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Kim Jong Un Makes History, Crosses Border to Meet with South Korean President
Korea Broadcasting System via AP
by BREITBART NEWS26 Apr 20188,759
GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world’s most heavily armed border to greet his rival, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Kim then invited Moon to cross briefly north with him before they returned to the southern side.
Those small steps must be seen in the context of the last year — when the United States, its ally South Korea and the North seemed at times to be on the verge of nuclear war as the North unleashed a torrent of weapons tests — but also in light of the long, destructive history of the rival Koreas, who fought one of the 20th century’s bloodiest conflicts and even today occupy a divided peninsula that’s still technically in a state of war.
It was all smiles Friday as Moon grasped Kim’s hand and led him along an blindingly red carpet into South Korean territory, where school children placed flowers around their necks and an honor guard stood at attention for inspection.
Beyond the surface, however, it’s still not clear whether the leaders can make any progress in closed-door talks on the nuclear issue, which has bedeviled U.S. and South Korean officials for decades. North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests last year likely put it on the threshold of becoming a legitimate nuclear power. North Korea claims it has already risen to that level.

House Intel Report: James Clapper Denied, Then Admitted He Spoke to Jake Tapper About Dossier
Clapper and TapperAP/CNN
by KRISTINA WONG27 Apr 20181,419
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted to congressional investigators that he spoke with CNN about the Trump dossier close to the time the outlet published a scoop, according to a House Intelligence Committee report released Friday.
The report revealed that Clapper, during an interview with House Intelligence Committee investigators on July 17, 2017, first “flatly denied” that he had discussed with journalists the dossier or any other intelligence related to the 2016 election.
But during that same interview, he later admitted discussing the dossier with CNN’s Jake Tapper and possibly other journalists.

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North and South Korea Agree to ‘Complete Denuclearization,’ End of Korean War
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by JOHN HAYWARD27 Apr 2018492
At their historic summit meeting in Panmunjom on Friday, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced they would work for the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” and formally end the Korean War after 55 years.
“The two leaders declare before our people of 80 million and the entire world there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula and a new age of peace has begun,” said the summit declaration.
North and South Korea cannot unilaterally end the Korean War on their own, as China and the United States must also sign the peace treaty. The summit led to a commitment from both Korean governments that they would begin working with Washington and Beijing this year to formally end the war.
Seoul and Pyongyang also agreed to hold more high-level talks and bilateral events, establish a joint liaison office in the Kaesong industrial zone, jointly participate in international sporting events such as the 2018 Asian Games, work on reuniting families separated by the Korean War, and resume joint economic projects that were canceled when inter-Korea relations soured.

Donald Trump on Kim Jong-un Push for Peace: ‘We’re Not Going to Be Played’
by CHARLIE SPIERING27 Apr 2018625
President Donald Trump indicated he believed North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was sincere about pushing for peace and announcing his interest in denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
“No. I don’t think he’s playing,” Trump said, praising the progress made in the North and South Korea peace process so far.
The president commented on the process after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on Friday.
Jong-un met with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, signing a joint statement to end the Korean War and to denuclearize the region.
Trump said he understood skepticism about Jong-un’s intentions, pointing to the history of American presidents failing to deliver lasting peace in the region.

Lindsey Graham: ‘Trump Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize’ If North Korea Ends Nuclear Program
by PAM KEY27 Apr 20182,383
Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that if North Korea ended its nuclear weapons program, President Donald Trump deserved the Nobel Peace Prize.
Graham said, “Okay, so here’s the deal. It wouldn’t have happened without Trump. It may not happen, but it is the biggest change since the end of the hostilities. The fact that the North Korean and South Korean presidents met, and they vowed to end the war. What happened? Donald Trump convinced North Korea and China he was serious about bringing about change. We’re not there yet but if this happens President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.”
He continued, “All of the criticism of President Trump on fire and fury and maximum pressure – I’m glad he didn’t listen to all of those who failed before him. He has convinced North Korea that you’ve got two options: you can become a normal country or we will take you down if you keep trying to build missiles to hit the American homeland and I think they convinced North Korea and China that Trump is serious. Every president before him tried this. What is different about Trump? They believe in North Korea. If he had to as a last resort, he would stop their nuclear program.”

Nolte: Media Prepare Excuse that Joy Reid ‘May Not Remember’ Gay-Baiting
Journalist Joy-Ann Reid arrives at the 2018 Women In The World Los Angeles Salon at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
by JOHN NOLTE27 Apr 20184,413
In today’s edition of “Democrats Sure Got It Good,” I give you the far-left Daily Beast, which is preparing the excuse of “she forgot” to save MSNBC anchor Joy Reid, not only from years of documented gay-baiting, but from the fact that she likely lied about being hacked.
In a lengthy piece titled “Claims by Joy Reid’s Cybersecurity Expert Fall Apart,” the Daily Beast — where Reid is a columnist (now suspended) — does a superb job of knocking down each and every claim coming from Reid’s so-called security expert, Jonathan Nichols, who just two days ago said he had smoking gun proof Reid had been hacked and is therefore not guilty of authoring dozens of anti-gay posts during the late aughts.
Unfortunately for him and Reid, nothing he said panned out to be true, or even close to true. Every bit of doubt Nichols has tried to cast, either on the archives (hacked!), or the screenshots of the homophobic posts (altered!) has, according to the Daily Beast (and others), “failed to withstand scrutiny.”

Facebook Blocks Pamela Geller (Again!) for Reporting on Muslim Anti-Semitism in Germany
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by ALLUM BOKHARI27 Apr 20186,355
“UPDATE: A Facebook representative told Breitbart News that “a block was incorrectly put on [Ms. Geller’s] account on April 25 after a post was mistakenly identified to violate our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy because it included ‘God Bless Hitler’ and we don’t allow praise for hate figures. We removed the block the next day as soon as we identified that Ms. Geller was raising awareness about this content, which we do allow.”
Original Story starts here:
Days after Facebook, along with Google and Twitter, refused to attend a congressional hearing on social media censorship, the social network banned the account of author and free speech activist Pamela Geller for 30 days after she posted an article about Muslim anti-Semitism in Germany.
Geller’s article said that “thanks to the hijrah” [Jihad by immigration] “Islamic antisemitism will drive the Jews out of Europe, succeeding in achieving Hitler’s dream — a judenrein Europe.”
The rest of the post featured an Associated Press article about a German Jewish leader advising Jews in the country to avoid wearing skullcaps in cities due to anti-Semitic attacks in the country.

Alfie, Isaiah, Charlie: The Ill Children Mandated to Die by Hospitals Against Their Parents’ Wishes
AlfieAlfies Army/AP
by VICTORIA FRIEDMAN27 Apr 20182,652

The fight for Alfie Evans’ life appears to be at a close as his father, on behalf of the family, signalled that he would be working with the hospital “on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs” and asked his supporters to return to their everyday lives.
The ill toddler joins a list of other children removed from life support against their parents’ wishes, whose stories have touched the hearts of people around the world and whose fight for their short lives found the support from high-profiled figures such as Pope Francis, Polish President Andrzej Duda, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, and U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
– Alfie Evans –
Alfie Evans, 23 months old, suffers from an undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition and has been in a coma at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, for over a year.
Parents Tom Evans and Kate James want to exert their parental rights to take Alfie to the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome, Italy – a care option backed by Pope Francis.
Though the doctors at the Vatican hospital said they could not cure Alfie, they had offered to take him to Rome for operations to help him breathe and eat, which would have allowed him to survive for an “undefined period”.

CA Poll: Majority of OC Residents Oppose ‘Sanctuary Cities’
by TONY LEE27 Apr 201879
A majority of Californians in Orange County oppose sanctuary cities, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Government Studies (IGS) poll released on Friday.
The poll found that 51% of Orange County residents oppose the state’s sanctuary laws for illegal immigrants while 47% approve.
Orange County has been leading the anti-sanctuary revolt in the Golden State, which could energize Republican voters in fall and potentially help save the House of Representatives for the GOP. The poll found that 88% of Republicans in California oppose sanctuary cities and more voters (38%) “strongly oppose” sanctuary cities than “strongly support” (32%).
“Given the political divisions that characterize voter views on these matters, this issue is likely to become a major campaign issue, not only in this year’s elections for governor and U.S. Senate, but also in the state’s many competitive congressional elections this fall,” said Mark DiCamillo, the poll’s director. “These races are taking on added significance this year, as the Democratic Party is targeting at least seven of the state’s Republican-held congressional districts in its efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives.”

LAPD Officer Carried Duty Pistol During Human Smuggling Attempt, Say Feds
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A Los Angeles Police Department officer is facing human smuggling charges after federal authorities arrested him during an alleged attempt. At the time of his arrest, the officer was carrying his duty weapon and presented police credentials.
This week, LAPD officer Mambasse Koulabalo Patara tried to drive through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Pine Valley, California, with two illegal immigrants from Mexico.
According to the criminal complaint obtained by Breitbart Texas, at the checkpoint, Patara appeared nervous during his exchange with agents, drawing their suspicion. The LAPD officer reportedly claimed to be driving some friends from a casino and they were all U.S. citizens. When agents asked the two men in English about their citizenship, the men appeared confused; however, they understood the inquiries in Spanish.
As part of their investigation, authorities were able to confirm that the two men were not in the country legally and that LAPD officer Patara was carrying his duty weapon in his waistband at the time. The day after the arrest, federal authorities took Patara before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jan M. Adler, who formally notified him that he was facing a charge of “transporting illegal aliens” and ordered set his bond at $10,000. The condition of the bond orders Patara to pay 10 percent cash deposit on the bond.

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Donald Trump Praises Kanye West for ‘Sticking to His Guns’
Kanye, YeezyTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
by CHARLIE SPIERING26 Apr 20184,117
President Donald Trump praised rap superstar Kanye West for standing by his political beliefs despite criticism from the liberal black community.
“He has good taste,” Trump said, adding that he got along with West and was thrilled to see the rapper “sticking to his guns.
The president made his comments in an interview on Fox and Friends on Thursday morning.
“There are others, there are plenty of others, sticking to their guns, coming out saying it,” Trump said and added,  “People do that, they become much more popular.”
Trump said that West was likely thrilled by the historic lows in black unemployment.
“He sees that stuff and he’s smart, he says, ‘You know what? Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did,” he said.
Trump also praised conservative activist Candace Owens, praising her as the “hottest thing out there now” for urging black Americans to ditch the Democratic party.

Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State
CIA chief Mike Pompeo, seen here at a Senate hearing last May, says his agency was not behind the recent unrest in IranAFP/ JIM WATSON
by KRISTINA WONG26 Apr 20183,612
The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state in a bipartisan 57-42 vote.
In a departure from what has historically been a rubber stamp vote, the majority of Democrats voted against Pompeo.
Only half a dozen Democrats voted to confirm Pompeo, primarily from red states that overwhelmingly went for Trump in 2018 and who are facing tough reelection fights.
Those Democrats included: Sens. Joe Donnelly (IN), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Doug Jones (AL), Joe Manchin (WV), and Claire McCaskill (MO), and Bill Nelson (FL). Sen. Angus King (I-ME), who caucuses with Democrats, also voted in favor of Pompeo.
A number of senior Democratic leaders had come out against Pompeo, threatening his confirmation early on.

Richard Grenell Confirmed, First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador to Germany
by IAN MASON26 Apr 2018580
The U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Grenell, former Mitt Romney campaign spokesman and communications director for John Bolton when he served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., as U.S. ambassador to Germany Thursday.
The Senate voted 56 to 42 to confirm shortly after 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) crossed party lines Thursday morning, ensuring Grenell’s confirmation would not need a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), all facing reelection in “red” states, also joined a unanimous Republican caucus in supporting Grenell.
Other Democratic caucusing senators like Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Angus King (I-ME), who had voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as secretary of state earlier in the day, refused to support Grenell.
President Donald Trump nominated Grenell to be the highest American diplomatic representative in Europe’s largest economy in September, but as with many of Trump’s top picks, Grenell’s confirmation process was fraught with delays and controversy. As recently as Monday, Senate Democrats were reportedly holding up Grenell’s vote, prompting a frustrated mention by the president in a tweet:

Nolte: Stephen Colbert Leads Social Justice Mob Against Kanye West
by JOHN NOLTE26 Apr 201810,940
Stephen Colbert’s Wednesday night attack on Kanye West’s sanity, followed by the late-night host’s demand that the rap superstar stop praising Trump, might have been wrapped in humor, but these tactics are as old as the Democrat Party itself.
Although the approach has evolved over the centuries, Democrats have always sought to hold on to power by controlling, manipulating, and even threatening black Americans.
Today, as a means to keep blacks in their place and hold on to electoral power, Democrats do what Colbert did Tuesday night — use the weapons of ridicule and the threat of social ostracization to punish independent-thinking black men.
Sure, Colbert couches his venom in yuk-yuks,  but the warning is clear.
Watch for yourself (starts at the one-minute mark):

Celebs Attack Kanye West over Pro-Trump Tweets: ‘Complete Freaking Lunatic’
by JEROME HUDSON26 Apr 20185,142
A horde of Hollywood celebrities took to Twitter this week to slam Kanye West after the fashion designer and Grammy-winning rapper expressed love and support for President Donald Trump.
Comedian and former View co-host Rosie O’Donnell scolded West’s attempt to encourage people to challenge conventional thinking, warning him that President Trump is “a fucking moron kanye” and demanding he “wake from the illusion.”
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You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.

Media Matters: No Advertiser Boycott for Joy Reid
Joy Reid and Media Matters president Angelo Carusone.Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images; CNN Screenshot
by BREITBART NEWS25 Apr 20184,316
Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, says the left-wing group will not target advertisers on Joy Reid’s MSNBC program — explaining that old posts on her blog suggesting “adult gay men tend to be attracted to very young, post-pubescent types” do not meet the “high threshold” the organization requires for ad boycotts.
From The Wrap:
Media Matters for America will not launch any advertiser boycott against Joy Reid. The non-profit watchdog group’s president Angelo Carusone told TheWrap on Wednesday his group will not target the MSNBC host after mounting pressure from those who have called out an old blog post of hers as being bigoted toward the LGBT community.
In a public Twitter conversation on Wednesday, Carusone answered a question from TheWrap, saying that Reid’s past post will not trigger a Twitter boycott from his group. He called the effort to draw attention to Media Matters on the topic of Reid “bulls–t” and “right wing chicanery.”

Pelosi: ‘I Discourage Any Discussion of Impeachment’ – ‘It’s a Gift to the Republicans’
by IAN HANCHETT26 Apr 20181,409
During a news conference on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discouraged Democrats from talking about impeachment and said, “it’s a gift to the Republicans to talk about impeachment.”
Pelosi said, [relevant remarks begin around 5:45] “I don’t think that we should be talking about impeachment. I’ve been very clear, right from the start. There is a process at work that will either yield or not information that will be dispositive of that issue.”
She added that the 2018 election “is not about what’s going on in the White House and the rest of that. It’s about our addressing the needs of the American people.”
Pelosi further stated, “[I]mpeachment is a very serious matter. It is. If it happens, it has to be a bipartisan initiative. I don’t think that we have the information to go to that place, and I discourage any discussion of impeachment. On the political side, I think it’s a gift to the Republicans to talk about impeachment.”

Mexican rapper confesses to dissolving film students’ bodies in acid
Screenshot of a music video from Mexican rapper "QBA."YouTube / QBA OFFICIAL
by AFP25 Apr 2018249
Guadalajara (Mexico) (AFP) – A Mexican rapper and YouTube star with hundreds of thousands of followers confessed to dissolving the bodies of three missing film students in acid, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Christian Omar Palma Gutierrez — also known as “QBA” — is one of two people detained over the deaths of Salomon Aceves Gastelum, 25, Daniel Diaz, 20, and Marco Avalos, 20.
Gutierrez admitted to state prosecutors that he disposed of the bodies after the trio’s kidnapping, torture and murder in western Jalisco state last month.
“He has participated in three other previous murders,” chief investigator Lizette Torres told AFP.
Gutierrez said he received 3,000 pesos ($159) a week to work for the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, one of the most powerful in Mexico, having been recruited by a friend three months ago.
Two separate Facebook pages belonging to Gutierrez have a combined 140,000 followers, while his YouTube channel has nearly 125,000 subscribers and millions of views.
In songs with titles such as “Death Has No Schedule”, Gutierrez sings about violence, weapons and drugs, almost always in a threatening tone.
His professionally-shot videos are littered with images of poor neighborhoods where young gang members take drugs and show off weapons — while others feature the rapper and his friends showing off in luxury vehicles or on motorcycles.
Torres confirmed the videos formed part of the criminal investigation into the murders.
Prosecutors said Gutierrez and the other suspect will be charged with aggravated kidnapping, while five more suspects remain at large.

DHS to ‘Caravan’ Migrants: False Asylum Claims Will Be Prosecuted
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by BOB PRICE26 Apr 20181,150
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sent a message to members of the “migrant caravan” who are now in Tijuana. The migrants announced they plan to enter the U.S. in massive numbers to declare asylum. Neilsen also addressed her warning to the organizers who may be coaching migrants on how to falsely make a “credible fear” claim.
“If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution,” Nielsen stated on Wednesday. “If you make a false immigration claim, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution. If you assist or coach an individual in making a false immigration claim, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution.”
The Secretary of Homeland Security said she intends to be very clear on the point that the U.S. will enforce its immigration laws, The Hill reported.
Instead, Secretary Nielsen urged the migrants to seek asylum in the first country they entered since leaving their homes.
Caravan organizers said they are regrouping in Tijuana, Breitbart Texas reported on Wednesday. As many as 600 are expected to gather there.
The migrants claim to be fleeing violence, or the threat of violence, in their home countries. However, they have chosen one of Mexico’s most violent cities as a gathering point.

German Anti-Semitism Chief Tells Jews: Your Fears over Influx of Muslim, Arab Refugees Legitimate
A protester holds a placard during the 'Berlin wears kippa' event, with more than 2,000 Jews and non-Jews wearing the traditional skullcap to show solidarity with Jews on April 25, 2018 in Berlin after Germany has been rocked by a series of anti-Semitic incidents. - Germans stage shows of solidarity with Jews after a spate of shocking anti-Semitic assaults, raising pointed questions about Berlin's ability to protect its burgeoning Jewish community seven decades after the Holocaust. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty
by SIMON KENT26 Apr 2018847

The German government’s first special envoy to the Jewish community has warned that Jews’ fear over the influx of Muslim, Arab refugees is legitimate.
Dr. Felix Klein also counseled German Jewish men to exercise caution before appearing in public spaces wearing the traditional kippah headpiece.
Dr. Klein chose an interview with the Times of Israel to reveal his concerns for Jews on the same day rallies took place across the country supporting Jewish people after a spate of shocking anti-Semitic assaults. One such rally in Berlin ended early when angry counter-protesters shouted “terrorists”, spat at them, and snatched their Israeli flag, organisers said.
Berlin’s Mayor Michael Mueller, speaks at a “wear a kippah” gathering to protest against anti-Semitism in front of the Jewish Community House on April 25, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The Jewish community made a public appeal for Jews and non-Jews to attend the event and wear a kippah as a show of solidarity. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
Asked directly if a German Jew can wear a traditional kippah in a public place without concern, Dr. Klein, who was appointed earlier this month as the German government’s first special envoy for Jewish life and combating anti-Semitism, replied: “In principle, yes. But not always.” He continued:
But they have to be vigilant. It’s not entirely without danger; one has to be alert. In the end, everyone has to assess the risks for himself. The danger is there. But I wouldn’t necessarily agree with those who say it’s absolutely impossible to show one’s Jewishness in public in Germany.
Last week Germans were stunned after a 19-year-old Syrian refugee attacked two young men wearing kippahs with his belt in the heart of the capital.

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Kanye West Posts Picture Wearing MAGA Hat
by CHARLIE NASH25 Apr 20189,246
Part rap superstar, part fashion icon, part professional provocateur, Kanye West turned heads on social media on Wednesday when he posted a picture of himself wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
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Complex identified the two other men picture with West as Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and music industry executive Lyor Cohen.
West followed the star-studded selfie photo with another captioned, “my MAGA hat is signed.”
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Reports: ‘Caravan Migrants’ Waiting to Cross Mexico-California Border
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by BOB PRICE24 Apr 201812,013
Several reports indicate that the fragments of the “migrant caravan” are now arriving south of the U.S. border with Mexico. Border Patrol officials in California and Arizona said they have not seen any illegal border crossings between ports of entry this week.
Over the weekend, about 600 migrants arrived via train in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. The group plans to continue to Tijuana in the next few days.
Late last week, about 50 migrants from Central America arrived in Tijuana, Reuters reported. “Since peaking at around 1,500 people, the so-called migrant ‘caravan’ has dwindled under pressure from Trump and Mexican migration authorities, who vowed to separate those migrants with a right to stay in Mexico from those who did not,” Reuters states. Juventud 2000 director Jose Maria Garcia told the wire service that some crossed the border and requested asylum. He said more are expected in Tijuana in the coming days.
Border Patrol officials in the San Diego, Yuma, and Tucson Sectors told Breitbart Texas on Tuesday they have seen no illegal crossings in recent days by anyone from the “caravan.” El Centro Sector has not yet responded to an inquiry.
On April 11, Breitbart Texas reported that an MS-13 member joined up with a “caravan” splinter and crossed the border in the Yuma Sector.
“We questioned the members of the group and confirmed they are part of the caravan of Central American’s who are reported to be traveling to the U.S.,” Border Patrol spokesman Justin Kallinger told Breitbart Texas.

Three More Border Patrol Agents Assaulted in South Texas
Border Patrol Agent Assaulted by Honduran Illegal AlienFile Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/AP
by BOB PRICE24 Apr 20181,553
Illegal immigrants attempting to avoid capture assaulted three more Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents over the weekend. One of the incidents involved alleged drug smugglers.
Border Patrol agents responded to a tip that a group of men were smuggling large bundles across the Rio Grande River border with Mexico near the town of Roma, Texas, on Sunday. When the agents arrived, the smugglers abandoned their cargo and attempted to flee back to Mexico, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
One of the agents intercepted a fleeing smuggler, officials stated. The smuggler began to fight the agent. He allegedly pushed and scratched the agent in an attempt to avoid arrest. A second agent assisted the struggling colleague and the two agents took the man into custody.
A records check on the man revealed he has previous arrests on drug charges. He also has a history of two deportations.

Report: Facebook Spent More on Swamp Lobbyists in 1Q than Ever Before
Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33, after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
by TONY LEE24 Apr 20183,474
Facebook reportedly spent more on lobbyists in the first quarter of 2018 than it has ever before as the company faces increased scrutiny over data breaches and censorship.
According to a Recode report, Facebook spent more than “$3.3 million to steer lawmakers on privacy, security, online advertising and transparency efforts, among other issues.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently testified before Congress, and his company and entities associated with it donated to 46 of the 55 Members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that questioned him.
After the 2012 election, Facebook went on a spending spree in D.C., amassing a bipartisan group of Swamp denizens to help Zuckerberg’s political group push for amnesty legislation and massive increases in H-1b visas for technology companies.

Facebook Publishes 27-Page Content Moderation Guide
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by LUCAS NOLAN24 Apr 2018226
Facebook has published a 27-page document outlining how the company moderates content on their platform and a new appeals process for users who believe their content was unfairly deleted.
In a surprise attempt at transparency, Facebook has decided to reveal their 27-page community standards document which outlines what content is banned from their platform and why user accounts may be suspended for publishing certain content. This seems to be another push by Facebook to show just how much content they have to moderate on their platform following criticism from Congress recently for the alleged limiting of certain Facebook pages such as that of conservative YouTube stars Diamond and Silk.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management, according to Wired. Facebook’s decision to publish their content guidelines appears to be in an effort to explain to the public that they do have set rules and guidelines for what they allow on their platform. “I have actually had conversations where I talked about our standards and people said, ‘I didn’t actually realize you guys have policies,'” said Bickert.

Stupid Question’: Donald Trump Shuts Down ABC News Reporter Jon Karl
US President Donald Trump (R) and French President Emmanuel Macron speak to the media in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2018. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty
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President Donald Trump welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House, but he was not pleased by a question from ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl.
Karl asked Trump whether he was considering a pardon for his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, after he was raided by the FBI.
“Stupid. Stupid question,” Trump replied at Karl, glaring at him.
The president will host a press conference with Macron later Tuesday afternoon.
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Fashion Notes: Melania Trump Steals the Show in Hervé Pierre Hat, Suit
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by JOHN BINDER24 Apr 2018Washington, D.C.8,789
First Lady Melania Trump stole the show when she stepped out of the White House alongside President Trump in a stark white hat and matching belted skirt suit to greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron at the White House on Tuesday.
Mrs. Trump wore the off-the-runway, asymmetric Michael Kors Collection double crepe jacket with a matching Kors skirt and wide brim hat by Hervé Pierre, Mrs. Trump’s personal style advisor. The wide brim hat is a first for Mrs. Trump as she normally wears her hair in her signature middle part and layered waves.
The Michael Kors Collection blazer retails $2,195 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
The all-white look was broken up with a pair of denim stilettos by Christian Louboutin, the quintessential nod to classic American fashion and luxury Parisian footwear. The “So Kate” pumps retail for $775 at Neiman Marcus.

Snoop Dogg: Trump Ignoring Black Victims, Hero of Waffle House Shooting
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by AWR HAWKINS24 Apr 20181,646
California rapper-actor Snoop Dogg shared an Instagram post claiming President Donald Trump would have been vocal about the deadly April 21 Waffle House shooting if the attacker had been Muslim.
“If a Muslim shot up a restaurant full of white people, the ‘president’ would be tweeting up a storm, driving his dumb racist base into a frenzy.” Snoop Dogg’s post said of Travis Reinking, who walked into a Antioch, Tennessee, Waffle House and opened fire killing four people and wounding four more. “The NRA would use it as fodder for propaganda to scare dumb racists into buying more guns.”
The “Gin and Juice” rapper also suggested that President Trump has looked the other way on the attack because a white gunman shot black victims.
At press time, President Trump had not Tweeted about the Waffle House shooting in Tennessee.
Following Monday’s van attack in Toronto that left ten people dead and wounded 16 others, radio host Dean Obeidallah said he hoped the attacker was not a Muslim. The Hill quoted Obeidallah saying he feared President Trump would used the attack “to try to further a political agenda” if attacker Alek Minassian proved to be Muslim.
To date, President Trump hasn’t tweeted about the Toronto attack.

Cynthia Nixon Closing Gap with Andrew Cuomo in NY Gov Race
by JOHN NOLTE24 Apr 20181,413
With a political eternity of nearly five months to go before the September 13 Democrat primary, the latest polling shows Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon closing the gap with incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
While Cuomo still enjoys a commanding lead, Nixon picked up +16 points simply by announcing her candidacy. Back in March, when she was flirting with running but had not yet announced, a Siena College poll had Cuomo beating her 66 percent to 19 percent — a 47 point lead. Now, less than a month into her campaign, a poll published on April 17 shows that gap closed to 58 percent to 27 percent — a 31 point Cuomo lead.
The 60-year-old governor is running for his third term and what is believed to be a 2020 presidential bid.
New Yorkers seem ready to shake things up. This same poll shows that Cuomo’s favorability rating, while still above water by five points (49-44), is tied with his record low. Moreover, this is a drop of -27 points from January, when Cuomo enjoyed a very healthy favorability rating of 62-30 percent.

Gallup: Tax Cut Not Moving the November Needle
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by NEIL MUNRO23 Apr 20184,293
A Gallup poll shows a very mixed reaction by Americans to the GOP tax cut, creating another November problem for the establishment wing of the GOP.
“Republicans have been increasingly more positive about their federal income taxes since [President Donald] Trump took office last year … [but] independents’ and Democrats’ views have not changed much,” Gallup reported April 16 about its survey of 1,015 adults, which was conducted early April.
That’s bad news for the GOP leadership, which is hoping that the tax benefits will spike turnout by GOP voters, help with independents and mute Democratic opposition. Without strong voter support for the tax bill, beleaguered GOP legislators will be pressured to find other issues to champion, such as President Donald Trump’s successful low-immigration/high-wage platform.
The Gallup survey noted:

Video Shows Violent Anti-Semitic Assault on Jewish Man in Brooklyn
by BREITBART JERUSALEM24 Apr 20182,456
The Times of Israel reports: Footage emerged of the violent anti-Semitic attack on an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who was severely beaten and choked while walking home from Shabbat services in New York.
In the video, the attacker jumps on the victim, 52-year-old Menachem Moskowitz, from behind in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, sending his hat and glasses flying into a nearby garden, beating him, pushing up against an iron fence and attempting to strangle him.

“I turned around and I see that he’s right behind me and he jumped me. And then he said ‘I hate Jews,’” Moskowitz told CBS late Sunday. “He put me in a headlock and I’m trying to maneuver out of him. In the meantime, I’m screaming ‘Help! Help! Help! Help!’ He says, ‘You don’t need help. I’m going to kill you right here.’”

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DOJ Inspector General Refers Andrew McCabe for Criminal Prosecution
cting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee with the other heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence officials were questioned by the committee during the annual hearing about world wide threats to United States' security. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Alex Wong/Getty Images
by IAN MASON19 Apr 20189,003
The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has referred fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for criminal prosecution, multiple reports indicated Thursday.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation of McCabe’s involvement in leaks to the media concluded last month. The final report indicated three instances in which McCabe lied to investigators, prompting Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire McCabe even before the report was released.
On Thursday, multiple outlets reported that Horowitz’s office also made a criminal referral based on McCabe’s conduct outlined in the report to the office of U.S. attorney Jessie Liu, the top federal prosecutor in the nation’s capital. In contrast to the headline-grabbing criminal referrals made by members of Congress, this type of referral is part of the DOJ’s standard operating procedure and stands a much better chance of resulting in actual criminal charges against McCabe.

Pittsburgh Police Ordered to Have Riot Gear Ready ‘Until Further Notice’ in Case Trump Fires Mueller
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by NATE CHURCH19 Apr 20181,802
Pittsburgh police forces have received word of a potential large-scale protest if President Donald Trump fires Robert Mueller.
The information leads them to believe this protest will take place in Pittsburgh’s Central Business District within 24 hours of Special Counsel Mueller’s much-theorized removal. “We may be needed to assist in the event that there is a large-scale protest,” an internal e-mail warned. “Based on this information, beginning tomorrow, April 19, 2018 all major crimes detectives are required to bring a full uniform and any issued protective equipment, riot gear, with them to work until further notice.”
WTAE-TV news reporter Marcie Cipriani tweeted a confirmation of the action by Mayor Bill Peduto himself. According to Cipriani, the mayor has called these measures strictly a matter of taking proper precautions. “You want to be precautionary, especially on something that is unprecedented in American history,” he said.
In an official statement, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said:
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police receives information faily that we evaluate and prepare for if the event should occur. Events can include anything from extreme weather to potential demonstrations.
Often the events we prepare for do not occur. However, through an abundance of caution, we attempt to adequately prepare for an appropriate response.

Sen. Mitch McConnell Kills President Trump’s Plan to Cut $60 Billion in Spending
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by WARNER TODD HUSTON19 Apr 20183,432
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) has torpedoed President Donald Trump’s plan to cut $60 billion in federal spending, despite a promise to open a “discussion” on the cuts.
Even after supporting and passing a $1.3 trillion increase in spending, McConnell said he would talk about a rescissions package that had the support of the president. However, McConnell has ultimately refused to support the plan, Conservative Review noted.
McConnell appeared on Fox News with host Neil Cavuto on April 17 and as the interview ended, the Sen. insisted that he could not make such an agreement to rescind any of the massive spending he supported during the budgeting process.
Cavuto noted that President Trump expressed shock that his cuts in spending were not added to the bill and said he would never sign such a bill again. The Fox host then asked if McConnell would try to rescind any of that spending.
But the majority leader said that he already brokered an agreement with the Democrats and that train has left the station. “You can’t make an agreement one month and say, ‘OK, we really didn’t mean it,'” McConnell said of a move to cut spending.
McConnell also took pains to remind Cavuto that Trump supported his spending bill and signed it into law. “He and his people were involved in the negotiations, they agreed to it, and he signed the bill.”
“We had an agreement with the Democrats,” the Kentuckian added.

GOP Sen Johnson Responds to ‘Gotcha Question’ About Backing Trump in 2020: ‘It’s Way Too Early’
by PAM KEY19 Apr 2018340
Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said it was way too early to be talking about 2020,” when asked if he would support President Donald Trump’s reelection bid.
Johnson said, “It could be a completely different world by 2020. We have a 2018 election first. So listen, I understand the gotcha question you’re engaging here. But it is way too early to even be talking about it.”

Stormy Fail: Trump’s Evangelical Support Hits Record High
by JOHN NOLTE19 Apr 20184,273
A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that support for President Trump among white evangelicals has hit a record high of 75 percent. Only 22 percent view the president unfavorably.
The Hill reports that the “president’s favorability with white evangelicals in the poll has steadily risen over time, with his previous high being at 74 percent in February 2017.”
At one point this year, though, that number sat at just 68 percent.
In this same poll, among the general public, Trump’s job approval number sits at 42 percent, a five point jump since January.
One key take away from this poll is the establishment media’s total failure to separate Trump from the evangelical vote. This goal is why the media is willing to make such hypocritical fools of themselves while obsessing over Trump’s sex life.
The very same media that ignored, downplayed, and defended Bill Clinton and John Edwards from sex scandals that occurred in the White House and on the campaign trail, are more than willing to look ridiculous frenzying over the possibility that Trump might have boinked some hotties in consensual relationships more than a dozen years ago.
The whole point of this coverage is to undermine Trump’s support with his core in the evangelical community, which only proves how provincial and out-of-touch the media are in believing such a thing would work.
What’s more, when you see the jump in support from 68 percent to 75 percent during the very same period the media decided to go 24/7 with Trump’s sex life, it is safe to say that this tactic has not only failed, it has backfired.
Of course, the media are not alone. There are a countless number of stupes in the NeverTrump movement, like Jonah Goldberg, who are just as obsessed and ignorant.

South Korean President Says North Korea No Longer Demands Removal of U.S. Forces
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's president Moon Jae-in are due to meet for a rare summit on April 27AFP
by JOHN HAYWARD19 Apr 2018113
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that North Korea has dropped its long-standing demand for American forces to withdraw completely from the Korean peninsula as a condition for denuclearization.
“The North Koreans did not present any conditions that the United States could not accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops in South Korea,” Moon told newspaper publishers at a conference ahead of his own summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un next Friday.
“They only talk about an end to hostilities against their country and about getting security guarantees. It’s safe to say that the plans for dialogue between the North and the United States could proceed because that has been made clear,” said Moon.

Shock Poll: 59 Percent Of Californians Want Increased Deportations of Illegals
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by JOHN NOLTE19 Apr 20181,659
A poll released by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, a left-wing organization, found some shocking results in the far-left state of California, including a desire from a clear majority of 59 percent to “increase deportations” of illegal immigrants.
California, which advertises itself as a progressive sanctuary state for illegal aliens, has been on the front-lines fighting against President Donald Trump’s push to finally enforce America’s immigration laws. From all of the reporting coming from our disgraced media, you would be led to believe that not only is all of California opposed to enforcing immigration law, but a majority of the American people.  Hidden in this survey, however, is a truth our media never tells, as well as a number of other interesting finds.
While 59 percent of Californians believe it is very (24 percent) or somewhat (35 percent) important to increase deportations of illegals, in the bluer than blue Bay Area, that number holds at 60 percent.

Google Lawsuit: Senior Engineer Alon Altman Wanted to Sabotage Trump’s Android Phone, Ban His Gmail Account
by ALLUM BOKHARI19 Apr 20185,131
Alon Altman, a senior software engineer at Google, pressured the company to sabotage President Trump’s Android phone, according to new evidence released via James Damore’s class-action lawsuit against the company.
Calling on the tech giant to use the “full economic force [of] Google for good”, Altman also suggested deleting the gmail accounts of Trump, his administration, and his aides for “abuse.”
Altman – who is still employed by the tech giant – also called on Google to blacklist “alt-right’ sites on the Google ad network (she falsely included Breitbart News in this category — an assertion refuted by a Harvard and M.I.T. study), and take down all “alt right videos” from YouTube. She also called on the tech giant to remove “neo-Nazi sites such as ‘The Daily Stormer'” from the Google search index.

Twitter Blocks Girl with Down Syndrome for Posting ‘Pro-Life Pictures’
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by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.19 Apr 20184,204
Charlotte “Charlie” Fien, a British pro-life activist with Down syndrome, was reportedly blocked by Twitter for 24 hours this week after posting pro-life materials.
The 22-year-old English girl with just under 2,000 followers was up in arms over Twitter’s heavy-handed move, especially since the social media giant routinely allows pro-abortion users to post anything they want without censorship.
“Funny how Twitter allows willy pics and boobs,” she cracked. “Funny how Twitter allows paedophiles and other scum. Funny how Twitter doesn’t like my Pro Life pics and blocks them.”

David Hogg Inks Book Deal to Tell Gun Control Story
by AWR HAWKINS19 Apr 201817,863
Gun control advocate David Hogg and his sister, Lauren, have inked a book deal with Random House with a release date of June 5.
The book will center on the gun control movement birthed by the Parkland attack.
Entertainment Weekly reports that David and Lauren “have been leaders in the gun control movement that took shape among students, in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.” The siblings’ book “will explore their efforts taking on some of the most powerful forces in Washington and beyond, and will detail their commitment to new legislation aiming to prevent future tragedies.”

Soros in Retreat: Billionaire’s University to Move from Budapest to Vienna
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by CHRIS TOMLINSON19 Apr 20184,546
After a sustained campaign against the influence of left-wing billionaire George Soros by the Hungarian government, Soros’s Central European University has announced its plans to move from Budapest to Vienna.
The Central European University (CEU) has come under fire from the Hungarian government which had previously claimed it was unfair that the institution was allowed to give out both Hungarian and U.S. diplomas while not operating a campus in the USA.
Now, the university has announced that it has plans to leave Budapest and move to neighbouring Austria where a new campus will be set up, Swedish radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.
Éva Fodor, Deputy Rector at CEU said that the university had already signed an agreement with a landlord in Vienna but some were still hopeful the university would not have to move as the administration had set up a  branch in New York state, as requested by the Hungarian government.
Hungary has yet to approve the move by the CEU according to Fodor who said: “If the government still has not signed this agreement in mid-June, then we will start planning to move the entire university to Vienna.”
“It’s hard to recruit new staff when we can not even tell where their workplace will be,” Fodor added.
At a press conference earlier this week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the government had yet to make a final decision on the fate of the university.

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Three New Plaintiffs Join James Damore’s Discrimination Lawsuit Against Google
Attorney General Josh Hawley of the state of Missouri issued an investigative subpoena to determine whether Google's actions violated state antitrust and consumer protection lawsAFP
by CHARLIE NASH18 Apr 20182,525
Three new plaintiffs have joined former Google employee James Damore’s lawsuit against the company, alleging gender, racial, and political discrimination.
Manuel Amador, Stephen McPherson, and Michael Burns, who were all job applicants turned down by Google, have joined the lawsuit.
“As amply supported by the allegations set forth in this First Amended Complaint, Google has adopted a pattern and practice of disparately and adversely treating similarly situated job applicants because of the applicants’ race, sex, and political affiliations and activities,” declares the updated lawsuit. “Google and its management fetishize ‘diversity’ as measured by these protected characteristics only, and mandate that the percentage of non-Caucasian/Asian, non-male, and non-conservatives employed by Google increase rapidly over time. In so doing, Google assigns negative value to applications submitted by persons perceived to be members of Google-disfavored races, male, and/or conservative, by virtue of the applicant’s protected traits, affiliations, or activities.”

Google Lawsuit: Hispanic Engineer Claims Company ‘Blacklisted’ Him for Political Views
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by CHARLIE NASH18 Apr 2018464
Former Google employee Manuel Amador is one of three men who have joined James Damore’s class-action lawsuit against Google. He alleges a workplace in which “hostile, retaliatory, and oppressive conduct” would occur, and that ultimately he was “blacklisted” from future employment with the Silicon Valley giant.
According to the lawsuit, Amador, who joined Google as a Systems Engineer, eventually left the company after being asked to apologize for something he did not say.

Bloomberg: Facebook Shares Fall Following First Stock Downgrade Since January
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by CHARLIE NASH18 Apr 2018446
Facebook’s shares fell on Wednesday after the company’s stock received its first downgrade since January, according to a report.
“Research firm OTR Global cut its rating to mixed versus positive amid concern that year-over-year growth in advertisement spending moderated in the first quarter of 2018,” reported Bloomberg. “The last downgrade of the stock prior to OTR was made by Stifel Nicolaus & Co’s Scott Devitt in January, before the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.”

Rep. Rokita Pushes to End Citibank’s Federal Contract After Finance Giant Pushes Corporate Gun Control
New York City police officers stand guard outside a Citibank branch as protestors associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement march in midtown Manhattan to deliver letters to bank CEOs at their corporate headquarters, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
by AWR HAWKINS18 Apr 20184,876
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) is pushing to end Citibank’s federal contract after the finance giant adopted new gun policies that do not respect the Second Amendment.
Citibank currently enjoys a $700 billion contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), and Rokita is seeking to have that contract terminated.
Rokita sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily W. Murphy, in which he pointed to Citibank’s new policy mandating that financial customers in the firearms sector refuse to sell “high capacity” magazines and bump stocks, and also refuse to sell long guns to any one under 21, although federal law allows sales to customers age 18 and up.
Citibank’s policy also requires customers in the firearms industry to go beyond federal requirements on background checks and refuse sales to anyone whose background check goes three days without conclusively proving the would-be buyer is barred from firearm possession.

Donald Trump Confirms Secret Mike Pompeo Meeting with Kim Jong-Un
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by CHARLIE SPIERING18 Apr 2018924
President Donald Trump confirmed reports that CIA director Mike Pompeo met secretly with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week,” he wrote on Twitter. “Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed.”
Pompeo traveled to North Korea on Easter weekend, according to the Washington Post, that first broke the news. Although he is Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Pompeo is still waiting for a Senate confirmation vote.
On Tuesday, Trump expressed optimism that the meeting with Jong-un would take place in early June, during a series of meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
“Details of Summit are being worked out now,” Trump wrote. “Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”

Israel on High Alert for Direct Iranian Attack
A military truck carrying Shalamcheh missiles drives past the presidential rostrum during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014 in Tehran. On the right is a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty
by AARON KLEIN18 Apr 20181,305
TEL AVIV — As Israelis prepare to celebrate the country’s 70th anniversary starting at sundown tonight, the Israel Defense Forces are on high alert for the possibility of direct Iranian retaliation for a reported Israeli strike in Syria that targeted an Iran-operated airbase.
In an unusual move, Iran’s state-run media admitted that seven of its “soldiers” were killed in the April 9 strike.
Iranian officials have repeatedly vowed retaliation. On Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned that Israel’s “crimes will not remain unanswered.” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi further stated, “The Israeli regime’s aggression against Syria is a breach of this country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity and runs counter to all international regulations and principles.”

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Heilemann: Comey Is Trying to ‘Cast Himself’ as the ‘Hero of the Resistance’
by PAM KEY16 Apr 20181,432
Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” political analyst John Heilemann said former FBI Director James Comey’s interview with ABC’s “20/20” was an attempt to cast himself as “the hero of the resistance” to President Donald Trump.
Heilemann said, “The interesting thing about that is that Comey comes into this moment as sort of a man without a country, right? Democrats are unhappy in 2016 for having supposedly taken the election away from Hillary Clinton. Republicans are now unhappy with him. He doesn’t have a natural constituency.”

James Comey: It ‘Wasn’t Necessary’ to Inform Trump that DNC, Hillary Campaign Financed Dossier
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill December 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Comey was questioned about the mass shootings in San Bernardino and Paris, the ability of people on the so-called 'no fly list' to buy firearms in the United States and the affects of budget sequestration on the FBI's ability to protect America and fight terrorism. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Chip Somodevilla/Getty
by AARON KLEIN16 Apr 20182,485
Former FBI Director James Comey stated it “wasn’t necessary” to inform President Donald Trump that the infamous dossier had been paid by Trump’s primary political opponents, namely Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos ahead of the release of his memoir on Tuesday, Comey described numerous conversation he had with Trump about the contents of the dossier.
Yet, Comey repeatedly failed to tell Trump that the dossier was produced by the controversial Fusion GPS political opposition research outfit and funded by the DNC and Clinton’s campaign.

Comey Wife: ‘I Wanted a Woman President Really Badly, and I Supported Hillary Clinton’
by TRENT BAKER15 Apr 201814,451
During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, former FBI Director James Comey’s wife, Patrice, confessed that she supported Hillary Clinton and was “devastated” when Donald Trump won.
“I wanted a woman president really badly, and I supported Hillary Clinton,” Patrice Failor Comey told Stephanopoulos. “A lot of my friends worked for her. And I was devastated when she lost.”

Chemical Inspectors Launch Probe in Syria After Western Strikes
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - APRIL 07: An affected Syrian child receives medical treatment after Assad regime forces allegedly conducted poisonous gas attack to Duma town of Eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on April 07, 2018. (Photo by Halil el-Abdullah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)Halil el-Abdullah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
by BREITBART JERUSALEM16 Apr 20181,110
DAMASCUS, Syria (AFP) — The world’s chemical weapons watchdog is set to convene Monday to discuss the suspected toxic gas assault in Syria that prompted an unprecedented wave of Western strikes, as its inspectors probe the attack near Damascus.
As the on-the-ground investigation gets under way, the fallout from the US-led response continued to reverberate, with French President Emmanuel Macron claiming to have persuaded US President Donald Trump to keep his troops in Syria.
And in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May was to face an emergency parliamentary debate Monday over her country’s part in the operation.
The US-led strikes were the biggest international attack on President Bashar Assad’s regime since the start of Syria’s seven-year war.
They have risked a confrontation with Moscow, the Syrian regime’s top ally, with Russian President Vladimir Putin warning that fresh attacks would spark “chaos,” while Washington vowed economic sanctions against Russia rather than further military action.

Trump: If Dems Get Back in Power, They’re Going to Raise Your Taxes ‘Way Up High’
by PAM KEY16 Apr 2018953
Monday in Florida at a tax cut roundtable, President Donald Trump said if Democrats win a majority in Congress in the 2018 midterm elections they will “raise your taxes way up high.”
Trump said, “If for any reason they get in, meaning the Democrats, they’re going to raise your taxes way up high, they’re going to terminate this out, of course, I’ll veto it, it’s all right — but eventually. They want to terminate, and they want to raise your taxes. We cannot let that happen because this country is starting to rock with our businesses coming back in. It’s starting to really rock.”

Politico Dismisses Joe Biden’s ‘Hands-iness’ with Children
Vice President Joe Biden leans in to say something to Maggie Coons, next to her father Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., after Biden administered the Senate oath to Coons during a ceremonial re-enactment swearing-in ceremony, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in the Old Senate Chamber of Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
by JOHN NOLTE16 Apr 20188913
In the desperate hope that countless photos and videos of former Vice President Joe Biden’s “handsi-ness” with women and children can be wished away, the far-left Politico published a lengthy piece Monday dismissing the problem.
The overall piece is a typical overlong, Politico blah-blah-blah about how Biden is the frontrunner to challenge Trump in 2020 and that his real problem is not his “handsi-ness,” but that he is not far enough to the left. Politico’s primary concern is that Biden is “too cozy with Wall Street” and a “septuagenarian white male.”
Politico then offers Biden some advice on how to overcome the Wall Street problem. But this is the most interesting paragraph…
Trump would also provide cover for another often-discussed Biden drawback: the overly familiar mannerisms that seem terribly out of place in the #MeToo era. Next to Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tapes and the litany of sexual misconduct charges levied against the president, Biden’s hands-iness barely registers.
Yeah, no.
MORE Trump: If Dems Get Back in Power, They’re Going to Raise Your Taxes ‘Way Up High’ 4347 by PAM KEY16 Apr 2018953 Monday in Florida at a tax cut roundtable, President Donald Trump said if Democrats win a majority in Congress in the 2018 midterm elections they will “raise your taxes way up high.” Trump said, “If for any reason they get in, meaning the Democrats, they’re going to raise your taxes way up high, they’re going to terminate this out, of course, I’ll veto it, it’s all right — but eventually. They want to terminate, and they want to raise your taxes. We cannot let that happen because this country is starting to rock with our businesses coming back in. It’s starting to really rock.”

Mark Zuckerberg’s Ex-Speechwriter: He Declared ‘Domination!’ and ‘Companies Over Countries’ During Meetings
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by CHARLIE NASH16 Apr 20183,967
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s former speechwriter has claimed he used to declare, “domination!” and “companies over countries” during company meetings.
Kate Losse, who worked as Zuckerberg’s speechwriter and blog writer between 2009 and 2011, claimed in an article for Vox that the Facebook CEO would “raise his fist with a slight smile and say, ‘Domination!’ as a way of closing out our weekly Friday all-hands meeting.”
“The idea of ‘domination’ seemed as much a half-serious, half-joking fantasy as a hard-set mission,” declared Losse, who added that eventually, “the idea of domination started to become plausible.”
“My worry began to deepen when, around this time, Zuckerberg began using the language of states to talk about Facebook’s burgeoning power,” Losse proclaimed.

DHS Says Cities Hid 142 Suspected Gang Members From Deportation
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by NEIL MUNRO15 Apr 20181,886
City and country governments ignored federal “detainer” requests and released 142 suspected members of MS-13 and other criminal gangs in the eight months up to June 2017, says a report from the Department of Homeland Security to the Senate’s judiciary committee.
The gang release data is the agency’s most up-to-date, according to the agency, which delivered the answers in response to routine oversight questions by committee members.
The data does not cover any releases after June 19, 2017, when city governments escalated their opposition to the legal deportation of illegal migrants in their cities and counties. Currently, the Department of Justice is pressuring cities to cooperate with deportation efforts and is trying to cut federal police grants to cities who release criminals back into Americans’ neighborhoods.
The answers do not describe the crimes committed by gang members that caused their arrests.

Graham: Syria Strikes ‘Underwhelming’ – We’re Willing to Give Syria to Russia and Iran ‘Without Much of a Contest’
by IAN HANCHETT16 Apr 20181,912
On Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responded to the strikes on Syria by saying it was “an underwhelming response.” Graham also said there isn’t “a strategy about why Syria matters. It seems like we’re willing to give to the Russians and the Iranians without much of a contest.”
Graham said, “Missed opportunity, didn’t lay a glove on Assad’s capabilities to wage war. We’re becoming the chemical weapons police. We don’t have a strategy about why Syria matters. It seems like we’re willing to give it to the Russians and the Iranians without much of a contest. The ISIS people heard we’re leaving. The Kurds are in a world of hurt. Because they’re very much exposed. And the military strike itself was a tactical response well short of what I thought was justified. So, he’s been a good commander-in-chief in general, but this is a major step backwards.”
He added, “I think this was an underwhelming response. Assad did not pay a big price. And Russia and Iran heard our Pentagon go out of their way to make sure that we’re not going to get in a conflict with Russia and Iranians in Syria and the president announced that we’re leaving, as the missiles were flying, he announced we were leaving. I think this is a disaster for us in Syria.”
Graham further stated that he told the president, “you’ve been more like Reagan, a lot less like Obama, but this was a step backward.”

Hollywood Blacklisted R. Lee Ermey for Thought Crimes Against Barack Obama
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by JOHN NOLTE16 Apr 20181,242
Actor R. Lee Ermey, who died at 74 of pneumonia Sunday morning, was Exhibit A in the New Hollywood Blacklist. After criticizing Barack Obama in 2010, Ermey’s thriving film career immediately dried up. Even after apologizing, he was ostracized, fired by GEICO insurance and never did another commercial. After disappearing completely for a few years, he managed to appear in a couple of C-grade reality shows in the last few years of his life.
Iconic and talented, Ermey was a walking-talking example of left-wing Hollywood’s intolerance toward those they condemn as thought criminals.
Ermey, who was known to his friends as “Gunny,” enlisted in the Marines in 1961 when he was only 17, and spent 14 months in Vietnam before earning a honorable discharge after 11 years of service.
His screen career began in 1978 with a small role as a drill instructor in The Boys In Company C. He also appeared as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979). Some lean years followed, but Ermey’s career exploded in 1987 with Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket where Ermey was unforgettable (to say the least) as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, a drill instructor who pushes a recruit (Vincent D’ Onfrio) too far.

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Admits Tech World’s Anti-Christian Bigotry: ‘the One Thing You Cannot Be Is a Christian’
by BEN KEW16 Apr 201874
The latest episode of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” launches a full-fledged attack on Christians as “the source of the majority of the world’s problems,” and admits that being open about your Christian faith is the worst thing one can do in the Tech World.
Sunday’s episode, “Tech Evangelist,” sees web developer DD left furious after being outed by series regular Richard as “very gay and also a Christian,” while making a proposal to fellow tech leaders. An admission of faith in Christ, we learn, is absolutely unacceptable in Silicon Valley.
“You can be openly polyamorous and people here will call you brave,” Jared tells his colleague Richard. “You can put microdoses of LSD in your cereal and people will call you a pioneer. But the one thing you cannot be is a Christian.”
“I find their theology to be illegitimate, and it’s clear that they are the source of the majority of the world’s problems,” adds Gilfoyle. “But, fuck, Richard, even I wouldn’t just… out a Christian like that.”

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Rosenstein Relents, Lets Nunes See FBI Document That Launched Trump-Russia Probe
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a press conference at the Department of Justice March 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rosenstein and other law enforcement officials announced a major cyber law enforcement action against nine Iranians charged with conducting massive cyber theft campaigns on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)Win McNamee/Getty Images
by KRISTINA WONG11 Apr 20185,212
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing a contempt of Congress and impeachment threat, relented Wednesday and allowed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) to view the document the FBI used to launch the Trump-Russia investigation.
“After numerous unfulfilled requests for an Electronic Communication (EC) related to the opening of the FBI’s Russia counterintelligence probe, Chairman Trey Gowdy and I met this afternoon with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. During the meeting, we were finally given access to a version of the EC that contained the information necessary to advance the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the Department of Justice and FBI.
“Although the subpoenas issued by this Committee in August 2017 remain in effect, I’d like to thank Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for his cooperation today,” he said.
As to what was in the document, a House Intelligence Committee told Breitbart News: “There are things there we want to investigate further.”
Nunes had first subpoenaed that and other documents from the DOJ and FBI in August. But while the Justice Department had allowed access to other documents, they had stonewalled on allowing access to the document that started the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, even after repeated meetings, phone calls, and emails.

GOP Sen Scott: There Is a Veto-Proof Majority in Both Bodies of Congress to Protect Mueller
by PAM KEY12 Apr 2018594
Thursday on ABC’s “The View,” Sen Tim Scott (R-SC) said there was a veto-proof majority in both Houses of Congress to pass legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired.
When asked if legislation to protect Mueller would pass, Scott said, “It will definitely pass without any question. I hope that it’s not necessary, but the truth of the matter is, it is in the public’s best interest for us to not only continue the investigation but to allow it to lead where it goes and to finish the investigation. That’s how we restore confidence for the American people in the government is to make sure that investigations that provide information and bring things to light actually finishes.”
Scott added, “There is a two-thirds majority at least in both bodies, perhaps a three-quarters majority, that want this investigation to be completed. So I believe we’ll finish the investigation. If there was ever a need for us to have the three-quarters and vote our privilege and responsibility as lawmakers, we would have that as well. So I’m very confident that we will find out what Mueller has been able to find and make sure that the American people see it as well.”

Poll: Robert Mueller Loses Majority Support After FBI Raids Trump’s Lawyer
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), takes part in a question-and-answer forum at the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) on August 8, 2013 in New York City. The ICCS, which is co-hosted by Fordham University and the FBI, is held every 18 months; more than 25 countries are represented at this year's conference. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)Andrew Burton/Getty Images
by JOHN NOLTE12 Apr 20187,080
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s raid on President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen has backfired in the eyes of voters, according to Rasmussen Reports.
Prior to what many are describing as Mueller’s unprecedented stunt, the special counsel and former Obama official was held in high regard by a majority of the public. Back in October, a full 52 percent believed “Mueller’s investigation is an honest attempt to determine criminal wrongdoing.”
That number is now down -6 points to just 46 percent.
Moreover, the number of voters who now see Mueller’s probe is a “partisan witch hunt” has jumped a full +8 points, from 32 percent to 40 percent.
Only 14 percent remain undecided.
Overall, public opinion moved against Mueller by a full 14 points. What was a 20 point (52 – 32 percent) favorable rating is now just a 6 point advantage.
The loss of Mueller’s support among a majority of voters is also worth noting.
Also worthy of note is that Trump’s approval rating has edged up since the raid.
Mueller was originally appointed to investigate what has now been revealed as a partisan hoax dreamed up by Democrats and their allies in the intelligence bureaucracy and mainstream media: the idea that Trump and/or his campaign colluded with the Russians to fix the 2016 presidential election.

ACLU Celebrates Raid on Trump’s Lawyer: ‘The Rule of Law is Alive’
An activist holds a placard during the People's March on Washington infront of the White House on January 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
by JOEL B. POLLAK12 Apr 201820,032
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has published an article celebrating the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s personal lawyer as a victory for the rule of law — not a violation of attorney-client privilege and the president’s constitutional rights.
Earlier this week, the FBI raided attorney Michael Cohen’s office, apartment, and hotel room, seizing materials that included communications from Trump to his lawyer. The government typically cannot have access to those communications. In cases where it is necessary to study such communications, the FBI establishes a supposedly independent “taint team” that sifts through the material and, theoretically, only passes on evidence to prosecutors that does not violate attorney-client privilege.
However, critics allege that there is great potential for abuse, especially in a politically-charged case like this. They point out that such raids on attorneys are very rare, and argue that the president’s Fourth Amendment right to privacy, Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and Sixth Amendment right to counsel have been compromised.
Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, one of the country’s foremost defense lawyers and a civil libertarian who supported Hillary Clinton for president, condemned the raid.

Survey: Nearly 1 in 10 Americans Have Deleted Their Facebook Account Due to Privacy Fears
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took responsibility for his company's missteps in handling digital privacy during a Senate hearing, where he faced intense questioning about the social media giant he foundedAFP
by LUCAS NOLAN12 Apr 20182,237
According to a new report, nearly 1 in 10 Americans surveyed have deleted their Facebook account citing privacy fears as their motivation for leaving the platform.
Business Insider UK reports that according to a survey of 1000 Americans by Carolina Milanesi and technology research group Techpinions, nearly 1 in 10 Americans have deleted their Facebook account over privacy concerns. The figures discovered by Milanesi and Techpinions would seem to contradict Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who said recently that there was not a “meaningful” number of users deleting their Facebook pages.
Here are some of the most important figures from the Milanesi and Techpinions survey:

Trump on Holocaust Day: Americans Have ‘Moral Obligation’ to Combat Anti-Semitism
Young people are deeply distrustful of the media according to the latest Harvard/Institute of Politics poll, signaling more trust in President Donald Trump.Chip Somodevilla/Getty
by DEBORAH DANAN12 Apr 20181,449
TEL AVIV – President Donald Trump said Americans have “a moral obligation to combat anti-Semitism, confront hate and prevent genocide” in a statement marking Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Thursday.
“Although spearheaded by one individual, this undertaking could not have happened without the participation of many others who recruited, persuaded and coerced in their efforts to incite the worst of human nature and carry out the ugliest of depravity. The abject brutality of the Nazi regime, coupled with the failure of Western leaders to confront the Nazis early on, created an environment that encouraged and enflamed anti-Semitic sentiment and drove people to engage in depraved, dehumanizing conduct,” Trump’s proclamation read.
In addition to six million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis, the statement also noted the millions of Europeans who were killed.
“We must ensure that the history of the Holocaust remains forever relevant and that no people suffer these tragedies ever again,” the proclamation said.
In contrast to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, when Trump sparked outrage from Jewish groups for failing to specifically make mention of Jews, Trump’s statement Wednesday noted that the Holocaust was the “systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people.”

Ben Sasse: Donald Trump Ready to Rejoin TPP to Help American Farmers
by CHARLIE SPIERING12 Apr 201810,927
Senator Ben Sasse said that President Donald Trump was interested in rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership to put more pressure on China by opening up more Asian markets to agricultural exports from the United States.
“He looked right at Larry Kudlow and said, ‘Larry go get it done,’” Sasse said, recounting the meeting to White House reporters.
Sasse and other members of Congress and governors from agriculture states met with the president at the White House to express concerns about higher China tariffs hurting American farmers.
Senators Deb Fisher (R-NE), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and John Hoeven (R-ND), who also attended the meeting, confirmed Trump’s interest in rejoining TPP.
Roberts said he was “very impressed” that Trump instructed both Kudlow and Robert Lighthizer to explore the idea of rejoining TPP.
“That would certainly be good news all throughout farm country,” Roberts said.
Fischer said that the president also discussed the importance of ethanol and the renegotiation of NAFTA with the president.
Hoeven said the meeting with Trump was a “very positive” meeting about opening up more markets to “free” and “fair” trade.
The senators did not have a timeline for the president but appeared confident that the president heard their concerns.
“Clearly it’s a deliberative process, and the president is a guy who likes to blue-sky a lot and entertain a lot of different ideas, but he multiple times reaffirmed the point that TPP might be easier for us to join now once the TPP 11 is aligned and that we might be the 12th party to those negotiations,” Sasse said.
TPP-11 is the group of Pacific nations who signed a renewed free trade pact after Trump pulled the United States out of TPP.
Sasse, who recently returned from a trip to China, admitted that they cheated on trade and stole intellectual property but suggested that the best way to compete with them was to lead Pacific nations on global trade.

Jamaican Gets 12 Years for Illegal Re-Entry and 40-to-Life for Attempted Cop Killing
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by BOB PRICE12 Apr 2018513
A federal judge sentenced a Jamaican man with a lengthy history of criminal convictions and deportations to more than 12 years in prison following his conviction for aggravated illegal re-entry. The sentence follows the man’s conviction in a New York court for attempted murder of a police officer.
A federal court judge in New York sentenced Ronald Greenland, 55, to 151 months in federal custody. Of that, 100 months of the sentence is ordered to be served consecutively to his recent sentence from a New York state court. The state court sentenced Greenland to 40 years to life following his conviction for attempting to kill a police officer, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Greenland tried to stab Westchester County Police Officer David Sanchez to death on November 8, 2016. Officer Sanchez responded to a call of a man attempting to steal tire rims at a car dealership. Greenland fled the scene when Sanchez arrived. When the officer captured Greenland, a struggle ensued and Greenland stabbed Sanchez in the chest, Lohud, a USA Today network news outlet reported. The officer’s ballistic vest saved him from serious injury or death.
Greenland initially entered the U.S. legally in 1972, ICE officials stated. However, following a series of criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida, and New York, a federal immigration judge ordered his removal in 2007. Immigration officers removed him to Jamaica in February 2009.

Trump Derangement Syndrome: Comey Book Compares Hand Size with POTUS
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty
by AARON KLEIN13 Apr 201813,976
Former FBI Director James Comey’s soon-to-be released book depicts a man with clear personal bias against President Donald Trump.
ABC News and the Washington Post released extensive reports on the contents of Comey’s 304-page memoir, titled A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.
Comey describes his impressions after meeting Trump for the first time at a pre-inauguration intelligence briefing at Trump Tower. Comey writes the president-elect’s “face appeared slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coiffed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his. I remember wondering how long it must take him in the morning to get that done.”

James Comey Mocks Trump’s Looks, Says Obama Compliments Almost Made Him Cry
by JOHN NOLTE13 Apr 2018251
The roll-out of disgraced former-FBI Director James Comey’s anti-Trump book is already smelling like a dud.
Thus far, according to the book excerpts and interview clips released so far, the only news is that Comey personally despises Trump (he goes so far as to mock the president’s appearance), but there is no bombshell evidence about the president engaging in anything illegal or even unethical. At Fox News, Chris Wallace said the book is “bitchy” and more damaging to Comey than to Trump.
There is the news, though, that compliments from former-President Obama almost made James Comey cry.
Comey writes that he sat with Obama in late November. This would have been after the presidential election, during the transition. At the time, Comey was under fire for his handling of Hillary Clinton’s email case. Democrats were furious with Comey, directly blaming his handling of the re-opening of the case for Hillary’s shocking loss.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace: I’m Surprised ‘How Bitchy’ the Comey Book Is
by JEFF POOR13 Apr 20183,099
Friday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Chris Wallace, the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” described former FBI Director James Comey’s forthcoming book as “bitchy,” adding there weren’t any new bombshells in the book and instead a lot of “unpleasant” opinions.
“[W]hat strikes me, is how little new there is in the book,” Wallace said. “We get a lot of opinions, unpleasant opinions of the president by James Comey. But in terms of hard facts, you know, people are talking about bombshells, there are none. Basically everything that he said in terms of the facts of what the president did, he already has testified before a congressional committee. And in fact at one point he says while he thinks the president’s behavior may have been unethical, it may not have been illegal.”

Donald Trump Walks Back Eagerness to Rejoin TPP; Demands ‘Better Deal’
In this April 22, 2104 file photo, a protester holds a placard during a rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Tokyo. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree on almost nothing. Except for their dislike of a sweeping agreement that would erase most tariffs and other trade barriers among the U.S. and 11 other nations. All the bashing from the presidential candidates has created more difficulties for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of President Barack Obama’s top priorities in his final year in office. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)AP/Shizuo Kambayashi
by CHARLIE SPIERING13 Apr 20182,890
President Donald Trump clarified his desire to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after telling members of Congress from agricultural states that he would do it.
“Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Members of Congress and governors from agriculture states met with the president for over an hour at the White House, leaving feeling confident that he wanted to re-enter the trade agreement.
“He looked right at Larry Kudlow and said, ‘Larry go get it done,’” Senator Ben Sasse told reporters after the meeting.

Donald Trump Goes to War: James Comey a ‘Weak and Untruthful Slime Ball’
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by CHARLIE SPIERING13 Apr 201814,147
President Donald Trump reacted to the torrent of leaks emerging from former FBI Director James Comey’s book, dismissing him as a “weak and untruthful slime ball” and a “proven leaker and liar.”
“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR,” he wrote. “Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired.”
Trump said Comey should be prosecuted for leaking classified information.
“He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted,” he wrote. “He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI.”

President Donald Trump ‘Hopeful’ Pardon of Scooter Libby ‘Will Help Rectify a Very Sad Portion of His Life’
In this Nov. 16, 2005 file photo, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, walks to the U.S. District Court in Washington. President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a person familiar with the president's decision. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
by MICHELLE MOONS13 Apr 2018Washington, DC383
President Donald Trump issued a full pardon to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Richard Cheney, on Friday afternoon for convictions related to a 2007 trial and conviction.
Libby’s sentence was commuted by President George W. Bush shortly after the conviction. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders noted in a statement on the pardon that Libby still paid a $250,000 fine and performed 400 hours of community service. He also served two years of probation.
Sanders recounted in her statement, events involving a key witness against Libby who recanted in 2015:

Rep Lieu: If Dems Take Back the House, ‘We’ll Conduct Real Investigations’
by PAM KEY12 Apr 20182,705
Thursday on MSNBC’s “All In,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said if Democrats won the majority in the House of Representatives as a result of the 2018 midterm elections, they will “conduct real investigations.”
Lieu said, “These are dark times, but I want the American people to know that the president is not going to get away with violating the rule of law for three reasons.”
He continued, “First of all, we have the American people. There’s already over 800 events scheduled as of two days ago for people to take to the streets and protest and rally if the president fired Mueller, Rosenstein or Jeff Sessions. Second, career prosecutors and FBI agents took an oath to protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. 

Movie Producer: Mainstream Media May Be Ignoring Signs of Child Abuse in Hollywood
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by TOM CICCOTTA13 Apr 2018325
Gabe Hoffman, the producer of An Open Secret, a documentary about child sex abuse in Hollywood, argued in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News this week that the mainstream media has historically ignored red flags about potential child abuse in the entertainment industry.
Hoffman, a hedge fund manager by trade, is the producer of An Open Secret, an explosive 2015 documentary about child sex abuse in Hollywood. Speaking with Breitbart News this week about the film, Hoffman argued that, despite the recent #MeToo movement, the mainstream media doesn’t seem ready to cover Hollywood’s pervasive child abuse problem.

Cory Booker Attacks Pompeo over Gay Marriage but Opposes Openly Gay Grenell Nomination for German Ambassador
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by KRISTINA WONG13 Apr 20181,420
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Thursday tried to paint CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a homophobe during his Secretary of State confirmation hearing, even though he has opposed the confirmation of openly gay Trump appointee Ric Grenell.
Booker referenced a speech Pompeo gave at a church three years ago when he quoted a pastor as saying, “America had worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism. We’d endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.”
“Is being gay a perversion?” Booker asked Pompeo.
The CIA director said when he was a politician, he did not think it was appropriate for same-sex couples to marry, and that he stood by that. However, he added he believed married gay couples should be treated with the “exact same set of rights.”
Booker cut him off, demanding to know repeatedly whether Pompeo, a conservative Christian, approved of “gay sex.”
“You believe gay sex is a perversion, yes or no?” Booker asked. “Yes or no, do you believe that gay sex is a perversion? … Yes or no, do you believe gay sex is a perversion?”

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Speaker Paul Ryan Retires: ‘This Year Will Be My Last as a Member of the House’
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by SEAN MORAN11 Apr 20181,271
House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed at a press conference that he will retire at the end of the congressional term, saying that this “year will be my last as a member of the House.”
Reports suggested on early Wednesday morning that the speaker expresses concern about the GOP losing the House in the 2018 midterm election and he does not want to serve as the minority leader.
Speaker Ryan said, “You realize when you take this job you realize that only take this job for a small part of our history, so you better make the most of it. It’s fleeting. That inspires you to do big things.”
Ryan noted that he “did not want this job.”
The outgoing speaker then admitted that the tough work as the speaker took over his personal life.

9 Times Paul Ryan Put American Workers Last, Foreigners First
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by JOHN BINDER11 Apr 2018Washington, D.C.5,263
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has announced that he will retire from Congress at the end of his term, leaving the door open for an economic nationalist Republican to take over as Speaker.
Here, Breitbart News looks at Ryan’s pro-immigration, wage-crushing, big business-first record, whereby American workers have been left behind by multinational free trade and mass immigration.
1. Ryan’s Mass Immigration-Packed Omnibus of 2018
This year, Ryan sent President Trump a spending bill that was packed with goodies for big business interests and the open borders lobby. The omnibus spending bill allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to expand the H-2B visa program, whereby low-skilled nonagricultural foreign workers are imported to take blue-collar and working-class U.S. jobs.

Rep. Chris Collins Praises Mark Zuckerberg: ‘You Truly Are Doing Good’
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by LUCAS NOLAN11 Apr 2018331
In a change of pace from lawmakers questioning Mark Zuckerberg about his platform, Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) praised both Zuckerberg and Facebook, saying “And I sincerely know in my heart that you do believe in keeping all ideas equal.”
While appearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed to have gained a fan in Representative Chris Collins (R-NY). Collins began his opening questioning of Zuckerberg by saying, “I wasn’t sure where I would be going with this but when you’re number 48 of 54 members you can do a lot of listening, and I’ve tried to do that today, and to frame where I am now I think — first of all thank you for coming — and there’s a saying ‘you don’t know what you know until you know it.'”

Mark Zuckerberg: ‘We Don’t Think What We Are Doing Is Censoring Speech’
Mark Zuckerberg smilingGetty/Saul Loeb
by LUCAS NOLAN11 Apr 20189,762
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted today to altering the site’s algorithm to shut down certain speech on the platform.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington today where he admitted that Facebook does alter its algorithm to shut down certain types of speech. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), questioned Zuckerberg saying; “we’ve done one hearing on the algorithms, I chair a communications and technology subcommittee here, we’re getting ready to do a second one on algorithms. We’re going to do one next week on prioritization so I’d like to ask you, do you subjectively manipulate your algorithms to prioritize or censor speech?”

Mark Zuckerberg Claims Facebook Censorship of Diamond and Silk Was ‘Enforcement Error’
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by LUCAS NOLAN11 Apr 201810,317
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed before Congress today that YouTube stars Diamond and Silk were limited on the platform due to an ‘enforcement error.’
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington today where he claimed that Facebook’s limiting of YouTube duo Diamond and Silk was the result of an “enforcement error.” Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican representing  Texas’s 6th congressional district  and vice-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said to Zuckerberg; “I’m going to read you a question that I was asked, I got this through Facebook and I’ve got dozens like this.”

On Twitter, Donald Trump Warns Russia to ‘Get Ready’ for Missile Launch into Syria
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by CHARLIE SPIERING11 Apr 20189,632
President Donald Trump issued a threat on Twitter against Russia, warning them that missiles from the United States were directed at Syria.
“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria,” Trump wrote. “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’”
Trump berated Russia for partnering with an “animal” like Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad, who is suspected of using chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war in Syria.
“You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” he wrote.
Trump made his remarks after a Russian diplomat threatened on Lebanese television to shoot at the sources of any missile entering Syria. The president has been weighing his options in the last 36 hours of what to do in the country in response of the use of chemical weapons.

Media Fail: Only 23 Percent Believe Stormy Daniels Is Important Issue
Adult performer Stormy Daniels sits down for an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, which was broadcast by CBS News' 60 Minutes.60 Minutes / YouTube
by JOHN NOLTE11 Apr 20182,793
Despite weeks and weeks of media hype about porn star Stormy Daniels, not only has President Trump’s job approval rating jumped in the latest Quinnipiac poll, but only 23 percent of Americans believe the alleged affair is an important issue. A massive majority of 73 percent say it is not.
Even 51 percent of Democrats agree it is not an important issue, along with 79 percent of Independents. Moreover, there is also no notable gender gap on the question.
In worse news for the media, although Trump denies the affair, by a margin of 58 – 14 percent they do not believe him but they still do not care.
By a margin of 59 – 24 percent, people also believe Trump knew about the $130,000 payoff to silence Daniels (Trump denies being told about it). But by a margin of 59 – 38  percent, they say Trump’s possible knowledge of the payoff is not an important issue — this includes 63 percent of Independents. And again there is no notable gender gap on the question.

Theresa May Won’t Blame Assad for Chemical Attack, Not ‘Confirmed’
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by LIAM DEACON11 Apr 20182,862
Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that more evidence is needed before blaming Bashar al-Assad for the latest chemical attack in Syria and taking military action against his regime.
Following phone calls with U.S. President Donald Trump and French premier Emmanuel Macron, No 10 said the international community “needed to respond” but did not confirm Assad was responsible at this stage.
“[The leaders] agreed that reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria were utterly reprehensible and if confirmed, represented further evidence of the Assad regime’s appalling cruelty against its own people and total disregard for its legal obligations not to use these weapons,” the statement read.
The UK will “continue working closely together and with international partners to ensure that those responsible were held to account”, the statement adds.

GOP Rep Nunes: ‘We Will Have a Plan to Hold in Contempt and to Impeach’ FBI’s Wray Over Withheld Documents
by JEFF POOR11 Apr 20181,764
Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, warned the Department of Justice and the FBI against not being forthcoming with documents his committee has subpoenaed regarding alleged wrongdoing at those agencies.
Nunes said if necessary, Congress would not only seek a contempt citation but the impeachment of FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“I can tell you, we’re not just going to hold in contempt,” he said. “We will have a plan to hold in contempt and to impeach.”
“To impeach Christopher Wray?” host Laura Ingraham asked.

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Face-opoloy? Zuckerberg Stumbles When Asked to Name a Competitor
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)AP /Andrew Harnik
by JOHN CARNEY10 Apr 20181,154
A little more than an hour into his testimony before a rare joint panel of the Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg was hit with a question for which he did not have a ready answer.
The question was not very complex. It didn’t require a lot of details about the inner workings of the company. In fact, it was probably one of the most basic questions facing Facebook and other digital giants.
“Who is your biggest competitor?” Senator Lindsay Graham asked.
Senator we have a lot of competitors,” Zuckerberg said.
“Who is your biggest?” Graham asked.
“Do you want just one? I’m not sure I can give one. Can I give a bunch?” Zuckerberg said.

Mark Zuckerberg Dodges Senate Question on Facebook Tracking Users Across the Web
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)AP /Andrew Harnik
by LUCAS NOLAN10 Apr 2018129
While testifying before the Senate, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dodged a question about Facebook tracking users activity even after they leave the website.
While testifying before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees in Washington today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg refused to confirm that Facebook continues to track users activity even after they’ve left the Facebook website. Facebook has admitted that they do this on their own company website while Breitbart News has reported on this fact extensively. However, when asked directly by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) if Facebook tracked users after they left the site, Mark Zuckerberg failed to give a straight answer.

Ted Cruz Grills Zuckerberg on Facebook Censorship: Who Moderates Your Moderators?
by ALLUM BOKHARI10 Apr 20189,969
While other senators on today’s committee on Facebook panicked about “hate speech” and “fake news,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz, alone, grilled Zuckerberg on an issue that matters to voters: censorship of dissident voices and political bias at Facebook.
Cruz raised a number of issues during his questioning, including the recent censorship of Diamond & Silk on Facebook, the controversial firing of Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky, and the question of Facebook’s legal status as a neutral public forum.
Sen. Cruz started by asking if Facebook considers itself to be a “neutral public forum.” This was third on Breitbart News’ list of recommended questions published earlier today, and Cruz has used the question to put social media companies on the spot before.
Zuckerberg avoided giving Cruz a direct yes-or-no answer, despite the Senator asking numerous times.
“We consider ourselves to be a platform for all ideas” said Zuckerberg.
“Are you a First Amendment speaker expressing your views, or are you a neutral public forum allowing everyone to speak?” pressed Cruz.

Report: Biggest Black Lives Matter Facebook Page Is Fake, Run by Australian Union Organizer
by SIMON KENT10 Apr 20181,166

An Australian trade union organizer has been suspended amid claims he ran a fake Black Lives Matter Facebook page that siphoned off hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.
The page garnered almost 700,000 followers — dwarfing the Black Lives Matter movement’s official page — before it was suspended by Facebook. It is alleged some of the bank accounts where the money was transferred were in Australia and it was unclear how much was provided to genuine causes – if at all.
The scam site is claimed to have collected money through online fundraisers and solicited more than $US100,000 in donations, according to a CNN report.
Ian MacKay, the official in question, worked at the hard left National Union of Workers and has dozens of websites related to black rights registered under his name, including Mr. Mackay did not respond to questions from CNN but said, “My domain name buying and selling is a personal hobby.”
On Twitter, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrice Cullors, said she had complained many times to Facebook about numerous fake accounts.
“We told [Facebook] over and over again to shut that shit down. And it wouldn’t. Glad it’s down now,” she wrote.
“It’s so unfortunate folks were scammed by fake BLM accounts and people.”
The discoveries come as Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg prepares to give testimony before multiple judiciary committees in Washington this week.

College Senior Stands by Decision to Pose with Gun in Her Waistband
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by AWR HAWKINS10 Apr 20184,300
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, senior Brenna Spencer is standing by her decision to pose with a gun in her waistband for a graduation photograph.
She indicates the laws of Tennessee allow her to carry and she might as well be photographed while doing so.
ABC News reports Spencer posed for the photograph in a “Women for Trump” shirt. She lifted the shirt above her waist to reveal a pistol tucked between her jeans and her stomach.

Donald Trump Livid After FBI Raids Personal Lawyer: ‘Attorney-Client Privilege Is Dead!’
US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 9, 2018. President Donald Trump said Monday that "major decisions" would be made on a Syria response in the next day or two, after warning that Damascus would have a "big price to pay" over an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held town.Trump condemned what he called a "heinous attack on innocent" Syrians in Douma, as he opened a cabinet meeting at the White House. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
by CHARLIE SPIERING10 Apr 201826,784
President Donald Trump continued his frustrated rant against the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller after the office of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen was raided.
“Attorney–client privilege is dead!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning, decrying the investigation as “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!”
Trump told reporters on Monday night that the raid was “a real disgrace,” “an attack on our country,” and “an attack on what we all stand for.”
“When I saw this and when I heard it — I heard it like you did — I said, that is really now on a whole new level of unfairness,” the president continued.
He condemned Mueller’s investigation as “a pure and simple witch hunt” and reminded reporters that many people had suggested that he fire the Special Counsel.
“We’ll see what happens. I think it’s disgraceful, and so does a lot of other people,” he said.

China’s president promises to cut auto import tariff
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by AP9 Apr 2018925
BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping has promised to cut China’s auto import tariffs and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in its auto industry amid an escalating tariff spat with Washington.
In a speech Tuesday at a business conference, Xi made no direct mention of the dispute with President Donald Trump but pledged to open China’s markets further and improve conditions for foreign companies.
Xi said Beijing will “significantly lower” tariffs on auto imports this year and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in the auto industry “as soon as possible.”

U.S. Navy Destroyer Heads Towards Syria as Trump Vows ‘Major Decision’
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by BEN KEW10 Apr 20184,071
A U.S. Navy destroyer reportedly entered waters near Syria shortly after President Donald Trump promised to make a “major decision” Monday on whether to order airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad.
The Associated Press reports that the USS Donald Cook is now closing in on Syrian shores, armed with the same Tomahawk cruise missiles the U.S. used on a Syrian airfield last year after an alleged sarin gas attack on civilians.
Trump is now mulling the possibility of additional airstrikes after Assad reportedly ordered a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus that killed dozens of people and left others in excruciating pain.
“Nothing is off the table,” said Trump, when asked the question of ordering military action on Monday. “We are making a decision with respect to what to do with the horrible attack on Syria.”

Border Patrol Reports ‘Large Groups’ of Migrants Crossing into Texas
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by BOB PRICE10 Apr 20181,638
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector are reporting “large groups” of illegal immigrants crossing the Texas border with Mexico, according to a statement circulated Tuesday. They are mostly composed of unaccompanied minors and families from Central America.
During a two-day period last week, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station reported the apprehension of 112 migrants in two large groups that crossed the border from Mexico illegally on Friday and Saturday. The arrests occurred near the Texas border town of Hidalgo, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Tuesday morning.

Trump’s New Border ‘Wall’ Resembles Fence Obama Constructed That Illegal Aliens Recently Hopped Over
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by JOHN BINDER10 Apr 2018Washington, DC2,761
A new fencing project underway by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the United States-Mexico border is being touted by President Trump’s administration as his border “wall.”
The barrier going up in the Santa Teresa, New Mexico, is similar to that of the fencing that was constructed in Sunland Park, New Mexico, under former President Obama. The slight difference between the two fences? Height.
A DHS official told Breitbart News that the Santa Teresa border fence, to be constructed this year, will stand 30 feet tall. In some areas, though, the border fence will range between 18 feet to 30 feet tall.

Nolte: Joke Police Attack ‘Simpsons’ Over Show’s Response to Apu Non-Troversy
by JOHN NOLTE10 Apr 2018693
On Sunday, The Simpsons addressed the Apu non-troversy and pretty much told the humor police to drop dead, and now the Social Justice Warrior snowflakes are melting down all over social media.
Here is how it started: Hari Kondabolu made a documentary in 2017 called The Problem With Apu. Although Kondabolu identifies as a comedian, he used this doc as a means to bully the iconic television show The Simpsons into doing things his way, specifically with the beloved character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
Although Apu is a beloved and sympathetic character, America’s fascist humor police are angry because they see him as a caricature of an Indian immigrant (I think we are supposed to say South Asian now — it is hard to keep up). Because of his accent, his propensity to say “Thank you, come again,” and the fact that he runs a Kwik-E-Mart, the Joke Gestapo is on the march. An additional sin is that Apu is voiced by Hank Azaria, who is a white guy (and has won three Emmys for his work).

Coloradans Outraged that Two Men Sentenced Only to Probation for Raping 13-Year-Old
Clarence Williams, left, and Tommy Williams, right, were each sentenced on Tuesday to a minimum of 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation, with a maximum of life on probation. (Colorado Springs Police Department)Colorado Springs Police Department
by WARNER TODD HUSTON10 Apr 20181,775
Coloradans are outraged that two men convicted of gang-raping a 13-year-old girl were only sentenced to probation.
On April 3, Tommy Williams, 20, and Clarence Williams, 19, received no jail time but were only sentenced to probation for the 2016 rape of a girl in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Fox News reported.
The pair was a part of a six-man crew convicted of the rape that occurred at the Stonebrook Terrace Apartments on the 4000 block of Tappan Drive in Colorado Springs. The victim testified that she was lured to the apartment with the promise of playing video games but, instead, found the crew there waiting to molest her.
The victim said there were other people in the apartment when she arrived, but when she went to use the bathroom, the others quickly vacated, leaving only the six men who attacked her. The girl’s grandmother said the rape was so violent that the victim may never be able to have children, KKTV reported.

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FBI raids offices of President Trump’s personal lawyer
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by AFP9 Apr 201820,193
New York (AFP) – Federal agents raided the New York offices of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday, Cohen’s own attorney Stephen Ryan said.
Ryan said the action was taken in part on behalf of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating links between Russia and the Trump campaign.
“The decision by the US attorney’s office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan said.
“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”

READ: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Prepared Testimony Revealed Ahead of Wednesday Hearing
Facebook CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg, seen at a 2016 APEC summit in Peru, is likely to be grilled over privacy issues in two congressional hearingsAFP
by CHARLIE NASH9 Apr 20181,793
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared testimony for his hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday has been published.
Though Zuckerberg addresses controversies surrounding the social network’s alleged mishandling of user data, he also uses the speech to discuss alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and how he plans to crack down on “hate speech.”
In the prepared testimony, Zuckerberg praised Facebook’s ability to make “voices heard,” and “all the good that connecting people can bring,” while the Facebook CEO cited #MeToo and the anti-gun March For Our Lives as positive movements that the social network helped to create.
“Just recently, we’ve seen the #metoo movement and the March for Our Lives, organized, at least in part, on Facebook,” he declared, before apologizing for not doing “enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm,” such as “fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy.”
“It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,” he continued, adding, “It’s not enough to just connect people, we have to make sure those connections are positive. It’s not enough to just give people a voice, we have to make sure they aren’t using it to hurt people or spread misinformation.”
In the prepared speech, Zuckerberg continued to explain his version of events surrounding the Cambridge Analytica controversy, before revealing what Facebook is doing about it, and boasts about having interfered with the online aspects of the 2017 presidential elections in France and Germany, and the U.S. Senate Alabama election last year.
“In France, leading up to the presidential election in 2017, we found and took down 30,000 fake accounts. In Germany, before the 2017 elections, we worked directly with the election commission to learn from them about the threats they saw and to share information,” he explained. “In the U.S. Senate Alabama special election last year, we deployed new AI tools that proactively detected and removed fake accounts from Macedonia trying to spread misinformation.”

Apple co-founder protests Facebook by shutting down account
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by AP9 Apr 20183,389
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is shutting down his Facebook account as the social media giant struggles to cope with the worst privacy crisis in its history.
In an email to USA Today, Wozniak says Facebook makes a lot of advertising money from personal details provided by users. He says the “profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”

Amazon Poised to Snag Massive Pentagon Contract; Industry Wants Trump to Intervene
This combination of pictures  shows Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (L), who also owns The Washington Post, and US President Donald TrumpAFP/MANDEL NGAN
by KRISTINA WONG9 Apr 20181,166
If President Donald Trump is looking for a way to clip Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s wings, blocking a massive contract with the Pentagon could be one way to do it.
The Pentagon next month is set to award a single company an estimated $10 billion contract for cloud infrastructure and platform services — the largest information technology procurement in U.S. government history.
The single cloud would cover multiple security levels across different departments at the Pentagon, with the aim of reducing management and administrative burdens, for as many as ten years.
Competitors, and even some partners of the online retail giant, are crying foul — arguing that the contract is being unfairly tailored for Amazon and will ultimately waste taxpayer money and potentially harm national security.
“This is not a small potatoes thing. This is billions and billions of dollars,” said one industry source.  
Industry officials — both competitors and partners with Amazon — argue that having one cloud computing service provider to fulfill this role makes no sense, and they say that a multi-cloud system would work better.

White House Staffers Frustrated with Conservative Media Influencing Donald Trump 
by CHARLIE SPIERING9 Apr 20185,056
Senior White House aides are making it known that they are not pleased with conservative cable news hosts challenging their policies — especially the recent budget-busting omnibus bill.
Trump watches Fox News regularly, listening to Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity, Jesse Waters, Jeanine Pirro and frequently reacts to their criticisms.
While Trump has appeared more eager to please his base on issues of immigration and trade, the omnibus bill was not praised as a win by conservatives, despite a large boost in military spending.
Senior White House officials complained to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman that conservative cable opinion hosts were feeding the president information about the bloated spending bill that they felt was not true.
“Trump continued to rail privately about the omnibus bill, and has become convinced of things that aren’t true about it,” she wrote, citing two senior administration officials.
Before Trump signed the bill, Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade called the omnibus a “swamp budget” and a “Mitch McConnell special” despite praising it for restoring funding to the military. Commentator Ann Coulter trashed the bill for failing to fund any meaningful parts of his promised border wall.

Seven Crises John Bolton Faces on Day One as National Security Adviser
John boltonAP Photo/Julie Jacobson
by JOHN HAYWARD9 Apr 2018930
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton began his tenure as National Security Adviser on Monday, taking over the position from H.R. McMaster. To say that Bolton has a full plate as he sits down at his desk would be an understatement.
Here are the seven most urgent national security crises he faces on Day One.
Syrian chemical weapons attack: The headlines on Bolton’s first day are dominated by the latest chemical weapons attack in Syria, followed by a retaliatory strike on a Syrian airbase that remained enigmatic on Monday morning. (Russia and Syria claim it was an Israeli strike on an airfield in Homs province that is used by Iranian forces and allied Syrian militia).
“The brutal chemical weapons attack in Syria presents Bolton with an immediate crisis that will highlight the biggest questions surrounding his appointment, offering an early examination of how his vision of the robust use of U.S. power abroad will ally with Trump’s own hawkish instincts,” CNN judged on Monday, arguing that the situation is a nightmare scenario for any national security adviser because the options to respond to such a horrific violation of the global prohibition against weapons of mass destruction are so limited.

Sean Hannity, Old Game Shows, and Snooki Earn More Viewers than Jimmy Kimmel
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by JOHN NOLTE9 Apr 20185,927
According to TV By the Numbers, so far this season Jimmy Kimmel Live has averaged only a measly 2.31 million viewers. That is it — 2.31 million total viewers. In a country of 330 million, that is less than one percent. Statistically speaking, Kimmel’s viewership is a big fat zero.
Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert are not much better, with an average of 2.97 million and 3.89 million, respectively. Sure they are beating Kimmel; Colbert is nearly doubling Kimmel. But two times zero is still zero.
Seth Meyers is at an anemic 1.59 million.
In other words, no one watches these guys, these mindless Trump haters puffed up by our corporate media into something they are not — influence leaders with their finger on the pulse.
Is it any wonder, then, that Jimmy Kimmel hosting the Oscars resulted in the lowest viewership in history? No one knows who Kimmel is, and those who do know him do not like him enough to give his show anything approaching a respectable audience.
How bad are Kimmel’s ratings? For perspective, here are eight shows with more viewers…
Hannity (Fox News) – 2.9 million viewers

Bill Cosby Attacked by Topless ‘Women’s Lives Matter’ Protester
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by BREITBART NEWS9 Apr 20182,634
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A topless protester with “Women’s Lives Matter” written on her body jumped a barricade and got within a few feet of Bill Cosby on Monday as the comedian walked into a suburban Philadelphia courthouse for the start of his sexual assault retrial.
The unidentified woman ran in front of Cosby toward a bank of TV cameras but was intercepted by sheriff’s deputies and led away in handcuffs.
Cosby seemed startled by the commotion as a half-dozen protesters chanted at him.
The disruption came ahead of opening statements Monday, though a delay was expected while the judge sorted through allegations raised late Friday that a juror was overheard saying he thought Cosby was guilty. Cosby’s lawyers asked that the man be questioned and removed from the case.
Prosecutors have lined up a parade of accusers to make the case that the man revered as “America’s Dad” lived a double life as one of Hollywood’s biggest predators.

Five Men Claiming to be Transgender Women Will Compete as Females in Boston Marathon
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by WARNER TODD HUSTON9 Apr 20184,850
Boston Marathon officials have announced that men claiming to be transgender women, will be allowed to compete in the women’s category for this year’s race, reports say.
Organizers of the famed race, which started in 1967 for men only, told the media that they will now allow people to register in whatever category they “specify themselves to be,” according to ABC News.
“We take people at their word. We register people as they specify themselves to be,” said Tom Grilk, chief of the Boston Athletic Association. “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.”
The announcement is a break with the recent past where no official stance on the matter was taken. In the last few years, transgender runners simply signed up and ran without the imprimatur of the group overseeing the race.

Concerned About ‘Giving Oxygen to Racists’, MPs ‘Ignored Our Cries for Help’: Rotherham Victim
by VIRGINIA HALE9 Apr 20182,062
At the age of just 12, Sarah Wilson was made to have sex with multiple men a night while authorities“barely batted an eyelid”, the Rotherham grooming victim has revealed in memoirs of her ordeal.
The now 23-year-old, and whose sister Laura was murdered at the hands of an ‘Asian’ boyfriend in 2010, says she was “just one of dozens of girls” in the town who were “exploited and viewed as white trash”.
“Girls like me — and our families — were crying out for help, but no one listened,” she said. “Politicians were worried that addressing the issue of grooming by British Pakistani men would ‘give oxygen’ to racism.”
The abuse of young, mostly white, girls by older Pakistani men was so widespread in the scandal-hit south Yorkshire town, Wilson told the Mail on Sunday, that she “had no idea” she was a victim of grooming.
“Brainwashed” to believe it was normal to be made to have sex in return for the alcohol and drugs on which much older men had got her hooked, Wilson was abused by drug dealer Arshid Hussain and his criminal associates from the age of 11 until 17 when they moved on to younger girls.

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AG Jeff Sessions Returns Deportation Orders to Pre-Obama Levels
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by NEIL MUNRO6 Apr 2018971
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ immigration courts have returned deportation orders back up to the rate that existed before former President Barack Obama’s pro-migration policies.
But the backlogs created by Obama’s pro-migrant policies are still keeping hundreds of thousands of Central Americans in U.S. jobs, and are still inviting many additional poor Central American migrants to ask for asylum at border posts in Texas and California.
The number of illegals beating deportation orders has fallen by half since Obama departed, according to data provided by Syracuse University. In numbers, only 75,556 migrants were ordered home in fiscal 2016, but the departure number under AG Sessions is on track to reach 120,000 in 2018, says the university’s newest data at the Transactional Record Access Clearinghouse.
In fiscal 2016, 56 percent of immigrants defeated deportation cases in the immigration-court system run by Obama’s Attorney Generals. But that percentage has quickly dropped to 29 percent in 2018 under Sessions’ oversight, which is slightly above the pre-Obama level which existed before 2009.
TRAC’s chart, “Outcomes of Deportation Proceedings in Immigration Court,” shows:

Aluminum Prices Fall Despite New Tariffs
US President Donald Trump signs off on tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminumAFP
by JOHN CARNEY5 Apr 2018734
Economic data is stubbornly refusing to follow the narrative that Trump’s trade policies are going to ruin everything.
The stock market stubbornly refused to crash for a second day Thursday despite China’s announcement that it would slap tariffs on $50 billion of goods imported from the U.S. The trade war panic will have to wait for another day.
More surprisingly, the new tariffs on aluminum are not weighing on American consumers and manufacturers as so many predicted. In fact, aluminum prices have fallen since Trump imposed the tariffs.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
U.S. aluminum prices are falling despite a tariff aimed at boosting domestic production of the metal.

Stocks skid again after US proposes more China tariffs
Robert Tuccillo, Matthew GreinerThe Associated Press
by AP6 Apr 20181,415
NEW YORK (AP) — Another increase in trade tensions has stocks reversing course and falling again Friday as the U.S. considers an even larger set of tariffs on imports from China and the two countries exchange pointed statements.
Stocks have changed direction again and again this week as investors tried to get a sense of whether a trade dispute between the two nations will escalate, an outcome that could have major consequences for the global economy. The market didn’t get any help from a March jobs report that was weaker than expected.
KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index lost 26 points, or 1 percent, to 2,636 as of 12 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 349 points, or 1.4 percent, to 24,155. The Nasdaq composite slid 55 points, or 0.8 percent, to 7,021. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks dipped 13 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,529.
The Dow average, which contains numerous multinational companies including industrial powerhouses Boeing and Caterpillar, has swung dramatically this week, with about 1,300 points separating its highest and lowest marks. It fell as much as 758 points Monday, then recovered all of those losses, and late Thursday it was up as much as 519 points for the week. Now it’s essentially flat.
TRADE TIFF: The administration spent the past few days reassuring investors that it’s not rushing into a trade war, and China’s government has done the same. But late Thursday, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Trade Representative to consider placing tariffs on $100 billion in duties on Chinese imports. China said it would “counterattack with great strength” if he that happens.

WH: Trade Wars Are ‘Absolutely’ Easy to Win, Trump Is ‘the Best Negotiator at the Table’
by PAM KEY6 Apr 20182,456
Friday at the White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump “absolutely” believes trade wars are easy to win, if “he is in charge of those negotiations.”
When asked if Trump believes trade wars are easy to win Sanders said, “I think the president feels like if he is in charge of those negotiations absolutely. He’s the best negotiator at the table. And certainly have full confidence in his ability to help move things forward.”
She added, “We have made great progress on NAFTA and we are hoping to have great progress on the trade negotiations with China.”
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5 Things You Need to Know About Fake Net Neutrality
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The following post is sponsored by Free Our Internet.
Three years ago, Google used its influence over the Obama administration to pass sweeping federal government regulations over our modern internet networks. So-called “net neutrality” was subsequently sold to the public through a massive disinformation campaign, asserting that the rules as devised by Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were necessary to ensure a “free and open internet.” Unfortunately, that description couldn’t be further from the truth.
So-called net neutrality rules instead gave a false illusion of neutrality online and a false sense of protection. If anything, those rules singlehandedly weakened the free flow of information by empowering the world’s most powerful online companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to censor speech, filter and manipulate information and abuse the collection of your personal data with absolutely no transparency or accountability. Here is how.

Donald Trump Ditches WHCD Dinner Again: ‘The Press Is So Bad, So Fake’
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by CHARLIE SPIERING6 Apr 20189,527
President Donald Trump has turned down an invitation to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the second consecutive year.
Trump announced the news on Friday morning in an interview with the Bernie and Sid radio show in New York City.
“I sort of feel that the press is so bad, it’s so fake, it’s so made up,” Trump said, accusing the media of making up sources for their stories. “I call them novelists, they make up the sources, in some cases there are sources, but then they won’t do it correctly either but in many cases, they literally make up sources.”
Trump reminded the hosts that the WHCD dinner was a “massive failure” after he skipped it last year for a political rally but he did not rule out a future appearance.

Donald Trump Taunts ‘Dishonest and Corrupt’ Media for Trying to Push Out Scott Pruitt
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a news conference at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, on his decision to scrap Obama administration fuel standards. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)AP/Andrew Harnik
by CHARLIE SPIERING6 Apr 20182,919
President Donald Trump ridiculed the increasing slew of negative news about Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.
“Do you believe that the Fake News Media is pushing hard on a story that I am going to replace A.G. Jeff Sessions with EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, who is doing a great job but is TOTALLY under siege?” Trump asked. “Do people really believe this stuff? So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!”
Pruitt is facing several media reports raising concerns of pursuing perks in office including travel, new office furniture, getting discounted rental fees at his D.C. condo, and forcing out some of his EPA critics.
On Thursday, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he would look into the reports but was satisfied with Pruitt’s performance at the EPA.

Trump: Up to 4,000 National Guard to the Border
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by NEIL MUNRO5 Apr 20181,533
President Donald Trump is sending only about 3,000 National Guard troops to the border this Spring.
“We’re looking from 2,000 to 4,000” on the border, Trump told reporters during a gaggle on Air Force One.  “We’ll probably keep them, or a large portion of them, until such time as we get the wall.”
Trump is mobilizing the National Guard via Title 32 of federal law, which requires cooperation and approval from the governors. The soldiers will be used for support roles, such as logistics and surveillance, as many Central American economic migrants use spring and summer migrate to the U.S. border, either to sneak through or to request asylum.
Trump’s deployment may be smaller than President George W. Bush’s mobilization of up to 6,000 soldiers for support roles under “Operation Jump Start.”
According to a 2008 report by the National Guard:

John McCain Urges United States to Rejoin Trans-Pacific Partnership
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by CHARLIE SPIERING6 Apr 20187,119
Failed presidential candidate Senator John McCain advised President Donald Trump to rejoin the Trans-Pacific partnership trade deal.
“It’s easy to punish China. It’s a lot harder to hold it truly accountable and change its behavior,” the senator wrote on Twitter. “That requires a real strategy and positive trade agenda, which is why the US should rejoin the #TPP11.”
TPP-11 is the new version of the free trade partnership in Asia after Trump withdrew from the deal because it wasn’t fair to the United States.
McCain criticized Trump for withdrawing from the TPP trade deal, during a May speech in Australia calling it a “serious mistake.”
Trump indicated in January that he’s open to the idea of rejoining the TPP if he could make “a substantially better deal” than Obama’s effort.

Triggered: Jimmy Kimmel Delivers Bizarre Sex Rant over Sean Hannity’s ‘Ass Clown’ Taunt
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by JOHN NOLTE6 Apr 20187,822
Seriously triggered after Sean Hannity called him an “ass clown” for mocking First Lady Melania Trump’s accent, Jimmy Kimmel responded Thursday night by jumping all over Hannity’s “erection.”
“Ass-clown Kimmel,” Hannity said on his Fox News show (after playing the clip of Kimmel mocking the First Lady),  “Hey Mr. Kimmel, that’s her fifth language. How many do you speak?”
Kimmel then played the Hannity clip on his own late night show and before going to town on Hannity’s “erection.”
“Sean Hannity’s problem is that for eight years, while Obama was President, he was unable to get an erection. For eight years, not one erection. And he tried everything … he tried looking at pictures of Paul Ryan with his shirt off. Didn’t work,” Kimmel said.
But the last-place late-night host was nowhere near finished with Hannity’s erection.

Bombshell: Facebook Admits ‘Most’ of Site’s 2 Billion Users Compromised by ‘Malicious Actors’
The US Federal Trade Commission has taken the unusual step of confirming a probe into Facebook following revelations on the leakage of data on millions of users of the social networkAFP
by LUCAS NOLAN6 Apr 20183,407
Facebook has admitted in an announcement that most of its 2 billion users may have been compromised by “malicious actors.” reports that Facebook has admitted that more user accounts may have been compromised than those announced during the company’s most recent data scandal. Initial reports stated that approximately 51 million accounts were allegedly targeted in the Cambridge Analytica user data scandal, Facebook later clarified after an internal audit that the number was closer to 87 million, but it now seems that the company has admitted after further research that nearly all of Facebook’s 2 billion accounts could have users personal info scraped from them by a variety of “malicious actors.”

Report: Facebook Secretly Deleted Mark Zuckerberg’s Messages from Recipient’s Inboxes
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by BEN KEW6 Apr 2018343
Facebook secretly deleted messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg as well as other high-level executives, company sources have revealed.
In a statement to TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed they took the unusual step of deleting Zuckerberg’s sent messages from people’s inboxes in the interest of corporate security.
“After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications,” the spokesperson said. “These included limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger. We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages.”
However, the revelation now poses questions surrounding the company’s breach of users trust, given that other users cannot delete such messages and they never publicly disclosed this decision.

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Mexican Senate Threatens to Stop Helping U.S. Against Drug Cartels If Trump Deploys Troops to Border
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The Mexican Senate passed a resolution seeking an end to bilateral cooperation with the U.S. against drug cartels and immigration problems after President Trump ordered National Guard troops to the border.
The resolution was passed in a unanimous fashion and sent to the White House, Members of the U.S. Congress, and Mexico’s Foreign Relations Officer, El Universal reported. 
“Despite everything that is at stake in the relationship between our two countries, the way in which President Donald Trump has behaved is, for the Mexican people, unacceptable and intolerable,” El Universal quoted from the document. 
The resolution demands that President Trump respect the people of Mexico, and notes the Senate “condemns the unfounded and offensive expressions about Mexico and Mexicans and the treatment that is needed for a relationship between neighboring countries, partners, and allies.”  

Oregon Gov. to Trump: I Refuse to Send National Guard Troops to Mexican Border
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The governor of Oregon announced Wednesday that she would refuse any attempt from President Trump to send National Guard troops to protect the Mexican border after the president announced his intention to beef up border patrol operations.
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“If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border,” Brown tweeted Wednesday.
“There’s been no outreach by the President or federal officials,” she added, insisting that she has “no intention of allowing Oregon’s guard troops to be used to distract from his troubles in Washington.”
Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday directing Defense Secretary James Mattis to “request use of National Guard personnel to assist” with the Department of Homeland Security Department’s existing efforts to secure the border.
The president is allowed to call on National Guard units under two different laws passed by Congress in 1956.
Under U.S. Code Title 10, Trump could “federalize” the Guard, ordering federally-funded National Guard troops under the Defense Secretary’s control to report for “active duty.”
But Trump invoked U.S. Code Title 32 in his proclamation, which directs state governors to order the Guard to report “for operational Homeland Defense” duties.

Majority of Americans: Threaten Mexico with NAFTA Until They Help Stop Illegal Immigration to U.S.
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by JOHN BINDER4 Apr 2018Washington, D.C.4,358
The majority of Americans say they support President Trump threatening Mexico with tougher negotiations over the job-killing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade deal until the country’s officials help the U.S. stop illegal immigration across the southern border.
In a new poll by Rasmussen Reports, about 51 percent of likely voters said the U.S. should take a tougher line in the current renegotiation of NAFTA to force Mexico to strengthen its efforts to stop illegal immigration and illegal drugs from entering this country.
Only 31 percent of likely voters said they opposed the effort.

Khan’s London: Lead Surgeon Says Hospital Like Afghan War Zone, Two More Killed Overnight
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by LIAM DEACON5 Apr 20187,470
Hospitals in Mayor Sadiq Khan’s London resemble those in a war zone, a senior surgeon working to save victims of the capital’s surging violent crime wave has said.
The shock comments made Thursday morning come after two more men were killed overnight, a couple of days after another night of violence saw a boy, 16, stabbed to death and a 17-year-old girl shot in a “drive by”.
Wednesday night’s killings, both in Hackney, East London, brought the death toll from suspected murder in the capital to 50 so far this year, pulling away from New York City, which London overtook at the weekend.
Dr. Mark Griffiths, the lead surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in East London, said that knife and gun wounds had moved from a “niche” part of his job to a daily chunk of his workload, and a growing number of victims were “children”.
“Some of my military colleagues have described their practice here as similar to being at [Camp] Bastion,” Dr Griffiths told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.
“We used to look after people in their twenties. Now people are often in their mid to late teens and children in school uniforms are being admitted under our care with knife and gun wounds.”

Khan Admits He Hasn’t Spoken to London’s Murder Epidemic Families
Labour's London mayoral election Sadiq Khan addresses members of the media during a press conference at West Thames College on February 2, 2016 in London, England.Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
by LIAM DEACON5 Apr 2018953
Sadiq Khan has admitted failing to meet any families bereaved by London’s recent murder spree, as well as refusing to apologise for not making any public appearances as Mayor until Thursday, in an interview with LBC.
The Mayor also blamed Tory cuts for the second time, rather than taking responsibility for what is happening in the city he was elected to lead, as well as claiming he can not solve the problem “as mayor”.
London has experienced a 38 per cent spike in knife crime recently, and homicide rates have surged past those in New York this year.
Tories had described Mr. Khan as “missing in action” since the crime wave gathered pace, leaving seven people dead in the capital this week, including a teenage girl gunned down in a ‘drive by’.
Now, the Mayor has given a short, bad-tempered interview to LBC radio, with the station claiming to have been “looking for” him for three days. The first thing the presenter asked was if the Mayor had met the families of the dead.
“I’ve spoken to a number of people over the last few days,” the Mayor said. The presenter asked again: “Have you spoken to any of the bereaved families?”
Mr. Khan replied: “No I haven’t spoken to the bereaved families – but I’ve got a deputy mayor and police commissioner… the point is that we are a team.

6 Gazans said killed as IDF says it thwarts multiple attempts to breach border
Army: Hamas using protesters as diversion as it tries to open up fence, send terrorists into Israel; 20,000 at 2nd March of Return; rioters burn tires, throw stones and firebombs
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A Palestinian protestor waves his national flag during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)A Palestinian protestor waves his national flag during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)Palestinian men collect tires and burn them at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest east of Gaza City, on April 6, 2018. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)Palestinian men collect tires and burn them at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest east of Gaza City, on April 6, 2018. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)A Palestinian man throws a tear gas canister at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018.  (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)A Palestinian man throws a tear gas canister at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)A Palestinian man wearing mask threads onions onto a wire to reduce the effects of tear gas during protests at the Israel-Gaza border near Khan Yunis, east of Gaza City, on April 6, 2018.  (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)A Palestinian man wearing mask threads onions onto a wire to reduce the effects of tear gas during protests at the Israel-Gaza border near Khan Yunis, east of Gaza City, on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)Palestinian men burn tires to use the smoke to protect themselves from Israeli soldiers close to the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018.  (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)Palestinian men burn tires to use the smoke to protect themselves from Israeli soldiers close to the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)A picture taken on April 6, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz  shows smoke from the Gaza Strip being used to blind Israeli soldiers during protests.  (AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ)A picture taken on April 6, 2018 from the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz shows smoke from the Gaza Strip being used to blind Israeli soldiers during protests. (AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZ)Palestinian paramedics set up near Khan Yunis, east of Gaza City, during protests on the Israel-Gaza border, April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)Palestinian paramedics set up near Khan Yunis, east of Gaza City, during protests on the Israel-Gaza border, April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB) Palestinian men prepare to protest at the Israel-Gaza border near Khan Yunis, east of Gaza City, on April 6, 2018. ( AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)Palestinian men prepare to protest at the Israel-Gaza border near Khan Yunis, east of Gaza City, on April 6, 2018. ( AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)Palestinian men carry an injured protester after clashes with Israeli forces at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)Palestinian men carry an injured protester after clashes with Israeli forces at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)Palestinian men run for cover from tears gas canisters at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza strip, on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)Palestinian men run for cover from tears gas canisters at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest, east of Gaza City in the Gaza strip, on April 6, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)Yahya Sinwar, leader of the Islamist Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, speaks during a protest east of Khan Yunis on April 6, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)Yahya Sinwar, leader of the Islamist Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, speaks during a protest east of Khan Yunis on April 6, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB)

Watch: FNC’s Ed Henry, EPA’s Scott Pruitt Face Off in Contentious Interview
by PAM KEY4 Apr 20181,668
Wednesday, Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry challenged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over a previous living arrangement of Pruitt renting a condo from the wife of a lobbyist, which Henry deemed “a sweetheart deal.”
Pruitt denied Henry’s characterization, saying, “No it’s not.”
Henry also questioned Pruitt’s travel expenses, including a trip to Morrocco.
After the long back and forth, Henry asked, “President Trump said he would drain the swamp. Is draining the swamp renting an apartment from the wife of a Washington lobbyist?”
Pruitt shot back, “I don’t think that’s even remotely fair to ask that question.”
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Delingpole: Scott Pruitt Is Doing Great. Trump Cannot Afford to Let the Green Blob Claim His Scalp
Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt prepares to pose for a group photo during the G7 Environment summit on June 11, 2017 in Bologna. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty
by JAMES DELINGPOLE5 Apr 2018632
The knives are out for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
It’s so blatant that even liberals have noticed.
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Pruitt is paying a terrible price for the crime of being the most effective player in Trump’s administration. And, of course, for daring to take on the most powerful vested interest in the swamp – the Green Blob, aka the Climate Industrial Complex.
The Green Blob by no means comprises merely Democrats.
Consider the array of Blobsters trying to bring Pruitt down.
Besides the usual leftist suspects such as John Podesta their number also includes conservatives such as The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, the Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
What on earth did Pruitt do wrong?
Well, there’s the Green Blob narrative version of events which is that Scott Pruitt has become embroiled in a number of “scandals” which render him unfit for public office. If you really care, Google them. To my, admittedly pro-Pruitt eyes they all seem trivial – negotiating a cheap rate for a DC condo; wangling some of his staffers a better pay deal; thinking about leasing a private jet – to the point of worthlessness. Ever since Pruitt took the job, the EPA has been deluged with FOIA requests by activist bodies trying to bring him down. They evidently haven’t been able to come up with much.

Delingpole: Scott Pruitt Is Doing Great. Trump Cannot Afford to Let the Green Blob Claim His Scalp
Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt prepares to pose for a group photo during the G7 Environment summit on June 11, 2017 in Bologna. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty
by JAMES DELINGPOLE5 Apr 2018632
The knives are out for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
It’s so blatant that even liberals have noticed.
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Pruitt is paying a terrible price for the crime of being the most effective player in Trump’s administration. And, of course, for daring to take on the most powerful vested interest in the swamp – the Green Blob, aka the Climate Industrial Complex.
The Green Blob by no means comprises merely Democrats.
Consider the array of Blobsters trying to bring Pruitt down.
Besides the usual leftist suspects such as John Podesta their number also includes conservatives such as The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, the Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
What on earth did Pruitt do wrong?
Well, there’s the Green Blob narrative version of events which is that Scott Pruitt has become embroiled in a number of “scandals” which render him unfit for public office. If you really care, Google them. To my, admittedly pro-Pruitt eyes they all seem trivial – negotiating a cheap rate for a DC condo; wangling some of his staffers a better pay deal; thinking about leasing a private jet – to the point of worthlessness. Ever since Pruitt took the job, the EPA has been deluged with FOIA requests by activist bodies trying to bring him down. They evidently haven’t been able to come up with much.

Zuckerberg: ‘Three-Year Project’ to ‘Fix’ Elections, Fake News, Misinformation – Just in Time for 2020
CEO Mark Zuckerberg marked the 14th anniversary of the founding of Facebook with reflections on mistakes he has made in building the biggest social networkAFP
by ALLUM BOKHARI5 Apr 20181,124
In his call with members of the press yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook was “probably a year into a massive three-year push” to fix alleged issues surrounding “fake news,” “misinformation,” and election interference on the platform.
Zuckerberg’s timeline implies that Facebook’s goal is to have fundamentally altered their platform by the time of the 2020 presidential elections, and that work on the project started at approximately the same time as the presidential victory of Donald Trump.
That’s also when the panic over “fake news” and “misinformation” started, led by the left-wing and corporate media and embraced by Democratic lawmakers. The resultant changes to Facebook have seen conservative media and the official Facebook account of Donald Trump suffer severe hits to their engagement and traffic.
“In 2016 we were behind where we wanted to be,” said Zuckerberg. “We had a more traditional view of the security threat. We expected Russia and other countries to try and do phishing and traditional kinds of security exploits, but not necessarily the kind of misinformation campaign that they did. We were behind — that was a really big miss. And now we want to make sure that we’re not behind again.”

David Hogg, Left-Wing Operatives Organize Gun Control Activism at Lawmakers’ Town Halls
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg speaks during March for Our Lives to demand stricter gun control laws on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images
by AARON KLEIN5 Apr 20187,212
NEW YORK — David Hogg and other activists from the #NeverAgain movement are helping to lead the Town Hall for Our Lives project, a series of forums across the country seeking to get lawmakers to push for stronger gun-control measures.
The town halls are being assembled by professional progressive activists, with primary participation from Indivisible, a radical organization that describes itself as a “progressive grassroots network of local groups” seeking to “resist the Trump Agenda.”
The town halls are also being organized by a group calling itself the Town Hall Project, which is assisting the organizers of the March for Our Lives movement to stage the town hall forums nationwide.
The Town Hall Project is led by professional organizers. It gained notoriety when it organized activists last year to support progressive healthcare legislation.
Hogg and the March for Our Lives organizers are seeking to channel the energy of anti-gun protesters into town halls for every member of Congress during the current recess that ends April 9, promoting the campaign on Twitter as #TownHallForOurLives.

The Parkland Hypocrisy: Advertisers Boycott Conservative Laura Ingraham, Leave Liberal Critics Alone
by JOHN CARNEY5 Apr 2018542
Corporate America has drawn a red line around criticism of the teenage activist survivors of the Parkland massacre–but the sanction for crossing it only applies when it comes to conservatives.
Hulu, TripAdvisor, and more than a dozen other companies pulled their advertisements from Fox News’s Ingraham Angle after host Laura Ingraham tweeted last week that Parkland survivor David Hogg was “whining” about getting rejected from certain colleges. But when Joan Walsh, a paid politics talking head on CNN, tweeted a sarcastic remark at Kyle Kashuv–“good luck with your stress”–no advertisers pulled ads from CNN.
Two differences stand out. Ingraham is an outspoken conservative advocate while CNN’s Walsh is a left-winger. And Hogg is an advocate of gun control and vocal critic of the president, while Kashuv is a defender of the Second Amendment who recently made a friendly visit to the White House.
In other words, this appears to be a story of corporate America siding with the left wing against conservatives.
Many of the boycotting companies say they are applying a non-political standard. TripAdvisor said it pulled its ads from Ingraham Angle because it did not “condone the inappropriate comments made by this broadcaster.”
Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered along the Gaza border on Friday, burning tires and throwing firebombs and rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and live fire, the army and witnesses said, as Palestinians held a second “March of Return” protest.
Hamas said six Gazans were killed by Israeli fire as of 7:30 p.m. The IDF said it thwarted multiple efforts to breach the border fence — and that it used live fire to do so in some instances — as well as attempts to activate bombs against the troops under the cover of smoke.

Dwayne Johnson: Trump Proves that ‘Not Everybody Should Run for President’
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by DYLAN GWINN5 Apr 20185,258
Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson told Rolling Stone that Donald Trump’s presidency has proven, that while anyone can run for president, “not everyone should run for president.”
The box office star, and former professional wrestler known as  “The Rock,” says America needs to change in light of the Trump presidency.
“What I’m sensing now is that we have to pivot back to people who have a deep-rooted knowledge of American history and politics and experience in policy and how laws get made. I think that pivot has to happen,” Johnson said.
“I think in a lot of people’s minds, what Trump has proved is that anybody can run for president,” the Rampage star said. “And in a lot of people’s minds, what he’s also proved is that not everybody should run for president.”
However, The Rock apparently does not put himself in the category of those who should not run for president. In a GQ interview last year, Johnson said there was a “real possibility” that he would make a White House run.
According to the Hill, “Last year, a campaign committee dubbed ‘Run the Rock 2020’ formally filed with the Federal Election Commission in an effort to draft Johnson.”
Johnson told Rolling Stone he finds all the presidential attention to be, “flattering.”
“I think it’s also a function of being very unsatisfied with our current president,” Johnson said.

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Gazans renew violence on border, Palestinians report 1 dead
 April 3, 2018
Gazans renew violence on border, Palestinians report 1 deadIDF soldiers patrolling the fence surrounding Gaza. (Kobi Richter/TPS)
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Palestinians threw stones at IDF forces along the Gaza border Tuesday afternoon as clashes erupted for the first time since last week’s violent riots.
By: Yona Schnitzer, TPS
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that a 25-year-old man from Dir al-Balah was shot dead by IDF forces.
Last Friday, 17 Palestinians were killed and hundreds were injured after some 30,000 Palestinians protested at several locations along the border. At least 11 of the dead were known terrorists belonging to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and global jihad groups.
The IDF said that demonstrators had thrown stones and firebombs and that terrorist groups had used the demonstrations as cover to attack IDF soldiers and border infrastructure. Among the Palestinian dead were two members of an armed cell that shot at troops along the border
Tuesday’s incident followed a warning by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman that Israel has no intention of changing its method of operation in regards to the protestors.

Imam shot dead at mosque entrance in Israeli Arab citySheikh Mohammed Sa’ada (Social media)
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An Israeli-Arab Muslim religious leader was shot dead outside a mosque. The incident appears to be criminally related. 
By: World Israel News Staff
An Israeli Arab imam was shot dead at the entrance to a mosque in the city of Umm al-Fahem on Tuesday, in what appears to be a revenge attack between rival families.
Sheikh Mohammed Sa’ada, 45, was shot in the street early in the morning and was pronounced dead at the scene by medics after they were unable to resuscitate him.
While the motive for the shocking murder was not immediately clear, it appeared to be another score-settling chapter in a feud between two families.
The sheikh’s close relative was murdered a year ago, and another relative was shot and seriously wounded two weeks ago.
The Arab sector in Israel suffers from a comparatively high crime rate, while Israeli Arabs have are extremely over-represented in many serious crime categories.
Police statistics from November show that Israeli Arabs are involved in 57 percent of all open murder cases, 55 percent of attempted murder, 59 percent of arson, 45 percent of robbery, and 26 percent of open drug cases.
Israeli Arabs consist of only 21 percent of the general population in Israel.

Israel appears ready to consider body swap of soldiers and terrorists
 April 2, 2018
Israel appears ready to consider body swap of soldiers and terroristsLate IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin (L) and Oron Shaul, whose bodies are held by Hamas. (Social media)
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Israel appeared to raise the possibility of an exchange with Hamas for the remains of soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oren Shaul, held since 2014.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Israel has confirmed it is holding the bodies of two Palestinian terrorists killed by security forces as they attacked an IDF border position on Friday, during the Hamas “March of Return.” By doing so, Israel appeared to raise the possibility of an exchange with Hamas for the remains of IDF soldiers held by the terror group.
According to the army, “The terrorists were armed with rifles and an explosive device. They intended to carry out a terrorist operation in Israel.”
The two Palestinian terrorists were identified as Mosa’ab Salol, a known member of Hamas’ military wing, and Mohammed Rabaya.
In a post on his Arabic Facebook page, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), seemed to hint at a swap for the remains of two soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, presumed to have been killed in Gaza in 2014.

Supreme Court leaves in place verdict against American victims of Palestinian terror
 April 3, 2018
Supreme Court leaves in place verdict against American victims of Palestinian terrorScene of suicide bombing at Sbarro pizza restaurant. (Flash90)
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal regarding a lawsuit brought by American victims of Palestinian terrorism.
The case, Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization, contended that the PLO and Palestinian Authority were responsible for more than seven terror incidents from 2001 to 2004 that led to American deaths, claiming that the attacks were carried out by security officers and other agents of the P.A. The American families invoked the 1992 Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows U.S. nationals to sue international terror groups for damages in U.S. federal district courts.
In 2015, a federal jury found the PLO and P.A. responsible for perpetrating and materially supporting acts of international terrorism against U.S. citizens, awarding the families $218.5 million in damages, which tripled to $655.5 million as required by the Anti-Terrorism Act.
However, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York later threw the case out, ruling that the victims needed to show they were specifically targeted or that the attackers intended to harm U.S. interests. Additionally, it ruled that the Palestinian entities did not have sufficient connection to the United States that would subject them to federal law.
As such, the victims petitioned for a writ of certiorari, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Second Circuit’s judgement. The Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General—a positions held by Noel Francisco, an appointee of the Trump administration—to express his views regarding the victims’ petition.

Netanyahu announces final ‘nullification’ of migrant deal
 April 3, 2018
Netanyahu announces final ‘nullification’ of migrant dealAfrican migrants in Israel. (Sebi Berens/Flash90)
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After freezing a resettlement agreement for African migrants just hours after he announced it, the prime minister later declared that plan had been cancelled.
By: World Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday afternoon his decision to completely cancel a deal announced a day earlier with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees aimed at resolving the African migrant crisis and replacing the government’s mass deportation plan.
Speaking ahead of a meeting with disgruntled south Tel Aviv activists Netanyahu said, “I have listened attentively to the statements about the agreement. As a result, and after reevaluating the advantages and disadvantages, I have decided to nullify the agreement.”

Former UK leader Tony Blair blasts Labour Party’s anti-Semitism
 April 3, 2018
Former UK leader Tony Blair blasts Labour Party’s anti-SemitismFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
The longtime leader of the Labour party tells Israeli TV that anti-Semitism must be rooted out “completely and totally.”
By: World Israel News Staff
Ex-British Prime Minister and former Labour Party leader Tony Blair says that anti-Semitism in party ranks would have been unthinkable when he was in charge. During an interview with Channel 10 while on a diplomatic mission to Israel, Blair blasted the current party leadership over its utter “failure to tackle anti-Semitism within its ranks, and root out anti-Semitism completely, totally.”
Blair served as British Prime Minister between 1997-2007, and led the Labor party for 13 years. Blair said he is certain that the general British public is not at all anti-Semitic, and that Labor had to make it clear that anti-Jewish sentiment in party ranks cannot be tolerated.
“I’m extremely sad about it, and anxious about it, and also very determined that the Labor Party should take the action necessary. There should be zero tolerance towards it. It’s one of these things that if you allow it to take root at all within a political party, it’s hard then to uproot it. This is a situation, frankly, I could not even have imagined when I was leader of the Labour Party,” he said.
Blair told Channel 10, “I’m distressed on behalf of the Jewish community. I’m afraid it is a problem. The leadership has now said that they’re going to take the necessary action. But they really need to do that. The progressive part of British politics has got to get away from this notion of criticizing the whole concept of Zionism. This is a danger because it so easily trends into anti-Semitism.”
Trying to explain how anti-Semitism has seeped into Labour, Blair said, “The difficulty is that there is a lot of popular anger at the state of things all over Western politics today. People look for causes or issues upon which they can attach blame.” Blair then warned, “It’s important that the Labour Party makes it very clear that these sentiments are completely against everything that we stand for as a country and everything that we pride ourselves on as a community.”

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YouTube Shooter ID’d as Iranian Azeri Vegan Activist Nasim Aghdam
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by IAN MASON3 Apr 201815,988

The shooter who took her own life after wounding four YouTube employees at the video hosting website’s San Bruno, California, offices on Tuesday has been identified as Nasim Aghdam in multiple reports, after being described as a “white woman in a headscarf” earlier in the day.
ABC News quotes law enforcement sources with the identification:

Assault Weapons’ Ban, Firearm Confiscation Orders Did Not Prevent YouTube Shooting
A sign calling for a ban on assault type weapons is held at a vigil for the worst mass shooing in United States history on June 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, United States. A gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early yesterday morning before suspect Omar Mateen also died on-scene. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)David McNew/Getty
by AWR HAWKINS4 Apr 20182,740
California has an “assault weapons” ban and firearm confiscation orders, but neither control prevented the Tuesday attack at YouTube’s San Bruno headquarters.
Ironically, “assault weapons” bans and confiscation orders have been put forward as controls needed in the aftermath of the February 14 Parkland school shooting. Gun control proponents also pushed universal background checks and waiting periods following the Parkland attack, but California has both of those too.
In fact, California has some of the most stringent gun controls in the country. The “assault weapons” ban, confiscation orders, universal background checks, and 10-day waiting period are complimented by a requirement that would-be firearm owners acquire a safety certificate from the state, that all firearms be registered with the state, and that law-abiding citizens pursuing a concealed carry permit demonstrate “good cause” for wanting to carry a gun.

Facebook Admits Spying on Messenger, ‘Scanning’ Private Photos
Facebook data has been used for years on political campaigns, but members of Barack Obama's team deny obtaining people's information without consentAFP
by TOM CICCOTTA4 Apr 2018145
Facebook Messenger scans photos and links sent by users on the messaging platform, according to a recent statement by the company itself.
Facebook released the statement for a report by Bloomberg, which states that messages on Facebook’s Messenger platform are analyzed for violation of Facebook’s conduct policies. If they are flagged by the automated system, they are then read by moderators. If the content is deemed in violation of Facebook policy, the moderator is then permitted to taken action.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself has admitted to monitoring Messenger conversations. “In that case, our systems detect what’s going on,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with Vox. “We stop those messages from going through.”
Unlike WhatsApp, the popular messaging platform Facebook acquired in 2014 for approximately $19.4 billion, Facebook Messenger does not automatically provide end-to-end encryption. Users must activate “secret conversations” on the Messenger platform in order to take advantage of encryption. Through end-to-end encryption, only participants in a conversation are able to read the messages that are exchanged.

Facebook Labels All Breitbart Stories ‘Intentionally Misleading’ with Wikipedia Pop-Up
The social media giant said it did not know the data was being used in a political campaignAFP
by ALLUM BOKHARI4 Apr 20189,976
Facebook is displaying a link to Wikipedia’s smear-job description of Breitbart News next to all Breitbart articles shared on the site. The linked Wikipedia article describes Breitbart as a “far-right site” that publishes “falsehoods, conspiracy theories, and intentionally misleading stories.”

5 Things You Need to Know About Fake Net Neutrality
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The following post is sponsored by Free Our Internet.
Three years ago, Google used its influence over the Obama administration to pass sweeping federal government regulations over our modern internet networks. So-called “net neutrality” was subsequently sold to the public through a massive disinformation campaign, asserting that the rules as devised by Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were necessary to ensure a “free and open internet.” Unfortunately, that description couldn’t be further from the truth.
So-called net neutrality rules instead gave a false illusion of neutrality online and a false sense of protection. If anything, those rules singlehandedly weakened the free flow of information by empowering the world’s most powerful online companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to censor speech, filter and manipulate information and abuse the collection of your personal data with absolutely no transparency or accountability. Here is how.
Fake Net Neutrality Doesn’t Apply to Google and Facebook
Net neutrality rules only apply to internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and Comcast. They do not, nor have they ever, been applied to the largest internet companies in the world – Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.
Net neutrality is the principle that all data on the internet should be treated the same. However, the fake net neutrality purposefully excluded Silicon Valley internet companies, rendering them free to block and discriminate against content.

President Trump to Send National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border
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by MICHELLE MOONS4 Apr 2018Washington, DC3,306

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced from the White House briefing room on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is deploying National Guard troops to the U.S. southern border immediately in conjunction with the border state governors.
Nielsen told reporters that she was not going to get ahead of governors on the size and duration of the effort, but that “it will be strong. It will be as many [troops] as are needed to fill the gaps today.” She said the action would be similar to Operation Jumpstart under President George W. Bush.

Still Rising: Rasmussen Poll Shows Donald Trump Approval Ratings Now at 51 Percent
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by CHARLIE SPIERING4 Apr 20183,203
President Donald Trump’s approval ratings keep rising, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.
On Wednesday, Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll showed that 51 percent of likely U.S. voters approved of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-eight percent disapproved.
This is the best rating for Trump since April of the first year of his presidency.
The new milestone occurs just two days after Trump’s popularity jumped to 50 percent in Monday’s daily tracking poll.
According to Rasmussen, Obama was at 46 percent on April 4 of 2010, the second year of his presidency.

China Retaliates! Beijing Threatens $50 Billion of Tariffs on U.S.
The US and China both fund large soft power programmes aimed at bolstering their image abroadAFP
by JOHN CARNEY4 Apr 20182,348
Just a few hours after the Trump administration released details of its proposed $50 billion in tariffs, China retaliated by announcing its own tariffs on U.S. exports such as soybeans, airplanes, and cars.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
China’s cabinet, the State Council, said Wednesday that the tariffs will cover 106 categories of products and affect $50 billion of Chinese imports of U.S. products. The tariff rate and the sum of goods targeted match the proposal unveiled by the Trump administration Tuesday to punish Beijing for what it says are unfair practices to acquire American technology.
Neither the U.S. nor Chinese tariffs take effect immediately. The Chinese government didn’t specify when its penalties would be imposed. A Finance Ministry statement said that authorities are watching how the U.S. implements its proposed trade actions…

Alyssa Milano Under Fire for Blaming YouTube HQ Shooting on NRA
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Reacting to the news of the mass-shooting at YouTube’s San Bruno, California, headquarters, far-left actress and activist Alyssa Milano appeared to blame the shooting on the NRA and was roundly ridiculed for it.
While news of the mass-shooting at YouTube’s headquarters unfurled, Milano tweeted that if the NRA or NRATV was “run by brown or black people, it would be labeled a terrorist organization with hate propaganda programming that incites violence.”
She attached a NRATV tweet that called for NRA members to “rise up” against YouTube’s ongoing censorship against gun owners and hobbyists.

Joss Whedon Wishes for Trump’s Death, Relief from ‘My Hate and Sadness’
by JEROME HUDSON4 Apr 20181,444
Hollywood director Joss Whedon took to Twitter late Tuesday and wished for President Donald Trump to “quietly die.”
“Donald trump is killing this country. Some of it quickly, some slowly, but he spoils and destroys everything he touches,” Whedon wrote.
“He emboldens monsters, wielding guns, governmental power, or just smug doublespeak. Or Russia,” the Avengers director wrote. “My hate and sadness are exhausting. Die, Don. Just quietly die.”
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 Donald trump is killing this country. Some of it quickly, some slowly, but he spoils and destroys everything he touches. He emboldens monsters, wielding guns, governmental power, or just smug doublespeak. Or Russia.  My hate and sadness are exhausting. Die, Don. Just quietly die.
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While it may not be connected, Whedon’s social media screed against the president came just hours after Nasim Aghdam walked into YouTube’s San Bruno, California, headquarters and opened fire.
Whedon, of course, has long-attacked President Trump and conservatives.
Last month, Whedon posted a false story about Austin, Texas, bombing victim Draylen Mason to attack Trump.
“Draylen Mason. One of the kids I march for, ” Whedon tweeted. “I know, he wasn’t shot. But a violent white kid felt entitled to take his pain out specifically on people of color, & that’s coming from the top. We elected Ugly White Rage and in November we can start to remedy that. March. VOTE!”

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Police: Woman Shot 3 Victims at YouTube’s San Bruno HQ, Then Killed Self
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by BREITBART NEWS3 Apr 201820,388
The YouTube shooter has been identified as Nasim Aghdam, a self-described “vegan bodybuilder and animal rights activist.”
Photo of Nasim Aghdam, taken from her Facebook.
Authorities report she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting a man and two women at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California.
According to reports, Nasim, a woman in her late 30s, was a YouTuber herself and may have held a grudge against the self-broadcasting platform. According to Heavy, she ranted about the site in many of her online videos.
This is a developing story. All times Pacific.
Update — 9:30 PM:
A reporter for CBS 2/KCAL 9 News says she “Just spoke to the father of Nasim Aghdam. He says his daughter had been missing for several days. When cops found her in NorCal last night, he warned them she was angry with YouTube.”

Donald Trump Proposes Guarding Southern Border with the Military
by CHARLIE SPIERING3 Apr 20189,939
President Donald Trump said he is currently having discussions in his administration to deploy military resources on the southern border.
Making his remarks during a lunch meeting at the White House with the presidents of Baltic nations, as Gen. James Mattis sat beside him at the table, Trump said, “I’ve been speaking with Gen. Mattis. We’re going to be doing things militarily,” adding, “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military.”
The president did not detail specific plans for policing the border but appeared eager to make it happen after Democrats stalled progress on his long-promised border wall.
“That’s a big step,” Trump said. “We really haven’t done that before, certainly not very much before.”
Trump confirmed in an afternoon press conference on Tuesday that he does intend to use military force to secure the border.
“We are preparing to have the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States,” Trump said when reporters questioned him for more details. He said he would be meeting with Mattis and other security officials to discuss the issue soon.

Donald Trump Threatens NAFTA, Foreign Aid to Honduras to Stop Immigration ‘Caravan’
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by CHARLIE SPIERING3 Apr 20182,658
President Donald Trump continued to signal criticism for the immigration “caravan” coming into the United States from Honduras through Mexico.
“Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen,” Trump wrote.
He again criticized the “weak laws” of the United States to enforce the southern border, urging Congress to act to change the laws.
“Congress MUST ACT NOW!” the president wrote.
Since Easter, Trump has paid close attention to reports about the caravan group of illegal immigrants approaching the southern border.

Crimewave: Teenage Girl Shot Dead as 16-Year-Old Shot, Stabbed in Sadiq Khan’s London
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by VIRGINIA HALE3 Apr 20183,442
A teenage girl has been shot dead in ostensibly gun-free London while a 16-year-old is in critical condition after a separate gun attack less than two miles away amidst a deadly wave of violent crime in the city.
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, at 9.35pm on Monday where they found a 17-year-old girl with a gunshot wound.
“Despite the best efforts of the [London Ambulance Service], she was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.43pm,” said Scotland Yard.
“Her next of kin are aware and a crime scene is in place. No arrests have been made at this stage.”
The victim was the 37th person to be killed on London’s streets in just two months, and died as a result of rival gang cross fire according to eyewitness testimony on social media, reports the Daily Mail.

,600 Paris Residents Demand Action Against Underage Migrant Street Gangs Terrorising Residents
by CHRIS TOMLINSON3 Apr 20183,422
A large number of residents of the heavily-migrant populated Paris areas of La Chapelle, Goutte-d’Or and Barbès have demanded the government act to stop underage Moroccan migrant gangs, with women being routinely targetted for assault.
The petition, which now stands at over 1,600 signatures, asks the local government to provide measures to deal with the gangs of underage Moroccan migrants, typically aged 14 to 17, many of which are addicted to drugs Le Parisien reports.
One resident, named Mireille, claimed that the migrants had targetted her and her 15-year-old daughter saying, “The first time was a Sunday night, I saw three of these young people on the sidewalk and I felt a threat then we turned around, but right after one of them jumped to my daughter’s throat, maybe to get her collar on her, she broke free, started to cry.”
“The next day we filed a complaint, but now I’m no longer quiet in the street, and she either. It is very unfair not to be able to walk freely in this neighbourhood,” she added.

Rob Reiner: ‘Roseanne’ a Pro-Trump Megaphone for the ‘Lunatic Fringe’
by JEROME HUDSON3 Apr 20186,210
Actor-director turned political activist Rob Reiner warned MSNBC host Joy Reid that the wildly popular reboot of ABC’s Roseanne is a pro-President Donald Trump “megaphone” for the “lunatic fringe” media in America.
Reiner said Roseanne Barr has “tremendous power” to use her social media to push pro-Trump political messages to millions of Americans.
“You have your Fox News and Sinclair and Breitbart and Infowars — which used to be considered and thought of as the lunatic fringe — have now become the mainstream media,” Reiner said, adding that, “truthful journalists, people who are pursuing the truth, are diminished.”
“Democracy,” Reiner contends, “is really in trouble.”
“It goes back to the original sin of this country which is slavery, and we are fighting this last battle of the civil war. And those people who are the alt-right, the white supremacists are hanging on for dear life, and they’re using these propaganda tools which are not just, like I say, lunatic fringe,” Reiner continued. “They’re now invading us, and you guys in the mainstream media seeking the truth are really fighting an uphill battle. This is a real battle right here for the soul of democracy.”

Ratings Implosion: CNN’s Sunday Night Documentaries More Popular than Primetime Anchors
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: CNN Anchor Jake Tapper speaks at the Museum of the Moving Image honoring Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos and Seth Meyers at St. Regis Hotel on June 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)Nicholas Hunt/Getty I
by JOHN NOLTE3 Apr 2018679
No one else in the media is talking about it, but CNN is in the midst of a ratings implosion. Things are now so bad for CNN that the latest numbers show the far-left cable channel would attract more viewers if it fired all of its fake news anchors and aired documentaries instead.
Easter Sunday, at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., CNN stopped broadcasting fake news to instead run  documentaries about the Kennedy family and the pope. Respectively, those particular hours earned 1.4 million and 875,000 total viewers.
On Friday, not a single regularly programmed CNN news show — not even during primetime — earned more than 823,000 total viewers, was able to beat a Sunday night documentary about the pope, much less the Kennedys.

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Trump Declares ‘No More DACA Deal,’ Border-Crossers Want ‘In On’ Amnesty
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by JOHN BINDER1 Apr 201819,048
On Easter Sunday, President Trump announced he would no longer be pursuing a deal with the Republican establishment and Democrats to give amnesty to at least 1.8 million illegal aliens in exchange for a few pro-American immigration reforms.
In a series of tweets, Trump signaled a return to his “America First” immigration agenda, mentioning that he will no longer try to negotiate a deal between the GOP establishment and Democrats on the issue of giving amnesty to potentially millions of illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“NO MORE DACA DEAL,” Trump wrote on Twitter, while also saying that Republicans “must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough” legislation that ends the “Catch and Release” program which releases border-crossers into the U.S. while they await trial:

Donald Trump: ‘Our Country Is Being Stolen’ by Illegals
MCALLEN, TX - AUGUST 07: U.S. Border Patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants after they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States on August 7, 2015 in McAllen, Texas. The state's Rio Grande Valley corridor is the busiest illegal border crossing into the United States. Border security and immigration have become major issues in the U.S. presidential campaigns. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)John Moore/Getty
by CHARLIE SPIERING2 Apr 201810,208
President Donald Trump urged Congress to prevent large groups of illegal immigrants from entering the country.
“Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday morning.
Trump said that “weak” border laws passed by Democrats prevented border patrol and ICE agents from enforcing the border laws.
“Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People,” he wrote.
Trump repeated his views about DACA, saying the issue was “dead” after Democrats refused to make a deal to legalize illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.
He reminded Mexico that they had the power to prevent large “caravans” of illegal immigrants from entering the country.
“They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws,” Trump wrote.

Poll: 77 Percent Believe Traditional Media Guilty of Fake News
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by NATE CHURCH2 Apr 20184,247
According to a survey by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, the vast majority of Americans believe that mainstream media outlets report “fake news.”
A whopping 77 percent of over 800 respondents relayed their distrust for major news organizations in both television and print — a marked increase from the 63 percent that was already skeptical a year ago. Of those, 31 percent believe it to be a regular occurrence, while 46 percent see it as a more occasional issue.
83 percent of those questioned believe that special interest groups intentionally seek to implant the mainstream news cycle with false information. Moreso, 87 percent believe that those same forces influence social media such as Facebook, as well as YouTube.
Suspicion is not divided along party lines, though differences still exist. While Republicans are most convinced of the media’s impure intentions, with a pervasive 89 percent distrusting mainstream news networks, Democrats are now 61 percent in agreement, up double digits from just 43 percent a year ago. Those not affiliated with either party maintain a healthy skepticism of their own. Last year, 66 percent of independent voters already distrusted the media. This year, it has risen to 82 percent.

Mark Zuckerberg Proposes Facebook ‘Supreme Court’ to Rule on ‘Hate Speech’
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by LUCAS NOLAN2 Apr 20186,311
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has proposed a ‘Facebook Supreme Court’ to rule on hate speech reports on the social media platform.
In an interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined the future of the social media platform, at one point suggesting that a “Supreme Court” model could be used when judging what counts as hate speech on the platform. As the company reels from their latest user data scandal — which saw stock prices plummet — and a market value loss of approximately $100 billion, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been attempting to open discussion about how Facebook can improve.
Zuckerberg was asked about the site’s governance structure and the general lack of oversight of the company. Ezra Klein noted that there was no “quadrennial election for CEO of Facebook,” which may lead to a lack of accountability for the company. Zuckerberg responded to this by outlining Facebook’s supposed principles; “Here are a few of the principles. One is transparency,” said Zuckerberg. “Right now, I don’t think we are transparent enough around the prevalence of different issues on the platform. We haven’t done a good job of publishing and being transparent about the prevalence of those kinds of issues, and the work that we’re doing and the trends of how we’re driving those things down over time.”

Mark Zuckerberg Explains How Facebook Will Try to Kill Alternative Media
CAMBRIDGE, MA - MAY 25: Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the commencement address at the Alumni Exercises at Harvard's 366th commencement exercises on May 25, 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Zuckerberg studied computer science at Harvard before leaving to move Facebook to Paolo Alto, CA. He returned to the campus this week to his former dorm room and live streamed his visit. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)Paul Marotta/Getty Images
by ALLUM BOKHARI2 Apr 20185,731
In his recent interview with the far-left online publication Vox, Mark Zuckerberg explained Facebook’s new system of favoring “broadly trusted” news sources, via a mechanism designed to favor established outlets and crush new media.
Facebook introduced its new system in January, and the results were immediately apparent. Facebook traffic to establishment outlets including CNN and NBC soared upwards, while traffic to conservative outlets fell. Facebook engagement (likes, shares, and comments) also fell across multiple new media outlets, including those on the right and the left. Facebook engagement on President Trump’s posts fell by 45 per cent.
In his Vox interview, Mark Zuckerberg explained these changes as neutrally as he could, talking about providing a more “meaningful experience” for Facebook users. But despite tamely couching his words, the truth slipped out — Facebook is going to act like a publisher, with a view on what counts as “quality news,” and make judgments about the accuracy and reliability of news publications.
Zuckerberg outlined three categories of “fake news” — spammers, state actors, and “real media outlets who are saying what they think is true but have varying levels of accuracy or trustworthiness.”

Rasmussen: Donald Trump Hits 50 Percent Approval Rating
President Donald Trump has reached a 50 percent approval rating according to the latest Rasmussen poll of American voters.Justin Sullivan/Getty
by CHARLIE SPIERING2 Apr 20184,904
President Donald Trump has reached a 50 percent approval rating, according to the latest Rasmussen poll of American voters.
On Monday, Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll showed that 50 percent of likely U.S. voters approved of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent disapproved.
Trump’s remarkable milestone occurs in the second year of his presidency. Obama was at 46 percent on April 2 of 2010, the second year of his presidency.
Rasmussen’s daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis as well as through an online survey tool of randomly selected participants. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 2.5 percentage points.

Kathy Griffin Attacks Trump Family: ‘They’re All Psychos’
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by BEN KEW2 Apr 20183,243
Disgraced comedian Kathy Griffin has again attacked President Donald Trump and his family, describing them as “psychos” who attempted to ruin her career.
Griffin, 58, told Confidential how she is still the victim of “credible death threats” nearly a year after she posed with the fake severed head of President Donald Trump in a shocking and heavily criticized photoshoot.
“I sent out a tweet the other day that was real honest, saying I didn’t know what my future was with this fucking son of a bitch coming after me and the clown car of assholes,” Griffin told the outlet. “Not to mention the family with the grown sons, Eric and Don Jr… They’re all psychos.”
Following the beheading photo, Griffin came under a slew of criticism from fans, colleagues, and even President Trump, who claimed that the grotesque image had upset his 11-year-old son Barron.

Temple University Faculty Members Are Trying to Erase the ‘Gender Binary System’
by TOM CICCOTTA2 Apr 20181,092
Some faculty members at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are looking to “unlearn” the “gender binary system.”
The gender binary refers to the traditional classification of human gender into two distinct categories, masculine and feminine. Some professors at Temple University are looking to erase this “outdated” classification altogether.
Heath Fogg Davis, a professor of political science at Temple, argues in his new book that he wants to live in a world in which everyone uses a “gender-neutral pronoun.”
“My argument in the book is not that we try to live beyond gender, but [to minimize] the formal use of gender and gender policies because of the ways it infringes on people’s individual autonomy,” Davis said. “In an ideal world, I wish that we all used a gender-neutral pronoun.”
Davis asks all of his students to write down their personal pronouns on a note card so that he avoids misgendering anyone.

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Parkland Student-Activist David Hogg Targets Laura Ingraham’s Advertisers for Boycott
David Hogg, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., raises his fist after speaking during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)AP/Andrew Harnik
by JOHN NOLTE29 Mar 201813,509

David Hogg, one of the higher-profile Parkland student anti-gun activists, urged his left-wing followers and fans to target Laura Ingraham’s advertisers for a boycott of her Fox News show.
UPDATE: Ingraham shared a public apology to Hogg after Nutrish and TripAdvisor announced they were pulling their companies’ ads from her Fox News program.
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Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David...(1/2)
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Laura Ingraham Apologizes, Calls David Hogg a ‘Brave Victim of Parkland’
by AWR HAWKINS29 Mar 20186,560
David Hogg launched a campaign against Laura Ingraham over comments she made about him, and within hours, Ingraham apologized and described Hogg as a “brave victim of Parkland.”
The tension began when Ingraham pointed out that Hogg had been “rejected by four colleges to which he applied.” She added, “He whines about it.”
An hour after she tweeted those words, Hogg fired off a tweet of his own, listing advertisers of Ingraham’s show in a bid to get them to drop her:

Larry King: Time to Repeal the ‘Poorly Written’ Second Amendment
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by AWR HAWKINS29 Mar 20185,325
Former CNN anchor-turned celebrity interviewer Larry King says he supports repealing the “poorly written” Second Amendment.
TMZ caught up with King in Beverly Hills and asked him what he thought about Stevens’ idea. King concurred with Stevens, saying it is time to repeal the “poorly worded” amendment.
King asked, “What do they mean by militia?”
He then transitioned to claims that the Second Amendment is tied to “southern Senators” who sought to “ward off slaves uprising.”

Exodus: Will Ferrell to Delete Facebook Account
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by CHARLIE NASH29 Mar 20181,179
Hollywood star Will Ferrell will be deleting his Facebook page this week in response to allegations that the social network mishandled user data.
“Hi Friends, I’m reaching out to let you know that in 72 hours I will be deleting my Facebook account. I am not deleting it immediately, in order to give this message enough time to get across to my fans and followers,” declared Ferrell in a post on Facebook, Tuesday. “I have always had an aversion to social media and have primarily used it as a tool to help support our work at Funny Or Die, some of my personal projects, as well as charity causes that I am passionate about. Facebook allowed me to promote and share the work of many dedicated and talented individuals who deserved recognition.”
“I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy.

Donald Trump Blasts Amazon for Putting Retailers Out of Business
A lower than expected retail sales number Wednesday has many economists revising down their forecast of first-quarter GDPSpencer Platt/Getty
by CHARLIE SPIERING29 Mar 20184,867
President Donald Trump shared his opinion about, criticizing them for hurting retail businesses.
“Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state and local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
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I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!
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The president made his remarks after an Axios report highlighted his personal animosity toward the company. Amazon’s stock closed down 4.4 percent the same day.

Jeb Bush Blasts Trump Family: My Kids ‘Actually Love Me’
by JOHN NOLTE29 Mar 20183,446
Jeb Bush took a cheap shot at president Donald Trump’s family by saying that after he (Jeb) lost the 2016 South Carolina GOP primary, he returned home to children who “actually love me, ” reports the Yale Daily News.
This is yet another example of the Bush Dynasty not exactly covering itself in glory since Trump blew out Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Ironically, after attacking Trump’s family, the Yale Daily News notes that Jeb “called for more polite political discourse, citing William Buckley Jr.’s ’50 style of rhetoric. Bush recalled watching Buckley’s famous television program, Firing Line, and admiring Buckley’s respect for the opposition, his wit and his hopeful optimism.”

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Donald Trump Signs Bloated $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Bill, Cites Military Funding
The measure, backed by President Donald Trump thanks in part to a last-minute sales pitch by Ryan at the White House, was introduced with precious little time to actMANDEL NGAN/AFP
by CHARLIE SPIERING23 Mar 201834,577
President Donald Trump signed Congress’s $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill on Friday afternoon, despite widespread criticism of the legislation from his supporters.
The president described the 2,232-page bill as “ridiculous” but said he felt the need to sign it because of his duty to protect the country.
“As a matter of national security, I’ve signed this omnibus budget bill,” Trump said. “There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about in this bill. I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again.”
Trump complained that the bill was too long with too little time to read.
“You tell me, who can read that quickly,” Trump said to reporters.
A copy of the spending bill, approved by Congress, is seen on a desk before US President Donald Trump speaks about the bill in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on March 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
A copy of the spending bill, approved by Congress, is seen on a desk before US President Donald Trump speaks about the bill in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on March 23, 2018. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
The president made his remarks in a surprise press availability at the White House just hours before he was scheduled to go to Mar-a-Lago on Friday afternoon.

Trump Signs Omnibus, Pledges Never to Do So Again
US President Donald Trump speaks about the spending bill during a press conference in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on March 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty
by MICHELLE MOONS23 Mar 2018Washington, DC682
President Donald Trump on Friday held a ceremony to sign the $1.3 trillion dollar omnibus budget, at the same time pledging never to sign such a bill again.
The President commented that no one could read such a massive bill before passing or signing it in the time it was available.
Trump pledged to never sign a bill like this omnibus ever again. He said that nobody read it. “It’s only hours old.”
He added that it’s the second-largest budget ever passed, second only to one signed by President Barack Obama.
Trump said that the bill got so big because “we need to take care of our military.” He added, “Democrats don’t believe in that.”

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: ‘Repeal the Second Amendment’
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 91, works in his office at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. His new book is titled "Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir," a personal reflection on the five chief justices he has known. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)AP/J. Scott Applewhite
by AWR HAWKINS27 Mar 201816,887
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says the right to bear arms has run its course, and now’s the time to “repeal the Second Amendment.”
He suggests that student protesters should shift their focus from pursuing legislation to pursuing a change in the constitution.
The Hill quoted a New York Times‘ op-ed, in which Steven praised the efforts of students protesters, then said, “Demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
He stressed his belief that there is ample support to raise the minimum age for long gun purchases, “[prohibit] civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons,” and enact universal background checks. But made clear that more should be done.

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Donald Trump Signs Bloated $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Bill, Cites Military Funding
The measure, backed by President Donald Trump thanks in part to a last-minute sales pitch by Ryan at the White House, was introduced with precious little time to actMANDEL NGAN/AFP
by CHARLIE SPIERING23 Mar 201834,577
President Donald Trump signed Congress’s $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill on Friday afternoon, despite widespread criticism of the legislation from his supporters.
The president described the 2,232-page bill as “ridiculous” but said he felt the need to sign it because of his duty to protect the country.
“As a matter of national security, I’ve signed this omnibus budget bill,” Trump said. “There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about in this bill. I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again.”
Trump complained that the bill was too long with too little time to read.
“You tell me, who can read that quickly,” Trump said to reporters.
A copy of the spending bill, approved by Congress, is seen on a desk before US President Donald Trump speaks about the bill in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on March 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
A copy of the spending bill, approved by Congress, is seen on a desk before US President Donald Trump speaks about the bill in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on March 23, 2018.  (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
The president made his remarks in a surprise press availability at the White House just hours before he was scheduled to go to Mar-a-Lago on Friday afternoon.

Trump Signs Omnibus, Pledges Never to Do So Again
US President Donald Trump speaks about the spending bill during a press conference in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on March 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty
by MICHELLE MOONS23 Mar 2018Washington, DC682
President Donald Trump on Friday held a ceremony to sign the $1.3 trillion dollar omnibus budget, at the same time pledging never to sign such a bill again.
The President commented that no one could read such a massive bill before passing or signing it in the time it was available.
Trump pledged to never sign a bill like this omnibus ever again. He said that nobody read it. “It’s only hours old.”
He added that it’s the second-largest budget ever passed, second only to one signed by President Barack Obama.
Trump said that the bill got so big because “we need to take care of our military.” He added, “Democrats don’t believe in that.”

Ann Coulter Congratulates ‘President Schumer’ on Spending Bill, Tells Trump ‘You’ll Be Impeached’
by JOHN BINDER23 Mar 2018Washington, D.C.18,607
New York Times best-selling author and populist conservative columnist Ann Coulter congratulated Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after President Trump signed off on the Republicans’ omnibus spending bill that does not include a single provision from his 70-point list of pro-American immigration reforms.
In a series of online posts, Coulter told Trump he will “be impeached” after signing the spending bill ahead of the 2018 midterm elections where Republican voters are increasingly disappointed with anti-border wall, pro-immigration party leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Taylor Swift Donates to Student Gun Control March
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by JEROME HUDSON23 Mar 20184,362
Pop megastar Taylor Swift, in a rare political statement, came out in strong support on Friday for the Parkland student-led campaign for gun control in a lengthy social media post.
“No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship,” Swift wrote an Instagram post. “I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform.”

George Clooney to Student Gun Control Activists: ‘You Make Me Proud of My Country Again’
by DYLAN GWINN23 Mar 20184,217
With thousands of gun control advocates set to descend on the nation’s capital and dozens of other locations across the country on Saturday, for the March For Our Lives demonstrations, actor and activist George Clooney wrote a letter to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to thank them for what they “are doing to make the country a safer place.”
Clooney’s letter was published by The Guardian. The British paper will also use three student journalists from Marjory Stoneman’s student newspaper, to help edit The Guardian’s coverage of the March in Washington.
Clooney writes, “Amal and I are 100% behind you and will be marc

Citibank Requiring Gun Store Customers to Quit Selling ‘High Capacity’ Magazines
A magazine with newly manufactured 5.56mm cartridges is seen at Stone Hart manufacturing, Co. April 9, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Ammunition suppliers nationwide are reporting a shortage due in part to a sharp rise in gun sales after the election of President Obama that are said to be fueled by fears his administration will usher in more restrictive gun laws. Other factors for the shortage are reported to be the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and fear of social upheaval due to the worsening economy. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Joe Raedle/Getty
by AWR HAWKINS23 Mar 20183,371

Citibank used a March 22 “Commercial Firearms Policy” to announce a requirement that gun stores quit selling “high capacity” magazines in order to do business with the bank.
Citibank’s new policy:
Under this…policy, we will require new retail sector clients or partners to adhere to these best practices: (1) they don’t sell firearms to someone who hasn’t passed a background check, (2) they restrict the sale of firearms for individuals under 21 years of age, and (3) they don’t sell bump stocks or high-capacity magazines. This policy will apply across the firm, including to small business, commercial and institutional clients, as well as credit card partners, whether co-brand or private label. It doesn’t impact the ability of consumers to use their Citi cards at merchants of their choice.

Police Scotland Create ‘Hate Crime Files’ on over 900 Young Teens in One Year
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by VIRGINIA HALE23 Mar 2018679
Tackling online hate crime in Scotland will be a “priority”, the nation’s police have announced, revealing that almost 1,000 files on children aged between 11 and 15 were created last year.
A total of 5,889 “hate crime files” were drawn up in 2016/17, Police Scotland said, announcing the launch of a social media campaign on the issue which will also see officers work with schools to promote the slogan “be greater than a hater”.
Around 900 of the almost 6,000 police files created in just one year involving so-called hate crime involved perpetrators aged between 11 and 15, according to a press release which warned that “increasing numbers of youngsters use social media to bully their peers online or hide behind fake online accounts”.

2020: CNN Declares Joe Biden Dem. Frontrunner
FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden delivers the annual Harvard College Class Day address on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Just days after launching a new political action committee, former Biden will join Republican officials and donors at a weekend retreat hosted by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)AP Photo/Steven Senne
by TONY LEE22 Mar 20183,197

CNN on Thursday declared former Vice President Joe Biden is the early 2020 frontrunner for the Democrats.
Biden’s polling average in all national 2020 primary polls is 27%, and the only person even within striking distance right now is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is at 21%, according to the analysis
At least two of the primary polls (RABA, Politico/Morning Consult) had Oprah Winfrey as one of the potential candidates, and Biden finished ahead of Winfrey and the other Democrats in those polls. CNN, which acknowledged that it is “entirely unreasonable” to forecast a winner this early, also pointed out that Biden is even currently leading in New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation primary after the Iowa caucuses. A February University of New Hampshire survey found Biden defeating Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), both of whom are from the region, by double digits.
Biden, whose advisers are reportedly planning a 2020 run, and Trump got into a war of words this week after Biden said he would take Trump behind the “gym and beat the hell out of him” if they were in high school and Trump made lewd remarks about women. Trump responded on Thursday by tweeting Biden is “trying to act like a tough guy” and “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way.”

Allah Akbar’ Attacker: Three Dead, Dozen Wounded in Carcassonne Attacks
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by OLIVER JJ LANE23 Mar 20183,785
The hostage-taking gunman responsible for at least three deaths in Carcassonne, France Friday has been shot dead after demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, the sole remaining killer of the 2015 Paris attacks from Prison.
Friday’s attacker, who has been identified as Moroccan origin Carcassonne resident Redouane Lakdim, who attacked police and a supermarket with weapons including a handgun made the demand for France to release its most closely guarded prisoner, the terrorist Salah Abdeslam Friday afternoon.
Described as ‘public enemy number one’ by French newspaper Le Figaro, Abdeslam was a delinquent-turned terrorist cell member who was part of the November 2015 carnage that killed 130 in locations across the city including the Bataclan theatre.

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House Passes $1.3 Trillion, 2,232-Page Omnibus Spending Bill
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters about the massive government spending bill moving through Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)AP/J. Scott Applewhite
by SEAN MORAN22 Mar 20182,951
The House passed the $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page omnibus spending bill on Thursday, sending the bill to the Senate; Congress must pass the omnibus before midnight on Friday to avert a government shutdown.
The House passed the omnibus 255-167, featuring bipartisan support despite conservative opposition to the legislation.
The House voted to advance the legislation to a floor vote on Thursday morning 211-207.
Republican leadership released the omnibus bill on Wednesday night giving legislators less than 17 hours to read the bill. 
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) slammed the passage of the omnibus in a statement on Thursday:
This is wrong. This is not the limited government conservatism our voters demand. Our constituents—our employers—deserve better.
Republicans in Congress today were faced with a choice: Vote ‘yes’ and fund the military while embracing record levels of spending with a list of unfulfilled promises; Or vote no, go back to the drawing board, and get to work on a real proposal, with a real process, that funds our troops and actually fights to deliver the bill of goods that we promised the American people.
Members of the Freedom Caucus chose to vote no, because this omnibus doesn’t just forget the promises we made to voters—it flatly rejects them.
The White House backed the omnibus spending bill after President Donald Trump discussed the bill with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement:
The president and the leaders discussed their support for the bill, which includes more funds to rebuild the military, such as the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade, more than 100 miles of new construction for the border wall and other key domestic priorities, like combatting the opioid crisis and rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Wednesday night, “Every bill takes compromise, and there was plenty here, but at the end of the day we Democrats feel very good because so many of our priorities for the middle class were included.”
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows lamented in an interview with Breitbart News Daily on Tuesday that the “Senate Democrats seem to be calling most of the shots.”
As Breitbart News reported, the omnibus spending bill contains language that explicitly bars funding for a southern border wall.
The omnibus also contains provisions that expand the H-2B visa-worker program, which would reduce market pressure on companies to offer American workers higher wages.
Republican leadership also included provisions that will allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct gun research. The omnibus also includes the Fix NICS Act, which would allow for unelected bureaucrats to remove Americans’ right to purchase firearms without due process.
The omnibus spending bill includes funding for the New York Gateway Bridge project that will benefit Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The House Freedom Caucus sternly opposed the omnibus bill; the conservatives sent a letter to the White House, urging president Donald Trump to reject the legislation.
The House conservatives said that the bill “outright rejects” the promises conservatives made to the voters.
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) told Fox News on Sunday that Democrats have not abandoned their base by refusing to shut down the government over DACA illegal aliens.
Durbin said, “We’re not going to have a shutdown, but I’m urging leaders to come together and understand there’s an emergency here. We have to move on a bipartisan basis.”
“We got about 80% of what we were trying to get, and if you can’t accept 80%, then the system can’t function,” Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) said in an interview.

GOP Leaders Expand H-2B Visa-Worker Program
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by NEIL MUNRO21 Mar 20185,431
The GOP’s business-first leadership has expanded the H-2B visa-worker program, so reducing marketplace pressure on companies to offer higher wages to Americans just months before the November election.
The pre-election giveaway is buried on page 1760 of the 2232-page 2018 omnibus bill, where language allows the Department of Homeland Security to greatly expand the size of the H-2B visa-worker program up to roughly 100,000 imported workers:
SEC. 205. Notwithstanding the [66,000] numerical limitation set forth in section 214(g)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(1)(B)), the Secretary of Homeland Security, after consultation with the Secretary of Labor, and upon the determination that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in fiscal year 2018 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, and able to perform temporary nonagricultural labor, may increase the total number of aliens who may receive a visa under section 101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b)) in such fiscal year above such limitation by not more than the highest number of H–2B nonimmigrants who participated in the H–2B returning worker program in any fiscal year in which returning workers were exempt from such numerical limitation.
The jargon gives the green light to Senators and Representatives to pressure DHS leaders to hand out more H-2B visas to the politicians’ local employers.

Nancy Pelosi Gloats over Omnibus: ‘Democrats Won’; No Wall
Nancy Pelosi gavel (Chip Somodevilla / Getty)Chip Somodevilla / Getty
by JOEL B. POLLAK22 Mar 201810,200
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi trumpeted her party’s successes in the negotiations over the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in a statement released late Wednesday.
While Democrats had not managed to secure a solution for the so-called “Dreamers” — a major demand of the progressive activist base of the party — she boasted that she had funded many Democratic spending priorities.
Crucially, she said, Democrats had prevented Trump from building his wall, restricting new spending on border security to secondary fencing.
Pelosi’s full statement follows:
“Democrats fought with great integrity, strength and unity to secure vital middle class priorities in the omnibus spending bill.  We are grateful to Ranking Member Nita Lowey, our appropriators and staff for delivering progress on critical priorities, while successfully removing many dangerous poison pills.
“Thanks to the leadership of Democrats, the omnibus proposal contains bold investments in our veterans, the NIH, community health centers, and families fighting opioid addiction.  These job-creating, life-saving investments stand in sharp contrast to the Trump Budget.
“Democrats won explicit language restricting border construction to the same see-through fencing that was already authorized under current law.  The bill does not allow any increase in deportation officers or detention beds.  We are disappointed that we did not reach agreement on Dreamer protections that were worthy of these patriotic young people.  We will continue to ask the Speaker to give us a vote to protect Dreamers and honor our values.
“House Democratic Members will now assess the whole package and weigh its equities.  Again, we thank our appropriators, their staff and the House and Senate Leadership staff for their commitment to getting the job done.”
Pelosi’s claims on the border wall contradict President Trump’s claim yesterday that Republicans had won “$1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming.”

White House: President Trump Will Sign $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Bill
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by CHARLIE SPIERING22 Mar 201819,231
President Donald Trump will sign the proposed Omnibus spending bill, White House officials confirmed on Thursday, even though the 2,232-page bill has yet to pass through Congress.
“Let’s cut right to the chase: Is the President going to sign the bill?” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a White House briefing. “The answer is yes.”
The budget director made a practical case for the Republican-led budget process, even though he admitted that it was not “perfect.” 
“This is what a bill looks like when you have 60 votes in the Senate when the Democrats get a chance to take their pound of flesh in order to defend the nation,” he said.
Mulvaney said the $1.3 trillion spending bill funded the president’s budget priorities including a big boost in defense spending, opioids, border security, school safety, workforce development, and infrastructure.
Asked why the bill continued to fund Planned Parenthood, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short only cited the administration’s commitment to existing Hyde Amendment principles against funding abortion.
“I think this administration’s very proud of our stand for life,” he said.
Mulvaney defended the funding for 110 miles of new and replacement “bollard” fencing on the border, although he acknowledged that some of it was replacement infrastructure for existing fencing.
“Did we get everything that we wanted, when it comes to immigration?” he asked. “Absolutely not.”
He admitted that the administration was disappointed that there were no limitations in funding for actuary cities.
Mulvaney blamed Democrats for failing to reach a broader wall funding deal in exchange for a DACA legislative solution.
“What is clear at this point is the Democrats do not want a solution to this,” he said. “This a political weapon that they appreciate.”

Mark Zuckerberg: ‘We Don’t Sell Any Data to Anyone’
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by JOHN NOLTE22 Mar 20182,696
During an interview on Wednesday night with far-left CNN, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg assured his billion-plus users, “We don’t sell any data to anyone.”
Zuckerberg is currently on a public relations tour to clean up the mess created after news broke that a data firm, Cambridge Analytica, harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users.
The media are primarily upset that Cambridge Analytica has some ties to President Trump. When the 2012 Obama re-election campaign did this same kind of data harvesting on Facebook, the media praised the genius of Team Obama’s use of this ill-gotten information to micro-target voters. The idea that Trump might have done the same, however, horrifies the media, even though the president’s campaign did not use the firm to target voters during the general election.
In other words, much of this scandal is a big pile of fake news, a way for the media to hang on to the fantasy that Trump cheated and is not legitimate.
Nevertheless, the idea that Facebook users are having their data harvested without consent is worrisome, so Zuckerberg came out of hiding with some well-rehearsed talking points Wednesday night. One notable statement was his claim that Facebook does not sell data to anyone — which many believe is how Facebook makes a lot of its money.

Mark Zuckerberg Dodges Commitment to Testify Before Congress on Facebook Data Mining
by LUCAS NOLAN22 Mar 2018121
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent interview that he would be “happy” to testify before Congress about the site’s recent data scandal but dodged a commitment to do so by adding the caveat that he would testify only if it is “the right thing to do.”
Recode reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented on the company’s Cambridge Analytica user data scandal. When asked would he be willing to testify before Congress about the situation, Zuckerberg stated, “I’m open to doing that. We actually do this fairly regularly … There are lots of different topics that Congress needs and wants to know about, and the way that we approach it is that our responsibility is to make sure that they have access to all of the information that they need to have.” But Zuckerberg did hedge this offer by saying, “the short answer is, I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do”
Essentially, Zuckerberg is saying that while he may be willing to testify before Congress if absolutely necessary, it’s very likely that Facebook will once again send a panel of lawyers and executives in place of the company’s CEO. Zuckerberg did admit that the company has made mistakes, however, saying that they possibly should not have opened up user data to third-party services so widely in 2007, and further exasperated that issue in 2008 with the launch of Facebook Connect which aimed to integrate users Facebook profile and friends group with other apps.
“Frankly, I just think I got that wrong,” said Zuckerberg. “There was this values tension playing out between the value of data portability — being able to take your data and some social data, the ability to create new experiences — on one hand, and privacy on the other hand,” he said. “I was maybe too idealistic on the side of data portability, that it would create more good experiences — and it created some — but I think what the clear feedback from our community was that people value privacy a lot more.” 

Donald Trump Rips ‘Crazy Joe Biden’ for ‘Trying to Act Like a Tough Guy’
President Donald Trump reacted to former Vice President Joe Biden’s comment that he would have “beat the hell out of” the president if they were in high school together.AP
by CHARLIE SPIERING22 Mar 20185,194
President Donald Trump reacted to former Vice President Joe Biden’s comment that he would have “beat the hell out of” the president if they were in high school together.
“Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy,” Trump responded on Twitter. “Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault.”
Biden made his remarks during a speech to students at the University of Miami.
“They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him,’” Biden said, recalling remarks he gave in 2016 about Trump.
Biden blasted Trump for his comments about women.
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” Biden said. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy who talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
Trump responded that Biden could be beaten easily.
“He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way,” he wrote. “Don’t threaten people Joe!”

White House Lawyer John Dowd Resigns as Mueller Probe Sharpens
John Dowd (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)Susan Walsh / Associated Press
by JOEL B. POLLAK22 Mar 20182,290
John Dowd, the lead attorney representing President Donald Trump in dealing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, has resigned.
Dowd gave no reason for his resignation, but it came just days after Mueller had submitted a list of questions to the White House as the Special Counsel’s office sought to interview the president. Following the submission of those questions, President Trump had posted several tweets criticizing Mueller’s entire investigation: “The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime,” he tweeted on Sunday.
Dowd’s resignation also came after the president appointed former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova to his legal team. DiGenova has been a harsh critic of Mueller’s investigation, saying it was a political setup to hurt Trump.

Bill Murray Compares Parkland Student Activists to Vietnam Protesters in Gun Control Op-Ed
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by JEROME HUDSON22 Mar 2018772
Veteran actor Bill Murray praised the Parkland, Florida, students who became gun control activists after last month’s mass shooting, comparing the teens in an NBC op-ed to Vietnam War protesters.
“I was thinking, looking at the kids in Parkland, Florida who have started these anti-gun protests, that it really was the students that began the end of the Vietnam War,” wrote Murray, who rarely expresses a political opinion. “It was the students who made all the news, and that noise started, and then the movement wouldn’t stop. I think, maybe, this noise that those students in Florida are making — here, today — will do something of the same nature.”
The famed Ghostbusters star said influencing lawmakers to pass gun control measures will require the same comprehensive campaigning that it took from student protesters to pressure President Richard Nixon to launch efforts to end the Vietnam War.
“You’ve got to surround a deeply political issue like gun control or a war, to come at it from every single direction,” Murray wrote. “You can’t just focus on one thing, or aim for just the one goal.”
“People will survive. If you can just stop shooting at them, they really do pretty well,” writes the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor. “It’s the right idea for a human to live in peace, and a peaceful nature is a proper thing. For children to be concerned about going to school, worried about what could happen to them at school, that makes for a horrible moment. It’s just a horrible place for us to be at.”
Murray marvels at the idealism driving the anti-gun student activists and insists that there are “idealists left over the age of 18.”
The Caddyshack star, who called the Republican tax cuts plan “fantastic” last month and slammed identity politics, is currently promoting his new Wes Anderson-directed animated movie Isle of Dogs.

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Nolte: Mark Zuckerberg’s Fatal Error — Not Leaving Everyone the Hell Alone
MENLO PARK, CA - APRIL 04: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during an event at Facebook headquarters on April 4, 2013 in Menlo Park, California. Zuckerberg announced a new product for Android called Facebook Home. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Justin Sullivan/Getty
by JOHN NOLTE21 Mar 20185,916

Make no mistake, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are in trouble — not just here in America, but all over the world. The Tech Tyrant has only himself to blame. Had he just left us alone, he would not be so alone or widely viewed as a monopoly with all the inherent risks in that. He would also not be a national pariah.
When you are in charge of something, be it a Girl Scout troop or one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, the only way to stay out of trouble is with simple and clear rules applied equally. By not doing this, Zuckerberg has wrapped himself ’round his own axle.

Even a billion or so Facebook users are unhappy with him. They feel trapped on a platform that offends them. Much of this resentment comes from feeling swindled. After herding us all into his monopolistic public square, Zuckerberg changed the rules.

On both the micro and macro levels, as Facebook arbitrarily singles out conservatives for suppression, censorship, and purges (not to mention left-wing “fact checks”), all while leftists doing the same remain mostly unmolested. There is no question that this is a digital public square lousy with double standards that we all witness on an almost daily basis

Facebook’s entire problem is right there on its page of Kafka-esque “community standards.” What I mean by Kafka-esque is the opaqueness of  rules that can be interpreted in so many different ways — which means there really are no rules, which means 1) you don’t know what the boundaries are, so 2) you are intimidated into not expressing yourself fully, and 3) you can be suspended or purged by Facebook without ever knowing why.

Facebook’s rules against “hate speech” are a perfect example, basically a license to purge whoever for whatever:

Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their:

National origin,
Religious affiliation,
Sexual orientation,
Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
Serious disabilities or diseases.
Obviously, Zuckerberg created these rules as a means to appease the braying left, especially those in the elitist media. But what he failed to understand is that in doing so, no one is happy.

The right is disgusted because Facebook’s corporate censors are manipulating these rules to suppress, silence, and purge us.

Alternately, the easily triggered left, who interpret mere words and ideas as violence and racism, are disgusted because Facebook is not keeping its promise to enforce its “community standards,” which in their twisted minds means purging anyone to the right of Don Lemon.

The world would look much different for Zuckerberg today had he kept his authoritarian impulses under control and governed Facebook in the same way Ma Bell and the U.S. Postal System were governed 35 years ago when those were our primary means of communication.

For example, threats of violence, criminal conspiracies, and committing actual crimes (child pornography, etc.) were all illegal via phone and mail. Those guidelines not only made sense; they were easy for users to follow due to crystal clear boundaries.

So, yes — and this is the key point — there were “community standards” governing the phone and mail. But those rules were not arbitrarily created by the same monolithic entity in charge of one of our primary means of communication. Rather, those laws were created by the lawmakers who represent us.

In other words, Ma Bell and the post office did not control the way in which Americans communicate. They were not monitoring our phone conversations or reading our mail to see if we were engaging in whatever the arbitrary definition of “hate speech” was. By extension, they did not have the power to purge users via those arbitrary rules.

Moreover, there was even the equivalent of a “block” button back then. If you were harassed, you could get an unlisted phone number or rent a post office box to which you alone controlled access.

Facebook (along with Twitter and YouTube) are all guilty of bait-and-switch. They lure us onto their platforms with the promise of unbridled free speech, create their respective monopolies, and then go the full-Kafka against opinions that personally offend them.

When you are talking about something as sacred as free speech, the exchange of ideas, and the right to assemble, monopolies like Facebook should not have the power to purge anyone. If you are not breaking the law, you should be left alone.

Unelected corporations should not be in charge of how we communicate. Like any public place, only representatives accountable to the public should make the rules that govern the town square of Facebook.

Yes, the left and their media allies would have a tantrum if Zuckerberg governed Facebook like a public utility. But in that situation Zuckerberg could at least stand on the following principle:

Hey, free speech is free speech. If you are offended, block him. If you are harassed, block him. If you believe someone posted fake news, out them with facts. If you believe someone lied, tell the truth. If you believe someone is denigrating you, ignore him. If you believe someone is breaking the law, send a screencap to law enforcement. We do not tell people, even evil people — commies, Nazis, Antifa, the KKK — how they can or cannot speak. That is up to your elected officials. Additionally, we have no algorithm that controls the flow of information because that would be un-American. Finally, no one, not Obama, not Cambridge Analytics, gets access to your data. That is solely up to you. Facebook is an equal free speech playing field where you control what you do and do not see. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it. So quit your godless crybabying and remember sticks n’ stones.

No matter how much a far-left CNN or Washington Post whined because Zuckerberg refused to censor conservatives, this simple standard equally applied would be very difficult to argue with. Plus, if that actually was Zuckerberg’s standard, a lot of us would be defending him right now, instead of hoping the government moves in to break his fascist public square into a thousand pieces.
  YouTube Bans All Gun Demonstration Videos
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by AWR HAWKINS21 Mar 20188,903

YouTube is entering the gun control debate with a new ban on videos which demo firearms or link to websites selling firearms or firearm accessories.
The move to ban firearm demos dovetails with the media platform’s desire to “prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.”
Ironically, guns built at home have not been part of the mass public attacks that have drawn national attention over the past months and years, but guns acquired at retail via background checks have been.
Bloomberg reports that YouTube issued a statement in coordination with new prohibitions, saying, “We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies. While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) said YouTube’s policy shift is “worrisome.” They fear that “educational content” may now be lumped in with prohibited firearm videos and everything lost together.
NSSF observed:
We suspect it will be interpreted to block much more content than the stated goal of firearms and certain accessory sales. We see the real potential for the blocking of educational content that serves instructional, skill-building and even safety purposes. Much like Facebook, YouTube now acts as a virtual public square. The exercise of what amounts to censorship, then, can legitimately be viewed as the stifling of commercial free speech.
YouTube’s new prohibitions come just days before students around the nation convene for the march for gun control.
AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at–Paul Gosar on Omnibus Negotiations: We’re ‘Kowtowing’ to Schumer’s Tunnel ‘Earmark’ over Trump’s Wall
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by ROBERT KRAYCHIK21 Mar 20185,395
“We’re kicking our base in the teeth,” said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) of the processes through which federal spending are determined on Capitol Hill. He made his remarks in a Tuesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with co-hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.
Mansour deplored Congress’s apparent prioritizing of the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Gateway Project — a massive tunnel, bridge, and infrastructure expansion project linking passenger rail service between Newark, NJ, and New York City, NY — over President Trump’s southern border wall in the current omnibus spending bill negotiations on Capitol Hill.
“It seems like the big debate about [the omnibus bill] really is revolving around this Gateway Project, this nine-piece infrastructure project for New York and New Jersey that Chuck Schumer is behind,” lamented Mansour. “It’s Chuck Schumer’s big thing. But there seems to be more concern about this thing and more debate about what we’re going to do with this thing than there is with President Trump’s wall.”
Gosar agreed, noting that funding for the Gateway Program’s tunnel is being contemplated as an earmark as part of a broader federal omnibus spending bill.
“It seems to me that the longer we go, the worse and more liberal this omnibus — or cromnibus — actually gets,” replied Gosar. “This is exactly one of the aspects that we’ve been heralding as conservatives is that here this tunnel is an earmark. This is an infrastructure process that should go through regular order. It shouldn’t be part of an omnibus bill. The American people spoke out loud and clear about a border wall. That’s why they elected Donald Trump. They wanted to make sure that there was a division, that there was some notation in regards to our border funding to make sure that we had separation and a defensible border, and here we have an omnibus bill where we’re kowtowing to Chuck Schumer where we’re building a tunnel to somewhere — or maybe nowhere — that maybe we should be reconsidering.”
“New York and New Jersey aren’t even putting up any money on this,” said Mansour about the Gateway Project. “I’m sure it’s a nice project, and we’d all love to have better traffic in Newark and New York, but this is not the national priority.”
Gosar said Americans living in southern border states deserve the same security as those living in New York and New Jersey.
“This is problematic when you see a government that can give everything and then can take everything away,” stated Gosar. “This is wrong in where we’re going with this discussion of the omnibus bill. This is an extortive process, and it shows you how bad the process actually is. When you have bad process, you have bad policy, you have bad politics, and that’s through and through everything that we see, right now.”
Mansour critiqued the all-in-one omnibus spending process where national priorities like military funding are held “hostage” for “pork.”
“The whole process of this omnibus, why can’t we go back to the way it used to be before the last Bush administration where we had like twelve appropriation spending bills for each department?” asked Mansour. “We had a budget and we had these twelve spending bills and each department was funded separately so that the swamp creatures in D.C. couldn’t try to leverage the military spending over everything else by saying, ‘Hey, if you don’t give us our little goodies here, we’ll hold the military hostage, or we’ll hold hostage the funding for something else that’s really vital to the American people.’ It’s such a horrible process that ends up ruining it for all of us. You’re making government bigger.”
Gosar pointed to the Senate, saying the Senate had taken up neither the budget nor twelve appropriation bills passed by the House.
“We have this charade called a [continuing resolution] and an omnibus bill where staff members push this and that, and none of the members that are good with dictation nor the strategy nor the negotiations are really part of the process,” said Gosar, 
National priorities such as funding for a southern border wall are being subverted by less important projects, said Gosar. “This is nothing different than prioritizing earmarks. That’s strictly what’s going on here, is that it’s a negotiation with the Democrats. The longer this negotiation goes, the more liberal it will get, because we have now chastised the conservatives, the fiscally responsible people.”
“Can you imagine that this is the second largest deficit, only to Obama’s third year?” asked Gosar. “Can you believe that? I can’t, and neither can conservatives. … Our deficit, we’re understanding, is going to be about $1.2 trillion dollars.”
Republicans are violating their promises to voters, said Gosar.”What we’re currently doing is we’re kicking our base in the teeth saying, ‘Listen, you know, it’s okay to go into deficits.’ When is it going to catch up?”
“[Surrendering to the Senate] is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” continued Gosar. “We’re allowing the Senate to dictate the parameters of the playing field, and that’s totally wrong. We are an equal body. … We should have our say, they should have their say, and we should negotiate it out, but not with committee staffers. It should be mano a mano, man and woman on deck, putting your livelihoods on the line. … It’s a crap sandwich. … The American public lost, and the Republican mantra lost. Why don’t we stand up, grow a spine, and negotiate, and make sure that we get something for something because that’s what the American people put us here for.”
Mansour asked about rumors that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is prioritizing legislative amnesty for illegal aliens registered with the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. “We’re hearing rumors tonight, already, that Speaker Ryan is still pushing a DACA deal, and we don’t know if there’s anything for the wall,” remarked Mansour. “So he wants a DACA deal, and what are we getting in exchange? Where is our wall? This is the one thing that the country elected Donald Trump for. Where is our wall? This is basic. This is our national security.”
“Speaker Ryan, didn’t he promise the Freedom Caucus that the Goodlatte bill — which is the bill that everybody said was the hard-line bill [and] the one that the immigration hawks all got behind — why didn’t that come to a vote?” asked Mansour. “I thought that he had promised you guys that. What happened with that?”
Ryan had picked up “bad habits” from his predecessor John Boehner, surmised Gosar.
“Here we have a speaker who has learned bad habits,” assessed Gosar. “Let’s walk back. So we had a speaker, John Boehner, who actually passed a budget by making a deal with Barack Obama. And who went to the microphone to blast John Boehner? Paul Ryan, saying how absurd it is to pass a budget without consulting Congress. … Look what just happened. With the budget caps, we saw a speaker disregard the promises; he was already making deals when he had actually passed what we had asked for which was to pass full funding for the military and a short-term [continuing resolution] for discretionary spending. That was the promise, but he already had a deal cut with Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
Gosar further described Ryan’s claimed plans to retire from Congress after 2018 are part of a calculated strategy to pass “liberal” legislation.
Gosar also discussed the need to crack down on states like California who are in open defiance of federal immigration laws. He compared California’s “sanctuary state” policies to the segregationist South during the Civil Rights era and the secessionists during the Civil War. “We’re now at a crossroads with the state of California, and soon-to-be New York and Illinois,” said Gosar. “We have to take them to court to say, ‘Listen, this is no different than segregation in the sixties, no different than the Civil War in Lincoln’s era.’ We are at a crossroads where a state cannot dictate the parameters of our Constitution.”

Gosar advised Americans to express their desires by directly contacting their representatives and senators. “The key is to light up the switchboard. Light up your emails. … People ought to rise up and demand better. This isn’t the time to be silent. This is time to be much more vocal… Give politicians a backbone. This a time to recapture your country [and] to make sure the government answers to you. … Speak up and be loud. Don’t take no for an answer.”
Breitbart News Tonight broadcasts live Monday through Friday on SiriusXM’s Patriot channel 125 from 9:00 p.m. to midnight Eastern (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pacific).
Deceased Austin ‘Serial Bomber’ Identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, Say Police
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by BOB PRICE21 Mar 201820,667
Austin police announced that the man they described as a “serial bomber” is now dead. The suspected bomber reportedly, identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, blew himself up with a bomb as police approached.
The self-inflicted death of the suspect brings a three-week terror campaign of bombings to a close. The five exploded bombs left two people dead and five injured.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Austin police report the evacuation of the FedEx building Wednesday morning was a precautionary measure as part of a follow-up investigation. “Normal business operations will resume.”
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Media Update: The scene is secure at 4117 McKinney Falls PKWY. Follow up investigation regarding suspicious package complete. Correction; there was a temporary evacuation of the building for precautionary measures, however, normal business operations will resume. APD PIO
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UPDATE 10:00 a.m.: FBI and SWAT teams are preparing to make entry into the home in Pflugerville, Texas, where Conditt reportedly lived. Police officers could be heard yelling “put your hands up” to someone who may be inside the house.
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UPDATE 9:40 a.m.:  Austin police are conducting a follow-up investigation on a suspicious package at the FedEx Ground distribution facility near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, KVUE reported. The facility is the same location where an unexploded package that had been shipped by Conditt from a FedEx store in Sunset Valley.
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UPDATE 9:00 a.m.: The Austin American-Statesman published additional information about the deceased Austin bomber, Mark Anthony Conditt. The Austin newspaper reported that Conditt attended Austin Community College’s Northridge Campus. He reportedly worked at Crux Semiconductor in Austin as a “purchasing agent/buyer/shipping and receiving.
The owner of Crux Semiconductor told KVUE his company let Conditt go in August.
Conditt reportedly built a house in Pflugerville with his father, Pat Conditt. The home is where the suspect has been living.
KVUE reports that Conditt had very little social media interaction. It does not appear the suspect had any previous bombmaking experience or knowledge, the outlet reported.
A search of public records by Breitbart Texas did not reveal any previous criminal history.
UPDATE 8:45 a.m.: Austin police have identified the deceased bombing suspect as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning. Conditt is reported to be a resident of Pflugerville, Texas, an Austin suburban community.

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Zuckerberg Breaks Silence on Cambridge Analytica … But Says Nothing About Obama’s Facebook Data Harvesting
by ALLUM BOKHARI21 Mar 20182,401

After several days of scandal surrounding Facebook’s data policies, Mark Zuckerberg has finally released a statement to address users’ concerns about third-party access to data.
In the statement, Zuckerberg admitted that the company’s protections for user data had been too weak prior to 2014, when apps were allowed to access data on users’ friends. A former top Obama staffer recently revealed that the former president’s 2012 campaign used this technology to gain access to data on the “entire social graph” of Facebook — the friends of every American user.

But there was no mention of this bombshell admission in Zuckerberg’s statement, which instead focused on Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm accused of failing to delete user data that had been passed to them by an academic, Aleksandr Kogan, who obtained the data via legitimate means.

Cambridge Analytica says they complied with Facebook’s request to delete the data, and that they used no Facebook data during the 2016 election.

In his statement, Zuckerberg claimed that Facebook had “learned from The Guardian, The New York Times and Channel 4 that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted the data as they had certified.” However, he also conceded that Cambridge Analytica denies the media’s allegations, and that Facebook has yet to independently verify them.

Cambridge Analytica has agreed to allow the social media giant to conduct an independent audit to verify their claims. Facebook said they would also “work with regulators as they investigate what happened.”

The Facebook founder also admitted that the platform’s rules prior to 2014 — which allowed apps to harvest data not just on users who gave the app permission, but also on their network of friends — were too weak, causing the rules to be changed.

Zuckerberg announced three next steps for Facebook to address user concerns about data:

Facebook will investigate all apps that had access to “large amounts of information” prior to the rule change in 2014.
Facebook will conduct a “thorough audit” of “any app with suspicious activity,” and ban developers who do not agree to an audit.
Facebook will ban any developer who misused “personally identifiable information” (names, addresses, birthdays, etc.)
Facebook will introduce a range of new restrictions on third-party apps.
Facebook will make it easier for users to revoke third-party apps’ data
Zuckerberg’s statement failed to address the recent bombshell information that emerged in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica story — that the Obama campaign used Facebook’s lax pre-2014 rules to harvest data on the friend networks of every American user.

According to Carol Davidsen, a former Obama staffer who oversaw the former president’s data operations during the 2012 elections, Facebook was alarmed by the amount of data they had access to, but made a special exception for the Obama campaign because they were “on their side.”

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Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.

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They came to office in the days following election recruiting &  were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.

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A New York Times piece following the 2012 election also reports that Obama’s data-gathering app “triggered internal safeguards” at the company, designed to detect suspicious activity.

In his statement, Zuckerberg promised that the platform will audit all apps that had access to “large amounts” of user data, were governed by the company’s weak pre-2014 rules, and exhibited “suspicious activity.” Obama’s app falls into all three categories. Will Facebook audit them? Or ask them to delete the data, which, according to Davidsen, is still in circulation?

Update — A Facebook spokesperson provided this comment to Breitbart News: ““The tweet is inaccurate – both the Obama and Romney campaigns had access to the same tools, and no campaign received any special treatment from Facebook.”

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter, and add him on Facebook. Email tips and suggestions to

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Mexican Cartel Torches Michoacán After Exposé Triggered Kingpin’s Arrest
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by CARTEL CHRONICLES16 Mar 20183,994
MORELIA, Michoacán — Cartel gunmen were deployed in the hundreds throughout Michoacán to force the release of a recently captured leader who was arrested following a Breitbart Texas exposé revealing photographic evidence of the Mexican army’s friendly relationship with the drug cartel boss.
Honduran Migrant Pleads Guilty to Islamic State Plan to Bomb Miami Shopping Mall
WASHINGTON ― An immigrant from Honduras who federal investigators say supports ISIS faces charges he attempted to blow up a fake FBI-supplied bomb at a Miami shopping mall.Miami-Dade Corrections
by BEN KEW16 Mar 2018894
A Honduran migrant has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a plan to blow up a shopping mall in Miami on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS).
Vicente Adolfo Solano, 53, told an undercover agent in 2017 that he was unhappy with the United States and wanted to carry out an attack in Miami’s Dolphin Mall, and also expressed a desire to join the caliphate.
“According to the stipulated factual basis filed with the Court, in early 2017, Solano told an individual, who later became a Confidential Human Source (‘CHS’) for the government, that he was upset with the United States and wanted to conduct an attack in Miami,” reads a statement from U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. “Later, Solano told this CHS that he wanted to join ISIS.”

Danny Tarkanian Drops Senate Bid to Challenge Dean Heller After Trump Tweet
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 01: Danny Tarkanian, son of former UNLV head basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian speaks at a tribute to his father at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 1, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tarkanian, who led the UNLV Rebels for 19 seasons, taking the team to four Final Fours and winning the 1990 national championship during his 31-year coaching career, died on February 11 at 84. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)David Becker/Getty Images
by MICHELLE MOONS16 Mar 2018Washington, DC3,874
Three hours after President Donald Trump tweeted hope that Danny Tarkanian would leave his Senate challenge to Dean Heller in Nevada and run for Congress again, Tarkanian announced he would do just that.
“I entered the U.S. Senate race after receiving an outpouring of requests from Trump supporters throughout Nevada, many of whom stood by both me and Donald Trump in 2016,” read a Friday statement from Tarkanian. “These grassroots supporters saw in me a fierce defender of President Trump’s America First agenda.”
His words came in a release sent out just over three hours after Trump tweeted a nudge to Tarkanian that he hoped to see “good guy Danny Tarkanian” run for Congress and for Heller to run unopposed:

Student Suspended for Refusing to Leave Class During Gun Control Walkout
Students hold up their signs during a rally asking for gun control outside of the U.S. Capitol building, in Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Washington. One month after a mass shooting in Florida, students and advocates across the country participate in walkouts and protests to call on Congress for action. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana
by AWR HAWKINS16 Mar 20182,548
A Hilliard, Ohio, senior was suspended for refusing to leave the classroom while the March 14 gun control walkout occurred.
The student, Jacob Shoemaker, wanted to remain in class at Hilliard Davidson High School as a way to keep from being ensnared in the political debate surrounding gun ownership.
The Associated Press reports the school district suspended Shoemaker for staying in the classroom. The district explained the suspension by explaining that “it’s responsible for students’ safety and they can’t be unsupervised.”
Two protests occurred Wednesday—one in support of gun control and one against the gun control movement. Shoemaker did not want to get involved with either side.
IJR Red reports that a photo of Shoemaker’s suspension letter was published online by another student. The letter said, in part, “Student refused to follow instructions after being warned repeatedly by several administrators. Student not permitted on school property.

Teacher Placed on Paid Leave for Questioning Walkout for Gun Control
by AWR HAWKINS16 Mar 20182,207
Sacramento, California, teacher Julianne Benzel was placed on paid leave for questioning whether students for life would be allowed to walk out of class the way students for gun control were.
Her questions were viewed as “anti-abortion” by some, which resulted in complaints and, finally, in Benzel being placed on paid leave.
This all occurred the same week that students across the country walked out of classrooms for 17 minutes in a show of solidarity for gun control.
Fox News Insider quoted Benzel explaining her position: “[If schools] are going to allow one group of students to get up during class and walk out to protest one issue, would they still give the same courtesy to another group of students who wanted to get up and walk out to protest? And I used the example of abortion.”

‘Despicable’: Police Memo Said Telford Girls ‘Consented’ to Sex Abuse with Groomers
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by LIAM DEACON16 Mar 20186,811
Police officers investigating the Telford grooming gang scandal, possibly the largest in UK history, were sent an internal memo telling them “in most cases the sex is consensual”.
The initial police probe, Operation Chalice, identified at least 100 potential victims in Telford targeted between 2007 and 2009. However, fewer than ten men were jailed despite the police admitting as many as 200 groomers may be involved.
West Mercia Police sent the memo the year after Chalice was closed, to officers investigating on-going child sexual exploitation in the force area, The Mirror reports. Officers also considered some of the young victims as prostitutes.

German Teen Murdered by Asylum Seeker After She Refused to Convert to Islam
by CHRIS TOMLINSON16 Mar 20183,711
A German teenager was found dead this week and her Afghan failed asylum seeker boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of killing her; her friends claim he was angry she would not convert to Islam.
Ahmad G., 18, was arrested this week after police suspect he may have stabbed 17-year-old Mireille B. who was murdered on Monday night in the German town of Flensburg, Bild reports.
According to a friend of the victim’s family, Ahmad G. had been angry with her over her refusal to convert to Islam.
“Ahmad was a jealous rooster who always wanted to control her. They had been an item since January 2016 but there were constant rows. He insisted that she convert to Islam and always wear a headscarf. She wasn’t sure. Whenever she went scarfless there was trouble,” they said.
A police spokesman described the events of the murder saying: “Police and rescue workers were called into an apartment around 6:35 pm on Monday. There was a severely injured 17-year-old with multiple stab wounds.”
A neighbour described the pair as constantly arguing with each other, while another described the victim as a “cheerful, open-minded girl” but admitted he had only seen the girl once, wearing a headscarf and acting in a shy and cautious manner.

Rush Limbaugh: Mueller Wants to Nullify Trump’s $900M Tax Deduction — from 1995 — to ‘Ruin Him’
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by ROBERT KRAYCHIK16 Mar 20188,709
Special Counsel Robert Mueller intends to financially “ruin” President Donald Trump by investigating the Trump Organization’s business operations, said Rush Limbaugh on his eponymous Thursday radio show. He also rejected ubiquitous news media and political narratives framing Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a man of integrity.
Limbaugh described Washington-based political and bureaucratic interests as broadly desiring an ousting of Trump from the presidency:
They want Trump gone. They want everybody anything to do with Trump gone. They all do. Everybody at the State Department, everybody in this immediate FBI circle with Rosenstein, Murphy, and McKinnon, the Republican establishment community, Republican consultants, they want Trump gone. Mueller is the guy to do it. Mueller is carrying the water for the entire establishment in getting Trump gone. And they don’t care how they do it. And I think their objective is to ruin him.

‘Will & Grace’ MAGA Cake Episode: Mike Pence Is Gay, Conservatives Are Nazis
by JEROME HUDSON16 Mar 20181,255
Thursday’s episode of Will & Grace saw a local baker refuse to bake a “Make America Great Again” cake, jokes about Vice President Mike Pence’s sexuality, and conservatives cast as Hitler-loving Nazis.
The ripped from the headlines episode, title, “The Beefcake and the Cake Beef,” sees conservative caricature  Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) ask a local baker, Amy, to make a cake that Karen wants to bring to a birthday party she’s throwing for President Donald Trump. When the baker reveals her personal problems, Karen says, “Okay, honey, honey. People like me don’t care about the problems of the white working class. That was just to win the election.”
Amy refuses to make the cake, two which Karen replies, “You’re refusing to make a cake because you don’t like what it says?” The plot here is a rift on Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, in which a Christian baker declined to bake a cake for a gay wedding on religious grounds.
Enter Grace (Debra Messing), who was ready to leave work and “rip someone a new donut hole” to defend Karen because she thought the fuss was over “a gay wedding cake.”
“She’s on her own,” Grace says of Karan after her co-worker Tony (Anthony Ramos) explains to her that Karen wanted a “Make America Great Again” cake.

Delingpole: Great News, Barbara Socrates–Oxford University Has Feminized Its Philosophy Course
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by JAMES DELINGPOLE15 Mar 20181,153
How many feminists does it take to ruin a philosophy course?
Oxford University will be letting you know shortly, once it has got the results of its latest politically correct academic experiment.
From now on, Oxford’s philosophy faculty has decreed, 40 percent of the recommended authors on its departmental reading lists must be female.
Also, academic staff have been asked to use philosophers’ first names rather than their initials when compiling reading lists, to make it clearer to undergraduates which ones are female.
This is great news for Barbara Socrates, Mandy Aristotle, Seraphina Wittgenstein, Nancy Descartes, Fifi Trixibelle Locke, Suzi Nietzsche, Bobbi Confucius, Ermintrude Plato, and Petronella Hume, to name but a few of the awesome female philosophical intellects who have been cruelly neglected by history because sexism, misogyny, and the oppressive phallocentric hegemony.
No, not really – I jest. In fact every one on the list of great philosophers I have named was a bloke.

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