While Baltimore Burns, Obama To Meet With Lynch Following International Soccer’s FIFA Arrests…

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Obama does have a soccer foreign policy, thanks to ESPN.

Via The Hill

President Obama will meet Friday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch following a blockbuster indictment of nine officials from FIFA, international soccer’s powerful governing body.

The arrests Wednesday brought Lynch worldwide attention just one month after she was sworn in as Obama’s top law enforcement official.

Lynch played a central role in the years-long investigation. It was spearheaded by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York, which Lynch led for five years before being tapped as attorney general.

The meeting also comes as Obama looks to Lynch to defend two major pieces of his domestic legacy from legal threats.

The president’s deportation relief programs face an uncertain future after a federal appeals court declined to lift a court order blocking them from taking effect.

In a sign the administration is resigned to a lengthy legal battle, the Justice Department decided not make an emergency request to lift the order. Instead, it will focus on appealing the legal merits of the injunction, a process that may take longer but the administration believes will result in a more certain legal outcome for the programs.

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Menendez: Obama’s Cuba Decision Misguided And Dangerous

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Via The Hill:

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) slammed the Obama administration on Friday for removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, calling the decision “dangerous and misguided.”

“This dangerous and misguided policy is resulting in the U.S. conceding on bedrock values, while Cuba is only more intransigent and uncompromising in its disrespect for universal values and freedoms,” Menendez said in a statement. “It is terribly disconcerting that the list of unilateral concessions by the Obama Administration continues to grow without any signs of reciprocity from a despotic and reinvigorated Castro regime.”

The Obama administration on Friday formally dropped Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list after more than three decades, paving the way for normalized relations between Cuba and the United States.
The president’s move was long expected, with the administration required to give Congress a 45-day review period.

Menendez is a leading critic of the administration’s Cuba policy, including its decision to try to normalize relations. Until earlier this year, the New Jersey Democrat was the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, but he temporarily stepped aside as he battles charges of bribery and fraud.

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Patriot Act Provisions Set To Expire At Midnight Tomorrow Unless Renewed By Congress

Via Fox News:

The Obama administration warned Friday that a bundle of terror-fighting surveillance tools will expire at midnight Sunday unless Congress acts to renew Patriot Act provisions — putting pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to break the impasse over the issue.

The Senate deadlocked last weekend on a string of proposals meant to keep the provisions running past the end-of-the-month deadline. McConnell is calling the Senate back into session on Sunday, “to make every effort to provide the intelligence community with the tools it needs to combat terror,” spokesman Don Stewart said Friday.

But that session leaves just hours until the deadline, and it’s not clear whether any solution is in reach.

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Islamists Threaten Protest At Phoenix Mosque, “Kuffar Blood Will Spill”

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Perhaps that’s one of the reason many of the protesters are carrying. That and the Garland event being attacked by members of this mosque in Phoenix. Check the protest, now ongoing.

Via Breitbart:

Breitbart News previously reported that former Marine Jon Ritzheimer and fellow bikers will be holding a “Draw Muhammad” contest Friday night at 6 p.m. Islamists now warn participants not to bring their children with them if they love them, promising blood spill if Muhammad is drawn.

According to Gateway Pundit, “Islamists have promised to murder the attendees [at the contest] tonight in Phoenix.”

GP shows screenshots of various tweets from @DAWLATNAH–some with an ISIS flag avatar and others with an Islamic cleric avatar.

One tweet, sent May 28 at 10:14 pm from an account that has since been suspended, says, “WARNING IF U LOVE UR CHILDREN DONT BRING THEM IN THE EVENT TODAY THE WILL SPLIT OF BLOOD IN THE EVENT OF MUHAMMAD SAW DRAWINGS.”

Another tweet that was sent on May 28 from an acount that has also been suspended says, “WHO EVER LOVE HER OR HIS CHILD DONT TAKE THEM IN THE EVENT WE PROMISE U WE WILL DRINK UR BLOOD.”

A separate Twitter account named Shariah Will Rule tweeted, “If an attack happens at that contest and loads of people die you brought upon yourselves, I won’t care in the slightest.” And from that same account: “You stupid kuffar clearly did not take from the Charlie Hebdo attacks. You guys are truly deaf, dumb & blind.”

Rally organizer Jon Ritzheimer’s home address has been published and his family threatened.

Livestream: Protest And Draw Mohammed Contest At Phoenix Mosque

This is a protest outside the mosque where the two Garland attackers came from. The protest is also to hold a contest to ‘Draw Mohammed. It was met by a counter protest.

Silly Fox 10 folks ‘beware, a lot of these people are armed’. Oh no, you might see a gun! ‘We can’t guarantee what signs you might see, or what language’. Because you adults may be offended and hence triggered!

Here’s another feed on the ground.

Armed men are NOT terrorizing a U.S. mosque. This is a mosque that yielded two terrorists that went to Garland and shot up that event. The protesters are the ones who have been threatened with death, not the mosque goers.

The Fox commenters are not mentioning why the protest is at this particular mosque, or the connection to the Garland shooting. They just specifically said the people in the mosque don’t believe in the violence of ISIS. Well, they just had two members on behalf of ISIS shoot up the Garland event. So how can these commenters actually say that in all honesty?

Gitmo Five Traded For Bergdahl Set To Be Free To Leave Qatar June 1

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Free to go right back to join the terrorists. Thanks Obama!

Via Chicago Tribune:

Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.

The five detainees were sent to Qatar where government officials agreed to monitor their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country under the terms of the May 2014 exchange. Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after walking away from his Army post in Afghanistan, was released to the U.S. military.

He recently was charged with desertion.

U.S. officials have discussed with the Qataris the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires on June 1. But so far, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, meaning the five could leave the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula at the end of the month.

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Baltimore Cops More Afraid Of Going To Jail Than Getting Shot…

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The credible threat to the Baltimore PD is from the Mayor and Attorney General.

Via The Baltimore Sun

The president of the Baltimore police union on Thursday said that criminals have become “empowered” following the recent unrest and that, with six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death, city police are more “afraid” of being arrested than shot on duty.[…]

“The criminals are taking advantage of the situation in Baltimore since the unrest,” said Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3. “Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty.”

The union released the statement on Twitter a day after the officers charged in Gray’s death filed a motion to have the trial moved out of Baltimore. Police commissioner Anthony W. Batts apologized to the union Monday night for putting officers in harm’s way.

Ryan said Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who charged the six officers, had “essentially overturned” Illinois v. Wardlow, a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In that case, it was ruled that two Chicago police officers who chased a man in a known drug area and found a handgun in his bag did not violate the fourth amendment.

Mosby declined to comment on the union president’s claims.

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Nick note:

Just a further note on the Wardlow case, it is directly on point to the Freddie Gray case. The suspect in that case ran after being spotted in a high drug area, exactly like Freddie Gray. He was stopped and then arrested for having an illegal weapon. The point being not only would it support the arrest, it would also negate the claim of an illegal arrest and the multiple charges attendant to that, pushed by the biased State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Compare And Contrast…

Salon’s feminist writer Mary Beth Williams on how she struggles to survive while people say mean things to her on Twitter:

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While Yazidi women behind held by ISIS are gang raped and forced to convert to Islam:

Yazidi girls kidnapped by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria jihadists were given the chance to convert to Islam but told if they refused they would automatically become Muslims anyway the moment an ISIS fighter raped them, U.S. lawmakers heard on Wednesday.

During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on ISIS’ war on religious minorities, a representative of a California-based, non-profit organization recounted the testimony of some of the Yazidi girls she met and counseled during recent trips to Iraq.

“In one night [in Sinjar town in northern Iraq] ISIS came and took all these girls,” said Jacqueline Isaac, vice-president of the group Roads of Success.

“And they told them first – they gave them an option. They said, ‘Will you become a Muslim? Will you convert to Islam?’

“And many of them said no,” Isaac continued. “And they told them, ‘You are going to be Muslim regardless, because we are going to sleep with you. And the moment that we do that, once we rape you, you will be Muslim.’”

And Boko Haram straps bombs to young girls (after they’ve been raped):

The United Nations said Tuesday that Boko Haram is responsible for an “alarming spike” of suicide bombings in Nigeria that have been carried about by women and children.

Girls between the ages of 7 and 17 years have been used for three-quarters of all such attacks in the region since 2014, the U.N. children’s agency reported. There have been 27 suicide bombings in the region over five months, compared to 26 in all of 2014.

“Children are not instigating these suicide attacks; they are used intentionally by adults in the most horrific way. They are first and foremost victims — not perpetrators,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF representative in Nigeria.

Georgia Student That Stomped On The American Flag And Threatened To Kill White People Arrested In Florida…

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He could have went out in a blaze of glory. Update to this previous story.

Via WTSP

A 21-year-old man seen in a video stomping on an American flag at a Georgia university has been arrested in Tampa on a weapons charge.

Eric Sheppard was arrested about 11:15 a.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of Balfour Court in Tampa. An arrest warrant had been issued for Sheppard since deputies found a gun that belonged to him in a backpack on Valdosta State University’s campus in late April.

Sheppard is known for stomping and walking on an American flag during a protest at Valdosta State in April. He had previously walked and stomped on an American flag on campus in protest.

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The Black Lives That Don’t Matter To Progressives

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Via NY Post:

Black Lives Matter, the slogan of the movement that began in earnest after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is a lie.

Taken at face value, the phrase is a truism, since obviously all lives matter. But the people who use it as a shibboleth don’t care about black lives per se so much as scoring points against the police.

When there is some awful tragedy involving a cop shooting or harming a young black man (sometimes justifiably, sometimes not), they muster every ounce of their moral dudgeon and stage demonstrations eagerly covered by a sympathetic media.

Baltimore was an obsession of the Black Lives Matter crowd and of the news media after the death of Freddie Gray from a terrible injury suffered in police custody.

But now that 35 people have been murdered in the month of May, the highest in a month since 1999, the response has been muted.

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NY Times Hypocrisy: Will Not Run Mohammed Cartoons, But Does Run Virgin Mary Covered In Dung

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Okay to offend Christians because they wouldn’t kill you.

Via Newsbusters:

The New York Times’ hypocrisy regarding displays of “offensive” religious imagery runs unabated, as shown in a Scott Reyburn article in Friday’s Arts section on the sale of Chris Ofili’s controversial painting “The Holy Virgin Mary,” which shows the Virgin Mary clotted with elephant dung against a porn-collage background — and accompanied by a photograph of the offensive work.

Yet when the paper refused to reprint a cartoon of Muhammad that appeared in the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that resulted in the January 2015 massacre of 12 magazine staffers, it offered this smug, cowardly justification:

Under Times standards, we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration, Times editors decided that describing the cartoons in question would give readers sufficient information to understand today’s story.

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ISIS Jihadi In Syria Beheaded By Christian Fighter To Avenge Islamic State Atrocities…

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With any luck he used a dull and rusty blade.

Via Guardian:

A Christian fighter in Syria has beheaded an Islamic State (Isis) militant to avenge people killed by jihadis in north-east Syria, a monitor said on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where Isis occupies large areas of the countryside.

According to the monitor, the Christian fighter – a member of the minority Assyrian community – found the Isis fighter in the local village of Tal Shamiram.

“He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of Isis, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region,” Observatory spokesman Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The Observatory is based in Britain but has covered the Syrian conflict since it broke out four years ago thanks to a network of sources inside the country.

The Christian was fighting in the ranks of Kurdish forces who earlier this month drove Isis out of more than a dozen Assyrian villages the jihadis had captured in Hasakeh.

Isis has carried out a wave of abuses in areas it controls in both Syria and Iraq, including public beheadings, mass executions, enslavement and rape.

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Afghan Interpreter Is Murdered By Taliban After Waiting For 4 Years For Promised U.S. Visa For His Service

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This just infuriates me. The government made promises to these guys, who put their lives on the line for us and thus earned their way onto a Taliban hit list. Many of the interpreters have just been left to be killed because the Obama regime can’t get off the golf course to follow through on the promises made. This man’s death is on their heads.

Via WFB:

An Afghan interpreter for the United States military who had been waiting for over four years on the U.S. visa list was tortured and killed by insurgents earlier this year, raising concerns that other translators could meet a similar fate as American forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

Sakhidad Afghan worked as a translator for the U.S. Marines and Air Force since around 2008. Four years ago, he applied for a U.S. visa under a program for at-risk military translators. He was still on the waiting list when the Taliban reportedly kidnapped him from a bazaar this spring and executed him in the back of a trailer truck.

Each year, thousands of Afghan interpreters under threat from anti-American militants sit in bureaucratic limbo, waiting for visas they were promised by the U.S. military. Advocacy groups said it is unlikely Sakhidad Afghan was the first translator killed while on the list, although the deaths are often difficult to confirm.

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Pic Of The Day: Super Creepy Hillary Campaign Chair John Podesta Sports His “Everyday Pantsuit” T-Shirt…

Stranger danger!

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Michelle Obama “Healthy” Food Trucks To Stalk Kids Over Summer Break….

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Sorry kids, you will eat Michelle’s disgusting food… or else.

PAUL, Minn. – Government-sponsored food trucks will be stalking students this summer with the goal of giving out thousands of “healthy” free lunches officials don’t trust parents to provide.

Officials at St. Paul public schools recently announced they’re working with the local food bank Second Harvest to dispatch a mobile food truck to expand locations offering students free lunches during the summer. Last year the district supplied 71 locations, and the truck will help to add another 10 to 15 in 2015, KSTP reports.

The district’s director of nutrition services, Stacy Koppen, said the truck will drive around to different locations between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to help feed the city’s needy youngsters. The truck will track down students at “spots like suggested basketball courts or fields where kids like to play,” according to the news site.

The very expensive-looking specially rigged step van features a billboard with grinning teens alongside the message “Kids and teens: Get your free meals here.” The district apparently didn’t offer the details on how the new program is financed, or how much the truck cost, and the news station didn’t bother to ask. School officials said the truck will be manned by volunteers.

State Department Says Clinton Foundation Paying Sid Blumenthal As He Advised Hillary Not A Problem

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Wait, what? The State Department says that Hillary Clinton paying Sidney Blumenthal was not a problem. This was while she was Secretary of State and he was giving her intelligence on Libya while State Department was telling her something else.

Shame! Obama Is “Aware” People Say Mean Things To Him On Twitter…

Poor guy, I feel for him… no, not really.

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Report: Military Officials Say Obama Refusing To Make Changes To Faltering ISIS Strategy…

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It’s almost like Obama doesn’t care ISIS is winning.

Via Daily Beast:

Defeats? What defeats? The terror group may have romped in Ramadi and Palmyra, but the Obama administration isn’t changing its strategy, despite growing doubts in the Pentagon.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State has claimed a major provincial capital in Iraq and taken over another strategically key city in Syria. In response, the Obama administration plans to do—well, not much of anything new.

Four defense officials told The Daily Beast that there’s still strong resistance within the Obama administration to making any serious changes to the current strategy for fighting ISIS—despite mounting skepticism from some in the Pentagon about the current U.S. approach to the war.

Although the Obama administration’s public messaging is that it still wants to “degrade and ultimately defeat” ISIS, in reality, many in the Pentagon view the real objective as just running out the clock.

“I think this is driven by a sense that this not our fight and so we are just going to try to contain it and have influence where we can,” one official who works closely on the military strategy explained to The Daily Beast. “This is a long fight, and it will be up to the next administration to tackle.”

Rather than aiming for a decisive victory, the U.S. approach has devolved into simply maintaining a low boil in perpetuity.

Former House Speak Dennis Hastert Indicted; Allegedly Paid Someone $3.5 Million To Conceal “Prior Misconduct”…Update: Breaking Now…Payoff To Man For Sexual Misconduct That Occurred When Hastert Was Teacher/Coach

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How much misconduct is involved to have to pay someone $3.5 million?

Via WaPo:

YORKVILLE, Ill. — J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the U.S. House, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed person to cover up “past misconduct.”

Hastert, 73, who has been a high-paid lobbyist in Washington since his 2007 retirement from Congress, schemed to mask more than $950,000 in withdrawals from various ac­counts in violation of federal banking laws that require the disclosure of large cash transactions, according to a seven-page indictment delivered by a grand jury in Chicago.

The indictment did not spell out the exact nature of the “prior misconduct” by Hastert, but it noted that before entering state and federal politics in 1981, Has­tert served for more than a decade as a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois.

In 2010, confronted about the “prior misconduct,” the former speaker agreed to pay $3.5 million to the person “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A,” prosecutors alleged.

That person, whose identity was shielded by prosecutors, has known Hastert most of his or her life, growing up in Yorkville, the city next to Hastert’s home town of Plano, in the exurbs west of Chicago. Prosecutors said the actions “occurred years earlier” than the 2010 meeting that sparked the payments.

In a statement Friday, the Yorkville school district that employed Hastert from 1965 to 1981 said it “was first made aware of any concerns” about him when he was indicted Thursday.

“Yorkville Community Unit School District #115 has no knowledge of Mr. Hastert’s alleged misconduct, nor has any individual contacted the District to report any such misconduct,” the statement said. “If requested to do so, the District plans to cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney’s investigation into this matter.”

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Update:

Breaking now… Hastert reportedly was paying someone to cover up sexual misconduct that occurred while he was working as a high school teacher and coach in Illinois.

The Los Angeles Times reported today that the bank-related charges in the indictment pertain to payments he was making to a male individual from his past.