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Thursday, May 17, 2018

House Committee Approves Harris Amendment to Prioritize Dredging in Maryland’s First District

WASHINGTON DC: On May 16, the House Committee on Appropriations marked up the FY19 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) authored, and the committee passed, an amendment to prioritize funding for dredging projects in shallow channels, particularly in channels where shoaling can create hazardous barriers to maritime travel. Congressman Harris issued the following statement applauding the adoption of his amendment:

“The inclusion of this amendment in the FY19 Energy and Water Appropriations bill is a victory for coastal communities in Maryland’s First District and across the country. Shoaling is a serious issue for several coastal communities in Maryland’s First District. Recently, maritime travel and commerce in Dorchester County have been severely hindered by shoaling in the Honga River and Tar Bay Gap. My amendment ensures that hazards like the shoaling in these channels receive priority consideration for dredging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. To further support these coastal communities, this year’s Energy and Water Appropriations bill increases funding for dredging shallow channels by 20 percent.

Small businesses in Dorchester County depend on the use of these channels, and I’m committed to working with the Army Corps of Engineers to restore the safe navigability of the Honga River and Tar Bay Gap.”

Virginia police issue $100 ticket to driver smoking with child in car: 'We are watching'

A police officer with the Virginia Beach Police Department recently issued a $100 ticket to a driver who was smoking a cigarette with a child in the car.

The police department posted a photo of the ticket on Twitter, writing: “Protect your children and keep $100 in your pocket! #NoSmoking #WeAreWatching.”

Virginia police can issue the $100 fine to anyone smoking in a car with a child under 8 years of age, according to WAVY-TV. However, it constitutes as a secondary offense, meaning the driver has to be pulled over for a separate traffic violation first.

The law went into effect in July of 2016. Since then, the Virginia Beach Police Department has issued roughly 23 tickets of this kind, WAVY-TV reported.

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CBP Arrests Felony Rape Suspect at BWI Airport

BALTIMORE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Baltimore rape suspect at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Monday, following an alert from CBP’s Toronto, Canada Preclearance Station.

CBP officers turned Paul Kahungi Njoroge, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kenya residing in Rosedale, Md., over to Maryland Transportation Authority Police at BWI.

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Subject: WATCH: DNC Vice-Chair Keith Ellison Goes Radical: Let's Have Government Regulate Pay Structure of Companies

On Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) decided he would show that he’s the baddest radical on the block, agreeing that government intervention in the pay structure of companies would be a good idea.

Interviewed on Bloomberg, Ellison cited his report which claimed CEOs make, on average, 339 times as much as the median employee.

Bloomberg host David Westin prompted, "Is it enough to just get disclosure? Because I think that’s what you’re advocating. This is not a big secret to shareholders. It’s not a big secret to board directors. Don’t you need direct government intervention? Are you favoring the government actually regulating the relationship between CEO pay and the average worker?"

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YouTube Censors Deportation Bus, Hate Speech

State Senator Michael Williamson responded Wednesday to YouTube temporarily censoring one of his Georgia gubernatorial campaign ads and marking it as “hate speech.”

The ad, posted Tuesday, touts a “deportation bus.” Williams claims he will be taking the bus on a tour of the state and, if elected governor, round up illegal immigrants with it.

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Ocean City Balcony Fall Victim Identified; Initial Probe Finds No Foul Play

OCEAN CITY — The investigation into an apparent fall from a resort balcony sometime early Sunday morning is ongoing, but the 25-year-old victim, originally from Easton, has been identified and no evidence of foul play has been identified.

Just before 6 a.m. on Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers and Ocean City EMS responded to 53rdStreet for a reported unconscious individual. Upon arrival, Ocean City EMS determined the individual was deceased. The initial investigation revealed the deceased had fallen from an elevated position.

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McCarthy on Amnesty Push: ‘Number One Way’ to ‘Depress Intensity’ in Midterms

In a House GOP conference meeting on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy lit into an effort by some in the party to lead a discharge petition to force an amnesty bill to the floor of the House of Representatives.

“Our numbers are better,” McCarthy told House GOP members, per a source in the room. “If election is today we win. Will we continue to grow. But few things can disrupt us. We cannot disrupt ourselves. Intensity levels are still not there, and discharge petitions release the power of the floor that the American people gave us the responsibly to hold. When you release that power the majority goes to Nancy. If you want to depress intensity this is number one way to do it. We can debate internally but don’t let someone else like Nancy decide our future.”

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Donald Trump Sends ‘Best Wishes’ to Muslims on Ramadan

President Donald Trump sent a greeting to all Muslims observing Ramadan around the world in a statement Tuesday.

“With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world,” the president said in a statement released by the White House.

Ramadan begins Tuesday evening, a Muslim season celebrating the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad.

The president noted that Ramadan was a period of fasting and spiritual reflection for Muslims, pointing out that many perform acts of charity, read the Quran, and recite prayers during the holy season.

“Ramadan reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life,” Trump wrote, pointing out the Constitution’s enshrining the right to religious liberty.

“Our Constitution ensures Muslims can observe Ramadan in accordance with the dictates of conscience and unimpeded by government,” the statement read.

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Hamas REFUSES Truckloads of Israeli Medical Aid

The Jerusalem Post reports: Hamas turned away two large truckloads of Israeli humanitarian aid intended to relieve medical shortages in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

The IDF said it coordinated the transfer of eight truckloads of vital medical equipment through Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing due to severe humanitarian conditions in the Hamas-controlled enclave, exacerbated by two days of violent clashes on the Gaza-Israel border.

Hamas accepted four trucks of aid supplied by the Palestinian Authority and two trucks supplied by UNICEF, but two further truckloads of medical aid provided by the IDF were turned away when the origin of the equipment became apparent.

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Activists not satisfied with $275 ‘head tax’ on Seattle’s big businesses

Seattle businesses were given a stark message after the passage of this week’s controversial “head tax” passed along a 9-0 city council vote: “We’ll be back for more!”

Amazon, Starbucks, Apple and other large companies are now subject to a $275 “head tax” per full-time employee in the city, but activists made it clear on Monday that they haven’t been satiated. A local NBC affiliate captured residents chanting for more than one economic pound of flesh.

“We’ll be back for more!” citizens yelled, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

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California Deputy DAs Speak Out Against Soros Pouring Millions Into Local Races

A group of deputy district attorneys in California are speaking out against liberal billionaire George Soros pushing large sums of cash into local district attorney races in the state.

Soros, who has quietly funded numerous progressive district attorney candidates across the country, recently poured $1.5 million into the California Justice & Public Safety PAC, which his longtime treasurer established to support GeneviƩve Jones-Wright, a far-left candidate for district attorney in San Diego County, the Washington Free Beacon reported last week.

The PAC has already disbursed hundreds of thousands of dollars on television advertisements, digital advertising, and campaign literature and mailings to support Jones-Wright this month.

Now, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, the professional association for the deputy DAs of Los Angeles County, has released a statement on Soros' involvement in the state, chastising the financier for his "assault on the criminal justice system."

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OCDC Installs First Light as part of Downtown Alley Lighting Program

OCEAN CITY, MD – Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) recently installed its first light as part of the Downtown Alley Lighting Program at The Kite Loft, located at 511 Atlantic Avenue. The light was installed in the rear of the store to help light up Washington Lane, the alleyway that runs parallel to the boardwalk.

The OCDC, in cooperation with the Town of Ocean City and the Ocean City Police Department, created the voluntary pilot program to install new light fixtures along alleyways in downtown Ocean City. The intent of the program is to heighten crime prevention and also improve public safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by lighting up the alleyways.

The first phase of the pilot program is targeting Washington Lane, between 4th and 10th Streets, which was identified by the police department as a priority after reviewing calls for service trends. Business owners that qualify for this program will be reimbursed by OCDC up to 50 percent of the cost of purchase and installation of light fixtures, up to a maximum of $500.

“We are happy to see that The Kite Loft participated in this great crime prevention program,” commented OCPD Patrol Commander, Captain Michael Colbert. “We’re confident that this new light will have an impact on the calls for service in that area and will make pedestrians and bicyclists feel much safer.”

In order to qualify for reimbursement, the property must abut Washington Lane, between 4th and 10th Streets, and the fixture must be an LED energy efficient light and comply with Town of Ocean City standards. Participation is first come, first served until funds have been expended. Business owners interested in the program should contact OCDC at 410-289-7739 or inquire@ocdc.org.

*EMBARGOED* Rep. Harris Issues Statement on Passage of VA MISSION Act

WASHINGTON, DC: On May 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2372, the VA MISSION Act. The VA MISSION Act institutes critical reforms to the VA’s health care system and funds the VA Choice Program. Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement after the bill was passed:

“As a physician and a veteran, I believe every veteran deserves accessible, high quality health care. For too long, bureaucratic red tape has forced veterans on the Eastern Shore to travel all the way to Baltimore for procedures that can be performed locally at most Shore hospitals and at other medical facilities. The VA MISSION Act will streamline the VA’s community care programs, fund the VA Choice Program, and expand the VA’s Post-9/11 Caregiver Program to all veterans. I applaud my colleagues in the House for passing these reforms, so the VA can provide veterans the care they deserve.”

46th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race

Delmar, DE - The 46th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with racing action beginning at 6:30 p.m. Rain date is scheduled for Wednesday June 20, 2018. The Delaware International Speedway is located at 37854 Sussex Highway (US 13 southbound), just north of the Delaware/Maryland line.

This year’s event will feature competitors throughout the Northeast Dirt Motorsports areas. Drivers will compete for prize money over $35,000. Big Block-Small Block Modifieds, Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, Crate 602 Sportsman, Modified Lites, Little Lincoln and Super Trucks will compete in over 100 laps of featured racing in their respective classes.

Gates open early at 4:00 p.m. with several activities and displays on hand, to include the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit .

In addition, Camp Barnes will recognize Mr. Hal Browning at intermission for his many years of dedication to Delaware racing.

Tickets to the event are available at the speedway’s ticket booth the night of the event. Spectator’s tickets are $20 and pit tickets are $35. Children under 10 accompanied by parent or guardian are admitted free to spectator seating.

Camp Barnes originally opened in 1948 and was named in recognition of Colonel Herbert Barnes. The camp is located next to the Assawoman Wildlife Area on Miller Creek near Bethany Beach. For six weeks in the summer, each week, 70 children ages 10-13 attend Camp Barnes with no financial burden on their parents. They participate in outdoor activities and are taught leadership and teamwork skills.

For additional information, please call Det. Jeff Hudson at 302-752-3838 or jeff.hudson@state.de.us.

Walter Williams: Kanye and Democrats

In the aftermath of the Kanye West dust-up, my heart goes out to the white people who control the Democratic Party. My pity stems from the hip-hop megastar's November announcement to his packed concert audience that he did not vote in the presidential election but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. Then, on April 21, West took to his Twitter account, which has 28 million followers, to announce, "I love the way Candace Owens thinks." Owens is Turning Point USA's director of urban engagement and has said that former President Barack Obama caused "damage" to race relations in the United States during his two terms in office.

West's support for Trump, along with his criticism of the "plantation" mentality of the Democratic Party, has been met with vicious backlash from the left. In one song, West raps, "See, that's the problem with this damn nation. All blacks gotta be Democrats. Man, we ain't made it off the plantation." Rep. Maxine Waters said West "talks out of turn" and advised, "He should think twice about politics — and maybe not have so much to say." The bottom-line sin that West has committed is questioning the hegemony of the Democratic Party among black Americans. The backlash has been so bad that West had to hire personal security to protect him against threats made against his life. Fortunately, the police are investigating those threats.

Kanye West is not saying anything different from what Dr. Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Jason Riley, I and other black libertarians/conservatives have been saying for decades. In fact, West has tweeted quotations from Sowell, such as "Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it" and "The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best."

Tweeting those Sowell quotations represents the highest order of blasphemy in the eyes of leftists..

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Jobless in Seattle

Here’s irony for you: Seattle is penalizing the companies most responsible for employing people while rewarding the city officials most responsible for creating a crisis of homelessness. What do we mean? We’re referring to Seattle’s new “head tax” of $275 per full-time employee for companies earning at least $20 million in annual revenue. Nearly 600 employers will be hit by the tax, which was dialed back from the initially proposed $500 per job. It was unanimously passed by the Democrat-run city council this week with the ostensible aim of raising nearly $50 million per year to pay for affordable housing and other “homeless services” — services needed because Democrat policies cause poverty. Seattle and King County, “home” to the third-highest number of homeless people in America, already spent $200 million on the problem last year.

The resurrected and greatly expanded tax is significant for two reasons: First, and most important, it serves as a Democrat model for other cities. Democrats always aim to punish the successful so they can redistribute to their favored constituency groups in return for votes and, thus, power..

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CONFIRMED: Sarah Sanders Is One Of The 10 Most Admired Women In America

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is one of the most admired women in America, according to a fact check.

Snopes fact-checked a popular conservative meme being shared on Facebook that claimed that Sanders is in the top 10 of most admired women in the U.S.

The site rated the claim as “true.”

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Good Guy with Gun Intervenes, Shoots Gunman on High School Campus

A good guy with a gun intervened Wednesday morning and shot an alleged gunman at Illinois’s Dixon High School.

WRAL reports that the gunman was spotted on school property around 8 am. He was confronted by an armed resource officer and Dixon city manager Danny Langloss said the gunman fired at the officer. The officer returned fire, striking the gunman.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver's Campaign Kickoff Party


Hey WBOC, Here's Another Reason Why We're Honored To Call Him Mr. President

This photo from yesterday’s memorial service should move every person who views it. President Trump comforts a surviving grandmother who lost her granddaughter to ambush in the line of duty. Thank you for supporting law enforcement and their families, Mr. President.

Parkland Resource Officer Who Failed to Confront Shooter Receives Monthly Pension of $8,702

Scot Peterson, the sheriff's deputy who received public scrutiny for failing to confront the shooter at a Parkland, Florida high school back in February, is now receiving his state pension of $8,702.35 per month.

Peterson resigned and retired a week after the shooting when an initial investigation revealed he didn't go into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to confront the shooter, who is charged with killing 17 students and teachers, according to the Sun Sentinel.

"Peterson began to receive his pension in April, according to the Florida Department of Management Services. He can receive the payments for the rest of his life.

"The 55-year-old Peterson, a Broward deputy for 32 years, was paid $101,879.03 last year — $75,673.72 in base salary plus overtime and other compensation, according to sheriff’s office records. Until the shooting, he was considered a trusted school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, according to annual reviews of his performance.

"He was eligible to retire from the agency in July 2010 when he had 25 years of service," a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Surveilance video from Feb. 14 showed Peterson waiting outside the school while the shooter went through the halls with an AR-15 rifle shooting and killing students and teachers.

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Costco Stores Reject Gun Store’s Donation to Children’s Miracle Network

Costco stores in Citrus Heights, and Roseville, California, allegedly rejected a $500 donation for the Children’s Miracle Network because the donation came from a gun store.

Townhall.com reports that the donation was originally rejected by a Citrus Heights Costco, redirected to a Roseville Costco, then rejected by the Roseville location as well.

The donation came from the Sacramento Black Rifle (SBR) gun store. SBR “generously gives to the Children’s Miracle Network via the wholesale retailer” and “they get a banner in the store” in return. But this year’s donation to the Citrus Heights Costco was allegedly returned and the SBR banner was removed.

SBR manager Nick Armstrong said he was initially told problems arose after a Costco employee complained. He said he was later told it was a “customer complaint.”

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Ocean City Police, Do As We Say, Not As We Do: LOL



Court saga over Obamacare payments reaches end

House GOP leaders declared victory Wednesday in a long-running dispute with the executive branch, noting a new settlement preserves a judge’s ruling that President Barack Obama reimbursed insurers unlawfully under his signature health program.

“In a battle over the separation of powers, the House has prevailed,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan said after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a motion to dismiss a long-running appeal in the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled in 2016 that Mr. Obama could not make “cost-sharing payments” to insurers who pick up low-income customers’ costs on Obamacare’s exchanges, because Congress never appropriated the money.

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Make Money from Pot? Then Forget About a Federally Subsidized Loan

Marijuana legalization at the state level has created a moneymaking opportunity not only for licensed growers and sellers but also for a wide range of ancillary businesses, from publicly traded garden product companies to local print shops.

Now a new Small Business Administration (SBA) policy could force some entrepreneurs to choose between serving cannabis clients and getting a federally subsidized loan.

In an April policy notice, the federal agency said it won’t approve loans to businesses that derive any portion of their revenue from sales to marijuana clients, because the drug is illegal under federal law. The policy could hurt local nature centers, architects, designers, attorneys and other businesses that occasionally work with licensed weed industry, legal experts say.

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Pit Bulls Kill Elderly Woman

A 75-year-old woman in Gulfport, Mississippi, was mauled to death by two pit bulls Wednesday morning.

Police quickly responded to a call from the woman’s neighbors who reported that she was being viciously attacked by the dogs. But the cops didn’t arrive in time to save the woman. She died from her wounds before an ambulance arrived on the scene, according to the Gulfport Sun Herald.

The owner of the two pit bulls, 32-year-old Deidra Craft, has been arrested by police, according to WDAM7. This is not the first time Craft’s pit bulls have gotten in trouble. In 2017, her two dogs broke into a neighbor’s yard and attacked a golden retriever.

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Hospitals See Growing Numbers Of Kids And Teens At Risk For Suicide

The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide – or attempt to kill themselves – is rising. New research, published Wednesday in Pediatrics finds children ages 5-17 visited children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.

The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents.

Lead author Gregory Plemmons, a pediatrician and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., says the study results confirmed what he'd been seeing at the hospital.

He says he hopes clinicians and families take note. "The number one thing to take home is that it's important to talk about this and important to ask about it," he says.

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UN quietly pushes International Gun Control

The United Nations’ International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is finishing up their Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. According to IANSA, the goal of the week-long meeting is “for us to advocate collectively for an end to illicit trade and misuse of small arms and light weapons.”

We all know what that really means: the United Nations presumes they have authority over every human being on earth, and as such, seeks to ban guns from the slaves they want to control. Of course, they aren’t going to come right out and say it just it. It took liberals decades before they simply admitted what we already knew: they are coming for our guns.

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DHS shuts loophole to deter Illegal Student/Workers

Federal officials are closing a little-known loophole in immigration law which allows millions of foreigners to dodge penalties for overstaying their student or seasonal-work visas.

The prior 1997 rules did not start counting the length of a person’s overstay until a federal enforcement agency first formally recognized that the person had not gone home on time.

The new rules clearly say the overstay clock will start when a foreign student’s course is complete, or when a foreign employee’s seasonal work-permit expires.

The new policy is important because it shows foreigners the penalty they will get for breaking the overstay rules — and it provides a clear mechanism for immigration officials to prove the penalty is proper.

Under current law, once the overstay count reaches 180 days, the overstaying person is punished by getting locked out of the United States for the subsequent three years or ten years, or permanently. The penalties are written into federal law, making them easy to impose, easy to enforce and very difficult to avoid — and very painful for people who want to keep ties to business or family in the United States.

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Former Starbucks Employee: Why The 'New' Bathroom Policy Is A Steaming Cup Of Fail

For the year I worked at Starbucks, my manager made it very clear to all the partners at our location that the store’s two bathrooms were for paying customers only. (Starbucks calls its employees “partners” because they get an annual share in the company stock, among other reasons).

Like many other Starbucks stores, we set a four-digit code on the bathroom locks so they couldn’t be accessed by just anybody. Paying customers had to ask for the code. And it changed every couple of weeks, so even regular customers had to ask. But there were good reasons behind this mandatory system that has recently been changed to allow non-paying customers to use Starbucks bathrooms, too.

First, the store I worked at was the third busiest in the entire city of Boston, located next door to Mass General Hospital, two large hotels, a train station and a residential neighborhood. The street was also home to many homeless people who slept beneath store awnings and private doorways in early hours of the morning when we opened.

In Boston, it’s illegal to offer shelter to people abusing substances. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Emergency Assistance (EA) are legally allowed to perform drug tests on those they believe to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at shelters. Therefore, those who do have alcoholism problems or drug addictions often make the conscious choice to pitch up outside in public areas.

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BOMBSHELL: Mueller's FBI Worked Closely With Russian Oligarch, Possibly Broke Law, Report Suggests

A report released on Monday raises new and serious legal issues for special counsel Robert Mueller and provides evidence of a possible conflict of interest in his role overseeing the Russia investigation.

The Hill reports:

In 2009, when Mueller ran the FBI, the bureau asked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to spend millions of his own dollars funding an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007.

Yes, that’s the same Deripaska who has surfaced in Mueller’s current investigation and who was recently sanctioned by the Trump administration.

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TRAITRE? John Kerry caught meeting with Iranians in Paris

Despite being busted by the Boston Globe less than 10 days ago for conspiring with Iranians against President Trump, John Kerry isn’t stopping.

But instead of meeting with them in America, he’s taken his secret meetings overseas.

Jason Osborne, a former adviser to the Trump and Ben Carson campaigns tweeted photos he says prove Kerry met with Iranian officials in Paris this weekend.

“So John Kerry just left a meeting @ L’Avenue in Paris w/3 Iranians,” Osborne tweeted on Saturday.

“A friend was sitting next to their table and heard JK blasting @realDonaldTrump. The Iranians had a 5 person security detail and left in diplomatic vehicles. Is he FARA registered?” he asked, referring to the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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President: Prosecute Oakland mayor for tipping off illegal immigrants to ICE raid

President Trump blasted California's sanctuary state law for providing safe haven for illegal immigrant drug dealers, gang members, and "some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth," pledging to redouble his administration's efforts to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

Trump on Wednesday met with more than a dozen conservative California officials and sheriffs who oppose the state's Democrat-led efforts to block local law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The president thanked the "courageous mayors and sheriffs and local leaders" from across the state who, he said, "bravely resisted California's deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws."

"The state of California's attempt to nullify federal law has sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured," he told the group of California officials gathered at the White House for the meeting.

Early on in the meeting, he also suggested to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was sitting nearby, that he "look into obstruction of justice" charges against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

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Committee Recommends Loitering Changes For Boardwalk Comfort Station

OCEAN CITY – Recommendations for several physical changes at the Caroline Street comfort station will go before the Mayor and Council in a work session this week.

On Monday, the Ocean City Police Commission recommended a handful of physical changes that will target loitering around the Caroline Street comfort station, an area known to attract a small homeless population in recent years.

City Engineer Terry McGean told the commission homeless individuals congregating at or near the comfort station utilize the facility’s benches, bathrooms and shelter on a daily basis.

“The three Cs of what causes it (loitering) are convenience, comfort and concealment,” he said.

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"It's A Shell Game" - Neighborhood Nonprofit Sues Chicago To Block Obama's Presidential Library

The South Side's rebellion against its one-time savior - former President Barack Obama - continued Tuesday when a nonprofit group claiming to represent residents from the area filed a lawsuit to try and block the project.

As the Chicago Tribune reports, an organization called Protect Our Parks filed the suit in US District Court on Monday, alleging that Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don't have the authority to grant government-owned parkland to a separate organization - in this case, the Obama Foundation.

"The City and Park District clearly realize and fully understand that this established law precludes the Park District from arbitrarily transferring possession, use and control of this dedicated 'open, clear and free' public parkland in Jackson Park to a private nongovernmental...entity’s self-determined use," the complaint said.

The nonprofit also accused the Obama Foundation of pulling an "institutional bait and switch" because the building isn't consistent with what the group would consider a "true presidential library."

The community center would house archives from Obama's presidency under the supervision of the National Archives and Records Administration. But the center will also include a large gym, a "community forum" and an outdoor plaza.

The city and the Obama family have insisted that the project won't harm the neighborhood because it will create jobs for local residents. But opponents of the project have argued that the city should grant residents who own homes in the neighborhood a tax freeze because the center's mere existence would likely drive a wave of gentrification and the attendant rise in property values.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel immediately leapt to his former boss's defense. In a statement released by the city, Chicago hailed the center as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest hundreds of millions of dollars that will create good jobs on the South Side."

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Cal Thomas: Hillary Clinton and the bitterness tour

When you hear “world tour” you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton.

Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, and to Sydney, its largest, with a huge chip on her shoulder. The chip has been there since the 2016 election and seems to be growing larger with every appearance.

As with almost everything else the Clintons do, it cost to hear her bitterness. Those who went to hear Clinton speak, more than 5,000 people, paid between $200 and $500 Australian dollars (about $15 to $380 US). What they heard was criticism of President Trump and his foreign and domestic policies. Not that long ago, Americans made an effort to stop “partisan politics at the water’s edge,” but no more. Especially with some Democratic politicians who seem to believe that government belongs to them and when Republicans win an election it was somehow stolen from its rightful owners.

Interviewed by former liberal Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Hillary Clinton eventually got to what she believes is the real reason she lost to Donald Trump. It was misogynistic men and women who voted the way their husbands told them to that prevented her from making history, or if you prefer, herstory.

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Troopers Seek Publics Assistance in Locating Wanted Suspect

*WANTED* Aaron Bell

Seaford - The Delaware State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the above suspect who is wanted in connection with a burglary and multiple other charges.

The burglary incident occurred in February, 2018 at a residence on Garden Lane in Seaford. Through investigative measures, 49-year-old Aaron Bell of Seaford was identified as a suspect.

Bell currently has an active warrant out of DSP Troop 5 including charges of Burglary Third, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Selling Stolen Property, Falsifying Business Records, and Theft By False Pretense. He also has an active warrant out of DSP Troop 2 for Theft and two capiases out of the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Bell, they are asked to please contact Troop 4, Detective Jones at 302-752-3795. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet athttp://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

Facebook Removes 2.5 MILLION Pieces of ‘Hate Speech’…

Facebook removed a staggering 2.5 million examples of “hate speech” from its platform in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released by the social network.

Facebook, which like Google is currently working on A.I. technology to identify “hate speech”, admitted that its current hate-speech-detection technology “still doesn’t work that well” and that automatically flagged content “needs to be checked by our review teams”.

Nevertheless, Facebook said that it “removed 2.5 million pieces of hate speech in Q1 2018”, and that 38 percent of it was flagged by the social network’s automated systems.

Absent from the report is a precise number of how many accounts and pages have been banned or suspended from the platform over “hate speech”, and how many have been mistakenly suspended and then restored. Facebook often 'mistakenly' suspends the accounts of prominent conservatives only to restore them later — the most recent example being Islam critic Pamela Geller.

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Travis: Tebow Has ‘Drastically Exceeded’ Expectations

Monday on Fox Sports Radio’s “Outkick the Coverage,” host Clay Travis noted Tim Tebow’s success in AA this season for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, saying not only has the 2007 Heisman-winner “drastically exceeded” reasonable expectations, but he could end up making the New York Mets’ squad after not playing baseball for 10 years.

Tebow is hitting .260 with four homers and 17 RBI in 31 games this season.

“I think relative to expectations of what Tebow would do in Major League Baseball and professional baseball, even if you’re a Tebow hater, he has drastically exceeded, I think, what reasonable expectations could have been,” Travis said.

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Flash flooding wreaks havoc in Frederick County

City of Frederick mayor declares state of emergency

ROSEMONT, Md. — 
Frederick County officials are urging motorists to use caution Wednesday driving in the area after more than a half-foot of rain flooded several roads during Tuesday evening's storm.

Frederick City Mayor Michael O'Connor has declared a state of emergency Wednesday to take advantage of any state and federal assistance that might be available.

Portions of the county received in excess of 6.5 inches of rain Tuesday evening, flooding roads and stranding motorists.

Frederick County Emergency Communications Center received more than 300 calls to 911 in a five-hour time period, officials said. More than 60 rescues were made by fire and rescue personnel and law enforcement for people stranded in high water, officials said.

Even a MARC train was swamped, stranded for hours with 80 passengers on board. MARC service was disrupted into Wednesday on the Brunswick Line.

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Pennsylvania teacher shot on Mother's Day outside parents house

A Pennsylvania teacher was gunned down on Mother's Day just months after being suspended from her job following a leaked police report stating that officers had found her in a steamed-up parked car with a 17-year-old boy.

Rachael DelTondo, 32, was standing on her mother's Buchanan Street driveway, in Aliquippa, Beaver County, on Sunday when she was killed in a hail of gunfire. She died at the scene.

'I counted six shots that I heard,' a neighbor, Fred Poore, told CBS News.

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May 18th Grilled Pork Chop Dinner/Delmar VFW Auxiliary

The public is invited to join the Delmar VFW Auxiliary for a Grilled Pork Chop Dinner on Friday, May 18, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the VFW Post, 200 W. State St., Delmar, MD.

The menu will include a large savory grilled pork chop, a tossed salad with choice of dressings, a baked potato with butter and/or sour cream, choice of succotash or broccoli with cheese, a dinner roll, and iced tea for $12. Desserts will also be available.

Call 410-896-3722 after 5 p.m. for carry outs. Proceeds benefit the many local charities and organizations supported by the Delmar VFW Auxiliary.

Carlson on Possibility Dems Won't Take Control of Congress: 'Public Has Recognized That the Russian Investigation Is Not What They Said It Was'

Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson gave a scathing critique of Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Carlson said the investigation wasn’t about any of its stated purposes, but as a means to explain Democrats’ 2016 election loss. He argued that since Democrats have not come to terms with what cost them that election, they stand to lose again in the November midterms.

“More than anything, we’ve learned just how clueless the people who run Washington, D.C. are,” Carlson said. “Rather than accept the fact that they created Donald Trump themselves by abandoning and then coming to despise the rest of the country they run. They couldn’t face that, so they concocted the Russia collusion story as a way to sustain a world where they did nothing wrong. And they only lost because their enemies betrayed this country to a foreign power. For more than a year, Russia was all they could talk about because they certainly didn’t want to talk about the issues that got Trump elected in the first place — drug ODs, a vanishing middle class, their agenda of literally replacing the people who live in this country with immigrants. They didn’t want to talk about that. But it hasn’t been working.

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George Soros foundation's office to pull out of Hungary

The pro-democracy group founded by billionaire George Soros is leaving Hungary after its Prime Minister announced crackdowns on non-governmental organisations.

Hungarian-American Soros's Open Society Foundations (OSF) said it is moving to Germany, leaving what it called 'an increasingly repressive political and legal environment' in Hungary.

The right-wing government of Viktor Orban announced the new restrictions yesterday, under a law dubbed the 'Stop Soros' bill.

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Finland: 93% of Migrant Sex Crimes Committed by Migrants From Islamic Countries

Some cultures are better than others

A new study has found that 93 per cent of sex crimes in Finland committed by migrants are committed by migrants from Islamic countries.

An investigation by the country’s police academy revealed that 1052 asylum seekers were suspected of crimes in 2016, with two thirds of them being Iraqis.

The figures also show that out of 116 suspects of sexual offenses, 108 came from Islamic countries like Iraq (83), Afghanistan (14) and Morocco (6).

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Lethal Pig Virus Similar to Sars Could Strike Humans

Virus originally detected in China

Scientists have claimed that porcine deltacoronavirus, a virus that causes illness in pigs, could pose a lethal threat to the human race after groundbreaking lab results.

Lab tests show the virus, first detected in China in 2012, moves between the cells of different species including humans.

The disease shows similarities to the deadly viruses responsible for Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and Mers (Middle East respiratory syndrome) which together have caused the death of more than 1,000 people.

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THOUGHTS TO PONDER

As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that at my age I don't really give a HOOT anymore.

If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.

A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
A tortoise doesn't run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.

Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Now that I'm older here's what I've discovered:

1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes

3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.

4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

5. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

6. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it ?

7. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.

8. Some days, you're the top dog, some days you're the hydrant; the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

9. I wish the buck really did stop here, I sure could use a few of them.

10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

12. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.

13. The world only beats a path to your door when you're in the bathroom.

14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.

15. When I'm finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.

16. It's not hard to meet expenses.... they're everywhere.

17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter, I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm "here after".

19. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

20. HAVE I SENT THIS MESSAGE TO YOU BEFORE …. ?

Figures


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