Weekend Recap! Waffle House Shooting Update, India Has Death Penalty for Child Rapists and More!


This is the transcript for The Morning Brew on Monday, April 23, 2018 news segment.

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Tennessee Waffle House shooting: 4 dead, suspect at large may be armed

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At least four people are dead and four others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday morning. A manhunt is still in progress this morning as police warn the suspect, Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois (pictured above) could still be armed and dangerous. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Sunday afternoon Reinking was added to the agency’s top 10 most wanted list. He was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service in July 2017 on charges that he scaled a fence near the White House. His firearms were confiscated shortly after and given to his father. Who according to authorities gave them back to his son. The Gunman opened fire around 3:25 a.m at a Waffle House in Antioch. Police identified Reinking as the suspect and said he lived in an Antioch apartment complex. Reinking first fired from the parking lot, shooting two men and shattering the glass window at the front of the restaurant before going inside and continuing to pelt the restaurant with bullets, according to police. At least four people were killed and four others wounded Sunday when the gunman opened fire until a patron rushed the suspected shooter, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle over the restaurant’s counter. The suspect fled on foot, nude, after shedding his coat.

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James Shaw Jr, 29, who disarmed Antioch Waffle House shooter is a hero this morning who stopped the situation no doubt saving allot more lives. Eight people were hospitalized after the shooting, six of them with gunshot wounds. “If you see a nude guy walking around, call the police immediately,” Police Spokesman Aaron said. “We believe he may be the suspect in this.” A man believed to be Reinking was last seen in a wood line at an apartment complex near the Waffle House. He may have donned black pants, police said.

 

 

 

 

 

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Student, 11, Hit By Car And Killed In School Walkout

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When the first round of massive gun control school walkouts happened, we discussed the dangers of what could happen to kids off school grounds. Unfortunately one of our fears has been realized an 11-year-old boy from Parkland Middle School in El Paso, Texas was hit by a car and killed during the National Student Walkout to protest gun violence on Friday. Jonathan Benko sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Loop 375. Police said Benko was among a group of students who left the designated walkout area during the walkout that marked 19 years since the Columbine shooting. Informing parents and students about the death of a Parkland Middle School student, the Ysleta Independent School District said in a voicemail: “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of a Parkland Middle School student who left campus this morning and was struck by a vehicle on Loop 375,”KFox14 reported. UMC has announced a memorial fund for the family in memory of Benko, with checks to be made out to: UMC Foundation, C/O Jonathan Benko Fund, 1400 Hardaway, Ste. 220 El Paso, TX, 79903. This is what happens when you use kids as pawns to push an agenda. Talk to any of those kids and ask them why they are protesting, they wont know. They will just parrot back what they have been told to say. This is so tragic not because a child was killed, because this incident should never have happened in the first place. A school is for learning, not for protesting.

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India Approves Death Penalty for Rape of Young Children

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India’s government on Saturday approved of the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12 years old, responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killing of a young girl and other attacks on children.An order was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet and was being sent to the president for his approval, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. It will require the approval of Parliament within six months to become law. But in the meantime, suspects can be prosecuted under the order. The move follows widespread outrage over the recent rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in India’s Jammu-Kashmir state, the alleged rape of a girl by a ruling party lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh state and several other rape cases involving girls in the country.

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Iran’s foreign minister warns of ‘unpleasant’ consequences if Trump pulls out of nuclear deal

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Iran’s foreign minister warned that President Donald Trump’s threats to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement send a “very dangerous message” about the wisdom of negotiating a deal with the United States. Speaking to reporters in New York, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States has failed to implement its side of the nuclear pact between Iran and six major powers. Under the deal, which went into force in January 2016 when President Barack Obama was still in office, Iran “agreed” to put limits on parts of its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions. Zarif, in town to attend meetings at the United Nations, said if Washington leaves the deal, Iran has many options to consider, including complaining through a dispute mechanism set up in the agreement, simply leaving the deal and restarting its nuclear activities, or more “drastic measures,” which he declined to specify. “We will make a decision based on our national security interests when the times comes,” he said. “But whatever that decision will be, it won’t be very pleasant to the United States.” Trump has been a vocal critic of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. In January, he decided to stick with the deal temporarily, but gave the Europeans a May 12 deadline to fix what he called its “terrible flaws.” Zarif made clear Iran had no intention of accepting new concessions. This is the same song and dance the Iranians pulled during the negotiations when putting this deal together in the first place. They were bad mouthing Obama, and the United States, and were repeating how they would not honor this deal. The problem though is the European countries are afraid to stand up to Iran and will continue to cow tow till Iran gets everything they want out of this deal and then some.

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DNC chairman defends lawsuit against Russia, Trump campaign, WikiLeaks

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The chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Sunday defended a new multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, with talk show hosts asking whether it was distracting from efforts to rebuild the Democratic Party. “I don’t know when Director Mueller’s investigation is going to end, so we need to file now to protect our rights,” Tom Perez said in an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, “We’ve got elections coming up in November. It’s hard to win elections when you have interference in elections. They’ve done it with impunity, and I’m concerned that it’s going to happen again. So, that’s why we did it now.” The lawsuit has been mocked by Republicans as well as the Democratic Party’s left-wing critics. “They still haven’t done a postmortem of why they lost the election, because the explanation for everything is Russia,” said Tim Canova, a Sanders supporter who challenged Wasserman Schultz in her 2016 congressional primary and is now challenging her as an independent. “They were losing midterm elections before anything got hacked.” In a Friday tweet, President Trump wrote that Democrats had “sued the Republicans for winning” and encouraged his party to “counter and force them to turn over a treasure trove of material, including servers and emails.” On its own Twitter account, WikiLeaks argued that the DNC was distracting from a previous “moribund publicity lawsuit” and that the anti-secrecy organization was “constitutionally protected from such suits.” But Perez, who had no role at the DNC during the 2016 campaign, told NBC News’s Chuck Todd that the lawsuit was necessary to protect both the committee and U.S. elections. He said he was “confident that we will get a jury trial” and added that he had “not consulted Hillary Clinton to ask her permission” before filing the complaint. What an odd thing to answer especially when no one asked that question in the first place.

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Fresno State Gets Crushing Financial News After Prof. Trashed Barbara Bush

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One of the biggest realities of adulthood is that actions have consequences. It seems a childish professor in California, still hasn’t learned that lesson, but now her university is bracing for the fallout of her hateful words. After the late first lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92, tributes to the much-loved matriarch poured in from conservatives and liberals alike. But not from Randa Jarrar, a bitter and apparently arrogant professor at Fresno State University. “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. F*** outta here with your nice words,” the toxic professor tweeted. “I’m happy the witch is dead. Can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have.” Doubling down on hubris, Jarrar then taunted readers with the fact that she has tenure and can’t be fired from her position at the taxpayer-funded university. True enough, it’s pretty tough for a university to let a tenured professor go. Of course, the point of tenure is to encourage deep thinking and original research in a professor’s field. Jarrar is a professor of English. She may still have a job — for now — but Fresno State is facing a potential backlash from major donors to the university. “(Donors are) outraged, and I’m outraged as well,” University President Joseph Castro told The Fresno Bee. “This is behavior that is unacceptable as a university that models the development of leaders. We just cannot tolerate it.” Now doners are considering putting their checkbooks away because of this incident. One Fresno State supporter pointed out that the school almost certainly knew how unhinged this professor is, but gave her a prominent position and tenure anyway. Other major donors, however, were willing to give the university a bit more slack, because it is California after all. The entire situation is a good example of how freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequences. Contrary to what many on the left would have the public believe, the conservative view isn’t that this professor should be censored, muted, tarred and jailed. What conservatives are saying is that part of speaking in public involves facing the repercussions of one’s words. Like it or not, a tenured professor does represent the university, and donors to that school have no obligation to keep writing checks if her vileness doesn’t reflect their values.

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California bill would classify gay conversion therapy as a fraudulent practice

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A new bill passed by the California Assembly on Thursday would classify the selling or advertising of gay conversation therapy as a fraudulent business practice. Assemblyman Evan Low (D) said the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation is ineffective. As a gay legislator who leads the LGBT caucus, Low said the practice is a personal issue for him. Conversion therapy is harmful, Low said, and people who advertise or sell the misleading and fraudulent therapy should face a legal consequence. The bill, now heading for the state Senate, would not impede one the freedom of speech or religion, Low said. It deals specifically with the commercial and financial transactions. The bill does not ban people from selling conversion therapy books or talking about it – they just cannot advertise or sell the practice. “You can still try to pray the gay away if you’d like, but it hasn’t proved to be effective,” said Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (D). “To advertise that you can change someone’s orientation is simply that – fraudulent.” Okay, let me see what research links they have here for me to look at this scientific evidence. Oh my, it seems they don’t have any source material at all on this claim. I’ll just leave it at that…Opponents of the bill say it infringes on the religious freedom of others. “This is a bill that would be overturned by a higher court on the grounds of the First Amendment,” Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R) said. In 2012, mental health providers in California were banned from performing conversion therapy on minors. That law was upheld in federal court against similar First Amendment challenges. Medical and mental health professionals – including the American Medical Association – say the practice is proven to be ineffective and can cause psychological harm. Funny once again they don’t show any links or sources to this research.

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Verne Troyer Dies at 49

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The actor known more markedly as Mini Me in the Austin Powers franchise has passed away on Saturday April 21, 2018, as was confirmed by his spokesman, but no cause of death has been determined and the location of his passing has not been released. On his Facebook page, a statement was released which read as follows:

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more,  but unfortunately, this time it was too much.”

The statement also mentioned he struggled with depression and had suicidal thoughts. On April 6, 2018, he has posted on his Instagram, “While it’s not been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day.”

His other rolls included Griphook, the Goblin, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Punch Cherkov from The Love Guru.

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Stories for the day were found and edited by Merlin Wolfhound, with the exception of the Verne Troyer.

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