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Iron Age Celtic woman buried in ‘tree coffin’

The grave of a Celtic female who was buried in approximately 200 B.C. has revealed a surprising find — she was buried in a tree coffin and adorned with precious jewelry.

According to a translated statement from the Office for Urban Development in Zurich, Switzerland, the woman was approximately 40 years old when she was buried and “draws a fairly accurate picture of the deceased.”

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This illustration shows what the woman’s grave might have looked like in 200 B.C. Credit: Amt für Städtebau, Stadt Zürich (Office for Urban Development, City of Zurich)

“The examination of the skeleton and especially of the teeth shows, among other things, that she died at the age of about 40 years,” had performed little physical labor during her lifetime and had likely eaten a lot of starchy or sweetened foods, according to the translated statement.

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“A specialist determined the order of the layers of clothing on the basis of the textile, fur and leather scraps preserved in the grave,” the statement continued. “So the woman wore probably a dress made of fine sheep’s wool, about another woolen cloth and a coat of sheepskin.”

The coffin, which still had bark on the exterior, was discovered in March 2017 during construction work on the Schulhaus Kern.

Although Celts who lived during the Iron Age are often thought of as living in the British Isles, they actually lived throughout Europe. Switzerland’s Office for Urban Development found that the woman was likely a local to the area, using an isotope analysis of her bones.

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Excavation of a Celtic grave at the Kernschulhaus 2017 (Credit: Office for Urban Development, City of Zurich)

The statement added that the Celtic woman may have known a Celtic man whose grave was discovered in 1903, as she was buried just 260 feet from him. The Celtic man’s grave was adorned with a sword, shield and lance. “His full warrior outfit also identifies him as a higher-level personality,” the release said.

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Restored found objects, including a belt chain, bracelet, brooches, glass and amber beads. (Credit: Martin Bachmann, Kantonsarchäologie Zürich)

Researchers are still unearthing secrets about the Celts. Earlier this year, researchers found more than 100 fragmented human skulls buried in an open area of Le Cailar, France– a 2,500 year–old town on the Rhone River.

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The skulls, which were discovered among ancient weapons in the walled village, date back to the 3rd century B.C., when Le Cailar was a Celtic settlement. The skulls had cuts, indicating decapitation, as well as tongue and brain removal– signs that they may have been put on display until the area was covered in dirt around 200 BC.

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Fox News’ Walt Bonner contributed to this story.

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Video of newly signed Green Bay Packers defensive lineman’s impressive backflip resurfaces

The Green Bay Packers signed undrafted free agent Olive Sagapolu on Friday and while a transaction like that usually flies under the radar, a video of him accomplishing an impressive feat resurfaced and put him in the headlines.

Sagapolu, a 6-foot 2-inch, 331-pound rookie who played all four years at the University of Wisconsin, posted a video of himself on a Hawaii beach in May 2018. The video showed the big lineman doing a backflip in the sand.

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While the video is more than a year old, it resurfaced upon the Packers signing the lineman.

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According to the Stevens Point Journal, Sagpolu has been recovering from right rotator cuff surgery. He played 44 games for the Badgers in college and recorded six sacks and 61 total tackles.

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Wisconsin Badgers nose tackle Olive Sagapolu (99) consoles Wisconsin Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone (27) after missing the game-tying field goal. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“I’m very thankful to this organization for taking a chance on me,” he told the Stevens Point Journal. “So, the best thing I can do is take each day, take each rep, take advantage of it and just have fun. Give everything I have and learn from it, learn from the guys who have been here before and just try to do everything I can.”

Sagapolu said some players recognized him from the video.

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“A lot of them kind of asked, ‘Are you the big guy, right? I was like, ‘Yeah,’” he said. “I guess that’s pretty cool in a sense. You’re the big guy that does the flips. So, yeah, take it with a grain of salt.”

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New York man charged in grizzly Instagram murder pleads not guilty, eerily similar family trauma revealed

A 21-year-old New York man who allegedly killed his girlfriend and then posted photos of the grizzly murder on social media pleaded not guilty Monday.

Brandon Clark was arraigned on second-degree murder charges in the death of Bianca Devins, 17. Clark was indicted in the slaying July 23 in Oneida County, New York, Syracuse.com reported.

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Brandon Clark pleaded not guilty on Monday to second-degree murder charges in the death of Bianca Devins.

District Attorney Scott McNamara previously said his office will likely treat Devins’ murder as a case of “extreme emotional disturbance” after the investigation’s initial results suggested Clark didn’t plan her death.

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Utica Police said in a press release July 15 that Clark and Devins met through Instagram in the spring, spent time together and were at some point “acquainted with each other’s families.”

The two are believed to have attended a concert in New York City on July 13 and got into an argument after Devins reportedly kissed another man, investigators said. When they arrived back in Utica on Sunday morning, officials said they drove to a spot on a dead-end street and continued arguing and, at some point, Clark allegedly used a large knife to kill Devins.

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Clark was accused of murdering Devins — apparently after she kissed someone else at a concert in New York City, police said. (Oneida County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities began receiving calls reporting the murder after photos of the 17-year-old’s body started appearing online. Officers were trying to find Devins when Clark called 911 to report himself, police said.

When police responded, they said Clark was stabbing himself in the neck, causing severe injuries. He then allegedly laid down on a green tarp — under which Devins’ body was located — and took selfies before officers took him into custody, authorities said.

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McNamara previously told WKTV “the belief is that she kissed somebody at the concert and that’s what upset him,” but the district attorney said he has “a very hard time understanding how anybody can justify taking another young person’s life because they kissed somebody else.”

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It’s also recently emerged that, years before Devins died, Clark’s father allegedly held his mother hostage at knifepoint for 10 hours during a standoff with police and a SWAT team, Syracuse.com reported. Court records obtained by the news outlet said the man, Jason Clark, threatened to kill his wife, Michelle, because he thought she was cheating on him.

Clark, who was around 12 years old at the time, was reportedly not present during the incident.

If convicted in Devins’ death, Clark faces up to 25 years in prison.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US women’s soccer national team spokesperson slams federation’s pay pushback: ‘It is a ruse’

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A U.S. women’s soccer spokeswoman Monday slammed the U.S. Soccer Federation after the organization’s president claimed the women’s team — whose members have publicly campaigned for what they say is equal pay — actually made more money than its male counterpart.

U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said the federation paid out $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to the women between 2010 and 2018 compared to $26.4 million paid to the men during the same time. The figure didn’t include the value of benefits received only by women.

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Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the players in the gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, blasted the letter as nothing more than a “ruse” built on misleading figures and a “sad attempt” to quash the controversy.

“The USSF fact sheet is not a ‘clarification.’ It is a ruse,” Levinson said in a statement. “Here is what they cannot deny. For every game a man plays on the MNT he makes a higher base salary payment than a woman on the WNT. For every comparable win or tie, his bonus is higher. That is the very definition of gender discrimination.”

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Levinson added: “For the USSF to believe otherwise, is disheartening but it only increases our determination to obtain true equal pay.”

The spokeswoman called the pay figures a “sad attempt by the USSF to quell the overwhelming tide of support the USWNT has received from everyone from fans to sponsors to the United States Congress.”

“The USSF has repeatedly admitted that it does not pay the women equally and that it does not believe the women even deserve to be paid equally,” Levinson said. “This is why they use words like ‘fair and equitable,’ not ‘equal’ in describing pay.”

Cordeiro said the numbers referred to in the letter were generated from a federation analysis of its finances during the last 10 years. In a bid to clear up what he called “confusion” about the pay structures of both teams, the federation said it pays the women’s national team a base salary of $100,000 per year and an additional $67,500 to $72,500 per player as a salary for playing in the National Women’s Soccer League.

The federation said the men have the ability to make higher bonuses than the women while also getting paid by training camp call-ups, game appearances and through performance bonuses. The federation added that the men’s team generated $185.7 million in revenue in 191 games between 2009 and 2019 while the women generated $101.3 million in 238 games.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Soccer Federation and its women’s team will soon head into mediation over the gender discrimination lawsuit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. relaxes in the Hamptons amid groping charges

Cuba Gooding Jr. continues to hold court in the Hamptons — at the same time he’s trying to get charges that he groped a woman at a Manhattan bar in June dismissed.

Spies said that the “Jerry Maguire” star was out at East Hampton hot spot Moby’s, where “people were coming up to him” and he was “really nice,” a spy said.

When the place emptied out, Gooding stayed to hang with the staff, we hear.

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“He was going up and giving them hugs and giving bartenders high-fives,” said an onlooker. “He was definitely having a good time, but it was like he owned the place.”

Page Six previously reported he’s been out at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, Surf Lodge in Montauk and the Bowery Hotel.

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His lawyer previously told us he’s so relaxed because of “his confidence in the legal system.”

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar faces challenge from Chris Kelley, a celebrated Iraq war veteran

When Rep. Ilhan Omar ignited steep controversy in March with her September 11 comments, it was then that “some people did something,” and a longtime cop in her neighborhood decided he needed to do more than just bemoan what he perceived as a shocking trivialization of a terrorist attack that tore through the fabric of his beloved country.

Now, Chris Kelley, who has collected eleven military medals as a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves and clocked more than 36,000 hours patrolling the Minnesota streets as a 20-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Force, has his sights set on knocking Omar from her seat representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in 2020.

“September 11 was a terrible loss of life, not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage. I could sit and complain or I could do something about it,” Kelley, who is campaigning as an Independent, told Fox News. “And I believe I can be a positive voice in standing up for people in our country, and for our first responders and the people every day on the frontlines.”

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In his view, current representative Omar has devoted too much time to crafting her “celebrity” than on being of service to the community, which he insists he will serve honorably if elected.

“As former military, I am here to serve and not further my status. I want to do a good job for the people I represent and I don’t have a personal agenda,” noted Kelley, who deployed once during Operation Desert Storm and twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom as an intelligence analyst and also holds an master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul. “I’m passionate about service and I just want to be able to continue that.”

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Kelley deployed once during Operation Desert Storm and twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom as an intelligence analyst. He also holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul. (Courtesy Chris Kelley)

He isn’t totally a political rookie. Kelley campaigned for the Republican Senate endorsement in 2016 and, while unsuccessful, it gave the 49-year-old a taste for what Minnesotans wanted and needed.

“Immigration is a big issue right now. I believe in having a secure border; if you don’t have a country you don’t have a border and our border agents are doing a great job, but they are being overwhelmed and Congress isn’t giving them the tools they need,” he said. “But I would also like to see a pathway to citizenship for those under DACA; they couldn’t help they were brought here and need a shot to be able to stay here.”

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Kelley stressed that he also remains firmly committed to boosting Medicare, while ensuring private health insurance remains available and the costs are driven down. He also supports term limits on representatives of both the House and the Senate.

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Furthermore, as the father of a 5-year-old, he also underscored the importance of addressing the ever-looming elephant in the room.

“A big concern I have is our national debt, and I would like to work on bringing this down. It should be a priority,” Kelley continued. “I have a 5-year-old and this debt will be in our children’s lap.”

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“September 11 was a terrible loss of life not just for police officers and firefighters and other first responders, but 3,000 people and non-combatants died, and to be dismissive of that was an outrage. I could sit and complain or I could do something about it,” Kelley, who is campaigning as an Independent, told Fox News. “And I believe I can be a positive voice in standing up for people in our country, and for our first responders and the people every day on the frontlines.” (Courtesy Chris Kelley)

And despite the blatant political differences he has with Omar, the local police officer is vowing to run a “positive, fact-based campaign” that won’t entail attacking or ridiculing his opponent.

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“I won’t be bringing in controversy and scandal. I will be bringing firsthand knowledge of the things that I know are going on in the community as an officer. I see a lot every day – the homelessness, the opioid crisis; I want to bring these things to the forefront and put some ideas on the table on how to deal with them,” Kelley added. “I want to do anything I can to make people’s lives better; I just want to sit and listen to people and make some positive change.”

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Newt Gingrich: Boris Johnson has already made a huge imprint on British government and politics

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New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken charge with historic speed and decisiveness. Whether he can finish Brexit by Oct. 31 – and win a general election – remains to be seen.

However, Johnson has already made a huge imprint on British government and politics in his first days in office.

During his first appearance in the House of Commons, Johnson spoke for two and a half hours and answered 129 questions. It was a tour de force for a man whose personality is so strong and so unique it is easy to forget how smart, how strategic, and intelligent he is.

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His friends from college recount that he was already thinking about becoming prime minister as an undergraduate, and they all assumed he would get to No. 10 Downing Street.

When Prime Minister David Cameron resigned after losing the referendum on staying in the European Union, it was widely thought that the choice of Theresa May to be prime minister might have meant the end of Johnson’s ambitions. However, he may have been fortunate in letting her go first because her exhausting failure and humiliating collapse as a leader created a vacuum in which the vast majority of Conservatives were eager for a strong, aggressive, and personally dynamic leader. Johnson’s moment had come.

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He made clear in his first hours as prime minister that he was about much more than simply leaving the European Union. In the Johnson world, Brexit is a first step toward a better future and not an end in itself.

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Much like President Trump’s “make America great again” slogan, the new prime minister announced that his goal was to make Britain “the greatest place on Earth.”

The new prime minister is a natural ally for President Trump, and their enthusiasm, energy, and risk-taking personalities make them remarkably compatible.

Britain’s left-wing media is as anti-Johnson as the American media is anti-Trump. However, Johnson destroyed all effort to describe his movement as racist, white, anti-immigrant and so on by choosing a remarkable cabinet.

As The Telegraph described it, Johnson assembled the “youngest and most ethnically diverse” cabinet in history. The number of women in the cabinet tied the largest number in history. Two of the top government posts are held by individuals who have Indian and Pakistani backgrounds.

On his first day in office, Johnson outlined a program that set the stage for a general election campaign, if one is needed. He announced amnesty for 500,000 people in the United Kingdom illegally, a secure transition for the 2.5 million Europeans currently living in Great Britain, a program to hire 20,000 more police to counter a crime wave that has been growing, along with an increase in funding for both education and the National Health Service.

As his first step toward leaving the European Union and implementing Brexit, Johnson announced that there would be no special arrangement at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This was one of the difficult provisions which had destroyed Theresa May’s prime ministership. Strong supporters of Brexit see a special deal on the Irish border as a back door way to keep Britain under the thumb of the European Union.

As a sign of his decisiveness, Johnson simply announced flat out that the provision was dead, and he would not even negotiate with the European Union unless they agree to drop it. The Brussels bureaucrats responded – predictably – and attacked the Johnson proposal as “hostile, aggressive, and a non-starter.”

In his opening days, the new prime minister is sending two defiant signals.

First, to the European bureaucrats in Brussels, he is saying he is serious about leaving and that the U.K. will leave on Oct. 31. Brussels can negotiate or just say goodbye. By the way, if there is a hard Brexit, the U.K. will keep the 34 billion euros ($38 billion) which the last government promised to pay the European Union as a farewell fee.

Keeping the euros also gives the new prime minister a lot of money to spend on tax cuts, schools, health services, etc. As one British observer noted, the U.K. should let the European Union sue. They can’t collect the money, so the U.K. can keep it and spend it.

Second, to his competitors in Great Britain, Johnson is saying, he’s happy to have a general election. He is already laying out a general election set of campaign promises with a young, enthusiastic, ethnically diverse cabinet that is eager to campaign and eager to take the argument to the British people.

This is clearly not going to be a timid or cautious leader.

A key part of the Johnson belief in making Britain a great place is the combination of technology and the United States. Johnson knows that many of the best universities in the world are in Great Britain, and Britain still has the fifth largest economy in the world.

He sees the potential for a science — and technology — oriented Britain combined in a free trade zone with the United States (and presumably therefore with Canada and Mexico) as a powerful alternative to the European Union.

In the Johnson worldview, as the Brussels bureaucrats cripple the European economies with red tape and bureaucratic inertia Great Britain can join the Trumpian entrepreneurial world of deregulation, lower taxes, and advanced technology.

The new prime minister is a natural ally for President Trump, and their enthusiasm, energy, and risk-taking personalities make them remarkably compatible.

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It is going to be a wild ride for Britain – and a very enjoyable partnership for the United States.

Stay tuned.

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Australian swimming embarrassed after positive drug test

If only the world championships ended as well as it started for the swimmers from Down Under.

The much-vaunted Australian squad had an impressive but controversial beginning on the opening day of the swimming program — an upset win by 18-year-old Ariarne Titmus over three-time 400-meter freestyle champion American Kate Ledecky.

Then there was a high-profile shunning by Mack Horton of his 400-meter freestyle opponent Sun Yang.

Horton, angry that swimming’s world governing body allowed Sun to compete at the world championships before his Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing into a clash with drug testers, refused to stand on the podium after finishing second to the Chinese star.

Horton was roundly criticized in China, but was given a standing ovation by fellow swimmers when he returned to the dining hall later that night at the athletes’ village.

Sprint ahead to the final weekend at Gwangju, South Korea, where Australia was on its way to completing a meet total of five gold, nine silver and five bronze medals — second only to the United States’ 27 in total, 14 gold. Suddenly, the Aussie team was tainted by a doping a doping case of its own — and, it seems, not a single person on the team knew.

People who live in glass houses … well, a lot of people in Australia could have finished the rest of that sentence.

Shayna Jack’s A and B doping samples tested positive for Ligandrol, a banned substance which the 20-year-old swimmer said can be found in supplements. But it’s often a drug that body builders use to increase muscle mass.

Swimming Australia was on the back foot through most of the episode.

Jack continues to deny any knowledge of how the banned substance came to be in her system. The A sample results were given to her on July 12, the B sample on July 19, only two days before the swimming events began at the world titles. Jack had already been sent home from a pre-meet training camp, with Swimming Australia saying her departure was for personal reasons.

That means her B sample was returned to her eight days before her failed test became public, news which directly contradicted statements made by Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell after the doping story broke.

And on the Saturday night, shortly after it emerged that Jack had tested positive in an out-of-competition test in late June, Swimming Australia refused to let head coach Jacco Verhaeren appear before the media. That forced swimmer Cate Campbell to answer some uncomfortable questions she should never have been made to answer.

Russell faced the media Sunday and said Swimming Australia did not divulge the positive test because the B sample had not been received, and that it had an agreement with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority not to release doping positives until both samples had been received.

Former ASADA head Richard Ings disagreed. “If Swimming Australia are suggesting that their anti-doping policy forbids them from announcing the Jack provisional suspension, they are wrong,” Ings said on Twitter. “The explanation that ‘I have no idea where it came from and I’d never take anything intentionally’ unfortunately is the excuse used in every one of these cases.”

Russell said she was “distressed” to see Horton make his podium protest while being unaware of Jack’s positive test.

But the bungling by Swimming Australia brought back memories of just six years ago when a damning independent report was released following the swim team’s poor performance at the 2012 London Olympics, its worst since the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

The report released in 2013, and commissioned after allegations of some swimmers using a drug called Stillnox to help them sleep, highlighted a “toxic” culture including drunkenness, misusing prescription drugs, breaking curfews and bullying; and a lack of discipline, accountability, transparency and communication.

If Swimming Australia still has a few issues among those points to improve on, at least they have a year before the Tokyo Olympics to do so. Australia will go in as the United States’ biggest threat in many of the individual races and relays in the Olympic pool.

“While an Australian athlete returning an adverse result is both bitterly disappointing and embarrassing to our team, our sport and our country, it does not in any way change the zero tolerance view that Swimming Australia has and our continuing fight for a clean sport,” Russell said.

Only time will tell if that’s the case. And if Swimming Australia is able to better handle the situation if there is a next time.

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Tucker Carlson: Don’t be fooled – most modern Dems didn’t care about Baltimore until Trump tweeted

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Over the weekend, President Trump got bored and decided to see if he could make Democrats defend the most dangerous, corrupt place in the country, and of course, he could. It wasn’t hard.

He just sent a flurry of tweets criticizing the city of Baltimore and the congressman who represents it, Elijah Cummings. The president called Baltimore “a disgusting rat and rodent infested hellhole, a corrupt mess that no human being would want to live in.”

A lot of people who have never been to Baltimore claimed to be deeply offended by those remarks. But one person who seemed to agree with him was the former mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh. She had said something remarkably similar just last year. “What the hell?” said the mayor. “You can smell the rotting rats.” The mayor did not explain why she didn’t clean up the rotting rats.

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That footage, by the way got almost no attention when it ran on a local news station. Neither did the story just 10 days ago about the deputy police commissioner of Baltimore who was robbed at gunpoint by four thugs while out to dinner with his wife. People were not talking about that story in Georgetown this weekend. In fact, if there is one thing that virtually everyone who lives in Washington aggressively doesn’t care about, it’s Baltimore. Baltimore is 40 miles away, but it’s a different world. You could live here your entire life in D.C. and never visit or think about Baltimore. Most people in D.C. do just that — or did.

Then came this weekend, when “Orange Mussolini” weighed in on the subject and suddenly, Baltimore became holy ground, a sacred city of light that only an infidel would disparage. An infidel, or perhaps — and this will not surprise you — a racist — because honestly, only a hardened bigot would criticize a place as awesome as Baltimore. That was the media consensus over the weekend.

Brian Stelter, CNN chief media correspondent: This weekend, racist messages raging from the President’s Twitter feed. 

Amanda Carpenter, CNN political contributor: Donald Trump massively makes it a racist debate about Baltimore. 

Stelter: Another racist attack on an African-American member of Congress and the city he represents. 

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.: Well, the president is, as he usually is or often is, disgusting and racist. 

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, 2020 presidential candidate: He uses a racist appeal. He uses a bait and switch. 

Al Sharpton, MSNBC host: In the most bigoted and racist way …

Got that? It’s race-baiting says Al Sharpton, a noted authority on the subject. Pretty funny.

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Republicans are very easy to intimidate. They still get red in the face when CNN calls them “racist.” But they shouldn’t. It’s not real. Nobody means it, least of all, Al Sharpton. If you paid him money, he would stop criticizing you. You should, probably. It is just easier.

The whole thing is a campaign tactic dreamed up at the DNC. Once the Russia conspiracy imploded, Democrats and their lackeys in the media moved on to the other message they have, which is, “Shut up, racist.” It didn’t work in 2016 for Hillary, but they’re hopeful it will work this time. They are trying hard. We will see.

Meanwhile, Baltimore — the actual city of Baltimore, not the metaphor of Baltimore –could desperately use some attention. So it’s good news that it is finally getting some. If anything, Trump’s tweets underplay the crisis there.

Modern progressivism isn’t about helping the people beneath you, it’s about establishing moral superiority over them. It’s a revolution aimed downward, a boot in the face of people beneath you.

Last year, the city of Baltimore recorded 309 homicides — that’s a rate of more than 50 per 100,000 people. To put it in perspective, if Baltimore were a country, it would have the fourth-highest murder rate in the world, barely below Venezuela.

Or think of it this way: last week, the left denounced President Trump for reaching a deal with Guatemala that declares the country a safe location for asylum seekers. Liberals told us that Guatemala has too much crime and too many gangs to be considered safe. Making people stay in Guatemala is a human rights violation they told us, and yet, and here’s the amazing part, Baltimore’s murder rate is double that of Guatemala.

In almost any way that a city can be a disaster, Baltimore is. More than 22 percent of the city lives in poverty. Almost 65 percent of all children in Baltimore grew up in single-parent households.

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The schools, not surprisingly. are a catastrophe. In 2017, one-third of Baltimore’s high schools had zero students who were proficient in math. Let that sink in. In 13 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, not a single student — not one student — was deemed proficient at math. You’d think that would be a national scandal. You’d think that Elijah Cummings would be in a hunger strike until that’s fixed.

Bernie Sanders to his credit, by the way, visited Baltimore a few years ago and was shocked by it.

Sanders: Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you are in a wealthy nation. You would think that you were in a third world country. 

A third world country? Whoa! Wait a second. Bernie Sanders, a white supremacist? No. Actually, he’s just an old-fashioned liberal. That’s how Democrats use to think if they saw misery and urban decay. They wanted to fix it. Not anymore. Modern progressives are different from that. Modern progressivism isn’t about helping the people beneath you, it’s about establishing moral superiority over them. It’s a revolution aimed downward, a boot in the face of people beneath you. That’s what it’s about.

So Democrats support the status quo in Baltimore. It doesn’t bother them and that’s not surprising because they created it. The city hasn’t had a Republican mayor in more than 50 years. Things really began to fall apart after the 2015 riots there, and this didn’t get a lot of attention because, again, nothing that happens in Baltimore gets any attention until Trump tweets about it.

But it was a big deal, and the Obama administration imposed a consent decree on the city’s police department because they are racist, hat in effect radically restricted the ability to protect citizens, and not surprisingly, crime exploded. Elijah Cummings, by the way, praised that consent decree. He is very much a part of the problem in Baltimore.

From her taxpayer payer funded vacation in Italy today, Nancy Pelosi defended Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore. And Pelosi would know –she grew up in Baltimore. Her father was a mayor of Baltimore; her brother was the mayor of Baltimore.

But like most rich progressives, Pelosi herself is long gone. She is in San Francisco now in Pacific Heights. She has got a winery in Napa. She is not interested in going back to Baltimore. It’s easier just to give other people lectures about Baltimore. Most Democrats feel that way. They’ve given up on the poor.

Instead of trying to fix Baltimore’s problem and rescue its people, they have decided to import a new population of people, many of them illegal aliens. Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen once bragged about it on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Carlson: My only concern is for the people who are already here. Does it make a school better when people move in who don’t speak English? Is it good for the kids who are already in the school do you think? Does it improve the education? Is it fair to the taxpayers? Have you thought about that? 

Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City councilman: I think the greatest asset in our city is our diversity and I was joined by an amazing group of immigrant youth yesterday in passing this resolution. 

Carlson: No, but that doesn’t — hold on — slow down. That doesn’t mean anything. I asked you a sincere question. Does it improve a school when a lot of people who move in, they don’t speak English? Does a school get better? 

Cohen: Absolutely. 

Yes, schools get a lot better when you import a lot of people who don’t speak English. Actually, it turns out that the schools haven’t gotten better at all, but Zeke Cohen doesn’t care. Nobody in the left cares because they don’t care about Baltimore.

Illegal immigration has been devastating for Baltimore, and a lot of cities like Baltimore. The last thing any poor desperate community needs is even more poor and desperate people. It’s not an attack on anybody, it’s a fact. Go to Lewiston, Maine if you don’t believe it.

Illegal immigration drives down wages for low-skilled workers nationwide. They suck up education and health care dollars. Democrats do not care about this. Why? Because illegal immigrants are reliable votes for them. They are a pathway to power. And for Democrats, that is worth sacrificing a city or two or 10 or a whole country.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on July 29, 2019

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James Carafano: Iran — Will Pompeo and Tehran talk soon? Here’s why it just might happen

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So far the Trump administration has been as dependable as a Rolex. When global actors threaten American interests, Trump takes notice. Washington then pressures with one hand and offers an off-ramp with the other.

Iran is a case in point. Secretary of State Pompeo just renewed the U.S. offer to renew negotiations without preconditions. He even offered to jump on a plane to Tehran. Only time will tell if they take him up on his offer.

But will Iran ever ask?

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Maybe.

For starters, the situation in the Gulf looks more stable than it did a week ago. That shouldn’t be surprising. Granted, some pundits couldn’t wait to proclaim that DEFCON 5 was just around the corner. But both the U.S. and Iran have stated publicly and repeatedly that neither are up for armed conflict. It’s often wise to give more weight to the pronouncements of officials in the know than pundits in the studio.

What seems to interest Tehran most right now is keeping its options open. Last week the regime seized a British-flagged tanker and declared its intent to increase its uranium enrichment program. Both moves seemed born of the desire to strengthen its position for future negotiations.

Iran also announced it is holding “constructive” talk with the Europeans over JCPOA – the Obama era nuclear deal from which the U.S. withdrew last year. Clearly, the regime is looking to gain leverage with places like Berlin and Paris in these talks as well.

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At the same time, however, Tehran did some major finger-waving, warning the Europeans not join in an international effort to help police the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran will likely fail to keep other nations from joining the U.S. in countering the threat of Iranian piracy in the Gulf. Moreover, it is quite likely that, following Brexit, the new British government under Boris Johnson will switch sides on the Iran Deal and side with the U.S. in side-lining the agreement.

Iran doubtless is closely watching U.S. domestic politics. Even as they map out plans for four more years of dealing with Trump, they surely are hoping that impeachment or some other crisis will distract or weaken the administration in the near term and produce a more compliant administration in 2021.

Also under Tehran’s microscope: U.S. negotiations with North Korea and the Taliban. The mullahs are looking for signs that Trump’s attention span for complex, protracting foreign policy conundrums will wane and lead to the U.S. walking away from its responsibilities.

The negotiations with Kim are particularly relevant. If the North Koreans can snooker Trump into a deal where they get to keep their nuclear weapons, then the Iranians might conclude they can play rope-a-dope with the White House as well.

In contrast, if the U.S. president drives a hard denuclearization bargain with North Korea’s Dear Leader, then Tehran will know that they are really up against it. Since Pompeo just announced there are no plans right now for a third leader summit with North Korea, it does seem Trump, at least for now, is sticking to his hard bargaining position.

Talks with the Taliban hold the mullahs’ interest for other reasons. There is not yet consensus within the administration on how to proceed in Afghanistan. Some want to convince the president to find an excuse to cut and run. Others argue nothing – certainly not U.S. interests – will improve if the Taliban is allowed to run amok again in Afghanistan.

What all sides do agree on is that way forward requires a political settlement – one can be and will be enforced and which has the support of the Afghan people.

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The Iranians are watching to see what kind of deal Trump holds out for. If he stays committed to a tough and enforceable settlement, they will have to treat Trump as a formidable negotiating opponent. If he folds in Afghanistan, they’ll draw a different lesson.

Don’t expect Iran to rush to the negotiating table, but clearly, they are thinking, planning and plotting for the day they might have to. Pompeo probably won’t have to pack for a trip to Tehran anytime this year. But flight plans are always subject to change.

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