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Senate passes $854B spending bill to avoid shutdown

Sept. 18 (UPI) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of passing an $854 billion spending bill to fund some of the government’s largest departments and avoid a shutdown.

The chamber voted 93-7 to approve funding for the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education. The package included a stopgap bill to fund the government through Dec. 7, avoiding a shutdown that would have started Oct. 1.

The package includes military pay raises as part of a $674.4 billion Defense appropriation, $3.8 billion to fight the opioid epidemic, $725 million for community block grants, and increases for Pell grants and the National Institute of Health.

Steve Scalise warns Canada to deal on trade or get left behind

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., warned Canada Tuesday that the Republican leadership will not wait much longer before it pushes forward with consideration of President Trump’s trade deal with Mexico. Many in Congress have been wary of voting on the deal if it doesn’t have Canada’s approval because it rewrites sections of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. and Canadian negotiators have been meeting in Washington over the last three weeks in an attempt to reach an agreement, but have not produced a breakthrough. Scalise said that the GOP leadership’s patience had a limit.

“Mexico negotiated in good faith and in a timely manner, and if Canada does not cooperate in the negotiations, Congress will have no choice but to consider options about how best to move forward and stand up for American workers,” he said.

Deep State Unmasked: State Department on Hidden Cam, “Resist Everything,” “I Have Nothing to Lose”

(Washington DC) Today, Project Veritas released the first installment in an undercover videoinvestigation series unmasking the deep state.

This video features a State Department employee, Stuart Karaffa, engaged in radical socialist political activity on the taxpayer’s dime, while advocating for resistance to official government policies. In addition to being a State Department employee Stuart Karaffa is also a ranking member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (Metro DC DSA.)

Deep State Unmasked: State Dept on Hidden Cam “Resist Everything” “I Have Nothing to Lose”

Stuart Karaffa is just the first federal government employee that Project Veritas has filmed in an undercover series unmasking the deep state. More video reports are to be released soon.

Rep. Nunes discusses declassification of documents with Laura Ingraham

Representative Devin Nunes discusses the declassification of Russia Investigation documents with Laura Ingraham on ‘The Ingraham Angle,”

Grassley suggests last-minute Kavanaugh hearing could be canceled if accuser doesn’t accept invite

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Tuesday raised the possibility that next week’s high-stakes open hearing to examine the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could be canceled if the accuser doesn’t accept the committee’s invitation.

“We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours three or four times by email and we have not heard from them, and it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?” Grassley said on The Hugh Hewitt Show.

Asked whether there would be a hearing if Ford did not agree to appear, Grassley suggested he couldn’t see a reason to hold one.

Keith Ellison domestic violence accuser says Democratic party doesn’t believe her story

Monahan slammed the Democratic Party for its response to her allegations when compared to its treatment of Christine Blasey Ford.

“No, they don’t,” Monahan tweeted in response to a question whether the party believes women’s stories. “I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party. I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”

Karen Monahan, a former girlfriend, came forward last month alleging that Ellison sent her threatening text messages and once screamed obscenities at her as he dragged her off a bed by her feet.

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Ellison has denied the accusations, saying he “never behaved this way.” He did acknowledge he was in a relationship with the woman.

Trump: We want to hear both sides on Kavanaugh allegations

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, President Trump says the Supreme Court confirmation process will be delayed so the sexual assault accusations can be addressed. He also scolded Senate Democrats for waiting to bring the allegations to light.

Grant Robicheaux, Famed Surgeon, Accused of Drugging, Sexually Assaulting Women

A surgeon in California and a woman believed to be his girlfriend are accused of drugging and assaulting at least two women.

Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, are charged with sexually assaulting two women by using drugs, ABC7 reported. They are accused of drugging women after meeting them at bars before bringing them back to Robicheaux’s apartment and assaulting them.

Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley are accused

Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley are accused of drugging and assaulting women in California. (Orange County DA)

Prosecutors, however, said that there might be upwards of 1,000 other victims.

Robicheaux, who also appeared on the Bravo reality TV show “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” was also charged with possession of an assault weapon, KTLA reported.

Emmy Awards roasted for mocking Middle America, ratings hit all-time low

Hollywood may have laughed when Emmys host Michael Che said the only white people who thank Jesus are “Republicans and ex-crackheads,” but Tinseltown’s latest middle finger to Middle America fell flat in flyover country, and may have contributed to the telecast’s all-time low viewership.

Co-host Michael Che left many viewers of the 70th Annual Emmy Awards upset during the opening monologue with his fellow “Saturday Night Live” star Colin Jost, explaining that his mother would not be watching the show on Monday night.

“She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough,” Che said. “That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”

Sessions Reaffirms Trump Admin’s Commitment to Protecting Speech on Campus

In his opening remarks, Sessions lauded the strong and intertwined relationship between justice and freedom of expression present in American life since the nation’s founding.

“The passion for justice has been a part of American life from the beginning, but we acknowledge the principle has suffered at times over the centuries,” Sessions said. “As Americans, we know it’s far better to have a messy and contentious debate than to suppress the voices of dissenters.”

The attorney general, who in the past has chided the modern university as an “echo chamber of political correctness,” asserted anyone who values justice should be disturbed by how strongly freedom of speech is being assailed in institutions of higher learning.

IMMIGRANT GROUP FINED NEARLY $35,000 FOR SELLING CARDS THAT CLAIMED TO PROTECT FROM DEPORTATION, FOUNDER OF ORGANIZATION HAD CRIMINAL RECORD

A Bronx, New York-based immigrant group was fined a $34,950 civil penalty for selling cards that claimed to protect illegal immigrants from deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, a judge ruled Monday.

A New Beginning for Immigrants Rights (NBIR), an organization that provides immigration services to domestic violence victims, offered “ID4ICE” cards to immigrants for a fee. NBIR founder Carlos Davila testified he thought the cards would serve as “know your rights” cards, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

The cards were advertised on a variety of media formats, including a YouTube video, that claimed the cards were registered with the government when they were not, according to a New York City Department of Consumer Affairs press release on July 6, 2017. The cards’ prices ranged from $50 to $200.

225 Pounds of Meth Seized in Arizona in One Week

Traffic stops yielded 225 pounds of meth in just one week, Arizona Gov. Doug Doucy announced.

Doucy said at a press conference on Sept. 17 that the Arizona Border Strike Force collected the drugs, worth an estimated $10 million, in three traffic stops on major highways.

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The third bust also uncovered one pound of fentanyl, an amount that officials said could kill over 200,000 people.

Latest: Suspect in golfer’s slaying has history of violence

A homeless man charged in Iowa with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain has a history of violence and drug use dating to his teenage years.

golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena poses for a photo.

In this Sept. 7, 2017, photo provided by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena poses for a photo. The former ISU golfer was found dead Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at a golf course in Ames.

Court records show that since 2014, 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with abusing a former girlfriend, using a baseball bat to smash a vehicle window and burglarizing a gas station.

Navy chief petty officer, recently granted protective order, found dead in Florida home, reports say

A newly promoted Navy chief petty officer — who had recently been granted a protective order due to alleged “domestic violence” — was reportedly discovered dead in her home Monday, and investigators say her “death was not from natural causes.”

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Family members identified Andrea Washington as the woman found dead in her Florida home on Monday. (Facebook)

Deputies were called to the home for a medical emergency and found a body inside the residence, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. A cause of death was not immediately released, but police said the “death was not from natural causes.” There was no immediate information on any suspects.

A judge had granted the Navy chief a protective order about two weeks ago due to “domestic violence at her home,” First Coast News reported.

Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018

Since the start of 2018, at least 57 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty — with 36 of those deaths caused by gunfire.

Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News found. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t much better: a total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those were caused by gunfire.

Man pulls gun on Colorado deputies during traffic stop, dramatic body camera video shows

Colorado officials released video Monday showing the moment a man who was fatally shot by police opened his truck door and pointed a handgun at deputies during an August traffic stop.

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened Aug. 31, when a vehicle was pulled over on Highway 85 in Sedalia, located about 20 miles south of Denver.

Deputies were reportedly trying to figure out if a passenger had a restraining order against the driver of the vehicle. But the passenger, 61-year-old Paul Askins, was uncooperative, didn’t provide his legal name or date of birth, and when asked to step out of the vehicle, pointed a pistol at deputies.

Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce hit over criminal record, police comments in ad featuring brother

The race to replace Rep. Paul Ryan in Wisconsin just got even more heated as a Republican group released a new attack ad targeting the Democratic candidate – using his own brother.

In the ad, James Bryce discusses his brother Randy’s criminal record and past comments about police officers. Randy is a Democrat who faces Republican Bryan Steil in Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.

James Bryce, who has been a police officer for more than 23 years, talks about an increase in attacks on law enforcement officials in recent years. The ad was released by the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a super PAC with ties to Ryan.

Video: Man Fires Shots at Car, Hitting 7-Year-Old Girl

A 23-year-old man is accused of firing shots near a business in Las Vegas, injuring a 7-year-old girl, according to reports.

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Truman was in an argument with another man before he pulled out a handgun and opened fire, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Sept. 15, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Murderer due for release next year is captured after escape

A convicted murderer who escaped for a third time from prison has been captured, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday.

A sheriff’s deputy found 65-year-old Arnold Nash walking along a road Tuesday morning in Dover-Foxcroft, in Piscataquis County, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. He was last seen Thursday evening at the minimum-security unit at Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston, several miles down the road from where he was found.

convicted murderer Arnold Nash stands for a booking photo, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 photo provided by Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, convicted murderer Arnold Nash stands for a booking photo, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

Nash was serving a 45-year sentence for killing his former neighbor in 1991. He was due to be released next year and had previously escaped from Maine Correctional Center in Windham in 1973 and from the Maine State Prison in 1981.

ACLU says Facebook lets companies discriminate against women and older workers

Facebook allows companies to target job advertisements to young men, effectively discriminating against women and older people, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Communications Workers of America charged in a complaint filed Tuesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The ACLU and CWA filed the complaint about Facebook and 10 other companies, alleging that they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects against employment discrimination. The complaint was filed on behalf of three female workers, the CWA and “hundreds of thousands of female workers” represented by CWA.

A spokesman for Facebook told MarketWatch that the social network recently removed 5,000 “targeting options” to help prevent misuse by advertisers. “There is no place for discrimination on Facebook,” said Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesman.

Giant ‘contracting’ creature spotted on beach stuns family: ‘It’s alive’

Adam Dickinson told his children to steer clear of a massive jelly-like blob they stumbled upon on a New Zealand beach early Monday. The family surrounded the creature, which appeared to be moving.

It was unlike anything Dickinson had ever seen before.

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A New Zealand family stumbled upon a giant jellyfish while on a beach about 55 miles north of Auckland. (Adam Dickinson)

“My initial thought was don’t let my kids touch it as they went running up to have a look,” Dickinson, who lives in Stanmore Bay, recalled to Fox News.

World News:

Venezuelan opposition leader laments “genocide” in his country, reveals his escape from detainment

The people of Venezuela are victims of genocide and the first- narco-dictatorship of the 21st century, claims prominent opposition leader and former political prisoner Antonio Ledezma.

“This is a premediated massacre, the worst of its kind because it is against its own people,” the 63-year-old exiled politician told Fox News on Monday, ahead of a speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York. “The worst part of it is seeing the children dying of malnutrition, and the women dying of breast cancer because they can no longer get cancer medicine.”

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Ledezma said another 300 children are expected to die this year due to malnutrition alone, and maintains several hundred, possibly thousands, of people have been shot dead since protests began almost five years ago. And from February to May of last year, he charged, there were more than 130 political assassinations orchestrated by the government.

Syria’s government and opposition welcome Idlib deal

Syria welcomed Tuesday the Turkey-Russia deal declaring a demilitarized zone around Idlib province but vowed to keep up its campaign against “terrorism,” either through military action or reconciliation deals with the opposition.

The Turkey-Russia deal reached a day earlier was welcomed by the Syrian opposition and rebels, saying it improved their standing after consecutive defeats elsewhere in the country to government forces following military offensives and tight sieges leading to surrender deals.

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FILE – In this file photo posted on the Twitter page of Syria’s al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on April 25, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, shows Nusra Front fighters in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, Syria.

“It will revive the revolutionary spirit,” said Alaa Moadamani, a fighter who moved from the Damascus suburb of Daraya in 2016 and has settled in Idlib after an evacuation deal.

China has a ‘chilling’ system to control everyone

China’s chilling dictatorship is moving quickly to introduce social scorecards, in which all citizens will be monitored 24/7 and ranked on their behavior.

The Communist Party’s plan is for every one of its 1.4 billion citizens to be at the whim of a dystopian social credit system, and it’s on track to be fully operational by the year 2020.

An active pilot program has already seen millions of people each assigned a score out of 800 and either reap its benefits or suffer its consequences — depending on which end of the scale they sit.

Under the social credit scheme, points are lost and gained based on readings from a sophisticated network of 200 million surveillance cameras — a figure set to triple in 18 months.

Residents complain about smell after 157 unidentified bodies discovered in morgue trailer in Mexico

Mexican investigating after residents complained of a foul smell coming from a refrigerated truck reportedly found 157 unidentified bodies in the back of the trailer near the city of Guadalajara.

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Residents complained about the smell of a refrigerated truck that contained 157 bodies that was parked near the city of Guadalajara. (Reuters)

Neighbors’ complaints about the truck caused authorities to change its location a few times. It went from a morgue parking lot to another government-run lot, before it finally wound up in a field behind a housing development. The bodies were stored in the truck due to overcrowding at morgues.

ITALIAN PRIEST KIDNAPPED IN NIGER, RADICAL ISLAMIC GROUPS SUSPECTED

An Italian priest working in Niger was abducted on Monday night from Bomanga, a village near the Burkina Faso border by unknown assailants. The kidnapping has been confirmed by both Italian and Nigerian officials, according to a report from Reuters. This latest incident is the second case of a foreign missionary being kidnapped from Niger in 2018.

The priest, father Pier Luigi Maccalli, has been in Africa for the past 11 years, working for the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Bomanga. SMA is as “a Roman Catholic missionary organization,” according to a report from Reuters. According to Vatican News, Maccalli has worked previously in the Ivory Coast, and it is believed that a local nun was abducted along with the priest.

Commentary/Opinion:

Nobody has hurt victims of sexual assault more than Democrats

INCYMI, Tammy Bruce knocks it out of the park on Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Democrats aren’t waiting for more information on allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They’re already rendering judgment.

Fox News Video: Tucker: Kavanaugh and the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party

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