News and Headlines. 12/04/2017

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Politics / Government:

After Steinle verdict, rep unveils bill to imprison officials who shelter illegal immigrants

A Republican congressman plans to introduce a bill Monday that would threaten huge fines and prison time for elected officials accused of sheltering illegal immigrant criminals from deportation, in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial.

You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power’

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on Monday said President Trump was within his rights as commander in chief when he fired former FBI director James Comey, and warned Democrats trying to take him down on obstruction of justice charges that they won’t succeed.

“You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power to fire Comey and his constitutional authority to tell the Justice Department who to investigate, who not to investigate. That’s what Thomas Jefferson did, that’s what Lincoln did, that’s what Roosevelt did. We have precedents that clearly establish that,” Dershowitz told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” Monday morning.

CBS News Poll: As Majority of Alabama Republicans Believe Allegations Against Roy Moore False, Judge Takes Commanding Lead

Donald Trump: ‘We Need Republican Roy Moore to Win in Alabama’

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.”

Lawmakers seek end to taxpayer-backed sexual harassment settlements

Momentum is building fast in Congress to ban the use of taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment cases — particularly after news that a total of well over $100,000 has been paid in recent cases against lawmakers.

Prohibiting such settlements is proving to be a popular idea among fiscal conservatives and liberal Democrats alike as Congress grapples with how to reform its complicated workplace policies.

Short-term funding bill includes help for children’s health insurance

A two-week spending bill to fund the government would provide help for several states low on money for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The joint resolution released Monday would fund the government until Dec. 22. It also would allow for emergency funding to states until the end of the year as Congress has yet to fully fund the program.

Puerto Rico’s governor hands out almost $100 million in bonuses while asking American taxpayers for $94 billion

Obama’s meddling in foreign affairs could be violation of Logan Act

Navy Doesn’t Have Enough Warships to Train Marines for Combat

The U.S. Navy doesn’t have enough amphibious warships to effectively support the Marine Corps in training for combat operations, according to senior Pentagon officials.

Beaudreault, testifying before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, said the training shortcomings have left at risk the “core competency” of the Marine Corps and Navy to move a combat force from ship-to-shore to rapidly penetrate enemy battle space.

World News:

Israeli authorities arrest 2 suspects in killing of soldier

Israel’s internal security service says it has arrested two residents of southern Israel suspected of stabbing to death an Israeli soldier for nationalistic reasons.

The Shin Bet would not identify them Monday, but Israeli media reported they were likely Arab Bedouins from the southern Negev desert.

Muslim states warn US against moving embassy to Jerusalem

An umbrella organization of Muslim countries says President Donald Trump’s possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would constitute “naked aggression” against the Arab and Muslim world, while the ruling Palestinian party has called for mass protests against such a move by Washington.

North Korea says US-South Korea war games intensifies nuclear war threat

It’s being called a five-day show of power.

The U.S. on Monday kicked off one of the largest live fire military drills ever held in South Korea, called Vigilant Ace. It was highlighted by more than 230 aircraft – including an unusually large number of the latest-generation stealth fighters, six F-22’s and 18 F-35s.

Photos from North Korea’s east coast show how tough life is away from the capital

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hopes virtual currency will help country sidestep U.S.-led sanctions

Cryptocurrencies are enjoying a boom, and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro wants to get his cash-strapped nation involved.

The authoritarian leader on Sunday announced plans for a bitcoin-like virtual currency named the “petro.”

He expects the new cryptocurrency will provide ways for his country to sidestep U.S.-led sanctions.

In The News:

WATCH: Pam Anderson Slams ‘Victimhood Feminism,’ Says Weinstein Victims Knew What They’re ‘Getting Into’

Actress and former Playboy model Pamela Anderson sparked outrage on Thursday when she told host Megyn Kelly that women who went to hotel rooms alone with predator producer Harvey Weinstein knew what they were getting into.

Chicago man, 37, stabs his brother-in-law 25 TIMES then DISEMBOWELS him on a bus

A man was left in critical condition after his brother-in-law brutally assaulted him on a bus ride.

The attacker, Darnell R. Scott, 37, stabbed his unnamed relative, 50, as many as 25 times before he partially disemboweled the man’s body during a traffic stop Thursday near the 300 block of West 63rd Street in Chicago, Illinois, police say.

Record fatal meth overdoses in 2017 in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State health data shows West Virginia has seen a record number of fatal overdoses from methamphetamine this year, increasing by 500 percent since 2014.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports statistics released by the West Virginia Health Statistics Center show about half of the overdoses involved the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.

3 teens charged as adults in beating death of homeless man

 – Three teens are being charged as adults in the beating death of 57-year-old Kevin Cullen.

charged as adults for the beating death of 57-year-old Kevin Cullen.

14-year-old Brandon Conrad, 16-year-old Malik Page and 17-year-old Emmanual Harris will be charged as adults for the beating death of 57-year-old Kevin Cullen.

14-year-old Brandon Conrad and 16-year-old Malik Page are being charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Murder, Robbery and related offenses. 17-year-old Emmanual Harris is being charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Robbery and related offenses.

Movie About Man’s Sexual Relationship With Underage Boy Selected As Best Picture By LA Critics

“Call Me By Your Name,” a movie about an adult man’s sexual relationship with an underage boy, is 2017’s best picture, according to the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Murder is now a misdemeanor in California

It is no longer a felony in California for people who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS to have sexual contact or donate blood without disclosing they are sick.

Girl, 13, Leaves Heartbreaking Note to Parents After Suicide Attempt: ‘Sorry Mom and Dad’

Hunt is on for violent female inmate, 42, on the run after jumping from Oregon prison van

Oregon cops are hunting for a female inmate who fled from her work crew in a brazen escape early Monday, officials said.

Lorrie Marie Hocker, 42, fled from an inmate van on the way to a work assignment,

Lorrie Marie Hocker, 42, fled from an inmate van on the way to a work assignment, according to the Oregon Department of Correction. (Montana DOC)

Lorrie Marie Hocker, 42, was riding with other minimum-custody inmates to a job in Salem from the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility when she opened a door and fled, the Oregon Department of Corrections said in a news release.

Bill O’Reilly sued for defamation by woman for breaching harassment settlement

A woman who settled a previous harassment lawsuit against former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly is suing him again for defamation.

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein is a former Fox producer who argues that O’Reilly has violated a settlement agreement with her that called on both sides not to disparage each other. She said in her lawsuit that O’Reilly and his previous employers at Fox news have made public comments about her settlement, which was not related to sexual harassment.

Government Corruption / Russian Collusion:

DOJ failed to interview FBI informant before it filed charges in Russian nuclear bribery case

While he was Maryland’s chief federal prosecutor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s office failed to interview the undercover informant in the FBI’s Russian nuclear bribery case before it filed criminal charges in the case in 2014, officials told The Hill.

And the prosecutors did not let a grand jury hear from the paid informant before it handed up an indictment portraying him as a “victim” of the Russian corruption scheme, or fully review his extensive trove of documents until months later, the officials confirmed.

House Intelligence chairman says he’s going to hold the FBI in contempt of Congress — here’s why

Ex-Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown sentenced for mail, wire and tax fraud involving sham charity

Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for mail, wire and tax fraud involving a sham charity.

A jury convicted Brown of stealing money from a bogus charity, One Door For Education, which purported to give scholarships to poor children but instead filled the coffers of Brown and her associates.

GOP Congressman Pledges To Repay Taxpayers For Sexual Harassment Settlement, Denies Wrongdoing

Republican Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold insists he did nothing wrong and told a local news station he plans to repay taxpayers the $84,000 sexual harassment paid out to a former staffer in 2014.

The Four Congressmen Under Pressure To Resign For Sexual Harassment

One Democratic senator, two House Democrats and one House Republican have been accused of sexual harassment or assault and are under pressure to resign.


Kate Steinle murder trial verdict sparks outrage

20-Time Deported Illegal Immigrant Convicted Of Sexual Assault, Sodomy Tells Victims’ Families He’ll See Them ‘In Hell’

An illegal immigrant who was deported 20 times, was convicted of sexual assault, sodomy, and kidnapping charges on Friday in an Oregon courtroom. When the sentence was announced, the convict told his victims’ families that he’ll see them in hell, reports Fox News.untitled

Mexico native Sergio Jose Martinez was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for attacks on two women, one of whom is a senior citizen.

Commentary / Opinion:

Every Republican president since the 1970s has been called a fascist. Ironic, no? After all, fascism has its roots in the left. Dinesh D’Souza, author of The Big Lie, explains.

Is Fascism Right Or Left?