A former high school football player who was seriously injured in an accident three years ago shocked friends and family by standing for the national anthem during a recent football game, according to WPDE-TV.
Wesley Baker of Conway, South Carolina, was walking down the highway in July 2013 when he was hit by a truck. Baker’s mother, Debra Phipps, told WPDE that her son almost died. He survived, but lost one of his legs and suffered brain damage.
Since his accident, Baker has attended games but has been unable to stand during the national anthem — until Friday.
“It feels like a dream,” Phipps said. “I’ve asked God for three years … when his accident took place I said, ‘God, please let my son walk again and talk again,’ and day by day, he’s shown me miracles.”
Baker’s uncle Gary Smith told WPDE that his nephew has “reached so many milestones since the accident and this is just another step towards him walking across that [football] field.”
“We knew that one day we were going to stand beside him and watch these ball games, and we know that one day he’s going to walk up these bleachers with us. There is no doubt in our mind,” he said.
Phipps said that, at a time when some football players are choosing to kneel in protest during the national anthem, she wanted people to see her son standing.
“Wesley, he’s worked hard, he’s lost his leg and he had a right to sit down, but now God is giving him the strength to stand up, and we all need to stand up for America,” she said.
Hillary Clinton coughed at her campaign rally Friday afternoon and had to take a cough drop to continue touting her accomplishments.
Clinton spoke at a campaign event in Fort Pierce, Florida to bolster support for her bid for the White House.
The Democratic nominee has been recovering from her bout with pneumonia for three weeks. The public became aware of Clinton’s illness after she fainted at a 9/11 memorial in New York City.
“I’m trying to end the campaign with issues that are really close to my heart,” Clinton said with a raspy voice. She cleared her throat a few times before letting out a cough. The former secretary of state stood at the podium gazing and smiling at the audience while she unwrapped her trusty cough drop.
Clinton’s health has come under scrutiny over the course of her campaign.
Leaked audio of a conversation between Hillary Clinton and donors during a February fundraising event shows the Democrat nominee mocking Bernie Sanders supporters as “children of the Great Recession” who are “living in their parents’ basement.”
Speaking at a Virginia fundraiser hosted by former U.S. ambassador Beatrice Welters, Clinton laments in a clip released by the Free Beacon Friday that many of her former primary opponent’s supporters sought things like “free college, free healthcare,” saying that she preferred to occupy the space “from the center-left to the center-right” on the political spectrum.
During the conversation Clinton confesses to feeling “bewildered” by those to her far-left and far-right in the election.
The Obama administration stripped Jerusalem from being located in Israel in its official communication of the president’s remarks in the ancient city at a memorial service for recently deceased former Israeli president Shimon Peres.
The White House, in a press release, originally sent out a press release attributing Obama’s remarks as taking place in “Jerusalem, Israel.”
Shortly after that statement was sent, the White House reissued the statement with “Israel” crossed out as the location.
A murder suspect who was arrested in Austin, Texas, Tuesday is a Mexican man who has been deported three times from the U.S.
Authorities deported Juan Navarro Rios in 1996, 2009, and 2014. Reasons for Rios’ deportations include an unspecified felony conviction, claiming to be a U.S. citizen, and for coming back to the U.S. after being previously deported.
“This is an example of the worst of the worst that we go after on a daily basis,” said Hector Gomez, supervisory deputy marshal of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Rios, 40, is wanted for having allegedly shot and killed two people driving down the road ans then kidnapping a landscaper.
The Navy announced Thursday that it’s removing all historic job titles and replacing them with occupational specialty codes, as opposed to direct titles, effectively removing the word “man” from job titles in a roundabout way.
According to Navy Times, what this decision means in practice is that “Fire Controlman 1st Class Joe Sailor…would be Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Sailor.”
“We’re going to immediately do away with rating titles and address each other by just our rank as the other services do,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke told Navy Times. “We recognize that’s going to be a large cultural change, it’s not going to happen overnight, but the direction is to start exercising that now.”
The shift gets rid of pesky job title names like “yeoman,” which the Navy bureaucracy had no idea how to make gender-neutral, thereby fulfilling a request from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to make positions more female-friendly to facilitate integration.
Hackers have tried to access electoral systems in more than 20 states, it is claimed – with officials warning they intend to cause ‘confusion and chaos’.
The Department of Homeland Security says criminals – branded ‘bad actors’ by FBI Director James Comey, who has linked hacking attempts to Russia – have targeted registration databases to find vulnerabilities.
It comes amid allegations that the Russian government is trying to interfere with this year’s presidential election.
Top director Tim Burton caused a Twitter storm after trying to explain why his latest film – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – has a predominately white cast.
The filmmaker sparked a furious backlash when he said non-white actors only started appearing in shows like The Brady Bunch because producers wanted to be more ‘politically correct’.
‘Nowadays, people are talking about it more, (but) things either call for things, or they don’t,’ he told Bustle.
‘I remember back when I was a child watching The Brady Bunch and they started to get all politically correct, like, OK, let’s have an Asian child and a black – I used to get more offended by that than just – I grew up watching blaxploitation movies, right?
‘And I said, that’s great. I didn’t go like, OK, there should be more white people in these movies.’
His reasoning angered many on Twitter with one user saying he is ‘one of the many directors who think that for a world to be magical and fantastical it must be white.’
Another said that ‘he isn’t even diverse in casting white actors.’
One tweeter – referring to Burton’s tendency to cast Johnny Depp – joked that there are no black people in his films as ‘Johnny Depp uhm isn’t black.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been reluctant to use her scandal-scarred hubby on the campaign trail due to his multiple rumored affairs, a new report says.
A book by author Joe Conason reveals the constant concern Clinton advisers had about the former president and lists the names of his rumored lovers, according to The Daily Mail.
“Much more troubling to Hillary and her closest associates [than health concerns] was the constant chatter concerning her husband’s alleged extramarital romances,” reads an excerpt from the book obtained by the Mail.
Some of the women whom Conasen names as Bill’s rumored lovers are Belinda Stronach, a former Canadian politician; Julie Tauber McMahon, who was dubbed “The Energizer” by the Secret Service; and actress Gina Gershon, who has been seen in photographs with Bill.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has invoked Nazi Germany in his latest outburst. The leader, who backs vigilante death squads in his war on drugs, appeared to answer critics who call him a dictator by likening himself to Hitler.
“Hitler massacred three million Jews. There are three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least, if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have (pointing to himself). You know, my victims, I would like them all to be criminals, to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”
His comments were roundly condemned by Jewish groups in the US. The Anti-Defamation League, an international Jewish group based in the United States, said Duterte’s comments were “shocking for their tone-deafness”.
“The comparison of drug users and dealers to Holocaust victims is inappropriate and deeply offensive,” said Todd Gutnick, the group’s director of communications. “It is baffling why any leader would want to model himself after such a monster.”
Since Duterte’s election in May, thousands of drugs suspects have been killed causing a wave of international outrage at the extrajudicial killings. While he was elected on a platform to rid society of drugs by any means necessary, not everyone agrees with the firebrand leader’s methods.
“We are telling people that these things matter, these lives matter,” said protest leader Nica Domique Ondoy speaking during protest. “There are over two-thousand people killed in the process of extrajudicial killings so what’s happening here is not really a due process.”
State Department attorneys admitted Wednesday that they had lost copies of a 2012 email between Jake Sullivan, a top former aide to Hillary Clinton, and an employee of the Clinton Foundation.
The email contained an attachment memo about Greek bonds — a significant detail given the heavy investments Clinton’s son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky, was making in the Greek economic recovery during that same period.
Chelsea Clinton, Mezvinsky’s wife, is a board member at the Clinton Foundation. The fact that one of Clinton’s closest aides shared insider information about the economic climate in Greece with the foundation — just one year after Mezvinsky and fellow Goldman Sachs alum founded a hedge fund that operated primarily by placing bets on international economic trends — raises questions about the many potential conflicts of interest that could have arisen from the Clintons’ web of connections.
An Iraqi grandmother leads a militia of 70 men fighting Islamic State in the Salahuddin province to avenge the killings of her family members.
Wahida Mohamed Al-Jumaily, better known as Um Hanadi, started fighting al-Qaida in 2004 and later made ISIS the target of her war against jihadis. ISIS is responsible for the deaths of Um Hanadi’s first two husbands, father and three brothers, which she says justifies any means to kill them.
“I fought them, I beheaded them, I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies,” she told CNN.
Um Hanadi, 39, now says she’s at the top of ISIS’s most wanted list. Bombs have been detonated outside her house several times and she has received death threats from the group, including personal ones from leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
We brought you this story yesterday, that Obama regime officials had been behind an effort to delegitimize Judicial Watch as ‘media’, thereby making their investigations and FOIA requests more costly to conduct. Obviously the thought was to try to slow JW down, as they have been instrumental in ferreting out the truth of a lot of the corruption and cover-up of the regime.
Today we put a name on it and specifically tie it to the White House. The husband of Jen Psaki, Gregory Mecher, is the man purportedly behind the effort.
At what point do people become so tired of this corruption and say, “Enough”?
Howard Dean apologized Friday for insinuating that Donald Trump used cocaine, arguing his remarks were meant to highlight a critique of media coverage of the businessman’s presidential bid.
“I apologize for using innuendo. I don’t think it’s a good thing to do, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do,” Dean, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle.
“This entire campaign has been debased by innuendo. Where was the mainstream media calling out innuendo 15 months ago when Donald Trump started running for president of the United States?” Dean continued. “That’s what I want to know. Do your job.”
Dean dove into a critique of media coverage of Trump’s candidacy during the interview, also saying that the Republican presidential nominee has done far worse in his campaign.
“I would be very willing to apologize, not to Donald Trump, but I don’t think using innuendo is a good thing,” Dean said. “I would like the media of this country to apologize.”
“We have used a double standard on Donald Trump and created Donald Trump,” he said. “Why? Because his ratings are great.”
Violence erupted on the third night of protest Thursday in El Cajon, where police shot and killed an unarmed black man this week.
Between 50 and 75 protesters stopped vehicles, broke car windows and knocked a rider off his motorcycle in the intersection of Broadway and Mollison Avenue, according to the El Cajon Police Department.
A San Diego Union-Tribune photographer also was beaten and robbed as he filmed a fight Thursday night at the scene of the fatal police shooting. Photographer Greg Torkelson was sitting in his truck at 12:45 a.m. editing video when a fight erupted between two men. He started filming the fight and was attacked by the men. One of the men stole his camera, the newspaper reported.
As the violence grew out of control, law enforcement officials declared an unlawful assembly and ordered protesters to disperse.
That’s when protesters began throwing glass bottles at officers, causing police to shoot pepper-spray balls at them, authorities said.