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Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Sept. 19, 2019,

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AP Article ‘Explains’ Latin American Abortion Laws, Doesn’t Include Poll Showing Pro-Life Majorities

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The AP’s article listed numbers of abortions performed in Latin American countries and the number of complications that ensued from unsafe abortions — 6.5 million induced abortions reportedly took place in Latin countries and the Caribbean between 2010 and 2014 and 760,000 complications occur each year, the AP reported, citing information from the Guttmacher Institute.

Mexico City, Cuba and Uruguay are the only places in Latin America where women can obtain on-demand abortions up until 12 weeks, according to the AP. The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca voted to decriminalize abortion as recently as Wednesday.

The article does not include information from 2014 — the same year its abortion occurrence statistics time period ended — showing the majority of Latin Americans think abortion should be illegal, as outlined by the Pew Research Center.

How Did NBC News Amplify Adam Schiff’s Misinformation?

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Schiff fabricated Trump’s words in his statement, in a performance he later said was “meant to be at least part in parody” of Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

But NBC News provided YouTube viewers with no indication that Schiff’s remarks were inauthentic.

“Watch Rep. Adam Schiff’s Opening Statement On The Whistleblower Complaint,” reads the title of the video, which has already racked up more than 42,000 views on YouTube.

‘Like a miracle’: Homeless woman’s viral subway opera performance may get her off the streets

From the video taken by one captivated Los Angeles police officer, it looked as though the homeless woman was alone on her own stage, commanding the attention of an unseen audience as she sent Giacomo Puccini’s Italian aria “O mio babbino caro” careening down the tunnel.

Hundreds of thousands of people watched her perform in the LAPD’s one-minute video.

The local news tracked down Zamourka in Koreatown to reveal who she was: a Russian immigrant who became homeless after a man stole her violin, which was her livelihood, and the musician ended up evicted.

Hundreds of people have since donated to online fundraisers to help her get off the streets.

Virginia teacher sues after being fired for refusing to call trans student ‘he’

According to the TV station WWBT, Vlaming’s firing led to student petitions on either side of the issue and a walkout in which around 100 students carried signs that said: “Men are men. Women are women.”

In his lawsuit, Vlaming says his rights to speak freely and exercise his religion were violated.

The suit states that Vlaming “sincerely believes that referring to a female as a male by using an objectively male pronoun is telling a lie”.

Among remedies sought by Vlaming are $1m damages, reinstatement in his job and a declaration that his rights were violated.

Prof challenges Facebook for removing Warren controversy page

William Jacobson, a law professor at Cornell Law School, owns and runs elizabethwarrenwiki.org — a website dedicated to various controversies surrounding the Democratic presidential candidate, particularly her claims to have Native American heritage.

“It was a way of getting the content out to the public,” he told Fox News in an interview.

But on Monday afternoon, he received a notice saying it had been taken down for violating policies regarding impersonation.

Facebook’s community standards forbid users from using other peoples’ images to deceive or mislead people about the origin of the content.

US court: FCC had the right to dump net-neutrality rules

The ruling is largely a victory for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump administration appointee, who championed a repeal of the Obama-era rules.

The 2015 net neutrality rules had barred internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from blocking, slowing down or charging internet companies to favor some sites or apps over others.

Without these rules, phone and cable companies can interfere with internet traffic as long as they disclose it.

Arizona man sentenced in fatal shooting of fire captain Kyle Brayer

Hezron Parks, 21, was found guilty of shooting Capt. Kyle Brayer in the head in February 2018. The 34-year-old Marine Corps veteran died at a hospital.

Brayer had been riding on the back of a golf cart with several other people heading to Civic Center Plaza in Scottsdale at 2:30 a.m. when Parks bumped the cart with his red Scion coupe, police said at the time.

Brayer left the cart and confronted Parks on the driver’s side window when he was shot in the head.

Jury finds former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger guilty of murder

Guyger was off-duty but still in uniform when she fatally shot her unarmed, black neighbor Botham Jean in his apartment; Casey Stegall reports from Dallas.

Immigration:

Mark Morgan blasts ‘reckless’ sanctuary policy in Chicago

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan says the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are heroes for risking their lives every day to save those in need.

Contracts Awarded for 65 Miles of New Texas Border Walls

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“The border wall system will include an 18-30 foot tall steel bollard wall, all-weather roads, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology to create a complete enforcement zone,” officials stated.

“Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020, pending availability of real estate, and will take place in locations where no barriers currently exist.”

Approximately 40 percent of all migrant apprehensions along the southwest border with Mexico take place in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

While some barriers exist, there are many gaps in the existing walls that will be closed by these construction projects.

“The majority of its activity is occurring in areas where RGV has limited infrastructure, access and mobility, and technology,” officials reported.

Politics:

Explainer: Barr gives top priority to investigating the investigators of Russian meddling

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr participates in a presentation ceremony of the Medal of Valor and heroic commendations to civilians and police officers who responded to mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 9, 2019.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr participates in a presentation ceremony of the Medal of Valor and heroic commendations to civilians and police officers who responded to mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

Barr earlier this year began to investigate the investigators who looked into whether his campaign colluded with Russia. Moscow interfered in the U.S. electoral process with a campaign of hacking and propaganda, according to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who charged several Trump campaign officials with crimes but did not find enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy with Russia.

Barr’s investigation is one of at least three inquiries into the matter by the Department of Justice.

It is being handled by John Durham, a seasoned prosecutor who is respected by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Kamala Harris calls on Twitter to suspend President Trump’s account

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris argues Trump’s attacks on political rivals and the Ukraine whistleblower have gone too far; reaction and analysis on ‘Outnumbered.’

Mueller’s No. 2 Man Andrew Weissmann Had Documented History of Prosecutorial Abuses

Commentary/Opinion: On this episode of “Inside Report,” Senior Investigator Bill Marshall joins attorney Sidney Powell to discuss her book, “Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.”

Elizabeth Warren Supports Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Anti-Poverty Proposal Benefiting Illegal Aliens

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“It’s going to take big, structural change to tackle poverty and inequality in the U.S., and @AOC‘s ‘A Just Society’ is just the type of bold, comprehensive thinking we’ll need to get it done,” Warren wrote in support:

Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her “six-piece suite” last week, which includes legislation that would update the national poverty guidelines, give renters facing eviction access to a “counsel fund,” expand the “social safety net” to former convicts who “duly paid their debt to society,” and extend federal public benefits to illegal immigrants:

Ocasio-Cortez told NPR her proposals – particularly giving illegal immigrants access to federal benefits – send an important message “that if you contribute to our society, you should benefit from our society.”

Lewandowski hints at reconsidering Senate run to help Trump battle impeachment

Lewandowski told Fox News on Tuesday that “I have said before and continue to say that I’m waiting for the Q3 fundraising numbers to be posted. I am speaking with my family and voters of N.H. before I make any final decisions.”

The third quarter of fundraising concluded on Monday and campaigns have until Oct. 15 to reporter their figures to the Federal Election Commission.

Lewandowski has repeatedly said he would be the best Republican to challenge Shaheen next year because of his fundraising “prowess” due to his close ties to the president.

WinRed, new GOP donor platform, reaps impeachment windfall, rakes in millions since probe launch

WinRed raised just over $30 million in the third fundraising quarter, which began in July and ended Monday. The online platform is used to raise money for President Trump’s re-election, campaign committees and various Republican candidates across the country.

In an interview, WinRed’s president, Gerrit Lansing, said the Democrats’ moves to ramp up impeachment efforts against Trump “helped a lot,” saying fundraising numbers “spiked” after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal inquiry last week.

WinRed has raised over $13.7 million from over 276,000 contributors since the announcement from Pelosi, D-Calif., he said.

Chicago mayor wipes out overdue library fees to fight ‘generational poverty’

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 20: Lori Lightfoot addresses guests after being sworn in as Mayor of Chicago during a ceremony at the Wintrust Arena on May 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Lightfoot become the first black female and openly gay Mayor in the city’s history.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MAY 20: Lori Lightfoot addresses guests after being sworn in as Mayor of Chicago during a ceremony at the Wintrust Arena on May 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Lightfoot become the first black female and openly gay Mayor in the city’s history. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Lightfoot announced Monday the Chicago Public Library will be “fine-free” starting Tuesday, making the Windy City the largest city in the nation to do so.

“Like too many Chicagoans, I know what it is like to grow up in financially-challenging circumstances and understand what it is like to be just one bill or one mistake away from crushing debt,” Lightfoot said in a press release.

She celebrated the move as a way to end “regressive practices disproportionately impacting those who can least afford it, ensure every Chicagoan can utilize our city’s services and resources, and eliminate the cycles of debt and generational poverty because of a few mistakes.”

Trump Attorney Sekulow on Ukraine Saga: ‘We Went Through a War with Bob Mueller and We Won — This Is a Skirmish

Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Jay Sekulow, an attorney for President Donald Trump, offered viewers several reasons to be skeptical of the current controversy involving Trump and allegations he pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

Sekulow offered a timeline that showed changes to the whistleblower rules days before then-President Barack Obama left office. He also predicted Trump would emerge on the winning in this “skirmish.”

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Pompeo accuses Dems of ‘bullying’ State employees with deposition demand: ‘I will not tolerate such tactics’

The “requested dates for depositions are not feasible,” Pompeo wrote, claiming the lawmakers have not given the employees enough time to prepare and voicing concern that they’re trying to prevent State Department counsel from participating in the depositions.

Pompeo said Executive Branch counsel would have to be present.

“Let me be clear: I will not tolerate such tactics, and I will use all means at my disposal to prevent and expose any attempts to intimidate the dedicated professionals whom I am proud to lead and serve alongside at the Department of State,” Pompeo tweeted in response to the Democrats’ demand for depositions.

Zuckerberg says if Warren becomes president, Facebook would sue U.S. gov’t: ‘You go to the mat and fight’

Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues on Sept. 19, 2019, in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
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The comments, obtained by The Verge, span a wide range of topics and deep insight into Zuckerberg’s thinking, going much further than the usually stoic CEO appears in public.

“You have someone like Elizabeth Warren thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies … I mean, if she gets elected president then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge,” Zuckerberg is quoted as saying in two Q&A sessions with Facebook employees during July.

Warren responded to the story, tweeting that the system that allows “giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices” needs to be fixed.

World News:

Israeli Researcher Discovers a New Way to Block Bone Cancer in Children

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A study in mice conducted by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot shows that reducing a particular hormone signal keeps the cancer from growing and spreading.

They have discovered molecular interactions underlying this kind of tumor and proposed a potential treatment, according to findings they just published in the journal Cell Reports.

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Swati Srivastava in the laboratory of Prof. Yosef Yarden in the biological regulation department, together with colleagues, conducted research focusing on receptors for steroid hormones called glucocorticoids.

These receptors are present in virtually all human cells, conveying hormonal messages related to stress, wakefulness and a host of other important functions.

Taliban insurgents kill 11 police officers during attack on Afghan government building, officials say

The assault on the Shortepa district headquarters in Balkh province – which sparked a gunfight that lasted several hours — comes just days after the country held its presidential elections.

“Security situation is under control right now,” Munir Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told the Associated Press, adding that Afghan reinforcements have driven the Taliban from the area.

In a separate Taliban attack in eastern Ghazni province on Tuesday, at least three civilians were gunned down while traveling in a vehicle, according to the Associated Press.

In pictures: China shows off military might at 70th anniversary parade

China's military displayed new intercontinental ballistic missiles in public for the first time.
China’s military displayed new intercontinental ballistic missiles in public for the first time.

According to the Ministry of National Defence, about 15,000 military personnel, 580 pieces of military equipment and 160 aircraft featured.

Military march-pasts on a grand scale have a long history in the country.

But experts say this year’s display showed China’s ambitions to modernise.

“It was Russian and Ukrainian equipment at these parades 20 years ago – now everything is made in China,” Jon Grevatt of Jane’s Defence Weekly told the BBC.

“The technological 

China celebrates 70 years of communist party rule

China has held large military and civilian parades to mark 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Some 15,000 military personnel and around 100,000 civilians too part, with about 600 pieces of military equipment on display.

In Hong Kong however, the anniversary sparked further street protests.

GOP lawmakers slam Chinese Communist Party’s ‘appalling record of repression’ on 70th anniversary

Chinese President Xi Jinping after delivering his speech at a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.
Chinese President Xi Jinping after delivering his speech at a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

“From the tens of millions who starved to death during Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward, to the students who stared down tanks in Tiananmen Square, to the millions of Uighurs who have languished in concentration camps, and now to the courageous people of Hong Kong,” Cheney and Gallegher said, “the [Chinese Communist Party’s] appalling record of repression is clear.”

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., also denounced the Chinese government on the 70th anniversary of the republic’s founding.

“To see the price of the [People’s Republic of China’s] anniversary celebration, look no further than what’s happening in Hong Kong: a ceaseless war against those who wish to live in freedom,” Cotton said. “From the Great Leap Forward to the Cultural Revolution to the camps in Xinjiang today, it has been a ghoulish 70 years of Chinese Communist Party control.”

Hurricane Lorenzo to pound the Azores with up to 70-foot waves, more bodies found from sunken tugboat

Hurricane Lorenzo can be seen approaching The Azores on Tuesday. (NOAA/GOES East)

Hurricane warnings have been posted for seven of the Azores’ islands and tropical storm warnings for the other two. The remote Portuguese island chain is home to about 250,000 people.

Authorities in the Azores have placed the two westernmost islands, Flores and Corvo, on red alert from midnight through noon Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

The islands will also see high swells, with waves up to 72 feet in the area. The storm is producing high swells across much of the North Atlantic basin, affecting the U.S. East Coast, the Bahamas, and portions of the coast of Europe.

Hong Kong violence leaves 1 shot by police as China marks 70th anniversary of Communist Party

The protester was shot in the left side of the chest when a police officer opened fire with his revolver into a group, a police official said.

It was the first time a protester has been shot as part of the unrest, which began in June of this year.

The 18-year-old protester’s condition was not immediately known.

Video from the scene shows a dozen black-clad protesters hurling objects at a group of riot police pursuing them.

Sword-wielding student kills 1, wounds 9 at Finland school

The motive for the attack remained unclear. The National Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation.

Police wouldn’t provide further details on the woman who was killed, but Finnish newspaper Keskisuomalainen said she was a student at the school and “the primary target” of the dark-clad attacker.

One police officer was slightly injured, and the rest of the wounded were students and staff of the school, mostly women aged 15-50. They were treated at a hospital for cuts. It wasn’t clear if the attacker used his firearm.

Taiwan arch bridge collapses, at least 10 injured as divers search for possible victims

The Nanfangao Bridge in eastern Taiwan collapsed around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, officials said. (Getty Images)

The 460-foot bridge collapsed hours after a typhoon hit the island, despite it being sunny and the weather appearing to be fine.

Disaster relief officials would not say if the storm had weakened the bridge or give other details on the potential cause.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said she hoped all government departments would do everything possible to save people and “keep the number of deaths and injuries as low as possible,” government-run Central News Agency reported.

Commentary/Opinion:

Individual Freedom On The Line in Hong Kong • Varney & Co.

Independent Women’s Voice: Lisa Boothe.

Has Dave Rubin Seen Jordan Peterson Break Any Of The 12 Rules? (Pt. 3) | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks at Yalcon and tells a hilarious story about Jordan Peterson’s 12 rules and a night at Douglas Murray’s apartment.

Dave also discusses his event being protested at UNH and how college students can fight back to preserve free speech on campus.

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