGO – “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) tried to have it both ways – claiming to be a civil rights organization when it suits its purposes, but admitting at other times that its mission is religious.

That duplicity has cost CAIR a partnership with San Diego public schools and threatens to sabotage a plan to take an educational program national.

San Diego school board members agreed Tuesday night not to work with CAIR on a campaign to specifically fight anti-Muslim bullying generated by an exaggerated CAIR report. Instead, the Anti-Defamation League is poised to work on a program that aims “to comprehensively address the issue of bullying of all students.”

The agenda item specifically mentioned that school board “staff is redirected from forming a formal partnership with CAIR to forming an intercultural committee which shall include representatives of from all faiths and cultures and which shall provide input to District staff on issues of cultural sensitivities and the individual needs of various subgroups within our diverse community.” More here.> CAIR Loses San Diego Schools Partnership

Immigration:

“An Ecuadorian citizen who was illegally in the United States and had been convicted of rape was among 114 people arrested during an 11-day operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in New York, the agency said Tuesday.

ICE said the sweep, which ended Saturday, targeted fugitives and and people who have violated U.S. immigration laws, including those who re-entered the country after being deported.” More here.> ICE arrests 114 in New York operation targeting fugitives, illegal immigrants

A prosecutor says five Colombian citizens have been arrested in three violent robberies targeting traveling jewelry salesmen in Texas, one of which resulted in a death.

U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas says the five, who range from ages 25 to 35, are charged with multiple counts of robbery and brandishing a firearm to further a crime.” More here.> 5 Colombian citizens charged in Texas jewelry thefts

Economy:

“President Donald Trump will announce Wednesday that Foxconn Technology Group plans a new factory in Wisconsin, fulfilling the Taiwanese manufacturing giant’s promise to invest in the U.S.

The factory will open in the home district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, who personally lobbied Trump and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to help secure the plant. It’s expected to employ about 3,000 people at first and, after an initial $10 billion investment, the facility is scheduled to expand over a 2 1/2-year period, according to a person familiar with the plans who requested anonymity to discuss the announcement before it was made.” More here.> Trump to Announce Apple Supplier Foxconn Opening Wisconsin Plant

Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them.

“The company on Wednesday said that it’s looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S. The announcement comes at a time when the labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holiday shopping around the corner. Others will be competing for many of those potential hires.” More here.> Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens

“Federal Reserve officials announced Wednesday that they would hold off on raising their interest rate target this month, leaving it at 1-1.25 percent, but also indicated that they will soon start shrinking the massive portfolio of bonds the central bank built up in fighting the recession.

Wednesday’s decision not to raise rates was expected. Markets anticipate that the central bank might raise interest rates again by the end of the year, which would mean three rate increases this year.

With inflation falling in recent months, though, counter to the Fed’s expectations, there is no rush to tighten monetary policy. In fact, some Fed officials have raised concerns that the central bank may be at risk of falling short of its 2 percent inflation target.

For now, the biggest question about the Fed’s intentions is whether it will begin shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet at its next monetary policy meeting in September.” More here.> Fed will begin shrinking its $4.5 trillion balance sheet ‘relatively soon’

U.S. stocks trade in record territory as Fed stands pat on interest rates

Satire:

Houston, TX — “The Houston-based Waste Management corporation announced a plan to offer curbside dead body pickup service to offset what critics say would be a direct result “TrumpCare,” which will overwhelm present mortuary services. Weekly pickup will be available at a reduced rate but special same day retrieval will cost more for individuals not comfortable with the smell of death lingering in their home. Body bags are available on their website but they will accept bodies properly bagged and duct taped to ensure minimal leakage of fluids.” More here.> Waste Management To Offer Dead Body Pickup Service In Response To Proposed Health Care Changes

“An F-35 fighter jet can’t believe how much transgender troops cost the military, after it looked up the figures following tweets from President Donald Trump saying they should no longer serve due to the price tag.

“They spend how much on transgender medical services? $8.4 million? My God that’s like four screws and a couple of bolts on my ejection seat,” the F-35 told reporters, in between sips of cognac during its lunch break. “I’m so glad Trump is ending this disgraceful waste of military spending.” More here.> F-35 can’t believe how much the military spends on transgender troops

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