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Baby’s body discovered in cooler on side of Georgia road, police say

A cooler with the body of a baby was discovered in Troup County, Georgia on Sunday. (Troup County Sheriff’s Office)

Witnesses in the area told police the cooler had been on the side of the road near the wood-line for several days — possibly up to a week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Troup County Sheriff’s Office at 706-883-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000.


Body found at Florida home in probe of murdered family; husband arrested in Ohio

Shelby Nealy,
Shelby Nealy, the deceased family’s relative-by-marriage, was charged with first-degree murder in the incident. (Lakewood Police Department via AP)

Officials said their bodies were found in a state of “advanced decomposition,” and said the killings likely happened on Dec. 19 or Dec. 20. The bodies of three small dogs were also found in the home.

The Ivancics’ daughter, 21-year-old Jamie Ivancic, was missing under what police called “suspicious circumstances.” Her husband, Shelby Nealy, 25, was taken into custody on Friday in Lakewood, Ohio. Authorities said he initially was charged with receiving stolen property because he was driving one victim’s car, but later faced three charges of first-degree murder.


Florida exotic dancer wrote about ‘vision’ to carry out mass shooting, police say

Brein Basarich, 31,
Brein Basarich, 31, reportedly admitted to making threatening posts online. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

Brein Basarich, 31, who worked at the Showgirls Men’s Club in Plant City, admitted to posting the threats on her Tumblr account under the username “taking-lives,” Lakeland police said.

She wrote about her “vision” of using an assault rifle to fire into a crowded bar or club that only had one entrance, thus preventing people from escaping, Bay News 9 reported.


Florida couple racks up $10G hotel bill, skips out without paying, cops say

Ashley and Lee Roe
Ashley and Lee Roe (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

Ashley and Lee Roe were arrested Saturday after they avoided paying large hotel bills accumulated over three months, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The Roes stayed at the Hampton Inn in Key Largo from Oct. 20 to Dec. 11 on five separate occasions, each time checking out without paying the bills. The hotel manager told police the couple initially didn’t provide a credit card because they’d check in to their room through the hotel’s reward program.


US Army deserter found nearly two decades later in Indiana, police say

Robert Eugene Brodbeck was found living in Indiana after deserting the U.S. Army in 2000, police say. (Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office)

Robert Eugene Brodbeck’s cover was blown late last week after voluntarily walking into the Clinton Police Department and talking to officers due to a scuffle he had with a co-worker the day after Christmas.

“He worked jobs in things where he was paid in cash,” Larry Keller, dispatcher and records clerk for the Clinton Police Department, told the Indianapolis Star. “Nothing that ever required a Social Security number. He lived in a low-rent apartment. He walked everywhere and never had a driver’s license. He was really no trouble.”


Cyntoia Brown, sentenced to life for murder, granted clemency: A look at her case

Cyntoia Brown,
Cyntoia Brown,

Brown was sentenced to life in prison after she admitted to fatally shooting a man in 2004 when she was just 16 years old.

She said she shot Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old real estate agent after he picked her up and took her back to his house. She said she thought she was in danger at the time, as she believed he was grabbing a weapon.

This all started when she met a man called “Cut-throat” when she was 16 and a runaway. Brown said she began to live with the 24-year-old in motels and the pair did drugs, according to The Associated Press. She claims the man was abusive, frequently choking her and pulling guns on her.


Killer Uber driver who went on 2016 Michigan shooting spree pleads guilty

Jason Dalton
Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to killing six people during a shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Mich. in 2016. (AP)

Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to six counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and eight counts of felony use of a firearm for the 2016 shooting spree in Kalamazoo. The charges carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole.

He was found competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense.

Defense attorney Eusebio Solis said he advised Dalton not to plead guilty. But he said his client wanted to spare families more grief during a trial.


Boston Marathon survivor, amputee suffers critical injuries after being mowed down by car

Adrianne Haslet, 37, said in an Instagram post she was in the hospital Sunday after a car hit her as she tried to cross the street in Boston.

“Struck by a car on Commonwealth Avenue, while on a crosswalk,” Haslet said in the post. “Thrown into the air and landed, crushing the left side of my body. Yesterday. I’m completely broken. More surgery to come.”


A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills

Nina Dang a few days after her accident (left) and six weeks later post surgery (right). Courtesy of Nina Dang

Zuckerberg San Francisco General , recently renamed for the Facebook founder after he donated $75 million, is the largest public hospital in San Francisco and the city’s only top-tier trauma center.

But it doesn’t participate in the networks of any private health insurers — a surprise patients like Dang learn after assuming their coverage includes a trip to a large public ER.

A bystander saw her fall and called an ambulance. She was semi-lucid for that ride, awake but unable to answer basic questions about where she lived. Paramedics took her to the emergency room at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where doctors X-rayed her arm and took a CT scan of her brain and spine. She left with her arm in a splint, medication, and with a recommendation to follow up with an orthopedist.


Homeless man’s six loyal dogs wait 24 hours outside hospital after he suffers stroke

The man, only identified as Luiz by local media, suffered a stroke last week in the southern city of Cianorte. He was taken to the Santa Cara hospital for treatment, where he was discharged a day later.

His loyal pups followed the ambulance taking their owner away and then spent hours howling outside of the hospital. They kept vigil outside the front door of the hospital, Brazilian newspaper G1 reported.


RUTH BADER GINSBURG TO MISS ARGUMENTS FOLLOWING LUNG CANCER PROCEDURE

It’s not clear when the 85-year-old justice will return to work, though the Supreme Court’s public information office said she will continue to participate in official business from her home in Washington.

Despite Ginsburg’s absence, a Court spokeswoman said the justice would participate in Monday’s cases by reading transcripts of the proceedings, then voting as normal.

Monday is the first time that Ginsburg has missed arguments since she joined the high court in 1993.


Politicians cannot block social media foes: U.S. appeals court

Davison’s case was the first of its kind at the federal appellate level, and other courts could cite it as precedent.

In one case, also brought by the Knight Institute, Trump has asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to overturn a May 2018 ruling by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald that he could not block Twitter critics from his @RealDonaldTrump account.

The Department of Justice, which represents Trump, has called Buchwald’s decision “fundamentally misconceived.”


Congressman calls on Justice Department to halt federal funding for Nation of Islam

In a letter to the Justice Department obtained by the Washington Examiner, Buchanan called the report “disturbing” and said the government’s funding of the openly anti-Semitic black separatist group was “downright immoral.”

“The federal government should not use taxpayer dollars to subsidize one of the most infamous hate groups in the United States,” Buchanan added. “That’s why I’m demanding your department immediately cease all contracts with the Nation of Islam and prohibit it from receiving any contracts in the future.”


Dershowitz: “Secret” Emails About Underage Sex Allegations Will Put “Prominent People in Handcuffs”

“There are emails so far that are secret, but that prove, not only that I was framed, but who framed me,” Dershowitz said. “It names names. These people are going to go to jail once these e-mails come out because this was a total frame up for financial reasons, and I can prove it, and will prove it.

In an interview Thursday morning with ‘Good Day New York,’ Alan Dershowitz pushed back against allegations that he had sex with underage girls through billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. He said he is being framed and has emails that will put “prominent people in handcuffs.”


College Professors Told to Stop Giving Grades Because It Promotes ‘White Supremacy’

American University faculty will be instructed at a seminar next month against giving students grades because the practice supposedly promotes “White language supremacy.”

The Feb. 1 seminar will be held on the university’s Washington, DC campus and will be open to all faculty members, ​according to the online description. Participants will be urged to do away with “conventional standards” for grading writing, which are allegedly discriminatory, in favor of “antiracist writing assessment practices,” the website explained.

However, a growing number of critics from within academic establishments have sounded the alarm about the new campus ​culture. University of Toronto psychologist Jordan Peterson, for one, has ​warned of the rise of thought policing by “post-modernist neo-Marxists.”

Immigration:


Trump to travel to the southern border as shutdown deal remains elusive

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a tweet on Monday that the president will “meet with those on the frontlines of the national security and humanitarian crisis.”

It is unclear where exactly the president will travel to, as the U.S.-Mexico border extends from Texas to California. Sanders added that more details will be announced soon.


TRUMP TO DELIVER NATIONAL ADDRESS ON SOUTHERN BORDER CRISIS

Trump’s plea to the nation, which he says will address the “Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern border,” comes as Democrats refuse to give the president any money for a proposed border wall.

The address will take place Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST. White House Communications Director Bill Shine told reporters in a Monday meeting that Trump will deliver the address from the Oval Office.


Rising Remittances As A Down Payment On The Wall?

Remittances to Central America are spiking with a growing inflow of asylum seekers benefiting from U.S. catch-and-release laws. Wire transfers to Central America hit $19.7 billion last year, up from $15.8 billion in 2016. The southbound windfall includes payments to human-trafficking cartels.

With an estimated 83 percent of Mexicans who enter the U.S. illegally sending money home, a surcharge on remittances is one sure way for President Trump to make good on his promise to make Mexico pay for the wall.

While President Donald Trump and Congress haggle over funding for a border wall, billions more in U.S. dollars are flowing out of the country for Mexico and other points south.

Politics:


Texas Democrat Congresswoman stands by remarks suggesting Jazmine Barnes’ killing may have been ‘hate crime’

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee,
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee,

A Texas Democratic Congresswoman is defending her earlier comments suggesting the drive-by shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes may have been a hate crime, even though both suspects in the case turned out to be black – and not a white individual as police and members of the public initially believed.

Barnes was shot and killed while sitting in the backseat of her mother’s car. Witness descriptions of a white man in his forties at the scene of the shooting – and a sketch put out by police – prompted widespread speculation a hate crime had happened.

Yet both suspects in the case are black, police confirmed to the Associated Press on Monday.

One of them, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr., has been charged with capital murder and is making his first court appearance today.


House Democrats prepare fusillade of Trump investigations

The threat of subpoenas, investigations and oversight hearings will dominate the new House Democratic majority agenda, targeting the White House’s most controversial policies and personnel, spanning immigration, the environment, trade and of course, the biggest question of them all: Russian collusion.

But for House Democrats in control for the first time in nearly a decade, it’s also a role full of pitfalls. Trump has already tried to brand the prospect of congressional oversight as nothing more than “harassment,” and Democrats will also have to show they can legislate, govern and investigate all at the same time in the House.


Chuck Schumer moves to block pro-Israel bill to protest shutdown

The Senate late Tuesday will hold a procedural vote on a bill that supports Israel by allowing state and local governments to divest from entities that boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel because of its occupation of the West Bank.

The provision is part of legislation numbered “S.1” that was to be the very first bill senators debate in the 116th Congress. In addition to the BDS language, it includes several Middle East security provisions such as new authorities for sanctioning Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria and reauthorization of security assistance to Israel.


Freshman Democrat Rashida Tlaib unleashes anti-Semitic dual loyalty smear

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich

Tlaib supports anti-Israel boycotts. She also defended former CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill after he was fired for calling for the elimination of Israel and endorsing violence against Jews.

Following the silly controversy over her profanity-laced call for President Trump’s impeachment, freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has unleashed an anti-Semitic dual loyalty smear in voicing opposition to legislation combating boycotts against Israel, charging supporters of the bill “forgot what country they represent.”

The Democratic Party has a festering anti-Semitism problem within its own ranks, and so far it seems content to look the other way and excuse the deployment of stereotypical attacks on Jews as long as they are thinly masked as mere criticism of Israel.


Trump ramps up attacks on media: ‘Crazed lunatics’

“With all of the success that our Country is having, including the just released jobs numbers which are off the charts, the Fake News & totally dishonest Media concerning me and my presidency has never been worse. Many have become crazed lunatics who have given up on the TRUTH!” he tweeted.

“The Fake News will knowingly lie and demean in order make the tremendous success of the Trump Administration, and me, look as bad as possible. They use non-existent sources & write stories that are total fiction. Our Country is doing so well, yet this is a sad day in America!” Trump continued in a subsequent tweet.

Only Judicial Watch is Holding Maxine Waters, Adam Schiff, & Corey Booker Accountable!

World News:


US Navy ship sails near disputed islands in South China Sea

The move comes amid the first round of trade talks between the U.S. and China since both countries agreed to a 90-day ceasefire in the on-going trade war that saw both sides slapping tariffs on each other’s imports.

The USS McCampbell’s route near the Parcel Island chain, was part of a “freedom of navigation” operation and not about any one country making a political statement, the spokeswoman insisted.


Bolton attempts to clarify US’ next step in Syria, troops could stay for a while: report

The New York Times reported that that adviser said that ISIS must be completely defeated and Turkey must promise that it would not target Kurdish troops in the country.

The paper reported that Bolton and other officials in the White House have been working “behind-the-scenes” to slow the president’s order last month to pull all 2,000 troops after declaring victory over ISIS.


Trump pushes for breakthrough peace deal between Kosovo, Serb

A source confirmed to Fox News a report that Kosovo President Hashim Thaci recently traveled to Germany and met with U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell to discuss a deal that would lower tariffs on Serb goods, and in general lead to a lessening of tensions.

Problems between Kosovo and Serkosovobia – a longtime issue – have recently become so tense that some fear armed conflict may break out.

“President Trump gave both Kosovo and Serbia a clear path towards getting greater U.S. support,” a U.S. official told Fox News. “He wants them to come up with a mutually agreed upon solution. As long as they both agree, then he will support it. Unlike the European position, everything is on the table for the U.S.


Israeli Air Force blasts Hamas terror camp in Gaza Strip

Israel Air Force Boeing AH-64 Apache (Flash90/Ofer Zidon)
Israel Air Force Boeing AH-64 Apache (Flash90/Ofer Zidon)

Israeli Air Force fighter jets and an attack helicopter struck a number of terror targets at a Hamas military camp in the north of the Gaza Strip on Sunday night, the Israel Defense Force reports.

The air attack was in retaliation for a missile that was launched earlier that evening from Hamas territory toward the Israeli city of Ashkelon.


Gabon government thwarts coup attempt, 2 plotters dead

Authorities regained control of state broadcasting offices and a major thoroughfare in the capital, Libreville, which were the only areas taken over by the officers, government spokesman Guy-Betrand Mapangou told Radio France International.

He said five army officers who took over state radio were arrested. Two other coup plotters were killed when security forces took over and freed some hostages, according to a presidential statement reported by RFI.


Thai police say they will not deport Saudi woman claiming to escape abusive family

Maj. Gen. Sarachute Hakparn told reporters at Bangkok’s main international airport on Monday that Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun will be allowed to meet with U.N. refugee officials. He also said Thai authorities would need to explain to Saudi Arabia why it decided not to send her back so as not to affect the countries’ relations.

Alqunun, 18, tweeted Saturday that officials in Bangkok confiscated her passport and that she was in “real danger.” She said airport officials were forcing her to return to her family under pressure from Saudi Arabia. On Monday, an unconfirmed tweet on her account said a “friend” took over her Twitter handle because Alqunun was being “dragged” to a plane.


Woman Banned From Bar for Wearing ‘Transphobic’ T-Shirt Featuring Dictionary Definition of ‘Woman’

Rebekah Wershbale​, a 34-year-old mother of one from Macclesfield, England, ​told the Daily Mail that she was shocked that the shirt could be deemed controversial. Black with white lettering, it reads: “woman: wu̇-mən: adult human female.”

Yet, Wershbale said, a bartender at the Five Clouds Tap and Bottle Brewery, where she is a regular, told her that she was no longer welcome because her shirt was “transphobic and not inclusive” and she was “upsetting people.


Boy survives horrific injury after bolt pierces skull

The boy had been playing in a field while repairmen worked on a broken water pump. (SWNS)

“He was fortunate that a 20mm washer attached to the bolt prevented it from going deeper, which could have damaged his cerebral structure,” Dr. Chandra Suvash, an orthopedic surgeon at the local hospital that treated Chhabila, told SWNS.

Suvash said a CT scan showed the bolt had missed the boy’s brain by millimeters, and that it took 90 minutes to remove it from his head.

Commentary/Opinion:


Delingpole: Care Bear Commies Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Are Dangerous. The Fightback Starts Here…

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty

Communism is ugly, dangerous and whenever and wherever it has been tried it has made people poorer, more miserable and often more dead.

That’s why one of our most pressing missions in 2019 is to defend Western Civilisation from what I call the Care Bear Commies – all those youthful, telegenic, smiley, hard-left activists you see across the media reassuring your kids that actually communism is likeable and fun and the only reason it gets such a bad rap is that it hasn’t been tried properly yet.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Is Powered By Unicorns

In a nutshell (where Ocasio-Cortez is dwelling, policy-wise), the problem is that our technological capacities are not quite what they are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Tom Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research:

“One hundred percent renewable energy defies the laws of physics. It would be impossible to achieve.” There is no Tony Stark here with an Arc Reactor for everyone. Instead, we have Elon Musk, sparking up like Bob Marley after years of government subsidies.

The Washington Post’s Jeff Stein estimates that raising the marginal tax rate to between 60 and 70 percent on incomes above $10 million might raise as much as $720 billion dollars in a decade. Stein also acknowledged that “[t]he real number is probably smaller than that, because wealthy Americans would probably find ways around paying this much-higher tax.”

In short, even if the golden geese of capitalism were to continue laying eggs in Ocasio-Cortez’s command-and-control economy, there will not be enough to make her statist omelet. Even if Ocasio-Cortez’s fever dream were technologically feasible, the burden of funding it would land on the middle class as well as the uber-wealthy.

France discovered this the hard way, as the government’s magical thinking on carbon taxes and rapid conversion to solar and wind sparked middle-class street riots, which continued this past weekend.


Media Completely Ignores Isaam Akel, An American Brutalized Like Khashoggi

An Arab man with deep ties to America dissented against an authoritarian Middle Eastern regime. As a consequence, he was held captive, reportedly beaten, and his life may be over.

No, his name is not Jamal Khashoggi. Unlike Khashoggi, this man is a U.S. citizen. And he was not consorting with or propagandizing on behalf of Islamists, but enraging them by consorting with America’s closest ally in the region.

While Issam Akel has not been made a cause celebre, perhaps he should be. An American resident of East Jerusalem, Akel was arrested by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in October 2018 and sentenced to life in prison with hard labor for allegedly committing the mortal sin of “selling a house to the enemy in Jerusalem.”

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