Justice Department gives Chicago final sanctuary warning


CHICAGO, IL – (Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below)

President Trump’s Administration is giving Chicago one final warning before it may yank millions of dollars in federal policing grants.

Chicago has until October 27 to prove to the Justice Department that the city’s sanctuary policies, such as not asking about immigration status and not holding people in jail for federal immigration officers, isn’t hurting the law enforcement effort in the city.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference that he’s not afraid of the letter.

“I totally, 100% reject the false choice of Donald Trump and the Justice Department,” the mayor said at a press conference Thursday. “We are not going to be a city that picks between the philosophy of community police and being a welcoming city.”

Trump surveys hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, meets San Juan mayor after feud



President Trump is seen greeting San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has repeatedly criticized the president’s actions since the storm wreaked havoc on the territory last month.  (White House pool photo)

SAN JUAN, PR –  (Alex Pappas, Fox News. Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.) 

President Trump visited storm-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday to survey damage and talk to residents, while also meeting and briefly praising the San Juan mayor following their feud over the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria.

The president, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, participated in a packed briefing on storm recovery shortly after landing at Luis Muñiz Air National Guard Base in San Juan.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has repeatedly criticized the president’s actions since the storm wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory last month, was seen shaking Trump’s hand and joining him for the briefing in a hangar.

Death toll increased to 58….515 injured in Las Vegas shooting


Police officers stand at the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (John Locher – Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, NV (Las Vegas Sun, Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.

A shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday has left more than 20 dead and 100 injured, authorities said.

The suspect has been neutralized, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. ”Right now we believe its a sole actor, a lone wolf type actor,” he said.

“Its a devastating time,” the sheriff said.

UPDATE:  9:30 a.m.  Associated Press is reporting the Islamic State claims responsibility for the killings.


UPDATE 10:30 a.m.  The death toll has increased to 58.  The amount injured increased to 515.  President Trump will be visiting the area on Wednesday.  One of the biggest need in the area is blood.  The FBI stated there is no link to ISIS.

Update:  5:00 p.m. The death toll stands at 59. The amount injured is 529. They found several guns and explosives in the sniper’s home, with several rounds of ammunition. There are swat teams checking a house in Northern Nevada that the sniper owns.

UPDATE:  10;00 p.m.  The information is from a press conference by Las Vegas officials just after 9:00 p.m..  The death toll still stands at 59 and the number of injuries are still 529.  There were 23 guns in his room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.  Authorities found 19 guns and the ammo was in the thousands.  The killer shot the hotel security guard on the 32nd floor of the hotel.  There is no word yet on his other home in Northern Nevada.  A deputy from the Clark County Sheriff’s office said this was the last press conference of the evening.


Bost Statement on Framework for Tax Reform

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after House Republicans released today its framework for tax reform:

“I’ve collected feedback from my constituents about what we can be doing better in Washington to help grow jobs and the economy in Southern Illinois,” said Bost. “And what I’ve consistently heard is that we need a simpler, fairer tax code that works for families, small businesses, and job creators alike. The plan released today will create opportunities for hardworking Americans by broadening the tax base, closing special interest loopholes, and growing the economy. The time is now to enact a plan that will level the playing field for American businesses by encouraging investment and job creation.”


Lowers Rates for Individuals and Families – The framework shrinks the current seven tax brackets into three – 12%, 25% and 35% – with the potential for an additional top rate for the highest-income taxpayers to ensure that the wealthy do not contribute a lower share of taxes paid than they do today.

Doubles the Standard Deduction and Enhances the Child Tax Credit – The framework roughly doubles the standard deduction so that typical middle-class families will keep more of their paycheck. It also significantly increases the Child Tax Credit.

Eliminates Loopholes for the Wealthy, Protects Bedrock Provisions for Middle Class – To provide simplicity and fairness the framework eliminates many itemized deductions that are primarily used by the wealthy, but retains tax incentives for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions, as well as tax incentives for work, higher education, and retirement security.

Repeals the Death Tax and Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) – The framework repeals the unfair Death Tax and substantially simplifies the tax code by repealing the existing individual AMT, which requires taxpayers to do their taxes twice.
Creates a New Lower Tax Rate and Structure for Small Businesses The framework limits the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned businesses to 25% – significantly lower than the top rate that these businesses pay today.

To Create Jobs and Promote Competitiveness, Lowers the Corporate Tax Rate – So that America can compete on level playing field, the framework reduces the corporate tax rate to 20% – below the 22.5% average of the industrialized world.

To Boost the Economy, Allows “Expensing” of Capital Investments – The framework allows, for at least five years, businesses to immediately write off (or “expense”) the cost of new investments, giving a much-needed lift to the economy.

Moves to an American Model for Competitiveness – The framework ends the perverse incentive to offshore jobs and keep foreign profits overseas. It levels the playing field for American companies and workers.

Brings Profits Back Home – The framework brings home profits by imposing a one-time, low tax rate on wealth that has already accumulated overseas so there is no tax incentive to keeping the money offshore.

Usher being called ‘hero’ for helping to stop Antioch TN church shooter



Caleb Engle, the 22 year old parishioner who went to his vehicle to get his gun during yesterday’s church shooting. (WSMV Photo from his Facebook profile)

ANTIOCH, TN (WSMV-Nashville.  Please click on the link for the full story and other stories and videos regarding this tragedy. Here is an excerpt below.)

Robert Caleb Engle is being hailed as a hero after helping to stop the accused gunman during the shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch on Sunday.

Robert Caleb Engle is being hailed as a hero after helping to stop the accused gunman during the shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch on Sunday.

According to police and witnesses at the scene, Engle, who is an usher at the church, confronted the accused shooter, Emanuel Kidega Samson. Engle was then pistol-whipped by Samson. The two got into a scuffle before Samson shot himself in the chest.
Engle, who has a carry permit, went out to his car to get a gun, despite suffering a head injury.

Engle then went back inside the church to confront Samson and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

One dead, at least six injured at a Chruch shooting in the Nashville, TN area


ANTIOCH, TN ( Kyle Cooke, WSMV-TV.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

One person has been killed and at least six others have been wounded in a shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch.

Police said the shooting occurred as church was dismissing at 11:15 a.m.

One woman was shot in the parking lot after she exited the building.

Police said one church member confronted the gunman and was pistol-whipped.

This man, who has a handgun carry permit, went to his car and retrieved his gun.

When he entered the church and confronted the gunman with the gun, the gunman shot himself.

Police said three women and three men, including the gunman, were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The man who was pistol-whipped and another victim was transported to Skyline Medical Center.

DeVos rescinds Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault cases


(Please click on the link above for the story and Fox and Friends interview with Betsy DeVos.  Here is an excerpt below)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday rescinded Obama-era guidelines for investigating allegations of sexual assault on campus, replacing them with guidelines she said would help schools “treat all students fairly.”

DeVos, who has been highly critical of the Obama administration’s approach, had announced earlier this month she planned to replace the policy she describes as unfair.

“This interim guidance will help schools as they work to combat sexual misconduct and will treat all students fairly,” DeVos said in a statement Friday. “Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors head-on. There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in its outcomes.”

Democratic congressmen arrested in protests outside Trump Tower



WASHINGTON, DC – (Alex Pappas, Fox News.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

Three Democratic congressmen were arrested outside Trump Tower after protesting the president’s immigration policies in New York City on Tuesday.

Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva‏, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez and New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat were taken into custody by police, according to Grijalva’s campaign Twitter account and a Gutiérrez aide.

Grijalva’s account tweeted that “Raúl was taken into custody in front of Trump Tower for civil disobedience along with Rep. Gutierrez and Rep. Espaillat.”

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico as Category 4 storm


Damage in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria makes landfall.  (Fox News

SAN JUAN, PR – (Travis Fedschun, Fox News.  Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

Hurricane Maria roared onto Puerto Rico early Wednesday as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm, blasting the island’s most populated areas with life-threatening gusts nearing 200 mph after slamming smaller Caribbean islands along the way.

Maria made landfall near Yabucoa on the island’s southeast coast around 6:15 a.m., striking the area with sustained winds of 145 mph that are expected to last for 12 to 24 hours, forecasters said.

“Maria will bring a potentially catastrophic combination of storm-surge flooding, destructive winds and flooding rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”
– Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean

7.1 magnitude earthquake kills at least 61 in Mexico, collapses buildings; reports of people trapped


FoxNews photo

MEXICO CITY, MX – (FoxNews.  Please click on the link for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least 61 people and leaving multiple people reportedly trapped in collapsed buildings.

Mexico State Gov. Alfredo del Mazo said the quake has killed at least eight people in his state, which borders Mexico City. Del Mazo said a quarry worker was killed from a rock slide due to the quake, and another died after being hit by a falling lamppost. He later reported an additional six deaths.

At least another 42 were killed in the central Mexican state of Morelos, Gov. Graco Ramirez said. Of those who died, 12 were in the city of Jojutla, and four were in the state capital of Cuernavaca.