News and Headlines. 6/26/2018

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In The News:

On TV News, Afghanistan Has Become the Forgotten War

The 17-year-long war in Afghanistan continues, with nearly 15,000 U.S. troops currently deployed to support the fight against Taliban and ISIS forces, but you’d barely know it from watching any of the three broadcast network evening newscasts.

Two American soldiers have been killed in combat in Afghanistan this year, and while all three broadcasts noted their sacrifices, the airtime was minimal.afghanchartWhen Army Specialist Gabriel Conde was killed on April 30, his death was given 20 seconds of coverage on CBS, and 16 seconds on ABC. NBC skipped it that night, but later aired a 21-second item after Conde’s remains were returned to Dover, Delaware.

The lack of significant coverage for America’s involvement in an ongoing war seems especially glaring when juxtaposed with items that have received massive coverage this year.scandalvwar

Army training will now focus on actual battlefield skills, not social issues

Fighting will now take precedence over dealing with transitioning transgender troops, drug abuse and other issues as the Army seeks to overhaul its training regimen to hone its soldiers’ battlefield skills.

In a series of servicewide memorandums approved by Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and obtained by The Washington Times, service leaders are making optional previously mandatory training on issues such as transgender transition and drug abuse. The move, Army leaders argue, is designed to relieve stress on the overburdened troop training regimen and refocus on soldiers’ ability to fight in combat.

Judge Nap on SCOTUS Upholding Travel Ban: ‘Ringing, Uncompromising’ Win for Trump

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Trump’s controversial travel banaffecting several Muslim-majority countries.

The 5-4 ruling — which is the first major high court decision on a Trump administration policy — upholds the selective travel restrictions, which critics called a discriminatory “Muslim ban” but the administration argued were needed for security reasons.

The Right to Choose (to be Pro-Life)

Pro-life pregnancy centers should not be forced to steer pregnant women to abortion clinics, according to the Supreme Court.

The High Court said a California law that threatened massive fines against crisis pregnancy centers unless they gave their customers information about obtaining abortions likely violates the First Amendment. Many of those centers are religious charities and sued the state alleging that lawmakers were compelling them to advocate practices they found objectionable. The 5-4 majority agreed, saying the law violated their constitutional right to free speech.

Judge Dismisses Suit Against Oil Companies Over Climate Change Costs

A federal judge on Monday threw out a closely watched lawsuit brought by two California cities against fossil fuel companies over the costs of dealing with climate change. The decision is a stinging defeat for the plaintiffs, San Francisco and Oakland, and raises warning flags for other local governments around the United States that have filed similar suits, including New York City.

Alix Tichelman indicted for 2nd man’s death

Tichelman was released from jail in Santa Cruz a year ago, after pleading guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Hayes, and serving three years in jail.

She was immediately deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to Canada, where she is living now.

FILE: Alix Tichelman,
FILE: Alix Tichelman, who served three years for the death of a Google executive, has been reportedly charged in another case. (Santa Cruz Police Dept.)

“Tichelman’s case here in Fulton County is still active and open, and the District Attorney’s Office will be working with Canadian authorities to arrest and extradite Tichelman back to the United States to face those charges,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard wrote in a press release issued Monday.

Police report: Pregnant woman had boyfriend punch her stomach repeatedly, killing baby

A baby died May 24 at Kern Medical after being pulled from the womb with a fractured skull. Police believe the baby girl’s parents are to blame, but the case has presented a legal conundrum eliciting strong opinions about how to proceed.

It was during that interview with officers that police report she told them she and her boyfriend agreed for him to beat her in an attempt to kill the baby.

There’s debate in the law enforcement community about whether this action amounts to a crime.

Deputy District Attorney Gina Pearl is investigating the case. She declined to comment on it specifically Monday, but in a phone conversation said the case is complicated.

‘Cowards’ placed boy, 7, underwater in bathtub as parents watch during home invasion, sheriff says

Authorities released new details after a Texas family was terrorized Monday by three masked intruders who placed a child underwater in a bathtub to force information out of his parents as they let out “chilling” screams in the background.

“This is the worst kind of crime against a family,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “Three crooks forcing their way into a home in the middle of the night is appalling. To make matters worse, they accosted a 7-year-old child. They’re cowards, to say the least.”

One of the suspects can be seen leading the couple's 7-year-old son around the home looking for money.  (FOX26)
One of the suspects can be seen leading the couple’s 7-year-old son around the home looking for money. (FOX26)

“We have audio and video from inside that house,” Nehls said. “You can hear chilling screams from all the family members inside that house.

Pop star’s ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend get 30 years in prison for murdering, burning nanny in garden

Prosecutors claimed the couple starved Lionnet, beat her with an electrical cable and tortured her by dunking her head underwater.

After killing her in a bathtub in September, they threw her body on a bonfire in their yard in an affluent area of southwest London near the home of the Wimbledon tennis tournament as they barbecued chicken nearby.

Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40,
Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were sentenced to at least 30 years in prison after they were convicted last month of murdering their French nanny. (London’s Metropolitan Police via AP)

Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, were convicted last month of killing their child’s nanny, Sophie Lionnet, 21, at their south London home in September 2017. Each had denied the murder and blamed the other.

Bronx teen denied help as he bled to death inside bodega, disturbing video shows

The clip begins with Guzman-Feliz entering the deli to escape the attackers, who police believe targeted him in a case of mistaken identity. A police source told the New York Post on Monday that Guzman-Feliz resembled a young man seen rapping in a video that shows a girl – believed to be the relative of a Trinitarios gang member – having sex in the background.

As Guzman-Feliz jumps onto the counter, he appears to be met with resistance by a worker behind the cash register. The worker eventually lets the teen onto the other side before the two walk off camera.

Then the suspected attackers come into the store and drag Guzman-Feliz outside, where he was savagely hacked with a machete and left to die with blood gushing out of a neck wound.

Security monitors dismissed from Florida massacre school

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The unarmed security monitor who first spotted the suspect before a shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school is being dismissed from his job.

The South Florida SunSentinel reports the Broward County school district announced Tuesday that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School monitor Andrew Medina and another monitor, David Taylor, won’t be rehired for the 2018-19 school year.

Medina told investigators he spotted suspect Nikolas Cruz enter the school Feb. 14 but didn’t stop him, even though he recognized him as a potentially dangerous former student. He radioed ahead to Taylor, who hid in a closet.

American money flowing back into America

Despite President Trump’s tit-for-tat trade barbs, America’s CEOs are not wasting anytime in taking advantage of his tax reform plan. Over $300 billion was repatriated to the U.S. in the first quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) — the most on record.

The BEA notes the main driver of the repatriation surge is that companies are no longer taxed on foreign earnings when returning the funds to the U.S. “We fixed that really, really stupid thing” said Hassett. By comparison just $38 billion was repatriated during the same period a year ago.

US, Canada reach deal on disputed $244M water project

Canada will have a say in the operation of a major Missouri River water project in the northern U.S. under a deal negotiated by officials in the two countries to end a 16-year-legal battle.

The Northwest Area Water Supply project aims to bring river water to as many as 82,000 people in northwestern North Dakota. The Canadian province of Manitoba sued in 2002 over concerns about the possible transfer of harmful bacteria or other agents to the Hudson Bay Basin.

Politics/Political Threats and Violence:

Colorado voters cast final ballots in mid-term primaries

DENVER — Democrat Jared Polis, a five-term congressman, and Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer, offer stands on schools, energy and public lands to the left of the centrist Democrat they want to succeed as Coloradans wrap up voting in gubernatorial primaries on Tuesday.

Republicans, meanwhile, hope to take a governor’s office they haven’t held since 2007, and the GOP race will select a challenger who offers a starkly different vision for purple-state Colorado that aligns with Washington’s immigration crackdown and attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Republican lawmaker introduces motion asking for Maxine Waters’ resignation

A Republican Congressman on Monday introduced an initiative to censure California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and ask for her resignation after she encouraged others to confront Trump administration officials.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-AZ., introduced a measure calling on the congresswoman to apologize to the White House for “endangering their lives and sowing seeds of discord,” resign from her position, and release a public statement saying harassment or violence isn’t a form of protest.

Maxine Waters’ GOP rival seeks traction over her inflammatory comments

The 29-year-old Republican seeking to oust longtime California Rep. Maxine Waters from her congressional seat in November is seizing on the Democrat’s inflammatory, anti-Trump comments to try to bolster his longshot bid.

“If Congress will not formally censure her, [then] voters have the option to vote for me in November to replace her,” GOP candidate Omar Navarro told Fox News in an email. “It is time for Maxine Waters to leave Congress.”

Florida Man Arrested, Accused of Threatening to Kill Children of GOP Rep Over Immigration Policies

A man from Stuart, Florida is in jail after being accused of threatening to harm the children of Republican Rep. Brian Mast (Fla.).

Mast, who represents the state’s 18th Congressional District has three young children, all under the age of 8. The arrested man, Laurence Wayne Key, is facing federal charges for the offense of “communication of a threat to kidnap or injure a person.” He threatened Mast’s children in response to the Trump administration’s immigration policies, according to NBC affiliate WPTV.

Key is politically active, frequently volunteering for local Democratic Party activities and Planned Parenthood.


A group of chanting protesters gathered outside White House adviser Stephen Miller’s Washington D.C. apartment on Monday.

But before the chanting really picked up, the crowd circulated “Wanted” flyers expressing the contention that Miller is guilty of “crimes against humanity,” among other things.

The reward? “Defeating Fascism and the Trump regime.”

Late-Night Hosts Rip Sarah Sanders: Be Grateful Chefs Didn’t Ejaculate in Your Food

While President Donald Trump was roasting late-night hosts in front of a packed political rally in South Carolina, several of those same network and cable funnymen took swipes at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

They celebrated the rural Virginia restaurant that organized a staff-led resistance to serving Sanders, her family, and friends — one host noting Sanders should be grateful she didn’t get served semen.

Trump aides urged to get a gun

Facing a new wave of potentially dangerous threats, called for by a top Democratic lawmaker, legal and gun experts are calling on top Trump aides to get their concealed carry permit and back it up with a pistol.

“There are simply not enough police in D.C. or Virginia or Maryland to protect all Trump officials at their homes and when they go out to restaurants. Getting a concealed handgun permit would be helpful to protect themselves and their family,” said John R. Lott Jr., president of the influential Crime Prevention Research Center.


GOP plans Wednesday vote on faltering immigration bill

House Republican leaders will try again Wednesday to pass a broad immigration reform bill, despite lingering opposition from conservatives who favor a tougher bill, and public predictions that the vote will fail.

If the bill goes down, lawmakers will be under pressure to take up a narrow measure that would allow children to remain with adults detained for illegally crossing the southern border, an issue that both Republicans and Democrats want to solve urgently.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he wants the House “to do as well as we possibly can” on the immigration vote, and if it fails, he’ll turn to the narrow bill.

Parents separated from kids at the border sue to be reunited, demand mental health services for emotional trauma

Parents who were separated from their children at the border prior to the Trump administration’s June 20 order to keep family units together are now taking legal action to be reunited with their kids.

Three women, each of whom arrived between ports of entry on the southern border with their daughters from Central America, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District in California through attorneys from Public Counsel and Sidley Austin LLP Tuesday asking all parents be reunited with their children, given mental health services to deal with the trauma of being separated, and be released from federal custody.


FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) – An illegal immigrant who has been deported more than once remains behind bars in Baldwin County.

Authorities say he is responsible for a deadly hit and run that killed a Daphne woman while she was riding her bike.

The state charges against DeLeon are still pending, but Friday, the United States Attorney’s Office said DeLeon pleaded guilty to federal charges of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, and illegal reentry of a removed alien.

Jose Luis Alonso-DeLeon
Jose Luis Alonso-DeLeon was arrested and charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

Officials said, while looking for a truck involved in the accident, Fairhope Police found DeLeon in a truck with a firearm on the front passenger floorboard.


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ‘s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested a previously deported Mexican national and convicted child sex offender Thursday in Greensboro, North Carolina. Alejandro Cortez-Lezo, an unlawfully present Mexican national, was arrested outside his Greensboro residence Thursday morning by a Greensboro-area ICE Fugitive Operations Team.

Mr. Cortez-Lezo
Mr. Cortez-Lezo subsequently illegally re-entered the U.S. after deportation, which is a felony act.

Cortez-Lezo was previously convicted in Guilford County in March 2003 on a felony charge of indecent liberties with a child and was registered as a sex offender that same month. ICE took him into custody in April 2003 and he was removed to Mexico in May 2003.

WATCH: ABC News Goes To Southern Border, Runs Into Smuggler With Illegal Aliens

A reporter with ABC News accompanied a border patrol agent to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday where they ran into a group of alleged illegal aliens and a suspected human smuggler.

The agent chased the smuggler down a dirt path in McAllen, Texas until he reached the river and started heading south, back to Mexico.

“Look, there’s a smuggler,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Robert Rodriguez shouted. “I cannot go in the river to apprehend him. As long as he goes back south, I’m all right.”