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Poll: Donald Trump’s Black Approval Rating Almost Double That of Last Year

The significant rise in approval is likely to be an endorsement of Trump’s economic policies – that have seen record low unemployment among the African-American population – and the stock market rise to record highs.

The data also suggests Trump is shrugging off accusations of racism from the Democratic left, with Trump’s former aide White House aide Omarosa Manigault the latest figure to declare Trump is a bigot who has repeatedly used racial slurs. She has so far provided no evidence for her allegations.

Such figures are even more impressive given Trump’s disappointing performance with black voters during the 2016 presidential election, where he garnered just eight percent support among black men and four percent support among black women.

President Trump Impromptu Presser Departing White House…

Departing the White House for New York and New Jersey, President Trump delivers impromptu remarks and holds a brief unscheduled presser prior to climbing aboard Marine-One.trump-press-corps-2

Judge in Manafort trial says he’s been threatened over case

The judge in Paul Manafort’s fraud trial said Friday he has received threats over the case.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comments as the jury deliberated for the second day, and as he rejected a motion to release information about the jurors. He said he’s confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information was public.

Ellis said that because of the threats against him, he travels with U.S. Marshals.

This is a developing story …

Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week.

The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.

Ocasio-Cortez’s banning of reporters came the same week more than 300 publications across the country — many of which supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 — ran coordinated editorials hitting back at President Trump’s attacks on members of the press.

Louisiana Denies Citibank, Bank of America $600 Million Over Gun Control Push

Louisiana officials denied two of America’s largest banks an opportunity to be involved in a project worth hundreds of millions of dollars on Thursday because of their decision to align with left-wing activists and the Democratic party in pushing for gun control.

“The State Bond Commission refused to allow Citigroup and Bank of America to work as underwriters on the interstate highway financing deal,” The Virginia Pilot reported.

The effort, led by two Republicans — Attorney General Jeff Landry and Treasurer John Schroder — came in response to decisions from both banks to enact “policies restricting gun sales and manufacturing by their commercial customers.”

Washington teen who pushed friend off 60-foot bridge says she ‘thought she would be fine’

An 18-year-old woman said she “didn’t think about the consequences” before pushing her 16-year-old friend off a bridge that was 60 feet high — equivalent to six stories — in Washington state last week.

Her friend, Jordan Holgerson, suffered several broken ribs and an injured esophagus and trachea after falling into the river.Opera

“I thought she would be fine,” the teen, Taylor Smith, told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Friday.

Earlier this month, a video that showed Holgerson being pushed off a bridge at the Lewis River at Moulton Falls Regional Park in Vancouver, Wash., went viral on social media before it was removed.

Man keeps lottery win a secret from wife, springs surprise

Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Missouri man who won a $352,000 lottery jackpot said he managed to keep it a secret from his wife for a few days so he could surprise her.

Beck said he learned of his win on a Thursday, but he kept it a secret from his wife, Raye, until the following Sunday.

He sprang the surprise by walking into a room with a big sign announcing his win.

“And he brought me roses, too,” Raye said. “I get very emotional if something happens in my life that’s unexpected. I’m the kind that sheds tears. But these were happy tears!”

15-year-old boy’s organ donation saves 9-year-old girl’s life

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – A Missouri couple is raising awareness about organ donation after their 15-year-old son saved a little girl’s life.

Bret and Eula Motelet said they’re able to better cope with the loss of their son because his heart beats on in someone else.Opera

“Just a real joy. I called him my sunshine. He was always happy,” Eula Motelet told WDAF.

Brian Motelet’s mother said he was the perfect baby. Then he came down with the flu when he was 8 months old. His mom said it developed into a seizure disorder by the time he was 1 year old.

Deputy talks down man sitting on ledge: ‘We’re all here on Earth together, might as well get along together’

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va – A Virginia sheriff’s deputy is receiving praise from across the country for the quick and compassionate action he took Tuesday afternoon.  Deputy James Robinson was called to an overpass near Busch Gardens and found a man suffering a mental health crisis sitting on the edge of the guardrail.

Deputy Robinson has worked in law enforcement for more than a decade but has only been with the sheriff’s office since December.  Body camera footage shows Robinson approaching the man and trying to engage him.

Photo of newborn baby surrounded by IVF syringes goes viral

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A photo of a newborn baby surrounded by In Vitro Fertilization syringes has gone viral.

Samantha Packer, of Packer Family Photography in Glendale, Arizona, took a photo of Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill’s newborn baby on Aug 10.38853616_1168358499986509_5044822324788854784_o

Packer told WJW that after the mothers’ newborn photo session, they asked if she would incorporate the IVF syringes into the photos.  Packer said she “chose to align them in a heart with all of the needles facing inward so that it would be both beautiful and powerful and show the love that brought this child.”

13-year-old stabs attacker after she was kidnapped on her way to school

The teen told police she was abducted when she got off a bus and driven to an unknown location where she was assaulted.

The victim, a student at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic High School, was able to stab her attacker and escape.

Satanic Temple Unveils Baphomet Statue at Arkansas Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Satanic Temple unveiled its statue Thursday of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet during a First Amendment rally at the Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument already on the Capitol grounds.

The Satanic Temple unveils its statue of Baphomet,

The Satanic Temple unveils its statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally for the first amendment in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. The Satanic Temple wants to install the statue on Capitol grounds as a symbol for religious freedom after a monument of the Biblical Ten Commandments was installed in 2017. (AP Photo/Hannah Grabenstein) The Associated Press

With Satanists, atheists and Christians among those in attendance, several speakers called for the removal of the Ten Commandments monument or for state government officials to install Baphomet as well. The Satanic Temple said the Ten Commandments monument violates constitutional freedom of religion rights and that installation of their statue will demonstrate religious tolerance.

World News:

With world’s attention on Rohingya Muslims, Christians in Burma also face brutal persecution

“Christianity is under direct attack by the Burma Army.

Christians have repeatedly been singled out for rape, torture, and death over the course of this war, and that trend is continuing,” Ephraim Mattos, East Asia Operations Manager for The Nazarene Fund (TNF), a humanitarian group that works to support the plight of Christians worldwide, told Fox News. “In Burma, if you don’t fall into the category of being Buddhist and ethnic Burmese, then you are considered second-class, and not worthy of the full rights of a citizen.”

Christians in Burma, also known as Myanmar, make up an estimated 8.2 percent of the Buddhist-dominant population – or around four million people. Many of those Christians live in the often undeveloped, neglected periphery states.

Nigeria construction site collapses, trapping several people

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerian rescue officials say they are working to pull out a number of people trapped under the rubble of a collapsed shopping complex that was under construction in the capital, Abuja.

Labaran Ahman, Federal Capital Emergency Agency search and rescue chief, said Friday that many people were rescued by bystanders after the four-story building collapsed in the afternoon. He said the number of people trapped is unknown.

Abass Idris, a Nigerian Emergency Management Agency official, said the building had been abandoned and new construction restarted recently. He said the owner may have altered its original plans in that time, affecting the stability of the structure.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan responded to Wednesday’s reported terror attack by suggesting that vehicles be banned in certain parts of the city, particularly near the government buildings where Parliament meets.

Khan told BBC Radio that the important thing was to ensure that the people continued to have access to their government, but that measures to keep members of Parliament safe would benefit everyone.

Imam at Manchester Ariana Grande Concert Bomber’s Mosque Called For ‘Armed Jihad’

In the recording, Imam Mustafa Graf is alleged to pray “We ask Allah to grant them mujahideen [Islamist fighters] – our brothers and sisters right now in Aleppo and Syria and Iraq – to grant them victory”, and to claim “Jihad for the sake of Allah is the source of pride and dignity for this nation.”

In an apparent call to action, the Imam also said: “brothers and sisters, it is time to act. Not only to talk.”Manchester-Attack-AP-640x480

The words of the sermon, which have been analysed by Islamic scholars and are being investigated by police, amount to a call to violence according to British state broadcaster the BBC, which quotes the remarks of experts Usama Hasan and Shaykh Rehan who said the preaching called for “military jihad”.

Acid attacks rampant in UK

There were 2,602 acid attacks in Britain between January 2015 and May 2018, the equivalent of 15 a week, according to government figures accessed by The Mirror newspaper.

Comparing that figure — which will almost certainly be higher on average for 2018 crimes given the apparent surge in acid attacks in the past year — the newspaper notes between 2007 and 2011 there were just 100 such attacks, or just one a fortnight over the period.



Daniel Greenfield offers up some more information.

Turkey Pleads with Europe for Backing in Escalating U.S. Trade War

The plea comes less than 12 months after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared both the Dutch and German governments to the Nazis while demanding the rest of the E.U. grant immediate visa-free entry to Turkish citizens.

It also follows a warning that millions of people could pour into the E.U. from Turkey in “another wave of migration” if the country’s economic crisis escalates into a full-blown collapse.

Mr. Erdogan spoke by phone about stability and cooperation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, and with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, AP reports.

Trudeau wants new holiday to shame Canadians | Ezra Levant

Ezra Levant of reports on Justin Trudeau’s plan to designate a new holiday to mark Canada residential-school legacy.

Trudeau pardons radical left-wing “charities” breaking tax laws

Ezra Levant of reports on Trudeau granting a pardon to the radical left-wing “charities” that broke Canadian tax laws.

Tech Watch:

These Screenshots Show How Google Shadowbans Conservative And Pro-Trump Content

New membership on my Facebook page has stopped dead. My best YouTube videos cannot be found. All because I posted videos of myself going on Fox News.

Almost a year ago, an employee noticed a YouTube video at the top of a “Doug Wead” search and wondered how it got there. It wasn’t related to the date, the view count, or anything else that they could determine.

But since it was there, at Google’s omniscient discretion, we decided to do something we had never done before: buy an ad to promote it. That’s when our troubles began.

Within days, Google blocked my ad and informed my team that we had violated their policies. I called Google. The problem, they explained, was that the video had hate speech.

It was a Fox Business News video with Trish Regan interviewing me about the Russian collusion investigation. The Google employee could not find the exact offending words, but referred me to various other supervisors up the ladder.

Google Admits It Has Chinese Censorship Search Plans – What This Means

Google admitted at an internal company-wide meeting yesterday that it indeed has a project for Chinese government-controlled censored search in China, but asserts that it is nowhere near ready for deployment and is subject to a range of possible changes before deployment.

While this was an internal meeting, it apparently leaked publicly in real time, and was reportedly terminated earlier than planned when it was realized that it was being live-tweeted to the public by somebody watching the event.


‘Bake the cake or else’ is back: Baker who won high court ruling is under renewed assault

If you doubt the intensity of the left’s fixation on punishing people of faith, I submit to you the Colorado’s so-called Civil Rights Commission. Despite Masterpiece Cakeshop winning a 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court victory condemning the state for punishing Jack Phillips for his religious beliefs, they’re going after him again.

This time, the set-up involves a request for a variety of cakes that would violate his religious belief, including a cake celebrating a gender transition.

On the day the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Masterpiece case, Mr. Phillips received a call from attorney Autumn Scardina making a specific request for a cake celebrating a gender transition. Mr. Phillips declined, citing his faith.

The Daily Caller reported several other requests were made of him in the months that followed, “[T]he bakery received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, sexually explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. One solicitation submitted by email asked the cake shop to create a three-tiered white cake depicting Satan licking a [sex toy]. Phillips believes Scardina made all these requests.”

Young people wouldn’t like socialism if they understood its consequences

On Aug. 13, the release of a new Gallup survey made headlines with its shocking results. The poll found that 57 percent of Democrats now hold a favorable view of socialism, while the level of Democratic support for capitalism plunged to new lows.

This surging support for socialism is in large part driven by emerging enthusiasm among young left-leaning voters, as there’s been a 12 percentage point fall in support for capitalism among those aged 18 to 29 in the last two years.

So the verdict is in: Many young people are sick of capitalism and want to try something new. Yet if they actually understood what a destructive ideology socialism can be, members of my generation wouldn’t be so quick to signal their support for it.

Dana Loesch to Andrew Cuomo: Be Quiet and Listen to Your Father

“It seems Andrew Cuomo didn’t listen to his own father that much, who took a very, very different view of America’s greatness…

So now I’m going to say to you what I say to my own children, Andrew. Be quiet and listen to your father.”

Barbara Jordan on Impeachment

With the constant cries for impeachment that swirl around Donald J. Trump, it is incumbent upon us to remember the wise and reasoned words of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who on July 25, 1974 gave an eloquent and dispassionate speech concerning the impeachment hearings against then-president Richard M. Nixon.

In the strongest of terms, Jordan asserts that “the jurisdiction comes from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”


In fact, “it is a misreading of the Constitution, for any member here to assert that for a member to vote for an article of impeachment means that that member must be convinced that the President should be removed from office.”