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3 women viciously beaten in random attack by ex-con on South Philadelphia street

(Montgomery County DA)
(Montgomery County DA)

In a video captured on a Ring doorbell camera, a Black man in a pink sweatshirt can be seen walking up to a group of three White women walking down the street before slugging one of the women in the face. 

“Oh my god,” one woman screamed as the man punched the first woman before punching another woman and knocking her to the ground.

Philadelphia police arrested the suspect, 36-year-old Malcolm White, on Thursday night after he allegedly carjacked another woman by pulling her from the car by her hair and punching her in the face. 

White was reportedly released from prison in January after serving a 12-year sentence for drug and assault charges. In jail, White was accused of attacking multiple prison guards including a female officer who he allegedly bit while being transported.

Father of three children, aged 9, 5, and 2, who were killed when their car was hit by billionaire drunk driver commits suicide the day after Father’s Day: Killer served just four years of nine-year sentence

 Toronto man took his own life more than a year after the man who killed his three young children was granted full parole after serving just four years behind bars. 

Edward Lake’s three children, ages Daniel, 9, Harry, 5 and Milly, 2, were killed by drunk driver Marco Muzzo, now 35, in September 2015.

Edward was found dead on Monday, June 20. He was 49 years old. 

Also killed in the horrific crash that claimed the lives of his children were his father-in-law and the children’s grandfather, Gary Neville, 65, his wife. The children’s grandmother, Neriza Neville, and great-grandmother, Joseina Frias, suffered severe injuries in the crash but survived. 

Marco Muzzo had just returned via private jet from his bachelor party in Miami when he ran a stop sign in his Jeep Cherokee and t-boned the Lake family’s minivan. He slammed into the driver’s side at a speed of over 50 miles per hour. 

Muzzo said that he had three-to-four drinks on the plane. His blood-alcohol level was nearly three times over the legal limit. 

Report: North Carolina hospitals used COVID-19 relief funds to expand bottom lines instead of care

The Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center building in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Shutterstock
The Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center building in Charlotte, North Carolina. Shutterstock

(The Center Square) — North Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospital systems recorded billions in net profits during the pandemic as they collected $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded COVID relief, all while billing more dollars to impoverished patients eligible for charity care, according to a new report.

State Treasurer Dale Folwell gathered with health care experts, lawmakers and academics on Wednesday for a press conference in Raleigh to unveil a new report titled “North Carolina Hospital Systems Profit During COVID.”

The document details how the state’s dominant nonprofit hospital systems took COVID relief dollars meant for struggling hospitals while recording billions of dollars of growth in cash and investments, while only dedicating a sliver of the windfall to increasing charity care to patients.

ICE nabs 119 illegal immigrants, most with prior convictions, who had re-entered after being deported

(Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
(Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

ICE said that its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) nabbed 119 illegal immigrants between June 1 and June 7 who had re-entered after a prior deportation.

The agency said in a release that it focused on picking up those who had been removed within the last five years — and who also meet the narrow priorities set by the Biden administration.

Those priorities were rolled out last year and restricts agents to three categories of illegal immigrant: recent border crossers, national security threats and aggravated felons or public safety threats.

ICE said that of those arrested, 110 had prior convictions for crimes including burglary, robbery, child molestation and drug trafficking.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has indicated that the lower removals and arrests are a feature, not a bug, of the new policy.

14 attorneys general say proposed EPA guidelines are an overreach

Kristi Blokhin | Shutterstock.com
Kristi Blokhin | Shutterstock.com

(The Center Square) – Attorneys general representing 14 states have sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that criticizes its proposed plan to regulate downwind emissions, arguing it will be a “death knell for certain industries” unable to adjust to the new guidelines.

In the 17-page letter, the AGs call the Biden Administration’s plan “capricious” and note the agency is changing compliance standards that states have used for non-environmental reasons. Besides the strict standards, they also say the proposed EPA guidelines supplant state-level controls over air quality standards,

The proposed regulations are set to impose more rigid standards on internal combustion engines used in natural gas pipelines, industrial cement kilns, boilers and furnaces for iron and steel mills and furnaces for glass manufacturers. It also would place restrictions on “high-emitting equipment and large boilers” used for chemicals, petroleum, coal and paper.

Shot Uvalde teacher called police officer husband, told him she was dying. He tried to rescue her but was stopped, removed from scene — and his gun was taken.

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

McCraw — speaking Tuesday during a Texas Senate hearing on the police response to the massacre — described what Mireles said to her husband, Officer Ruben Ruiz, and what happened to him when he tried to take action, the network said.

“We got an officer, Officer Ruiz, whose wife had called him and said she [had] been shot, and she’s dying,” McCraw said, according to video of the hearing. “What happened to him was he tried to move forward into the hallway … he was detained, and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.”

Adalynn Ruiz, the couple’s daughter, penned a tribute to her late mother on Facebook.

“Mom, you are a hero. I keep telling myself that this isn’t real. I just want to hear your voice,” she wrote, adding that “I want everything back. I want you to come back to me mom. I miss you more than words can explain.”

Officer husband of Uvalde victim tried to help but was detained, DPS chief says

Why are the Railroad Retirement Board & IRS stockpiling ammunition?

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., joins ‘Jesse Watters Primetime’ to sound off on the Internal Revenue Service reportedly buying ammunition despite President Biden’s claims about firearms.

CDC’s bizarre monkeypox sex advice

The CDC just put out sex advice for people *with* monkeypox because… why let open sores and crusted-over scabs get in the way of a good time!?

They’re not doing this to stop the spread of the virus, but to combat stigma. Jason Rantz explained on Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Chicago stops police foot pursuits and it’s dangerous

Politicians with no experience in policing — nor interest in anything other than police abolition — are dismantling police departments and we’re more in danger because of it. Jason Rantz explained on Varney & Co.

Rep John Curtis Campaign Field Director Reveals Congressman’s Opposition to Abortion ‘Trigger Law’

[SALT LAKE CITY– June 21, 2022] Project Veritas Action published undercover footage of a congressional campaign staffer discussing the multiple ways the campaign tries to “manipulate” voters while hiding not only the candidate but the candidate’s true intentions.

In the footage, Field Director Daniel Stephens for U.S. Representative John Curtis is seen discussing the switch Curtis made from Democrat to Republican in 2006 saying that Curtis did so “to be able to run.” Stephens added “he [Curtis] thought that it was ineffective to be a Democrat in Utah Valley.”

Another significant soundbite was Stephen’s depiction of Representative’s Curtis’ abortion views which seems to contradict stances he’s made in public and in political ads.

Rep John Curtis Field Director Submits RESIGNATION to Campaign Manager Following PVA Investigation

Andrew Gillum indicted on wire fraud charges

Andrew Gillum in 2019. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Andrew Gillum in 2019. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Andrew Gillum, who ran for Florida governor in 2018 as a Democrat against current Gov. Ron DeSantis, was indicted Wednesday on 21 counts connected to campaign wire fraud.

 The indictment alleges Gillum and co-defendant Sharon Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to divert donations back to Gillum for personal use, per a Justice Department press release.

Their alleged efforts, which took place between 2016 and 2019, included diverting some funds the pair solicited to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks via third parties and channelling them in the form payroll payments to Gillum.

Federal gas tax holiday: Here’s how much American drivers will actually save

The average national gas price reached a record high of $5.016 per gallon this year. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
The average national gas price reached a record high of $5.016 per gallon this year. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

President Biden has officially asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for three months in an effort to ease the pain Americans are feeling at the pump.

Regardless of how high it climbs, the federal gas tax is a flat 18.4 cents per gallon for gasoline and 24.4 cents for diesel. That makes it simple for drivers to figure out exactly how much they’ll save from the tax cut itself, even as the price of fuel continues to fluctuate.

Fox News Autos has rounded up a few of America’s best-selling vehicles, each representing a different class, to see how much their owners can expect to save this summer if the tax holiday goes into effect.

As with most full-size pickups, the Ford F-150 is offered with a variety of engine choices, but the EcoBoost 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 is the most popular and rated at 20 mpg combined in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. With 187.5 gallons of fuel needed to drive 3,750 miles, the tax cut will save $35.5. At $5 per gallon, that’s enough to fill its 23-gallon tank to a third-full just once.

Retirement accounts lose trillions in stock rut

Stock market declines have pummeled the retirement accounts of Americans in the first half of 2022. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images / Getty Images)
Stock market declines have pummeled the retirement accounts of Americans in the first half of 2022. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images / Getty Images)

When investors get their quarterly 401(k) statements in the next few weeks they’ll be hit with some bad news. 

The S&P 500, the broadest measure of U.S. stocks, is down 21%, the Nasdaq nearly 30% and the Dow 16% so far this year, and Americans are seeing the value of their retirement accounts dwindle along with the drops.

Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, wrote in a blog post this week that retirement plans have collectively lost upwards of $3 trillion since the beginning of January.

According to Munnell’s latest data, 401(k) plan participants have lost about $1.4 trillion from their accounts and IRAs have lost $2 trillion since the end of 2021. 

Build Back Broke: Biden’s Multi-Trillion Dollar Federal “Stimulus” Package Cost Taxpayers $855,000 Per Job Saved, Made “Near-ZERO Impact on National Income and Economic Growth”

However, since the stimulus package was signed off on, Americans’ have been experiencing unprecedented economic and financial fallout as the cost of everything continues to inflate with no end in sight. The American Rescue Plan, by all subjective measures, has been a catastrophic failure.

Well, now that the numbers have had time to be analyzed, the results of Biden’s disastrous “stimulus package” are shaping up to be even worse than originally thought. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, the American Rescue Plan cost the taxpayers a whopping $855,000 per every year of employment it saved. Unbelievably, the cost to preserve each job amounts to, at minimum, 8-10x the salary for each position.

Researchers compared this unbelievable spending per job to Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) stimulus package that was passed in the summer of 2020. Unsurprisingly, the funds were spent much more effectively under the last administration even though critics have argued the PPP package underperformed when it comes to preserving jobs.

As the researchers point out, Trump’s PPP was anywhere between 3.5-6x more efficient in protecting American jobs:

Politics:

Poll: Majority of Republicans, Independents fear abuse of ‘red flag’ laws

John Locher / AP Photo
John Locher / AP Photo

(The Center Square) – The majority of Republican and Independent voters think “red flag” gun laws that allow judges to confiscate individuals’ firearms can be abused for political reasons, according to a new poll.

Convention of States Action, along with the Trafalgar Group, released polling data Wednesday that shows that 72.2% of Republicans and 52.3% of Independents “believe that ‘red flag’ gun control laws that are designed to temporarily take guns away from individuals have the potential to be abused by local authorities and government officials to disarm their political opponents and/or citizens who disagree with them.”

Only 16.4% of Democrats agreed. Overall, 46.7% of all surveyed said there was potential for abuse while 30.8% said there was no potential for abuse of the laws.

“Americans want real, workable solutions to the mass shootings we are seeing in this nation, but it’s obvious that they don’t see the proposed ‘red flag’ laws as the answer,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action. “More and more Americans are coming to the conclusion that the government abuses any power it’s given, and they are responding accordingly.”

Colorado taxpayers now set to receive $750 refunds

Gov. Jared Polis announced increased Taxpayer's Bill of Rights refunds on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Image courtesy of Gov. Jared Polis Facebook
Gov. Jared Polis announced increased Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights refunds on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.Image courtesy of Gov. Jared Polis Facebook

(The Center Square) – Colorado taxpayers will receive more in refunds as the state’s economy continues to improve, officials said on Tuesday. 

Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill last month that advances Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) refunds for most taxpayers to September – before the general election – instead of being paid out next spring.

Initially the refunds were supposed to be $400 for individual filers and $800 for joint filers, but that was revised to $500 for individuals and $1000 for joint filers following positive revenue forecasts.

Now, new economic forecasts show that state revenue has continued to climb since April, and taxpayers are set to receive $750 checks for individuals and $1,500 for people who file jointly. 

Devin Nunes: Trump is trying to support people who supported him | ‘John Bachman Now’

On Wednesday’s ‘John Bachman Now’, California Congressman Devin Nunes explained the importance of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

Gordon Chang: Nobody respects President Biden

On Wednesday’s “John Bachman Now,” Gordon Chang reacts to Taiwan’s scrambled fighter jets after China flies 29 warplanes into airspace.

Dems are WEAPONIZING Title IX and JEOPARDIZING kids

The White House is taking another step in its efforts to control EVERYTHING your kids learn in school.

The Biden Administration recently announced plans to change Title IX interpretations, which puts every public school — and the kids attending them — in jeopardy.

Because if schools do not comply with the new rulings — like by not allowing biological boys to compete in girls’ sports or by not teaching young children about pronouns — they could lose funding for school lunches.

Thankfully, some Republicans are pushing back HARD. Missouri’s Attorney General, Eric Schmidt, joins Glenn to explain why this rule change is unlawful, and he details how his colleagues are doing what they can to prevent it…

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene To Seek Restraining Order Against Democrat Staffer

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announces she’s planning to seek a restraining order against the Democrat Chief of Staff who repeatedly defaced posters outside of her office.

The left is sending a ‘very scary’ message: Victor David Hanson

Hoover Institution senior fellow explains why Nancy Pelosi and Democrats refuse to condemn attacks on pro-life centers and churches on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

World News:

The ‘plea bargain’ loophole setting the most depraved criminals free | 60 Minutes Australia

Police station burned and demonstrator killed in Ecuador protests

Indigenous men prepare to march in Quito, on 22 June 2022, on the tenth consecutive day of Indigenous-led protests against the Ecuadorean government. Photograph: Rodrigo Buendía/AFP/Getty Images
Indigenous men prepare to march in Quito, on 22 June 2022, on the tenth consecutive day of Indigenous-led protests against the Ecuadorean government. Photograph: Rodrigo Buendía/AFP/Getty Images

Ecuador’s government is trying to retake control of Puyo, a city in the country’s Amazon region, after violent clashes and the burning of a police station during nationwide protests against the economic policies of President Guillermo Lasso.

Protests have been continuing for more than a week, with marchers and Indigenous groups angry at the rising cost of food and other basic goods.

The protests – longer-lasting and larger than marches over fuel prices in October last year – are testing Lasso’s ability to restart the country’s economy and kickstart employment.

Israel engages in strategic competition with Iran; Israel National Guard formed TV7Israel News 22.06

1) A Draft-Resolution to dissolve Israel’s 24th parliament, or Knesset in Hebrew, passed with 110 out of its 120 members voting in favor of the bill.

2) Israel’s outgoing Prime Minister announces the establishment of the Israel National Guard.

3) Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz highlights six strategic issues with which Jerusalem must contend with.

Hundreds killed after powerful earthquake hits Afghanistan

A powerful earthquake in a remote area of Afghanistan’s Paktika province has killed at least 1,000 people and injured at least 1,500, with the toll expected to rise in the impoverished country.

According to Taliban officials, hundreds more were injured in what appears to have been the deadliest quake in two decades, striking during the night with heavy rain hampering rescue efforts.

Footage from Paktika showed people being carried into helicopters to be airlifted from the area. Others were treated on the ground. One resident could be seen receiving IV fluids while sitting in a plastic chair outside the rubble of his home and still more were sprawled on stretchers.

Commentary/Opinion:

Shameful Information about the New York Times | Rudy Giuliani | June 22nd 2022 | Ep 248

What Really Happened On January 6th With Brandon Straka | A Bee Interview

Brandon Straka joined The Babylon Bee to talk about being arrested for participating in what is being called the 2021 United States Capitol Attack.

As a former liberal, Brandon Straka started the Walk Away social media campaign to encourage liberals to leave the Democratic Party and he was there on that fateful day in our nation’s capital.

Subsequently, his house raided by the FBI and he was arrested, prosecuted, and convicted for the role officials say he took in an insurrection against the government.

May Brandon have committed some light treason? We interview, you decide.

Backstage with KISS on their last ever world tour | 60 Minutes Australia

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