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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised the U.S. military for keeping America “safe, strong, proud, mighty and free” and used the Independence Day holiday to thank them for being willing to put their lives on the line in defense of the nation.
Before greeting guests on the lawn during the picnic, Trump praised service members and their families as “truly unbelievable people.”
“Thank you for keeping America safe, strong, proud, mighty and free,” he said.
The White House invited some 1,500 military families to the picnic, according to the first lady’s office, with 5,500 more invited for the fireworks. Several Cabinet secretaries attended the picnic,
The numbers: Private-sector employment remained solid in June, as employers added 177,000 jobs, Automatic Data Processing Inc. reported Thursday. That gain was close to the forecast from economists polled by Econoday, who had expected on average an increase of 190,000. May’s gain was upwardly revised to show 189,000 growth instead of a previously estimated 178,000.
New claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose 3,000 to 231,000 to end June, the Department of Labor reported Thursday.
The increase defied forecasters’ expectations for jobless claims to drop by 4,000 to 223,000. Nevertheless, claims remain near historic lows.
Fewer new jobless claims suggest that layoffs are rare, and that job creation is strong.
According to GivingUSA.org Americans set a record in giving in 2017 due to a booming stock market and a strong economy. All together Americans gave an estimated $410.02 billion in 2017, according to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency joined the nationwide search for three men accused of kidnapping and raping two teen girls in Ohio, authorities said.
A fourth suspect has been arrested and charged in the alleged crime, police said Tuesday.
Bowling Green police are searching for David Ramos Contreras, 27, Juan Garcia Rios Adiel and Arnulfo Ramos. Police said Contreras is from Mexico. It is unclear where the others are from, though Adiel possesses a fraudulent permanent resident I.D. out of Florida, police said.
A new report reveals that dozens of criminal illegal immigrants shielded by New York City’s sanctuary policy were released from jail and quickly rearrested for new crimes.
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 440 criminal aliens were released from New York’s jails between January and April despite having ICE detainers placed against them. Of those 440, 40 have already re-offended and been rearrested, ICE said.
A federal judge halted enforcement of a “troubling” California law protecting illegal immigrants on Thursday, even as he allowed two other so-called “sanctuary state” provisions to remain on the books for now.
The mixed ruling by District Court Judge John Mendez was largely a win for Democrats in the far-left state, where Gov. Jerry Brown has accused the Trump administration of “going to war” by filing the lawsuit that led to Thursday’s ruling.
The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that border apprehensions dropped by 18 percent last month after the Trump administration implemented its “zero-tolerance policy” toward illegal immigrants crossing the border.
“Following the implementation of the administration’s zero-tolerance policy, the June 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers declined by 18 percent when compared to the previous month,” DHS press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said in a statement.
The Kentucky waitress who took a job delivering ten pounds of crystal meth in a suitcase in exchange for $1,000 had little clue that Special Agent Jarrell Perry would be waiting for her, preparing to board the Greyhound bus halfway through her trip.
For the past decade, Perry, a veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has made the bus and train depot in Albuquerque his stake-out spot. He meets “approximately twenty buses every week,” according to federal prosecutors.
Perry targets certain Greyhound and Amtrak routes because he knows that people trafficking drugs are trying to “avoid scrutiny of the Transportation Security Administration,” federal prosecutors say, or the intense security that passengers have come to expect on air travel.
According to Tampa police, he was inside the park for Independence Day when he felt pain in his shoulder around 10 p.m. Investigators said the source of the pain was a bullet. The park’s security responded, and gave him first aid. Tampa firefighters transported him to Tampa General Hospital afterwards with non-life threatening injuries.
Tampa police said they believe the bullet was a result of celebratory gunfire from outside the park. However, they aren’t sure where it came from. The victim has not been identified.
Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency after a string of controversies involving his leadership, President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter.
“Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” tweeted Trump, who added that EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler would take over as acting administrator effective Monday.
President Trump has hired former Fox News executive Bill Shine as a senior advisor. He will also serve on the communications team.
“President Donald J. Trump announced today that Bill Shine will join the White House staff. Mr. Shine will serve as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released on behalf of the President in a statement Thursday afternoon. “He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role. Previously, Mr. Shine served as Co-President of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.”
On June 26, Air Force Veteran John Michael Watts, 58, attached fireworks to his chest, doused himself with flammable liquid, and set himself on fire on June 26 in front of the Georgia State Capital in Atlanta, as we previously reported. He was transported to the hospital with burns over 85-90% of his body. He died on July 2.
The head of a conservative watchdog group said Thursday that Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is inciting “mob violence” with her call for protesters to confront Trump officials in public, as he urged a formal ethics investigation on Capitol Hill.
Judicial Watch earlier sent a letter to the House Office of Congressional Ethics calling for an investigation into whether the California Democrat violated ethics rules with remarks she made in Los Angeles telling supporters to “push back” on Trump officials seen in public.
A federal judge recently tossed a lawsuit alleging the Trump campaign and the president’s former adviser Roger Stone conspired to hack the DNC.
Tuesday’s ruling states the president’s campaign was not involved in an elaborate conspiracy with WikiLeaks and the Russian government as alleged by three DNC members in the suit filed last year.
The decision validates what both the Trump administration and Roger Stone have repeated since the outset of the Russia investigation.
A Texas teenager who supports President Trump says he was assaulted by a drink-throwing stranger at a Whataburger restaurant — all because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
The incident, which was captured on video and has since gone viral, reportedly happened Tuesday at one of the burger chain’s restaurants in San Antonio.
“You ain’t supporting s— n—-!” the man is heard saying on camera after tossing a large drink in the direction of the person filming the video.
Most Americans have heard of FISA-Gate, Tarmac-Gate, and Spy-Gate. These are post Obama scandals involving the attempted and ongoing political assassination of President Trump through the Mueller investigation. Additional scandals like the fake Dossier, Fusion GPS and Uranium One have also been brought to light.
However one scandal that the liberal media, the intelligence community, and the Obama Administration has covered up is perhaps the most dangerous, most severe, and most shocking of all Obama era scandals. It is called “Project Pelican.”
Gulftainer is connected to the Uranium One deal.
Gulftainer is the Iraqi Jafar family’s UAE-based ports company that is tightly connected to Russia and Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons programs.
In 2014 the Obama administration awarded Gulftainer a 35-year lease to Florida’s Port Canaveral cargo container terminal in a secret deal code-named “Project Pelican.”
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A Texas mother has been arrested for allegedly selling her young children.
Esmeralda Garza, 29, was arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials on Friday after she allegedly sold her 7-year-old boy to two men, KRIS-TV reported. Garza was also in the process of selling two other children – a 2-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl – as well, officials said.
“I proceeded to jump in my backseat and told the gentleman to stop, to get out the car. He would not get out of the car. He turned around and looked at me. I reached over the armrest to get my glove compartment and that’s when I fired at him once I got the gun from my glove compartment,” Booker-Hicks recalled to the news station.
Booker-Hicks shot Wright in the face while he was allegedly trying to drive away. He crashed the vehicle into the fence.
An American Airlines employee was arrested at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport earlier this week after she was allegedly caught traveling with a stolen gun.
Elvira Thomas, 62, was not working when the firearm was found, but was traveling on July 3 – just before the busy travel holiday. Transportation Security Administration officials noticed the gun as it passed through an x-ray scanner, WSOC-TV reported.
James Woods has been dropped by his talent agent, and received the announcement in an email sent during the Fourth of July holiday.
The Oscar-nominated actor shared a screenshot of the email with the subject line “Well…” on his personal Twitter account.
The talent agent, Ken Kaplan, said that he’d come to the decision to no longer represent the outspoken conservative star because he was “feeling patriotic.”
The Iranian Army’s Ground Force Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari met with a delegation from China’s Ministry of National Defense Tuesday to discuss ways to boost defense ties between Tehran and Beijing. Both parties appeared to agree that the United States poses “the biggest threat to humanity.”
According to Iran’s state-run Tasnim News agency, Gen. Heidari “praised the bilateral relations between Iran and China as age-old and said the two countries are major and influential powers in the region and the world.” Heidari reportedly then “further emphasized that Tehran and Beijing face common threats at the regional and international levels, including the US government’s hegemonic system which is “the biggest threat to humanity.’”
JERUSALEM – A former Israeli government minister charged with spying for Iran went on trial Thursday in Jerusalem for allegedly relaying information to the country’s top enemy.
Gonen Segev was extradited from Equatorial Guinea and arrested upon arrival earlier this year.
The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, has said that he acted as an agent for Iranian intelligence and is suspected of “committing offenses of assisting the enemy in war and spying against the state of Israel.”
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A mayor and two former government officials in Puerto Rico face public corruption charges in separate cases that involve a total of $8 million in federal and local funds, authorities said Thursday.
The suspects are the mayor of the southwest town of Sabana Grande and the former directors of finance for the northern town of Toa Baja, which has struggled to pay its employees amid an 11-year recession.
BEIRUT – Syrian and Russian forces launched a wave of air strikes against rebel-held areas in the southwest and pushed into a major town on Thursday, resuming a wide-scale offensive after negotiations between Russia and the rebels collapsed.
The government’s advance in the southern Daraa province, which began on June 19, has captured wide areas and forced an estimated 330,000 people to flee their homes. Opposition activists say scores of civilians have been killed.
Japanese authorities have sentenced a man for exploiting the Coinhive library to maliciously mine for cryptocurrency.
According to local publication Kahoku, Yoshida Shinkaru was found guilty of illegitimately mining cryptocurrency on user PCs.
Riots rocked a French city for the second straight night Wednesday after the fatal police shooting of a driver apparently trying to avoid an identity check.
Protesters in Nantes, located about 235 miles west of Paris, clashed with police overnight into Thursday. Cars and stores were set on fire in the riots and 11 people were detained in connection with the violence.
Fireworks explosions in Mexico on Thursday killed at least 19 people and injured dozens more, officials said.
Four firefighters and two police officers who responded to the explosion at the fireworks workshop in Tultepec, located roughly 25 miles north of Mexico City, were among those killed by a second blast.
Two leaders, so different, yet both so important to our time.
We needed someone like Washington or Grant. We got Trump.
We needed someone like John Adams and Frederick Douglass. We got Jordan Peterson.
We are watching an amazing miracle. A cultural transformation. We do not see it clearly yet – it’s far from over, but it’s really happening. America has become great again, changing in the most positive of ways. Yes, there is a violent, loud, crazy left that has its media slaves trying to convince all of us we are in horrible times. And thankfully, the rest of the country is simply reveling in the positive change of the culture in spite of them.