Scroll down for all the News and Headlines and different sections. In case you missed it. Today is “National Purple Heart day.”
“During the American Revolutionary War, the Badge for Military Merit decorated six known soldiers. Purple Heart Day on August 7 commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit, the Purple Heart and honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Created by General George Washington in 1782 to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action”, More here.> August 7, 2017 – NATIONAL PURPLE HEART DAY
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In The News:
“Missouri police on Monday were hunting for a man who shot and killed a Clinton cop late Sunday night during a traffic stop.
The officer, 37-year-old Gary Michael, died after a man exited a Dodge Nitro at a traffic stop and started shooting around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, KHSB reported.” More here.> Missouri police officer killed during traffic stop, suspect sought
“The death of Clinton, MO Officer Gary Michael on Sunday brought the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year to 75, matching 2016’s deadly figures.” More here.> Police officer deaths in 2017 keeping pace with grisly 2016 numbers
PHOENIX (AP) — “Jurors sentenced a Phoenix woman to death on Monday in the killing of a 10-year-old cousin who was locked in a small plastic storage box and left to die as punishment for stealing an ice pop.
Sammantha Allen, 29, will become the 55th woman on death row in the U.S. after the jury reached its verdict Monday. There are only two other women on death row in Arizona, which is among the states struggling to buy execution drugs after pharmaceutical companies began blocking the use of their products in lethal injections.” More here.> Arizona woman sentenced to death for locking girl in box
“The remains of a man killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 have been identified nearly 16 years after the attacks.
The New York City medical examiners’ office announced the finding Monday.
The agency withheld the man’s name, citing a request from his family.” More here.> Another 9/11 victim’s remains identified nearly 16 years later thanks to DNA testing
SYDNEY (Reuters) – “An Australian Navy survey ship has located a U.S. military aircraft that crashed off the Australian northeast coast at the weekend and left three Marines missing, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Monday.
The navy divers will conduct remotely operated underwater vehicle operations before considering sending down divers, Payne said in a statement.” More here.> Australia finds U.S. military aircraft that crashed off northeast coast
(Reuters) – “U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) said on Monday it will no longer offer Obamacare plans in Nevada’s state exchange and will stop offering the plans in nearly half of Georgia’s counties next year.
The moves come after Republican senators last month failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law, creating uncertainty over how the program providing health benefits to 20 million Americans will be funded and managed in 2018.” More here.> Anthem to pare back Obamacare offerings in Nevada and Georgia
MANILA, Aug 7 (Reuters) – “North Korea is ready to give the United States a “severe lesson” with its strategic nuclear force if it takes military action against it, and will not put its nuclear programme or its missiles on the negotiating table, it said in a statement to a regional meeting on Monday.” More here.> North Korea ready to teach U.S. ‘severe lesson’, says U.N. abused its authority
Aug. 7 (UPI) — “Militants of the Islamic State and the Taliban joined forces to attack an Afghan village last week — killing dozens of villagers, a provincial spokesman said Monday.
The attack came in the northern Afghanistan village of Mirzawalang in Sar-e-Pul province.
Provincial council leader Mohammad Noor Rahmani’s office said two insurgent groups collaborated in the attack on the minority Shiite Hazara community. Council spokesman Zabiullah Amani said the attack happened Thursday, and that Afghan forces had secured the area by Saturday.” More here.> Official: Islamic State, Taliban collaborated in Afghan massacre
Aug. 7 (UPI) — “Italian police said Monday that 15 volunteer firefighters have been arrested in Sicily on suspicions they deliberately set blazes and reported fake fires to earn about $12 an hour.
Police in Italy’s Ragusa province said fire department officials became suspicious when it was revealed the auxiliary brigade responded to 120 incidents in 2013 and 2014 — compared to another group of volunteers who responded to just 40 incidents over the same period.” More here.> Italy arrests 15 firefighters for setting own fires, faking blazes
MUKWONAGO, Wis. (AP) — “With a dysfunctional Congress on recess, House Speaker Paul Ryan has turned his focus back home, touring flood-damaged areas and visiting local businesses in Wisconsin. But he can’t escape the questions about why Republicans in charge of Washington aren’t delivering.
And though he’s won re-election easily for years, Ryan faces the prospect of challenges from left and right and an energized Democratic base in next year’s midterm elections.” More here.> BACK HOME, SPEAKER RYAN CAN’T ESCAPE QUESTIONS ABOUT GOP
Aug. 7 (UPI) — “Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said his city is suing President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice after it threatened to withhold federal grant money to law enforcement agencies in so-called “sanctuary cities.”
The Justice Department said it would withhold the funds unless “sanctuary cities” assist the Department of Homeland Security in deporting undocumented people.” More here.> Chicago to sue Justice Department over ‘sanctuary city’ status
“Dan Bongino reacted to the city of Baltimore’s failure to get through even one weekend without anyone in the city getting killed.
“What’s the common denominator in inner cities that are collapsing and are being beaten up by crime and poverty?” Bongino asked. “The common denominator is liberals.”
“Republicans may not be the answer … but far-left liberalism certainly has been the cause of the problems.”
“It’s a real stain on our country that we can’t have an honest conversation about this.” More here.> Bongino: Baltimore’s Urban Decay Caused By Liberals’ Leadership
“An insular club of elite lawyers have corrupted our justice system” Swamp Watch: The decriminalization of white collar crime
July 23, 2017 — “In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, big banks paid tens of billions of dollars to settle state and federal fraud investigations, yet not one top bank executive was prosecuted. One investigator calls it the “immaculate corruption.” But buried in recently unsealed documents is a revelation: major bank executives WERE referred to the Justice Department for possibly violating the law. A key whistleblower, Richard Bowen, is asking why none of them was charged.” More here.> Bankers Gone Bad
“President Trump’s Executive Order on Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. The data in this release shows a significant prison population of incarcerated aliens.
Below is a summary of data collected under Section 16 of the Order, which directs “the Secretary [of Homeland Security] and the Attorney General . . . to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports” regarding the following subjects: (a) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated under the supervision of the Bureau of Prisons; (b) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated as federal pretrial detainees; and (c) the immigration status of all convicted aliens in state prisons and local detention centers throughout the United States.” More here.> Pursuant to Executive Order on Public Safety, Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data on Incarcerated Aliens
Commentary / Opinion:
“Every day it becomes clearer why former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn was unmasked and the early target of a series of illegal leaks targeting Team Trump. Flynn was an unabashed critic of President Barack Hussein Obama and someone who would take a bullet for Trump in any political battle. He had to be dispensed with and someone less loyal to Trump and more accommodating to the “resistance” put in his place.
That man was to be General H.R. McMaster, and the story of how he got to be President Trump’s National Security Adviser speaks volumes about his true loyalties. As journalist Caroline Glick notes in a recent article:” More here.> Why is Trump still supporting McMaster?