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Americans’ Confidence in Their Finances Hits 16-Year High, Near Record Level

The optimism level is just two points off from a peak reached in 1998 when 71 percent were optimistic about their finances in the year ahead.

Half of Americans said they are better of now than they were a year ago, according to the survey (pdf). That number is the highest since the recession in 2007 and the first time since then that at least half of Americans said their situation had improved over the past year.


Abortion survivors on new late-term abortion bills: ‘Where were my rights in the womb?’

Melissa Ohden, the founder of the Abortion Survivors Network, along with abortion survivors Josiah Presley and Claire Culwell joined “Fox & Friends” Monday morning to discuss their stories and get their reaction to the latest late-term abortion bills.

“This is a human rights issue,” Ohden, who found out as a teen that she survived a saline-infusion abortion, said. “Without the right to life, there is no other right that comes.”

Ohden encourages women who are deciding whether or not to get an abortion to know they’re not alone.


‘Black Panther’ actress Letitia Wright says God pulled her out of depression in powerful speech

Actress Letitia Wright
Actress Letitia Wright poses for photographers backstage with her Rising Star award at the BAFTA awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

She received the “Rising Star” award Sunday night at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). She revealed her previous battle with depression and said her deep faith in Jesus got her through it.

She thanked God, her family, her team, every person that has given her a chance along the way. Then she gave a shoutout to anyone struggling with depression.

“I want to encourage you that God made you and you’re important,” Wright said. “There might be some of you that’s going through depression, that’s going through a bad time, and you’re putting on a smile and nobody can see that. But you know it and God knows it, and I just want to encourage you and I just want to say that God loves you and just let your light shine.”


George Washington letter on God and the Constitution surfaces

The letter to Richard Peters, speaker of the Pennsylvania Constitution, is signed Sept. 7, 1788, and praises God for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Written a week after Washington told Alexander Hamilton that he would likely accept calls to assume the presidency, the letter came at a time when the Constitution was under attack.

Some states wanted to hold a second Convention that may have undermined the Constitution.


Body camera video shows Arizona police Taser man at least 11 times during 2017 traffic stop

Wheatcroft, who was a front-seat passenger, declined to show police his driver’s license and questioned why he had to provide identification.

The officers saw him reaching under his seat for a backpack and he “continued to argue, yell and physically resist” as they tried to remove him the vehicle, police said.

Officers eventually threated to use a Taser if Wheatcroft did not exit the vehicle, the video shows.

From there, the situation escalated, with officers using stun guns multiple times on Wheatcroft, as his family watched and screamed at officers to stop.


Man pleads guilty to 2 murder counts in 1998 triple-murder

This August 25, 2017 booking photo released by St. Joseph County, Ind., Jail shows Wayne Kubsch. (St. Joseph County Jail via AP)

He was twice convicted and sentenced to death in the killings of the couple and their son, 10-year-old son, Aaron Milewski, and both convictions were overturned on appeal. All three were stabbed to death inside Kubsch’s Mishawaka home. The father and son had also been shot in the head.

Kubsch’s plea agreement calls for the murder count in Aaron Milewski’s killing to be dismissed. Under the agreement, he is expected to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole.


Convictions tossed for 10 framed by Chicago police sergeant

CHICAGO – A judge has overturned the drug convictions of 10 more men who were framed by a disgraced former Chicago police sergeant, bringing the number of people cleared in the scandal to 63.

A Cook County judge granted motions Monday filed by prosecutors to vacate the men’s convictions.

Dozens of others have already been exonerated after alleging they had drugs planted on them or were otherwise framed after refusing to pay former Sgt. Ronald Watts or his tactical team.


RAPE VICTIM WHO SMUGGLED DNA EVIDENCE OUT OF RIKERS WINS SETTLEMENT

Women to whom rape and sexual assault at the hands of guards have become an almost routine component of life at Rikers know they probably won’t be believed if they report their abusers.

Worse, they fear that jail staff will cover up their allegations and retaliate against them. So when Jane Doe was brutally assaulted during a second stint at Rikers in 2015, she took no chances trusting the system.

The guard who sexually assaulted Jane Doe, Jose Cosme, had ejaculated onto her breasts. Back in her cell after the assault and still in shock, Jane Doe used a white T-shirt to wipe it off. Then she called for medical help and told a nurse that the officer had hurt her. Without examining her, a doctor decided that she was having a panic attack and instructed the nurse to “put ice on her,” then sent her back to her cell after less than 10 minutes.


Facebook must take ‘real action’ against disinformation, Mozilla Foundation and 32 civil society groups demand

The letter was co-signed by the Open Data Institute and 30 other groups representing human rights advocates, journalists and technologists. It charges that CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s company has been dragging its feet and blocking transparency tools ahead of the EU’s parliamentary elections in May.

“Promises and press statements aren’t enough; instead, we need to see real action over the coming months, and we will be exploring ways to hold Facebook accountable if that action isn’t sufficient,” the letter says.

Facebook has come under fire since the 2016 U.S. presidential election for not moving fast enough to stop the flow of fake news and misinformation, for the tactics it employs against enemies and for its leadership structure.

Immigration:


CBP: Group of 325 Central Americans crossed U.S.-Mexico border illegally

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A 5-year-old with possible chicken pox and 12-year-old with a skin infection were hospitalized.

The Central Americans told Border Patrol agents that they were dropped off by buses and trucks overnight on Mexico’s Federal Highway 2, which parallels the U.S. border nearby.

Once the entire group arrived, they crossed the border together at 8 a.m., where they would wait to surrender to authorities.


Trump Heads to El Paso amid Stalled Wall Negotiations, Texas Lawmakers Propose State Wall Funding

HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images

State Reps. Kyle Biedermann and Briscoe Cain intend to introduce legislation soon that would fund $2.5 billion of wall construction along the Texas border with Mexico, appropriating it from the economic stabilization fund for the state fiscal year ending August 31, 2019.

The funds would be used, Biedermann tells Breitbart News, “to design, test, construct, and install physical barriers, roads, and technology along the international land border between the State of Texas and Mexico to prevent illegal crossings in all areas.”

Preference for the contracts and awarding of bids, Biedermann added, “for all phases of construction” would be given to Texans and Texas-owned entities.


Ontario police rescue 43 ‘modern day slaves’ from Mexico

Police began investigating last year and executed 12 search warrants last week.

Rick Barnum of the Ontario Provincial Police said Monday the victims were lured to Canada believing they would be offered legitimate employment opportunities.

He says they were instead forced to live in “squalid” conditions and made to pay their alleged traffickers large sums of money. Barnum says they sometimes would have as little as $50 per month after paying fees to their employers.


Sheriffs storm Capitol Hill to demand border wall, ICE funding

“We are at wits end on this,” said Bristol County, Mass. Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson. “This really is a catastrophe,” he said of the anti-Trump proposal backed by Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Hodgson is one of 60 key sheriffs meeting with the House Freedom Caucus on the steps of the U.S. Capitol today before hitting individual House and Senate offices to lobby for wall and ICE funding. He spoke to Secrets from the bus transporting him and sheriffs from Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts and Ohio to the Hill.

Over the weekend, Secrets reported that two national sheriffs groups, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Major County Sheriffs of America, delivered letters to House and Senate immigration negotiators to warn against Democratic efforts to put a cap on the number of criminal illegal immigrants that can be held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Trump lashes out at Dems for ‘brand new demand’ in border security talks

President Trump on Monday lashed out at Democrats after border security negotiations hit a snag in part because of their desire to cap the number of beds available to hold detained immigrants.

“The Democrats do not want us to detain, or send back, criminal aliens! This is a brand new demand. Crazy!” Trump tweeted.


Top ICE official slams Dem proposal to limit number of beds in immigration detention centers

The remarks by ICE Deputy Director Matt Albence came as bipartisan compromise talks on funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall have completely broken down and just days before another government shutdown is set to begin.

“If we are forced to live with a cap, we will be forced to release criminal aliens in our custody.” Albence said on Monday. “We will be limited in our ability to respond to state and local law enforcement agencies making arrests for these crimes.”

El Paso Residents: Finish The Wall, It Kept Us Safe

These are ordinary Americans, not Washington politicians, who have seen first-hand how a border wall brought safety and security back to their community.

Politics:


Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.

Trump’s highest level of approval since shortly after his inauguration.


TEEN PUNDIT ATTACKED BY DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN ON TWITTER: I’D RATHER DISCUSS ‘ISSUES I CARE ABOUT’ WITH YOU

“I would have loved to have a discussion with the congresswoman about issues I care about, such as education, about reining in the national deficit which is $21 trillion, which is continuously kicked down the can by the leaders of today that my generation is going to have to pay back,” 16-year-old CJ Pearson said Sunday.

“I would have loved to have that conversation with her, but instead she threatened and belittled me. It was classless and beneath the office that she holds.”


Ilhan Omar’s AIPAC tweet sparks condemnation, including from Chelsea Clinton

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who repeatedly accused the global body of anti-Israel bias during her tenure, tweeted that Omar’s statements “CANNOT be tolerated in our own Congress by anyone of either party.

In a time of increased anti semitism, we all must be held to account. No excuses.”

Chelsea Clinton tweeted: “We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”


Pelosi, Dem leaders condemn Rep. Omar for ‘anti-Semitic’ language

The statement issued by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership team followed the latest in a string of controversial comments from the freshman lawmaker — as well as pressure from Republican leaders to speak out.

The statement came after several other senior Democrats had weighed in, including the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on which Omar sits. “Anti-Semitism in any form is unacceptable, and it’s shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish money,’” Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said earlier Monday.

This followed Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., a prominent Jewish lawmaker and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, saying: “It is deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear Representative Ilhan Omar’s choice of words in her exchange with a journalist yesterday, wherein she appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money. Her words are deeply hurtful and offensive, particularly as they build on a previous comment she made about Jews ‘hypnotizing’ the world in support of Israel.”


FACT CHECK: IS THIS QUOTE REAL? MEME QUOTES DIANNE FEINSTEIN ON GUN CONTROL

Feinstein has been one of the most vocal proponents of gun control in recent U.S. history. She was the architect behind the now-expired Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 that prohibited the manufacture of certain semi-automatic firearms and limited magazines to 10 rounds.

Feinstein and other Democrats introduced an updated version of the bill in 2019, which like its predecessor, would not affect firearms legally owned prior to enactment. The bill includes funds for a voluntary buy-back program for grandfathered firearms and magazines.


Antifa activist facing assault charges was tied to Democratic policymakers

On Monday, the 37-year-old has a court date in connection with charges he’s facing in Philadelphia that include aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation for allegedly being part of an Antifa mob in November that attacked two Marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, both Hispanic. Alcoff and two others charged in the attack have pleaded not guilty.

But while Democratic officials are distancing themselves from Alcoff now, until recently he was a well-connected, aspiring political player in Washington who may have even had a hand in key policy proposals.

World News:


EBOLA OUTBREAK IN THE DRC LEAVES 500 DEAD, INCLUDING NEARLY 100 CHILDREN

Of the 97 children who lost their lives, 65 were under the age of five in the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, reports children’s rights organization Save The Children. There have been over 731 confirmed cases in the DRC over the last six months of which 484 people have died.

The group advises that the death toll may continue to climb as the number of cases has doubled in January from 20 to 40 a week, with 120 new cases coming in the last few weeks of the month.


Anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on Paris bagel shop compared to similar acts in Nazi Germany

The word “Juden,” which is German for Jews, was discovered on the glass window of a Bagelstein chain as anti-government protesters and police forces clashed in other parts of the French capital.

Last fall, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a 69 percent rise in the number of anti-Semitic acts reported to police in the first nine months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.


Queensland girls subjected to female genital mutilation in Somalia, court told

Their mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial in Brisbane district court.

The girls, aged nine and 12, had been in Somalia for a few days when they were subjected to the procedure in April 2015, according to prosecutors.

They did know this was going to happen to them and were awake for the procedure, which caused pain for days afterwards, the court heard.

When they came back to Australia seven months later, they told police “something happened” to them before a doctor verified parts of their genitalia had been removed, the crown said.


Maduro Declares Venezuela ‘Impregnable’ from U.S. Invasion in War Games Launch

Maduro nominally called the exercises to celebrate the bicentennial of when independence leader Simón Bolivar convened the Congress of Angostura, marking the eventual independence of Venezuela and Colombia from colonial rule.

However, they were primarily intended as a show of strength against the United States, which Maduro insists is planning a military invasion of the country by secretly hiding military assets in trucks of food and medicine.

Over recent weeks, millions of Venezuelans have rallied around their president, Juan Guaidó, recognized by the U.S. and dozens of democracies around the world as the nation’s legitimate leader following his constitutionally approved inauguration on January 23.

Commentary/Opinion:


‘Lawfare’ Used To Tie Down And Punish President Trump, Conservatives Say

The current lawfare effort is an extension in the nation’s legal system of the organized resistance to Trump that left-wing activists, nonprofits, and well-heeled foundations launched immediately after the Republican unexpectedly triumphed over the heavily favored Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton in November 2016.

“This is a full frontal attack on Trump World,” writes William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection.

Jacobson is a clinical professor of law and director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School. “And it’s just a continuation of the refusal to accept the results of the election with a Lilliputian strategy to tie down the giant. The sheer breadth of investigations is the point.”

This well-funded legal conspiracy, as it has been characterized by some Trump defenders, is vast, far-reaching, and subsidized by taxpayers. Most, but not all of the players are Democrats. Some of the federal prosecutors involved were appointed by Trump. But all have come under pressure from Democrats and left-wing activists.

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