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Second woman arrested in connection to murder of elderly psychiatrist found in the trunk of car in Las Vegas desert

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A second woman has reportedly been arrested in connection to the murder of a 71-year-old California psychiatrist who was found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of a car parked in the desert outside Las Vegas last month.

Diana Nicole Pena, 30, was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder with the use of a deadly weapon. She stands accused of working with 25-year-old Kelsey Turner and Turner’s boyfriend Jon Logan Kennison to murder Dr. Thomas Burchard, according to The Californian. The three lived together at an apartment in Las Vegas, NV.

After his death, it was revealed that Burchard had paid the rent for Turner’s apartment in Las Vegas through June 2019. Turner, a mother who reportedly posed for Playboy Italia and Maxim, was arrested in Stockton, Calif. by FBI agents and extradited to Las Vegas in connection to the murder on March 21. Her extradition was reportedly delayed because she is currently pregnant.

Burchard’s girlfriend of 17 years, Judy Earp, said that Burchard had given Turner at least $300,000 over the years that she knew of, and that she considers Turner “as evil as Charles Manson.” He reportedly gave a number of other women money over the course of their relationship. Earp added that she believed Burchard was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s at the time of his death.

PSYCHIATRIST FOUND DEAD IN PLAYBOY MODEL’S CAR HAD PAID HER RENT, WARRANT SAYS 

Earp was the one who reported the “overly compassionate” Burchard missing. Police recovered his body on March 7 in the trunk of a blue two-door 2017 Mercedez Benz. He was partially clothed and had been bludgeoned to death by an object which reportedly left distinctive marks.

Investigators found that the car was registered to a man living in China who had posted an ad offering the car up on Craigslist, to which Turner allegedly responded. She never reported the car as missing.

The car also led police to Pena, after they discovered her bartending card for her job at the Caesar’s Palace hotel inside. Her fingerprints, along with Turner’s boyfriend Kennison, were found inside the Mercedes.

PLAYBOY MODEL, 25, ARRESTED IN DEATH OF CALIFORNIA PSYCHIATRIST, 71, FOUND IN TRUNK OF CAR

Pena reportedly did not show up for work after March 6, the day before Burchard’s body was found. It is believed that Pena, Kennison and Turner fled to Rio, Calif. before the two women were arrested. Kennison reportedly agreed to speak with detectives, but was not heard from again and remains at large.

Pena is set to have a case status check on Tuesday, and both she and Turner are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the case on June 3.

Burchard reportedly lived in Monterey, Calif. and spent decades working to help patients at the Montage Health Foundation. A spokesperson for the non-profit organization said the situation was “very sad” and that their “hearts go out to his family, friends, patients, and colleagues.”

“Dr. Burchard was a psychiatrist in our behavioral health program for almost 40 years and was very helpful to many patients,” spokeswoman Mary Barker said. “We are notifying his patients and providing grief counseling for staff.”

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Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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Trump to give Tiger Woods Presidential Medal of Freedom after Masters 2019 win

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Tiger Woods better make some more room in his trophy cabinet.

After picking up another Masters trophy on Sunday — the fifth of his career — President Trump announced Monday the golfer will get an even higher honor: The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!” the president tweeted.

TIGER WOODS’ FIRST MASTERS WIN SINCE 2005 WAS ‘JUST SPECTACULAR,’ JIM GRAY SAYS

Woods, 43, shot a 2-under 70 in Sunday’s final round at the Masters to claim a one-stroke victory in Augusta, Georgia, to win his 15th major championship.

It was his first major win since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems. He triumphed in the 2018 Tour Championship, which had been his first victory of any kind since 2013.

In addition to Woods’ fifth Masters championship and 15th major title (trailing only the great Jack Nicklaus in both categories), Sunday marked his 81st victory on the PGA Tour, one away from the career record held by Sam Snead. It was also the first time Tiger had won one of golf’s four major championships when not entering the final round with at least a share of the lead.

“It fits,” Woods quipped after 2018 champion Patrick Reed slipped the traditional winner’s garment over his shoulders in Butler Cabin. It was a far more sedate setting than the 18th green had been a few minutes before as Woods clinched the title with a short bogey putt.

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Trump was quick to congratulate Tiger Woods on Sunday moments after the historic win.

“Congratulations to @TigerWoods.,” he tweeted. “a truly Great Champion!”

In February, Trump and Woods golfed together, alongside Jack Nicklaus, at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. He tweeted at the time that the trio had a “great morning” together on the green.

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Both Nicklaus and Woods are regular golf partners for Trump. Nicklaus even designed the club’s 18-hole course, according to the golf course’s website.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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McDonald’s thief sought after jumping through window, stealing food

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A woman is being sought after jumping through an Arizona McDonald’s drive-thru window and assaulting an employee, before reportedly leaving with stolen food.

CALIFORNIA WOMAN WHO ATTACKED MCDONALD’S MANAGER OVER KETCHUP PLEADS GUILTY

The unidentified woman was caught on camera crawling through the drive-thru window and running toward the kitchen.

The incident reportedly took place on Sunday, March 3 and 3:25 a.m. in Phoenix on N 51st Avenue, but the suspect has yet to be located by authorities, according to FOX 10.

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According to police, the woman entered the fast-food restaurant and assaulted a clerk. She then took food items without paying and fled the McDonald’s. It was not reported if the clerk sustained injuries from the attack.

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Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the woman, who is described as a Hispanic female, 23-35-years-old with brown hair and eyes. Those with information are asked to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan says Trump’s idea to send immigrants to sanctuary cities is ‘ingenious’

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Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan backed President Trump‘s “ingenious” idea to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, adding it exposes the “hypocrisy” of Democratic leadership.

Homan gave Trump’s idea a ringing endorsement on “Fox & Friends” Monday, telling host Brian Kilmeade he supports the idea, which has been dubbed “bizarre and unlawful” by House Democrats.

“What the President did, I thought was ingenious, he called the bluff,” Homan said. “He pulled the curtain back on the Democratic leadership and showed their hypocrisy in saying they want these people in the United States, they want open borders, as long as it’s not in my district, as long as it’s not in my neighborhood.”

TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON PLAN TO SHIP MIGRANTS TO SANCTUARY CITIES, SAYS ‘RADICAL LEFT’ SHOULD BE HAPPY

He added that in his experience, he believes illegal immigrants head to sanctuary cities anyway.

“Most of these illegal aliens are already going to sanctuary cities,” he said. “That’s their destination. That’s one of the reasons they make this dangerous journey. They want to get to a place where they think they can be protected from ICE and get benefits and in-state tuition, college assistance, driver’s licenses.”

PELOSI FUMES OVER WHITE HOUSE PLAN TO RELEASE IMMIGRANT DETAINEES IN SANCTUARY CITIES

Homan continued by arguing the only reason Democrats are criticizing Trump’s proposal is because they seek to resist the president, and “be able to say he failed” at his primary campaign promise to secure the borders.

Kilmeade also pointed out there is no funding or a concrete plan in place for Trump’s floated idea.

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“Most of America understands and most of America realizes that there is a crisis on this border,” he said.

“Most of America realizes the only person coming to the table trying to fix this is the president. The Democratic leadership hasn’t offered up one idea – name on thing the Democratic leadership have done – to address this surge. Nothing,” he concluded.

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‘Superbug’ germs found all over hospital patients’ hands: study

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Every corner of the hospital prominently features hand sinks, hand sanitizer stations and reminders to wash regularly. And while health care providers are trained to clean up constantly, a new study reveals that patients may be overlooking that responsibility.

Researchers at University of Michigan tested 399 hospital patients, and found that 14% of them had “superbug” antibiotic-resistant bacteria on their hands or nostrils towards the start of their hospital stay. They also tested objects commonly used by patients, such as the nurse call button. Almost a third of those objects also tested positive for such bacteria.

HOSPITAL STAFF ERRORS WITH GOWNS AND GLOVES SPREAD ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA

Of those who didn’t have multidrug-resistant organisms on their hands and nostrils at the start of their stay, another 6% ended up contracting the superbug later in their stay.

The researchers also report that six patients in their study actually developed an infection with the superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — all of which had tested positive for MRSA on their hands and hospital room surfaces. The scientists also tested for vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) and resistant Gram-negative bacteria (RGNB).

Thanks to overuse of antibiotic drugs and sanitizers, all three bacteria groups have evolved to withstand traditional means of treatment.

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“Hand hygiene narrative has largely focused on physicians, nurses and other frontline staff, and all the policies and performance measurements have centered on them, and rightfully so,” says Dr. Lona Mody, epidemiologist and patient safety researcher who led the study, which appears in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “But our findings make an argument for addressing transmission of MDROs in a way that involves patients, too.”

Alarmingly, a similar study presented this month at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) found that hospital staff, particularly those who work in intensive care, are not reliably washing their hands either.

Researchers recorded 3,246 hours of hospital traffic in 18 ICUs across the country to observe when and how health care providers transitioned from “dirty” versus “clean” patient care tasks — and noting all the spaces between tasks where a hand wash could or should have been inserted.

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They found that health care workers properly washed their hands only half the time when moving from a dirty task, such as handling patients’ bodily fluids, to a clean task, and just 43% of the time when moving from cleaner to dirtier tasks. Moreover, staff was more likely to move from a dirty to a clean task if gloves were worn, while hand washing was less likely to occur.

“Infection prevention is everybody’s business,” says Mody, who reminds those in and outside the hospital setting to “clean your hands often, using good techniques — especially before and after preparing food, before eating food, after using a toilet, and before and after caring for someone who is sick — to protect yourself and others.”

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Stranded dog discovered paddling 130 miles from shore rescued by oil rig workers

A dog that ended up stranded in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand, paddling some 130 miles away from shore may soon have a home after being rescued by oil rig workers on Friday.

Workers spotted the animal’s head poking up above water as the dog paddled through the ocean towards the platform.

“If the waves had been strong, we wouldn’t have seen him,” Vitisak Payalaw, of Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production’s oil drilling team, wrote on Facebook. He shared images and video of the rescue.

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The shivering animal then managed to cling to a pole on the platform and could be seen looking up as workers on the oil rig devised a rescue plan.

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A stranded dog was spotted by oil rig workers clinging to a pole on the platform some 130 miles from shore in the Gulf of Thailand on Friday. (Viral Press)

“Finally, we decided to tie a rope around his neck and pull him to our site,” Vitisak wrote. “We had to race against time as wind waves might sweep him away.”

The brown Aspin dog was eventually pulled from the sea safely, but “looked exhausted,” according to Vitisak.

The pooch was believed to have fallen into the sea from a fishing trawler, the Bangkok Post reported. She has now been named “Boonrod” which in Thai means “making a spiritual donation for good luck in the future.”

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Boonrod spent the weekend onboard the drilling platform, receiving food and water from the crew before she was brought back to land on Monday, the Bangkok Post reported.

People could be seen greeting the dog on video as she was taken off a boat and delivered into the care of the animal charity Watchdog Thailand.

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The oil rig worker who saved the pooch said she is between 3 and 5 years old and now has “a lot of energy.”

“I hope to adopt her as a pet,” Vitisak told ViralPress. “I am looking forward to spending many happy years together with her.”

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Bernie faces voters in the heart of Trump country 

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On the roster: Bernie faces voters in the heart of Trump country – Welcome to the race Mayor Pete – Mueller report expected Thursday morning – Trump stays on attack mode with Omar – Either a solid prank or a lot of leftovers

BERNIE FACES VOTERS IN THE HEART OF TRUMP COUNTRY 
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – If there’s an argument to be made to skeptical mainstream Democrats for nominating Bernie Sanders, it starts right here in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.

The 2016 election was a political earthquake in Bethlehem and nearby communities to the north like Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Here in Northampton County, voters hadn’t gone for a Republican since George H.W. Bush in 1988 before it went for Donald Trump by 4 points. The shift was even more pronounced in Luzerne County (Wilkes-Barre) where the Republican share of the vote increased by 13 points from 2012 to 2016.

Without this region, Trump would have come up short instead of his 44,292-vote nail-biter win in Pennsylvania. And if he had missed with kindred voters in Wisconsin and Michigan, he wouldn’t be president today. 

Americans who aren’t familiar with these communities or ones like them stretching out into the industrial Midwest and Appalachia may be tempted to accept the version offered by the scores of journalists who have fanned out in the region over the past four years: Doped up, out of work, undereducated xenophobes who voted for Trump out of some malign impulse for revenge against the elites who had ruined their lives. 

Not only does that badly shortchange the people who live here it misses the real dynamics at work.

These counties were certainly up for grabs in 2016. This was rock-solid Obama country and, as the 2018 midterm results showed, the reversal to red was hardly permanent. But Democrats are very nervous that it might happen again. The fascination with former Vice President Joe Biden is related to his strong brand and famous name, yes, but also because he is a son of Scranton. Sheriff Joe, the human firewall.

Sanders, though, has a different argument to make. And it includes a subtle threat.

His campaign points to survey data that say 12 percent of Sanders’ 2016 primary voters ended up voting for Trump in November. That would be something like 1.5 million Democratic primary voters switching sides, and plenty of them were in post-industrial eastern Pennsylvania.

Sanders argues that without him, these voters will drift back to Trump. But he also makes the case that he is the candidate who can best undo the party’s long slide with white, middle class voters. These folks have radicalized and become populists who will only respond to a candidate who promises to attack the bipartisan establishment in Washington and Wall Street.

There’s another theory of the case, however. This holds that Hillary Clinton was the worst big-time politician of her era and certainly the worst Democratic nominee since at least Michael Dukakis. Sanders’ own success actually reinforces this thesis. There’s no way he would have had the stunning success he did in 2016 had it not been for the intense, visceral rejection of Clinton and Clintonism by so many Democrats.

Was Sanders, like Trump, the beneficiary of the black hole that has become the Clinton legacy? Or is he the vanguard of still churning populist revolt that will not be sated until massive change comes to the American way of life?

Tonight, Sanders gets to make his case to a local audience here on the grounds of the old Bethlehem Steel Plant. Will they adjudge him to be a re-run of a played-out drama or the leader of a revolution that has only just begun?

[Watch Fox: Hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will help local voters take Sanders’ measure tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. ET] 

THE RULEBOOK: EVERYONE’S A CRITIC
“Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well upon those who support as those who oppose the right side of a question.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1

TIME OUT: ‘YOU WATCH ME, I’LL GET IT DONE’
History: “On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American in the major leagues when he plays his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. … 28-year-old Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut with the Dodgers, against the Boston Braves, in front of more than 25,000 spectators at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. Robinson played first base and went zero for three at the plate. During his first season in the majors, Robinson encountered racism from opposing teams and fans, as well as some of his own teammates. However, the abuse didn’t affect his performance on the baseball field. Robinson played in 151 games, hit .297, stole more bases than anyone else in the National League and was awarded the first-ever Rookie of the Year title. … In 1955, Robinson helped the Dodgers defeat the New York Yankees to win the World Series. He retired from baseball after playing his last game on October 10, 1956…”

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SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance 
Average approval: 
43.2 percent
Average disapproval: 51.6 percent
Net Score: -8.4 points
Change from one week ago: up 1.8 points 
[Average includes: Gallup: 45% approve – 51% disapprove; GU Politics/Battleground: 43% approve – 52% disapprove; IBD: 41% approve – 52% disapprove; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve – 50% disapprove; NBC/WSJ: 43% approve – 53% disapprove.]

WELCOME TO THE RACE MAYOR PETE
AP:Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country. … In the hours after his announcement, more than $1 million in donations poured in, said Lis Smith, speaking for the campaign. … Buttigieg will return this week to Iowa and New Hampshire … to campaign as a full-fledged candidate now being taken more seriously. Over the past few months, Buttigieg has appeared frequently on national TV news and talk shows and developed a strong social media following with his message that the country needs ‘a new generation of leadership.’ Buttigieg’s poll numbers have climbed. Some polls put him behind only Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who sought the party’s nomination in 2016, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet said he’s running.”

Gillibrand hits $3 million for first quarter fundraising – NYT: “Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign raised $3 million in the first quarter of the year, a spokeswoman said on Sunday, a disappointing sum that ranked her last among the six senators currently running for president. Ms. Gillibrand, New York’s Democratic junior senator, has made running as a woman a central theme of her candidacy, and nearly two-thirds of the campaign’s donors were women, said the spokeswoman, Meredith Kelly. Ms. Kelly did not disclose how many donors the campaign had, but she said that 92 percent of contributions were under $200. Given her modest haul so far, Ms. Gillibrand will likely need to rely heavily upon the roughly $10 million in campaign funds she had left over after her Senate re-election bid last year. Only a few 2020 candidates had such a large cash stockpile to supplement their presidential fund-raising.”

Warren makes pledge to ban oil and gas drilling on federal lands – WashEx: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday that she would ban all drilling on federal lands and waters on her first day in office. ‘On my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that says no more drilling — a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands,’ the Massachusetts Democrat said in post on Medium outlining her public lands agenda. Warren also said she would reinstate an Obama-era Interior Department rule that the Trump administration has proposed rolling back limiting leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas operations.”

Caucuses continue to dwindle – NYT: “In this cycle, caucuses are dwindling. Democratic National Committee rules now encourage states to use a government-run primary, where more people participate, and to increase participation in the caucuses that remain. … Already, the three largest caucus states — Washington, Minnesota and Colorado — have flipped to primaries. So have Utah, Idaho and Nebraska. Two more caucus states — Alaska and Hawaii — are using party-run, rather than government-run, primaries. This switch can increase participation and turnout to levels somewhat more like in a traditional primary, depending on how they are administered. That leaves just six caucus states: Iowa and Nevada — the two highest-turnout caucuses… and Kansas, North Dakota, Wyoming and Maine. … The overall effect seems as if it will be pretty modest. That might be something of a surprise. After all, the effect of having a caucus is substantial.”

MUELLER REPORT EXPECTED THURSDAY MORNING
Fox News: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s much-anticipated Russia report is set to be released to the public and Congress on Thursday morning, the Justice Department announced. Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told Fox News on Monday the report would be made available — with redactions — Thursday morning to lawmakers and to the public. The news comes despite mounting calls from Democrats to first release the report to Congress without redactions. Attorney General Bill Barr testified last Wednesday he planned to have the report available ‘within a week,’ maintaining his original vow to release Mueller’s full report by mid-April. … Most congressional Democrats demanded Barr turn over the full report, without redactions, to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees for review, prior to releasing it to the public. … Barr maintained the DOJ is working ‘diligently to make as much information as possible available to Congress.’ Meanwhile … the DOJ defended Barr’s rollout of Mueller’s conclusions.”

Team Trump taking a relaxed approach to Mueller report – Axios: “Two of the president’s top advisers who will be handling the response to Mueller’s report were watching the Masters when [Axios’ Jonathan Swan] called them about it this weekend. By all accounts, the president himself is also taking a fairly blasé approach. The subject has barely come up, if at all, in recent senior staff meetings, according to two sources with direct knowledge. … Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, told [Swan] Trump hasn’t seen the report. And senior White House aides have scant details about it, telling me they could only guess when exactly it will come out and how much of it will be redacted. Most expect Attorney General Bill Barr to release the report mid-week. … The president’s outside legal team will not read the report alongside his White House lawyers. Rather, the two groups of attorneys plan to go through it separately. A senior Trump adviser said the two groups will write separate responses — with the outside response likely more aggressive than the White House’s institutional response.”

Trump maintains ‘no collusion, no obstruction’ – Fox News:President Trump on Monday said it was time to ‘investigate the investigators,’ doubling down on Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings in the Russia investigation. ‘Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!’ Trump tweeted early Monday. The president’s tweet comes following a week of mounting scrutiny on the attorney general for his testimony that ‘spying did occur’ on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Democrats blasted Barr, and accused him of ‘peddling conspiracy theories.’ But despite the backlash from Democrats over his use of the term, Barr’s testimony appeared to refer to intelligence collection that already has been widely reported and confirmed.”

TRUMP STAYS ON ATTACK MODE WITH OMAR
USA Today: “Before taking off Monday for Minnesota, President Donald Trump again attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minneapolis and one of the first two Muslim-American women to serve in the U.S. Congress. On Twitter, Trump also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for defending Omar, saying she ‘should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!’ Omar, Pelosi and other Democrats said Trump’s frequent attacks on the freshman congresswoman from Minnesota smack of being anti-Muslim, and are spiking death threats against Omar. Saying threats have escalated since Trump backers used her comments in a 2020 campaign video, Omar tweeted this weekend: ‘We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop.’ Trump’s latest attacks came hours before he left for Minnesota, where he is scheduled to hold an economic policy event related Monday’s deadline for tax filings.”

Trump still likes idea to send immigrants to sanctuary cities – LAT: “President Trump still ‘likes’ the idea of transferring immigrants in the U.S. illegally to so-called sanctuary cities like San Francisco, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday. But she portrayed the notion as a burden-sharing strategy that the Democrats should welcome rather than a plan designed to punish political adversaries like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). Senior Democrats pushed back on the idea, previously rejected by administration lawyers in internal White House deliberations, as probably illegal and emblematic of the administration’s failure to conceive of a fair and coherent immigration policy. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, described the administration’s policymaking on immigration as built around crises that the president had created.”

Dems think Miller’s to blame – WaPo: “House Democrats are sharpening their focus on White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller, with key lawmakers saying he should be brought before congressional committees to testify about his role in recent policy controversies. The talk of hauling Miller before lawmakers comes days after The Washington Post reported that he played a key role in a plan first discussed last year to release undocumented immigrants into ‘sanctuary cities’ represented by President Trump’s Democratic critics. While the plan never came to fruition because of objections from agency officials, Trump has since embraced the idea. With a spate of new vacancies at the Department of Homeland Security … Miller has emerged as a key target for Democrats who see him as an influential survivor in an administration that has otherwise churned through personnel.”

Graham to introduce immigration legislation – Fox Business: “Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he will draft legislation in an effort to fix immigration laws in the U.S. ‘I’ll be introducing a package, and hopefully with Democratic support, that will change our asylum laws,’ Graham, R-S.C., told ‘Sunday Morning Futures.’ Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said a large majority of people who apply for asylum are released, but never return for their hearing. … ‘It’s impossible to do a hearing in 20 days,’ Graham said, adding that he wants to modify the decision and asylum laws. ‘So we’re going to try to change the time you can hold an unaccompanied minor or a minor child beyond 20 days because if you come up with a family and you have minor kids in the family, we release the whole family in 20 days because you don’t want to separate families.’”

TWO YEARS LATER TRUMP TAX CUTS STILL UNPOPULAR
Politico: “President Donald Trump boasted in Michigan last month that he signed into law ‘massive tax cuts, the biggest in the history of our country.’ As Americans rush Monday to finish up their own taxes, their judgment on Trump’s beloved tax cut bill is pretty clear: Most really don’t like it. Multiple polls show a majority of Americans don’t think they got a tax cut at all — even though independent analyses show they did. And only around a third of the country approves of the legislation itself, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress at the end of 2017. So as Trump moves closer to full-time reelection mode later this year, he will have to battle a stark reality: While his personal rating on the economy remains high, his signature legislative achievement is widely viewed as a political dud, one that has drawn special anger in places with high state and local taxes and pricey housing markets where deductions were limited to reduce the overall cost of the tax plan.”

Sarah Sanders: Congress is not ‘smart enough’ for Trump’s taxes – WaPo: “White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that she doesn’t believe members of Congress are ‘smart enough’ to examine President Trump’s tax returns, pushing back against Democrats’ demands for information on the president’s finances. House Democrats have given the Trump administration a hard deadline of April 23 to turn over the president’s tax returns, arguing that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s concerns about the request ‘lack merit.’ In an interview with ‘Fox News Sunday’ host Chris Wallace, Sanders said that Democrats were treading a ‘dangerous road’ and that their request for Trump’s tax returns is ‘all about political partisanship.’ ‘Frankly, Chris, I don’t think Congress — particularly not this group of congressmen and women — are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be,’ Sanders said.”

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“Candidly, I don’t even know all the reasons why this is going so well.” – Pete Buttigieg in an interview with New York Magazine.

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EITHER A SOLID PRANK OR A LOT OF LEFTOVERS
WJTV: “Mystery mashed potatoes are popping up on front porches in the Belhaven (Miss.) community. … Who leaves mashed potatoes on someone’s front porch? … ‘This neighborhood does a lot of quirky things, we decorate road signs we put Christmas trees in our potholes, so it’s not surprising at all, that’s why I love this neighborhood, because they do so many strange things, but it’s definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve seen since living in Jackson,’ Jordan Lewis said she found mashed potatoes left on her car. After posting to Facebook, Jordan Lewis found she wasn’t alone, several others said they also found a bowl of potatoes on their property. ‘They’ve found it on their mailboxes, on their cars… So we don’t know if someone is just playing a prank or if someone just had a lot of leftovers,’ Lewis joked.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“While retrospective judgment tends to make us feel superior to our ancestors, it should really evoke humility. Surely some contemporary practices will be deemed equally abominable by succeeding generations. The only question is: Which ones?”  – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the National Review on May 8, 2015.

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RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel: Bigger paychecks and a booming economy thanks to GOP tax cuts

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Tax day has long been the worst day of the year for American taxpayers, bringing us face-to-face with the reality that our government takes too much of our hard-earned money. However, thanks to the Trump administration’s historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, tax day has become less of a burden – and a good time to reflect on how much more of our own money we get to keep in our wallets.

The Republican tax bill enacted into law a year and a half ago gave the American middle class the biggest tax cut in a generation and simplified our federal tax code. The results are in and the numbers speak for themselves: 82 percent of middle-income Americans got a tax cut last year and many of them paid an average of $1,200 less in federal taxes.

The tax bill doubled the standard deduction, which saves taxpayers $5 billion each year. It doubled the child tax credit, which means nearly $104 billion in savings for working parents. It cut the corporate tax rate, empowering businesses to grow and create more jobs.

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Our country added 2.7 million new jobs in the year after the tax bill was enacted. More take-home pay has grown average wages by 3.3 percent. Thanks to tax cuts, more than 50 million lower-middle-class households will get the largest tax savings; households earning between $20,000 and $30,000 will see the biggest reduction of 13.5 percent.

The tax bill has also sparked major investments in the communities that need it the most through the president’s Opportunity Zones initiative. Most of the nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones are considered “severely distressed,” with poverty rates nearly twice the national average. The majority of those affected are minorities, which means increased local investment will lift up close to 1.5 million minority households.

Despite these historic results, Democrats continue to lie about tax cuts in their desperate attempts to mislead Americans. They claim tax cuts only help the rich. They claim smaller tax refunds mean tax cuts aren’t working. These are nothing more than lies; the lower-middle class has reaped the greatest benefit, and the size of tax refunds are the result of changes in IRS withholding.

Democrats know the facts are not on their side. What they don’t want anyone else to know is that the great majority of taxpayers have in fact brought home more money in their paychecks all year. Our field team has heard countless stories from people across the country who experienced the benefits first-hand.

Rodney in Ohio told us he bought a new building and hired more workers to grow his motorized tricycle business. Julie, a mother of three in Nevada, was able to save more than $100 per month for her retirement. Graham, a veteran in Pennsylvania, got a bigger paycheck and channeled his enthusiasm into door-knocking with our Party ahead of last year’s midterm elections.

And yet, not a single Democrat voted for tax cuts for their constituents. Not a single one put aside their hatred for our president to defend the interests of the American people. Not a single one wants to admit that individuals – not the government – know how to best spend their own money.

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Instead, the Democrats’ 2020 presidential candidates are doubling down on radical, tax-hiking proposals that would devastate our economy and hurt hard-working Americans. Take Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s, D-Mass., new proposal to tax American businesses at a cost of $1 trillion. Take Sen. Bernie Sanders’s, I-Vt., proposal for single-payer health care, which would require raising taxes by $16 trillion. Take the $93 trillion Green New Deal, which would only be partially funded by a 70 percent tax rate.

American voters know better. We see just how much our economy has grown under President Trump’s policies. We see how much tax cuts have helped our families, businesses and communities. We stand by this administration and Republicans in Congress, because they stood by us and fulfilled their promise to ease our tax burden. And this year, we celebrate tax day because we finally get to keep more of what we have worked so hard to earn.

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Joe Jonas celebrates ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere in style, talks wedding plans with Sophie Turner

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Joe Jonas celebrated the premiere of the new season of “Game of Thrones” in style. Dressed as fiancée Sophie Turner’s character, Sansa Stark, Jonas uploaded a video of him adorned in Lady Sansa’s garb ahead of the season premiere.

“MOOD,” Jonas wrote ahead of the big premiere, which drew adulation from celebrities like Kelly Rowland, model Cris Urena and sister-in-law Priyanka Chopra.

Ahead of the season premiere, Turner also took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the final season. In a post that amassed 1.7 million likes, Turner posted a picture with the caption, “In honour of the final season of Thrones premiering tonight …. Here’s a picture of me asleep on set.”

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Jonas began dating Turner in 2016 before ultimately popping the question in October 2017. The two announced the engagement via Instagram when Jonas posted a picture of the ring, stating, “she said yes.” Turner reciprocated, stating, “I said yes.”

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The two are set to wed in France and recently spoke with People Magazine on what they need for a successful wedding. “I mean, we are getting married in France, so a lot of Coors Light is necessary,” said Jonas.

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“Not hard, really, to get that, but we needed to make sure that was going to happen,” Jonas continued. Brother Nick Jonas added, “Our friends drink a lot of beer, specifically, and we ran out of beer at the wedding, at my wedding, which was a big issue.”

“It starts to get very dark very fast with hard alcohol instead,” said brother Kevin Jonas. “It’s just like ‘Oh, we’re doing this now? Okay.’”

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Jonas and Turner have not confirmed an official wedding date, but Joe did reveal on “The Late Late Show” with James Corden that they intend on marrying in the summer.

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Ocasio-Cortez cutting back on social media use, says it ‘poses a public health risk to everybody’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who likely owes her seat in Congress to her sophisticated use of social media, now says she’s giving up Facebook and cutting back on Instagram and Twitter — for her health.

Too much screentime can be bad for your physical and emotional health, she said during the Yahoo podcast “Skulldudgery.”

“I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook. And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave up on it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“Social media poses a public health risk to everybody,” she said.

“There are amplified impacts for young people, particularly children under the age of 3, with screen time. But I think it has a lot of effects on older people. I think it has effects on everybody. Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism,” AOC said.

“I’ve started to kind of impose little rules on myself,” she said.

“Like every once in a while, you’ll see me hop on Twitter on the weekends, but for the most part, I take consumption of content, when it comes to consumption and reading, I take the weekends off. And so I’m not, like, scrolling through trying to read everything online that journalists are writing on weekends. I try to do that during the workweek.”

The freshman congresswoman also took a swipe at President Trump’s use of social media, claiming that the video he posted on Twitter about Rep. Ilhan Omar was “trying to incite a stereotype of all Muslims being terrorists.”

Ocasio-Cortez still has an account on Facebook, but she now mostly uses Instagram and Twitter to connect with her fervent followers.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

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