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As the war in Afghanistan nears the 18-year mark, the U.S. military community is mourning its bloodiest day of fighting there in recent memory.
An American service member was killed on Thursday when the Taliban carried out a suicide bombing at a checkpoint near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. A Romanian soldier also died in the attack, according to NATO.
Also on Thursday, there were three suicide bombings outside an Afghan military base in Logar Province, which is just south of the country’s capital.
Please pray for the wounded, the fallen and their families after a tense, tragic day that will impact countless lives for years to come.
Politicians don’t shoulder the heaviest burdens of war. Military families – especially children – pay the highest price.
Three of those extraordinary kids are the children of fallen U.S. Army Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa, who died on August 21 in Afghanistan’s Faryab Province.
The Special Forces soldier, 31, made the ultimate sacrifice alongside another decorated Green Beret, 35-year-old Master Sgt. Jose Gonzalez.
When Master Sgt. DeLeon-Figueroa was laid to rest on Tuesday in Agawam, Massachusetts, one of his three daughters – Angie, who is just 9 years old – stepped forward to read a touching letter.
“Dear Papi, I miss you a lot. I wish you were still alive,”Angie said. “It doesn’t feel right without you. I want to thank you for being a great hero and a great daddy.
According to Motherboard, which obtained hundreds of pages of documents from DMVs through public records requests, members of the public are likely not even aware that the data they’re obligated to provide is being sold — in some instances, private investigators specifically advertise they’ll surveil spouses to see if they’re cheating.
The Virginia DMV has sold data to 109 private investigator firms, while the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has sold data to at least 16 private investigation firms, according to spreadsheets viewed by Motherboard.
In addition, records obtained by the news outlet revealed that the Wisconsin DMV made more than $17 million selling drivers’ data.
Other companies, including consumer credit reporting agency Experian and research company LexisNexis, have also been beneficiaries of the DMV data, according to Motherboard.
Beyond basic privacy concerns, one expert said, there could be big implications for someone fleeing an abusive situation.
Hundreds of people are trapped after Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in North Carolina sparking more than 20 tornadoes and unleashing ‘catastrophic flooding’ leaving 312,000 homes and businesses without power
The storm hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks as a Category 1 storm on Friday, causing a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds.
North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper said during a press conference on Friday morning that hundreds of residents are believed to be stuck on Ocracoke Island, which is only accessible by boat or plane.
‘There is significant concern about hundreds of people trapped on Ocracoke Island,’ he said. ‘There are rescue teams ready as soon as they can get in.’
Shocking videos spread across social medial of waters rising up to residents’ back porches and people standing ankle-deep inside their own homes.
Retried New York Police Department (NYPD) Lieutenant Darrin Porcher blamed the “regressive policies” of Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after video surfaced Thursday of a bystander throwing an open container of milk at a New York Police officer.
Under the proposed rules, certain tax-exempt groups — including organizations such as the National Rifle Association and American Civil Liberties Union, as well as labor unions and business leagues — would no longer be required to provide the names and addresses of major donors on annual tax forms.
The tax-exempt groups would still have to report the amounts of contributions from each substantial donor, and would have to keep the names and addresses of the donors in their files in case the IRS needs the information on a case-by-case basis.
Charities that have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, as well as political organizations, would still be required to report the names and addresses of donors.
Students reported that Wilson made them go stand by a sign on the wall that correlated with their sexuality.
One student called a parent during the exercise to express her discomfort with it.
Another student broke down crying. North Carolina Values Coalition reports.
When the students expressed discomfort, the teacher’s response was to tell them it was alright because she used to be Catholic and is now a bi-sexual atheist.
The North Carolina Values Coalition found that the teachers at this school district are involved in a district-sponsored program called WCPSS Equity.
This office promotes a far-left “social justice” curriculum written by the controversial anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center.
The assignment, created by Wilson, is taken from lessons found on a website founded by the SPLC called Tolerance.org.
The district also contributes to Tolerance.org via articles written by at least one staff member, assistant superintendant of WCPSS, Rodney Trice, who wrote:
Powell says August job report is sign of continued strength in labor market, doesn’t see a recession
In a question-and-answer session in Zurich, Powell said the outlook for the economy remains favorable, describing the future as one likely to reflect continued moderate economic expansion.
Powell said the central bank is “not forecasting or expecting a recession.”
Asked specifically about possible interest-rate cuts, Powell said he only wanted to say that the Fed “would act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.”
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow discusses the August jobs report and the latest on China trade negotiations.
Former Tennessee cop faces up to 20 years in prison after admitting to 3 rapes, using stun gun in plea agreement
Desmond Logan, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of deprivation of rights for a case surrounding a 2018 rape, a separate incident at the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga involving a Taser, and two additional rapes from 2015 and 2016 which were listed as “relevant conduct” under the agreement terms, according to the Times Free Press.
Logan was accused of raping a woman in June 2018 after she was placed under arrest early one morning. Instead of taking her into custody, he reportedly drove her to an empty parking lot and proceeded to sexually assault her.
The administration’s blueprint calls for ending government control of Fannie and Freddie, reducing risk to taxpayers, while preserving homebuyers’ access to 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages, a pillar of housing finance.
The Treasury Department published the plan Thursday and submitted it to President Donald Trump, who called for it in March.
“Although they remain critical to the functioning of that system, they are not yet subject to capital and other regulatory requirements tailored to the risks they pose to financial stability,” the report said.
“This lack of reform has left taxpayers exposed to future bailouts.”
Commentary/Opinion: The secret is out:
Democrats AND Republicans are fine with illegal immigration because they want cheap labor. They don’t care about Americans who need jobs.
These international corporations want to take everything from you and give nothing back.
Then, climate alarmists want to ban meat to save the planet, but vegan diets would actually cause more harm to the environment.
“‘That program was unlawful to begin with.
I think it’s very unlikely that the SCOTUS is going to issue an order reinstating what it believes is an unlawful program. DACA Is unlawful.'”
Trump added, “President Obama never had the legal right to sign DACA, and he indicated so at the time of signing.
But In any event, how can he have the right to sign and I don’t have the right to ‘unsigned.’
Totally illegal document which would actually give the President new powers.”
A short time later, Trump said the DACA issue is heading to the Supreme Court and that the justices on the bench will have to issue a decision.
The federal agents arrested 39 illegal immigrants—30 males and nine females—across the nation between Aug. 27 and 29 during Operation No Safe Haven V. Some of those arrested have U.S. convictions including domestic violence, drug distribution, firearm possession, robbery, and fraud.
The illegal immigrants arrested in the operation all had outstanding removal orders and were subject to repatriation to their countries of origin, the federal agency said.
“ICE will not allow war criminals and human rights abusers to use the U.S. as a safe haven,” Acting Director Matthew Albence said in the statement.
“We will never stop looking for them and we will never cease seeking justice for the victims of their crimes.”
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) sued the FBI after the bureau failed to turn over communications between Comey and Anthony Ferrante, Jordan Rae Kelly, and Tashina Gauhar.
In a post accompanying the lawsuit, the ACLJ refers to an anonymously sourced report by RealClearInvestigations (RCI) which claims that in early 2017 Ferrante maintained a position at the White House and reported back to the FBI as part of the Russia investigation.
“It very much appears to be that Comey was putting his own people in the White House as spies.
There’s also been no denials by anyone,” the ACLJ states.
“The idea that Comey wasn’t targeting the President, at least based on currently available evidence, seems absurd but we will find out a lot more when we get the documents.
We expect that it is going to be pretty damaging to the leadership of the FBI.”
During a wide-ranging interview Friday on the radio show The Breakfast Club, hosted by Lenard “Charlamagne tha God” McKelvey, Buttigieg reiterated his recent claim that “a reckoning” is looming for evangelicals who support President Trump and the Republican Party.
“The GOP’s got to deal with the fact that they have come on board with a president that is completely against not just our values, but their own,” Buttigieg said, going on to criticize Vice President Mike Pence for supporting Trump despite having “rigid, traditional sexual ethics.”
The Democratic candidate then explained his belief that the Republican Party also ignores the New Testament’s admonitions to help the poor and heal the sick.
Buttigieg then pivoted to scold Republicans for their views on abortion, saying,
A new poll has some astonishing news for those who keep seeing President Trump losing in polls in head-to-head competition with the leading Democratic Party presidential candidates Democrats:
All three leading Democratic candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — have lower favorability ratings than President Trump.
The in-depth, comprehensive poll from The Economist and YouGov, taken between September 1-3, showed 43% of respondents with a favorable response to Trump; 29% had a “very favorable” reaction and an additional 14% had a “somewhat favorable” response.
Tlaib, who has been under fire for her hatred of Israel and support for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement was pictured meeting with members of the Palestine Youth Movement during the Arab Texas Festival held recently in Dallas.
The PYM organization is known for its vitriolic rhetoric against Israelis and Jews and has been caught in the past glorifying the leaders of anti-Semitic terrorist organizations.
Tlaib’s interaction with the group is unlikely to come as a surprise to the pro-Israel community, but is further evidence of her willingness as a member of Congress to associate with some of the most radical and fringe anti-Israel groups.
PYM has a history of anti-Israel activity that has spilled into outright hostility toward the Jewish state.
This includes a 2018 event held in San Francisco in which attendees called for Israeli soldiers to be kidnapped, according to a video of that event captured by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, or CAMERA.
Commentary/Opinion: Tucker: Liberals saying Walmart is more ‘enlightened’ than government
Walmart ends all handgun ammunition sales, CEO urges government to enact gun control.
Commentary/Opinion: Kroger made its announcement within hours of Walmart asking its customers not to open carry in its stores, according to WILX.
Kroger and Walmart are the country’s two largest grocery chains and both are asking for tougher background checks to buy guns, according to the Washington Post.
That’s very political. If it is true the Odessa killer bought his gun on the black market, tougher background checks would not have done a thing to stop the carnage.
This takes them into the lobbying category.
Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW have all agreed to voluntarily increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, essentially ignoring the Trump administration’s plans to roll back car pollution standards.
The letter threatened “legal consequences” if California does not abandon the agreement, but did not say how the administration would respond.
It reiterated the administration’s long-held belief that only the federal government has the authority to set fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars.
“Congress has squarely vested the authority to set fuel economy standards for new motor vehicles, and nationwide standards for GHG vehicle emissions, with the Federal government, not with California or any other State,” the letter said.
One White House source said, “The president expressed interest in getting a result, so conversations will continue to see if there’s a way to create a reasonable background check proposal, along with other ideas.”
On March 26, 2017, Manchin told New York Times Magazine that Trump’s presidency marked “a complete opportunity” because gun owners trust Trump not to take the controls to an extreme.
On March 27, 2017, Breitbart News reported Manchin’s belief that Trump’s election provided a new chance for gun control.
Commentary/Opinion: In the eyes of Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton, what is the significance of the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report, or IG report, on former FBI Director James Comey?
Does it exonerate Comey as the former FBI Director claims?
What is the significance of Bruce Ohr’s interview records, FBI 302’s, with Christopher Steele? What else might be found in other Christopher Steele-related documents?
And in the Michael Flynn legal case, why is the prosecution insistent on withholding access to unredacted Bruce Ohr 302s & Strzok-Page texts?
The case will be appealed to the U.K.’s highest court, handing Johnson a second legal victory and setting up a final battle over Parliament and likely the fate of the U.K.’s exit from the European Union (EU) in the Supreme Court.
Johnson has attempted to suspend British Parliament over its so-far successful efforts to block a “no-deal Brexit,” or a departure from the EU without a formal trading agreement and provisions to ensure free passage in and out of the U.K., particularly on the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Suicide bombings and other deadly attacks committed by Boko Haram terrorists over the past decade have claimed the lives of tens of thousands of innocent people, while more than two million others have been displaced.
These figures do not even include the thousands of women and children abducted, some of whom, according to the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), “have been forced to carry out suicide missions.”
The CEP explains:
Boko Haram’s campaign of death and destruction includes:
In Sudan, slavery remains a painful vestige of the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005). That’s when the Arab Muslim government in the north of the country declared a jihad upon the black, largely Christian south.
They killed perhaps 2.5 million people and enslaved as many as 200,000.
Slaves rescued by grassroots abolitionists tell horrific stories. Abduction. Beatings. Forced conversion to Islam. Grueling labor. Female genital mutilation. Malnutrition. Rape.
The war ended in 2005. Black South Sudan became the world’s newest nation on July 9, 2011. Still, many black slaves remain the property of Arab masters across the new border in the north.
The exact number is not known. As of 2006, James Aguer Alic, a former Sudanese government minister, estimated that it could be as high as 35,000.
Though the U.S. State Department’s 2018 human rights report on Nigeria mentions that the number of slaves captured and owned by Boko Haram terrorists today could be in the thousands, the full number is as of now “unknown.”
Don’t believe the hysteria over climate change. It’s more about expanding bureaucratic power than saving the planet.
Bjorn Lomborg, Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, breaks down the facts about the environment and shows why the reality of climate change may be very different from what you hear in the media.
Atheists feel misunderstood. Wexler, who’s on faculty at Boston University School of Law, isn’t the first one I’ve heard saying so.
There’s a lot of that going around, naturally. Wexler says, for example, “I’m fascinated by religion and am a strong believer in religious freedom, although I don’t like how most religious beliefs these days tend to push people in a politically rightward direction.”
That political “push” isn’t what he thinks it is.
It’s more that the nominally liberal (but more accurately, now, “leftist”) party, the Democrats, have chosen quite intentionally to repel Christians.
It’s been going on at least since Hillary Clinton told a group of women that religious people were going to have to change their beliefs.
This anti-Christian resolution from the Democratic Party really sealed it, though.
But it’s about moral standards long before it’s about politics. In today’s political climate, Wexler would only get his wish if Christians dropped our moral beliefs.
Or in other words, Wexler wishes we’d agree with him on what’s right and wrong. We can wish the same right back at him. Until that happens, the best we can hope for is some kind of mutual understanding.
The reality of the situation is that the Knights of Columbus (KoC) are being smeared — not because of a contract dispute with a disgruntled prospective vendor — but because the longtime religious organization doesn’t hold water for the abortion lobby.
The fact that the Knights, instead, stand in direct opposition to the left’s dream of abortion-on-demand at any point during a woman’s pregnancy — and billed to the American taxpayer regardless of a person’s religious or philosophical objections to the procedure — makes so-called reproductive-rights activists’ skin crawl.
Such attacks on the Knights of Columbus are not new.
They were formed amid a period of anti-Catholic bigotry and the attacks continued through the presidential election of John F. Kennedy.
This attack is the latest in a string of attempts by religious bigots and abortion zealots to undermine an organization whose kind and pious members from around the world remain steadfastly committed to acts of service, exposing the truth about abortion and defending the human rights of all — born and unborn.
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders opens up on her decision to leave the White House, the economy, 2020 Democrats and her upcoming memoir.