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US employers added 250,000 jobs in October, soaring past expectations

U.S. employers added a better-than-expected 250,000 jobs in October, soaring past expectations for an increase of 190,000 jobs in the last jobs report before the midterm elections and on the heels of an incredibly volatile month for the stock markets.

The unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent, the lowest rate in nearly 50 years, while the labor force participation rate increased to 62.9 percent from 62.7 percent during the month. Average hourly earnings meanwhile rose by five cents to $27.30,or 3.1 percent year-over-year, the highest it’s been since the Great Recession.

Veteran unemployment rate hit near-record low in October

The unemployment rate for veterans approached a record low in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Friday.

In September, the unemployment rate among veterans was 3.4 percent, but the rate has decreased to 2.9 percent in October.

October marked just the second time since 2000 that the rate has dropped below 3 percent. The rate hit a low last October, when it fell to 2.7 percent.

Hispanic Unemployment Breaks Another Record as Blockbuster Job Growth Marks October

The economy added 250,000 jobs in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Nov. 2, with Hispanic unemployment dropping to 4.4 percent—a new record for data reaching back to 1973.

The overall unemployment level remained at 3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969, while Black and Asian unemployment inched down to 6.2 percent and 3.2 percent respectively.

More people died from drug overdoses in 2017 than guns, murders, or car accidents

Drug overdoses led to more deaths in the U.S. in 2017 than any year on record, according to government data released Friday.

More than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017, about 200 per day, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was contained in a Drug Enforcement Administration report Friday.

That number is more than four times the number who died in 1999 from drug abuse: 16,849.

Last year’s figures are up about 15 percent from 63,632 drug-related deaths in 2016.

California Good Samaritan killed after stopping to help victims of a freeway crash

Bertha Estrada, 19,

Bertha Estrada, 19, was killed after she was hit by an SUV while helping victims of a crash in California. (Facebook)

A Good Samaritan who stopped to help victims of a car crash on a California freeway died Thursday after she was hit by an SUV, authorities said.

The woman, identified as 19-year-old Bertha Aida Estrada by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, had stopped along the eastbound lanes of state Route 94 after witnessing the crash.

Saudi sisters whose bodies found duct-taped together in NYC likely not victims of a crime, police say

The two Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were found duct-taped together near a New York City river stayed at numerous “high-end hotels” in the Big Apple and “maxed out” a credit card before their deaths by shopping and ordering-in meals, police revealed Friday.

“At this point in time, everything we have seen thus far has pointed to other than a crime taking place, but we are not ruling anything out,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters. Their cause of death is still unknown.

Shea added that he believes “the two girls filed for asylum but [I] don’t know anything beyond that.”

2-Year-Old in Hospital After Eating Marijuana Candy on Halloween

A 2-year-old girl is in a hospital in Las Vegas after eating a marijuana edible on Halloween.

The girl, Delilah Smith, was given the edible while trick-or-treating on Oct. 31, her sister told KVVU-TV.

Back at their house, Smith gave Delilah a bath but became alarmed when she became nonresponsive. She rushed her to the University Medical Center.

Doctors there told Smith that her sister tested positive for THC, an active chemical in marijuana

Armed Resident Shoots Gunman Who Killed 11-Year-Old Girl in Nevada

An 11-year-old girl was struck by bullets fired by a gunman who was driving by her house in Las Vegas on Nov. 1, prompting the homeowner to grab a gun and shoot the gunman.

The gunman allegedly shot the 11-year-old girl before getting hit himself.

Trump Says Americans to Decide Between Jobs and Crime in Mid-Terms

“The choice in this election could not be more clear,” Trump told an electrified crowd who lined up for hours at the Columbia Regional Airport to see the president of the United States.

The president reminded his supporters of his view of what the Republican Party stands for: “Republicans are the party of all Americans. We welcome citizens from all walks of life and we embrace freedom of thought freedom of speech, and freedom of everything else.

He said of the current state of the Democrat Party, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi: “The Democrats are the party of rigid ideology and total conformity. They demand absolute agreement and they dismiss, demean, and demonize anyone who questions their radical ideas.”

Gillum Campaign Worker Arrested After Throwing Drink at College Republicans in Florida

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A group of college Republicans was harassed by a self-described communist supporter who at one point threw her drink on one of the men at the table they were manning. The student was later arrested and charged with battery and identified as Shelby Shoup, a campaign worker for Andrew Gillum, who is running for governor of Florida.

Video footage captured the exchange on Oct. 30, in which the girl claimed that the Florida State University College Republicans were supporting Nazis.

PHOTOS: Democrat Women Go Nude to Protest GOP in ‘Grab Them by the Ballot’ Photo Shoot

grab-them-by-the-ballot-640x480Several Democrat women stripped to their skivvies for a photo shoot that is part of a campaign to urge people to vote against Republicans this election season.

Ten women decided to pose nude with paper ballots covering their private areas in a Vermont studio on October 28 for a photo shoot called “Grab Them by the Ballot,” in the hopes they could convince people to cast their ballots for Democrats instead of Republicans this November.

“Nobody needs to know” Beto Campaign Appears to Illegally Spend Funds on Supplies for Caravan Aliens

• “I just hope nobody that’s the wrong person finds out about this.”

• “It’s f***ing happening.” O’Rourke Campaign Staff Uses Pre-Paid Cards for Honduran Alien Supplies

• “Don’t ever repeat this…” Campaign Staffers Explain How to Hide Campaign Expenditures for Aliens

• “If you get caught in some sort of violation that’s like a $50,000 fine,” “For me I can just ignore the rules and I’m like f**k it.”

• Transporting Aliens to “airports… bus stations,” “None of this is like sh*t there is a rulebook for”

• Staffer Says She Sent Texts to Director; Told Campaign Manager Jody Casey, Who Says “Don’t Worry”.

Beto Campaign Manager Says “No Comment” After Saying “Don’t Worry” in Undercover Video.

Maxine Waters, Schiff among high-profile Dems poised to control committees if House flips

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Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. — who has repeatedly called for Trump’s impeachment and whom, in turn, Trump has called a “low-IQ individual” — is one of the best-known Democrats who could soon wield the power of the committee gavel, and with it, the potential to subpoena and control the fate of legislation before it comes to a floor vote.

If Democrats retake the lower chamber, Waters, 80, would likely be elevated to chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, where she currently serves as ranking member.

The committee oversees the housing, banking, insurance, and securities industries, and in the past year, Waters has offered some clues about her regulatory agenda.

LAURA INGRAHAM CALLS OUT OPRAH FOR ‘RACE-BAITING’ TO HELP STACEY ABRAMS: ‘YOU’RE MUCH BETTER THAN THAT’

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday accused Oprah Winfrey of “race-baiting” while she campaigned for Georgia’s Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams, adding that Winfrey is “better than that.”

“Got to hand it to Oprah. She’s a great speaker, but I liked her better when she was giving away Toyotas and refrigerators,” she said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Ingraham criticized Winfrey’s attempt to make race an issue and said her rhetoric is “dehumanizing” and not backed up by facts.

BLACK ACTIVISTS CALL ON CNN MANAGEMENT TO ADDRESS DON LEMON’S RACIAL COMMENTS

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Washington, D.C. – Leaders of the Project 21 black leadership network are calling on CNN to break its silence about host Don Lemon’s radical on-air comments in which he called white men the “biggest terror threat” facing America.

Within a space of five seconds, CNN’s Don Lemon went from saying we shouldn’t demonize people to broadly labeling white men as our nation’s “biggest terror threat.” That’s not responsible journalism.

This cannot stand. CNN President Jeff Zucker recently called out the White House for its criticism of the media, saying President Trump doesn’t comprehend the importance of the words he uses. It’s time for Zucker to put his own house in order – starting with explaining how Don Lemon’s outrageous statement can stand in light of Zucker’s call for civility.

Andrew Gillum’s Florida Governor bid mired in anti-Semitism accusations, links to radical Palestinian group

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Andrew Gillum may be ahead in the polls as he bids to become Florida’s next governor, but the Tallahassee mayor’s association with a radical far-left group associated with Palestinian terrorism has left his campaign mired in allegations of anti-Semitism and could yet prove costly with the state’s 600,000 Jewish voters.

Republican opponent Ron DeSantis has repeatedly brought up Gillum’s relationship with Dream Defenders, a Florida-based group that claims to build “powerful, deep, local” organization for “freedom and liberation” in the state, pointing to the anti-Israel activism, including the promotion of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish state.

Despite the accusations of anti-Semitism, Gillum has ignored the growing calls to disavow the group even as the largest Jewish weekly publication in the country, the Jewish Press, urged Florida’s Jewish residents to vote for DeSantis, potentially swaying the election to the Republican.

Anyone can make a super PAC — even prisoners and kids who can’t vote

The Center for Responsive Politics identified eight super PACs created by people who can’t participate in elections. Some of these super PACs were started by teenagers who can’t vote, while others were formed by people sitting behind bars.

“The FEC has not kept pace with the change in modern campaigns,” said Corey Goldstone from the Campaign Legal Center. “This is due to vague rules that are the result of a bitter partisan divide among its commissioners that make it hard to agree to investigate even the most obvious crimes.”

These super PACs wield massive financial power and influence in elections. Just this cycle alone, super PACs registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have received over $1.3 billion and have spent $695 million.

By comparison, the Democratic and Republican parties are far behind that total. This cycle, the Democratic Party has raised $802 million and the Republican Party has raised $859 million.

Head of Google’s Washington office stepping aside

Susan Molinari

Google’s relationship with Washington has become increasingly strained in the last years of Susan Molinari’s tenure. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Republican Rep. Susan Molinari is stepping down as the head of Google’s Washington office at the end of the year, the company said today, a change in policy leadership that comes at one of the most politically fraught times in the company’s history.

Hostile rhetoric hasn’t been Google’s only headache. The company staunchly opposed legislation that makes internet companies more liable for knowingly facilitating sex trafficking on their platforms because it carved an exception out of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

That statute has for more than two decades shielded Google and others from legal accountability for things their users post, keeping them from being hit with costly, possibly fatal civil or criminal penalties and thereby helping them become the juggernauts they are today. The bill amending Section 230 become law earlier this year.

Google accused of ‘illegal contributions’ to pro-amnesty campaigns

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, said the complaint alleges Facebook, Google and Twitter violated federal regulations that prohibit corporations and corporation employees “from contributing any services or anything of value to elections and campaigns.”

The complaint to the FEC alleges Google, Facebook and Twitter employees are breaking U.S. laws “by using their company technologies, equipment, and employees to contribute to campaigns and influence the outcome of U.S. elections, legislation, and policies in favor of left-wing positions they share with the Democratic Party and Democrat candidates and certain Republicans who also support increases in foreign labor visas and Amnesty legislation backed by these companies.”

Migrants traveling to US sue Trump, government; claim violation of constitutional rights

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Migrants hitch rides in the back of trucks as the thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans hoping to reach the U.S. border moves onward from Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Associated Press)

A dozen migrants traveling by foot from Honduras to the U.S. to seek asylum filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and others, claiming a violation of their due process under the Fifth Amendment.

The Fifth Amendment states that, “no person… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

Boston Marathon bomber’s friend deported to Kazakhstan

Immigration officials say a college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) has been deported to his native Kazakhstan after he was convicted of concealing evidence in the case.

Dias Kadyrbayev (DY’-us kah-dur-BY’-ehv) was sentenced in 2015 to six years in prison for removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth,

He’s been in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Texas since August , when he was transferred from federal prison.

EXCLUSIVE: OREGON AUTHORITIES RELEASED ILLEGAL ALIEN DESPITE ICE DETAINER — 7 MONTHS LATER, HE ALLEGEDLY KILLED HIS WIFE

The Oregon man who allegedly killed his wife in late October is an illegal alien who was released from county jail seven months ago, despite an active detention request from immigration authorities, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

Martin Gallo-Gallardo, 45, is charged with murder in the death of Coral Rodriguez-Lorenzo, 38, whose body was discovered Oct. 28 in Clackamas County, Oregon.

The following day, detectives brought in Gallo-Gallardo for questioning, during which he confessed to killing Rodriguez-Lorenzo, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Over 270 Migrant Caravan Members Have Confirmed Criminal Histories

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More than 270 members of the migrant caravans currently heading north through Central America and Mexico toward the United States have confirmed criminal histories, including known gang membership.

The criminal histories were confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Those include a number of violent criminals—examples include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual assault on a child, and assault on a female,” the department said on Nov. 1.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also said on Nov. 1 that he’d obtained information showing that “several members of the first caravan have significant criminal histories, including assault and sexual misconduct against a child, and membership in the MS-13 gang.”

EXCLUSIVE: Fmr ICE Director Offers Solutions to Dangerous Migrant “Catch and Release” Program

Homan told SaraACarter.com. “The caravan smugglers, the drug cartels are watching to see what we do. If we catch and we release these caravans now, we can expect larger caravans in the near future. We cannot be held hostage by these groups.”

Currently, the Flores Settlement Agreement–a Ninth Circuit Court ruling–requires the release of family units, adults traveling with children, after 20 days. Homan noted that it takes much longer, usually 45 to 60 days, to get in front of a judge. The attorneys representing the immigrants already know the system is overburdened and immigration lawyers work to appeal the cases over and over again to elongate the immigrants stay in the country. Because the migrants know their stay in a holding facility is short “they wait out the 20 days until they are released into the country awaiting a court date that they usually never show up to,” said an ICE officer in Texas, who asked that his name not be revealed due to the nature of his work.

According to current statistics Border Patrol apprehended 107,212 family units in 2018. In 2013, 14,855 family units were apprehended.

It is an increase of more than 620% in just 5 years, according to the statistics.

A way of mitigating that problem, says Homan, is providing detention facilities that would house the migrants like the “tent cities” currently being proposed by Trump.

TRUMP’S HARDLINE: If You Cross The Border Illegally, You’re Not Eligible for Asylum

The President delivered a no-nonsense speech at the White House on Thursday to respond to the “crisis at our southern border” and took a hardline stance on how his administration would treat asylum seekers.

The administration has decided to process asylum-seekers only by “lawfully present themselves” at ports of entry and any claims of asylum made when caught illegally entering the country would be summarily denied under Trumps proposal.

This decision by President Trump would inevitably face federal court challenges due to language in the Immigration and Nationality Act which says anyone who arrives in the United States may claim asylum if they have a well-founded fear of persecution.

The President claims that the approaching caravan of migrants from Central America are “not legitimate asylum-seekers” because they did not accept asylum offers from Mexico and pointedly noted that “asylum is not a program for people living in poverty.”

World News:

Trump, Xi Upbeat on Trade After Phone Call; US Targets More Chinese Firms

Chinese leader Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump

Chinese leader Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON/BEIJING—U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who spoke by telephone on Thursday, Nov. 1, expressed optimism about resolving their trade dispute ahead of a high-stakes meeting at the end of November in Argentina.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department took aim at another Chinese firm it accused of unfair practices.

Investors cheered the resumption of dialogue and a report that Trump was taking steps to resolve the tariff war, with shares in Asia hitting three-week highs on Friday and the dollar softening.

Pakistan’s ‘father of Taliban’ cleric killed in knife attack

Pakistani religious cleric, Samiul Haq

FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, Pakistani religious cleric, Samiul Haq addresses a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

Prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, also known as the “father of the Taliban,” was killed in a knife attack at his home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, his family and police said.

Haq’s son, Hamidul Haq, said his father was alone in his bedroom when he was attacked by an assailant, who escaped undetected.

Trump targets ‘core areas of Iran’s economy’ by reinstating tough sanctions

The Trump administration is targeting the “core areas of Iran’s economy” with what officials call the strongest sanctions ever imposed on Iran, effectively ending United States participation in the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

“It is aimed at depriving the regime of the revenues that it uses to spread death and destruction around the world,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “Our ultimate aim is to compel Iran to permanently abandon its well-documented outlaw activities and behave as a normal country.”

Islamic attack against Coptic Christians pilgrims kills at least 7 in Egypt

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A man screams beside a bus carrying Coptic Christians which came under attack outside Cairo, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church via AP)

Islamic militants on Friday ambushed two buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding up to 16, according to the Interior Ministry and security officials.

Coptic Orthodox Church spokesman Boulos Halim said the death toll was likely to rise. Local church officials in Minya province where the attack took place put the death toll at 10, but the higher figure could not be confirmed.

British school reports boy, 15, to authorities over fears he’s 30-year-old asylum seeker

A school pupil is being investigated by British authorities after parents claimed he lied about his age and is in fact a 30-year-old man.

The pupil claims to be 15 years old, however other students told their parents he may be much older than he says he is.

It had been suggested that the individual is an asylum seeker who arrived in the U.K. without any paperwork, making it difficult to identify his age.

Bus careers off bridge in China as driver and passenger fight – video report

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A bus plunged off a bridge and into the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China, after a fight between the driver and a passenger who had missed her stop.

Rescuers lifted the wreckage from the river on Wednesday night. Thirteen bodies were recovered; two remained missing, according to the official Xinhua news agency

Commentary/Opinion:

Bill O’Reilly Reacts to the frenzy of the media on Midterm Elections, Migrant Caravan

You Can Never End Abortion If You Vote for It

To that, someone from the International Justice Mission (which goes out of its way not to decry or fight the global injustice of forced abortions) scolded me and said: “Your comparison of slavery to abortion is crass and careless.”

Sure. If you don’t know history and can’t employ common sense.

In American jurisprudence, there is no case more aligned to Roe v. Wade than Dred Scott. In both, seven Supremely wrong justices decided that certain human beings weren’t persons, therefore had no Constitutional rights.

In both rulings, human beings were then property that could be bought, sold, or killed at will. In both rulings, the humanity of a group of people was denied so that a small group of people could profit (immensely) from their oppression.

Yes. They’re exactly alike. I’m sorry that liberal sensitivities blind some to what’s so crystal clear.

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