It took seven decades, but former U.S. Army Pvt. Horace Appleby finally got the dozen medals — including the Silver Star — that he earned on a European battlefield where he dashed into enemy fire to save a fellow soldier.
Now 101 years old and living in Toledo, Ohio, Appleby never gave much thought to what he did on Jan. 6, 1945, dismissing his inspiring valor as simply a soldier’s duty. But his great-niece, Renee Hahn, became interested in the story, and started researching Appleby’s military records, according to the Toledo Blade. Hahn found the long-yellowed military documents that proved her great uncle was an American hero.
“He’s the family treasure,” Hahn, of Perrysburg, told the newspaper. “You better believe it.”
Hundreds of thousands of convicted criminal immigrants remain at large in the U.S. and a number have gone on to commit additional crimes.
According to a March 2, 2015 “ICE Weekly Departures and Detention Report” obtained by Center for Immigration Studies expert Jessica Vaughan and shared with Breitbart News, there were 168,680 convicted criminal immigrants who had final orders of removal but who remained at large in the U.S.
Another 179,018 convicted criminal immigrants with deportation cases pending also remained at large.
While the vast majority were not in custody some were detained — namely 6,220 criminal immigrants facing final deportation orders and another 7,680 convicted criminal immigrants with immigration cases pending.
In recent years there has been a focus on the number of annual criminal immigrant releases.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he has no interest in returning to public life, even if offered a seat on the Supreme Court.
“I greatly enjoyed my career in public service, and I’ll stay involved in political life in some form or fashion, but in terms of my own career, I think this is my last stop,” Holder told The National Law Journal, fresh off his decision to rejoin the Covington & Burling law firm.
“I’m here at Covington until I decide I’m not going to be a lawyer anymore.”
Holder said he’s resolute about staying in private practice, even if presented a dream opportunity, like being offered a seat on the highest court in the land by a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton.
“I’d say, ‘Madame President, with all due respect, you need to pick somebody who’s a) younger and b) who’s a lot more interested,’ ” he said.
Holder left the Justice Department earlier this year after serving more than six years in President Obama’s Cabinet. He joked about his contentious relationship with Republican lawmakers, who voted to hold him in contempt in 2012.
“There are certain members of certain committees that I probably will not be having great relationships with,” he said, jokingly mentioning former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).
ST. LOUIS — A judge has tossed out a push by activists for an independent investigation of a prosecutor’s handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, ruling that the effort was “not only logically flawed but contrary to the principles of our criminal justice system.”
St. Louis Circuit Judge Joseph Walsh III, in a 10-page ruling filed last Thursday, wrote that he reached “the inescapable conclusion” that St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch “faithfully performed his duty” in connection with the grand jury, “even though some other person may have made the presentation to the grand jury in a different manner.”
The National Capital Planning Commission is expected to give final approval to Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on July 9, despite opposition in Congress and a major private fundraising shortfall.
The House and Senate appropriation committees eliminated the proposed memorial’s construction budget due to concerns about the design and objections from the Eisenhower family. However, supporters such as Bob Dole, the former Republican senator and presidential candidate, are relying on private fundraising to make the monument a reality for World War II veterans.
“I think we just go out and raise the money privately and not mess with the family and naysayers in Congress—we can’t wait much longer,” Dole told the New York Times. “Start over? There won’t be any of us left.”
One in five Americans participates in government assistance programs each month, according to the most recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Approximately 52.2 million (or 21.3 percent) people in the U.S. participated in major means-tested government assistance programs each month in 2012,” according to the Census Bureau’s report.
Means-tested programs include Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and General Assistance (GA).
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testified Tuesday that he has never seen a more precarious global security environment than the one United States faces today.
“I’ve said before that the global security environment is as uncertain as I’ve ever seen it,” Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The world is rapidly changing everywhere, and we’re seeing significant shifts in an already complex strategic landscape.”
Dempsey made this admission during testimony about the United States’ war of attrition against the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL), but the security threats he described spanned the globe.
Militants from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have executed two men in the Syrian city of Raqqa, accusing them of involvement in local efforts to smuggle out news of the extremist group’s atrocities.
The interrogations of Bushra Abdulazim al-Salem, 21, and Faisal Husain al-Habeeb, 20, are shown in a video released by Isil on Sunday. The men are dressed in the same lurid orange jumpsuits that the group uses in many of its execution videos.
“I took photos in Rumaila, Tal Abyad, al-Wadi, streets, main and local streets, panorama, Isil members—anybody who comes in front of it, any street that has a base for Isil,” said Mr Salem, referring to areas that have been held by the extremists.
Sitting handcuffed in a darkened room, Mr Habeeb said he had taken photographs and had footage on Isil positions using a smart watch, and later encrypted the files before sending them to an activist group in Turkey.
An emergency summit of European leaders called to salvage Greece’s financial rescue broke up acrimoniously late Tuesday, with officials saying the country now has just five days to avoid bankruptcy.
Following a day of talks in Brussels aimed at finding a way out of months of bitter deadlock, European leaders were scathing in their assessments of Greece’s proposals, calling them inadequate and demanding that the Greek government return with a detailed plan by Friday morning. The leaders of all 28 European Union members will then meet on Sunday in what officials said would be the final chance to save Greece from economic oblivion.
The White House is targeting Jewish groups in its latest push to blunt congressional criticism of an Iran deal that observers expect to be sealed in the coming days, according to a recording of a strategy conference call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and experts familiar with the call.
The White House’s liaison to the Jewish community on Monday advised dozens of progressive groups to push a poll commissioned and distributed by the liberal fringe group J Street, which has been defending a deal with Iran.
Six men, including four schoolteachers, have been arrested in Israel accused of setting up an Islamic State terror cell and plotting to join the terror group in Syria.
The Shin Bet security agency said the four detainees who worked at schools in Hura – a Bedouin township in the Negev desert – had been using their positions to radicalise students.
One of the men worked in a primary school and is said to have used ‘every opportunity’ to deliver pro-ISIS propaganda to his students – ordering them to sing jihadi songs and lavishing praise on the bloodthirsty terror group during lessons.
The Obama administration is issuing a slew of executive orders to boost the solar panel industry, this time by pushing for more solar panels to be used at federally subsidized housing developments.
The White House announced a goal of getting 300 megawatts installed at federally subsidized housing all while providing technical and financial assistance to subsidized housing operators looking to go green. The administration also says it’s leveraged $520 million in “independent commitments from philanthropic and impact investors, states, and cities” to boost solar energy among the low income community.
“The executive actions and private sector commitments that we are announcing today will help continue to scale up solar for all Americans, including those who are renters, lack the startup capital to invest in solar, or do not have adequate information on how to transition to solar energy,” the White House said in a statement.
The move to push solar panel on federally-subsidized housing comes less than one month after Obama unveiled “executive actions” to “make information about energy and climate programs … accessible and more understandable to the public, including to mission-driven investors.” Obama also ordered the IRS to issue guidance on how groups could invest in green energy.
Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that the idea that Americans should honor racism with the Confederate flag is similar to a disease in people’s minds.
“I think in many people’s minds the Confederate battle flag is not only a memorial to our ancestors, which is perfectly OK, but also a symbol of white superiority and an inclination for people to believe that even slavery would’ve been OK,” Carter said on HuffPost Live .
“I think that’s a minority [of people], but it’s still like a cancer in many people’s minds that racial distinction should be honored in law and symbolism.”
South Carolina lawmakers voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia, after weeks of debate following last month’s massacre that left nine people dead at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
“It makes us safer,” Mirkarimi said. “I firmly believe it makes it safer. We’re a world-renowned city with a large immigrant population. And of that population is a population that is also here undocumented. From a law enforcement perspective, we want to build trust with that population. And our sanctuary city and other attendant laws have allowed us to do that.”