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News and Headlines.10/28/2020

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In The News:

School bus driver, 7-year-old girl killed in Tennessee crash

This photo provided by the Tennessee Highway Patrol shows the scene of deadly crash involving a utility vehicle and a school bus carrying children on Tuesday evening, Oct. 27, 2020, in Decatur, Tenn.
This photo provided by the Tennessee Highway Patrol shows the scene of deadly crash involving a utility vehicle and a school bus carrying children on Tuesday evening, Oct. 27, 2020, in Decatur, Tenn. (Tennessee Highway Patrol via AP)

Authorities said the oncoming utility vehicle veered off the road and then over-corrected, swerving and skidding sideways just in front of the oncoming bus.

The bus driver had no opportunity to stop, the highway patrol said.

In a statement Wednesday, Meigs County Schools said several students were treated and released at hospitals. Four remained hospitalized and were stable Wednesday, Baker said.

Watch: DHS Touts 400 Miles of Completed Border Wall

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf is expected in McAllen, Texas, to celebrate the milestone with Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of the U.S.  Customs and Border Protection.

Officials began getting Pentagon money and promised to build 450 miles by November’s election day, despite continued resistance from pro-migration groups.

The wall is now growing around 10 miles per week, and Morgan is regularly tweeting videos of construction progress.

REPORT: Philadelphia Police Leader Orders No Response for Burglary, Theft Calls During Riots

AP Photo/Michael Pérez
AP Photo/Michael Pérez

Fox29 Philadelphia reporter Steve Keeley tweeted a report he obtained from “extremely frustrated” police officers and commanders about an order from the city’s deputy police commissioner amounting to a stand-down order.

The order from Commissioner Singleton (CAR-2) says “Philadelphia police will respond to “priority” calls only.

“This means no calls for disturbance, a missing person, stolen vehicle, burglary, or theft will be answered,” the order states.

Watch the terrifying moment looters attack BlazeTV reporter covering Philadelphia riots

BlazeTV host Elijah Schaffer has been on the ground covering the looting, riots, and violence occurring across our nation for months now.

And he’s had some close calls…but while covering the recent violence in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, Schaffer was surrounded and attacked by looters.

He now has a swollen, bloody lip to prove it.

He joins Glenn to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence show why independent media has never been more important.

WATCH: BLM Protesters Target Jews in Philadelphia While Yelling ‘Synagogue of Satan’

Mark Makela / Getty
Mark Makela / Getty

The protests marked the second night of unrest since police shot Walter Wallace, Jr., who had brandished a knife at them.

A video of the confrontation shows several Jewish men, wearing traditional head coverings (yarmulkes or kippot), being confronted by demonstrators.

At the start of the video, a voice is heard taunting the men, calling them “Amalek,” a reference to a Biblically cursed nation.

Southern Poverty Law Center Releases Guide for Managing ‘White Fragility’

Students at a Loudoun County, Va., elementary school / Getty Images
Students at a Loudoun County, Va., elementary school / Getty Images
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The guidelines, published by SPLC’s “Teaching Tolerance” division, claim that educators of color are often “burdened” by anti-racist work because their white colleagues turn a blind eye to discrimination.

“We know we all live in the same society of racism and white supremacy,” the guidelines read.

“We know white educators have the privilege to ignore these conditions and often do.…

While all educators of color carry the burden of white supremacy, Black teachers have even more weight placed on them.”

The material encourages educators to follow anti-racist Twitter activists and to shun other teachers, faculty, and students who refuse “anti-bias, anti-racist” training, even if parents complain and staff members leave.

Action News Investigation: Who was Walter Wallace Jr., the man shot by Philadelphia police?

Wallace was an aspiring rapper with social media accounts filled with videos.

Guns are a central theme as he rhymes about shooting people, including police.

Court records show Wallace was currently awaiting trial for allegedly threatening to shoot a woman and her house up.

In 2017, he pled guilty to robbery, assault, and possessing an instrument of crime after kicking down the door of another woman and putting a gun to her head.

And in 2013, he pled guilty to assault and resisting arrest after punching a police officer in the face.

Portland City Commissioner proposes tighter restrictions on federally deputized police officers

Wheeler banned local officers from making arrests under federal law. An 18-year-old Oregonian has already been indicted on federal charges for hitting a police officer with an umbrella despite that ban.

Hardesty’s resolution bans officers from both making arrests under federal law and taking orders related to mass civil unrest from federal authorities or federally deputized local ones.

The resolution builds on prior legislation from the city council banning local officers from coordinating with federal agents deployed to the city under President Donald Trump’s executive order protecting federal monuments.

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Politics:

Trump speaks at a ‘Make America Great Again Victory Rally’ in Arizona

‘The Biden Five’: The Definitive Breakdown of One of America’s Most Corrupt Families

Commentary/Opinion:
Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute and senior contributor at Breitbart News, explained how Joe Biden’s family members — dubbed the Biden Five — monetized political connections and influence in an interview aired on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Twitter, Facebook Confess There Is No Evidence Of Russian Disinformation Behind Hunter Biden Story

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“For both Mr. Zuckerberg and Dorsey who censored the New York Post stories or throttle them back, do you have any evidence that the New York Post story is part of Russian disinformation or that those emails are not authentic?”

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asked. “Do you have any information whatsoever they are not authentic or they are Russian disinformation?

Dorsey and Zuckerberg both denied receiving any indication that the story was part of a Russian misinformation campaign.

“So why would you censor it?” Johnson asked.

“Why would you prevent that from being disseminated on your platform that is supposed to be for the free expression of ideas and particularly true ideas.”

With Biden Corruption, Democrats Are Once Again Reaping The Consequences Of Their Gentle Primary

Commentary/Opinion: The point is that Democrats were negligent not to press this issue during the primaries. The evidence had been clearly reported by The New York Times, NBC, and other major outlets.

We’re certainly learning more now about Hunter’s work in places like Ukraine and China, but his intent to make money off the Biden name in either country was known to Democrats and media while his father was running in the primary. Curiously, however, Biden’s opponents pretty much ignored the entire story. This is incredible given that merely demonstrating Biden’s knowledge of the dealings would have been damning.

It’s also incredible given that Biden was competing against a slate of staunch, allegedly anti-establishment progressives who decried the influence of money in politics.

AOC Criticizes ‘Racist Visionary’ Trump and ‘These Motherf**kers’ Who Won’t Embrace Big Government Programs

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty, Zach Gibson/Getty
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty, Zach Gibson/Getty

The magazine featured the freshman lawmaker on the cover and spoke to her on a range of topics in a piece titled “AOC’S NEXT FOUR YEARS”:

Notably, the congresswoman recently complained on Twitter after President Trump referred to her as “AOC” rather than congresswoman, contending it is emblematic of Republicans’ fundamental “disrespect of women.”

She also praised her “sisterhood,” more commonly known as the far-left “Squad,” which is comprised of Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

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Leaked Audio: Hunter Biden Discussing Business Deals With The “Spy Chief Of China”

Raheem Kassam of The National Pulse leaked this audio from Hunter Biden’s laptop, which is reportedly now in the possession of the FBI.

Kassam writes: “Hunter Biden – in an audio file labeled ‘Most Genius Shit Ever’ – appears to be referencing Patrick Ho, who was a former Secretary for Home Affairs in Hong Kong, as a ‘spy chief of China’ while lamenting how his business partner Ye Jianming of CEFC China Energy had disappeared.”

‘Change My Vote’ And ‘Hunter Biden’ Appear Together In Top Google Search Trends — What Does It Mean?

Matthew Weil, the director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Elections Project, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the uptick in people searching if they can change their vote, the potential impact on the election and more.

Ted Cruz grills Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for ‘censoring’ Hunter Biden story

“Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear, and why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?”

Dorsey claimed that this was not the case. He also denied that Twitter has the ability to influence elections, a claim that Cruz derided as “absurd.”

“You’re testifying to this committee right now that Twitter, when it silences people, when it censors people, when it blocks political speech, that has no impact on elections?”

Blackburn EXPOSES Censorship to Twitter CEO’s Face: They will Censor Trump, But Not Terrorists

Everything You Need To Know About The Polling Before Election Day

Commentary/Opinion:
Real Clear Politics Co-Founder and President Tom Bevan explains what the polls do and do not tell us heading into Election Day 2020.

Ballot Chaser Reveals MASSIVE Vote Fraud Effort To Elect Joe Biden; “$55,000 for 5,000 votes”

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Project Veritas undercover journalists exposed more corrupt practices here by ballot chaser Raquel Rodriguez in the second part of their investigation released today.

“Raquel Rodriguez was recorded with hidden camera explaining how she and her confederates pressure and reward targeted voters in order to meet the vote totals campaigns and candidates have contracted them to meet,” said James O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of Project Veritas.

“Raquel Rodriguez boasts about all the other political power brokers who are in her pocket and she told our journalists she has already brought in 7,000 votes,” he said.

World News:

U.S. Strategic Command completes global joint operations, readiness exercise

B-52H Stratofortress bombers prepare for Global Thunder 21, the U.S. Strategic Command exercise, on Oct. 23 at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
B-52H Stratofortress bombers prepare for Global Thunder 21, the U.S. Strategic Command exercise, on Oct. 23 at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Photo by A1C Jesse Jenny/USSTRATCOM

It is designed to deter and defeat a simulated strategic attack against the United States, USSTRATCOM officials said in a press release.

The exercise is essentially a rehearsal of actions in the event of a nuclear war, with portions occurring at multiple locations, notably USSTRATCOM headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Barksdale Air Force Base, La.”

Global Thunder 21 also involves allied personnel from Australia and the United Kingdom,” USSTRATCOM said at the start of Global Thunder 21 in a statement.

Esper: New India-U.S. military pact meant to challenge China

An agreement between India and the United States was signed in New Delhi this week calling for U.S. sharing of geospatial data, useful for steering missiles and drones, with India.
An agreement between India and the United States was signed in New Delhi this week calling for U.S. sharing of geospatial data, useful for steering missiles and drones, with India. Photo courtesy of U.S. Defense Department

Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with their counterparts, Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar and Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on Tuesday to sign a Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement.

The pact will give India, involved in a protracted border conflict with China, access to advanced U.S. map and satellite imagery to enhance accuracy of Indian weapons, drones and missiles.

The U.S. Navy has notably been involved in attempts to curtail Chinese influence, including claims of sovereignty, in the Indo-Pacific theater of military operations.

Israel hopes for peace with Lebanon; to support to Greece-Cyprus in EastMed-TV7 Israel News 28.10.20

1) The Israeli military concluded a wide-scale military exercise – dubbed “Lethal Arrow” – in which the IDF simulated scenarios on various areas of operation, focusing chiefly on the northern front.

2) Lebanon and Israel, under U.S. mediation, hold a second day of negotiations on resolving a bilateral maritime dispute.

3) Israel pledges to stand by Greece and Cyprus – to advance regional security, growth and prosperity.

4) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Europe of intending to relaunch a Christian Crusade against Islam.

Italian regulator investigates Google over digital ads

ROME — Italian regulators opened an investigation Wednesday into Google over alleged abuse of its dominant role in the country’s online ad market, adding to the global scrutiny that the Silicon Valley company is facing.

The Italian Competition Authority said it suspects the U.S. tech giant of using the vast amounts of data it collects through its various services to prevent rivals in the digital advertising market from competing effectively.

The watchdog said it carried out a joint inspection of Google’s offices with Italian tax police on Tuesday.

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Germany, France gear up for new lockdowns as virus surges

FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo, medical personnel in protective gear prepare to receive a patient at a hospital in Antwerp, Belgium.
FILE – In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo, medical personnel in protective gear prepare to receive a patient at a hospital in Antwerp, Belgium. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

The World Health Organization says the European region — which according to its definition includes Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia — accounted for almost half of the 2.8 million new coronavirus cases reported globally last week.

The U.N. health agency said virus-related deaths were also on the rise in Europe, with about a 35% spike since the previous week, and that hospitalizations and ICU occupancy due to COVID-19 were increasing.

“We are deep in the second wave,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels. “I think that this year’s Christmas will be a different Christmas.”

The European Union, Britain, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland alone accounted for 1.1 million cases over the past seven days, she said, “and we expect this number to keep rising in the next two to three weeks, and rapidly.”

China slams US as senators accuse Beijing of genocide against Xinjiang Muslim minority

Satellite image of Jiashi Vocational School, January 2018, with security infrastructure added since 2017 highlighted in orange.
Satellite image of Jiashi Vocational School, January 2018, with security infrastructure added since 2017 highlighted in orange. Source: ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre.

Relations between Washington and Beijing are at their worst in years over a series of flashpoints including trade, technology and human rights.

The text put forward by senators from across Washington’s political divide alleged China was guilty of a campaign “against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and members of other Muslim minority groups” that “constitutes genocide.”

Further fuelling the criticism, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Indian news site The Print on Tuesday that China’s actions in Xinjiang “remind us of what happened in the 1930s in Germany.”

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Lebanon, Israel hold 2nd round of maritime demarcation talks

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, a helicopter flies over a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, in the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon.
FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2020 file photo, a helicopter flies over a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, in the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Local news reports described the meeting as “serious” as the two sides got down to technicalities and the Lebanese delegation pushed for an additional 1,430 square kilometers (550 square miles) to be included in Lebanese territory.

The U.S. has been mediating the issue for about a decade, but only earlier this month was a breakthrough reached on an agreement for a framework for U.S.-mediated talks.

Beirut hopes that oil and gas discoveries in its territorial waters will help it overcome an unprecedented economic and financial crisis and pay back its massive debt that stands at 170% of GDP, making it one of the highest in the world. 

The case against masks part 2

Commentary/Opinion:
Anne Marie Waters:
Leader For Britain.

Empty shops reveal China’s economic situation; 390,000 officials punished for corruption this year

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Chinese police ramp up their harassment of activists and petitioners as the Communist party leaders gather for meetings.

Empty shops in China tell a different story than the official figures about the country‘s economy. In an important economic area, 70% of the firms are considering moving part of their production capacity out of China.

And China’s ambassador to Australia compared an Australian politician’s words with those of Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister.

This politician was critical of the Chinese Communist Party.

Commentary/Opinion:

Endless Coronavirus Lockdowns Are The Epitome Of 21st Century Privilege

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It’s deeply ironic that the teachers union of one of the farthest-left school districts in the country can’t see that their intense concern over reopening schools isn’t driven by objective “science and health data,” but highly subjective risk assessments shaped by their privilege.

According to data scientists at the technology company Qualtrics, evidence so far indicates schools only produce infection rates well under half of 1 percent out of students and staff, to say nothing of the much lower hospitalization rates in a cohort far younger than the general population.

The woke left, from which most of the lockdown zealotry comes, believes our understanding of race and “class” relations, even morality itself, is supposedly fundamentally shaped by people’s access to resources and power.

Yet they are either oblivious or in denial about how the privilege of living in an age of advanced medicine and relative domestic tranquility has shaped their understanding of social responsibility since the disease emerged.

It’s well past time we scrutinize the fear of COVID-19 and fervor for pandemic restrictions as artifacts of 21st-century privilege, if we’re ever to regain the perspective necessary to finally get back to normal.

Fact-Check: A Video Marathon

Wondering what the facts are on the issues? This quick, curated video compilation lays them all out.

Future Prediction from 1956 Scary and Accurate…Conspiracy Theory?

This footage from 1956 is frightening how real their estimate became whether it is with travel, political correctness or coronavirus.

Could there be something more sinister to it all?

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