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IN The News:


Story about life of Jesus emerges as largest crowdfunded entertainment project in history

Shahar Isaac as Simon Peter In The Chosen, a streaming series that raised over $10 million, making it the No. 1 crowdfunded entertainment project in history. (The Chosen)

“When we started this whole thing I’d be impressed if we brought in $800,” Jenkins told Fox News. “The notion that we could start from scratch and shatter the all-time crowdfunding record was ludicrous, but this whole year has gone to show that there’s a passion for something different.”

“The Chosen,” the first multi-season series of its kind about the life of Jesus—directed by Dallas Jenkins—has raised nearly $10.3 million in equity crowdfunding from 15,000 investors, unseating “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, which raised $5.7 million, as the No. 1 crowdfunded film or TV project in history. It’s set to be released this Easter.


Woman at Fort Lauderdale Airport recorded screaming at JetBlue employee, calling him a ‘rapist’ and claiming to have gun

Video of the incident went viral on Instagram after being shared by Dre London, who was at the airport during the time of the arrest.

The unnamed passenger is standing at a JetBlue counter near the gate, shouting and jumping up and down as she verbally assaults the employee.


Wife Ordered to Pay Sterile Husband $500K for ‘Tricking’ Him Into Raising 3 Boys She Had With Lover

For Richard Mason, a 55-year-old British high tech millionaire, life began to unravel in 2016, when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. At the same time, the doctor told him that he was genetically infertile ― so he could not be the biological father of his sons.

“I didn’t cry then,” he said. “But I was shaking and the room was ringing, people were talking but I wasn’t taking it in. I was just thinking, shit, my life is ruined.”

Still processing his diagnosis with an inherited degenerative disease, which killed one of his sisters and afflicted another, Mason texted his ex-wife and demanded answers.


Teen girl, 12-year-old sister arrested for brutally killing their mom

Erica Hall, Amariyona Hall Facebook; Pike County Sheriffs Office

Emergency workers tried to resuscitate Hall, whose relatives found her bloodied outside her home just minutes earlier, but she could not be saved. Investigators then zeroed in on Hall’s daughters, Pike County Sheriff Kenny Cotton told the McComb Enterprise Journal.

Cotton said deputies reported that Friday’s attack followed an incident days earlier in which the girls tried to run Hall over with the family’s car. That prompted Hall to punish her daughters, leading them to respond with the fatal assault, according to investigators.


Home of gunman in Las Vegas massacre sells for $425G

A police car parked in front of the house in the Sun City Mesquite community where suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock lived, October 2, 2017 in Mesquite, Nevada.(Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the two-bedroom, 2,018-square-foot (187.5-square-meter) home, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Las Vegas, was listed in July at $449,000.

Proceeds will go to victims of the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds at an outdoor music festival. Paddock killed himself as police approached his hotel room.


Supreme Court rules against foreign firm, in mystery case potentially linked to Mueller

The company had cited the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in its refusal to comply, saying to do so would violate the laws of its home country.

The unnamed company — listed cryptically in court records as owned by “Country A” — had challenged a subpoena from a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., including daily fines, after its refusal to turn over requested documents to U.S. investigators.

The justices issued an unsigned order Tuesday, refusing to dismiss a contempt citation issued by a federal judge for failure to comply.


Second man charged with capital murder of Jazmine Barnes, 7

Larry Woodruffe, 24, was charged Tuesday in connection with Barnes’ death on Dec. 30, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. He was initially charged with felony drug possession pending further investigation.

Investigators allege Woodruffe was the gunman and Black the getaway driver. The duo — both men were both taken into custody on Saturday — were identified as suspects “based on a tip,” officials said.


PRAGERU BRINGS NEW SUIT AGAINST GOOGLE IN CALIFORNIA STATE COURT

The suit claims that YouTube’s restrictions on many of Prager’s videos violate California law in four ways: Restricting the nonprofit’s freedom of speech contrary to the state constitution; discriminating against Prager on a religious and political basis in violation of the state’s civil rights act; “engaging in unlawful, misleading, and unfair businesses practices” contrary to the state’s unfair competition laws; and breach of contract for violating YouTube’s own terms of service.

Many of Prager’s videos have been placed in “restricted mode,” which often makes them unavailable for users who are part of or using a larger network, such as networks operated by schools, libraries and public institutions. The suit also claims that YouTube capriciously and discriminatorily demonetized Prager’s videos, depriving them of earning advertising revenue from their videos.

Immigration:


New GOP video features police officer, mother killed by illegal immigrants

In advance of Tuesday’s speech by President Donald Trump’s on the need to secure the U.S.-Mexican border, the Republican National Committee has released a video featuring Americans allegedly killed by undocumented immigrants.

The 90-second video shows the devastated relatives of the victims, and clips of newscasts on murders committed by men who were in the country illegally. The video is hosted on Borderfacts.com, a website the RNC developed to make the case for a border wall, and stricter immigration enforcement.

The video may not work on the Fox News site, so I posted separately below.

These Are The Families Impacted By Illegal Immigration


VIDEO: Students hate Trump’s immigration, border wall quotes, don’t realize they’re from Dems

One student said the comments held racist undertones, claiming “there are racial biases deeply embedded in there.”

But this was all before they knew these quotes were actually coming from political idols of theirs.

Watch the full video to see their reactions to being told Democrats actually the statements.


Fourth Defendant Sentenced For Role in Atlanta-Based Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

According to documents filed in court, between 2006 and 2008, defendant Severiano Martinez-Rojas and co-defendants Arturo Rojas-Coyotl and Odilon Martinez-Rojas, lured the three victims into fraudulent romantic relationships using false promises of love, marriage, and legitimate work.

They then arranged for others to smuggle the victims across the border into the United States.

Once illegally in the United States, the defendants used violence, threats, and intimidation to coerce the victims to perform countless commercial sex acts in the Atlanta area and Alabama, where defendant Severiano Martinez-Rojas also operated a brothel.

Politics:


McConnell accuses Democrats of throwing ‘partisan tantrum’ over shutdown

“Maybe the Democratic Party was for secure borders before they were against them,” McConnell said. “Or maybe they’re just making it up as they go along. Or maybe they are dead set on opposing this particular president on any issue, for any reason, just for the sake of opposing him.”

McConnell spoke on the Senate floor hours before Trump was to address the nation from the Oval Office about his long-promised border wall, which has been the key sticking point in negotiations that have gone on for close to three weeks. In his remarks, McConnell rattled off a list of prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who he said had previously backed border security legislation “with enthusiasm” in 2006.


Trump-run federal agencies slashed $16 billion in regulatory costs in 2018

Federal agencies slashed $18 billion in regulatory costs in 2018, saving taxpayers about $8 billion by cutting out old rules and redundancies, many imposed by the Obama regime.

“For the first time since the American Action Forum (AAF) began tracking final regulations published in the Federal Register (going back to 2005), federal agencies published net regulatory cost savings for a calendar year,” an analytical report by the organization said.


Amid shutdown, Manchin says he’ll donate salary to food banks

Sen. Joe Manchin
Sen. Joe Manchin on Tuesday revealed his intention to donate any paychecks he receives during the ongoing partial government shutdown to food banks in his home state. (AP/File)

The West Virginia Democrat took the stance that Congress should not be compensated if they cannot pass a bill to fund the government.

“If Congress cannot do our job, we should not get paid,” Manchin said in a news release.

Due to the “reckless shutdown,” 340,000 people in West Virginia who use food stamps would have to get by without them, he said. This would affect children, expecting women and the elderly, Manchin added.


Federal workers union sues over government shutdown as stalemate continues

Zachary Henige, an attorney working on the case, said he doesn’t have an exact number on how many workers had joined the suit, but said it was likely in the thousands. He added the firm has received hundreds of emails from federal workers coming in every hour.

“As shutdown continues, that’s going to really impact that number,” Henige said.

He added that employees from the Bureau of Prisons, National Park Service and Transportation Security Administration were among those who had contacted the firm to inquire about the collective action case.


Ocasio-Cortez attacks fact-checkers for ‘false equivalency,’ ‘bias’

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been called out by fact-checkers at a steady clip since her upset primary win last year over then-Rep. Joe Crowley. She’s apparently had enough. On Monday, she took aim at PolitiFact and The Washington Post fact-check unit for supposedly singling her out.

“Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday. “This is where false equivalency + bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/ scientists, for example.”

World News:


EU agrees fresh sanctions on Iran over alleged assassination plots

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said on Tuesday that his country’s secret service had “strong indications” that Iran was involved in the assassination of Dutch nationals in Almere in 2015 and in The Hague in 2017.

The EU accuses them of attempting, or carrying out, attacks within several European countries.

The move puts the individuals and intelligence unit on the EU terrorist list – freezing their financial assets.


20 children injured in Chinese primary school attack

The suspect, surnamed Jia, was apprehended at the scene, the statement said. A native of northern Heilongjiang province, Jia was employed through a labor service company to perform daily maintenance work at the school. His contract was set to expire this month and had not been renewed.

As an expression of his dissatisfaction, Xicheng district said, Jia wielded a hammer that he normally used for work to injure students during a class.

Commentary/Opinion:

MSM Psychics ENRAGED Over Speech … Before Trump Even Gives It

Tucker on Warren’s warning about two-income families

Why does the Democratic agenda refuse to protect and encourage families, yet one of their own wrote an entire book about it?

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