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Nearly 400 Missouri roads closed by flooding

Emily Kientzel puts a cooler in her friend’s boat as they prepare to take the boat out over floodwaters from the Mississippi River to his home outside of Portage des Sioux, Mo., Sunday, June 2, 2019. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was touring flooded areas Monday in the northeast part of the state, where there have been around a dozen water rescues. Statewide, nearly 400 roads are closed, including part of U.S. 136.

Locks and dams upstream of St. Louis are shut down as the Mississippi River crests at the second-highest level on record in some communities.

Midwestern rivers have flooded periodically since March, causing billions of dollars of damage to farmland, homes and businesses.

Surgical tool, oxygen sparked flash fire in patient’s chest during open heart surgery, doctors say

The doctors quickly extinguished the fire, and in what some published reports hail as a miracle, the man suffered no harm.

The rare incident was made public at a medical conference in Austria during the weekend.

The presenters said that the patient, a 60-year-old man, was in surgery last year for the repair of a tear in the inner layer of the aorta wall in the chest, according to the European Society of Anaesthesiology.

But the patient’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD, meant he had air-filled blisters, which doctors punctured, leading to a leak.

Parents decry actions of man who threw boy from mall balcony

Emmanuel Aranda,

Emmanuel Aranda showed little emotion during his hearing. When Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding asked whether Aranda wanted to say anything on his own behalf, the 24-year-old Minneapolis man responded with a simple, “No.”

Reding then sentenced him to the term he agreed to when he pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack.

Aranda told investigators he went to the mall “looking for someone to kill.”

According to the complaint, he had tried unsuccessfully to talk to women in the mall but their rejection “caused him to lash out and be aggressive.

” He said he had planned to kill an adult before choosing the child instead.

Dad’s lawyers blame diseased brain for 5 deaths

Timothy Jones Jr.
Timothy Jones Jr. listens during closing arguments in his death penalty trial, Monday, June 3, 2019, at the Lexington County Courthouse, in Lexington, S.C. Jones, who is accused of killing his five children in 2014, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (Jeff Blake/The State via AP, Pool)

A lawyer for a father facing a death penalty trial in the slayings of his five children in South Carolina says his diseased, damaged brain led him to think he was killing the kids out of love.

Boyd Young said in his closing statement Monday that prosecutors didn’t tell the whole story about Timothy Jones Jr. because they didn’t want to show he couldn’t tell right from wrong in August 2014 when he exercised one child to death and strangled the other four.

Young says stress from a failed marriage and trying to raise the children alone made his undiagnosed schizophrenia worse and then trying to medicate himself with alcohol and synthetic marijuana pushed him over the edge.

2 indicted, 1 taking plea in California doctor slaying case

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office shows Kelsey Nichole Turner. (San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

Diana Nicole Pena is “not as culpable” in the March death of Dr. Thomas Burchard as former Playboy Italia and Maxim model Kelsey Nichole Turner and Jon Logan Kennison, Pena’s attorney, Jess Matsuda, said outside court.

Police say Burchard, who lived in Salinas, California, had an intimate relationship with Turner and paid rent on a Las Vegas home where Turner, Kennison and Pena lived.

Turner and Kennison are accused of bludgeoning Burchard and leaving his corpse in the trunk of Turner’s Mercedes Benz on a desert road between Las Vegas and Lake Mead.

Pena, 30, a former Las Vegas Strip bartender, remains in custody on murder and conspiracy charges. But Matsuda said she “had nothing to do with the murder” and had spoken with police and prosecutors since surrendering for arrest April 13.

Non-Muslim Lawyer Launches Major Lawsuit Against CAIR

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) CAIR’s California branch (CAIR-CA).

The four chapters that comprise CAIR’s California branch (CAIR-CA). The lawsuit alleges a toxic culture and poor leadership, which suggests CAIR’s devotion to progressive civil and employment rights practices may be only a façade for something more insidious.

On April 24, Susanne Arani filed a 42-page lawsuit (PDF available here) against CAIR-CA. Arani served as a lawyer in the San Diego office, working on and off since 2015. On April 9, 2019, Arani was fired by Dustin Craun, her new boss, CAIR-CA’s greenhorn executive director who took over in January.

Arani alleges discrimination based on religion, gender, age, and political views; breaches of attorney-client privilege; wrongful termination and retaliation; failure to hire; and hostile work environment.

Arani offers multiple allegations against both Craun and the upper levels of CAIR-CA leadership responsible for overseeing him, while at the same time offering a highly suggestive glimpse at the ideology at work behind the walls of CAIR. Specifically, anti-Americanism and sexism seem to run rampant.

Planned Parenthood Hired Prostitutes for Staff, Donors and Guests at Official Functions

In January, the UK’s Department for International Development (Dfid) came under fire for awarding £132 million of aid money to IPPF while an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and corruption against the abortion giant was ongoing.

Internal documents referred to claims of sexual harassment, bullying, abusive conduct and intimidation of whistle-blowers at one of the organisation’s largest overseas offices. A female executive was allegedly sent a pornographic video in an attempt to intimidate her.

Now, Lucien Kouakou, the Africa regional director who was dismissed over the allegations, has made explosive claims including that IPPF offered sexual ‘gifts’ to guests at African events for several years.

DoJ antitrust investigation could look into Apple too

The iPhone XS, left, and XS Max are displayed side to side during an event to announce new products at Apple headquarters Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Now, just as Apple is revealing a number of software updates at its WWDC developer event, Reuters reports, based on anonymous sources, that the Department of Justice “has jurisdiction for a potential antitrust probe of Apple Inc.”

Earlier today the Wall Street Journal reported the FTC has similar authority concerning Facebook, and share values for both companies dropped after the news came out.

The other big name mentioned over the weekend is Amazon, although for all of them the potential impact is still unclear.

If these investigations move forward, they could probe all kinds of elements about how the companies do business and impact the competitive landscape.

Wall Street falls as Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon drag

High profile internet stocks dominated trading on the day with Facebook Inc falling as much as 9.3% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Trade Commission has secured the right to examine how the social media company practices affect digital competition.

The stock was on pace for its biggest one-day drop since July 26.

Alphabet Inc tumbled as much as 7.1% after sources told Reuters the U.S. Justice Department is preparing an investigation to determine if the Google-parent broke antitrust laws.

Amazon.com slipped as much as 5.4% on a report that the e-commerce giant could be put under the watch of the FTC.

The communication services sector was down 2.6%, the biggest drop of the S&P’s 11 major sectors with pressure from Facebook and Google while Amazon shares helped pull the consumer discretionary sector down 0.9%.

Virginia Tech Offers 10 Different Graduation Ceremonies for Black, LGBT, Asian Students

Spencer Platt/Getty Images TOM CICCOTTA3 Jun 20199

The College Fix reported this week that Virginia Tech is one of many universities that have adopted separate ceremonies for student groups based on identity.

For example, The Donning of Kente Ceremony is held to commemorate the graduation of Black and African American students.

Virginia Tech will also hold a “Lavender Ceremony” for student members of the LGBTQ community.

Unlike other universities, Virginia Tech will also hold a separate graduation ceremony for student veterans. “This event is held in order to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our student veterans.

University of New Mexico considers building border fence around campus to keep criminals out

The university has faced everything from homeless people on campus to drug users locking themselves in the bathroom stalls to get high to hundreds of car thefts — and even rapes — the newspaper reported.

The proposed “10-foot-tall, wrought-iron fence with sharp points at the top” would be used “as a security barrier between New Mexico’s largest public university and the rest of the city,” reports the Albuquerque Journal.

Immigration:

Mexico rejects idea to keep Central American asylum seekers

The proposal, which has not been formally made by the U.S., would involve Mexico being designated a “safe third country” for the immigrants, meaning that refugees passing through Mexico to the U.S. would first have to claim asylum in Mexico.

The U.S. has a similar agreement with Canada.

“An agreement about a safe third country would not be acceptable for Mexico,” Ebrard told reporters shortly before a meeting in Washington, D.C., with U.S. officials.

“They have not yet proposed it to me. But it would not be acceptable and they know it.”

Border Patrol Apprehends Large Group of Illegal Immigrants…From Africa

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

U.S. Border Patrol apprehended a large group of 116 illegal immigrants in the Del Rio Sector on Thursday who hailed from Cameroon, Congo, and Angola.

The group was caught on video wading across the Rio Grande River attempting to illegally enter the U.S.

“Large groups present a unique challenge for the men and women of the Del Rio Sector,” said Chief Raul Ortiz in a statement.

“This large group from Africa further demonstrates the complexity and severity of the border security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border.”

Politics:

Congress finally to send $19B disaster aid bill to Trump

Rep. John Rose, R-Tenn., a freshman from Cookeville, Tenn., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after he blocked a unanimous consent vote during a scheduled pro forma session of the House on a long-awaited $19 billion disaster aid bill in the chamber, Thursday, May 30, 2019.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The House is approving the measure in its first significant action as it returns from a 10-day recess.

It is slated for a Monday evening vote in which Republicans whose home districts have been hit by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires are set to join with majority Democrats to deliver a big vote for the measure.

The measure was initially held up over a fight between Trump and Democrats over aid to Puerto Rico that seems long settled.

The measure also faced delays amid failed talks on Trump’s $4 billion-plus request to care for thousands of mostly Central American migrants being held at the southern border.

The sides narrowed their differences but couldn’t reach agreement in the rush to go on recess but everyone agrees that another bill will be needed almost immediately to refill nearly empty agency accounts to care for migrants.

Impeachment dam breaking as Pelosi deputies tip hand: ‘We’ve already begun’

The momentum inside the party comes as Trump is overseas. On Monday, he met with Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace amid D-Day commemoration ceremonies.

In a tweet on Sunday, the president ripped into Democrats for focusing on impeachment, saying Congress needs to focus on other issues, involving the border, drug prices and infrastructure.

“Democrats can’t impeach a Republican President for crimes committed by Democrats,” the president tweeted, dismissing the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt.”

House Judiciary Committee to hold Mueller report hearing with Watergate figure John Dean

John Dean,
John Dean, former counsel to President Nixon, testifies during Senate Watergate hearing. (AP)

The announcement said the scheduled June 10 hearing would be one of a series “focused on the alleged crimes and other misconduct laid out in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.” Mueller himself was not scheduled to appear.

The hearing comes as the White House has broadly rejected requests from House Democrats for documents and testimony from witnesses close to Trump and mentioned in Mueller’s report.

Dean, a Trump critic, gained notoriety in 1973 when he chose to cooperate with a Senate committee investigating the June 1972 break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington.

Dean’s testimony implicated high-ranking administration officials in the break-in and accused Nixon of orchestrating a cover-up, leading to the 37th president’s resignation the following year.

Schumer: Senate briefing coming soon on election interference

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been asking for a briefing on election interference for several weeks. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The New York Democrat said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has “assured” him that there will be a bipartisan briefing on the subject in the coming days.

Schumer has been asking for a briefing for several weeks, while also stumping for passage of bipartisan election security legislation written in response to Russia’s 2016 interference to boost President Donald Trump.

What Everyone Missed From the Barr Interview

In an hour-long, wide ranging interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford, Attorney General Bill Barr provided a significant amount of new information regarding the Mueller Report, the Russia Investigation, and his examination of the events surrounding the 2016 presidential election.

Barr addressed the actions taken by the leadership of the FBI and other agencies, and noted the dangers of allowing “government power, law enforcement or intelligence power, to play a role in politics, to intrude into politics, and affect elections.”

He also addressed declassification, his ongoing investigation into surrounding matters, and the involvement of U.S. Attorney John Huber, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, and U.S. Attorney John Durham.

More links emerge between China and Joe Biden’s family

The Former vice president’s son Hunter Biden is reportedly linked to surveillance system in China used to spy on Chinese Muslims.

Reaction on ‘The Next Revolution’ from Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, Fox News contributors Emily Compagno, and Lisa Boothe.

Strzok-Page emails show gaps in Clinton probe files, alleged ‘special treatment’ for her lawyer

The emails involve discussions about so-called “302s” – reports written by the FBI after witness interviews.

In one email, Page curiously acknowledged that four such 302 reports relating to the Clinton investigation “had never been written.”

She didn’t go into detail about why the reports weren’t written, or say which witnesses the 302s would have been about.

There have been previous concerns about missing investigative material related to the Clinton case. In 2016, Fox News reported that two “bankers boxes” of Clinton’s emails went missing during the investigation.

The emails released Monday, meanwhile, show then-FBI General Counsel James Baker writing that he spoke with Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, in August 2016 and promised that the FBI would work to hand over a copy of the 302 from Clinton’s interview “expeditiously.”

Still, Judicial Watch, in a statement, said the emails show the FBI gave “special treatment” to Clinton just before the election.

“These incredible documents show the leadership of the FBI rushed to give Hillary Clinton her FBI interview report shortly before the election,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement.

“And the documents also show the FBI failed to timely document interviews in the Clinton email ‘matter’ – further confirming the whole investigation was a joke.”

World News:

Trump meets with royal family ahead of talks on trade, Brexit

The president arrives in the U.K. to discuss trade and shared economic interests; Kevin Corke reports.

Melania’s homage to Diana: Elegant Mrs Trump takes inspiration from the princess’s crisp navy and white ensembles for lunch at Buckingham Palace

Melania Trump, 49, donned a polished white and navy ensemble that was reminiscent of the outfit worn by Audrey Hepburn in the classic Hollywood film as she joined her husband for the engagement.

The crisp, tailored ensemble is reminiscent of several looks worn by Diana, including two white and navy skirt suits worn to public engagements throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

Other royal watchers noted Mrs Trump might have turned to the silver screen for her inspiration, with comparisons to Audrey Hepburn’s Eliza Doolitle from My Fair Lady and Titanic’s Rose (Kate Winslet) both cropping up online.

The outfit was Mrs Trump’s third in 24 hours and her second today, after she arrived in London wearing a Burberry blouse and Michael Kors skirt suit.

It also perfectly complemented the white dress worn by the Duchess of Cornwall, and the chic Alessandra Rich blazer and skirt sported by Ivanka Trump.

Trumps, Queen Elizabeth view items from the Royal Collection

President Trump and the First Lady will view a special exhibition in the Picture Gallery of items of historical significance to the U.S. from the Royal Collection.

Julian Assange won’t be extradited to Sweden for rape probe, court rules

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

The ruling by the Uppsala District Court doesn’t mean the preliminary investigation must be abandoned, only that Assange doesn’t face extradition to Sweden any time soon.

Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director of public prosecutions, said she has not decided whether to appeal.

He is also fighting extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents hacked from the Pentagon containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources.

Last week, Assange missed a court session in Britain, reportedly due to health problems.

Russia Withdraws Most of Its People From Venezuela, Trump Says

A Russian plane Antonov AN-12, takes off from Simon Bolivar International Airport in La Guaira, Vargas state, Venezuela on March 28, 2019. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

“Russia has informed us that they have removed most of their people from Venezuela,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president’s message confirms an anonymously-sourced report published in The Wall Street Journal on June 2. A Russian state defense contractor, Rostec, reduced the number of its employees in Venezuela from 1,000 to a few dozen, according to the source.

The withdrawal is associated with the lack of new contracts from the regime of illegitimate socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro. Rostec is also convinced that the regime no longer has the cash to pay for the services, according to the Journal’s sources.

China’s Strategy Against Trump and America: Trade War, Huawei, 5G—Gen. Robert Spalding

In the US China trade war, what’s behind the Chinese communist party’s (CCP’s) strategy, with Liu He walking away from the trade talks at the last minute?

What’s the real relationship between Chinese telecom giant Huawei, and the CCP’s quest for global 5G dominance? And how is this all a much, much bigger issue than just trade?

Today we sit down with General Robert Spalding, who was a Brigadier General in the US Air Force, chief China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and a Senior Strategic Planner for the White House, at the National Security Council. Now, he’s a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.

Commentary/Opinion:

Los Angeles plagued with trash, rats and typhoid fever

Attorney and host of the ‘Hidden Truth Show’ podcast Jim Breslo says California politicians can learn a thing or two from President Trump’s ‘America First’ slogan.

Steve Hilton: Mueller showed himself for what he is; a partisan

Mueller press conference shows he is no longer interested in being a neutral arbiter and has placed himself in the partisan arena.

Big Tech Is Big Brother

George Orwell’s fictionalized world where Big Brother reigns supreme is no longer a figment of the imagination, but a prophetic vision of present-day threats.

Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, explains how and why Big Tech is making Orwell’s 1984 a 21st century reality.

Apparently if you post a funny video mocking the wrong person, “journalists” are allowed to ruin your life.

Black Conservative Doxed by Pseudo-Journalist Weasels

The Daily Beast used a significant amount of its resources to take down a man because he posted the slowed down “Drunk Pelosi” video. |

The mass shooting in Virginia Beach was virtually forgotten about by the media and Democrats in a matter of days.

When the perpetrator doesn’t fit their narrative that only angry, white men can be killers, they have no interest in covering the story.

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