News and Headlines.10/26/2020

Commuters wearing face masks walk on the platform, of a Paris subway, Sunday Oct.25, 2020.

News and Headlines: In The News, Politics, World News, Commentary/Opinion.

In The News:

60,000 in Southern California to evacuate after blaze grows

In this image from video provided by KNBC-TV, smoke and flames from the Silverado fire threatens areas near Irvine, Calif., Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.
In this image from video provided by KNBC-TV, smoke and flames from the Silverado fire threatens areas near Irvine, Calif., Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The fast-moving wildfire has forced evacuations for 60,000 people in Southern California as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes. (KNBC-TV via AP

The smoky fire exploded in size to over 3 square miles (7.8 square kilometers) within a few hours of breaking out shortly after dawn in Orange County, south of Los Angeles. Strong gusts pushed flames along brushy ridges in Silverado Canyon and near houses in the city of Irvine, home to about 280,000 people.

Water-dropping helicopters were grounded because the strong winds made it unsafe to fly. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known.

About 355,000 power customers — estimated at about 1 million people — were in the dark in the northern part of the state as officials issued warnings for what could be the strongest winds in California this year.

Horowitz: Over-incarceration problem? DOJ report: Through 2019, imprisonment at lowest rate since 1995 — with skyrocketing crime

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Contrary to those who think we have record incarceration, the imprisonment rate actually peaked in 2009 and has been going down every year since.

Over the past decade, the portion of U.S. residents who are in prison has dropped 17% overall.

Shocking anyone who listens to liberal politicians in both parties decry the incarceration of “people of color,” the imprisonment rate has actually plummeted 29% among black residents (32% among black adults) and 24% among Hispanic residents.

Do you know what that means? According to the BJS, “In 2019, the imprisonment rate of black residents was the lowest rate in 30 years, since 1989.”

White House is ‘mass producing’ coronavirus vaccines: Morgenstern

Brian Morgenstern discusses vaccine development, reopening process on ‘Outnumbered Overtime.’

109 victims rescued after statewide Ohio anti-human trafficking operation

Photo by: The Ohio Attorney General's Office.
Man arrested as part of Operation Autumn Hope.
Photo by: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Man arrested as part of Operation Autumn Hope.

In total, 109 men, women and children were found during the operation, including 76 missing and exploited children. Among those found was a 15-year-old girl from Cleveland whose recovery linked her and other possible victims to an individual in Columbus suspected of human trafficking.

In Cuyahoga, Franklin and Lucas counties, 157 men were arrested on charges of soliciting and other crimes—a component of Operation Autumn Hope focused on reducing the demand for sex.

The Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force and Franklin Count Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 22 people accused of seeking sex with a minor.

Those who were charged with felony counts of importuning, attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and other charges included a pastor, students and a rehabilitation resident adviser.

Joy to the Polls: the group performing for Americans as they line up to vote

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A collective of artists and activists have being performing on line while people wait to cast their ballots, hoping to bring a little joy to an election season which looks to be rife with voter suppression, intimidation tactics and long waiting times.

And so far, it has been well received. A video of performers doing the cha-cha at a middle school in south-west Philadelphia slide has been drawing praise from the likes of Ava DuVernay, Wanda Sykes and Sarah Cooper.

The non-partisan group Joy to the Polls pointed out that in a year when a global pandemic and rising racial tensions may put people off voting, it’s more important than ever to encourage people to come out to vote.

New York Democratic Staffer Arrested for Sexual Assault

Joseph Brady | Screenshot, ABC 7 New York
Joseph Brady | Screenshot, ABC 7 New York

Brady joined Abbate’s office after working under former New York City Democratic mayor Mike Bloomberg as a legislative staffer.

According to the Times Union, which first reported his arrest, Brady works with local union officials to develop and implement labor legislation.  

Law enforcement officials said this weekend they added Brady to a watch list last year after suspecting he was involved in the disappearance of a 42-year-old man, whom they now presume was murdered.

Portland sees homicide spike as 3 people killed in burning car, shooting and stabbing over weekend

Meanwhile, civil unrest prompted by the death of George Floyd has continued in Portland for about five months and counting, as demonstrations have repeatedly devolved into violent riots, and organized crowds have targeted government building with fiery projectiles, clashed with law enforcement officers and caused further property damage in the downtown area.

Separately, gun violence in Portland has dramatically surged over the past few months compared to the same time last year.

The statistics published on the police bureau website show a 268.8% rise in gun violence this September compared to the same month last year.

This follows jumps of 195.1% in August, 186.1% in July and 96.8% in June.

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Virginia robbery suspect dead after wounding officer

Holiday Inn in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Virginia (Google Maps)
Holiday Inn in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Virginia (Google Maps)

The incident took place around 5 a.m. after police were called to a Holiday Inn in Alexandria’s Old Town section for a report of gunshots, NBC 4 Washington reported. At the scene, police determined the gunshots were related to a robbery.

Police said the officer was shot after chasing the robbery suspect on foot and exchanging gunfire with the individual.

Lt. Courtney Ballantine said officers and K-9 then tracked down the suspect to another location where “more shots were exchanged,” according to the station.

Officers waited and then found the suspect dead, the station reported.

Listeria outbreak in deli meats linked to hospitalizations, 1 death

The health agency said that 10 infected adults had been hospitalized as of Oct. 22 after ingesting listeria bacteria in New York, Florida and Massachusetts. The death involved a patient in Florida. 

Those sick reported eating Italian-style meats like prosciutto, mortadella and salami, prepackaged and sliced at delis.

The CDC has yet to pinpoint the specific deli meat or supplier causing the outbreak. The agency advised against eating deli meats unless heated to 165°F or steaming hot shortly before serving.

Family describes horror as violent maskless rioters throw rocks, attack ‘Jews for Trump’ convoy

A caravan of Trump supporters driving through NYC, prominently displaying Trump 2020 flags.
A caravan of Trump supporters driving through NYC, prominently displaying Trump 2020 flags. (Provided)

The encounter was one of many violent confrontations between the rally’s participants and protesters.

The Jewish Telegraph Agency reported that a convoy was to take place in several Orthodox Jewish communities ahead of a planned event in Brooklyn’s Marine Park. The event was organized by Boris Epshteyn, an adviser to the Trump campaign and co-chair of Jewish Voices for Trump.

Multiple disturbing video clips of the convoy posted on @NYScanner show crowds not taking too kindly to rows of vehicles with hoisted “Trump 2020” flags.

In one video, a man can be seen appearing to throw eggs at the convoy in Brooklyn.

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Big Tech Panicking – Trump’s Grassroots MAGA Army Working Around Platform Controls…

This approach floods the social media sphere with more consequence because it is a real life organic manifestation of support for President Trump.

The visibility of the support fuels the movement and the movement expands.

Just like the visibility of tens-of-thousands of supporters at President Trump rallies diminishes the engineering value of media polling, these spontaneous eruptions of MAGA support show just how significant size of this MAGA movement is.  It’s astonishing.

Remember Poland circa early ’80’s when it was said: “we took to the streets and realized for the first time there were more of us than them”?… and thus the government control over the Polish people almost immediately started to collapse.   Well, the control of the manipulative narrative engineers is suffering a similar fate in this election as the MAGA coalition assembles in astonishing scale.

Politics:

Trump takes lead nationally in latest Rasmussen poll

President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, en route to Erie International Airport in Erie, Pennsylvania.
President Donald J. Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, en route to Erie International Airport in Erie, Pennsylvania. (Official White House photo by Tia Dufour)

In a rapid reversal, President Trump has taken the lead nationally over Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Rasmussen’s daily “White House Watch” poll.

Last Wednesday, the poll of likely voters had Trump down by 3 points, but the latest survey, Monday, indicates he’s now ahead by 1 point, 48% to 47%.

In addition, the latest Rasmussen favorability survey, shows 52% of likely voters approve of Trump’s performance.

AOC vows to push Biden to far left if elected, says Democrats should abandon ‘this idea of bipartisanship’

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

According to Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Party has the opportunity to win the Senate, White House, and maintain their majority in the House — and they have an “obligation” to demonstrate the liberal agenda.

In fact, Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should move away from “this idea of bipartisanship.”

Ocasio-Cortez said the central goal of a Biden administration should be to implement a progressive vision.

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Poll: Trump ahead of Biden by single digits in Texas

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a rally on Oct. 26 in Allentown, Pa.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a rally on Oct. 26 in Allentown, Pa. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The results of the latest Times/Siena poll also track with the RealClearPolitics average of recent Texas surveys, which now has Trump 3.2 percentage points ahead of Biden.

Trump won Texas’ 38 electoral votes by 9.2 percentage points in 2016. The state has not been carried by a Democratic presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

The Times/Siena poll also shows that incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn has expanded his lead over Democrat M.J. Hegar to 10 percentage points, 48-38 percent, up from 6 points last month.

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Hilton: Trump’s foreign policy greatest of any president since WWII

Commentary/Opinion:
Steve Hilton, Host of ‘The Next Revolution,’ weighs in on Trump’s foreign policy record ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Microsoft quietly prepares to avoid spotlight under Biden

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Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott and his wife have contributed over $50,000 supporting committees helping Biden win, according to campaign finance records.

And Microsoft board member and co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, and his wife have also donated generously to the Biden campaign.

Hoffman’s wife has contributed over half a million dollars to the Biden victory fund.

“Microsoft has been playing politics for much longer than the other large technology companies that are widely talked about,” said Max Moran, a researcher at CERP, noting it has been around longer than most U.S. tech companies.

“It knows how to play the game on both sides of the aisle,” he added.

Censorship: A Bleeping Problem

Commentary/Opinion:
Christina Bobb calls out Big Tech’s censorship of conservative speech.

China’s 100 Year Plan (starting in 1949)

Commentary/Opinion:
Christina Bobb explains why Joe Biden’s ties to China are a threat to our election and democracy.

Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff Keeps ‘Progressive’ Values ‘Low-Key’ To Sway “Rednecks” in Georgia

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A field organizer working to elect T. Jonathan “Jon” Ossoff to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate told a Project Veritas Action Fund journalist the campaign portrays Ossoff as a moderate to fool the voters.

“On the surface, he tries to portray himself as left of moderate, so that all the Georgians, not us Georgians, but all the rednecks and all that stuff will be like, ‘oh, he’s kind of cool,’” said Dino Nguyen, a self-professed progressive looking forward to a career in Georgia politics.

Hilton: The 2020 election is about the people vs the establishment

Commentary/Opinion:
Steve Hilton, Host of ‘The Next Revolution,’ weighs in on the 2020 presidential election and the people’s fight against the establishment.

World News:

Hamas releases Palestinian peace activists arrested after Zoom call with Israelis

Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas convicted three Palestinian peace activists of “weakening revolutionary spirit” for having held a Zoom call with Israelis peace campaigners, but ordered the release of two of them after six months in jail.

Hamas arrested Rami Aman, 39, and seven other activists in April after the conference call, describing it as “treason”.

Such grassroots dialogue between Israelis and Gaza Palestinians is rare.

U.S. brokers Israel-Sudan peace; IDF Chief urges readiness for imminent war-TV7 Israel News 26.10.20

1) The Israeli Defense Forces launched a wide-scale military exercise, titled “Lethal Arrow”, which simulates scenarios on various front, focusing primarily on Israel’s northern front.

2) Israel and the Republic of Sudan have officially decided to normalize bilateral relations – as part of the U.S.-brokered regional peace initiative; a third such announcement in less than six weeks.

3) The United Nations Acting Envoy to Libya Stephanie Williams announced that the warring parties in war-torn Libya have signed a permanent cessation of hostilities agreement.

Why Nigerian looters are targeting Covid-19 aid

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image captionIn some places, crowds at the warehouses have stripped the buildings bare
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image captionIn some places, crowds at the warehouses have stripped the buildings bare

The authorities in the northern state of Adamawa told the BBC that five people had died at a stampede during the looting of a store there.

Some state governors have imposed curfews to stem the raids, while the country’s police chief on Sunday asked officers to quell the unrest.

More than 400 people have been arrested in Lagos alone and will be charged, according to authorities.

In the southern city of Calabar, the state government ordered security operatives to conduct house-to-house searches and arrest those with looted items.

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US threatens to destroy Iranian missiles shipped to Venezuela

“The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable to the United States and will not be tolerated or permitted,” said Elliott Abrams, the State Department Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela.

“We will make every effort to stop shipments of long-range missiles, and if somehow they get to Venezuela they will be eliminated there,” added a senior administration official.”

Iran has announced its intention to engage in arms sales, and Venezuela is an obvious target because those two pariah regimes already have a relationship,” said Abrams.

“Venezuela is paying in gold to buy gasoline from Iran, and there is an Iranian presence in the country. Venezuela’s economy has collapsed, so every bar of gold for Iran is tens of thousands of dollars the Venezuelan people need for food and medicine.”

Erdogan urges Turks to boycott French goods

For a third day running Erdogan said that the French president needed a mental health check, repeating a rebuke that caused France to recall its ambassador from Ankara over the weekend, as he appealed to Turks to shun French products.

“Just like they say ‘Don’t buy good with Turkish brands’ in France, I am calling to all my citizens from here to never help French brands or buy them,” Erdogan said.

France is the 10th biggest source of imports into Turkey and the seventh biggest market for Turkey’s exports, according to Turkey’s statistical institute. Among major French imports, French autos are among the highest selling cars in Turkey.

Infections disease expert warns France has ‘lost control’ of coronavirus pandemic

Commuters wearing face masks walk on the platform, of a Paris subway, Sunday Oct.25, 2020.
Commuters wearing face masks walk on the platform, of a Paris subway, Sunday Oct.25, 2020. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
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Dr. Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the government’s virus advisory body, expressed surprise Monday at the “brutality” of the rise, after more than 52,000 new cases were reported Sunday.

Speaking on RTL radio, he floated the idea of local lockdowns or extending France’s 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews, which currently cover about half of the country and more than two-thirds of its people.

The number of people hospitalized in France with the virus has climbed sharply in recent weeks, putting renewed pressure on ICUs. COVID patients now fill more than two-thirds of the ICUs in the Paris region.

Commentary/Opinion:

TIME is promoting the left’s plan to DESTROY American capitalism with ‘The Great Reset’

‘The Great Reset’ isn’t some right-wing conspiracy theory — it’s a plan openly described by members of the far-left movement, and if Joe Biden wins the White House, it’ll likely become part of America’s future.

Editorial Director for the Heartland Institute, Justin Haskins, explains why this plan for ‘stakeholder,’ or, collective capitalism is a guise for transforming the entire world to communism.

He also explains how the COVID pandemic is giving the left an “opportunity” to enact this transformation.

Private ownership will no longer be the flagship of our capitalist economy — everything will be partly owned and controlled by the state.

Capitalism or Socialism: Which One Is More Democratic?

What is the difference between free-market capitalism and democratic socialism?

And which system is actually more fair and responsive to the needs of the people?

Here’s a hint: names can be deceiving. Dinesh D’Souza has the answers.

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