News and Headlines. 7/16/2019

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In The News:

Minnesota city council reinstates Pledge of Allegiance after widespread backlash

“I’ve concluded that I made a mistake and I’m sorry and I’m asking for forgiveness,” city council member Steve Hallifan said at the meeting, according to FOX9.

The city council, which is in controversial Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 5th congressional district, created an uproar after a June 17 unanimous vote which amended the procedural rules to cut the pledge from the start of each session.

The change came as part of an effort to serve a more “diverse community,” council member Tim Brausen said during the June meeting.

Holocaust history now required in Oregon schools after law championed by teen, concentration camp survivor

Claire Sarnowski, 14, of Lake Oswego, initially introduced the law she and 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener devised.

Wiener, who died in December after being struck by a car, had developed a friendship with Sarnowski after the teen attended one of his talks about having survived three years in a concentration camp.

Sarnowski argued Holocaust education should be required in schools to ensure the horrors of history aren’t repeated.

“Learning about genocide teaches students the ramifications that come with prejudice of any kind in society,” Sarnowski said.

Wisconsin pro-life event disrupted by abortion advocates

Pro-life advocates are targeted by counter protesters in Wisconsin in the latest demonstration of intolerance from the left.

One America’s Meghann Dyke has the details.

Trump abortion rule deals ‘devastating blow’ to Planned Parenthood, group says

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, sued the administration, along with 20 states and the District of Columbia, in an attempt to stop Health and Human Services, or HHS, from diverting Title X family planning funding going to abortions.

But the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with two judges appointed by Trump, rejected the plea.

Ahead of a Tuesday HHS conference, the administration formally notified clinics that it will begin to enforce the ban on abortion referrals as well as a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions.

Another requirement, that abortion facilities cannot be under the same roof as family planning clinics, will take effect next year.

Planned Parenthood Fires President Leana Wen in ‘Secret Meeting’


“I just learned that the @PPFA Board ended my employment at a secret meeting,” Wen wrote on Twitter.

“We were engaged in good faith negotiations about my departure based on philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.”

Wen said it was, “an honor and privilege to serve alongside our dedicated doctors, nurses, clinicians, staff and volunteers”, and that she would, “always stand with Planned Parenthood, as I continue my life’s work and mission of caring for and fighting for women, families and communities”.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America has appointed Alexis McGill Johnson as the organization’s acting chief executive officer.

Johnson previously served as a former board member of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and a former chairwoman of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“F*ck Them”: Fox 10 Host Responds to Bosses Who Asked Her to Hide Her “Right-Wing” Views

The video shows her co-host John Hook suggesting that station managers wanted her to hide her Parler account because of potential bad press from left-wing outlet the Phoenix New Times.

“I think they just think it’s been branded as a far-right kind of place,” Hook said, to which Lake responded, “Jesus”.

The issue was raised after FTV Live published an article revealing that Lake maintained an account on Parler (as if this was some terribly evil deed).

After her outburst, Lake was not on air in her usual 5pm time slot. Her Parler account is still active.

Air Force major accused of murder after deputies find wife’s remains

Mugshot, left, for Air Force Maj. Andre McDonald, charged Saturday with murder in the death of his 29-year-old wife
Mugshot, left, for Air Force Maj. Andre McDonald, charged Saturday with murder in the death of his 29-year-old wife Andreen McDonald. Her remains were found Thursday after a 134-day search. (Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)

Maj. Andre McDonald, 40, already behind bars in connection with his wife’s disappearance, was charged Saturday with murder by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit.

Andreen McDonald was last seen leaving a Pizza Hut on Feb. 28 with her autistic 8-year-old daughter, deputies said.

Andreen’s remains were found Thursday east of Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis.

After teen is slain, photos of her corpse circulate online

The gory pictures were redistributed widely, including by online posters who made light of or celebrated the teen’s death.

Others urged people to stop circulating the images, which had appeared in online chat sites including 4chan and Discord.

On Monday, police identified the slain girl as Bianca Devins, of Utica, New York, and said that her alleged assailant, Brandon Clark, was being held on a second-degree murder charge.

It was unclear whether Clark, who lived in Bridgewater, New York, had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

Judge orders R&B singer R. Kelly held in jail

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling Tuesday after Kelly was arrested last week and charged in Chicago and New York with sex crimes including having sex with minors and trying to cover it up.

Kelly, wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles, did not speak except to say “yes sir” when the judge asked if he understood the charges. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, submitted a not guilty plea.

Prosecutors argued that Kelly would be an extreme risk if released, especially to minors, and that he might flee.

Tennessee troopers find children locked in back of U-Haul with drugs

A call came in July 10 stating somebody had seen a man load multiple children into the back of a U-Haul truck in the parking lot of a Cocke County welcome center.

Law enforcement reportedly spotted a U-Haul in the area and stopped it.

According to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the trooper asked if anybody was in the back of the box truck. The driver, 36-year-old Eric Larue, said there was.

Pretty Latina Border Agent Goes Viral, Agrees with Trump on Protecting Border Despite Being Dem According to Report

Images first surfaced last week of the agent, who helped out with security when Vice President Mike Pence traveled to a migrant detention facility on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Fox News.

Soon, “#ICEbae” was born. And many social media users were not shy when it came to expressing how they felt about her.

Despite her apparent party affiliation, she appears to be a fan of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, at least insofar as she supports protecting America’s southern border from illegal immigrants.

In a Monday night tweet, she wrote about how much she loves her job.

“Thank you all for the support! My job is so hectic at this moment but I am grateful. I love protecting my country!” she wrote.

Images first surfaced last week of the agent, who helped out with security when Vice President Mike Pence traveled to a migrant detention facility on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Fox News.

Soon, “#ICEbae” was born. And many social media users were not shy when it came to expressing how they felt about her.

Despite her apparent party affiliation, she appears to be a fan of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, at least insofar as she supports protecting America’s southern border from illegal immigrants.

In a Monday night tweet, she wrote about how much she loves her job.

“Thank you all for the support! My job is so hectic at this moment but I am grateful. I love protecting my country!” she wrote.

Report: Texas House Democrats sends staffer to Mexico to coach migrants

According to a report in The Washington Examiner, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) sent her staffers into Mexico to coach migrants on how to exploit loopholes in federal policies.

This includes teaching them to pretend not to understand Spanish, and to claim medical conditions that require attention.

One America’s Neil W. McCabe has more.


Cruz: Freshman Dems are radical and extreme with a troubling history

Commentary/Opinion: Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz weighs in on the feud between President Trump and progressive Democrat freshmen lawmakers.

“Omar’s oath of loyalty to the United States of America is in serious doubt”.

New White House Petition Demands Congressional Investigation Into Ilhan Omar

The petition is titled ‘Conduct an Immediate Congressional Investigation Into Rep. Ilhan Omar’ and reads as follows;

Lisa Boothe: Trump’s spat with ‘the squad’ may benefit him, does little to move needle on impeachment

“This is all politics,” Boothe added. “Keep that in mind.

The only reason Nancy Pelosi took any aim at AOC in recent days was because we had this poll that was out apparently in May, making the rounds in the Democrat Party among top Democrats showing how toxic these members are … among these swing voters. That’s why we’ve seen the dynamics change.”

“I don’t think the dynamics of impeachment have changed because there’s still 31 Democrats that are in districts that President Trump won. So I don’t think the dynamics are going to change because of that.,” she said.

“Also, keep in mind that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Nancy Pelosi of racism,” Boothe added.

“Her chief of staff likened centrist Democrats to segregationists, so that’s where we are today, in the use of these sorts of terms and words.”

Ilhan Omar Refuses to Condemn Al-Qaeda: ‘I Will Not Dignify It with an Answer’

Omar was asked for her response to Trump saying she was pro-Al-Qaeda.

“When he made the comment, I know that every single Muslim who has lived in this country and across the world has heard that comment,” she said.

“So I will not dignify it with an answer because I know that every single Islamophobe, every single person who is hateful, who is driven by an ideology of othering, as this president is, rejoices in us responding to that, and as defending ourselves.”

Omar said she doesn’t expect white Americans to condemn white people who commit crimes such as mass shootings.

“So I think it’s beyond time, it’s beyond time to ask Muslims to condemn terrorists. We are no longer going to allow the dignification of such a ridiculous, ridiculous statement,” she said.

Last month, Omar declined to address a report that found the highest level of terrorist group recruitment has taken place in her congressional district.

Angolan government spends more than 20% of U.S. aid on D.C. lobbyists

One America News reporter Neil W. McCabe interviewed Breitbart political editor Matt Boyle about his report on how the Angolan government has hired Washington lobbyists for a year-long, $4 million contract.

More than 20-percent of the aid the country receives comes from the United States.

This contract comes at the same time Angola is being sued in federal court by American companies for overdue invoices.

Trump to Boost Domestic Content for Made in America

U.S. President Donald Trump walks down the Cross Hall following a Made in America event with U.S. manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

“The philosophy of my administration is simple: If we can build it, grow it, or make it in the United States, we will,” Trump said during his speech at the “Made in America” event hosted by the White House.

The new executive order will eventually raise the domestic content threshold up to “75 percent and above so that domestic goods will have to have 75 percent American” parts to be considered “Made in USA,” Trump said.

Currently, for government procurement purposes, a product is considered U.S.-made if at least 50 percent of its components by value are domestically sourced, according to the Buy American Act.

In addition, the new executive order aims to increase the domestic content threshold for U.S.-made iron and steel to 95 percent from 50 percent, according to Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser.

Judge bars Roger Stone from social media, says ex-Trump adviser violated gag order

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, in federal court in Washington, ordered Stone to stay off Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, saying he did not abide by her previous order to not comment on the case. She did not order Stone to jail.

“I said you can’t talk about it at all,” Jackson told Stone in court.

Prosecutors argued Stone had violated the judge’s gag order with Instagram posts that disparaged the Mueller investigation and the broader election interference probe.

Defense lawyers have said nothing Stone posted on social media ran afoul of the judge’s order or would prevent an unbiased jury from hearing the case.

House Republicans Request Documents From Investigation Into Embattled Washington D.C. Democrat Jack Evans

Evans, the longest-serving D.C. councilman, has been involved in a number of ethics scandals in 2019 regarding the abuse of his public office, including at least one that prompted an ongoing federal criminal investigation.

Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows addressed the letter to the newly-elected chairman of the Board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) — a position held by Evans until he resigned following the release of a memo that detailed allegations of how he used his power to benefit his friends and private clients.

Reps. Jordan and Meadows are requesting the documents no later than 5:00 p.m. July 30.

Tech Watch:

Peter Thiel throws bombshell accusation at Google

Facebook board member Peter Thiel on the need for the FBI and CIA to investigate Google on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Trump Targets Google’s China Ties, Citing Billionaire Investor Peter Thiel

In 2016, then President-elect Trump spoke during a meeting in New York with tech leaders, including Mr. Thiel. PHOTO: EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The statement, tweeted by Mr. Trump on Tuesday morning, came after Mr. Thiel, in a keynote speech Sunday at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C., called for the FBI and CIA to investigate Alphabet Inc,which he has claimed is working with China’s government instead of the U.S. military.

“Billionaire Tech Investor Peter Thiel believes Google should be investigated for treason,” Mr. Trump said in the tweet, adding “The Trump Administration will take a look!”

Mr. Trump’s comments came only hours before executives from Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook and Google are poised to appear on Capitol Hill for a range of hearings.

Google’s parent and its U.S. peers have been grappling in recent months with increased scrutiny in Washington over issues including privacy, security and alleged anti-competitive practices.

Bernie Sanders says he’d ‘absolutely’ try to break up Facebook, Google, Amazon

Speaking at a Washington Post event, Sanders specifically singled out Facebook as having “incredible power over the economy, over the political life of this country in a very dangerous sense.”

He also stated that Amazon is “moving very rapidly to be a monopoly.”

Sanders’ comments come at a perilous time for Silicon Valley, which is facing increased scrutiny from lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the prospect of being broken up or subjected to stringent new regulations.

Millions of Bulgarians’ personal data hacked; Russian link suspected

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov arrives for a meeting of EPP members ahead of an EU summit. (The Associated Press)

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called an emergency meeting of all law enforcement agencies to discuss the potential harm to Bulgaria’s national security.

Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov told reporters following the meeting that the hackers behind the breach contacted local media using a mailbox from a Russian domain.

The leak contained names, personal data and financial earnings of individuals and companies. According to local media, hackers stole the details of some 5 million members of Bulgaria’s 7 million people.

Goranov added Bulgaria has since requested help from the European Union’s cybersecurity agency.

World News:

Chinese girl, 9, whose disappearance gripped country, found dead after week-long search

A photograph provided by Xiangshan police of the missing 9-year-old girl Zhang Zixin. (Xiangshan police)

Zhang Zixin, a bespectacled second-grader with a ponytail, was last seen on July 7 in the company of two adults found dead later that day; local officials stated the two adults drowned themselves in a nearby lake.

Her disappearance ensued a week-long search that involved speedboats and sonar equipment until Xiangshan County police announced on Sunday her body had been discovered.

Zixin was taken by the adults, a couple from the southern province of Guangdong who had been renting rooms in the house where she lived with her grandparents.

Her father, Zhang Jun, was working in a northern Chinese city hundreds of miles away at the time and stated the couple deceived Zixin’s senile farmer grandparents into letting them take her away.

American scientist killed in Greece by man who raped her and left her in a cave, police say

The alleged confession came a week and a half after 59-year-old Suzanne Eaton was reported missing on July 4 by the organizer of the conference — the same day the biologist was expected to present her research to colleagues.

Last Monday, two amateur explorers found Eaton’s body almost 200 feet into a cave used as a shelter during World War II, according to police.

Confronted with evidence after giving what Crete’s head of police called “too many conflicting answers,” the suspect, a Crete resident whom police have yet to identify, told authorities he hit Eaton twice with his car and brought her unconscious in his trunk to the abandoned shelter, leaving her there after raping her, Crete Police Maj. Eleni Papathanasiou said in a Tuesday news conference.

Police told The Post on Tuesday that they expect charges to be filed but have not heard from the prosecutor.

Jewish woman’s killer not criminally liable because he was high on marijuana, French judge rules

Sarah Halimi was beaten before she was thrown off her Paris apartment building's roof in April 2017.
Sarah Halimi was beaten before she was thrown off her Paris apartment building’s roof in April 2017. (Courtesy of the Halimi family)

The preliminary ruling in the trial of Kobili Traore for the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi came Friday from a judge of inquiry — a magistrate that in the French justice system is tasked with deciding whether indicted defendants should in fact stand trial.

Francis Khalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, called the ruling “unsurprising but hardly justifiable.” He said his group and others will appeal in hopes of bringing Traore to trial.

He could be hospitalized for treatment of his psychotic lapses or made to attend a drug rehabilitation program, or he could be released.

Traore pummeled Halimi, a physician and kindergarten teacher, for an hour as police stood outside the woman’s door, according to reports.

He shouted about Allah and called her a “demon” before throwing her to her death. Traore had called Halimi’s daughter “dirty Jewess” two years before killing the mother, the daughter has said.

New 1,700-Year-Old Christian Letter Sheds Light Into the Lives of Early Christians

Image Source: Kiwihug

The letter, written from one Christian to another, is the oldest Christian letter outside of New Testament copies.

The letter, written by a man named “Arrianus,” to his brother “Paulus,” is 40 to 50 years older than any other known Christian document outside of the Bible. Researches concluded that “Paulus” is most likely named after the Apostle Paul who wrote a large amount of the New Testament.

In the letter, Arrianus talks about their life under the Roman empire, including their faith, politics, and even food.

The letter translated reads:

Spanish police arrest cocaine bigwig with drugs hidden under toupee

Drug smugglers have come up with some novel ways of moving their goods around the world undetected,
Drug smugglers have come up with some novel ways of moving their goods around the world undetected, but a recent incident at Barcelona airport involved a surprisingly low-tech approach.

A man was arrested after drugs were found underneath his hair piece, according to Spain’s national police.

The Colombian national had hidden half a kilogram of cocaine, worth around 30,000 euros ($34,000), under an oversized wig.

He was rumbled by police officers who noticed him looking nervous as he passed through security after flying in from Bogota, reported Reuters.

Police released photos of the man — one with the wig on, and the other showing the package of drugs stuck to his head — but did not identify him.

“His hair is going to fall off!” they jibed


Tucker: Antifa has the support of the ‘respectable’ left

Antifa praises member who was killed during attack on detention center in Tacoma.

‘The Squad’ Won’t Denounce Terrorism, but Somehow They’re the Victims | Ep 406

Is it so hard to denounce al-Qaeda?

It shouldn’t be, but for Ilhan Omar it’s seemingly impossible.

After several deeply disturbing comments about the terror organization, the congresswoman is facing legitimate criticism and inquiries.

Luckily for her, the mainstream media is fixated on Trump’s Twitter account and won’t demand accountability from Omar.

Her colleague, Ayanna Pressley is silent on Antifa’s terrorism. The media should be calling her out, but instead they help her play the victim.

Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry: Climate Change is ‘not a clear and present danger’

Dr. Judith Curry is a climatologist, former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology and president of Climate Forecast Applications Network.

She is in the forefront of the climate skeptic movement, often drawing fire from others in the scientific community.

Dr. Curry and Anthony Watts discuss her experience within the scientific community, changes in sea-level and how climate change is not a clear and present danger.