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Trump doubles down on plan to ship migrants to sanctuary cities, says ‘Radical Left’ should be happy

The comments came after The Washington Post first reported that the White House proposed sending the detainees to sanctuary cities twice in the last six months.

The proposal was first floated in November amid reports of a large migrant caravan from Central America making its way to the southern border.

The idea was again considered in February, amid the standoff with Congress over a border wall.

The Post said the plan was shot down both times. But on Friday, Trump signaled the proposal isn’t dead.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump tweeted.

ICE: 10,000 illegal immigrants from terrorist nations free in US

The Immigration Reform Law Institute revealed Friday that it has received documents under the Freedom of Information Act that show that the illegals have either been ordered deported or have pending final orders of removal, but are still in the U.S.

The group, which focuses on immigration legal avenues, said that ICE said the illegals were here from Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea.

IRLI said Iran “led the pack with over 6,000 or 61 percent of their citizens with removal orders followed by Syria with 20 percent, Sudan with 18 percent, and North Korea with less than a percent.”

The group said that Congress has raised concerns recently about “sleeper cells” in the U.S.

Wife of detained Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher says Trump is ‘being lied to’ about her husband’s treatment

Throughout his 19 years of service, Gallagher earned the Bronze Star with V for Valor twice, a Meritorious Unit commendation, and a trio of Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, among other recognitions and decorations. (Courtesy Sean Gallagher)

Andrea Gallagher’s plea to the White House comes as the legal team representing her husband Edward filed a court motion this week seeking to remove the “unnecessary and punitive restrictions” they say have been placed upon him by his commander at the San Diego facility where he currently is being held.

Trump, in late March, tweeted that Gallagher would be relocated to “less restrictive confinement” ahead of his May 28 court date – but the SEAL’s attorneys have disputed the Navy’s handling of that move.

“It’s an absolute nightmare. And I just want to let the president know he’s being lied to,” Andrea Gallagher said on ‘America’s Newsroom’.

“There is corruption from the top down involved in this and we’re looking to expose it.

Man sets himself on fire outside of White House

A Secret Service spokeswoman confirmed the man had tried to set his jacket on fire, and the D.C. Fire Department responded to administer first aid.

No information about the man’s condition or reason for setting himself on fire was immediately available.

The identity of the man was not released. It appears only one person was involved in the incident.

Body cam footage shows officers attempting to save Justine Damond after she was shot by officer

Justine Ruszczyk Damond
In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, Johanna Morrow plays the didgeridoo during a memorial service for Justine Ruszczyk Damond at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. (AP)

The chaotic footage was played in court Thursday and showed the unsuccessful efforts to save the 40-year-old woman, who was shot minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape near her home.

Damond was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who had taken her fiance’s last name ahead of their wedding, which was scheduled to happen a month after her July 2017 death.

Former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor stands trial on murder and manslaughter charges.

He was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after being charged in her death.

Georgia set to execute man who killed 2 women in 1994

Scotty Garnell Morrow, 52, is scheduled to die May 2 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr announced Friday.

Morrow was convicted of murder in the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s Gainesville home in December 1994. A third woman was also shot but survived.

Morrow and Young began dating in June 1994, but she broke up with him that December because of his abusive behavior, according to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case.

Morrow called Young on Dec. 29, 1994, and she told him to leave her alone, the summary says. Young was in her kitchen with two friends and two of her children, when Morrow showed up a short time later and the pair argued.

Justices lift stay blocking Alabama execution

This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Christopher Lee Price. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP) AP

A divided U.S Supreme Court says Alabama can proceed in the future with the lethal injection of an inmate whose execution was halted a last-minute stay from a lower court.

The justices in orders released early Friday vacated lower court orders that had blocked Thursday’s scheduled execution of 46-year-old inmate Christopher Lee Price.

However, the decision came two hours after Price’s death warrant setting his April 11 automatically execution date expired at midnight.

Alabama will have to seek a new execution date from the Alabama Supreme Court to carry out the execution.

Homeless ‘good Samaritan’ gets probation in gas money scam

FILE- In this March 8, 2019 file photo, Johnny Bobbitt, left, looks on as his attorney John Keesler and Assistant Prosecutor Andrew McDonnell, right, talk while appearing before Superior Court Judge Christopher Garrenger at the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly, N.J.THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER VIA AP ELIZABETH ROBERTSON

Johnny Bobbitt had pleaded guilty in state court to conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

Conditions of his sentence include inpatient drug treatment and cooperation with prosecutors against his co-defendants.

If he violates those conditions, he will be sentenced to five years in prison with no possibility of parole for at least 18 months.

The trio gained widespread recognition, and more than 14,000 donors contributed through GoFundMe, ostensibly to help Bobbitt.

But it was all a scam, Burlington County prosecutors said, intended to enrich the three co-conspirators.

Feds: Ban on female genital mutilation case in Michigan is too weak to enforce

The Justice Department’s decision comes nearly five months after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman dismissed charges against two metro Detroit doctors for carrying out the procedure on nine girls at a Livonia clinic.

Friedman said it’s up to states, not Congress, to regulate the practice.

The case was the first of its kind in the nation. Michigan is among 27 states that have laws against female genital mutilation, which involves cutting or removing the clitoris — a procedure that the World Health Organization calls “a violation of the human rights of girls and women” that “has no health benefits.”

Since Michigan’s law was enacted after Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar performed the procedures, they cannot be charged.

No espionage charge in indictment against Chinese intruder arrested at Mar-a-Lago

Authorities have formally charged Yujing Zhang — the Chinese woman arrested trying to enter Mar-a-Lago last month — with lying to a federal agent and entering restricted property without permission.

They are the same charges as those listed against Zhang in the original criminal complaint.

The indictment, filed Friday, does not include espionage charges, despite authorities continuing to treat her case as a national-security matter, according to sources familiar with an ongoing counterintelligence investigation.

Zhang, 33, could face up to five years imprisonment for lying to a federal officer and one year for entering restricted grounds, and as much as $350,000 in fines, according to court documents.

Georgia girl, 6, dies after brother accidentally shoots her in head, police say

Mille Drew Kelly, 6, died after being accidentally shot by her brother. (GoFundMe)

Investigators say the mother of a girl identified in media reports as Millie Drew Kelly loaded her and her 4-year-old brother into a car Monday at their Paulding County home, but couldn’t get it to start.

When the mother left the vehicle to see what was wrong, she heard a shot fired from inside it, they added.

“Detectives determined that the 4-year-old male sibling retrieved a handgun from the console of the vehicle and accidentally discharged it, striking his 6-year-old sister in the head, fatally wounding her,” the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

‘It’s not a baby’: Pro-choice college student argues babies who survive abortion shouldn’t get healthcare

The shocking admission came during a Q&A with Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, on her “Lies Feminists Tell” university tour.

“There is an abortion crisis of one million killings a year, and it all starts with dehumanizing the unborn,” Hawkins said of the exchange on Twitter.

The pro-life speaker, invited by the Boston College’s Pro-Life Club, challenged the students about the humanity of a child at the U.S.-Mexico border versus within the walls of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.

Former NFL player sentenced to 12 years in prison for cocaine possession

Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Kenneth Leon Tippins, 52, has been sentenced 12 years in prison for cocaine possession (Cook County Sheriff’s Department )

Kenneth Leon Tippins, who played for the Atlanta Falcons from 1990 to 1995, was on probation following a separate 10-year sentence for drug conviction when police checked up on him at his rural Georgia home in May 2018.

When police couldn’t find the 52-year-old, they went down the street to his son’s home, where Tippins answered the door and allowed police to search his home, AJC reports.

Police found “multiple open boxes of clear plastic sandwich bags and a food saver vacuum sealer” in the kitchen, and 22 clear bags containing cocaine in the master bedroom.

Police: 5-year-old pushed or thrown from 3rd floor of Mall of America, suspect in custody

The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was arrested inside the mall and is currently in police custody.

Potts said there is no relationship between the suspect and the child or the child’s family. Investigators are working to determine what led to the child being thrown or pushed.

Tech Watch:

Cruz Hearing Exposes Big Tech Censorship of Conservatives

The Senate subcommittee on the constitution heard testimony from conservative activists about Big Tech restricting access to their on-line audiences.

One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.

Witer/Directors Chuck Konzelman & Cary Solomon testify about #Unplanned censorship

Watch the full testimony from writer/director Chuck Konzelman w/Cary Solomon in front of a congressional committee yesterday.

Chairman Ted Cruz chairs this discussion on censorship and big tech companies.

FCC to Auction Additional 5G Spectrum, Boost Rural Internet

5G networks are expected to be at least 100 times faster than the current 4G networks, cut delays and allow for innovations in a number of fields.

The government, however, will not nationalize the 5G network, an idea mulled for more than a year by the Trump administration.

In a White House event, President Donald Trump said “In the United States our approach is private-sector driven and private-sector led. The government doesn’t have to spend lots of money.”


U.S. mayors dismiss Trump sanctuary city threat, ‘prepared to welcome’ migrants

Trump confirmed on Twitter that he wanted to transport people detained in his immigration crackdown at the U.S.-Mexico border to sanctuary cities, an informal designation for those that refrain from assisting federal immigration authorities in detaining people living in the country illegally.

Mayors from across the country, from Los Angeles to Chicago to Philadelphia, were quick to respond to Trump’s latest portrayal of immigrants and sanctuary cities as threats.

“The city would be prepared to welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement on Friday.

Majority of Voters Approve of Trump’s Handling of the Economy Ahead of 2020 Election: Poll

(Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service)
(Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service)

The “Battleground Poll” surveyed political opinion and civility among registered voters who were likely to vote, between March 31 and April 4 and has been conducted by Republican pollster Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners since 1991.

The poll data also showed that Trump’s unfavorable rating has remained consistent since he first announced he was running for president, at 55 percent for the past four years, while 41 percent of voters find him favorable.

When asked the same question about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 53 percent found her unfavorable, but only 37 percent found her favorable.

NY Dems allow $27M in tuition for illegal immigrants, deny the same for Gold Star families

“We set aside $27 million dollars for college for people that are here illegally … Apparently, $2.7 million is all that the families of soldiers who are killed, get.

If you’re a child of a fallen soldier, you do not rank as high and you know that by the money,” said State Sen. Robert Ortt, a Republican from Niagara, on Thursday.

The bill proposed would have expanded a program that currently serves 145 students, who are relatives or dependents of military members served in combat zones.

The bill would have expanded the program by allocating more funds for those military families that qualify.


The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act passed the state Assembly by a vote of 41-33, and the state Senate approved the legislation 21-16.

“By signing this bill today, we are providing terminally ill patients and their families with the humanity, dignity, and respect that they so richly deserve at the most difficult times any of us will face.”

The law applies to adult patients who are terminally ill and fully capable of making an informed decision.

They may self-administer lethal medication only after counseling and officially requesting medication from a licensed physician.

Roger Stone wants to put Assange on the stand

WikiLeaks has denied having contact with Roger Stone. | Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

The prospect of obtaining Assange’s testimony has grown somewhat likelier with his Thursday arrest in London, which paves the way for his possible extradition to the United States.

Stone expects Assange, under oath, would reiterate WikiLeaks’ denials that it was in contact with Stone in 2016 as it prepared to release hacked emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, according to the person.

Even with Assange’s arrest, several hurdles could prevent his testimony.

A hearing on the U.S. extradition request is scheduled for May, but it could be denied, or Assange could appeal an extradition, dragging out the process past the conclusion of Stone’s trial.

World News:

Suspected Islamic extremists abduct 2 Cuban doctors in Kenya

It was the second abduction of a foreigner in five months likely carried out by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which is based in Somalia.

The gunmen may have taken the doctors into Somalia, police spokesman Charlse Owino said. He said the doctors’ driver had been detained to help with investigations.

The doctors were ambushed as they headed to work, said David Ohito, communications director for the Mandera county government.

U.S. slaps sanctions on four shipping firms, nine ships, carrying oil from Venezuela

The U.S. Treasury identified the firms as Liberia-based Jennifer Navigation Ltd, Lima Shipping Corp and Large Range Ltd, and Italy-based PB Tankers S.P.A.

It blacklisted one tanker belonging to each of the Liberian firms and six owned by the Italian firm.

A Treasury statement said Venezuela’s oil sector continued “to provide a lifeline to the illegitimate regime” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“We continue to target companies that transport Venezuelan oil to Cuba, as they are profiting while the Maduro regime pillages natural resources,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.

British comedian Ian Cognito, 60, dies onstage during stand-up act

British comedian Ian Cognito,whose real name is Paul Barbieri,collapsed during his performance and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the BBC, which was first to report the news, the comedian collapsed during his performance and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bird told the outlet Cognito wasn’t feeling well before his gig but decided to perform anyway. “He was like his old self, his voice was loud. I was thinking ‘he’s having such a good gig’,” Bird recounted.

Cognito reportedly even joked about dying in front of the audience, so when he collapsed people thought it was part of his act. “Everyone in the crowd, me included, thought he was joking,” Bird said.


Ilhan Omar’s pathetic bid to play victim after she downplayed 9/11

What’s out of context? She claimed that Muslim civil liberties suffered as a result of the nation’s reaction to 9/11 — even as she completely, intentionally disregarded the grim facts of that day.

Indeed, Omar’s responsible for the only thing “out of context” here: CAIR was founded in 1994, long before 9/11.

The saddest excuse-making came from a Washington Post “fact-checker” who compared Omar’s words to President George W. Bush’s “Bullhorn Speech” to rescue workers at Ground Zero three days after 9/11: “The people who knocked down these buildings will hear all of us soon!”

Talk about context: Omar minimized 9/11 to charge it prompted a supposed mass violation of civil rights. Bush was at the scene of the heinous crime, directly warning the perpetrators that they’d pay.

As for “incitement”: Neither The Post nor Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who questioned Omar’s word choice on Twitter, threatened her or called for violence.

Omar and her supporters simply want to stifle debate by declaring any criticism of her to be out of bounds.

What effect do hormone suppressing drugs have on transgender children?

Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel on the extreme treatments being given to children.

Tucker: People are mad at Assange instead of Obama

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London, but is hacking his actual crime?