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Look mother, I did something!

City Harvest presented the City Harvest Award for Commitment of Chelsea Clinton on her days’ worth of work at their campaign. The former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton was seem spending several hours during a single day at the City Harvest.  Her exceptional performance in putting grapefruits in bags was able to earn her an award on Tuesday, at the New York charity gala.

The charity work was performed under Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action program. This program was established by none other than the former first daughter.  The Clinton Foundation volunteers and she herself packed some 25,000 grapefruits that were set to be distributed to the poor in New York City.

It was due to work that Clinton performed during her very few hours at the charity that she received an award.

“We believe in City Harvest because no child should go hungry,” said Clinton during a speech at the gala, referring to The Clinton Foundation of which she is the vice chair.

Clinton’s action were indeed no less admirable, however, they may appear as slightly less admirable given that she had received an award for the minimal time that she had spent on the project, as compared to the that were far more dedicated towards the cause.

Heat Street was noted saying, “Of course, any action in service of the hungry is admirable. But of all the volunteers serving the impoverished in New York, it’s probably no secret that Chelsea hardly ranks among the most dedicated. Even her commitment to City Harvest comes because the Clinton Foundation is a financial sponsor of the organization and that’s likely what she was being rewarded for: the money.”

And that, “We shudder to think at all the people who would have gone grapefruit-less had Chelsea Clinton not so generously offered several hours of her time to pack grapefruit in boxes.”

This award came proceeding Clinton’s honorary award by Variety for working alongside Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a program founded by the very Clinton Foundation.

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Wait, I was just kidding!

A Fresno State University professor who tweeted that President Donald Trump “must hang,” in February, is reportedly under investigation by the Secret Service. The history alleged that President Trump is a threat to American democracy.

It was reported that the liberal California professor, Lars Maischak, caused outrage after his tweets spread online. In a series of several tweets, Maischak called for President Trump and other Republicans to be assassinated.

“To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better,” Maischak tweeted in February.

Federal agents are now investigating Maischak for his controversial comments, according to Fresno State University President Joseph Castro. He told a local newspaper that he has been in touch with officials from the Secret Service, FBI, and Homeland Security after Maischak’s tweets were discovered last week.

However, as of now, it is not clear what law federal authorities think the German-born professor of European and US history, broke. One option that may be on the table is a Class E felony, threatening the president of the US.

Regardless of the crime Maischak may be charged with, prosecutors are likely to face a tough battle. It is widely acknowledged that courts tend to interpret the First Amendment pretty broadly. One example of such a case being overturned would be the 1969 Supreme Court case, Watts vs. United States. A man who allegedly threatened President Lyndon B. Johnson at a rally, had his conviction overturned by Justices. He had said: “I am not going [to Vietnam]. If they ever make me carry a rifle the first man I want to get in my sights is L.B.J.””

At the time, Justices believed that the statement was a “crude political hyperbole which, in light of its context and conditional nature, did not constitute a knowing and willful threat against the President.”

Earlier this week, in a written statement given to the Fresno Bee, Maischek apologized for his comments, adding that he had deleted his Twitter account since his tweets went viral.

“I apologize for the tone and content of my statements made on Twitter. I ask forgiveness of those who felt threatened or offended by them,” he wrote. “It was never my intent to harm anyone, nor to encourage others to harm anyone.”

“My statements each represent the end point of a dark train of thought triggered by my despair over the actions of the present U.S. government,” Maischak explained.

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Ay caramba Trump!

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, in an interview on Sunday, elaborated on his agency’s plans to step up arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants.

He said that previously, it would have been highly unlikely for the Obama administration to deport anyone for lower-level offenses. Most deportations, under the previous administration have been due to high-profile crimes such as murder and rape.

During the interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Kelly suggested that the threshold for deportation will be much lower this time around.

“Can you give me an example of somebody that wasn’t deported before that you’re deporting now?” Todd asked.

Kelly responded, “Well, someone, as an example, with multiple DUIs — even a single DUI, depending on other aspects, would get you into the system.”

Before that question, the host asked Secretary Kelly if the definition of a “criminal” has changed under President Trump.

“It is fair to say the definition of ‘criminal’ has not changed,” Kelly replied. “But where on the spectrum of criminality we operate has changed.”

His comments come just a few days after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited the southwestern border and announced to the Border Patrol agents that the nation is now stepping into a “a new era” of immigration and customs enforcement.

“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era,” Sessions said. “This is the Trump era. The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch-and-release practices of the past are over.”

Sessions also instructed federal attorneys, on Tuesday, to prosecute anyone who harbors illegal immigrants. He urged prosecutors to prioritize those who are involved in protecting or transporting three or more people living in the country illegally, and also those who protect violent offenders.

However, during the interview, the DHS chief made it quite clear that the shift in immigration law is not to create a harsh climate for immigrants but instead about upholding the law.

“You’ve got to remember, there’s a legal justice system in place,” Kelly said. “The law deports people. Secretary Kelly doesn’t. [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] doesn’t. It’s the United States criminal justice system — or the justice system — that deports people.”

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Chelsea is ignoring all of the warning sides about the future of her political career.

Liberal magazine, Vanity Fair’s writer slammed Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, in a recent article plaintive over the mainstream media’s consistent efforts of keeping the former first daughter under the spotlight, after her mother’s second presidential defeat.

The column comes in the wake of countless Clinton stories being pushed by the mainstream media outlets. While others keep asking Clinton if she is ever going to run for political office, Variety magazine put her on the cover of a recent issue of their magazine.

The column, published Friday, is titled, “Please, God, Stop Chelsea Clinton From Whatever She Is Doing.”

“Amid investigations into Russian election interference, perhaps we ought to consider whether the Kremlin, to hurt Democrats, helped put Chelsea Clinton on the cover of Variety. Or maybe superstition explains it. Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods,” Vanity Fair’s T.A. Franks wrote in the column.

“One wishes to calm these publications,” he added. “Nevertheless, they’ve persisted. At great cost: increased Chelsea exposure is tied closely to political despair and, in especially intense cases, the bulk purchasing of MAGA hats.”

Franks described Clinton as a lightweight intellectual, saying she’s as bland as oatmeal.

“What comes across with Chelsea, for lack of a gentler word, is self-regard of an unusual intensity. And the effect is stronger on paper. Unkind as it is to say, reading anything by Chelsea Clinton—tweets, interviews, books—is best compared to taking in spoonfuls of plain oatmeal that, periodically, conceal a toenail clipping,” he wrote, noting this gem from Clinton’s 2015 children’s book “It’s Your World.”

“At first glance, of course, Chelsea seems to be boasting that at age five she was interpreting the news with the maturity of an adult. But we should consider whether it’s instead a confession that as an adult she still interprets the news with the maturity of—well, let’s just submit that perhaps she thinks what other people tell her to think. Which brings us to Chelsea’s Twitter feed,” Franks said, referring to Clinton’s supposed letter to Reagan.

Franks then continued slamming Clinton, turning to her “blue state opinion” tweets, which she regularly delves out to her Twitter followers, that now number 1.6 million. Franks also took a shot at them, saying her Twitter followers have a cult-like obsession with her.

He wrote:

“To find fault with the former First Daughter is to invite the wrath of thousands. Love of Chelsea correlates closely with love of Hillary, toward whom her fans have long felt an odd protectiveness, as if she were a stroke survivor regaining the power of speech rather than one of the most influential people in the world. That goes even more for Chelsea, who is often treated less like an independent 37-year-old multi-millionaire and more like the 12-year-old who still deserves to be left alone.”

“On the other hand, if you’re posing for magazine covers, granting interviews, doing book tours, placing your name on your parents’ multi-million-dollar foundation, and tweeting out daily to 1.6 million people, then—guess what—you’re a public figure. And if you’ve openly entertained the possibility of running for office if “it was something I felt called to do,” then assurances to the contrary aren’t quite good enough,” Franks added. “You’re a public hazard.”

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After being accused of sexual misconduct and facing punishment by the university without fair trial, Thomas Klocke committed suicide, according to a lawsuit by his father.

Thomas Klocke, a student at the University of Texas at Arlington, killed himself on June 2, a few days after the university punished him for allegedly making anti-gay comments to a fellow gay student. 24-year-old Klocke repeatedly denied the accusations at that time and claimed he was the one being harassed but never received a fair hearing.

“This is a case that highlights the really epidemic problem that we’re seeing across the country about what happens when a college violates the legal rights of a student who’s been accused of misconduct,” said Kenneth Chaiken, an attorney for the deceased’s father, Wayne Klocke. “The accused student can really suffer life-altering consequences — in this case of the most tragic form, which was the decision to take his own life.”

Under the pretext of Title IX, the Obama administration forced universities to deny male students their due process rights when they’re accused of sexual misconduct.

The lawsuit was reported by Watchdog.org and alleges that UT-Arlington was unsuccessful in complying with the watered-down due process protections ensured by Title IX and judged on its own policies. It also claims that Thomas was the one discriminated against on the basis of his sex.

A spokesperson for the university, Teresa Schnyder said the university “followed its policies and procedures.” However, she refused to give any details regarding the lawsuit.

“This is a tragic situation and we express our deepest condolences to the family for their loss,” Ms. Schnyder said. “The welfare of our students is our highest priority. Any loss is a heartbreaking one for our entire community.”

Thomas was only one credit short of graduating at the time of the incident. Fellow student Nicholas Watson accused him of typing “gays should die” on the web browser of his laptop in the middle of a May 19 class. Mr. Watson then responded on his own laptop, typing, “I’m gay.” To this, Mr. Watson says, Thomas faked a yawn and said, “Well then you’re a f—t.”

Following this exchange of words, Mr. Watson says he asked Thomas to leave the classroom, to which Thomas allegedly replied, “You should consider killing yourself.”

Thomas refuted these claims in a meeting with a university administrator on May 23. He explained that Mr. Watson made sexual advances, stared at him continuously and called him beautiful, even after he typed into his laptop, “stop ­– I’m straight.” Thomas says he had a hard time concentrating after that and moved to the opposite side of the classroom.

He rejected Mr. Watson’s allegations that he ever typed “gays should die.”

The lawsuit alleges that the rejected sexual advances may have compelled Mr. Watson to make up the story, possibly fearing the university’s policy against sexual harassment. In addition to the lawsuit against the university, Nicholas Watson is also being sued for defamatory statements.

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Really?

As punishment for possessing a water pistol, a 16 year old student in Alabama was expelled from her school for an entire year.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported that student of Prattville High School, Sara Allena “Laney” Nichols, was given a water pistol by another student. The toy pistol was black and may have looked like a real weapon at first glance. Apparently, Nichols put the water gun in her backpack and then placed it in the backseat of her car.

After seeing the exchange between Nichols and the other student, a bystander student reported the incident to authorities at PHS. Cameras at the school campus captured the exchange footage quite clearly. Nichols was then called to the office where she admitted to possession of the toy and told authorities it was in the back seat of her car.

Initially, Nichols was handed a ten-day suspension for possessing the toy. However, the Autauga County Board of Education later expelled her from all schools in the county, and prohibited from entering the school or participating in any school extra-curricular activities for that time period.

Nichol’s parents appear to be quite displeased with the harsh decision of the board.

“She’s 16 and doesn’t know what it means when you hear ‘gun’ on campus,” says mother Tara Herring. “We admit what she did was wrong. I was hoping this could be a teachable moment for her. We’re not saying she should not have been punished. But she took a 10-day suspension. And then the board expelled her. We feel the expulsion is excessive.”

The family has decide to pursue legal recourse with the help of attorney Julian McPhillips. He has currently written a letter to Superintendent Spence Agee, interim PHS principal Brock Dunn, Alabama State Board of Education member Ella Bell and state BOE attorneys James Ward and Juliana Dean.

In his letter, McPhillips argues that none of the other students who brought the toy gun to school have received any punishment beyond suspension. He asked that Nichols’ record of expulsion from the school be changed from expulsion to voluntary withdrawal, because her mother claims she was able to get her daughter out of the school before she could be expelled.

“Young Sara Allena Nichols now, at the age of only 16, has a “scarlet letter E” attached to her forehead, figuratively speaking, because the EXPULSION now attached to her name will follow her to other schools and quite possibly to job applications,” the March 10 letter to Bell, Ward and Dean reads. “The potential damage for this young lady is enormous … I trust, hope and believe that you three have a great power of persuasion and actual legal authority to convince the Autauga County School Board and its Superintendent to retract the expulsion and change it to “voluntary withdrawal.” After all, that is what my client, Ms. Herring, says actually occurred. She actually withdrew her child from Prattville High School before there was a ruling of expulsion.”

However, if the school board fails to comply with the family’s requests, they will move forward with legal proceedings against the board.

“It has become such a source of insatiable chagrin, seeing her daughter Sara Nichols, innocent of bringing a toy/replica gun to school the first time, and yet receiving a far more serious disciplinary action than those responsible for both occurrence, that Ms. Herring is very seriously considering a Title IV sex discrimination case against Prattville High School,” the April 10 letter reads.

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Skipper! Turn the boat around!

A new report from Defense News states the a US aircraft carrier was actually sailing away from the Sea of Japan when the White House announced that it was headed for that location, last week,

In what the White House claimed to be a move to act as a deterrent to North Korea’s recent missile tests and provocations, the US Navy announced on April 09, that the Carl Vinson Strike Group will not make its regularly scheduled trip to Australia and instead, head towards the western Pacific Ocean.

However, The New York Times noted on Tuesday, that the Navy posted a picture dated April 15, showing the strike group in the Sunda Strait, an area thousands of miles away from North Korea off the coast of Indonesia.

At the time, comments from administration officials and spokesmen seemed to contradict each other over the exact reason the strike group was sent towards the Korean Peninsula. During a White House press briefing last week, Sean Spicer, when asked about the decision to send the strike force to North Korea, claimed the move to be a deterrent.

“A carrier group is several things. The forward deployment is deterrence, presence. It’s prudent. But it does a lot of things. It ensures our — we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the president options in the region,” he said.

“But I think when you see a carrier group steaming into an area like that, the forward presence of that is clearly, through almost every instance, a huge deterrence. So I think it serves multiple capabilities.

Meanwhile, on another press briefing the same day, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned against assuming any “specific reason” for the move.

“There’s not a specific demand signal or specific reason we are sending her up there,” Mattis said of the Vinson.

“She’s stationed there in the western Pacific for a reason. She operates freely up and down the Pacific, and she’s just on her way up there because that’s where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time.”

The Carl Vinson Strike group is now headed for the Korean Peninsula and will reach the area by the end of the month, the Defense Department told the Times.

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The Fox takedown.

Bill O’Reilly’s attorney released a statement yesterday, accusing “far-left” groups for running a smear campaign against the TV presenter. He further said that he will be revealing evidence of his claims soon.

“Bill O’Reilly has been subjected to a brutal campaign of character assassination that is unprecedented in post-McCarthyist America,” attorney Marc Kasowitz’s statement read.

The statement seems to refer to the allegations of sexual harassment against Bill O’Reilly, who’s been on a vacation from his show, this week. O’Reilly has been blitzed by protestors and several social media campaigns that have forced his show, “The O’Reilly Factor” to lose over a dozen advertisers already.

“This law firm has uncovered evidence that the smear campaign is being orchestrated by far-left organizations bent on destroying O’Reilly for political and financial reasons,” it concluded. “That evidence will be put forth shortly and it is irrefutable.”

However, the statement contained no evidence of the claim it made.

A number of sources have claimed that Fox News and O’Reilly are already discussing his potential exit from the major cable TV network.

The current campaign to get rid of O’Reilly started after an investigation by The New York Times found at least five women who claimed to have been victims of sexual harassment by O’Reilly. According to the New York Times, the amount paid out to these women, in exchange for their silence and an agreement to not pursue litigation, totaled to around $13 million.

In response to the allegations, O’Reilly admitted that he has on occasions “put to rest any controversies” in order to protect his family, in a statement on his website.

“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.

But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.

The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.”

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Let's not even go there.

Last Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, a day dedicated to making the general public aware of the alleged gender pay gap. It is also often reported that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. While the disparity can be largely attributed to women being more likely to take time off or working in lower-paid jobs and sectors, many argue on this topic just to advocate for more workplace regulations and signal their anger towards sexism.

Despite the stats indicating a much more complicated story, it’s fair for the idea of a pay gap between the two genders to frustrate many. It’s true that there are more women in lower paid occupations, but the over dramatic stats that are often cited to support the argument are mostly inaccurate.

These, often inaccurate, stats are also mostly used by those on the left, to try and push legislative agendas. Senator Elizabeth Warren has been a prominent advocate for leveling the gender pay gap; she also tweeted last year: “Equal pay day isn’t a national day of celebration. It’s a national day of embarrassment.” However, unfortunate as it may be, for her supporters and other advocates of the agenda, the Senator clearly lacks self-awareness.

Senator Warren’s office seems to be a victim of the same issue she has been publicly decrying. The Washington Free Beacon and The Daily Caller, both recently reported on the issue, alleging that employees at the Massachusetts Democrat’s office experience a pay gap of over $20,000 dollars for median annual earnings.

Warren’s employment practices show a worrisome trend. A look into her most highly paid employees’ data shows that there are more men at the top than women. Stats from April to September 2016, show that of the employees paid above $40,000 for the six months, nine were men while only three were women. What’s worse is that none of Warren’s female employees made over $60,000 and the top three earners were men, who earned up to $84,000.

However, Warren is not the only politician who pays women less than men. Among the most notable on the list is the unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She reportedly paid women less than men in her three most notable positions; as a senator, then secretary of state, and lastly as a presidential candidate.

Former President Barack Obama was also an advocate for gender-equal wage rate, but it was found that women working at the White House were paid less than men.

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Hey, he still has Angie's List.

After the latest revelations regarding sexual harassment lawsuits settled by Bill O’Reilly and Fox News, Mercedes-Benz removed advertisements from O’Reilly’s Monday show on the network.

Manager Corporate Communications at Mercedes-Benz, Donna Boland, responded to a question by CNN Money regarding their advertisements on the show.

“Yes, we had advertising running on The O’Reilly Factor (we run on most major cable news shows) and it has been reassigned in the midst of this controversy,” she commented. “The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don’t feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now.”

CNN Money reportedly spoke to over 20 advertisers; some said they were closely “monitoring” the situation, but none suggested they would stop advertising like Mercedes-Benz.

Jenny Craig also said they condemned all sexual harassment, but refused to provide any comments on the matter at hand.

“As a matter of corporate policy, we do not publicly comment on our advertising strategy,” a spokesperson told CNN Money. “What I can tell you is that we are constantly evaluating our media buys to maximize the efficiency of our corporate investment and effectively reach our target audience.”

According to the New York Times report published on Saturday, the amount paid out to at least five women by Fox News and Bill O’Reilly, in exchange for their silence and an agreement to not pursue litigation, totaled to around $13 million.

“Fox News has a very tired, tattered playbook, and that is, ‘attack, attack attack!’” an attorney for a former Fox News contributor who has made harassment allegations said, “especially women who speak out against their moneymakers.”

“So what she told me off the record were a lot of stories of other women who are under gag orders,” Wendy Walsh, a popular LA Radio host, told reporters, “who cannot talk, they have been silenced. And they had to take that money because they were facing potential economic ruin. And I felt like my story was so mild that I had to be a voice for them. Because nobody can buy my voice. My voice is not for sale. My truth is not for sale.”

According to various reports, Fox News has earned nearly $450 million in ad revenue from O’Reilly’s show from 2014 to 2016.

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