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NYC sex offender, 55, who punched diner, fracturing his skull and causing a brain bleed, is allowed to WALK FREE after attempted murder charge is downgraded to a misdemeanor

Bui Van Phu, 55, a registered sex offender who has spent six years in prison with lifetime parole, left Bronx Criminal Court on supervised release without bail Thursday afternoon after appearing before Judge Giyang An.

Court records obtained by indicate Phu’s charges are now third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. The basis of the downgraded charges is because Phu ‘intentionally (caused) physical injury and with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person.’

Phu was convicted for attempted robbery in 1991 and is a registered sex offender – who was out on parole after being convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl at gunpoint on December 24, 1994. He was released from prison in March 2019.

 In horrifying footage released by the NYPD, Phu is seen walking out of the Fuego Tipico restaurant in the Bronx, and pulling on a pair of gloves. 

YouTube suspends ‘Louder with Crowder’ over video featuring Arizona GOP candidate Kari Lake, says it included ‘false claims’ about 2020 election

Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Brandon Bell/Getty Images

BlazeTV host Steven Crowder has been temporarily suspended from YouTube again for a video featuring Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who said President Joe Biden is in charge of an “illegitimate federal government.”

On Wednesday, Crowder announced that his Aug. 11 video featuring Lake as a guest was removed from YouTube because of comments she made advancing disputed claims about the 2020 presidential election. He shared a screenshot of an email from YouTube that said his video violated the platform’s “misinformation policy.”

“Content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches changed the outcome of the U.S. 2020 presidential election is not allowed on YouTube,” the company said.

Crowder said he will be unable to livestream on YouTube for two weeks.

Union Petitions Google To Suppress Results for Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

Pro-abortion activists in front of a California Planned Parenthood / Getty Images
Pro-abortion activists in front of a California Planned Parenthood / Getty Images

Abortion providers often vilify pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, which provide counseling, resources, and often medical services to pregnant women. Planned Parenthood calls such centers “fake clinics” that have the “shady, harmful agenda” of talking women out of getting abortions.

The petition, circulated by the Alphabet Workers Union, urges Google to institute data privacy controls for “health-related activity,” such as searches for “reproductive justice, gender-affirming care, and abortion access information.” These data, according to the petition, “must never be saved, handed over to law enforcement, or treated as a crime.”

Big Tech companies such as Facebook and Google have faced political challenges on data disclosure since a draft opinion of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health was leaked in May. Twenty-one congressional Democrats in June urged Google in a letter to “limit the appearance” or add “user-friendly disclaimers” to search results for pro-life pregnancy centers.

Florida Charges 20 Individuals For Committing Voter Fraud In Past Elections

Speaking at a press conference on election integrity, DeSantis revealed that the state’s Office of Election Crimes and Security, in conjunction with the Florida Attorney General’s office, had identified 20 people that had illegally cast ballots in recent elections, with a majority of the cases coming from Democrat strongholds such as Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.

“These folks voted illegally, in this case … they are disqualified from voting because they’ve been convicted of either murder or sexual assault and they do not have the right to vote,” DeSantis said.

The Florida Republican also went on to note that the state plans to “ensure that all the records that [Florida has] from the most recent election in 2020 are preserved” in order to guarantee that election laws are being followed.

Man dies from injuries after being punched by Prescott Valley Wendy’s employee

On July 26, Kendrick was at the register taking the man’s order. However, police say the man complained about his order, and that’s when things turned violent.

Surveillance video shows the man hunched over, licking his Frosty when Kendrick comes out from behind the counter. Kendrick comes up next to the unsuspecting man and immediately throws a punch, hitting the customer in the head, police said.

The man fell and hit his head on the floor. Officers say he was knocked unconscious and flown to a Valley hospital. Since then, the man was in critical condition before his death.

Brian Stelter to Leave CNN, ‘Reliable Sources’ Program Canceled

nrkbeta, Brian Stelter @ SXSW 2019
nrkbeta, Brian Stelter @ SXSW 2019

The announcement was celebrated on some conservative platforms. 

Louder with Crower posted it’s “the best day ever.”

A Fox News post referred to Stelter as “one of mainstream media’s most outspoken critics of former President Trump,” and noted the irony that “CNN executive vice president Amy Entelis called Stelter’ an impeccable broadcaster,’ on his way out the door.”

Stelter, 36, noted that he was informed of his dismissal on Wednesday by CNN’s CEO, Chris Licht. 

In a brief statement to NPR, Stelter said he would share additional details regarding his future during Sunday’s final episode. 

Judge to unseal partial Trump affidavit, gives DOJ 1 week to respond

Following a hearing on Thursday, federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart will be unsealing several documents associated with the FBI raid at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last week.

According to War Room reporter Jayne Zirkle, Reinhart will be unsealing the Department of Justice’s motion to seal the warrant documents, an order granting the sealing request, and a criminal cover sheet from the warrant application.

According to Fox News reporter Eben Brown, the entire affidavit sought in the case will not be sealed, with Reinhart giving federal authorities one week to submit proposed redactions.

Media admits the Inflation Reduction Act is a ploy

FOX Business host Larry Kudlow joined ‘America’s Newsroom’ to discuss the effort and the media’s admission on the Inflation Reduction Act.

‘We can’t continue to dig into a hole’: 9/11 Tribute Museum in NYC closes permanently because of low visitor rates following COVID

Photo by Craig Ruttle-Pool/Getty Images
Photo by Craig Ruttle-Pool/Getty Images

The 9/11 Tribute Museum, located less than half a mile away from the site of the World Trade Center, has shut its doors permanently, following a significant drop-off in visitors since the COVID lockdowns were lifted.

“Two-thirds of our income revenue annually comes from our earned income from admissions,” said Jennifer Adams-Webb, museum co-founder and CEO of the September 11th Families’ Association. “We were completely closed for six months in 2020. We had been averaging 300,000 visitors a year … and last year we had a total of 26,000 visitors, so it completely annihilated our earned income.”

“There’s no way we’re going to be able to dig out of this at this rate,” she continued. “We need the state or the city to step in with other partners to be able to say, ‘We value you. We want to save this organization,’ but at this point, we can’t continue to dig into a hole.”

Church wins court battle over COVID fines

Ainsley Earhardt speaks with Pastor Mike McClure of San Jose’s Calvary Chapel and constitutional attorney Mariah Gondeiro of the Advocates for Faith & Freedom non-profit to hear about their victory against COVID mandates.

VIDEO: Seattle Police search for man who cornered a woman in an elevator, violently beat her

Photos: Seattle Police Department
Photos: Seattle Police Department

SEATTLE – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who followed a woman into her Central District apartment building, and violently beat her inside an elevator last spring.

Investigators described the suspect as a White male between 5-feet, 6-inches and 5-feet, 10-inches tall, with a short light-colored buzz cut. He appears to walk with a hunched posture.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Seattle Police Department’s violent crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.

Lowe’s helping hourly front-line employees fight inflation with $55M in quarterly bonuses

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) / Getty Images)
Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

“These associates have the most important jobs in our company, and we deeply appreciate everything they do to serve our customers to deliver a best-in-class experience,” Lowe’s president and CEO Marvin Ellison told analysts on the home improvement retailer’s second quarter earnings call on Wednesday. 

In addition, the company will give the employees a 20% discount on everyday household and cleaning items for a limited time. 

“We will continue to look for meaningful ways to improve our associates’ work-life balance, while providing them with the tools to build a career at Lowe’s,” Executive vice president of stores Joe McFarland added. 

NYC sucker punch suspect arrested in brutal caught-on-video knockout is a convicted sex offender: report

NYPD released video of an Aug. 12 unprovoked assault that unfolded at approximately 10:45 p.m. in front of 163 E 188 St in the Bronx.  (NYPD)
NYPD released video of an Aug. 12 unprovoked assault that unfolded at approximately 10:45 p.m. in front of 163 E 188 St in the Bronx.  (NYPD)

Van Phu Bui, a 55-year-old parolee who lives at a shelter and works as a security guard, was arrested and charged Wednesday with attempted murder in the attack on 52-year-old Jesus Cortes. 

The suspect is seen putting on work gloves before approaching Cortes, a total stranger standing outside with a group of men and women after leaving dinner at Fuego Tipico restaurant. 

From behind, Bui allegedly delivers a hard blow to Cortes’ head, lying him out on the concrete. Police said the two had no interaction beforehand and that there’s no indication the alleged attacker and victim knew each other.

Upon learning of Bui’s past criminal record, Cortes’ siblings expressed outrage that their brother’s attacker was out on the streets in the first place. 

NYPD officer accused of spying for China to stand federal trial next month after release on $2M bond

NYPD Officer Baimadajie Angwang is accused of working for the Chinese government by spying on supporters of the free Tibet movement.  (New York Police Department / NYPD 111th Precinct Twitter account)
NYPD Officer Baimadajie Angwang is accused of working for the Chinese government by spying on supporters of the free Tibet movement.  (New York Police Department / NYPD 111th Precinct Twitter account)

Since at least 2014, Angwang is accused of acting on the direction and control of “handlers” at the PRC Consulate in New York City, reporting on the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York area, spotting and assessing potential intelligence sources within the Tibetan community, and providing PRC officials with access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to events. 

According to wiretapped phone conversations, Angwang told his handler that he wanted to get promoted within the NYPD so that he could assist the PRC and bring “glory to China.” 

The federal indictment also alleges that Angwang told his handler that the handler’s superiors in Beijing “should be happy … because you have stretched your reach” into the country’s largest police department. 

New Jersey teachers union condemns parents as ‘extremist’ in new ad

The New Jersey chapter of the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in America, posted the short ad on YouTube. The ad flips back and forth between colorful photos of teachers with students and black-and-white photos of parents, arguing that the latter are trying to fuse politics with education.

“When extremists start attacking our schools, that’s not who we are,” the video says. “People who only want to fight to score political points should take that somewhere else.”

The ad comes amid a nationwide movement from conservatives to allow parents to be more directly involved in their children’s education.

‘Unbelievable’ video shows border agents opening gate to migrants

The ‘Fox & Friends’ co-hosts discuss exclusive video captured by Fox News’ Bill Melugin showing CBP opening a locked gate to allow more migrants.

Peter Navarro calls on court to toss out contempt of Congress charges

Navarro reiterated his previous arguments that he was caught in the crosshairs of a power dispute between the legislative and executive branches of government due to former President Donald Trump’s assertion of executive privilege.

He also argued that prosecuting him over the subpoena “violates the doctrine of Separation of Powers and is unconstitutional.”He filed the motion to dismiss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia late Wednesday.

In addition to rehashing his executive privilege concerns, Navarro also criticized the Justice Department’s handling of the case. His motion included a redacted section titled, “The Government’s Presentation To The Grand Jury Underscores The Unusual Way the Department Has Approached this Prosecution.”

Navarro has publicly condemned the prosecution of the case and accused the government of harboring “animus” toward him.

Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to tax violations

Allen Weisselberg, center, former President Donald Trump's company chief financial officer, arrives to attend the hearing for the criminal case at the criminal court in lower Manhattan in New York on July 1, 2021. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Allen Weisselberg, center, former President Donald Trump’s company chief financial officer, arrives to attend the hearing for the criminal case at the criminal court in lower Manhattan in New York on July 1, 2021. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Weisselberg, 75, was charged with evading taxes by receiving perks that were not counted as income. He pleaded not guilty to 15 counts, including grand larceny last year, which, in the state of New York, is the unlawful taking of funds or property valued at $50,000 or more.

“In one of the most difficult decisions of his life, Mr. Weisselberg decided to enter a plea of guilty today to put an end to this case and the years-long legal and personal nightmares it has caused for him and his family,” Weisselberg’s attorney, Nicholas Gravante Jr., said. 

Weisselberg was accused of receiving compensation “unreported or misreported” to the tax authorities, namely benefits such as a company car and a company apartment in New York City.


Liz Cheney Gained $36,000,000 in Six Years in Office!

“They’re supposed to go to DC to represent us, and obviously they’re going there to pad their own pockets, and it’s disgusting.”

The Gateway Pundit Founder Joe Hoft joins Ed Henry and Karyn Turk to discuss Liz Cheney’s gain of $36,000,000 from her 6 years in office.

What’s REALLY inside Democrats’ HUGE climate/inflation bill

By now, most Americans know the Democrats’ ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ bill will not ACTUALLY reduce inflation or miraculously end climate change.

But you may not be aware of several, specific clauses — HIDDEN deep inside the bill’s 700+ pages — that exist simply to benefit the Democrat Party (like huge payouts to special interest groups that helped Joe Biden win the White House, for example).

Economist Stephen Moore, Co-founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, joins Glenn to detail what he found hidden inside this HUGE bill…

Rand Paul: The burden of proof is on the FBI

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., argues for the release of the FBI affidavit used to justify Mar-a-Lago raid and discusses the CDC COVID-19 failures and the border crisis.

Tucker: Words have no meaning in Washington

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host breaks down the deceit in Democrats’ $740 billion legislation that will not bring down inflation.

World News:

Saudi woman sentenced to 34 years in prison for her Twitter activity

Salma al-Shehab was completing her PhD at Leeds before being arrested during a holiday in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: democracy now
Salma al-Shehab was completing her PhD at Leeds before being arrested during a holiday in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: democracy now

She went home for a vacation. Now a Saudi woman is facing 34 years in prison for sharing her views on social media, human rights groups say, in a case they have condemned as the latest worrying sign of the kingdom’s crackdown on dissent.

Salma al-Shehab, a 34-year-old mother of two, was an active user of Twitter while studying for a PHD at the University of Leeds Medical School in the United Kingdom. She posted her own tweets about human rights issues as well as retweeting activists.

Al-Shehab, who is a Saudi citizen, was arrested while visiting her home in January 2021, according to multiple human rights groups based in Europe and the United States.

After initially being sentenced to six years in jail, the sentence was increased to a record 34 years earlier this month following her appeal, the rights groups said. Al-Sheh

Almost 2,000 foreign criminals deported since January, Home Office says

Home Secretary Priti Patel / PA Wire
Home Secretary Priti Patel / PA Wire

A total of 1,741 foreign criminals have been deported from the UK since January, the Home Office has revealed.

Almost 500 are Albanian, including individuals convicted of rape, facilitating illegal entry to the UK, trafficking and dealing Class A drugs. They had 606 convictions between them, the Home Office said.

A person sentenced to 18 years in jail for cocaine drug supply worth more than £2 million was returned on a charter flight in June, alongside another person sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for child sex offences.

The government has also deported illegal migrants who had entered the UK via small boats or hidden in lorries.

Among those who voluntarily left the UK was an Albanian national arrested on suspicion of driving with excess drugs.

Israel-Turkey normalize relations; Moscow claims new S400 deal with Ankara – TV7 Israel News 18.08

1) Israel and Turkey re-establish full-diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.

2) Germany reprimands the Palestinian head of mission to Berlin over President Mahmoud Abbas’s remarks on Israel and the Holocaust.

3) Israeli officials voice concern over Washington possibly walking back on its pledges to Jerusalem vis-à-vis Iran’s nuclear program.

Mali: ‘Africa’s Afghanistan’ sees France withdraw troops and terror groups run amok

A U.N. armored vehicle that had been hit by an improvised explosive device is parked in the U.N. mission in Mali on Nov. 5, 2021. (Amaury Hauchard/AFP via Getty Images)
A U.N. armored vehicle that had been hit by an improvised explosive device is parked in the U.N. mission in Mali on Nov. 5, 2021. (Amaury Hauchard/AFP via Getty Images)

It is being called Africa’s Afghanistan, a land where militants linked to both al Qaeda and ISIS jihadists fester, reaping terror, death, displacement and despair.

Named the world’s terrorism hotspot, a third of all terrorism-related deaths in 2021 spilled blood over this country’s dusty plains. 

Some 2,700 have been killed in West Africa’s Mali in the first six months of this year, up 40% on last year. As the mayhem escalates in this region known as the Sahel, this week the last unilateral Western peacekeeping force was pulled – or was it pushed – out.

Mali’s military junta is now letting Russia’s shadowy Wagner mercenary group reportedly run amok, with an ever-growing catalog of human rights abuses against Mali’s people.

Afghanistan explosion: Kabul mosque bombing kills at least 21, Taliban police say

KABUL, Afghanistan — A bombing at a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul during evening prayers killed at least 21 people, including a prominent cleric, and wounded at least 33 others, eyewitnesses and police said Thursday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack Wednesday night, the latest to strike the country in the year since the Taliban seized power. Several children were reported to be among the wounded.

The Islamic State group’s local affiliate has stepped up attacks targeting the Taliban and civilians since the former insurgents’ takeover last August as U.S. and NATO troops were in the final stages of their withdrawal from the country.

Last week, the extremists claimed responsibility for killing a prominent Taliban cleric at his religious center in Kabul.


Peter Strzok Remains Exhibit A of the FBI’s Politicization

It is grimly comic to see Attorney General Merrick Garland, who runs the Justice Department like a liberal activist group, still pretending that he belongs to an apolitical bureaucracy.

He insisted that he acted alone in raiding Trump’s home, as if that is supposed to reassure us.

Instead, it confirms the dangers of a vengeful liberal Deep State that feels itself beyond the reach of the American people. An unaccountable bureaucracy in the hands of partisans is the monstrous Leviathan state come to life.

Even at this late date, even after everyone from John Brennan to James Comey has dropped any pretense of nonpartisanship, Peter Strzok of all people, the FBI agent who vowed to “stop” Trump, claims that the American people should “trust what the FBI is doing.”

Strzok still hasn’t apologized for his meritless harassment of Trump for alleged Russian collusion.

If anything, he uses his Twitter account and appearances on liberal cable talk shows to stoke anti-Trump conspiratorial nonsense, all while maintaining that the FBI remains impartial. The very fact that he rose to the heights of the FBI is Exhibit A of its decline.

The Brief: Garland Hijacked The Justice Department To Deploy It As A Political Weapon

Photo by Oliver Contreras - Pool/Getty Images
Photo by Oliver Contreras – Pool/Getty Images

Garland’s thuggish authoritarian tactics make it clear that this is not a dispute over federal documents.  The Federal Records Act is a civil statute with no enforcement mechanism.  No one can be charged criminally under the Act. 

That inconvenient fact prevented Garland from raiding Trump’s home.  So the attorney general conjured up three criminal statutes that he tossed into his warrant application.  That got him past the gate at Mar-a-Lago, but it won’t sell in a court of law.

To prove a case that Trump stole government records —including allegedly classified documents— prosecutors would first have to establish that he misappropriated the material deliberately.  Indeed, all three of the federal statutes cited in the probable cause warrant require that a person act “willfully” (18 USC 2071) or “knowingly” (18 USC 1519) or “intentionally” (18 USC 793).

So, for example, if Trump wanted to keep records that he thought belonged to him —even if his belief was mistaken— the statutes don’t necessarily apply.  If he relied on staffers and lawyers to audit and inspect reams of documents shipped in boxes to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, he cannot be held vicariously culpable for the errors made by others.

‘Civil War’ Porn

Source: AP Photo/Tom Copeland, File
Source: AP Photo/Tom Copeland, File

Hayden had gained recent notoriety for comparing Trump’s continuance of the Obama Administration’s border detention facilities to Hitler’s death camps. And he had assured the public that Hunter Biden’s lost and incriminating laptop was likely “Russian disinformation.”

So, like the earlier “Russian collusion” hoax, and the January 6 “insurrection,” the supposed right-wing inspired civil war is the latest shrill warning from the Left about how “democracy dies in darkness” and the impending end of progressive control of Congress in a few months.

Pentagon grandees promise to learn about “white rage” in the military and to root it out. But never do they offer any hard data to suggest white males express any greater degree of racial or ethnic chauvinism than any other demographic.

When we do hear of an insurrectionary plan — to kidnap the Michigan governor — we discover a concocted mess. Twelve FBI informants outnumbered the supposed four “conspirators.” And two of them were acquitted by a jury and the other two so far found not guilty due to a mistrial.