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Sticking by D.C., Amazon won’t replace scrapped NYC campus

Long Island City,
While Amazon is abandoning its plans for Long Island City, it already employs 5,000 people in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. Christopher Lee/VII Mentor Program/Bloomberg

Instead, the Seattle-based company said in a statement Thursday, it will proceed “as planned” with an office for 25,000 people in northern Virginia, part of the D.C. metro area, and a Nashville, Tenn., operations center slated to employ 5,000.

“For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term,” the retailer said.

“While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence.”

Majority of California Residents Want to Leave: Poll

The “Trust Barometer” poll, by Edelman Intelligence, was conducted January 4-20 among 1,500 California residents, with a margin of error of 2.5%. A special oversample of 400 tech workers in the San Francisco Bay Area was also conducted, with a margin of error of 4.8%.

The results are sobering. Nearly two-thirds, 62%, of respondents said they believed the best days of California were in the past.

In addition, more than two-thirds, 68%, of Californians, believe the tech industry has been under-regulated — up 6% from 2018. That proportion is slightly higher among tech employees, 69% of whom think their industry has been under-regulated. 58% of Californians said the tech industry should be more regulated, up 12% from last year.

Lawsuit means Chicago Obama library plan no sure thing

U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey heard oral arguments Thursday on a key motion by city attorneys to toss a lawsuit by Protect Our Parks that aims to halt the Obama Presidential Center from ever being built in the selected location. Blakey said he’ll issue a ruling Tuesday.

Recent Chicago history indicates lawsuits like the one filed by Protect Our Parks can stymie and even kill blockbuster projects, even ones proposed by VIPs with enormous financial and political influence.

Watchdog slams the Department of Education’s oversight of student-loan companies

The report chronicles the OIG’s evaluation of the Office of Federal Student Aid’s oversight of student-loan companies as of September 2017.

These companies, which serve as the main point of contact for borrowers repaying their federal student loans, are hired by the Department of Education and are theoretically accountable to the agency for following the laws and requirements associated with the more than $1 trillion federal student-loan program.

As a result, the report authors write: “Borrowers might not have been protected from poor servicers and taxpayers might not have been protected from improper payments.”

FSA officials responded in comments included in the report that the agency “strongly disagreed” with OIG’s overall assessment that the agency didn’t establish policies and procedures to prevent servicers from flouting federal regulations.


Allen Loughry,
Allen Loughry, a former justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals,

“His damage can’t be measured in dollars and cents but the damage to the Supreme Court and the state is perhaps immeasurable,” assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Wright said during Wednesday’s proceedings, according to local press.

Loughry was suspended from the state Supreme Court in June 2018 after West Virginia’s Judicial Investigation Commission cited him for 32 alleged violations of the state judicial ethics code.

Lawyer: Convicted officer beaten in prison

FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke attends his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

An attorney for the white Chicago police convicted in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald says the officer was beaten by fellow inmates within hours of his transfer from an Illinois prison to a federal prison in Connecticut.

Tammy Wendt told reporters Thursday that Jason Van Dyke was placed in general population by prison officials who she says didn’t take steps to ensure he wouldn’t be attacked by other inmates.

Florida rapper YNW Melly shoots, kills his 2 rising rap star ‘best friends,’ cops say

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YNW Melly in his music video for “Murder On My Mind.” (YouTube)

The 19-year-old rap star, whose legal name is Jamell Demons, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Christopher Thomas Jr., 19, and Anthony Williams, 21, Miramar police said. Melly’s friend, Cortlen Henry, 20, was also arrested in Houston, Texas, last month in connection with the deadly shooting.

He faces charges of murder and accessory after the fact to the first-degree felony charges.

Miramar police believe Demons shot and killed Thomas and Williams and, with the help of Henry, “staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting.”

Louisiana teen charged in 9-year-old’s shooting death

Kamone Thomas, 18, of Marrero, has been charged with negligent homicide, obstructing justice and possessing marijuana, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said at a news conference Thursday.

The victim’s name has not been released yet because Lopinto said he’s not sure all the relatives have been notified.

But the sheriff said the victim and Thomas lived in the same home and the boy apparently found the gun in a bedroom. Lopinto did not know if the boys shared a bedroom.

Ex-Cowboys running back, on trial for rape charges, shouts in court: ‘She never said no’

Randle, 27, was arrested in September 2018 after a woman accused him of raping her for three hours, according to the Wichita Eagle.

The woman testified in court that Randle assaulted her and forced her to have sex with him without her consent as he was drinking a bottle of whiskey.

She also clarified that she invited Randle to her home, but he wouldn’t leave.

Iowa sports radio host accused of defrauding investors out of $1.5 million

Martin "Marty" Tirrell
Martin “Marty” Tirrell pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of bank fraud, two of wire fraud, one of mail fraud and one of access device fraud. (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa)

Tirrell, 59, hosted a popular talk show on KXNO-AM, 1700 The Champ and other stations, and appeared on Mediacom’s local cable shows, the Des Moines Register reported.

Tirrell allegedly told investors in 2016 and 2017 that he would buy sports tickets and resell them at profits they could share, court documents stated. He originally paid them back and gave them VIP access to events.

However, prosecutors said the former radio host began using the investors’ money on personal items or to pay back other people who had invested.

Woman Admits Killing Man With Power Drill After Tying Him Up

Police said they were called Monday to a San Antonio home where they discovered the victim dead at the bloody scene. The caller had reported a murder in the 1100 block of Eldorado Street, local media reported.

The woman admitted to tying the man up and going after him with the power tool, KSAT reported. The relationship between Villegas and the victim remained unknown. Police also did not share a motive in the case.

Toddler Allegedly Killed, Burnt By Mother For Being Disobedient

Nakira Griner, 24,
Nakira Griner, 24, has been charged with the murder of her 23-month-old son, Daniel Griner Jr., after his remains were discovered in the family’s yard.

The remains were positively identified as Daniel’s although the cause of his death was not made public by the police.

Nakira later admitted to hitting the victim so hard that it left bruises on his face because he was disobedient and refused to eat. She also said her son fell down a flight of stairs, which further added to his injuries.

“She then said that she left D.G. Jr., who was still alive, by himself on Devonshire Place because she wanted someone to find him and help him because no one would believe her,” detective Veronica Cappoli, the lead investigator, wrote in the criminal complaint.

The police believe she also dismembered her child’s body before burning it.

School nurse is arrested after ‘performing oral sex on four 17-year-old students in the back of her van’

Samantha Marsh, 33, who works at Crisfield High School & Academy in Maryland, is accused of having sexual encounters with four of the high school’s students.

The incidents are said to have occurred off campus between March 2018 and January 2019, reports WBOC.

Marsh, from Crisfield, Maryland, was arrested on Tuesday but had been placed on administrative leave by the school before this.

Hungry bear finds itself trapped on top of garbage truck

A black bear was spotted riding on top of a garbage truck on U.S Route 1 in Windsor, apparently trapped by the netting used to keep trash from blowing away.

Bertie County officials told WTKR this was the second time in six months they had gotten a call about a bear in this situation.


Border Security Bill Provides Aid, Buses, Legal Shields to Migrants

The spending includes funds to aid and feeds economic migrants as they journey across the border towards jobs in U.S. cities, as well as funds to bus the migrants from the border to pro-migration non-profits:

Border officials are also directed to bus migrants from reception centers directly to the welcome centers run by pro-migration aid groups:

The bill directs border agencies to spend $1 million on “rescue beacons” so that migrants who try to sneak through the deserts and scrubland along the border can call for help when they are exhausted.

The bill adds $220 million to build new border reception centers for illegal migrants and asylum migrants, even though the vast majority of migrants say they are eager to take very low wage jobs in U.S. cities, undercutting the ability of Americans to earn a decent living:

GOP/Dem Spending Deal Provides Amnesty Pipeline for MS-13 Gang

Last year, New York City Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official Angel Melendez said there are roughly 22,000 UAC “potential recruits” who are resettled across the country every year out of about 40,000 total UACs. These are mostly young men trafficked across the southern border from Central America, especially El Salvador.

The Trump administration has cracked down the UAC program slightly, often detaining and deporting illegal aliens who file to sponsor the young migrants.

These sponsors are often times illegal alien relatives, in many cases parents, of UACs. Federal officials have repeatedly noted how the UAC program has been widely used by the MS-13 gang to import more gang members into the country.

GOP/Dem Deal: Less Detention of Illegal Aliens, Expanded Catch and Release

Due to the massive number of illegal aliens in the U.S. — around 12 to 22 million — and roughly 1,300 new border crossers coming to the country every day, ICE officials have had to routinely exceed this 40,250 bed limit.

This has caused the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release thousands of illegal aliens into the interior of the country.

In the first two weeks of January, DHS officials released about 2,000 border crossers into the U.S. due to the lack of detention space, a glimpse into what Catch and Release will continue to be should Trump sign off on the GOP-Democrat spending bill.

Aside from keeping detention space limited for ICE, the spending bill also increases the use and funding of what is known as “Alternatives to Detention” (ATD) programs.

Legal Immigrant Angel Mom in Pelosi’s Office: Why Are Illegal Aliens ‘Placed in Front of Us?’

“Before I came from Germany to America, I had to fill out paperwork,” Durden explained. “And I was married to a service member. My son was born here–all that.”

Durden’s only son, Dominic, was killed by Guatemalan national Juan Zacarias Tzun, who was in the country illegally when he hit and killed the 30-year-old man.

Tzun had two prior drunk driving convictions and no driver’s license before the crash. He received just a 90-day sentence on a conviction of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.

“I had to sign paperwork that I could not accept or will never receive any assistance,” she went on. “But yet we know who receives welfare and gets the golden and the red carpet treatment.”

Meth dealer to be deported to Mexico after 22-year prison sentence

Luis Castro, 32, pleaded guilty in December to dealing large amount of methamphetamine along the Front Range. He was sentenced on Wednesday morning.

“During the investigation which lasted several months, almost every single day this defendant was distributing meth to Cheyenne to Longmont and everywhere in between,” Weld Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wrenn said.

Castro was arrested in April 2017 with more than 2 pounds of meth in his possession.

New migrant caravan forming could be largest caravan yet

Guatemalan Intelligence Secretary Mario Duarte weighs in on the latest caravan and what Guatemala is doing to protect and control the movement of these migrants.

Trump will sign spending bill, seek a national emergency and ‘other executive action’ to build wall

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. It came as the Senate prepared to vote on a measure to keep the government open past a midnight Friday deadline.

“The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country,” she added, as Trump prepared to approve legislation allocating about a quarter of the money he sought for barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Groups sue Trump administration over policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico

The policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, announced in December is aimed at cutting the number of families applying for asylum in the United States, a legal process that can take months or years.

The lawsuit filed in U.S District Court in California by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other organizations says the policy puts asylum seekers in danger and violates protections they are entitled to under U.S. and international law.


CBS: FBI Officials Discussed Using 25th Amendment to Remove Donald Trump

Pelley interviewed former FBI acting director Andrew McCabe who is promoting a new book with details of the conversations.

“[McCabe] is the very first person involved in these meetings who has come out and spoken publicly,” Pelley said on CBS This Morning on Thursday.

“They were counting noses, they were not asking cabinet members whether they would vote for or against removing the president, but they were speculating ‘This person would be with us. That person would not be,’ and they were counting noses in that effort. … This was not perceived to be a joke.”

Trump blasts McCabe as a ‘disgrace’ to FBI, country

The president’s comments came after CBS News aired excerpts of an upcoming “60 Minutes” interview with McCabe, who is promoting a new book that will be published next week.

“Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a ‘poor little Angel’ when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax –a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey. I.G. report on McCabe was devastating,” Trump said, referring to the Justice Department’s inspector general report which revealed McCabe “lacked candor” when federal investigators asked about his communications with the media.

Trump to speak out on ‘dangers of socialism,’ as Dems warm to policies

The White House on Thursday said that the president would travel to Florida International University in Miami to speak out against disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government and policies.

The U.S. and numerous allies have joined to recognize Guaido as Venezuela’s leader, as Maduro clings to power.

But the speech also has domestic political implications, coming as high-profile Democratic lawmakers, including 2020 presidential candidates, have rallied behind big-government policies, like the Green New Deal, that critics warn represent a drift toward socialism.

Nunes: Secret Court Must Sanction Those Who Violated Its Rules To Spy On Americans

In an exclusive interview Wednesday with Nunes, also said the current laws governing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants must be changed for the American people to gain trust in the system again.

He was specifically referring to abuse in the case of former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. The committee revealed in their investigation last year, revealed the FBI and DOJ failed to disclose pertinent information to the court when they obtained a FISA and three renewal warrants on Page.

Further, the FBI used unsubstantiated information from a dossier put together by former British Spy Christopher Steele, whose research was financed by the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Schumer fumes over McConnell plan to bring Green New Deal to vote, calls it ‘cynical ploy’

Schumer is the latest Democrat to criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling a vote on the plan that many in the party have already rallied behind. Still, Schumer, joined by colleagues on the Senate floor, said: “Bring it on.” He said Democrats “believe that we need to do something about climate change” and added: “Do Republicans?”

Earlier this week, McConnell said that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal – endorsed by nearly all top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates – in an effort to force Democrats to officially go on the record for the radical proposal.

Dems divided on Green New Deal after Mitch McConnell ramps up pressure

The West Virginia Democrat blasted the deal as a “dream” during a CNN interview Wednesday night.

“The Green New Deal is a dream, it’s not a deal. It’s a dream. And that’s fine. People should have dreams in the perfect world what they’d like to see. I’ve got to work in realities and I’ve got to work in the practical, what I have in front of me,” Manchin told anchor Chris Cuomo.

Some of the other Democrats who have opposed, or remained noncommittal, on the plan, include: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Doug Jones, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (who downplayed the deal as “aspirational” in a Fox News interview) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Senate confirms William Barr to be Trump’s next attorney general

Barr’s confirmation passed a 54-45 mostly party line vote in the GOP-led Senate. The vote came more than three months after Jeff Sessions, Trump’s first attorney general, was fired.

Despite complaints from most Democrats, three of them voted to confirm Barr: Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Republican Rand Paul, R-Ky., who questioned Barr’s support of federal surveillance tactics, voted against him.

Barr won the overwhelming support of Republican senators, who praised his long career as a lawyer and former attorney general for President George H.W. Bush.

World News:

Dozens of Indian paramilitaries killed in Kashmir car bombing

ndian security forces inspect the blast site in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Photograph: Farooq Khan/EPA

A lone militant is believed to have driven a vehicle laden with explosives close to a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy and detonated it just after 3pm on Thursday on a busy highway outside the state capital of Srinagar.

Photographs from the scene showed the blackened, twisted remains of a vehicle surrounded by debris. No official death toll has been announced, but a leader from the opposition Congress party, Priyanka Gandhi, said 30 had been killed. If true, that would make the attack the deadliest in two decades.

She survived the Holocaust — then was killed by a heroin addict desperate for a fix

Sofija Kaczan was a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor, a Polish-born widow who had endured a Nazi labor camp before moving to England, according to the BBC. On the morning of May 28, she was walking to church.

Waszkiewicz was captured on a surveillance camera slowing his silver car and mugging the woman.

He used so much force to get the handbag that he ripped the handle and bruised Kaczan’s arm, the Guardian reported. He also fractured her spine and cheekbone, sending her to the hospital with injuries that would lead to her death.

Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

Many had feared that Caroline Mwatha’s disappearance and death had to do with her work at the Dandora Social Justice Center which has been documenting illegal police killings and other violations.

Dr. Peter Muriuki, who conducted the autopsy for Mwatha’s family, said she died of excessive bleeding both internally and externally. He said it was a result of a medical intervention removing the fetus.


WARSAW, POLAND – FEBRUARY 14: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (C) stands next to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (R) and Polish Foreign Minister Jazek Czaputowicz at the group photo at the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East on February 14, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

“You can’t achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran. It’s just not possible,” said Pompeo.

With more than 60 countries present in Poland, the secretary of state opened the two-day summit with a statement that called for a “new era of cooperation between all of our countries” on the issues concerning Iran and the Middle East.


Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Carries the Baton of Islamist Ideology

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, AIFD President, joins Michelle Makori, i24 News to discuss the controversies surrounding the freshman ongresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, her anti-Semitism and her radical Islamist ideologies.


These shenanigans were paid for by Reid Hoffman, the billionaire cofounder of LinkedIn. Jonathon Morgan, the CEO of New Knowledge, which purports to be a cybersecurity firm, helped to carry out the scheme. The in-house report on the project describes its efforts to “enrage and energize Democrats” and “depress turnout” among Republicans.

According to the New York Times, other participants in the project included a firm run by Mikey Dickerson, who was the founder and director of the U.S. Digital Service, an Obama-administration project aimed at improving federal information-technology programs. Also involved was Sara K. Hudson, a veteran of the Obama Justice Department who works with a technology company funded by Hoffman.

This is the new normal for American democratic discourse — a national conversation that no longer performs the function of democratic discourse at all.

That our discourse has failed is generally understood. What is not properly understood is that this is the final bitter fruit of the one thing that dismays conservatives even more than the Left does: media bias. Legitimate political news was not done in by social media and “fake news.”

What has rushed out of the sewers of Twitter, Facebook, and Russian troll farms rushed into the void where the media’s credibility used to be.