President Trump Kicks Off Independence Day Celebrations at Mount Rushmore

President Trump traveled to South Dakota Friday to kick off Independence Day celebrations across America with an historic appearance at Mount Rushmore.

In front of a packed, open-air audience of about 7,500, the president delivered a much-anticipated remarks White House representatives promised would be an unapologetic and full-throated defense of American culture, values, history, and future.

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Ban on Taxpayers Funding Religious Schools

The Supreme Court ruled against a ban on taxpayer funding of religious schools Tuesday in a monumental win for school choice.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined conservative justices in a 5-4 ruling backing a Montana tax-credit scholarship program that gives residents credit if they donated to private scholarship organizations, according to Fox News, which would help the students pay for the private school of their choice.

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Oklahoma’s Supreme Court Rules Saturday’s Trump Rally in Tulsa May Proceed as Planned

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request to require everyone attending President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa this weekend to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing inside the arena to guard against the spread of the coronavirus.

The court ruled that the two local residents who asked that the thousands expected at Saturday night’s rally be required to take the precautions couldn’t establish that they had a clear legal right to the relief they sought. Oklahoma has had a recent spike in coronavirus cases, but in a concurring opinion, two justices noted that the state’s plan to reopen its economy is “permissive, suggestive and discretionary.”

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Enthusiasm for President Trump and America Still Strong in Tulsa on Eve of Rally

The on-the-ground evidence in Tulsa is that the enthusiasm for the country and President Trump is still strong, despite or perhaps because of the events in recent months related to the COVID-19 shutdowns since March followed by the unrest going on across the country over the past few weeks.

Once President Trump announced on June 10 his first rally since the “invisible enemy” changed life around the world, people started camping out two days later to hold their place in line at Tulsa’s BOK Center for the event.

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Senior Tennessee Star Reporter Laura Baigert Gives First Hand Account in Tulsa, Oklahoma Ahead of Trump Rally

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star Senior Reporter Laura Baigert to the newsmakers line.

During the second hour, Baigert described the scene in Tulsa, Oklahoma where President Trump plans to hold his first post-coronavirus rally at the BOK. She noted that there was an air of camaraderie among the people waiting in line hanging their Trump and American flags.

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Wall Street’s Rally Zooms Higher After Surprise Gain in Jobs

Stocks are rushing higher in morning trading Friday after a much better-than-expected report on the U.S. job market gave Wall Street’s recent rally another shot of adrenaline.

The S&P 500 was up 2.2% after the government said that U.S. employers added 2.5 million workers to their payrolls last month. Economists were expecting them instead to slash another 8 million jobs amid the recession caused by the coronavirus and the shutdowns put in place to stem it.

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On Tiananmen Anniversary, Hong Kong Bans Insults to Anthem

Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem.

The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. It passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting against. Most of the pro-democracy lawmakers boycotted the vote out of protest.

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Former President George W. Bush on Riots: ‘Protest Shows Strength’

Former President George W. Bush weighed in Monday on the riots that have torn across the United States, saying that “lasting justice will only come by peace.”

Bush spoke out following the seventh night of destructive riots following the demise of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, according to footage of the incident.

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Biden Blasts Trump’s ‘Narcissism’ in New Phase of Campaign

Joe Biden mounted one of his most aggressive attacks against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, deriding the commander in chief’s disregard of core constitutional values and blistering him for being “more interested in power, than in principle.”

“He thinks division helps him,” the presumptive Democratic nominee said in a speech at Philadelphia’s City Hall. “This narcissism has become more important than the nation’s wellbeing.”

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Nine States Plus D.C. Vote Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Social Unrest

Voters across America navigated curfews and health concerns Tuesday in a slate of primary elections amid dueling national crises as Joe Biden looked to move closer to formally clinching the Democratic presidential nomination.

In all, nine states and the District of Columbia were hosting elections, including four that delayed their April contests because of the coronavirus outbreak. While voters cast ballots from Maryland to Montana, Pennsylvania offered the day’s biggest trove of delegates. The state also represented a significant test case for Republicans and Democrats working to strengthen their operations in a premier general election battleground.

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U.S. Unemployment Claims Top 40 Million Since March

More than 40 million Americans have filed unemployment claims since mid-March, when state governments across the U.S. began restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, including closing businesses deemed nonessential.

Last week, an additional 2.12 million workers filed claims, according to U.S. Department of Labor data released Thursday, the 10 consecutive week in which new jobless claims were in the millions. The 2.12 million claims from the week ending July 23 is down 323,000 from the 2.44 million workers who filed for benefits in the week ending May 16 and is the lowest number of new claims since the week ending March 15.

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Congressman Michael Turner Accuses Pelosi of ‘Secret Hearings’ and More in Letter About Impeachment

Representative Michael Turner (R-OH-10) sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday calling on her to open the process to scrutiny by the American public. Turner posted his correspondence on Twitter, writing: “@SpeakerPelosi’s impeachment inquiry is being conduced in secret hearings, with potentially secret witnesses, & has a secret inception.”

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Madness in Minneapolis: City on Edge as Supporters and Protesters Await the President

Thousands of the president’s most ardent supporters lined the Minneapolis skyway Thursday morning in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s visit to the deeply blue city.

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Minnesota DFL Says It ‘Can’t Keep Up’ with Trump Campaign in New Fundraiser

Minnesota’s DFL Party launched a new “money blizzard” fundraising campaign this week and admitted in an announcement that it “just can’t keep up” with President Donald Trump’s campaign efforts in the state.

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Intelligence Analyst Allegedly Leaked Classified Info to Journalist With Whom He Was Romantically Involved

An analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency has been charged with leaking top secret information about a foreign country’s weapons systems to two journalists, including one he was romantically involved with, according to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday.

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White House Says It Won’t Cooperate With Impeachment Inquiry in Powerful Letter: ‘All of This Violates Constitution’

In a shocking development, the White House sent a letter Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejecting the impeachment inquiry as “illegitimate” and refusing to participate in her “partisan and unconstitutional inquiry.”

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A New ‘Joker,’ an Out-of-this-World Drama, and a Mountaintop Adventure Are at the Movies This Weekend

  A Joker, an astronaut, and group of climbers await you at the movie theaters this weekend. Joker: What some people consider the movie of the year, Joker hit the big screen Friday telling the origin story of Gotham City’s favorite villain. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a failed comedian, is…

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Founder of Talkers Magazine, Michael Harrison Discusses His Long Career in Talk Radio and Trade Publishing

Live from our nation’s capital last week on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am – Leahy spoke to Talkers Magazine founder Micheal Harrison about his long career in talk radio and his trade magazine publishing business in which he utilized his foresight to focus on the future of talk radio.

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Immigration Law Reform Institute’s Dale Wilcox Joins the Tennessee Star Report Says ‘You Can’t Assimilate the Entire World’

In an interview on The Tennessee Star Report Michael Patrick Leahy – live broadcast Friday morning on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am – Leahy was live from Washington, D.C. and spoke with Dale Wilcox, Executive Director, and General Counsel for the Immigration Law Reform Institute.

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Leading Schools Series: Cub Manufacturing Joins Revolution of Work-Based Learning Programs

  Roger Williams first encountered Craig Cegielski at an October 2014 conference for plastics manufacturers in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cegielski was delivering a presentation on Cardinal Manufacturing, the revolutionary industrial arts program he started at Eleva-Strum Central High School in Strum, Wisconsin. Williams, president of the Indiana-based Royer Corporation, was in…

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Leading School Series: University of Wisconsin-Stout, Educating the Educators

  Schools like the University of Wisconsin at Stout are addressing the other side of the skills-gap equation. If public schools are going to bring back the trades, then they’ll need educators to teach them. The university’s Emerging Center for Career and Technical Education Excellence seeks to “serve the career…

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Trump Calls Whistleblower’s Source ‘Close To a Spy,’ Relates to Treason

President Donald Trump told staff members of the U.S.’s delegation to the United Nations Thursday that he wants the name of who gave information to a whistleblower regarding his phone call with Ukraine, adding that the person was “close to a spy” and relating it to treason.

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American Inventor Series: Mary Anderson, Inventor of the Windshield Wiper

On August 14, the Northwest Ohio Classical Academy (NOCA) opened in Toledo for the 2019-20 school year. It is the culmination of five years of effort on behalf of a group of parents who were not satisfied with the current school options available to them.

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American Inventor Series: Glenn Hammond Curtiss, the ‘Fastest Man on Earth’

Bicycles, motorcycles, blimps, and planes – Glenn Hammond Curtiss was “always eager for speed” and “obsessed with the idea of traveling fast,” according to an autobiography Curtiss wrote with friend Augustus Post. Before the age of 30, Curtiss received the informal title of “fastest man on earth” for his motorcycle races.

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Leading Schools Series: Iowa’s Rocket Manufacturing, a Student-Run Business

Like Cardinal Manufacturing in Strum, Wisconsin, Rocket Manufacturing in Rock Valley, Iowa takes “hands-on learning” to a whole new level. Both programs run actual manufacturing businesses with real clients, providing students with work experience in the trades before they even graduate from high school.

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American Inventor Series: Dave Goode, Skiing Pioneer

Michigan native David Goode launched one of the country’s most successful snow and water ski companies in 1975 when he was just 19 years old. He was a member of the U.S. downhill ski team at the time, but his career was sidetracked by an ankle injury.

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American Inventor Series: Josephine Cochrane, Inventor of the Dishwasher

Josephine Cochrane, born March 8, 1839, was born in Ohio but spent most of her adult life living in Shelbyville, Illinois as the wife of a wealthy politician named William Cochran. Josephine spelled their name with an “e” at the end to give it some extra pizzazz.

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The Battleground State Report: Leahy and Carmicheal Question the Origin of Robert Francis O’Rourke’s ‘Beto’ Nickname

On Friday’s Battleground State Report with Michael Patrick Leahy and Doug Kellett – a one-hour radio show from Star News Digital Media in the early stages of a national weekend syndication rollout – Leahy welcomed Crom Carmicheal as a special guest to the Report to discuss the battleground state of Florida and the impact of the Hispanic vote. They commented about how the percentage of Hispanics will increase the Cuban vote for Trump in 2020.

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President Trump and Prime Minister Morrison Celebrate ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ in Wapakoneta

Two countries played a key role in the building of the new Pratt Industries plant in Wapakoneta – Australia and the United States. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald J. Trump, visited that new plant on Sunday. The opening of the recycled paper and cardboard plant represents, “Promises made, promises kept,” on the part of President Trump and Pratt Industries, which is owned by Aussie billionaire Anthony Pratt.

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Cardoza-Moore Exposes Monopoly of Pearson Publishing and Its Pro-Islamist Indoctrination in Minnesota Speech

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, spoke to a massive crowd Saturday gathered for Olive Tree Ministries’ “Understanding the Times” conference in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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American Inventor Series: The Wright Brothers

How do you tell the story of the brothers who gave mankind the gift of flight? The men who realized ancient man’s distant dream of taking to the sky? It’s a daunting task, but luckily other gifted historians have attempted to tell their story.

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Pastor Sees African-American Community Rising Up Against Abortion, Credits President Trump and Exposure of Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Parts

  The National Black ProLife Coalition was joined by approximately 75 pro-life leaders and supporters from around Ohio and the nation at their press conference at Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland on Tuesday. The purpose was to draw attention to the tragic abortion-related death of Tia Parks. Although the local…

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