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July 5: CNBC News: Strong job growth is back; payrolls jump in June as well
Payroll growth rebounded sharply in June as the U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs, the best gain since January and running contrary to worries that both the employment picture and overall growth picture were beginning to weaken. The unemployment rate edged up to 3.7% as labor force participation rose, according to the Labor Department.

July 5: Associated Press: Utah teachers practice responding to school shootings
The Utah school psychologist weaved through a maze of dusty halls before spotting him in the corner of a classroom, holding a gun to a student’s head. She took a deep breath and fired three shots, the first time she’s ever used a gun. “Nice work,” a police officer told her.   Miramontes recently joined 30 other Utah teachers at a series of trainings where police instructed them on how to respond to an active shooter. Teachers went through the shooting drill inside a warehouse set up to look like a school, then moved outside to a shooting range.

July 5: CBC News: DOJ signals it is still fighting for citizenship question
The Justice Department signaled to a federal judge in Maryland Friday they're still fighting to place the citizenship question on the census, something Mr. Trump insists he wants.   U.S. District Judge George Hazel had given the Justice Department until 2 p.m. to explain what the administration intends to do

July 4: Yahoo News: Trump celebrates U.S. might, avoids politics in speech
President Donald Trump sang the praises of the US military and American heroes of the past two and a half centuries Thursday, skirting politics in a rousing Independence Day speech in Washington.  "What a great country," Trump exclaimed in an address saturated with patriotism and exceptionalism, after critics accused him of hijacking the annual celebration. 

80+ mural in San Francisco to be painted over because of political correctness!July 4:
Associated Press: San Francisco to paint over
historic George Washington mural
San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.  The “Life of Washington” was painted by Victor Arnautoff, one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Depression. The San Francisco School Board’s decision to paint over the 83-year-old mural is prompting some to worry that other artwork from the so-called New Deal era could face a similar fate because of changing sensitivities.

July 3: Breitbart NewsTrade figures show China tariffs are working and helping U.S. allies
A small rise in the trade deficit with China in May masks a much larger shift in U.S. trade away from the world’s second largest economy.  The most revealing figure in the May data, however, is the annual decline in trade and the trade gap between the U.S. and China. In the first five months of the year, imports have fallen by almost 12%. This suggests the trade dispute is hurting China’s sales to the U.S.  The economic damage from the trade war is very specific to China. The U.S. appetite for imported goods has not diminished.  But the sources of imports have shifted away from China with one big beneficiary being Taiwan.

July 3: Fox News: Who’s to believe;  Two Hispanic pastors or a Congresswoman?
Two pastors stood their ground after Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) seemed to dispute their claims that conditions at immigration facilities they toured were “drastically different” from what she saw.  Rev. Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, got permission to take a group of pastors to see for themselves the reported deplorable and inhumane conditions for illegal immigrants at an El Paso County, Texas migrant detention center.  He said what they saw was vastly different than what the congresswoman described was occurring there.

July 3: The Daily Caller: California City becomes as 2nd Amendment sanctuary city
Needles, California, has declared itself a sanctuary city for the Second Amendment and plans to resist some of California’s restrictive gun laws, which they say infringe on their right to keep and bear arms.  Needles’ city council voted unanimously to make the declaration.   The city attorneys are drafting legislation to allow those with out-of-state concealed weapons  permits to be able to carry within the city.

July 2: The Orlando Sentinel: NASA astronaut crew capsule endures intense test
Taking off from Canaveral the capsule was launched. Its mission: To test abort systems, proving the craft can save its human inhabitants in the case of an emergency mid-flight, though there were no astronauts on board for this flight.  Traveling at about 800 mph, the 93-foot stack consisting of a Northrop Grumman booster and Lockheed Martin-built crew module and launch abort system climbed to about 31,000 feet in 50 seconds. Just then, a roar crashed over the surf as the capsule initiated its abort. 

July 2: The UK Daily Mail: Court Martial: Gallagher found not guilty
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher has been found not guilty of murder and attempted murder after a two week war crimes trial. The jury took less than a day to reach a verdict. Gallager, 40, was convicted of posing with the ISIS fighter's corpse but is expected to walk free from court on Tuesday.  The maximum sentence for the crime is four months and he spent longer than that in confinement awaiting trial before being freed by President Trump in March.  

July 2: The UK Sun: Red Alert: Sailors die in submarine fire
The seaman were poisoned by fumes when the vessel caught fire while taking biometric measurements yesterday, the defence ministry said.  Russian Defense Ministry reported. "On July 1, a fire broke out in Russian territorial waters on a research deep-water apparatus designed to study the bottom space and the bottom of the World Ocean in the interests of the Russian Navy.

July 2: Breitbart News
: 2/3rds of Americans favor asking the citizenship question on the census
Sixty-seven percent of voters said that the government should include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to a poll released Tuesday.  The poll arises as the Supreme Court decided last week to block a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  Eighty-eight percent of Republicans, 52 percent of Democrats, and sixty-three percent of independents said that they support a citizenship question on the United States census. 

July 1: The Washington Times: Independence Day in DC a new kind of celebration
President Trump is advocating that tanks be included in the July 4th celebration, the “Salute to America” festival.  The festivities will include a military jet flyover, a 35-minute fireworks display, a parade and a scheduled speech by Mr. Trump on the Lincoln Memorial.

July 1: The UK Express: Will Israel attack Iran as Nuke red line is crossed?
Iran has breached the limit on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium set under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, according to sources. The breach comes less than a day after senior US allies of the White House had warned that Israel would strike Tehran as soon as the uranium limit was breached There is growing concern that now Iran had crossed the uranium red line, Israel could soon step up its military confrontation with a strike on Iran.

July 1: Breitbart News: Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protestors storm government offices
Police in Hong Kong clashed with thousands of protesters on Monday morning as events marking the anniversary of its handover from the UK to Chinese Communist rule spun out of control.  In chaotic scenes, police used pepper spray and batons to contain protesters outside a venue hosting an annual flag-raising ceremony as others fought to smash their way into the government building.

July 1: Defense News: Navy looking at adding hypersonic weapons to destroyers’ arsenal
With bigger, faster missiles in development and bound for the fleet, the U.S. Navy’s engineers are considering installing upgraded launchers on the stalwart Arleigh Burke class destroyers.  “Vertical launch system has been a real game changer for us. We can shoot any number of things out of those launchers,” Vice Admiral Moore said. “We’ll probably change those out and upgrade them for prompt strike weapons down the road.”

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