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News and Headlines. 9/16/2019

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In The News:

American service member killed in Afghanistan

“In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member is being withheld until 24 hours after family notification is complete,” a news release from the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan stated.

More than 80 U.S. military personnel have been wounded in combat this year, the Times said. More than 2,400 Americans have died in the nearly 18-year war.

Militants have stepped up attacks in recent weeks as the country prepares for presidential elections this month.

On Sunday, at least five people, including women and children, were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Farah province, where the Taliban is active, officials said.

Arizona Gun Store Runs ‘Beto Special’ For AR-15s, Sells Out In 4 Hours

Alpha Dog Firearms announced it would be selling AR-15s for $349.99 on Friday, hours after Beto O’Rourke pledged to ban the weapons at the ABC News debate on Thursday night.

“Our $349.99 AR deal sold out in less than 4 hours,” the store wrote on Facebook.

“We’re trying to process the orders and work on getting more special deals for our good friend gun grabber Beto.”

South Carolina teen drowns trying to save younger brother

Pickens County Deputy Coroner Gary Duncan said Thomas-Joyner was on a camping trip with a church when he realized his brother was struggling in the lake around 7 p.m. on Friday.

Duncan said Thomas-Joyner pushed his brother back to shore, but then went backward and under the water.

The area was not easily accessible by land and officials were on scene within 21 minutes of receiving the 911 call, the television station reported, citing emergency management officials.

Suspected serial killer arrested in Florida, linked to murders of 3 other women in state

Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, Fla., speaks during a news conference on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019,
Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, Fla., speaks during a news conference on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials said they arrested 32-year-old Robert Hayes for first-degree murder in Rachel Bey’s death. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Robert Hayes, 37, was originally arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Rachel Bey’s, whose body was discovered along a road on March 7, 2016 near Jupiter, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced.

“We’ve been able to take what we believe is a serial killer off our streets,” Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a news conference.

As authorities in South Florida held a news conference to announce charges against Hayes, officials in Daytona Beach said at another press briefing that the 37-year-old was the suspect in the brutal killings of at least three other women dating back to a decade and a half ago.

Texas girl who contracted brain-eating amoeba dies, family says

Lily Mae Avant, who had been flown to Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth after being rushed to her local emergency room, first complained of a headache on Sept. 8.

According to the “#LilyStrong” Facebook page, Lily then developed a fever, but at first it was suspected she had come down with a common viral illness.

“After many tests at the local family doctor, ibuprofen and hydration was instructed,” according to the Facebook group.

“After hearing what they thought were sounds of Lily having a nightmare in her sleep, mom quickly realized Lily was beginning the fight of her life.

She was incoherent, unresponsive and was quickly swept up and taken to the ER.”

Dog the Bounty Hunter suffers heart emergency: report

Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman talks to reporters outside his storefront that was burglarized Friday,
Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman talks to reporters outside his storefront that was burglarized Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Edgewater, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowsk)

According to a report from TMZ on Monday morning, Dog was taken to a hospital from his home in Colorado after feeling a pain in his chest.

Last month, Dog’s store in Edgewater was vandalized and some of Beth’s personal items were taken.

We have reached out to the hospital to get more information on Dog’s condition and have not heard back yet.

New York Times sinks its Kavanaugh claim with Editor’s Note stating alleged victim ‘does not recall the incident’

The report published Saturday evening was adapted from an upcoming book by reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly titled The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation and due out Tuesday.

After the report’s publication Saturday, liberal activist organizations and some 2020 Democratic candidates called for Kavanaugh to be impeached.

President Trump defended Kavanaugh in a salvo of tweets and urged him to “start suing.”

As noted in the Federalist, the Times reporters also did not mention that Stier was one of the attorneys representing President Bill Clinton during the Whitewater investigation in the 1990s while Kavanaugh was part of Ken Starr’s team leading the inquiry.

Company That Makes Prescription Painkiller OxyContin Files for Bankruptcy Protection Amid Lawsuits

Christine Gagnon of Southington, Conn. protests with other family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn., on Aug. 17, 2018. IAP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Purdue’s board met Sunday evening to approve the long-expected bankruptcy filing, which the company is pursuing to restructure under terms of a proposal to settle the widespread litigation.

Purdue reached a tentative deal to resolve lawsuits with 24 states and five U.S. territories, as well as lead lawyers for more than 2,000 cities, counties and other plaintiffs, the company said.

Two dozen states remain opposed or uncommitted to the proposed settlement, setting the stage for contentious legal battles over who bears responsibility for a public health crisis that has claimed the lives of nearly 400,000 people between 1999 and 2017, according to the latest U.S. data.

WATCH: Horrifying Attack Unfolds On Man In Ilhan Omar’s District

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Law enforcement officials in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) 14th Congressional District have arrested over a dozen suspects in connection with a possible crime ring that was recently caught on camera allegedly beating a man.

“According to a report provided by Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder, a three-day sweep conducted two weeks ago ended with police arresting 16 people between the ages of 13 and 25,” KSTP reported.

“The suspects are seen on surveillance video punching, kicking and riding over one man with a bike.”

Oklahoma inmate dies, multiple people injured in prison fights as statewide facilities remain on lockdown

Authorities are investigating what caused the fighting at half a dozen state facilities over the weekend.
Authorities are investigating what caused the fighting at half a dozen state facilities over the weekend. (Google Street View)

The fighting began Saturday at the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center in Vinita, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Sunday.

The outbreak of violence then continued Sunday at five more prisons, in Hominy, Sayre, Forty Supply, Lawton and Stringtown.

One inmate died at the Dick Conner Correctional Facility in Hominy, about 90 miles outside Oklahoma City, the department said.

More than a dozen others throughout the state were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Doorbell camera captures 5-year-old reciting Pledge of Allegiance

A family trying to catch who was vandalizing their American flag on their home surveillance system sees something a lot more patriotic and heartwarming.

5-year-old Preston Satterthwaite and his dad join ‘Fox & Friends.’

Immigration:

Immigration Chief Says Rollout of New Asylum Rule Will be ‘Measured in Days, Not Weeks’

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“So [the impact on the ground] is already being felt,” the USCIS director told host Margaret Brennan.

“We will do it in the places where we have the logistics in place fastest first and then move it all the way across the border, but this will be measured in days, not weeks.”

“Most of the people coming in that are claiming asylum on the southern border are coming in illegally already,” Cuccinelli said.

“The circumstances that we face on our southern border are still crisis circumstances and we have a 335,000 asylum case backlog, which I take very seriously, and it has creeped up while I have been here, despite us throwing more and more resources at trying to drive it down.”

Politics:

DOJ uses Democrats’ impeachment confusion against them in court

In the Friday court filing, the DOJ argued that the House Judiciary Committee clearly is not.

“The committee’s own description of its investigation makes clear that it is too far removed from any potential judicial proceeding to qualify,” the DOJ said.

The DOJ also quoted House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., as once saying, “[a]n impeachment inquiry is when you consider only impeachment.That’s not what we’re doing.”

Since then, Nadler has gone back and forth over whether or not his committee’s investigation is indeed an “impeachment inquiry.”

“House Judiciary has given up on the Mueller Report, sadly for them after two years and $40,000,000 spent –

ZERO COLLUSION, ZERO OBSTRUCTION. So they say, OK, lets look at everything else, and all of the deals that ‘Trump’ has done over his lifetime.

But it doesn’t work that way,” Trump tweeted Monday.“I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal.

Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the ‘Congressional Slush Fund,’ and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!

Inspector General Horowitz Is Coming

John Solomon of The Hill recently reported that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz has concluded his year-and-a-half-long investigation into serious questions related to surveillance warrants granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) in 2016.

Because Horowitz didn’t deliver bombshells expected in his earlier reports, some are assuming this next report will also be a dud.

Those who make that assumption could be wrong.

Jordan previews FISA abuse report, blasts Dems’ ‘socialist philosophy’

Commentary/Opinion: Republican Rep. Jim Jordan speaks out on the upcoming release of the FISA abuse report and Democrats’ Trump impeachment push on ‘America’s Newsroom.’

Five top 2020 Democrats haven’t committed to MSNBC climate forum

Other candidates who will be speaking at the Thursday and Friday all-day events include Democratic candidates who did not make it onto CNN’s stage, such as author Marianne Williamson, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, businessman Tom Steyer and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), who is challenging President Trump in the Republican primary.

Democratic hopefuls Andrew Yang and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will also attend.

Friday’s portion of the climate forum will coincide with another forum being held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that is focused on LGBTQ issues.

Chamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes

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“While some people may think that they’re trying to take a shot at Wall Street, they’re actually going to take a shot at Mr. and Mrs. 401(k), as well as the business community that depends on capital markets to start businesses, expand and create jobs,” Tom Quaadman, executive vice president of the Chamber’s center for capital markets competitiveness, said on a call with reporters.

FTTs are taxes on financial trades, such as trades of stocks, bonds and derivatives.

This type of tax has gotten interest from Democrats in Congress and the 2020 presidential race as they look for ways to raise taxes on Wall Street and the wealthy to pay for their campaign proposals.

Supporters of the taxes argue that they could help to curb volatility in financial markets and address economic inequality.

But the Chamber argues they are problematic for a host of reasons.

Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016

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The progressive group, which is aligned with unions, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) last campaign cycle, but this time picked Warren amid a push to defeat centrist candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic nomination.

A party spokesperson said Warren received more than 60 percent of the votes on the first ballot of the “tens of thousands” of members.

Mitchell and other WFP members told the Times that their endorsement is a message to other progressive organizations to involve themselves in the primary.

Bernie Sanders Calls For Complete Ban On Deportations

“We are going to end the ICE raids that are terrorizing communities all across this country,” Sanders said Saturday in Las Vegas, according to footage flagged by the Republican National Committee.

“We are going to impose a moratorium on deportations. And we are going to, as I mentioned — and there are some things that a president can do with executive orders and some things you can’t.”

Sanders was speaking at an event organized by Mijente, a progressive Latino group that focuses on immigration issues in the U.S.

Mijente describes itself not just as a movement for Latinos, but also a “pro-Black, pro-woman, pro-queer, pro-poor” group that actively promotes anti-ICE activities.

JUDICIAL WATCH SUES DOJ FOR DOCS ON FBI/CIA INFORMANT IN TRUMP ORGANIZATION

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice seeking all records of communications, including FBI 302 interview reports and offer agreements between former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office and Felix Sater, a former Trump organization official who was recently confirmed to be an informant for the FBI and CIA. Sater reportedly pushed a Russian real estate deal in 2016 while working at the Trump organization.

The Mueller report mentions Sater more than 100 times but fails to mention that he was an active undercover informant for the FBI/CIA for more than two decades.

In 2017, Sater was the subject of two interviews conducted under a proffer agreement with Mueller’s office according to page 69, footnote 304 of Mueller’s report on his Russian collusion investigation.

Beginning in late 2015, Sater repeatedly tried to arrange for [Trump attorney Michael] Cohen and candidate Trump, as representatives of the Trump Organization, to travel to Russia to meet with Russian government officials and possible financing partners.

Though his proposal appears to have been rejected by the Trump campaign, Sater persisted.

“Into the spring of 2016,” the Mueller Report notes, “Sater and Cohen continued to discuss a trip to Moscow.” Sater emails Cohen that he is trying to arrange a meeting between “the 2 big guys,” Putin and Trump.

World News:

Trump Says Iran Appears Responsible for Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities

Houthi rebel fighters in Sana, Yemen, in August.
Houthi rebel fighters in Sana, Yemen, in August. United Nations experts say Iran has supplied the group with drones and missiles.
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Mr. Trump warned that the United States has fearsome military capabilities and is prepared for war if necessary.

“With all that being said, we’d certainly like to avoid it,” he added.

“I know they want to make a deal,” he said of Iranian officials, who he has been trying to draw into talks over their nuclear program. “At some point it will work out.”

Mr. Trump’s comments came shortly after a Saudi government statement said that, “Initial investigations have indicated that the weapons used in the attack were Iranian weapons.”

But the Saudis stopped short of directly blaming Iran for the attack.

The Saudis called for international experts to visit and assess the evidence. Their statement said the Saudis would “forcefully respond to these aggressions.”

New Zealand man arrested in ‘witchcraft’ deaths of 5 Fiji family members

The five dead family members and a crying baby were found Aug. 26 on the side of a cliff in the Nausori Highlands.

The victims were identified by local media as Nirmal Kuma, a 63-year-old carpenter, his wife Usha Devi, 54, their daughter Nileshni Kajal, 34, and Kajal’s two daughters, Sana, 11, and Samara, 8.

The baby, identified as 1-year-old Samaira Kumar, was the sole survivor.

A toxicology report determined the victims died from ingesting a toxic substance, the New Zealand Herald reported Monday. Police had initially suspected poisoning.

The father of the two dead children earlier told the Fiji Sun he blamed his in-laws’ “extreme” interest in witchcraft for the deaths.

Zimbabwe union leader still missing after suspected abduction

Doctors protest outside Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare on Sunday,
Doctors protest outside Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare on Sunday, the day after Peter Magombeyi disappeared. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

Peter Magombeyi, the acting president of the Zimbabwean Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), disappeared at around 10pm on Saturday.

The union leader sent a short message to colleagues saying he believed he was being kidnapped before all communications ceased.

Magombeyi, who is leading a nationwide doctors’ strike to force president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to raise wages for medical staff, had previously received warnings, which he believed came from security services, to stop his activism.

Hundreds of Zimbabwean doctors protested in central Harare, the capital, on Monday over the disappearance of Magombeyi but riot police blocked them from marching to Mnangagwa’s office.

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Commentary/Opinion: Anne Marie Waters. Leader, For Britain

US mulls increased intelligence sharing with Saudi Arabia after oil attack: report

A Saudi Arabia flag flies in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 13, 2018. – Saudi Arabia dismissed on Octiber 13 accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as “lies and baseless allegations”, as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist’s fate. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP) (Photo credit should read YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Saudi-led military coalition said Monday that preliminary evidence indicates the weapons used in the attack are Iranian.

The U.S. has up to this point only selectively shared intelligence with Saudi Arabia about the threats from Houthi militants, according to Reuters.

A potential expansion of information sharing could trigger some backlash from Congress, where lawmakers have made several efforts to end U.S. support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen’s civil war.

Venezuela’s Chavez worked with Marxist guerrillas to inundate US with cocaine

According to the documents, former Venezuelan Supreme Court Magistrate Eladio Aponte took part in a meeting where Chávez in 2005 convened his closest advisers to draw up plans to ship cocaine to the United States with the help of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

“During the meeting, Chávez urged the group, in substance and in part, to promote his policy objectives, including to combat the United States by ‘flooding’ the country with cocaine,” read an affidavit prepared by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) based at least in part on Aponte’s testimony.

The documents were filed in Spanish court by U.S. officials seeking the extradition of former General Hugo Carvajal, who once led the Venezuelan government’s military intelligence agency.

RCMP Head Says Ortis Arrest ‘Unsettling’ Amid Damage Assessment

RCMP commissioner Brenda Lucki in a file photo.
RCMP commissioner Brenda Lucki in a file photo. Lucki says the Mounties are assessing and trying to mitigate the possible damage that may have been caused in light of the arrest of one of its senior intelligence officials. (The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

In a statement, Lucki said last week’s arrest of 47−year−old Cameron Jay Ortis, who is charged under three sections of the Security of Information Act has “shaken many people throughout the RCMP, particularly in federal policing.”

Ortis also faces two charges under the Criminal Code, including breach of trust, for allegedly trying to disclose classified information to a foreign entity or terrorist group.

“While these allegations, if proven true, are extremely unsettling, Canadians and our law enforcement partners can trust that our priority continues to be the integrity of the investigations and the safety and security of the public we serve,” said Lucki.

She also confirmed that Ortis was director general of the RCMP’s National Intelligence Co−ordination Centre, after starting his career with the Mounties in 2007.

Commentary/Opinion:

Goodbye, America

How is America to be defined? By its failures or its triumphs?

Today, there seems to be an obsession with the former and a dismissal of the latter.

Is this dark vision of the freest and most prosperous nation on earth an accurate narrative or a cynical distortion?

James Robbins, columnist for USA Today and author of “Erasing America,” considers that question in this video.

How we view America’s past will very much shape America’s future.

Yes, Democrats Want To Take Your Guns, Beto O’Rourke Is Just Desperate Enough To Say So

What has been telling in the days since O’Rourke said, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15s, AK-47s,” is the nature of the Democratic response.

Nobody is attacking O’Rourke for a blatant attempt to violate the Second Amendment by seizing American’s guns. Rather, they are suggesting it’s bad politics at a time when more modest gun control measures could be realized.

Pete Buttigieg was asked on cable news if he agreed with Sen. Chris Coons, a Joe Biden supporter, that O’Rourke’s comment would be played at Second Amendment rallies for years to scare Americans into thinking Democrats want to take their guns.

Mayor Pete replied, “Look, right now we have an amazing moment on our hands. We have agreement among the American people not just for universal backgrounds checks, but we have a majority in favor of red-flag laws, high-capacity magazines, banning the new sale of assault weapons.

This is a golden moment to finally do something.”

Two of the other 10 candidates on stage last week, Kamala Harris and Corey Booker, support a mandatory buy-back, despite it potentially being bad politics.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York came out in support of it on CNN today. It received enormous cheers inside the debate venue; this is not some extreme Democratic Party policy position.

It is the logical extension of their entire program on guns.

Media, Dems promised no one wanted to take the guns | SUPERcuts! #709

Beto O’Rourke blows the lid off.