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Democrats want Illegals and 16 year olds to vote! Wonder why?

Democrats blocked a motion Friday to affirm that illegal aliens voting in elections “devalues” the fundamental tenets of American democracy.

The House passed H.R. 1, known as the For the People Act, which was approved along staunch party lines on Friday. Conservatives and Republicans alike derided the bill at a “voter fraud and election theft” wish list.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) sponsored a motion to recommit before the final passage of H.R. 1, to express the sense that illegal aliens’ voting in elections violates fundamental tenets of American democracy. The motion to recommit failed, with 197 votes in favor of the motion and 228 against. One-hundred-and-ninety-one Republicans voted for Crenshaw’s motion, and six Democrats voted for the amendment.

In contrast, 227 Democrats voted against the measure and one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), also voted against.

Motions to recommit typically allow for the minority party to offer one more chance to kill or amend the bill before final passage. In Crenshaw’s motion, the House would send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee, which would come back to the House with an amendment condemning illegal immigrants’ voting in American elections.

Crenshaw’s motion mentions that “Voting is fundamental to a functioning democracy.”

“It is of paramount importance that the United States maintains the legitimacy of its elections and protects them from interference, including interference from foreign threats and illegal voting,” the amendment continues.

The Texas Republican’s motion also notes that the city of San Francisco, California, allowed non-citizens, including illegal aliens, to register to vote in school board elections and that federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in national elections.

Further, Crenshaw’s motion would express the sense of Congress that “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”

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Freshman California Rep is tired! 3 mos in?

Rep. Katie Hill (D., Calif.) is having a tough time in Congress so far, according to an interview she gave a newspaper in her California district.

In highlights from her conversation with the a local pod-caster, Hill laid out numerous grievances about the stress of her job, called President Donald Trump an authoritarian in the making, and sidestepped a question on paying for “Medicare for all.”

Hill, one of the youngest new members of Congress at age 31, said she hardly has time to hang out with anybody, feels lonely, and only has 20 minutes at the end of the day to “decompress” with her roommate, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D., Ill.).

“It’s funny, because you don’t have a lot of time to hang out with, really, anybody,” she said.

“The perception, I think, a lot of people have is that you guys sit around and make laws and then go out, and then—”  interviewer Stephen Daniels said.

“I haven’t had a beer with any of my colleagues,” Hill said. “The only person in any kind of lengthy period of time is Lauren, who’s my roommate, and that’s, like, you get home at 10 or 11 o’ clock at night and you, like, decompress about the day for like 20 minutes before you both pass out. It’s pretty lonely, to be honest with you, because you don’t—there’s literally just no time.”

Hill also complained about the challenge of figuring out when to do “call time”—getting on the telephone and dialing for dollars. With elections never more than two years away for an incumbent House member, raising money is paramount.

“I’m trying to figure out when to do that, yeah. We’re fundraising now, yeah, we have to fundraise now. I’m trying to figure out when to work it in,” she said.

“You literally have to cross the street to another building,” Daniels said.

Hill said it was a “huge walk to walk in high heels in.”

“Which is one of the hardest parts, too, right?” Hill said. “Like, you can’t just say ‘I’ve got an hour between things’—which you don’t really ever have, but—’let me do a few calls right now.’ You have to leave the building to do that. Those buildings are big. And by the way, this is a stupid thing to even think about, but walking in high heels, it’s a huge place to walk in high heels in. My feet are always killing me, and so the thought of walking across the street is— I’ve not figured out the shoe situation yet.”

Hill also addressed the Trump administration, which she likened to a rising dictatorship against which Republicans are unwilling to stand.

“They are not supportive of him,” she said. “A lot of them are not supportive of him in the same way, but they are afraid of him because he has such a strong base, and when you think about the districts, about the way that they are gerrymandered and the way that they can be primaried, they’re afraid of Donald Trump, and they act accordingly.”

“Until that chips away, and until people — no matter what your political affiliation is — recognize how this truly is about our democracy and what we leave to our children and whether or not we are moving towards a dictatorship, we are moving toward allowing crimes to be committed in the Oval Office and have people that are not accountable and are better than or above the law, then it doesn’t matter what we do,” she added. “In fact, it can actually have a negative effect.”

Asked to explain what she meant by “dictatorship,” Hill tied Trump to the “rise in dictatorships and authoritarianism across the globe.” It is worth noting that Hill and House Democrats were swept into the House majority in November’s free elections.

“I think that one of the first things you see on the way to an authoritarian regime is attacking the press,” Hill said. “It’s undermining election and reelections and being okay with this hacking that has happened, that we know for a fact, that his own Department of Defense and his own executive branch says for a fact has happened. Attacking the free press over and over and over again, that is exactly what are the first steps toward an authoritarian regime.”

Daniels also bluntly asked how Democrats would pay for “Medicare for all,” the cause du jour of 2020 presidential candidates that means different things to different politicians. Hill didn’t answer the question, but she did say calling for the program was about “laying the marker” and starting a “conversation.”

“The Medicare for All package kind of lays out, like, ‘this is how it should be.’ It’s recognized that it doesn’t have a pay-for written into it and that that’s the part— We’re putting that out there to start having that conversation, and to say that we have to have that conversation to figure out how to pay for it,” she said.

One study estimated implementing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I., Vt.) vision of the universal health care program would cost $32 trillion over 10 years.

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Sure NO CRISIS at the border

NOGALES AZ - OCTOBER 08: Supporters and veterans protesting deportation policies at the United States and Mexico border on October 08 2016 in Nogales AZ USA.

In a dusty lot along the U.S.-Mexico border fence, a single Border Patrol agent was stuck with few options and falling temperatures.

A group of 64 parents and children had waded through a shallow bend in the Rio Grande to turn themselves in to the agent on the U.S. side. He radioed for a van driver, but there were none available. By 2 a.m., the temperature was 44 degrees.

The agent handed out plastic space blankets. The group would have to wait.

Mothers and fathers swaddled their families in the silvery, crinkling sheets and clustered with them on the ground, shushing the children. They shivered in the cold wind, and the sound of crying carried on, like a broken alarm.

Groups like this arrived again and again in February, one of the coldest and busiest months along the southern border in years. U.S. authorities detained more than 70,000 migrants last month, according to preliminary figures, up from 58,000 in January. The majority were Central American parents with children who arrived, again, in unprecedented numbers.

During a month when the border debate was dominated by the fight over President Trump’s push for a wall, unauthorized migration in fiscal 2019 is on pace to reach its highest level in a decade. Department of Homeland Security officials say they expect the influx to swell in March and April, months that historically see large increases in illegal crossings as U.S. seasonal labor demand rises.

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Christian Baker SCORES BIG!

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Do you remember Masterpiece Cakeshop? The Colorado bakery made headlines last year after the Supreme Court sided with its Christian owner and against “social justice” activists — and the shop just got even more good news.

On Tuesday, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission finally dismissed its administrative action against Masterpiece Cakeshop and its owner, Jack Phillips. As part of a settlement, Phillips in return ended a court case that he had filed against Colorado, meaning that the long saga is finally coming to an end.

“Today is a win for freedom. I’m very grateful and looking forward to serving my customers as I always have: with love and respect,” Phillips told Fox News, clearly relieved that the ordeal was over.

Do you remember Masterpiece Cakeshop? The Colorado bakery made headlines last year after the Supreme Court sided with its Christian owner and against “social justice” activists — and the shop just got even more good news.

On Tuesday, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission finally dismissed its administrative action against Masterpiece Cakeshop and its owner, Jack Phillips. As part of a settlement, Phillips in return ended a court case that he had filed against Colorado, meaning that the long saga is finally coming to an end.

“Today is a win for freedom. I’m very grateful and looking forward to serving my customers as I always have: with love and respect,” Phillips told Fox News, clearly relieved that the ordeal was over.

The controversy surrounding Masterpiece Cakeshop began back in 2012 when Phillips declined to supply custom cakes for a gay wedding between residents Charlie Craig and David Mullins.

Phillips cited his religious beliefs for not being part of the wedding but indicated that he didn’t hold any ill will toward gay couples.

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Does Antisemitism run DEEP in the Democrat party?

The media is not being honest about the story of Rep. Omar’s Antisemitism, and downplaying the Democratic Party’s Jew-hatred. Some are claiming that she is being ostracized because all she is doing is presenting a pro-Palestinian view, or the Democratic Party’s Jew-hatred is a relatively new thing or even that it is limited to a few freshmen Democrats in Congress. Some are saying she shouldn’t be criticized because President Trump is worse.

Here’s the truth the media isn’t telling you about.  Rep Ilhan Omar is only a symptom of the Democratic Party’s move toward Antisemitism. The move has been happening for almost two decades, first appearing on Democratic/Liberal websites, The Huffington Post and The Daily Kos.

Before I continue,  allow me to explain that much of the Democratic party Antisemitism in recent years(such as that of Rep Omar’s) comes out of their support of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  The BDS movement grew out of the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban, South Africa. It was an anti-Jewish hate fest. Copies of the anti-Semitic work, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, were sold on conference grounds; anti-Israel protesters jeered participants chanting “Zionism is racism, Israel is apartheid,” and “You have Palestinian blood on your hands”; fliers depicting Hitler with the question, “What if I had won?” circulated among conference attendees. The answer: “There would be NO Israel and NO Palestinian bloodshed.” The leader of that conference, Mary Robinson was awarded a presidential medal of freedom from former president Barack Obama

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Left Media FINALLY opens up about Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse claims

A few months after the King of Pop faced his first public sexual abuse allegations, Vanity Fair reporter Maureen Orth wrote in January 1994 that “even by Hollywood standards, Michael Jackson’s weirdness is legendary, but he has always been protected by the armor of his celebrity.”

“Almost no one, especially those C.E.O.’s and moguls who make millions off him, has ever really questioned his motives: why this reclusive man-child with no known history of romantic relationships prefers to live a fantasy life in the company of children,” Orth wrote of Jackson, who later privately settled with accuser Jordan Chandler.

At its core, HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” is a devastating and searing excavation of how sexual abuse can tear apart the lives of accusers and their families. But particularly in its second half, airing Monday night, the documentary hints at how Jackson’s otherworldly superstardom enabled his alleged abuse to evade major scrutiny from the media during much of his career.

As with many sexual misconduct cases, media outlets faced the challenge of corroborating the allegations against Jackson. According to Orth’s 1994 article, some saw them as too salacious to cover.

Orth went on to detail how people often took their stories about Jackson to the tabloids because they would get paid by “the profitable and ever growing celebrity-gossip mill.” Reputable outlets such as The New York Times and Los Angeles Times didn’t extensively cover Chandler’s allegations in 1993, and when they did, they instead focused on the response from Jackson’s team, who claimed the singer had been extorted.

“A lot of people simply did not want to believe that Michael Jackson could molest little boys, and the tepid Establishment-press coverage reflected the public’s repugnance and ambivalence,” Orth wrote.

Jackson, who died in 2009, was the product of a machine of celebrity mythmaking, in which reporters, fans, and the people in his orbit ― including “Leaving Neverland” accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck and their families ― became sometimes unwitting participants.

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Where did socialism work? NOWHERE!

We all know socialism doesn’t work; however, the tendency of history to threaten to repeat itself means it can never be relegated to the dustbin of history – as much as we’d like.

Perhaps Ronald Reagan – an optimist and a realist – said it best:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.  The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it, and then hand it to them with the well fought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same.  And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.

Here are some countries that learned socialism doesn’t work the hard way.

CHINA

The suffering under Mao Zedong and his “Great Leap Forward” is unimaginable to you and me. Between 40 and 70 million Chinese died during his 27-year reign. So many people and in so many different places that the real number will never be known.

By adopting aspects of the free enterprise system, the People’s Republic of China survives to this day. However, political and individual freedoms remain non-existence.

Cambodia

A Domino Effect of sorts took place after the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam. The Communist Party in Cambodia installed their regime in 1975, known as the Khmer Rouge. Ultimately, 25 percent of the population was systematically murdered by Pol Pot and his Marxist–Leninist ilk.

Read the rest at: Where socialism failed

Why do DEMS feel the need to KEEP breaking the law?

Sen. Bernie Sanders has hired a self-described undocumented immigrant to serve as his nascent presidential campaign’s deputy press secretary. (Breitbart)

Belén Sisa, who previously worked on the Latino outreach side of Sanders’s 2016 campaign, announced her addition to the Vermont senator’s 2020 team in a Facebook post Wednesday.

“This is really emotional for me. I can’t help but think of 18-year-old Belén, who felt hopeless and powerless to the anti-immigrant attacks and policies that were holding her back from her dreams,” she wrote.

“I can’t help but think of the generations of sacrifice my family has had to do for me to get here. Never in our wildest dreams did we think I’d be making moves like these,” Sisa added in her announcement, which is dated Tuesday.

According to the Arizona-based activist, Sisa’s parents brought her illegally to the U.S. from Argentina at six years old and as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. Her legal protection from deportation will expire next year.

Sisa briefly rose to national prominence in 2017 when a photo of her filing taxes went viral in an attempt to lift pernicious stereotypes among some about illegal immigrants.

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Oprah promotes abortions!

Oprah Winfrey waded deeper into political waters this summer by promoting the “Shout Your Abortion” movement and its attempts to normalize the killing of unborn babies.

The July issue of her “O” magazine featured “Shout Your Abortion” founder Amelia Bonow in its “Inspiration” section, CNS News reports.

Bonow, who began the campaign to urge women to brag about aborting their unborn babies, soon will be coming out with a new book by the same title, according to the report.

She told the magazine how it all began in 2015: “[W]hen I found out that the House of Representatives had voted to defund Planned Parenthood. I kind of unraveled.

“I opened Facebook and, without thinking, wrote, ‘Like a year ago, I had an abortion at Planned Parenthood…and I remember this experience with a nearly inexpressible level of gratitude.’ I hit Post 153 words later, and everything changed,” she continued.

Bonow said the campaign really took off when a friend shared her post on Twitter with the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion.

“On some level, I’d internalized the stigma—though I honestly wasn’t ashamed. Then why hide? It wasn’t out of character for me to disclose something so personal online. What was out of character was my silence,” she said.

She blamed the pro-life movement for trying to silence women who have had abortions, saying: “The anti- choice movement wants it to be terrifying to speak the truth, because we can’t advocate for something we can’t say out loud. But the more of us who speak out, the clearer it becomes that all sorts of people have abortions, including people you love.”

But it really is her own movement, the pro-abortion movement, that silences women whose abortion stories do not fit their narrative. Bonow’s pro-abortion campaign is not the first abortion story-telling movement either.

Long ago, pro-life advocates recognized the power of individual people and their stories in the abortion debate. The Silent No More Awareness campaign is just one example of the many pro-life storytelling outreaches. It encourages people who experienced pain and regret after their abortions to share their stories publicly, and its website documents thousands of stories of mothers, fathers, grandparents and others who experienced deep pain and remorse because of unborn babies’ abortion deaths.

“O” magazine is doing a disservice to its readers by promoting the “Shout Your Abortion” campaign. Bonow’s movement gives the impression that women are glad they aborted their unborn babies. The truth is that some women regret their abortions and others do not, but no matter what the women’s feelings, their abortions destroyed another human being, their own child’s chance to ever have a story.

Read the rest at: Oprah Abortion

Court says Dead progressive judge can no longer vote!

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the decisive vote in a California pay dispute case before a lower court doesn’t count — because the vote came from a judge who died before the ruling was issued.

The case from the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals involved a dispute over pay filed by a Fresno County government employee.

Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who was seen as a progressive icon on the bench, heard the dispute and participated in a preliminary vote. The appeals court then issued an opinion in his name nine days after he passed away in March 2018.

But the high court, vacating the decision of a federal appeals court, said Monday that “federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.”

“The upshot is that Judge Reinhardt’s vote made a difference,” said the Supreme Court in its unsigned ruling. “Was that lawful?”

The justices said it was not. “Because Judge Reinhardt was no longer a judge at the time when the en bank decision in the case was filed, the 9th Circuit erred in counting him as a member of the majority.”

The Supreme Court itself follows the same practice.

The votes of Justice Antonin Scalia issued after his sudden death three years ago did not count, even though he had participated in a number of argued cases earlier in the court’s term. No decision is official until it is formally released by the court, and every member of the court must be on the bench at the time.

Reinhardt was one of the longest-serving federal judges when he died at age 87, and one of the most liberal on the 9th Circuit. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1980 by President Carter.

The case was sent back to the 9th Circuit for reconsideration.

Read the rest at: Dead Judge

A drag Queen that goes by “Annie Christ”

If you’re wondering whether or not the controversial Drag Queen Story Time phenomenon has been gaining or losing popularity, a video shot outside Pennsylvania’s Lansdale Public Library this weekend should answer that question.

It showed two kids engaged in a counterprotest against those opposed to drag queens in full costume reading to children — and they chanted, “Stop your hate! Drag is great!”

Other folks carried signs that read, “God Thinks Drag Queens Are Fabulous” and “Love Is Love Is Love” and chanted “Love thy neighbor!”

On Saturday morning inside the library, the individual reading books to children about tolerance and diversity went by Drag Queen Miss Annie, WPVI-TV reported.

But when performing for an adults-only crowd, this drag queen goes by “Annie Christ” — and wasn’t pleased with protests against the story time.

“It’s like an actor being in a rated-R movie not being able to read to kids,” Annie Christ told WPVI. “It’s my side job; it’s what I do at a club that’s 21 and over.”

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Obama raided the treasury to pay off the 1%

Older story but SO relevant for today!

This is about a raid conducted in the murky twilight of the Federal Register. It’s a scheme in which the Obama administration collected less in taxes from health insurers (mostly off the Exchanges) than they were required to do under the Affordable Care Act, created a plan to pay insurers selling policies on the Exchange considerably more than originally projected, and stiffed the United States Treasury on the money it was supposed to receive from the taxes. It’s a different bailout than the Risk Corridors program. That, at least, was originally authorized by statute.  This is about a diversion that took place in spite of a statute that explicitly prohibited it.  And the consequence of the diversion of funds was to enrich insurers and, probably, to keep more insurers selling policies on the Exchanges than would otherwise be the case.

The scheme involves section 1341 of the Affordable Care Act, so-called Transitional Reinsurance.  If you actually read the statute and know some history, the concept behind it is fairly clear.  Prior to the ACA, most states were operating subsidized high risk pools for their sickest citizens.  They did so because insurers were generally permitted to engage in medical underwriting and refused to cover such persons except possibly at very high prices.  Often, eligibility for participation in the subsidized state high risk pools was conditioned on having one or more of a list of diseases that were expensive to treat.

The ACA envisioned a two step transition to deal with these high risk individuals. From 2011 through 2013, the federal government itself operated a high risk pool called the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan that would basically soak up many who had been with state high risk pools or others who had pre-existing conditions that made them difficult to insure.  The PCIP was somewhat of a fiasco, but that’s a story for a different day.

From 2014 forward,  the federal government would no longer directly insure individuals with expensive pre-existing conditions.  Instead, it placed the burden on private insurers who chose to sell policies on the Exchanges or certain policies off the Exchanges.  These insurers would no longer be able to medically underwrite and to exclude or charge more to people with these pre-existing conditions.  The idea of Section 1341 was to make this generally bankrupting practice more enticing. It called for provision of “free” reinsurance to Exchange (and some other individual) insurers based on claims incurred by insureds with any of 50 to 100 high risk conditions that the regulatory processes had identified.  This “transitional reinsurance” would be operated by the states and would run from 2014 to 2016.  It was essentially a gift card to the insurance industry, almost as good as cash, since specific stop loss insurance of the sort provided was something many insurers might well get anyway.

There was another related problem to take care of to which reinsurance had been the answer.  Under section 1102 of the ACA, the federal government was going to put up $5 billion in 2010 to 2013 to reduce the burden on employers — mostly state government employees — and labor unions  that had agreed to provide group health insurance to persons who had retired but who were not yet 65 and eligible for Medicare.  Many sponsors of these plans, particularly the private corporation providers, were dropping them, but this response to rising healthcare costs endangered the ACA. Those newly uninsured people — the high risk group over age 55 — would migrate to the Exchanges on the ACA, where their high expenses would drive up premiums and increase the subsidies paid by the federal government.

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Incest and necrophilia might be normal?

Incest between siblings and necrophilia should be legalized, a branch of the Swedish Liberal People’s Party has argued.

The Stockholm branch of the party’s youth wing (LUF) voted on the controversial motion at its annual meeting on Sunday.

It called for the repeal of several laws to make consensual sex between brothers and sisters aged over 15 legal, as well as allowing people to “bequeath” their bodies for intercourse after death without fearing the perpetrator would be prosecuted.

The LUF also voted to support the legalization of sexual acts with a corpse, on the condition that the person consented while they were still alive.

Ms Johnsson said: “You should get to decide what happens to your body after you die, and if it happens to be that someone wants to bequeath their body to a museum or for research, or if they want to bequeath to someone for sex, then it should be okay.”

The central Liberal People’s Party disagreed, however, with spokesperson Adam Alfredsson telling Expressen the proposals were “nothing like the mother party endorses.”

“Incest is and should remain illegal,” he added. “We think it will continue to be illegal to use a dead man’s body in [a sexual] way.”

Meanwhile, a former Swedish Liberal MP, Carl B Hamilton, took to Facebook to dismiss the youth wing’s proposals as a publicity stunt concocted by “nitwits”.

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Autopsy of a Dead Coup

The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign’s use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed.

So has the second special prosecutor phase of the coup to abort the Trump presidency failed. There are many elements to what in time likely will become recognized as the greatest scandal in American political history, marking the first occasion in which U.S. government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president.

Preparing the Battlefield
No palace coup can take place without the perception of popular anger at a president.

The deep state is by nature cowardly. It does not move unless it feels it can disguise its subterranean efforts or that, if revealed, those efforts will be seen as popular and necessary—as expressed in tell-all book titles such as fired FBI Directors James Comey’s Higher Loyalty or in disgraced Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s psychodramatic The Threat.

In candidate and President Trump’s case that prepping of the battlefield translated into a coordinated effort among the media, political progressives and celebrities to so demonize Trump that his imminent removal likely would appear a relief to the people. Anything was justified that led to that end.

All through the 2016 campaign and during the first two years of the Trump presidency the media’s treatment, according to liberal adjudicators of press coverage, ran about 90 percent negative toward Trump—a landmark bias that continues today.

Journalists themselves consulted with the Clinton campaign to coordinate attacks. From the Wikileaks trove, journalistic grandees such as John Harwood, Mark Leibovich, Dana Milbank, and Glenn Thrush often communicated (and even post factum were unapologetic about doing so) with John Podesta’s staff to construct various anti-Trump themes and have the Clinton campaign review or even audit them in advance.

Some contract “journalists” apparently were paid directly by Fusion GPS—created by former reporters Glen Simpson of the Wall Street Journal and Susan Schmidt of the Washington Post—to spread lurid stories from the dossier. Others more refined like Christiane Amanpour and James Rutenberg had argued for a new journalistic ethos that partisan coverage was certainly justified in the age of Trump, given his assumed existential threat to The Truth. Or as Rutenberg put it in 2016: “If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, non-opinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable. But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place?”

I suppose Rutenberg never considered that half the country might have considered the Hillary Clinton presidency “potentially dangerous,” and yet did not expect the evening news, in 90 percent of its coverage, to reflect such suspicions.

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The Strange Paradoxes of Our Age

Modern prophets often say one thing and do another. Worse, they often advocate in the abstract as a way of justifying their doing the opposite in the concrete.

The result is that contemporary culture abounds with the inexplicable — mostly because modern progressivism makes all sorts of race, class, and gender exceptions for politically incorrect felonies, an appeasement that ensures an absence of deterrence and thus even more transgressions.

Paradox No. 1: Merchants of Hate. We are told that white, racist young men are preying on people of color, obsessed with skin color (and gender), and emancipated by Donald Trump’s Klan-like MAGA army. In truth, the purveyors of such theories are themselves merchants of hate, who stereotype and demonize on the basis of skin color. And they do so, largely for anticipated career advantages, on the principle that supposed victims of white bigots can translate such ill treatment into publicity and, with it, attention and career enhancement. How did this epidemic of hate happen in 2019 America?

Answer: a) There are not enough racists left to fuel the current insatiable appetite of the anti-racism industry. So both victimizers and victims have to be invented — as we see with the Duke lacrosse lynching, the Virginia fraternity hoax, the Covington-kids invention, and the recent Jussie Smollett fraud. b) There are few punishments for fraud, but lots of rewards for being victimized, and so deterrence is lost and the merchants of hate assume they are free to invent what they please. c) Anything useful to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump is seen as a moral act, whether equating the Covington MAGA-hatted teenagers as veritable Klansmen or fitting out Smollett’s hired thugs with lynch rope and red hats.

Paradox No. 2: Green Filth. Ecology and environmentalism are supposedly efforts to prevent the natural world around from being spoiled by man and his modern-day lifestyle. Nowhere is green power stronger than in urban California. And yet nowhere are major cities (such as San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco) dirtier, more dangerous, and more festering as a result of human indifference — or public policy.

Medieval plagues such as typhus and tuberculosis ravage street people in California cities, so much so that Los Angeles City Hall had to be deloused to ensure that it did suffer the flea-borne epidemics akin to those of Constantinople in the sixth century a.d. Feces, trash, urine, discarded needles, and rotting food scraps stain downtown streets; primeval carriers of disease such as rats and scavenging birds feast and defecate among the flotsam and jetsam.

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NARAL wants MORE Black babies killed!

BlackLivesMatter, Abortion
BlackLivesMatter, Abortion

NARAL Pro-Choice California Joins Coalition to Introduce Landmark Legislation to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates of Black Women

Sacramento – Today, NARAL Pro-Choice California joined Black Women for Wellness, ACT for Women and Girls, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty to introduce landmark legislation to reduce the rates of Black maternal mortality and morbidity by addressing institutional racism in perinatal healthcare services.

The California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act (SB 464), authored by Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) would require all perinatal healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, midwives and frontline personnel, to participate in an implicit bias training designed to curtail the impact of bias on maternal health, and improve California data collection to better track and understand pregnancy-related deaths.

“Although California has made considerable progress in reducing maternal mortality rates overall, it is outrageous that Black women here at home are still dying at three to four times the rate of everyone else,” said NARAL Pro-Choice California State Director Amy Everitt. “When it comes to reproductive freedom, we pride ourselves on leading the nation. But we cannot celebrate until we have true equity in quality and access to healthcare.”

Black women are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth than the average Californian. According to a 2018 report released by the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review Board, Black women made up 5% of the birth cohort in California, but 21% of pregnancy-related deaths. The same report showed that 41% of all California pregnancy deaths had a good to strong chance of preventability.

“While California has made great strides in decreasing maternal mortality, as long as Black women are dying at four times the rate of white women, Black women are not receiving adequate care,” Senator Holly J. Mitchell said. “SB 464 aims to correct this by requiring all medical professionals involved in childbirth to be trained in implicit bias and improving the data we collect on maternal health during childbirth.”

Access to prenatal care, socioeconomic status, and physical health do not fully explain the disparity seen in Black women maternal mortality and morbidity rates. In fact, middle to high-income Black mothers have worse birthing outcomes than white women in abject poverty. There is a growing body of evidence that Black women are often treated unfairly and unequally in the healthcare system.

“There is no reason in a state with the 5th largest economy in the world that we have black women dying in childbirth at rates on par with impoverished developing countries,” Assemblymember Weber said. “These preventable deaths are not limited to poor black women either, but are an issue regardless of economic background or educational attainment. So we are forced to confront the real effects of systemic racism in healthcare and be unflinching in our efforts to address them.”

SB 464 is cosponsored by ACT for Women and Girls, Black Women for Wellness, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

“More and more studies are showing that racial or other implicit biases contribute to the egregious rate of pregnancy related deaths of Black women,” said Nourbese Flint, Policy Director of Black Women for Wellness. “If we ever are going to truly tackle the inequities in healthcare we have to start tackling the root causes.”

“Equitable and dignified healthcare is crucial in rural communities. We are obligated to address life-threatening racial bias at the doctor’s office or in hospitals. No black woman or child should feel unsafe in the company of their medical provider,” said Sarah K. Hutchinson, ACT for Women and Girls.

“The link between racial inequity and poverty in our society is undeniable,” said Jen Flory, Policy Advocate at Western Center on Law & Poverty. “If we cannot address the racial inequities in our healthcare system, we will not reduce the health disparities that are so prevalent.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.

ACT for Women and Girls builds power with young people in California’s Central Valley through youth-led community organizing, grassroots campaigns, and local & state policy change to reflect true reproductive justice for rural communities.

Black Women for Wellness is a non profit committed the empowerment health and well-being of Black women and girls in California through research, advocacy, program, civic engagement and popular education.

Western Center on Law & Poverty fights for justice and system-wide change to secure housing, health care, racial justice and a strong safety net for low-income Californians.

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IS the FBI really out of control?

During the financial crisis, the federal government bailed out banks it declared “too big to fail.” Fearing their bankruptcy might trigger economic Armageddon, the feds propped them up with taxpayer cash.

Something similar is happening now at the FBI, with the Washington wagons circling the agency to protect it from charges of corruption. This time, the appropriate tag line is “too big to believe.”

Yet each day brings credible reports suggesting there is a massive scandal involving the top ranks of America’s premier law enforcement agency. The reports, which feature talk among agents of a “secret society” and suddenly missing text messages, point to the existence both of a cabal dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in 2016 and of a plan to let Hillary Clinton skate free in the classified email probe.

If either one is true — and I believe both probably are — it would mean FBI leaders betrayed the nation by abusing their

More support for this view involves the FBI’s use of the Russian dossier on Trump that was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. It is almost certain that the FBI used the dossier to get FISA court warrants to spy on Trump associates, meaning it used the opposition research of the party in power to convince a court to let it spy on the candidate of the other party — likely without telling the court of the dossier’s political link.

Even worse, there is growing reason to believe someone in President Barack Obama’s administration turned over classified information about Trump to the Clinton campaign.

As one former federal prosecutor put it, “It doesn’t get worse than that.” That prosecutor, Joseph ­diGenova, believes Trump was correct when he claimed Obama aides wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower.

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Do we need a special prosecutor to investigate possible coup attempt?

Earlier this week fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who served as acting director after James Comey was fired in May 2017, made headlines when he alleged meetings took place at the Department of Justice about ousting President Trump from office.

Now according to a new Rasmussen Report, the majority of voters believe crimes were likely committed by DOJ and FBI officials and they want a special prosecutor to investigate.

Most voters say top Justice Department and FBI officials are likely to have acted criminally when they secretly discussed removing President Trump from office and think a special prosecutor is needed to investigate.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe senior federal law enforcement officials are likely to have broken the law in their discussions in May 2017 to oust Trumpwith 37% who say it is Very Likely. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 36% consider that unlikely, with 19% who say it’s Not At All Likely that they broke the law.

Fifty-one percent (51%) think a special prosecutor should be named to investigate the discussions among senior Justice Department and FBI officials in May 2017 to remove the president from office. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disagree, but 11% are undecided.

President Trump is enraged over the revelations and took to Twitter earlier this week to slam McCabe and outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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Rosenstein OUT! But not to Jail!

President Trump will nominate Jeff Rosen to replace outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, White House officials announced Tuesday, confirming previous reportsand seemingly cementing the ouster of the embattled No. 2 at the Justice Department.

A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, Rosen previously served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget (2006 to 2009) and as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation (2003 to 2006), according to his online biography.

Rosen, confirmed for his current role by the Senate in May 2017, works under Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in overseeing the daily operations of the department.

“Jeffrey Rosen is a distinguished lawyer who has served at the highest levels of government and the private sector,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement. “As an attorney, he has more than 35 years’ experience litigating complex matters in state and federal courts across the country, including as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. He supervised more than 400 attorneys while serving as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation and also served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Management and Budget.”

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Global warming lies? NO WAY!

Bernie Sanders, Global Warming, Cold Snap Northeast
Bernie Sanders, Global Warming, Cold Snap Northeast

Global warming alarmists frequently make false and deplorable assertions (see, for example, my recent column debunking false claims that global warming is causing a decline in wheat production), but the Environmental Defense Fund’s recent fund-raising mailer, “10 Global Warming Effects That May Shock You,” may well set a new low. However, climate realists can make lemonade from EDF’s preposterous mailer by using it to show open-minded people the difference between global warming alarmists and global warming truth-tellers.

EDF has assembled what it believes to be the 10 most powerful global warming assertions in the alarmists’ playbook, yet each assertion either backfires on alarmists or has been proven false. While reading how flawed EDF’s assertions are, remember these are the very best arguments global warming alarmists can make. Open-minded readers should have very little difficulty dismissing the mythical global warming crisis after examining the top 10 assertions in the alarmist playbook.

Alarmist Assertion #1

“Bats Drop from the Sky – In 2014, a scorching summer heat wave caused more than 100,000 bats to literally drop dead and fall from the sky in Queensland, Australia.”

The Facts

Global warming alarmists’ preferred electricity source – wind power – kills nearly 1 million bats every year (to say nothing of the more than 500,000 birds killed every year) in the United States alone. This appalling death toll occurs every year even while wind power produces just 3% of U.S. electricity. Ramping up wind power to 10, 20, or 30% of U.S. electricity production would likely increase annual bat kills to 10-to-30 million every year. Killing 30 million bats every year in response to dubious claims that global warming might once in a great while kill 100,000 bats makes no sense.

Just as importantly, alarmists present no evidence that global warming caused the summer heat wave in a notoriously hot desert near the equator.  To the contrary, climate change theory and objective data show our recent global warming is occurring primarily in the winter, toward the poles, and at night.

Australia’s highest recorded temperature occurred more than half a century ago, and only two of Australia’s seven states have set their all-time temperature record during the past 40 years. Indeed, Queensland’s 2014 heat wave paled in comparison to the 1972 heat wave that occurred 42 years of global warming ago. If global warming caused the 2014 Queensland heat wave, why wasn’t it as severe as the 1972 Queensland heat wave? Blaming every single summer heat wave or extreme weather event on global warming is a stale and discredited tactic in the alarmist playbook. Objective science proves extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, and droughts have become less frequent and less severe as a result of the Earth’s recent modest warming.

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The Constitution is “Exclusionary” NO KIDDING!

Old fashionet American Constitution with USA Flag.

Syracuse University denied an application for Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) to become a Registered Student Organization (RSO), stating, as one of its reasons for doing so, that requiring students to believe in the U.S. Constitution is “exclusionary to international students.”

The Syracuse Office of Student Activities denied YAF’s application, in part because members must support the “Sharon Statement,” which is a statement of support for the U.S. Constitution. Syracuse took issue with the Sharon Statement, alleging that adhering to it violates the college’s policy of non-discrimination.

“The Board considers the ‘Sharon Statement’ to be contradictory to Article XI Statement of Non-Discrimination,” Syracuse’s RSO Review Board stated in its rejection email to the group, according to documents obtained by Campus Reform. “Additionally, requiring students to agree in the superiority of the U.S. Constitution is exclusionary to international students and other individuals.”

Additionally, Syracuse’s RSO Review Board took issue with the fact that Young Americans for Freedom is associated with its parent organization, Young America’s Foundation, which the board claims has “extensive control” over the former organization.

Young America’s Foundation has a “pattern” of promoting discourse through “inflammatory” means, according to the Board.

“The Board recognizes that the parent organization, Young America’s Foundation, has demonstrated a pattern of past practice of supporting discourse via printed materials and/or other means that are deemed inflammatory,” the Board stated in an email to the group’s president. “Specifically, products that are supplied free of charge, including the ‘Patriot Pack’ that illustrates an aircraft entering into the World Trade Center and inflammatory statements. The Board considers these materials to be contradictory to the educational mission of Syracuse University and in turn the purpose of a Recognized Student Organization.”

The college listed a variety of other reasons for denying the group registered status, including an “incomplete” constitution, the group’s “undemocratic” nature, “continuity” issues as they relate to the group’s activity during the summer months, “ambiguous” meeting times,” and how money is deposited and reimbursed.

Justine Murray, the YAF group’s president and a Campus Reform correspondent, asserted that even if those issues were resolved, Syracuse would still deny their application.

“I want to stay hopeful that maybe they will approve YAF if I made the proposed changes but based off their first two points and the offense they took to our recognition of the U.S. Constitution, it doesn’t look very probable they will accept us,” Murray told Campus Reform.

Koen Weaver, who is the group’s vice chairman, told Campus Reform, “while I understand the important job of the Office of Student Activities in confirming RSOs on campus, I am concerned by the bias and almost anti-Americanism displayed by our rejection.”

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An uncommon state of emergency?

WASHINGTON — The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency.

Thirty separate emergencies, in fact.

An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later.

A post-9/11 state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush — and renewed six times by President Obama — forms the legal basis for much of the war on terror.

Tuesday, President Obama informed Congress he was extending another Bush-era emergency for another year, saying “widespread violence and atrocities” in the Democratic Republic of Congo “pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States.”

Those emergencies, declared by the president by proclamation or executive order, give the president extraordinary powers — to seize property, call up the National Guard and hire and fire military officers at will.

“What the National Emergencies Act does is like a toggle switch, and when the president flips it, he gets new powers. It’s like a magic wand. and there are very few constraints about how he turns it on,” said Kim Lane Scheppele, a professor at Princeton University.

If invoked during a public health emergency, a presidential emergency declaration could allow hospitals more flexibility to treat Ebola cases. The Obama administration has said declaring a national emergency for Ebola is unnecessary.

In his six years in office, President Obama has declared nine emergencies, allowed one to expire and extended 22 emergencies enacted by his predecessors.

Since 1976, when Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, presidents have declared at least 53 states of emergency — not counting disaster declarations for events such as tornadoes and floods, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents. Most of those emergencies remain in effect.

Even as Congress has delegated emergency powers to the president, it has provided almost no oversight. The 1976 law requires each house of Congress to meet within six months of an emergency to vote it up or down. That’s never happened.

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Want paid more – Then work more – Adulthood sucks

New York City’s fast-food industry has served as a laboratory for the nation’s labor movement for the last several years.

Its workers were the first to stage rallies demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Then, they pressed for changes in the way national restaurant chains set their work schedules.

Now, they are asking the City Council to shield them from being fired without a valid reason. That protection, the sort of job security that unions usually bargain for, would be a first for a city to provide to workers in a specific industry, labor law experts said.

City Councilman Brad Lander said he planned to introduce a bill on Wednesday that would require fast-food businesses to show “just cause” for firing workers and give them a chance to appeal dismissals through arbitration.

Mr. Lander, a Democrat from Brooklyn, said he was responding to surveys of fast-food workers indicating that “there’s a substantial percentage of employees that have been fired unfairly.” One woman said she was fired from a Chipotle restaurant for not smiling enough.

But restaurant industry officials and lawyers who represent the industry said the proposal was just the latest stratagem employed by a national union that has been trying to organize fast-food workers ever since they first staged protests for better wages and working conditions in 2012.

The Service Employees International Union adopted the workers’ Fight for 15 campaign, which spurred New York and other cities and states to raise minimum wages to $15 an hour and in some places higher.

“We’re always skeptical about any efforts by the S.E.I.U., that they’re really anything more than a front to help them increase their dues-paying membership and their political agenda,” said Matthew Haller, an executive with the International Franchise Association in Washington.

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Rosenstein – Going Going ALMOST Gone!

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role at the Justice Department by mid-March, a senior DOJ official told Fox News on Monday.

An official announcement of who has been selected to replace Rosenstein could come as early as this week. A Trump administration official added that Attorney General William Barr has picked Jeffrey Rosen, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to take over for Rosenstein.

A graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, Rosen previously served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget (2006 to 2009) and as General Counsel at the Department of Transportation (2003 to 2006), according to his online biography.

Rosen, confirmed for his current role by the Senate in May 2017, works under Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in overseeing the daily operations of the department.

Fox News reported in January that Rosenstein was expected to step down in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition for Barr, who was sworn-in on Thursday.

Rosenstein long thought of his role as a two-year position and the two-year mark is coming soon, officials close to the departing attorney general previously told Fox News.

Speculation of Rosenstein’s departure mounted after the firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in November. He has, until recently, overseen Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Rosenstein has often been a target of President Trump on Twitter.

Most recently, Trump accused Rosenstein, along with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, of pursuing an “illegal and treasonous” plot against him after McCabe detailed private DOJ discussions about secretly recording and potentially ousting the president.

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