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MS-13 gang member charged after teen’s remains found on Long Island, officials say

A “self-admitted” MS-13 gang member with a violent criminal history was charged in the murder of a teen whose remains were found in New York a year after he was “viciously and barbarically” killed, officials said.

Carlos Benitez-Hernandez, 21,

Carlos Benitez-Hernandez, 21, was arrested in the death of a teen whose remains were found on Wednesday. (Nassau Police)

Carlos Benitez-Hernandez, 21, was arraigned Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of a teen, who authorities did not identify. Benitez-Hernandez was arrested Wednesday after authorities uncovered human remains in a shallow grave in East Meadow on Long Island.

Dem rep warns immigration officers following ‘illegal’ Trump orders: ‘You will not be safe’

A Democratic lawmaker issued a startling warning to government officials involved in “illegal” deportations that they “will not be safe” from future punishment when Donald Trump is no longer president.

“If you are a US government official and you are deporting Americans be warned,” Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego tweeted early Thursday.

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego

“If you are a US government official and you are deporting Americans be warned,” Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego tweeted Thursday. “When the worm turns you will not be safe because you were just following orders.” (Official portrait )

“When the worm turns you will not be safe because you were just following orders. You do not have to take part in illegal acts ordered by this President’s administration.”

Nearly 500 fake IDs stopped by Customs and Border Patrol officers, agency says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia snagged hundreds of phony state drivers’ licenses over the past several months, the agency revealed Thursday.

Approximately 500 fake identification cards entered the Pennsylvania city “in international air cargo” since May and were taken by officers, the CBP said in a news release, adding that the agency’s efforts kept “the fraudulent documents out of the hands of underage students.”

Ohio teen dies after accidentally shooting himself during FaceTime call, cops say

A 14-year-old boy in Ohio died Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself while on a FaceTime call with a friend, police said.

The boy, who has not been identified, died after the 11 a.m. Wednesday shooting at his home in the 4200 block of Beechmont Drive in Union Township, where he had been holding a gun while on a FaceTime call with a friend and it accidentally went off, WLWT reports.

Driver in fatal crash accused of stalking victim’s wife

A woman with a long-running feud with her neighbors struck the couple with her car, killing the husband, New Hampshire police said Thursday.

Sixty-four-year-old Stephen VanDalinda, and his 61-year-old wife, Erin, were hit Wednesday night in Seabrook, a town of about 9,000 near the Massachusetts border. Erin is hospitalized with serious injuries.1535654248760

Authorities said Catrina Costello, 38, was driving drunk when she hit the couple and then left the scene. She faces nine charges, including felony assault. She was due to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. A phone number for her couldn’t be found.

Trump cancels pay raises for almost 2 million federal workers

President Donald Trump is canceling across-the-board pay raises for civilian workers across the federal government, citing the “nation’s fiscal situation.”

“We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the president wrote in a letter Thursday to congressional leaders.

 President Donald Trump

“We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” President Donald Trump wrote in a letter to congressional leaders. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Most civilian workers were slated to receive 2.1 percent increase under a years-old government formula. But the president argues that pay raises should be tied to “performance,” rather than “across-the-board” increases.

Ex-Trump chauffeur drops suit over unpaid overtime claims

A former chauffeur for President Donald Trump has dropped his lawsuit alleging he was not paid for thousands of hours of work.

Noel Cintron’s attorney, Larry Hutcher, said Thursday that the case has been submitted to arbitration for resolution.

The Trump Organization had requested just such a result in papers filed in Manhattan federal court earlier this month.

How Ocasio-Cortez Makes the Case against Socialism

On Wednesday, it was reported that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign had spent $4,000 on Uber rides — despite the fact that the self-described Democratic socialist herself had previously decried the company on Twitter:

This is, of course, nothing short of hypocrisy.

If you really thought a company was so bad, you’d probably make sure your campaign didn’t use it. If you really thought something was a problem, you probably wouldn’t give that problem $4,000.

What’s more, if you were really concerned about the plight of NYC taxi drivers, you might, you know, give them some business, instead of giving your business to the very company you’d criticized for ruining them.

What we have with this revelation is just another example of how Ocasio-Cortez’s time in the spotlight has made an argument against socialism, instead of for it. Her words may say that the heavily regulated taxi companies are better, but her actions say that she prefers Uber — a service that is only possible because of the thing she stands most opposed to: capitalism.

All Three Networks Skip Florida Democrat’s Call to Abolish ICE

All three networks on Wednesday touted the surprise win of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. The liberal Democrat, endorsed by Bernie Sanders, advocates for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) agency. But ABC, CBS and NBC skipped this radical position.

The Orlando Sentinelon July 5, 2018 explained what the networks missed:

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee who has recently been bolstered by large contributions from liberal billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros, said in a statement, “I support a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes abolishment of ICE in its current form to be replaced with a more compassionate and focused agency that actually keeps us safer.”

To their credit, the networks didn’t shy away from calling Gillum liberal in general. On NBC’s Today, Hallie Jackson called the candidate a “progressive Democrat” and said of the election:

Tucker: The Democratic Party is blowing up

Tucker takes on the increasingly extreme views of the Democratic party as more and more progressive candidates win their respective primaries.

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Falsely Blames Antifa Violence on Black Americans

In response to President Trump warning of Antifa violence should Democrats win the midterms, Jeffrey Toobin said, “Let’s be clear also about what’s going on here. The theme here is, ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’ll protect you from the scary black people.’”

“Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization, and this is just part of the same story of LeBron James and Don Lemon and Maxine Waters and the NFL players and the UCLA basketball players,” he continued.

TPUSA’s Candace Owens, a prominent black conservative commentator, blasted CNN and Toobin on Twitter Wednesday.Opera Snapshot_2018-08-30_121953_www.breitbart.com

Owens also tweeted that CNN was “being horribly racist” by blaming black people for Antifa violence.

FREEDOM WATCH FILES CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT AGAINST GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, APPLE AND INSTAGRAM FOR ALLEGED ANTITRUST VIOLATIONS AND OTHER ILLEGALITIES

(Washington, D.C., August 30, 2018). Today, Larry Klayman, the founder of both Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch and a former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor who was on the trial team that broke up the AT&T monopoly during the Reagan administration, announced the filing of a class action lawsuit which, among many counts, alleges that social media giants Google/You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Instagram conspired by entering into an explicit or tacit agreement, in parallel to each other, to restrain trade in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

Specifically, the class action complaint alleges that the intent and effect of this agreement in restraint of trade is to quash and/or limit advocacy by conservative and pro-Trump public interest groups, advocates and others to further the leftist anti-conservative agendas of these social media giants and to help bring down the Trump presidency and nullify the vote of the millions of citizens who voted for the president.

These alleged illegal and anticompetitive actions are an integral part of the so-called “resistance” to remove President Trump and install a leftist government over the 50 states.

California Democrats Call for Boycott of In-N-Out Burger After It Donates 25K to Republican Party

Eric Bauman, chair of the California Democratic Party, called for a boycott Thursday of the iconic West Coast eatery In-N-Out Burger after The Los Angeles Times reported that the chain had donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party.Opera Snapshot_2018-08-30_113329_townhall.com

However, The Los Angeles Times also points out that In-N-Out Burger has given to Democratic groups.

CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL REQUIRING PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES TO PROVIDE FREE ABORTION PILLS

California’s state assembly passed a bill Wednesday that will require public universities to stock their health centers with abortion pills so that students don’t have to travel to have an abortion.

Senate Bill 320, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva, mandates the state’s community colleges and public universities provide women with abortion pills for up to 10 weeks of pregnancy so students don’t have to travel to abort.

The measure also requires the state’s public university health centers that don’t already offer abortion pills to provide transportation to an abortion facility or to arrange an abortion for students requesting the procedure.

The bill passed the assembly and now heads to California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Brown is expected to sign the bill into law.

Texts show police told to ‘not engage’ with ‘Silent Sam’ protesters: report

A police chief assisting with crowd control during a protest at the University in North Carolina last week told his officers to stand aside as demonstrators tore down the century-old Confederate monument known as “Silent Sam,” a report stated.Opera Snapshot_2018-08-30_122352_plus.google.com

WRAL-TV obtained text messages and emails that showed Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue closely monitored the Aug. 20 protest as his officers backed up the UNC police force, who took lead in policing the Chapel Hill campus. The station used a public records request to obtain about 400 pages of emails and texts to and from Blue on the day of the protest and the day afterward.

The messages showed Blue instructing the officers to give the protesters “lots of space” and “stay way out.” Another message showed Blue telling Chapel Hill officers they were “too close” to the protesters. Not too long after, the demonstrators toppled the “Silent Sam” statue.

Fitton: ‘Deep State’ Doesn’t Want to Conduct Damage Assessment of Hillary’s Private Server

Following a bombshell report that a Chinese state-owned company hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the “deep state” is unwilling to conduct a full damage assessment on how and whether Clinton’s mishandling of classified information damaged national security.

Dershowitz on oversight of ‘overzealous prosecutors’

Noting that the special counsel is the only government institution outside our system of checks and balances, Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz asks ‘who’s guarding the guardians?’

CDC: States struggle with onslaght of ‘complex’ opioid overdose deaths

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 — A new report on thousands of opioid overdose deaths across 11 states finds the problem is increasingly complex, but more can be done to stop it.

The report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at nearly 12,000 fatal opioid overdoses occurring between July 2016 and June 2017 in states across the Northeast, the Midwest and the West.

“Most states were simultaneously struggling with a complex mix of prescription and illicit opioid deaths,” reported the team led by Christine Mattson, of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

World News:

Sadiq Khan bikini blimp to fly over central London

A blimp of Sadiq Khan wearing a yellow bikini is to fly over Westminster on Saturday morning in response to the Donald Trump baby balloon that the London mayor permitted in July.

The Sadiq Khan blimp awaits its unveiling

The Sadiq Khan blimp awaits its unveiling on Saturday. ‘I don’t think yellow is my colour,’ the mayor said. Photograph: @YannyBruere/Twitter

A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than £58,000 for the blimp, which references the bikini-clad “body-shaming” adverts Khan has vowed to ban on the tube. Organisers says they want to highlight the rise in violent crime in London this year.

China Denies Reported Military Base in Afghanistan

Both Chinese and Afghan officials quickly denied the report and said China is merely helping to train Afghan counter-terrorist forces.

The South China Morning Post cited “sources close to the Chinese military” who said China funded and broke ground on a training camp in the Wakhan Corridor, “a narrow strip of inhospitable and barely accessible land extending about 350km from the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan to China’s Muslim region of Xinjiang.”

The sources added that China intended to dispatch People’s Liberation Army troops to the base after it was completed: “Construction of the base has started, and China will send at least one battalion of troops, along with weapons and equipment, to be stationed there and provide training to their Afghan counterparts.”

Commentary/Opinion:

Sarah Palin Not Invited to Senator McCain’s Funeral

It is unfortunate that Sarah Palin was not invited to the funeral for John McCain which will be held Saturday in Washington.

As you know, Governor Palin was nominated for VP on the McCain ticket in 2008. The two were never close and had little contact with each other after they lost the election.

Nevertheless, appearances count. Mrs. Palin has never criticized John McCain and should have been given the opportunity to honor him.

Did Sarah Palin really deserve that?

I can’t think of anything more spiteful or “mean-spirited” than the exclusion of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin from the funeral of the late Sen. John McCain.

According to Breitbart News, not only was she not asked to come to any of the numerous McCain events where she could have been present, but she was actually asked to stay away.

Who the hell did that?

Since the Breitbart report, the McCain camp has backtracked a bit and now says Sarah would not be bounced by the security guard at the door if she actually came.

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