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Far-left Activists Use Facebook to Plan Protest At ICE Warden’s Home

ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images
ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images

The group posted an assembly location in a residential area of Aurora, Colorado, in an image on Facebook, which has yet to take the post down.

The social network’s community guidelines lists the unsolicited posting of “personally identifiable information” as a violation of both its harassment and privacy policies.

Responding to a comment request from Breitbart News, a Facebook spokeswoman said the assembly location posted by Abolish ICE Denver did not contain a private residential address and therefore did not violate the platform’s policies.

The address is for a community center in the warden’s neighborhood.

“Should additional content be shared that includes private contact information, we will remove as soon as we identify it,” said the Facebook spokeswoman.

In its post, Abolish ICE Denver described the Aurora, Colorado, processing center as a “concentration camp” that is involved in “neglect and torture.” The center is operated by GEO Group, and its warden, whose home the protesters plan to harass, is named Johnny Choate.

In a post on their Facebook page, Abolish ICE Denver declared its intention to embarrass the GEO Group employee in front of his local community, calling on activists to “make sure every one of his neighbors knows exactly what they are living next to.”

Couple must return $120,000 after bank error prompted spending spree

The couple used the money to make a down payment on a Chevrolet SUV. Photograph: Steve Helber/AP

“It probably wasn’t the best thing in the end,” Robert Williams told local station WNEP-TV, explaining that they “took some bad legal advice” on the issue.

Over a two-and-a-half-week period in June, Williams and his wife, Tiffany, who carried a balance of $1,121 before the error, withdrew more than $100,000 of the surprise deposit, using it to make a down payment on a Chevrolet SUV.

The couple also bought a camper, a car trailer, a race car and two four-wheelers, as well as using it to pay bills and to support needy friends to the tune of $15,000.

Arizona woman arrested after daughter, 10, records her driving drunk: police

Stephanie Davis, whose daughter is a stickler for the law.
Stephanie Davis, whose daughter is a stickler for the law.
(Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office )

Stephanie Davis, 31, of Glendale, was stopped by officers on Saturday afternoon and charged with aggravated DUI after the girl showed them the video, The Arizona Republic reported Monday.

“The speed limit wasn’t right and like really fast and I didn’t feel safe at that time and I also wanted to protect my cousins and my mom,” the girl told KTVK Monday.

“I called the police and I’m like, ‘My mom is not OK, I know she’s drunk, she’s driving crazy.’”

Cops pulled Davis over after she took the girl and her two 4-year-old nieces to a movie theater to see “The Lion King,” the station reported.

Disabled Afghan War veteran: Don’t leave Afghanistan without ‘having something to show for it’

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Bomb Technician Johnny Joey Jones, who suffered a life-changing injury while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, said on “Deep Dive” that before the American public should consider leaving Afghanistan, they should remember why U.S. troops are there to begin with.

“In 18 years, we have not had another 9/11, and I have to believe that part of that is having intelligence and operations that we’ve had overseas,” said Jones, adding that unless negotiations prevent future attacks then they have little to offer.

“We have sent thousands of us, and I say us, because I deployed there, to die, lose our legs as I did or at least spend multiple years of our life there and be changed forever.

So I think there is something in the principle of honoring why they went there and having something to show for it when we leave,” argued Jones.

Federal Judge: Facebook’s View on Privacy Is ‘So Wrong

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Reuters reports this week that a federal judge ordered Facebook to face a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for allowing third parties to access users’ private data.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said that users could attempt to hold Facebook liable under a number of federal and state laws for allowing app developers and business partners to harvest users personal data without their consent.

Chhabria stated that Facebook should not treat user privacy as an “all-or-nothing” proposition where users are forced to forfeit their privacy by sharing data in a “limited” fashion.

Chhabria further noted that Facebook had argued the opposite in other cases such as one in California where it likened information kept on social media accounts to data stored on smartphones where there may be a greater expectation of privacy.

FEMA official arrested on bribery, fraud charges from power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico

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Federal officials arrested former Deputy Administrator Ahsha Tribble, who oversaw the FEMA region including Puerto Rico, and the former president of Cobra Acquisitions, Donald K. Ellison, accusing them of conspiring to defraud the federal government, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“They took advantage of one of the most vulnerable moments in the history of Puerto Rico to enrich themselves,” the U.S. attorney for Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, told The New York Times.

Ellison would allegedly reward Tribble with gifts such as a helicopter tour over Puerto Rico, plane tickets and hotel stays. In exchange, the FEMA official would advocate to Cobra’s advantage during the recovery efforts.

Trump pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps in California, with aides discussing moving residents to government-backed facilities

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 23: People walk by homeless people sleeping n San Francisco, California, on August 23, 2018.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 23: People walk by homeless people sleeping n San Francisco, California, on August 23, 2018. (Mason Trinca for The Washington Post)

The talks have intensified in recent weeks. Administration officials have discussed using the federal government to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles and other areas and into new government-backed facilities, according to two officials briefed on the planning.

But it is unclear how they could accomplish this and what legal authority they would use.

Top officials representing the White House, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Domestic Policy Council arrived in California this week for a round of talks.

A particular focus has been the “skid row” section of Los Angeles, officials said.

Other ideas include the creation of new facilities or refurbishing of existing facilities that would give the federal government a bigger role in supervising health care and housing, among other things, these people said.

One America News Network Sues MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow For $10 Million

OANN is suing Maddow, MSNBC, Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal for defamation, alleging Maddow “maliciously and recklessly” went after the network by suggesting it is a Russian state propaganda outlet, the complaint reads, according to Law and Crime.

Maddow said that OANN “really, literally is Russian propaganda” on “The Rachel Maddow Show” in July.

Maddow’s comment was based on The Daily Beast article stating OANN’s Kristian Rouz is a “Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik.”

OANN demanded retraction from The Daily Beast reporter and Maddow on July 29.

Flynn lawyer accuses prosecutors of ‘egregious conduct,’ hiding exculpatory evidence

In a status conference in federal court in Washington, Flynn’s lead defense attorney, Sidney Powell, said: “There never would have been a plea to begin with if the government had disclosed Brady information about what it knew before the plea agreement.”

The “Brady material” complaint is in reference to the Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, which established the government’s obligation turn over all exculpatory evidence.

The accusation came as both sides have squabbled over a sentencing date.

After months of delays, prosecutors have said they are ready to proceed to sentencing. On Tuesday, Sullivan indicated he would like to set a tentative sentencing date of Dec. 18.

‘Summer of ’42’ actress Jennifer O’Neill says ‘God saved my life’ after suicide attempt, accidental gunshot wound

American actress Jennifer O'Neill, circa 1975.
American actress Jennifer O’Neill, circa 1975. —
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At age 14, she attempted to take her life by swallowing several of her mother’s pills and was rescued, then treated at a local hospital, where her stomach was pumped.

By age 15, O’Neill was on the cover of Vogue and earning $80,000 a year, the outlet shared.

At 15, her beloved horse threw the star, causing her to break her neck and back.

At age 18, she married the first of eight husbands, and by 22 had her first movie role opposite John Wayne.

But as O’Neill’s fame skyrocketed, her personal life came crashing down. People magazine shared that her daughter Aimee was reportedly sexually abused by her
fifth husband. O’Neill also later shot herself.

NRA sues San Francisco after leaders brand it a ‘terrorist’ outfit

The city is violating the NRA’s First Amendment speech rights and has effectively moved to “blacklist anyone linked to the N.R.A,” it said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, according to the New York Times.

“This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few,” it said in a response.

“The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans,” it said in a statement following the city’s resolution.

Immigration:

Mexico says will focus on arms smuggling at U.S. meeting on migrant flows

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard led the delegation meeting U.S. officials in Washington on Tuesday afternoon.

He said on Twitter that while the Trump administration would focus on migration in the talks, curbing illicit arms flows south would be Mexico’s priority.

The meeting, which started at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT), was led on the U.S. side by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, according to a White House official.

More than 200,000 people have been killed in gang-fueled violence, and over 40,000 have disappeared since former President Felipe Calderon sent in the armed forces to tackle Mexico’s powerful drug cartels at the end of 2006.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist who took office in December, has vowed to end the lawlessness, but 2019 is on track to be the country’s most violent year on record.

It’s CRAZY to Change Our Immigration Laws Because of a Hurricane | Ep 440

Commentary/Opinion: We’re not going to bring in thousands of Bahamians every time there is a hurricane.

Of course, we will help, but there is plenty of space in their own country we can move these people to while the hurricane cleanup is in progress.

Then, Now This, the social justice media company, wants you to stop saying “hey guys.”

These Orwellian urges are based on a warped view of the world, and we won’t stand for it.

Eighth Illegal Alien Charged with Rape in Same Maryland Sanctuary County

According to journalist Kevin Lewis of ABC 7 News, 26-year-old Oluwakayode Adebusuyi has been charged with rape, and police believe he raped an intoxicated woman in his car. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reported that he is an illegal immigrant from Nigeria.

Adebusuyi had previously worked as a driver for a ride sharing service.

He was previously charged last summer with second-degree assault, a fourth-degree sex offense, and false imprisonment, but all of those charges were mysteriously dropped.

There have been at least seven other instances of rape or sexual assault committed by illegal immigrants in Montgomery County since July 25.

The most recent instance besides Adebusuyi is 37-year-old Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez, who remains behind bars after being charged with raping the 15-year-old daughter of his lover inside their Silver Spring, MD home.

489 illegal immigrants with detainers released in North Carolina: report

A new report claims 489 illegal immigrants with detainers were released across North Carolina over the past 10 months.

Judge Andrew Napolitano reacts.

Politics:

Obama, Not Trump, Outed Russian Spy

On Monday, CNN bragged of an “exclusive” report that “the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government” partly because “President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.”

In fact, however, officials “mishandled intelligence” and tried to extricate this source in 2016, before Trump even won the presidential election.

The New York Times reports intelligence officials compromised this source by gossiping about him to news reporters.

President Obama compromised this source even further, right before Trump’s inauguration. Obama authorized the public release and declassification of a report by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) alluding to this source’s placement in the Russian government.

The New York Times cites the public release of the DNI report as another reason for extracting the source.

But now it appears the leak was true.

Intelligence officials spoiled a bona fide top-level intelligence source operating inside an adversary foreign government just to damage their own American president and government.

The Truth About the Rosenstein ‘Wiretap’ Allegation

Newly released emails by the Department of Justice (DOJ) reveal details about the internal response by the agency to allegations that then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had wanted to wiretap President Donald Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment against him.

California real estate billionaire George Marcus prepares to host Joe Biden for 2020 fundraiser

Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks about White Nationalism during a campaign press conference on August 7, 2019 in Burlington, Iowa.

Marcus, a billionaire megadonor who bundled more than $100,000 for Hillary Clinton in 2016, is expected to be the lead host at a lunch for Biden’s return to San Francisco in the first week of October, according to people familiar with the matter.

Biden’s allies have been prodding Marcus for months to open his doors to the campaign, these people added.

Biden’s campaign announced the candidate will be traveling to California on Oct. 3, but the press release did not give further details.

The fundraiser signifies that Marcus is looking to dedicate his expansive donor network to Biden’s candidacy for president. Beyond his previous assistance to Clinton, Marcus also hosted a fundraiser that featured former President Barack Obama in 2014.

Meanwhile, Biden has been trying to convince voters that he is not tied too tightly to wealthy donors.

Biden made an earlier fundraising swing through the Bay Area in June, when he was hosted by a former Twitter executive, among other prominent Democratic financiers.

McConnell: White House preparing gun-violence proposal

“These horrendous shootings, in my opinion, deserve a response. I hope we can get something that can actually become the law of the United States of America,” McConnell later added.

Some Republicans say there is now more GOP support for expanding background checks along the lines of the proposal sponsored in 2013 by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), which would have required background checks for all firearms sales on the Internet and at gun shows.

McConnell, however, was careful not to get out ahead of Trump.

Asked if there is more support for background checks, McConnell said, “I can’t handicap the outcome.”

Bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing passes House

The bipartisan Safe Housing for Families Act provides $300 million over the next three years to install the detectors, and comes after an NBC investigation found at least 13 public housing residents have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning since 2003.

“No family should live with the fear of being poisoned in their sleep,” Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-Ill.), the lead sponsor of the bill, tweeted Tuesday ahead of the vote.

“This is a bill that will save lives and help make us all safer,” added Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), according to NBC News.

Trump administration unveils new executive order on counterterrorism sanctions

“Foreign financial institutions are now on notice that they risk sanctions if they knowingly conduct or facilitate any significant transactions with designated terrorists and terrorist enablers,” President Trump said in a statement accompanying the executive order.

The executive order amends a previous directive to allow the State and Treasury Departments to directly target leaders of terrorist groups and associated entities without having to tie them to specific acts, Pompeo said.

He also said it “more effectively and efficiently targets individuals and entities who participate in terrorist training, and provides new authorities to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly do business with terrorists.”

FULL MEASURE: September 8th, 2019 – Big 4 Lobbying

4 major tech companies run the web-based world.

But the reach of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple goes far beyond your browser.

And as they face new scrutiny about privacy, anti-trust, and data security – they’ve poured cash and lobbyists into Washington to protect their interests.

Lisa Fletcher follows the money.

California Legislature Considers Free Health Care for Illegal Alien Seniors

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Earlier this year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill expanding Medi-Cal to illegal aliens 25 years old and younger with low enough incomes to qualify for the program.

That fulfilled a pledge he made in his first act as governor to offer coverage to illegal aliens over 18 years old.

As Calmatters notes, Newsom balked at proposals earlier this year to expand Medi-Cal to elderly illegal aliens because of concerns about the cost, and because the proposal would pre-empt the governor’s budget proposals.

All of the Democratic Party frontrunners for president support providing free health care to illegal aliens; all ten presidential candidates on the stage at the second night of the first presidential debate in Miami, Florida, famously raised their hands to agree.

New Evidence Reveals: Ilhan Omar is Erdogan’s Agent in Washington

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the 2017 U.N. General Assembly.
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the 2017 U.N. General Assembly. (MEMRI)

It should be noted that U.S. federal law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to political candidates.

In the article, Cherkaoui wrote that “donating money to Omar’s campaign fund would be an adequate way of denying powerful organizations the power to censor alternative voices.”

Omar has become a favorite of both the Turkish- and English-language media in Turkey.

TRT World’s YouTube channel, the English-language channel of the Turkish state-owned broadcasting network TRT, has at least a dozen videos featuring her, including an interview.

Hundreds of news articles in Turkish about her have been published, some under headlines such as “Ilhan Omar Laid Out The U.S.’s Lies In The Middle East One By One!” and, in a play on a Turkish expression, “The One Who Tells The Truth Will Be Chased Out Of Nine Parliaments.”

Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states

President Trump’s job approval rating in rural areas of the Rust Belt and Great Plains states is at 60 percent, markedly higher than his job approval rating nationally, according to a new poll commissioned by Democrats.

All of those states voted for Trump in 2016 with the exception of Colorado and Minnesota. Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin went red in the 2016 election for the first time in decades and Democrats believe that rebuilding that “blue wall” represents their likeliest path back to the White House.

Among the states covered by the poll, Trump is most popular in North Dakota and Pennsylvania, hitting the 60 percent favorability mark in both states.

He scores his lowest marks in Michigan and Wisconsin, where his favorability rating is at 51 percent.

Trump’s favorability rating is lowest in rural areas among women (46 percent) and people aged 18 to 34 (43 percent), but he is above 50 percent among men and all older age groups.

Trump fires national security adviser Bolton

Trump said in a series of tweets that he told Bolton on Monday night “that his services are no longer needed at the White House,” citing disagreements with many of Bolton’s suggestions, though he didn’t provide specific details.

Trump said Bolton submitted his resignation on Tuesday and that he would tap a new national security adviser next week.

“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House.

I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration,” Trump tweeted.

Arizona GOP Cancels Republican Primary, Says Party Backs Trump

President Donald Trump waves
President Donald Trump waves as he and First Lady Melania Trump disembark from an airplane upon landing at the Biarritz Pays Basque Airport in Biarritz, south-west France on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world’s seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, on Aug. 24, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Arizona Republican Party chairwoman Kelli Ward hand-delivered a letter on Sept. 9 to the office of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs informing her of the decision.

“Arizonans are excited and energized to send President Trump back to the White House for four more years.

This President’s list of accomplishments in his first term are unprecedented—from jobs to securing our border to taking care of our veterans to making healthcare more affordable—and Arizonans have directly benefited,” Ward said in a statement.

“By opting out of the presidential preference election, our united Republican Party of Arizona will save taxpayers millions as we look ahead to the general election on November 3.”

Tucker: Beto O’Rourke thinks America is immoral

O’Rourke looks to create a national gun registry, confiscate guns.

Beto O’Rourke suggests US is at fault for everything

Commentary/Opinion: Beto O’Rourke suggests US is at fault for everything.

Reaction and analysis from Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Rep. McCarthy: Put America first, keep politics out of it

House Republican leaders hold a press conference for the first time since returning to Capitol Hill from summer recess

World News:

Iran Ready to “Wipe the Zionist Regime off the Map”

Recently, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, again vowed to obliterate Israel.
Recently, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, again vowed to obliterate Israel. He boasted that Iran has empowered its Lebanese proxy to such an extent that Hezbollah “alone” can wipe out Israel. Pictured: Salami receives his promotion to the rank of Major General, from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a ceremony held on April 22, 2019. (Image source: khamenei.ir)

If, for any reason, the Israeli government ever issued a declaration about destroying Iran “in half an hour,” as Iran recently said about Israel, we would probably never hear the end of the criticism from all parts of the world.

The European Union would likely take even more measures to counter Israel.

There would doubtless be an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to hurl slanders against Israel, followed by countries pledging solidarity and support for Iran.

It was Mojtaba Zolnour, chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, who issued this latest threat.

For some reason, the Islamic Republic is getting a free pass for continually threatening to wipe out Israel off the map.

This lopsided justice is either a case of selective amnesia or outrageous double standards by the international community.

In a recent ceremony in the northern city of Urumiyeh, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, again vowed to obliterate Israel.

Blast heard near US Embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary

A plume of smoke rises near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.
A plume of smoke rises near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. A blast was heard shortly after midnight on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)

A plume of smoke rose over Kabul just after midnight and sirens could be heard. An embassy employee reached by phone confirmed the explosion but had no details. There was no immediate official comment.

It would be the first major attack in the Afghan capital since President Donald Trump abruptly called off U.S.-Taliban talks over the weekend, on the brink of an apparent deal to end America’s longest war.

Two Taliban car bombs shook Kabul last week, killing several civilians and two members of the NATO mission.

Trump has cited the death of a U.S. service member in one of those blasts as the reason why he now calls the U.S.-Taliban talks “dead.”

Netanyahu rushed off stage after rockets fired into Israel

Rockets fired from Gaza targeted large towns in southern Israel; Trey Yingst reports from Jerusalem.

‘You’ll suffocate me’: Turkish newspaper reveals Khashoggi’s last words

Jamal Khashoggi apparently said: ‘I have asthma ... You’ll suffocate me.’
Jamal Khashoggi apparently said: ‘I have asthma … You’ll suffocate me.’
Photograph: Hasan Jamali/AP

The newspaper, which is close to Turkey’s government, published new details of a recording of Khashoggi’s conversation with members of a Saudi hit squad sent to kill him.

The paper says the recording of Khashoggi’s grisly killing and reported dismemberment on 2 October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was obtained by Turkey’s intelligence agency.

Saudi Arabia initially offered multiple, shifting accounts about Khashoggi’s disappearance.

As international pressure mounted, the kingdom eventually settled on the explanation that he was killed by rogue officials in a brawl inside their consulate.

The kingdom has put 11 people on trial in non-public proceedings.

The 34-year-old prince, who continues to have the support of his father, King Salman, denies any involvement in the killing.

Khashoggi’s remains have never been found.

Frying pan explosion at German village fest kills 1, injures 14

In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 photo police officers investigate a booth after an explosion at a village festival in Freudenberg, Germany.
In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 photo police officers investigate a booth after an explosion at a village festival in Freudenberg, Germany. (DPA via AP)

The injured included five–four burn victims and one heart attack victim–who were fighting for their life, German news media reported.

The victim who died was severely burned and succumbed to her injuries Monday.

Witnesses said the victims were running around “like torches” at the Backesfest festival in the village of Freudenberg, the Independent reported.

The explosion may have been triggered by raindrops falling into the hot oil, but investigators said it would still take them several days to fully understand what happened.

FULL MEASURE: September 8th, 2019 – The Greek Burden

While the U.S. grapples with illegal immigration there’s an uncanny, parallel debate going on in Europe.

European countries that opened their arms to a flood of mostly Muslim migrants in 2015 quickly found themselves overwhelmed.

Today, much of Europe has pulled in the welcome mat, but the refugees are still coming.

And that’s left a growing number stuck in the first place they land Greece where the immigration minister told me they’re nearing the breaking point.

Today’s cover story is: the Greek Burden.

Netanyahu pledges to annex entire Jordan Valley with support of US if he wins Israeli election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP)

“I will annex settlements in cooperation with Donald Trump’s Administration,” Netanyahu stated.

“We can annex settlements immediately after the elections if I am re-elected Prime Minister.”

Netanyahu vowed to Israeli voters that he will gain permanent control of Judea and Samaria settlements, starting with the Jordan Valley and extending to areas of the West Bank.

Netanyahu previously promised to annex Israeli settlements in parts of the West Bank, ahead of his April general election and mentioned action again earlier this month, according to Reuters.

The international community has expressed concern that Israeli control in the West Bank would go against a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict and remains a violation of international law.

Netanyahu reveals site where Iran ‘experimented on nuclear weapons development’

PM Netanyahu, speaking to reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, reveals what he said is a secret facility in which Iran conducted experiments in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, September 9, 2019
PM Netanyahu, speaking to reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, reveals what he said is a secret facility in which Iran conducted experiments in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, September 9, 2019 (GPO)

The reveal, he said, was made possible by Israel’s raid on a warehouse in Tehran last year housing Iran’s secret nuclear weapons archives.

“Today, we’re revealing that yet another secret nuclear site was exposed in the archives that we brought from Tehran. In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said in a brief statement delivered to journalists at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

Once Iran detected that Israel had learned about the secret nuclear site, located in Abadeh, south of Isfahan, the regime quickly destroyed it, Netanyahu said.

The prime minister, who showed before and after photos of the site captioned June and July of this year, did not specify the nature of the experiments conducted there.

US bombs ISIS-‘infested island’ in Iraq, new video shows

More than 80,000 pounds of laser-guided bombs were dropped on the island located on the Tigris River south of Mosul, according to U.S. Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, based in Baghdad.

U.S. officials called the island a “major transit hub” for ISIS fighters going in and out of Syria.

“We’re denying [ISIS] the ability to hide on Qanus Island,” said Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, the commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

“We’re setting the conditions for our partner forces to continue bringing stability to the region.”

Iran Parliament Approves Death Penalty for Apostasy Bill

Lawmakers approved the bill with 196 votes in favor, seven against, and two abstentions, according to U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The draft bill seeks to add several crimes to the list of acts that would result in execution, including “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution, and apostasy.”

CSW advocacy director Alexa Papadouris commented, “It is deeply worrying to hear that just days after Matin-Azad and Basirat have been charged with apostasy at a court in Shiraz, the Iranian Parliament is debating a bill that could codify the death penalty for someone choosing their own religion.”

Mahmoud Mohammad Matin-Azad, 53, and Arash Ahmad-Ali Basirat, 40, are Christian-converts from Islam who were charged with apostasy last week at the Public and Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, Iran.

They are currently awaiting the court’s verdict and have been detained since May 15.

Iraq stampede kills dozens at pilgrimage during Islamic holy holiday

Iranian and Iraqi Shiite Muslims beat their heads during a mourning ceremony marking Ashoura in downtown Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019
Iranian and Iraqi Shiite Muslims beat their heads during a mourning ceremony marking Ashoura in downtown Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP)

The stampede happened near the gold-domed Imam Hussein shrine toward the end of the Ashoura procession in the holy city of Karbala – about 50 miles south of Baghdad, on Tuesday.

It took place during the so-called “Twireej” run, which is when tens of thousands of people run toward the shrine around noon.

The run is said to symbolize when the maternal cousins of Imam Hussein’s half-brother al-Abbas ran from a nearby village to rescue him, only to find out that he had been killed.

UK accuses Iran of selling oil from seized tanker to Syria

The Adrian Darya 1, pictured above on 30 August, was photographed off the coast of Syria on 6 September.
The Adrian Darya 1, pictured above on 30 August, was photographed off the coast of Syria on 6 September. Photograph: Johnny Bugeja/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, summoned Hamid Baeidinejad, the Iranian ambassador to the UK, to a meeting on Wednesday, to ask why the assurances given to the Gibraltarian authorities had not been honoured.

British officials are relatively certain from intelligence assessments that the oil has been offloaded onto smaller boats.

The UK Foreign Office said in a statement: “Iran repeatedly gave assurances to the government of Gibraltar that the Grace 1/Adrian Darya 1 would not deliver oil to any EU-sanctioned entity in Syria or elsewhere.

It is now clear that Iran has breached these assurances and that the oil has been transferred to Syria and Assad’s murderous regime.

Commentary/Opinion:

10 Years After ACORN Exposed

It’s been 10 years since the bombshell undercover videos from James O’Keefe that exposed ACORN.

The videos, which took the media by storm, would lead to ACORN’s defunding.

How to Destroy the Climate Change Hoax

Celebrities, activists, environmentalist organizations, the UN, government entities and sadly, even the Vatican support the theory that humans cause climate change.

However, in this exclusive interview, “global warming” expert and author Marc Morano gives you hard-hitting arguments and facts that dispel the artificial fear propagated by “climate emergency” alarmists.

Dave Chappelle Calls Out The Left!

Comedian Dave Chappelle calls out the left! But it won’t be enough if we don’t do our part. Here’s the Simple Truth.

Gun Ownership Is a Constitutional Right

American citizens have a constitutional right to own a gun. Period.

Will Witt breaks down the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – the one that secures all of the others.

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