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Kim Komando shares 9 new features in iOS 13 you’ll use time and time again

Cue the applause — Apple released a new operating system. You’d think with all the fanfare we just found a way to travel from New York to London in 30 minutes. But Apple has perfected marketing, and this includes an annual upgrade that changes the look and use of our devices.

It wasn’t all roses initially in Cupertino. Bugs and security issues plagued the release of iOS 13. Tap or click here to learn more about the fixes you need now for Apple’s new operating system.

True to form, iOS 13 includes a ton of changes — over 200 to be exact. Here are 9 you definitely need to check out. By the way, if you like this content, try my free Apple email newsletter and sign up now at Komando.com/Subscribe.

1. Save your eyes

One of the most frequently requested features for iOS has been the addition of “Dark Mode.” This mode is easier on the eyes for those who do most of our browsing at night. It’s clean, great to look at and will give your vision less strain than usual when you use it.

When you install iOS 13, you are asked if you’d like to use Dark Mode. Otherwise, to activate Dark Mode, open the Settings app, select Display and brightness and tap on Dark.

If you’d like your device to switch automatically between dark and light modes, turn on Automatic. There are other settings in this menu you should check out, including options such as Light until Sunset, if set to Automatic, and True Tone.

2. A new way to look at photos

The Photos app received a much-needed major overhaul. Now, instead of endlessly scrolling through your entire photo archive, iOS 13 integrates machine learning into the app to group your photos into collections. You see your best moments from every day, month, and year.

It’s also fun to see live photos and videos auto-play as you scroll. A feature like Facebook’s Memories has come to Photos. In your Year’s view, photos taken around a specific date are sorted and shown throughout the years.

Photos automatically ignores duplicate photos and screenshots, so all those meme pictures you save from Facebook won’t clutter up your albums. If you do need to grab any of those, though, they’re still available in the full camera roll.

Finally, if you used a separate photo editor before to fine-tune your shots, you won’t need to do that anymore. iOS 13 has a slew of new built-in photo and video editing tools and filters.

3. Create a “Memoji”

Why use generic emojis when you can create your own “Memoji” that resembles you? This way, when you ask someone, “What are we doing tonight?” while smiling, your Memoji does the same thing — complete with head movements and facial expressions. It uses your device’s front-facing camera to create your animated Memoji.

You can choose your skin color, facial features, and hairstyle. You can now customize it with teeth, headwear, makeup, and yes, facial piercings too. To get started on your Memoji, on the front row in the iMessage’s app, tap the Monkey icon.

You can set your Memoji as your photo in Contacts for your iMessage profile. Do this if you’d like to take an extra step to help protect your identity.

4. Reminders that actually work

The Reminders app never really did much when compared to stand-alone apps available in the App store. If you have trouble remembering things, it’s worth a look. You can make lists, tasks, sub-tasks, set schedules, set reminders based on time and location, and flag important to-dos. You can also see it all at-a-glance on your device or Apple Watch.

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The big deal is that you can get alerts about a reminder when you are messaging someone as well as tag contacts in specific reminders that involve them. You can also attach images and video clips to your reminders. It’s also super handy that Siri can set them by voice.

Be sure that you set up Reminders to use your iCloud account to keep your reminders updated across all your devices. Open Settings, tap [Your Name], iCloud, and turn on Reminders. Inside the Reminders app, you’ll see all of your reminders on all of your Apple devices that are signed in to the same Apple ID.

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5. Robocall help is here

This feature just might be the best one of all, but it’s not enabled by default. iOS 13 allows your phone to automatically “Silence unknown callers” and send them directly to voicemail. If the number is found in your Mail, Messages or Contacts app, the call will go through.

To activate the feature, open Settings and scroll down to Phone. Scroll down and turn on Silence Unknown Callers.

Do not enable this feature if you are worried about missing an emergency call. It does not work like Do Not Disturb. A call will not come through after multiple attempts. Finally, be sure to glance at your missed calls from time-to-time. I missed a few calls from my credit card company wanting to verify charges.

6. A faster way to type

Apple has finally caught up with Android with gesture typing. Called QuickPath, the swipe-based keyboard works excellently and is enabled by default.  While typing, move your finger from one letter to the next without lifting it. The software handles the rest.

Let’s say you wanted to type the word, pumpkin. Place your finger on the “p” key and draw a line to the “u” and then a line to the “m” and so on. It’s really easy and fast once you get used to it.

If this new typing technique doesn’t float your boat, open Settings, select General, select Keyboard, and scroll down until you see Slide to Type and turn it off.

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7. Vanishing tabs

iOS 13 will clean up after you. Most iPhone owners tend to build up a large amount of Safari tabs that usually just get left open. This makes it hard to find what you’re looking for with all the clutter.

You can make your device close all these tabs automatically. Open Settings and scroll down to Safari. Find the section that says Tabs and tap Close tabs and select the amount of time you’d like them to last: manually or after one day, one week, or one month.

Speaking of Safari, in the address bar you’ll find a new icon shown as two As. Tap this to open a Website View Menu where you can set individual settings for each website. You can set per-site controls for access to your camera, location, and microphone, as well as enable Reader View.

8. New privacy controls

The idea behind iOS 13’s Sign in with Apple is that you set up accounts with various apps and sites using your Apple ID. This way, you don’t divulge any personal data. Apps and websites only get a unique number that identifies you. You can give out your email address or use a hidden address given to you by Apple that will automatically forward email to your real email address.

One huge benefit to this is you no longer have to remember different passwords for all your various accounts. Your Apple account is protected by your biometrics such as Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode. When you log into an app or site that offers this, you’ll see a button that says Continue or Sign In with Apple.

To  enable Sign in with Apple, two-factor authentication must be activated. Open Settings, tap [Your Name], and tap Password and Security. Here, you’ll see an option to Turn on Two-Factor Authentication. Follow the steps.

9. Try a freebie

iOS 13 has a new subscription service called Apple Arcade. Usually, if you wanted to try out a handful of different games, you would have to pay for each one. Now, Apple’s new service gives you access to an entire library of interesting games for $4.99 a month.

If you install iOS 13 on your device, you get one month free to try it out. Be sure to set a Reminder to cancel it if you don’t use it.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

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Learn about all the latest technology on The Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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Lawrence Jones: A lot of players ‘taking back control of their destiny’ with law defying NCAA rules

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Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Lawrence B. Jones defended a California law which protected college athletes who sought to make money off of images, names, or likenesses.

“A lot of these players are taking back control of their destiny — there’s going to be a lot of responsibility when it comes to that. They need to be in financial literacy classes, they need to be told how to manage their money,” Jones said on Thursday’s “Hemmer Time.”

Jones pointed out that football players brought in a lot of revenue for other parts of the university. “And so when you look at it just from a fairness standpoint when you’re using the players … look I’m not saying that every player is going to be making a lot of dough.”

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Fox News host Bill Hemmer balked at Jones’ suggestion that athletes didn’t eat on the weekend because they lacked sufficient funds.

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“You’re making it appear that the student-athlete is the victim. How so? You’re an 18-year-old kid. You’re given a free ride, scholarship, room, board, books, to a major American university. Why is that such a bad thing?” he asked before labeling the package “the golden ticket.”

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Fox News reporter Jared Max acknowledged that student-athletes received a lot from universities but suggested the NCAA law helped athletes craft their careers.

“I think it’s silly that a scholarship shouldn’t be enough but I do believe and in today’s world I understand a need for opening us up for marquee players to get paid,” he said.

Jones added that the athletes were “adults” and asked why they should be restricted from going to a professional league. “If they’re good enough … they should be able to go to the league but the reason they’re not able to do that is because the NCAA knows it would hurt their pocketbooks,” he said.

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Both Jones and Max told Hemmer that college athletes were barred from entering a professional league straight out of high school.

“The way these young people are being developed today — we know right in high school if they’re going to be killers,” Jones added. “We know it — genetically, the way that they play.”

Listen to the full interview on the latest episode of “Hemmer Time” here, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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German intelligence reports on Iran’s illicit nuclear activities met with silence from European powers

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Serious questions have emerged about the International Atomic Energy Agency’s and the European powers’ silence regarding a series of German intelligence reports documenting the Iranian regime’s illegal attempts to obtain nuclear weapons technology as late as 2018.

Emily B. Landau, director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Project at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, told Fox News that the material in the German documents necessitate “confronting Iran with the intelligence and asking hard questions.”

“When will the international powers finally relate to these German intelligence reports that have been coming out periodically, detailing Iran’s continued procurement efforts?” Landau said, adding that “these efforts are not covered in IAEA reports that [nuclear] deal supporters love to quote to prove Iran’s ‘compliance.’’’

IRAN SEEKING TO EXPAND MILITARY PROGRAM TO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

The United States withdrew from the 2015 Iran deal because, according to the Trump administration, it would not stop Tehran from building nuclear weapons.

Fox News reviewed a newly published report from the intelligence agency of the German state of Hesse in which officials wrote that “against this background [of proliferation], weapons of mass destruction continued to be a powerful political instrument during the reporting period, which could shake the stability of the entire state structure in both regional and international crisis situations.”

The report noted that “in particular, states such as Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and Syria attempted to acquire and redistribute such weapons in the context of proliferation, for example by concealing transport routes via third countries.”

Visiting academics from these countries are connected to “proliferation conduct” that is coordinated by intelligence services from those countries, said the report.
 
“An example of this is the field of electrical engineering combined with the use of centrifuges in the process of uranium enrichment,” the document said. “Here, again and again, there are suspicions that foreign intelligence services put pressure on their own visiting scientists to obtain the desired technical know-how.”

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Iran was also named as connected to illicit espionage within Germany’s higher education system.

“Another example of intelligence control is the exchange of research among university institutes in the chemical-biological process sector,” the report reads.

The findings in the Hesse report mirror other German intelligence data that Fox News first reported on in May that state Iran is a “country of risk” that is “making efforts to supplement its arsenal of conventional weapons with weapons of mass destruction.”

When asked whether the IAEA had reviewed the German intelligence documents, Fredrik Dahl, an IAEA spokesman, responded: “We have no comment.”

Authorities in Hesse were also mum on the subject.

When asked whether the state’s intelligence agency had forwarded its findings to the IAEA, the UN, and the United Nations Security Council, Carsten Rauch, a spokesman for the Hesse domestic intelligence agency, told Fox News: “Beyond the information contained in our annual report, the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution of Hesse cannot provide you with information in the sense of your request.”

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Meanwhile, Angela Pley, a spokeswoman for Germany’s federal intelligence agency told Fox News: “The constitutional protection authorities have no knowledge about actual violations by Iran of the JCPOA [the Iran nuclear deal] in Germany. In contrast, the federal and state constitutional protection authorities report in their annual reports on Iran’s proliferation-relevant procurement activities for its missile program, which is not covered by the JCPOA. Against this background, no information was provided to the IAEA, the UN Security Council or the UN.”

The JCPOA is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the accord that is supposed to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.

Local intelligence reports across Germany appear to contradict Pley’s contention that Iran’s alleged illicit activity is related only to its missile programs. When asked how the federal intelligence agency knew there were no violations of the JCPOA if the IAEA, UN and UN Security Council had not reviewed the intelligence data, Pley did not comment.

Uwe Becker, Hesse state’s commissioner for Jewish life and the fight against antisemitism, told Fox News that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration and the European Union should pull the plug on the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

“The current escalation with Israel should be reason enough for Germany to advocate the … Iran nuclear agreement, which has been undermined by Iran…, [as] dead, and for the necessary sanctions against Tehran to become effective again in their entirety,” Becker said. “It is not a question of a policy aimed against the Iranian people, who are deprived of important rights to freedom by their own government, but of a clear position directed at the political leadership in Tehran.”

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Landau, the arms control expert, said, “First, it is important that this intel be widely published and that it become part of the public debate over Iran, as it indicates that Iran has not complied with its commitment not to work on military nuclear capability, (this in contrast to deal supporters, who claim on basis of IAEA reports since the nuclear deal that Iran has complied fully, and only the US broke its commitment….)

“From my perspective, most important thing at this point is to have it widely known that Iran did not stop everything in 2015 [when the nuclear deal was reached], because the debate in Europe ignores this,” adding, “The point is that it [Iran] has continued these efforts well after signed the JCPOA [was reached].”

Landau noted that the Iran deal “set up a special channel regarding procurement for checking issues of this sort,” that is of the sort detailed in the German intelligence documents. “The problem is that the deliberations there get close to zero attention.”

A follow-up Fox News query to Fredrik Dahl, the IAEA spokesman, as to whether the agency will demand to review the German intelligence data went unanswered.

When asked about the Iran nuclear deal, a spokesman for Merkel’s government referenced a September 23 joint statement from Germany, Britain, and France, that stated: “We recall our continued commitment to the JCPOA, agreed with Iran on July 14th, 2015, and unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council. We urge Iran once again to reverse its decisions to reduce compliance with the deal and to adhere fully to its commitments under it. We call upon Iran to cooperate fully with the IAEA in the framework of the JCPOA and its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement.”

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Last month, the Merkel government promoted and participated in a pro-Iranian regime business forum in Berlin, sparking intense criticism from US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.

“Iran perpetuates gross human rights abuses against its own citizens, has planned and carried out terror attacks and assassinations on European soil and is facilitating Assad’s war crimes in Syria. Now is not the time to promote business deals that will only send euros to the regime’s coffers at the expense of the Iranian people,” said Grenell, a former Fox News contributor.

The German foreign ministry sent Miguel Berger, the head of its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, to deliver the greeting at the eighth “Banking and Business Forum Iran Europe” conference in Berlin.

Benjamin Weinthal reports on human rights in the Middle East and is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Follow him on Twitter @BenWeinthal.

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Georgia teacher on leave after saying Confederate flag means you ‘intend to marry your sister’

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A Georgia teacher was reportedly placed on administrative leave this week after posting in a high school classroom a description of the Confederate flag as an announcement that you “intend to marry your sister.”

The Hephzibah High School teacher’s description was displayed on the board with a photo of a Confederate flag, Augusta’s WRDW-TV reported.

The description said the Confederate flag is “a sticker you put on the back of your pickup truck to announce that you intend to marry your sister. Think of it like a white trash ‘Save the Date’ card.”

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The district launched an investigation into the teacher after a parent posted a photo of the description to social media.

“She found it offensive, so she sent it to me and asked me what I thought,” Melissa Fuller said of her daughter who was in the teacher’s classroom, according to WRDW. She then posted it on Facebook.

“A lot of is that it’s not morally correct. It’s unethical,” Fuller told WRDW. “It’s just something you don’t want to discuss today in today’s world and especially inside of a classroom.”

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The district issued a statement on the controversy that said in part: “The Richmond County School System is committed to creating a diverse, equitable learning environment for students. The language used in the example was unacceptable and has no place in our classrooms.”

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Hall of Famer Chipper Jones catches foul ball from stands during Game 1 of NLDS

He’s still got it.

Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones caught a foul ball during Thursday’s Game 1 of its NL Division Series – from the stands.

The Hall of Famer was seated near the Braves’ dugout in the ninth inning when Randy Arozarena hit one toward him.

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Jones, who had already thrown out the ceremonial first pitch, held the ball up in triumph before throwing it back.

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The 47-year-old retired in 2012 after playing his entire 19-year career in Atlanta.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.

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The Braves lost 7-6 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Their series is even at 1-1.

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Joshua Rogers: Families in pain deliver powerful courtroom lessons in forgiveness

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On the night of Feb. 7, 2003, Coco and David Treppendahl got the news that no parent ever wants to hear: their 19-year-old daughter, Laura Treppendahl, had been killed by a drunken driver as she drove home from a Bible study.

The driver, one of Laura’s fellow students at the University of Mississippi, had just driven away from a bar in an SUV with eight passengers inside. Within minutes of leaving, he sideswiped one car and then ran head-on into Laura, who died at the scene of the accident.

I was a law student at the University of Mississippi at the time and recall the way the accident rocked the town of Oxford. Although I didn’t know Laura, countless others did and described her as a vivacious, lovable young woman who was intensely serious about her faith in Christ. Her loss sent a pall over the town.

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What rocked the town as much as her death happened a year later at the sentencing of the driver, who pled guilty to aggravated DUI death and expressed deep remorse for his actions. Although he faced a sentence of up to 10 years, the judge suspended nine of them, resulting in one year of jail time. The leniency of the sentence got everyone’s attention, but the real shock was a letter to the judge from Laura’s family.

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“We are Christians,” wrote the Treppendahls. “Forgiveness is an integral part of our Christian faith. We have asked Christ and He has enabled us to fully forgive [the driver] and the other young men involved in this tragedy. Therefore, from our own personal perspective, we have no need for nor will we gain any satisfaction from seeing [him] further punished.”

People were moved to tears – amazed that the Treppendahls pardoned the driver so freely and completely. It was the kind of thing you couldn’t help but admire, yet wonder if you could be so extravagantly forgiving if you were in their shoes.

In a follow up letter to the local newspaper, David revealed that he and Coco had met with the driver and forgiven him in person.

Is it any of our business to assess the rightness of mercy, the genuineness of apologies or the social repercussions of grace?

“He is a fine young man who has been broken and humbled,” David wrote. “He has come to the end of himself and feels completely helpless. In other words, I found [him] to be just the kind of person that God can really use to accomplish mighty things.”

Not everyone was touched by the graciousness of the Treppendahls though. Some expressed disappointment in the Treppendahls’ decision to advocate for the driver. In their view, the Treppendahls were sending the message that you can get plastered, end the life of an innocent driver and get away with it.

The episode reminded me of what happened in a Texas courtroom this week when 18-year-old Brandt Jean spoke at the sentencing of Amber Guyger, who had been convicted of murdering his brother, Botham.

“If you truly are sorry,” Jean said, “I know I can speak for myself. I forgive you. I think giving your life to Christ would be the best thing that Botham would want for you,” he said. “I love you as a person, and I don’t wish anything bad on you.”

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In a stunning moment that left people in the courtroom sobbing, Brandt got permission from the judge to hug Guyer. It was the embrace felt around the world as the two clung to each other and cried.

It has been both heartening and heartbreaking to look at my social media newsfeeds as people continue discussing Brandt’s extension of grace. The vast majority of people are still overwhelmed by the beauty of the moment, but a crop of others stood up to raise their fists at injustice, to analyze to pieces Brandt’s apology – to try to put it in perspective for the rest of the world.

As if it’s any of our business to assess the rightness of mercy, the genuineness of apologies or the social repercussions of grace. The Treppendahls extended it. Brandt Jean extended it. It was theirs to give, not ours to evaluate.

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Grace defies logic. It’s just so – unfair. Like the thief hanging on the cross next to Jesus, making his last-minute confession to the Lord and gasping out the simple request, “Remember me.” He had done nothing to deserve pardon and yet, in response to this deathbed conversion, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

At the heart of our reaction to the Treppendahls and Brandt Jeans of the world is a reaction to Jesus, who issued the pardon of all pardons to everyone through His sacrifice on the cross. Those who fully appreciate the magnitude of that eternal pardon know the great secret behind forgiveness: None of us deserve it and the most freeing thing we can do is give it.

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Pompeo misses deadline to turn over State Dept. docs on Ukraine, Giuliani in impeachment inquiry

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo missed Friday’s deadline to comply with a subpoena issued by three Democrat-led House committees last week to hand over documents related to the department’s dealings with Ukraine and President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Fox News has confirmed.

The subpoena came as Congress conducts a probe into a whistleblower’s complaint to the national intelligence community over Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — the incident that has since touched off the Trump impeachment inquiry.

The president is under fire for urging Zelensky, during that call, to investigate Democratic 2020 presidential frontrunner Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and the Ukrainian firm Burisma, where Hunter Biden held a board position.

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Last week, the chairmen of the three House panels — Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., of the Intelligence Committee; Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., of the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., of the Oversight and Reform Committee — demanded a list of State Department officials who might have been involved with the Ukraine conversation. The chairmen additionally requested any State Department records about Giuliani, and any records relating to U.S. military aid to Ukraine. (Giuliani had traveled to Ukraine on business on behalf of the president, he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday.)

Fox News confirmed the State Department is in touch with the three House panels regarding the deadline breach. Trump told reporters he would send House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter Friday, saying the White House would not comply with the impeachment inquiry until it is made official by a vote before the entire chamber. It was unclear if the State Department failed to comply with the subpoena at Trump’s request.

Pompeo confirmed Wednesday — while in Rome — that he was on the July 25 call, describing his involvement as appropriate, and within the purview of his role as secretary of state. As a stand-off between the executive branch and Congress escalated, he also said he would fight a request from the Democratic chairmen for depositions from five State Department officials. He accused the lawmakers of not giving department employees enough time to prepare and voiced concern that the committee was trying to prevent State Department counsel from participating.

“What we objected to was the demands that were put that deeply violate fundamental principles of the separation of powers,” Pompeo said. “They contacted State Department employees directly and told them not to contact legal counsel at the State Department.”

“What we objected to was the demands that were put that deeply violate fundamental principles of the separation of powers. They contacted State Department employees directly and told them not to contact legal counsel at the State Department.”

— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Lawmakers from the Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees moved forward with testimony from their first key witness Thursday — former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, who resigned last week after receiving word his name had surfaced in the whistleblower complaint. Text messages released by Volker to Congress show U.S. officials involved with Ukraine arguing internally last month over whether Trump was engaged in a quid pro quo. Fox News on Friday also obtained Volker’s prepared testimony, in which he details his interactions with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was probing whether Burisma had sought to garner influence with Biden by paying high fees to his son.

A memorandum of the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky released last month showed that while Trump sought a Ukrainian probe into the Biden family, he did not explicitly use the $400 million in military aid as leverage. Trump tweeted Thursday that he had an “absolute right, perhaps even a duty, to investigate or have investigated corruption, and that would include asking or suggesting other countries to help us out!”

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Joe Biden has acknowledged on camera that in spring 2016, when he was vice president and spearheading the Obama administration’s Ukraine policy, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire top prosecutor Viktor Shokin. At the time, Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings — where Hunter had a lucrative role on the board despite limited relevant expertise. Biden allies maintain his intervention was driven by corruption concerns.

Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, gave testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, as he was the first to receive the whistleblower complaint. The complaint was eventually declassified by the Trump administration and a redacted versions sent to Congress. House Democrats are scheduled to hear testimony from several other officials next week.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Brooke Singman, Alex Pappas and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Cardinals pitcher with Cherokee heritage speaks out against Braves fans’ ‘Tomahawk Chop’: report

A St. Louis Cardinals rookie relief pitcher on Friday called out Atlanta Braves fans’ “Tomahawk Chop” tradition as “disappointing” and “disrespectful,” according to a report.

The remarks by Ryan Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, came as the Cardinals and Braves meet in a National League Division Series as part of the MLB Postseason.

“I think it’s a misrepresentation of the Cherokee people or Native Americans in general,” Helsely told reporters at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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For years, “The Chop” has been a tradition for Braves fans. They lift foam tomahawks and start chanting whenever the visiting team calls in a relief pitcher.

Helsley, who witnessed “The Chop” when he came out to pitch in the 8th inning of Game 1 of the Cardinals-Braves series, said it reflects a “caveman” view of Native Americans.

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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley throws against the Cincinnati Reds, Aug. 15, 2019. (Associated Press)

“It’s not me being offended by the whole mascot thing,” he said. “It’s about the misconception of us, the Native Americans, and it devalues us and how we’re perceived in that way, or used as mascots. The Redskins and stuff like that.” (The NFL’s Washington Redskins have faced criticism for the team’s name over the years, but the club’s owners have argued against changing it.)

Helsley told the Post-Dispatch he didn’t notice “The Chop” while he was pitching, but it made an impression on him earlier in the game.

“The Chop” came to be part of the Braves’ fan experience decades after the team moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee during the 1960s.

It originated with Florida State football. The Seminole Tribe of Florida gave written permission for the team to use it.

While feelings have been mixed on “The Chop,” Major League Baseball has pressured the Cleveland Indians to end their use of the “Chief Wahoo” logo and mascot.

“The Braves have taken steps to take out the Tomahawk Chop,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in February.

But, the Post-Dispatch noted, #ChopOn is an official team hashtag.

“That’s the disappointing part,” Helsley told the Post-Dispatch. “That stuff like this still goes on. It’s just disrespectful, I think.”

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“Using our heritage as a mascot – it isn’t the best thing,” he said. “There have been schools who in the past 20, 30 years have changed their mascots. I don’t see why professional teams are so far behind on that.”

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Mary Stauffer’s horrific 1980 kidnapping inspires new film ‘Abducted’: ‘After tragedy there is hope’

Mary Stauffer’s life became a living nightmare on May 16, 1980.

The Minnesota teacher and missionary, then 36, was leaving a beauty salon with her 8-year-old daughter Beth when they were abducted at gunpoint and stuffed in the trunk of a car. The kidnapper turned out to be Stauffer’s former ninth-grade algebra student Ming Sen Shiue who, over the years, became increasingly obsessed with her.

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The horrifying kidnapping is the subject of a new Lifetime film titled “Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story,” starring “How I Met Your Mother” star Alyson Hannigan.

Stauffer told Fox News that at first, she didn’t realize that Shiue, then 29, was a student in her high school math class 15 years prior.

“I had been away from the classroom for 15 years,” she explained. “We were within five days of returning to the Philippines [for a missionary trip] and so this was to be our last time to get our haircut before we left on our trip… When we came out of the beauty parlor and went to our car to unlock it, this man came up with a gun. No, I did not recognize him. I really didn’t know at that point who he was or what he wanted, other than he had a gun held at my daughter’s side, which was pretty scary for me.”

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Beth said at first, she believed Shiue simply wanted to rob them of their car. However, he wanted much more.

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Mary and Beth Stauffer were kidnapped by Ming Sen Shiue. (Courtesy of Beth Stauffer)

“The reality was, there was no place for me to understand what was really happening at the time of the abduction,” she said. “I knew I was scared, and I know she was scared and I knew he was angry. That’s really what I knew at that moment.”

A&E reported Shiue demanded Stauffer drive his car to a remote location. He then bound mother and daughter, stuffing them into the trunk. Shiue began to drive, but then stopped the car to reprimand them for praying too loudly. Shiue then covered their mouths with duct tape and continued driving. Stauffer managed to partially free her daughter when Shiue stopped the car. He opened the trunk and threatened to kill them both.

“I really didn’t know at that point who he was or what he wanted, other than he had a gun held at my daughter’s side.”

— Mary Stauffer

It was at that moment when two young boys noticed the commotion, the outlet revealed. One of them, 6-year-old Jason Wilkman, walked near the trunk and had a close look at Stauffer and Beth. After Wilkman said “Whoa,” Shiue threw him into the trunk and continued driving. Wilkman began sobbing as Stauffer attempted to console the frightened child. The next time Shiue stopped the car, he took Wilkman out. The boy was fatally struck on the head with a metal rod and his body was abandoned in the woods.

When Shiue arrived at his home, Stauffer and Beth were shackled and locked in a closet. Stauffer was raped daily. Shiue filmed the assaults, which at times lasted for hours, said the outlet. Stauffer and Beth were trapped in the house of horrors for 53 days. Shiue, who owned a local electronics store, kept his dark secret from everyone.

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Alyson Hannigan of “How I Met Your Mother,” “American Pie” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame stars as Mary Stauffer in the new Lifetime film about the 1980 abduction. (Lifetime)

“When he would take her out for the rape sessions, he never had me know about any of that,” said Beth. “They kept it from me. I was locked away in a closet, so I was removed from it. Those times I was alone … there was fear and loneliness … He also threatened to kill us. ‘If you try to escape, I will kill you,’ or he threatened mom, ‘If you don’t do what I want, I’ll kill Beth,’ or tell me, ‘If you try to escape, I’ll kill your mother.’ The threat was there, but the reality is, killing us was not his end goal. His end goal was, he was obsessed with my mother and he wanted us to be with him.”

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Stauffer said she credited her faith for keeping her alive while being held in captivity and tortured during those 53 days. She and Beth kept prayer vigils daily and shared stories from the Bible.

“His end goal was, he was obsessed with my mother and he wanted us to be with him.”

— Beth Stauffer

“Without faith, it’s impossible to please God,” she said. “We knew we had to trust Him. Faith is more important than feeling and we felt so discouraged. We felt like our situation was hopeless, but we had to transfer that feeling to having faith that God was there with us, as He promised, and that He would not abandon us. It was no insurance policy that we would come out of there alive. We knew that, but we knew that He wouldn’t desert us. He would be with us no matter what happens. We had to believe that. We had to let that take precedence over feeling.”

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Mary Stauffer told Fox News she relied on her faith during times of hopelessness. (Photo by Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via Getty Images)

Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported that 300 officers and volunteers initially began searching for the group. Stauffer’s husband, Irv, was initially a suspect until he took a lie detector test and passed.

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The outlet continued that eventually, Shiue relaxed his strict house rules. Stauffer and Beth, still bound together, were allowed to shower by the 10th day. Shiue also provided Beth a black-and-white TV and brought her board games.

“As an 8-year-old child, it became evident to me really quickly, if we’re difficult, he gets more angry, and things are worse for us,” said Beth. “If we’re nice and if we’re pleasant, he becomes more pleasant. The truth of the matter is, the more kind we were to somebody who is being awful to us, the better our situation was.”

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Howie Lai plays Ming Sen Shiue on Lifetime’s “Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story.” (Lifetime)

“I think maybe he hoped that we would become his family and forget about our other family and just be his,” said Stauffer.

But everything changed on July 7. Stauffer, still chained to her daughter, suddenly remembered how her father used to take hinge pins out of doors. She then broke open the door while Shiue was away at work.

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“I knew the principle of how a door comes off, but I thought, ‘Not very likely that the hinge pin would just come undone, but I thought it’s an idea — maybe the Lord has given me this idea,” said Stauffer. “I held the door with one hand and I pulled the hinge pin with the other. It came out just like it was greased … it was a miracle. Beth, she panicked right away … She said, ‘Mama, don’t do it. Mommy, you know what he said. If he finds us escaping, he’s going to kill us. Just wait for the police.'”

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Mary Stauffer said it was a miracle that she finally found a way to escape. (Lifetime)

“Then I did a nasty thing, perhaps in the eyes of an 8-year-old,” continued Stauffer. “I slapped her cheek because she… panicked. She was utterly panicked. I thought, ‘I have to get some reality into her.’ I sat her down in the chair and said, ‘Listen, Beth, if God has given us this way of escape, we have to take it. Sure, it’s dangerous. If Ming comes home and finds us escaping, he’s going to kill us. We know that, but if this is God’s way, he’s going to take care of us. But I can’t fight against you. We have to work together in this.’”

The pair were finally able to escape and call the police. People magazine reported Shiue was taken into custody and later found guilty of kidnapping and sentenced to 30 years behind bars. The outlet revealed Shiue was also sentenced to 40 years for Wilkman’s murder. The child’s remains were found after Shiue’s capture, reported A&E. Shiue was denied parole in 2010.

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Ming Sen Shiue (Photo by Ramsey County Sheriff)

Stauffer said Beth shared they were determined to move forward with their lives. And Stauffer insisted her faith only became stronger.

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“I hope that people will put their trust in the Lord because you can’t go wrong,” said Stauffer. “… After tragedy, there is hope. Tragedy doesn’t need to define our lives. We can go on with life. God has been so good to us. We’ve been able to go on with our ministry, with our lives, with our family. We have had a wonderful life after kidnapping too.”

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Mary Stauffer and her husband today, taking their first selfie. (Photo courtesy of Beth Stauffer)

“It’s very easy to let the tragedies of our lives define us or become the thing that… creates who we are, but they don’t have to,” said Beth. “It can be a thing that happened in our life. It can be something that helps us grow. But good things can still happen after tragedy and [you] can still have a good life. He had … 53 days, where our lives were basically hell, where he had us and he had control, but he does not get to have the rest of our lives.”

“Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story” premieres Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

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Jack Graham: What I learned about God the day my father died

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One of the darkest valleys I’ve ever had to walk was when my father was fatally wounded in the parking lot of his hardware store back in the summer of 1970.

A shoplifter came in and violently bludgeoned my father with a hammer. My father laid for 10 days on life support at a local hospital, but he never recovered consciousness.

My father’s death was the most devastating time of my life. In that moment, I wondered how I’d survive. I doubted my ability to overcome the trial.

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I even doubted God’s presence and care.

I remember going to the hospital’s chapel late in the evening the day my father died and asking God, “Why, Father, why did this happen?”

Over the years, I have learned that if there’s one promise of Jesus that’s easy to believe, it’s this one: “In the world you will have tribulation.” (John 16:33)

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As much as we’d like it, believers don’t get a pass from pain. We’re not immune to the suffering and heartache that many people experience in the world. And when tough trials come upon us, it can suddenly seem much harder to take God at his word.

But whatever you’re facing today, I want you to know what I learned that night while I prayed in the hospital’s chapel: God is always holding out his hand to rescue you, even while the storm is raging.

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The apostle Peter learned this lesson the night Jesus invited him to walk on water.

You might remember the story — Jesus’ disciples were on a boat in the middle of a lake while Jesus had gone up to a mountain to pray, when all of a sudden, they saw a man walking toward them over the waves. At first, the disciples thought he was a ghost and were terrified. But then Jesus called to them, reassuring them it was he who was walking toward them.

Will you take your eyes off Jesus and sink, or will you allow God’s presence and power to steady you in the storm?

Yet Peter, being the brazen one of the crew, wanted more proof. He wanted to walk on the water with Jesus. This is what the Gospel of Matthew says happened next:

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31)

Peter did fine as long as he had his gaze fixed on Jesus. But as soon as he turned his attention to the wind and waves surrounding him, he began to sink.

Your circumstances may be different from mine and different from Peter’s. But you face the same choice: Will you take your eyes off Jesus and sink, or will you allow God’s presence and power to steady you in the storm?

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That night at the hospital’s chapel, I sensed God’s presence like few other times in my life. Despite all the pain and the loss of my father, I knew God was with me then and would be with me throughout it all.

My prayer for you is that when trials hit, you’ll look up and lean hard into the arms of our loving Father, knowing he is faithful. He will hold you close — even through the darkest storm.

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