Woman Spotted With Prince Andrew at Jeffrey Epstein’s House Identified as Ex-official’s Daughter: Reports

The woman seen being let out of Jeffrey Epstein’s house by Prince Andrew in recently released video footage from 2010 has been identified as the daughter of a former Australian prime minister, according to reports.

Friends of Katherine Keating, the daughter of former PM Paul Keating, told the Sydney Morning Herald that they were “startled by the woman’s resemblance” to Keating.

And friends told the Daily Mail that she was the woman seen conversing at the door of Epstein’s mansion in New York before he waved goodbye. A secretary for Paul Keating declined to comment.

Keating, now 37, had moved to New York about two months before the footage was filmed to be with her partner at the time, Andre Balazs. She was pictured minutes after leaving Epstein’s home standing on a nearby street corner wearing the same clothes.

Balazs, a hotelier, was one of the names discovered in Epstein’s “black book” of contacts. He is more than 20 years older than Keating.

Keating left Epstein’s home that day about an hour after Epstein exited the home with another girl, a blonde who was shivering in the December cold as he wore a heavy white jacket. That girl conversed with him as he entered a car before running back to the house and being let inside by another woman, who left as she let the blonde girl in.

About an hour later, Prince Andrew stood in the doorway as Keating left the home, exchanging a few words with her before waving goodbye. He then glanced around before closing the door.

The royal family has said the prince didn’t have knowledge of Epstein’s alleged wrongdoing. Epstein was accused in 2008 of molesting over 100 underage girls before pleading guilty to two counts of soliciting minors and serving about a year in jail.

Three lawsuits were filed on Tuesday against Epstein’s estate by women claiming to be victims of Epstein and one of the women said that she was introduced to Prince Andrew the first time she went to Epstein’s New York City mansion.

(L-R) Design director for Tiffany & Co. Francesca Amfitheatrof, Katherine Keating, and designer Misha Nonoo attend the opening of The Whitney Museum Of American Art at its new location in New York City on April 24, 2015. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Max Mara)

Both Keating and Balazs have been pictured at parties with Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s onetime girlfriend and longtime associate who has been sued by multiple girls for allegedly being involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking. Epstein was in prison on child sex trafficking charges before he killed himself on Aug. 10.

Keating currently works as head of sustainability for Maverick, a talent agency. Maverick CEO Guy Oseary said last year, according to Variety, that “I want to position Maverick as an influential thought leader in this field. Katherine’s skill set, vast network and the influence that she has developed in the international affairs and policy arena will be invaluable in expanding the broader mission of the Maverick brand.”

Keating added in a statement: “My recent experience in media, particularly on the publishing side, has illuminated the growing need for corporations to shift their priorities towards sustainability and social impact. I am excited by the opportunity to activate these trends and work alongside an industry leader like Guy.”

Keating’s other positions include a spot on the Berggruen Institute’s 21st Century Council and vice chair of the Whitney Museum’s Performance Committee.

Keating used to do one-on-one interviews published by the Huffington Post, which had published a puff piece on Epstein before taking it down after his latest arrest.

Keating interviewed Maxwell in 2014.

The interview makes no mention of Maxwell’s links to Epstein, instead focusing on Maxell’s former organization, the TerraMar Project, described as “a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a global community that will advocate for the world’s oceans and high seas.”

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Author: Zachary Stieber

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Trump Says White House Considering Cutting Payroll Tax, Rejects Recession Fears

President Donald Trump said on Aug. 20 that the White House has long-considered cutting payroll tax and rejected warnings about a looming recession.

“Payroll tax is something that we think about and a lot of people would like to see that and that very much affects the … the workers of our country,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office while in a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Trump was responding to reports that his administration was considering a temporary payroll tax cut to boost the U.S. economy. This was first reported by Washington Post on Aug. 19, which said discussions over the potential tax cut are in its early stages.

Trump also added that he had been “thinking about payroll taxes for a long time,” contradicting a statement released by a White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, following the Post’s story. According to the official, “cutting payroll taxes is not something under consideration at this time,” Reuters reported.

Trump added that discussions on cutting payroll tax were not fueled by warnings of an impending recession. “Whether or not we do it now or not is—it’s not being done because of recession,” he said.

He also dismissed warnings that claim the country may be heading into a recession, calling the term “inappropriate” and accusing “certain people” and the media for trying to “build [one] up” through pushing the narrative. He continued by saying that if the Federal Reserve would do its job by lowering interest rates “you would see a burst of growth like you’ve never seen before.”

The president also said the White House is also considering a cut in the capital gains tax when investors sell assets. He said he would not need the approval of Congress to link the tax on profits from asset sales to inflation. According to tax code experts, investors would pay far less capital gains tax under an inflation index.

“I’m not talking about doing anything at this moment, but indexing is something that a lot of people have liked for a long time. And it’s something that would be very easy to do,” he said. “It is something I am certainly thinking about.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Scheer Promises EI Tax Credit for New Parents If Conservatives Form Government

OTTAWA—Andrew Scheer made a pre-campaign play for parental votes Tuesday as he promised that a Conservative government would introduce a tax credit for new mothers and fathers receiving special employment insurance benefits so they can stay home with a new child.

The government taxes employment insurance benefits for new parents, along with any employer top-up, while on maternity or parental leave, although parents can be in for a surprise at tax time if not enough money was deducted off each payment.

What the Conservative leader proposed Tuesday—during an event at a Toronto daycare, surrounded by new and soon-to-be-mothers—is a non-refundable tax credit on 15 percent of whatever a new parent earns while they are on leave to reduce their taxes at the end of the year.

It’s an idea he first unveiled through a private member’s bill in early 2018, part of an early gambit to encourage families to support the Conservatives in the Oct. 21 vote. He also vowed to keep the Canada Child Benefit.

The parliamentary budget officer calculated in May 2018 that Scheer’s plan would cost the federal treasury about $600 million in its first year, and $261 million in future years, since the plan would let families carry over any unused credits.

Scheer argued that the proposal would be a “significant tangible benefit” directly to parents to help ease the cost of caring for children in that first year—part of a larger theme of cost of living that he said will permeate the Conservative election platform.

“It is a Conservative principle to provide support directly to parents, that’s something that Liberals fought against for decades,” he said.

“Of course we’re going to continue to support that program (Canada Child Benefit) and any program that provides those childcare dollars or support for raising children directly to parents.”

Polling data suggest Conservatives fare poorly with younger female voters—particularly ones who claimed the majority of the almost $4 billion in maternity and parental benefits the federal government doled out in 2017-18.

Offering those voters some additional financial help could help the party while also making it difficult for their opponents to attack the measure, said Christian Bourque, vice-president of Montreal polling firm Leger.

“What they’re announcing … actually targets the least likely voter for the Conservatives,” Bourque said. “They’re doing well among women 55-plus, so no need to throw money at them—that’s the other way of seeing it.”

EI covers 55 percent of earnings, up to a maximum amount, over 12 months for those who have enough qualifying work hours to be eligible for benefits.

The Conservative proposal wouldn’t apply to any other benefits that new parents might mix in, such as caregiver benefits if a newborn falls ill, or sickness benefits for the parents themselves—those would remain taxed at the same rates.

Nor would there be any changes to an exemption that allows new parents to keep a portion of any extra cash they earn without losing too much of their benefits.

Scheer said that the value of the credit would put about $4,125 into the pockets of a parent earning on average $50,000. The figure is based on a 15 percent credit on the 27,500 from EI—or 55 percent of $50,000 income.

The parliamentary budget office previously said that the proposal, if implemented, would likely help those at higher income levels the most by reducing the amounts they owe. Those at lower income levels already pay little, if any, taxes.

Experts, labour, and business groups have called for other changes to the parental leave system to allow more parents to qualify and boost the value of benefits paid out. As is, about one-quarter of mothers outside Quebec aren’t eligible for benefits because they don’t have enough qualifying hours.

Jennifer Robson, an associate professor of political management at Carleton University in Ottawa, questioned how much the Tory proposal would actually save at the end of the year. She also questioned how much it would help low-income parents, having spent years studying the EI maternity and parental benefits system.

“If you have a higher income before starting leave as a parent, you’re already more likely to qualify for EI. But 30 percent of new moms don’t get $1 out of EI, even if they paid into it. Maybe there are better ways to help more families with infants?”

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Warren Farrell, on ‘The Boy Crisis’

“Ninety-three percent of our prisoners are male, but of those 93 percent males, more than 90 percent of them are dad-deprived males,” Warren Farrell, an American educator and a prolific author on men’s and women’s issues, said in an interview with The Epoch Times for the “American Thought Leaders” program.

In his view, the lack of a father figure in the home is the single greatest predictor of what he describes as “the boy crisis”: across developed nations, boys are doing worse than girls in every academic subject, but especially in reading and writing. And more boys suffer from a lack of purpose, mental illness, and addiction to various kinds of immediate gratification.

His most recent book is titled, “The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It.”

“When I started doing the research for ‘The Boy Crisis,’ I found that in 56 of the largest developed countries, boys were having problems,” Farrell said.

In these countries, he said, it’s more socially permissible for married couples to divorce and for unmarried women to have children. And the boys who grew up in such fatherless families tend to fare worse than their counterparts in intact families.

For a variety of different reasons, they might “feel like they’ve been a loser at school, that nobody’s paying attention to them,” Farrell said. “They haven’t had their testosterone channeled well. They’re trying to get attention in one way or the other, depending on their community and their culture.

“At some point, they say, I’ll get people to wish that they paid attention to me, and valued me,” he said.

“Since Columbine, about 90 percent of the mass shooters are not just boys, but they’re dad-deprived boys.” And the same is true with ISIS recruiting: “More than 90 percent of the ISIS recruits are dad-deprived. Both the males and the much smaller percentage of females who are ISIS recruits are dad-deprived,” Farrell said.

The Importance of Father Figures

“The problem isn’t mothers not working hard enough. Mothers work extremely hard and they’re some of the hardest working people in the world,” Farrell said. But single mothers are often overwhelmed, working around the clock at their workplace and at home.

And in a fatherless home, although a child might grow up with a nurturing, sensitive, and caring mother, he doesn’t have an authoritative male role model to look up to, especially if most of his teachers are also female.

Furthermore, he said, boys—unlike girls—are socially less encouraged to cry out, ask for help, and express their feelings. And in a mother-only home, they miss out on the special bond between father and son.

Generally more tough-loving than mothers, fathers tend to parent by roughhousing. The father might say, “OK, kids, jump off the couch and onto my back and your job is to pin me before I pin you down,” Farrell said. Such a dynamic creates a bond with the child that most good dads can then use to enforce rules and boundaries, he said.

The father might say, “OK, yes, you can pin me, but Jimmy, you stuck your elbow into your sister’s eye. You’re not allowed to do that. That’s not okay. So if you do that again, there’ll be no more roughhousing.” Along the way, Farrell says a child learns boundaries as well as empathy for others.

And because fathers tend to be stricter, they are better able to teach children about patience and postponed gratification.

As an example, Farrell offered a scenario in which a mother promises ice cream to her child if he finishes his peas. The child will likely try to minimize how many peas to eat before they get the ice cream. After eating 10 peas and whining a bit, the mother might concede because she doesn’t want to get into a fight over a few peas. “The child at least tried,” the mother might think. Upon seeing this, the child might even try to get away with eating just five peas the next time.

But in the same situation, “Dad is more likely to say, ‘Excuse me, we have a deal. You know the deal. I know the deal. You know that I know the deal. And the deal is to finish the peas,’” Farrell said.

The child might whine—“‘Oh, Dad, you’re so mean. You know, Mom isn’t like that”—but fathers are more inclined to put their foot down. “‘You can continue complaining by the way too, and then there’ll be no ice cream tomorrow night or tonight.’”

Upon realizing he can’t bargain with his dad, the child slowly learns postponed gratification, Farrell said.

In Farrell’s view, this partially explains why children raised predominantly by dads are half as likely to have ADHD. “The child learns from the dad that she or he has to pay attention.”

Different parenting styles play a major role because “postponed gratification is the single biggest predictor of success,” Farrell said.

Of course, mothers can also roughhouse and be strict with children, Farrell said, but generally, mothers are less likely to do so than fathers. When a boy isn’t taught postponed gratification, he finds it much harder to accomplish his goals for himself, and instead is distracted by the next text message, the next video game, or the next television show, he said.

“The result is they feel more ashamed of themselves. The teacher doesn’t give them praise. The kids don’t respect them, as well. And when it comes to boy-girl time, girls go out with winners, not losers,” Farrell said.

“That’s when you start having the addiction to drugs, alcohol, and pornography of many types, addiction to video games. And you have boys that just can’t get their lives together,” Farrell said.

From Feminist to Advocate for Boys

Although Farrell is now a vocal advocate for boys and men, he was actually once a leading male feminist. He was the only man ever elected three times to serve on the board of the National Organization for Women in New York City.

“At the beginning, when I was involved with the feminist movement, the basic message was ‘I am woman, I am strong.’ And now it’s much more likely to be ‘I am woman, I’ve been wronged.’ And when you start focusing on women and all the ways they’ve been wronged and all the ways they’ve been victims, you start getting victim power. And you begin to hone victimhood as a fine art,” Farrell said.

“Historically speaking, the world was not about patriarchy and privilege,” Farrell said. “To survive, both mothers and fathers had obligations and responsibilities. Mothers risked their lives in childbirth, and dads risked their lives in war to protect the children.”

Men and women shared the same goal, which was: “I will do what I need to do to sacrifice myself in order to make my children’s lives better than mine,” Farrell said.

But now, “Feminism 101 in almost all countries in the world says basically that we live in a patriarchal world dominated by men who made rules to benefit men at the expense of women,” Farrell said. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Having male-only draft registration even today in the United States is not a benefit to men. It’s saying ‘I’m willing to sacrifice myself, so you will be protected.’”

If men could really create the rules to their benefit, why didn’t men decide that women should be the ones expected to pay for dates and engagement gifts and to earn money to support the family?

Instead, these social rules apply to men, not women, Farrell said, and men are expected to earn much more to support the family than women.

And this also helps to explain the so-called gender-wage gap. In 2005, Farrell authored a book on the topic, titled “Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap—And What Women Can Do About It.”

He argued that as breadwinners in the family, men are more likely to take on more dangerous and less desirable positions, or work longer hours to earn higher pay. “Dads quit jobs like being a musician and actor or whatever—the love jobs—and they go into jobs that pay more,” he said.

After having a child, men tend to put more time in the workplace to support the family, while women tend to split their time between home and the workplace.

Another key piece of evidence that debunks the narrative of a gender wage gap, he said, is to compare the incomes of women and men who have never married or had children: Women in such a situation earn 117 percent what their male counterparts earn.

Yet, the gender wage gap is constantly used as evidence of gender discrimination and a male patriarchy.

“Feminism has become its own form of toxicity. And this really needs to be confronted,” Farrell said. “When only one sex wins, both sexes lose.”

American Thought Leaders is an Epoch Times show available on Facebook and YouTube.

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Chinese Edition Epoch Times Newspaper Boxes Found Sabotaged in NYC

NEW YORK—Newspaper boxes belonging to the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times have recently been found to have been sabotaged in Queens, New York, prompting concerns that the Chinese regime is seeking to snuff out the outlet’s coverage amid escalating protests in Hong Kong against Beijing’s influence.

One of the publications’ newspaper box was found to have been set alight in Queens, New York, on Aug. 19.

Several other paid-newspaper boxes in the Chinese neighborhood of Flushing have also recently been sabotaged. The coin slots were jammed, preventing people from paying for and retrieving the newspaper from the box.

The Chinese-language edition is the largest-circulating newspaper among overseas Chinese communities, and is known for reporting on uncensored news on China, free of the Chinese communist regime’s propaganda.

In New York City neighborhoods with a large Chinese immigrant population, such as Flushing and Chinatown, newspaper boxes dispensing copies of the Chinese-language Epoch Times can be found on most street corners and major thoroughfares.

The newspaper sells for 50 cents, and can be obtained after a customer inserts two quarters into a coin slot at the top of the newspaper box.

On the morning of Aug. 19, a distribution worker for the paper Tian Yunhai found the newspapers inside a box on the corner of 166th Street and 21st Avenue in the suburb of White Stone, Queens, had been burnt and reduced to ashes. The opening to the box which is locked had been pried open.

A reporter for the Chinese-language Epoch Times observed used matches on the ground under the box.

Meanwhile, another distribution worker Wei Lisheng said that since Aug. 5, when the publication switched to being a paid newspaper, he started finding newspaper boxes in Flushing with its coin slots jammed with a piece of plastic inserted deep into the slot.

On Aug. 19, he found seven boxes on Flushing’s Main Street, which included some of the highest yielding boxes, sabotaged in this way.

“It’s clear that someone deliberately did this,” Wei said.

The incidents were reported to New York City police.

This is not the first time the publication’s distribution channels have been interfered with.

Recently, similar incidents have been reported in Canada and several U.S. cities. In May, a New York man was arrested and charged for threatening a Chinese woman, after she tried to stop him from throwing away papers from a box in Flushing.

Over the years, there have been many instances of individuals—likely agents of the Chinese regime—sabotaging the newspaper boxes, said Huang Wanqing, deputy editor-in-chief of the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times.

He said the outlet is independent and covers issues relating to China truthfully. It is one of the few overseas-based Chinese-language newspapers not controlled or influenced by the Chinese communist regime, Huang said.

“The Chinese Communist Party is most scared of our reporting,” he said.

A March report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), said that most overseas Chinese-language media outlets been co-opted by the Chinese regime. The report identified The Epoch Times, as well as its sister outlet NTD, as among the few truly independent diaspora media.

Incidents of sabotage, Huang said, tend to escalate when there is big news relating to China, such as the ongoing protests in Hong Kong against the regime’s encroachment into the city’s autonomy.

Over the weekend, more than 1.7 million Hongkongers braved heavy rain to participate in a peaceful march protesting an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. The march was live-streamed by the Chinese-language Epoch Times in partnership with sister media NTD, and viewed by around 20,000 people, Huang said.

Last week, the Hong Kong franchise of 7-Eleven pulled the city’s edition of The Epoch Times from its shelves half-way into its distribution contract.

“We can’t see any reason but the pressure from the Chinese authorities for this withdrawal,” Cédric Alviani, East Asia bureau director at RSF, previously told The Epoch Times.

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9-Year-Old Detroit Girl Fatally Mauled by 3 Dogs, Owner Arrested

A 9-year-old girl riding her bike near her family’s Detroit home died after being mauled by a pack of dogs, despite neighbors rushing to her rescue.

The girl, identified as Emma Hernandez, was attacked as she pedaled in an alley on the west side of Detroit at about 4 p.m. on Monday, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department told The Detroit News.

Emma was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and died from her multiple injuries. The medical examiner ruled her death as an accident.

Some neighbors, one of whom threw bricks at the dogs, tried to stop the mauling, police said.

A neighbor, Edward Cruz, told Detroit TV station WXYZ that he grabbed a brick and threw it at the animals after he rushed out to find three large dogs were attacking the girl.

“They all ran and I stood next to the girl to make sure she was okay and I yelled out for help,” said Cruz.

Deborah Golden, a woman who lives down the street, told the news outlet she came out of her house to help the girl, who was lying in a pool of blood unresponsive with severe injuries to her throat.

With a crowd gathered around the girl, Golden performed CPR and instructed the girl’s father to help stop the rapid bleeding while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

“I seen the little girl flat in her back with the bite marks and part of her neck hanging off,” Golden told WXYZ. “I started CPR and I had the dad grab the neck and hold it.”

At the time of publication, a GoFundMe page created to cover Emma Hernandez’s funeral expenses had raised nearly $27,000.

Emma “was a wonderful child who touched the lives of those around her,” her family wrote in a tribute on the fundraiser page. “She leaves behind a family that loves her immensely.”

“Emma dedicated her life to school work, playing and enjoying life with her family,” they wrote. “Quick to get a head start on school work. She was such a smart and silly girl. Loved to be outdoors and play with her cousins. A beautiful soul inside and out.”

The three dogs, described by the police as pit bulls or pit bull mixes, were captured and turned over to Detroit Animal Care and Control, reported Detroit Free Press.

“The entire team at Detroit Animal Care and Control is devastated by this tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to the family of this child,” Detroit Animal Care and Control said in a statement, adding that it is “very likely” that the dogs will be euthanized, due to the severity of the incident.

The owner of the dogs, a 33-year-old man whose identity has not been disclosed as of this time, was arrested shortly after the attack.

Deborah Golden told Detroit News she noticed at least one of the three dogs that killed Emma roaming free days earlier. She said other neighbors also complained about these unleashed animals.

“The kids have a right to play,” said Golden. “You’ve got to keep these [expletive] dogs in the house.”

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Military Hopes for Post Norman Stability as New Army Commander Installed

OTTAWA—Cannons boomed on Parliament Hill Tuesday as the military installed a new Canadian Army commander, hoping to march past years of instability in the most senior ranks over the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Under a cloudless sky on the lawn in front of Centre Block, Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre officially took the reins of the army from Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier in a ceremony that was at once familiar but also extremely unusual.

It was only two months ago that Eyre had been installed in a similar change-of-command ceremony as the chief of military personnel—a position replete with importance given the many human-resources challenges currently facing the Forces.

While most expected Eyre to remain in the job for several years, that all changed when the case against Norman was dropped in May—even before Eyre was made chief of military personnel.

Vance subsequently asked Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk to step aside as the military’s second-in-command to make room for Norman, whom Wynnyk replaced as vice-chief of defence staff last year.

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman arrives to court in Ottawa on March 28, 2019. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Norman then announced in June that he had reached a confidential settlement with the government and was retiring, prompting Vance to reverse course and ask Wynnyk to stay on.

But Wynnyk declined in July and announced he was pressing ahead with his own retirement, forcing Vance to move Lanthier from his post as army commander to the vice-chief position.

That opened up the hole that Eyre filled. His position will be filled by Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson in a change-of-command ceremony on Thursday.

Vance, Lanthier and Eyre acknowledged the twists and turns that preceded the new army commander’s installation on Tuesday, which military officials hoped would lead to calm and stability for the foreseeable future.

“I am humbled and more than a little surprised by the short notice to have been asked to command an institution with such a proud history,” said Eyre, who served as deputy commander of the UN mission in South Korea before taking over as chief of military personnel.

“The last two years have been quite the roller-coaster in terms of abrupt life-path changes.”

For his part, Vance used his address during the ceremony to express his confidence in both Lanthier and Eyre to fulfill their new roles as senior military leaders.

“Just as I’m sure Lt.-Gen. Eyre will serve with the same exceptional focus and determination, I know you will do so as vice-chief,” Vance said to Lanthier. “Congratulations to both of you.”

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Conservative Fight Against Red Flag Laws Slows Washington’s Gun-Control Push

With the Republican Party’s conservative base opposing a potential federal “red flag” gun confiscation bill, President Donald Trump may be reconsidering backing the controversial measure.

Trump initially offered his stated support for a theoretical bill championed by Republican senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Thune of South Dakota, which would provide financial incentives for states to install “red flag” programs to disarm potentially dangerous people.

These programs, already active in 17 states and the nation’s capital, allow police officers to seize a person’s guns if the person becomes the subject of a red flag warning report from police, a family member, or even a former live-in boyfriend or girlfriend. If a judge determines the person is a danger to himself or others, often at a hearing at which the gun owner is not present, then his or her guns are confiscated.

“It would definitely cause a lot of people to not vote for Trump, unfortunately,” South Carolina state Rep. Stewart Jones told The Epoch Times. “In South Carolina, myself and a group of other legislators are signing a letter to President Trump, Senator Graham, and Senator [Tim] Scott to warn them about the dangers of the red flag laws. So far we’ve gotten South Carolina legislators who have signed it, and we’re probably going to send it Friday with about twenty signatures.”

Now, more than two weeks removed from a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart that galvanized anti-gun commentary in the media, Trump’s support for red flag laws seems to be flagging, given the focus of his most recent remarks.

President Trump spoke of the mental health component of the mass shooting problem in his remarks to the press Monday.

“So, Congress is working on that. They have bipartisan committees working on background checks and various other things. And we’ll see,” Trump said, referring to possible gun control actions.

“I don’t want people to forget that this is a mental health problem. I don’t want them to forget that, because it is. It’s a mental health problem,” President Trump went on. “And as I say — and I said the other night in New Hampshire; we had an incredible evening — I said, ‘It’s the people that pull the trigger. It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger,” Trump stated.

“I don’t anticipate we’re going to pass a federal red flag law,” Wisconsin Republican senator Ron Johnson said Tuesday.

Activists continue to step up their pressure campaign against Republicans and the president over the red flag issue.

26 members of the South Dakota legislature signed a letter to President Trump and their state’s federal representatives including Senator John Thune advocating against any Red Flag gun confiscation program.

“Instead of stripping law-abiding citizens of their constitutional rights and placing them in fear with proposed ‘red flag’ laws, let’s take this opportunity to do the right thing and make would-be mass murderers fear for their safety if they contemplate acts of violence against fellow Americans,” the legislators write in their letter.

“Compared to all of the gun control proposals proposed as ‘solutions’ to the horror of these random mass murders, the repeal of ‘gun-free zones’ is the simplest, least expensive, most logical and is morally imperative,” according to the letter.

“The reality is that absent institutionalization of disturbed individuals, such persons presenting actual threats to society will remain a threat even after seizing their firearms, as they will still have the ability to use a knife, motor vehicle, or countless other potentially lethal items to commit mass murder,” reads the letter.

The Epoch Times reported on a massive grassroots activist campaign to discourage the passage of red flag laws, with the campaign led by the National Association for Gun Rights and state-level politicians including Joe Miller of Alaska, Eric Brakey of Maine, Lee Bright of South Carolina and Roy Moore of Alabama. Activists identified John Thune in South Dakota as a prime political target of their efforts.

Kansas Republican Senate candidate and unofficial Trump adviser Kris Kobach recently told The Epoch Times that “red flag laws that have been passed at the state level deny due process in multiple ways to the targets of individual gun confiscation complaints.”

“The standard of proof is very low. They have a hearing where they seize the person’s guns right away without even being told. The standard for disarming the individual is very low, it’s not a beyond reasonable doubt standard,” Kobach stated.

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Suspect in El Paso Mass Shooting on Suicide Watch

The suspect in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people has been placed on suicide watch in jail.

Jail officials are checking on 21-year-old Patrick Crusius every 30 minutes, El Paso County sheriff’s spokeswoman Christina Acosta confirmed on Monday, Aug. 19.

She said the watch was determined by medical staff, but she declined to elaborate citing privacy requirements.

Crusius is held without bond on a capital murder charge and is currently held in the El Paso County Detention Facility after opening fire earlier this month on unsuspecting shoppers in a Walmart in the far western Texas city near the Mexican border.

El Paso police say he has confessed to opening fire on back-to-school shoppers at the El Paso Walmart, targeting Mexican and Latinos.

Carmen Roldan brings some flowers to honor the memory of the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on Aug. 4, 2019. (Lola Gomez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

While in custody, Crusius has been “cold” in his interactions with police, police officials told CNN.

Days after Crusius’ arrest, Police Chief Greg Allen told reporters that the suspect had been cooperative, though he’s shown no remorse and “appears to be in a state of shock and confusion.”

Combating Domestic Terrorism and Cybersecurity Threats

Texas’ governor is bringing Google, Facebook and Twitter to the table in the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that the tech giants will join the FBI and state lawmakers for discussions this week on combatting “hateful ideologies,” domestic terrorism and cybersecurity threats.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a memorial service for the victims of the Aug. 3 mass shooting on Aug. 14, 2019, at Southwest University Park, in El Paso, Texas. (Jorge Salgado/AP Photo)

Abbott spokesman John Wittman says the companies were invited to offer insights. Abbott called for cracking down on internet sites used by violent extremists after the Aug. 3 shooting.

Ohio Shooting Suspect Advocated Violence Against ‘Fascists’

Just a few hours after the El Paso shooting, another shooting at Dayton, Ohio took place. This time by a suspect whose views were from the opposite side of the political spectrum.

Suspect Connor Betts was a registered Democrat who posted pro-socialist content on social media along with repeated indications that he favored gun control, violence against “fascists,” white supremacists, and Satanism.

Betts described himself as a “leftist” on his Twitter profile and used hashtags on one selfie that included “selfie4satan” and “HailSatan.”

Betts shared videos from Some More News that were anti-Republican, including one from host Cody Johnston that claimed, “the president wants to shoot migrants at the border.”

Connor Betts in pictures he posted to Twitter. (@iamthespookster/Twitter)
A post from Connor Betts on his Twitter account, which was suspended after he allegedly carried out a mass shooting on Aug. 5, 2019. (@iamthespookster/Twitter)

Betts also repeatedly indicated his support for gun control, writing in one missive, “This is America: Guns on every corner, guns in every house, no freedom but that to kill.” In another comment, he said he loved guns.

Betts also described immigration detention centers as “concentration camps,” writing: “Cut the fences down. Slice ICE tires. Throw bolt cutters over the fences.”

Betts said he supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and indicated support for Ocasio-Cortez, sharing an article about House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) not supporting AOC and her cohorts and telling his followers to read it.

The CNN Wire, The Associated Press, NTD reporters Victor Westerkamp and Zachary Stieber contributed to this article.

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Democrat Rep. Debra Haaland Speaks Out in Support of Antifa

Democrat Rep. Debra Haaland (N.M.), in an interview with CNN Sunday, insisted that far-left extremist group Antifa consists of peaceful protesters who are standing up against domestic terrorists and that it is President Trump who supports violent white supremacist groups.

“It’s not surprising that Trump would side away from the folks who are the peaceful protesters working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism,” she said.

Haaland gave her comment when asked about President Trump’s tweet where he said that his administration is monitoring Antifa’s actions closely for further acts of violence and is considering designating it a domestic terrorist group.

President Trump’s tweet came in anticipation of another Antifa clash, this time with right-wing groups including the “Proud Boys,” and law enforcement over the weekend in Portland, Oregon. The organizers of the right-wing groups said they wanted to draw attention to Antifa and they felt they were successful in doing that.

President Trump took notice of the Portland protest and said on July 27, “Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!”

“This is on par with what the president does,” Haaland said. “He sides with the white supremacists, he sides with the white nationalists, with the domestic terrorists in our country.”

Haaland seemed unaware of the fact that the man who carried out the mass shooting in Dayton, appeared to be a supporter of Antifa or of the reality that a self-proclaimed member of Antifa carried out an attack against an ICE facility in Tacoma, Washington on July 2019, or of the fact that the Seattle-based Antifa group called him a martyr and said he gave his life in the fight against fascism.

Haaland’s comments about President Trump completely disregard the fact that he has on numerous occasions condemned both white supremacists and white nationalists.

According to AP news, 13 people were arrested in Portland over the weekend. Some weapons were confiscated and 6 people who sustained minor injuries. But due to police preparedness and a large portion of the right-wing groups leaving when they were requested to do so, the clashes between the two sides were mostly avoided.

“I’m grateful this was largely a peaceful event,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “We were preparing for and planning for a worst-case scenario.”

After the main protest ended and most of the right-wing groups had left the area, there were some tense clashes, mostly with Antifa protesters who were looking to attack right-wing ralliers.

Trump’s announcement about Antifa comes after Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) proposed a resolution in the Senate to condemn the acts of violence carried out by members of Antifa and to label the group as a domestic terrorist organization.

Antifa’s origins can be traced back to the “anti-fascist” movement in Germany, which was part of the Soviet Union’s front operations to incite a communist revolution in the European country. In the United States, the group claims that its members are fighting fascism, but rarely do they confront actual fascists. Instead, their members, who are made up of communists, socialists, and other hard-left radicals, label parties and individuals who don’t align with their ideology as “fascists” to justify their use of violence against them.

The group has frequently made headlines for its violent attacks on opposing groups, particularly Trump supporters, whom they have branded as “fascists.”

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