ABC’s selection of Jorge Ramos as a moderator for their Democratic debate coverage next month is drawing some criticism on social media.
The Univision anchor has said “neutrality” on President Trump “is not an option” and has also called Trump the “most anti-immigrant president” in decades, according to The Hill.
Ramos has loudly criticized the administration’s immigration policies and in one contentious exchange in 2015, then-candidate Trump told Ramos to “sit down” and “go back to Univision.” He was thrown out of the Dubuque, Iowa, event for asking a question without being called.
Both CNN and NBC took heat for selecting Trump critics as moderators in their debates. Don Lemon, who hosts “CNN Tonight,” and Rachel Maddow who has an opinion show on MSNBC, are both unapologetically anti-Trump.
Ramos will be joining ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Linsey Davis in covering the debate, which will be held in Houston over two nights, Sept. 12-13.
A man and woman in Louisiana were arrested after a kindergartner brought three bags of cocaine to a New Orleans-area school Tuesday, investigators said.
A teacher called a school resource officer after the 5-year-old student was seen holding a bag of white powder, later discovered to be cocaine. The officer found two additional bags of the drug, Slidell, La., police said in a Facebook post.
“Throughout the investigation, it was apparent the child had no knowledge about the drugs,” police said.
Investigators said a 5-year-old student brought three bags of cocaine to school Tuesday. (Slidell Police Department )
Detectives searched the child’s home and arrested Angelica Stanley, 23, and Ellis Cousin, 51, after more cocaine allegedly turned up inside.
“It’s a terrible thing but the silver lining in all this is that the teacher did a phenomenal job being alert, notifying the SRO [school resource officer], taking immediate action,” Slidell police Det. Daniel Seuzeneau told FOX 8 of New Orleans. “God only knows what would have happened if this child would have ingested the cocaine, if another student would have ingested the cocaine, I mean it would have been terrible.”
“God only knows what would have happened if this child would have ingested the cocaine … It would have been terrible.”
— Det. Daniel Seuzeneau, Slidell, La., police
Investigators said Stanley and Cousin stored the drugs in the child’s clothing, but didn’t offer additional details.
Angelica Stanley, 23, and Ellis Cousin, 51, were arrested Tuesday during an investigation into a kindergartener who brought cocaine to school Tuesday, police said. (Slidell Police Department )
Police did not disclose the name of the school or the relationship between the child and the suspects. They said “proper steps were taken to ensure the future well-being of the child,” but offered no specifics.
Stanley and Cousin were charged with possession of a schedule II narcotic with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and cruelty to a juvenile, according to St. Tammy Parish jail logs.
A whistleblower from U.S.Customs and Border Protection who helped reveal that the agency failed to comply with a law forcing it to collect DNA from detained migrants spoke Thursday about his decision to go public on the issue.
“We have a great tool that was mandated by and approved by Congress as a law and we’re not using it,” Mark Jones told Laura Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle.” “We are allowing ourselves to apprehend individuals and process them — and by not taking the DNA sample, we’re not giving our law enforcement, both state and federal, the additional tool to solve these outstanding crimes.”
“We have a great tool that was mandated by and approved by Congress as a law and we’re not using it.”
— Mark Jones, CBP whistleblower
Jones told Ingraham that the program was given a waiver in 2010 based on “exigent circumstances.”
“We can’t get an answer that says why we would allow what was defined as a one-year delay [to] go into nearly a decade,” he said. “It was originally based on exigent circumstances of volume of individuals [and] time taken to collect the sample. It was not necessarily personnel, it was about a 15-minute initial process.”
“We can’t get an answer that says why we would allow what was defined as a one-year delay [to] go into nearly a decade.”
Currently, Jones said, the collection time plus turnaround is “much quicker.”
“We filed the complaint with the [U.S.] Office of Special Counsel and one of our predicates was that this waiver or delay was never intended to be permanent, let alone a decade.”
After Fox News published an article on the OSC’s letter to President Trump on the matter, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said late Wednesday the agency was now going to work closely with the DOJ on a “path forward” on DNA collection. Currently, the official said, DHS was operating under the determination that an Obama-era waiver of the DNA collection requirements was in effect.
But the Office of Special Counsel did not accept that DHS explanation for delaying the law’s implementation.
On “The Ingraham Angle,” Jones said that, potentially, Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan could take prompt action on the matter.
“What we could do, based on the findings of the [Office of] Special Counsel, is the secretary could write a letter to the attorney general today … and say, ‘We recognize that this waiver was never intended to be for a decade,’ and order DHS to begin the process of implementation.”
Under the law, CBP was required to collect DNA from individuals in its custody, to be run against FBI violent-crimes databases. The procedure is separate from DNA collection designed to establish familial relationships among migrants at the border.
Previously speaking exclusively to Fox News, Jones suggested federal authorities were concerned about facing legal liability from “angel families,” or those who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants — and that, by admitting fault, CBP potentially would expose the agency to lawsuits.
In a scathing letter to Trump, exclusively obtained by Fox News, the OSC said CBP’s “noncompliance with the law has allowed subjects subsequently accused of violent crimes, including homicide and sexual assault, to elude detection even when detained multiple times by CBP or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”
The OSC told the White House that it was taking the “strongest possible step” to “rebuke the agency’s failure to comply with the law,” as well as its “unreasonable” attempts to defend its own conduct.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Gregg Re and Cyd Upson contributed to this report.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Thursday the Senate should call former Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne to testify about his alleged involvement with a Russian agent.
Speaking on Fox News’ “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, Lewandowski, who was mentioned several times in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation, weighed in on Byrne’s resignation after 20 years at the company amid his ties to a government investigation related to the 2016 presidential election.
Last month, Byrne disclosed he was involved in an FBI probe of Russia and admitted he had a relationship with Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to act as a Russian agent without registering with the Justice Department.
Byrne said Thursday on “The Story” he had helped federal officials with investigations twice in the past, including to “help them take down people on Wall Street.”
Earlier Thursday, in an interview on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.,” Byrne said the investigation was “all about political espionage” and that he thought “we are about to see the biggest scandal in American history.”
Lewandowski responded to Byrne’s announcement and his interview with MacCallum saying, “it may have been the craziest interview I have ever seen in my life.”
He went on to say, “I have been unfortunately knee-deep in this investigation.”
He continued, “I’ve testified in front of the House on two separate occasions, the Senate already, the Mueller investigators. Never had I ever heard of this individual, never has he even been brought up in conversations. He clearly had nothing to do with the campaign and if he was somehow involved with this former Russian spy, she was likely using him as a source for information.”
“Never had I ever heard of this individual, never has he even been brought up in conversations. He clearly had nothing to do with the campaign.”
— Corey Lewandowski
During Byrne’s interview on “The Story,” he claimed he received “fishy” orders from former FBI official Peter Strzok and carried them out in 2015-2016.
Strzok was removed from Mueller’s investigation over anti-Trump text messages he traded with his mistress, Lisa Page. He was fired from the FBI in August 2018.
Byrne claimed people whom he characterized as “the Men in Black” came to him and asked him “for this third favor.”
He told MacCallum he didn’t know exactly who had sent the orders, but he carried them out.
“Last summer, watching television and some congressional hearings, I figured out where these orders came from. They came from a guy named Peter Strzok,” Byrne said, adding the names of other individuals, who MacCallum pointed out also worked at the FBI.
In response, Lewandowski said, “This seems like a lot of black helicopters flying around this guy’s world, things that he can’t talk about.”
“This seems like a lot of black helicopters flying around this guy’s world, things that he can’t talk about.”
— Corey Lewandowski
He continued, “He said it wasn’t the FBI, but then he kept referencing Peter Strzok, Lisa Page. We know those are bad people. We know that they should have been fired a long time ago, they were part of the Mueller investigation. So I think we should dig deeper on him and I think the Senate should call him before and ask him some questions.”
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham took on Democrats and left-wing activists who have tried to publicly embarrass and socially shun supporters and allies of President Trump, saying they constitute a “leftist purge patrol.”
Ingraham pointed to the recent case of Stephen Ross, owner of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, who has investments in the Equinox and SoulCycle fitness companies, being targeted for boycotts and other repudiation after Ross planned to host a fundraiser for Trump at his Hamptons home in New York.
“Steve Ross is being ejected from the league’s social justice committee,” Ingraham said, noting the fallout that Ross experienced for associating with Trump.
The host of “The Ingraham Angle” said it is not a new phenomenon for the left to go after supporters of their political rivals but that the president has made their efforts more fervent.
“This blacklist thing and intimidation and public shunning is part of a pattern that’s intensified since the election of Trump,” she said.
“This blacklist thing and intimidation and public shunning is part of a pattern that’s intensified since the election of Trump.”
— Laura Ingraham
She pointed to several Democratic lawmakers and activists who have taken such action or publicly demonstrated to that effect.
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In one video clip, House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., tells a group of supporters in California to “push back on” Trump administration officials they encounter in public.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station … you tell them they’re not welcome,” she said.
In another example, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tells a Washington, D.C., crowd to, “get up and, please, get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in the Obama administration, also has said that, “when they go low, we kick them.”
In addition, Ingraham said such rhetoric has caused Republicans and Trump allies to not even be able to take comfort in their own homes, pointing to a protest that cropped up recently outside the Lousiville, Ky., home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — in which one protester was heard on camera saying, “Stab that [expletive] in the heart, please!”
“The same people who blame Trump’s rhetoric for the recent El Paso mass shooting use, as he [Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas] does, the most vicious, toxic language to smear their political adversaries,” Ingraham said. “Forget real debate, just smear them. It’s all with the goal of making them social and cultural outcasts.”
California police arrested a man with several high-powered weapons they say was planning a mass shooting at a Long Beach hotel where he worked. Buzz60
The three arrests reported Thursday for threats of mass killings bring the total to at least 30 people detained on similar charges since the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month.
Even in a country where such attacks have become a fact of life – there have been 263 mass shootings in the U.S. this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines them as four or more people wounded or killed – those numbers are staggering.
What’s behind them? Not all assaults with multiple fatalities are alike, but experts on gun violence have warned about the “contagion effect’’ spurred by the media attention given mass shootings, which often prompt copycat incidents.
“I think people are on edge and there’s more concern in communities, more concern among police,” said Vanderbilt University professor Jonathan Metzl, who teaches sociology and psychiatry.
Law enforcement officials have asked the public to report suspicious activities, which are often noticed but not reported by peers and relatives of potential assailants.
“It’s possible that members of the public are doing better at reporting warning signs to law enforcement,’’ said University of Alabama criminology professor Adam Lankford. “Although the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign has been in place for many years, more Americans may now realize that it applies to mass shooting prevention, not only terrorism prevention.’’
Lankford and Metzl point out threats of mass violence typically surge after notorious incidents like last year’s onslaught at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead.
In his research for the book “Dying of Whiteness,’’ Metzl said he also found an increase in instances of white men parading around in public with semiautomatic weapons and protective gear in states that allow open carry. He said the country’s current political climate has emboldened them to do so.
“I think there are two phenomena going around right now,’’ Metzl said. “One is more awareness of possible warning signs for mass shooters, and the other is a kind of acting out, particularly by white men, demonstrating that open carry is a kind of performance of white masculinity.’’
Here’s a tally of the arrests made for threats of mass murder since the Aug. 3-4 carnage in Texas and Ohio. The list is presented in alphabetical order by state and is not meant to be all-encompassing.
• Aug. 16: Tempe police arrested a 14-year-old boy after his threatening messages toward a school were discovered online.
• Aug. 13: Brian Thomas Keck, 35, a transient in the Phoenix area, is arrested after threatening to blow up a local Army recruiting center.
•Aug. 20: Rodolfo Montoya, 37, a hotel cook who was unhappy at work, was booked on assault weapons charges and accused of making a criminal threat after authorities said he told a co-worker he intended to shoot fellow employees and guests at the Long Beach Marriott. Police say they found several firearms, an assault rifle, tactical gear, dozens of high-capacity magazines and hundreds of bullets at his home.
•Aug. 15: A 15-year-old girl was arrested after threatening on social media to shoot up a Fresno high school, posting a photo of a store display case with rifles inside and the message, “Don’t come to school tomorrow.’’
• Aug. 15: Brandon Wagshol, 22, was arrested on four counts of illegal possession of large-capacity magazines after an investigation from Norwalk police and the FBI. Police said Wagshol had displayed online “his interest in committing a mass shooting.”
• Aug. 22: A 16-year-old girl faces a felony charge of making a written threat to kill when, annoyed by the chat alerts from her sister’s phone, she grabbed it and wrote, “Next person to say something is the first person I will shoot on the school shooting that will take place this Friday.” Several parents alerted officials at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, and even though authorities determined the girl did not plan to carry out the threat, her actions were deemed illegal.
• Aug. 20: Eric Lin, 35, a resident of Clarksburg, Maryland, was charged with making online threatening communications “to injure and kill a South Florida resident and to kill all Hispanics in Miami and other places,’’ according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.
• Aug. 16: Tristan Scott Wix, 25, of Daytona Beach was charged with making threats to commit a mass shooting after police were alerted to several texts he allegedly sent, one of them saying, “A school is a weak target.. id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away.. I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever.”
• Aug. 16: A 15-year-old boy is arrested in front of his mother at their Volusia County house after posting a message on a video game chat that read, “I Dalton Barnhart (a fictitious name) vow to bring my fathers m15 to school and kill 7 people at a minimum.” In a body camera video posted by the sheriff’s office, the mother’s teen is heard defending him and saying, “He’s still a little boy. He’s not one of them crazy people out there doing stuff. He shouldn’t be treated as though he’s a terrorist or something because he made a silly statement on a stupid video game.”
• Aug. 12: Anthony Reed, 33, was arrested and charged with a felony after threatening to bring a gun into a Walmart in Clearwater if the remote-control car he was purchasing didn’t work.
• Aug. 11: Miranda Perez, 28, was arrested in Palm Beach County and accused of making an online written threat to shoot up a school because she was unhappy her children were moved there.
• Aug. 9: Richard Clayton, 26, was arrested by Winter Park police, which said he posted a threatening message on Facebook that read, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.” He was charged with making a written threat to kill.
• Aug. 4: Wayne Lee Padgett, 31, was charged with making an active-shooter threat that forced the evacuation of a Walmart outside Tampa.
In the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump is reportedly in talks with leaders on both sides of the issue of expanding background checks for gun purchases. Buzz60
• Aug. 19: Nainoa Gazman Figueroa, 18, was apprehended in Maui and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening after tweeting that he “might shoot up a school’’
• Aug. 16: Chicago authorities charged Farhan Sheikh, 19, with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce after he posted a message on the social media platform iFunny that said in part, “I will proceed to slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor” of a local abortion clinic.
• Aug. 19: Thomas Matthew McVicker, 38, was detained in Indianapolis after making what the FBI called “credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide.” Officials say his intended target was a church in Memphis, Tennessee.
• Aug. 18: Former Marine Arnold Holmes, 33, faces three felony counts, including threatening domestic terrorism, after posting YouTube videos singling out a Ferris State University professor and northern Michigan hospitals. Relatives say Holmes served in Iraq and has PTSD.
• Aug. 13: Police in Albert Lea arrested a 15-year-old girl for making an online threat to shoot the local high school.
• Aug. 16: Two juveniles were charged with making text-message threats against two schools in Tupelo, forcing one of them to go on partial lockdown.
• Aug. 11: A 17-year-old boy in Lamar County was arrested for threatening Oak Grove High School on social media. Police said it was later discovered he did not have a weapon.
• Aug. 8: Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, was charged with making a terrorist threat after causing a panic by walking into a Walmart with a tactical rifle, a handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition, according to Springfield police. “I wanted to know if that Walmart honored the Second Amendment,’’ police said he told them.
• Aug. 9: Conor Climo, 23, a security guard in Las Vegas, was charged in federal court with possessing bomb-making material, which authorities said he discussed using to attack a synagogue. Climo has links to a white supremacist group and also targeted an LGBTQ bar, police said.
• Aug. 16: James Patrick Reardon, 20, an acknowledged white nationalist, was charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing after police in Cleveland received a tip that Reardon identified himself as the shooter in a Jewish community center that had not yet occurred. Authorities said they found ammunition, semi-automatic weapons and anti-Semitic information at his parents’ home.
• Aug. 12: Justin Olsen, 18, was arrested with threatening to assault a federal law enforcement agent, and authorities found close to 10,000 rounds of ammunition along with assault-type weapons and shotguns in his home. The FBI also said it found extremist postings linked to him.
• Aug. 18: Mark Anthony Dietrich, 18, was charged with violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act after making an online threat to murder the families of Claremore police officers who had being called the previous day to intervene in a disturbance.
• Aug. 19: Daniel Nazarchuk, 37, was arrested for making Facebook threats to blow up the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. He also faces drug and property damage charges.
• Aug. 8: A 13-year-old boy was taken to a juvenile detention facility on charges of making a terroristic threat after his Instagram posting prompted a Walmart in Weslaco to shut down. “The Weslaco Police Department reminds the public, especially juveniles active on social media, that all threats will be investigated and taken seriously; there are consequences for these threats!’’ a department release said.
• Aug. 10: Police in Harlingen performed a “terroristic threat arrest’’ of a man they did not name who they believe was planning to go on a shooting rampage at a South Texas Walmart.
• Aug. 12: Nathan Clark, 25, was arrested at his home in Charles Town and charged with making terrorist threats. Police said they found PVC pipes and guns in his house.
• Aug. 22: Kevin Pinkham, 31, a distribution center employee in Eau Claire, was charged with making terrorist threats after telling a co-worker he planned to “shoot up the place.’’ Officials aid they found four rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his home, as well as a pistol and ammunition in his car.
Contributing: Ryan W. Miller, Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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Fox News’ Sean Hannity said Thursday that he believed many Democrats and media figures have been hypocritical in their coverage of President Trump and “the Squad” when it comes to Israel, saying the left’s narrative against the president has shifted from Stormy Daniels to the Russia investigation to claims of racism — and now, anti-Semitism.
“While the hysteria shifted, the goal remained unchanged,” Hannity said during his opening monologue.
“Smear, slander, besmirch, destroy, bludgeon the Trump presidency,” he continued. “Unfortunately for them, all the previous narratives ended in failure.”
Hannity said The New York Times effectively dedicated much of its reporting to the Russia investigation in an anti-Trump light.
“After first dedicating their entire newsroom, as they say, to the Russian lie, conspiracy and hoax, now The New York Times is shifting their efforts to paint Trump and everyone in his orbit … as a racist,” the “Hannity” host said.
Hannity added that the media’s current focus is a continuation of their work from previous election cycles, in which reporter’s focus on claiming Republicans and conservatives are discriminatory on several fronts in the hope of electing Democrats.
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“Every two and four years, the left in this country will accuse Republicans, conservatives, of being racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic … and they want dirty air and water,” he said.
“They are already breathlessly accusing Trump of bigotry, racism and even anti-Semitism,” Hannity added.
He called the president the most loyal ally in the history of the Jewish state and dismissed those who have made claims to the contrary.
“They both need an education about the horrors of what happened in the Holocaust,” he added.
Hannity said Democrats and media figures accusing Trump of anti-Semitism should remember how he moved the U.S. embassy to the capital, Jerusalem, and recognized the sovereignty of the Golan Heights, calling anything to the contrary, “selective, fake moral outrage.”
Major League Baseball is cutting ties with the Venezuelan Winter League — at least for now.
The Venezuelan league won’t be an option for U.S. major leaguers and minor leaguers in the coming offseason. The MLB cited the Trump administration’s recent policies regarding Venezuela.
The league said in a statement to Fox News: “MLB has been in contact with the relevant government agencies regarding the Executive Order issued by President Trump on Venezuela. MLB will fully adhere to the policies implemented by our government. With respect to the Venezuelan Winter League, MLB will suspend its involvement in that league until it receives direction from the relevant agencies that participation by affiliated players is consistent with the Executive Order.”
Baseball fans showing their support of Venezuelan players as the Miami Marlins hosted the Cleveland Indians at Marlins Park in Miami this past April. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images, File)
Wilmer Reina, a statistical analyst with Las Aguilas de Zulia, told The Wall Street Journal the ban would have a “brutal impact on the league and the quality of the game.”
“Many of the players in the minor leagues need the money that they make in Venezuela, and they need to play to develop themselves and to arrive in optimal condition to spring training,” he said.
And fans are not happy either. “The sanctions are not going to topple the government. It’s just we the people that suffer,” said José Martinez, a 39-year-old accountant who has been a lifetime fan of the Leones de Caracas, the Journal reported. “Every kid here dreams of reaching the major leagues. A prohibition on Venezuela means we’re finished.”
MLB’s 30 teams featured 68 Venezuelan players on their opening-day rosters this season, the news outlet reported; more than 400 Venezuelans have played in MLB, more than any foreign country besides the Dominican Republic.
The ban has been a long time coming, as The Journal reported that MLB’s teams have shut down their academies in Venezuela and rarely have sent scouts there recently.
The U.N. estimated at least 4 million Venezuelans have left their country because of hyperinflation and severe shortages of food and medicine.
Maduro said Tuesday that talks had long been underway between high officials in his government and the U.S. administration, while Trump said his government is talking to “various representatives” of the Venezuelan government.
Maduro said he’s prepared to meet with Trump to normalize relations between the two countries, though he made the same offer before.
The U.S. has stated that it no longer sees Maduro as a legitimate ruler of the country and instead endorsed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the rightful leader of the country. Still. despite the support from Western countries, Maduro has continued to hold power.
Fox Business Network’s Blake Burman contributed to this report.
A family of bobcats was spotted roaming through Salt Lake City and Millcreek in Utah in broad daylight this week, a rarity for the animals.
“For them to be seen in a neighborhood — full daylight, in kind of an urban area — is a little bit more unusual,” Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) spokesperson Faith Heaton Jolley told Fox 13.
The stunning video showed a mother bobcat and her cubs scampering through backyards.