Trump Vows to Tackle Common Core, Return Education to Locals

Thursday, 06 April 2017 Written by   New American

Trump Vows to Tackle Common Core, Return Education to Locals

Photo of President Trump speaking at CEO town hall meeting, April 4, 2017
 After what critics viewed as waffling on his campaign pledge to end the Obama-backed national Common Core standards and restore local control of education, President Donald Trump reiterated this week his desire to abolish the controversial K-12 schooling scheme and get the federal government out of education. Speaking at his CEO Business Town Hall, Trump praised his U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos and said the process of ending Common Core was underway. However, with Devos suggesting falsely that Common Core was “essentially” eliminated under an unconstitutional 2015 statute dubbed a “Christmas miracle” by Obama, critics and analysts were left scratching their heads.

At the CEO town hall meeting with business executives near the White House, President Trump sounded a lot like candidate Trump, who made eliminating the widely criticized Obama-backed “education” regime a centerpiece of his campaign. “Common Core, I mean, we have to bring education more local,” Trump said at the event. “We can’t be managing education from Washington.” In fact, on the campaign trail, Trump went even further. Echoing Ronald Reagan when he was campaigning for president, Trump repeatedly touted the possible elimination of the unconstitutional U.S. Department of Education altogether. So far, though, little progress has been made on any of those fronts.

But if Trump’s latest comments are any indication of his plans, Common Core — imposed on state governments using bribes and bullying by the Obama administration — will eventually be dismantled. “When I go out to Iowa, when I go out to the different states and I talk, they want to run their school programs locally and they’ll do a much better job,” Trump continued, wondering why children were getting through school unable to read. “And I like the fact of getting rid of Common Core. You know, Common Core, to me, we have to end it. We have to bring education local, to me. I’ve always said it, I’ve been saying it during the campaign, and we’re doing it.” How exactly it was being done, however, was not clear.

Instead, Education Secretary Devos recently claimed — falsely — that an unconstitutional statute known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) “essentially does away with the notion of a Common Core.” In reality, the controversial statute does the opposite, cementing Common Core into place and purporting to give the federal government veto power over a state’s education standards, among other illegal extremism. In fact, the statute entrenched Obama’s radical education schemes into federal “law” for the first time’ in history, granting the feds unprecedented (and illegal) control over education under the bogus guise of returning power to the states.

Obama’s Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, bragged about it after it was all said an done. “I had a Democratic congressman say to me that it’s a miracle — he’s literally never seen anything like it,” Duncan said, echoing Obama’s “Christmas miracle” rhetoric in reference to the legsialtion. “If you look at the substance of what is there … embedded in the law are the values that we’ve promoted and proposed forever. The core of our agenda from Day One, that’s all in there — early childhood [education], high standards [Common Core], not turning a blind eye when things are bad. For the first time in our nation’s history, that’s the letter of the law.” Duncan also boasted of conspiring with the establishment wing of the GOP to betray conservatives and pass the scheme.

DeVos, of course, has attracted fierce criticism from across the political spectrum. Liberals, teachers’ unions and other Big Government-supporting federal supremacists were horrified by her nomination, imagining that she might stop allowing government schools to be used to indoctrinate children with religious humanism and progressive ideology. Others claimed she would “privatize” education by unleashing more government funding of charter, private, and religious schools — something studies show tends to crowd out truly private and independent schools in favor of government-controlled schools that teach Common Core.

DeVos said government schools were so bad, she was not sure how they could get much worse. But far from “essentially” doing away with Common Core, DeVos has surrounded herself with sycophants of leading Common Core promoter Jeb Bush. Despite the warnings of conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation not to unconstitutionally make the “school choice” agenda into a federal program, DeVos also appears dedicated to doing precisely that — usurping more unconstitutional power over education rather than reducing the federal boot print on schools as promised by Trump throughout his campaign. Even many of Trump’s most dedicated supporters have expressed frustration and fury over what is happening — or not happening — on the education front.

On the other side, establishment media voices were spreading easily discredited falsehoods of their own. Writing in the far-left Los Angeles Times, for example, Joy Resmovits falsely claimed that Common Core was not a federal initiative. In the real world, the federal government funded the organizations that created Common Core, funded the creation of the Common Core testing regimes used to enforce compliance, bribed state governments into imposing Common Core, and more. The LA Times writer also deliberately misled readers by claiming the “learning goals” are “used by several states,” and that the scheme was aimed at bringing “more depth to classroom learning.”

In the real world, almost every state eventually caved into federal pressure and bribes by adopting the scheme, with over 45 having formally adopted it and others doing so under the radar. And far from bringing more “depth” to “classroom learning,” Common Core actually does the opposite. Dr. Sandra Stotsky, who was the only English Language Arts subject-matter expert appointed to the Common Core Validation Committee, explained that under Common Core, “literary study is reduced and the opportunity for kids to develop critical thinking skills is reduced.” Unsurprisingly, she refused to sign off on the standards, and now works hard to expose them. The only math expert on the committee, Dr. James Milgram of Stanford, pointed out that some of the mathematics standards were even based on incorrect math. He also refused to sign off.

But not all education activists have lost hope when it comes to the Trump administration. “More than any other President — or even presidential candidate — ever, Donald Trump has empathized with our citizens, particularly parents, who have seen firsthand the damage done by federal efforts to shape and dictate education policy,” said American Principles Project senior fellow Emmett McGroarty in a statement cited by Breitbart News. “Today’s comments show that President Trump has not forgotten his promise to end Common Core and return to local control of education.”

According to McGroarty, a longtime opponent of Common Core and the federalization of education, Trump seems to be taking seriously his Inaugural Address pledge to transfer power from Washington, D.C., back to the American people. But it will be a long and tough battle. “Every Swamp creature will unite to fight against the president on this, so his leadership will be critical,” he said about the fight against Fed Ed. “We look forward to seeing what steps the Trump Administration will take in the coming months to take power away from Washington D.C. and return it to parents.”

Some longtime activists in the field have pointed out that, ironically, much of the deranged leftist hatred against Trump is actually a result of liberal indoctrination in federally guided public schools that are “anti-American” and “anti-Christian.” “We saw that many young people supported Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed Socialist for President,” said conservative Sheri Few, a leading education activist working against Common Core who is running for Congress in South Carolina’s 5th district special election. “I know young people who are in love with Communism and you have to ask yourself, why does this younger generation think these forms of principles and these forms of government are good and America’s is bad?”

The problem, she continued, is caused by “what we’re allowing to be taught in public schools.” “It’s anti-American, anti-Christian and it needs to stop,” added Few, who noted that the federal government has no constitutional role in public education. “It is liberal indoctrination and until we put an end to that, we’re going to see the younger generation wanting Communism for our country.” One of the crucial solutions is to shut down the U.S. Education Department completely, an effort Few has helped lead for years as an activist, mother, and political candidate.

On the campaign trail, Trump pledged unequivocally and repeatedly to kill Common Core. He cannot do it on his own, of course, but he can lead the way. In fact, without federal pressure and incentives, the almost universally reviled “standards” scheme developed by establishment globalists would wither and die on its own. The best way for Trump to kill Common Core is to simply shut down the unconstitutional U.S. Department of Education entirely — an idea he touted repeatedly on the campaign trail.

There is already a bill introduced in Congress would do that just that, H.R. 899, by the end of next year. With support from Trump, the longtime conservative goal of restoring the Tenth Amendment in education could finally become a reality, sending Common Core and the Education Department to the ash heap of history’s terrible and destructive schemes. But to compete against the swarms of special interests and establishment globalists hoping to federalize and globalize what today passes for “education,” the American people must loudly and clearly demand an end to Fed Ed. Now, as repeatedly promised on the campaign trail, Trump should help lead the way.

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Trump Meets With Chinese President Amid Increased Global Tensions

April 7, 2017 The Horn News

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping opened their high-stakes summit at Trump’s Florida beach resort Thursday, with the urgent threat of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and tensions over trade on the agenda.

Xi’s visit was overshadowed, though, by a U.S. missile barrage on an air base in Syria in response to this week’s chemical weapons attack against civilians, which the U.S. blamed on President Bashar Assad. The U.S. announced the missile attack shortly after Xi and his wife left the Mar-a-Lago estate Thursday night.

Trump appeared lighthearted earlier Thursday as he greeted Xi at Mar-A-Lago, gesturing and pointing to journalists as they tussled to get a shot of the two leaders together for the first time.

Ahead of the dinner, Trump said he and Xi already had had a long discussion and had “developed a friendship,” and then joked, “I have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing.”

The White House said the location was selected to give the two days of discussions a more relaxed feel. A number of Trump’s top advisers were in attendance, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Outside the dining room where the two delegations gathered for a lavish dinner, Mar-a-Lago club members packed the patio for dinner.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted Xi and his wife at Mar-a-Lago before making their way to dinner.

On Air Force One on the way to Florida Trump pointed to the crisis in North Korea as a top priority in the meetings with Xi. He said he thinks China will “want to be stepping up” in trying to deter North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

While Trump would not say what he wants China to do specifically, he suggested there was a link between “terrible” trade agreements the U.S. has made with China and Pyongyang’s provocations. He says the two issues “really do mix.”

The president has said that if China doesn’t exert more pressure on North Korea, the U.S. will act alone.

Both as a candidate and president, Trump has taken an aggressive posture toward China, labeling Beijing a “tremendous problem” and arguing that lopsided trade deals with China shortchange American businesses and workers. Last week, the president predicted in a tweet that his meeting with Xi would be “very difficult.”

The White House has downplayed expectations for a breakthrough on issues like trade and tariffs, insisting that the 24-hour summit is mostly an introductory meeting for the two leaders. And within Trump’s administration, there are still divisions over how to approach China.

According to U.S. and foreign officials, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and economic adviser Gary Cohn are leading the charge for boosting ties and exploring the potential for greater economic cooperation. But economic adviser Peter Navarro, author of the book “Death by China: Confronting the Dragon — a Global Call to Action,” prefers trying to isolate China, in keeping with Trump’s “America First” mantra.

Patrick Cronin, a China expert with the Center for a New American Security, said the Trump administration does not have “a reconciled trade and economic policy yet, and the differing views on China in the White House underscore that.”

Ahead of the summit, Trump signed a pair of executive orders focused on reducing the U.S. trade deficit. The moves appeared to be a shot at China, which accounted for the vast bulk — $347 billion — of last year’s $502 billion trade deficit. Chinese exports to the U.S. totaled some $388.1 billion last year.

Anthony Ruggiero, an East Asia expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said China may be more willing to accommodate Trump on trade and economic issues than on regional security issues, including North Korea. Xi, a shrewd political operator, is unlikely to want to rock the boat ahead of a Communist Party conclave later this year that will install new leadership.

Xi is also expected to seek assurances that Trump will not interfere in the territorial dispute over the South China Sea or question the “One China” policy by reaching out to Taiwan’s leader again, as he did during the transition. The move infuriated Beijing, leading Trump to eventually reiterate his commitment to the decades-old policy.

Previous White Houses have held China accountable for its human rights record, something this administration has made very little mention of, whether in China or elsewhere. It also remains to be seen whether the Obama administration’s deal with Beijing to curb Chinese cybertheft for economic gain and its hacking of U.S. companies will be addressed.

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Trump to NY Times: Susan Rice May Have Committed a Crime

By Jason Devaney | Newsmax | Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 01:51 PM

Image: Trump to NY Times: Susan Rice May Have Committed a Crime

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President Donald Trump Wednesday told The New York Times that former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime by requesting the identities of his associates mentioned in communications intercepted by security agencies.

“I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” Trump said in an Oval Office interview published under the bylines of Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush. He repeatedly declined to provide evidence, the report said.

“It’s such an important story for our country and the world,” Trump added. “It is one of the big stories of our time.”

Asked if Rice, who denied leaking any information, had committed a crime, the president told the Times, “Do I think? Yes, I think.”

Trump said he would explain himself “at the right time.”

It was reported on Monday that Rice unmasked the names of several U.S. citizens who had connections to Trump’s campaign and transition teams. She went on MSNBC the following day to explain her actions.

Rice told Andrea Mitchell she unmasked Americans’ names but “not for any political purposes.”

Rice also denied leaking anything to the media, and she said people in Trump’s inner circle and/or those who worked in Trump Tower were not specifically targeted for any surveillance operations during the Obama administration.

“There was no such collection or surveillance on Trump Tower or Trump individuals,” she said. “The president of the United States and people in the White House do not have the ability to order such collection.”

During the Times interview, Trump called out that newspaper and other media outlets for what he said was a failure to cover the Rice story this week.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo labeled the Rice story “a fake scandal” during his Tuesday show.

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In Melania Trump’s Official Portrait, Twitter Notes Beauty, Bling

Image: In Melania Trump's Official Portrait, Twitter Notes Beauty, Bling
First lady Melania Trump’s official White House portrait was released Monday.

By Jen Krausz   |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 05:43 AM | Newsmax

The White House revealed the first official portrait of first lady Melania Trump on Monday.

In a statement, Trump said, “I am honored to serve in the role of first lady and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years.”

The first lady is the first to be born in another country (Slovenia) since Louisa Adams, the wife of former President John Quincy Adams.

At 46, Trump is 24 years younger than President Donald Trump.

Twitter reacted to the portrait with its usual variety of viewpoints, from calling the photo beautiful to pointing out the $3 million ring she wore in it.

— Mike Meech (@meechone) April 3, 2017

— newtman (@newtman) April 3, 2017

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Trump Signs Executive Orders Ramping Up Trade Enforcement

President Trump on Friday signed two executive orders aimed at tackling concerns about trade abuses as the White House seeks to launch a major overhaul of U.S. policy.

The White House’s latest executive orders kick-off a comprehensive review of U.S. trade deficits and also would start the process of implementing a framework to collect all import taxes levied on foreign exporters that break global trade rules.

Trump said the two executive orders would “set the stage for a great revival of American manufacturing.”

The president, who credited his tough talk on trade for his surprise election victory, said that many cities and towns he visited during the campaign were “devastated by unfair trade policies, probably one of the major reasons I’m here today, trade.”

“Nobody has ever made bad trade deals like our country has made,” Trump said during remarks in the Oval Office.

The first order directs the Commerce Department to take the next three months to review the reasons for U.S. trade deficits and all violations of trade rules that harm U.S. workers across every trading partner.

Trump argued that trade deficits have been stripping U.S. jobs and wealth for decades.

“Thousands of factories have been stolen from our country. But these voiceless Americans now have a voice in the White House,” Trump said.

“Under my administration the theft of American prosperity will end,” he said.

“We’re going to defend our industry and create a level playing field for the American worker, finally.”

China has been at the center of Trump’s ire on trade, especially on the deficit, which decreased $20.1 billion last year to $347 billion.

While he didn’t chastise Beijing in his latest remarks, he mentioned Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned visit to Florida next week.

“We’re going to get down to some very serious business,” Trump said.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted that “the meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits.”

Earlier on Friday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who is taking the lead on producing the large-scale report, called enforcement a “very primary objective of this administration on trade,” during an interview with Bloomberg.

Ross said he hoped the investigation would provide solutions on how the U.S. can reduce deficits and increase exports.

The findings of the examination will be used to take “necessary and lawful action to end those many abuses,” Trump said.

Trump has tied deficits to unfair trade practices and has vowed to renegotiate major trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement to work more in favor of the United States.

But business leaders and lawmakers cautioned the White House that there are many reasons for trade deficits and they don’t always reflect the  the condition of the U.S. economy.

“While trade deficits often don’t tell us much about the overall health of our economy, it is a good time to examine our various trading relationships to increase opportunities for American companies to compete on a level playing field,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue.

“It is worth remembering that some of our best years of economic growth have produced our largest trade deficits, while the Great Recession was accompanied by a sharp reduction in the trade deficit,” Donohue said.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brad (R-Texas) said that “while it is important to examine the causes of our trade deficits, we know that there are many causes that have nothing to do with trade agreements, including the status of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency and the widespread use of the U.S. dollar internationally,” Brady said.

“In fact, our trade agreements have been successful in making it easier to sell ‘Made in America’ products and services, lowering and even eliminating our trade deficits in manufacturing and services, and frequently resulting in a trade surplus,” he said.

The second order, which is tied to trade enforcement, was part of a customs bill Congress passed last year.

After taking over at Commerce, Ross said he was “horrified” to learn that billions in countervailing duties and antidumping fines had never been collected.

“The reason they have never been collected is because foreign exporters are very clever in setting up shell companies here so when the fine is levied there is no way to collect,” Ross said.

Since 2001, $2.8 billion in import taxes have gone uncollected, according to Peter Navarro, director of the National Trade Council.

To remedy the problem, the government will require those firms to provide letters of credit or cash or insurance company bonding so that there is a responsible party when the fine is levied, Ross said.

“From now on those that break the rules will face the consequences,” Trump said.

But top Democrats were skeptical about the Trump administration’s trade moves.

“Today’s executive orders are an attempt to divert attention from the fact that the Trump administration currently has no plan for making America more competitive or helping American workers,” said Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

“The administration seems to favor calling for reports over taking serious action,” Neal said.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) commended the White House for “taking these preliminary steps on trade” but added that “it’s critical that he follow through on his promises.”

“We have to crack down on countries that cheat and we must renegotiate bad trade deals,” he said.

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West Indian manatees go from ‘endangered’ to ‘threatened

Updated: Mar 30, 2017 – 5:03 PM wftv.com

File photo of manatees© 2017 Cox Media Group.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the West Indian manatee is now considered “threatened,” not “endangered,” but it also says the gentle giant could be in danger of extinction in the future without continued protections.

The agency said in a news release Thursday that challenges remain to ensuring the species’ long-term future, even though the manatee population has increased over the years.

The new status won’t diminish existing federal protections and the manatee will continue to be protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

There’s an estimated population of 6,620 manatees in Florida. That species of manatee is found mostly in the southeastern United States.

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What the FCC Privacy Rule is Really About

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(Personal Liberty) – If you’ve been watching TV or on social media, you’ve heard that “Republicans are going to let Internet providers sell your browser history.”

It’s not true.  Not even close.

What’s really happening is that a corrupt Google power grab from the Obama administration is being overturned.

Here’s the real history.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) until 2015 was the cop on the beat for Internet privacy, data security, and consumer protection broadly.  The FTC had a well-developed framework that treated all the players the same way – Internet Service Providers (ISPs), search, advertising networks, and social media companies.

That all changed when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on a 3-2 party-line vote to adopt Barack Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet like a public utility.

That vote pre-empted the FTC’s jurisdiction and stripped Internet users of consumer protections – deliberately creating a vacuum which could then be used to shift the focus of the privacy debate to ISPs, taking the heat off Google, which has vastly more access to personal data.

The FCC took this party-line action despite warnings from the FTC that it would no longer be able to protect consumers as it had in over 100 privacy and data security cases and 150 spam and spyware cases.

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen warned that “economists (and common sense) tell us that if different sets of rules govern competitors, companies subject to the more onerous or unpredictable regime are disadvantaged compared to those outside that regime.”

That’s precisely what happened as Google – which had an astonishing 250 personnel rotate into the Obama administration – used its stroke to hobble competitors.

Under the proposed FCC regulations, ISPs with limited market share and limited ability to collect user information would be subject to heavy-handed regulation effectively prohibiting running ads without a prior opt-in, while edge providers that have dominant market share and vast databases of user information are exempt.

The FCC claimed ISPs are uniquely situated to collect user information, but the best available data shows otherwise.  Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan of Princeton University found that 61 percent of the top million sites on the web use Google Analytics.

The FCC claim that ISPs are uniquely situated to collect and use user information reflects a basic misunderstanding of how the Internet works.

The Institute for Information Security & Privacy at Georgia Tech concluded that ISPs are highly limited in their ability to collect user information because the average Internet user has more than six different devices, encryption is pervasive and employed by all 10 of the largest websites and 42 of the top 50, and users increasingly decline to use DNS services offered by their ISPs.  They found companies like Google have far more access to user information.

As Ajit Pai observed in his dissent: “due to the FCC’s action today, those who have more insight into consumer behavior (edge providers) will be subject to more lenient regulation than those who have less insight (ISPs).”

Pai continued, “when you get past the headlines, slogans, and self-congratulations, this is the reality that Americans should remember: nothing in these rules will stop edge providers from harvesting and monetizing your data, whether it’s the websites you visit or the YouTube videos you watch or the emails you send or the search terms you enter on any of your devices.”

Under the Democratic rules, ISPs can use personal data to tailor advertising or make you special offers – but they need to buy the data from Google first.  That’s crazy.

The vote in Congress wasn’t about whether privacy should be protected, but rather who should do the protecting – and whether there should be a level playing field or a sweetheart deal for Google; it’s unfortunate that so many “real” news organizations bought into the Obama Administration spin instead of checking the facts.

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President Trump Signs Repeal of Obama Rule that Gave Preference to Labor Unions

Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas

 The Washington Post

President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements.

“All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays,” Trump said in a statement to The Washington Post. “I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my ‘ahead of schedule, under budget’ mentality to the government.”

In a White House riven at times by disorder and competing factions, the innovation office represents an expansion of Kushner’s already far-reaching influence. The 36-year-old former real estate and media executive will continue to wear many hats, driving foreign and domestic policy as well as decisions on presidential personnel. He also is a shadow diplomat, serving as Trump’s lead adviser on relations with China, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East.

The work of White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon has drawn considerable attention, especially after his call for the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” But Bannon will have no formal role in the innovation office, which Trump advisers described as an incubator of sleek transformation as opposed to deconstruction.

The announcement of the new office comes at a humbling moment for the president, following Friday’s collapse of his first major legislative push — an overhaul of the health-care system, which Trump had championed as a candidate

Kushner is positioning the new office as “an offensive team” — an aggressive, nonideological ideas factory capable of attracting top talent from both inside and outside of government, and serving as a conduit with the business, philanthropic and academic communities.

 “We should have excellence in government,” Kushner said Sunday in an interview in his West Wing office. “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”

The innovation office has a particular focus on technology and data, and it is working with such titans as Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk. The group has already hosted sessions with more than 100 such leaders and government officials.

“There is a need to figure out what policies are adding friction to the system without accompanying it with significant benefits,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, chief executive of the investment firm Blackstone Group. “It’s easy for the private sector to at least see where the friction is, and to do that very quickly and succinctly.”

Some of the executives involved have criticized some of Trump’s policies, such as his travel ban, but said they are eager to help the administration address chronic problems.

“Obviously it has to be done with corresponding values and principles. We don’t agree on everything,” said Benioff, a Silicon Valley billionaire who raised money for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

But, Benioff added, “I’m hopeful that Jared will be collaborative with our industry in moving this forward. When I talk to him, he does remind me of a lot of the young, scrappy entrepreneurs that I invest in in their 30s.”

Kushner’s ambitions for what the new office can achieve are grand. At least to start, the team plans to focus its attention on reimagining Veterans Affairs; modernizing the technology and data infrastructure of every federal department and agency; remodeling workforce-training programs; and developing “transformative projects” under the banner of Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, such as providing broadband Internet service to every American.

In some cases, the office could direct that government functions be privatized, or that existing contracts be awarded to new bidders.

The office will also focus on combating opioid abuse, a regular emphasis for Trump on the campaign trail. The president later this week plans to announce an official drug commission devoted to the problem that will be chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). He has been working informally on the issue for several weeks with Kushner, despite reported tension between the two.

Under President Barack Obama, Trump advisers said scornfully, some business leaders privately dismissed their White House interactions as “NATO” meetings — “No action, talk only” — in which they were “lectured,” without much follow-up.

Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical, who has had meetings with the two previous administrations, said the environment under Trump is markedly different.

After he left a recent meeting of manufacturing chief executives with Trump, Liveris said, “Rather than entering a vacuum, I’m getting emails from the president’s team, if not every day, then every other day — ‘Here’s what we’re working on.’ ‘We need another meeting.’ ‘Can you get us more input on this?’ ”

Kushner proudly notes that most of the members of his team have little-to-no political experience, hailing instead from the world of business. They include Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council; Chris Liddell, assistant to the president for strategic initiatives; Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives; Dina Powell, senior counselor to the president for economic initiatives and deputy national security adviser; and Andrew Bremberg, director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter and Kushner’s wife, who now does her advocacy work from a West Wing office, will collaborate with the innovation office on issues such as workforce development but will not have an official role, aides said.

Powell, a former Goldman Sachs executive who spent a decade at the firm managing public-private job creation programs, also boasts a government pedigree as a veteran of George W. Bush’s White House and State Department. Bremberg also worked in the Bush administration. But others are political neophytes.

Liddell, who speaks with an accent from his native New Zealand, served as chief financial officer for General Motors, Microsoft and International Paper, as well as in Hollywood for William Morris Endeavor.

“We are part of the White House team, connected with everyone here, but we are not subject to the day-to-day issues, so we can take a more strategic approach to projects,” Liddell said.

Like Kushner, Cordish is the scion of a real estate family — a Baltimore-based conglomerate known for developing casinos and shopping malls. And Cohn, a Democrat who has recently amassed significant clout in the White House, is the hard-charging former president of Goldman Sachs.

Trump’s White House is closely scrutinized for its always-evolving power matrix, and the innovation office represents a victory for Wall Street figures such as Cohn who have sought to moderate Trump’s agenda and project a friendly front to businesses, sometimes in conflict with the more hard-line conservatism championed by Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

The innovation group has been meeting twice a week in Kushner’s office, just a few feet from the Oval Office, largely barren but for a black-and-white photo of his paternal grandparents — both Holocaust survivors — and a marked-up whiteboard more typical of tech start-ups. Kushner takes projects and decisions directly to the president for sign-off, though Trump also directly suggests areas of personal interest.

There could be friction as the group interacts with myriad federal agencies, though the advisers said they did not see themselves as an imperious force dictating changes but rather as a “service organization” offering solutions.

Kushner’s team is being formalized just as the Trump administration is proposing sweeping budget cuts across many departments, and members said they would help find efficiencies.

“The president’s doing what is necessary to have a prudent budget, and that makes an office like this even more vital as we need to get more out of less dollars by doing things smarter, doing things better, and by leaning on the private sector,” Cordish said.

Ginni Rometty, the chairman and chief executive of IBM, said she is encouraged: “Jared is reaching out and listening to leaders from across the business community — not just on day-to-day issues, but on long-term challenges like how to train a modern workforce and how to apply the latest innovations to government operations.”

Trump sees the innovation office as a way to institutionalize what he sometimes did in business, such as helping New York City’s government renovate the floundering Wollman Rink in Central Park, said Hope Hicks, the president’s longtime spokeswoman.

“He recognized where the government has struggled with certain projects and he was someone in the private sector who was able to come in and bring the resources and creativity needed and ultimately execute in an efficient, cost-effective, way,” Hicks said. “In some respects, this is an extension of some of the highlights of the president’s career.”

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Ben Garrison: Trump Drains Deep State Swamp

March 27, 2017 Posted By  Conservative Read

Infowars,

Trump takes on DC swamp creatures threatening Deep State overthrow.

Ben Garrison strikes back at the Deep State coup against Trump in his latest cartoon depicting the massive DC swamp.

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“YOU’RE FIRED”: Donald Trump Just Fired Someone Surprising. Trump is RIGHT.

March 27, 2017 10:41am  President Trump

 

(Angry Patriot) – While hosting the television show The Apprentice, Donald Trump became famous for the catchphrase: “You’re Fired!” Now, one member of the administration knows what it feels like to be let go.

Boris Epshteyn, a White House staffer tasked with overseeing all of President Trump’s television surrogates, has been removed from the office. As of this writing, no official reason for this change has been given, via The Hill.

Today, the White House is looking for job applicants.

Although the firing remains somewhat mysterious, many have postulated that Epshteyn’s sacking comes as a result of his contentious approach to network television. Namely, it has been reported that Epshteyn threatened to stop sending Trump surrogates to Fox News following a dust-up over President Trump’s travel ban.

Of course, a more sinister reading of the situation could claim that Epshteyn is being targeted by the Russophobic media. Since Epshteyn was born in Moscow, his presence in Trump’s inner circle has only advanced the bird-brained theory that Trump is being controlled by Russian President Vladimir Putin, via The New York Times.

As he proved on the campaign trail, President Trump is not afraid to fire or remove certain individuals connected to his campaign. When President Trump’s campaign started going sideways in the summer of 2016, both Paul Manafort and Corey Lewandowski were replaced with less controversial figures.

President Trump’s experience in the private sector likely makes him less forgiving of failure. Given this, it is possible that Epshteyn’s combative nature, especially his strained relations with the largest center-right media organization in the United States, earned him failing marks.

If Trump fired him, we are sure he deserved it and the machine will continue to roll along. However, that will not stop the lamestream media from trying to spin it that Trump’s administration is falling apart.

Already this year, the media has turned an innocent picture of a seated Kellyanne Conway into a script about rampant racism in the White House, via USA Today. Not to mention Steve Bannon, the former editor of Breitbart, and the Chief Strategist of the White House, has been routinely vilified as an evil puppet master who is responsible for imbuing President Trump’s administration with far-right philosophies, via The Independent.

Although any sign of weakness within the Trump White House is likely to be fodder for the left-wing press, all American patriots take heart in the fact that President Trump is a strong representative who surrounds himself with good, nationalistic Americans. And when people don’t do the job they are supposed to, he cuts them loose!

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ALERT: Massive White House Leak Was Just Discovered and Look WHO Was The Mole…

March 25, 2017 6:05 pm TeaParty.org Corruption

 

(Angry Patriot) – The start of the Trump Administration’s time in office was attacked by a number of internal leaks, and now it appears that the liberal moles are still alive and well.

Since President Trump first entered the presidential race and at every turn thereafter, John McCain has opposed him. Now it appears that McCain is the source of a massive White House leak that was just discovered. (via Conservative Post).

It appears that McCain managed to gain access to private and classified phone calls the president had with world leaders, and he has been telling everyone about them.

This could very well spell the end for McCain’s political career — this isn’t just a “low point,” it’s a depth he’ll never climb back up from.

McCain is so vindictive that he even shared this sensitive information with the mainstream media so they could twist and turn it in a way to bash President Trump, thus furthering his own liberal agenda.

Nobody ever thought that the leaks could have originated from someone on the same political “side” as the administration, but it appears these people were wrong. Even Republican insiders can turn out to be dirty swamp rats.

White House officials seem to be satisfied that the mole has finally been rooted out. But we won’t be satisfied until he’s behind bars. This isn’t the first time McCain has been a treasonous snake.

McCain is not somebody who can be trusted, and he proved this during a prank phone call with who he thought was the Ukrainian Prime Minister. He freely shared with this caller sensitive U.S. intelligence information. (via True Pundit).

It is believed that McCain accidentally exposed himself as being the source of these leaks. Attorney General Sessions should be opening up an investigation into McCain to discover the true extent of his reckless law-breaking.

The political arena is filled with people like McCain, which is why President Trump is so focused on “draining the swamp.” The sooner we get people like John McCain out of positions of power the better off we will all be.

Let us hope that McCain does not get away with this and he is going to be held accountable for his disgraceful actions. It’s not enough to simply catch a criminal — he MUST be punished!

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Tillerson Orders Tighter Screenings For Visa Applicants

“… populations warranting increased scrutiny.”

While President Donald Trump’s newest travel ban remains blocked by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has instructed U.S. embassies around the world to toughen screening for visas, including mandatory reviews of social media accounts of some applicants.

Reuters reports diplomatic cables sent by the state department says visa applications for “populations warranting increased scrutiny” warrant the heightened screening process.

The first two cables, sent March 10 and March 15, were received before a federal judge in Hawaii ordered a temporary restraining order nationwide on Trump’s revised travel ban.

Additional cables were sent on March 16 and March 17, revising the previous instructions after courts had blocked the order.

Trump’s revised ban prohibits citizens from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from getting visas for at least 90 days, refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days. Iraq was included in the ban’s first version.

Tillerson also wants a mandatory review of social media accounts from any applicant who’s been in territory controlled by the Islamic State.

Immigration rights advocates criticized the guidelines, saying profiling people based on faith will not determine if the applicant actually presents a real threat.

“Most posts already have populations that they look at for fraud and security issues,” Jay Gairson, a Seattle-based immigration attorney, told Reuters.

“What this language effectively does is give the consular posts permission to step away from the focused factors they have spent years developing and revising, and instead broaden the search to large groups based on gross factors such as nationality and religion,” Gairson said.

Virginia Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state department’s bureau of consular affairs, said in a statement to Reuters it was working to execute the president’s ban “in accordance with its terms, in an orderly fashion, and in compliance with any relevant court orders, so as to increase the safety and security of the American people.”

During last year’s presidential campaign, Trump used the idea of reviewing a visa applicant’s social media profile as one of the items he would implement as president as part of an “extreme vetting process” to help reduce the threat of terrorists entering the country.

Judges who blocked the orders in January and again in March have said the bills are targeting people based on their religion.

The president has called the actions of those judges “judicial overreach.”

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Liberal Mom Aghast as Huge Guy Wearing Lakers Jersey Walks Into Ladies’ Room

(Conservative Tribune) – A liberal mom got a rude awakening that changed her views about the “bathroom debate” and decided to share her story regardless of what the backlash would be. This is a reality check like no other.

Kristen Quintrall Lavin runs a blog called, “The Get Real Mom,” in which she exposes the harsh realities of what she calls, “momming.” However, on a recent trip to Disneyland with her young son, Lavin, she was exposed to another harsh reality — the reality of bathroom stalking, which made her question her progressive liberal views on the bathroom debate.

Lavin commented on her blog that she has seen and supported “transgender” women — men identifying as women — using women’s public restrooms prior to the incident happening at Disneyland. “Transgenders who certainly felt comfortable in the women’s room and probably frightened to go into the men’s. At these times, I smiled … I peed … and life went on.”

Then, all of that changed when she was at Disneyland with her friend, her son, and her friend’s son.

“I went to the bathroom while she watched our boys in their strollers, and then I did the same.” Lavin wrote.

That is when a “very large, burly man in a Lakers Jersey” walked into the bathroom and leaned against the wall. Lavin spoke about seeing about 12 other women and children just staring at the man, wondering what he was doing in the women’s room and that their collective silence is what caused her to tell her story.

Lavin described how the man knew the women wouldn’t say anything about his presence, because they had been “culturally bullied” into silence. The fear of being non-politically correct was more overwhelming than the very real danger of a man casually eyeing them in an intimate environment, when women literally have their pants down.

She wrote that the man eventually started walking past each stall. “You know, the stalls that have 1 inch gaps by all the door hinges so you can most definitely see everyone with their pants around their ankles.”  His perversion had been given a license, and every single woman in that restroom felt powerless to challenge him.

Alvin wrote about the need for clarity when it comes to the gender debate, and that clarity is needed now.

“This notion that we’re shamed into silence b/c we might offend someone, has gone too far. There was a man in the bathroom. Not transgender. There was a man who felt entitled to be in the woman restroom, because he knew no one would say anything,” she wrote.

“There were 20-25 people by the time I left, who were scared and uncomfortable by his ominous presence. And the only thing stopping us, was our fear of political correctness and that the media has told us we don’t know what gender is anymore,” Lavin astutely stated.

Then she hit it hard with the truth that she had just been privy to…

“I need to know it’s ok to tell a man, who looks like a man, to get the f*&% out. Gender just can’t be a feeling,” she wrote. “There has to be science to it.”

Boom.

This is what many people miss when it comes to the gender bathroom debate. Predators will use this as a license to hunt their prey in public restrooms. They will use the knowledge that no one wants to be accused of not being tolerant to aid in their perverted quest. This is not a game.

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Team Clinton: Gorsuch filibuster payback for loss

White House Report Card: Reeling after TrumpCare failure in House

By Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) 3/25/17 8:18 AM Washington Examiner

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, accompanied by Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., left, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., second from left, as they joke while speaking at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, accompanied by Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., left, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., second from left, as they joke while speaking at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

This week’s White House report card finds President Trump standing in the rubble of his effort to repeal and replace Obamacare after he failed to cut a deal with feuding factions in the Republican-controlled House. He is in need of a quick and important victory, but out graders don’t see one out there.

John Zogby

There is just no way to spin this as a good week for President Trump. Not only is his approval average down to 43 percent, but two polls already have him in the high 30s — only two thirds of the way through his honeymoon period.

Then there’s FBI Director James Comey’s announcement of an investigation of the Trump campaign and administration members for their dealings with Russia.

The economy is picking up steam, employment is up, unemployment is down, wages are up, and the stock market is soaring — but these have been inherited by the president. The man who was elected to accomplish a great deal has not done so yet.

Grade D-

Jed Babbin

President Trump had an uneven week on issues that really matter. He put his full weight behind Speaker Paul Ryan’s TrumpCare bill to replace Obamacare, telling House leaders on Thursday that he wanted a vote on Friday or he’d give up on Obamacare and move on to tax reform. Lacking enough Republican votes to pass it, Ryan canceled the vote. It was a major blow to both the president and Ryan.

Earlier this month, Mr. Trump tweeted that Trump Tower — and by implication himself — had been “wiretapped” at former President Obama‘s order. Last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said there was no evidence to support that charge. This week, the president said he was “somewhat vindicated” after Nunes seemed to reverse himself, saying that there was “legal” surveillance activity on Mr. Trump’s transition team. Nunes also said that there were about a dozen instances in which the identity of people in the Trump organization was “unmasked” — i.e., disclosed — to Obama administration officials. That would amount to a violation of law. Mr. Trump evidently hasn’t yet demanded that the intelligence agencies give him the details on whose communications were intercepted, which he could easily do with a view toward ending this controversy. It’s very odd that he hasn’t done so.

Hours after Mr. Nunes’ statement, CNN reported an FBI leak that Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russian officials the release of information to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This appeared to be a direct attack on the president by the FBI. Mr. Trump’s ability to get this mess sorted out seems to have evaporated.

Grade C-

John Zogby is the founder of the Zogby Poll and senior partner at John Zogby Strategies. His latest book is and author of We are Many, We are One: Neo-Tribes and Tribal Analytics in 21st Century America. Follow him at @TheJohnZogby

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The Government Of Pakistan Wants To Work With Facebook To Track Down Those Who Blaspheme Islam

March 23, 2017  Theodore Shoebat Shoebat.com

The government is Pakistan wants to work with Facebook to track down those who blaspheme Islam, as we read in one report:

Pakistan will punish social media companies that fail to take action against online blasphemy, the interior minister said, adding that he had requested a meeting with Facebook to discuss the issue.

Pakistan’s government wants social media networks to remove material deemed insulting to Islam or the Prophet Muhammad, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week warned those posting such content would be “strictly punished”.

“[Blasphemy] is not only a problem for Pakistan. This is an issue about the honour of every Muslim,” said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is also seeking to meet ambassadors from other Muslim countries to tackle the problem.

“If we do not get a response from social media, I do not care about anyone, there is nothing greater than our faith. If social media and especially international social media stays on this route, then we will have to take strong action regarding social media,” said Khan.

He did not specify what action might be taken.

Those convicted of blasphemy could face the death penalty under Pakistani law.

Right groups say the law is frequently abused in a country where Islam is a highly sensitive subject, and where even rumours of blasphemy have sparked deadly riots.

Analysts say the blasphemy law has been abused to muzzle government critics.

Facebook is the most popular social network in the country. Khan said that the company was “ready to send a delegation to Pakistan” and would do so once a date was agreed.

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Brussels Mayor: All of our Mosques are controlled by radical Islamists

March 24, 2017 Posted By  Conservative Read

Westmonster,

“Everyone knows that all mosques in Brussels are in the hands of Salafists”

In an admission that demonstrate the scale of the problem now posed in Europe by radical Islam, the Mayor of Brussels has admitted that all of the mosques controlled in the Belgian capital are controlled by Salafists, who believe in a radical interpretation of Islam.

Mayeur admits that: “Everyone knows that all mosques in Brussels are in the hands of Salafists,” adding that: “We need to change this, we need new mosques that follow our democratic rules and that are being controlled by the government.”

Salafism is a a form of religious fundamentalism, with supporters believing in a return to the ‘original ways’ of Islam. Followers believe in a unified Islamic state, sharia law and consider political involvement to be un-Islamic.

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In recent years Salafists have attacked German policetargeted more moderate Muslims in Egypt and assaulted Christians leaving church, with Germany’s Vice-Chancellor calling for a ban on mosques controlled by Salafi Islamists.

Extremist Islam is taking a huge hold in swathes of Europe. Though some will continue to ignore the threat and play down the scale of it, there is no point hiding from the truth. Radical Islam is the biggest threat the West now faces.

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Nigel Farage Sends Message to Those Against Travel Ban After London Terror Attack

(Conservative Tribune) Former U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who helped engineer the Brexit movement last year, reacted to the terror attack in London on Wednesday by warning opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration moratorium that their open-door policies were a recipe for disaster.

“Frankly, if you open your door to uncontrolled immigration from Middle Eastern countries, you are inviting in terrorism,” he told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

As proof, Farage pointed to the situation in Europe, where political support for unlimited immigration and multiculturalism has allowed a “fifth column” of Islamic terror supporters to sprout up in communities across the continent.

“I’m sorry to say that we have now a fifth column living inside these European countries,” Farage said. “Surely an American audience, seeing this horrendous thing happening in Westminster, should start to say to itself that when Donald Trump tries to put in place vetting measures, he is doing it to protect your country.”

A suspected Islamic terrorist reportedly drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in Parliament Square Wednesday and then fatally stabbed a police officer. At least three victims had died as of Thursday morning, as well as the attacker.

The Brexit leader cautioned, though, that there is a difference between multiculturalism and multi-racism. It is perfectly acceptable for people of various races and religions to live together in communities, he said, but a problem arises when multiculturalism springs into play. Some cultures are just incompatible with Western ideas of freedom, he said.

Check out the ‘Hannity” segment here. The Farage interview starts about the 3:00 mark:

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The Revelation of “Incidental” Spying on the Trump Campaign by the Obama Administration

March 23, 2017 Posted By  Conservative Read

Although congressional Democrats and the mainstream media will never admit it, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ statement yesterday that the personal communications of the Trump campaign and possibly Trump himself were collected by U.S. intelligence agencies through “incidental collection” is a bombshell.

Specifically, Nunes said:

“None of this intelligence collection was related to Russia or investigations of Russian activities or the Trump team.

“The U.S. Intelligence Community on numerous occasions collected information on U.S. citizens involved with the Trump transition. Nunes said this collection was legal and incidental.

“Details associated with U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no intelligence value, were widely disseminated in Intelligence Community reporting.

“Additional names of Trump campaign team members were “unmasked” from these intelligence reports.”

In response to this new information, Nunes asked the FBI, CIA and NSA directors to provide a full account of these surveillance activities. Nunes posed these questions that he wants the Intelligence Committee to investigate:

“Who was aware of this collection?

“Why was this collection not disclosed to Congress?

“Who requested and authorized the additional unmasking of the names of Trump officials from intelligence reporting?

“Whether anyone directed the Intelligence Community to focus on Trump associates.

“Whether laws, procedures or regulations were broken.”

So what does this mean?

I believe this new information confirms that the Obama administration really was using U.S. foreign intelligence agencies to conduct domestic surveillance of the Trump campaign. Nunes’ information suggests this may have been done by scouring intelligence collected for other reasons to find references to Trump aides that Obama officials could leak to the news media to hurt Trump before and after the election.

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If intelligence agencies were including personal information about Trump officials of no intelligence value in intelligence reports, this could be a serious instance of intelligence politicization by intelligence officials and possibly a violation of the law.

Nunes’ disclosure that names of other Trump officials were “unmasked” from intelligence reports that had nothing to do with Russia or an investigation of these officials is very disturbing. Unmasking the name of a U.S. citizen from an intelligence report is a serious matter and is only done in extraordinary circumstances. [When information on a member of Congress is incidentally collected by NSA, it is destroyed and not disseminated unless there is a compelling national security reason not to do so.] Based on what Nunes said and intelligence leaks against Trump before and after the election, I believe there is a strong possibility this unmasking was politically motivated.

Nunes’ information could move this story past the Trump Tower wiretapping and GCHQ allegations, both of which appear to be false and have distracted attention from real issues. I have believed for some time that Obama officials abused U.S. intelligence agencies to collect information to hurt Trump before and after the election through FISA warrants to collect against Trump campaign officials and by looking for references to Trump officials in NSA and CIA reports collected for other reasons. Nunes’ statement suggests the latter might have occurred. We still don’t know whether the FISA warrants were requested.

Nunes’ press conference may help congressional Republicans and the Trump administration recover from the damage done by the circus-like House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday that Democratic members exploited – helped by the fickle FBI Director James Comey — to promote unproven and scurrilous allegations against the Trump team and downplay illegal leaks of national security information to hurt Trump. The media has ignored the contentions by Republican committee members and President Trump that the abuse of U.S. intelligence and the leaking of intelligence to hurt Trump are where the real crimes were committed in this case. Nunes’ disclosure bolsters this argument. This information also at least partially vindicates President Trump on his allegations that the Obama administration spied on him.

Addendum: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff released a statement via Twitter criticizing Nunes for the above disclosure before he shared this information with the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff said it is not possible to conduct a credible investigation when Nunes makes disclosures in this way. This is laughable since Schiff proved by his conspiracy theorizing and mudslinging for the cameras at the Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday that he has no interest in a credible investigation. Kudos to Congressman Nunes for fighting back against Schiff and his politicization of intelligence oversight to smear President Trump.

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Women Cry Foul After ‘Trans’ Weightlifter Crushes Competition In Australia

Featured ImageGavin ‘Laurel’ Hubbard
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MELBOURNE, Australia, March 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A male-to-female “trans” weightlifter sparked controversy with his win in the women’s over-90 kg division at an Australian International competition last weekend.

Gavin Hubbard, who uses the name Laurel, dominated the field, beating the runner-up, a biological woman, by nearly 20 kg. Some competitors complained that he had an unfair advantage.

The inclusion of Hubbard in the female competition prompted a call for a separate category for male-to-female “tran athletes.” Deborah Acason of the Australian Weightlifting Federation told local news media, “It’s difficult when you don’t believe you’re in that situation and being in an even playing field.”

“We’ve got two categories here, it’s been great that women can do the sport of weightlifting. But I think we need to look at a decision where we can give people in this situation … a category where everyone can compete on an even playing field,” Acason said.

The 39-year-old Hubbard competed at the national level as a male in New Zealand before changing his gender to female in his mid-30s. He then became the first “transgender” athlete to land a spot on the national team and win an event. Hubbard lifted a combined weight of 268 kg, or 19 kg more than Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa. He also set four “unofficial” national records that were held by biological females and moved closer to qualifying for the 2017 Commonwealth Games.

“We all deserve to be on an even playing field,” a weightlifter told New Zealand’s 1News Now. “It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If it’s not even, why are we doing the sport?”

Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand justified its selection of Hubbard, the son of a former Auckland mayor, on the grounds that it conformed to International Olympic Committee standards. The rules call for a male competing as a female to have testosterone levels significantly below those of males for at least a year before competing against females. Previously, genital surgery was also required.

The committee that made this decision included doctors. However, it based its criteria on “growing recognition of the importance of autonomy of gender identity in society, as reflected in the laws of many jurisdictions worldwide.”

It also said its new standards would eliminate any advantage that having male hormones in one’s system for 20 to 30 years imparted.

Not everyone agrees.

“If a female weightlifting champ was found to have been using testosterone injections … she would have her titles stripped,” Dr. Michelle Cretella of the American College of Pediatricians told LifeSiteNews via e-mail.  “This is what should happen in the case of the biological man who has used estrogen to feminize his appearance since his 30s who just ‘won’ a women’s weightlifting competition.”

Dr. Cretella said even years of taking estrogen “will not alter his bone structure nor will it guarantee that his muscle strength potential will decrease to that of biological women of a similar body mass index.”

So-called “transwomen” are really “biological men wearing chemical and surgical drag,” Cretella said. “All men, by definition, are excluded from women’s sports.”

An American hormone specialist, Dr. Ramona Krutzik, also believes advantages from 20 years of male development will not disappear after a few years of hormone treatment.

“Typically, you’re looking at about 15 years after androgen suppression and SRS [sex reassignment surgery] to really start to see significant changes in bone density,” she told the boxing blog bloodyelbow.com.

What’s more, growing up male would mean “increased musculature and an increased ability to build muscle … which includes differences in endurance and strength,” Krutzik said.

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Just Say No: Senate Democrats’ Alleged “Deal” to Confirm Gorsuch is a Joke

Guy Benson
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Just Say No: Senate Democrats' Alleged "Deal" to Confirm Gorsuch is a Joke

By virtually all accounts, Neil Gorsuch put on a clinic in his confirmation hearings this week. He was sharp, exceptionally well-informed, and winsome — even turning would-be ‘gotcha’ challenges into measured, smiling take-downs. The Democrats have absolutely nothing on the guy, and they know it. Which is why they’re contemplating the prospect of floating this absurdity. Try not to laugh as you read the supposed “bargain” they are reportedly “beginning to explore.” Via Politico:

A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The lawmakers worry that Gorsuch could be confirmed whether Democrats try to block him or not — and Democrats would be left with nothing to show for it. That would be a bitter pill after the GOP blocked Merrick Garland for nearly a year. The deal Democrats would be most likely to pursue, the sources said, would be to allow confirmation of Gorsuch in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump’s term. The next high court opening could alter the balance of the court, and some Democrats privately argue that fight will be far more consequential than the current one.

They’ll offer Republicans a smooth confirmation for a man who is obviously going to be confirmed in exchange for…a guarantee that Republicans won’t interfere if and when Democrats mount a campaign of nasty, knee-jerk opposition to President Trump’s next SCOTUS nominee?  Cue the laugh track.  The party that has been the aggressor in the Senate’s confirmation wars ever since the Bork episode, and that has escalated their strong-arm or obstructionist tactics at every turn to suit their immediate political needs, suddenly wants a “truce” that will earn the GOP absolutely nothing. In return for rubber-stamping an inevitability now, Democrats want to preserve the filibuster for the next fight, which could reportedly come as soon as this summer. They don’t want to abide by the ‘Reid Rule’ that they triggered in 2013, even after more or less promising to blow up the judicial filibuster for Supreme Court picks if Hillary had won.  Sure, they’re still sore over Merrick Garland never receiving a hearing or vote, but that was merely a case of Mitch McConnell enforcing the standard passionately laid out by Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer in 1992 and 2007, respectively. As is so often the case on these matters, Senate Democrats want to erect one set of rules for themselves (under which they always win), and a separate set of rules for Republicans. Just say no. Voters saw fit to send a Republican majority to the upper chamber in 2014, then kept Republicans in control two years later — despite a challenging map, and after Democrats made a giant stink over the Garland controversy.

As a matter of precedent, the last two Democratic presidents each nominated two SCOTUS justices in their first terms, all four of whom were easily confirmed by the Senate. Republicans did not attempt to mount filibusters against any of those candidates, even though they knew full well that the judges the were approving would spend the next few decades handing down reliably liberal rulings. “Elections have consequences,” Democrats solemnly intoned. Quite so. And now Donald Trump is the president — thanks in significant measure to conservative voters who prioritized judicial appointments.  Among all voters who said the future of the Supreme Court was their top voting factor, Trump won by 15 percentage points. Elections do have consequences.  Democrats are now trying to cope with the reality that they lost in 2016, and that the composition of the Court could be at stake.  Gorsuch, therefore, is actually a relatively low-stakes fight.  Trump is simply replacing one originalist with another; the status quo remains intact.  It’s the next battle that very well could shift the Court’s ideological make-up rightward, which is why Senate Democrats are nervously mulling their options while puffing out their chests with farcical offers to the GOP.  Based on early indications, Republicans aren’t playing along.  Here’s one of McConnell’s top aides slapping the idea down on Twitter last night:

STEW 🇺🇸🐶 @StewSays

You don’t need a “deal”–just don’t filibuster.

But Democrats recognize that they don’t need very many Republicans to buy into this nonsense for it to potentially work:

If Democrats move ahead with the plan — it’s still in the early discussion phase — it would require buy-in from some Republicans, but not necessarily Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) or his top deputies. At least three rank-and-file GOP members would have to pledge not to vote to unilaterally change the Senate rules through a majority-only vote later in Trump’s term — the so-called nuclear option…Some Democrats are worried enough about the Senate losing its unique minority rights that they’ve begun kicking the tires on the potential for a new bipartisan “gang.” The current talks are limited to about a half-dozen Democratic lawmakers. They haven’t made an offer to Republicans yet, and Democratic leaders wouldn’t support one.

If they’re terrified of losing ‘unique minority rights’ that they eagerly voted to strip from Republicans under Harry Reid’s gambit, and which they threatened to expand if the presidential election had gone the other way, here’s a radical idea: Stick to the Clinton/Obama precedent and don’t filibuster qualified nominees.  Incidentally, why wouldn’t Democratic leaders support the extension of a one-sided offer to Republicans that would clearly benefit their own party?  Because any hint of an olive branch to the GOP, even one that would be a strategic coup in their favor, would further inflame their wild-eyed ‘Resist’ base.  Former Hillary flack Brain Fallon was overcome by the vapors at the mere suggestion of cutting some kind of agreement:

Brian Fallon

@brianefallon

The DSCC should give up asking for money for the next two years if Democrats strike a “deal” to confirm Gorsuch.

Conservatives might actually want to root for the Democrats’ raging left-wing cauldron to get its way on Gorsuch.  If Democrats follow through on their filibuster threats against such an unquestionably qualified and respected nominee, that would make Mitch McConnell’s decision to impose the Reid Rule quite a bit easier.  Democrats would look like a bunch of petulant, precedent-ignoring, flaming hypocrites, so Republicans could push Reid’s nuke button without much of a second thought.  But if Democrats took the short-term hit among their hardcore supporters by supporting Gorsuch in spite of their “deep concerns” etc., their inevitable obstruction of a future Trump nominee might at least appear less reflexive.  Nevertheless, McConnell and his caucus should be prepared to either apply the Reid Rule in the future, or use other tools that would ultimately guarantee an up-or-down vote for any Trump selection to the High Court.  Republicans know exactly how Democrats would operate if the shoe were on the other foot because they’ve done it, and they’ve told us.  With that knowledge and history in mind, a unilateral disarmament would be absolutely unacceptable.  The Left plays hardball when the chips are down.  Republicans finally did the same with Merrick Garland.  And if Democrats think they can get away with another unanswered escalation on this front, Mitch the Knife ought to brush ’em back with a high, hard one.

Parting thought: Fast-forwarding to the next SCOTUS battle, one argument that Schumer and friends will undoubtedly employ to justify their attempted obstructionism is that the replacement of a moderate or liberal justice with a conservative one would alter the Court’s ideological balance.  True.  Guess what? When President Clinton selected Ruth Bader Ginsburg to replace Justice Byron White (a conservative who cast a dissenting vote in Roe v. Wade), the Court shifted to the left.  She was confirmed 96-3.  Also, let’s not forget that Hillary Clinton explicitly campaigned on the promise of replacing Justice Scalia with a liberal.  She was positively enthusiastic about tilting the balance of the Court.  But that kind of change is acceptable, you see, because progress, or whatever.  Once again, Democrats don’t believe the standards they try to impose upon their opposition should apply to them, hence their orgy of double-standards and hypocritical hysteria.  Just say no.  Oh, and in case you needed one more chuckle before you go:

Niels Lesniewski @nielslesniewski

Schumer cannot support Gorsuch for SCOTUS. Affirms there will be a cloture vote. Warns against nuclear option.

Whatever you say, Chuck.

Schumer Urging Dems to Oppose Gorsuch
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London attacker was British-born and Once Investigated for Extremism

March 23, 2017 | 4:18am | New York Post | By Yaron Steinbuch

London attacker was British-born and once investigated for extremism

The madman who murdered three people and injured 40 others in London before being shot dead was British-born and was once investigated by MI5 intelligence agents because of concerns about his violent extremism, Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

“He was a peripheral figure … He was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent or of the plot,” she told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

“His identity is known to the police and MI5 and when operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified,” she added shortly before ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

“A soldier for the Islamic State carried out the operation in answer to calls to target the people of coalition states,” the ISIS-linked Amaq news agency said on Twitter.

Kurt Cochran, 54, an American tourist from Utah, was identified Thursday as the third victim of the attack, Metro reported. His wife, Melissa, suffered a broken leg, the paper reported.

Meanwhile, police arrested eight people early Thursday in connection with the attack by the radical Islamist-inspired terrorist on the Westminster Bridge in the shadow of the Big Ben clock tower, officials said.

Another victim was identified earlier by Spanish media as Aysha Frade, 43, a British woman of Galician origin, The Telegraph reported, citing Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia.

The married mother of two had left work at the DLD College London, where she taught Spanish, and was crossing the Westminster Bridge to pick up her kids, ages 8 and 11, from school when she was killed.

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news that one of the victims yesterday was a member of our staff, Aysha Frade,” said her boss, Rachel Borland. “She was highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues. She will be deeply missed by all of us.”

Also killed in the attack were Keith Palmer, the police officer who was stabbed at the gates of Parliament, and a man in his 50s.

“He was a husband and a father, killed doing a job he loved,” May said of the officer, a former artilleryman. “He was every inch a hero. And his actions will never be forgotten.”

It was initially thought that three members of the public had been killed, but the country’s top anti-terror official, Mark Rowley, referred to just two in his statement Thursday.

Twenty-nine people were injured, seven of whom remain in critical condition after the attack, which was described as the worst in Britain since 2005, Rowley said.

Among the injured were three French schoolchildren and a number of foreign tourists.

“We have searched six addresses and made seven arrests,” Rowley told reporters, adding that the raids included locations in London and the central city of Birmingham.

“It is still our belief … that this attacker acted alone yesterday and was inspired by international terrorism,” said Rowley, who also urged journalists not to publish the attacker’s name while searches continued, the BBC reported.

A witness told the Press Association that three men were arrested in an armed raid in Birmingham, where it was believed that the car used in the attack was rented, the BBC reported.

Car rental company Enterprise confirmed that the Hyundai used by the attacker was one of its vehicles, reportedly rented from its Solihull branch. It said an employee had identified the vehicle after seeing the license plate online, Sky News reported.

In the attack Wednesday, the jihadist drove a car along a pavement on Westminster Bridge, where he plowed into pedestrians, creating panic and leaving dozens injured.

He then ran toward Parliament, where he stabbed the unarmed Palmer, 48, a 15-year member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Squad, before another cop shot him dead.

Palmer stopped the attacker getting into Parliament and “gave his life for the democracy we all cherish,” Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon told the BBC.

The “working assumption” was that the attack was linked to “Islamic terrorism in some form,” Fallon said.

May said the incident was a “sick and depraved” attack on the heart of the capital, and such attempts to defeat British values were “doomed to failure.”

Among the injured were 12 Britons, four South Koreans, three French children, two Greeks, two Romanians, one American, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese and one Italian.

The injured included three police officers who were returning from an event to recognize their bravery, May said. Two of the officers remain in serious condition, she said.

Thierry Terret, who is in charge of schools in Brittany, said the three injured French students did not suffer life-threatening injuries and were expected to be back home by Friday, the BBC reported.

In her statement to Parliament, May said: “A terrorist came to the place where people of all nationalities and cultures gather to celebrate what it means to be free. And he took out his rage indiscriminately against innocent men, women and children.”

The threat level for international terrorism in the UK was already listed as severe, meaning an attack was “highly likely.”

The premier also saluted her nation’s resolute citizens for resuming their lives after the horrific attack.

“As I speak, millions will be boarding trains and airplanes to travel to London, and to see for themselves the greatest city on Earth,” she said. “It is in these actions — millions of acts of normality — that we find the best response to terrorism, a response that denies our enemies their victory, that refuses to let them win, that shows we will never give in.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also called for people to attend a candlelit vigil at Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening.

Westminster Bridge and the area just around Parliament were still cordoned off Thursday morning as investigators crawled on their hands and knees in search of clues.

A moment of silence was held in Parliament and in front of police headquarters at New Scotland Yard in honor of the victims. It was held at 9:33 a.m. local time — in honor of the murdered officer, whose uniform number was 933.

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Injured people are assisted after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London.

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London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain’s Parliament “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.”

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Secret Service Agent Who Won’t Take A Bullet for Trump Removed from Position

 Conservative Tribune  – A top Secret Service agent who said on Facebook that she wouldn’t take a bullet for President Donald Trump has been removed from her position, the Washington Examiner reported.

Kerry O’Grady was the special agent in charge of the Denver district, meaning she was in charge of supervising all of the president’s visits to the area. However, she caused quite a scandal last October when she implied she would not protect Trump.

“As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the median,” O’Grady wrote in a Facebook post first discovered by the Washington Examiner. “To do otherwise can be a criminal offense for those in my position. Despite the fact that I am expected to take a bullet for both sides.”

“But this world has changed and I have changed. And I would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement for what I believe to be disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here.

“Hatch Act be damned,” she concluded. “I am with Her.”

The Hatch Act stipulates, among other things, that federal employees “may not post a comment to a blog or a social media site that advocates for or against a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group” or “may not use any email account or social media to distribute, send or forward content that advocates for or against a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group.”

O’Grady, who claimed to be a sexual assault victim, said she was reacting to accusations that Trump had sexually assaulted women.

While the Secret Service was aware of the postings, O’Grady was not removed until the Examiner discovered the comments. Then she was temporarily removed pending an investigation. The Examiner confirmed Sunday that removal would be permanent.

However, several agents expressed concern to the Examiner that she would be allowed to remain within the Department of Homeland Security and thus maintain her pension.

The idea that anyone who says she wouldn’t be willing to take a bullet for the one individual whom she’s supposed to protect would be allowed to stay within a department whose chief function is our security is beyond me, but the rationale of the federal government has never been terribly coherent.

That said, the fact that O’Grady has been removed is the important thing. The Secret Service shouldn’t tolerate personnel who will disregard the safety of the president for personal political reasons.

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White House Still Won’t Back Down from Trump’s Wiretap Claims

White House still won’t back down from Trump’s wiretap claims

The White House on Monday defiantly refused to back down from President Trump’s claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower — despite FBI Director James Comey’s testimony that there was no evidence that it had ever happened.

“Following this testimony, it’s clear nothing has changed,” administration spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily press briefing.

Comey, along with National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, both told the committee there was no evidence to back the president’s repeated claims, which have also been disputed by other members of Congress from both parties.

Spicer also predicted the FBI’s investigation into ties between Team Trump and Russia will reveal there was no connection.

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Merkel’s secret migrant deal with Turkey

German leader agreed to take up to 250,000 Syrians each year

Published: 3 hours ago author-imagePaul Bremmer WND

angela_merkelWhen German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders of European Union countries reached a deal with Turkey in March 2016 to try to manage the migrant crisis, they conceded far more than a down payment of 3 billion euros, it turns out.

Merkel, along with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, secretly agreed to accept 150,000 to 250,000 Syrian migrants directly from Turkey into Europe each year, according to the German newspaper Die Welt. Merkel, Rutte and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reached an understanding on the number through a “gentleman’s agreement,” Die Welt reported, and they did not reveal this number to their fellow European leaders or the public.

Leo Hohmann, a veteran WND journalist and news editor, believes Merkel and Rutte kept the agreement secret primarily for political reasons: Both leaders knew they faced elections in their respective countries in 2017.

In Rutte’s case, the secrecy appears to have paid off, as his VVD party maintained its majority in the Dutch parliament in Wednesday’s elections, allowing Rutte to retain his position as prime minister.

However, the nationalist Party for Freedom of Geert Wilders surged all the way to second place. In the process, Wilders had forced Rutte to move further towards the nationalist-populist right to win Party for Freedom voters.

Germany, meanwhile, will hold elections in September, and Merkel, although she and her Christian Democratic Union still lead most polls, has been losing support to the nationalist AfD party, which is expected to win its first-ever seats in the national parliament.

“Conservative parties have already made huge gains against their globalist counterparts in the polls, and globalists like Merkel are trying desperately to limit the political fallout of their open-borders, mass immigration policies that have been going on for decades,” declared Hohmann, author of the new book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and the Resettlement Jihad.”

“Merkel has been going out of her way to appear conservative, backtracking on her previous plan of inviting the Middle East into Germany and tightening the rules on Islamists who have already arrived, even to the point of banning the burqa in public places. This is all window dressing meant to turn the tide of political momentum that is so fiercely against Merkel and her party. If she is re-elected she will go right back to work for her globalist masters.”

Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said Merkel and Rutte also would have been driven to keep their deal secret because they knew some of their fellow EU leaders would never accept it.

“There is growing discontent in the EU with the disastrous migration policies that Merkel and others insist on implementing,” Geller told WND. “So increasingly they have to do their dirty work under cover of

darkness.”

As early as December 2015, three months before the full refugee deal was finalized, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused Merkel of reaching a secret agreement with Turkey.

“Beyond what we agreed with Turkey in Brussels there’s something that doesn’t figure in the agreement,” Orban said at the time. “We’ll wake up one day – and I think this will be announced in Berlin as soon as this week – that we have to take in 400,000 to 500,000 refugees directly from Turkey.”

Orban attracted ridicule at the time, with European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans calling his allegations of a secret deal “nonsense.” Orban was wrong about the number of refugees, and he was wrong that Germany would announce the deal within days, but he turned out to be right Merkel had agreed to a legal refugee quota.

Philip Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security officer and author of “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad,” said the deal reminded him of the Iran nuclear deal: There was the deal on paper that the public saw, and then there was another hidden deal that only came to public attention later.

“Why is the West so compelled to be so acquiescing to the Middle East, to compromise themselves, their own integrity, for the sake of a goal that they consider so noble, so urgent to accomplish that they will mislead or possibly even betray their own citizens to accomplish?” Haney asked.

Hohmann said Merkel’s desire to import such a large number of Syrian refugees was most likely driven by a practical desire to replace native Germans in a couple of ways.

“They want to replace the German work force with a cheaper model,” he declared. “This is part of the globalist plan to redistribute wealth and increase corporate profits on the backs of the middle-class worker in the West, who is replaced in the manufacturing realm with workers from the Third World.

“Secondly, Germany has an economic problem of its own making, that being a declining population. This relates to a decline in spirituality in a post-Christian society. Abortion and extreme family planning measures, drug and alcohol addictions and sterile homosexual unions have all been embraced in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and other areas of Western Europe. This leads to extremely low birth rates and a need for more immigrants to prop up the economy. The fertility rates of European countries are dismally low, down to 1.5 to 1.7 children per woman – that’s less than replacement. A nation cannot sustain itself indefinitely with a birth rate below 2 children per woman.”

Geller, author of “Stop the Islamization of America,” pointed out Merkel and Rutte were also motivated to offer such a generous concession to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because they wish to keep him as an ally.

“Erdogan has been fulminating and threatening to flood Europe with refugees unless the EU grants Turkish citizens visa-free travel,” she said. “Merkel and Rutte are trying to appease him. They do indeed want to make sure he remains a European ally, which he is not in reality; but they are operating according to an outmoded sense of realpolitik that assumes that gestures of goodwill will be responded to in kind. Erdogan, however, will not do this.”

Haney, meanwhile, recognizes most migrants who arrive in Europe do not intend to ever return to their countries of origin. He anticipates big problems for the continent and eventually for the U.S. as well.

“They’re going to spread out all over the entire continent, and it’s going to create an untold amount of stress and secondary, downstream social problems,” Haney warned. “And then, once they get an EU passport, they can travel anywhere else as well, on a visa waiver no less. The structure here in the United States is designed right now, if you have an EU passport, you’re automatically qualified to come to America on what’s called a visa waiver. You don’t even have to apply for a visa. You can come for 90 days without one. So that’s going to require us to reevaluate our immigration policy.”

Hohmann, for his part, believes the present influx of Middle Eastern migrants threatens the very future of the entire European continent.

“If Merkel and the establishment are not removed from power, Europe as we know it will cease to exist within 10 to 20 years,” Hohmann warned. “In fact, several high-profile European leaders, most recently Archbishop Carlo Liberati of Pompeii, has said Europe will be Islamic within 10 years. The reason is simple: Mass migration from the Middle East and Africa into Europe combined with the low birthrate of European families.”

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Federal judge blocks Trump’ Second Travel Ban

Federal judge blocks Trump’s second travel ban

GREENBELT, Md. — Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii after hearing arguments that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality.

The ruling came as opponents renewed their legal challenges across the country, asking judges in three states to block the executive order that targets people from six predominantly Muslim countries.

More than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban, and federal courts in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii heard arguments about whether it should be put into practice early Thursday.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson decision prevents the executive order from going into effect, at least for now. Hawaii had requested a temporary restraining order.

Hawaii also argued that the ban would prevent residents from receiving visits from relatives in the six countries covered by the order. The state says the ban would harm its tourism industry and the ability to recruit foreign students and workers.

In Maryland, attorneys told a federal judge that the measure still discriminates against Muslims.

Government attorneys argued that the ban was revised substantially to address legal concerns, including the removal of an exemption for religious minorities from the affected countries.

“It doesn’t say anything about religion. It doesn’t draw any religious distinctions,” said Jeffrey Wall, who argued for the Justice Department.

Attorneys for the ACLU and other groups said that Trump’s statements on the campaign trail and statements from his advisers since he took office make clear that the intent of the ban is to ban Muslims. Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller has said the revised order was designed to have “the same basic policy outcome” as the first.

The new version of the ban details more of a national security rationale. It is narrower and eases some concerns about violating the due-process rights of travelers.

It applies only to new visas from Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen and temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program. It does not apply to travelers who already have visas.

“Generally, courts defer on national security to the government,” said U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang. “Do I need to conclude that the national security purpose is a sham and false?”

In response, ACLU attorney Omar Jadwat pointed to Miller’s statement and said the government had put out misleading and contradictory information about whether banning travel from six specific countries would make the nation safer.

The Maryland lawsuit also argues that it’s against federal law for the Trump administration to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year by more than half, from 110,000 to 50,000. Attorneys argued that if that aspect of the ban takes effect, 60,000 people would be stranded in war-torn countries with nowhere else to go.

In the Hawaii case, the federal government said there was no need to issue an emergency restraining order because Hawaii officials offered only “generalized allegations” of harm.

Jeffrey Wall of the Office of the Solicitor General challenged Hawaii’s claim that the order violates due-process rights of Ismail Elshikh as a U.S. citizen who wants his mother-in-law to visit his family from Syria. He says courts have not extended due-process rights outside of a spousal relationship.

Neal Katyal, a Washington, D.C., attorney representing Hawaii, called the story of Elshiskh, an Egyptian immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen, “the story of America.”

Wall told the judge that if he is inclined to issue an injunction, it should be tailored specifically to Hawaii and not nationwide.

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In Washington state, U.S. District Judge James Robart — who halted the original ban last month — heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, which is making arguments similar to the ACLU’s in the Maryland case.

Robart said he is most interested in two questions presented by the group’s challenge to the ban: whether the ban violates federal immigration law, and whether the affected immigrants would be “irreparably harmed” should the ban go into effect.

He spent much of Wednesday afternoon’s hearing grilling the lawyers about two seeming conflicting federal laws on immigration — one which gives the president the authority to keep “any class of aliens” out of the country, and another that forbids the government from discriminating on the basis of nationality when it comes to issuing immigrant visas.

Robart said he would issue a written order, but he did not say when. He is also overseeing the challenge brought by Washington state.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson argues that the new order harms residents, universities and businesses, especially tech companies such as Washington state-based Microsoft and Amazon, which rely on foreign workers. California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have joined the claim.

Washington and Hawaii say the order also violates the First Amendment, which bars the government from favoring or disfavoring any religion. On that point, they say, the new ban is no different than the old. The states’ First Amendment claim has not been resolved.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the original ban but did not rule on the discrimination claim.

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From #NoHandshakeGate to NATO spending, the Trump – Merkel meeting was epic

President Trump tells Angela Merkel: ‘At least we have something in common, perhaps’.

First we had #NoHandshakeGate, where the press corp kept pushing for a handshake between the two leaders.

Second we had the Trump zinger to Obama, in reference to the wiretap scandal…where the US President, when asked about claims that British intelligence assisted the Obama administration in wiretapping Trump Tower, told German Chancellor Angela Merkel, “at least we have something in common, perhaps.”

Finally we have the NATO spending issue, where a tense Merkel will now be forced to dig into Germany’s piggy bank to up their defence budget to fulfill NATO spending mandates.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

…vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!

 

Trump noted (via Zerhedge)…NATO “has problems.”

“[NATO] is obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago,” Bild quoted Trump as saying about the trans-Atlantic military alliance. “Secondly, countries aren’t paying what they should” and NATO “didn’t deal with terrorism.”

While those comments expanded on doubts Trump raised about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during his campaign, he reserved some of his most dismissive remarks for the EU and Merkel, whose open-border refugee policy he called a “catastrophic mistake.”

FACT CHECK: Trump is 100% Correct – Germany has been under-funding its defense budget for years… NATO’s 28-member countries committed in 2014 to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense within a decade. But only the U.S. and four other members of the post-World War II military coalition are meeting the standard, Pence said.

Despite all the controversy, Trump was happy with the meeting, with the German Chancellor…

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes…..

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Noi Thai Cuisine – Hawaii

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It was an honor to welcome former President Barack Obama in Noi Thai Cuisine Hawaii.

He was as warm and friendly as anyone you could meet!!

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  • A Day in the U.S. Economy Without Women

    Employees iron stars onto a U.S. flag at Annin Flagmakers in South Boston, Virginia, on July 6, 2016.

    AP/Gerry Broome Employees iron stars onto a U.S. flag at Annin Flagmakers in South Boston, Virginia, on July 6, 2016.

    On March 8, International Women’s Day, women worldwide are planning to strike in the name of equal rights. Dubbed “A Day Without A Woman,” the strike encourages women to take a day off from both paid and unpaid labor. Women comprise almost half of the U.S. workforce and thus could make a large economic impact by taking off work.

    How exactly would a day without women affect the economy? According to the Center for American Progress’ calculations based on the labor share of the gross domestic product, or GDP, and women’s relative pay and hours of work, women’s labor contributes $7.6 trillion to the nation’s GDP each year. In one year, women working for pay in the United States earn more than Japan’s entire GDP of $5.2 trillion. If all paid working women in the United States took a day off, it would cost the country almost $21 billion in terms of GDP. Moreover, women contribute many millions of dollars to their state’s GDP each day, making their work crucial to the health of their local economies as well. (see Methodology for more detail)

    However, this number does not fully represent the hit the economy would take if all women took a day off. Women’s paid labor contributions are undervalued because women are overrepresented in sectors of the economy that are low-profit. Many of these sectors are inherently less likely to have significant productivity gains since they are face-to-face service occupations, but they still matter a great deal to the overall functioning of the economy. Women make up 94 percent of employees at child day care services, 88 percent of home health service workers, 97 percent of preschool and kindergarten teachers, 90 percent of registered nurses, 94 percent of secretaries and administrative assistants, and 89 percent of maids and housekeeping cleaners. These supportive and caregiving services contribute to the productivity of the individuals and families who are the recipients of this work. For example, children who receive a high-quality education earn higher lifetime earnings, and high-paid managers’ productivity often relies on skilled assistance. If the earnings of female-dominated service and caregiving sectors accurately reflected the long-term value created by these jobs, women’s labor share contribution to the GDP would be even higher.

    Even if women’s paid work was valued more accurately, this still would not include the other ways in which women contribute to the economy. This is because economic measures such as GDP do not include unpaid labor, which is mostly taken on by women. Women in the United States spend 150 percent more time on housework than men and more than twice the time men spend on caregiving. This unpaid labor includes child care, caretaking, and cooking along with a variety of other tasks that are vital to the economy.

    Although many women who care for their families do not receive a paycheck for doing this work, their labor is valuable and should be included in GDP. Economist Nancy Folbre notes the irony that “the measure we call gross domestic product excludes the value of most domestic work.” If a woman did not do that unpaid work, the family would have to hire someone and pay them a wage, contributing to GDP. Since unpaid work is not included in GDP measures, it could be said that the nation is consistently and significantly underestimating GDP. Using a conservative assumption, a 2015 report by McKinsey Global Institute estimates that women’s unpaid work amounts to about $10 trillion per year, or about 13 percent of global GDP. Additionally, a paper from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis found that incorporating unpaid domestic work into U.S. GDP would have raised it 26 percent in 2010.

    Women have always been a valuable and integral part of the economy, and women’s paid work is becoming increasingly important to family well-being. In 2015, 42 percent of mothers in the United States were breadwinners, and an additional 22.4 percent were co-breadwinners, making between 25 percent and 49 percent of household earnings. The women’s strike offers an opportunity to reflect on how important women’s labor is to the country and remind Americans of what remains to be done to accurately value the work that women do to sustain the nation’s families and economy.

    Methodology

    Using data on average hours worked per week and employment from the 2014 Current Population Survey, the authors calculate the proportion of hours women work out of total hours worked by all workers. They found that women provide 43.8 percent of all labor hours in the U.S. economy. If all their labor were withdrawn, it would lead to a roughly proportional reduction in GDP.

    Data used for national calculations: 2014 Current Population Survey data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“Table 22: Persons at work in nonagricultural industries by age, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, marital status, and usual full- or part-time status”) and 2014 data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (“Table 1.1.5: Gross Domestic Product“)

    Data used for state calculations: 2014 Current Population Survey data at state level from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“Table 21: States: Employed people, by class of worker, gender, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 2014 annual averages” and “Table 22: States: people at work, by gender, age, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and hours of work, 2014 annual averages”) and 2014 regional data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (“Gross domestic product (GDP) by state”)

    Kate Bahn is an Economist and Annie McGrew is a Special Assistant for the Economic Policy team at the Center for American Progress.
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    GOP Releases Bills to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare

    House Republicans on Monday unveiled their long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

    The two measures dismantle the core aspects of ObamaCare, including its subsidies to help people buy coverage, its expansion of Medicaid, its taxes and its mandates for people to have insurance. (READ THE BILLS HERE AND HERE.)

    In its place, Republicans would put in place a new system centered on a tax credit to help people buy insurance.

    That tax credit would range from $2,000 to $4,000 a year, increasing with someone’s age. That system would provide less financial assistance for low-income and older people than ObamaCare, but could give more assistance to younger people and those with somewhat higher incomes.

    Democrats warn that between the phasing out of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and the smaller tax credit for low income people, coverage would be put at risk for many of the 20 million people who gained it from ObamaCare.

    Republicans acknowledge that their plan will cover fewer people, saying unlike ObamaCare, they are not forcing people to buy coverage through a mandate. They say their system is less intrusive and provides people a tax credit without mandates or a range of tax increases.

    House committees are expected to vote on the measures this week, with the full House voting on it soon after that.

    House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Monday on Fox News he’s confident the bill will pass with full Republican support despite recent party infighting over the details.

    “We’ve been listening very carefully to our Republican members for months now to make sure we get it right,” he said. “I am confident we are going to pass this.” He noted that many of the elements of the bill have passed the House “a number of times” over the years.

    The measure faces a rocky path, particularly in the Senate. Four Republican senators earlier Monday objected to an earlier version of the House bill, saying that it failed to protect ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.

    But under the bill, the repeal of the Medicaid expansion would not take effect until 2020, and Republicans would grandfather in current enrollees so that they can stay on the program. But once 2020 arrives, the federal government will no longer provide the extra federal funds that allow for expansion.

    That plan has drawn objections from more centrist Republican senators, who want to protect the expansion and are worried about constituents losing coverage and their states losing federal funds.

    Even in the House, there are objections to the plan. Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus call the bill’s tax credit is a “new entitlement.” They have enough votes to kill the bill, but it remains to be seen whether they will actually vote against it.

    The bill would maintain ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, who could still not be denied coverage. Instead of ObamaCare’s mandate, the bill would seek to incentivize healthy people to sign up by allowing insurers to charge people 30 percent higher premiums if they have a gap in coverage.

    The measure also repeals ObamaCare’s taxes, such as the medical device tax and health insurance tax, starting in 2018.

    The bill scraps a controversial Republican proposal in earlier drafts to start taxing some employer-sponsored health insurance. Instead, the measure would keep ObamaCare’s “Cadillac tax” on generous healthcare plans starting in 2025, in order to prevent that legislation from adding to the deficit in that decade.

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    Trump Issues Revised Travel Ban With Eye on Courts

    President Trump on Monday issued a new executive order on immigration that includes key changes meant to help it withstand the legal challenges that torpedoed his previous travel ban.

    The new order removes Iraq from the list of Muslim-majority countries from which travel is temporarily banned, avoiding a major diplomatic spat with a key partner in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    It halts all refugee admissions to the U.S. for four months. The previous order, which was blocked by the courts, also contained that provision, but it indefinitely barred refugees from Syria.

    The administration also struck language that would have given preference to religious minorities — such as Christians from the Middle East — once refugee resettlement resumes, according to a senior administration official. That provision gave fuel to critics who labeled the previous order a Muslim ban.

    The new policy also provides clearer guidance on who is exempt from the ban. It does not affect legal permanent residents of the U.S. or people holding a valid visa at the time it was signed. Dual nationals using a passport from a country not on the list also do not fall under the ban, nor do foreign nationals traveling for diplomatic purposes.

    Officials said the new order will go into effect on March 16, giving travelers, airlines and airports 10 days to prepare.

    Immigrant-rights groups condemned the new order, calling the changes insignificant.

    “This order is essentially religious discrimination masquerading, once again, in the language of national security,” said Eleanor Acer, a senior director at the group Human Rights First. “The order targets people from Muslim-majority countries and will sharply reduce resettlement of Muslim refugees. Legal word-smithing cannot obscure the discriminatory intent and impact of the order.”

    The previous travel ban, signed one week after Trump’s inauguration, took force immediately and did not contain clear language on who was affected. The move sparked widespread chaos at airports around the world as authorities struggled to implement the changes.

    Hundreds of travelers en route to the U.S. were detained, sparking a wave of protests around the country. The courts moved quickly to place the policy on hold.

    A federal judge in Washington state on Feb. 3 issued a nationwide ruling freezing the travel ban. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals later upheld the lower court’s order.

    The decision was an embarrassing setback for the White House, which was criticized for a sloppy rollout that cut out key Cabinet officials and lawmakers on relevant committees.

    The original order will be revoked when the new policy goes into effect in 10 days, despite the president’s vow to fight the court’s injunction.

    The 10-day delay also stands in stark contrast to Trump’s previous insistence that any advance notice or delay in implementing the ban would allow “bad dudes” to rush into the country.

    Senior officials promised a smooth implementation of new order, saying that the White House was in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, State Department and other agencies in developing and drafting the policy.

    Unlike the first signing, a Trump-staged photo-op at the Pentagon, the president signed the new order Monday morning with little fanfare.

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    Trump left it Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain the new policy to the public.

    In a brief press appearance that lasted less than 15 minutes, Tillerson, Kelly and Sessions stressed the threat posed by terrorism and defended the authority of the president to issue the ban. None of the three took questions.

    While the new order relaxes some travel restrictions, administration officials argued it takes the same get-tough approach on people from countries it believes pose a terrorist threat to the U.S.

    “This executive order provides a needed pause, so we can carefully review how we scrutinize people coming here from these countries of concern,” Sessions said Monday.

    A senior administration official said Iraq was exempt from the list because it received “firm commitments” from the government about its vetting and screening procedures for travelers.

    Officials and outside groups had expressed concerns that keeping Iraq on the list would punish citizens who face danger in the country for working with U.S. military personnel as interpreters or in other roles.

    The Iraqi government said Monday its exclusion from the new ban sends a “positive message” about its relationship with the U.S. as they collaborate in the fight against ISIS.

    The new order also keeps the old policy’s 50,000-person cap on refugees admitted to the country this year. The Obama administration resettled 110,000 refugees in the U.S. last year, a number that human-rights groups said was still too low.

    The travel restrictions are needed, officials argued, to allow the administration to ensure vetting procedures are adequate to verify refugees and visa holders do not pose a threat to U.S. security. They provided few details on what criteria would determine adequacy and noted that at the end of the 90- or 120-day period, DHS and State may recommend countries to be included in a future suspension.

    Senior administration officials vigorously defended the need for the order, with Sessions citing 300 active FBI anti-terror investigations into individuals admitted into the U.S. as refugees.

    A senior Justice Department official said that the number was “global,” but declined to provide specific information about the nationality of those 300 individuals — leaving it unclear how many are from the six nations on the list.

    Under the order, the DHS will also begin publicizing data on the number of foreign nationals charged, convicted or removed from the U.S. based on terrorism-related activity, as well as the number of so-called honor killings in the U.S. by foreign nationals.

    The 9th Circuit had dinged the government for failing to provide a factual basis for the policy. Critics have argued that no lethal terrorist attacks have been carried out on U.S. soil by nationals from the seven countries listed in the original ban since 9/11.

    Officials insisted Monday that there was “nothing wrong” with the initial policy.

    Sessions delivered a fierce defense of the president’s authority in matters of national security in what appeared to be a rebuke of the Ninth Circuit. The court had pushed back on the Justice Department’s claim that the president’s rationale for the order should not be subject to court review.

    “The Department of Justice believes that this executive order, just as the first, is a lawful and proper exercise of presidential authority,” Sessions said. “The executive is empowered under the Constitution and by Congress to make national security judgments and to enforce our immigration policies in order to safeguard the American public.”

    The rollout of the new order comes after a weekend in which Trump made explosive allegations against his predecessor, saying former President Obama illegally wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.

    The claims, which were offered without evidence, created a major distraction for the administration and Congress as it looks to move forward on Trump’s legislative agenda.

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    How Perez edged Ellison for DNC chair

    How Perez edged Ellison for DNC chair
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    ATLANTA – One vote.

    That’s how close former Labor secretary Tom Perez was to defeating Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on the initial ballot and becoming the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the first contested race in more than a decade.

    The hundreds of DNC members and liberal activists gathered inside the Atlanta Convention Center hall gasped when interim chairwoman Donna Brazile read the results. None of the candidates received a majority and there would have to be at least a second round of voting where anything could happen.

    When Perez supporters gathered at a party at the Westin Hotel in downtown Atlanta on Friday night, they thought they had about 220 votes, which would have given them a majority.

    Instead, they clocked in at 213.5 in the first round – some Democrats abroad and from the territories only get half votes – with eight DNC members abstaining. That left the door open for Ellison, who was only 13 votes behind.

    The narrow miss struck fear in the hearts of Perez supporters who were frustratingly close to victory.

    Many DNC members had told the campaigns they could only count on their support through the first round of voting. After that, all bets were off, sending the whip operations for both campaigns into high gear.

    With fringe candidates dropping out and DNC members susceptible to flipping, there were more than enough votes free to shift to Ellison.

    “I thought Ellison would win on the second ballot,” said one Perez supporter. “I have never been involved in something that intense.”

    Ellison’s campaign was confident that they would pick up all 12 of the supporters from Idaho Democratic Party executive director Sally Boynton Brown, who bowed out after the first round but notably did not endorse any candidate.

    Boynton Brown, who is in her early 40s, is a rising party star who fits the mold of a progressive. The conventional wisdom was that her supporters would back Ellison, who ran with the blessing of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

    “We’re going to win on the second ballot,” an Ellison campaign source said in a text. “Some folks didn’t vote in the first round and we’re getting all of Sally’s supporters.”

    Perez’s allies weren’t just rattled – they were also angry.

    Before the second vote, a text went out from Ellison’s campaign to DNC members claiming that South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who dropped out before the first vote, was casting his support to Ellison.

    “Keith is grateful to have the support of Mayor Buttigieg and we’re in a strong position to win on the next ballot,” the text said. “Can he count on your support?”

    The problem: Buttigieg did not endorse anyone after dropping out.

    One Ellison ally described the mistake as fog-of-war confusion. They quickly sent a follow-up text admitting the error.

    Instead, former DNC chairman Howard Dean – who was originally a Buttigieg supporter – announced he would be backing Ellison.

    Dean’s emailed endorsement included a parenthetical disclaimer: “This is real.”

    Perez’s supporters were irate, believing the Ellison camp was playing dirty. Some grumbled that if the Perez camp had made the same mistake, Ellison’s supporters would have never let them live it down.

    “Such a double-standard,” one Democrat said.

    As this drama unfolded, the whip operations on the convention hall floor had become infinitely more complicated.

    The campaigns were supposed to get lists of candidates everyone had voted for but the DNC had to abandon its digital voting tools over fears the Wi-Fi would give out.

    They would go to the back-up plan of hand-counting paper ballots instead. That meant there wouldn’t be a master-list of who voted for who.

    “Total chaos,” one Democrat fumed.

    Still, the campaigns had their own lists of people they thought might be susceptible to flipping.

    On the Perez side, South Carolina Democratic chairman Jaime Harrison, Texas Democratic chairman Gilberto Hinojosa and DNC finance chairman Henry Munoz III went to work whipping.

    The Perez campaign was thrilled to have Harrison drop out of the race and join their side on Thursday, believing he brought at least a dozen votes.

    They think Munoz might have put them over the top. The finance chairman, who spends his weeks jetting across the country and raising millions of dollars from wealthy donors and celebrities from Miami to San Francisco, is among the most connected people at the DNC.

    On the Ellison side, key labor leaders like Randi Weingarten and Stuart Applebaum, as well as Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), worked the floor.

    The Perez operation won out.

    Ellison registered 200 votes – the exact same number he had in the first round.

    Perez increased his count by 21.5 votes to 235 overall. That means he likely got most of Boynton Brown’s 12 and most of the eight members who abstained from voting in the first round, as well as at least a couple of former Ellison supporters.

    That helped him win the first contested DNC chair race since Dean last won in 2005.

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    URGENT: Supreme Court Makes Move to INVALIDATE 2016 Election. This Must Be Stopped!

    February 25, 2017 4:58 pm

     

    (Angry Patriot) – Back in November we had an election. The American people spoke and there was a winner and a loser declared. That is how elections always work, end of story – at least it should have been.

    The United States Supreme Court permitted a legal petition from Occupy Democrats to nullify the 2016 federal election. The legal filing was based upon the “Guarantee Clause” laid out in the Constitution.

    President Donald Trump’s administration decided not to respond to the ridiculous petition. Shortly after Trump declined to respond, the Supreme Court did something which has never been done before, set a date for a case on the Constitution’s Guarantee Clause on their docket.

    The highest court in the land will hear arguments on the Occupy Democrats lawsuit to unseat Donald Trump on March 17. The lawsuit was filed by three women, Diane Blumstein, Nancy Goodman, and Donna Soodalter-Toman.

    The women want the Supreme Court to determine if the appeals court was wrong when it required them to prove a legal precedent for using the constitutional clause to remove a president from office. The Guarantee Clause states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.”

    For the lawsuit to move forward, at least four of the eight justices must vote that Blumstein vs. U.S. meets the standard necessary to get a full hearing, Right Journalist reports. The lawsuit was filed at the end of last year by the three Massachusetts residents.

    The trio of women cited voting practices in other countries to help support their demand for a revote of the 2016 presidential race. They claim the race between Trump and Hillary Clinton was an unfairly held election.

    The liberal anti-Trump loons who filed the lawsuit think Hillary Clinton should get a second bite at the apple as folks in the Ukraine and Austria do when something is allegedly amiss in the election process. The lawsuit argues the election meets the nullification criteria because they claim the intelligence community and FBI statement “prove” Russia interfered with the election process.

    Of course, they are wrong, but that has not stopped the court system from allowing such tired and futile antics by liberals to move forward. It is a massive abuse of taxpayer money to allow this case to move forward.

    A lower court ruled Blumstein vs. U.S. posed a “novel constitutional question.” The court also determined a question about if and by how much, a foreign cyber attack impacted the election is best decided by the “political branches” of our government, and not the court.

    Trying to de-legitimize Donald Trump continues to be at the core of the protests and riots organized by the liberal hordes. We cannot allow them to do this.

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    BREAKING: Feminist Takes in “Refugee” to Prove They’re Peaceful – Gets SICK Surprise.

    February 19, 2017 10:19 pm

     

    (Mad World News) – After a liberal feminist joined the open borders organization “Refugees Welcome,” she decided to prove that multiculturalism works by taking in a refugee. However, shortly after welcoming the migrant into her home, she was slapped with a brutal dose of reality that she’ll never forget.

    Sick of being an armchair activist, an unnamed liberal feminist was determined to actually do something that makes a difference in the world. By becoming a member of “Refugees Welcome,” the 20-year-old leftist was told by the website that if she took in a homeless asylum seeker, she’d “get to know a different culture.” Falling for the liberal propaganda, she was given a 26-year-old Afghan dependent who had come to Germany 2 years ago.

    Putting her beliefs into action, the woman welcomed the Muslim migrant into her home to live with her and her brother. Shortly after opening her apartment and arms to the male refugee, she found out the hard way why open borders simply don’t work.

    Local media reported that the liberal millennial awoke one night to find the refugee raping her. After several minutes of the sexual assault, she managed to break free and run to her brother’s room until police arrived and arrested the migrant.

    After the incident on October 25, 2015, a judge in Cologne has finally sentenced the migrant. Once again seeing her liberal values in full effect, the victim watched as her rapist was sentenced to a paltry 2-and-a-half-year sentence in June 2016. Fortunately, the asylum seeker’s lawyer demanded an acquittal, which ended up with a year now being added to his term, the Express reports. Of course, he still won’t be deported and the liberal feminist will most likely see her abuser back on the streets in no time.

    The leftist had bought into the ironic propaganda on the liberal organization’s website, believing whole-heartedly that her willingness to house a refugee would combat “racism.”

    “Refugees are able to live in sound accommodation, learn the language faster, and adjust to a new environment more easily,” the site explains. “You, on the other hand, will get to know a different culture and help a person in a difficult situation.”

    Although the organization was there to defend the migrants, they offered no sympathy for their own member after hearing of her rape.

    “This misbehavior does not, however, reflect the attitude of the vast majority of the refugees,” Refugees Welcome added to their website.

    Sadly, if we had a dime for every time a liberal policy failed, we’d be able to pay off our crippling national debt. In fact, stories of liberals falling victim to their own leftist agenda are becoming increasingly more common as some finally decide to take on the responsibility of housing the migrants they demand to be resettled instead of pawning them off on someone else.


    After taking in a Muslim migrant child rapist to prevent him from being deported, Lauren Mann was brutally murdered by the refugee.

    On January 26, 2015, Lauren Mann was found half-naked, face-down in a pool of blood on her mattress. The 25-year-old nanny from Grand Junction, Colorado, had taken in a Gambian migrant to save him from deportation a few years after she moved to Vienna. Convicted child rapist Abdou I., 24, brutally suffocated Mann to death during sex, the consensuality of which authorities have been trying to determine.

    On July 27, an unnamed Swedish woman was violently raped by a 26-year-old Ethiopian refugee after taking him in as her personal chef. Believing that giving the migrant a job and place to stay would cause him to extend gratitude, the woman was shocked when the refugee physically and sexually assaulted her in her own bed.

    In April of 2016, self-proclaimed “young Socialist Left Party member, feminist, and anti-racist” Karsten Nordal Hauken was brutally sodomized by a Somali asylum seeker after demanding Sweden take in more refugees. The die-hard leftist admits that he feels guilty after his rapist was sentenced to deportation, broadcasting a disturbing plea to free his attacker on a Swedish television show.

    When a sympathetic teacher at a high school in Germany felt he wasn’t doing enough for refugees, the 55-year-old professor took several into his home. After Mehdi Hushmand didn’t show up to his job, police found his butchered corpse in his basement. Authorities confirmed that the 58-year-old Afghan refugee he housed used a rock and large metal instrument to bash the teacher to death.

    While it seems like the moral thing to do, taking in millions of unvetted migrants mostly from oppressive, dangerous Muslim countries has only led to those same evils perpetuated in our own communities. We cannot expect to tolerate violence and misogyny without it thriving.

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    Betsy DeVos Guarded by U.S. Marshals After Threats

    Democrats want to deprive the working class of the very educational choices they make for their own children.

    Obama’s Shadow Presidency

    Well-funded Organizing for Action promises to crack conservative skulls to halt the Trump agenda.

    This “conservative” wants Trump IMPEACHED

    Donald Trump promised that, if elected president, he would “drain the swamp.” The politicians and Beltway pundits threatened by shaking up their cozy little status quo have become more and more unhinged.

    Since his inauguration, the establishment has fought Trump every inch of the way. But it’s “conservative” columnist Kathleen Parker who may have won the award for the single craziest column written by the anti-Trump movement so far.

    President Trump will be impeached, or declare martial law, or be declared mentally ill within the next two years, she warns.

    In a bizarre column for The Washington Post, Parker described what she saw as “Trump’s two-year presidency.”

    President Trump is so incompetent, as far as she’s concerned, that Democrats will win in a “tsunami” election in 2018, taking back “House and Senate.”

    About “30 seconds” later, they’ll begin impeachment hearings, she writes (and hopes).

    “That is, assuming Trump hasn’t already been shown the exit,” Parker writes. “Or that he hasn’t declared martial law.”

    Parker actually believes that the president has “effectively silenced dissent” by describing false media stories as “fake news,” and all of America’s freedoms are dangling by a thread.

    In Parker’s fantasy-land, there is one other option for Trump being thrown out the White House window: He could be declared mentally unfit for office.

    Trump, Parker writes, is “not-quite-right.”

    That’s why “wiser minds added Section 4 to the 25th Amendment, which removes the president if a majority of the Cabinet and the vice president think it necessary.”

    Just like the old Soviet Union, Parker wants to have her political opponents declared enemies of the state and sent off to a mental hospital. But when reading Parker’s columns, one wonders who really needs therapy.

    Her extreme hatred of the president, real conservatives, and middle America in general is the only reason Parker’s “conservative” ramblings get top billing in a liberal paper like The Washington Post.

    After the election, she said that the members of the Electoral College should vote against Trump, even though he won the election.

    She called the Tea Party “foolish,” “naive,” and said its “heated rhetoric” posed a “danger” to American safety. Then she said that internet journalism – sites like The Horn News – are “sort of like terrorism.”

    She bragged to her tiny audience during her run as a CNN co-host that she “led” the charge against Sarah Palin in 2008. The governor of Alaska was “out of her league” and should quit the race, she said.

    But she’s always tried to keep her rich and powerful friends in power.

    She threw her support behind a third party movement called “No Labels,” which would have been well to the left of the Republicans but only slightly to Obama’s right. It was run by liberal Republicans and Washington functionaries who didn’t want the Tea Party to take over the GOP.

    Of course, Parker isn’t the only essayist dreaming up Trump’s impeachment or removal from office.

    “I still have trouble seeing how the Trump administration survives a full term,” David Brooks, the New York Times’ “conservative,” wrote on Friday. Among his complaints, he adds, “There is no longer a single media establishment that shapes how the country sees the president.”

    These Establishment writers have support from high-powered Republican politicians eager to knife the president in the back – and keep the swamp full.

    E.J. Dionne revealed that “John McCain and Lindsey Graham seem to know it is only a matter of time before the GOP will have to confront Trump’s unfitness.”

    Sen. Graham of South Carolina – who ran against Trump for president and ranked one percent in the polls – called for a “special investigation” into Trump’s ties with Russia, because “the accusations regarding the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia are creating a cloud over the White House.”

    Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker may be on board with these efforts, as well.

    The odds for Trump to be impeached are about even, 11-10 according to the British betting firm Ladbrokes. (Their Irish competitors, Paddy Power, place the odds at 4-to-1.)

    He’ll have no support from the establishment, whether it goes by the name “Republican” or “Democrat.”

    He’ll only have you, the American voter.

    Of course, that’s all he’s needed in the past.

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    BREAKING – Pope Makes Shock “Muslim” Announcement, The Vatican Has Fallen

    February 19, 2017 10:13 pm Terrorism

    (Breitbart) – In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”

    “Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.

    What he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact.

    “No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also suggesting—as he has on other occasions—that terrorism is primarily a result of economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs. “The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.”

    The Pope also reiterated his conviction that all religions promote peace and that the danger of violent radicalization exists equally in all religions.

    “There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions—and with intolerant generalizations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia,” he said.

    While denying the existence of Islamic terrorism, Francis also seemed to condemn the denial of global warming, asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”

    “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system,” he said.

    We know “what happens when we deny science and disregard the voice of Nature,” the Pope said. “Let us not fall into denial. Time is running out. Let us act. I ask you again—all of you, people of all backgrounds including native people, pastors, political leaders—to defend Creation.”

    While acknowledging that science is not “the only form of knowledge,” and that “science is not necessarily ‘neutral’” and often “conceals ideological views or economic interests,” he still insisted that people of good will should not oppose “scientific consensus” regarding global warming.

    Leftist media like the liberal Guardian in the U.K. immediately politicized the speech, predictably claiming that the Pope was backing “anti-Trump protests,” despite the fact that the Pope himself denied such a claim, explicitly declaring that “I am not speaking of anyone in particular.”

    “I am not speaking of anyone in particular, I am speaking of a social and political process that flourishes in many parts of the world and poses a grave danger for humanity,” he said.

    Moreover, although the Guardian claimed that the Pope was “condemning populism,” in point of fact, he was speaking to populist movements and praised their commitment to democracy.

    “The direction taken beyond this historic turning-point,” Francis said, “will depend on people’s involvement and participation and, largely, on yourselves, the popular movements.”

    Nevertheless, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said Monday that the Holy See is concerned over growing populist and nationalist movements, both in Europe and in the United States.

    In an interview for the Italian evening news on the state-owned RAI network, the Cardinal was asked whether the Vatican is worried about what the interviewer called “the spread of nationalism and populism not only in Europe but also in the United States with Donald Trump.”

    “I think so, I think so,” Parolin said. “Certainly these closings are not a good sign,” since many of them “are born of fear, which is not a good counselor.”

    In his address Friday, the Pope denounced “the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable,” which he described as a “hypocritical attitude,” while urging real solutions to unemployment, corruption, the identity crisis, and “the gutting of democracies.”

    “The system’s gangrene cannot be whitewashed forever because sooner or later the stench becomes too strong,” he said.

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    Russian ambassador to UN dies after passing out

    Explosive new Democrat tech scandal shocks D.C.

    Democrats and computers don’t seem to go very well together.

    You’d think a party that falsely blames a major election defeat on an email hack would be more careful with their equipment.

    Instead, a new scandal is unfolding — and it could be the biggest hacking bombshell to ever hit Washington, D.C!

    This one involves alleged missing equipment, including computers and servers… questionable access to highly sensitive IT networks… and even moving Congressional data over to remote “cloud” servers that could be accessed from anywhere rather than remaining on secure government servers, according to Fox News.

    Rumors say the men involved may even have acted in the interest of foreign governments — perhaps by spying on our Congress!

    “That violates House rules and it puts the House at risk,” a source familiar with the investigation told the network.

    UPI said at least part of the scheme involved an “unusual bookkeeping practice” that allowed the workers to “pocket cash” from their work.

    That would seem to be an especially brazen move when you consider that three of the staffers in the investigation – brothers Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan – collected nearly half a million in salary combined, according to The Daily Caller.

    Investigators will no doubt probe where, exactly, all that money was going.

    The extent of the scandal is not yet clear, but it seems the workers had been shared by more than two dozen Democratic lawmakers, including some who sit on sensitive committees that handle some of the nation’s biggest secrets: the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    One of the workers under investigation was even employed by a lawmaker who has a LOT of experience on these issues in all the wrong ways.

    It’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz – the Florida congresswoman who was forced to resign in disgrace from a side position as chair of the Democratic Party last summer.

    At the time, leaked emails revealed the ugly truth that she and other party bosses were trying to sabotage Bernie Sanders and push Hillary Clinton on a party faithful that clearly wanted nothing to do with her (and, as we’d find out later, for good reason).

    Seems she hasn’t learned her lesson, and amazingly – when informed of the investigation – her first step wasn’t to protect sensitive American data.

    It was to protect her employee!

    “At this time we are continuing to gather information from House officials, and will determine the best approach to move forward once we have received a thorough review,” a spokesperson told the Miami Herald. “We are consulting House counsel to ensure that due process is afforded to her employees before any action is taken.”

    In fact, even after the investigation was revealed and the workers’ computer access was cut off by House security, some of them CONTINUED to work for certain Democratic lawmakers.

    It’s still not clear if this is the usual Washington mix of theft and incompetence, or if there’s something much darker afoot.

    But one thing is clear: Giving a computer to a Democrat these days is riskier than giving an iPhone to a teenager.

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    Where Trump’s Travel Ban Stands

    Where Trump’s travel ban stands

    President Trump plans to issue a new executive order on immigration next week that will be “tailored” to address the objections of a federal appeals court.

    But the legal battle over the controversial policy is far from over.

    Any new travel ban is sure to spark a fresh set of lawsuits around the country, and it remains to be seen whether rescinding the old order will be enough to end the current legal challenges — and nationwide restraining order — against it

    Legal experts say that depends on the courts and the exact wording of the new order, which is being crafted with the help of Justice Department lawyers and two of Trump’s Cabinet members.

    “I’m told now they have something drafted,” Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the Senate’s No. 3 Republican, told reporters on Friday. “I’ve not seen what they’ve done, but I hope they’ve run all the traps on it.”

    After a series of legal setbacks, Trump announced during a Thursday news conference that he would be signing a revised travel ban “toward the beginning or middle” of next week.

    “We’re issuing a new executive action next week that will comprehensively protect our country,” Trump said. “So we’ll be going along the one path and hopefully winning that, at the same time we will be issuing a new and very comprehensive order to protect our people.”

    A San Francisco-based appeals court rejected the administration’s request last week to lift a nationwide hold on the initial travel ban, after District Court Judge James Robart in Seattle put the policy on ice to allow time for lawsuits to proceed.

    Trump brought in Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday to help map out a strategy going forward, according to Bloomberg.

    A Republican aide for the Senate Judiciary Committee said the panel has not been in touch with the administration on the issue, while the House Judiciary Committee deferred to the White House.

    The administration has been weighing several options, including whether to ask the Supreme Court to step in, urge the appeals court to rehear the case, fight it out in district court or rewrite the ban.

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday successfully persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to hold off on rehearing the case, citing the new “superseding” executive order that is in the works.

    “Rather than continuing this litigation, the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it with a new, substantially revised Executive Order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns,” the DOJ said in a legal brief.

    “In so doing, the President will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation.”

    The initial executive order barred people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days; halted U.S. refugee resettlement for 120 days; and suspended Syrian refugees indefinitely. Trump says the policy is necessary to protect national security while the administration strengthens vetting procedures.

    But the initial ban, which was reportedly written without the input of key congressional lawmakers and caught GOP leadership off guard, sparked chaos and confusion at airports around the country in the days after it was signed.

    It was unclear at first whether the policy applied to legal permanent residents and certain other visa holders. Some travelers who were en route to the U.S. were detained and denied entry into the country, including an Iraqi interpreter who worked for the U.S. Army.

    Trump said Thursday that he had wanted to include a grace period for the travel restrictions to take effect but was advised against it.

    “I said this to my people: Give them a one-month period of time. But General Kelly, now Secretary Kelly, said if you do that, all these people will come in and … you have some bad people out there,” Trump said.

    “And he was right. As soon as he said it, I said wow, never thought of it. … You got to do it immediately because if you do it immediately, they don’t have time to come in.”

    During his news conference, Trump dropped a few hints about what the revised order might look like. The goal is to tweak the policy so that it can stand up court, using the appeals court ruling as a playbook.

    “We can tailor the order to that decision and get just about everything, in some ways, more,” Trump said. “We have some of the best lawyers in the country working on it.”

    The San Francisco appeals court argued that the states have legal standing to bring a lawsuit because they proved that their residents were directly being harmed by the policy. The plaintiffs, Washington and Minnesota, cited green card holders who were stranded abroad, families who were separated and public university scholars and students who feared they would be unable to leave the country and return back to the U.S.

    Therefore, the new policy seems almost certain to include a carve-out for legal permanent residents and other visa holders, such as those already living in the U.S. That could remove some of the states’ legal standing in the challenge, according to law scholars.

    But rescinding the initial travel ban doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the courts will throw out the pending lawsuits against it. Judges will have to decide whether the new executive order is enough to render existing litigation moot.

    If the plaintiffs argue that the policies look too similar and maintain that the states could still be in jeopardy, the courts could keep the same cases going but adjust them to consider the new language.

    “It depends both on the wording of the new [executive order] and whether Robart, or the appeals court, consider it sufficient enough to cure the issues with the old EO,” said Jay Holland, a civil rights attorney with Joseph Greenwald & Laake.

    “Certainly, the administration will argue that the new EO supersedes the old EO upon which the courts ruled, and so there is no injunction in place to prevent its immediate implementation. The courts may disagree with that if the due process issues are not sufficiently addressed and if the discrimination and First Amendment issues remain.”

    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who argued the case on behalf of the plaintiffs, signaled in an interview on ABC earlier this week that he would consider fighting any new executive order.

    And based on the opinion from the appeals court, even a revised travel ban is likely to face constitutional questions about whether it’s discriminatory or violates due process rights.

    “The States’ claims raise serious allegations and present significant constitutional questions,” the judges said in their ruling.

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    Fed Appeals Court: Immigrant Who Voted Illegally Can be Deported

    FEBRUARY 16, 2017 The Judicial Watch Blog

    Weeks after the House Minority leader blasted President Donald Trump for pledging to investigate voter fraud, a federal appellate court has ruled that a Peruvian immigrant can be deported from the U.S. for illegally voting in a federal election. The decision comes on the heels of a spat between Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and the president. The California Democrat accused Trump of making false claims of election fraud and said that undermining the integrity of our voting system is “really strange.” Most Democrats in Congress agree with the former House Speaker and strongly oppose an investigation, asserting it will limit access to voting.

    Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of the mainstream media coverage promotes the Democrats’ inaccurate version of the facts. One news network referred to Trump’s voter fraud claims as “baseless” and simply an excuse to enact restrictive voting laws. Another wrote that “Trump’s ‘iIlegals voting’ comments are false and divisive,” calling voter fraud by undocumented immigrants “patently false.” In an editorial titled “The Latest Voter Fraud Lie,” a mainstream newspaper writes that the “baseless claims continue to get converted into policy in the form of stricter voting laws like requiring prospective voters to show a photo ID…” A multitude of similar media reports have flooded the news wires in the week’s following Trump’s meeting with congressional leaders to address the issue.

    This week’s appellate court ruling provides a jolt of reality that the media has chosen to ignore. Election fraud was a significant concern in 2008 and 2010, which is why Judicial Watch launched an election integrity project in 2012. The project is a legal campaign to force cleanup of voter registration rolls as well as monitor elections. As an example of the pervasive fraud, Judicial Watch uncovered that 1,046 aliens, or residents who are not U.S. citizens, were on the voter rolls in eight Virginia counites leading up to the 2016 presidential election. If that rate of non-citizen registration held in the rest of Virginia’s counties, that would mean that about 6,500 non-citizens are registered to vote in the state. Additionally, Judicial Watch’s investigation found that 57,923 Virginians were registered to vote in at least one other state as well as 19 deceased individuals. Similar issues have been uncovered in several other states as part of Judicial Watch’s ongoing probe into election fraud.

    The Latin American woman in the recent court ruling who voted illegally is hardly an isolated case. Her name is Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick and she lied about being an American citizen on an Illinois Department of Motor Vehicle form. It was that easy. Fitzpatrick, a legal U.S. resident with three kids, voted in two federal elections in 2006 and claims that she had official approval to cast a ballot after presenting her Peruvian passport and green card. An immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals, the government’s highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws, determined that Fitzpatrick should be deported because non-U.S. citizens cannot vote in federal elections and can be removed from the country for doing so.

    The Peruvian woman did not back down, appealing the decisions in federal court. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the two previous rulings in favor of deportation, though it acknowledged that Fitzpatrick “led a productive and otherwise-unblemished life in this country.” In its decision, the court states that the motor vehicle form sternly warns aliens not to check the U.S. citizen box and that Fitzpatrick is “literate in English and has no excuse for making that misrepresentation.” Aliens are forbidden to vote in federal elections, the ruling says, adding that “another statute provides for the removal of aliens who vote in violation of either state or federal law.” During oral argument, the appellate judges inquired whether Fitzpatrick is the kind of person the Attorney General and Department of Homeland Security want removed from the United States. “The answer was yes,” the ruling states.

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    GOP Outraged After Discovering VA Employees Spent 1.1 Million Hours on Taxpayer-Funded Union Activities

    BY: The Washington Free February 17, 2017 3:08 pm

    House Republicans berated the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday for allowing hundreds of employees to devote all their taxpayer-funded work hours to union activities instead of helping veterans.

    VA records reveal that 290,000 employees spent around 1.1 million hours on union affairs in fiscal year 2015, with 346 of those employees devoting all of their hours to official time, the Daily Caller reported Friday.

    Official time is, according to the Office of Personnel Management, “paid time off from assigned government duties to represent a union or its bargaining unit employees,” for which taxpayers foot the bill.

    This discovery led Republicans and some Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations to demand that the VA provide a full account of how official time is spent at the VA.

    The issue arose after a recent report from the Government Accountability Office showed that the VA does not have a standardized method of tracking hours and attendance. The department uses two different systems to record and calculate work hours and it has not properly trained employees on how to use them.

    “The inconsistent recording of official time raises questions about VA’s ability to monitor its use, but [VA Time and Attendance System, or VATAS] could help to standardize this process,” the GAO report said. “In rolling out the new system, which VA expects to complete agency-wide in 2018, VA has provided inconsistent training and guidance on how to use the codes in VATAS.”

    “Without reliable data, VA cannot monitor the use of official time agency-wide or share reliable data with the Office of Personnel Management, which reports on the government-wide use of official time,” the report added.

    “Something’s gotta change,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) said at the hearing Thursday. “I appreciate y’all having the hearing, but look, this is unbelievable, unbelievable what we have here. So let’s hope we can change it and get rid of all these folks on official time.”

    Union officials and managers at three of the five VA facilities the GAO visited, however, believe that official time can be spent in a productive way to improve relations between management and labor.

    Union officials and managers at three of the five VA facilities the GAO visited, however, believe that official time can be spent in a productive way to improve relations between management and labor.

    In the GAO report, union officials assert that official time is beneficial because it provides time for union officials to “build and maintain good rapport” with management, and managers and union officials from four out of five groups said official time “may help resolve problems before they escalate.”

    Union officials from national and local levels also insist that official time provides a channel for employees to report concerns and uncover issues, such as overprescribing opiates and long wait times for veterans. The report states that officials from one national union had nearly 50 whistleblowers report issues with long wait times at the VA.

    Despite the whistleblowing, long wait times and prescription problems still persist at the VA. Some critics believe this is because official time consists mostly of rhetoric, rather than caring for veterans

    Maj. Jaspen Boothe, president of the non-profit Final Salute Incorporated, kisses the casket of World War II veteran Serina Vine after the funeral service / AP

    Rep. Mark Meadows (R., N.C.) raised these concerns on Thursday, demanding that Kim McLeod, acting VA executive director for labor management relations, and David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, provide in 60 days a direct correlation between the number of hours spent on official time and the quality of veteran care.

    “I need a direct correlation between the amount of official time and a direct result in terms of training and quality,” Meadows said.

    The number of taxpayer-funded hours spent on union activity at the VA has increased each year. The Office of Personnel Management estimated that in fiscal year 2012, the VA spent nearly $47 million on union official work, more than any other department.

    “I love the way government works–a fancy name, official time. It sounds like they’re actually working for the taxpayers, working for the veterans, when in fact it’s just the opposite,” Jordan said.

    Democrats working alongside Republicans were also concerned by the use of official time at the VA, but some still believe that official time has its benefits.

    Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D., Texas) feared that Republicans saw official time as “shameful,” the Daily Caller reported.

    “If we agree official time has value, then we can move on to the other questions,” he said. “If we don’t believe in the value of official time, if we think it’s a scam and a fraud, well that’s a decision we can make as well.”

    But in the wake of January’s GAO report, it is likely that if a correlation is not drawn between official time and improved veteran care, then Republicans will vie for official time to be eliminated.

    William Lawrence Kovacs, a witness at Thursday’s hearing and a labor policy analyst for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told lawmakers that Congress should eliminate official time.

    “Union official time is an unwise use of limited tax dollars and serves the private interests of unions,” he said. “The public does not directly benefit from the use of official time. Congress should eliminate the use of official time.”

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    When does bureaucratic sabotage border sedition?

    By James Longstreet The American Thinker Feb. 17, 2017

    Our government is populated by those who oppose the duly elected president.

    That has become blindingly evident.  The past eight years of systematically packing the system with a certain ilk is to blame.

    In the recent election, the one in which Donald Trump was fairly and duly elected president, the area populated by the federally involved voted sharply the other way.  When we look at Washington, D.C. and the collar counties loaded with federal employees and those who benefit from federal government spending, we get similar readings.

    92.8% of those in Washington DC voted for the other person.   Charles County MD, 63%, Prince George County MD 88%, Montgomery County 74%.  In Virginia, Fairfax County 65% voted other than Trump.

    The geographical reliance on the federal government, its employment and expenditures, is clear.  When the reliance becomes so great that those so reliant, so ensconced within the federal bureaucracy allow their political allegiances to interfere with the execution of their sworn duties, we have a problem.  In so doing, these people impede the functionary processes of government.  This is a new condition.  It has nothing to do with oaths or patriotism.

    If Lois Lerner was a peek, we now have a picture window into the allegiances of the federal employee.  The Lois Lerner types who wield their powers to punish, deter, and smother those with whom they have political disagreement seem to be rife amongst the Obama remnants.  Leaking information to the media seems justified if it promotes the cause.

    What does that tell us about our country?  It is a dire issue when those who enjoy the trappings of “public service,” feeling their positions threatened by a duly elected official, react by withholding their sworn duties as they adhere to self-authored allegiances.

    The bubble that is the Washington, D.C. corridor, the area that never feels the pinch of recession, where the construction cranes never go idle, has become an entity unto itself.  The Founders foresaw the cautions of centralizing a government, and safeguards were put in place.  States’ rights would be the balance to federal power.

    The landscape permanently changed with the passage of the federal income tax.  This blew the founding fathers’ model apart.  That tax extracts money from the population and delivers it to a “centralized” point.  The result is a well funded centralized entity, evolving into autonomy and becoming what Frank Baum might call “Oz.”  (The geographical depiction of Oz is outlined in the second paragraph of this article.)

    Within this federal financial wonderland comes an attitude.  We defend our turf, we know best, we are insulated and protected by the arrangement (if not the 5th Amendment).  As of late, intelligence operatives are withholding sensitive information from the president, per their decision and counter to oaths and obligations.  Concerns over IRS hijinks are now shuffled to the dust bin.

    Regarding the withholding of intelligence from the president:

    In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.

    If we look forward, we can perhaps see a Jeff Sessions-ordered Grand Jury investigating the Flynn leaks and any Russian involvement in the election.  We can thus also expect more 5th Amendment play from the government-employed.  The unaccountability of the federal employee to his or her employer will again come into clear focus, as will the absurdity of the arrangement.

    When duties sworn are not performed, when activities are engaged in that are designed to confound and stifle a new administration, when political allegiances trump loyalty to the nation, these antics become something other than slow play and nuisance.  Congressional gamesmanship such as filibusters is of a different nature.  I suggest that these new activities border on sedition.  Sheltering those who engage in such with 5th Amendment protections seems to fall short of proper employee-employer relations.  The federal government seems to be the only realm that allows for employee non-accountability.

    Economically insulated, politically autonomous, accountable only to themselves, acting out of harmony with the nation, and populated by those willfully ignorant of oath and duty – has Washington, D.C. become its own entity?

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    Americans brimming with optimism on the economy

    Illegal aliens too terrified to apply for welfare

    By Ed Straker – The American Thinker

    You know illegal aliens are scared when they are too scared to apply for welfare.

    A government social worker for Durham County, N.C., said that the number of Hispanic residents seeking assistance had dropped off rapidly in recent days amid swirling rumors about an ICE checkpoint at a Durham intersection and ICE agents making arrests in a supermarket parking lot.

    “Today, I haven’t gotten one Hispanic client in the entire check-in today,” said the social worker, a longtime government employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. “That never happens … They think that when they come here for assistance, that they’re going to be on some sort of invisible list.”

    I thought illegal aliens were not to supposed to be getting welfare.  Which is it?  The truth seems to shift depending on the line of propaganda we are being fed.

    What happens when illegals become too afraid to get a taxpayer-funded education for their children?  What happens when they become too fearful to vote.

    Rumors have gripped the imagination of neighbors here, forcing families indoors and being vigilant of any law enforcement patrolling their streets. Doors typically open to neighbors and passersby drawn by the smell of pupusas or rice are now closed and locked. 

    Isn’t ICE performing a community service by preventing buildings from smelling of pupusas?  If I lived in an illegal alien ghetto, I would not want to smell pupusas all the time.

    More:

    Some don’t answer knocks on their doors. They’re taping bedsheets over windows and staying off social media.

    Hey, ICE, if you’re reading this: go after the apartments with bedsheets taped over their windows.  Those will be the ones with illegal aliens!

    Statistics show that Trump is not arresting any more illegals than Obama (disappointingly).  But the mere fear of Trump, whipped up by the liberal media, has caused each ICE raid to get tremendous media attention.  The media treat illegals like virtuous citizens, entitled to welfare, and doesn’t understand that by relating these facts, even the idea of Trump is causing America to become unattractive to illegal aliens.  Nor do the media understand the resentment they generate by reporting that illegals are missing out on our tax dollars, as if this is something to be sad about.

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    Hispanic Workers Fired After They Skip Work To Join ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ Protest

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    Did you notice “A Day Without Immigrants” on Thursday? Me neither. The lame protest was supposed to show America how desperately we need illegal aliens when “immigrants” across the country stayed home, but the impact was so minimal that even the liberal media who loves this kind of stuff barely covered it. The Hispanic kitchen staff of a restaurant in Oklahoma made the mistake of participating in this weak-ass protest and were shocked to find that they had been fired for skipping work.

    KTLU reports that 12 Hispanic workers at the “I Don’t Care” Bar and Grill in Catoosa, OK decided to simply not show up to work on Thursday to take part in “A Day Without Immigrants” protest and were summarily fired, because that’s how shit works in the real world. Maybe the name of the restaurant should have tipped them off that the owner doesn’t care about their leftist bullshit.

    Making this even funnier is how they got fired. Owner Bill McNally sent at least one of the workers this text message:

    “You and your family are fired. I hope you enjoyed your day off, and you can enjoy many more. Love you,” wrote McNally

    The owner explained to the news that he doesn’t put up with crap like this. In a written statement he said he has a “zero tolerance policy for no show/no call incidents and the 12 employees violated that policy.” He also told the news that he has fired employees in the past for not showing up for a scheduled shift.

    The workers who were fired didn’t want to be identified or show their faces on the news, indicating that they are probably illegal aliens. They also don’t speak English so they had a “friend” interpret their complaints.

    “They feel like they’ve been unfairly terminated,” said the friend.

    Really? They were supposed to work and decided not to show up without even calling and that’s unfair? Why? Because they were participating in a protest of our nation’s immigration laws? Maybe with a bleeding heart liberal boss that would fly, but not with someone who actually cares about his business.

    “(They’re) upset they stood for something they felt was necessary so the community would stand together, and they got terminated for that,” continued the friend.

    No, they’re upset that they got fired. They mistakenly thought that blowing off their responsibilities for some liberal idiocy was a good idea and they were wrong.

    “That was their way to show they are needed in the community,” the friend said.

    Apparently not. Bossman had no problem firing them. Perhaps they overestimated how important dishwashers are.

    “Immigrants are important to the nation,” finished the friend.

    The problem here is that liberals want to conflate immigrants with illegal aliens. These are not the same things.

    “Immigrants are important to the nation,” finished the friend.

    The problem here is that liberals want to conflate immigrants with illegal aliens. These are not the same things. Nobody has a problem with immigrants who come to this country the right way and contribute to society. It’s actually very insulting to legal immigrants that liberals insist they are the same as people who sneak into the country or overstay their visas. I know actual immigrants who had to jump through all kinds of hoops to come here and they are furious at illegal aliens who demand a free pass to the front of the line.

    So A Day Without Immigrants was a bust. Most people didn’t notice how much they need illegal aliens and at least one boss in Oklahoma discovered he was fine without them.

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    Trump takes feud with press to campaign rally in Florida

    White House Blasts “False” AP Report That 100,000 Troops Will Round Up Illegal Aliens

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    Third Way compared 2016 election results in the two areas and found an astounding asymmetry:

    In California, New York and Massachusetts, home to roughly 24 million voters, voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a large margin, 65% to 35%.

    But in the remaining 47 states, home to 105 million voters, voters broke for Trump by a decisive 52% to 48% margin.

    The geographic concentration of the pro-Hillary vote is one reason Clinton’s supposed popular vote “victory” rings so hollow. Clinton ran up the score in a liberal state like California, where she bested Trump by some 4.3 million votes.

    But that single-state advantage is simply not reflective of the broader national pattern, which favored Trump, Third Way found.

    Recent voting patterns in Congress point to another disastrous trend for Democrats: They are fast becoming a “two-region” party.

    Democrats have a 3-1 lead over the GOP in California, New York and Massachusetts and a 3-1 lead over Republicans in the Pacific Northwest and the Mid-Atlantic (also known as the “Acela Corridor”). However, those regions account for less than 20% of the total numbers of House members.

    By contrast, if you focus on the American South, the Heartland, and the Southwest — about 80% of the country — the GOP leads Democrats by more than 2-1.

    Overall, that translates into a decisive GOP advantage in the House of Representatives — one that is not likely to shift anytime soon.

    There are other powerful signs that the Democrats are losing their grip on power.

    The vast majority of state legislatures — 32, a record — are in GOP hands, as are a majority of the state houses. And Democrats face enormous challenges in the U.S. Senate in 2018 because they must defend at least 10 seats in states that Trump won in 2016 — while the GOP occupies virtually none that are considered vulnerable to reversal.

    One bellwether contest will be the battle of liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren for re-election in Massachusetts. A recent statewide poll found that 46% of voters would support someone else for her seat — her weakest showing yet.

    Other vulnerable Senate Democrats include party stalwarts like North Dakota’s Claire McCaskill in North Dakota, Montana’s Jon Tester in Montana, and even Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, in Virginia.

    One top Democratic strategist recently toldPolitico Magazine: “It’s going to be a disaster.”

    Another major quandary for Democrats is their national leadership. Without Obama at the helm, the party has fallen prey to fierce ideological, gender and ethnic divisions.

    Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) managed to impose herself as party leader yet again, beating back a powerful challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who blamed Pelosi and her ardent followers, many of them dependent on her fundraising support, for leading Democrats astray.

    Since then, the party has found itself increasingly divided over the nomination of Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) to become Democratic National Committee chair. Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and more recently, former vice-president Joe Biden have joined the fray, but each supports a different candidate, further complicating the dispute.

    It’s becoming a race to the bottom. Ellison and his emerging rival Tom Perez, Obama’s former labor secretary, are virtual unknowns outside the party. Sanders and Biden, who might have fared better against Trump than Clinton, are too old to lead the Democrats moving forward. Warren herself will be 71 in 2024.

    The party could well find itself without a viable White House challenger to Trump in 2020.

    And then there’s the Supreme Court. Trump has just announced his candidate to replace Judge Antonin Scalia, Neil Gorsuch. A staunch conservative who once clerked for Anthony Kennedy, the leading “swing” vote on the Court, he’s hard to pigeon-hole politically.

    And despite threats to block Gorsuch, the Democrats have become victims of their own hubris. Under Obama, they altered the rules so that only 51 Senate votes were needed to confirm a judicial appointee. The Republicans now have 52, making Gorsuch a shoo-in.

    For the GOP, regaining a 5-4 majority in the Supreme Court would amount to a political crown jewel: The party will dominate every branch and level of government for the first time in modern history.

    For Democrats, who’ve grown accustomed to having their way in national politics, it’s like staring into the abyss.

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    Which costs more: Trump’s border wall or illegal aliens?

    U.S. taxpayers suffer $100 billion annual burden from influx

    author-imageSteve Peacock wnd

    suv_border_fenceThe estimates of the cost of carrying out President Trump’s plan to build a wall on the nation’s southwest border vary, but the fiscal and societal burdens heaped on U.S. citizens for governmental failure to take decisive action on illegal immigration is significantly costlier, border-control activists say.

    One of the latest cost estimates of Trump’s U.S-Mexican border-security plan – if Congress fails to approve supplemental appropriations – is the equivalent of adding $95 to $120 per U.S. household to the national debt, according to the nonpartisan nonprofit Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

    The organization calculated the per-household ratio based on the $12 billion to $15 billion estimated cost of a border wall that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan jointly offered last week.

    “This is about keeping Americans safe,” Ryan said. “We are committed to working with the administration to stop the influx of illegal immigration along the southern border, protect our homeland, and uphold the rule of law.

    “I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise to make this a national priority.”

    A debate then raged in the halls of Congress, with opponents such as Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., railing against the wall and the temporary refugee ban implemented via executive order.

    “Building walls on our borders and fear in our hearts will not move America forward,” Durbin said on the Senate floor. “Let’s not continue the cruelty or deception of blaming immigrants and refugees for our security and economic challenges.

    “Let’s work together to build a better America for all Americans, including new Americans, no matter the color of their skin, where their parents were born, or how they pray.”

    While the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget took a neutral stand on the merits of building a border wall, its president, Maya MacGuineas, exhorted federal lawmakers to ensure the endeavor is “fully paid for in the same legislation that spends the funds, either through other spending cuts or revenue increases.”

    On the higher end of estimate costs comes a Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, published analysis dismissing the Trump administration’s claim it can build such a wall for $8 billion to $12 billion as initially indicated.

    Writing in the MIT Technology Journal, Konstantin Kakaes says that depending on high above and deep below ground the wall would reach, a wall, for instance, 50 feet tall and 15 feet below ground across 1,000-miles could cost upwards of $40 billion, an estimate he bases on several factors.

    As a project of this magnitude could require about 9.7 million cubic meters of concrete – priced, say, at $900 per cubic meter – “we’re talking almost $9 billion” for concrete alone and another $4.6 billion for steel rebar, Kakaes claims.

    He also urged readers to consider what Israel has experienced in its construction of “320 miles of a planned 480-mile barrier in and around the West Bank. Only three to 10 percent of the completed portion is concrete. The cost so far: $2.6 billion.

    “That fits with what structural engineers have told me: the total cost of highways and other megascale projects in the U.S. is generally two to three times the material costs.”

    Therefore, he said, it will cost the U.S. $27 billion to $40 billion to carry out the Trump endeavor.

    The Federation for Immigration Reform, or FAIR – a nonprofit advocate of limited immigration – says, however, that no matter who pays for the wall, the project ultimately can be viewed as cost effective.

    Citing an estimated $100 billion recurring annual burden placed on taxpayers due to the provision of services to illegal aliens and their families, FAIR President Dan Stein said in a recent USA Today op-ed, “Even at the high end of the one-time cost estimate for constructing a wall, in the $15 billion and $25 billion range, the structures are cheap at twice the price.”

    A widely cited FAIR report published in 2013 claims illegal immigrants could cost taxpayers $113 billion annually, an amount adjusted to $99 billion after factoring estimated taxes paid by illegals.

    President Trump during his election campaign cited the $113 billion FAIR figure, leading to a PolitiFact analysis and several additional analyses and estimates that were less than the FAIR total.

    Although PolitiFact acknowledged it’s “difficult to determine exact costs of a population for which only estimates are available” – without attempting to explicitly refute the numbers – it judged Trump’s FAIR-based claim to be “largely false.”

    The primary fiscal burden of illegal aliens – $84 billion, in FAIR’s estimate – falls on state and local governments, with the remaining $29 billion outlay coming from the federal government.

    The biggest state- and local-level taxpayer burden lies in the provision of public schooling for the children of illegal aliens, since the expense of public education traditionally has fallen on local governments.

    With the majority of these students meeting the economic criteria of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, or Title I, program, with those children constituting about 9.7 percent of K-12 enrollees nationwide, “we estimate that about $1.33 billion of this funding is spent on children of illegal aliens,” the report said.

    When additionally factoring in the Migrant Education Program ($237 million) and the Title III program ($538 million), the estimated annual cost of education for these children is nearly $2.11 billion.

    Medical expenses for illegal aliens comprise about $5.95 billion, factoring emergency medical care ($250 million), fraudulent use of Medicaid ($1.24 billion), Medicaid cost of childbirth ($1.24 billion), Medicaid for children ($1.6 billion) and other Medicaid outlays ($1.6 billion).

    Among other fiscal burdens cited in the report are $7.84 billion in Administration of Justice Outlays, whose largest expenditures fall into the categories of Residual Immigration & Customs Enforcement Functions ($2.82 billion) and Detention and Removal ($2.55 billion).

    “Criminal and deportable aliens in the hands of [Detention and Removal Office] authorities are either transported to the border – if Mexican – or flown to their homeland,” the report emphasized

    “Some Mexicans also are flown to the interior of their country rather than being put across the border where many would be likely to attempt to reenter the United States illegally.”

    According to FAIR, Public Assistance Benefits to illegal aliens at the time of its analysis exceeded $4.71 billion when weighing the cost of the Free and Reduced Meal Program ($2.27 billion), Temporary Assistance of Needy Families ($1.03 billion), Child Care and Development Fund ($633 million), and Housing Assistance Programs ($787 million).

    WND called the White House to obtain additional information on President Trump’s border-security plan. A Press Office staffer said to submit questions via e-mail. No response was given, however, prior to publication deadline.

    The inquiry asked whether current White House cost estimates matched or were comparable to the $12 billion-$15 billion figure offered by House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell, who publicly expressed support for the border-wall proposal.

    “Whatever the Trump administration estimates may be for the border-wall endeavor, what is that cost-estimate based upon? In other words, how exactly was it calculated? Does that calculation include factors such as land-acquisition costs and labor?

    WND also asked for a revised estimate if indeed those factors were not included in White House projections. An estimated date of release to Congress of a detailed plan to build the wall was also requested.

    Drugs and crime

    The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, views the burden of easy access across burden in terms of murderous Mexican transnational criminal organizations, or TCOs.

    The DEA reiterated in its most recent National Drug Threat Assessment, or NDTA, that “Mexican TCOs remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them.”

    These TCOs hold broad, territorial influence across large swaths of Mexico to produce and then transport multi-ton quantities of illicit drugs over the border.

    Mexican TCO members – many with family ties to “leading cartel figures in Mexico” – enter the U.S. illegally as well as legally, often concealing their operations within densely-populated Mexican-American communities, according to the DEA.

    The Mexican TCOs’ control of “lucrative smuggling corridors across the U.S. Southwest Border” enable them to deliver their “poly-drug portfolio” of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana” and other substances to U.S. consumer markets.

    The report points out that the violence that has plagued Mexico as a result of the drug cartels has not, with some exceptions, extended across the border into the U.S.

    “U.S.-based Mexican TCOs strive to maintain low visibility and generally refrain from inter-cartel violence to avoid law enforcement detection and scrutiny,” it said.

    “While there are isolated examples of TCO-connected murders in the United States in past years, particularly along the SWB, they do not represent a significant trend of concern.”

    Human carnage

    A recent Congressional Research Service, or CRS, report points to slow but steady progress in joint U.S.-Mexican efforts to reform Mexico’s criminal justice, known as the Mérida Initiative, while combating transnational criminal organizations and cross-border drug and human trafficking.

    Mexico, however, continues to be “the main foreign supplier to the U.S. market of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana,” CRS said in its January 2017 report, “U.S.-Mexican Security Cooperation: The Mérida Initiative and Beyond.”

    “It remains a major transit country for cocaine sold in the United States.”

    Additionally, from 2010 to 2015, U.S. seizures of methamphetamine increased 305 percent at the southwest border, while the amount of heroin seized more than doubled, according to the report, which was obtained by the Federation of American Scientists.

    “Surging U.S. demand has fueled increasing opium cultivation and heroin production in Mexico, as well as drug trafficking-related violence in areas where groups are vying to control production,” the report said.

    The George W. Bush Administration in 2007 launched the Mérida Initiative, for which Congress then appropriated more than $2.6 billion from FY2008 to FY2016. The FY2017 budget request under Barack Obama included $129 million for the initiative, while a House measure – for which the 114th Congress did not complete action – sought an additional $20 million.

    Among the endeavor’s “Four Pillars” is “Creating a 21st Century Border,” which extends some of the initiative’s focus from illegal migration and cross-border crime to the potential risk that cross-border commercial trade poses to the U.S.

    “Another issue policymakers may confront regarding the strengthening of the Southwest border is how to prevent the corruption of U.S. and Mexican border officials,” the report suggested.

    It noted that 144 employees of Customs & Border Protection, or CBP, from FY2005 to FY2012, “were arrested or indicted for corruption-related activities and 65 percent of them were stationed along the Southwest border.”

    CRS acknowledged that the agency has stepped up efforts to increase transparency on the matter, including a 2016 CBP Integrity Advisory Council report that recommended the creation of Border Corruption Task Forces.

    “To date, the 21st century border pillar has not directly addressed the issue of corruption,” CRS said in the report.

    “Congress may consider whether preventing, detecting, and prosecuting the corruption of border enforcement personnel should be a component of the border programs funded by the Mérida Initiative.”

    Despite the efforts of U.S. and Mexican officials via the initiative – and a decade after the Mexican government initiated a military-led crackdown against drug traffickers and organized criminal organizations – “violent crime continues to threaten citizen security and governance in parts of Mexico, including in cities along the U.S. Southwest border.”

    The violence, according to the report, “may have claimed more than 100,000 lives since December 2006.”

    From the Mexican side of border, there have been threats against Trump’s plan.

    A former Mexican government official says that in response, his nation might stop cooperating with the United States in the war against the drug cartels, which would unleash what an analysis has described as “chaos and violence.”

    The warning came from Jorge Castaneda Gutman, a former secretary of foreign affairs for Mexico, whose leadership has been in an uproar over Trump’s plan to stop illegal immigration.

    In a recent interview, Gutman claimed that the drugs and associated violence are not Mexico’s problem, even though the drug cartels have murdered tens of thousands of Mexicans, beheading many of their victims.

    He told CNN that Mexico “has a lot of negotiating chips in this matter … but it also has measures we could take in other areas.”

    “For example, the drugs that come through Mexico from South America, or the drugs that are produced here in Mexico all go to the United States,” he said. “This is not our problem.”

    Gutman then boasted of his nation’s work with the U.S. but warned it might not last.

    “We have been cooperating with the United States for many years on these issues because they’ve asked us to and because we have a friendly, trustful relationship. If that relationship disappears, the reasons for cooperation also disappear,” he said.

    At Intellihub, an independent news outlet whose coverage of the secret 2012 Bilderberg meetings became the source of a movie, writer Mac Slavo spelled out the consequences of ending the cooperation.

    “[Gutman] suggested that Mexico’s previous cooperation with the U.S. in curbing the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants could end,” he wrote. “Instead, the cartels could be essentially unleashed upon the U.S. – retribution for tough policies on Mexico and other immigrant-producing countries in the Latin American world.”

    He said Gutman’s comments confirm the link between the cartels and the Mexican government.

    President Trump’s proposal to impose a 20 percent tariff on Mexican goods to help pay for his border-wall plan appears to be entirely lawful, according to the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C., libertarian think-tank.

    Dan Ikenson, director of Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, acknowledged last month in an analysis of Trump’s proposal might comply with the letter of the law under several statutes.

    “The most probable statute is Section 232(b) of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which permits the president to impose duties in the event of a ‘national emergency,’” Ikenson said. He pointed out that President Nixon once invoked this statute in 1971, subsequently imposing upon Japanese imports a 10 percent surcharge in response to a “balance of payments crisis” with Japan.

    “Trump might claim that the loss of manufacturing jobs or the influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico is a national security crisis that justifies his invocation of this law, and imposition of the tariff,” according to Ikenson, who offered his analysis via the Cato at Liberty blog.

    Though Trump likely could implement such an action, it remains unclear if the punitive tariff would remain in effect in the long term.

    “Whether the action would pass muster in a NAFTA panel or at the WTO is another matter,” Ikenson said. “There has never been such a case – duties imposed to redress a national security crisis – brought to dispute settlement.”

    Ikenson, it should be noted, simply assessed the legalities of the tariff in relation to the border-wall plan, and is not supportive of the proposal. Indeed, he said it was unfortunate Trump had the power to impose the discriminatory tariff – and equally unfortunate the president has the will to carry out this border-security action.

    “The very idea of building the wall in the first place is a disgrace, but demonizing our neighbors and hatching plans that could subvert the Mexican economy and put another Venezuela on our southern border, is belligerent and potentially disastrous,” he said.

    One analyst from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C. think-tank, praised the border-wall plan and accompanying proposed Trump measures to heighten border security as bold and effective.

    “There is no question that all of these actions, taken together, will be a major step in getting our illegal alien population under control, securing our border, and deterring and reducing the huge influx of illegal aliens into the U.S. that was spurred by the Obama administration’s lax policies,” according to Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow in Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

    “It would seem that the political will to enforce our immigration laws and take a tough line on the illegal aliens that have been flooding into the country for many years has finally appeared in Washington in the form of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States.

    “It is about time,” von Spakovsky emphasized in the organization’s Daily Signal report.

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    Former Nazi and Democrat Donor George Soros Now Connected to Every Major Protest Since November Election

    February 5, 2017 10:03 am

    (Gateway Pundit) – The University of California, Berkeley, the self-proclaimed “home of the free speech movement”, on Wednesday night gave conservatives a Nazi style beat-down on Wednesday night.

    Violent far left rioters and goons shut the talk down.

    The progressive thugs started fires, assaulted women, beat Trump supporters unconscious, raided ATMs, shot off fireworks and destroyed private property.

    Now there is evidence that former Nazi, Democrat donor and Billionaire George Soros was behind the UC Berkeley riots:

    The left-wing group that helped organize the violent shut down of the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday is backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by George Soros, the city of Tucson, a major labor union and several large companies.

    US Berkeley gave an award to George Soros in 2004. In announcing the award the University of California Berkeley reported on Soros’s past as having a “personal experience with fascist and totalitarian regimes”

    Might does not make right, and therefore the United States has committed a tremendous mistake in using its military supremacy to force democracy on Iraq. That was the blunt critique of the Bush Administration that billionaire financier and munificent philanthropist George Soros delivered to a packed audience at UC Berkeley last night.

    The Hungarian-born Soros, whose personal experience with fascist and totalitarian regimes has informed his decades-long approach to promoting open societies around the world, has now turned his attention on his own adopted democracy. America’s recent foreign policy justifying preemptive strikes — but only those by America — has undermined the legitimacy of U.S. supremacy, Soros said, while the branding of American protesters as unpatriotic undermines the foundations of our democracy.

    UC Berkeley reported that UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl presented Soros with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Honor Award.

    The award recognized Soros’s “tireless efforts as a philanthropist,” in particular through his Open Society Institute and other organizations that support projects in areas such as education, public health, and civil-society development.

    Soros was interviewed years ago on CBS’s 60 Minutes where he admitted helping Nazi’s during World War II.  He helped Nazis steal from Jews during the war.  Soros is a Jew.

    Soros was also reportedly behind the airport protests last weekend in the US.  A week before that Soros was reportedly behind 50 Groups involved in the ‘Women’s Protests’ the day after the inauguration.  Before that, Soros was connected to the groups demanding election recounts after the November 8th election and Soros money was funding more protests during these efforts.  And DCLeaks released information showing that Soros funded Black Lives Matter protests across the country.

    Former Nazi George Soros is connected to every major protest since the election and many, if not all leading up to the election, including Black Lives Matter.

    slone @slone

    EXHIBIT A: The libs are the FASCISTS!!!!!!! They’ve become EVERYTHING they falsely accuse Trump & his supporters of being! https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/827362586979102720 

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    United Arab Emirates’ Officials Praise President Trump’s Moratorium

    “The United States has taken a decision that …”

    The foreign minister to the United Arab Emirates, a Muslim-dominant country that borders Saudi Arabia and Oman, has come out in defense of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recently enacted moratorium on immigration from terror-prone nations.

    “The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan reportedly said during a press conference Wednesday alongside his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

    “There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect first is what the U.S. administration itself says … that this decision is not directed at a certain religion.”

    “The is a temporary ban and it will revised in three months, so it is important that we put into consideration this point,” he added. “Some of these countries that were on this list are countries that face structural problems. These countries should try to solve these issues … and these circumstances before trying to solve this issue with the United States.”

    Sheikh Abdullah also reportedly expressed support for the U.S. president’s proposal to implement safe zones in Syria.

    “If the aim behind these areas is humanitarian and temporary and under an international umbrella, I think this is a basis we can work on,” he said.

    However, he was not the first official from the UAE to speak out in defense of the U.S. president’s executive orders.

    In a series of tweets posted Sunday, Dubai’s head of general security Dhahi Khalfan praised the “ban,” arguing that Trump had the right to do what was necessary to protect his constituents.

    “We completely support Trump in his ban on entry to those who may cause a breach in America’s security,” he wrote, according to translations provided by the Jordanian news website Al Bawaba.

    “Every country has the right to protect its security from anyone who could be dangerous for the safety of its people. Previous US administrations have embraced all the wanted men of the Arab world and those classified as terrorists … Trump what you’re doing is right.”

    Included among those who disagreed with both Sheikh Abdullah and Dhahi Khalfan was Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who reportedly lashed out at the moratorium, claiming that it was a sign the U.S. president did not understand politics.

    “He [Trump] is new to politics,” he said. “He has been in a different world. It’s a totally new environment to him. It will take him a long time and will cost the United States a lot, until he learns what is happening in the world.”

    Trump, who has previously signaled his intention to revoke the widely panned nuclear deal achieved with Iran by former President Barack Obama, would likely disagree.

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    Trump Has ‘Lengthy Discussion’ With Family Of Fallen Navy SEAL

    “… gave his full measure for our nation …”

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    NEW: US service member killed in Yemen raid ID’d as Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, according to statement from Sec. James Mattis.

    President Trump “had a very somber and lengthy conversation with the family” of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL killed in Yemen over the weekend, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

    “The president offered his sincerest condolences to Officer Owens’ wife, his father and their three children,” Spicer said during his Tuesday briefing.

    Owens, 36, was the first service member killed in action since Trump became commander-in-chief. The highly decorated chief petty officer was part of a SEAL team carrying out a raid against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which resulted in the deaths of 14 members of the terrorist group (including three senior leaders) and the recovery of intelligence data that could prove useful in thwarting future attacks.

    Owens, who was from Peoria, Ill., died of wounds sustained during what was reportedly a two-hour gunfight.

    “Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service,” Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement Monday. “The United States would not long exist were it not for the selfless commitment of such warriors.”

    In a statement released Sunday, President Trump said, “Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism. My deepest thoughts and humblest prayers are with the family of this fallen service member.”

    Owens enlisted in 1998, serving first in Naval intelligence before attending basic and advanced SEAL training in Coronado, Calif., which he completed in December 2002, according to the Navy Times.

    Becoming a SEAL had been Owens’ dream since his freshman year of high school his friend Cody Jackson recounted to the Peoria Journal Star.

    The chief petty officer was reportedly serving with the famed SEAL Team 6, based in Virginia Beach, Va., which is the unit credited with killing Osama Bin Laden in 2011.

    Sunday’s raid in Yemen began at 2 a.m. local time, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

    After initial missile strikes, a two-hour gun battle ensued, between the Navy SEALs and al Qaeda fighters, during which three other Navy SEALs were wounded.

    A fourth was injured when the MV 22 Navy Osprey carrying some of the sailors made a hard landing. The aircraft had to be destroyed.

    According to a Pentagon spokesman, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for, or has been linked to, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the attempted underwear bombing aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas 2009.

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    No more ‘B.S.!’ Look who Trump picks for EU ambassador

    Brexit backer, WND author, contributor won’t take any globalist bull

    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    WASHINGTON – The next U.S. ambassador to the European Union is warning that his boss, President Donald Trump, won’t take any “bull—-” from Brussels.

    How’s that for start to diplomacy?

    Ted Malloch, Trump’s pick for the post, shocked BBC presenters Sunday morning with his bluntness, predicting the impending collapse of the EU as President Trump continues to lay down the law.

    During an interview with Pienaar’s Politics, the economist, WND author and contributor said the time is over for “baby talk and political correctness” of EU elites such as Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker and Guy Verhofstadt.

    The early Brexit backer said Trump doesn’t want Germany to rule Europe.

    Ted Malloch

    Ted Malloch

    In an extraordinary pushback, he said that whether the EU likes it or not, Trump will only deal with countries on a nation-by-nation basis. To add insult to injury, Malloch, author of “Hired: An Insider’s Look at the Trump Victory” and “Davos, Aspen and Yale: My Life Behind the Elite Curtainas a Global Sherpa,” said Britain would be key to U.S. relations with the EU in the post-Brexit era. He urged Theresa May to continue her role as a bridge between the EU and the U.S.

    In response to European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt’s call for rejecting Malloch’s ambassadorial appointment, he said only America would choose American diplomats and if the EU dared to intervene, there would an “equal measure of response in Washington.” Verhostadt had signaled that the appointment should be rejected because of Malloch’s “outrageous malevolence against the values that define this European Union.”

    “Trump hopes that Europe succeeds completely and he wants to deal with them bilaterally,” Malloch said. “But obviously, he doesn’t want a union that is tilted towards Germany.”

    When pressed how Trump would speak to the EU on a nation-by-nation basis instead of a giant bloc, he seemed to suggest the complete break-up of the political union.

    “The hope is that the EU can come to some understanding and the union itself, which is in a process of adjustment, will see its role as something more of an economic integration, rather than political,” explained Malloch.

    Earlier in the interview, he proclaimed that Trump is “too noble for this world.” Quoting from Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” he said Trump’s “heart is his mouth.”

    “Trump won’t cow down to the powers that be,” Malloch continued. “He’ll speak his mind even if gets him in trouble or is held in disregard by others. It used to be called honesty but in the age of baby talk and political correctness, and mostly bull—-, it’s now regarded as dishonesty.”

    Last month, the Trump insider clashed with Brussels when he said that he “helped bring about the demise of the USSR and he would like to do a similar thing with the EU.”

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    Skeptical McConnell distances from Trump on Russia, travel ban

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    Trump’s top diplomat enters pressure cooker

    Trump slams ‘so-called’ judge who blocked travel ban

    That travel-ban lifting judge said ?

    Claimed in courtroom none arrested from 7 designated countries since 9/11

    Judge James Robart

    Judge James Robart

    WASHINGTON – The judge who issued a stay on President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring entry to the U.S. by those from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia erroneously claimed in his courtroom that no person from those countries have been arrested in the U.S. since 9/11.

    In a courtroom exchange Friday with Department of Justice lawyer Michelle Bennett, federal Judge James L. Robart, asked, “How many arrests have there been of foreign nationals from those seven countries since 9/11”?

    “I don’t know the specific details of attacks or planned attacks,” said Bennett, who is from the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.

    “The answer to that is none, as best I can tell,” said the judge.

    While Robart was clearly wrong – travelers and immigrants from the seven countries have indeed been involved in the murders of Americans and other heinous crimes – a better answer would have been: No one knows just how many have been arrested because no one has been counting mere arrests.

    Here is a partial list of some of the more well-known cases involving persons who traveled from countries on the watchlist:

    In October 2009, police arrested an Iraqi Muslim immigrant for running over his 20-year-old daughter to punish her for becoming “too westernized.” His daughter, died of her injuries. The father was sentenced to 34 years in prison.

    In November 2009, Nidal Hassan fatally shot fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others at Fort Hood in Texas. While the Army major was an American, he received counseling and encouragement from Yemen-based imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who traveled frequently to the U.S. and was later killed in a drone attack ordered by Barack Obama in Yemen.

    In 2011, Rahim Alfetlawi, 47, an Iraqi native living in Minneapolis, shot his step-daughter fatally in the head because she moved away and was becoming to westernized. He was sentenced to life in prison.

    On Sept. 17, 2016, Dahir Ahmed Adan, born in Somalia, entered a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, dressed as a security guard and began stabbing individuals before an off-duty copy shot and killed him. According to police, Adan asked at least one person if they were a Muslim before attacking them and made statements regarding Allah during the attack. Ten were injured in the stabbing spree, but thankfully none were killed or suffered grave injuries.

    In November 2017, Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan attacked 11 Americans with a knife and then a car on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus before a campus police officer shot and killed

    him.

    But terrorism experts are scratching their heads trying to figure out the judge’s point.

    The Trump administration chose the seven countries for the watch list because they were designated as essentially lawless nations by the Obama administration – those from which terrorists are known to be traveling to evade identification.

    Trump’s executive order made this clear: “Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee-resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.”

    In addition, if you look at the volume of major terrorist attacks and gruesome crimes in the U.S. committed by Muslims from other countries besides the seven, there will indeed be many, many more. Does that suggest the judge wants to see a broader watch list than Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia?

    Others who used these destinations to wreak havoc on Europe over the last two years, where hundreds have been killed in bombings, truck attacks, shootings and stabbings following the continent’s opening to “Syrian refugees,” are, in fact, mostly unknown young men from Muslim countries the world over.

    On Saturday, Trump said on Twitter: “What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?” He added that “very bad and dangerous” people may now come into the U.S. because of the judge’s “terrible” ruling.

    Earlier, Trump called the judge who issued the temporary restraining order a “so-called judge” and vowed that the order would be “overturned!”

    The halt late Friday was issued by U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who is an appointee of George W. Bush. He said that Washington state and Minnesota had standing to challenge Trump’s executive order on immigration. So he issued the temporary, nationwide restraining order based on his opinion that the states showed their case is likely to succeed.

    Ed Straker, an attorney wo attended law school with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, says Judge Robart “has clearly usurped his authority.”

    “The case clearly has no plaintiffs with standing or any kind of validity,” he wrote in American Thinker. “At most, Judge Robart should have stayed his decision pending appeal to circuit courts. His radical injunction smacks of a judicial coup, of a single federal district judge asserting his authority over the entire executive branch. His arguments for doing so are unconstitutional, as is his manner of issuing the order. We are living in a time when judicial ayatollahs are usurping the power of our elected officials, and it is very much like a judicial coup.”

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    Libtard Judge Sides With Terrorists To Halt Travel Ban – Usurps President Trump

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    A state that is possibly more screwed up than California, Washington, is the source of the latest assault against the rights of the American people to live our lives as we choose without the fear of Islamic terrorism and it’s facilitators intruding. Washington has chosen to oppose the American people and to assist in the invasion of our nation and the creation of a caliphate in North America.

    A corrupt judge, clearly a political tool of the global establishment and the assault on the American people, has ruled that foreigners have a right to come to the United States as they choose, and if there is a terrorist risk, so be it, that’s life and death in America. Seattle and Washington State in general are certainly distinguishing themselves as worthy locations for the next terror attack. They’re begging for it and they richly deserve to feel the consequences of their reckless actions that are putting the rest of the nation at risk.

    There should be repercussions to aiding and abetting the enemy, terrorists and their supporters. Maybe they’re just trying to spread the risk to the rest of us. With all of that coastline and international border perhaps they’re trying to draw more of the terrorist interest to the interior, to Tennessee or Nebraska. No, they’re America-hating zealots, out to foil the efforts of securing this nation and follow the footsteps of Hussein Obama, likely in service to the same masters, in our destruction.

    In essence, hack judge Robart ruled that foreigners may have a right to come to the United States and that the President of the United States, despite the Constitutional power to do so and every predecessor in modern history acting in that capacity, cannot regulate immigration, even in defense of the nation. He’ll decided after he’s had a chance to draw things out, create more of an uproar and “study it.” His decision is already made, undoubtedly, but he’s got to make the most of it, sell it to the people, get every bang for his sponsor’s agitator buck.

    Who does arrogant would-be dictator think he is, we might ask. He has usurped the office of the president unconstitutionally, siding and ruling against the Constitution. He is a George W. Bush appointee, which could help explain his globalist tendencies and his actions. We know what he is, he’s an activist liberal agitator under a black robe. In August he closed out a hearing with the declaration from the bench of “Black Lives Matter.” It was a hearing in which the Seattle Police Department is being federalized under the guise of “civil rights.”

    According to the Washington State Attorney General’s website, “The Temporary Restraining Order will remain in place until U.S. District Court Senior Judge James L. Robart considers the Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging key provisions of the President’s order as illegal and unconstitutional. If AG Ferguson prevails, the Executive Order would be permanently invalidated nationwide.

    So the same lone twit that decided, by himself, that he could overrule the President of the United States, the Constitution and decades of precedent is the same ass that will be rendering the final decision? Surely there is a full panel to hear the case and then the Supreme Court. It’s very important that Judge Gosuch be confirmed as quickly as possible.

    This is just the next stage of the Democrat assault on America and their challenge to President Trump. They lost the executive branch, they lost Congress, they have no other options but to press their anti-America agenda through the corrupt judges in the Judiciary. Judge Robart fit that bill perfectly.

    Americans must realize that the Democrats are no longer a political party. They are an anti-American subversive group that has commandeered a political party and is operating under that disguise for the destruction of America. After this, there should be no more questions of the veracity of that fact.

    Notice the disdain with which the leftie Reuters reporter in the video below says “Trump,” only calling him President Trump once. It’s also noteworthy that there in one week, as the supposed number of canceled visas reported indicates, there were 60,000 visas from these seven terrorists nations. As Tammy Bruce said, we’re giving these things out like candy. Thanks to President Trump for bringing it to the forefront and putting a stop to the insanity.

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    New post on Refugee Resettlement Watch

    So what happened at yesterday’s solidarity-with-mosques day?

    by Ann Corcoran

    Leo Hohmann (author of the best selling book (‘Stealth Invasion) tell us here at World Net Daily. See my post on their plans here a couple of days ago. And, see what I said here (below)!

    Hohmann at WND:

    ‘Christian’ activists head to mosques to resist Trump

    A national coalition with ties to George Soros was behind a national day of “solidarity” with Muslims Friday that included rallies at airports and prayer vigils at mosques.

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    Must read! Hohmann’s ‘Stealth Invasion’ which is moving up on Amazon’s best sellers lists.

    The National Partnership for New Americans sponsored a “day of action” to protest Donald Trump’s 90-day moratorium on travel from seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen – which the groups are calling “unconstitutional” and a “Muslim ban.”

    The NPNA was funded with a $200,000 grant from Soros’ Open Society Foundations in 2011.

    Friday’s action is to be followed up by another on Feb. 22 when the NPNA coalition plans to flood congressional offices with protesters at the district level, sending an army of advocates for immigrants and refugees.

    But Friday’s event was no ordinary protest. Many non-Muslims entered mosques and joined Muslims in the Jummah prayer, which is the most heavily attended prayer of the week at mosques around the world and widely referred to as the “Friday call to prayer.”

    Some of the secular and ostensibly Christian activists posted on social media that they felt “inspired” to join in the prayers to Allah.

    One mosque that attracted ‘Interfaith’ supporters yesterday was  the Islamic Society of Western Maryland!

    At some mosques, such as the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown, visitors observed Islamic gender rules.

    This was reported by the Hagerstown Herald Mail:

    “We are extremely grateful and appreciative for this show of concern,” Faruq Post, the society’s resident scholar, told the men, women and children, who were asked to segregate by gender. Most women covered their heads with scarves.

    By the way the Herald Mail story says 100 were in attendance, but never tells us how many were regulars at the mosque. Three from the INTERFAITH group are quoted.

    The NPNA coalition includes a large swath of the interfaith movement in America – a blend of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups – teaming up with immigrant rights activists.

    Federally-funded refugee contractors were involved in organizing the solidarity event.

    Hohmann continues….

    Allying themselves in this project with Muslim groups such as CAIR and the Council of Muslim Organizations are various Christian organizations such as Church World Services, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, World Relief and others involved in the resettlement of refugees in the United States. These volunteer agencies, also called VOLAGs, are paid $2,050 for every refugee they resettle in America, with more than half of that fee flowing into their coffers and the balance going to the refugee. [For new readers it was Church World Service subcontractor, the Virginia Council of  Churches that brought refugees to Hagerstown in 2007 and inspired me to write this blog!—ed]

    [….]

    These groups present themselves as charitable advocates for the downtrodden when in fact the vast majority of their budgets are funded by federal grants, not donations by church members.

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    If you missed it in 2009, it is not too late to read it. In fact, the timing could not be better!

    “It’s not charity if you are taking other people’s money by force, through public tax dollars, and using it to do what you consider to be the Lord’s work,” says Ann Corcoran, who follows the refugee industry and blogs at Refugee Resettlement Watch.

    [….]

    “They will whine about refugees but when you look at this list and know what they are planning, it is open borders they are really pushing for—illegals, legal immigrants, it is all the same to them,” wrote Corcoran. “In fact, on the call they said they would link their national policy agenda to emotions by using individual refugee sob stories. Refugees as pawns for their radical political agenda?”

    As of Friday there were 14 states and the District of Columbia listed as hosting rallies in support of Muslims. Cities on the list included Chicago, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Miami, Greensboro, North Carolina; Fairfax and Alexandria, Virginia; Reading, Pennsylvania; Billings, Montana; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Silver Spring and Hagerstown, Maryland; and Boise, Idaho.

    The Hagerstown Herald Mail could never bring itself to write about allegations made in 2009 in ‘Muslim Mafia’ even though CAIR has never been able to prove any of the information is false having been taken directly from documents CAIR had warehoused.

    WND’s story continues…..

    One of the participating mosques that welcomed non-Muslim supporters to join it for Friday prayers was the Islamic Society of Western Maryland in Hagerstown. This mosque was identified as having connections to radical Islamic elements in the undercover investigative book “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America” by David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry.

    The FBI was investigating this predominantly Pakistani mosque for suspicious activity in 2004 and the imam immediately brought in a CAIR lawyer Shama Farooq to help coach him on how to answer the investigators’ questions.

    To learn what happened, continue here.

    As we know well, citizens have every right to support mosques and organize protests, but when it comes to federally- funded organizations possibly using tax dollars to do it then we have every right to demand an accounting.

    By the way, Esam Omeish former head of the Muslim America Society (a Muslim Brotherhood spin-off group) is a member of this mosque. Look what he said in Hagerstown in 2008:

    In a sermon during Monday’s holiday prayer service, Omeish encouraged Muslims to establish themselves and break new ground where they live in much the same way Abraham is said to have founded monotheism in Arabia.

    Yahya Hendi has spoken here as well. See what Hendi told the Saudis in 2007. Why would Muslims be pushing for the election of Muslim mayors across America? If they are here to assimilate why do they need Muslim mayors?

    Ann Corcoran | February 4, 2017 at 12:17 pm |

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    Snarky McCain Knows Better, Claims His Amigos Won’t Pay For Border Wall

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    As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, one would expect that John McCain was in attendance for the confirmation hearings for the Homeland Security Secretary, General John Kelly. McCain was in those hearings and he actually interacted with the now confirmed Homeland Security Secretary.

    In that questioning, McCain asked General Kelly about the border wall, with Kelly replying, “A physical barrier in and of itself will not do the job.” Kelly also stated, ” It has to be really a layered defense. If you were to build a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico,” you would still need to utilize humans, sensors and observation devices. Was McCain napping or playing video games again on his handheld during that part of the hearings?

    Two days ago General Kelly stated in an interview with Catherine Herridge that “Any discussion about the protection of our southwest border involves discussion of physical barriers but also of technological sensors, things like that. But it’s a layered approach, and it’s got to be backed up by great men and women who are going to make sure that the wall is intact.”

    The Trump approach to securing the border is not in doubt, it’s being laid out by the man in charge of building the barrier and stated publicly that it is a multiple faceted approach. McCain, given his positions, should be aware of all of this. If he isn’t, maybe he should at least make the switch from CNN to Fox.

    The video demonstrates that McCain simply wants to play one of his favorite roles, that of the condescending old curmudgeon, arrogantly and impatiently playing word games with the interviewer. The cost of the technology and the humans to back it up have never been asserted as part of the equation. Of course Trump is not expecting Mexico to subsidize our labor expenses or our drone costs. The physical barrier, the wall, is and has been the totality of what has been discussed. We can buy our own drones and pay our own salaries, something McCain must know.

    He’s asked if Mexico paying us for the cost of the wall is a viable option but can’t produce any reason why it isn’t. He’s just caustic in saying no, repeating his contention as a response, basically saying the grumpy, disrespectful equivalent of “because I said so.”

    The snarky old man is desperate to place himself as being superior to the person in the White House and to try to cling on to the unwarranted relevance he’s being afforded. The newsman understands that McCain is a jerk and lets it roll off of him. We, the American people understand the same thing, but we don’t have to let it roll off.

    The establishment pawn from Arizona works for us, or at least he’s supposed to. We don’t have to put up with his bad attitude, his obstructionism or his ego. Find a golf course somewhere, McCain, and just go away.

    Posted by John Barr TTTG Network Briefing Room: White House Correspondent News

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    Trump’s pick for CIA No. 2 prompts Dem fears

    “We are gravely concerned that, only a few days after taking office, CIA Director Pompeo has selected as his deputy a person who has run a secret CIA torture prison and then lobbied to destroy evidence of the crimes committed there,” said Christopher Anders, deputy director of the D.C. American Civil Liberties Union.

    According to reports, Haspel was in charge of the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, two captured terrorism subjects.

    Zubaydah alone was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, slammed into walls and confined in a coffin-like box — before officials determined he had no useful information to provide.

    “I felt I was going to explode from bending my legs and my back and from being unable to spread them not even for short instants,” he wrote to his lawyers in 2008, describing being placed in the box. “The very strong pain made me scream unconsciously.”

    The sessions were recorded, but the videotapes were ordered destroyed in 2005. The agency maintains that the decision was made by Haspel’s then-boss, Clandestine Service head Jose Rodriguez, according to The New York Times.

    But Haspel’s name appears alongside Rodriguez’s on the cable carrying the order and some reports, citing former officials, suggest she also lobbied to destroy the recordings.

    The incident sparked a Justice Department investigation, but no charges were brought.

    There’s very little that worried Democrats will be able to do to block Haspel’s appointment — the position does not require Senate confirmation.

    For others, Haspel’s role in the program is less worrisome than it appears at face value. Given her resume, it would have been impossible for her to avoid some involvement with the program, former officials say.

    In announcing the appointment, Pompeo told a senior lawmaker that any official at her level would have touched that program, according to a Senate aide.

    In a Tuesday op-ed, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell defended Haspel’s role in drafting the cable ordering the destruction of the video tapes.

    “She did so at the request of her direct supervisor and believing that it was lawful to do so. I personally led an accountability exercise that cleared Haspel of any wrongdoing in the case,” Morrell wrote.

    The appointment, one former officer argued, indicates the “consistent agency position that you shouldn’t punish good officers for doing their best in difficult circumstances.”

    “It does not signal that we’re going to start pulling people’s fingernails off,” said Glenn Carle, a former covert CIA officer. “I think it is an affirmation of professionalism and a way for Pompeo pretty quickly to win the loyalty of the professional cadre in the [Directorate of Operations, formerly the Clandestine Service].”

    But he nevertheless called her appointment — as a senior officer involved in the program — “provocative.”

    Morale at the agency has been closely monitored in the aftermath of a bitter public feud between Trump and senior officials under the Obama administration over Russia’s involvement in the election.

    Republicans widely praised Haspel’s experience, characterizing her as a dedicated officer who has earned the respect of her peers.

    “Over many years of hard work, Gina Haspel has earned the deep respect of her colleagues throughout the CIA,” Sen. Tom Cotton(R-Ark.) said in a statement. “I can say from personal experience she’ll be a shrewd, skillful, and selfless deputy director.”

    House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) praised her “dedication, forthrightness and her deep commitment to the Intelligence Community.”

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    Ex-visa officer: Obama failed to do basic screening of migrantsFeds ‘told to assume that they were qualified and not ask too many questions’Greg Corombos WNDPresident Trump’s executive order on immigration is not a permanent ban, but it is necessary for America’s national security, thanks to the lax vetting practices applied by the Obama administration, according to a leading immigration policy expert.Trump has issued a flurry of orders, but his executive order last week ordering an immediate and indefinite pause on travel to the United States from seven terrorism-prone nations is drawing by far the fiercest response. Protesters have clogged airports, and political critics are demanding Trump rescind the order.Jessica Vaughan is director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. She told WND and Radio America there is a lot of confusion and misinformation about what Trump’s order does.“I think the most misunderstood part is that people are being permanently prevented from coming to the United States who had been approved before,” Vaughan explained. “This is not a permanent ban. It’s a temporary suspension. You can call it a ban if you want, but it’s a temporary ban. No one has been told that the benefit they were approved for has been taken away.”And she said refugees in dire situations are still being processed from those countries even with the pause in place.“I have to emphasize there is language in this executive order that anybody with a particularly emergency situation, compelling circumstances, in imminent danger, or in other categories can ask for a waiver,” Vaughan said. “From what I’ve heard in statements today, they’ve already granted more than a thousand waivers for people.”But she said the pause on entry from the seven unstable nations is needed to recalibrate how the U.S. screens people entering the country.“The point was to give our government the opportunity to take another look at these people who have been granted green cards, visas, refugee status,” Vaughan said. “We know that the vetting process under the Obama administration was not adequate.”Vaughan, a former visa officer, said the Obama administration failed to do even basic screening much of the time, including waiving required interviews with those seeking to go to the U.S. But she said the problems didn’t end there.“In other cases, officers were not allowed to look very deeply into the applications that they got,” Vaughan said. “The claims they made on their applications were not always verified. Officers were told to assume that they were qualified and not ask too many questions. [There was] not a lot of fraud prevention work taking place.”Then there is the problem of trying to vet people coming from hostile countries or ones that don’t have decent records on their people.“In some of these countries, we don’t have enough of a relationship with the government to be able to be sure that people’s identities are who they say they are or that their story checks out,” she said.“There was a lot of enforcement that was undone by the Obama administration. We’ve seen illegal immigration rise to levels we have not seen in many years.”Vaughan said she has sympathy for those caught in transit as the order took effect, but she said national security has to take precedence.“It is important to recognize that our security has been put at risk every single day that we have not had adequate vetting in place,” she said. “So it was important to put a stop to that as soon as possible.”Vaughan likens the pace of Trump’s immigration actions thus far – ranging from the immigration order to ordering border wall construction to cracking down on sanctuary cities – to “drinking from a fire hose,” but she believes Trump is on the right course.“There’s a lot that needed to happen,” she said. “It’s been presented as an integrated plan. Throwaway lines like, ‘Let’s have more border security.’ They’re talking about a wall but changing the policies also and enforcing the laws in the interior. That’s a comprehensive approach that’s likely to work.”Posted by John Barr TTTG Network Briefing Room: White House Correspondent News

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    Obama Pentagon Official: Anti-Trump Military Coup May be Needed

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    (Washington Times) A former Defense Department official under the Obama administration has raised the specter of a military coup to remove President Donald Trump from power.

    In an editorial penned for Foreign Policy, senior Pentagon policy official Rosa Brooks publicly suggested a military insurrection against the Trump administration may be the only option to oust one of the most divisive presidents in American history.

    Donald Trump’s first week as president has made it all too clear: Yes, he is as crazy as everyone feared,” Ms. Brooks wrote. “[One] possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.”

    For the first time in her career in public service, including three years as senior counselor to the Pentagon’s policy chief from 2009 to 2011, “I can imagine plausible scenarios in which senior military officials might simply tell the president: ‘No, sir. We’re not doing that.’”

    Ms. Brooks‘ editorial comes as a recent poll by Public Policy Polling group found that 40 percent of registered voters support Mr. Trump’s impeachment…

    Original Source

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    Sierra Club Exec: Abortion Helps the Environment by Controlling the Population

    Sanders reopens Dem primary wounds

    [Exposed] Celebs secret code causing BLOODSHED

    Listen closely, and you can hear it – secret “dog whistles” are being increasingly used by high-profile liberals.

    And their coded word usage is calling for violence.

    Democratic lawmakers and left-wing celebrities alike are communicating to millions of Americans every day… and what they’re hinting at is shocking.

    Listen closely, and you’ll notice they’ve stopped asking for peaceful protest. Now they’re asking for bloodshed — and people are listening.

    It sounds far-fetched, but it’s very real. Recently, comedian Sarah Silverman took to Twitter to demand a military overthrow of the U.S. government, and was predictably bashed by conservatives for it.

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    @SarahKSilverman

    WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE❤❤❤❤https://twitter.com/jeffmueller/status/826920269491085317 

    But there’s a problem that’s being ignored. Silverman is not alone.

    Whether intentional or not, the rhetoric being employed by the left is becoming increasingly militant by the day.

    At the Screen Actors Guild ceremony Sunday, broadcast to millions of viewers, actor David Harbour issued a “call to arms” for viewers to “hunt monsters” and “punch people in the face” who are not deemed inclusive enough.

    Whoopi Goldberg equated President Donald Trump and his supporters to Islamic terrorists this week in the middle of her popular talk show. And in front of a massive television audience on January 21st, aging pop star Madonna called for people to “blow up” the White House and assassinate Trump.

    Even worse, it’s not just celebrities that are guilty of using these reckless dog whistles, either. On Tuesday, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine called on liberals to “fight in the streets” against Trump and his supporters during an appearance on MSNBC.

    On Wednesday at a House committee meeting, Florida Rep. Val Demings called the violence in Berkley, California this week “a beautiful site” and asked about the rioters, “what direction and instructions and how can we have a more organized effort so that they can be a major tool in moving our agenda forward?”

    And people are listening.

    Just look at the language written on rioter’s signs and Tweets during the aforementioned unrest —

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    We won this night. We will control the streets. We will liberate the land. We will fight fascists. We will dismantle the state. This is war.

    That’s the “beautiful sight” to Demings?

    The reality is this: the language being used by liberals recently isn’t just biased and uninformed.

    It has become dangerously violent and very specific.

    High-profile liberals are demanding violence and revolution and assassinations at an alarming rate.

    Like them or not, these are famous people whose words have power.

    They’re using these words to encourage radicalization – and people are obeying.

    Don’t believe it? Watch this shocking video compilation of unprovoked, vicious attacks against Trump supporters from the past year. Warning: This is very upsetting.

    The first amendment is a wonderful thing, but it’s time we recognized that calls for bloodshed is NOT protected speech.

    This is hateful, violent rhetoric.

    It’s escalating.

    And it’s going to get people killed.

    Posted by John Barr TTTG Network Briefing Room: White House Correspondent News

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    Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

    Two GOP senators to vote ‘no’ on Betsy DeVos

    Senate Republicans block attempt to overturn Trump’s immigration ban

    Acting attorney general orders DOJ not to defend Trump’s travel ban

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    Trump Calls McCain, Graham ‘Weak’ For Opposing Immigration Ban

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    Trump Signs Order to Strengthen Refugee Vetting Process

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    Posted: Jan 27, 2017 5:10 PM
    Trump Signs Order to Strengthen Refugee Vetting Process

    UPDATE: Trump’s executive order does much more than just strengthen the vetting process.

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    @TreyYingst

    UPDATE: President @realDonaldTrump indefinitely suspends all Syrian refugees entering the US

    Trump Signs 3 Executive Orders, Includes Order For Plan To Defeat ISIS

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    On Saturday President Trump kept his high velocity administration on pace with the signing of three more executive orders. In signing the first, President Trump said, with a touch of humor, “So this is a five year lobbying ban and this is all of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work or do anything adverse to our wonderful country.”

    He pauses and adds, “Okay, five year ban. It’s a two year ban now and it’s got, full of loopholes. This is a five year ban.” He offers his staff one last chance to bail before he signs it, with no takers. President Trump says, “This was something, the five year ban, that I’ve been talking about a lot on the campaign trail and we are now putting it into effect.”

    Taking the second document from his Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, Trump says, “This is the organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.” He says to the reporters in attendance, “You know pretty much what it represents, it represents a lot. And also a lot of efficiency and I think a lot of additional safety.

    Taking the third executive order, President Trump announces, “This is the plan to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in other words, ISIS. I think it’s going to be very successful.

    He takes one question from the assembled reporters, asked about the executive orders of the previous day. The voices are difficult to understand for the first portion of the question, with Mr. Trump stating in response, ‘Totally, Totally, It’s not a Muslim ban but we’re totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban and we’re going to have extreme vetting.”

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    Soros Fronts, Commie Groups Plan Non-Stop Agitation Against Trump

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    The headline at the George Soros funded anti-American agitation site, Media Matters, reads “Ready to Resist: Emergency Call #2 with MoveOn.org, Working Families Party, and People’s Action” All are, to varying degrees and with different, though similar mission statements, ultimately stepping stones down the path to global communism. It’s wrapped in the pretty paper of caring for each other while demanding mandated equality, the essence of communism.

    The website talks with pride of the their follow up to the infestation of the obnoxious hags descending like locusts on Washington DC on Saturday, the “Self-identifying as a woman march.” They brag that on Sunday, more than 60,000 MoveOn members and their allies supposedly joined an emergency call to “move into action.” They tout that 15,000 were likewise motivated on Tuesday to join over 200 actions in 43 states to stop what their comrade Chuck Schumer calls President Trump’s “Swamp Cabinet.”

    There’s a difference between stopping and delaying, which is all they can do. By the rules of the Senate the Democrats must be allowed to behave in their childish obstructionism but it will be short lived. Mr. Trump will get his cabinet seated in large numbers, beginning next week.

    They never do state what was supposedly accomplished, so, given the Democrat’s propensity to belabor and exaggerate even the slightest accomplishment, it is safe to assume that they achieved nothing. Moveon.org was still inexplicably impressed nonetheless, stating, “There is amazing energy – and we need to continue to support each other and come together in the face of the dangerous and unprecedented actions Trump is taking.” They’re always looking to somebody else for support, usually financial and with a well timed “that’s what I’m talking about” thrown into the mix for motivation.

    Of course they don’t specify how it’s dangerous to control our borders or prevent terrorists from entering the United States and how, although not existent during the last eight years, securing our nation is unprecedented. It was relatively commonplace until Democrats and to a degree, establishment RINOs came to power in 2009.

    They’ got more participation trophies to hand out this coming Sunday, with an Emergency Call for the planning of their next #ResistTrumpTuesdays, January 31, outside members of Congress’ district offices. Won’t that be fun? Let’s hope it’s cloudy, windy and cold.

    Whatever happened to the acceptance that their candidate lost and allowing the winner to govern? They can’t allow that to happen this time around, in the aftermath of the criminal wolves with the keys to our henhouse. That would mean the end of their fiesta and many of them will wind up in prison. They’re criminals and traitors. Once President Trump’s cabinet get seated and the digging gets officially underway into the corruption, the revelations and charges will start flowing like water. There may be a shortage of prosecutors to handle it all.

    Rather than face eight years of this harassment, why not just identify and prosecute those responsible, George Soros and his henchmen. Rudy Giuliani has some time on his hands and he lives in New York, where Soros also resides and has his crooked influence peddling and money changing business. RICO charges would result in $billions of Soros cash being forfeited and put a stop to this nonsense in a hurry.

    They’re not going to stop until they’re forced to. Sometimes a little force is exactly what’s needed to generate the right kind of results. In plain English, it’s time to step on these cockroaches.

    Posted by TTTG Network Briefing Room: White House Correspondent News

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     BREAKING – Leader of Israel Issues THIS Powerful Message to President Trump, Media STUNNED

    (The Blaze) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter on Saturday to offer President Donald Trump praise over his idea to build a wall on the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

    “President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea,” Netanyahu tweeted along with American and Israeli flag emojis.

    Benjamin Netanyahu

    @netanyahu

    President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea 🇮🇱🇺🇸

    Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order instructing the federal government to begin building the wall, in addition to hiring thousands of new Border Patrol agents.

    Building a wall on the border in an effort to thwart illegal immigration, drug trafficking and terrorism was a central promise of Trump’s winning campaign, both during the Republican primaries and again during the general election.

    However, during the primaries Trump often claimed that he would force Mexico to pay for the wall. In reality, it appears that taxpayers will be on the hook for the wall, which is expected to cost $15 billion to complete.

    Trump is also expected to personally oversee the wall’s construction, according to Robert Costa of the Washington Post:

    Robert Costa

    @costareports

    Trump has told his aides that the wall remains a top priority and he will personally oversee aspects of the project/construction.

    Judge blocks deportation of detainees over Trump refugee order

    Hollywood Entertainment: Denzel Washington Calls Mainstream War On Alt. Media “Bullsh*t”

    Hollywood actor Denzel Washington has slammed the mainstream media for peddling what he describes as a “bullsh*t” agenda to discredit alternative news outlets. 

    Speaking at the press agency ITK at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Denzel Washington said that the mainstream media is being hypocritical in highlighting so-called “fake news” websites when they themselves are the main purveyors of it.

    Denzel Washington slams mainstream media war on alternative media

    Zerohedge.com reports:

    Despite finding himself previously in the center of a “fake news” story, which falsely claimed the actor was switching his support of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, Washington still slammed the media implying it was no better than those “fake” outlets it criticizes.

    Speaking to the press agency ITK at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Hollywood celebrity paraphrased Mark Twain when he said: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed,” Washington said, while promoting his new film “Fences” according to The Hill.

    One of the effects of “too much information,” the 61-year-old Oscar winner says, is “the need to be first, not even to be true anymore.”

    “So what a responsibility you all have — to tell the truth,” Washington exclaimed to the pack of reporters gathered on the red carpet.

     “In our society, now it’s just first — who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true,” Washington continued.

    “Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you’ll get good at — including BS.

    His new film “Fences,” based on an award-winning play of the same name, features Viola Davis and centers on the life of a black family in 1950s Pittsburgh. It is set to be released on Christmas and is considered one of the top Oscar contenders.

    Edits by the TTTG Networking Team, Posted on December 7, 2016 by Sean Adl-Tabatabai in Entertainment

    Gabbard allies rush to her defense after Assad meeting

    Gabbard allies rush to her defense after Assad meeting
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    Allies of Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard allies rush to her defense after Assad meetingStrong U.S. leadership needed in Syria, not political stunts like Gabbard’s visitGabbard meeting with Assad draws disgust from fellow lawmakersMORE are pushing back hard against sharp attacks accusing the Hawaii Democrat of legitimizing a tyrant by meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Those who joined Gabbard on her swing through the Middle East this month — including former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) — said the trip was simply a “fact-finding” mission designed to bring a peaceful end to bloody civil war that’s devastated Syria for more than five years.

    Gabbard’s judgment that current U.S. policy is only inflaming the conflict is correct, they say, hailing her as a courageous voice taking on the entrenched interventionist forces of Washington.

    “She is absolutely, 100 percent spot-on,” Kucinich said Friday by phone. “In Washington, truth is never decided by consensus; truth stands on its own. And she’s telling the truth.”

    Bassam Khawam, who joined the trip and sits on the board of the sponsoring group, the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (AACCESS) in Ohio, also rejected the attacks on Gabbard as “rhetoric” from critics who sit comfortably in Washington without understanding events on the ground.

    The visit offered “a tremendous chance” to meet with all sides of the conflict, he said, including people on the street, refugees, hospital patients, and migrants who have moved from regions controlled by terrorists to those governed by Assad.”I wish other politicians would do that because that’s the only way you can get the real picture,” Khawam said Friday. “It’s fine and dandy to say, ‘Yeah, he’s a dictator, yeah, he’s a killer … and say the whole country’s going to hell. It’s fine [but] it’s all rhetoric.

    “The bottom line is, let’s dissect all that and find out what the real truths are,” he added. “And that was our hope.”

    Gabbard’s seven-day visit to Lebanon and Syria, taken unbeknownst to leaders on Capitol Hill, has sparked a firestorm of controversy since she revealed Wednesday that it included a meeting with Assad. The Syrian leader has long been accused of employing brutal tactics to keep his grip on power, including the use of torture and chemical weapons on his own people. Under President Obama, U.S. policy aimed to topple the Syrian leader, considering him a barrier to peace.

    Gabbard has said the Assad meeting was not scheduled, but she took the “opportunity” in order to get a perspective from all sides of the conflict as U.S. policymakers wrestle with ways to resolve it.

    “Whatever you think about President Assad, the fact is that he is the president of Syria,” she told CNN Wednesday. “In order for any peace agreement, in order for any possibility of a viable peace agreement to occur, there has to be a conversation with him.”

    The argument hasn’t won much support on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers of both parties lashed out this week, accusing Gabbard of undermining U.S. foreign policy and validating Assad’s place in power.

    “The actions of Congresswoman Gabbard have put our nation’s reputation and foreign policy concerns at high risk and I couldn’t be more disgusted,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who like Gabbard is a veteran of the Iraq War.

    The offices of Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the leaders of the Foreign Affairs Committee on which Gabbard sits, launched similar denunciations.

    But Gabbard’s allies say one of the central roles of congressional lawmakers is to explore issues fully before crafting policies around them.

    “We have a responsibility to find out what’s going on. How can you do that without meeting the people who are in charge?” said Kucinich, a former presidential candidate and long-time peace advocate.

    “We meet all the time with people … whose policies we object to. That’s what members of Congress do.”

    Gabbard, he said, “asked some very tough questions” of Assad.

    Khawam echoed that message.

    “She was asked if she might be able to meet, and she figured, ‘Well, what the hell? You know. Let’s hear it from the horse’s mouth, from the guy who’s … there in power’ ” he said. “You talk to people you disagree with, you don’t talk to your friends.”

    Gabbard’s position on Syria is hardly new. In 2014, when Congress passed a two-year extension on military aid to Syrian opposition forces, she hammered the decision as a misguided prescription that would only arm terrorist groups hostile not only to Assad but to the United States and its democratic allies.

    “The claim that the majority of people fighting against the government are ‘moderates’ is completely false,” she said at the time, arguing that “the most powerful opposition groups” are in fact al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

    In November, she was a rare Democrat to meet with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpImmigration officials revoked visas weeks before Trump’s order: reportPelosi slams ‘swift and nasty’ GOP movesDutch commit M for abortion funding in wake of US banMORE during his transition in New York, where she pushed a bill she’s sponsored that blocks any U.S. aid to terrorist groups.

    Kucinich said that, in Syria, what began as “a legitimate protest movement” in 2011 was “usurped” by foreign jihadists who have “attempted to take over the government [and] install a Wahabi caliphate in Damascus.” With that in mind, he said. Gabbard’s legislation is wholly necessary.

    “There’s just no question that U.S. resources — money and armaments — have either been given to, or fallen into the hands of groups whose philosophy is inimical to that of the United States of America,” he said.

    “The legitimate opposition in Syria was annihilated by these jihadis who were coming in from all over the world, and their interest wasn’t freedom for the people of Syria, it was actually the opposite. It was to enslave the people of Syria in a doctrine that’s associated with Wahabism, and actually to destroy a society that has pluralistic values.

    “Congresswoman Gabbard,” he added, “has had the courage to go forward and find out what’s going on.”

    Gabbard’s trip has stirred additional controversy after the Daily Beast published a report Thursday stating that Khawam is linked with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), “a political party and paramilitary organization … currently actively engaged in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Assad regime.”

    Both Kucinich and Khawam rejected the report outright.

    “That’s so much horseshit I can’t believe it,” Kucinich said. “That’s repugnant.”

    “Total garbage,” echoed Khawam, denying any association with the SSNP. “They’re going to be hearing from our lawyers about all of this.”

    FAKE: Media Reports State Dept Resignations… in Reality Trump FIRED Them All!

    The liberal media went into a frenzy on Jan. 26 with headlines about a “mass resignation” of senior-level State Department officials who had “quit,” and even suggested that their departure was “coordinated” as a stand against President Donald Trump.

    However, it turned out not to be a “mass” exodus at all. Instead it was four management officials — and they didn’t exactly leave on their own.

    The truth was that the Trump administration, as part of an effort to clean house, informed these officials that their services were no longer needed, according to CNN.

    The four departing State Department employees were Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond, Ambassador Gentry O. Smith of the Office of Foreign Missions and Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy.

    Per tradition, these officials submitted letters of resignation at the beginning of Trump’s term, as their positions are filled by presidential appointment.

    A new administration usually retains senior-level officials for at least a few months until their successors have been confirmed by the Senate, but in this case the White House reportedly accepted the four resignation letters immediately.

    “Any implication that these four people quit is wrong,” one senior State Department official said. “These people are loyal to the secretary, the president and to the State Department. There is just not any attempt here to dis the president. People are not quitting and running away in disgust. This is the White House cleaning house.”

    Although the quick departure of the four officials left a gap in the State Department’s management team, the American Foreign Service Association has indicated that finding their replacements won’t be difficult for incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson upon his congressional confirmation.

    “The skills that are needed for these positions are exceedingly rare outside the Foreign Service. Given the talent available in our diplomatic corps, we expect that the new secretary will have no trouble finding the right people at State to fill out his senior leadership team,” the group said in a statement.

    Trump promised voters that he would “drain the swamp” when he got into the White House, and it appears that he hasn’t wasted any time fulfilling that promise.

    The liberal media have been obsessed lately with reporting fake news, but the truth is that Trump is doing what he said he would do, and honestly it was likely much-needed, particularly in the State Department, where scandal and cover-ups have been a dime a dozen during the last eight years.

    H/T Breitbart

    Melania Trump Forms Social Media Team To Handle Attacks Against Her And Barron

    First lady Melania Trump has reportedly begun piecing together a team of staffers to defend her and her family against attacks from sleazy celebrities like Katie Rich, Rosie O’Donnell, Stephen Spinola and Chelsea Handler.

    “White House insiders say that the first lady is close to finalizing her team to manage these attacks,” Page Six reported.

    Included on the team will be former Vogue staffer and Met Ball organizer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a fashion industry veteran who reportedly helped orchestrate President Donald Trump’s inauguration and has since begun helping the first lady interview candidates to serve as her chief of staff, communications chief and social secretary.

    That a team was necessary to manage attacks on the family was sad but to be expected in this day and age. Once upon a time, a celebrity would be ostracized for behaving like a debauched cretin. Not anymore.

    “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich was a perfect example of this. She reportedly took to Twitter on Inauguration Day to claim that the Trumps’ 10-year-old son, Barron, “will be this country’s first home-school shooter.”

    Likewise, comedian Rosie O’Donnell said Barron was autistic. And according to The Daily Wire, comedian Stephen Spinola suggested that the child would one day become a date rapist.

    These imbeciles at least later apologized for their transgressions. The same could not be said of comedian Chelsea Handler, who despite being an uneducated simpleton with no discernible expertise in politics or world affairs has nevertheless used her stardom to wax ineloquent about both Donald Trump’s presidency and his wife.

    When asked during a recent interview whether she would ever invite Trump on her barely-watched Netflix show, Handler said no. When asked if she would ever interview Melania Trump, the comedian replied, “To talk about what? She can barely speak English.”

    Handler added that she didn’t “respect either one of those people.”

    Speaking with Page Six, the president’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, later refuted Handler’s sleazy attack.

    “Shame on Chelsea Handler for attacking our first lady in such a despicable manner,” he said. “Don’t be fooled by her accent. Melania is bright and articulate. To be clear, our first lady speaks multiple languages, I believe five. How many languages do you speak, Chelsea?”

    She speaks only one language: progressive American gutter English. And apparently Rosie O’Donnell, Katie Rich and Stephen Spinola speak it as well.

    H/T U.K. Daily Mail

    Crowd Shows Its Appreciation For Pence Participation In ‘March For Life’ With Chants And Cheers

    Mike Pence became the first vice president to address the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, and the crowd showed its appreciation chanting “USA! USA!…” as he ended his rousing remarks.

    The theme of Pence’s speech was, “Life is winning again in America.”

    Pence’s wife Karen pointed out that while this year marked the first time for her husband as vice president to address the gathering, they have attended many times during the past 16 years, since he was first elected to Congress.

    Early in his remarks, Pence said that President Donald Trump asked him to take part in this year’s event. The president noted in an interview that aired on ABC News on Wednesday that the March for Life was not getting the media coverage it deserved, especially in light of the wall-to-wall air time given last weekend’s Women’s March.

    No doubt Pence’s participation, along with top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, helped remedy that problem.

    “It’s the best day I’ve ever seen for March for Life in more ways than one,” Pence proclaimed to the enthusiastic crowd.

    He explained that 44 years ago, in the highly controversial Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court turned away from the time-honored, self-evident truth enshrined in the Declaration of Independence that all are endowed with the “right to life,” but the new administration is committed to restoring it to its rightful place.

    Pence went on to recount how life is winning again in America, including Trump signing an executive order on Monday reinstating Ronald Reagan’s “Mexico City policy,” which bars federal funds from being used to promote or perform abortions overseas.

    The vice president also pointed out that the American people elected a majority pro-life Congress in November.

     Hero Fed-Ex Driver Rescues Burning Flags from Protesters

    ‘What do you think you’re doing? Get out of here!’

    (WND) – For a lot of people, FedEx driver Matt Uhrin may just be America’s hero of the day.

    When a group of anti-American protesters picked the sidewalk in front of the downtown Iowa City, Iowa, branch of Bank of America to burn several U.S. flags Thursday, they couldn’t have known Uhrin would be making a delivery at the same time.

    According to protester Jordan Adams, of Iowa City, the group picked the Wells Fargo location at Ped Mall because of the bank’s support for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Donald Trump’s election and racial, ethnic and gender inequality were also on the protest agenda.

    “I’m here because of my belief that everything that Trump is doing is horrible,” Adams told Little Village Magazine. “It’s threatening to black people, Hispanic, LGBTQ, women and to the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

    A similar protest at Ped Mall on Inauguration Day also included a flag burning that was interrupted when a bystander unsuccessfully tussled with the protester in an attempt to rescue the Stars & Stripes.

    Thursday’s rescue was far more successful.

    Video on Little Village Magazine’s Facebook site shows one member of the group attempting to light the flags held by four others. About 75 feet in the background, FedEx driver Uhrin can be seen reaching into his truck parked at the curb to retrieve a fire extinguisher. In a matter of seconds an obviously angry Uhrin can be seen – and heard – descending on the protesters, his fire extinguisher fully engaged.

    “What do you think you’re doing? [Unintelligible] Get out of here! Get the **** out of here!”

    A second video, via YouTube, shows Uhrin leaving with the rescued flags only to return 30 seconds later, flags and fire extinguisher still in hand, to take the one flag still in the protesters’ possession. The altercation nearly comes to blows, with Uhrin outnumbered, and ends with “Back off! You don’t like it, get the **** out!”

    Warning: Vulgar language:

    Uhrin refused to comment on the incident to local media except to say his actions had nothing to do with his employer.

    Two of the protesters, Kelli Ebensberger and Paul Osgerby, were cited for not having a permit for an open burn. City code requires anyone doing an open burn to obtain a permit from the fire marshal. The citation is a simple misdemeanor that carries a fine of $65 to $625 and up to 30 days in jail.

    “It’s not for the content of what they were burning but rather for violating the city ordinance of open burning,” Sgt. Scott Gaarde told the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

    An Iowa law making it illegal to defile, cast contempt upon, satirize or deride a flag was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in December 2014 and state prosecutors have been told not to enforce it.

    In November, candidate Donald Trump created controversy when he tweeted that flag-burning should be illegal: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

    Adams was critical of both the charges filed against the protesters and the Fed Ex driver’s actions to prevent the flag burning, especially his use of the fire extinguisher.

    “We’re here to change the minds of people who disagree with us, but there is no space for that when we are being attacked,” Adams said.

    Osgerby, who was cited, defended the protest, saying, “You can’t look at a flag one-dimensionally. This isn’t us badmouthing veterans or service people. Atrocities have been committed in the name of that flag. You can’t just take one view of the flag as a symbol of freedom when it has been used and continues to be used as a means of oppression.”

    The charges against Osgerby and Ebensberger are the only two charges police expect to file in relation to the incident, reported the Press-Citizen.

    Establishment in Full Meltdown Over Trump Refugee Orders

    (WND) – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will pause the resettlement of Third World refugees in the United States for 120 days while a system of “extreme vetting” is put in place.

    With the stroke of a pen, Trump set off a firestorm of criticism from the media, the religious establishment, business leaders and especially those in the business of resettling refugees. The volunteer agencies, or VOLAGs, which get paid by the government to resettle refugees, stand to lose millions of dollars in federal grants during the 120 days they sit idle.

    The executive order itself seemed relatively mild to those who have been watching the refugee program for years with a critical eye.

    Watchdogs such as Ann Corcoran at Refugee Resettlement Watch said she is concerned that after the 120-day pause expires, things will go back to business as usual.

    “If it’s just a four-month moratorium that is nowhere near adequate,” Corcoran told WND. “This four months has to be used as an opportunity for Congress to reform the law, the Refugee Act of 1980, otherwise we’ll just be back to square one and they will all claim they did something when in fact they didn’t.”

    Corcoran said the Republican-controlled Congress was “too chicken” to do anything to reform the refugee system but they are happy to let Trump take the heat.

    One facet of the program that could stand to be changed is allowing the United Nations to pick which refugees get sent to America. These U.N.-selected refugees tend to be more Muslim than Christian, even though Christians are the victims of a declared genocide in the Middle East.

    “Congress should be having field hearings, where congressmen and senators go around the country and hear from real people how the influx of these U.N. refugees has transformed their cities and towns, and not in a positive way,” Corcoran said.

    More fearful of global warming than Islamic terror

    As for the furious backlash against Trump, Corcoran said it’s a matter of conflicting world views.

    “There are many people in these VOLAGs who just don’t have the fear of what we do, either of the terrorism or of turning over our culture to something that is evil,” she said. “They’re scared to death of global warming but not scared about Islam creeping into our culture and taking over.”

    To the contrary, refugee backers expressed horror and dismay at the thought of slowing down the influx of Third Worlders, who in many cases are plucked from hotbeds of jihadism in Syria, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan and placed into dozens of U.S. cities without any input or consent of the taxpaying residents of those cities.

    Some of the refugees have made good citizens while others have committed criminal acts or carried out terrorist attacks.

    Leading the charge against Trump’s executive orders Friday were the nine VOLAGs, which get paid by the government for every refugee they resettle in America — a conflict of interest none of them disclosed in their press releases. These VOLAGs include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, the evangelical group World Relief, Church World Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Episcopal Migration Ministries, the International Rescue Committee, and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

    The federal government pays these agencies $2,050 for every refugee they resettle in the U.S., and they’ve resettled more than 3 million since the Refugee Act of 1980 was signed by President Jimmy Carter.

    Stabbing sprees in Minnesota & Ohio, bombings in N.Y.

    Some of the most recent bad apples resettled in America by these  agencies include Dahir Ahmed Adan and Abdul Ali Artan, both from Somalia. Adan carried out a brazen knife attack at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on Sept. 17, wounding 10 shoppers. On Nov. 28, Artan rammed his vehicle into a gathering of fellow students at Ohio State University, then got out and started stabbing them with a butcher knife, injuring 11.

    On the same day Adan went on a stabbing spree in St. Cloud, another refugee, Ahmad Rahimi of Afghanistan, planted pipe bombs in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and when they went off 29 people were wounded, several of them critically.

    Sexual assaults mounting

    Then there were the three refugee boys in Twin Falls, Idaho — two from Sudan and a third from Iraq — who sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl with special needs inside the laundry room of a low-income apartment complex last June.

    In another case, a 39-year-old Somali refugee named Liban Mohamed attempted to sexually assault a disabled woman at a nursing home in Aberdeen, South Dakota, but was caught red-handed by a caregiver with his hand between the woman’s legs. He was convicted on Dec. 20 and his sentencing is set for Jan. 30.

    Another refugee, Emad Hasso from Syria, was charged in July with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at a public swimming pool in the Boston area.

    In many of these cases, the refugees told authorities they had no clue what they were doing was wrong, as it is permitted or at least tolerated in their cultures back home.

    There are hundreds more examples of bad behavior, including at least 42 Somali refugees who have skipped the country to go off and fight for ISIS and other overseas terrorist organizations. The FBI has confirmed that dozens more have been charged, tried and convicted of providing material support to overseas terror groups.

    Long list of groups supporting refugee resettlement

    Yet, despite overwhelming evidence that refugee resettlement has been detrimental to the safety of American citizens, the list of groups condemning Trump’s actions Friday was long and getting longer by day’s end.

    Here are some examples:

    A group claiming to represent small business owners, Main Street Alliance, called Trump’s executive actions “a disgrace to Main Street Values,” saying the actions are “divisive” and that they would be countered with a “message of diversity and inclusion.”

    The alliance’s full statement by its national director, Amanda Ballantyne, makes a special effort to not refer to Trump as the president of the United States. It reads as follows:

    “As a national network of small business owners, the Main Street Alliance, stands in opposition to Donald Trump’s decisions to freeze refugee resettlement and ban all immigration from several Muslim countries. Today’s executive orders will not make America safer, stronger, or more prosperous. They only serve to pull families apart and ultimately tear at the fabric of American communities.

    “Now is a time to lift up the facts and speak the truth about our communities, our borders, and our economy. Research and experience show that the vast majority of refugees are working and paying taxes within a few short months. Refugees start businesses, create jobs, buy homes and cars, and renew neighborhoods. That means a stronger, more inclusive and thriving Main Street.

    “Main Street Alliance leaders and fellow small business owners throughout the U.S. continue to place ‘All Are Welcome’ posters in their shops, restaurants and office spaces. Together, we celebrate diversity, create safe spaces and send a clear message of inclusion and opposition to this xenophobic policy.”

    A group representing 2,000 Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders, issued a statement condemning Trump’s action on refugees before he even signed them. The statements were from faith leaders affiliated with Church World Services, one of the nine VOLAGs that contract with the federal government to resettle refugees in the U.S.

    WND asked Wardah Khalid, spokesman for CWS if he would provide figures showing how much of the group’s budget is funded by the government and also asked why CWS signs agreements with the U.S. State Department waiving its rights to share the gospel with refugees in exchange for accepting tens of millions of dollars in federal grants and fees.

    Khalid did not respond to the questions.

    Here is a sampling of the comments by faith leaders, with more included on the website InterfaithImmigration.org:

    • Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church: “Presbyterians, professing a faith in Jesus who entered this world a refugee, have supported refugee resettlement since World War II. Many of our congregations are led by and comprised of former refugees and many more have been transformed by the new friends they have encountered when assisting in resettlement. We are in the midst of a worldwide refugee crisis. Repressing mercy and compassion, in times like these, with groundless limits placed on the faith and nationality of those we should welcome, will not make our nation safer. It will only serve to harm hundreds of thousands of people who are waiting desperately for a safe home and will drive rifts between us and our global neighbors. Our nation is better than this and our congregations stand ready to welcome refugees of all faiths and nations.”
    • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism: “The expected executive order defies the best American tradition of being a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution. As Jews, we recognize the danger in any action that singles out people based on their religious beliefs. If the order is made as anticipated, it is deeply troubling, rooted in exclusion and discrimination, and echoes the most shameful parts of our history.”
    • Imam Ismail Fenni of the Islamic Society of Boston, which has connections to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood and has been attended by known jihadists including the Boston Marathon bombers, said: “Refugees are called so because they are seeking refuge from threats, violence and persecution. To deny them sanctuary is in effect acquiescing in support of their persecutor. Our values as a nation are built upon a quintessential idea: all men are created equal. And we hold this idea to be a self-evident truth. How we treat refugees reflects our commitment to these values which define us as Americans. We cannot simply see them as a burden. In fact, they are survivors, just as the many generations before us arrived into this country of ours as survivors. Our humanity, our values and our faith, all call for us to be hospitable and to show mercy and compassion to those seeking refuge. Doing otherwise and ignoring this call would simply amount to an act of hypocrisy.”
    • Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, stated: “Temporarily banning vulnerable refugees does not guarantee our security nor reflect our values as Christians. Refugees being resettled in the United States have fled persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political views or association with a particular group. They have waited well over a year to successfully complete security screenings by multiple intelligence agencies while living in a completely foreign culture, many times, still facing danger. As Lutherans, many of our ancestors faced the pain of having to flee our homes and the joy of being welcomed in new communities across the United States. As we have done throughout history, I urge our elected officials to honor our biblical witness as well as the best of our nation’s traditions of refuge and stand firmly against any policies that result in scaling back the refugee resettlement program.”
    • Pastor Scott Arbeiter, president of World Relief, another of the nine volunteer agencies that gets paid millions by the federal government to resettle refugees in return for not sharing the gospel with them, said, “The decision to restrict all entry of refugees and other immigrants … contradicts the American tradition of welcoming families who come to the United States to start their lives again in safety and dignity. The American people — most of whom can trace their own families’ stories through a similar immigrant journey in search of freedom — are a hospitable people.”
    • Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Committee Chair for Migration at U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, another of the nine volunteer agencies that take federal tax dollars in return for resettling refugees in U.S. cities and towns and agree not to share the gospel with those refugees, said, “We believe in assisting all who are vulnerable and who are fleeing persecution. They are all children of God and all entitled to human dignity and refuge. We believe that through resettlement of the most vulnerable, we are living out our Christian faith as Jesus has challenged us to do.”
    • Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, said, “The United Church of Christ remains fully committed to caring for the immigrant and the refugee. Our faith requires we do that even when American power-brokers compel us to stop. No wall or Executive Order will deter us from our call to serve the stranger with love and welcome. No president will compel us to fear our Muslim or Mexican neighbor. Our most clear directive is, and will remain, to love our neighbor as ourself.”
    • Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, another of the nine volunteer agencies that contracts with the U.S. government to resettle refugees , said, “Throughout our history, the United States has been a leader in refugee protection and a beacon of hope for persecuted people. But President Trump wants to close the doors on Syrian and other refugee families when they need our help the most. Refugees are more thoroughly vetted and screened than anyone else who comes to the United States. There are more refugees in the world now than at any time in recorded history, and there are wait lists across the country of Americans who want to welcome refugees. We should be doing more, not less, to offer safety and a new beginning to these families who lost everything and want nothing more than to live in peace.”
    • Civilization jihad calls for changing a nation by changing its people and its values—gradually, over time. Stealth Invasion blows the lid off a corrupt, fraudulent program that has been secretly dumping Third World refugees, many of them radical, on American cities for three decades. Americans have been kept largely in the dark about the radical plans to permanently transform their nation. Until now.
      • Hans Van de Weerd, chair of the Refugee Council USA and a vice president for the International Rescue Committee, also one of the VOLAGs in the business of resettling refugees, said: “These are frightening days for refugees and testing days for America. What we’ve learned about the proposed Executive Order is that it abandons this country’s long-standing message of tolerance. If President Trump insists on turning his back on those who try to flee terror, it is inhumane and irresponsible.

      “This Executive Order sets a terrible example for the rest of the world. It is important to understand the potential consequences of the Executive Order and their harmful nature. This will create a situation where thousands of families will lose their access to opportunity and security. Here in the U.S., it would leave Muslim families and communities in uncertainty over whether they will ever be reunited with their loved ones.

      “To us, it seems the decisions of the administration are ill-informed and hasty, built on false premises and ‘alternative facts.’ Refugees are not terrorists and it is absurd that this [Executive] Order seems to blame them for the terror they are trying to flee.”

      • United Farm Workers National Vice President Diana TellefsonTorres, said in a statement:

      “Any type of refugee ban for any period of time is appalling and in direct opposition to long-held American values. Seeking refuge in the U.S is most often the last resort for those who face genuine risk of persecution and can’t return to their countries from which they fled. This ban not only turns America’s back on the world’s most oppressed people, it also undermines our nation’s founding principles. We are a nation of immigrants, a nation that has historically offered refuge to the oppressed. The UFW Foundation and UFW will continue standing firmly with immigrant and refugee families, and denounces today’s executive action.”

      Trump’s temporary refugee ban is ‘Un-American’

      MoveOn.org issued a statement on Trump’s “Un-American Muslim ban and suspension of Refugee Program.” Ilya Sheyman, executive director, said:“Trump’s executive order banning refugees and creating a de-facto religious test for immigrants is cruel and un-American. This heartless and anti-Muslim act is not based on any legitimate security concern—but rather fear-mongering and prejudice.

      “Make no mistake: This is a Muslim ban in all but name. A ban that may cost thousands of men, women, and children their lives and will endanger America.”

      She compared the Muslim refugees to Jews trying to escape the Holocaust.

      “To make this announcement on Holocaust Remembrance Day, when Americans are called to reflect on how our country slammed the door on Jewish refugees, sending them back to their deaths in Nazi Germany, is proof that Trump’s cruelty, racism, and dismissal of history knows no bounds.

      “We will fight this Islamophobic and dangerous proposal.”

      Lesbians for refugees

      The National Center for Lesbian Rights issued a statement calling Trump’s order “an attack on American values.” Executive Director Kate Kendell, said: “The announcement today represents a direct attack on our most cherished values as a nation. To single out Muslim persons for stigma and suspicion undermines our commitment to inclusion, religious freedom, and our common humanity. Today that Lady of Liberty, symbol of America’s greatest promise to the world, hangs her head and weeps.”

      The Progressive Change Campaign Committee or PCCC called the executive orders “hateful actions” and co-founder Stephanie Taylor piled on with the following statement:

      “This is not what America is about. We stand strongly against these hateful actions, and in solidarity with our Muslim and immigrant neighbors. As if it wasn’t bad enough that Trump handed our economy over to billionaires and bankers, these new policies are fueled by hate and contradict what America is all about. The rest of us want an America where families of all colors and creeds are united in our desire for good jobs, safe communities, and a secure future for our kids. We know which side we’re on.”

    Trump signs order to vet refugees

    Trump signs order to vet refugees
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    President Trump on Friday signed an executive order that he said would provide a thorough vetting of refugees to ensure that terrorists cannot get into the United States.
    “I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump said at a signing ceremony at the Pentagon.
    “We don’t want them here. We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who support our country and love deeply our people.”
    The White House did not provide immediate details about Trump’s order, but reports in recent days suggested the order would temporarily suspend visa issuance to people from countries included on a handful of government lists designating sponsors of terrorism and countries of concern — Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq.
    The order was expected to indefinitely block refugees from war-torn Syria from entering the U.S. and suspend all refugee admissions for 120 days while the administration determines which countries pose the least risk.
    At the same ceremony at the Pentagon, Trump signed another order to significantly grow the military, modernize the nuclear arsenal and add new Special Operations forces.

    BOMBSHELL: At Least 25 Million Dead and Fraudulent “Registered Voters” in 2016

    Trump proven right: millions of dead and invalid voters not included in study showing 800,000 illegals for Hillary!

    Trump sparks fears of war on science
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    Pro-Israel Christians Rally Support For A US Embassy In Jerusalem

    By Sean Savage/JNS.org January 27, 2017


    Aside from its centrality to Jewish peoplehood as the home of the ancient Jewish Temples and now the modern state of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem is also synonymous with Judaism for many Bible-reading Christians.
    As such, prominent pro-Israel Christian organizations are lining up to express their support for President Donald Trump’s promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and to hold the president accountable for his words.
    Susan Michael, U.S. director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), said Christians already understand that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and would like to see the American government follow suit.
    In fact, ICEJ has had its own “unofficial” embassy in Jerusalem since 1980, a point that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted in his 2016 Christmas address.
    “Hundreds of millions of Christians around the world understand from their Bible the spiritual significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people, and that it was established as the capital of Israel some 3,000 years ago by King David,” Michael told JNS.org, adding that Christians “believe the spiritual law of blessing established in Genesis 12 that God will bless those who bless the Jewish people….They want to see the U.S. standing in support of Israel and enjoying the blessings of doing so.”
    Matthew Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel evangelical Christian organization and president of the Christians in Defense of Israel ministry, echoed Michael’s assessment.
    “Support for Israel comes from both the Bible, which clearly establishes God gave the land of Israel to the Jews, and from history that confirms the continuity of the connection between Israel and the Jewish people,” Staver told JNS.org. “To deny recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is anti-Semitic.”
    David Brog, the founding executive director and currently a board member of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), which calls itself America’s largest pro-Israel organization with more than 3.3 million members, told JNS.org that many Christians who read the Bible “understand that Jerusalem is and has always been Israel’s capital city, and they simply don’t understand why Israel should be the only nation on Earth where we do not place our embassy in the capital.”
    “Support of Israel was one of the motivating factors in the historic evangelical voter turnout for President Trump in this past election,” said Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, a leading pro-Israel Latino Christian initiative.
    “As evangelicals, we support President Trump’s resolve in moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. We believe that theland of Israel, with an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, was given by God to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by way of an eternal covenant and that no president, prime minister or monarch has any authority to take it away.”
    ‘Decades-long injustice’
    While the historic Jewish connection to Jerusalem is obvious to many evangelical Christians, ICEJ’s Michael also explained that from a practical standpoint, pro-Israel Christians also feel the “need to right a decades-long injustice in U.S. policy.”
    “Israel is the only country where the U.S. embassy is not located in the capital of that country.  This is because the U.S. government does not even recognize west Jerusalem as being part of Israel, even though it is territory Israel has controlled since 1949,” she said.
    Indeed, President Harry Truman instituted de facto recognition of Israel in May 1948 (de jure recognition of the Jewish state came in January 1949), but the U.S. has never recognized Israel’s claims over Jerusalem.
    Those claims were limited to western Jerusalem until Israel reunified the city, capturing the eastern portion from Jordan, in the 1967 Six-Day War. In the decades following Israel’s extension of sovereignty over all of Jerusalem, the U.S. has held firm on refusing to recognize the city as the capital of Israel.
    Congress, however, has taken a different position. In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which calls on the U.S. to move the embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital.
    But every sitting president since then has opted to sign successive six-month waivers delaying the move. Most recently, former President Barack Obama signed the waiver in December, meaning President Trump will need to decide by June 1 between another waiver or an embassy move.
    As such, one proposal suggests that the U.S. relocate its embassy to western Jerusalem, which the international community widely accepts as being part of Israel in the present or under any future Israeli-Palestinian final status agreement.
    “Moving the embassy to west Jerusalem has no bearing on east Jerusalem, nor does it prejudice the outcome of eventual negotiations over the city’s final status and borders, and therefore should happen forthwith,” Michael said.
    At the same time, the U.S. already maintains a consulate in Jerusalem that serves the city as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It is one of two American consulates, the other being in Hong Kong, that report directly to the State Department rather than to a U.S. ambassador.
    Will Trump make the move?
    In the early days of Trump’s presidency, his administration has made conflicting statements as to when or if the U.S. embassy will be relocated.
    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Jan. 23 that “no decision” has been made on the move.
    “We’re at the very early stages of that decision-making process,” Spicer told reporters after being asked how the move would serve U.S. strategic issues. “It’s very early in this process. [Trump’s] team is going to continue to consult with the State Department.”
    Spicer’s comments came after he had said a day earlier that the U.S. was in the “very beginning stages” of discussing the embassy move.
    At the same time, in an interview with Israel Hayom shortly before taking office, Trump said he “did not forget” about his promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, adding that “you know that I am not a person who breaks promises.”
    Additionally, U.S. Ambassador to Israel-designate David Friedman, who has yet to be confirmed by the Senate, announced that he intends to live in Jerusalem rather than the American ambassador’s traditional residence in Herzliya.
    In February, Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Trump in Washington, D.C., where the leaders may discuss the issue of the embassy move, officials have said.
    “The decision to move the U.S. embassy should be the product of a net assessment of potential benefits versus potential risks,” Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told JNS.org.
    “It is easy to focus on the hyperbolic threats of certain Middle East actors [who oppose the embassy move] without also factoring into the equation what moving the embassy might achieve–repairing an historic injustice, fixing the fact that America currently has representation in Jerusalem for the Palestinian Authority but none for Israel, and sending the message throughout the region that America fulfills its promises to allies,” he said.
    Mobilizing Christian support
    CUFI sent out a Jan. 22 action alert that called upon its members to email Trump, asking him to keep his promise and move the embassy.
    “Thus far, more than 20,000 of our members have emailed the White House. They reminded the president that America, the Congress and 3.3 million members of CUFI are with him and that he should ignore the voices calling on him to break his promise,” Brog said.
    During the 2016 election campaign, the ICEJ mobilized several hundred Christian leaders to speak out in favor of the embassy move.
    “The U.S. branch of the ICEJ wrote a letter to both presidential candidates before the election, signed by some 650 Christian leaders, encouraging this move,” Michael said. “We will do whatever is necessary in the coming months to encourage the administration and demonstrate the continued support of the American Christian community for this move.”
    Michael believes that Trump should work closely with Israel and other regional U.S. allies to make sure the embassy move is carried out appropriately, to avoid violence or diplomatic strains.
    “While we do encourage the U.S. administration to make this move as soon as possible, we caution that it must be done right,” Michael said. “We understand that they (administration officials) need time to consult with Israel on various aspects of such a move.
    They should also use this opportunity to bolster regional relationships and influence by working out a plan ahead of time with key Arab leaders, as well as build a coalition of other countries that will follow the U.S. in moving their own embassy to Jerusalem.”

    Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=968#7v1TucQtmw9tzf7Q.99

    Trump Pledges to Eradicate ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’

    In his inaugural address, the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, said, ‘We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.’

    https://youtu.be/-SAJoiC-AEs

    Outrage! Dems plot Trump SABOTAGE

    January 27, 2017

    Even before his historic inauguration last week, President Donald Trump was wearing out the phone lines – as well as the gears of the elevators at Trump Tower – with bipartisan outreach unseen since the Reagan years.

    He had multiple calls with top Democratic lawmakers, and invited many to visit him in Trump Tower.

    Even some of his biggest critics admitted that Trump has done more to reach across the aisle in just two and half a months than Barack Obama did in his entire presidency.

    He even spoke to some Democrats more than Obama did!

    “I have almost spoken as much to (Trump) so far as I did in eight years with Obama,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, told The Washington Examiner. “That tells you a lot right there.”

    Even before his historic inauguration last week, President Donald Trump was wearing out the phone lines – as well as the gears of the elevators at Trump Tower – with bipartisan outreach unseen since the Reagan years.

    He had multiple calls with top Democratic lawmakers, and invited many to visit him in Trump Tower.

    Even some of his biggest critics admitted that Trump has done more to reach across the aisle in just two and half a months than Barack Obama did in his entire presidency.

    He even spoke to some Democrats more than Obama did!

    “I have almost spoken as much to (Trump) so far as I did in eight years with Obama,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, told The Washington Examiner. “That tells you a lot right there.”

    Some… including Manchin… were even considered for top Cabinet posts.

    And what did that goodwill and outreach get the new president?

    Nothing.

    Instead of vowing to work with the new president, Democrats plan to fight tooth and nail to block his agenda, even on what should completely nonpartisan issues such as fixing America’s decaying infrastructure and bringing jobs back to the heartland.

    It’s as if Democrats are trying to punish the very voters who elected Trump!

    Why such nasty behavior from the other side?

    They’re trying to appeal to their base and get re-elected, not govern.

    Just this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mocked the president as “insecure” for demanding an investigation into allegations of voter fraud, an issue lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should be concerned about.

    “I frankly feel very sad for the president making this claim,” Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Post. “I felt sorry for him. I even prayed for him – but then I prayed for the United States of America.”

    It’s a sound bite leftists will eat up, even while the rest of America rolls it’s eyes.

    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver claimed Trump failed the moment he was sworn in when he didn’t give an immediate speech of apology.

    Cleaver didn’t make the same demand of Sen. Chuck Schumer, who used his speech at the inauguration to launch a thinly veiled attack on the new president.

    “Whatever our race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, whether we are immigrant or native-born,” Schumer said at the inauguration, hitting on all the groups that claim to have been aggrieved by Trump. “Whether we live with disabilities or do not. In wealth or in poverty, we are all exceptional in our commonly held, yet fierce devotion to our country.”

    That rancor wasn’t limited to the dais outside The Capitol.

    Once inside, Schumer resumed his attacks.

    President Barack Obama had SEVEN of his Cabinet nominees in place on his first day as president.

    SEVEN.

    President Trump?

    TWO.

    Schumer is a key reason for that. He demanded that Republicans reschedule Cabinet hearings. In return, Schumer agreed to a simple voice vote to approve some noncontroversial picks on Inauguration Day, especially Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA director.

    When the day came, Schumer backpedaled and Pompeo was left in limbo despite no doubts over his competence, qualifications or experience. He was finally approved on Monday by an overwhelming two-thirds majority.

    Republicans denounced Schumer’s last-minute moves as a betrayal of trust.

    “Trust is important, even between adversaries,” Senator John Cornyn said, according to the National Review. “And that trust has been damaged.”

    Anything to get re-elected.

    — The Horn editorial team

     

     

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