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In The News:

Fire at Jewish Student Center Ruled Arson

University of Delaware / Wikimedia Commons
University of Delaware / Wikimedia Commons

The university’s Chabad Center for Jewish Life went up in flames late Tuesday night, causing approximately $150,000 in damages.

A Delaware fire marshal announced that the fire was arson and a criminal investigation is underway.

The university has withheld labeling the incident a “hate crime” until the investigation is complete, though it affirmed its solidarity with the Jewish community.

The building was not occupied at the time of the fire.

Seattle rioters allegedly seal police precinct doors using quick-dry concrete, start fire nearby

Trash fire set outside of East Precinct; East Precinct door damaged by protesters.
Trash fire set outside of East Precinct; East Precinct door damaged by protesters. (Seattle Police Department)

The Seattle Police Department released body camera footage on Wednesday showing officers being repeatedly hit with fireworks that were allegedly being thrown by rioters on Aug. 16 and 17 in the SoDo neighborhood of the Washington state city, police said.

Just one day earlier, the department said police were attacked by protesters who broke windows, scrawled graffiti and threw objects at its West Precinct on Monday night before moving to the East Precinct.

There, they started a fire next to the building and “placed quick-drying cement in exterior precinct door locks,” police said, in an alleged attempt to prevent the officers from being able to get out, according to local KOMO News.

Child Sex Tourist Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography and Child Exploitation Crimes

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Hogan repeatedly used social media accounts and the Internet to reach out to minor girls in the Philippines.

His minor victims ranged in age from 12 to 17, and each victim told Hogan how old she was. Hogan offered his victims as little as $19 for extremely graphic sexual images that the girls took of themselves and one another to send to him.

Hogan also sent child pornography to his minor victims to groom them and show them the kinds of images he liked.

As Judge Peterson noted, Hogan’s conduct far exceeded producing and collecting child pornography.

The Court found that in addition to the online recruitment of minor victims, Hogan repeatedly traveled to the Philippines and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with his minor victims.

Anti-Trump activists plan protests, concert to disrupt president’s RNC acceptance speech

President Trump will formally accept the Republican nomination from the White House and deliver a speech to close the convention from the South Lawn.

Fencing and barriers have again been bolstered outside the White House ahead of expected demonstrations.

A fireworks display is expected at the Washington Monument at the conclusion of his remarks.

Organizing group Shutdown DC announced it would “crash Trump’s party” with a rally Thursday night.

The action began at noon with a “Power to the People Rally for Workers Rights” held outside Jeff Bezos’ Washington, D.C., home.

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South Carolina college student, stepfather fatally shot in head on front lawn over fender bender: reports

Ty Sheem Ha Sheem Walters III, 23, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection to the shooting that killed Anderson and Wall.
Ty Sheem Ha Sheem Walters III, 23, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection to the shooting that killed Anderson and Wall. (Georgetown County Sheriffs Office)

Laura Ashley Anderson, 21, and Charles Nicholas Wall, 45, were killed outside a home in Georgetown, S.C., which was recently purchased by Anderson, where she expected to begin her new adult life.

Ty Sheem Walters III, 23, allegedly rear-ended Wall as he turned into the driveway of the home near the intersection of Indian Hut Road and Highmarket Street, just off of U.S. 521, around 5 p.m., according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.

He then allegedly got out of the vehicle and shot Wall, Anderson, and another person, WPDE reported.

Wall was shot at least twice in the head and torso. Anderson was shot at least once in the head.

U.S. Marshals Find DOZENS of Missing Children in Georgia

Photo by: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals
Photo by: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals

“Operation Not Forgotten” resulted in the rescue of 26 children, the safe location of 13 children and the arrest of nine criminal associates.

Additionally, investigators cleared 26 arrest warrants and filed additional charges for alleged crimes related to sex trafficking, parental kidnapping, registered sex offender violations, drugs and weapons possession, and custodial interference.

The 26 warrants cleared included 19 arrest warrants for a total of nine individuals arrested, some of whom had multiple warrants.

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Fannie and Freddie extend foreclosure suspensions to year’s end

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend their suspension of mortgage foreclosures through at least the end of the year.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend their suspension of mortgage foreclosures through at least the end of the year.(Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

Fannie and Freddie, which backstop about $5 trillion of home loans, will also extend their moratorium on evictions from real-estate owned properties until at least Dec. 31, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said in a Thursday statement.

The relief on foreclosures and evictions were both set to lapse at the end of the month.

The extensions are intended to keep consumers from being kicked out of their residences even if they can’t pay their mortgage or rent amid a surge in layoffs and lost income.

FHFA Director Mark Calabria, whose agency regulates Fannie and Freddie, said the extensions will protect more than 28 million borrowers with a loan guaranteed by the companies.

Virginia Democrats Pass Bill That Eases Sentencing for Assaulting Police

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The bill would strike down Virginia’s six-month mandatory minimum sentence for striking an officer and provide judges the discretion to lower charges to a misdemeanor in less severe cases.

Despite vehement opposition from Republicans, Democratic lawmakers fast-tracked the passage of the bill with a party-line vote.

Republican members argued that the bill undercuts police officers who are confronting a nationwide crime wave.

The new legislation follows Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s (D.) administration’s recent decisions to grant parole to convicted murderers, including Vincent Martin, who was serving a life sentence for murdering a police officer.

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Black Lives Matter protesters exchange gunfire with property owners amid march to DC

State police said a property owner contacted authorities just after 11 p.m. about a group of people in a private business parking lot, and troopers later learned about 30 activists had been traveling on foot and in vehicles from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C., the station said.

About 11:35 p.m. at the same location — and prior to police arrival — the property owners confronted the activists, police added, according to WTAE.

In a separate incident a day later, a man was charged with discharging a firearm in the parking lot of a Bedford County hotel where the protesters were staying, authorities told the Cumberland Times-News.

Since one of the activists reportedly livestreamed the incident on Facebook, troopers were able to identify vehicles — and troopers said they later stopped a 1988 Ford truck, in which Jeremy William Decker was the passenger, the paper said.

Nevada sees a downward trend in COVID-19 cases

Members of the Nevada Air National Guard work at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Members of the Nevada Air National Guard work at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. AP Photo/John Locher

The Nevada Hospital Association noted in their Wednesday COVID-19 report that the state’s health care infrastructure “continues to appreciate a decline in COVID-19 demand and currently is not being significantly stressed by the virus.”

Demand on Clark County’s health care infrastructure also continues to decline, NHA noted.

“The health care infrastructure within Clark County is in fair condition with sufficient excess capacity and capability,” the report said. “A few facilities are experiencing greater than normal occupancy in the general hospital and intensive care units, but this too is decreasing.”

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Every Angle + Timeline of Kyle Rittenhouse Kenosha Riot Shooting

The final man to approach Kyle in fact was armed with a pistol. He was shot in the arm.

Ken Cuccinelli on the Kenosha shooter: ‘There’s A LOT of evidence…that doesn’t seem to fit’

President Trump announced he will be sending the National Guard into Kenosha, Wisconsin, after nights of intense violence.

But will the federal government’s presence quell the chaos?

Acthing DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli speaks to Glenn about what the Department is prepared to do and gives his thoughts on how easily violence can spiral out of control like with the Kenosha Shooter when law enforcement isn’t allowed to do its job.

Democrat governors who ordered nursing homes to take COVID patients probed by DOJ

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

The Justice Department said it is probing four Democratic-led states that pushed nursing homes to admit new residents during the coronavirus, despite heightened risks to the elderly population from contracting COVID-19.

New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania have been under scrutiny for high mortality rates, particularly among the elderly.

The states all issued orders pushing nursing homes not to refuse new admissions even though there may have been warning signs of COVID-19. New York, for example, specifically banned testing for people being transferred from a hospital to a nursing home.

Politics:

Pelosi suggests canceling presidential debates: ‘I don’t think that there should be any

“I don’t think there should be any debates. I do not think the president of the United States has comported himself in a way that anybody has any association with truth, evidence, data and facts.

I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” Pelosi said.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy responded to Pelosi advising Biden not to debate Trump.

“President Trump’s passion, energy, and debate skills are unmatched. It’s no surprise that Pelosi wants to keep Biden in the basement,” he wrote on Twitter.

Voters Sync With Trump More Than Biden On Major Issues

Voters are more likely to identify with President Trump than with Democratic nominee Joe Biden when it comes to the big issues.

They also give Trump a slightly better chance these days of having a successful presidency.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters say Trump’s views are closest to their own when they think about the major issues facing the nation.

Thirty-four percent (34%) say Biden’s views are closest to their own.

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REAL-CLEAR POLITICS VIDEO: Civil Rights Activist Clarence Henderson: If You Vote For Biden, You Don’t Know History

1960s Civil Rights Activist Clarence Henderson spoke at the Republican National Convention and why he is supporting President Donald Trump for reelection.

“Freedom of thought is a powerful thing.

Joe Biden said if you don’t vote for him you ain’t black. If you vote for him, you don’t know history.

Politicians are a dime a dozen,” said Henderson, “There are African-American voters all over the country who the media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points.

You know what that’ll get you? The same old results”

“His policies show his heart. He has done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50.”

Civil rights hero explains his support for President Trump

As a young man, Clarence Henderson took part in a historic sit-in at a segregated North Carolina lunch counter.

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Kayleigh McEnany shares personal health journey at the RNC | Full

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks on the third night of the Republican National Convention.

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Tucker: Lawmakers win when they promise to fix chaos

Commentary/Opinion:
A party that tolerates rioting has no future in a democracy.

Kenosha devolved into anarchy because the authorities abandoned the people.

Those in charge, from the governor on down, refused to enforce the law.
They’ve stood back and watched Kenosha burn.

Are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?

Tucker on CNN anchors’ reasoning for Biden to speak up on violence

Commentary/Opinion:
The left mortgaged their soul to allow chaos on America’s streets in exchange for hope of election, says Victor Davis Hansen, senior fellow with The Hoover Institute.

World News:

Two dead in clashes south of Lebanese capital

The Lebanese army said on its Twitter account that it had deployed units to Khaldeh town to “control the situation” and restore calm. Army units deployed to nearby towns to open blocked roads, it said.

State news agency NNA and the security source said gunfire was exchanged. The confrontation erupted after of row a few days ago over a poster marking the Shi’ite Muslim Ashoura religious ritual in an area where both Shi’ites and Sunnis reside, the security source and a second official said.

Several political parties voiced concern over the incident as it continued to unfold, reflecting fears it could escalate as the country faces multiple crises amid a political vacuum.

Saudi-led coalition intercepts a ballistic missile launched towards Najran

The statement, carried by the Saudi state news agency SPA, added the missile was launched in a way to target civilians.

Yemen has been locked in conflict since 2014 when the Iran-aligned Houthis seized Sanaa, the capital, and then much of the country’s north.

Fighting escalated in March 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition intervened to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Terror claims Israeli life; Hamas vows more violence; IDF warns Hezbollah – TV7 Israel News 27.08.20

1) Hamas is threatening to exacerbate the violence directed at Israel, in light of Jerusalem’s persistent refusal to capitulate to the Islamist group’s ‘extortion-tactics’ by-means of indiscriminate terror attacks against the southern communities of the Jewish State.

2) UN Envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov warns that the deteriorating security situation vis-à-vis the Gaza Strip signifies a trend which soon may become irreversible.

3) Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi holds a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin, during which he once again urged Europe to alter its policy with regard to Iran.

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Hong Kong: China arrests 10 after intercepting boat ‘fleeing Hong Kong’

China's coast guard said it intercepted the ship off the coast of the southern province of Guangdong on Sunday morning.
China’s coast guard said it intercepted the ship off the coast of the southern province of Guangdong on Sunday morning.GETTY IMAGES

China’s coastguard said the arrests were made on Sunday morning off the southern province of Guangdong, near Hong Kong.

Hong Kong media reports said those on board the vessel were trying to reach Taiwan to claim political asylum.

Hong Kong has seen a wave of arrests of activists in recent weeks under a controversial national security law imposed by China in June.

A social media post by the Guangdong Coast Guard on Wednesday said those arrested were being held on suspicion of unlawfully crossing the border.

Commentary/Opinion:

The Media Narrative In The Jacob Blake Shooting Begins To Crumble | The Matt Walsh Show Ep. 552

Today on the Matt Walsh Show, the media narrative in the Jacob Blake shooting is falling apart.

As the truth emerges, the story we were originally told appears wrong or misleading on a number of key points.

But that doesn’t matter to the rioters, who consider truth to be an irrelevant detail.

Also Five Headlines including the nun at the RNC convention last night sent in to do battle against the DNC’s fake nun. There was a clear victor.

And in our Daily Cancellation, I will cancel the New York Times for an article that asks us to feel sorry for men who get caught by police while trying to have sex with children.