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White House reached goal of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees Monday

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From MSN: The White House will reach its goal, articulated a year ago, of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. on Monday afternoon. A plane carrying the refugees has departed Jordan and will soon land in the U.S., CBS News’ Margaret Brennan reports.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that we will meet this goal more than a month ahead of schedule. Our 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive this afternoon,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a statement.

Between last October and the end of this September, the U.S. is expected to admit a total of at least 85,000 refugees, Rice said, including from countries like Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Iraq, Somalia, Ukraine, among many others.

President Obama said last year that would admit 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year. Monday’s announcement means the White House attained its goal a month ahead of schedule, an achievement due at least in large part to a surge of State Department and Homeland Security officials deployed to the Middle East to help process a backlog of applications. The 10,000 are a significant increase over the 1,500 the U.S. was on track to admit in 2015. 

An overwhelmingly majority of the refugees, 80 percent, who have already resettled in the U.S. are women and children under the age of 18, according to the State Department. Data also shows that 96 percent of the refugees are Muslim.

U.S. officials say that the refugees have gone through extensive vetting, which not only involved numerous interviews but also intelligence-driven vetting and reviews of their social media accounts.

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The average review took more than a year and a half to complete. The names of the refugees were run through Pentagon, State Department, FBI and other agency databases, Brennan reports.

The news comes as Donald Trump continues to slam the president’s and Hillary Clinton’s immigration policies, especially in relation to Syrian refugees. Trump has in the past compared Syrian refugees to snakes and he has advocated a plan to block people from entering the U.S. from countries with ties to terrorism.

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‘Fiscal crisis’ warning as deficits rise, debt set to hit $20T next year

Anyone with a functioning brain can see this coming.

Amerika in 2016

From Fox News: While the staggering national debt has virtually disappeared as a 2016 campaign issue amid White House assurances the problem has faded, D.C.’s budget scorekeepers have issued a stark warning that the red ink is growing once again – increasing the likelihood of a full-blown “fiscal crisis.”

A fresh estimate from the Congressional Budget Office projects this year’s deficit – the annual budget shortfall – will spike to $590 billion. That’s higher than a previous estimate, and up 35 percent over last year.

Further, the CBO’s numbers show the total national debt hitting $20 trillion next year.

The debt would then soar over the next decade and beyond, leading to “serious negative consequences,” the report warns, including ever-higher interest payments that would crowd out other areas of the budget.

“The likelihood of a fiscal crisis in the United States would increase,” the CBO report, issued last week, said. “There would be a greater risk that investors would become unwilling to finance the government’s borrowing needs unless they were compensated with very high interest rates.”

In the near-term, the report said the 2016 shortfall grew because of lower-than-expected revenue and some early payments that will have to be made this year.

CBO’s latest report sees a slight improvement in the deficit picture over the longer term, mostly because the government is expected to pay lower interest rates on its mounting debt.

But the report is significant in that it shows the pendulum swinging – after years of falling deficits touted by President Obama, the CBO sees deficits generally rising from 2016 on. The report projected the return of trillion-dollar deficits in eight years.

The trendlines are changing as the debt and deficit appear to fade as campaign issues or a major point of contention on Capitol Hill.

Neither presidential candidate has focused much on the deficit so far in the campaign. GOP nominee Donald Trump has called for large tax cuts but hasn’t offered much in the way of cutting spending. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wants further tax increases on the wealthy but calls for spending the money on agenda items like infrastructure.

Note: Hillary Clinton’s $1 trillion tax hikes will hit the middle class and every single American.

Obama presided over a record deficit of $1.4 trillion in his first year in office as the economy reeled and the government pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into rescuing large financial institutions. Wall Street has paid the money back, and deficits have fallen in recent years.

But Obama has devoted little effort to further tackling the deficit after a 2011 budget and debt deal with Republicans and his success in early 2013 in raising taxes on upper-income earners.

He told ABC News in 2013 that they “don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” claiming the country would be on a “sustainable” path for another decade.

The White House touted deficit reduction in its latest budget proposal earlier this year, claiming the proposal “keeps deficits below three percent of GDP while stabilizing debt and putting it on a declining path for most of the next decade.”

Yet the new CBO projection puts the deficit above that 3 percent mark already.

Read the whole story here.

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Church offers Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired recovery program for racists

trinity church racists anonymous

From Fox News: A North Carolina church reportedly is raising eyebrows after launching a weekly Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired 12-step program for racists.

Trinity United Church of Christ in Concord holds the “Racists Anonymous” meetings on Wednesdays, Fox 46 Charlotte reported last week.

Carol Stanley, who facilitates the meetings, told the station that no one is pointing fingers. “But we’re becoming clearer and clearer on the unconscious racism that we all carry,” she said. “It’s a way to address one’s own racism as a spiritual practice and discipline.”

The church says on Facebook that the Racists Anonymous meetings are organized around AA’s 12-steps of recovery. The first step is to “come to admit that I am powerless over my addiction to racism in ways I am unable to recognize fully, let alone manage.”

Rev. J. Nathan King

Rev. J. Nathan King

The program, started by Trinity’s pastor Rev. J. Nathan King, comes at a time when the subject of racism in America is front and center, the station reported Wednesday. “The timing was very right for us to put our prayers into action,” King told the station.

Each meeting has had about a dozen attendees. Fox 46 reported that those who have shown up include black and white participants, and both the young and old.

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Barbra Streisand claims she will relocate to Australia if Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton in US election

Think Babs will really follow through on this threat?

Think Babs will really follow through on this threat?

Via Daily Mail: Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November.

The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.

Barbra told Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher on Sunday she would consider relocating to Australia or Canada in the event of a Trump presidency. Barbra claimed she was ‘astounded’ by Trump’s popularity and hopes his American supporters will ‘come back to sanity’.

The Funny Girl star added: ‘He has no facts. I don’t know, I can’t believe it. I’m either coming to your country, if you’ll let me in, or Canada’.

Michael responded jovially that Barbra would be ‘very welcome’ to live in Australia.

Elsewhere during the interview, Barbra gave Michael a lesson on how to properly pronounce her surname. ‘You said it with a Z,’ she said, politely correcting him.

‘Can you say “Barbra STREI-sand”, not “Strei-SAND”? “STREI-sand”‘, she said with emphasis. ‘Barbra STREI-sand,’ Michael responded. ‘That’s right. He’s got it. My gosh, he’s got it,’ she says with a mock relief.

Meanwhile, Barbra is releasing her new album this month, including duets with Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman and Melissa McCarthy among others.

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This is Chiraq: 7 dead, 38 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

Nobody noticed until a cousin of a NBA player was killed.

blacks protesting black-on-black crimes

From MyFoxChicago: Seven people were killed and at least 38 more have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday, police said.

Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, was shot to death Friday afternoon as she pushed one of her children in a stroller in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side.

Nykea Aldridge

Nykea Aldridge

Aldridge, of the 6400 block of South King Drive — colloquially referred to as “O Block” — was taken to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the head and arm and was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

About 3:30 p.m., Aldridge, 32, was walking with a baby in a stroller and a man in the 6300 block of South Calumet when two male suspects walked up and fired shots at a third man, according to Chicago Police.

“As she was walking down the street some type of altercation occurred which didn’t involve her,” Deputy Chief of Detectives James Jones told reporters at Chicago Police headquarters Friday night.

On Saturday, detectives were questioning three men in connection with the homicide.

The most recent homicide happened early Sunday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

A 38-year-old man had just parked his vehicle about 12:35 a.m. in the 3600 block of West Fifth Avenue when five males walked up, one of whom pulled out a gun and opened fire, police said. The man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

About 20 minutes earlier, one man was killed and two others were wounded in a West Garfield Park neighborhood shooting, police said.

Read about all the shootings here.

As for the shooters of Nykea?

Darwin and Derren Sorrells

Darwin and Derren Sorrells

Two brothers have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nykea. Darwin Sorrells was sentenced to six years in prison in January 2013 on a gun charged and was released early on parole, while Derren Sorrells is a known gang member, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

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Feds Must Respond to Lawsuit Claiming IRS “Peeping Toms” Raided Health Records

I must admit I haven’t heard about this lawsuit. I’d have done more homework on this article and lawsuit yet I’m working this weekend. Just thought I’d put this out 1) because it’s interesting as to what Obama’s IRS stooges have been accused of doing, and 2) to see if others might know more about this case.

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From Hollywood Reporter: More than three years ago, a mysterious company filed a mysterious lawsuit against “John Does 1-15” with a pretty outrageous claim. The lawsuit alleged that the IRS raided the company on March 11, 2011, and that agents in the course of an investigation of a former employee stole more than 60 million medical records of more than 10 million Americans. 

“After being put on notice of the illicit seizure, the IRS agents refused to return the records, continued to keep the records for the prying eyes of IRS peeping toms, and keep the records to this very day,” stated a complaint that was originally filed in San Diego Superior Court before being removed to federal court. “The records may concern the intimate medical records of every state judge in California, every state court employee in California, leading and politically controversial members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild, and prominent citizens in the world of entertainment, business and government, from all walks of life.”

It was also alleged that IRS agents searched “intimate parts” after seizing records.

The raided company at the heart of the lawsuit was later revealed to be Three Rivers Provider Network in Chula Vista, Calif., a national health network, and the lawsuit caught the attention of Congressional Republicans. But the case was paused because the Justice Department told the court it was tied to the criminal prosecution of Blaine Pollock, who founded the company and was charged with false statements on an individual tax return and aiding and assisting false statements on a corporate tax return. 

According to a review of his case, Pollock took a plea and was given a judgment of time served and a fine of $350,000.

But now that the criminal case is over, the federal judge overseeing the civil one lifted the stay on Thursday and ordered the defendants — in particular, a special agent named Gabriel Kornacki — to answer or otherwise respond to the complaint within the next 30 days.

As a result, a lawsuit from that “John Doe Company,” which is attempting to represent “10 million citizens across the country, including many of the Judges of the Superior Court of California, their family, their clerks, their court employees, the members of the Screen Actors Guild, the members of the Directors Guild of America, and the players for Major League Baseball,” is live.

The plaintiff, represented by attorney Robert Barnes, is asserting a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, specifically an unlawful search, seizure and invasion of privacy. The relief sought is an injunction on sharing of records, a return of records and compensatory damages in the amount of $25,000 per violation per individual.

This lawsuit may go nowhere, but the government’s response will be provided once it comes. 

DCG

Anti-Islam activists stage protest atop Berlin monument

Merkel will not be pleased.

merkel muslim

From Fox News: Anti-Islam activists have staged an hour-long demonstration atop Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. The protesters unfurled a banner calling for “secure borders” in Germany as crowds of tourists milled around the iconic monument Saturday.

Police said 15 people were briefly detained over the protest and are likely to face charges of trespassing, harassment and breaching laws on public assembly.

AP Photo

AP Photo

Berlin police spokeswoman Patricia Braemer said the protesters belonged to the Identitarian Movement. Germany’s domestic intelligence agency earlier this month said it was putting the far-right group under observation because it aims to subvert democracy.

Leaflets scattered by supporters of the group claimed the government is trying to replace Germany’s population with Muslim immigrants.

Germany has seen an unprecedented influx of asylum-seekers, many from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, over the past year.

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