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Western Media Distorts Escalating Syrian War

The Real News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:03
Intense bombing by the Syrian government, in alliance with Russia, has killed large numbers of civilians in Eastern Ghouta, which the Syrian government has besieged for years. But differing media accounts make it hard to decipher what's really happening, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

Venezuelan official says presidential elections to be delayed a month as part of agreement with splintered opposition

TownHall - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:02
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan official says presidential elections to be delayed a month as part of agreement with splintered opposition.

Breaking: Arrest made in letter attack on Trump Jr family

Hot Air - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:01

Seventeen days after Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law opened a letter that contained white powder and a threatening note, federal investigators have found their suspect. A Massachusetts man will go to court later today for the hoax attack aimed at Donald Trump Jr and which briefly sent his wife Vanessa to the hospital for precautionary tests. The substance turned out to be cornstarch, but that won’t matter much in a federal prosecution for mailing threats:

MORE: Daniel Frisiello of Beverly, MA sent at least five letters containing white powder in last several weeks, U.S. Postal Inspection Service says, the first of which was addressed to Donald Trump Jr. and called him an "awful, awful person."

— ABC News (@ABC) March 1, 2018

Hoax or not, Frisiello could spend a long time in prison for his stunt. Federal officials will likely charge him under 18 USC 876 (b), which carries a potential 20-year sentence per count:

Whoever, with intent to extort from any person any money or other thing of value, so deposits, or causes to be delivered, as aforesaid, any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of the addressee or of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

His attorneys may argue that (c) applies better, which doesn’t mention extortion as one element, and which carries a five-year maximum sentence per count. However, if federal prosecutors want to deliver a message, (b) can still apply even without the element of extortion. Note carefully that the language uses or in relation to “any threat to injure the person of the addressee or another.” Given who the intended victim was, bet on a maximum charge.

In fact, the US Attorney’s office in Massachusetts has filed ten counts against Frisiello:

USA #Lelling announces arrest of Massachusetts man Daniel Frisiello who allegedly sent letters containing suspicious white powder to 5 high profile individuals @FBIBoston @USPIS_BOS pic.twitter.com/wjUtpLd8XV

— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) March 1, 2018

Frisiello allegedly sent five such letters, so they’re nailing him with two crimes each: the threat and the hoax. Frisiello also appears to have a bipartisan sense of outrage. One of his other targets was Senator Debbie Stabenow, the Democrat from Michigan facing re-election this year, according to the Associated Press:

Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, was arrested Thursday. He is expected to appear in federal court in Worcester later Thursday. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

Federal authorities say he also sent letters containing powder to four other people, including the office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, of Michigan.

The letter to the president’s son was opened by Vanessa Trump on Feb. 12. She called 911 and reported she was coughing and felt nauseous. She was hospitalized briefly.

How do you draw a line between Stabenow and Donald Trump Jr? Only by going through Crazytown. That may be the best line of defense that Frisiello’s attorneys have, assuming investigators got the right man in these cases, but it’s very tough to sustain an insanity defense, especially for someone who went through all the trouble to mail his attacks to specific people.

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Armenia annuls normalization protocols with Turkey

TownHall - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:01
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's president has annulled long-dormant protocols aimed at normalizing ties with Turkey.According to his spokesman, Vladimir Akopyan, President Serzh Sargsyan made the announcement Thursday at a meeting of the count

Transgender student, 15, is 'outed' by wrestling coach

Daily Mail - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:00
Aiden Pogue Krabacher, 15, quit the wrestling team at Wilmington High School, Ohio, over the incident. He is a freshman and started classes there in the fall.

Hall of Fame QB Kelly says tests show return of oral cancer

TownHall - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:59
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has once again been diagnosed with oral cancer.Kelly released a statement Thursday through his publicist saying he is "shocked and deeply saddened" by the news, and vows to on

BREAKING: Man Arrested For Sending White Powder to Don Jr’s Apartment

GatewayPundit - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:59

On February 12th, a letter addressed to Donald Trump Jr. with an unknown powdery substance was sent to a Manhattan apartment belonging to Donald Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa.

Vanessa Trump was hospitalized.

NBC New York previously reported:

A letter containing an unidentified substance addressed to Donald Trump Jr. was sent to a Manhattan apartment building unit that belongs to Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, the president’s daughter-in-law, multiple senior law enforcement officials and city officials tell News 4 and NBC News.

The letter mailed to the East 54th Street apartment was opened Monday morning and contained some sort of substance, though the specific nature of that substance wasn’t immediately clear. Three people were taken to a hospital as a precaution for observation after the FDNY responded shortly after 10 a.m.

Vanessa Trump was taken to a Manhattan hospital for precaution.

Now this…

A Massachusetts man was arrested Thursday morning for sending the white powder to Don Jr.’s apartment.

Fox News reports:

A Massachusetts man was arrested Thursday morning after a letter with white powder was sent to Donald Trump Jr.’s New York City apartment earlier this month. Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, was taken to the hospital in the incident.

Story developing…The Gateway Pundit will update as more information becomes available.

The post BREAKING: Man Arrested For Sending White Powder to Don Jr’s Apartment appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Clash of local officials, vigilantes leaves 11 dead

TownHall - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:58
LA CONCEPCION, Mexico (AP) — The brothers leading the nearly 15-year fight against a Mexico dam project have been hailed as environmental heroes, but after a confused gunfight between their vigilante forces and other townsfolk, they are now in jail fac

Shock: Tax Dollars Going To Clown College

Info Wars - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:58
This is what Democrats spend your money on.

Kardashian family realtor embroiled in bankruptcy fiasco

Daily Mail - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:57
Tomer Fridman, 41, has helped the Kardashian-Jenners land real estate deals since 2013, and even teamed up with Scott Disick for a house-flipping show last year, which has yet to air.

Man rescued from tree after failed attempt to retrieve drone

Daily Mail - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:55
A man was flying a drone in a Tennessee park on Saturday night when it got caught in the branches of a 70-foot tree, and the owner decided to retrieve it. After climbing 40 feet, he realized his error.

Facebook, Google Get One Hour From EU to Scrub Terror Content (Natalia Drozdiak/Wall Street Journal)

Memeorandum - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:55

Natalia Drozdiak / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, Google Get One Hour From EU to Scrub Terror Content  —  EU announces guidelines to tech giants for removing terror and other illegal content from their websites  —  BRUSSELS—The European Union on Thursday upped its ante against tech companies, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google …

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen charged over IS photos (Associated Press)

Memeorandum - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:55

Associated Press:
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen charged over IS photos  —  PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors filed preliminary charges Thursday against far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting brutal images of Islamic State violence, in a new blow to a woman long seen as the face of Europe's anti-immigrant populism.

Man arrested for sending white powder to Trump Jr.’s NYC apartment 

Daily Mail - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:54
Daniel Frisiello, of Beverly, was arrested Thursday. He is expected to appear in federal court in Worcester later Thursday. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

Governor praises Delta CEO, urges move to Connecticut

TownHall - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:54
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is praising the CEO of Delta Air Lines for no longer offering discounted rates to National Rifle Association members and has invited the company to move to his state.The Democrat has been

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s fashion formula

Daily Mail - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:53
Kate, 36, opted to recycle a £99 Seraphine maternity dress that she previously wore in January at the Royal Foundation Forum in London. This avoided taking the spotlight away from Meghan.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush to AP: William H.T. "Bucky" Bush, brother and uncle to presidents, has died at 79

TownHall - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:53
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. Jeb Bush to AP: William H.T. "Bucky" Bush, brother and uncle to presidents, has died at 79.

Horrifying moment a man's arm SNAPS during arm wrestling match

Daily Mail - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:51
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: This is the horrifying moment a young man's arm snaps back and breaks during an arm-wrestling competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Surfer, 11, in a coma after catastrophic snowboard injury

Daily Mail - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 16:51
Brayden Belden, 11, is currently in a medically induced coma after injuring himself while snowboarding with his family at Mt Bachelor in Oregon on February 20.

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