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Trump Announces Massive Japanese Auto Investment Into US Economy

President Donald Trump arrives at a rally at Resch Center Complex in Green Bay, Wis., on April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The announcement comes as a potential trade deal between Washington and Tokyo is being currently being negotiated.

Trump and Abe met for a series of bilateral talks on trade and security on April 26 and 27 in Washington, leading up to a formal meeting in Japan next month and also concerning the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit.

Trump has been focused on renegotiating international trade agreements ever since his 2016 campaign, making it one of his signature issues, along with tackling illegal immigration.

His electoral victory in the Rust Belt states has been in particular attributed to his stance on international trade, in which he has called out past inaction by the U.S. government on China’s unfair trading policies.

U.S. consumer spending roars back, but inflation tame

FILE PHOTO: People are seen with shopping bags in Times Square in New York City, U.S., REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

“The economy is in a sweet spot for now with not enough inflation to cause the Fed to raise rates, and with inflation not low enough to worry Fed officials that economic demand is weakening, which could require rate cuts,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York.

Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, surged 0.9 percent.

That was the biggest rise since August 2009 and was also driven by increased healthcare expenditures. Spending rose 0.1 percent in February.

Days of Remembrance

Days of Remembrance will be commemorated on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Observances and remembrance activities will occur nationwide between Sunday, April 28, and Sunday, May 5.

Days of Remembrance 2017 – Remarks from Donald J. Trump

The Days of Remembrance is our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum leads the nation in remembering the Holocaust and honoring victims and survivors at a ceremony in the US Capitol Rotunda.

The ceremony featured the presentation of the flags of US Army liberating divisions and a memorial candle lighting by Holocaust survivors.

Speakers included the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, and Museum leaders.

The following are remarks from Donald J. Trump, President of the United States.

Since the Museum opened in 1993, every President of the United States has attended the Days of Remembrance Ceremony.

WATCH: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum holds annual Days of Remembrance ceremony

North Carolina zinc plant fire forces evacuations as sulfuric acid released into the air

The fire at the American Zinc Products plant in Mooresboro, N.C., forced the evacuations of both local residents and firefighters. 
(Chesnee Community Fire Department Inc)

The blaze at the American Zinc Products plant in Mooresboro sent police knocking on homeowners’ doors early morning warning people within a half-mile of the facility to flee the area.

“The concerns are not necessarily the zinc. The concern is that sulfuric acid has been released,” Rutherford County Assistant Fire Marshall John Greenway told Fox Carolina.

“We’ve had the decontamination firemen out here and their gear tested positive as hazardous.”

Dashcam footage shows Seattle crane collapse that killed 4

The footage showed a car traveling up to a traffic intersection in Seattle around 3:30 p.m. Suddenly, a large red crane atop Google’s new campus toppled over and fell apart onto Mercer Street down below.

The crane was being dismantled when it fell over, according to a spokesperson for the Washington Department of Labor & Industries.

Officials are investigating the exact cause of the collapse.

Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx subpoenaed over Jussie Smollett case: report

Foxx’s top deputy, Joseph Magats, was also subpoenaed, and another document requested that Smollett appears at the hearing, the report said.

O’Brien requested Foxx, Magats, and Smollett produce original documents in the criminal case to assure the public “that they have not been altered or destroyed and will not be destroyed throughout this case,” the Sun-Times reports.

The petition for a special prosecutor claimed Foxx’s handling of the case was “plagued with irregularity.”


As is typical of orders of this nature, the Court gave no reasons for rejecting Arpaio’s petition and the vote count was not disclosed.

The case will now return to the 9th Circuit for further action. Christopher Caldwell of Boies Schiller Flexner will serve as special prosecutor.

The special prosecutor is defending Arpaio’s July 2017 conviction for criminal contempt of court, President Donald Trump’s pardon notwithstanding.

Arpaio argues the prosecutor’s appointment is unlawful.

Los Angeles Man Arrested on Terrorism Charges

“As [Pete Williams] just reported on[ MSNBC], NBC News has learned a Los Angeles man has been arrested on terror-related charges.

He allegedly discussed wanting to kill LAPD officers and set off explosives at the Santa Monica Pier and on LA freeways,” said NBC Bureau Researcher Gary Grumbach.

“The man, described as a former member of the US military, allegedly voiced support for ISIS. Investigators say he was under surveillance for weeks after he went online allegedly posting angry rants about the killing of Muslims in mosques in New Zealand,” Grumbach continued.

Afghanistan war vet plotted to bomb Long Beach white nationalist rally, feds say

Mark Steven Domingo, 26, faces one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, according to a federal complaint unsealed Monday.

Prosecutors say Domingo made online posts that “expressed support for violent jihad, a desire to seek retribution for attacks against Muslims, and a willingness to become a martyr.”

Authorities added that after Domingo considered attacks targeting “Jews, churches and police officers,” he decided to detonate an improvised explosive device at the Long Beach rally, which police said was called off Sunday morning.

3 women, 1 man killed at apartment complex where shots fired

West Chester Chief of Police Joel Herzog speaks to reporters during a news conference, Monday, April 29, 2019, in West Chester, Ohio.
 (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A man called 911 around 10 p.m. Sunday, saying he had arrived at the complex in a northern Cincinnati suburb to find four members of his family wounded, according to West Chester Township police.

“They are on the ground and bleeding,” said the caller, often choking up and out of breath as the dispatcher struggled to get details from him. “They are all bleeding.”

At times, he can be heard on the 911 audio frantically yelling “Help!” apparently to neighbors at the Lakefront at West Chester complex.

5-year-old girl hospitalized, undergoes surgery after Alabama man allegedly rapes her: report

Steven Sarandon Barnes faces charges of first-degree rape, chemical endangerment of a child and second-degree possession of marijuana.  (Millbrook Police Department)

Steven Sarandon Barnes, 28 of Montgomery, is charged with first-degree rape, chemical endangerment of a child and second-degree possession of marijuana.

Millbrook Police Chief PK Johnson said he’s proud of his investigators for the swift arrest and that he hopes Barnes is “never able to do this to anyone again.”

“I will say that this is one of the worst cases that I’ve seen in my 31 years in law enforcement,” Johnson said in an emailed statement.

Kansas toddler tests positive for STD after rape, police say

Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler said on Twitter the toddler and her siblings had been left at home with a family friend. The next day, the girl’s mother noticed evidence of sexual assault.

She was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital where she tested positive for an STD, KAKE reported.

No jail time for school bus driver who admitted to raping 14-year-old girl

Shane Piche, 26, will be registered as a Level 1 sex offender, 

Shane Piche, 26, will be registered as a Level 1 sex offender, according to the Waterford Daily Times.

The judge reportedly said because he had no prior arrests and there was one victim, the sentence was appropriate.

Level 1 is considered the lowest risk level out of three, and Piche will not be included in online sex offender databases.

He pleaded guilty in February to raping a 14-year-old girl who he met through his job as a bus driver with the city’s school district, the newspaper reports.

Florida woman says ‘mom’s instinct’ helped bust sex offender lurking on elementary school property

Herbert John Saxton, 67, was arrested Friday on a charge of trespassing on school grounds, an arrest report said. He was later released on $1,000 bond and fitted with a GPS monitor, according to police records.
(Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

The mother, who asked not to be identified, told FOX13 Tampa that she saw the man earlier this month walking alongside the building when she sensed something was off.

“He stopped behind the dumpster out of my view. And he stayed behind the dumpster,” she told the station. “So I’m like, ‘This is weird.'”

On a private Facebook group, parents had been posting about a “man on a bicycle” who frequently passed Bauder Elementary School in Seminole at dismissal time, the Tampa Bay Times reported, citing a formal complaint made to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office last year.

Utah: Teen who left homemade bomb in high school, swapped school flag with ISIS flag, gets probation

Martin Ryan Farnsworth, 17, was sentenced to 48 months of probation 

After an investigation was completed by multiple agencies, Farnsworth was found to be responsible for bringing a homemade incendiary device inside his backpack and attempting to light the fuse inside the crowded Pine View High School cafeteria on March 5, 2018.

Authorities believe the device was a failed attempt to detonate an explosive at the school, according to court records and testimony.

“I don’t see death as anything bad, I see it as a new way of life,” Farnsworth said during a recorded interview with police. “I expected the thing to go off.”…

According to a recorded police interview with Farnsworth, he told detectives he “would have been fine with it” if his bomb had detonated and killed or injured his classmates….

“I’ve been looking at ISIS stuff, so I wanted to see what would happen and what people would think,” the juvenile told the officers.

Two more bodies found in Tennessee home, suspect linked to 7 deaths

Michael Cummins, 25, was arrested on Saturday after investigators found several bodies in two separate homes in Westmoreland, Tennessee.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

The bodies were found as investigators continue to process two homes in Westmoreland where the alleged murders took place, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said.

Michael Cummins, 25, was shot and arrested Saturday night after an hours-long manhunt roughly a mile away from one of the crime scenes, according to officials.

Investigators said Saturday that police officers responding to a 911 call discovered four bodies and an injured person in one home and the fifth body in another home.

Indiana man sentenced to 115 years for 1998 rape and murder after DNA breakthrough

Johnny Jones was sentenced to 115 years in a rape and murder cold case. 
(Indiana Department of Correction)

Jones’ sentence breaks down to 65 years for Edwards’ death, and 50 for the rape, according to WRTV, an ABC News affiliate.

Jones had other brushes with the law, including other rape and burglary charges. Some of the crimes involved violence with scissors, a weapon used in Edwards’ killing.

Police found Edwards’ partially burned body inside the home, which was on Indianapolis’ east side.

‘How do I kill my boyfriend?’: Police say New York woman asked 911 dispatcher how to commit murder

Zelda Cotton, 54, is charged with endangering the welfare of an elderly person and criminal possession of a weapon, according to WKBW.

Police said they responded to the home, where Cotton was swinging a leaf blower battery at her 76-year-old boyfriend. She reportedly said she had hit him with a VCR tape five times.

Pro-Abortion Democrat Legislator Tells Pro-Lifers Castrating Men Would Help End Abortion

State Rep. Dianne Pappas (D-Itasca) has gone silent and has not returned repeated messages from regional outlets,

Hayden said they met with Pappas to discuss the pro-abortion bill and left shocked by the state representative’s statements.

“You know ladies, with technology the way it is, we wouldn’t have an abortion problem if we applied a plan,” Pappas said, according to the report. “Now, I’ve been told it’s a bit radical, but if we allowed men to be castrated, took the sperm to the bank, collected tax dollars on it for storage, then when it’s time, to have the man decide he’s ready to begin a family…. well then, problem is solved!”

Hayden said she believes the politician was sincere. She said Pappas also called one of the others in her group a racist.

The local news confirmed that another constituent said Pappas made similar remarks about castrating men to them during a separate meeting.

Google Bans Ads Criticizing Democrats for Supporting Infanticide

Google blatantly refused to explain the reason for its suspension, but Americas PAC suspects it has to do with ads exposing Democrats’ support for abortion and infanticide.

The email notification from Google told the PAC, “Our support team will not be able to give you any more specifics on the suspension.”

The conservative group said Google banned it just two days after it began running ads against two pro-abortion Democratic senators.


Maria Bartiromo joins the border patrol for a ride along

Sunday Morning Futures’ takes an in depth look at the crisis on our southern border.

Rep. Will Hurd: We shouldn’t be treating everyone that shows up at the border as an asylum seeker

Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd weighs in on the crisis at the southern border.

Border Patrol: ‘Kids Are Being Rented

A group of illegal aliens walk up the road after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico.
(Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

In 2014, fewer than 1 percent of all men apprehended by Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley Sector had a child with them.

That number now sits at 50 percent, according to Rodolfo Karisch, chief Border Patrol agent for that sector.

The number of family units crossing illegally has skyrocketed since a judge in California reinterpreted the Flores Settlement Agreement in 2015 to now say that any child, including those with parents, can’t be held longer than 20 days.

Previously, that law had only applied to unaccompanied minors.

Twenty days is not long enough to adjudicate an asylum case, so with the system overwhelmed with sheer volume, family units are being released within a few days.

Illegal Immigrants Flood Into Yuma, Overwhelming Border Patrol and City Resources

A group of illegal aliens is processed by Border Patrol agents after crossing from Mexico into Yuma, Ariz., on April 13, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Border Patrol in Yuma is so overwhelmed, mostly with large groups of families coming from Guatemala, that agents don’t have enough time to do a thorough check on everyone before releasing them—let alone keep the border secure.

“I have 50 or 60 percent of my manpower not focusing on border security, national security-related issues,” said Porvaznik.

“I have over 1,100 people in custody in Yuma—today. That’s the most we’ve ever had in custody.”

The numbers are so overwhelming—all three of Yuma’s stations have a combined capacity of 410—that there is no choice but to release people.

Family units are released, while single males remain in custody.

“We’re spending over $100,000 a month on all the suppliers that I mentioned, which is going to be a little over $1.2 million for Yuma sector, this year alone.”

On top of that are the medical costs.

Data: 98K Illegal Aliens Graduating from U.S. High Schools Every Year

Close to 30,000 of those illegal aliens, annually, are graduating from high schools in the sanctuary state of California which has the largest illegal alien population, totaling at least 2.2 million.

About 27 percent of all illegal aliens graduating high school every year are doing so in California, researchers found.

Similarly, in Texas and Florida, each with significant foreign-born and illegal populations, have thousands of illegal alien high school graduates every year.

In Texas, about 17,000 illegal aliens graduate from high school every year while Florida graduates about 5,000 illegal alien high schoolers annually.

Illegal immigrant accused of murdering friend on video was supposed to be deported but Cuba refused him

David Paneque, 29, (Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office)

David Paneque, 29, was allegedly caught on video fatally shooting his friend Leandro Lopez, 31, while the two were at a parking garage in Miami last month.

Paneque, who has previous ties to the gang Sur-13 and went by the nickname “Psycho,” was first arrested in 2007 when he stabbed a man several times while robbing him.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted murder and armed robbery, and he picked up another criminal charge while in jail for attacking guards at his facility.

Paneque was released in 2017 but remained in the custody of ICE for a month, during which time a judge ordered that he be sent back to Cuba.

The only problem was that, among renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba under the Obama administration, Cuba accepts very few deportations.

Last year, they allowed less than 500 people to be returned, despite the fact that more than 37,000 Cuban nationals are facing orders of removal, according to ICE.


Pelosi, Schumer pressure Trump on infrastructure

President Donald Trump’s meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will be the group’s first huddle since meeting in December. | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

Pelosi and Schumer will be accompanied by several House and Senate Democrats who will have a say in any infrastructure deal.

Top Democrats are also expected to huddle Monday night to plan for their encounter with Trump.

The meeting comes as House Democrats are simultaneously pursuing a barrage of investigations into nearly every aspect of Trump’s orbit, from his administration to his business dealings and personal finances.

The topic of how to fund the nation’s highways and transit systems has vexed leaders of both parties for years, with lawmakers refusing to raise the gas tax since it was last increased more than 25 years ago.

Trump Wants Clinton, Obama Ukraine Ties Investigated

President Donald Trump said that links between Ukraine and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Obama administration should be investigated.

Former FBI Agent: How Obama Officials Spied on Trump

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.

Judicial Watch: Bruce Ohr Email Raises Possible Ethics Concerns Tied to Russia Testimony

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it received 33 pages of records from the Department of Justice showing that former senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr in his January 2018 preparation to testify to the Senate and House intelligence committees wrote to a lawyer about “possible ethics concerns.”

Bruce Ohr forwarded the email to his wife Nellie Ohr, who had been hired by Fusion GPS, the Hillary Clinton campaign-Democratic National Committee vendor who compiled the anti-Trump Dossier.

Steve Scalise: ‘Far-Left Democrats Believe in Gun Confiscation’

The Daily Caller caught up with Rep. Steve Scalise at the NRA convention in Indianapolis,Indiana.

Scalise went after congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other far-left democrats for pushing for more gun control.

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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi pictured for first time since 2014, intel group says

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has appeared in a video for the first time since July 2014, SITE says. (SITE Intelligence Group)

The video was released by ISIS’s propaganda arm al-Furqan.

Rumors of al-Baghdadi’s death have persisted as ISIS militants who have surrendered to U.S.-backed coalition forces, believed their ideological leader abandoned their cause.

Baghdadi also suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and injuries sustained during an airstrike years ago.

Ontario Passes Law Allowing Gov’t to Seize Children From Parents Who Oppose Gender Transition

The so-called Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017, or Bill 89, was approved by a vote of 63 to 23, according to The Christian Times.

The bill replaces the Child and Family Services Act, or Bill 28, which governs child protection, foster care and adoption services.

Bill 28 stated that the parent of a child in care retains the right “to direct the child’s education and religious upbringing.”

However, the new law amends it thus: “to direct the child or young person’s education and upbringing, in accordance with the child’s or young person’s creed, community identity and cultural identity.”

Anti-FGM campaigner who was denied NHS cancer care dies

Saloum died on Sunday evening after being rushed to Royal Derby hospital just hours earlier. Photograph: Fabio de Paola/The Guardian

Saloum fled Gambia a decade ago after falling foul of his government for condemning the widespread practice of female genital mutilation in his country.

Three-quarters of Gambian women and girls aged 15-49 have undergone FGM.

After his collapse in the street it emerged that on arrival of the UK he was subjected to labour exploitation.

The Home Office was alerted and sent him a letter on 25 February 2019 stating: “There are reasonable grounds to believe that you have been a victim of modern slavery.”

After Saloum’s collapse in the street last December he was diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer and was told he did not have much longer to live.

Over 130,000 Protest China Extradition Amendments

Police gave a much more conservative estimate, saying that at the parade’s peak, 22,800 people attended.

But The Epoch Times’ Hong Kong reporters saw the crowd continually growing as the parade made its way through the city.

Hong Kong residents, business groups, and international rights groups have expressed concern that, given the Chinese regime’s disregard for rule of law, the changes could allow Beijing to charge and extradite its critics with impunity.

The U.S. administration also expressed concerns about the extradition proposals, with the Department of State noting in an April 25 statement that China is rife with “human rights violations and abuses carried out by China’s legal system, as well as general deterioration of respect for the rule of law.”

The statement continued by saying the administration would closely monitor the situation in Hong Kong.

Brexit talks take positive turn towards possible compromise

Talks with senior shadow ministers and officials are likely to continue this week, including on key areas of previous disagreement that had previously been swerved, including a customs union, single market alignment and dynamic alignment of workers’ rights and environmental protections.

It is understood no new offer from the government has been put on the table but participants emerged with a new optimism about a change in tone and a feeling that there were grounds to continue discussions, a marked contrast to last week’s talks.

Theresa May’s de-facto deputy, David Lidington, who has been leading talks for the government, said he was encouraged by the “need to inject greater urgency”.

The Palestinians’ Own Goals

On April 24, two Palestinian software development companies came to Bir Zeit University, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, to offer jobs to Palestinian students.

The companies were invited to campus as part of the university’s Annual Hiring Day — an event aimed at helping students find jobs with major Palestinian firms.

The event, however, turned ugly when students protested against the presence of the representatives of the two companies on campus.

The protesters expelled the company representatives from the university premises after accusing them of engaging in “normalization” with Israel.


Who Are the Racists?

To call someone a racist is a serious charge.

Conservatives are accused of racism by the left on a daily basis. Are the accusations fair?

Or is something else going on? Derryck Green of Project 21 provides some provocative answers.

Swamp Watch: Joe Biden

Biden says he wants to take America back to “normal.”

We’re going to show you what Joe Biden’s “normal” really looks like and give you the facts that not only reveal his political vulnerability but which, by the Democrats’ own standards, make him unfit for the presidency and which should disqualify his candidacy.

He is a fake and a phony.

On Monday he launches his campaign in a union hall to brand himself a man of the working people.

Don’t let him fool you. He’s trading on a reputation that hasn’t been true for decades.

When it came to a choice between working Americans and his donors, he chose the donors.

When it came to a choice between working Americans and China, he chose China.

He may have started out as a blue-collar boy from Scranton, Pa., but he ended up as a swampy stooge for Beijing, China.