China reports over 2K new cases of coronavirus, 143 deaths

A doctor checks the conditions of a patient in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)

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UPDATED 1:54 PM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Chinese Health Authority reported more than 2,000 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It has been announced that another 143 people have died from the deadly disease.

Saturday marked the second day the number of new cases fell since a spike in the hardest hit province of Hubei began, including clinical diagnoses in its official count.

Patients at a hospital in Wuhan will receive traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. Some are even being treated using plasma therapy, which many have seen positive results.

A worker prepares medical supplies at the Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)

“In our hospital there have been four patients who have received plasma from convalescent patients,” stated Zhang Dingyu, president of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital. “At present, in a short period of time they’ve shown positive signs, their vitals are stable, they are in better condition and their blood oxygen are stabilized.”

Meanwhile, more medical workers and supplies are being deployed to the Hubei province as the epidemic continues.

RELATED: French Officials Confirm First Coronavirus Death In Europe

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President Trump highlights alleged wrongdoing by Andrew McCabe

FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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UPDATED 1:22 PM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

President Trump highlighted alleged wrongdoing by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe amid the DOJ’s decision to not bring charges against him.

The 2018 Inspector General report confirmed McCabe leaked information to the Wall Street Journal regarding the Clinton probe.

The president tweeted Saturday noting the Department’s report found the former FBI official misled investigators over his role in disclosures to the media and lacked candor on four separate occasions.

He also pointed out McCabe authorized leaks to advance his own personal interests and the Inspector General recommended he be fired.

This came after the DOJ informed McCabe this week its investigation into the former official is over.

RELATED: McCabe Reportedly Told Investigators Rosenstein Wanted Comey’s Advice On Appointing Special Counsel

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Joe Biden emphasizes his legislative record on gun control in new campaign ads.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop at Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The two commercials released Friday touted Biden’s career accomplishments on gun safety and described his gun control goals. The ads came out on the same day of the deadly Parkland shooting that occurred two years ago in Florida.

One of the ads featured Biden interacting with children saying protecting them from gun violence is protecting their future.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

The other ad attacked the NRA and touted Biden’s experience in dealing with the group. It said, “Joe Biden stood up to the NRA, got the Brady Bill background checks passed, wrote the law banning assault weapons, and limited the number of bullets in a magazine. As president, he will beat the NRA again.”

Biden campaign officials believe gun reform will be a significant factor in the swing state of Nevada as 2020 Democrat primaries continue.

RELATED:NYC Protesters Call For Joe Biden To Drop Out

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Protesters attack UCSC College Republicans club

Photo of the club via College Republicans at UCSC official Facebook page.

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UPDATED 11:05 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

A group of violent leftists attacked the College Republicans table display at UC Santa Cruz ahead of a conservative event on campus. Video footage showed protesters spitting on the American flag, destroying the club’s setup and accusing the students of being racist.

“This is the flag of white supremacy,” said one attacker.

The club was tabling to promote their event, titled ‘Free Speech and Campus Activism,’ along with headliner and free speech activist Hayden Williams.

Williams, who is not a first-time victim of political violence, said he plans to press charges against the protesters for assault.

While school officials said police are investigating the situation, they have yet to make a statement.

RELATED: Man In Custody After Allegedly Driving Car Into Trump Supporters In Fla.

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President Trump endorses Claudia Tenney for Congress

FILE – In this June 10, 2015, file photo, former assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-NY, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. Tenney faces Democratic New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi in the state’s 22nd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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The president has announced his support for former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.). President Trump endorsed Tenney on Twitter, commending her on her past in Congress.

The Republican congressional candidate quickly responded by saying she was honored to have the president’s support and that Upstate New York is excited to join him in the “great American comeback.”

Tenney got her political start in 2002 by representing New York State Assemblyman David Townsend as his legal council and chief of staff. She went on to win the 2016 election, serving in Congress until she was unseated in 2018.

As a small business owner and military mother, Tenney is running on a conservative platform that opposes unnecessary taxation while supporting active and retired military.

“Republicans and Democrats…all across Central New York get up and fight for their families, for their jobs,” stated the congressional candidate. “That’s who I’ll fight for in Congress.”

FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a bill signing ceremony in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Tenney is a vocal advocate for the Second Amendment and was the first to introduce a bill to repeal New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictive Safe Act. If she wins the Republican primary, she will face off in a rematch with Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), who edged her out by less than two percent.

RELATED:N.M. GOP Candidate Claire Chase Releases Ad Against Democrat Proposed Gun Law

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Schwarzenegger thanks President Trump for combating homelessness

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson participates in a roundtable discussion at Stella apartment homes in Granville, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 in San Diego, Calif. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

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The president thanked former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for acknowledging his efforts to combat homelessness. Taking to Twitter Friday, President Trump said it was “very nice” of to Schwarzenegger to extend his gratitude.

This came after the former Golden State governor said he wanted to thank the president, even though they have disagreements.

Carson attended the event, where he called for stronger housing policies.

“The health of a community starts at home. The home is the basis of the community, and the community is the basis of the nation. If we want to have a strong and fair nation, then we have to have strong and fair policies.”

Ben Carson, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

In the meantime, the latest Federal Report showed the number of residents suffering from homelessness in California grew by a little over 16 percent, or 21,000 people, last year.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson as he arrives to speak at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit, at Central Piedmont Community College, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

RELATED: Gov. Newsom Deploys FEMA Trailers To LA As Part Of $750M Homelessness Executive Order

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Prosecution gives final arguments in Weinstein rape case

Harvey Weinstein leaves his trial Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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UPDATED 10:41 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

Prosecutors have closed their case against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, calling the disgraced producer a “narcissistic predator.” Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi gave the prosecution’s closing arguments on Friday and stated, “Weinstein acted as the ‘master of his universe’ with no regard for others.”

She added Weinstein seemed to disregard aspiring actresses as “complete disposables.” This concluded six weeks of arguments from the prosecution and defense teams.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi, left, arrives for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Attorneys for the accusers believed their case was strong and that closing arguments solidified their position.

“Today the prosecution’s going to present an extremely strong and very, very compelling argument based on the evidence,” stated Attorney Gloria Allred. “It’s going to be the end of the spin of the defense, and we’re going to find out who the real victims are today.”

In the meantime, Weinstein’s defense has argued the prosecution is spinning a “sinister tale” and is creating an alternate universe for the jury.

RELATED: Weinstein’s Defense Team Questions Testimony Of Accusers

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Ukraine, Canada urge Iran to release black box recordings of Flight 752

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

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UPDATED 9:36 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

Several countries are demanding that Iran release the black boxes from the plane crash that killed 176 people back in January. On the sidelines of Friday’s security conference in Germany, foreign ministers from Canada and Ukraine urged Iran to be transparent.

The country has refused to release the final recordings of the January plane crash to the international community, despite its lack of expertise or technology to decode them.

Officials have encouraged Iran to send the black boxes to France, which has the equipment necessary to assess these recordings.

“The type of equipment you need is not something you can transport to another location. This is more like a lab, you need to go there physically in order to have the download and get the latest equipment to do that. Now that we’ve passed the 30 days mark, we think there’s urgency for that to happen as quickly as possible.” – François-Philippe Champagne, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

This came after Iran admitted its military accidentally shot down the plane after initially denying blame for the incident.

RELATED: Canada’s Trudeau Demands From Iran Independent Probe Into Downed Airliner

A rescue worker searches the scene where an Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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Attorneys for Roger Stone request new trial

FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2019 file photo, Roger Stone arrives at Federal Court for the second day of jury selection for his federal trial, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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UPDATED 10:00 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

Roger Stone is requesting a new trial again. Stone’s attorneys did not say why they filed the motion on Friday.

However, the request came one day after his team was investigating whether there had been potential bias by a juror who voted to convict him in November.

Jury foreperson Tomeka Hart revealed her role in the trial over social media this week. Reports said she once ran for Congress as a Democrat and has a history of anti-Trump bias.

Her Twitter account is rife with negative stories and comments against the president and his party. She has called Republicans racist, participated in protests against the administration and, in one tweet, shared a quote referring to President Trump as the “Klan president.”

In a tweet, President Trump said the juror’s bias, combined with other issues, doesn’t make the department look good.

He previously criticized the trial, which he said is being run by “corrupt people.” The president also claimed Stone was treated unfairly and questioned why top FBI officials haven’t been charged in relation to the Mueller probe.

“They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children? Nine years in jail? It’s a disgrace. In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals. The people that launched the scam investigation, what they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Reports said it’s unclear if Stone’s request for a new trial will delay his sentencing, which is set for February 20th.

Stone, who was convicted of witness tampering and lying to Congress in November, had a prior request for a new trial rejected earlier this week.

READ MORE: President Trump On Stone Pardon: I Don’t Want To Talk About That Yet & President Trump Congratulates Attorney General Barr For ‘Taking Charge’ Of Stone Case

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CBP to deploy 100 tactical agents to sanctuary cities

FILE – In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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UPDATED 8:28 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

The feud between the Trump administration and sanctuary cities is escalating as ICE looks to increase enforcement across the U.S. Immigration enforcement officials announced Friday that Customs and Border Protection is deploying 100 tactical officers to sanctuary cities across the country.

The deployment comes amid a fight between Democrat leadership and federal agencies over cooperation with immigration officials. Specifically, this includes a lack of coordination and communication over information sharing and detaining immigrants when requested by federal agencies.

“The strange law enforcement resources places the officers and community at risk, and ultimately results in fewer criminals being removed from our streets. Despite these challenges, it’s our duty to all of you to enforce laws passed by Congress. We are not going to stop fighting to keep your community safe, regardless of whatever obstacles are placed in our path.”

– Matthew Albence, Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against New Jersey earlier this week, which aimed to prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from sharing information on inmates in the country illegally.

Matthew Albence, right, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, speaks during a news conference, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Jim Mustian)

Tensions between the Department of Homeland Security and New York increased after the DHS banned residents from enrolling in Trusted Traveler programs. This came in response to new laws passed by the state, which sought to withhold DMV records from federal agencies.

Sanctuary state officials believe federal agencies are cracking down for political reasons.

“It’s not really about TTP (Trusted Traveler Program) and Global Entry, it’s about what that memo that was leaked from DHS suggests, which is it’s all politics,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “It’s retaliation and it’s reprisal.”

Although the acting director of ICE has not disclosed details on where agents will be deployed, other officials have hinted the agency will target major sanctuary cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. Officials also said the deployment will last from February to May.

RELATED: Granddaughter Of Woman Allegedly Killed By Illegal Immigrant Speaks At The White House

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President Trump endorses Beth Van Duyne for Congress

Photo of Beth Van Duyne via official campaign website.

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UPDATED 7:50 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

President Trump is throwing his support behind Beth Van Duyne for Congress. The president posted on Twitter that Van Duyne has his full endorsement for Congress. He said she is a “strong conservative who supports border security (and) loves our military.”

He added she has done “great things as Mayor of Irving, Texas, and with my administration.”

The former mayor quickly responded by saying the president wants people in office who are going to work for the American people.

“He’s not looking for politicians, he’s looking for people who are able to bring solutions to the table and get things done,” she said. “I was very proud to be able to get his support yesterday.”

Van Duyne set out on her political career in 2004 as a city council member for the Dallas suburb of Irving. Six years later, she was elected as the city’s first female mayor.

In 2017, the president appointed her to be the Regional Director of U.S. Housing and Urban Development.

If elected, Van Duyne said she will work to stop drug cartels from finding a safe haven in sanctuary cities and secure the nation’s borders. She said these efforts have attributed to her city’s record low crime rates.

“What happened in our city of Irving is our crime rate plummeted,” she said. “We had the lowest crime rate in our city’s history, and that lasted for nine years.”

Along with border security, the former mayor and mother of two has promised to work with the president to promote economic opportunity for Americans and fight human trafficking.

Others vying for the state’s 24th district seat included former Green Beret Desi Maes, two realtors and a property manager. The Texas primary election is set to take place on March 3rd.

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French officials confirm first coronavirus death in Europe

French lab scientists in hazmat gear inserting liquid in test tube manipulate potentially infected patient samples at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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UPDATED 7:00 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

Officials from the French Health Ministry reported an 80-year-old Chinese tourist succumbed to the coronavirus on Saturday, marking the first virus-related death in Europe since the outbreak began. Up to this point, the only deaths outside of China have been reported in Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines.

The man’s daughter also contracted the virus, but is expected to be released soon. The man and his daughter were both from the Hubei province in China, which officials are calling the epicenter of the outbreak.

“He was hospitalized at the Bichat Hospital under strict isolation measures on January 25th,” stated Health Minister Agnès Buzyn. “His condition deteriorated rapidly, he was in a critical state for several days and he was in intensive care.”

France has confirmed 11 cases of coronavirus so far.

French lab scientists are silhouetted working in a lab at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Meanwhile, President Trump has applauded his administration for its efforts to contain the coronavirus. The president shared a poll during his remarks to the National Border Patrol Council on Friday, which said a majority of American voters approve of his handling of the virus.

This came after he previously received criticism for temporarily banning residents of the Hubei province.

“’61 percent of the voters approve of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus,’” stated President Trump. “I was criticized by a lot of people at the beginning because we were the first, we’d never done it before, we closed our borders to certain areas.”

As of Friday night, there are 15 people in the U.S. infected with the virus. The president said many of them are getting better and reiterated his theory the virus could weaken as the weather gets warmer.

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Granddaughter of woman allegedly killed by illegal immigrant speaks at the White House

President Donald Trump comforts Daria Ortiz who recounted the death of her grandmother, allegedly by a man who was living in the country without legal permission, during a speech to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 7:30 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

The granddaughter of a 92-year-old woman, who allegedly died by the hand of an illegal immigrant, spoke at the White House on Friday. Daria Ortiz slammed the city’s sanctuary policies during the president’s address regarding various immigration issues, which was attended by members of the National Border Patrol Council.

Her grandmother was allegedly raped and killed in New York City last month by an illegal immigrant who had a history of previous arrests. However, ICE was not allowed to detain him due to the city’s sanctuary city status.

Ortiz praised the president for vowing to fight illegal immigration and criticized New York’s laws.

“The tragedy in all this is the fact that this could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law. The man that is responsible for this should have never had the opportunity to do this. The system not only failed our family, but it failed our city.” – Daria Ortiz, granddaughter of victim Maria Fuertes

Daria Ortiz cries as she holds her son Zeus after recounting the death of her grandmother by a man who was allegedly in the country illegally, during a speech by President Donald Trump to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ortiz is hoping for reform and measures to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

President Trump is working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to improve communications between the state and federal immigration authorities.

RELATED: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Says He’s Cooperating With Federal Authorities

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President Trump: ‘Sen. Manchin was a puppet for Schumer, Pelosi during impeachment hoax’

FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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UPDATED 6:40 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

President Trump said he was very surprised about Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) vote for conviction during the impeachment trial. In a string of tweets, the president said Manchin voted against him in the Democrats’ “totally partisan impeachment hoax.”

He added that “no president has done more for the great people of West Virginia than me.”

The president went on to say “every Republican, except Romney,…voted against impeachment.” He then took a jab at Manchin by saying “he was just a puppet for Schumer and Pelosi.”

This came after Manchin said he would consider endorsing President Trump for reelection. On Thursday, the senator emphasized “everybody can change” and that he’s “not ruling anything out.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks with reporters after President Donald Trump was acquitted in an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

This seeming reversal of opinion left many scratching their heads following his vote for conviction just weeks earlier.

“Over the duration of this trial, I have listened carefully,” Manchin previously stated. “The House managers have presented a strong case, showing what the president did was wrong.”

Manchin has been known to be a leader in the Senate and often crossed party lines to vote for what he believes is right. He’s even used his swing vote in critical situations to help push conservative issues, such as the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

However, this new reversal has many questioning his belief system.

He has called this switch “the most difficult and serious decision any senator could face.” He also voted to pass the controversial War Powers bill this week, which would limited President Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

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OneUnited Bank doubles down after criticism over its Harriet Tubman debit card

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UPDATED 6:45 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

The largest black-owned bank in the U.S. is facing criticism over its Black History Month debit card. This week, OneUnited Bank released their limited-edition debit cards, which featured Harriet Tubman seemingly posing with the ‘Wakanda forever’ salute from the film “Black Panther.”

The move has since caused a major debate on social media.

The bank’s president said the gesture was meant to represent the sign for ‘love’ in American Sign Language.

“The hand gesture people are commenting about, that is the sign language gesture for ‘love,’” she said. “It is to represent not only love of yourself, but love of our community.”

Despite this explanation, criticism continues to swirl online. However, the bank has said it will stand by the design, claiming the image conveys a very positive message.

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DOJ declines to file charges against Andrew McCabe

FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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UPDATED 8:12 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will not be charged for lying to federal investigators. The DOJ declined to charge McCabe after an inspector general’s report found he “lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions.”

In a statement to McCabe’s lawyers, the DOJ said, “Based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the information known to the government at this time, we consider the matter closed.”

McCabe, who is now a CNN contributor and think tank official, blasted the fact it took so long to drop the charges. He was fired in 2018 just days before receiving his pension.

“As glad as I am that the Justice Department and D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office finally decided to do the right thing today, it is an absolute disgrace that they took two years, put my family through this experience, before they finally drew the obvious conclusion they could have drawn a long, long time ago,” stated McCabe.

The news came after Inspector General Michael Horowitz alleged that McCabe lied under oath at least four times and misled his former boss, James Comey. In January, unsealed court documents showed McCabe had apologized to a bureau investigator about a media leak.

He was reportedly asked if he knew how FBI information about the Clinton Foundation ended up in a 2016 article by The Wall Street Journal. He initially denied knowing about the leak, but walked back his claim in a follow-up interview.

Despite his admission, he previously denied that he did anything wrong. When asked whether he would take a deal, he said, “Absolutely not.”

“I never intentionally mislead anyone about anything,” he said. “I will not stand up and claim something that I didn’t do.”

FILE – In this May 11, 2017 file photo, then Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The closure of McCabe’s criminal probe created an uproar on social media amid the controversy surrounding the sentencing of Roger Stone. Supporters of the president called out the fact that Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress while McCabe admitted to lying under oath, but has received no criminal penalty.

Many have also pointed out that other Obama-era officials have been let off the hook for their alleged misconduct under a Trump appointed Department of Justice.

The DOJ previously declined to bring charges against James Comey for how he handled the memos of his conversations with President Trump.

The president has increasingly ramped his calls for the disgraced DOJ officials to be indicted for unfairly targeting his 2016 campaign and prosecuting his advisers in the Russia investigation.

“They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children? Nine years in jail? It’s a disgrace. In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals. What they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

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Foods that Last a Really Long Time

In the event that the Coronavirus actually makes it to this illegal harboring country, here is a plain English list of foods (and other items) that last a really long time. And, a few tips on what else to keep while you lock yourself inside.

FOOD

Alcohol – 30 years.
Baking soda – indefinite.
Barley – 6 to 10 years.
Buckwheat – 10 – 12 years.
Canned spaghetti – Up to 4-5 years past expiration date.
Canned Meat – 2 to 6 years.
Canned baked beans – Up to 7 years.
Cocoa Powder – 10 to 20 years.
Coconut Oil – 5 years.
Corn Starch – 25 years.
Corn Syrup – 40 years.
Dehydrated carrots – Up to 25 years. Search for ‘bulk dehydrated carrots’.
Dehydrated fruit slices – Up to 5 years.
Dehydrated Fruits – 30 years.
Dried Corn – 15 years.
Dried corn – Up to 10 years. (canned corn too).
Dried beans – Can last 30 years when stored in airtight containers with a desiccant. Search the web for ‘bulk pinto beans airtight’.
Freeze Dried Meals – 15 to 50 years.
Freeze Dried Meat – 15 years.
Ghee(clarified butter) – 2 years.
Hard Cheese – Up to 9 months. Search the web for ‘what hard cheeses last longest unopened’.
Honey – indefinite.
Instant coffee – 10 to 20 years.
Instant Potatoes – 15 to 30 years.
Jello Mix – up to 30 years.
Maple Syrup – 40 years.
Meat Jerky – 2 years.
Millet – 10 to 12 years.
Most canned food – 3 to 5 years.
Multivitamins
Pasta products – 5 to 30 years lifespan. Look for freezedried.
Peanut Butter – 2 to 5 years
Powdered Milk – 40 years.
Powdered Whole Eggs – Up to 7 years.
Quinoa – 6 to 10 years.
Ramen Noodles – 2 to 5 years.
Rolled oats – Can last 50 years. Search the web for ‘Rolled oats airsealed bulk’
Rye – 6 to 10 years.
Salt – indefinite.
Soy Sauce – 3 years.
Spelt – 10 to 30 years.
Stock/bouillon – 10 to 15 years.
Sugar – indefinite.
Twinkies – Up to 30 years.
Unsweetened Chocolate – 4 years.
Vanilla Extract – 30 years.
Vinegar – 30 years.
White Vinegar – 5 to 8 years.
White rice – Up to 30 years in sealed storage bags/containers.
Whole lentils and peas – Up to 5 years. Again, seal off well.

Stock up on:

Portable Grill and Charcoals
Guns and AMMO
generator and tons of gas – Firewood
Oxygen Absorbents – Small packets you toss into storage bags/containers to suck out remaining Oxygen (make food last longer)

STOCK UP ON MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Get as many months supply of medication that you can. If you medications are a life or death situation, fake ‘meds lost’ or whatever it takes to get ANY amount you need.

Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

First Aid Kit
Medical emergency kit

OTHER

Portable crank radio
5 gallon buckets
Food storage containers
Toilet paper
Towels
LED Flashlight

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Books, cards, 10tb external hard-drive full of movies and Donald Trump clips.

MOST IMPORTANT!

STORE AS MUCH WATER AS YOU CAN POSSIBLE HORDE. And buy chlorine tablets or powder to disinfect it.

Pelosi backs President Trump’s warnings on Huawei

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, speaks on the first day of the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb.14, 2020. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

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UPDATED 6:25 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged foreign nations to completely cut ties with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. At a security conference in Germany, Pelosi stated that choosing to do business with the company is essentially choosing autocracy over democracy.

Pelosi noted that Huawei is becoming more dangerous than ever as it builds its 5G network, which could bring in new business partners. She encouraged the international community to come together to create alternatives to the company.

“If you want to build a collective conscience of values and respect for human rights, don’t go Huawei,” she said. “Instead, let’s internationalize, build something together that will be about freedom of information.”

On Thursday, the U.S. filed new charges against Huawei, including the company’s alleged theft of trade secrets from U.S.-based companies.

Officials said the company’s successful efforts to steal trade secrets and technology gave it a “significant and unfair competitive advantage.” This comes just days after officials said Huawei has covert access to mobile phone networks.

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, the logos of Huawei are displayed at its retail shop window reflecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Meanwhile, the deadline for U.S. businesses to cut ties with the Chinese tech company has been delayed for the fourth time. Earlier on Thursday, the Trump administration granted Huawei a temporary license to continue working with American companies for another 45 days.

The Commerce Department said a number of rural broadband carriers rely on the tech company.

Huawei was blacklisted by the administration last May after it was deemed a national security risk. The company has responded to these allegations by accusing the Justice Department of attempting to “irrevocably damage Huawei’s reputation” and business.

“The U.S. Department of Justice’s new charges against Huawei are part of this campaign, this is political persecution, plain and simple,” read their latest statement.

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Farm bill panned as mass ‘amnesty’ for illegal immigrants heads to vote in House

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Trump administration proposes changes to visa program for foreign workers on farms

The H-2A visa program has tripled in size over the last decade, with a quarter million temporary farm workers coming in this year; Dan Springer reports from Snohomish County, Washington.

As all eyes are on the House impeachment inquiry, elsewhere an agricultural bill that would provide a path to legal status for millions of illegal immigrants is rumbling through the chamber — leading immigration hawks to accuse lawmakers of trying to sneak in an amnesty while the nation is distracted.

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, passed in the House Judiciary Committee last month, is scheduled for a vote on the House floor Wednesday. The bill provides a process for illegal immigrant farmworkers to seek a temporary five-and-a-half-year “Certified Agricultural Worker” status if they have worked for approximately six months in the industry in the last two years.

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That status can either be renewed indefinitely, or workers (along with their spouses and children) can begin a path to permanent legal status in the form of a green card. That path, according to the legislation, includes background checks and $1,000 fine.

To secure the green card, those who have worked in agriculture for 10 years or more must work for four more years, while those who've spent less than a decade in the sector would have to work eight more years. Once workers receive a green card, they are then free to pursue work in fields outside of agriculture.

The bill also streamlines the H-2A agriculture visa program, cutting processing time and costs for visa petitions. And it calls for the Department of Homeland Security to set up a pilot program that would give H-2A workers the ability to change jobs within the sector if they find work within two months.

“The men and women who work America’s farms feed the nation. But, farmworkers across the country are living and working with uncertainty and fear, contributing to the destabilization of farms across the nation,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said in a statement. “Our bill offers stability for American farms by providing a path to legal status for farmworkers. In addition, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act addresses the nation’s future labor needs by modernizing an outdated system for temporary workers, while ensuring fair wages and workplace conditions.”

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It’s also strongly backed by a number of farm groups. The United Fresh Produce Association said it brings “much-needed reforms to secure a stable and legal workforce in agriculture, allowing current farmworkers to attain legal status and reforming the H-2A guest worker program to ensure a future source of workers on American farms.”

The bill has the support of at least 23 Republicans, a number of whom are co-sponsoring the legislation — likely assuring its passage in the House and raising the possibility that a form of such a bill could have a shot in the Republican-controlled Senate.

But immigration hawks have dismissed the claim that it is a modernization bill, instead calling it a thin cloak for yet another amnesty measure in the agricultural sector — similar to one in the 1980s that saw more than 1 million workers seek protection from deportation, and one that was seen as rife with fraud.

“A true Farm Workforce Modernization Act would encourage mechanization and automation through subsidies, not amnesty illegal aliens and guarantee a steady flow of cheap foreign labor,” RJ Hauman, head of government relations at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), told Fox News.

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Such groups say that automation, not amnesty, is what the agricultural sector needs.

“Cracking down on cheap foreign labor would save the federal government and states billions, help American Workers, and prevent future illegal immigration,” Hauman said. “Agricultural automation is the future of the industry – another amnesty and massive expansion of a guest worker program isn’t. When will lawmakers understand this?”

The Heritage Foundation, meanwhile, described the bill as a “clear cut example of amnesty,” warning that it "threatens the legal immigration system’s legitimacy and incentivizes aliens and farmers to ignore the legal immigration system in the future if it best serves their needs."

While the bill has bipartisan support, it has also faced criticism from other Republicans lawmakers. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., cited estimates from liberal groups that as many as 2.7 million illegal immigrants could get legal status if the bill passes.

“While the 224 pages of H.R. 5038 make many more changes to the H-2A program — some good and some bad — one need look no further than the first few pages to figure out the real point of this bill: a path to citizenship for an unknown number of illegal immigrants who do some work in agriculture, along with their families,” he said at the Judiciary Committee markup last month.

He also said the bill’s document standards are low and could allow illegal immigrants with multiple DUI convictions and a history of Social Security fraud to get legal status.

As with most bills that include a path to legalization for those in the country illegally, there are some enforcement parts of the bill as well, but they are particularly flaccid in this instance.

While the bill would establish mandatory E-Verify (a DHS-run verification system for employers that has been seen as the holy grail for employment enforcement) for all agricultural employment, Lofgren’s office notes that that would be “phased in" and only "after all legalization and H-2A reforms have been implemented and included necessary due process protections for authorized workers who are incorrectly rejected by the system.”

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This aspect is fueling concerns from immigration hawks that this bill goes the path of past “immigration reform” measures that pursue “amnesty first, enforcement later.”

Mark Krikorian, of the Center for Immigration Studies, argued in a recent op-ed that E-Verify would no longer be needed if the bill passes, “because with this kind of sweet deal, who’d bother to hire new illegals?”

Other conservatives warned that lawmakers were trying to push the bill through while attention was on impeachment. Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin accused lawmakers and groups in favor of open borders of “trying to ram this abomination through while [the] nation is distracted with bread and circuses.”

Should the bill pass and find support in the Senate, it is far from clear how President Trump would respond. He has pledged support for American farmers but has also promised to protect American workers from the flood of cheap labor from abroad.

If a version of the bill finds its way to the White House, that latter promise would face a high-profile test, possibly in an election year. So far the White House has not indicated whether or not it would veto the bill.

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Mexican cartels subject to terrorist-level sanctions under new GOP-sponsored bill

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The Mexican cartels are coming under increased pressure from U.S. lawmakers.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is expected to introduce on Wednesday a bill to subject certain foreign criminal organizations – namely the cartels – to the same level of sanctions as terror groups. It comes after President Trump last month announced that plans were in motion to designate the drug-trafficking enterprises south of the border as foreign terrorist organizations, or FTOs.

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“Criminal organizations and drug cartels like the one responsible for last month’s attack in Mexico ought to be treated just like terrorist groups in the eyes of the U.S. government,” Cotton told Fox News in a statement, referring to the early November slaying of nine U.S. citizens from the Mormon community in the northern state of Sonora.

“This bill would help stop cartel violence by ensuring these groups, and anyone who helps them, face dire consequences for their actions,” he added.

Referred to as the Significant Transnational Criminal Organization Designation Act, the legislation – an amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act – enables the federal government to impose on the most significant Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) the same sanctions that apply to FTOs.

The sanctions include prohibiting organization members and their immediate families admission to the United States, freezing assets, and seeking civil and criminal penalties against individuals providing material assistance or resources to the organization.

Moreover, the bill mandates that the president submit a report to Congress with the government’s findings on the Nov. 4, 2019 attack on U.S. citizens in northern Mexico once the investigation is completed, including whether the organization responsible should be designated a significant TCO.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., participates in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Jan. 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., participates in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on Jan. 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The bill is sponsored by GOP Sens. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, John Cornyn of Texas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Josh Hawley of Missouri, David Perdue of Georgia, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

The act defines “membership in a significant transnational criminal organization” as direct members and/or their spouse and child. But it carves out an exemption for those “who did not know, or should not reasonably have known, that his or her spouse or parent was a member of a significant transnational criminal organization or whom the Attorney General has reasonable grounds to believe has renounced” to such membership.

Mexican national guardsmen patrol near Bavispe, at the Sonora-Chihuahua border, Mexico, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. 

Mexican national guardsmen patrol near Bavispe, at the Sonora-Chihuahua border, Mexico, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP)

The bill comes at a time when cartel violence is spiking and the U.S. is battling unprecedented levels of drug-related deaths and overdoses. New Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has also vowed to go after cartels and other gangs fueling chaos at the border.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if and when Trump's FTO designation on the cartels will come to fruition, a move that has generated both praise and criticism. Terrorist designations are handled by the U.S. State Department. Once a group has been slapped with such a designation, known members are prohibited from entering the country, and it is then illegal for those in the U.S. to intentionally provide support to them. Financial institutions are also barred from doing any type of business with the organization or its members.

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

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

A boy pauses as he speaks next to the coffins of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2, who were killed by drug cartel gunmen, during the funeral at a family cemetery in La Mora, Sonora state, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

A boy pauses as he speaks next to the coffins of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2, who were killed by drug cartel gunmen, during the funeral at a family cemetery in La Mora, Sonora state, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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

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

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