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Middle-class income rose to the highest recorded levels in 2017 and the national poverty rate declined as the benefits of the strong economy lifted the fortunes of more Americans, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday.
The median U.S. household earned $61,372 last year, meaning half of the families in the country brought in more income than this and half earned less.
Crossing the $61,000 mark signals the American middle-class may have finally earned more than it did in 1999, although the Census Bureau cautions that median income last year was not statistically different from 1999 or 2007.
To hear some boobirds tell it, the booming economy might crumple soon because American households have taken on record debt. Don’t count on it.
By one measure, consumer debt might seem alarmingly high. Households carried a record $13.3 trillion in debt at the end of June, Federal Reserve records show. That tops the prior peak of $12.7 trillion in 2008 during the middle of the Great Recession.
High debt levels, especially in mortgages, contributed to the 2008 financial panic and the severity of the recession.
The total amount of debt, however, doesn’t tell the whole story.
CBS announced on Wednesday that Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes,” would be leaving the company amid allegations that he inappropriately touched female employees and condoned a toxic culture of sexual harassment inside the storied newsmagazine.
Fager’s departure comes just two days after CBS chief Les Moonves was ousted, following accusations from a dozen women in two Ronan Farrow exposés in The New Yorker that also included allegations against Fager.
VERSAILLES, Ind. – A 14-year-old Indiana boy charged in the suffocation deaths of his two young siblings told investigators that he killed them so that they wouldn’t “have to live in the hell that he did,” prosecutors allege.
Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel said Wednesday that the teen was arrested last week on juvenile charges of murder in the May 2017 killing of his 23-month-old half sister, Desiree McCartney, and the killing two months later of his 11-month-old stepbrother,
According to the affidavit, the teen told investigators who questioned him about his siblings’ deaths that “he had a conversation with God about them, but he could not talk about it because he had promised God he wouldn’t tell anyone.”
Under further questioning, the teen began “talking about saving Desiree and Nathaniel from hell and the chains of fire,” it states. He then added that “he didn’t want them to have to live in the hell that he did,” before going on to describe how he suffocated the children.
DAYTON, Ohio – A former police officer in an Ohio village was sentenced Wednesday to 43 years in prison for sexually assaulting four women while on duty, including two women he had taken to the police station.
The crimes of Justin Sanderson, 33, are “reprehensible and disturbing,” Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a statement after the sentencing.
Sanderson, an officer in the Montgomery County village of Phillipsburg, said in court that he still considers himself innocent, the Dayton Daily News reported. Judge Steven Dankof, who found him guilty of rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition during a bench trial in late August, said it was the court’s “darkest voyage” into a man’s actions.
A man accused of fatally stabbing a student to death in Enfield, Connecticut, appeared to collapse in court and court officials were forced to throw out disrupters.
Shyhiem Adams, 18, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Justin Brady, a 16-year-old Enfield High School student, the Hartford Courant reported.
Some 40 people attended the court hearing where Adams collapsed, appeared to cry, and trembled. Judge Sheila Prats was forced to throw out disruptive onlookers after outbursts, the report said.
The tension escalated into a fight outside the courtroom, the Courant reported. Ten people were thrown out of the room while they shouted obscenities. When Adams collapsed, he said, “I’m a good soul, Jesus please.”
The wife of a fallen Marine, Brittany Jacobs, recently shared her opinion on Nike choosing Colin Kaepernick as the face of its new ad campaign.
“To see someone who knelt before the flag … be able to say that he sacrificed everything? It’s hard and it’s sad. It’s not right,” she said during an interview with Fox and Friends on Sept. 9.
The “Gold Star Wife” said her husband sacrificed “absolutely everything for the flag, for the country, and for that all it stood for.” She felt that Nike could have chosen someone else for the ad campaign.
Last week during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Senator Kamala Harris completely made up stories in order to create television drama and disparage the nominee. Her outright lies began on September 7th, when Harris’s office put out a series of tweets.
Kamala Harris claims Judge Kavanaugh is “going after birth control,” which is a complete fabrication. Her tweets are specifically designed to mislead voters on Kavanaugh’s character by specifically taking his words out of context, in order to drive her narrative.
When Kavanaugh said those words, he was referring to a case in which the plaintiff held that philosophy and was not Kavanaugh’s thoughts on contraception.
“By publicly releasing Committee Confidential records, Sen. Booker appears to have violated provisions 5 and/or 6 of Rule 29 of the Standing Rules of the Senate (Rev. Jan. 24, 2013),” Judicial Watch details in a letter delivered to to the chairman and co-chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics Wednesday.
“We hereby request that the Senate Ethics Committee conduct a preliminary investigation into whether Sen. Booker violated Senate Rules by releasing Committee Confidential records through his social media accounts.”
“Senator Booker, in an absurd invocation of ‘Spartacus,’ explicitly invited his expulsion from the Senate in his egregious violation of the rules and contempt for the rule of law and the Constitution,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton released in a statement.
“Will the Senate assert the rule of law in the Booker case or allow mob rule to be the new standard?”
Last week, PJ Media contributor and Fox News guest Denise McAllister sent out a powerful tweet denouncing the abortion movement. Little did she know, days later she would be in hiding, scared for her life. When she went public about receiving death and rape threats, pro-abortion Twitter users championed the threats against her.
“At the root of [abortion] hysteria is women’s unhinged desire for irresponsible sex. Sex is their god. Abortion is their sacrament,” McAllister tweeted. “It’s abhorrent as women have flung themselves from the heights of being the world’s civilizing force to the muck and mire of dehumanizing depravity.”
As if to prove McAllister’s point about depravity, abortion activists jumped on her case, calling her everything from crazy to misogynist to a supporter of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Planned Parenthood Federation of America named Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, as its sixth president on Wednesday afternoon.
Wen — an assertive health leader in her city and beyond who has repeatedly challenged the Trump administration’s women’s health policies in court — originally hails from Shanghai and will be the first physician to hold the post in half a century.
BERLIN – A report on sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church in Germany says 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014, two leading German media outlets said Wednesday.
Spiegel Online and Die Zeit said the report they obtained — commissioned by the German Bishops Conference and researched by three universities — concludes that more than half of the victims were 13 or younger and most were boys.
Every sixth case involved rape and at least 1,670 clergy were involved, both weeklies reported. Die Zeit wrote that 969 abuse victims were altar boys.
Evergreen State College enrollment plummeted after fallout from the controversial “Day of Absence” in May 2017 when all white people were asked to leave the campus.
The publicly funded college – committed to social justice – became the poster child of a campus overrun by hyper-political correctness when students shut down the campus and shouted down then-evolutionary biology professor Bret Weinstein for merely questioning the event kicking white people off campus.
Weinstein, who describes himself as “deeply progressive,” ultimately lost his job and was labeled a “racist” and “white supremacist.”
A surge in people coming to the U.S. illegally as families has contributed to an increase of illegal crossings from Mexico.
The number of family arrivals reached nearly 16,000 in August, a sharp increase from July. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says the figure was one of the highest on record. Families accounted for about one-third of all the people stopped at the border.
McAleenan blames what he calls “legal loopholes,” including a court order that generally prohibits holding children more than 20 days.
He calls the increase in family arrivals “a direct response to gaps in the legal framework.”
This week, regulators found that Altria and RAI Services, the corporate parents of the Marlboro and Camel cigarette brands, violated the state’s campaign finance rules by failing to disclose support to a group campaigning against the measure, called Montanans Against Tax Hikes (Math).
This November, Montanans will vote on whether to add$2 to the tax on packs of cigarettes. The referendum calls for the tax to be used to fund Medicaid, a government health insurance program that provides care for the poor.
It is no secret that Facebook algorithms and community standards seem to be set up against conservatives, Christians, and alternative voices, so much so, that Washington DC has begun stepping in, and Mark Zuckerberg famously testified before Congress earlier this year (although he swore up and down there was no bias in the way his company operates).
Meanwhile, at Facebook headquarters, there is dissent in the ranks: several Facebook employees are now joining together to represent the minority of non-progressives at the company who believe there is a problem.
He says that the ban has “devastated” his ability to reach people ahead of an October 26 march on Washington, all because of a Facbeook post that read: “Hey, Patriots! I’m going live on Infowars.com in 15 minutes.”
Straka tweeted on Wednesday: “FACEBOOK JUST BANNED ME AS I AM PLANNING THE #WalkAway March on Washington!!! I have been banned from posting leading up to the March. This is devastated for our ability to reach people!!! I was banned for mentioning my interview with Alex Jones. Can anybody help???”
This isn’t the first time Straka and his movement have come under fire from the left. In July, CNN claimed that the #WalkAway movement was being promoted by Russian bots – uncritically citing propaganda website “Hamilton 88” as evidence.
In the same month, Straka was also denied service by an employee at a New York electronics store after he was recognized from an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe.
The video is a full recording of Google’s first all-hands meeting following the 2016 election (these weekly meetings are known inside the company as “TGIF” or “Thank God It’s Friday” meetings). Sent to Breitbart News by an anonymous source, it features co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton,CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai.
It was reported earlier this week that Google tried to boost turnout among the Latino population to help Hillary Clinton, only to be dismayed as the usually solid Democratic voting bloc switched to the GOP in record numbers. This video shows a similar level of dismay among Google’s most high-profile figures.
A U.N. commission tasked with investigating battles in Syria has accused the Assad regime and affiliated militias of carrying out war crimes as it released a damning report Wednesday highlighting atrocities that have “collectively displaced more than one million men, women and children.”
The 24-page document by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic focuses on happenings inside Syria between January and July of this year. It is based on hundreds of interviews, satellite images, videos, medical records and government communications during that time period, among other sources.
Iran is stepping up its involvement with political and militant Shiite groups in Pakistan, in what foreign affairs experts see as an escalating shadow proxy war with Saudi Arabia in a country with the world’s second-largest Muslim population.
“Iran is continuing to work to help rebel groups to form in the minority tribal region. There are Sindhi and Baluch separatist groups that Iran will help fund and support,” said retired Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer, an intelligence specialist who currently serves as senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies at the London Center.
U.S. Air Force weapons developers are working with industry to pursue early prototypes of a new air-launched, nuclear-armed cruise missile able to pinpoint targets with possible attacks from much farther ranges than bombers can typically attack.
Service engineers and weapons architects are now working with industry partners on early concepts, configurations and prototypes for the weapon – which is slated to be operational by the end of the next decade – late 2020s.
Many senior Pentagon and Air Force officials believe the emerging nuclear-armed Long Range Stand-Off weapon will enable strike forces to attack deep within enemy territory and help overcome high-tech challenges posed by emerging adversary air defenses.
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Sept. 12 (UPI) — A Philippines inventor said his homemade flying car has completed its first successful test flight after six years of development.
Kyxz Mendoza of Quezon City said his “Ultralight Aircraft” reached heights of 25 feet during the test flight, which was recorded on video and posted online.
He said the test flight came after six years of working on his invention, which uses drone-style multicopter technology to attain flight.
President Trump has made it a pillar of his presidency to reset the global trade relationships and stop the trade imbalance that previously caused the destruction of the U.S. manufacturing base and the collapse of the middle-class.
The America-First trade initiatives are adverse to the interests of the multinationals (globalists) and the control mechanisms within the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Money and economic control is the real battle-space within the American political system. This latest move is only the beginning of that will follow in the next 56 days, as they to try and eliminate Trump by targeting republicans.
The Big Club is the financial mechanism that constructed the UniParty in Washington DC.