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News and Headlines. 9/25/2019

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate former Vice Presideht Joe Biden addresses the Presidential Forum at the NAACP's 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, on July 24, 2019.

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In The News:

Wisconsin woman accused of hiding mom’s corpse to cash checks

Paula Bergold.
Paula Bergold. Marinette County Sheriff’s Office via AP

Paula Ann Bergold, 60, a resident of Marinette, Wisconsin, has been charged with three criminal counts — failure to report a death, hiding a corpse and obstructing an officer, according to a complaint filed by Marinette County Assistant District Attorney Tessa Button.

For weeks, a neighbor of 89-year-old Rudy Bergold was concerned she hadn’t seen her elderly friend and asked Marinette County Sheriff’s deputies to perform a welfare check, according to prosecutors.

Deputies made at least two visits to Bergold’s home, on Sept. 12 and 13, and no one answered the door, officials said.

‘Drug smuggling’ sub nabbed with 6 tons of cocaine worth $165 million; 4 arrested

Coast Guard boarding team members climb aboard a suspected smuggling sub in September. (Photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton)

The cutter Valiant was on routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific this month when the crew approached the sub in international waters and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers, the Coast Guard said.

The sub had been detected and monitored by maritime patrol aircraft, and the Valiant crew was diverted by Joint Interagency Task Force South.

The Valiant launched two small boats with boarding teams that seized the sub with the assistance of the Colombian navy.

Several children hospitalized after school bus crashes in Inglewood

A school bus was involved in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning. Several children had minor injuries and were treated at the scene.(KTLA)

Police were called to west Manchester and south Van Ness avenues about 7:30 a.m. after reports of a three-vehicle crash, said Inglewood police Lt. Dirk Dewachter.

An adult in one of the cars and nine children on the school bus suffered minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital, said Sean Rios, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

More than 50 children were on the bus at the time of the crash. Video from the scene shows police and firefighters examining a large group of children sitting on a nearby sidewalk.

Homeless man pleads guilty to starting Minnesota synagogue fire

Matthew James Amiot was arrested Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in connection to a fire at the Adas Israel Congregation, in Duluth, Minn. Authorities said the Sept. 9 fire that destroyed the historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn’t appear to have been a hate crime. (St. Louis (Minnesota) County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Matthew Amiot, 36, told authorities he walked away from the Sept. 9 blaze because he couldn’t extinguish it by spitting on it, prosecutors said.

He entered his guilty plea to negligent fire charges in St. Louis County District Court.

The fire destroyed the Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth, leaving only some charred walls standing and destroying multiple religious artifacts. Construction of the building was completed in 1902.

Eight of the 14 Torah scrolls inside couldn’t be saved and a firefighter hit by debris was injured during the blaze.

Alex Jones sues The Young Turks and Brianna Wu for libel

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were contacted to investigate and concluded that: “The emails were archived and were found to have never been opened by any member of Infowars.com.

No one at Infowars had any knowledge of the content; Jones was the intended victim.”

The suit then argues that “knowing that Jones was an intended victim of an email attack on his employer’s computer servers, the Defendants chose to lie & libel Jones instead, accusing him of a federal felony of possessing and transmitting child pornography to the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.”

The suit cites the following incidents as examples of the defendants libeling Jones:

Google releases 3,000 deepfake videos so researchers can combat them

A sample of videos from Google’s contribution to the FaceForensics benchmark.
A sample of videos from Google’s contribution to the FaceForensics benchmark. (Google)

The tech giant is hoping their release will help academic researchers and other experts develop new ways to uncover and combat the manipulated videos, potentially providing new tools for the public and for publishers to pinpoint them.

Although deepfakes first received widespread attention because of poorly falsified pornographic videos, they have significantly advanced in terms of quality over the last two years.

The AI-based technology allows anyone who knows how to use it to put words into someone else’s mouth.

Technologists have even made celebrities morph into other celebrities, realistically swapping one face for another to creepy effect.

Facebook lays out its vision of our communal VR future

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“VR certainly has the same long term potential as the personal computer,” Abrash told the audience.

“In fact, I believe that it will ultimately become the most powerful creative and collaborative environment that has ever existed.”

But for that to happen, Abrash admits that there is much work yet to be done. The Reality Lab aims to create a genuine sense of “social presence” — the feeling that you’re physically sharing the same space with another person — within the virtual space.

Poll: 51 Percent Approve of Trump’s Job Performance Following Impeachment Inquiry

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, New Jersey on Aug. 15, 2019. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

A Sept. 25 poll from Rasmussen Reports, which the president often cites, showed that 51 percent of likely American voters approve of the job Trump is doing while 47 percent disapprove.

The poll also found that 35 percent strongly approve and 41 percent strongly disapprove of the job he’s doing.

Rasmussen noted that at the same time during former President Barack Obama’s first term, he had a 44 percent approval rating.

Another poll from Quinnipiac University, conducted before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, found on Wednesday that a majority of Americans, or 57 percent, did not support impeachment proceedings.

Sparks fly at assault-weapons ban hearing on Capitol Hill, ex-cop vows she would ‘not comply’

Muller and others at the hearing focused on the practicality of a ban, pointing out what they claimed were mainly “cosmetic” differences between weapons such as the AR-15 and standard semi-automatic hunting rifles.

This issue was also raised by Heritage Foundation senior legal policy analyst Amy Swearer when Rep.Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., went down the line of witnesses asking if they believed hunting rifles should be banned if they are semi-automatic.

Swearer said no, stating that there was no difference in the mechanics or function of an “assault weapon” or a semi-automatic hunting rifle.

Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley, who recalled the recent mass shooting in her city, did not give a definitive answer to Sensenbrenner’s question, nor did Dr. Alejandro Rios Tovar, a trauma surgeon who treated victims of the attack in El Paso, Texas. Charlottesville, Va.,

Chief of Police RaShall Brackney indicated she was in favor of a ban on “any weapon that could be used to hunt individuals.”

13 children of fallen 9/11 firefighters graduate from FDNY Fire Academy

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The 301 probationary firefighters, the second largest class in history, also include six children of firefighters who died of 9/11-related illnesses and two children of fathers who died in the line of duty in non-9/11 related events, according to ABC7.

“Today, these 21 legacies are no longer children dreaming of their careers theirs fathers loved, and of serving in the world’s greatest fire department — today, they have fully achieved their dreams,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at the ceremony, according to a press release.

Minnesota police release body camera video of deadly shooting of man carrying knife, charging at officer

Authorities released the body camera video from the Sept. 15 fatal shooting of Ronald Davis by a St. Paul police officer.
Authorities released the body camera video from the Sept. 15 fatal shooting of Ronald Davis by a St. Paul police officer. (St. Paul Police Department)

St. Paul Police Officer Steven Mattson shot 31-year-old Ronald Davis on Sept. 15 during a confrontation that lasted less than a minute after Davis rear-ended his squad car.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and St. Paul Police have said both men exited their vehicles and Davis confronted the officer, ignoring commands to drop the weapon until Mattson ultimately fired his gun, killing Davis.

“I see Officer Mattson defending himself, while retreating.

And, as a son of a (retired) police officer, I can’t say that I can see anything beyond that we could have expected him to do,” St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter
said at a press conference Tuesday.

Politics:

Experts breakdown revelations from Trumps’ call with Ukrainian President: ‘Nothing burger’

Commentary/Opinion: Marking Fox Nation’s 200th episode of “Deep Dive,” a panel of experts joined Fox News Political contributor Tammy Bruce to break down the latest developments after the White House released a transcript of the Presidential phone call that apparently convinced Speaker Nancy Pelosi D-Cali., to move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry.

“The phone call is kind of a world away from what we were told it was going to be,” said Bruce.

“We were told it was a quid-pro-quo…but, in reality, it seems very different than that…We’re all kind of smiling here with some of these developments.”

Wall Street Journal editorial board member Bill McGurn agreed with Bruce, calling the phone call a “nothing burger,” and he slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for falsely declaring the opening of an “official impeachment investigation,” which technically requires a House vote.

Assistant editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Fox News contributor James Freeman believes the Democrats may have fallen into a trap.

House Intel to see whistleblower complaint on Wednesday afternoon

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the committee, publicly announced on the House floor that Intelligence members will review the complaint behind closed doors at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

“At 4 o’clock this afternoon, in fact, the DNI is going to transmit the complaint to the Intelligence Committee spaces where all the Intelligence Committee members will have an opportunity to read it,” Nunes said.

What Is The Process For Impeaching A President?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media after a meeting with the House Democratic caucus one day after she announced that House Democrats will start an impeachment injury of U.S. President Donald Trump.
(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

THE FIRST STEP LAYS WITH THE HOUSE

The House is responsible for beginning an official impeachment inquiry. In the past two cases of impeaching a president, the House Judiciary Committee investigated and then recommended articles of impeachment to the floor. It is up to the House to figure out what “high crimes or misdemeanors” entails, the Washington Post reported.

There have only been two American presidents to be impeached – Andrew Johnson in 1968 and Bill Clinton in 1998 – and both were acquitted. A third president, Richard M. Nixon, resigned to avoid impeachment in 1974.

Rep. King on text of Ukraine call: There’s nothing remotely impeachable

If there are allegations of American officials being linked to Ukrainian corruption then President Trump had an obligation to raise the issue, says New York Congressman Pete King, Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

GOP Members on Impeachment

One America News spoke with GOP House member Jim Jordan to get his response to the Democrats’ latest attempt to undermine President Trump. Here’s more.

Gaetz Rips Pelosi’s Impeachment Hunt on MSNBC Live

Congressman Gaetz defends President Trump after reading the #UkraineTranscript

New resolution could remove Jerry Nadler as judiciary committee chair

Commentary/Opinion: Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) explains why he wants to remove Jerry Nadler as judiciary committee chairman and Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

GOP Says Biden Should Release Transcripts of Calls With Leaders of Ukraine, China

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate former Vice Presideht Joe Biden addresses the Presidential Forum at the NAACP’s 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, on July 24, 2019. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Biden said last year that he pressured then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko into firing a prosecutor in 2014 that was at the time investigating an energy company of which Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, sat on the board. Hunter Biden worked for the company until this year.

Biden recently denied talking to his son about his business dealings despite his son saying earlier this year that he had spoken to his father about about the company.

Hunter Biden has also worked for firms in China including when his father was still in office.

Hitting out after Biden said he supports an impeachment inquiry against Trump, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called for the release of transcripts of calls between Biden and leaders in Ukraine and China.

DOJ Confirms Reports That Trump-Ukraine ‘Whistleblower’ Has a Political Bias

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According to a memo released by the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel on Wednesday, the inspector general stated that it received a complaint of “urgent concern,” though the OLC determined the matter “does not involve an ‘urgent concern’” or require that the national intelligence director send the complaint to House and Senate intelligence committees.

“Although the ICIG’s preliminary review found ‘some indica of an arguable political bias on the part of the Complainant in favor of a rival political candidate,’ the ICIG concluded that the complaint’s allegations nonetheless appeared credible,” reads the opinion.

Fox News correspondent Ed Henry was first to report on the allegations of “political bias” in favor of a Trump rival on Tuesday evening.

Read: Donald Trump Releases Transcript with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday released the full transcript of his phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The president spoke about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden during the conversation:

World News:

Woman Finds Renaissance Masterpiece Worth $6.5 Million in Her Kitchen

The renaissance masterpiece painting "The Mocking of Christ" by Florentine artist Cenni di Pepo also known as Cimabue.
The renaissance masterpiece painting “The Mocking of Christ” by Florentine artist Cenni di Pepo also known as Cimabue. (Pic courtesy Acteon)

The painting “the Mocking of Christ” will be auctioned in Senlis on Oct. 27 and is expected to fetch $4.4 million to $6.5 million, according to the Eric Turquin Expertise, a firm specializing in Old Master paintings and known for many discoveries.

“The finding of this work is a major discovery for the history of western art,” said the firm in a press release mailed to The Epoch Times.

The painting is owned by an elderly woman in the French town of Compiègne.

She was unaware of its actual value and it was hanging on a wall between her kitchen and sitting room, directly over a hotplate for cooking food, said a spokesperson of the firm.

Indonesia protests: Police clash with morality law protesters

They were among tens of thousands in cities nationwide protesting against proposed new legislation that would ban sex before marriage.

The bill would outlaw most abortions and make insulting the president illegal.

The bill has been delayed, but the protesters, who are mostly students, are concerned it could still eventually pass through parliament.

Trump, Japan strike deal to slash tariffs on US farm goods, boost digital trade

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Trump called the measure a “huge victory for America’s farmers, ranchers and growers, and that’s very important to me.”

Abe, speaking Japanese, said through an interpreter that the deal was a “win-win” for both nations that will “further galvanize the investment between the two sides” and “deepen our economic relations.”

A major component of Wednesday’s agreement is a significant expansion of access to the Japanese market for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Under the deal, Japan agreed to lift or reduce tariffs on $7.2 billion of the $8.9 billion in U.S. agricultural exports subject to Japanese tariffs.

President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan

New York, NY.

Trump meets with Ukrainian President amid controversy over call

President Trump meets with the President of Ukraine in New York City today.

It comes as President Trump released the transcript of a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House would be launching a formal impeachment inquiry into the president, setting up a dramatic constitutional clash just over a year before the presidential election.

As Netanyahu urges unity, Gantz says won’t partner with PM facing indictment

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Wednesday’s developments as they unfold.

Commentary/Opinion:

Impeachment Idiocy Falls Apart With Trump Transcript Dud | Ep 450

The Democrats said we have to read the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president because that will finally prove that Trump is corrupt.

Well… we saw the transcript and there was nothing worth impeaching over. That won’t stop the Democrats from trying.

Also, there are thousands of deaths linked to the drugs prescribed to children who want to gender transition.

Thankfully, medical professionals are beginning to speak up and sound the alarm bells over the danger posed by blocking puberty with chemicals.

NOTE: In this video, Miller references the Prime Minister of Ukraine. He meant to say the President of Ukraine. We regret the error.

Tolerance Is a Conservative Value

Are you tolerant?

You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right?

Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson was caught on a hot mic swallowing a big red pill 💊Leftism makes people mean. It does.

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