Networks punt on bombing plot for Confederate monument

(NEWSBUSTERS) — ABC, CBS, and NBC’s evening newscasts on Monday all failed to cover the thwarted bombing of a Confederate monument in Houston, Texas. The Big Three networks led and concluded each program with full reports on the solar eclipse that crossed the United States, but didn’t even set aside a news brief to the arrest of Andrew Cecil Schneck, who allegedly prepared explosives and tried to set them off near the Texas landmark. CNN and MSNBC also punted on covering the FBI’s investigation of the bomb plot, while Fox News aired an eleven-second news brief on Monday evening.

Correspondents Daniel Arkin and Tracy Connor covered Schneck’s arrest in a Monday afternoon article on NBCNews.com. The pair disclosed that a park ranger found the suspect “kneeling in the bushes near the statue of Richard Dowling, a commander in the Confederate army” in Hermann Park, one of the most-visited public spaces in Houston. According to a court document, the law enforcement officer “observed Schneck to be holding two small boxes with various items inside,” including “what appeared to be duct tape and wires.” During the arrest, the ranger asked Schneck “whether he wanted to harm the Dowling statue…[He] replied that he did not ‘like that guy.‘”

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Democrats drown in Obama nostalgia, ignore voters

(OBSERVER) — In July 2017, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) experienced their worst fundraising month of July since 2007. The organization raised only $3.8 million. For comparison, the Republican National Committee (RNC) racked in $10.2 million. The DNC also added $154,000 to its debt, which now stands at $3.4 million. The RNC has no debt. July wasn’t an isolated bad month for the DNC; it’s proof of a larger, looming problem that the organization faces.

April 2017 was the DNC’s worst fundraising month of April since 2009. May 2017 was even worse; the DNC hadn’t posted fundraising totals so low since in May since 2003. In June 2017, the DNC added $200,000 to their debt and only raised $5.5 million. The RNC raised $13.5 million in the same month. It’s not just wealthy donors that are providing a boost for the RNC; their small donations have significantly out paced the DNC as well. In the first six months of 2017, the RNC received $11 million more in donations under $200 than the DNC did.

Despite this troubling trend, DNC Chair Tom Perez and the Democratic establishment continue with business as usual. If the DNC continues its downward trajectory, the party risks becoming irrelevant and blowing the 2018 midterm elections, handing the Republican Party a comfortable majority for another two years.

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‘End of an era’: Village Voice ends print edition

(HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) — Peter Barbey, who purchased The Village Voice in 2015, has decided to no longer produce a print edition of the alt-weekly. The publication, which was once considered an important voice and platform, has long been distributed for free around New York City.

“For more than 60 years, The Village Voice brand has played an outsized role in American journalism, politics, and culture,” Barbey said in a prepared statement. “It has been a beacon for progress and a literal voice for thousands of people whose identities, opinions, and ideas might otherwise have been unheard. I expect it to continue to be that and much, much more.”

The Village Voice, like most historically print-focused publications, has struggled with the shift to less-remunerative digital advertising. The paper was once reliant largely on classified advertising.

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Not enough Trump: Broadcast news misses ratings bonanza

(BLOOMBERG) — TV audiences can’t get enough news coverage of Donald Trump. Reporting on pretty much anything else is ratings poison.

Cable networks have figured out how to successfully capitalize on Trump’s outrageous antics, but viewership for NBC, ABC and CBS newscasts have declined as much as 14 percent this year among coveted younger viewers. Broadcasters’ strategy of offering a wider range of stories — from human interest to health and local crime — is falling flat with some viewers who have migrated to cable news for coverage of White House drama.

“In the current news environment, in which few headlines are being made that are unrelated to the Trump administration, the narrower agenda of the cable channels is a better fit,” said Andrew Tyndall, author of a website that monitors broadcast nightly newscasts.

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Kindergarten boy ‘instantly turns into girl’ at school

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WASHINGTON – The push to make kids comfortable with transgenderism has reached disturbing new depths, with one school now promoting transgenderism to kindergartners by having a boy, 5, leave the classroom and return a short time later dressed as a girl.

School officials dictated the boy now would be a girl, with a girl’s name.

Fox40 News in California reported that Rocklin Academy Schools in Rocklin, California, conducted a transgender “transition ceremony” in a kindergarten class.

“A 5-year-old classmate, whose sex assigned at birth was male, was reintroduced to the class as a girl,” the report said. “Two books were read inside the classroom, both written specifically for young children, to illustrate what it means to be transgender.”

The two books were “I am Jazz” and “The Red Crayon,” according to LifeSiteNews.com. Both are meant to explain transgenderism in a sympathetic way to children ages 4 to 8 years old.

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

“I am Jazz” is the story of a boy who thinks he is a girl, and who is the same age as the target audience.

“From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body,” the book’s description on Amazon.com says. “She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.”

But reading these books wasn’t the only thing that the kindergarten teacher did to introduce her students to the transsexual way of life.

Lifesitenews.com says that, “After the teacher introduced the five-year-old student to the class as a boy, he then went into the bathroom and emerged dressed as a girl. The teacher then reintroduced ‘her’ to the children, explaining ‘she’ was now a ‘girl’ who now had a girl’s name and was to be called that from now on.”

The report suggested this traumatized some of the boy’s fellow students. Some of the little girls in the class went home crying to their parents, asking them in tears if they were going to turn into a boy.

Many parents were upset about this addition to their children’s education, especially since they were not informed beforehand that this “ceremony” was going to take place.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which has been providing legal advice to these parents, told Fox40 News that “the majority of parents who had children in this kindergarten did not think that it would be age appropriate.”

The school district is arguing it did not need to notify parents before this event took place, since it falls under “diversity and tolerance curricula” and not sex education.

In response, some parents are circulating a petition demanding that the school tell parents before any provocative material is presented to their children. The school district has changed its policy, and now controversial books such as “I am Jazz” must be submitted for approval to the school board, but they still have not conceded that it is the parents’ right to know ahead of time when their children might be exposed to such a hotly debated topic.

Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, has denounced exposing kids to transsexualism in this way as child abuse.

“All children should be told the truth that sex does not ever change and cannot be changed,” Cretella told LifeSiteNews in an email. “All children should be nurtured to embrace their bodies and the reality of their biological sex. All children should be affirmed as the unique boys or girls their bodies proclaim them to be.”

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

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Freshmen told: Welcome! Now confront racism, privilege

(THE COLLEGE FIX) — CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Before the fall semester even kicked off at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, incoming freshmen were asked to ponder race and privilege — and what they could do about it.

On Friday, the public university’s freshmen orientation included a program called “First Class” that focused on the school’s common reading program selection “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Right-leaning scholars have described the book as positing that “America is not a nice place for black people to live,” and say it presents a “belief that white hatred of blacks pervades every aspect of American society, and nothing short of a revolution will end it.”

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Bodies found in Navy collision search

SINGAPORE (AP) — Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Tuesday as he promised a full investigation.

Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference in Singapore, where the McCain is now docked, that Malaysian officials had found one body, but it had yet to be identified and it was unknown whether it was a crew member.

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Dems: Sheriff Joe pardon win for ‘white supremacy’

(WASHINGTON TIMES) Democrats on Monday slammed the prospect of President Trump granting a pardon to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying it would mark a win for “white supremacy” and set the stage for the commander-in-chief to use his constitutional power to keep his family out of legal trouble.

Rep. Ruben Gallego told reporters ahead of Mr. Trump’s visit to Phoenix Tuesday the reasoning behind an Arpaio pardon would be two-fold: to placate the president’s “very xenophobic, racist base” and give the public a preview of what would happen if members of his family face legal action as a result of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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IT specialist: Massive Dem scandal stinks to high heaven

Imran Awan pictured alongside former President Bill Clinton (Photo: LinkedIn)

Imran Awan pictured alongside former President Bill Clinton (Photo: LinkedIn)

Indictments and allegations are piling up concerning the information technology specialist that was used in the offices of several different House Democrats, and an IT specialist running to unseat a congressional Democrat suspects there is a lot more that will emerge in this case.

Imran Awan was arrested at Dulles International Airport last month while allegedly trying to leave the country. Other family members have already left and appear to have no intention of returning. At the time of his arrest, Awan, a native of Pakistan, was charged with one count of bank fraud.

But the list of indictments is growing. He is now staring at a four-count indictment, including conspiracy and making false statements. His wife is also now indicted.

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Critics are not just concerned that Awan and other family members worked on Capitol Hill, but the details are also unnerving.

“He was working for several members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Those members seem to have been paying him maybe two to three times what typical IT staffers should be making on the Hill. That in itself is a very interesting situation,” said Jeff Dove, a U.S. Army veteran, an IT specialist and a candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 11th congressional district.

Records show that members of the Awan family raked in roughly $4 million for providing IT services on Capitol Hill, and Dove told WND and Radio America some of them had no qualifications to be there.

“Those people that were working with him didn’t necessarily have the skills to be accessing those computers that they had access to,” Dove said. “So there are a lot of questions that need to be answered about what they were doing and what they had access to at the time.”

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Dove is also very concerned about what the Awans got their hands on, given the work of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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“If they had access to so many members’ information, that means they would have access to any memos or any communications between the entire committee,” Dove explained.

While no indictments are in place alleging mishandling classified information, there are reports that FBI investigators are looking in that direction. The New York Post’s Paul Sperry reported that federal investigators are trying to determine whether Awan and other IT staffers stole sensitive data or even sold it to Pakistan or Russia.

While other members of Congress cut ties with Awan and his family prior to his arrest, Wasserman Schultz still had him on staff until the day after he was taken into custody. Dove said that fact raises even more questions.

“He had access to stuff on the Hill. They took his access away, yet he was still getting paid for his services. What were his services after he no longer had access to that information?” asked Dove, who also said the length of the FBI probe suggests there’s plenty of fire to go along with the smoke in this case.

“I believe the investigation started either in 2015 or 2016, so this has been going on for quite some time. For this investigation to be going on for so long, they have to have found something to keep going on with this investigation,” said Dove, noting evidence of destroyed hard drives on Awan’s property in Virginia.

Dove is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge five-term Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. While Connolly is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he did not hire Awan to do IT work in his office. Nonetheless, Dove said Connolly’s arrogance in condemning Awan speaks volumes.

“He’s not thinking about the people anymore. He’s become complacent,” Dove charged. “He even said in an interview recently, where he was talking about the IT scandal with ABC News, that the offices of Congress are ‘princely courts.’ He’s become so complacent that he feels he’s somewhat of a monarch now.”

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Dove said his path to a congressional run started on Election Day in 2016.

“When I went to the ballot box, on one side of the ballot, I saw the presidential election. And on the other side of the ballot, I saw one man’s name, and that was Gerry Connolly,” he said. “How in the world did this happen in a democracy where we only had one person running in a congressional district?”

After remembering his mother’s words – that anyone who wants to see change needs to step up and make it happen – Dove said his candidacy took bloom.

“I’ve had this need to serve people my entire life,” he said. “That’s part of the reason why I joined the military. That’s why I’m continuing this quest to try and unseat Connolly, who is someone who’s been entrenched in D.C. for a very long time.”

What kind of congressman would Dove be? He said getting the most out of taxpayer dollars and targeting abuse and waste would be high on his priority list.

“I want to see more accountability – not [only] in one of the agencies people talk about all the time, which is Veterans Affairs and that is very close to my heart – but every agency should have to prove every year that they’re meeting what they set out to do as their mission on a yearly basis in order to get the money that should be allocated to them,” Dove said.

He said eliminating waste is the best way to drain the proverbial swamp.

“Getting rid of the outside influencers is key to being able to move forward with legislation that will actually benefit the people,” Dove said. “I believe you have to get people who are really motivated to work for the people in office to help the people. And I’m one of those people.”

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Trump: ‘In the end, we will win’

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Monday night the United States must continue fighting in Afghanistan to avoid the “predictable and unacceptable” results of a rapid withdrawal from the country where the U.S. has been at war for 16 years.

In a prime-time address to the nation, Trump said his “original instinct was to pull out,” alluding to his long-expressed view before becoming president that Afghanistan was a unsolvable quagmire requiring a fast U.S. withdrawal. Since taking office, Trump said, he’d determined that approach could create a vacuum that terrorists including al-Qaida and the Islamic State could “instantly fill.”

“I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are immense,” Trump said.

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