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News and Headlines. 7/2/2019


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Tanks arrive in DC ahead of July 4 celebration

Military police walk near Abrams tanks on a flat car in a rail yard, Monday, July 1, 2019,
Military police walk near Abrams tanks on a flat car in a rail yard, Monday, July 1, 2019, in Washington, ahead of a Fourth of July celebration that President Donald Trump says will include military hardware. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

At least two Army tanks have arrived in Washington ahead of a Fourth of July celebration that President Donald Trump says will include military hardware.

An Associated Press photographer says the two M1A1 Abrams tanks are with four other military vehicles on a freight train in a railyard at the southeastern edge of Washington.

The vehicles are being guarded by military police but are visible to passers-by on nearby paths.

Trump told reporters Monday that the tanks will be stationed outside the Fourth of July celebration but has not given details on how they will be used.

NASA Orion aces safety test after ‘launching a rocket off a flying rocket’

Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Tuesday morning, AA-2 was designed to push the capsule’s abort system to its limits with a full-stress test.

And while full results of the test are still to be revealed, the capsule was jettisoned from the launch vehicle approximately 55 seconds post-launch, leaving a brilliant trail in the sky.

Seconds later, the capsule landed in the ocean with an impressive splash that could be heard more than three miles away.

“Our Launch Abort System is a key safety feature of the spacecraft,” said Orion program manager Mark Kirasich prior to the test.

“It will protect the crew members who fly on-board Orion during the most challenging part of the mission, which is the ascent phase.”

Air Force chief details US response to Russian nuclear attack

File photo – Pictured in this screen grab is a Bulava missile launched by the Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s Project 955 Borei nuclear missile cruiser submarine Yuri Dolgoruky from the White Sea in north-west Russia at the Kura testing grounds on the Kamchatka Peninsula on Russia’s Pacific coast during a military drill. May 23, 2018. (Screengrab/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/TASS/via Getty Images)

An enemy has launched a nuclear attack on the U.S. homeland, an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile packed with destructive power…is heading toward North America.

Just what would the U.S. do? Are there a series of steps, protocols and instant counterattack plans to put in motion instantly? According to U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, the answer is “yes.”

Speaking recently at a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Nuclear Deterrence event, Goldfein mapped out what he would do if Russia attacked the U.S. with a nuclear weapon. He cited a series of rapid, successive steps.

Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin

From 2012 to 2016, the price of insulin nearly doubled in the U.S. – and last weekend, about a dozen people took a bus 817 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to London, Ontario, to buy the life-saving drug.

“For us, insulin is like air – it’s like oxygen, we need it,” said Deb Souther, who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 46 years.

A lot of people on the bus traveled more than 800 miles. But for them, it’s not about the miles — it’s about the message. That’s why they drove all the way to London, Ontario, where insulin was developed nearly a century ago.

“Getting diagnosed today in 2019 in America with type 1 diabetes – it is a death sentence for some people,” said Quinn Nystrom, who coordinated the trip.

This is the second caravan to Canada in the last two months. In the U.S., one vial of the drug costs $340, Nystrom said – but in Canada, it’s just $30.

Nike ‘Betsy Ross flag’ sneakers selling for $2K each on resale market

The sneakers, which featured a so-called Betsy Ross flag with 13 stars that dates back to the Revolutionary War, have a retail value of $120.

The sneakers had already shipped to Nike’s retail partners when the company asked for them to be returned ahead of a planned release this week.

Kaepernick, who is a Nike endorser, told company officials that the flag was offensive to some because it was associated with an era during which slavery was legal in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Doug Ducey to Yank AZ Nike Plant Incentives After ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Shoes Pulled

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Ducey said his decision was made in response to a Wall Street Journal report stating former NFL anthem-protester and Nike pitchman Colin Kaepernick pressured Nike to pull its America-themed 4th of July sneakers featuring the “Betsy Ross” flag because he and others found the design to be offensive.

In a series of tweets, Ducey expressed his disappointed in Nike’s decision to nix the shoes and explained his decision to withdraw incentives to the company.

“Words cannot express my disappointment at this terrible decision. I am embarrassed for Nike,” Ducey wrote on Twitter.

“Nike is an iconic American brand and American company. This country, our system of government and free enterprise have allowed them to prosper and flourish.”

“Instead of celebrating American history the week of our nation’s independence, Nike has apparently decided that Betsy Ross is unworthy, and has bowed to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism.

Conservative journalist attacked by Antifa protesters speaks out

GOP lawmaker calls on Trump to designate Antifa as a terror organization; Quillette editor Andy Ngo shares his story on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Ambassador Grenell: Human Rights Campaign should ‘cease to exist’ if they stay silent on Antifa attack

Grenell, a friend of Ngo’s, told “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday that he believes Antifa targeted Ngo for his political affiliations, as well as his race and sexuality.

“They knew that he is gay, that he’s Asian, and that he is conservative,” Grenell said.

“We are now in a situation where the largest gay and lesbian groups have stayed silent, not only stayed silent, but their spokeswoman has tried to change it around to say he deserves this,” he continued.

“This is an organization that demands to have a voice, and if they are not going to use their voice across the board in every situation when a gay person is bashed like this, then they should cease to exist,” he said.

Facebook limits the spread of quack cancer treatments but leaves wellness alone

Facebook announced Tuesday that it had begun combatting the spread of “sensational health claims” on the platform in June.

Apparently, the announcement came in response to inquiries from the Wall Street Journal, regarding the paper’s investigation (also published Tuesday), about how “bogus cancer treatment claims” proliferate on Facebook and YouTube.

“In order to help people get accurate health information and the support they need, it’s imperative that we minimize health content that is sensational or misleading,” Facebook’s blog post announcing the change reads.

Immigration:

Hispanic pastors tour border facility lambasted by AOC and say they are ‘shocked by misinformation’

The president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, and senior pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento shared his firsthand experience touring a migrant detention center during a press briefing Monday.

“I read the reports, saw the news clips.

I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system,” Rodriguez, who has advised President Trump and both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on immigration reform, noted.

“To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse.

Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”

Officials push back on AOC’s border station claims, say she is ‘misinforming’ the public

“They are not drinking out of the toilet—no Border Patrol agent is going to make anyone drink out of the toilet,” former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Tom Homan said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday. “It’s just ridiculous on its face.”

Homan alleged that Ocasio-Cortez was “clearly, intentionally misinforming the American public.”

“She’s lost all credibility,” he said.

Homan acknowledged that the facilities “are jails” and “were not built for women and children,” saying that’s why agents have been “begging” Congress for more funding for beds “so these families can be moved into a proper facility with proper care.”

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The first large group of 116 migrants from AFRICA are caught on video wading across the Rio Grande to illegally enter the U.S.

The apprehended migrants pictured above after they were detained by border patrol agents.
The apprehended migrants pictured above after they were detained by
border patrol agents.

The video shared by the Customs and Border Protection shows a group of 116 people from Angola, Cameroon and the Congo walking through the waist-deep water into Texas.

Male and female adults are seen making the laborious trek with children clinging onto their shoulders on Thursday.

The group was apprehended by agents at the Del Rio Sector of the border around 10.30pm.

The White House also shared video of the harrowing scene showing the moment the group file out of the water and reach the shore in a line.

‘Last night, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 100 illegal aliens from Congo, Angola, and Cameroon near the U.S.–Mexico border,’ the White House tweeted.

Federal prosecutors seek retrial of border humanitarian Scott Warren

The charges stem from Warren’s arrest in January 2018 in Ajo, Arizona. Border Patrol agents arrested him with two undocumented migrants after setting up surveillance outside a building known as “the Barn,” which is used by humanitarian groups as a staging area to drop of water and supplies for migrants in the Arizona desert.

Prosecutors also announced a plea offer to Warren to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of aiding and abetting with a sentence of time served.

If convicted of the more serious, felony charges for harboring, Warren could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

Mexico Overwhelmed As It Takes On More Illegal Immigrants

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) police member is seen at Paso del Norte border crossing bridge as part of the security measures put in place after migrants from Cuba protested early Monday to demand quickness in their asylum application processing, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

The Mexican government has taken dramatic steps to reduce the flow of illegal aliens entering the United States since its deal with the White House in June.

Mexico detained 29,153 immigrants in June alone — the biggest number of any month in the country’s recent history, according to the Washington Post.

Mexico has already detained more than 99,000 migrants this year, and more than 71,000 of them have been deported out of the country.

The U.S. already appears to be benefitting. The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that it expects June’s apprehension numbers to fall by 25% from the previous month.

However, Mexico does not appear capable of taking such a number of illegal aliens, and it’s not clear if it has the infrastructure to accept more.

Dozens of Central Americans returned from US are sent home by Mexico

Military police wearing the insignia of the new National Guard detain migrants from Guatemala
Military police wearing the insignia of the new National Guard detain migrants from Guatemala to keep them from crossing the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, late Monday, June 24. (AP)

An official with Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said the bus left Ciudad Juarez at 9:00 a.m. and all 70 aboard were “volunteers” for repatriation to their native El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras.

It’s at least a day and a half journey overland from the city to Mexico’s southern border.

The official added that similar busings were “coming soon” in Tijuana and Mexicali, two other cities that have been taking in returnees from the United States under the program.

At least 14,000 people have been returned to Mexico by the United States under the program, for waits that stand to take many months or even longer as claims slog through backlogged U.S. immigration courts.

Politics:

Kamala Harris campaign lawyer hired Fusion GPS for Hillary Clinton

Marc Elias, who heads Perkins Coie’s political law group, became general counsel for California Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential bid this year.

Elias, who held the same position in Clinton’s campaign, is named in two pending Federal Election Commission complaints and in a recent federal lawsuit alleging that the Clinton campaign broke campaign finance laws when it used Perkins Coie to hire Fusion GPS.

Watchdog groups allege that Hillary for America purposely concealed the hiring of Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele by reporting all the payments that it made to Perkins Coie as “legal services” without mentioning opposition research.

Perkins Coie was paid over $12 million between 2016 and 2017 for its work representing Clinton and the DNC.

According to its co-founder Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS was in turn paid $50,000 per month from Perkins Coie, and Christopher Steele was paid roughly $168,000 by Fusion GPS for his work.

Elias is a fixture in Democratic politics.

Aside from working for Harris, Clinton, and the DNC, Elias has said that he and his colleagues at Perkins Coie have represented the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Governors Association, various Democratic PACs, the pro-abortion EMILY’s List, dozens of Democratic senators, and more than a hundred Democratic members of the House.

Trump mulls federal action to intervene on homelessness in cities

President Donald Trump discusses his approval numbers, taking on big tech and the homelessness epidemic on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax resigns from law firm amid sexual assault allegations

“Justin fully cooperated with the investigation,” a firm spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News. ” … With the conclusion of our investigation, Justin’s leave of absence has ended. Justin has informed us, however, that he has decided to leave the firm and we respect that decision.”

Vanessa Tyson, one of Fairfax’s accusers, said he forced her to perform him oral sex on him during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. She said the Virginia lieutenant governor took advantage of her past as an “incest” survivor.

World News:

Tucker: History made at the Korean Demilitarized Zone

Tucker Carlson Tonight’ gets exclusive access to Trump-Kim meeting in North Korea.

China is reportedly scanning tourists’ phones with malware

Lucas Schifres/Getty Images

The reports follow the Huawei blocking saga in the US amid national security concerns that the Chinese tech giant has close ties with the Chinese government.

Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge. China has meanwhile reportedly blocked access to US news sites in addition to blocking off Western social media and Wikipedia from its citizens.

According to the joint report on Tuesday, tourists crossing Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region have their phones seized by border guards who then install Android malware, which is called BXAQ or Fengcai.

Hong Kong protests: What graffiti in the parliament conveys

A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after they broke into the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong, Monday, July 1, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong took over the legislature’s main building Monday night, tearing down portraits of legislative leaders and spray painting pro-democracy slogans on the walls of the main chamber.
(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

For a few hours, protesters defaced portraits of lawmakers and spray-painted pro-democracy phrases in the chamber before being evicted by security forces.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing condemned the violent acts that saw several hundred protesters breaking through glass and metal shutters to enter the building;

On the central wall of the main chamber sits Hong Kong’s emblem. It reads “Hong Kong” in English, but in Chinese, it says: “The Regional Emblem of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China”.

Protesters spray-painted over the emblem, covering the portion which read “People’s Republic of China”, only leaving Hong Kong’s section on the emblem unscathed.

Suspected Spies In Iran Could Be Facing Death Penalty: Report

The announcement came less than two weeks after the regime reported it executed Jalal Haji Zawar, a former employee of the Ministry of Defense’s aerospace arm, after charges of spying for the U.S. CIA.

The suspects were arrested after allegedly spying for the U.S. “in military and nuclear bodies,” Reuters reported Tuesday, citing state media.

Iran came under scrutiny Monday for reportedly stockpiling more low-enriched uranium than allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal.

European Parliament Opens Amid Protests From Anti-EU and Separatist Groups

People wave Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags and banners during a demonstration in front of the European Parliament on July 2 , 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France. – Demonstrators protest in support of Catalan separatists unable to take seats as MEPs. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The proceedings were marked by protests by the UK’s anti-EU Brexit Party and Catalan nationalists, whose MEPs have been blocked by the Spanish government from taking their seats.

Others defended the captain of a German rescue ship who was arrested in Italy on Monday over migrant rights.

The event took place as EU leaders went into a third day of negotiations about who to appoint for its top jobs.

The Brexit Party’s 29 MEPs turned their backs when an ensemble started playing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to joy’, the European anthem.

At least 14 sailors dead after Russian sub catches fire during research mission: officials

FILE – In this file photo taken on Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998, Decommissioned Russian nuclear submarines are shown in their Arctic base of Severomorsk, the Kola Peninsula, Russia. (AP Photo)

The vessel caught fire unexpectedly while the submersible was measuring sea depths in Russia’s territorial waters, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The fire was put out thanks to the self-sacrifice of crew members although officials did not say how many sailors were aboard the vessel at the time of the blaze or how many, if any, survived.

Russia’s RBC online news outlet reported the fire took place on the nuclear-powered AS-12 Losharik.

The fire marks one of the more serious Russian naval incidents since 2000, when 118 men died after the Kursk nuclear submarine exploded and sank on August 12 during naval maneuvers in the Barents Sea.

Commentary/Opinion:

President Trump Has China Over a Barrel

President Trump has his Chinese counterparts right where he wants them.

It’s an uncomfortable position for the Chinese, who have for all intents and purposes been “running the table” when it came to both Democrat and Republican administrations of the past 30 years.

While the President’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit in Japan didn’t produce a final agreement, it did expose the fundamental weakness of China’s position, enabling Trump to re-open the stalled negotiations.

The magnanimous gesture will likely give America an edge in the next round of talks.

Trump Education Policy: On Socialism in School, Revisionist History & Progressivism—Williamson Evers

In what ways has education in America dramatically transformed over the past century?

How exactly is the Trump administration’s approach to education different from that of the Obama administration?

What has been behind the push for common core, and how has it affected the US education system?

Today we sit down with Williamson Evers, who served as head of the Trump transition team for the Department of Education.

He served as the U.S. assistant secretary of education for policy a decade ago, and is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

We discuss what Evers considers to be the greatest problems facing the education system in America today, including glaring omissions in today’s history textbooks, as well as the contemporary debate surrounding school choice.

AOC’s Toilet Tales & Kaepernick’s Betsy Ross Smear

AOC wants everyone to believe we are running concentration camps at the border — the truth be damned!

Her visit to the detention centers was filled with more distortions and inaccuracies.

Plus, Colin Kapernick’s push to have Nike cancel the release of its new Betsy Ross sneakers is an unintelligent smear against an American icon.

Then, Carpe Donktum, aka the President’s favorite memesmith, joins Jon Miller in the studio.

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