Man Who ‘Exposed’ Melania Trump’s Speech Is a Longtime Admirer of the Obamas

On Tuesday, Melania Trump took the stage to speak at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Her speech made headlines everywhere. However, not all the attention in the press was positive. In fact, one observer made a very serious accusation that Melania’s speech had been plagiarized.

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Melania’s accuser, Jarrett Hill, is a journalist out of Hollywood, California.

During the speech, Hill heard Melania say something that he could have sworn he’d heard from Michelle Obama before. When he realized that was the case, he sent out a tweet that set the internet on fire:

The viral tweet launched a series of heated conversations on the right and left about originality in speeches. Ultimately, Hill’s accusation was effective enough to prompt Melania’s speechwriter to offer her resignation letter, which Donald Trump refused to accept.

As a result of his investigative journalism, Hill was suddenly famous overnight. As the Hollywood Reporter writes, every journalist and producer wanted a piece of him…as subject for an interview.

In the middle of it all, Hill woke up on Wednesday morning to a dead iPhone. It was the phone he had been using to network. He tells The Hollywood Reporter:

“It was suspicious to me and I didn’t know what to think about that.”

Although Apple tech support said it could have been the result of an overload of notifications, Hill suspects more than a technical glitch:

About the mystery, Hill stops short of saying it was a Republican conspiracy to get him to stop talking, but he watches “too much House of Cards to not just be a little bit alert.”

That said, if it were anything “malicious,” it could’ve been a Trump supporter who hacked into his phone, he says, carefully choosing his words.

While it’s hard to say if his tweet about plagiarism was meant to be self-serving in any fashion, Hill just so happens to be a big fan of the Obamas.

He explained how much he admires the First Family:

“I have been a longtime admirer of the Obamas, which is why I recognized Michelle’s quote. My screensaver is the Obamas at the White House,” he admits.

“I’m actually sad that they aren’t going to be our First Family anymore. I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to meet them, but if I did, I would probably pee my pants.”

In the past, even though he self-identifies as a “journalist,” he has not kept hidden his support for the Obama administration:

Hill is likely hoping that his investigative journalism will lead to something beneficial in the long term. Still, despite the massive media spotlight on him, he remains out of work.

While he’ll most likely continue to watch the election closely, for now, it seems that his fifteen minutes of fame aren’t panning out in any productive way.

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New Report Claims Malaysia Flight MH370 Went Missing For an Awful Reason

Aus. Flight Lieutenant Jayson Nichols scours south Indian Ocean for debris Getty- AFP/Getty Images

Two years ago, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 (Kuala Lumpur to Beijing) disappeared almost without a trace. Since then, search efforts have involved multiple countries and cost over $135 million—the most expensive aviation search in history.

Despite objections from family members still holding out hope for closure, a joint decision was announced Friday by officials from China, Malaysia, and Australia that the search would be suspended.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai explained:

“In the absence of new evidence, Malaysia, Australia and China have collectively decided to suspend the search upon completion of the 120,000-square-kilometer (46,300-square-mile) search area.”

There are only 10,000 square kilometers of the projected crash area left to be searched, but officials have determined that the effort—which at times consists of personnel simply looking from the windows of low-flying planes and helicopters—is no longer worth the cost.

Below, the Royal Australian Air Force joins the search for MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean.

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Liow added that additional searches would still be possible in the future—but not without credible evidence:

Within hours of the announcement to suspend the search, New York Magazine went public with information they say was forensically recovered from the hard drives owned by the pilot of MH370.

The information suggests an appalling possibility:

According to New York Magazine, Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah may have intended to end the flight in a murder-suicide. Jeff Wise writes:

“New York has obtained a confidential document from the Malaysian police investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that shows that the plane’s captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, conducted a simulated flight deep into the remote southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane vanished under uncannily similar circumstances…

Taken together, these points show a flight that departs Kuala Lumpur, heads northwest over the Malacca Strait, then turns left and heads south over the Indian Ocean, continuing until fuel exhaustion over an empty stretch of sea.

Search officials believe MH370 followed a similar route.”

New York Magazine is not the first media outlet to suggest suicide as a possibility, however. The BBC posted a similar theory in 2015, approximately one year after the crash. Aviation writer Sylvia Spruck Wrigley commented:

“The pilot suicide theory for flight MH370 has gained traction because, throughout the last year, there’s been no evidence of an outside plot.

Nothing’s come up on social media. No-one is claiming responsibility. But the way MH370 happened seems an unlikely way to commit suicide – allowing the plane to continue going for so long. In the very rare cases of pilot suicide, it usually happens much quicker, just pointing the plane at the ground and crashing it.”

Despite the massive efforts from multiple nations—aside from a few early leads that resulted in dead ends—the search for MH370 has turned up a remarkable lack of evidence (in fact, only one small section of a wing was found off the French island of Reunion).

That lack of evidence has led to a number of speculations about the fate of MH370, most suggesting that the pilot made an intentional choice to either crash or land the plane in the ocean.

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Watch Gary Johnson Do 22 Pushups for Veterans, and Prove Why Active Military Prefer Him

According to statistics, our 22 of our veterans commit suicide every day. That’s almost one every hour.

So in order to raise awareness for this problem, Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins was on a quest to get people to do 22 pushups on camera. One for every vet lost per day.

While in Cleveland, one person Jenkins ran into was none other than Libertarian candidate for President, Gary Johnson. Upon asking if him if he would take the challenge, Johnson put his tie back and got down to business.

Johnson posted the video on his Facebook page and stated “A highlight of my visit to Cleveland was joining Griff Jenkins of Fox News to do some pushups to raise awareness of suicide among our veterans. Proud to do it!”

Watch it here.

The poll Johnson mentioned by Johnson at the end of the video is in reference to a survey done by a popular military centered Facebook page called “Doctrine Man.” The poll itself is unscientific, but according to it, active military troops prefer Gary Johnson over the other two candidates by a decent margin.

The poll revealed that 38.7% of active duty members prefer Gary Johnson, with Trump and Clinton trailing with 30.9%, and 14.1% respectively. It should be noted that this poll does have a margin of error, so more precise numbers may be different.

Johnson did not come in first with all participants of the poll, however.

As reported by The Hill:

Current, reserve and former members of the Army preferred Johnson at 35.4 percent. Trump, the Republican nominee, came in second at 31.4 percent, and Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, at 15.3 percent.

Among the Marine community, an overwhelming 44.1 percent chose Johnson, while 27.1 percent chose Trump, and 12.7 percent chose Clinton.

The majority of the Air Force respondents chose Johnson at 39 percent, but Trump next at 29.9 percent and Clinton at 12.9 percent.

Trump ranked the top choice for the Navy community, at 32.4 percent, versus 31.7 percent for Johnson and 22.9 percent for Clinton.

Despite Clinton’s underwhelming performance among active duty troops in the poll, their family members preferred Clinton at 29.4 percent to 27.5 percent for Trump. Johnson came in third, at 24.5 percent.

Trump came out on top among members of the military who retired after serving at least 20 years.

Retirees preferred Trump at 37.4 percent, compared to 32.2 percent for Johnson and only 11 percent for Hillary Clinton.

However, when former members of the military who served fewer than 20 years were included, Johnson came in first, at 36.1 percent, while Hillary Clinton garnered 12.6 percent.

While there is definitely a generational divide in politics that causes many younger Americans to prefer Johnson, Trump’s disrespect for the military by saying John McCain was “not a hero” for being captured likely earned some of our troop’s ire.

Johnson currently sits at 13% approval, and needs 15% to be able to appear on the debate stage alongside Trump and Clinton.

 

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With Clinton And The DNC Silent On Cops, Philadelphia Police Write Scathing Letter

As the Republican Nation Convention winds down and the Democratic National Convention gets ready to begin, Hillary Clinton received a huge smack in the face from Philadelphia police.

John McNesby, President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, penned a scathing letter to Clinton after noticing the DNC would be allowing speakers to talk about police violence, but there would not be anyone to speak for the other side, the police.

Here is what the letter said:

“President John McNesby and the membership of Philadelphia Lodge 5 FOP are shocked and saddened by the planned choice of speakers at the DNC in Philadelphia.

The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted, and will not soon forget, that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows, and other family members of Police Officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit, and not implied racism, and ‘being on duty in blue.’

It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country. Mrs.

Mrs. Clinton you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible.”

After the letter was received by the Clinton campaign, they caved and decided to allow two police officers to speak at the convention. Charles Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner, and Joe Sweeney, a New York Police Department officer who served during 9/11.

A Clinton campaign spokesperson also had this to say:

“As Hillary Clinton has said, we need to support heroic police officers who put their lives on the line every day as well as listen to the voices of mothers who have lost their children.

We look forward to highlighting the courageous efforts of law enforcement with speakers at our convention, including from Pennsylvania, and praising their work to keep our communities safe.”

It would be nice if Clinton and the Democrats stood with police by choice, and not just as they cave to political pressure.

 

 

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WaterCooler Saturday, 7/23/2016 – Open Thread – Balloons, Rs for Hillary, and Zombies

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Big Boy Donnie Trump Loves Balloons. Don’t You Donnie?

In case of confusion, the adult is on the right. Reuters photo.


Republicans for Hillary

A growing tally of high-profile Republicans have resolved voting for Hillary Clinton is the only statistically probable channel available to prevent camp Trump from mucking up America.

Staying home, voting 3rd Party or a write-in candidate, these options fell off the table once Trump picked up the nomination, they argue.

Sample roster:

Richard Armitage, Foreign Policy Official for Reagan, H.W and W., 13th Deputy Secretary of State.

“[Trump] doesn’t appear to be to be a Republican, he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues. So I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton.”  – Politico

Trump’s comments in a New York Times interview “would seem to put him on the same page with Mr. Putin,” Richard Armitage, who was deputy secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, said in an interview with Reuters.

Doug Elmets, Former Reagan Spokesman.

“I could live with four years of Hillary Clinton before I could ever live with one day of Donald Trump as president.”  – Interview with CNN

“Listening to Trump’s speech confirms that I made the right decision to support Hillary Clinton…”  – Doug Elmets, Twitter

Peter Mansoor, Former Army Colonel, Executive Officer to General Petraeus.

“He’d (Trump) be a loose cannon who would shoot from the hip. He would endanger America’s status in the world, he would dismay our allies and empower our adversaries,” Mansoor said in an interview with The Hill. “Other than that it’d be a great idea to have him as president.”

“It will be the first Democratic presidential candidate I’ve voted for in my adult life.” – Washington Post


“RIP, GOP”

Lamentations Across the Political Spectrum

  • GOP, RIP?, E.J. Dionne, Jr., Washington Post

Nonetheless, Republicans who are not in the least progressive have reason to mourn what is likely to come to pass this week: the transformation of the Party of Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower into the Party of Trump.

Some are bravely resisting this outcome to the end — and good luck to them. A fair number of leading Republicans have stated flatly that they will never vote for Trump. Their devotion to principle and integrity will be remembered.

Make no mistake, the GOP as we know it is over. It will not survive Trump’s nomination and his almost certain defeat in November.

The Future Does Not Belong to Trump

Republican leaders and principled conservatives now have a duty to break from the GOP, or at least this version of the GOP, and form a new party—or a new movement within the party, to take it back and transform it.

Everyone who proved they were more interested in power than principle should be exiled.

And so they have gathered tonight to mourn the “unnatural and premature passing of the Grand Old Party,” as described in the Facebook invite. Cause of death: the nomination of Donald J. Trump.

But if Trump is detached from the country, and uninterested in anything but himself, he’s also detached from his party. Trump is not really changing his party as much as dissolving it.

This is less a party than a personality cult. Law and order is a strange theme for a candidate who radiates conflict and disorder. Some rich children are careless that way; they break things and other people have to clean up the mess.


 

I’m sorry. I gave you not one Zombie in this WaterCooler. But after the past weeks life-sucking (and life sucking) convention, we can relate to Zombies, yes? Vaguely mobile wretched creatures, searching for brains?…God knows a Zombie could starve in this newfangled GOP/Trump Party!

Fear not, RedStaters! You’ll find brains aplenty here at RedState’s only Daily Open Thread. Enjoy!

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The Largest Medicare Scam in U.S. History Was Just Discovered In Miami

An excellent example of government corruption just popped up in Miami, and in a billion dollar way.

According to the Miami Herald, Philip Esformes ran one of the largest chains of healthcare centers in the Miami-Dade area, with some 30 locations. Reports say that Esformes is alleged to have defrauded medicaire by continuously performing completely unnecessary procedures.

Philip Esformes, 47, charged with two other defendants, is accused of exploiting his network of about 20 Miami-Dade skilled-nursing and assisted-living facilities to fleece the taxpayer-funded Medicare by filing false claims for services that were not necessary or in some instances not provided over the past 14 years.

According to the Justice Department, Esformes is also guilty of pocketing kickbacks that would bring the beneficiaries to other healthcare providers.

While Esformes billed for $1 billion dollars for performing all these “services,” Medicare has only paid out $500 Million since 2009.

“This is the largest single criminal healthcare fraud case ever brought against individuals by the Department of Justice,” the criminal division’s assistant attorney general, Leslie R. Caldwell, said Friday during a news conference at the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami.

“The magnitude of alleged false claims in this scheme is staggering and outrageous, even by South Florida healthcare fraud standards,” said U.S. attorney Wifredo Ferrer. “This case illustrates once again that Medicare fraud has infected every aspect of the healthcare system.”

Esformes is said to have personally made $78 million off the years long scam, including $10.4 million in 2012 alone.

Due to the enormity of the charges and crimes, Esformes is actually facing life in prison, and therefor have requested that he be held until the trial, which will happen on August 1st. According to authorities, Esformes has already demonstrated that he would attempt to run.

Esformes’s defense attorney’s believe they smell a rat.

On Friday, Esformes’ defense attorneys, Marissel Descalzo and Michael Pasano, issued a statement declaring he committed no wrongdoing.

“Mr. Esformes is a respected and well-regarded businessman. He is devoted to his family and his religion,” the statement said. “The government allegations appear to come from people who were caught breaking the law and are now hoping to gain reduced sentences. Mr Esformes adamantly denies these allegations and will fight hard to clear his name.”

This may be hard to prove, seeing as how the pool of crimes Esformes had his toe dipped into is one big deep end. This includes attempting to help two physicians involved in fraud with him flee the country, a plot which ultimately failed.
Seeing how easy it is to defraud the system, is it any wonder that people are so against government controlled healthcare?

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John Kerry Says Fighting Refrigerants Is as ‘Important’ as Fighting ISIS

Over the past several months, air conditioners have gotten a bit of a bad rap. First, The Washington Post published an article about Europeans ridiculing “America’s love affair with air-conditioning.”

And then on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry took it one step further.

Kerry was speaking at a summit in Austria regarding the Montreal Protocol — an international agreement pertaining to substances that deplete the ozone layer — and he compared the war on refrigerants with…the war against ISIS:

“But the truth is our goal for these talks – amending the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs – is one of the single most important unitary steps that we could possibly take at this moment to stave off the worst impacts of climate change and to protect the future for people in every single corner of the globe.

Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations – defense ministers and foreign ministers – as we were working together on the challenge of Daesh, ISIL, and terrorism. It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we – you – are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

Americans got wind of his comments and reacted quickly:

Kerry also spoke to a group including NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) officials and industry leaders about the pressing issue of climate change while he was in Austria.

He isn’t currently slated to speak at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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When Man Tosses a Suspicious Device Into Their Car, 2 Officers Make an Agonizingly Brave Decision

Dozens of NYPD officers found themselves in an unusual six-hour standoff after a suicidal man tossed a hoax bomb into a squad car last week.

Hector Meneses, a 52-year-old man from Queens, was caught on video throwing what appeared to be a crudely-made contraption into a police car parked in Times Square around 11:30 p.m Wednesday night:

Inside the patrol car that Meneses targeted were two NYPD cops, Officer Peter Cybulski and Sgt. Hameed Armani, both of whom reportedly feared the worst as the object landed in their vehicle.

Cybulski told reporters at a press conference on Friday:

“We both looked at each other and we knew exactly what the other was thinking without even having to say it.

[It was] a very crowded area, multiple children around, multiple families around. We’re not going to let this take out someone else with us, multiple casualties.”

Added Armani:

“I was nervous. [Cybulski] looked at me and said ‘Boss, what are we doing?’ I said ‘we’re driving, alright.’

Halfway through we said our prayers to each other and I was like, alright, if it happens it happens. I’m not going to stop here.”

They quickly moved the vehicle out of Times Square, so they could remove the device onto the sidewalk and away from pedestrians. It turned out to be nothing more than a red candle and white t-shirt wrapped in tin foil with two solar garden lights:

Once they were given the all-clear around 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, Cybulski and Armani exited the vehicle, and the bomb squad took over.

The two men have since been hailed by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton as “heroes of New York City”:

Around that same time, however, detectives canvassing the Columbus Circle area of Manhattan spotted Meneses’s 2008 Chrysler Aspen.

Dozens of officers, including SWAT team members, were brought in to deal with Meneses, resulting in what quickly became a six-hour standoff between law enforcement and the 52-year-old Queens resident:

It was during this time that police noticed Meneses was wearing a “hunting or fishing” vest, as well as a red plastic helmet.

As a result, they used a bomb robot to check for additional devices — sensing what might have been a pressure cooker bomb in the trunk. A search of the car after he was taken into custody, however, found that it was only a pot with a cap and wires, as well as 19 LED lights.

After several hours, cops were finally able to take down Meneses with pepper spray, taking him into custody on a stretcher. He is reportedly suicidal and was taken to a psychiatric facility for treatment following his arrest.

According to CBS New York, Meneses faces several charges including reckless endangerment, falsely reporting an incident, placing a false bomb, menacing and making a terrorist threat.

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Wait… WHAT? RNC Address by Chairman Priebus is the Most Reality Impaired Thing You’ll See All Day (Video)

Are you high??

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus looks and sounds completely unconvinced of his own words in this Republican address video released on Friday.

Priebus pushes the lie that the Republican party came out of this past week’s historically corrupt and rancorous GOP convention as a unified entity.

Meanwhile, the GOP nominee, a dull-witted, spray tanned, Biff Tannen rip-off has hit the ground running – at other Republicans.

Yeah. Unity.

At some point, I’m going to assume Priebus and the rest of the pall bearers for the GOP will try and get their nominee to actually say a word or two about his opponent, Hillary Clinton. With only a bit more than 3 months before the general election, and Trump’s devotion to acting on his enemies list, rather than actually trying to win an election, however, I’d say any attempts to make this seem like an actual election and not a set-up to get Hillary Clinton in office, will fail.

For three and a half minutes, you can hear Priebus speak as if he’s on an alternate plane; one where there is no media, no Twitter or any sort of outlet by which Trump can be observed and judged, and as far as anybody knows, the GOP has an actual, legitimate candidate.

Watch for yourself, and see if you come away the same as I have: with a mixed sense of pity and loathing for this weasel-y little man.

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‘Blistering’ Letter from Philly Police Has Clinton Camp on Defense Over DNC Speaker Lineup

With the Republican National Convention just wrapping up and the Democratic National Convention set to begin in a few days, the 2016 general election is in full swing.

And while the RNC’s speaker list focused heavily on Donald Trump’s family and Benghazi, the DNC speaker list is raising some eyebrows regarding who has been included — and who hasn’t.

In addition to the big-name Democrats who will be taking the stage in Philadelphia, several African-American women — dubbed “Mothers of the Movement” — will speak. Included among them are Lezley McSpadden and Gwen Carr, the mothers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The problem, according to John McNesby (President of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police), is that the DNC is allowing a platform to the victims of police violence without giving the same voice to the families of recently fallen police officers.

He sent a blistering letter to the DNC, naming Hillary Clinton as equally guilty:

The letter reads:

“President John McNesby and the membership of Philadelphia Lodge 5 FOP are shocked and saddened by the planned choice of speakers at the DNC in Philadelphia.

The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted, and will not soon forget, that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows, and other family members of Police Officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit, and not implied racism, and ‘being on duty in blue.’

It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country. Mrs. Clinton you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible.”

After receiving the letter, a spokesperson for the Clinton campaign said that an updated speaker list would be including Charles Ramsey, a former Philadelphia Police Commissioner, and Joe Sweeney, a former NYPD officer who served on 9/11.

The spokesperson explained:

“As Hillary Clinton has said, we need to support heroic police officers who put their lives on the line every day as well as listen to the voices of mothers who have lost their children.

We look forward to highlighting the courageous efforts of law enforcement with speakers at our convention, including from Pennsylvania, and praising their work to keep our communities safe.”

But Roosevelt Poplar, Vice President of Lodge 5 FOP, told NBC Philadelphia that he’s waiting to see what actually happens once the convention starts: “We don’t know at this point until we see exactly what happens because the agendas change on a daily basis.”

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