U.S. Journalist Lands Exclusive Pope Francis Comment on Mideast Peace Process: ‘Pray, Pray, Pray’

In the midst of the historic meeting at the Vatican where the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority came together at the unexpected request of Pope Francis, another first occurred days earlier.

TV host and now WABC Radio host Rita Cosby had the rare opportunity to speak to the Pontiff about his Mideast peace initiative, in which he told the Emmy-winning former Fox News star: “Pray, Pray, Pray,” for the peace process. A year into his papacy, this signaled the new Pope’s determination to play a role in the perennial search for Mideast peace. It showed he is intent on taking on the task of peacemaker, and with this very visible prayer summit, he has already gone well beyond the point to which previous Pontiffs have ventured in the past.

It also was another great scoop for Cosby, whose exclusive meetings over the years read like a list of “Who’s Who in the World,” ranging from five U.S. Presidents to dictators like Muammar Gaddafi and her memorable calls from Yasser Arafat which made many international headlines. Cosby talked about her conversation with Pope Francis on her new WABC Radio show and added a surprising twist—that she asked her questions all in Spanish to appeal to the Argentine Jesuit in his native language. The strategy clearly worked and gave insight into what lies ahead and how passionate this Pope is about trying to find a pathway to peace—even in the volatile Middle East.

In the end, Sunday’s meeting at the Vatican showed a glimmer of hope that both sides can find common ground and do so with dignity when faith fills a powerful void that politicians have found so elusive. There was something optimistic in the air when one saw these very disparate world leaders walking alongside the Pope and embracing. 

There was also something very refreshing about a journalist using real “shoe leather” to get what she describes as “a once in a lifetime” opportunity. Getting the Pope to talk about Mideast peace is probably the biggest journalistic coup, even for the most seasoned reporter. Doing it in Spanish, staying on point, and getting it right amidst forty thousand of the faithful screaming, “We Love You Papa Francis!” in St. Peter’s Square… Now that’s, as the Pontiff himself would say… a miracle!

Read the transcript of the full exchange:

Rita: Peace in the MiddleEast is possible with faith? You think? (Spanish) 
Pope: With the Lord it is possible. (Italian)
Rita: Do you think that with faith everything is possible? (Spanish)
Pope:  With the Lord everything is possible. (Italian)
Rita: Also faith in the Middle East? (Spanish)
Pope: With the Lord, we must pray for peace. (Italian)
Rita: I hope so. Thank you for everything. Thank you. (Spanish)
Pope: Thank you. (Italian)
Rita: Thank you to you. How fantastic. Is there something you want to say to that process? (Spanish)
Pope: Pray, Pray, Pray. (English)
Rita: Thank you, Thank you. (Spanish) 

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High-Speed Chase, Armed Standoff with LAPD Ends with Suspect’s Surrender

A four-hour pursuit and standoff between the LAPD, its SWAT team, and a man armed with an assault rifle ended Monday afternoon in North Hollywood. The events ended when authorities fired tear gas into the home in which the rifle-wielding suspect – who was described as an Hispanic male – barricaded himself according to the Los Angeles Times.

The disarmed suspect was taken into custody by authorities around 3:00 p.m.

Throughout the standoff, LAPD Lieutenant Andy Neiman emphasized the LAPD’s intent to end the standoff in a peaceful manner. Speaking to a local Fox News affiliate in Los Angeles, he tried to send out a message to the suspect: “Give yourself up. There are other ways to resolve this… Just give yourself up.”

The armed suspect, whose name the police did not release, took the LAPD on a high-speed chase and into a standoff on the rooftop of a residential North Hollywood neighborhood before holing himself up inside of a home located on the 11500 block of Hartsook Street.

The LAPD’s SWAT team arrived on the scene in front of the home where the suspect was barricaded, and a few hours later, he surrendered to authorities, according to live coverage of the standoff by Fox News.

According to Lt. Neiman, the dispute began a few days ago when the suspect made criminal threats against his girlfriend. An arrest warrant was issued for the 40-year-old suspect. A restraining order was reportedly also in place, according to Fox News.

The pursuit began around 10:15 am in California’s Boyle Heights area on Monday, after the suspect was noticed sitting outside of his girlfriend’s home, notes the Times.

The chase ended and the standoff began when the suspect exited his vehicle around 11:30 am and proceeded to run through the North Hollywood neighborhood before climbing onto a rooftop and disappearing before he holed himself up a home. The situation finally came to an end when teargas was fired into the home.

The LAPD had urged all residents in the area to stay indoors as a precautionary measure throughout the standoff.

Nearby, the Oakwood School, which is located on Magnolia Boulevard, just east of the 170 freeway, was evacuated by the LAPD and the Los Angeles Unified Police. According to Lt. Neiman everyone from the Oakwood School had been moved to the nearby Hollywood park and parking lot on Magnolia Avenue.

“You never know what’s going to happen in these situations so we prepare for the worst, hope for the best,” Lt. Neiman said.

No injuries were reported.

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Reid Calls for More Gun Control Before Facts in on Las Vegas Attack

On June 9, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said the Senate needs to pass expanded background checks in light of the June 8 Las Vegas shooting, although the facts are still out on how or when the attackers acquired their guns.

Expanded background checks failed to pass in April 2013.

According to Politico, Reid has now gone from promising to bring the bill back up “when it has the votes to pass” to “strongly advocating that the Senate revisit the background checks legislation” now.

“We in Congress, we need to put in place legislation that helps prevent these deranged, these weird, these savage people who carry out such savage acts of violence,” Reid said. “Background checks so that people who are criminals, who are deranged can’t buy a gun.” He did not say anything about the more sensible solution of getting deranged, weird, and savage people off our streets.

Breitbart News has reported the U.S. has had background checks in place since 1993. Breitbart News also reported that Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood, November 2009), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School gunman), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard gunman), Paul Anthony Ciancia (LAX gunman), James Holmes (Aurora theater gunman), and Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood, April 2014) all passed background checks. 

Background checks in no way prevented these individuals from committing crimes.

Moreover, when Reid called for expanded background checks after the April Fort Hood attack, Breitbart News pointed out that the expanded background checks are really just the same background checks the United States has now, applied to every sale instead of just retail sales. The structure and mechanism for any other type of checks doesn’t even exist. 

But that does not matter, because Democrats know that if they can pass expanded background checks it will finally open the door to a federal gun registry, which has to be in place to make expanded background checks enforceable. The registry is the real goal.

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Did California Mayor Run a Red Light While Texting?

Questions have risen as to whether or not Oakland Mayor Jean Quan was texting behind the wheel before the vehicle she was driving was struck by another vehicle whose driver allegedly ran a red light. Two different accounts of what happened took place on Sunday, as the mayor was traveling from one church event to another.

According to police, Quan was headed north on Market Street at the intersection with 26th Street in Oakland around 5:30 pm on Sunday, in a newer model, city-issued Lexus SUV when the unnamed female driver of a 2008 Nissan Altima struck her vehicle, San Jose Mercury News reports. The female driver was accompanied by a 14-year-old boy. Both were reportedly in pain and were taken to a hospital for examination.

But Margarett Randel, 22, who witnessed the collision, said Quan actually ran the red light and that she saw Quan looking down as she did. Randel, who was standing outside when the car accident occurred, told the Mercury News, “I seen the whole thing… Mayor Quan passed right through the red light. She wasn’t looking where she was going. She was looking down.” Randel did not say whether or not she believed the mayor was using her cellphone, according to the Mercury News

Quan’s spokesman Sean Maher said Quan was neither texting nor talking on the phone when the collision occurred. 

Just one week ago on Sunday and Monday, photographs emerged of what appear to be Mayor Quan texting and driving and another where she is holding a cell phone up to her ear while driving, respectively. Quan, who said she was searching for an address, told reporters that she believed her action to be allowed under state law, the Mercury News reports.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, “the new Wireless Communications Device Law (effective January 1, 2009) makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle.”

Photo: Reuters

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Telegraph: Guardian Ignored and Misrepresented Evidence of Islamist Plot

The Telegraph’s Andrew Gilligan has today written about the Guardian newspaper’s inability to report the Islamist ‘Trojan Horse’ plot correctly:

There’s a lot of bad journalism about Muslims in this country, but not all of it is at the tabloid “Islamic-only toilets” end of the market. On the subject of the hardline takeover of Birmingham schools, I think The Guardian may be Britain’s most dishonest newspaper.

It’s a very good paper in some ways – but it has a complete blind spot about any story involving Islamists. Its coverage of Tower Hamlets has been spectacularly misleading. And the reporting on Trojan Horse by its education editor, Richard Adams, has been execrable.

Mr Adams now pronounces the entire saga a “crude witch-hunt” based on “not much evidence of anything,” claiming that “most” of the allegations of “segregated classes, compulsory prayers and incendiary preachers at school assemblies … have crumbled under examination.”

The evidence of “incendiary preachers at school assemblies” – Sheikh Shady al-Suleiman, an al-Qaeda sympathiser, at Park View School on November 28 2013 – in fact comes from one of the school’s official newsletters, still available on its own website (see photo above, from page 17 of this PDF).

At another of the schools, Oldknow, an official Education Funding Agency report finds that the Arabic teacher, Asif Khan, led anti-Christian chanting in assemblies (though also records his denial). I too have been told about Mr Khan’s anti-Christian assembly by four separate sources, one of them on the record. There is other on-the-record testimony that Park View’s head, Mozz Hussain, preached “mind-blowing” anti-American assemblies.

Read more at the Telegraph

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