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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 37% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near 49-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength, which should continue to underpin economic growth.
The labor market, which is viewed as being near or at full employment, is steadily boosting wage growth, which could help to support consumer spending as the stimulus from the Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package fades.
“The momentum in the labor market remains strong and we expect the unemployment rate to continue to decline,” said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New York.
Three members of the Expedition 56 crew returned safely to Earth Thursday from the International Space Station, where they spent months providing hands-on support for scientific research in low-Earth orbit, working to keep the orbiting laboratory fully operational, and performing three spacewalks.
NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos landed at 7:44 a.m. EDT (5:44 p.m. in Kazakhstan) southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
The crew completed hundreds of experiments during its 197-day expedition in space. Highlights included an investigation to study ultra-cold quantum gases using the first commercial European facility for microgravity research, and a system that uses surface forces to accomplish liquid-liquid separation.
It is not every day that a new nuclear bomb design is announced.
This week, the National Nuclear Security Administration said it had completed its final review of a powerful weapon based on the B61s and outlined the next steps to revamp several types of nukes.
The United States military will soon be able to slip undetected through enemy surveillance in stealth bombers and fighter jets to launch a devastating strike anywhere on the planet if need be.
Dubbed the B61-12 gravity bomb, the new nuclear weapon is expected to start production in 2020.
Afghan military and police forces had higher numbers of battlefield casualties in a “difficult and bloody summer” of fighting the Taliban insurgency, the American general overseeing the war said Thursday.
Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters at the Pentagon that the Afghan losses are “an area of important focus” for the newly installed U.S. commander in Kabul, Army Gen. Scott Miller. Votel did not say how many Afghan troops have been killed this year but noted that Afghan officials have said the casualties will not deter them.
Asked directly whether the number of Afghan casualties had increased this year over 2017, Votel said, “It’s my understanding that it is increasing.”
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday warned that China has initiated an “unprecedented effort” to influence the 2018 and 2020 elections, warning that the communist nation is responding to President Trump’s tough trade policies.
“The Chinese Communist Party is rewarding or coercing American businesses, movie studios, universities, think tanks, scholars, journalists, and local, state, and federal officials,” he said in a speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. “Worst of all, China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential election.”
Police investigating last night’s fatal shooting of an officer in South Carolina have identified the suspected gunman as 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins – and say they were initially drawn to the home in Florence to serve a warrant for a 27-year-old accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
Tributes to the fallen officer, Terrence Carraway, continued to pour in Thursday as the Florence County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect and told Fox Carolina that the minor was a foster child inside the home.
Hopkins, meanwhile, is currently hospitalized with a head injury and police have not yet been able to speak to him, according to WIS News 10.
The Associated Press reported that Hopkins is a disbarred lawyer who has been charged several times in recent years, starting with a 2014 count of disorderly conduct.
New reports show the number of fallen officers in 2018 has reached an alarming high. One America’s Luke Glaze explains the left’s possible role in the grim trend.
WASHINGTON (WSYX/WTTE) — Over 6.5 million pounds of beef products were recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Thursday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says JBS Tolleson, Inc. has recalled approximately 6,500,966 pounds of various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.
Two police officers in Georgia are being hailed as heroes after helping to save the life of a three-year-old boy found unresponsive in a pool on Tuesday.
The Temple Police Department said the officers were the first to respond to the 911 call on the radio Tuesday morning after the child wandered away and fell into the pool.
“I don’t consider myself a hero,” Temple Officer David Yates told FOX5. “I just consider myself at the right time and place.”
A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient from Mexico was arrested at the California-Mexico border Tuesday morning after Border Patrol agents found an estimated $34,284 worth of methamphetamine in the trunk of his car.
The 22-year-old suspect was attempting to enter the U.S. at the El Centro Sector checkpoint in Salton City, Calif. when a Border Patrol canine detection team prompted agents to discover 14 vacuum-sealed packages in the trunk of the suspect’s vehicle, according to the CBP.
A Democratic congressional intern was arrested Wednesday and accused of posting the personal information of at least one Republican senator during last week’s hearing about sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, authorities said.
U.S. Capitol Police said 27-year-old Jackson Cosko was charged with making public restricted personal information, witness tampering, threats in interstate communication, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second-degree burglary and unlawful entry. Police added that the investigation was continuing and more charges could be filed.
A Democratic congressional intern accused of publishing the private information of at least three Republican lawmakers allegedly threatened to leak senators’ childrens’ health information if a witness told anyone about his activities.
According to Bell’s statement, Cosko is alleged to have been confronted by the staffer and then walked out. Hours later the witness received an email from “firstname.lastname@example.org” saying: “If you tell anyone I will leak it all. Emails signal conversations gmails. Senators children’s health information and socials.”
Ten people were contacted by the FBI over the course of a week for the supplementary investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, the White House said Thursday.
Deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on CNN’s “New Day” that the White House could offer few details about the report, which is confidential, but said that 10 individuals were contacted by the bureau after an initial list of four names were provided by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley read the FBI supplemental report on Brett Kavanaugh and declared, “There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know.”
The senator was briefed on the report at 8 a.m. Thursday and released a statement soon after promising a vote for Kavanaugh.
“It’s time to vote. I’ll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” he said.
Grassley also said, “I trust that career agents of the FBI have done their work independent of political or partisan considerations. That’s exactly what senators from both sides asked for. Now it’s up to senators to fulfill their Constitutional duty and make a judgement.”
Brett Kavanaugh appears to be heading for the Supreme Court, as wavering GOP senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins signalled they could be prepared to back him after reading the FBI report into sexual assault allegations.
Flake, whose about face on Kavanaugh triggered the supplemental FBI report, said there was “no additional corroborating information” in the report, while Collins said: “It appears to be a very thorough investigation.”
Neither senator said explicitly they would vote for Kavanaugh, and both said they wanted to take more time to read the FBI report. But their statements signaled they have no immediate problem with the nominee following the FBI’s supplemental work.
The nation is paying close attention to the ongoing controversy surrounding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaughto the Supreme Court.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday finds that most voters now agree that the process has turned shameful — including a surprising number of Democrats.
“An angry Brett Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee late last week: ‘This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy,’” the Rasmussen analysis says.
The poll found that 56 percent of all likely U.S. voters agree with the U.S. Supreme Court nominee’s statement. Thirty percent disagree, while 14 percent are undecided.
Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh chased down Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. Monday, video released Thursday shows.
As Paul was exiting the airport, a group of several women began following Paul asking him if we would call for an investigation into Kavanaugh. Paul did not respond to the group and continued walking.
The protesters also screamed “shame” at Paul, as he walked out. This comes the same day a group of protesters chased down Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue and his wife through the same airport.
The wife of GOP Senator Rand Paul wrote an open letter blaming Democrat Senator Cory Booker for a series of threats her husband has faced over the Brett Kavanaugh proceedings.
In the letter published Wednesday, Kelley Paul said protesters at an airport blocked her husband from moving and shoved middle fingers in his face while screaming.
Mrs. Paul claimed the protesters were following Booker’s direction, referencing a statement the Democrat made urging liberals to confront members of Congress they disagree with.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says senators owe it to the American people not to be intimidated by those trying to ‘smear’ Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina did not take kindly to a protester who continued to yell about Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh while he was doing an interview at the Capitol.
Graham had just reviewed the supplemental FBI report on the investigation into abuse allegations against Kavanaugh, and was briefing reporters on the contents.
“150 plus people have been interviewed over a 20-something year period,” Graham stated, “The Brett Kavanaugh that I knew before the committee is the Brett Kavanaugh I know now, the only difference is an effort to ruin this man’s life. I am ready to vote.”
Graham turned to walk down the hallway but spun around to give one last comment.
A federal judge in California blocked the government’s plan late Wednesday to wind down a humanitarian program for hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals living in the U.S., citing concerns the decision was motivated by racial animus on the part of President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge Edward Chen issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from canceling Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for roughly 300,000 migrants Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan.
A federal judge with ties to Planned Parenthood refused Wednesday to allow the release of more undercover videos filmed by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress.
Daleiden’s legal team, which still is defending him against 15 felony charges in California, asked U.S. District Judge William Orrick III to lift his block on the additional videos, Courthouse News reports. They said Orrick’s gag order is getting in the way of Daleiden’s ability to defend himself.
On Wednesday, however, Orrick refused to do so.
Notably, the judge has “an ongoing and longstanding professional relationship” with the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, according to the legal team.
September 2013: Now Revealed by Stripper: Booker’s Twitter Messages
Mayor Cory A. Booker has a high schooler’s affinity for Twitter, reveling in its ceaseless flow of affirmation and infinite space for self-promotion.
But the occasional perils of his reliance on the social media service became evident on Wednesday when a 26-year-old stripper from Oregon revealed her private online correspondence with him.
In a message to the stripper, named Lynsie Lee, Mr. Booker wrote that “the East Coast loves you, and by the East Coast, I mean me.”
Ms. Lee, whose photograph on Twitter features her splayed topless across a yellow couch, replied, “Well, now I’m blushing :)”
TORONTO, October 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The man captured on video roundhouse-kicking a pro-life woman has been identified, and he’s lost his contract at a Toronto hair salon as a result.
As discovered by many internet sleuths, the man in the video taken at Sunday’s Life Chain event is Jordan Hunt, employed at Noble Studio 101 at the time of the violent incident at Sunday’s Life Chain.
The shocking 46-second clip by Marie-Claire Bissonnette, youth coordinator with Campaign Life Coalition, went viral after it was published on LifeSiteNews Tuesday, reaching number 8 on YouTube on Wednesday, with over 500,000 views as of publication, and sparking widespread discussion on social media.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) targeted a A Maryland councilman over Facebook posts openly rejecting Allah and suggesting a ban on Islam in schools.
CAIR demanded that Councilman John Grasso of Anne Arundel County Council’s District 2 remove his posts, saying that they were anti-Islamic and that Muslim district members had complained that they felt unsafe as a result of the posts.
Grasso refused to remove them on the basis that they were not his personal views and that he supports Muslim citizens as much as he supports free speech.
For 40 minutes, a small hole in the ground sprayed 12-foot flames uncontrollably before finally coming to a halt. Images of the red-orange flames and heat from the fire were embedded in the minds of those who witnessed the scene.
The hole opened up on a private property in Midway, Arkansas, nearly a month ago — on Sept. 17 — and yet it is still stumping investigators. People were quick to offer theories as to what caused the sudden explosion: Was it space junk, meteorites, maybe a gas leak?
So far, none of the guesses have proved to be correct, Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He also ruled out another wild explanation — Satan.
The vast majority of political contributions from Apple employees are directed to liberal candidates or Democratic Party-aligned organizations, according to a report released Thursday amid growing Republican concern over anti-conservative bias.
From 2014 through 2018, some 91 percent of overall donations from the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s employees went to Democrats, research firm GovPredict found. Nearly 96 percent went to local Democratic committees, while 100 percent of the contributions went to liberal organizations.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton received more than $1.8 million in contributions from employees of the consumer technology giant, by far the most of any politician on either side of the aisle. Former-President Barack Obama received $788,000, while $111,000 went to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the largest haul for any Republican official.
Apple has vigorously denied an explosive report from Bloomberg Businessweek claiming that Chinese spies infiltrated its supply chain and placed ‘spy’ chips in iCloud servers.
According to the report, Apple and Amazon found surveillance chips from China in their server hardware, which was provided by Super Micro located in the country. Upon the discovery, Amazon reportedly alerted U.S. authorities, which sent “a shudder through the intelligence community,” Bloomberg wrote.
A few weeks after the publication of a comprehensive study on how misinformation spread on Twitter during the French election, more research emerged from the United States.
On Thursday, the Knight Foundation released a study analyzing the role of Twitter in spreading links to fake news stories and conspiracies during and after the 2016 United States presidential election. The report, which was commissioned by Knight and produced by George Washington University and Graphika, a firm that maps social media interactions, looked at more than 10 million tweets from about 700,000 accounts linking to more than 600 outlets that publish misinformation.
What it found during the campaign isn’t too surprising: 6.6 million tweets linked to fake news or conspiracy theories in the month before the election. But after the election — when Twitter took a few actions to counter the spread of falsities — misinformation continued to prosper, albeit at lower numbers.
One of the most frequently wondered questions in this whole social media censorship of conservatives’ debate coursing through our nation, all the way to Congress, is why the ideological right can’t create an Internet-based community of its own, one that bypasses the libs at Facebook and Twitter and Google — one that offers First Amendment-like freedoms to all, as founders intended.
Well, Gab.com did just that. Gab is the conservative alternative to Twitter. But now Gab is being attacked for its free-thinking atmosphere and getting hit where it hurts the most: on its fiscal bottom line.
An email from Your Friends at Gab.com goes like this: “It’s interesting how we’ve never had any issues with either of our payment processors for over two years now, but all of a sudden when Gab.com is the only platform on the internet to host Alex Jones and defend free expression for all people, we become the target. In the last two weeks both of our payment processors have threatened to or have frozen our service.”
Google wants to make it easier for people to find fact checks. To do that, the company is building another version of what it’s most known for: a search engine.
On Tuesday, the Google News Initiative launched the beta version of a tool that’s specifically for fact-checking content. The feature, which the company has been working on for months, uses the same signals as other Google products, such as Google News, to surface work from fact-checkers like Snopes and (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact.
The editors who can’t seem to prevent the California GOP from being listed as Nazis on their platform have decided that Breitbart can’t be used as a source or reference.
One editor wrote, “I think that Breitbart is not a reliable source. It’s my view that we should not source anything to Breitbart other than strictly factual and uncontroversial facts about Breitbart on the articles related to Breitbart and its people.”
In a post announcing the change, Wikipedia administrator Fish+Karate, (whose fondness for ichthyology and martial arts make this admin very trustworthy indeed) noted that “There is a very clear consensus here that yes, Breitbart should be deprecated in the same way as the Daily Mail.”
Facebook is claiming that Minds.com is “not a secure connection”. Minds in fact places security first. We’re a creatively contentious bunch on Minds, managing to complain about almost everything, but half the arguments by users with Minds right now are over its attempts to balance its proven commitments to privacy and freedom of speech against its primarydedication to securing the site.
A major push for security began this year for example by asking us each for a phone number. We predictably howled. In fact, you can pitch the phone or give it to the first person you see. Minds wants only to create a unique hash, a unique identifier for each of us in order to guard against anyone’s trying to game the Minds rewards system. Security first.
Shimaa Qasim said in a live Instagram video on Sunday that she received texts vowing “you’re next” in a campaign suspected of targeting “Westernized” women.
The beauty queen received the terrifying texts shortly after former Miss Baghdad and Miss Iraq runner-up, Tara Fares, was shot dead by two motorcyclists while she was driving in the Iraqi capital a week ago.
A gunman shot her three times while her Porsche was stopped at traffic lights in Baghdad.
In the emotional clip, the 23-year-old told her 2.7 million followers that women in the country faced being “slaughtered like chickens” and branded Fares a “martyr.”
NEW DELHI — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India on Thursday for a two-day visit during which India is expected to sign a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems despite a new U.S. law ordering sanctions on any country trading with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors.
Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold annual talks on Friday and oversee the signing of a slew of agreements, India’s External Affairs Ministry said.
UNITED NATIONS — While Syria’s government is encouraging refugees to return to their war-wracked country, the United Nations’ top official there said Thursday that the millions who fled need to evaluate for themselves whether it’s safe and feasible to go home.
“Some areas in Syria will look, to the onlooker, safe,” the U.N. resident humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Ali al-Za’tari, said at a news conference at the world body’s headquarters. “A refugee has to have a feeling of safety and security, a way to lead a living back in Syria, and a roof.”
After more than seven years of civil war that uprooted nearly half Syria’s 23 million people and killed over 400,000, the government says military gains over the past year have made it safe to return.
Today, we watch leftist mobs scream profanities at professors and deans, and shut down conservative and pro-Israel speakers at colleges. We routinely witness left-wing protesters block highways and bridges, scream in front of the homes of conservative business and political leaders, and surround conservatives’ tables at restaurants while shouting and chanting at them.
Conservatives don’t do these things. They don’t close highways, yell obscenities at left-wing politicians, work to ban left-wing speakers at colleges, smash the windows of businesses, etc.
Why do leftists feel entitled do all these things? Because they have thoroughly rejected middle-class, bourgeois, and Judeo-Christian religious values.
I have two sons. One is in his 20s, well on his way into adulthood. The other is 16 and, given the way the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process is headed, walking a tight rope between college preparation and jail.
As President Donald Trump noted in recent comments about the runaway train called Supreme Court Nomination, it’s “a very scary time for young men in America.”
Yes, it is. This is no joke. The sons of America are facing some dire straits.
The left, with one fell Supreme Court nomination swoop, has managed to upturn the entire notion of due process and collapse the cherished American principle of innocent until proven guilty.
For weeks, we’ve been subjected to the ever-increasing hysteria of the left. The confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh started with the Democrats shouting to the world that he was an evil, mutant offspring of Charles Manson and Pol Pot. Now, not so much.
On July 9, the day President Donald Trump announced Judge Kavanaugh as his choice for the court, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer made his own statement. Breitbart reported, “The same day, Schumer announced that he planned to launch an aggressive campaign to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination. He would do it, he said, ‘with everything I have’ because the ‘stakes are simply too high.’ “
The Democrats have few quivers with which to destroy people — they consist of accusing someone of being a racist, sexist or homophobe. So sexist it would be. They would cast him as an abuser of women; ultimately, a rapist. From a long time ago. With no evidence or corroboration, just the demand that we “believe all women.” Because when you’re railroading someone, asking questions must be declared a crime as well. Just ask any fascist.