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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
Brenna Spencer/Twitter
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
Xi JinpingAP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
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
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol
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
A combination photo showing US President Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels, the porn actress with whom he allegedly had an affairAFP
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
The Associated Press
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
AP Photo/Corey Perrine
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
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
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’
Melania Trump, Donald TrumpAP Photo/Alex Brandon, File
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
Soldiers from the Florida National Guard patrol for suspected looters after last year's Hurricane IrmaAFP
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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by JOHN NOLTE4 Apr 20186,551
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.
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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
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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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BREAKING: Authorities responding to FedEx facility in Austin for suspicious package. Call came in at 9:32.
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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.

Carol Davidsen
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.”

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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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Turkish daily close to Erdogan calls for ‘army of Islam’ to fight Israel
March 8, 2018
Turkish daily close to Erdogan calls for ‘army of Islam’ to fight IsraelTurkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)
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A Turkish newspaper with close ties to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for the formation of a joint Islamic army to fight Israel.
On Dec. 12, 2017, ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party, published an article titled “A Call for Urgent Action,” which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed Against Israel?”
The article called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel. It notes that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this.
Turkish daily close to Erdogan calls for ‘army of Islam’ to fight Israel
March 8, 2018
Turkish daily close to Erdogan calls for ‘army of Islam’ to fight IsraelTurkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)
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A Turkish newspaper with close ties to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for the formation of a joint Islamic army to fight Israel.
On Dec. 12, 2017, ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party, published an article titled “A Call for Urgent Action,” which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed Against Israel?”
The article called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel. It notes that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment and budget, and presents statistics to prove this.

Hezbollah declares emergency, fears surprise Israeli attack
March 8, 2018
Hezbollah declares emergency, fears surprise Israeli attackHezbollah (Photo: AP)
Hezbollah put its forces on high alert claiming Israel is planning a surprise attack with the support of the United States, reported a Pan-Arab news site.
By: Yona Schnitzer/TPS
Hezbollah has declared “emergency preparedness” and put its forces on high alert after obtaining intelligence that Israel is planning a surprise attack with the support of the United States, the London-based Pan-Arab news website Rai Al-Youm reported Thursday.
The website quoted sources within Hezbollah as saying that “the state of emergency was announced following intelligence that the IDF is carrying out secret maneuvers alongside joint-maneuvers with the United States within Lebanon and off its coast.”
Hezbollah’s assessment is that Israel recently received the green light from the United States to attack in Lebanon, and that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was successful in convincing the Americans to take part in a “swift surprise attack” against the organization. According to the report, the lack of such approval was the only thing stopping Israel from attacking up until now. The report also mentioned that such an attack would lead to a severe response from Hezbollah.

WATCH: IDF and US military train together in Israel
March 8, 2018
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The Israel Defense Forces welcomed members of the United States Armed Forces to Hatzor Air Base in central Israel for joint exercises. This is the ninth time the two armies have conducted the Juniper Cobra exercises, which take place every two years.
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Massive explosion rocks Iran military base
March 8, 2018
Massive explosion rocks Iran military base(Shutterstock)
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What caused a massive explosion at an Iranian military base?
By: World Israel News Staff
A massive explosion rocked a military base in western Iran on Wednesday, causing a large blaze at the site.
There were no immediate reports about injuries, the extent of the damage or the cause of the explosion.
The base, belonging to the 292 armored division, is situated at Dezful, Khuzestan Province, near the border with Iraq.
The explosion was heard in Andimeshk city 15 kilometers (9 miles) away, IRIB TV reported.
Kiamars Hajizadeh, director general of the crisis management department at Khuzestan province governorate, stated that the incident was under control and claimed that no one was injured in the incident. However, he also ordered residents surrounding the area to evacuate, fearing their safety.

Analysis: Is Hamas losing its grip on the Gaza Strip?
March 8, 2018
Analysis: Is Hamas losing its grip on the Gaza Strip?Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. (AP/Khalil Hamra)
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Reports from Gaza indicate mounting civil opposition to the Hamas terrorist government and Israeli analysts say this trajectory benefits the Palestinian Authority.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
If one goes by television reports, it appears that the Gazan population is in open revolt against the Hamas government. Clashes are depicted that pit angry, young, unemployed Gazans facing off against armed Hamas police. It could have easily been visuals from the Arab Spring.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is warning that the Gaza Strip is on the brink of an “explosion” because of the continued Palestinian power struggle between his group and the Palestinian Authority. According to Haniyeh, “Gaza is sitting on a volcano ready to blow.”

WATCH: Netanyahu thanks Haley for ‘defense of Israel’ at UN
March 8, 2018
Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley met with reporters. Netanyahu thanked the ambassador for her support of Israel in the face of relentless attacks on the Jewish State by the United Nations.
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Bennett ready for new elections, will ask for defense portfolio
March 8, 2018
Bennett ready for new elections, will ask for defense portfolioMinister of Education Naftali Bennett (Marc Israel) Sellem/POOL)
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If new elections are held, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, says he will demand the defense portfolio and might even run for prime minister.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party and Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs, seemingly has his eyes on bigger prizes. As the current coalition faces a crisis over the ultra-Orthodox parties’ demand to start the process to legalize the right of full-time Torah students to be exempted from draft duty, talk of early elections has heated up.
Another factor that could play a role in a decision for early elections is the ongoing investigations into possible criminal behavior on the part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who might call for a snap vote ahead of a possible indictment. And Bennett says he is ready.

Abbas’ heir apparent a ‘Nablus warlord,’ warns expert
March 8, 2018
Abbas’ heir apparent a ‘Nablus warlord,’ warns expertPA official Mahmoud al-Aloul. (Issam Rimawi/FLASH90)
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Reports in the Arabic and Israeli press are raising speculation that Mahmoud al-Aloul will soon replace the ailing Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
By: Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News
Most Israelis have never heard of Mahmoud al-Aloul, the man that the media has named as heir apparent to 82-year old-Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. In the Palestinian street, Aloul is known as a local Nablus strongman, with a terrorist resume. Until now his name was rarely, if ever, mentioned as a potential leader of the Palestinian people.
With Ramallah swirling with rumors about Abbas’ health condition, and despite the fact that the Palestinian leader continues to maintain a busy schedule, the subject of a successor to Abbas has given the strong impression that he is on his way out and sooner rather than later. Last week Abbas was hospitalized at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Palestinian minister slams Arab League for failure to confront US
March 8, 2018
Palestinian minister slams Arab League for failure to confront USPalestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki (R) in Cairo, Egypt (AP/Amr Nabil)
Arab threats of retaliation are not followed by action, says PA minister, to the detriment of the Palestinians.
By: Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News
Following a meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League in Cairo, Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki blamed the intergovernmental organization on Thursday for encouraging the United States “to continue with its unfortunate approach” regarding Jerusalem, reported Wafa, the official PA news site.
While the stated purposes of the Arab League are to strengthen ties among the member states, coordinate their policies, and promote their common interests, Maliki claimed that the organization fails to live up to to these goals.
“Our failure,” he said, “as Arab states, to implement our decisions throughout the past many years” was what led to America’s “baseless decision” regarding the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the recent announcement about starting the process of moving its embassy there by Israeli Independence Day in March.

Knesset approves anti-incitement bill blocking return of terrorists’ bodies
March 8, 2018
Knesset approves anti-incitement bill blocking return of terrorists’ bodiesA funeral for a Palestinian terrorist. (Flash90)
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The Knesset has approved a bill to limit the return of terrorists’ bodies in cases in which funerals would be used used to incite further terror attacks.
By: World Israel News Staff
The Knesset plenum on Wednesday gave its third and final approval to an amendment to the Counterterrorism Law which grants a police district commander authority to set conditions for returning the body of a terrorist for family burial, if the commander determines that there is reason to fear that as a result of the funeral a terror attack might be committed or lives might be at risk, or the funeral will be used as a platform to incite further terror attacks.
Conditions limit the size, location, timing, and attendance of the burial ceremony, and a body could be held until the family agrees to the terms.
The law, a merger of a government-sponsored bill with proposals submitted by MKs Anat Berko (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) passed its third and final reading by a vote of 48 to 10.
Palestinian funerals for terrorists killed while committing attacks often become a demonstration of force, during which the terrorists and terrorism are praised, and further acts of violence are encouraged.

WATCH: 50 years since Poland purged 20,000 Jews
March 8, 2018
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On the 50th anniversary of the March 1968 events in Poland which triggered a massive state-sponsored anti-Semitic campaign, award-winning writer Agata Tuszyńska remembers the thousands of Polish Jews who were forced to pack up and leave behind forever “the country that they had called home since childhood.”
March 1968: "The ground fell from under their feet."

Knesset bill paving way to cannabis legalization advances
March 8, 2018
Knesset bill paving way to cannabis legalization advancesA cannabis plant for medicinal purposes displayed at the Knesset (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
A bill that seeks to pave the way for the legalization of cannabis, which is currently illegal in Israel except for medical purposes, passed its first reading in the Knesset.
By: and World Israel News Staff
Legislation that will pave the way to legalize the use of cannabis in Israel passed unanimously on Wednesday in its first reading in the Knesset.
The bill, which focuses on public enforcement, levies fines for those caught in public with cannabis, with only criminal charges being brought on an individual’s fourth offense.
Israel’s Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan is spearheading the legislation, which he says will “reduce the harms of drug usage regularly, but avoid as much as possible the criminal stigmatization of average citizens,” reported The Jerusalem Post.
Member of Knesset (MK) Tamar Zandberg, a supporter of legalization, said that while the bill marks an “important step,” the law is “far from perfect, but it is a foot in the door on the way to a policy of full legalization.”

Israel’s political scene in turmoil as Netanyahu warns of early elections
March 8, 2018
Israel’s political scene in turmoil as Netanyahu warns of early electionsPM Netanyahu speaks at the Economic Club, March 7, 2018. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
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Is Israel heading to early elections? Netanyahu has presented a political ultimatum.
By: AP and World Israel News Staff
Israel may face early elections due to a coalition crisis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned during a visit to the US on Wednesday as coalition members conducted a tug-of-war back home.
The prime minister reportedly told his coalition members that he wants his government to complete its full term in November 2019, and if not, elections should be held immediately.
Speaking at the Economic Club in Washington, he said, “If all parties in this coalition … agree that’s what we do, and if not, then we will go to elections now.”
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has said his Kulanu party will bolt the coalition if the budget does not pass in the next few weeks.


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Illegal Aliens Convicted of Sex Crimes Among Those Who Evaded Capture After Oakland Mayor’s Warning
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 19: Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf speaks to students at Edna Brewer Middle School about the U.S. Constitution on January 19, 2018 in Oakland, California. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf discussed the U.S. Constitution with middle schoolers a day after she said she would be willing to go to jail to defend Oakland's sanctuary city policy following rumors that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents would be conducting raids and arresting up to 1,500 undocumented immigrants in Northern California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The Oakland mayor who warned illegal aliens of potential raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Northern California may have caused some criminal illegal aliens to evade deportation.
ICE officials told Fox News that several of the 800 illegal aliens who evaded capture in Northern California had been convicted of sex crimes, driving under the influence (DUI), and armed robbery.
One illegal alien from Mexico had been convicted of having sexual intercourse with a minor and DUI and had been deported from the U.S. once before in 2003, ICE officials said.
Officials say another who had escaped capture had a sodomy conviction dating back to 2012, and a DUI conviction from this year. That same person — a Mexican citizen — had been deported from the U.S. before in 2013.

Exclusive — Jeff Sessions: We Will Defeat California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Laws
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by JOEL B. POLLAK7 Mar 20186,774
SACRAMENTO, California — Attorney Jeff Sessions told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday morning that he expects to prevail in a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice Tuesday evening against California’s “sanctuary state” laws.
In his first interview since the DOJ filed the lawsuit, which challenges the constitutionality of the California statutes under the Supremacy Clause, Sessions told Breitbart News that he was optimistic about the case’s prospects.
“We believe that we cannot accept the kind of restrictions that California placed on federal law officers, and we believe that their actions exceeded the Constitution, and we will win in the courts eventually,” he said

Jerry Brown: Trump ‘Going to War Against the State of California’
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by JOEL B. POLLAK7 Mar 201817,104
SACRAMENTO, California — California Governor Jerry Brown complained Wednesday that the Trump administration “is basically going to war against the state of California” after Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a lawsuit Tuesday evening against California’s “sanctuary state” laws.
The lawsuit targets three laws in particular: the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (HB 450), the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees law (AB 103); and the California Values Act (SB 54). The Trump administration argues that California’s laws are unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause, which states that federal law “shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”

Defying Expectations, American Businesses Added 235,000 Jobs in February
Trump pictured in January: he traded playful digs with the media Saturday at the Gridiron Club DinnerAFP
by JOHN CARNEY7 Mar 20182,193
The jobs market is red hot right now.
American businesses added 235,000 jobs in February, ADP and Moody’s Analytics said Wednesday. January’s private sector payroll number was revised upward to 244,000 from the initial report of 234,000.
That was far more than the 195,000 expected by economists.
“The job market is red hot and threatens to overheat,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s, said in a statement. “With government spending increases and tax cuts, growth is set to accelerate.”
The economy has added more than 200,000 jobs in seven out of the last 12 months, roughly the period in which President Trump has held office.

Winning: U.S. Steel to Call Back 500 Employees to Illinois Plant After Trump Announces Tariffs on Foreign Steel
US tariffs on steel and aluminum would help domestic industry in the short term, but hurt other industries that use the metals and raise prices for consumersAFP
United States Steel announced Wednesday morning that it would call back 500 employees to work at its Granite City, Illinois, plant after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would impose tariffs on foreign steel.
“Our Granite City Works facility and employees, as well as the surrounding community, have suffered too long from the unending waves of unfairly traded steel products that have flooded U.S. markets,” U.S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David B. Burritt said in a statement released Wednesday.
The steel company announced that it would need the additional personnel to support increased demand for steel after President Trump announced last week that the U.S. would impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.
Company leaders praised President Trump for his decision to increase competition among different companies, adding that steel imports threaten this country’s economic and national security.
The Granite City plant idled its blast furnaces and its steel-making facilities in December 2015 and idled its hot strip mill in January 2016 because of a sluggish market.

Elon Musk Makes Trump’s Case for Tariffs: No Level Playing Field with China
Elon Musk and President Donald Trump.Peter Parks/AFP/Getty, Win McNamee/Getty
by LUCAS NOLAN8 Mar 20182,807
In a surprising turn of events, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken to social media to make a case for President Trumps recently proposed tariffs.
President Trump published a tweet yesterday stating that China was asked to develop a yearly plan for the One Billion Dollar reduction in their trade deficit with the United States. President Trump was well received during his visit to China earlier this year and notes this by saying that U.S. relations with China are very good and that he looked forward to seeing what ideas they came up with. But, President Trump urged that the United States must “act soon” to increase tariffs.
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China has been asked to develop a plan for the year of a One Billion Dollar reduction in their massive Trade Deficit with the United States. Our relationship with China has been a very good one, and we look forward to seeing what ideas they come back with. We must act soon!
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A surprising reply to President Trump came from billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who asked the President whether or not the United States and China should have equal rules relating to cars, specifically on import duties, ownership constraints, etc.

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White House Losing Hope Hicks
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by CHARLIE SPIERING28 Feb 20185,616
White House communications director Hope Hicks is leaving the White House, after serving President Donald Trump for the first 13 months of his administration.
The news was first reported by the New York Times.
Hicks was working for Trump before he decided to run for president, but transitioned easily into campaign political communications and ultimately the White House. According to the White House, Hicks wanted to explore other opportunities.
“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in a statement. “I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”
Hicks testified to the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday for their Russia investigation but was criticized by Democrats for being elusive with her answers.
Trump praised Hicks in a statement, saying that he “totally understood” her decision to leave.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Enacts Corporate Gun Control: ‘Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough’
DICK's Sporting Goods announced their decision to stop selling all “assault-style” weapons in their stores and banning sales to anyone under 21.George Fry, Scott Olson / Getty Images
by CHARLIE SPIERING28 Feb 201825,349
Dick’s Sporting Goods announced their decision to stop selling all “assault-style” weapons in their stores and banning sales to anyone under 21.
The corporate statement was sent in response to the teen-aged gun control activists after the Parkland high school shooting.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their loved ones. But thoughts and prayers are not enough,” the statement read.
The popular sporting goods retailer said they will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age, and will no longer sell “assault-style” weapons in their stores and their Field & Stream stores. They also banned the sales of “high capacity magazines.”

Dick’s Sporting Goods Appears to Use School Shootings as Marketing Stunts
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by BOB PRICE28 Feb 2018443
The ownership of Dick’s Sporting Goods appears to be attempting to leverage the tragic shooting of school children into a marketing opportunity. The company has been exposed for its doublespeak on its decision to stop selling so-called “assault rifles.”
Dicks Sporting Goods, Inc. [NYSE: DKS] announced on Wednesday its decision to not only stop selling AR-15 style rifles, but to jump in the middle of the gun control debate. The statement from the company announced it would stop selling “assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles,” in the wake of the tragic murder of 12 high school students in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day. However, the statement appears to be more of an attempt to leverage the deaths of the children in a marketing campaign or to protect the company’s stock value.

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO on ‘Thoughts and Prayers’: ‘That Doesn’t Really Do Anything’
by PAM KEY28 Feb 20185,336
Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack explained the reasoning behind the company’s decision to stop selling assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines.
Stack said, “We think it is the right thing to do. After Parkland, we were so disturbed and saddened by what happened in Parkland that we said we need to do something. We talked ability what we needed to do, and we felt we needed to make a statement that we will no longer sell assault-type rifles, high capacity magazines, and a few other things.Our hearts went out to those kids and to their parents. Everybody talks about thoughts and prayers going out to them, and that’s great, but that doesn’t really do anything. We felt we needed to take a stand and do this.”

President Trump Bucks NRA, Pushes Forward with Gun Control
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by AWR HAWKINS28 Feb 20183,708
President Trump made clear Wednesday that he is moving forward with certain gun controls despite NRA opposition.
CNN quoted Trump saying, “Half of you are so afraid of the NRA. And you know what? There’s nothing to be afraid of.”
A senior administration official confirmed that the big sticking point between Trump and the NRA is Trump’s plan to raise the minimum age for rifle purchases from 18-years old 21-years old. But the White House did caveat that intention by suggesting the increased age may only be on “certain firearms.”
Either way, the NRA opposes it, and NRA leadership made this clear during meetings with Trump over the weekend.

Trump Wants Joe Manchin’s Gun Control, Rejects Steve Scalise’s National Reciprocity Push
US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on school and community safety in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
by AWR HAWKINS28 Feb 201826,043
President Donald Trump embraced Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill but rejected Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) push for national reciprocity during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers Wednesday afternoon.
After listening to Sen Chris Murphy (D-CT), Trump looked at toward the end of the table and asked Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) to detail their gun control bill.
The Manchin/Toomey gun control bill is the same universal background check legislation supported by Barack Obama in the wake of the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School. It the very bill that was defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate on April 17, 2013.
Toomey described it for Trump, saying the bill “strengthens the reporting of information into the background check system” and “requires background checks on all commercial sales.” This is code-talk for requiring background checks on private gun sales, which Toomey described as sales at gun shows and online (even though online sales already require a background check).

Trump on Gun Restraining Orders: ‘I Like Taking the Guns Early’ – ‘Take the Guns First, Go Through Due Process Second’
by IAN HANCHETT28 Feb 20187,421
While meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday, President Trump discussed gun violence restraining orders that would give law enforcement the ability to remove weapons from people who are reported to be dangers to themselves or others by obtaining a court order, but stated, “I like taking the guns early.” He further expressed openness to “take the guns first, go through due process second.”
After Vice President Mike Pence referenced gun violence restraining orders, Trump stated, “Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court. Because that’s another system. 

CNBC’s Jim Cramer: If You’re Hunting with an AR-15, ‘You’re Hunting Humans’
Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's Mad Money, speaks about social media during a financial services technology conference sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)AP/Mark Lennihan
by AWR HAWKINS28 Feb 20186,921
CNBC financial analyst Jim Cramer spoke in defense of Dick’s Sporting Goods’ unilateral “assault rifle” ban by suggesting that people who hunt with AR-15s are hunting humans.
Cramer’s statement was tweeted by NBC Universal anchor Carl Quintanilla, then retweeted by Cramer himself:
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"These are HUNTING stores," says @jimcramer of @DICKS and its decision to end sales of assault-style rifles. "If you're 'hunting' with an assault-style weapon, you're hunting humans."$DKS @CNBC @SquawkStreet
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Cramer’s position on AR-15s and hunting is antithetical to the reality described by ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk, who says the AR-15 is “now the standard for hunting activities.” In fact, Turk says the use of AR-15s for hunting is so widespread that the ATF should take another look at previous studies on the gun and amend them.

Jerry Springer: ‘There Is No Reason to Have AR-15s and Assault Weapons’
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Iconic television host Jerry Springer discusses 25 years of his TV show at AOL Build at AOL Studios In New York on May 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
by AWR HAWKINS27 Feb 20185,928
In a wide-ranging February 27 interview with the Daily Beast, television show host Jerry Springer opined that “there is no reason to have AR-15s and assault weapons.”
Prior to hosting television, Springer was a lawyer and then Mayor of Cincinnati (1977). He said that, during his time as a lawyer, he would try to put himself in the other guy’s position, try to think of pro-Second Amendment arguments to bolster claims for owning certain types of guns. But at the end of the day, he was, and is, a “stout proponent of gun control.”
He told the Daily Beast, “I cannot come up with any rational reason why anyone who is not in the military or some security force should own an assault weapon or a weapon that can be converted to such. If you say it’s a ‘hobby,’ then start collecting stamps.”
He added:

John Podesta Warns Jared Kushner: ‘Better Start Wearing Kevlar’
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by CHARLIE SPIERING28 Feb 20184,748
Former campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign John Podesta commented on the latest news about Jared Kushner.
“Jared better start wearing his kevlar on his back,” Podesta commented about Trump’s son-in-law after reading a Washington Post story filled with details about his conversations with foreign officials at the White House.
Sources within the White House expressed skepticism that Kushner was conducting private conversations with world officials, as foreign countries attempted to use him to manipulate the Trump administration.
A spokesman for Kushner’s lawyer dismissed the news as “unnamed sources peddling second-hand hearsay with rank speculation.”

Police Stop Woman from Attacking Las Vegas Elementary School with Ax
Kisstal Killough mugshot after allegedly attacking school with axPhoto: North Las Vegas Police Department
by BOB PRICE28 Feb 20184,611
North Las Vegas police officers arrested a woman who allegedly tried to storm an elementary school with an ax and threatened to “murder everyone.”
Police arrested 33-year-old Kisstal Killough after she climbed onto a chain link fence with a pickax in her hand, KSNV NBC3 reported. School officials noticed the woman on the fence with the ax and called police who responded quickly and took her into custody before she entered the school’s property.
“The woman did not harm anyone or cause any damage to the school, Tom Williams Elementary School Principal Kristie Cole wrote in a letter to parents on Wednesday. Cole said the woman was not associated with the school. Why she attempted the alleged attack has not been released by officials.
Principal Cole thanked the North Las Vegas police officers for their “amazing response time.”

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Nolte: Snopes Fact Checks, Facebook Threatens Satire Site for Mocking CNN
Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a 'town-hall' meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on October 28, 2015. Speaking to about 900 students at New Delhi's Indian Institute of Technology, Zuckerberg said broadening Internet access was vital to economic development in a country where a billion people are still not online. AFP PHOTO / Money SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images, Edits: BNN
by JOHN NOLTE2 Mar 20187,792
The Christian satire site Babylon Bee has been fact-checked by Snopes and threatened by Facebook after it published an Onion-style article about CNN about purchasing a washing machine to “spin the news.”
The Babylon Bee openly advertises itself as a satire site. Recent headlines include, “Local Pastor Hoping Curling Metaphors Go Over Big This Sunday,” “Nation That Calls Trump ‘Hitler’ Demands He Take All Guns Away,” “Calvinist Dog Corrects Owner: ‘No One Is A Good Boy’,” and “New Exercise Bike Forces You To Watch Christian Movies Until You Hit Your Calories Goal.”
Not only is this fairly anodyne stuff, but as you can see, the Babylon Bee is more than willing to satirize their own among the Faithful.

Reports: Inspector General Michael Horowitz Will Accuse Andrew McCabe of Leaking, Misleading Investigators
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by IAN MASON2 Mar 20184,430
Department of Justice Inspector General (DOJ-IG) Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited report will accuse outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe of improper leaking to the press and deliberately misleading DOJ-IG investigators, according to Thursday reporting in the New York Times and Washington Post.
The New York Times broke McCabe’s alleged leaking to the media first. According to their “four people familiar with the inquiry,” Horowitz’s report will accuse McCabe of authorizing the leaks that led to an October 2016 piece in the Wall Street Journal that revealed on ongoing dispute about how to handle the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails that had just been reopened by the discoveries on disgraced Congressman Anthony Wiener’s laptop. Among other things, the WSJ article revealed that a senior Obama Justice Department official called McCabe “very pissed off” he was continuing his investigation and pressuring him to tack close to FBI polices and avoid tactics like subpoenas and grand juries that close to an election.
“The inspector general has concluded that Mr. McCabe authorized F.B.I. officials to provide information for that article,” the Times sources claim.

Goldman Sachs: ‘Good Chance’ Trump Tariffs Lead to NAFTA Withdrawal
In this Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 photo, a worker uses a lift to move rolls of sheet metal at LMS International in Laredo, Texas. Donald Trump’s campaign promise to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement helped win over Rust Belt voters who felt left behind by globalization. But U.S. border cities that have thrived under the trade pact - such as Laredo and El Paso in Texas, and Nogales in Arizona - now worry that an economic reckoning could be coming its way.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP/Eric Gay
by SEAN MORAN2 Mar 201825
Goldman Sachs’ chief economist suggested that Trump’s tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum will lead to the United States leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Jan Hatzius, chief economist for Goldman Sachs, argued:
Unlike routine antidumping and countervailing duty cases or less common safeguard cases, the Section 232 authority the President will apparently use is rarely used and more controversial. There is a good chance that this could eventually lead the President to announce he intends to withdraw from NAFTA, but such an announcement does not appear likely in the near term.
Hatzius added Friday that Trump’s proposed tariff “does not rely on any economic argument and instead imposes trade restrictions on national security grounds.”

Jared, Ivanka, Cohn, Gen. Kelly, McMaster — Palace Intrigue Swamps Donald Trump White House
Javanka, Kelly, Cohn, McCaster
by CHARLIE SPIERING2 Mar 20182,839
Washington is buzzing over President Donald Trump’s inner circle, with several reports sparking rumors of departures, dissatisfaction, frustration, and failure in the West Wing.
Here’s the latest:
‘Javanka’ — Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump:
The New York Times on Friday released a dynamite revelation that President Donald Trump has privately urged Gen. John Kelly to help move his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner out of the administration, despite publicly praising their work at the White House.
The president’s son-in-law is the focus of several in-depth reports about his diminished role in the White House.
The Washington Post reports that Kushner has become “badly diminished” and “faded” since Gen. John Kelly downgraded his security clearance.

FBI Is Reportedly Investigating Ivanka Trump’s Business Deal in Vancouver
Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump looks on during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017. Ivanka urged India on November 28 to close its yawning gender gap in the job market, telling a business summit in her biggest foreign mission yet that this would bring huge economic benefits. US President Donald Trump's eldest daughter urged India to seize the untapped potential in women in a speech before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and business leaders in Hyderabad. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty
by JOHN CARNEY2 Mar 20184,594
American intelligence officials are looking into a business deal in Vancouver in which Ivanka Trump played a key role, according to a CNN report.
Ivanka reportedly played a key role in negotiating a deal for the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, which opened shortly after Donald Trump took office. The Trumps do not own the property but receive fees from licensing the Trump name for the property, a common arrangement in the Trump businesses.
It is not clear why this deal has attracted attention from intelligence officials. The company that owns the property is run by Joo Kim Tiah and the project was financed, in part, by his father Tony Tiah Thee Kian, according to reports. They are wealthy Malaysian businessmen who have run afoul of securities laws in their home country, according to a number of reports.
Ivanka and Joo Kim worked closely together on the Vancouver property, according to CNN. The deal is said to be worth at least $5 million in royalties and fees to the Trump organization.

Rove: Trump’s Tariffs Are a ‘Misplaced Action,’ Trade Wars Are Not Easy to Win
by PAM KEY2 Mar 20187
Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove said President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was “a misplaced action.”
Rove said, “Well, I think it’s a misplaced action. The president tweeted out that trade wars are good and easy to win. No, they are not. The last really big trade war we had—started by the Smoot-Hawley Tariff—lasted more than a decade and it took World War II to get America out of the depression that helped bring on.”

Delta Cuts Ties to NRA but Stresses Airline Is Pro-Second Amendment
Delta, facing mounting pressure, was among several US corporations that cut ties with the powerful pro-gun lobby in the wake of a deadly school shooting in FloridaAFP/Robyn Beck
by AWR HAWKINS2 Mar 20181,488
Amid the blowback that followed Delta’s decision to cut ties with the NRA the company’s CEO stressed that the airline is “not taking sides” in gun control debate.
Delta was one of over 12 companies that ended their relationships with the NRA in response to an anti-NRA campaign conducted after Nikolas Cruz passed a background check, acquired a rifle, and used it to kill 17 people in a gun-free school zone.
The Atlanta Constitution-Journal reports that Delta CEO Ed Bastian said, “Our people and our customers have a wide range of views on how to increase safety in our schools and public places, and we are not taking sides. Our objective in removing any implied affiliation with the NRA was to remove Delta from this debate.”

CNN Contributor on H.R. McMaster: ‘As a Democrat You’re Honestly Thankful That He’s There’ in Trump Admin
H.R. McMasterAP/Evan Vucci
by AARON KLEIN2 Mar 20188
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — CNN political commentator Bakari T. Sellers said that as a Democrat he is “honestly thankful” that H.R. McMaster is serving as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser.
Bakari, a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, stated:
And, you know, as a Democrat, just as an American, I can tell you that there are couple of people who are thankful for in this White House. And there was a point in time when I had General Kelly on this list but he’s kind of become wayward. But General McMaster, is someone that as a Democrat you’re honestly thankful that he’s there because he upholds some of the fundamental tenants of our democracy.

Hollywood Men Launch #AskMoreOfHim Campaign to Support #MeToo Movement
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by DANIEL NUSSBAUM2 Mar 201855
A group of Hollywood men including actors, producers, and other entertainment industry figures have signed an open letter launching what they call the #AskMoreOfHim campaign, a pledge to do their part to help eradicate sexual harassment and misconduct.
In the letter — signed by men including actors David Arquette, David Schwimmer, and Matt McGorry, documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick, and attorney Steven Brill — the group applauds the courage of the women who have come forward to share their stories of sexual misconduct.
“As men, we have a special responsibility to prevent abuse from happening in the first place. After all, the vast majority of sexual harassment, abuse and violence is perpetrated by men, whether in Hollywood or not,” the letter reads. “And in entertainment — like many industries — men continue to hold most of the decision-making power. Therefore, one of the most powerful things that men can and must do is make it clear to other men — including their friends, colleagues and co-workers — that sexual harassment and abuse are never acceptable.”

Plus-Size Comedian Sofie Hagen Explodes After Medical Research Org’s Ad Links Obesity and Cancer
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by TOM CICCOTTA2 Mar 20189
Sofie Hagen, a comedian based in London, lost her cool on Twitter this week over a cancer research organization’s ad that highlighted the link between cancer and obesity.
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The advertisement, from the medical research organization Cancer Research UK, highlighted the link between cancer and obesity. “OB_S__Y is a cause of cancer,” the ad read. The organization was referencing a number of studies that showed that obesity can lead to a number of cancers as well as other issues.

Migrant Attacks Italian Asylum Home Worker over Lack of Wi-Fi Internet
by CHRIS TOMLINSON2 Mar 2018834
A Senegalese migrant attacked an asylum worker in the southern Italian commune of Cassino after the migrant complained that the home lacked wireless internet.
The 26-year-old Senegalese asylum seeker is said to have threatened the employee after repeatedly requesting the home install wireless internet. When his requests were not answered by the staff, the migrant became more aggressive and physically assaulted the employee, Italian newspaper Ciociaria Oggi reports.
According to employees, the incident is not the first time residents of the asylum home have become angry about the lack of wireless internet, saying that there have been several similar occurrences in the past.
The case echoes a story from 2015 in which migrants living in the Italian town of Ceranova went on a rampage after demanding free Wi-Fi access in order to Skype with their loved ones in their home countries. The migrants, who were not working and being housed at taxpayer expense, threw garbage bins into the roads in protest.

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Donald Trump Meets with Business Executives: Promises Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Next Week
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with steel and aluminum executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Washington. From left, Roger Newport of AK Steel, John Ferriola of Nucor, Trump, Dave Burritt of U.S. Steel Corporation, and Tim Timkin of Timken Steel. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)AP/Evan Vucci
by CHARLIE SPIERING1 Mar 20182,223
President Donald Trump met about a dozen business executives in steel and aluminum, promising to enact tariffs of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum in response to cheap foreign imports.
“People have no idea how badly our country has been treated by other countries by people representing us that didn’t have a clue or if they did, then they should be ashamed of themselves,” Trump said. “Because they have destroyed the steel industry.”
Trump touted his new tariffs as a way to restore the greatness of the steel and aluminum industries in the United States.
“We’re bringing it all back,” he said, promising that the tariffs would be signed next week

Poll: Nearly 60 Percent of Americans Say Imposing Tariffs on Chinese Steel, Aluminum Is Crucial
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by JOHN BINDER1 Mar 2018Washington, D.C.4,677
Nearly 60 percent of American voters say imposing tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum is crucial to the United States’ economic relationship with China.
In a Morning Consult poll, 59 percent of Americans say it is “important” that President Trump place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, specifically from China, showing a wide range of support for the White House’s economic nationalist agenda.
About 66 percent of voters said shrinking America’s more than $375 billion trade deficit with China was key, as well as 56 percent who said they wanted to see the Trump administration challenge China’s leaders on intellectual property protection, and 44 percent who said they want China labeled as a currency manipulator.

Kroger Joins Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods: No Gun Sales Unless 21 Years Old
Kroger Foods APAP
by AWR HAWKINS1 Mar 20186,005
Kroger announced Thursday that it will not longer sell firearms or ammunition to persons under 21 years of age.
The grocery chain sells guns and ammunition at its Fred Meyer stores in the western U.S. Those sales will continue but persons under the age of 21 will be prohibited from purchase.
CNN Money reports that Kroger released a statement, saying, “In response to the tragic events in Parkland and elsewhere, we’ve taken a hard look at our policies and procedures for firearm sales. Recent events demonstrate the need for additional action on the part of responsible gun retailers.”
MORE Rice: Guns Helped My Father Protect Our Family During Segregation
by PAM KEY1 Mar 20181,389
Thursday on ABC’s “The View,” President George W. Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she is a supporter of the Second Amendment because guns helped her father and neighbors protect their families in the South during segregation.
Rice said, “Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the second Amendment. I grew up in Alabama in the late ’50s, early ’60s. There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham police were going to protect you. When knight riders would come through our neighborhood, my father and friends would take their guns and fire in the air if anybody came through. I don’t think they actually hit anybody. But they protected the neighborhood.”

Planned Parenthood Acknowledges Its ‘Racist Roots’ and Eugenics of Founder Margaret Sanger
Planned Parenthood rally with Margaret Sanger collageAP
by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.1 Mar 20181,545
In an unusual display of self-criticism, a Planned Parenthood student group at the University of Florida hosted an event Wednesday to discuss the racist roots of the organization as well as the eugenics of founder Margaret Sanger.
“Come join Planned Parenthood Generation Action for a panel discussion on the racist roots of Planned Parenthood during Black History Month,” read the Facebook announcement of the event bearing the title “Decolonizing Sexual Health.”

L.A. Times: How Can L.A. ‘Continue to Function’ with 58,000 Homeless?
Los Angeles homeless (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)Jae C. Hong / Associated Press
by JOEL B. POLLAK1 Mar 20181,422
The Los Angeles Times has posed a question that may haunt Mayor Eric Garcetti’s presidential ambitions: “How can a city with 58,000 homeless people continue to function?”
That question, presented in an editorial on Thursday that is part of a series on homelessness, presents uncomfortable facts about the city’s failure to stop a problem that Garcetti once called “our top priority.”
The editorial reads, in part:
Homelessness affects the lives of all Angelenos, not just those forced to live on the streets. And it does so almost daily, in ways large and small.
As homelessness spreads across Los Angeles County — the official tally shows a 46% increase from 2013 to 2017 — it is drawing two conflicting responses, at times from the same people. There’s sympathy and a desire to help, but there’s also a sense of being invaded and perhaps even endangered — in terms of both physical safety and public health (see, for example, the state of emergency California declared last year over a hepatitis A outbreak that spread among the homeless, or the Skirball blaze that was sparked by a cooking fire in a homeless encampment).

Merkel Admits ‘No-Go’ Zones Exist in Germany
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by VIRGINIA HALE1 Mar 20183,700
Angela Merkel has admitted the existence of ‘no-go areas’, where outsiders are afraid to enter, in Germany — just months after Breitbart London editor in chief Raheem Kassam comprehensively documented their existence in his groundbreaking book.
In an interview with RTL earlier this week, the acting Chancellor also conceded that the huge influx of third world migrants who arrived after her decision to throw open the border in 2015 has “raised multiple questions”.
Merkel said she is in favour of a “zero tolerance” approach to crime, telling the broadcaster it is the duty of the authorities to keep people safe because “the state has the monopoly of power”.
“That means, for example, that there are no-go areas … where no one dares to go” said the German leader, stating: “One has to call them by their name and do something about them.”

Instagram Stars Harassed, Lose Talk Show After Daily Beast Doxes Them as Pamela Geller’s Daughters
Claudia and Jackie Oshry suffered harassment and the cancellation of their talk show after they were doxed as the children of Pamela Geller.Breitbart/Bob Price and Getty/Noam Galai
by CHARLIE NASH1 Mar 20185,288
The children of conservative commentator Pamela Geller have been harassed and their social media talk show has been canceled after the Daily Beast revealed Geller was their mother.
In her article titled, “The Instagram Stars Hiding Their Famous, Muslim-Hating Mom, Pamela Geller,” the Daily Beast’s Taylor Lorenz doxed the women as Pamela Geller’s daughters. They had not disclosed the family link, perhaps due to the recurring death threats from Muslim extremists that Geller receives.
Following the release of Lorenz’s article, which was heavily criticized on social media, Geller’s four children immediately began to receive harassment and violent messages.

YouTube Moves Towards Banning Conservative Vlogger for Correcting Parkland Shooting Conspiracy Theory
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by CHARLIE NASH28 Feb 2018744
Conservative YouTube commentator Ashton Whitty has been further sanctioned on the platform after she criticized the unverified claims of a Parkland student.
In the video titled “Florida Shooting Parents Teach Your Children,” which has since been removed by YouTube, Whitty criticized certain students’ attempts to become famous media personalities following the school shooting, and pointed out flaws in one student’s claims, including her claim that there was more than one shooter involved.
“YouTube is not a platform for things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, bullying, or intimidation,” claimed YouTube in their email to Whitty. “We take this issue seriously and there are no excuses for such behavior.”

Louisiana Cops Searching for Previously Deported Honduran Wanted for Rape
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by BOB PRICE28 Feb 2018243
Law enforcement officials in Louisiana are looking for a previously deported illegal alien fugitive who is wanted on charges of third-degree sexual assault.
The Sheriff’s Office in Lafayette Parish is asking the public for help in locating 35-year-old Marco Antonio. The wanted foreign national also goes by the names of Marco Contreras-Martel and Marcos Antonio Contreras Martel, reported KLFY, a CBS affiliate in Lafayette, Louisiana. Sheriff’s officials said immigration officials previously deported Antonio in 2014.

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Reports: Jared Kushner Security Clearance Downgraded
Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L) and newly appointed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly follow US President Donald Trump to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported on August 3 -- an important step toward potential criminal charges. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
by CHARLIE SPIERING27 Feb 20188,100
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a White House senior advisor, has had his security clearance downgraded, according to reports.
General John Kelly downgraded Kushner’s security clearance on February 23, according to an Axios report. Politico reported that all White House aides working on high-level temporary clearance had their top-level security clearances removed.
Trump could order security clearance for Kushner, but said he would leave the decision to Kelly.

16 Stupidest Comments About the Parkland Shooting Massacre (So Far)
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by JOHN NOLTE27 Feb 20185,748
In the wake of the Parkland school shooting massacre, and in order to deflect away from the only answer to this contagion of school shootings (which of course is hardening school security),  our media and the left in general have to manufacture one stupid-hour after another in order to keep the focus on gun-grabbing.
The results of this cynical and desperate crusade have not only exposed these provincial elites as completely opposed to keeping our children safe, but as liars, and morons.
Here are the 16 most dishonest and/or stupidest things we have heard so far…
1)CNN Expert Mansplains: Girls Can’t Carry Guns
CNN “expert” Tom Fuentes says we should not arm trained and qualified teachers because most teachers are girls and girls can’t conceal a gun when they dress like girls.
“If you wear a dress, if you wear a skirt, are you going to have to wear a jacket everyday with a belt and a holster, the way a detective on duty would do? Fuentes asked. “It’s not a real practical solution for a variety of reasons.”
2)MSNBC ‘s Lawrence O’Donnell: Dumber than a Speeding Bullet
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell figured out that it is dumb to arm qualified school personnel because the bullet from an AR-15 travels three times faster than the bullet from a concealed pistol.

House Democrats Push Ban on ‘High Capacity’ Magazines and 205 Different Firearms
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by AWR HAWKINS27 Feb 20183,308
Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and numerous Democrat colleagues in the House are pushing an “assault weapons” ban that would prohibit “high capacity” magazines and 205 different firearms.
The Providence Journal reports that Cicilline’s bill, HR 5087, “would prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that have a magazine or can accept a magazine that can hold more than 10 bullets, and any ammunition-feeding device that can hold more than 10 bullets.”

Bad Guy with Knife Stopped by Good Guy with AR-15
by AWR HAWKINS27 Feb 20182,821
A man armed with an AR-15 saved a neighbor who was being attacked with a knife Monday in Oswego Township, Illinois.
WGN 9 reports that the incident unfolded at an apartment complex on Harbor Drive, “when someone with a knife attacked another person during an argument.”
Dave Thomas (pictured) witnessed the attack on his neighbor, retrieved his AR-15, and ordered the attacker to stop.
Thomas said, “I poked my head out the door. There was a pool of blood, blood was everywhere in the hall. There was still a confrontation going on, there were about three or four people involved at this point. So I ran back into my house and grabbed my AR-15. I grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun — bigger gun, I think a little more of an intimidation factor. Definitely played a part in him actually stopping.”

Obama Admin Official Who Helped Anti-Trump Dossier Author Was Exec at Lobbying Firm for Russians Who Bought Uranium One
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, is greeted by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the arrival ceremony for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Watson, Pool)Jim Watson/Associated Press
by AARON KLEIN27 Feb 20185,912
NEW YORK — Jonathan M. Winer, the Obama State Department official who acknowledged regularly interfacing with the author of the controversial, largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier, served as senior vice president of a firm that did lobbying work for Tenex, the U.S. subsidiary of Rosatom, the Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow.
In 2010, Rosatom infamously purchased a controlling stake in Uranium One, the Canadian uranium mining company with operations in the U.S. The purchase was approved by the Obama administration in a decision that is currently being probed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In a statement to Breitbart News, APCO Worldwide, where Winer served as senior vice president from 2008 to 2013, denied that the firm’s work for Rosatom’s subsidiary Tenex was related to the purchase of Uranium One or to the acquisition of uranium in general. Instead, APCO said its work for Tenex, which took place in 2010 and 2011, focused on sales of fuel to the U.S. energy market. APCO also denied that Winer did any work related to Tenex.

Box Office Poison Jennifer Lawrence Begins Apology Tour: Democrats Were ‘Disgusting’ to Trump Voters
by BEN KEW27 Feb 20189,823
Actress Jennifer Lawrence shared her thoughts on the 2016 election with Vanity Fair, saying Democrats treated supporters of Donald Trump in a “disgusting” manner.
In a wide-ranging interview meant to promote her upcoming spy thriller, Red Sparrow, Lawrence argued that Democrats made a “huge mistake” in their aggressive treatment of Trump supporters.
“The Democrats made a huge mistake by chastising the Trump supporters, and that was disgusting to me,” the Oscar-winner said. “Of course they’re not going to vote for Hillary Clinton; they’re going to vote for Donald Trump. You laughed at them when their plight is very real.”
Lawrence also revealed how President Trump’s victory invigorated her interest in politics. The Hunger Games star said she’s liberal and previously opted not to alienate huge swathes of her audience — as well as her Kentucky-based family and friends, who she admits don’t like her left-wing politics.
“I’ve always thought that it was a good idea to stay out of politics,” she continued. “Twenty-five percent of America identifies as liberal and I need more than 25 percent of America to go see my movies. It’s not wise, career-speaking, to talk about politics. When Donald Trump got sworn into office, that fucking changed.”
“My family obviously hates every time I talk about politics because it’s hard to see your kid get criticized and they live in Kentucky, where nobody is really liking what I’m saying,” she continued.

Blink-182 Calls for Boycott of FedEx over Support for NRA
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: (L-R) Musicians Mark Hoppus, Matt Skiba and Travis Barker of Blink-182 backstage as Bethesda Softworks shows off new video game experiences at its E3 Showcase and BE3 Plus event at the LA Hangar in Los Angeles, ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 14-16, on June 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Bethesda Softworks LLC)Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Bethesda Softworks LLC
by DANIEL NUSSBAUM27 Feb 20185,705
Pop-rock band blink-182 has announced it will boycott shipping company FedEx over its continued support for the National Rifle Association following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida this month.
Band frontman Mark Hoppus wrote in a tweet Monday that he had directed the band’s representatives to discontinue using FedEx services and called on fans to do the same.
“FedEx has chosen to continue its business relationship with the NRA, despite its board member pushing conspiracies against children who survived Parkland,” Hoppus wrote. “I’ve directed our representatives to stop using them, and encourage you to do the same.”

Sen. Bob Corker Ends Speculation He Created, Says Will Not Seek Re-Election
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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) ended two weeks of media speculation he created when he floated the idea that he was having “second thoughts” about not running for re-election when his chief of staff told Politico the frequent critic of President Trump has decided he will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate.
Corker’s decision clears the way for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) to secure the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee he currently occupies. It also sets up a general election battle between Blackburn and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has no opposition in the Democratic primary.

Graham: If DACA Ends and ‘A Lot’ of Recipients Are Deported, ‘That Would Destroy the Party’
While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that if Republicans don’t do anything on DACA, the program ends, “and a lot of these young people start getting deported,” it would “destroy” the Republican Party. He further stated that doing nothing on DACA is not “even a viable option.”
Graham said, “If we did nothing, and just ended DACA, and did nothing else and a lot of these young people start getting deported, then that would destroy the party. So, I don’t think that’s even a viable option. The options are to…punt it down the road, deal with it later. Or the president, engage again and see where the sweet spot’s at. And it’s pretty clear to me, that after those four votes, you know where the sweet spot’s at, which is border security for DACA.”

UK Prisons Recruit ‘Pagan Chaplains’ on £30k-a-Year Salaries
SALISBURY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Druids, pagans and revellers gather in the centre of Stonehenge, hoping to see the sun rise, as they take part in a winter solstice ceremony at the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge near Amesbury on December 22, 2017 in Wiltshire, England. Despite a forecast for cloud and rain, a large crowd gathered at the famous historic stone circle, a UNESCO listed ancient monument, to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. The event is claimed to be more important in the pagan calendar than the summer solstice, because it marks the 're-birth' of the Sun for the New Year. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)Matt Cardy/Getty Images
by VICTORIA FRIEDMAN27 Feb 2018347
The Ministry of Justice is recruiting pagan chaplains to provide “religious care” at prisons across the country – with annual salaries of up to £29,ooo – despite many of the recruiting prisons facing guard shortages, Islamic extremist inmates, and drug epidemics.
“The job holder will provide for the religious care of prisoners and staff in the Pagan faith tradition and appropriate pastoral care for all irrespective of faith or tradition,” one job description for a role covering Dartmoor, Channings Wood, and Exeter prisons reads.
Applicants would be expected to “lead open ritual, officiate in Rites of Passage, and run workshops for mixed Pagan traditions within the prison system” and must be formally endorsed by their “faith community” – through the Prison Service Pagan Faith Adviser.

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Pelosi Triples Down After Dems Warn Her Not to Call Tax Cuts ‘Crumbs’
Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the US House of Representatives -- shown here in January at an event in Florida -- spoke for more than eight hours on the House floor, the longest in more than a centuryAFP
by TONY LEE23 Feb 20181,364

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tripled down on calling the GOP’s recently enacted tax cuts “crumbs” after multiple Democrats warned her this week that doing so could make Democrats look like “patricians” to working-class voters and hurt the party’s chances of taking back Congress.
Vice President Mike Pence ramped up the pressure on Pelosi on Thursday, slamming Pelosi for being “out of touch” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“She keeps saying that the $1,000 bonus for working Americans is nothing more than crumbs,” Pence said. “I mean, seriously folks, when our kids were little, we had a term for another $1,000 in our paycheck at the end of the year—Christmas.”

Pence reminded Americans that he was in Congress the last time Pelosi and Democrats were in control and warned that Democrats will quickly raise taxes if they take back Congress in 2018.

“It would be a disaster for our cause if Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House again,” Pence told the crowd. “We will not let that happen”

After being heckled at a town hall event in Arizona this week about her net worth, Pelosi told the Arizona Republic that did not have any second thoughts about calling the tax cuts “crumbs.”

When the Republic asked her whether she regretted comparing the tax cuts to crumbs, Pelosi said, “oh, no.” She added that “Republicans provided a great banquet for the high end” and working-class Americans got “crumbs compared to the banquet.”

She then ripped House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for his tone-deaf tweet bragging that a worker got an extra $1.50 a week because of the tax cuts, saying that was an example of the “crumminess” of the deal. Pelosi then said the tax cuts were like a “dark cloud over the Capitol” because it prevented Congress from investing in various other government programs after calling the tax cuts “unpatriotic” at a town hall event.

PHOTOS: Justin Trudeau Mocked for ‘Cultural Appropriation’ of Indian Outfits
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) along with his wife Sophie Gregoire (L) pay their respects at the SSikh Golden Temple in Amritsar on February 21, 2018. Trudeau and his family are on a week-long official trip to India. / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
by BEN KEW23 Feb 20181,748

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India has triggered widespread mockery after dozens of photos of him in traditional Indian garb surfaced online.
Trudeau was repeatedly photographed wearing Indian clothing and putting his hands together in greeting. Some have argued Trudeau’s attempts to impress the Indian people are actually “cultural appropriation 
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One prominent observer, the Indian politician Omar Abdullah, pointed out that Indians do not dress like this every day:
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Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood.
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Indian commentator Sonam Mahajan described Trudeau as an “embarrassment” to Canada’s liberal values after he took off his shoes and forced his wife and young daughter to wear hijabs:

Report: John McCain Associate Invokes the Fifth to Avoid Testifying on Trump Hoax Dossier
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by AARON KLEIN23 Feb 20181,271
NEW YORK — David J. Kramer, a former State Department official and longtime associate of John McCain, reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment to get out of testifying before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump. reported:
Kramer, who is a central player in how the unverified Trump dossier made its way to the FBI in late 2016, testified before the committee in December in a closed-door session, indicating he had information about the dossier’s sources. A subpoena was issued for mid-January, as first reported by the Washington Examiner.
The law enforcement source confirmed, however, that Kramer did not appear and has exercised his Fifth Amendment rights.
In addition to being asked to testify on Capital Hill, Kramer last December gave a videotaped deposition as part of a separate court case against BuzzFeed, which first published the dossier.  According to a characterization of the deposition by Fox News, which viewed British court documents, Kramer discussed his communication with Christopher Steele, the former British spy hired by the controversial Fusion GPS firm to produce the questionable, anti-Trump document. However, Kramer’s attorneys have reportedly requested that the deposition be kept private. posed the following four questions to Kramer’s Florida attorney, Marcos Jimenez:

NBC ‘Blacklist’ Star Megan Boone: My Character ‘Will Never Carry an Assault Rifle Again’
by WARNER TODD HUSTON23 Feb 20181,002
Actress Megan Boone, star of NBC’s hit crime drama The Blacklist, says her character will never again carry an “assault rifle” on the show.
In the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Boone jumped to Twitter and said that her character, Elizabeth Keen, will never again be seen with an “assault rifle.” The actress also apologized for “glorifying” the weapons in past episodes of the four season-long series.
“Liz Keen will never carry an assault rifle again and I am deeply sorry for participating in glorifying them in the past,” Boone tweeted on Friday.

Rap Star T.I.: ‘It’s Easy for Government to Enslave People when They Don’t Have the Right to Bear Arms’
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by JEROME HUDSON23 Feb 20181,496
Rapper-actor T.I. may have slightly more felonies than Grammy Awards, but the reality TV star says the only thing standing between free Americans and government enslavement is the Second Amendment.
Asked by TMZ what side he takes in the now-brewing debate about guns, in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting, T.I. says “It’s a tough one.”
“I think you should probably make it more difficult for people who aren’t mentally stable to have guns, and maybe there should be some,” T.I. — real name Clifford Harris — said, adding, “I just honestly feel like if you lose the right to bear arms as a citizen, then you know what I’m saying, it’s easy to enslave.”
“It’s easy for the government to enslave people when they don’t have the right to bear arms,” the three-time Grammy Award-winner said.
T.I. also said that most of the deadly shootings in recent years have been perpetrated by people who purchase guns legally.
“I think mental stabilization needs to be a big part . . . Just not being a felon isn’t enough. We see that, that isn’t working. People think that the felons that’s causing all the problems, but you know, it seems as though people who have been given a gun license, who bought guns legally… Those are the ones causing all the mass hysteria, so I think that our system’s broken.

Donald Trump Rocks CPAC: ‘We’ve Got Seven Years to Go, Folks!’
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after delivering remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)AP/Evan Vucci
by CHARLIE SPIERING23 Feb 20187,850
President Donald Trump energized conservative activists at CPAC on Friday, celebrating his accomplishments during his first year in office.
“Hey, we have got seven years to go, folks!” Trump told the audience who cheered wildly. The president arrived with a prepared speech but quickly abandoned the teleprompters in favor of a free-wheeling address.
Trump’s arrival thrilled the crowd who waited hours to get in for Trump’s speech. CPAC president Matt Schlapp said it was the biggest audience in history.
“I think now we’ve proved that I’m a conservative,” Trump said.
The speech quickly turned into a dynamic rally-style speech as Trump drew energy from the audience.
Catching sight of the video screen in the room, Trump joked about his hair.
“I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks, I work hard at it,” he said. “It doesn’t look bad, hey we’re hanging in!”
Many of the supporters wearing red Trump campaign hats roared with delight when the president pulled out a copy of The Snake and read the poem.
But he got serious when he discussed the Florida school shooting, detailing his plan to allow trained teachers to use concealed guns in schools.
“A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened,” he said, referring to the school.
The appearance lasted over an hour, as Trump spoke about his accomplishments in office —  tax cuts, jobs, nominating conservative judges, and improving the economy.
Without mentioning Sen. John McCain by name, Trump pointed out that the Arizona senator was the single biggest reason that the Republican party failed to repeal Obamacare.
“One person walked into a room when he was supposed to go this way, and he said he was going this way, and he walked in, and he went this way, and everyone said, ‘What happened? What was that all about?’” Trump said.
He urged activists to re-energize for the midterms, warning that they were facing tough elections — and the historic nature of the party in power losing the congressional majority.
“Right now, we have a big race coming up in ’18. You have to get out. You have to just get that enthusiasm,” he said. “Keep it going.”
He promised to keep fighting for his supporters in the White House.
“I will let you know in the absolute strongest of terms, we’re going to make America great again, and I will never, ever, ever let you down,” he said.

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Trump: I’ve Directed AG ‘to Propose Regulations to Ban All Devices That Turn Legal Weapons Into Machine Guns’
by IAN HANCHETT20 Feb 201819,998
While speaking on Tuesday, President Trump announced that he signed a memo “directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”
Trump said, “[A]fter the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed the attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices, like the one used in Las Vegas, are illegal under current law. That process began in December. And just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”

Robert Mueller Indicts Attorney for Allegedly Lying About Contacts with Former Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates
FILE - In this June 13, 2013 file photo, FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, as the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the FBI. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of lawyers investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign is still growing, but its early composition reveals a breadth of experience in criminal law and in following the money. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
by KRISTINA WONG20 Feb 20186,145
Special counsel Robert Mueller is charging an attorney who communicated with former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates with making false statements to federal officials, according to an indictment released Tuesday.
Alex Van Der Zwaan is charged with making “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” to the special counsel’s office and FBI agents on November 3, 2017, according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, Van Der Zwaan said his last communication with Gates was in mid-August 2016 — “an innocuous text message” — and his last communication with “Person A” was in 2014 (when he and Person A discussed Person A’s family).
Van Der Zwaan also said he did not know why an email between him and Person A in September 2016 was not produced to the special counsel’s office, according to the indictment.
However, he “then and there well knew and believed” that in or about September, he spoke with both Gates and Person A regarding the report on Yulia Tymoshenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister and opponent of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, and surreptitiously recorded the calls.

Parents Lose Custody of Daughter for Opposing Transgender Medical Treatments
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by DR. SUSAN BERRY19 Feb 20185,249
Parents of a 17-year-old girl lost custody of their daughter for opposing her wish for transgender medical treatments.
Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon of Hamilton County, Ohio has allowed the girl to be taken into the custody of her grandparents – who support her medical transition – allowing them to make decisions that will further along her physical transition to the opposite sex.
According to CNN, Hendon ordered that the family’s names not be released.
The parents reportedly continued to call their daughter by her given name, rather than a male name, and refused to consent to hormone treatments that were recommended by her medical team. The girl claimed she became suicidal as a result of her parents’ refusal to accept that she wanted to transition to a male.
“We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will … make this sort of decision best for the child,” said attorney Paul Hunt, who represents the court-appointed guardian ad litem. “The parents have clearly indicated that they’re not open to it.”
According to the news story, the parents argued their daughter was not “even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time.” A county prosecutor, however, claimed the parents were opposed to their daughter transitioning to become a male because of their Christian religious beliefs.
Thomas Mellott, the girl’s attorney, said the teen was forced to attend a Catholic school where she had to wear dresses and use her birth name.

Pelosi Heckled While Criticizing Tax Cuts: ‘How Much Are You Worth Nancy?’
by PAM KEY20 Feb 20181,403
Tuesday in Phoenix at a town hall, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was heckled while discussing her opposition to the Republican tax cuts.
Pelosi said, “These are kitchen table issues for many of America’s families. Most people are not in deadening poverty, but some are. Most people have to struggle to make ends —”
A woman yelled, “How much are you worth, Nancy?”
Pelosi responded,  “No, we’re not talking about that. So in any event — I can — you know I’m a mother of five I can now speak louder than anybody.”

Somali Father Arranged for Daughter to Have Genitals Mutilated to Stop Her ‘Feeling Sexy’
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by LIAM DEACON20 Feb 20181,393
A Somali heritage Uber driver allowed his seven-year-old daughter to be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) because he said it stops “women feeling sexy all the time”, a court has heard.
The case represents one of the first times a prosecution for the crime – common in some migrant and Muslim cultures – has been brought to court in the UK, despite being illegal here since 1985 and hundreds of successful prosecutions in France.
“The case concerns… a practice that is illegal in this country and is becoming illegal in countries around the world,” Anna Vigars QC, prosecuting, told the court as the case began Monday.
“But, there are communities in Africa and the Middle East where it is common,” she added, according to The Guardian.
The prosecution alleges that the Somali father, who speaks “broken” English, admitted allowing his daughter to be cut to charity worker and anti-FGM campaigner Sami Ullah after picking him up in his Uber in March 2016.
Mr. Ullah asked the driver if he knew what the practice was using the Somali word, “sunna”. The driver is alleged to have made the cross sign with his finger and replied: “You mean cut?”
He then said he had allowed his own daughter to be mutilated, arguing that many people in his culture embraced it, and claiming that a smaller version of the practice was not wrong.

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Teen in Sweden Beat Sister with Baseball Bat for Refusing to Wear Islamic Veil
by CHRIS TOMLINSON19 Feb 20182,011
A 19-year-old man in Sweden has been charged with abuse after he beat his 14-year-old sister with a baseball bat because she refused to wear an Islamic veil.
The young man, who lives in the municipality of Karlskrona, was brought before the Blekinge District Court last week on charges of abuse and assault. He is alleged to have struck his younger sister with a baseball bat several times while yelling at her “wear a veil”, 24Blekinge reports.
The 19-year-old is said to have become angry with his sister after she returned from a shopping trip with their mother and he noticed she was not wearing an Islamic veil. When he asked her why she was not wearing a veil, the girl refused to answer. The brother then walked to his room and emerged with a baseball bat which he used to strike the 14-year-old on the head, leg, and arm.
Another member of the family, an older sister, ran into her room and called the police. When the officers arrived at the house, the young man was arrested and admitted the assault claiming that he did not hit her “very hard” but refused to give the reason for the assault.
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So-called “honour-culture” has become a heated topic in Sweden and as many as 240,000 young people from migrant backgrounds are said to be affected by it.

Dilek Baladiz, a manager at a centre for victims of honour violence, has claimed that the number of young women seeking help has dramatically increased in recent years, up 50 per cent since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015.

“In some areas there is repression. The more compatriots in an area, the more pressure there is to live according to the norms of honour and the more watchful eyes,” Baladiz said noting that the issue was much more prevalent in Sweden’s heavily migrant-populated suburbs.

In 2016, many were concerned after a number of stickers appeared in various towns across the country which said: “Women who don’t wear a headscarf are asking to be raped.”
Islamisation fears were also raised earlier this week when a Muslim group in Växjö demanded to be able to publicly broadcast a call to prayer on Fridays. The request was met with support from the local Church of Sweden Bishop Fredrik Modeus who said he was “looking forward” to hearing the call alongside church bells.

Illegal Immigrant Accused of Molesting, Raping 7-Year-Old Girl and Her Mother
Daniel Hernandez Del Angel charged with sexually assaulting young girl and her mother.Photo: Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office
by BOB PRICE19 Feb 20182,687
Officials in Louisiana charged an illegal immigrant from Mexico with raping a 7-year-old girl over a period of six months. Less than three weeks later, prosecutors charged the man with molesting the child’s mother in 2003 when she was only 11-years-old.
The 43-year-old Mexican national, Daniel Hernandez Del Angel, has been illegally living in the country for the last 22 years, reported WGNO in Metairie, Louisiana.
Officers with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office started to investigate Del Angel in early 2017 when the allegations about raping the 7-year-old girl surfaced.

According to the ABC affiliate in Louisiana, police arrested the illegal immigrant on January 25 and charged him with first-degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.
Less than three weeks later, prosecutors charged Del Angel with sexually assaulting the girl’s mother in 2003 when she was only 11-years-old. The alleged sexual molestation occurred at least two times.

Bossier Parish law enforcement authorities told the ABC affiliate that the illegal immigrant has known the victims’ family for at least 20 years.
Del Angel is in custody in the Bossier Maximum Security Facility with a $550,000 bond. Louisiana officials are cooperating U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Breitbart continues to report about criminal illegal immigrants who unlawfully re-enter the country after deportation. Many are sex offenders.
A week ago, Breitbart Texas reported that two previously deported criminal aliens, one convicted of aggravated sexual assault, and the other for drug trafficking, were again convicted of unlawful re-entry after removal. A federal judge sentenced them to 30 and 27 months of federal prison time, respectively. Border Patrol agents arrested them last summer after they illegally re-entered.
In November 2017, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector arrested two previously deported child sex offenders and a member of the Sureño 13 street gang. During a background investigation, the agents learned that 34-year-old Abigael Calvo-Calvo, a Mexican national, has a criminal history that includes a conviction in San Mateo County, California, for “Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child Under 14.” The conviction occurred in 2012.
Earlier in November, Border Patrol Agents in Texas and Arizona stopped more previously deported sex offenders from illegally re-entering the U.S. The arrests included two criminal aliens with histories of sex crimes against children – including sexual assault of a child, and Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child Under 14.
Calvo-Calvo now faces new criminal charges for felony re-entry after being deported as a registered sex offender.

Recently, Breitbart Texas reported that agents in the same sector in Arizona arrested a previously deported child sex offender after he illegally crossed from Mexico. In a separate incident, agents arrested a previously deported man with a felony conviction for child abuse. Border Patrol agents conducted a biometric background investigation and records revealed that a Las Vegas, Nevada, court previously convicted the Mexican national, 41-year-old Angel Bautista-Sanchez, for “lewd or lascivious acts with a minor.” Following his 2013 conviction, immigration officers deported the criminal alien.
Bautista now faces federal felony charges of aggravated re-entry after being removed as a sex offender.
Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX, Gab, and Facebook.

Apple iPhone Update Removes Easter from Calendar PhotoThe Associated Press
by CHARLIE NASH19 Feb 201822,792
Apple’s recent update for the iPhone has removed Easter Sunday from some users’ calendars, prompting consumer complaints.
While the previous update displayed both Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day on April 1, Easter Sunday was removed for some users on their iCal calendars following the latest update.
“Easter Sunday shows up on calendars for iPhone users running versions 11.2.2 of Apple’s iOS operating system, but not some users of 11.2.5, which is the latest version of the OS. However, one user said Easter showed in their calendar,” reported Fox News. “The default setting on iOS devices is for U.S. holidays, which shows holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Independence Day. However, there is an option to add Alternate Calendars, including Chinese, Hebrew and Islamic. But Christian is absent from this list on iOS 11.2.5.”
Several users complained about the disappearance of Easter Sunday from their calendars on Apple’s forums.
“How come Easter isn’t showing up on my calander [sic] but all the other holidays are?” complained one user, while another claimed Apple support informed them that the holiday had been removed intentionally.
“All other Holidays, including ‘religious’ holidays, are included on the US Holidays calendar, but not Good Friday or Easter,” declared the user. “I thought, well, April Fool’s day is listed and it falls on the same day as Easter this year, maybe it was just a glitch and slipped through the cracks. I then followed up on the Apple Forum for an answer and I tried the suggestions to include a different US Holidays calendar. To no avail.”
“I then called Apple, the first service rep I spoke with was sorta rude and dismissive but she forwarded me to someone who has been very helpful,” they continued, adding, “He had not been aware of the omission and sent a service inquiry. He phoned me back and sadly to him, informed me the response he received was, the calendar is as it should be and Apple decided to omit Good Friday and Easter from the US Holiday Calendar which is supplied on its products. This makes absolutely no sense.”
Breitbart Tech has reached out to Apple for comment.

Improvised Explosive Device Found at Border Bridge to Texas
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Mexican authorities have confirmed the discovery of an active improvised explosive device (IED) at one of the international bridges connecting the border cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas–the headquarters of the ruthless cartel known as Los Zetas.
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office issued a statement in regards to the recent discovery of the IED. The information released by Mexican authorities does not reveal the date that the bomb was left at the bridge, but confirmed that the explosive was active. The IED was left at the Las Americas International Bridge, also known as Bridge One. Neither the City of Laredo nor U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released any information in relation to the IED at the port of entry.

Mexican authorities de-activated the explosive device and removed it from the pedestrian lane of the bridge. While bomb threats are not unheard of at the various international bridges in Tamaulipas where cartels often flex their muscle; the discovery of an actual explosive device at the bridge is a first of its kind. 

The border city of Nuevo Laredo is under the control of the Cartel Del Noreste faction Los Zetas cartel; a violent, transnational criminal organization that uses the Texas border city of Laredo as one of its main corridors into Texas.

The knowledge of the IED at the border bridge comes days after as Breitbart Texas reported, Mexican authorities discovered two anti-personnel mines known as Claymores in the border city of Camargo, a Mexican city that sits immediately across the border from Rio Grande City, Texas. The mines were found in underground storage facilities used by the Gulf Cartel to hide weapons and ammunition. While the CDN controls Nuevo Laredo, the areas east of there are controlled by the Gulf Cartel. Both the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas criminal organizations have undergone a series of internal fighting and fracturing that is linked to the escalating violence in the various border cities with Texas.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at

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