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NASA reveals new image of dwarf planet ‘like nothing that humanity has ever seen before’

Ahuna Mons on Asteroid Ceres
Unusual Mountain Ahuna Mons on Asteroid Ceres (Credit: Dawn Mission, NASA,
JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS/DLR/IDA)

In 2017, Dawn found the building blocks for life on the dwarf planet, spotting organic molecules which appeared to form on Ceres and not from an asteroid or comet strike.

Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and was first spotted by Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801.

In 2015, it became the first dwarf planet to be visited by a spacecraft, NASA wrote in a separate description of Ceres.

It’s unclear exactly what caused the formation of Ahuna Mons, with its slopes decorated by vertical streaks, but the space agency has a new theory.

“The new hypothesis, based on numerous gravity measurements, holds that a bubble of mud rose from deep within the dwarf planet and pushed through the icy surface at a weak point rich in reflective salt — and then froze,” NASA said in a statement.

Earwax clump clogging entire ear canal removed from patient: ‘Look at that!’

Raithatha said he couldn’t believe how long the earwax was when he pulled it out. (Caters News Agency)

Footage from the procedure shows Raithatha using a suction tool to dislodge the wax through the patient’s ear. He told Metro.co.uk that despite the amount of buildup, his patient’s eardrum was “intact and healthy.”

“Both the client and I were in complete shock,” Raithatha said, according to Metro.co.uk.

“My reaction upon removal was ‘Wow’ and the client’s reaction when he saw the piece of ear wax himself was to say, ‘Oh my goodness.’”

Pittsburgh resident, Syrian man arrested on terrorism charges after planning attack on Christian church

Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, a resident of Pittsburgh was arrested Wednesday based on a federal complaint charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction in relation to his plan to attack a church.

According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, the FBI Pittsburgh investigation revealed that Alowemer plotted to bomb a church located on the North Side, using a weapon of mass destruction.

According to the complaint and information provided to the FBI by the Department of Homeland Security, Alowemer was born in Daraa, Syria, and was admitted to the United States as a refugee on Aug. 1, 2016.

MEDIA BLACKOUT: Ebola Plagued Illegal African Migrants Filling Up US Holding Centers

Border Patrol agents at holding facilities across the southwest border being inundated with sick detainees and agents are sounding the alarm on the possibility of an Ebola outbreak among migrants who have illegally entered the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council Jon Anfinsen, which is based in Del Rio, warns the number of people in detained with infectious diseases is “unprecedented” and exacerbated in overcrowded detention centers.

Union officials urge agents to wear gloves and face masks, but contracting illness from the increasing influx of illegal immigrants has become unavoidable, he continued.

“I’ll go and I’ll help process. There was one day I spent processing and we had like 40 Guatemalans and Hondurans, and most of them had some kind of cough. And sure enough the next day, I’m sick — for a week,” he said.

“It’s become the new normal, and you gotta just keep going and do your job because you can’t just not process them.”

Men, women and children from central Africa are pouring into San Antonio and a city more than 2,100 miles away from the border, Portland, Maine. Officials both cities are scrambling to absorb the sharp increase in African migrants.

Nxivm leader Keith Raniere found guilty on all counts in sex cult trial

Jurors in Brooklyn federal court reached the verdict Wednesday after less than five hours of deliberations — convicting him of racketeering, a charge that could put him away for life, and other counts.

Raniere mumbled under his breath as the foreperson read aloud the guilty verdicts on all seven counts against him but otherwise showed no emotion.

He did not shake his attorneys’ hands before being handcuffed and led out of the courtroom.

The seven-week trial included testimony from some of Raniere’s sex slaves, who recalled in dramatic detail the self-styled guru’s twisted teachings.

Raniere was also accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl named Camila prior to forming DOS, which stood for Dominant Over Submissive.

Ex-Hassan aide sentenced to 4 years for doxing senators

Two former aides to Sen. Maggie Hassan have been charged with crimes related to a hacking and doxing scheme. | Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

A former aide to Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for hacking Senate computers and releasing personal information online about five Republican senators out of anger spurred by their roles in the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan said the sentence for Jackson Cosko, 27, was needed to send a signal that criminal harassment driven by political motives would be punished severely in an era marked by extreme political polarization.

SEAL testifies on ISIS prisoner’s death in Edward Gallagher trial

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher,
Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, whose case has drawn President Trump’s attention. (Edward Gallagher/Courtesy of Andrea Gallagher via AP, File)

Gallagher, whose case has drawn President Trump’s attention, faces seven counts that include premeditated murder and attempted murder.

He’s also accused of shooting two civilians — an elderly man and a school-age girl — from sniper perches in Iraq in 2017.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, for which he could face a life sentence.

It will be up to a seven-man jury of mostly combat veterans to decide if it was a snapshot in poor taste of an enemy who succumbed to battle wounds or a trophy shot of a war prisoner killed under his care.

Dille is the second prosecution witness to take the stand in Gallagher’s court-martial.

Trump set to award Medal of Freedom to tax-cut guru Arthur Laffer

Laffer is known as one of the main architects behind the idea of “supply-side” economics, which gained popularity under Reagan in the 1980s.

His theory, the “Laffer Curve,” contends that fewer regulations, and especially lower tax rates, tend to spur economic growth, jobs and investment.

Laffer also advised British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on fiscal policy.

Australian detective interrupts his own news conference to rugby tackle fleeing suspect

Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards stopped a news conference to tackle a fleeing man. (Reuters)

Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards was talking to reporters outside the Maroochydore Magistrates’ Court in Queensland Wednesday when shouts rang out behind him.

“Run!” one man can be heard shouting in the video obtained by Reuters, as another flees behind Edwards.

Quick-thinking Edwards turned around, dropped his shoulder and took the suspect down in what many called a textbook tackle.

New Jersey mom allegedly bites cop 3 times, punches another while dropping kids at school

Parona Brown, 40, was arrested after she allegedly attacked two police officers while dropping her kids off at school on Monday, police said.
(Hackensack Police Department)

Parona Brown, 40, was asked to move her vehicle at Fairmount Elementary School by officers with the Hackensack Police Department, because it was in the way of a traffic lane, the North Jersey Record reported.

Brown allegedly refused to comply.

When officers looked over her records, police learned her vehicle registration was expired and asked her to park her car.

Brown refused and reportedly didn’t exit her car when officers told her to.

Tennessee man purposely runs over, kills pregnant mom, son, injures 2 others: police

William David Phillips, 33, was arrested after he allegedly intentionally mowed his car into three people in Tennessee on Monday, police said.
(Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

The crash “was an intentional act of violence toward randomly chosen pedestrians,” the Jefferson City Police Department said. “Investigators have determined that Phillips did not know the victims.”

While a possible motive in the car rammings initially confounded those following the case, details released Wednesday show Phillips confessed to taking part in the deadly spree — but also claimed he was only following the orders of a voice heard only by him.

The first target was a 61-year-old man, who was hit after “a voice told him that he needed to go kill meth addicts so he began driving very fast,” the arrest warrant states, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Militant Protesters Demand Reparations By ‘Any Means’, Warn ‘Life For A Life’

Protesters held signs demanding Congress provide slavery reparations “by any means”, with the additional possibly violent message demanding “an eye for an eye and a life for a life”, seeming to advocate violence in the name of slavery reparations.

The sign appears to show a photo of a 1950s lynching, seeming to explain the context of the “life for a life” quote.

Students Celebrate Marxist Che Guevara

Will Witt went to the Che Cafe at UC San Diego named after communist revolutionary Che Guevara and asked what students think about it.

Actor Kevin Sorbo’s Three Tweets About Sex, Abortion, And Immigration Set Internet Ablaze

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Sorbo, an open Christian, set the Internet ablaze with these three controversial tweets, which quickly went viral:

“If women are upset at Trump’s naughty words, who in the hell bought 80 million copies of 50 Shades of Gray?” the actor wrote on Sunday.

Later in the day, Sorbo hit on illegal immigration and gun control: “68 people were killed in mass shootings in 2018.

Did you know that about 2000 were killed by illegal aliens? Just saying. Build the wall. #BuildTheWall #BuildThatWall.”

And on Sunday night, Sorbo followed up with a tweet about “morals,” including the issue of abortion.

Tech Watch:

Facebook content moderators break NDAs to expose shocking working conditions involving gruesome videos and feces smeared on walls

Workers reported a dirty office environment where they often find pubic hair and bodily waste around their desks.

Conditions at the Tampa site are so strenuous that workers regularly put their health in danger, several people told The Verge.

One worker kept a trash can by her desk to throw up while she was sick since she had already used all her allotted bathroom breaks.

Cognizant is not required to offer sick leave in Florida. One man had a heart attack at his desk and died shortly after, The Verge reported, and the site has not yet gotten a defibrillator.

Facebook Wants to Know If You’d Trust It With Your Money

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc. 
PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG

Whatever the spin, once the currency becomes available in the first half of 2020, Facebook will collect more consumer data and dig deeper into its users’ digital lives.

As it continues to apologize for the many ways it’s breached people’s trust, the company is asking users to take a huge leap of faith on Libra.

“Are people going to feel safe using Facebook as their digital wallet?”

Regulatory pressure on Facebook has never been greater. The Federal Trade Commission is finalizing an investigation into its privacy practices, which the company has said could lead to a fine up to $5 billion.

YouTube reportedly considers moving all children’s content to YouTube Kids

YouTube is reportedly considering major changes after a long string of terrible headlines involving everything from pedophiles to gun-wielding Disney characters.

The company might remove all children’s content from YouTube and show it exclusively in the YouTube Kids app, a new Wall Street Journal article says.

The other option under discussion involves entirely turning off auto-playing recommended videos on children’s content.

This is the system that leads viewers from a seemingly harmless video to extreme content and conspiracy theories.

Politics:

McCarthy: Mueller ‘scorched the earth’ to find crimes, FBI ‘bent over backward’ to avoid Clinton charges

President Trump launched his 2020 re-election campaign Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla., and he once again took aim at his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, arguing that the Mueller probe was conducted far differently than the FBI investigation of the former secretary of state’s private email server.

Reacting on “America’s Newsroom,” former federal prosecutor and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy agreed that the two investigations played out very differently.

He said there appeared to be a concerted effort to avoid bringing charges in the Clinton case, laying out several actions by top officials that “handcuffed” the FBI’s investigation.

“They had an immense amount of evidence and they bent over backward not to make the case.

FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway

In search warrant affidavits, the FBI portrayed the ledger as one reason it resurrected a criminal case against Manafort that was dropped in 2014 and needed search warrants in 2017 for bank records to prove he worked for the Russian-backed Party of Regions in Ukraine.

There’s just one problem:

The FBI’s public reliance on the ledger came months after the feds were warned repeatedly that the document couldn’t be trusted and likely was a fake, according to documents and more than a dozen interviews with knowledgeable sources.

“It was not to be considered a document of Manafort. It was not authenticated. And at that time it should not be used in any way to bring accusations against anybody,” Kholodnytskyy said, recalling what he told FBI agents.

Likewise, Manafort’s Ukrainian business partner Konstantin Kilimnik, a regular informer for the State Department, told the U.S. government almost immediately after the New York Times wrote about the ledger in August 2016 that the document probably was fake.

Death Threats Against Page And The Dangerous Disinformation Operation Against Trump

The now debunked accusations, which were leaked to the media, led to numerous death threats against Page in both 2016 and 2017.

The majority emanated from Oklahoma but there were other threats from multiple other people, who believed the American businessman and scholar was working with the Russians on behalf of Trump.

Page reported all the threats immediately to the FBI. In fact, this year Page has sent several letters to FBI Director Christopher Wray about the death threats.

The first letter was sent in February and the most recent in May, asking Wray to produce the records of his interviews with the FBI special agents regarding those threats.

Wray, nor anyone at the FBI, has responded to his letter, said Page, who spoke to SaraACarter.com.

Senate Appropriations Committee approves $4.6B for border

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told “Fox & Friends” Monday that he will bring border funding legislation to the Senate floor next week, where it is likely to pass. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

The bulk of the funds — $2.9 billion — would fund the Health and Human Services Department’s program to house and care for unaccompanied children, according to a Republican summary.

In addition, it would devote $793 million to improve conditions at Customs and Border Protection processing centers and border stations.

Arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border — a metric used to determine illegal crossings — have skyrocketed in recent months.

The influx has stretched the resources of federal immigration officials, and lawmakers from both parties have referred to it as a humanitarian crisis.

CORY BOOKER SAYS THE CHARACTERIZATION OF REPARATIONS HE HEARS FROM OTHERS IS ‘WRONG’

The House of Representatives held a hearing on a bill introduced by Democratic Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee supporting the “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act,” which argues in support of a commission to study reparations for the descendants of African-American slaves in the U.S.

“We, as a nation, have not yet truly acknowledged and grappled with racism and white supremacy that has tainted this country’s founding and continues … today.

This is a very important hearing. It is historic. It is urgent,” Booker, who introduced the Senate version of the bill, began.

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER BOOED FOR EXPLAINING WHY SLAVERY REPARATIONS COULD BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

“Here in the Judiciary Committee we have an obligation to acknowledge that any monetary reparations that might be recommended by the commission created by H.R. 40 would almost certainly be unconstitutional on their face,” Johnson said before he was booed by members of the crowd.

“The reason for that is a legal question,” Johnson continued after the chairman gaveled for silence.

“See, the legal question is: the federal government can’t constitutionally provide compensation today to a specific racial group because other members of that group, maybe several generations ago, were discriminated against and treated inhumanely.”

The House Republican Study Committee chairman further explained that the United States Supreme Court would likely consider the proposal to be an unconstitutional racial preference.

House reauthorizes Hyde Amendment, despite protests from 2020 Dems

There was no direct, up-or-down vote on the Hyde Amendment itself.

It was ensconced inside the spending package of Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations. It passed 226-203.

No Republicans supported the spending bill. Six Democrats, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive firebrand, voted against it.

Asked about the Hyde Amendment, she told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday: “I think that we need to repeal it.”

In recent weeks, the four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions has drawn fire in Democratic circles, with former Vice President Joe Biden reversing his position in support of it after an outcry from liberals.

Newsom Apologizes to Native Americans for California’s ‘Dark History’

Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses a meeting with Native American tribal leaders,
Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses a meeting with Native American tribal leaders, June 18, 2019, from around the state at the future site of the California Indian Heritage Center in West Sacramento, Calif.(RICH PEDRONCELLI/AP)

Newsom insists that California must reckon with its dark history of savagery and maltreatment toward Native Americans, calling it a genocide.

“No other way to describe it and that’s the way it needs to be described in the history books,” Newsom said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“And so I’m here to say the following: I’m sorry on behalf of the state of California.”

Newsom also called for the creation of a “Truth and Healing Council” that will focus on the relationship between the state of California and Native Americans, a platform where testimony would be heard and the historical record could be set straight.

Other state officials have offered similar apologies, such as former Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

AOC continues pushing ‘concentration camps’ label, calls out Japanese internment in US

The New York congresswoman has insisted that concentration camps weren’t necessarily the death camps that the Nazis created during World War II.

She doubled down on Tuesday night when she called Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan someone who ran “concentration camp systems.”

In an interview with Fox News, Morgan said her rhetoric was “reckless, irresponsible, misinformed and wrong.”

“Those facilities are designed for adults, they’re not designed for families and kids and we’ve been saying that for a very, very long time.

Congress could pass meaningful legislation that could end this tomorrow, so the irony is unbelievable here,” he said.

World News:

Netanyahu warns Israeli enemies as war games conclude

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu observed the exercise by the Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday and warned other countries against threatening Israeli defenses.

The drills began Sunday and included war games with ground troops, fighter jets, helicopters and a variety of military vehicles, officials said.

“I hear our neighbors to the north, south and east threatening to destroy us,” Netanyahu said of Iran. “I say to our enemies: The IDF has immense destructive power. Do not test us.”

Israeli Air Force Holds Multi-Front War Simulation Drill

NEWS DESK | In preparation for a hypothetical multi-front war with Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Gaza, Israel’s air force held a drill.

How likely would such a scenario be? Our Jonathan Regev analyzes.

INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS CHARGE FOUR SUSPECTS INCLUDING FORMER FSB COLONEL IN UKRAINE PLANE CRASH THAT KILLED 298

The Joint Investigation Team, which consists of officials from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, charged Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov as well as Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, reported BBC.

The suspects are not accused of firing the missile that took down the plane but of acquiring the missile “with the goal to shoot a plane,” reported CNN.

The suspects are “just as punishable as the person who committed the crime,” Dutch prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said according to CNN.

Italy Aims to Be Trump’s Best Friend in Europe, Salvini Says

Matteo Salvini on June 17. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

“At a moment when European Union institutions are fragile and changing significantly, Italy wants to be the most solid, effective, coherent and credible partner for the U.S.,” the head of the right-wing League party told reporters in Washington on Monday after talks with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

Salvini, Italy’s most popular politician, added that his country and Trump have a “common vision” about Iran, Venezuela, Libya, the Middle East, and especially China.

“I share the U.S. concerns toward both China and Iran,” he said.

“We must check the meddling of non-democratic countries in fundamental infrastructure — technology, telecommunications, energy.”

Mexico becomes first country to ratify USMCA trade deal via Senate vote

FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 7, 2019.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

By an overwhelming majority, Mexico’s Senate backed the trade deal negotiated between 2017 and 2018 after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from NAFTA if he could not get a better trade deal for the United States.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had already said the deal would be ratified this week in the Senate, where his leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) and its allies have a comfortable majority in the 128-member chamber.

Commentary/Opinion:

US-China Trade War & Hong Kong Protests Expose China’s Critical Weaknesses—Steven Mosher

What’s really behind the Hong Kong protest where an estimated 2 million people took to the streets on June 16th, almost one third of the HK population?

What do the people of Hong Kong actually have to lose?

And how does this unprecedented public outcry relate to the US-China trade war, and what can be considered an existential crisis currently facing Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party?

Today we sit down with Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, who is also author of the book Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order, and a founding member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.

We discuss the Hong Kong protest, the US-China trade war, how these relate to the Chinese state forcibly harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience, and how, in dealing with China, the current administration can learn from policies former President Ronald Reagan applied to the Soviet Union.

14th-Place CNN Fails Again: Avoids Trump Rally, Smears His Fans

As Trump announced his 2020 re-election campaign, Fake News CNN was busy covering Katie Porter’s opinion on impeachment.

Katie … WHO?

This just goes to show CNN learned nothing from 2016.

And progressivism continues to punish women and girls by allowing transgender girls to participate in female sports leagues.

A Connecticut track runner speaks out after losing her regional qualifying spot to biological boys.

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