Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Wait until he gets to Congress.

After winning a special election, Greg Gianfonte is on his way to the US House of Representatives as a Montana Republican. The election, however, came under intense scrutiny after Gianfonte assaulted a reporter the night before the opening of the polls. Late Thursday night, Gianfonte, in his victory speech, apologized to the reporter by name, and also to his supporters.

“Last night I learned a lesson,” Gianforte told supporters. “No, please, I need to share something from my heart here,” he calmed the room, “I just ask you to bear with me.”

“And when you make a mistake,” he continued, “you have to own up to it. That’s the Montana way.”

“Last night I made a mistake,” he said, to more laughter, “I took an action that I can’t take back. And I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did.

“And for that I’m sorry,” he added, to thunderous applause.

“I should not have treated that reporter that way. And for that, I’m sorry Mr. Ben Jacobs.”

“I also want to apologize for the Fox News team that was there. And I’m sorry to each one of you, that we had to go through this. That’s not the person I am, and it’s not the way I’ll lead in this state.

“Rest assured, our work is just beginning. But it does begin, with me taking responsibility for my own actions. You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight, and just gets the job done.”

The special election had already been under intense watch as a harbinger for the upcoming midterm elections, but the attack made it difficult for electoral experts and analysts, as it’s unclear what effect it had on the elections. For the violent incident where witnesses say he grabbed Ben Jacobs by the throat, pushed him to the floor and punched him, Gianfonte was handed a misdemeanor assault charge.

A few conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh, jokingly said about the incident that maybe an attack on a reporter would help any candidate win in Montana. However, others, like Don Lemon of CNN, rebuked President Trump, saying his constant attacks on the press have created a toxic atmosphere which may have encouraged the attack.

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Mike Flynn
Is this Mike Flynn's fate?

Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, while talking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN Tuesday, said that President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, potentially “faces a lot of jail time” over a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

“I mean Michael Flynn can’t hide for very long ultimately he likely has legal liability for his failure to disclose his connections to both the Russian and Turkish government,” Murphy said, “and if he doesn’t tell his story then he likely faces a lot of jail time.”

“And this is the big problem for President Trump,” he warned, “he has got some people very close to him who face pretty serious legal jeopardy, and they may start talking very soon.”

California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff was also present on the program on Tuesday. According to him, Flynn had also refused the House Intelligence Committee’s request for the documents. He further added that they were consider contempt charges to force Flynn to give up the documents.

“Are you prepared to hold General Flynn in contempt of Congress,” Blitzer asked.

“I share the views you just heard expressed by Senator Burr,” Schiff responded, “and that is that it was our preference initially to get these documents and testimony voluntarily, it’s now gonna be necessary to subpoena it.”

“If the general refuses without a good legal basis than I think we do have to explore the use of contempt,” he concluded.

“When you say explore I assume you and your staff and your experts have been looking through what it would mean to actually file contempt charges against General Flynn?” Blitzer asked.

“Well we started out in the hope that the witness that we’ve invited would come and cooperate voluntarily,” Schiff responded. “I’m sure that a great many will, obviously some won’t. But we don’t go into this presuming with most of these witnesses that we’re going to have to fight to get their documents, but we will be vigorous and have to be about getting our information.”

“Our next step is to tailor our subpoenas with the best chance of success,” he explained. “But we’ll also do our own legal research to find out what further steps are necessary if we’re going to have to go the route of contempt.”

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armed mother

Tennessee resident and mother of a young son, Elsie Lee, woke up on a Monday morning due to a strange noise in her house.

“I thought I was just dreaming something,” Lee told a local TV station, “and then I heard a big bang again.”

Quickly realizing something was not right, she told the TV network she “got up and came running through the hallway” and “the guy was standing in the kitchen. He had just busted my door open.”

The station reported the home invader’s accomplices were outside Lee’s Madison County home.

According to Lee’s statement to the news station, her only thought was to protect her son. So she grabbed her shotgun and .45-caliber handgun.

After approaching the intruder, Lee asked him an important question.

“I put the gun in his face and asked him if there was something I could do for him,” she told the local news station. What happened next surprised everyone.

“He was gone just that quick,” Lee told the station. “I chased him out the back door trying to look at the tag number on the car, something I could describe other than just him.”

In less than an hour, the Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jaylon Chiles, 18, Quentin Childress, 20, Amar Johnson, 21, Kendrick McMullin, 19, and another juvenile male. The news station reported that all of the suspects have been charged with aggravated burglary and were scheduled to make their first court appearance on Thursday morning.

Lee was full of praise for the local law enforcement.

“I say they were ‘Johnny on the spot,’” she told the station. “They were here within three minutes. I congratulate our sheriff’s department for what they did, and it couldn’t have been done any faster or better.”

Although Lee doesn’t believe the intruder was armed, she did say that she definitely knows what would’ve happened if he had decided to stay in her home a little longer.

“I almost killed him,” she told the station. “One of them could have been dead. Had he not ran, he would have been dead.”

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There is no line to cross anymore.

President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, is being continuously harassed by liberal protestors, reportedly over his attempts to reverse the net-neutrality policies which were given a go-ahead by the Obama administration.

According to the Wall Street Journal, activists belonging to the liberal group, Popular Resisitance, have started gathering outside Pai’s home in Arlington, Virginia. However, they’re not just standing outside his home to show their displeasure with the new administration’s policies. Protestors have begun going up to Pai’s home’s windows and are reportedly taking pictures of the interior. Pai lives in his Arlington home with his wife and two children.

“They were there yesterday. I understand they’ll be there today. They’ll be there tomorrow and the day after,” Pai told the Wall Street Journal.

“It’s a hassle, especially for my wife and my two young children,” the he said.

Pai further added that some of the protesters “come up to our front windows and take photographs of the inside of the house. My kids are 5 and 3.”

“It’s not pleasant,” the FCC chairman acknowledged.

In AJit Pai’s neighbourhood in Arlington, activists have also distributed flyers asking other residents if they’ve seen Pai. The flyers describe Pai; giving his age, weight, and height, and claim that he’s “trying to destroy net neutrality.”

While most call this clear harassment, activist outside Pai’s home call it “Ajit-ation.”

In a straight party line vote in February 2015, FCC commissioners approved net neutrality rules that were intended to ban broadband service providers from throttling, blocking, or prioritizing certain content over others.

Three Democrats, including Tom Wheeler, the then-FCC chairman, voted in favor of the new rules, while tow Republicans, including Pai opposed the measure. At that time, Pai called the net-neutrality rules a “monumental shift toward government control of the Internet” and a “rapid departure” from market-oriented approaches.

However, Wheeler argued back, saying net neutrality would go on to make America even “more competitive.” He further said that it would “assure the rights of Internet users to go where they want, when they want.”

Wheeler also said it would secure the “rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.”

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Hey, you live here?

Residents of Cypress, Texas, Pastor Lorenzo Martinez and his family were subjected to a home invasion by an unknown man in only his underwear. The home intruder, after a brief violent fight, was shot dead at the crime scene.

According to reports by leading local news channels, after breaking into Pastor Martinez’s home on Thursday morning, the man allegedly attacked members of the family before being shot to death.

“The door is kicked in and that’s how the family wakes up to discover the intruder in the residence,” an official of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told a local news network in a statement. “He wasn’t running from anybody. He was attacking. In my opinion, he was in an attacking mode.”

Naarai Olvera, Pastor Martinez’s daughter, told the news network that while she wasn’t present to witness the break-in or the scuffle, her brother, sister, brother-in-law and their children were at home when the incident occurred.

“He just started hitting my dad, then he hit my mom,” Olvera said. “Then my brother woke up and my brother started hitting him.”

According to Olvera, the unknown home invader punched her mother in the face many times to break her nose, before attacking her brother with a large flat-screen TV set.

After attacking Pastor Martinez’s wife and son, according to Olvera’s claims, the intruder moved to her sister’s room where her husband and three young children were hiding. She reported that he broke down the bedroom door to get in.

As soon as he gained entry into Olvera’s sister’s bedroom, her brother-in-law shot the intruder dead. Investigators believe the man was on drugs.

“We are a Christian family,” Olvera said. “We don’t believe in killing anybody. But we had to do what we had to do to protect our family and protect our little kids.”

While the home invader has not yet been identified, the Martinez family says they have absolutely no idea who he is.

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wikileaks

Former Washington, D.C. Homicide Detective Rod Wheeler claims that the police had mentioned to him that they were ordered to cover up the actual details surrounding the cause off DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder.

The case concerning Seth Rich’s death was revived, as federal investigators confirmed that the Democratic National Committee staffer, who was murdered in 2016 had in fact been in contact with WikiLeaks.

Rich was shot dead in Washington, D.C., in July and the police had ruled the murder as a botched robbery, even though, nothing was stolen. The story surrounding Rich’s death received very little attention from the media, all until WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange implied that Rich was a source for the hacking group.

Rod Wheeler alleged on Monday that the true reasons surrounding the killing were covered by the police. “I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’” Wheeler said.

“Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don’t think it comes from the chief’s office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC and that is the information that will come out [Tuesday],” he added.

Wheeler also went on to state that his sources had mentioned that Rich had contacted WikiLeaks and that there is evidence backing the claim.

“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” Wheeler explained. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”

According a source, Rich transferred 44,053 emails sent between DNC officials to Gavin MacFadyen, a now deceased filmmaker and WikiLeaks director. Some conspiracy theories claim that Rich was murdered as he was transferring information from the DNC to WikiLeaks, however, up until Wheeler’s alleged claims, there haven’t been any publicly confirmed evidence to back the theories.

Following Rich’s death, WikiLeaks was noted issuing a statement, where they neither confirmed nor denied Rich’s link with them. Their statement read, “As a matter of policy we do not confirm or deny whether any person has ever been a source for WikiLeaks. We treat threats toward any suspected source of WikiLeaks with extreme gravity. This should not be taken to imply that Seth Rich was a source to WikiLeaks or to imply that his murder is connected to our publications. We hope our efforts will contribute to the family’s calls for information and to the separate reward issued by the police.”

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Are cracks forming in our relationship?

Speaking to the press outside the White House on Monday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster denied the shocking allegations from a Washington Post article that said President Donald Trump had shared sensitive intelligence with the Russians in the meeting last week.

“A brief statement for the record,” McMaster began. “There’s nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people.”

“The story that came out tonight as reported, is false,” he said rather flatly.

“The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time,” he emphasized, “were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

“Two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state,” he continued, “remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record account should outweigh those of anonymous sources.”

“And I was in the room, it didn’t happen,” he concluded. “Thanks everybody.”

Even though it is usually criticized and frowned upon by the Trump administration, the Washington Post report mentioned information from anonymous sources. However, sources later confirmed the legitimacy of the information to the New York Post, Buzzfeed, and Reuters.

Several journalists called McMaster’s statement to be an incomplete denial of the story. MSNBC’s Katy Tur tweeted, “McMaster saying “sources and methods” is a red herring. Article doesnt say Trump revealed sources and methods to Russians.”

Washington Post’s National Security Correspondent, Greg Miller, said that McMaster was “playing word games,” referring to the denial, as the report did not mention anything about President Trump revealing intelligence methods or sources. Miller further said that the administration was trying hard to “blunt the impact of the story.”

“Nor do any of these White House officials who are denouncing this story,” he added, “nor have any of them offered any explanation why if this was all so above board and not problematic in any way, why did the National Security Council coming out of this meeting feel it was necessary to contact the CIA director and the director of the National Security Agency to give them a heads up on what Trump had just told the Russians?”

According to Miller, the Washington Post ‘absolutely’ supports their reporting.

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Huma Abedin
Will Hillary be able to save her?

Huma Abedin, vice chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for President of the United States was revealed to have emailed classified information to her then-husband Anthony Weiner.

On Thursday, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) was reported to have called for a prosecutor to look into whether Hillary Clinton’s staff had broken the law, when she had forwarded emails containing classified material to her former spouse Anthony Weiner.

“If there was classified information and it was improperly passed to a person unauthorized to receive it, yes, naturally it’s a crime,” Blumenthal said. He added, “Without knowing what the intentions were and so forth, there is potentially a prosecutable crime.”

Upon being asked as to whether Abedin had committed a crime, Blumenthal responded, “It still may be, potentially. It’s not outside the statute of limitations, so far as I know. It’s one that the Department of Justice is going to have to decide. The question is: who will decide it? That’s why we need a special prosecutor to review all of this investigative material.”

FBI Director James Comey, in his testimony on Wednesday, was said to have revealed that Abedin had forwarded emails from the Democratic presidential to her husband on daily basis. “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him, I think, to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state,” he said.

When asked if whether Abedin or Weiner would be charged for the misuse of classified information, Comey stated, “there was, we completed it … because with respect with Ms. Abedin in particular, we didn’t have any indication that she had any sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law. We couldn’t prove any intent.”

 

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stabbing

20-year-old student, Kendrex J. White of University of Texas- Austin campus is suspected of committing multiple stabbings that resulted in one dead and three injured.

As reported by UT Police Chief David Carter, White has been captured and has been put in custody. “Suspect is in custody according to @Austin_Police”

The Austin American Statesman report indicates that the police received a phone call about a man stabbing individuals near Gregory gym. When the police reached the scene, they identified White, who was seen wielding a “large, bowie-style hunting knife.”  The officers ordered White to drop his weapon and drop to the ground, which White complied with almost immediately.

White was a biology major in the College of Natural Science and was removed from the school’s student directory following the attack. The motives behind White’s act are yet known. Whereas, the 25 students that had witnessed the attack are to be interviewed.

Chis Crawford, a senior in White’s college said that he worked with White at Real Role Models, an organization where students provide service & mentorship.

A series of tweets came, following the attack.

Many tweeted in memory of Harrison Brown, a UT student who lost his life in the attack.

Graham Independent School District tweeted, “The news of Harrison Brown’s (GHS Class of 2016) passing is heartbreaking. There are no words adequate enough to express the sorrow felt by Graham ISD and the community of Graham for this loss. Harrison was an inspiration to everyone around him.

We were Blessed and honored to have known him.for Kurt and Lori Brown, John and Allie Brown and family, we pray the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers and the comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, will help you through this difficult time. Counselors and youth ministers will be at the high school tomorrow and available for our students.”

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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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