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News and Headlines. 2/15/2019


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In The News:


Suspect apprehended after active shooter incident in Aurora, Illinois

The Chicago field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had announced earlier that it responded to the scene.

FBI agents out of the Chicago field office also responded to the scene and assisted law enforcement, a spokesperson for FBI-Chicago told ABC News.


Bodycam footage shows alleged ISIS-tied Arizona man’s confrontation with officer

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brandon Wells responded to the scene after Ismail Hamed called dispatchers, committed to the ever-shrinking militant network and asked for a police officer to be sent so he could “deal with them,” police said.

Hamed also reportedly told dispatchers he wanted to talk to police about the suffering of Palestinians and issues regarding the Middle East.

Footage showed Wells talking with Hamed, who initially had his hands in his pockets. Moments later, Hamed appeared to throw rocks at Wells before brandishing a knife. Wells warned Hamed he would shoot him if he kept coming closer with the knife – and he did.


Ohio nursing home patient ‘literally rotted to death’ under care, attorney general says

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said three of the workers were charged with involuntary manslaughter. All the nurses from Whetstone Gardens and Care Center in Columbus were indicted Wednesday on a combined 34 charges.

The indictments stated nurses failed to properly treat serious wounds on a patient, who was not identified, who died on March 5, 2017 from septic shock, Yost said.

In a second case, the indictment stated nurses falsified a patient’s medical file and forged signatures about treatments she never received. Yost said that patient “suffered physical harm as a result of inadequate care.”


Chicago is most corrupt big city, Illinois third most corrupt state in country, study finds

Since 1976, when the DOJ began keeping track of public corruption statistics, there were 1,731 people convicted of public corruption in the Chicago area. In the same time period, there were 1,534 people in Los Angeles, 1,327 in New York, 1,165 in Miami and 1,159 in Washington D.C.

“These five districts, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami and Washington D.C. led all of the 93 federal judicial districts for the 47-year period since 1976,” according to the report.

The state of Illinois did not fare much better in the report, which examined convictions per capita.


Supreme Court to decide whether citizenship question can be included in 2020 census

Justices were slated to hear the case on Feb. 19, but last month, justices suspended oral arguments on the plan to add a citizenship question to the census next year.

The justices put the matter on hold after a federal district court judge ruled the government could not proceed with its plans.

The Trump administration, though, announced last month that it would directly ask the Supreme Court to overrule the federal court judge, who said in a court opinion that such a question would dramatically reduce the response rate—and congressional representation—of non-citizens.


Philadelphia beats U.S. appeal in sanctuary city case

In a 3-0 decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said the U.S. attorney general lacked power to condition that city’s receipt of $1.6 million for local law enforcement on its compliance with three new requirements.

These included alerting Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials when undocumented immigrants are being released from prison, providing access to interview immigrants, and barring the withholding of immigrants’ citizenship status.


New guidance on handling child bride petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it was updating guidance to adjudicators that stresses marriages involving minors warrant special attention. They must ensure the marriage was lawful where it was celebrated, and is legal in the state where they will live, and that it is bona fide and the minor consented freely to it.

Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

But the data raise questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage.

Ginsburg back at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s Public Information Office told The Hill that Ginsburg was attending the regular closed-door meeting in which the justices consider requests to review cases.

Ginsburg has been absent from the court since undergoing surgery in late December to remove two cancerous nodules from her lower left lung.

The 85-year-old justice missed oral arguments last month while recovering at home from the surgery. Her absence marked the first time in more than 25 years on the bench she was forced to miss arguments due to her health.


Judge hits Roger Stone with gag order

In a four-page order, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sided with Mueller that Stone and his attorneys “must refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”

The judge also ordered Stone, his lawyers and potential witnesses from commenting to the press as they enter or exit the Washington, D.C., courthouse, where Stone is on track to go to trial later this summer or fall amid intense media scrutiny.


Trump administration expected to deliver auto tariff report Sunday

The official deadline for the department to present the report is Feb. 17, and that date remains in effect despite speculation that last month’s federal government shutdown may have pushed it back, according to people with knowledge of the deliberations.

The details of the report have been kept closely under wraps, and it is not clear when the White House will make it public. An official with one stakeholder group speculated it could remain privileged for weeks.


TRUMP SAYS US IS ‘A LOT CLOSER THAN WE EVER WERE’ TO CHINA TRADE DEAL

In Friday’s Rose Garden speech that largely revolved around his emergency declaration, Trump also told reporters trade talks with China have been going “extremely well” and that the U.S. is closer than ever before to reaching a “real” trade deal.

“In China we had a negotiation going on for about two days. It’s going extremely well. Who knows what that means because it only matters if we get it done, but we’re very much working very closely with China and President Xi, who I respect a lot,” Trump said.

“And we’re a lot closer than we ever were in this country with having a real trade deal. We’re covering everything.”


More than 44% of Americans pay no federal income tax

Approximately 76.4 million or 44.4% of Americans won’t pay any federal income tax in 2018, up from 72.6 million people or 43.2% in 2016 before President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to estimates from the Tax Policy Center, a nonprofit joint venture by the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, which are both Washington, D.C.-based think tanks.

That’s below the 50% peak during the Great Recession. They still obviously pay sales tax, property taxes and other taxes.

“The large percentage of people who don’t owe federal income tax is a feature, not a bug, of the revenue code,” according to the Tax Policy Center. “By design, the federal income tax always has excluded a significant fraction of households through a combination of personal exemptions, the standard deduction, zero bracket amounts, and more recently, tax credits.”

Tech Watch:


Beware, the IRS is looking for these red flags when it decides who to audit this tax season

Here’s how someone is chosen for an audit: An IRS software program may randomly select the taxpayer and compare the return to other similar returns to detect any anomalies, or the taxpayer in question may be linked to a family member or business partner who is being audited.

The IRS can audit returns up to three years old. Inaccuracies could lead to penalty charges: 20% of the disallowed amount for filing an “erroneous claim for a refund or credit,” the IRS stated, or $5,000 if the tax return was deemed “frivolous,” where there isn’t enough information to assess correct or incorrect information.


GAO gives Congress go-ahead for a GDPR-like privacy legislation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which requested the GAO report two years ago, has scheduled a hearing for February 26, during which it plans to discuss GAO’s findings and the possibility in drafting the US’ first federal-level internet privacy law.

If the committee’s members would be to follow GAO’s conclusions, a GDPR-like legislation should be coming to the US.

“Recent developments regarding Internet privacy suggest that this is an appropriate time for Congress to consider comprehensive Internet privacy legislation,” GAO officials said.


TWITTER LOCKS MAN’S ACCOUNT AFTER REVEALING OCASIO-CORTEZ’S BOYFRIEND’S GOVERNMENT EMAIL ADDRESS

Thompson posted a screenshot of a House directory that showed Roberts listed under “staff,” alongside a House email address for Roberts and the phone number for Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional office.

Twitter claimed Thompson violated “rules against posting private information,” even though the information he posted was a government email address and a publicly available phone number. Twitter briefly made Thompson’s tweet not publicly visible before later restoring it.

Politics:


TRUMP’S DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY TO BUILD THE WALL — HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

A relative of a victim killed by illegal immigrants holds a photo as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House February 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump will accept the $1.375 billion in funding appropriated by Congress in addition to the $600 million available to him as a result of asset forfeiture, appropriate funding under his authority to interdict drug corridors and use military construction funds available to him under his authority as commander-in-chief.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters Friday that the declaration was necessary because Congress is “incapable” of appropriating the amount of money of needed in the administration’s eyes to build the 234-mile-long border wall.

Trump’s speech included an emotional appeal, asking mothers and wives of people slain by illegal immigrants to hold up photos of their deceased family members to the assembled reporters.

Angel Moms on Their Epic Jim Acosta Confrontation at the White House

After being completely blown off by the MSM, Angel Moms Sabine Durden and Maureen Maloney join Jon Miller to react to Trump’s newly declared national emergency.


How Trump’s border wall will be funded

This comes after the White House said Trump would sign a spending measure to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown. That bill, which lacks the desired funds for the border wall, was approved by Congress on Thursday.

Here’s a look at where the president wants to draw some of the money for the border wall from, according to White House sources:


Trump’s border wall joins 31 other national emergencies currently in effect

This isn’t the only national emergency active in the U.S.

The president has the power to take such an action — detailed in the National Emergencies Act of 1976 — if he or she believes the nation is “threatened by crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances (other than natural disasters, war, or near-war situations),” according to a 2007 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report. In the past 43 years, presidents have declared at least 58 states of emergency (not including weather-related events).

Currently, there are at least 31 national emergencies in effect. Here’s a running list, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.


Judicial Watch: Docs Reveal FBI Cover Up of ‘Chart’ of Potential Violations of Law by Hillary Clinton

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it received 186 pages of records from the Department of Justice that include emails documenting an evident cover up of a chart of potential violations of law by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The newly obtained emails came in response to a May 21 order by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton to the FBI to begin processing 13,000 pages of records exchanged exclusively between Strzok and Page between February 1, 2015, and December 2017. The FBI may not complete review and production of all the Strzok-Page communications until at least 2020.

World News:


Europe says it will stick with the Iran deal, defying a U.S. demand

Addressing the Munich Security Conference, where leaders from around the globe began to gather Friday, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini held tough on the continent’s commitment to the Iran deal, saying that the 28-nation bloc regards the agreement as an effective guarantor of peace.

“I believe if it was not for the European Union and its member states, starting with France, Germany and the U.K., I am sure that the nuclear deal with Iran would have been dead long ago,” she said. “We believe it is fundamental and crucial for our security.”


TRUMP SAYS JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER WROTE A ‘BEAUTIFUL FIVE-PAGE LETTER’ NOMINATING HIM FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Trump said his talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were the basis for Abe’s reported recommendation.

“I’ll probably never get it,” Trump said Friday. “But that’s okay. They gave it to Obama. He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for 15 seconds, and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, ‘Oh what did I get it for?’ With me, I probably will never get it.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Trump deserved the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with North Korea, a South Korean official said in April according to Reuters.


US military aircraft to deliver 200 tons of aid to Venezuela border

The announcement of additional aid comes as the Trump administration added Venezuela’s oil boss Maj. Gen. Manuel Quevedo and four other intelligence officers to a list of Maduro loyalists under U.S. financial sanctions.

The request for additional aid came from opposition leader Juan Guaido, who the U.S. and most of the Western Hemisphere has recognized as the country’s leader despite Maduro being sworn in for a second term last month.

While the U.S. military has long supported civilian-led humanitarian assistance missions around the world, this is the first time they are being used to deploy aid for Venezuela. Last year, the U.S. government sent more than $100 million in aid to Cucuta to help Colombian authorities absorb some of the estimated 3 million of Venezuelans fleeing hyperinflation and food shortages.


Prisoner of Conscience Killed in Forced Organ Harvesting–Daughter Escapes to the United States

A reenactment of a Falun Gong practitioner being subjected to forced organ harvesting. (Minghui.tv)

At the time, the world did not yet know that the Chinese Communist Party was secretly practicing forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience—a practice that has continued unabated to the present day.

In an interview with Han Yu, she said: “My father’s body was extremely thin. There were wounds on his face. There was tissue missing from under his left eye. His face was bruised green and purple.

Only two people at a time were allowed to enter the room where Jun Qing’s body lay cold, supervised by two police officers, while uniformed officials surrounded the complex outside.

“I saw a long knife incision, sewn together with black thread, starting at his throat, and going down until it reached his chest, where his clothes covered the rest. I tried to remove his shirt to see where the cut ended, but the police stopped me and forced me out.”


Beautician killed herself after being released from hospital against expert’s advice

Monika Nos, 29, from Salford, U.K., described by her loved ones as “positive, open and happy,” has reportedly been suffering from depression that led to her death in October.

She reportedly had a severe medical episode that prompted her to be admitted to hospital for psychiatric treatment. Following the months-long treatment the woman was released, though her psychiatrist advised against such a move.

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