Caitlin McFall


‘Mr. Keller had such disdain for President Trump that it enraged him that someone was displaying a Trump flag’

New Jersey police said that a man faces charges of criminal mischief and harassment for repeatedly throwing trash onto the lawn of a Sussex County home where a Donald Trump flag was posted.

“I think you know why,” Richard Keller, 58, reportedly told police when they asked why he had thrown garbage onto the lawn, according to a local news outlet. “Because of that flag.”

“Mr. Keller had such disdain for President Trump that it enraged him that someone was displaying a Trump flag,” Sparta Lt. John Lamon said Tuesday.


The trash disposal on the resident’s lawn reportedly began four months ago, but took a temporary pause during the peak of the pandemic. The routine began again in June, according to Sparta police officers.

The homeowners reported the incident several times and installed security cameras where they located the Kia Soul that Keller drove to disperse his trash.

The police told a local news outlet that random items such as grapes and bags of flour were also thrown, apart from the bags of trash.


The police reportedly sat in an unmarked car in the homeowner’s driveway and caught Keller throwing the trash on July 1 around 5 a.m.

“He decided that he would keep throwing garbage on their driveway to cause them inconvenience,” Lamon said Tuesday.

Keller was arrested on July 1 and was charged with criminal mischief, harassment, along with township ordinance and motor vehicle offenses, according to the local news outlet, the New Jersey Herald.

Local police told the outlet that Keller was released pending a court appearance.

Author: Caitlin McFall

Source: Fox News: NJ man admits neighbor’s Trump flag made him so mad, he dumped trash in yard for months

GOP members of Congress says removing historical monuments will ‘divide us’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday he will introduce legislation that will block federal funding for states that do no protect their historical monuments and statues.

“I’ll be introducing legislation to withhold funding from states and cities where leaders fail to uphold the law,” McCarthy said during a press briefing Thursday. “The mobs that Democrats encourage, suppress speech and punish those who speak out.”

McCarthy’s announcement follows nationwide demonstrations against systematic racism in the U.S., with many calling for the removal of all confederate statues, and some even calling for the removal of any statue with relations to slavery. The protests were brought on following cellphone footage that was released showing the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 25.

“Democrats encourage it because they think it is a distraction, that their agenda can skate by unnoticed – they see it as a supplement to the radical movement in the streets,” McCarthy said.

Several confederate monuments were forcibly pulled down by protestors, but the statues of George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant — who led the Union Army during the Civil War, but reportedly owned slaves for a time — were also torn down.

Several GOP members of Congress have spoken out against the removal of the statues and monuments, saying the protesters are attempting to destroy history and in some cases, have gone too far.

“The cancel culture that is tearing down statues of George Washington, and Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt for heaven’s sakes — this cancel movement seeks to divide us, not unite,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said while speaking from the Senate floor Thursday.

McCarthy also voiced his frustrations regarding congressional Democrats who have not spoken out against demonstrators forcibly removing statues, particularly the ones that are not related to the Confederacy.


“Unfortunately, though, some on the left encouraged by the silence of Democratic leaders, including the Speaker of this House are trying to erase our story,” McCarthy said Thursday. “They want to erase our history. Whether it’s a monument of Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves or four of our greatest, Democrats no longer view the richness of our country’s history worthy.”

“The mobs the Democrats encourage, destroy property, they threaten and sometimes even attack innocent citizens.”

Several Democratic leaders say they have taken steps to remove statues of Confederate leaders and soldiers, as a matter of public safety.

Richmond, Va., Mayor Levar Stoney announced Wednesday that 11 Confederate statues located throughout the city would be removed over the next few days through the use of emergency powers.

“Failing to remove the statues now poses a severe, immediate and growing threat to public safety,” Stoney said in a statement Wednesday. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and protesters attempt to take down Confederate statues themselves or confront others who are also doing so, the risk grows for serious illness, injury, or death.”

President Trump recently signed an executive order protecting American monuments, statues and memorials from “unvarnished vandalism.”

“Their selection of targets reveals a deep ignorance of our history,” President Trump said in a White House statement. “To them, it made no difference that President Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the Civil War, enforced Reconstruction, fought the Ku Klux Klan, and advocated for the Fifteenth Amendment, which guaranteed freed slaves the right to vote.”

The order has directed the Department of Justice to work with states to prosecute people who vandalize and destroy monuments.

Author: Caitlin McFall

Source: Fox News: McCarthy says he’ll introduce bill blocking funds for states that don’t protect statues

President Trump is reportedly preparing to redirect employers on how they should hire, prioritizing an applicant’s skills over a university degree.

Fox News has learned that the president will likely sign an executive order Friday, instructing the nation’s largest employer, the federal government, to take a new direction in its hiring tactics.

The order is expected to occur during a board meeting that advises the administration on worker policies.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, adviser and co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, has recommended the federal government — which employs more than 2 million civilian workers — re-strategize who they hire.

“We are modernizing federal hiring to find candidates with the relevant competencies and knowledge, rather than simply recruiting based on degree requirements,” she told The Associated Press.

“We encourage employers everywhere to take a look at their hiring practices and think critically about how initiatives like these can help diversify and strengthen their workforce.”

The White House isn’t necessarily eliminating degree requirements but is instead encouraging that skillsets for jobs be prioritized, making a degree less important.

Ivanka Trump believes this will broaden the workforce and improve it by being more inclusive.

“Americans are eager to get to work but they need our help,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.

Ross, the board’s other co-chair, said the need for apprentices and vocational training was widely needed prior to the coronavirus pandemic that has now put millions of Americans out of work.

The Office of Personnel Management will be responsible for executing the new directive in an attempt to get more Americans back into the workforce quickly.

Private companies are encouraged to follow this new protocol, and companies like IBM have already rolled out initiatives like this, reportedly hiring 15 percent of its workforce from non-traditional backgrounds last year — hiring based on skill rather than one’s level of education.

This strategy is expected to help employ individuals from underprivileged areas who could not necessarily afford a two- or four-year degree.

The workforce advisory board is expected to announce details of a private-sector ad campaign led by Apple, IBM and the nonprofit Ad Council as a way to encourage alternate pathways into the workforce besides education.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Author: Caitlin McFall

Source: Fox News: Trump executive order directs feds to prioritize skills over college degrees in hiring

The Trump administration halted scheduled Iranian fuel deliveries to Venezuela Wednesday by threatening sanctions on the ships carrying the cargo, according to U.S. officials.

Iran and Venezuela attempted to outmaneuver American sanctions by establishing a new oil partnership.

Two Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned ships that “were en route to Venezuela carrying Iranian fuel, scrapped their deliveries after the U.S. threatened sanctions,” a senior U.S. official told Fox News.

First reported by The Wall Street Journal, the ships were expected to arrive in Venezuela as the final delivery in a previously planned five-oil-tanker shipment, an effort that the Venezuelan regime has said is a partnership to thwart the American sanctions.

“The Iranian oil tankers arriving in Venezuela are nothing but a distraction from the real problems facing Maduro,” a spokesperson from the State Department told Fox News. “These shipments will do nothing to help Venezuelans, they will only help prop up the former Maduro regime for a little while longer.”

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said in a televised address: “We are two rebel revolutionary peoples that are never going to kneel before North American imperialism.”

But the Greek-owned ships would have been unable to access international banking and maritime insurance had they carried out the shipment.

U.S. officials have been in direct communication with the ships, which are no longer heading to Venezuala but heading south off the coast of Senegal near Liberia, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The State Department’s Iran Action Group reportedly contacted the Liberian government, to which the two ships are registered, to warn them against sanctions. The Liberian government immediately revoked the ships’ accreditation.

The two Greek firms that own the ships were also threatened with U.S. sanctions and legal action, at which point the two ships abandoned the course, according to The Journal.

The U.S. has been increasing its efforts in pressuring both nations with sanctions.

“We will continue to use the full weight of United States’ economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy,” the State Department spokesperson told Fox News.

President Trump has also increased sanctions on Venezuela, drastically affecting its oil production.

According to experts, the oil shipments were only expected to satisfy Venezuelan demand for a couple of weeks.

“Iranian gas cannot prevent the inevitable: a democratic transition that restores prosperity to Venezuela,” the State Department spokesperson said.

Author: Caitlin McFall, Rich Edson

Source: Fox News: US disrupts Iranian fuel deliveries to Venezuela, official says

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