Day: July 18, 2017

President trails in hypothetical matchups…


President Trump trails former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Trump trails Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Booker in matchups Biden to write book about grieving son’s death Biden: ObamaCare repeal bill would make healthcare a privilege for the wealthy MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate confirms former Boeing VP as deputy Defense secretary Poll: Trump trails Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Booker in matchups Sanders ‘delighted’ by failure of GOP health plan MORE (I-Vt.) and three Democratic senators in a new poll from a Democratic firm testing possible 2020 matchups.

The survey of registered voters, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found Trump trailing by wide margins against Sanders — 52 percent to 39 percent — and Biden — 54 percent to 39 percent. 

The poll also found Trump losing in hypothetical matchups against Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHow the GOP would cut 3B in mandatory spending Senate confirms former Boeing VP as deputy Defense secretary Poll: Trump trails Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Booker in matchups MORE (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), although by smaller margins. 

Trump trails Warren by 7 points, 42 percent to 49 percent; Booker by 5 points, 40 percent to 45 percent; and Harris by 1 point, 40 percent to 41 percent. 

In a hypothetical race against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Trump would see a tie, 40 percent to 40 percent.

The poll surveyed 836 registered voters between July 14 and 17 and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

The president has faced consistently low approval ratings since taking office in January. The Public Policy Polling survey pegged his current job approval at 41 percent, narrowly higher than the RealClearPolitics polling average of 40.3 percent. 

While former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOvernight Defense: Senate confirms Pentagon No. 2 | Uncertain future for Iran deal | Trump to visit Pentagon Thursday | Key general opposes military space corps Trump’s unique, all right McConnell: Senate to try to repeal ObamaCare next week MORE exhausted his two-term limit, 53 percent of respondents in the poll said that they wish he were still the nation’s chief executive instead of Trump.

Likewise, 49 percent said they wish former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump to nominate Jon Huntsman for Russia ambassador Pavlich: Clinton’s Russia dirt Poll: Little support for GOP healthcare effort in ‘Trump counties’ MORE were in the White House in place of Trump. 

Another poll by Bloomberg, however, found Clinton is less popular than Trump.

It found that 58 percent of Americans have a negative view of Clinton, compared to 55 percent for Trump.



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Somali immigrant cop who shot Australian was 'highly celebrated' by Minneapolis mayor in 2015 – Questions surround Minn. cops' actions in shooting


The Somali-born Minnesota police officer alleged to have shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman on Saturday had been lauded by Minneapolis’ mayor and feted by the local community when he joined the force in 2015.

“I want to take a moment to recognize Officer Mohamed Noor, the newest Somali officer in the Minneapolis Police Department,” Mayor Betsy Hodges wrote in a Facebook post when Noor began serving the city. “Officer Noor has been assigned to the 5th Precinct, where his arrival has been highly celebrated, particularly by the Somali community in and around Karmel Mall.”

In fact, The Washington Post reported that community threw a party for Noor – the first Somali-American officer to serve in the precinct. Minneapolis is home to one of the nation’s largest Somali communities.

“He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities,” Thomas Plunkett, Noor’s attorney, said Monday. “…For him, being a police officer is a calling.”

Abdikadir Hassan, a local community leader, told The Minneapolis Star Tribune that Noor was a role model.

“He is inspiring to young people in the community,” Hassan said. “He is very supportive and good with the kids. He is such a lovely guy.”

Noor, 31, attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis and earned a degree in business administration, management and economics, The Star Tribune reported.

But despite reportedly viewing the police force as his “calling,” Noor took a winding road to the department’s door. He first had jobs in residential property management and as the general manager of a hotel, according to The Star Tribune.

In his short time with the Minneapolis Police, Noor has had three complaints filed against him – two that are still open. The other was closed and Noor wasn’t disciplined.

On May 25, a woman accused Noor of assault and battery because he “grabbed her right wrist and upper arm” and inflamed a pre-existing shoulder injury while officers were forcibly removing her from her home and bringing her to a hospital.

Noor, who spoke Somali at home, divorced his wife in December, but documents obtained by The Star Tribune also suggest he was a workaholic.

An evaluator was reportedly sent to observe Noor and his son together for an unspecified reason and concluded Noor had an “even keel and calm demeanor.”

But questions continue to surround Noor’s alleged actions on Saturday night.

Jessica Damond called police to report a possible crime occurring near her house. Officers arrived, and Noor, at some point, and for an as yet unknown reason, allegedly fired his gun, striking Damond in the abdomen and ultimately killing her.

When she was shot, Damond was standing, in her pajamas, talking to an officer on the driver’s side of the squad car. Noor, in the passenger’s seat, allegedly fired, shooting Damond through the driver’s side door, three sources with knowledge of the incident told The Star Tribune.

Noor did not activate his body camera – as required by the department in all use-of-force scenarios – and his patrol car’s dashcam did not capture the pivotal moments, either.



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NRA goes after Wash. Post: Your slogan should be 'journalism dies' here



The National Rifle Association lashed out at the Washington Post in an online video accusing the paper of championing the effort to take guns away from law-abiding Americans. 

In the video message, Grant Stinchfield accused the paper of promoting a “radical agenda” and spreading lies about those who disagree. 


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He said the Post refuses to cover the “extremist beliefs of Carmen Perez [and] DeRay Mckesson” and the Democrats who refuse to condemn them. 

“You people do more to damage our country with a keyboard than every NRA member combined has ever done with a firearm,” Stinchfield declared. “Your paper’s new slogan may read ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’ It should say ‘Journalism Dies at The Washington Post.'”

The video came in response to a Post article which called out a previous NRA video message as being “dark.” That video from former Navy SEAL Dom Raso was criticized for being politically-charged and barely mentioning firearms. 

Last week, NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch spoke out to Tucker Carlson on the backlash she received for her own video calling out violent left-wing activists.


Liberal outlets, however, claimed Loesch was threatening violence against the anti-Trump “resistance.” Loesch pushed back against the accusations in a New York Times interview.

“I hardly think that condemning violence is inciting violence,” she said. “I think the ad is very clear — there are excerpts from actual riots that are included in the ad and that’s exactly what I’m addressing.”

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Cute space drone makes debut


The JEM Internal Ball Camera looks like a cool high-tech toy but is fulfilling an important role for astronauts on the International Space Station.

Last week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released images and movies taken by the adorable camera. Nicknamed “Int-Ball,” the camera, which could pass for a cousin of “Star Wars” robot BB-8, is a camera-drone with space-age capabilities.  

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The first of its kind, Int-Ball’s inner and exterior structures were manufactured using 3-D printing. It can record video and capture images while moving under direction from a remote control on the ground. While in space, Int-Ball is controlled by a team on the ground at Japan’s Tsukuba Space Center. Images and videos captured by the drone camera are checked in real-time by the team working on the ground and then sent back to the crew aboard the space station, according to JAXA.

Int-Ball was delivered to the space station’s Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” by U.S. Dragon Spacecraft on June 4. Its images provide insight to ground crews by allowing them to observe the day-to-day and inner workings aboard the “Kibo” spacecraft in real time.

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Going forward, among its goals, JAXA expects the camera to eliminate the amount of time crew spend taking images, which currently takes up 10 percent of their working hours. The camera will also allow ground crews to check the work being done by crews aboard the “Kibo” spacecraft. The teams will also continue to improve Int-Ball’s performance and enhance its functions, according to JAXA.

 



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'Duck' star: It was shocking


It’s not easy being a model — just ask Sadie Robertson.

The 20-year-old “Duck Dynasty” star recently wrote a lengthy post on Facebook where she described the many “shocking things” she’s been told during her brief stint as an aspiring model.

“A few months ago I showed up for a photoshoot that I had thought was going to be a natural no makeup photoshoot,” she described. “The director of the shoot took a quick look at me and said ‘nope this girl does not have the face to pull off a no makeup shoot.”

While Robertson said it required “around two hours” to make her look natural, the criticism only worsened with time.

“[I] had my stomach ‘fat’ pinched to make sure I knew which part I needed to get rid of,” she said. “I’ve been told if I would lose 10 pounds then I may look like an actual model, yet all the while I just smile, laugh, eat, and dance my way through the shoots. These things at one point in my life would [have] really hurt me, but now I smile because I know my identity does not lie in my looks, my pictures, people’s comments, or my Instagram.”

Robertson said her faith has kept her motivated to feel confident about herself.

“My identity lies within the hands of my God who I believe created me to be fearfully and wonderfully made,” she wrote. “I believe EVERYONE has the face to pull off a ‘no makeup shoot’ because that is YOUR FACE. The makeup is just extra.”

The reality TV personality encouraged her followers to pursue real beauty elsewhere beyond cameras.

“My friend and I went out at sunrise yesterday to remind ourselves of real beauty and [we] went without makeup,” Robertson added. “The beauty surrounded us, and was flowing from within into our conversations. Pursue the essence of beauty within you today, and ask yourself where your identity lies.”



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Clinton sided with Russia on sanctions as Bill made $500G on Moscow speech


The Russian lawyer who landed a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during last year’s presidential campaign with the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton had one big thing in common with the Democratic candidate: Both had opposed Russia sanctions targeting human-rights abusers. 

Further, former Secretary of State Clinton’s initial opposition coincided with a $500,000 speech her husband gave in Moscow – a link her 2016 campaign fought to downplay in the press, according to WikiLeaks-released documents.

Trump White House officials now are trying to draw attention to that speech and the Clintons’ ties to Russia in a bid to counter criticism over Trump Jr.’s now-infamous meeting. 

“If you want to talk about having relationships with Russia, I’d look no further than the Clintons,” Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing last week. “Bill Clinton was paid half a million dollars to give a speech to a Russian bank, personally thanked by President Putin.”

“With the help of the research team, we killed a Bloomberg story trying to link HRC’s opposition to the Magnitsky bill a $500,000 speech that WJC gave in Moscow.”

– May, 2015 email from Clinton campaign staffer

The former president indeed had received a personal call from then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressing his appreciation for the speech. According to Mrs. Clinton’s ethics disclosure form filed while she was secretary of State, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 by the Russia-based finance company Renaissance Capital for his June 29, 2010, speech in Moscow to its employees and guests attending the company’s annual conference. 

The speech is now coming back to haunt the Clintons, considering the company that cut the check was allegedly tied to the scandal that spurred the Global Magnitsky Act, a bill that imposed sanctions on Russians designated as human-rights abusers and eventually would become law in 2012.

This was the same law Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was lobbying against during her sit-down with Trump Jr. last year. And back in 2010, it would have put the Clintons on her side. 

Shortly before Bill Clinton’s speech in 2010, when members of Congress pushing the sanctions bill had asked Hillary Clinton to refuse visas to Russian officials implicated under the policy, the State Department denied the request. The Obama administration initially was opposed to the Magnitsky Act because then-President Barack Obama was seeking a “reset” with Russia and did not want to deepen the divide between the two countries.

Former President Bill Clinton’s speech to Renaissance just weeks later was all the more curious, considering Renaissance’s Russian investment bank executives would have been banned from the U.S. under the law. 

Fast-forward to 2015, and the timeline apparently had caught the attention of Bloomberg News. 

According to a memo from Clinton’s presidential campaign team later published by WikiLeaks, however, the Clinton campaign was able to stop the presses.

“With the help of the research team, we killed a Bloomberg story trying to link HRC’s opposition to the Magnitsky bill a $500,000 speech that WJC gave in Moscow,” Jesse Lehrich, on the Rapid Response Communications team for Hillary For America, boasted on May 21, 2015.

The Global Magnitsky Act was named for 36-year-old tax attorney Sergei Magnitsky, who died in the custody of the Russian government after accusing the government and organized crime of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from a foreign company, Hermitage Capital Management. Magnitsky, hired by foreign investor and Hermitage owner William Browder, had tracked what turned out to be hundreds of millions of dollars in tax fraud. He reported the fraud to the Russian authorities, but instead of pursuing charges against the alleged offender, Russian authorities jailed Magnitsky.

After Magnitsky died in November 2009, Browder said Magnitsky proved Renaissance officials were among those orchestrating the scheme. 

The State Department finally reversed its position in 2011 and refused visas to some Russians purportedly involved in the financial fraud seeking to enter the country.

The Magnitsky Act passed with bipartisan support in 2012.

Russia retaliated against the U.S., ending any possibility for Americans to adopt Russian orphans and also banning 18 U.S. officials from entering their country.

Malia Zimmerman is an award-winning investigative reporter focusing on crime, homeland security, illegal immigration crime, terrorism and political corruption. Follow her on twitter at @MaliaMZimmerman



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Purple Heart mystery: Search underway to identify owner of lost medal


On a spring afternoon nearly a decade ago, Joseph “Dusty” Ridlon was walking a friend’s dog along a street in Nyack, N.Y. – a suburb of New York City – when he picked up a shiny item on the ground covered in sand.

What happened next stunned him. There, in his hand, was a Purple Heart medal – one of the highest military honors awarded to those wounded or killed in action.

Now, some 10 years later, a nationwide search is underway to identify the rightful owner of the prestigious medal, which bears a single clue: an inscription on its back reading, “For Military Merit,” and “B.J. McNamara Dec. 9, 1943.”

“There’s no doubt it’s a real Purple Heart,” said Anthony DelRegno, a former Navy corpsman and post commander of the C.R. and R.O. Blauvelt American Legion Post 310 in Nyack.

“This is definitely someone who served in World War II,” DelRegno told Fox News Tuesday. “This represents the highest honor a human being could get when it comes to serving one’s country… This person is a hero who sacrificed his life.”

DelRegno first saw the medal in early July when a friend of Ridlon’s brought it to post headquarters. Ridlon had tried to locate the owner himself before tucking the medal into a box for years and forgetting about it.

“It wasn’t until I was cleaning out my house and throwing out stuff that I remembered I had it,” said Ridlon, who noted that the medal is engraved with a likeness of George Washington on its front and missing its purple ribbon.   

The Purple Heart is the oldest award still given to combat-wounded veterans of the U.S. military. The award – established by George Washington and originally called the Merit Badge – has been awarded nearly two million times to recognize the sacrifice of combat-wounded veterans.

There is no national database for all Purple Heart recipients, though various military organizations have been instrumental over the years in helping to reunite lost or stolen Purple Hearts with their owners or families. In 1973, a disastrous fire at the National Personnel Records Center destroyed approximately 16 to 18 million military personnel files – some of them Purple Heart recipients – DelRegno said.

DelRegno has summoned the help of war historian James Leiner, who DelRegno said has so far identified 12 or 13 McNamaras in the U.S. with the first name initials, “B.J.”

“But none of these names may be the one he’s looking for,” said DelRegno. “It’s a challenge – figuring of what these initials stand for.”

The office of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is also assisting in the quest to find B.J. McNamara or his family.

DelRegno, meanwhile, said he’s confident the medal will be returned to its rightful owner.

“I’m truly optimistic that that’s going to happen,” DelRegno said.   

“The true measure of a man’s worth is the memories people have of him,” he said, “And I’m hoping the medal can be returned to his family or to the veteran if he’s still alive.”

Cristina Corbin is a Fox News reporter based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @CristinaCorbin.



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Surprising truth about T Rex


Even though Dr. Ian Malcom kept saying, “Must go faster” to get away from the T. Rex in “Jurassic Park,” all they really had to do was step on the gas a little bit. 

 

University of Manchester scientists have released findings that say the size and weight of an adult T. rex wouldn’t allow the bipedal predator to surpass speeds of 12 miles per hour.

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The study, published in PeerJ, used a computer simulation to come up with the top speed for the creature which has been debated ad nauseam.

The scientists, led by Professor William Sellers, presented two biomechanical techniques (multibody dynamic analysis and skeletal stress analysis) to show that T. rex’s skeleton just could not handle the stress of high speeds.  

If it went from a brisk walk to a sprint, its legs would snap, rendering it unable to catch its prey.

“Combining these two approaches reduces the high-level of uncertainty in previous predictions associated with unknown soft tissue parameters in dinosaurs, and demonstrates that the relatively long limb segments of T. rex—long argued to indicate competent running ability—would actually have mechanically limited this species to walking gaits,” the study reads. 

Even though the T. Rex couldn’t outrun a cheetah, its enormous body and frightening roar would be no match for most humans. 

The average speed of a hman jogging is between 4 and 5 miles an hour, according to Runner’s World. Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, ran the 100-meter dash in 9.58 seconds, which translates to an average speed of around 23 miles per hour, peaking at 30 miles per hour.

 



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Arizona bobcat attack injures 2 men, dog


A bystander on Sunday jumped in to help a man and his dog as a bobcat attacked them in Arizona — and the violent incident was caught on video. 

The man was walking his German Shepherd in Anthem when the bobcat started lurking behind them, Fox 10 report. Daily Mountain fire officials said the bobcat chased the pair, then attacked the dog as the owner attempted to pull the feline. 

“The German Shepherd was able to protect both itself and its owner from the bobcat when a bystander stopped to aid the man and his dog,” Daisy Mountain Public Information Officer Brent Fenton said.

The bystander was driving in the area when he jumped in to help. The bobcat bit the bystander in the hand and arm before running off to a nearby storm drain.

The feline was captured and killed after it continued to act aggresively. It tested positive for rabies, Arizona Game and Fish officials said. 

The bystander told Fox 10 he suffered a broken thumb and multiple cuts on his arm. He is undergoing treatment for rabies. 

Bobcat attacks are extremely rare, according to Arizona Game and Fish. The felines generally wouldn’t take on a dog like a German Shepherd that’s double its weight. 

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Armed men caught on video stealing guns from unlocked cars in Alabama


An Alabama neighborhood is taking safety precautions after surveillance video captured two armed men breaking into cars throughout the cul-de-sac.

The Mobile area has fallen victim to the thieves multiple times. What is believed to be a pair of bandits have been targeting unlocked vehicles and were seen vandalizing a fence with profanity, too.

Resident Scott Ellzy told Fox 10 the robbers looked very comfortable in the video.

“They weren’t nervous, they seemed like they were very familiar with the area, and they had no problem walking up to somebody’s garage, front door, and… just no fear,” Ellzy said.

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Ellzy said he was glad he didn’t unsuspectingly happen upon the armed thieves.

“I’m glad that I didn’t walk outside unprepared… or put my family in a bad situation not knowing” Ellzy told Fox 10. “You have a situation that could turn deadly… and pretty much make a dramatic change to anyone’s family that walks out.”

Both the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the Mobile Police Department are investigating. Authorities have urged Mobile residents to be on the lookout for a white Suburban or Yukon XL, as shown in the video, and to lock their cars, even when they’re in the driveway. 

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