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CNN Throws a Tantrum After Being ‘Barred’ from EPA Press Event

NewsBusters - 1 hour 7 min ago
<p>The folks at CNN were fuming Tuesday after a correspondent and her cameraperson, along with those from the Associated Press, were kept out of a press event held by the EPA to discuss a plan to deal with a certain kind of toxin in water supplies. And during <em>The Situation Room</em> that evening, a host of CNN personalities threw hissy fits about not being allowed in. They even seemed to suggest the EPA couldn’t be held accountable unless CNN was in that room.</p>

Bozell & Graham Column: So They Were Spying on Trump's Campaign

NewsBusters - 2 hours 23 sec ago
<p>Months ago, the Old Media proclaimed Donald Trump was more than a bit nutty to insist his campaign was the subject of Obama administration surveillance. Now it’s emerging that this wasn’t the slightest bit nutty. <em>The New York Times</em> reported -- in a tone much like having their fingernails dragged across a chalkboard – that the FBI used an “informant” (not a “spy”!) to chat up (and in one case, dangle money at) Trump staffers to investigate Russian finagling with the 2016 election.</p>

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Opening Construction Jobs for Women

Breitbart News - 2 hours 21 min ago
President Trump's tightened labor market through increased enforcement of immigration is forcing home builders to recruit American women, rather than relying on cheap, illegal alien workers.

‘Roseanne’ Season Finale: A Desperate Dan Hires Illegal Aliens

NewsBusters - 2 hours 33 min ago
<p>In the May 22 season finale of ABC’s <em>Roseanne</em>, titled “Knee Deep,” Roseanne is in need of knee surgery but the family doesn’t have the money to cover it. Desperate to find a way to bid jobs cheaper to win contracts, Dan decides to hire illegal aliens for the first time.</p>

Dairy-District GOP Pushes Amnesty Discharge in the House

Breitbart News - 2 hours 35 min ago
Rep. Bob Goodlatte is reportedly tweaking his comprehensive immigration reform bill in a way that makes it more attractive to the several dairy-district GOP legislators who have signed the discharge petition.

Parents Go to Court to Boot 30-year-old Son From Home

The Stream - 2 hours 45 min ago

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- In a real-life case of “Failure to Launch,” an upstate New York judge Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’ house after they went to court to have him ejected.

Michael Rotondo told the judge he knows his parents want him out of the split-level ranch they share. But he argued that as a family member, he’s entitled to six months more time.

State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood rejected that as outrageous, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.

Rotondo told reporters he’ll appeal.

Mark and Christina Rotondo brought the court case after several eviction letters offering money and other help were ignored.

The parents didn’t answer a call seeking comment Tuesday and their letters, filed in court, don’t give their reasons for wanting their son out of the house. They do tell him to get a job and move his broken-down Volkswagen Passat.

“Michael, here is $1,100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay,” a Feb. 18 letter starts. It goes on to suggest he sell his stereo, some tools and any weapons he may have to gain money and space.

“There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you,” the letter reads. “Get one -- you have to work!”

It’s signed “Christina and Mark Rotondo.”

With reporters watching in court, Michael Rotondo sparred with Greenwood for 30 minutes, at one point refusing the judge’s request to work things out directly to his parents, who were sitting quietly nearby.

When Greenwood called Rotondo up to the bench, the long-haired and bearded son tried to bring the podium with him -- noting it held the reporters’ microphones.

He then called out for television camera crews to meet him outside the courthouse. There, he answered their questions, telling them he occupies a bedroom in his parents’ home, doesn’t speak to them and isn’t ready to leave home. He said he had a business but wouldn’t elaborate.

“My business is my business,” he said.

The judge instructed the parents’ lawyer to draft an eviction order. Attorney Anthony Adorante said it would give Rotondo reasonable time to vacate.

In the 2006 Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy, the grown son’s parents hire a woman to try to speed their son’s exit.

MS-13 Gang Member Nicknamed ‘Animal’ Sentenced for Stabbing Boy to Death

Breitbart News - 2 hours 56 min ago
An MS-13 gang member nicknamed "Animal" has been convicted and sentenced to prison for the murder of a 15-year-old boy in East Boston.

Sheriff: Suspect in Florida Gun Battle With Police Found Dead

The Stream - 3 hours 1 min ago

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A man suspected of trading wild bursts of gunfire with officers during a long standoff in the Florida Panhandle was found dead Tuesday in a gasoline-soaked apartment after an armored vehicle approached, authorities said.

“We were just blessed that we didn’t lose multiple officers and citizens today,” Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said at a news conference in Panama City, a small Gulf Coast city near the state’s famous sugar-sand beaches. He said a robot had to be deployed to check the apartment before officers could enter, finding the man dead.

No law enforcement agents were shot or wounded but one person leaving her apartment was injured and in stable condition, he said.

He described the dangerous situation that unfolded Tuesday in the tourist community as a “nightmare scenario for us,” with authorities estimating 100 rounds fired during the altercation. Ford said sporadic bursts of heavy gunfire had pinned several officers down at times as the suspected assailant fired from an elevated position with a rifle. Several law enforcement agents had surrounded the apartment building.

The sheriff wouldn’t say whether the suspect, 49-year-old Kevin Robert Holroyd, killed himself during the barrage of bullets or if he was struck by an officer’s bullet, but he said officers did hear a final, muffled shot from inside the apartment before the scene went silent.

He also said Holroyd doused the apartment in gasoline, saying they believe Holroyd intended to start a fire. Inside the home, authorities also uncovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition, several high powered rifles and flares.

Broadcasters showed televised footage of armed officers kneeling behind police cars and other positions around the building as gunfire continued sporadically and sirens blared.

“These units were taking numerous rounds of fire from the subject,” the sheriff said.

Witnesses heard rounds of gunfire between noon and 12:30 p.m. The gunfire peppering officers was so heavy that it shattered the windows of patrol cars along with computers inside the vehicles.

During the day Tuesday, authorities elsewhere on the Panhandle said they discovered a suspicious death in Santa Rosa Beach, a community in neighboring Walton County about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest along the Florida coast. There, they said, 30-year-old Clinton Street was shot to death -- and authorities said they had connected that slaying with the Panama City standoff.

Ford said police officers eventually used an armored vehicle to get to the apartment. Around 2:30 p.m., he said, officers ignited a flash grenade and drove the armored vehicle to break into Holroyd’s apartment, and used a robot to search the residence.

Nearby businesses and schools had to be evacuated and several police agencies responded to the scene.

Kim Allagood, owner of a nearby pizza restaurant, said “tons and tons” of police descended on the area and she locked down her restaurant for close to two hours amid sporadic shooting.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talked to Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford about the situation in Panama City. John Tupps, a spokesman for Scott, said the main point of the call was to offer state law enforcement assistance.

DeVos: Reporting Undocumented Students is a Local Decision

The Stream - 3 hours 11 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that decisions on whether to report undocumented students to authorities rest with local communities.

DeVos was asked during a congressional hearing whether teachers or principals should notify authorities that a student is undocumented. “I think it’s a school decision, a local community decision,” she said.

But Lorella Praeli, director of immigration policy and campaign at the American Civil Liberties Union, disputed that. Praeli said in a statement that a school taking such action would violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of education to every child.

“Let’s be clear: Any school that reports a child to ICE would violate the Constitution,” Praeli said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “The Supreme Court has made clear that every child in America has a right to be a basic education, regardless of immigration status.”

DeVos told the hearing, “We have laws and we also are compassionate and I urge this body to do its job and address and clarify where there is confusion around this.”

 

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The Trump administration fails on China - AEI - American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

American Enterprise Institute - 3 hours 25 min ago

Candidate Donald Trump in 2016 accused China of economic rape. President Trump this year said trade wars are easy to win. Both claims are partly true. China has seriously harmed the American economy. And, while we haven’t actually had a trade war with China, they may be about to win anyway. Easily.

US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

President Trump on Tuesday denied lifting a ban on sales to Chinese telecom firm ZTE for breaking US law. But he then talked about a punishment that lifts the sales ban. On Monday, the administration suspended Section 301 sanctions aimed at China for its coercion with respect to intellectual property (IP). There is nothing China can credibly promise to make these two US steps worthwhile.

That’s not an exaggeration. Last August, the president (correctly) started the Section 301 investigation, because the PRC coerces American firms to transfer technology and trade secrets plus steals them outright. In March, the administration found retaliation was necessary. Now every action promised two months ago is “on hold.”

The 301 report shows China is therefore likely to keep coercing and stealing American IP, risking more of the tens of millions of American jobs that rely on IP. President Trump used to be (correctly) outraged at American jobs lost to predatory Chinese behavior. This month he has been concerned about “too many jobs in China lost.” (May 13 at 8:01am)

The PRC’s theft of technology also harms US national security, as noted in December in the administration’s National Security Strategy. Both candidate and President Trump (correctly) used to say an American response to these security and economic threats is years overdue. Yet we just halted it before it began. Can Beijing make IP promises worth the president abandoning his position?

No. China has pledged to respect IP for more than 20 years, and has continued to steal, coerce, and copy. President Trump has fallen for a fake deal the way Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama did. He’s been no tougher or smarter on China than they were.

If anything, he may be weaker. The evidence is the ZTE case. It was only one month ago that the Department of Commerce found ZTE had followed breaking US sanctions against Iran and North Korea with lying about it. It (correctly) ordered American companies to stop doing business with ZTE. President Trump has indicated he will reverse that.

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The business ban knocked ZTE out. The deal is to let American companies sell to ZTE while fining them, again, and forcing a change in management. This is nonsense. The Chinese government will pay ZTE’s fine, again, and its Communist Party-appointed managers will be replaced by other Communist Party-appointed managers.

President Obama was weak on China, but he never set aside law cited by his own administration as President Trump is about to. Again, this is his own position being surrendered — the president ended the Iran deal and is re-imposing sanctions, except when Xi Jinping asks.

China has no credibility on IP. Are they giving us anything? Yes. President Trump has repeatedly said that American farmers will sell much more. US agriculture exports to the PRC were about $20 billion last year. It’s probably impossible but let’s say they double in a year.

Aircraft exports to China last year were over $13 billion. Doubling that in a year is also probably impossible, but say it happens. American oil and gas exports to the PRC are already set to nearly double this year. Say they triple instead, to $13 billion. Beijing just pledged to cut auto tariffs to 15 percent. This will certainly not double US auto exports but throw that in anyway, an additional $10 billion.

This very optimistic count adds up to over $50 billion. These exports will not increase $50 billion in 2019 but, even if they did, this is still a terrible deal. Proof: the administration itself puts the low end of annual losses to Chinese IP practices at $225 billion. Rescuing ZTE may eventually cost more than that, with a no-rule-of-law country like China getting the green light to break American law. Plus undermining new Iran sanctions.

The problems in the US-China relationship barely change even if US exports rise $50 billion for a couple years. They don’t change at all if China promises, yet again, to respect our laws. Nothing realistic is worth what President Trump is giving away.

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Exclusive — Roger Stone to Trump: ‘Pick up the Phone and Order Jeff Sessions to Appoint Andrew McCarthy’

Breitbart News - 3 hours 39 min ago
Stone criticized the president's decision to allow the Justice Department's inspector general to look into whether there was political influence in the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign. 

Trump Rallies Pro-Lifers to Vote For Republicans

The Stream - 3 hours 43 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a rallying call to opponents of abortion, encouraging them to head to the polls to elect conservative lawmakers.

Speaking at the Susan B. Anthony List’s annual “Campaign for Life Gala,” Trump took a victory lap for his anti-abortion policies and nominations of conservative justices to federal courts. But he warned the group that they must show up at the polls to preserve their gains under his administration.

“Every day between now and November we must work together to elect more lawmakers who share our values, cherish our heritage, and proudly stand for life,” Trump said. He summed it up for the roomful of enthusiastic supporters: “The story is, ’18 midterms, we need Republicans.”

Trump has long been an unlikely sweetheart for conservative and evangelical voters. But now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the thrice-married former Democrat who used to describe himself as “very pro-choice” has been offering catnip to conservatives.

Last week, the administration unveiled a new push to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics. The initiative, which was formally unveiled Tuesday, is aimed at resurrecting parts of a Reagan-era mandate banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers.

And it arrived just in time for Trump to highlight it Tuesday at the gala. The speech, said one administration official, had been aimed at a core constituency of conservative activists who are seen as key to energizing the party entering the fall midterm elections.

Trump, for his part, promised a “massive campaign” to assist Republicans this fall, and highlighted his role contributing toward the Republican National Committee’s fundraising haul.

“Your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016,” Trump said, reading off a teleprompter. He paused before telling the crowd, “I’m not sure I really believe that.

“I don’t know who the hell wrote that line,” he said, prompting laughs.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, branded Trump “the most pro-life President in history” at the Gala, and told the AP the move “will help tremendously” in the midterms.

White evangelical voters overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016, and that support has only grown. A PRRI survey released last month found white evangelical support for Trump at an all-time high, with 75 percent of those polled holding a favorable view of the president and just 22 percent holding an unfavorable view. Support for Trump within the general population in the poll stood at just 42 percent.

Religious groups like the Catholic Medical Association approve of a series of actions Trump has taken, beginning with his appointment of judges who oppose abortion rights, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and Trump’s reinstatement of the global “gag rule” that bars federal funding for nongovernmental organizations that provide abortion referrals.

The White House also points to the administration’s support for religious objectors in court and Trump’s efforts to bring religious groups “back into the fold by ensuring religious groups and their partners are critical participants in the policy making process.”

Dannenfelser, whose group works to elect candidates who want to reduce and ultimately end abortion, is planning to raise and spend $25 million this cycle, up from the $18 million the group spent in the lead-up to the 2016 elections.

Abortion activists, meanwhile, argue that Trump’s moves on the issue will only embolden women to turn out at the polls, just as they took to the streets in marches after Trump’s election.

“It’s going to cost this administration at the ballot box in November,” said Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Kevin Griffis.

“We have to fight back in the best way we know how,” the group Emily’s List wrote in a fundraising email, “electing pro-choice Democratic women who will always protect reproductive freedom.”

Dannenfelser said the president’s latest move would play especially well with voters in states like Missouri, where Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley is challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, as well as in Indiana and North Dakota, where Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer is challenging Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

 

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Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Ken Thomas and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.

 

Copyright 2018 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NBC’s Full-Blown Panic Over IG Investigation into DOJ Demanded by Trump

NewsBusters - 3 hours 43 min ago
<p>The Department of Justice's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into the conduct of the FBI regarding their reported use of an “informant” or “spy” in the Trump campaign after the President officially demanded the matter be looked into on Monday. Come Tuesday evening, <em>NBC Nightly News</em> was in a hysterical panic over the development with claims President Trump was trying to “insert himself” into Russia investigation.</p>

Donald Trump at Susan B. Anthony List Gala: I Have Kept My Promise to Stand for Life

Breitbart News - 3 hours 48 min ago
“When I ran for office, I pledged to stand for life,” he said. “As president, that's exactly what I’ve done. I have kept my promise.”

WHAT? MSNBC Guest Compares Questioning Mueller Probe to Nazis Bombing London

NewsBusters - 3 hours 56 min ago
<p>Early Tuesday night, Daily Caller media reporter Justin Caruso flagged some Grade A insanity on MSNBC’s <em>Deadline: White House</em> as Clinton-era Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman compared criticism of the Trump-Russia probe and calls for oversight to the Nazis bombing campaign on London in World War II (known as The Blitz).</p>

Trump’s Rising Wages are ‘Nightmare’ Says Restauranteur

Breitbart News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:37
President Donald Trump's low-immigration policy is spiking wages for restaurant workers in South Carolina's Hilton Head resort before the November election, according to the Washington Post.

Man Buried Alive as Infant Reunites With the Woman Who Saved Him: ‘God Brought Us Together for a Purpose’

The Stream - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:01

“I was waiting for you. Twenty years,” Azita Milanian said on seeing Matthew Christian Whitaker. “You're exactly what I've imagined. I guessed your size, everything. Thank you for coming into my life, you changed my life. … I knew we were going to connect again. The day [we] met, [you] confirmed my faith. ... God brought us together for a purpose.”

Twenty years ago, Whitaker was buried alive just after his birth. In a series of what some might call “coincidences,” Milanian was in the right place at the right time. Twenty years later, the pair recently had an emotional reunion on the radio show On Air With Ryan Seacrest

Not Really Coincidences

If every detail hadn’t worked out perfectly on May 16, 1998, Milanian wouldn’t have found the buried-alive baby boy. She was supposed to go to the gym earlier in the day, but didn’t make it until 6:00 p.m. Then a bout of anxiety sent her home. Her friend wanted her to go salsa dancing, but she said no. She felt like she needed to go jogging immediately in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Mountains.

Because a stranger had confronted her about one of her dogs, she decided to park in a different spot than usual. She’d been parking in the same spot for 8 years. That decision led her to a gate that was rarely used.

Milanian was going to run with her dogs for about 20 minutes. She ran for a while, then suddenly felt like someone was choking her. She thought she was going to throw up. On her way back, she heard a noise. Her dogs stood over a spot and wouldn’t move.

“I was saying, ‘Come on, let’s go. What are  you looking at?’ and they didn’t move,” she told Seacrest. “So I went back and I was screaming at them, and there were a bunch of bushes and suddenly [the baby’s] feet came out of the ground in front of my feet.” 

‘You Have to Go Back’

She didn’t recognize them as feet at first. She wasn’t sure what was coming out of the ground, so she took her dogs to the car. “And God told me, ‘You have to go back.’ And I went back without my dogs.” She was standing a few feet away, screaming, “‘God, what is this? It’s like a human baby’s feet.’ And then he started crying.”

She moved the bushes and started digging in the dirt, exposing a towel. She opened the towel and saw the baby. “I saw the umbilical cord attached. I didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl. … He was crying. I brought him out and I dug my nails in his nose and his mouth and I started taking the dirt out.” 

Milanian spoke to Whitaker. “All I said to you was, ‘Please don’t die. I will never leave you. I love you.'”

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She ran to her car, grabbed her cell phone and called 911. They didn’t let her finish her sentence before they put her on hold. She flagged down a car and asked the driver to call for an ambulance. Because the ambulance service thought the baby was dead, they didn’t arrive for 30 minutes.

“He was so strong,” said Milanian. “He grabbed my wrist like this and he wouldn’t let go of my wrist.” He held her wrist until the ambulance arrived.

She believes that when she felt like she was choking on the running trail was the time Whitaker was being buried.

‘She Didn’t Have to Do That’

Although she wanted to adopt him, she wanted him in a very safe place. All the publicity about her discovering him could lead someone to him. So he was adopted. He grew up not knowing his story until about a year ago. 

Whitaker says he was in the care with his grandmother and she asked him if he knew the true story of how he was found. He said no. “She was like, ‘Legend has it …’ and then she told me the story and I was just in awe and then I went home and did research and then I started telling everyone because I felt so cool that I survived the impossible.”

"I couldn't be more grateful and overjoyed and appreciative of her,” he said of Milanian. “One, changing her whole schedule; two, going back; three, staying with me and making sure I was going to be alive and taken care of. She didn't have to do that."

As they embraced, Whitaker held her tightly. "Thank you, Thank you,” he told her. “You're an angel."

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Congress Passes Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Bill

Breitbart News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:55
The House passed a bill to overhaul the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial legislation on Tuesday, sending the bill to President Donald Trump to sign.

Chicken Little Talk: Chuck Todd Panics Over ‘Constitutional Crisis,’ ‘Fatal Distraction’ By Republicans

NewsBusters - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:46
<p>Deep breaths, people. Leading off Tuesday’s <em>MTP Daily </em>on MSNBC, moderator Chuck Todd let loose on some hyperbole and self-righteous speculation that America is amidst a “constitutional crisis” and “fatal” attack on “the rule of law” caused by Republicans demanding an investigation into alleged spying of the Trump campaign in the early stages of the Russia probe. </p>

Spotify Announces Partnership with Far-Left Groups Including SPLC to Police Platform

Breitbart News - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:32
Music streaming service Spotify has announced a partnership with several far-left groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in an attempt to police the platform and remove "hate content."

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