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In The News:

Man accused of tossing drink at pro-Trump teen inside Whataburger arrested

The man accused of hurling a drink in the face of a Texas teen inside a Whataburger restaurant and then stealing the 16-year-old’s “Make America Great Again” hat was arrested Thursday, officials said.

San Antonio Police identified the suspect late Thursday as 30-year-old Kino Jimenez.

“Kino Jimenez was located in Universal City, Texas,” police said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “Universal City police officers took Mr. Jimenez into custody without incident.”

Veteran wearing MAGA hat goes on Patriotic run with American flag

A Missouri veteran, donning a “Make America Great Again” hat and brandishing an American flag, has been running 15 miles nearly every day for a year hoping to show everyone how much he loves his country.

Elliot Timms was spotted on Wednesday running in Kansas City, a year after he started his now familiar routine of running 15 miles carrying the flag.

Elliot Timms

Elliot Timms

Timms told FOX4KC he thought of the idea last year on July 4 after he became frustrated with the political division in the United States.

Brad Paisley invites singing police officers to concert gig after ‘God Bless America’ performance

Brad Paisley wants to share the spotlight with two talented police officers.

The country crooner took to Twitter on July Fourth to share a viral video of Boston officers Stephen McNulty and Kim Tavares performing “God Bless America” in their patrol car.

The 45-year-old was so stunned by the patriotic performance, he tweeted, “If you officers wanna sing when I play MA in August, open invite.”

Moments later, the Boston Police Department responded, “Hey @BradPaisley, our officers would be honored to sing with you when you come to town in August. Consider the invitation warmly and enthusiastically accepted.”

US manufacturing sector booms despite trade war fears

The manufacturing sector added 36,000 jobs in June, the most in so far this year, even as fears grow that President Trump’s trade war with China, Europe, and other nations could undermine those gains.

The Trump administration on Friday imposed new tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. The Office of the United States Trade Representative is considering an additional $14 billion and Trump has threatened to increase that amount by as much as $500 billion.

China has pledged to impose dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs. The country’s Ministry of Commerce on Friday said the new duties violate World Trade Organization rules and mark the start of “the largest trade war in economic history to date.”

Chinese-Owned TV Manufacturer Able To Spy On Americans

Exclusive: How Hisense, a Chinese state-owned TV manufacturer, is able to spy on American consumers. Tucker Carlson.

U.S. trade deficit falls to $43.1B; lowest of Trump presidency

July 6 (UPI) — The U.S. trade deficit dropped to $43.1 billion in May, shedding 6.6 percent from April and marking its lowest level of President Donald Trump’s 18 months in office.

The Commerce Department said Friday the May deficit — the difference between what America sells and what it buys in foreign markets — fell as exports climbed 2 percent to a record $215.3 billion. Imports were up 0.4 percent to $258.4 billion.

Report: Silicon Valley Giants Enjoy Billions in Government Subsidies

The latest Subsidy Tracker reveals that some of the most prominent Silicon Valley tech corporations enjoy billions in government subsidies.

Most Americans are supportive of government providing defense, public safety, roads, schools, and public health. But the “Subsidy Tracker 2” reveals that governments are issuing record amounts of subsidies to the richest and powerful tech companies, many headquartered in Silicon Valley.

Supposedly entrepreneurial Silicon Valley has been America’s biggest winner in the corporate welfare game. Tesla has been by far the United States’ leader by collecting $2.4 billion in direct subsidies and over $1 billion in tax abatements since 2007

Other Silicon Valley tech taxpayers miners include Google, the second-most valuable company in the galaxy with a market capitalization of $770 billion. It has enjoyed government largess of $766 million since 2000. Apple, the most valuable company in the universe with a market capitalization of $904 billion, banked $693 million in government handouts since 2011. And Facebook, the fifth most valuable company on the planet with a market capitalization of $558 billion, pocketed $549 million, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Facebook, Wes Cook Band, work to resolve patriotic song ‘censorship’ row

The Wes Cook Band says that it is in a “productive dialogue” with Facebook after the social network prevented the group from using its paid tools to promote their song “I Stand for the Flag.”

After a series of back-and-forth comments made by the band and the social network, the two parties issued a joint statement, with Facebook thanking the Wes Cook Band for working with them on the issue.

The Wes Cook Band

The Wes Cook Band

“We’ve spoken to the Wes Cook band to explain we made an error here,” it explained, in a joint statement released late Thursday. “We’re grateful for their patience as we work to improve our policies.”

The Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes a Blow for Academic Freedom

This morning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sent a powerful message to America’s elite private universities: If you’re going to promise academic freedom, you’d better deliver academic freedom.

In a stinging 63-page ruling, the court held that Marquette University violated its own faculty handbook when it effectively terminated professor John McAdams for writing a blog post criticizing a graduate student instructor’s attempts to silence debate about gay rights in her ethics class.

FDA, CDC eye over 200 illnesses from Del Monte veggies

July 6 (UPI) — Multiple U.S. government agencies are investigating illnesses associated with hundreds of Del Monte vegetable trays sold in some states in the Midwest, officials said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it’s partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local agencies to examine 212 confirmed cases of parasite-borne cyclosporiasis. The cases were reported in Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. Officials said two, in Michigan, came from vegetables bought in Wisconsin.

Border Patrol Agents Rescue 64 Illegal Aliens Trapped in Tractor Trailers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested nine U.S. citizens for smuggling 64 illegal aliens in five separate events over the weekend.

“In addition to securing and protecting our nation’s borders, frontline Border Patrol agents are committed to reducing heat-related injuries and preventing deaths along our borders,” stated U.S. Border Patrol Acting Chief Carla L. Provost.

“These rescues are a result of stepped-up enforcement at our immigration checkpoints coupled with our search and rescue efforts that are key to preventing unnecessary loss of life.”

Chicago ringleader of Facebook Live beating of disabled teen gets 8 years in prison

A Chicago man who was the alleged ringleader in the racially charged beating of a mentally disabled teenager that was broadcast live on Facebook pled guilty Friday to a hate crime and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Jordan Hill, 20, became the third of four defendants to admit taking part in the savage attack when he entered the plea Thursday at the Cook County courtroom. Hill also pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping, FOX 32 reported.

Jordan Hill, 20, pleaded guilty

Jordan Hill, 20, pleaded guilty to a hate crime and was sentenced to eight years in prison. (Cook County Sheriff’s Department)

The horrific case from January 2017 received national attention because it involved an 18-year-old disabled white man and four blacks who taunted the bound-and-gagged teen with profanities against white people and President Trump. It was broadcast in real time on Facebook Live.

Father, girlfriend hog-tied son, 15, forced him to wear shock collar: cops

A man and his girlfriend were arrested in Louisiana on Tuesday after a 15-year-old boy escaped a home where police said he was hogtied, handcuffed and forced to wear shock collars.

Thomas D. Wininger, 40, and Desirae Tomcanin, 34

Thomas D. Wininger, 40, and Desirae Tomcanin, 34, were accused of brutally abusing Wininger’s 15-year-old son in Sulphur, La., police said. (Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Thomas D. Wininger, 40, originally from Sylvester, Ga., and his girlfriend Desirae Tomcanin, 34, who is from Pennsylvania, were charged with second degree cruelty to a juvenile and false imprisonment, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Mom of 2 girls who died charged with assaulting husband

A Missouri woman whose two young children died after being found unresponsive on July Fourth has been charged with assaulting her husband in the hours before the children were found, according to police records.

Jenna Boedecker was charged Thursday with third-degree assault, armed criminal action and first-degree property damage, all felonies, after an argument with her husband about alleged infidelity, The Kansas City Star reported.

Mugshot for Jenna Boedecker Ribando

Mugshot for Jenna Boedecker Ribando (Clay County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators said Boedecker found her 2-year-old and newborn daughters unresponsive Wednesday outside a home in a rural area east of Kearney, northeast of Kansas City. Paramedics tried to revive them, but the children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Cops: Female teacher, 32, caught with special education student while awaiting trial for electrical room sex

A former special education teacher accused of having sex with two male students was awaiting her trial when she was caught by police with one of her alleged victims, authorities said.

Laura Ramos, 32, a former special education high school teacher

Laura Ramos, 32, a former special education high school teacher was caught with one of her alleged victims while awaiting a sexual assault trial, police said. (Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office)

Ramos was ordered not to have contact with her alleged victims and was freed on $50,000 bond. But when police pulled over Ramos on June 22 for using her cellphone while driving, one of her alleged victims was in the vehicle, a violation of her bond conditions, FOX 61 reported.

Stonington man, accused of trying to abduct Groton teen, arrested

Police said the attempted abduction happened just after 3 p.m. on Monday, June 25, near Shore Avenue and South Prospect Street, not far from UConn-Avery Point. Police said the teen woman reported that Klotz jumped out of the bushes, grabbed her, and tried to force his way into her car, but she fought back and got away.

Matthew Klotz, 34, was charged

Matthew Klotz, 34, was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree kidnapping in the attempted abduction.

Evidence from a crime scene was used for DNA analysis at the request of Groton police, due to the nature of the crime. Police said they were able to connect Klotz to the crime thanks to the DNA analysis that was taken at the scene.

North Carolina mom warns of popular ‘Roblox’ video game after 7-year-old’s avatar ‘violently gang raped’

Amber Petersen was lounging in bed with her 7-year-old daughter last week, watching her play the popular children’s video game “Roblox” on her iPad when she saw a disturbing display on the screen.

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Her confused daughter, Brooklyn, paused and showed her mom the screen, which Petersen says showed a female avatar — her daughter’s character — being “violently gang raped” on a virtual playground by two male avatars.

Nevada woman, 80, allegedly beaten, shot in face by naked home invader: ‘I can’t die this way'(Video)

An 80-year-old woman in Las Vegas was nearly killed after a man who was wearing nothing but a baseball cap allegedly invaded her home, then shot her, beat her and attempted to sexually assault her.

The victim — identified only as Shevaun for safety reasons — claimed she was beaten, shot and nearly raped by a man, later identified by police as 53-year-old Herbert Scott Rogers, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-06_112934_www.minds.com

The incident, which occured Sunday in the woman’s home near Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard, occurred at approximately 8 a.m. when Shevaun was awoken by the sound of rattling dishes. When she went to investigate, she saw Rogers standing in her house, allegedly wearing nothing but a hat.

Politics:

DE BLASIO USED $3M COUNTER-TERRORISM PLANE TO GET HOME FROM CANADA VACATION

New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio used a $3-million counter-terrorism plane to get home from a vacation in Canada in what law enforcement officials have called an “excessive” use of resources.

De Blasio was reportedly in Quebec for vacation and left to give a speech back in New York City at a memorial for New York Police Department detective Miosotis Familia, who was tragically killed in 2017. De Blasio landed back in New York City around 11 a.m. and made his speech at the memorial at about noon. Before 4 p.m. the Democratic mayor was already back in Canada after riding in the department’s $3 million Cessna 208 Caravan, according to the New York Post.

Kamala Harris Claims ‘Eight Immigrants’ Signed Declaration – See the Internet’s Reaction

Even though the Fourth of July is seen as a holiday of unity for all Americans, there were still some in the political world who chose to use the holiday to send a partisan message.

In particular, Democratic Senator and potential 2020 candidate Kamala Harris tweeted odd political commentary on Wednesday’s holiday, erroneously claiming that “eight immigrants” signed the Declaration of Independence.

In particular, Democratic Senator and potential 2020 candidate Kamala Harris tweeted odd political commentary on Wednesday’s holiday, erroneously claiming that “eight immigrants” signed the Declaration of Independence.

It is a historical fact that of the 56 people signed the document, the vast majority of which were American-born. The point is also strange because America was not an independent nation at the time and therefore had no immigration laws of its own yet. It is safe to say the internet reacted badly to the Democrat Senator’s tweet.

Tucker Carlson: Dems are ‘plotting a coup’ using immigration protests

Fox News Host Tucker Carlson said on Thursday that Democrats have been “plotting, in effect, a coup” as President Trump continues to public pressure over his immigration policies.

The host said David Faris’ divulged the Democrats’ game plan in his book “It’s Time to Fight Dirty.”

“As Faris puts it in the book, quote, ‘Republicans have always feared that immigration would change the character of American society. Democrats should reward them with their very worst nightmare,’” Carlson said. “Remember that paragraph. It is the blueprint for what we are about to see.”

Obama holdover drops legal claim to take over Trump’s CFPB

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Leandra English announced Friday that she will drop her legal bid to be named the agency’s acting director.

In a statement provided by her lawyer, English thanked the CFPB’s career employees and said she would leave the agency, where she has not maintained a presence, in recognition of President Trump’s decision to nominate a permanent director.

Deepak Gupta, her attorney, said that he would move to end English’s appeal to be named the agency’s acting director.

World News:

Syria Rebels Declare Ceasefire in South; Israel Strikes Assad Regime Outpost

The Israeli army attacked an outpost in southern Syria on Friday after it launched a missile that crashed in the buffer zone east of the border with Israel.

The missile was fired during clashes between Bashar Assad’s regime forces and the rebels, according to Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit. No casualties were reported in Syria.

Former Thai navy SEAL is first casualty of rescue effort

BANGKOK – A former member of the Thai navy’s elite SEAL unit who volunteered to help his old comrades in their risky mission to evacuate a dozen boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave has become the first casualty of the massive rescue effort.1530882470476

The death of former Petty Officer 1st Class Saman Gunan early Friday morning during an underwater swim in the partly flooded cave struck a particularly deep chord with Thais, because he was a volunteer on a humanitarian mission that has riveted the nation’s attention for two weeks. And as is the case with elite military units all over the world, Thailand’s SEALs were quick to pay their own heartfelt tribute to their fallen friend.

UK police race to find source of new nerve agent poisoning

AMESBURY, England (AP) — British police scoured sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England on Friday, searching for a small vial feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok.

More than 100 officers were looking for clues in a race to understand how two local people were exposed to a nerve agent that was produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Police believe the couple may have come in contact with a contaminated vial or other item discarded in a public place after a March nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury. British officials blamed the Skripals’ poisoning on Russia. The Kremlin denies any involvement.

Cult leader executed for Japan sarin attacks still a mystery

TOKYO (AP) — The execution of Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara leaves unanswered questions about Aum Shinrikyo, which carried out the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed 13 people and sickened 6,000.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga confirmed that Asahara was executed Friday. The authorities said six other cult members were hanged.

Born Chizuo Matsumoto in 1955, Asahara founded Aum Shinrikyo, or Supreme Truth, in the mid-1980s. It attracted young people disillusioned with the modern materialistic way of life.

North Korea still believed to be working on nuclear-capable ballistic submarine, lawmaker says

North Korea is believed to be constructing an operational nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine, and U.S. intelligence officials believe the rogue regime is deliberately “deceiving” Washington — even as Pyongyang says it seeks peace and denuclearization.

South Korea believes the North is working on the submarine on its east coast, Kim Hack-yong, a South Korean lawmaker who was at the helm of the legislature’s defense committee until his term ended a few weeks ago, told The Wall Street Journal on Friday. Kim cited intelligence reports he’s viewed to support the claim.

German pharmacist gets 12 years for diluting cancer drugs

A court in western Germany has sentenced a pharmacist to 12 years in prison for diluting cancer drugs on a massive scale in order to finance his luxury lifestyle.

In its ruling Friday, the Essen regional court said defendant Peter S. had manipulated at least 14,000 drugs, the quality of which was “not insignificantly” diminished. The offenses took place in nearby Bottrop between 2012 and 2016.

Married City worker who carried a drunken clubber, 18, down an alley and raped her before claiming she ‘begged him for sex’ is jailed for eight years after court is shown CCTV of victim unable to walk

A married City worker who dragged an intoxicated teenager into an alleyway to rape her was jailed for eight years today.

Sanjay Naker followed the 18-year-old after she was thrown out of Number 1 club in London Bridge for being too drunk.

Naker was convicted of three charges

Naker was convicted of three charges of rape, one count of attempted rape and one of sexual assault

The 28-year-old loitered outside the bar then slung the teenager over his shoulder and dragged her away from the busy street on 11 March last year.

Elon Musk sends SpaceX and Boring Company engineers to aid in a rescue mission

The rescue team dedicated to saving the Thai soccer team that has been trapped in a cave for nearly two weeks is growing larger by the day, and its latest members are coming from SpaceX and the Boring Company. According to Elon Musk, who took to his favorite medium (Twitter) to announce the news, engineers from both his ambitious companies will be heading to Thailand on July 7 “to see if we can be helpful” to the rescue operations.

It’s unclear exactly what role these engineers will serve, and whether or not their smarts will ultimately be able to contribute to the overall operation

Commentary/Opinion:

Rust belt guys are getting sick of being called stupid by Democrats: Dennis Miller

Comedian Dennis Miller gives an impassioned explanation for why Democrats lost in 2016, and why they may well lose again in 2020.

When they lose, Democrats just want to change the rules

As liberal fury over Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement continues to escalate, there’s a clear mindset behind the Left’s opposition tactics: “If we stop winning, we want to immediately change the rules.” In the week after Kennedy’s retirement was announced, some Democrats have revived their calls to “court pack”— increase the number of seats on the Supreme Court and fill those seats with justices sympathetic to their social agenda. This is something they also called for during the confirmation hearings for Justice Neil Gorsuch.

One Newsweek headline put it boldly and bluntly: “How Democrats can make Republicans pay for Justice Gorsuch.” We’ve seen this tactic before at times when liberals have lost. Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, liberals called for a popular vote victory rather than one based on the Electoral College.

They aren’t even trying to hide that their agenda is simply focused on stopping conservatives rather than playing fairly and genuinely arguing policy. Fair play recognizes both sides are constitutionally required to adhere to the same rules and stay within the margins of the Constitution. The Democrats’ rhetoric is a classic tactic to continue to move the goal posts and basically gerrymander favorability for one side.

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