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‘Good Morning America’ Praises Obama Netflix Deal: ‘We Need That Kind of Programming’

"Good Morning America" enthusiastically reported Tuesday on the deal struck between Barack and Michelle Obama and streaming giant Netflix, with one host remarking "we need that kind of programming." The former president and first lady will produce "a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features," according to the news release on the agreement. President Obama said in a statement that he and Michelle wanted to "cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world." After ABC newsreader Lara Spencer read out the item and noted Netflix didn't release any "financial details" on the agreement, host Robin Roberts exclaimed, "They got paid!" "Breaking new ground for a president," host George Stephanopoulos said. "Absolutely. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with," Spencer said. "And we need that kind of programming. We really do," Roberts said. The segment took place with a chyron stating, "THE OBAMAS ARE MAKING MOVIES!" splashed on the screen. The post ‘Good Morning America’ Praises Obama Netflix Deal: ‘We Need That Kind of Programming’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Venezuela Expels Top U.S. Diplomats After Trump Approves New Sanctions

Venezuela expelled the top U.S. diplomatic officials in the country on Tuesday after the Trump administration increased sanctions on the South American nation. President Nicolas Maduro declared victory Sunday in what critics called a sham election, one in which several opposition parties were banned from running. The United States and several of Venezuela's Latin American neighbors had threatened Maduro with sanctions if he went through with the vote. On Monday, Trump followed through on that warning, banning U.S. citizens or companies from buying debt from the Venezuelan government, but stopping short of threatened sanctions of Venezuela's lucrative state-owned oil industry. "We call for the Maduro regime to restore democracy, hold free and fair elections, release all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally, and end the repression and economic deprivation of the Venezuelan people," Trump said in a statement. In response, Venezuela gave chargé d'affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy Brian Naranjo, the two highest-ranking officials at the U.S. embassy, 48 hours to leave the country. In a televised address, Maduro called Robinson a persona non grata and accused him of "conspiring" against his government. The expulsion comes after Maduro previously kicked out the top Brazilian and Canadian diplomats in December and the Spanish ambassador in January after the European Union voted for additional sanctions. In those cases, Maduro also accused the diplomats of interfering with his country's internal affairs. Blaming foreign influences is a common refrain for Maduro's government, which has failed to stop Venezuela's out-of-control inflation and widespread starvation. The post Venezuela Expels Top U.S. Diplomats After Trump Approves New Sanctions appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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The Problem With CNN’s School Shooting Count

CNN has been promoting its latest count of school shootings in the aftermath of Friday's tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas. But most of the included incidents bear no resemblance to that attack. While the news organization has not released details behind the incidents included in its report that 288 school shootings have occurred in the United States since 2009, it has detailed its count of 22 for this year. Their standard includes any incident where anyone was injured in any way anywhere on school grounds for any school from kindergarten to college. It is similar to the standard created by gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety, which many media outlets have repeated. The main difference appears to be that CNN only counts incidents that result in some sort of injury to somebody other than the person who pulled the trigger. It includes shootings where neither the shooter nor the victims were students or faculty at the school. It includes accidental shootings. It even includes an incident where one student was bruised after being shot with a BB gun. If CNN's list of school shootings is limited to incidents where a student is either the victim or perpetrator of a shooting by an actual gun on school grounds, only 12* of the 22 incidents would qualify. Of those 12 incidents, 9 happened at K-12 schools and 3 happened at universities. Most of those 12 do not closely resemble the shootings in Sante Fe or Parkland. Most were targeted attacks on a single victim or did not result in serious injuries. Four of the 12 shootings resulted in fatalities, 3 resulted in multiple fatalities, and 2 (Sante Fe and Parkland) were mass shootings where more than 4 people were killed. Researchers from Northeastern University revealed their finding in February that shootings at K-12 schools are not more common than they used to be and schools have become safer than they were in the 1990s. "Since 1996, there have been 16 multiple victim shootings in schools, or incidents involving 4 or more victims and at least 2 deaths by firearms, excluding the assailant," the university said of the research. "Of these, 8 are mass shootings, or incidents involving 4 or more deaths, excluding the assailant." The full Northeastern study will be published later this year but researchers have released their findings on the number of fatal school shootings and rate of students killed in those incidents. They determined school shootings are rare events especially when compared with other causes of death among school-aged children. "There is not an epidemic of school shootings," James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern, said of the findings. Representing these disturbing events as more common than they actually are leads to people overestimating how likely they are to happen at their local school: A study published last year found a third of parents believe their school will have a firearm incident in the next three years, despite only 8.6 percent who had actually heard of a gun incident at their school in the last five years. A poll published in April found 57 percent of teens fear a shooting at their school. *Here are the 12 incidents thus far in the 2018 calendar year where a student was intentionally shot by or intentionally shot somebody with a gun on school property: May 18, 2018: Santa Fe, Texas A 17-year-old student murdered 10 people and wounded 10 others in a shooting at Santa Fe High School. May 11, 2018: Palmdale, California A 14-year-old former student fired a rifle outside of Highland High hitting one student in the shoulder. The victim is expected to make a full recovery. April 20, 2018: Ocala, Florida A 17-year-old student at Forest High School was shot by a 19-year-old former student. The victim was hit in the ankle. His injury is considered non-life-threatening. March 20, 2018: Lexington Park, Maryland A student shot two other students at Great Mills High School, killing one, before being engaged by an armed school resource officer and being killed himself. March 7, 2018: Jackson, Mississippi A student was shot in the leg in a Jackson State University dorm. Police are unsure if the student accidentally shot himself or was shot by somebody else. His wound was not life-threatening. February 27, 2018: Norfolk, Virginia A student at Norfolk State University realized he had been shot in the behind after hearing a loud bang coming from a neighboring dorm room. It's unclear if the shooting was accidental or intentional. The student was not seriously injured. February 14, 2018: Parkland, Florida A 19-year-old former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School murdered 17 people at the school in one of the worst school shootings in American history. February 9, 2018: Nashville, Tennessee A 14-year-old shot a 17-year-old student multiple times in the parking lot of Pearl-Cohn High School. The 14-year-old claimed he was acting in self-defense during a fight with the 17-year-old and others but he still faces charges. The 17-year-old survived the shooting. February 5, 2018: Oxon Hill, Maryland A 17-year-old student at Oxon Hill High School was shot in a car in the school's parking lot in what police believe was an attempted robbery. He was treated and released from the hospital the same day. January 23, 2018: Benton, Kentucky A 15-year-old student murdered two other students at Marshall County High School and shot 14 others. January 22, 2018: Italy, Texas A 16-year-old male student at Italy High School shot a 15-year-old female student who had dated at one point. The victim survived the attack. January 20, 2018: Winston-Salem, North Carolina A Winston-Salem State University football player was murdered in the midst of a fight that broke out at a party on the campus of Wake Forest University. Another Winston-Salem State student was arrested for his murder. A second man was arrested for his role in the murder. The post The Problem With CNN’s School Shooting Count appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Abbas Displays Anti-Israel Cartoon While Recovering in Hospital

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appeared in photographs this week in which he prominently displays a cartoon depicting Israeli soldiers as child murderers. The PA published photographs of Abbas, who has been hospitalized over the past week, to dispel rumors about his failing health. In one photograph, Abbas is reading Al-Hayat Al-Jadid, the PA's official newspaper, which published the cartoon, according to Israeli news outlet Arutz Sheva. Abbas can be seen presenting the cartoon to the camera. A spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted the photo of Abbas, writing that the illustration is "reminiscent of Nazi cartoons." Abbas' office published these photos showing him in hospital, in order to show that he is well. Zoom in on the racist cartoon on the backpage of the PA's OFFICIAL paper, reminiscent of Nazi cartoons. The "moderate" leader made sure that anti-Semitism is alive & well in the PA. pic.twitter.com/wpIs5dl8aV — Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 22, 2018 The cartoon, created by Arab cartoonist Muhammed Sabaaneh, portrays an Israeli soldier taking a milk bottle from a baby and replacing the bottle with poison. The illustration alludes to the death of eight-month-old Laila al-Ghandour, who was brought to violent Palestinian demonstrations at the Israel-Gaza border last week and died. The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry and several Western media outlets blamed Israel for the baby's death, claiming she died from inhaling Israeli tear gas used to disperse the Palestinian riots. However, a doctor in Gaza told the Associated Press that the baby "had a pre-existing medical condition and that he did not believe her death was caused by tear gas." #IDF kill 8 months old baby in #Gaza #USEmbassyJerusalem #غزه #gaza #القدس #النكبة #GreatRetunMarch #Nakba70#JerusalemEmbassy #Trump pic.twitter.com/I74lbs0dmq — Sabaaneh (@Sabaaneh) May 16, 2018 Abbas, 82, underwent surgery on his left ear at Istishari Hospital in Ramallah, West Bank last Tuesday. He returned to the same hospital on Saturday night and Sunday for further tests, and Palestinian officials now say he is suffering from pneumonia. "The president had a high fever, but after doctors gave him antibiotics intravenously, it went down and his condition stabilized," one official told the Jerusalem Post on Monday. "I hope that he will be released from the hospital in the next day or two." The post Abbas Displays Anti-Israel Cartoon While Recovering in Hospital appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Trump: June 12 Summit With Kim Jong Un ‘May Not Work Out’

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled for June 12, "may not work out." Trump cast doubt on plans for the summit while answering questions from reporters in the White House alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who was in Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with his American counterpart. One reporter asked Trump what his conditions are for his meeting with Kim. "I'd rather not say, but we are working on something," Trump said. "And there is a chance that it will work out; there is a very substantial chance that it won't work out." "I don't want to waste a lot of time, and I'm sure he doesn't want to waste a lot of time, so there is a very substantial chance that it won't work out," Trump continued. The president then clarified that this does not mean he is giving up on a meeting with Kim. "And that's OK. That doesn't mean it won't work out over a period of time, but it might not work out for June 12," he said. "But there is a good chance that we'll have a meeting." Trump has said that he is looking forward to meeting the North Korean leader, but that, in the meantime, "maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost." Last week, North Korea threatened to withdraw from the meeting, which is set to take place in Singapore. The Trump administration has said it is prepared to provide large-scale sanctions relief and possibly other incentives to North Korea if Pyongyang commits and takes verifiable steps to denuclearize. The post Trump: June 12 Summit With Kim Jong Un ‘May Not Work Out’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Hamas Leader: We’re Coordinating with Iran, Hezbollah on an ‘Almost Daily Basis’

Hamas' leader in Gaza said Monday that the Palestinian terrorist group is coordinating with Iran and Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist group based in Lebanon, on an "almost daily basis." Yahya Al-Sinwar made the comment on Al-Mayadeen TV, where he discussed Hamas' close ties with Iran and Iran's chief proxy force, according to a clip translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. "If Israel launches a military attack against Gaza, will we be witnessing unprecedented surprises, the likes of which we have not seen in the Israeli aggressions of 2014, 2012 and 2009, and 2008 against Gaza?" the news host asked Al-Sinwar. "Absolutely. This is certain and beyond any doubt," Al-Sinwar said. "Our resistance in the Gaza Strip has greatly developed its capabilities, first and foremost thanks to Allah, but also with the help of the righteous free men of our nation—first and foremost the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has provided the Al-Qassam Brigades [Hamas' military wing, fully called the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades] and the other factions of the resistance a lot of money, equipment, and expertise even before the [Israeli] aggression, but especially after it." Al-Sinwar went on to say that his terror group has "excellent relations" with Hezbollah that are "extremely developed." "We work together and coordinate and are in touch on an almost daily basis. The relations are at the best stage ever," Al-Sinwar said. "Similarly, our ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran, with brother Qasem Soleimani [head of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] and the other brothers in the IRCC leadership are very strong, powerful, and warm. Our relations with the Islamic Republic are excellent." Israel's internal security service said earlier this month that Iran is funding Hamas' ongoing efforts to promote violence against Israel disguised as mass demonstrations at the Gaza Strip border. The post Hamas Leader: We’re Coordinating with Iran, Hezbollah on an ‘Almost Daily Basis’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Trump: We Will ‘Guarantee’ Kim Jong Un’s Safety at Summit Meeting

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States would "guarantee" Kim Jong Un's safety at their planned summit meeting. Trump was holding a press conference in the Oval Office with South Korean President Moon Jae-in when a reporter asked if he could guarantee Kim would be safe during their planned meeting. "I will guarantee his safety, yes. We will guarantee his safety, and we've talked about that from the beginning," Trump said. "He will be safe; he will be happy. His country will be rich; his country will be hard-working and very prosperous." Trump stressed how much good the summit meeting could potentially yield for the welfare of the North Korean people if Kim attends and comes to a deal with Trump. "Yeah, I think that he will be extremely happy if something works out, and if it doesn't work out, honestly, he can't be happy," Trump said. "But he has a chance to do something that maybe has never been done before. And I think if you look 25 years in the future, 50 years into the future, he will be able to look back and be very proud of what he did for North Korea – and actually, for the world – but he will be very proud of what he did for North Korea." Trump also spoke of South Korea as an example, noting how highly developed and technologically advanced the country has become with the assistance of the United States. Kim is reported to be particularly concerned with his safety and the potential for assassinations attempts. When he traveled to China in March, the North Korean dictator traveled in an armored train. While the Trump administration has continued to express optimism a deal can be reached with Kim, Trump said Tuesday that the summit may not happen on the planned date of June 12. "We'll see what happens," Trump said. "If it doesn't happen, maybe it'll happen later. Maybe it'll happen at a different time. But we are talking." The post Trump: We Will ‘Guarantee’ Kim Jong Un’s Safety at Summit Meeting appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Activists Slam Sanders-Inspired ‘Our Revolution’ for Problems With Latino Engagement

Our Revolution, the progressive advocacy group that spun off from Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I., Vt.) failed 2016 presidential campaign, has a problem engaging America's burgeoning Latino community, according to a new report. The group's president, former Ohio Democratic state senator Nina Turner, elicited rebuke in a report released Monday for her controversial leadership style and what some believe is an aversion to properly courting Latino voters, according to Politico, who spoke to two dozen sources inside and outside the organization. Turner's detractors pointed to her unwillingness to leverage the group's resources in initiating broader advocacy efforts to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, an Obama administration's executive order that provided legal protections to illegal immigrants brought to America as children. The issue came to a head in September when President Donald Trump rescinded the program, arguing it was conceived and implemented through executive overreach. The program's annulment left the legal status of over 800,000 dreamers in limbo. Our Revolution's alleged inaction triggered the resignation of Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman who joined Our Revolution's board of directors at the inception. Flores expressed that her departure was due to disagreements over the organization's longterm vision. "I felt that Our Revolution was not headed in the direction I felt comfortable with," Flores said. Turner has also been criticized for allegedly attempting to install Tezlyn Figaro, a political consultant who served as the National Racial Justice Director on the Sanders campaign, as Our Revolution's chief of staff. The move was ultimately blocked by the organization's board of directors after it came to light Figaro–in frequent appearances on Fox News–made comments construed by some to be offensive to illegal immigrants. Erika Andiola, an undocumented immigrant and DACA recipient who previously worked for Sanders as a press secretary, elaborated on the issues surrounding Our Revolution on her Facebook page. Andiola served as the group's political director for over a year before being fired in November 2017. She claimed Our Revolution and Turner attempted to silence her from speaking out against Democrats who were reluctant to confront the realities facing DACA recipients. "I feel a huge responsibility towards my community and so I asked for support from Senator Turner and an organization that I truly cared about, and I worked so hard for, to fight to replace DACA with the Dream Act," Andiola said. "Instead, I was told to stop talking to media, to stop tweeting, to not push Democrats on this issue, etc." In her post, Andiola alleged Turner was seeking to scale down the level of involvement Our Revolution had on immigration issues. "Senator Turner was going to force [Our Revoluition] to leave the OurDream coalition we started because we were challenging Democrats as well as Republicans and because we believed our strategy had to include civil disobedience," she stated. "Finally, I asked for a leave of absence or some way to work this out, but instead I was fired the very next day without any further dialogue." Andiola made clear she wanted organizations in the progressive movement to learn they couldn't take Latino activists for granted. "I hope and pray that organizations on the left can learn to work with undocumented leaders and others who are being literally attacked by current policy changes," Andiola said. "It's convenient to hire us when you need "Latino and/or immigrant support" and we have a connection to the community, but you also have to support us and follow our lead when sh**t hits the fan on issues that affect us." Andiola expressed she was holding out hope that Our Revolution would not ignore the plight of illegal immigrants and would act to rectify some of its recent missteps. "I also hope and pray that the organization doesn't forget about Latinos and undocumented folks on the left," she said. "A good start would be to remove Ms. Figaro from staff, as well as to hold accountable the [organization's] leadership for this." The group's issues mirror those Sanders faced on the 2016 campaign trail as he struggled to appeal to minority voters. While the self-described Democratic socialist ran a stronger than anticipated challenge for the Democratic nomination, he failed to make inroads in states outside of the Midwest and the plains that weren't majority white. In states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona–where the Latino community had a pronounced presence in the Democratic primary–Clinton bested Sanders by double digits. Sanders inability to connect with African-American voters was especially evident in southern states like South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana, where Clinton garnered over 70 percent of the Democratic primary vote. Turner, who replaced Sanders' 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver at the helm of Our Revolution in January 2017, has frequently courted controversy during her tenure. In August, she disparaged the Democratic National Committee as "pompous and arrogant" after it snubbed Our Revolution's attempts to include more progressive language in the party's platform. The post Activists Slam Sanders-Inspired ‘Our Revolution’ for Problems With Latino Engagement appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Harrington on Push to Give Illegal Immigrants Free Healthcare in California: No Wonder State Has ‘One of the Highest Poverty Rates in the Country’

Washington Free Beacon senior writer Elizabeth Harrington appeared on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" Tuesday where she discussed a proposal gaining steam in California to offer free health care to illegal immigrants. "With policies like these, it's no wonder California has one of the highest poverty rates in the country," Harrington said. "Think about it," she continued. "Since 1992, the state has spent $950 billion fighting poverty. And what do they have to show for it? They now account for a third of the entire country's welfare recipients." Harrington said that with policies like the one proposed, even more illegal immigrants will flock to California. "If you give something away for nothing, you're going to attract more undocumented aliens to the state," she said. She suggested that far-left policies of the sort will, at the same time, motivate law-abiding citizens to flee the state and the Democratic party. "If the Democratic Party keeps going the way of California with these far-left policies, they're going to not only–how we see happening– flee the state, they're going to flee the party," she said. Later in the segment, Harrington mentioned that some parts of California are fighting back, with five of its cities joining the Trump administration in suing the state government for its sanctuary city policies. The post Harrington on Push to Give Illegal Immigrants Free Healthcare in California: No Wonder State Has ‘One of the Highest Poverty Rates in the Country’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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