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Officer shot, injured while responding to Kalamazoo shooting

Kalamazoo police say the officer’s injuries aren’t life-threatening. Lisa Walterhouse, an employee at the downtown plasma center, tells the Kalamazoo Gazette that police responded Tuesday after a former employee entered the building and fired shots.

Walterhouse says the gunman told people to call 911. She says, “Then we ran.”


Appeals court rules Ohio can defund Planned Parenthood

Four of the 11 judges who sided with the state in the decision were appointed by President Donald Trump.

The judges said Ohio’s law barring state health department funding from going to any provider who offers “non-therapeutic abortions” or advocates for abortion rights, “does not violate the Constitution because the affiliates do not have a due process right to perform abortions.”

Eric Murphy, the attorney who argued on Ohio’s behalf for cutting funding to the clinics, has since been appointed by Trump to the court and was confirmed by the Senate in early March.


Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Charged in College Entrance Exam Scandal

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin
Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

Several NCAA D-1 college coaches, company CEOs and one college administrator have also been implicated in the scandal, named “Operation Varsity Blues.” Two-hundred FBI agents worked the case.

Documents show those indicted allegedly paid millions in bribes to get their children into elite colleges.

Those colleges include Yale, Stanford and the University of Southern California.


Americans killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash included Army captain from Illinois, California brothers

Antoine Lewis, 40, of Matteson, Ill.,
Antoine Lewis, 40, of Matteson, Ill.,

Antoine Lewis, 40, of Matteson, Ill., was a passenger on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 when the jetliner crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people onboard, according to Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin.

Lewis was in Africa doing Christian missionary work at the time of the air disaster.

The 40-year-old enlisted in the army as a third-generation family member before going on to serve in Afghanistan, WGN reported.


Feds charge Georgia woman with supporting cyber caliphate

Kim Anh Vo, 20, was arrested in Hephzibah, Georgia, and scheduled to appear in federal court in Augusta on charges of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

The FBI said in court filings that Vo joined an online group called the United Cyber Caliphate that spread propaganda on behalf of the Islamic State group and called on supporters to kill thousands of Americans in so-called lone wolf attacks.


California agencies at odds over Colorado River drought plan

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has given governors or their representatives in the seven states until March 19 to recommend the next steps after California and Arizona failed to meet its deadlines.

Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming wrote to the Colorado River Board of California over the weekend, urging California to unite with them in seeking authorization from Congress for the drought plans.

Without it, the states won’t be able to implement the plans, Mexico won’t contribute water and the federal government will step in and decide what to do, the states said.

The states and the Bureau of Reclamation said they support Imperial’s call for federal funding for the Salton Sea.


US communities reach out to homeless as liver disease surges

In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 photo Worcester Police officer Angel Rivera, right, returns a license to an unidentified man as Rivera asks if he has been tested for Hepatitis A at the entrance to a tent where the man spent the night in a wooded area, in Worcester, Mass. Dan Cahill, City of Worcester sanitary inspector, walks behind center(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Worcester has endured several outbreaks of the liver-battering disease, including one that sidelined 90 members of a college football team in 1969.

Given its history and its size, it wasn’t surprising Worcester was hard hit when recent hepatitis A outbreaks in the state started sickening — and killing — homeless people and illicit drug users.

The surge was part of a national rise in the viral disease. Outbreaks have popped up in 17 states in the last two years, leading U.S. health officials to recommend for the first time that a routine vaccination be given specifically to homeless people.


Reporter Cameron Ridle at Arizona High School Pro-Trump Rally: ‘Maybe They’ll Call Me a N*gger’

Ridle and another individual approached the Trump supporters last week to cover a story for AZFamily about a protest taking place in front of Perry High School after the school had reportedly punished students for wearing “MAGA” clothing and bringing a MAGA flag to school for “USA Day.”

Trump supporters and other concerned members of the local community gathered in front of the high school to protest the treatment of the conservative students, whose “political signage” caused “concern for student safety,” according to the school’s principal.


Muslim FOX News Producer Who Called Out Judge Jeanine has Twitter Account Littered with Vile Attacks on Conservatives

Fox News Channel issued an official statement on Sunday: “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

FOX News released the statement after FOX producer Hufsa Kamal, a Pakistani-American, tweeted her disgust against Judge Jeanine Pirro on Sunday.

Now it appears Hufsa Kamal, who is a producer for Bret Baier on FOX News, has a long history of vicious attacks on conservatives.

First ‘non-binary’ American says it was all a sham

Transgender activists used veteran as a stepping stone for change; Jamie Shupe speaks out on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’


Brazen burglar broke into sleeping baby’s room, second New York City apartment: police

The NYPD released the terrifying video of the man scavenging around the baby’s bedroom.

But the burglar didn’t stop there. Cops say he next got into a 28-year-old woman’s apartment in the same building – on a different floor – also using a window above a fire escape.

Once inside, he stole the woman’s jewelry, a bicycle and a backpack, police said.


Flight returns to Saudi Arabia airport after mom left her baby in the waiting area

Video footage of a recording titled “a passenger forgot her child at the airport” in Arabic has since been viewed over 850,000 times on YouTube — and sparked plenty of merciless “Home Alone” comparisons, too.

“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot allegedly said to an air traffic controller in the minute-long clip, according to the outlet.


Tennessee bus driver convicted in crash that killed 6 kids indicted on statutory rape charges

Johnthony Walker, who was convicted in a wreck that killed six children, was indicted on statutory rape charges. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

Johnthony Walker, 26, was indicted by a Davidson County grand jury on eight counts of aggravated statutory rape and one count of exploitation of a minor, according to WSMV-TV.

Walker, who was out on bond while appealing his conviction for criminally negligent homicide and assault in the deadly 2016 crash, was arrested in June at a 14-year-old girl’s home, WSMV-TV reported.

Walker admitted having sex with the teen, WSMV-TV reported, citing both an affidavit and a Nashville police sergeant’s testimony.

Immigration:


Exclusive – President Donald Trump: We’re Thinking ‘Very Seriously’ About Designating Mexican Cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour
Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour

The president went on to discuss the violence taking place in Mexico.

“Mexico, unfortunately, has lost control of the cartels,” Trump said. “They’ve totally lost control of the cartels. Mexico last year had 42,000 deaths — murders — 42,000. It’s considered one of the most unsafe countries in the world.”

“Now, I’m with them. I really like the new president. He’s a wonderful guy, but you know, 42,000 murders. A lot of it is drug-induced,” Trump continued.


IMMIGRANT SHELTER LOSES CEO AFTER REPORTS OF CORRUPTION

Southwest Key’s board of directors announced Monday that Sanchez, 71, would retire from the Austin-based organization after 30 years.

The organization was awarded more than $1.8 billion in federal funds over the past 10 years for primarily housing unaccompanied minors in more than two dozen shelters.

The charity collected more than $500 million in 2018 alone, and is currently the largest shelter provider for migrant children, according to the Arizona Republic.

Allegations have included excessive compensation (Sanchez’ 2016 salary was $1.5 million), and lax employee vetting procedures that led to child abuse.

Sanchez’ wife, Jennifer Nelson, remains as a top executive.


DHS Continues Busing Border Crossers, Illegal Aliens into U.S. for Release

Local media reports out of Phoenix, Arizona last week reveal that federal immigration officials continue to carry out the country’s Catch and Release policy, whereby border crossers are released into the U.S. while they await their immigration and asylum hearings.

Border crossers claiming “credible fear” have an 88 percent chance of never being deported from the country.

In Phoenix, about 50 border crossers and illegal aliens were dropped off by federal immigration officials at a Greyhound bus station where they were subsequently allowed into the country with only the promise that they will show up to their immigration hearings.


More than 2,000 people in ICE custody quarantined for contagious diseases

The numbers of immigrants in custody with a contagious diseases has spiked in the past year.

For the previous two years, the agency has not encountered a single case of mumps among its detainees.

“As of March 7, 2019, there was a total of 2,287 detainees cohorted for exposure to a detainee with a contagious condition,” said ICE spokesperson Brendan Raedy in a statement.

Report: Over 2K migrants quarantined for contagious diseases

Detainees quarantined amid infectious outbreaks; Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in on the health crisis at the border.


US expands program making asylum seekers wait in Mexico

Homeland Security officials said the program is now at the Calexico port, about 120 miles east of the San Ysidro port near San Diego, where the program began in late January.

It is being implemented as border arrests soared in February to a 12-year-high and more than half of those stopped arrived as families, many of them asylum seekers who generally surrender instead of trying to elude capture.

Tech Watch:


Happy 30th, World Wide Web. Here’s how you changed the world, for good and bad

The original proposal was not accepted, but Mr. Berners-Lee did not give up.

Instead, he refined his ideas into broadly applicable core concepts like HTML (the language used by web pages), URI (a string which identifies an online resource) and HTTP (a protocol web servers use to communicate).

He also created a basic web browser called WorldWideWeb, the first web server and, by 1990, the first web page was available.

Robert Cailliau, a Belgian computer scientist, helped Berners-Lee create a revised proposal in November 1990.

The number of websites in existence has grown from just 130 in 1993 to over 1.5 billion today, and Google, founded in 1998, has seen its search volume grown from just under 10,000 per day in 1998 to over 3.5 billion per day this year


Japan’s moon rover will be made by Toyota

Toyota is going to the moon.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has teamed up with the carmaker to build a pressurized self-driving rover that will land on the lunar surface in 2029.

The six-wheeled transporter will be able to carry two humans for a distance of 10,000 kilometers using solar power and Toyota’s fuel cell technology.

The rover will be about the size of two minibuses, with 13 square meters of habitable space, and the astronauts on board will be able to take their suits off inside the vehicle as they explore.

Pressurized Rover Movie


Exclusive–Donald Trump Accuses Tech Giants of Colluding with Democrats

The president spoke about political bias in top Silicon Valley companies in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Monday.

The president said that any Republican running in 2020 would face a “tremendous disadvantage” in social media after he surprised tech companies by beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

“It’s totally steered, which has been proven now, totally steered toward the Democrats and yet I won,” he said.

Politics:


DOUG COLLINS RELEASES EX-FBI LAWYER LISA PAGE’S INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS

Collins published a transcript Friday of testimony from Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department official who served as a back channel between the FBI and former British spy Christopher Steele during the bureau’s Trump-Russia probe.

He pledged Tuesday that more transcripts will be released.

Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, published links to the transcripts on his congressional website after reading a link to the documents into the public record during a speech on the House floor.


Ocasio-Cortez fact-checked for ‘highly misleading’ claim on Trump funding for opioid emergency

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler dished out a “three Pinocchio” rating, which the Post assigns for comments containing a “significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions.”

“Ocasio-Cortez is making a highly misleading comparison,” Kessler wrote, before adding: “the situations are not comparable.”

While Congress refused Trump $6 billion for a wall, Kessler noted, “Congress acted to give the administration more than $6 billion for the opioid crisis, so there was little need for him to transfer funds without congressional authorization.”

He concluded:

“Trump has no need to transfer billions of dollars for the opioid emergency because Congress already has appropriated billions of dollars. Trump’s backing of a national public-health emergency did more than raise awareness; it triggered a congressional response. So it’s the exact opposite of the standoff over the wall.


Schiff to withhold Cohen transcripts while House Intel continues probe

Rep. Adam Schiff stressed that the decision on when to release transcripts from Michael Cohen’s closed testimony will come after the committee’s investigators follow up on various leads from the hearing. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Schiff has pledged to make public the full transcripts of Cohen’s nearly 16 hours of testimony before the committee.

But he stressed on Tuesday that the decision on when to release those transcripts will come after the committee’s investigators follow up on various leads from Cohen’s testimony, including interviewing other witnesses that could corroborate his claims.

Other members of the Intelligence Committee echoed Schiff, arguing that releasing the transcripts prematurely could backfire.

World News:


Britain in Brexit chaos: parliament rejects May’s EU deal again

Lawmakers voted against May’s amended Brexit deal by 391 to 242 as her last-minute talks with EU chiefs on Monday to assuage her critics’ concerns ultimately proved fruitless.

The vote puts the world’s fifth largest economy in uncharted territory with no obvious way forward; exiting the EU without a deal, delaying the March 29 divorce date, a snap election or even another referendum are all now possible.

Lawmakers will now vote on Wednesday on whether Britain should quit the world’s biggest trading bloc without a deal, a scenario that business leaders warn would bring chaos to markets and supply chains, and other critics say could cause shortages of food and medicines.


Venezuela Is Quickly Becoming “Uninhabitable”

A little girl stands inside a plastic barrel while her family waits to collect water from an open pipe above the Guaire River, during rolling blackouts which affect the water pumps in people’s homes, offices and stores, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Life in Venezuela is getting worse by the week. The ruling Socialists United (PSUV) have failed at every turn to improve the situation.

On Monday, videos of Venezuelans carrying jugs of water down by a riverside should serve as a testament to the fact that PSUVs well, too, is running dry.

On Tuesday, Washington requested all remaining diplomats to leave the country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used his press conference yesterday to take a jab at socialism now that his rival political party in the U.S. has embraced it.

He said that “food is rotting, telecommunications networks are totally collapsing…in Maduro’s socialists paradise.”

Pompeo ordered government personnel out of the country on Monday and advised U.S. citizens there to avoid protest gatherings.


Desperate Venezuelans swarm sewage drains in search of water

People collect water released through a sewage drain that feeds into the Guaire River, which carries most of the city’s wastewater, in Caracas, Venezuela March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

The lack of water has become one of the most excruciating side effects of the nationwide blackout that the government of President Nicolas Maduro has blamed on U.S.-backed sabotage but his critics call the product of corruption and incompetence.

The blackout has worsened the situation of a country already facing a hyperinflationary economic collapse that has spurred a mass migration and turned once-basic items like corn flour and toilet paper into unaffordable luxuries for most people.


North Korean threat of a rocket launch ‘catastrophic’ for diplomacy efforts, South Korea adviser says

Moon Chung-in, a special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, speaks during a forum hosted by the Kwanhun Club in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

The Hanoi summit in late February demonstrated how “difficult” and “painful” it is to settle on a denuclearization agreement, said Moon Chung-In, adding that the United States and North Korea must both practice restraint to salvage diplomatic relations.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry also expressed concern about activity at the rocket-launch site and said Tuesday both they and the United States are keeping close surveillance on the area.

“We hope the North side will make a wise decision … which would benefit all,” said ministry spokesman Kim In-chul.

Commentary/Opinion:


Tomi Lahren: Families of Fallen Officers Heckled by ‘Classless’ Protesters at Utah Event

Lahren spoke this weekend in Salt Lake City at a Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) gathering, but said she was outraged by the behavior she and others encountered.

Lahren said another woman spoke of her daughter competing to be Miss Utah on the platform of showcasing the importance of police officers.

She said, however, that her daughter was cautioned that she would be unlikely to win with such a platform.

Lahren said it’s “disheartening” to see that the country is at a point where if you show support for law enforcement, you risk becoming a “social pariah.”

Environmentalist rips Ocasio-Cortez, Green New Deal

Former Greenpeace executive Patrick Moore takes on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Ingraham: Demonizing yesterday, vilifying today

Nancy Pelosi takes an opposing stance to impeaching Trump, saying ‘he’s just not worth it.’

Tammy Bruce blasts the left’s crackdown on dissent

Independent Women’s Voice president Tammy Bruce breaks down the importance of bipartisan discussion and disagreement on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Tucker The great American outrage machine

Left continues to attack free speech and any form of opposition.

Ep. 934 Never, Ever, Bow Before the Liberal Rage Mob. The Dan Bongino Show 3/12/2019.

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