A 19-year-old man has been charged with felony drunken driving for striking another car in St. Paul last week and killing the other driver, according to charges.
Jose O. Vasquez-Guillen, of St. Paul, was charged Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the crash on April 3 south of the St. Paul Downtown Airport near Concord and Page streets. Mark J. O’Gara, 52, of St. Paul, died at the scene.
Two days after the crash, Vasquez-Guillen left the Ramsey County jail and was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Vasquez-Guillen, a citizen of El Salvador, entered the country illegally at age 15 in January 2016, and a federal judge seven months later ordered him deported, ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said Thursday. The deportation order came after Vasquez-Guillen failed to appear for his immigration hearing.
Kenny O’Gara, one of Mark’s sons, learned last week from police that Vasquez-Guillen was in the country illegally.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) urged her supporters to join her in a hunger strike to push for action to “shut down” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), arguing the radical push to abolish ICE can’t be achieved by Congress.
Tlaib, headlining a Detroit fundraiser this past weekend for the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, complained of colleagues who are constantly “policing” what she says and lack willingness to embrace bold stands such as abolishing ICE. She called on her activist audience to join her in a hunger strike at the border.
“It’s going to take movements outside the halls of Congress,” Tlaib told the crowd, according to video captured by America Rising, a conservative group.
“I want you all to shut them down, we can shut them down,” Tlaib said to applause. “Don’t wait for this Congress to act, shut them down.”
The man who allegedly brought gas cans and lighter fluid into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City has taught philosophy at different colleges in New York and New Jersey, school officials said.
Marc Lamparello, 37, was arrested on Wednesday night and was charged with attempted arson and reckless endangerment. He was taken into custody after a security guard at the cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan spotted him.
He was cooperative but acted evasively, the New York Police Department said. Lamparello allegedly told officers that he was “cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue” and that “his car ran out of gas,” police said. But when police reportedly checked the man’s minivan, it’s gas tank wasn’t empty.
John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, said surveillance camera footage showed Lamparello circling St. Patrick’s several times in a minivan well over an hour before he parked outside the cathedral on Fifth Avenue, walked around the area, returned to his vehicle, and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid.
Members of the press were left reeling Thursday after the United States Marine Corps band played the song “Edelweiss” from the “Sound of Music” as reporters were being led into the White House for a presidential briefing on the Mueller report.
The band, which plays at the White House for special events was, apparently, running through a classic movie themes medley, and played “Edelweiss,” as part of a retrospective that included “The Sound of Music” — the theme song from the musical — “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz,” and “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Disney’s “Cinderella.”
First, Assange is not a fan of Trump or the GOP, but he assumes if they win, they will be checked by the media, which is quite true (checked or be an opposition force). Whereas if Hillary wins, she will not be checked. That’s why he’s not in favor of her winning, in addition to her being a “bright, well-connected sadistic sociopath.”
What’s also interesting in this is that the GRU agents pretend to be other people in trying to get WikiLeaks to take their information, according to this. That would suggest that WikiLeaks, always assumed by some to be connected to Russia, is less-connected than one might have thought.
Folks, this was the moment we’ve been waiting over two years for and it is glorious. On Thursday morning ahead of the Mueller report’s release and after a press conference by Attorney General Bill Barr, CNN and it’s nine-person panel suffered a meltdown of biblical proportions, lashing out like Adam Schiff campaign workers at Barr’s “excessive and suspicious” “political commercial” offering “gratuitous statements” for the President and against the press.
Co-host Jake Tapper spoke before the panel of liberal analysts and journalists, setting the table by wondering “why did the attorney general do this” since “[w]e were told it was just to be transparent…but it actually was what the Democrats feared it would be, which was the attorney general getting out there and getting his narrative, his take on it as vigorously as possible.”
Ann Coulter feeling the Bern? The conservative commentator says Sanders has supported immigration policies that could earn him her vote, adding she’d be willing to overlook “the rest of the socialist stuff.” pic.twitter.com/8vH4LAWmVP
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea no longer wants U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo involved in nuclear talks, calling for someone who “is more careful and mature in communicating”, state media said on Thursday.
The official KCNA news agency also said, quoting Kwon Jong Gun, a senior official at the North’s foreign ministry, that “no one can predict” the situation on the Korean peninsula if the United States does not abandon the “root cause” that compelled Pyongyang to develop its nuclear program, without elaborating.
PARIS — The latest on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and its aftermath (all times local):
A French judicial police official said investigators think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused Notre Dame Cathedral fire.The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing investigation, said investigators still don’t have the green light to work in the cathedral and search in the rubble for safety reasons.
He told The Associated Press the monument is still being consolidated with wooden planks to support some fragilize parts of the walls.
Writing in Alpha News, journalist Megan Olson draws attention to Islamist Watch research on the cozy relationship between politicians and anti-Semitic Islamists in Minnesota. Now, new information about the virulent anti-Semitism of leading Islamist activists in Minnesota has emerged.
As Olson concisely explains, not only was anti-Jewish cleric and activist Asad Zaman invited by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to deliver a sermon before the State of the State address, but a bill currently before the Minnesota legislature nominates Zaman to join a taskforce on “Islamophobia and antisemitism.” This is particularly galling, given that on his social media, Zaman promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy articles published by neo-Nazi websites, expresses support for violent jihadist groups, including Hamas and Islami Chhatra Shabir, and writes: “It is a tactic of the Israeli lobby to label those whom they cannot shut up as anti-Semites. (please check out the Hasbara manual). […]
But this is small-time compared to the views of his colleague, Abubakar Osman, who states he is CAIR Minnesota’s Government Affairs Coordinator. On Facebook (on which he uses the name Sadiqq Abu Osman, reports his employer is CAIR Minnesota, and uses profile photos that feature the same person as in his LinkedIn account ), he wrote in a post in 2008: “i wish hitler was alive to fuck up the jewish ppl and add more jewish causalities to the 6 million he killed in the holocaust…”
Few readers will not have read last month about the furor over Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar’s comments about pro-Israel groups and their purported power over American politics. Many considered her remarks anti-Semitic. Rather unsurprisingly, CAIR Minnesota, the Muslim American Society and their anti-Jewish officials are devoted supporters of the Congresswoman.
Attorney General William Barr on Thursday said no redactions in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his Russia investigation were made based on claims of executive privilege by the White House.
Barr said that although there were “significant portions” of the report that Trump would have been within his rights to redact since the White House complied with the investigation, he refrained from doing so. The Office of the White House Counsel requested to examine the report — after Barr told lawmakers they would receive a redacted version of the report by April — so they could “advise the President on the potential invocation of privilege.”
“Following that review, the President confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the Special Counsel’s report,” Barr said during a press conference Thursday morning. “Accordingly, the public report I am releasing today contains redactions only for the four categories that I previously outlined, and no material has been redacted based on executive privilege.”
During this Thursday morning press conference, Attorney General William Barr disclosed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller looked into “10 episodes” of potential obstruction by President Donald Trump.
Naturally, partisan media ran with the statement as evidence Barr protected Trump from being held accountable. Barr said during the press conference that he disagreed with Mueller on some of the obstruction claims.
“The president took no action that in fact deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete the investigation,” Barr said.
The attorney general also explained that Trump’s alleged obstruction could also be seen as the actions of a man who thought he was falsely accused.
“In assessing the president’s actions discussed in the report it is important to bear in mind the context,” Barr explained. “There is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks.”
Remember that there “10 episodes” of potential collusion. Mueller appears to have been thorough in his investigation. Democrats and their media counterparts have been screaming “obstruction!” since it became clear no one was getting indicted for collusion, the main issue of the investigation. If Mueller hadn’t looked into every stupid claim (like journalists claiming a tweet from Trump amounted to obstruction) his report could be seen as valid.
Attorney General William Barr fired back at CBS reporter Paula Reid who suggested during Thursday’s press conference that he was going to great lengths to protect President Donald Trump.
Reid, an attorney-turned-White-House-correspondent, began by questioning whether Barr had intentionally gone out of his way to build protections into his summary for the president.
“Democrats have questioned some of the process here,” Reid started. “[A] Republican-appointed judge on Tuesday said you have created an environment that caused a significant part of the American public to be concerned about these redactions.”
Democrats didn’t get what they wanted from the Special Counsel investigation. President Donald Trump wasn’t indicted or impeached. The 2016 election wasn’t overturned due to collusion. Hillary Clinton still isn’t president.
So, what’s the party to do when it doesn’t get its way? Demand Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify before Congress.
While this wouldn’t be out of the ordinary – he conducted the investigation, so it seems right that he would be the best person to answer questions about it – the reasoning Democrat leaders gave for demanding Mueller testify is odd, to say the least.
“Attorney General [William] Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning – hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it – have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote in a statement.
Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that the special counsel’s 23-month Russia investigation showed that neither President Trump nor anyone else on his team colluded with Russia’s efforts to meddle in the US election or obstructed the probe.
“The special counsel’s report states that his, quote, investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Barr said at a news conference at the Justice Department, hours before the report was released publicly.
“I am sure that all Americans share my concern about the efforts of the Russian government to interfere in our presidential election. As the special counsel report makes clear, the Russian government sought to [interfere] thanks to the special counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign or the knowing assistance of any other American for that matter.”
The AG also said that no one from the Trump campaign assisted the WikiLeaks dump of Democratic emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
A man was nabbed Wednesday night walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral with four gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, police said.
Marc Lamparello, 37, of New Jersey, entered the historic Midtown church about 8 p.m. with the flammable paraphernalia, but was quickly intercepted by church security, law enforcement sources said.
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He turned around, but spilled some gas in the process, prompting the guards to alert counter-terrorism cops stationed outside the church.
When questioned, Lamparello claimed he was simply cutting through the church to get to Madison Avenue because his van, which was parked outside on Fifth Avenue, ran out of gas, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said at a press conference outside St. Pat’s Wednesday night.