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In The news:
“FBI agents in Puerto Rico have been receiving calls from “across the island” with residents complaining local officials are “withholding” or “mishandling” critical FEMA supplies — with one island official even accused of stuffing his own car full of goods meant for the suffering populace.
The accusations come in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Maria, which devastated the U.S. territory last month.
“The complaints we’re hearing is that mayors of local municipalities, or people associated with their offices, are giving their political supporters special treatment, goods they’re not giving to other people who need them,” FBI Special Agent Carlos Osorio told Fox News.” More here.> FBI in Puerto Rico investigating if corrupt local officials are ‘withholding’ or ‘mishandling’ crucial supplies
CLINTON, La. – “A plumbing company owner is accused of killing three men and shooting a fourth in a string of attacks that began in July in a rural area north of Baton Rouge and ended this week with the death of a Boy Scouts employee.
Authorities announced the arrest of Ryan Sharpe, 36, of Clinton, at a news conference late Wednesday. Sharpe was jailed in Baton Rouge on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.” More here.> Louisiana man accused of killing 3 in string of attacks
ST. AUGUSTINE — “A prosecutor told jurors during opening statements on Wednesday that the Deltona man accused of killing his wife and her two children told investigators: “I’ll never tell you where the bodies are.”
Luis Toledo sat a few feet away, still and straight in his chair at the defense table.” More here.> Luis Toledo tells cops, ‘I’ll never tell you where the bodies are’
PARIS (AP) — “The United States is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for “fundamental reform” of the U.N. cultural agency.
While the Trump administration had been preparing for a likely withdrawal for months, the announcement by the State Department on Thursday rocked UNESCO’s Paris headquarters, where a heated election to choose a new director is under way.” More here.> Trump administration pulling US out of UN agency over ‘anti-Israel bias’
“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Thursday night that Israel will be exiting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over the organization’s anti-Israeli bias, following a similar announcement by the Trump administration.” More here.> Israel to join US in quitting UNESCO
“President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children born in captivity, all of whom were held hostage for five years.
Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen who went missing in late 2012 while hiking with her husband Joshua Boyle in Afghanistan, were held hostage by the Haqqani network — a terrorist organization tied to the Taliban, a statement from the president said on Thursday. While in captivity, Coleman gave birth to all three of the couple’s children.” More here.> Trump announces release of family held by Taliban-linked group
WASHINGTON (AP) — “President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite federal rules so consumers can have wider access to health insurance plans featuring lower premiums. He called his new executive order a “beginning” and promised more actions to come.” More here.> Calling it a beginning, Trump signs health care order
“President Donald Trump on Thursday formally tapped Kirstjen Nielsen to run the Department of Homeland Security, saying she would be ready on “Day 1″ to lead the department where she previously worked alongside former DHS Secretary John Kelly.” More here.> Trump calls homeland security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen ‘ready to lead’
“White House chief of staff John Kelly dismissed criticism on Thursday that he has failed to crack down on President Trump’s controversial tweets, arguing his job was never meant to involve reining in Trump.
“It’s funny, I read in the paper … that, you know, I’ve been a failure at controlling the president or a failure at controlling his tweeting and all that,” Kelly told reporters at the White House on Thursday. “I was not brought to this job to control anything but the flow of information to our president so that he could make the best decisions.” More here.> John Kelly: ‘I was not brought to this job to control’ Trump’s Twitter
“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters that there probably won’t be a new Obamacare repeal bill until the spring and declined to join President Trump in attacking Senate Republican leadership.
“Kelly’s remarks at the White House press briefing Thursday came a few hours after Trump signed an executive order aimed at loosening Obamacare’s insurance rules. The order was signed a few weeks after Congress failed to overhaul the law and ignited attacks from Trump over Senate rules such as the legislative filibuster.
Kelly said the reason Trump didn’t sign the executive order earlier is because the contents of the order would have been addressed in legislation to overhaul Obamacare. However, legislative efforts to repeal the law collapsed late last month.
“We probably won’t have a healthcare bill until the spring,” he said. “This was a way to take care of as many Americans as he could legally with an executive order.” More here.> John Kelly: Obamacare repeal effort likely to return in spring
Americas Bias and Hate:
“The Southern Poverty Law Center bills itself as a watchdog of hate groups. But is this just a cover for its true aims? Journalist and author Karl Zinsmeister explains.” The “Anti-Hate” Group That Is a Hate Group
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a crackdown on immigrants seeking asylum in the United States during a speech on Thursday, saying that the program is rife with “fraud and abuse.”
Sessions during a speech accused U.S. immigration attorneys of “exploiting” loopholes in asylum law and trying to “undermine” the intent of Congress.
“Over the years, smart attorneys have exploited loopholes in the law, court rulings, and lack of resources to substantially undermine the intent of Congress,” Sessions said.” More here.> Sessions calls for crackdown on asylum policies
“An illegal alien accused of murdering a teenage girl in Greenville County, South Carolina, was shielded from deportation as he was a beneficiary of the Obama-created DACA amnesty program.
Daniel De Jesus Rangel Sherrer, 19, was one of the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation and given a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed to Breitbart Texas.” More here.> Illegal Alien Accused of Murdering Teen Girl Was in DACA Program
“The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged detainers on five people charged in connection with the death of a young Maryland woman.
ICE announced Wednesday that it delivered the detainers for Francisco Ramirez-Pena, 22, Ervin Arrue-Figuero, 18, of Annapolis, Darvin E. Guerra-Zacarias, 25, of Silver Spring, Ronald Adonay Mendez-Sosa, 19, of Edgewater and Brenda Y. Argueta, 18, of Silver Spring.
All five were being held without bond after they were arrested and charged with murder, FOX45 reported.” More here.> ICE lodges detainers for suspects charged in connection with Maryland woman’s murder