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‘A New Low’: NC Republicans Override Governor’s Veto While Dems Attended 9/11 Ceremony

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Every single democrat or independent running against these examples of human trash should absolutely hammer home how they mocked our 9/11 dead in every single political gathering, or ad, or any other possible venue. North Carolina Republicans mocked the policemen and firefighters and regular everyday people who lost their lives in that tragedy, and North Carolina Republicans laughed and chortled with glee while they subverted democracy, and mocked our sacred dead.

Every time a Democrat gets up to speak in the NC congress or senate, they should open with how North Carolina Republicans laughed and chortled with glee while they subverted democracy, and mocked our sacred dead. Every. Single. Time.

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Gov. Northam: August 2019 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 0.3% From Previous Year

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On a year-to-date basis, collections of payroll withholding taxes—63% of General Fund revenues—were up 7%, above the annual estimate of 4.2% growth. Sales tax collections—17% of General Fund revenues—grew 7% year-to-date, ahead of the forecast of 4.2% growth. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 7.3% in August, above the annual forecast of 1.2% growth.

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Kristin Cavallari’s 9/11 social media tribute slammed as ‘insensitive’ and ‘tone deaf’

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Fans of Kristin Cavallari aren’t happy with the reality TV star’s latest post on Instagram.

The former “Laguna Beach” cast member faced backlash for her 9/11 tribute post, which was deemed “insensitive” and “tone-deaf” because the photo features the 32-year-old posing on a New York City sidewalk in a plunging black dress.

CELEBRITY 9/11 TRIBUTES: ALYSSA MILANO, MARK WAHLBERG, KALEY CUOCO AND MORE STARS MARK 18TH ANNIVERSARY

Cavallari also tagged multiple fashion designers — including her own brand Uncommon James — in the photo, plus her makeup artist Robert Sesnek and stylist Owen Gould.

Then she originally captioned the pic, “NYC for 24hrs. And what a time to be here..always remember” but was quick to change it after all the negative comments.

Users on the social media app were quick to call out Cavallari for her lapse in judgment.

9/11: THE IMAGES OF THE ATTACK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

“Wrong picture for the sentiment in the post,” commented a fan.

“Poor taste,” said another.

“This is super insensitive,” wrote someone else.

“Maybe today isn’t the day to market your brand or yourself.. in NYC. #disappointed,” said a commenter.

“Let me show off my body and then make a half-ass remark about 911. WTF,” wrote another.

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Cavallari was in the city doing press and attending Fashion Week.

Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, which took place on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives and another 6,000 were injured on that day.

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Son of 9/11 victim addresses Ilhan Omar during memorial: 'Show respect in honoring them, please'

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The son of a 9/11 victim addressed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s controversial statement while wearing a shirt that said “Some people did something?” USA TODAY

During Wednesday’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum ceremony in New York to honor the lives lost 18 years ago, one victim’s family member had a message for freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother Frances Haros was killed in the World Trade Center at age 76, wore a black T-shirt with the words “Some people did something” as he read a list of victims’ names, including his mother’s.

“Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom. Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done,” Haros Jr. said on Wednesday. “There is no uncertainty about that. Why your confusion?”

Haros Jr.’s comments are a reference to a controversial statement made by the Minnesota representative, who said while speaking about the Muslim community’s resilience in the face of discrimination that “[Council of American-Islamic Relations] was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

Omar’s comments sparked instant outrage by conservatives who accused her of belittling the historic tragedy. Others argued her comments were being taken out of context to unfairly attack her.

President Donald Trump came after Omar hard for her comments, posting a video on Twitter of 9/11 footage juxtaposed with Omar’s comments. 

“On that day, 19 Islamic terrorist members of al Qaeda killed over 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars in economic damage. Is that clear?” Haros Jr. said.

He continued, “But as to whom, I was attacked. Your relatives and friends were attacked. Our constitutional freedoms were attacked. And our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked. That’s what some people did. Got that now?”

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We will never forget the lives lost on September 11th at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. USA TODAY

More: New York City marks 9/11 anniversary

“We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and the squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please. American patriotism and your position demand it. For God and country, amen,” Haros Jr. said.

Last year while reading names at the Sept. 11 commemoration, Haros Jr. asked politicians to “stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props in your political theater.”

“The events of 9/11 were life-changing, life-altering for all of us. I mean, this was I think one of the most horrific terrorist attacks that we have lived through,” Omar said in a video she tweeted on Wednesday. “My feeling around it is one of complete horror.”

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David Webb stops vacation to respond to Jemele Hill’s call for black athletes to leave ‘white’ colleges

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Fox Nation host David Webb interrupted his vacation to respond to former ESPN host Jemele Hill‘s call for black college athletes to leave predominantly white schools.

“There are those who would drag us backward for their own perverted reasons, under the umbrella of progressive segregation, and not surprisingly, wrapped in a lie of moving our nation forward,” said Webb on “Reality Check with David Webb.”

JEMELE HILL CALLS FOR BLACK COLLEGE ATHLETES TO LEAVE WHITE SCHOOLS

Hill’s recent article in The Atlantic, titled “It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges,” argues that black athletes should not help drive money and attention to “predominately white universities,” while historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) struggle financially.

She writes that mostly white schools’ multibillion-dollar revenues have been built on the “exertions of (uncompensated) black athletes,” claiming that an elite black athlete attending a historically black college raises awareness of the institutions, whose combined endowments are less than a tenth of Harvard’s.

Webb responded saying, “Segregation by ethnicity, predominantly for blacks, and also for other ethnic groups is just part of our history. It’s just fact. What America has done — in exceptional fashion as a nation — is overturn this and so much more to fulfill the promise in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal.  People are imperfect, therefore the Nation is imperfect.  We move forward in order to form a more perfect union.”

Webb goes on to accuse Hill of encouraging “black athletes to choose lesser of a potential future to satisfy her progressive segregation,” adding that this is consistent with the Left’s, “regressive progressivism.”

“[Some on the Left] think blacks cannot succeed where whites exist. If so, blacks are doomed because America is a majority white nation,” said Webb, “Self-imposed segregation is economically stupid, cultural suicide and not realistic.”

Webb also took issue with one specific part of Hill’s article, where she wrote that black athletes in white universities tend to feel “isolated.” Webb said that assertion was “part of her lies.”

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“I’m going to base this on some of my experience and athletes that I’ve known in colleges over the years,” responded Webb.

“When you’re an athlete in a college…you’re kind of a rock star on campus. Black, white, or otherwise, people look at you as a representative of their school. You are literally given a status above,” he explained.

To see Webb’s full remarks on his latest episode of “Reality Check,” visit Fox Nation and watch the popular show today.

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US adversaries laud John Bolton’s White House departure

Both loved and hated in the foreign policy establishment, this week’s sudden ouster of John Bolton as national security adviser is likely to be embraced by America’s adversaries, analysts say.

“Nations such as North Korea, Iran and Venezuela have some short-term reasons to be happy that Bolton is gone,” Harry Kazianis, a national security expert at Washington’s Center for the National Interest, told Fox News. “Clearly, his goal was to see the eventual demise of all of these regimes, or that their economies are so weakened by sanctions that they posse little-to-no threat to U.S. interests. So, at least for the moment, some of the pressure is off.”

The Iranian regime wasted no time in addressing the news, indicating that while his removal was a “sigh of relief” it would not pave the way to direct talks between Washington and Tehran.

“As the world was breathing a sigh of relief over the ouster of #B_Team’s henchman in the White House, Pompeo & Mnuchin declared further escalation of #EconomicTerrorism against Iran,” tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who was recently personally slapped with U.S. sanctions. “Thirst for war – maximum pressure – should go with the warmonger-in-chief.”

TRUMP OUSTS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER JOHN BOLTON, SAYS THEY ‘DISAGREED STRONGLY’ ON POLICY

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cautioned the U.S. to first “abandon warmongers and warmongering policies,” according to the country’s Tasnim News Agency. Tehran’s state-operated IRNA news agency, quoting their envoy to the United Nations, said Wednesday that the “departure of U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton from President Donald Trump’s administration will not push Iran to reconsider talking with the U.S.”

However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the aftermath of Bolton’s departure, told reporters that he could foresee a meeting between Trump and the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the United Nations General Assembly this month. Iran’s government spokesperson Ali Rabiei asserted on Twitter that Bolton was perhaps the biggest obstacle to such diplomacy, referring to him as the “biggest proponent of war & economic terrorism.”

Bolton has long taken an aggressive stance against the Islamic Republic. He was a known evangelist for regime change and intervention.

He was also viewed as an obstacle between Trump and his quest to compel North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to abandon his burgeoning nuclear weapons arsenal. After talks fell apart earlier this year, Pyongyang officials leveled the blame on Bolton and characterized him as “dim-sighted.”

Bolton’s firing – or resignation, as the departed national security advisor describes it – came after the dizzying revelation that Trump had canceled a secret meeting scheduled between himself and Taliban representatives in Camp David this week. Pompeo had been carefully crafting a peace deal with the Afghanistan-based group as a means of the U.S. exiting the 18-year war, while Bolton is reported to have firmly opposed such a diplomatic solution.

LAURA INGRAHAM: JOHN BOLTON WAS ALWAYS A ‘COMPLICATED FIT’ AS TRUMP’S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

The ex-NSA’s hawkish stance and seeming appetite for military-centric approaches steadily fell out-of-fashion in the West Wing, experts observed.

“Bolton and Trump were clearly at odds when it comes to the basic formulation of defining U.S. interests,” Kazianis said. “Trump wants a more restrained foreign policy with a focus on old fashioned great power politics, and that means less of a focus on the types of regimes America will negotiate with and more of a pure focus on bettering America’s standing in the world.

“While John Bolton has vast foreign policy experience, his basic vision for America’s role in the world belongs in the history books. We must remember why so many American’s voted for Trump in the first place: to put America’s interests first above all else.”

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In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un take a walk after their first meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel, in Hanoi. (AP)

Yet closer to home, in Venezuela, Bolton’s farewell has many in the anti-Maduro camp feeling nervous. Bolton was a chief architect of squeezing the Caracas regime earlier this year. And although his combative strategy has failed to cause Maduro to fall, he was seen by many opposition advocates as a beacon of hope.

“Maduro officials took the news of the firing of John Bolton as a victory for the regime,” Arnaldo Espinoza, the Caracas-based Managing Editor of America Digital, told Fox News. “Economic Vice President, Tareck El Aissami, tweeted that Bolton was the ‘worst liar and the person who has done the most damage to our country. The truth beat out the demons of war.’”

Espinoza said that Venezuelan political analysts are taking a cautious approach, waiting to see who will step next into Bolton’s shoes.

TUCKER HAILS FIRING OF JOHN BOLTON: HE WAS ‘FUNDAMENTALLY A MAN OF THE LEFT’

Furthermore, Bolton was deemed a strongman standing in the way of warmer ties between Russia and the U.S.

The news of his removal also had the Kremlin clapping.

Dmitry Novikov, the first deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma’s committee on international affairs, called the move “positive news,” the Moscow Times reported.

“Perhaps a figure will come who will advocate a more moderate policy toward Russia,” Novikov is said to have postured.

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In this May 22, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, as national security adviser John Bolton, right, watches. (AP)

But whether this puts the United States in a stronger or more demure diplomatic standing in the world’s eyes remains to be seen.

“His removal is good news for U.S. security,” said Defense Priorities Policy Director, Benjamin Friedman, in a statement. “President Trump has said he wants to end long-running U.S. conflicts abroad, negotiate an end to the nuclear crisis in Iran and North Korea, improve relations with other great powers, and ensure our allies contribute far more to their own defense. The incoming National Security Advisor should be someone who supports these positions and is committed to implementing – rather than thwarting – them.”

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Trump is expected to announce the new NSA next week. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

But even with Bolton out, others say the White House is not likely to follow the same line.

“They (U.S adversaries) won’t be happy once they figure out it is Trump’s foreign policy, and Trump isn’t going to sign up for a bad deal. Don’t expect much change,” said James Carafano, an expert in national security and foreign policy challenges at The Heritage Foundation. “We should expect continued tough stances against Russia, China, Venezuela, and Iran going forward. Trump’s foreign policy is ‘America First.’ While his style is unconventional, his actual policies are not.”

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Trump Wants FDA To Ban All Flavored Vaping Products

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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he wants the Food and Drug Administration to consider taking flavored vaping products off the market.

Trump told reporters that “very, very strong action” may be needed to protect “innocent children” from potential risks. The FDA is still working on its final guidance on the issue. 

His announcement comes amid a mysterious outbreak of illnesses associated with people using vape pens and e-cigarettes for marijuana and nicotine. In recent weeks, more than 450 people have been hospitalized for lung diseases, often accompanied by shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, fatigue, vomiting and fevers.

The sixth of those patients was confirmed dead on Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that it was investigating the outbreak.

Trump’s announcement comes a few days after first lady Melania Trump expressed her concern about children using the devices, which have soared in popularity in recent years, especially among teens.

Notably, several former White House employees have gone on to work for Juul, one of the biggest e-cigarette companies. 

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

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WASHINGTON — The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama, according to several people familiar with the events.

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk. NOAA, which is part of the Commerce Department, issued an unsigned statement last Friday in response, saying that the Birmingham, Ala., office was wrong to dispute the president’s warning.

In pressing NOAA’s acting administrator to take action, Mr. Ross warned that top employees at the agency could be fired if the situation was not addressed, The New York Times previously reported. Mr. Ross’s spokesman has denied that he threatened to fire anyone, and a senior administration official on Wednesday said Mr. Mulvaney did not tell the commerce secretary to make such a threat.

The release of the NOAA statement provoked complaints that the Trump administration was improperly intervening in the professional weather forecasting system to justify the president’s mistaken assertion. The Commerce Department’s inspector general is investigating how that statement came to be issued, saying it could call into question scientific independence.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which is controlled by Democrats, announced on Wednesday that it too has opened an investigation into Mr. Ross’s actions.

The White House had no immediate comment on Wednesday, but the senior administration official said Mr. Mulvaney was interested in having the record corrected because, in his view, the Birmingham forecasters had gone too far and the president was right to suggest there had been forecasts showing possible impact on Alabama.

Mr. Trump was furious at being contradicted by the forecasters in Alabama. On Sept. 1, the president wrote on Twitter that Alabama “will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.” A few minutes later, the National Weather Service in Birmingham posted on Twitter that “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama.”

For nearly a week, Mr. Trump kept insisting he was right, displaying outdated maps, including one that had been apparently altered with a Sharpie pen to make it look like Alabama might be in the path of the storm. He had his homeland security adviser release a statement backing him up.

Mr. Ross called Neil Jacobs, the acting administrator of NOAA, from Greece where the secretary was traveling for meetings, and instructed Dr. Jacobs to fix the agency’s perceived contradiction of the president, according to three people informed about the discussions.

Dr. Jacobs objected to the demand and was told that the political appointees at NOAA would be fired if the situation was not fixed, according to the three individuals, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the episode.

The political staff at an agency typically includes a handful of top officials, such as Dr. Jacobs, and their aides. They are appointed to their jobs by the administration currently in power, as opposed to career government employees, who remain in their jobs as administrations come and go.

The statement NOAA ultimately issued later on Friday called the Birmingham office’s statement “inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

Dr. Jacobs has since sought to reassure his work force and the broader scientific community concerned about political interference.

“This administration is committed to the important mission of weather forecasting,” Dr. Jacobs told a weather conference in Huntsville, Ala., on Tuesday. “There is no pressure to change the way you communicate or forecast risk in the future.”

In the speech, Dr. Jacobs praised Mr. Trump, calling him “genuinely interested in improving weather forecasts,” and echoed the president’s position that Dorian initially threatened Alabama. “At one point, Alabama was in the mix, as was the rest of the Southeast.”

He also said he still had faith in the Birmingham office. “The purpose of the NOAA statement was to clarify the technical aspects of the potential impacts of Dorian,” Dr. Jacobs said. “What it did not say, however, is that we understand and fully support the good intent of the Birmingham weather forecast office, which was to calm fears in support of public safety.”

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Mom who refused to abort baby with medical needs welcomes daughter: ‘I was terrified of losing her’

After suffering several miscarriages, Kiera Meldrum, 20, was delighted to learn she was pregnant again in July 2018. But roughly five months into her pregnancy, the United Kingdom woman was told her unborn daughter was suffering from a serious medical condition that spurred doctors to recommend abortion.

But Meldrum, of York, refused … fourteen times, she claims.

‘PREGNANT’ WOMAN’S ‘BABY BUMP’ WAS ACTUALLY CANCEROUS GROWTH

“I refused to terminate Lillee-Rose every time they told me to, and I’m so happy I listened to my heart instead of the doctors,” Meldrum told SWNS of her now 6-month-old daughter.

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Kiera Meldrum, 20, was told several times to terminate her pregnancy. (SWNS)

Doctors told Meldrum her child had Grade 3 severe ascites to the bowel, a condition that causes an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen. The mother was told Lillee-Rose was suffering from the condition at her 21-week scan.

“I felt sick when they told me she wasn’t well, but I just knew my little girl was a fighter and that she could make it,” she recalled. “There was no way I was terminating my pregnancy —  I’d waited so long to become a mom and I was determined to do all I could to protect my baby.”

At 28 weeks, the baby’s bowel ruptured— prompting doctors to recommend an abortion once more, the mom said. Amniotic fluid was also building up inside Meldrum, causing her immense pain.

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Kiera Meldrum’s baby Lillee-Rose in the hospital. (SWNS)

“My stomach swelled up enormously, and it felt like I was carrying a giant painful water balloon against my tummy. Doctors said that draining the fluid could hurt my baby, and after being told how poorly she already was, I knew I couldn’t do anything risky,” she told SWNS.

“I was in constant pain, but I had to do everything I could to protect my baby or I’d never forgive myself.”

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“I refused to terminate Lillee-Rose every time they told me to, and I’m so happy I listened to my heart instead of the doctors,” the mom said. (SWNS)

In February, Meldrum went into labor and gave birth to her daughter at 34 weeks. The little girl, who weighed just over 4 pounds when she was born, required emergency surgery shortly after to repair her ruptured bowel, her mother said.

“I was terrified of losing her and watching them whisk her straight away from me and into surgery broke my heart,” she said.

Lillee-Rose was required to stay in an incubator at Leeds Teaching Hospitals for the first eight weeks of her life. Finally, following a second surgery, she was given permission to go home.

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“I knew it was the best place for her, but I just wanted to hold my baby girl,” she said. (SWNS)

A doctor at the hospital told SWNS Lillee-Rose suffered from a rare birth defect called jejunal atresia with ascites, “which affects between 1-3 babies in every 10,000 born and requires complex specialist surgery to correct.”

Though the young girl will require check-ups every few months to ensure her bowel is healing and functioning properly, her mother said she’s doing well and getting stronger each day.

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The baby is generally healthy now. (SWNS)

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“Doctors told me every week to terminate my pregnancy, and hearing that advice over and over again was horrific, but something told me Lillee-Rose would make it through,” she said. “My baby girl never stopped fighting and finally having her home with me is a blessing. She’s my little miracle.”

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There’s A Continued Uptick In Violent Crime, According To Federal Survey

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An annual survey that asks Americans about crimes they’ve experienced showed that the rate at which those surveyed said they had been raped or sexually assaulted nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018.

The 2018 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), released Tuesday, is managed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Justice Department, and asks people if they’ve been victims of crimes — even if they didn’t report them to police.

“We go to about 150,000 households each year, interviewing about 240,00 people,” says Rachel Morgan, a statistician at BJS. “We have found consistently that about half or less than half of crimes are actually reported to police, so the FBI are getting different numbers than we are.”

The FBI collects crime data directly from police departments, and releases a separate annual crime report, typically in October.

The stand-out result in the 2018 survey is the rate at which respondents said they’d been victims of rape or sexual assault. That number nearly doubled over the previous year, from 1.7 per 1000 to 2.4.

Independent analysts say that jump is the most statistically significant figure in the 2018 report.

Callie Rennison, a professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and an expert in sex crime victimology, used to work on the government’s victimization survey and says it uses a conservative method when counting rape numbers.

“I think the fact that even with that conservative estimate, with the fact that most people aren’t willing to share these incidents that we’re seeing a significant increase from one year to another is something really worth paying attention to,” Rennison said. “It says something important.”

But it’s hard to pin down what the number really means. Is this a jump in the total number of sexual assaults, or is it a matter of more reporting, a reflection of victims being more willing to talk about those crimes in 2018, at the height of the #metoo phenomenon?

“I think it’s both,” Rennison said. “I think that people are more willing to share this with interviewers and tell about victimizations they’ve experienced, but I also think that a part of it could be, is that there has been, among some people, I don’t know, this idea that grabbing people — which is sexual assault — or raping, isn’t a big deal. And so we might be seeing just actual more offenses, as well.”

The survey shows victimization rates for other violent crimes are up too. The increases are much smaller, but the fact that they’ve increased three years in a row has some people talking “trend.”

That impression is reinforced by the opening line of the BJS’s report on the survey, “The longstanding general trend of declining violent crime in the United States, which began in the 1990s, has reversed direction in recent years.”

Some conservative commentators say it shows a need for more policing. But criminal justice reform advocates are pushing back, saying you have to put the violent crime rate increase in context.

“Has it gone up for the past two years, three years? Yes. Is that something to keep an eye on? Absolutely. Is it still at almost record lows? Yeah, it’s lower than it was in 2012, lower almost about where it was in 2013,” said John Pfaff, a law professor at Fordham University.

Pfaff says when crime rates are historically low, year-to-year increases shouldn’t be that surprising — and just because you start to see an upward trend, it shouldn’t become an argument against the current movement for criminal justice reform.

Jeff Asher, a crime analyst and founder of AH Datalytics, says the information the victimization survey compiles is important, but “you can’t really take NCVS by itself as the thing that tells you the story of crime in America.”

According to Asher, the victimization survey’s numbers have to be combined with the FBI’s Crime in the U.S. Report to get an accurate picture of U.S. crime rates.

“Somebody that says that they’ve been the victim of a crime in the survey may not meet the standards of what the actual crime is when the law enforcement is reporting it,” he said. “It’s helpful to have the police give the numbers, but it’s also helpful to have NCVS, which provides a fuller generalized picture of crime in America.”

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