News and Headlines.10/22/2020

In a file photo, surrounded by local elected officials and community leaders, Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks to the media, making her case for re-election on August 5, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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

In The News:

Stepfather, mother charged after child was forced to kneel on uncooked rice, hold lit firework in mouth until it exploded

Kevin Grant and Kaitlin Baptiste.

Naugatuck police
Kevin Grant and Kaitlin Baptiste.Naugatuck police

The child’s face has a scar that a worker from the Department of Children and Families said came from the firework.

He told the worker that Grant beat him with a belt and threw him across a room before making him sleep in a trailer one night, then in a garage for five nights before moving him into the laundry room, the Courant reported.

He said he had to sleep in the laundry room for four months, and was only allowed to leave the room when he knocked to use the bathroom, but Grant would yell at him, the newspaper reported.

Police said Baptiste knew of the alleged abuse but did nothing to stop it.

Dana Stubblefield, ex-NFL great, sentenced to 15 years to life after rape conviction

The 49-year-old former defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Football Team and Oakland Raiders, was convicted in July of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment.

The woman, who was then 31, traveled to Stubblefield’s home on April 9, 2015, to interview for a job babysitting his children. Investigators say she left after 20 minutes, but she returned when Stubblefield texted her that he wanted to pay for her time.

After raping her, investigators said, Stubblefield gave her $80 and let her go.

The woman immediately went to the Morgan Hill Police Department and reported the rape, prosecutors said.

Slain Utah college student’s family gets $13.5M settlement

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins, right, puts on her mask as Jill McCluskey, the mother of slain University of Utah student-athlete Lauren McCluskey speaks during a press conference announcing they have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the university Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020,
University of Utah President Ruth Watkins, right, puts on her mask as Jill McCluskey, the mother of slain University of Utah student-athlete Lauren McCluskey speaks during a press conference announcing they have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the university Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Salt Lake City.Rick Bowmer/AP

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins and the parents of Lauren McCluskey announced the settlement at a joint news conference in Salt Lake City that came on the second anniversary of her death.

The case brought new national attention to campus safety and dating-violence issues at universities, spurring several changes at the University of Utah.

McCluskey, 21 of Pullman, Washington, had contacted university police more than 20 times to report harassment by the man she had dated before she was found fatally shot in a car near on-campus student housing in October 2018

“We failed Lauren and her family,” Watkins said. “If these employees had more complete training and protocols to guide their responses, the university believes they would have been better equipped to protect Lauren.”

Suspected Heartless Felons gang member charged in fatal shooting in Cleveland

Atlas Phillips III, 27, also known as Atlas Ellis or by his street name of Bird and Birdo, is charged with aggravated murder.

Police arrested Phillips and another man, Reginald Hawkins II, 24, after the duo dropped Dozier off at University Hospitals following the shooting.

Phillips admitted to Cleveland police that he shot Dozier, according to court records.

Phillips has prior convictions for attempted theft, illegal gun possession, possessing stolen property, drug trafficking, carrying concealed weapons and robbery.

Man accused of killing his estranged wife is later shot by deputies, La Marque police say

48-year-old Trent Paschal, accused of killing his estranged wife in La Marque.
Credit: La Marque PD 48-year-old Trent Paschal, accused of killing his estranged wife in La Marque

The killing happened around noon when police were called to a shooting in the 400 block of Hawks View.

Police went into the home and found the victim, 30-year-old Savannah Paschal, with gunshot wounds to her torso. Savannah was taken to the hospital where she later died, police said.

Sheriff’s deputies and La Marque police later found the suspect and a friend in another vehicle that was stopped at the Walmart on I-45 at West Road.

Deputies said they ordered the pair to exit the vehicle, and that’s when Trent allegedly pulled out a gun.

Vance Air Force Base instructor pilot arrested for attempted lewd acts

Maj. Gary Meyer, an instructor pilot with the 8th Flying Training Squadron at Vance, was arrested on Oct. 16, 2020, after an investigation into an Aug. 30 incident at the Target in Edmond, according to a criminal probable cause filing with the Oklahoma County Court Clerk’s office.

According to a case report provided by Edmond Police Department, police questioned Meyer on Oct. 16 after a woman shopping in the Target with her minor daughter alleged Meyer was using his cell phone camera in an attempt to take photos or video up her daughter’s skirt.

The reporting individual told police Meyer had placed his phone in his handheld shopping basket and repeatedly held or set the basket near her daughter.

Michigan chiropractor sues over statewide mask mandate

The Michigan Supreme Court on Oct. 2 ruled Whitmer’s executive orders after April 30 were unconstitutional and recommended Whitmer and the legislature work together to protect Michiganders from COVID-19.

Since then, Whitmer has turned to a backup source of power, including MDHHS, to issue and enforce her now-void orders.

The lawsuit was announced Wednesday, the same day Whitmer and other state officials “sounded the alarm bells” about rising rates of COVID-19 as winter draws near and Michiganders spend more time inside, where it’s more likely to spread the respiratory virus.

Masks: The Science & The Myths (Dr. Lee Merritt)

Commentary/Opinion:
Dr. Lee Merritt discusses the science & the myths about masks.

White Coat Summit II.

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AMERICA’S FRONTLINE DOCTORS HOLD 2ND SUMMIT IN DC

 The second White Coat Summit was held in Washington D.C. October 16-17, 2020.

Its purpose was to have frontline doctors talk directly to the American public, educate and inform policy leaders, and create alliances to enable physicians to heal our nation.

Its emphasis was on the proven success of early treatment.

Politics:

Steve Bannon: China is Bigger Than Burisma! Top Democratic leaders involved?

More people coming out in a couple of days! Former Business partner of Hunter Biden confirms who is the “Big Guy.” Also are Democratic leaders involved in the China Deal through Hunter?

Trump invites Hunter Biden ex-associate Tony Bobulinski to final debate

President Trump is expected to bring former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski as his guest to the final presidential debate Thursday night, Fox News has learned.

Left-wing groups seek to pressure Biden on chief of staff pick

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden arrives at New Castle Airport to board his campaign plane in New Castle, Del.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden arrives at New Castle Airport to board his campaign plane in New Castle, Del. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The poll of chiefs of staff,a copy of which was exclusively obtained by POLITICO, is an unusual gambit and shows the level of organization among progressives as they press Biden to embrace a more left-wing agenda.

A chief of staff is traditionally the most important person in the White House besides the president, as they are the ultimate gatekeeper managing access to the commander in chief. 

Biden “should not install someone as chief who’s been part of the problem for the last generation,” said David Segal, Demand Progress’ executive director.

Segal argued that Reed and Ricchetti fell into that camp because “they have both spent their careers working on behalf of corporate elites and the very wealthy and have enriched themselves in doing so.”

Former never-Trumper James Lindsay on why he just CAN’T vote for Joe Biden

This is a moment “Cynical Theories” author James Lindsay probably hoped would never come.

The liberal mathematician and host of the “New Discourses Podcast” recently came out as “unhappily” voting Republican, including for President Donald Trump, because the Democratic Party is now being controlled by a far-left movement that seeks to destroy our country and the U.S. Constitution.

He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain why this election isn’t “Trump versus Biden.”

It’s Trump versus a “movement that wants to tear apart American society at its very foundation.”

Lindsay warned that if it isn’t stopped, the left can toss out our rights by rewriting the Constitution — or abolishing it altogether.

Trump Seeking To Declassify Document Contesting Findings That Russia Sought To Help Him In 2016

(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe are reportedly seeking to declassify the document by Thursday evening at the request of California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, according to Reuters.

The intelligence community long ago concluded that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election broke in favor of Trump, regardless of the later finding that Trump’s campaign had not colluded with nation.

The report comes less than a day after Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that both Russia and Iran had separately obtained some U.S. voter registration information and were using it to meddle in the 2020 election.

Wray and Ratcliffe say Russia and Iran were behind recent spoof emails reportedly from the Proud Boys group that sought to threaten voters into voting for Trump.

Sen. Ron Johnson: Election interference from the left is WORSE than Iran’s

Commentary/Opinion:
The Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, announced Wednesday that Iran was caught attempting to interfere in the 2020 US election.

In emails posing as members of the right-wing group the “Proud Boys,” Iranian officials intimidated voters seemingly with the hope it would result in negative press for President Trump.

Sen. Ron Johnson details to Glenn this newly unveiled foreign interference, but he also explains why it PALES in comparison to the election interference currently being done by the left — by both Democrats in power AND the mainstream media.

What to Look For During the Final Trump & Biden Debate | DIRECT MESSAGE | RUBIN REPORT

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Commentary/Opinion:
Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report shares what he thinks voters need to be looking for in the final presidential debate.

He gives his prediction of what to expect from President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, but also the moderator, NBC News’ White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

Dave will also give his thoughts on some of the new rules that the debate commission changed for the last presidential debate, like the ability to mute the microphones of both presidential candidates.

Dave also discusses how Twitter has continued to lock The New York Post out of it’s Twitter account for its story on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. He wonders how much Big Tech is interfering in the 2020 election without us knowing it.

Rep. Ilhan Omar retweets ‘defund the Pentagon’ call by congressional candidate

In a file photo, surrounded by local elected officials and community leaders, Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks to the media, making her case for re-election on August 5, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In a file photo, surrounded by local elected officials and community leaders, Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks to the media, making her case for re-election on August 5, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

In July, Omar had released a statement criticizing the House of Representatives’ vote on the National Defense Authorization Act.

“Now is not the time to spend another $740 billion on a defense budget while thousands of Minnesotans are unable to make ends meet.

Omar’s statement included only a broad criticism of DOD spending, and did not indicate whether the congresswoman opposes the entire budget or part of it.

In 2019, Omar falsely claimed that 57 percent of U.S. spending is on defense. Her claim was fact-checked by Politifact, who pointed out that defense spending comprises just 15 percent of the U.S. budget. Even among discretionary spending, less than 50 percent goes to defense spending.

The call to defund the DOD comes as progressives have made similar calls to defund police departments and reallocate funding into social services and other police alternatives.

Big tech is the biggest threat to free speech: Sen Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) weighs in on election interference and big tech censorship on ‘Mornings with Maria.’

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Trump Releases FULL Unedited 60 Minutes Interview to Expose “Bias” and “Hatred”

Rumble — When President Trump says he’s going to do something, he does it. The media have no credibility left.

Harris, prominent Democrats listed as ‘key contacts’ for Biden family business venture projects

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An email exclusively obtained by Fox News, with the subject line “Phase one domestic contacts/ projects” and dated May 15, 2017, Biden’s brother, Jim Biden, shared a list of “key domestic contacts for phase one target projects.”

The email is unrelated to the laptop or hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son.

The list, included Harris, D-Calif.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; former Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe, among others.

It is unclear if any of the Democrats were ever contacted about the “target projects.”

Hunter Biden business partner calls email ‘genuine,’ says Hunter sought dad’s advice on deals

Tony Bobulinski's Navy photo. (Courtesy: Tony Bobulinski)
Tony Bobulinski’s Navy photo. (Courtesy: Tony Bobulinski)

“The reference to ‘the Big Guy’ in the much publicized May 13, 2017 email is in fact a reference to Joe Biden,” Bobulinski said in a statement to Fox News.

Bobulinski said he is the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, which he explained “was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family.” He said he was brought on as CEO by Hunter Biden and James Gilliar, who was listed as the sender of the email.

Bobulinski went on to say he does not believe Joe Biden’s past claim that he and Hunter did not discuss his son Hunter’s business, claiming that Hunter “frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals.”

“I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line,” Bobulinski said.

World News:

Covid surge ‘very serious’ in Germany and ‘out of control’ in Spain

Police check on mask compliance in Munich, Germany. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images
Police check on mask compliance in Munich, Germany. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

As multiple countries experienced record rises in infections – including some previously praised for the effectiveness of their response – a chorus of increasingly grim warnings was matched by announcements of tightening restrictions.

Spain’s health minister, Salvador Illa, added to the mounting sense of a region-wide crisis, saying “drastic” measures were necessary to combat a new wave of the pandemic. The government is considering fresh restrictions including curfews after Spain became the first country in western Europe to record more than 1m cases of the virus.

“The second wave is a reality. In many areas of our country, the epidemic is out of control,” Illa told Onda Cero radio.

State Department approves $1.4B sales of missile systems to Taiwan

An AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile -- among the weapons systems the State Department approved for sale to Taiwan this week -- is loaded on a P-8A Poseidon in 2014 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida.
An AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile — among the weapons systems the State Department approved for sale to Taiwan this week — is loaded on a P-8A Poseidon in 2014 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida. File Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jason Kofonow/U.S. Navy

The larger deal, estimated at $1.008 billion, would involve the sale of 135 AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response, or SLAM-ER, Missiles and related equipment to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.

“This proposed sale will improve the recipient’s capability to meet current and future threats as it provides all-weather, day and night, precision attack capabilities against both moving and stationary targets,” DSCA said in a press release.

“The recipient will be able to employ a highly reliable and effective system to increase their warfighting effectiveness as needed, which can counter or deter aggressions by demonstrated precision against surface targets.

American Kate Rubins and Russia’s Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov arrived at the ISS a week ago for a six-month stay.

Members of a search-and-rescue team at the landing site of the Soyuz MS-16 space capsule in a remote area outside Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on October 22.
Members of a search-and-rescue team at the landing site of the Soyuz MS-16 space capsule in a remote area outside Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on October 22
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An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts have safely returned to Earth following a six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz MS-16 capsule carrying astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed in Kazakhstan on October 22.

The trio had spent 196 days in orbit since arriving at the station on April 9.

American Kate Rubins and Russia’s Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov arrived at the ISS a week ago for a six-month stay.

The media and coronavirus

Commentary/Opinion:
Anne Marie Waters
Leader For Britain.

Greek Navy prepares for Turkish attack; Israel-Sudan to normalize relations-TV7 Israel News 22.10.20

1) The Greek Navy has raised its level of alert, ordering its battleships to surround a cluster of islands in the southeast Aegean Sea and prepare for potential hostilities from Turkey.

2) Senior officials in Jerusalem revealed that a public declaration is expected to be made in the next several days – announcing a U.S. brokered normalization accord between Israel and Sudan.

3) U.N.-led negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva, between Libya’s Western-based Government of National Accord and the Eastern-based Libyan National Army, produced a commitment by both sides to halt any hostilities for the time being.

Commentary/Opinion:

FBI Director Wray is Worse than Comey

FBI Director Christopher Wray. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “Threats to the Homeland” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2020. (Photo by JOSHUA ROBERTS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSHUA ROBERTS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Christopher Wray assumed office as the eighth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on August 2, 2017. He was preceded by the odious coup-plotter James Comey.

We must now come to grips with the likelihood that Wray is worse for the country than Comey.

The old adage that “the cover-up is worse than the crime” is applicable here. Comey’s plot was seditious.

Wray’s conspiracy runs deeper.

He adopted the wrongdoing of Comey and talked it away in Washingtonian passive voice: “mistakes were made.”

Wray engaged in a program of damage control and institutional preservation for the disgraced FBI. He did not clean house and reform.

Wray is acting as a legal obstructionist, fighting tooth and nail to keep the full story of the corrupt “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of President Trump and his associates from the American people.

FISA warrants are phonied-up and courts lied to repeatedly? Oh, that’s a “training” problem.

Can an 8-Year-Old Choose Their Gender?

Will Witt hit up Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to ask if 8-year-olds are capable of choosing (or changing) their gender. Enjoy!

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