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In The News:

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s commander defying Trump’s orders, trying to send him ‘back to the brig’: lawyers

Special Operations Chief Edward "Eddie" Gallagher
Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher is a decorated Navy SEAL, but he is now being accused of committing war crimes. (Courtesy Sean Gallagher)

The legal team representing Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher is now accusing his commander of undermining orders from President Trump by imposing “unnecessary and punitive restrictions” on the decorated warfighter in hopes to entrap him and get him “remanded back to the brig.”

The blistering allegations against Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Commodore Capt. Matthew D. Rosenbloom were outlined in a 19-page court motion provided to Fox News just 10 days after the commander in chief tweeted that Gallagher will be moved to “less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court” on May 28.

In the filing, Gallagher’s lawyers also asked the court to weigh further relief as it deems appropriate, such as a request to allow him to stay with his family in Florida while awaiting the start of his war crimes trial.

Among the restrictions, his attorneys say:

First Ever Image Of Black Hole Reveals “The Gates Of Hell, The Point Of No-Return”

The image shows a halo of dust and gas steadily “feeding” the black hole’s fuzzy doughnut-shaped accretion disc, according to The Guardian.

The colossal black hole is located at the heart of the Messier 87 galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster 55-million light-years from Earth.

We are “looking at a region we cannot imagine, the gates of hell, the point of no-return,” said Heino Falcke – Professor of Astroparticle Physics and Radio Astronomy at Radbound University Nijmegen and chair of the EHT Science Council.

“To me, it’s awe-inspiring, but it’s also important for physics.”

Police: 1 dead, 15 injured in North Carolina gas explosion

In this photo released by Jim Rogalski, firefighters help injured people after a building exploded, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Durham, N.C. (Jim Rogalski via AP)

Police cars blocked the streets near the explosion in downtown Durham and a thick, acrid smoke hung over the shopping district created from remodeled tobacco warehouses.

At least two ladder trucks sprayed blasts of water into the smoldering rubble nearly two hours after the explosion.

Durham Police Department spokesman Wil Glenn said a contractor boring under a sidewalk hit a 2-inch (5-centimeter) gas line, triggering the explosion.

One person was killed and 15 were taken to area hospitals, Glenn said at a news conference. One firefighter was seriously injured, he said.

Ford issues recall for 327,000 previously serviced F-150, Super Duty trucks

Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday issued a safety recall for roughly 327,000 trucks over potential issues with the vehicles that can lead to overheating or fires.

The announcement affects Ford F-150 trucks from 2015 to 2019 and Super Duty vehicles from 2017 to 2019 that were inspected and serviced after a separate December recall spurred by potential fire concerns.

The most recent safety notification addresses potential damage to the engine block heater cable splice connectors.

Such cables are used to keep trucks warmer in the winter to make ignition easier. The connector, Ford say, may have “inadvertently become damaged” during service.


“This is a response to the Stephon Clark case which you’ll recall involved a gentleman who ran from the police into a backyard of a home in dimly lit conditions and actually pulled out a cell phone and pointed it at the police officers as if it was a firearm,” he said.

“It was a suicide by cop. And in response to that case and all the questions about that case, which have been largely based on false narratives that have been sort of perpetuated by the media there.

The legislature’s introduced this bill. It calls for police to take a much more passive approach in their use of force.”

Pentagon Awards $976 Million in Border Wall Contracts

The U.S.–Mexico border where the fence ends at the side of a rocky mountain in the desert near Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. The U.S. is on the right side of the fence. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

The department awarded $789 million to SLSCO Ltd., a builder based in Galveston, Texas, to replace a border wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

The department also awarded $187 million to Barnard Construction Co. Inc., a builder based in Bozeman, Montana, to replace pedestrian barriers in Yuma, Arizona. Both projects should be completed by October 2020.

According to a statement from the Pentagon, both contracts will be paid with Army funds.

The statement didn’t specify whether the funds came from the $1.4 billion approved by Congress, the $3.1 billion shifted from other departments, or the $3.6 billion allocated for border wall construction via the emergency declaration by President Donald Trump

Texas Lawmakers Consider Bill That Would Make Abortion a Homicide and Punishable by Death Penalty

House Bill 896 would open up the possibility of punishing women who get abortions with the death penalty by designating abortion a criminal homicide.

If the bill becomes law, women who got an abortion would be sentenced to life in prison or even death.

“A living human child, from the moment of fertilization on fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum is entitled to the same rights, powers, and privileges as are secured or granted by the laws of this state to any other human child,” it stated.

Sen. Feinstein Cites Claim That Unborn Babies Can’t Feel Pain Until 24 Weeks Despite Cases Where Babies Survived Birth at 20 Weeks

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, quoted some questionable claims Tuesday about fetal pain during a hearing on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would ban abortion after 20 weeks – the time when science increasingly suggests unborn children feel pain.

In her opening remarks, Sen. Feinstein called the legislation “unnecessary and divisive,” arguing that it was “focused on overturning the constitutional rights of women.”

She went on to quote an organization called the “American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” (ACOG) referring to them as “the premier, professional organization.”

Anti-opioid addiction drug maker charged with fraud

Prosecutors in Virginia filed fraud charges Tuesday against British-based Indivior, which makes Suboxone film strips that dissolve under the tongue and are used to ease withdrawal in opioid addicts.

Prosecutors said the company boosted its profits by intentionally lying to doctors and others by describing the strips as safer than taking the drugs as a tablet.

The company also steered opioid-addicted patients who sought medical assistance to doctors who Indivior executives knew were prescribing Suboxone strips in a “careless and clinically unwarranted manner,” prosecutors said.

Kentucky police fatally shoot man who wounded another man

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad told news outlets that when officers arrived at Spring Manor Apartments on Tuesday afternoon they ordered the man to drop his gun and attempted to use non-lethal means to stop him.

He says they fired their weapons when the man “ran at officers and pointed his gun at them.”

Conrad says the gunman was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The Jefferson County coroner’s office identified him Wednesday as 33-year-old Terry Davis Jr. and says he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Minnesota arrests 58 in child sex sting during NCAA Final Four weekend

The sting, which resulted in the rescue of 28 victims from trafficking situations, including one minor, occurred Friday through Monday as undercover agents posed as minors or as sex buyers and chatted with suspects on social media platforms.

Investigators arrested the suspects as they arrived at an arranged meeting place for an encounter, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Those arrested were not part of a single sex-trafficking ring, Jill Oliveira, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with the Department of Public Safety, said.

“These were separate instances where they either responded to undercover officers posing as sex buyers or undercover officers posing as minors,” Oliveira

Tech Watch:

Facebook agrees it will be liable for future Cambrige Analyticas

The European Commission announced this week that the world’s biggest social networking website has agreed to a few major changes to its terms and conditions.

Facebook confirmed that these changes would go into effect for users worldwide and not just in the EU.

“Today Facebook finally shows commitment to more transparency and straight forward language in its terms of use,” said EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourová.

“A company that wants to restore consumers trust after the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica scandal should not hide behind complicated, legalistic jargon on how it is making billions on people’s data.”

“Now, users will clearly understand that their data is used by the social network to sell targeted ads,” she said.

Facebook has a three-part plan for tackling ‘problematic’ content

In a blog post, Facebook’s VP of Integrity Guy Rosen and Head of News Feed Integrity Tessa Lyons, outlined a strategy called “remove, reduce, and inform” that they say have been in use since 2016.

Now, using this strategy, the company is rolling out several changes aimed at “removing content that violates our policies, reducing the spread of problematic content that does not violate our policies and informing people with additional information so they can choose what to click, read or share.”

As far as the first “removal” strategy is concerned, Facebook will introduce a new section on its Community Standards site where users can check out what updates the company has made to it each month, as policies change and enforcement procedures evolve.

This change will roll out starting today.

The “reduce” strategy comes into play mostly in regards to managing misinformation and clickbait.

As for Instagram, the company has already started to reduce the spread of posts that are deemed inappropriate,

Ted Cruz says Senate will hold Google-specific hearing on political bias

Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday testified before the Senate over accusations of anti-conservative bias. But Google, who was originally expected to attend, was absent.

In response, Cruz said the committee will hold will conduct a separate hearing focused specifically on Google and political bias.

Google had offered to send Max Pappas, the search giant’s head of conservative outreach, but a source familiar with the situation said the committee rejected his appearance.

House of Representatives passes bill to restore net neutrality

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, announces the “Save The Internet Act,” congressional Democrats’ plan to reinstate “net neutrality” rules that President Donald Trump repealed in 2017, during an event at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., right, with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, D-N.J., far right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Several Democrats backed the Save the Internet Act when Rep. Mike Doyle introduced it last month.

The bill seeks to block providers from throttling, blocking or prioritizing internet content and enshrine the former protections into law.

It would restore the FCC’s governance over providers under Title II of the Communications Act, which Democrats say would ensure the rules are enforced.

Democrats have control over the House, so passing the bill wasn’t too arduous in that chamber, but they face a tougher task in pushing the legislation through the Senate, over which Republicans hold sway — the party lines drawn in the House vote underscore the difficult job ahead for the bill’s proponents.

Meanwhile, advisers to President Donald Trump are urging him to veto the legislation if it does eke through the Senate.



The two-minute video which featured several still shots of Trump’s political and personal adversaries, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Rosie O’Donnell has been removed from Twitter.

Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale called the decision to remove the video “sad,” while attacking AT&T, which owns Warner Bros and WarnerMedia.

“Sad to see an ⁦AT&T owned company pull such a great video made by an every day American in good fun,” Parscale said. “AT&T now owns ⁦CNN⁩ and is positioning themselves as a weapon of the left.

Nunes defends $150M defamation lawsuit against McClatchy, calls news agency ‘biggest perpetrator of fake news’

Nunes, R-Calif., made the comment on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, adding: “They’re (McClatchy) the ones that said that Cohen was in Prague, it was all nonsense and they need to retract those fake news stories.”

On Monday, Nunes filed the lawsuit in Virginia state court alleging that one of the news agency’s reporters conspired with a political operative to derail Nunes’ oversight work into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.

“I am absolutely sure that they do not want this to get to discovery so that we find out who their sources are,” said Nunes in response to McClatchy’s statement.

“Somebody gave them the phony information that the National Rifle Association was involved with Russia collusion, somebody gave them the phony information that Cohen was in Prague when he wasn’t, somebody gave them phony information about me that they ran over and over again across all of their platforms and digitally accusing me of federal crimes. That’s not OK.”

Barr testifies ‘spying did occur’ on Trump campaign, amid reported review of informant’s role

“I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. … I think it’s my obligation.

Congress is usually very concerned with intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane,” he testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, while noting that “spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”

The comments follow a new report that the Justice Department’s internal watchdog also is scrutinizing the role of an FBI informant who contacted members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, as part of a broader review of the early stages of the Russia investigation.

The New York Times reported that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is looking into informant Stefan Halper’s work during the Russia probe, as well as his work with the FBI prior to the start of that probe.

Conclusion of Mueller Probe Confirms Epoch Times’ Reporting

Nearly two years ago, The Epoch Times published an article headlined “Despite Allegations, No Evidence of Trump–Russia Collusion Found.”

The article detailed that—despite a media frenzy at the time—no actual evidence had been uncovered that President Donald Trump or anyone associated with his campaign had colluded with Russia to win the presidential election.

The article is an excellent example of the independent and fact-based journalism that The Epoch Times practices.

Our reporting was proven accurate with the conclusion of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Former FBI Agent Explains How Spygate Was Able to Happen

Senior investigative reporter of the Epoch Times Joshua Philipp sits down with 27-year veteran of the FBI, Marc Ruskin to discuss his thoughts on how Spygate was able to happen.

Marc is a regular contributor at the Epoch and the author of “The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI.”

He served on the legislative staff of U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Candace Owens Speaks at Congressional Hearing: ‘Black People Are Not Owned by the Left’

Candace Owens of Turning Point USA
Candace Owens of Turning Point USA testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing discussing hate crimes and white nationalism on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 9, 2019. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Owens, communications director for Turning Point USA, was asked by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) if she’s ever encountered hateful speech, bigotry, or racism during her encounters with conservatives.

“I speak in front of conservatives, probably three times a week.

I jump on a stage and I say everything pro-black, and they [conservatives] are so supportive, and they applaud.

All they want is for black Americans to realize that they are Americans first and foremost,” Owens said, reported the openly conservative Breitbart website.

“Conservatives are patriots, the president is a patriot, and I’m a patriot, and there is no skin color in patriotism,” Owens added.

“I am willing to fall on a sword a thousand times for [black Americans] to wake up and realize that we are being lied to, abused, and used by the Democrat Party.”

Bernie Sanders unveils Medicare for All proposal, says role of health care insurers would be reduced to ‘nose jobs’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks as he kicks off his second presidential campaign, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sanders pledged to fight for “economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice.” (AP)

The move reopens the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance and highlights Democratic presidential candidates’ disparate visions for the long-term future of health care.

President Trump and Republicans have slammed the “Medicare for All” plan and say the costs are extraordinary.

Four of Sanders’ opponents in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are co-sponsoring his universal health care plan in the Senate.

They include New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, California Sen. Kamala Harris, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Some estimates put the cost up to $32 trillion over the next decade.

Commentary/Opinion: I Compared My Medicare To Dems’ Medicare For All, And Found Out They’re Lying

I am intrigued by and actually support the concept of Medicare For All, as put forth by many Democrat members of Congress. However, I’m curious as to exactly how this noble concept would be paid for—not by the federal government, but by the new beneficiaries, many of whom would be low-income.

Specifically, I attempted a comparison of my family’s past and present costs of Medicare to those of a hypothetical three-person household, particularly one living at or below the poverty level, which is $20,420.

Not including any contributions that might be required prior to receiving benefits, the annual cost of Medicare For All for a three-person household would be $10,921 per year: $4,878 for Part B coverage; $4,155 for supplemental coverage; $1,000 for prescription drug coverage; and $888 for the 1.45 percent payroll deduction.

This represents 54 percent of the $20,420 annual income earned by a poverty-level three-person household, leaving such households just $9,500.00 of disposable income on which to

Warren releases tax returns showing million-dollar income, moments after pitching wealth tax

Her comments Tuesday could be interpreted as an indirect jab at Sen. Sanders, a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination who’s making his second straight White House bid.

The independent senator from Vermont didn’t release his returns during his 2016 presidential campaign and has faced numerous calls this time around to report his taxes.

Sanders announced Tuesday in an interview with the New York Times that he’ll release 10 years of tax returns on Monday.

Those filings are expected to show that the so-called democratic socialist made millions from book sales.

Warren’s comments also appeared to be a dig at Trump.


“We are three days away from the 100-day mark of Democrats holding the majority of the House … and you can sum up the first hundred days in three words: radicalism, resistance and resolutions,” McCarthy said during a press conference outside the Capitol Building.

“I have one question for the Democrats after 100 days,” he continued. “What have you accomplished?”

McCarthy noted the House was scheduled to vote on a two-year budget plan, but that Speaker Nancy Pelosi abandoned the vote after the progressive wing of her caucus demanded more spending on social programs and revolted against the legislation.

“Imagine what the Democrats have not done in those 100 days,” said McCarthy, reminding bystanders that the Senate bill to stand with Israel and end the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is sitting on Pelosi’s desk.

He also added House Republicans have requested unanimous consent on 31 separate occasions to take up legislation that would require medical care for babies who survive abortions.

“Later today [Democrats] will leave and go on their retreat,” he said. “They have many speakers. They’ve invited celebrities, not to perform, but to tell them what the ‘values’ of hardworking Americans are.”

Another Dem Capitol staffer implicated in Senate data theft ‘doxxing’ scheme

Cosko, who formerly worked for Hassan before his firing, pleaded guilty on Friday to five federal offenses for “doxxing” personal information of five Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, during the hearings for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

He also confessed to stealing gigabytes-worth of data, including dozens of user names and passwords, Social Security numbers, and credit card information belonging to Senate employees,

But prosecutors now say that a second aide to Hassan has been involved in the data-stealing scheme, alleging that she helped Cosko to conduct the operation.

World News:

Israel’s Netanyahu Wins Re-election With Parliamentary Majority: Tally

Confetti falls as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara stand on stage after Netanyahu spoke following the announcement of exit polls in Israel’s parliamentary election at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 10, 2019. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

With more than 97 percent of votes counted, Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party looked likely to muster enough support to control 65 of the Knesset’s 120 seats and be named to head the next coalition government. It would be his record fifth term as premier.

President Reuven Rivlin said on Twitter he would begin meeting next week with political parties that won parliamentary seats to hear who they support for prime minister.

At the sessions, which Rivlin said would be broadcast live “to ensure transparency,” he will then pick a party leader to try to form a coalition, giving the candidate 28 days to do so, with a two-week extension if needed.

Spain’s Supreme Court upholds priest’s sex abuse conviction

A Supreme Court statement issued Wednesday said the judges also rejected an appeal by the Romanian parents of one of the boys.

They lived with the priest, Jose Fernandez, and were found guilty of consenting to his abuse of their son and sentenced to four years in prison.

The other victim was an altar boy at the priest’s church in Badajoz, in southwestern Spain.


Andrew McCarthy: Major takeaways from Barr’s House testimony

Andy McCarthy/General William Barr
Former U.S. assistant attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy explains why it’s ‘inaccurate’ to call Attorney General William Barr’s document on Mueller’s findings a ‘summary.’

Ostensibly, the subject of the hearing was the Justice Department’s $29.2 billion budget request for the fiscal year 2020.

But because the hearing was the AG’s first appearance on Capitol Hill since his March 24 letter outlining the conclusions of the Mueller report, that topic — specifically, the frenzied anticipation of Barr’s release of a redacted version of the special counsel’s report (said to be 300 to 400 pages in length) — took center stage.

Democrats were loaded for bear, but Barr warded off their jabs, explaining the process by which the report is being reviewed and making some news along the way.

Here are the major takeaways.

Ingraham: Persistence versus the resistance

Democrats grill Attorney General Barr during testimony on Capitol Hill.

Media rush to defend Obama, criticize Trump over child separation

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich discusses the media hypocrisy on the immigration crisis on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

Tucker on what DC cares more about than our border

Washington elites in denial over the immigration crisis at the southern border.

San Francisco: Two Worlds

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NRATV Video: Colion Noir Exposes the Under-the-Table Business of Homelessness

“Talking to the people that I’ve talked to, I realized that there is a petri dish of ideologies that a lot of people have, and they run the spectrum from complete anarchy to complete socialism.

And because I don’t think it’s sustainable, one thing is going to happen: It’s just going to collapse on itself.”

From the filth on the streets to the filth in city hall, Colion Noir pulls the mask off the city of San Francisco, exposing the real reasons behind a homelessness epidemic that’s only getting worse.

San Francisco: The Human Toll of Bad Policy

NARTY Video: Colion Noir
NARTV Video: Colion Noir Exposes the Human Toll of “Compassion”

“For whatever reason, everything that I was learning, as far as the policies, the politics, the ideologies—it was all just very enabling of a behavior that allowed this mess to thrive. And it really blew me away.”

From families to Vietnam veterans, policies put forth by liberal politicians have far-reaching effects—negative ones.

They’re ones that create a filthy city and a repulsive image, which continue to tarnish the once great city of San Francisco.