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In The News:
The total number of workers receiving unemployment benefits is running at the lowest levels in 44 years, the Department of Labor reported Thursday in more encouraging news about the economy.
Over the most recent month, the total number of workers getting benefits fell to 1.73 million, the lowest such number since December of 1973, when the labor force was much smaller. In comparison, more than 6 million workers were getting such claims during the worst of the recession.
The untold story — the story the media refuses to tell — is that American small businesses are just banging it under the tax reform package the GOP Congress passed, every Democrat voted against, and Trump signed into law.
American economic strength as measured by unemployment, employment growth, GDP growth and other common measures is perhaps as hot as it has ever been. Even without knowing the exact numbers, Americans recognize this reality and that explains part of the reason President Trump’s approval ratings continue to rise and the generic Congressional ballot continues to narrow.
NEW JERSEY — Several people suffered minor injuries after a school bus overturned on the ramp of the New Jersey Turnpike, according to PIX11.
The accident happened near the Goethals Bridge in Elizabeth around 4 p.m.
According to PIX11, at least 60 people were on the bus. It is not yet known what school the bus is from.
Police say the cat was cut in the back and burned. It was rushed to the vet, but it later died.
Miller tried talking to the boy, he told him he would just call his parents. He didn’t want to hurt the kid so he loosened his grip on the boy’s wrists, and that’s when he got away, immediately lunging for his knife.
The Army National Guard officer who stole an armored personnel carrier and led authorities on a 60-mile chase claims he was just following commands from his superiors – a claim refuted by officials on Thursday.
Joshua Philip Yabut, 29, of Richmond, was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence of drugs and charged with eluding police and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to Virginia State Police.
Survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting and family members of nine of the 49 people killed are suing Orlando police officers and the city, saying they violated club patrons’ civil rights by not immediately entering the building to confront the gunman.
In a joint statement, the city and Orlando Police Department said “federal, state and local law enforcement officers and first responders put themselves in harm’s way to save as many lives as possible” at Pulse.
The suit is filed by attorneys from the Philadelphia-based Law Offices of Conrad J. Benedetto. Other survivors of the Pulse shooting, who are not listed as plaintiffs on this lawsuit, in a recent New York Times report accused the firm of using them to bring in more business from mass shootings across the country.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) Thursday is pressing Twitter and Google parent company Alphabet over whether they’ve struck up data-sharing arrangements with Chinese telecom companies.
The pressure follows revelations earlier this week that Facebook had shared data with several device makers, including some such as Huawei based in China.
Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative organizations as “hate groups.”
Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in policing their platforms for “hate speech” or “hate groups,” a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or unreasonable surveillance efforts, the Alphabet Inc said Thursday in standards for its business decisions in the nascent field.
The new restrictions could help Google management defuse months of protest by thousands of employees against the company’s work with the U.S. military to identify objects in drone video.
Google will pursue other government contracts including around cybersecurity, military recruitment and search and rescue, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Thursday.
Harrowing scenes of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history were released Wednesday as videos from the roof of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Hotel captured the chaos that ensued during and after the gunfire.
Las Vegas released the surveillance footage from the Oct. 1 massacre. The video cameras had already been pointed toward the Route 91 Harvest Festival when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.
Planned Parenthood has covered up sex abuse for years by failing to report victims who came to its clinics to get abortions.
Live Action, a “media movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion,” published an investigative report Thursday showing that the abortion organization has been complicit in aiding sex abuse for years and turning a blind eye to abuse so as not to stain its reputation.
Planned Parenthood told a 15-year-old Arizona girl who’d been raped that they wouldn’t report her rape to the police because it was too much of an inconvenience, a 2014 sheriff report shows. The abortion organization maintains that it mistakenly “miscoded” the incident as consensual sex rather than abuse.
MSNBC star Joy Reid physically threatened a senior colleague, accused a Republican politician of being gay on air and often referred to her hateful blog during a short-lived stint as a radio show co-host more than a decade ago, former superiors at the station told Fox News.
One described the host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy” as having been an “evil woman” in those days.
Reid has recently come under fire for old blog posts in which she made homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks, encouraged people to check out a 9/11 conspiracy-theory documentary that claims the U.S. government carried out the attacks, and shared an image of U.S. Sen. John McCain’s head PhotoShopped onto the body of the 2007 Virginia Tech gunman.
This from politicians who have pushed policies creating homeless and drug abuse crises throughout the state. They have now decided to clamp down on the use of the most basic needs of civilized living.
As the blog Zero Hedge put it, “it’s now against the law to do laundry and shower on the same day in the Sunshine State,” and they’re not exaggerating. Under the guise of addressing “climate change,” the new bill rations water to a degree that makes it impossible to maintain a healthy home environment.
“Sanctuary city, yeh!” a giddy Kenney sings before high-fiving Slusser.
The White House was not impressed and drew attention to the crimes committed by criminal illegal immigrants who have been protected by sanctuary policies.
“Many people in Philadelphia have been killed, raped or assaulted at the hands of criminal illegal aliens,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News. “It’s disgusting the mayor would dance in celebration of a lawless decision that allows these dangerous criminals to roam free in Philadelphia communities and prey on innocent families and children.”
A woman who faked a pregnancy for several months was found guilty on Tuesday of killing her former co-worker and kidnapping the victim’s newborn baby with the intent to raise the child as her own.
Yesenia Sesmas, 36, an illegal immigrant who was living in Dallas at the time, drove to Wichita, Kan. to shoot 27-year-old Laura Abarca on Nov. 17, 2016, and kidnap 6-day-old Sophia Gonzales. The baby was found safe two days later in Sesmas’ Dallas apartment and was returned to relatives.
The country’s largest business lobby pleaded with Congress this week to grant legal status to a million illegal immigrants, saying the job market is so hot that the country couldn’t stomach losing them if they are asked to leave.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also rejected proposals to cut future immigration levels, saying they “would be devastating to our economy.”
FBN host Lou Dobbs on Attorney General Jeff Sessions defending separating illegal immigrant parents from their children and a new poll showing that ethnic groups have a negative view of illegal immigration.
The Tesla Inc. Model X involved in a fatal crash in Mountain View, Calif. earlier this year sped up in the final seconds before the accident and its driver had his hands off the wheel, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday on a preliminary report on the accident.
The March 23 crash is one of several in recent months to bring Tesla vehicles and Autopilot, the Silicon Valley car maker’s suite of advanced driver-assistance systems, under close scrutiny from federal regulators and others.
Deep State/ Politics/Government Corruption:
As reported earlier the first DOJ leaks on the upcoming Inspector General report does not look good for fired former Director James Comey.
But the leaks to ABC News also reveal that Obama Attorney General Attorney General Loretta Lynch was determined to hide evidence of Hillary Clinton’s wrongdoing from the American public.
In the wake of reports that fired FBI Director James Comey is getting reprimanded for his defiance of authority in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email case, former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who’s become a thorn in the side of the establishment media she once represented, issued a friendly reminder about what Comey originally wrote concerning Clinton’s “grossly negligent” handling of classified information.
The DOJ’s inspector general will reportedly accuses former FBI and DOJ leadership of abusing their positions; reaction on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’
Debbie Wasserman Schultz sought to cover up the wrongdoings of Imran Awan who for more than a decade hacked Congressional servers, downloaded government data onto USB drives and presented the data to the Pakistani government and intel. So emboldened, Awan bragged that he had the “keys to the kingdom.” Thus, it is unfathomable that under President Donald J. Trump whose priority is draining the swamp that AG Sessions would double down on his betrayal of the President by not bringing charges against the Awan Brothers.
Take into account that according to the findings of The Daily Caller Foundation’s Luke Rosiak, the cover up of the hacking began at the same time that Democrats were spinning the Russian narrative. Yes, ANOTHER thread directly linking Democrats to the fake Russian narrative.
Ami Horowitz breaks down the details of Iran’s nuclear secrets in the aftermath of America’s withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal.
The Obama administration granted a license letting Iran access the United States financial system despite officials’ pledges that they would prohibit it, according to a draft report from the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
“On Feb. 24, 2016, the Treasury Department issued a specific license to Bank Muscat to authorize the conversion of Iran’s rials to euros through ‘any United States depository institution …,’” the draft report said. “Even after the specific license was issued, U.S. government officials maintained in congressional testimony that Iran would not be granted access to the U.S. financial system.”
“The Obama administration during the negotiation of the Iran deal misled the American people,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), subcommittee chairman. “I think they did so because they were desperate to get a deal.”
The ‘war on standards’: The FAA has added an irrelevant biographical questionnaire to the hiring process for air traffic controllers. Congress could intervene and require that hiring be dictated solely by actual qualifications. Will that happen?
In November, if House Speaker Paul Ryan gets his way, most GOP legislators “will be on record in support of amnesty,” Iowa Rep. Steve King told Breitbart News. “It is not going to help us in November” if there is a vote in the House on amnesty, King said.
The retiring Speaker is forcing a floor debate where Republicans will split their party by voting for a business-demanded amnesty, and where Democrats will unify their party by voting against reforms or a wall, said one source with knowledge of the draft details, adding:
The army dropped leaflets on the Gaza Strip Thursday morning, warning residents not to approach the fence or try to attack Israelis.
“Residents of the Gaza Strip! Greetings, and may Ramadan bring you blessings,” the leaflets said.” A wise man considers the results of his actions in advance and chooses the action whose benefits outweigh the costs. If you consider this with regard to approaching or crossing the fence, you’ll reach the conclusion that this act isn’t worthwhile and is even harmful.”
The leaflets also urged Gazans “not to let Hamas turn you into a tool to serve its narrow interests.
The Palestinians, who have been sending flaming kites from the Gaza Strip into Israel the past few weeks, say that their real goal is to “burn the Jews” and destroy Israel. They see the kites as a new weapon to achieve their goal. They are disappointed, they say, that no Jew has been hurt yet as a result of the fires triggered by the flaming kites.
The kites have ignited dozens of fires in Israeli fields and forests adjacent to the border with the Gaza Strip, much to the satisfaction of the Palestinians and their supporters in the Arab and Islamic countries, who took to various social media platforms to celebrate the “success” of the Palestinian terror kites.
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Muslim fasting month, but excluding other militant groups, such as Islamic State.
Ireland’s data protection chief said today that Yahoo broke EU law by failing to protect user information in Europe’s largest ever data breach — but issued no penalty against the company.
The case, which dates back to 2014, concerns the compromising of user information linked to some 500 million Yahoo accounts, of which about 39 million belonged to European users. The breach, Europe’s largest, was referred to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), which has jurisdiction over Yahoo’s activities in Europe.
News from the Blogosphere:
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers and school administrators would be able to ask a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students under a first-of-its-kind proposal announced Tuesday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A whiteboard message at Oregon State University’s library asks students to try to avoid eating foods, especially smelly foods, in shared spaces to be considerate of those who are observing Ramadan.
The Muslim holy month this year runs from about May 15 to June 14. During this period, Muslims are obligated to fast from dawn until sunset. Presumably, the sign was made to encourage non-observers to not eat foods with strong smells because it would make Muslim students’ hunger worse, or that it might be disrespectful.