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The West Point graduate who promoted communism in social media posts last year has officially been discharged from the U.S. Army.
According to Fox News, Spenser Rapone’s resignation was accepted Monday, and he will be leaving the military with an other-than-honorable discharge.
Rapone’s social media posts, including a picture of him wearing a Che Guevara shirt under his military attire, sparked outrage last year, with officials blasting the West Point graduate for his radical political activism.
"The U.S. Military Academy strives to develop leaders who internalize the academy's motto of Duty, Honor, Country, and who live the Army values,” the military academy said in a statement at the time.
“Second Lieutenant Rapone's actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army.
“As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform,” West Point continued.
“Second Lieutenant Rapone's chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter. The academy is prepared to assist the officer's chain of command as required.”
According to The Daily Caller, former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, Jason Altmire, who nominated Rapone for the elite military institution, also disavowed the former cadet’s actions, calling them “abhorrent.”
“While I strongly support the rights of American citizens to express their opinions, the actions of 2nd Lieutenant Rapone are abhorrent and appear to be in clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in addition to being inconsistent with the values of the United States Military Academy,” the former lawmaker said last year.
“I have no doubt that the U.S. Army will take appropriate action.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) welcomed the decision to discharge the West Point graduate, noting that Rapone’s pictures suggest that he supported U.S. enemies.
“While in uniform, Spenser Rapone advocated for communism and political violence, and expressed support and sympathy for enemies of the United States,” Rubio said, as reported by Fox News.
“I’m glad to see that they have given him an ‘other-than-honorable’ discharge.”
According to the news network, Rapone said that he “knew there could be repercussions,” to his actions and that his “military career is dead in the water.”
“On the other hand, many people reached out and showed me support,” he said.
“There are a lot of veterans both active duty and not that feel like I do.”
"I would encourage all soldiers who have a conscience to lay down their arms and join me and so many others who are willing to stop serving the agents of imperialism and join us in a revolutionary movement," Rapone added.
Rapone also posted a picture on Twitter Monday showing him giving the middle finger to the sign outside Fort Drum, along with the caption, “One final salute.”
Update 2: President Trump appears to have confirmed his path forward with regard immigration. Per a White House pool spray, Trump says he is postponing the Congressional picnic and instead will be signing something "preemptive" on immigration later today "to keep families together," adding that he needs Democrat support.
"I'll be doing something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure."
And of course, he couldn't resist a tweet-shot across the Left's bow by retweeting this...
Once the mid terms are over, liberals won’t talk about detained or separated illegal immigrant children until 2020. #itsallpolitics— Dr.Darrell Scott (@PastorDScott) June 19, 2018
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Update 1: AP confirms, reporting that Homeland Security secretary is drafting order to end family separation at border; however it is unclear if Trump will sign it. The executive action would follow days of escalating calls from both sides of the political divide for Trump, or Congress, to end the controversial family separation policy.
As Fox adds, the action under consideration would allow children to stay in detention with parents for an extended period of time. This comes as congressional Republicans scramble to draft legislation to address the same issue, but face challenges mustering the votes. The separations are the result of the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which aims to prosecute all illegal border crossers. But because of a 1997 order and related decisions, children cannot be detained for longer than 20 days with the adults.
Sources told Fox News that such an executive action by Trump could be seen to run afoul of the 1997 order and would likely draw a lawsuit. But the White House wants to try to take steps to uphold the enforcement of the law, while at the same time lessening the trauma of children being separated from their parents.
Rep. Peter King of New York became the latest Republican to join the chorus on Wednesday when he called on Trump to suspend the family separation policy if House immigration legislation does not pass. Speaking on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” King said that while he agrees with the president’s goals in regards to immigration, the current policy of separating migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally is “really terrible for families.”
Republicans in both the House and Senate are struggling to shield the party's lawmakers from the public outcry over images of children taken from migrant parents and held in cages at the border. But they are running up against Trump's shifting views on specifics and his determination, according to advisers, not to look soft on his signature immigration issue, the border wall.
“The Democrats do not have a strong policy,” King said on Fox News. “But at the same time we are playing into their hands by allowing this to happen.”
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Trump may be about to fold to the non-stop media barrage over the separation of immigrant parents and their children at the border, a process started by Trump's predecessor.
According to a tweet by Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke, the Trump administration "is today looking at some sort of executive action" that will allow children of those who illegally came to the U.S. to stay with parents through the entire adjudication process.
.@foxnews has learned per @johnrobertsFox that the @WhiteHouse is today looking at some sort of executive action that would allow the children of people who cross the border illegally to stay with their parents through the entire adjutication process. #breaking— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) June 20, 2018
A separate unconfirmed report claims that Rudy Giuliani is "set to appear on Fox News to announce some sort of 'executive action' to stop the family separations at the border."
Evidently @RudyGiuliani is about to appear on @FoxNews to announce some sort of 'executive action' to stop the family separations at the border. Is it too early for a drinking game or can I take a shot every time Rudy says "Obama"? #ImmigrantChildren— Steve Friess (@SteveFriess) June 20, 2018
It is unclear if, once Trump folds on the immigrant fiasco, whether the media will redirect its attention to the OIG report which it has been desperately trying to avoid, even though Peter Strzok is doing everything in his power to keep that narrative on the front pages.
Two days after Elon Musk accused an unknown employee of "extensive and damaging" sabotage, on Wednesday morning the company filed a lawsuit in Nevada against Martin Tripp, a Sparks, Nevada-based disgruntled former employee, for allegedly exporting gigabytes of confidential data.
While the car maker said it is only beginning to understand all of former process technician Martin Tripp's allegedly illegal activity, in the suit Tesla said that Tripp "has thus far admitted to writing software that hacked Tesla's manufacturing operating system ("MOS") and to transferring several gigabytes of Tesla data to outside entities."
The data supposedly also includes "dozens of confidential photographs and a video of Tesla's manufacturing systems." In addition to that, CNBC notes that Tesla alleges Tripp wrote computer code to periodically export Tesla's data to outside parties, who are so far "unknown."
According to Tesla, shortly after Tripp joined Tesla, he was identified as having job performance problems, and as being disruptive and combative with his colleagues. Then, on or about May 17, 2018, Tripp was assigned to a new role. Tripp expressed anger that he was reassigned. Tripp then allegedly retaliated against Tesla by stealing confidential and trade secret information and disclosing it to third parties, "and by making false statements intended to harm the company."
The situation came to a head on Thursday and Friday of last week, or June 14 and 15, 2018, when Tesla investigators interviewed Tripp regarding his misconduct. After Tripp initially stated that no misconduct had occurred, Tesla investigators confronted him with evidence to the contrary. At that point, Tripp admitted to writing software that hacked Tesla’s MOS and to transferring several gigabytes of confidential and proprietary Tesla data to entities outside the company. This included dozens of photographs and a video of Tesla’s manufacturing systems.
Here is the full background from the lawsuit:
Tripp joined Tesla in October 2017 at the Nevada Gigafactory as a process technician, a job which Tripp later complained was not a sufficiently senior role for him. As part of his job, Tripp had access to highly sensitive information relating to, among other things, certain facets of the manufacturing process for the company’s battery modules.
Before joining Tesla, and as a condition to his continuing employment, Tripp agreed not to use or disclose Tesla’s confidential and proprietary information except in connection with his work with Tesla. This obligation is memorialized in the Employee Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement that Tripp signed electronically on October 6, 2017 (the “Proprietary Information Agreement”). In addition to his contractual obligations, Tripp owed a duty of undivided loyalty to Tesla under Nevada law and was legally required to act with good faith towards the company.
Within a few months of Tripp joining Tesla, his managers identified Tripp as having problems with job performance and at times being disruptive and combative with his colleagues. As a result of these and other issues, on or about May 17, 2018, Tripp was assigned to a new role. Tripp expressed anger that he was reassigned.
Thereafter, Tripp retaliated against Tesla by stealing confidential and trade secret information and disclosing it to third parties, and by making false statements intended to harm the company.
On June 14 and 15, 2018, Tesla investigators interviewed Tripp regarding his misconduct. After Tripp initially stated that no misconduct had occurred, Tesla investigators confronted him with evidence to the contrary. At that point, Tripp admitted to writing software that hacked Tesla’s MOS and to transferring several gigabytes of confidential and proprietary Tesla data to entities outside the company. This included dozens of photographs and a video of Tesla’s manufacturing systems.
During the interview, Tripp also admitted that he attempted to recruit additional sources inside the Gigafactory to share confidential Tesla data outside the company.
While its investigation is still in the early stages, Tesla has also discovered that Tripp authored hacking software and placed it onto the computer systems of three other individuals at the company so that confidential Tesla data could be persistently exported off its network from these other systems to unknown third parties.
Tripp also made false claims about the information he stole from Tesla. Tripp claimed that punctured battery cells had been used in some Model 3 customer vehicles even though the evidence clearly demonstrates that no punctured cells were ever used. Tripp also used the Tesla data that he exported to grossly overstate the true amount and value of “scrap” material that Tesla generated during the manufacturing process, and he falsely claimed that Tesla was delayed in bringing new manufacturing equipment online at the Gigafactory.
And the punchline:
Although Tesla’s investigation is ongoing, it has already suffered significant and continuing damages as a result of Tripp’s misconduct, which it seeks to recover through this action
In other words, Tesla now has a named and litigated scapegoat in case Q2 earnings happen to miss once again.
Full lawsuit below
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American list of improving markets jumped by a net of 22 metropolitan areas (MSAs) this month, the third consecutive monthly increase in the Improving Markets Index (IMI) which now stands at a total of 125. The index now includes at least one MSA in each of 38 states and the District of Columbia. Last month the index represented 33 states plus the District.
The IMI identifies markets in which there has been improvement…Continue