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The cost of Democrats’ ‘Seinfeld’ impeachment is too high, Peter Navarro says

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House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump is costing Americans real economic opportunities, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Pete Hegseth, Navarro said that by focusing solely on the probe, Congress is staunching positive legislative efforts for deals that would benefit their constituents.

“We’ve got this ‘Seinfeld’ impeachment,” he told Hegseth. “It’s about nothing.”

“It’s a great concept in economics,” he said. “It’s the idea that there’s a cost of not doing something because you’re doing something else. And, in this case, Nancy Pelosi’s Congress has basically spent all of their time investigating rather than legislating.”

PETER NAVARRO: TRUMP IMPEACHMENT EFFORTS ARE HITTING AMERICANS WHERE IT HURTS — IN THEIR WALLETS

In a new op-ed, Navarro argued that it is “long past time for the Pelosi-Schiff impeachment circus to slink out of town.”

Navarro pointed to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), a drug pricing reform bill, infrastructure, a United States Space Force, shipbuilding, and the budget.

He told Hegseth that dairy farmers would “rejoice” at the passing of USMCA, which he says would create 200,000 jobs.

“This thing’s been ready for a year. President Trump did his job. He’s promised to renegotiate the worst trade deal in history: NAFTA,” he said. “It’s been sitting on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. It’s a great deal for farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and workers. And, it would bring Detroit back to the hub of the auto industry universe on this planet.”

“But, it sits there like the other things,” he stated.

Navarro told Hegseth that, as Congress returns from the Thanksgiving holiday, the “next week is going to be pivotal.”

The House Judiciary Committee is taking over the second phase of the investigation as Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., announced plans for a hearing next Wednesday to weigh whether the president’s actions reach a level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and warrant articles of impeachment.

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“If you see something, say something,” Navarro urged. “If you see your congressman, tell your congressman it’s time to get it done. There’s a lot of heat on the 31 congressmen that are in Trump districts that are Democrats that we’re taking a beat on for not doing things like USMCA.”

“And, when you pass these continuing resolutions rather than a 2020 budget — not good,” he concluded.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Victor Garcia contributed to this report.

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Why there is no national domestic assault offender registry – yet

It was a murder so brutal – and one that continues to haunt law enforcement in the quiet community of Osceola County, Florida.

The dismembered body of mom Nicole Montalvo, 33, was discovered in late October, her death alleged to have been at the hands of her estranged husband, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, with aide from numerous family members.

Montalvo’s death happened despite Otero-Rivera being on probation from a former horrific assault against her, and it was hardly the first time the mother of an eight-year-old son had sought protection – first filing for a restraining order in June 2016.

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Nicole Montalvo with her son Elijah, before her brutal murder in Florida in October (Osceola County Police Department)

For those like Gibson, who are tasked with safeguarding the most vulnerable in the community, it has raised the question as to what more the justice system should and could be doing to support victims of domestic violence.

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Namely, why there has been little headway made to establish a national registry for those convicted of domestic violence crimes – similar to the SORNA registry, which has three tiers publicly listing sex offenders.

“In the year 2019, why don’t we have this in place? We must change that,” Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson told Fox News. “I can’t see any cons in regards to a registry. Information is powerful. If you armed with information that this person has been convicted of domestic violence, you can stay away from that. Being aware of a persons’ violent or abusive background can absolutely save your life.”

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Montalvo’s estranged husband (pictured) and the father of their son, Christopher Otero-Rivera, 31, and his father Angel Luis Rivera, 63, are suspects in Montalvo’s murder. (Osceola Police Department)

Gibson noted that in recent weeks, he has been meeting with local and state representatives, as well as a Florida Senator, to discuss initiating a task force which “could lead to a statewide task force with a domestic violence registry” for at least the state of Florida.

But past statewide efforts have fallen flat. In 2013, the Texas House of Representatives was the first in the country to pass a bill to form a domestic violence offender registry. But to-date it has not moved forward. For the past eight years, lawmakers in New York have been purporting to develop something similar under the name “Brittany’s Law.” However, the law continually stalls in the State Assembly.

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Sheriff Russ Gibson told Fox News Nicole Montalvo’s murder marks the most horrific murder case he has dealt with in his 32-year-long career in law enforcement. (Osceola County Police Department)

Nonetheless, grassroots organizations are once again getting behind a push for a national registry with a renewed vigor.

One such outfit is the Tina Stewart Foundation, named in honor of the daycare teacher and mother of two who was fatally beaten by her ex-boyfriend in Washington state on Thanksgiving two years ago.

“I am a domestic violence survivor myself. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is after months and months of reaching out to senators and state representatives, and in some cases, not even receiving a return email to read in the news that a federal law has been approved unanimously for animal abusers,” the foundation’s Chief Information Officer, Allyson Hottinger, said in reference to the newly-inked law that makes certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony. “We love animals, but we were all disappointed to hear the federal bill for animal abuse while we have been ignored. Men and women have the right to know if they are dating someone that has a past with violence or domestic abuse. It would save lives. It would have saved Tina’s life.”

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Chief Information Officer of the Tina Stewart Foundation, Allyson Hottinger, after a domestic violence attack. (Provided Allyson Hottinger)

Operating under the #TeamTina banner, the organization has representatives in all states working on drumming up support for a federal bill. Many have been through the hell of domestic violence themselves, making it through – and vowed to ensure that no other person will suffer at the wrath of their former abuser.

“Everything was great for about nine months. In that time, we did a lot of things as a family,” Danielle, a pseudonym for a 40-year-old mother-of-two told Fox News, reflecting on the relationship with a man she met through an online dating site in the summer of 2015. “He was charming, hard-worker, so affectionate and loving, and our relationship quickly evolved. He had a nanny Sarah who lived a huge suite attached to the home. But I started to notice she had bruises on her.”

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Tina Stewart was a daycare teacher and mother of two who was fatally beaten by her ex-boyfriend in Washington state on Thanksgiving two years ago. (Courtesy Tina Stewart Foundation)

As time dragged on, Danielle also bore the brunt of her boyfriend Scott’s abuse and knife threats, learning that Sarah was not the nanny but another girlfriend. The cycle of more women falling victim to the abuse and power plays came to fruition.

“I am a strong advocate for the registry because, in my case, this man has a long, violent history and is a repeat offender that will continue to manipulate and abuse women unless they are made aware of his history,” Danielle continued. “I still fear for my life every day.”

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For Ohio-based survivor Tawni, 48, it’s a nightmare that never ends.

“A friend of 16 plus years was in need of home health care. Suddenly, everything took a very dark, sadistic turn,” she recalled of her ordeal in 2016. “He wanted more than just care services as I refused. He locked me in his basement, and it was three months before I was able to escape that house of horror.”

It was only during the trial that she learned the abuser had been convicted of domestic violence in another county.

“He served no time in jail, less than a year of unsupervised probation,” Tawni said. “Six months after his conviction, he was back in jail for sexually assaulting another woman he lured in from another city.”

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Having survived domestic abuse, Allyson Hottinger documented her attacks and is now a prominent advocate of creating a national registry to list convicted domestic violence abusers (Provided Allyson Hottinger)

The bill that Hottinger and her team are proposing to lawmakers’ centers on three levels. Level one would be attributed to those deemed a first-time offender, and removed after five years. The second level is for offenders convicted of a violent crime or a second offense and would remain on the registry for at least a decade. And the third level is for those convicted three times, and twice or more in five years. Their names would remain on the registry for life.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) an average of 20 people experience intimate partner violence every minute in the U.S. alone, which equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. It accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime and is most common against women between the ages of 18 to 2. The statistics also underscore that one in three female murder victims and one in 20 male murder victims are killed by their intimate partners, with 72 percent of all murder-suicides perpetrated by private partners. Ninety-four percent of all murder-suicide victims are female.

And the economic impact of domestic violence is staggering.

The NCADV reports that intimate partner violence is estimated to cost the U.S. economy up to $12.6 billion per year and the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs are lost annually as a result of being a victim to intimate partner violence.

As it stands, there is one non-government organization that has set up a database that they call the National Domestic Violence Registry, but it is privately run and funded. It lists the names of those offenders “who have been adjudicated as guilty in the court of law” and claims to verify all submissions and documents sent in.

“They ask for a $10 donation if you seek to add someone’s name to the database. Several states have considered legislation that would mandate registration, but the efforts have not gained traction largely because there is considerable opposition – much of which comes from the groups advocating on behalf of domestic violence victims,” explained Cheryl Bader, a Fordham Law School Professor. “The biggest concern is for victim privacy. Since domestic violence, by nature, takes place within the family and intimate partner relationships, by revealing the identity of the perpetrator the database will also likely reveal the

Indeed, the quest for such a registry is considered by many industry experts to be more of a hindrance than a help.

“The issue comes up nearly every legislative session. Well-meaning legislators and constituents around the country propose creating a state or national registry that lists domestic violence offenders,” said Corbin Streett, a technology safety specialist with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “But there are many unintended consequences that would actually end up harming survivors and giving a false sense of security to potential victims who look at the registry, thinking it will help them avoid getting into a relationship with an abuser.”

Streett pointed out that only a small number of domestic violence offenders are ever arrested, and many victims simply don’t call for help because they are scared of retaliation. Even if they do, such a small number is subsequently convicted.

“We are also concerned about the impact a registry will have on victims reporting violence. Victims are already hesitant to report domestic violence, worried about the violent retaliation that will come after. If the abuser knows their name will be posted on a registry, it doesn’t make them less likely to abuse; it makes them more likely to try to scare a victim into not reporting,” she continued. “There are also major privacy implications, including potential discrimination against victims that can occur with a registry. When an abuser’s name ends up on a list, it’s not just the abuser who will be outed, but their victims as well.”

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The flag-draped casket of Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan is carried into the Bayside Adventure Church for memorial services in Roseville, Calif., Thursday, June 27, 2019. O’Sullivan was shot and killed responding to a domestic violence call. (AP)

Rachel Louise Snyder, author of” No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us,” concurred that “there is already so much stigma and shame around domestic violence that a registry doesn’t add to the solution, but may as well exacerbate the problem.”

“Imagine an abuser getting put on a registry, and then retaliating toward the person who put him or her there? I would rather see those resources put toward interventions, like non-incarceration programs that have restorative justice at their core.”

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The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women declined to comment on the matter. But according to Buck Blodgett, founder of the LOVE>hate Project, focused on eliminating all forms of violence and abuse, the most pressing change to pull the reigns on domestic violence lies in creating a culture of fostering dialogue and a safe place for victims to speak out.

“Most victims live alone with their dark secret forever. It will haunt them, hurt them, erode their faith in humanity, render some suicidal or depressed, kill their happiness and self-esteem. But our core message is this: it’s okay to talk about it,” he added. “We must bring darkness to the light of day if we are to transform it.”

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Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on London terror attack: ‘Failures continue to repeat themselves’

President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy Dr. Zuhdi Jasser said Saturday that failures in combatting terrorism — both domestic and abroad — will continue to “repeat themselves” unless NATO allies develop an all-Western approach.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Ed Henry, Jasser said that the London bridge stabbing attack on Friday that left two dead and three injured “had every hallmark of warnings we should have heeded, but the failures continue to repeat themselves.”

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said afterward that it had been a “mistake” to grant an early release to the suspect, an ex-convict who was shot and killed by police. The 28-year-old man was released from prison just last year after pleading guilty to terror charges.

“It is very important that we get out of that habit and that we enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists, that I think the public will want to see,” Johnson said.

Jasser said that western nations have failed to fight terror because of three things: monitoring, combatting radical ideology, and vetting.

He told Henry that the individuals who are being monitored aren’t being monitored aggressively enough and that there is no ideological vetting.

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Police assist an injured man near London Bridge in London, on November 29, 2019 after reports of shots being fired on London Bridge. – The Metropolitan Police on Friday said several people were injured and a man was held after a stabbing near London Bridge in the centre of the British capital. (AFP via Getty)

“So, we’re not realizing that even the way we’re approaching the problem, which is approaching the violence and not the ideology, they’re embracing individuals and organizations,” he said.

Adding that “from the ones we are monitoring to the ones that were upstream to the ones that we’re letting into the countries in the West, we’re failing at all three levels.”

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With the NATO summit approaching next week, Jasser argues that in order to be effective against these kinds of terror attacks in the future, “we need an all-of Western approach.”

“This is an all-of NATO problem,” he stated. “So, we need to be working together with NATO to have better intelligence of those we are monitoring and to have a better upstream approach and to stop working with Muslim brotherhood groups and other Islamist ideologues upstream just because they’re nonviolent.”

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The impact of designating Mexican cartels a ‘foreign terrorist organization’

President Trump has said efforts to designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) are moving ahead – prompting both praise and criticism. But what impact would such a title have, and would it work in dismantling such networks who burn, behead, smuggle and instill fear?

“The Mexican Cartels certainly earned a designation of a Foreign Terrorist Organization which is authorized in the Immigration and Naturalization act. Under the ‘terrorist activity defined, they meet the criteria for being engaged in hijacking and sabotage conveyances, detaining/murder/ injuring an individual or a government organization to keep them from doing any act as a condition for the release of an individual,” Lenny DePaul, Chief Inspector/Commander of the U. S. Marshal Service, told Fox News. “As well as assassinations and use of explosives, firearms, or other weapons with the intent to endanger individuals, government agencies or damage to property, etc.”

In his view, “the impact that a designation would have is significant in a variety of ways.  It heightens public awareness and knowledge of individuals or entities linked to terrorism.”

“It also sends a message to other Governments about the concerns the U. S. has about individuals or entities aiding terrorism, and promotes due diligence by such governments and private sector entities operating within their territories to avoid potential contact with terrorist,” DePaul continued.

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Terrorist designations are handled by the U.S. State Department. Once a group has been slapped with such a designation, known members are prohibited from entering the country, and it is then illegal for those in the U.S. to intentionally provide support. Financial institutions are also barred from doing any type of business with the organization or its members.

“The FTO designation is an important step in a positive direction for US national security. Too many Americans have died as the ruthless cartels have made billions by terrorizing communities and killing at unprecedented levels. It’s clear President Trump always places the safety of Americans first,” noted Derek Maltz, former Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Operations Division in New York. “Designating the cartels as terrorists and implementing a focused operational plan will save a tremendous amount of lives.”

The FTO tag could also mean that an American in an inner-city gang selling street drugs that originated from south of the border could be prosecuted under anti-terrorism laws – possibly being given a life sentence.

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Mexican national guardsmen patrol near Bavispe, at the Sonora-Chihuahua border, Mexico, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. When drug cartel gunmen opened fire on American women and children in northern Mexico on Monday, the Mexican Army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive.  (AP)

It remains to be seen precisely which cartels will receive the FTO label, as there are dozens of cartels known to be operating across Mexico. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists seven as the most prominent – the Gulf Cartel, Jalisco New Generation, Beltran Leyva, Juarez, Los Zetas, Sinaloa, and Tijuana/Arellano Felix.

“The statute requires groups to be designated individually,” said Amb. David Johnson, Vice President of the International Narcotics Control Board and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. “So while the Administration could designate several and attempt to capture all of them, designations will take place one at a time and will leave some out, creating winners and losers in an industry where those kinds of issues are settled with violence that kills lots of innocent bystanders.”

It is likely, according to U.S. officials, that the initial focus would be on the Sinaloa cartel, previously headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and the equally as brutal Jalisco New Generation Cartel, run by Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes.

“They are the largest, most ruthless and dominant, and their lethal products are killing U.S. citizens on a daily basis,” Maltz said. “The FTO designation is long overdue.”

The FTO classification of cartels has long been floated in Washington circles but has gained little traction in the past given concerns that over the impact on bilateral relations between the neighboring nations.

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As it currently stands, Mexican drug cartels are classified as drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) despite being involved in a broader assortment of criminal activity far beyond the realm of the illegal drug trade – ranging from fraud, gun trafficking, bribery, money laundering and counterfeit smuggling to human trafficking and extortion.

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Policemen work at a crime scene after a colleague was killed in Acapulco on July 23, 2018. – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who will take office on December 1, 2018 inherits a messy war on drug cartels from his predecessor Enrique Pena Nieto. Since Mexico deployed its army to fight drug trafficking in 2006 during the presidency of Felipe Calderon, the country has been engulfed in a wave of violence that has left more than 200,000 murders, 30,000 missing, as well as complaints against the heavily armed security forces for violations, extrajudicial executions and forced disappearances.  (AFP/Getty)

A number of the groups also have the additional label of Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs), but authorities have bemoaned that the two labels still don’t give U.S. law enforcement or military enough bandwidth to effectively tackle the problem the way they would an official FTO like ISIS, Hezbollah or Al Qaeda.

However, there is already a law on the books – the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act – which has been in place for two decades and gives the U.S. Treasury Department the leverage to freeze any assets of the cartels found within the U.S, and to prosecute any Americans who aide their endeavor financially or handle their money.

“The kingpin designation is a very powerful tool in the U.S arsenal to address complex threats to the country. However, based on the current status and the growing problem from the terror cartels, the USA needs to use all the authorities and resources of the best country in the world to stop this madness,” Maltz contended. “Death is escalating, and it is time the cartels feel the full force of America.”

Brian Kolfage, the U.S. Air Force veteran behind the controversial “Build the Wall” GoFundMe effort, which is building barriers in Texas and New Mexico, also advocated his support of the FTO marking.

“The cartels are the underlying issue to every single border-related problem we face,” he said. “We have to wipe out the underlying condition in order to fully solve the problem. Naming each cartel as a foreign terrorist organization is the first step in the right direction.”

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Men embrace next to the coffins of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2, who were killed by drug cartel gunmen, during the funeral at a family cemetery in La Mora, Sonora state, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Three women and six of their children, all members of the extended LeBaron family, died when they were gunned down in an attack while traveling along Mexico’s Chihuahua and Sonora state border on Monday.  (AP)

But according to Johnson, the motivations of FTOs such as ISIS differ significantly from those of the Mexican cartels, which could bring about some backlash in the approval process.

“Terrorists use violence to expand a political goal. These criminals are interested in money, not politics. They don’t want the responsibility and headaches that come with political control since it could interfere with their profit-maximizing goals,” he explained. “The key reason for not labeling them terrorists is because that is not what they are. They are in it for the money. Period.”

The move could still bring about sweeping changes in terms of how bilateral relations are managed between the U.S. and Mexico, which share a 2000-mile border, and have a detrimental dent on the trade affiliation, critics warn.

“The law of unintended consequences could run amuck since there is no experience with such a designation,” Johnson pointed out. “And even if legal consequences don’t immediately arise, the fear of the unknown could significantly impact the economic relationship.”

Yet, Trump has remained firm in his stance.

“They will be designated. I’ve been working on that for the last 90 days,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly in an interview earlier this week. “Designation is not that easy. You have to go through a process, and we are well into that process.”

The President’s pledge comes amid heightened tensions with the Mexican government and at a time when cartel violence has grimly hit the headlines.

In early November, nine U.S. citizens – three mothers and six of their children belonging to a Mormon community – were shot dead in the northern state of Sonora in an attack believed to have been fueled by RIVAL drug cartels.

The ambush came just a couple of weeks after Mexican security forces made the humiliating decision to retreat – and subsequently release one of the sons of the infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman – after his detainment, sparking questions of incompetence or compliance with cartels.

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Members of the Lebaron family watch the burned car where part of the nine murdered members of the family were killed and burned during an gunmen ambush on Bavispe, Sonora mountains, Mexico, on November 5, 2019. – US President Donald Trump offered Tuesday to help Mexico “wage war” on its cartels after three women and six children from an American Mormon community were murdered in an area notorious for drug traffickers. (AFP via Getty)

In August, Mexican police discovered 19 bodies in Mexico City, with some nine of them hanging from an overpass next to a drug cartel banner as a threat to competing factions.

According to the latest annual assessment from the DEA, Mexican DTOs pose the greatest crime threat to the U.S. and are continuing to “expand their control of the opioids market” in conjunction with the deadly spike in overdoses in recent years. However, officials have also lamented that “the scope of violence generated by Mexican crime groups has been difficult to measure due to restricted reporting by the government and attempts by groups to mislead the public.”

Moreover, Mexico’s homicide rate – routinely driven by cartel-connected violence – is on the path to reaching unprecedented levels this year, even higher than the record numbers set in 2018 in which more than 30,000 people were slain.

The notion has also been raised that an FTO designation could strengthen some asylum cases, complicating the Trump administration’s endeavor to cut back on those being admitted to the U.S. under such a convention.

Mexican officials have primarily condemned the classification, expressing concern that it could comprise the country’s jurisdiction.

“Our problems will be solved by Mexicans,” President Andres Manuel Lopez said a press conference on Monday. “We don’t want any interference from any foreign country.”

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard doubled-down that “Mexico will never admit any action that would be a violation of its national sovereignty.”

“We will act firmly. I have transmitted our position to the U.S., as well as our resolve to face international organized crime,” he tweeted.

However, the Mexican president and his administration are known to pursue policies that involve military action against the cartel networks but have instead vowed to tackle the problem by addressing the “root causes” such as corruption and poverty.

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Yet others are skeptical that the change in designation will make much of dent in the burgeoning cartel problem.

“It will have little to no impact on their operations. The main reason is their support system is vast and reaches into the highest levels of the Mexican government that they would be able to withstand a long protracted fight against the U.S. military,” added Gabriel Ruiz, a California border-based deportation officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “The government would never allow our military to operate within the country, even if it’s to fight the cartels. The government is still reeling from the embarrassments of not successfully serving justice on El Chapo and, recently, letting go his son and running away from the fight the cartels brought.”

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Emergency apps, self-destructing emails and more: Tech Q&A

Retracing Old Friends

Q: I’d like to find my old college sweetheart just to say hello. I tried Google, but nothing came up. The people finder sites scammed me out of $65. How else can I find her?

A: Your search for an old acquaintance comes at an interesting time; yes, billions of people are connected through social media, and it’s easier than ever to find long-lost acquaintances. You can try Facebook, LinkedIn, and FamilyTreeNow. Hardly anyone can exist in a first-world nation without leaving a digital footprint. Aliases and married names can hinder easy searches, but there are several tricks you can use to track people down. Tap or click here for 6 ways to find anyone on the internet.

Burn After Reading

Q: Is it possible to send emails that James Bond would send? I want my messages to self-destruct. That would be awesome!

A: Mail, including email, is a funny thing because once you dispatch it, you have no further control over its content. There are services designed to destroy messages the moment they’ve been opened. In theory, you shouldn’t have to worry about anyone reading sensitive content because the message will be deleted without a trace. Granted, someone could take a screenshot of your transmission before it disappears, so keep this singular danger in mind. Otherwise, this works great for sending, say, secure passwords or notes you don’t want anyone snooping on. Tap or click here to send secure messages that “self-destruct.”

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Q: I saw your show on Bloomberg Television. It’s only an hour, but your radio show is three hours. How can I watch all three hours?

A: My television show is not the same as my radio show. While both programs are all about tech, each has different content. My radio show airs on hundreds of stations across the country, and you can watch or listen to the show as it’s recorded in real-time or on-demand on your schedule. The easiest way to get the podcast or watch one, two, or all three hours weekly is on my website. Consider joining the Komando Community, my social media network that gives you unprecedented access to new and archived media content and like-minded members. It’s just a few dollars a month for 12 hours of quality programming. Tap or click here to access the Komando Community.

Kick-Off Wi-Fi Mooches

Q: I think my neighbors are using my wireless network. They are scum. How can I boot them off?

A: Wi-Fi mooching happens all the time, usually among people who live or work closely together, and they’re often too polite to address the issue out loud. Meanwhile, there are lots of security issues that come with sharing your Wi-Fi, and if your signal isn’t password-protected, I urge you to change your settings immediately. But if you want to know what “scum” is currently pirating your Wi-Fi, you can use your router’s online interface to figure out exactly who has logged on. If you don’t recognize one of the devices, you can easily trace it back to your neighbor. As for booting them off, a new hard password should do the trick. Tap or click here to see all the devices connected to your Wi-Fi network.

Smartphones for Emergencies

Q: My college student daughter has to walk in the dark from her evening classes. She carries pepper spray. Can her phone call 911 if she gets into trouble?

A: Pepper spray is a good start, and I’m glad she’s prepared for a physical altercation. But she should also be able to call for help in a moment’s notice if (God forbid) something happens. After all, assailants tend to move quickly, and you only have a split-second to contact authorities. Several apps have been developed for a range of emergencies, including Noonlight, which will automatically call the police if you release your finger from the phone and don’t enter a unique PIN. Other apps can transmit location data and SOS signals. Tap or click here for a list of apps to use in emergencies.

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.

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Japanese department store ‘rethinking’ use of ‘period badges’ for menstruating employees

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A department store in Japan is reportedly “rethinking” a new policy of having female employees wear a badge with a cartoon character dubbed “Miss Period” that signifies they’re menstruating.

The Daimaru department store in Osaka introduced the voluntary badges in October following an employee’s suggestion, BBC News reported.

“It was never the intention to share the menstrual information with their customers,” Daimaru spokesperson Yoko Higuchi told the BBC.

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Higuchi said the so-called “period badges” were supposed to create empathy among coworkers, including allowing longer breaks and extra help for employees on their period.

Higuchi told the BBC that reactions to the badges were mixed.

“If you saw a colleague was having her period, you could offer to carry heavy things for her, or suggest she takes longer breaks, and this support would be mutual,” she said.

She added that the company will reconsider how to keep the information within the staff without revealing it to customers.

The controversy comes at the same time local media has reported that some Japanese companies are banning female employees from wearing eyeglasses, with some saying they make women look “cold” or don’t allow people to see their makeup.

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In another controversy this year, Japan’s foreign minister ignored a 20,000-signature petition, saying mandating high heels at work is “socially accepted as something that falls within the realm of being occupationally necessary and appropriate.”

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Heidi Klum posts sultry pool pic with husband Tom Kaulitz on vacation in Mexico

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Heidi Klum can’t keep her hands off husband Tom Kaulitz.

The couple is on vacation in Mexico and celebrated Thanksgiving along with friends and family in the sun. She posted a photo Thursday on Instagram of herself in her younger hubby’s arms jumping out of the water.

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“…as long as its [sic] you and I,” the 46-year-old model captioned the steamy pic.

In another photo, Klum posed with her loved ones, all looking out at the water. “Thankful for ALL the L❤️VE #happythanksgiving,” she wrote.

Earlier in the week, the former “Project Runway” judge shared a sultry topless photo of herself on a sunbed near the hotel pool.

Kaulitz, 30, and Klum secretly married at a Beverly Hills courthouse in February and then again in a more elaborate Italian wedding in August.

She recently opened up about her hubby, gushing to People magazine that she finally “found” her partner.

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“He’s really game for anything,” Klum told the outlet last month. “We’re very similar that way. He enjoys life and is very generous. He’s super kind. I just found my partner finally, you know?”

In October 2018, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel explained how she’s incredibly comfortable with her physique, as well as how she’s interested in raising awareness for body positivity.

“I grew up in a very free environment with my parents,” Klum told Ocean Drive, in which she proudly posed topless for the magazine’s 25th-anniversary Swimsuit double issue.

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“We’d go to nude beaches. We’re very open-minded, but you can’t say that about all Germans,” she continued. “We didn’t have a lot of money, so we’d go camping a lot and my parents chose nude campsites, so nudity became normal for me. You stand out more if you cover up. And I loved it.”

And while some may expect the mother of four to cover up these days, Klum said she’s happily embracing the aging process.

“I see it like this: We only have one life,” she said. “This is our life right now and our moment and our moment shouldn’t be over after a certain age. There’s not a time frame for only being able to wear a certain thing or to be in love, to go out.

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“Thirty years old is not the cap and then you have to hide yourself and not go dancing anymore,” Klum added. “I’m not saying people should be doing what I’m doing, but I hope that one day I will be an old woman looking back and able to say I enjoyed every phase of my life.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

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Chicago cop seen body-slamming suspect ‘relieved of police powers’ pending investigation

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A Chicago police officer seen on a video body-slamming a man to the street on Thanksgiving Day has been “relieved of police powers” pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident.

The city’s police department announced the development on Twitter on Friday night, one day after the 29-year-old suspect and the 32-year-old police officer were both taken to a hospital for evaluation following their confrontation, Chicago’s FOX 32 reported.

Police said the officer had performed an “emergency takedown” of the suspect in part because the suspect spat at the officer, striking him in the eye and mouth, the station reported. The suspect was also accused of licking an officer’s face and making verbal threats to police officers.

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Officers were detaining the suspect for allegedly drinking alcohol in public, the report said.

Witnesses, however, claim the suspect “didn’t do anything aggressive.”

“He just stood there,” said Jovanna Alexiss Jamison, 22, who posted video of the incident on Facebook. She told FOX 32 that the suspect had been using his cell phone when police approached, grabbed his liquor bottle and tossed it away.

The video shows the officer lifting the suspect up and then flipping him to the ground, with the suspect’s head appearing to strike the curb.

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The suspect then seems to lie motionless, as if knocked unconscious. He was later reported to be in stable condition at University of Chicago Medical Center, but further information about his condition was unknown.

“This incident is under investigation as the actions in the video are concerning,” police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement Thursday night. “If wrongdoing is discovered, officers will be held accountable.”

On Friday night, Guglielmi confirmed that the officer had been taken off duty, a common practice when police officers become involved in disputed incidents.

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The case became the latest in a series of controversies involving the city’s police department, where the leadership is in transition following an announcement in early November that Superintendent Eddie Johnson will step down after three years in the top job. He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by Charlie Beck, a longtime leader with the Los Angeles Police Department, until Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot names a permanent replacement.

The Chicago force has been rocked in recent months by cases such as the October 2018 conviction of white former Officer Jason Van Dyke in the October 2014 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Laquan McDonald, and questions arising from the department’s actions in the case of actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of reporting a false attack against him – charges that were later dropped — but is now suing the city, claiming malicious prosecution.

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Reps. Biggs & Perry: Impeachment inquiry shows deep state continues to undermine Trump

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If we have learned anything in the last two weeks, it is the reality of the deep state, or swamp. Democrats have been relentlessly attacking President Trump since his election. They have been joined by the Washington establishment that includes much of the media, bureaucracy and the executive branch itself.

For instance, a cadre of career diplomats has come to the House Intelligence Committee to testify against President Trump in the impeachment inquiry the House is conducting.

Let’s take Dr. Fiona Hill, who formerly worked at the National Security Council, for example. Of course, like all witnesses, her credibility and veracity are to be judged by her testimony and demeanor. As a witness gives “evidence,” those in the public and jury determine whether her testimony is accurate or if she is exaggerating or even lying.

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Hill proclaimed herself a “fact witness” who was ambivalent to the outcome of the impeachment proceedings. Yet her opening statement includes a number of things that belie her stated aloofness.

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She asserted that there were those on the committee who had rejected the fact of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But this is false. Hill was repeatedly and demonstratively proven wrong on this important point.

Hill had no response when shown the report written by Republicans that specifically stated that as early as 2015 Russian operatives had begun to attempt to influence our 2016 election.

Hill further claimed that there were those on the panel who argued that Ukraine was an adversary of the United States. This is also false. We have never heard of a narrative from anyone in Congress – much less the House Intelligence Committee – that would substantiate such a wild claim.

In fact, this Congress, together with the Trump administration, has provided substantially more assistance to Ukraine than previous administrations – a fact Hill agreed with.

Those are two pretty large fabrications on the part of Hill. But what makes them particularly troubling is that she admitted that these claims were predicated on hearsay.

The inconsistency of claiming to be a fact witness, then relying on hearsay, shows at least a bias on the part of Hill and potentially undermines her credibility as a witness because her veracity is also called into question. These were material statements that she got wrong.

Further, with a degree of sanctimony, Hill lectured and hectored the committee. All the while basing her critique on false information that for all we know was provided by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., himself.

Adding to the problems in Hill’s testimony was a not-so-thinly-veiled attack on President Trump’s policy. She, like all of the diplomats who testified, agreed that corruption is endemic in Ukraine. Like all of the witnesses, she concurred that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was elected to be a change agent to fight and someday end corruption.

On the other hand, President Trump is skeptical of all foreign aid. He was aware of decades of government corruption in Ukraine and believed that certain actors in Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Conversely, Hill wasn’t aware of political actors in Ukraine attacking candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign until her first closed-door interview. Hill also refused to acknowledge Ukrainian ties with the discredited Steele dossier, which fomented Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse and spying on the Trump campaign.

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President Trump’s caution at disbursing hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars to Ukraine seems to have been a policy burr in Hill’s side. The president wisely waited until the Ukrainian Parliament had approved a special Anti-Corruption Court and removed immunity for corrupt lawmakers before approving the disbursement of aid.

The deep state American diplomats in Ukraine were ticked off at the policy dispute, as well as what they perceived as President Trump’s willingness to send different diplomats and representatives onto their turf in Ukraine –  including former Special Envoy Kurt Volker, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

That’s what deep staters are all about. Protecting the status quo. Protecting their power. Protecting their personal policy prerogatives. When they undertake to do that, they undermine the authority of the president and the will of the American voter.

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Hill’s cavalier testimony shows she is the type of the dee state diplomat who is incapable of seeing her betrayal of her duty.

And that is what the impeachment is about. The fanatics who hated Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign are continuing to undermine him using those entrenched in government to perpetuate their coup against this president.

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WWII veteran who credited longevity to daily Coors Light turns 102

Drinking beer will apparently keep you young — at least it has done so for WWII veteran Andrew E. Slavonic, who is celebrating his 102nd birthday on Dec. 1.

Slavonic, who went viral last year for drinking a Coors Light every day at 4 p.m. for over a decade, and his son Bob shared with Fox News how much the Pennsylvania centenarian’s life has changed since his modest Internet fame.

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“All I can say is that it has been one helluva of a year for dad. He has never had this much attention in his life. I really think he loves it,” Slavonic’s son told Fox News.

“He has met various people around town that have come up to him and wanted to shake his hand and ask him if it really the one Coors Light that keeps him going. He says it is. We go to the local VFW Post 764 every Friday for dinner and everyone there just loves seeing him and talking to him,” he added.

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Andrew’s year has been a whirlwind of attention — something his son says he has been greatly enjoying. (Bob Slavonic)

After his story was widely shared, Slavonic was even surprised with a beer fridge from MillerCoors and offered a trip to the Colorado headquarters, as well as apparel from the brand for himself and his family.

“He has met so many nice people over this past year and hopes to keep meeting more. It seems like wherever we go, we run into someone that has seen him on TV with the Coors Light,” his son shared.

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After his story was widely shared, Andrew was even surprised with a beer fridge from MillerCoors and offered a trip to the Colorado headquarters, as well as apparel from the brand for himself and his family.

Despite the newfound attention, Slavonic is keeping one ritual the same — his daily beer.

The centenarian started drinking a Coors Light at 4 p.m. every day 16 years ago, though he was a Coors fan long before that.

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Turning 102 has fazed the vet, who is just as spry as ever, according to his son. (Bob Slavonic)

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“In 1996, he actually started drinking regular Coors beer,” Bob said last year, before his dad made the switch to the light American lager and discovered he actually prefers the taste.

Turning 102 doesn’t seem to faze the WWII Air Force veteran who served as a nose gunner on the B24 Liberator and top turret gunner on the B17 Flying Fortress and trained new pilots transitioning from two-engine to four-engine planes during the war. Instead, he’s been embracing his age — which his son shares most people can’t believe.

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The WWII Air Force veteran served as a nose gunner on the B24 Liberator and top turret gunner on the B17 Flying Fortress and trained new pilots that were transitioning from 2-engine to 4-engine planes during the war (Bob Slavonic)

“When people ask me about my dad and I tell them that he is going to be 102, they just don’t believe that he is that old but only looks like he is in his 70’s,” Bob said of his spry dad.

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“As time goes on, there are not too many WWII veterans around, especially in Pittsburgh and that drink one Coors Light Beer every day at 4:00 pm, that is EST,” he added.

“But, as Jimmy Buffet says, it’s 4 o’clock somewhere, oh wait, make that 5 o’clock somewhere. Maybe I need to have a talk with Jimmy and have him do another version of the song for 4:00 pm.”

Cheers to that.

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