News and Headlines. 10/14/2019

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In The News:

Moving to curb carbon emissions, cities put brakes on drive-thrus

Minneapolis this summer banned construction of new drive-thrus, while officials in Long Beach, California, have imposed a six-month ban on new drive-thrus while they study the issue.

Similar ordinances restricting or prohibiting fast-food windows have also been adopted in communities including Creve Coeur, Missouri; Fair Haven, New Jersey; and Orchard Park, New York.

Most of the bans are intended to curtail emissions, cut down on litter and make it easier to walk around business areas, while some towns are motivated by a desire to improve the aesthetics of a community.

At other times, such bans have been touted as a means of fighting obesity by discouraging fast-food consumption.

Statues of Christopher Columbus vandalized in multiple states amid controversy over the holiday

A sign reading "stop celebrating genocide" sits at the base of a statue of Christopher Columbus on Oct. 14, 2019, in Providence, R.I.
A sign reading “stop celebrating genocide” sits at the base of a statue of Christopher Columbus on Oct. 14, 2019, in Providence, R.I.

Red paint, along with messages about genocide, were sprayed on landmarks in both San Francisco and Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday.

A sign that read “Stop celebrating genocide” was placed at the foot of the Columbus statue, located in the Elmwood neighborhood of Providence, ABC Providence affiliate WLNE reported. The statue was covered with red paint.

In San Francisco, a Columbus statue near Coit Tower was also sprayed with red paint. Graffiti at the bottom read, “Destroy all monuments of genocide and kill all colonizers.” Supervisors in the city voted to change the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day in January 2018, ABC San Francisco station KGO reported.

Social Security checks will only increase by 1.6 percent next year

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The Social Security Administration said the increase will be made starting in the January 2020 payments to nearly 63 million Americans.

An increase in payments made to more than 8 million Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2019.

The annual cost of living increase is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the CPI is not always an accurate reflection of the costs most affecting consumers.

A report in May by The Senior Citizens League estimated that Social Security benefits purchase about a third less than they did in 2000.

In other words, the cost of the things seniors buy most hasn’t remained low, even though the official inflation rate has been below 2 percent for most of the last two decades.

Caravan of Migrants Bound for U.S. Didn’t Get Very Far

Migrants depart early in the morning from Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.
Migrants depart early in the morning from Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP)

Mexican authorities over the weekend stopped a caravan of some 2,000 migrants who were headed for the United States only a few hours into their journey, according to officials and as reported by Fox News on Sunday.

Migrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America reportedly made up the caravan.

“About 24 miles into their journey, federal police and national guardsmen blocked their path.”

The halt of the caravan was in dramatic contrast to what happened last year — when various caravans, including one made up of at least 7,000 individuals — drew widespread attention and coverage by the press.

Now, “under pressure from Washington, the government has been taking a tougher stance in dealing with migrants — and many Mexicans are being less welcoming.”

Professor, Antifa activist who said “it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops” gets fired

Isaacson worked in the school’s economics department.

The tweet gained traction after Isaacson appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show, according to the New York Daily News.

The appearance prompted people to research Issacson’s past tweets, exposing the offending communication.

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is part of the City University of New York school system and is widely known in the area for its high level of students who later become police officers.

Twitter Suspends CarpeDonktum Over Trump Video

The video was reportedly shown at Trump’s National Doral Miami resort in Florida, according to The New York Times.

It was allegedly played in a side room of the resort, as well as other videos, and wasn’t associated with the Trump campaign or the White House.

It is also believed that the YouTube account “TheGeekzTeam,” which makes content for a website run by “CarpeDonktum,” created the video, according to Business Insider.

ICE war crimes unit ramps up efforts at US airports to stop female genital mutilation

Razor blades often used before carrying out female genital mutilation. (REUTERS/James Akena)

Over the summer, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations War Crimes Unit – which has spent three decades investigating and apprehending human rights violators – launched Operation Limelight USA.

The aim is to “inform travelers of the dangers of female genital mutilation and the consequences for those who commit this horrific abuse.”

FGM is considered a culturally based, global concern that the U.S. characterizes as child abuse when performed on those under the age of 18.

It is generally motivated by the belief that it is the only way to ensure premarital virginity and marital fidelity and involves different levels of partial or complete removal of the female external genitalia or genital organs.

Mainly practiced in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, it is estimated to have been done to more than 200 million females alive today, according to ICE.

Yet given the challenges associated with the hushed nature of the crime and the difficulties of passing immigration-centered bills, the unit relies on having sufficient legislation in place that shutters any loopholes.

A case in Michigan last year, brought against Dr. Jumana Nagarwala – accused of performing FGM on more than one hundred girls – induced outrage after the judge deemed the 1996 federal ban on FGM unconstitutional. The case marked the first since the statute was enacted 22 years earlier, but was explicitly shot down because the allegations did not impact interstate commerce.

California brain surgeon accused of child sex abuse found dead in jail cell: reports

Kohut had his medical license revoked shortly after his arrest.
Kohut had his medical license revoked shortly after his arrest.

Kohut didn’t have a cellmate and was held in the jail’s protective housing unit, the paper reported.

The former brain surgeon had been placed on suicide watch earlier in his incarceration but was not on it at the time of his death, the sheriff’s office said.

Kohut, who worked at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, Calif., was arrested in May 2017 on multiple charges of child sex abuse.

Two women, former nurse Rashel Brandon and Emily Stephens, were also charged in the case, the Sentinel reported. Children of both women, who were reportedly described as Kohut’s girlfriends, were among the alleged victims.

ABC apologizes for mistaking Kentucky gun range video for Turkish bombing of Syria

The network aired the footage on Sunday night and Monday morning, framing it as battlefield video, when, in fact, it appears to be from a night gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.

The footage first aired on Sunday’s “World News Tonight” as anchor Tom Llamas claimed it showed a Turkish attack on a group of Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town.

The chyron beneath the video read: “CRISIS IN SYRIA. ISIS prisoners escape as death toll rises in attack.”

AG Barr blasts ‘militant secularists’ in speech on religious freedom

United States Attorney General William P. Barr speaks to Notre Dame Law School students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, inside Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Barr, a devout Catholic, told students and faculty at the university’s law school that “the problem is not that religion is being forced on others, the problem is that irreligion is being forced — secular values are being forced on people of faith.”

“Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives,” he said.

“But where is the progress? We are told we are living in a post-Christian era, but what has replaced the Judeo-Christian moral system?

What is it that can fill the spiritual void in the hearts of the individual person? And what is the system of values that can sustain human social life?”

Barr contends that many of society’s ills are caused because of the breakdown of religion in society.

“This is not decay,” he said.

“This is organized destruction. Secular forces and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”

North Carolina assisted living facility workers accused of running dementia resident fight club

The women were accused in court documents of watching, filming and even encouraging a fight between a 70-year-old woman and a 73-year-old woman at the Danby House assisted living and memory-care facility in Winston-Salem, Fox 8 High Point and other local media reported.

Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, were each charged with assaulting disabled persons, according to the reports.

Winston-Salem police announced their arrests Friday following an investigation into a June complaint of elder abuse at the facility.

FULL MEASURE: October 13, 2019 – Fatal Flaws

Today we begin with an investigation into the taxpayer funded bureaucracy where millions of our military veterans get their medical care. The V.A.

It’s a story about the intersection of two Army vets who never met but—together— exposed what some see as fatal flaws in a troubled system.

PART 1: CNN Insider Blows Whistle on Network President Jeff Zucker’s Personal Vendetta Against POTUS

CNN Insider Blows Whistle on Network President Jeff Zucker’s Personal Vendetta Against POTUS

• Cary Poarch, Who Works at CNN’s Washington DC Bureau, Says: “I Decided to Wear a Hidden Camera…to Expose the Bias”


VIDEO: 17 Times Elizabeth Warren Has Dodged the Middle Class Tax Question

Warren has said on multiple occasions that she is “with Bernie” on Medicare for All, but refuses to answer if middle class taxes will go up under Medicare for All, as Bernie Sanders has openly admitted.

“Elizabeth Warren won’t admit the obvious. She will impose broad-based tax hikes on the middle class,” said Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist.

President Donald Trump Puts Chris Wallace in His Place on Twitter

Commentary/Opinion: President Trump has been very critical of Fox News lately and for what many have seen as the not-so-subtle “left turn” the network has taken in many respects (not all).

Wallace frequently injects his personal opinion and presents emotions as if they are “factual” during his “Fox News Sunday” show.

That’s precisely what happened again this past Sunday.

Once again Wallace railed against Trump by framing the conversation the president had on July 25 with Ukraine’s president as if it were somehow sinister.

President Trump took to Twitter and corrected Wallace.

He reminded him that he will never be his father, Mike Wallace, who was President Trump’s friend — and reminded Wallace once again that his call was perfectly professional.

Democratic Louisiana governor distances himself from national party in reelection bid

According to a new Gray Television poll, of their six local affiliates around the state, 57% of Louisiana voters oppose impeachment of the president, while 35% support it.

Democrats bet on Edwards’ conservative policy background as reason for why he would likely forgo the November runoff and go directly back to the governor’s mansion.

However, Trump’s last minute rally in the state on Friday to get out to vote to keep Edwards from breaking 50% may have made the difference.

“Not only was Governor Edwards forced into a runoff that many pundits thought wasn’t going to happen, but even with an incumbent Democrat who downplayed his Democratic Party affiliation (while publicly noting the nine times he visited the Trump White House), voters by a 52-47% margin chose a Republican candidate,” Couvillon said.

Analyzing The Failed Coup: Impeachment Already Backfiring On Democrats As Trump & RNC Donations Spike & Swing Voters Accuse Dems Of Ignoring Important Issues & More

The New York Times‘ Daily podcast recently followed Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), a vulnerable Democrat in a red district who came out in favor of an impeachment inquiry, to three town halls, where she was confronted by upset constituents.

Attendees shouted “Not true! We didn’t ask for that,” “Fake news,” and “Do your job,” at the town halls.

Slotkin told them, “I’m going to wait for facts,” and “look at them judiciously.” One attendee asked her why she wrote an op-ed that came out in support of an impeachment inquiry before the facts were out: “If you’re waiting, why did you send the op-ed?”

One attendee told Slotkin that she liked her at first, but “when you fell off the cliff for me was when you joined the coup against our president.” That comment was greeted with agreement from others.

Rand Paul calls for probe of Senate Dems over Ukraine letter

Republican Sen. Rand Paul and his wife Kelley Paul sit down on the curvy couch.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz kicked out of impeachment inquiry hearing

A frustrated Gaetz aired his disappointment to reporters after being told he was not allowed to sit in on the hearing, venting his anger over what he says are “selective leaks” by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and questioning why he was not allowed to be present during Hill’s testimony.

Gaetz added that the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., was involved in the impeachment inquiry.

“Judiciary Chairman [Jerry Nadler] claimed to have begun the impeachment inquiry weeks ago,” Gaetz tweeted.

“Now, his own Judiciary members aren’t even allowed to participate in it. And yes – my constituents want me actively involved in stopping the #KangarooCourtCoup run by Shifty Schiff.”

Ken Starr calls out House Dems for exercising ‘raw power’ against Trump

Commentary/Opinion: Former independent counsel and Fox News contributor Ken Starr says secrecy does not belong in impeachment proceedings.

FULL MEASURE: October 13, 2019 – Impeachment Inquiry

For the first time in two decades, a US President faces the threat of impeachment, which, in simple terms, means Congress may officially charge President Trump with wrongdoing.

James Rosen has been investigating the story and has a fascinating look at the controversy over the origins of how it all began.

World News:

Pentagon planning to pull all US troops from Syria in coming weeks, officials say

It’s not clear right now when all the roughly 1,000 US troops in Syria will be pulling out of the country.

A small garrison in southern Syria near Jordan with over 100 U.S troops could remain to guard a supply line used by Iranian-backed forces to move weapons between Tehran and Beirut, as well as Damascus, the officials added.

“We want to make sure we don’t leave equipment behind. So I’m not prepared to put a timeline on it,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Further evidence the relationship with NATO ally Turkey is deteriorating, Fox News is told the Pentagon canceled a planned Open Skies reconnaissance flight over Russia this week with the Turkish military.

China’s Xi Jinping warns attempts to divide country will end in ‘crushed bodies and shattered bones’

Chinese President Xi Jinping, waits for a bilateral meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, waits for a bilateral meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (Bikash Dware/The Rising Nepal via AP)

Chinese President Xi Jinping made the comments during a visit to Nepal, where he became the first Chinese president in more than two decades to visit the country.

On Monday, police in Hong Kong said a homemade, remote-controlled bomb intended to “kill or to harm” riot control officers was detonated as the police deployed against renewed street violence.

“It exploded less than 2 meters away from a police vehicle. We have reason to believe that the bomb was meant to target police officers,” Deputy Commissioner Tang Ping-keung said at a news conference, speaking through a translator.

Typhoon Hagibis kills dozens in Japan, floods bullet trains as massive search launched

This photo shows a flooded area in Nagano, central Japan, following Typhoon Hagibis, on Oct. 14, 2019. (Kyodo News via AP)

The storm is being blamed for the deaths of at least 58 people, with at least 14 missing and some 200 others injured, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

The government’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency, which is generally more conservative in assessing its numbers, said 24 people were dead and nine were missing.

Japan has deployed more than 110,000 people to take part in search-and-rescue operations, and about 38,000 have so far evacuated due to flooding and landslide risks.

US concludes White Sea radiation explosion came during Russian nuclear-missile recovery

The August 8 incident sent analysts from Washington to Brussels to Oslo scrambling to figure out what was going on, and was followed by contradictory statements from local and federal government officials in Russia about the nature of the explosion and the danger it posed to local residents.

“The United States has determined that the explosion…was the result of a nuclear reaction that occurred during the recovery of a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas G. DiNanno told a United Nations committee on October 10, according to prepared remarks.

“The missile remained on the bed of the White Sea since its failed test early last year, in close proximity to a major population center,” DiNanno said.


Joker Reaction – What Critics Got Completely Wrong About Joker | DIRECT MESSAGE | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report gives his reaction to Todd Phillips’ Joker.

He discusses the media’s treatment of the film leading up to the release and how mainstream media movie critics got the film and the audience’s reaction to it completely wrong.

He also discusses the philosophy of the Joker, the possible political interpretations of Joker and the representations of those who desire nihilism, chaos, and a desire to burn the system down.

Spare Us Your Phony Outrage Over the Trump Meme Video, New York Times | Ep 462

Donald Trump is being blamed by the New York Times for a tacky video that was played at an event he did not attend.

Given the way the paper covers violence against conservatives, we can all agree that the outrage over this video is insincere.

Then, we owe a lot to Christopher Columbus. He wasn’t perfect, but we wouldn’t be here without him.

Frederick Douglass: From Slave to Statesman

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, but through his own heroic efforts became one of the most influential advocates for freedom in American history.

His journey, a tale both agonizing and inspiring, should be known by everyone.

Timothy Sandefur, author of “Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man,” guides us through Douglass’ amazing life.