News and Headlines. 1/2/2019

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Teen permanently blinded as mystery illness causes severe swelling, bruised face

Jordyn Walker, 15, was initially told the illness that robbed her of her sense of taste and smell last year had a “one in a million” chance of returning, but this December she landed in the pediatric intensive care unit at University of Kansas Hospital with severe stomach pain and blood in her stool as pressure built behind her eyes and her face swelled and turned purple, reported.

After 16 days of testing and two surgeries to reduce the swelling in her eyes and face, Walker was told the still-undiagnosed mystery illness had left her permanently blind.

Texas teen faces murder charge after egg-throwing prank leads to fatal crash, police say

In this Jan. 1, 2019, photo, vehicles remain on the scene following a fatal crash involving a 14-year-old boy who authorities say was driving an SUV in Houston. Officials said the SUV was filled with teens who were throwing eggs at other cars when another driver began chasing them. (Nicole Hensley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

The teen, whose name has not yet been released, was allegedly driving an SUV while two other teens inside the vehicle were throwing eggs at cars on Tuesday afternoon, Houston authorities said.

At one point, a driver began chasing their car. During the chase, the teen driving the SUV did not stop for a red light, causing him to strike 45-year-old Silvia Zavala’s truck. She was killed as a result, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter.

Marine Shot and Killed Inside Barracks Stationed in D.C.

This is the third case in the past six years in which a Marine was shot at the Marine Barracks. The other two were ruled to have been caused by negligence and an accident.

The victim was described as a white man in his early 20s.

According to The Post, the investigation was classified by the police as a “death investigation,” which, if true, would be an indication that no crime was committed.

Blood pressure tablets recalled over possible cancer risk

A U.S. unit of Indian generic drugmaker Aurobindo Pharma Ltd will recall 80 lots of medicines containing blood pressure drug valsartan that were found to have a probable cancer-causing impurity, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The announcement comes a month after Mylan NV said it will recall all lots of its blood pressure medicines containing valsartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker, after global health authorities clamped down on the drug.

Recent grad diagnosed with paralyzing illness while teaching in Thailand

Bradner’s mother flew out to be with her on Christmas Eve. (Courtesy)

Caroline Bradner, 22, reportedly complained of fatigue and weakness before experiencing full-blown paralysis.

Bradner, who according to the family’s GoFundMe page has since been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, has been in the hospital since shortly before Christmas, and will reportedly need medical clearance and be accompanied by a nurse on the 26-hour journey home, but cannot board a commercial flight.

Her father, Jim Bradner, told WTVR that the family’s insurance company has denied their request to cover her transfer home.

San Bernardino Shooting Lawsuits Vs Facebook, Google, Twitter Dismissed

In a decision late Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco said the attack, which killed 14 people and injured 22 others, was not the direct result of the companies’ alleged providing of resources to Islamic State.

“A contrary conclusion poses boundless litigation risk and is not tenable given how interconnected communication services are with modern economic and social life,” the judge wrote.

New Year’s Eve celebratory gunfire leaves several injured, including children, in multiple states

As the clock struck midnight and millions cheered the start of 2019, some Americans found themselves ducking for cover or rushing to the hospital when stray bullets from celebratory gunfire suddenly rained down on them.

At least three children were among those who were hit — two who suffered head injuries and a third who was shot in the stomach.

New York woman, 71, leads police on high-speed chase; 3 state troopers injured

Laura Duffy, 71
Laura Duffy, 71

Local police had a warrant out for her arrest after she “allegedly failed to comply with a police stop on Christmas Eve,” the media outlet reported. Officers discovered Duffy in Woodstock after she was not found at her home. She fled Woodstock in her vehicle and cops pursued her, officials said.

Police said Monday that Duffy led troopers on a 30-minute chase in Orange County that left three troopers hurt and two police cruisers damaged. The troopers were taken to a hospital, treated and released. Police did not immediately say what injuries the troopers sustained.

Cleveland Doctor Ousted After Saying She Would Give Jews ‘The Wrong Medicine’

The Canary Mission report records dozens of statements made by Kollab calling for violence against Jews, defending Hamas, and supporting terrorists. She also described her activities working with anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) groups.

Kollab was a supervised resident at the Cleveland Clinic, which is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals. She graduated from medical school earlier this year and began working at the clinic in July.

Feds Spend $1,788,748 on Virtual Reality Game for Young Gay Men

“Tough Talks” is a virtual simulation that allows young gay men to practice how to tell their partner they have HIV, using virtual reality technology.

A technology training company—Georgia-based Virtually Better, Inc.—as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies are creating the game.

New York City bans foam containers, coffee cups and more in landmark legislation

The nation’s largest city has officially banned foam containers, coffee cups and packing peanuts, among other items made from expanded polystyrene, New York Magazine reported.

The city’s department of sanitation says online that businesses across New York City have until June 30 to dispose of their plastic foam items or they could face fines up to $1,000.

“For our planet’s future, New York City is kicking off 2019 as a styrofoam-free town!” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.


The caucus of black New York state lawmakers runs a charity whose stated mission is to empower “African American and Latino youth through education and leadership initiatives” by “providing opportunity to higher education” — but it hasn’t given a single scholarship to needy youth in two years, according to a New York Post investigation.

The group collects money from companies like AT&T, the Real Estate Board of New York, Time Warner Cable and CableVision, telling them in promotional materials that they are “changing lives, one scholarship at a time.”

The group — called the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. — instead spent $500,000 in the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year on items like food, limousines and rap music, the Post found.

Stossel: End Racial Preferences at Colleges?

Asians sue Harvard for discrimination in a case that may end college racial preferences.

Texas couple: God ‘purposefully connected’ us to kids found chained in horrific abuse case

The Shaw family at Christmas:
The Shaw family at Christmas: LaKenya, 38, Allen, 39, Josiah, 7, Naomi, 5, and Matthew, 2, (LaKenya Shaw)

The kids, then 3 and 4, had been found bound and chained in what turned out to be one of Bexar County’s most horrific child abuse cases.

“In my mind I heard God say, ‘Those are the parents I have chosen for those children,'” Nealy told the San Antonio Express-News.

Nealy ended up reaching out to the Shaws. LaKenya said the call was like a miracle.

But getting the siblings into the Shaw’s loving arms was challenging. According to court testimony, the children’s mother left the kids in the care of friends, who ended up physically abusing them.

McDonald’s brawl between employee and customer caught on video

A fight broke out between a female McDonald’s employee and a male customer at a location in St. Petersburg, Fla., around 6:50 p.m. Monday night, WFLA reported.

In a viral video of the incident, Daniel Taylor is seen grabbing Yasmine James by the shirt with both hands and pulling her toward him. She then starts punching him as he holds on. The two go at it for about 20 seconds before the other employees intervene.

The terrorist next door: States consider sex-offender-style registries for released terror inmates

Dozens of inmates convicted of terrorism-related crimes will be released from prison over the next five years, and lawmakers in several states think local law enforcement have the right to know if they’re moving into their neighborhood.

That’s why officials are pushing for a new kind of registry, modeled after sex-offender registries that exist in most states – only for terrorists.


Trump on Stalled Shutdown Negotiations: Democrats ‘Chose Hawaii Over Washington’

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday during a meeting with his cabinet that Democrats refused to negotiate on ending the partial government shutdown, referencing Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) decision to vacation in Hawaii rather than stay in Washington, D.C.

“I really believe they want to do something. There has been a lot of good discussions going on. Some of the talent we have around the table, they have been working hard,” Trump added. “You can’t have border security without the wall, a very strong barrier.

Here’s how federal inmates made an Alabama sheriff $1.5 million

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin runs that jail. And he makes a lot of money doing it.

Earlier this year, he acknowledged that he keeps money budgeted for jail food that goes unspent, saying in a press conference that he kept more than $750,000 between January 2015 and December 2017.

Entrekin is not alone in keeping leftover funds intended to feed inmates. He and other Alabama sheriffs have argued that a Depression-era state law allows them to keep state jail food funds.


Border Protection said adults were attempting to move “toddler-sized children” across the border through the barbed wire but that hurled rocks prevented the agents from helping the children in distress. After the skirmish, the Border Protection agents detained 25 illegal immigrants while the remainder withdrew back to Mexico after finding a gap in the fence.

The illegal immigrants who spoke to AP said they were part of the migrant caravan that arrived at Tijuana last month.

Texas- FBI Raid on Homosexual Pedo in a Child Rape Case Leads to Arrest of Three Illegal Aliens

44-year-old Juan Flores, 26-year-old Enrique Rosales, and 30-year-old Oscar Flores are now in federal custody pending criminal charges against them for immigration violations,

There’s disturbing news coming out of Abilene, Texas after local police in cooperation with federal agencies raided an alleged homosexual pedophile’s home, which led to three illegal aliens being arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into those believed responsible for child rape and child pornography production.

According to local news affiliate KTAB/KRBC Big Country Homepage, the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked on cooperation with the Abilene Police Department along with the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security after a child victim was brutally raped by a suspect that the FBI calls an “undocumented Mexican immigrant.”

Trump tells congressional leaders to return Friday, after border security sit-down in Situation Room

President Trump has called for congressional leaders to return to the White House on Friday, top Republicans said shortly after a hotly anticipated, contentious closed-door meeting on border security in the Situation Room concluded Wednesday afternoon.

The sit-down apparently ended without any progress made in resolving the ongoing partial federal government shutdown that has persisted for 12 days, and one senior GOP official said Democrats didn’t seem interested in listening to what Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had to say.

“We do have a crisis on the border right now. We had a violent mob rush yesterday — we had a challenge there,” McCarthy said outside the White House after the meeting, referring to the 150 migrants who were repelled by tear gas on New Year’s Day at the southern border. “The president has asked us to come back Friday, after the [House] leadership races, to try to get this all done.”


Pelosi will ‘cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding,’ daughter says

Pelosi was asked about her mother’s approach to meetings, ahead of a highly anticipated briefing with President Trump and other top congressional leaders scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in the White House Situation Room.

The meeting comes a day before Democrats reclaim the House majority, with Nancy Pelosi expected to ascend once again to speaker.

“No one ever won betting against Nancy Pelosi. She’s persevered,” her daughter said. “You gotta give her credit. No matter what you think about her, you have to give her credit because, think about it, think about all of those presidents she’s endured. The Bush, the Bush, the Clinton—she’s been through it all.”

Dems’ New Rules in the House: New Modernization Committee, Allowance of Religious Head Coverings

The opening day of the new Congress is Thursday, when lawmakers will vote on the new speaker of the House.

The rules established Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which she told colleagues in a Sunday letter “will spearhead our effort to engage the American people on the urgency of the climate crisis on public health, on reducing air pollution, on the economy for America to be preeminent in green technologies, on national security to facing climate-driven conflict and instability, and on our sacred moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for our children.”

Whereas current rules ban “a hat” being worn in the chamber, the Dems’ version inserts the phrase “non-religious headdress or” before that.

There are two Muslim women in the 116th Congress: Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.); only Omar covers her hair.

The new rules also create a diversity office to “facilitate a workforce that reflects members and the districts they represent,” and creates a House Financial Services subcommittee to “oversee diversity and inclusion within the financial services space.”

House Dems feuding before new Congress even begins

Two leading progressive lawmakers on Wednesday vowed to oppose a rules package they believe will inhibit votes on key liberal priorities, including Medicare-for-All.

“PAYGO isn’t only bad economics… it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg,” tweeted Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), referring to a budget provision in the rule. “We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start.”

Her tweet followed one from Rep. Ro Khanna, a progressive from California who also vowed to vote against the rules package.

Trump Calls Out Dems for Blocking Judicial Nominations

Democrats vowed to “reject any end-of-the-year deal on judicial nominations, signaling they’ll toe a tougher line on court appointments amid heavy pressure from the left.”

And so far they are living up to the pledge. The president shared his frustrations Tuesday on Twitter.

Dems’ House takeover to usher in wave of Trump investigations

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chair of the House Judiciary Committee; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee; and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee are readying to launch a slew of Trump administration investigations. (AP, Getty, Reuters)

For his part, the president kicked off the new year expressing optimism, even as he faces the new political reality of divided government.

House Democrats campaigned on using a new majority to push back against the Trump administration. While their most pressing issue will be trying to find a way out of the partial government shutdown that’s been in effect for nearly two weeks, scrutiny of the Trump administration will be next up on the list of priorities.

As Democrats officially take back control of the House when the new Congress is seated Thursday, newly empowered House Committee chairmen are preparing to launch a slew of Trump administration investigations.


Abramson, who led the newspaper from 2011 to 2014, says that the storied newspaper has a business incentive to bash Trump regularly in its hard-news coverage because that is what the paper’s liberal readers and subscribers desire.

Writing in her soon-to-be published book,“Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts,” Abramson rips the Times for catering to the anti-Trump bias of its readers.

“Given its mostly liberal audience, there was an implicit financial reward for the Times in running lots of Trump stories, almost all of them negative: they drove big traffic numbers and, despite the blip of cancellations after the election, inflated subscription orders to levels no one anticipated,” Abramson writes.

Republican Chair Goes After Her Uncle Mitt Romney for ‘Disappointing’ Attack on Trump

The GOP chair included Trump’s tweet addressing Romney’s Tuesday Op-Ed, in which the president said:

“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!”

On Wednesday, McDaniel tweeted, “POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive.”

Pastafarians, Satanic Temple followers set to speak before Alaskan officials in wake of court ruling

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly
A variety of ‘characters’ have signed up to give speeches to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly this year. (Kenai Peninsula Borough)

Historically, the Anchorage Daily News says, the assembly has chosen Christian pastors to fill the roles. But in 2016, officials opened up the process and changed their rules to allow anyone to sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Then in August of that year, a woman who spoke to the assembly ended her invocation with the words “Hail Satan,” sparking debate amongst officials over whether they should go back to the way things used to be.

The assembly eventually settled on a policy that permitted only approved religious groups to give the speeches. But the Alaska Superior Court in October 2018, spurred on by a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, ruled that the policy was unconstitutional.

Congresswoman Hopes Reparations Bill is Path to ‘Repair Some of the Damage’ Caused by Slavery

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The legislation seeks to “address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”

“It’s a commission to study the issue of what was the economic impact of the work of slaves and how does it translate in the 21st century. And what we want to do is to build a narrative, a story of the facts and out of that be able to access how we repair some of the damage,” Jackson Lee said during a recent interview after her speech at the annual Legislative and Policy Conference organized by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

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Pro-choice activists hope Ireland’s success can be replicated in North

Activists urged Theresa May’s government not to sacrifice the rights and health of women at the altar of Brexit, and back potential legislation to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland.

The region has one of the strictest bans in the world, with women in almost every circumstance facing up to life in prison for a termination. The 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland and an abortion cannot be performed legally even in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities.

China Cracks: Manufacturing Sector Contracts for First Time Since Trade War Began

China Cracks: The trade war appears to be hurting China more than expected.
China’s leadership has shown signs of concern over the country’s economic weakness.

In recent weeks, leaders have promised tax cuts and monetary easing. As well, China has re-engaged with U.S. trade negotiators, hoping to reach a deal to stave off the Trump administration’s plans to raise tariffs on Chinese made goods.

Kim Jong Un Begins 2019 by Issuing Sanctions Warning to US

North Korea has said that the limits it has put on its nuclear program to date should be rewarded with the removal of sanctions against the nation. The U.S. has countered that the sanctions will remain in place until North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons.

Kim said relations with the U.S. will move at “fast speed” if the U.S. bends its demands. He also said he was willing to meet again with President Donald Trump, CNN reported.

“I’ll endeavor towards a result that will be welcomed by the international community,” Kim said of the potential second meeting between the two leaders.

Israeli Immigration Chief Says Nixed UN Plan for Asylum Seekers Is the Best

On April 2, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that an agreement had been signed with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UNHCR, to resettle 16,250 asylum seekers in Canada, Italy, Germany and elsewhere, while a similar number could receive legal status in Israel. But Netanyahu backed out due to a backlash from his political base.

Mor-Yosef also told reporters Wednesday that Israel was reexamining the criteria for recognizing Eritrean asylum seekers, and that asylum seekers should receive access to social welfare services.

Russian test places US hypersonic weapons in the spotlight

Mikoyan MiG-31K fighter jet with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles
File photo – Mikoyan MiG-31K fighter jet with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles flies over Moscow’s Red Square marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. (Photo by Alexei NikolskyTASS via Getty Images)

This hypersonic weapons acceleration is taking place within a high-threat global environment.

Alongside Russia, China has also been visibly conducting hypersonic weapons tests, leading some to raise the question as to whether the U.S. could be behind key rivals in this area.

“They are able to evade and conceal their precise targets from defenses until just seconds before impact. This leaves targeted states with almost no time to respond…..Hypersonic missiles require a reconsideration of traditional second-strike calculations, as they have the potential to decapitate a nation’s leadership before it has the opportunity to launch a counter attack,” Speier writes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is, according to numerous news reports and Russia’s own state news operation, calling the test a tremendous success, adding that the weapon is “invincible” and ready to enter service next year.

The actual technological capacity of the new Russian weapon has not, as of yet, been verified by public U.S. reports.


Sheriff Clarke: Teachers Unions Using Urban Youth as ‘Pawns,’ ‘It’s Criminal’

David Clarke, former Sheriff of Milwaukee County,
David Clarke, former Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis., at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 23, 2018. (Sipa via AP Images)

“K-12 urban public schools are no longer institutions of learning.

They are institutions of liberal indoctrination, that’s all they are, and that’s why the math and reading scores and all those other things, graduation rates, truancy rates, it’s exhibited in that.
And the stranglehold that the teachers unions have, most of their money goes to Democrat candidates at election time.

These kids are nothing more than pawns to political power,” Clarke said during a breakout session titled, “Breaking Bad: What it Takes to Rise Above Circumstances” at this past year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

MALKIN: Say His Name: RIP Cpl. Ronil Singh

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin Image Courtesy of

Neighbors, friends and co-workers turned out in full force for a candlelight vigil this week memorializing the dedicated, patriotic, compassionate, hard-working husband and father of a 5-month-old baby.

But rabble-rousing liberal politicians, so quick to rush down to the border to exploit the migrant caravan crisis and sabotage President Donald Trump’s efforts to keep America safe, were nowhere to be found.

In the still of the last night of 2018, the silence of California Dems chilled the air and airwaves.

Border wall opponent Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted three times between Christmas and New Year’s Eve bemoaning the plight of illegal immigrants and their children.

But not a peep was heard from Harris about the brutal shooting death of Newman, California, Police Department Cpl. Ronil Singh at the hands of a Mexican gang member illegally in the country and protected by the very sanctuary policies Harris champions.

The Verdict Is In: Trump Has ZERO Competition from Dems in 2020

Sorry, Dems, but THIS is what happens when almost everyone in your party is a lunatic. Sure, it’s still early, but polls show that most voters would rather see anyone else on the ticket over the current Democrat front-runners, including Beto, Bernie, and Joe. With this lineup of sorry contenders, it looks like Trump won’t have much competition for the 2020 election.