Stephen Paddock usually kept a cigar at hand, even though he didn´t smoke. But he was quick to notice when somebody sat down beside him and lit up. Then Paddock, a denizen of hazy casinos, would take out his cigar, light it and carefully aim its smoke back into the faces of those whose puffing annoyed him. "He was the king of microaggression," said his brother, Eric. Last week, Stephen Paddock returned to the Las Vegas Strip, where he spent many hours and thousands of dollars at high-limit video poker machines, and eyed the fun-seekers crowding his oasis. But this time he did
US-backed Iraqi forces announced Thursday they have retaken one of Islamic State´s remaining strongholds after hundreds of militants surrendered amid fresh signs the terror group is collapsing and unable to defend its territory. ´They´re giving up,´ said Lieutenant General Paul Funk, who commands the coalition task force fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. ´Their leaders are abandoning them.´ In uncommon scenes, large groups of militants were turning themselves over to Kurdish Peshmerga forces, in the city southwest of Kirkuk. (Photos) The fall of Hawija in northern Iraq, after two weeks of fighting, is the latest in a string of
This may not be the best time to take a knee Colin Kaepernick-style now that once again we saw how cops perform when duty calls. America has had enough of that kneeing nonsense. President Trump has been quick to condemn the anti-cop madness and to side vigorously with law enforcement. The cops in Vegas ran TOWARDS the danger. That’s what we expect of them, there and everywhere, and for all the lives they saved, ask them if they consider themselves heroes and they’ll be shocked at the question. No, they will say, we were only doing our duty. They do it a million
Melania Trump put on a very festive display as she supported her husband at a Hispanic Heritage Month event on Friday, adding a bit of fun to the occasion with a bright and bold outfit. The bottom half of the 47-year-old´s ensemble seemed inspired by Latin culture in her choice of ensemble, picking a bright red skirt with a ruffled mermaid hem that was reminiscent of traditional flamenco-style skirts. Meanwhile, her figure-hugging off-white sweater was not dissimilar to the styles worn by ´sweater girls´ like Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Jane Russell, who sparked a trend in the 40s and
WASHINGTON – Ambassadors to the U.S. from the European Union, United Kingdom, Germany and France have said the Iran nuclear deal should be preserved. If the Trump administration withdraws from the deal, German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig said, it would send a signal to North Korea that diplomacy is not reliable. “This nuclear deal is worth preserving. It prevents Iran for the foreseeable future to acquire a nuclear bomb. It’s a plus for region security. It’s a plus for global security, and it can’t be said enough. This is the most intrusive, most comprehensive inspection and verification regime in the
In addition to his frequent forays into casinos and gun shops, Las Vegas strip killer Stephen Paddock took 20 cruises, many of them in Europe and the Middle East, investigators have learned. The cruises included stops at ports in Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, according to information provided by a law enforcement source who asked not to be identified because the source was not authorized to share information about the investigation. Paddock´s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, accompanied him on nine of the cruises.
Deadly vehicle crashes spiked in the USA for a second straight year in 2016, hitting a nine-year high despite the adoption of new safety features and investments in partially self-driving cars. Key reasons: speeding, not wearing seat belts and a rise in motorcycle deaths. Car accidents killed 37,461 people in 2016, up 5.6% from 2015, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data released Friday. The disastrous upward trend marks a reversal after fatalities fell in six of the seven years from 2007 to 2014.
During last year’s presidential campaign, Donald Trump made it clear that one of the most conspicuous differences between Hillary Clinton and himself involved their positions on the HHS contraception mandate that the Obama administration had consistently used as a pretext for trampling on the religious liberty of employers and charitable organizations. In a letter to the Catholic Leadership Conference, written a month before the election, Trump described this divergence of views as follows: Hillary Clinton supports forcing The Little Sisters of the Poor who have taken care of the elderly poor since 1839, pay for contraceptives in their health care plan
WASHINGTON- In an order that undercuts protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who say their religious freedoms are being violated. The guidance, an attempt to deliver on President Donald Trump´s pledge to his evangelical and other religious supporters, effectively lifts a burden from religious objectors to prove that their beliefs about marriage or other topics are sincerely held. Under the new policy, a claim of a violation of religious freedom would be enough to override concerns for the civil rights of LGBT
The mainstream media has been promoting the idea that the Trump administration is intentionally sabotaging Obamacare. This article in the Washington Post, which uses the word “sabotage” in the headline of the paper edition, is an example of the talking point. One way the administration is said to be sabotaging Obamacare is by cutting funds to groups that try to enroll people in the program and by reducing its advertising budget. Fewer enrollments by young, healthy consumers undermine Obamacare which relies on their participation to “buffer the health-care costs of sicker customers,” to borrow the euphemistic language of Post report Juliet
You may have heard by now that Hollywood mega-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who owns a major company that has produced some of the most famous movies and their stars, is in a whole lot of trouble after decades of engaging in alleged sexual harassment and potential sexual assault. Two decades ago, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a
Early Thursday afternoon—late morning on the West Coast—The New York Times dropped a bombshell investigative report alleging decades of sexual-harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The story, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, included testimony from a medley of actresses, film executives, and film staffers close to Weinstein, many of whom accused the Weinstein Company co-chairman of predatory conduct. “Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity,” reported the Times. “Among the recipients, The Times found, were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in
President Donald Trump slammed Cuba´s communist government on Friday, saying that "communism is the past" and "freedom is the future." Trump spoke at the White House at a gathering for Hispanic heritage, where he said the United States hopes for freedom in the entire Western hemisphere, including Cuba and Venezuela. "As I announced before a wonderful crowd in Little Havana earlier this year, we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until it delivers full political freedom for the Cuban people," Trump said. "The same failed communist ideology that has brought oppression to Cuba has brought nothing but suffering
When a scandal forces liberals to criticize both Hollywood and the Obamas, you know it’s bad. Hollywood and Washington are both freaked out over a New York Times report about mega-producer Harvey Weinstein and allegations of sexual harassment over nearly three decades. Several liberals raised a key point: wasn’t this the same producer that gave Malia Obama an internship at the Weinstein company? The Daily Beast also asked: If Hollywood knew about Weinstein’s supposed harassment, why didn’t they speak out against him? Former New York Times writer Frank Rich, now executive producer for Veep, tweeted on October 6, “Biggest mystery
For years, reporters were content to obscure their ideological dogmas and partisan goals behind the pretense of objectivity and detachment. Though the Washington Post, New York Times, and CNN practiced combat journalism against conservatives and Republicans, they did so while aspiring to professional standards of facticity and fairness, and applying, every now and then, scrutiny to liberals and Democrats worthy of investigation. Donald Trump changed that, of course. He is so unusual a figure, and his behavior so outlandish, that his rise precipitated a crisis in a profession already decimated by the collapse of print circulation and advertising dollars. The
In a blow to Obamacare´s controversial contraceptive mandate, employers may now have more leeway to withhold birth control coverage on religious grounds, according to new rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Friday. The rules would let a broad range of employers -- including nonprofits, private firms and publicly traded companies -- stop offering free contraceptives through their health insurance plans if they have a "sincerely held religious or moral objection," senior agency officials said on a call about the implementation and enforcement of the new rules. This could apply to the roughly 200 entities
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter will not seek re-election in 2018 for New Hampshire´s First District seat in Congress, a seat she has held, off and on, since 2006. “You gave me the great honor of representing our state and being the first woman ever to be elected to federal office from New Hampshire, and the first Democrat to represent New Hampshire´s First District in 22 years,” she said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
Las Vegas authorities now acknowledge mass murderer Stephen Paddock may have been “radicalized” before his bloody rampage Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival but they won’t say what species of radicalism the shooter may have embraced. The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history has been cravenly transformed into anti-American propaganda by the Left, as Democrat commentators race to ghoulishly disparage white men, gun rights and the NRA, Republicans, and President Trump, blaming them for what otherwise looks like a Muslim terrorist atrocity. Islamic State continues to claim responsibility for the massacre. The terrorist group also claims Paddock converted
Eric Paddock, the brother of the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, is receiving a growing level of scrutiny, as the motive behind the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history is still unknown. A video posted to YouTube by NHC captures all the “best,” most bizarre moments from interviews Eric Paddock gave to the media. (Video) Below is a second, more extensive video showing more bizarre moments from Eric Paddock’s interviews with the press. (Video) Below is a second, more extensive video showing more bizarre moments from Eric Paddock’s interviews with the press. Hollywood Gossip details Paddock’s second interview show above:
California, with a stroke of Gov. Jerry Brown’s pen, just became an entire sanctuary state for illegals. The state should secede. And if it won’t? The remaining 49 should push it into the ocean. Well, not really. But the remaining 49, under the helm of the feds, should stop sending any type of tax dollar California’s way. Perhaps a wall’s in order. Perhaps we’re building in the wrong spot. (Snip) Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act,” will take effect in January. It prevents local law enforcement officials from asking immigrants about their status, and bans police from complying with detainers requested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs
The Islamic State continued insisting that they have a connection to Sunday night´s massacre in Las Vegas with the publication of an infographic about the crime filling the second page of their 16-page weekly newsletter. Today´s release marks the 100th issue of al-Naba, which is distributed in ISIS territories and online via mediums such as Telegram and social media as a PDF. ISIS claimed through their Amaq news agency Monday morning that the "Las Vegas attacker is a soldier of the Islamic State who carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting coalition countries."
President Trump renewed his push Friday for the Senate to end the filibuster rule, calling it “a death sentence” for Republicans. “It’s a disaster,” Mr. Trump told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in an interview. “If they don’t get rid of it, it’s just a death sentence.” The president said when he took office, he thought Congress would present him with a “beautiful” bill to repeal Obamacare. But Senate Republicans, holding a four-vote majority, have failed in their attempts to approve a bill, most recently last week. “That horrible thing happened because of a few people,” he said. “The problem is we have 52 [Republican]
When I was a sophomore at Barnard College, a women’s college in NYC under the Columbia University umbrella, I applied to become a columnist with the Columbia Daily Spectator. During the interview, the editors asked me what I hoped to write about. As the first person in my family to graduate from high school, I knew how to play this card. “Social inequality and labor issues,” I said, invoking the spirit of Columbia’s longstanding social justice tradition. Needless to say, I got the position. But instead of focusing on social justice in the traditional way, I focused on something else —
Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock’s unbalanced brother allegedly once threatened to kill a friend in California, court records show. Bruce Paddock was living without permission in a San Fernando Valley home in 2014 when his friend Hector Cruz, the owner, accused him of tampering with machinery, the records filed in Los Angeles show. When Cruz confronted him, Paddock allegedly said, “If you keep f------ with me, I am going to kill you and drop you in the desert.” The 57-year-old Paddock also told Cruz, “Hit me like a man,” and punched his antagonist in one arm.
For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application. Trump’s message in late August was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations: Tell Iowa no. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act see the president’s opposition even to changes sought by conservative states as part of a broader campaign by his administration to undermine the 2010 health-care law. In addition to trying to cut funding for the ACA, the