News and Headlines. 6/24/2019

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In The News:

Parade float causes controversy

The float portrays former President Barack Obama in a cage with Hillary Clinton, while current President Donald Trump stands on the outside.

“I just wanted to put it out there, it was just my view that I feel that they should be charged, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton,” said Damer.

Damer’s float has stirred up a lot of talk on social media. Highmore Mayor Vikki Day says city officials have received a lot of messages from people who think she shouldn’t have allowed the float.

Trump signs executive order calling for upfront disclosure of hospital costs

Trump’s order also requires that patients be told ahead of time what their out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copays will be for many procedures.

“This landmark initiative continues our work to put American patients first,” Trump said at the White House.

“We are fundamentally changing the nature of the health care marketplace.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters before Trump’s remarks that the idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money.

For example, if a hospital charges your insurer $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the same test costs $550 in a doctor’s office, you might go for the lower-price procedure to save on copays.

Trump Signs Order Requiring Hospitals To Disclose Test & Procedure Prices | TIME

Administration officials say President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures.

Supreme Court rejects early challenge to Trump steel tariffs

The legal challenge is at an early stage, before a federal appeals court has weighed in. The case could return to the Supreme Court later.

The justices did not comment on Monday in leaving in place a decision by the Court of International Trade that ruled against steel importers and other users of imported steel who challenged the 25% tariff on steel that Trump imposed in 2018.

Supreme Court strikes down ban on scandalous trademarks, in dispute over ‘FUCT’ clothing line

In a concurring opinion, Justice Samuel Alito recognized that the government could legally bar a trademark like “FUCT” if it employed a narrower restriction, but that was not the case here.

The existing law went too far by discriminating based on viewpoint, he argued.

“Viewpoint discrimination is poison to a free society,” Alito wrote, saying that the court must “remain firm” on this issue, during “a time when free speech is under attack.”

The outcome of the case, Iancu v. Brunetti, mirrors a 2017 decision where the high court struck down a similar ban on “derogatory” marks that may affect races, cultures, beliefs, or national symbols.

Gorsuch sides with liberals in shooting down tougher sentences for gun crimes

In the current case, Maurice Davis and Andre Glover were convicted of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery under the Hobbs Act, which covers robbery, attempted robbery, or extortion affecting interstate commerce.

They were each hit with longer sentences because robbery and conspiracy were found to be “crimes of violence.” An appeals court found that the clause in the statute defining crimes of violence was unconstitutionally vague.

The government argued that the courts should look at the specific case instead, but Gorsuch argued that an examination of the statute’s text and history shows that Congress did not have a case-specific approach in mind. Therefore, he claimed the law is unconstitutional because it is too vague.

Kavanaugh penned a scathing dissent, where he was joined by the other conservatives. He warned of the repercussions the court’s ruling could have.

“The Court’s decision today will make it harder to prosecute violent gun crimes in the future,” Kavanaugh wrote.

“The Court’s decision also will likely mean that thousands of inmates who committed violent gun crimes will be released far earlier than Congress specified when enacting §924(c).”

Suspected California cop-killer under psychiatric watch after smashing head in jail cell

Adel Sambrano Ramos, 45,
Adel Sambrano Ramos, 45,

Adel Sambrano Ramos, 45, was placed under 24-hour psychiatric watch after he was returned to jail. He was expected to make his first court appearance later Monday afternoon.

Ramos is facing murder charges in the killing of Sacramento County Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan, the attempted murder of her training officer and illegal possession of assault-style rifles. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tess Deterding described Ramos’ injuries as “nothing major” and noted that the suspect was out of jail for “only 12 hours.”

Ramos, who has a history of domestic violence, was moved to the psychiatric wing of the jail, where Deterding said, “we’ve taken further precautions to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself like that.”

Ex-University of Illinois doctoral student guilty in slaying of visiting Chinese scholar

The swift conviction was expected because Brendt Christensen’s attorneys acknowledged from the start that he raped and stabbed Yingying Zhang in June 2017. Prosecutors say he beat her to death with a baseball bat and decapitated her. (AP)

Jurors deliberated less than 90 minutes at the federal death-penalty trial in Peoria, Ill.

The swift conviction was expected because Brendt Christensen’s attorneys acknowledged from the start that he raped and stabbed Yingying Zhang in June 2017.

Prosecutors said he beat her to death with a baseball bat and decapitated her.

The judge has said there will be a break of a week or more before the penalty phase, a sort of mini-trial that could last several weeks.

Illinois no longer has capital punishment, but he could be sentenced to death because he was convicted in federal court.

Man who brutally killed 16-year-old New York girl denied parole, weeks before accomplice set to be freed

The decision to deny parole for Robert McCain comes one week after some 1,500 people marched through the streets of Pearl River, N.Y., to protest the imminent release of McCain’s accomplice, Richard LaBarbera.

Both men were convicted in the savage murder of Paula Bohovesky, an honor student and aspiring actress who was beaten, raped, strangled and stabbed to death as she walked home from the Pearl River library on October 28, 1980.

Puerto Rican College Republicans Receive Backlash Over Effort To Build Trump Statue

Melvin Soto Vazquez who is Vice President of the College republican federation of Puerto Rico
Melvin Soto Vazquez who is Vice President of the College republican federation of Puerto Rico sat down with the Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill to discuss the effort to “Build 45”.

The College Republican Federation of Puerto Rico is raising money for a bronze statue of Trump which would be placed in front of the capitol building in San Juan, along the “Walkway of the Presidents.”

The walkway currently features the statues of nine American presidents who have made official visits to the U.S. Caribbean territory.

Vazquez said that due to fiscal constraints curtailing spending on non-essential public works and the hesitancy of Puerto Rico’s legislative leaders to appropriate any funds to commission the statue, the College Republicans decided to get it done themselves.


Border Patrol Finds 4 Bodies in Texas

Eddie Guerra, sheriff of Hidalgo County, confirmed on Twitter Sunday that agents found the bodies of two infants, a toddler and a 20-year-old female near the U.S.-Mexico border in an area close to the river southeast of Anzalduas Park in Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area.

The discovery comes amid an influx of immigrants risking their lives to make the dangerous journey from Mexico and Central America to the United States.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 132,800 people were apprehended at the southwest border last month.

ICE arrests 52 in South, Central Texas during a 4-day enforcement surge

During this enforcement surge, ICE deportation officers made arrests in the following Texas cities: Rio Grande Valley (9), San Antonio (7), Laredo (20), and Austin/Waco (16). Of those arrested, 46 were men; six were women.

Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following three countries: Mexico (47), Honduras (4) and Cuba (1).

More than 67% of the aliens arrested (35) by ICE deportation officers during this enforcement surge had prior criminal histories that included convictions and or pending charges for the following crimes: assault, battery, domestic violence, traffic offenses, driving under the influence, drug possession, drug trafficking, larceny, illegal re-entry after deportation, illegal entry, resisting officers, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Gallup: More Americans than ever call immigration America’s top problem

“Americans’ concern with immigration continues to be heightened, as 23% name it the most important problem facing the country.

This is by one percentage point the highest Gallup has ever measured for the issue since it first began recording mentions of immigration in 1993,” said the polling outfit.

Gallup found that while Americans are worried about the issue, they have a mixed view of immigrants.

For example, they cite crime and taxes as one of the top reasons they are negative on immigration.

But they also said that immigrants are good for the economy.

And they disagree on the levels of immigration into the United States.

Said Gallup, “Asked their preferences for U.S. immigration levels, 37% of Americans say it should be kept at its present level, while more say it should be decreased (35%) than increased (27%).”

AOC Concentration Camps Comments Are for Shock, Not Based in Truth • Varney & Co.

Commentary/Opinion:Independent Women’s Voice. Tammy Bruce

Tech Watch/Censorship:

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam

• Insider: Google “is bent on never letting somebody like Donald Trump come to power again.”

• Google Exec Says Don’t Break Us Up: “smaller companies don’t have the resources” to “prevent next Trump situation”

• Google Head of Responsible Innovation Says Elizabeth Warren “misguided” on “breaking up Google”

• Insider Says PragerU And Dave Rubin Content Suppressed, Targeted As “Right-Wing”

• LEAKED Documents Highlight “Machine Learning Fairness” and Google’s Practices to Make Search Results “fair and equitable”

• Documents Appear to Show “Editorial” Policies That Determine How Google Publishes News

• Insider: Google Violates “letter of the law” and “spirit of the law” on Section 230.


Project Veritas video targeting Google pulled by YouTube after privacy complaints

The decision to pull the explosive video came after privacy complaints about the footage, which showed two Google employees unaware they were being filmed discussing the company’s policies.

The video may still be viewed on the Project Veritas website.

The video also featured an unidentified “Google insider” who accused the company of manipulating its search results to promote its agenda, sparking outrage among conservatives who have long charged tech platforms with anti-right bias.

“If @google can do this to influence presidential elections and hurt the President of the United States, just imagine what they can do to you,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr.

Rep. Louis Gohmert, Texas Republican, said that Google’s “‘social justice narrative’ should distress all Americans who value a free and open society.”

“Google should not be deciding whether content is important or trivial and they most assuredly should not be meddling in our election process,” Mr. Gohmert said in a statement.

“They need their immunity stripped and to be properly pursued by class action lawsuits by those they have knowingly harmed.”

Big Tech will be forced to disclose your data’s value under Senate bill

The bill, set to be introduced Monday by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., would apply to tech firms with more than 100 million users and would require Facebook, Google and Amazon to disclose the types of data they collect, how that data is used, and to provide the value of that data every 90 days.

The DASHBOARD Act, which would not mandate any type of payout to users for their data, comes on the heels of a separate bill introduced by Sen. Hawley last week that would strip away Big Tech’s protection from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act unless they submit to an external audit of their algorithms and prove that their content policies are politically neutral.

SCREWGLED: Google IS Evil & Undermining This Republic Is Un-American

Commentary/Opinion: Russian interference? Try Google interference!

A Google insider revealed to Project Veritas their agenda is to prevent another “Trump situation” and ensuring a Democratic candidate will be elected in 2020.

Google owns the world and they are actively working to make sure the ideas that you voted for — your values — are snuffed into oblivion.

We’re screwed.


Conway on Hatch Act violations: It is an attempt to ‘silence’ me

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway discusses President Trump’s decision to postpone ICE raids and imposing new sanctions on Iran.

Conway says Democrats want to put a big role of masking tape over my mouth because I helped elect Trump.

Spygate: Trump Holds All the Cards

While President Donald Trump’s official reelection announcement in Orlando, Florida, attracted more than 100,000 people who wanted to attend, Democrats who plan to run against Trump are struggling to fill their own venues.

The president’s approval rating is now approaching 50 percent and has even topped that mark in some recent polls.

This isn’t how the script for 2019 was supposed to play out, according to the plot known as “Spygate” hatched during the Trump transition period, from November 2016 to January 2017.

Comey’s FBI Agent Peter Strzok Manipulated Search Warrant For Weiner’s Laptop To PROTECT HILLARY

This is just one of the shocking details that have emerged about how James Comey’s FBI and Democrats covered for Anthony Weiner’s sex crimes in order to protect Hillary Clinton from exposure and prosecution during the presidential election.

Weiner was even getting paid to work for a firm inside a known Democratic National Committee satellite office alongside a DNC official.

Peter Strzok was the main operative in the Operation Crossfire Hurricane plot to doom President Donald Trump.

So of course he was assigned to handle the revelation that Huma Abedin’s husband Anthony Weiner had thousands of classified Hillary Clinton emails on his laptop, which were discovered in the course of an NYPD investigation into his sexual interactions with a minor, for which Weiner is now in prison.

Journalist Paul Sperry reported: “In an 11/3/16 doc, Strzok created a fake timeline of the Weiner email recovery in order to leave a misleading record for the file, after the fact, for the purpose of CYA & getting everyone in Comey’s inner circle on same page. (Similar to Rice’s 1/20/17 email to self.)”

California Gov Gavin Newsom Says ‘Hyper-Masculinity’ Will Cause Republicans To Become A ‘Third-Party’ In 10 To 15 Years

Newsom also said the most dangerous words in the English language are “man up” and “don’t be a sissy.”

He called these phrases are “weak” and contribute to the “hyper-masculinity” to which Republicans are supposedly prone.

The California governor said he is able to truly understand these people because of his upbringing, noting that he has “deep respect for people in rural communities” in California that are typically Trump supporters.

“And here’s the real story,” Newsom said. “The Republican Party was walked off a cliff. They’re third-party status…And they don’t even know what’s about to hit them.

Elizabeth Warren Threatens Pro-Lifers: “You’re Not Going to Lock Women Back in the Kitchen”

“It is not 1952,” the Democratic presidential candidate said Saturday in South Carolina, according to the Washington Examiner.

Warren suggested that pro-life advocates’ real goal is to oppress women and return to a 1950s-era society where women rarely worked outside the home.

“You’re not going to lock women back in the kitchen. You are not going to tell us what to do,” she said during a forum hosted by Planned Parenthood.

She claimed that pro-life laws are a “class … and race attack on women,” and argued that they hurt low-income women who cannot afford to abort their unborn babies.

MAXINE MELTDOWN: Rep. Waters SIDES WITH IRAN, Says US Drone Violated Tehran’s Airspace

Firebrand Congresswoman Maxine Waters publicly sided with officials in Iran over the weekend; rejecting the US military’s intelligence and asking why an American drone violated Tehran’s airspace.

“Trump, you get no credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran.

Why was the unmanned drone in Iran’s airspace?

Why the surveillance?

Don’t provoke and then pretend innocence,” posted Rep. Waters on social media.

World News:

President Trump Signs an Executive Order on Iranian Sanctions

US military launched cyberattacks against Iran after drone shot down: officials

Fox News has learned Iran shut off some of its military radar sites around the time the U.S. was poised to launch retaliatory strikes.

It’s not clear if those radar sites were turned off by the cyberattack or if Iran shut them off deliberately in anticipation of this.

“Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness,” John Bolton said. “No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East.”

With the U.S. having launched a cyberattack instead, tensions remain high even as Iranian forces were quiet over the weekend, officials told Fox News.

Cambodia building collapse: 2 people found alive in rubble; at least 28 dead

In this photo provided by Preah Sihanouk Provincial Authority, rescuers carry the body of a victim at the site of a building collapse on Monday in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia. (Preah Sihanouk Provincial Authority via AP)

The survivors were weak and in “serious condition” after the seven-story building collapsed in Preah Sihanouk province on Saturday, a hospital official told The Associated Press.

Dozens of construction workers — who were sleeping on the second floor of the building, as it doubled as their housing — were injured when the building crumbled. The condominium was being constructed in Sihanoukville, a seaside resort town with several such Chinese-funded projects.

American in Vietnam sentenced to 12 years in prison for ‘attempting to overthrow the state’

Michael Nguyen stands during his trial, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam. (Nguyen Thanh Chung/Vietnam News Agency via AP)

Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, 55, admitted to wanting to incite protests in Vietnam but denied a more serious charge of planning to attack government offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Molotov cocktails.

His lawyer, Nguyen Van Mieng, told Reuters his client had pleaded guilty with the intent of asking for his sentence to be reduced so he could be reunited with his family. Instead, he was handed a 12-year sentence.

Germany crash: Two Eurofighter jets in fatal collision

File picture of two Eurofighter jets stationed at the same base near Rostock.
File picture of two Eurofighter jets stationed at the same base near Rostock.

One of the Eurofighters went down in a forest while the other crashed near a village about 10km (6 miles) away, the interior ministry in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania said.

The pilot who survived was found dangling from a tree by rescue teams.

The mid-air collision happened as three Eurofighter Typhoons were taking part in an air combat exercise shortly after 14:00 (12:00 GMT).


Gen. Keane: Trump administration is the first in decades to be on a strategic offensive against Iran

Fox News Video: Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane explains the White House’s ‘comprehensive campaign’ to change Iran’s behavior.

Trump on Iran: ‘I’m not somebody that wants to go into war’

Steve Hilton speaks on tensions between the U.S. and its ‘allies.’

The Vaccination Debate

Today we investigate one of the biggest medical controversies of our time: vaccines.

There’s little dispute about this much– vaccines save many lives, and rarely, they injure or kill.

A special federal vaccine court has paid out billions for injuries from brain damage to death.

But not for the form of brain injury we call autism.

Now—we have remarkable new information: a respected pro-vaccine medical expert used by the federal government to debunk the vaccine-autism link, says vaccines can cause autism after all.

He claims he told that to government officials long ago, but they kept it secret.

Kristan Hawkins: Planned Parenthood forum shows Dem presidential field chooses abortion over women

Consider that Planned Parenthood already pulls in more than half-a-billion dollars in taxpayer funding, a significant part of its overall budget.

And the would-be presidential candidates are all also fully aware that in the last election cycle the abortion Goliath spent millions on aspiring abortion advocates like them.

In fact, in the 2018 mid-term elections, Planned Parenthood spent more than $50 million in federal races in favor of Democrats.

And some of those coming to the candidate forum know that first-hand. The Center for Responsive Politics notes that 12 of those trying for the Democratic nomination have received Planned Parenthood donations.

With all that money at stake, is it any wonder that Planned Parenthood and their Democratic allies now want to put an end to the Hyde Amendment, which limits federal spending on abortion to only cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger?

Clapper Hears Barr’s ‘Chilling’ Footsteps

It is worth noting that John Durham has crossed paths with former “collusion delusion” czar and special counsel Robert Mueller III before.

Durham is familiar with the often illegal lengths that Mueller, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, et al. will go to to nail their prey. As Rush Limbaugh noted, citing a New York Times article:

Close scrutiny of the Intelligence Community’s actions should send chills up Clapper’s spine.

In the search for the answer as to how the whole Mueller collusion probe and spying on Team Trump originated, one does not have to look far.

One needs only to revisit the interview Deep State conspirator and perjurer James Clapper gave with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

He points his finger directly at Barack Hussein Obama as leader of the coup against Donald Trump:

Psychologists Can’t Figure Out Why Hardly Anyone Wants To Date A Trans Person

Instead of analyzing why this might be the case, or what it might say about the transgender movement, Blair immediately assumes trans people are being actively excluded, even discriminated against. Obviously, her logic goes, nearly 900 people are wrong.

Blair didn’t ask why respondents felt disinclined to date transgenders, Perhaps it was never her intention to extrapolate on the data, but I think it’s important to attempt to do so.

This data on dating could hold many clues for why so many people struggle with defending the transgender movement.

The extrapolations of this study are painfully obvious:

The results indicate that biology-affirming people fail to be attracted, sexually or romantically, to people who have chosen to live outside biological norms.

This is not only ideologically sound but biologically normal and healthy. Because of this, many people will continue to find love, and heck, even procreate.

Celebrities are still losing it over the Mueller report

Reaction and analysis from Independent Women’s Voice president Tammy Bruce on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.