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In The News:
“A 16-year-old girl whose remains were found in a burn pit after she was allegedly murdered by her biological mother had been severely abused in the months prior to her death.
Police confirmed on Monday that burned human bones found on a rural Missouri property belonged to missing teenager Savannah Leckie.
Savannah, who had autism, had been given up for adoption at birth but had returned to live with her birth mother Rebecca Ruud at the property less than a year ago.
Ruud, 39, was charged on Tuesday with her daughter’s murder.”
In the lead up to Savannah’s death, authorities say Ruud had allegedly taken to extreme forms of punishment to discipline her daughter.
The criminal complaint reveals Ruud forced the teen to roll around in a hog pen on at least one occasion and wade into a muddy pond and dunk under.
She also allegedly used a water hose on her daughter.
Ruud also told police that Savannah had once deliberately cut her own arm ‘in a suicidal gesture’, according to the complaint. To punish her, Ruud poured alcohol and salt on the wound twice a day and rubbed it in until the scabs came off.” More here.> Biological mother charged with murdering the daughter, 16, she gave up for adoption at birth
“Americans agree freedom of speech is under assault but strongly insist that they are prepared to defend that freedom even at the cost of their lives if necessary.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that an overwhelming 85% of American Adults think giving people the right to free speech is more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say. Just eight percent (8%) think it’s more important to make sure no one gets offended.” More here.> 73% Say Freedom of Speech Worth Dying For
“An active shooter was reported in downtown Charleston, S.C., Thursday afternoon, prompting multiple roads to be blocked as police rush to the scene.
The “active shooter situation” was reported on King Street just after 12 p.m. Charleston police said the area has been blocked and asked residents to avoid the area.” More here.> Active shooter reported in Charleston, police say
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “A District of Columbia Superior Court judge on Thursday approved a government warrant seeking data from an anti-Trump website related to Inauguration Day protests, but he added protections to safeguard “innocent users.”
Chief Judge Robert Morin said DreamHost, a Los Angeles-based web-hosting company, must turn over data about visitors to the website disruptj20.org, which is a home to political activists who organized protests at the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president in January.
Morin, who will oversee review of the data, said the government must explain what protocols it will use to make sure the data of “innocent users” is not seized by prosecutors.” More here.> D.C. judge approves government warrant for data from anti-Trump website
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — “The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters to change the state’s dysfunctional death penalty system and speed up executions.
The highly anticipated ruling concerned Proposition 66, a push to “mend not end” capital punishment in California.
Condemned inmates in California currently languish for decades and are more likely to die of natural causes than from lethal injection. There are nearly 750 inmates on death row and only 13 have been executed since 1978 — the last in 2006.
Nearly 400 death penalty appeals are pending.” More here.> California Supreme Court upholds measure to speed executions
“The U.S. Navy on Thursday called off the search at sea for sailors missing after a collision between a destroyer and an oil tanker, and confirmed the identity of one body.
The 7th Fleet said divers will continue to search flooded compartments inside the USS John S. McCain, where some remains have been found. The Navy has not provided specifics.” More here.> Navy Ends Sea Search for McCain Missing; Confirms 1 Death
“The U.S. Navy on Thursday released names of one sailor who died and nine others who were missing after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.
Divers recovered the remains of Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, 22, whom the Navy listed as being from New Jersey. His mother said Smith grew up in Novi, Michigan, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, as a teenager with his father.
The military says five sailors were injured and 10 were missing following Monday’s collision. The Navy says missing soldiers were from Missouri, Texas, Maryland, Ohio, New York, Connecticut and Illinois.” More here and the profiles of the other Sailors.> Navy IDs dead, missing sailors from the USS John McCain
“Missouri Dem owns multimillion-dollar plane, said last week ‘normal people can afford’ planes” > McCaskill Clarifies: ‘Of Course Not’ Normal to Own Private Plane
ROME (Reuters) – “Police using water canon and batons clashed on Thursday with refugees who had occupied a small Rome square in defiance of an order to leave a building where they had been squatting.
Television images showed some of the refugees screaming and trying to hit police, who were dressed in riot gear, with sticks. The square, just one block from Rome’s main train station, was strewn with mattresses, overturned rubbish bins and broken plastic chairs.” More here.> Clashes in Rome as police evict refugee squatters from square
“Defense secretary sends message to Moscow during visit to Kiev” Video here.> Mattis scolds Russia aggression during visit to Ukraine
“A German grocery store just took a strong stand on diversity.
The Edeka, in Hamburg, removed all foreign-made products from its shelves to illustrate how reliant Germany is on people from around the world. Confused customers browsed mostly empty aisles, where goods had been replaced with signs reading, “This shelf is pretty boring without diversity,” “This is how empty a shelf is without foreigners,” and “We will be poorer without diversity.” More here.> A German food store emptied its shelves of foreign goods to highlight the need for diversity
“Outnumbered’s’ One Lucky Guy sounds off on Senate leader, argues rift with President Trump is needed.” Video Here.> Dan Bongino: Mitch McConnell is the ultimate swamp rat
“House Ways and Means Committee member details need for fundamental reform on ‘America’s Newsroom.” Video here.> Rep. Roskam: We need to seize the opportunity on tax reform
“Arizona’s largest city recently became a sanctuary for illegal aliens after its police chief held a private meeting with a leftist group that demanded a change in immigration enforcement policies, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. The closed-door session between Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and Will Goana, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona, occurred just weeks before the Phoenix Police Department quietly implemented a new policy banning officers from contacting the feds after arresting an illegal alien and forbidding them from asking about suspects’ immigration status. The new order violates key provisions of a state law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and leaves the city vulnerable to costly lawsuits.” More here.> Phoenix Becomes Illegal Alien Sanctuary after Leftist Group Orders it in Private Meeting with Police Chief
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — “Iowa approved a deal Thursday to give Apple $208 million in state and local tax breaks to build two data storage centers near Des Moines and to create at least 50 jobs — a pact that critics quickly panned.
The deal approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority includes a refund of $19.6 million in state sale taxes for Apple Inc. and a $188 million break on property taxes from Waukee, a booming suburb bordering Des Moines.
In addition to the promised 50 jobs, Apple has agreed to buy 2,000 acres of land for the $1.4 billion project, enough to allow for future development, said Debi Durham, the state’s economic development director.” More here.> Apple gets $208M in tax breaks to build Iowa data center
Commentary / Opinion:
Ret. Marine Col. Jeffery Powers wrote to the NFL commissioners the following:
“I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and the Giants Stadium.
I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt. Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.
Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.
Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for. They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!
You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this. Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner.” More here.> Time To Change The Channel.