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Today’s News and Headlines 2 P.M.(PST) 5 P.M.(EST). 9/12/2017

New section, Americas Bias and Hate , you’ll find it after In The News. Lots of News and Headlines today, scroll down to check it out, stay informed.

In The News:

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — “A shooter opened fire at a high school in Washington state Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least three others, authorities said.

Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department told reporters that one person died at Freeman High School in the tiny town of Rockford, south of Spokane, and three injured victims were taken to a hospital.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital received three pediatric patients, spokeswoman Nicole Stewart said. They were in stable condition, and family members were with them, she said.” More here.> 1 dead, 3 injured in Washington state high school shooting

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at the scene that the shooter was in custody, The Spokesman-Review newspaper reported.

“More than 100 people were evacuated from a Florida nursing home after five people were reported dead at the Hollywood facility, whose residents were suffering from intense heat caused by a lack of electricity after deadly Hurricane Irma swept through.” More here.> 5 dead, 120 evacuated from Florida nursing home due to intense heat, loss of power

“A 19-year-old Michigan man is accused of fatally shooting his mother while she slept after she told he couldn’t keep a puppy.

Andrew Willson was charged with murder and felony firearm possession on Monday after he allegedly shot his 51-year-old mother, Lisa Marie Willson, while she slept in her bed early Friday morning in Wheatfield Township, the Lansing State Journal reported.

Authorities say the teen called 911 around 7am on Friday to report that he came back home to find his mother murdered.” More here.> Michigan teen ‘fatally shoots his mother in the back of head hours after argument over him not being allowed to keep a puppy’

“It was around 5 p.m. on a Monday in late August, and an 8-year-old boy, like so many others that summer evening, was playing in a back yard. The kids he was with had a few years on him — some were as old as 14 — and he had no reason to suspect that the picnic table or tire swing nearby would become tools for what his family alleges was a racially-motivated near-hanging.

That night in Claremont, N.H., took a dark turn, the boy’s family claims, when the teens started taunting the boy with racial epithets and throwing sticks and rocks at his legs. Family accounts of the incident reported by the Valley News allege the teens stood on top of the picnic table and grabbed a rope attached to a tire swing.” More here.> 8-year-old biracial boy was hung from rope by N.H. teenagers because of his race, family says

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — “A registered sex offender has been charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in a Springfield hospital while she was visiting a woman who had delivered twins.

Fifty-seven-year-old Dave Saffeels was charged Saturday with nine felonies, including child molestation, stemming from allegations that he assaulted the 11-year-old and a 2-year-old girl. The Springfield News-Leader reports he is jailed on $500,000 bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.” More here.> Sex offender accused of raping 11-year-old girl in hospital room

EXCLUSIVE: Huffing and puffing and visibly upset, Anthony Weiner – soon to be sentenced and sent to prison for sexting with a 15-year-old – and an expressionless Huma Abedin show up in court for hearing over ‘contested divorce’

“A McDonald’s employee was arrested last week, after giving birth inside a bathroom and then trying to flush the newborn baby down the toilet.

Sarah Lockner, 25, was working an evening shift at a Redwood City, California McDonald’s on September 4, when she started complaining of stomach pains, according to the Daily Journal. 

Her boss told her she could leave early, so she clocked out around 10pm, but didn’t leave. 

Instead, she went into the bathroom and staff soon grew concerned.” More here.> McDonald’s employee, 25, is arrested after giving birth to a baby boy inside the restaurant and then ‘trying to flush him head first down a toilet’

“Rocker-turned-maybe-politician Kid Rock retaliated this week after a Detroit media outlet published a “f–ked up story” saying Rock didn’t deserve to open the city’s new taxpayer-funded sports arena because of his racist attitudes.

Rock denied the Detroit Free Press a press pass to attend Tuesday night’s opening gig at the $862 million Little Caesars Arena.” more here.> Kid Rock opens Detroit’s new arena, blocks newspaper from attending

Americas Bias and Hate:

“A professor tells Tucker about the professional price she paid when she criticized the SPLC for not condemning the New Black Panther Party for intimidating white voters” What it’s like to be smeared by Southern Poverty Law Center 

“Tucker blasts sports network for not sticking to sports and entertainment and now becoming more known for political controversies, like the latest involving a commentator’s Twitter rant where he calls Pres. Trump a white supremacist” Tucker: ESPN stands for ‘Endless Stupid Political Nagging’

“Columnist Peggy Noonan’s recent tweets criticizing the Washington National Cathedral’s decision to remove the stained glass windows of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson might have landed her in hot water among Twitter’s reactionaries, but she was right and doesn’t deserve to be called a white supremacist simply for speaking the truth.

In response to scrubbing the church of Confederate symbols, she tweeted, “A shonda [Yiddish for shame]. They were figures in the greatest, most killing moral struggle in U.S. history. They didn’t tweet, they took to the field and died.”

“Then one side won,” she continued, “they reconciled, the American experiment continued and we learned through this history. Keep em. Let it be. They are us.” More here.> Peggy Noonan Was Right About The National Cathedral’s Confederate Windows

Virginia military college to keep its Confederate statues

“A group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia on Tuesday covered a statue of former President Thomas Jefferson in black, according to WVIR.

WVIR reported that dozens of people bearing Black Lives Matter slogans appeared at the statue in front of the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Rotunda around 8 p.m. local time that evening.

Three people climbed atop the monument, and a sign posted above the covering read “TJ is a racist and rapist.” More here.> Black Lives Matter protesters covered a Thomas Jefferson statue in Charlottesville

“An author and journalist came under fire on social media Monday, after she tweeted a reply to an anti-looting warning from Miami police by saying: “The carceral state… is inseparable from white supremacy.”

The Miami Police Department took to Twitter on Sunday, as Hurricane Irma battered the state. “Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out. #stayindoors,” the post read, sharing a photo of people inside a jail cell.

Though Sarah Jaffe’s tweet on Monday garnered 1,500 likes, it sparked more than 100 comments — many of which were critical and accused her of being racist.” More here.> Florida looting crackdown is ‘white supremacy,’ claims author Sarah Jaffe

“Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion.

With some of the most clearly defined regulations on abortion in the nation, Missouri had managed to lower the number of abortion facilities to a single clinic, but a second Missouri clinic opened its doors recently and two others plan on following soon.” More here.> Planned Parenthood Teams up with Satanists to Promote Abortion in Missouri

Government Corruption:

EXCLUSIVE: “Security at the State Department’s Benghazi compound was so dire that another contractor was brought in to clean up the mess just two weeks before the 2012 terror attack – and was later pressured to keep quiet by a government bureaucrat under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to two men from the American security company.   

Brad Owens and Jerry Torres, of Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, say they faced pressure to stay silent and get on the same page with the State Department with regard to the security lapses that led to the deaths of four Americans.” More here.> Clinton State Department silenced them on Benghazi security lapses, contractors say

Politics / Government:

“Key Congressional Republicans and administration officials are planning to release a “consensus” tax-reform framework the week of Sept. 25, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) told his colleagues Wednesday.

Brady told reporters after a House GOP conference meeting that the framework will include the “core elements of tax reform.” More here.> GOP eyes tax framework for Sept. 25 release

“Hillary Clinton seemed to add Benghazi to her already-long list of culprits to blame for her upset loss to Donald Trump last November, on the heels of the five-year anniversary of the terror attack. 

In her first live interview since the election timed with the release of her new memoir “What Happened,” Clinton on Wednesday brought up the controversy over the Benghazi terror attack in response to a question about her likability.

Clinton said she was unfairly criticized, even suggesting the incident was no different than past tragedies dating back to the Reagan administration.” More here.> Clinton laments how Benghazi tragedy hurt her politically

“House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Tuesday he endorsed Judge Roy Moore over Sen. Luther Strange in this month’s Alabama Senate runoff election in part because of the way the Republican establishment worked against fellow HFC member Rep. Mo Brooks during the August primary.

The Senate Leadership Fund, which is directed by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spent nearly $4 million against Brooks before the Aug. 15 primary, and Meadows says that has him rooting for Moore. Strange and Moore face off in a Sept. 26 runoff election for the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.” More here.> Mark Meadows battles Mitch McConnell’s ‘swamp’ endorsement in Alabama Senate race

“As the deadline nears for the Trump administration to set a ceiling for refugee admissions, some close to the president have pushed to lower the number below 50,000, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed sources.

The number would reportedly be the lowest since at least 1980. President Barack Obama said 110,000 refugees should be allowed in the U.S. in 2016, the report said.

A decision has not been made and the issue was still being discussed. The report pointed out that President Donald Trump is required by law to consult with Congress. The decision on the refugee ceiling should be made by Oct. 1.” More here.> US refugee quota may be lowered to 1980 level: report

“The Supreme Court agreed late Tuesday to lift restrictions on President Trump’s travel ban until further notice, allowing the administration to continue barring most refugees under the ban.

The court granted the government’s request to block a federal appeals court ruling that said the administration cannot ban refugees who have formal assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a temporary stay on Monday pending a response from the state of Hawaii, which was due by noon on Tuesday. Late in the day, the court issued a one-page order blocking the decision indefinitely.” More here.> Supreme Court lifts restrictions on Trump travel ban

Via- Vote Smart: Notable Public Statements, Recent Legislation, Election Results, Upcoming Elections, > Political Research Wrap-Up: Not much of a recess for Congress.

“The House passed an amendment to its 2018 spending bill on Wednesday that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing an Obama administration rule to limit methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells.” More here.> House votes to kill Obama-era methane rules

“Despite their failure to advance President Trump’s agenda, congressional Republicans aren’t happy about his outreach to Democrats in the House and Senate, but most voters think it’s a great idea.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of Likely U.S. Voters say it is good for the country if Trump works with congressional Democrats to advance his agenda. Just 13% think the bipartisan cooperation is bad for the country, while 21% are undecided.” More here.> Most Voters Welcome Trump’s Outreach to Congressional Democrats

“Hillary Clinton is back today with a new book, “What Happened,” to further explain why Donald Trump is president instead of her. But most voters still don’t buy her excuses and think it’s time for her to step off the national stage. 

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 30% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Clinton still has a future in public life. Sixty-one percent (61%) say it’s time for her to retire, up from 55% just after she lost the presidential election to Trump last November.” More here.> 61% Say It’s Time for Hillary Clinton To Retire

“The Senate has rejected a measure from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to sunset two war bills and force a debate on what war powers President Trump should have.

Senators voted 61-36 Wednesday to table an amendment from the Kentucky Republican to get rid of the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).” More here.> Senate votes down Paul’s bid to revoke war authorizations

World News:

“South Korea conducted a live-fire exercise Wednesday, testing an advanced air-launched cruise missile amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

A South Korean F-15 fired a Taurus missile into a fortified structure, the South Korean military revealed. The German-made Taurus KEPD 350 “bunker buster” cruise missile has a maximum range of roughly 300 miles. Experts say the weapon is accurate enough that it could be fired right through North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s window, according to NK News.” More here.> S. Korea Tests Missile That Could Be Fired Right Through Kim Jong Un’s Window

“The Republic of Korea Air Force staged a live-fire drill, launching a Taurus air-to-surface missile from its F-15K fighter jet in the air over the West Sea, Tuesday. The GPS-guided cruise missiles have a range of about 300 miles, enough to hit underground bunkers in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang if launched above the South Korea’s central city of Daejeon. ( Video footage courtesy of The Republic of Korea Air Force )” The Korea Times

Sept. 13 (UPI) — “The most recent satellite images of North Korea’s nuclear site taken Friday show a greater number of surface disturbances following Pyongyang’s sixth nuclear test than previous tests at Punggye-ri, U.S. analysts say.

Writing for 38 North, the Johns Hopkins University website dedicated to North Korea issues, analysts Frank V. Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu say North Korea’s site now has “additional slippage” in “pre-existing landslide scars” and a “possible subsidence crater.” More here.> North Korea may have detonated 250-kiloton bomb

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — “A suicide bomber struck outside a cricket stadium during a match in Afghanistan’s capital Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 12 others, officials said.

Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said hundreds of people were inside watching a match when the bomber struck outside the gates where security guards were searching people.

Health Ministry official Mohammad Salim Rasouli confirmed the death toll and said at least 12 people, including two children, were wounded.” More here.> Suicide bomber kills 3 outside Afghan cricket stadium

UK denies compensation to 14-year-old Muslim rape gang victim, says she ‘consented’


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “The U.S. State Department on Wednesday will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking back their citizens the United States wants to deport.

The new policies, laid out in State Department cables sent on Tuesday and reviewed by Reuters, are the latest example of U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to crack down on immigrants who are in the United States illegally.” More here.> Exclusive: U.S. won’t issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown

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