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Mark Zuckerberg congratulated President Trump on a successful campaign after his election victory

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called then president-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report.

Zuckerberg placed the secret call sometime in the days after the election to heap praise on the Trump team for its successful use of Facebook as an advertising platform, BuzzFeed News reported.—More….

German police: 9 injured in bus attack, suspect arrested

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

BERLIN (AP) — A man apparently armed with a knife attacked passengers on a crowded bus Friday in the northern German city of Luebeck before being overpowered and arrested, authorities said. Nine people were reported injured, one seriously.

Authorities had no immediate information on the assailant’s motive for the attack on a city bus in Luebeck, which is near the Baltic coast northeast of Hamburg, but they believed the suspect had no background in terrorism.—More….

Father of Parkland School Shooting Survivors Killed in North Lauderdale Armed Robbery

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

The father of two Parkland school shooting survivors was fatally shot at his own North Lauderdale convenience store during a robbery, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

Ayub Ali, a father of four, died Tuesday. Just five months prior, his son and daughter survived the mass shooting that killed 17 and injured 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.—More….

Frat rape accuser lied for #MeToo fame: lawyer

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

A Philadelphia attorney claims that attempted rape allegations against a former Temple University frat president were made up by a woman who just wants to be part of the #MeToo movement.

Perry de Marco — who is representing Ari Goldstein, a 21-year-old former president of Temple’s suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity – told reporters outside Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center on Thursday that he has a “world of information” to prove his client’s innocence and discredit the claims of his accuser, reports.—More…

Stossel: Plastic Straw Myths

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

Have you used a plastic straw lately? Did you feel guilty? Celebrities and activists hope so! They want us all to #stopsucking.

Politicians took notice. Seattle recently banned plastic straws, and other places are considering similar bans.—More…

TRAVEL DEAL: National Hammock Day

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

TRAVEL DEAL: National Hammock Day
July 22 is National Hammock Day and Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen is celebrating all month long! To slow things down a bit and keep with the spirit of “hammocking,” Mahekal is offering a “Swing in the Sun” escape - starting at $195/night and providing travelers with 50% savings along with breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, $200 resort credit for 5+ nights and early check-in and late checkout.

Judge Sides With Philadelphia Against Catholic Group Refusing to Place Foster Children With LGBT Fam

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

Catholic Social Services has long been about the business of finding placements for vulnerable foster children needing homes. The group has been serving at-risk kids in Philadelphia for over a century.

But this will apparently no longer be the case.—More…

Oprah Winfrey gives at least $1 million to Obama Foundation

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

WASHINGTON — Oprah Winfrey, a close friend of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle, and one of the most successful entertainment executives in the world, has donated at least $1 million to the Obama Foundation, according to records posted on Monday.

The donation was expected, given her relationship with the Obamas, her historic role in the Obama election in 2008, their Chicago connections and her interest in the Obama Presidential Center, with its centerpiece museum.—More….

Trump proposes to make Endangered Species Act less onerous; usual suspects freaking out

Jul 20, 2018 — News on the Net

Trump proposes to make Endangered Species Act less onerous; usual suspects freaking out
The Endangered Species Act is supposed to protect species in nature from becoming extinct, but it’s tended to threaten the extinction of American businesses when used by a blunt force instrument in the hands of the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

A favorite game of federal regulators has long been to claim that various developments or business explorations threaten any number of “endangered” species. And there are a lot of those. More than 700 species are listed as “endangered,” which gives bureaucrats lots of options when coming up with excuses for harassing business.

McDonald’s Says Goodbye Cashiers, Hello Kiosks

Jul 19, 2018 — News on the Net

“Would you like fries with that?” may soon be a phrase of the past.

As minimum wage levels approach or surpass $15 nationwide, restaurant customers expecting to be greeted by a smiling face will instead be welcomed by a glowing LED screen. —More….


Jul 19, 2018 — News on the Net

Facebook is among the sponsors for a far-left conference that will feature Democratic socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a keynote speaker.

Topics at the 2018 Netroots Nation conference include “menstrual equity,” “harnessing the political power of black immigrants” and “youth-led campaigns to promote social justice.”—More….

Michelle Obama wades into the midterms

Jul 19, 2018 — News on the Net

Michelle Obama is jumping into the 2018 campaigns with a voter registration initiative that will be strictly nonpartisan — exciting and frustrating top Democrats who’d like the popular former first lady to actively campaign for candidates.

The initiative, scheduled to be launched Thursday, is the result of months of quiet conversations and planning full of false starts and uncertainty about whether to go forward. It will have the former first lady appear in public service announcements and at live events throughout the country into the fall, according to multiple people informed of the plans.—More…

Splitting up California: State Supreme Court takes initiative off ballot

Jul 19, 2018 — News on the Net

The state Supreme Court decided Wednesday that California will remain intact geographically, at least for now, while it decides whether the voters can consider a proposal to divide the Golden State into three new states.

The three-state initiative, Proposition 9, had gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Nine days after opponents filed suit, the court issued a unanimous order removing the measure from the ballot and ordering further legal arguments on whether it should be placed on another ballot in 2020 or struck down altogether.—More…

Scalise Digs Up Obama Dirt, Uses It To Completely Destroy Trump’s Russia Critics

Jul 19, 2018 — News on the Net

As most conservative Americans know, the mainstream media has a very short and selective memory.

As cries of outrage toward President Donald Trump grow louder by the day for his handling of Russian President Vladimir Putin, it’s as if liberals and their media allies have completely forgotten what occurred this past decade under President Barack Obama.—More…

Dead bodies, wild dogs, squatters in government-owned Detroit houses

Jul 19, 2018 — News on the Net

At one end of Alpine Street, near Joy Road on Detroit’s west side, Georgeia Elder and a friend live in a leaky trailer, their yard cluttered with a boat and a Cadillac Escalade with four ladders on the roof, a shopping cart and a lawn mower, a folding chair and a metal headboard. A pit bull, Lady, laps up spaghetti and gravy from a takeout container.

At the other end of this short stretch of Alpine, near Tireman Avenue, a woman known as Spankie lives in a house with a dog she calls “my baby.” A heart-shaped sign hangs from the front door that says “Bless Our Home.” A handwritten sign instructs the postal carrier to put her mail in a box tucked into a milk crate next to the porch stairs. A scent of straw and animals hangs in the air.—More…


Jul 19, 2018 — News on the Net

Facebook removed a page Tuesday that posted incitements to violence and implied death threats after a Republican lawmaker called the company out.

During a hearing Tuesday with representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida asked Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert why the social media giant hasn’t removed the page, “Milkshakes against the Republican Party,” for its calls to violence against Republicans.—More….

Authorities: Florida girl dies after being attacked by dog

Jul 19, 2018 — News on the Net

Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida girl has died several days after being bitten by a dog her family was watching while its owners were on vacation.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Jaelah Smith died Tuesday night.—More…

House bill funds $5 billion for wall, adds ICE and Border Patrol agents

Jul 18, 2018 — News on the Net

A fiscal 2019 spending measure was introduced in the House on Wednesday that provides $5 billion for a southern border wall and additional funding for border security that aims to achieve “100 percent scanning” of the border within five years.

The Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee measure would fund more than 200 miles of “new physical barrier construction” along the U.S.-Mexico border.—More…

Former Mueller FBI Appointee, CIA Official Calls for ‘Shadow Government’ to Oppose Trump

Jul 18, 2018 — News on the Net

Amid CNN’s blitz of savage anti-Trump coverage following Monday’s Helsinki summit, CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd, a former top analyst at the CIA and the FBI National Security Branch’s first Deputy Director, called on a “shadow government” to openly oppose the Trump administration.

Mudd, who was appointed to his position at the FBI by the bureau’s then-Director Robert Mueller, made these comments in response to a question from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper about whether Mudd agreed with Senator McCain’s assessment that Trump’s performance in Helsinki was the “most disgraceful display…by an American president on the world stage.” Mudd replied at length [transcript from NewsBusters; emphasis mine]:—More….