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News and Headlines. 4/19/2018


Today in News and Headlines Excellent Commentary/Opinion on James Comey and Andrew McCabe, Racism and Blacks In Power. In The NewsImmigration/Sanctuary State, World News.

In The News:

Tennessee boy, 7, dragged off school bus by feet in shocking video

A 7-year-old boy from Memphis allegedly suffered a concussion after he was dragged off a school bus by his feet in an incident captured on video.

The boy, a student at Robert R. Church Elementary School, was forcibly removed from school bus by an unidentified male employee on April 12, FOX13 reported. Shortly before the video was recorded, the employee was allegedly breaking up a fight.

3 men convicted in plot to attack Somali immigrants with weapon of mass destruction

Patrick Eugene Stein, 49, of Kansas, Curtis Allen, 50, of Kansas, and Gavin Wright, 49, of Oklahoma, were convicted on one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy to violate the housing rights of their intended victims. In addition, Wright was also convicted of lying to the FBI.

Montville Superintendent, high school principal, assistant principal arrested in aftermath of fight video

Brian Levesque, 45 of Brooklyn Conn., the superintendent of schools, was charged with failure to report abuse. Tatiana Patten, 59, of Niantic, was also charged with failure to report abuse. She is the Assistant Principal of Montville High. Jeffrey Theodoss, 64, of Shrewsbury Mass., the principal of Montville high was also charged with failure to report abuse.

Houston 911 operator found guilty of hanging up on callers

Prosecutors say she worked as a 911 operator for a year and a half, ending in 2016. Records showed that thousands of calls lasting less than 20 seconds were attributed to her hanging up.

Calls varied from reports of robberies and homicides to reports of speeding vehicles.

Police: 4 dead, 3 wounded in domestic shooting

Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper says Maurice Laron Garner attacked the family Wednesday night after arguing with his girlfriend at the hospital where she worked.

Inspector general referred findings on McCabe to U.S. attorney for consideration of criminal charges

The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in D.C. to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, according to people familiar with the matter.

The referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office occurred some time ago, after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.

Judicial Watch Statement on Justice IG Criminal Referral of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to U.S. Attorney

Judicial Watch uncovered documents about McCabe’s conflicted handling of the Clinton investigation that should have triggered action months ago. Judicial Watch’s finds on FBI and McCabe corruption generated irresistible public pressure for accountability.

McCabe’s potential criminal acts, on James Comey’s watch, are further proof that both the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations were irredeemably compromised. The Clinton email investigation was a sham and the Trump-Russia investigation is an abuse. Unfortunately the cover-up continues, the Justice Department and FBI are playing shell games, and refusing to turn over McCabe text messages in Judicial Watch FOIA litigation.

Southwest Airlines opposed a recommended safety check on its jet engines

Southwest Airlines on Tuesday (April 17) experienced the first accident-related fatality on a US passenger airline since 2009 after an engine failure. Now the Associated Press and Reuters report that Southwest had previously opposed a recommendation by its engine manufacturer to inspect fan blades within 12 months, arguing that it needed more time for the inspections.

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Southwest-engine-failure Inspecting what went wrong. (NTSB via AP)

Southwest, however, said airlines needed 18 months to perform the inspections and that only some of the 24 blades should be checked, according to Reuters. Southwest was not the only airline to oppose the recommendation.

Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — Tammie Jo Shults was determined to “break into the club” of male military aviators.

One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults flew training missions as an enemy pilot during Operation Desert Storm, while working with other women to see a rule excluding them from combat flights repealed.

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Tammie Jo Shults One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy,

Twenty-five years later, Shults was at the controls of the Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 Tuesday when it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of the engines on the Boeing 737 exploded while the plane was traveling 500 mph (800 kph) at 30,000 feet (9144 m) with 149 people on board.

No Thanks: New Poll Shows Most Voters Aren’t Interested in Impeaching Trump

Democrats in a number of congressional districts are promising to impeach President Trump should they win back the House.

But according to a new NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll most voters, including independents, aren’t interested and would rather see candidates focused on healthcare and the economy.

Donald Trump’s NASA administrator has finally been confirmed by the Senate

Jim Bridenstine, perhaps the most politically controversial NASA administrator in history, was confirmed today (April 19) on a party-line vote in the Senate, giving the US space agency a permanent leader for the first time in 15 months.

The 50-49 vote puts the Oklahoma congressman in charge of the sprawling space agency and its $20-billion annual budget.

Judge denies request to dismiss case against Mo. Gov. Greitins

Greitens was indicted in February on one count of invasion of privacy. He is accused of threatening to release a nude photo of a woman to keep her from discussing their affair. He faces felony invasion-of-privacy charges for allegedly transmitting the nude photo, which officials say he took without her consent. Greitens admitted the affair, but denied blackmail claims.

Three New Plaintiffs Join James Damore’s Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google

Manuel Amador, Stephen McPherson, and Michael Burns, who were all job applicants turned down by Google, have joined the lawsuit.

“As amply supported by the allegations set forth in this First Amended Complaint, Google has adopted a pattern and practice of disparately and adversely treating similarly situated job applicants because of the applicants’ race, sex, and political affiliations and activities,” declares the updated lawsuit.

Google Lawsuit: Senior Engineer Alon Altman Wanted to Sabotage Trump’s Android Phone, Ban His Gmail Account

Calling on the tech giant to use the “full economic force [of] Google for good”, Altman also suggested deleting the gmail accounts of Trump, his administration, and his aides for “abuse.”

Altman – who is still employed by the tech giant – also called on Google to blacklist “alt-right’ sites on the Google ad network (she falsely included Breitbart News in this category — an assertion refuted by a Harvard and M.I.T. study), and take down all “alt right videos” from YouTube. She also called on the tech giant to remove “neo-Nazi sites such as ‘The Daily Stormer’” from the Google search index.

Pentagon awards $67.8M contract for Ballistic Missile Defense System

April 19 (UPI) — MacAulay-Brown Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Missile Defense Agency for development and services to support the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

U.S. Army soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

U.S. Army soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment conduct march order emplacement and system validation for the MIM-104 Patriot missile battery at an Israeli exercise site during Juniper Cobra. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew/U.S. Air Force

The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $67.8 million under a competitive cost-plus-fixed-fee level of effort contract.

HII contracted for repairs, upgrades on USS Gerald R. Ford

April 19 (UPI) — Huntington Ingalls was awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy for continued services on the USS Gerald R. Ford, a first-in-class naval aircraft carrier.

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The future USS Gerald R. Ford sails on its own power for the first time out of Newport News, Va., on April 8, 2017, before embarking on its builder’s sea trials, a comprehensive test of many of the ship’s key systems and technologies. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy | License Photo

The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $10.7 million under the terms of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, which is a modification to a previous award.

Latest Taunt: ISIS Threatens to Attack NYC Subway

ISIS’ latest threat is against New York City, where the group has promised to attack the subway. A new poster appeared on a messaging platform used by the terror group showing a man standing inside Brooklyn Bridge Station at High Street,  the Daily Mail reported.

Behind him sticks of dynamite are shown rigged to a timer. The poster states, “You will not expect where we will attack.”

Immigration/Sanctuary State:

Alleged East Coast leader of MS-13 facing New York charges

Drug Enforcement Administration agents have brought the alleged East Coast crime boss of the notorious street gang MS-13 to New York to face murder conspiracy and drug-trafficking charges.

Illegal immigrant Uber driver raped passenger then fled to native Ghana, police say

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Boston 25 that a federal immigration detainer should have been placed on Amfo. Weymouth police claimed it forwarded the detainer to Quincy District Court.

Frederick Amdo, an Uber driver from Ghana, was arrested in connection with a rap

Frederick Amdo, an Uber driver from Ghana, was arrested in connection with a rape in Weymouth, Mass. He was released on $10,00 bail and has since fled the county. (Weymouth Police Department)

“The court chose not to forward the detainer to Norfolk County, allowing for his subsequent release on bail from custody,” the agency said in a statement. “This case highlights the potential dangers of policies that prohibit cooperation with ICE.”

Most Californians back more deportations; nearly half support travel ban, survey finds

An overwhelming majority of Californians want to deport more illegal immigrants, and nearly half support President Trump’s travel ban aimed at reducing terrorism, according to a new survey from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

But in reporting the findings of the statewide December 2017 survey, the Haas Institute on Wednesday appeared to put a liberal spin on some of the results.

San Diego votes to join Trump administration’s lawsuit against California’s sanctuary city law

San Diego County voted Tuesday to become the latest in a string of local governments throughout California backing the Trump administration lawsuit against the state over its sanctuary city laws.

After hearing from residents, the all-Republican San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to support a lawsuit by the federal government over laws it says limit police cooperation with federal immigration agents. One member was absent during Tuesday’s vote.

Trump thanks San Diego County for supporting legal action against California’s ‘sanctuary’ law

President Trump thanked San Diego County Thursday for supporting the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California’s new “sanctuary state” law.

“Thank you San Diego County for defending the rule of law and supporting our lawsuit against California’s illegal and unconstitutional ‘Sanctuary’ policies,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “California’s dangerous policies release violent criminals back into our communities, putting all Americans at risk.”

 

World News:

Mexican priest stabbed to death in church

He is the 22nd priest killed in Mexico during the current administration, which began in 2012, according to the Catholic Multimedia Center. It said Mexico leads Latin America in the killing of priests.

Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro’s place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.

It was the first time Castro has laid out a clear vision for the nation’s power structure after his retirement or death, a vision in which Diaz-Canel is Castro’s true successor as total leader of Cuba.

Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another.

President Bashar al-Assad scored a major victory this month by retaking eastern Ghouta, the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus, putting his forces in by far their strongest position since the early months of the seven-year-old civil war.

North Korea seeks ‘complete denuclearization,’ Moon says; U.S. vows pressure

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea has expressed its commitment to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula and has not attached conditions, South Korea’s president said on Thursday, but Washington remains wary and has vowed to maintain “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said agreements about denuclearization, establishing a peace regime and normalization of relations between the Koreas and the United States should not be difficult to reach through a North-South summit next week, and a later summit planned between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Commentary/Opinion:

Comey and McCabe Leap From The Moral High Ground Into The Trump Abyss

Clearly the book was not helpful to the investigation, but that did not matter to Comey who saw the greater need as advancing himself as the personification of virtue and ethics — while cashing in on the first tell-all book from a former FBI Director.

Comey’s Tell-All Book Tells All You Need To Know About Comey

One could easily ask what any of this has to do with justice as an ideal, let alone the Justice Department as an institution. Comey’s book makes the answer plain: Nothing. Comey is selling himself with the vigor of a Kardashian and the viciousness of a Trump. While professing to write the book to protect the FBI as an institution, Comey is doing that institution untold harm by joining an ignoble list of tell-all authors.

Is America Racist?

Is America racist? Is it — as President Barack Obama said — “part of our DNA”? Author and talk-show host Larry Elder examines America’s legacy of racism, whether it’s one we can ever escape, and in the process offers a different way of looking at things like Ferguson, crime, police and racial profiling.

Blacks in Power Don’t Empower Blacks

Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. How has this affected the black community? Jason Riley of The Manhattan Institute answers the question in this video.

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