A federal judge ruled Thursday that Flint citizens can move forward with lawsuits targeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of the Michigan city’s lead contamination problems.
The EPA under former President Barack Obama was too slow to intervene in the case, according to U.S. Judge Linda Parker, who ruled that the federal government was not immune from legal action in the case. More than a dozen lawsuits were filed against Michigan and city officials after researchers discovered in 2016 that Flint’s water contained elevated levels of lead in 2014 and 2015.
“The impact on the health of the nearly 100,000 residents of the City of Flint remains untold,” Parker wrote in her opinion. “It is anticipated, however, that the injury caused by the lead-contaminated public water supply system will affect the residents for years and likely generations to come.”
The EPA knew Flint officials “were not warning Flint’s residents that they were being supplied lead-laced water. Quite to the contrary, the EPA learned that State and local officials were misleading residents to believe that there was nothing wrong with the water supply,” the judge added.
Fifteen state and local officials have been criminally indicted in connection with what many in the media have dubbed a water crisis. Four of the officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Much of the controversy happened after Flint switched its water source to the Flint River in 2014 without adding anti-corrosive agents to the water. Lead levels in drinking water supplies increased shortly thereafter.
State Patrol used surveillance video from homes and schools to identify the vehicle in the incident. After the image was released to the public, someone reported a similar vehicle at an apartment complex.
The vehicle matched the description, and belonged to Atuno’s mother, an arrest affidavit said.
When law enforcement questioned Atuno, he confessed to the hit-and-run, according to the affidavit. When asked why he left the scene, law enforcement said Atuno claimed to be scared.
A motive for the incident was not released, or identified by law enforcement in their report.
Atuno also faces felony charges of vehicular assault and leaving the scene, and remains in custody at the Arapahoe County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano suggested on Friday there may be enough evidence in the Mueller report to “prosecute” President Donald Trump.
“Depending on how you look at them, there might be enough to prosecute, but the attorney general has decided it’s not enough to prosecute,” Napolitano on his show Judge Napolitano’s Chambers, which airs digitally on Fox Nation. “But it did show a venal, amoral, deceptive Donald Trump, instructing his aides to lie and willing to help them do so. That’s not good in the president of the United States.”
As for the evidence of obstruction raised in the Mueller report, Napolitano said Trump “is not exactly cleared.” He continued by noting the numerous potential obstruction of justice attempts Mueller notes in the report, including Trump asking Don McGhan to fire the special counsel, and the events surrounding his firing of James Comey as head of the FBI.
The president has brushed off the ongoing debate over obstruction of justice, tweeting a quote last night from Napolitano’s Fox News colleague Tucker Carlson implying that the report exonerated him.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll.
The poll, conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, is the first national survey to measure the response from the American public after the U.S. Justice Department released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report that recounted numerous occasions in which Trump may have interfered with the investigation.
According to the poll, 37 percent of adults in the United States approved of Trump’s performance in office, down from 40 percent in a similar poll conducted on April 15 and matching the lowest level of the year. That is also down from 43 percent in a poll conducted shortly after U.S. Attorney General William Barr circulated a summary of the report in March.
In his report, Mueller said his investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign had coordinated with Russians. However, investigators did find “multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations.”
While Mueller ultimately decided not to charge Trump with a crime, he also said that the investigation did not exonerate the president, either.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,005 adults, including 924 who were familiar with the Mueller report. It has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.
The poll found that 50 percent of Americans agreed that “Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election,” and 58 percent agreed that the president “tried to stop investigations into Russian influence on his administration.”
Forty percent said they thought Trump should be impeached, while 42 percent said he should not.
The poll responses were sharply split along party lines, with Democrats much more critical of Trump than his fellow Republicans.
The Mueller investigation had previously charged 34 other people and three Russian entities, netting convictions or guilty pleas from several Trump associates including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen.
So far, the report does not appear to have convinced many to change their opinions about the president’s conduct during a bitter presidential campaign, whether his inner circle improperly engaged with Russian agents, or if he tried to interfere with federal investigators afterward.
U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to board Marine One en route to his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida following the release of the Mueller report at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Among those respondents who said they were familiar with the Mueller report, 70 percent said the report had not changed their view of Trump or Russia’s involvement in the U.S. presidential race. Only 15 percent said they had learned something that changed their view of Trump or the Russia investigation, and a majority of those respondents said they were now more likely to believe that “Trump or someone close to him broke the law.”
A very good butcher and good friend of mine had my wife and I over for a cookout about 30 years ago. It was then that I had my first “chuck steak” and I’m still grilling them today. I practically jumped for joy when they’re in stock since there’s only two chuck eye steaks per cow. I usually buy all they have and freeze what I don’t use…..Go to a good meat market and whatever you do don’t even think about getting yours at a Walmart or any other big box store. If you go to a popular grocery store you may want to marinate the steaks for a couple of hours……..Papa Mike
Summer is rapidly approaching, and with it, grilling season. While steak enthusiasts are eager to bend your ear about home dry-aging experiments or that massive “tomahawk ribeye” they splurged on, it’s medium-rare to hear someone rave about chuck steak. Talk about a missed opportunity: Chuck is an incredibly flavorful and definitely the “poor- mans ribeye”
A 19-year-old man has been charged with felony drunken driving for striking another car in St. Paul last week and killing the other driver, according to charges.
Jose O. Vasquez-Guillen, of St. Paul, was charged Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the crash on April 3 south of the St. Paul Downtown Airport near Concord and Page streets. Mark J. O’Gara, 52, of St. Paul, died at the scene.
Two days after the crash, Vasquez-Guillen left the Ramsey County jail and was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Vasquez-Guillen, a citizen of El Salvador, entered the country illegally at age 15 in January 2016, and a federal judge seven months later ordered him deported, ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said Thursday. The deportation order came after Vasquez-Guillen failed to appear for his immigration hearing.
Kenny O’Gara, one of Mark’s sons, learned last week from police that Vasquez-Guillen was in the country illegally.
SHARIAH LAW IS 3,256 “MILES” FROM THE UNITED STAES AND WE CAN NOT ALLOW THIS “BARBARIC” LAW TO CROSS OUR BORDERS
Sharia law in the UK is now in penetration phase 4 (see Spread of Islam). UK now has over 3,000 mosques and converting empty church buildings into mosques has become one of UK’s cottage industries.
UK formally recognized Sharia law court in 2008 and the Archbishop of Canterbury – the head of Church of England – conceded that adopting elements of the Sharia law into UK’s court system was “unavoidable.”
Today, UK has over 130 Sharia law courts. Although they technically lie within the UK’s Tribunal Court system, these Sharia courts have been issuing rulings that contradict UK’s common law.
In 2011, UK’s Muslims began demanding that Sharia law replace British common law and become the only law in towns with large Muslim populations, including Birmingham, Bradford, Derby, Dewsbury, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Sheffield, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets, an East London Muslim enclave whose streets are already plastered with posters declaring, “You are entering a Sharia controlled zone:Islamic rules enforced” (below) and where Muslim imams have issued death threats to women who refuse to wear the Hijab (see Quran and Taharrush). Sixty-two percent of UK’s Muslim men and 79% of UK’s Muslim women do not work and instead live on government support today, and Muslims comprise one-third of Britain’s high security prison inmate population.
On Monday the chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade did not hesitate and ran into the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to rescue the holy relics. Moments later Jean-Marc Fournier exited the inferno with Christ’s Crown of Thorns and St. Louis’s tunic.
The chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade is being lauded as a hero after rushing into the burning Notre Dame Cathedral to rescue holy relics, including a crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ.
Jean-Marc Fournier, who serves as the brigade’s chaplain, reportedly went straight for the ancient relics as the nearly 850-year-old structure burned around him.
“He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear,” a source in emergency services told the Daily Mail of Fournier’s heroism.
A French reporter snapped a photo of Fournier, with a caption describing how he saved the crown of thorns from the inferno.
The Islamic terrorists murdered 90 people at the hall during a concert and then were either shot by police or committed suicide.
Father Jean-Marc Fournier ran into the Bataclan the night of the shooting to comfort the wounded and pray for the dead. Fournier gave collective absolution to the victims for their sins as is authorized by the church.
Father Fournier set himself two goals: first, “save the crown of thorns and the relics of passion”, then “save Jesus”, by recovering the Blessed Sacrament, that is to say, the consecrated hosts. Very soon, he realizes the difficulty of accessing the crown of thorns that, according to legend, Jesus would have worn before being crucified, and which has been preserved at Notre-Dame since 1806. A code is needed to open a chest under the reliquary. And nobody, at that moment, has this code. With a BSPP colonel, they “desperately” searched for the person who held him. “It took us a while,” he breathes.
Meanwhile, another team of firefighters managed to find a steward in possession of the precious code and put the crown of thorns in a safe place. “They got ahead of us on this matter,” smiles Father Fournier. But there are still many works of art to save. With a representative of the Ministry of Culture and a steward of the cathedral, he lists them. At the top, “a virgin with the child who is in the second chapel on the right.” We must act quickly. In the cathedral, “there was an iridescent rain of melted lead”. “It was clear where the arrow had fallen . “
This first work recovered, he decides to “structure” the intervention. Chief Warrant Officer Millet accompanying him “is a small team” that Father Fournier will advise to “avoid going out of things that had no interest”. Methodically, they inspect every corner of the monument, determine which works to save as a priority. “Parts that are too large, too heavy or inaccessible” are not part of it. Later, the situation becoming too dangerous, their mission was interrupted. “We finished our journey with a painting depicting the martyrs of Korea, and a very large one from the 16th or 17th. This is the largest room we have released. “
“I invited Jesus to take care of his own house”
The paintings are “stored in the workers’ living space, under the care of police officers”. But Father Fournier did not forget that he had set himself another mission: to leave the consecrated hosts from Our Lady, representing for the Catholics the body of Jesus Christ. They are in two places, one of which is now inaccessible. Finally, he manages to recover the others who were “in a tabernacle in the chapel of St. George”. The clergyman, alone in the cathedral, surrounded by “fumes of water, falling orange and red rains ,” will then make “a great sign of the cross.”
“I invited Jesus to take care of his own house if he did not want to end up on the edge of the Canal Saint-Martin with a tent 3 seconds to finish the night,” he jokes. At the same time, the north tower, threatened by the flames, was in danger of collapsing and thus carrying away its twin sister. But the action of firefighters , he insists, helped avert the disaster. “I want to see also the action of Christ who intervened to say that the joke was enough and that it was necessary to preserve the two towers”. The interview is coming to an end. But Father Fournier has not finished with the media yet. Outside the barracks, a hundred journalists are still waiting to meet the man who saved the treasures of Notre-Dame.
The FBI conducted a massive manhunt for Sol Pais, 18, after she flew to Colorado this week and bought a pump-action shotgun. She had made threats ahead of Saturday’s 20th anniversary of the mass shooting that killed 13 people at Columbine. The FBI described her “extremely dangerous” and after a lengthy search, she was discovered by agents with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The FBI said she “made threats to commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area.” In response, “All schools in the Denver area were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed ‘credible and general,’ said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety,” the Associated Pressreported. “Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver lock their doors for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon before Wednesday’s complete closures were announced.”
Before she was found dead, Dean Phillips, head of the Denver office of the FBI, which is leading the investigation, said there was a “massive manhunt” for Pais, according to the Washington Post. Pais was “last seen in the county’s foothills, clad in camouflage pants, black boots and a black T-shirt,” the Post reported.
FBI agents were seen entering Pais’s home in South Florida Tuesday night. A man who identified himself as her father told the Miami Herald of his daughter: “I think maybe she’s got a mental problem.”
Pais’s parents reported the teenager missing Monday night, after losing contact with her on Sunday.
“Because of her comments and her actions, because of her travel here to the state, because of her procurement of a weapon immediately upon arriving here,” he said, “we consider her to be a credible threat — certainly to the community and, potentially, to schools.”
The threat, which the FBI said was “not isolated to one school or individual,” led county public school officials on Tuesday afternoon to place Columbine and nearby schools on “lockout,” which means classes continue as usual inside while entries to and exits from the building are restricted.
“We deal with a lot of threats at Columbine,” John McDonald, executive director of security for the Jefferson County school system, told the AP after the manhunt was over. “This one felt different. It was different. It certainly got our attention.”
As The Daily Wire has reported, the current migrant influx crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is unprecedented in modern history. Consider what Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, recently told Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz in an interview:
Just how bad is it? Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told me emphatically that this is the “absolute worst” he’s seen it in 21 years of his work on the border. “We have never seen what we are dealing with today. It’s unprecedented and we’re in uncharted waters.”
Judd stressed the fact that while there were years where we had up to 1.5 million apprehensions during the 1990s and early 2000s, those were total arrests, not total number of people arrested. That is because almost all of those crossing were single adults from Mexico who were repatriated back to Mexico almost immediately. As such, many tried to come back again, and Border Patrol counted new arrests of the same individual multiple times. “Last decade, we arrested the same people multiple times in one year. For example, I caught the same group of seven people three times in the same shift, so although I made 21 arrests, it was still only seven people.”
In hopes of cutting down on fraud and abuse, Attorney General Bill Barr has implemented a new ruling requiring that individuals seeking asylum in the United States be held in detention facilities until their court date. Essentially, Barr is ending catch-and-release of those claiming asylum.
As a reminder, the vast majority of asylum claims are thrown out and “credible fear” or “reasonable fear” statements are fraudulently used to gain access to the United States. A reminder from the White House:
-There has been a massive spike in migrants claiming asylum at the border regardless of whether their claims have merit or not.
-Prior to 2013, 1 out of every 100 aliens arriving at the border claimed credible fear and sought asylum. That number has skyrocketed to 1 out of every 10.
-Less than 10 percent of those who were granted credible fear in 2018 were ultimately approved for asylum.
-Capacity at immigration facilities has been pushed to its limit, driving our already broken system from “catch-and-release” to just release.
-Congress needs to fix our asylum laws by raising the credible fear standard and tightening eligibility to prevent abuse of the system.
-Currently, migrants with meritless claims often cross the border illegally, claim “credible fear,” and gain release into the interior of the country.
A Georgia man suspected of being an undocumented immigrant crashed his car into a York County ditch while driving drunk with three children in the car, police said.
Venancio Cardenas, 24, of Uvalda, Ga., was charged Sunday by Fort Mill Police Department officers with child endangerment and DUI, said Maj. Bryan Zachary of the Fort Mill Police Department.
Cardenas was drinking a beer and refused to put it down when officers arrived at the scene on Blossom Terrace near Spratt Street in Fort Mill, according to a police report. The car was in a ditch and three children — ages 1, 3 and 4 — had been riding in the car at the time of the wreck, officers said.
Police did not report any serious injuries to the children.
The relationship between the three children and Cardenas is unclear.
Cardenas refused to interact with officers on scene, Zachary said.
Cardenas also is being held in the York County jail without bond by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant, according to…Read more »