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News and Headlines. 6/19/2018


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In The New:

Bizarre deep sea creature washes up on Texas beach, puzzles park rangers

An odd-looking fish that lives on the ocean floor shocked Texas park rangers when it washed up on Padre Island National Seashore in Corpus Christi, Texas, last week.

Photographer Edie Bresler was scanning the beach for hidden treasures when he spotted the big-eyed fish. With its bumpy skin and wide mouth, Bresler wasn’t exactly sure what he was looking at. So, he quickly took out his camera and started snapping.

CLOSE-UP FACE VIEW OF BATFISH

CLOSE-UP FACE VIEW OF BATFISH WAITING IN SAND BOTTOM CORAL REEF (Yann HUBERT)

“I have been beach combing all my life so to come across something strange like this was totally exciting,” Bresler explained in a Facebook post on Thursday. “It got even better when I took the photographs to the park rangers and they were equally baffled.”

Idaho Has the Second Best Ranking in the 2018 Family Prosperity Index

The Family Prosperity Index (FPI) provides federal, state, and local policymakers—as well as religious and civic leaders and community-minded citizens—the roadmap needed to develop economic and social policies that improve the well-being and prosperity of American families and their communities.

No other measure provides more credible and comprehensive insights into how the economy affects families, and how families affect the economy.

Unlike Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the unemployment rate, and other standard measures of economic performance, the FPI recognizes the vital, central role that families play as the engine of the American economy. Only by recognizing the central role of the family can any measure of the economy provide a complete, accurate, and useful picture of American prosperity and cultural well-being.

 

‘It’s the Economy, Stupid’: CNBC Correspondent Says Trump on Track to Win Again

A CNBC correspondent said Sunday that she believes President Trump will win re-election in 2020 if the economy continues on its current track.

During a panel discussion on FOX 11 in Los Angeles alongside Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell, Jane Wells argued that even voters who believe Trump is a “buffoon” will vote for him if the economy is strong.

Americans’ Satisfaction With Country’s Direction Hits 12-Year High in New Poll

More Americans are satisfied with the direction of the country than at any point in the past 12 years, according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll, which was released Monday, shows that 38 percent of respondents are “satisfied with the way things are going,” the highest number since 2005.

“The satisfaction rate, which Gallup has measured at least monthly since 2001, has now topped 35% three times this year — a level reached only three times in the previous 12 years (once each in 2006, 2009 and 2016),” the report says.

Federal judge tosses Kansas voter ID law, orders state’s top prosecutor to undergo legal training

A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications.

In an extraordinary rebuke, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson also ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to complete an additional six hours of legal education on top of other requirements before he can renew his law license for the upcoming year. She imposed the sanction for his numerous disclosure violations.

The 118-page decision came in two consolidated cases challenging a Kansas voter registration law requiring people to provide documents such as a birth certificate, U.S. passport or naturalization papers.

Church Forced to Remove “Anger Provoking” Billboards Declaring “America is a Christian Nation

Billboards promoting a celebration of faith and freedom at the First Baptist Church in Dallas were removed after complaints from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas Morning News.

The patriotic billboard campaign included the title of the sermon Dr. Robert Jeffress planned to deliver on June 24 – “America is a Christian Nation.”

“We were told by the billboard company that the message was divisive,” Jeffress told the Todd Starnes Radio Show.

The sermon title was inspired by a comments made by Supreme Court Justices John Jay and David Josiah Brewer – both of whom described America as a Christian nation.

Muslim professor made students remove shoes, praise Allah before entering office

Felix Coe, a former professor of biology at the public university, was seen berating a female student for not removing her shoes before addressing him in his office, according to a video posted last week by Jihad Watch.

“I am a Muslim,” he later explained. “You don’t come into my office with dirty shoes. That’s a curse.”

Mr. Coe then referred the woman to two signs posted outside his office that read, “Remove shoes before entering,” and “Knock first, then request entry / Say: Bismillah.”

“Bismillah” means “in the name of Allah” in Arabic.

Documents detail journey of woman accused of slaying husband

A woman accused of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman she later met in Florida stood in an acquaintance’s driveway staring at her car, then fled when the acquaintance appeared, according to newly released documents that detail her daily movements.

The state attorney’s office for Lee County, Florida, released about 2,600 documents on Monday showing the day-to-day actions of Riess, charged with first-degree murder in the April 9 fatal shooting of Pamela Hutchinson in Fort Myers. Officials believe Riess targeted Hutchinson because they looked alike, and because Riess wanted to assume Hutchinson’s identity.

Cops hunt ‘hotel rapist’ linked to six sex assaults in DC area

Officials are working to identify a suspect they are calling the “D.C.-area Hotel Rapist,” believed to be responsible for violently raping at least six women in the Washington D.C. area over a seven-year span.

Investigators say between Aug. 22, 1998, and Feb. 6, 2006, a serial rapist violently assaulted six to nine women — most of them hotel housekeepers — in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. They say six of the attacks have been definitively linked to one person by DNA samples.

Authorities have released a composite sketch of the suspect made in 2003, left, and an age-progressed composite sketch showing what he may look like today.

Authorities have released a composite sketch of the suspect made in 2003, left, and an age-progressed composite sketch showing what he may look like today. (Montgomery County [Md.] Police Department and Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department / Parabon Nano Labs )

According to officials, the assailant would enter hotel rooms inconspicuously and rape housekeepers as they cleaned rooms. They say the suspect used a box cutter, a necktie or a cord to threaten and harm his victims in several of the reported incidents.

Man who tried to seduce teen boy with Sprite and chicken Alfredo is sentenced

An Ohio man who police say tried to lure an underage boy with Sprite and a popular chicken dish was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty.

Albert Maruna, now 23, will serve seven days in the Mahoning County jail, WFMJ reported. He was arrested in December after the 15-year-old boy he planned to meet turned out to be an undercover cop.

Albert Maruna, 23, was sentenced Monday

Albert Maruna, 23, was sentenced Monday to seven days in jail after investigators alleged he attempted to seduce who he thought was a teen boy he met on a dating app. (Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office)

Maruna will also spend 120 days on house arrest after his week in jail, and will be on probation for three years. He must also register as a Tier 1 sex offender, according to the news station.

ER doctor caught on video cursing out patient is suspended

An emergency room doctor at a Northern California hospital has been suspended after she was caught on video allegedly ridiculing a patient after he collapsed from an apparent anxiety attack.

Samuel Bardwell, a 20-year-old student at West Valley College in Saratoga, made a trip to the El Camino Hospital Los Gatos after passing out during a basketball practice on June 11, The Mercury News reported.

Beth Keegstra, the ER doctor who attended to Bardwell — who reportedly was unable to speak and was numb at the time — seemingly didn’t take the man’s health claims seriously when she was caught on camera allegedly mocking him.

Immigration:

Illegal immigrant charged with killing two Miami women, dumping bodies on street

An illegal immigrant has been charged with killing two Miami prostitutes and dumping their bodies on the street, according to reports.

Juan Carols Hernandez-Caseres, a 37-year-old roofer, was arrested Saturday for the murders months apart of Ann Farrin, 41, and Neidy Roche, 39, the Miami Herald reported. He is being held without bail. The 39-year-old is also being held on an immigration detainer.

Mugshot for Juan Carlos Hernandez-Caseres, 37.

Mugshot for Juan Carlos Hernandez-Caseres, 37. (Miami-Dade County Corrections)

Their bodies were found where they had been dumped by a man in a car, according to the paper and WTVJ.

Fake News and Fake Snopes ‘Fact Check’ As Jose Vargas Spreads Staged Caged-Kid Photo

In 2011, Vargas revealed that he had been in the U.S. illegally for decades. Among other things, as NewsBusters editor Tim Graham noted at the time, he “lied to a string of media outlets” which employed him “about his immigration status.”

It turns out that the photo came from a staged Saturday protest in Dallas, Texas. The cage and the children were props. The Facebook page where the photo originally appeared has been made inaccessible, but it remains visible at the Web Archive.

13 Facts the Media ‘Pros’ Don’t Want You to Know About ‘Family Border Separation

The fire hose of fake news from the establishment media this week on the issue of illegal immigrant families separated at the border is designed to mislead the American people — and to distract from Trump’s recent successes.

Here are the facts — 13 truths the media do not want you to know about President Trump’s legal, humane, and moral handling of adults and children who enter our country illegally.

Homeland Security Secretary: ‘Parents Who Enter Illegally Are By Definition Criminals’

Here’s a simple concept: “Parents who enter illegally are by definition criminals.”

That’s what Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters in an evening briefing at the White House on Monday.

Still confused? Nielsen explained. “Illegal entry is a crime as determined by Congress. By entering our country illegally, often in dangerous circumstances, illegal immigrants have put their children at risk.”

Democrats’ Border Separation Bill Would Let Nearly All Parents Who Commit Federal Crimes Get Off Scot-Free

Democrats’ proposed legislation to prohibit so-called border separations would actually prevent federal law enforcement agencies almost anywhere inside the United States from arresting and detaining criminals who are parents having nothing to do with unlawfully crossing the border and seeking asylum.

Every Senate Democrat has now signed on to cosponsor a bill written so carelessly that it does not distinguish between migrant children at the border and U.S. citizen children already within the United States. The bill further does not distinguish between federal officers handling the border crisis and federal law enforcement pursuing the ordinary course of their duties.

Cruz Offers Bill to End Swamp Anguish Over Migrant Children

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has drafted a “Protect Kids and Parents Act” that would end the separation of migrant parents from their children and would offer emotional solace to the many Democrats, Hollywood figures and establishment GOP players who are urging that something be done.

“We can fix this,” Cruz said in a reassuring Monday statement, adding:If my Democratic colleagues will join me, not play politics, but work to solve the problem, we can start to end family separation this week.

Cruz’s fix will ensure family unity by keeping migrant parents and their children in government centers until their legal cases are completed, and until they are either sent home or accepted into the United States:

Politics/Deep State/Government Corruption:

Democrat Texas State Senator Resigns Following Convictions

A Democrat State Senator finally resigned his seat in the Texas Legislature following 11 federal convictions for fraud and bribery. The Senator delayed his resignation until days before a sentencing hearing where he could face decades in prison.

Spinning the best possible light on his resignations, Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) wrote, “As you know, I am in the process of ensuring that justice is served. I need to attend to my personal matters and properly care for my family. So, keeping in mind the best interests of my constituents and my family, I believe it to be most prudent that I step down from my elected office to focus on these important issues.”

IG confirms he is reviewing whether Strzok’s anti-Trump bias impacted launch of Russia probe

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed Tuesday that he is investigating whether FBI official Peter Strzok’s anti-Trump bias factored into the launch of the bureau’s Russia probe.

During a joint hearing before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Horowitz testified that his office was reviewing Strzok’s anti-Trump text messages as part of a separate probe related to the Russia investigation.

“It clearly shows a biased state of mind,” Horowitz said, referring to text messages written as the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email use was wrapping up and the Russia probe was getting underway.

All the times Horowitz contradicted Wray — but nobody seemed to notice

Nine times during their joint testimony before a Senate committee on Monday, Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz contradicted FBI Director Christopher Wray …

… but nobody appeared to notice.

It’s an instructive example of how false narratives and talking points in Washington are amplified by inaccurate media coverage. It’s more reason you cannot necessarily believe what’s reported and repeated, no matter how many are reporting and repeating it.

For the Record: Yes, Hillary Clinton Should Have Been Prosecuted for Willful Gross Negligence

David French, who made his case for prosecution at National Review Online on Friday.  His indictment, rooted in personal experience and deep understanding of the relevant statutes, is compelling:

Obviously and very highly classified material — including about dealings with Iran and North Korea’s nuclear program — were sent and received through Hillary’s bootleg server, to the point that some witnesses were shocked to learn about the type content that was recklessly compromised.

Set-UP: Trump Campaign Aide Reveals Mueller Knew More About FBI “Informant” Than He Did (VIDEO)

We now know that there were as many as six possibly even seven known and or suspected intelligence “informants” (read spies) revealed in this massive undertaking to subvert a presidential election, hide the treason of Hillary Clinton, and frame Donald Trump.

One of the two targets in this latest scandalous revelation, Michael Caputo, joined Hannity on Monday to discuss the Hit-and-Run-In with the spies sent to target both Caputo and Roger Stone.

Interestingly, Mueller knew more about the incident than Caputo and Stone did.  It wasn’t until after his conversation with Mueller that Caputo began putting the pieces together.

Ex-CIA engineer accused of leaking hacking docs to WikiLeaks charged in massive ‘Vault 7’ security breach

The ex-CIA software engineer suspected of leaking a massive, highly secret trove of U.S. hacking tools and source code to WikiLeaks has been charged in federal court with a series of Espionage Act violations.

Joshua Schulte, 29, allegedly disclosed thousands of top-secret files outlining the extent of the CIA’s cyberwarfare capabilities in an unprecedented breach that triggered an intensive investigation even before WikiLeaks published the information in March 2017.

Joshua Schulte allegedly

Joshua Schulte allegedly disclosed thousands of top-secret files outlining the extent of the CIA’s cyberwarfare capabilities.

In March and June 2016, Schulte modified a computer run by the U.S. Intelligence Agency to “delet[e] records of his activities” and “den[y] others access to the system,” prosecutors charge in a superseding indictment unveiled Monday.

World News:

U.S. Plans to Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Today

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley plan to announce the withdrawal at the State Department in Washington at 5 p.m., the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing a decision that hadn’t yet been made public.

United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley address a U.N. Security Council

United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley address a U.N. Security Council meeting on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The U.S. withdrawal had been expected. National Security Adviser John Bolton opposed the body’s creation when he was U.S. ambassador to the UN in 2006. In a speech to the council last year, Haley called out the body for what she said was its “relentless, pathological campaign” against Israel. She has also called for ways to expel members of the council that have poor human rights records themselves.

Almost 1,000 People Injured, Killed in Terrorist Attacks By Refugees

Nearly 1,000 people were injured or killed in terrorist attacks involving refugees over a four-year span, with Germany facing the highest number of terror plots, according to a new Heritage Foundation report published Monday.Opera Snapshot_2018-06-19_121811_plus.google.com

Data collected from the 194 terrorist plots detected across Europe between January 2014 and December 2017 point to a more than one-in-three chance that Germany will be the country targeted in future terror schemes, with civilians being the primary bullseye.

Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fierce fighting raged Tuesday outside the airport of the crucial Yemeni city of Hodeida as thousands of pro-government fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition battled Iranian-allied Shiite rebels for control of the Red Sea port — the main passageway for food and aid supplies in a country teetering on the brink of famine.

Coalition officials, meanwhile, displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they said show Iran is now arming the insurgents, known as Houthis, something Iran has long denied despite reports by the United Nations and Western countries linking it to the rebels’ arsenal.

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