Monday, June 24, 2019


By Grabien, June 23, 2019

RUSH EXCERPT:

CASEY: "Like I was saying, I want to say that I love this city. I want to say I love this city so much and I want to support y’all, but I refuse to lay down my respect for these people out here that’s hurting to say something that’s photo oping that sounds meaningful but it ain’t. The same process y’all telling us to trust you told us in 2016 when we were protesting Aaron for the first time. The to same process you’re asking us to trust, how can we druft this process? How can we ask another black plan be part of test department, when you have sexual harassment charges inside The South Bend police department, you promote the bad plovz and demote the good ones. 

By Grabien, June 23, 2019

BOOKER: “I didn’t understand that. I listened to the full totality of what he was talking about, and frankly, I heard from many, many African-Americans who found the comments hurtful. Look, we make mistakes. We sometimes tread upon issues that maybe we aren’t knowledgeable of. I don’t think the vice president should need this lesson but this was a time for him to be healing and to be helpful, especially at a time that he is looking to bring this party together and lead us in what is the most important election of our I was disappointed. I’ve said my piece. We had a very constructive conversation. Again, I have a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for the vice president.”

By Politico, June 23, 2019

President Donald Trump warned the United States may launch a devastating military attack on Iran unless it comes to the negotiating table and drops its bid to develop nuclear weapons.

“I'm not looking for war, and if there is, it'll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before. But I’m not looking to do that. But you can’t have a nuclear weapon. You want to talk? Good. Otherwise you can have a bad economy for the next three years,” Trump said during an interview with NBC’s “Meet The Press” airing Sunday.

By CNBC, June 24, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he wants to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in the Middle East, following a week of crisis that saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran.

Pompeo spoke as he left Washington for Saudi Arabia, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Sunni Arab allies that are alarmed by Shiite Iran's increasing assertiveness and are working to its influence in the region. His stops in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi were hastily arranged late last week as additions to a trip to India from where he will join President Donald Trump in Japan and South Korea. But they were not announced until immediately before his departure in a sign of fast-moving and unpredictable developments.

By Reuters, June 22, 2019

WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials with new U.S. sanctions on Monday, looking for a fresh blow to Iran's economy after Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone.

With tensions running high between the two countries, Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions, which U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said would lock billions of dollars more in Iranian assets.

By CNBC, June 22, 2019

The White House on Saturday outlined a $50 billion Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies, and fund a $5 billion transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza.

The "peace to prosperity" plan, set to be presented by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner at an international conference in Bahrain next week, includes 179 infrastructure and business projects, according to details of the plan and interviews with U.S. officials. The approach toward reviving the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process was criticized by the Palestinians on Saturday.

By Reuters, June 23, 2019

EL PASO (Reuters) - A member of an armed group known for stopping migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border has been arrested after authorities charged him with impersonating a U.S. Border Patrol agent, according to court documents.

Jim Benvie, spokesman for the Guardian Patriots, who have been camped at the border near Sunland Park, New Mexico, was arrested on Friday in Oklahoma after a warrant was issued on Wednesday in southern New Mexico.

By Gallup, June 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' concern with immigration continues to be heightened, as 23% name it the most important problem facing the country. This is by one percentage point the highest Gallup has ever measured for the issue since it first began recording mentions of immigration in 1993.

By Al Jazeera, June 24, 2019

Analysts have rebuked the economic part of the United States's Middle East peace plan for failing to address the main problem that has heavily curbed the Palestinian economy - the 52-year-old Israeli military occupation over the Palestinian territories.

The economic plan was released by the White House on Saturday and is set to be presented during a US-led workshop in Bahrain on June 25-26.

By Politico, June 23, 2019

The House Oversight and Reform Committee will vote to authorize a subpoena for White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday if she does not show up for the panel’s hearing on her alleged violations of the Hatch Act, according to a memo sent to lawmakers.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has cited Conway for multiple violations of the Hatch Act, and earlier this month, Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner recommended that President Donald Trump terminate her White House employment.

By CNN, June 24, 2019

(CNN) If you ask most experts in the cancer community, creating a wide-ranging vaccine that prevents tumors like we prevent infectious diseases is damn near impossible.

The idea may be tantalizing, but study after study over the past several decades has taught doctors that cancer is personal. Everyone's looks different on a molecular level. And each tumor is an agile, devious adversary that mutates as it grows to outwit the human immune system.

By Independent, June 24, 2019

Human colonies on Mars may be able to expand their gene pool with shipments of sperm from Earth as a new study suggests that exposure to low gravity environments does not damage the viability of frozen samples.

Sperm exposed to microgravity on the edge of Earth’s atmosphere was just as viable as sperm samples that were kept in ground conditions, a preliminary study found.

By WND, June 22, 2019

It was only days ago that the perennially progressive 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted injunctions against a pro-life rule implemented by the Trump administration and allowed Title X family planning funds to be sent only to organizations that don’t do abortion.

By ABC News, June 22, 2019

(CNN) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday he understands why the word "boy" is offensive, but insisted his use of it at a recent fundraiser was not derogatory in nature.

"I do understand the consequence of the word 'boy,'" Biden told MSNBC's Al Sharpton after speaking at the South Carolina Democratic Party's convention. "But it wasn't said in any of that context at all."

By Vox, June 22, 2019

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released not one, but three climate change plans as part of her campaign for president. So far.

Since April, she has outlined an agenda to counter growing greenhouse gas emissions and rising average temperatures through policies for public lands, the military, and US manufacturing. And more are in the works, according to her campaign.

Her piecemeal approach is distinct from the other Democratic candidates who’ve released climate proposals as a comprehensive bundle. Chief among them is Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has made climate change the raison d’être for his run.

By NPR, June 22, 2019

President Trump is delaying immigration raids that were set to begin this weekend, saying he will give Congress two weeks to make changes to asylum law before dispatching Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents around the country to deport undocumented immigrants.

Immigration rights advocates had been preparing for the planned sweep of recently arrived migrants, which, according to sources familiar with the planned raids, were set to begin as soon as Sunday in 10 cities around the country.

By Washington Examiner, June 22, 2019

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law Friday that bans private immigration detention centers from the state, making Illinois the first state to take such a measure. 

The bill, HB 2040, was one of three measures to protect undocumented immigrants. The other two bills Pritzker signed prohibit local law enforcement officers from working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement offers to target migrants in the state and allow undocumented students to receive financial aid at public institutions.

By WND, June 23, 2019

A federal judge has sided with the First Amendment in a lawsuit against a California fair board that banned gun show and other event organizers from its facilities, which otherwise are available to the public.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bencivengo issued a temporary order to stop the Del Mar Fair Board from enforcing a recently enacted moratorium on gun shows at the fairgrounds.

By Larry Elder, July 18, 2019

A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as "the white man's religion that justified slavery." He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. "From whom?" I asked.

Arab slavers took more Africans out of Africa and transported them to the Middle East and to South America than European slavers took out of Africa and brought to North America. Arab slavers began taking slaves out of Africa beginning in the ninth century — centuries before the European slave trade — and continued well after.

In "Prisons & Slavery," John Dewar Gleissner writes: "The Arabs' treatment of black Africans can aptly be termed an African Holocaust. Arabs killed more Africans in transit, especially when crossing the Sahara Desert, than Europeans and Americans, and over more centuries, both before and after the years of the Atlantic slave trade. Arab Muslims began extracting millions of black African slaves centuries before Christian nations did. Arab slave traders removed slaves from Africa for about 13 centuries, compared to three centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. African slaves transported by Arabs across the Sahara Desert died more often than slaves making the Middle Passage to the New World by ship. Slaves invariably died within five years if they worked in the Ottoman Empire's Sahara salt mines."

My name-changing friend did not know that slavery occurred on every continent except Antarctica. Europeans enslaved other Europeans. Asians enslaved Asians. Africans enslaved other Africans. Arabs enslaved other Arabs. Native Americans even enslaved other Native Americans.

He accused me of "relying on white historians" who, he insisted, had a "vested interest to lie."

What about Thomas Sowell, the brilliant economist/historian/philosopher, who happens to be black? Sowell writes: "Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century.

"People of every race and color were enslaved — and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed."

Sowell also wrote: "The region of West Africa ... was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent — before, during, and after the white man arrived. It was the Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves. Even at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere. ... Arabs were the leading slave raiders in East Africa, ranging over an area larger than all of Europe."

I asked my friend if his anger over slavery extended to countries like Brazil. "Brazil?" he said.

Harvard's Department of African and African American Studies professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. — who also happens to be black — wrote: "Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America. And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That's right: a tiny percentage. In fact, the overwhelming percentage of the African slaves were shipped directly to the Caribbean and South America; Brazil received 4.86 million Africans alone!"

African tribes who captured other tribes sold them into slavery. For this reason, in 2006, Ghana offered an official apology. Emmanuel Hagan, director of research and statistics at Ghana's Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, explains: "The reason why we wanted to do some formal thing is that we want — even if it's just for the surface of it, for the cosmetic of it — to be seen to be saying 'sorry' to those who feel very strongly and who we believe have distorted history, because they get the impression that it was people here who just took them and sold them. It's something we have to look straight in the face and try to address, because it exists. So we will want to say something went wrong. People made mistakes, but we are sorry for whatever happened."

Over 600,000 Americans, in a country with less than 10 percent of today's population, died in the Civil War that ended slavery. "While slavery was common to all civilizations," writes Sowell, "...only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it, very late in its history — Western civilization. ... Not even the leading moralists in other civilizations rejected slavery at all."

And, no, after all this, my friend did not reconsider his name change.

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By Mercury, June 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - The White House on Saturday outlined a $50 billion Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies, and fund a $5 billion transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza.

The "peace to prosperity" plan, set to be presented by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner at an international conference in Bahrain next week, includes 179 infrastructure and business projects, according to details of the plan and interviews with U.S. officials. The approach toward reviving the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process was criticized by the Palestinians on Saturday.

By Washington Examiner, June 23, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Dozens of official documents suggest that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was living with her current husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, throughout her entire legal marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, contradicting the story she tells to explain her multiple marriages.

Omar tells her marital history in the following way:

2002: Omar married Hirsi in a faith ceremony, but never legally married.

By Breitbart, June 23, 2019

Last Monday evening, Ocasio-Cortez compared detention facilities for illegal aliens caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to “concentration camps,” adding the phrase “never again,” which commonly refers to the Nazi Holocaust.

The remark drew outrage and criticism, even from fellow Democrats. Nevertheless, Ocasio-Cortez doubled down, first claiming that she had not been referring to Nazi Germany, then drawing parallels to the U.S. internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War. “I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are,” she tweeted.

By WND, June 21, 2019

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., has spent much of the last week accusing the Trump administration of running concentration camps in the United States to detain those who have violated U.S. law by crossing its borders illegally.

Inflaming the controversy, she’s referenced the “never again” vow of Jews whose families were victimized by the Nazi regime.

By CBS News, June 22, 2019

2020 Democratic hopeful and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg told protesters in his city on Friday that there will be a review of the police department after a white officer shot and killed a black man without his bodycam on. "I'm not asking for your vote," Buttigieg told one protester, who responded "you're not going to get it."

The protester told Buttigieg "You are truly running for president and you want black people to vote for you. You [are] running for president and you want black people to vote for you — that's not going to happen. That's not going to happen. That's not going to happen."  

By Breitbart, June 21, 2019

“The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place,” Governor Abbott. “With the deployment of these troops, we are taking action to confront the crisis at the border and keep potentially dangerous criminals and illegal activity out of our communities.  said in a press conference in the Texas Capitol. “By working together with our federal partners, we will continue to pursue a strong and comprehensive strategy to secure our border.”

By PJ Media, June 20, 2019

Oregon's Republican senators, for a second time, have refused to show up for the current legislative session in Salem, denying a quorum and grinding the legislature's business to a halt. Governor Kate Brown (D-Portland) has authorized the Oregon State Police to round up the wayward Senators and compel them to return to the Capitol. In response, one Republican Senator said that the police should send bachelors who are well armed.

By Breitbart, June 21, 2019

The latest Quinnipiac Poll reveals that across the board, more voters in every demographic group in Florida — except with Democrat voters and black Americans — approve of the job DeSantis is doing as governor than those who disapprove.

Specifically, DeSantis’s total approval among all Florida voters stands at 55 percent with only 22 percent disapproving of the job he is doing thus far. About 83 percent of Republican voters approve of DeSantis and 51 percent of swing voters say they approve of the job he is doing as governor. Though a plurality of Democrat voters disapprove of DeSantis – about 40 percent – another 35 percent said they approve of the job he is doing.

By Breitbart, June 21, 2019

According to a local news report, George Washington High School in San Francisco plans to erase a 13-panel mural from 1936 that depicts George Washington. Many critics of the mural have condemned its depictions of slaves and Native Americans. Now, the school is on the verge of removing the mural altogether.

By CNN, June 21, 2019

It’s been repeated so often it’s taken as fact: Hate crimes have soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President Donald Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.

It’s a compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.

By California Globe, June 21, 2019

As a statewide political force, California’s Republican Party is dead. Sure, there are isolated pockets of GOP power; the State-of-Jefferson gang up north, a handful of reliable holdouts in the southeastern counties. And yes, Orange and San Diego counties remain battlegrounds, where Republicans can’t yet be counted out. But scattered redoubts of Republican resistance in the deep blue state of California do not constitute a viable Party.

Let’s recap. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state senate 28 to 10, in the state assembly 61 to 19, and in the state congressional caucus 46 to 7. Not one high state office, from Governor on down, is held by a Republican; and California hasn’t had a Republican U.S. Senator since 1992.

By Town Hall, June 19, 2019

The homeless epidemic has become such a problem in Los Angeles that Mayor Eric Garcetti is facing a recall election over his lack of action. On Wednesday, Republican political commentator Alexandra Datig held a press conference putting Garcetti "on notice" that a recall effort was underway.

Sunday, June 23, 2019


By Carolina Coastonline, June 20, 2019

Playing the “politically correct” strategy, Democrats have stepped in a real mess — all of their own making — reparations.

Wednesday, before the Constitution, Civil rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee in Washington, D.C., contemplating H.R. 40, a bill proposing a formal study to consider reparations for slavery, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a Democrat running for his party’s presidential nomination, were among those speaking in favor of paying the descendants of former slaves damages.

By Daily Wire, June 21, 2019

A Cook County, Illinois judge has ruled that a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the alleged hate crime hoax case involving actor Jussie Smollett, which would allow charges to be reinstated against Smollett.

By Daily Mail, June 22, 2019

President Donald Trump has said that he is delaying planned enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to remove thousands of illegal immigrants who have court orders for deportation.

'At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!' Trump said in a tweet on Saturday afternoon.

By The Sun, June 22, 2019

Aerospace contractor Jalal Hajizavar was killed at the infamous Rajai Shahr prison after officials found documents and spying equipment at his home.

It comes just days after the Islamic Republic shot down an American spy drone.

A missile-launching battleship has been put on 72-hour standby to attack Iran, while Donald Trump called off an air strike last night.

By Reuters, June 21, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - A fish fry in South Carolina on Friday drew the largest crowd of Democratic presidential candidates yet and gave them a chance to gauge support among black voters, who will be a crucial voting bloc in the early primary state next year.

By Roll Call, June 21, 2019

Iran’s military got a glimpse of how President Donald Trump would attack their country despite his years-old pledge never to “telegraph” U.S. military operations to an enemy.

“My administration will not telegraph exact military plans to the enemy,” then-candidate Donald Trump said on Aug. 15, 2016 — less than three months before he was elected president.

By Telegraph, June 22, 2019

The scene resembles a typical blind speed-dating event: 13 women and 13 men, seated on either side of a bamboo screen in an upmarket Tokyo restaurant, are chatting in pairs on a strictly timed three-minute rotation.

But the doctor hovering on the fringes and the scientific documents held in the participant’s hands, however, offer a hint that this is no ordinary dating event: for everyone attending has undergone a DNA test in a bid to find their best romantic match.

By Deadline, June 21, 2019

Bill Maher closed out the 500th episode of his HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher with a bruising appraisal of the Democratic Party’s feckless options for 2020 and a point-by-point explanation of why there is one (and only one) “sure-thing winner” for the opposition party: Oprah Winfrey.

“I am telling you, at this particular moment in history and in this particular election year, she is the only candidate who is a sure-thing winner for the Democrats,” Maher said, adding as an aside: “No pressure.”

By WGNTV, June 21, 2019

CHICAGO — A Cook County judge ruled Friday that a special prosecutor would be appointed to investigate the Jussie Smollett case.

Specifically, the special prosecutor would examine State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office and its controversial decision to drop all charges against Smollett.