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In The News:

Second former GOP state senator found shot dead in two days, this time in Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Senators Jonathan Nichols, left, (R-Norman) and Cliff Branan R-Oklahoma City, visit in Oklahoma City, Ok. (Bill Hefton/AP)

Former Oklahoma state Sen. Jonathan Nichols, 53, was found dead inside his home in Norman on Wednesday night from an apparent gunshot wound, police said. Cops are working with the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

His death comes just one day after former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, 56, was found fatally shot outside her home in Pocahontas on Tuesday. Police are investigating her death as a homicide.

Both Nichols and Collins-Smith were Republicans. However, Collins-Smith started out as a Democrat when she was first elected to the Arkansas state Senate in 2010 and switched parties in 2011.

New York man plotted killing police, attacking Times Square: prosecutors

New York City Police Department (NYPD)
New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers patrol in Time Square after a man was arrested in an alleged plot to buy grenades for an attack on Times Square in New York, U.S., June 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Ashiqul Alam, 22, from Jackson Heights in the city’s Queens borough, was charged with illegally acquiring firearms as part of the attack plan, federal officials said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak ordered Alam detained without bail after a brief court hearing in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Friday.

During meetings with an undercover federal agent, Alam expressed support for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York as well as the militant group Islamic State, according to the complaint.

He also discussed using an explosive suicide vest in an attack.

“As alleged, Ashiqul Alam bought illegal weapons as part of his plan to kill law enforcement officers and civilians in a terrorist attack on Times Square,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, whose office brought the charges, said in a statement.

Army veteran’s family demand answers after he died in Pennsylvania jail, had brain, heart and throat removed

Everett Palmer Jr,
Everett Palmer Jr, a father of two, served in the Army and was a personal trainer in Delaware when he died in police custody. (Palmer Family via Justice4Everett)

The family said they hope the renewed interest in the case will prompt more information to be released or witnesses to come forward.

They have also started a Justice4Everett Facebook page and hashtag.

An autopsy report from the York County Coroner states Palmer died after an incident in the prison where he became agitated in his cell and was later restrained.

The cause of death was later updated to “complications following an excited state, associated with methamphetamine toxicity, during physical restraint.”

The family still knows little about what occurred in the lead up to Palmer’s untimely death. More troubling was when his family received the body, it was badly bruised and his brain, heart, and throat had been removed.

US adds only 75,000 workers in May as trade war worries mount

U.S. payrolls grew by just 75,000 in May, sharply lower than the previous month, while the unemployment rate held steady at a 50-year low.

The expansion trailed the average estimate of 182,500 from economists surveyed by FactSet, and gains for April were adjusted downward to 153,000, a drop of 19%.

Stag Arms announces it’s leaving New Britain

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The company has not announced the new location yet, but shared that they have narrowed down the options to a short list of communities where there is “significant support for the firearms industry.”

Stag Arms was bought by White Wolf Capital LLC in Feb. 2016 after the founder Mark Malkowski and the company plead guilty to federal firearms charges.

CNN’s Don Lemon laments Trump-era ‘toxicity’ and trolls, says he may move on: reports

The host of “CNN Tonight”Don Lemon
The host of “CNN Tonight”Don Lemon

“I don’t know if it’s worth this level of toxicity,” the 53-year-old Lemon said about continuing in his current position, the Daily Beast reported.

Lemon made the remarks at the Financial Times’ “Future of News” conference.

The anchor also spoke about the negative, unsolicited feedback he sometimes receives.

“I was doing a shoot in the park the other day and someone shouted at me, ‘I’m sick of watching you.
We built this country. I can’t wait for CNN to fire your black a–, you f—-t,’” he recalled, according to Deadline.

EVER WANT TO GO TO SPACE? NASA WILL ALLOW PRIVATE CITIZENS AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Parts of the ISS will be opened for space tourism and commercial filming, according to The Washington Post.

Private astronauts can use the ISS for “missions of up to 30 days,” NASA said in its announcement in New York on Friday.

Russia has already let private citizens onto the station, so it won’t be the very first time a non-professional astronaut heads to space, WaPo reported.

Companies have already reserved spots, including and Axiom Space of Houston and Bigelow Aerospace of North Las Vegas, The New York Times reported.

Immigration:

Mexico deploys military to curb migration, reportedly offers major concessions as Trump tariffs loom

Mexican authorities stop a migrant caravan that had earlier crossed the Mexico – Guatemala border, near Metapa, Chiapas state, Mexico, Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Reports in the evening indicated that Mexico’s negotiators with Washington have offered to immediately deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to the border with Guatemala.

Additionally, Mexico has reportedly agreed to a major overhaul of reasonable asylum protocols, which would require asylum applicants to seek permanent refuge in the first country they arrive in after fleeing their home countries.

However, two administration officials tell Fox News that while talks have been going well with Mexico, and that Mexico is making some fresh proposals, there is not yet a deal that U.S. officials are sure to imminently accept.

Also on Thursday, Mexico’s financial intelligence agency announced it had frozen the bank accounts of 26 people who it claimed “have presumably participated in migrant smuggling and the organization of illegal migrant caravans.”

DHS Frees 5.5K Illegal Aliens into U.S. in a Week; 196K Released in 5 Months

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From May 28 to June 3, DHS released 5,500 border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities in various states across the country.

The latest federal data, obtained by Breitbart News, finds that DHS, in the last week, released nearly 800 border crossers and illegal aliens into the U.S. every single day.

The catch and release process often entails federal immigration officials busing border crossers into nearby border cities — as well as flying them into the interior of the country — and dropping them off with the hope they show up for their immigration and asylum hearings.

The overwhelming majority of border crossers and illegal aliens are never deported from the country once they are released into the U.S.

Today, there are anywhere between 11 and 22 million illegal aliens living across the country — the majority of which are concentrated in states like California, New York, Florida, Texas, and Illinois.

Data: Average of 124K Anchor Babies Born in U.S. This Year So Far

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In the first five months of 2019, about 124,000 children of illegal aliens were born on U.S. soil, thus solidifying their permanent American citizenship due to the nation’s birthright citizenship policy.

The total derives from a Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) analysis of Census Bureau data, which reveals that, on average, about 300,000 anchor babies are born in the country every year, with nearly 25,000 anchor babies born every month.

The Supreme Court has never explicitly ruled that the children of illegal aliens must be granted birthright citizenship and many legal scholars dispute the idea.

Tech Watch/Censorship:

Tucker defends Steven Crowder in spat with YouTube

Youtube says Crowder engaged in ‘egregious actions that harmed the broader community’ with his far-right videos; The Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald reacts on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Speech Wars: The Platform That Lets You Say ALL the Things Twitter WON’T

The social media purges will continue and conservatives will still be demonetized and de-platformed as long as Big Tech is in charge.

There are ways to fight back against those who don’t believe in free speech.

John Matze founded Parler, a new platform that allows ideas to be shared and discussed and debated. He chats with Jon Miller about what sets his company apart from the competition.

Email Leaks Show ‘Journalist’ Reportedly Emailed Chase Bank to Get Conservatives BANNED, and it Worked

New email leaks in a story that journalist Tim Pool broke, show that an activist named April Glaser who calls herself a ‘journalist,’ actually may have triggered this mass banning of conservatives from certain payment processors.

Both Chase bank and Slate confirmed the authenticity of this email to Pool.

In a now deleted tweet, Glaser also called for reinstating government broadcast regulations, calling on the US government to regulate people who broadcast on social media and limit broadcasting again to only mainstream news outlets.

Google Walkout leader leaves the company over alleged retaliation

Google Walkout for Change
Google Walkout for Change,ASSOCIATED PRESS

Claire Stapleton, a marketing manager who spent 12 years at Google and YouTube, resigned over alleged retaliation carried out against her by the company.

The Guardian reported Stapleton told her co-workers she had branded by her department “with a kind of scarlet letter that makes it difficult to do my job or find another one.”

She determined that there was no where else for her to go within the company and believed that she and others were actively being targeted for retaliation over their roles in the Google Walkout.

She believes the treatment and the alleged attempt to push her out of the company were designed to dissuade other employees from taking similar actions.

Current and former Google employees say in a lawsuit that the company discriminates against non-progressives on the basis of their viewpoint, and against whites, Asians, and males on the basis of sex and race.

Google Can’t Dodge Conservative Employees’ Discrimination Lawsuit, Court Says

Google attempted to have the case dismissed. But a judge in California, where political discrimination is illegal, ruled against the company.

The case will now move to a legal process known as discovery — meaning that Google must provide Dhillon and other attorneys working on the case access to its internal documents.

This is potentially a huge problem for the tech giant, as previous leaks of internal documents and video have repeatedly exposed the company’s extreme political bias.

FULL MEASURE: June 2, 2019 – Deep Fakes

Today, a fascinating and somewhat frightening trip down a technological rabbit hole.

To a place where it’s becoming nearly impossible to believe your own eyes.

Deep Fakes are videos that use Artificial Intelligence to make it look like someone said or did something they didn’t say or do.

Your phone carrier can now block robocalls by default

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to give wireless carriers like Verizon the green light to block unwanted robocalls automatically for all customers.

The vote clears the way for carriers to switch on robocall-blocking technologies for phone lines by default.

Carriers that switch on such technologies will be required to let customers opt out of the programs if they wish and continue receiving all calls.

But questions remain about whether consumers may have to pay for such services, should carriers ultimately activate them.

Politics/Deep State/Corruption:

Exclusive: Trump sits down with Ingraham on 75th anniversary of D-Day

FULL INTERVIEW: President Trump goes one-on-one with Laura Ingraham during his trip to France commemorating 75 years since the Allied forces took Normandy beach during World War II.

Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source

The emails also show how misleading, by omission, the Mueller report’s public portrayal of Kilimnik turns out to be.

Specifically, the Mueller report flagged Kilimnik’s delivery of a peace plan to the Trump campaign for settling the two-year-old Crimea conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“Kilimnik requested the meeting to deliver in person a peace plan for Ukraine that Manafort acknowledged to the Special Counsel’s Office was a ‘backdoor’ way for Russia to control part of eastern Ukraine,” the Mueller report stated.

But State emails showed Kilimnik first delivered a version of his peace plan in May 2016 to the Obama administration during a visit to Washington. Kasanof, his former handler at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, had been promoted to a top policy position at State, and the two met for dinner on May 5, 2016.

Russia wanted “a quick settlement” to get “Ukraine out of the way and get rid of sanctions and move to economic stuff they are interested in,” Kilimnik wrote Kasanof.

So Kilimnik’s delivery of the peace plan to the Trump campaign in August 2016 was flagged by Mueller as potentially nefarious, but its earlier delivery to the Obama administration wasn’t mentioned.

That’s what many in the intelligence world might call “deception by omission.”

Yet, omitting his extensive, trusted assistance to the State Department seems inexplicable.

If Mueller’s team can cast such a misleading portrayal of Kilimnik, however, it begs the question of what else might be incorrect or omitted in the report.

Exposed: Five Ways the Mueller Report Misrepresented the Facts

The Mueller report appears to have been carefully worded by the lawyers working under former special counsel Robert Mueller, and perhaps Mueller himself, in a manner designed to inflict political damage on President Donald Trump.

Additionally, we now know that sections of the report were also selectively edited to provide damaging portrayals.

Examples include the representation of the transcript of a phone call between the president’s attorney, John Dowd, and the attorney for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a letter from the attorney of an individual referenced in the Mueller report, and a sequence of dates concerning the meeting between Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and Australian diplomat Alexander Downer.

DOJ official Bruce Ohr awarded $28G bonus amid Russia probe, records indicate

Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department official
Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department official

The records do not indicate why Ohr was given the bonus in November 2016, though they show he also received a $14,520 bonus a year earlier, totaling $42,520 over a two-year period.

The conservative group Judicial Watch, known for suing for public records, released the documents related to Ohr’s salary Friday, saying they obtained them from the Justice Department through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“These documents will raise questions as to whether the conflicted Bruce Ohr, who the FBI used to launder information from Christopher Steele was rewarded for his role in the illicit targeting of President Trump,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

Leader of the Trump Resistance Party in Hot Water Over Corrupt Finances 

Joe Biden, 1973: Full Audio Emerges of Rollicking Speech Senator Gave to Cleveland City Club

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While last week, among others Breitbart News reported on a new book by a leftist journalist detailing how Biden used the forum to outline what he thought “was good for the Negro,” no other full accounting of the then-senator’s remarks has been made until now.

Breitbart News has reviewed the full recording, and is providing an in-depth report of a number of questionable comments Biden made during these remarks.

In addition to this audio, Breitbart News has obtained a 1972 newspaper clipping showing he made more insensitive remarks—saying he was a “phony liberal” while discussing being nice to minorities.

World News:

US and Russian warships almost collide in Philippine Sea

A still image of the incident released by the Department of Defense shows both ships clearly side by side (Department of Defense)

Russian state media had claimed that the U.S. cruiser had “hindered the passage” of the Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine destroyer about 160 feet in front of it, forcing them to perform a dangerous maneuver in the southeastern part of the East China Sea.

But the U.S. dismissed their version of events as “propaganda”

It’s the second time in three days the U.S. Navy has accused Russian forces of dangerous maneuvers after a Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a Navy reconnaissance aircraft in the eastern Mediterranean.

The near collision between American and Russian warships comes days after Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Chinese counterpart at the Kremlin.

U.S. starts ‘unwinding’ Turkey from F-35 program over Russia defense deal

FILE PHOTO: U.S. airmen walk next to a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, as it is moved, on the eve of the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan sent a letter to his Turkish counterpart, seen by Reuters on Friday, that outlined how Turkey would be pulled out the program — unless Ankara changes course.

Reuters on Thursday first reported the decision to stop accepting more Turkish pilots for training in the United States, in one of the most concrete signs that the dispute between Washington and Ankara is reaching a breaking point.

The United States says Turkey’s acquisition of Russia’s S-400 air defense system poses a threat to the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealthy fighters, which Turkey also plans to buy. The United States says Turkey cannot have both.

China’s Xi Jinping calls Trump a ‘friend,’ says US isn’t interested in rupturing ties with country

Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Trump his "friend"
Chinese President Xi Jinping Opens a New Window. called President Trump his “friend” on Friday,

Xi made the comment in St. Petersburg, Russia, while speaking at an economic forum, Reuters reported Opens a New Window. . Xi said the U.S. and China had “strong trade and investment connections.”

“It’s hard to imagine a complete break of the United States from China or of China from the United States.

We are not interested in this, and our American partners are not interested in this.

President Trump is my friend and I am convinced he is also not interested in this,” said Xi, according to a translation by Reuters.

Yelling ‘I hate white people’ and punching one isn’t a hate crime, Canadian judge rules

Prosecutor Karuna Ramakrishnan had tried to put Crowchief behind bars for 12 to 15 months by arguing that the indigenous woman’s “unprovoked” actions represented a hate crime, the paper reported. But Judge Harry Van Harten of the provincial court strongly disagreed.

“The offender said, ‘I hate white people’ and threw a punch,” Van Harten told those gathered in the court during his ruling.

“There is no evidence either way about what the offender meant or whether . . . she holds or promotes an ideology which would explain why this assault was aimed at this victim.

I am not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that this offense was, even in part, motivated by racial bias.”

The Calgary Herald reported that the attack happened suddenly and without warning.

Flight attendant and American girlfriend attacked by gang of men on London bus after refusing to kiss

Melania Geymonat, 28, (right) originally from Uruguay, was riding the bus with her girlfriend Chris (left) after an evening out in West Hampstead, London, in the early hours of Thursday, May 30. (Sam Webb)

Melania Geymonat, 28, from Uruguay was riding the bus with her girlfriend Chris after an evening out in West Hampstead, London, in the early hours of Thursday, May 30.

“They wanted us to kiss so they could watch us. I tried to defuse the situation as I’m not a confrontational person, telling them to please leave us alone as Chris wasn’t feeling well,” she said.

The men, who were in their 20s or 30s, began throwing things and the couple told them to stop.

She said there were at least four of them and one spoke Spanish while the others had a British accent. The attackers also robbed the couple before fleeing the bus.

Iraq handing out thousands of death sentences in hasty trials for ISIS fighters

According to Amnesty International, at least 3,000 individuals have been handed capital punishment. At least 19,000 have been detained.

“Essentially these trials last anywhere from one to 10 minutes, and they bring them into the court in packs of around 50 to 80 at any one time and they are all sentenced together,” Philippe Nassif, Amnesty’s Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, told Fox News.

“This is extremely problematic. We don’t know if some of these folks actually committed crimes. This is a troublesome trend.”

Australia announces record 1.8 ton seizure of crystal meth from Thailan

“This is the largest meth bust we’ve ever seen in this country,” Commander Craig Palmer said in announcing the seizure of crystal meth found in stereo speakers. (Australian Border Force )

Customs agents found the crystal meth, or ice, in vacuum-sealed packages hidden in stereo speakers that had been shipped from Bangkok to Melbourne.

Australia is increasingly being targeted by international drug cartels because of its relatively high prices for illegal drugs, the Associated Press reported.

Illicit drugs other than marijuana had been seen as primarily a problem of large cities, but ice is now having a devastating effect on regional and rural communities.

UN: 115 Million Men and Boys Were Married as Children

UNICEF ‘s most in-depth analysis to date of boy bridegrooms was released Friday.

The agency estimated in 2014 there were 156 million men and boys who married before age 18. The new statistic comes from a more extensive examination that includes data from 82 countries.

Child grooms haven’t been studied as much as child brides, who are far more numerous. UNICEF estimates 650 million women and girls worldwide married at 17 or younger.

Commentary/Opinion:

“Unmasked”: The Media’s War On President Donald Trump

President Trump has been fighting the media since his campaign began, and his winning the presidency has only made them angrier and bolder.

Brent Bozell, author of “Unmasked: Big Media’s War Against Trump” welcomes Derek Hunter into his studio to break down just what it is that drives the liberal media so crazy about Trump.

Tucker: What the resistance has done to our democracy

Democracy was built on debate and competing ideas.

‘Skeptical Environmentalist’ Bjorn Lomborg sets fire to the scourge of ‘unbridled climate alarmism’

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School.

Fear’s a great motivator, right? So what better way to motivate people to care about climate change than to scare the crap out of them?

Even if you have to leave out some details to do it?

Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its ‘Gone by 2020’ Signs

Montana Glacier National Park Mountains Cracker Lake
Montana Glacier National Park Mountains Cracker Lake

In recent years the National Park Service prominently featured brochures, signs and films which boldly proclaimed that all glaciers at GNP were melting away rapidly.

But now officials at GNP seem to be scrambling to hide or replace their previous hysterical claims while avoiding any notice to the public that the claims were inaccurate.

Teams from Lysander Spooner University visiting the Park each September have noted that GNP’s most famous glaciers such as the Grinnell Glacier and the Jackson Glacier appear to have been growing—not shrinking—since about 2010. (The Jackson Glacier—easily seen from the Going-To-The-Sun Highway—may
have grown as much as 25% or more over the past decade.)

Bjorn Lomborg: Poverty Kills, Not Climate Change

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