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Medic testifies that he, not Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, was responsible for ISIS fighter’s death

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher
Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they arrive to military court on Naval Base San Diego, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in San Diego.(AP Photo/Julie Watson)

SEAL Team Seven Medic Corey Scott, during cross-examination in the courtroom at Naval Base San Diego, revealed he killed the fighter by asphyxiation after holding his thumb over a breathing tube that had been inserted into the militant’s mouth.

He also testified that Gallagher stabbed the fighter, but did not kill him.

“Did Chief Gallagher kill this terrorist?” Gallagher’s attorney Timothy Parlatore then asked Scott, according to Fox News’ Jonathan Hunt.

“No,” he replied.

Supreme Court rules Peace Cross war memorial can stand

The Peace Cross in Maryland,
The Peace Cross in Maryland, dedicated to World War I soldiers. PHOTO: KEVIN WOLF/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland and the American Humanist Association (AHA) had sued to have the cross taken down, and the American Legion, whose symbol is also on the memorial, intervened to defend it.

While the residents and AHA claimed that a cross memorial on public land violated the Constitution, the Court determined that factors, including the history of the memorial, support the idea that it is not religious in nature.

“For nearly a century, the Bladensburg Cross has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s opinion.

Alito noted that while this particular cross does not serve a religious purpose, removing it because it is a cross would be a religiously charged action.

NY county clerk says he won’t enforce law giving drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants, warns of voter fraud

Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns

Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns grabbed headlines this week after promising not to issue drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants despite the measure being signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday.

Kearns told “Fox and Friends First” on Thursday morning that the law has homeland security implications in addition to being illegal.

“This is very important. This is not only about the law, but security and voter fraud.

In the auto bureaus in New York, people can register to vote and there was a discussion on the assembly and Senate floor, the sponsors of the bill said there are already people in New York who are voting illegally,” he said.

Ivanka Trump Visits North Carolina with the American Workforce Policy Advisory Committee

5.8 Million Individuals Drop Off Food Stamps Under Trump

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

The most recent USDA data shows that 5,829,890 people discontinued their participation in food stamps received through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) since February 2017, Trump’s first full month in office.

Overall food stamp participation had consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its peak in U.S. history.

After 2013, SNAP enrollment plummeted once state legislatures passed laws requiring food stamp recipients to work, attend school, volunteer, or participate in job training for a set number of hours per week to receive benefits.

“I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare,” Trump told Breitbart News in March.

The USDA also announced in June that it would be putting policies into place that would restrict certain groups from obtaining SNAP benefits.

Walmart to pay $282 million to settle federal bribery charges

Of that amount, the company will pay a $138 million criminal penalty to resolve Justice Department allegations that its Brazilian subsidiary secretly funneled more than $500,000 to an intermediary in order to secure government permits.

Such payments are a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), a 1977 law that bars American companies operating abroad from using bribery and other illegal methods.

Walmart also will pay more than $144 million to settle similar charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company allowed subsidiaries in the four countries to “employ third-party intermediaries who made payments to foreign government officials without reasonable assurances that they complied with the FCPA,” the SEC said in a statement.

Alaskan teens charged with murder after phony multimillionaire offers $9M for proof of slaying

Denali Brehmer, 18, Kayden McIntosh, 16, Caleb Leyland, 19, and two other unnamed juveniles were arraigned in a Superior courtroom Tuesday for the June 2 slaying of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman, ((Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP))

Prosecutors say the plan was initiated by Darin Schilmiller, an Indiana man who presented himself as a young millionaire named “Tyler” who purportedly lived in Kansas. Police say he used a fake photo to begin an online relationship with Brehmer.

But instead of a day out, her killers bound her with duct tape, shot her in the back of the head and dumped her body in the Eklutna River.

Three weeks before the killing took place, Schilmiller and Brehmer began discussing a plan to rape and murder someone in Alaska, prosecutors say.

In a separate federal investigation rising from the murder probe, Schilmiller and Brehmer were indicted Tuesday on federal child pornography charges, including production and coercion and enticement of a minor.

Federal authorities allege Brehmer produced sexually explicit videos involving a minor and sent them to Schilmiller.

Rapist accused of attacking victim after release believed to have fled to Mexico

Detectives released a new photo of Carranza-Ramirez without his beard and long hair. Carranza-Ramirez was initially thought to be homeless in the White Center area, but investigators now believe he’s in Mexico.

The investigation is still ongoing, and felony warrants for the 35-year-old suspect remain active.

In October 2018, Carranza-Ramirez was charged with third-degree rape of a wheelchair-dependent woman. In February, he pleaded guilty at an arraignment.

When released, detectives said the convicted rapist returned to the home of his victim and attacked her again.

Planned Parenthood President Seems Unaware Margaret Sanger Supported Eugenics

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen
Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen.MANDEL NGAN / Contributor / Getty Images

The racist underpinnings of abortion, a practice Planned Parenthood spearheads, made headlines this week when former NFL star Burgess Owens testified against the prospect of slavery reparations in Congress.

Owens took time to specifically excoriate the Democratic Party for being responsible for the suffering of black people by pushing abortion.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, Wen lamented abortion being under attack in various states and called on people to unite and stand up for “reproductive health.”

According to LifeNews, people immediately excoriated Wen for commemorating Planned Parenthood’s founding and then proceeding to advocate for abortion without so much as acknowledging the fact that her organization’s founder endorsed racist population control measures against people of color — the very same people that Planned Parenthood often targets today.

Appeals court lifts injunctions on family planning rules, in win for Trump administration

The new policy, announced last year, would withdraw federal Title X funding from any medical facility that provides abortions, as well as abortion counseling or abortion referrals.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals — which previously upheld separate nationwide injunctions on a range of Trump administration policies, including on immigration — issued the order Thursday, giving a major victory to the Trump administration.

“We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit has cleared the way for this important executive branch action to take effect while our appeals are pending,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco said.

“The Department of Justice’s position is supported by long-standing Supreme Court precedent and we are confident we will ultimately prevail on appeal.”

Facebook moderator dies after viewing horrific videos, others share disturbing incidents: report

The ubiquitous social network, which has faced criticism from all corners for its content moderation mistakes and for the massive rulebook that guides moderators, relies on contract labor for most content policing.

Moderators are expected to maintain a 95 to 98 percent accuracy rate while reviewing more than 1,000 posts per week to see if they violate Facebook’s community standards.

A different group of content moderators employed by Cognizant in Phoenix, Ariz., reported PTSD-like symptoms in February from the horrifying images and fringe content they viewed as part of their work.

Regardless of how Cognizant responds to moderators’ complaints, Facebook will continue to use a combination of artificial intelligence and human-powered judgment to distinguish between what is and is not allowed on its platform.

Immigration:

Hundreds of migrant caravan members found to have US criminal histories: DHS files

The files detailed one migrant caravan of nearly 8,000 individuals that started toward the border in October 2018 and arrived south of California by December.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 660 of them had U.S. criminal convictions—with 40 convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and three convicted of murder.

In January 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tracked another caravan that left Honduras with more than 3,300 migrants.

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) team identified that 860 of those individuals had U.S. criminal histories, including more than 20 convicted of assault or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, nearly 30 convicted of sexual offenses, two convicted of violence against law enforcement, and one convicted of attempted murder.

Illegal immigrants from 52 countries crossed US-Mexico border this year

“While smugglers primarily target the Northern Triangle, family units from 52 countries have illegally crossed the southern border so far this year,” U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost told the House Homeland Security Border Security, Facilitation and Operations Subcommittee.

Her testimony points to the increasingly international nature of the migrant flows crashing against the U.S. border, further complicating efforts to remove those without valid asylum claims. Provost told lawmakers that the numbers from Africa have also increased.

“In just two weeks, more than 740 individuals from African nations – primarily family units — have been apprehended in Del Rio sector alone, compared to only 108 who crossed the southern border in the first eight months of the fiscal year,” she said.

TSA ready to deploy more workers to border if Congress blocks supplemental funding

The agency is now at a standstill as it waits to see if Congress will pass a $4.5 billion supplemental bill that would give Customs and Border Protection and Health and Human Services additional money to expand operations and relieve TSA employees who volunteered as part of a “surge force” to the border.

The TSA’s busiest days of the year, when it screens the most passengers at airport security checkpoints, typically come between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when families travel.

The agency expects to inspect 263 million travelers in that time frame, up 10 million from last summer.

Cogswell said it has hired additional employees since the government shutdown earlier this year but did not share how many employees it lost during or after the shutdown.

Politics:

Tucker: The truth about the Koch brothers and GOP

Commentary/Opinion: Koch brothers have immigration agenda, want Republicans to be soft on crime.

Trump administration threatens layoffs in fight to eliminate major federal agency

“This is a crisis building for years,” acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert told the Post. Weichert said furloughs are a “last resort we are trying to avoid,” and that “a legislative solution would be the most straightforward answer.”

According to administration officials, the OPM’s current problems include a backlog of retirement-related paperwork, poor hiring practices and weaknesses in their security that left them open to a breach of their data system.

Weichert said earlier this year that the plan could save between $11 million and $37 million per year from the consolidation of facilities and contracts. President Trump’s budget request for 2020 requested $50 million for the reorganization.

Gaetz fumes over “farce” hearing, says witnesses know nothing of Mueller report

Rep. Matt Gaetz says a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “lessons from the Mueller report” should be called “Hot Takes from the Mueller Report” after witnesses revealed they had no personal knowledge of the truth or falsity of any material fact in the report.

World News:

U.S. drone shot down: Trump says he believes strike by Iran was not intentional

“Iran made a very big mistake!” President Trump tweeted on Thursday morning, likely referring to Iran’s downing of the U.S. drone.

Senior officials also met at the White House Wednesday night after reports of a missile strike in Saudi Arabia.

When asked by reporters what his response to Iran will be, Mr. Trump said: “You’ll find out.”

However, Mr. Trump told reporters later that he believed the strike on the American drone was likely unintentional.

Video of Iran shooting down US drone released by Pentagon

The Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk drone that was shot down by Iran. (Fox News)

The U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 jetliner, was brought down by an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps surface-to-air missile that was fired from near Goruk, Iran on Wednesday night, according to Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, head of U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

In a video released Thursday afternoon, the smoke trail of the drone can be seen in a black-and-white video as it plummets from the sky.

Guastella said the drone landed in “international waters” about 20 miles from Iran. U.S. officials told Fox News that authorities were racing to find the wreckage in the water before Iranian forces did.

MORE THAN 70 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO LEAVE HOME DUE TO OPPRESSION AND PERSECUTION, SAYS UN REFUGEE AGENCY

Caracas, Miranda/Venezuela – January 23rd 2019:
Caracas, Miranda/Venezuela – January 23rd 2019: Demonstrators clash with the police after attending rally in support of Venezuela’s National Assembly President Juan Guaido. (Ruben Alfonzo/Shutterstock)

The analysis continues to highlight that 37,000 people each day were newly displaced in 2018 and half of the displaced population are children.

“I would say we were alarmed by the new numbers released,” Nazanin Ash, vice president of global policy and advocacy for The International Rescue Committee, told The Daily Caller.

“The growth in conflicts and the number of conflicts we see around the world at any given moment today is 65% higher than a decade ago,” which explains why the number of displaced people has grown, Ash said.

Much of the conflict we see today is civil war which “last longer than wars between countries and are more likely to relapse.”

No decision has been made on such a move, some of the people said.

Apple exploring moving some production out of China because of trade disputes

Any such transition, they said, is unlikely to significantly affect the iPhone in the near term because the company relies on hundreds of thousands of workers available in China to manufacture the high-volume product, which depends heavily on human hands for assembling, as well as a deep network of suppliers there.

Commentary/Opinion:

California Collusion Crusader

Democrat California Rep. Eric Swalwell (House Democrats)
Democrat California Rep. Eric Swalwell (House Democrats)

Eric Swalwell was born in 1980, the same year Trump critic Angela Davis, winner of the Lenin Peace Prize, first ran for vice president with the Communist Party, under white Stalinist Gus Hall.

Swalwell attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his JD. He served on the city council in College Park then interned in Alameda County, California, where he served as a deputy district attorney.

A district attorney would have a hard time convincing a jury by ignoring sworn testimony that contradicted his own biases. That is what Swalwell did with Michael Cohen’s absence from Prague.

In similar style, a prosecutor would not win over a jury by making repeating claims of substantive evidence he failed to produce.

That was what former prosecutor Adam Schiff has been doing for the past three years, and like Swalwell he has no second thoughts about any of it.

As observers might note, Schiff and Swalwell did not deploy their prosecutorial and investigative skills with regard to the Clinton Foundation or Hillary’s missing 30,000 emails, all under subpoena.

In his television appearances, Eric Swalwell betrays cognitive dissonance and shows strong contempt for established truth. If observers find that strange for a former district attorney who wants to be president, it would be hard to blame them.

DO NOT Take Slavery Reparations Seriously: It’s a JOKE

Reparations for just what, exactly?

Slavery has been over since 1865, so why are Dems rehashing this issue?! For votes!

They don’t have any new ideas to win in 2020, so instead they are pandering to the black community.

How insulting! Plus, abortion cheerleaders are running out of arguments.

Medical advancements make it abundantly clear that it’s not her body, so it’s not her choice.

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