Hero of the Day: Kentucky police officer John Nissen!
He went above and beyond for a grief stricken driver named Barbie Henderson.
While driving, Barbie got word of her sister’s death and pulled over to the side of the road. She was too distraught to drive and didn’t know what to do so she called 911.
That’s when officer Nissen came on the scene and asked if he could sit and talk with her.
Nissen says: “I turned the air vents towards her – it was over 90 degrees that day – held her hand, and she cried on my shoulder. I had her take sips of water.”
He stayed with her for an hour until another family member could come and get her home safely.
When Barbie’s other sister, Shonda, arrived, she was so amazed by the officer’s kindness that she took a photo of the two and sent it to the Hillview Kentucky Police Facebook Page.
“Officer Nissen was more than an officer yesterday. He was a person with a heart to understand this was a lady who just lost her sister. From there on he took care of my sister … What an awesome guy!!!!”
If you’re low on funds for that big vacation, you could always ask to borrow money, make a Kickstarter campaign … or swindle a couple of Islamic State recruiters. It may not be the safest way to make money, but that’s what three girls from Chechnya, a Russian republic in southeastern Europe, did.
The Chechen girls are under investigation for fraud after they allegedly scammed ISIS members into giving them money on the pretense that they would use it to travel from their homeland to Syria. The ladies got away with $3,300 before being discovered, according to RT News.
The ISIS members allegedly reached out to the girls’ social media accounts, asking the girls to join the militant cause. The young women kept in contact with the ISIS members and even sent fake pictures to string them along.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has appointed a full-time staffer to handle all DNC responses to Donald Trump — a signal the group is now treating Trump as a serious contender for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination.
The employee is responsible for countering Trump’s media statements and working against his Oval Office bid, The Guardian said Saturday.
The DNC is only devoting its human resources to campaigns it considers especially threatening next election cycle.
The organization is currently targeting nine out of the 17 GOP presidential contenders with full-time opposition staffers.
The DNC’s Trump watchdog also monitors New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the report added.
Next year’s GOP presidential fields is one of the most crowded in recent memory.
The DNC is reportedly using full-time staffers for Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), Govs. John Kasich (Ohio) and Scott Walker (Wis.) and former Govs. Jeb Bush (Fla.) and Rick Perry (Texas), in addition to Christie and Trump.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), former Govs. Mike Huckabee (Ark.), George Pataki (N.Y.) and Jim Gilmore (Va.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and private citizens Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are not getting the same attention.
She has become a national icon of gender politics.
But now it seems Caitlyn Jenner could be coming under fire from fellow transgender women due to her self-confessed conservative views.
The hardcore Republican lands in hot water in the latest traliler for I Am Cait, after complaining about overly generous social programs while discussing how to address the problems people in their community face.
A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.
Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.
Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.
Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.
At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi’s history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.
Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.
What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.
A Rutgers University professor who is under fire for saying that the U.S. is “more brutal” than ISIS has used racial slurs against white men, attacked a leading advocate against female genital mutilation and even led a successful protest last year to stop former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from speaking to students.
Deepa Kumar, associate professor of journalism and media studies at New Jersey’s main public university, made news recently by tweeting: “Yes ISIS is brutal, but US is more so, 1.3 million killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.” But that tweet, sent in March but only brought to prominent attention after it was noticed by the site SoCawlege.com, is not Kumar’s first brush with digital bigotry.
“Okay, I’m sold on using the term ‘douchebag’ to describe rich, white entitled males and their misogynistic, racist behavior!” Kumar wrote in a Facebook endorsement of an online article last fall.
Ohio State University’s celebrated marching band had a shocking unofficial song that made fun of Holocaust victims, it has been revealed.
The parody tune written by members of the controversy-riddled band included references to furnaces used in Nazi concentration camps and the train cars used to transport Jews to their deaths.
The Holocaust song, called ‘Goodbye Kramer,’ also had lines about soldiers from the Third Reich ‘searching for people livin’ in their neighbor’s attic,’ and a ‘small town Jew…who took the cattle train to you know where.’
The parody tune was written so it could be sung to Journey’s hit ‘Don’t Stop Believin’.
The lyrics were contained in a 2012 version of an unofficial band songbook, according to an article by The Wall Street Journal.
Other versions of the songbook had circulated privately among band members over the years, including 2006 and 2010 versions.
An independent investigation of the marching band revealed the existence of the song last year but not the lyrics.
Has anyone seen the US-trained rebels who were dispatched from Turkey to battle ISIS in northern Syria?
The Obama administration certainly hasn’t — though it spent $4 million apiece to get these men battle-ready.
In fact, the administration was the last to learn that an al Qaeda affiliate had captured the group’s leader and several of his soldiers right after they entered Syria.
Nadeem al-Hassan is the leader of Division 30, a unit of rebels recruited under Washington’s Train and Equip Program to battle ISIS in Syria. The Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, ambushed him and six of his soldiers Thursday.
Even after Reuters reported the grim news, the State Department and Pentagon denied it. Then Division 30 confirmed the capture and demanded the men’s release.
A Friday attack on Division 30’s headquarters killed another five of its members.
Such are the fruits of a program that aimed to train 5,000 rebels as part of Obama’s strategy of recruiting Syrian boots on the ground to take on the Islamic State.
Puerto Rico will miss a payment on debt due Aug. 1, the governor’s chief of staff said on Friday, an event that will be considered a default by investors as the commonwealth lurches towards what could be one of the largest U.S. municipal debt restructurings in history.
The missed payment will mark the first default by the commonwealth and shows the depth of the island’s economic and cashflow problems. Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla shocked investors in June when he said the island’s debt, totaling $72 billion, was unpayable and required restructuring.
According to a 2014 bond offering statement, Puerto Rico has never defaulted on the payment of principal or interest of debt.
“Tomorrow is Aug. 1 and we don’t have the money,” Victor Suarez, chief of staff for Puerto Rico’s governor, told journalists in San Juan, referring to a $58 million payment due on Public Finance Corporation (PFC) bonds.
“The PFC payment will not be made this weekend,” Suarez said. “It was not consigned.”
A Navy officer and Marine reportedly returned fire at the shooter who killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tenn., even though current policy does not permit military members to carry firearms on facilities such as those where the attack occurred.
Mohammod Abdulazeez was slain last Thursday after allegedly firing dozens of shots at two separate military facilities, including the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga. The cold-blooded assault killed four Marines and one active-duty Navy reservist.
In the summer of 1999, John McCain didn’t have many big names backing his campaign for president. He didn’t have much money, either, and even resorted at one point to giving away ice cream to drum up a decent-size crowd.
Enter the town hall.
Driven to “desperation,” McCain decided to meet as many people as possible at as many of the Q&A events as he could. It took months for the strategy to pay dividends, but when it did, McCain was packing ’em in.
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“It was just jammed,” McCain said of one town hall, held at a fire house at 8 a.m. “That people would get up real early in the morning to go to a town hall with me — that was the first real indication that we had some momentum.”
That momentum turned into a victory of 19 percentage points over George W. Bush in the New Hampshire primary. He lost the 2000 nomination to Bush but later rode the same strategy to a victory in the state’s 2008 primary — his first on the way to becoming the GOP nominee that year.[…]
“For better or worse, the curse of McCain is he set the standards for how you win in New Hampshire,” said Steve Duprey, a top McCain adviser and Republican National Committee member from New Hampshire.
None of the 17 candidates in the GOP field may be following the McCain playbook as closely as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who flew to New Hampshire the day he announced his candidacy. He’s held seven town halls since his announcement and 15 so far this year as well as other public events.
Part of the plan to keep Pope Francis safe during his New York City visit is to create a safety net so tight that hundreds of thousands of rush hour commuters might need divine intervention to get home.
Counter-sniper teams, frozen zones for cars and pedestrians and radiation detectors are expected. CBS2’s Marcia Kramer has learned there’s even a request for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to shut down Midtown trains.
Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an illegal-immigration activist, proved he can’t handle the truth as he became completely unhinged when confronted with his own words by an immigration expert.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about the dangers of “sanctuary city” policies.
When Gutierrez took the floor he accused Vaughan of not being informed and said she was “exploiting” the murder of Kate Steinle, the young woman who was murdered by a 5-time-deported illegal criminal, to make a buck.
Vaughan had angered Gutierrez by repeatedly referencing a remark he had made about Steinle’s murder. Gutierrez had told Telemundo during an interview on July 16 (emphasis added), “Every time a little thing like this happens, [Republicans] use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.”
Gutierrez’s testimony offered the Steinle family a few platitudes about his “sympathies,” but he was only able to keep it together for a short while.
“Apparently people have decided to besmirch people’s reputation, and take their words, and exploit the death of a beautiful young American woman… But don’t exploit a young woman’s death in order to receive a paycheck to put food on your table,” Gutierrez said.
Uber Technologies Inc. has completed a new round of funding that values the five-year-old ride-hailing company at close to $51 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, equaling Facebook Inc.’s record for a private, venture-backed startup.
Uber raised close to $1 billion in the round, one of the people said, bringing the San Francisco company’s total funding to more than $5 billion. Uber had briefed investors on a plan to raise between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in the round, The Wall Street Journal reported in May.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey is pressing ahead with airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq amid international calls for restraint.
The state-run Anadolu Agency said as many as 28 F-16 jets raided 65 Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, targets in northern Iraq, including shelters and ammunition depots on Friday. A day earlier, as many as 80 jets hit more than 100 targets, the agency said.
Anadolu claimed some 260 PKK rebels were killed and 400 were wounded since the start of the raids. The PKK has not reported rebel casualties.
Turkey’s allies have urged it to resume a Kurdish peace process.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the daily Bild the Turkish government “should not tear down the bridges to the Kurds that have been arduously built in the last few years.”
The city’s top elected officials are going to bat for embattled Planned Parenthood.
All four city-wide elected officials have made videos in support of Planned Parenthood, with Mayor de Blasio accusing “anti-abortion extremists” of attacking the health care operator.
A grim De Blasio said he will fight to make sure Planned Parenthood remains protected.
“Once again, Planned Parenthood has come under attack by anti-abortion extremists,” de Blasio says in his minute- long video, released on Friday.
“Opponents of the organization deceive the public, make false changes, and intimidate women and their doctors in the hope of banning all legal abortion and cutting women off from critically needed healthcare.”
The anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress has released four videos in which Planned Parenthood employees appear to be negotiating the price of fetal tissue, used for research.
Planned Parenthood has said they don’t make a profit off the tissue, but are reimbursed for costs.