News and Headlines. 7/10/2019

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In The News:

President Trump Delivers Remarks and Signs an Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health

Watch as President Trump signs an executive order in Washington D.C. on advancing kidney health.

Future of ObamaCare in doubt after latest appeals court hearing

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments in the case of Texas v. Azar, a suit spearheaded last year by 20 Republican Opens a New Window. states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and endorsed by the White House.

The hearing follows a 2018 ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth, Texas. O’Connor, a conservative Republican, struck down the law as unconstitutional because Congress gutted the individual mandate.

But two of the three appointees, both Republicans, appeared skeptical about Democrats’ argument that Republicans did not intend to invalidate the entirety of the law by removing the financial penalty for not purchasing health insurance.

New Orleans, Gulf Coast face flooding threat from likely Tropical Storm Barry

Barry is expected to form into a tropical storm by Thursday night. (Fox News)
Barry is expected to form into a tropical storm by Thursday night. (Fox News)

The National Hurricane Center said a low-pressure area over the water south of the Florida Panhandle is forecast to strengthen into Tropical Storm Barry by Thursday night, the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

“There is a 90 percent chance that this becomes Tropical Storm Barry in the next 48 hours,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on “FOX & friends.

“Even if it doesn’t become Tropical Storm Barry, it is going to produce a lot of rain.”

“Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the Upper Texas Coast to the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system,” the NHC said. “Additional Tropical Storm or Hurricane watches could be issued later today or tonight west of Morgan City.”

Records show Clinton dined with Epstein in 1995, predating public timeline

That statement condemned the wealthy hedge fund manager after his indictment for alleged sex trafficking crimes was unsealed Monday. The statement said Clinton “knows nothing” about Epstein’s alleged crimes and included a timeline of Clinton’s interactions with him starting in 2002.

But according to a story published back in March 1995 by the Palm Beach Post, then-President Clinton attended a “three-hour dinner” at the time with a “very select group of people” at the Palm Beach home of business magnate Ron Perelman.

The diverse group included Epstein — as well as singer Jimmy Buffet, actor Don Johnson, then-co-chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and others.

“Joining Clinton for a three-hour dinner was a very select group of people, some of whom, according to one Democratic Party source, gave as much as $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee for the privilege of dining with the president,” the report said.

Marines offering up to $280k bonuses to keep fighter pilots

Pilots with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303,
Pilots with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing maneuver a AH-1Z Viper belonging to the squadron during training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Dec. 19, 2008. (Lance Cpl. Christopher O’Quin/U.S. Marine Corps)

The bonuses are geared towards Marine aviators of the captains and major ranks who fly certain fighter jets, tilt-rotor aircraft, cargo planes and helicopters, in an attempt to retain pilots who typically leave the service and take on jobs with commercial airlines, Stars & Stripes reported last week.

The aviation bonuses have been offered for the past three years, but for the 2020 fiscal year, more pilots will be eligible and the contracts are longer.

Additionally, weapons system officers will not be eligible, and there will be no one-time lump sum payment involved.

Texas man pleads guilty after trying to join ISIS and provide info on machetes, explosives, more

Members from the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service present Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with a flag from Bartilah, a town recaptured just outside of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released)

From August 2017 until his arrest in December 2017, Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya attempted to join and support ISIS, and provided information to other ISIS supporters about the use of machetes, the homemade construction of an automatic weapon and how to build and use explosive materials.

As part of his plans to join ISIS overseas, starting in approximately early August 2017, Damlarkaya had numerous online conversations with individuals he believed to be fellow ISIS supporters.

During these discussions, he described his intentions to travel overseas to fight for ISIS in Syria or Afghanistan.

Damlarkaya added that if he was unsuccessful in joining ISIS overseas, he would conduct an attack on non-Muslims in the United States and that it was his “dream” to be a martyr.

Georgia police officer fired after $500 disappears from victim’s wallet

Keisha Richburg was fired from the Atlanta Police Department on Monday after money was missing from
Keisha Richburg was fired from the Atlanta Police Department on Monday after money was missing from a victim’s wallet, officials said. (Atlanta Police Department)

Former officer Keisha Richburg’s role with the agency was terminated after an internal investigation was sparked after accusations arose from the deadly shooting on June 19, the department confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.

Richburg responded to a call about a person shot in northwest Atlanta. Before she arrived on scene, a passerby stopped and tried to help the victim.

The passerby took out the victim’s wallet to try to find the man’s name, and said she saw approximately $500 in his wallet.

Investigators said that body camera footage shows Richburg receiving the victim’s wallet from an EMT with money inside.

Man blinded by parasite after showering with contacts in

He said if he gets his sight back he’ll never wear contacts again. (PA Real Life)

During 18 months of horror, Nick Humphreys, 29, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has had two operations on his eye and is now waiting for a corneal transplant, after contracting Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), a rare parasitical infection in his right cornea.

“If I’d have known how dangerous it was to wear contacts in the shower, I would never have got them in the first place,” Humphreys, a local journalist, said.

“After getting the infection, I went from hitting the gym every other day and playing football three times a week, to being housebound for six months and losing the will to live.

I got contacts as I didn’t like how I looked in glasses and it nearly cost me my right eye.”

Texas man who intervened in Disneyland brawl speaks out: ‘I just felt I had to get in there’

“I saw those kids there. I just felt I had to get in there and break everything up,
“I saw those kids there. I just felt I had to get in there and break everything up,” Jason Blair said on Tuesday night’s “Ingraham Angle.”

“My instinct was that [the fight] shouldn’t happen, and something needed to take place,” said Jason Blair, the El Paso high school football coach who can be seen trying to hold back one of the men involved in the melee.

Blair, who was visiting the park with his family, appeared on Tuesday night’s edition of the “The Ingraham Angle” to explain his decision to get involved, rather than stand back and film like so many other parkgoers.

WATCH: Surveillance Video Shows Group Of About 60 Teens Vandalizing, Looting Walgreens On South Street

Surveillance cameras inside the store show about 60 boys and girls storming into the Walgreens at around 10 p.m. The group can be seen running around, knocking items off of the shelves and fleeing the store without paying for merchandise.

Police say the teens threw merchandise at the employees and hit a 46-year-old man over the head with a bottle, resulting in injuries.

The same group is accused of terrorizing and vandalizing other businesses on July 4. Eyewitnesses believe the crowd originated from Penn’s Landing and traveled up South Street, growing in size.

Dixon mom arrested for having kids hold pool on top of moving car

Police say around 3:07 p.m. they received a call from a concerned citizen about an Audi Q5 driving north on the Peoria Avenue Bridge with kids inside of a pool while the pool was on top of the SUV.

Police pulled the SUV over and spoke to Jennifer A. Janus Yeager, of Dixon, who was driving the SUV.

Police say Yeager drove into town to inflate the pool at a friend’s house and had her two daughters ride inside of the empty pool to hold it down on the drive home.

Baker confuses woman’s ‘Moana’ birthday cake request for ‘marijuana’

Kensli Taylor Davis was turning 25, and for her birthday, her mother ordered her a “Moana” cake, based on the 2016 animated Disney movie.

“So my mama called and ordered me a cake telling them how much I loved Moana. (Because really I do),” Davis wrote on Facebook.

However, when Davis’ mother brought the cake bake home from the local baker she ordered it from, the pair quickly learned there had been a breakdown in communication.

Tech Watch:

LEAK: Googlers Petition “to end Google’s business with Breitbart,” One Thousand Employees Co-Signed

In Silicon Valley, $1,200 a month gets you a bunk bed amid housing crunch

$1,200 per month gets you a bunk bed in Los Angeles and San Francisco. (PodShare) (PodShare)

That’s apparently what engineers, coders and other Silicon Valley workers are willing to spend, despite the fact that privacy isn’t included in the cost.

For anyone willing to spend that much, a startup called PodShare has 220 beds, or pods, at six locations across Los Angeles and one in San Francisco.

According to CNN Business, renters are given a bed, a locker, access to Wi-Fi, a personal shelf, a television and access to some basic food staples and toiletries.

In San Francisco, where Facebook, Uber and Twitter have offices, a recent report from Zumper put the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment at $3,700.

In San Jose, the average apartment studio rents for $2,000 as the city struggles with an escalating housing shortage.

Jerome Powell: Facebook’s Libra poses potential risk to financial system

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the process of addressing concerns around Facebook’s Libra “should be a patient and careful one and not a sprint to implementation.” | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

At a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Powell said the central bank has a working group that’s looking at Libra. He added that the Financial Stability Oversight Council — a group that includes top financial regulators across the government — convened a staff-level meeting on Facebook’s plans last week.

Fed officials met with Facebook about two months before Libra was announced, he said.

“While the project’s sponsors hold out the possibility of public benefits, including improved financial access for consumers, Libra raises many serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection and financial stability,” he said.

Laura Loomer Files $3 BILLION Lawsuit Against Facebook for Defamation

On May 2, 2019, Facebook banned Loomer from Facebook and Instagram. At the time of the ban, Loomer had nearly 100,000 followers on Facebook, and over 120,000 on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

The banning of Loomer, along with several other high profile conservatives sparked international outrage, as users wondered how Facebook could claim that Loomer and others were more “dangerous” than terrorist groups like ANTIFA and ISIS, which have accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

This characterization of Ms. Loomer, published widely, is alleged to have severely damaged her reputation, good will and financial well-being, as well as endangered her life and caused her to have to travel with security.

Facebook Quietly Deletes Policy Encouraging Violent Threats Against ‘Dangerous’ Individuals

While this article was being written, Facebook provided a statement, backtracking about its policy reversal and insisting that the language it used was used mistakenly.

“The language we previously used to describe our policies against violence and incitement was imprecise,” the statement said. “We have since replaced it to more clearly explain the policy and underlying rationale.”

Loomer has a video of Facebook removing the old policy, which will be published on this site later.

This story is developing.


‘Experts’ Keep Insisting President Trump Is Doing It All Wrong on North Korea

Commentary/Opinion: Following his trip to Japan for the G20 Summit, President Donald Trump made history by becoming the first sitting U.S. President to ever set foot inside North Korea.

How this event came about is a perfect example of how Trump operates.

After observing Trump for a long time, I’ve learned to take very little he says at face value.

People who hang onto his every word as if he literally means everything he says will never understand what he’s doing.

VIDEO: Nikki Haley at UN made ‘burn book’ to show Trump who was getting US money but voting against it

President Donald J. Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley arrive Monday, Sept. 24, 2018,
President Donald J. Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley arrive Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where they participated in the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.
(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead/Released)

Haley was speaking at a campaign event for Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, who launched her re-election campaign at the 5th annual Roast and Ride at the Central Iowa Expo grounds.

“It was really stunning,” Haley continued. “Country after country works against us at the U.N., then they turned around to us with their hands out asking for foreign aid.”

Haley said Pakistan was a prime example of this.

The former ambassador also described her time at the U.N.

House Dems use Obama-era photos to promote ‘kids in cages’ hearing

“Last week, members of our committee visited a detention center at the southern border and discovered grotesque treatment of children,” the first tweet, posted Tuesday afternoon, said.

“This week, we are examining the inhumane treatment of the children in these detention centers.”

But the tweet included a photograph taken by The Associated Press in 2014, during the Obama administration, showing migrants in detention in Arizona.

The Trump campaign flagged the soon-deleted tweet and noted the image comes from a time when current Democratic presidential primary front-runner Joe Biden was vice president.

“House Democrats are promoting their ‘civil rights’ hearing on ‘kids in cages’ and ‘inhumane treatment’ with a photo from 2014, when Joe Biden was Vice President,” the tweet read. “So dishonest!”

Tucker: We have no idea who lives within our borders

Commentary/Opinion: Democrats calling Trump’s census citizenship question ‘racist.

Trump declares victory over ‘Deep State’ as court tosses challenge over his businesses

The lawsuit, brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., claimed that earnings from the hotel and its related businesses violated prohibitions against receiving benefits from foreign governments, the U.S., or individual states.

The Fourth Circuit declared that Maryland and D.C. lacked standing to bring the case in the first place, and ordered the lower court to dismiss the complaint.

“Word just out that I won a big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

NYT Columnist Blasts Biden As ‘Closet Republican,’ Aging Echo ‘Following Bread Crumbs’

The New York Times opinion columnist Frank Bruni titled his op-ed “Joe Biden, Closet Republican,” and said Biden resembles Bush when he first ran for office in 2000.

Bruni discussed how Bush’s campaign advertised him as a “tested, trusted, traditional brand” candidate.

Biden, Bruni claims, rides on campaign promises strikingly similar to former President Barack Obama’s, promising to “expunge the infinitely darker shame of Donald Trump’s presidency” by “returning to what preceded it: Barack Obama’s administration.”

“He’s the liberal iteration of Bob Dole, the looser version of Mitt Romney, John
McCain without Lindsey Graham glued to his side,” Bruni added.

McConnell Reportedly Descended From Slave Owners, But What About Democratic Lawmakers?

“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, when none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea,” he said in June.

“We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We’ve elected an African American president.”

“I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama.

We both oppose reparations and we both are the descendants of slave owners,” he said. He did not clarify if he knew about the family slave ownership in question before NBC’s report emerged.

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s lineage, however, has also faced scrutiny when it comes to slave ownership.

Nancy Pelosi and Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide For 68th Time, Refuse Care for Babies Born Alive

House Democrats refused a vote on the bill for the 68th time — reading the same statement they have read the previous 67 occasions that claims there is no bipartisan agreement to bring the bill up for a vote.

Despite the claim, Republican leaders have repeatedly asked Pelosi and top Democrats to reach an agreement for the bill to receive a vote.

This is the 70th time in total that Congressional Democrats thwarted an attempt by Republicans to vote on a bill that would provide medical care and treatment for babies who provide survived failed abortions — 68 times in the House and twice in the Senate.

World News:

British ambassador to US resigns after leaked Trump criticism

Ambassador Kim Darroch resigns over a breakdown of relations with the U.S. and President Trump; Kitty Logan reports from London on the fallout.

‘DOING WELL’: Angela Merkel Filmed Shaking For Third Time In Three Weeks

Bild, a German tabloid, wrote an article after Merkel’s latest public incident titled, “Third trembling attack in three weeks.”

The paper followed this up with another article asking whether Merkel was required to “tell us how she is really doing.” NBC reported Germany has “strict privacy laws regarding personal medical information.”

Reuters reported that Merkel said after the latest incident that she was “working through” the issue and added that “just as it happened one day, so it will disappear.”

“I am fine,” Merkel said after her meeting with Rinne. “I have recently said that I am working through what happened during the military honors with President Zelensky.”

Ivanka Trump Women’s Initiative Announces $27M in Grants

Ivanka Trump, center, talks with her father President Donald Trump, right, after speaking at the G-20 summit
Ivanka Trump, center, talks with her father President Donald Trump, right, after speaking at the G-20 summit event on women’s empowerment in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is at left.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A little more than half of that amount, $27 million, went to an “incentive” fund for partnerships with private businesses and other partners.

The first 14 projects receiving a share of that $27 million were chosen from over 120 entries, administration officials said Wednesday.

The projects are meant to help women with employment and entrepreneurship, and provide women in business with access to financing and other assistance.

They range from an effort in Rwanda to help 1,400 women get into the African country’s fast-growing energy sector, to a Latin American initiative that aims to equip 8,700 women with the skills needed to work tech sector jobs in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, to supporting 5,000 women working in Indonesia’s poultry industry.

Volkswagen marks the end of Beetle production in Mexico

An event was held at the automaker’s Puebla, Mexico, factory as a denim blue Final Edition coupe rolled down the assembly line that is slated to be put on display at the company’s nearby museum.

However, a Volkswagen spokesperson said that production of the third-generation Beetle will continue into next week, before the facility is retooled to replace it with a subcompact SUV aimed at the North American market.

It’s the second time the facility has hosted a grand farewell for the beloved Bug. The last of the 21.5 million original Type 1 cars was manufactured there in 2003, ending a run that stretched back to 1938 when it debuted in Germany under the Nazi regime.

US sanctions Hezbollah lawmakers

London Al Quds March Hezbollah; June 10, 2018. (David Holt/Flickr)
London Al Quds March Hezbollah; June 10, 2018. (David Holt/Flickr)

The Treasury said on July 9 that lawmakers Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Ra’d and official Wafiq Safa, who is in charge of Hezbollah’s Liaison and Coordination Unit responsible for coordinating with Lebanese security agencies, have been blacklisted.

The action marks the first time Washington has taken aim at the Iran-allied group’s elected politicians.

“Hezbollah uses its operatives in Lebanon’s parliament to manipulate institutions in support of the terrorist group’s financial and security interests, and to bolster Iran’s malign activities,” Sigal Mandelker, undersecretary of treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.

US to form military coalition to protect key shipping lanes near Iran

Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (file photo)
Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
(file photo)

Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on July 9 told reporters that the Pentagon would provide command and surveillance assets for the coalition.

Allied nations joining the coalition would patrol waters near the U.S. command ships and escort commercial vessels with their nation’s flags through the heavily traveled waters between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.

“We’re engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab,” Dunford told reporters following a meeting with acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Former Puerto Rico education secretary and five others arrested in corruption probe

Federal agents escort former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero, who was arrested in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Federal agents escort former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero, who was arrested in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

The FBI arrested former education secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero; businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters, on fraud and related charges.

The alleged fraud involved $15.5 million in federal money spent between 2017 and 2019.

The island has been plagued by allegations of corrupt officials misusing funds in recent years.

“It’s a shame that we see this type of scheme, one after another,” Rodríguez said. “There’s much work to be done in Puerto Rico. … This is the type of case that’s been seen so much, involving federal funds, and it’s shameful.”

Azerbaijani Cancer Patient Dies In Pretrial Detention; Authorities Refused To Release Him

Qurbanov was diagnosed as having terminal cancer while he was in custody.

His wife, Mahbuda Mammadova, told RFE/RL that Qurbanov died on July 10 at the Penitentiary Service’s medical unit in Baku.

Mammadova said that the Penitentiary Service informed her on July 8 that Qurbanov was in grave condition.

She said his jailers allowed her to see him for 15 minutes, and that he was in a coma when she arrived.

Qurbanov was one of 80 people arrested in late July 2018 in the city of Ganca.

Woman had maggots in foot wound after care center left it untreated for months, doctor says

Dr. Eric Tay, who was Annunziata Santoro’s physician, told the Royal Commission into Aged Care that the bone infection, which by his estimates had been deteriorating for around two months before he was told about it, contributed to her October 2018 death.

The woman’s daughter, Anamaria Ng, also testified and said that her mother’s final days were spent in pain under heavy sedation.

Ng claims that Jamuna Jacob, the nursing unit manager at the facility, initially blamed the maggots on a day trip that the family had taken with Santoro. Jacob and another manager, Anna Yow, are under investigation, according to the news outlet.

Ng said she and her brothers moved their mother to another facility, but she died just days later.


Are the Police Racist?

Are the police racist?
Do cops disproportionately arrest and shoot blacks and minorities compared with whites?

Will Witt goes on the streets to ask people what they think and to debunk some myths surrounding the issue.

The Left Has Managed To Mainstream Anti-Americanism

In an anecdote lifted almost verbatim from the plot of “Les Miserables,” Omar claimed she saw a “sweet, old… African American lady,” who had spent the weekend in jail for stealing a $2 loaf of bread to feed her “starving 5-year-old granddaughter,” handed an $80 fine.

Omar, unable to control her emotions, blurted out, “Bullsh—t!” in the courtroom.

But Omar’s lies aren’t nearly as revealing as when she tells the truth. In that same speech to the high schoolers, she said “I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all.

So, I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”

Go Home, Megan Rapinoe! The Equal Pay Stuff Is Nonsense

When the women’s team starts pulling in the same money that the men’s team generates, then we can talk about equal pay.

That comes with building a fan base, selling tickets, selling merch … it’s not enough to only make the headlines once every four years.

And by the way, the best way to build an audience? Knock off the unpatriotic crap.

Later, Joe Biden promises to release more than 50 percent of federal prisoners if he wins in 2020.

Did you ever think you’d see the day when an entire primary is full of candidates actively promising to make America worse?