U.S. Navy SEAL Corey Scott stated that it was he, not accused Special Warfare Chief Eddie Gallagher, who was responsible for the death of an injured Islamic State fighter in Iraq in 2017.
The admission turns the controversial trial of Gallagher, 40, upside down and is likely to lead to a defense motion to acquit him.
Scott initially testified that he saw Gallagher stab the fighter in the neck, but later under cross-examination, he said he did not believe the stabbing killed him.
A trained combat medic, Scott admitted he put his thumb over a breathing tube that had been inserted into the ISIS fighter’s mouth until the fighter asphyxiated. When asked directly by defense lawyer Timothy Parlatore if Gallagher killed the fighter, Scott said, “No.”
Hundreds of migrants who were part of U.S.-bound caravans carried serious criminal convictions, an internal investigation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveals.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), two agencies under DHS, conducted an investigation into two different caravans from Central America that were bound for the U.S. Their findings revealed hundreds of those individuals carried criminal histories, including murder, aggravated assault and sexual offenses. The figures specifically refer to criminal acts already committed in the U.S.
The discoveries were detailed in a letter from members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Out of the nearly 8,000 members within a caravan that reached south of California in October 2018, ICE Homeland Security Investigations found that 660 already had run-ins with the law in the U.S.
Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown (D.) instructed the state police Thursday afternoon to round up Republican state senators who fled the state capitol in anticipation of a vote on cap-and-trade legislation they oppose.
“The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they committed to push forward for Oregonians,” Brown said in a statement. “As the executive of the agency, I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill the Senate Democrats’ request.”
Democrats have an 18-member majority in the state Senate but need 20 of the 30 members present to have a quorum to vote on legislation, hence their need for Republican members to be present to pass the legislation. The bill passed the state House earlier in the week with all Republicans and two Democrats voting against it.
Reports indicate some Republican senators have left the state to avoid voting on the legislation, which would raise utility costs and taxes on gasoline and diesel.
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign just received a massive infusion of cash this week, according to the New York Times.
Trump’s campaign announced it raised $24.8 million in the 24 hours surrounding his campaign reelection launch. Trump hosted a massive rally in Orlando Tuesday night that included an off-site carnival-like event for those who couldn’t enter the Amway Center. Attendees began arriving 40 hours before the event and camped out overnight in the rainto ensure they made it inside.
Per the Times, Trump’s one-day total was “more than any Democratic presidential candidate raised in the entire first quarter of 2019.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its plan to repeal and replace an Obama-era regulation that critics said would cost thousands of coal industry jobs.
The Clean Power Plan never went into effect. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on its implementation in 2016. EPA’s replacement plan, called the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, asks states to improve coal plant efficiency.
“ACE is an important step towards realigning EPA actions so they are consistent with the rule of law and the original mission of the agency,” Mandy Gunasekara, a former Trump EPA official who worked on ACE, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“While it’s well known that the political team believes this to be the case, it’s not as well known that there are many career officials who are equally relieved with returning to EPA’s traditional approach of regulating under this part of the Clean Air Act,” Gunasekara said.
TAYLOR SUTTON: “I’m not saying you should feel guilty, you should feel a responsibility as I do, as all of us do. 250 years of slavery and the next 150 years and we are still involved in this and it was only about 40 or 50 years ago that we witnessed the end of the Jim Crow laws. 100 100 years of struggle after that — do you believe just based on what the great accomplishments we’ve been able to make in this nation in the last 30 years that that adequately redresses the debt that we have all inherited?
With this letter, I am formally inviting @AOC to come to Poland,where Adolf Hitler set up the worst chain of concentration camps the world has ever seen, so that she may see that scoring political points with enflamed rhetoric is unacceptable in our contemporary Western societies pic.twitter.com/ivOTfmiCfo
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been very, very busy defending her asinine comments about concentration camps, doubling down, and retweeting people who for whatever reason are trying to make her look less stupid and less awful …
Interestingly enough, she did not retweet this letter from Dominik Tarcyznski of Poland, a Member of Parliament, who invited her to visit and see Hitler’s worst concentration camps for herself.
‘So that she may see that scoring political points with inflamed rhetoric is unacceptable in our contemporary Western societies.’
Burgess Owens: “I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race … slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, killed over 40 percent of our black babies, 20 million of them. How about [Democrats] pay for all the misery brought to my race?” pic.twitter.com/PDUCR89zx5
Former NFL player Burgess Owens blasted the Democratic Party on Wednesday as he testified to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on the issue of reparations.
“The focus of the discussion was a bill authored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) that would initiate a study of the issue of reparations and come up with proposals for ‘appropriate remedies’ to slavery and discrimination from 1619 to the present,” The Blaze reported. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) publicly opposed reparations in comments made Tuesday, saying he doesn’t ‘think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago when none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea.’”
“I used to be a Democrat until I did my history and found out the misery that that party brought to my race,” Owens said. “I do believe in restitution. Let’s point to the party that was part of slavery, KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40 percent of our black babies, 20 million of them.”
MSNBC anchor Kasie Hunt incorrectly identified the two segregationist senators referred to by former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night as Republicans during a Wednesday afternoon broadcast.
Except, both James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, both of whom were brought up by Biden as examples of “civility” at the Tuesday night New York City fundraiser, were Democrats.
“Still to come,” Hunt said in the pre-commercial teaser to the next segment. “Joe Biden references his relationships with two former Republican colleagues at an event in New York City. The only problem? They were both segregationists.”
The Supreme Court turned back a constitutional challenge to a cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland Thursday, finding that the monument does not violate the First Amendment.
Justice Samuel Alito delivered the opinion for the Court, with a total of seven justices finding that the memorial — known colloquially as the Peace Cross — should be upheld. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the two dissenters.
“After the First World War, the picture of row after row of plain white crosses marking the overseas graves of soldiers who had lost their lives in that horrible conflict was emblazoned on the minds of Americans at home, and the adoption of the cross as the Bladensburg memorial must be viewed in that historical context,” Alito wrote.
“It has become a prominent community landmark, and its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of ‘a hostility toward religion,’” he added.
U.S. military officials returned fire — verbally — hours after Iran blasted a Navy high-altitude drone out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz, with U.S. Central Command leaders on Thursday slamming the “unprovoked” strike and Tehran’s subsequent “false” justifications for it.
The downing of the drone, via surface-to-air missile, is only the most recent Iranian provocation in the region, coming on the heels of a disputed attack on a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. U.S. officials say Iran was behind the tanker attacks, however, the Islamic Republic has not claimed responsibility and even suggested American involvement in the plot.
Similarly, Iran claimed the U.S. drone on Thursday was over Iranian airspace when it was shot down — but American officials stated unequivocally the incident occurred in international airspace.
U.S. Central Command said in a statement that a U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance ISR aircraft, known as a BAMS-D, was shot down at approximately 7:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) hit back on Wednesday against former Vice President Joe Biden’s defense of using his relationship with two segregationist senators as an example of civility, calling Biden’s remarks “deeply disappointing.”
“Vice President Biden shouldn’t need this lesson,” Booker told CNN’s Don Lemon.
“At a time when we have in the highest offices in the land, divisiveness, racial hatred, and bigotry being spewed, he should have the sensitivity to know that this is time I need to be an ally, I need to be a healer, I need to not engage in usage of words that harms folks,” he continued. “This is deeply disappointing.”
Biden dismissed calls from Booker and his fellow Democratic primary opponents to apologize for his Tuesday remarks about his work with former segregationist Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.).