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Huckabee Sanders to April Ryan: ‘I’m Not Going to Think What You Think’

When CNN political analyst April Ryan on Monday likened the president’s use of the word "breeding" in describing crime in California to "animals breeding," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't mince words to express her disagreement. Trump tweeted last week that sanctuary cities breed crime, saying California is "crime-infested" as a result. "There is a Revolution going on in California," Trump tweeted. "Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy." There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018 April Ryan asked specifically about the word "breeding," prompting Sanders to explain Trump used that word to say California has a problem with crime among illegal residents of the state. "The president has recognized this is a major problem, and a lot of people even in California want to see the issue of sanctuary cities addressed," Sanders said. "And the president is doing what he can to do that." Ryan then asked whether the choice of that word had to do with Trump likening certain people to "animals breeding." "When you think of breeding, you think of animals breeding, populating," Ryan said. "I'm not going to think what you think. Certainly, I think it can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but the president is talking about a growing problem," Sanders replied. "I don't have anything to add." The post Huckabee Sanders to April Ryan: ‘I’m Not Going to Think What You Think’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Net Neutrality Officially Dead

The "internet as we know it may not exist" now that net neutrality has officially ended, the media are warning online. The Federal Communications Commission voted to end net neutrality in December, but the vote did not officially take effect until Monday. FCC chairman Ajit Pai's Restoring Internet Freedom proposal repealed the Obama administration's Title II rules. Under net neutrality, internet service providers were classified as utilities instead of information services, and subjected to broad federal regulation, for the first time in history. The media have characterized repealing regulations that were installed three years ago as the "end of the internet as we know it." CNET warned Monday the "internet as we know it may not exist" with the Obama-era rules that have been "out of effect" since January 2017. "Chairman Ajit Pai has called the Obama-era rules ‘heavy-handed' and ‘a mistake,' and he argues that they deterred innovation and depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks," CNET reported. "To set things right, he says, he's taking the FCC back to a ‘light touch' approach to regulation." "But supporters of net neutrality, such as big tech companies like Google and Facebook, as well as consumer groups and pioneers of the internet like the creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, say the internet as we know it may not exist without these protections," the website said, in the article published online. CNET couched its warning while noting people may not notice any change at all, "right away." "This is a huge change in policy at the FCC and it could affect how you experience the internet," the report said. "Keep in mind, your experience isn't likely to change right away, which is why you probably didn't notice anything different when you logged on today." "But over time, it could change significantly," CNET cautioned. "Whether you think that change will be for the better or the worse depends on whom you believe." Pai has long argued the government's hands-off approach to regulating the internet has allowed it to thrive. The net neutrality repeal returned authority to the Federal Trade Commission to investigate anticompetitive practices on the internet, like blocking or throttling traffic. "We were not living in some digital dystopia prior to 2015," Pai has said. The post Net Neutrality Officially Dead appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Police: Van Hits Multiple Pedestrians in Toronto, Driver in Custody

TORONTO (Reuters) – A white van struck multiple people at a major intersection in Toronto’s northern suburbs on Monday and police have taken the driver into custody, police said on Twitter. Police in Canada’s largest city initially said eight to 10 people had been injured but later said it was unclear exactly how many had been hurt or the extent of their injuries. "Too early to confirm the number of pedestrians struck or their injuries," police said on Twitter, adding that the incident occurred shortly before 1:27 ET. The pedestrians were struck in the northern part of the city, about 30 kms (18 miles) from downtown, where the Group of Seven foreign ministers were meeting on Monday. There was no noticeable change in security around the Intercontinental Hotel where the foreign ministers were about to gather for a group photograph. Reporting by Jim Finkle in Toronto, writing by Andrea Hopkins in Ottawa; Editing by Scott Malone The post Police: Van Hits Multiple Pedestrians in Toronto, Driver in Custody appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Arizona Dem Candidate Supports Late-Term Abortion

Arizona Democratic congressional candidate Hiral Tipirneni on Sunday voiced her support for late-term abortion by saying the decision should be "based on medical input from very experienced physicians." Tipirneni appeared on MSNBC's "Kasie DC," where host Kasie Hunt asked her about the abortion position of former Rep. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), who previously held the seat she is running for. "One issue that Trent Franks was known for that he focused on quite a bit in Washington, D.C. was the issue of abortion, and he had a very strong anti-abortion views. I'm wondering, what is your position? Would you support for example a ban on partial-birth abortion?" Hunt asked. "I'm a physician, and I have seen and witnessed women making or having to face that choice, that heartbreaking, gut-wrenching choice," Tipirneni said. "I truly do believe that is a decision that should be between a woman, her partner, her physician, and her faith." "If we want [abortion] to be rare, then let's focus on things like comprehensive sex education in the classrooms that's age appropriate and making sure that women have access to contraception," she added. Hunt pressed further on whether she thought there should be any limits on abortion. "Is there a point at which you do think abortion should be limited?" Hunt asked. "Late-term abortions, those are based on medical input from very experienced physicians, and it’s usually related to a risk to the woman’s life," Tipirneni said, signaling support. "It is not something that is made frivolously. It is something that is very critical, and I don’t think that that’s something that we should be legislating. We need to let medical professionals make that decision based on what is best for that patient." Tipirneni will face off against Republican Debbie Lesko on Tuesday in a special election to fill the 8th Congressional District seat vacated by Franks, who resigned amid controversy last December. The post Arizona Dem Candidate Supports Late-Term Abortion appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Carter Center Sued for Providing Support to Terrorists, Defrauding Taxpayers

The Trump administration is seeking the dismissal of a suit alleging the nonprofit helmed by former president Jimmy Carter has used taxpayer funding to provide material support to international terrorist groups, including Hamas. The Zionist Advocacy Center, which filed the recently unsealed suit in 2015, alleges the Carter Center received more than $30 million in taxpayer grants while violating federal statutes barring it from using the cash to provide material support to terror groups. The plaintiffs maintain the Carter Center has violated the law by hosting designated terrorists at is facilities, as well as by providing various forms of assistance to the Palestinian terror group Hamas and other known terror entities, according to recently unsealed court documents. The Department of Justice surprised pro-Israel insiders recently when it moved to have the case dismissed on the grounds it is too expensive to prosecute, according to court filings the administration had requested remain secret. A hearing on the dismissal motion will occur on April 25, though legal experts handling the case are hoping to convince the DOJ to reverse its opinion beforehand, according to those familiar with the proceedings. Evidence presented in the case purports to show the Carter Center accepted millions in government grants while falsely certifying it was not violating prohibitions on providing material support to terror groups, which include a broad range of factors including lodgings, expert advice, and other types of support. Former President Carter's ongoing and well-documented interactions with Hamas and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) are tantamount to material support for terror groups, the suit alleges citing evidence Carter hosted these officials at his Center's offices. This also includes providing services and advice to Hamas and other individuals and organizations designated as terrorists by the U.S. government. While the Trump administration's lawyers admit in their motion to dismiss that Carter has in fact met with designated terrorists and terror groups, they are seeking to have the case tossed because it would be too expensive to adjudicate in court. "Representatives of the Carter Center have engaged in discussions and meetings with members of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine," the government's motion states. However, "the primary purposes of these activities were to facilitate dialog between the Palestinian factions and to urge Hamas to recognize Israel's right to exist, forgo violence, and accept previous peace agreements," Trump administration lawyers maintain, adding that these activities were not concealed from the public. Due to the publicly available nature of these interactions, the DOJ maintains the activity should not be classified as material support for terrorists, according to the government's dismissal motion. The DOJ did not immediately have comment on the case. A representative for the Carter Center did not respond to multiple Free Beacon requests for comment. The DOJ maintained in its motion to dismiss the case that the core issue represents "a difference of opinion with the Carter Center about how to resolve conflict in the Middle East" and, for that reason, does not violate laws barring material support to terror groups. "If the United States were to decline to intervene in the case … the United States, as the real party of interest, likely would be required to devote considerable resources to the litigation," the DOJ argued. "The United State has determined that this action should not proceed," the DOJ wrote. Yifa Segal, director of the International Legal Forum, a group involved in the case, told the Free Beacon that DOJ’s legal arguments do not hold water. "According to U.S. law, the provision of expert advice or assistance otherwise known as material support, even if meant to promote peaceful and lawful conduct, can facilitate terrorism," Segal said. "The logic is simple. Any service provided to a terror group can help free up other resources within the organization," Segal explained. "Taking into account that a terror organization, ultimately, aims at executing acts of terror, by freeing resources from other needs, you are very likely to contribute to the organization's illegal acts of violence, whether you intended to do so or not." Services like those provided by the Carter Center can in fact "contribute to the terrorist organization's own legitimacy," according to Segal, who said arguments revolving around the Carter Center’s intentions in providing such services are irrelevant to the legality of the case. "It seems that the DOJ is attempting to bury this case by making technical arguments as to this procedure," Segal said. "Beyond our professional disagreement regarding these particular claims, the question is this: Even if their arguments are correct, why isn't the government taking different measures to put a stop to this illegal activity?" 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Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly Will Vote to Confirm Pompeo

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) announced on Monday that he will vote to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state. Donnelly released a statement on Twitter expressing his support for Pompeo, who was nominated by President Donald Trump last month to replace Rex Tillerson at the State Department. "When I met with Director Pompeo, we had a productive conversation about the complex security challenges we face, including the dangerous threat posed by North Korea's nuclear missile program. I strongly believe that a successful, peaceful outcome will require a comprehensive strategy and a full team on the field, including an effective State Department, to leverage all available tools," the statement reads. "We need a Secretary of State who will give the president an honest assessment on critical issues, including Russia, Syria, and the defeat of ISIS. I believe Director Pompeo is capable of advancing U.S. interests and leading the State Department, and I will support his nomination." Joe announced his support for the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. READ Joe’s statement: pic.twitter.com/ASsYpX869k — Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) April 23, 2018 Donnelly joins Sens. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) as the only Democrats so far to announce their support for Pompeo. All three Democrats face tough reelection challenges in states Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016. The support of red-state Democrats will be vital in confirming Pompeo as Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate. Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) has maintained his intention to vote against Pompeo's nomination for the same reasons he opposed his confirmation as CIA director. Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) is absent from the Senate undergoing treatment for cancer, and Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) is undecided. Donnelly, Manchin, and Heitkamp were three of the 15 senators who crossed the aisle to vote for Pompeo's confirmation to lead the CIA over a year ago. The post Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly Will Vote to Confirm Pompeo appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Harrington: The Media Spin Every Story to Hurt Trump ‘Just Because It’s Trump’

Washington Free Beacon staff writerElizabeth Harrington said Monday on Fox Business that the media spin stories to hurt President Donald Trump "just because it's Trump," even if the news is beneficial to him. Harrington noted to host Charles Payne that, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced over the weekend that his country would halt its nuclear and missile tests ahead of a planned summit with Trump, the media praised Kim's negotiating rather than Trump's diplomacy. "They can't give Trump credit for anything," Harrington said of the media. "If this was [former President Barack] Obama, he would be getting the [Nobel] Peace Prize." "It is such a detriment to the profession where everything is now spun in a way that can hurt Trump just because it's Trump," Harrington added later in the interview. "Anytime there is news that should be pretty beneficial to Trump—whether it is this North Korea news or the [James] Comey memos, him leaking classified information and being under review—you have the media saying, ‘Oh, Trump is now trying to spin this in his favor and Trump is trying to spin North Korea halting nuclear tests in his favor.' It's the media that's doing spinning, which we've seen again and again and again, regardless of what the issue is. And I think that's unfortunate." Harrington also said that Trump should continue to bait the media because they continue to give him free coverage and "no one" has a high opinion of them anymore. The post Harrington: The Media Spin Every Story to Hurt Trump ‘Just Because It’s Trump’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Parkland Survivor Calls for Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban After Tennessee Shooting

One of the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., said Sunday that the recent shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee shows the need to ban semi-automatic guns. Authorities say a man, nude except for a green jacket and armed with an AR-15, opened fire on the restaurant’s patrons early Sunday morning, killing four and injuring four others before James Shaw Jr. wrestled away the gun. Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a gunman killed 17 in February, responded to the Tennessee shooting by calling for gun control. "Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America," Gonzalez tweeted. Tens of millions of semi-automatic guns are in circulation in the U.S. and they constitute about half of of guns produced since 1986. Removing them from "civilian society" would require the confiscation of tens of millions of handguns, hunting rifles, and other weapons in common use. Gonzalez also made the point that the heroics of Shaw, who was not armed, show law-abiding citizens do not need guns to stop shootings. She said the fact he wasn't armed invalidates the self-defense "sales pitch" from gun companies such as Smith and Wesson. "The local police say a man at the scene wrestled his gun away – looks like you don’t need to arm a teacher (or a resource officer) to stop a shooting," she said. "There goes the sales pitch for @SmithWessonCorp." (4/4) Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America. — Emma González (@Emma4Change) April 22, 2018 Gonzalez cautioned against making the shooting about anything besides gun control, which she considers the only way to prevent violence. Without citing any evidence, she accused the NRA of seeking to drive up gun sales in the aftermath of the attack. "He was white and he used an AR-15," Gonzalez also wrote. "The @NRA is about to say this man had mental health issues, so that the rest of us will get scared of anyone with poor mental health and buy a gun in preemptive defense so that gun sales increase." "Shootings don’t just happen in schools, they happen everywhere in America, and now one has happened in Waffle House," she said. "You can donate all the shooting shelters to schools that you want, but at the end of the day, we can’t build our world out of Kevlar – someone is making Mad Money off that." (2/4) they happen everywhere in America, and now one has happened in Waffle House. You can donate all the shooting shelters to schools that you want, but at the end of the day, we can’t build our world out of Kevlar – someone is making Mad Money off that. — Emma González (@Emma4Change) April 22, 2018 The post Parkland Survivor Calls for Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban After Tennessee Shooting appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Manchin Will Vote to Confirm Pompeo

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) announced Monday he would vote to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as secretary of state. Manchin made his intention known on Twitter, saying he had met with the Trump nominee and believes Pompeo has distinguished himself at the helm of the CIA and during his career in public service. "After meeting with Mike Pompeo, discussing his foreign policy perspectives, & considering his distinguished time as CIA Director & his exemplary career in public service, I will vote to confirm Mike Pompeo to be our next Secretary of State," Manchin tweeted. After meeting with Mike Pompeo, discussing his foreign policy perspectives, & considering his distinguished time as CIA Director & his exemplary career in public service, I will vote to confirm Mike Pompeo to be our next Secretary of State. — Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) April 23, 2018 Manchin's announcement echoes a similar decision made by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) on Thursday. Both Manchin and Heitkamp are Democrats facing tough reelection challenges in states President Donald Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016. The support of red-state Democrats will be vital in confirming Pompeo as Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the United States Senate. Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) has maintained his intention to vote against Pompeo's nomination for the same reasons he opposed his confirmation as CIA director. Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) is absent from the Senate undergoing treatment for cancer, and Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) is undecided. Manchin and Heitkamp were two of the 15 senators who crossed the floor to vote for Pompeo's confirmation to lead the CIA over a year ago. Last month, the president nominated Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson at the State Department. The post Manchin Will Vote to Confirm Pompeo appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Democrats, Media Bash DNC Lawsuit Over Election Hacking

Democratic lawmakers and members of the media have criticized the Democratic National Committee's civil lawsuit against the Donald Trump campaign, the Russian government, and Wikileaks. The DNC filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court, accusing the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russian agents and WikiLeaks. The New York Times reported the suit came as a surprise to even Democratic Party leaders. Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.) said the lawsuit is "ill-conceived." "I think this lawsuit is ill-conceived," Speier said. "And I'm not very supportive of it." Spier went on to say the DNC has only been able to speculate and not prove anything. "I don't think that the DNC has been able to do anything more than speculate based on the statements and their complaint," Spier said. Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D., Mo.) office called the lawsuit a "silly distraction." CNN political reporter Gloria Borger called the DNC's lawsuit a "100 percent stunt" and said it is a way for the DNC to fundraise. "Honestly, it's just a way to raise money. That's what it is, that's what they're trying to do," Borger said. President Donald Trump slammed "obstructionist Democrats" for filing the complaint, and he suggested it could backfire. "Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats. This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails," Trump tweeted Friday. Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats. This can be good news in that we will now counter for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Servers and Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018 The post Democrats, Media Bash DNC Lawsuit Over Election Hacking appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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