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News and Headlines. 3/19/2018

Covered today in News and Headlines, World news, Deep State/Government Corruption, In The News, Commentary/Opinion.

In The news:

Airbus wants to bring down a defunct space station with a giant harpoon

Junk in orbit around the Earth is becoming a bigger problem every year. Space agencies are tracking some 7,000 tons of debris, adding up to more than 20,000 pieces larger than 10 centimeters. European space agencies and private companies, in a joint effort called RemoveDebris, plan to test a variety of different possible solutions next month with a satellite launched aboard a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station.

Airbus wants to bring down a defunct space station with a giant harpoon

Airbus wants to bring down a defunct space station with a giant harpoon

Defense Official: Trump is Serious About Creating a Space Force

WASHINGTON — After President Trump told Marines in California that he believed the U.S. military should have a space force, there was confusion. Was he serious? Was it an off-the-cuff riff? And why would he endorse an idea adamantly opposed by his own Defense Department?

The president apparently was not joking.

Supreme Court won’t rule on legality of death penalty

March 19 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a plea to review an Arizona death penalty case that questions the constitutionality of capital punishment, both locally and nationwide.

The request in Hidalgo v. Arizona was based on an appeal of the death sentence given convicted killer Abel Hidalgo, who killed two Arizona men in 2001 and two Idaho women a year later.

Congressman suggests Second Amendment as means of opposing Trump

Rep. Tom Suozzi made the remark to constituents at a town hall last week, saying that folks opposed to Trump might resort to the “Second Amendment.”

“It’s really a matter of putting public pressure on the president,” Suozzi said in a newly released video of the March 12 talk in Huntington. “This is where the Second Amendment comes in, quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts? What would you do? What would we do?”

Dem leaders pull back from hard-line immigration demand

While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders had hinged their support for last month’s budget caps deal on a commitment from Republicans to consider legislation salvaging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, they’ve signaled they won’t hold a similar line heading into next week’s expected vote on an omnibus spending bill.

DC council member apologizes after blaming snowfall on Jewish bankers controlling climate

A Washington D.C. council member apologized Sunday evening after he blamed a snow squall on a well-known Jewish banking dynasty.

Washington D.C. city council member Trayon White. (File)

Washington D.C. city council member Trayon White. (File)

In an Instagram post, Democrat Trayon White apologized to “the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended.”

Mark Zuckerberg once called Facebook users ‘dumb f***s’ for handing personal data over to him

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s comments that early users of his social network were ‘dumb f***s’ for trusting him with their data have re-emerged.

Zuckerberg made the shocking remark during an instant messenger conversation with a friend at the age of 19, shortly after launching the site.

The leaked conversation was published in a Medium blog post by journalist Maria Bustillos.

Ms Bustillos it shows that Zuckerberg has a long history of disregarding the privacy expectations of users over handling of their data.

Facebook under pressure as EU, U.S. urge probes of data practices

Facebook’s shares fell more than 7 percent, wiping around $40 billion off its market value, set for their biggest drop since September 2012, as investors worried that new legislation could damage the company’s lucrative advertising business.

“The lid is being opened on the black box of Facebook’s data practices, and the picture is not pretty,” said Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor who has written about Silicon Valley’s use of data.

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In California’s rural, conservative north, there are big dreams for cleaving the state

Baird had just finished an impassioned speech about Jefferson in Placerville last month when Riley Taresh, 19, stepped up to the microphone, her voice solemn.

“How much longer do we have to wait?” she asked. “I only have a few more years where I can go to school here before I have to leave because I won’t be able to afford to stay in California.”

Taresh, of Shingle Springs, works part time at Payless ShoeSource while attending Folsom Lake College. She can’t afford to move out of her parents’ home. She wants to work in the medical field and stay in Northern California, but “as a working-class poor, it is not possible for me,” she said. She believes her chances at getting into a four-year state university were hindered, in part, because she is white.

Are some states headed for Splitsville? Movement grows to allow sections of states to break away

Kotkin further notes it’s not just California where this blue versus red battle is brewing, but up the West Coast, where eastern Oregon battles against the policies of Portland, and eastern Washington against Seattle. For that matter, there’s Chicago against downstate Illinois, and New York City versus upstate New York.  And the policy divisions are not just economic, but often traditional versus progressive politics regarding issues such as marijuana, gun control and the environment.

Abortion Proponents Shovel Fake News About Pregnancy Centers In Advance Of Supreme Court Arguments

The claims that advertising state-sponsored abortion is a public health benefit and that large numbers of women in California are unaware of the availability of publicly funded abortion are debatable at best. Nevertheless, the campaign was launched to coincide with the upcoming Supreme Court oral arguments in an attempt to sway public opinion against the benevolence of these crisis pregnancy

Twitter Would Rather Punish Conservative Steven Crowder Than Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan

While this is common knowledge among conservatives, the most recent examples of such a double standard are truly glaring. Conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel that showed his intern crashing an LGBT panel on gender fluidity at SXSW, where he went undercover as a man who identified as a computer. YouTube removed the video. And Twitter suspended Crowder’s account.

Self-driving Uber car kills Arizona pedestrian, police say

Officials said an Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle Monday — an incident believed to be the first of its kind.

Justice Department Obtains $625,000 Settlement Of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Two St. Louis Landlords

The Justice Department today announced a settlement with two St. Louis landlords, Hezekiah and Jameseva Webb, to resolve a lawsuit alleging that they violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting fifteen female tenants in their rental properties to sexual harassment over the course of two decades.

Florida police officer shot while serving arrest warrant

A Florida police officer has been shot and wounded while serving an arrest warrant at the home of a man facing charges for making violent threats to his family.

Tampa police announced on social media that Officer Richard Lehr was released from a hospital Monday afternoon.

Firefighter Thomas Phelan who evacuated hundreds on 9/11 dies of cancer at 45

City firefighter Thomas Phelan, an unsung hero of 9/11 who evacuated hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan while working as a ferry captain, has died.

He was 45.

City firefighter Thomas Phelan,

City firefighter Thomas Phelan, an unsung hero of 9/11 who evacuated hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan while working as a ferry captain, has died.

Phelan died Friday of cancer. His illness was believed to be related to his exposure to the toxic fumes swirling around Ground Zero, officials and friends said.

Deep State / Government Corruption:

Majority in new poll: ‘Deep state’ manipulating policy

A majority of Americans believes a faction of unelected officials is orchestrating policy in Washington, D.C., according to a new poll.

The Monmouth University Polling Institute found that 74 percent of respondents believe in a “deep state” when it is described as a collection of unelected officials running policy. Twenty-one percent said they do not believe this kind of group exists.

Andrew McCabe Was Under Investigation Before Donald Trump Became President (VIDEO)

HEMINGWAY: It is really important I think for mainstream journalists to tell this story accurately. Andrew McCabe was under investigation before Trump was even taking office. The Office of Professional Ethics found that he was in need of being fired. Yes, there are a lot of other issues. He was involved in quite a few leaks during the Trump administration, and I think Trump takes that quite personally, but this is separate from that. This is about the FBI’s career personnel and the Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility saying this guy should be fired.

Fox News Video: Swamp Watch: Foreign government lobbying

Foreign interference in our democracy has been going on for decades and the democrat, and republican, establishments are both up to their necks in it

Fox News Video: Fitton: Firing of Andrew McCabe is just the beginning

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton shares his perspective on ‘Fox & Friends First.’

James Comey could be in ‘serious trouble’ for an admission he made to Congress last year. See the proof for yourself.

McCabe’s admission that Comey was aware of the leak presents a large problem for the former FBI director. That’s because he told Congress something completely different during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last May.

Bongino Hits Back at John Brennan, Samantha Power: ‘Your Hubris Is Overwhelming’

Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, was critical of Brennan’s remarks, calling the tweet he sent out “disgusting.”

“Brennan’s worried about how he claimed – under oath, by the way – that he had no information about the [Trump] dossier, yet went up and briefed people on Capitol Hill,” he said.

“Stay off the air, go get a lawyer and pipe down. You’re in a lot more trouble than you think you are.

GOP chairman threatens subpoena for FBI records on Clinton probe

The head of the House Judiciary Committee is threatening to soon issue a subpoena against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking documents into how the FBI handled it’s probe into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server as secretary of State.

Graham Calls For McCabe Firing Inquiry. Has He Paid Any Attention The Past Two Years?

Instead of inquiring into why McCabe was fired or falsely accusing the Trump administration of undermining democracy, maybe Graham and Flake can swallow their Never-Trump pride and bring some transparency to the actions and motivations of those who seem intent on bringing down this president, beginning with Robert Mueller and ending with Barack Obama. They owe it to the “average American,” don’t you think?

World News:

U.S. bans use of Venezuelan-issued cryptocurrency

March 19 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order blocking U.S. transactions involving cryptocurrency issued on or on behalf of the Venezuelan government.

Conservatives Fight Trudeau’s Exclusion Of Faith Groups From Jobs Funding

OTTAWA — The official opposition Conservatives are opposing the Trudeau government’s plan to exclude faith groups from Canada Summer Jobs funding.

The program provides financial assistance for groups seeking to hire summer students, but the Trudeau government is demanding that recipients of the money first declare that they do not oppose full access to “reproductive rights,” or abortion on demand, as part of their “core mandate.”

Assad visits Syrian troops after retaking of Eastern Ghouta

March 19 (UPI) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Eastern Ghouta, the Damascus suburb newly recaptured by government forces, in a rare public appearance.

The Latest: UN rights chief blocked from speaking on Syria

The U.N. human rights chief has been blocked from speaking to the Security Council about the situation in Syria after Russia, backed by China and others, protested that the U.N. body charged with ensuring international peace and security should not be discussing human rights.

French consulate worker arrested for smuggling arms to Palestinians

March 19 (UPI) — An employee of the French consulate in Jerusalem has been arrested and charged with smuggling more than 70 firearms from Gaza to Palestinians in the West Bank.

Romain Franck was identified by Israel’s Shin Bet security service as playing a role in the Palestinian gun-running ring.

Commentary / Opinion:

No one can pretend Facebook is just harmless fun any more

We have now reached the point where an unaccountable private corporation is holding detailed data on over a quarter of the world’s population. Zuckerberg and his company have been avoiding responsibility for some time. Governments everywhere need to get serious in how they deal with Facebook.

The Dan Bongino Show : March 19, 2018: Ep. 679 Shut This Thing Down

In this episode I address more stunning revelations about the relationships between key officials involved in the Trump investigation, the Clintons, and the judicial system. I also cover the new liberal narrative being used to attack Trump and how it is a Trojan Horse for government regulation of the Internet.