As an estimated 89 million voters descended on polling stations on Sunday it became clear that Mexicans – fed up with political sleaze, soaring violence and poverty – had overwhelmingly voted for change and to reject the only two parties to hold the presidency since the end of one-party rule in 2000.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterated China’s desire to work with the U.S., citing “common interests” in preserving stability in the region. Trump understands China’s efforts to resolve the issue and both leaders agreed to keep in close contact.
China has agreed to recent United Nations sanctions against North Korea.
The Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper, warned Friday that China wouldn’t assist North Korea if it attacked U.S. territory and America retaliated.
The relationship between the two presidents is “an extremely close one,” the administration added, calling Trump’s upcoming visit to China “a very historic event.”
A North Carolina man thought he was “going to die” when members of his evangelical church beat and choked him for two hours to expel his “homosexual demons,” he testified.
Matthew Fenner was the first person to take the stand in the assault and kidnapping trial of Brooke Covington, a 58-year-old minister at Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, N.C.
Fenner, 23, said Covington was the leader in a 2013 beating involving numerous congregants. He said Covington pointed out his sexual orientation, saying, “God said there is something wrong in your life.”
Covington faces up to two years in prison if convicted. She is the first of five church members to face trial in the case.
Prosecutor Garland Byers said during opening statements that Covington “directed and participated in” the assault.
Source: LA Times
Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said during a television interview that Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was playing the “race card” on Tuesday.
King said that Coretta would have a different view of Sessions now, noting, “…she would agree today that he of course ended some school segregation and he worked to prosecute members of the KKK…(she) would have noted that he had done some great work in fighting against discrimination.”
King added, referring to Warren, “It’s almost like a bait and switch, stir up the emotions, in the name of King—and my name is Alveda King… [and] play the race card, which she was attempting to do.”
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They talk trash publicly, but the Islamics in Iran are apparently pretty worried about President Trump.
Gloom and dread can be felt across the Iranian capital, and some people blame not only Trump, but also their own leaders.
First Trump ordered a ban on travel by most Iranians to the United States. Then the Iranian military conducted a missile test, which was followed by a warning from Trump’s national security adviser that Iran was “on notice” for an undefined reprisal.
Amid all of this, Trump issued a barrage of Twitter posts correctly accusing Iran of meddling in the region and being “#1 in terror.” He has also not missed an occasion to call the 2015 nuclear agreement – which many average Iranians see as their main lifeline to relatively normal lives – as a “really, really bad deal.”
In classrooms, taxis, hair salons and homes, many people in this nation of 80 million have gone from first dismissing Trump’s comments as political bombast to worrying about new sanctions and even military strikes by the United States.
Meanwhile Iran’s psychopath supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has responded to Trump with mocking sarcasm.
Read the whole story in the Orange County Register
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, processed 2,043,184 gun-related checks through January 2017, records released on Friday show. That’s more than 500,000 fewer checks than the record set the year before. It comes on the heels of a streak that saw 18-straight months of new monthly records, and two new yearly records as well.
January’s total still saw the third most checks for any January going back to 1998 despite its drop off from record-setting pace.
NICS checks are widely considered the most accurate measure of how many guns were sold in a given month because nearly all sales conducted through licensed dealers require a check. However, it is not a one-to-one representation for a number of reasons. The fact that most states don’t require a NICS check on sales between non-dealers and that more than one firearm can be purchased with a single check are some of the factors that lower the measures accuracy.
Read the whole story in the Washington Free Beacon
This awards season is just getting revved up. And already, the entertainment-industrial complex, dominated by self-congratulatory leftists, hard-core exhibitionists and gazillionaires and -airesses, some in get-ups that would set back ordinary Joes or Janes a year’s worth of rent money, have issued a collective punch to the guts of folks at home.
No longer is it about inspiring the masses with exceptional talent and artistic beauty. It’s all Trump-bashing, all the time.
Read the whole article in the New York Post
They say they have no problem with refugees and they’re not un-American. They just want to protect the US against terror attacks, and they think President Trump’s travel ban is a good first step.
“I do feel safer,” said Dotty Rhea, 68, a retiree from Savannah, Tennessee. “Nobody’s angry with them (immigrants), nobody hates them. We just need to protect ourselves.”
Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending refugees and banning immigrants from seven countries has sparked criticism and protests nationwide. But many Americans and members of Congress say they stand by the President’s decision.
Supporters of the ban point to prior terror attacks on American soil and say they want stronger vetting.
“We are just thrilled that President Trump has issued this ban and he’s taking measures to protect us,” said Debbie Meiners, 67, of Jacksonville, Florida. “We really believe in securing our borders and being a nation of safety.
“We love refugees, but we want only those coming here who love us and want to assimilate into our culture and way of life.”
Read the whole story in CNN
The copy that follows is fake news. It’s planted by people who are trying to smear Sen. Dean Heller.
Nancy Lang has been trying to reach U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s office for some time, but to no avail.
The 67-year-old from Gardnerville wanted to talk about some of the votes before the Senate – especially confirmation votes for some of President Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees and the precarious position of President Barack Obama’s health care plan in Congress.
Especially problematic at the moment for Lang is Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
“There’s two Republicans who have withdrawn support (from DeVos). If he would do it, it might sway the approval of her,” Lang said. “I was trying to get through to say please, please reconsider.”
Darin Bue, 57, of Reno and a Democrat, said he had the same problem Thursday morning when trying to make his feelings about DeVos known.
“I called this morning at 6:30 a.m. Got a busy signal. I tried yesterday and got a busy signal. The phones just seem to be down up there,” Bue said.
Bue and Lang’s problems aren’t isolated. The Reno Gazette-Journal talked to more than a dozen people – mostly Democrats – who said they were having trouble getting through to Heller – a Republican.
Heller responded by tweet:
“We are experiencing heavy call volumes in all our offices,” Heller said. “Staff is answering as many as possible. Please continue calling to get through.”
So Democrats jam Heller’s phones then complain that he doesn’t answer their calls. Duh? Fake News.
Read the laughable coverage in the Reno Gazette-Journal
The Trump administration’s temporary ban on refugees entering the United States until measures can be adopted to ensure more “extreme vetting” has sparked criticism from human rights activists, security specialists and some U.S. lawmakers.
They argue that current screening procedures for refugees are already adequately exhaustive and rigorous.
Homeland Security is among the entities heavily involved in the screening, together with multiple intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense and other law enforcement agencies.
But critics say no system is fail-safe and they insist loopholes exist — such as the lack of proper documents by people fleeing war — that could allow those who want to harm Americans to slip in as refugees.
Read the whole story in the LA Times