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The American hero, who served with the 101st Airbone, jumped into Normandy with thousands of other parachutists in 1944, and recalls it as “the worst jump I ever had.”
With the throb of their engines rumbling through cloudy skies, C-47 transport planes in WWII colours dropped jumpers with round canopies similar to those used in 1944.
On June 6, 1944, the Allies invaded German-occupied western Europe by way of Normandy, France, during World War II. It would become the turning point of the war, and the largest sea, land and air invasion in history.
From D-Day through August 21, the Allies sent more than two million soldiers into northern France and suffered more than 226,386 casualties. The Allied countries included the United States, Great Britain, France, Canada, Australia and China.
There are countless monuments across Normandy’s beaches and inland to honor those who lost their lives. There is also the Normandy American Cemetery.
“You are among the greatest Americans who will ever live,” Trump said. “You are the pride of our nation, you are the glory of our republic, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Trump recalled stories of individual veterans from the historic fight including Ray Lambert — a medic with four purple hearts and three silver stars who was badly wounded in the D-Day landing operation but survived.
“Ray, the free world salutes you,” Trump said, prompting a standing ovation for the veteran.
Trump paused his speech and walked over to shake Lambert’s hand.
“May God bless our great veterans. May God bless our Allies. May God bless the heroes of D-Day. And may God Bless America.”French President Emmanuel Macron spoke before Trump, to the sound of wartime American songs and military music.
He addressed the crowd in French, paying a heartfelt tribute to the American and Allied soldiers who helped liberate France.
Macron, who spoke before Trump, told the audience: “Today France has not forgotten to those who we owe our right to freedom.”
You are the greatest among us that will ever live, you are the pride of our nation, you are the glory of our republic and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, says President Trump thanking WWII veterans.
College students in Washington, D.C ., seem to have forgotten about D-Day on its 75th anniversary.
We asked college students if they knew what D-Day is and why it is significant to American history.
The U.S. Supreme Court held off on reviewing the case so that the state court could take another look in light of the 2018 SCOTUS decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. That case drew national attention, as it pitted the First Amendment against LGBT rights.
The high court declined to get involved in that battle, however, ruling in favor of the baker by stating that the Colorado commission was improperly hostile to his religious beliefs when they found him in violation of a state law.
The U.S. Supreme Court asked the Washington Supreme Court to make sure they did not make the same mistake.
That court said no.
In the new decision, the Washington Supreme Court defended its initial ruling, stating that the state’s public accommodation law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and that Stutzman discriminated against Robert Ingersoll because he was marrying a man.
Army Lt.Col. Christopher Ophardt, an academy spokesman, said the accident occurred around 6:45 a.m. near West Point when the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle rolled.
Ophardt could not provide the severity of the injuries or the name of cadet who died. The injured were taken to local hospitals.
Flowers is being charged with open murder, which covers first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter.
He was charged as a four-time habitual offender due to earlier felony convictions, including assault with a dangerous weapon.
It’s alleged that Flowers went to the home on Mona Street near Amsterdam Avenue around 6:30 a.m. on May 19, kicked in the door and shot Thomas-Flowers four times in the torso with a handgun.
The video obtained by MLive shows London Thomas, Thomas-Flowers’ son, leaping from his seat and jumping the courtroom barrier in an attempt to attack Flowers, who was seated in the jury box speaking with Muskegon County Public Defender Fred Johnson at the time.
The state police said in a statement the agency received confirmation the remains were Collins-Smith’s Thursday morning.
“Special Agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division along with deputies of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department are continuing their work related to the case,” the state police said.
The Cache County Attorney’s Office said new evidence recovered by the Utah State Crime Lab led prosecutors to charge Alex Whipple, 21, with rape of a child in the first degree and sodomy upon a child in the first degree in connection to the murder of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley, whose remains were found several days after she was first reported missing May 25.
Whipple was previously charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and abuse of desecration of a human body.
Whipple was taken into custody several days later and, on May 29, after giving police a map to Lizzy’s remains in exchange for immunity from the death penalty, officials recovered the body of the missing girl just a block away from her home in Logan, Utah.
Miami news anchor Todd Tongen’s alleged cause of death revealed by brother: There was ‘a simple note’
A Miami news anchor committed suicide this week because he was afraid he suffered from the same form of dementia that took his mother’s life, his family claims.
Todd Tongen, who worked for ABC affiliate WPLG for nearly three decades, was 56. The station confirmed the weekend anchor’s cause of death on Wednesday.
Todd’s brother, Dr. Scott Tongen, told WPLG he wasn’t sure if the incident was planned.
“I don’t really think he was thinking about ending his life, as far as I know,” said Scott, noting the two had planned upcoming trips to Las Vegas and Canada. “But there was clearly something that was bothering him.
He left some garbled messages that we haven’t seen yet, but there was a simple note that said he was lost and to forgive him.”
Houston attorney Paul Looney asked District Court Judge Vicki Menard Wednesday in a civil petition to assign a special master to supervise the return of the belongings and “make order out of all this chaos,” the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.
Authorities seized items including wallets, cellphones, chains, belt buckles, money and vehicles after the shootout in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, according to Looney’s petition.
“There is no reason any of this property should not be returned without delay,” Looney said.
“In fact, there is good cause to appoint a special master due to the volume of individual items of property involved, believed to be over 1,000 individual items.”
Ohden survived her mother’s abortion at 31 weeks. Doctors misleadingly told her mother that Ohden was only 18-20 weeks along before the abortion, Ohden told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Ohden said that her mother’s parents orchestrated a forced saline infusion abortion with the help of her grandmother’s colleague, the local abortionist.
The late-term abortion survivor explained that the saline infusion abortion is intended to poison and scald the child to death over 72 hours as the baby soaks in the fluid injected into the womb. Doctors would then induce premature labor.
Ohden soaked in the saline solution for not three but five days when doctors could not successfully induce her birthmother’s labor.
“They did finally succeed that fifth day, and I was delivered at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, in the final step of the abortion procedure, expected to be a successful abortion—a deceased child, but when I was expelled from the womb, I was accidentally born alive,” Ohden told TheDCNF.
“I now know from admissions of my biological family that my grandmother was there when I was delivered alive and demanded to the nurses that they leave me to die,” Ohden said.
“We may never know how long I was ‘laid aside,’ in the words of a nurse who has communicated with me about her experience that day, but we know that ultimately, a ‘tall, blond nurse,’ rushed me to the NICU shouting out, ‘she just kept gasping for breath and I couldn’t just leave her there to die.’”
Ohden said that her life was saved that day because someone was willing to do the right thing.
Most of this study focuses specifically on made-up news and information that is intended to mislead the public.
But it also examines some other potentially inaccurate or misleading types of information.
Americans make clear distinctions among five kinds of misinformation asked about in this survey, expressing the greatest concern about fully made-up news as well as altered videos and images.
Two-thirds (67%) say that made-up news designed to mislead causes a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues, while 63% feel the same way about a video that is altered or made up.
And by large majorities, 79% and 77% respectively, they favor restrictions on these kinds of content.
The mainstay of news was the Russia “collusion” narrative that focused on the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller was probing reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of “collusion” by the Trump campaign in those efforts. While Mueller indicted some two dozen Russians for election meddling, any Trump campaign involvement remains unsubstantiated more than two years after the FBI probe first started.
Last year, CNN producer John Bonifield was caught on camera calling the Russia story “mostly bull[expletive],” while CNN political commentator Van Jones was caught on candid camera calling it “a big nothing burger.”
That didn’t stop the networks from dedicating almost 33 hours of evening news to the story since Trump’s inauguration, including 342 minutes this summer, of which 97 percent was negative toward Trump.
“I observed blood all over (her) legs, hands and face,” responding officer wrote.
When police asked the victim what happened, she lifted her shirt and showed them three self-inflicted stab wounds on her stomach.
“I’m tired of living in Trump’s country. I’m tired of Trump being president,” she reportedly told police. The report said the wounded woman admitted to stabbing herself for those reasons.
Texas teacher fired for allegedly tweeting to Trump to ‘remove’ illegal immigrants from her school: report
Georgia Clark, who had worked at the Fort Worth Independent School District more than 20 years, reportedly said she thought the tweets were private.
The tweets caused an uproar in her school, which is 1/3 Hispanic, according to the Washington Post.
Eight school board members voted unanimously Tuesday to terminate Clark’s contract. She has two weeks to appeal to the state and remains on leave with pay in the meantime.
Last Wednesday, Mike Wacker was put on paid administrative leave and fired two days later.
The day before his suspension, Wacker went on Fox Business to discuss the company’s anti-conservative bias, telling Trish Regan, “You don’t know what’s going to offend somebody next and a lot of time they are going to HR over these trivial things.”
In a tweet, YouTube said it has “suspended” conservative personality Steven Crowder’s “monetization,” a penalty that means Crowder will continue to stay on the site but will not be able to collect ad revenue.
Social media analytics website Social Blade estimates Crowder could have been making between $81,000 to $1.29 million per year from his channel before the change.
Crowder has come under scrutiny after Vox Media journalist Carlos Maza — who identifies as queer and is of Cuban-American heritage — compiled a montage of Crowder using a string of racist and homophobic slurs against him in YouTube videos, including “lispy queer” and the “gay Mexican from Vox.” In the clips, Crowder mocked Maza’s sexuality, at one point pantomiming oral sex with a microphone.
YouTube in response to Maza’s thread on Tuesday night said they had reviewed the flagged videos and determined they did not violate YouTube’s policies.
YouTube in statements circulated to reporters said they found Crowder was “debating.”
The federal government prosecuted just a handful of businesses over the last year for knowingly hiring illegal aliens.
This practice not only hurts migrant workers, but hardworking Americans as well. One America’s Pearson Sharp explains.
Former DHS official on CBP declaring ‘full-blown’ border emergency: Authorities at point of ‘desperation’
Responding on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday, former Department of Homeland Security official Theresa Cardinal Brown said it’s clear that authorities at the border are in a state of “desperation.”
Brown said the situation is different from years past because of the number of families and children who are seeking asylum at the border and having to be detained.
In his comments to reporters, Acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders called the immigration system “broken,” explaining that facilities housing migrants near the border are “well beyond capacity.”
“This ongoing crisis has placed a tremendous strain on our limited resources and operational effectiveness,” he warned.
Mexican officials, in the meantime, appear to have stepped up efforts to halt the flow of Central American migrants crossing the border to the United States, with Mexican soldiers, armed police, and migration officials blocking migrants along its own southern border with Guatemala.
It is unclear yet whether the sharpening of Mexico’s response to the border crisis would be enough to appease the president, who has made curbing illegal immigration a signature part of his presidency and campaign.
The talks come as U.S. border officials report the apprehension of over 132,000 illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico into the United States in the month of May.
The figure marked an increase over the previous month and the highest monthly level since 2006.
“They wanted to use these people (to attack inside the U.S.) because they were from these areas,” Henricki told the scholars, indicating that they were either from North America or were English speakers.
Moreover, the authors of the report underscored that it serves to demonstrate that ISIS has discussed and operationalized ways in which their operatives could infiltrate our borders and cause harm to our citizens, and downplay the potential terrorist threats from the border areas would be harmful to the safety of Americans.
“This account is not a warning bulletin for an imminent attack against our country, nor is it a fear-mongering attempt to suggest a wave of ISIS terrorists are waiting to cross our southern border,” the authors added.
“But a reminder to diligently consider leads and sources that confirm terrorists’ intentions to exploit one of the weakest links in our national security – our borders.”
Nueces County Sheriff J.C. Hooper said his office received a call early Wednesday morning from a woman who reported that an injured man had come to her door.
Police began a search in the area and discovered two injured men on the side of the road who told officers they had been in a car crash.
Officers tried to stop the SUV for speeding at around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to Robstown Police Chief Erasmo Flores.
When the vehicle refused to pull over, a chase ensued but police lost track of the vehicle, the Corpus Christi Caller Times reported.
The Sheriff’s Office said those involved with the crash had entered the U.S. illegally from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico.
There were six fatal casualties from the crash, five other passengers were critically injured and three more passengers are suspected to have been involved in the crash, according to authorities.
The White House issued a statement on June 3 condemning the H.R. 6 bill, saying that it would send a signal encouraging the inflow of illegal immigrants while undermining the current immigration priorities of protecting communities and defending borders.
“H.R. 6 would only exacerbate illegal immigration and the exploitation of our immigration laws by incentivizing more illegal behavior while doing nothing to address the problems at our southern border or broader immigration enforcement efforts,” the statement reads, adding that cost of enforcing the legislation would likely blow up the government budget deficit by another $30 billion.
Several House Republicans also criticized the bill, saying that it failed to address the real underlying issue.
James said he will challenge first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters in 2020 in a key state for President Donald Trump’s re-election chances.
James is the 37-year-old African American combat veteran and CEO of an automotive logistics company in Detroit.
“People want a government that they can be proud of; people want an infrastructure that they can be proud of; education system; healthcare. They want to know the people of the state of Michigan are being represented in Washington and right now I don’t believe we’re getting that.”
He promised he will put people first, not politics, in a new kind of Republican leadership.
Donald Trump Jr. Says Joe Biden Had Incentive to Dismiss China Threats, Says ‘Son Took $1.5 Billion’ From Chinese Regime
“We’re in a position where we have the most agile venture capitalist [sic] in the world,” Biden said on June 4. “Our workers are literally three times productive as workers in the far east—in Asia. So what are we worried about?”
“Well his son took $1.5 BILLION form [sic] the Chinese govt so I’m sure he’s incentivized to pretend they’re not a threat,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.
“Of course no one with a brain believed it but media won’t cover it, because Joe’s their guy and always gets a pass despite his 50 years of failures in government.”
Trump Jr.’s comments appear to refer to details revealed in the 2018 book “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends” by author Peter Schweizer.
“My colleagues, over the past several days, have promoted a pay raise for congress-people, but as I look at this, I see a Congress that is dysfunctional,” Axne told reporters during a telephone conference call.
“And let me tell you, in these last five months, I’ve certainly seen many opportunities for us to clean up waste out here,” she said. “Until we get the dysfunction under control and our deficit under control and down to zero, then congresspeople don’t deserve a raise.”
U.S. government has encouraged companies to invest abroad, keep wages low, ship jobs overseas in the interest of serving multi-national companies.
“As a party, we should be 100 percent pro-choice, and it should be non-negotiable,” New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is running for president in 2020, recently told The Washington Post.
Some are actively going after current officeholders with anti-abortion views.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, another Democratic presidential candidate, is targeting Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the few pro-life Democrats in Congress. In his first congressional endorsement of the cycle, Sanders endorsed the pro-choice Marie Newman in her Democratic primary bid against Lipinski.
The Daily Caller obtained documents showing that Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’ charity, the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS), paid over $250,000 between 2013 and 2015 to her similarly named for-profit organization, Global Policy Solutions LLC (GPS).
Rockeymoore Cummings also sits as chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, while Rep. Cummings, D-Md., is currently heading up a number of probes into President Trump’s conduct — including Trump’s tax returns. Cummings’ office did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Conservative watchdog The National Legal and Policy Center (NPLC) said that the latest report points to “self-dealing.”
In a state that has been at the forefront of the anti-Trump movement and in which Trump was only able to garner a little over 30 percent of the vote in 2016, voters think better of the president than they do of their own legislature, according to a new poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California.
Democratic strategists say that a big reason for the unpopularity of the state legislature in California is that voters are seeing very little action from their elected officials amidst a worsening housing crisis and more money coming out of their wallets for things like gasoline and health care.
“It’s a reflection of voters not seeing any solutions in sight for the issues that matter most to them — like affordable housing, student debt and affordable health care,” Democratic consultant Steve Maviglio told the Los Angeles
The bill, HB 379, which passed unanimously in the state Senate on Tuesday, requires convicted offenders who abused a child under the age of 13 to take drugs, such as medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment, that block the production of testosterone, as well as other naturally occurring hormones and chemicals in the body that drive libido, as a condition for parole.
The offender will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they cannot afford it.
The bill still needs to be signed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to become law.
“I want to do what I can to ensure the Hong Kong government is forced to backtrack … I am stunned they have come up with this plan,” said one mainland Chinese lawyer based in Hong Kong.
“Even if we are not directly exposed, we know better than most just how appalling the criminal justice system is across the border—there is no open, fair justice, you can’t always even get a lawyer. There is torture.”
This was the fifth, and largest, protest march held by Hong Kong lawyers since 1997 after a series of perceived intrusions by China on the rule of law. Dennis Kwok, a barrister who organized the march, said 3,000-4,000 lawyers had taken part, around a quarter of the city’s legal fraternity.
“One way or another I’ll make that decision after the G20. I’ll be meeting with President Xi [Jinping] and we will see what happens,” Trump said.
Under Trump’s direction, the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office has already begun the process for enacting 25 percent tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports by drafting a list of items.
Trump earlier that day indicated that tariffs could be forthcoming on “at least” $300 billion of Chinese goods, but said he thought China wanted to make a deal with the United States.
Police investigating Cyprus serial killer recover third suitcase containing human remains from toxic lake
Cyprus police spokesman Andreas Angelides called Tuesday’s discovery a “major development” in the ongoing investigation into the case that has shocked the nation.
The case came to light on April 14 when the bound body of Mary Rose Tiburcio, 38, from the Philippines, was discovered by chance down a flooded shaft near the toxic lake that was part of what is now a disused copper mine.
An unidentified 35-year-old army captain was arrested in connection with the deaths after investigators found that he had online communications with the first victim.
He reportedly confessed to seven killings in all in a 10-page handwritten note.
The Viking Sigyn crashed into a tourist boat, the Mermaid, on the Danube, on 29 May. The Mermaid then sank, killing 28.
The captain, a 64-year-old Ukrainian national named as Yuriy C, was later arrested. He denies any wrongdoing.
Prosecutors said he was the captain of a cruise ship involved in a non-fatal crash in April in the Netherlands.
Yuriy C was also accused of deleting data from this phone following the fatal crash in the Hungarian capital.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebel offensive began Thursday afternoon with a volley of rockets and missiles lobbed at government forces in a handful of villages recently captured from the opposition on the southern edge of the rebel stronghold.
The Observatory said the rebels burned tires to obstruct warplanes’ vision.
The war monitoring group said rebel fighters advanced in one of the villages — Al-Jebeen — after intense clashes.
The government and its ally Russia responded with a wave of airstrikes, including dropping barrel bombs on villages nearby, the Observatory said.
Fox News Channel host of ‘The Story’ Martha MacCallum shares stories of WWII veterans from Normandy, France.
Unfreedom of the Press’ author Mark Levin discusses the rising problem of fake news on ‘Hannity.’
Sean Hannity took on the mainstream media Wednesday night, arguing that President Trump has exposed most of the press as an “extension of the Democratic Party.”