News and Headlines. 6/26/2019

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In The News:

Clint Eastwood defies Hollywood boycott of filming in Georgia

The 89-year-old actor and director will begin production of The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a movie about Richard Jewell, the security guard who discovered bombs at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Jewell was accused of the attacks, which killed one and injured more than 100, although he was exonerated when police found the true suspect, anti-abortion terrorist Eric Rudolph.

In March, more than 40 celebrities signed a letter to Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp telling him that they would not work in the state if the heartbeat abortion bill became law.

Kemp signed the legislation in May.

‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star Beth Chapman dead at 51

Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball
Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Beth died at 51 in June 2019. (Getty)

Duane, 66, announced her passing on Twitter, writing, “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain.

Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”

Beth was first diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer in November 2017. She underwent successful surgery, but doctors months later told her the cancer had returned.

Although she began chemotherapy in December 2018, Duane told Us Weekly at the time that she wanted to explore alternative therapies instead.

Restaurant group responds after employee is accused of spitting on Eric Trump, says she’s been ‘placed on leave’

The restaurant group  that owns Aviary
The restaurant group that owns Aviary has confirmed the employee was placed on leave following the incident. (Google)

“Last night an unfortunate incident occurred between an employee at The Aviary and Eric Trump,” reads a statement issued by the Alinea Group, which owns several other restaurants in Chicago and elsewhere.

“We did not witness the incident and we are just beginning to learn the details.”

Trump, whose Twitter activity indicates he was visiting Trump Hotel Chicago, shared a statement with Breitbart News following the incident, condemning it “purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems.”

He also suggested the employee’s motivations were political, saying, “For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility.”

California Woman Wins Huge Settlement In CPS Incident Where Son Was Taken, Given 13 Vaccines

This was done based on the recommendation of a doctor who has been sued repeatedly.

Rachel Bruno reached a $500,000 settlement in December with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office (LACSO) and two other settlements are near finalization.

“Before this, I assumed that if social services took your kids, you did something really bad,” she said.

Instead, she learned she could do nothing and find herself at the mercy of untrained and reckless bureaucrats.

Alabama Car Dealership Celebrates America: Free Shotgun, Bible And Flag

An Alabama car dealership is offering a free bible, flag, and shotgun with every purchase.(Facebook / ChatomFord)
An Alabama car dealership is offering a free bible, flag, and shotgun with every purchase.(Facebook / ChatomFord)

“Not only are they gonna get the great deals and service we provide here, they’re also gonna get a Bible, and American flag and also a 12-gauge shotgun,” Palmer said in the video, which shows the amenities that come with the purchase of a new or used car.

The Fourth of July promotion is meant to be patriotic and not political, Palmer said.

The dealership partnered with certified firearms dealers, so each customer would receive the free shotgun after passing a background check and going through the appropriate channels, he said.

Customers are not required to take the additional items.

Chicago officer in critical condition after being shot, police commissioner decries gun violence

The 25-year-old off-duty officer — who has not yet been identified — was driving past an elementary school in the city’s South Side just before 2 a.m. when someone in a black Toyota fired about 20 shots, striking him in the head with at least one, police say.

“I first want to ask you all for your prayers for this officer, who has been a Chicago police officer for just two years,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Wednesday during a press conference.

The officer was driving with a female companion when they realized the black Toyota was following them, police said.

The woman called 911, and seconds later, the shots were fired. She was not injured. Officers who were conducting a traffic stop nearby responded to the scene after hearing the gunfire.

Deadly Texas police shooting of armed man inside truck captured on video

Officers can be seen forming a semi-circle around a truck where 20-year-old JaQuavion Slaton was hiding before opening fire
Officers can be seen forming a semi-circle around a truck where 20-year-old JaQuavion Slaton was hiding before opening fire when one officer shouted “he’s reaching!”
(Fort Worth Police Department)

The Fort Worth Police Department released 68 minutes of body camera video of the moments before JaQuavion Slaton was shot on June 9.

Officers were searching for Slaton after receiving a disturbance call involving a person with an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon warrant.

When they spotted the 20-year-old, officers briefly pursued him on foot, and body camera footage showed an object in Slaton’s hand which appeared to be a handgun.

Louisiana teen accused of killing father was reportedly kidnapped by him a decade ago

Anthony Templet, 17, was arrested on June 3. (East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department)

Anthony Templet, 17, was arrested on June 3 after he shot his father multiple times when the two got into a fight in the early-morning hours.

Templet had told police his father was drunk and woke him up around 3 a.m.; the teenager locked himself in his father’s bedroom with two handguns, according to an arrest report obtained by The Advocate.

As his father banged on the door, Templet eventually unlocked it and shot his father as he “asked Anthony to stop,” according to the report obtained by the paper.

Ex-NFL running back Cierre Wood, girlfriend indicted on murder, 20 child abuse charges

Former NFL running back Cierre Wood and his girlfriend Amy Taylor were indicted on murder and 20 felony child abuse charges
Former NFL running back Cierre Wood and his girlfriend Amy Taylor were indicted on murder and 20 felony child abuse charges Tuesday in connection to the death of the woman’s 5-year-old daughter, officials said.

Wood and Amy Taylor are accused of killing the child who was found lifeless in Wood’s apartment on April 9.

A judge who heard the evidence against Wood last month said it was clear the girl suffered before she died and that Wood and Taylor were responsible for her death.

Taylor, 26, and her daughter had moved into Wood’s apartment less than two weeks before the girl passed away.

Autopsy findings revealed the girl had 20 newly broken ribs, internal bleeding, a lacerated liver and bruises to her heart, diaphragm and connective tissue.

Broward sheriff fires two more deputies for “neglect of duty”

Deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stambaugh were terminated following an internal affairs investigation into seven officers who responded to the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting in Parkland.

Two other officers, Deputy Scot Peterson and Sgt. Brian Miller were fired earlier this month.

Accusations against three other deputies involved in the internal affairs probe were “non-sustained” and they will return to duty, Tony said.

“This was neglect of duty, and it was one of the most severe consequences as we lost 17 people,” Tony said of the fired officers.

A full 124-page internal affairs report released later Wednesday, first obtained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, detailed the case against the fired officers.

Tech Watch/Censorship:

Rep. Crenshaw Grills Google Executive Over LEAKED Email Published by Veritas

On June 26 2019, during a US Homeland Security Hearing, Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw questioned Mr. Derek Slater, Google Global Director of Information Policy over revelations of a leaked email Project Veritas published yesterday.

EXCLUSIVE: Apple Threatens Twitter Competitor Parler With App Deletion, May Face Lawsuit

Parler has been growing rapidly as a social media platform committed to allowing free speech, with its most popular users including Candace Owens, Breitbart News, and Laura Loomer, who was banned from Twitter for questioning congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

The platform was founded in 2018 and boasts users from around the world, including 200,000 users in Saudi Arabia.

Apple reportedly has demanded that Twitter competitor Parler censor “offensive” speech from its website or the Parler app will be removed from Apple’s App Store.

Parler CEO John Matze is considering a lawsuit against Apple.

Apple Threatens Ban on Free-Speech App; CEO Says ‘This Is War’

Just build your own social media platform?

Well, Parler CEO John Matze did just that but then Apple called and threatened to remove his app from its store.

It was only when Donald Trump Jr. got involved that Apple backed away, but not every coder is going to have the president’s son to get behind them.

Are we going to have to build our own Apple too? John Matze tells Jon Miller it’s time to go to war.

Tucker: Google wants to hack 2020 election

Tucker examines Google’s algorithms and how they benefit Democrats ahead of 2020.

YouTube faces mass backlash after claiming it acted without ‘political bias’

“We’ve had a lot of questions today…clarifying, we apply our policies fairly and without political bias.

All creators are held to the same standard,” the company tweeted from its account for press updates.

That tweet received so much pushback that some noted the ratio of responses to retweets and likes — generally considered an indicator of how much support or opposition a tweet encountered.

Amid the thousands of responses, many on Twitter accused the company of flat-out lying about not applying political bias.

Reddit ‘Quarantined’ Biggest Pro-Trump Forum

A pro-Trump forum on Reddit has been “quarantined”
A pro-Trump forum on Reddit has been “quarantined” for trying to incite violence against police officers and public officials. (Screenshot Reddit/The_Donald)

The pro-Trump forum is called “The_Donald” and has been placed in “quarantine” because of certain user comments posted in the forum.

Reddit is a social news site that allows for members to write content, including links and images.

Reddit has restricted a few forums in the past such as “White_Pride” and “watchpeopledie,” wrote Drew Harwell, a Washington Post reporter.

Members of “The_Donald” expressed frustration at being censored and one moderator called “shadowman3001” wrote that Reddit was giving them “an impossible standard as a reason to kill us before the 2020 election.” Other users wrote similar responses.

The White House may host a social media summit next month

SAUL LOEB via Getty Images

News of the summit comes shortly after President Trump told Fox Business Network that the US should sue tech giants like Google and Facebook and alleged that Twitter makes it hard for him to get his message out.

Trump has already held private meetings with both Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook, Twitter and Google have appeared before Congress multiple times.

Given the upcoming 2020 election and how social media played a part in the last election, the summit could be very important.

But it’s unclear exactly what Trump hopes to discuss, especially given his recent criticism of the largest social media players.

Engadget has reached out to Facebook, Google and Twitter and will update the story with their responses.


President Trump Reacts to Veritas Google Investigation: “they’re trying to rig the election”

TRUMP: You saw what happened yesterday with Google.

Google was totally biased, like you know they talk about Russia, because they have some bloggers.

And by the way some of those bloggers were going both ways they were for Clinton and for Trump.

MARIA: Well somebody at Google said they what happened in 2016 to happen in 2020. They don’t want it to happen again.

Joe Biden is Not On the Same Page as the Average American Worker • Lou Dobbs Tonight

Commentary/Opinion: Independent Women’s Voice. Tammy Bruce. Getting rich in politics.


8 times MSNBC, CNN hosts flip-flopped on border crisis rhetoric, from Chuck Todd to Wolf Blitzer

Joe Scarborough, Chuck Todd, Brian Williams and Wolf Blitzer suddenly feel there's a crisis at the border.
Joe Scarborough, Chuck Todd, Brian Williams and Wolf Blitzer suddenly feel there’s a crisis at the border.

The overwhelming migrant flows and poor conditions at some detention centers have since become undeniable, resulting in prominent liberal pundits flip-flopping on the issue.

Here are eight examples:

Wayfair walkout: Employees stage protest over company selling goods to detention camps

In a Twitter post with the hashtag #WayfairWalkout, the protesters say CEO Niraj Shah rejected a request by more than 500 employees who signed a petition asking the Boston-based company to desist from doing business with border camps.

In response, employees said they’re taking to the streets Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. ET at Copley Square, where Wayfair has its headquarters.

Organizers are also asking Wayfair to donate all profits from such sales to the nonprofit organization RAICES, which provides legal services to immigrants.

In response to the request by the employees who signed the petition, the Wayfair leadership wrote a letter Monday commending their commitment to making a difference but also pointing out not everyone shares their perspective.

TSA administrator defends decision to send agents to southern border

The TSA administrator is standing his ground against House Democrats, who grilled him about the decision to allow hundreds of agents to provide reinforcements at the southern border.

One America’s Kara McKinney explains.

4 suspected ISIS members arrested in Nicaragua, were possibly headed for the US

The Nicaraguan National Police said in a statement the four men were caught around 10 a.m. by members of the country’s armed forces after entering through an unauthorized crossing point known as La Guasimada in the Cardenas municipality, located on the southwestern border with Costa Rica.

Two of the men were identified as Egyptian nationals while the other two were Iraqi. All four were deported back to Costa Rica by Tuesday night.

The Egyptians were identified by police as Mohamed Ibrahim, 33, and Mahmoud Samy Eissa, 26, while the Iraqis were Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Jubury, 41 and Mustafa Ali Mohamed Yaoob, 29.

The first three men arrived in Costa Rica on June 9, according to their immigration documents given to police.

Texas Medical Professional: Migrants Quarantined with UNKNOWN Disease, 10-Year Old Girl Found With 20 Types of Semen In Her

“There were some Congolese people caught crossing the border, it was suspected they had Ebola. In one facility there are three patients being held because they don’t know what they have.

The CDC have been here to assess them. They are isolated, they only have certain specialists who can see them,” the medical professional tells Big League Politics.

“We’ve had an outbreak of mumps over here.”

“What scares me is what happens if we someone come over here with Ebola. We only need one person, and there’s a pandemic.”

“There was a female, 10 years old, who was found with 20 different types of semen inside her body.

She was dispatched to a family member. The girl who was with her who was supposedly a family member was not really a family member, just someone who bought her from her family in Guatemala.

Big League Politics has previously confirmed with border watcher Jim Benvie that illegal migrants obtain insurance and EBT cards upon gaining access to the United States.

World News:

Iran’s supreme leader vows to resist new sanctions, rejects negotiations with U.S.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addresses judiciary officials in Tehran, June 26, 2019. (Leader Office Handout/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

“Pressures by cruel enemies do not affect Iranians,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told judicial officials Wednesday, according to the supreme leader’s website.

Calling the United States “the world’s most vicious regime,” he said, “Iranians have been wronged by oppressive sanctions but not weakened and will remain powerful.”

He said the nation “won’t give up” and asserted that the Trump administration’s calls for negotiations reflected its failure to achieve its goals through pressure.

Iran called the additional sanctions “outrageous and idiotic,” prompting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to retort in a television interview Wednesday:

“That must mean they are working if they are this upset.”

Jared Kushner says successful Mideast peace plan will be ‘Iran’s worst nightmare’

The Trump Administration unveiled the economic portion of its Middle East peace plan at the Peace to Prosperity summit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In a 40-page pamphlet and 96-page breakdown, officials laid out an initiative to raise $50 billion from private investors and Gulf States for Palestinian infrastructure projects and job creation over the next 10 years.

No Palestinian or Israeli leadership attended the two-day event in Bahrain, but each country had a handful of informal representatives at the gathering.

In interviews with Fox, Palestinian Authority officials in the West Bank, and Hamas leadership in Gaza both described the economic portion of the peace plan as “dead on arrival.”

Exclusive: China hacked eight major computer services firms in years-long attack

Reuters today reported extensive new details about the global hacking campaign, known as Cloud Hopper and attributed to China by the United States and its Western allies.

Reuters was unable to detail the full extent of the damage done by the hacking and many victims are unable to tell exactly what was stolen.

Yet senior Western intelligence officials say the toll was high.

“This was a sustained series of attacks with a devastating impact,” said Robert Hannigan, former director of Britain’s GCHQ signals intelligence agency and now European chairman at cybersecurity firm BlueVoyant.


Should We Get Rid of ICE?

Thousands of illegal aliens stream across the border every week, yet the Left wants to get rid of I.C.E.

Will Witt asks students at the University of Florida what they think about immigration enforcement.