News and Headlines. 8/15/2019

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In The News:

Philadelphia police shooting suspect has ‘extensive’ criminal history, commissioner says

Maurice Hill surrendered to authorities just after midnight after the shooting and hours-long standoff. (Philadelphia Police Department/Bill Trenwith via AP)

With his hands in the air and a police light illuminating his every movement, alleged gunman Maurice Hill, 36, surrendered to authorities just after midnight Thursday, exiting the north Philadelphia neighborhood home he’d barricaded himself in.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who said he spent hours Wednesday negotiating with Hill over the phone, said the situation that unfolded “could have been far worse.”

“I am surprised he came out because he was indicating to some that he wasn’t going to do that and that he was not going back,” to prison, Ross told reporters early Thursday regarding some of Hill’s alleged statements.

“Many of you have found out about his history. It’s very significant.

In fact, he told me on the phone, he used the word ‘extensive,’ he had an extensive criminal history and that he knew the system.

This is why he was making the outlandish demands he was making.”

Philadelphia cops are PELTED and TAUNTED by crowd who cheered for gunman who shot six officers during standoff before surrendering as Trump says he should ‘never been allowed on the streets’

A woman is seen shouting at police officers near the scene of an active shooting on Wednesday in Philadelphia

Harrowing footage of the onslaught of AK-47 gunfire was captured by home surveillance camera across the street from the assault, as police also endure abuse from the bystanders who cheered on the suspect, while Hill was apparently uninjured in the standoff.

On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted:

‘The Philadelphia shooter should never have been allowed to be on the streets.

He had a long and very dangerous criminal record.

Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police.

Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!’

Shocking video and photos show crowds taunting cops and throwing things at them as they were responding to the shooter.

People can be seen shouting in the faces of police and lunging at officers stationed at the edge of the active shooting scene as they try to keep people away from the gunfire.

Wisconsin fugitive vanished before trial, hid for more than 3 years in cramped and cluttered makeshift bunker

Jeremiah Button was arrested Aug. 9 after he was discovered living in a bunker in the Wisconsin woods for over three years,
Jeremiah Button was arrested Aug. 9 after he was discovered living in a bunker in the Wisconsin woods for over three years, according to officials.
(Portage County Sheriff’s Office)

The Portage County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that 44-year-old Jeremiah Button was taken into custody Aug. 9.

Earlier that day, Thomas Nelson of Wausau told WSAW-TV he ventured inside a bunker with a log door carved into an embankment that he first spotted several months ago.

The mysterious hideaway was on state land in the township of Ringle, west of Wausau, located about 145 miles north of Madison, the state capital.

“I pushed the door open, and I look inside and I can see canned foods, there are little storage boxes, and I’m like…I gotta go in,” he told the television station. “I come around the corner a bit and there he is, laying in his bed.”

Norwalk man posted about committing mass shooting; Police, FBI arrest suspect, seize guns, large capacity magazines

Brandon Wagshol, 22, of Norwalk,
Brandon Wagshol, 22, of Norwalk,

Brandon Wagshol, 22, of Norwalk, was arrested on Thursday and charged with four counts of Illegal Possession of Large Capacity Magazines.

Wagshol is being held on $250,000 bond and will appear in the Norwalk Court on August 16, 2019.

“We are thankful for our partnership with the FBI and fantastic teamwork that quickly brought this investigation from a tip to an arrest” said Chief Thomas Kulhawik.

“I applaud the excellent work of our officers and the FBI agents that assisted and remind people, if they see something, say something.”

Parents of lesbian student sue school officials, state

The Catholic couple from Mansfield filed lawsuits earlier this year seeking at least $1 million in damages.

The defendants include Mansfield school officials and the state Department of Children and Families, the Journal Inquirer reported Thursday.

The girl was attending E.O. Smith High School and suffering suicidal ideations in the fall of 2017 when she told a guidance counselor her parents yelled at her and her father pushed her because her sexuality conflicted with their religious beliefs, the lawsuit says.

The parents say their daughter later admitted those allegations were false.

School officials reported the allegations to DCF without any valid basis, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit alleges officials “engaged in a tireless campaign to undermine and sabotage (their) parental rights,” keep them away from their daughter, and destroy their relationship with her.

Suspect shot 2 men at gas station for catcalling girlfriend

The unidentified suspect and a woman believed to be his girlfriend sped off in a black Dodge Charger after the Wednesday morning shooting at a Chevron gas station in north Houston, KPRC reports.

Police told the station that the couple was walking into a nearby convenience store when two other men began commenting on the woman’s appearance.

That riled her companion, who argued with the men before pulling out a gun and squeezing off at least six shots.

Tech Watch:

Revolutionary ‘robo suit’ developed to boost walking and running

(Image via SWNS)

The high-tech suit, which potentially could be worn by first responders like firefighters and rescue workers navigating challenging terrain, weighs 11 pounds and is made of textile components that attach to a user’s waist and thighs.

“This breakthrough study gives us a glimpse into a future where wearable robotic devices can improve the lives of the healthy, as well as serve those with injuries or in need of rehabilitation,” Donald Ingber, of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, told SWNS.

The suit is controlled by an algorithm that can detect whether the person is walking or running, and it’s apparently the first machine of its kind that assists with both.

Scientists discover new pain-sensing organ

Illustration of a nerve cell in the human body. Illustration: SergeyNivens/Getty/iStockphoto

A new organ involved in the sensation of pain has been discovered by scientists, raising hopes that it could lead to the development of new painkilling drugs.

Researchers say they have discovered that the special cells that surround the pain-sensing nerve cells that extend into the outer layer of skin appear to be involved in sensing pain – a discovery that points to a new organ behind the feeling of “ouch!”.

The scientists say the finding offers new insight into pain and could help answer longstanding conundrums.

Google memo criticizes firm over diversity, ‘burden’ of being a black employee

Protest has become a key part of Google culture. Getty Images

“I ultimately resolved to break my silence,” the memo says.

“And though I eventually grew more comfortable using challenging moments to educate my co-workers, I never stopped feeling the burden of being black at Google.

And the more insensitive comments weighed on me, the less safe I felt here — and the less capable I was of being my best self at work, or myself at all.”

Google has been roiled by diversity tensions in the past.

In 2017, James Damore, then an engineer at the company, wrote the infamous “Google memo.”

Among other things, the screed argued that a gender gap at Google exists not solely because of sexism, but in part because of “biological” differences between men and women.

The memo went viral and gained national attention.


Washington ICE detention center attack seen in video, ex-acting director says ‘thousands’ could have died

A police officer guards the front of a road block near the Northwest Detention Center Saturday in Tacoma, Wash
A police officer guards the front of a road block near the Northwest Detention Center Saturday in Tacoma, Wash. after a man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at the facility. (Rebekah Welch/The Seattle Times via AP)

“Thank God for the Tacoma P.D.,” ICE former Acting Director Tom Homan said on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.

“Their professionalism and quick response prevented the loss of hundreds and hundreds of lives, so hats off to them and their quick response.”

The attack took place around 4 a.m. July 13 in Tacoma, when self-described Antifa member Willem Van Spronsen, who was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices, took aim at the Northwest Detention Center.

Van Spronsen, 69, was trying to ignite a propane tank when he was confronted by officers, who opened fire.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s office said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

ICE Protest Turns Chaotic After Truck Plows Through Crowd, Pepper Spray Used

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

People affiliated with Never Again Action were protesting Wednesday night outside the Wyatt Detention Center, a privately run facility in Rhode Island that has a contract with ICE to hold illegal alien detainees.

While the demonstration was tame for most of the evening, tension began to escalate when protesters locked arms and sat on the ground, shutting down the main entrance to the prison.

Later, the protesters began to block the driveway to the staff parking lot. A black pickup truck arrived sometime later, and the driver was eager to get through.

‘We Know Where All Your Children Live’: Leftist Protesters Threaten Former ICE Contractor Employee

A spokesperson for the GEO Group told Breitbart that the protest in Florida was political.

“The fact is that the services we provide in our facilities today are in no way different than the high quality, professional services under the same standards that we provided for eight years under President Obama’s administration,” said GEO Group VP of Corporate Relations Pablo Paez.

“So where was the outrage then?”

Following the attacks on the offices in Texas, according to KABB-TV. ICE field agent director Daniel Bible blamed “political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people.”

Attorney: Officials force-feeding immigrant on hunger strike

An attorney for an Indian man seeking asylum in the U.S. says he has been force-fed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Texas as they approach their third week of a hunger strike.

Linda Corchado, the lawyer for three of the men, says they are trying to appeal or reopen asylum claims that were denied.


Hillary Clinton’s Emails Were Sent to Gmail Address Similar to Name of a Chinese Company

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers the commencement address at the Hunter College Commencement ceremony at Madison Square Garden, May 29, 2019 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Frank Rucker, the ICIG investigator, and Jeanette McMillian, an ICIG attorney, told the FBI about the anomaly on Feb. 18, 2016, at a meeting which included Peter Strzok, who had just taken over as the section chief heading the investigation.

Rucker told Congress that Strzok was “aloof and dismissive” and didn’t ask many questions.

Rucker told Congress that it appeared that the Carter Heavy Industries email was inserted into Clinton’s server “based on his reading of the metadata.”

Rucker was also concerned because he reviewed an email in which Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Abedin’s husband, Anthony Weiner, discuss how Weiner’s account was possibly hacked by a political opponent who ended up receiving copies of all of his emails.

McMillian and Rucker were interviewed by the Senate Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees on Dec. 4, 2018, in response to media reports that cited anonymous sources claiming that China gained access to Clinton’s emails.

The committees released unclassified versions of those transcripts along with several sets of supporting documents on Aug. 14.


WASHINGTON—Department of Justice (DOJ) documents released on Aug. 14 by Judicial Watch included an email in which then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr agreed to connect a top government intelligence adviser on organized crime and racketeering with his wife to discuss a case.

Nellie Ohr, a former CIA open-source researcher and Russia expert, worked for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm hired by Perkins Coie, a Washington law firm, on behalf of former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.


(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 72 pages of documents from the U.S. Department of Justice containing Russia-related emails sent from Nellie Ohr to high-ranking DOJ official Lisa Holtyn at the time Ohr worked with anti-Trump dossier firm Fusion GPS.

Holtyn at the time was a top aide to former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr.

Fusion GPS is the firm paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to create the anti-Trump dossier.

The documents show Nellie Ohr’s providing Justice Department officials much the same kind of open-source research and investigative services she was paid to provide Fusion GPS.

Documents released earlier this week and last week by Judicial Watch show that Nellie Ohr pushed dossier information against Donald Trump through her husband Bruce Ohr to DOJ and FBI.

“Nellie Ohr funneled anti-Trump smears to her husband’s underlings in the DOJ, who were running an illicit spy operation against President Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“Nellie Ohr is obviously a key figure in the Clinton-DNC-Fusion GPS spy ring.”


The decision follows NVRA-related Judicial Watch successes in California and Kentucky that could lead to removal of up to 1.85 million inactive voters from voter registration lists.

The NVRA requires states to take reasonable steps to clean up its voting rolls and to make documents about its voter list maintenance practices available to anyone who asks.

Judicial Watch had sought the Maryland voter list data after discovering that there were more registered voters in Montgomery County than citizens over the age of 18 who could register.

U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Lipton Hollander rejected Maryland’s objections to providing the voter list information under Section 8(i) of the National Voter Registration Act:

John Hickenlooper Ends Presidential Bid, Still Considering Senate Run

Hickenlooper, 67, struggled to garner support for his White House bid since entering the race as a moderate voice in a crowded field of candidates pushing the party further to the left.

While he qualified for the first two rounds of Democratic primary debates earlier this summer, Hickenlooper failed to stand out and his campaign paid the price.

The former Colorado governor was not even registering in some presidential polls and he was certain to miss both threshold requirements to qualify for the next two Democratic debates this fall.

New York Times deputy editor demoted over controversial tweets

Commentary/Opinion: New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin weighs in on anti-conservative bias at the New York Times.

How Fake News Is Used to Undermine Trump & Divide America—Accuracy In Media’s Carrie Sheffield

Commentary/Opinion: Today we sit down with Carrie Sheffield, National Editor and spokesperson for Accuracy In Media, a non-profit media watchdog, and founder of the digital news network Bold TV.

We discuss fake news and mainstream media bias, the “fine people” hoax, and what Carrie describes as the “democratic media industrial complex.”

Just what is the significance of the recent New York Times front page headline change, prompted by twitter commentary? And what might this tell us about the media environment today?

In the view of Accuracy in Media’s National Editor Carrie Sheffield, what are some of the core problems facing so-called “mainstream media”? And what are some of the double standards she sees among them?

What are the roots of the cultural divide we see in America today?

Will Kamala Harris Be the Democratic Presidential Nominee?

Commentary/Opinion: Harris is set to harvest the seeds sown by former President Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson before him.

Rob Reiner Says ‘There Is Only Impeachment’ After Israel Bans Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for DIFF

President Trump took to Twitter this week and called on Israel to bar Omar and Tlaib from entering the country.

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit,” the president said.

“They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.

Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

Staunch critics of Israel, Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib voted against a resolution in July rejecting the ongoing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign heavily backed by anti-Israel activists and celebrities.

The measure passed with overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans.

The pair also introduced a resolution, in July, aimed at supporting the BDS movement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Thursday that Israel is “open to any critic and criticism, with one exception:

Israel’s law prohibits the entry of people who call and operate to boycott Israel” but added that Tlaib and Omar’s apparent support of the BDS movement — and with their planned list to the country,

“it became clear that they were planning a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycot and negate Israel’s legitimacy.”

World News:

Israel blocks Omar, Tlaib from entering country amid pressure from Trump

The country’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely announced the decision Thursday, despite prior assurances that the congresswomen would be allowed in.

“Israel has decided — we won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country,” Hotovely told public broadcaster Kan.

“We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle, this is a very justified decision.”

Pastor in Northern India Dragged from House Fellowship and Beaten

On 28 July, individuals believed to be radical Hindu nationalists disrupted a private prayer meeting and beat the pastor in northern India.

The pastor was then reported to local police for allegedly converting individuals to Christianity.

The attacked started when the nationalist identified and harassed a few women and two men who were on their way to the prayer meeting on July 28.

The nationalists physically and verbally abused these individuals.

When they arrived at the house the attacked continued. The nationalists dragged Pastor Prassad out of the house where they beat him altogether.

Extremists Attack Parish House in Southern Pakistan and Demand Priests Vacate Muslim Neighborhood

Speaking to International Christian Concern (ICC), Fr. Abraz, explained that the seven armed men forcefully entered the parish house around 4:00 in the morning.

They damaged the main door, widows, bookshelves, and cupboards in the house. They also desecrated Bibles, Christian literature, as well as icons of saints.

The extremists tied up the two priests and beat them. They also humiliated and abused them for preaching the Gospel in a Muslim-majority neighborhood.

“We were told we will have to face consequences if this house is not vacated,” Fr. Abraz reported.

“They said, ‘We don’t want a Christian center near the mosque’.”

Sydney stabbing victim identified as sex worker, 24, who reportedly saw suspect before rampage

Michaela Dunn, whose body was found in a Sydney apartment on Tuesday after the stabbing rampage.
Michaela Dunn, whose body was found in a Sydney apartment on Tuesday after the stabbing rampage. (Getty Images/NSW Police Media)

Michaela Dunn, 24, was discovered dead inside an apartment after a 21-year-old man was confronted by a group of civilians, who were able to pin him to the ground with a milk crate until authorities were able to arrest him.

During the rampage, witnesses said the man was attempting to attack people while yelling “Allahu akbar” –”God is the greatest” in Arabic – before he was restrained by bystanders.

“He is, by definition, at the moment, a lone actor. Information was found on him that would suggest he has some ideologies in relation to terrorism, but he has no links to terrorism,” Fuller told reporters.

“There was certainly information found on him about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world.”

Iranian Oil Tanker Held On British Territory Released After US Makes Moves To Seize It


The Iranian oil tanker, Grace 1, was seized July 4, with Iran seizing a British oil tanker shortly after in retaliation.

The U.S. applied to seize the oil tanker Thursday morning, according to the Gibraltar government.

Hours later, the Iranian oil tanker was released.


Israel Has Every Right To Block Rashida Tlaib And Ilhan Omar

Should Israel have taken the high road and given two enemies of Israel visas for this propaganda visit? Probably. It usually does.

Allowing foes to enter the country reflects the strong liberal values that make Israel a special place in Middle East.

However, the idea that impeding two anti-Semites and Hamas apologists from entering Israel is an attack on democracy, or the United States, or that such a move is accelerating the corrosion of the Democratic Party’s support for Israel, is absurd.

Sen. Bernie Sanders contends that Israel is showing “enormous disrespect to these elected leaders, to the United States Congress, and to the principles of democracy.”

Would any American be bothered if the State Department denied an entry visa to a foreign elected official who actively worked toward the economic destruction of the United States while being an apologist for al-Qaeda or some other anti-American terrorist group?

(Well, maybe a few.)

Not even we believe people are entitled to visit simply because they demand it.

In 2012, the Obama administration denied a visa to Michael Ben-Ari, a member of the hard-right Israeli Kach party.

Ben-Ari is no worse than Tlaib or Omar.

I don’t remember widespread angst about the state of American democracy breaking out. Surely we were secure enough in our beliefs to handle his presence, right?