Danielle Wilder said she has moved from her Baltimore home but isn’t telling anyone — even family members — where she lives now.
“The next thing, one of us will be dead. We don’t know. We have moved, and I have not given my address to family members. We just don’t know,” she said.
Wilder lost her sister, Jennifer Jeffrey-Browne, 31, and nephew, 7-year-old Kester “Tony” Browne, last month when the mother and son were found shot to death in their Southwest Baltimore home.
The Brownes are two of the city’s 144 homicide victims in the first six months of the year, a 48 percent increase over last year. Much of the surge in violence has come in the aftermath of the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, which touched off protests, rioting, looting and arson in the city.
More than half of this year’s killings — 74 — have occurred in the past two months.
In the course of my work, I am often asked by colleagues to review and explain documents and statutes. Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, I read the transcripts of an interview Ms. Browne did with a man named Marc Turi, and Ms. Herridge asked me to review emails to and from State Department and congressional officials during the years when Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state.
What I saw has persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress in a venue where the law required her to be truthful. Here is the backstory.
Mr. Turi is a lawfully licensed American arms dealer. In 2011, he applied to the Departments of State and Treasury for approvals to sell arms to the government of Qatar. Qatar is a small Middle Eastern country whose government is so entwined with the U.S. government that it almost always will do what American government officials ask of it.
In its efforts to keep arms from countries and groups that might harm Americans and American interests, Congress has authorized the Departments of State and Treasury to be arms gatekeepers. They can declare a country or group to be a terrorist organization, in which case selling or facilitating the sale of arms to it is a felony. They also can license dealers to sell.
Mr. Turi sold hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of arms to the government of Qatar, which then, at the request of American government officials, were sold, bartered or given to rebel groups in Libya and Syria. Some of the groups that received the arms were on the U.S. terror list. Thus, the same State and Treasury Departments that licensed the sales also prohibited them.
How could that be?
That’s where Mrs. Clinton’s secret State Department and her secret war come in. Because Mrs. Clinton used her husband’s computer server for all of her email traffic while she was the secretary of state, a violation of three federal laws, few in the State Department outside her inner circle knew what she was up to.
NASCAR’s national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago.
The facilities vowed to have the most “welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment.”
The statement was signed by International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. — which own most of the tracks in the Sprint Cup Series, stretching from Florida to New York to California — as well as 30 specific tracks. It also includes independent tracks such as Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, Pocono Raceway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
“We are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events,” the statement read. “This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at our facilities and NASCAR events.”
Upset over its abrupt cancellation, “Dukes of Hazzard” fans are demanding the corporate parent of TVLand immediately restore the iconic program to its daily schedule.
Supporters of the show have been flocking to the “Stop Banning Dukes of Hazzard” Change.org petition, with signatures increasing at a rate of thousands per hour. In just an hour of monitoring its progress, the Media Equalizer watched its total number rise from 25,000 to 33,000, already close to reaching its stated goal of 35,000. (3pm update: total over 44,000)
A Maine mother faces child endangerment charges for allowing her daughter to play at the park across the street from her house without her constant supervision.
Nicole Jensen told WMTW she often allows her three children to play at the park a few hundred feet from her house and parents in the neighborhood make a coordinated effort to watch each other’s children. She watches from her front porch.
But when Jensen’s 7-year-old daughter was playing in the park by herself last week, someone at the park called 911 to report she was unattended and police intervened.
But instead of simply walking the child home, police tried unsuccessfully to call Jensen, then hauled the girl to the police station when the mother didn’t immediately answer her phone, according to the Personal Liberty blog.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A government official and a self-defense fighter say Boko Haram extremists have gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in northeastern Nigeria.
They say the attack Wednesday night on the town of Kukawa came as people were praying ahead of breaking their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. They say 97 people, mainly men, were killed.
A senior government official from the area said the Islamic extremists targeted several mosques in the town. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to give information to reporters.
The robber picked the wrong couple. Russell has been a deputy sheriff, private investigator and martial artist. Her husband, who also reported for CNN, is an ex-special forces man with a bio that reads like an adventure novel. They had his and hers guns with them in their hotel room. How they managed on CNN, I don’t know.
A road trip down old Route 66 led to a Wild West-style motel shootout for a pioneering CNN anchor and her former-soldier hubby.
Lynne Russell — the first woman to ever solo-anchor a primetime network news show — and Chuck de Caro, 65, had stopped at a Motel 6 for the night in Albuquerque when an intruder slipped into their room as Russell went to grab something from the car around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“I opened the door and he materialized out of nowhere; he was inside,” she told The Post. “And he pushed me into the room and onto the bed and closed the door.”
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that Baltimore police will be equipped with new riot gear before verdicts in the Freddie Gray trials come down.
The pledge was made after Rawlings-Blake acknowledged that officers did not have enough shields or body armor during the April riots, when about 160 officers were injured.
“We hope to never have such unrest again in our city, but if we do, we need to make sure our officers are equipped for whatever situation they encounter,” Rawlings-Blake said during a news conference at City Hall. “Specifically, I want to make sure our officers are prepared should there be additional unrest following the verdicts in the Freddie Gray case.”[…]
Over the past two months, officers have said Rawlings-Blake, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and his command staff ordered them not to engage looters and those throwing rocks. They say that order left them vulnerable to attacks.
Batts and his top commanders say officers were told at times to “hold the line” but the orders were given for officer safety because there was not enough backup or support for officers to engage mobs. Commanders said officers were sometimes asked to forgo arresting looters and arsonists because they were about to be redeployed to locations where officers or civilians had reported injuries or attacks.[…]
Rawlings-Blake said police are installing video cameras with the ability to record in every transport van.
The police transport van that carried Gray had a video camera that was broken, police say. Even if it had been functioning, police say, the camera did not record and only allowed the driver to check on prisoners.
Self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders can hardly be written off after attracting a whopping 10,000 supporters at a campaign event in Madison, Wisconsin, Wednesday — and casting more than a little doubt on Hillary Clinton’s shoo-in status for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The 10,000-strong crowd is the largest for any 2016 candidate so far.
Anti-police activists were set to burn the American flag at a New York City park Wednesday evening, but their plans seemingly changed when dozens of bikers and veterans came out to counter protest.
Flocking to Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, individuals opposed to burning the U.S. flag waited for the “Disarm NYPD” group to arrive. While most urged for peace, several bikers threatened violence toward anyone who would burn the American flag.
“We’re here to f*** up tiny liberal punks,” a biker who refused to identify himself told TheBlaze.
George Takei unleashed a racist rant against Clarence Thomas, sneering that the Supreme Court justice is a “clown in black face.” The Star Trek actor on Monday fumed, “[Thomas] is a clown in black face sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn’t belong there.”
Talking to a local Fox affiliate in Phoenix, Takei snarled that the second African American on the Supreme Court is unqualified: “This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.”
A U.S. Army veteran attended Wednesday’s flag burning event in New York City to protest the desecration of the stars and stripes — and he vowed to stay until the very end to ensure “that at the end of the night there is a flag left standing.”
Mark Brummitt, who served for 13 years in the Army, told TheBlaze he would not leave until the smoke had cleared.
“I will stay here until this is all over,” he said. “All throughout history flags have represented the battlefield. And it was around the flag that everybody came together. At the end of the battle, there was one flag left standing.”
“At the end of the night, the American flag is still going to be standing.”
“And tonight, they’re planning on burning a lot of flags. They said, ‘We’re burning one big one and bring your own.’ But, this is a battle that is already won. And at the end of the night, the American flag is still going to be standing,” Brummitt added, vowing to fly the flag he brought proudly over the area.
National Sheriffs’ Association President Danny Glick took offense to President Obama’s recommendation that American law enforcement wear “soft look” uniforms during large protests.
“The respect factor between law enforcement and this administration has eroded to the point that it has been recommended by them that we need to ‘soften our uniforms’ to be more acceptable to the public we serve,” Glick said during his speech to sheriffs attending the association’s annual summer conference Thursday night. He brought out a tan Kevlar vest with a fuzzy boa attached to the straps of the vest and a red target on the back.
“So here is the ‘softer uniform’ they’ve requested,” he said, displaying the modified vest. “This administration thinks this is what will work to solve the issues they have deemed important when in truth this is what they’ve done to us.”
A trio of pro-Hillary Clinton groups raised more than $20 million in the first half of the year, including at least $1 million from billionaire financier George Soros, POLITICO has learned.
American Bridge 21st Century, an opposition research super PAC founded by Clinton enforcer David Brock, will disclose raising $7.7 million — including $1 million from Soros — to the Federal Election Commission before a July 15 deadline, an official with the group said Wednesday. A linked nonprofit group called American Bridge 21st Century Foundation — which is not required to disclose its donors — raised an additional $1 million, the official said.
Meanwhile, Priorities USA Action, an allied super PAC dedicated to airing ads supporting Clinton and attacking her opponents, is expected to report raising $12 million or more in the first half of the year, multiple sources in Democratic finance circles told POLITICO.
The super PAC numbers are an encouraging development for Clinton, whose campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination announced Wednesday that it had raised $45 million during her first three months in the race.
“The progress that we mark today is yet another demonstration that we don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said. “When something isn’t working, we can and will change.”
Tuesday afternoon, with the Cuba agreement done but not yet announced, the president was already declaring this the age of Obama and comparing himself to Ronald Reagan.
Top Obama aides — White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston — organized a conference call for White House alumni. Some of them worried at first that it was bad news, that the White House was about to tell them that thanks to recent government hacks, their personal data was now sitting in Beijing.
Instead, Obama got on the line to deliver a message about as big as it gets in politics.
“Much in the same way that the Reagan Revolution required Bush Senior” to cement the legacy of a truly transformative president, Obama said, “we’ve got to make sure that we’re laying the foundation” for the next Democrat elected, according to someone who heard the call.