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News and Headlines. 2/02/2018

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Job growth bounced back in January with 200,000 new payroll jobs, wage growth strongest since 2009

The economy added 200,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent in January, the Department of Labor reported Friday, as job creation bounced back to a robust pace.

Economists had expected job growth to pick up to about 175,000.

Media Fail: Trump Job Approval on Economy Soars to 51%

What was bound to happen appears to finally be happening… After more than a year–  without a single shred of evidence — of fake news-frenzies pushing conspiracy theories about Russian collusion/obstruction, in their infinite wisdom, the American people are finally tuning out the media’s neurotic white noise to turn their focus on what President Trump has actually accomplished.

With the scales falling from their eyes, they like what they see.

56 Rescued, More Than 500 Arrested In Calif. Sex Traffic Sting Operation

Hundreds of suspected sex traffickers are arrested in California in an annual sting operation.

As ‘National Slavery and Human Trafficking’ month came to a close, authorities in Los Angeles revealed the results of a state-wide sting operation to crack down on suspected traffickers.

Larry Nassar almost attacked by victim’s father in dramatic courtroom scene

The father of three Larry Nassar sex assault victims lunged at the disgraced doctor in a Michigan courtroom Friday, just moments after yelling he wanted “one minute with that b——!”

After two of his daughters spoke, the father, Randall Margraves, asked the judge to grant him “five minutes in a locked room with this demon.” The judge denied the request, so the man asked for one minute and then lunged at Nassar.

John Battaglia taunts ex-wife before being executed for killing their girls while she listened in horror

HUNTSVILLE — John David Battaglia went out with a joke and a grin.

Battaglia, 62, offered no apologies and showed no remorse for killing his daughters at his Deep Ellum loft in 2001.

Six-year-old Liberty Battaglia (left) and her 9-year-old sister, Faith,

Six-year-old Liberty Battaglia (left) and her 9-year-old sister, Faith, were murdered at their father’s Deep Ellum loft in 2001.

He seemed jovial, strapped to a gurney while witnesses arrived to watch his execution at the state’s Huntsville Unit.

The one-time accountant even said hello to his ex-wife, Mary Jean Pearle, who was there to watch him die.

John Battaglia

John Battaglia

“Well, hi, Mary Jean. I’ll see y’all later. Bye,” he said. “Go ahead, please.”

12-year-old girl in custody after ‘accidental’ school shooting: Police

A 12-year-old girl is in custody after four classmates were injured in a shooting at a Los Angeles middle school Thursday morning, authorities said.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and was in critical-but-stable condition, while a 15-year-old girl was shot in the wrist and in fair condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The two other children suffered minor wounds and were treated and released.

A Texas man vowed to forgive whoever killed most of his family. Then he learned it was his son.

Rage and faith were at war inside Kent Whitaker as he lay in a hospital bed with a 9mm bullet hole six inches from his heart.

It was December 2003, and the pillars of the Houston-area man’s life had just been ripped down. A husband of 28 years, now he was a widower. A father of two college-age boys, one was dead while the other was recovering from a gunshot wound. A man of faith, he was burning at God for letting tragedy strike.

Man Uses $1m Win To Finally Visit Doctor, Gets Terminal Cancer Diagnosis, Dies Weeks Later

A New York lottery winner who used some of his million-dollar prize to pay for a visit to the doctor, was told he had stage 4 cancer, and died several weeks later.

Donald Savastano, who won $1 million playing the New York Lottery’s ‘Merry Millionaire’ game, said on collecting his prize that he had bought the ticket on a whim and was hoping the money would change his life for the better.

Chicano Park, Patriot Picnic II – ABC 10 News Report

7 Minute video on Facebook, The new video shows Congressional Democrats, some of whom are still serving, hugging Farrakhan in 2006 at a church in New Orleans.

After Obama-Farrakhan Photo Bombshell, New Footage Emerges Of Democrats Hugging Nation Of Islam Leader

Images of multiple congressional Democrats hugging, embracing and coordinating with Louis Farrakhan have surfaced, just shortly after a never-before-seen, 2005 photo of Barack Obama and Louis Farrakhan was released to the public.

AZ House votes to expel Rep. Don Shooter


The Arizona House voted Thursday to expel Rep. Don Shooter following claims of sexual harassment.

Before the vote, Shooter addressed the House.

Mesnard also announced that Shooter has been permanently removed from all committee assignments.

16 children died from flu last week as concerns mount

Feb. 2 (UPI) — Sixteen more children died of influenza last week, bringing the total amount of pediatric deaths this season to 53, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

According to the CDC’s Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, flu activity is widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico. Oregon is the only state besides Hawaii with lower flu activity levels.

Colin Kaepernick: More than 200,000 fans boycott NFL, Super Bowl in name of QB

Feb. 2 (UPI) — A petition to boycott the NFL and the Super Bowl in the name of Colin Kaepernick has earned more than 200,000 signatures.

The petition officially started six months ago, calling for fans to boycott the league if Kaepernick did not play in 2017. It has been updated to specify that fans will not watch the Super Bowl.

Deep State / Government Corruption:

Fox News video, Catherine Herridge details contents of FISA memo.

House memo states disputed dossier was key to FBI’s FISA warrant to surveil members of Team Trump

A memo that shows alleged government surveillance abuse  includes testimony from a high-ranking government official who says without the infamous Trump dossier, the FBI and DOJ would not have secured surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team, Fox News has learned.

According to sources, the memo, which has been at the center of an intense power struggle between congressional Republicans, has been declassified ahead of its expected release later Friday

It also claims the FBI and DOJ used media reporting to lend credibility to the dossier, while the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, briefed major American news outlets to include New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, New Yorker, Yahoo and Mother Jones.

The memo shoes that after former British spy Christopher Steele was cut off from the FBI, he continued to pass information, as did Fusion GPS, through Justice Department Official Bruce Ohr.  Ohr’s wife Nellie began working for Fusion GPS as early as May 2016.

The House Intel Memo On FISA Abuse Was Just Released. Read It Here

House Intelligence memo released: What it says

The House Intelligence Committee has released its controversial memo outlining alleged abuses of secret surveillance by the FBI and Justice Department in the Trump-Russia investigation. Here are some key points:

White House: GOP memo ‘raises serious concerns’ for DOJ and FBI

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – The White House has released a statement on the House Intelligence Committee memo, accusing the Department of Justice and the FBI of abusing surveillance powers to look into President Donald Trump’s campaign.

The White House said the memo calls into question the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice. Here is the full statement:

Outcry over the Nunes memo is damning for Democrats and FBI

The release of the four-page memo by the House Intelligence Committee has triggered preset responses from both sides. The memo is, in fact, enlightening in a number of respects. However, the most alarming elements may be what it does not contain.

First, it is important to start with what we previously knew. At the heart of this controversy is the dossier that was compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, and Fusion GPS with funding from Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Previously, Clinton’s top campaign lawyer, Marc Elias, and former campaign chairman, John Podesta, denied any connection to the dossier. After news stores confirmed the funding, Elias and Clinton herself admitted that they did fund this effort.

New Strzok, Page Texts Discuss Evasion of Message Archiving

Newly released text messages between a pair of FBI anti-Trump officials at the center of the Russia investigation controversy show that they sought to “get around” rules established by the government to preserve text messages, stating that none of the agencies abide by the rules then “why should we.”

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page discussed getting new Apple iPhones, in lieu of their Samsung 5 government issued phones in text messages they exchanged in August 2016. They noted in the texts that the new phones would help keep their text messages from government collection after speaking with the FBI’s IT director, according to newly released August 2016 text messages.

GOP lawmaker on memo: FBI conduct ‘constitutes treason’

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) said the FBI’s surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser detailed in a controversial intelligence memo released Friday “constitutes treason.”

Gosar said in a statement that he will co-author a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking “criminal prosecution against these traitors to our nation,” referring to those who authorized the surveillance warrant.



COLUMBIA, SC (WBTV) – An illegal immigrant who was charged with the death of a Midlands infant was once again in court.

Carmen Flores-Bautista, 39, of Mexico, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Columbia, to illegal re-entry, a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326(a).

United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.


HARNETT COUNTY, NC (The Daily Record) – An Anderson Creek man is in the Harnett County Jail on charges he molested a young child multiple times.

Hector Jose Pilarte Jr., 25, faces 14 charges of child molestation and one count of statutory sex offense involving a child under the age of 15.

According to Harnett County Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Huber, the charges stem from a “non-forcible” relationship between Mr. Pilarte and a child younger than age 15 last summer.


JACKSONVILLE, NC (News Channel 12) – An Onslow County man pleaded guilty to second degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Onslow County Superior Court on Monday for a 2015 Christmas Eve shooting.

Pedro De La O, 50, of Daisy Street in Jacksonville was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury in December 2015. Arrest warrants at the time showed De La O killed Fernando Alonzo and assaulted Pascual Monjaraz-Sierra with a 9mm semi-automatic firearm.

ICE raid hits 77 businesses in Northern California

Less than a month after federal immigration officials raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted another sweep this week in Northern California, officials said Thursday.

This time, ICE agents searched 77 businesses in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas in what was believed to be the largest localized raid since President Donald Trump took office, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Commentary / Opinion:

The Dan Bongino Show: Memo Special Edition

House Intelligence Committee Releases Full Memo Alleging Serious Breaches By FBI In Russian Investigation

JONATHAN TURLEY I will be discussing the memo today in a column as well as in the segment with Tucker Carlson.   I fail to see the “grave” classified information that would put the national security at risk.  Indeed, my column addresses the disconnect between the objections made by the FBI and Democratic members and the actual memo. The use of classification laws to prevent disclosure of embarrassing information is itself an abuse of federal law and standards.

My experience with Andy McCabe: No criticizing James Comey allowed

I don’t know former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. I’ve never met him. But I was supposed to. I was in an FBI car last June on my way to meet him and other top law enforcement leaders at a counterterrorism communications training event at the 9/11 Museum in New York City when McCabe suddenly ordered me not to show up. The car pulled up outside the museum and I was told not to come inside. I took a taxi back to my hotel and went home.

Based on my one and only experience with McCabe, it proved to me that he has a “circle the wagons and protect James Comey at all costs” approach that is inconsistent with the type of behavior our nation should expect from a man who, at the time, was leading the FBI.

Here’s what happened.