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Ohio shooting victims include gunman’s sister, mother of two who was a nursing student

A gunman armed with a rifle with the capacity to hold 100 rounds of ammunition opened fire outside a day in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people, including his sister, in the second U.S. mass shooting in fewer than 24 hours.

Connor Betts, armed with a .223-caliber rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest and earplugs, opened fire outside Ned Peppers Bar in the city’s Oregon District around 1 a.m. Officers in the area “neutralized” Betts within 30 seconds of the first gunshot being fired, police said.

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Here are the heartbreaking stories of victims who died.

Megan Betts, 22

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Megan Betts was one of nine people killed Sunday  (Facebook)

Megan Betts is the sister of gunman Connor Betts, who was among the first people killed in the shooting.

Police said the siblings arrived at the Oregon District with another friend, but were separated at some point before the shooting.

Wright State University in Dayton revealed that Megan Betts studied earth and environmental sciences and had worked as a tour guide at the Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula, Montana this summer. She was an intern through a program run by the Student Conservation Association.

Lois Oglesby, 27

Lois Oglesby was a nursing student who has just returned from maternity leave at a children’s daycare center, her cousin, Derasha Merrett, told the Dayton Daily News.

“She was a wonderful mother, a wonderful person,” Merrett said. “I have cried so much, I can’t cry anymore.”

She leaves behind a newborn and older daughter. Oglesby aspired to work with children.

“We grew up as cousins,” Merrett said. “We grew up in the same church, on the same drill team. She works at my kids’ daycare. We all grew up in this little town. We’re all family. We’re all hurting behind this.”

Derrick Fudge, 57

The Springfield, Ohio resident was out with family members when he was killed, a sister of one of the shooting victims told the Daily News.

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“They were all just down there enjoying themselves and had stepped out of, I think, one of the clubs and were in a line to get some food,” said Twyla Southall.

Logan Turner, 30

Logan Turner has just celebrated his birthday on Tuesday and was out with friends Sunday morning, his mother told the Daily News.

He obtained an engineering degree from the University of Toledo and worked as a machinist in Springboro, Danita Turner said.

“He was very generous and loving and the world’s best son,” she said. “Everyone loved Logan. He was a happy go lucky guy.”

Springboro High School guidance counselor and coach Ryan Wilhite posted a photo of Turner playing football.

“Heart is broken,” he wrote. “Such a great young man lost too soon. Praying for comfort and healing for his family and all of his teammates who loved him so much. Rest easy 78.”

Nicholas Cumer, 25

Nicholas Cumer was a graduate student at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania who was working as an intern at a Dayton facility for people battling cancer.

“Nicholas was dedicated to caring for others,” university President Malachi Van Tassell said in a statement.

Cumer was recognized at the 2019 Community Engagement Awards among students who had completed more than 100 hours of service, the school said in an announcement of his death.

A mass will be arranged in his memory Malachi said.

Thomas McNichols,25

Jevin Lamar described his cousin, Thomas McNichols, as “a great father, a great brother — he was a protector,” in an interview with the New York Times.

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Thomas McNichols was remembered as a “gentle giant” by family members following his death early Sunday during a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. (Facebook)

The 25-year-old was known a “Teejay” and played kickball at family gatherings. His aunt, Donna Johnson, called him a “gentle giant.”

The father of four was living with Johnson in Dayton.

Monica Brickhouse, 39 and Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36

People who knew Beatrice Warren-Curtis and Monica Brickhouse described them as close friends.

“I was devastated this morning when I got the news and still don’t feel like I have a heartbeat inside of me. Nicole Curtis and Monica Storey Brickhouse were like two of my work daughters,” Tonya Amos posted on Facebook.

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Monica Brickhouse and Beatrice Warren-Curtis were both killed during a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio’s entertainment district.  (Facebook)

“I had the opportunity to manage and mentor them for some years. We sat beside each other every day. We have laughed and cried together. Shared life stories and supported each other. These two ladies were very special to me. I’m sad and mad and this senseless loss. I cannot imagine how their families feel if I’m feeling this way. Lord have Mercy,” she continued.

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Brickhouse was originally from Springfield, Ohio but lived in Virginia Beach, according to her Facebook account.

Saeed Saleh, 38

Sunday’s rampage was the nation’s second mass shooting in less than 24 hours after at least 20 people were slain in El Paso, Texas.

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Mexican government vows legal action against US in response to El Paso mass shooting

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The Mexican government on Sunday threatened legal action against the United States for its response to Saturday’s mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas that left 20 people dead, including six Mexican nationals.

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard made the announcement in a video posted to Twitter, in which he expressed indignation for the mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall.

“The president of the Republic has instructed me so that this posture and indignation from Mexico is translated, first in protecting affected families, and then in legal actions, efficient and prompt, quick and convincing so that Mexico can demand the conditions to protect to the Mexican-American community and Mexicans in the United States,” Ebrard said.

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He called Saturday’s shooting “an act of barbarism.” Ebrard didn’t offer specifics but said Mexico would take action to protect its citizens living in the U.S.

“What happened is inadmissible and today, at 4 p.m., we will announce the first judicial actions that the Mexican government will take in accordance to international law,” he added.

Among the 20 killed are six Mexican citizens and seven injured. Mexico revised the number of its citizens killed Sunday from three to six.

“Today, unfortunately, the update provided by the FBI… the regrettable part is that they’ve confirmed that 6 Mexicans have lost their lives, and there are 7 injured in El Paso, Texas,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

Ebrard said five of the Mexican citizens killed were: Sara Regalado, Adolfo Cerros Hernandez, Jorge Calvillo Garcia, Elsa Mendoza de la Mora, and Gloria Irma Marquez. The sixth victim has not been identified.

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El Paso, home to 680,000 residents, sits across the southern border from Cuidad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

The gunman, Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was charged with capital murder. Investigators are looking into a manifesto they believe he wrote that could be a “nexus to a hate crime.”

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson slammed for tweet about mass shooting data

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Astrophysicist and television personality Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson sparked backlash for a tweet Sunday he wrote following this weekend’s mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso, showing an apparent low death rate when compared with other types of tragedies.

In the tweet, Tyson listed several other means by which Americans perish every 48 hours, and claimed emotion often clouds the facts in situations like these.

“In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings. On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose… 500 to Medical errors 300 to the Flu 250 to Suicide 200 to Car Accidents 40 to Homicide via Handgun Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data,” he wrote Sunday.

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Several celebrities and other verified Twitter accounts condemned deGrasse Tyson’s tweet, with some even urging him to take it down.

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Other accounts threw obscenities at the Harvard grad, without addressing his direct points, including the official account for the band “Smash Mouth.”

Fox News reached out to deGrasse Tyson for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication. He has not responded to the backlash nor removed the tweet as of 6:20 p.m. EST.

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Victims of El Paso shooting included mother shielding son from bullets, teen about to start sophomore year

The victims of the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday included a mother shielding her 2-year-old son from the barrage of bullets and a teenager just weeks away from starting his second year of high school.

Gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, opened fire just before 11 a.m. Saturday, killing 20 people and wounding more than two dozen. Authorities have not identified all of the victims, but here are some of there stories.

Jordan Anchondo

Jordan Anchondo, 25, was fatally shot while trying to protect her son when the gunman opened fire in the crowded shopping area, her sister told The Associated Press.

“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” Leta Jamrowski said while at the  University Medical Center of El Paso. “So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”

The mother of three had gone to the big-box store to get a jump on back-to-school supply shopping earlier in the day.

Jamrowski said her 2-year-old nephew was being treated for broken bones and that she still hadn’t heard from Andre Anchondo, her brother-in-law.

Arturo Benavides

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Arturo Benavides was among those killed during a mass shooting inside an El Paso, Texas Walmart.  (GoFundMe)

Arturo Benavides, 60, was at the self-checkout line while his wife Patty was in the restroom when shots rang out, according to a social media post.

Patty was able to escape, but Benavides was reported missing, the family told KTSM-TV.

“He was the person to always give a helping hand, a home to stay, and a meal,” his niece, Jacklin Luna, told BuzzFeed News. “He loved each and every one of us in our own ways. Loved oldies on a Sunday morning, sitting out on his chair in the front porch with his dog Milo at his feet.”

A GoFundMe page said Benavides was an Army veteran who drove a bus for Sun Metro.

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Javier Rodriguez

Authorities informed the family of Javier Rodriguez, 15, of his death Sunday, according to the El Paso Times. He was weeks away from starting his sophomore year in high school.

“He was such a loving boy,” his aunt, his aunt, Elvira Rodriguez, said.

Three Mexican nationals

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said six Mexican citizens were among those killed. El Paso, a city of 680,000 residents, sits directly across the border from Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

López Obrador tweeted his condolences to the victims’ families.

“I regret the events in El Paso, Texas, neighboring town and brother of Ciudad Juarez and our nation. I send my condolences to the families of the victims, both American and Mexican. The SRE and our consulate are acting and providing support,” he tweeted.

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Crusius surrendered after Saturday’s rampage. He is believed to have posted about an “invasion” of Hispanics coming across the southern border and the dangers of mass immigration before the shooting. He has been charged with capital murder.

Saturday’s shooting came before another one in Dayton, Ohio that left nine deal and 27 injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Trump declares ‘hate has no place in our country,’ as Dems demand recall of Congress

President Trump on Sunday denounced two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, saying “hate has no place in our country.”

Addressing reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, Trump promised “we’re going to take care” of the problem. He says he’s been speaking to the attorney general, FBI director and members of Congress and will be making an additional statement Monday morning.

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Trump pointed to a mental illness problem in the U.S., calling the shooters “really very seriously mentally ill.”

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People attend a vigil for victims of the shooting Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. A young gunman opened fire in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area during the busy back-to-school season, leaving multiple people dead and more than two dozen injured. (AP Photo/John Locher)

He said the problem of shootings has been going on “for years and years” and “we have to get it stopped.”

The shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend left at least 29 people dead.

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Meanwhile, authorities in Texas said the mass shooting is being investigated as a domestic terrorism case. Officials are also looking into whether hate crime charges against gunman Patrick Crusius, who has also been charged with capital murder, are appropriate after an alleged manifesto believed to be written by the 21-year-old could indicate “a nexus to a hate crime.”

“We have to attribute that manifesto directly to him,” El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said Sunday at a news conference. “And so we’re going down that road.”

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Elsewhere, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Brooker said Sunday that Trump is “responsible” for Saturday’s deadly mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, while another Democratic presidential contender, Julian Castro said “there’s one person that’s responsible directly” for the massacre — “and that’s the shooter.”

At the same time, Castro told ABC News’ “This Week,” Trump has embraced “division and bigotry and fanning the flames of hate” as a form of “political strategy.”

“It’s no accident that, just a few weeks after he announced his 2020 reelection bid, there he was indulging and entertaining this ‘Send her back’ chant,” Castro said. “And he’s spoken about immigrants as being invaders. “He’s given license for this toxic brew of white supremacy to fester more and more in this country. And we’re seeing the results of that.”

And Castro, who previously served as San Antonio mayor and U.S. housing secretary, said Trump needs to do more to “unite Americans instead of fanning the flames of bigotry.”

Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, accused Trump of being a white nationalist and says he is encouraging “open racism.”

But Castro, speaking to anchor Jonathan Karl, reiterated that only the shooter bears “direct” responsibility. In a statement released later Sunday, Castro echoed that comment, saying, “These shooters are ultimately to blame for their actions. They are attempting to terrorize us but I believe that the vast majority of Americans reject this hatred.”

Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, speaking in North Las Vegas, urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call senators back to Washington from their summer recess.

He said the Senate should “have a special session to address gun violence in America and let us finally have the courage to take on the NRA.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Public Service Forum in Las Vegas Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

He also called out the president, saying “I say to President Trump, please stop the racist anti-immigrant rhetoric. Stop the hatred in this country which is creating the kind of violence that we see.”

Sanders then joined several of his fellow Democratic presidential contenders in calling for universal background checks for firearm purchases and more restrictions on assault weapons.

“Assault weapons are designed for one reason,” Sanders claimed. “They are military weapons. And I don’t have to explain that to the people in Las Vegas who experienced the worst gun tragedy in the history of this country.”

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Booker backed up Sanders’ call in a tweet: “This is a national crisis. Mitch McConnell needs to bring the Senate back from recess right now and hold votes on legislation to protect Americans from gun violence. Enough. We need to end this carnage now.”

And Elizabeth Warren said the “public health crisis” of gun violence mandated a special session of Congress.

FBI agents on Sunday executed search warrants at three homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where Crusius had stayed.

An agency spokeswoman, Melinda Urbina, declined to give more details on the locations.

One of them was the home of his grandparents in Allen, Texas, where authorities shut down streets following the shooting.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, responding to online speculation, said Sunday the federal agency does not conduct immigration enforcement operations “during tragedies.”

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ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa says the statement was issued Sunday afternoon in an effort to dispel “false rumors.”

Zamarripa says ICE agents immediately responded to aid local and state law enforcement officers as the shooting unfolded.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly, Travis Fedschun, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Howard Kurtz: ‘Horribly unfair’ for media to blame Trump for mass shootings

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The host of “Media Buzz,” Howard Kurtz, said it was unwarranted for the media to blame President Trump for the nation’s recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, but claimed such attacks remain fair game for rival politicians who are running against him.

“We just heard … Beto O’Rourke saying on CNN, that President Trump actually encouraged this sort of thing, with what he said after Charlottesville. And I knew this was coming. It’s the pattern after every shooting. Often it’s about gun control,” Kurtz said on Sunday.

“I understand that the president’s actions and the verbiage he uses about illegal immigration are going to be part of this debate — but to suggest that he’s responsible, that he’s encouraging, that he’s condoning the actions of a crazed gunman seems to me to be horribly unfair on the media’s part. Politicians can do it, they’re running for office. But should the media tolerate this?”

Panelist Kat Timpf said she disagreed with Trump’s rhetoric on immigration, but claimed the media has no right to pin mass shootings on the president.

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“Unfair is exactly the word that I would use here and I say this as someone who has had problems with some of the things that Trump has said about immigration in the past. I certainly don’t agree with President Trump on immigration,” she replied.

Timpf added: “However, I’ve already seen a few columns, there’s one in The Intercept … basically saying the same thing that Beto is saying that Trump is responsible for this, and that’s just insane, Obviously, Trump doesn’t want to see all these people murdered. Nobody wants to see something like this, these are crazed lunatics. And if this manifesto does turn out to be from this shooter then yes, I would absolutely call it domestic terrorism and white supremacist terrorism, anti-immigrant terrorism… but to blame President Trump, that’s just — it’s illogical, in addition to being unfair.”

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Kurtz said the same idea could be applied to former President Obama’s rhetoric against law enforcement following the deaths of police officers, but claimed that would be wrong, saying Obama and Trump are both not responsible for the actions of a mad man.

“The president had already issued a statement calling this a hateful act and an act of cowardice. At the same time, I just feel like I have a sense of deja vu. During the Obama administration sometimes when police officers were killed, certain conservative commentators would go on the air and say, ‘Obama has blood on his hands because of his anti-law enforcement policies.’ Well, he did not and President Trump did not,” Kurtz said.

“It is fair to challenge his rhetoric and handling of the immigration issue. But to suggest that he would in any way be condoning the shooting of so many innocent people is something I think the media needs to be really careful about.”

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Timpf also mentioned the media’s double standard with regard to James Hodgkinson, who shot Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, at a congressional baseball game in 2017. She said pundits and hosts weren’t as willing to tie him to Bernie Sanders as they are to tie Trump in with the current shooter.

“Remember the shooting at the congressional baseball game, that guy was a Bernie supporter and nobody brought that up,” Timpf said.

“He loved Rachel Maddow,” Kurtz replied. “It had nothing to do with that.”

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John Stossel: Warren, Bernie, Biden, Trump all want you to have ‘free’ stuff. Here’s what we discovered

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Never before have presidential candidates offered voters so much “free” stuff.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., wants you to “collect up to $500 a month.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., says, “We need to go tenfold in our research and development in green energy.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden wants to “triple the amount of money we spend for Title I schools” ($32 billion) create “universal pre-K” ($26 billion), provide “free community college” ($6 billion per year) and double the number of psychologists and social workers in schools ($14 billion) — $78 billion total.

That’s a lot, but much less than what Kamala Harris would spend.

She too wants to “make community college free” ($6 billion), but she’d add debt-free “four-year public college” ($80.1 billion), “increase government’s investment in child care” dramatically ($60 billion) and “give the average public school teacher a $13,000 raise” ($31.5 billion) for a total of $177 billion.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg rarely says what his proposals would cost, but he at least seems to want to spend less than Harris.

He touts “free college for low- and middle-income students” and would give teachers more money. Assuming his plan is like the one Harris proposed, that brings his education total to $87 billion.

Elizabeth Warren would spend much more.

“You’ll be debt-free!” she tells students. Taxpayers, unfortunately, will be deeper in debt, since she would “forgive” most existing student debt and make public college tuition free ($125 billion).

She also wants a “Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act” ($70 billion).

These big-ticket items put her in first place so far.

But wait! Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would spend even more.

He’d completely “eliminate student debt,” “make public colleges and universities tuition-free” and provide universal day care and pre-K. That totals $280 billion, so Sanders “wins” in education spending.

I assumed the self-described socialist would be the biggest spender, but he’s got lots of competition! Let’s look at health care spending.

Harris, Sanders and Warren all propose “Medicare for All,” including for people here illegally.

Sanders goes further, saying, “Under our plan, people go to any doctor they want.” He admits it will cost between $3 trillion and $4 trillion per year, about what the government now spends on everything. How will he pay for that? Well, somehow the rich will pay. Or Martians. Somebody.

Sanders, Harris and Warren all said they’d ban private health insurance — although Harris now says she’d let private companies sell “Medicare plans” that “adhere to strict Medicare requirements on costs and benefits.” She also claims her “Medicare for All” will be cheaper than Sanders’ version, but as of now there is no independently calculated cost.

When it comes to the environment, all Democratic candidates but Biden say they support the Green New Deal, which Republicans say would cost $93 trillion. For our ranking, I went with the lowest estimate we could find: An economist who likes the idea says it will cost around $500 billion a year.

Welfare? Harris would increase benefits and have the government pay your rent if it’s over 30% of your income ($94 billion), and Friday she offered $75 billion to black colleges and minority entrepreneurs.

Warren wants to spend more ($50 billion) on housing.

Sanders would increase food stamps for kids ($10.8 billion), boost Social Security benefits ($19 billion) and guarantee everyone a government job ($158 billion), for a total of $187.8 billion.

President Trump, who says America will never be a socialist country, hasn’t been a responsible spender either.

Since he took office, spending increased about $500 billion per year. Trump did propose some cuts, but when Congress ignored his cuts and increased spending, he signed the bills anyway.

Now he says he’d spend even more: $200 billion a year for infrastructure, $8.6 billion for the border wall construction, $1.6 billion for more NASA funding and on and on, for a total of $267 billion.

We can’t afford it! The federal government is already $22 trillion in debt — $150,000 per taxpayer.

While Trump’s $267 billion is bad, the Democrats’ plans are worse. We counted $297 billion proposed by Biden, $690 billion from Buttigieg, $3.8 trillion from Warren, $4 trillion from Sanders and $4.3 trillion from Harris. That would double what the entire federal government spends now.

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Harris “wins” the free stuff contest.

Taxpayers lose.

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Greg Laurie: Why you should let God worry for you

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I once heard a story about a man who was a total worrywart. He was always stressed out, about his finances, relationships, career — even the weather.

But suddenly, one day this man completely stopped worrying.

One of his friends noticed and remarked, “You seem to be worry free. What happened?”

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The man replied, “I hired someone to worry for me. I pay him $5,000 a week.”

Shocked, the man’s friend exclaimed, “$5,000 a week! You don’t make that kind of money! How in the world are you going to pay this guy?”

The man just shrugged and answered, “Well, that’s for him to worry about.”

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As silly as this story may sound, it contains a profound truth about life in America today: We live in a culture dominated by worry. Millions of Americans go about their days burdened by worry and anxiety — and it’s getting worse. According to a report recently released by Gallup, more Americans experienced stress, anger and worry last year than in the past decade.

While we may think of worry as simply a state of mind, it can have a real, physical impact on us. Besides aggravating conditions such as depression and other mental disorders, living in a constant state of anxiety can lead to health complications such as gastrointestinal and chronic respiratory disorders and heart disease, according to a 2018 article published by Harvard Medical School.

Worry, quite literally, has the power to kill us. No wonder the word “worry” has its roots in an Old English word that means to “strangle” or “choke.” Isn’t that how worry makes us feel? Like gasping for air as life squeezes us from all sides?

While I’m not a doctor or a psychologist who can speak about the medical treatments for worry, I’m a pastor, and I can speak about what the Bible says about it.

Here’s what Jesus said about worry in the Gospel of Matthew: “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matt 6:26-27, NLT)

Now, you may be thinking, “Well, that’s great, but I’m not a bird. I have a whole lot to worry about besides eating!”

Of course, many of our worries are legitimate. Millions of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck — one unexpected accident or expense away from financial catastrophe. Others are battling serious illnesses, and the prospects of recovery may not look so great. And even others may be worried about the daily stresses of life.

Jesus is not telling us these things don’t matter. As a matter of fact, he tells us a little bit later, “Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” (Matt 6:32)

What Jesus is trying to teach us is to not allow our lives to be dictated by our worries but instead by our faith in God’s care and provision.

The Apostle Paul picks up this theme in one of his letters. He writes, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for what he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT)

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Giving thanks when we are worried may sound contradictory, but doing so reminds us of God’s faithfulness in our lives. If he has cared for us in the past, we can rest assured he will care for us today; we can give him our worries knowing we can trust him.

People are tired of living anxious lives and they are looking for hope. That hope is available through God, who loves us and wants us to know him and trust him. Then, we can do as Martin Luther once said, “Pray and let God worry.”

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Tom Del Beccaro: On socialism, Democrats’ only debate is how quickly they want to get there

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Round two of the debates is the books and Democrats are firmly committed to doubling or tripling the size of government. From health care to education and beyond, Democrats’ plans mean that, for them, socialism is a matter of when, not if.

What is the definition of socialism? Historically, it has meant government ownership of industries. In the modern world, however, the focus should be on the size of government compared with the size of the private sector. When government spending dominates the economy, a country can rightly be called socialist.

As I wrote before, there are Just Nine Steps From Freedom to Socialism to Societal Breakdown. Massive government spending leading to huge tax bills and deficits are the hallmarks of those steps. Given the programs the Democrats are demanding, it is obvious they all want to run up those steps sooner or later.

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Elizabeth Warren wants socialism within a matter of years. She is proposing nearly $130 trillion in new spending over the next decade. That’s $13 trillion more annually, which could take the federal budget from almost $5 trillion to $18 trillion a year! Overall, government spending under Warren would go from 37% of the economy to over 80%. You can bet deficits would explode exponentially from their current stratospheric levels along with massive tax hikes. All of that is socialism.

Elizabeth Warren wants socialism within a matter of years. She is proposing nearly $130 trillion in new spending over the next decade.

Bernie Sanders’ spending plans are not far behind. He wants to phase in “Medicare-for-All” over four years, with a $3.2 trillion yearly price tag, and is also proposing $2.2 trillion in new spending on education. Under Sanders, the federal government would more than double in size.That would mean our governments would become more than two-thirds of the economy. His spending, tax hikes and deficits also equal socialism.

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Kamala Harris proposes a somewhat slower transition to socialism – over 10 years instead of four. While her “Medicare-for-All” program would immediately enroll the uninsured and newborns, it mandates a 10-year transition program for everyone else. Meanwhile, she would increase federal support for education $315 billion over that same time period along with other spending increases.

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As for the so-called moderates, Joe Biden would increase spending on health care $750 billion over the next decade along with $4 trillion on climate change and $200 billion on education as part of the $6.4 trillion in spending increases he has announced so far.

Congressman Tim Ryan sparred with Sanders and Warren in round two of the debates over “Medicare-for-All.” Ryan said:

“This plan that’s being offered by Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders will tell those union members who gave away wages in order to get good health care that they’re going to lose their health care because Washington’s going to come in and tell them they got a better plan.”

Maybe so, but Ryan still supports “Medicare-For-All” even if it’s not on the Sanders/Warren timeline. Ryan also wants to spend $150 billion on schools as part of his overall $2.1 trillion spending plans.

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Even without the Democrats’ new programs, no one can seriously say that government spending is under control in America. As spending increases, taxes and deficits rise and economic growth falls. As growth falls, people become more dependent on government and spending rises even more.

Obviously, the Democratic candidates’ plans will drive up spending dramatically. That is not subject to debate. It is not a question of if, but when, they want the Unites States to be a socialist nation.

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Brazilian gang leader allegedly dresses up as daughter in failed prison escape

A Brazilian gang leader was caught trying to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter, who was visiting him the day, authorities said Sunday.

Clauvino da Silva, also known as “Shorty,” was found out when he displayed nervousness while trying to leave the penitentiary in the western part of Rio de Janeiro.

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This photo released by the Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat, shows a man who authorities identify as jailed Brazilian drug trafficker Clauvino da Silva, alias “Baixinho,” which means “Shorty,” wearing a mask, wig, glasses and feminine clothing, as his hands are confined behind his back at a prison complex in Rio de Janeiro. (Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat via AP)

Authorities said da Silva’s plan was to leave his 19-year-old daughter in the jail. Her possible role in the failed escape is being looked into by police investigators.

The reputed crime boss was allegedly wearing a pink t-shirt with a cartoon image of donuts, a black wig, silicon mask and tight jeans to conceal his identity. A video released by authorities appears to show him removing the mask and some of the clothes and saying his full name.

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Da Silva was part of the leadership of the Red Command, one of the country’s most powerful criminal groups that controlled drug trafficking in a large part of Rio.

He has since been transferred to a maximum-security prison and is expected to face disciplinary sanctions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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