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Jobless Claims Hit Lowest Level in 49 Years

The last time claims were this low the labor market was half the size it is now.

Jobless claims, which are a proxy for layoffs, have been closely followed for signs that tariffs could weigh on the U.S. economy. So far this metric signals that those predictions have not come true.


Private electrical system caused deadly 2017 California wildfire, authorities say

An aerial view of properties destroyed by the Tubbs Fire is seen in Santa Rosa, California, October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam – RC12D4D0BCB0 (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

The Tubbs fire, which destroyed more than 5,600 structures over more than 57 square miles in Sonoma and Napa counties, was one of more than 170 that torched the state in October 2017.

It was the most destructive wildfire in California’s history before the Camp Fire, which destroyed more than 239 sqaure miles, nearly 19,000 buildings and killed 86 people this past November.

California’s firefighting agency officially ascribed the fire to “an unknown event affecting privately owned conductor or equipment.” Some details about the property, including its owner and address, were blacked out in the report.


Florida woman knitting American flag to honor veterans for their service

The Tampa resident plans to donate her completed American flag quit to Arlington National Cemetery when its completed.

Dawn Barker of Tampa first started knitting an American flag more than a year ago to give back to her country.

“One day it just started and I didn’t realize how big it was going to be,” she told FOX13. “I didn’t think that it would turn into this.”

The flag now measures 39 feet by 26 feet, with the blue portion alone measuring 15 feet by 12 feet.


Missouri Gym Owner: Veteran’s ‘Offensive’ Trump Shirt Made Patrons ‘Uncomfortable’

The veteran, Jake Talbot,
The veteran, Jake Talbot, Screenshot/KMOV4

The veteran, Jake Talbot, said in a viral video posted to Facebook Sunday that he was working out at CDY Fitness in Troy, about 55 miles from St. Louis, when the owner told him that other gym patrons deemed his shirt with the words “2016 Trump for President” “offensive” and “racist.”

He added later in the video, which gained more than 31,000 views as of Thursday, that his shirt supporting Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign is “not racism.”

“I hate that word when it is thrown around too loosely. It’s 2019. It’s not racism,” Talbot said.


Archdiocese Apologizes for Hasty Statement About Covington Students

The Archdiocese of Baltimore issued an apology on Jan. 23, saying it had reacted too soon.

“The annual March for Life is a magnificent affirmation of the value and dignity of human life. It is especially wonderful that so many young people from all around the nation participate in this March and the Archdiocese of Baltimore applauds them for doing so,” the archdiocese stated in a press release.

“How sad, then, that this life-affirming event was marred by the widely reported confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial. It has become apparent, however, that initial reports of that incident were at best incomplete. Those incomplete reports led many, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, to speak out too hastily. We apologize for doing so.”


Nathan Carman accused of killing family for inheritance granted funds

The Hartford Courant reports a Connecticut judge Thursday approved giving the money to Nathan Carman.

Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, denies allegations by three aunts that he fatally shot his grandfather in Windsor, Connecticut, in 2013, and was responsible for his mother’s presumed death in 2016, when she disappeared during their ocean fishing trip. No arrests were made in either case.


Manchester restaurant manager gets 35 years in prison for killing cook

Goolsby shot the 36-year-old Jackson on Dec. 30, 2017, at the Bon Chon Chicken restaurant in Manchester. He pleaded guilty to murder in November.

Another cook at the restaurant previously testified that Jackson came to his defense when Goolsby got upset about a negative online review of the restaurant.


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Served Goat that Mark Zuckerberg Killed with ‘Laser Gun’ and Knife

After being asked by Rolling Stone what his “most memorable encounter” with Zuckerberg was, Dorsey replied, “Well, there was a year when he was only eating what he was killing. He made goat for me for dinner. He killed the goat.”

“He killed it before. I guess he kills it. He kills it with a laser gun and then the knife.

Then they send it to the butcher,” Dorsey continued.

“They stun it, and then he knifed it. Then they send it to a butcher. Evidently in Palo Alto there’s a rule or regulation that you can have six livestock on any lot of land, so he had six goats at the time.”

Immigration:


Migrants scale Arizona border wall, more than 100 gang members from El Salvador caught since October: Sources

United States Customs and Border Protection in Arizona tweeted surveillance video Wednesday that showed a group of around 110 migrants from Central America illegally scaling a section of the border wall in the Yuma sector on Monday.

In the video, which is 55-seconds long, a group of illegal immigrants can be seen scaling the wall with the help of a smuggler, who used a ladder.


Exclusive: U.S. to begin returning asylum seekers to Mexico on Friday – official

Migrants from Central America are seen escorted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials after crossing the border from Mexico to surrender to the officials in El Paso, Texas, U.S., in this picture taken from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

In a major policy change, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration said on Dec. 20 it would send non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait in Mexico while their U.S. asylum requests are processed.

The spokesman for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s office did not specify the nationalities of those to be returned to Mexico, although the policy was aimed at helping cope with rising numbers of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States.

The two countries have held two meetings to work out details of the plan to return migrants seeking U.S. asylum across the shared border. Mexico has said it will not accept anybody facing a credible threat in Mexican territory.


Illegal draws more than 400 years’ imprisonment for kidnapping, rape and more

Macario Cerda, 39,
Macario Cerda, 39,(Tulare County District Attorney’s Office)

Macario Cerda, 39, was sentenced Thursday on three counts of forcible rape against two victims between 2009 and 2013.

He was also convicted of one count of kidnapping to commit rape, one count of criminal threats and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, according to a press release from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

Politics:


Florida secretary of state resigns after blackface photographs emerge

Prior to being named Secretary of State in December, Ertel served as Seminole County Supervisor of Elections. | Steve Cannon/AP Photo

“I am submitting my resignation as Florida Secretary of State effective immediately,” Ertel wrote in an email to Gov. Ron DeSantis, which was obtained by POLITICO.

Ertel submitted the resignation just before 2 p.m. Thursday, after the Tallahassee Democrat informed the governor’s office earlier in the day that it had unearthed photographs of Ertel in blackface at a Halloween party in 2005.


Donna Brazile: Pelosi will offer ‘alternative package’ in bid to end shutdown

Brazile told “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” that she did not know exactly when the measure would be announced, but said it would contain “a lot of border security items.”

“I think what you’re seeing now in the Senate, you’ll see it in the House soon,” Brazile said. “We want to get this government shutdown over.”

Earlier Thursday, Pelosi denied reports that House Democrats were working on a counteroffer to President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to fund his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.


McCarthy blasts Pelosi for giving House ‘3-day weekend’ amid government shutdown

Friday will mark the 35th day of the partial government shutdown and the second missed paycheck for more than 800,000 federal workers and contractors working, or furloughed, without pay.

“People are going into their second week of not getting their paycheck,” McCarthy said on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” on Thursday. “Speaker Pelosi just gave the members of Congress a three-day weekend and canceled Friday, instead of staying here and solving the problem.”

McCarthy, instead, said he was “asking that all leaders come together” on Friday and “not leave” until they reach a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to re-open the government.


Elizabeth Warren calls for ‘wealth tax’ on richest Americans

“We need structural change. That’s why I’m proposing something brand new – an annual tax on the wealth of the richest Americans. I’m calling it the ‘Ultra-Millionaire Tax’ & it applies to that tippy top 0.1% – those with a net worth of over $50M,” Warren, who sits on the left of her party, tweeted Thursday afternoon.

The Washington Post reported the proposal involves a 2-percent wealth tax on those with more than $50 million in assets, and an additional 3 percent on those with more than $1 billion.


JOE MANCHIN WILL VOTE FOR THE WALL

“Today I will vote for both gov funding bills b/c I believe we must end this harmful shutdown immediately & it’s our first opportunity in the Senate to do so,” the Democrat tweeted Thursday. “Even though they will probably fail, these votes are a start to finding a way to reopen the gov & get WVians back to work.”


Senate rejects dueling GOP, Democratic bills to end ongoing partial federal government shutdown

Although each of the dueling measures was expected to fail even before Thursday, it was hoped twin defeats might spur the two sides into a more serious effort to strike a compromise. Almost every proposal needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate, which is under 53-47 Republican control.

The final vote on the GOP bill was 50-47. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin was the lone Democrat to cross over and support the GOP package, which would have provided $5.7 billion for President Trump’s proposed border wall while also offering several immigration-related concessions and tightening asylum rules.

GOP Sens. Tom Cotton and Mike Lee voted against the Republican measure.

World News:


Italy refuses to accept migrants on NGO rescue boat, says it should go to France instead

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, center, Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio, left, and Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, attend a press conference following a Cabinet meeting at Chigi Palace’s premier office in Rome, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)

5-Star Movement leader and Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the Sea Watch ship, which he said is currently sailing toward Siciliy, will be given medical support from the Italian government, but the asylum seekers on board will not be allowed to disembark.

“After that, I invite it to point the bow towards Marseilles and land people on French soil instead of waiting unncecessarily in Italian waters for days.” Di Maio said via Facebook.


2 taxi drivers arrested amid ride-sharing protests, clashes with police in Madrid

Striking Spanish taxi drivers demand more regulations for app-based ride-hailing services and are blocking access to a trade exhibition center in Madrid where a major tourism fair begins Wednesday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The demonstrators clashed with riot police outside a trade exhibition center where a major tourism fair began Wednesday, only allowing a convoy carrying King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to enter the center.

The drivers blocking a major highway near the Ifema convention center said they would continue their open-end strike until regional authorities in Madrid agree to a solution like the one that ended a similar weeklong strike in Barcelona on Wednesday.


Berlin police commissioner accused of racist remarks resigns post

The Berlin police union had previously called the alleged remarks from Commissioner Bob Peters “ugly and reprehensible.”

The New Britain Herald reports that Peters was recorded using a racial slur in conversation with local residents and also spoke derogatively of gays and immigrants.

The newspaper reported Peters was recorded telling residents that police officers are taught to use deadly force against African-Americans.


US Rejects Russia’s ‘Proof’ of Compliance With Arms Treaty

Components of SSC-8/9M729 cruise missile system
Components of SSC-8/9M729 cruise missile system are on display during a news briefing, organized by Russian defense and foreign ministries, at Patriot Expocenter near Moscow, Russia Jan. 23, 2019. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Russian military officials unveiled the nuclear-capable Novator 9M729 missile to journalists and foreign military attaches on Jan. 23. Moscow used the display to assert that the missile falls six miles short of the 310-mile range prohibited by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson told reporters on Jan. 24 that the United States has presented Russia “time after time after time” with data showing that the missile flew more than 3,000 miles during one of the tests conducted between 2008 and 2013.

Commentary/Opinion:


Socialism’s latest failure: Here’s what’s going on in Venezuela

The seeds of the current governmental failure were planted long ago.

They begin with the massive spending embraced by former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in the mid-2000s. Benefiting from high oil prices (Venezuela has the world’s largest proven oil reserves),

Chavez massively increased spending on education, health, and patronage-based programs to strengthen his rule. And it must be said, for a short time, the investments in social services led to an improvement in the lives of Venezuela’s poor.

But his ambitions also required spending without limit or efficiency. Chavez also appropriated the most efficient private sectors of the economy and ran them into the ground.

Democrats vote no on paychecks to federal workers!


Democracy, Abortion, and Slavery

“All who support slavery are free, and all who support abortion are alive.”

All women understand that the work of childbearing and nurturing falls disproportionately on them, and so no democracy can “equalize” the sexes unless this natural biological inequality is somehow transformed into a chosen consequence of a woman’s will.

Laws permitting abortion-on-demand achieve this result by enabling women to eliminate their unwanted children, leaving them only with wanted children, thus removing any grounds for complaint about unchosen inequality.

What this distinction tells us is that almost all modern democracies locate their moral justification for abortion in the will of the woman, and not in her biology. In this sense, all modern abortion regimes are an expression of the modern triumph of the will over nature.

The Media Have Become FULL-ON Covington Kid Truthers

The leftist scum in the media admit they are throwing truth away for the sake of “wishful thinking” that Trump will be impeached.

Their refusal to apologize and their wild conspiracy theorizing knows no bounds.

In the process, they are risking the lives of Covington Catholic High School students, who receive death and mass shooting threats. Their complicity in this sinister hoax is obscene.

The Angle: The hat that dare not show its brim

Why is the left so triggered by MAGA hats? Democrats view hats as symbols of ‘white supremacy.’

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