‘I’LL BE BACK’: CANCER STRICKEN MCCAIN VOWS TO RETURN TO SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arizona Senator John McCain, who was diagnosed this week with an aggressive form of brain cancer, says he’s faced tougher challenges in his life and doesn’t intend to let his diagnosis keep him for long off the senate floor.

“I’ve been through worse,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R)- SC says McCain told him during a telephone call Wednesday night.

“”God knows how this ends, not me,” Graham told reporters after speaking with McCain. “But what I do know is this disease has never had a more worthy opponent.”

McCain, who currently serves as chairman of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, after having a blood clot removed from above his left eye last Friday.

Graham says he called McCain, who is currently resting at his Arizona home, on Wednesday night to offer words of comfort and support but that McCain quickly turned the discussion toward healthcare and the National Defense Authorization Act.

“Literally, it went five minutes until we turned away from what I think most people have a hard time absorbing and focused on what he loves the best,” Graham said.

Graham, who has worked with the Vietnam war veteran for years and formed a deep friendship while working side by side on the Senate floor, added that it was McCain who wound up encouraging him to stay strong.

“‘No more woe is me, Lindsey,’” Graham recalled McCain telling him after he began choking back tears during their conversation. “He’s yelling at me and to buck up. So I’m going to buck up.”

“He’s coming back,” Graham said. “I think they got it. He’s going to go through radiation and chemo. I’m not a doctor. It may come back and he’ll fight it again. But right now he’s in good spirits. It was a real tough operation. But John is ready to come back.

In a statement via Twitter, John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, who serves as a political commentator for Fox News spoke of her shock over her father’s diagnosis and her prayers for his swift recovery. “My love for my father is boundless and like any daughter I cannot and do not wish to be in a world without him. I have faith that those days remain far away,” she said.

McCain, 80, was held prisoner of war in North Vietnam war camp for five and a half years during his service in the military. He was released on March 14, 1973 and shortly thereafter began his political career. He has served in the House and Senate since 1982.

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‘ITS HELL’: 84 YEAR OLD TWIN VETERANS LIVING IN CAR AFTER LOSING THEIR CALIFORNIA HOME

FAIR OAKS, CA — Twin brothers who each dedicated their lives to serving their nation have found themselves penniless and living in a car after the pair say they lost their home due to a loan gone bad.

Clifford and Gary Koekoek, 84-year-old twins who each fought in the Vietnam War, lost the home that had been in their family for decades last October after taking out a loan to do some repairs to the property.

“We took a loan thinking that we had a conventional loan,” Gary Koekoek told Fox 40 Sacramento (http://fox40.com/2017/07/18/homeless-84-year-old-twin-brothers-search-for-permanent-housing/) . However, the pair soon discovered the loan had an adjustable APR and the payments quickly became too much to bear. In October the bank foreclosed and the brothers found themselves living in their car.

“It’s a lot of stress,” Clifford said, choking back tears. “I’d rather go back to the war and get shot at than this.”

“Right now, I’m broke,” Clifford added. “Sometimes we don’t eat”.

Aaron Hoerner, a friend of the family for more than a decade, says he was shocked to discover the brothers’ predicament and has since set up a Go Fund Me account (https://www.gofundme.com/help-gary-and-clifford-kukor) in the hopes of getting the war heroes back into a permanent home.

“They were just living in their car in front of Raley’s when I found out,” Hoerner said of the brothers’ sad predicament. “It’s easy to walk by and not look at their situation but if you stop and talk to somebody, everybody has a story.”

Born in the Netherlands, Clifford and Gary Koekoek were raised in Belgium until World War II. The horrors they experienced under Nazi control is what drove them to never marry or bring children into the world, they say, and as a result, all they have is each other.

“All my life I’ve seen people killed, tortured, taken away to concentration camps,” says Clifford. ” I don’t want that.”

Despite all the tragedies the pair has witnessed in their lives, their current situation is seemingly the hardest to accept. Still, the pair say they are struggling to keep their heads up in the hopes that tomorrow will be a brighter day.

“I never will beg,” Clifford says. “That’s the way I’m feeling.”

“I guarantee you within the next months I will win the big lottery,” Gary added laughing through tears. “I will win millions of dollars.”

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KELLY BOMBS: ‘SUNDAY NIGHT’ A RATINGS NIGHTMARE DESPITE HYPE OVER ALEX JONES

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Despite weeks of controversy leading up to Megyn Kelly’s showdown with Alex Jones, the former Fox News host’s show, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” was a bust with network viewers who seem to have lost interest in the one time ratings queen.

According to Sunday night’s Nielsen ratings (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/megyn-kelly-PECLB0000009270-topic.html), “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” averaged just 3.53 million viewers during its Sunday 7 p.m. time slot, the lowest figure yet since the program debuted on NBC on June 4. Ratings were so dismal, as a matter of fact, that Kelly’s program was easily beat by a rerun of “60 Minutes” on CBS, which averaged 5.3 million viewers in that same hour.

NBC tried hard to promote the program, which featured what turned out to be a heavily edited interview with alternative news host Alex Jones, but in the end, network viewers just didn’t seem to care.

Kelly sparked a great deal of controversy over the interview with Jones, who has been vocal in his questioning of the government’s official story surrounding the events of 9/11 and the shooting at Sandy Hook.

For his part, Jones, who went public last week with claims that Kelly had manipulated the interview to create a “hit piece” on him, released his own audio recording of the interview in its entirety in an effort to expose what he claimed was Kelly’s promoting of “fake news” (http://thehill.com/homenews/media/338097-alex-jones-releases-more-secret-taped-megyn-kelly-audio-nbc-responds).

In the audio, which was recorded without Kelly’s knowledge, Kelly can allegedly be heard telling Jones that her goal was to show Jones’ softer side because, as she put it, she believed that he had been misrepresented in the media.

“The reason you are interesting to me is because I followed your custody case, and I think you had a very good point about how the media was covering it and for some reason treated you and your family and what was going on as fair game when they never would have done that if you were a mainstream media figure,” Kelly can be heard telling Jones. “I saw a different side of you in that whole thing and, you know, you just became very fascinating to me.”

Jones, upon seeing a promo piece released by Kelly to promote the interview, was quick to respond with allegations that the interview had been over edited and that he had been lied to.

“I’ve never done this in 22 years, I’ve never recorded another journalist,” Jones said on his daily radio show, “Infowars”. “I’ve never done this, but I knew that it was a fraud, that it was a lie.”

Kelly’s program is slated to run through the summer, but insiders say that based on poor performance, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” is unlikely to finish a full season.

Kelly joined NBC News in January after 13 years at Fox News for a reported $17 million per year. The former “Kelly File” host left Fox for NBC after controversy erupted surrounding what supporters of then presidential candidate Donald Trump called poor treatment of the Republican candidate during a series of debates, which Kelly had been tapped to moderate.

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WOULD YOU LIKE SOME HATE WITH THAT? CUSTOMER SAYS SHE WAS BULLIED BY STARBUCKS OVER SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– A Starbucks customer says she got more than she bargained for when she ordered a cup of coffee from her local Starbucks…a side of bullying.

Kayla Hart claims she was harassed by a Starbucks employee after walking into her local shop while wearing a Donald Trump t-shirt. Instead of service with a smile, Hart claims the baristas on duty laughed at her and mocked her support for the 45th president.

“They shouted out build a wall and shoved a drink at me and then all the barisatas in the back started cracking up laughing,” Hart told Charlotte affiliate Fox 46 (http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/local-news/261436816-story). Further, she says her coffee came with a label that read, “Build the wall”.

“I just walked out because everyone was staring,” says Hart. “I just found it really sad that I can’t wear a t-shirt with our president without being made fun of.”

In a statement, Starbucks, who has made no secret of their company’s distaste for President Trump, says they were unaware of the incident and that the employees responsible will be “coached” accordingly.

“We failed to meet this customer’s expectations of us, and we have apologized and are working directly with her to make it right,” the statement reads. “This experience is not consistent with our standards or the welcoming and respectful experience we aim to provide every customer who visit our stores. We have spoken with our store partners about this situation and are using this as a coaching opportunity for the future,” the statement concludes.

This isn’t the first time Starbucks has come under fire with conservatives. In January of 2017, the company was targeted for boycott after it announced plans to hire thousands of refugees in response to newly elected President Trump’s vow to temporarily restrict Muslims from terror driven countries from entering the U.S. (http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/01/31/trump-supporters-vow-to-boycott-starbucks-over-ceos-plan-to-hire-refugees.html).

The company faced a similar boycott in 2015 when it urged its baristas to discuss race and “white privilege” with it’s customers by writing “Let’s talk about race” on customer coffee cups (http://fortune.com/2015/03/16/starbucks-baristas-race-talk/).

As for Hart, she says she’s not yet sure whether or not she’ll give the left wing java joint another try.

“This isn’t me trying to get people to stop going to Starbucks. I just want it to be put out there so people know this is what’s occurring,” she says. “I don’t think it’s right you should be humiliated for wearing a t-shirt with your opinion on it.”

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FAKE NEWS? CNN CAUGHT PROMOTING WHAT CRITICS SAY IS PRO-MUSLIM AGENDA

LONDON, ENGLAND — Embattled cable news network CNN has reportedly been caught staging what critics say is a pro-Muslim rally in the wake of the latest London terror attacks.

In a video that surfaced on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhFyN-Y0Is0), CNN reporter Becky Anderson can allegedly be seen directing several self-described “Muslim mothers” to stand behind her as, seeming on cue, the group begins rallying support for London Police.

The video, which quickly went viral, caused a wave of backlash on social media, with even some of the networks most frequent viewers slamming the network over claims of “fake news”.

CNN, which has faced allegations of staging news stories to promote left leaning political agendas in the past, denied the allegations on Monday in a statement to Fox News.

“This story is nonsense,” a rep for CNN told Fox via email (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/06/05/cnn-denies-staging-pro-muslim-shot-after-london-terror-attack.html). “The group of demonstrators that was at the police cordon was being allowed through by officers so they could show their signs to the gathered media. The CNN crew along with other media present simply filmed them doing so.”

“You an clearly see at the beginning of the video on social media that a group of press photographers is asking the demonstrators to stand in front of them so that they can see them — there’s nothing sinister going on there,” the spokesperson added.

Despite CNN’s denial, the network is no stranger to similar controversies.

One of the most famous examples of CNN trickery involves an interview in which network anchor Anderson Cooper claimed to be reporting live from the funeral of a child he said had died during the alleged Sandy Hook school shooting (http://www.naturalnews.com/039127_Anderson_Cooper_blue_screen_fake_news.html).

During the piece, Cooper, supposedly interviewing loved ones at the scene, turns to the side and his nose seemingly disappears. This, say photographic experts who were quick to catch the slip up, occurs when a reporter is placed in front of a “green screen”, a technological prop that allows producers to project an image behind the reporter, making it seem as though he or she may be somewhere they are not. Green screens are typically used only in sound stages. Never when a reporter is actually on scene.

The Sandy Hook shooting was later used to justify a wealth of anti-Second amendment executive orders by then president Barack Obama, with whom the network had worked closely throughout his presidency.

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HANNITY UNDER FIRE: SOURCES SAY FOX NEWS HOST ABOUT TO BE FIRED FOR SPEAKING OUT ON SETH RICH CASE

New York, N.Y. — The Fox News network denied claims on Thursday that it’s highest rated host, Sean Hannity, is about to be let go from the nightly political talk show that bares his name.

“Like the rest of the country, Sean Hannity is taking a vacation for Memorial Day weekend and will be back on Tuesday,” the network said in a statement. “Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish.”

The statement comes after a prior announcement by the network that Hannity would be taking a “brief hiatus” from his show caused a swirl of speculation that the conservative commentator would be the next to be exited from the network’s highly publicized revolving door.

Questions about Hannity’s future with the network have exploded in the wake of recent controversies surrounding his coverage of DNC staffer Seth Rich’s still unsolved murder.

Hannity, who claimed to have uncovered evidence suggesting that Rich’s murder was tied to his being responsible for the leaking of a wealth of politically devastating emails from the Democratic National Committee to the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks, promised to reveal the information he had discovered on his Tuesday night show.

However, after a wave of backlash from the mainstream media and network sponsors, many of whom threatened to pull their advertising from his nightly program, Hannity announced on Tuesday that he would be holding back on the information he had planned to reveal “out of respect” for the Rich family.

“Out of respect for the family’s wishes, for now, I am not discussing the matter at this time,” Hannity said.

Also on Tuesday, Fox News said the network would be retracting a story it had published on FoxNews.com, about Rich’s murder, sparking reports from network sources that Hannity was about to be fired.

Addressing the controversy head on during an interview with The Huffington Post on Wednesday, Hannity said he was being targeted by leftist groups who are out to silence him.

“There’s nothing that I did, nothing that I said, except they don’t like my position politically,” he said. “They’ll try to ratchet up the intensity of their rationale. It does not justify an attempt to get me fired. And that’s what this is. This is an attempt to take me out. This is a kill shot.”

Seth Rich was found murdered last July, a victim of what police claimed at the time was a robbery gone bad. Critics of the official story point out that Rich, who was shot twice in the back, was left with his wallet, cell phone, cash and credit cards still on his person.

No arrests have ever been made in regard to the case.

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BECKEL GETS THE BOOT: FOX FIRES LIBERAL COMMENTATOR AFTER ALLEGED RACIST REMARK

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Outspoken liberal commentator Bob Beckel has been fired from the Fox News network after reportedly making a racist remark to a fellow co-worker, the network announced on Friday.

“Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” a network spokesperson said in a short statement.

Beckel, who has had a history of profanity filled on-air outbursts, previously parted ways with the network in 2015 after sources at the media giant said network executives had had their fill of his “arrogant demands” while recovering from back surgery.

“We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold ‘The Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues,” Bill Shine, the network’s then executive vice president of programming said in a statement at that time. “He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him.”

However, in an effort to give the political pundit another go, Fox News brought Beckel back as co-host of “The Five” on a part time basis earlier this year. Although co-hosts Jesse Watters, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, and Kimberly Guilfoyle were initially leery, say sources, they cautiously welcomed the Trump critic back.

“Bob was missed by many fans of ‘The Five’ and we’re happy to welcome him back to the show,” said Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox News Channel and its corporate parent, 21st Century Fox, in a prepared statement, in January.

A Fox News spokesperson refused to provide additional detail on the context of Beckel’s remarks or who the remark was directed toward, however, Douglas Wigdor and Jeanne Christensen, lawyers who have recently filed a racial discrimination lawsuit on behalf of both current and former Fox employees, said in a joint statement that Beckel told one of their clients, a black IT worker, that he was leaving the room while the employee serviced his computer because the employee was “black”.

It has not yet been confirmed who would fill Beckel’s spot on “The Five”, but Juan Williams, who rotated with Beckel each week since the now fired correspondent’s return, is expected to make additional appearances until a permanent replacement is decided.

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DID HE KNOW TOO MUCH? INVESTIGATOR SAYS SLAIN DNC STAFFER SETH RICH SOURCE OF DNC LEAK

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rod Wheeler, a retired Washington homicide detective hired to investigate the still unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, has come forward with allegations that Rich may have been the source who leaked a wealth of DNC documents to Wikileaks just months before last November’s election.

Rich, who was employed as the Voter Expansion Data Director for the Democrat National Committee, was found murdered in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. on July 10, 2016. Although police officials called the murder the probable result of a robbery gone bad, Rich’s personal items including wallet, credit cards, watch and cell phone were never stolen.

Since Rich’s murder, speculation has run rampant that his death may have been tied to the leaked documents, which many blame for the downfall of the campaign of then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Now, just two months shy of the one-year anniversary of Rich’s death, revelations by Wheeler, who says he believes that there has been a massive cover up into the DNC staffer’s murder, may just prove that speculation correct.

“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” Wheeler told Fox News D.C. affiliate Fox 5 (http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/254852337-story). “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”

When asked if Wheeler’s sources have told him there is information that links Rich to Wikileaks, Wheeler replied, “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”

“I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you,’” Wheeler continued. “Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don’t think it comes from the chief’s office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC and that is the information that will come out [Tuesday].”

According to a federal source close to the investigation, An FBI forensic report of Rich’s computer — generated within 96 hours after the polling expert’s murder — showed the staffer made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and agent of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.

“I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,” the source confirmed.

On July 22, just 12 days after Rich’s murder, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show that lead party officials had conspired to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont from becoming the party’s presidential nominee. The fall out from the controversy resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson.

Later in the campaign, a series of more sinister emails released by Wikileaks revealed a series of bizarre, cult like activities partaken in by some of the DNC’s highest ranking members including the attendance of so called “spirit cooking” dinners where guests were urged to bring human urine, blood and breast milk to the event. The emails were a devastating and humiliating blow to the Hillary Clinton campaign and Clinton, herself, blamed the emails in part for her presidential loss.

The federal source says the emails are now in possession of the FBI, but that the investigation into Rich’s death is being “stalled” by the Washington Police Department.

In response to Wheeler’s comments, a spokesperson for Rich’s family has come forward with denials that the slain DNC staffer was the source behind the leak. Brad Bauman, who says that Wheeler is not authorized to speak for the Rich family, called Wheeler’s allegations “unsubstantiated.”

Calls for statement to a DNC spokesperson resulted in “no comment”.

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ARMING THE ENEMY? UN AIDS ROGUE STATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NERVE GAS

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — Over the course of the last year, the United Nations has aided North Korea in developing a patent application for production of sodium cyanide — a chemical used in the development of nerve gas, says a bombshell report.

In an exclusive reveal, Fox News reported on Monday that the rogue state began the international patent process on Nov. 1, 2015 — just two months prior to its fourth nuclear test.

Sodium cyanide, which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006, is used to make Tabun, a deadly nerve agent.

Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of the international U.N. expert team, told Fox News that a panel of experts officially “opened an investigation into this matter” based upon a report obtained from the World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, website (https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf;jsessionid=47851DD954DCB23C0999B064BEC3119B.wapp1nB?docId=WO2016199944&recNum=3&office=&queryString=%28ANID%3AKP*+AND+CTR%3AWO%29&prevFilte=&sortOption=Pub+Date+Desc&maxRec=45).

“This is a disturbing development that should be of great concern to the U.S. administration and to Congress, as well as the U.S. Representative to the U.N.,” William Newcomb, a former member of the U.N. Panel of Experts told Fox News.
“It undermines sanctions to have this going on. The U.N. agencies involved should have been much more alert to checking these programs out.”

The revelation comes just days after North Korean leaders announced that they had fired off a long range missile capable of carrying a “heavy nuclear warhead” and hitting U.S. targets.

The United Nations receives $8 billion from the United States each year. The funds are supposed to go toward humanitarian projects but inside sources say the funds are being funneled to mostly anti-American tyrannical regimes around the globe.

Last week, tensions between the United States and North Korea reached a fever pitch after North Korean officials claimed the CIA and South Korea’s National Intelligence Service conspired to assassinate Kim Jong Un with a biochemical weapon.

U.S. intelligence officials called North Korea’s claims “baseless”.

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IS SPICER NEXT TO GO? WHITE HOUSE SOURCES SAY PRESS SECRETARY PRESIDENT’S LATEST TARGET AS TRUMP ATTEMPTS TO DRAIN THE SWAMP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — White House press secretary Sean Spicer may be the next to go as president Donald Trump attempts to rid his cabinet of “establishment” high rollers.

According to a report published by Infowars on Thursday, Spicer could be fired as early as next week as Trump carries out his campaign promise to “drain the swamp”.

The report comes just days after the ultra conservative White House spokesman was reportedly sent to the sidelines amid concerns by Trump that he had become overwhelmed by his high pressure role.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, has been called in to step in for Spicer as the president is said to be contemplating his next move. Officially, the White House says Spicer is absent due to a previously scheduled assignment related to his Navy Reserve duty at the Pentagon (http://www.thewrap.com/sean-spicer-skip-comey-press-briefing-sarah-huckabee-sanders-white-house/), but sources say the interim departure couldn’t have come at a better time.

Spicer has come under fire in recent weeks after a series of contentious encounters with members of the left leaning press press left him shaken and visibly angry. During one occasion in early May, the press secretary made headlines after walking out on a scheduled press conference where he refused to answer, or even acknowledge, certain members of the media (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/reporters-erupt-when-spicer-ends-press-conference-without-taking-questions/article/2621911).

On other occasions, Spicer allowed his anger to get the best of him and engaged in a series of back and forth banters with members of the White House press corps. During one heated exchange in March with American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan, Spicer, borrowing from his Trump’s attack on “fake news”, quipped “I appreciate your agenda here. … At some point, report the facts”. The blow up came after Ryan attempted to corner Spicer on the ongoing allegations of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

According to the Infowars report, Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who Trump previously considered for the role as White House spokesperson, is among Trump’s top picks to replace Spicer.

Despite the innuendo that Spicer’s career may be the next to follow the fate of former FBI director James Comey, who was fired by Trump earlier this week, a White House spokesperson says the recent speculation about Spicer’s future is baseless.

“Sean has always taken his Navy duties very seriously,” said a White House spokesperson when reached for comment. “So when he says he’s on duty, he’s on duty. There’s nothing more to it than that.”

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