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The #WalkAway Movement Is Taking America By Storm

At now over 100,000 members in its Facebook group and widespread international media coverage, the #WalkAway movement of former Democrats telling their stories about why they left their party has resonated deeply with a core feeling currently in the American people.

Started by NYC hairstylist Brandon Straka in late May the movement has caught flame because it speaks to how the Democratic Party of today, where far-left sentiments ranging from universal socialist programs to demonizing our first responders and border control, to questioning the very goodness of America itself, are edging closer to gaining a seat at the table.

NY Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill GOP Lawmaker’s Volunteer, Trump Supporters

Rep. Lee Zeldin and volunteer react to confrontation.

A New York man was arrested after he threatened to kill supporters of a Republican congressman and President Trump and nearly ran over a campaign volunteer Friday.

According to Suffolk County Police, Martin Astrof, 75, was arrested following a heated confrontation with a campaign worker at Rep. Lee Zeldin’s congressional campaign headquarters in Nesconset at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Friday.

Authorities said that after making threats, Astrof backed his car up in an “aggressive manner,” nearly striking the worker before driving home. He has been charged with making a terroristic threat and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Missing infant found alive buried under sticks in Montana mountains

A missing 5-month-old baby boy — buried under sticks and debris for nine hours in the Montana mountains — was rescued alive after being abandoned Saturday night in a wet and soiled onesie.

“After more than six hours of searching on foot, a deputy heard the faint cry of a baby,” Missoula County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Brenda Bassett said Sunday in a statement posted on Facebook.

The infant was in good condition after being found face down around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the Lolo Hot Springs area, Bassett said. The temperature at the time was 46 degrees, she said.

Grandma, 68, on oxygen tank dies after company cuts electricity due to alleged overdue bill, family says

A 68-year-old New Jersey grandmother died last week after a company shut off her electricity because of an overdue bill — which cut off the oxygen tank she relied on to keep breathing, a family member said.

Linda Daniels, who is in hospice care, was in her Newark home on Thursday for hours after her oxygen tank and air-conditioning were shut off around 10 a.m., NJ.com reported. Her family said they were with Daniels pleading with PSE&G to turn on the electricity until the 68-year-old died just before 4:30 p.m. from heart failure.

“She was trying to catch her breath — she was gasping for air,” Daniels’ granddaughter, Mia, 28, told the news site Sunday. “She suffered and she passed right in front of us. She was gasping until the time she died.”

Super Bowl champion arrested after kidnapping woman and holding her against her will, police say

Former Super Bowl champion cornerback Brandon Browner is facing several charges after allegedly kidnapping a woman and holding her against her will in California on Sunday, police said.

Brandon Browner, 33, physically harmed a woman and threatened to kill her after breaking into a La Verne home, La Verne police said. When the woman tried to escape, police said he forced her back into the house, according to the Boston Globe.

Brandon Browner was arrested Sunday.  (La Verne Police Department)

Brandon Browner was arrested Sunday. (La Verne Police Department)

Browner was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, burglary and a restraining order violation, according to NBC Los Angeles. Browner was arrested in Azusa after fleeing the scene before police arrived. He allegedly stole a $20,000 Rolex watch from the home, the station reported.

2 dead after California train, car crash that was caught on camera

Two people were killed after a train and a car collided in California on Sunday in a dramatic crash captured by the cameras of a nearby brewery.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority train struck a car carrying two people in it in San Jose around 12:34 p.m., transit officials told KTVU.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-09_100307_www.facebook.com

In security video from a nearby brewery, customers can be seen sitting outside when the train strikes the car, dragging it along as the train runs off the tracks.

Man bashes subway rider with metal pipe and fractures skull, police say

A New York City man who was arrested Monday bashed a fellow subway rider with a metal pipe over the weekend, fracturing the straphanger’s skull, police said.

The suspect, who was not identified but is believed to be in his 20s, was on the southbound No. 2 train in Manhattan just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday when he got into a verbal dispute with a rider.

A man was arrested after he allegedly bashed a rider's face with a metal pipe.  (NYPD)

A man was arrested after he allegedly bashed a rider’s face with a metal pipe. (NYPD)

The man, wearing a blue shirt and baseball cap, is captured on video yelling and waving his arm at the 59-year-old commuter before they both stood up while the train was in motion. The suspect then took a metal object and swung it at the rider’s face.

Illegal Alien Released by Sanctuary City Gets $280 Fine for Killing Two Law Enforcement Officers

Roberto Garza Palacios, a 28-year-old illegal alien from Guatemala, was given a slap on the wrist after he caused a car crash in December 2017 that immediately killed 33-year-old Sander Cohen, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office deputy chief, and later left FBI agent Carlos Wolff, 36-years-old, dead at a nearby hospital.

Garza Palacios had been previously convicted in the U.S. and was released by the sanctuary city of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Three years before the deadly car crash, Garza Palacios was arrested in Montgomery County. At the time, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency asked the sanctuary city to hold the illegal alien in prison until they could take him into custody. The sanctuary city refused and released Garza Palacios back into the public.

In 2015, the illegal alien pleaded guilty to drunk driving and was also arrested and convicted that same year for breaking the windows of 16 vehicles and starting a fire. Garza Palacios served four months in prison and was eventually released back into the public.

Boston considers giving legal, non-US citizens right to vote in city elections

Immigrants who are in the country legally could soon be able to vote in Boston’s local elections.

The Boston City Council will hold a hearing on Tuesday on whether to give non-U.S. residents the ability to vote in city elections if they are in the country legally, WCVB-TV reported.

Those who could become eligible to vote would include: legal permanent residents, DACA recipients, those with Temporary Protected Status and visa holders.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described socialist from the Bronx, quietly altered her campaign biography page after it was revealed where she really grew up.

As noted by Journal News, the 28-year-old’s bio originally stated that she grew up in the Bronx, New York. It has now been revealed that she actually grew up in the ritzy suburb of Yorktown Heights in Westchester County, one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S.

New York: 8 Pakistani nationals arrested in $2.4M medical cab scheme to defraud Medicaid

ELIZABETHTOWN | At least eight people connected with area taxi cab companies have been arrested and arraigned on charges related to what authorities allege is a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to defraud Medicaid.

Eight suspects, all Pakistani nationals, appeared at the Essex County Courthouse on Tuesday and were charged with numerous felonies following raids of at least three convenience stores in Ticonderoga earlier that morning.

Famous one-eyed matador scalped by bull in gory video

A famous one-eyed Spanish matador — who was previously gored at least twice — suffered another horrific injury over the weekend when a bull mauled and scalped him in front of a stunned crowd.

Juan Jose Padilla, 45, was in the bullfighting ring in the Spanish city of Arevalo when the bull came charging toward him. Padilla, known to fans as “The Pirate,” fell during his escape, leading to the bull trampling and mauling him.

Top House Republicans Question Apple, Alphabet on Privacy

Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc. are facing questions about their privacy practices from four top Republican members of Congress as tech companies fail to assuage lawmakers’ concerns.

In letters released Monday, the chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and three of its subcommittees asked Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Larry Page about reports that the Google parent “permitted third parties to access the contents of users’ emails.”

The lawmakers asked Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has touted his company’s commitment to user privacy, about device data, particularly the access that third parties have to users’ information through the app store

Father, toddler son shot dead in Georgia; mother falls into ravine while fleeing attacker, officials say

An American family of three living in the republic of Georgia died during an attack by a disgruntled shepherd, who shot and killed the father and young son, and caused the mother to flee in fear — until she fell into a ravine and died, officials said.

Ryan Smith, his wife, Lora Smith, and their son, Caleb, were pronounced dead when their bodies were found last week, days after the family was killed on July 4, the Interior Ministry of Georgia announced Monday.

Ryan Smith, his wife, Lora Smith, and their son Caleb

Ryan Smith, his wife, Lora Smith, and their son Caleb died after a dispute with a 19-year-old, officials said. (Facebook)

Police began searching for the family last Friday after someone notified them that the Smiths and their son, all of whom have dual citizenship in Georgia and the U.S., were missing. Authorities began searching Khada Gorge, the Dusheti region of Georgia, and found a car and personal belongings in Tskere village.

World News:

ISIS ‘capital’ captured in Afghanistan, over 160 fighters killed by US, Afghan troops

ISIS’ main stronghold in Afghanistan was captured by U.S and Afghan Special Forces after a prolonged assault that killed nearly 170 terrorist fighters and resulted in no American deaths, military officials said Saturday.

The multi-staged military operation in Deh Bala, located on the border with Pakistan, began in April but wrapped up in June, military officials told Reuters.

A U.S. flag is seen at a post in Deh Bala district,

A U.S. flag is seen at a post in Deh Bala district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan after the area was recaptured from ISIS fighters. (Reuters)

No American or Afghan troops were killed during the offensive, which involved 600 Green Berets and three Afghan commando companies, according to Military.com.

Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise stop in Afghanistan Monday, The Washington Post reported, where he met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and offered U.S. support in facilitating peace talks with the Taliban.

Pompeo told reporters that the Trump administration’s strategy in Afghanistan “is working” but that a peace process in the region long wracked by violence must be anchored by Afghans themselves.

“The American role will be important in this,” the secretary of state said. “We can’t run the peace talks; we can’t settle this from the outside.”

Trump says he’s still confident Kim will denuclearize

President Donald Trump voiced confidence Monday that North Korea’s leader would “honor” his commitment to denuclearize, despite Pyongyang’s accusation that the U.S. is making “gangster-like” demands in negotiations.

It was Trump’s first public response since North Korea gave an angry send-off at the weekend to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after he visited the authoritarian nation amid growing skepticism that the North intends to give up its nukes.

Pompeo was seeking progress on the joint statement issued by Trump and Kim at their historic summit in Singapore in June. Pompeo characterized his talks with North Korean officials as productive, but the North’s foreign ministry blasted the discussions, saying the visit — the third by the top U.S. diplomat since April — had been “regrettable.”

More countries following Trump in moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem

President Trump’s historic – and controversial – decision to relocate America’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem is attracting more followers on the world stage, as several other nations open their own outposts in the holy city or consider doing so.

Slovakia last week became the latest Eastern European country to flirt with the idea of moving its embassy, when lawmakers announced the country would open a cultural center in Jerusalem.

The tentative step speaks to the flickers of international support that have emerged for Trump’s decision, despite the United Nations’ overwhelming condemnation of the related move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby in Hebron

Israeli Border Police soldiers stationed at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron saved the life of a nine-month-old Palestinian boy on Sunday, the Hebrew news site Walla reported.

The soldiers heard shouts coming from a nearby home and when they arrived they found an unconscious baby surrounded by distressed family members who were trying to resuscitate him.

The baby was not breathing and his face had turned blue. The soldiers took over the effort to revive him, and a Border Police medic who was called to the scene succeeded in getting him breathing again.

French Court Convicts Antisemitic Gang for Brutal Robbery, Rape of Jewish Couple in 2014

Three members of an antisemitic gang who robbed a young Jewish couple in Paris in 2014, and raped their female victim during the ordeal, have been convicted by a French court.

Abdou Salam Koita, 26, and Ladje Haidara, 23, were sentenced to eight and 13 years in jail respectively for their part in the crime. Houssame Hatri, 22 — the ringleader of the five-member gang who remains on the run from French authorities — was handed a 16-year sentence. The other two accomplices received five and six years each from the court in Val-de-Marne, near Paris, on Friday.

UK Parliament: Little Interest in Grooming Gangs

In response to Britain’s ongoing sexual grooming scandal, a group of 20 MPs signed an open letter to recently appointed Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, urging coordinated action.

As the UK Parliament has 650 MPs, the 20 signatories constitute a mere 3% willing to support the protection of children subjected to gang-rape, trafficking and torture, and at times murder. Such a paltry number of politicians willing to speak out against child sexual slavery seems yet more evidence of the moral bankruptcy of Britain’s political elite and how low the country appears to have sunk.

England: New Female Genital Mutilation Case Every Two Hours, Experts Demand Action

Between April 2017 and March 2018, around 6,200 women and girls who visited a doctor, midwife, or other public health services in England had been exposed to the form of abuse at some point, the National Health Service (NHS) said on Thursday.

Some cases had already been recorded, but 4,495 were being logged for the first time since the government made it compulsory for medical practitioners to report cases of FGM in 2015.

Iranian woman arrested after posting Instagram video of her dancing, prompting outrage among users

An Iranian woman received an outpouring of support from followers on social media after officials arrested her for posting Instagram videos that showed her dancing to Iranian and Western pop music.

Maedeh Hojabri was arrested by Iranian police

Maedeh Hojabri was arrested by Iranian police after she posted a video of herself dancing. (Instagram)

Maedeh Hojabri was seen on State TV Friday appearing to confess to her “crimes” while crying and shaking. The 18-year-old gymnast was detained after she was seen dancing to pop music in her bedroom and was not wearing a headscarf, which is required in the country.

SAFE SPACE This floating ‘utopia’ will have its own government and cryptocurrency by 2022 – to beat rising sea levels

THE WORLD’S first floating city will boast its own government and cryptocurrency when it lays roots in the South Pacific in 2022, claim its backers.

Building work on this isolated “utopia” will begin next year following the signing of an agreement with French Polynesia’s government in 2017.

The US firm has signed a deal with the government of the French Polynesia

The US firm has signed a deal with the government of the French Polynesia

The floating town is the brainchild of the Seasteading Institute, a non-profit co-founded by tech billionaire Peter Thiel (who sits on Facebook’s board and is a former adviser to US President Donald Trump).

It’s teaming up with a private entity called Blue Frontiers to build 300 houses on a seaborne platform off the island of Tahiti that will run under its own governance and boast its own money.

Joe Quirk, who heads up both organisations, has also stressed the eco-friendly potential of the sci-fi project, which will tap huge solar panels and wind turbines for clean energy.

The solar panels that will provide clean energy, along with wind turbines, to the

The solar panels that will provide clean energy, along with wind turbines, to the “floating utopia”

Commentary/Opinion:

Sanctifying Socialized Medicine

Britain marks the 70th anniversary of its National Health Service with unreflective celebration.

The 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS) has just been celebrated in Britain, and totalitarian regimes would have nothing to complain of in the outpouring of bullying sentimentality that marked the occasion.

Dissenting voices have been few and muted, as if the suggestion that the NHS had not been a great national achievement partakes of both heresy and treason. Perhaps it is symptomatic of the absence of any other great national achievement in the past 70 years that a health service that is at best mediocre in the Western European context should be almost universally bruited as an absolute triumph.

Future social historians will wonder why the NHS is the one national institution regarded as virtually off-limits to any criticism more serious or fundamental than chronic grumbling. As age could not wither Cleopatra, so scandal after scandal cannot break the attachment of the British people to their NHS. Why should this be?

Humor:

Students Hate Trump’s SCOTUS Pick… Don’t Realize He Hasn’t Made It Yet

Students in NYC were quick to voice their disapproval with President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination… what they didn’t realize is that he hadn’t actually made the pick yet.

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