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Bibi1581 Blog For 04/26/2018: Morning Edition

1…………> Inge Morath: Frozen In Time

Making llamas feel more glamorous than Marilyn Monroe: Inge Morath’s iconic works

Inge Morath’s eye for detail and her meticulous manner of working led the Austrian journalist to join the famous Paris-based Magnum photography agency. A show devoted to her work opens in Berlin.





2…………> A Challenge To Trump: Caravan

A group of 600 Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, near the US-Mexico border, with the intention to seek asylum in the United States, while AG Sessions warning that he will use all means at his disposal to deport anyone without legal claim for asylum. 

“This has happened in the past, so it’s important to note that this is not a new thing,” Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project told show hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. 

“This is part of a trend that’s happened over many years of people who are fleeing the area known as the Northern Triangle in Central America, particularly Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, who are escaping very high levels of violence. One of the challenges is the journey to safety in the United States… [it’s] a dangerous one. So rather than travel individually, a number of people have come together, [including] some organizations that have helped them in this process, to make sure that they’re not subjected to some of the dangers, which include things like sexual assault and kidnappings… that’s why they’re in this larger group,” he emphasized. 





3………….> MS13 Punks Charged: NJ

A grand jury in Newark, New Jersey returned a seven-count superseding indictment charging six members of the violent street gang MS-13 with racketeering conspiracy, murder, and murder conspiracies, all defendants being citizens of El Salvador, and members of MS-13 or “cliques,” operating in Hudson County, New Jersey. They are identified as follows: Juan Escalante-Melgar, aka Humilde, 28, the former leader of the Pinos Locos Salvatrucha clique (the “Pinos clique”); Elmer Cruz-Diaz, aka Locote, 29, the former leader of the Hudson Locotes Salvatrucha clique (the “Hudson Locotes clique”); Oscar Sanchez-Aguilar, aka Snappy, 22, a member of the Pinos clique and Juan Garcia-Gomez, aka Scooby, 22, a Hudson County MS-13 recruit, and Jose Rivera-Robles, aka Layo, 33, a member of the Hudson Locotes clique. The sixth and final defendant, Christian Linares-Rodriguez, aka Burro or Donkey, 38, is a high-ranking MS-13 member who is currently incarcerated in El Salvador, and who allegedly authorized and directed much of the illegal activity described in the superseding indictment.

“MS-13 is one of the most violent and vicious gangs in America today,” said Attorney General Sessions. 

 “The gang has more than 10,000 members following its barbaric motto of ‘kill, rape, and control’ across 40 states, and that threatens law-abiding Americans. Today’s indictment makes clear that the Trump Administration and this Department will be relentless in taking the fight to MS-13 with every lawful tool at our disposal. I want to thank the FBI, ICE, and DOJ Trial Attorneys for their hard work on this case, part of our aggressive effort to dismantle MS-13 and get its members off our streets for good.”

2…………> Extortion In Maryland: MS13 

An indictment was unsealed charging two MS-13 members residing in Hyattsville, Maryland, with conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion. They were identified as Jairo Arnaldo Jacome, aka “Abuelo,” 36, and Gerdandino Delgado-Escobar, aka “Pumba,” 23, are charged in the one-count indictment that alleges a conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion beginning at least in or around March 2013 and continuing through April 2018. According to the indictment, Jacome and Delgado-Escobar are alleged to be members and associates of the Langley Park Salvatruchas (LPS) clique of MS-13. Both defendants are in custody. Jacome was ordered detained pending trial following a detention hearing today.

Jacome is alleged to have threatened business owners from whom he demanded “rent” payments. According to the indictment, in or around 2015, Jacome allegedly threatened one extortion victim with a gun, grabbed the victim by the neck and hit the victim, telling the victim that Jacome was a member of the “Mara” and that the victim was required to pay “rent” to Jacome for his business or else Jacome would send people to kill the victim’s family. The indictment further alleges that Delgado-Escobar allegedly took extortion payments on behalf of Jacome and the LPS clique.



5…………> “Stormy Bombardment”: Trump

Saying that his personal lawyer Michael Cohen did “absolutely nothing wrong,” President Trump admitted that he represented him “with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal”, after previously denying any knowledge of a payment Mr. Cohen made to the porn actress alleging an affair with Mr. Trump.

“From what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong. There were no campaign funds going in,” Mr.Trump said.

In addition, Mr.Trump called the Russia investigation a “disgrace,” and defended VA Secretary designee Ronny Jackson MD after allegations against the White House doctor of over-prescribing opiates and drinking on the job.

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