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Watch: Kenosha Rioters Attack Man Defending Charitable Association

Scott Olson / Getty
Scott Olson / Getty

In the video, the man can be seen at the entrance to Danish Brotherhood Lodge 14 — a charitable society that was set on fire by rioters on Monday — with a fire extinguisher, which he then uses to spray at rioters in an attempt to drive them away from the building.

The Danish Brotherhood Lodge can be identified by the archway of the building in the video, which matches photos of the lodge on Google.

As the man sprays rioters — who are actively looting — with the fire extinguisher, he is then punched in the head from behind from another individual, causing him to fall to the ground, bleeding from the head.

Texas renews court effort to ban abortion procedure

Texas officials asked a federal appeals court’s permission Tuesday to enforce a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure — before the court rules on its constitutionality.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments on the law in November 2018.

But the panel had yet to rule as of Tuesday. Last week, the same panel declined a Texas motion to allow enforcement of the law while it prepares its ruling.

So, Texas officials on Tuesday asked the full 17-member court to consider the matter, essentially doing an end run around the panel.

VIDEO: 3 Officers Shot After Suspects Retreated to Car, Opened Doors on Same Day as Kenosha Shooting

Officers responding to a residential robbery call in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on Sunday were ambushed by two black gunmen who retreated to their vehicle, opened fire on police cruisers, and fled.

Andre Larnell Smith, 45, and Steven Maurice Warren, 45, injured three officers with gunfire before crashing their vehicle and being taken into custody.

The firefight was captured on the responding officer’s dashcam, and illustrated how quickly “unarmed” perpetrators can become armed and dangerous.

In your face: BLM activists force diners to raise fists in solidarity

Black Lives Matter activists confront a woman at a D.C. restaurant Aug. 24, 2020 (video screenshot)
Black Lives Matter activists confront a woman at a D.C. restaurant Aug. 24, 2020 (video screenshot)

A group of Black Lives Matter activists were caught on video in three separate instances harassing diners at Washington, D.C., restaurants on Monday who refused their demand to raise a fist in solidarity.

A lone woman, in one video, is seen surrounded by white activists raising their fists and shouting: “White silence is violence! White silence is violence!”

A group of Black Lives Matter activists were caught on video in three separate instances harassing diners at Washington, D.C., restaurants on Monday who refused their demand to raise a fist in solidarity.

A lone woman, in one video, is seen surrounded by white activists raising their fists and shouting: “White silence is violence! White silence is violence!”

Rioter interrupts live broadcast to explain why he’s angry and burning down his city

A rioter interrupted Steven Crowder’s interview this morning with BlazeTV’s Elijah Schaffer during the live broadcast of “Good Morning Mug Club” in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Steven spoke to the rioter and attempted to put stereotypes about #Black Lives Matter members to rest but was unable to do so.

Here’s what happened… (Content warning: language)

How a BLM Activist Learned His Lesson

Commentary/Opinion:
The Jacob Blake shooting has sparked outrage. Check out Jason’s common sense take on this situation.

Here’s the Simple Truth.

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New video of Kenosha tells a lot more about the Jacob Blake shooting

People should know that one of the crimes Mr. Blake has been charged with in the past is sexual assault and domestic abuse. He also has a record and a warrant for his arrest.

In 2015, he assaulted an officer and threatened people in a bar with a gun.

The man who said he made the cellphone video, 22-year-old Raysean White, said he saw Blake scuffling with three officers and heard them yell, “Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” before the gunfire erupted.

White said the next time he looked out the window, he saw “police out there wrestling” with the man who was later identified as Blake.

He said he witnessed a female officer deploying a Taser at Blake, NBC News reported.

There is also evidence the female officer tased Blake but it didn’t do any good.

The video showed that Blake disregarded the officers’ commands and kept going until he reached the driver’s door.

Watch: Armed Citizens Move to Defend Kenosha Businesses as Rioters Torch the City

Twitter/@VenturaReport
Twitter/@VenturaReport

Protests swept the city as arsonists brazenly targeted businesses. Jorge Ventura, a field reporter for the Daily Caller, was on the scene and caught up with armed citizens attempting to stop the angry rioters from destroying businesses:

Several videos from reporters on the ground show protesters vandalizing businesses and buildings completely engulfed by flames:

‘Cinderella’ Star Billy Porter: ‘Our Country Is in the Mess We’re in Because of Whiteness’

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

“The reason why our country is in the mess we’re in is simply because of whiteness. White supremacy.

White people choke-holding power and sucking the life out of humanity,” said Billy Porter in a recent Vanity Fair portfolio interview.

The Little Show of Horrors actor made his remarks in response to being asked “what is one specific fact, news story, or aspect that you feel has not received enough attention?”

San Antonio police seek 2 suspects in fatal shooting of 11-year-old girl

San Antonio police say the men in these photos are wanted in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old cheerleader on Aug. 15
San Antonio police say the men in these photos are wanted in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old cheerleader on Aug. 15 (San Antonio Police Department)

Police continue to investigate Donita Phillips’ murder but haven’t made any arrests.

The photos released Monday show one of the suspects in jeans, a white hoodie and a coronavirus mask and the other in shorts and flip flops.

“The suspect vehicle is a white Dodge 4-door with a pink steering wheel cover and a broken left taillight,” police said.

The gunfire also wounded a 35-year-old woman in a separate vehicle.

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Long arm of the coronavirus law: Crackdown from inspectors, fines, social services reaches deep

In measures directly related to keeping the disease curve flat, Michigan has been dealing out hefty fines to businesses that aren’t complying with the state’s coronavirus guidelines, according to The Detroit News.

This includes a $6,300 fine to a gas station where employees were wearing their face masks incorrectly or not at all, did not provide free face masks to its employees, conduct health training or screenings or have a coronavirus response plan.

In New York City, Eater New York reported that some bars are having their liquor licenses revoked after only single, vague warnings, and others are voluntarily closing because they are concerned about state liquor inspectors showing up unannounced to ask for proof that customers had ordered food with their alcoholic beverages.

“[W]e were scared of everyone who would show up with a backpack,” Will Wyatt, a co-owner of Mister Paradise, a cocktail bar in the East Village, told Eater New York.

New footage shows Jacob Blake clashing with police seconds before shooting

In the latest video posted online, Blake is seen wrestling with at least two Kenosha police officers.

The scuffle took place on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, which would have screened it from being seen by the initial video taken from the other side of the vehicle.

On July 6, Blake had been charged by Kenosha County prosecutors with sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct and an arrest warrant for him had been issued, the Daily Mail reported.

What We Know About the Wisconsin Shooting

Commentary/Opinion:
Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN. Aug 24, 2020

Tucker: Shocking scenes of violence out of Wisconsin

Commentary/Opinion:
FOX NEWS VIDEO: Violence and disorder continue to metastasize across the U.S.

First night of GOP convention delivers nearly six times more views than start of Democrats’ event on C-SPAN livestream

C-SPAN’s livestream of the first night of the Republican National Convention has attracted nearly 440,000 views, marking a substantial increase over the start of the Democratic National Convention, which drew 76,000 views.

The numbers for Monday night come ahead of traditional TV ratings from Nielsen Media Research, which will be released on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Nielsen, 18.7 million people tuned in to the first night of the virtual Democratic convention from Milwaukee and Wilmington, Del., 

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Politics:

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) full remarks at the 2020 Republican National Convention

ICYMI,
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks at the 2020 Republican National Convention. “”Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.

And that’s why I believe the next American century can be better than the last.”

Absentee vs. Mail-In Voting

Ever wonder what the actual difference between “absentee” voting and “mail-in voting” is?

And does mail-in voting make voter fraud more likely?

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Donna Brazile TRIGGERED — Plays Slavery Card, Lashes Out at Tammy Bruce After AMAZING RNC Night 1

Donna Brazile TRIGGERED — Plays Race Card, Lashes Out at Tammy Bruce After AMAZING Night 1 of Convention.

Pollster Lee Carter: Dials show independents in lockstep with GOP during first night of RNC

During her appearing on “Fox & Friends” with host Ainsley Earhardt, Carter said she thinks “overall you saw independents really, really resonating with the messages that they heard.”

Carter acknowledged there were “some blips” but said “the personal stories” from speakers, including former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott and former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, who was raised a Democrat and is a longtime friend of President Trump’s, “really resonated with the voters, and that’s what’s going to be remembered from last night.”

Carter, the president of Maslansky & Partners, broadcast her “voter dials,” which assess the real-time reactions to the debate from voters across the political spectrum, rating candidates’ statements from A to F.

Laura Ingraham’s panel reacts to first night of the Republican National Convention

Commentary/Opinion:
FOX NEWS VIDEO: Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics, join Laura Ingraham with reaction and analysis.

Herschel Walker reflects on powerful RNC speech, says people don’t really know Donald Trump

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Football great Herschel Walker joins Laura Ingraham with insight on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

Reps Scalise, Jordan recount personal stories about Trump during RNC

Commentary/Opinion:
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan open up about RNC speeches on ‘Fox & Friends.’

Tucker: When do we get America back?

Commentary/Opinion:
For Americans living under coronavirus restrictions, it’s a question too rarely asked.

In fact it’s actively discouraged.

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Devin Nunes:The Permanent Coup with Lee Smith

Commentary/Opinion:
The Permanent Coup with Lee Smith.

World News:

Crime boss of post-Soviet underworld shot dead in Turkey

Turkish police forces in Diyarbakır, Turkey.
Turkish police forces in Diyarbakır, Turkey. (Mahmut Bozarslan, Wikimedia Commons/Released)

The killing of a notorious crime boss from the Caucasus region is echoing across the criminal underworld of the former Soviet Union, with reverberations reaching an alleged Uzbek crime boss in Turkey who is the nephew of the former international amateur boxing chief.

Nadir “Lotu Guli” Salifov, a reputed member of the “thieves-in-law” criminal syndicate, had been known as a top crime boss in Russia and Azerbaijan.

He was shot dead at a restaurant in Turkey’s southern coastal city of Antalya on the evening of August 19.

Multiple underworld sources have told RFE/RL that the killer was one of Salifov’s bodyguards.

Dozen killed in Taliban truck bomb, other attacks across Afghanistan

Afghans look at at a car hit damaged a suicide bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghans look at at a car hit damaged a suicide bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

At least 12 people have been killed and scores wounded in attacks across Afghanistan, including in a Taliban truck bombing that targeted a military base used by Afghan commandos, officials said.

The suicide truck bomber in the northern province of Balkh killed three people, including two Afghan commandos and a civilian, according to the provincial governor’s spokesman, Munir Ahmad Farhad.

Hanif Rezaie, a spokesman for Afghan forces in the north of the country, said on August 25 that initial military reports suggested at least six commandos and about 35 civilians were wounded in that explosion. He said the blast also destroyed or damaged dozens of nearby civilians houses.

‘Yet Another Insurgency Hotspot’: Islamic Extremists Take Over Port In African Nation, Government Prepares For Battle

John Wessels/AFP via Getty Images
John Wessels/AFP via Getty Images

Analysts say the Islamic State Central African Province showed previously unseen levels of organization and weaponry during the skirmish that saw the group seize the port earlier this month, according to the Associated Press.

The conflict in the northeast province of Cabo Delgado is quickly unfolding into “yet another insurgency hotspot,” the Associated Press reported.

“The fall of Mocímboa da Praia is a major strategic victory for the insurgents,” said Eric Morier-Genoud, a historian at Queen’s University Belfast.

“They took five days to capture the town and its port.”

Israel-Gaza exchange fire; Jerusalem lawmakers avert early elections – TV7 Israel News 25.08.20

1) Hamas complains over Israel’s retaliatory bombardments – terming them “in-humane”; after the Islamist-controlled territory declares a forty-eight-hour closure over a reported outbreak of the corona contagion.

2) Israeli lawmakers passed into legislation a bill to postpone a deadline for approving the state budget, consequently averting early elections.

3) Jerusalem urges Europe to reconsider its actions vis-à-vis Iran; insisting that aligning its Tehran-related policy with the policy of the United States is the only way forward.

Turkey Says Ready For Talks With Greece Without Preconditions

Greek Navy aircraft and ships have been manoeuvering close to their Turkish opposite numbers.
Greek Navy aircraft and ships have been manoeuvering close to their Turkish opposite numbers.GREEK DEFENCE MINISTRY / Handout4)

“We are in favour of negotiations for fair sharing but nobody should lay down preconditions. This cannot happen with preconditions laid down by Greece,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after talks with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Ankara.

EU powerhouse Germany is spearheading efforts to avoid an outright military conflict that could imperil Europe’s future access to newly-discovered energy reserves.

Greece’s maritime claims are backed by the entire European Union, but the bloc has so far held back from heavily sanctioning Turkey, fearing possible retaliation from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sweden uncovers 3,700 false positives from faulty Chinese-made coronavirus test kits

Sweden's Public Health Agency said the PCR kits, which test for an ongoing COVID-19 infection, were made in China by the company BGI Genomics and had been distributed worldwide
Sweden’s Public Health Agency said the PCR kits, which test for an ongoing COVID-19 infection, were made in China by the company BGI Genomics and had been distributed worldwide (Pictured: PCR kits made by Chinese company BGI Genomics)

The agency said the PCR kits, which test for an ongoing COVID-19 infection, were made in China by the company BGI Genomics and had been distributed worldwide.

In Sweden, the kits were used by people conducting at-home tests between period March and August, the agency said.

It added that it would contact those affected this week, as well as adjusting Sweden’s official number of cases.

‘The faulty test kit has been reported to the Swedish Medical Products Agency. It has been exported by China to many other countries,’ the agency said, adding that it has ‘informed relevant authorities in Europe and the WHO’.

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Commentary/Opinion:

Jessa Duggar Seewald says she was in a ‘spiritual depression’ due to unrealistic expectations of Christian life

The “Counting On” star, 27, took to Instagram on Saturday to discuss her recent religious journey, which included doubting herself.

After growing up in a religious household, Seewald admitted that she struggled in her teens and late 20s with her relationship with God.

“I felt a bit dry in my relationship with the Lord. I didn’t have drive to be in God’s word…I wasn’t praying like I should,” admitted the star, per People.

“I could see this goal of where I wanted to be in my relationship with the Lord, and I wasn’t there.”

“I felt unsettled, restless and frustrated,” she continued.

“I think if Christians were more open about the hard times, I think if Christians were more raw, you might find that more people go through this.”