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Chicago campaign volunteer shot on Facebook Live while handing out pamphlets

Maxwell Little was canvassing a Chicago neighborhood in support of an alderman candidate who’s spoken out about the city’s gun violence epidemic — when suddenly Little found himself a victim of that violence.

Little was streaming on Facebook Live on Sunday telling his viewers about Joseph Williams, a candidate in the 15th Ward, when multiple gunshots suddenly rang out. The 32-year-old campaign volunteer looked over his shoulder and fled, stopping the camera.

Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood, declines to take case

The decision leaves in place lower court rulings that blocked Louisiana and Kansas from banning Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the states’ Medicaid programs.

The states banned Planned Parenthood from their programs after videos emerged in 2015 alleging the group and its affiliates were profiting from the sale of fetal tissue for research purposes. Investigations in several states found no wrongdoing on Planned Parenthood’s part.

Verizon Says To Shed 10,400 Jobs By Mid Next Year

(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc said on Monday that about 10,400 employees will be leaving the U.S. wireless carrier by mid next year as part of the company’s voluntary separation program.

The New York-based company has been looking at cutting costs as it ramps up investment in its next generation 5G network, which is expected to fuel growth. The company has said it was on track to reach $10 billion in cumulative cash savings by 2021.

As part of the separation program, the employees will get a salary of up to 60 weeks, bonus and benefits, depending on the length of their service, Verizon said.

Chamber of Commerce conditions support for Trump’s USMCA deal on lifting metals tariffs for Mexico and Canada

The Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that it would lobby Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade when it comes up for a vote next year, but that support was contingent on exempting Canada and Mexico from the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The announcement comes as Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been hedging on whether they would support the deal, which would replace the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement. The Chamber’s support could be crucial in tipping the balance in Congress.

After controversy, Trump administration releases report showing deals between banks,colleges cost students $27 million

Colleges and banks have long worked together to sell financial products to students, and in some cases the practice has exposed this potentially lucrative — but vulnerable — group of consumers to credit cards, bank accounts and debit cards with high fees.

Regulators, empowered by new laws, have tried to clamp down on this behavior in recent years. Those efforts have helped, but students are still paying tens of millions in fees to financial institutions, many of whom are paying their colleges for the opportunity to sell to them, according to a roughly year-old report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released publicly for the first time last week.

US Says March 1 ‘Hard Deadline’ for Trade Deal With China

WASHINGTON—Unless U.S.-China trade talks wrap up successfully by March 1, new tariffs will be imposed, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Dec. 9, clarifying there is a “hard deadline.”

“As far as I am concerned it is a hard deadline. When I talk to the president of the United States he is not talking about going beyond March,” Lighthizer said on the CBS show “Face the Nation,” referring to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to delay new tariffs while talks proceed.


The protest comes just weeks after the group of young environmental activists, who call themselves “The Sunrise Movement,” occupied House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office with a list of demands, refusing to leave, until they were arrested.

The activists came back Monday for another “sit in” inside Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill, causing police to forcibly remove the protesters out of her office.

The group wore matching t-shirts and chanted, which they prepared beforehand. They are fighting for the “Green New Deal” which is a petition that offers a plan to move “our country off fossil fuels over the designated 12 years that the [United Nations] has given us.”


Migrants hold American flags during a peaceful march shortly before some evaded a police blockade and rushed toward the El Chaparral port of entry on Nov. 25, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

People’s desire around the world to permanently migrate to another country has been increasing since 2010 and the preferred destination overwhelmingly remains the United States of America, a Gallup World poll revealed Monday.

More than 750 million adults, or 15 percent, worldwide between 2015 and 2017 said they’d move to another country if they could, up from 14 percent in 2013-2016 and 13 percent in 2010-2012, the survey found.

The U.S. has consistently ranked the number one destination for potential migrants since 2010, according to Gallup’s survey, with 21 percent, or 158 million adults, saying they’d like to move to the U.S.

Police officers respond to shoplifting at Walmart, help thief buy the boots he needs for a job

“Congrats to Officer Suffield and Officer Snepp for making another difference in RP and for a job well done.” (Roeland Park Police Department)

A young man was caught trying to steal a pair of work boots at a Walmart in Kansas, but when police officers learned what his motives were, they decided to help him out instead of punishing him.

The authorities received a call that a juvenile had been taken into custody at the superstore after getting caught in the act. When they responded, they discovered the boy was a “displaced juvenile within the State of Kansas Justice system” living in a group home.

Man pleads guilty after arrest in Indiana girl’s cold case murder solved via DNA website

John Miller, 59, April Tinsley
John Miller, 59, April Tinsley

Indiana prosecutors have obtained a guilty plea in the cold case murder of an 8-year-old girl that was solved using a genealogy website.

John Miller, 59, agreed to serve an 80 year-prison sentence as part of the plea deal, according to reports.

Miller was charged in July with raping and killing the girl, April Tinsley, in Fort Wayne 30 years ago.

Ohio woman was in contact with killer Dylann Roof while planning ‘upscale mass murder,’ officials say

Elizabeth Lecron, 23, of Toledo, was one of two people arrested in domestic terrorism-related cases, the FBI announced. Lecron was arrested with 21-year-old Damon Joseph, of Holland.

Officials said Lecron posted many photos and comments on social media that glorified mass shooters, including Dylann Roof, who opened fire during a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., leaving nine people dead.

Lecron had exchanged letters with Roof while he was in federal prison in Indiana, the FBI said. She was one of four people who Roof communicated with while he was locked up, according to She also idolized the Columbine High School shooters, authorities said.

Indiana teen, 16, arrested in killing of pregnant high school cheerleader

Aaron Trejo,
Aaron Trejo, is expected to be formally charged with murder in the death of Breana Rouhselang. (St. Joseph County Police Department)

A 16-year-old Indiana high school football player is expected to be formally charged with murder Monday after the body of one of his classmates, a 17-year-old pregnant cheerleader, was found in a dumpster during the weekend, officials say.

Aaron Trejo is currently being held on a preliminary murder charge following his arrest Sunday, the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office told the Associated Press. He will be tried as an adult, FOX59 added.

Church says nuns embezzled from school to cover Vegas trips

LOS ANGELES – Church officials say a pair of nuns embezzled a “substantial” amount of money from the Southern California Catholic school where they worked for decades and used it to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas casinos.

Adrian Alarcon, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said Monday the embezzlement appears to have gone on for about 10 years.

Tech Watch:

GOOGLE’S ANTI-BREITBART PLOT: Employees Targeted Site’s Ad Revenue in 2017

The group sought to strike at Breitbart News’ revenue by kicking the site off Google’s market-dominating ad services.

Although their efforts ultimately failed, the discussion featured senior Google employees speaking frankly about their reasons for targeting the site. These included unfounded allegations of “hate speech” and “fake news.”

In the leaked emails, Google employee Richard Zippel advised a fellow employee that Google would act against Breitbart News “at the site level” if sufficient examples of “hate” were found. This kicked off a concerted effort to find evidence of “hate speech” on Breitbart.

Facebook’s fall: From the friendliest face of tech to perceived enemy of democracy

Facebook’s perceived threat has reached such a level that Damian Collins, chairman of the U.K. Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, recently took the extraordinary step of sending a sergeant-at-arms from the legislative body to use forceful tactics to seize secret documents that could contain data about Facebook’s privacy controls and potentially shady correspondence between Facebook’s top executives.

Progressive advocacy groups, including MoveOn and Public Citizen, teamed up to create Freedom From Facebook – which calls on the FCC to break up Zuckerberg’s massive conglomerate.

Freedom From Facebook has accused the social media network of curating the news that billions of people consume, bankrupting potential competitors, killing innovation, reducing choice, tracking users and “spending millions on corporate lobbyists.”

Liberal advocacy groups have also decried Facebook’s use of a GOP opposition firm to do some digging on billionaire George Soros.

Meanwhile, Facebook has long been accused of censoring conservative viewpoints and promoting news with a liberal bias.

Ginn said that the majority of employees who determine what is considered hate speech and oversee content have liberal political views.


Who Are the Most Powerful People in America?

The genius of America is that it was set up as a representative government, but increasingly, Americans are ruled over by leaders who are unelected, and very powerful. Columbia Law Professor Philip Hamburger unmasks the people who are really ruling our lives.

Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. A leading scholar of constitutional law,

Americans Have Almost Entirely Forgotten Their History

According to a recently released survey, Americans are woefully uneducated about the most basic facts of our history, to the point where most couldn’t even pass a basic citizenship test.

A study by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation found that only 1 in 3 Americans can actually pass the U.S. citizenship test, which asks the most basic questions about our history and how our system of government works.

Passing the test requires answering 60 percent of questions correctly, but a majority of those participating in the survey couldn’t even do that.

Some California Voter Records Possibly Switched From Poll to Mail Ballots, Says Nonprofit

The non-partisan volunteer group found that more than 97,000 voters in Los Angeles County alone who were classified as going to the polls in person were listed as voting by mail in state records.

The group believes a similar issue may have affected the November mid-term elections.

The group purchased the individual state voter records from California’s VoteCal database and compared those numbers with the official primary election results for four counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura. The group was also able to obtain individual county voter records from Los Angeles County only.

The differences between the individual voter records and official election results were remarkable, Swensen said.


Co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Turley if the report’s findings showed President Donald Trump displayed criminal conduct and his answer was mixed.

“This is a very serious thing. The Department of Justice is building a classic case with immunity deals and these allegations against the President of The United States. And I don’t think that it achieves anything to avoid the seriousness of it. On the other hand, these are difficult crimes to prosecute.”

Turley said it would be hard to prove intent in a case like this and said it’s unfair to characterize the situation as a “massive fraud” on the American public.

False statement charges abound in Mueller probe, in contrast to Hillary Clinton case

Nearly every Trump campaign associate indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia probe has been charged with making false statements.

But in a striking contrast, raising questions about a possible double standard, not a single person interviewed during the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation was hit with false statement charges – even though investigators believed some witnesses were untruthful.

“Somebody needs to be resolving how they exercise discretion, because a whole bunch of people are facing jail time, or flipping in one probe, and the agents openly discussed how other people in the Clinton probe could have been charged with the same offense,” former Justice Department senior official James Trusty told Fox News.

Pelosi, rebels discussing term limits for party leaders

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a group of House Democratic rebels are discussing a proposal to impose term limits on both party leaders and committee chairs, according to four Democratic sources.

Pelosi has been in private talks with a group of rank-and-file House Democrats, who have publicly opposed her bid to return to the speaker’s chair in the next Congress. Pelosi is looking to peel off a handful of those rebels, and allowing a term-limits proposal to move forward could be the price she pays for any such deal, the sources said.

World News:

Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

 File photo, a supersonic Tu-160
FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber with Russian President Vladimir Putin aboard flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk.

MOSCOW — Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said a pair Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 10,000-kilometer (6,200-mile) flight. It didn’t say if the bombers were carrying any weapons and didn’t say how long they will stay in Venezuela.

U.S. sanctions 3 senior North Korean officials

The United States is sanctioning three senior North Korean leaders, including the regime’s “Number Two” official, for state-sponsored censorship activities and alleged human rights violations and abuses, the Treasury Department announced Monday.

“These sanctions demonstrate the United States’ ongoing support for freedom of expression, and opposition to endemic censorship and human rights abuses,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

‘Migration is not a human right’: Chile declines to sign UN pact

“Our position is clear,” he said. “We have said that migration is not a human right. Countries have a right to determine the entry requirements for foreign citizens.”

Leaders Of 164 Nations Sign Global Migration Pact Amid Opposition

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 2nd left, and Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, center, chair the opening session of a UN Migration Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Monday, Dec.10, 2018. Top U.N. officials and government leaders from about 150 countries are uniting around an agreement on migration, while finding themselves on the defensive about the non-binding deal amid criticism and a walkout from the United States and some other countries. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

More than 160 nations recently approved a non-binding migration accord amid fierce opposition from some countries, including the U.S.

Opponents are saying the agreement could challenge national sovereignty and security for host countries, but supporters say the pact will potentially save lives and help boost economies with new labor.

The United Nations General Assembly is set to adopt an official resolution on the deal next week in New York.

Brexit in turmoil as UK’s May pulls vote to seek changes to EU divorce

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal to seek more concessions but the European Union refused to renegotiate and lawmakers doubted her chances of winning big changes.

May’s abrupt move less than 30 hours before parliament was to vote opens up a range of possibilities from a Brexit without a deal, a last-minute agreement or another EU referendum.

Irish pedophile priest O’Reilly must leave Chile in 72 hours

SANTIAGO, Chile — An Irish-born priest of the Legion of Christ religious order has been given 72 hours to leave Chile after he finished serving a four-year sentence for sexually abusing minors.

Chile’s Congress had revoked the honorary citizenship it gave to the Rev. John O’Reilly in 2008.

“Palestinian” Muslims open fire on Israeli civilians: At least 7 wounded, including a pregnant woman

At least seven people were wounded Sunday by gunfire shot from a passing Palestinian vehicle near Ofra Junction in the West Bank: a 21-year-old pregnant woman was seriously wounded; her husband and another victim were moderately wounded; and four 16-year-old teens were lightly wounded.

The shots were fired towards Israeli civilians who took part in a candle-lighting ceremony in memory of a car accident victim, at a bus station near the junction. IDF troops who were present nearby responded by firing towards the suspect vehicle, which fled.


Ned Ryun: Why are there no consequences for Clinton Foundation abuses?

There have always been questions about the Clinton Foundation’s actual purpose and behavior over the years.

Of course we can’t forget the Uranium One situation during the Obama years in which, while Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) board approved giving Russia the rights to 20 percent of our uranium and then magically, $145 million shows up in the Clinton Foundation from interests with ties to Uranium One.

What is not as well known is that there were other concerning business transactions while Hillary was Secretary of State: between 2010 and 2012, Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to nearly two dozen foreign countries, whose governments had conveniently given anywhere from $54 to $141 million to the Clinton Foundation.