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Ivanka Trump wins pledge to train 1 million more workers, 9 million so far

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump @ Salesforce

Trump, who has traveled the country to collect pledges from companies, said, “In today’s thriving economy we must aim for inclusive growth by creating pathways for all Americans to get the tools and skills they need for rewarding careers.

As jobs evolve it is incumbent on companies to invest in their current and future workers.”

To Benioff, she said, “We applaud Salesforce for their visionary approach to online learning through their Trailhead program and for generously committing today to provide 1,000,000 individuals with new training opportunities through the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers.”

So far 220 companies have made the pledge to help 8,958,074 potential workers.

National Police Week

I STAND with our incredible men and women of law enforcement!

UPDATE: PBSO deputy injured in shooting in Palm Beach Gardens, suspected gang member dead

32-year-old Michael Nieto.MS-13 gang member

PBSO identified the deceased gang member Friday morning as 32-year-old Michael Nieto.

According to court records, Nieto was arrested at least five times in Palm Beach County since 2004 on a variety of weapons and drug charges.

He was most recently released from state prison in July 2018 on charges of firing a weapon into a building, and discharging a firearm from a car.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy was shot in the cheekbone and taken into surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

He’s scheduled to undergo a second surgery Friday, and is expected to recover. The bullet is lodged in his bone, but he’s in stable condition.

Tucker investigates: California homeless living on makeshift boats

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ investigates the nation’s homeless crisis and the decay of American cities.


US Consumer Sentiment Jumps to 15-Year High

Shoppers carrying bags walk up Fifth Avenue in N.Y.C., on Nov. 27, 2009. (David Goldman/Getty Images)

The University of Michigan said its consumer sentiment index increased 5.3% to 102.4, the highest reading since 2004. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 97.5.

Economists have warned the bruising trade fight could weigh on consumer and business confidence, and undercut spending.

The University of Michigan said, “negative references to tariffs rose in the past week and are likely to rise further in late May and June.”

“So the recent improvement in sentiment may turn out to be short-lived,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan in New York.

“While the ultimate response to tariffs is still unclear, the survey results suggest that consumer sentiment was upbeat before the developments on trade policy from the past couple of weeks.”


12 Exposed to Debris, Pilot Safe After F-16 Hits Warehouse

An F-16 fighter jet crashed
An F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse just off March Air Reserve Base in Perris, Calif. on May 16, 2019. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Office)

“Next thing I know I just hear this explosion and turn around to the back of the building, and I just seen a burst of flames and just the ceiling started falling through every part of the building,” Daniel Gallegos told KABC-TV.

“I turned around, and my co-worker just told me to get out, so I just made a run for it.”

The pilot ejected and parachuted to safety before the Air National Guard fighter plane hit the warehouse in an industrial area across the freeway from March Reserve Air Base on Thursday afternoon.

He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. In total, a dozen people were hosed off for exposure to debris before being taken to hospitals for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries, state fire Capt. Fernando Herrera said.

Nancy K. Baron-Baer, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia, told the Inquirer that mistakes happen, but this one shouldn’t have.

Delray Beach man among 9 arrested in statewide human trafficking bust

Photo by: Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

Attorney General Ashley Moody said on Friday this major investigation started in 2017 after authorities received an anonymous tip about an online ad offering a minor for sex at a home in Brooksville.

An address and phone number were listed in the ad.

Within 24 hours of getting that tip, authorities launched an undercover sting operation and rescued the minor.

The minor is now safe and recovering at a shelter for sex trafficking survivors.

Muslim Group Says Children Didn’t Understand the Words When Singing About Beheading Jews

The Muslim American Society’s Philadelphia chapter. (Google Maps)

“We understand that mistakes can happen,” Baron-Baer said.

“However, the fact that children and adults did not understand what they were saying is neither an excuse nor proper pedagogy.

It should be incumbent on the adults in the room to understand what is being said before agreeing to perform the songs and poetry.

It is also important to recognize that words like the ones said are unacceptable in any language and at any time.”

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, events held by radical Muslims are more common than people realize.

It said that the advocacy group, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), held a workshop entitled “Palestine Will Be Free” at a mosque associated with the Muslim American Society’s Philadelphia chapter and at least five officials from AMP were linked to a now-defunct group that was tasked with helping the Hamas terrorist group both financially and politically.


New Jersey man sentenced to 27 years for killing woman, 18, then ordering pizza and posting on social media

Tamar "T-Mac" Reaves, 20,
Tamar “T-Mac” Reaves, 20, was ordered to serve 27 years in the New Jersey State Prison after he was found guilty for the 2017 killing of Chamari Webb. (Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office)

Prosecutors said that Reaves, aka “T-Mac,” followed Webb from a convenience store on Aug. 9 at around 7:50 p.m. as she walked to a relative’s home on Battle Place in Franklin Township.

Police say Reaves shot the victim in the back of her neck with a 9mm handgun.

Reaves fled the scene and went to his grandmother’s house where officials said he “ordered a pizza and made several posts to various social media accounts.”

One of the videos posted included Reaves singing the lyrics of a song that “mirrored the circumstances of the shooting.”

Mom contracts sepsis from medical swab left inside her after giving birth

Paige Balding, 20,
Paige Balding, 20,with son Hunter Jae just after giving birth. (SWNS)

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection.

It develops when the chemicals the immune system releases into the bloodstream to fight an infection cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead.

During the birth at Badilson Hospital in Essex, Balding says she was given a medical swab to reduce bleeding during labor.

She says that doctors at the hospital had forgotten the swab was still inside her and only discovered it three days later.

FLORIDA VA CLINIC APPROVES TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE FOR BLIND VETERAN, AFTER INITIAL DENIAL

Higgins, acting as Bryan’s advocate, sent an email to Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

“On about 22 April Veteran made a trip to DAB CBOC with his advocate to inquire about why he could not get the benefit.

He was informed by his social worker that he had to be wheelchair bound to get the benefit,” Higgins said in his email to Rubio’s staff.

“The one question that should be asked in this situation: What is the difference [between] a legally blind veteran who needs assistance riding transportation [and] a wheelchair bound veteran who also needs assistance riding transportation? Do not they both require assistance?

Neither can do it without assistance.”

Rubio’s office sent an email back saying Bryan’s case had been assigned to a caseworker.

After the Caller followed up with Rubio’s office as well as the Department of Veteran Affairs, Bryan said he received a flurry of calls.

Bryan said he received a call both from the VA and Rubio’s office within hours of The Daily Caller reaching out to them.

Higgins said the VA called him on May 16 and told him that Bryan was approved for transportation assistance.

Immigration:


Second federal appeals court rules against Trump administration over DACA rollback

A divided three-judge panel on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the DACA program violated federal law because “it was not adequately explained and thus was arbitrary and capricious.”

The Richmond-based federal appeals court is the second appeals court to rule against President Trump in his attempt to wind down the DACA program, which was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012 and protected immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from the threat of deportation.

The Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to take up the dispute over its attempted rollback, though the court has not acted on numerous petitions currently before it.

Illegal Alien From Kenya Allegedly Murdered 12 Women in Texas

This undated booking photo provided by the Dallas County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office shows Billy Chemirmir, an illegal alien from Kenya. (Dallas County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Plano Police Chief Gregory Rushin told reporters last year that the Kenyan national used his “health care experience to his advantage, targeting and exploiting seniors.”

“This is terribly disturbing,” Rushin said.

Billy Chemirmir, 46, was charged with 11 capital murder counts in addition to the one he was already facing, reported the Dallas Morning News.

Chemirmir has been in jail since March 2018 after being charged with killing Lu Thi Harris, 81.

Chemirmir, who used to work as a health care worker, was said to have used a pillow to smother each woman before stealing things from their homes.

Gov. DeSantis says Florida “cannot accommodate” surge of illegal migrants

“We cannot accommodate in Florida just dumping unlawful migrants into our state,” said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference in Sarasota Friday morning.

“I think it’ll tax our resources, the schools, the health care, law enforcement, state agencies.”

The governor said he plans to speak to President Donald Trump to get more information about the measure.

He claimed the order came from U.S. Border Patrol, not the White House directly.

“I don’t think this should happen in Florida,” said Gov. DeSantis. “My understanding is this would be just releasing people into our society.”

Palm Beach County leaders meet Friday about controversial immigrant relocation

Getty Images Photo by: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Representatives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Florida Department of Health, as well as other county officials are meeting behind closed doors at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center.

On Thursday, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw held a news conference, expressing his concerns with the sudden move.

“It’s not a good plan,” Sheriff Bradshaw said. “We think it’s a danger to our community, and it’s gonna put a real strain on what the resources are.”

Sheriff Bradshaw said the Border Patrol in Miami informed him that the migrants will be “family units,” and they’ll be released into the community pending an asylum hearing.

Tech Watch/Censorship:

Google drones will deliver meatballs and other groceries in this lucky city

The meatball delivery
The meatball delivery game just changed forever.IMAGE: SCOTT PETERSON/GETTY IMAGES

Wing announced on Friday that an “early access” version of its growing drone delivery program is starting in Helsinki, Finland “in the coming weeks.”

To start, the pilot program seems heavily focused on airborne food deliveries, including lasagna, pastries, and, yes, meatballs.

Wing will partner with local establishments Herkku Food Market and Cafe Monami for food deliveries that could, theoretically, get to customers faster than those performed on the ground.

Wing is a subsidiary of Alphabet, making it one of Google’s corporate cousins. Alphabet’s drone division has been slowly creeping its way into certain markets in recent months, with Australia’s capital of Canberra also getting Wing deliveries in April.


Candace Owens suspended from Facebook after she writes, ‘Black America must wake up to the great liberal hoax’

Candace Owens,
Candace Owens,Scott Olson/Getty Images

“My @facebook page has been suspended for 7 days for posting that white supremacy is not a threat to black America, as much as father absence and & liberal policies that incentivize it, are.

“I am censored for posting the poverty rates in fatherless homes,” she wrote on Twitter.

Owens is best known for her Blexit campaign, which urges the black community to leave the Democratic Party and join the Republicans.

The outspoken Trump supporter joins a growing list of conservatives whose voices are being censored on social media platforms.

Politics:


Trump Claws Back Nearly $1B From California High-Speed Rail Project

The letter from railroad official Ronald Batory noted that the project was years behind schedule, many billions of dollars over budget, and still didn’t have any realistic date for completion.

The decision to focus the project on two small population centers rather than the link between California’s two major metropolises was the last straw.

The federal government didn’t sink $3.5 billion into the project just to connect 600,000 people:

Federal officials said in the letter Thursday that California “has repeatedly failed to comply” with the terms of the original 2010 agreement “and has failed to make reasonable progress on the project.”


House passes bill to include LGBTQ protections in Civil Rights Act

Democrats believe the Civil Rights Act should be amended beyond current protections for race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

The Equality Act, passed 236-173 along party lines, would greatly expand non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals to include not only the workplace, but also education, credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and public accommodations.

Democrats, who all support the measure, said it would, for the first time, broadly protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination.

But Republicans said the measure would undermine religious freedom, destroy Title IX programs for women, and undercut parental rights.

Trump SLAMS Those involved in Spygate: “Treason Means Long Jail Sentences”

President Trump wrote this morning, “My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on.

Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!”

The President’s comments come after news earlier this week that Attorney General William Barr appointed Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham to “examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was ‘lawful and appropriate.’”

Exclusive: Barr talks to Fox News in first on-air interview as Trump’s AG

In a Fox News YouTube exclusive cut, Attorney General William Barr sits down with Bill Hemmer for a wide-ranging interview covering everything from investigating the Russia probe to combatting gang violence, including a special message for his critics.


Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos reveals new details about intelligence agencies spying on him.

Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos reveals new details about intelligence agencies spying on him.

7 Reasons Why the Uranium One Scandal Won’t Go Away

The mainstream press has repeatedly declared the Russian purchase of Uranium One a “debunked conspiracy theory.”

But it’s no theory, nor has it been debunked.

The Uranium One deal was complicated and had many moving parts, which also explains why misinformation about it has spread widely.

Claims such as “the Russians gave Clinton $145 million” and “Clinton sold American uranium to the Russians” are great soundbites, but are factually inaccurate.

It’s true that the Clinton Foundation received undisclosed millions from Uranium One stakeholders—such as the $2.35 million from board Chairman Ian Telfer.

The Obama administration did allow the Russians to acquire domestic nuclear assets critical to U.S. national security.

But minor inaccuracies in the soundbites have allowed self-appointed fact-checkers such as PolitiFact and Snopes to selectively “debunk” the larger story without critically examining the full set of facts.

In the coming months, readers may find the Uranium One scandal coming back into focus. For that purpose, it’s time to set the record straight.

Government Watchdog Says Senate Should Call on Joe Biden’s Son to Testify on China, Ukraine Deals

Hunter Biden,
L-R: President Barack Obama, talks with Vice President Joe Biden, and his son Hunter Biden, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game on Jan. 30, 2010, in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, said that the son of the Democratic presidential frontrunner should be called in to testify before a Congressional committee.

“I think it is not unreasonable at all for the Senate to ask Hunter Biden to come in and testify,” Schweizer said during an interview with Breitbart.

“Why did you get a billion-dollar-plus deal with the Chinese government—a kind of deal that Goldman Sachs and nobody else got—even though he had no background in private equity and no background in China?

These are very simple and basic questions that need to be asked.”

“The Chinese are not going to toss around deals that size without expecting something in return,” he added.

World News:

Trump Today: President announces deal with Canada, Mexico to end steel and aluminum tariffs

President Donald Trump addresses the National Association of Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo May 17, 2019, in Washington.

Speaking in Washington at a National Association of Realtors conference, Trump said the U.S. had “just reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico.”

The agreement to lift the 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum should help smooth the way forward for the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

Canada will remove tariffs imposed in retaliation, according to a statement. A Mexican statement was expected later.

“That deal is going to be a fantastic deal for our country, and hopefully Congress will approve the USMCA quickly,” the president said.


UK advises dual nationals against all travel to Iran

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe,
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual national found guilty of spying more than three years ago. Photograph: Family Handout/PA

The latest tightening of the Foreign Office travel advice comes in the wake of the sentencing of Aras Amiri, an Iranian national who worked for the British Council in London, to 10 years in jail on charges of spying for the UK.

The Foreign Office had in September warned dual nationals against all but essential travel, the first time it had provided specific travel advice for a particular group of British people, due to the treatment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual national found guilty of spying by the Iranian government more than 3 years ago.

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said: “Dual nationals face an intolerable risk of mistreatment if they visit Iran.

Despite the UK providing repeated opportunities to resolve this issue, the Iranian regime’s conduct has worsened.


Pakistan doctor accused of infecting more than 400 babies and children with HIV

Hundreds of Pakistani children have tested positive for HIV this year. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

UNAIDS has called on international partner organizations to work with local partners to assist in both containing the outbreak and investigate its origins.

The agency furthermore expressed concern that there are some 600,000 unqualified medical professionals operating across Pakistan, with almost half located in the province where the HIV surge occurred.

Experts have pointed to grave medical malpractices from re-using syringes to hazardous blood transfusions, with the problems made worse by poor access to sufficient healthcare and resources.

Police have subsequently arrested Dr. Muzaffar Ghangharo, who has AIDS, as the culprit who injected his patients with the virus.


Cross-party Brexit talks break down, making May’s departure increasingly inevitable

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that “we have been unable to bridge important policy gaps between us.” (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)

The cross-party talks between May’s Conservative Party lawmakers and socialist firebrand Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour always seemed a long shot, but May resorted to opening the talks after Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the agreement she thrashed out last year with European leaders on three separate occasions.

But on Friday, Corbyn pulled out, saying “it has become clear that, while there are some areas where compromise has been possible, we have been unable to bridge important policy gaps between us.”

“Even more crucially, the increasing weakness and instability of your government means there cannot be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us,” he said, in a letter reported by The Daily Telegraph.


Rainbow flags, roses and ponchos: Photos from Taiwan’s same-sex marriage celebrations

People celebrate after Taiwan’s parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage on May 17, 2019, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Photos from Taiwan show celebrants erupting in cheers and embracing one another after the announcement on Friday. And even when it started raining on the celebrations, they kept the party going as they huddled under umbrellas or wrapped themselves in ponchos.

Some carried rainbow flags and maps of Taiwan decorated in rainbow. Others cracked open bottles of beer on city streets to toast the decision.

Advocates for LGBT rights hope Taiwan’s legalization of same-sex marriage will spark a ripple effect across Asia, where some countries are already inching toward marriage equality.


UN chief warns nuclear waste could be leaking into the Pacific

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According to Phys.org, the structure in question is on Enewetak atoll in the Marshall Islands — where the US conducted 67 nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958.

The tests included the Castle Bravo hydrogen bomb, which was reportedly about 1,000 times bigger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

In the late 70s, waste from those tests was dumped into a crater and capped with a concrete dome 18 inches thick.

That was intended to be a temporary solution, so the bottom of the crater was never lined.

Now, UN Secretary General António Guterres and Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine fear nuclear waste could be leaking from the pit.

Commentary/Opinion:

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