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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

'Real Indian' running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren sues after city tells him to stop calling her 'Fake Indian'

A self-described "real Indian" who is running against Mass. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is suing after city officials demanded he take down his signs calling her a "fake Indian."

The upstart independent Senate challenger, Shiva Ayyadurai, on Sunday filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the demand from the city of Cambridge violates his constitutional free speech rights, according to The Washington Times.

Since March 17, Ayyadurai's campaign bus has sported two identical signs picturing himself and a rendition of Warren wearing Indian attire. Emblazoned next to the images are the words: "Only a REAL INDIAN Can Defeat the Fake Indian."

The bus has reportedly been stationed in a parking lot in front of an office building owned by Ayyadurai, who faces exceptionally long odds, for more than a month -- just a mile from Warren's home.


How FDA Approved Cannabis Products Could Affect CBD Distribution Channels

Last week, GW Pharma (NASDAQ: GWPH) scored a milestone victory, as the thirteen-member panel at the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee, which met on April 19th to consider the safety and efficacy of Epidiolex, its CBD-based product, and pass along its conclusions to the FDA, gave it a unanimous decision in favor of Epidiolex. The committee, which referred to Epidiolex as “Cannibidiol Oral Solution” (CBD-OS), saw it as safe and efficacious in treating seizures in patients 2 years of age and older suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDA is expected to complete its review process of the Epidiolex New Drug Application by June 27th. If approved, Epidiolex will be the first cannabis-derived FDA-drug approved.
Clearing a Big Misconception

Many are curious about how FDA approval of a cannabis-derived medicine will impact scheduling of cannabis, which is a Schedule 1 controlled substance having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). While the approval of Epidiolex will certainly lay the foundation for a challenge to the DEA scheduling of the underlying plant from which CBD is derived or even CBD itself, the DEA can schedule it differently from cannabis itself. GW Pharma expects the drug, if approved, to be Schedule 4, similar to many sleep or pain medications. The DEA will have up to 90 days upon FDA approval to schedule Epidiolex, assuming Health and Human Services provides it with a recommendation concurrently with the FDA approval.

The law further states that the 90-day time-frame starts the later of (1) the date DEA receives the HHS scientific and medical evaluation/scheduling recommendation or (2) the date DEA receives notice of the NDA approval by HHS. In addition, the law specifies that the rule-making shall become immediately effective as an interim final rule without requiring the DEA to demonstrate good cause therefor.

Most recently, the DEA took more than 90 days to schedule Syndros, a synthetic THC oral solution developed by Insys Therapeutics, that was approved by the FDA on July 1, 2016. The DEA issued an interim ruling on March 23, 2017 that was finalized in late 2017, though this delay was likely because of the abuse potential of Syndros, a rapid-acting product, that required additional information.


NRA out-raised gun control groups one month after Parkland

As the student-led March for Our Lives movement captured the nation's attention in the weeks after the Parkland shooting, the other side of the gun control debate enjoyed a banner month of its own.

The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million from March 1 to March 31, the group's first full month of political fundraising since the nation's deadliest high school shooting on Valentine's Day, according to filings submitted to the Federal Elections Commission. The total is $1.5 million more than the organization raised during the same time period in 2017, when it took in $884,000 in donations, and $1.6 million more than it raised in February 2018.

The $2.4 million haul is the most money raised by the NRA's political arm in one month since June 2003, the last month when electronic federal records were readily available. It surpasses the $1.1 million and $1.5 million raised in January and February 2013, the two months after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.


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WATCH: CNN Mocks DNC Lawsuit, '100% Stunt, It's Just A Way To Raise Money'

On Friday, CNN's Chief Political Analyst mocked the multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee against the Russian government, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and WikiLeaks, calling it a complete stunt.

The DNC's lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, claims members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to promote Trump and damage Clinton and seeks to collect financial damages from the alleged hacking of the DNC's servers — which the FBI still has not seen.


Hillary Was Sick Of Being So Disliked

A new book reveals that Hillary Clinton “cut off” pollsters who worked on her campaign because they kept reminding her how much people actually disliked her.

The Daily Beast reports that New York Times reporter Amy Chozick, who covered Clinton during the campaign, has a new book about her campaign where she writes that Hillary “cut off Joel and the pollster John Anzalone, as they walked her through the almost daily reminder that half the country disliked her.”

Hillary reportedly told her pollsters, “You know, I am getting pretty tired of hearing about how nobody likes me.”


City of Salisbury Maryland Website Link to access Mayor's Proposed FY19 Budget

Good morning all,

We have been advised that the direct link to the Mayor’s Proposed FY19 Budget on the City’s Website, provided in the 4-23-18-Council Meeting Agenda-Packet, does not work and shows an error message. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

To avoid this happening in the future, the Clerk’s Office is providing the link below to the Homepage of the City Website; the Proposed Budget may then be accessed by clicking on the Blue Content Box-Mayor’s Proposed FY19 Budget.

WATCH: Shapiro: How Do You Solve Crime In The Black Community?

During the Q&A after his Wednesday night speech at the University of Connecticut, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro was asked what the solution was to crime-ridden black neighborhoods. Shapiro started by delineating the causes of crime, largely the skyrocketing rate of single motherhood (which he also noted has skyrocketed in white communities), and the absence of a strong police force in those black neighborhoods. He then articulated a three-pronged solution: increased policing; a cultural focus on fathers staying in the home and mothers not bearing children out of wedlock; and an individual commitment not to commit crimes that should be inculcated not by the schools, but by parents.

The exchange went like this:

Questioner: “One of my questions is you talk about this culture between black and black violence. What is your solution, then, to that?”

Shapiro: “Don’t commit crimes.”

Questioner: “I feel like there’s a bigger issue.”


My broader solution, really, is that these communities require more police, not less. There’s a woman named Jill Leovy, she writes for the LA Times; she’s actually on the Left, and she wrote an entire book about how a lot of the disparities in crime, particularly in black communities, were due to racism, but not in the way that we think of racism, like white cops going in and beating people up in black neighborhoods, but because white people basically said to black neighborhoods, “Take care of yourself. If there’s high violence in your areas then you take care of it yourself.”

That leads to higher tribal levels of violence in any society, right? Whenever there’s not an enforcement mechanism in place to actually stop crime, then the crime rates go up. And in fact, the “broken windows” theory in New York City has saved an enormous number of black lives because the police were actually present and active. You need more active present police hunting down people who kill other people, that’s part of the problem; part of the problem is that you actually need fathers to stick around. This is true in white communities and black communities. One of the great tragedies of the last four decades in the United States is that the single motherhood rate has risen not just in the black community, from 20 percent in 1960 to over 70 percent now, but in five percent in the white community to over 40 percent now. That’s a huge jump in both communities; young men, particularly, do need a male influence there to curb them. As a man who was once young, I can attest to this. So I think that’s another aspect.


Trent Dilfer on Kaepernick: NFL Teams Don't Want an Activist with 'Disastrous' Play

Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer discussed free agent Colin Kaepernick Wednesday on Fox Sports 1’s “Speak for Yourself,” explaining the activist quarterback has two knocks against him that are likely keeping him from being in the NFL at the age of 30 — his activism and most recent film from 2016 that shows “disastrous” play.

“An NFL organization doesn’t want an activist — they want a quarterback,” Dilfer, who played 13 years in the NFL, pointed out. “[Kaepernick] is viewed by the country more now as an activist than a quarterback. Right or wrong, that’s how he’s viewed.”

The NFL analyst continued, “His tape is bad. The last year of tape is bad. He had the yips. I’ve had the yips. I’ve had them throwing and I’ve had them putting. He couldn’t throw it from here to the camera towards the end accurately. He was so locked up as a quarterback. … The tape doesn’t lie. And to get through the activist part to the football part, you then have to battle that last year of tape — which isn’t very good either.”


‘Overwhelmed’ postal worker arrested after 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail found

NEW YORK – A New York City postal worker was arrested after 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail were found in his car, apartment and home, authorities said.

Aleksey Germash, a letter carrier who’s worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 16 years, had undelivered mail from as far back as 2005 in his possession. He told investigators he kept the mail because was overwhelmed by the amount he had to deliver each day. Germash said he made sure to deliver “the important mail.”

Officials found about 10,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his car, approximately 1,000 pieces in his locker at the Dyker Heights, Brooklyn post office where he worked, along with roughly 6,000 additional pieces of undelivered mail in his apartment.

They started investigating after they received information about full mail bags inside Germash’s car. USPS employees found 20 full bags in his car on April 18.

He was arrested April 19.


Baltimore Police Commissioner Apologizes For Policing History

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s police commissioner addressed a crowd at a hip-hop concert alongside the mayor, but the audience didn’t seem interested in what he had to say.

“I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said at Wednesday’s Eric B. & Rakim concert at Baltimore Soundstage.

A video posted by Baltimore Fishbowl shows De Sousa being met with a few applause but mostly boo’s — as well as several profanities.

“Two hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights. All the way to the ’80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. All the way to the ’90s. All the way to the 2000’s when we had zero tolerance,” De Sousa added.


Homeowner shoots, kills suspected burglar in Greenville Co.Id'd

GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) -- Deputies are investigating the fatal shooting of a suspected burglar.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said a resident arrived home Friday morning and found someone inside their home on Easterlin Way.

Deputies say the resident fired at least one round before going outside to call law enforcement.

Officers responding to a reported burglary at the home found the subject dead in a closet.

A family member of the resident tells 7News his niece arrived home after dropping her children off at school and smelled something strange.

That's when Douglas Sweeney said she went to her car for a gun that she legally carries, returned to her home and found a man in her closet.

Sweeney said she shot the man after he lunged at her.


Cop Charged With Using Illegal Traffic Stops to Pick Up Women

A New Jersey state trooper allegedly threatened two women with fines and jail time unless they turned over their phone numbers.

For most people, the words "speed dating" refer to a matchmaking event where singles sit down with a large number of potential mates in rapid succession. For New Jersey State Trooper Eric Richardson, it reportedly involved threatening female motorists with tickets and arrest until they agree to go out with him.

On multiple occasions, the 32-year-old officer pulled over women for traffic violations, according to an indictment filed Thursday. The lovestruck lawman allegedly threatened the women with jail time and fines unless they handed over their phone numbers. Richardson then reportedly badgered the women over text in an attempt to start "an intimate relationship."

Richardson has now been hit with six charges stemming from these stops, including official misconduct, criminal coercion, and falsifying or tampering with records. If convicted, Richardson could face up to 33 years in prison and $350,000 in fines.


Clinton on Losing 2016 Election: 'They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President'

"They were never going to let me be president." That's what two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told her campaign manager, Robby Mook, on election night in November 2016 after he broke the news that she could not win, according to a new book.

The Daily Beast obtained a copy of New York Times reporter Amy Chozick's new book—Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling, which will be released on Tuesday—and highlighted key excerpts from it, including one about election night in 2016. Chozick describes how Clinton's campaign team was distraught when they realized they were not going to win.

"Of all the Brooklyn aides, Jen Palmieri had the most pleasant bedside manner," Chozick writes.

This made Palmieri, Clinton's communications director, the designated "deliverer of bad news" to Clinton. But she told Mook there was no way she could be the person to tell Clinton that she could not win the election. So Mook, who was "drained and deflated," went down the hall to Clinton's suite to deliver the bad news.


Why addicts desperate to kick the habit are turning to this risky treatment

After suffering from anxiety and depression, freelance writer Stefanie Cohen sought help at an ibogaine clinic similar to the one where banking heir Matthew Mellon had received treatment and was about to check into again before his death last week. Cohen found the results so effective, she worked for a time for the Ibogaine Institute, writing web copy for the center. Here, she tells what it’s like taking the drug and why so many people are turning to it for help…

I’ve been running through a gauntlet of people for the past four hours, answering questions, laughing at jokes, getting spit on and hit on and molested. At every turn there’s another person who wants something from me. Some shout. Some whisper so quietly I can barely hear them. And their faces and bodies keep morphing, too — they get fat and thin and tall and short all within a matter of seconds. My parents are there, somewhere, and my sisters, too, but I can’t find them right now because a giant man with six faces is coming right for me.

None of these visions are real. I’m actually lying on my back with a heart monitor taped to my chest in an ibogaine clinic in Rosarito, Mexico. Earlier in the night I swallowed three pills of ibogaine — an alkaloid derived from the African Tabernanthe iboga plant — and I’m in the middle of what feels like the most demented fever dream my mind could possibly imagine. Which is exactly what it is.


Trump hides good things from view

The Trump presidency can be exhausting. What with tweets, unsavory lawyers, and porn models and actresses, not to mention allegations from the #Resistance, it can be hard to see that the administration is actually getting a lot done.

Beneath the surface, obscured by the glaring neon of the president’s exchanges with news media and with other forces determined to degrade our political culture further, is a steady record of conservative accomplishments. These are boosting the economy and paring government back a little closer to its proper size. They are also giving heartburn to anyone on the Left capable of peeling their eyes away from fantasies about a Trumpian conspiracy with Russia.

The headline achievements are still the appointment of a conservative justice to the Supreme Court and the passage of a tax reform bill that is plowing corporate money into investment that previously went to tax avoidance. But Trump is also wrestling trade concessions from China with protectionist rhetoric that we, we admit, opposed, and prizing open that vast market to an unprecedented extent for American automakers.


Georgetown students defend Second Amendment, call on university to arm police officers

In response to the ongoing debate about the safety of gun-free college campuses, students at one private university have called on their school’s administration to take necessary action to ensure both students and campus police have access to firearms as a method of self-defense.

Students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., are calling for campus administrators to fully arm the on-campus police force, in addition to allowing students the choice to carry guns for self-defense while on campus.

Currently, university regulations restrict the ability of the police to guarantee a safe environment on campus, as police officers are not given guns to carry. According to the Georgetown University Police Department, “All GUPD officers are unarmed. … Officers carry safety batons and pepper spray and are provided with a protective vest.”


This Conservative Millennial Explains Why Trump's Policies Are Better for Black Americans

Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens spoke to The Daily Signal’s Rob Bluey about why conservative policies are better for the African-American community. Owens appeared at the White House’s Generation Next forum for millennials Thursday. An edited transcript of her Daily Signal interview is below.

Rob Bluey: How did you become a conservative?

Candace Owens: I think for most people, watching Donald Trump run in 2016, something had to wake up inside of you. This is a man who was celebrated by the media. They could not get enough of Trump. You’re listening to rap and hip-hop music, they glorified him. Everyone wanted to end up at Mar-a-Lago. They said they were acting like Trump.

And then the second he won, he became a racist instantly. In that moment, I understood that racism was being used as a theme and a mechanism to control black Americans, and that the black community needed new leaders to sort of see them through that complete lie.


Prejudice: James Comey Admits FBI Didn’t Believe Hillary Could Be Prosecuted When it Launched Email Probe

Former FBI Director James Comey conceded in his recently released memoir that when the FBI launched its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server the agency did not believe career prosecutors at the Justice Department would move on the case.

In the controversial book, titled A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Comey claims that the FBI was not “going to prejudge the result.” Yet, he immediately admits that they did just that.

Comey writes:

So although we were not going to prejudge the result, we started the Clinton investigation aware that it was unlikely to be a case that the career prosecutors at the Department of Justice would prosecute. That might change, of course, if we could find a smoking-gun email where someone in government told Secretary Clinton not to do what she was doing, or if we could prove she obstructed justice, or if she, like Petraeus, lied to us during an interview.

Comey’s justification for pre-judging the Clinton email case was to compare her to General David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to one charge of mishandling classified information after he was accused of providing classified material to his official biographer while he served as CIA director.


Confident Pelosi: Dems Ready to Push Amnesty, Gun Control ‘When We Win’ in Nov

A confident House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) predicted on Tuesday that Democrats will take back the House and immediately push for amnesty for so-called Dreamers and more gun-control legislation.

“When we win and we take over in January, some of the issues that will come up soon are some of the issues that we are asking the Speaker to do right now,” she said at a Georgetown University event.

Pelosi then said Democrats are set to push “gun-violence legislation and background-checks legislation” in addition to “legislation on the Dreamers.”

“Certainly that will be among the things we will do right away,” she continued.


Democrats Slapped With Demand To Preserve Evidence As Roger Stone Goes After DNC Servers

The gloves are off in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against the Trump campaign, Wikileaks and several other parties including the Russian government, alleging an illegal conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 election in a "brazen attack on American Democracy."

Many have suggested the lawsuit is a tactical error by the DNC, as it may expose or confirm claims against the organization - such as whether they rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders, the level of coordination between the DNC and the Clinton Campaign, and the details surrounding the funding of the "Steele dossier," paid for in part by both the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

The defendants - from President Trump, to Wikileaks - and now Roger Stone - are excited at the prospect of examining the DNC servers which cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike determined were victims of Russian hacking in advance of the 2016 elections. Notably, the DNC would not allow the FBI or anyone else to inspect said servers.


DHS Sec. Vows Illegal ‘Caravan’ Members Will Be Prosecuted, Asylum-Seekers Held Until Adjudicated

President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prevent the illegal alien caravans from entering the U.S., and DHS Sec. Kirstein Nielsen released a warning to illegal border-crossers.

In a Monday morning Tweet, Trump announced his instructions to the DHS:

“Despite the Democrat inspired laws on Sanctuary Cities and the Border being so bad and one sided, I have instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security not to let these large Caravans of people into our Country. It is a disgrace. We are the only Country in the World so naive! WALL”

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen then issued a statement promising to stop, arrest and prosecute members of the illegal alien caravan from Central America:

“DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan’ of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally. A sovereign nation that cannot – or worse, chooses not – to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws – whether persons are part of this ‘caravan’ or not.”

Nielsen also warned illegal aliens who plan to claim “asylum” when caught that they won’t be released into the U.S. pending their court date. Instead, they’ll be held in detention until it’s determined whether or not they’re legitimate asylum-seekers:


U.S. Admiral Outlines New Military Buildup to Counter China

The American admiral slated to head the US Pacific Command is planning a buildup of American forces in the region along with closer alliances as part of the Pentagon’s new strategy to counter China.

Admiral Philip Davidson, the nominee for the command job, revealed in little-noticed testimony to a US Senate committee how he will restructure the 375,000 military and civilian personnel, 200 ships and nearly 1,100 aircraft in the region.

If confirmed for the position, a prospect likely in the coming weeks, Davidson said he would “recalibrate” the command in line with the Pentagon’s new national defense strategy.

“This effort entails ensuring the continued combat readiness of assigned forces in the western Pacific; developing an updated footprint that accounts for China’s rapid modernization and pursuing agreements with host nations that allow the United States to project power when necessary,” Davidson stated in written answers to questions posed by the panel.

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"Very Pissed Off" Obama DOJ Made "Dramatic" Call To McCabe To Quash Clinton Probe

As the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation pressed on during the 2016 election, a senior official with the Obama justice department, identified as Matthew Axelrod, called former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - who thought the DOJ was pressuring him to shut down the investigation, according to the recently released inspector general's (OIG) report.

The official was “very pissed off” at the FBI, the report says, and demanded to know why the FBI was still pursuing the Clinton Foundation when the Justice Department considered the case dormant. -Washington Times

The OIG issued a criminal referral for McCabe based on findings that the former Deputy Director "made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions."

McCabe authorized a self-serving leak to the New York Times claiming that the FBI had not put the brakes on the Clinton Foundation investigation, during a period in which he was coming under fire over a $467,500 campaign donation his wife Jill took from Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe.

“It is bizarre — and that word can’t be used enough — to have the Justice Department call the FBI’s deputy director and try to influence the outcome of an active corruption investigation,” said James Wedick - a former FBI official who conducted corruption investigations at the bureau. “They can have some input, but they shouldn’t be operationally in control like it appears they were from this call.”


Handsy Joe Biden hands out 'Courage Awards' for #MeToo

Former Vice President Joe Biden hosted his “Biden Courage Awards” in New York City this week to profess his love for the #MeToo movement, prompting folks online to point out “Creepy Joe’s” long history of groping young girls and women during public appearances.

Biden appeared at the city’s Russian Tea Room Wednesday to present the first-ever “Biden Courage Awards,” but they didn’t go to the women and children who have survived his roaming hands. Rather, Biden recognized “student heroes” who “are the leading edge in the world in terms of changing attitudes toward women,” Breitbart reports.

We are proud to announce the 2018 Biden Courage Awards in partnership with the @bidenfoundation.

On 04/18, @JoeBiden will join us in NYC for a night dedicated to the changemakers who combat campus sexual assault.
Seriously you have Creepy Joe, my God as a parent I would never want him around my girls. 

FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million

The press continues to feed the dying Russia collusion conspiracy theory, spending Friday’s news cycle regurgitating Democrat talking points from the just-filed Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks, and Russia.

Yet the mainstream media took no notice of last week’s federal court filing that exposes an $84 million money-laundering conspiracy the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign executed during the 2016 presidential election in violation of federal campaign-finance law.

That lawsuit, filed last week in a DC district court, summarizes the DNC-Clinton conspiracy and provides detailed evidence from Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings confirming the complaint’s allegations that Democrats undertook an extensive scheme to violate federal campaign limits.


Border Union Prez Calls for Massive Detention Center at the Border

Building a massive detention facility at the border to hold illegal aliens until their court cases has been proven to stop them from even trying to break into the U.S., the president of the border agents' union told in an exclusive interview.

Brandon Judd, who heads the National Border Patrol Council, says he's certain that building a massive holding facility at the border would stop illegal immigration - because it's a "tried and proven technique" he's seen work in the past when a "mass of Brazilians" were storming the U.S. southwest border: “Do you think it would help to create some type of massive holding facility at the border to simply hold those claiming credible fear until they can be vetted and adjudicated since so many of them end up getting released into the united states and never show up for court?”

Brandon Judd: “I know it would. And, the reason why I say I know it would is because it’s already been a tried and proven technique.

“Back in the early 2,000s, late 90’s, early 2,000’s, early in my career, we saw a mass of Brazilians that were coming across the border and we were doing the exact same thing, catch and release, which then just encouraged a lot more.

“Once we started holding the Brazilians, it just completely and totally dried up – they didn’t cross anymore..."


Bluffing at the Border

The first 50 of as many as 1,500 refugees from a notorious caravan making its way through Mexico toward the United States have reached the border. According to some reports, they are claiming asylum. In a sense, they are all but saying they believe President Donald Trump’s tough talk about illegal immigration and securing the border was just talk — and they are calling what they see as a bluff.

Mexico, with its officials standing aside, also seems to think the same thing. President Trump responded by declaring that he might include demands on immigration and border security in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Specifically, Mexico may be forced to act against migrants passing through that country to the United States to keep NAFTA. This is leverage — the Art of the Deal as applied to NAFTA.


Parents rally against public school sex-ed over pro-choice, gay rights ideas

“Mom, you won’t believe what my teacher’s talking about right now.”

That is the text message Regina Young, a parent in North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, said she received from her seventh-grade daughter one day.

“Before I could even respond to her text,” Ms. Young said, “she told me how uncomfortable she was to hear her teacher tell stories about her transgender home.”

Ms. Young was just one parent who participated Monday in the Sex Ed Sit Out, an international demonstration to protest what rally organizers say is a campaign by pro-choice and gay rights organizations to force their ideologies on children through public education.

The movement began among parents in Charlotte, North Carolina, but spread to 16 cities in four countries in the months leading up to the event. According to the Sit Out’s website, rallies were also held in Calgary, Alberta; Mulgrave, Australia; Bloomington, Indiana; and London.

For the Sit Out, parents were asked to pull their children out of school for the day, accompanied by a note to the principal explaining the absence as a protest against “pornographic” sex education.

It’s the latest culture war to be fought on the grounds of America’s public schools, closely following national walkouts against guns and abortion.

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Teens Fear Shooting at Their School Despite Rarity

A new poll released on Wednesday found a majority of American teens were worried about a potential shooting taking place in their school despite how rare school shootings are in the United States.

Fifty-seven percent of those aged 13 to 17 told the Pew Research Center they worried about the possibility of a shooting occurring at the school they attend. Thirty-two percent said they were somewhat worried while another 25 percent said they were very worried about a shooting.

The poll, conducted among 743 teens between March 7 and April 10, comes in the wake of the high-profile school shooting in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead and garnered several weeks of nationwide media attention. Some survivors of the shooting have become the face of a new gun-control group called the March for Our Lives, which held marches last month that also garnered a great deal of national media coverage.

The poll also comes after researchers at Northeastern University announced their finding that school shootings are rare events in the United States and are happening at a less frequent rate than in the 1990s.


Neill Franklin: Don’t let Maryland return to a failed crime strategy

Neill Franklin spent 23 years with the Maryland State Police and 11 with the Baltimore Police Department, where he was commander of the education and training division and the bureau of drug and criminal enforcement.

In its closing weeks, the Maryland legislature tried to rush through a truly harmful crime bill. Known as the Hogan-Zirkin crime package, it included regressive policies that represent a failed approach to public safety by relying on long sentences. That may sound appealing, but long sentences don’t make communities safer.

The Comprehensive Crime Bill of 2018, introduced by state Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), passed the Senate quickly this past legislative session, but, thankfully, it stalled in the House.

It should not be reintroduced next year.


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Violent April breaks brief peace in Baltimore, with 29 killings in past three weeks

For a while, there was reason to hope.

Twelve days without a killing in February. Declining street violence in March. Optimism around a new police commissioner. After a three-year spike in violent crime, a long and bloody siege that brought Baltimore international attention, the city seemed finally to be heading toward peace.

Then came April. Someone executed a mother and daughter inside their house. Stray gunfire killed a 65-year-old woman on her porch. A wanton shooter wounded a 69-year-old man outside his home.

Baltimore police counted 17 killings last month, but 29 within the past three weeks. For Baltimoreans and for the officials charged with keeping them safe, a familiar dread is returning.


The Best Government Survey on Guns You've Never Heard Of

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control on defensive gun use (DGU) in the United States that shows DGU happening more regularly than gun crimes has never been publicized.

Gary Kleck, a Florida State criminologist, conducted his own study of DGU and his results mirror those of the CDC.

The Daily Caller:

The CDC’s data, collected a few years after Kleck’s survey, appears to corroborate his findings, reported. The question asked in the CDC survey addressed the use or threatened use of a firearm to deter a crime. “During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?”

Kleck, upon reviewing the CDC’s data, noted just how close it came to mirroring his own.

The final adjusted prevalence of 1.24% therefore implies that in an average year during 1996–1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. This estimate, based on an enormous sample of 12,870 cases (unweighted) in a nationally representative sample, strongly confirms the 2.5 million past-12-months estimate obtained Kleck and Gertz (1995)….CDC’s results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.

Many gun control advocates have complained about the fact that the CDC is limited with regard to research on gun violence. A 1996 amendment to a spending bill bars the organization from using congressionally allocated funds to “advocate or promote gun control.”

What those fighting for stronger gun-control generally leave out is the fact that the CDC is not barred from doing any research on gun violence — and the research it has done in the last two decades has largely corroborated Kleck’s findings.

The Obama administration tried several times to get the CDC to treat gun violence as a disease. This approach would have justified extraordinary gun control measures. Republicans in Congress refused to consider the approach and the CDC itself resisted the notion.


Al Sharpton on 2020 Dem Hopefuls: 'I Felt a Real Passion from Kamala Harris About Fighting for Real Issues'

On MSNBC on Sunday, network host Al Sharpton weighed on the Democratic Party’s prospects for a challenger to President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Sharpton, who also led the National Action Network’s convention over the weekend, gave high marks to Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) showing at the event and explained the importance of the black vote for the possible presidential candidates.

“It is not a Sharpton Primary, but that is what the media calls it — it’s the National Action Network’s convention,” he explained. “They have to have the black vote. We are one of the organizations, as is the NAACP and Urban League. But we convene first because we convene in April — we try to do it in the month Dr. King was killed because we’re a King-based group. And, they can’t win without the black vote. I felt a real passion from Kamala Harris about fighting for real issues like criminal justice, as well as the economy and other things.”


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Hogan signs bills to protect domestic animals

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Dogs hounded the governor Tuesday as all types of furry friends gathered near Lawyers Mall in a show of appreciation for his signing legislation designed to protect them.

It took years to get bills passed to protect domestic animals. On Tuesday, the governor signed as many as four bills designed to protect pets. One law prohibits pet stores from selling animals that come from puppy mills. The bill gives pet stores 1 1/2 years to comply.

"Sadly, those stores that still sell puppies and kittens are keeping the puppy mill industry alive, and the puppy mill industry is grotesque and barbaric," said Delegate Benjamin Kramer, D-Montgomery County.

The SPCA, the Maryland Humane Society and shelters, including the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, are taking care of dogs that were used in laboratory experiments.

"Ninety-six percent of the dogs that are used are beagles because they are small and trusting, but also it makes them very good house dogs and family dogs," said Sen. Michael Hough, R-Frederick and Carroll counties.

The governor also signed a bill that prohibits people convicted of a crime against an animal from having a pet.


James Comey getting crushed by 'weasel moves' he once denounced

James Comey, the ex-FBI director who claims to have boasted to President Trump that he didn't do "weasel moves" like leaking information, is in jeopardy, and leaks are to blame.

During the first week of his book tour to promote A Higher Loyalty, Comey has come under fire for leaking memos to a friend that recounted conversations he had with Trump in 2017 before he was fired in May.

The memos he wrote — seven in total — have attracted scrutiny from the Justice Department’s inspector general who, less than 24 hours after the release of the memos, launched an investigation into whether the former FBI director leaked classified information when he shared several of the memos to a friend not affiliated with government.


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National Drug Take Back Day

(Pikesville, MD) – The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at state police barracks.

State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day. Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.

Locally during the last initiative in October 2017, troopers collected over 2,500 pounds of prescription drugs. Nationally, 912,305 pounds (456 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public. When added to the collections from the previous Take-Back events, more than 9 million pounds of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

WHAT: National Drug Take Back Initiative

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Any Maryland State Police Barrack

Trump Admin To Grant Iran Missiles Capable of Destroying Israel

Administration insiders, congressional official outraged over concession

The Trump administration is poised to legitimize Iran's ballistic missile program, granting the Islamic Republic the ability to produce and test a series of missiles capable of striking Israel, according to those familiar with U.S. concessions during ongoing talks over the future of the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

After weeks of pressure from European countries, senior Trump administration officials handling the talks are said to have conceded to a demand that Iran only restrict ballistic missile activity to its longer range missiles, leaving untouched its mammoth arsenal of short-range and medium-range missiles that could easily hit Israel and other Middle Eastern nations.

The concession, which comes after months of wrangling over the future of the nuclear deal ahead of a May deadline, has roiled congressional officials and administration insiders who have been pressuring the White House to stand firm against these European demands.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal who has been advocating in favor of tough new restrictions on Iran, told the Free Beacon that the fixes proposed by the Europeans and supposedly endorsed by the Trump administration do not go nearly far enough in addressing Iran's contested missile program.


Starbucks Manager Defamation Claim

The former Starbucks manager who called the police on two non-paying black customers earlier this month may have a good case for bringing a defamation suit against the coffee company.

In numerous public statements, Starbucks and its CEO Kevin Johnson have gone out of their way to imply that the female manager, identified in media reports as Holly Hylton, was acting on subconscious racial motivations when she told the loitering customers to either buy a beverage or get out of her store. Crucially, Starbucks has also strongly implied that, as a factual matter, the manager violated company policy.

Defamation law varies by state, but the gist is simple: Negligently saying, or implying, something that is provably false about a private person constitutes actionable defamation, as long as the statement harms the victim’s reputation.


Suspected gunman in custody after 2 Dallas police officers shot, critically wounded, department says

The suspected gunman was in custody Tuesday night, hours after two officers with the Dallas Police Department and a civilian were shot, police said.