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Friday, January 24, 2020

'Wouldn’t that be great?': Trump would 'love' to attend impeachment trial and ‘stare at their corrupt faces’

President Trump said he would enjoy attending his own impeachment trial, but his lawyers would not be supportive of the move.

“Wouldn’t that be great? Wouldn’t that be beautiful? I’d sort of love to sit right in the front row and stare at their corrupt faces. I’d love to do. Don’t keep talking because you may convince me to do it,” Trump told reporters Wednesday during a news conference in Davos, Switzerland.

Trump, who has bashed his impeachment as a “hoax,” said his lawyers “might have a problem” if he attends.


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Troopers Investigating Serious Crash- Bridgeville

Bridgeville– The Delaware State Police are investigating a serious crash involving a single vehicle that occurred last evening.

The incident occurred on January 23, 2020 at approximately 11:20 p.m., when a 2019 International Box Truck was traveling eastbound on Federalsburg Road approaching the intersection with Barnes Road. As the operator approached this intersection, he encountered a stop sign with post lying in the middle of the eastbound lane of travel within the intersection. To avoid this sign, the operator swerved causing the truck to strike a ditch and overturn.

The operator of the box truck, a 32-year-old male from Seaford, DE was transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

The eastbound lane of Federalsburg Road was closed for approximately 4 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

Through further investigations it was determined that the stop sign did not sustain damage and appeared to have been pulled from its posted location and intentionally thrown in the roadway prior to this crash. The Delaware State Police, Troop 5 have been made aware of two other signs being removed from the ground and placed either in the roadway or on the shoulder. All three incidents have occurred in the area of Bridgeville west of US 13.

The Delaware State Police are asking anyone that has information in reference to this crash or the removal of the signs in the Bridgeville area to please contact Troop 5, TFC. K. Marvel at 302-337-8253. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

Trump administration approves construction of Keystone XL pipeline on US land, moving project closer to completion

The Trump administration has approved a right of way allowing construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on U.S. land, moving the project one step closer toward completion after years of political and legal battles.

The segment of land cleared, approximately 46 miles in Montana, is only a small fraction of the overall pipeline but was “crucial” to move the project forward, according to the Associated Press.

“Today’s decision is an important milestone in constructing the Keystone XL pipeline and a great day for the common sense infrastructure improvement in our country,” Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt said in a statement. “President Trump clearly recognizes the importance of having the infrastructure necessary to meet our energy needs and to fuel our economic progress.”


ICE HSI Wilmington and Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office recover most rare stolen Christopher Columbus letter

WILMINGTON, Delaware — On Wednesday, Jan. 22, for the fourth time since 2016, U.S. Attorney for District of Delaware and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Wilmington announced that they have recovered a more than 500-year-old copy of Christopher Columbus’ letter describing his discoveries in the Americas to the Government of Italy. This announcement follows a court filing in the District of Delaware, which ordered the return of this historic document to the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, Italy. This letter, commonly known as a Plannck I edition (“Columbus Letter-Plannck I”), is exceptionally rare because this first edition only mentions the King of Spain, while the second edition, commonly known as Plannck II, acknowledges both the King and Queen of Spain. This Columbus Letter-Plannck I is valued in excess of $1,300,000.
Following a lengthy investigation by HSI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, and the Italian Carabinieri Command for Protection of Cultural Heritage, investigators determined that, sometime in or around 1875, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, Italy acquired a copy of the Columbus Letter-Plannck I, described above. At an unknown time between 1985 and 1988, the Columbus Letter-Plannck I was stolen from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
Unlike prior recovered Columbus letters, this Columbus Letter-Plannck I was not replaced with a forgery, but instead was missing from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana for decades. The investigation determined that, in May 2003, a collector acting in good faith unknowingly purchased the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana’s Columbus Letter-Plannck I letter from a rare book dealer in the United States.
In 2019, following negotiations between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and representatives for the individual in possession of the letter, the parties agreed to permit Dr. Paul Needham from Princeton University to inspect the Columbus Letter-Plannck I, along with important evidence provided by the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Dr. Needham’s inspection ultimately assisted investigators in determining that the Columbus Letter-Plannck I was, in fact, the stolen letter that belonged to the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Accordingly, the individual in possession of the Columbus Letter-Plannck I voluntarily agreed to relinquish title and interest in the letter.
U.S. Attorney Weiss stated that, “We continue to be thankful for our strong law enforcement partnership with the Government of Italy to combat cross-border crimes that bring stolen cultural property into the United States for sale. This recovery is an excellent example of international law enforcement collaboration resulting in the return of world treasurers to their rightful owners. I commend the efforts of those involved in this case, including Dr. Needham for his expertise in this field.”
“Culturally significant artifacts are assigned a monetary value in the world's marketplaces in which they are traded,” said William Walker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI Philadelphia. “But the cultural and symbolic worth of these objects far surpasses any given dollar value to the nations to whom they rightfully belong. HSI is pleased that today's court action is a positive step toward returning this five-century old Christopher Columbus letter to the people of Italy.”
The case is being investigated by Special Agent Mark Olexa and Investigator Mario Coppola, HSI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie M. McCall for the District of Delaware.

Soros-linked group spends record $48 million lobbying in 2019

An advocacy group with ties to George Soros spent a record amount of money on lobbying during the 2019 calendar year, according to filings.

The Open Society Policy Center spent $24 million into lobbying efforts during the fourth quarter of 2019, according to disclosures filed Monday.

Since President Trump's election, the Soros-connected lobbying group has spent nearly $100 million — $48 million in 2019 alone — which amounts to $40 million more than the previous 14 years of spending combined, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Soros has long been criticized by Republicans for using his money to push left-wing causes.


#RedforEd Founder Promoting ‘Teacher Agency’ in Politics to Academia

The founder of the #RedforEd movement is now promoting “next-generation” political teacher activism to academics in graduate schools of education around the country in order to further advance a socialist agenda in the United States.

Noah Karvelis — who launched the #RedforEd movement in Arizona when he was 23 years old in March of 2018 — is now a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

In November, the BerkeleyReviewofEducation, “a peer-reviewed inter-disciplinary journal… edited by students from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California,” that is part of a 25,000 member professional organization of college faculty, administration, and researchers, published his left-wing political call to action for all teachers, titled “Towards a Theory of Teacher Agency: Conceptualizing the Political Positions and Possibilities of Teacher Movements.”

The #RedforEd movement scored a number of political successes around the country in 2019.

Coronavirus Confirmed In Chicago

Illinois health officials announced the second confirmed case of Coronavirus in the U.S. was located in Chicago.

Coronavirus in Chicago:

CDPH says patient did NOT take public transportation or come in close contact with anyone outside her home

They say patient was asymptomatic (not showing symptoms) during her travel, which they say = low risk for transmissions@cbschicago

— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) January 24, 2020

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the patient is in her 60’s and traveled to Wuhan in late December. She flew back to Chicago on Jan. 13.

Officials said she did not exhibit symptoms when she arrived. The incubation period for some can be around 2 weeks.

Dr. Allison Arwady of the Chicago Department of Public Health said the woman took all correct precaution, including contacting her doctor before arriving at the office.


Pennsylvania mother facing multiple charges after 16-year-old weighs in at 26 pounds

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Elizabet Estrada of Chambersburg is facing multiple charges after her 16-year-old son went to the doctor and weighed 26 pounds.

Court documents show the teen weighed 22 pounds when he was three years old, and just 26 pounds at age 16. Investigators say in all the years in between, the child had no doctor appointments or medical care.

“The family lives internally amongst each other,” said Det. Sgt. Jon Greenawalt of the Chambersburg Police Department. “The mother and four children … by the mother’s statements, they don’t have a lot of contact outside the home. They were schooled at home through the mother.”


34 US troops diagnosed with concussions, TBIs from Iran missile strike, Pentagon says

A Pentagon spokesman on Friday confirmed that at least 34 U.S. troops were diagnosed with concussions or traumatic brain injuries from the Iran missile strike in Iraq.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman told reporters that of those diagnosed with concussions or TBIs:
  • 8 were sent to Germany for treatment, then moved to the U.S. for additional care;
  • 9 were sent to Germany and were still being treated there as of Friday;
  • 1 was sent to Kuwait and then returned to Iraq;
  • 16 were diagnosed in Iraq and returned to duty there.


County Executive Announces Public Hearing on Proposed Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2021


Salisbury, MD ... Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver invites all citizens to participate in a Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget, Capital Improvement Budget, Governmental and Enterprise Funds Budgets and the appropriation of all expenditures for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.  The meeting will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Flanders Room of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center beginning at 6:00 PM.

The public is encouraged to present their comments and questions.  County Executive Culver and his staff will consider the suggestions of the citizens when creating the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget.  Final decisions will be based on prioritization of need and available funding sources.

WHO:          Wicomico County Residents
                                                County Executive Culver and Staff

WHAT:        Public Hearing Notice
                                                Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget

WHEN:        Monday, March 23, 2020, at 6:00 PM

WHERE:      Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
                                                500 Glen Avenue, Salisbury MD
                                                Flanders Room

Trump Impeachment Theater a Farce to Protect the Federal Administrative State

The partisan farce that is President Donald Trump Impeachment Theater is a political puppet show, a diversion that covers a truly titanic battle obscured by the dancing marionettes.

The audience knows how the Democratic impeachment show ends, with likely acquittal by the Republican majority in the Senate.

Some must figure Trump's impeachment has been designed by Democrats to continue their delegitimization of the president. And, aided as they are by their liberal Beltway media handmaidens, they seek to weaken the Republican hold on the Senate.

But what this is really about is Democratic desperation to protect their true source of power. It's just off-stage, in the wings of the theater -- the magic weapon they need to continue remaking America in their own image:


Alleged al-Qaeda Jihadis Caught Trying to Enter U.S. with Fake Colombian Passports

American authorities identified and apprehended three Syrian nationals accused of belonging to al-Qaeda in Dallas, Texas, from Colombia, the Colombian news agency RCN reported on Thursday, publishing images of the three individuals’ fake passports.

According to RCN, American law enforcement identified the three individuals as Al Raefee, Tuameh Tuameh, and Al Harari Al Harari. The three are believed to be in U.S. custody, soon to be charged with membership in a terrorist organization. The men appear to have entered Colombia through Venezuela, where they acquired Colombian residency paperwork, a government identification card, and a Colombian passport through an illegal documentation network.

Journalist Luis Carlos Vélez reportedly stated that the U.S. embassy identified them as al-Qaeda terrorists when they attempted to procure U.S. visas, which does not align with the RCN report that police arrested them in Dallas. The RCN report does not note if Dallas authorities arrested them at the airport, which would suggest the men did receive U.S. visas and got on board a flight to the country, or if they arrived by other means.


Dementia Patient And Her Carer Sing Sinatra Classic And Hit Number 7 On The Charts

When 31-year-old carer Jamie Lee Morley first heard aged care resident Margaret Mackie sing, he automatically assumed that the beautiful voice he heard was coming from a nearby radio.

While it is certainly not uncommon for aged care staff and residents to develop strong bonds, nobody at the Northcare Suites Care Home in Glasgow, Scotland, could have imagined what would happen next.

The pair were recently thrust into the public spotlight as heartwarming footage of the young carer and the 83-year-old resident performing Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ at the nursing home Christmas party became a viral internet sensation.

And if that wasn’t enough, this dynamic duo have now recorded the song professionally and it is soaring up the charts in the UK.


Trump administration allows Texas to receive family planning funds while excluding Planned Parenthood

The Trump administration will allow Texas to receive federal family planning funds for a program that excludes Planned Parenthood.

Texas had given up Medicaid funding for its program, Healthy Texas Women, in 2013, after the Obama administration had disapproved of its plan to deny funding to organizations that perform abortions. On Wednesday, the Trump administration granted a waiver effectively reversing that decision and restoring funding.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the decision meant that "Texas is once again in partnership with the federal government to provide family planning and health services through the Healthy Texas Women program while fostering a culture of life."


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Republican senators demand DHS to explain why Pensacola shooter was granted a visa

Three Republican senators called on acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to explain how the gunman from the shooting in Pensacola, Florida, was granted a visa.

Ahmed Mohammed al Shamrani, a 21-year-old Saudi national, opened fire and killed three at Navy air station in Pensacola, Florida. Saudi authorities reported that they believe Shamrani was radicalized in 2018 during an extended stay in the Middle East. He then returned to the United States to be trained at the Naval base before he turned his weapon on his peers in December.

In a letter to Wolf, Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott joined Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin in demanding more information on the department’s visa vetting system, given that Shamrani was allowed to return to the U.S. after being radicalized.


Saudi 9/11 suspects were exonerated by Bush government before FBI could finish investigation: Agents shed new light on the investigation

An FBI agent who was one of the leads on the initial 9/11 investigation believes the evidence of possible Saudi links is significant and should be publicly released.

A team of FBI agents spent more than a decade secretly investigating the possible Saudi links - even after they were told to give up and high-level officials disregarded any connections.

The details regarding the FBI investigation - dubbed Operation Encore - has mostly been shrouded in secrecy since the terror attacks occurred in 2001.

A joint investigation by New York Times Magazine and ProPublica - that included interviews with over 50 current of ex-FBI agents - has uncovered several missed investigative opportunities.


Trump administration rolls back Obama clean water rule

The Trump administration unveiled a rewrite of an Obama-era clean water rule Thursday, setting a narrower definition for which waters are covered under federal protections.

The new rule, which will replace the Obama administration waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, rule, is meant to fulfill one of President Trump’s major energy and environmental priorities. Trump, in recent remarks to the American Farm Bureau, called the WOTUS rule “one of the most ridiculous regulations of all,” saying it “gave bureaucrats virtually unlimited authority to regulate stock tanks, drainage ditches, and isolated ponds as navigable waterways and navigable water.”

Under the Trump administration’s regulation, issued Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, four types of waters are covered by federal protections: traditional navigable waters, such as seas and rivers; streams that flow into traditional navigable waters; wetlands right next to covered waters; and certain lakes, ponds, and impoundments.


Libyan tied to Benghazi attack sentenced to 19 years in prison

A Libyan man who assisted an Islamist militia that stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in 2012 was sentenced to 19 1/2 years in prison.

Mustafa al Imam, 47, was convicted in June of conspiring to support terrorists and destroying government property. The jury was deadlocked on other charges, including murder charges related to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

On Thursday, Judge Christopher Cooper said the Libyan man acted as the "eyes and ears" for the mastermind of the attack that night.


‘Blood money’: Iranian strategist suggests ransoming US hostages 'to solve the sanctions problem'

A top political strategist and Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps officer told supporters that Iran should kidnap hostages and ransom them back to the United States for "blood money."

"Here's how the IRGC generates funds. The IRGC detains a spy like Jason Rezaian," Hassan Abbasi can be heard saying in a video that surfaced on Wednesday. "The U.S. pleads for him to be released, and we ask them to pay for him. Our government gets paid $1.7 billion to hand over this spy. By detaining one spy, the IRGC earns the $1-2 billion, which it was supposed to receive from the government budget."

Rezaian is an Iranian American journalist who served as Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post before he was arrested and convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in Iran in 2015. He was released during President Barack Obama's tenure as part of a prisoner swap on Jan. 16, 2016, the same day that U.S. officials paid Iran $1.7 billion.


Ex-Maryland cop accused of raping woman he pulled over in traffic stop is HIV positive: police

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - A former Fairmount Heights police officer who faces an array of charges - including rape - is now accused of intentionally trying to pass on HIV.

The investigation into Martique Vanderpool of Capitol Heights began after he allegedly pulled over a victim and then raped her when they returned to the station.

According to Prince George’s County Police arrest documents, Vanderpool and another officer pulled the victim over in the Landover area shortly before midnight on Sept. 6, 2019.


'Dangerous historical precedent': Republican state attorneys general admonish impeachment in letter to Senate

Twenty-one Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to the Senate rebuking the impeachment of President Trump, claiming it would set a dangerous precedent moving forward.

The letter, which was sent on Wednesday morning, called for the Senate to dismiss the charges and end the trial, according to Fox News.

"This impeachment proceeding threatens all future elections and establishes a dangerous historical precedent," it read. "That new precedent will erode the separation of powers shared by the executive and legislative branches by subjugating future Presidents to the whims of the majority opposition party in the House of Representatives."


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Russiagate Spy Paid $1 Million By Obama Was WaPo Deep Throat

Stephan Halper, the longtime CIA and FBI operative who conducted espionage on the 2016 Trump campaign, was feeding information to Washington Post reporter David Ignatius through his handler, according to The Federalist, which describes his actions as "more evidence that the intelligence community has co-opted the press to push anti-Trump conspiracy theories."

According to a court filing by Michael Flynn's defense team, Halper's 'handler' in the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), Col. James Baker, "regularly lunched with the Washington Post reporter."

(Also leaking to Ignatius was Christopher Steele)

As we noted in May of 2018, Halper was paid over $1 million by the Obama administration through the Office of Net Assessment - nearly half of which came during 'Russiagate' - in which he not only surveilled multiple Trump campaign aides, he was involved in an effort to tie General Flynn to a Russian academic, Svetlana Lokhova, as part of a smear campaign.


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‘You should quit’: Rashida Tlaib blasts GOP senators for taking breaks from impeachment trial

Rep. Rashida Tlaib told Republican senators they "should quit" after nearly two dozen were spotted missing segments of President Trump's Senate impeachment trial.

"If you don't want to do your job Senators, then you should quit," the Michigan Democrat tweeted on Thursday morning.

The remark came in response to congressional reporter Michael McAuliff's report that more than 20 GOP senators were absent for Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff's presentation during the House impeachment managers' opening arguments. Meanwhile, there were two empty seats on the Democratic side.


Seattle residents voting in a county election will be the first to be able to cast a ballot on their smartphones

Today, King Conservation District officials announced that some 1.2 million residents in the Seattle area will be able to use their smartphones to vote in an upcoming election, a first in American history.

Eligible voters can access ballots for a board of supervisors election by using their name and birth date to log in to a customized web page designed for smartphone browsers

The mobile web page will record all of their votes and let them submit their completed ballots starting today and going through February 11th.


New York City votes to BAN cashless businesses because it is 'elitist' and 12% of residents don't have bank accounts

New York City has voted to ban cashless businesses because it is 'elitist' and 12 per cent of the city's residents don't have bank accounts.

The City Council passed a bill Thursday afternoon that will make cashless-only policies illegal across the city and hit businesses with hefty fines of $1,000 to $1,500 if they fail to accept cash payments from customers.

Lawmakers approved the legislation, first introduced by Council member Ritchie Torres in November 2018, by a 43-3 margin.


'Show up to court with a toothbrush': ICE says sanctuary city officials should expect jail time if they ignore subpoenas

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is prepared to go to court with two "sanctuary cities," New York City, New York, and Denver, Colorado, if they fail to provide personal information on illegal immigrants with criminal records released in each city instead of being transferred to ICE.

“We expect them to comply" with subpoenas for the information, said acting ICE Director Matt Albence at a press conference in Washington on Thursday. "If they don’t comply, we’ll be working with DOJ to go to district court to force them to comply with the requirements,” Albence said, noting the rule in the U.S. Code that he said justified the move. “The individuals that fail to comply can be held in contempt," he said. "They can show up to court with a toothbrush because they might not be going home that night. Because they could be jailed for failure to comply with a lawful order from a judge. That’s the route we’re going.”

ICE looks at local arrests to see if a person is illegally in the country. If they appear to be an illegal immigrant, the officer can request that the local law enforcement agency notify ICE before they are released so that ICE can take custody and begin deportation proceedings. Sanctuary zones release illegal immigrants, including those with criminal convictions, after they make bail or serve time in jail without notifying ICE.


‘Outlet challenge’ prompts safety warnings from fire investigators

Fire investigators in Massachusetts are hoping to help pull the plug on a new viral “challenge” that may be redefining the word “stupid.”

It’s called the “outlet challenge.” Participants insert the plug part of a phone-charger cord only part of the way in, then try to produce a spark by touching a penny to the exposed prongs.

The challenge has been linked to scorchings of outlets in Holden and Plymouth as well as a fire at Westford Academy, where one student is facing criminal charges, Boston’s WBZ-TV reported. Officials are also warning of the possibility of death by electrocution.

House impeachment managers say Senate acquitting Trump would look 'rigged'

Three of the House impeachment managers presiding over the impeachment trial in the Senate claimed that if the Senate votes to acquit President Trump, it would lead to the belief that the process was "rigged."

Democratic Reps. Zoe Lofgren of California, Sylvia Garcia of Texas, and Val Demings of Florida said that if the Senate votes against removing the president from office, it would not completely exonerate him, in part because he was still impeached by the House, according to NBC News.

"It seems to me, if there's not a full, fair trial with witnesses, he may get an acquittal, but he's not going to get an exoneration," Lofgren said in the interview, in response to a question about whether an acquittal would be touted by the administration as a victory. "It's going to be seen for what it is, just a rubber stamp to get him off the hook."


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CBP Enacts ‘Enhanced Health Screening’ as Chinese Coronavirus Comes to U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials implemented “enhanced health screening” for travelers arriving at key U.S. airports from Wuhan, China. The action by CBP officials follows the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States on Tuesday.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have implemented enhanced health screening for travelers entering the United States on direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China due to an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV),” CBP officials said in a written statement on Tuesday afternoon. “This additional health screening is now in place at three U.S. airports—John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Chicago-O’Hare and Atlanta International Airports will add entry health screening later this week.”

The enhanced health screening by CBP officers, in coordination with CDC officials, began on Friday, CBP officials told Breitbart Texas.