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757-pound swordfish caught near Florida Keys

On March 31, Captain Nick Stanczyk took a group of clients out on his charter boat, unaware that he was about to make the catch of a lifetime.

He led them to a location off the coast of Islamorada, Fla., a known spot for swordfish sightings. About 10 minutes after setting the bait, Stanczyk noticed they had a bite.

Initially, he was unaware of just how big the fish was.

After about 40 minutes, he got his first look at the electric blue swordfish, and guessed that it weighed somewhere around 400 pounds.

Over the next several hours, the beast would continuously dive deep and then come storming back up to the surface, but it never broke free from the line.

‘Cheeky’ gorillas pose for stunning selfie with rangers

“The two orphaned gorillas in the photo are Ndakazi and Ndeze.”
“The two orphaned gorillas in the photo are Ndakazi and Ndeze.”

The remarkable photo at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo has gone viral since it was posted on Facebook.

“The photo was taken by Mathieu Shamavu who is a full-time ranger with Virunga National Park,” a spokesperson for the National Park told Fox News, via email.

“The two orphaned gorillas in the photo are Ndakazi and Ndeze.”

In the Facebook post, the organization explained that the gorillas were photographed inside the Senkwekwe Center for orphaned gorillas, which is located at the Park’s headquarters in Rumangabo.

“We’ve received dozens of messages about the photo. YES, it’s real!” 

Harley-Davidson points to tariff impact as Trump weighs in

Shares in the Milwaukee-based firm, buffeted by Trump’s rows with Europe and China over tariffs, surged as much as 4 percent after the president called the European Union’s treatment of the company “unfair” and vowed to reciprocate.

The company also posted profit for the first quarter that was more than 30 cents per share ahead of expectations, but reported continuing declines in sales that analysts said did not change an overall difficult picture for Harley.


Waheba Issa Dais, a 46-year-old woman born in Israel but now a permanent legal resident of the U.S., pleaded guilty to hacking Facebook accounts and using them to recruit for ISIS, to encourage budding terrorists and to explain how to build explosives, prosecutors said, The New York Times reported.

Dais reportedly provided step by step details on how to create an explosive belt, TNT and a recipe for the poison Ricin.

“Remember Boston Marathon bombing?” Dais asked a user on Facebook, according to the plea deal she signed, reported The NYT.

The user was an undercover FBI agent. “It was very easy to make. All it needs is a pressure cooker, shrapnel and explosives. Join my channel and research.”

San Francisco human feces map shows waste blanketing the California city

A new map pinpointing the locations where human feces are reported to have been found in the California city since 2011 shows San Francisco has a staggering problem with the stinky stuff.

Nearly every city block has had a poop sighting in recent years as the city grapples with homelessness, according to data compiled by Open The Books.

Not even the basking sea lions and aquatic life calling the Bay Area home have been spared.

Former CBS exec blasts network for culture of ‘systematic racism, discrimination and sexual harassment’

Whitney Davis, former executive and longtime employee of CBS,

Following an independent investigation of CBS last year after sexual misconduct allegations were levied against the former CEO Les Moonves, it was the opinion of Whitney Davis, a ten-year employee of the network’s news and entertainment divisions, that there would be large-scale changes.

Having allegedly experienced a litany of disturbing interactions with other employees and executives throughout her career there, Davis was active in the investigation and voiced her concerns with the workplace culture, hoping that it would lead to an expansion primarily in the way CBS treats their employees of color.

Davis claimed in a lengthy piece she penned for Variety that she heard nothing from investigators.

Then, the report was leaked to the media, and the investigation was closed.

Review of Boy Scouts ‘Perversion Files’ Reveals 12,000 Victims, Almost 8,000 Abusers

Janet Warren, professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia, spent about five years reviewing the files and revealed the numbers in a Jan. 30 expert testimony.

The law firm, Jeff Anderson and Associates, represented victims of child sexual abuse at the trial and revealed details from Warren’s testimony during an April 23 press conference.

Nearly 5,000 of the “Ineligible Volunteer Files” as the BSA called them, have been entered into court records over the past decades and were collected by the Los Angeles Times, culminating in a 2012 exposé that made 1,900 of the files public and revealed that the BSA appeared to have failed to report hundreds of cases to the police and even worked to conceal some of them.

High school student claims he was expelled for being conservative

6-year-old Michael Mancini says he was expelled from Cheshire Academy for disagreeing with classmates who claimed Shakespeare portrayed transgender individuals in a positive light.

In Unprecedented Case, Pharmaceutical Distributor Faces Criminal Charges Over Opioid Crisis

The United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan charged Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC), the sixth-largest pharmaceutical distributor in the United States, with conspiring to distribute drugs and defrauding the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Prosecutors also charged two of the company’s former senior officials, Laurence Doud and William Pietruszewski.

The charges open up a new legal front in the government’s battle against the opioid crisis, which has claimed the lives of 47,600 Americans in 2017 alone, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Prosecutors charged RDC using the same statutes typically used against illegal street dealers and drug cartels.

Supreme Court looks likely to back Trump administration on adding citizenship question to 2020 census

Their ruling, expected by late June, would clear the way for all households to be asked about citizenship for the first time since 1950.

A reduced response rate among noncitizens would alter the allocation of House seats and hundreds of billions of federal dollars.

“Citizen voting age population is a critical element in voting rights enforcement, and this is getting citizenship information,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.

So far, Ross has lost at district courts in California, New York and Maryland.

Three judges named by President Barack Obama have described acts of subterfuge and misleading statements they say were intended to obscure the real reasons for asking the citizenship question.



Migrants queue to request asylum after crossing illegally into El Paso, in this picture taken from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez – RC15A55EB000

Human smugglers transporting migrants into the U.S. from Central America’s Northern Triangle — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — brought in an estimated $200 million to $2.3 billion in revenue in 2017, according to the study.

The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), also found that criminal cartels don’t directly oversee much of the smuggling, though they do profit by charging smugglers a tax for traveling through areas under their control.

“We learned that human smuggling involves many different types of actors and that we could not credibly distinguish most criminal organizations’ activities and revenues from those of other actors, including ad hoc groups and independent operators, that engage in human smuggling,” RAND economist Victoria Greenfield, the study’s lead author, said in a release.

White House Finds New Way to Deal With Biggest Source of Illegal Aliens in US

A fact sheet released by the White House to explain the memo says that the aforementioned departments will look for ways to stop illegal overstays from countries with overstay rates over 10 percent.

The memo follows a study from the Center for Migration Studies that shows those that come to the United States and overstay the time allotted in their visas are a higher source of people in the country illegally than those that cross the border illegally.

The White House is giving the secretaries of state and Homeland Security 120 days to find solutions.

Homeland Security is also looking into ways to curb overstays from countries with visa waiver agreements with the United States.

The memo says that the secretaries of state and Homeland Security should start imposing admission bonds as a way to get people to leave the United States on time.

Presumably, this would play out by imposing a fee at a port of entry, which is given back to the traveler upon a timely exit from the country.

The Trump administration has already taken steps to curb visa overstays.



Mulvaney, who was a special guest speaker at the breakfast as a Catholic leader, noted that during the past two-and-a-half years, Trump has spent a great deal of time on the mistreatment of Christians and other religious minorities internationally.

Mulvaney referenced the first-ever State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom attended by 600 people from around the world as well as President Trump’s role in the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from his two-year imprisonment in Turkey.

“What you don’t know about is what goes on behind closed doors,” Mulvaney said.

“What you don’t know about is what goes on behind closed doors,” Mulvaney said. “I very rarely talk about my private meetings with the president, the stuff that goes on what goes on outside the private eye,

Mueller Report Drives a 250 Percent Increase in Trump Campaign Fundraising: Report

“The release of the full Mueller report directly led to the campaign raising more than $1 million,” Glassner told the New York Post. “Relative to our recent daily average, the Mueller news drove a 250 percent increase in fundraising from grassroots donors.”

“Sorry Trump Haters. The biggest Waste of Money Witch Hunt in history is finally over.

The attacks and lies will keep coming heading into 2020. That’s why we need to fight back BIGGER and STRONGER than ever before,” Trumpcampaign sent out a text message with a goal of raising $1 million in 24 hours.

The campaign announced in another text message on Friday afternoon, April 19, that they had hit its goal, the Washington Examiner reported.

Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, far outpacing the haul of every Democratic contender during the same period, The Epoch Times reported.

The Unexpected Advantage of the Fake Russia Collusion Scandal

The United States is witnessing history, as a corrupt network of career officials has been actively working against President Donald Trump and the interests of the American people.

During the 2016 elections, this network—alongside politicians, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and foreign government officials—helped create the narrative that Trump colluded with Russia.

The goal was first to prevent him from becoming president, and after that failed to undermine it as much as possible.

However there is an unexpected advantage to this scandal and we explore it.

Adam Schiff Is Finally Pressed on the Steele Dossier–He Doesn’t Want to Talk About It

In an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace, Schiff largely refused to discuss the dossier, a remarkable shift for the Democrat, who endorsed Steele’s unverified allegations about Trump associates during a public House Intelligence Committee hearing just over two years ago.

Schiff favorably cited dossier author Christopher Steele by name six times during his opening remarks at an Intelligence Committee hearing on March 20, 2017.

In Sunday’s interview, Wallace noted the Mueller report established that much of the Steele dossier was either false or impossible to verify.

Wallace asked Schiff whether it was appropriate to investigate whether the dossier was the product of a Russian disinformation campaign.

Judicial Watch: FBI Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Found in Obama White House

Judicial Watch announced today that a senior FBI official admitted, in writing and under oath, that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President.

The FBI also admitted nearly 49,000 Clinton server emails were reviewed as result of a search warrant for her material on the laptop of Anthony Weiner.

E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, made the disclosure to Judicial Watch as part of court-ordered discovery into the Clinton email issue.

U.S District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers, and Clinton aides, as well as Priestap, to be deposed or answer writer questions under oath.

The court ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

Impeachment, socialism and gender: highlights from CNN’s 2020 town halls

Kamala Harris came out in support of impeaching Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders said he was in favor of people in prison being able to vote – even “terrible people” such as the Boston Marathon bomber.

Elizabeth Warren ably addressed the problem of sexism and double standards in politics.

Here’s a look at some of the main takeaways from the discussions.

Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential Campaign Launch Delayed: Reports

Former vice president Joe Biden talks with officials after speaking at a rally in support of striking Stop & Shop workers in Boston, on April 18, 2019. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Several sources told Atlantic reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere that the announcement, to be made by video, was being pushed back to an unspecified date.

Dovere previously reported that Biden finally decided to run and that his campaign was deciding upon the location for the campaign launch, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Charlottesville, Virginia; and Delaware among those being considered.

Biden was going to include video footage that he shot two weeks ago outside his old family home in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The change caused some confusion about what was next for Biden, but sources familiar with the kick-off planning told Fox News that he will now make his presidential campaign official on Thursday in a video announcement.

Ilhan Omar Slammed U.S. Soldiers Involved in ‘Black Hawk Down’ Incident

Omar’s attack on U.S. soldiers involved in the “Black Hawk Down” incident appears to have gone unnoticed until now.

Her tweet saying that “thousands of Somalis [were] killed by the American forces” exaggerated the Somali death toll and omitted important context.

It completely missed the point of the U.S. involvement in Somalia, retired Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, who was shot down in Mogadishu on Oct. 3, 1993 and held captive by the militia loyal to Somali warlord Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid, told the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).

The U.S. military was in Somalia as part of a humanitarian mission to save starving Somalis and protect food and aid from being stolen by warring factions.

Somali casualty counts vary dramatically, in part due to the nature of the battle.

But few credible estimates place the figure anywhere near the “thousands” Omar claimed were killed.

Ocasio-Cortez declares VA ‘isn’t broken,’ already provides top-notch care

“All I can think of is that classic refrain that my parents always taught me growing up, is that: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’” she said in New York, as part of her argument against privatizing aspects of the scandal-scarred agency’s work.

“That is the opening approach we have seen when it comes to privatization, it’s the idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides some of the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimized, tinkered with until we don’t even recognize it anymore,” she said, in comments first reported by The Washington Examiner.

“They are trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they are trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations, and, ultimately they are trying to fix the VA for a for-profit healthcare industry that does not put people or veterans
first,” she said.

“And so we have a responsibility to protect it.”

Kamala Harris says she supports adding third gender option to federal IDs

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Sen. Kamala Harris is not the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to be asked about adding a nonbinary gender marker to federal IDs and documents. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Harris was asked about adding a third gender option during an event at Keene State College in New Hampshire. “Sure,” she replied.

Harris — a product of the San Francisco Bay Area with a long record on LGBTQ rights, including refusing to defend a ban on same-sex marriage as attorney general of California — used the question to denounce what she described as rising hate in America.

Harris is not the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to be asked about adding a nonbinary gender marker to federal IDs and documents.

In February, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she supported moving toward a practice nationwide that’s already in place in states such as New Jersey and Oregon.

Unions spent $2B on politics in 2018

Union spending was up $300 million from 2016, a presidential election year, indicating that unions are now spending more at the state and local level.

Nearly a quarter of the 2018 spending, $479 billion, went directly to state politics, more than double what the Labor Research group found in the previous election cycle.

That finding is based on data from the Labor Department, the Federal Election Commission, and the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.

Legislation Would End Oil and Gas Production In Most of California

“Keep It in the Ground” is a global protest movement opposing fossil fuel development.

California was the fourth-largest producer of crude oil among the 50 states in 2017, after Texas, North Dakota, and Alaska, and, as of January 2018, third in oil refining capacity after Texas and Louisiana.

AB 345 by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), would increase setback distance between oil production facilities and private and public property to 2,500 feet for every well, existing or planned in the state.

According to the Western States Petroleum Association and the California Independent Petroleum Association, this bill, if passed, would effectively end oil production in many parts of the state and threaten the future of production IN ALL PARTS OF THE STATE, for example:

World News:

Netanyahu to name Golan Heights settlement after President Trump

Since Israel captured the Golan Heights in 1967 by defeating Syria in the Six-Day War, the area had gone unrecognized by major world leaders.

But last month, Trump broke tradition and became the first US president to declare the middle-eastern land as Israeli.

“All Israelis were deeply moved when President Trump made his historic decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” PM Netanyahu said in a statement on his YouTube page Tuesday.

“I intend to bring to the government a resolution calling for a new community on the Golan Heights named after President Donald J. Trump.”

Suicide bomber pats a child on the head… then blows himself up in a church:Chilling video emerges as ISIS reveal photo of the jihadists who carried out Sri Lanka attack ‘to avenge Christchurch massacre’

The terrorist can be seen sauntering towards St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo while wearing a large backpack containing a ‘crude device made locally’ that was used to massacre Christian worshippers.

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said at least 110 people died in the St Sebastian’s blast, the deadliest in a series of attacks against churches and luxury hotels that killed 321 people in total and left more than 500 injured.

It comes as all seven of the suicide bombers who carried out the devastating Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings were pictured together in an image released by ISIS.

Earlier today, state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament that preliminary investigations suggested the co-ordinated blasts were ‘in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch’.

White supremacist Brenton Tarrant allegedly slaughtered 50 people at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15 while live-streaming the shooting on Facebook.

Sri Lanka warns there could be MORE terror attacks as it is revealed security officials were tipped off TWO HOURS before the attack and probe is launched into intelligence failings

The Prime Minister also warned that more attackers and bombs are ‘out there’ as the official death toll from the attack was raised to 321

Moulvi Zahran Hashim, leader of National Thowfeek Jamaath, is widely reported to have master-minded the attacks.

Sri Lankan and Indian security officers said that a warning had been sent about a threat against churches two hours before the attack was carried out.

Indian intelligence officers contacted their Sri Lankan counterparts before the first attack to warn of a specific threat on churches, one Sri Lankan defence source and an Indian government source said.

Another Sri Lankan defence source said warnings came ‘hours before’ the first strike.

One of the Sri Lankan sources said a warning was also sent by the Indians on Saturday night. The Indian government source said similar messages had been given to Sri Lankan intelligence agents on April 4 and April 20.

Cleric ‘mastermind’ behind Sri Lanka attacks known for hate-filled online sermons, possible ISIS ties

radical Islamic cleric Zahran Hashim, alternately known as Mohammed Zahran,
radical Islamic cleric Zahran Hashim, alternately known as Mohammed Zahran,

Sri Lanka government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said Monday that authorities believe a small extremist group known as the National Thowfeek Jamaath (NJT) – despite having generated little cause for concern with the exception of slashing Buddha statues in 2017 – were the orchestrators.

Moreover, one of NJT’s leaders Hashim may have had additional terrorist ties.

But despite reportedly being known to authorities, Hashim’s videos – which have since been removed for violating YouTube terms – were seemingly left unchecked, according to The Telegraph.

Now, unconfirmed reports are not only pointing the finger at him for being one of the suicide bombers to strike the Shangri La hotel but pegging him as the mastermind of the coordinated attacks which have left more than 320 people dead and over 500 wounded.

Nigeria: Christians slaughtered by Fulani militants at baby dedication; children among the dead

A Christian family mourns three relatives killed by armed Fulani herdsmen in Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria, in December 2011. | (Photo: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

Morning Star News reports that the attack took place on Palm Sunday as Christians in the predominantly Christian community gathered to eat after the child was dedicated that morning at Ruhaniya Baptist Church in the village.

Fulani militants, who have increasingly targeted Christians, stormed the party and opened fire indiscriminately, killing 17.

The militants claimed the life of the baby’s mother, Safaratu John Kabiru Ali, along with several others, some of whom were children as young as 10.

The baby’s father, John Kabiru Ali, is currently in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds.


Ratified by Saudi Arabian King Salman, the executions took place across the country and were in accordance with Islamic Law, according to the country’s Interior Ministry who used language that indicated they were all beheadings.

Those who were executed were found guilty by the Specialized Criminal Court of attacking security installations, killing a number of security officials and working with enemy organizations against the country’s interest.

Of the 37 executed, 34 were identified as Shiites based on the names of those executed released by the Interior Ministry.

The executions are likely to raise further tension between Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and Shiite-led Iran, while also emboldening the United State’s pressure against the Iranian leadership.

Tech Watch:

Fears of Terminator robot uprising sparked after scientists create creepy ‘lifelike’ machines that can eat, grow and evolve

Scientists have created tiny machines that can eat, grow and even evolve just like real creatures, sparking fears of a robot uprising.

Eventually, they age and die, a level of lifelike complexity never before seen in robots.

According to Professor Dan Luo, a biologist at Cornell University who worked on the project, the machines are about as complex as a simple organism like mold.

“We are introducing a brand-new, lifelike material concept powered by its very own artificial metabolism,” Professor Luo said.

“We are not making something that’s alive, but we are creating materials that are much more lifelike than have ever been seen before.”

#GoogleWalkout organizers say tech giant retaliated against them with rejections, demotions and gaslighting

“Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities,” reads a letter signed by Meredith Whittaker, Claire Stapleton and 10 other Google employees.

“Retaliation isn’t always obvious.

It’s often confusing and drawn out, consisting of icy conversations, gaslighting, project cancellations, transition rejections, or demotions.”

Whittaker writes that Google said she would have to abandon her work at New York University’s AI Now Institute, which she co-founded and also works on, in order to remain at Google.

Stapleton, a 12-year veteran of Google who most recently worked in YouTube’s marketing department, says she was told she would lose half of her reports and that a previously approved project was being killed.

Twitter stock price spikes on news of earnings boost from user growth and ad demand

The company said the number of daily users rose 11 percent, to 134 million, for the first quarter, thanks to both “organic growth as well as ongoing product improvements and marketing.”

The San Francisco-based company started disclosing its daily user base in the previous quarter.

These are users who log into the site at least once a day and see advertisements on the platform. Twitter says the daily metric will replace its monthly user count, which it will stop disclosing.

Tuesday’s earnings report also included details of an experimental app that the company has been developing to make the social media site more “conversational.”

The app’s biggest change is that it lets users view an entire Twitter thread instead of having to tap through each individual post.

“People love this,” said CEO Jack Dorsey, on an earnings call. “They love this more than the production Twitter app.”

Mark Zuckerberg might not be untouchable after all

As the FTC continues to investigate the social network’s mishandling of user data, it’s looking more and more likely that officials will single out the Facebook CEO as they look to impose new punishments on the company.

Days after the Washington Post reported the FTC is in the midst of “discussions about how to hold Zuckerberg accountable for Facebook’s data lapses,” the paper now reports a Democratic senator is urging the agency to put the Facebook founder on blast.

Zuckerberg should be “individually liable,” for Facebook’s privacy violations, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden wrote in a letter to the FTC.

“The FTC must also make clear the significant and material penalties that will apply to both Facebook the corporate and Mr. Zuckerberg the individual should any future violations occur,” he wrote in a letter reported by the Washington Post. Wyden has previously been a vocal critic of Facebook.


The Left Invents New Term For Christians

What is an Easter worshipper?

Michael Knowles explains this new religion and why the left needs to invent a new term rather than saying ‘Christian’ when discussing tragedies.

Tucker: Left struggles to say the word ‘Christians’

Their euphemisms aren’t accidental: They believe Christians are the problem.

‘Wimpy Kid’ Author Explains Why Today’s Kids Can’t Hold Conversations

Photo Credit: Gary Dunaier

Regardless of how one views the literary quality of the Wimpy Kid series, one has to admit that the author who can sell over 150 million copies of a children’s book has at least one finger on the pulse of America’s youth.

Perhaps that’s why Kinney’s recent indictment of today’s youth culture holds so much sway.

As The Telegraph explains, Kinney believes kids “are losing the ability to hold a conversation because of their use of technology.”

Kinney goes on to say:

“I don’t know if anybody really has the right answer but what’s undeniable is the way that kids communicate with each other has changed fundamentally and probably permanently….

Americans would see impeachment as a ‘limp attempt at a soft coup:’ Joe Concha

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unequivocally denounced impeachment proceedings on Monday, distancing herself from the likes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris who have all voiced their support for the move.

Referencing former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, Concha asserted his belief that should the same happen to Trump, it would make him a sympathetic figure and cast a vindictive light on the Democratic party.

“Nancy Pelosi has seen this, and she knows the ramifications for the party that tries to carry it out,” Concha said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning.