News and Headlines.7/13/2020

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Judge Permanently Blocks Georgia ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Law

Jennifer Jacobs/AFP/Getty Images
Jennifer Jacobs/AFP/Getty Images

The law would have banned abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected at about six or seven weeks of pregnancy.

Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed the legislation, called the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act (HB481), into law in May 2019. It allowed for exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger.

Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit the following month, arguing the law is unconstitutional.

In response to the “heartbeat” measure, five female Democrats in the Georgia state House introduced a bill that would have required men middle-aged and older to report their ejaculations to a county sheriff.

California shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches

A hostess waits to sit customers on a restaurant at the pier Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif.
A hostess waits to sit customers on a restaurant at the pier Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif., amid the coronavirus pandemic. A heat wave has brought crowds to California’s beaches as the state grappled with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as coronavirus cases keep rising in the nation’s most populated state.

On July 1, Newsom ordered 19 counties with a surging number of confirmed infections to close bars and indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, zoos and family entertainment centers like bowling alleys and miniature golf.

The Democratic governor extended that order statewide Monday.

The Democratic governor extended that order statewide Monday. He also imposed additional restrictions on the 30 counties now with rising numbers, including the most populated of Los Angeles and San Diego, by ordering worship services to stop and gyms, hair salons, indoor malls and offices for noncritical industries to shut down.

Black DA blasts Black Lives Matter for targeting her, showing up at her home, and speaks out against abolishing police

Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County’s first black district attorney, slammed the Black Lives Matter movement in a newly released interview with CNN.

Lacey, a former prosecutor, went viral in March after Black Lives Matter activists arrived her home in protest and her husband pulled a gun on demonstrators.

“I get in here and the most vocal group who wants to take me out is a group known as Black Lives Matter,” said Lacey, who has served as DA since 2012.

Ex-China Official a Top Donor to D.C. Think Tank

Ronnie Chan / Getty Images
Ronnie Chan / Getty Images

Hong Kong-based billionaire Ronnie Chan sits on the board of directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, an influential think tank.

He is also one of its most prolific supporters, donating between $350,000 to $575,000 to the think tank since 2010.

And while the think tank insists that donors exert almost no influence on its publications, a 2013 report on U.S.-China relations credited Chan, noting that the report “has benefited from discussions with and the comments of” Chan and a litany of other donors.

The billionaire is not the only person sitting on the PIIE board with ties to the Chinese regime.

Number of Minneapolis Police Stops, Searches Plummets

Such stops and searches are thought to play a critical, albeit controversial, role in keeping criminals and deadly firearms off the street—an analogous decline drove up homicide in Chicago.

As such, the drop-off in searches may be fueling the ongoing violence.

This may have been the case in Chicago in 2016, when the city saw a shocking 58 percent increase in homicides in one year.

An analysis by University of Utah professors Paul Cassell and Richard Fowles found that the murder wave coincided with a significant reduction in stops by the Chicago P.D., in turn caused by a settlement with the ACLU.

Gordon Chang on China’s warning to U.S. citizens: ‘Future of world’ at stake

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Gordon Chang discusses China’s new travel alert for U.S. citizens

New York City’s alarming gun crime surge continued with 28 shootings this weekend

A separate tally from 1010 WINS Radio underscored New York City’s recent dramatic rise in gun crime.

The station reported Sunday that from 12 a.m. on July 5 to 11:59 p.m. on July 11 there were 68 shootings across the city. Those shootings killed 11 people and wounded 81.

During the same period last year, there were 22 shootings and 30 victims, according to the station.

The brazen Brooklyn shooting caught on video happened in Crown Heights during Friday’s evening twilight.

Battle continues against stubborn fire aboard Navy warship

Because the ship was docked for maintenance, only about 160 sailors were on board at the time, instead of the normal complement of more than 1,000.

‘A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY’: “We suffered a terrible tragedy aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) when a fire broke out aboard the ship while in port San Diego,” tweeted Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday in a statement last night.

“At this point, 17 Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. The remainder of the crew is accounted for,” Gilday wrote.


BLM Activist Who Tried To Cancel Local Smokehouse Arrested For Rioting

On Sunday, the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) released a warrant for Williams’s arrest in addition to warrants for two other demonstrators, including city council candidate Marie Mott. Williams.

Mott and another activist face charges of theft worth less than $1,000, vandalism costing less than $1,000, reckless burning, and inciting to riot, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office.

Each also face charges of disorderly conduct and blocking a highway.

Find him! Police release new images of ‘person of interest’ in murder of 8 year old girl

Some of the Activists with Black Lives Matter had wanted the burned remains of the Wendy’s, were Rayshard Brooks was shot after a violent confrontation with police, to become the Rayshard Brooks Peace Center, where children and young adults could gather together for job training and counseling.

Instead, it has become the site of another casualty of the ever-increasing violence in cities across the United States.

Secoriea Turner was one of at least six children murdered over the July 4th as a result of the uncontrolled civil unrest being perpetrated under the guise of police reform.

Full Measure: July 12, 2020

This week on Full Measure, from President Trump to leaders around the world, voters are rising up against the political establishment, left and right.

We look into ‘populism’ and how it’s causing a global sea change.

Plus – Mexican smugglers get creative in their search for ways to bring drugs and illegal immigrants into the U.S. We go underground to show you.

And, a trip to New Orleans to explore the practice of Voodoo as we dispel some surprising myths.


George Soros group to spend $220M on causes promoting racial equality and criminal justice reform

The Open Society Foundations will announce its $220 million funding mission on Monday, committing $150 million to racial justice organizations that are under the leadership of black people and $70 million to organizations that promote civic engagement or local criminal justice reform initiatives.

The Open Society Foundations have already selected many of the groups that will receive funding, including the Black Voters Matter Fund, a group that promotes black participation in elections, and the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization working to end mass incarceration of black citizens.

Report: WH Ramps Up Hunt For Leakers

Image by Gage Skidmore
Image by Gage Skidmore

In an administration that has been plagued by disloyal staffers, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is reportedly ramping up the hunt to individuals who leak key, or false information to the press.

Axios reported on Sunday Meadows is purposefully planting false information to potential leakers, with the hope they will inadvertently expose themselves.

In an era of fake news, it is now hard to know what is true and what is false.

Main stream media outlets, such as the New York Times, rely on key sources, but it is apparent some of their sources may have a hidden agenda when it comes to undermining President Trump.

Harmeet Dhillon: Where was the outrage when Obama commuted sentence of convicted terrorist?

Dhillon said Trump’s move was based on the “Mueller witch hunt.” On the other hand, Dhillon said that Bill Clinton pardoned one of his major campaign donors, Marc Rich, who was a fugitive from justice.

“And that was an out-of-the-norm pardon,” Dhillon said.

“Look, the answer to pardons or commutations that you don’t like is our political process. There is no issue. It’s built in the Constitution,” Dhillon said.

Dhillon said that the “compassionate nature” of Stone’s commutation should be considered regardless.

“The fact is that the president has been very, very sparing in his four years in using this important power at all,” Dhillon said.


Andrew McCarthy: Dems attacking Trump for Roger Stone clemency defended outrageous Clinton and Obama pardons

President Bill Clinton pardoned his own brother for felony distribution of cocaine. And a key witness in the Whitewater scandal for which he and Hillary Clinton were under investigation.

Clinton also commuted the sentences of convicted terrorists, some of whom hadn’t even asked for clemency. Shameless as he was, though, even he couldn’t bring himself to pardon Oscar Lopez Rivera, the defiantly unrepentant FALN leader.

President Obama took care of that.

Obama also commuted the sentence of a U.S. soldier who passed top-secret information to WikiLeaks. He pardoned his former Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman, who’d been convicted of making false statements about a leak of classified information to The New York Times.

That doesn’t even account for the Obama administration’s penchant for making sure things never got to the pardon stage by distorting the law to give Hillary Clinton — the same Hillary Clinton who was nearly indicted in the aforementioned Clinton-era scheme — a pass, asserting executive privilege to obstruct the Fast and Furious investigation (for which Obama’s attorney general was held in contempt of Congress), ignoring his CIA director’s spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and turning a blind eye to the abuses of power and obstructions attendant to the scandal that engulfed his IRS.

‘It Really Has No Meaning’: Economist Thomas Sowell Dismisses ‘Systemic Racism’

It does remind me of the propaganda tactics of Joseph Goebbels in the age of the Nazis, in which he was supposed to have said that people will believe any lie if it’s repeated long enough and loud enough,” he said.

The noted economist said the protests, rioting and looting that have spread across America over the past two months have little to do with activists wanting to help communities as much as they do with ideologues pursuing a political agenda.

“What I see is if the election goes to Biden then there is a good chance that the Democrats will then control … all two branches of Congress and the White House and considering the kinds of things that they are proposing, that can well be the point of no return for this country.”

World News:

Taliban Wage Deadly New Campaign in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces sit in a Humvee amid ongoing fighting with Taliban militants,
Afghan security forces sit in a Humvee amid ongoing fighting with Taliban militants / Getty Images

Coordinating the attack with explosives, the Taliban detonated a car bomb at the intelligence office’s entrance, giving way to a group of fighters that had staked out the compound.

Fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents lasted several hours.

The attack marks another bloody example of the terrorist group increasing its military operations in the northern part of the country.

Following a February peace deal signed with the United States in Doha, the Taliban continue to leverage their position within the embattled state.

French man accused of molesting hundreds of children kills self in Indonesia jail, police say

In this Thursday, July 9, 2020, file photo, police officers flank French national Francois Camille Abello, center,
In this Thursday, July 9, 2020, file photo, police officers flank French national Francois Camille Abello, center, as he is presented to the media during a press conference at the regional police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo, File)

Francois Camille Abello, 65, was found lying in his cell Friday with a wire wrapped around his neck, Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus said. Abello died Sunday after three days in the hospital.

Police said he was found in the hotel room with two naked underage girls, the BBC reported.

Videos found on Abello’s computer showed him engaging in illegal sex acts with 305 children aged 10 to 17, police said during a news conference Thursday. Abello appeared at the news conference in handcuffs but did not speak.


Two men to stand trial in France for killing of Jewish woman, 85

A woman pays tribute to Mireille Knoll outside her home in Paris ,
A woman pays tribute to Mireille Knoll outside her home in Paris during a silent march on the day of her funeral. Photograph: Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images

Mireille Knoll, 85 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease, was stabbed in her Paris apartment by attackers who later set her body on fire, apparently to hide evidence of their crime.

She had escaped the mass deportation of Jews from France during the second world war by fleeing abroad.

A longtime neighbour, Yacine Mihoub, and associate Alexandre Carrimbacus were arrested on charges of murder and aggravated robbery, though prosecutors did not initially characterise the killing as antisemitic.


Hilton: Reopen schools or give me my school money back

Do you think cases aren’t going up in other countries as they reopen? Of course, they are. They’re just not testing asymptomatic people on the scale we are here.

As you open up, of course, hospitalizations go up. Sick people kept out of hospitals because of the shutdowns now finally getting treated.

Science says: Reopen schools; Steve Hilton weighs in on ‘The Next Revolution.’

I Pulled Myself Out Of Poverty When Handouts Stopped (Pt. 1)| Lewis Howes | LIFESTYLE | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Lewis Howes (The School of Greatness Podcast Host, Bestselling Author) about how he went from broke to millionaire, Kobe Bryant’s success secrets, and why you shouldn’t watch the news.

Lewis talks about his difficult childhood and how he was so poor that he was on food stamps.

His sister let him stay on her coach, but the best thing she did for him was start charging him rent, this forced him to become an entrepreneur.

He describes the steps he took towards self improvement and what he learned about how to make money that led to his starting a successful business.

Minimum Wage Cost Me My Job

What happens when politicians decide they are in a better position than business owners to know how much workers should be paid? We don’t have to guess.

Cities like Seattle and New York have already done so with their $15/hour minimum wage mandates.

Simone Barron, a lifelong restaurant worker, recounts how “helping” her impacted her wallet, her career, and her life.