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Anti-conservative censorship online has gone from bad to worse. As major social media platforms start to target me for censorship, I shudder to think what it that means for millions of other...

Anti-conservative censorship online has gone from bad to worse. As major social media platforms start to target me for censorship, I shudder to think what it that means for millions of other Americans, especially as we approach the 2020 presidential campaign.

As Jussie Smollett’s preposterous story about being beaten in a racist, homophobic attack was falling apart, I posted about it on Facebook-owned Instagram, pointing out how unbelievable his allegation was in the first place.

After I let my followers know my thoughts on the Smollett hoax, I received a notification that Instagram deleted my post. When I complained about this blatant censorship, Instagram claimed it was a mistake. My post had just been removed “in error,” the company said. Rather than get better, though, the situation just got worse. Conservatives soon let me know by direct message that Instagram was preventing them from following my account, or even sharing or liking any of my posts.

I’m sure Instagram will claim that this, too, was all just a terrible mistake. It’s funny how these “mistakes” never seem to happen to liberals at the critical moment of a news cycle. More to the point, if this is really a “mistake,” then why does it keep happening?

Just as the Smollett hoax is merely the latest of dozens of nonexistent hate crimes blamed on Trump supporters, my experience isn’t nearly the first time that conservatives have been censored by social media platforms.

Instagram also deleted a post from former Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany when she tried to highlight Elizabeth Warren’s lies about her ancestry. As soon as censorship of McEnany became a headline, Instagram once again claimed it was all a “mistake.” If not for conservative media, the social media giant may never be held accountable.

Facebook offered the same lame excuse after banning several videos posted by conservative nonprofit PragerU for alleged “hate speech.” It was an “employee error,” the tech giant proclaimed after PragerU publicly complained about the censorship. Likewise, when Facebook encountered pushback for banning an ad for a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in the middle of last year’s midterm election campaign, it quickly restored the video and offered a weak apology for its “mistake.”

Even worse than the censorship itself is the fact that it takes public outrage just to get Big Tech to treat conservative voices fairly. When social media censorship comes after someone like me, a prominent businessman and the son the president of the United States, it’s a story. The same is not true for the millions of conservative Americans who have no recourse whatsoever when Twitter or Facebook bans their accounts, limits their reach, and otherwise silences their voices because of their political opinions. It is they who are hurt the most by Big Tech’s manipulative partisan agenda.

Worryingly, there seems to be no limit to that manipulation. The tech giants are now tinkering with their terms of service to mandate that users adhere to liberal orthodoxy in their posts. It is now, for example, a banishment offense to “misgender” or “deadname” transgender people on Twitter, as even a radical feminist discovered when she tweeted that “men are not women.”

The stakes in all this could not be higher. The social media revolution upended people’s relationship with the overwhelmingly liberal media. As the Smollett hoax illustrates, the political left and establishment journalists want nothing more than to return to a world in which their narrative is the only one that matters -- and the truth is whatever they decree it to be.

Unfortunately, Silicon Valley is showing us that tech companies, too, can manipulate information for partisan ends. Their censorship is increasing at an alarming rate, just in time for them to try to spoil my father’s re-election bid, but we won’t let them get away with it.

Those of us with a big enough public profile to hold the tech giants accountable for their partisan speech-policing have a duty to do so. Ordinary conservatives can’t force multibillion-dollar companies to guarantee their right to free speech, which is exactly what the liberals are counting on.

They’ve gone too far, though. They’ve poked the hornet’s nest of conservative activists, and we will continue to vigilantly shame them for their censorship, because so much is at stake.

Donald Trump Jr. is the Executive Vice President at The Trump Organization.

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Boom! On Friday, the Trump Administration announced that they are baring groups that offer abortions, such as Planned Parenthood, from being able to participate in the $286 million family planning program that has been federally

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Friday on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," former CIA Director John Brennan said President Donald Trump was "not fit to serve as president of the United | Clips

Friday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” former CIA Director John Brennan said President Donald Trump was “not fit to serve as president of the United States.”

Discussing an open letter published in The Washington Post, by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Brennan said, “I think Adam Schiff captured it well. Mr. Trump is a deeply flawed individual who I think has demonstrated that he is not fit to serve as president of the United States.”

He added, “Adam and others, including myself, have been very dismayed at the Republican leaders of Congress and the members of the Republican party who have been reluctant to call Mr. Trump what he is, which is an individual who has demonstrated the lack of ethics, principles, as well as competence. And so I’m hoping that the Republicans are going to be speaking out against him.”

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A new shock report reveals that there's a wealthy donor behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's socialist "Green New Deal." According to Breitbart, liberal kingpin George Soros and organizations he is connected to are bankrolling Ocasio-Cortez's legislation and

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The Trump administration posted a final rule Friday that would require family planning clinics to be housed in separate buildings from abortion clinics, a move that would cut off Planned Parenthood from some federal funding.

The Trump administration posted a final rule Friday that would require family planning clinics to be housed in separate buildings from abortion clinics, a move that would cut off Planned Parenthood from some federal funding.

The rule applies to a $286 million-a-year grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control, testing of sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings for 4 million low-income people. It requires the "physical and financial" separation of family planning services and abortion.

Federal funds are not permitted to go toward abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or if a woman's pregnancy threatens her life. Abortion foes, however, have long fought for rules along the lines of the one advanced Friday because they say allocating federal funds toward clinics such as Planned Parenthood frees up additional funds to provide abortions. The organization receives between $50 million and $60 million from Title X.

Planned Parenthood said the requirements would cause its facilities to build separate entrances and exits, construct new health centers, or hire a second staff of doctors, nurses, and administrative staff.

"None of these requirements contribute to the health of patients," the organization said in a statement.

The rule is likely to be challenged in federal court.

Planned Parenthood, which covers roughly 40 percent of people who use Title X to get medical services, has drawn criticism from the Trump administration because it provides abortions. Republicans in Congress have failed to cut off funding from Planned Parenthood, leaving anti-abortion groups to rely on the White House to advance their causes.

The rule does not defund all of Planned Parenthood, as some Republicans have called for, because the organization gets other government funding. Separately from government funding, it receives donations as well as reimbursement for services by insurers. The rule would, however, either force facilities to make major changes or forgo tens of millions of dollars.

The rule would also block providers from referring for abortions for the purpose of family planning or promoting the practice if they are receiving Title X grants. Critics have often referred to it as a "gag rule."

“Imagine if the Trump administration prevented doctors from talking to our patients with diabetes about insulin," Dr. Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood's president, said in a statement. "It would never happen. Reproductive health care should be no different. Reproductive health care is healthcare and healthcare is a basic human right."

The Trump administration has denied that the proposal would prevent doctors from counseling women about abortion.

One of the main purposes of the proposal is to shift federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortions to community and rural health centers, or otherwise pressure Planned Parenthood and other facilities to stop providing abortions.

The Family Research Council, an organization that opposes abortion, praised the rule and said Trump has "been persistent in fulfilling his pro-life campaign promises."

"Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers will now have to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite," Tony Perkins, the group's president, said in a statement. "Either way, this will loosen the group's hold on tens of millions of tax dollars."

The rule is similar to a 1988 policy instituted by former President Ronald Reagan, which required family planning services to have a "physical separation" and "separate personnel" from abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood and other groups challenged the Reagan-era rule in court. The Supreme Court allowed the policy to move forward, but it was never carried out completely. Then-President Bill Clinton rolled back the rules in 1994.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Friday that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is "not the biggest name involved" in a prostitution case in South Florida.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Friday that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is "not the biggest name involved" in a prostitution case in South Florida.

"On Friday morning, police in Jupiter, Florida charged prominent New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft — who is worth an estimated $6.6 billion — with soliciting prostitution at a local spa," The Daily Wire reported. "Local police claim that there is inculpatory video evidence."

Following the news about Kraft, Schefter reported on ESPN's "SportsCenter" that Kraft is supposedly not the biggest name involved.

"There are people down there in that area I’m told who say this story is going to heat up and get a lot worse," Schefter reported. "I don’t mean involving Robert Kraft, I’m talking about with all the human trafficking that has gone on down there, I’m also told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida, and we will see what police turn up in the report."

"Jupiter Police chief Daniel Kerr said Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, and that a warrant for his arrest is with the state’s attorney’s office and will be sent to Kraft’s home in Massachusetts," Deadspin reported.

A spokesperson for Kraft responded to the matter in a statement, saying: "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."

"The NFL owner was charged with paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter," TCPalm reported. "The spa was among 10 shut down in the Orlando area, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast after a several-month investigation revealed women there were in'sexual servitude,' according to arrest records."

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The Trump Admin moved to cut off some funding for the baby butchers at Planned Parenthood on Friday. The Trump White House posted a final rule Friday that would require family planning centers to be in a separate building from abortion centers, a move that would effectively cut off some federal funding for Planned Parenthood. […]

The Trump Admin moved to cut off some funding for the baby butchers at Planned Parenthood on Friday.

The Trump White House posted a final rule Friday that would require family planning centers to be in a separate building from abortion centers, a move that would effectively cut off some federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The Washington Examiner reported:

The rule applies to a $286 million-a-year grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control, testing of sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings for 4 million low-income people. It requires the “physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.

Federal funds are not permitted to go toward abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or if a woman’s pregnancy threatens her life. Abortion foes, however, have long fought for rules along the lines of the one advanced Friday because they say allocating federal funds toward clinics such as Planned Parenthood frees up additional funds to provide abortions. The organization receives between $50 million and $60 million from Title X.

The rule will no doubt get challenged in a federal court.

It is important to note that this rule would not defund all of Planned Parenthood because they get other government funding as well.

This rule will however make a dent and force Planned Parenthood to rebuild facilities or forgo millions of dollars in government funding.

The rule would also block providers from referring for abortions for the purpose of family planning or promoting the practice if they are receiving Title X grants. Because of this, critics have often referred to it as a “gag rule,” reported The Examiner.

Ronald Reagan instituted a similar policy in 1988 with the backing of the Supreme Court, however, Bill Clinton rolled it back shortly after he began his first term as president.

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Ready to travel south of the border for Spring Brake? Please read the latest travel advisory coming from U.S. State Department for entire country of Mexico.

Ready to travel south of the border for Spring break? Not so fast. First you need to read the latest travel advisory coming from U.S. State Department which raised their warning for U.S. citizens to ‘Level 2- Increased Caution‘ for the entire country of Mexico.

“The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as travel by U.S. government employees to these areas is prohibited or significantly restricted.

U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including from app-based services like Uber, or those from regulated taxi stands. U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico with the exception of daytime travel within Baja California, and between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D.” Click here to read Mexico Travel Advisory

The advisory added that “Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as travel by U.S. government employees to these areas is prohibited or significantly restricted.”

The State Department warns U.S. citizen to avoid travel in these Mexican states:

Colima state due to crime

Guerrero state due to crime

Michoacán state due to crime

Sinaloa state due to crime

Tamaulipas state due to crime.

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), one of the many Democratic candidates for president in 2020, has had a tough time with her statements on the Jussie Smollett case. When the incident first occurred, she immediately tweeted

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), one of the many Democratic candidates for president in 2020, has had a tough time with her statements on the Jussie Smollett case.

When the incident first occurred, she immediately tweeted about it without even knowing what the facts were, in on the same day, calling it an attempted modern day lynching.

Then she was left speechless the other day before he was indicted, but after the reports that he had staged the attack.

Suddenly, she wanted to wait until the facts came out.

“OK, so, I will say this about that case,” she said Monday. “I think that the facts are still unfolding, and, um, I’m very, um, concerned about obviously, the initial, um, allegation that he made about what might have happened.

Now more facts have indeed come out, with Smollett being indicted for filing a false report and arrested.

Police say they have a pretty impressive trail of evidence including a check he wrote to pay off the brothers for the attack as well as the texts he wrote to them to arrange it.

And now Harris is weighing in with an official statement.

See if you can notice what is missing in it.

She expressed her “sadness, frustration, and disappointment.”

From Fox News:

“When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more difficult for other victims of crime to come forward,” Harris wrote. [….]

Continuing her statement Thursday, the lawmaker cited FBI statistics while claiming that more and more hate crimes were occurring in the U.S.

“Part of the tragedy of this situation is that it distracts from the truth, and has been seized by some who would like to dismiss and downplay the very real problems that we must address. We should not allow that,” she wrote, vowing to stand up against racism and homophobia.

“We must always confront hate directly, and we must always seek justice,” she continued. “That is what I will keep fighting for.”

Where is her direct condemnation of Smollett and his hate crime against Trump supporters?

Nowhere does she point to that.

Needless to say, she’s getting badly ratioed.

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Humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence, China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday, warning that Beijing opposed military intervention in the country.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Humanitarian aid should not be forced into Venezuela, lest it cause violence, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, warning that Beijing opposed military intervention in the country.

People wait with their vehicles at a checkpoint set up by Venezuelan security forces in Taguanes, Venezuela, February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened to close the border with Colombia on Thursday as opposition leader Juan Guaido and some 80 lawmakers ran a gauntlet of roadblocks trying to get to the frontier to receive humanitarian aid.

Guaido, who is recognized by dozens of countries as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state, was poised for a showdown with Maduro’s government on Saturday, when the opposition will attempt to bring in food and medicine being stockpiled in neighboring countries.

Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis and said on Thursday he was considering closing Venezuela’s key border with Colombia and would close the country’s other main border with Brazil, effectively shutting off any legal land access.

Speaking at a daily news conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that the Venezuelan government had “remained calm and exercised restraint”, effectively preventing large-scale clashes.

“If so-called aid material is forced into Venezuela, and then if it causes violence and clashes, it will have serious consequences. This is not something anyone wants to see,” Geng said.

“China opposes military intervention in Venezuela, and opposes any actions causing tensions or even unrest,” he said.

Maduro retains the backing of both Russia and China.

Beijing has lent more than $50 billion to Venezuela through oil-for-loan agreements over the past decade, securing energy supplies for its fast-growing economy.

A change of government in Venezuela would favor Russia and China, who are the country’s two main foreign creditors, Guaido told Reuters in an interview last month.

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President Donald Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood, Will Cut Almost $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding

President Donald Trump today finalized an administrative rule that would partially defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and deprive it of as much as $60 million in taxpayer dollars. This action adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

The abortion chain receives about $50 million to $60 million in Title X funds annually, but that could change now that the new rules are being implemented. The administration’s changes to Title X family planning grants have angered the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, prompting a lawsuit, but they provide hope for life-affirming pregnancy centers, which can now compete with the abortion giant for the federal funds.

Title X funds are supposed to be used to help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings and other health care services. While the tax money cannot be used to pay for abortions, it indirectly funds Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business.

Last May, the Trump administration published a new proposal for Title X that would prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses from receiving any of those tax dollars unless they completely separate their abortion businesses from their taxpayer-funded services. That mean housing their family planning services in separate buildings with separate staff from their abortion businesses and a denial of funds if they fail to do so. Most Planned Parenthood entities are not expected to comply.

Under the new directive, which will take effect in 60 days, organizations receiving Title X funding have 120 days to financially separate their family planning and abortion operations and one year to physically separate their family planning and abortion operations.

The “Protect Life Rule,” as that proposal is known, was finalized today. And pro-life groups are delighted by the news.

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“We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

She told LifeNews: “The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions. The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars. We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for ensuring that the Title X program is truly about funding family planning, not abortion.”

National Right to Life president Carol Tobias also praised President Trump and noted that the decision doesn’t adversely affect women’s health because the federal funds will go to legitimate family planning efforts instead of places that kill babies in abortions.

“We thank President Trump and Health & Human Services Secretary Azar for their numerous actions to restore pro-life policies,” she told LifeNews. “We are encouraged to see the announcement of Title X regulations that are back in line with previous policy that prevents federal dollars from being used to directly or indirectly promote abortion domestically.”

Brad Mattes, the president of Life Issues Institute, also told LifeNews he was excited to hear the news that the Protect Life Rule has been finalized.

“President Trump just finalized his Protect Life Rule which prohibits Title X taxpayer funding from going to ANY entity that performs abortions,” he said. “That means if abortion giant Planned Parenthood refuses to comply with the Protect Life Rule it will LOSE $60 MILLION of our tax dollars each year!”

He profusely thanked the president for his actions.

“I’m so thankful for your activism, without which we would not be celebrating this great victory today,” he said. “Planned Parenthood is America’s LARGEST abortion business. Congress was unable to defund Planned Parenthood because of Democratic filibusters in the Senate. But President Trump has used his executive powers to act decisively and cut off this stream of funding to abortion businesses that had been accessing these Title X funds.”

According to National Right to Life, during the Reagan Administration, regulations were issued, with National Right to Life’s strong support, to restore the original character of Title X by prohibiting referral for abortion except in life endangering circumstances. Additionally, abortion facilities could not generally share the same location with a Title X site.

In the 1991 Rust v. Sullivan decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found similar regulations permissible.

However, the Clinton Administration would later reverse these regulations.

A recent Marist poll found that, by a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).

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In this episode I address the constantly changing stories by the anti-Trump schemers and why they all vindicate President Trump. I also address the hypocritical campaign of Bernie Sanders, who remains a one-percenter. Finally, I address a massive error by the CBO that should be headline news.

In this episode I address the constantly changing stories by the anti-Trump schemers and why they all vindicate President Trump. I also address the hypocritical campaign of Bernie Sanders, who remains a one-percenter. Finally, I address a massive error by the CBO that should be headline news.

News Picks:

Bernie Sanders is a total fraud. He lives like the 1% he decries.

Lunatic liberals demand that a pro-police flag be taken down in Connecticut.

The CBO really blew it on Obamacare. Why should we trust them?

Why can’t Andrew McCabe keep his story straight?

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A poll shows that the media's hate crime hoaxes -- from Trayvon Martin to Jussie Smollett -- have taken a toll on race relations. 

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Conservative activists are calling on the University of California, Berkeley to take action against a campus employee who praised an alleged assault on a student who was recruiting at a table.

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The illegal immigrant killed by police in a shocking shootout with a California cop Sunday was deported from the United States three times and...

The illegal immigrant killed by police in a shocking shootout with a California cop Sunday was deported from the United States three times and released despite ICE’s multiple objections, reports Fox News.

“The illegal immigrant killed Sunday in a shootout with a California cop had been deported three times and arrested and released over ICE’s objection on several occasions — including cases involving the very department whose officer took him down in a dramatic exchange caught on her body cam,” reports Fox.

“Immigration officials said Thursday that the shooting and the man’s death could have been prevented, but California’s state law prohibited them from arresting the Mexican citizen with a long rap sheet and multiple deportations,” adds the report.

Officials with ICE confirm the man -identified as 48-year-old Hernandez Morales- was deported from the US twice in 2007 and once in 2010.

“This incident may have been prevented if ICE had been notified about any of the multiple times Hernandez-Morales was released from local custody over the last few years,” immigration officials said. “This is an impactful, scary example of how public safety is affected by laws or policies limiting local law enforcement agencies’ abilities to cooperate with ICE.”

Read the full report here.

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The illegal immigrant killed Sunday in a shootout with a California cop had been deported three times and arrested and released over ICE's objection on several occasions -- including cases involving the very department whose officer took him down in a dramatic exchange caught on her body cam.

The illegal immigrant killed Sunday in a shootout with a California cop had been deported three times and arrested and released over ICE's objection on several occasions -- including cases involving the very department whose officer took him down in a dramatic exchange caught on her body cam.

In a graphic, 48-second clip released Wednesday, body camera footage from Sunday's traffic stop shows Javier Hernandez Morales rolling down his window, grabbing a handgun and opening fire. Napa County sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki narrowly avoided getting struck before running to the other side of the car, firing at least 15 shots into the red Honda.

Hernandez Morales, 48, died at the scene and the deputy was not seriously injured, officials said.

A second weapon – a loaded .22-caliber rifle – was found in the backseat of the Honda in addition to the pistol.

Immigration officials said Thursday that the shooting and the man’s death could have been prevented, but California’s state law prohibited them from arresting the Mexican citizen with a long rap sheet and multiple deportations.

(Napa County Sheriff's Office)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Hernandez Morales has been deported three times before 2011 – twice in 2007 and once again in 2010.

Since then, ICE had issued four separate detainers for him related to various arrests including suspicion of driving under the influence, battery on a peace officer and unknown probation violations.

ICE said detainers were issued to Napa County Jail in 2014, 2015 and 2016 while Sonoma County Jail received one in 2016. None of the detainers were honored by jail staff.

“This incident may have been prevented if ICE had been notified about any of the multiple times Hernandez-Morales was released from local custody over the last few years,” immigration officials said. “This is an impactful, scary example of how public safety is affected by laws or policies limiting local law enforcement agencies’ abilities to cooperate with ICE.”

The statement added: “ICE is grateful the deputy involved in this shooting was not harmed during this attack. It’s unfortunate that our law enforcement partners and the community are subjected to dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens.”

California’s sanctuary law – signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017 – largely prohibits local enforcement from keeping illegal immigrants in custody at the request of federal immigration officials.

Napa County supervisors told ABC 7, which broke the news, that the county has been following state law since 2017.

“Compliance with state law is what Napa County will, in fact, follow through upon, whether there are changes in the future that change things but as of right now we do need to comply with state law and that is what our policy reflects,” Napa County Supervisor Belia Ramos told ABC 7.

Henry Wofford, a sheriff’s spokesman, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the department was alerted by immigration officials to Hernandez Morales’ status prior to ICE issuing a press release on Thursday.

“We’re not talking about that information because that’s an ICE issue,” he said. “We know our role has always been sticking with the role in the community.”

Officials said Hernandez Morales worked as a farm laborer in the area and had prior arrests for DUI, resisting arrests and possession of a firearm. There was a warrant for his arrest at the time of the shooting.

The sheriff’s department said Jarecki, who has been placed on administrative leave, was sworn in as a Napa County deputy six months ago, and her father is a sergeant in the department. Her grandfather also served with the Napa Police Department.

Fox News' Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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DISGRACED actor Jussie Smollett told officers he has a drug problem as they arrested him for allegedly staging a “racist and homophobic” street attack to boost his career, according to …

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A conservative participating in a recruiting event at the University of California-Berkeley was punched in the face and threatened with being shot this week. Hayden Williams, a field representative for …

A conservative participating in a recruiting event at the University of California-Berkeley was punched in the face and threatened with being shot this week.

Hayden Williams, a field representative for conservative group, the Leadership Institute, was punched multiple times by an individual calling him a “racist bi**h.”

Campus Reform reports:

At the time of the incident, the alleged victim was helping students recruit other conservatives for Turning Point USA behind a table with a sign that read, “hate crime hoaxes hurt real victims,” a reference to the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago.

But at least twice, the situation turned violent and now, police are asking for help in identifying the suspects.

“Mother f*cker. You racist little inbred b*tch. C**t!,” the man who punched the alleged victim shouted.

Williams told Campus Reform, “Some students nearby tabling were laughing, even one guy was smiling while I was being attacked and trying to hand me his flyer as a joke. The idea is free speech has consequences…. which include you getting assaulted if they find you promoting ideas others don’t agree with.”

In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last night, Williams said he did nothing to provoke the man who punched him.

The university has confirmed that an investigation is under way.

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Trump is bringing the rules of the private sector to California's high-speed rail failure, and the state's Democratic government is shocked.

The Trump administration announced this week that it was canceling nearly $1 billion in grant money for California’s now-defunct high-speed rail project — and President Donald Trump is coming for the other $2.5 billion.

The $2.5 billion has already been spent — but California has failed to deliver the high-speed rail (on time, or at all) as promised.

Therefore, the Trump administration argues, the state has to repay federal taxpayers.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Stanford law professor David Freeman Engstrom, a Stanford law professor, describing Trump’s effort as a “nuclear option.”

The practice of recovering money after a breach of contract, while common in the private sector, was virtually unheard of in government, he explained.

“There is a reluctance to penalize misspending by local government agencies. … Almost never do those violations result in terminations, in part because federal agencies are set up to distribute money, not take it back, and they also lack funding for strict grant enforcement,” the Times added.

Last week, newly-inaugurated California Governor Gavin Newsom announced in his “State of the State” address that the “bullet train” would no longer be built between Los Angeles and San Francisco because it “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long.”

Newsom said the state would still build a portion of the high-speed rail project in the Central Valley in an effort to hold onto the federal funds that President Barack Obama’s administration had allocated to the project: “I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump, Newsom told legislators in the State Capitol in Sacramento.

But President Trump objected, demanding on Twitter: “California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars. They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a “green” disaster!” Newsom responded: “This is CA’s money, allocated by Congress for this project. We’re not giving it back.” He also taunted the president, accusing him of “desperately searching for some wall $$,” referring to Trump’s barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border.

That did not impress the president. On Tuesday, the Federal Railroad Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation wrote to California’s High-Speed Rail Authority, informing it that it had breached the terms of its contract with the federal government and that $928,620,000 would therefore no longer be available to the project.

Newsom objected, again: “This is California’s money.” He also claimed Trump was taking revenge for California’s leading role in filing a federal lawsuit against Trump’s national emergency declaration to build the “wall.”

But that may not matter.

The state had grown accustomed to leniency: the Obama administration modified the terms of the deal between the federal government and the state several times, because it was ideologically committed to high-speed rail.

For example, in “the final hours of the Obama administration” in January 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time, Obama extended the deadline for the high-speed rail project from 2018 to 2022, so that California might still access the nearly $1 billion in transportation funds that the Trump administration is now “de-obligating.”

Trump is somewhat indifferent to high-speed rail: he favors infrastructure spending, but wants to see the projects built.

And as a world-famous developer, he knows the rules of the game: deliver the project, or pay up.

Legally California may have no choice.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Investigators said the sex trafficking ring operated out of at least three spas in Central Florida, with at least two more suspected of being involved.

VERO BEACH, FL (WPTV/CNN) - Authorities say they have connected dozens of men to a major sex and human trafficking operation in Florida.

Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey explained there was “very little” in the way of actual massaging going on at the spas.

Investigators in Indian River County announced the arrests of dozens of men Thursday, as they busted an ongoing sex and human trafficking organization hidden in plain sight.

"These Johns either knowingly, or not knowingly, were certainly supplying the funds to perpetuate human trafficking,” said Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar.

Included in this crackdown is Patriots owner Robert Kraft. He has not yet been arrested, but a warrant is being issued. Police have video tape evidence, according to reports.

Investigators said victims were recruited at three different spas in the area to perform sex acts in exchange for money.

"We also know that staff at times was not allowed to leave the spa,” Loar said. “In other words they were living in the spa.”

The investigation has now culminated in nearly 200 warrants served, and dozens of men now facing charges.

Investigators said some of the spa managers and owners are also connected to two more spas in in the state, including one in Orlando.

Investigators said the investigation is far from over. More warrants are being prepared and more arrests are coming.

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Sebastian Walsh, 19, branded halal meat 'barbaric' and 'inhumane'. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) suspended him after they received complaints about his behaviour.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that his colleagues in the Senate will follow House Democrats’ lead and move to block President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall …

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that his colleagues in the Senate will follow House Democrats’ lead and move to block President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border.

In a statement, Schumer said, “This issue transcends partisan politics, and I urge all senators — Democrats and Republicans — to support this resolution to terminate the president’s emergency declaration when it comes up for a vote in the Senate. Identical companion legislation to the House resolution will soon be introduced in the Senate.”

“The House resolution is expected to pass easily, with Democrats in control. But it’s unclear whether the resolution will pass the Senate. Several Republican senators have voiced concern about Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine became the first Republican Senator Wednesday to say she would support a resolution disapproving of the emergency declaration. The Senate version of the resolution could place further pressure on Senate Republicans to decide whether to break with the president on his national emergency declaration.”

For the full story, click HERE.

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A new caravan begins the march north toward the United States as border cities like Ciudad Juárez are swelling with migrants already here from previous caravans.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Yet another caravan of more than 1,000 mostly Central American migrants has crossed Mexico’s southern border, according to officials. They clashed briefly with federal police and immigration agents (INM) but were able to overwhelm the officials and enter illegally.

The new caravan begins the march north toward the United States as border cities like Ciudad Juárez are swelling with migrants already here from previous caravans – with more arriving from the closure of the shelter in Piedras Negras on Wednesday.

There are two shelters here that are beyond maximum capacity, each holding more than 600 people. They give the migrants pink wrist bands marked with a number to wait their turn to apply for asylum at the El Paso ports of entry.

A wheelchair-bound migrant named Jose whom we met in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on Jan 15 showed Fox News his number – 6,387. It’s unclear where they are in calling numbers. Jose guesses he may have to wait another three months before being called.

Such pressures on U.S. border cities like El Paso, Texas, which is across from Ciudad Juárez, are evident in the number of apprehensions for illegal entry, which is up 478 percent this year. As of this week, there have been 43,238 apprehensions in the El Paso sector this fiscal year – compared to 7,481 at this same point last year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

And migrants here are well aware of comments from Democratic 2020 hopefuls, like Beto O’Rourke, who have suggested tearing down parts of the El Paso wall.

103 ILLEGAL ALIENS ARRESTED AT ARIZONA BORDER; CBP ALARMED AT UPTICK IN BORDER CROSSINGS BY LARGE GROUPS

“I am very comfortable with that... If you ask many people here what they feel about that, they are going to say that’s very comfortable for everyone. Take the wall down,” said Randy Davidson from the Honduran island of Roatan.

Randy says there is fear amongst the migrants here not only of immigration officials on the U.S. side but also of the threat from cartels in Ciudad Juárez, once one of the most violent cities in the world, which is seeing a six-year high in murders, with more than 1,200 last year. There were more than 100 killings last month.

Meanwhile, a delegation of House Democrats led by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, will travel to El Paso on Thursday to tour CBP facilities and examine the situation on the border.

On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with Central American leaders in El Salvador to address the continuous formation of caravans and discuss the development of a “regional compact” and action plan aimed at addressing the “security crisis of irregular migration.”

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A field representative from the Leadership Institute was punched in the face during an alleged attack at UC Berkeley on Tuesday while training student members for Turning Point USA.

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The Virginia senator’s position on abortion is becoming increasingly incoherent.

Senator Tim Kaine is in a bind. The Virginia Democrat has been confronted in recent weeks about where exactly he stands on abortion rights, and he’s learning that there’s no easy way to make everyone happy.

His latest juggling act is finding a way to pacify concerned Catholic constituents, who wish to know where their Catholic senator stands on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a proposed piece of federal legislation that would mandate medical care for infants born alive in the context of abortion.

Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) brought the bill to the floor earlier this month, in the wake of Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s comments appearing to endorse physicians’ right to let newborns die, at least in some circumstances. The entire Senate will vote on the legislation on Monday.

Though Kaine has yet to issue a statement on how he plans to vote, he recently responded to constituent inquiries about his stance on the bill with a letter, a copy of which was obtained by National Review. The text doesn’t say explicitly whether he’ll vote against Sasse’s bill next week, but the implication seems to be that he intends to oppose it.

“This bill would establish new requirements for health care practitioners in the case of a fetus who survives an abortion,” Kaine writes. It’s an intriguing turn of phrase: A fetus, after all, is what the Left has chosen to call unborn children in an effort to dehumanize them. If a fetus survives an abortion, presumably it is no longer a fetus but a newborn infant.

The rest of the letter is similarly slippery. “I support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions,” Kaine goes on. “For that reason, I oppose efforts to weaken the basic holding of Roe v. Wade . . . [and oppose] restricting and criminalizing women’s reproductive decisions.”

Kaine’s office did not respond to National Review’s request for comment on the senator’s official position on the born-alive bill. But even as the senator appears poised to oppose legislation that does nothing more than require medical care for living infants — it doesn’t even prescribe a particular method of care — he has expressed disapproval for the increasing abortion extremism of Democrats in his state.

Late last month, Virginia Democratic delegate Kathy Tran proposed a bill that would legalize abortion in the last three months of pregnancy and admitted that her legislation would allow abortion even when a mother was in labor. This, Kaine says, goes a bit too far. He told the Daily Caller, when pressed for his opinion about his state’s abortion laws, that he supports “the existing Virginia law . . . not the Tran bill.”

As it stands, Virginia’s law allows abortion in the third trimester only if three doctors agree that a woman’s health would be “substantially and irremediably impaired” if she doesn’t obtain an abortion. Tran’s bill would reduce the requirement to one doctor, strike the “substantially and irremediably language,” and allow abortion for mental-health reasons as well as physical.

Kaine said he supports the current law in his state because it is “consistent with Roe v. Wade, where the state is able to impose meaningful regulations of a third trimester of pregnancy.”

What, then, are we to think of Kaine’s apparent intention to block Sasse’s legislation, which wouldn’t touch abortion rights at all? Like his fellow Democrats, the Virginia senator is caught in a tricky situation, and one triggered by the governor in his own state. Some Democrats evidently are prepared to say that extending medical treatment to living infants is a restriction on abortion rights — an extreme and unpopular stance.

Kaine evidently is prepared to say that he both accepts some state limitations on abortion but opposes mandating medical care for infants, lest it “restrict and criminalize women’s reproductive decisions.” These are the incoherencies Democrats are forced to adopt to continue promoting abortion on demand while refusing to outright endorse infanticide.

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In a world where concrete achievements count -- and Jussie Smollett hoaxes do not -- Trump is our most "progressive" president ever.

President Donald Trump has achieved more concrete progress for blacks, gays, and Jews than any other American president.

That claim is sure to be disputed, if not mocked, by those for whom grievance and identity politics are a profession or a psychological crutch.

Yet it remains true — and was thrown into sharp relief this week, as the Jussie Smollett case turned from one of the most horrific attacks in recent memory to the worst hate crime hoax in history.

There are two reasons the media, Hollywood, and the Democratic political elite believed Smollett’s claims.

First, he belongs to several victim categories: black, gay, and even Jewish (albeit via his father), according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Second, he appealed to the left’s shared contempt for America in the Trump era: he claimed, for example, that the fact people doubted his story “says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now.”

The crucial detail in Smollett’s account, which ultimately proved its undoing, was the claim that his attackers had shouted, “This is MAGA country.” It was a gratuitous flourish in Smollett’s story, a “fact” that was not necessary to establish that he was a victim, but which pointed the finger directly at the president and his tens of millions of supporters.

Chicago is hardly “MAGA country,” given that it is overwhelmingly Democratic. Its politicians are also viciously anti-Trump: after the 2016 election, the city took down all of the honorary street signs it once erected in his honor, which were near the Streeterville area where Smollett claimed he was attacked.

But to the left, “MAGA country” is an idea about what the U.S. is, or has become. That is why so many hate crime hoaxes are believed.

It is worth examining what Trump’s “MAGA country” really means for the groups Smollett claimed to represent.

Blacks: Under Trump, black unemployment is at its lowest level in history. Trump pushed for, and signed into law, sweeping prison reforms backed by leaders of the African-American community. He pardoned the late boxer Jack Johnson, whom Barack Obama neglected. He also elevated a new generation of black conservatives in public life.

Jews: Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. embassy there. He deported a Nazi who had lingered in the U.S. under Obama. He directed the FBI to solve the mystery of bomb threat hoaxes haunting the community. He is the first president with close Jewish relatives — his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.

Gays: Trump championed gay voices within the GOP since his campaign, when he backed Peter Thiel at the Republican National Convention. Trump appointed U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, one of the highest-ranking gay officials. His administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.

(Trump has also been a good president for other groups, including women — though the “cis-gender” Smollett would not qualify.)

The arguments against the claims above are familiar. Trump is alleged to have called neo-Nazi white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, “very fine people.” Trump took on black football players who knelt during the national anthem, and restored a ban on transgender soldiers serving in the U.S. military.

But the Charlottesville claim is a lie, and in the other two cases Trump was defending the prominence and integrity of core national institutions.

Measured on the post-modernist scale of identity politics, which prizes symbolic confrontations with power, Trump is a villain.

In a world where concrete achievements count, Trump is our most “progressive” president ever.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Will Harris Run Again? The Lingering Question After An Explosive Hearing

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After four days of drama at the North Carolina board of elections hearing, a new race has been called for the 9th District amid credible accusations of voter fraud by McCrae Dowless, a campaign operative working for Republican Mark Harris.

And though Harris demanded a new election before storming out of the hearings Thursday, claiming that the evidence had been “tainted,” it is not at all clear that he’ll run again.

For one thing, he may not be uncontested. North Carolina law dictates fresh primaries along with a new election. Though nothing has been proven, the days of testimony proved damaging for Harris, especially when his son took the stand and proved that his father knew about Dowless’ illegal tactics and hired him anyway.

Charlotte WBT Radio’s Brett Jensen reported that Harris has not yet made up his mind.

Mark Harris has told @wbtradio in a text “I am going to continue to get my strength back, assess my physical situation and then we will decide!!” #nc09

— Brett Jensen (@Brett_Jensen) February 22, 2019

Harris cited two strokes he had recently suffered as reasons why he had to end his testimony early.

According to Politico, some other Republican candidates are itching for the opportunity to replace the damaged Harris, including former Mecklenburg County commissioner Matthew Ridenhour and former Charlotte city council member Kenny Smith.

Dan McCready, the Democratic candidate in the original race, has already started fundraising off the hearing drama and is clearly gearing up for the new contest.

BREAKING: The Board of Elections just declared a NEW ELECTION in our district. It’s important that we start strong. Make a donation to help us get started: https://t.co/qFDLSA4wy4

— Dan McCready for NC (@McCreadyForNC) February 21, 2019

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The Brooklyn man who traveled to Syria to join ISIS has somehow been hired by the Department of Justice.

As Jihadi brides from western countries who joined the Islamic State make news for attempting to return home, it’s been revealed that a New York man who traveled to Syria to join the bloodthirsty group is now working for the Department for Justice.

30-year old Mohimanul Alam Bhuiya left New York City to join with the terrorist organization in 2014, having become radicalized by Islamist propaganda and seeking to pitch a plan to destroy civilian aircraft to the group.

Bhuiya admitted to recieving military training with ISIS and worked in various low-level capacities at what was the height of the caliphate’s existence.

Bhuiya eventually became disillusioned with ISIS, and was able to return to the United States on his own initiative after contacting the FBI and requesting “extraction.” He faced criminal charges that could’ve landed him with 25 years in prison upon returning, but got off easy in part because of cooperation with the FBI, only receiving supervised release.

In a bizarre twist of fate, reporting from the Wall Street Journal now has confirmed that he’s employed by the U.S District Attorney’s office in Brooklyn. This development leaves many critics of prosecutorial misconduct alarmed, as it would normally be assumed that someone who joined the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization would be blacklisted from sensitive government positions.

Bhuiya’s employment for the Department of Justice is emblematic of the dominance of cultural elite progressives within America’s primary federal legal institution. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was described in a recent book by Deep State leaker Andrew McCabe as having bemoaned the employee force of the DOJ, calling them “new people with nose rings and tattoos.”

It’s uncertain how a department credibly accused of systemic political corruption and bias against right-of-center Americans aims to retain credibility among the broader public, especially with a hiring policy that allows former ISIS terrorist wannabes to secure employment within its ranks.

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As reported by Yahoo A teen whose high school outlawed her “Make America Great Again” hat, won’t allow her conservative politics to be muted. Maddie Mueller, 18, a senior at Clovis North High School in Fresno, Calif., admires President Trump. “He puts

As reported by Yahoo

A teen whose high school outlawed her “Make America Great Again” hat, won’t allow her conservative politics to be muted.

Maddie Mueller, 18, a senior at Clovis North High School in Fresno, Calif., admires President Trump. “He puts pride back in America — when I first heard him say ‘Make America Great Again,’ it touched me because I had never thought about patriotism before,” the teen tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Mueller enjoys expressing her political views through fashion: T-shirts that read “Build the Wall” and “Deplorable” and with images of the president’s face and his campaign slogan, but her clothing isn’t appreciated at school. “I’ve been repeatedly pulled aside by teachers and sent to the disciplinary office, but nothing made it onto my official record because there is no rule about Trump clothing,” she says.

On Feb. 20, Mueller had planned to wear her red MAGA hat with her friends in the Valley Patriots, a pro-Trump community group. But anticipating another clothing violation, Mueller asked her school for permission. She didn’t get it.

Kelly Avants, a Clovis Unified School District spokesperson, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that MAGA-themed clothing is fine, with the exception of hats.

“Our dress code policy contains general guidelines to support a learning environment free from distraction and that promotes a safe and welcoming environment on campus,” Avants tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “The district dress code allows for students to wear shirts or other clothing with a wide variety of sayings and/or political commentary. Unless causing an actual disruption on campus, MAGA apparel is acceptable, and this has been shared with the student.”

“The issue raised here is specific to a hat,” says Avants. “Both the district’s dress code policy and the school’s handbook lays out allowable headgear to be hats or caps with the school logo and or in solid school colors. There has never been a subjective evaluation of what language or logo is or is not on a hat, because the policy is straightforward in allowing only school hats or hats in solid school colors.”

But Mueller tells Yahoo Lifestyle that supporting her president is a positive thing. “Since when is American pride and patriotism inappropriate?” she says, adding that she sees students wearing colorful hats, including with logos supporting gay pride and baseball teams. “Last year, a kid wore a red MAGA hat to school every day and no one said anything,” says Mueller. “The school is failing to enforce its dress code.”

The teen feels administrators lean left. “The day after President Trump’s inauguration, the school offered counseling services to students who needed support,” she says. “I thought it was ridiculous, and so did my conservative friends.”

Mueller says during a recent meeting with her mother and the school, she offered to get a MAGA hat in black (the school colors are blue and black). “They told me my political clothing had to be approved.”

Next week, Mueller and her mother have another meeting at school. “My mother is worried that if this continues, they won’t let me graduate,” Mueller tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “If that happens, I’ll get homeschooled, but I won’t be silenced.”

The teen doesn’t want to distract from her peers’ learning experience. “The school is demoralizing and degrading patriotism,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle. The scrutiny has left her rattled, but she’s not giving up. “I’m fighting for the generations of kids who will walk in my school in the future.”

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The left complains that conservatives are "obsessing" over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Well, there is a reason for that: Ocasio-Cortez is driving the agenda of today's Democratic Party -- and her economic illiteracy is dangerous.

The left complains that conservatives are "obsessing" over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Well, there is a reason for that: Ocasio-Cortez is driving the agenda of today's Democratic Party -- and her economic illiteracy is dangerous.

Case in point: Last week, Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the tanking of a deal negotiated by her fellow Democrats in which Amazon promised to build a new headquarters in Long Island City, New York, right next to her congressional district. Amazon's departure cost the city between 25,000 and 40,000 new jobs. Forget the tech workers whom Amazon would have employed. Gone are all the unionized construction jobs to build the headquarters, as well as thousands of jobs created by all the small businesses -- restaurants, bodegas, dry cleaners and food carts -- that were preparing to open or expand to serve Amazon employees. They are devastated by Amazon's withdrawal.

Ocasio-Cortez was not disturbed at all. "We were subsidizing those jobs," she said. "Frankly, if we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district, ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that amount of money if we wanted to."

MARC THIESSEN: ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ’S ‘GREEN NEW DEAL’ ACCIDENTALLY EXPOSES THE LEFT’S BIG LIE

No, you can't. Ocasio-Cortez does not seem to realize that New York does not have $3 billion in cash sitting around waiting to be spent on her socialist dreams. The subsidies to Amazon were tax incentives, not cash payouts. It is Amazon's money, which New York agreed to make tax-exempt, so the company would invest it in building its new headquarters, hiring new workers and generating tens of billions in new tax revenue.

As New York Mayor Bill de Blasio explained, the Amazon deal would have produced "$27 billion in new tax revenue to fuel priorities from transit to affordable housing -- a nine-fold return on the taxes the city and state were prepared to forgo to win the headquarters." Unlike Ocasio-Cortez's imaginary $3 billion slush fund, that is real money that actually could have been used to hire teachers, fix subways and put people to work. With Amazon leaving New York, that $27 billion leaves with it. Genius.

Ocasio-Cortez does not seem to understand that by helping to drive Amazon away, she did not save New York $3 billion; she cost New York $27 billion. There is a difference between having bad ideas and not grasping basic facts.

Ocasio-Cortez does not seem to understand that by helping to drive Amazon away, she did not save New York $3 billion; she cost New York $27 billion. There is a difference between having bad ideas and not grasping basic facts. Reasonable people can disagree about whether New York should have offered Amazon $3 billion in tax incentives -- or anything at all -- to build its headquarters in the city. But that is different from not understanding that New York is not writing a $3 billion check to Amazon.

Sadly, Ocasio-Cortez doesn't learn from her mistakes. She made the same kind of error in December when she tweeted, "$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions 'could not be traced, documented, or explained.' $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon." But, as Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood told The Post, "DoD hasn't received $21 trillion in (nominal) appropriated funding across the entirety of American history." Once again, Ocasio-Cortez did not grasp that the Pentagon did not have a magic pile of $21 trillion in cash sitting in a vault somewhere.

Her economic illiteracy matters because she is the principal author of the Green New Deal, which has been endorsed by most of the leading Democratic candidates for president. From this unschooled mind has sprung the most ambitious plan for government intervention in the economy since Vladimir Ilyich Lenin's train pulled into Petrograd's Finland Station.

If Ocasio-Cortez doesn't understand how tax subsidies work, how can she be trusted to plan the federal takeover of the health-care, energy and transportation sectors of our economy? Think she and her allies have any idea how to, as her now infamous talking points put it, upgrade or replace "every building in America" ... or replace "every combustible-engine vehicle" ... or connect every corner of America with high-speed rail ... or replace all fossil-fuel energy with alternative energy sources -- all in 10 years' time? Apparently, they think we just have to find all the magic pots of cash the government is hiding.

When this kind of ignorance is driving policymaking in Washington, America is in profound danger. Amazon left New York because Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow democratic socialists created a hostile environment in the city. And if Ocasio-Cortez has her way, Democrats are going to do to the rest of America what they just did to New York.

Marc Thiessen is a columnist at The Washington Post, a Fox News contributor and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush and to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week that the woman who left Alabama to join ISIS in Syria and now wants to return to the United States is not an American citizen and therefore cannot return to the nation. Now, her father is suing Trump, Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr […]

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week that the woman who left Alabama to join ISIS in Syria and now wants to return to the United States is not an American citizen and therefore cannot return to the nation.

Now, her father is suing Trump, Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr for stripping her citizenship.

The Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America filed the suit on behalf of Hoda Muthana’s father Ahmed Ali Muthana on Thursday in federal court in Washington.

“Muthana’s suit asks the U.S. government to recognize Hoda’s citizenship and make good faith efforts to return her and the son, to whom she gave birth while in Syria, to the United States,” Fox 10 reports.

Appearing on Fox Business, Pompeo said “this is a woman who has inflicted enormous risk on American soldiers and American citizens. She’s a terrorist.”

The Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America released a statement following the lawsuit in which they acknowledge that she will likely be charged with providing material support of terrorism if she returns.

“Ms. Muthana has publicly acknowledged her actions and accepted full responsibility for those actions. In Ms. Muthana’s words, she recognizes that she has ‘ruined’ her own life, but she does not want to ruin the life of her young child,” the statement said.

Muthana’s child was not born in the United States.

When asked during her ABC interview if she would be open to jail time for joining the terrorist organization, the ISIS bride said she would be willing to go to “therapy lessons,” she added, “Jail time, I don’t know if that has an effect on people.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is also supporting her and providing her with a pro bono attorney.

The mainstream media has been attempting to paint a “heartbreaking” and sympathetic portrait of Muthana, despite the fact that the 24-year-old married four ISIS fighters in Syria. Muthana also infamously used social media to call for Americans to join the fight with ISIS.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's "looking into" Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's handling of a secret plea deal with a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it’s “looking into” Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s handling of a secret plea deal with a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls

A federal judge ruled Thursday that prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of victims by reaching the non-prosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta was the Miami U.S. attorney who oversaw the arrangement.

President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, on Friday called it a “complicated case.”

“My understanding is that’s a very complicated case,” she said, adding that it was “something we’re certainly looking into, but that they made the best possible decision and deal they could have gotten at that time.”

Asked if Trump still had confidence in Acosta, Sanders said: “Again, we’re looking into the matter. I’m not aware of any changes.”

Acosta has called the deal appropriate.

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New York state prosecutors have put together a criminal case against Paul Manafort that they could file quickly if the former chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign receives a presidential pardon.

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An illegal alien has been charged with raping a minor before fleeing the U.S. and then attempting to cross back over the border. 

An illegal alien has been charged with raping a minor in Harmony, North Carolina, before fleeing the United States and then attempting to cross back over the U.S.-Mexico border.

Illegal alien Jesse Jacinto, a 20-year-old from Mexico, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl on October 8, 2018, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department.

After a police report was filed about the alleged incident, police learned that Jacinto had likely fled to Mexico.

Last month, the U.S. Border Patrol arrested Jacinto after he allegedly tried to illegally cross into the country through the Laredo, Texas, sector. Following the arrest, federal immigration agents extradited Jacinto back to Iredell County where he was charged with the rape.

The border crosser is now being held on a $250,000 bond.

Similarly, this week, an illegal alien in Kentucky has been charged with repeatedly raping a 15-year-old girl, as Breitbart News reported. That illegal alien is being held on a $100,000 bond.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

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Authorities in Texas on Thursday said they arrested a suspect who was wanted for a violent robbery earlier that included duct-taping a convenience store clerk and customer and then pouring lighter fluid on the customer and setting the bound person on fire.

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Authorities in Texas on Thursday said they arrested the suspect wanted for a violent robbery earlier that included duct-taping a convenience store clerk and customer and then pouring lighter fluid on the customer and setting the bound person on fire.

The suspect, identified by police as 40-year-old Robert Thompson, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault, KTRE reported.

The victim was transported to a hospital in Dallas for treatment, the report said. Her condition was not known. The incident, which took place at JJ's Fast Stop in Palestine, Texas, was captured on surveillance footage.

“The suspect … decided to pour lighter fluid on the cashier and the customer. Right before he left, he lit a match and lit them on fire," a police official said.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scolded media outlets for reporting that she lives in a luxury high-rise building in Washington, DC, around the time she and other high-profile Democrats appeared on a

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scolded media outlets for reporting that she lives in a luxury high-rise building in Washington, DC, around the time she and other high-profile Democrats appeared on a hit list compiled by a Maryland man arrested for allegedly planning a mass terror attack.

“Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it’s shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter,” the New York Democrat tweeted late Wednesday. “All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger. This isn’t a game.”

Court documents show Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, who was arrested last Friday, drafted a list of politicians and media members whom he was targeting.

The list included Ocasio-Cortez, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, among others.

Hasson, who had an arsenal of 15 firearms in his Silver Spring, Md., home, searched on the internet for “Where in DC do Congress live?” and “Best place in D.C. to see Congress people,” according to police officials.

A number of outlets reported in the past week that the freshman lawmaker, whose congressional salary is $174,000, lives in a tony section of the capital in a building where rents range from $2,000 for a studio apartment to more than $5,000 for a three-bedroom.

While most of them did not give an address, they did provide identifying information and photographs about which stores were in the neighborhood and the amenities offered by her complex, which is under construction.

The articles pointed out Ocasio-Cortez’s platform as a champion of the poor and took her to task for living in an upscale building that they claimed didn’t offer affordable housing.

The building developer told The Post that they participate in the District of Columbia’s housing voucher program and have low-income people living there.

Asked to provide a specific number, the developer said: “We cannot disclose any more specific details about our residents.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s office pushed back against the notion that it was hypocritical for the congresswoman to live in upscale digs.

A spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that her office also uses a car with an “internal combustion engine that runs on fossil fuels,” even though she thinks their use should be eliminated.

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Calls for his immediate resignation are growing as the details of the horrifying story come to light.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting sex at a Florida spa. Authorities in Florida made the announceme nt at a press conference Friday. This is a breaking news story. Check back for

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Friday was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution at a Florida spa, police said.

Kraft, 77, was accused of paying for sexual acts at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, located about 90 miles north of Miami. His name was among more than a dozen who were charged with him.

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Police said they have Kraft, and others, on video receiving the sexual acts and that he participated in prostitution in Florida two separate times.

The spa had been shut down after a months-long investigation revealed women were participating in “sexual servitude,” TC Palm reported, citing arrest records. Nine other spas in Orlando, Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast had also been shut down in part of the investigation.

Authorities said they handed the case over to the state’s attorney’s office and they were working on an active warrant for Kraft’s arrest.

The Patriots have yet to comment on the charges against Kraft.

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Kraft is coming off the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl championship. He owns a home in nearby Palm Beach.

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Imee Marcos did not graduate from University of the Philippines Diliman, much less finish a degree with honors, a high-ranking UP official disclosed on Friday. 

MANILA - Imee Marcos did not graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, much less finish a degree with honors, a high-ranking UP official disclosed on Friday.

The country's premier state university disclosed this after the Ilocos Norte governor, now a senatorial candidate backed by President Rodrigo Duterte, posted photos of her supposed graduation from the UP College of Law in 1983.

In a letter sent to ABS-CBN News, UP executive vice president Teodoro Herbosa said Marcos only took courses but did not finish with a degree from the university.

"There is no record of her graduation from UPD (University of the Philippines Diliman) nor any honors or academic distinction received with the University Registrar's office," read Herbosa's letter.

He said records at the UPD Registrar "indicate that Ms Marcos took non-degree courses (courses without credit) in the College of Arts and Sciences University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) during academic year 1976-1977."

"Thereafter she took courses under the Bachelor of Laws program at the UP College of Law from 1st semester 1979 to 2nd Semester 1983," the letter read.

Her years in UP were during her late father President Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship. Mr. Marcos was a UP College of Law alumnus.

In a Facebook post on Feb. 20, Marcos shared photos of her supposed graduation at the UP College of Law held at the Meralco Theater. It said her parents, the late strongman and then First Lady Imelda Marcos, "pinned her cum laude medal."

Marcos' academic record at UP drew questions following her unproven claim of earning a degree from the prestigious Princeton University with distinction.

In a December 2018 interview on DZMM radio, Marcos dodged the question, saying the issue was being thrown at her because it was the "election season" and that her "performance" record should speak for itself.

Doubts have also surrounded the academic record of her brother, former Sen. Bongbong Marcos.

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UP released details about Marcos' stay at the university in response to an ABS-CBN News query, which it said it treated as a Freedom of Information request.

It cited that Marcos is "an incumbent public official, is running for public office and is a public figure."

"Citizens have a right to know about her qualifications and your query may be answered by the University of the Philippines through the examination of its official records," Herbosa said in the letter.

It cited a 1988 Supreme Court ruling that balanced the right to privacy and public interest.

"The right to privacy or 'the right to be let alone', like the right of free expression, is not an absolute right. A limited intrusion into a person's privacy has long been regarded as permissible where that person is a public figure and the information sought to be elicited from him or to be published about him constitute of a public character," read the ruling, as quoted in the letter.

It also cited the Philippine Data Privacy Act, which states that "personal information processed for journalistic... or research purposes is not covered by the law."

UP said it also furnished Marcos a copy of the letter via email, in compliance with the law.

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Shortly after actor Jussie Smollett claimed to be a victim of a hate crime by two pro-Trump supporters, mainstream media and Hollywood jumped out to support the actor because no one deserves to be the victim of

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Was the staged attack on Jussy Smollett the work of the Democratic�Chicago political machine which is�all in for presidential candidates�such as Kamala Harris?

After garnering a host of press attention for a supposed anti-black, anti-gay attack from supposed random supporters of President Trump, involving a noose, Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett looks pretty washed up now that a couple of Nigerians have been implicated by the Chicago cops in the perpetration of a hoax, supposedly to garner sympathy.

But another Hollywood guy, a film producer named Tariq Nasheed, who also goes by hip-hop rapper-like names of 'K-Flex' and 'King Flex,' thinks this isn't the end of the story. He smells a political rat.

His series of tweets raises suspicions that the political response to the matter, led by Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris (and Cory Booker), is suspicious, real suspicious, and there might have been a staged set-up in order to get a law passed and rack up voter points.

Here are his tweets making the argument:

1. Let me do a quick thread about this Jussie Smollett hoax. Because we need to ask questions about who else was involved in this hoax. I have always been critical of the deceptive tactics of the white LGBT community.

Now as we know, Jussie has campaigned with Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/Ji5IN2DrXA

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

2. Kamala Harris was one of the people who authored the Anti Lynching Bill. Remember, these people below are funded by certain groups with certain agendas that has nothing to do with helping ADOS. That’s why whenever we bring up a Black agenda, Kamala & Cory changes the subject pic.twitter.com/5qzx45R62K

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

3. That anti Lynching Bill Kamala introduced snuck in some LGBT language at the last minute. The white LGBT community has always tried to attached themselves to the plight of Black Americans to give the false impression that they have had a comparative historic struggle pic.twitter.com/6oYW52jx36

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

Go here if you can't see all seven of the tweets, you won't be wasting your time. And the comments that follow from people in Nasheed's Hollywood entertainment industry circles are also pretty impressive.

Up until now, it appeared that politicians such as Harris (and Booker) couldn't have known much about the phony plot and probably just glommed onto the controversy for political advantage the way a lot of politicians do. But Nasheed has pictures of them campaigning together, and even more important, notes that Harris and Booker brought out an anti-lynching bill just coincidentally timed ahead of the attack, as if to ensure passage as the momentum built from public outrage (until the attack was exposed as phony). With Smollett a black and gay supposed victim and everyone slathing sympathy on him, who could refuse to vote for the anti-lynching bill, which just happens to have had some gay language inserted at the last minute? Trump lynchers were simply everywhere, according to the narrative, even in zero degree Chicago cold weather, lurking and looking for someone black and gay to assault and of course it was a national problem just waiting for Harris to pass a law as the person who "fixes problems" which is how she is repeatedly identified herself to voters. (Here's another coincidence: she made that claim in the Chicago press.)

Nasheed isn't buying that and thinks the involvement of others goes a lot further than the mere imported Nigerians. Plotwise, it is pretty interesting, given that an actor was chosen for the role of the victim, the Nigerian bit players were whisked in and out, the red caps were purchased (they couldn't actually find real ones but they needed to make sure they seemed like Trump hats), and there were these anti-lynching laws with both black and gay victims being inserted in, written by Harris and others all set to be passed a month earlier. The end game was to pass the measures to set a political narrative of raging racism among Trump supporters as whole staged attack occurred.

It is political all right. And quite the political theatre. Oh, and what a coincidence, it happened in Chicago, home of the famous Chicago/Obama political machine that supports Booker and Harris with a vengeance.

Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, it's pretty obvious that Nasheed knows the ways of Hollywood and its leftist establishment very very well, so this is what leaped out at him. Actor, staged attack, Chicago political machine, presidential campaign, new anti-lynching law and pin it all on Trump. Nasheed's suspicions are well worth a closer look, because they seem to fit together very well.

If he's right about them, then this whole farce is a doozy and one can only hope will politically finish Harris and Booker off, taking them down with Stollett.

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Democratic-Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to confuse users on social media Thursday evening; posting a bizarre conspiracy...

Democratic-Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to confuse users on social media Thursday evening; posting a bizarre conspiracy theory concerning “AstroTurf” and “dark money.”

“Heads up – I’m deleting a tweet about astroturfing bc I want to make sure details are solid. Dark $ is hard to track, & the practice of astroturfing to manipulate public opinion is notorious. Want to make sure any comments about it are thorough,” she posted.

Heads up – I’m deleting a tweet about astroturfing bc I want to make sure details are solid.

Dark $ is hard to track, & the practice of astroturfing to manipulate public opinion is notorious. Want to make sure any comments about it are thorough. Quote tweet will be RT’d ✌🏽

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 22, 2019

Cortez’ comments come after days of fierce criticism over her handling of the botched Amazon deal; with enraged New Yorkers erecting an anti-AOC billboard in the heart of Times Square.

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Kamala Harris says that Jussie Smollet's "hate crime" hoax should not distract from the larger truth of rising hate crimes.

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) says that the fact that Hollywood actor Jussie Smollet’s “hate crime” story turned out to be a hoax should not distract from the larger truth of rising hate crimes.

When Smollett first reported January 29 that he had been attacked by two white men who had shouted racist and homophobic slurs, and who had added, “This is MAGA country,” as they put a noose around his neck, Harris called the alleged hate crime “an attempted modern day lynching.”

.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.

This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019

On Thursday, after Smollett was arrested for filing a false police report, Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson — who is black — blasted Harris and other Democrats indirectly for spreading the hoax.

“To make things worse,” he said, “the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.”

Harris responded to the new developments in the story with a Facebook post on Thursday:

Like most of you, I’ve seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I’m sad, frustrated, and disappointed. When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more difficult for other victims of crime to come forward. At the same time, we must speak the truth: hate crimes are on the rise in America. Just last year, the FBI released statistics that revealed a 17 percent increase in the number of hate crimes in America. Part of the tragedy of this situation is that it distracts from that truth, and has been seized by some who would like to dismiss and downplay the very real problems that we must address. We should not allow that. I will always condemn racism and homophobia. We must always confront hate directly, and we must always seek justice. That is what I will keep fighting for.

The 17% increase that Harris cites has been questioned. As Reason.com’s Robby Soave has noted:

The overall number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime data also increased greatly—approximately 1,000 additional agencies contributed figures in 2017 than in 2016. This means it’s not obviously the case that hate crimes are more prevalent in 2017. Maybe the government just did a better job of counting them.

This seems even more plausible when the raw totals are considered. The FBI counted 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, compared with 6,121 in 2016. That’s a difference of about 1,000. If every agency reporting data for the first time in 2017 reported just one hate crime, this would account for the entire 17 percent increase.

Harris did not apologize for inflaming public opinion with her comment on “lynching.”

Also on Thursday, Harris made a political pilgrimage to Harlem in New York City to meet and dine with Al Sharpton.

Sharpton was responsible for promoting another notorious have crime hoax — namely, the Tawana Brawley case of 1987, in which a black teenager claimed to have been abducted, sodomized, and smeared with feces and racial slurs. She falsely accused a white prosecutor of being one of her assailants. He later won a defamation lawsuit; Sharpton was ordered to pay damages but refused to do so, relying on supporters to pay the amount he owed.

In 2012, Sharpton was also partly responsible for inflaming the death of Trayvon Martin into a national racial outrage, claiming that neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who is half Peruvian, was a “white man.”

A Gallup poll released Thursday revealed a sharp drop in public perceptions of race relations, beginning in 2013 at the height of the Trayvon Martin controversy.

Sharpton also has a long history of racism, antisemitism,and incitement, and is blamed for encouraging deadly riots in New York on two separate occasions.

Sharpton told reporters Thursday that Smollett should face “accountability to the maximum” if convicted.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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New York City will reimburse the federal government more than $5 million for its attempt to scam the Federal Emergency Management Agency with bogus claims it submitted after Superstorm Sandy hit the city in 2012, according to a settlement filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.

New York City will reimburse the federal government more than $5 million for its attempt to scam the Federal Emergency Management Agency with bogus claims it submitted after Superstorm Sandy hit the city in 2012, according to a settlement filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan said the incident took money FEMA should have been able to give to "legitimate disaster victims in desperate need." Instead, city officials in Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration attempted to claim millions of dollars the city was ineligible to receive.

The city told FEMA in May 2014 that it lost 132 Department of Transportation vehicles as a result of the storm and asked to be reimbursed $4.13 million by the Department of Homeland Security for replacements. But the federal government learned that many of the passenger, commercial, and heavy equipment vehicles had been damaged or deemed inoperable before Sandy struck New York.

"Many of the vehicles for which the City sought full replacement costs had been nonoperational or not in use prior to the storm," according to the U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York. "As a result of these false certifications, FEMA paid the City millions of dollars to which it was not entitled."

New York City officials admitted to falsely claiming $4.13 million in damages and agreed to relinquish the rights to another $1.18 million that FEMA had previously approved for the Berman's office said in a news release. New York has also withdrawn requests for another $3.20 million after acknowledging they were not legitimate requests.

A federal judge will have to approve the settlement.

The city has since appointed a new compliance officer and implemented a new system to track its thousands of city vehicles.

A spokesman for the city's transportation department said the city cooperated with the U.S. attorney's office after being contacted in 2016 about its claim.

"In 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District alerted DOT that reimbursement claims submitted by the agency to FEMA included damaged vehicles that may not have been eligible for reimbursement. We cooperated fully with the subsequent review, and worked together to reach an amicable settlement," spokesman Scott Gastel said in a statement.

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Commentary Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is owed an apology by an awful lot of people in ...

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The Senate will vote Monday on Sasse’s Born-Alive bill that would protect babies born alive following failed abortions from infanticide.

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A judge ruled that federal prosecutors including U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, a politically connected sex trafficker.

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Barack Obama simply cannot believe that Americans voted for a new president in 2016 – Donald Trump – who would do damage to the Obama legacy of socially progressive causes and movements. You know, Obamacare, forced abortion funding and appeasing foreign dictators.

And so he’s going to try to go back to the White House in 2020.

That’s according to talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh on his show Thursday cited a headline about Obama quietly coaching 2020 Democratic candidates.

“Do you remember when I said, when I predicted Obama would not be leaving Washington, that he would be hanging around and that whenever anything. … No matter who won, but especially if a Republican won,” Limbaugh said.

“He’d hang around and whenever any attempt to unravel any of his agenda items was underway, he would make tracks to the nearest camera and start attacking it, and that the media would be totally supportive. Well, that hasn’t quite happened. But he has stayed in town, and he is… He and Valerie Jarrett and some others are ‘Quietly Coaching 2020 Democrat Candidates Behind the Scenes,'” Limbaugh said.

But the talk host said he thinks “something else is … going on.”

Limbaugh noted Obama has been stingy with making personal appearances for candidates, and the “dirty little secret is that if Obama endorses you, you are toast. Ask Hillary.”

“But I don’t think that’s what’s going on here, folks. I think they want back in. I think Obama wants back in. He can’t go back in. So how does Obama get back in? Very easy: Michelle (My Belle) Obama. I think what they’re doing is putting together her campaign. They’re strategizing how to limit the field, how to do damage to all those people in the field, and the right time for her to enter the field.”

He pointed to Michelle Obama’s new book as one indicator.

“I don’t think they got anywhere near the taste of power that they want. And I think Trump’s presidency, Trump winning, has discombobulated these people in ways that we haven’t even factored yet. And I think Michelle may be the candidate, and she may end up thinking she’s gonna actually be president, but it’s old Barack who wants back in there – and I think that’s what’s happening here.”

Michelle Obama is at the top of polls when Democrats are asked their preference for a candidate in 2020.

Limbaugh noted the New York Times article about Obama, which he said confirms his instincts.

“I think they’re so ticked off. The Democrats still can’t believe they lost this thing, Hillary and all that. But Obama, I think they are just seething. I think they have been seething since election night because the Obamas are taking it personal right here in this story,” he said.

Limbaugh quoted the Times saying: “Obama is mostly concerned, some sources told the New York Times, that candidates be ready and willing to push back on Donald Trump’s economic rhetoric which Obama’s friends refer to as bleak.”

He pointed to another passage in the Times story saying: “Obama is still surprised, they say, that Trump won with a message of turning back the clock on Obama’s agenda. And he doesn’t really understand how such an anti-Obama message resonated with America.”

Limbaugh commented: “I will guarantee you that Obama thought that he was a spiritual leader of the majority of people in this country. Look, this is the guy that put God reverb on his microphone at public appearances. This is a guy who posed for photos making it look like there was a halo of light behind his head. This is the guy who said that his election meant this is when the planet starts to heal and the sea levels start to fall and all of that rotgut. And I think that they were out there and Trump running around ragging on Obamacare, and then winning.”

He said he expects that when Michelle announces her bid, “everybody else is finished, kaput, some will resign at that very moment.”

“I think they really expect the seas to part and the party to ask every other candidate to step aside and let Michelle walk in, get the nomination without even really having to campaign. That’s what they’re trying to set up.”

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Jussie Smollett begged his 'Empire' cast mates to believe that he did not stage his own racist attack last month, according to a report.

Actor-singer Jussie Smollett pled with his Empire cast mates Thursday evening to believe that he did not stage his own racist and homophobic attack last month, according to a report.

An emotional Smollett is said to have kept his co-workers waiting for at least a 30 minutes before he was able to begin acting in his first scheduled scene since his arrest.

We’re told he addressed everyone on set, saying …”I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls. I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this.”

After that, he left the set. We’re told it was obvious Jussie had been crying a lot, so producers said he would have to come back later. He did, and we’re told he is currently shooting the scene.

Hours prior, Smollett was released from police custody upon posting bond at $100,000 at a Chicago courthouse. Speaking before hearing attendees, Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. characterized the allegations against Smollett as “violent, despicable,” and expressed disgust for the actor’s use of a noose in the allegedly staged attack. Smollet attorney Jack Prior told the judge that his client affirms the charges against him are “outrageous” and denied all allegations.

Earlier Thursday, the actor was arrest and charged with a felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report with Chicago police. Smollett told law enforcement that he was beaten as two masked men hurled bigoted insults at him. He also told police that the men placed a noose around his neck and shouted “This is MAGA country!” before darting from the area.

According to county prosecutors, the actor gave detailed instructions to two brothers who helped him in a staged attack and paid them $3,500 by check, which detectives are now in possession of.

Chicago’s local CBS affiliate has obtained video of the two brothers — Ola and Abel Osundairo — purchasing ski masks from a store one day prior to the purported assault. The store’s surveillance footage appears to show Abel and Ola Osundairo bring masks and a red hat to the counter for the cashier to ring up.

Following Smollett’s arrest, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment issued a statement saying, “We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.”

Earlier in the week, Fox studios dismissed reports that the actor’s role on the hit television series would be slashed. “Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show,” they said.

Speaking before reporters Thursday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett staged the attack after a racist letter he sent himself on the set of Empire the week prior failed to evoke a bigger enough public response.

“Mr. Smollett is the one that orchestrated this crime,” Johnson told reporters, adding that “he has to be accountable for what he did.”

“He took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” he added. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve.”

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There are a lot of reasons why you would not want Ilhan Omar from serving in the Congress, but specifically, it is inherently dangerous for someone with such close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to see secret information that the House Foreign Relations Committee members get to see. I have no faith in the fact ...

There are a lot of reasons why you would not want Ilhan Omar from serving in the Congress, but specifically, it is inherently dangerous for someone with such close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to see secret information that the House Foreign Relations Committee members get to see. I have no faith in the fact that Omar would not hand over Israeli secrets to the Muslim Brotherhood. You? Her anti-semitism is on display for all to see. In 2017 she traveled with a group named Witness for Peace. That group is pro-communist. It supported the Soviet Union, Cuba, and even Maduro.

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, President of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), launched a campaign to demand the immediate resignation of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

“Ilhan Omar recently made some antisemitic statements and has communicated her support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement,” Cardoza-Moore stated.

PJTN aims to “educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish people against the rise of antisemitism,” Cardoza-Moore said in a video released as part of the campaign.

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A Christian man who refuses to pay his taxes until the government stops funding abortion has won an historic lawsuit against the IRS.

A Christian man who refuses to pay his taxes until the government stops funding abortion has won an historic lawsuit against the IRS.

Michael Bowman has refused to file a tax return or pay taxes since 1999. “I’m not a tax protester. I love my country,” he told reporters. “I have a duty to my country. I have a duty to my conscience.”

Lifesitenews.com reports: The IRS has sent him numerous warnings over unpaid taxes from 2002 to 2014, and in 2012 the Oregon Department of Revenue began garnishing money from Bowman’s bank account. In response, he started cashing out his paychecks and leaving only a minimum balance in his account.

This, federal prosecutors say, constituted “remov[ing] his income from the reach of taxing authorities.” They indicted him for felony tax evasion in the amount of $356,857, as well as four misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file tax returns.

Bowman’s attorney, Matthew Schindler, argued that his client was fully transparent every step of the way, from disclosing all of his paychecks to cashing them at his own bank, under his own name.

“Like a player collapsing as they lose Twister, the government has reached too far forward and stretched way too far back,” his motion to dismiss read.

Last week, US District Judge Michael Mosman sided with Bowman on the felony charge, ruling that the feds failed to show he attempted to conceal income or deceive the government. Prosecutors remain free to re-introduce the charge in the future, and are currently weighing whether to do so.

On Tuesday, Bowman elaborated on his stand in an interview with CBN News.

“First, I would love to pay taxes so as to have a normal life, however, our government is using the tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood; which commits abortions – the death of the innocent,” Bowman said. “Apparently, a woman has the right to choose, but evidently, I do not.”

He also took aim at the common rejoinder that every American citizen has to pay taxes for things with which they might personally disagree, such as war. “You see, the Constitution grants certain abilities to the government, e.g. funding the military, but killing children is not a Constitutional backed, compelling interest of the government by any stretch of the imagination,” Bowman explained.

Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million per year from the federal government, and performs more than 300,000 abortions. Federal law forbids taxpayer dollars from being directly spent on abortions, though pro-life groups argue that the money still enables abortion facilities to grow their reach and influence, and spend more revenue from other sources on abortions.

“All the government has to do is put a check box on the tax forms that says check here to support Planned Parenthood, and write in your donation amount,” Bowman proposed. “Then, just like any church or charity, Planned Parenthood will be funded by those that have no problem with it, and the 150 million people like me that are pro-life, can pay their taxes and live knowing we kept our conscience clean.”

He vowed that he will continue his resistance as long as the government continues funding the abortion industry.

“My effort [is] about standing up, standing firm for my Constitutional rights, and getting the government to honor title 42 Chapter 21.b The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, so that I may live a peaceful life, and in the end face God, and hopefully have Him say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!” he said.

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Actor-singer Jussie Smollett on Thursday reportedly returned to the set of 'Empire' in Chicago after turning himself into the police.

Actor-singer Jussie Smollett on Thursday returned to the set of Empire in Chicago after turning himself into the police for filing a false report with law enforcement, according to a report.

Smollett was slated to film throughout this week on Empire, however, his role was slashed in the wake of reports that he staged a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago last month, reports Variety.

Earlier Thursday, Smollett was released from jail after posting bond at $100,000. Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. described the allegations against the actor as “violent, despicable,” and expressed outrage over the actor’s use of a noose in the allegedly staged assault. Jack Prior, an attorney for Smollett, told the judge that his client believes the allegations against him are “outrageous” and denies their veracity.

The actor was mobbed by local media as he made his way to a waiting SUV. He did not speak to reporters upon exiting the court.

The studio behind the hit television show Empire said Thursday afternoon that it is “evaluating the situation” regarding the charges against the actor and is “considering our options.”

20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment issued a statement saying, “We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.”

Earlier this week, the studios batted away reports that Smollett’s role on the program would be dramatically cut. “Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show,” said 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment.

Smollett, who is gay and African-American, told law enforcement that two masked individuals physically attacked him and spewed racist and homophobic insults at him as he walked home from a sandwich shop on January 29. He also claimed to police that his attackers doused him with an unknown chemical substance, looped a thin rope around his neck, and shouted “This is MAGA country!” before fleeing.

Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to two brothers who helped him in a staged attack against himself and paid them $3,500 by check. Risa Lanier, the Assistant State’s Attorney, said at a press briefing that the actor directed brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo to help stage the attack in front of a specific surveillance camera.

In a press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett staged the attack after a threatening letter he sent himself on the set of Empire the week prior did not garner a larger reaction.

“Mr. Smollett is the one that orchestrated this crime,” Johnson told reporters, adding that “he has to be accountable for what he did.”

“He took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” he added. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve.”

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"[L]eft-wing activists are quite content using every tool at their disposal to silence influential voices on the right." 

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The father of the Alabama-born ‘ISIS wife’ hoping to return to the United States is suing the Trump administration to allow his daughter...

The father of the Alabama-born ‘ISIS wife’ hoping to return to the United States is suing the Trump administration to allow his daughter to come back to the country, reports Fox News.

“The father of the Alabama woman begging to be let back into the U.S. after leaving years ago to join ISIS is now launching a legal campaign against President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr,” writes Fox.

Legal representatives from the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ahmed Muthana -father of Hoda Muthana- claiming her U.S. citizenship should be recognized despite her defection to the Islamic State.

I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019

“I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!” tweeted the president Wednesday.

Read the full report at Fox News.

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Jussie Smollett's character has been removed from the final two episodes of the upcoming season of Fox's "Empire," the show's executives said Friday.

Jussie Smollett's character has been removed from the final two episodes of the upcoming season of Fox's "Empire," the show's creators said Friday.

"The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out," executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer told Fox News.

"We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season," the statement continued.

The second half of Season 5 of "Empire" returns to Fox on March 13.

The statement comes after Smollett returned to the Chicago set of "Empire" on Thursday just hours after posting bail on a felony disorderly conduct charge.

Earlier on Thursday, Fox said: "We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options."

Smollett walked out of the Cook County jail in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, about two hours after a hearing in which the judge set his bond at $100,000. Taking a stern tone, the judge called his alleged staging of a hate crime "outrageous."

CHICAGO POLICE BLAST JUSSIE SMOLLETT 'PHONY ATTACK': 'BOGUS POLICE REPORTS CAUSE REAL HARM'

Following three weeks of mounting suspicions, Smollett, who is accused of filing a false police report, was charged Wednesday with felony disorderly conduct. He turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he'll face up to three years in prison.

Chicago police laid out their case against Smollett Thursday morning, accusing the TV star of orchestrating an elaborate hoax via two "bogus" hate crimes -- one employing an alleged attack, and one involving a threatening letter -- all in order to secure a pay raise.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett orchestrated a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

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Guest post by Joe Hoft A 2016 DOJ criminal investigation was suppressed and buried by the DOJ/FBI that involved a major NY Democratic power broker and the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation. The investigation revolved around the illegal sale of controlled US homeland security technology to Russia and China in the years before the 2016 […]

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Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has never shied away from his embrace of a hard-left agenda, but the democratic socialist is facing renewed scrutiny over a catalog of comments he made in the 1980s praising the Soviet Union, offering advice to Nicaragua's socialist government -- and even saying breadlines in communist countries are a "good thing." 

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The Trump Administration has unveiled a new welfare rule that will save American taxpayers an estimated $150 billion. As noted by The Western Journal, the new rule will close numerous loopholes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

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Platform disruptions affecting multiple Google services including the YouTube streaming platform as well as several Google services and Microsoft Bing have been detected by the NetBlocks internet observatory on state ...

Platform disruptions affecting multiple Google services including the YouTube streaming platform as well as Microsoft Bing have been detected by the NetBlocks internet observatory on state provider CANTV (AS8048), starting 7:20 PM UTC Friday 22 February 2019, 3:20 PM local time, during the live streaming of a prominent humanitarian aid concert.

Confirmed: YouTube, Bing and Google services blocked in #Venezuela during #VenezuelaAidLive concert from 7:20 PM UTC (3:20 PM VET); incident ongoing #KeepItOnhttps://t.co/Ysrox8QBJL pic.twitter.com/gpOHTNvjKJ

— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) February 22, 2019

Update – 8:20 PM: Connectivity has been restored following the outage; streams are again accessible through YouTube and the concert’s own streaming platform.

Update – 10:20 PM: The disruption of Youtube, Bing and Google Services have been occurred for the second time, right before the appearance of opposition leader Juan Guaidó at the Venezuela Aid Live concert area.

Update – 11:40 PM: The disruption of Youtube, Bing and Google Services have been occurred for the third time.

The disruption, identified through a set of 6000 NetBlocks web probe measurements from Venezuela, has a near-identical network footprint to recent outages incidents during opposition speeches, which have been systematically censored amid political crisis and loss of confidence in incumbent president Nicolás Maduro.

In recent days, a volunteer platform for humanitarian aid was blocked as supporters went out on the streets.

Network measurements show that the outages are consistent with methods used to block online content in Venezuela. Access has typically been restored shortly after the speeches and public incidents end, with each incident lasting from just 12 minutes to over an hour.

The outages follow a similar pattern to those observed during past opposition speeches and rallies as well as critical sessions held by Venezuela’s National Assembly, including the disruption of Google Translate and other Google services, now also extending to affect Microsoft Bing, which provides a popular translation service in addition to its web search functionality.

Developing incident.

The NetBlocks Group is a civil society group working at the intersection of digital rights, cyber-security and internet governance. Independent and non-partisan, NetBlocks strives for an open and inclusive digital future for all.

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Conspiracy theorists look for something new, anticipating a Mueller letdown.

The collusionists need a “new phase” as signs grow that the special counsel won’t help realize their reveries of a Donald Trump takedown. They had said Mr. Mueller would provide all the answers. Now that it seems they won’t like his answers, Democrats and media insist that any report will likely prove “anticlimactic” and “inconclusive.” “This is merely the end of Chapter 1,” said Renato Mariotti, a CNN legal “analyst.”

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Join us on March 4 as WSJ Opinion’s Paul Gigot leads a “State of TV News” panel discussion including Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo, CBS’s Christy Tanner and “Network” actor Tony Goldwyn. Included in your admission to the event is a ticket to see “Network” on Broadway at a subsequent date.

Mr. Schiff turned this week to a dependable scribe—the Washington Post’s David Ignatius—to lay out the next chapter of the penny dreadful. Mr. Ignatius was the original conduit for the leak about former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s conversations with a Russian ambassador, and the far-fetched claims that Mr. Flynn had violated the Logan Act of 1799. Mr. Schiff has now dictated to Mr. Ignatius a whole new collusion theory. Forget Carter Page, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos—whoever. The real Trump-Russia canoodling rests in “Trump’s finances.” The future president was “doing business with Russia” and “seeking Kremlin help.”

So, no apologies. No acknowledgment that Mr. Schiff & Co. for years have pushed fake stories that accused innocent men and women of being Russian agents. No relieved hope that the country might finally put this behind us. Just a smooth transition—using Russia as a hook—into Mr. Trump’s finances. Mueller who?

What’s mind-boggling is that reporters would continue to take Mr. Schiff seriously, given his extraordinary record of incorrect and misleading pronouncements. This is the man who, on March 22, 2017, helped launch full-blown hysteria when he said on “Meet the Press” that his committee already had the goods on Trump-Russia collusion.

“I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now,” Mr. Schiff declared then. Almost two years later, he’s provided no such evidence and stopped making the claim—undoubtedly because, as the Senate Intelligence Committee has said publicly, no such evidence has been found.

At an open House Intelligence Committee hearing on March 20, 2017, Mr. Schiff stated as fact numerous crazy accusations from the infamous Steele dossier—giving them early currency and credence. He claimed that former Trump campaign aide Carter Page secretly met with a Vladimir Putin crony and was offered the brokerage of a 19% share in a Russian company. That Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort tapped Mr. Page as a go-between. That the Russians offered the Trump campaign damaging documents on Hillary Clinton in return for a blind eye to Moscow’s Ukraine policy. Mr. Schiff has never acknowledged that all these allegations have been debunked or remain unproved.

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There was Mr. Schiff’s role in plumping the discredited January BuzzFeed story claiming Mr. Mueller had evidence the president directed his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. The special counsel’s office issued a rare statement denying the report. There was Mr. Schiff’s theory that the mysterious phone calls Donald Trump Jr. placed before his 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower were to Candidate Trump. Senate Intel shot that down. And don’t forget Mr. Schiff’s February 2018 memo claiming the Steele dossier “did not inform” the FBI probe, because the bureau didn’t obtain it until long after the probe’s start. Testimony from Justice Department officials shot that one down, too.

With a track record like this, who wouldn’t believe Mr. Schiff’s new claim, in the Ignatius interview, that the key to collusion rests in Trump finances—in particular something to do with Deutsche Bank ? But hold on. Where did we first hear that Deutsche Bank theory? That’s right. See pages 64 and 117 of the wild House testimony of Glenn Simpson—head of Fusion GPS, the organization behind the Steele dossier. It’s right there, stuffed in between Mr. Simpson’s musings that Ivanka Trump might be involved with a “Russian Central Asian organized crime nexus,” that there is something nefarious happening on the “island of St. Martin in the Caribbean,” and that Roger Stone is part of a “Turkey-Russia” plot.

Mr. Schiff is taking his cue for Phase 2 of his investigation from the same Democrat-hired opposition-research group that launched the failed Phase 1.

At the start of all the Russia craziness, Mr. Schiff had a choice: maintain the bipartisan integrity of his committee by working with Republicans to find honest answers, or take on the role of resident conspiracy theorist. He chose his path. The rest of us should know better than to follow him.

Write to kim@wsj.com.

Appeared in the February 22, 2019, print edition.

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Bilal Hassani, a 19-year-old from Paris, recently won France’s selection contest for Eurovision with his song “Roi.”

Bilal Hassani, a 19-year-old from Paris, recently won France’s selection contest for Eurovision with his song “Roi.”

Hassani was born to a Muslim family of Moroccan origin, is gay and performs in colorful wigs and heavy makeup.

He was well-known in France before the contest as an internet personality and for performing in a song contest for youth when he was 15.

The gender-bending singer,has received hateful messages and threats due to his sexuality and appearance and for his planned trip to Tel Aviv in May.

Israel won the right to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest by winning the 2018 edition, with singer Netta Barzilai’s “Toy.”

Hassani described himself as a “huge, huge fan” of Barzilai. His winning song, “Roi,” or “King,” carries a message of self-acceptance and empowerment similar to Barzilai’s “Toy.”

Earlier this year he was forced on the defensive after being accused by online critics of trivialising terrorism and making controversial remarks about Israel while he was in his early teens.

A tweet from August 2014 in which he accused of a “crime against humanity” during a ground offensive in Gaza has been shared online.

In another tweet earlier that year, he appeared to defend controversial comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a convicted anti-Semite.

Hassani told Le Parisien that at the time of the tweets he was “young and stupid” and that other people might have posted the messages under his name.

A video from 2018 has also surfaced in which Hassani and two friends declare “France suffered a lot, attacks here, attacks there. Oooh!” to hoots of laughter.

A senator from the conservative Republicans party wrote to the Eurovision jury to ask them to withdraw Hassani’s nomination for “trivializing” the series of jihadist attacks that claimed nearly 300 lives in France between 2015 and 2018.

As for the song and performance, it’s lame and boring and Bilal’s voice is mediocre at best. In a normal song contest it would not end up in the top ten, but this is Eurovision and the fact that he’s gay, Muslim and a migrant will most likely generate extra points, so who knows.

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Jussie Smollett's legal team on Thursday criticized the Chicago Police Department as they blasted what they referred to as the "Empire" actor's "phony attack."

Jussie Smollett's legal team on Thursday criticized the Chicago Police for what the department referred to as the "Empire" actor's "phony attack."

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference that Smollett orchestrated the incident, in which he claimed he was assaulted by two men in late January, in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."

CHICAGO POLICE BLAST JUSSIE SMOLLETT 'PHONY ATTACK': 'BOGUS POLICE REPORTS CAUSE REAL HARM'

In a statement obtained by Fox News, the 36-year-old Smollett's legal counsel said the nation "witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system.

"The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election," his team continued.

"Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

Smollett was charged Wednesday night with felony disorderly conduct and turned himself in at central booking early Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. A judge set Smollett's bond for $100,000 later on Thursday.

OPINION: IF SMOLLETT IS GUILTY, HE MUST PAY — HATE CRIMES ARE SERIOUS, FAKING THEM SHOULD BE, TOO

While Smollett is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, the police superintendent implied that Smollett did, in fact, fake the attack.

“This is shameful because it painted this city that we all love and work hard in, in a negative connotation," Johnson said. "To insinuate and stage a hate crime of that nature when he knew that as a celebrity he’d get a lot of attention … It’s despicable. It makes you wonder what’s going through someone’s mind.”

"As a black man, who spent his entire life living the city of Chicago, I know the racial divide that exists here. I know how hard it's been for our city and our nation to come together," he said. Johnson added that "absolute justice would be an apology to this city that he smeared ... admitting what he did and then be man enough to offer what he should offer up in terms of all the resources that were put into this."

Smollett ultimately posted bail and was released Thursday afternoon before he returned to the Chicago set of "Empire,"

Fox News' Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

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Serious charges need serious proof. Simple fairness demands it. But Andrew McCabe presents none. That’s par for the course

Andrew McCabe, second-in-command at James Comey’s FBI, is at it again. First, he and his boss shredded the Bureau’s reputation as the world’s leading law enforcement agency. Now, McCabe is compounding the damage by making wild, self-serving charges to sell his new book. In one TV interview, he said it is ‘possible’ that Donald Trump is a Russian agent.

Serious charges need serious proof. Simple fairness demands it. But McCabe presents none. That’s par for the course. Simple fairness was not the hallmark of the Comey-McCabe era. No disinterested observers think the Bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server was treated the same way as the amorphous charges against the Trump campaign. That bias wasn’t the fault of FBI field agents. Comey pulled the investigation away from them and gave it to his inner circle. They were men on a mission. It was not a mission for blind justice.

Their double standards were clear when they passed out immunity to all Hillary’s top aides without demanding full testimony in return, when they destroyed Clinton staffers’ computers and cell phones without preserving the evidence, and when they wrote a memo clearing Mrs Clinton before she had been interviewed. Comey, whose incompetence is rivaled only by his smug self-righteousness, then held a press conference that both smeared and cleared Hillary. It smeared her with evidence that should never have been revealed unless she was charged. It cleared her by whitewashing the crimes she should have been charged with.

Comey, McCabe, and their cronies had no intention of serving up the same softball to Trump. No, siree. The Bureau relied on thin, biased evidence to obtain warrants to spy on Carter Page (really, on the Trump campaign). That evidence consisted mainly of opposition research against Trump, conducted by a former British spy and paid for by Clinton through two cut-outs. The FBI and DOJ knew the political origins, the dicey source, and the lack of verification. Instead of disclosing all that to the courts, they falsely said it was verified and hid the source’s bias. They put a cherry on this cow patty by including a Yahoo news article as additional evidence. They never told the judges it came from the same source as their other ‘evidence,’ not from independent reporting. There are words for this kind of dodge. They are found in the criminal statutes.

McCabe’s central role in this sleazy operation comes on top of a scathing report about his conduct from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General. It concludes that McCabe leaked information to the media and then lied about it to investigators on three occasions. He is now under criminal investigation for those actions. (McCabe doesn’t exactly deny the leaks but says Comey authorized them. Comey denies it.) That leaking and lying (alleged, alleged), plus McCabe’s lack of proof for his recent claims, suggest his comments are little more than hyperbole, designed to inflate his standing among Trump-haters.

Make no mistake: McCabe’s charges against Trump are extremely serious, especially since they come from a former top law-enforcement official who was involved in pertinent investigations. Any president who acted as agent of a hostile foreign power would have committed ‘a high crime and misdemeanor,’ worthy of impeachment and conviction. In fact, it would be the gravest crime against our nation since the Confederate states seceded.

So far, the public evidence does not support McCabe’s grave accusations. That’s significant because multiple investigations have been underway for a long time. The intensive probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has not yielded a single charge of conspiracy involving the Trump campaign and the Russians. Finding out if there was such collusion was one of the two reasons Mueller was appointed. (The other was to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, whether or not it involved either campaign.) A number of Russians have been charged with interfering with US elections and some US citizens have been charged with various offenses, but none involve collaboration between US citizens and the Russians during the 2016 campaign. The charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are serious, and he has already been convicted on some of them, but, once again, none involve the Trump campaign conspiring with Russia.

There is a major caveat here. Mueller’s investigation is not finished and we don’t know if he will conclude his work with some conspiracy charges. But, as McCabe knows, the Special Counsel would already have brought such charges against Manafort and others if he could substantiate them. He hasn’t brought any.

The Senate Intelligence Committee hasn’t found any conspiracy either, and they have been investigating on a bipartisan basis for two years.

McCabe knows all that, but he’s still flinging dung. After we wipe it off, we can ask of him, as the Army’s Chief Counsel, Joseph Welch, once asked of Joe McCarthy, ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?’

In McCabe’s case, as in McCarthy’s, the question answers itself.

Charles Lipson is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he is founding director of PIPES, the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security.

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  Former CBS News correspondent Lara Logan named names in what she called a targeted smear campaign against her for speaking the truth about the media. Logan spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday’s “Hannity” about the fallout from her recent observation that the media is “mostly liberal,” saying her comments, which were effectively “professional suicide,” have […]

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Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar faced fresh accusations Friday of belittling staffers, with a new report relaying a bizarre account of how she allegedly berated a staff member who failed to bring her a fork with her salad.

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar faced fresh accusations Friday of belittling staffers, with a new report relaying a bizarre account of how she allegedly berated a staff member who failed to bring her a fork with her salad.

The confrontation, as reported by The New York Times, got weird.

According to the newspaper, the aide who neglected to get plastic utensils for Sen. Klobuchar, D-Minn., committed the affront at an airport while traveling to South Carolina in 2008. Klobuchar not only chastised the aide, but reportedly proceeded to eat the salad using a comb from her bag -- then handed the comb to the aide and told him to clean it.

AMY KLOBUCHAR'S TREATMENT OF STAFF LED TO REBUKE FROM HARRY REID: REPORT

The anecdote swiftly became social media fodder late Friday, but also added to the many accounts of Klobuchar allegedly demeaning staff members over the course of her Senate career.

A spokesperson for Klobuchar did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the Times article, which contained other accounts of the senator tearing into staff. According to the report, former aides said she was "not just demanding but often dehumanizing."

Another recent report said Klobuchar often criticized staffers and directed them to “only speak when spoken to” at events. The Huffington Post reported that the conduct got to a point that then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told her to change her behavior.

During an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier last week, though, Klobuchar said she spoke with Reid, and “he doesn’t remember that and I don’t remember that either.”

But according to a Buzzfeed News report, numerous staffers said Klobuchar routinely sent late-night emails and berated subordinates over minor details and missteps. The report also said, "one aide was accidentally hit with a flying binder, according to someone who saw it happen, though the staffer said the senator did not intend to hit anyone with the binder when she threw it."

When asked about the report that she threw a binder, she did not flat-out deny it.

"I don't know, it's all anonymous. I will say that I'm proud of our staff," Klobuchar told Fox News last week. "And yes, I can be a tough boss, and push people -- that's obvious. But that's because I have high expectations of myself, I have high expectations of those who work for me, and I have a high expectation for our country. My chief of staff has worked for me for six years, my state director for seven years, my campaign manager for 14 years."

Asked specifically whether she had thrown a binder at someone, Klobuchar responded: "If you look at that story, I think you'll see it said something about me throwing a binder down -- not at somebody," Klobuchar said. "I just know that I should be judged, and I will take responsibility for, everything that happens on this campaign."

Some critics have charged that the criticism over Klobuchar's behavior is sexist, suggesting male managers often are not challenged for a tough management style.

A campaign spokeswoman told the Times: “The senator has repeatedly acknowledged that she can be tough and push people hard. But these anonymous stories — some of which are just plain ridiculous — do not overshadow the countless experiences of people on the senator’s team who she has been so proud to work with.”

Klobuchar announced earlier this month that she would join the crowded field of Democratic candidates lining up to take on President Trump in 2020.

Fox News' Adam Shaw and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Vandals in North Carolina who set fire to a WWII statue appear to have mistaken the war hero for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Fox News reports: A white marble …

Vandals in North Carolina who set fire to a WWII statue appear to have mistaken the war hero for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Fox News reports:

A white marble monument of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, who commanded the 101st Airborne Division’s “Screaming Eagles” during World War II, was doused with flammable liquid and set on fire last week, museum officials said. The statue bears black scorch marks running up its left side.

The suspects seem to have confused Lee with Gen. Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate army during the Civil War some 80 years earlier, officials said.

“I was surprised that anybody would do that to this museum statue,” Mark Johnson, curator of the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum, told Goldsboro’s WNCN-TV. “This is not a Civil War museum and this is not Robert E. Lee.”

The statue will be cleaned and repaired. Authorities are urging anyone with information about the vandalism to call 910-892-2222 and are offering a $1,000 reward.

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As reported earlier by Cassandra Fairbanks… A violent leftist attacked a Turning Point USA activist who was out recruiting for their chapter at UC Berkeley on Tuesday afternoon in Upper Sproul Plaza. The assault was captured on video and posted to Twitter by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk. LEFTIST VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS While recruiting for […]

As reported earlier by Cassandra Fairbanks…

A violent leftist attacked a Turning Point USA activist who was out recruiting for their chapter at UC Berkeley on Tuesday afternoon in Upper Sproul Plaza.

The assault was captured on video and posted to Twitter by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.

LEFTIST VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS

While recruiting for our @TPUSA group at UC Berkeley a leftist thug comes & assaults our activists punching him in the face & hitting him repeatedly

Imagine if the attacker was wearing MAGA hat, would be national news!

This is the violent left!

RT! pic.twitter.com/7RjbCPUcDf

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 21, 2019

The victim was passing out information about the conservative student group when he was approached by two angry men. After a verbal altercation ensued, he pulled out his phone to begin filming.

“One of the two men slapped the phone out of the victim’s hand and proceeded to knock over the table, the victim further alleged. While he and the suspect struggled for the phone, the suspect punched the victim several times, causing injury to the victim’s eye and nose, the alert said,” the Daily Californian reports.

Kirk confirmed to The Gateway Pundit that the student reported the assault to the police.

UC Berkeley Police believe they have identified a suspect.

The police say he is not a student???

On Friday, police said a possible suspect in the attack has been identified. Police said the suspect is not a student or affiliated with the university.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the case or the man in a photo released by the campus Police Department to call them at 510-642-6760.

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The complaint seeks action against Caravan Magazine and the lodging of FIR against the author of the article Ajaz Ashraf.

A complaint has been filed against the Caravan magazine and journalist Ajaz Ashraf in the National Commission for Scheduled Caste in relat