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Farrakhan claims to be Jesus in ‘Saviours’ Day’ address: ‘I am the Messiah’

The preacher of Islam then appeared to mock one of the most famous passages from the Bible, John 3:16:

“God does not love this world. God never sent Jesus to die for this world. Jesus died because he was 2,000 years too soon to bring about the end of the civilization of the Jews. He never was on a cross, there was no Calvary for that Jesus,” Farrakhan said.

Instead, he said, Jesus’s name would live until the one that came that he was prefigured for.

“The real story is what I tried to tell you from the beginning. It didn’t happen back there. It’s happening right while you’re alive looking at it,” Farrakhan told the audience.

“I represent the Messiah. I represent the Jesus and I am that Jesus. If I am not, take my life.”


2 Georgia police officers shot, suspect barricaded with 16-year-old hostage, officials say

When officers arrived, they “made contact with the female complainant” and attempted to enter the home when gunshots rang out, Capt. Joey Smith said during a news conference.

“The officers did not exchange fire, however, two officers were struck and they were transported to a local hospital,” Smith said.

Authorities are communicating with the subject, the official said, adding that they are trying to negotiate the release of a 16-year-old inside the home.


“Unplanned” Movie Gets 93% Positive Rating From Viewers, Moves Up to 4th Place at Box Office

In a statement, Pureflix CEO Michael Scott claimed, “We are very happy for the success of this film.

To bring the story of Abby Johnson to audiences and have them show up in such large numbers shows how the topic of abortion is so important to bring to audiences.”

Unplanned opened only in 1,060 theaters nationwide, but took 4th place at the box office, generating $6.4 million where industry analysts predicted it would only drag in $2 to $3 million.

The movie also accumulated $5,770 per screen, breaking an all-time U.S. indie film release record.


Navy SEAL accused of war crimes reunites with family, ‘extremely happy’ to be out of brig, California rep says

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher,
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who is facing a war crimes trial, has been reunited with his family following his relocation from a Navy brig in California. (Courtesy Gallagher Family)

“When I saw him he was kind of out of it. Imagine being in a jail, being treated pretty harshly with a bunch of bad people, sex offender-type people and now you are out,” Hunter said on Fox News Radio.

“He was just extremely happy to be out.”

Hunter told Kilmeade that Gallagher had been allowed to see his family, go to a Denny’s restaurant on the base and even hit golf balls at its driving range.

Hunter, in his interview this week, warned the Navy that he is keeping a close watch on what is happening to Gallagher at his current location – and will report his findings to Trump and the American public.


Los Angeles man, 19, accused of being bike-riding slasher

Lenrey Briones was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday near a homeless camp where detectives believe he lived, said Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department.

His arrest came after police released photo and video images of the suspect in the seemingly random attacks, which left parts of America’s second-largest city on edge, and called on the public’s help in apprehending him.

Local KABC-TV reported that officers were tipped off to Briones by his probation office. A bike resembling the one used by the slasher was found at the homeless camp.


PALO ALTO WOMAN FIRED AFTER SHE SCREAMS AT AND DOXXES OLD MAN IN MAGA HAT

According to Palo Alto Online, Rebecca Parker Mankey described the entire encounter in a Facebook post, detailing how she screamed in the elderly white man’s face and called him “a hater of brown people” and “Nazi scum” because of his MAGA hat.

In her Facebook post, she doxxed the man by posting photos of him and asking if anyone knew where he lived, saying that she wanted to know where his children went to school and where his wife lived.

“I am going to publicly shame him in town and try to get him fired and kicked out of every club he is in,” Mankey wrote in a comment on Facebook.

“I am going to go to his house and march up and down carrying a sign that says he hates black people.

I am going to organize protests at the place he works to make him feel as unsafe as he made every brown person feel here today.”


Open Bionics’ 3D-printed prosthetic arm is now available in the US

Open Bionics
Open Bionics

Open Bionics has made a name for itself as a start-up specializing in low-cost prosthetics, and you might remember it as the company behind arms inspired by Iron Man, Star Wars, Frozen and Deus Ex.

But until now, the Hero Arm has only been available in the UK and France.

Thanks to 3D scanning and printing, Open Bionics can custom build each arm, and do so faster and cheaper than its competitors.

According to the company, Hero Arm’s muscle sensors enable lifelike precision and multiple grips.

Motors allow for haptic feedback and beepers and lights provide other notifications to the wearer.

Even with all of that technology, the arm weighs less than a kilogram, and it can be used by anyone over the age of eight.


67 ORGANIZATIONS TO MEDIA: DROP SPLC

SPLC began as a do-good organization fighting the KKK and others. But it’s turned into what one commentator has called a “hate group” because it attacks and defames publicly any individual or group that does not align with promotion of the LGBT agenda, abortion and other progressive causes.

The letter addressed to news media, noted a similar request had been made in 2017, largely based on information that became public when SPLC paid $3.375 million to former Islamic radical Maajid Nawaz for labeling him an “extremist.”

“Richard Cohen, the SPLC’s president, also had to read and post online a humiliating apology to Nawaz that showed the reckless and careless nature of their misguided push to label him an extremist,” the letter to media explains.

But last month, SPLC fired co-founder Morris Dees and a week later President Richard Cohen and legal director Rhonda Brownstein quit.


Fake ‘good’ news? Facebook pays major UK newspaper to publish articles praising the tech giant

The tech giant has partnered with The Daily Telegraph, a right-leaning broadsheet in the U.K., to run a series of articles that defend the Mark Zuckerberg-led company on a range of issues that have bedeviled the social network, including terrorist content, hate speech, cyberbullying and fake accounts, according to Business Insider.

The tech company’s use of sponsored content, which is a form of native advertising that some critics claim blurs the line between editorial and ad sales, is one way for Facebook to push back on several years of unrelenting and often scathing coverage amid scandals over privacy, hate speech and election integrity.

Immigration:


ICE arrests 280 at Texas firm, biggest immigration bust in a decade

ICE agents enter a business in Allen, Texas, on April 3, 2019. (Photo: ICE)

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit executed criminal search warrants Wednesday at CVE Technology Group and four related businesses. CVE is based in Allen, about 25 miles north of Dallas.

“The investigation is ongoing, but we can disclose that this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years,” said Katrina Berger, HSI Dallas special agent in charge.

She said the agency began the investigation in January after receiving multiple tips that the company may have knowingly hired undocumented immigrants, many of whom used fraudulent identification documents.

“Unauthorized workers often use stolen IDs of legal U.S. workers, which can profoundly damage for years the identity-theft victim’s credit, medical records and other aspects of their everyday life,” the ICE statement said.


Obama’s border chief warns Congress: Immigration crisis ‘at a magnitude never seen in modern times’

“We’re experiencing a crisis at the southern border at a magnitude never seen in modern times, it’s unprecedented,” Morgan, who served as the head of U.S. Border Patrol during the Obama administration, told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Morgan made the remarks after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said that more than 76,000 migrants were detained in February — the highest number of apprehensions in 12 years — and were on pace for more than 100,000 apprehensions in March.

Morgan told lawmakers that the difficulties the country faces at the border now are significantly worse than when he was seeking to keep numbers under control in the last administration. In particular, he pointed to the number of agents being diverted away from security to humanitarian activities.


US company makes Trump $3.3B border offer: Quick turnaround on 218 miles of steel fence, roads, and tech

Arizona-based Fisher Industries President Tommy Fisher is meeting this week with top Department of Homeland Security officials, along with Democrats and Republicans in Congress, to sell his plan, the Washington Examiner has learned.

“DHS needs a contractor to build the border fence as fast as possible, without compromising the quality of the fence.

The ideal contractor would build the border fence faster, of higher quality, and at less cost than any other contractor.

Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. is that contractor,” Fisher Industries officials wrote in an official paper version of the proposal.

Tommy Fisher said it can build 218 miles of 18-foot steel bollard fence, along with paved concrete roads, lighting, and technology for $3.285 billion, a fraction of the $5.7 billion President Trump requested from Congress in December for a 234-mile project.


DHS Secretary Nielsen urges ’emergency response’ to migration crisis

Nielsen, who made her remarks during a stop near the southern border in Yuma, Ariz. Before meeting up with President Trump in California on Friday, said the immigration issue is beyond a “security and a humanitarian crisis” and that DHS and other government officials are working on solutions to simultaneously help the migrants and uphold the nation’s laws.

On Friday, Nielsen will travel to Calexico in California, where she is scheduled to join Trump in visiting the border wall and participate in a roundtable discussion on the border crisis and “the way forward.”

DHS announced that it is taking a “disaster response” approach to the crisis and that Nielsen has directed agencies to “surge resources and personnel” toward border security and migration management.


Acting ICE director on border crisis: ‘The system’s in a meltdown’

“The system’s in a meltdown” and getting worse every day, Vitiello told “America’s Newsroom.”

“It’s an absolute crisis down there, it has humanitarian aspects, it has border security aspects, this policy can’t continue,” he added.

“What he’s going to see is this unbelievable flow at the border and no way for us to legally address it without Congress acting,” Vitiello said about the president’s upcoming trip to the border.

“CBP reported yesterday they have over 12,000 people in custody. We’re maxed out,” said Vitiello, adding 48,000 adult detention beds are currently being used across the country and there is a need for more.

“The system is overflowing and an example, statistically, nearly 130,000 families (have been) released into the interior of the United States just since December of last year, so the system’s in a meltdown.

There’s humanitarian aspects to this that can’t continue and the border security aspects, it’s just a terrible situation for the folks that are down there,” he said.

Politics:

House Dems to sue to block Trump’s border wall

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 04: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol April 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi answered a range of questions centered primarily around the investigative report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal’s (D-MA) request to the IRS for the past six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The House will take the rare legal step against the White House after unsuccessfully attempting to block the effort via legislation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House will file a lawsuit to challenge President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on the southern border, dramatically escalating a clash over wall funding.


Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), the head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), suggested that action on a reparations measure sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is all but certain, with Democrats now in control of the lower chamber and the idea gaining prominence on the national stage.

“I don’t think there needs to be pressure, we’re in charge,” Bass said. “It’s being discussed, I’m sure we’re going to get there.”

2020 hopefuls including Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are backing the legislation. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), another presidential candidate, is a co-sponsor.

And on Wednesday, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) endorsed the idea, a pivot from his
earlier statement of opposition to reparations payments.


Ocasio-Cortez To Critics Of Green New Deal: “I Pity You For Your Role In History Right Now”

On Instagram Live Wednesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke to critics who laugh and make jokes about her often-repeated statement that “we have twelve years left to cut emissions by at least 50%” to stop the most devastating effects of climate change.


GOP LAWMAKERS DONATING MONEY TAINTED BY ALLEGED BRIBERY SCANDAL

Lindberg has made significant campaign donations over the years to both Republicans and Democrats personally and through corporate entities, including thousands of dollars to candidates and committees for 2017-2018 alone, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Distancing themselves from Lindberg’s pending allegations, recipients have started donating contributions, as reported by Politico.

Republican North Carolina Reps. Richard Hudson and Patrick McHenry announced intentions to give away Lindberg’s contributions or have already done so.

Hudson is reportedly giving $15,000 to Fort Bragg-related charities. No announcement has been made yet regarding an additional $62,000 Hudson received through a joint fundraising committee controlled by the House GOP.

McHenry told Politico he already directed his donations to the Cleveland County Rescue Mission.

Democratic Florida Rep. Charlie Crist is reportedly donating his contribution to the Special Olympics, while Republican North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd has selected The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center.


Devin Nunes ups the ante: Two dozen people could be hit by criminal referral

“The American people need to have confidence in the FBI and the Department of Justice.

We are working on the referrals,” Nunes said. “There’s going to be many of them.

There are going to probably at least be a dozen if not two dozen individuals, and as we continue to get more information and build these and build them out, we want to make sure that everything is finished before we turn them in.”

If they don’t go to prison, we are going to have a two-tier Justice Department, justice system in this country and it is not going to be good for the American people.”

World News:


Maduro’s Missiles Pose a Terrorist Threat to the US, Experts Say

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, right, mans a Russian-made MANPAD surface-to-air missile launcher in Caracas, Venezuela, March 14, 2015. (Photo: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

Man-portable air defense systems, or “MANPADS,” are a particularly chilling threat in the hands of a terrorist organization, since, by design, the weapons are transportable by a single person, making them much easier to smuggle than larger weapons systems.

For that reason, U.S. security officials have long warned of MANPADS proliferating from the battlefields of Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen. Yet, unlike those distant warzones, weapons from Venezuela could arrive in the U.S. by land.


Caracas, once a thriving metropolis, is struggling as country plunges further into chaos

Caracas, Venezuela,
A billboard stands empty above a highway with no traffic as the sun sets in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 18, 2019. When the sun goes down in Venezuela’s capital, the once-thriving metropolis empties under darkness. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Many street lights don’t work. Residents avoid stepping outside their homes due to crime — or for lack of anything to spend — as a creeping economic collapse has accelerated amid a political battle between socialist President Nicolas Maduro and his foes at home and abroad.

A string of devastating nationwide blackouts last month dramatized the decay.

Even under the light of day, billboards often have nothing to promote, their skeletal framework bare long after the wind has ripped away old advertising.

As dusk falls, many storefronts are just graffiti-scrawled security doors chained shut.

Often just a single business along a city block is able to stay open, awaiting sparse customers.

Others close earlier, like a beauty salon, the few remaining clients forced to decide between the simple luxury of haircut or buying food.


Cuba reduces newspaper length due to paper shortage

The newspaper Granma said in Thursday editions that the Cuban Communist Party organ and several other papers are cutting back from 16 to eight pages on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The changes take effect Friday. The newspaper of the Communist Youth League, Juventud Rebelde, will stop publishing on Saturdays.

Granma attributed the change to “difficulties in the availability of newsprint in the country.” The government has been suffering cash-flow problems forcing cutbacks in a wide range of imported products.


More Mexico plane crashes signal surge in cocaine traffic from Colombia

And signs of the spike in Colombian drug production and trafficking are showing up in an unlikely way — a growing number of aircraft accidents in Mexico, where the cocaine is being shipped in the hopes of eventually getting it into the lucrative U.S. market.

In the last four months, two planes that left from Colombia with cocaine on board crashed in Mexico.

Another plane carrying cocaine landed without permission when it ran out of fuel; the two crew members abandoned it,” according to The Mexico News Daily.

Mexican security official Adrián Sánchez said, “They preferred to take the risk of being arrested rather than dying in a crash in the jungle, as has occurred in other cases.”


Thieves steal shipment of money from Mexico airport

The robbery took only three minutes and the amount taken is still being calculated, but the crime appeared to resemble the infamous Lufthansa heist at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport that netted $5.87 million in 1978.

Officials at Guanajuato’s international airport said that the armored truck entered the airport Wednesday evening on what was apparently a pre-arranged cash transport run.

The gang of masked thieves broke through the terminal fencing in their own truck, and drove to the baggage handling area, though they didn’t enter the landing strip, the airport administrators said in a statement.


American tourist captured in Uganda did not take mandatory armed guard with her, officials reveal

The announcement from the Uganda Wildlife Authority comes as the woman’s whereabouts inside the Queen Elizabeth National Park remain unknown following her reported capture Tuesday.

Two armed men held four tourists at gunpoint before two were rescued and alerted police.

The assailants since have been using the woman’s phone to make ransom demands of $500,000, police have told Fox News.

“We have armed ranger guides, if you’re going out on a drive in the park you’re supposed to have one but these tourists went out on their own without a guard,” Bashir Hangi, the UWA’s spokesperson, said in an interview with Reuters.


Libya crisis: General Haftar tells forces to take capital

Gen Haftar's forces
Gen Haftar’s forces were pictured in the southern town of Sebha last month.AFP

Speaking to reporters in Tripoli, Mr Guterres said he was making a “strong appeal to stop… the escalation”.

The US, UK, France and Italy also issued a joint statement calling for calm.

“At this sensitive moment in Libya’s transition, military posturing and threats of unilateral action only risk propelling Libya back toward chaos,” they said in a joint statement issued by the US state department.


Russia revamps Arctic military base to stake claim on region

Russian solder stands guard as Pansyr-S1 air defense system
In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, a Russian solder stands guard as Pansyr-S1 air defense system, right, is parked on Kotelny Island, part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago located between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea, Russia. (AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov)

It’s strategically located on Kotelny Island, between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea on the Arctic shipping route, and permanently houses up to 250 military personnel responsible for maintaining air and sea surveillance facilities and coastal defenses like anti-ship missiles.

The Russian base has enough supplies to remain fully autonomous for more than a year.

“Our task is to monitor the airspace and the northern sea route,” said base commander Lt. Col. Vladimir Pasechnik. “We have all we need for our service and comfortable living.”

Russia is not alone in trying to assert jurisdiction over parts of the Arctic, as shrinking polar ice opens fresh opportunities for resource exploration and new shipping lanes.

The United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway are jostling for position, as well, and China also has shown an increasing interest in the polar region.

Commentary/Opinion:


Why the Left Is Desperate to Sabotage Trump’s Health Care Plans

American taxpayers should ignore these partisan political theatrics.

Under the Trump initiatives, Americans who like their Obamacare plan can keep their Obamacare plan, but they also enable Americans to obtain a more affordable and flexible benefit package if they wish.

Trump’s policy is one of addition, not subtraction.

On health coverage, a key data point is this: Obama, deploying numerous “navigators” and armed with increasingly tough individual mandate penalties, presided over a decline in coverage in the individual health insurance markets.

In fact, 2015 was the high-water mark of Obamacare enrollment. Between 2015 and 2016, according to government actuaries, 10 states experienced declining individual market enrollment, and from 2016 to 2017, 44 states experienced declining enrollment.

The biggest declines were among middle-class individuals and families who were ineligible for taxpayer subsidies while facing major premium increases. Trump cannot be blamed.

For taking modest steps to expand Americans’ choice of affordable coverage, however, Trump is “guilty” as charged.

In the area of health insurance, his two major administrative initiatives are expansion of association health plans and short-term limited duration health plans.

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