- Titus Techera writes that the U.K. government’s treatment of Alfie Evans is state-sanctioned barbarity:
We need to understand two very important things about what has just happened in Britain. The first has to do with the role of institutions that wield power because they are politically authorized to do so. The British National Health Service, the court of law, and the police are attempting a human sacrifice. We are used to thinking that only primitive pagans or Nazis or Communists would do that. It turns out, the most civilized places in the world do it, too.
You may find this hard to believe, and you might want to ignore that this is really happening. But if a court decides on murder and sends the police to make sure the murder takes place and the doctors remove the oxygen from the baby in hope of killing him, all of which just happened, then the state is now involved in human sacrifices. This was done expressly for what authorities see as the baby’s good.
- The U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Grenell as ambassador to Germany on a 56–42 vote. The Senate also confirmed Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State on a 57–42 vote. Admiral Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination to be Veterans Affairs Secretary.
Senator Bob Menendez was “severely admonished” by the Senate Ethics Committee over the gifts he received from Dr. Salomon Melgen and the preferential treatment he gave to Melgen:
“The Committee has found that over a six-year period you knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value from Dr. Melgen without obtaining required Committee approval, and that you failed to publicly disclose certain gifts as required by Senate Rule and federal law,” the letter reads.
“Additionally, while accepting these gifts, you used your position as a Member of the Senate to advance Dr. Melgen’s personal and business interests,” the letter continues. “The Committee has determined that this conduct violated Senate Rules, federal law, and applicable standards of conduct. Accordingly, the Committee issues you this Public Letter of Admonition, and also directs you to repay the fair market value of all impermissible gifts not already repaid.”
- A bipartisan group of three Senators is pushing a bill that would block the transfer of F-35s to Turkey. Turkey plans to buy 100 F-35s.
At least five Congressional committees received another batch of text messages exchanged between the FBI’s Peter Strzok and Lisa Page:
The messages were exchanged by Strzok and Page between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017, a pivotal period for the FBI’s Russia investigation because both former national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey were fired during that time.
- A 6,000 page report on the deaths of four American special forces soldiers in Niger blames “a culture of excessive risk-taking, poor training and complacency” for the incident.
The FISA Court released statistics on the warrant applications it received in 2017, and it denied many more applications than it did in 2016.
An overwhelming majority of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association members voted “no confidence” in Sheriff Scott Israel. You may remember Sheriff Israel as the law enforcement officer who touted his “amazing leadership” during the Parkland, Florida high school shooting.
Chevron evacuated executives from Venezuela after the government started arresting people over a contract dispute with state-owned oil company PDVSA:
The Chevron workers may face charges of treason for refusing to sign a supply contract for furnace parts drawn up by PDVSA executives, Reuters reported earlier this week. The workers balked at the high costs of the parts and a lack of competitive bids.
- Otto Warmbier’s parents are suing North Korea for torturing and murdering their son.
In a statement on its microblog, the Chinese air force said it scrambled fighter jets, early warning aircraft, reconnaissance planes and H-6K bombers from multiple airports for “combat military drills” on Thursday.
The air force said its H-6K bombers had conducted numerous drills circling Taiwan since Apr. 18 “to improve its ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
An investment fund backed by the Chinese government is closing a $19 billion round to advance the country’s domestic semiconductor industry.