A Brooklyn boy has been hand delivering superhero-themed thank you’s to New York’s Finest every weekend since December.
Zachary Becerra, who dreams of becoming the city’s top cop when he grows up, was absolutely devastated when NYPD cops Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were murdered last year – becoming very emotional at their memorial service.
“He said, ‘I can’t understand why someone would do that,’” his mom, Rosa Ortiz, told The Post.
“I had to explain to him – there’s good people and there’s bad people and sometimes things happen.”
The 7-year-old told his mom he wanted to do something special for the cops, but neither of them could think of anything.
A few days later, Ortiz said “a light bulb went off” when she saw a video shared on Facebook of an organization giving thank-you cards to the NYPD.
“I started with 50 cards. We went to our precinct at their Community Council Meeting and I thought that was going to be it,” the 43-year-old mom of two said. “But then he said, ‘Mommy, I want to go every precinct.’”
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday he’ll stay in Congress until there’s a replacement speaker — raising the possibility he could stay on beyond the end-of-October retirement date he’d set for himself.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, his top lieutenant and the man expected to succeed him, withdrew from the race in a surprise move, sending House Republicans into disarray.
Mr. Boehner canceled the elections that had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon to choose the next speaker, and afterward issued a statement saying he’s not going anywhere — for now.
“As I have said previously, I will serve as speaker until the House votes to elect a new speaker,” he said. “We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new speaker in the coming weeks.”
Hillary Clinton was interrupted by an immigration protester while presenting an award to chef Jose Andres at the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
Holding up a sign that read “Hillary for immigrants in prisons,” Juan Carlos Ramos of the advocacy organization United We Dream Action stood near the stage, yelling at Clinton as she spoke over him. Ramos was protesting Clinton accepting donations from corporations that run private prisons.
Ramos told BuzzFeed News he was chanting “Hillary we’re watching. My deportation will be your funding.”
“Our message to Hillary Clinton is simple: Immigrant youth do not trust you,” Ramos, who was swiftly removed from the event, said in an earlier statement. “It is time to drop the prison money and stand with our community — you can’t have it both ways.”
Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned.
At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in exchange for Iranian compliance with the terms of the deal, the U.S. “shall…license non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by a U.S. person to engage in activities with Iran that are consistent with this JCPOA.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is considering a bid for Speaker of the House of Representatives, IJ.com has learned.
Issa was a vocal member of the House upon news that current-Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had withdrawn his candidacy for the Speakership on Thursday. In a statement, Issa expressed frustrations with Speaker Boehner’s leadership over the past several years:
“The frustration Americans have expressed – including with John Boehner – was due to the fact that they felt as if the Republicans in charge in Congress were not willing to stand up to the Obama Administration.”
The statement continued:
“Americans want someone with a proven track record of holding this Administration accountable.”
Activist and Black Lives Matter leader Deray McKesson spoke at the Taft School Tuesday and offered students a version of the Tamir Rice shooting in which police waited an hour to render first aid, possibly leading to his death. In fact, an FBI agent on scene rendered first aid to Rice in under four minutes.
McKesson announced on Twitter that he would be speaking at the private boarding school and college in Connecticut:
“There’s this misconception that the protesters are anti-police, we’re not anti-police,” McKesson said during his 19 minute address. But no matter how many times he denies being anti-police, McKesson keeps repeating false claims in which the police appear to be heartless monsters and murderers. He did this again today when recounting the death of Tamir Rice:
If you feel you must, here’s the piece. But to elevate it, since it wasn’t written with either skill or intelligence, it’s about Ben Carson’s comments on the Oregon shooting where he said he would try to fight back against the gunman if he were in a similar situation. I might have found better ways to phrase it.
But can you imagine GQ ever writing this about any Democrat, much less Obama? God forbid they actually report on Obama specifically saying he would politicize the deaths of the nine people to serve his gun control ends. Imagine how offensive that has to be for the families.
A dramatic and disturbing video recorded by a police body camera shows Cleveland patrol officers, including one whose ballistic vest had been struck by gunfire, trying to convince a man to drop his gun before four other officers shot him to death.
One of the videos released Wednesday shows Theodore Johnson shooting at the officers. One of the rounds struck the chest area of Patrolman David Muniz’s ballistic vest. Another video, recorded by Muniz’s body camera, shows a despondent Johnson telling officers that he wants to die.
“I know you shot me, but I’m not going to shoot you,” Muniz tells Johnson.
Johnson says he doesn’t care. “Do what you do, man.”
Seconds later, Johnson raises the gun and the officers open fire.
NEW YORK — On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 10:43 p.m., three plain clothed officers assigned to the 88 Precinct in Brooklyn observed three males involved in a dispute in the vicinity of Park Avenue and North Portland Avenue.
The two police officers and lieutenant, operating an unmarked department vehicle, drove past the suspects and as they turned the vehicle around to approach the group of men, they were fired upon by at least two of the suspects.
Their police vehicle was stuck numerous times, missing the officers inside. The officers returned fire, and observed the suspects fleeing the location on foot.
Conservative opposition research group America Rising has released a detailed research report on Huma Abedin, who it labels as “the figure at the heart of Hillary Clinton’s operation.”
Abedin, the wife of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, has been a part of Clinton’s staff for nearly two decades and has grown so close to her boss that she has been described as Clinton’s “second daughter.”
America Rising said it put together the report because Abedin continues to pop up in the numerous scandals involving Clinton.
“America Rising is releasing this comprehensive report because it’s important to shed light on Huma Abedin’s ethical controversies, as so many of them directly involve Secretary Clinton,” said Jeff Bechdel, the group’s communications director. “Given her influence on the campaign and their emerging interconnected scandals, it is increasingly clear that Abedin’s ethics are extremely relevant to understanding the ethics of Secretary Clinton.”
We brought you the story yesterday of the coffee shop employees who were writing FTP on the coffee lids at the St. Louis coffee shop, MoKaBe’s.
As we noted, the issue had been brought to the attention of the owners, but the owners, who are white leftist Black Lives Matter supporters, basically spit in the eye of the police and the public, indicating that they were supportive of such actions. Many of the Black Lives Matters actions and operations are planned/held at this ‘establishment’.
They’re basically bragging about it with these pictures(that’s a flag of St. Louis on his arm):
Apparently, the shop has a history of bad service, even beyond their ridiculous radicalism, allegedly retaliating against an unhappy customer for a negative review:
Some of the other comments from Yelp: they threw out a homeless man, more than once served people ingredients the people were allergic too, and had a minimum charge of $5, which seems awfully chiseling for communists.
So when will they be redistributing all their product for the less fortunate?
FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that gaps still remain in the process by which the United States screens refugees entering the country.
The Associated Press reported that Comey told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that, though the U.S. has improved the process, there remain risks in accepting refugees from countries experiencing conflict like Syria.
He said the U.S. has “developed an effective way to touch all our databases” and collect information about refugees trying to enter the country.
Comey’s comments come a month after President Obama ordered the government to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2016, a number six times the count of Syrian refugees the U.S. has allowed into the country since the civil war began in Syria.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is backing out of his scheduled appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon Thursday evening, following House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s surprising decision to quit the Speakership race.
An NBC spokeswoman confirmed that Boehner is no longer appearing tonight. She added that there are no details about possible rescheduling at this time.
Press secretary Josh Earnest said it might be easy to “poke fun at the chaos,” but stressed that House Republicans need to choose a leader who can quell a vocal faction of conservatives “that places their extreme ideology ahead of everything else.”
“The challenge facing the next Speaker of the House … is the same challenge John Boehner faced: to unite a divided Republican caucus,” Earnest told reporters.
President Obama believes the next Speaker will need to “tame the forces” of the “extreme ideologues” within the GOP and compromise with Democrats to pass important legislation, Earnest added.
Inundated with half a million asylum seekers already this year, Europe is sharpening its latest message to would-be new arrivals: Don’t come.
Security ministers from the European Union’s 28 countries agreed Thursday to step up deportations of people deemed to be “economic migrants” seeking a better life rather than refugees fleeing war and persecution. The ministers also decided to beef up the EU’s border agency, Frontex, and to create a dedicated deportation office within it.
Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett plans to plead guilty to charges she steered no-bid contracts worth more than $23 million to an education consulting firm where she once worked in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks, other perks and a promise of a job, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon made the disclosure at an afternoon news conference at which he said Byrd-Bennett has been cooperating with investigators.
The activist group WikiLeaks announced Thursday that it is offering up to a $50,000 reward for video footage of a controversial American airstrike in Afghanistan, Time magazine reported.
The attack, which targeted a hospital Saturday in Kunduz, killed 22 people. Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, described the airstrike as a mistake.
“Our patients burned in their beds. Doctors, nurses, and other staff were killed as they worked. Our colleagues had to operate on each other,” Jason Cone, the executive director of Doctors Without Borders aid group, said during a New York press conference Wednesday.