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Facebook now alerting users of ‘extremist content’ with new warning screen

Facebook (Dreamstime/TNS)
Facebook (Dreamstime/TNS)

On Thursday, Facebook users began receiving notices from the social media website informing them that they “may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently.”

Other Facebook users began receiving another notice asking “Are you concerned that someone you know is becoming an extremist?”

Reporter Brendan Gutenschwager tweeted screenshots of both Facebook notices.

“Facebook notifying some users ‘you may have been exposed to harmful extremist content recently’ with a new notice and link for ‘support from experts,’” he wrote.

It is not clear what prompted this latest action by Facebook or how long it has been going.

In recent weeks, President Joe Biden’s administration announced it is working on a plan to enable Americans to report “radicalized” friends and family members to government agencies for the purpose of countering domestic terrorism.

Pennsylvania coroner resigns after he tries to meet up with a ‘15-year-old boy’ for sex: report

Image source: WNEP-TV video screenshot
Image source: WNEP-TV video screenshot

According to WNEP-TV, Carman’s abrupt resignation “seemed to come out of the blue.”

Then, the station reported, more information emerged surrounding the ex-coroner’s personal business.

“Musa Harris, who calls himself the Luzerne County Predator Catcher, allegedly confronted Carman [on video] at a convenience store in Kingston,” the station noted.

Harris shot video of his interaction with Carman at the convenience store after he reportedly spoke with him online while posing as a 15-year-old boy.

Trump Organization lawyer gives an update on CFO indictment

Alan Futerfas, the attorney for the Trump Organization, gives an update on the defense of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Allen Weisselberg who was charged by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office for alleged tax related crimes – Via Newsmax’s ‘American Agenda.’

Trump allies launch social media platform

GETTR,
GETTR,

The 45th president’s former spokesman, Jason Miller, spearheaded the launch, and the platform appears to share similarities with Twitter.

The former president will reportedly not be joining the website, nor will he have any financial stake in the company.

The website garnered positive reviews from users, and initial hashtags included “#heatwave,” “#trump,” “#COVID,” “#KimJongUn,” and “#defendfreedom.”

Tim Murtaugh, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Sean Parnell appeared as top users.


An Afghan Engineer Who Served the U.S. Military Had His Visa Denied Because the State Department Can’t Reverify His Kidnapped Supervisor’s Support

 [Photo via Newscom]
[Photo via Newscom]

He chose the third. ABC News, which reported his story in December 2020, shared that Abdul applied for a special immigrant visa (SIV)—an American immigration pathway designed especially for Afghan interpreters and contractors who assisted U.S. forces during military campaigns.

SIVs theoretically provide a valuable escape option to these Afghans, who risk death and torture at the hands of the Taliban because of their connections to the United States.

For hopeful recipients, though, long-standing issues with the program make visas extraordinarily difficult to get—as Abdul would soon discover.

Migrants steal guns and ammunition from Texas ranch house: Border Patrol

U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office took custody of the migrants to investigate the incident and determine whether it would charge the group with trespassing and theft of property.

Big Bend sector chief patrol agent Sean McGoffin warned the “situation could have turned violent” with the armed suspects.

Without hesitation, these agents responded to the ranch house and safely secured the location, the stolen weapons and the undocumented non-citizens,” he said in a statement.

“With the presence of weapons in the wrong hands, this situation could have turned violent; fortunately, our agents were able to control the encounter and bring it to a peaceful resolution.”


Horrific video shows creep tackling woman, groping her in Brooklyn

The 35-year-old victim was walking south on Morgan Avenue in Williamsburg at 8:10 p.m. Monday when she noticed a stranger was following her, according to police. 

The victim did not report any injuries and refused medical treatment. 

The suspect is around 5 feet 5 and 165 pounds, with a medium complexion, medium build and black hair, police said. 

He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, green camouflage pants and black sneakers.

Arizona man who threatened to set off bomb in bank robbery attempt wanted to pay rent and buy car, police say

Genesis was arrested without incident and book into jail on one felony count of armed robbery. (Glendale Police Department)
Genesis was arrested without incident and book into jail on one felony count of armed robbery. (Glendale Police Department)

When the employees hid for their safety, Genesis left the bank empty-handed, according to police.

Officers responded around 3:40 p.m. to a report of an attempted robbery by a suspect who may be armed. A witness told a responding officer that the suspect had fled on foot. 

Police quickly found Genesis hiding behind bushes nearby and took him into custody without incident. The department shared officer bodycam video of his arrest.


Supreme Court Smacks Down Kamala Harris and California AG for Violating First Amendment

 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

While Vice President Kamala Harris was still Attorney General of California, she sent a letter to AFP in 2013 asking the non-profit to send Schedule B forms to disclose its largest donors.

A Schedule B is a highly confidential form that lists the names and addresses of a charity’s major donors—including those who live outside of California, according to the Cato Institute.

AFP declined to send the forms, saying doing so would dissuade people from donating and would violate the First Amendment.

A trial-court ruled in favor of AFP before the decision was reversed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, saying in part:

SCOTUS Upholds Arizona Ban on Ballot Harvesting and Out-of-Precinct Voting

GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images
GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images

Justice Alito wrote for the majority in a 6 to 3 decision that neither Arizona’s HB 2023 banning ballot harvesting nor the policy outlawing out-of-precinct voting  violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act which bans racial discrimination.

Alito was joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, Barrett, and Kavanaugh.

Justice Kagan wrote the dissent, joined by Justices Breyer and Sotomayor.


21 busted in sting to combat child sexual exploitation and trafficking in Fresno area

Felony arrest as part of Operation Stolen Hearts (Booking Photo: Fresno Police Department)
Felony arrest as part of Operation Stolen Hearts (Booking Photo: Fresno Police Department)

Operation Stolen Hearts took place last through a partnership with the Fresno Police Department and Department of Homeland Security Investigations to conduct a multi-day operation to combat child sexual exploitation and trafficking in the Fresno area.

Detectives also coordinated with Breaking the Chains, a local rescue group for victims of sex trafficking, to provide support services for victims of sex trafficking identified during the operation.

Undercover detectives used a variety of internet sites commonly used to facilitate sex trafficking to contact individuals seeking to arrange sex with a minor.

Rescuers spoke to woman trapped in Surfside collapse but she didn’t make it

A dumpster, metal bar and a wall of concrete prevented the rescuers from reaching the woman.
@MiamiDadeFire/Twitter
A dumpster, metal bar and a wall of concrete prevented the rescuers from reaching the woman.
@MiamiDadeFire/Twitter

One rescue worker who asked to remain anonymous tells Local 10 News: “Everybody that was there, that’s what we’re trying to do, get this lady out and comfort her. … She was asking for help and she was pleading to be taken out of there.

“We were continuously talking to her. … ‘Honey, we got you. We’re going to get to you.’”

But a photo he shared showed what stood in their way: A dumpster, metal rebar, and a wall of concrete.

He says he was never able to see the woman trapped inside.

“The first thing I remember is thumping on the wall and then I remember her just talking, ‘I’m here, get me out. Get me out,’” he says.

Politics:

Fox News Reporter Grills Psaki Over Which Republican Was In Favor Of Defunding The Police

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki over which Republicans said “they didn’t like the American Rescue Plan because they wanted to defund the police.”

A Biden adviser recently said that Republicans are responsible for defunding the police because they did not support Biden’s American Rescue.

Jordan and Comer join Gaetz in asking inspector general to probe Carlson NSA claim

“Mr. Carlson’s disclosures about the NSA’s actions are serious, and the NSA’s elusive response demands further inquiry.

We ask that the OIG immediately review whether the NSA collected, possessed, or obtained Mr. Carlson’s electronic communications and report to the Committee about this matter,” the three Republicans wrote in a letter to NSA Inspector General Robert P. Storch on Thursday, first obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Gaetz first called for an inspector general investigation into Carlson’s claims at a Wednesday House Judiciary Committee hearing.

The addition of Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Comer, the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, in a request to the NSA’s inspector general adds more weight and formality to the request, though it is still likely that it will be ignored.

Capitol riot investigation: Pelosi taps Republican Liz Cheney to sit on new committee

 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“We’re very honored and proud that she has agreed to serve on the committee,” Pelosi said Thursday in announcing Cheney’s appointment. 

Cheney, already ousted from GOP House leadership for routinely blaming former President Trump for sparking the attack, joined with all Democrats Wednesday to vote in favor of forming the committee along with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. 

Pelosi announced her eight choices for the 13-member committee Thursday at a Capitol news conference. 

The chairperson will be Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chair of the Homeland Security Committee. Other Democratic members are Reps. Zoe Lofgren, the chair of House Administration Committee; Adam Schiff, chair of the Intelligence Committee, as well as Reps. Pete Aguilar of California, Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Elaine Luria of Virginia. 

Critical Race Theory ‘Ground Zero’: Republican Glenn Youngkin Rallies Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia

Glenn Youngkin in Loudoun County, Virginia, June 30, 2021. (Breitbart News)
Glenn Youngkin in Loudoun County, Virginia, June 30, 2021. (Breitbart News)

Youngkin rolled out the first of what he said would be three phases of his plan to a crowd of a couple hundred attendees in front of the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Building, centering his first phase around “restoring standards.”

“On day one, I will sign an executive order returning Virginia’s schools to pre-McAuliffe standards.

No longer will Virginia race to the bottom when it comes to expectations,” he vowed.Youngkin promised to preserve advanced math classes and advanced diplomas, which came under threat this year by the state Department of Education after it said it would review eliminating advanced math classes through tenth grade and ridding of advanced diplomas, both in the name of equity.

The Virginia Republican also assured the crowd he would make new appointments to key positions within the Department of Education. “I hope the state superintendent is still there when I take office so that I can escort him to the door,” Youngkin quipped.

Left’s new attacks against Trump allies resemble a BANANA REPUBLIC

Alan Dershowitz, lawyer and host of The Dershow, tells Glenn the left’s recent attacks against former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani could take our nation down a DANGEROUS path.

Though a voting Democrat himself, Dershowitz says the far-left is becoming the ENEMY of free speech, due process, and equal protection of the law.

The attack against Giuliani really is an attack against Trump, his family, and his businesses, resembling a banana republic rather than a democratic one…

Congresswoman Boebert on border trip with Trump

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., discusses visiting the border with former President Trump and says what she saw was ‘absolutely devastating.’

The Democrat Party Is Shameless!

Commentary/Opinion:
The Democrat party is shameless!

Here’s the Simple Truth.

Tucker calls for probe into NSA spying on him

Tucker Carlson discusses latest developments with journalist Glenn Greenwald on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’.

Donald Trump speaks out after visiting southern border in ‘Hannity’ exclusive

Former president joins Sean Hannity for an exclusive interview from the southern border.

Donald Trump: ‘This can’t go until 2022

The former president and Texas governor discuss the Biden administration’s policies at the southern border

Trump says he made up his mind about running in 2024 during ‘Hannity’ exclusive

Former president discusses potential 2024 run in exclusive ‘Hannity’ townhall.

World News:

Man dies after stabbing Hong Kong police officer and himself in Causeway Bay

Photo: StandNews.
Photo: StandNews.

The men were seen lying in pools of blood after the incident, which took place at around 10pm in the busy shopping district according to police.

According to Oriental Daily citing a source, the suspect stabbed himself in the chest after injuring the officer’s left shoulder blade.

Police said on Facebook that the officer suffered a serious injury: “The police strongly condemn such violent acts which seriously endanger the lives of others.”

It came as police thwarted protests during the July 1 Handover anniversary, and exactly a year after an officer was stabbed during demonstrations in 2020.


Israel unbound by security-threatening deals; Hamas prepares for final battle TV7 Israel News 01.07

1) Israel thanks Germany for maintaining an uncompromising stance in the battle against antisemitism and terror.

2) Hamas is actively working to gain regional support “(for) (a) project of preparing for the upcoming liberation battle” against Israel.

3) Hezbollah seeks to increase Iranian influence in Lebanon by means of a state-initiated oil contract.

Xi Jinping Vows to Bash the Heads of ‘Foreign Bullies,’ ‘Utterly Defeat’ Taiwan

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images
JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images

Xi – who has made no public attempts to convince the Chinese public to get vaccinated and has not disclosed his personal vaccination status – did not mention the Chinese coronavirus pandemic in his speech, delivered to a packed Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

The square is most famous outside of China for being the site of a 1989 communist massacre resulting in at least 10,000 deaths of peaceful, pro-democracy protesters, many of them young students.

While Xi’s Party has more vocally defended the massacre, calling it a “political vaccine” against democracy, than past Chinese leaders, he also abstained from reflecting on the history of the plaza.

Officials estimated the crowd in Tiananmen Square numbered as high as 70,000 people.

“No one should underestimate the resolve, the will, and the ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi added.

Iran Insists Executing Children Is Not a Human Rights Violation

ARASH KHAMOOSHI/AFP via Getty Images
ARASH KHAMOOSHI/AFP via Getty Images

Tafreshi made his remarks in an interview with AFP prompted by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet blasting Iran for its “widespread use of the death penalty” a week ago.

“Despite repeated interventions and engagement by my own Office with the Government of Iran on this issue, the sentencing and executions of child offenders continue. This is both regrettable and, given the clear illegality of these actions, reprehensible,” she said.

“When we are talking about under-18s, we are not talking about six or five years old. We are talking about mainly our 17 years old big boys sic the court recognized their maturity,” Tafreshi responded to AFP on Wednesday.


Commentary/Opinion:

Was America Conceived in Racism? | Ep. 18

On this Independence Day that Joe Biden has so generously given us permission to celebrate (but only if we’re vaxxed!), Liz Wheeler examines the Left’s favorite questions: Was America conceived in racism?

Is the Constitution a pro-slavery document? Were the founding fathers racist?

Equipping ourselves with the REAL answers to these questions is key to fighting back against the radical Left’s attempts to delegitimize our entire nation.

Plus, from deadly lockdowns to hospital care based on race (!!!), these are the stories the mainstream media refused to report this week.

What People Still Get Wrong About Bitcoin | Alexander Lloyd | TECH | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to venture capital investor Alexander Lloyd about the promise and many misconceptions of Bitcoin.

Alexander explains how Bitcoin, blockchain technology, and decentralized finance have the potential to help people around the world who lack access to capital and protect them from government fiat currency problems like hyperinflation.

He also debunks some of the main misconceptions of Bitcoin.

He explains how it isn’t as anonymous as people think and that bitcoin mining isn’t bad for the environment and mostly uses renewable energy sources.

Alex also explains why he was an early investor in Locals and how he thinks Big Tech’s power needs to be challenged.

The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

Did you know that the Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history?

Watch as Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, shares the inconvenient history of the Democratic Party.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Insidiousness of Critical Race Theory | CLIP | American Thought Leaders

Victor Davis Hanson dives into the Marxist origins of critical theory and how it became embedded in the West.