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Search for father and daughter in Notre Dame photo goes viral

The photographer, who inadvertently captured an adorable moment between an unidentified “father and daughter,” turned to Twitter to find them – and the internet has not disappointed.

Brooke Windsor, who originally shared the image of a man twirling a smiling young girl in front of the cathedral, said it was taken around 6:00 p.m. Paris time, just one hour before the iconic building caught fire.

The pair has not been identified, but the tweet has been shared more than 320,000 times.


Motorcycle club throws birthday party for little boy who was afraid no one would show up

Michael was turning 11-years-old and had invited his entire class to his birthday party on April 7 at a park. His family says that he struggles with disabilities and it’s tough for him to make friends in school, so he was worried that no one would show up.

By the time his party date rolled around, only two people had confirmed that they were coming. Well, a local motorcyle club was not having that.

The Defenders Motorcyle Club heard about the party and reached out to the North Port Police Department to throw the greatest party Michael ever had.


Court tosses military panel proceedings against suspected USS Cole attack mastermind

The USS Cole bombing
The USS Cole bombing killed 17 sailors and injured 37 others in October 2000. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, file) (The Associated Press)

The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that the military judge in the terrorism case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri improperly presided over the trial at the same time he was seeking a job with the Justice Department (DOJ) as an immigration judge.

In the panel’s ruling, Judge David Tatel wrote that retired Air Force Col. Vance Spath’s application for the DOJ position “created a disqualifying appearance of partiality” and vacated all orders issued by Spath in the case after he applied for the job in 2015.

“We cannot permit an appearance of partiality to infect a system of justice that requires the most scrupulous conduct from its adjudicators,” said Tatel, who was joined in the ruling by Judges Judith Rogers and Thomas Griffith.

In a further twist, Col. Shelly Schools, who’d briefly replaced Spath, was also removed after it was revealed that she also sought to become an immigration judge.


Florida dad who threw 5-year-old girl off Tampa Bay bridge convicted, sentenced to life in prison

John Jonchuck was convicted and sentenced for murdering his daughter, Phoebe. (AP, File)

Twelve hours before Phoebe’s death, Jonchuck’s divorce lawyer, Genevieve Torres, called a state child protection hotline fearing for the girl’s safety, investigators said.

Torres told the Department of Children and Families operator that Jonchuck had driven to three churches in his pajamas with Phoebe in tow that morning, called Torres “God” and asked her to translate his stepmother’s century-old Swedish Bible, which he carried and over which he obsessed.

Jonchuck was also paranoid that Phoebe wasn’t his child, Torres said.

However, the operator thought the attorney was more worried about Jonchuck’s safety than the girl’s and did not report the call to authorities, they
said.

Just after midnight the next day, Jonchuck’s PT Cruiser raced past officer William Vickers, who was heading home from a shift in his patrol car.

He started following Jonchuck but never got close enough to read the license plate and didn’t know Phoebe was inside, investigators have said.


Report: South Carolina middle school student drinks nine mini bottles of whiskey, passes out in nurse’s office

According to KOCO, the school’s principal searched the student’s backpack and found nine empty Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey mini bottles, as well as a half-empty bottle and two unopened bottles.

School officials also retrieved four unopened bottles from other students, as the teen had been passing them out.


Immigrant pummeled by 2 men for wearing ‘MAGA’ hat: Maryland police

West African immigrant Atsu Nable said he asked his alleged assailants “why are you doing this?” He said they told him, “No, the hat.” (Fox 5 DC)

Montgomery County police on Monday announced two arrests in connection with the alleged politically-motivated beat-down.

Cops charged Jovan Crawford, 27, of Germantown, and Scott Duncan Roberson, 25, of D.C., with assaulting Nable. They were also charged with robbery, attempted theft and conspiracy.

Police said in a news release Nable initially tried to walk away from the two men.

The two men then began striking Nable and telling him to take the hat off, the news release says.

“The victim continued to be struck by the suspects until he fell to the ground,” cops said in the release. “The suspects then removed property from the victim,
and destroyed items of value.”


US reverses deportation of husband of soldier killed in Afghanistan

Jose Gonzalez Carranza and his 12-year-old daughter,
Jose Gonzalez Carranza and his 12-year-old daughter, who is a US citizen.FAMILY HANDOUT/ EZEQUIEL HERNANDEZ

Mr Gonzalez Carranza was married to Army Pfc Barbara Vieyra – a first-generation American born to Mexican immigrant parents – in 2007.

Vieyra, who deployed to Afghanistan as a military police officer, was killed by enemy fighters in Konar province, east of Kabul, in 2010 at the age of 22.

According to his lawyer, Ice decided to re-open his case in 2018 and a judge subsequently ordered him deported after he failed to show up for a court hearing.

But Mr Hernandez said that Ice sent the notice to appear in court to the wrong address, which is why his client never attended his hearing.

Mr Gonzalez Carranza himself had illegally entered the US from Veracruz, Mexico in 2004 as a teenager.


Oregon foster care system targeted in federal lawsuit

The 77-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court details stories of foster children being neglected or harmed while under Department of Human Services care, including a 16-year-old girl sent to a juvenile jail after she had previously tried to kill herself.

The agency has weathered years criticism over the way it treats children and has paid out tens of millions of dollars to settle previous complaints.

The big problem is that Oregon has failed to develop specialized placements or even enough placements for kids in care, said Marcia Lowry, executive director of A Better Childhood, one of the nonprofits behind the lawsuit. Oregon goes well beyond what even the national problems are.


Congestion tax on drivers gains steam in big cities after New York approves controversial plan 

Congestion pricing is an idea first popularized overseas. Back in 2003, London imposed a fee of £11.50 ($15) to drive into Central London, and piled on another fee several years ago for older vehicles.

While the price has not been set in stone for New York, a report commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office recommends cars entering Manhattan during peak hours be charged $11.52, and trucks be charged $25.34 – on top of any bridge tolls.

New York state lawmakers earlier this month approved a congestion surcharge for drivers at all Manhattan points of entry below 60th Street, the culmination of a decade-long fight that began in 2007 when former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg began pushing the plan.

Now supporters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle and Portland are considering following New York’s lead, in an effort to cut down on traffic and pollution and raise money for public transportation.

But critics say the charges, in New York and beyond, would only punish commuters who have no choice but to drive into cities, as well as businesses that rely on downtown deliveries.


Bed bugs force Apple to temporarily close 24-hour Fifth Avenue store

Critters were spotted in the store as far back as three to four weeks ago, but the Apple Store didn’t acknowledge there was a problem until last week.

After a bed bug was found crawling on a table, the table was cordoned off and an exterminator was bought in.

Later, an overnight employee found a bed bug on her sweater and took a video of it, which circulated among hundreds of staff.

This lead to the flagship Apple store, which is open 365 days a year, for 24 hours a day, closing its doors for six hours in the middle of the night as an exterminator was brought in.


Google will pay Louisville $4 million to repair roads after Fiber exit

The roof of a Google fiber instillation truck is pictured Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Google Fiber service ended in Louisville this week following a number of issues, including exposed cables.

As it departs, Google is paying the city $3.84 million over 20 months to cover the costs of removing cables and sealant from roads; milling and paving where needed; and removing above-ground infrastructure.

Google didn’t have any choice but to foot the bill for repairs.

Under local regulations and a franchise agreement, it was required to leave the streets in the same condition or better than when it started digging them up in 2017 if it ended Fiber service.

Politics:


Who are the wealthiest 2020 Dems? With tax returns in, the answer may surprise you

Stressing transparency in government, more than a half-dozen Democrats running for the White House have released their tax returns.

And while the filings are a way for the Democratic candidates to spotlight Republican President Trump’s refusal to release his taxes — both as a 2016 White House candidate and as a sitting president — the returns also have revealed that some of the biggest class warriors of the 2020 field happen to be among the wealthiest.


Bernie Sanders says it’s a ‘disgrace’ that Amazon and Netflix pay nothing under Trump’s tax bill

Speaking at a Fox News town hall event, Sanders criticised the way America’s tax system allows corporate giants to pay small amounts of tax.

“I happen to believe… that we have an absurd tax system,” Sanders told Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

Sanders has a history of needling Amazon, taking the company to task over its working conditions.

He aggressively lobbied the company to raise its minimum wage, which it did in November of last year.

Neither Amazon nor Netflix paid any federal or state income tax 2018, although they made $11.2 billion and $845 million in profit respectively.

Sanders isn’t the only one to criticise Amazon’s minimal tax bill.


CALIFORNIA TEACHER CLAIMS UNIONS PUSHING ‘HARD LEFT’ ABORTION POLICY ONTO CHILDREN

Friedrichs said unions are forcing teachers to embrace radically liberal agendas through intimidation and financial influence.

“You’ve had another guest on who’s told you a little bit about that sex ed, forcing teachers to tell little children that at age 12 they have the right to go get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge or permission.

And the schools will help them get there and help them fund it.”

Teachers are these … most teachers are good, loving people and many of them are against abortion, and are against sexualizing little children,” she said.

“But we are being used by very powerful organizations.

The teachers unions collect about $5 billion a year tax-free from teachers and they use that money to push their personal, social, sexual and political agenda into our schools.”


One reason lawmakers are hesitant to fix Social Security: the millennials

the Social Security 2100 Act
the Social Security 2100 Act is one proposal to expand the social insurance program, so that it doesn’t reach insolvency in 15 years.Getty Images

If nothing is done, the trust funds that fuel the program will run out of reserves by 2034, and future retirees will get 79 cents on the dollar of what they’re owed in benefits.

One such proposal is the Social Security 2100 Act, introduced by Representative John Larson (D-Conn.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, as well as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sen. Chris van Hollen (D-Maryland).

The bill, if passed, would increase revenue by raising the payroll tax 0.1% every year until it reaches 14.8% in 2043 and applying the payroll tax to those who earn more than $400,000 (the limit is currently capped at $132,900).

During a Social Security subcommittee hearing this month, Democrats and Republicans, as well as members of the public, shared why such a proposal would or would not work — and why Social Security needs to be secured and expanded.

Representative Tom Reed, the Republican leader of the Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee from New York, said an increased payroll tax would “unfairly hurt” young people.

“It hurts the students struggling to pay for their rent and their next meal,” he said. “We want to empower the next generation with tools to save for their retirement in a way that works best for them.”

House Judiciary Committee considers questioning Stephen Miller about White House immigration policy

White House adviser Stephen Miller may be the next person called on to testify before the House Judiciary Committee — this time to discuss a proposal to move migrants to sanctuary states.

One America’s Meghann Dyke has the details.


Clinton Foundation Donor Funded Ukraine Report at Core of Charges Against Former Obama Counsel

Victor Pinchuk, Founder of EastOne and of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation talks as former President Bill Clinton (R) listens in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 29, 2009. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

In a video statement, Craig said that Victor Pinchuk “helped fund” the 2012 report. Pinchuk is a Ukrainian businessman and a major donor to the Clinton Foundation.

“It was Doug Schoen who brought this project to me, and he told me he was acting on behalf of Mr. Victor Pinchuk, who is a pro-Western Ukranian businessman, who helped fund the project,” Craig said.

In an indictment filed earlier this month, federal prosecutors alleged that Craig lied about aspects of his work on the Ukraine report, including the nature and extent of his communications with the media, in order to avoid registering as a foreign lobbyist as required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.


FBI failed to provide details on contact with Clinton campaign lawyer: Judicial Watch

The FBI failed to respond to an October 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking more information about communications in late 2016 between a top Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer and the bureau’s then-general counsel, according to the transparency group Judicial Watch.

Additionally, the group said, the FBI has ignored September 2018 FOIA requests concerning bureau communications with, and payments to, British ex-spy Christopher Steele — who authored the infamous anti-Trump dossier.

In response, Judicial Watch announced Tuesday it has filed lawsuits seeking the full release of all relevant documents.

The separate suit to obtain the Clinton-related communications, Fitton said, aims to “fully expose the scandalous collusion between the Obama FBI and the Clinton-DNC political operation to target Hillary Clinton’s political opponent, Donald J. Trump.”

World News:


Taliban launches spring offensive despite delicate peace negotiations with US

As part of any deal, the U.S. would require a pledge that terrorists would not be allowed to use Afghanistan as a base to launch attacks on the West or other nations.

But many Afghans believe the only thing standing between them and strict Islamic Taliban rule are the 14,000 U.S. troops still based in Afghanistan.

Despite peace talks, the Taliban just announced a Spring Offensive – attacking in different parts of the country – a move U.S. officials have called reckless.


French Priest Who Ran Into Burning Notre Dame to Save Crown of Thorns Hailed as Hero

Smoke rises around the alter in front of the cross inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral
Smoke rises around the alter in front of the cross inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral as the fire continues to burn in Paris on April 16, 2019. (Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images)

Father Jean-Marc Fournier, the chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, also saved the Blessed Sacrament while he joined rescue workers who entered the iconic cathedral to save priceless relics on April 15.

A photo of Fournier also has found its way to Twitter, with many social media users showing appreciation for what he has done.

“Father Fournier is an absolute hero,” a member of the emergency services told an Irish radio station NewsTalk.

”He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear.”

Commentary/Opinion:


Europe is burning, just as Notre Dame was. NOTRE DAME: AN OMEN

It is as if God Himself wanted to warn us in the most unmistakable way that Western Christianity is burning — and with it, Western civilization.

Every major Western (and one major non-Western) social and intellectual force has conspired to rid Europe of Christianity and the civilization it produced.

Within the Western world, the French Enlightenment — the intellectual basis of the French Revolution and the modern West — sought to replace Christianity, and religion in general, with secularism rooted in reason.

No God, Bible or Ten Commandments is necessary for morality or meaning: reason (and science) will replace them.

With the end of World War II, every internal Western intellectual doctrine was secular. God, the Bible and religion were regarded at best as innocuous nonsense and at worst as noxious nonsense.

Meanwhile, Europeans brought a non-European ideology into Europe, an ideology that, for more than a thousand years, sought to replace Christianity as the world’s dominant religion.

The Europeans, believing in nothing distinctly Christian or Western and believing in the moral and intellectual nonsense known as “multiculturalism” — a doctrine that asserts that all cultures are morally equivalent — saw nothing problematic in bringing millions of Muslims into Europe.

They had no idea that most of these people actually wanted to replace Christianity with their religion.

They had no idea because, in their ignorance and arrogance, they assumed that because they were secular multiculturalists, everybody else was, too — or would be, once they lived in Europe.

European Christians persecuted European Jews, often brutally. But it took a post-Christian ideology, secular Nazism, to produce Auschwitz — just as it took post-Christian communism to produce the Gulag, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Ukrainian and Cambodian genocides.

Moreover, Nazism and communism aside, the left’s belief that secular reason can replace God and the Bible turns out to be completely wrong.

The alleged citadels of secular reason — the universities — are the most irrational and morally confused institutions in the West.

I don’t know if a worker accident or a radical Muslim set fire to Notre Dame Cathedral (as they have scores of other churches around Europe). In terms of what the fire represented, it doesn’t much matter. What matters is the omen: Europe is burning, just as Notre Dame was.


Admit it: Fox News has been right all along

After two years of conjecture from all sides, some hard truths have emerged. Russia did try to influence the 2016 election.

Neither Trump nor his campaign conspired with Russia.

The president’s actions did not rise to criminal obstruction of justice.

And how and why this all began may well turn out to be the most troubling story of all.

Just three weeks ago, before Mueller wrapped up his report, The Post — in a story representative of mainstream sources at the time — produced a mostly flattering profile of the new attorney general.

“A Justice Department official told The Washington Post last month that Barr is viewed at the department as ‘a lawyer’s lawyer’ and is seen as less politically minded than his predecessors,” the story noted.

Now, Barr is being cast by the liberal cable channels and others as an unscrupulous political hack attached to the president’s leash.

On CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Barr “may be whitewashing” his summary of the report.

Such accusations represent an unlikely turn of events for a 68-year-old professional with an impeccable record and a career more behind him than in front of him.

For Fox News devotees in southern Ohio and other Trump strongholds, nothing from the Mueller investigation has provided cause to waver from their preferred news source.

Meanwhile, even regular viewers of CNN and MSNBC must certainly recognize the straws being grasped to justify sticking with a conspiracy theory that has been largely debunked — although the expected release of Mueller’s report this week will probably provide just enough juice for one last effort.

Is Planned Parenthood a Healthcare Organization?

Planned Parenthood has a new president and she is trying to rebrand the organization as a “healthcare provider”.

The Daily Caller’s newest video columnist Lisa Smiley breaks it down.

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