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He Flew a Drone to Take Photos for a Friend. Now He’s Facing $55K in Government Fines.

Mical Caterina is addicted. When the Minnesota man turned 56, he headed to Brainerd International Raceway and raced his Mini Cooper on its road course. With GoPro cameras fastened to the front and back bumpers of his car, he created a video and posted it to YouTube. That got the attention of GoPro, which invited him to a seminar where he was given a drone, a Phantom manufactured by the Chinese company DJI. Caterina was instantly hooked. “I love to fly this thing,” he told The Daily Signal, referring to his drone. “It comes with some bumps and bruises. My first one was [like a] weed wacker in my backyard. But I got it down to an art. I know how to operate it safely.” Caterina’s interest in aerial photography started in August 2012, and … Read entire article »

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NATO leader to Russia: 'We don't want a new Cold War'

Jacqueline Klimas BRUSSELS — Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general, said Tuesday at the start of this week’s defense ministerial that the group will continue its push to counter Russian aggression, but stressed that NATO is not looking for a fight. “Our message is that NATO will continue to protect and defend all allies against any threats coming from any direction,” Stoltenberg said. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump's provocative Orlando response worries some in GOP

David M. Drucker Donald Trump is making abundantly clear in the wake of the Orlando terror attack that there will be no general election pivot by his campaign. The presumptive Republican nominee ignored political convention in the primary. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Islamic State attacker fatally stabs French cop and wife

Anna Giaritelli A man who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State fatally stabbed a French police commander and his wife in their home late Monday. The brutal attacks took place around 8:30 p.m. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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GoFundMe campaign for Orlando victims sets record

Anna Giaritelli A crowdfunding campaign for the victims of Sunday’s terrorist attack at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., has collected more than $2.7 million in its first day. “The campaign is the largest and fastest growing in GoFundMe’s history,” GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said in a statement. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Stacey Dash: Obama and Hillary Clinton are to blame for politicizing Orlando

Sean Langille, Gabby Morrongiello Conservative commentator and actress Stacey Dash on Monday hit back at critics who accused her of politicizing the terror attack in Orlando and doubled down on her assertion that more “good guys” with guns could have stopped the carnage. “I didn’t politicize this, the president did and Hillary Clinton did,” Dash told the Washington Examiner in a sit-down interview. She said President Obama and Clinton are using the shooting rampage, which left 49 victims dead, to advance an anti-gun agenda. “Nobody is messing with my Second Amendment, so my feeling is this: Had there been more people there that were… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump: Obama 'doesn't know what the hell he's doing' on terrorism

Anna Giaritelli Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump doubts President Obama has the ability or desire to confront terrorism by Islamic extremists. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Chick-fil-A restaurants opened Sunday to serve Orlando residents

Anna Giaritelli Chick-fil-A may have a strict “no business on Sunday” policy, but the company threw it out the window in order to serve Orlando residents affected by terrorist attacks on the gay community. Several Orlando locations of the chicken restaurant were open Sunday to provide assistance to those in need after a shooting early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in downtown Orlando, which left 49 people dead as well as the gunman. Chick-fil-A employees were also seen handing out sandwiches on Sunday to hundreds of police and first responders at the crime scene. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday

Pete Kasperowicz President Obama will travel to Orlando, Fla., on Thursday to meet with victims of the early Sunday shooting at a nightclub that killed 49 people, and forced authorities to shoot the terrorist assailant. Spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama would “pay his respects to victims’ families, and to stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Sessions: Omar Mateen's father 'Taliban member'

Anna Giaritelli Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., claimed Monday that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s father was a member of the Taliban. “His father was clearly an extremist, a Taliban member. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Sessions: Trump forced Clinton to embrace 'Islamic terrorism' rhetoric

Anna Giaritelli Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said Monday that Donald Trump is responsible for Hillary Clinton’s tougher rhetoric on terrorism, specifically her labeling Sunday’s attack in Orlando “radical Islamism. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Obama insists on Syrian refugees even after Orlando

Susan Crabtree President Obama is standing by his pledge to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees, even in the wake of the deadly Orlando terrorist attack and harsh criticism from Donald Trump that he is not taking the terrorist threat seriously. A White House National Security Council spokesman told the Washington Examiner Monday evening that the U.S. “remains committed to the president’s plan to resettle refugees from around the world,” including the more than 8,000 of the 10,000 Syrian refugees Obama pledged to resettle in the U.S. by October but have yet to undergo the required screening. “Refugees undergo by far the most rigorous level of… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Obama's last move on guns: The bully pulpit

Nicole Duran, Susan Crabtree While President Obama is not ruling out an additional executive action to curb certain types of gun sales, the White House has already admitted that Obama’s only remaining move on guns is to use the bully pulpit to press Congress to act. “The president has taken substantial executive actions using as much executive authority as he can,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, acknowledging that the limits of that authority seems to have been reached. Earnest added hopefully, “I’m not going to rule out additional steps… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Former co-worker of Orlando killer: Mateen 'talked about killing people'

Anna Giaritelli A man who worked with Omar Mateen at an international security company said he made repeated formal complaints about his colleague’s aggressive behavior and alleged family connections to al Qaeda, but eventually quit his job when G4S refused to fire Mateen. Daniel Gilroy, a former Fort Pierce police officer, told Florida Today he had raised concerns with his G4S supervisors after Mateen talked about killing people. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Chamber takes aim at wind credit in Senate hearing

John Siciliano Federal subsidies for wind energy are “glutting” the nation’s electricity markets and forcing nuclear power plants to close prematurely, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will tell the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. Karen Harbert, the head of the Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, will testify before the Finance Committee hearing aimed at examining the nexus between tax policy and the nation’s energy mix. Harbert will argue that the wind production tax credit, or PTC, from the 1990s has been successful in ramping up the amount of electricity produced from wind turbines from a very low number to providing as much… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Kochs invoke free speech in backing IRS donor bill

Joseph Lawler Koch Industries is backing GOP legislation on the House floor this week to block the IRS from collecting information about donors to political nonprofits as part of their support for free speech and freedom of association, including anonymous advocacy, a representative for the business says. Philip Ellender, president of government and public affairs for Koch Industries, told the Washington Examiner that the bill, authored by Rep. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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House Democrats interrupt moment of silence for Orlando attack

Joel Gehrke House Democrats interrupted a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack in an attempt to press House Republicans to hold a vote on gun control legislation. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office scheduled the moment of silence earlier Monday afternoon, but Democrats interrupted it. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Orlando shooter worked for DHS, State contractor

Anna Giaritelli An international security company confirmed Monday afternoon it was the employer of the man who fatally shot 48 people at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning. G4S, a large security organization, is a major federal contractor for the Homeland Security and State departments. “Omar Mateen was employed by G4S at a residential community in South Florida and was off-duty at the time of the incident. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Gingrich: Declare allegiance to ISIS, lose citizenship

Maria Biery Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a Facebook livestream Monday that the U.S. government should revoke the citizenship of anyone who pledges allegiance to the Islamic State. “When somebody says, ‘I am pledging allegiance to ISIS,’ they’re a traitor, and we need to adopt laws that make clear, you pledge allegiance to a country other than the United States, you’re a traitor,” Gingrich said. Gingrich also categorized the shooting in Orlando that left 50 dead, including the shooter himself, and 53 injured as “an act of war. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Orlando killer cited Boston bombers in final moments of attack

Anna Giaritelli Omar Mateen, the shooter responsible for the deadly attacks at an Orlando gay nightclub Sunday morning, referred to the Boston Marathon bombers as his “homeboys” during one of the 911 calls he made during the attack, according to the FBI. “During the calls he said he was doing this for the leader of ISIL, who he named and pledged loyalty to, but he also appeared to claim solidarity with the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing, and solidarity with a Florida man who died as a suicide bomber in Syria for al Nusra Front, a group in conflict with Islamic State,” FBI Director James Comey said in a Washington, D.C., press… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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