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High school choir halts busy restaurant with moving national anthem performance

The Skyline Cafe was packed Saturday morning with hungry diners ready for breakfast. However, once Mena High School Spotlight choir started to sing, everyone started to put down their forks and rise to their feet.

In the Facebook video, which has been viewed over 14,000 times, the choir can be heard singing as diners stand and turn toward them.

Lowe’s Shuts 51 Stores in US and Canada

Home improvement chain Lowe’s Companies Inc announced the closure of another 51 underperforming stores in the United States and Canada on Nov. 5 as it strives to compete with rival Home Depot Inc in a slowing housing market.

Lowe’s gave no detail of job losses in the move, which closes stores in some upmarket areas including Broadway and Chelsea in Manhattan and follows the shutdown of 99 Orchard Supply stores in California.

President Trump: Administration ‘Looking at’ Whether Top Tech Companies Violate Antitrust Laws

In a recent interview, President Donald Trump stated that his administration was “looking at” whether or not the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe have violated antitrust laws.

Business Insider reports that during an interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan and Jim VandeHei during the premiere of the website’s new HBO show, President Trump stated that the European Union’s recent $5 billion fine against Google for “denying rivals a chance to innovate,” made him consider whether investigating other tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter for similar antitrust violations may be a good idea.

Trump was asked whether or not he would consider breaking the companies up, he replied that such a strategy had been discussed under other administrations but nothing had been done. Swan stated: “But you’re in charge now,” to which the President replied: “I am definitely in charge, and we are certainly looking at it.” The President clarified that his comment was in relation to antitrust proceedings against Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

After GoDaddy cut ties following Pittsburgh shooting, Gab back online thanks to Seattle startup

“To the casual observer, the case of Gab.com seems like it is something new. It is not. It is history repeating itself,” he wrote.

“While there are consequences to actions, there is also the proverbial risk of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. My hope, for all of our sakes, is that Gab.com treads wisely, using its liberty for the betterment of most, and the enlightenment of all.”

In a post on Twitter, Torba said Gab has cooperated with law enforcement. He said “this coordinated smear by the mainstream media did not work because we are still standing.”

“Gab is now a nationally-recognized brand as the home of free speech on the internet,” Torba added.

Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, leads ‘Death to America’ chant in Iran

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who recently compared Jewish people to termites, led a “Death to America” chant Sunday during a solidarity trip to Iran.

Farrakhan’s trip came ahead of the Trump administration’s re-implementation of U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic on Monday.

Kavanaugh report’s biggest bombshells: Grassley probe reveals details behind mistaken identity claims, more

Weeks after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation — and the sexual assault allegations against him — captured the country’s attention, the Senate Judiciary Committee has released a massive report on those accusations that’s largely flown under the radar in the run-up to the midterms.

But the 414-page document, authored by the Republican majority and released over the weekend, contains a number of key revelations.

Among them: the report summarizes a statement from a man who believes he may have been involved in an encounter with Christine Blasey Ford around the time of her claim of sexual misconduct against Kavanagh. Some of this emerged during the Supreme Court confirmation process, but the report provides more details.

NBC infuriates veterans twice in one week as critics point to Peacock Network culture

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NBC upset veterans twice leading up to the midterm election.

NBC has infuriated veterans with a pair of incidents over the past week that resulted in critics questioning the culture of the network and examining its lack of sensitivity when it comes to the brave men and women who served in the military.

First, an NBC News reporter was forced to apologize to a wounded veteran on his way to vote after blocking a disabled parking spot during a live shot. While the Peacock Network was already under fire for the parking spot incident, “Saturday Night Live” castmember Pete Davidson sparked outrage when he said that a former Navy SEAL’s eye patch made him look like a “hit man in a porno movie.”

JOY BEHAR DEFENDS ‘SNL’ OVER JOKE TAKING AIM AT WOUNDED NAVY SEAL

“The View” host Joy Behar defended “Saturday Night Live” over the decision to air a joke at the expense of Texas Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, a wounded veteran Navy SEAL who lost his eye in Afghanistan.

Most of the ladies at the table appeared to take up the opposition, arguing with Joy that perhaps that joke had crossed a line that should not be crossed.

Officials: Driver was huffing before crash that killed 4

Colten Treu,

This photo provided by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin shows Colten Treu, (Chippewa County (Wis.) Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A young driver was inhaling chemical vapors, or huffing, just prior to striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother and critically injuring a fourth girl who had been picking up trash along a rural Wisconsin highway, police said Monday.

Colten Treu, 21, sped off after the collision in Lake Hallie Saturday morning, but later surrendered.

Man injured by exploding Corona beer bottle: ‘It’s like they are selling glass hand grenades’

Another man says he was badly injured when a Corona beer bottle suddenly exploded, shooting shards of glass into his leg.

“It’s like they are selling glass hand grenades,” retired California lawyer John Jay Curtis said of the New York-based brewing company.

Curtis, 75, is the third man in recent months to tell The Post that a Corona bottle exploded while he was handling it, causing gruesome injury.

McDonald’s worker sent home after being late on first day robs McDonald’s 5 miles away, police say

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David Gomez-Beltran, 19, allegedly robbed a San Antonio-area McDonald’s(Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)

A 19-year-old San Antonio teen who was sent home after being late to his first day of work at a local McDonald’s decided the ideal way to spend his time off was to rob another McDonald’s franchise about 5 miles away, police said.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said the series of events began when a man dressed in an employee uniform entered a local McDonald’s on Thursday telling the manager he had been sent in from another location to help.

A stabbing suspect in Texas barricaded herself inside an apartment. Then she fell asleep.

Police in Texas have arrested a woman accused of stabbing a man and then barricading herself inside an apartment.

Police say they were called to the Retreat Apartment Homes to check out a report that a woman had stabbed a man during an argument. He was taken to University Hospital, but the woman locked herself inside the apartment.

Gun Grabbers Get a Win in California

In California, law-abiding Americans must show “good cause” why they want to carry their handguns.

The government denied residents James Rothery and Andrea Hoffman permits to carry their guns, and they sued the state. After losing in the lower courts, the plaintiffs appealed to the nation’s highest court.

The Hill reported that on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, which means the good-cause requirement stands.

NY – Mexican Drug Kingpin “El Chapo” Trial Starts (Video)

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The New York trial against the notorious 61-year-old drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is set to start today. The Mexican cartel leader risks a lifelong prison sentence.

The lawsuit in Brooklyn can thus herald the definitive end to the criminal activities of El Chapo, whose life is the subject of a Netflix series.

The trial of Mr Guzman is seen as an extremely important “trophy” in the American “war on drugs.”

Migrant caravan pushes on

Central American migrants begin their morning trek facing Pico de Orizaba volcano as part of a thousands-strong caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, upon departure from Cordoba, Veracruz state, Mexico, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

A big group of Central Americans pushed on toward Mexico City from a coastal state Monday, planning to exit a part of the country that has long been treacherous for migrants seeking to get to the United States.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of exhausted migrants from the Central American caravan trudged along highways Monday toward Mexico City, where officials prepared a sports stadium to accommodate them as they try to reach the U.S. border still hundreds of miles away.

First of Several Migrant Caravans Reach Mexico City

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The first of many caravans of migrants making their way to the U.S. to claim asylum has reached Mexico City.

Hundreds of members of the caravan arrived in Mexico’s capital over the weekend, with around 450 people being given temporary shelter at a sports stadium in Mexico City.

Additionally, a separate, 4,000-strong caravan, split up into several groups with one spending the night in a town in the coastal state of Veracruz, according to a report from The Washington Times.

The divisions came during a tense day in which tempers flared and some migrants argued with caravan organizers and criticized Mexican officials.

They were upset that Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes had reneged on an offer late Friday to provide buses on Saturday to help assist the migrants on their trek to Mexico City.

Fox News Will No Longer Run Trump Caravan Ad

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The Fox News Channel has pulled a Trump-approved campaign advertisement about the migrant caravan marching towards the U.S. border after CNN and other left-wing media figures labeled it “racist.”

“Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network,” ad sales executive Marianne Gambelli told Mediaite.

The advertisement aired on Sunday Night Football and on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, triggering a massive backlash from left-wing activists and journalists. CNN rejected the same ad, declaring it “racist.”

TRUMP REACTS TO NETWORKS PULLING ANTI-CARAVAN CAMPAIGN AD

President Donald Trump brushed off news Monday that all three major TV networks and Facebook have decided not to distribute a campaign ad decrying an advancing caravan of migrants.

“I don’t know anything about it,” Trump said of his ads not receiving airtime before departing on a three state campaign swing at Joint Base Andrews. “We have a lot of ads, they are effective based on the numbers we are seeing.”

Pressed on whether he believed the ad was offensive, Trump flippantly replied, “a lot of things are offensive, your questions are offensive a lot of the time.”

Texas Border Wall Project Awarded, Slated to Start in February

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Border Patrol agents and others stand next to a new stretch of border wall in Calexico, Calif., on Oct. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A $145 million border wall construction project has been awarded to a company with construction slated to start in February 2019.

The contract was awarded by Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to SLSCO Ltd., officials announced on Nov. 2.

“The RGV-03 project includes the construction and installation of tactical infrastructure including a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18 feet tall steel bollards installed on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150 foot enforcement zone throughout the approximately six miles of levee wall system,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a press release.

POLL: TRUMP AT 50% APPROVAL DAY BEFORE MIDTERMS

The daily tracking poll found that Trump has nearly equal amounts of people disapproving of his performance with 49 percent and 41 percent who strongly disapprove.

The results show an upswing of support for Trump with the midterm elections less than 24 hours away.

The tracking poll shows Trump rising from 46-percent approval of his job performance on October 24 with a steady climb to a high of 51 percent Friday.

House Dem candidates snag free rent

House Democrats have exploited campaign finance law to pay rent for dozens of campaign offices used by their candidates in 2018 — an arrangement that’s further padded the party’s massive financial advantage in the midterms even as Republicans cry foul.

A number of House Democratic candidates haven’t paid a dime to rent the buildings where they based their campaign operations, according to a POLITICO review of Federal Election Commission records.

Others rented space earlier this year but suddenly stopped some or all of the payments after winning their primaries.

THESE POLITICIANS ARE CAMPAIGNING ON GUNS, AND THE NRA GIVES THEM ‘F’ RATINGS

A number of Democrats and Republicans alike are focusing their campaigns on gun policy ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, with many of them receiving failing grades from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan and Florida Republican Rep. Brian Mast have both fallen from A ratings to F ratings, The New York Times reported Sunday.

The NRA previously gave Ryan an A rating, but he donated the money he’d received from the organization to Everytown and other groups advocating for gun bans, reported TheNYT, and his rating is currently an F.

‘Fact Checkers’ at Snopes Attempt to Bail Out Stacey Abrams from Armed Black Panthers Story

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The so-called “fact checkers” at Snopes have reached out to Breitbart News in an openly partisan attempt to wash away the story of armed members of the New Black Panther Party campaigning for the Democrat gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, Stacey Abrams.

Over the weekend, Breitbart News–among other media outlets–published explosive photographs of armed Black Panthers campaigning for Abrams, holding up her campaign sign while also holding up various guns.

In the story, Breitbart News included a quote from the campaign of her GOP opponent, Brian Kemp, calling on her to denounce the radicals campaigning for her.

Stacey Abrams wants to confiscate guns. Someone in the media finally asked her about it

downloadThe Democratic candidate for Georgia governor insists she just wanted to start a “conversation” about guns. But if Stacey Abrams had been successful in the state legislature, some of those conversations would be over and law enforcement would be reading Miranda rights to arrested gun owners in the Peach State.

Just two years ago, as a state lawmaker, Abrams co-sponsored House Bill 731, legislation that makes the Clinton-era assault weapons ban seem timid in comparison.

And when pushed by CNN’s Jake Tapper to explain whether she supports gun confiscation, Abrams dodged.

Joe Manchin Says He Wanted to ‘Beat the Living Crap’ Out of Opponent

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Va.) said just days before the midterm elections that he wanted to physically assault his opponent.

Manchin made the comments after an Oct. 31 debate with his opponent, Patrick Morrisey.

“You might have seen the debate the other night. I want to tell you something,” Manchin told several dozen people at the George Buckley Community Center, according to audio obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Trump says media will ‘make it like it’s the end of the world’ if Republicans lose big

President Trump made his closing pitch to supporters ahead of Tuesday’s elections, telling his backers the media is viewing the midterms as a “referendum” on himself and the broader “Make America Great Again” movement.

“Even though I’m not on the ballot, in a certain way I am on the ballot,” Trump said Monday during a tele-town hall hosted by his presidential campaign.

In his message to voters, Trump focused primarily on the economic gains made since he assumed the presidency, touting the 250,000 jobs added last month and 4.2 percent GDP growth.

University official ‘regrets’ sending anti-Trump email to students ahead of midterm election

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Mordean Taylor-Archer, vice provost for diversity and international affairs at the University of Lousiville,(BDNKY Inc)

A diversity administrator apologized after sending a campus-wide email just ahead of the midterm elections urging University of Louisville students to oppose several of President Trump’s policies.

Mordean Taylor-Archer, vice provost for diversity and international affairs, sent an email to the campus community on Wednesday encouraging students to “join the fight against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, ethnocentrism…”

Taylor-Archer is responsible for “responding to the educational needs and providing relevant services to students of color, especially African American and Hispanic/Latino students,” according to her bio on the school’s website.

World News:

Man convicted in Mafia case takes postal workers hostage

A knife-wielding man upset about a 19-year jail term in a Mafia case held several post office employees hostage in northern Italy for nearly eight hours Monday before surrendering to authorities, police said.

The hostage-taker “opened the door, slowly let the hostages out,” then surrendered to police, Carabinieri Police Lt. Col. Cristiano Desideri said.

Chinese warship warned USS Decatur it would ‘suffer consequences’ during near-collision in South China Sea

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A Chinese destroyer that closed to within 45 yards of a U.S. Navy ship during a September mission in the South China Sea reportedly warned the American vessel it would “suffer consequences” if it didn’t redirect its course.

The People’s Republic of China destroyer Luoyang delivered the message to the USS Decatur during their September 30 showdown near Gaven Reefs, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday, citing the British Ministry of Defence’s transcript of the incident.

Commentary/Opinion:

Vegas Oddsmaker Predicts GOP Upset

This is my final column before the midterm election. So, this former Vegas oddsmaker turned national political commentator has a few predictions and common sense observations to make.

Back in 2016 I predicted a Trump victory when no one else did. Every poll showed Trump would lose by a wide margin. Nate Silver of the NY Times predicted Hillary’s chances of winning at 92%. These pollsters make their living by polling actual human beings.

I don’t. So how did I know?

Carolla and Prager ask: What if we all stopped apologizing?

Tucker continues his extended conversation with Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager.

Fool Me Twice: Inconvenient Truths About Middle Easterners Inside Central American Caravans.

Americans tend to be exceptionalists about Islamic terrorism wracking Europe—France, Germany, and Belgium in particular, Bensman notes.

“But there’s no reason that what has happened over there can’t happen here.

They came into Europe on fake Syrian passports or some other bogus documentation and then they disappeared.” As European experience shows, winning asylum or taking advantage of the asylum process is critical, buying them time to do whatever it is they are planning to do. “Once they get in, the clock starts ticking.”

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