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The war in Afghanistan was officially launched 18 years ago today. Since then, 2,438 American heroes have lost their lives during the war effort, according to icasualties.org, including 21 this year.
Thousands more have been wounded, both physically and emotionally, during the continuing conflict.
America’s longest war has also permanently impacted many military families, including countless children.
The courage and strength of our nation’s entire military community should inspire every single American, regardless of your position on the war.
Despite 18 years of constant combat in Afghanistan and elsewhere, our troops, veterans and military families never quit. They have instead spent every day serving, sacrificing and defending the defenseless.
Please continue praying for America’s protectors and their loved ones. Until every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine is out of harm’s way, our military is still at war.
As Monday marks the 18th anniversary of American troops invading Afghanistan, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report shows that veteran suicides have been increasing over the past decade.
Jeremy Butler, CEO of nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the increase in veteran suicides could have to do with how long the war in Afghanistan has gone on.
“Every anniversary kind of continues to be an opportunity for us to highlight the fact that we are still over there,” Butler said. “This is the longest engagement the U.S. has ever been involved in.
The 18th anniversary is kind of unique being that it is kind of highlighting the fact that there are people who potentially were not even born on 9/11 who are now old enough to join the military and go over and fight this conflict.”
Eighteen years of engagement with Afghan troops means that soldiers may be serving more tours than normal as well, Butler told the DNCF.
This could be playing a role in the increase suicide rates, Butler said. Suicide rates among veterans increased 6.1% between 2005 and 2017, a Sept. 20 VA report notes.
Police said the woman, Jennifer Rivera-Lopez, was lured to her death in June 2017 in an Anne Arundel County park where her killers, armed with knives and machetes, chopped her head off and buried her in a secret grave, the Capital Gazette reported Monday.
Ronald Mendez-Sosa, 21, Brenda Argueta, 20, Ervin Arrue-Figueroa, 20, and Francisco Ramirez-Pena, 24, all of Maryland, copped to the murder last week in federal court, the paper reported.
Mendez-Sosa also pleaded guilty to participating in the murder of Neri Giovani Bonilla-Palacios, the 17-year-old, who turned up dead in the woods in Annapolis in October 2017.
He had been murdered two months earlier, investigators said. Court papers said he had been decapitated with a machete and his body had “at least 108 sharp and blunt force injury wounds,” the paper reported.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged detainers against all four after cops arrested them in October 2017.
Limestone County sheriff’s deputies said Case left home with the 13-month-old boy Friday evening to go “dumpster diving.”
They said she left the child in the car when she returned home around 5:40 a.m. Saturday.
She awoke around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when her mother arrived, and they found the boy still in the car. Deputies said Case put the child in the shower and her mother called 911.
Young told the paper that Case “is a known drug user” and was out on bond in connection to first-degree robbery.
First Lady Melania Trump attends and makes remarks at the DEA’s National Red Ribbon Rally.
Chief Michel Moore took to his personal Twitter page to say that there was an investigation into whether the ad was made as a spoof in order to “discredit LAPD”.
Chief Moore apparently didn’t feel the need to explain how a mock ad would tarnish their reputation, but his comments directly attacked a large group of rank and file officers that are avid Breitbart readers.
The site routinely publishes about news stories that the mainstream media avoids, largely due to the fact that those stories don’t usually fit their narrative.
And cops across the nation shouldn’t be shamed or told their values don’t ‘align’ simply because they read it.
Moore tried to avert the issue away from the LAPD, saying the personnel department placed the ad, but a tweet from that department said it “has not made any purchase of LAPD recruitment ads on Breitbart or similar sites.”
A ruling in favor of the employees in these three cases would mean a massive realignment of the classifications protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which for most of its existence was not interpreted to include those protections, and most certainly was not intended to do so when Congress originally passed it.
But subsequent rulings and Supreme Court precedents have expanded the view of what counts as discrimination on the basis of sex, and there now is disagreement between differing federal courts and even different agencies about the issue.
President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice has taken the position that the Civil Rights Act, as currently written, does not protect against gay and transgender discrimination.
It will argue that if Congress wants to protect against LGBT discrimination, then Congress, not the Supreme Court, should amend the Civil Rights Act.
In his more than five decades in entertainment, Mr. Taylor would make over 2,000 guest-star appearances on shows including “The Monkees,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Hollywood Squares” and “The Gong Show.”
He also hosted the beauty pageant spoof “The $1.98 Beauty Show.”
Mr. Taylor also did a fair share of voice work for animated films and TV shows, such as “The Jetsons” and “The Addams Family,” which gained him an Emmy nomination for the voice of Uncle Fester.
In movies, he played himself in “Wayne’s World 2” and the “Jackass” franchise.
Imagine having the task of distributing the most aid money ever for a natural disaster… responsibly… to a government mired in corruption and under FBI investigation.
That’s what’s happening right now in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico two years after two hurricanes Maria and Irma.
You have $91 billion reasons to care. That’s how much of your tax money is intended for recovery.
Today, we go to Puerto Rico to follow the hurricane money… and the fraud.
Seletz, who is known as the “Abortionist to the Stars” operates an upscale abortion clinic that caters to the rich and famous, and is one of only a handful of abortion facilities that openly conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy Ambulances outside the Pro-Choice Medical Center are a relatively common occurrence.
Seletz’s efforts are not always without incident. Ambulance visits like the one in August, are a matter of routine.
According to documents obtained by Operation Rescue, on August 6, 2019, a 39-year old woman underwent a Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) dismemberment abortion of 18-week twin babies.
About an hour after the abortion, 911 was called and an ambulance and a fire unit were dispatched to the abortion facility.
Mason was apparently upset that her ranting at the staff was interrupted by Luczkow who told her to “zip it.”
Mason, wearing a yellow wig, was yelling at the staff for taking too long. After Luczkow intervened, Mason left and then returned with a knife to try to kill him.
She then sped off in a silver Kia Soul with her boyfriend and two young children – ages 2 and 4 – in the car.
At the time of the attack, she was under state supervision for an armed robbery in Maryland.
According to the FBI, more than five times as many people were killed in 2018 by knives, clubs and other cutting instruments than with rifles.
The metrics show that there were a total of 1,515 deaths by knives or other cutting instruments last year. Compare that against 297 people killed by rifles.
It’s a gap that widened significantly over 2017. In that year, the FBI said nearly four times as many people were stabbed to death as killed with rifles. During that year, the number of murders with rifles was around 400.
Numbers from the National Shooting Sports Foundation show that there are more than 16 million privately owned AR-15s in the United States.
Let’s look at the bigger picture, based on some 2016 data.
Seven hundred employees who became executives before 2011 will have their supplementary benefits frozen, and no changes will be made for retired employees.
The changes will reduce GE’s pension deficit by about $5 billion – $8 billion and net debt by approximately $4 billion – $6 billion.
The company said it will use some of the money it has received from the sale of its BioPharma, BHGE and Wabtec transactions to pre-fund up to $5 billion of its Employee Retirement Income Security Act payments for 2021 and 20212.
Retired employees who have not started receiving monthly payments will have the option to receive a one-time lump-sum payout.
Javier Alatorre, 23, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo., by multiple agencies, including the FBI, who were investigating the shooting at Tequila KC Bar in Kansas City, Kan., which left four people dead and five others wounded.
The fracas arose at about 11 p.m. when a bartender — who had previously experienced problems with the suspect — refused to serve him, The Kansas City Star reported.
In the flap that followed, the suspect reportedly threw a cup at the bartender and subsequently was kicked out with the help of four people.
Around the bar’s last call, the suspect came back with another man and both opened fire, the bartender told cops.
In an order issued last Monday — one day before enforcement of the new law was slated to take effect — Miami U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom shot down a small piece of the state law requiring Florida police officers to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agencies, like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Florida law — SB 168 — will continue to forbid sanctuary cities.
Bloom ruled that local police cannot transport undocumented immigrants across state lines at the request of the feds, saying it is strictly the job of the federal government. Her ruling can be appealed.
However, her ruling maintained that local police departments would still be required to hold arrested people in jail for an extra two days until ICE picks them up.
She cited laws passed by Congress as opening the door for that kind of local and federal cooperation, shooting down a core argument of the lawsuit, filed by immigration advocates and the city of South Miami.
Under the law, local police departments will be required to hold undocumented immigrants who have been detained for an additional 48 hours, until ICE arrives and transports them to a federal detention center. People who have fully served their local sentence or posted bond will also be detained for the extra two days.
McAleenan was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at an annual immigration law and policy conference hosted by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and Georgetown Law, at the Washington, D.C., university.
But before he even began to talk, protesters stood up and shouted: “When immigrants come under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”
Some in the audience shouted at the protesters to sit down so they could hear the DHS acting secretary speak.
Doris Meissner, a senior fellow at MPI who served as a top immigration official under the Clinton administration, was to moderate the Q&A, and told the protesters they were robbing the audience of their ability to engage in a meaningful dialogue on a contentious and important topic.
By all accounts, our system to handle illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers has become overwhelmed.
In the fiscal year that just ended, more than 760,000 illegal immigrants were picked up crossing our border from Mexico into the southeastern U.S..
Federal authorities release some of the families to volunteer centers like one we recently visited in Tucson, Arizona.
Video appears to contradict Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s claim that she was fired from teaching job after becoming ‘visibly pregnant’;
reaction and analysis from Fox News contributors Mo Elleithee, executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service, and Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary.
The whistleblower’s contact with Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff’s staff before filing the complaint in mid-August has prompted renewed scrutiny of Schiff.
Sources familiar with Atkinson’s closed-door, transcribed interview Friday with members of the House Intelligence Committee also noted that Atkinson said the whistleblower did not disclose the contact – during that 18-day window – with Schiff’s office, as Fox News first reported Friday.
Sources said Atkinson testified that the whistleblower, in filing the complaint, left “blank” a section in which he or she could have disclosed that congressional contact.
Exclusive — Stephen Miller Warns America: ‘Do Not Be a Bystander to History’; the ‘Fate of the Future of the Country’ Is ‘in Your Hands’
“He keeps his solemn promises to the American people,” Miller said.
“These saboteurs within and without the government, as I said earlier, are like parasites feeding off the nation, feeding off its wealth, feeding off its vitality, feeding off its freedom for their own personal enrichment at all of our expense.”
Miller warned Americans, too, that now is the time to fight back.
“So do not be a bystander to history,” Miller said. “This is happening now.
The chance for extraordinary victory is here and now, but we have to win this battle, and we have to be successful in implementing these policies and beating back the Adam Schiffs of the world and the deep state and the fake news media and the corrupt news media.”
A disturbing study shows that no matter where you live, a lot of the state laws you live by aren’t written by the people you elect—or even their staff.
Gordon Witkin, executive editor at the Center for Public Integrity, tells us about the evidence his group found in a joint investigation with USA Today.
Slotkin was one of the “freshman seven” who signed an op-ed in the Washington Post on Sep. 24 supporting an impeachment inquiry.
None of them had seen the actual evidence — the transcript (or “readout”) of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; all were willing to risk their careers, and the country, in advance of seeing the facts.
And as Slotkin found out this weekend, many of her constituents are unhappy about it.
The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC, published a video of one exchange in Rochester, Michigan, on Friday evening:
Commentary/Opinion: There appears to be a shift in the way media are reporting about Joseph Mifsud, one of the central figures of the 2016 Russia investigation, coinciding with the progress of Attorney General William Barr’s review of the investigation’s origins.
While media previously portrayed Mifsud as a mysterious character with nefarious ties to Russia, it appears the narrative has switched to downplaying his importance.
Gaetz:’The Whole Effort Is to Delegitimize and Destroy People Who Champion the America First Agenda’
Commentary/Opinion: The reality is on both sides of the political aisle you have far too much of this activity where foreign money ends up going through some sort of pass-through.
The problem is we’ll be so distracted with the bandwidth that impeachment takes up we won’t be able to pass the bipartisan reforms that could actually reduce the ability of foreign entities to affect our political process.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals put the subpoena on hold after Trump’s attorneys filed an emergency appeal.
“We are very pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued a stay of the subpoena issued by New York County District Attorney Cy Vance,” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said.
The administrative stay will only be in place while the court reviews the case, and it’s unclear how that will resolve.
U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero earlier Monday was unsparing toward the president’s legal team as he dismissed Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block the subpoena.
Omar filed to end her marriage to Ahmed Hirsi on Friday, TMZ reported Monday. A court filing was later uncovered that confirmed the news.
Omar is accused of having an affair with Tim Mynett, a prominent Democratic political consultant, whose estranged wife alleged in a divorce filing that he had been in a months-long relationship with the Minnesota Democrat.
The allegation of the affair brought added scrutiny to Omar’s own marriage.
She has faced repeated questions over her marital history after allegations surfaced that she married her brother and committed immigration fraud.
President Trump signs the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement.
Tehran’s Court of Guidance arrested Tabar after receiving several reports from people complaining about her Instagram posts in which she wears “disgusting and abnormal makeups,” the conservative Tasnim News Agency reported on Saturday.
Tabar, who said she has gone through at least 50 surgeries, has been described as ‘zombie Angelina Julie’, however, she has denied any personal intention to look like the famous Hollywood star, she said in an interview with Russia’s Sputnik.
Her other accusations mentioned in Tasnim’s report are “spreading violence,” “insulting Islamic hijab,” and “collecting money from illegitimate ways.”
Amid Rising Iran Threat, IDF Chief of Staff Pledges Israel Will Respond to Any Attack ‘With Great Power’
The Algemeiner reported on Sunday that the Israeli security establishment was assessing that Iran could seek to strike the Jewish state in the same manner it did a Saudi Arabian oil facility last month.
To discuss the issue, Israel’s security cabinet convened over the weekend for the first time since the Sept. 17 Knesset elections. On the agenda was the growing threat of a direct conflict with Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the inauguration of the new Knesset last week, said, “We are facing a huge security challenge that has been growing from week to week, in the last two months and especially in recent weeks.”
“It’s not spin or a whim, anyone who knows the details knows how true they are,” Netanyahu added.
The Israeli leader said Iran’s “boldness and impudence are growing” and directly referenced the attack on the Saudi oil facility.
The group, called Turla, is “believed to operate under the protection of the Russian government,” ZDNet notes.
Kaspersky researchers found that the group could infect systems with a remote access trojan and, from there, install their own digital certificates to each host. This technique enables them to intercept TLS traffic from the host.
ZDNet added that this isn’t the first time Turla has modified a browser’s internal components.
“A January 2018 report from fellow cyber-security firm ESET revealed that Turla had compromised at least four ISPs before, in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet space, also with the purpose of tainting downloads and adding malware to legitimate files,” ZDNet reported.
“Protesters are being burned with hot water, tear gas, and by live fire.
We are poor people, and the Iranian-backed militias are doing this to us.
They are even coming to the hospitals to kill the (wounded) protestors,” Abbas Naji, 24, who previously worked in hospitality in the southern city of Nasiriya, but for four years has been unable to find a job, told Fox News.
“We Iraqis are against the existence of militias because they are a danger to us, and we are determined to continue this movement because we need jobs, and we need our services improved.”
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists have been arrested as protests take place across the globe.
The protesters want governments to take immediate and drastic action to address climate change.
Protests by climate change activists are expected in some 60 cities over the next two weeks.
The latest escalation of violence in Hong Kong sparks calls on the U.S. and the U.K. to stand up to China, and defend freedom and liberty in the autonomous city.
One America’s Kristian Rouz reports.
The Amazing Grace radio station was banned last year after it broadcast a sermon that described women as “evil”.
Mr Schoof’s church was closed in February, among hundreds of others, for failing to comply with building regulations “and for noise pollution”.
In May, Mr Schoof lost an appeal against the government’s media regulator in which he had tried to reopen his radio station.
In a press statement handed to the media before his detention, Mr Schoof said the Rwandan government had “taken a stand against God with its heathen practices”.
Half a dozen personnel could be seen standing on top of the barracks shining flashlights at dozens of protesters below, who were aiming laser pointers and other lights at the building.
The incident is believed to be the first known interaction between people inside the PLA barracks and protesters during 18 weeks of anti-government demonstrations.
The city’s MTR subway network suspended all of its operations after demonstrators vandalized multiple train stations, setting fire to entrances and smashing ticketing facilities. Numerous mainland Chinese-owned banks and stores were also targeted by protesters.
Violent protests began Friday in opposition to the ban and stretched across the city throughout the weekend, with protesters throwing petrol bombs and police responding with pepper spray and tear gas.
Trump pulls back troops from northern Syria ahead of Turkish assault, Pentagon officials ‘blindsided’
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called it an “impulsive decision” by Trump that would undo U.S. gains in the region and give ISIS fighters a “second lease on life.”
He tweeted: “If press reports are accurate this is a disaster in the making.”
But Trump vociferously defended the decision in a string of tweets early Monday morning, saying the ISIS “Caliphate” has been defeated and lamenting that the U.S. was in the region years longer than planned.
Reprising the rhetoric on foreign wars he has often used on the campaign trail, he described the fight as a regional conflict for Turkey and other countries to wage — not America’s problem.
Sorry, war hawks, but we are leaving Syria.
We can’t keep making promises to indefinitely commit our troops to foreign conflicts that are not in our interest.
Then, the NBA is an unpatriotic, disgraceful organization that has thrown itself at the feet of the brutal Chinese dictatorship in order to keep the cash flowing.
Most small businessmen have enough problems improving their product, marketing and meeting payroll.
When Uncle Sam and his state and local cousins get involved, life and business invariably get harder.
Common sense regulation benefits everyone. But there is a level of regulation that benefits no one – except bureaucrats.
In this video, Joseph Semprevivo, founder and CEO of Joseph’s Lite Cookies, gives his not-so-sugar-coated account of how the government too often hinders much more than it helps.
This idea is becoming widely accepted and promoted by many in the Democratic Party. In an article in The Atlantic, Sanford Levinson, a professor of government at the University of Texas, stated that “The Constitution is The Crisis.”
This falls in line with the recent calls from the far left to eliminate the electoral college but even goes a step further. One of the main issues that Mr. Levinson has with the Constitution is the existence of the Senate.
His argument is that it is unfair for smaller states with less population to have an equal say in any branch of the government.
With the current impeachment attempt having roots in a distorted meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” as well as the Democrats’ attack on the electoral college, President Trump is not their true enemy.
They have set their sights on destroying and redefining the foundational documents of this nation.