In The News Today: 4/18/2022

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TIPP Insights: America’s Fentanyl epidemic

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An injectable drug is loaded into a syringe while prescription medication is strewn about haphazardly. Getty Images

A UCLA study found that Fentanyl-related deaths among American teenagers aged 14 to 18 increased by 168%, from 253 in 2019 to 680 in 2020.

In 2021, Fentanyl accounted for 77% of all teen overdose deaths. The study used CDC data for statistical analysis. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published the study last week.

The researchers highlighted Fentanyl contamination of illegal drugs. Fentanyl is mixed with drugs such as heroin, Xanax, or cocaine to boost their euphoric effects. Many people overdose on the drug without even realizing they are using it.

Fentanyl overdosing triggers stupor, cold, clammy, and blue skin. It can also trigger respiratory failure leading to death or a coma.

One in five (19%) White and 19% of Black said they knew of someone who died from a Fentanyl overdose. But, one in three Hispanics (34%) reported knowledge of Fentanyl-related death.

One byproduct of uncontrolled illegal immigration on the southern border is the spike in drug smuggling.

The U.S. Border Patrol has reported significant increases in Fentanyl seizures. The USBP seized 4,791 pounds of Fentanyl in 2020 and 11,201 pounds in 2021, an increase of 134%.

Boston U professor declares GOP ‘the party of white supremacy,’ claims they are ‘grooming’ racists

Boston University Professor Ibram X. Kendi
Boston University Professor Ibram X. Kendi

Controversial activist and Boston University Professor Ibram X. Kendi says Republicans are not the “party of parents,” but rather “the party of white supremacy,” and they are “grooming” kids to be racists.

In an op-ed for The Atlantic, the author of “How to Be an Antiracist” pushed his new book while attacking the GOP in a divisive rant about Republicans’ rejection of critical race theory and gender identity classes for third-graders.

“This Republican Party is not the party of any group of parents, but the party of white supremacy,” Kendi declares.

“The Republican Party is clearly not the party of parents,” he continues. “The Republican Party is certainly not the party of parents of color. But is the Republican Party even the party of white parents?”

Chips Act | Full Measure

You may have heard: there is an ongoing shortage of computer chips that go into everything, from computers and cars to equipment for the U.S. military.

Now, Scott Thuman reports, there’s a plan to solve the problem using your tax dollars.

Dem-run state gives free health, dental to illegal immigrants: ‘more than I get as a retired veteran’

With nearly two hundred thousand illegal immigrants flowing across the U.S-Mexico border every month and experts predicting those numbers to surge significantly when President Biden ends the Trump-era pandemic restrictions at the border, known as Title 42, next month, it’s a fair argument to suggest that Democratic leaders want numbers on this scale.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has said on many occasions that what we are witnessing is a “demographic replacement” program, part of an intentional effort to manipulate U.S. immigration laws to artificially alter voter demographics in America and render white Anglo Saxon Protestants (WASPs) a minority.

With almost 2 million illegal immigrants last year alone and the numbers this year on pace to top that record flow, the numbers are certainly there to bring this about in short order.

There can be no argument that Democrats are going the extra mile to entice migrants from other countries to disregard our laws and enter the country illegally. Just look to the state of Illinois, which will now offer free health care for senior illegal immigrants.

Clean Energy | Full Measure

Today, a hard look at one little-discussed reality of the multi-billion-dollar green energy industry. Whether we are talking wind, solar, or electric, they are marketed as environmentally friendly and clean: the opposite of dirty, polluting fossil fuels.

But it’s not so simple.

What we think of as clean power can take a surprising toll on the environment. We examine the difficult equation when it comes to clean and green.

Cyberspace Threats | Full Measure

It is widely recognized that a cyberattack is one of our biggest national security concerns and threats.

But I will bet most of you did not know a first-of-its kind commission to develop a national strategy recently finished two years of work.

It is the Cyberspace Solarium Commission — the name based on President Eisenhower’s Project Solarium, which developed new policies for the Cold War.
Senator Angus King was a co-chair of the cyber body and today speaks with me about its mission.

Luke Rosiak: Schools Inflate Grades & Rig Stats to Achieve ‘Equity’ & Hide Teaching Failures | CLIP

“Almost every school district in the country is on record supporting equity. It means equal outcomes by race…

That means forcing equal outcomes by either bringing the top performers down or by just rigging the stats.”

Investigative reporter Luke Rosiak, author of “Race to the Bottom: Uncovering the Secret Forces Destroying American Public Education”

Queens mom Orsolya Gaal was stabbed nearly 60 times: police sources

The body of Orsolya Gaal was found inside a duffel bag.
The body of Orsolya Gaal was found inside a duffel bag.

Slain Queens mom Orsolya Gaal‘s autopsy reveals she was brutally stabbed nearly 60 times before her body was discovered in a duffel bag less than a half-mile from her stately home, law enforcement sources said.

Gaal, 51 — who was found inside the luggage just after 8 a.m. Saturday in Forest Hills — sustained about 60 sharp force injuries to her neck, torso and left arm, according to the sources with knowledge of her autopsy. 

Puncture wounds were discovered on her carotid artery and trachea, the sources said. 

She was also discovered with knife wounds inside her fingers and on the palms of her hands, according to the sources.

Gaal spent some of her final hours puttering around her yard and enjoying a night out — before video caught a mysterious figure lugging her makeshift casket down the street.

Convicted murderer vows to get LA DA Gascon’s name tattooed on his face in audio obtained by Fox News

Luis Angel Hernandez
Luis Angel Hernandez 

Fox News has obtained audio of a convicted murderer saying he’s going to get Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s name tattooed on his face because the prosecutor massively reduced charges in his case.

“I’m going to get that n—–’s name on my face. That’s a champ right there. F—in’ Gascón,” says gang member Luis Angel Hernandez in a jailhouse phone call.

The audio was first made public in an episode of “Tucker Carlson Originals” about Gascón called “Suicide of Los Angeles,” which is now streaming on Fox Nation.

According to a law enforcement source, Hernandez shot and killed a delivery person for a marijuana delivery service during an armed robbery in 2018. He is a member of the OTF gang.

Philadelphia legal gun owner shoots, kills accused home intruder impersonating police officer

(WTXF/ Fox 29)
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A 25-year-old man told investigators two male suspects approached him outside the duplex and claimed to be police officers. They then forced their way inside, placed zip ties on the victim and started to threaten his life and demand money, police said.

“They tied his hands with zip ties around his back and threatened to kill him if he made any sudden moves. That’s when our victim realized these individuals were not police officers,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, according to WPVI-TV. 

The 25-year-old managed to free his hands and reach for a gun in his pocket. He fired toward the accused home intruders, striking one of them three times.

Officers from the 15th District who responded to the scene found a man outside the front doorway with gunshot wounds to the head, chest and arm. 

Maryland man, 18, charged with raping teen girl near elementary school, police say

Caden Isaiah Riley, 18, of Rockville, Maryland, was identified as the suspect, police said. (Montgomery County Department of Police )
Caden Isaiah Riley, 18, of Rockville, Maryland, was identified as the suspect, police said. (Montgomery County Department of Police )

The 16-year-old victim told officers that she had been assaulted by a male suspect who had been riding a bicycle on the pedestrian bridge near Lakewood Elementary School.

The officers then canvassed the area and located the suspect, whom they identified as 18-year-old Caden Isaiah Riley, of Rockville.

Investigators interviewed the victim and executed a search warrant at Riley’s home, where police said they found “items of evidentiary value.”

Florida judge voids US mask mandate for planes, other travel

The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, also said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention improperly failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rulemaking.

In her 59-page ruling, Mizelle said the only remedy was to vacate the rule entirely because it would be impossible to end it for the limited group of people who objected to it in the lawsuit.

The judge said “a limited remedy would be no remedy at all” and that the courts have full authority to make a decision such as this — even if the goals of the CDC in fighting the virus are laudable.

SCOTUS swats away SALT cap challenge that limits tax deductions in New York, Maryland

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supremecourt.gov (supremecourt.gov)

The Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal from several states challenging Congress’s cap on state and local taxes that can be deducted from federal taxable income.

New York led a group including Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland in trying to strike down the 2017 limit known as the SALT cap, which limits people to $10,000 of their state and local property and income taxes that can be deducted.

The states argued that the cap improperly encroached on states’ taxing ability.

The current SALT cap is set to expire after 2025.

Ex-Twitter CEO Dorsey slams board’s ‘dysfunction’ after response to Musk’s buyout bid

Jack Dorsey, left, and Elon Musk.  (Reuters / Reuters Photos)
Jack Dorsey, left, and Elon Musk.  (Reuters / Reuters Photos)

“If [you] look into the history of Twitter board, it’s intriguing as I was a witness on its early beginnings, mired in plots and coups, and particularly amongst Twitter’s founding members. I wish it could be made into a Hollywood thriller one day,” a Twitter user posted Sunday on the platform. 

Dorsey responded: “it’s consistently been the dysfunction of the company.”

Another Twitter user responded by asking if he’s allowed to publicly say that. Dorsey simply responded, “no.”

Border Patrol stopped 23 people on terrorist database at southern border in 2021: CBP data

Jan 23, 2022: A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands on a cliff looking for migrants that crossed the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico near the city of Sasabe, Arizona. ((Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images))
Jan 23, 2022: A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands on a cliff looking for migrants that crossed the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico near the city of Sasabe, Arizona. ((Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images))

 Border Patrol apprehended at least 23 people coming across the southern border whose names are on the terror watchlist in 2021, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data obtained by Fox News.

Between Jan. 20 and Dec. 27, 2021, there were 23 encounters with individuals whose names matched on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB).

Four were in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, 4 in Del Rio Sector, 3 in El Paso Sector, 2 in Tucson Sector, 2 in Yuma Sector, 4 in El Centro Sector and 4 in San Diego Sector. The information was provided to Fox News in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted in December.

Naomi Wolf on Pfizer Trials: “They Knew by August 2021 – Vaccines Were NOT Safe and Effective”

Naomi Wolf on Pfizer Trials: “This was a Clinical Trial that They Knew by August 2021 Was Failing – Vaccines Were NOT Safe and Effective”

Ilhan Omar mocked for voicing outrage over Easter worship on plane: ‘Why do you hate Christians?’

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks during an event outside the U.S. Capitol on April 30, 2019. (Olivier Douliery/Abacapress.com)
Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks during an event outside the U.S. Capitol on April 30, 2019. (Olivier Douliery/Abacapress.com)

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., expressed outrage over a video of Christians singing on a plane, leading many Republicans to attack her for what they suggested was anti-Christian bigotry.

Omar shared a video Saturday evening in which a worship leader with a guitar sings Christian worship music on an airplane. 

Many Republican candidates responded, suggesting that Omar had expressed hatred or bigotry against Christians.

Politics:

Here’s just ONE horrific result from Biden’s BORDER CRISIS

Teenage opioid overdoses have SKYROCKETED — they’re up 350 percent.

This is just ONE of the horrific results plaguing America thanks to Joe Biden’s MESS at our southern border…which is about to get even worse when the Biden administration lifts Title 42 in May.

But why wait until May? Just The News reports that a President Biden memo sent to the Border Patrol instructs agents to grant migrants ‘exceptions’ so they can cross the border more easily.

In this clip, Glenn breaks down the OUTRAGEOUS qualifications included in these new ‘exceptions’…

No Hillary Clinton penalties for THESE campaign crimes?

In a Friday court filing, Special Counsel John Durham reported that the CIA found Clinton campaign allegations of Donald Trump coordination with Russia was ‘user created.’

So, what does THAT mean? Glenn’s Chief Researcher Jason Buttrill joins the show to break it all down:

Why isn’t FBI implicated in this case when it was most DEFINITELY involved? Why does Hillary Clinton CONTINUE to dodge any form of punishment for her crimes?

And will the Clinton, Obama, and Biden era go down as the MOST corrupt one in all of American history?!

Tucker Carlson: This is where the political power is

Fox News host Tucker Carlson joined ‘Fox & Friends’ by phone to discuss the nationwide crime surge.

Florida rejects math textbooks that contain critical race theory

Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez on the state’s Department of Education rejecting textbooks with critical race theory.

Cori Bush surpasses $300K spent on private security as she continues calls to defund the police

Rep. Cori Bush talks eviction moratorium extension. (CBSN)
Rep. Cori Bush talks eviction moratorium extension. (CBSN)

The Missouri Democrat’s campaign reported spending $70,489 on security services between Jan. 1 and March 31, Federal Election Commission filings show.

The payments include $50,489 to Peace Security, $15,000 to Cortney Merrits and $5,000 to Nathaniel Davis.

Bush’s newest security checks follow the $233,663 her committee spent on the services in 2021, FEC records show. She has now paid out $304,152 for security this election cycle. 

As Bush’s campaign issued the most recent payments, she refused to rein in her calls to defund law enforcement, which Democrats fear will hurt the party in the 2022 elections.

Brooklyn Dem rapper running for office blasted police in profanity-fueled tweets

Noah Weston, known as the rapper Soul Khan, announced in February that he’s running for Democratic district leader of Assembly District 46 in Brooklyn.  (clips4congress/@soulkhan)
Noah Weston, known as the rapper Soul Khan, announced in February that he’s running for Democratic district leader of Assembly District 46 in Brooklyn.  (clips4congress/@soulkhan)

A rapper turned Democratic candidate running for office in Brooklyn has spent years spewing anti-cop rhetoric online and advocating to abolish the police, most recently lashing out against the NYPD after last week’s Brooklyn subway attack that left 29 people injured, including ten suffering gunshot wounds. 

Noah Weston, known as the rapper Soul Khan, announced in February that he’s running for Democratic district leader of Assembly District 46 in Brooklyn in response to the “indifference and broken promises” of President Biden and the “callousness and cruelty” of New York City Mayor Eric Adams so that he can “transform” what he perceives as failures of the Democratic Party “from the ground up.” 

His anti-cop rhetoric predated his decision to run, stretching back to at least 2020 following the death of George Floyd, according to a report by the New York Post published Sunday highlighting past tweets shared by Weston through the verified account “clips4congress” with the handle @soulkhan, as well as through his new campaign account “Noah Weston for District Leader” with the handle @noah4DL. 

Biden is destroying our country: Mark levin

‘Life, Liberty and Levin’ host Mark Levin slams President Biden and the Democratic Party for the economic crisis in the U.S.

This is what you get when America fails to lead: Steve Hilton

Steve Hilton discusses how the Biden administration’s poor leadership is creating turmoil both at home and abroad on ‘The Next Revolution.

World News:

Iran threatens to strike ‘heart of the Zionist regime’ if Israel makes ‘slightest move’ against them

Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi sent a chilling warning to Israel on Monday, vowing his nation’s armed forces will target “the heart” of the Jewish state if it makes “the slightest move” against Iran.

“If you make the slightest move against our nation… our armed forces’ destination will be the heart of the Zionist regime,” cautioned Raisi in a televised address.

Tensions between Iran and Israel have mounted amid U.S. President Joe Biden’s push to resurrect former President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with the Islamic nation.

As previously reported in American Wire News, the U.S. State Department in February restored sanctions waivers that would allow Iran to engage in international nuclear cooperation projects.

Moscow Strikes Back at Countries That Cross It

Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, speaks during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Feb. 28. MICHAEL M. SANTIAGO/GETTY IMAGES
Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, speaks during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Feb. 28. MICHAEL M. SANTIAGO/GETTY IMAGES

The diplomatic back and forth comes as Russia issued a formal warning to Washington that its supply of sensitive weapons systems to Ukraine could result in “unpredictable consequences,” according to the Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the Russian diplomatic note.

“We call on the United States and its allies to stop the irresponsible militarization of Ukraine, which implies unpredictable consequences for regional and international security,” the note said.

For weeks, Russia has been sending veiled warnings that countries that cross Russia at the United Nations may face retaliation, including for failing to support Moscow in its bid to block its removal from the U.N.’s premier rights agency.

In a letter to U.N. member states this month, Russia warned that even countries that abstained or didn’t show up for the vote would be treated as if they had “serv[ed] the goal of the United States and be considered accordingly.”

U.S. officials call for strong response to North Korean missile tests

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks away from what state media report is a “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released on March 24, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea said Monday that Washington and Seoul agreed on the need for a strong response to North Korea’s recent spate of missile tests, though they remain open to dialogue with the country.

Sung Kim flew to South Korea on Monday for talks two days after North Korea conducted a new type of missile test in its 13th round of weapons firing this year. Experts say North Korea wants to advance its weapons arsenal and wrest concessions such as sanctions relief from its rivals.

Weapons tested include nuclear-capable missiles able to target both the U.S. mainland and its allies such as South Korea and Japan. 

Commentary/Opinion:

Three Ways to Fix America

Are we just going to give up on the greatest country in the history of the world?

Or are we going to fight for freedom and a thriving future?

For Dave Rubin, the author of Don’t Burn This Country, the answer is obvious. And, even better, he has a battle plan.

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