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The U.S. Space Force Conducts Its First Unarmed Nuclear-Capable Missile Test

Jan Jones/30th Space Wing Public Affairs
Jan Jones/30th Space Wing Public Affairs

Col. Anthony Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander has talked about the event by saying, This launch marks a very special moment in our nation’s history, providing the range support needed to facilitate this launch showcases how the Space Force will continue to support and integrate into the joint fight to ensure national security for our country.”

This video released by the 30th Space Wing office of Public Affairs shows the launch in action on Wednesday morning.

Pelosi Could Face Harsh Penalty For Potential US Code Violation Of Destroying Official Gov Document

Verified Twitter user Carl Higbie set Twitter on fire when he pointed to US code that shows Nancy Pelosi could be facing HUGE punishment for ripping up Trump’s State of the Union Address if it proves to be an official government document.

Don Jr. sees a big legal problem with it as well:

Twitter suspends James O’Keefe for posting public info

James O'Keefe
James O’Keefe

O’Keefe said his Twitter account “has been unjustly LOCKED for reporting the publicly available” Federal Election Commission paystub of Sanders field organizer Kyle Jurek.

Twitter told the Project Veritas founder he violated the social media company’s rule about “posting private information.”

“You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission,” Twitter said.

O’Keefe argued the “information we reported is in the public domain, there is nothing ‘private’ about it.”

Twitter said, nevertheless, the account will remain locked until he deletes the offending tweet.

Illinois suspects enter Walmart with ‘Caution I have the Coronavirus’ sign and spray substance on $7K worth of produce

The individual who spray the substance, which was later identified as Lysol, wore a yellow medical mask and was seen with a handmade sign fashioned to his back that read “Caution I have the Coronavirus.”
The individual who spray the substance, which was later identified as Lysol, wore a yellow medical mask and was seen with a handmade sign fashioned to his back that read “Caution I have the Coronavirus.” (Joliet Police Department)

Police did not say what charges, if any, the two men would face but asked that anyone with information to contact them at (815) 724-3020.

Sunday’s incident isn’t the first time someone has incited fear over the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed nearly 500 lives and infected nearly 25,000 people worldwide to date.

An airline passenger traveling from Toronto to Jamaica was arrested Monday after making an “unfounded claim” that he was infected with the coronavirus after a recent trip to the Hunan province in China.

The man reportedly defended himself saying it was just a prank.

New Jersey man fights off dog pack menacing neighborhood in ‘terrifying’ video after several residents bitten

Three dogs charged a man named Mike after he tried to warn a neighbor that the pack was on the loose in the neighborhood again. (Little Egg Harbor Police Department)
Three dogs charged a man named Mike after he tried to warn a neighbor that the pack was on the loose in the neighborhood again. (Little Egg Harbor Police Department)

The dogs, all belonging to the same owner, were already well-known among the local police force in Little Egg Harbor Township, having bitten at least six other residents on seven occasions over the past four months, police wrote on Facebook.

The man in the video, identified only as Mike, knew the dogs were on the prowl again after he heard barking and screaming from around the block, he told FOX29 Philadelphia. He said the dogs had attacked an elderly woman.

Mike said he immediately went next door to warn his neighbor’s mother-in-law, who would soon be picking up her 9-year-old granddaughter from the bus stop.

Flagstaff could owe state of Arizona over $800,000 because of its higher minimum wage

Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona

Ruslan Kalnitsky / Shutterstock.com
Route 66 in Flagstaff, ArizonaRuslan Kalnitsky / Shutterstock.com

The numbers are preliminary and could change.

Arizona’s minimum wage is $12 an hour. But Flagstaff’s minimum wage is now $13, on its way to $15.50 by 2022.

According to the Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff owes the state an estimated $202,700 for this fiscal year and an estimated $640,889 next fiscal year.

If Flagstaff declines to pay, the state can withhold the amount in question from state revenues that are diverted to local governments.

Dramatic police chase gatecrashes Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory parade

A police chase was played out on streets that had been closed for the parade as fans watched.

Showcasing some of the elusiveness that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had used to evade the San Francisco 49ers pass rushers on Sunday, the car managed to escape police when seemingly surrounded.

Law enforcement then used spikes on the road and the PIT maneuver, in which a car is hit in the rear causing the driver to swerve and lose control, to end the chase.

Controversial facial recognition company claims it has a First Amendment right to your public photos

IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES
IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES

Clearview AI faced heat after it was discovered they had mined billions of publicly accessible images from Facebook and Ton-That’s comments prove the company isn’t backing down.

Twitter isn’t the only company that wants Clearview AI to stop scraping its data.

CBS News reported on Wednesday that Google and YouTube have also sent cease-and-desist letters to the company.

Facebook previously told the New York Times that it was investigating whether the company is violating its terms.

Politics:

Senate Majority Acquits Trump On All Impeachment Charges

The Senate voted to acquit Trump on the first article of impeachment, a charge for abuse of power, with a vote of 52-48, falling short of the 67 needed to remove the president from office.

They voted to acquit on the second article of impeachment, a charge of obstruction of justice, with a vote of 53-47.

Sen. Mitt Romney announced just hours before he would break party lines and split his vote, voting Trump guilty on the abuse of power charge, but not guilty on the obstruction of justice charge.

Despite months of Democrats trying to bring down the president, Trump reached his highest approval rating on Tuesday hours before his third State of the Union address with 49 percent of Americans approving of the president’s job performance.

Biden goes on attack, slams Buttigieg and Sanders after taking ‘gut punch’ in Iowa

Former Vice President Joe Biden takes selfies with supporters during a campaign event in Somersworth, N.H. on Feb. 5, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden takes selfies with supporters during a campaign event in Somersworth, N.H. on Feb. 5, 2020

Biden acknowledged that “this is not the first time in my life I’ve been knocked down.”

But he vowed that “we are going to come back” and pledged that “I’m going to fight for this nomination. I’m going to fight for it here in New Hampshire, and in Nevada and then in South Carolina and beyond.”

Biden’s lackluster performance in the Iowa caucuses makes a strong finish in next week’s primary in New Hampshire even more imperative.

House GOP leaders discuss Pelosi’s behavior at State of the Union

Commentary/Opinion:
House GOP leaders hold press conference after closed door meeting.

Wisconsin farm groups happy with focus on farm aid at State Capitol

Wisconsin dairy farm

Nancy Gil | Shutterstock.com
Wisconsin dairy farmNancy Gil | Shutterstock.com

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said a pair of tax breaks for farmers are working their way through the legislative process, and should be finalized before lawmakers end the spring session.

One proposal would allow farmers and dairymen to deduct the cost of health insurance from their taxes. The other idea is a property tax cut.

The insurance change would apply to some other small businesses as well, while the tax cut would be just for farmers.

“Our goal is to provide short-term and long-term relief,” Vos said “Wisconsin farmers need help now but we also need to lay a foundation for future success.”

That is good news to some of the state’s biggest agriculture groups.

Common Sense Ep. 4 The Trial: The Biden Family Crimes Conclusively Proved | SWORN AFFIDAVIT

Commentary/Opinion:
In this episode, we explore the pattern of crime in Ukraine, Iraq, and China, which could lead not only to a bribery and money laundering case but a RICO case as well.

Van Jones: ‘Wake up’ Democrats, Trump is reaching blacks

CNN analyst Van Jones (screenshot)
CNN analyst Van Jones (screenshot)

“What he was saying to African-Americans can be effective,” Jones told a CNN panel, the Daily Caller reported.

“You may not like it but he mentioned [historic black colleges and universities],” he continued. “Black colleges have been struggling for a long time, a bunch of them have gone under:

He threw a lifeline to them in real life in his budget. He talked about this. He talked about criminal justice reform. He talked about Opportunity Zones.”

A recent Rasmussen poll shows black-voter support for Trump has doubled in the last year to an astonishing 42%.

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Democratic legend James Carville lights into his party’s direction and its radical candidates in sobering interview

Mark Von Holden/WireImage
Mark Von Holden/WireImage

The influential politico, who helped lead Bill Clinton to the White House, said Tuesday that he is “scared to death” over the future of the Democratic Party, lamenting the party’s radical leftward shift.

“I’m 75 years old. Why am I here doing this? Because I am scared to death — that’s why!” Carville said on MSNBC.

“We’ve got to decide what we want to be. Are we going to be an ideological cult? Or do we want to have a majoritarian instinct to be a majority party?” he went on to say.

President Donald Trump Names Four District Court Nominees

President Trump closed out 2019 with a number of successes in the courts.

During the first week of December, eight judges were confirmed, one of which filled the longest-standing vacancy in the federal judiciary.

With that brought the tally of Trump’s confirmed justices to 170, meaning that one out of every five federal judges was appointed by Trump.

The breakdown (at the time) was 120 district court confirmations, forty-eight on the circuit courts, and two on the Supreme Court.

In a rush before the New Year, the Senate confirmed another thirteen district court nominees, further increasing Trump’s representation in the courts.

Why Dave Rubin And Many Others Are Leaving The Democratic Party | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Commentary/Opinion:
Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report appears on Mike Huckabee’s “After The Show” to share his story on how he left the left and how progressives are pushing people away from the Democratic Party.

He talks about his origins on the big progressive show The Young Turks and his political awakening involving David Webb.

Dave discusses how the current far left and progressive side of the Democratic party’s obsession with identity politics, diversity and being “woke” is forcing people with center-left or centrist political leanings to rethink voting for Democratic candidates in the 2020 election and rethink their party affiliation altogether.

World News:

Grieving families bury kids slain in Mexico arcade attack

A coffin containing the remains of one of three children shot dead in a video-game arcade, is lowered into a freshly dug grave in Uruapan, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Relatives gathered in a driving rain Wednesday to mourn and bury three children, a 17-year-old and five adults shot to death in the Monday attack, in the Mexican western state of Michoacan. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Four gunmen walked into the arcade, looking for gang rivals who purportedly hung out there.

They apparently didn’t find them, but started shooting anyway, killing those inside indiscriminately.

“I have cried myself all out,” Gutierrez said as the family buried Miguel Angel. “I have no more tears left, now they are coming from the sky,” she said, gesturing at the heavy rain.

Uruapan, a city of about 340,000 people, is in Mexico’s avocado belt, where violence has reached shocking proportions.

Before the arcade killings, investigators had found the decomposed bodies of 11 people in clandestine graves in the city over the weekend.

Trump meets with Venezuelan opposition leader Guaidó at White House

The closed-door meeting between Trump and Guaidó comes a day after the Venezuelan received a White House invitation to the president’s State of the Union address, where Trump praised Guaidó and promised Washington’s support for his cause.

Trump’s embrace of Guaidó seemed to quell concerns that the president had soured on Guaidó’s chances of actually replacing Maduro as Venezuela’s leader.

Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials met in December to reexamine their approach in pushing for democracy in the South American nation.

Armed men storm Mexican police station, tie up officer and steal guns

“The General Public Security Commission of Tlalnepantla provided the state agency with all the data it has on the events that occurred this morning, when two armed suspects entered the module, threatened the police in turn and stole weapons, nine radios, and laptops, which have already been discharged,” the statement said.

The statement did not specify what type of guns were stolen, but local police typically carry pistols.

The city’s police department also opened an internal investigation to determine whether any city employees were involved.

EU warns against Israeli annexation of West Bank – TV7 Israel News 05.02.20

1) Palestinian Islamists have yet again launched a barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip toward Israel’s southern communities; prompting Israeli retaliatory strikes against Hamas positions in the southern part of the Palestinian enclave.

2) The European Union rejected the United States so-called “deal of the century” for the decades-old Israeli Palestinian conflict; and warns Israel of consequences if it would annex parts of the West Bank.

3) Bolivia has resumed full diplomatic relations with Israel, in light of a shift in La Paz’s foreign policy toward the United States.

Second avalanche kills dozens of rescuers in Turkey – video

More than 30 rescue workers have died in an avalanche in eastern Turkey while trying to find people missing after an earlier snowslide.

The country’s emergency and disaster management agency said rescue teams were searching for victims of the first avalanche, which killed at least five people, when a second struck.

Chinese baby in Wuhan tests positive for coronavirus 30 hours after birth

Citing Chinese state media, the New York Post reported Wednesday that the newborn was diagnosed with the disease just 30 hours after birth in Wuhan.

Doctors at the hospital said that the child’s vital signs were stable and that there was no fever or cough, Reuters reported.

However, the story also says that the child was experiencing shortness of breath and that chest X-rays showed signs of infection and liver issues.

The newborn’s diagnosis points to the possibility that the fast-spreading and deadly disease can be transmitted in the womb, during childbirth or afterward, otherwise known as “vertical transmission.”

Trump’s Middle East peace plan ‘will die’ before president, Iran’s top leader says

Khamenei said Wednesday that Trump's Mideast peace plan will not outlive the president.
Khamenei said Wednesday that Trump’s Mideast peace plan will not outlive the president. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the bold calculation in his first remarks since the proposal, which has been opposed by the Palestinians, was unveiled last week.

He also said Iran will continue to support Palestinian armed groups as much as possible, believing those organizations “will resist” the plan.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the plan as “nonsense” and vowed to resist it.

Netanyahu called it a “historic breakthrough” equal in significance to the country’s declaration of independence in 1948.

Russia voices concern over new US nuclear weapon

The Pentagon’s top policy official told The Associated Press this week that a a nuclear warhead of reduced destructive power had been fitted onto a Trident II intercontinental ballistic missiles carried by nuclear submarines.

John Rood, the undersecretary of defense for policy, said the deployment of the so-called low-yield warheads lowers the risk of nuclear war by helping dissuade Russia from initiating a limited nuclear conflict.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday that the new missile’s deployment is an indication the United States views a low-intensity nuclear conflict as a feasible option.

He described the U.S. move as “very alarming.”

Commentary/Opinion:

Story Time With Will: Should a Boy Wear a Dress?

Children need structure and stability—like in knowing that boys are boys and girls are girls.

It’s one of the first ways a child organizes the weird world around them.

Sadly, many adults now actively encourage gender confusion to young kids because it’s “woke,” or something.

Will Witt reads us just such a book.