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On Saturday, Former FBI Director James Comey stated that if President Trump won the 2020 election he would leave the United States and move to New Zealand.
He is just the latest individual to claim that he would leave if Donald Trump won an election.
During the 2016 presidential election, numerous celebrities and some officials claimed that they would leave the United States if the then-Republican nominee Donald Trump won.
Some of the people who claimed that they would leave the United States include: Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson, Lena Dunham, Ne-Yo, Neve Campbell, Cher, Miley Cyrus, Raven-Symoné, Barbara Streisand, Al Sharpton, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Keegan-Michael Key, George Lopez, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Jeffrey Langford, 24, was taken into custody after investigators determined he gave them conflicting statements about the death of his mother, 45-year-old Graciela Holker, at a home in North Salt Lake on Saturday.
Police were responding to a report that a woman had killed herself, but were also told Langford posted a live video to Facebook showing the woman seemingly deceased as he said aloud that he wasn’t going to jail, the Deseret News reported.
When officers arrived at the scene, Langford allegedly left the apartment, covered in what appeared to be blood.
The latest shooting happened Sunday evening and closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 43 as deputies with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office canvassed the roadway for evidence, according to reports.
No injuries were reported.
On Oct. 16, the northbound lanes of I-43 were shut down after an individual said his vehicle was shot at when he gestured to the occupants of a Ford Taurus for cutting him off.
“Just one moment of unregulated behavior is going to have dramatic consequences to the victims, and if you are caught, it’s going to have dramatic consequences for the individual engaging in that behavior, too,” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said.
Kayla Mueller was a U.S. hostage killed in ISIS custody. The raid against Baghdadi was named for her.
Mueller, who was described by her family as a “compassionate and devoted humanitarian,” traveled to Turkey in 2012 after her graduation and then crossed the border into Syria, on a mission to help those fleeing the civil war in the country.
She was leaving a hospital run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders in the Syrian city of Aleppo when she was kidnapped in August 2013.
The details surrounding Mueller’s death and the whereabouts of her body are still unclear.
In remarks on Sunday, President Trump described in detail the operation that killed Baghdadi, saying that he “died like a dog” and that he blew himself up in a “dead-end tunnel” as U.S. troops moved in on him and three of his children.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo details on ‘Fox & Friends’ the raid that took down the ISIS leader in northern Syria’s Idlib Province.
A dangerous wildfire broke out overnight in Los Angeles.
The Getty fire is threatening thousands of homes in the evacuation zone. CBS News correspondent Chris Martinez joined CBSN from the 405 freeway in Los Angeles with the latest.
[VIDEO] WalkAway Founder Brandon Straka Confronts CNN’s April Ryan: ‘You’re The Biggest Liar in This Room’
Straka is the founder of the WalkAway movement for former Democrats who are walking away from the party that has done nothing for them.
Straka has been sponsoring town halls across the country featuring LGBT, Hispanic, and black minorities who feel abandoned by Democrats and embraced by Trump.
Former Democrat voters have uploaded their WalkAway videos to Straka’s YouTube page by the thousands.
Sheriff Jason Sandholdt’s office said an investigation showed that family members working on ways to make a fun announcement of a child’s gender for social media inadvertently created a pipe bomb.
“Members of the Kreimeyer family were experimenting with different types of explosive material on Friday and Saturday,” the news release said.
Six people, including Kreimeyer and the expectant mother, gathered Saturday and put gunpowder inside a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base.
Jarrod Ramos, 39, entered his plea Monday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. The plea is not final until it is accepted by a judge in a proceeding that is ongoing.
Police and prosecutors say Ramos held a long-standing grudge against the newspaper, losing a defamation suit against the publication after it ran a column about his pleading guilty to harassing a former high school classmate.
On June 28, 2018, Ramos blasted through the doors of the Annapolis-area office with a shotgun and began methodically shooting at those inside, police and prosecutors said.
It looks like a space shuttle but is one-fourth the size at 29 feet.
Officials say this latest mission successfully completed its objectives. Experiments from the Air Force Research Laboratory were aboard.
This was the fifth spaceflight by a vehicle of this sort. No 6 is planned next year with another launch from Cape Canaveral.
According to air force secretary Barbara Barrett, “each successive mission advances our nation’s space capabilities.”
The seizure took place last week south of the border with Donna, Texas.
According to the Tamaulipas government, a special unit of state police spotted a cartel lookout and saw him run toward an abandoned warehouse.
Inside, authorities found a Browning .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine gun, 18 various rifles, a grenade, and ammunition.
High-level Tamaulipas law enforcement officials told Breitbart Texas that the seizure comes amid operations in Rio Bravo, San Fernando, and Valle Hermoso to target the command structure of the Gulf Cartel.
Authorities arrested Hector Flavio Sarmiento Juarez, the plaza boss in Rio Bravo, as he recently moved a drug load.
The operator is described as the right-hand man of Evaristo “El Vaquero” Cruz Sanchez, the regional leader for the Gulf Cartel.
“When it comes to 5G and America’s security, we can’t afford to take a risk and hope for the best,” FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement.
“As the United States upgrades its networks to the next generation of wireless technologies — 5G — we cannot ignore the risk that the Chinese government will seek to exploit network vulnerabilities in order to engage in espionage, insert malware and viruses, and otherwise compromise our critical communications networks.”
This is the latest in a series of actions by the U.S. government aimed at barring U.S. companies from purchasing Huawei and ZTE equipment. Huawei and ZTE would have 30 days to contest the FCC’s national security risk designation.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Congress gave $14 billion tax dollars for the largest U.S. civil engineering project in history… to protect New Orleans and reinforce its levees.
As the new and improved system faced its first big test over the summer, more cities are facing a costly fight to survive.
Lisa Fletcher investigates the complications and questions that remain.
Arrests made after American lawyer serving as Micronesia’s assistant AG shot dead returning home from run
Rachelle Bergeron, 33, originally from Wisconsin, was killed Oct. 14 after she pulled her vehicle into her driveway. Someone reportedly fired three shots, killing both Bergeron and her dog.
While officials have not said what may have motivated the killing, friends believe the deadly shooting was related to her work.
Her duties included being part of a human trafficking task force, and friends say some criminals may have held a grudge against her.
A division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) known as the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will pay nonprofits, local governments, small businesses, school districts and other assorted entities to take care of the illegal alien minors once they’re released from federal government custody.
The handsomely funded ORR claims to provide new populations with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the United States.
“Our programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society,” according to its website.
This month the agency announced three major grants dedicated to minors who entered the country illegally, the largest for $55 million, followed by a $50 million allotment and another for $20 million.
The survey, conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by the research and data firm YouGov, found that 70% of Millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three Millennials perceive communism as “favorable.”
The survey is part of the Victims of Communism’s report “U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism,” which polled 2,100 people in the United States who were 16 and older with a margin of error of +/- 2.4%.
“The historical amnesia about the dangers of communism and socialism is on full display in this year’s report,” said Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
The first ticket had no winnings, but as he scratched off the second: “I saw all those zeroes and froze,” he said.
Mr Foster said he would use some of the money for medical expenses.
Mr Foster told The North Carolina Education Lottery that he was already happy because he was on his way to the local hospital for his final round of chemotherapy.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that “we will bring a resolution to the Floor that affirms the ongoing, existing investigation that is currently being conducted by our committees as part of this impeachment inquiry, including all requests for documents, subpoenas for records and testimony, and any other investigative steps previously taken or to be taken as part of this investigation.”
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Rules Committee, said on Monday that he will introduce a resolution to “ensure transparency” and “provide a clear path forward” in the inquiry.
Commentary/Opinion: Last week, the Democrats could barely contain themselves as they thought they’d found their smoking gun on Trump’s impeachment:
Looks like the Democrats’ love for those career diplomats they have fallen over only extends as far as the ones who want to get President Trump.
So no, this was not the smoking gun or anything close. Bill Taylor is a bust.
Starr urged House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to strive for the appearance of fairness and chastised him for already declaring the president guilty, and attempting to sway public opinion.
“For [Schiff to] essentially declare guilt… is another procedural irregularity. He should try his best… to give the appearance of fairness and open-mindedness,” he said.
“He’s already declared the president substantively guilty, as well as procedurally guilty.”
Starr also commented on the investigation of the investigators, being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, into corruption within the federal government and it’s intelligence agencies, as well as any unauthorized leaks or political bias.
“You could fix this up so fast,” the president told the crowd.
“Good leadership would be pretty easy to find. … But remember, 565 people were murdered last year. And it’s a shame.
And I want Eddie Johnson to change his values and change ’em fast.”
The president also blasted so-called sanctuary cities, decrying the existence of criminals in the country illegally and promoting the need for a border wall with Mexico.
The president invited multiple immigration officials on stage to emphasize cracking down on illegal immigration.
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz did not mince words, warning residents in mandatory evacuation zones to “get the hell out.”
“If you’re in the mandatory evacuation zone and you’re still there watching this, you’re an idiot, get the hell out,” he stated.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the news of the devastating fire, using the tragedy to push her Green New Deal.
Many users responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, criticizing the freshman lawmaker for ignoring the complexity of the issue in order to aggressively push her progressive agenda.
Afterward, David Metz, a member of the county Democratic committee, said that despite a campaign season that has already featured millions of dollars spent, countless miles logged and four debates staged, there is a deepening feeling of indecision among local voters who now have less than 100 days to finalize their 2020 pick.
“Nobody knows what to do,” Metz said. “They’re all afraid. There’s a lot of anxiety.”
The lack of enthusiasm for Biden’s candidacy underscores a broader trend emerging in the states that matter most in the Democratic Party’s high-stakes presidential nomination fight: Primary voters appear to be getting less certain of their choice as Election Day approaches.
Commentary/Opinion: According to multiple sources, the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the origins of the Russia inquiry has shifted into a criminal probe.
When news of this major development broke, it was clear that the investigation had taken a more serious turn.
Of course, some people did not take kindly to this news.
Commentary/Opinion: The deep state/foreign policy establishment, not to mention most of Congress, has been in a dither the past few days about President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.
The rap on Trump is that he has no coherent foreign policy strategy. It couldn’t be clearer.
Watch as Senator Lindsey #Graham holds a press #briefing at the White House following the announcement of the death of Abu Bakr #al-Baghdadi.
Sanders was speaking at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum at the historically black Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, when a student asked him, if he were Sanders’ son, what advice he would give him when it comes to getting pulled over.
Sanders then summed up by saying that while he would be cautious, people should still do their best to defend their individual rights and keep police officers in line.
Sanders’ answer was very different from the one former Vice President Joe Biden gave when a female student asked a similar question at the same event.
Hagan died of encephalitis, or brain inflammation, caused by Powassan virus, a rare virus spread from ticks to humans, her former Senate spokeswoman Sadie Weiner said.
Hagan, a Democrat, served a single term in the Senate and lost her 2014 re-election bid to Republican North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.
After being a stay-at-home mother, the niece of former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Lawton Chiles launched her own political career and won a seat as a Democrat in the North Carolina state Senate in 1998.
Ten years later, Hagan sought and won the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Elizabeth Dole.
Charles Kupperman, a former deputy national security adviser, asked a court to rule on whether he should comply with a congressional subpoena or honor the Trump administration’s order not to testify, his lawyers said last week.
Kupperman filed a lawsuit in a federal court on Friday naming Trump and House Democrats as defendants seeking “a declaratory judgment from this Court as to whether he is lawfully obliged to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Defendants demanding his testimony.”
Representative Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the Oversight Committee, said Kupperman had said several times he was willing to come but “it’s up to the court.”
Katie Hill resigns from Congress amid allegations of improper sexual relationships, paints herself as victim
“It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress,” Hill said in a statement Sunday.
“This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country.”
The situation turned from bad to worse for Hill last Thursday when the Daily Mail published numerous additional troubling allegations and photos of Hill, including one of Hill holding a bong used to smoke marijuana while nude.
Hill responded by threatening to sue the Daily Mail for publishing the photos.
“Well I guess the only thing is, they were talking about why didn’t I give the information to Adam Schiff and his committee.
And the answer is because I think Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington,” he said when asked if he is concerned about whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats in the chamber can be trusted.
Trump announced on Sunday that a raid by U.S. special operations forces in Syria resulted in the death of Baghdadi.
At the time, he admitted that the White House did not inform much of Congress before pulling the trigger on the raid.
Commentary/Opinion: The following is an excerpt from Lee Smith’s book out October 29, “The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History.”
In the administration’s last days, it disseminated intelligence throughout the government, including the White House, Capitol Hill, and the intelligence community (IC).
Intelligence was classified at the lowest possible levels to ensure a wide readership. The White House was paving the way for a campaign of leaks to disorient the incoming Trump team.
The effort, including the intended result of leaks, was publicly acknowledged in March 2017 by Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Obama administration.
The decision was welcomed by politicians in the U.K. and the EU as a temporary respite from Brexit anxiety — but not by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said just weeks ago that he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than postpone the U.K.’s leaving date past Oct. 31.
In the end, the choice was not in his hands.
The U.K. Parliament forced Johnson to ask for a delay to avoid a no-deal Brexit, which would hurt the economies of both Britain and the EU.
The gunman was trying to set fire to the mosque’s door and shot two men, both in their 70s, who surprised him, police said.
They were both seriously injured in the incident, which happened at 15:20 (14:20 GMT), and taken to hospital.
An 84-year-old man was later arrested near his home close to Bayonne.
A delegation of the militant Taliban group has arrived in China for two days of intra-Afghan peace talks with representatives of the Afghan government, according to Australian-based policy research center Foreign Brief.
Securing a cease-fire and the possibility of ending the 18-year Afghan war is on the agenda after nearly yearlong parallel talks between the United States and the Taliban collapsed last month when U.S. President Donald Trump called the process “dead.”
“China has invited a delegation…to participate in the intra-Afghan dialogue,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen previously told RFE/RL.
Along with the United States, China, Pakistan, and Russia have separately sought to bring negotiators together in efforts for a lasting reconciliation.
While the commandos had visually identified al-Baghdadi before he fled down a dead-end tunnel with three children — where he was found “whimpering” and trapped before detonating a suicide vest — that wasn’t enough. Various accounts have told of his death in the past, only for him to surface yet again.
“There wasn’t much left,” President Trump said of al-Baghdadi’s remains during a Sunday morning news conference following the raid, “but there are still substantial pieces that they brought back.”
Al-Baghdadi’s head remained intact following the blast, allowing commandos to use biometrics, specifically facial recognition, to immediately identify him, Fox News National Correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported.
On 19 October, the parents of the victim – whose identity has not been made public – realised something was wrong when their daughter did not return from school.
Chinese state media said that 13-year-old Cai lured the victim to his home, where he “sexually assaulted her, stabbed her to death and then dumped her body”. Her parents found her body the next day, dumped in a ditch near their home.
In normal circumstances, Cai would not have received any punishment.
China’s Criminal Law stipulates that only minors between the ages of 16 and 18 can be held criminally responsible for any offence.
But those between the ages of 14 and 16 can be tried for serious offences, such as murder, rape and robbery. Those aged 13 and under are not held criminally responsible for their actions.
One branch of the Protestant Three-Self Church, located in the northeastern province of Liaoning, was fined the equivalent of $1,400 after South Korean versions of the Bible were discovered in April.
Other Three-Self churches had hymnbooks, gospel pamphlets and Bibles confiscated and burned, according to Bitter Winter, a religious liberty magazine focused on China.
Since March 2018, the Chinese government has banned online and retail sales of Bibles, and hymnals and other spiritual books aren’t allowed in churches unless sanctioned and published by the CCP, moving the churches further and further away from any semblance of religious liberty.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq declared a curfew in Baghdad on Monday as two people were killed and 112 injured in the fourth day of anti-government protests, and the coalition government’s most powerful erstwhile supporter called for early elections.
The curfew provides cover for security forces to clear the square, demonstrators said, but they intended on going nowhere.
“No, we will stay. They have now declared a curfew and severe punishments for anyone not going to work, this is how they fight us. We will stay here until the last day, even if there are a thousand martyrs,” one protester said.
Netanyahu made his allegations, which were short on details, as he hosted a senior U.S. delegation and following days of unusually voluble warnings in Israel that war could break out with Iran or its allies on more than one front.
Neither Iran nor the Yemeni Houthi fighters it sponsors had an immediate response to Israel’s allegation.
The Houthis use missiles and drones in their war against a coalition led by neighboring Saudi Arabia but there is scant public indication they possess weapons capable of traveling the some 2,000 km (1,240 miles) to Israel.
Mass immigration, cries of racism and political polarization.
It’s not just happening in the U.S. — it’s the story across Europe where western societies are faced with a sudden influx of immigration and refugees.
Eric Kaufmann is studying the global trends. He’s a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, where we spoke with him.
His book is: “White Shift: Populism, immigration and the future of white majorities.”
SHOCKING: Footage of homelessness in Los Angeles — this is what happens when the Left runs your city!