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Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day is a day set aside for us to pause to recognize the military spouses around us who have the greatest impact on our lives and our military communities.

The Friday in May before Mother’s Day, this special day was first recognized by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

The sitting president typically issues a proclamation in recognition of the holiday, while celebrations are held on and near U.S. military bases around the world.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a celebration of military mothers event at the White House.


Furniture company recalls 310,000 chests following report of 2-year-old’s death

South Shore Industries, Ltd., is recalling their Libra style 3-drawer chests because they are unstable if they aren’t anchored to a wall, according to a Thursday recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The notice said the company received two reports of incidents involving the chests tipping over.

“One report stated that a child received bruises on his leg and scratches,” the notice said. “Another incident reported a fatality involving a two-year-old and an unanchored, empty 3-drawer chest.”


Tariffs Hit Steel and Aluminum Over a Year Ago and They Haven’t Boosted Consumer Prices

Secretary Ross’s examples. The price of soup is down 0.3 percent compared with a year ago.

The Department of Labor said Friday that its consumer price index was up just 2.0 percent compared with a year ago, indicating that prices are not rising particularly quickly.

The Federal Reserve says it targets 2 percent inflation, although it uses a different measure of prices.

When prices did not rise as predicted, the critics did not back off their claims.

Many just moved the time frame, arguing that the forecast price increases were just taking time to move through the economy. But now that a year has passed, that an increasingly absurd position.

Take the prices of soup and beer, Secretary Ross’s examples. The price of soup is down 0.3
percent compared with a year ago. The price of beer consumer at home is down 0.3 percent.


Louis Farrakhan rails against ‘Satanic Jews’ in wake of Facebook ban

The Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
The Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan

Farrakhan spoke to hundreds in the overcrowded church, despite his presence being condemned by the Jewish community.

The Nation of Islam leader spoke at the controversial St. Sabina Church on Chicago’s South Side, where he claimed to not be a preacher of hatred while castigating those who he said did not follow “God’s word.”

“I’m here to separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews,” Farrakhan said alongside radical activist Rev. Michael Pfleger, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.


James Woods Done with Twitter ‘Until Free Speech Is Allowed’

BNN Edit: HBO/NBC Universal Television/David Becker/Getty Images

The two-time Oscar-nominated actor was banned from Twitter last month after posting a paraphrased Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “‘If you try to kill the King, you best not miss,’” accompanied by the hashtag “#HangThemAll.”

Ire over Woods’ suspension reach the White House, with President Donald Trump accused Twitter and their “partner,” the Democratic Party, with colluding to crush conservative voices on social media.

“How can it be possible that James Woods (and many others), a strong but responsible Conservative Voice, is banned from Twitter?” President Trump said last week.

“Social Media & Fake News Media, together with their partner, the Democrat Party, have no idea the problems they are causing for themselves. VERY UNFAIR!”


Vatican Wishes Happy Ramadan to ‘Muslim Brothers and Sisters’

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A number of Catholic theologians raised objections to the statement, insisting that it seemed to suggest that either God actively wills error, or that all religions are equally valid paths to God.

The existence of a variety of colors, races, and languages in humanity is very different from a variety of contradictory claims about God’s identity and way of acting, they said.

In early April, Francis walked back the earlier statement, clarifying that in reality God only permits the existence of many religions without actively willing it.

The Vatican’s Ramadan message steers clear of such theological swampland.


Liberal student arrested for punching pro-lifer on UNC campus, triggered by images of aborted children

Jillian Ward, 19, a pro-choice feminist
Jillian Ward, 19, a pro-choice feminist

Jillian Ward, 19, a pro-choice feminist and aspiring journalist, said she was triggered by graphic photographs depicting aborted children put up by Created Equal.

The group uses the images to show “the gruesome reality of abortion and to engage students in conversation about this human injustice.”

Ward approached the group’s display on April 2, asking them, “Did y’all put these up?”

When Austin Beigel confirmed that he did, she raced toward him with fists flying. Beigel was allegedly punched in the face a number of times and was also hit in the stomach.


‘Law & Order: SVU’ Slams Covington Catholic Kids, Defends Ilhan Omar Character

The May 9 episode “Assumptions” opens with two Jewish teenage boys running from a vandalized synagogue where we find Muslim Councilwoman Nahla Nasar (Nazneen Contractor) has been raped.

Since one of the teens, named Ari (Ted Sutherland), wore a red cap, a narrative quickly forms, especially when Nasar points him out in a lineup.

“This boy grabbed my hijab and spat in my face,” she says. “These people are Islamophobes. It’s in their blood. One of these boys must have raped me.”

To add more fuel to the fire, a new video surfaces online of the teens with Nasar.

The teens accused of vandalizing the synagogue were actually members of a Jewish group protesting the councilwoman.

During their wait to leave, the video depicts the Jewish boys seemingly getting in Nasar’s face in a way that’s oddly reminiscent of the Covington Catholic kids’ story –


‘By the grace of God’: sheriff says infant survived after being tossed down a ravine by her mom

Krista Madden, 35, of Asheville
Krista Madden, 35, of Asheville is accused of trying to kill her 7-week-old baby Shaylie after tossing her down a ravine, police said
(Henderson County Sheriff’s Office/ Asheville Police Department)

Krista Madden, 35, of Asheville, N.C., was accused of trying to kill her 7-week-old baby Thursday by tossing the child over a bank in a child’s car seat, Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin said during a news conference.

The baby, Shaylie Madden was found Thursday after a 75-foot plunge down a ravine, Griffin said. The baby and the car seat were found near each other.

Courtney Fowler told Fox Carolina how she and her father found Shaylie after hearing a baby’s faint cries.


Man injured after device explodes outside California diner

Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said authorities received a call around 8:50 a.m. about the explosion in the city some 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

Initially, police were told it could be an electrical box and evacuated nearby businesses, he said.

Investigators later determined the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device and found a second improvised explosive device in the area, he said.

“We believe they were his,” Radus said, adding that police would seek to have the 59-year-old man criminally charged.


Teen with knife apologizes after being shot by police

Body camera footage showed
Body camera footage showed a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer who shot her after she ran at him with a large knife on Friday, May 3. (Oxnard Police Department via AP)

Officers had received multiple calls regarding a woman with a 12-inch knife who “seemed disturbed,” Whitney said.

Officer Timothy Roberts’ body camera showed him telling the girl to not to reach for the weapon and to sit on the curb. Roberts was the first to arrive at the scene. When told not to reach for the knife, the teenager asked what would happen if she did.

“Then something bad is going to happen,” Roberts said.

OPD Critical Incident Community Briefing (OIS 05/03/2019)

WARNING: The video contains graphic content and viewer discretion is advised. The purpose of this news release is to provide the public with updated information concerning the May 3, 2019 officer-involved shooting that occurred on the 400 block of North Rose Avenue

Immigration:


Man accused of killing wife in Massachusetts living in the country illegally: ICE

Ilton Rodrigues, a 48-year-old citizen of Brazil,
Ilton Rodrigues, a 48-year-old citizen of Brazil, is accused of brutally stabbing his wife Telma Bras, 43, inside their Stoughton, Mass., apartment in front of their two children. (WBZ Pool)

Ilton Rodrigues, a 48-year-old citizen of Brazil, is accused of brutally stabbing his wife, Telma Bras, 43, inside their Stoughton apartment on Friday in front of their two children.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they placed an immigration detainer on Rodrigues and will seek to deport him after the criminal charges against him end.

The agency did not immediately say when he first arrived in the U.S.


Border apprehensions to reach 13-year high in 2019: Report

Princeton Policy Advisors, a group focusing on developing policy solutions to issues like illegal immigration, estimated 913,000 border apprehensions for 2019.

Using data from Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Wednesday report, president Steve Kopits surmised that arrests were peaking in April.

On Wednesday, CBP reported that “off the charts” figures for the number of migrants apprehended at the border in April.

109,144 people were encountered trying to illegally entering the U.S., up from 103,719 in March and a 160 percent increase over the previous year.

Prospects for fixing the situation looked bleak as Democrats not only faced disagreement with Republicans but within their own party as well. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also indicated that before 2020, she wanted to focus on economic issues before immigration reform.


Pentagon approves plan to shift $1.5B for wall along US-Mexico border

Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan,
FILE – In this April 9, 2018, file photo, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the re-allocation of funds, which were originally earmarked for support of Afghan security forces and other projects, to help pay for the wall along the southern border.

“Today, I authorized the transfer of $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 80 miles of border barrier,” he said.

“The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements, and therefore will have minimal impact on force readiness.”

Politics:


Democrats looking at imposing daily contempt fines on Trump officials, Rep. Adam Schiff says

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.,
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.,

“”Much as I like the visual of [throwing people in jail], I think it’s far more practical to consider levying individual fines on the person — not the office — until they comply,” Schiff, a frequent target of personal attacks by President Donald Trump, told Axios’ Mike Allen at a Friday morning newsmaker event.

“You could fine someone $25,000 a day until they comply. You can do that. We’re looking through the history and studying the law to make sure we’re on solid ground.”

Schiff also said that the House is considering having multiple committees move forward with combined contempt actions in a single vote on the House floor.


KKK, apartheid, ethnic cleansing: The anti-Israel fury of imam chosen by Democrats to give Congress prayer

Muslim imam Imam Omar Suleiman, 33,
Muslim imam Imam Omar Suleiman, 33,

Imam Omar Suleiman, 33, was invited to give the prayer by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas after he gave the invocation last year at the Texas Democratic Convention.

Based in Irving, Texas, he is the founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic studies at Southern Methodist University.

The invitation came after controversy about anti-Semitic comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota that dismayed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Suleiman refers to Israel’s military operations “massacres.”

“This is Palestine. Apartheid Israel, with American funding and cover, continues to terrorize with impunity.

“A beautiful, moving, and timely prayer by Imam Omar Suleiman on the House floor today at the US Capitol. Born and raised in Louisiana, currently lives and preaches in Dallas, TX,” political activist Linda Sarsour said on Twitter Thursday.


Pence: Ilhan Omar Has ‘No Place’ on House Foreign Affairs Committee — Dem Leadership Ought to Remove Her

“Look, Ilhan Omar has made statements, antisemitic comments, statements against our most cherished ally, Israel, that ought to be rejected by every American,” Pence said.

“And frankly the fact that very recently she has been trying to blame the United States of America for the deprivation and poverty brought on by the dictatorship in Venezuela.”

“The people of Minnesota will decide whether or not she remains in Congress,” he added.

“Congresswoman Omar has no place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Democratic leadership ought to remove her.”


NEW YORK DEMOCRATIC COUNCILMAN SAYS HE WON’T ‘RAT’ OUT SEXUAL HARASSERS: REPORT

New York City Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr.
New York City Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr. at City Hall on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

An attorney running sexual harassment training laid out a hypothetical situation in which the chief of staff made inappropriate comments to a “visibly upset” female subordinate in an elevator.

The attorney asked those in attendance what steps they would take to report such conduct, which Diaz reportedly pushed back against, according to the New York Daily News.

When Council Speaker Corey Johnson reminded Diaz councilmen have a duty to protect staffers from sexual harassment, Diaz allegedly quarreled with him until asked to refrain until the presentation was over.


Former top FBI lawyer on defense as IG probe on surveillance abuse nears close

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Horowitz is close to concluding his inquiry into the genesis of the Russia probe.

The report said Horowitz’s team has questioned why the FBI considered Steele a credible source, and why the bureau seemed to use news reports to bolster Steele’s credibility.

It was revealed in January that Baker was under federal investigation for allegedly leaking to the media, an investigation believed to have been opened during the Obama administration and not in the course of the Russia investigation.

Asked if he was nervous about Horowitz’s investigation, Baker said “I’m always nervous about the IG I guess” but said he has had a good relationship with the IG’s office for decades and has confidence in the decisions he made and welcomed the accountability.


Mueller won’t testify next week, says House Judiciary chair

Nadler told reporters that he hopes not to have to subpoena Mueller to appear before lawmakers, but that he would do so if necessary.

He declined to characterize ongoing negotiations between his committee, Mueller and the Justice Department.

“We’re talking to the Department of Justice. We’re talking to Mueller. Hopefully he will come in. It won’t be next week,” the New York Democrat said.

“He will come at some point. If necessary, we will subpoena him and he will come.”

The Untold Story of Rod Rosenstein

Outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has evoked strong opinions across the political spectrum during his two-year tenure.

Interestingly, over the past month, there has been an inversion of people’s opinions regarding him.

Those on the left, who had been supporting him ever since he appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, are now claiming Rosenstein has been running interference for President Donald Trump.

Those on the right, who felt Rosenstein betrayed the president with the appointment of Mueller, have begun to reassess his actions, following the publication of the Mueller report.

World News:


US Raises Tariffs on Chinese Goods. China Vows to Retaliate.

“This evening, Ambassador Lightizer and Secretary Mnuchin met with President Trump to discuss the ongoing trade negotiations with China,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.

“The Ambassador and Secretary then had a working dinner with Vice Premier Liu He, and agreed to continue discussions tomorrow morning at USTR.”

The new tariffs, which kicked in at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, will raise the import taxes from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Over the weekend Trump said a deal was within reach but then China started renegotiating.


Pompeo to meet with Putin in Russia next week

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in Russia as experts raise alarms about Moscow’s intent to once again meddle in American elections.
Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Pompeo will meet with both Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the “full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges,” the State Department said Friday.

The secretary will travel first to Moscow, where he will meet with U.S. Embassy staff, and then to Sochi, where he will meet with Putin and Lavrov.

The visit comes as Washington and Moscow have clashed over a number of foreign policy disputes, most critically during last week’s failed uprising in Venezuela.

Pompeo’s trip to Russia also comes on the heels of Putin’s meeting last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has returned to launching missile tests in recent weeks.


Experts see Russia fingerprints on North Korea’s new missile

FILE – This May 4, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows a launch of a missile in the east coast of North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Ending a pause in ballistic missile launches that began in late 2017, and alarming North Korea’s neighbors, Kim personally supervised the launch of the first missile from the country’s east coast on Saturday and two more from the west on Thursday. All splashed down in the Pacific.

“There are Russian technology fingerprints all over it,” said Marcus Schiller, a leading expert on North Korean missiles who is based in Germany.

He added that short of actually procuring the missiles from Russia, the North could have had key parts delivered from somewhere else, perhaps not directly from Russia, while making components such as the outer shell, or airframe, domestically.


Iran Guards reject U.S. talks, cleric threatens carrier

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln approaches the Mubarak Peace Bridge as it transits the Suez Canal in Egypt, May 9, 2019. Picture taken May 9, 2019. Dan Snow/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

The comments by the Guards and by Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabai-Nejad, a hardliner, appeared partly aimed at discouraging President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate allies in Tehran from taking up an offer of talks from Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday urged Iran’s leadership to sit down and talk with him about giving up their nuclear program and said he could not rule out a military confrontation given the heightened tensions.

The carrier Abraham Lincoln, deployed by the Trump administration to the Middle East as a warning to Iran, passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal on Thursday.


2 decorated French soldiers killed in rescue mission that saved American, other hostages in Africa

Cédric de Pierrepont, left, and Alain Bertoncello were killed
Cédric de Pierrepont, left, and Alain Bertoncello were killed Thursday during a hostage rescue mission in Burkina Faso, France says. (French Navy)

The hostages who were rescued, according to France, were a U.S. citizen, a South Korean national, and French nationals Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas.

The Frenchmen were tourists who were kidnapped during a safari in Benin last week, Reuters reported. The circumstances surrounding the capture of the other two were not immediately clear.

“The kidnap has all the markings of the interplay between organized kidnapping gangs and jihadist groups.

The death of the two French Special Forces indicates the strength and depth of these groups in capacity, local knowledge, and atmospherics.”


Turkey fines Facebook for failing to protect personal data

The Turkish Personal Data Protection Authority said Friday the fine was imposed over a software bug that exposed millions of Facebook users’ private photos to third-party app developers.

The authority ruled the social media company had not taken the required technical measures to protect the data and failed to notify authorities about the bug in a timely manner.

Commentary/Opinion:


Cissie Graham Lynch: On Mother’s Day, forget society’s definition of success – all mom have made sacrifices

Cissie Graham Lynch
Cissie Graham Lynch meets moms in Cambodia and learns about the challenges they face each day. (Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse)

This Mother’s Day, millions of moms around the world are doing the best they can for their children.

For some, that means getting up early and working long hours.

For others, it means walking miles to get clean water and then spending all day cooking over a fire.

Some moms are staying home and changing diapers while others are defending cases in the courtroom.

Each of these women have days that look different from each other, but the unifying piece is that every mom is working hard to give her kids the very best.

Mothers around the world are the backbone and driving force for our families. Mothers carry the joys, the burdens and the pains of our families.

This Man Changed His Mind On Abortion

Transgender, Dem Shooting Suspects Virtually IGNORED — And We ALL Know Why

Isn’t it interesting how just two days after the shooting in Colorado, the suspects have remained relatively unmentioned?

This is a drastic departure from every other shooting.

The mainstream media aren’t even trying to hide their blatant bias. If the facts don’t fit their narrative, they get left out — even if it’s a tragedy.


Sen. Mike Braun: Democratic smears of Bill Barr would be more accurately applied to Obama’s AGs

To refresh your memory, Obama’s first attorney general, Eric Holder, became embroiled in a scandal when guns illegally sold to Mexican drug cartels by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were found at the scene of the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

When the House of Representatives requested documents related to the scandal, Holder refused and was held in contempt of Congress with 17 Democrats crossing the aisle to formally condemn him – the first time Congress had taken such action against a cabinet official.

Obama invoked executive privilege to protect Holder and hide those documents from the American public: a decision that is still being battled in the 
courts.

His successor didn’t fare much better. In June of 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with former President Bill Clinton on her private plane on the tarmac in Arizona for an hour while his wife was being actively investigated by the Department of Justice for mishandling classified information through a private email server – an investigation Lynch later decided to close without pursuing charges.

Barr, by contrast, has handled the release of the Mueller report with unprecedented transparency: releasing the full report with minimal redactions as quickly as possible and even allowing select members of Congress to view all of the report that is legally viewable at their convenience.

As of this week, no Democrat has taken him up on that offer.

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