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Busted Coverage posted a video Sunday of a few women appearing to attack an SUV. It’s not clear what started the altercation, but it’s clear the three women are extremely pissed.

They keep trying to throw strikes at somebody in the driver seat of the SUV. However, I wouldn’t say they’re having much of an impact.

Trump says he plans to award Tiger Woods Medal of Freedom for ‘comeback in life’

Donald Trump plans to give Tiger Woods a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The two are seen here at an event in 2013.

President Trump, an avid golfer, tweeted out on Monday that he intends to give Woods a medal for his incredible comeback in sports “and, more importantly, LIFE.”

Trump has played golf with Woods several times and sought advice on his own golf game.

The 43-year-old Woods has overcome personal scandal and multiple knee and back surgeries to win another vaunted green jacket at the 2019 Masters — his first big tournament win since 2008.

Just two years ago, Woods could barely walk and feared his career was done.

Taxes Down 25 Percent Nationwide Due to Trump’s Cuts

According to H&R Block, Americans on average saw their tax refunds go up by just 1.4 percent, causing confusion among many who viewed the refund total as their bottom line and expected to see a major boost following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The tax cuts indeed resulted in a 25 percent tax decrease, but average Americans saw the benefit in form of larger paychecks every month as a result of new tax withholding tables from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which were also introduced as a result of the tax cuts.

“Tax reform represented the largest change to the tax code in 30 years, and on top of that, the IRS changed withholding tables in February 2018, automatically adjusting take-home pay,” said Kathy Pickering, vice president of regulatory affairs at H&R Block.

“It’s reasonable to assume that a tax cut would mean your refund will increase, but that’s not necessarily the case,” Pickering said.

“The IRS updated how employers calculate how much tax to withhold from paychecks, which means you could have been getting all your tax cut—and then some—in your paychecks.”

US measles count up to 555, with most new cases in New York

Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago.

While 20 states have reported cases, New York has been the epicenter. Nearly two-thirds of all cases have been in New York, and 85 percent of the latest week’s cases came from the state.

Most of the New York cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

The 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.

Dr. Marc Siegel: The new killer fungus and what we can do about it

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Fungi are neither plant nor animal and they feed on organic matter and make spores to reproduce.

They include mushrooms, toadstools, molds, and yeast. There are over 1,500 species of single-celled fungi called yeast. Candida are yeast that can cause disease.

That brings me to the new scary superbug called Candida Auris – a form of hearty yeast first described in 2009 that has been sickening, at times even killing, patients with weak immune systems around the U.S. and across Asia, South Africa, and South America.

It frightens a lot more than it kills, but it is spreading quickly and it must be taken seriously.

Mall of America Child Attacker Hails From Ilhan Omar’s District, But She Remains Silent

The perpetrator of this unspeakable act is Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, a man who hails from the district that put Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) into Congress.

Many in the community are speaking out about this horrifying violent crime as Minnesota transforms into Mogadishu because of the federally-funded refugee resettlement program.

“This was a senseless act and words cannot truly express our profound shock and sadness,” the Mall of America said in a statement.

“This crime has shocked the community,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone. Our victim advocates are working with the family during this very difficult time for them. We charged Mr. Aranda with the most severe crime that the evidence allowed.”

South Carolina church vandalized with ‘submit to God thru Islam’ on Palm Sunday: police

A Presbyterian church in upstate South Carolina was broken into and vandalized Sunday, according to the local police. (Anderson Police Department)

A South Carolina church had three of its 125-year-old windows broken and was vandalized with Islamic-themed graffiti Sunday hours after celebrating Palm Sunday.

The Anderson Police Department is offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the individuals who vandalized the church building.

South Carolina father accused of letting 1-year-old daughter burn to death while fleeing cops after highway chase

Police are accusing Imhotep Osiris Norman of leaving his 1-year-old daughter to die in the back of his flaming car while trying to flee officers following a highway chase. (Spartanburg County Detention Center)

Imhotep Osiris Norman, 26, of Spartanburg, is now facing a homicide by child abuse charge stemming from the incidents alleged to have unfolded Friday.

If convicted on the felony charge, he could be sentenced anywhere from 20 years to life in prison, The State newspaper reports.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says officers first attempted to pull over Norman at around 10 p.m. in Greenville County after he was clocked doing 67 mph in a 45 mph zone.

When Norman reportedly failed to stop, they gave chase and noticed that smoke and sparks were coming from his vehicle while it was barreling along Interstate-85.

Video: Officers shoot man after telling him to drop gun

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer body camera released Monday, April 15,
In this frame grab from a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer body camera released Monday, April 15, 2019, shows two officers approaching 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin outside a Burger King on March 29, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. Franklin was shot and killed. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department via AP)

The body camera footage shows two officers approaching 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin outside of a Burger King on March 25 and repeatedly yelling for him to put his gun down.

He’s squatting by the open door of a car, facing someone in the passenger seat.

“Sir, put the gun down,” says the officer wearing the body camera. “Drop the gun!”

Franklin doesn’t move as police approach him, the video shows.

As they shout at him, Franklin can be seen raising his right hand with an object
in it, still facing the person in the passenger seat.

Former Louisiana cop arrested for animal sex abuse now charged with child porn

Terry Yetman, a former Louisiana patrolman who was accused of sexually abusing retired police dog, now faces child porn charges. (Louisiana State Police)

Terry Yetman, of Bossier City, was taken into custody on Friday in Webster Parish and charged with 31 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles.

The arrest comes months after Yetman turned himself in to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of animals.

Officials said they discovered electronic evidence showing Yetman’s alleged bestiality with a retired police dog.

CBS drama ‘The Good Fight’ sparks outrage after tweeting ‘Assassinate,’ ‘President,’ and ‘Trump’

The episode itself focuses on the character Diane (Christine Baranski) joining a female resistance group tasked with dragging down Donald Trump’s approval ratings.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, did not provide context for the list. Instead, it asked viewers if they could find the Easter egg.

The egg reference ended up being linked to Kalinda, a popular character in “The Good Wife,” whose name was in the second column.

The tweet hit a nerve with some viewers not amused by the Trump reference. Some pledged to stop watching the show while others threatened to contact the authorities.


Ex-Obama Border Patrol chief supports idea of sending migrant detainees to sanctuary cities

Mark Morgan, former Border Patrol chief under President Obama,
Mark Morgan, former Border Patrol chief under President Obama,

“Congress has failed to do their job. Make no mistake, they could have prevented this (border crisis) and they failed to do so and then every time this current administration tries to come up with an option, they shoot it down.

Well, I haven’t heard any options from them,” Morgan said on “America’s Newsroom” Monday. “I’ve been there.

The border patrol, ICE, their facilities are overwhelmed, the faith-based organizations and other non-governmental organizations are overwhelmed. They have no choice.

They’re going to have to start pushing these individuals out.

Shouldn’t we kind of share the burden throughout the country?”

Trump, again, says illegal immigrants will be ‘given’ to sanctuary cities, states

The president’s new plan comes amid a shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security.

Last week, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned, and the president replaced her with Kevin McAleenan as acting DHS secretary, who was serving as Customs and Border Protection commissioner.

President Trump on Monday announced illegal immigrants will be “given” to Sanctuary Cities and States, pending official decisions from the Department of Homeland Security.

“Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!” Trump tweeted Monday.


Attorney General to Release Mueller Report on April 18

Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, on April 10, 2019. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the report will be released in the morning of April 18 to Congress and the public.

Barr previously said the report is nearly 400 pages long.

Since releasing a top-line summary of the report on March 24, Barr has been working with Mueller to black out portions of the report to protect grand jury testimony, ongoing investigations, sources and methods, and damaging information about people who were not ultimately charged with a crime.

The different categories of redactions will be color-coded in the final report, Barr told lawmakers.

Will Julian Assange Be Offered a Plea Deal?

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, until his asylum was revoked on April 11 and he was arrested by UK police.

Concurrently, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against him and requested his immediate extradition to the United States.

The timing of this sudden movement in the Assange case after seven years of almost complete stasis isn’t a coincidence.

Ocasio-Cortez cutting back on social media use, says it ‘poses a public health risk to everybody’

FILE – In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing with leaders of major banks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tom Ferrall, chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation and a senior at the University of Dayton, has apologized for a fundraising email that referred to Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a “domestic terrorist.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Too much screentime can be bad for your physical and emotional health, she said during the Yahoo podcast “Skulldudgery.”

“I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook. And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave up on it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“Social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” she said.

“There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of 3, with screen time.

But I think it has a lot of effects on older people. I think it has effects on everybody. Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism,” AOC said.

Trump builds unprecedented war chest; Sanders tops Dems 2020 fundraising fight

“The President is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for re-election, and only continues to build momentum,” said Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale.

It’s a dramatic change from his 2016 campaign, a low budget affair compared to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump ended up self-financing much of his campaign, putting $66 million of his own money into his White House bid.

Among the Democrats, Sanders is on top when it comes to the amount of cash raised and the amount of money in the bank.

The Independent from Vermont, who’s making his second straight bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, reported raising $18.2 million, with $28 million cash on hand, having transferred money left over from his 2018 Senate re-election bid.


Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam

In a statement to WTOP, Northam cited safety concerns for reneging on the event. The embattled governor was planning to raise money for Democratic state Sen. Dave Marsden at an event in Burke, Virginia.

According to WTOP, both the Fairfax County NAACP and the Virginia Republican Party had protests planned for the event.

Former Clinton Aide Behind Efforts to Fire Kavanaugh From Summer Teaching Job

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and national press secretary Brian Fallon on her plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., on Oct. 3, 2016. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Brian Fallon, Clinton’s 2016 campaign press secretary, is leading a liberal advocacy group dubbed Demand Justice “that aims to influence the political leanings of America’s courts” by opposing conservative nominees.

According to his LinkedIn account, Fallon is the executive director of the group.

He was also an aide to then-President Barack Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), according to his Twitter profile.

World News:

Massive fire breaks out in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

Smokes ascends as flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019 afternoon,(Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Smoke could be seen from a distance billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, while flames leaped out from two of its bell towers.

The fire department was fighting the flames, while the area near the cathedral was being cleared.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. Sources told Fox News that it appears the fire was related to recent construction done at the cathedral.

The Spire Of Notre-Dame Cathedral In Paris Has Collapsed

The 800 year old spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris has collapsed after a fire swept through the roof of one of Paris’s most iconic landmark.


Part of a global campaign planned by Extinction Rebellion that spans over 80 cities across 33 cities, the demonstrators held protests and blocked traffic in five different locations around the British capital.

At Waterloo Bridge, protestors halted traffic and brought trees, flowers and plants to create an “impromptu garden.”

Also in Waterloo, demonstrators vandalized the oil-company Shell’s headquarters by spraying graffiti, gluing themselves to windows and smashing revolving glass doors.


David Shanks, New Zealand’s chief censor, banned the possession and distribution of the gunman’s video and his manifesto, with the penalty for sharing those and any other officially banned materials being a maximum of 14 years imprisonment, according to The Associated Press.

Of those facing charges for sharing the gunman’s video, two remain in custody after Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll denied their bail while the other four remain free.

One of the suspects, an 18-year-old whose name has not been released, allegedly shared the gunman’s video as well as a picture of the Al Noor mosque with added text reading “target acquired.”

Man Says Xinjiang Like Nazi Germany, Risks Life to Post Photos of ‘Concentration Camp’ on Twitter

Photo of a compound believed to be a detention center in Xinjiang, China. (Kasim/Twitter)

“If you got Twitter or Facebook in your phone, you will be sentenced to 15 years in concentration camps,” he said.

Kasim, who claims to be a Xinjiang resident, posted a series of photos on April 7 of buildings he believes are some of the detention facilities where over 1 million ethnic Uyghurs are being held.

“Everywhere are monitors.

These monitors are helping China to send people into Camps. When I took a picture, a Chinese police looked at me, he was checking other’s phones [sic],” Kasim tweeted.


Preferred Pronouns or Prison

“He.” “She.” “They.” Have you ever given a moment’s thought to your everyday use of these pronouns?

It has probably never occurred to you that those words could be misused. Or that doing so could cost you your business or your job – or even your freedom.

Journalist Abigail Shrier explains how this happened and why it’s become a major free speech issue.

The Real Victims of the Russia Collusion Hoax

When President Donald Trump declassifies all the FISA-related documents—as he has vowed to do—

we’ll see a most sordid story of how top FBI and Justice Department (DOJ) officials launched a politically motivated “counter-intelligence” investigation of the Trump campaign, using confidential informants who were sent to entrap innocent people.

Dems to Trump: We Want Illegals In YOUR Cities, Not Ours!

The Democrat backlash to Trump’s plan to release illegal immigrants into sanctuary cities proves exactly what we have been saying all along.

They aren’t serious about welcoming everyone into their sanctuary cities, they want unassimilated immigrants everywhere because they are more likely to vote Democrat.

Miller outlines the risk of allowing America to fall further away from the values it was founded on.