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News and Headlines. 1/22/2018

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In The News:


US service member killed in Afghanistan

“In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete, the Pentagon said.

The incident was under investigation.

One other service member has died so far in 2019.


TRUMP CALLS THE COVINGTON BOYS A ‘SYMBOL’ OF FAKE NEWS — BUT IT CAN ‘END IN A DREAM’

“Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be,” Trump tweeted. “They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together.”

Tucker: MAGA hat-wearing students smeared by media

Viral video of interaction between Covington Catholic high school students and Native American Nathan Phillips leave out key details, media rushes to bash the students.

Covington Catholic chaperone: Our kids were targeted

A mother who chaperoned Covington Catholic students during their trip to Washington says the now-viral confrontation with Native American activists was a result of Black Hebrew Israelites throwing ‘horrific insults’ at the teens. Jill Hamlin speaks out on ‘Fox & Friends.’


Niagara Falls becomes ‘icy spectacle’ as frigid temperatures bring breathtaking views

Recent Niagara Falls visitors have been in awe of the popular tourist destination — but not for its roaring waterfalls.

Rather, many tourists have taken to social media to share stunning photos of a layer of ice that has formed over parts of the falls, giving the illusion that some sections, which can reach heights of 176 feet, are frozen solid.


Bret Baier’s car flipped on an icy road. ‘Banged up, but alive,’ the Fox News anchor said.

Bret Baier.
Bret Baier. (Kristoffer Tripplaar for The Washington Post)

Baier, the network’s chief political anchor, was scheduled to appear on Colbert’s show the following evening, the late-night host explained to his audience.

But the Baier family was involved in a car crash in Montana on their way to the airport, where their vehicle skidded on iced-covered roads and flipped over.

And the initial reports were unsettling.


Missing woman found alive in Charlestown

Boston Police said earlier in the day they were searching for a man caught on surveillance footage with Ambrose.

Boston 25 News Security Analyst Dan Linskey said police had located the man seen in surveillance at the same place Ambrose was found after he was recognized by law enforcement when his photo was released.


Driver with gunshot wound crashes into Texas school bus, students uninjured: police

A man with a gunshot wound passed out behind the wheel of a white BMW and crashed into a bus full of middle school students in Texas. (WTRK)

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said they responded to a crash involving a Spring Independent School District school bus before 7:30 a.m. near Rolling Creek.

He said the 10 students and driver aboard the bus at the time of the crash were uninjured. They were moved to a different bus and taken to Spring Early College Academy, according to Click 2 Houston.


2 doctors at Arizona care facility where woman in vegetative state gave birth leave

One of the doctors resigned while the other has been suspended, a spokesperson for the facility told AZ Family in a statement Monday.

Neither doctor has been identified at this time but both cared for the 29-year-old woman who gave birth as a result of sexual assault last month.


Insulin costs per patient nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016: study

HCCI, based in Washington, D.C., tracks insurance claims data on about 80 million people, drawing on information from the government’s Medicare health plan for Americans aged 65 and older and four of the industry’s largest health insurers: UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, now owned by CVS Health Corp, Humana Inc and Kaiser Permanente.

The insulin report analyzed commercial claims data for about 15,000 patients with type 1 diabetes annually who had at least one prescription for an insulin product during the year.


Supreme Court lets Pentagon limit transgender military service while lawsuits proceed

The ruling reversed the orders implemented by lower courts, which had prevented the Pentagon from proceeding with the plan.

The decision came after the Justice Department requested that the Supreme Court bypass the lower courts and decide the issue—a request the high court rejected on Tuesday, instead directing the case to work its way through the appeals and lower courts.


Supreme Court rejects appeal, for now, of high school coach fired for praying on field

But while conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas said they are interested in his case and the legal issues it raises, they agreed that the court is right to reject the appeal for the time being.

Lower courts had said that Kennedy was not immediately entitled to get his job back, rejecting his claim that the school district violated his free speech rights by putting him on paid leave after he continued to pray.


SUPREME COURT TAKES UP FIRST GUN RIGHTS CASE IN A DECADE

The justices will decide whether a New York City ordinance which strictly regulates the possession and transportation of handguns outside the home is constitutional.

Tuesday’s grant marks the first time that the Supreme Court has engaged with the Second Amendment since it issued a pair of landmark decisions in 2008 and 2010 which affirmed the constitutional right to keep guns in the home for self-defense.

Since those two decisions, however, the federal courts have upheld a range of gun control measures against constitutional challenges, to the consternation of Second Amendment activists. The high court’s continued silence on gun rights in view of those rulings baffled many observers and periodically drew fierce dissents from the conservative justices.


Facebook’s new petition feature could be its next battlefield

TechCrunch reports that the new option, called Community Actions, will allow users to add a title, a description and even tag relevant officials and government agencies as a way to help the petition go viral and prompt others to hit the “support” button.

TechCrunch says that it’s possible users with “fringe agendas” could harness the petitions feature to bully certain groups or otherwise wreak havoc.

The Menlo Park, Calif. company, which has struggled to stem the tide of misinformation and fake news on its platform, is reportedly hoping to keep Community Actions more narrowly focused on pushing for government action, as opposed to any random cause that a user could come up with.


NBC raises eyebrows over $400 million relationship with BuzzFeed

NBC News endlessly promoted “strategic partner” BuzzFeed’s now-discredited story. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News that it should be “standard operating procedure that a media organization explain its financial interests and connections” in such a situation.

“Most news consumers would have no idea that BuzzFeed is supported financially by NBC,” McCall said.

“Even with the news operations being editorially independent from each other, reporting by NBC/MSNBC of BuzzFeed content should be put in context, just so viewers can have full and transparent bases on which to assess the story.”


Singer Chris Brown held in Paris after rape complaint

The Grammy-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions, a judicial official said. According to the same official, Brown and the other suspects were still in custody Tuesday evening.

The woman who filed the Paris complaint said she met Brown and his friends overnight Jan. 15-16 at the club Le Crystal in the 8th arrondissement near the Champs-Elysees, and then they all went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris, according to a police official.

Politics:

Hogan Gidley urges Dems to come back to the negation table

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley calls on Democrats to resume talks with President Trump to get border security and end the partial government shutdown.


WaPo Urges Pelosi To Take Trump’s Deal as Pressure Splits Dem. Leadership from Others

Sunday’s editorial explained why young people who came to the U.S. through the Obama-era program are in peril of being deported.

If nothing happens soon, then the Dreamers could get the short end of the stick, The Post noted.

“If no deal is reached, the Supreme Court is likely at some point to end that dispensation, as Mr. Trump has demanded, and they will be sent back into the shadows, or to countries of which they have no memory.”


Despite Pelosi request to delay, Trump moves ahead with SOTU

The gamesmanship began last week when Pelosi sent a letter to Trump suggesting that he either deliver the speech in writing or postpone it until after the partial government shutdown is resolved, citing security concerns.

But the White House maintains Pelosi never formally rescinded her invitation, and is, in essence, calling her bluff.

The president cannot speak in front of a joint session of Congress without both chambers’ explicit permission. A resolution agreed to by both chambers specifies the date and time of a joint session of the House and the Senate for receiving an address from the president.


Ocasio-Cortez calls climate change ‘our World War II,’ warns the world will end in 12 years

“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?'” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The Democratic Socialist said the fight against climate change is war and that it’s “our World War II.”

Ocasio-Cortez agrees a world that allows for billionaires is immoral

Freshman democratic lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez answers questions about morality and billionaires at a Martin Luther King forum in New York City with The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates.


OCASIO-CORTEZ COMPARES AMERICA’S PAST TO NAZI GERMANY, SAYS US SHOULD PAY REPARATIONS LIKE THEY DID

“People think reparations is reparations for slavery, but really, economically speaking, reparations are for the damage done by the New Deal and redlining because that is where we saw a compounding of the existing inequity from the legacy of slavery, where we drew red lines around black communities,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“We said white communities will get home loans and they will get access to the basic bedrock of wealth in America and this will be your heirloom and we gave white America the heirloom that appreciated overtime, that people still benefit from today and we did not give to African-American and Mexican communities, Puerto Rican communities.”

The New York congresswoman also compared the treatment of non-white communities in America’s past to the Holocaust, urging the United States to follow Germany’s example by paying reparations and acknowledge the suffering that occurred during Nazi occupation in order to move forward.

Immigration:


HERE’S HOW THE WHITE HOUSE IS TRYING TO STOP FUTURE CARAVANS

New language included in legislation the administration is putting before the U.S. Senate this week will instead require Central-American migrant children to apply for asylum in their home countries.

The provision would instead allow these children to remain in their home countries while their cases are being adjudicated, removing the strain on U.S. authorities by not allowing them to claim asylum at the southern border.

A senior administration official pointed to a provision of the legislation that would allow for the removal and deportation of individuals from Central American migrants in a timely manner. The provision would end catch-and-release policy and would work to discourage would-be migrants from making the dangerous trek to the U.S. over nearly 1,000 miles of desert.


Trump: ‘No cave’ on wall demands

President Trump on Tuesday reiterated he would not budge on his demand to fund a wall along the southern border, dimming prospects for an imminent solution to a prolonged partial government shutdown.

“Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security,” Trump said in a tweet, insisting that a wall or steel barrier would cut crime rates.

President Trump Delivers Remarks on the Humanitarian Crisis on Our Southern Border (Spanish)

World News:


Israel calls on UN Security Council to block Iranian terror funding: ‘Israel will not hold back’

Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon
Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon

“If we must, we will respond alone. We will defend our democracy; safeguard our sovereignty; and protect our people,” Danon told the Council at a debate on the Middle East. “If Israel must act, Israel will not hold back.”

Danon said Tehran spends $7 billion a year on funding terrorism, and presented members with new information showing how Iran had been increasing funding and training to terror groups in the West Bank.

He called on the U.N. to label groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic jihad as terrorist organizations, which would in turn bar countries from sending them money.


Matteo Salvini: ‘I Am Proud’ to Have Halted Illegal Immigration

“You enter Italy by saying ‘May I come in’ and ‘Please,’” Mr. Salvini said in a Tweet to his followers, explaining that by combatting illegal immigration he was also fighting human trafficking and the drug trade.

Decrying smugglers and human traffickers, Salvini said he had evidence that “with the money they make—around 3,000 euro for every person they put on the boat—they buy arms and drugs. So stopping the trafficking of human beings does not just mean stopping immigration, but it also means blocking weapon and drug trafficking.”


Exclusive: Iraqi scientist says he helped ISIS make chemical weapons

Afari, who is 52 now and on death row, recounted his recruitment and life under the Islamic State in a rare interview inside the fortresslike headquarters of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Counterterrorism Department. An affable, neatly groomed man, Afari is among the few known participants in the Islamic State’s chemical weapons program to be captured alive.

He described in matter-of-fact detail the terrorist group’s successful attempts to make sulfur mustard — a first-generation chemical weapon that inflicted tens of thousands of casualties during World War I — as part of an ambitious, little-understood effort to create novel weapons and delivery systems to defend the Islamic State’s territory and terrorize its opponents.

His account was confirmed and augmented by U.S. and Kurdish officials who participated in missions to destroy the Islamic State’s weapons plants and to kill or capture its senior leaders.


Spain: Catalonia’s Continuing Jihad Problem

BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Injured people are tended to as police investigate near the scene of a terrorist attack in the Las Ramblas area on August 17, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Officials say 13 people are confirmed dead and at least 100 injured after a van plowed into people in the Las Ramblas area of the city this afternoon. (Photo by Nicolas Carvalho Ochoa/Getty Images)

Police in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia arrested 18 members of a jihadi cell plotting an attack in Barcelona — and then released all but three.

The arrests have drawn renewed attention to the continuing problem of radical Islam in Catalonia, which has one of the largest per capita Muslim populations in Europe.

The cell — comprised of individuals from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Morocco — was broken up on January 15, when more than a hundred police officers raided five properties in Barcelona and the Catalan town of Igualada.


Child identified as patient killed by pigeon droppings-linked infection

Cryptococcus primarily infects immunosuppressed individuals and is transmitted through exposure to contaminated soil or bird droppings, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

Symptoms can include fever, headache, neck stiffness, malaise, photophobia, nausea and vomiting. Though coma and death are rare, they can occur.

Infection control measures were put in place, and Freeman said a smoke test helped officials identify the problematic area in the hospital. Vulnerable patients were also being given preventative care.


Bangladeshi ‘tree man’ reportedly back in hospital with more growths

Abul Bajandar,
Abul Bajandar, seen in an undated photo, previously made headlines after he had 11 pounds of growths shaved from his hands. (CEN)

EV is an inherited genodermatosis that stems from chronic HPV, which causes patients to develop polymorphous cutaneous lesions and leaves them at high risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer.

According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), while the exact number of patients who have EV is unknown, it’s been reported at least 200 times so far.

Bajandar had undergone several surgeries in 2016 after the growths left him unable to eat, drink, work or hold his own daughter. But 28-year-old allegedly skipped appointments with his doctors last year, and the growths have not only returned but allegedly have thickened and spread to his feet and body


Philippines considers law to lower criminally responsible age to nine

Salvador Panelo, a representative for Duterte, said current law allows adults to put children up to crimes “because they know the children will be freed.”

So under the proposed new law, President Duterte seeks to “protect the children” by dissuading criminals from using them as drug mules.

Duterte has consistently claimed existing law hampers efforts by law enforcement to act against minors who work on behalf of drug gangs.


Zimbabwe leader warns ‘heads will roll’ after violent crackdown of protesters

He said he will investigate the reports of violence against demonstrators after the country’s human rights commission said people were “systematically tortured.”

“Chaos and insubordination will not be tolerated,” he wrote on Twitter. “Misconduct will be investigated. If required, heads will roll.”


Mexico murder rate breaks record with more than 33,000 cases opened in 2018, statistics show

Information from the Interior Ministry revealed that investigators opened up 33,341 murder cases last year – more than 91 a day, almost four an hour; compared to 25,036 in 2017, according to Reuters.

The central state of Guanajuato – which has been struggling with turf wars amongst gangs – was said to be the hardest hit region, with 3,290 investigations in 2018, compared to 1,084 the year prior.

COMMENTARY/OPINION:

How the Buzzfeed report went from ‘bombshell’ to busted

Tucker examines the media reaction to the debunked Buzzfeed report on Trump and Michael Cohen; The Hill’s Joe Concha weighs in on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’


Franklin Graham: Truth—it’s 100 percent right, 100 percent of the time

A recent Fox News report about the impact of the partial government shutdown especially caught my attention.

It said that some 10,000 U.S. air traffic controllers have been working without pay. I’m a pilot myself—in fact, this past week I flew to Bangkok, Thailand, to preach the Gospel. I know firsthand how vital these men and women are to our aviation safety.

Air traffic controllers provide guidance and coordination to the hundreds of aircraft in our skies. Their job is stressful under the best of conditions. One spokesman for them said, “You have to be 100 percent right, 100 percent of the time.”

The Left Sees Racism EVERYWHERE: Cotton Fields, Monkeys, and McDonald’s

You might see a monkey and think “cute!” but the Left sees a monkey and thinks “black person!! Get rid of that monkey; it’s making me think of black people!!” How is that not racist?

Leftists constantly project their racist thoughts onto everything and everyone, but for some reason they get a pass.

Fellow BlazeTV host Graham Allen recently uploaded a picture of his kids, and THAT was attacked for being racist. Take one look at his comments section and tell me who the real racist aggressors are.

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