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US soldier dies from wounds in Afghanistan blast last week

Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary
This undated photo provided by the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office shows Sgt. Jason McClary, of Export, Pa. McClary died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says that a fourth soldier has died from wounds suffered last week in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary died Sunday at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He was 24 years old and from Export, Pennsylvania.

It was the deadliest attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year. The Taliban claimed responsibility.


1 child killed, at least 45 injured when charter bus carrying youth football team crashes in Arkansas

A child was killed and at least 45 other passengers, most of them children, were injured when a charter bus carrying a youth football team skidded off a highway in Arkansas early Monday and overturned, authorities said.

The driver, who survived the wreck, told Arkansas State Police that she lost control of the bus in a curve on Interstate 30 near Benton, Arkansas.


The Latest: All-clear declared after campus gunman reported

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Latest on the report of a gunman at William Peace University in North Carolina (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

An all-clear has been declared at a William Peace University in North Carolina after a report of a possible gunman on campus prompted the school to tell people the shelter in place.


Manhunt underway for ‘armed and extremely dangerous’ Oklahoma inmate convicted of murder

34-year-old Patrick M. Walker,
34-year-old Patrick M. Walker, serving a life sentence for the shooting death of a 19-year-old,

A manhunt was underway in Oklahoma on Monday after a convicted murderer considered to be “armed and extremely dangerous” escaped from a county jail last week, officials said.

Patrick Walker, 34, fled the Payne County Jail in Stillwater on Thursday night, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Walker was able to escape “by posing as a cellmate and posting bond for that inmate, whom he closely resembled,” authorities stated in a news release.


Church volunteer faces 8 additional sex assault charges

Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 28.
In this undated photo released by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department shows Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 28. Hazlett,(Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – A South Carolina church volunteer who police say was recorded sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy in a bathroom now faces eight additional charges.

Court records show 28-year-old Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett is now charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and seven counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.


Woman killed while helping panhandler was known for kindness

BALTIMORE – Relatives of a Maryland woman who was knifed to death in front of her family while trying to help a panhandler said Monday that she died the way she lived: looking out for others and trying to be kind.

Authorities say Jacquelyn Smith, an electrical engineer from Maryland’s Harford County, lowered her car’s front passenger side window in Baltimore early Saturday to give money to a young woman who appeared to be holding a swaddled infant and carried a cardboard sign reading: “Please help me feed my baby.” Authorities say a man approached the car with the woman for the cash handoff.

After a struggle over Smith’s wallet, he stabbed Smith and fled on foot with the panhandler.


High cost has many diabetics cutting back on insulin

Dr. LaShawn McIver is senior vice president of government affairs and advocacy for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

“People are struggling to afford insulin, and it truly is a life-and-death situation,” she said.

“Between 2007 and 2017, the average wholesale price of four of the most popular insulins has more than tripled in price,” wrote Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News.

“Between 2010 and 2015, the monthly wholesale price of Humulin, the most popular insulin, rose to nearly $1,100, up from $258 for the average patient,” she added.


Census confirms: 63 percent of ‘non-citizens’ on welfare, 4.6 million households

A majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights, are tapping into welfare programs set up to help poor and ailing Americans, a Census Bureau finding that bolsters President Trump’s concern about immigrants costing the nation.

In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it. 


FCC will vote next week to combat text-message spam and increase fines

On Dec. 12, the FCC will vote on a controversial measure meant to combat mobile phone spam.

The Federal Communications Commission first announced the proposals last mont to combat robocalls by dramatically increasing fines against spammers from $1,500 per call to $10,000.

It also said it will re-classify text messages to the same category as high-speed internet, ruling they are information services and not telecommunications. The FCC said this will allow wireless carriers to stop unwanted texts to consumers.


Supreme Court refuses to hear environmental groups’ challenge to border wall

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from conservation and animal protection groups challenging the Trump administration’s power to bypass state and local environmental laws in building a border wall.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of Wildlife and Center for Biological Diversity argued the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act violates the separation of powers established by the Constitution.


Lawyers want porn star to pay Trump $340K in legal fees

adult film actress Stormy Daniels
FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

LOS ANGELES – Lawyers for President Donald Trump want porn actress Stormy Daniels to pay them $340,000 in legal bills they claim they earned successfully defending Trump against her failed defamation claim.

The attorneys are due in a Los Angeles federal courtroom Monday to make their case that they rang up big bills because of gamesmanship and aggressive tactics by attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels.


UC Berkeley will pay $70G to conservative group to settle free speech lawsuit

After more than a year of litigation, the University of California, Berkeley, has settled a lawsuit with the Young Americas Foundation and the UC Berkeley College Republicans.

Campus conservatives accused the university of bias in the process of bringing high-profile speakers to campus. The original lawsuit revolved around the cancellation of an event with Ann Coulter. An amended version of the lawsuit included roadblocks initiated by the university for an event with Ben Shapiro.


CRTV, TheBlaze merge, bringing together conservatives Glenn Beck, Mark Levin

Both men lauded the merger.

“Tens of millions of Americans have had it with the biased, ideologically-driven mainstream media outlets that sanctimoniously advance their own agendas under the guise of ‘news’ and ‘journalism,’” said Levin, founder of LevinTV, the flagship program of CRTV, in a statement provided to The Hill.

“Conservatives actually believe in a free press and the rest of the Constitution. This is why I started LevinTV, which grew into the CRTV digital network. In order to further expand and offer the public an alternative to liberal media group-think, I’m very excited about the merger of TheBlaze and CRTV. The timing is perfect.”


TWO POLICE OFFICERS DECORATED A CHRISTMAS TREE FOR THE STATION. NOW, THEY COULD BE FIRED FOR RACISM

Two Minneapolis police officers face potential termination for decorating their station’s Christmas tree with ornaments that city officials and black community leaders condemned as racist.

The police officers decorated the Christmas tree at the 4th Precinct station not only with lights and normal Christmas ornaments, but also with pieces of litter, including Funyuns and Takis bags, empty cans of Steel Reserve malt liquor, two packs of Newport cigarettes, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen cup, and a strip of police tape.

Authorities placed the officers on leave Friday after pictures of the tree on social media led to public outcry.


‘Secret Santa’ pays for $45,000 worth of Walmart layaway gifts

It’s the season for giving, and one Secret Santa in Colorado clearly took that to heart when he granted dozens of families a Christmas miracle.

Walmart customers in Longmont were shocked to discover all their layaway items had been paid for last week, with a combined total of $45,000.


TRUMP’S APPROVAL RATING INCHES UP IN LATEST POLL

President Donald Trump’s approval rating among registered voters inched up to 46 percent according to a November poll released Monday.

Forty-six percent of registered voters approve of Trump’s presidential performance, compared to 44 percent in October. Meanwhile, 54 percent of people disapprove of Trump, reported The Hill.

More voters approved than disapproved of Trump’s handling of immigration policy. Fifty-two percent approved, while 48 percent disapproved, according to the poll.


President Trump says US farmers are about to get a big boost

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s big announcement that he has reached a deal with China to cut import tariffs on American-made cars, he also touted the big benefits U.S. farmers are about to receive.

On Monday, Trump tweeted, “Farmers will be a very BIG and FAST beneficiary of our deal with China. They intend to start purchasing agricultural product immediately. We make the finest and cleanest product in the World, and that is what China wants. Farmers, I LOVE YOU!”


White House to meet with EU automakers to talk trade

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and other Trump administration officials will meet Tuesday with representatives of European automakers Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler in Washington, D.C., to discuss trade policy, according to administration officials.

The meeting, reported by Reuters, comes as the Trump administration is weighing whether to slap tariffs on auto imports.


Conservative writer Corsi files criminal complaint against Mueller, alleges bid to seek false testimony

Dr. Corsi
Dr. Corsi

Conservative author Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a “criminal and ethics complaint” against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, accusing investigators of trying to bully him into giving “false testimony” against President Trump.

The complaint, which Corsi had threatened for days, is the latest escalation between Mueller’s team and its investigation targets.


Mueller Withheld “Details That Would Exonerate The President” Of Having Kremlin Backchannel

It appears that special counsel Robert Mueller withheld key information in its plea deal with Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, which would exonerate Trump and undermine the entire purpose of the special counsel, according to Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations.

Mueller, however, in his nine-page charging document filed with the court seen by Capitol Hill sources, failed to include the fact that Cohen had no direct contacts at the Kremlin – which undercuts any notion that the Trump campaign had a “backchannel” to Putin.


On page 7 of the statement of criminal information filed against Cohen, which is separate from but related to the plea agreement, Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office on Jan. 14, 2016, and again on Jan. 16, 2016. But Mueller, who personally signed the document, omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to a general press mailbox. Sources who have seen these additional emails point out that this omitted information undercuts the idea of a “back channel” and thus the special counsel’s collusion case. –RCI


FBI AGENTS RAID ATLANTIC CITY MAYOR’S HOME, SEIZE ELECTRONICS

FBI agents raided the home of first-term Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. Monday, just days after footage was released of Gilliam brawling with a local city councilman.

A group of FBI agents were seen leaving Gilliam’s home in Atlantic City, New Jersey, carrying boxes, a computer and a printer, The Associated Press reported.

IRS agents were also reportedly on the scene, but agents wouldn’t reveal what initiated the raid.


OCASIO-CORTEZ TRIES TO RAID PENTAGON’S ‘UNDOCUMENTED’ FUNDS TO COVER MEDICARE FOR ALL

Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York talks with reporters as she arrives for a class photo with incoming newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that two-thirds of the 10-year cost of Medicare For All could be covered with the money that was not properly documented by the Pentagon — but an expert in the field begged to differ.

But according to Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Riedl — whose credentials include over a decade at the Heritage Foundation and six years as chief economist for Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman — Ocasio-Cortez’s math isn’t just sketchy: it’s downright impossible.

World News:


ISIS LEADER TIED TO AMERICAN BEHEADING KILLED IN MISSILE STRIKE

An ISIS leader tied to the killing of an American aid worker in 2014 was killed in an airstrike, a military representative said Monday.

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS conducted drone strikes on Sunday against Abu al-Umarayn and several other IS members, Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for said coalition fighting, told the Associated Press. He also said that al-Umarayn was believed to be “posing an imminent threat” to coalition workers.

The strikes took place in a desert area in southeastern Syria.


Egypt rejects naming of suspects in researcher’s killing

CAIRO – Egyptian prosecutors have rejected an Italian request to treat several policemen as suspects in the 2016 killing of an Italian graduate student in Cairo, saying there is not enough evidence to warrant such a move, according to Egypt’s state-run news agency.

The report, published Monday in Egypt’s state-run newspapers, said the request was made during talks in Cairo last week between Italian and Egyptian prosecutors. It said the Egyptians turned down a similar request a year ago.


US urges Europe to impose sanctions on Iran over missiles

Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran,
Brian Hook, U.S. special representative for Iran, walks past fragments of Iranian short range ballistic missiles (Qiam) at the Iranian Materiel Display (IMD) at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in Washington, Thursday Nov. 29, 2018.

BRUSSELS – The Trump administration is urging Europe to impose tough new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program.

The call comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet European officials in Brussels this week and after the U.S. and others condemned an Iranian missile launch over the weekend.

Iran is expected to be a major topic of conversation when Pompeo meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brussels on Monday night. Pompeo also plans to talk about Iran when he meets his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday while he is in Belgium for a meeting of NATO counterparts.


Violent protests in France reveal a hard-to-heal fracture

Demonstrators open the toll gates on motorway near Biarritz, southwestern France, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is holding crisis talks with representatives of major political parties in the wake of violent anti-government protests that have rocked Paris.(Bob Edme/Associated Press)

PARIS — A grassroots protest movement in France has ballooned and radicalized, unleashing anger that devastated the heart of Paris in weekend riots and revealed a fracture in the country between the haves and have-nots.

Tough talk by unpopular President Emmanuel Macron, who has been roundly blamed for the chaos, isn’t likely to mend the growing sense of social injustice.

Discontent about the rising cost of living among the “little people,” as many protesters call themselves, had been growing, along with a sense of marginalization. The approach of Macron’s fuel tax increases in January, meant to wean the French off fossil fuels, has caused things to snap.


UN: Over 150 sexual violence cases in South Sudan in 12 days

UNITED NATIONS – More than 150 women and girls have sought treatment in the past 12 days for rape and other acts of sexual violence near Bentiu, the second-largest city in South Sudan, U.N. officials said Monday.

A joint statement from the U.N. humanitarian chief and the heads of the U.N. children’s agency and the U.N. population agency condemned the “abhorrent attacks.”

They said “the assailants have been described as armed men, many in uniform.”

Commentary/Opinion:


‘Ballot Harvesting,’ California Dems’ Latest Election Stealing Tool

“AB 1921 would allow anybody to walk into an elections office and hand over truckloads of vote by mail envelopes with ballots inside, no questions asked, no verified records kept,” a group opposed to the bill wrote before its passage. “It amounts to an open invitation to large-scale vote buying, voter coercion, ‘granny farming,’ and automated forgery. AB 1921 solves no problem that a simple stamp can’t solve.”

And so, as the polls closed on election day, no less than six California Republican House candidates – including Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Steve Knight, and Mimi Walters – were ahead in their respective races, some comfortably enough to declare victory and move on with plans for the next Congressional term. However, as absentee and provisional ballot results rolled in over the next few days and weeks, the vast majority of which predictably favored Democrats, their Democratic opponents managed to ‘find’ enough votes to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

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