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News and Headlines. 8/23/2019

FILE - In this Jan.23 2012 file photo, the owner of the Tunisian private channel Nessma TV, Nabil Karoui, center, leaves the Tunis courthouse after attending his trial

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In The News:

Former ICE Director: Every Crime Committed By Illegal Aliens Are ‘Preventable Crimes’

“I think it that validates illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.

Many come to this country and violate the laws against the citizens of this country,” Tom Homan, who lead ICE during the first year-and-a-half of the Trump administration, said Friday on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” program.

“Last year, ICE arrested over 142,000 criminal aliens. These are people that violate laws entering this country and commit yet another crime on top of that.”

Homan was reacting to newly-released data from the Justice Department that showed a significant increase in arrests of non-citizens over the past two decades.

Despite making up only 7% of the entire U.S. population, non-citzens amounted for 64% of all federal arrests in 2018.

Federal arrests of non-citizens over the past twenty years increased by 234%, while federal arrest of U.S. citizens only grew by 10%.

While a majority of the arrests were due to immigration violations, a high proportion of non-citizens were booked for federal fraud, property and drug arrests.

ABC and Vanity Fair Interviewed Epstein Accusers but Never Published the Accounts

Annie Farmer, an alleged victim of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, stands behind lawyers at a press conference in New York City on July 15, 2019.
Annie Farmer, an alleged victim of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, stands behind lawyers at a press conference in New York City on July 15, 2019.
(Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Maria and Annie Farmer said that Epstein’s longtime associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, met them and convinced them to meet Epstein.

They said Maria was sexually assaulted by both Epstein and Maxwell and that Annie, 15 at the time, was sexually assaulted by Epstein at his ranch in New Mexico.

“He was torturing Graydon,” says John Connolly, a Vanity Fair contributing editor at the time.

Epstein pressed Carter on the story, later repeatedly calling him.

Carter later received a severed head of a dead cat and a bullet at his apartment.

Carter told the Hollywood Reporter that the magazine didn’t have three sources, which it considered necessary, later telling NPR that Vicky Ward, the reporter, didn’t have three sources that met the outlet’s “legal threshold.”

Annie and Maria Farmer, and their mother, Janice Farmer, told NPR they all agreed to go on the record regarding the accusations.

“We hoped the story would put people on notice and they would be stopped from abusing other young girls and young women.

That didn’t happen. In the end, the story that ran erased our voices,” they said in a statement.

SHOCK: Journalist Goes to Walmart to Find Out How Hard It Is to Get a Gun

Walmart is in the news because it was the site of the El Paso massacre, where a gunman killed 22 people.
However, Peterson had a different experience when she visited a Walmart in Virginia.

She claimed that her trip to Walmart was “far more complicated than I expected.”

She said, “I had invested several hours across two days on this. If I were actually in the market for a rifle, I would have gone to a local gun shop instead after about five minutes of trying to figure out which Walmart stores sold guns.”

Peterson concluded, “Overall, the experience left me with the impression that buying a gun at Walmart is more complicated than I expected, and that Walmart takes gun sales and security pretty seriously.”

Dana Loesch commented on this report saying “For all those who say it’s easier to buy a gun than cold medicine: Reporter tried to buy a gun at Walmart but couldn’t pass a background check.”
This shows yet again that buying a firearm in certain stores is not as easy as the the media would like many people to believe.

Cal-Berkeley Gives Funding, Hotline Number for Illegal Immigrants to Escape ICE Enforcement

The College Fix reports that Cal-Berkeley is promoting a hotline set up by the Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership, which is a coalition of Centro Legal de La Raza and other pro-illegal groups, to undermine ICE enforcement.

“If you see Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) in action, suspect ICE activity in progress, or if you are detained or someone you know is detained by ICE, call ACILEP for rapid response and immigration legal services,” Centro Legal’s website states.

This is apart of Cal-Berkeley’s “Undocumented Student Program” that teaches students and faculty different strategies on how to circumvent ICE and prevent them from enforcing the law.

Kentucky Government Denies Planned Parenthood License to Kill

WKYT reports that Governor Matt Bevin’s administration is refusing to grant Planned Parenthood a license to run an abortion clinic in its downtown Louisville location.

According to The Courier Journal, a letter released last Friday from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services says that Planned Parenthood carried out 23 abortions between December 3, 2015, and January 28, 2016.

During that time period, Planned Parenthood was working to acquire a state license.

A judge previously ruled that Planned Parenthood had been following state officials’ guidelines when it commenced its operations in December 2015.

‘David Koch is gone. It’s a celebration’: Liberal activists exult over death of billionaire conservative philanthropist

“David Koch is gone. It’s a celebration,” Frederick Joseph, who made Forbes 30 under 30 for his efforts to “expand media representation,” said Friday on Twitter.

“Imagine the turn up when orange satan is taken back to hell,” Joseph added in reference to President Trump’s future death.

“I hope his soul suffers for eternity,” added Jordan Weissman, an economics and public policy writer for the website Slate, who described Koch, as a “villain.”

The death of David Koch,who was 79, was confirmed Friday by his 83-year-old brother Charles in a statement.

Dow drops 400 points after Trump ‘ordered’ US companies from China

The decline continued, with the blue-chip average sinking in total nearly 450 points, almost 1.8%, over the next hour.

China announced Friday that it was placing retaliatory tariffs against $75 billion worth of U.S. goods.

Trump tweeted an early response on Friday morning, telling U.S. companies to begin moving their supply chains outside of China.

Trump said he would make a more official response to Chinese tariffs later.

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has treatment for cancerous tumor

Ginsburg’s radiation therapy, which was conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, began August 5 days after the tumor was confirmed to be malignant, according to a statement from the Supreme Court.

The treatment included the insertion of a stent in Ginsburg’s bile duct. Doctors have concluded that there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in her body.

The court said she “tolerated the treatment well.”

The 86-year-old justice has battled various illnesses over the last 20 years.

In 1999, Ginsburg had surgery for colon cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

More recently, she had surgery ten years ago after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg also was diagnosed with lung cancer late last year.

Jussie Smollett case gets a new special prosecutor to investigate the alleged hoax

Dan Webb was picked to lead the second look at the notorious false report case — including whether new charges should be brought against the “Empire” actor — by Judge Michael Toomin during a hearing in a Chicago criminal court.

Toomin ruled back in June the case was rife with “unprecedented irregularities” and needed a special prosecutor to restore the public’s faith in the justice system.

Florida boy, 12, jumped out of moving pickup to avoid being kidnapped: police

Mugshot for Timothy Miller, 26, charged with kidnapping 12-year-old boy in Florida. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.)

The incident happened on a major thoroughfare in Boynton Beach after the boy got off a school bus and agreed to a ride from a man in a pickup, police said.

The boy suffered abrasions to his forehead, arms and hands, police said.

Timothy Miller, 26, was charged with kidnapping, resisting arrest and child neglect.

Ex-NFL lineman Barry Bennett, wife found dead in Minnesota home; son sought by police

Dylan John Bennett, 22, is sought in connection to the deaths of his parents, former NFL linesman Barry Bennett, and his wife.
Dylan John Bennett, 22, is sought in connection to the deaths of his parents, former NFL linesman Barry Bennett, and his wife. (Todd County Sheriff’s Office)

Bennett and his wife Carol, both 63, were found by a friend who performed a welfare check after phoning Todd County Sheriff’s Office to report that they had not responded to texts or phone calls since Tuesday.

Authorities said both died under “suspicious circumstances” at their home in Long Prairie, a town of about 3,500 about 30 miles east of Alexandria.

Todd County Sheriff Todd Och said that a 22-year-old man is being sought in connection with the case.

New Mexico police find newborn injected with heroin dead in trash bag, report says

State Police received a 911 call from a concerned father in La Madera on Aug. 17 after he reportedly returned from a trip to find his pregnant wife “was no longer showing signs of being pregnant” and he couldn’t locate the newborn, the Department of Public Safety said in a news release.

The man told police he questioned the woman but she refused to tell him where the baby was.

Philadelphia police shooting suspect worked as federal informant, report says

Maurice Hill surrendered to authorities just after midnight after the shooting and hours-long standoff. (Philadelphia Police Department/Bill Trenwith via AP)

Maurice Hill, who faces multiple counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges related to the Aug. 14 incident, is known to have a lengthy criminal record.

But during sentencing in one 2008 case – in which he entered a guilty plea for being a felon in possession of a firearm — it was revealed he’d been a federal informant, according to documents obtained by the news website The Appeal.

“He has testified before the Grand Jury on two occasions, was willing to testify at trial, and provided information about a shooter that led to an arrest,” Hill’s attorney Wayne Maynard reportedly wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

“He has cooperated with the Government and provided information that has and will likely continue to imperil his safety and that of his family.”

Iowa prof says ‘I am Antifa’; once posted desire to bash Trump with baseball bat

Jeff Klinzman, an adjunct English professor of nearly 10 years at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, made the remark after a local TV station questioned him over his social media activity.

“I affirm that I am Antifa,” Klinzman told local ABC affiliate KCRG-TV, which found the professor’s numerous posts both on his personal page and on an “Iowa Antifa” page.

He stood behind his comments — though added he’s willing to apologize to any Christians offended by them.

The outlet reported that in one post, Klinzman shared a poem containing the words, “Kill them all and bury them deep in the ground,” to which he added the comment, “It’s not pretty, and I’m not proud, but seeing what evangelical Christians are doing to this country and its people fills me with rage, and a desire to exact revenge.”

CNN Hires Andrew McCabe As A Contributor

CNN is bringing on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as a contributor, the network announced Friday morning.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy announced the move on his Twitter account.

In addition to his nearly two years as deputy director, McCabe briefly served as the agency’s acting director following the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

More GSA debauchery: Probe finds ex-official had sex on agency’s roof with White House staffer

Brennan Hart was cited in a GSA watchdog report for drinking and having sexual relations at the central office in Washington.

According to the 2018-dated report, Hart admitted to investigators that he kept a bottle of vodka at his desk, while stating he only drank after business hours.

In the same interview, he also admitted to having “sexual relations” at GSA headquarters in July 2017 with a White House staffer, whom the report does not identify.

“He said their sexual activity began in the Administrator suite area and culminated with oral sex on the rooftop of the Central Office,” the report said. “Hart stated this occurred on only one occasion.”

WRC in Washington first reported on the IG’s findings, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.

Tech Watch:

Google’s Power to Shift Elections—Zachary Vorhies, Greg Coppola and Dr. Robert Epstein

According to Google whistleblower Zachary Vorhies, how is Google suppressing certain viewpoints, promoting others, and altering public perception?

Is there evidence of active intent on the part of Google staff or executives?

And in the eyes of Dr. Robert Epstein, what are the broader implications of Google bias—whether intentional or unintentional—for America and beyond?

In this special episode, we sit down with Google whistleblower Zachary Vorhies, a former senior Google engineer, who recently leaked nearly 1000 pages of documents that he says suggest Google has been secretly acting as a publisher, selectively boosting or demoting content, while publicly claiming to be a neutral platform.

We sent Google some questions regarding each specific allegation that Vorhies made in our interview. Google has not responded to our requests for comments.

We also spoke to another Google whistleblower Greg Coppola, who has also called out big tech bias, and Dr. Robert Epstein, a leading expert on Google search engine bias, to get their take on the leaked documents and Vorhies’ allegations against Google.

Sen. Hawley files bill to fight social media predatory practices and addiction

A new bill introduced in the Senate by Missouri Senator Josh Hawley is targeting Big Tech companies for predatory practices and exploiting social media addiction.

One America’s Jack Posobiec sat down with an expert from the American Principles Project to learn more.

Facebook bans Irish girl’s account because they say her name is a racial slur

GYPSY ROBINSON, from Co. Longford, has had her Facebook account deactivated because the social media site believes her first-name is a racial slur.

17-year-old Gypsy says that she’s followed Facebook protocol by providing her birth certificate and uploading other forms of identification to prove that her name is genuine, but her account remains deactivated.

She’s been told that if she wants to set-up another account, she must use her middle name, Anne.

According to her mother, Facebook told Gypsy that her name was fake and informed her that it was against “community standards”.

“My daughter’s name is Gypsy Robinson. Everybody knows her as Gypsy. It’s on her passport, it’s on her birth cert, it’s her actual name,” Ms Robinson said.

“Why is she getting singled out? I don’t understand, I really don’t understand. And why is her name against their community policies?

Jordan Peterson deepfake voice simulator taken offline after Peterson suggests legal action

Many websites and independent creators covered this deepfake voice simulator which allowed users to type phrases of 280 characters or less for the eerily accurate Jordan Peterson deepfake technology to read out loud.

The coverage largely focused on how impressively realistic this Jordan Peterson deepfake is but some commentators also warned that this type of technology will “destroy our information ecosphere.”

Now Peterson himself has weighed in by expressing his concerns about deepfake technology and appears to threaten “Deep Fake artists” with legal action.

In response, Not Jordan Peterson has disabled its deepfake voice simulator for the time being.

Google tells employees to stop talking politics after a series of leaks showed staff’s political leanings

The new policy states that Google employees’ primary duty is to get done the job they have been hired to do, not spend time on “debates about non-work topics”.

Under the new rules, the company discourages workers from talking about politics on Google’s internal mailing lists and forums.

“Community guidelines exist to support the healthy and open discussion that has always been a part of our culture.

They help create an environment where we can come together as a community in pursuit of our shared mission and serve our users,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

The guidelines warn Google employees not to make false or misleading statements that could affect trust in the company and recommend them to be cautious when discussing company activities publicly.

Former employees with conservative views have pointed at the company’s politically biased culture, alleging they had been discriminated against and, in some cases, even fired based on their political alignment on certain topics.

Politics:

Bernie Sanders indicates climate plan will require nationalization of US energy production

During an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, Sanders told host Chris Hayes that the U.S. needed an “aggressive” federal approach to producing electricity and nodded after Hayes claimed he proposed a “federal takeover of the whole thing.”

Sanders agreed with Hayes’ assessment that he wanted to create a “Tennessee Valley Authority [TVA] extension for the whole country.”

“You can’t nibble around the edges anymore,” Sanders added.

The TVA is a federally-owned corporation that was started in 1933 to provide flood control, electricity generation, and a host of other services to the Tennessee Valley. The TVA’s service area covers parts of seven southern
states: Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.

Can We Survive 4 More Years Of Trump?

Commentary/Opinion: It has become the new talking point, but is that all that it is? Jason breaks it down in this episode of The Simple Truth.

FBI Tried to Hide True Source of Trump-Russia Allegations

Federal officials knew quite well the true nature of the sources they were using to drive these politically motivated investigations.

Their sources were political operatives being handsomely paid to target their employer’s political opponents.

Because of that, any “evidence” they handed to federal agencies should have been immediately suspect and huge red flags should have been raised.

But that didn’t happen.

It didn’t happen because those investigations were bogus.

Obamas To Release Anti-Trump Movie On Netflix

Ahead of the 2020 election, the Obamas are set to release a documentary via Netflix that has been described by Politico as anti-Trump.

it’s a message that echoes Obama’s declaration in 2016 that some jobs in the manufacturing sector are “just not going to come back.”

The movie argues that Trump’s efforts to reinvigorate manufacturing have not been successful, despite there being more employed in factory jobs now than before Trump was elected.

The message is clear. The Obamas are trying to hit Trump where it matters ahead of the election, in an effort to prevent history repeating.

Lahren: Trump’s debt forgiveness for disabled veterans is ‘our duty as Americans’

Commentary/Opinion: “President Trump loves this country, our service members and our veterans and he is proving it once again with this latest executive order,” said Lahren.

President Trump signed the order on Wednesday following a speech at the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Ky.

The order also clears eligible veterans from having to pay any federal income tax on the loans. Trump added that he is pressuring individual states to follow suit.

Lahren, who is generally an outspoken critic of student loan forgiveness, said this is something she can certainly “get on board with.”

“The free for all Democratic socialists like Bernie Sanders and “Pocohantus” Warren want to cancel student debt for all — aka pass the burden onto taxpayers — I’m not about that,” said Lahren.

World News:

China pastor missing eight months after arrest

One of the church elders, Li Yingqiang, arrested during the targeting of Early Rain Covenant Church in December, was released on bail earlier this week by Chinese authorities.

The prominent congregation member remains subject to prosecution.

But Wang Yi, the pastor of the Protestant congregation in Sichuan province, hasn’t been seen.

“Based on past imprisonments of previous people, he is almost definitely being tortured.

We haven’t seen any reports that necessarily confirm that, but just based on previous reports we have received of other people, that’s very common,” Brynne Lawrence, an associate at religious freedom nonprofit China Aid, told the Washington Examiner.

Leading presidential contender arrested in Tunisia

FILE - In this Jan.23 2012 file photo, the owner of the Tunisian private channel Nessma TV, Nabil Karoui, center, leaves the Tunis courthouse after attending his trial
FILE – In this Jan.23 2012 file photo, the owner of the Tunisian private channel Nessma TV, Nabil Karoui, center, leaves the Tunis courthouse after attending his trial. A leading presidential candidate in Tunisia, Nabil Karoui, co-owner of a private TV station, has been arrested and jailed in a case involving alleged tax evasion and money laundering. (Hassene Dridi, File/Associated Press)

TUNIS, Tunisia — A leading presidential candidate in Tunisia has been arrested and jailed on allegations of tax evasion and money laundering.

Media mogul Nabil Karoui’s Nessma television station announced the Friday arrest, along with Tunisia’s Interior Ministry. Karoui was detained in the northwestern town of Beja while campaigning and was taken to a prison near Tunis.

The candidate recently appeared twice before financial prosecutors who froze his funds and forbid him and his brother Ghazi from traveling abroad.

Hong Kong’s human chain protest against extradition bill

Thousands of people held hands to form a human chain of peaceful protest against a suspended extradition bill.

Demonstrators believe the bill could undermine Hong Kong’s legal freedoms and might be used to intimidate or silence dissidents.

There have been nearly three months of pro-democracy protests.

Turkey’s Erdogan to visit Russia on Aug. 27: Turkish presidency

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS

In the phone call, Erdogan told Putin that an offensive by forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Moscow, was causing a humanitarian crisis and posed a threat to Turkey’s national security.

UK travellers’ phones could be checked at Hong Kong border

Barricades made by protesters at Yuen Long station, close to the Chinese border. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images

The Foreign Office, which has updated its travel advice due to continuing protests, said:

“In light of ongoing protests and demonstrations in Hong Kong, there are reports of greater scrutiny from mainland authorities at border crossings between the mainland and Hong Kong.

“This includes reports that travellers’ electronic devices have been checked at border crossings.

You should be aware that the thresholds for detention and prosecution in China differ from those in Hong Kong.”

Russia launches floating nuclear power station; environmentalists warn of ‘Chernobyl on ice’

The floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov is towed out of the shipyard where it was constructed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in April 2018.
The floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov is towed out of the shipyard where it was constructed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in April 2018. (AP)

The Akademik Lomonosov, which left the port of Murmansk and is destined for Pevek, is carrying highly radioactive fuel and two tsunami-proof nuclear reactors on board, according to the BBC.

Three tugs are pulling the ship east so it can provide power to a remote, Siberian mining complex.

Its launch comes just two weeks after a nuclear missile explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia left five dead, including two people who reports say died from radiation sickness.

Medics who treated victims from that blast separately told the BBC Friday they now fear that they have been irradiated themselves, as they were working with no protection and the military never warned them about any contamination risks.

US confirms Israel behind last month’s air strike in Iraq against Iranian base

In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 file photo, plumes of smoke rise after an explosion at a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraq. A fact-finding committee appointed by the Iraqi government to investigate a massive munitions depot explosion near the capital Baghdad has concluded that the blast was the result of a drone strike.
(AP Photo/Loay Hameed, File)

American officials said Israel carried out an attack on an Iranian weapons depot that killed two Iranian military commanders, according to the Associated Press.

There have been at least three explosions at Iraqi Shia militia bases in the past month. American officials now confirm Israel was responsible for at least one of them.

The confirmation follows the weeks-long speculation that Israel was behind the attack. Netanyahu told a Russian-language outlet Thursday that the speculation is correct.

Commentary/Opinion:

This Could Trigger Civil War In America! The ‘Party Of Death And Destruction’s’ Hatred Of Whites, Christians, Conservatives And Trump Supporters Could Lead To Their Own Annihilation

Of course, hatred is hatred whether from the left or right or in the middle; however all the haters quoted today have been from far out in left field.

No sane person will defend hate but many haters use hate as a weapon and often go into battle with Christian Conservatives.

Since the progressive cannot defend his castle in ruins (Liberalism), he fires the only bullet in his possession—“You’re a hater.” That is supposed to settle the argument in favor of progressives!

Pseudo-intellectuals like Georgetown’s Michael Eric Dyson said after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin that it would be a good thing for more white children to be murdered so Americans could better understand racism.

Mike is also a Baptist preacher but not a historical or biblical Baptist, for sure.

Sarah Jeong is a member of The New York Times Editorial Board and wrote: “Dumba** f***ing white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on a fire hydrant.”

Also, “Are white people predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically only being fit to live underground like groveling goblins.”

Finally Sarah’s “White men are bull—”; “#CancelWhitePeople”; “oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men” and “f— white women lol.” Sarah is still with the Times!

Tucker: Those who control your words control your mind

For the past couple of years, we’ve reported in some horrifying detail on how the professional left has totally transformed the city of San Francisco from this country’s most beautiful city, our Cape Town, into a cesspool of filth, homelessness and drug addiction.

That is not an exaggeration. There are now more junkies in San Francisco than there are high school students.

And so you won’t be surprised to learn that the city has also become threatening and dangerous.

The rate of property crime in San Francisco is the highest of any big city in America.

More than five dozen cars are smashed and robbed every single day of the year. It’s a disaster.

But don’t worry, the city’s leaders have a plan to respond to this. And of course, it’s not more cops or better enforcement of the law. That would be bigoted.

Instead, the city of San Francisco has decided to ban words that suggest San Francisco has a crime problem.

If people aren’t allowed to talk about crime, maybe they won’t notice crime exists. That’s the thinking.

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