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In The News:

First lady promotes ‘Be Best’ campaign at Nashville hospital

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Melania Trump is hitting the road to promote her “Be Best” campaign to help children.

The first lady is in Tennessee, where she is visiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

It’s her first domestic trip to highlight the initiative. Mrs. Trump was expected to participate in a discussion about babies who are born dependent on drugs and visit privately with families who have infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Mrs. Trump brought with her fleece blankets with the White House seal that she purchased to give to the babies.

Appeals court rules Constitution protects right to openly carry gun in public

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the Constitution’s Second Amendment grants people the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the ruling while rejecting a claim from Hawaii officials that the right should only apply to guns kept at home.

The ruling was issued by a three-judge panel on the court and came about a year after the Supreme Court decided not to rule on the case.

FBI Agent Goes on Trial for Lying About Deadly Shooting in Bundy Standoff

On Tuesday, W. Joseph Astarita, 41 years old, will stand trial in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., on charges of making false statements and obstruction of justice related to the 2016 fatal shooting of Robert LaVoy Finicum.

Federal prosecutors said that while Mr. Finicum died from shots fired by Oregon state troopers, Mr. Astarita’s alleged failure to disclose he had fired two other shots during the showdown hindered the police investigation into the incident.

Seagram’s heiress nabbed in NXIVM sex cult arrests; ‘Smallville’ star Allison Mack faces more charges

A multimillionaire liquor heiress was among four people arrested Tuesday on charges ranging from sex trafficking to extortion, in connection with the reported NXIVM sex slave cult that “Smallville” actress Allison Mack allegedly helped run.

The indictment, obtained by Fox News, alleges the group made up Raniere’s “inner circle” and helped him with various illicit activities such as conspiracy to commit crimes like identity theft, harboring of aliens for financial gain, extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, money laundering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

According to the legal documents, members of Raniere’s inner circle held high positions within the cult and had power in its “Pyramid Organizations,” having served on the executive board of NXIVM. Because the group’s activities were illegal and meant to defraud, the documents say they formed an organized crime “enterprise.”

Trader Joe’s employee, who died in hostage situation, killed by LAPD gunfire, chief says

A bullet fired by the LAPD killed the Trader Joe’s employee who died during a hostage situation during the weekend, Chief Michael Moore said Tuesday at a news conference.

Ballistics tests show that a Los Angeles police officer fired the shot that struck and killed Melyda Corado, 27, during a shootout with an alleged hostage taker at the Silver Lake supermarket Saturday, Moore said.

3 people dead in unrelated attacks on Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in 5 days

“It was, in my close to 30 years of police experience, probably one of the most vicious attacks that I’ve seen,” Rojas said.

The stabbing attack came one day after Don Stevens, 47, was found unconscious on the BayFair station’s platform, the Sacramento Bee reported. Surveillance video showed a male punching Stevens in the head before he collapsed. He was transported to a hospital where he died from head injuries on Sunday. Police have not made any arrests in connection with Stevens’ death.

On July 18, Gerald Bisbee, 51, was assaulted at the Pleasant Hill BART station, The New York Times reported. He died from an infection due to a small cut on his knee that he suffered in the attack. A suspect, Abdul Bey, 20, was arrested in connection with the attack.

Family wants gunman charged after fatal parking lot dispute

The family of a Florida man who was fatally shot by another man he had pushed to the ground demanded Tuesday that prosecutors file charges against the gunman, despite protections that the state’s “stand your ground” law might offer.

The family of Markeis McGlockton issued an appeal through an attorney for the public to put pressure on State Attorney Bernie McCabe to file charges against Michael Drejka, a white man who fatally shot the black father of three last Thursday during an argument over a handicapped parking space outside a convenience store.

Nude man caught working out at Planet Fitness thought it was ‘judgment-free zone,’ police say

A man who was caught naked in a Planet Fitness thought he’d get away with it because the gym considers itself a “judgment-free zone,” officials said.

Eric Stagno, 34, was allegedly caught working out naked

Eric Stagno, 34, was allegedly caught working out naked in a Planet Fitness on Sunday. He told police he thought it was a “judgment-free zone,” according to reports. (Plaistow Police Department )

Eric Stagno, 34, of Massachusetts, was arrested on Sunday at a gym in Plaistow, N.H., after gymgoers allegedly caught him exercising in the nude, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

Texas mother arrested after allegedly locking herself and son, 10, in hot car

A Texas mother was arrested after she allegedly locked herself and her 10-year-old son in a car when outside temperatures reached over 100 degrees.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Moss, who they said appeared to be intoxicated, getting out of the driver’s seat. Both the boy and Moss had “sweaty and matted hair,” according to an affidavit reviewed by KXAN.

CALIFORNIA WAS WARNED MONTHS AGO ITS GRID COULD BUCKLE IN THE HEAT. NOW IT’S HAPPENING

California’s grid operator is asking customers to limit electricity use during peak hours to help keep power flowing as a “heat dome” settles over the southwestern U.S.

But they were warned of this months ago.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned in May that California faced “significant risk of encountering operating conditions that could result in operating reserve shortfalls.”

Please, Please, Please Stop Reporting on Viral Receipt Stories

A good rule of thumb is that if you read a story on the Internet and it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Too often many journalists operate on another standard: If you read a story on the Internet and it seems too good to be true, eh, just run with it.

Most recently, outlets are varied as The Washington PostUSA Today, HuffPo, The Dallas Morning News, Associated Press, Fox News, and CBS News, all reported on a Facebook post from Odessa, Texas, waiter named Khalil Cavill. The 20-year-old posted a picture of a receipt he received while working at Saltgrass Steak House in which his first name was circled and “We don’t tip terrorist” was written next to it.

Cavill is Christian, but wrote that he was “sick to my stomach” and said he was sharing it “because I want people to understand that this is racism, and this hatred still exists.”

The restaurant stood up for Cavill and banned the customer, earning applause from Muslim civil rights organizations like CAIR. But less than a week later, Cavill admitted that he forged the racist note. Cavill was fired, and Saltgrass Steak House apologized to the customer and invited him back for a free meal.

Immigration:

Deported Migrants Leaving at Least 142 Children in U.S., Perhaps Hundreds

The rising total of self-separating families shows the foreign migrants are gaming the federal government’s asylum process to deliver their children to in-laws and relatives living in the United States. Once delivered by government officials, the migrants’ children can continue to apply for asylum, to attend Americans’ schools or and get jobs.

The same “Unaccompanied Alien Child” process has been used since at least 2010 to deliver more than 200,000 Central American children and youths to sponsoring relatives throughout the United States. In 2016, the Associated Press reported that at least 80 percent of the children were handed over to sponsors who are illegally in the United States.

This agency cooperation with migrants is creating a semi-legal chain-migration pathway for foreign youths into the United States.

Watch–Soros-Funded Illegal Alien Activists Shut Down Florida Intersection: ‘We Want ICE Abolished!’

More than a dozen of the illegal alien activists were arrested after shutting down the Florida intersection for hours, sitting around in human chains wearing orange shirts that read “abolish ICE.”

The protesters chose the intersection to shut down because it is nearby the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency’s Miramar office, where criminal illegal aliens, human traffickers, and drug smugglers are arrested and detained.

Utah father says he killed infant son on altar after seeing ‘666’ on child, records say

Alex Hidalgo, 37, was arrested Saturday after breaking into an abandoned home in Ogden, FOX13 Salt Lake City reported. He was reportedly wearing blood-stained clothes, which cops believe is the same outfit he had on when he murdered his 10-month-old son. He attempted to flee police before being detained.

Alex Hidalgo, 37, allegedly killed his son

Alex Hidalgo, 37, allegedly killed his son after seeing “666” on the child. (Weber County Sheriff’s Office)

Hidalgo is accused of killing his son Friday, while the child’s mother was out of the house running errands. She told police she returned to find Hidalgo reading a Bible and watching “a video of religious music and sermons.”

Registered sex offender accused of molesting 6-year-old at California public library

A registered sex offender on probation for possessing child porn has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy in a bathroom at a California public library.

Riverside Police announced Monday that Juan Francisco Palacios, described as a 29-year-old transient, was taken into custody following the incident at the SPC Jesus S. Duran Eastside Public Library last week.

Juan Francisco Palacios is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old body

Juan Francisco Palacios is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old body at a public library in Riverside, Calif. (Riverside Police Department/Google Maps)

“As the child is going into the restroom, the suspect gets up from his seat and goes directly to there and 20 or 30 seconds is all it took for the suspect to commit that sexual assault,” the department’s public information officer, Ryan Railsback, told FOX11.

Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty to Killing Colts Linebacker with Vehicle

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, entered a guilty plea to two counts of causing death to a person while driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or greater, the Indy Star reported.Combo-Manuel-Orrego-Savala-and-Edwin-Jackson-ap-640x480

Orrego-Savala reportedly drove his Ford F-150 pickup truck onto the emergency shoulder on I-70 in Indianapolis on February 4, fatally striking Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe, while they were stopped on the side of the road.

Watch – Kirsten Gillibrand: If Democrats Win ‘First Thing We Should Do’ Is Abolish ICE

During a panel discussion in New York City, New York on Monday, Gillibrand said that if Democrats win the House and Senate, their first action should be to abolish ICE, which would end all immigration enforcement in the United States.

“So when we flip the House and flip the Senate, I the first thing we should do is deal with the children who are being separated from their families at the border,” Gillibrand said.

With focus on Mexico, apprehensions grow at Canadian border

DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) — While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada.

People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the immigrants reach their U.S. destination, according to officials and court documents.

While the number of arrests is tiny compared with the southern border, the human smuggling is just as sophisticated.

Tech Watch:

The world’s first flying car is about to take flight

Traffic jams could become a thing of the past, with the latest advent of a car – 10 years in the making – that doubles as an airplane.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-24_110319_www.facebook.com

The Switchblade, the world’s first flying sports car, will officially be unveiled this week during the AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Although the three-wheeled vehicle is technically classified as a motorcycle under federal statute, Sam Bousfield, the inventor of the Switchblade, touted its speed capabilities both on and off the ground.

Report: Facebook Breaks Swamp Lobbying Record in Q2

Facebook reportedly spent $3.67 million on lobbying from April to June, which was $1 million more than it spent during the same time frame last year and higher than its previous record of $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, according to a Monday reportin The Hill.

The company, which is reportedly going on another lobbying hiring spree, also spent money to lobby on “high-skilled immigration issues and trade,” which have been important issues for Facebook since it started ramping up its D.C. presence.

Facebook censorship: Nude paintings by Rubens run afoul of social network

The nude paintings of 17th-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens are known for their Baroque, sensual qualities and have been shown in museums worldwide—but apparently they are too risqué for Facebook.

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The tech platform removed a series of promotions for the Belgian region of Flanders because they featured works by the artist mostly known for lush, detailed paintings of curvaceous women and cherubs.

Black Hawk Army helicopters get futuristic new cockpit

For 40 years, the Black Hawk has been flown by the Army and now this legendary helicopter is set to become even more powerful with new futuristic cockpits.

The upgrade will give Army pilots ultra-advanced capabilities in the cockpit combined with the might of this classic military helicopter. The analog cockpits are going digital.

New Black Hawk cockpit (Northrop Grumman)

New Black Hawk cockpit (Northrop Grumman)

The UH-60V digital cockpit meets the military’s Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard. This means that the Army can rapidly insert and integrate different off-the-shelf hardware and software to further upgrade the helicopter.

World News:

Syrian fighter jet shot down after infiltrating Israel’s airspace, Israeli military says

Israel shot down a Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet Tuesday after the aircraft infiltrated Israeli airspace while flying over the Golan Heights, the country’s military announced.

The jet flew about 1.2 miles into Israeli airspace before it was hit by a pair of Patriot missiles, according to the Israel Defense Forces.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-24_103501_www.facebook.com

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said in a news conference the jet crashed in the Southern Golan Heights on the Syrian side. He added the Israeli military has sent numerous warnings to prevent anyone from violating its airspace.

Fox News Video: Syrian jet shot down after entering Israeli airspace

Israeli military shoots down Syrian jet with two patriot missiles; Connor Powell reports from Jerusalem.

Haley pressures Arab states to step up on Palestinian aid: ‘We are not fools’

UNITED NATIONS – U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Tuesday challenged Arab countries who spout anti-Israel rhetoric to step up to the plate with financial support for Palestinians — warning that while the U.S. is generous, “we are not fools.”

At a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Haley noted there is “no end” to speeches from Arab states criticizing Israel’s actions in the region, and the impact they are allegedly having on the Palestinian population.
“If those words were useful in the schools, the hospitals, and the streets of their communities, the Palestinian people would not be facing the desperate conditions we are discussing here today,” she said. “But talk is cheap.”

North Korea Makes Progress on Their Promise

Everyone could be forgiven for expecting the North Koreans to enjoy their global summit and then walk away laughing, confident that they had pulled another fast one on the Americans yet again.

But now there’s a little tangible evidence that maybe — just maybe — North Korea is willing to make a few tangible moves to keep the process moving in the right direction:

Satellite Images Show North Korea Dismantling Ballistic Missile Launch Site

The facility reportedly plays a key role in the development of rockets and missiles – not of nuclear material – so its apparent partial shutdown may mean that communist dictator Kim Jong-un may have a diminished interest in long-range missiles.

The dismantling of such a site does not necessarily mean that short-range targets such as South Korea and Japan are safe from launches, or that North Korea may not possess other secret sites to launch missiles from.

‘Snapchat queen’ who posted video of her boyfriend dying is found guilty of manslaughter

A woman known as the “Snapchat queen” — who posted a video of her on-again-off-again boyfriend to the social media app as he lay dying from stab wounds — was found guilty of manslaughter.

Khan helped orchestrate Safi’s death with Raza Khan, a man who was seeking her affection. Safi, 18, was stabbed to death in North Acton, in northern London, on Dec. 1, 2016.

Fatima Khan, 21, was found guilty of manslaughter

Fatima Khan, 21, was found guilty of manslaughter in connection with her boyfriend’s death. (Metropolitan Police Service)

After the stabbing, Raza Khan fled and his whereabouts are still unknown. Surveillance footage captured Fatima Khan walking over to Safi as he lay dying. She posted a video on her Snapchat of him dying with a caption stating: “This is what happens when you f— with me.”

Politics:

Gallup: Donald Trump Hits His Highest Approval Ever

The new-all time personal best displays President Trump’s approval rating rose over two-percent from the previous quarter’s 39.1 percent average and beat his first three-month average of 41.3 percent.

Gallup says President Trump’s approval rating maintained at least a 40 percent average between April 20 and July 19, hitting 45 percent in the same week as the historic June 12 summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.

Trump announces emergency aid for farmers hurt by trade war, says they’ll win in the end

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it will grant up to $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs in the ongoing trade fight with China and other American trading partners.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said that the plan, which will provide direct assistance and other temporary relief for farmers through the USDA’s commodity program, is meant as a stopgap measure that will give Trump time to negotiate a long-term policy with China, the European Union and others.

Donald Trump to Supporters: ‘Stick with Us’ and Ignore ‘Crap’ from ‘Fake News’ and ‘Lobbyists’

Trump appeared frustrated by the news coverage of his attempts to get a better deal with foreign countries on trade, blaming it on lobbyists.

“Folks, stick with us, stick with us,” Trump said during a speech during the VFW convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Remember that they have the biggest, best, strongest lobbyists and they’re doing a number,” Trump said. “Just stick with us, don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news.”

David Hogg Threatens President Trump: ‘You Will Suffer Consequences Few Have Ever Suffered’

David Hogg abhors violence. Or so he says.

“To US President Trump: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” Hogg wrote on Twitter on Monday.

McClatchy: McCaskill’s Husband Scored $131 Million In Federal Housing Contracts During Her Senate Tenure

What a difference a Senate seat makes, eh? Before Claire McCaskill won Missouri’s Senate race in 2006, her husband Joseph Shepherd made a modest amount of money in real-estate ventures relating to federally subsidized housing.

In the twelve years of his wife’s tenure in the upper chamber, Shephard’s investments have won federal contracts worth nine figures. The Kansas City Star and McClatchy report that Shephard’s annual personal income from those investments runs as high as one million dollars:

Yes, Politifact Has a Liberal Bias

Politifact bills itself as an independent fact checker, and they’ve scored all kinds of accolades for their efforts. Not only did they win a Pulitzer Prize for their work, they have a “fact checking partnership” with Facebook to combat “fake news.” The supposedly independent Politifact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times, which endorsed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign.

While Politifact does fact check statements from politicians (and pundits) of both parties, those who frequent the site may have noticed that there does appear to be a different standard in evaluating claims from Republicans and Democrats. For one, there seems to be selection bias, in that they only bother to fact-check Republican claims that seem the most egregious (and thus least likely to be true), while a Democrat could claim that 2+2=4 and Politifact would not only pretend to fact check the claim so they can award his statement as “true.”

Sean Spicer book tour stop at Massachusetts BJ’s store nixed over ‘political climate’

A scheduled stop on Sean Spicer’s book tour at a Massachusetts BJ’s Wholesale Club has been canceled over apparent concerns about the “political climate.”

“We got word last Friday the store was cancelling ‘due to the political climate,’’’ a spokesperson for Regnery Publishing told Fox News. “Of course, we were very disappointed, but also surprised since we have had such a terrific response to all of the other events we have scheduled around the country.”

Tucker: What the Carter Page FISA application proves

The FISA application doesn’t begin to prove that Carter Page betrayed his country. But it shows that the discredited Steele dossier was central to the Obama administration’s spying request.

Carter Page reacts to ‘Russian spy’ accusations

Former Trump campaign adviser on implications of the release of the FISA application surveillance documents.

Dershowitz on FISA surveillance, Avenatti encounter

Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz on the release of the Carter Page FISA surveillance application and his encounter with Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

Tammy Bruce: Hillary Clinton Can’t Win In Weinstein Controversy

Hillary Clinton clearly wants to make a third run for the presidency, but a big obstacle just appeared. New photos show Clinton enjoying a dinner with disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in December 2016, after her election defeat.

EXCLUSIVE – Immigrant Café Owner Boycotted for Supporting Trump: ‘What’s the Connection to Coffee?’

“My life is all with immigrants,” stated Shalom, who was shocked by the anti-Semitic, anti-American rhetoric he says came from protesters outside his café. Recalling protesters calling him racist and a Nazi, Shalom stated, “I don’t know what is the connection to my coffee shop.”

Shalom was speaking in an interview on this reporter’s talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” Broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia.

OHIO BAR: “IF YOU WANT A SAFE SPACE, THIS AIN’T IT, CUPCAKE”

According to Fox, Rhinegeist announced over the weekend on Facebook that they will no longer do business with Broney’s.

That was a little much for the vendor to do. They didn’t bother to do any investigation at all.ohiobarchalkboard

Hold the carnage, folks. First the message was removed the same day it was put up by the owner. He says he doesn’t yet know who put it there. Second, it’s true. Bars are NOT safe spaces, in fact they can be down right dangerous depending upon the neighborhood and the clientele. That goes for both men and women.

Commentary/Opinion:

Nikki Haley: “Are You Persuading Anyone” When You “Own The Libs”?

From rising to South Carolina governor, to removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina statehouse grounds, to her actions and conduct as U.N. Ambassador, to her speech tonight, Nikki Haley continues to serve as an inspiration for the future of the Republican Party.

She could not have chosen a better audience for this lesson, as it sometimes seems as though some young leaders of the conservative youth moment —

The IRS gives up power for once, and the Left goes nuts

The decision to stop gathering some donor information seems, on the surface, like a no-brainer. First, the IRS neither used nor needed the information in its everyday operations. Because the new rule applies to nonprofit groups that do not get tax-deductible donations, including trade associations, issue groups such as the National Rifle Association and Greenpeace, and organizations such as volunteer fire departments, the information is not necessary to verify that taxpayers made tax-deductible contributions. (The IRS will still be able to demand donor information when necessary, such as for audits or criminal investigations).

Second, though the information is supposed to be kept confidential, this has not always been the case. For example, in 2014 the IRS was forced to pay damages to the National Organization for Marriage, which supports traditional marriage, after an employee, whose specific identity was never publicly uncovered, leaked information on NOM’s donors to an LGBT rights organization. There is simply no need for the IRS to maintain donor information that might be accidentally released, leaked by a rogue employee, or used by unscrupulous politicians to harass political opponents.

The Greatest Hysteria in American History

For one thing, any hysteria that existed then was directed against the greatest evil in the world at the time: communism. Then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee notwithstanding, there really were Americans in important positions who supported communist regimes enslaving their populations and committing mass murder. McCarthy was on to something.

In contrast, the country is choking on hysteria over the extremely unlikely possibility — for which there is still no evidence — that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, and the absurdity that President Trump works for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Cal Thomas: San Francisco makes it clear what immigration debate is all about — votes for Democrats

San Francisco is permitting “undocumented immigrants,” as political correctness demands we label them, to register to vote this November in local school board elections. Who doubts this is the first step by the left and Democrats toward full voting rights in state and eventually in federal elections? The claim by lawyers will be that it is discriminatory to allow undocumented immigrants to vote in local and state elections and not for members of Congress and for president. At bottom this is what the entire immigration debate is about.

The former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was interviewed last week on Fox News. Thomas Homan had some important things to say about calls by the left to dismantle the agency.

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