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Scenes From the ‘Historic’ Floods That Hit the Midwest — And Could Get Worse

Water covers a road near Valley, Nebraska, on March 15, 2019. Chris Machian—Omaha World-Herald

The Midwest is facing even more “historic and catastrophic flooding,” according to the National Weather Service in the wake of a bomb cyclone that dumped unusual amounts of snow and rain across the region last week.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has included 41 of Iowa’s 99 counties in her state disaster declaration, according to the Associated Press.

Several rivers in the region — including the Missouri and the Mississippi — have swelled to dangerous levels, flooding small towns and breaching more than a dozen levees.

Three people have died as a result of the floodwaters and two men in Nebraska have been missing since Thursday, according to the Associated Press.


Mom of slain New York City jogger Karina Vetrano takes the stand at suspected killer’s retrial

Cathy and Phillip Vetrano, parents of murdered jogger Karina Vetrano
(Matthew McDermott/Polaris, FILE) Cathy and Phillip Vetrano, parents of murdered jogger Karina Vetrano, hold a press conference at the entrance to the paths their daughter ran on, calling for a New York State Commission on Forensic Science to permit use of familial DNA matching, in New York, Feb. 2, 2017.

Cathie Vetrano testified for the first time Tuesday at the retrial of her daughter’s accused killer, Chanel Lewis, after his first trial ended in a hung jury and was declared a mistrial in Nov. 2018.

The Howard Beach mom testified in Queens Supreme Court that the last time she saw her daughter alive was in her kitchen before the avid jogger went on her daily run.

She said the next time she saw the St. John’s University graduate was “in a funeral parlor, in a coffin,” ABC New York station WABC-TV reported on Tuesday.


Suspect in weekend killing is arrested at a Baltimore hospital

Osman Kalokoh, 20. (Prince George’s County Police Department)

Law enforcement had been searching for Osman Kalokoh, 20, since the Sunday morning shooting death of his uncle, Alee Calokoh, 69, according to Prince George’s County police.

Kalokoh got into an argument with his uncle at his uncle’s home in Lanham, Md., before the shooting, police said.

Officers arrived at the 9000 block of Alcona Street around 3 a.m. and found Calokoh dead and a woman with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.


Ex-officer says she had sex while child was dying in hot car

Cassie Barker, an ex-Long Beach police officer, pleads guilty to manslaughter in Harrison County Circuit Court in Gulfport, Miss., on Monday, March 18, 2019.

Cassie Barker pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in a plea bargain after being indicted on a second-degree murder charge.

The Sun Herald reports prosecutors recommend the 29-year-old Barker spend 20 years in prison.

Harrison County Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois said he wanted more time to consider the case and would sentence the ex-Long Beach officer April 1.

Cheyenne Hyer died Sept. 30, 2016, after her mother left her strapped in a car seat for four hours while Barker was with her then-supervisor at his home.

The car was running with the air conditioner turned on, but wasn’t blowing cold air.


The Latest: Survivor: Bus ‘Swerved Like a Roller Coaster’

This photo provided by Virginia State Police emergency responders at the scene after a charter bus overturned on an Interstate 95 exit near Kingwood, Va., Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

A woman who survived a bus crash on a Virginia interstate exit says the commercial bus “swerved like a roller coaster” and then “tumbled five or six times.”

Monique Berry, of Harlem, New York, told news outlets the bus was moving “too fast” Tuesday morning and when she came to, a man next to her grabbed her and they crawled out a window.


Pro Wrestler Nick ‘Manic’ McCune helps police detain knife-wielding suspect at a Denny’s

Nick 'Manic' McCune is a professional wrestler
Nick ‘Manic’ McCune is a professional wrestler that had to put his skills to the test in real-life while helping police detain a drunk, violent suspect. (Facebook/Nick ‘Manic’ McCune)

In a video shot at the local restaurant in Altoona, PA. professional wrestler Nick McCune, who goes by the ring name of “Manic,” can be seen assisting an officer in holding down a suspect until a second officer arrives.

Once the uniformed police had control, McCune, dressed in a black tank top, calmly walks away from the scene.

“I was overly hungry. I wanted to get my food,” McCune told Fox News in a phone call about the incident.


54 MUMPS CASES TIED TO TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

The Department of Public Health for Philadelphia noted earlier in March that a “waning effectiveness” of the mumps vaccination may have had a part in the outbreak.

While unvaccinated people were not directly attributed to the outbreak, the university changed its immunization policy for incoming students as concerns grew.

The new policy requires students to have multiple vaccines including two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) and one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) within 10 years.

The outbreak is expected to stop increasing in number as health officials are being told to “treat the virus instead of testing,” according to spokesman James Garrow.


Woman says ‘Bye, Miami’ before being killed in hit-and-run, report says

Mariah Michelle Logan, 23, died early Sunday in Miami after falling out of a rental car, police and her boyfriend say. (Facebook)

The group’s rental car, a 2019 Hyundai Accent, was just minutes away from the airport when Logan — who was “hanging out” of the sedan’s window at the time — fell out of its right rear passenger seat as it changed lanes and was killed by a passing Range Rover driven by an unknown male driver, according to Florida Highway Patrol incident report obtained by the Miami Herald.

The driver of the Range Rover stopped briefly, but then fled the scene traveling westbound on State Route 112, near State Route 25, the Herald reports. The incident is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said.


Paul Ryan, NBC Executive Will Serve on Board of Fox News’ Parent Company

“Ryan and three other board of directors were appointed on Tuesday. It was a necessary step as the Murdoch family wraps up the Disney-Fox deal,” according to CNN.

“Disney is acquiring most of 21st Century Fox, including its movie studio and entertainment cable channels.

The parts of Fox that are not being acquired by Disney will be a standalone entity, simply called Fox, the report said.

Fox will be the parent company of Fox News, according to the report.

The other notable board member of the new Fox is Rolando Hernandez. Hernandez is the CEO of Telemundo, the Spanish-speaking news organization owned by NBC.


John Walker Lindh, American ex-Taliban fighter, to be released in May, hasn’t denounced Islamism

John Walker Lindh, a former American Taliban militant,
John Walker Lindh, a former American Taliban militant, is due to be freed in May following his conviction in 2002 for the support of the Taliban. (AP/Reuters)

Walker Lindh’s release later this year is likely to be met with headaches for security services across the globe, especially since he has since acquired Irish citizenship and plans to move there — even though he hasn’t denounced radical Islamic ideology and has even made pro-Isis comments to the media.

The National Counterterrorism Center penned a document dated Jan. 24, 2017 claiming the former Taliban fighter remains as radicalized now as he was in 2001.

Walker Lindh’s release later this year is likely to be met with headaches for security services across the globe, especially since he has since acquired Irish citizenship and plans to move there — even though he hasn’t denounced radical Islamic ideology and has even made pro-Isis comments to the media.

The National Counterterrorism Center penned a document dated Jan. 24, 2017 claiming the former Taliban fighter remains as radicalized now as he was in 2001.


Joy Villa wears ‘F—k Planned Parenthood’ dress at anti-abortion film ‘Unplanned’ premiere

“I believe in women’s healthcare clinics, but abortion is not healthcare and Planned Parenthood has been pushing that and indoctrinating girls with pink and girliness,” Villa told The Hollywood Reporter Monday of her Barbie-inspired ensemble.

“Unplanned” spawned backlash for its R-rating from the MPAA, which some blamed on an anti-conservative bias. Villa, however, believes the restricted rating was warranted.

Singer Villa is well-known for her conservative statements in her style.

In February, she dressed as a border wall at the Grammys. In 2018 she wore a pro-life gown to music’s biggest night, and in 2017 wore a “Make America Great Again” gown on the red carpet.


U.S. City Declares Itself A ‘Sanctuary City For The Unborn’

“The City Council of Roswell, New Mexico passed a resolution Thursday declaring its jurisdiction to be in support of ‘fetal life,’ something local pro-life activists say makes Roswell a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn,'” reported LifeSiteNews.

“In a seven-to-one vote, with one council member abstaining, the City Council passed Resolution 19-28, which declares ‘that innocent human life, including fetal life, must always be protected and that Society must protect those who cannot protect themselves.’


Food Stamp Usage Falls to 37 Million for First Time Since October 2009

Overall food stamp participation had consistently declined since 2013, when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest levels in American history.

After 2013, SNAP enrollment plummeted once state legislatures passed laws requiring food stamp recipients to work, attend school, volunteer, or participate in job training for a set number of hours per week to receive benefits.

Food stamp enrollment dropped even further under President Trump’s administration partly because of the administration’s efforts to reform welfare programs like SNAP at federal and state levels of government and an improving economy spurred by Trump’s tax reform package.


Trump donates paycheck to Department of Homeland Security, tweets photo

President Trump posted a photo of his paycheck to Twitter on Monday, revealing that the money would be donated to the Department of Homeland Security. (AP Photo)

“While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security,” Trump tweeted.

“If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA!”

Trump posted a photo of the check, which was dated March 12 and paid to the order of the Department of Homeland Security. It was signed by Trump, whose address was listed as Trump Tower on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.


Supreme Court Rules For Trump On Another Immigration Issue

The Court ruled 5-4 that the Ninth Circuit was wrong in limiting Trump’s mandatory detention policy for immigrants with criminal records.

Splitting along with ideological fault line, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the other four conservative justices to reverse the Ninth Circuit.

Alito wrote that the Ninth Circuit not only ignored the plain meaning of the law but set up a test guaranteed to fail in many cases:


Judicial Watch Releases Police Report on Attack on Tucker Carlson’s Home: ‘Suspected Hate Crime’

(Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch today released a police incident report from the November 2018 attack on the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson by the Antifa-linked group Smash Racism DC.

Judicial Watch obtained the Metropolitan Police Department incident report in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

According to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department report:

Illegal Aliens Responsible for More Crime than American Citizens

Nearly two million illegal aliens have received orders for deportation, but are refusing to go.

One America’s Pearson Sharp explains how these criminal aliens are not only costing American taxpayers — they’re also costing American lives.


Pentagon Finds $12.8 Billion for Border Wall

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) released a spreadsheet from the Pentagon on March 18 that lists military construction projects from which funds can be taken for the construction of a border wall.

The Pentagon list represents an initial step in the vetting process to decide which project funds will be tapped for the wall.

The criteria for the selection included only projects that have not yet been awarded as of December 2018.

Projects with award dates in the fiscal year 2019, military housing, barracks, and dormitory projects will not be impacted, according to the fact sheet.

Tech Watch:


Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears

“Twitter is a machine,” Nunes’ personal attorney, Steven S. Biss, told Fox News. “It is a modern-day Tammany Hall. Congressman Nunes intends to hold Twitter fully accountable for its abusive behavior and misconduct.”

Although federal law ordinarily exempts services like Twitter from defamation liability at all levels, Nunes’ suit said the platform has taken such an active role in curating and banning content — as opposed to merely hosting it — that it should face liability like any other organization that defames.

The ability to use Twitter is a vital part of modern citizenship.

A presence on Twitter is essential for an individual to run for office or engage in any level of political organizing in modern America.

That is because Twitter is not merely a website: it is the modern town square. Twitter is equivalent to the private owner of a public forum who has fully opened its property to the general public for purposes of permitting the public’s free expression and debate.

That is, in fact, what Twitter has always claimed to be.”


TWITTER CENSORS ‘THE FEDERALIST’ CO-FOUNDER OVER LISA PAGE TWEET

On Monday, Twitter Support confirmed to Davis that they mistakenly removed the tweet, writing in an email, “Our priority is to keep people safe on Twitter. As part of that work, we sometimes mistakenly remove content that doesn’t break our rules.”

“When those mistakes happen, we work quickly to fix them,” the tech company added. “We have corrected the issue.”


Donald Trump Jr: ‘Left Unchecked, Big Tech Could Construct Social Credit System’

In the article, titled “Conservatives face a tough fight as Big Tech’s censorship expands,” Trump Jr. claimed that the “right to freely engage in public discourse through speech is under sustained attack, necessitating a vigorous defense against the major social media and internet platforms.”

Listing Facebook and Twitter’s use of shadowbans, YouTube’s demonetization, and Instagram’s censorship, Trump Jr. declared, “If it can happen to me, the son of the president, with millions of followers on social media, just think about how bad it must be for conservatives with smaller followings and those who don’t have the soapbox or media reach to push back when they’re being targeted?”


Trump slams Facebook, Google, Twitter, says tech giants are ‘on the side of the Radical Left Democrats’

“Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats,” Trump tweeted. “But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before!”

It’s unclear what Trump was specifically referencing, but the three tech companies, which have a combined market cap of over $1.3 trillion, have come under fire in recent weeks from legislators on both sides of the aisle, including a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter by California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes.

Google has also drawn the ire of the Trump administration after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel that Google’s work in China is benefiting the nation’s military.


EXCLUSIVE: GOOGLE VP STEPPED IN AFTER EMPLOYEES OFFENDED BY CHRISTIAN VIDEO ON MARRIAGE

The episode is indicative of the tension between Google’s liberal office culture and its public commitment to free expression.

Other internal documents previously obtained by TheDCNF showed Google employees melted down after an executive used the word “family” in a weekly, company-wide presentation.

Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children because it implied that families have children, those documents showed.

Then, too, the internal backlash caught the attention of executives at Google. A company vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how Google could become more inclusive.

Additional internal communications previously obtained by TheDCNF showed that Google employees debated whether to bury right-of-center media outlets in the company’s search function as a direct response to President Donald Trump’s election in 2016.


Facebook limits ad targeting following discrimination settlement

Marketers who want to run ads for credit, employment or housing will no longer have options to target using age, gender or ZIP code.

They’ll also have a “much smaller” range of categories to use in the first place, and won’t have access to “detailed” targeting that relates to protected social classes.

As a user, you’ll eventually have access to a tool to search for housing ads targeted at locations across the US, even if you wouldn’t normally see them.

The changes should take effect before the end of 2019.

The settlement also includes payouts under $5 million to the groups that filed the lawsuit, $2.5 million of which is going to the National Fair Housing Alliance to both train advertisers on compliance and run ads for fair housing.


Trump vows to look into Facebook move on Scavino

Trump’s social media manager Dan Scavino on Monday posted a screenshot on Facebook showing the social media network temporarily blocking him from public comments on one of his posts, saying some of them had been reported as spam.

Scavino accused the social network of “silencing” him in his post, which drew more than 1,000 comments.

A Facebook spokesperson attributed Scavino’s account being blocked to the platform’s capping of “identical, repetitive activity” coming from a single account in a short time frame.

The spokesperson added that such limits can have “the unintended consequence” of temporarily blocking “real people like Dan Scavino,” and said the social media giant had apologized for the “inconvenience.”


Facial recognition coming to U.S. airports by 2021

President Trump is rolling out facial recognition technology at 20 of the largest domestic U.S. airports.

The motion will affect more than 100 million passengers.

The controversial technology is a bid to improve security agents’ “biometric verification of identities.”

Politics:


Alan Krueger, economic adviser to Obama and Clinton, takes own life at 58

MARCH 18, 2019 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alan Krueger, a prominent Princeton University economics professor who advised U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, took his own life over the weekend, his family said in a statement on Monday. He was 58.

The statement did not elaborate about the circumstances of Krueger’s death, nor did the university when confirming it earlier in the day.

Krueger served in the last two Democratic administrations – as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton era and as chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers for Obama.


Pennsylvania state Representative resigns after being accused of sexual assault

Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Ellis
Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Ellis has resigned after being accused of raping an incapacitated woman against her will at his home several years ago (Office of Brian Ellis)

The incident is thought to have taken place at Ellis’ home near the capitol in Harrisburg at least three years ago.

Ellis was stripped of his chairmanship of the House Consumer Affairs Committee two months ago when the allegations were first revealed, and was subsequently encouraged by House Republican leaders to step down “to take care of his family and address the allegations raised against him,” a statement read.

A criminal investigation by the Dauphin County District Attorney is ongoing, but Ellis has yet to be charged with any crime.


Mark Meadows: US ambassadors conspired with DOJ to take down Trump

“It’s additional information that is coming out that will show not only was there no collusion, but there was a coordinated effort to take this president down,” Meadows told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“We talk about the ‘Deep State.’ There are players now, even ambassadors, that are sitting ambassadors that were involved in part of this with the FBI-DOJ.”

“As we look at this, it’s time to show that we show the American people what’s out there, declassify some of those documents,” added Meadows, a member of the House Oversight Committee.

“I think when the American people see what I’ve seen, they will judge for themselves and know that this has all been a hoax.”


Cartel Cash & Drugs: Beto’s Strange Family Ties

AUSTIN, TEXAS — In our first two pieces covering the sordid criminal past of failed U.S. Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke, we review arrest record and ethics charges specifically, and in part 3 (the final report) of our series, we examine the potential connections of O’Rourke to Mexican drug cartels.

To recap, O’Rourke’s mother — Melissa O’Rourke — runs the family business, in their family for three generations. Ostensibly a “furniture” store, the O’Rourkes were getting regular outsized payments for “furniture.”

The amounts were dishonestly reported as smaller (still insanely expensive) individual amounts, and broken up over time to come in under the taxable threshhold.

The IRS concluded the activities were illegal, and the courts agreed.

It is here, that Beto’s suspicious and potential cartel linkages were most recently exposed. In El Paso, only one “business” dumps cash piles that large in one place.

Furniture was allegedly purchased by one customer in one transaction for a grand total of $630,000, according to a 2010 KVIA article. The $630k-transaction was broken up into 15 separate transactions when O’Rourke filed her taxes


Elizabeth Warren pitches policies totaling $100 trillion at town hall: estimates

Sen. Warren, D-Mass., discussed the policies — the Green New Deal, universal child care and slavery reparations — at a CNN town hall event in Jackson, Miss. The 2020 Democratic hopeful told the crowd that the Green New Deal represents a way forward for the country.

The sweeping proposal put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., could cost as much as $93 trillion, or approximately $600,000 per household, according to a January study co-authored by the former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

According to a study published by University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer, the value of slave labor from 1776 to the end of the Civil War in 1865 ranged from range from $5.9 to $14.2 trillion in 2009 dollars.

Warren was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if she would support monetary compensation, to which she replied that she believes there are “a lot of ways” to structure potential reparations.


Elizabeth Warren says she wants to eliminate the Electoral College

“Every vote matters and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” Warren told an audience at the historically black college Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Warren’s statement on CNN came after an audience member asked the Massachusetts senator about voting rights and so-called voter suppression laws.


Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

Solicitor General Toby Crouse said there were problems with the way the law was implemented, but he argued that the state should be able to ensure that ballots are cast legally and called on the court to resurrect the law.

“The rollout is problematic and concerning and should be improved, but that’s not a reason to undermine the law and strike it down as unconstitutional,” he said.

Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, disagreed. He said cases where people can’t find their birth certificate or afford a new one are inevitable, and the Kansas law contains few fail-safes to ensure citizens can cast a ballot.

“The difficulties of implementing a law like this, which is unique in the country, are baked into the statute,” he said.

The judges didn’t indicate when they might rule.


EXCLUSIVE: Eduardo Bolsonaro: Extend the Brazilian Miracle and Stop Socialism Worldwide

Eduardo Bolsonaro, Brazilian congressman and son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro,
Eduardo Bolsonaro, Brazilian congressman and son of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, during an interview in Washington on March 16, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

The Epoch Times had the opportunity recently to sit down with Eduardo Bolsonaro, a congressman in Brazil and the son of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, to discuss the situation in Brazil, on the occasion of his father’s state visit to the White House on March 19.

The Epoch Times: You have served two terms in Congress in Brazil, and in this last election, I understand you won in a huge landslide—you had more votes than any Brazilian congressperson has ever won.

Eduardo Bolsonaro: Yes. It was a surprise for us. We weren’t expecting that much, but it was historic. It says a lot about the moment that we are living in and not only in Brazil. If you look around in the whole region, you have other people with the same thinking, the same way as President Jair Bolsonaro, and as Trump, too. You look to Chile, you have [President] Sebastian Pinera; Colombia, [President] Ivan Duque [Márquez]; Paraguay, [President] Mario Abdo Benítez; [President] [Mauricio] Macri in Argentina.

So it’s not a movement about the extreme right, as the press usually sees that we are. It’s something that is natural and is a huge message that we don’t want socialism anymore.

World News:


ISIS fighters tied to killing 4 Americans in Syria captured by US-backed forces, US official says

It was not immediately known how many ISIS fighters have been captured in all, the official said, adding the details are still “vague.”

A defense official told Reuters the number people detained was in the “single digits,” while another official told the news agency several people were detained in February.

“A group of suspects believed to be involved in January 16 Manbij bombing that killed several US and SDF servicemen were captured following technical surveillance by our forces.

The outcome of the ongoing investigation will be shared at a later time,” tweeted Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Fighters.


Israel, US intercept long-range missiles during joint drill

The missile test in southern Israel was conducted Tuesday by the Israeli Ministry of Defense along with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Rafael, an Israeli defense technology company.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the tests, noting that Israel has earned a place “among global leaders” in the development of missile defenses.

The test follows a temporary U.S. troop deployment in Israel during the installment of an advanced American missile defense system earlier this month.


USS Harry Truman leaves port after three months of maintenance, training

Tug boats ferry the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman from Naval Station Norfolk following a three-month availability period used to upgrade systems, conduct maintenance, and provide targeted training. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maxwell Higgins/U.S. Navy

The aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman departed Norfolk, Va., after a three-month availability for ship maintenance and targeted training.

The availability was the first demonstration of the Pentagon’s new Dynamic Force Employment plan, devised by former Defense Secretary James Mattis, to keep potential enemies unaware of how long, and where, ships and personnel are deployed.

The Strike Group returned to sea on Saturday for what the Defense Department called an “independent streaming exercise” in which crews will execute proficiency drills and test the new The Grumman C-2 Greyhound aircraft.


Speaker Censored at UN Human Rights Council As He Lists Rights-Abusers in the Room

(CNSNews.com) – A diplomat chairing a U.N. Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Monday shut down a non-governmental organization speaker just moments into his statement, as he was listing the names of countries which took part in a debate condemning Israel, despite their own widely-criticized human rights records.

U.N. Watch executive director Hillel Neuer had spoken for around 20 seconds before the presiding officer silenced him and moved on to the next speaker on the schedule.

He said by phone later that he could not recall a similar incident in 15 years of accredited monitoring of the U.N.


10 More Christians Killed Last Weekend in Nigeria Bringing Total to 140, Media Still Silent

Reports indicate that another 10 Christians were murdered in Nigeria on Saturday, March 16, as religious violence in the country continues to reach fever pitch.

“We were all asleep in our various homes when at about 4 a.m. [Saturday], we heard gunshots everywhere in my village,” Amos Samuel, 40, of Nandu Gbok village in Sanga County told Morning Star News.

“Everyone ran out of their homes to escape from the Fulani herdsmen.

Three hours after the herdsmen left, those of us who survived the attack returned to the village to find that our houses were destroyed and 10 of our villagers killed.”


Polish journalist in Venezuela tormented, viciously beaten by government ‘death squad,’ his employer says

He suffered a broken nose, cuts and other injuries, according to his newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza.

“They asked for documents,” he said. “For several minutes, they spoke with someone on the radio about what to do with me. In the end, they told me to get out of the car.

They said they had a few questions.”

They allegedly never asked questions, and instead put a hood over Surdel’s head and pummeled him, according to his account to the newspaper.

“They beat me with something hard, probably with (pistol) butts, mainly on the face,” he said. “I also got a few strong blows on the rib. When they finished and pulled off the hood, I saw the muzzle of the gun in front of my eyes.”


US, Russia divided on Venezuela after talks in Rome

Elliott Abrams, the Trump administration’s special envoy to Venezuela, met Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to discuss the situation in the Latin American country.

“We did not come to a meeting of the minds, but the talks were positive in the sense that I think both sides emerged with a better understanding of the other’s views,” Abrams told reporters after the meeting at a luxury hotel in Rome.

He said it’s “perfectly plausible” that the two sides meet again but no date was set.

Commentary/Opinion:

Student loans are the biggest source of personal debt in the US

Student loans are the biggest source of personal debt in the US

Student debt crisis is impacting young Americans’ ability to thrive, purchase homes.

Dems claim the world will end in 12 years, scientists don’t think so

Dems claim the world will end in 12 years, scientists don’t think so

Scientist agree the world will get warmer but there’s no cliff edge; Power the Future executive director Daniel Turner weighs in.


Laura Ingraham: Activists are in our schools and they’re numbing Generation E to socialism

What do carbon, ice and an egg all have in common? They’re all connected to recent stories involving “Generation E” – the Entitlement Generation. 

We received a lot of emails last week after our coverage of the international studentclimate change rallies, and many of you were wondering how these kids were permitted to just blow off school, shut down entire city streets, and inconvenience other students who actually want to do this thing called study. 

Well, the answer:

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