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Commemoration held at trade center site for 1993 bombing

People place flowers over the names of the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing during a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Six people died, one of them pregnant. Relatives read their names.

More than 1,000 people were injured.

Authorities say the bomb was set by Muslim extremists angry about U.S. policies in the Mideast.

Six suspects were convicted and imprisoned. A seventh remains at large.

Ceremony marks 1993 trade center bombing

A crowd has marked the anniversary of the 1993 bombing at the old World Trade Center that foreshadowed 9/11. (Feb. 26)


Mother and daughter are charged in deaths of 5 relatives

Shana S. Decree, 45, and Dominique Decree, 19,
Shana S. Decree, 45, and Dominique Decree, 19, were charged with five counts of homicide and one count each of conspiracy.

The bodies were found Monday in an apartment in suburban Philadelphia after Bucks County child welfare officials showed up unannounced and got no response when they knocked on the door.

A maintenance worker opened the door and found Shana Decree and Dominique Decree in a “disoriented” state, according to court documents.

The victims included Shana Decree’s children Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13, both of Morrisville; as well as Shana Decree’s sister Jamilla Campbell, of Trenton, New Jersey, and Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters Imani and Erika Allen. Authorities did not reveal how they died.


‘Peace Cross’ memorial at center of landmark Supreme Court fight over religious displays

The memorial’s supporters say the structure was erected solely to honor those who died during World War I – and, despite its shape, is secular in nature. Opponents call it an impermissible overlap of church and state, since the Latin cross design sits on public land.

Justices on Wednesday will hold 70 minutes of oral arguments and hear from both sides over an issue that has divided the courts and the public for decades.

It presents another opportunity for consistent, clear markers to be created on when such “passive” religious displays and speech, if ever, can occur in the public arena.


Nevada seeks to become eighth state to allow physician-assisted suicide

Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Hawaii, Colorado, California and Washington D.C. all have assisted dying statutes, in addition to Montana, which became legal after a state Supreme Court ruling in 2009.

Nevada is the latest state seeking to allow physician-assisted dying, which is also referred to as “Death with Dignity” or “Medical Aid in Dying,” after a bill was introduced in the legislature earlier this month.

Nevada Democratic State Sen. David Parks, a primary sponsor of the bill in his state, said the legislation hits home in a personal way as he “made a promise some years ago to a lady who was a co-worker and she ended up succumbing to bladder cancer.”


Man beaten by deputies got $83K settlement day before death

Two state troopers and a Wake County sheriff’s deputy were accused of using excessive force against Hinton last April after responding to 911 calls about a man acting erratically. Hinton was bitten by the deputy’s dog.

Three troopers were fired and criminally charged, while the sheriff’s deputy was charged and placed on leave.


Regulators fine Wynn Resorts $20 M over sex allegations

The penalty announced Tuesday against Wynn Resorts Ltd. settles an investigation that began after The Wall Street Journal reported that several women said the company founder harassed or assaulted them.

The agreement with the Nevada Gaming Commission allows Wynn Resorts to keep its gambling license.

The fine tops the previous highest in state history: a $5.5 million penalty in 2014 against the sports betting company now known as CG Technology.

Teen banned from wearing MAGA hat at school speaks out

Student Maddie Mueller takes on her school district for discriminating against her political beliefs.


WWII veteran hoped for 100 cards on his century birthday. He got thousands.

Joe Cuba, a World War II veteran,
Joe Cuba, a World War II veteran, turns 100 on Saturday. (Derek Lowe News)

Joe Cuba went viral last week holding a sign that read: “I’m a WWII veteran who will be turning 100 on March 2, 2019. I would like to receive 100 birthday cards.”

TNN reported that he got those cards, many times over. He received thousands of letters, cards and gifts at the Brookdale Midwestern retirement community in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Immigration:


REPORT: Caravan Migrants Try to Rush Texas Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Laredo is one of the least secure cities on the southwest border and is the main smuggling corridor for the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas. Most of the region lacks man-made barriers, leaving only the shallow waters of the Rio Grande as the obstacle to enter Texas between ports of entry.

According to Mexican journalists on the ground, the move was met with a show of force from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who blockaded the bridge and stopped all traffic until the migrants turned around. About two hours later, authorities allowed pedestrians with travel documents into Texas, while migrants were asked to leave the area.


Woman who attacked man wearing ‘MAGA’ hat was illegal immigrant, taken into ICE custody: officials

ICE officers detained Rosiane Santos, 41, on Tuesday after they discovered she was in the U.S. illegally, Boston 25 News reported.

“Deportation officers with ICE’s Fugitive Operations Team arrested Rosie Santos, an unlawfully present citizen of Brazil,” ICE said in a statement.

“Santos is facing local charges for assault and other offenses. She is presently in ICE custody and has been entered into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts.”


Two Arizona men, Mexican woman caught trafficking $4.3M in hard drugs across border, cops say

Officials said Monday they detained 67-year-old Rio Rico, an Arizona man, at the Dennis DeConcini border crossing in Nogales after he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Saturday morning.

Throughout the vehicle, officers said they found nearly 21 pounds of heroin worth nearly $560,000; 103 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $2.5 million; 116 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $347,000 and 1.5 pounds of suspected fentanyl worth nearly $20,000.

A few hours later, a K9 alerted officers to a Honda sedan crossing into the U.S. A 21-year-old Phoenix man was arrested after about 15 pounds of methamphetamine worth nearly $45,000 were allegedly found in two packages from the vehicle’s rear tires.

Later that evening, at the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales,

Tech Watch:


PayPal CEO Admits Partnership with Far-Left SPLC to Blacklist Conservatives

Michael Loccisano
Michael Loccisano /Getty

“I think North Carolina was probably the moment that was the most visible, where we basically said this violates our core value and we need to make a very public stand on it,” claimed Schulman, referencing the time when PayPal pulled out of an investment in North Carolina because the state passed a bill making it mandatory for people to use the bathroom of their biological sex.

During the interview, Schulman also admitted that the far-left SPLC helps to inform “PayPal’s decisions.”

The SPLC, which also reportedly works with Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter, was forced to pay a $3.3 million settlements to anti-extremist activist Maajid Nawaz last year, after the organization included him on a list of “anti-Muslim extremists,” despite Nawaz being Muslim himself.


Tommy Robinson banned from Facebook and Instagram over ‘organised hate’ posts

Tommy Robinson pictured at a rally (Image: Birmingham Post and Mail)

Robinson was banned from Twitter in March 2018 and removed from PayPal in November.

His last remaining official profile on a mainstream social network is YouTube where he has nearly 300,000 subscribers.

Responding to the ban, Robinson told the Press Association: “This is in response to my expose documentary called Panadrama, which exposed the establishment working with Hope not Hate, working along with the media, in order to bring me down and destroy me.

Politics:


House Democrats to release ‘Medicare for All’ bill — without a price tag

The bill, co-sponsored by just over 100 House Democrats, doesn’t include a price tag or specific proposals for financing the new system, which analysts estimate would cost tens of trillions of dollars over a decade.

The lead sponsor, Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, said she will release a separate list of suggested funding mechanisms, including a new tax on high earners or mandated employer contributions.

The proposal calls for a two-year transformation of Medicare into a universal single-payer system, eliminating nearly all private health plans.

It would also expand Medicare coverage to include prescription drugs, dental and vision services, and long-term care, without charging co-pays, premiums or deductibles — and would provide federal funding for abortions.


Colorado governor will sign bill aimed at bypassing Electoral College

Colorado will become the 12th state to join the national popular vote interstate compact. Those 12 states and the District of Columbia, which has also passed a popular-vote bill, account for 181 electoral votes, just under 90 shy of the 270 votes a presidential candidate needs to win the White House.

The compact will not go into effect until the coalition includes states that add up to 270 electoral votes or more.

Once it does go into effect, states that are part of the coalition would award their electoral votes en masse to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.


Republican Mark Harris won’t run in new North Carolina election after fraud claims, citing health

It comes just days after the North Carolina State Board of Election unanimously voted for a new election after the district’s House race from 2018 was marred by claims of ballot fraud.

“After consulting with my physicians, there are several things that my health situation requires as a result of the extremely serious condition that I faced in mid-January,” Harris said in a statement.

“One of those is a necessary surgery that is now scheduled for the last week in March.”


3 SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE BANDING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT RESOLUTION TO TERMINATE TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY

The group of three Republicans expressed their concerns with Trump’s declaration for a national emergency, saying they do not believe the president should be allowed to override Congress to such a degree.

In the group are Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine.

Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro introduced the resolution, which he said will pass the House, as 222 cosponsors have jumped on board.

Castro sent out a tweet saying his resolution would terminate Trump’s national emergency. Democrats only need 218 supporters to pass the resolution.


House Oversight subpoenas Trump administration officials over family separations at southern border

The committee’s decision will compel Attorney General William Barr, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to appear before the panel to testify and provide documents and records on the administration’s child separation policy.

“These subpoenas will be the first issued by the Committee in the 116th Congress. I did not make this decision lightly,” committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said in a statement Tuesday, adding that he has been “passionate” on the issue, and called it a “true national emergency.”

The committee’s ranking member, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, argued that subpoenas compelling the testimony of the administration officials was unnecessary, and supported the administration’s efforts to produce necessary documents in response to the committee’s earlier requests.


Trump Slams Democrats for Blocking Bill That Would Have Protected Infants Who Survive Abortions

The senators voted 53-44 on a bill introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) that needed 60 votes to pass.

The legislation sought to prohibit health care providers “from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

“Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children.

The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth,” Trump wrote on Twitter.


Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib First to Sign Pledge to Impeach Trump

ABC News producer Ben Siegel on Tuesday morning reported that the freshman congresswomen were first to back the pledge, which was organized by “By the People,” which bills itself a grassroots group that “came together because we saw that millions of Americans want the Trump Administration removed from office.”

“We are committed to ending this administration and creating a country that lives up to its founding ideals,” the group’s About Us section reads.


MARYLAND DEMOCRAT APOLOGIZES FOR ALLEGEDLY CALLING COUNTY A ‘N***** DISTRICT’

Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, Maryland Democratic.
Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, Maryland Democratic.

Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, who is white, was approached by the caucus regarding her alleged remarks Monday night, after news broke that Lisanti had said the racial slur at a cigar bar in Annapolis, Maryland, while speaking to a colleague, who was also white, after work late one night.

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland chair, Del. Darryl Barnes, said Lisanti apologized multiple times but also added he thinks anyone who uses the word is “a reflection of what’s in their heart,” The Washington Post reported.

Lisanti was reportedly questioned about the use of the racial slur in early February. She denied ever using the word but also said she did not remember much of that night. Lisanti also said she is sure she has used the racial slur before in her life.


IVANKA TRUMP TEARS INTO AOC’S GREEN NEW DEAL

“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something,” Trump said. “I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get.”

When prodded by Hilton about her thoughts on the sweeping resolution, which seeks to combat climate change through measures such as investing in high-speed rail and upgrading every building, Trump said:

“So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where’s there’s the potential for upward mobility.”

World News:


Big welcome in Hanoi for Trump, Kim and new nuclear talks

The two leaders are to meet over two days, first at dinner on Wednesday followed by meetings on Thursday.

Trump arrived late Tuesday in Air Force One after a flight that included refueling stops in England and Qatar.

He shook hands with dignitaries on a red carpet that was flanked by members of the Vietnamese armed forces dressed in crisp white uniforms. The route to his hotel was decorated with American, North Korean and Vietnamese flags, and adults and children peered out upper floor windows holding up cellphones to capture Trump’s arrival.

“Tremendous crowds, and so much love!” the U.S. president tweeted.


India strikes inside Pakistan after deadly Kashmir attack

Islamabad said there were no casualties in the strike near the town of Balakot, close to the border with Pakistan’s sector of Kashmir, where residents said loud explosions woke them up, rattling their homes.

Pakistan’s military cordoned off the area and kept reporters about a kilometer (half a mile) from the bombing site.

The airstrike was the latest escalation since a deadly suicide bombing in India’s section of Kashmir earlier this month killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. Pakistan has denied involvement in the attack but vowed to respond to any Indian military operation against it.


Univision anchor Jorge Ramos reveals Venezuela’s Maduro became upset over questions about torture and if he is a dictator

Jorge Ramos,
Jorge Ramos, the star anchor of the Spanish-language television network Univision,

In a video posted on the Facebook page of his web program, “Real American with Jorge Ramos,” the anchor, who was released after two hours, said Maduro was upset with questions about fraudulent elections, harassment and violence against peaceful protesters.

He was also asked whether his title should really be “dictator”.

Ramos, often gulping and looking away from what Univision later said was a borrowed cell phone at the Caracas hotel where he’d returned after his release, said the last straw for Maduro was when the Mexican-American journalist held up his iPad and showed him footage he had filmed himself of three children on the streets of Venezuela rummaging through the back of a garbage truck for scraps of food.


Attacked and powerless, Venezuela soldiers choose desertion

A Colombian soldier escorts a Venezuelan National Guard who deserted his post
A Colombian soldier escorts a Venezuelan National Guard who deserted his post near the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, in La Parada, Colombia, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

A high-stakes plan by the Venezuelan opposition to bring humanitarian aid into the country floundered Saturday when troops loyal to Maduro refused to let the trucks carrying food and medical supplies cross, but it did set off a wave of military defections unlike any seen yet amid the country’s mounting crisis.

Over 320 mostly low-ranking soldiers fled in a span of four days, Colombian immigration officials said Tuesday.

With no relatives in Colombia, several dozen have ended up in a shelter run by a priest. The home on a street with low-hanging electrical wires is where they are nervously keeping track of relatives left behind, figuring out how to apply for asylum and deciding what should come next.


Russian TV lists potential nuclear strike targets in US after Putin warning

Reuters called the report “unusual even by the sometimes bellicose standards of Russian state TV.”

The targets included the Pentagon and Camp David. The report came days after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the U.S. against deploying intermediate-range missiles in Europe.


UK Prime Minister Theresa May opens door to ‘short, limited’ Brexit delay

Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc on March 29, but after Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the draft withdrawal agreement that she hashed out with E.U. leaders, the country is set to leave without an agreement.

Members of May’s government, along with pro-E.U. members and business groups, have warned that a “no deal Brexit” could have catastrophic consequences and lead to food and medicine shortages and blocked ports.

Pro-Brexit MPs have downplayed those concerns, saying that Britain would merely revert to World Trade Organization trading terms.


London street preacher arrested in viral video: ‘Don’t take my Bible!’

VIDEO STILLS – This is the moment a Christian preacher was handcuffed and arrested outside a London underground station after complaints he was “Islamophibic.” (VIRAL PRESS)

Ambrosine Shitrit, the founder of Eye on Antisemitism, who recorded the video, said there was nobody upset or interested in the preacher, but added that when the preacher asked the police why he was being arrested, they allegedly replied: “For Islamophobia.”

“After being unnecessarily arrested, he was dropped off in an unfamiliar suburb without enough money to get home,” Christian Concern wrote. “

Thankfully a kind member of the public gave him some money, but what did the preacher do next? He went straight back to Southgate tube station and continued to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ that same evening.”


Cardinal George Pell, a former top adviser to Pope Francis, convicted of child sex abuse in Australia

Cardinal George Pell
Cardinal George Pell leaves County Court on Mon., Feb. 26, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia.

Pell faces a potential maximum 50-year prison term after a sentencing hearing that begins Wednesday.

He lodged an appeal last week against the convictions. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reported that the Vatican was standing by Australia’s efforts to hold Pell to account through its justice system.

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse, has been convicted in Australia of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic heirarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up.

Pell was Pope Francis’ top financial adviser until late last year and technically remains the Vatican’s economy minister.


UK police warn against new teen trend of burning plastic trash cans, inhaling fumes

Dyes used to make the trash cans – more commonly known as wheelie bins in the U.K. – emit a fume when lit on fire that can produce a high when inhaled, much like other solvents such as glue or gas.

Fumes from the plastic bins, however, are “highly toxic” and reportedly more dangerous than other solvents.

The incidents in Manchester were concentrated in one specific area, Longsight Park, according to police.

Commentary/Opinion:


Cal Thomas: Florida’s economy is booming while blue states like New York are mired in debt — why is that?

People are moving out of high-tax states to Florida and other states with lower tax burdens.

Florida’s new governor, Ron DeSantis, mentioned the movement in a speech to the Club for Growth, which describes itself as “a national network of over 250,000 pro-growth, limited government Americans who share in the belief that prosperity and opportunity come from economic freedom.”

Economist Richard Rahn has created a chart that includes a comparison between the tax rates of New York and Florida.

He writes that while New York imposes high taxes and conveys an anti-business attitude (the recent debacle with New York City losing a headquarters for Amazon is just the latest example), “Florida imposes no state and local income taxes in addition to the federal income tax — yet Florida is booming, with a budget surplus, while New York is mired in debt.

Only 50 years ago, New York had four times the population of Florida, and now Florida is larger than New York.”

5 Dem 2020 Candidate Monsters Voted AGAINST Protecting Newborns

All except three Democrats in the Senate just voted in favor of allowing infanticide go unpunished.

They’re saying the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was a far-right attempt to limit a woman’s access to abortion.

Jon Miller calls out that lie for the utter garbage it is and reveals one faint silver lining to the horror show that is the Democrat party.

SOCIALISM SUCKS: Just Look at Venezuela & California

Socialist fanatic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is here to tell us that the world is ending because of “climate change” and that socialism is the only place to turn to save us from our imminent death.

Next, Bill Maher tries to convince the country that California is the perfect model state for the rest of America.

Higher taxes, lower quality of life … oh, and red carpets! You name it, California has it. And you simply won’t BELIEVE what he has to say about the rest of the country.

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