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In The News:

Trump, Juncker Announce Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

President Donald Trump reached an agreement Wednesday with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker aimed at averting a transatlantic trade war, easing tensions stoked by Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on car imports.

The two sides agreed to expand European imports of U.S. liquified natural gas and soybeans and lower industrial tariffs on both sides, Trump said. The U.S. and European Union will “hold off on other tariffs” while negotiations proceed, Juncker said.

“We had a big day, very big,” Trump said at a joint statement with Juncker at the White House Wednesday. He hailed “a new phase” of trade relations.

Thomas More Law Center Defeats New York Attorney General’s Balleyhooed Attempt To Silence Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselors

In a 103-page opinion issued last Friday evening, U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon rebuked the efforts of the New York Attorney General’s Office to silence sidewalk counselors who regularly assembled outside of Choices Women’s Medical Center (“Choices”), a Queens abortion clinic, to plead for the lives of the unborn.

Tyler Brooks commented, “A radical state attorney general abandoned his duty to enforce the law fairly in favor of pursuing an ideological campaign intended to silence pro-life Christians. The federal court, however, has seen through the State of New York’s efforts and made clear that the free speech of Christians will not be censored simply because some people on the left do not like it.”

Woman kills fiance after arguing about wedding guest, cops say

Jacqueline Souza, 31, was arrested on suspicion of murder after officials say her fiancé, Brandon Watkins, 33, was stabbed with a steak knife at the couple’s Colorado Springs home, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. Souza called 911 around 12:30 a.m. Saturday to report an “unknown urgent medical assist.”

Jacqueline Souza, 31, is accused of stabbing her fiance,

Jacqueline Souza, 31, is accused of stabbing her fiance, Brandon Watkins, to death. (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)

Souza — who was reportedly in the process of divorcing another man while planning her wedding to Watkins — reportedly gave investigators several different accounts of the events leading up to her fiance’s death. The couple appeared to have been engaged since late June.

101-year-old woman stabbed to death by neighbor, police say

Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said at a news conference that Greg Jesner, 54, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Marcia Morrison.

Greg Jesmer stabbed his 101-year-old neighbor to death, according to police.

Greg Jesmer stabbed his 101-year-old neighbor to death, according to police. (Monroe County Jail)

According to court documents obtained by WHEC, Morrison was stabbed repeatedly in the neck, throat and upper torso sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to investigators.

Houston: Muslim testifies her husband confessed to ‘honor killing’ Christian son-in-law

The wife of a Jordanian immigrant testified Wednesday how her husband slipped into his son-in-law’s northwest Harris County apartment and fatally shot him minutes after his daughter left for work, one of two “honor killings” she and their son helped him commit.Honor Killings

Shmou Alrawabdeh, 40, the wife of a Jordanian immigrant on trial for capital murder, described in chilling detail how she, her husband and their adult son stalked and killed their son-in-law in November 2012. She testified against her husband after cutting a plea bargain deal that will reduce her pending murder charge to kidnapping.

Woman refuses to sit down on flight in effort to stop man’s deportation to Afghanistan, dramatic video shows

A Swedish woman live-streamed her dramatic efforts to stop an asylum seeker from being deported to Afghanistan, refusing to sit down as their flight prepared to leave and leading authorities to escort both her and the man from the plane.

The student started her live-stream as soon as she got on the plane. The video had been viewed more than 2.5 million times as of Wednesday morning.

Anti-Trump Protest Leader Convicted of 3 Counts of Sexual Abuse of Minors Returns to Prison

Micah Rhodes, leader of the anti-Trump “Portland’s Resistance” movement, has returned to jail after being arrested for, allegedly, violating his parole requirement to keep away from minors.

Rhodes headed an anti-Trump protest group before being convicted of three counts of sexual abuse of minors,

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In separate hearings, Washington County Circuit Judge Janelle Wipper and Multnomah County Circuit Judge Jerry Hodson each shunned state sentencing guidelines that would have landed Rhodes in jail for two to two and a half years. Instead, Rhodes was given five years of conditional probation, which police say he has violated.

Rookie New Jersey cop saves man from oncoming commuter train, dramatic video shows

A rookie police officer marking his seventh month on the force had a memorable anniversary after saving a man who was just seconds from being struck by an oncoming commuter train in New Jersey.

The dramatic incident was captured on Perth Amboy Patrolman Kyle Savoia’s body camera. The footage shows him sprinting down the tracks and screaming at a man while waving to the oncoming train to stop.

Politics:

Trump delays next Putin meeting until after ‘Russia witch hunt is over’

President Trump has delayed a follow-up meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is finished, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday.

“The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year,” Bolton said in a statement.

Connecticut official slammed for taking a knee to protest Trump during pledge

A local Democratic lawmaker in Connecticut is under fire after she took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance in protest of President Trump.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-25_100231_www.facebook.com

Haddam, Conn., Selectwoman Melissa Schlag knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance during a Board of Selectmen meeting on July 16. The protest was in response to Trump’s comments after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

Student Suspended for Trump Border Wall Shirt to Get $25G and Formal Apology

An Oregon high school student who sued his school district after administrators said he couldn’t wear a pro-Trump border wall T-shirt will be given a written apology and $25,000 in a settlement.

Liberty High School senior Addison Barnes,18, was suspended earlier this year after he refused to cover up his “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” shirt.Opera Snapshot_2018-07-25_110942_www.facebook.com

The shirt — which also features a 2016 Trump quote: “The wall just got 10 feet taller.” — was worn by Barnes in his “People and Politics” class on a day where immigration would be discussed.

Tech Watch:

Facebook admits it blocked Florida Republican’s pro-gun ad, reverses course

Facebook admitted it mistakenly blocked a Florida Republican’s pro-gun ad from the social media platform and reversed course.

State Rep. Matt Caldwell said he received the message, “Not Approved: Your ad can’t promote the sale of weapons or ammunition,” from Facebook when he attempted to share an ad that depicted him shooting a rifle and touting his endorsement by the National Rifle Association, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Facebook’s advertising policy states that ads cannot “promote the sale or use of weapons, ammunition, or explosives.”

By Tuesday evening, Facebook had reversed the decision and issued an apology.

Mozilla developer claims Google is slowing YouTube on Firefox

Feel like YouTube runs a little slow on the Firefox and Edge browsers? You’re not the ony one who thinks so.

On Tuesday, a Firefox developer claimed that YouTube runs five times slower on both browsers compared to Chrome. “On my 1 Gbps internet, it takes 5 seconds in Firefox and Edge and 1 second in Chrome,” Mozilla Program Manager Chris Peterson said on Twitter.

He went on to claim that Google — which owns YouTube — effectively tailored the streaming service to run better on the company’s browser over competing products.

VICE Admits: Twitter Is Shadowbanning Conservatives, Mainstream Republicans

A new report published on Wednesday by VICE News details the ongoing censorship of conservatives on social media. This time, the offender is Twitter. Through an objective analysis, VICE News reporter Alex Thompson concluded that Twitter is hiding the accounts of certain high-profile conservatives from its user through a process referred to as “shadowbanning.”

Breitbart Tech’s Allum Bokhari reported on this latest form of Twitter shadowbanning Monday.

Some initially speculated that concerns about conservative account “shadow-banning” on Twitter were nothing more than a conspiracy. However, the report also concluded that high-profile liberals aren’t facing the same account restrictions.

Immigration:

ICE files detainer against man accused of shooting Florida officer in head

The Haitian national accused of shooting a Florida cop in the head Saturday has had an immigration detainer filed against him, officials said Wednesday, ending nearly a decade during which authorities arrested Wisner Desmaret numerous times but didn’t inform immigration officials about him.

Wisner Desmaret, left, is accused of shooting Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller in the head.

Wisner Desmaret, left, is accused of shooting Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller in the head. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office/Fort Myers PD)

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency told Fox News the agency filed a detainer against Desmaret on Sunday, the day after he allegedly shot Fort Myers Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29. Fox 4 Now reported a man was allegedly assaulting a group of males at a Fort Myers gas station before officers arrived, at which point Desmaret allegedly shot at officers while they tried to take him into custody.

Federal immigration officials detain registered sex offender

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Raleigh-based agents arrested Udiel Aguilar-Castellanos at his Carrboro, North Carolina, residence Monday morning. ICE discovered he was a sex offender when he registered with Orange County on July 11. The 44-year-old Mexican national is being held at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia.

On June 27, Aguilar-Castellanos pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery of an 11-year-old girl and was released the same day under the condition that he register as a sex offender. Prior to his guilty plea and release, he spent nearly 300 days in the custody of local officials. The public defender assigned to his case was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.1532547451752

According to a release from ICE, Aguilar-Castellanos first received a final order of removal from a federal immigration judge in January 2015, and avoided deportation for more than three years. He was convicted of DWI in 2014.

DHS Massively Expands Enforcement Against Illegals’ Employers

Since October, the agency’s Homeland Security Investigations unit has checked employment records at 6,093 worksites, up from 1,716 in the prior fiscal year from October 2016 to the end of September 2017. The current pace of checks in 2018 is almost a five-fold increase from the prior year and included 100 stores in the 7-Eleven chain and 77 companies in California.

The agency has made 675 criminal arrests of managers or supervisors, plus 984 administrative arrests of illegals in the last nine months, versus  139 criminal arrests and 172 administrative arrests during the prior 12 months, according to a DHS statement. That is a five-fold increase in criminal arrests and a sixfold increase in administrative arrests.

Fort Worth man sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking children

Following a four-day trial in April 2018, Pierre Lagrone, aka “P” or “Pedro,” 34, and co-conspirators, Herman Sanders, aka “Pooh,” 29, and Demarcus Davis, aka “Zigg,” 26, were found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to sex traffic underage girls. Lagrone was sentenced July 23 to life in federal prison.  Sanders was previously sentenced before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 420 months; Davis is scheduled for sentencing July 30.

According to evidence presented at trial, Lagrone and Davis were violent pimps who recruited, controlled and profited off underage female victims through commercial sex acts. Lagrone and Davis recruited and advertised underage female victims for commercial sex acts. The defendants communicated with potential clients, collected proceeds, and paid for motels rooms and supplies. Lagrone and Davis kept almost all, if not all, the proceeds of the commercial sex acts, providing only food, shelter and occasional clothing to the underage female victims. Sanders conspired with and assisted Lagrone in this sex trafficking.

ICE operation targeting public safety threats nets 132 arrests in DC, VA

WASHINGTON – On Friday, officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Washington Field Office concluded Eagle’s Shield, an enforcement operation targeting notable threats to public safety throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. that resulted in the arrests of 132 individuals on criminal and civil violations.

Operation Eagle’s Shield leveraged field office resources to identify priority targets for enforcement action throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metro area. From July 9 to 20, officers from the ERO Washington Field Office targeted and arrested various violent offenders, gang members, sex offenders, fugitives from justice, and those who otherwise pose a significant public safety threat. Arrestees include members of several different notoriously violent transnational criminal organizations such as MS-13 and18th Street gangs.

ICE arrests 65 during Operation Cross Check in New York City and Long Island

During the operation, ICE’s ERO arrested 65 individuals for violating U.S. immigration laws. 64 of those arrested, had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally. Of those arrested, 29 individuals were previously released from local law enforcement custody with an active detainer.

Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as sexual offenses, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.

World News:

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after troops attacked

The Israeli military shelled Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing three militants, after its troops on the border came under fire.

The army issued a statement saying it targeted Hamas military positions in the territory after a Palestinian sniper fired on Israeli soldiers “under the cover of 20 children that were sent towards the border fence as decoy.” It military said an Israeli officer was moderately wounded.

Muslim from Dearborn, Michigan captured in Syria, believed to be ISIS fighter

Coalition-backed forces in northern Syria have captured a 28-year-old United States citizen who is believed to have been fighting for the Islamic State, one of only a handful of Americans to be apprehended on the battlefield, officials said.

Ibraheem Musaibli, who is from Dearborn, Mich., was seized by the Syrian Democratic Forces this month as he tried to escape the Middle Euphrates River Valley, where the American-backed militia has been working to root out one of the last pockets of Islamic State control.

Sex robots turning Japanese into ‘ENDANGERED species’ as men choose dolls over women

Demand for anthropomorphic sex robots and dolls with realistic features is growing across the world as technology becomes more advanced and prices drop.

In most countries they’re considered to be an expensive sex toy used by men and women to pleasure themselves.

But in Japan, there are fears the widespread use of silicone love dolls is accentuating the declining birth-rate and population.

Japan’s birth-rate fell below one million last year, a trend that has partially been blamed on the rise of sex dolls by some demography experts.

BIRTH RATE CRISIS: Japanese people are facing the threat of 'extinction' experts claim

BIRTH RATE CRISIS: Japanese people are facing the threat of ‘extinction’ experts claim

A documentary by RT, titled “Substitutes”, lays bare the concerning trend of men opting for sex dolls instead of women.

Co-founder of feminist protest group Femen found dead in apartment

A co-founder of the international feminist group Femen was found dead Monday in her Paris apartment, according to The Guardian.

The newspaper reported that Femen activists said Oksana Shachko, a 31-year-old Ukrainian, was found in her apartment with a suicide note lying next to her.

Commentary/Opinion:

Democrats Keep Moving Goal Posts on Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination

Every nominee to every position in the executive and judicial branches has a record—his or her unique combination of professional and personal activities. Parts of that record might be relevant to one position; other parts, to another position.

Common sense suggests that the Senate should give the most attention to the parts of Kavanaugh’s record that are most relevant to his Supreme Court nomination.

Up to 6 Months in Jail in this CA City for Giving People Straws

Once again California is in the forefront of proving how insane Democrats have become.

It is no longer a felony to knowingly pass on HIV, but it is now punishable up to 6 months in jail for a server to give a patron a straw:

The city of Santa Barbara has passed an ordinance that will allow restaurant employees to be punished with up to six months of jail time or a $1,000 fine for giving plastic straws to their customers.

FATAH: Mentally ill? The media or the murderer?

No sooner was it revealed that the Toronto mass murderer was a 29-year-old Muslim of Pakistani descent, ‘consultants’ and ‘experts’ lined up on various TV networks twisting themselves into halal pretzels, trying to avoid the elephant in the room staring at them — a Muslim hate crime.

Within hours CBC News obtained an unsigned letter purportedly from the killer’s family, stating the mass shooter Faisal Hussain had a lifelong struggle with “severe mental health challenges,” including “psychosis and depression.”

Thus the subject on the evening news became one of lack of funding of mental health and gun crime, painting the murderer himself as a victim with not even a hint of anger at the man who had declared war on a Toronto street of partygoers,

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