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In The News:
“On Friday, I reported on the alleged suicide of Republican donor Peter W. Smith, who confessed to the Wall Street Journal that he and his team had worked with Russian hackers to obtain Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. Today, reports are out that a former head of a Haitian government development agency allegedly committed suicide just prior to allegedly testifying against the Clinton Foundation before the Haitian Senate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
Klaus Eberwein, 50, was found dead in his motel room from an obvious gunshot wound to the head, according to the Miami-Dade medical examiner, who ruled his death a suicide.” More here.> Klaus Eberwein “Commits Suicide” Ahead of Testimony Against Clinton Foundation – Media Blackout
(Reuters) – “An anti-violence activist and a 9-year-old were among 10 people who were fatally shot in Chicago over the weekend, the latest in a rash of killings that has shaken the third-largest U.S. city and raised questions about how to staunch the bloodshed.
All told, more than 40 people were shot in Chicago from Friday to Sunday morning, including Willie Cooper, 58, who ran a South Side community center, according to police. No arrests had been made.” More here.> Chicago anti-violence activist, nine-year-old gunned down in rash of shootings
“A Pakistani-born House IT administrator suspected of misusing access to congressional files is a charming, dishonest manipulator with an unquenchable thirst for money, a dozen people who know him personally said in interviews with The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.
Relatives said that Imran Awan had such a penchant for taking advantage of people that his stepmother called the police and accused him of extortion, while his father changed his last name so he wouldn’t share it with his son.
Awan had full access to the emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, and is the target of a Capitol Police criminal investigation into, as Politico described it, “committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”
However, members of Congress have not treated the situation as a potential security breach, instead saying that they trust Imran and do not think he would sell their data or use it for nefarious purposes like blackmail.
Among almost every person interviewed by TheDCNF, those who know him — including close relatives — described Imran as a savvy person and a calculating tactician who had tried to scam them.
In one example of that, he filmed a bizarre video — viewable below — of his father signing a financial document that he correctly anticipated would become subject of fraud allegations. He flaunted his supposed power in government, many said.
“He’s a very charming guy, charismatic, you’d like him,” said one person who rents a house from Imran. “He’s brilliant, knowledgeable about everything.” The family owns multiple real estate assets, but renters said Imran wanted rental payments in cash.
Congress paid him and family members $4 million between 2009 and 2016. His younger brothers, Abid and Jamal, and his wife Hina appeared on the House payroll at chief-of-staff level salaries, even as Imran brought in additional income in other ways.
Politico described Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Gregory Meeks of New York as having a “friendly personal relationship” with Imran and his wife. Meeks said he saw no evidence of anything “nefarious,” and Wasserman Schultz refused to fire him even though the House Sergeant-at-Arms has banned him from the network.
“Imran is very cunning and shady,” said Cristal Perpignan, a federal manager who rented a house from Imran, and who had repeated run-ins with him over money. “He gives you a sob story and you believe him.” Imran told her and other renters that his name was Alec.
Imran manipulated a high school buddy, Haseeb Rana, by having him do the work of Imran’s relatives — who fellow IT guys said were rarely seen — while earning less money than them, Haseeb’s father Tanwir said.” More here.> House Dems’ IT Administrator A Charming, ‘Cunning’ Con Artist, Associates Say
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that over 400 people were charged for their involvement in healthcare fraud that included $1.3 billion in false filings.
The charges are part of the “largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action” by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and included 115 doctors.
“Too many trusted medical professionals, like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients,” Sessions said during a press conference.
“Amazingly, some have made their practices into multi-million dollar criminal enterprises. They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed.”
Defendants were charged for billing unnecessary prescriptions to Medicare, Medicaid and in some cases private insurance companies.” More here.> Over 400 people charged for healthcare fraud in federal crackdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — “Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to delay consideration of health care legislation in the Senate, after Sen. John McCain’s announced absence following surgery left Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation.
McConnell’s decision amounted to another setback for GOP efforts, promoted by President Donald Trump, to repeal and replace “Obamacare” after years of promises. McConnell issued his statement late Saturday not long after McCain’s office disclosed that he had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, and had been advised by his doctors to stay in Arizona next week to recover.” More here.> McConnell delays vote on health care after McCain surgery
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — “A Florida man has survived a harrowing drive after a large piece of scrap metal fell from a tractor-trailer and crushed his van.”
PARIS (AP) — “French President Emmanuel Macron denounced France’s collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out Sunday at those who negate or minimize the country’s role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths.
After he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a Holocaust commemoration, Macron also appealed for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Worried that Netanyahu is backing away from commitment to a two-state solution, Macron assailed Jewish settlement construction as a threat to international hopes for peace.” More here.> Macron decries France’s Nazi past during Netanyahu visit
JERUSALEM (AP) — “Hundreds of Muslim worshippers visited a Jerusalem holy site Sunday after Israel reopened the compound following a rare closure in response to a deadly shooting last week that raised concerns about wider unrest.
For the first time in decades, Israel closed the site — known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount — on Friday after three Arab citizens of Israel opened fire from the sacred site with automatic weapons, killing two police officers. The three were later shot dead inside the compound.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that following consultations with security officials the site would be reopened Sunday afternoon with increased security measures that included metal detectors at the entrance gates and additional security cameras.
At midday, Israeli police opened two of the gates to the compound to allow worshippers to enter through the newly erected detectors. Police said some worshippers refused to go through them and knelt to pray outside instead. But despite concerns that the new measures could slow movement and spark renewed tensions, police said they appeared to be working fine and that 200 people had already passed through.” More here.> Israel reopens Jerusalem holy site after deadly assault
LONDON (AP) — “British police have charged a teenager with a spate of London acid attacks, as authorities considered whether tougher sentences would curb a spike in assaults with corrosive liquids.
The Metropolitan Police force said late Saturday that a 16-year-old boy faces 15 charges, including grievous bodily harm. The boy, who can’t be named because of his age, was arrested after five moped riders were sprayed with a corrosive substance during a 90-minute period last week.
One man was left with life-changing injuries, police said. At least two of those attacked were drivers for food delivery services Deliveroo and UberEATS.” More here.> Teen charged in London acid attacks as UK plans crackdown
KINSHASA (Reuters) – “Five park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Sunday.
Gunmen attacked the group late on Friday in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Mambasa territory. Some others in the group, including two Dutch journalists, escaped.
Cosma Wilungula, the head of Congo’s park service, confirmed that the journalist and rangers had been rescued from a group of Mai Mai militia fighters involved in mining gold inside the reserve.
The U.S. State Department said it was aware of the reports, but did not identify the journalist who was rescued because of privacy concerns.” More here.> Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalist
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (Reuters) – “While Washington works on plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, U.S. forces on the ground are grappling with building an army in the middle of a war their commanders say is locked in stalemate.
It is slow, hot, often frustrating work, ranging from overseeing basic infantry training to trying to create modern logistics systems for an army in which many soldiers cannot read or write.
“There are enormous challenges ahead,” said Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, who led a task force in Helmand five years ago and who has returned as commander of around 300 Marines training and advising the Afghan army and police.
When the Marines left Helmand in 2014, they did not expect to return, but building the Afghan army has been slower than anticipated. Many issues trainers focus on, such as improving army leadership or getting troops off vulnerable checkpoints, are ones American advisers have recommended for years.” More here.> As Washington ponders Afghan mission, Marines toil in Helmand
DUBAI (Reuters) – “An Iranian court has sentenced a U.S. dual national to 10 years in jail on spying charges, Iran’s judiciary spokesman said on Sunday, the latest case involving dual nationals held on security charges in the country.
The spokesman did not name the person or give details about when the sentence was passed but said the person was a citizen of the United States and an unnamed country other than Iran.” More here.> Iran says jails U.S. dual national for 10 years for spying
News From The Blog’s:
“Are you as sick of this as I am? Go here to read my previous post on the judge in Hawaii (the state that only “welcomes” a tiny number of refugees) who thinks he has the legal right to write refugee law (just as the Supreme Court did as well!).
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the State of Hawaii to respond by Tuesday at noon to President Donald Trump’s motion to block a judge’s ruling that prevented his travel ban from being applied to grandparents of U.S. citizens and refugees already being processed by resettlement agencies, the court’s public information office said on Saturday.
In a court filing on Friday, the administration asked the justices to overturn Thursday’s decision by a U.S. district judge in Hawaii, which limited the scope of the administration’s temporary ban on refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.” More here.> Hawaiian rogue judge has until Tuesday to respond to Trump SCOTUS motion
“This stunner from Manchester, NH about a refugee from DR Congo who beat a woman (no mention if it was his wife) and was given a free pass by the legal system because he had come from a violent culture.
Not just women and children!
And, we were led to believe that we were getting mostly women and children. I just checked the demographic data at Wrapsnet and was shocked to learn that men and women are pretty much equal in number and in fact in the 21-30 age group in most years, men arriving here out-numbered the women in that group!” More here.> New Hampshire: Congolese refugee escapes prosecution in domestic violence case
“President Donald Trump will seek to highlight his economic agenda with a series of theme weeks focused on domestic policy, part of an effort to shift focus by a White House besieged by the investigations into Russian election meddling and struggling to pass a health-care bill.
The effort will kick off Monday with “Made in America” week, with the president championing companies that build products in the U.S. On Monday, the administration has invited firms from all 50 states to show their domestically produced products at the White House. On Wednesday, Trump plans to call on U.S. companies to make more of their products at home. He also is expected to travel to Virginia during the weekend for the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.
“For too long our government has forgotten the American worker,” White House spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferré told reporters in a call on Sunday. Those workers, she said, will now be “championed” by Trump.” More here.> Trump Holding Theme-Week Events to Turn Focus to Economic Agenda
“President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets Sunday morning in response to media outlet’s news coverage of his eldest son Donald Trump Jr.
In a earlier tweet the president asked why his son was being “scorned by the Fake News Media” and compared media outlet’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal to Trump Jr.’s emails on meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.” More here.> President Trump: Fake news is distorting democracy
DENVER, CO (KDVR) – “Prosecutors in Denver have declined to file homicide charges against a teenage jail inmate who allegedly beat another inmate to death on Monday.
Now he’s free and wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the Denver City Jail already released him.
Police, prosecutors and jail sources said 19-year-old Ricardo Lopez Vera got into a “mutual combat” fight with 42-year-old William Anderson in or near the shower area in pod H on Monday morning.
The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner confirmed Anderson’s death, but has not released details or cause.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office decision to not prosecute Lopez-Vera allowed him to make bail less than 40 hours after the fatal fight.
The FOX31 Problem Solvers have learned federal immigration officials had a detainer in place for Lopez-Vera, but despite that, the Denver Sheriff Department released him Wednesday morning.” More here.> DENVER OFFICIALS RELEASE ILLEGAL ALIEN WHO BEAT A MAN TO DEATH
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release…
“An immigration fugitive from El Salvador wanted for aggravated homicide was deported Thursday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Laredo, Texas.
Carlos Vidal Navarro-Montecinos, 22, was flown to El Salvador July 13 on board a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Navarro-Montecinos was turned over to officials from El Salvador’s Civilian National Police (PNC).
According to the Attorney General of El Salvador’s Department of Usulutan, on March 7, 2015, two MS-13 gang members shot and killed a prominent federal prosecutor, Andres Ernesto Oliva Tejada. Before the shooting, detectives learned that Navarro-Montecinos, an MS-13 gang member, was ordered to scout the location prior to the murder. Navarro-Montecinos is being charged as accomplice to the aggravated homicide. The prosecutor died at the scene from injuries he sustained from the shooting.” More here.> MS-13 GANG MEMBER WANTED FOR MEXICAN PROSECUTOR’S MURDER CAUGHT IN TEXAS
Check it Out:
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – “A Texas repairman found that one of the hardest parts about being trapped while servicing a bank’s automated teller machine was convincing customers coming for cash that he was stuck.
The ATM technician shouted and passed notes begging for help through the machine’s receipt slot for about three hours on Wednesday but his appeals were mostly ignored, police said.
“Most people thought it was a joke,” Corpus Christi police spokeswoman Gena Pena said on Thursday.” More here.> Texas ATM’s choices: deposit, withdraw, release trapped repairman
“Babies crawl for the title of Diaper Derby Champion in a race that is billed as the slowest, yet cutest two minutes in sports. Elly Park reports.” Check out the video here.> Speedy babies crawl in diaper derby race
Commentary / Opinion:
“Conservative radio host Mark Levin came completely unglued on his radio show Friday evening over what he described as a “coup effort” to unseat President Donald Trump and brazen Democratic hypocrisy.
The story that dominated cable news airwaves this week was the meeting that took place last June at Trump Tower between a controversial Russian lawyer, three members of Trump’s campaign — Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort — a former Soviet military counterintelligence officer, a publicist, an unknown translator and an eighth person who so far remains a mystery.
According to Levin, the amount of time the media has spent covering the story reveals their anti-Trump bias, considering they never really gave much airtime to meetings that former President Barack Obama had with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, two organizations with terrorism ties.
“Anybody remember Barack Obama meeting with a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood? Anybody remember the multiple occasions when the Muslim Brotherhood had official visits at the White House? Any investigation of that?” Levin began.
“How about CAIR? Meetings with CAIR. Does that bother anybody? Obama having meetings with CAIR. CAIR having its way with the White House and so forth,” Levin continued. “You have the president of the United States meeting with the Muslim brotherhood, meeting with members of CAIR. You have a president of the United States selling out the United States to a regime in Iran with secret deals bypassing the treaty clause of the Constitution.”
“Now that’s serious ladies and gentlemen!” Levin emphasized. “That’s big news! That’s a big deal!” More here.> Mark Levin completely explodes over anti-Trump ‘coup effort’ and brazen Dem hypocrisy
“I came across this the other day while I was roaming the internet. I hadn’t heard about it before, I thought if a immigrant served honorably in the Military they were granted citizenship.
Who among us, (Talking to Veterans now) finding it difficult to adjust back into the world when they got out didn’t have some sort of problem or run in with the law? I know I did and I was a “Cold War ” vet, didn’t see any combat. I got a DUI and spent a little time in county on another occasion but charges had to be dropped due to an illegal search. I know there’s probably a lot of vet’s that didn’t have any problems but I also know there’s an awful lot that do. I know two personally.
Personally, I think no expense or time should be spared to look at each case individually. Unless of course it’s a no brainer and the veteran is a absolute degenerate and violent criminal. Even still though that veteran deserves at the very least a full investigation that includes in my opinion a Psychiatric eval to see if he or she has PTSD or something that would prevent them from being a good citizen. And if they do have PTSD or some other disorder or inability to adjust to civilian life do to Military service it should be taken care of. The “Nanny State” or government already spends and wastes so much on freebies and fraud there should be no problem what so ever helping a veteran.” More here.> Military Veterans being deported.