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This June 9, 2014, file photo shows the Instagram app on an iPhone posed for a photo in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Instagram video credited with murder suspect's arrest

By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times

An Instagram post helped police apprehend an 18-year-old murder suspect on the Texas "10 Most Wanted" list, according to authorities. Published September 20, 2017

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In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a press briefing the State of Texas Emergency Command Center at Department of Public Safety headquarters in Austin, Texas. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Sanctuary city compliance doesn't bother some police departments

- The Washington Times

Law enforcement agencies across the country have used Justice Department grants to pay for everything from new police dogs to body-worn cameras for officers — funds the Trump administration has threatened to pull if cities decline to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

In this file photo taken Aug. 18, 2014, police are in riot gear work to disperse a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Groups seek moratorium on military surplus program

- The Washington Times

A coalition of civil rights groups is asking Congress to implement a moratorium on a controversial program that provides surplus military equipment to local police departments until lawmakers can improve oversight of the program.

Cities brace for white nationalist rallies post-Charlottesville

- The Washington Times

The deadly violence unleashed at a white supremacist rally in Virginia last weekend has pushed leaders elsewhere to try to scuttle demonstrations in their communities that they fear will be magnets for neo-Nazis, while police grapple with security plans to prevent tensions from boiling over like in Charlottesville.

In this image from a July 25, 2017, police body camera video released by District Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Aries Clark, 16, raises a black BB gun that looked like a handgun at officers before he was shot in Marion, Ark. Two eastern Arkansas police officers won't face charges in the fatal shooting of a black teenager outside an emergency youth shelter, a prosecutor said Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (District Prosecuting Attorney's Office via AP)

Police justified in shooting of Arkansas teen, prosecutor says

- Associated Press

A black teenager pointed a BB gun that looked like a handgun at police before he was fatally shot by officers outside an emergency youth center in eastern Arkansas, a prosecutor said in announcing no charges would be filed against the officers.

Sessions to block crime-fighting funds for sanctuary cities

- The Washington Times

Four cities seeking federal aid to reduce gun violence and gang crime must first prove they do not employ sanctuary policies that shield illegal immigrants, the Justice Department announced Thursday, the latest step taken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to force cooperation between local authorities and federal immigration agents.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Advocacy groups said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are rounding up people in large numbers around the country, with roundups in Southern California being especially heavy-handed, as part of stepped-up enforcement under President Donald Trump. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Immigrants are 22 percent of federal prison population

- The Washington Times

A stunning 22 percent of the federal prison population is immigrants who have either already been deemed to be in the country illegally or who the government is looking to put in deportation proceedings, the administration said Tuesday.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is interviewed by The Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, on July 27, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Feds crack down on illegal guns; prosecutions up 23 percent

- The Washington Times

Federal prosecutions for possession of an unlawful firearm were up 23 percent over the past three months compared to the same time period in 2016, an increase that came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered U.S. attorneys to prioritize firearms offenses, according to the Justice Department.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands in front of pictures of MS-13 gang tattoos during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump to declare war on MS-13 gang

- The Washington Times

President Trump on Friday will visit Long Island, New York, an epicenter of the MS-13 street gang violence, to call on Congress to fully fund the crack down on illegal immigration that is key to stamping out the gang.

Christopher Steele says in a court filing that his accusations against the president and his aides about a supposed Russian hacking conspiracy were never supposed to be made public, much less posted in full on a website for the world to see on Jan. 10. (Associated Press/File)

FBI relies on discredited dossier in Russia investigation

- The Washington Times

The FBI is routinely asking witnesses in its Russia investigation about the accusations in a dossier against Donald Trump, further expanding the reach of a discredited opposition research paper sourced from the Kremlin and financed and distributed by Democrats.

U.S. President Donald Trump calls out to the crowd as he arrives to enter his presidential viewing stand, Sunday, July 16, 2017, during the U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Restoration of the judiciary continues

Restoring the federal judiciary to its constitutional moorings is what many Americans call Job 1, and it was on this issue they put aside their considerable reservations about Donald Trump, swallowed hard, considered the alternative, hoped for the best, and cast their votes for him. On this score, he has redeemed their faith.

A law enforcement official escorts Cosmo DiNardo to a vehicle Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Doylestown, Pa. Lawyer Paul Lang, a defense attorney for DiNardo, said Thursday that his client has admitted killing the four men who went missing last week and told authorities the location of the bodies. Lang says prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table in return for DiNardo's cooperation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

2 charged in killings of missing Pennsylvania men

- Associated Press

An admitted drug dealer with a history of mental illness was charged Friday with the killings of four Pennsylvania men who vanished a week ago. A second suspect was also arrested and charged in three of the deaths.

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President Donald Trump listens as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How Russians helped Trump win the election is never explained

Hey, Media Matters, I'm talking to you! Help me out, here, willya'? Actually, I'll talk to anyone, listen to anyone. You'll find my email address at the bottom of this column, so hit me up. I'm asking -- no, begging -- you to write me and answer this one simple question: How did the Russians help Donald Trump become President Trump?!

Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed in July near his home in the District of Columbia. (Image via Rich's LinkedIn profile.)

Family, police deny reports linking slain DNC staffer to WikiLeaks

- The Washington Times

The family of a Democratic National Committee staffer who was slain in Northwest last year has denied reports that he had been in contact with the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and the Metropolitan Police Department has rejected accusations that detectives had been ordered to stand down in the unsolved homicide.

In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 file photo, protesters rally outside the town hall held by New Jersey Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in Willingboro, N.J. Americans vented some frustrations this past week in Republican districts crucial to GOP majority control of the House, sounding off about health care and President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. Republicans in some districts faced a backlash over their votes for the House health care bill at raucous town halls, with plenty of complaints about a provision that would allow insurers to charge seriously ill customers higher rates if they let their coverage lapse. Other lawmakers avoided holding forums. (AP Photo/Michael Catalini)

Goodbye to Comey, and all that

The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on. James Comey has moved on, too, and even the loudest dogs are moving on to the canine duty of barking after President Trump as he selects the Comey successor as director of the FBI.

In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Russia-Rice mashup

Spending other people's money is the favorite pastime in Washington, but taking up the magnifying glass to follow the trail of mischief-makers, real and imagined, is a close second. The trail of Russian collusion, if any, with associates of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election has gone stone cold, but the investigation of the suspected Obama administration spying on the Trump team continues to turn up evidence. The trail is leading uncomfortably close to home.

Mara Salvatrucha, a violent gang known as MS-13, marks its territory with graffiti where it operates in the U.S. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Eight D.C.-area homicides linked to MS-13 street gang

- The Washington Times

The notoriously violent MS-13 street gang, known for slashing victims to death with knives and machetes, is reviving its brutal brand of violence to reassert its dominance in the Washington metropolitan area -- with authorities linking at least eight homicides in Virginia and Maryland over the past year to the gang.