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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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What happened to Nicole Lauren on WBOC??

UPDATE: WCSO CID Press Release - May 21, 2018


Incident: Sexual Assault
Date of Incident: 5/15/18
Location: Parkside High School, 1015 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland
Suspect: Jose Miguel Vazquez-Ramos 19 years old of Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On May 18, 2018, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office / Criminal Investigation Division was called upon to investigate a sexual offense that occurred at Parkside High School, during school hours. Detectives learned the fourteen year old victim was sexually assaulted by the suspect, who was later identified as Jose Miguel Vazquez-Ramos. Furthermore, Vazquez-Ramos sexually solicited the victim using text messaging. On May 21, 2018, Vazquez-Ramos was arrested by the investigating detective. Vazquez-Ramos will be taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center for further processing.
Charges: Sex Offense 3rd Degree, Sex Offense 4th Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Sexual Solicitation of Minor

Bartiromo: DOJ, FBI, IRS, CIA Were ‘All Involved in Trying to Take Down Donald Trump’

Monday Fox Business Network, host Maria Bartiromo said during the administration of President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS and the CIA “were all involved in trying to take down Donald Trump.”

Fox News chief judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said, “We may be on the precipice of exposing a very, very extraordinary political use of intelligence and law enforcement by the Obama Administration.”

Bartiromo said, “This is a major presidential election. President Obama, basically, what it appears to me, politicizing all of his agencies. The DOJ, the FBI, the IRS, the CIA — they were all involved in trying to take down Donald Trump.”

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Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy that targeted racial bias

President Trump has repealed auto-lending guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), revoking a rule that was put in place to protect minority customers from predatory practices.

Trump’s signature on a congressional resolution erases the CFPB’s 2013 guidance targeting “dealer markups,” the additional interest that is added to a customer’s third-party auto loan as compensation for the dealer.

The president signed the resolution in a private White House signing ceremony.

Auto dealers, banks and their allies in Congress said the CFPB policy was an unfair and unfounded attack on an essential and harmless financing tool.

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Homeowners In These States Are Most Likely To Move This Spring

As it turns out, homeowners in storm-battered Houston aren't selling their homes in nearly as large numbers as people from certain high-tax blue states, which are facing higher taxes thanks to the Trump tax plan. To wit, ATTOM Data Solutions has published an index that purports to show areas where Americans are moving away en masse. According to their rankings, blue-state Nevada and Delaware are the two states that will see the largest outflows of families in the immediate future. They're followed by Florida, Colorado and Virginia.

To achieve its scores, ATTOM bases its "pre-mover" housing index on its own trademark calculation: The ratio of homes that will, by ATTOM's estimation, likely be sold in the next 90 days compared with the total number of single family homes and condos in a given area. To arrive at its sales estimate, ATTOM analyzes home-loan data that's reported by banks.

Of the 118 metropolitan areas analyzed for its report, Colorado Springs, Colo., Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire, El Paso, Texas, Washington DC and Orlando Florida had the highest "pre-mover" rankings.

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114 Conservative Leaders Urge Jordan to Run for Speaker

A group of 144 conservative leaders signed a letter Monday urging Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to run for speaker of the House because “it’s time to clean house” with a “real race” to “drain the swamp.”

The signers said they support Jordan because “the present House Republican leadership has proven that it’s part of ‘the Swamp,'” not the solution to it.

“Consequently, a vote to promote any member of today’s House GOP leadership is a vote for the Swamp. It’s time to Clean House,” the letter continued. “There must be a real race for Speaker of the House. Now. No backroom deals. A real race, starting this spring, to make every incumbent and candidate commit on the record, as a campaign issue, whether they’ll vote to save the Swamp or drain it.”

The conservative leaders urged Jordan to “declare yourself as a candidate for Speaker at once … We write to you on behalf of millions of Americans who want Congress to Drain the Swamp.”

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Top Court Backs Companies Over Worker Class-Action Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to the rights of workers on Monday by allowing companies to require them to sign away their ability to bring class-action claims against management, agreements already in place for about 25 million employees.

The justices, in a 5-4 ruling with the court’s conservatives in the majority, endorsed the legality of the growing practice by companies to compel workers to sign arbitration agreements waiving their right to bring class-action claims on various disputes, primarily over wages and hours.

The ruling could apply more broadly to discrimination claims but the court did not explicitly address that issue.

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When 43% Of Americans Can't Pay For Food And Rent, We Can Say Economic Collapse Is Here

You know all those reports about how lots of Americans can’t afford a $1000 surprise expense like a medical bill or a car repair? Well,forget additional expenses. It turns out that nearly half of the families in America are struggling to pay for food and rent. And that means that the economic collapse isn’t just “coming.” It’s HERE.

United Way has done a study on a group of Americans they call ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The study found that this group does not make the money needed “to survive in the modern economy.”

ALICE is your child care worker, your parent on Social Security, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.

ALICE is a hardworking member of the community who is employed yet does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life.

ALICE earns above the federal poverty level but does not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and healthcare. (source)

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GOP bill would rename welfare the ‘JOBS Program’

The federal cash welfare program would be renamed the “JOBS Program” under legislation set to be moved this week by House Republicans.

Today, cash welfare is known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. But Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee aim to advance a reauthorization this week that would change the name to “Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services.”

“This is a great opportunity to do more to help those who are on the sidelines get to the front lines of employment,” said committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

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Eric Holder: 'No Basis' for Trump to Investigate FBI Election Meddling

Former Attorney General Eric Holder blasted President Donald Trump’s demand to investigate possible federal meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign as “dangerous” and “democracy threatening” in a message posted Monday afternoon.

“Trump demand for DOJ investigation is dangerous/democracy threatening. DOJ response is disappointing,” Holder lamented on Twitter. “There is no basis/no predicate for an inquiry. It’s time to stand for time-honored DOJ independence. That separation from White House is a critical part of our system.”


Trump demand for DOJ investigation is dangerous/democracy threatening. DOJ response is disappointing.There is no basis/no predicate for an http://inquiry.It ’s time to stand for time honored DOJ independence.That separation from White House is a critical part of our system.

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O'Malley Lies

More lies from O'Malley. Nothing about the officer in Baltimore that was shot by a 16 year old. He is worried about the children in the school being shot, as we all are, but not the ones that protect them.

Reported CIA Trump Campaign Mole Also Spied in '80 Election

The CIA operative and FBI informant used to gather information on the Trump campaign in the 2016 campaign was responsible for a spying operation in the 1980 presidential election, The Intercept has reported.

According to the outlet, Stefan Halper managed CIA officials — reportedly under the direction of former CIA Director George H.W. Bush — from inside the Carter administration.

The plot involved CIA operatives passing classified information about then-President Jimmy Carter's foreign policy to officials for the Ronald Reagan campaign to ensure it knew of any foreign policy decisions Carter was considering, The Intercept reported.

The background provides a fuller picture of Halper, who has been portrayed by House Republicans — and President Trump himself — as an operative used to spy on the Trump campaign.

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Suspect in custody after Baltimore County police officer killed after confrontation

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore County police officer was killed in a confrontation Monday as she responded to an afternoon call in Perry Hall, setting off an hours-long manhunt for suspects as police searched densely populated suburban neighborhoods.

On Tuesday morning, the department said a 16-year-old boy was arrested shortly after the confrontation with the officer. Police are still seeking three other people in connection with the killing.

Police did not identify the teen Tuesday, but said the name and charges will be released after the bail hearing Tuesday afternoon.

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Mick Mulvaney Backs Plan to Oust Paul Ryan, Force Dems to Vote for Nancy Pelosi

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Sunday endorsed the idea of making Democrats vote for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) before the November midterm elections.

At a conference sponsored by the Weekly Standard, Fox News host Bret Baier asked Mulvaney what he thought of the idea of making Speaker Paul Ryan step down and make Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy the next speaker before the midterm election.

Mulvaney said:

I’ve talked with Kevin about this privately but not as much publicly. Wouldn’t it be great to force a Democrat running in a tight race to have to put up or shut up about voting for Nancy Pelosi eight weeks before an election? That’s a really, really good vote for us to force if we can figure out how to do it.

House Minority Leader Pelosi suggested in May that she intends to serve as the next Speaker if Democrats take the House after the November elections.

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Europe Plotting to Undermine New U.S. Sanctions on Iran

European countries are currently examining a range of options to counter the re-imposition of harsh U.S. sanctions on Iran in a bid to continue doing business with the Islamic Republic, a move that is being met with chilly reception on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are already putting in place measures to ensure that any European nation caught skirting U.S. sanctions faces harsh repercussions, according to a new policy paper being examined by lawmakers and viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

Ahead of a landmark foreign policy speech on Iran Monday morning by newly installed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, his first since taking the office, European nations have been locked in meetings to develop contingencies to continue doing business with Iran after new U.S. sanctions go into effect in the coming months.

European Union members are seeking to re-implement an old law known as the blocking statute, which orders European companies to ignore U.S. sanctions on Iran.

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DNC Fundraising Woes Continue Ahead of Midterm Elections

The Democratic National Committee's latest fundraising numbers show the party continues to have trouble with fundraising as the 2018 midterm elections approach.

April 2018 marked the DNC's worst April of fundraising in a midterm election year since 2006, according to data filed with the Federal Election Commission.

While the DNC raised only $7.9 million in April 2018, the Republican National Committee raised $13 million. April's numbers brought the RNC's totals to $43.8 million cash-on-hand and no debt, while the DNC's totals came to $8.7 million cash-on-hand and $5.3 million of debt.

Some of the money recently spent by the DNC went to Onward Together, a group led by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after it bought the group's contact lists.

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Unions Send $1.3B to Liberal Groups With Member Dues

Labor unions sent more than a billion dollars worth of member dues to liberal groups like the Clinton Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and others, new research claims.

The Center for Union Facts released a study that showed more than $1.3 billion in member dues went to the left-leaning organizations from 2010 to 2017.

Progressive group America Votes, for example, received $15.1 million. The Democratic Governors Association took in $14.5 million. Catalist, another group aligned with the Democrat Party, received $14.4 million.

Abortion provider Planned Parenthood was given $1.1 million. The Clinton Foundation took in $1.5 million and the Clinton Global Initiative received $1.7 million.

"For decades, union officials have exploited working Americans to advance a left-wing political agenda — without their affirmative consent," CUF communications director Luka Ladan said.

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Pediatricians Urged to Warn Vulnerable Kids Away from '13 Reasons Why' Netflix Series

A report in the journal Pediatrics warns that watching "13 Reasons Why," a popular Netflix series about a teen girl's suicide, may be inadvisable for some youngsters.

Mental health professionals have raised alarms that the series - which closes with a graphic depiction of the main character killing herself - could push other young people toward suicide. The second season of the show will air on May 18, while the first season remains available on Netflix.

In an article titled, "13 Things Pediatricians Should Know (and do) About 13 Reasons Why," Dr. Michael B. Pitt and colleagues of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis encourage doctors to warn vulnerable young patients - and their parents - away from the show.

"The first thing that we have been surprised by is how few of our colleagues even know about this show," Pitt told Reuters Health by email.

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Trump: Obama and Democrats Did ‘Nothing’ on Trade With China

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday morning that former President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress did "nothing" to address issues surrounding trade with China.

"I ask Senator Chuck Schumer, why didn’t President Obama & the Democrats do something about Trade with China, including Theft of Intellectual Property etc.? They did NOTHING!" Trump tweeted. "With that being said, Chuck & I have long agreed on this issue! Fair Trade, plus, with China will happen!"

Trump has been a vocal critic of U.S. trade policy and has targeted trade policy with China as top priority. He wants to address the $376 billion trade deficit between the United States and China.

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FBI's Trump campaign 'spy' earned nickname 'the walrus'

A Cambridge University professor with CIA contacts who President Trump calls a 'spy' kept tabs on key Trump campaign contacts – and once tried to establish that Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos was linked to the Russia-based hacking of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton.

The academic, Stefan Halper, had contacts with Trump campaign advisers including Papadopoulos, Carter Page and former national campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis.

He dined with Papadopoulos, bringing along his Turkish assistant, Azra Turk.

Halper, 73, cut a colorful figure as he strolled through diplomatic, academic, and espionage circles, having served in the Reagan, Ford, and Nixon administrations.

Owing to his girth, he earned the nickname 'the walrus' from some who know of his exploits.

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Memorial Day Is Far More Than a Holiday

After the Iraq war, I received an email from a friend asking if I would perform a Catholic burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, for a 19-year-old Marine — who also happened to be an only child.

As we were waiting for escorts to take us out to the young man’s gravesite, I noticed a small group of former Marines — who had been his close friends — standing together. These courageous young men were getting little or no recognition from others. The particular crowd that had gathered that day was very much against the American military.

After observing their isolated status for about 10 minutes, I walked over to them. “Gentlemen, thank you for your service,” I said. “So many people are grateful for everything you do. It must be so tough losing a buddy in combat, and my heart and my prayers go out to each of you. God bless all of you.”

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Maxine Waters' campaign committee will pay daughter $100,000

Rep. Maxine Waters' campaign committee has paid the California Democrat's daughter nearly $50,000 this election cycle, with an additional $65,000 forthcoming, campaign finance documents show.

Disclosures with the Federal Election Commission show Karen Waters received $42,862 from Citizens for Waters through a series of nine payments made between May 2017 and January 2018. The most recent payment, of $5,000, was made Jan. 19, according to FEC filings.

The payments to the younger Waters were described as a “slate mailer management fee.”

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More BS From The City of Salisbury

Salisbury Named #1 City Poised to Become a Powerhouse by Realtor.com

Salisbury, MD – Salisbury has been named the number one city on Realtor.com’s list of 10 Smaller Cities Poised to Become Powerhouses. Realtor’s team compared data from the Nation’s top 200 largest metropolitan areas, and factored in population, average income, average home price, employment statistics, available cultural amenities, and building permit growth. The data puts Salisbury atop an impressive list of cities such as Daytona, FL, Winston-Salem, NC, Knoxville, TN, and Grand Rapids, MI, to name just a few.

According to Realtor.com, key factors in Salisbury’s ranking included record growth in the City’s metropolitan statistical area, low cost-of-living, a boom in small business growth, and a craft beer scene which brings in visitors—and prospective residents—from across the region. Construction permitting, which contributed to Salisbury’s ranking, saw a record year in 2017, with over $55 million dollars in projects in the City.

The good news of the top ranking comes in the midst of a very big year for Salisbury:

• The inaugural SBY Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifier, drew over 1,000 runners to Salisbury in April. Registrants came from as far away as the United Kingdom.
• The National Folk Festival begins its 3-year residency here in September. The event is expected to draw anywhere from 60 thousand to one hundred thousand attendees in its first year.
• Work on the City’s Main St. continues, thanks in part to 1 million dollars allocated by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Once complete, the overhaul will give Downtown Salisbury a fresh face, and Maryland’s fastest high speed broadband at every front door in the metro core.
• Construction on the Riverwalk Amphitheater is nearing completion. This exciting new space will feature a public art installation which will act as a sound baffle along the edge of Business Rte. 13.
• Significant cosmetic upgrades to the City’s parking garage were recently unveiled, including a parking pad for food trucks which already frequent Downtown. These upgrades are expected to be complete in time for the National Folk Festival.
• Due to ever-increasing attendance, the City’s popular 3rd Friday celebration recently expanded its footprint to include the portion of W. Market St. in front of Acorn Market and Angello’s Boutique.
• Programming has begun at the new Truitt St. Youth Center, and work is currently underway on the Newton St. Youth Center in the North Camden Neighborhood.
• Waterside Park has had State money allocated for a new parking lot, playing fields, and other upgrades to complement the recently-overhauled basketball courts
• Salisbury hosted its first Christmas Market and Winter Wonderland celebration in the Salisbury City Park, featuring a 50’ Christmas tree and an ice skating rink
• Phase 2 construction is underway on the Salisbury Skatepark. This current phase, which expands the park by more than half, will be complete by the end of July.
• Salisbury celebrated the arrival of its new Andean Bear, Pinocchio. The animal came from Salisbury sister city, Salinas, Ecuador.
• The Naylor Mill Forest Trail, which was saved from development by concerned citizens and the City Council, was granted the largest conservation easement inside any municipality in the State of Maryland. The trail was recently dedicated with signage and upgrades to the trail head.

“Our mission is to be one of the best small cities in America, and it’s extremely gratifying to see the work our City team and our citizens are doing recognized in this way,” said Mayor Jake Day. “It’s an impressive list, and to be leading that pack is such an honor.”

Eric Holder: ‘No Basis’ for Trump to Investigate FBI Election Meddling

Former Attorney General Eric Holder blasted President Donald Trump’s demand to investigate possible federal meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign as “dangerous” and “democracy threatening” in a message posted Monday afternoon.

“Trump demand for DOJ investigation is dangerous/democracy threatening. DOJ response is disappointing,” Holder lamented on Twitter. “There is no basis/no predicate for an inquiry. It’s time to stand for time-honored DOJ independence. That separation from White House is a critical part of our system.”

Holder himself benefited from a breach of “time-honored DOJ independence” while Barack Obama was in the Oval Office...

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FUNERAL INFORMATION FOR SERGEANT FIRST CLASS STEVE RAY

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018, 1:00 pm at the Allen Memorial Baptist Church, 1303 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD with Rev. Mike Rittenhouse officiating.

There will be a visitation on Wednesday evening at the Holloway Funeral Home from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and also on Thursday at church from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Interment will follow with military honors at the Mardela Memorial Cemetery.

Political Insiders Plotted the Most Gerrymandered District in America—and Left a Paper Trail

If you drive west to Garrett County, Maryland, and ask people what Potomac is like, they usually say they don’t spend much time “downstate.” They watch the Pittsburgh nightly news and, on Sundays, root for the Steelers.

When I asked people in the tony Washington suburb of Potomac about Oakland, the Garrett County seat, they unfailingly replied, “Where’s that?”

Maryland is a ragtag jumble of mansions and mountain towns—it’s normal not to know much about what goes on 170 miles away. But the people who live along the Youghiogheny River and the ones who take the Red Line into DC each morning have something in common: They are all residents of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Which means these strangers-turned-bedfellows share something else: They are the most gerrymandered people in America.

At least they are for now. In March, the Supreme Court heard a groundbreaking challenge to the district’s wild contours, brought by seven Republican voters. These Marylanders argue that the Grand Canyon–size district—in a state whose seven others would barely cover the map of Massachusetts—was redrawn to punish the region’s GOP voters.

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Manhunt Continues After Baltimore Co. Police Officer Killed In Perry Hall Area

A Baltimore County police officer died Monday afternoon after an armed encounter in the Perry Hall area.

Police at the scene are looking for at least one potentially armed suspect and are telling residents in the area of Belair and Klausmeier roads to shelter in place.

Four hours after the incident, Chief Terrence B. Sheridan said police are awaiting an autopsy to determine the officer's cause and manner of death.

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I Had It All...

I talked with a homeless man this morning and asked him how he ended up this way.

He said, "Up until last week, I still had it all. I had plenty to eat, my
clothes were washed and pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had HDTV and Internet, and I went to the gym, the pool, and the library.

"I was working on my MBA on-line. I had no bills and no debt. I even had full medical coverage. ”

I felt sorry for him, so I asked, "What happened? Drugs? Alcohol?
Divorce? ”

"Oh no, nothing like that," he said. "No, no.... I was paroled."

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dog Just Found On Woodland Rd. UPDATE

Found on Woodland Rd. Salisbury 21801 @ 1:15 pm. Fixed male. No collar or tags. Contact Lisa 443-783-8032 or Amy 443-614-2270.

Dem Sen Warner: No ‘Single Piece of Legislation’ Would Have Stopped TX School Shooting

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said there was not “a single piece of legislation” that would have prevented the recent school shooting in Texas.

Warner said, “I don’t think there’s a single piece of legislation, but there’s a series of actions. Are there things we can do that would improve the safety of our schools? Absolutely.”

He continued, “Should there be more mental health counseling for troubled teens, the number of the incidents caused by young men time and time again? Absolutely. Making sure people are safer with their own firearms? Absolutely.”

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"It's Over" - Biggest 'Russiagate' Cheerleaders Start Covering Their Tracks

As months turn into nearly two years and no solid evidence emerges to nail Russia for nabbing Election 2016, some big Russiagate cheerleaders are starting to cover their tracks.

The best evidence that Russia-gate is sinking beneath the waves is the way those pushing the pseudo-scandal are now busily covering their tracks.

The Guardian complains that “as the inquiry has expanded and dominated the news agenda over the last year, the real issues of people’s lives are in danger of being drowned out by obsessive cable television coverage of the Russia investigation” – as if The Guardian’s own coverage hasn’t been every bit as obsessive as anything CNN has come up with.



The Washington Post, second to none when it comes to painting Putin as a real-life Lord Voldemort, now says that Special counsel Robert Mueller “faces a particular challenge maintaining the confidence of the citizenry” as his investigation enters its second year – although it’s sticking to its guns that the problem is not the inquiry itself, but “the regular attacks he faces from President Trump, who has decried the probe as a ‘witch hunt.’”

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Texas school shooter 'killed girl who turned down his advances'

One of the teen girls killed in the Texas school shooting rejected and publicly humiliated the accused shooter, the girl's mother has said.

Shana Fisher, who turned 16 just days before she died in the attack, had been fending off advances from Dimitrios Pagourtzis for months, the teen girl's mother Sadie Rodriguez said on Saturday.

'He continued to get more aggressive,' Rodriguez said in an interview aired on ABC 7 . 'She finally stood up to him and embarrassed him.'

It is the first indication of a motive in the Friday attack on Santa Fe High School, which killed ten, though the theory has yet to be confirmed by either prosecutors or lawyers for 17-year-old Pagourtzis.

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Hillary Calls For Gun Legislation

Hillary Clinton issued a statement calling for gun legislation after the shooting Friday at Santa Fe High School that left 10 people dead.

The former presidential candidate said that by failing to pass laws regarding gun violence, “we are failing our children.”

All Roads Lead to Stagflation – This is How We Got Here

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the dollar and the United States’ economy.

I don’t think people realize how the latest ‘growth’ the U.S. has had is superficial – all thanks to a weaker dollar.

Most CNBC pundits don’t even mention how the weaker dollar has given the economy a short-term spurt. And the couple that do won’t even acknowledge that it’s temporary.

Let me explain. . .

A country can weaken their currency to make their exports look more attractive abroad.

Look at these three charts

First – and most importantly – the U.S. dollar has been in a steep decline over the last 17 months – regardless of the recent rally.

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Civil Rights Commissioner: Halt DACA Amnesty Talk Until Border Wall is Secured, Legal Immigration is Cut

Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, says discussion of an amnesty for illegal aliens should be halted until a wall is secured along the U.S.-Mexico border and major cuts to legal immigration are enacted.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Kirsanow warned of the impact an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens who are enrolled and eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would have on working and middle-class Americans and, specifically, black Americans.

Kirsanow writes:

The negative impact of illegal immigration on unskilled and low-skilled American workers has been established by various studies and discussed in numerous hearings, including, but not limited to, a 2008 Commission briefing. The testimony at the briefing indicated that illegal immigration disproportionately affects the wages and employment opportunities of African- American men. [Emphasis added]

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Govt Paid Half A Billion In Disability Checks To People Who Had Jobs

The Social Security Administration improperly disbursed an estimated $571 million in disability benefits to people who had already returned to work, according to a government audit report.

Of the half a billion estimated overpayments, nearly $201 million of the improperly disbursed benefits checks were due to the administration’s slow processing, and the almost $371 million was the fault of the beneficiaries who didn’t complete paperwork on time, the Office of the Inspector General (IG)wrote in a report released Tuesday.

Analyzing a sample of disability cases from 2012, the IG found a total of $1.3 million in overpayments, $446,000 of which were made as a result of administrative errors, as well as $823,000 due to individuals failing to report wages that would disqualify them from benefits.

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Credit Card Delinquencies Spike Past Financial-Crisis Peak

Subprime is calling...
In the first quarter, the delinquency rate on credit-card loan balances at commercial banks other than the largest 100 – so at the 4,788 smaller banks in the US – spiked in to 5.9%. This exceeds the peak during the Financial Crisis. The credit-card charge-off rate at these banks spiked to 8%. This is approaching the peak during the Financial Crisis.

A sobering set of numbers the Federal Reserve Board of Governors releasedthis afternoon.

But overall, across all commercial banks, including the largest banks with the largest credit-card loan balances outstanding, the delinquency rate was 2.54% (not seasonally adjusted). This overall rate was pushed down by the largest 100 banks, whose combined delinquency rate in Q1 was 2.48%.

These large banks have been offering appealing incentives to consumers for years, and they’ve been going after consumers with the higher credit ratings, and they’ve been following good underwriting practices – having not yet forgotten the lesson from the last debacle – and this conservative approach is now helping to keep losses down.

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He Wants the Sheriff Gone So Bad He Legally Changed His Name to DumpOzzie Dot Com

Scott Maclay, the leader of the Rattlesnakes Motorcycle Club who has spent years accusing Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich of cover-ups and corruption, has taken a drastic step to show just how badly he wants Knezovich out of office.

On Friday, a Spokane County District Court judge granted Maclay's request to change his legal name. The 60-year-old man is now DumpOzzie Dot Com -- a nod to his website, DumpOzzie.com, where he publishes conspiracy theories about Knezovich and the sheriff's office.

"It was a little bit of a challenge, but I was able to convince the judge ... that it was for a legitimate purpose," Maclay (Dot Com) said in a phone call Friday. That purpose, he explained, is his "sincere passion in replacing Sheriff Knezovich."

Maclay, who has no law enforcement training but claims he once turned down a job offer from the CIA, said he intends to run against Knezovich in this year's election. He hasn't filed, but said he plans to formally announce his candidacy sometime next week.

"I'm running because I think the sheriff is not accountable, open or transparent," he said.

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DoJ Confirms Inspector General Will Probe "Impropriety, Political Motivation" Of Obama FBI Spying On Trump

Update: Just a few hours after President Trump "hereby demanded" that the DoJ investigate whether or not the "FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump campaign for Political Purposes," Axios' Jonathan Swan reports that Justice has confirmed a probe has begun. DoJ's Sarah Isgur Flores:

"The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

As always, the Inspector General will consult with the appropriate U.S. Attorney if there is any evidence of potential criminal conduct."

The Deputy Attorney General issued the following statement:

“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”

The liberal media is in full panic, meltdown mode, exclaiming that Trump has "interfered" with the investigation...

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Trump Erupts In Angry Tweetstorm: "When Does This Witch Hunt STOP", Slams Hillary, Podesta

With the "Russian collusion" narrative disintegrating fast, as even the biggest Russiagate cheerleaders exit stage left now that the public's attention has shifted to the FBI itself for having created the narrative after planting at least one infiltrator - Stefan Halper - in the Trump campaign, overnight the NYT tried to pivot the collusion story away from Russia and toward the middle east, reporting that Trump advisers met with an emissary for two Gulf nations during the campaign, a meeting arranged by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, suggesting countries beyond Russia may have offered help.

And while the NYT claims that "the meeting was convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s first year in office, according to several people with knowledge of their encounters" who we assume are more FBI moles in the Trump administration, it quietly admits deep inside the piece, that once again there is no actual evidence of anything improper: "It is unclear whether such a proposal was executed, and the details of who commissioned it remain in dispute"

So, in what appears to have been a late start to his usual Sunday morning tweeting, an especially angry president Trump erupted on his favorite social network, lashing out at a variety of recent developments.

First, after late on Saturday the president called on the DOJ to allow members of Congress to review documents related to the FBI spy, saying "If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal," in his first Sunday tweet, referning the NYT story about "gulf emissaries", Trump blasted the "failing and crooked NYT" for moving attention to the rest of the world after it found nothing on Russia:

Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!

Trump 'demands' probe of alleged spying on his campaign

Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump sharpened Sunday his accusations that his presidential campaign was "infiltrated" or spied on for political purposes, saying he would officially "demand" a Justice Department investigation.

The president has repeatedly cast the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by his campaign as a politically driven "witch hunt," while offering no evidence.

"I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes," he tweeted, "and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!"

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Obama-era Political Prisoner Writes SCATHING Letter to AG Jeff Sessions

‘To say that you are a disappointment and an utter failure… would be an understatement…’

Marty’s White House petition to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions “for all the obvious reasons” has collected over 5,300 signatures at the time of publication. You can sign here.

Dear Attorney General Sessions:

To say that you are a disappointment and an utter failure as AG would be an understatement. It would probably be more accurate to call you the worst “Republican” attorney general in American history. One has to try hard just to name anything which you haven’t screwed up as the nation’s “top cop.”

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Hillary Clinton says she's not over the 2016 election, pulls out Russian hat during Yale speech

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told graduating students at Yale University on Sunday she was still grappling with the results of the 2016 election.

"No, I’m not over it, I still think about the 2016 election, I still regret the mistakes I made,” Clinton said during an address as part of Yale University’s Class Day. “Today, as a person, I’m Okay. As an American, I’m concerned."

“This is a moment to reach across divides of race, class, and politics to try to see the world through the eyes of people very different from ourselves and to return to rational debate," she continued, speaking of "radical empathy" in the face of heightened partisanship and otherness.

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Seaford: Home Invasion Investigation

HOME INVASION:

Seaford police are investigating a weekend home invasion in which one of the suspects put a gun up to a 5-year-old girl's head.

The crime occurred around 2:45 a.m. Saturday in the Seaford Meadows Apt complex where a 23-year-old woman was upstairs, heard a commotion downstairs. A man wearing a mask and armed with a gun confronted the woman and demanded money before striking her in the head.

Another masked suspect grabbed the woman's 5-year-old daughter and brought her upstairs while holding a gun up to the child's head. The suspect told the mother, "Tell me where it [(the money) is or I will shoot her." The woman had no money to give to the suspects. The suspects then ransacked the home before fleeing.

The 23-year-old victim was treated by paramedics on the scene for severe trauma to her left eye and her daughter was not physically harmed.

There were at least two suspects involved in the home invasion. The suspects are believed to have been black males.

Anyone with information about the incidents or the suspects please contact Seaford Police Department at 302-629-6644.

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Hillary Clinton To Democrats: You're Never Getting Rid Of Me

On Friday, Hillary Clinton delivered her first official message to the Democratic National Convention since losing the Presidential election in 2016, and she had only one message for the gathered, mostly female, officials: you're not getting rid of me that easy.

In what sounded more like a threat than an announcement, Clinton told the Democratic Women's Leadership Forum that she's going to be a foundational part of the anti-Trump "resistance," whether the "resistance" wants her or not.

"We have to win back the Congress," Hillary Clinton said Friday at a DNC event. "I’ll be there with you every step of the way because we are going to take back the country we love."

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Female Officer Fatally Shot In Baltimore County; Police Searching For Shooter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore County Police Department officer has been fatally shot in Perry Hall Monday afternoon.

Police say the shooting happened near Bel Air Rd. and Klausmier Rd. According to reports, the officer was shot in the head.

Nearby residents are being told to shelter in place as police continue to search for the shooter.

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WCSO Press Release - May 21, 2018 (Sexual Assault at Parkside)


Incident: Sexual Assault

Date of Incident: 5/15/18


Location: Parkside High School, 1015 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland


Suspect: Jose Miguel Vazquez-Ramos 19 years old of Salisbury, MD


Narrative: On May 18, 2018, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office / Criminal Investigation Division was called upon to investigate a sexual offense that occurred at Parkside High School, during school hours. Detectives learned the fourteen year old victim was sexually assaulted by the suspect, who was later identified as Jose Miguel Vazquez-Ramos. Furthermore, Vazquez-Ramos sexually solicited the victim using text messaging. On May 21, 2018, Vazquez-Ramos was arrested by the investigating detective. Vazquez-Ramos will be taken to the Wicomico County Detention Center for further processing.


Charges: Sex Offense 3rd Degree, Sex Offense 4th Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Sexual Solicitation of Minor

H.A.L.P.E.R. Spells Game Up for Obama's Spies

Last week I reported that Internet sleuths had winkled out the name of the spy/agent provocateur that Obama's intelligence officers had used on the Trump campaign. The New York Times and Washington Post, the Democrats' semi-official newspapers this week megaphoned the instigators, offering up their justifications without naming his name.

Again, the name is Stefan Halper, who, as I wrote here last week, was paid a substantial sum by the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment.

If it was for this work – and it suspiciously looks like it because the payments were made in July and September of 2016 when he was weaseling his way into the campaign – then we know we have the DNI, CIA, DOJ, FBI, Dept. of State and the Defense Department working for Hillary's election and to smear and create a basis for further spying on Trump and his campaign.

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How Churches and Spiritual Leaders Can Help Opioid Addicts

'I want to meet with people who are struggling,' said the head of a program that focuses on theology, medicine and culture

The opioid epidemic claimed more than 40,000 lives in the U.S. in 2016 alone.

And the problem is growing particularly acute in Appalachia. In Tennessee, for example, 80 percent of crimes are drug-related.

On Friday and Saturday, May 18 and May 19, a conference on opioid addiction brought clinicians, clergy and educators to the tip of southern Appalachia to begin a yearlong conversation on ways churches can help heal and support those caught in the epidemic’s grip.

Among its organizers was Dr. Raymond Barfield, a pediatric oncologist at Duke University, who has a joint appointment at its divinity school. For five years he directed a program called “Theology, Medicine and Culture.”

He now teaches courses on Christian philosophy and mentors students in the Medical Humanities Study Program.

Question (RNS): How did the conference come about?

Answer (Barfield): I was asked by Duke to go and give some talks in Bristol, Tennessee. After my first talk, I got a tour of the hospital they were building. They had built a whole unit for neonatal abstinence syndrome. I was surprised. They said 50 percent of their neonatal admissions are for this syndrome, where babies withdraw when they’re born because their mother has been on some kind of substance, and as soon they’re born they no longer have it, but they still have the physiological need for it.

They go into withdrawal. It can be a real challenge to manage.

So I asked, "What's the rest of the community like? What's the drug and alcohol problem?"

Mueller Hypocrisy Exposed By Podesta Docs Release

Top Hillary Aide John Podesta Records Released – Show Ties to Podesta Group

Those of us who have been watching the Mueller Circus avoid the real collusion with Russia are no longer surprised when we see even more hypocrisy oozing from the Swamp.

Consider:

We just uncovered new documents from the U.S. Department of State showing the Podesta Group working on behalf of the pro-Russia Ukrainian political group “Party of Regions.” The documents also show then-Obama White House Counsel John Podesta lobbying on behalf of his brother’s firm.

We obtained the documents in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department filed on November 20, 2017, (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:17-cv-02489)). The lawsuit was filed after the State Department failed to respond to a September 13, 2017, FOIA request for:

All records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of State and any principal, employee, or representative of Podesta Group, Inc.
All records produced related to any meetings or telephonic communications between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of State and any principal, employee, or representative of Podesta Group, Inc.

All records regarding the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.
The FOIA request covers the timeframe of January 1, 2012 to the present.

A March 28, 2013, email from now-Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the Secretary of State Baxter Hunt shows the Podesta Group, led by Tony Podesta, a Clinton bundler and brother of Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman John Podesta, represented the Party of Regions, a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine.

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North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is making new demands

Now that he’s gotten the world’s attention, “Little Rocket Man” has spent a week testing its patience.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un got in a snit over exercises involving nuclear-capable B-52 bombers that the US, Japan and South Korea were planning to conduct over the Korean Peninsula. Kim threatened to cancel ongoing talks with the South.

Days earlier, he said he might pull out from meeting President Trump on June 12 in Singapore. Kim was mad at National Security Advisor John Bolton’s call for North Korea to completely denuclearize.

It may have been Bolton’s choice of comparison that miffed him. Bolton appeared to extol Libya’s move to denuclearize, though that country’s dictator, Moammar Khadafy, was eventually deposed and killed.

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NRA President Oliver North blames school shootings on ‘culture of violence,’ Ritalin

Incoming National Rifle Association President Oliver North says school shootings are the product of a “culture of violence,” not the Second Amendment.

“The problem that we’ve got is we’re trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease,” Mr. North said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And the disease in this case isn’t the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence.”

He said everything from violence on television to Ritalin, a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, may be contributing to the problem.

“Nearly all of these perpetrators are male, and they’re young teenagers in most cases, and they’ve come through a culture where violence is commonplace,” Mr. North said. “All we need to do is turn on a TV, go to a movie. If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten. Now, I am certainly not a doctor; I’m a Marine. But I can see those kinds of things happening.”

Mr. North recommended schools implement the NRA’s School Shield program, which would allow certain staff members to carry firearms and provide training on how to respond to school shootings.

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UN Migration Chief Attacks Trump, Claims Mass Migration in ‘National Interest’

United Nations Migration Agency Director-General William Lacy Swing has issued a barely concealed attack on the U.S. President, claimed mass migration is in the “national interest”, and that concerns about migrants are based on “false stereotypes and unfounded fear”.

“People say … we don’t want any migrants, build a wall and burn the bridge,” Swing sneered. “They identify [migrants] as ‘the other’. That is a big fear,” he claimed.

The former U.S. diplomat issued his thinly veiled attack on President Trump in an interview with the Korea Herald, buttressing it with a sustained assault on populism more generally.

“It is very toxic in nature, built on a lot of false stereotypes that they are coming to take our jobs and bringing in criminal elements, probably bringing in diseases. None of which was proved,” he claimed.

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Brennan Fires Warning Shot to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell

Former CIA Director-turned-Twitter troll, John Brennan lashed out at Trump on Sunday evening after the President ordered the DOJ to investigate the FBI’s infiltration of his campaign.

Brennan also fired a warning shot to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, claiming they will ‘bear the majority of the responsibility of the harm done to our democracy’ if they don’t stop Trump.

As previously reported by TGP’s Kristinn Taylor, President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon he is ordering the Justice Department to investigate whether the Obama administration spied on his 2016 presidential campaign.

The order comes on the heels of leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post that the Obama administration had an “informant” make several approaches to three Trump campaign officials, included one that involved an offer of cash and another an offer to “advise” the campaign.

Trump tweeted: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” the president tweeted.

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A Viewer Asks: Salisbury Maryland Mayor Jake Day

Is it appropriate for a married man, a man with 2 small children or the mayor of Salisbury to be flirting with hearts on IG booty pics of a former WBOC reporter?

5 Ways Liberals Create Racism

One of the worst things about Barack Obama’s presidency is that it turned the Left’s focus on race into a monomaniacal obsession. If you’re a hammer, every problem looks like a nail and if you’re a liberal, every conflict that involves a minority in any way is racism. We like to believe that our country relentlessly moves forward, but unquestionably the Left has dragged America backward on race over the last decade.
1. Libs Create Racist Rock Stars

David Duke’s by-the-skin-of-his-teeth win in a Louisiana state House race was almost 30 years ago. Richard Spencer is considered to be a pariah in the conservative movement and Republican Party. He has no influence and no one who is anyone wants to be associated with him. In other words, these men are not even on the fringes of the conservative movement. They’re so far out that you can barely see them from the fringes. Yet, the mainstream media liberals treat them like rock stars. They write article after article about them. They publicize their tiny rallies, bring out waves of violent counter-protesters and turn what would otherwise be 50 sad losers marching around to eye rolls into major topics of conversation. In a culture that worships fame and outrage, the very fact that these guys can get endless press undoubtedly draws some people to them. That’s 100 percent on the liberal media because just about the only thing conservatives ever say about these guys is, “Stop lumping us in with these a-holes.”

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Explaining Why Liberals Are So Desperate To Find Things to Be Offended About

Saying that liberals are weird and touchy is like noting that the sun is hot and water is wet. Granted, some of that is pure politics. For example, the big story of the week is that Donald Trump convinced North Korea to free three hostages. Surely liberals must be happy about that, right?

Wrong.

Here are some of the mainstream media headlines about that diplomatic triumph.

NBC News: Prisoner release event highlights the best and worst of Trump

Associated Press: Trump’s high-risk doctrine? Swing for the bleacher seats

Politico: Trump thanks Kim Jong Un as he welcomes home detainees from North Korea

CNN: Why Donald Trump talked about ‘ratings’ standing next to 3 recently freed prisoners?

Are these ridiculous headlines given the situation? Absolutely, but politics is politics. All these media organizations are in the tank for the Democrats and they don’t want to see Trump do well. So, their bias may make you roll your eyes, but it’s understandable.

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A Royal Wedding With Global Allure: Our Photo Album

It was a royal event like no other: People, royal invitees and journalists from around the world have gathered in what it is not only a British and American affair, but a global one. Interests and love transcends all borders and this union is the best representation of it.

We will be updating this album throughout the day. Here some of the most precious moments:

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Sick Culture Causes School Murders, Texas Official Claims

Americans should not be “surprised” by the recent uptick in school shootings because the nation has “devalued life,” “desensitized” children to violence and hasn’t “done anything to harden the target at our schools,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”

Patrick reacted to Friday’s Santa Fe High School shooting — which was carried out by suspect Dmitrios Pagourtzis, 17, and left 10 people dead and 13 others wounded — during appearances Sunday on both “This Week” and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

As the national debate regarding gun control and Second Amendment protections reignited with renewed vigor following the shooting, Patrick urged Americans to seek and recognize the source of the violence.

“George, should we be surprised in this nation? We have devalued life, whether it’s through abortion, whether it’s the breakup of families, through violent movies, and particularly violent video games, which now outsell movies and music,” Patrick said to “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos.

“Psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that students are desensitized to violence, [and] may have lost empathy for their victims by watching hours and hours of video violent games. Are we desensitized, are these children, are these teenagers?” Patrick asked.

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Coddling Addicts with ‘Safe-Injection Sites’ Is No Way to Fight Opioids

Recovery from drug dependencies requires the decision that sobriety is better than any 'high' — then living one day at a time

Certain buzzwords, phrases and terms do not just spontaneously appear in the public realm, but are rather created to advance cultural, social and political agendas. Essentially, this amounts to advertising messages intended to generate instant recall among a mass audience in the hopes a particular cause is embraced among large segments of the U.S. population.

Widely known terms such as Black Lives Matter, climate change and #MeToo illustrate the effectiveness of this technique. Here is one you may not have heard of, but you will as the opioid epidemic shows no signs of slowing down: “harm reduction.”

Just as one can separate the branding from the agenda in all of these terms, so, too, can one see what’s at play here, a national movement to coddle drug addicts. You see, harm reduction is a catch-all phrase encompassing safe-injection sites, medically assisted treatment, and needle-exchange programs — and it’s all coming to a city near you.

This boils down to "eat the food, lose the weight," just as we hear on weight-loss commercials. In this case, though, the wrong approach to recovery can lead to repeated cycles of relapse and ultimately death.

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