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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hogan Administration Announces Second Consecutive Decrease in Health Insurance Premiums

Maryland Insurance Administration Announces 10.3% Average Decrease for Individual Market in 2020; Consumers Benefit from Year Two of State Reinsurance Program
ANNAPOLIS, MD–Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) has approved an average 10.3% premium rate decrease for individual health insurance plans with an effective date of January 1, 2020. This means that, for the second consecutive year, all individual insurance rates in Maryland will see important decreases.
The new rates reflect the impact of the State Reinsurance Program, which has helped to lower rates and stabilize the individual health insurance market after years of major premium increases. Coupled with last year’s decrease of 13.2%, the two-year cumulative impact is a rate decrease of more than 22% versus 2018 premiums.
“By addressing this crisis head-on, we have gone from an individual market on the brink of collapse to two straight years of lower premiums for Marylanders,” said Governor Hogan. “Last year, after we refused to accept Washington’s failure to act, we came together to deliver lower rates for the first time in more than a decade. Our innovative program to make healthcare more affordable for Marylanders serves as a model for the rest of the nation.”
In 2018, facing predicted health insurance rate increases of up to 50%, the Hogan administration worked in bipartisan fashion with legislative leaders to develop landmark legislation establishing a state reinsurance program. The legislation directed the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to submit a State Innovation Waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the U.S. Secretaries of Health, Human Services, and Treasury to establish the program. The legislation combined with this waiver set up a reinsurance pool to provide funding for catastrophic claims for policyholders in the individual market. 

Dan Brouillette: ‘Impossible’ to Reduce ‘Carbon Emissions’ Without ‘Nuclear Energy’

A national energy strategy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions yielded from the burning of fossil fuels requires the use of nuclear energy, determined Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, offering his analysis in a Tuesday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Those opposing the use of nuclear energy — or neglecting to highlight its value within a national energy policy — cannot be “serious” or “sincere” in their stated concerns to address carbon dioxide emissions, stated Brouillette.

“It’s hard to know what to make of that, except it’s nonsense, for the most part,” said Brouillette of opposition to fracking and broader fossil fuel development.

Increasing domestic production of fossil fuels and alternatives increases American autonomy in the dimension of energy, explained Brouillette. “[We must reduce] our dependence on countries that, candidly, do not have our interests in mind. … In the ’70s [and] ’80s we were highly dependent [on the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries]. These were countries that were adversaries, quite frankly, and I am very proud of the work this president [and] administration has done to turn that around.”


Democratic primary voters more enthusiastic about Warren than Biden: poll

Joe Biden remains the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but a new national survey indicates Sen. Elizabeth Warren tops the former vice president by double digits when it comes to enthusiasm.

Thirty-five percent of likely Democratic primary voters questioned in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll said they’re enthusiastic about voting for the populist senator from Massachusetts who’s put out one progressive policy proposal after another. That’s a dozen percentage points ahead of the 23 percent who said they were enthusiastic about voting for the former vice president.

And Warren -- who’s been on a steady rise in both national and early primary and caucus voting state polling the last five months -- also gets the most second-choice support, with 21 percent of Democratic primary voters saying she would be their second choice in the record-setting field of roughly 20 White House hopefuls.


SHOCKING: Democrats’ Red Flag Laws Meant to Take Weapons from Rural Gun Owners – But Not Gang Members Who Commit 80% of Gun Homicides

Democrats want to pass Red Flag gun laws in order to take guns from American gun owners.

On Tuesday Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) joined Tucker Carlson to discuss the Democrats’ red flag gun laws.

Rep. Buck said Democrats want to use the laws to take guns from rural Americans but that Democrats voted down his amendment to include gang members in the legislation.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment that would have red-flagged anyone who law enforcement lists as a gang member. According to 80% of gun homicides are committed by gang members.


'Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it'

A teenager was stabbed to death during an after school brawl allegedly over a girl where up to 80 other kids stood and filmed the fatal incident.

Khaseen Morris, 16, suffered fatal wounds after being charged at by multiple males as he walked home with his friends on Monday, in Oceanside, New York.

Nassau County Police were called to the scene outside Mario's Pizzeria and Restaurant at 3.45pm after the large fight between 10 males broke out.

Footage of the shocking scenes show Morris being thrown to the ground and later it appears he is bleeding, later determined to be from a knife-wound to the chest.

Not one person stepped in to help during the brutal assault.


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Hillary Clinton Suggests She Lost Wisconsin and Michigan to Trump in 2016 Because ‘Millions of Voters Were Purged From the Rolls’

Hillary Clinton just won’t stop whining about her 2016 election loss.

Loser Hillary spoke at George Washington University on Tuesday where she claimed that she is counseling 2020 Democrat hopefuls on how to run a successful campaign.

Clinton said that ‘voter suppression,’ fake news stories and the evil Electoral College contributed to her crushing election loss.

“You can run the best campaign and have the best plans and get the nomination and win the popular vote and you can lose the Electoral College and therefore the election,” Hillary said.



Despite westerners being lectured by climate activists like Greta Thunberg, a study has found that around 90 per cent of plastic waste polluting earth’s oceans comes from Asia and Africa.

During her U.S. tour, Thunberg cited “horrifying pictures of plastic in the oceans,” as one of the primary reasons why Americans should listen to her.

However, researchers at Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research discovered that a small number of rivers account for the vast majority of plastic pollution and none of them are located in western countries.

“The 10 top-ranked rivers transport 88-95 percent of the global load into the sea,” Dr. Christian Schmidt, a hydrogeologist who led the study, told the Daily Mail. “The rivers with the highest estimated plastic loads are characterized by high population – for instance the Yangtze with over half a billion people.”


Ocean City Special Event Zone Wednesday, September 25 – Sunday, September 29

OCEAN CITY, MD – (September 19, 2019): With thousands of car enthusiasts expected in Ocean City next week, Coastal Highway and Philadelphia Avenue (MD-528) will be designated a Special Event Zone beginning Wednesday, September 25 through Sunday, September 29, during the unsanctioned motor vehicle event. The Special Event Zone reduces established speed limits in the zone and increases fines for violations.

Along with reduced speed limits, citizens should expect to see a large police presence as officers from multiple allied agencies will be assisting the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD). Officers from the Ocean City Police Department, Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland Transportation Authority and Maryland Natural Resources Police will be strictly enforcing all traffic laws.

Spectators are urged to keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic and should not incite the spinning of wheels or “burn-outs” by motorist. Officers will enforce all laws for spectators who incite drivers, as well as cite drivers for these violations. Further, with high pedestrian traffic expected, pedestrians are urged to Walk Smart! and always use crosswalks when crossing roadways. Wait for the signal to change and be sure that drivers see you while crossing.

Migration Flow Down but Border Security Events on the Rise - U.S. Border Patrol Agents Continue to Disrupt Criminal Activity

EL PASO, Texas – Reduced border crossing numbers aided by efforts of the Mexican government have allowed U.S. Border Patrol Agents from El Paso Sector to reemphasize traditional activities, resulting in drug seizures and criminal apprehensions along the West Texas and New Mexico borders.

On September 12, during routine activities, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Alamogordo Station Highway 54 Checkpoint discovered three bundles of heroin with an approximate weight of 9 lbs. Both driver and passenger were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the heroin.

During a separate incident near Ft. Hancock Station, Border Patrols Agents received a citizen report of possible illegal alien activity. Responding Agents encountered a U.S. Citizen who was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Austin. Further records checks revealed an extensive criminal history, including a conviction for Sexual Assault. The subject was turned over to Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office for extradition.

'No evidence it was fiction': Ex-New York Times editor defends botched Kavanaugh story

Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson defended the newspaper's story on a sexual misconduct allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, even after an editor's note acknowledged it left out key details.

“I think my move would have been the moves that the Times has made. I mean, no one has challenged the basic accuracy of the story that they published, or of what is in the book," Abramson said when Fox News host Harris Faulkner asked her how she would have handled the situation. "It’s true that a material fact was left out, and the Times ran the editor’s note explaining that, which is what you do when you leave something out. But it was no conspiracy to leave out that fact. It was unfortunately cut from the piece, as I understand it.”

Faulkner then pressed Abramson for what she meant by "no one has challenged" the story, saying, "How can you challenge if the alleged victim and the one witness they talk about, who actually didn’t witness anything, he did talk to senators and the FBI about what he thinks he saw, but people may have been too drunk to remember? The alleged victim didn’t remember any assault. It’s hard to take on something that even the victim doesn’t say happened.”


Melania Trump Participates in Reopening of Washington Monument

Melania Trump Participates in Reopening of Washington Monument

“First lady Melania Trump, alongside a group of local fourth graders, helped cut the ribbon to re-open the Washington Monument, which had been under construction in the wake of a 2011 earthquake,” Kate Bennett reports for CNN.

“When it first opened to the public in 1888, it used to take more than 10 minutes to reach the top of the 500-foot Washington Monument, by steam-propelled elevator. Today, it's automated, and the ride in a posh new lift with video screens is just 70 seconds.”

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“If you haven’t heard, President Trump has declared war on California, the auto industry and the world’s climate. Or that’s what liberals are saying about his Administration’s plans to revoke California’s waiver that lets it set national fuel economy rules that raise costs for consumers across the country,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. “The Trump Administration isn’t prohibiting [automakers] from manufacturing more fuel-efficient and electric cars. Liberals call the President a totalitarian, but he’s the one giving consumers and businesses a choice.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar are right to push back against the United Nations on abortion, Grace Melton writes for Fox News. “We remain gravely concerned [about] aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion,” the two Cabinet secretaries wrote in a joint letter to diplomats.
“She’s done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency,” Darlene Superville writes in The Associated Press. “There’s refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room, repurposed draperies in the Green Room and restored furniture in the Blue Room. And those are just some of the home improvement projects the first lady has overseen.”

New Post-Labor Day School Start Study Shows Significant Economic Impact

$115 million impact mirrors Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates forecast in 2013 report
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 19, 2019) - Starting school after Labor Day has “a clear, positive impact on both state and local government economies” with a total net economic impact of up to $115 million, according to a new analysis from the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at Salisbury University.

The report, entitled “The Economic, Employment and Fiscal Impacts Of Added Summer Vacation Days Attributable To Post-Labor Day Opening of Maryland’s Public K-12 Schools,” echoes an economic impact study conducted by the Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates in 2013, which forecast a significant increase in state and local tax revenues and wages resulting from a Post-Labor Day school start date.

“This independent analysis validates what we already know: starting school after Labor Day is good for Maryland families, good for our local businesses and good for the Maryland economy,” said Comptroller Peter Franchot. “At a time when the state is considering new sources of revenue for our public schools, this adds millions of dollars to our state’s coffers, all while supporting great family-owned, small businesses and sustaining summer employment.”

Horowitz lays out next steps in FISA report process: 'We want to make as much of this public' as possible

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz promised to make as much of his investigation into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, finished last week, as public as possible.

Horowitz appeared in front of the Democrat-led House Oversight Committee on Wednesday along with a couple other inspectors general and laid out details about the next steps for his report on alleged FISA abuse by the DOJ and the FBI, telling the congressmen that he’d handed over a draft of his factual findings to Attorney General William Barr last week and that the process of review and classification was now just beginning, and could take a while.

Horowitz’s investigative team reviewed more than a million records and conducted more than 100 interviews, and much of it was likely connected to classified matters connected to the Trump-Russia investigation and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.


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Today I got this in the mail.

120 pages worth of info I didn’t ask for or need.

Most seniors have access to the internet to look up anything they want about Medicare.

If not they can request one of these booklets.

However to send this out to everyone 65 or over is a waste of tax payer’s money.

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DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz Reveals He Referred James Comey For Criminal Prosecution

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday morning.

Horowitz revealed to lawmakers that he criminally referred former FBI Director James Comey for prosecution.

The Justice Department ultimately declined prosecution and despite Comey bragging about this, the IG indeed concluded he criminally acted.

The Washington Times reported:

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Wednesday that he referred ex-FBI Director James Comey for criminal prosecution.

“We are required by the [Inspector General] Act to send information that we’ve identified that could plausibly be criminal to the Department of Justice,” said Mr. Horowitz, confirming what amounted to a criminal referral.

The Justice Department ultimately decided not to prosecute Mr. Comey despite Mr. Horowitz’s team concluding he improperly leaked information to the news media. The documents leaked by Mr. Comey were sensitive, but not classified.


Feds claim locked-up immigrants receive better healthcare than in home country despite deaths

TACOMA, Washington — The Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees a detention center in the Pacific Northwest says immigrant advocates' claims that detainees are being mistreated and neglected while in custody do not match up with the types of services her staff provides.

Nathalie Asher, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations director for the Seattle field office, insisted those in custody at the Northwest ICE Processing Center, formerly known as the Northwest Detention Center, typically receive better care than they are accustomed to outside the U.S.

“They’re coming from areas of the world where frankly they’ve never had a medical exam in their lives. The first time that they will have ever seen a doctor or certainly had a head-to-toe medical evaluation is in our custody,” said Asher, who has overseen the privately operated center for six weeks, who opened it up last week for a rare tour for reporters.


American Airlines mechanic, who 'sabotaged a Florida jetliner is denied bail, ISIS ties revealed

An American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotage the navigation system of a flight due to take off in Florida in July has been denied bail, after the suspect's potential ties to the Islamic State were revealed by prosecutors.

Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60, is suspected to have glued foam inside a tube that would disable the navigation systems of an aircraft at Miami International Airport.

The veteran employee allegedly tampered with the plane to cause a delay or have the flight cancelled 'in anticipation of obtaining overtime.’

However, at a preliminary hearing in Miami Federal Court earlier today, prosecutors say they found ISIS propaganda on Alani's cell phone, including graphic images of a man being executed by a gunshot to the head.


3,000 Participants Expected For Spartan’s First Ocean City Obstacle Course Event

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OCEAN CITY – The Mayor and Council week approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the first-ever Spartan obstacle course race in Ocean City set for Oct. 5.

Spartan, a national sports event company based in Boston, produces high-intensity obstacle course runs all over the country. For the first time ever, Spartan is bringing it obstacle course run to Ocean City on Saturday, Oct. 5, after the council on Monday approved an MOU outlining each party’s responsibilities for the event.

The Spartan event will include a festival village at the Inlet parking lot featuring tents with food, music and vendors. The obstacle course itself will take place largely on the Boardwalk in the downtown area including some obstacles at street ends.

Thousands of competitors are expected to compete in the race, which includes obstacles such as cargo nets, walls to traverse, rope climbs, monkey bars, water hazards, atlas carries, box jumps, spear throws, sandbag carries and others. The Ocean City event is characterized as a sprint, “delivering 20 obstacles” over the three-mile course, according to Spartan’s website.


Finding out what killed Ocean City whale could take ‘weeks or months’

It could be “weeks or months” before the National Aquarium in Baltimore is able to complete its necropsy on the young sperm whale that died after being stranded on an Ocean City beach, a spokesperson says.

“[The Maryland Department of Natural Resources] has led a team in partnership with the National Aquarium to complete a full necropsy, an animal autopsy,” the spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday. “We are working hard to understand what made this whale sick, if it’s a risk to other animals or people, and what, if anything, can be done to protect other animals.”

“Unfortunately, in situations like this it is often very difficult to determine cause of death and results may be inconclusive.”


ARREST THEM NOW! Blasey Ford’s Goons Threatened Alleged Witness Leland Keyser When She Would Not Lie for Them

The fourth alleged witness in Christine Blasey Ford’s story of alleged sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh denied the allegations in September.

Leland Ingham Keyser says she has no recollection of EVER BEING AT A PARTY with Brett Kavanaugh and does not know him.

Ms. Keyser is a lifelong friend of Christine Blasey Ford and was one of her best friends in high school.


Democrats, stuck in Watergate mode, bungle Lewandowski testimony

Have Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee figured out what President Trump did to them? By the looks of their questioning of Corey Lewandowski on Tuesday, the answer is no.

Democrats chose the former Trump campaign manager for their first hearing after declaring the committee is considering impeaching the president. They apparently thought Lewandowski would elaborate on his extensive testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller and also on his testimony from earlier investigations by other House and Senate committees.

Instead, Lewandowski jerked Democrats around — and around and around. He delayed. He asked for specific citations when anyone referred to the Mueller report. He repeated, over and over, his instructions from the Trump White House not to discuss his conversations with the president.


Alexander: Alcohol, Guns, and Prohibition

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the iconoclastic sociologist-turned-senator from New York, once famously remarked, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Equally on point was this similar observation by my fellow Reagan administration Patriot, Bill Bennett: “We all have a right to our opinion, but that doesn’t make all opinions right.”

Their observations bring me to a recent newspaper op-ed in which a local columnist exercised her right to publish an above-the-fold opinion arguing that “assault weapons”1 should only be authorized for military use. (She also objected to handguns2 for self-defense.)

Predictably, her column was published in the wake of the attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Like all of us, she was horrified by these high-profile mass murders committed by sociopathic assailants using what she called “military style” rifles. But our emotional response should be tempered and informed by the facts, chief among those being that such attacks are extremely rare in a country of 330 million people, representing only a fraction of 1% of our nation’s homicides.

Put another way, a homicide victim is far more likely to be murdered by an assailant using a knife, blunt object, or fists than by a rifle of any type.

Like me, I’m sure that this columnist considers ALL violence against innocents abhorrent, regardless of what weapon is used, particularly the epidemic of murders occurring in the urban poverty centers institutionalized by failed social policies of her Democrat Party. But like most of her demographic, she is predisposed to think violence is a “gun problem” rather than a complex cultural problem. Just take the guns away — problem solved!

So why am I rebutting a local op-ed columnist? For two reasons...

Shocking PSA depicts bloodied, terrified children in a school shooting

A public service announcement video shared by nonprofit group Sandy Hook Promise has stirred up significant controversy for its depiction of school children bleeding and screaming for their lives during an active school shooting.

The video begins as a satire of "back-to-school" commercials with young children showing off their new school supplies. After a few frames, screams can be heard in the background as the children promoting their new gear start to use school supplies as defensive weapons. Children jump through broken windows and wait, terrified, in locked classrooms and bathroom stalls.

The video, produced by Sandy Hook Promise, describes its call to action as: "Survive the school year with these must-have back to school essentials."


Saudi Arabia: Iran’s role in oil facility attacks is ‘undeniable’

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday displayed evidence it labeled as “undeniable” proof Iran was behind devastating attacks on two major oil facilities — the scorched remnants of missiles and drones that prompted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to call the attack an “act of war.”

Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said 25 Iranian weapons were launched during the Saturday strikes that cut the kingdom’s oil production in half and briefly sent crude prices soaring.

During a news conference in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, al-Malki showed reporters wreckage from some of what he said were 18 drones and seven cruise missiles used in the attacks.


Washington Monument to reopen after three-year closure

WASHINGTON — There’s only one point in the nation’s capital from which you can see the World War II Memorial, White House, the Jefferson Memorial and United States Capitol.

But for the past three years, Americans couldn’t go up in the Washington Monument. The iconic landmark’s elevator broke down about two to three times each week in 2016, prompting the National Park Service to close the structure for an elevator overhaul.

But Mike Litterst, spokesman for the park service’s National Mall and Memorial Parks, said “we’re open for good” when the monument stages its grand reopening on Thursday.


Who Is CASA de Maryland?

CASA de Maryland (also called CASA) is a left-of-center 501(c)(3) immigration advocacy organization that helps immigrants, most often of Central American extraction, find employment, regardless of their legal status in the United States. CASA’s executive director has told workers he will never turn their names over to federal immigration officials.

CASA leads its membership in political and policy advocacy that has included public demonstrations against the Trump administration’s restrictionist immigration policies, promoting a path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the United States, promoting legislation allowing undocumented aliens to pay in-state tuition at Maryland state colleges, and campaigns to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

CASA is one of five organizations suing to overturn the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census form. In 2008, CASA tried to prevent the police department in Montgomery County, Maryland, from giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents the names of foreign nationals arrested for violent crimes and illegal firearms possession.

In November 2007, CASA executive director Gustavo Torres attended a conference in Venezuela, a nation then ruled by hard-left socialist president Hugo Chavez, where the main event was a panel discussion entitled “United States: A possible revolution.” The following year Citgo Petroleum – an oil company owned by the Venezuelan government – made a $1.5 million donation to CASA.

In addition to funding sources controlled by the Venezuelan government, federal state and local governments in the United States have provided a significant share of CASA’s donations. A 2011 Washington Post profile reported that “nearly half” of CASA’s $6 million budget came from “local, state and federal appropriations.” Contributors noted in the 2017 CASA annual report include several federal agencies, the state governments of Maryland and Virginia, and local government agencies within those states.

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[See also: Illegal aliens amnestied by Obama sue for right to welfare]

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RNC raises record-setting $23.5M in August, as GOP momentum builds

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is expected to announce this week that it raised a record-setting $23.5 million in August and had $53.8 million cash on hand as of the end of that month -- signaling growing GOP momentum heading into the 2020 elections.

It isn't unusual for a committee to perform well when its party controls the White House. But, even accounting for that advantage, the RNC's numbers were significant: the August fundraising total was the highest recorded in August during an off-cycle year by either the RNC or DNC, and the RNC has not had as much cash on hand since September 2016, just before Election Day.

The RNC's figures included only money directly contributed to the committee and did not include money contributed to any other joint committee.


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WCSAO: Clarence Powell Guilty Of Child Sex Offenses, Sentenced To Forty Years

UPDATED: Ilhan Omar accuses Trump of putting her life in danger after retweeting false claim

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar accused President Trump of spreading "lies that put my life" in jeopardy after he retweeted a false claim about her on Wednesday.
Conservative pundit Terrence K. Williams tweeted a video of Omar with the caption: "GET THIS WOMAN OUT OF OFFICE. Ilhan Omar partied on the anniversary of 9/11 because she believes 'some people just did somethings.' President Trump was bashed for playing golf On MLK day but it's okay for Omar to party? RT so everyone can see this."
Attached to Williams' tweet was a video of Omar dancing along with other members of Congress. The Minnesota Democrat was in fact dancing at the Congressional Black Caucus' annual legislative conference, which took place on Sept. 13, not on the anniversary of the terrorists attacks.


CNN releases details on 4 1/2 hour LGBT town hall

CNN announced the details surrounding next month's presidential town hall on LGBT issues Wednesday.

The town hall event will be held at The Novo theater in Los Angeles on Oct. 10, which coincides with the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day.

Each of the nine candidates who are participating will be given 30 minutes to answer questions from the moderators and audience members. The event will go on for four-and-a-half hours, according to the network.

The candidates who will be participating are, in the order of their appearances, philanthropist Tom Steyer, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.


Gov. Hogan Asks Frosh To Pursue Violent Offenders In Baltimore

During a visit to Baltimore on Wednesday evening, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he is directing Attorney General Brian Frosh to prosecute more violent crime cases in Baltimore City and asking Maryland State Police to execute more high-priority warrants for violent offenders.

Though Maryland's attorney general is independent of the governor, the attorney general's office may pursue cases at the direction or with the permission of the governor or lawmakers.

“I hereby direct you to independently investigate and prosecute criminal suits alleging violations of State criminal laws that relate to any of the following offenses in which any element of the crime occurs within Baltimore City: crimes of violence; crimes related to firearms; and organized crime," Hogan wrote in a letter to Frosh.


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