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Trump calls on Democratic senator to resign after VA pick drops out

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Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson has served as the physician to the president  since Obama where were these allegations.

Senator Jon Tester(D-MT) should step down after the false allegations buy he is a soulless DemocRats so he does not see the problem with these lies being told. 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Veteran’s Affairs committee should resign after the President’s pick to lead the Veterans Affairs department withdrew from consideration amid numerous allegations.

On Thursday, Trump’s physician Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration to head the department after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol on the job.

Trump had already singled out Senator Jon Tester, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs committee, who is up for re-election in November in Montana.

“Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false… Tester should resign,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.

“Admiral Jackson is the kind of man that those in Montana would most respect and admire, and now, for no reason whatsoever, his reputation has been shattered. Not fair, Tester!,” Trump added.

In a statement, Tester said he would “never stop fighting.”

“It’s my duty to make sure Montana veterans get what they need and have earned, and I’ll never stop fighting for them as their Senator,” Tester said.

Jackson is a U.S. Navy rear admiral who has been physician to three presidents and categorically denied the accusations as false.

Democrats said more than 20 people, whose names they withheld, said Jackson had prescribed himself medications, got drunk at a Secret Service party, wrecked a government vehicle and once could not be reached on a work trip to provide medical treatment because he was passed out drunk in a hotel room.

Tester had said Jackson’s nickname was “the candyman” because of his willingness to hand out prescription drugs.

The White House said on Friday it had looked through records of motor vehicle incidents involving government vehicles and found only three that involved Jackson. None of the records noted alcohol use. Reuters also reviewed two years of audits of the White House medical unit pharmacy, which did not show any major issues.

Separately, the U.S. Secret Service said it had no records to back allegations that its personnel intervened to stop Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign trip in 2015.

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Migrants at U.S.-Mexico border say Trump’s tough talk will not deter them

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I promise you landmines and Apache Helicopters will deter them.

 

MISSION, Texas (Reuters) – On Tuesday, the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to deploy military to help patrol the U.S.-Mexico border, Edwin Valdez and four other Central American migrants were walking through dense brush at a south Texas wildlife reserve, hoping to escape notice.

The men had illegally crossed into the United States that morning, guided by a smuggler who had since abandoned them. Now they were lost and uncertain how to proceed.

In vehicles nearby, U.S. Border Patrol agents had been alerted to migrants moving through the area, and after detecting movement in the bushes, they swooped in to arrest the men.

It was business as usual in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the busiest crossing points for migrants trying to enter the United States illegally.

In just a few hours that morning, 61 migrants, including Valdez, were rounded up in the area. Ten, including four from China, were caught with the help of a tracking dog in a sugar cane field. Two Hondurans were taken into custody at a public park.

Several of those caught said they were unfazed by tough talk from Trump, who has made headlines around the world with tweets railing about border security and threatening to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) unless Mexico does more to “stop the big drug and people flows.”

Trump’s renewed frustration about border security, rekindled over the weekend by news of a “caravan” of Central American migrants moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, reflects the broader frustration of his administration.

In the months after Trump took office, the number of migrants caught along the U.S.-Mexico border fell dramatically, hitting a low of about 15,700 in April, from more than 42,400 in January 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows.

But arrests have crept back up since, and in the first months of 2018 have reached levels at, or near, those seen during the last year of his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

Rising arrests of families and unaccompanied minors along the border are a particular concern.

In March, their numbers surpassed the previous three years and “rivaled fiscal year 2014, when we had a crisis,” Manuel Padilla, chief of the border patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, said in an interview with Reuters.

He said families with children, who are more difficult to deport quickly, form about 49 percent of the current apprehensions in his region. He said they often walk up to the first U.S. officials they find to ask for help.

“It doesn’t matter how many agents are out there,” when it comes to families, he said, “because this population is turning themselves in.”

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Valdez, 20, who worked as an electrician’s assistant in his home country of El Salvador, said he previously tried to cross the border illegally in 2016.

That time, he was picked up by border patrol officers after wandering lost and dehydrated in the desert for four days. After six months in detention, he was deported last year, but decided to travel north again after gangs threatened him at his job.

While crossing has become more and more difficult in recent years, Valdez said, need is a powerful motivator.

“Necessity forces people to leave their countries so they can bring a better life to their families,” he said. “That’s why people are willing to suffer through all this.”

People like Valdez who have been previously deported can often be quickly sent home.

Immigrants traveling with small children when caught, however, often spend only a few days in custody because of a shortage of detention facilities suitable for families and court settlements that preclude prolonged detention of minors.

In the Rio Grande Valley, parents are often released with electronic ankle monitors and ordered to appear with their children in court on a specific date for deportation proceedings. Trump has railed against the practice, which he calls “catch and release.”

At the Hidalgo port of entry, one of the busiest crossings in South Texas for legal trade and traffic across the U.S.-Mexico border, Customs and Border Protection officers seemed largely indifferent to the renewed rhetoric from Washington.

“Everyone who is in office has their own agenda, which is different than the law. But the law is the law and that’s what we are enforcing,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, who has been with the enforcement agency for 20 years. “That has been true consistently through administrations.”

For migrants like Jose Romero, 27, who made the harrowing days-long trip through Mexico with his 8-year-old daughter in the back of a dark cargo truck, threats from the president are little deterrent.

In his mountain home in Honduras, Romero made just $4 a day as a farm laborer, not enough to feed his family of five, he said. After his arrest at the border and subsequent release to wait court proceedings, he said he doubted if migrants can be deterred.

“They will keep coming,” he said, because of violence and poverty south of the border. “The people are afraid.”

California #MeToo leader accused of sexual misconduct

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If California Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia was a Republican she would have to resign immediately but she is a DemocRat it will be a resume enhancement.

FILE – In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D- Bell Gardens, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Garcia, the head of California’s legislative women’s caucus and a leading figure in the anti-sexual harassment movement is herself the subject of a sexual misconduct claim, Politico reported Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, the head of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and a leading figure in the state’s anti-sexual harassment movement, is accused of groping a male staffer from another lawmaker’s office, according to a report published Thursday.

The incident occurred in a dugout after a softball game in 2014 and now is being investigated by the Assembly, Politico reported. Daniel Fierro didn’t report it at the time but in January mentioned it to his former boss, Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon, who reported it to Assembly leaders.

Fierro, who was 25 at the time, said after the game Garcia stroked his back, squeezed his buttocks and attempted to touch his crotch. He said he was interviewed by an outside law firm hired by the Assembly Rules Committee last Friday. Politico also reported that a lobbyist who declined to be named claimed Garcia made crude sexual comments and tried to grab his crotch at a 2017 fundraiser.

Garcia, who has spoken out strongly against her male colleagues who have been accused of sexual harassment, said she was unaware of the claims until Thursday.

“Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place,” the Los Angeles-area lawmaker said in a statement. “I have zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior and such behavior is inconsistent with my values.”

Fierro and the lobbyist said it appeared Garcia was inebriated at the time of the encounters.

In a November interview with The Associated Press about alcohol-fueled fundraisers and other after-work events that are a part of regular business in Sacramento, Garcia said blaming alcohol isn’t an acceptable excuse for sexually inappropriate behavior. It’s men who chose to misbehave, not the social events themselves, that create the problems, she said.

“I would say that most of the public realizes that our job is based on relationships, and so we are expected to go out there and socialize,” she said. “I think our public also expects us to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

The Assembly committee said last week that eight allegations of sexual harassment are pending in the Assembly but did not divulge any names. Debra Gravert, the chief administrative officer, didn’t respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking confirmation that Garcia is under investigation and clarifying whether Fierro’s allegation is one of the eight pending.

Fierro, of Cerritos, now runs a communications firm. He previously worked for Calderon, who became the majority leader. Lerna Shirinian, Calderon’s communications director, said Fierro told her about the incident right after it happened.

“He was in shock, I was in shock — but the culture was very different back then,” Shirinian said.

Garcia was elected in 2012 and has carved out a name as a champion of women’s issues and environmental health for poor communities. She chairs the Women’s Caucus and her photo was featured in Time Magazine’s Person of the Year issue on being one of the “Silence Breakers” on sexual harassment.

“I refuse to work with (Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra) and anyone who takes part in harassment or assault,” she tweeted in October after it was reported Bocanegra had been disciplined in 2009 for groping a colleague. Bocanegra later resigned after more women made public accusations.

Garcia was a fierce advocate for legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday giving legislative staff members whistleblower protections for reporting sexual misconduct or other misbehavior, speaking at a rally on the Capitol steps after its passage. She’s tweeted repeatedly about the importance of sexual consent in recent days.

Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva, co-chair of the women’s caucus, said she was “shocked and disturbed” at the allegations and she will ask the group to meet soon to discuss Garcia’s fate as leader.

Teens consuming laundry detergent pods in viral ‘challenge’

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It seems common sense is a flower that doesn’t bloom in everyone’s garden.

It also sounds like Darwin will be proven right with these young fools.

A new online challenge that involves teens putting Tide laundry-detergent pods in their mouths is raising concerns among experts.

“Teens trying to be funny are now putting themselves in danger by ingesting this dangerous substance,” Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, told ABC News.

Laundry ‘pods’ get makeover after child safety risks

Detergent pods remain a danger for young children, study finds

The detergent packets are designed to dissolve when wet, so even putting them in one’s mouth can be dangerous.

PHOTO: Laundry detergent packages are seen in this May 24, 2012 file photo. (Pat Sullivan/AP )
PHOTO: Laundry detergent packages are seen in this May 24, 2012 file photo. (Pat Sullivan/AP )

Already in 2018 there has been a steep spike in the number of cases of teens misusing laundry pods. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) said approximately 40 cases have been reported so far, “of which around half were intentionally ingested.”

Laundry-detergent packets commonly known as “pods” have been flagged before as a safety issue for young children. The small, colorful pods can be mistaken for candy by children.

In 2017, the AAPCC said there were reports of more than 10,000 exposures to highly-concentrated packets of laundry detergent by children ages 5 and under.

Children who consume pods can quickly become very sick and lose consciousness, according to Dr. Alfred Aleguas, managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center.

Consuming the pods can also be lethal.

“Currently we are aware of about 10 deaths since laundry pods came out into the market many years ago,” said Buerkle.

Procter and Gamble, maker of Tide Pods, told ABC News in a statement that the pods “should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is.”

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of people who use our products,” the statement read. “They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if meant as a joke.”

Army vet awarded Bronze Star for bravery in Vietnam battle

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At least Retired Sgt. Joseph Engles got honored for his bravery while he was still alive.   

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — An Army veteran was awarded the Bronze Star this week for his heroism in a Vietnam War battle that left more than 50 fellow U.S. soldiers dead and close to 200 injured.

Retired Sgt. Joseph Engles was presented with the military distinction on Monday during a ceremony in his hometown of Murrieta, in Southern California, for gallantry in the face of the enemy during the Battle of Suoi Tre in March 1967.

Former Army Maj. Gen. Juilian Burns, who presented the award, said Engles was seriously wounded on the battlefield but continued to man his gun and return fire at the enemy. Burns said that when military officials spoke to those who witnessed the battle, “we came to realize Joe was more than just a gunner.”

Engles was seriously wounded during the battle, but he continued to man his gun and return fire, Burns said in a statement.

“As the battle commenced with intense rocket and grenade and sniper fire, he (Engles) manned the gun and commanded his team to return fire,” the statement said. “When a rocket landed close, without regard for his personal safety he neutralized the enemy ordnance and continued the mission.”

After battlefield medics removed shrapnel from Engles’ arm, he immediately returned to his gun to continue fighting, Burns said.

Remains of German WWII pilot and crashed plane discovered in Denmark after more than 70 years

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Sadly this young man did not have any surviving family to see him finally laid to rest.

German Messerschmitt planes like the one believed to have been flown by Hans Wunderlich

 

A German fighter pilot killed when his plane crashed in Denmark has been identified after more than 70 years.

The remains of 19-year-old Hans Wunderlich had lain undiscovered since his aircraft, believed to be a Messerschmitt, came down in farmland near Birkelse, a village 155 miles northwest of Copenhagen, in October 1944.

The pilot has no surviving next of kin and so may be buried in a war cemetery in Denmark.

His body and the plane’s wreckage was found by Klaus Kristiansen and his 14-year-old son, Daniel.

Mr Kristiansen said: “We went out to the field with a metal detector. I hoped we might find some old plates or something for Daniel to show in school.”

Recovering bits of plane debris, they dug further down using a neighbour’s excavator and came across the plane’s engine, guns and parts of fuselage at a depth of around 16 feet.

As well as the pilot’s remains, they also came across a small diary in which the pilot had written his name. His initials were also found on a watch recovered at the site.

He is believed to have come from the training base for German pilots in the nearby city of Aalborg.

The name Hans Wunderlich was found in both service records and papers from the canteen at the base.

Born in Neusorg, Bavaria, on 22 July 1925, he was unmarried and had no children.

The German authorities have said his parents died several years ago, and in 2006, his only sister also passed away, leaving no children.

The Historical Museum of Northern Jutland (Nordjyllands Historiske Museum) is currently looking at opening a temporary exhibition of the wreckage and other finds from the crash.

Torben Sarauw, curator and head of archaeology at the museum, said: “It’s quite a special find.”

 

 

Remembering Eugene Cernan

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R.I.P Eugene Cernan God’s Speed.

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Astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon, died Jan. 16, 2017.

Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface.

Cernan was one of 14 astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. He piloted the Gemini 9 mission with Commander Thomas P. Stafford on a three-day flight in June 1966. Cernan logged more than two hours outside the orbiting capsule.

In May 1969, he was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, the first comprehensive lunar-orbital qualification and verification test of the lunar lander. The mission confirmed the performance, stability, and reliability of the Apollo command, service and lunar modules. The mission included a descent to within eight nautical miles of the moon’s surface.

In a 2007 interview for NASA’s oral histories, Cernan said, “I keep telling Neil Armstrong that we painted that white line in the sky all the way to the Moon down to 47,000 feet so he wouldn’t get lost, and all he had to do was land. Made it sort of easy for him.”

Full oral history interview with Eugene Cernan.

Cernan concluded his historic space exploration career as commander of the last human mission to the moon in December 1972. En route to the moon, the crew captured an iconic photo of the home planet, with an entire hemisphere fully illumnitated — a “whole Earth” view showing Africa, the Arabian peninsula and the south polar ice cap. The hugely popular photo was referred to by some as the “Blue Marble,” a title in use for an ongoing series of NASA Earth imagery.

Apollo 17 established several new records for human space flight, including the longest lunar landing flight (301 hours, 51 minutes); longest lunar surface extravehicular activities (22 hours, 6 minutes); largest lunar sample return (nearly 249 pounds); and longest time in lunar orbit (147 hours, 48 minutes).

On July 1, 1976, Cernan retired from the Navy after 20 years and ended his NASA career. He went into private business and served as television commentator for early flights of the space shuttle. (NASA)

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TRUMP ON UN VOTE: Things will be different when I’m in charge

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This move by the Obama Regime is disgraceful but Obama is a Muslim.

Genesis 12:3 King James Version (KJV)

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

President-elect Donald Trump reacted on Friday to news that the US had allowed the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements by foreshadowing a change in direction when he takes office.

“As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th,” Trump tweeted, referring to the date he is set to be inaugurated as the 45th president.

The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory as having “no legal validity.” Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had both called on the US to veto it, but the US abstained, allowing the resolution to pass.

Top Republicans quickly condemned the Obama administration for the move.

“This is absolutely shameful,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. “Today’s vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel.”

Ryan promised that the incoming “unified Republican government” will work to “reverse the damage done by this administration, and rebuild our alliance with Israel.”

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican Party presidential nominee, also characterized the move as “shameful.”

“The abstention of the United States has made us complicit in this outrageous attack, and marks a troubling departure from our nation’s long, bipartisan history of defending our ally Israel in the United Nations,” he said.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham went even further, contending the Obama administration had “empowered evil” and acted as a “very poor friend to democracy.”

Before the vote passed, Graham warned that if the UN moved forward with the resolution, he would work to form a coalition to “suspend or significantly reduce” US assistance to the organization.

The Friday vote marked the first time in 36 years the UN adopted a resolution on Israeli settlements.

Loretta Lynch still regrets tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton

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The only regrets Loretta Lynch has about the tarmac meeting with Slick Willie is they got caught.

Loretta Lynch (CNN)

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she still regrets her impromptu meeting with former President Bill Clinton on her private plane before the Department of Justice concluded its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

“I do regret sitting down and having a conversation with him because it did give people concern,” Lynch told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday. “My greatest concern has always been making sure that people understand that the Department of Justice works in a way that is independent and looks at everybody equally.”

Lynch met with Clinton for a half-hour on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on June 27, prompting calls from Republicans to completely recuse herself from the inquiry.

In response, Lynch — who maintained that their meeting was “primarily social” — said she would step back and accept whatever recommendations the FBI made in the case.

“It was painful for me, and so I felt it was important to clarify it as quickly and as clearly and as cleanly as possible,” Lynch said Sunday.

On July 5, FBI Director James Comey announced the bureau’s recommendation that no charges be brought against Hillary Clinton or her aides — leading to more criticism from the GOP over Lynch’s handling of the case.

“I wish I had seen around that corner and not had that discussion with the former president, as innocuous as it was, because it did give people concern,” Lynch told Tapper. “It did make people wonder, ‘Is it going to affect the investigation that’s going on?’ And that’s not something that was an unreasonable question for anyone to ask.”

Lynch pushed back on criticism from former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that the FBI did not take the Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee emails as seriously as the investigation into Clinton’s server.

“I can tell you that this investigation was taken seriously from the beginning,” Lynch said. “This is an incredibly serious issue.”

Earlier this month, President Obama called on U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election — and to complete it before he leaves office.

“It is an issue that people are concerned about and do need to have information about,” Lynch said. “Our goal is to provide them with the information. That is thoroughly investigated, fully vetted, and that we can provide in an open setting.”

Judge says electors must vote for statewide winner

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I am glad that U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel was able to see through all of the political bullshit and make the correct ruling.

If the Electoral College members do not wish to be bound by their state laws let the resign and be replaced.

Donald Trump won 306 Electoral College votes and deserves every vote Hillary won 232 votes so she deserves those votes. 

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge dealt a severe setback Monday to a longshot plan to deny Donald Trump the presidency through the Electoral College, refusing to suspend a Colorado law requiring the state’s nine electors to vote for the presidential candidate who won the state in November.

U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel denied a request by two Colorado electors who contended that the law binding their vote to Colorado vote winner Hillary Clinton violated their First Amendment rights and the intents of the Constitution’s framers. The electors had sought the right to vote for someone other than Clinton in order to unite behind a consensus Republican other than Trump when the Electoral College convenes on Dec. 19.

Daniel found that suspending the Colorado requirement would have harmed the state’s voters and jeopardized a peaceful presidential transition. “Part of me thinks this is really a political stunt to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president,” said Daniel, who was nominated to the bench by Bill Clinton in 1995.

If the Colorado electors had been successful, it could have signaled that similar laws in more than two dozen other states could also be overturned, freeing a large number of electors to defect from Trump. Jason Wesoky, who represents the two electors, said he may seek an emergency appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals — the only chance his clients would have of blocking the Colorado law before they have to cast their votes.

Should the Colorado electors be freed, some of them hoped to persuade enough of their counterparts elsewhere to unite behind a Republican alternative like Mitt Romney. So far only one Republican elector has announced he won’t vote for Trump. The president-elect won 306 electors last month to Clinton’s 232.

An attorney for Trump filed legal papers Monday arguing a suspension of Colorado’s law could have sweeping consequences. “This is very serious stuff,” attorney Christopher Murray, who also represented the Colorado Republican Party, said in court. “If you vote as a free agent in the electoral college, you’re taking Colorado voters’ voices away.”

An attorney for the state noted that Colorado’s ballot only lists the names of presidential contenders, not electors.

Wesoky had argued that voters didn’t choose a president on Nov. 8, only electors who had the right to vote their conscience.

Jerad Sutton, an elector who is not one of the plaintiffs but also wants to vote for someone other than Clinton if it will block a Trump presidency, said he was disappointed with Monday’s result. “If people vote for president, Hillary Clinton would be president,” Sutton said, noting the Democrat won the popular vote. “If you believe this Electoral College exists, those are the people who choose the president.”

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