Teen On Alaska Airlines Flight Helps Blind And Deaf Passenger Traveling Alone

Via Fox News:

A 15-year-old girl is being praised for her hands-on approach to helping a blind and deaf passenger traveling alone on an Alaska Airlines flight last week.

Clara Daly and her mom, Jane, were traveling home from Boston, Mass., to Los Angeles when their flight was canceled. They were rebooked on another flight, where the pair encountered Tim Cook, a blind and deaf man traveling home to Portland, Ore.

Cook had been visiting his sister in Boston.

“I observed a woman signing into a man’s hand, so he could feel her words,” said Lynette Scribner, another Alaska Airlines passenger. “After watching them for a few minutes, I realized the man was both deaf and blind.”

Scribner said once Cook boarded the flight, other passengers tried their best to make his journey more comfortable — including a man who let Cook have his aisle seat.

“The man, who had given up his seat, did his best to assist with things like opening coffee creamer and pouring it in his coffee,” Scribner said.

However, the flight attendants needed someone who could communicate with Cook during the flight.

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Veteran’s Small Business Is Gifted $15,000 Worth Of Lawn Equipment After His Gear Is Stolen

Via Fox News:

Just a month after finding out that he’d been robbed, an Oklahoma veteran will continue to run his landscaping business, which hires vets, thanks to a nonprofit group’s donation of $15,000 worth of new equipment on Friday.

Cody Nichols, who served in the Marines, owns and operates Our Troops Services, a small business in Tulsa that hires veterans for landscaping, fencing and construction jobs. His company took a hit on May 20 when he discovered that all of his equipment had been taken.

Nichols and his fellow veterans were left with nothing but a couple of donated push mowers to continue working, but they soon fell behind.

The veteran’s luck turned around on Friday, though, when a nonprofit group, Soldier’s Wish, surprised Nichols with $15,000 worth of new lawn equipment, the Tulsa World reported.

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Devin Nunes Sets New Deadline For DOJ, FBI To Hand Over Materials On Trump Campaign Informants

They better come across or they’re going to get the hammer dropped on them this time.

Via Washington Examiner:

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., called on Sunday for the Justice Department and the FBI to provide the House Intelligence Committee outstanding information about the use of FBI informants to make contact with members of the Trump campaign, setting a Monday deadline for his latest request.

Nunes, who chairs the House intelligence panel, blasted the DOJ and the FBI in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Sunday for “unilaterally” restricting access to some subpoenaed documents to the “Gang of Eight,” a term used to describe a bipartisan group of congressional leaders often briefed on intelligence matters.

Nunes also slammed the referral of the intelligence committee’s questions regarding transcripts and summaries of conversations between FBI sources and Trump campaign aides to Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence.

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15-Year-Old Boy Runs Away From Migrant Processing Facility In Brownsville, Texas

Via WACH:

Authorities have confirmed that a 15-year-old body has run away from the Casa Padre Processing Facility in Brownsville.

The Brownsville Police Department says the 15-year-old ran away around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Authorities tell us they discovered his disappearance during a welfare check. The child has been entered into a national database so if he is found, authorities will know who the child is.

Prior to the child leaving the facility, authorities were in contact with an individual in Dallas who claimed to be the child’s father, a source told CNN. While attempting to reunite the child and “father,” it was discovered this man may not in fact have been the boy’s biological father, the source stated. While authorities were trying to determine the man’s relationship to the boy, the 15-year-old left the facility.

A source tells CNN that the facility is not allowed to restrain children if they decide to leave the facility. As soon as the children walk across the care facility property line, they become a missing child under the jurisdiction of the local police department, by law. The source also stated to CNN that Southwest Keys is not a detention facility and can’t detain children. It’s a childcare facility. The source added that it’s unclear if the children in the care facility are aware they can leave the facility at any time. Once the child leaves, according to the source, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is notified.

Over 19,000 children have been cared for by Southwest Keys this fiscal year and less than 50 children have chosen to leave the care centers alone, the source said.

The “father” was informed the child left the facility, according to the source that spoke with CNN. Within the last two hours, the “father” said the 15-year-old called him and said he was back in Mexico after going across the river. The child is getting money from his “father” to travel back to Honduras, the source stated.

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David Hogg Promotes His New Book With ‘Armed Security Guards,’ Reports Say

Via Daily Wire:

Left-wing anti-gun activist David Hogg was spotted late last week on the streets of New York City with an entourage of publicists and armed security guards to promote his new book, according to The Daily Mail.

Twitter user Sean Di Somma spotted Hogg with the reportedly armed guards on June 20 and then proceeded to take several pictures of Hogg and his entourage as they walked by.

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Kids In Exchange For Deportation: Detained Migrants Say They Were Told They Could Get Kids Back On Way Out Of U.S.

Complaining about being reunited. Try the legal route next time.

Via Texas Tribune:

Central American men separated from their children and held in a detention facility outside Houston are being told they can reunite with their kids at the airport if they agree to sign a voluntary deportation order now, according to one migrant at the facility and two immigration attorneys who have spoken to detainees there.

A Honduran man who spoke to The Texas Tribune Saturday estimated that 20 to 25 men who have been separated from their children are being housed at the IAH Polk County Secure Adult Detention Center, a privately-operated U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility for men located 75 miles outside Houston. He said the majority of those detainees had received the same offer of reunification in exchange for voluntary deportation.

The 24-year-old detainee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and requested the Tribune use the pseudonym Carlos because he feared retaliation, told the Tribune that he abandoned his asylum case and agreed to sign voluntary deportation paperwork Friday out of “desperation” to see his 6-year-old daughter, who was separated from him after the pair illegally crossed the border in late May. The man said two federal officials suggested he’d be reunited with his daughter at the airport if he agreed to sign the order, which could lead to him being repatriated to his violence-torn home country in less than two weeks.

“I was told I would not be deported without my daughter,” said Carlos, adding that he’s now hoping to revoke the voluntary deportation order he signed and get legal help to fight his case. “I signed it out of desperation… but the truth is I can’t go back to Honduras; I need help.”

Carlos said he’s only spoken to his daughter once — on June 21 — since the pair were separated three weeks ago in McAllen. He said he paid a smuggler $7,000 for the 10-day journey from Honduras because he feared being caught up in the violence waged by organized crime syndicates and gangs in the country. They turned themselves in to Border Patrol officers shortly after illegally crossing into the United States on a raft that pushed off from the banks of the Rio Grande on the Mexico side near Reynosa, Carlos said.

He said he wanted a better life for his only daughter and hoped U.S. officials would grant them asylum. He was told he did not pass the first hurdle — proving he had “credible fear” of persecution or torture in Honduras — but volunteer attorneys have instructed him to revoke the paperwork he signed and appeal his credible fear ruling before an immigration judge.

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Brothers Sentenced In $1.4M Welfare-For-Cash Scheme At Maine Halal Market

Start the denaturalization process.

Via BDN:

The former owner of a Portland halal market who, with his brother, traded $1.4 million in federal food benefits for cash was sentenced Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court to three years in prison.

The federal prosecutor called the case “one of the largest, if not the largest, fraud cases involving [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits in [Maine].”

Ali Ratib Daham, 41, of Westbrook, who originally owned Ahram Halal Market, 630 Forest Ave., pleaded guilty in November to one count each of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, money laundering and theft of government funds.

A halal market under different ownership still operates at that address.

Daham remains free on bail until July 18, when he must report to a prison assigned by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

His brother, Abdulkareem Daham, 23, was sentenced Monday morning to two years in prison. He was convicted after a three-day jury trial in January of conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to court documents.

The older brother was ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution, while the younger was ordered to pay up to $955,000, according to their attorneys. The restitution order states that the men are equally responsible for payments but the younger brother’s payments are capped.

Ali Daham already has paid $80,000 toward restitution, according to court documents.

In addition to prison time, both men were sentenced to three years of supervised release.

In sentencing the older brother, U.S. District Court D. Brock Hornby, who himself is a naturalized citizen, said there were “no winners in a case like this.”

“By sentencing two brothers, I realize I’m creating great pain for this family,” he said. “I’m also creating great pain for the immigrant community, as many members have told me he was a great helper to them. Sadly, he was a helper to them by defrauding the government.”

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Mom Of Bronx Boy, 15, Killed In ‘Brutal’ Stabbing Says She Hasn’t Heard From Mayor De Blasio

De Blasio is too busy rushing to the border to posture and make a name for himself with progressives nationally over immigration nonsense. He can’t be bothered to actually do his job in NYC.

Via Fox News:

The grieving family of a Bronx teen murdered in a horrific case of mistaken identity last week still hasn’t heard a peep from Mayor de Blasio or Police Commissioner James O’Neill, the mom told The Post on Sunday.

“I have not heard from them. No one in their offices contacted me,” said Leandra Feliz, 48 — as she left home Sunday to make funeral arrangements for her 15-year-old son, Lesandro Guzman-Feliz.

Guzman-Feliz — a member of the NYPD’s Explorers youth program who dreamed of becoming a cop — was dragged from a Bronx bodega Wednesday night and mercilessly hacked to death with machetes by a half-dozen thugs. The chilling slaying was caught on surveillance video.

The gangbangers — believed to be members of the ruthless Dominican gang Trinitarios — may have mistaken Guzman-Feliz for another young man seen in a raunchy video having sex with one of the thugs’ female relatives, police sources have said.

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Sarah Sanders Booted So Restaurant Could Uphold ‘Certain Standards,’ Co-Owner Says

Update to this story.

Via Fox News:

A co-owner of a restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday reportedly cited morality and living up to “certain standards,” as the reason why.

Stephanie Wilkinson recalled the moments leading up to the encounter in an interview with the Washington Post, starting with a phone conversation she had with an employee, who revealed that Sanders was dining at the Red Hen in Lexington, Va.

After her chef reportedly told her that “the staff is a little concerned,” Wilkinson left her home and headed for the restaurant.

“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson told the Post. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive.”

“This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals,” she continued. She also reportedly described the actions of Trump’s White House as “inhumane and unethical.”[…]

Looking back, Wilkinson told the Post, she “would have done the same thing again.”

Meanwhile, an unaffiliated restaurant in Washington, also called the Red Hen, was working to convince customers that it was not involved in the Sanders dispute, which took place in Virginia.

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Dem Advantage Down To Four Points After Peak Of Immigration Separation Controversy

Translation? Once again the crazy extremism from the left benefits Trump and the GOP.

Via Daily Caller:

Democrats’ advantage over Republicans going into November’s midterm election has narrowed to four points, according to a poll conducted shortly after the peak of the family separation crisis at the Southern border.

More than 36 percent of those surveyed in a CBS poll published Sunday said they want to see Republicans maintain control of Congress in 2018. Another 40 percent of those surveyed told pollsters they prefer to see Democrats come out ahead on Election Day.

The numbers are surprising considering the significant outcry against President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy, which resulted in the separation of families seeking illegal entry across the border. Nearly 73 percent of Americans oppose splitting up children from parents as a form of deterrence, the poll notes.

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CBP Reunited 522 Illegal Alien Children With Families, All Reunited By Tonight

All the kids separated to be reunited with families by tonight. What will the left hang their hats on now?

Via Daily Caller:

Customs and Border Protection has reunited 522 illegal immigrant children with their families who were separated as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, according to a Department of Homeland Security statement released Saturday.

“CBP has reunited 522 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in their custody who were separated from adults as part of the Zero Tolerance initiative,” the press release said. “The reunions of an additional 16 UAC who were scheduled to be reunited on June 22, 2018 were delayed due to weather affecting travel and we expect they will all be reunited with their parents within the next 24 hours.”

The press release said some families were transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody together due to “the speed in which adults completed their criminal proceedings.” The report did not say how many families were currently together in ICE custody.

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DA’s Office Complains Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy Of Following The Law Is Making Them Actually Have To Do Their Jobs

Via BPR:

Only days after President Donald Trump’s administration slightly rolled back its “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigrants, the media ran a hit piece accusing the original policy of essentially forcing federal and state prosecutors to work harder.

The underlying premise of the piece by USA Today was that the Trump administration’s focus on rightfully prosecuting all illegal immigrants had placed too much pressure on federal prosecutors and made it harder for them to deal with drug-related cases.

As proof the publisher cited an email sent to Department of Homeland Security officials by an official with the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s San Diego branch days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy earlier this year.

In the email the official warned that the federal government’s newfound commitment to actually enforcing America’s immigration laws “will occupy substantially more of our resources.” He also complained that federal prosecutors would need to work under tight deadlines.

Oh, no!

USA Today also noted that federal prosecutors have been encumbered with so much work that they’ve had to divert drug-smuggling cases from California out of the federal court system and into the state’s own court system.

“The District Attorney’s office in San Diego said Friday that the number of cases submitted to them by border authorities had more than doubled since the administration started its border crackdown. Spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said Homeland Security agents referred 96 drug cases to the office between May 21 and June 21, compared to 47 over the same period last year.”

Oh no, again!

This report was published two days after Trump reversed an Obama-era policy that had required illegal immigrant children to be detained separately from their criminal alien parents.

During the Obama administration illegal immigrant families had simply been released into the United States. Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy demanded they instead be detained, processed through the criminal justice system and then deported. But because of the aforementioned Obama-era rule, illegal children were not allowed to be detained with their illegal parents. Thus they needed to housed separately.

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Maxine Waters: God Is On The Side Of Those Driving Trump Officials From Restaurants

Talk about improper invocation of God.

Via Daily Caller:

Congresswoman Maxine Waters claimed that God was on the side of people who drove Trump officials out of restaurants during a speech at a “Keep Families Together” rally on Saturday.

She explained, “Already you have members of your cabinet that are being booed out of restaurants. We have protesters taking up at their house who are saying, ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep.’”

“We’re gonna win this battle,” Waters said, “because while you try and quote the Bible, Jeff Sessions and others, you really don’t know the Bible. God is on our side. On the side of the children. On the side of what’s right. On the side of what’s honorable. On the side of understanding that if we can’t protect the children, we can’t protect anybody. ”

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Armed Man Fatally Shot By Police In North Minneapolis

Another ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ moment for the agitators.

Via Star Tribune:

A tense crowd remained gathered near midnight Saturday at the north Minneapolis site where police shot and killed a man they say was firing a handgun as he walked in the neighborhood.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo quickly arrived at the scene of the 6 p.m. shooting, urging calm as the news rapidly spread that the man who had been shot was black. As of 11:30 p.m., there had been no violence or arrests, although some people were briefly detained for questioning.

At a late-night news conference at City Hall with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Arradondo stressed that the investigation of the shooting, to be led by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, will be “absolutely transparent” and include public release as soon as possible of body cam footage from the officers involved.

“Public trust is absolutely cornerstone to what I want to see in terms of our culture at the Minneapolis Police Department,” Arradondo said. He told the North Side community that “they can be assured there will be a fair and thorough investigation.”

According to police, just before 5:30 p.m., at least two people called 911 to report that a man walking in the 4700 block of Bryant Avenue N. was firing a silver 9mm handgun into the air and ground. The callers provided a detailed description of the suspect.

Officers confronted the man and a “foot chase ensued that ended in shots being fired,” a police statement said. The man died at the spot where he was shot behind a garage in the alley between Aldrich and Bryant avenues N.

Relatives identified him as Thurman Blevins, 30.

A member of the police department familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak to the media said Saturday night that a gun was found at the scene. The source said at least one officer’s body camera captured footage of the shooting.

Late into the night, neighborhood residents, Blevins’ family members and friends, and activists remained at the scene. Some stood behind police tape at the corner of 48th and Camden avenues N., shouting at a line of officers who stood silently, their hands folded in front of them. The officers were not wearing riot gear.

“When are you gonna stop killing us? That could be any of our sons!” some in the crowd yelled. Others shouted, “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” an oft-used chant at protests against police shootings of black men.

Some in the crowd shared accounts of the shooting that differed from that of police, some of it provided by eyewitnesses, other tidbits the result of unverified but rapidly spreading rumors.

City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison tried to comfort distraught residents. “The threshold for a police shooting needs to be extremely high — whether there’s a weapon or not,” he said. “I’m not sure what justice looks like yet.”

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LA Mayor’s Obsession With Going Green Turned Into A Nightmare For Taxpayers

It’s the California way.

Via Daily Caller:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s long-time mission to electrify the city’s buses is turning into a massive waste of time that could further disrupt the West Coast Democrat’s hopes of running for president in 2020.

The city began buying a lot of buses in 2008 from a Chinese battery manufacturer called BYD Ltd., which promised to create thousands of new green energy jobs and provide L.A. buses with long-range use that could clean up the environment. The promise became an expensive flop, according to a report published Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times.

BYD’s buses stalled on hills, required frequent service calls and had unpredictable driving ranges below advertised distances, which were impaired by temperature changes and the driver’s braking. In fact, the first five buses BYD sent to LA Metro, which manages the city’s public transportation, were pulled off the road after less than five months of service.

Metro staff called them “unsuitable,” poorly made and unreliable for over 100 miles, internal city emails show. The transit agency awarded BYD tens of millions of dollars more in public contracts despite concerns the buses were becoming a headache and perhaps not worth the expense.

But Garcetti, a Democrat and proponent of electric vehicles who chairs Metro’s board, often tossed lifelines to BYD as the company lobbied its way into the city’s pocketbook.

The mayor invited BYD in 2016 to test new product lines within city agencies and arranged for officials to visit the company’s factory. Records show two city departments gave BYD contracts without competitive bidding. When the projects hit snags, city managers told staff the purchases were “political,” the LA Times reported.

Garcetti led an effort to force Metro to convert its 2,200-bus fleet to electric despite the poor results with BYD. He and his staff wrote policy motions and created a private meeting between Metro executives and environmental lobbyists, the LA Times reported.

BYD rolled out its first five buses for an Earth Day ceremony in 2015 outside LA’s Metro headquarters. They were quietly sent back to the factory shortly thereafter, according to the LA Times.

Internal Metro reports show the buses needed “extensive campaign of retrofits, modifications and upgrades to correct irregularities.” Problems only metastasized, internal metro logs show. (RELATED: Anti-Trump LA Mayor Asks Hollywood Pals For Help Out With Potential White House Bid)
One bus puffed plumes of white smoke from its wheels, while another wouldn’t start its second run of the day and on its next run needed a jump-start. Another bus limped back to the depot and failed to complete a scheduled route when its battery dropped to 15-percent charge after only 68 miles.

Metro records show the buses never traveled further than 133 miles, although BYD promised the units had a range of 175 miles. Reports also show drivers got an average of 59 miles between charges when service stops were factored in. Other cities had problems with the buses, too.

Officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for instance, were so alarmed with production problems and severe range shortfalls that they raised concerns about its $23-million contract. “The whole thing is a bit of a lemon, and now we’ve got to learn to make lemonade,” said Mayor Tim Keller.

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DHS Employees Warned Of ‘Credible Threats’ To Their Children

Sick.

Via Daily Wire:

Protesters swarmed around Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s home Friday, besieging her family, chanting “no justice, no sleep,” and playing the cries of immigrant children on loudspeakers, The Washington Times reports.

Other DHS employees were warned that there have been credible threats made against both them and their children in a system-wide email that also went out this weekend from the department’s deputy secretary, which also included a list of emergency services and security protocols along with information on how to access the department’s security force.

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‘It Always Seems To Work Out,’ Donald Trump Jr. Tells Montana Republicans At Dinner In Billings

A few Montana Moonbats showed up to protest.

Via Helena IR:

Despite “hysteria” in the media and a platform of “hate and nonsense” from Democrats, everything “always seems to work out,” President Donald Trump’s oldest son told a crowd of roughly 400 Montana Republicans gathered in Billings Friday night.

“Every time the sky has fallen, and yet, it always seems to work out. We continue to win,” Donald Trump Jr. said. “The only thing Donald Trump ever lied about is that you people would be sick of winning.”

After speeches from Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, State Rep. Greg Gianforte and Sen. Steve Daines, Trump spoke for about 15 minutes at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Trump Jr.’s presence at the event, scheduled for the first night of the Montana GOP platform convention, was billed in press releases as a show of support for Rosendale. […]

Trump, who attended the dinner with Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, did say that turning on the TV these days he sometimes feels like he’s watching Comedy Central.

“These people that are pundits representing us, speaking to millions of people on a daily basis, they’re more concerned about the feelings of people in far off lands, people who hate our freedom, they hate our religion, they hate our values, they hate every single thing about us,” Trump said. “If they could push a button and make us disappear off the face of the earth, they would. And we’re sitting there, we’re more concerned about their feelings than we are about the safety and well-being of our kids and grandkids. Not on my watch and certainly not on my father’s watch,” Trump said.

It’s unclear which country with a button Trump was referring to. Earlier in his speech however, he did criticize North Korean experts with decades of experience as having the same track record of success as his 4-year-old daughter.

“They couldn’t even get a meeting doing the same thing over and over again,” Trump said. “That’s the definition of insanity, right? Doing the same thing over and expecting a different result.”

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Democrats Want US Interior Department Staff Moves Explained

There is a new sheriff in town, deal with it.

Via Great Falls Tribune:

Democrats in Congress pressed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent, who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he’d be gone in August.

A group of 14 Democrats led by U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman of California asked Zinke for a briefing on the reassignments after their requests for a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee were denied.

The personnel moves have attracted scrutiny from the Interior Office of the Inspector General — the agency’s internal watchdog — over complaints that many were politically motivated.

The ouster of Yellowstone’s Dan Wenk followed disagreements with Zinke and his staff over management of the park’s bison, according to Wenk.

The livestock industry in Montana, Zinke’s home state, wants the park’s bison herds reduced to 3,000 animals out of fear they could spread a disease to cattle.

Park biologists contend the population of more than 4,000 bison is sustainable. But Zinke and his staff have said the number is too high, Wenk said, and raised concerns that Yellowstone’s scenic Lamar Valley is being damaged by overgrazing.

Zinke has said he’s reorganizing his agency for greater efficiency. His office has refused to comment directly on the removal of Wenk and did not respond to questions about the matter on Friday.

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Michelle Obama Says Her Memoir Is A ‘Re-Humanization’ Effort

Uh, yeah, sure.

Via Fox News:

Former first lady Michelle Obama said Friday her upcoming memoir “Becoming” is a “re-humanization effort” that she hopes will give voice to people who feel voiceless.

Obama made the remarks as she helped kick off the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans. Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden moderated the conversation before an estimated crowd of 8,000 inside the city’s convention center.

Rest and relax, dine like the best of ‘em, enhance your wardrobe – Vegas is the spot.
Obama shared snippets from the book, including the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive and her time at the White House.

She told the crowd that much of who she is today results from the influence of her parents, Fraser and Marian Robinson.

“My parents had a strong sense of how to parent and taught us at an early age to figure it out,” Obama said, according to the Associated Press. “They let us know, that as children, our opinions mattered. But they encouraged us to contribute to the solution. You could air it out, but you had to be the one to solve whatever it was.”

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