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Texas homeowner shoots, kills 3 men and injures 2 during home invasion, officials say

The incident happened around 1 a.m. in east Houston after five men wearing ski masks broke into the home, police told KPRC.

The male resident inside then grabbed his weapon and opened fire at the men.

A shootout then took place between the groups, according to police.


Majority of guns used by criminals bought on black market, study shows

According to the study, an estimated 287,400 prisoners has possessed a firearm during their offense.

The findings concluded 56 percent had either stolen the weapon, 6 percent found it at the crime scene and 7 percent obtained it off the street or on the black market. More than 25 percent had received it from a family member or friend.

Overall, handguns were the most common type of firearm possessed by prisoners, and about 1 in 5 state and federal prisoners who possessed a firearm during their offense obtained it with the intent to use it during the crime.


Domino’s customer who shot out store window over pizza order formally charged

Devante Alvin Norfleet
Devante Alvin Norfleet

The incident happened last Tuesday when customer Devante Alvin Norfleet became upset that his pizza order was not ready for him to pick up when he arrived at the pizza shop.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Norfleet asked the manager for a refund before leaving the store.


John Coughlin was facing several sexual misconduct allegations, including two from minors, before suicide: report

Jan 9, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Caydee Denney and John Coughlin perform during the pairs short program in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Coughlin was facing three reports of sexual misconduct against him, including two involving minors, USA Today reported Sunday.

All three reports were filed with the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the first report was filed on Dec. 17, which led to the agency’s decision to restrict him, the newspaper reported.


‘Bikini climber’ reportedly freezes to death after falling off mountain in Taiwan

GiGi Wu, the self-proclaimed bikini climber, was in Taiwan’s Nantou County on Saturday, during a hike, when she tumbled into a valley near Mabolasi Mountain, Taiwan News reported.

It took rescuers more than a day to get to 36-year-old Wu because of bad weather. By the time search teams arrived, she was reportedly dead.


WATCH: Women’s March President Suggests Jews Are White Supremacists While Claiming She’s Not Anti-Semitic

Mallory, who made the remarks while on PBS’s “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover,” recently defended calling notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan the “greatest of all time.”

During the interview, Mallory refused to state that Israel had the right to exist and even suggested that Jews were white Supremacists.


PLANNED PARENTHOOD REVEALS HOW MUCH MORE TAXPAYERS GAVE THEM IN 2018

Planned Parenthood received $543.7 million in federal grants and reimbursements in 2017, and that number rose to $564.8 million, according to its 2017-2018 fiscal year report. The abortion organization also received roughly $100 million more from private donations and bequests in 2018 than it did in 2017, the report reveals.

Planned Parenthood has claimed that stripping federal funds from the organization would devastate women’s access to health care, but private contributions put the organization’s donations total at nearly $631 million.

“Planned Parenthood turned a profit of nearly $250 million, a 150 percent increase, according to its own accounts,” Students For Life (SFL) President Kristan Hawkins said in a Monday statement. “What a waste of taxpayer dollars.”


Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump/Russia Story

Note that all of these “errors” go only in one direction: namely, exaggerating the grave threat posed by Moscow and the Trump circle’s connection to it.

It’s inevitable that media outlets will make mistakes on complex stories. If that’s being done in good faith, one would expect the errors would be roughly 50/50 in terms of the agenda served by the false stories.

That is most definitely not the case here. Just as was true in 2002 and 2003, when the media clearly wanted to exaggerate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and thus all of its “errors” went in that direction, virtually all of its major “errors” in this story are devoted to the same agenda and script:


TRUMP MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO MLK MEMORIAL

Trump made the visit alongside Vice President Mike Pence and a National Park ranger to mark the occasion. The president pre-empted the visit with a tweet lauding the national holiday and by issuing a presidential proclamation.

Trump’s proclamation lauded historically low levels of minority unemployment and the recent passage of criminal justice reform, noting:


TRUMP SAYS HE ‘FOUND THE MAGIC WAND’ AFTER BEST JOB GROWTH FOR US MANUFACTURING SINCE 1997

The manufacturing industry saw an increase of 284,000 new jobs in 2018 — the biggest annual job gain since 1997. There was an increase of 207,000 manufacturing jobs in 2017.

“There’s, of course, more work to do to guarantee this growth continues. A growing gap between the number of manufacturing job openings and the number of skilled workers to fill them could derail much of the success we’ve seen the past few years,” Moutray continued.

“It’s clear, however, that the U.S. manufacturing industry is running full-steam ahead, and smart policy decisions are putting the industry on the right track.”


Harvey victims rebuffed by FEMA finally receive some financial relief

Last week, the city opened four recovery centers to teach people about homeowner assistance programs, made possible through a $1.17 billion federal package.

“What’s happening now is the money has arrived,” said Tom McCasland, director of Housing and Community Development.

The funds are part of a $5 billion package that HUD allocated to Texas after Harvey hit. The state’s General Land Office distributed more than $1 billion to Houston and another $1 billion to Harris County last February — but it took a year for the application and approval process to take shape, locals officials said.

The Abuse of VIP Military Travel by Pelosi & Rest of Congress–Using YOUR Tax Dollars

Judicial Watch announced that it obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Air Force detailing $134,587.81 plus $50,000 for an advance of funds for an “escort officer” for a total of $184.587.81 for then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Congressional delegation (CODEL) to Italy and Ukraine in 2015.

Immigration:


Illegal immigrant expected to face murder charges in Nevada killing spree

Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19,
Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19,

Gerald David, 81, a former Reno rodeo boss, and his wife Sharon David 80, were found dead last week in Reno. In Gardnerville, Connie Koontz, 56, was found dead Jan. 10 and Sophia Renken, 74, was found dead three days later. The killings all took place within a week span.

Residents who lived near the victims told the Reno Gazette-Journal they were relieved after hearing news of the arrest.


While Congress Dallies, Coalition Ready to Write Check for Border Security: ‘It’s Not Trump’s Wall, It’s America’s Wall’

A diverse coalition of Americans is working with the Department of Homeland Security to fund a border wall. (Penny Starr/Breitbart News)

“Americans of all shapes, sizes, and colors want our border secure,” Quentin Kramer, co-founder of the American Border Foundation (ABF), said at a Washington, DC, press conference last week. “We’re here to fund the wall and we’re ready to get it done with America’s help.”

“We’re here to point out that we have a method to get the money directly to DHS and make those tax-deductible contributions available to DHS so that they can use that directly to fund border wall construction,” Kramer said.

Politics:

Webb accuses Dems of playing ‘Stupid games’ in border negotiations

President Trump offered a three-year protection from deportation for some undocumented immigrants. New reaction as Democratic leadership reject’s Trump’s proposal to end the partial government shutdown. Fox Nation host, David Webb reacts on ‘Outnumbered.’


House Judiciary Democrat says Justice Kavanaugh will ‘likely’ be investigated for perjury

Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo.(right)Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (left)
Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., (right) claims Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (left) committed perjury during the tense confirmation hearing last year, but does not say which specific statement is problematic. (AP/House.gov)

In a video sent out by conservative activist group America Rising, Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., was recorded Friday saying he believes the Supreme Court justice committed perjury while under questioning from Congress — though did not point to a specific statement.

“There’s no question [Kavanaugh] committed perjury during the confirmation hearings and so forth,” Neguse said, responding to a question about the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh. “I think the Judiciary Committee is likely to take that up.”


Maryland certifies country’s first new socialist party in decades

The party, called Bread and Roses, identifies itself as an alternative to the two-party system. With the certification, that alternative can now put up candidates for local, state and national elections — including the presidential race — in 2020 and 2022.

“It’s a new kind of socialism,” the founder, University of Maryland professor Jerome Segal, told Fox News.


Top FBI Lawyer to Congress: Hillary Clinton Should Have Been Charged in Email Scandal

Baker told Congress he argued with other members of the FBI, including disgraced former director, James Comey about the Clinton investigation.

“My original belief … after having conducted the investigation and towards the end of it, then sitting down and reading a binder of her materials, I thought that it was alarming, appalling, whatever words I said, and argued with others about why they thought she shouldn’t be charged,” he said.

Baker also seemed to take issue with the handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.

World News:


Theresa May’s Brexit Plan B leaves Parliament underwhelmed

May was forced to return to Westminister by a newly assertive Parliament that has been trying to exert more control over what withdrawal from the European Union looks like.

But while May said she would “ensure that members have the chance to make their views known,” she has not altered her approach in response to many of the views that have already been expressed.

May refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit — the possibility that Britain leaves the E.U. without a deal on March 29, resulting in the halting of trade and travel and general chaos.


US, Britain conduct joint navy drills in South China Sea amid worries about China’s military power

“Professional engagement with our British counterparts allows us the opportunity to build upon our existing strong relationships and learn from each other,” Cmdr. Allison Christy, the McCampbell’s commanding officer, said in the news release.

The drills included communication exercises, division tactics and “a personnel exchange designed to address common maritime security priorities, enhance interoperability, and develop relationships that will benefit both navies for many years to come,” officials said.

The exercises came on the heels of a Pentagon report that laid out concerns about China’s growing military and worries about possible attacks on Taiwan.


Germany bans Iranian Airliner, Thanks To U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell

Key U.S. officials touted the extraordinary work of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, for the swift action and cooperation of Germany. Grenell, considered Trump’s top diplomat, has been working diligently to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its global terrorist actions, specifically in Europe.

Mahan Air, which operates throughout the globe and is Iran’s second-largest carrier after Iran Air, was the target of an extensive investigation by German authorities and evidence revealed it was moving weapons to Syria, officials stated. The airliner operates four flights a week between Tehran and the German cities Duesseldorf and Munich, according to its website.


Google fined record £44m by French data protection watchdog

For the first time, the company was fined using new terms laid out in the pan-European general data protection regulation. The maximum fine for large companies under the new law is 4% of annual turnover, meaning the theoretical maximum fine for Google is almost €4bn.

The fine was levied, CNIL said, because Google made it too difficult for users to find essential information, “such as the data-processing purposes, the data storage periods or the categories of personal data used for the ads personalisation”, by splitting them across multiple documents, help pages and settings screens.


Facebook, Twitter are not complying with data laws, Russia says

The move raises concern that the social-media giants could face future restrictions or be blocked.

On Thursday, Facebook said it would expand efforts to crack down on misuse of its service by removing some 500 pages and accounts linked to what it said were two Russia-based misinformation campaigns.

Vadim Ampelonsky, a spokesman for Roskomnadzor, told the television channel Russia 24 that Facebook and Twitter could be fined for not providing information to the watchdog.

Commentary/Opinion:


Bruce Ohr testimony shows something’s really rotten at the Justice Department

Solomon’s revelation of false statements by the FBI, DOJ, and House Democrats is most disturbing. 

The protocols violated at the DOJ by its highest officials are of equal concern. Bill Barr, President Trump’s attorney general nominee, cannot get there soon enough.


Covington Catholic High School students smeared by mainstream media lies — Don’t expect an apology

What CNN, The New York Times, the Washington Post and National Review (among others) did to these teenage boys is simply outrageous.

The boys had been in Washington to participate in Friday’s March For Life. Later in the day, they assembled outside the Lincoln Memorial to wait for school buses. And that’s where the trouble started.


Watch company responds to Gillette’s ‘toxic masculinity’ ad with video that celebrates men

Egard Watch CEO Ilan Srulovicz told the Conservative Tribune he wanted to make a video that would uplift men and illustrate the beauty of true masculinity.

He also told the news outlet he wanted to show some statistics about men that are often ignored.

“We see the good in men,” the video states.


The bogus BuzzFeed story and the feeding frenzy it launched is dangerous — Here’s why

The moment the story was published, the liberal media jumped for joy – and the drumbeat started – repeating the falsehoods beginning with a common mantra used by many in the media: “If it’s true . . .”

You can fill in the blanks from there. “If it’s true . . .” – all together now – “the president committed a crime and should be impeached.”

The collective call for impeachment permeated the liberal print media and the liberal air waves for hours. It didn’t matter that the president immediately denied the allegations. And it didn’t matter than none of the mainstream media could confirm the BuzzFeed report – something that usually happens quickly when a story of this nature breaks.

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