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Hundreds of Illinois National Guard members set to deploy this weekend for Afghanistan — the largest call-up in a decade
Officials say the deployment of the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment — headquartered on Chicago’s South Side with companies in Elgin, Woodstock, Joliet, Kankakee and downstate Bartonville, near Peoria — marks the largest mobilization of Illinois National Guardsmen and women in nearly a decade.
The soldiers will first spend a few weeks undergoing additional training in Fort Bliss, Texas, before heading to Afghanistan around the time of its planned presidential election on Sept. 28.
The deployment also comes as U.S.-led peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban continue.
But peace has been elusive: The United States has had troops in Afghanistan for 18 years, adding up to the country’s longest involvement in any war.
More than 2,000 American soldiers have died in operations in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Experts estimate hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on the conflict.
And while the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has declined in the past decade, there are still about 14,000 U.S. servicemen and women there.
Federal investigators and Port Authority police yanked the man off a Qatar Airways plane at JFK Airport just before takeoff, the New York Daily News reported, citing sources familiar with knowledge of the incident.
Authorities had flagged the man as a possible terrorist sympathizer who intended to join the Taliban, the Islamic militant group based primarily in Afghanistan.
The suspect, whose identity was not released, had been under investigation by the FBI before he was pulled from the plane Friday, according to law enforcement sources cited by NBC 4 New York.
For 25 years, the federal Violence Against Women Act has required any state that wants to be eligible for certain federal grants to certify that the state covers the cost of medical forensic exams for people who have been sexually assaulted.
Subsequent re authorizations clarified that these individuals can’t be required to participate with law enforcement to get an exam, nor do they have to pay anything out of pocket for it, even if they would be reimbursed later.
Yet for some people who have been raped, the bills keep coming, despite this long-standing federal prohibition and laws in many states that provide additional financial protections.
What services are covered as part of the rape exam can vary by state as well.
Federal rules require that victims be interviewed and examined for physical trauma, penetration or force, and that evidence be collected and evaluated.
But many states include additional services without charging victims, including testing and treatment for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Some may cover treatment for injuries that victims receive during the assault or for counseling.
Despite state and federal laws, many people who were raped wind up paying for some medical services out of pocket, even if they have insurance.
An analysis of billing records from 1,355 insured female rape victims found that in 2013 they paid an average $948 out of pocket for prescription drugs and hospital inpatient or outpatient services during the first 30 days after the assault.
The accompanying investigative report, made public this week, describes a staggering amount of misconduct on the part of homicide detectives and prosecutors that convicted Johnson and sent him to prison for life with no possibility of parole.
Not only did detectives write police reports containing invented statements from witnesses, the report found, but the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office also made secret payments to the single eyewitness, who was pressured into making the false identification that would ultimately seal Johnson’s fate, according to the report.
And authorities did all of this, investigators found, in the face of “overwhelming” evidence that Johnson was an innocent man. He has insisted on his innocence the entire time he has been behind bars.
Pro-Life Rep. Dan Crenshaw Demands Vote on Bill to Stop Infanticide, For the 78th Time Nancy Pelosi Refused
House Democrats refused a vote on the bill for the 78th time — reading the same statement they have read the previous 77 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 80th 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 — 78 times in the House and twice in the Senate.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) offered a unanimous consent request to allow a vote on the anti-infanticide bill but Democrats ruled it out of order.
Commentary/Opinion: We recently heard from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who is black, that some folks are racist because they enable what she defines as a racist system of government.
But Pressley supports abortion without any restrictions, including the aborting of black babies.
In addition, the acting Planned Parenthood CEO, Alexis McGill-Johnson, who is also black, says pro-lifers are racist! McGill-Johnson is not only an avid supporter of abortion for all babies regardless of the color of their skin, but she claims Christians can support abortion too.
Not to be outdone, the media in general promotes the chant that President Trump’s immigration policy is racist and so is he. But we hear from the same news sources that abortion is okay!
There’s been talk over how Big Tech is censoring conservatives, but recently Google has decided the word Christian is “unacceptable.”
One America’s Chanel Rion has more from Washington.
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ billboard defaced to add Jeffrey Epstein, Roman Polanski in ‘Pedowood’
On the day “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” premiered in theaters, one of the many billboards promoting it was defaced when someone replaced Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s faces with those of accused pedophiles Jeffrey Epstein and Roman Polanski respectively.
The vandal also took it upon themselves to rename the upcoming film on the marquee – “Once Upon a Time in Pedowood,” according to TMZ.
Artists and researchers from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University have created a virtual reality tool to induce sleep.
The device, Inter-Dream, combines ambient music controlled by artists with kaleidoscopic visuals controlled by the user’s brainwaves, via EEG.
Inter-Dream assigns different colors and properties to different brainwaves, and since brainwaves are always changing, the visuals and colors change, too.
The result is a constantly moving, mirage of colors, shapes and patterns. More active brainwaves are associated with more active displays.
The idea is that people whose minds are more active just before bed have a harder time falling asleep.
By providing vibrant visuals of users’ brainwaves, Inter-Dream lulls people to sleep and helps them learn to calm their minds.
It uses principles of neurofeedback, using real-time displays of brain activity to teach users how to regulate their mental states.
Join RSBN as we bring you LIVE coverage of the ‘We Build the Wall’ Symposium from the border!
There will be a series of speakers and panels to help raise money to continue wall construction. Guest speakers include Brian Kolfage, Steve Bannon, Sheriff David Clarke, Congressman Tom Tancredo, Angel parents Mary Ann Mendoza and Steve Ronnebeck, and many more!
The sources also said the review is taking a closer look at the actual start date of the original FBI investigation into potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians, as some allege the probe began earlier than thought.
Both components are considered key in the review currently being led by Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham — an effort sure to draw more attention in the coming weeks and months now that Robert Mueller’s testimony is in the rearview.
The recordings in question pertain to conversations between government sources and Papadopoulos, which were memorialized in transcripts.
One source told Fox News that Barr and Durham are reviewing why the material was left out of applications to surveil another former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page.
“I think it’s the smoking gun,” the source said.
A new congressional report is raising questions about the Obama administration’s handling of election security in 2016.
One America’s Kara McKinney explains.
Ted Lieu on CNN insinuated that the reason Mueller walked back his comments wasn’t because he was frail and confused, but because some one “got to him” .
Commentary/Opinion: Adam Schiff has provided no proof of collusion despite claiming to have significant evidence of it.
“He told us in a remarkable exchange with Mr. Lieu that but for the Department of Justice policy prohibiting [him] from doing so, he would have indicted President Trump,” Nadler said.
“Indeed it is clear that any other citizen of this country who has behaved as this president has would have been charged with multiple crimes.”
But on Wednesday, Mueller himself went out of his way to clarify that he didn’t intend to suggest that.
“I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning,” Mueller told the House Intelligence Committee, after testimony before the Judiciary Committee earlier Wednesday.
“I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said and I quote, ‘You didn’t charge the president because of the OLC opinion.’
That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we
EXCLUSIVE: Ilhan Omar SPLITS with her husband and moves into luxury penthouse as she heads for SECOND divorce with father of her three children
The bust-up comes just as critics are demanding answers as to whether she married her own brother in a successful bid to get him into the United States.
Omar has now dumped her current husband Ahmed Hirsi – who she first married in a religious ceremony in 2002 and divorced in 2008 – and moved into a penthouse apartment in one of Minneapolis’s trendiest neighborhoods, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.
But Hirsi, is also spending time at the apartment, which is in the Mill District sector of Minnesota’s largest city, when she is out of town.
‘Wow,’ said Hirsi, when approached about the split by DailyMail.com outside the complex. ‘I can’t comment on that.
Critics have called on the House Ethics Committee to open a case against Omar, a Democrat who was elected from Minnesota’s Fifth District — which covers Minneapolis and a few suburbs — in November.
Republican Minnesota State Representative Steve Drazkowski and the right-wing group Judicial Watch have both called for the investigation.
Drazkowski told DailyMail.com that Omar may be ‘the most crooked politician in Minnesota history.
‘She seems to have a deep and pervasive disdain for the law which is ironic given the fact that she is a United States lawmaker,’ he added.
‘Marrying your brother is a violation of the law in Minnesota.
“France just put a digital tax on our great American technology companies. If anybody taxes them, it should be their home Country, the USA,” he tweeted.
“We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron’s foolishness shortly. I’ve always said American wine is better than French wine!”
His comments came after French President Emmanuel Macron slapped a 3 percent tax on the revenues of high-performing tech giants like Facebook and Amazon.
The tax applies to companies with more than $834 million in global revenue.
“The United States is extremely disappointed by France’s decision to adopt a digital services tax at the expense of U.S. companies and workers,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement provided to Fox News on Friday.
Johnson, who formally took office on Wednesday, has repeatedly stressed his intention to ramp up the numbers of police officers, which has declined by about 20,000 since the Conservatives gained power in 2010.
In both his first speech as Prime Minister on the steps on Downing Street on Wednesday and to the Parliament on Thursday, the new premier said he will put thousands more officers on the streets.
“People want to see more officers in their neighborhoods, protecting the public and cutting crime,” Johnson said Friday.
Sam Goodwin, 30, was last seen by a security camera May 25 heading from the Assia hotel in the city of Qamishli toward a regime-controlled neighborhood of the city, according to a Kurdish security official.
Goodwin had crossed the border from Turkey into northeast Syria hours earlier as part of an attempt to visit every country in the world.
Lebanon’s security chief, Abbas Ibrahim, intervened to secure Goodwin’s release, Goodwin’s parents, Thomas and Ann Goodwin, said in a statement.
They wrote that they were grateful to be reunited with their son, who they said was healthy.
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