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The ruling deals a rare rebuke to U.S. spying activities that have generally withstood legal challenge or review.
The intelligence community disclosed Tuesday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year found that the FBI’s pursuit of data about Americans ensnared in a warrantless internet-surveillance program intended to target foreign suspects may have violated the law authorizing the program, as well as the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.
The court concluded that the FBI had been improperly searching a database of raw intelligence for information on Americans—raising concerns about oversight of the program, which as a spy program operates in near total secrecy.
The court ruling identifies tens of thousands of improper searches of raw intelligence databases by the bureau in 2017 and 2018 that it deemed improper in part because they involved data related to tens of thousands of emails or telephone numbers—in one case, suggesting that the FBI was using the intelligence information to vet its personnel and cooperating sources.
Federal law requires that the database only be searched by the FBI as part of seeking evidence of a crime or for foreign intelligence information.
Even though an attorney representing Brown’s family previously said Brown had reservations about testifying in the high-profile Guyger trial, Moore said Brown’s killing had nothing to do with the case.
Brown, who lived in the same apartment building, had testified about what he’d heard the night Jean was murdered.
Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Brown’s family, said Brown’s mother told him about her son’s reservations about his visibility in the Guyger trial. In November, Brown was wounded in the foot in a shooting that left a 25-year-old man dead outside a Dallas nightclub, The Dallas Morning News reported.
“He was concerned that the people who shot him there still wanted to do him additional harm,” Merritt, who also represented Jean’s family, said.
Massachusetts family of 5 found dead inside their home from apparent ‘gunshot wounds,’ officials say
According to prosecutors, Abington police received a 911 call from a family member at around 7:30 a.m. reporting that someone inside the Zaccardi residence was in need of “immediate medical attention.”
Once on the scene, police discovered Deirdre’s lifeless body. Further investigation revealed the four others.
Police have revealed little information about the deaths other than they all appeared to be the result of “gunshot wounds.”
Police Chief David Majenski said Monday that there was no history of domestic abuse and they do not believe there is any active threat to the public.
Medical personnel arrived on the scene and revived the children. However, they both died three days later, reported The Associated Press on Monday.
Meanwhile, officials said that an autopsy conducted last week didn’t reveal a cause of death.
The two children were identified as Connor Snyder, 8, and Brinley Snyder, 4, and they both died just minutes apart last month, reported the Reading Eagle.
The mother of the children reported finding her children hanging in the basement, AP reported, citing a search warrant in the case.
Drexel University to pay nearly $200G after professor used federal grant money at strip clubs, sports bars for 10 years
The Department of Justice announced Monday an agreement with the Philadelphia-based school where Drexel agreed to pay $189,062 to “resolve liability” after it was discovered that Dr. Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa “submitted improper charges against federal grants.”
The DOJ began their investigation into Nwankpa in 2017 after the university conducted its own probe, discovering that, from July 2007 through April 2017, Nwankpa submitted paperwork against the grants for personal purchases such as iTunes and for “goods and services” provided by Cheerleaders, Club Risque, and Tacony Club–strip clubs in the Philadelphia area.
The packages were discovered around 8 a.m. ET and officers closed some streets to traffic in the immediate area around the Supreme Court.
Police did not evacuate the court itself, though they did move a large group of protesters from the area in front of the court steps where the court was to hear three cases about discrimination against gay and transgender individuals in the workplace.
“It’s not gonna stop us,” said David Barrows, who held a pro-LGBT rights sign while wearing a “Dump Trump” hat. “But it is too bad we can’t be out front where the action is taking place.”
The National Basketball Association (NBA) took heavy fire on Monday for saying a weekend tweet by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, which supported Hong Kong protests for democracy, was “regrettable” and “inappropriate.”
Here is some of the reaction from both sides of the flap:
He robbed a bank the day before his wedding, sheriff says. He allegedly did it to pay off the ring and flowers.
The robbery seemed like it had gone down without a hitch, police said.
The alleged thief, Heath Bumpous, had managed to steal thousands of dollars, drive off in broad daylight and pay the venue where his wedding was set to take place the next day.
All he needed to do was buy the ring.
Then, the 36-year-old got a text from his fiancee.
“Did you just rob a bank?”
Nashville girl, 8, escapes knife attack that killed her mom, brother, and wounded her sister: reports
Police have identified the suspect as the mother’s ex-boyfriend, 38-year-old Jermaine Agee, who is charged with murder.
The family’s neighbor, Alicia McKnight, told The Tennessean that she heard commotion next door, and looked outside to see the 8-year-old girl trying to cross the street. McKnight said she motioned for the girl to come inside.
“She said he was swinging knives,” McKnight said. “She said ‘I’m scared for my life and I just want to be safe.’ She said she tried to wake her brother up but she knew he was dead.”
Momolu Stewart, 39, was convicted in 1999 after being tried as an adult at age 16 — but had his life sentence suspended Friday and walked out of the DC Central Detention Facility a free man three days later.
Stewart’s release came two months after Kardashian, 38, wrote a letter in his support to DC Superior Court Judge Robert Salerno.
The petition for Stewart’s release was filed under the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act, which allows inmates who were tried as adults while still children to ask to have their sentences reduced.
She also discreetly bankrolled a successful campaign to free 17 federal inmates who were serving life sentences for low-level drug crimes.
Just under 980,000 people were encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2019, which ran from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which handles all border and trade affairs. A total 521,090 people were encountered along the southern border in fiscal 2018.
Encounters, which include contact with those who illegally crossed and those who were turned away for lack of documentation at ports of entry, are an indicator of how many people tried to illegally cross into the country.
“This is a staggering 88% higher than the number of enforcement actions in 2018,” acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a press conference at the White House Tuesday morning.
“These numbers are numbers that no immigration system in the world is designed to handle, including ours.”
Morgan said officials believe another 150,000 people eluded being caught while crossing in fiscal 2019.
In August 2019 federal authorities raided a Mississippi business and arrested 680 individuals suspected of being in the country illegally.
According to The Clarion Ledger, “300 were released within 27 hours. More since have been let out on bond, some equipped with ankle monitors. Though no longer behind bars, they face immigration court hearings. Some have been accused of federal felonies, mostly related to the use of fraudulent Social Security cards.”
Shortly after the raid, the company held a job fair for legal Americans. As reported, hundreds of people showed up seeking these now-open opportunities.
As previously reported, there is precedent for business owners being prosecuted for illegal immigration violations. In late July 2019, James Brantley, age 62, “received a year and a half in prison for employing more than 100 illegal aliens, avoiding millions in taxes, and underpaying his employees.”
Commentary/Opinion: Senator Sanders had come to Vegas to appear at a Medicare-for-All town hall. He wasn’t able to make it because he was too busy benefiting from the free market medical system that he wants to destroy.
Ironically, if his socialized medicine system existed, he would have plenty of time to appear at his Medicare-for-All town hall while gasping for breath and popping aspirin.
He would have had weeks, perhaps months, of waiting for his angioplasty while promoting Medicare-for-All.
Despite the name, Medicare for All has nothing to do with Medicare.
It’s a socialist proposal that would actually eliminate Medicare and reduce everyone to a sub-Medicaid system with limited care options. It draws its inspiration from the British NHS, Canada’s socialized medicine and some European systems.
While Bernie’s timetable of getting an angioplasty within a day might not sound that impressive to Americans, in the British NHS system, the median time from assessment to treatment is 55.3 days.
Mean times for treatment have been cited as being 80 days. The maximum NHS waiting time is supposed to be 18 weeks and almost 16% of patients in the UK have to wait more than 3 months for an angioplasty.
Commentary/Opinion: “How can the Congress impeach a President without investigating first?”
Translation: “We don’t have any grounds for impeachment. But we want to rummage around trying to find a reason!”
(This is reminiscent of the old Saturday Night Live parody advertisement: “I want to sue someone, but don’t I need a reason?” Parody lawyer: “False. We sue people without a reason and harass them to until they settle out of court.”)
People are misreading the Constitution.
Congress can remove a president or other officials for treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors. That does not mean that Congress can go searching for reasons yet unknown.
The architecture of the Constitution making the Executive Branch the law enforcement side suggests that grounds for impeachment must already be known and established before Congress acts. Congress is not authorized to go hunting for a reason to impeach a president.
The U.S. House can review the already-existing evidence for impeachment, such as in a debate on a vote for impeachment. But they cannot try to unearth grounds for impeachment that they do not already have.
Because the House has not voted, they certainly have no power more than the usual.
Commentary/Opinion: The Democrats and Fake News Media continue with the greatest act of Presidential Harassment in history, but I will never stop fighting for the American People!
We made tremendous progress at the United Nations in New York.
The Corrupt and Fake News refuses to cover it and would rather talk about endless Witch Hunts by the Do Nothing Democrats!
Tulsi Gabbard will be in the Democratic debate next week.
John Stossel says that’s good, because she’s different from the other Democrats.
It is to be noted that the rising Democratic candidate and the social media giant’s CEO may have had a potential fall out.
While Warren is attacking Facebook for influencing the elections, a leaked audio clip from an internal meeting had revealed that Zuckerberg saw Warren as an “existential threat” to Facebook.
Though Warren did not provide any evidence regarding her accusations against Facebook and Trump, she referred to how Facebook allowed Trump to promote the corruption scandal of Joe Biden’s family, which several TV networks have refused to cover.
Commentary/Opinion: The White House is reportedly preparing to implement a 4-step strategy: Stall. Obfuscate. Attack. Repeat.
Reaction and analysis on ‘Outnumbered.’
In Warren’s 2017 book, “This Fight is Our Fight,” she recalls that her mother’s temper boiled over during an argument about the high cost of attending college.
“Quick as lightning, she hit me hard in the face,” the Democratic senator from Massachusetts wrote.
But the incident — and Warren’s memory of her mother’s aggression — are missing from a very similar story about going away to college in an earlier book called “A Fighting Chance.”
“My mother kept saying no, but then Daddy surprised both of us, saying: ‘Let her try, Polly,’” Warren wrote in the 2014 book.
This description of her mother, Polly Herring, as ultimately supportive, instead of physically forceful, is consistent with an even earlier book, “The Two Income Trap.”
“I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see,” Trump said in a Tuesday morning tweet.
“Importantly, Ambassador Sondland’s tweet, which few report, stated, ‘I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions.
The President has been crystal clear: no quid pro quo’s of any kind.’ That says it ALL!” he added.
“I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren,” the president tweeted Tuesday morning. “Only one condition.
The Crooked one must explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors including how & why she deleted 33,000 Emails AFTER getting ‘C’ Subpoena!”
A Rasmussen poll released on Monday found that Trump and Clinton would be “dead even” in a 2020 rematch.
In the hypothetical election, each candidate would receive 45% of the vote, with 11% of potential voters remaining undecided.
Further, a higher percentage of Democrats said Clinton would secure the Democratic nomination if she entered the race than those who thought she wouldn’t win the primary if she tossed her hat in the ring.
Trump Administration Empowers Nursing Home Patients, Residents, Families, and Caregivers by Enhancing Transparency about Abuse and Neglect
“The Trump Administration and CMS are committed to ensuring that nursing home residents are safe from abuse and neglect.
Through the “transparency” pillar of our five-part strategy to ensure safety and quality in nursing homes, we are giving residents and families the ability to make informed choices,” said Administrator Seema Verma.
“With today’s action, the Trump Administration is putting critical information at consumers’ fingertips, empowering them and incentivizing nursing homes to compete on cost and quality.”
On Octobe 6, 2019, Breitbart News reported Dick’s CEO Ed Stack’s that his company destroyed $5 million worth of “assault-style rifles” to keep them out of private hands.
Stack also admitted his company’s post-Parkland gun control stance has resulted in “a quarter of a billion [dollars]” in loses.
But Stack is undeterred. He is literally considering further corporate gun controls his company might undertake.
None of this was lost on O’Rourke, who used an October 7, 2019, tweet to praise Dick’s for their gun control contributions:
Trump blasts ‘lightweight’ Minneapolis mayor as campaign threatens suit over massive rally security bill
President Trump called Tuesday for Minneapolis voters to “dump” Mayor Jacob Frey – as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. – amid an escalating battle over a rally Trump plans to hold at the city’s Target Center arena this Thursday.
Trump’s campaign has threatened to sue AEG, the company that manages the arena, after Minneapolis city officials charged a stunning $530,000 for rally security, which the Target Center said the campaign must pay if they still want to use the venue.
“The lightweight mayor is hurting the great police and other wonderful supporters,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “72,000 ticket requests already. Dump Frey and Omar! Make America Great Again!”
Bill Clinton asked for a favor in a manner similar to the Trump-Ukraine phone call but without the controversy.
Tucker, You’d think withdrawing troops from Syria would be celebrated.
Washington furious over Syria pullout.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of trying to win “some stupid blame game” after Downing Street issued briefings against Brussels and Berlin.
Senior British officials accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of torpedoing the possibility of getting an agreement before Oct. 31 by insisting that Northern Ireland must remain in the EU’s customs union.
Giving an account of a Tuesday morning phone call between the two leaders, a UK government source speaking on the condition of anonymity said, “If this represents a new established position, then it means a deal is essentially impossible, not just now, but ever.”
“I got a ticket, I will go to the stadium!” tweeted a woman, adding: “Can you believe I’m saying this?”
The game at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on October 10 will be the first time since shortly after Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 that women can watch a men’s match without needing special, rare invitations or being forced to sneak in disguised as men.
The milestone comes following years of campaigning by women’s rights activists and increased pressure from FIFA — world soccer’s governing body — that intensified following the tragic death in September of a woman who set herself alight after being charged over a failed attempt to enter a stadium to watch her favorite team.
The late September assault on the facility in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province resulted in the deaths of Asim Omar and six other members of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, including a courier for Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said in a tweet. U.S. officials also confirmed the deaths to Fox News.
It was not immediately clear Tuesday how much Omar’s death will impact the terrorist group. Unlike other terror leaders, the U.S. State Department had no bounty on his head at the time of his death.
The news of Omar’s death came on the 18th anniversary of the first American airstrikes in Afghanistan.
Officials say about 350 people have been detained so far for blocking traffic, interrupting public services or attacking police following President Lenín Moreno’s decision to end government subsidies that have been keeping fuel prices down.
Moreno says the subsidies have cost the government heavily in recent years and dropped them in a bid to stimulate Ecuador’s economy, but scenes coming out of Quito showed protesters throwing stones and marching through the streets in response.
“[This] is not a protest of social dissatisfaction faced with a government decision but the looting, vandalism and violence show there is an organized political motive to destabilize the government,” the embattled leader said during a televised address Monday, according to The Guardian.
The incident happened late Monday afternoon in the town of Limburg, located west of Frankfurt. Officials said the driver apparently commandeered the truck before driving into a line of eight cars, pushing the vehicles into each other. Seven people were taken to area hospitals but were released during the night, according to police.
The truck’s driver told the Frankfurter Neue Presse newspaper the man dragged him out of the vehicle after he stopped at a red light.
Authorities have said it’s not immediately clear whether the crash was accidental or deliberate, and have publicly asked people to not “participate in speculation” until additional information is released.
There appears to be a curious symmetry connecting both the blocking of Brexit, and the continued attempts to bring down a free and fair American election.
The same or different types of “deep state” involved on either side of the Atlantic is debatable, but the repeated attempts at a coup d’état against both the American President and the British Prime Minister have a lot in common, not least the desire to thwart the openly expressed wishes of the US and
The similarities are legion: These attempted coups were the first time that the results of a legitimate American presidential election and a British democratic referendum have been the subjected to concerted bids to upend them.
In both instances, an establishment instigated attempted coups d’état, neither of which would look out of place in a third world dictatorship.
The increasingly transparent nature of the opposition’s underhanded tricks to reverse the outcome, will in fact, be their undoing.
Perhaps the general public — American or British — are not actually as stupid as their establishments apparently wish they were — or contemptuously assume that they are.
In this episode, I address the explosive move by the Trump administration to fight back against the impeachment scam.
I also address the latest Elizabeth Warren scandal and how it will deeply impact the 2020 race, and the economy.