News and Headlines. 10/30/2019

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In The News:

Pentagon releases video of raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Pentagon on Wednesday released video footage of the raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, gave a play-by-play of the special operations forces raid on an ISIS compound in northern Syria last Saturday that ended with Baghdadi killing himself with an explosive vest.

Overall, U.S. forces killed six ISIS members – four women and another man aside from Baghdadi – in the raid. McKenzie also clarified that Baghdadi’s explosive vest also killed two children he had brought with him into a tunnel when U.S. troops pursued him.

Man allegedly high on PCP injured three Stamford police officers

Photo: Stamford Police Department

Rodney Donnell Green, of Richmond Hill Avenue, was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with one or more people inside the Richmond Hill Mini Market at around 11:30 a.m.

When police arrived to the scene, Green was spotted on the street fighting a man, police said.

The other man told police that Green was on some form of narcotic, police said, and he told officers that Green punched him in the face.

When an officer approached Green, the Stamford resident walked toward him aggressively, police said.

The officer took out a Taser gun and told Green to step back, according to the police report, but Green allegedly told him, “I’m going to f— you up.”

Parents, 2 children, found dead in West Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Four family members are dead, including a 6-year-old and a 17-year-old, following a shooting at a home in West Philadelphia, according to police.

“The employer of the male and female that resides here notified police that their employees did not show up for work, which is very unlike them,” said Deputy Commissioner Joe Sullivan with the Philadelphia Police Department.

When officers arrived, they found a 51-year-old woman shot by the front door, a 17-year-old boy shot in a bedroom, a 6-year-old boy shot in the kitchen and a man shot by the basement door. All four were pronounced dead by a medical unit.

‘Hero driver’ receives new car after crashing into suspected drunk driver, saving couple crossing street

Shannon Vivar says she doesn’t remember the moment when the car she was driving with her mom and young son took the brunt of the impact from a vehicle running a red light, which in turn saved a couple who was crossing the street. She says she was in the right place at the right time.

“It just happened so quickly, I think it was all meant to happen that way,” said Shannon Vivar. “Something was telling me to just hold on a little bit, you know?”

While Shannon calls it divine intervention, the people at Carvana call her a hero and wanted to do something special for her.

JetBlue flight attendant busted by FBI officer in child sex sting operation, report says

Jeffrey Aronofsky, 53, was taken into custody last Friday at a property in Lake Mary, according to Spectrum News 13.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, prosecutors allege Aronofsky was planning to have sex with an 8-year-old in front of his father — yet the father turned out to be an officer working for the FBI, the website adds.

Investigators were tipped off to Aronofsky’s alleged intentions after reportedly coming into contact with him on an online dating site.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library threatened by Easy Fire in Simi Valley amid ‘extreme red flag warning’

Flames could be seen on the hills near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
Flames could be seen on the hills near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. (KTTV)

The Ventura County Fire Department issued a mandatory evacuation for an area that included the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

The flames appeared to be burning mostly vegetation north of the library, located close to some residential areas.

A spokesperson from the Reagan Library told Fox News the hilltop library will be closed Wednesday due to the conditions created by the blaze.

“It’s the closest this library has ever come to this danger,” he told FOX11. “So this is really serious stuff. So far they seem to be on top of it.”

Forensic Pathologist Suggests Jeffrey Epstein May Have Been Murdered

Dr. Michael Baden, who is a former longtime New York City medical examiner, was hired by the Epstein family to investigate the death and talked to “Fox & Friends” about his findings.

Baden particularly noted a series of fractures on Epstein’s larynx, on or near the Adam’s apple, which he told Fox News are not consistent with a suicidal hanging.

“I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case,” he said of the neck fractures.


Twitter bans all political advertisements from platform

Facebook has taken fire since it disclosed earlier in October that it will not fact-check ads by politicians or their campaigns, which could allow them to lie freely. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress last week that politicians have the right to free speech on Facebook.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted the change Wednesday, saying the company is recognizing that advertising on social media offers an unfair level of targeting compared to other mediums.

The majority of money spent on political advertising in the U.S. goes to television ads.

Georgia lawmaker: Make aiding gender transition of minors a felony

Georgia Rep. Ginny Ehrhart. Courtesy photo.

While the bill is still being drafted, Ehrhart said Georgia medical providers who perform surgeries or administer or prescribe medications that assist minors with gender transition could be charged with a felony.

The legislation would not effect doctors working with adults who seek to undergo gender transition.

“We’re talking about children that can’t get a tattoo or smoke a cigar or a cigarette in the state of Georgia, but can be castrated and get sterilized,” she said.

In her press release, Ehrhart included quotes from Atlanta-based pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Quentin Van Meter, who said the proposal is needed to protect children from “medical experimentation based on wishful social theory.

Trump Thanks GM, Fiat Chrysler And Toyota On California Emissions Fight

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., October 28, 2019.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

“California has treated the Auto Industry very poorly for many years, harming Workers and Consumers,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The decision to back Trump, disclosed in a filing with a U.S. appeals court late on Monday, has prompted a furious backlash from Democrats and environmentalists.

It also poses a risk for the automakers if a Democrat wins the White House in November 2020 and reverses Trump’s actions, allowing California to set its own rules and revert to the tougher national emissions standards of the Obama era.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz SMEARS Immigration Chief as Supporter of ‘White Supremacy’

In a hearing today, Debbie Wasserman Schultz baselessly smeared acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli of supporting white supremacist policies on the border.

Leaks on Trump Phone Calls Were Intelligence Products Says Devin Nunes

The leaks of the details of the calls between President Donald Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Australia in 2017 were the products of intelligence gathering, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told The Epoch Times in an exclusive interview.

“We knew right away in January that unmasking was occurring.

Well, we knew the big one, the major one, was the Flynn transcript that was given out.

And then you slowly had the Australian prime minister; you had the Mexican president, plus stories that we were seeing out in the mainstream news media.

It was clear that somehow people were getting information from what appeared to be intelligence products,” Nunes said on Oct. 28.

Judge cancels Flynn hearing to review evidence

All of D.C. is watching the Flynn trial after the bombshell report last week by Flynn attorney Sidney Powell.

One America’s Jack Posobiec sat down with Powell for this breaking report.

Varney: California wildfire chaos may bring the political change it so desperately needs

Commentary/Opinion: Californians are going to be paying much higher electricity rates. They’re going to be paying much higher home insurance rates.

And somebody has to come up with maybe a couple hundred billion dollars to bail out PG&E. Gov. Newsom wants Warren Buffett to pony up the money.

Would Buffett run a business in that kind of regulatory and legal climate?

I don’t want to pile on but California already has the highest poverty rate in the country, the highest level of income inequality, some of the highest taxes in the country and, at $4 a gallon, America’s most expensive gas.

And it gets worse. Gov. Newsom is committed to reaching 100% renewable energy by 2045. And you know what that means: much much higher prices for everyone.

The Truth About Impeachment: 9 Key Facts

The now-infamous July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should be seen for what it was—a perfectly legal and ethical conversation seeking cooperation on an investigation into corruption under a juridical agreement that was forged 21 years prior.

In 1998, the United States entered into a treaty with Ukraine, which called for “a broad range of cooperation in criminal matters.”

Article 1 of the treaty outlines specific types of assistance covered under the treaty, including:

Wayne Allyn Root Endorses Laura Loomer For US Congress

Wayne Allyn Root is a conservative American author, radio host and host of The Wayne Allyn Root Show on the USA Radio Network and Newsmax TV.

Wayne has officially endorsed Laura Loomer For Congress!

Boston Celtics Player Enes Kanter Slams Ilhan Omar For Failing To Vote For Economic Sanctions On Turkey: ‘Absolute Disappointment And Shame’

REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

The House passed the bill with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 403-16, according to The Hill.

“What an absolute disappointment and shame that the only democrat who did NOT support the Turkish bill aiming to stop the killing of innocent people is @IlhanMN who seems like on #DictatorErdogan ‘s payroll working for his interests, but not for the American people and democracy!” Kanter tweeted.

World News:

Migrants recall abuse and rape in Yemeni town

Ethiopian migrants disembark from a boat onto the shores of Ras al-Ara, Lahj, Yemen.
Ethiopian migrants disembark from a boat onto the shores of Ras al-Ara, Lahj, Yemen. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Nearly every migrant who lands here is imprisoned in hidden compounds while their families are shaken down for money. Like Zahra, they are subjected to daily torments ranging from beatings and rapes to starvation, their screams drowned out by the noise of generators or cars or simply lost in the desert.

“Out of every thousand, 800 disappear in the lockups,” said a humanitarian worker monitoring the flow of migrants.

Traffickers who torture are a mix of Yemenis and Ethiopians of different ethnic groups. So victims cannot appeal to tribal loyalties, they are tortured by men from other groups: If the migrants are Oromia, the torturers are Tigrinya.

The imprisonment and torture are largely ignored by Yemeni authorities. The AP saw trucks full of migrants passing unhindered through military checkpoints as they went from the beaches to drop their human cargo at each desert compound, known in Arabic as a “hosh.”

Turkey Says U.S. Vote On Armenia Genocide Will Damage Ties

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, October 30, 2019.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, October 30, 2019.
Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

Armenia praised Tuesday’s vote, which Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan hailed on Twitter as “a bold step towards serving truth and historical #justice”.

But in Turkey, government ministers and officials said the timing of the vote, after weeks of international criticism of Ankara’s military incursion against Syrian Kurdish forces, showed it was politically motivated.

The Foreign Ministry said U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield had been summoned on Wednesday.

President Tayyip Erdogan, who is due to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in two weeks, said he had not decided yet whether the trip was going ahead.

Chile Cancels APEC Trade Meet, Global Climate Summit As Protests Rage

FILE PHOTO: Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said he had taken the “painful” decision to cancel the summit in Santiago, as well as a high-profile international gathering on climate change in December, to focus on restoring law and order and pushing through a new social plan.

The APEC summit was scheduled to bring together 20 world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Nov. 16-17.

U.S. and Chinese negotiators were racing to have the text of an interim trade agreement ready in time for Trump and Xi to sign at the meeting.

Russian nuclear sub successfully test-launches intercontinental ballistic missile, government claims

The Knyaz Vladimir submarine test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, officials announced Wednesday.
The Knyaz Vladimir submarine test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, officials announced Wednesday. (Russia’s Ministry of Defense)

The vessel “is the first upgraded 955A model to be produced in the Borei class of Russian nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines,” Reuters reported.

The submarine will enter Russia’s Northern Fleet in December, once it’s done with weapon tests, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev said.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw war drills intended to test the readiness of the nation’s strategic forces for a nuclear conflict.

The drills featured practice launches of several intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as warships and strategic bombers firing cruise missiles at test targets.

Russia-backed Syria constitution talks begin in Geneva

The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey at a press conference on a meeting of the Syria committee in Geneva.
The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey at a press conference on a meeting of the Syria committee in Geneva. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The meeting – a key proposal from Moscow – in Geneva is being overseen by the UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, but has been fraught with difficulties, ranging from last-minute hiccups over the committee’s composition, wrangles over the opening ceremony and, crucially, fresh fighting in north-east Syria between the Syrian army and Turkish-backed troops.

The talks, the fourth attempt to end the war through negotiation, faces myriad obstacles and Pedersen has played down the prospect of a breakthrough.

One difficulty is that the committee must adopt resolutions either by consensus or with a 75% majority, seen by some as a recipe for paralysis.

Although seven Kurds are on the committee, the political wing of the mainly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces in north-east Syria has been excluded.

The Kurdish Syrian autonomous administration objected to the exclusion on Monday.


 How Personal Persecution Built the Faith of Trump’s 2016 Campaign Photographer

Most people want to be loved and respected. What happens to a person when everything he or she has taken for granted begins to fall apart?

In this insightful interview, we learn about the personal story of Gene Ho, a Chinese-American photographer, who almost lost everything of value after he became publicly known as Donald Trump’s personal campaign photographer.

We learn of Gene Ho’s faith journey and why he wrote his new book, Trumpography:

How Biblical Principles Paved the Way to the American Presidency.

Cultural Appropriation Awareness Day! (Halloween)

The Left calls it cultural appropriation, but it’s actually cultural appreciation.

Here’s The Simple Truth.

President Obama Criticizes Woke Culture At Colleges

President Barack Obama criticizes the woke culture that is springing up at colleges across America.