News and headlines. 10/4/2017


Deep State/Government Corruption, In The News, President Trump, Politics, Videos, Guns and Gun Rights, Commentary/Opinion, Vegas and more in News and Headlines today.

In The News:

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – “Visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump praised the bravery of survivors who risked their lives to help other victims as bullets rained down from a nearby hotel during Sunday night’s deadly shooting spree.

Trump made his comments after visiting patients and speaking with doctors at University Medical Center in Las Vegas in the aftermath of the attack, which killed 58 people and wounded more than 500.” More here.> Trump praises bravery of survivors of Las Vegas mass shooting

Secretary Rex Tillerson Delivers a Statement to the Media

LAS VEGAS (AP) — “FBI agents questioned the Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend on Wednesday as they struggled to get inside the mind of Stephen Paddock, a frustratingly opaque figure who carried out his high-rise massacre without leaving the plain-sight clues often found after major acts of bloodshed.” More here.> Mind of a killer: FBI questions Vegas gunman’s girlfriend

Deep State / Government Corruption:

(Washington, DC) – “Judicial Watch today announced it received two production of documents, 77 pages and 108 pages, from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealing the Obama IRS coordinated with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Obama White House Behavioral Sciences “Team” in a $5 million program to pressure Americans to sign up for Obamacare. The documents also contain inter-agency agreements between the IRS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) devised to circumvent potential legal prohibitions on unauthorized disclosure or inspection of taxpayer information collected by the IRS.” More here.> Judicial Watch: Documents Show HHS Used IRS to Push Obamacare, Use of Confidential Taxpayer Information Raises Legal Questions

“A former US Secretary of Health and Human Services testified in the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez Tuesday, describing a meeting at which the New Jersey Democrat pushed her and then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to resolve a Medicare-billing dispute for Menendez’s wealthy ophthalmologist pal.” More here.> Sebelius: Menendez pushed me to fix Medicare case for doc pal

“Things have taken a turn for the dramatic in the ongoing bribery trial involving Democratic Senator Bob Menendez. Prosecutors say he accepted bribes from a deep-pocketed benefactor and in return lobbied government officials to benefit his “hermano.” 

Justice Department officials say that Menendez met with top officials at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help a wealthy eye doctor—Salamon Melgen, who is on trial alongside the senator—get out of an $8.9 million billing dispute.” More here.> Witness: Sen. Menendez Got ‘Angry’ When I Wouldn’t Bend The Rules For His Rich Friend

Judicial Watch: Court Will Review Clinton Emails over Objections of Tillerson State Department and Sessions Justice Department


“Before the final death toll had even been announced, the blame game began — with members of the media and elected Democratic officials accusing conservatives’ support for the Second Amendment for leading to Sunday night’s tragic massacre in Las Vegas.” More here.> MONTAGE: MEDIA, DEMS RACE TO POLITICIZE ATTACK, BLAME GOP

“Health insurance providers are planning some double-digit increases in premiums for plans offered on the Obamacare state exchanges in 2018, a sign that the insurance marketplace woes are only getting worse.

Insurance premiums in states from Georgia to New York will increase dramatically in 2018, rising as high as 57 percent in some areas.” More here.> Premiums Continue To Skyrocket While Congress Does Nothing


“As part of a four-day operation that ended last Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers arrested 498 individuals from 42 countries for federal immigration violations in cities across the country. (ICE News Release, Sept. 28, 2017) Operation Safe City focused on notable sanctuary jurisdictions where ICE deportation officers are denied access to jails and detainers are not honored, in violation of federal immigration law. (Id.) “Sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration,” said ICE Acting Director Tom Homan. (Id.) “As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities.” (Id.) The operation specifically targeted individuals who have violated U.S. immigration laws, prioritizing aliens with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, known gang members, immigration fugitives, and illegal reentrants. (Id.)” More here.> ICE Targets Sanctuary Jurisdictions in Nationwide Crackdown

Judges’ Ruling Allows Texas Anti-Sanctuary Law To Be Implemented

“A plan to give a pathway to United States citizenship to young illegal aliens living in the U.S. would automatically come with a potentially unprecedented chain migration of upwards of 10 million foreign nationals, under current legal U.S. immigration law.” More here.> Chain Migration of Potentially 19M Foreign Nationals Would Follow Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

World News:

BARCELONA/MADRID, Oct 4 (Reuters) – “Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation towards a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.” More here.> Catalonia moves to declare independence from Spain on Monday

WATCH Hundreds injured in Catalan independence referendum voting

Paris (AFP) – “Catalonia, which has threatened to declare independence from Spain, is only one of several regions in the European Union demanding more autonomy or even independence.”Here is a rundown of some of the others. More here.> Eyeing more independence in the EU

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — “Locked out of his home and with nowhere else to go, Wilfredo Ortiz Marrero rode out Hurricane Maria inside a Jeep, which was lifted off its wheels by floodwaters in the parking lot. He then endured days without enough food or running water.

The lights are back on at his residence for low-income elderly people in the San Juan suburb of Trujillo Alta, and food has started arriving, but he still waits as long as he can each night to leave the company of others in the lobby. Alone in his room, he sometimes starts to shake.” More here.> Puerto Rico death toll jumps to 34, including 2 suicides

Commentary / Opinion:

“Leah Libresco is a statistician and former newswriter at FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism site. She is the author of “Arriving at Amen.”

Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.” More here.> I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.

What is a bump fire stock?

“What does the Second Amendment say? Is gun ownership a right for all Americans? Or just for a small militia? Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law at UCLA, explains what the Founding Fathers intended.” Is Gun Ownership a Right?