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May 16: Independent Journal Review: Family of Murdered DNC Staffer
Seth Rich Speaks Out After Shocking Report Ignites WikiLeaks Conspiracy
The family of murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich refuted a shocking report suggesting he was in contact with WikiLeaks before his death. The report, based on the unconfirmed claims of a private investigator, ignited new conspiracy theories about Rich's tragic murder on social media.  Rich was gunned down on a Washington, D.C., street close to his home in what police believe was possibly a botched robbery.

May 16: The HillDems Prepare to launch “Resistance Summer”
The Democratic National Committee is attempting to harness resistance to President Trump into a national effort aimed at building out state and local party ranks.  Billed as the "Resistance Summer," the DNC will hold events with allies across the country in early June before sponsoring a national training summit in the hopes of registering scores of new Democratic voters.  The move is the first concrete action from Democrats’ promise to return to a "50-state solution" in light of massive Republican gains in state legislatures across the country. 

May 16: The Daily Caller: Dems want Trump to provide transcript of meeting with the Russians
A report in the Washington Post Monday that said the president disclosed information about a terrorist threat from the Islamic State in a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. This drew concern and outcry from Capitol Hill, and now several Democratic lawmakers are demanding the White House release a transcript of the meeting — if one exists.

May 9: The Daily Caller: Honduran Official:  Exodus after Texas enacts anti-sanctuary city law
Honduras’ deputy foreign minister is preparing for an exodus of Hondurans from Texas after the state outlawed sanctuary cities.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law on Sunday night, which calls for criminal penalties for sheriffs and police chiefs whose agencies refuse to comply with federal immigration detainers. Travis County, home to Austin, has refused to comply with dozens of immigration detainers including those for immigrants accused of sexual assault.

May 9: Fox News: Why was Director Comey canned?
President Trump’s seemingly abrupt decision Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey was made at the recommendation of top Justice Department officials who claimed that his controversial handling of the Hillary Clinton email case last year rendered him unfit for the position.  Comey had been the subject of a review by the very top of the Trump Justice Department. Newly confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein penned an extensive memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlining concerns with Comey’s conduct during and after the Clinton email probe.

May 8: The Daily CallerConservatives lavish praise on Trump’s new judicial picks
Conservative legal scholars lavished praise on President Donald Trump’s latest round of judicial nominations, calling the list a vindication of a central campaign pledge.  The New York Times’ Adam Liptak reported late Sunday that the administration will submit ten nominees to judicial vacancies around the country early this week. Five of the nominations will be to federal appeals courts, four to district courts, and one to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Two of the district court nominees are individuals who former President Barack Obama originally selected.

May 8: The Hill: Appeals Court hears testimony on Trump travel ban
A Richmond-based federal appeals court grappled Monday with the legality of President Trump’s travel ban, which was blocked by a Maryland district court judge.  The court appeared divided over whether Trump’s statements during the 2016 presidential campaign about blocking Muslims from entering the country should be considered.  That was the reason why the Maryland district judge held up the travel order — a revised version of Trump’s initial plan — which blocked people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. 

May 8: The Daily CallerJudge’s advice to all who don’t like the Texas law:
Judge Napolitano gave some simple advice to people who are angry with Texas Governor Abbott’s crackdown on sanctuary cities: move.  Kennedy of Fox News asked Judge Napolitano if federalism could be a potential solution to the sanctuary city debate, by “allowing different states to have a different [immigration] threshold.”  “Well that’s the beauty of Reagan’s statement when he said that you ought to be able to vote with your feet,” Judge Napolitano responded. “So if you don’t like the law in Texas, move to Oklahoma.”

May 8: The Hill: McConnell: Obamacare replacement bill won’t be quick
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is signaling that the Senate will not quickly pass legislation to reform the nation's healthcare system after a bill cleared the House last week.  "This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done," McConnell said on Monday. He added that "to those who have suffered enough already my message is this: We hear you, and Congress is acting."

May 5: The Daily Caller: Dept. of State told to release latest batch of Hillary’s server emails
A federal judge ordered the Department of State to release new emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi, a nonprofit government watchdog group announced Friday.  Two previously unreleased emails have a subject line “Quick Summary of POTUS Calls to Presidents of Libya and Egypt” and were sent two days after terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, according to Judicial Watch.

April 5: Fox News: Unmasking had detailed info on everyday activities
The intelligence reports at the center of the Susan Rice unmasking controversy were detailed, and almost resembled a private investigator’s file, according to a Republican congressman familiar with the documents. "This is information about their everyday lives," Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence committee said. "Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on.”

May 5: Fox News: Extreme vetting process unveiled
Following through on President Trump’s campaign promise to put immigrants to the U.S. through “extreme vetting," the State Department announced new proposals Thursday to increase the screening of certain applicants, including requesting social media handles.

May 5: Fox News: GOP Repeal and Replace bill could cut $1 trillion in taxes
The Republican-authored American Health Care Act would drastically overhaul the nation's health insurance system.  Supporters claimed the bill would lower premiums and give struggling patients more choice. Opponents say it would leave vulnerable and elderly customers facing higher costs and lead to less coverage.  According to the White House, the cuts amount to $1 trillion.  Most the changes, however, won’t be implemented until 2018, at the earliest.

May 5: The Daily Caller: Trump signs Continuing Resolution: Dems love, Conservatives hate:
No Democrat senators voted against the omnibus spending bill President Trump signed Friday.  The $1.1 trillion measure will keep the government funded through September and has been panned by many conservatives. When it was voted on by the House of Representatives, 103 Republicans voted against the bill supported by both Speaker Ryan and the Trump administration. The American Conservative Union opposed the legislation, and radio commentator Rush Limbaugh asked Vice President Mike Pence, “What is the point of voting Republican if the Democrats are gonna continue to win practically 95 percent of their objectives?”

May 5: The Hill: Jobless rate lowest since 2007
The U.S. economy added a robust 211,000 jobs in April, which was better than expected as the labor market rebounded after a weak start to the year.  The unemployment rate fell from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent, the lowest since May 2007, before the recession started, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

May 5: The Daily Caller: Russia moves to bar US military from skies over Syria:
The Russian government is attempting to bar the U.S. from most of Syria’s airspace in its latest effort to implement a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war, a senior diplomat told reporters attending the ceasefire conference Friday in Kazakhstan. Russia’s special envoy to Syria Aleksandr Lavrentiev said the U.S. led international coalition against ISIS would only be allowed to strike ISIS’s capital along with “some populated areas in the area of the Euphrates, Deir al-Zour and further on the Iraqi territory.” He emphatically declared, “The work of aviation, especially the forces of the international coalition, is absolutely not envisaged. With notification or without notification, this issue is now closed.”

May 4: Fox News: Russian Jets approach Alaska, prompting Air Force response 
Two Russian Bear bombers -- escorted for the first time by a pair of Su-35 "Flanker" fighter jets -- entered Alaska's Air Defense Zone on Wednesday night, U.S. officials told Fox News.  The Russian formation was intercepted by a pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets that were already flying a patrol about 50 miles southwest of Chariot, Alaska. A NORAD spokesperson told Fox News the intercept began at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a defense source said it also occurred into Thursday.  It was the first time the U.S. Air Force has seen advanced Russian Su-35 fighter jets escort Russian Cold War-era bombers near Alaska.

May 4: Fox News: House Passes North Korean Sanctions Bill
The House overwhelmingly voted Thursday to impose new sanctions on North Korea amid heightened tensions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.  The vote, 419-1, targets North Korea’s shipping industry and use of slave labor.   It also requires that the Trump administration report to Congress within 90 days on whether North Korea should be reinstated on the government’s state sponsors of terror list. Such a designation would trigger more sanctions, including restriction on U.S. foreign assistance.  Adm. Harry Harris Jr., the top American military officer in the Pacific, has warned lawmakers that it's a question of when, not if, Pyongyang successfully builds a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the U.S.

May 4: The Hill: House passes compromise Obamacare repeal and replace legislation
House Republicans on Thursday passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, taking a major step toward a long-held goal and setting in motion an overhaul of the nation’s health system.  The narrow 217-213 vote is a victory for GOP leaders, who faced a tumultuous path to getting the bill to the floor. The measure had to be pulled in March because of a lack of votes, but a series of deals since then brought on board the conservative Freedom Caucus and then wavering moderates.  Twenty Republicans voted against the bill, most of them centrists hailing from swing districts that Democrats are targeting in 2018.

May 1: McClatchy DC: Republicans prepare for war, with each other!
Look out, Republicans up for re-election in 2018. Look out, House Speaker Paul Ryan.  The fiery, never-give-in ultra-conservative wing of the GOP is highly displeased with the budget agreement reached this week.   “Instead of fighting for President Trump’s conservative budget priorities, they have surrendered to the Democrats once again,” Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who heads the Senate Conservatives Fund, said of congressional Republican leaders.  Democrats are elated over the $1.07 trillion budget deal, which reads almost like an Obama administration blueprint.

May 1: CNNObamacare Repeal and Replace on the Verge of Defeat
The White House and congressional Republicans are in serious danger of not having enough votes to pass their health care bill.  Several Republicans have come out Monday against the current measure to repeal and replace Obamacare, bringing the CNN whip count to 21 Republicans, mostly moderates, opposed to the bill with at least 17 lawmakers still undecided. There is no vote scheduled and it's unclear if there will be one before the House leaves for a week-long break Friday.

May 1: The Wall Street Journal: Pre-existing conditions divide House GOP on Healthcare bill
A number of states would likely pursue waivers in the House Republican health plan enabling them to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions who let their coverage lapse, health analysts said.  The waivers are the latest twist to the House GOP proposal that would topple most of the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new plan that would bring steep Medicaid cuts and refundable tax credits to help people obtain health insurance if they don’t get it from their job.  Many Republicans say that giving insurers more flexibility in what kind of plans to offer, and how to price them, would create competition and drive down premiums.

May 1: Yahoo News: North Koreans warn of nuclear test at any time
North Korea warned Monday that it will carry out a nuclear test "at any time and at any location" set by its leadership, in the latest rhetoric to fuel jitters in the region.  Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs that the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a sixth nuclear test -- and with Washington refusing to rule out a military strike in response.

April 27: Politico: House postpones again Obamacare repeal and replace vote
House Republican leaders on Thursday delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill until next week at the earliest, denying President Donald Trump a major legislative victory during his first 100 days in office.  Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants decided during a late-night huddle in the Capitol that they still do not have the votes to pass the stalled health-care legislation. At least 15 House Republicans remain solidly opposed to the bill, with another 20 leaning no or still undecided, according to GOP lawmakers and aides.

April 26: Fox News:  Judge who blocked Trump sanctuary city order is a Democratic activist
The judge who struck down a Trump administration crackdown on sanctuary cities is a hard-core Democrat activist whose life has been steeped in liberal politics since childhood.  Judge William Orrick III, 63, who on Tuesday blocked the administration from withholding federal funds from cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials, attended the landmark 1968 Democratic National Convention as a teen and more recently raised money for 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry.

April 26: Independent Journal: Trump Announces Tax Reform Plan
Here are the highlights of the Trump tax proposal:  
- Lower the corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent to 15 percent
- “Double” the standard tax deductions for Americans
- Replace the current seven tax brackets to three brackets of 35 percent, 25 percent, and 10 percent
- Give business owners a “pass-through rate” and allowing their personal income to be taxed at the 15 percent corporate tax rate
- Provide tax relief for families with child and dependent care expenses
- Eliminate targeted tax breaks that “mainly benefit the wealthiest taxpayers”
- Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax
- Repeal the “death tax”
-Create “one-time” tax on trillions of dollars held overseas

April 26: The Daily Mail: North Korea prepares for War!
Kim Jong-Un's army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.  Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.  The exercises on Tuesday involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks.  Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.

April 26: The Hill: Air Force/Marine F-35 snubbed ahead of Paris Air Show
The Air Force and Marine Corps were not invited to fly the Lockheed Martin made F-35 joint strike fighter at the Paris Air Show.  The host nation is responsible for extending invitations. The F-35 flew in a similar air show in the UK last year. The UK is an international partner and customer of the F-35 program, but France buys the Dassualt Rafale fighter aircraft built in France.

April 25: Independent Journal: US Navy submarine docks at South Korean port    
While North Koreans celebrate April 25, the day its founder Kim Il-Sung established its guerilla military forces; the U.S. Navy sent a force of its own to the reclusive nation's doorstep.  On Monday, the USS Michigan, a 16,000-ton nuclear-powered submarine, docked in South Korea.  The submarine is equipped to carry as many as 154 Tomahawk missiles and more than 60 special operations forces. Its homeport is Bremerton, Wash., but it is forward deployed from Guam.

April 21: Hello Christian: On Easter Sunday three lions save Christian pastor’s life!
Facing certain death a pastor said his group was under attack from Islamic militants when the giant cats attacked and scared the murderous group away.  According to the pastor, “Completely unexpectedly, a lion ran from the forest, leapt toward the militants, and seized one by the neck. When other combatants tried to attack the lion, two other lions bounded toward them. The terrified militants fled the site, and the lions left us completely alone,” he said

April 19: Fox News: Supreme Court Justices show support for church in high profile case
A majority on the Supreme Court appeared to offer support Wednesday for a church excluded from a publicly funded aid program, during the hearing for what was considered Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first high-profile case.  At issue is a double dose of contentious issues: religious freedom and taxpayer funding. It is one of the most closely watched cases of the term, and could portend a series of upcoming church-state disputes facing the justices.  The justices are considering whether Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., should be eligible for state funds. The church sued after being denied funding to improve the surface of a playground used by its preschool, by replacing gravel with softer, recycled synthetic rubber.

April 19: Yahoo.com: Speaker Ryan sees long battle over tax reform
The United States' first tax overhaul in decades may not pass Congress until well into 2017, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday, in a sign the timetable for the legislation has been pushed back.  Revamping the U.S. tax code has become a new legislative test for President Donald Trump after a Republican push to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law failed last month in a humiliating defeat for the party.

April 19: Fox NewsSecretary Tillerson: Iran nuclear deal failed approach – Vows comprehensive review
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ratcheted up criticism Wednesday of the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, publicly confirming the Trump administration is conducting a “comprehensive review” and declaring they have “no intention of passing the buck.”  In some of his toughest language yet, Tillerson said at a brief press conference that the Iran deal “fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran,” and only delays it becoming a nuclear state.  He faulted the agreement for “buying off” a foreign power with nuclear ambitions, saying: “We just don’t see that that’s a prudent way to be dealing with Iran.”

April 19: Stars and Stripes: Army tests drone killing laser system
As Islamic State-piloted commercial drones complicate the offensive in Mosul, sending Iraqi troops scattering as grenades and bomblets rain down, the Army has field tested vehicle-based lasers to combat the growing threat of enemy eyes in the sky.  Infantry-carrying Stryker vehicles mounted with the Mobile High Energy Laser, a 5-kilowatt beam that scrambles the circuits of drones, took part in demonstrations at the Maneuver Fires Integration Experiment at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, a 10-day exercise that ended last week.  The system includes radar detection and a camera to visually track aircraft on a screen, where an operator targets the drone with the laser. A “hard kill” will disable the drone mid-flight and send it crashing to the ground, the Army said. A “soft kill” occurs when the laser severs the communications link between the drone and its ground control station.

April 18: The Daily Caller: $25 million pledged to stop concealed carry
Everytown for Gun Safety and its billionaire founder and funder, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have pledged to spend $25 million to prevent national concealed carry reciprocity from becoming law on Capitol Hill, to increase their gun control efforts in state capitols and to oppose pro-Second Amendment candidates in the rapidly approaching 2018 midterm elections.

April 18: Fox News: Trump:  Illegal Immigrate Criminals are getting out of the country
President Trump said criminal illegal immigrants are “getting the hell out” of the U.S. or being thrown behind bars, as he also took to Twitter to rail against gangs like MS-13 and the Obama administration policies he claims allowed them to flourish in American cities. Trump spoke highly of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who is responsible for enforcing Trump’s border policy. Reprising remarks he made at the very start of his presidential bid, he emphasized the importance of removing criminal aliens.

April 15: Yahoo.Com: Mother of All Bombs Death Toll Rises
Afghan authorities Saturday reported a jump in fatalities from the American military's largest non-nuclear bomb, declaring some 90 Islamic State fighters dead, as US-led ground forces sought to advance on their mountain hideouts.  The unprecedented attack triggered global shock waves, with some condemning the use of Afghanistan as what they called a testing ground for the weapon, and against a militant group that is not considered a threat as big as the resurgent Taliban.  "At least 92 Daesh (IS) fighters were killed in the bombing," Achin district governor Esmail Shinwari said, adding that three tunnels that sheltered the insurgents had been destroyed.  American and Afghan ground forces were slowly advancing on the mountainous area, which is blanketed with landmines, to clear the site, but there were still some pockets of resistance from insurgents.

April 15: Fox News: Trump give Generals in the field more command and control in decision making
U.S. military commanders are stepping up their fight against Islamist extremism as President Donald Trump’s administration urges them to make more battlefield decisions on their own.  As the White House works on a broad strategy, America’s top military commanders are implementing the vision articulated by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: Decimate Islamic State’s Middle East strongholds and ensure that the militants don’t establish new beachheads in places such as Afghanistan.

April 15: The Guardian: Dick Van Dyke expresses concerns over violence in films
Dick Van Dyke, who is currently filming Mary Poppins Returns, which is scheduled forrelease next year, has warned of his fears over the effects of “scary” video games and films on young children.  The 91-year-old actor, who will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming film, describes these activities as a far cry from the free-spirited, kite-flying, carousel-riding world of the two children, Jane and Michael, in the original Mary Poppins.  Van Dyke believes video games incite violent behavior and that big-screen violence is affecting impressionable young people who “idolise it as a romantic way of life”. He has no doubt Walt Disney would have been horrified by the explicit depictions of blood, gore and killing in some of the contemporary productions created to entertain children. “He would have spoken out about it,” he said.

April 15: BBC News: North Korean missile launch fails says South Korea
North Korea has attempted to launch a missile on its east coast which is believed to have failed, South Korea's military says.  It comes a day after the state warned the US that it was "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks" amid mounting tension in the region.  On Saturday, a military parade was held in Pyongyang as a show of force.  North Korea has already conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches.

April 14: Independent Journal Review: Marine Cop gets three years for bring a gun into New Jersey!
According to ABC7, Governor Christie has commuted the sentence of an active duty marine sergeant who brought his licensed, legal sidearm into New Jersey.  That “mistake” ended this decorated and otherwise honorable military police career and without action by the Governor he will serve a three year sentence.  The Sgt. served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and received medals for bravery.

April 13: NBC News: U.S. could launch preemptive strike on North Korea if they conduct nuclear test
The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.   North Korea has warned that a "big event" is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend.   The intelligence officials told NBC News that the U.S. has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.

April 12 : US News & World Report: Government Shutdown Looms will Dems Block it?
The White House and congressional leaders seem headed for a clash ahead of an April 28 deadline to stave off a government shutdown, with budget negotiations on the Hill threatening to derail over the administration's push to crack down on sanctuary cities, cut federal agency spending and increase funding for a border wall.

April 8: The Independent Journal: Ex-Obama official: Trumps attack on Syria an indictment of Obama’s policies
“Our administration never would have gotten this done in 48 hours,” one former senior Obama official said. “It’s a complete indictment of Obama.”  There was apparently a faction within Obama’s inner circle who believed allowing Syria to cross his “red line” without consequences or any military action was a serious foreign policy mistake. It now seems apparent that Obama was pushing back against some of his own advisers.

April 7: Daily Signal: Gorsuch Joins the Court at a Critical Time:
After four days of scrutinizing hearings and nearly a week of vociferous debate, the U.S. Senate has voted 54-45 to confirm Neil Gorsuch as an associate Supreme Court justice.  Gorsuch’s sterling credentials and demonstrated fidelity to the Constitution should give all Americans confidence that he will be a fair and impartial justice.  He will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts early next week and will take his seat immediately.   President Donald Trump was transparent and clear about the type of justice he would appoint, even taking the unprecedented step of publishing a list of candidates from which he would choose.  Senate Democrats found themselves in an awkward position, choosing between following their party’s leadership in opposing the nomination of an eminently well-qualified and well-respected jurist, or representing the American people who voted in favor of Trump and his Supreme Court candidates.

April 7: Fox News: Timeline of US strike on Syria in response to chemical weapons use
- Tuesday 10:30 a.m. ET: Trump told of suspected use of chemical weapons – initial options developed
- Tuesday at 8 p.m.: Preliminary options “presented and refined.” 
- Wednesday at 3 p.m.: Trump briefed on updated options including options for strikes on Syria.
- Thursday at 4 p.m.: Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met in a secure room in Palm Beach. The president “gave the okay” to move ahead. This decision was made at about 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday at 7:40 p.m.: Navy destroyers in the Mediterranean launched Tomahawk missiles into Syria.
- Thursday at 8:30 p.m.: Foreign leaders and congressional leaders started to be notified. Around that time, the first missiles were hitting.

April 5: McClatchy-DC: GOP still can’t agree on Healthcare
Negotiations to revive the failed GOP health care legislation have hit a major, perhaps lethal, snag.  Despite late-night meetings Monday and Tuesday they’re up against familiar obstacles that could doom the effort for the year.  Conservative interest groups are on the warpath, charging the new ideas don’t go far enough. Moderate House Republicans are withholding support for the new White House-backed changes fearing the revisions would jeopardize the health law’s requirement that individual insurers cover people with pre-existing medical conditions.  There are an estimated 133 million Americans under age 65 have pre-existing conditions. Conservatives complained moderates aren't eager to allow states to opt out of two popular ACA provisions: One would require all plans to cover 10 “essential health benefits” and another would bar insurers from charging sick people more for coverage than healthy people.  Both rules would increase the cost of individual insurance.

April 5: Fox News: Unmasking had detailed info on everyday activities
The intelligence reports at the center of the Susan Rice unmasking controversy were detailed, and almost resembled a private investigator’s file, according to a Republican congressman familiar with the documents. "This is information about their everyday lives," Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence committee said. "Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on.”

April 4: The Daily Caller: Rifle used by OK homeowner for self defense the
4th Federal Circuit says should not be available

An Oklahoma man last week defended himself from home invaders with the same type of rifle that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently ruled Maryland citizens did not have the right to own.  The 23-year-old, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, man was jarred awake by the sound of what turned out to be three masked men breaking through a glass door of the home owned by his father. The man armed himself with an AR-15. He confronted a criminal trio dressed in black, wearing masks and gloves. He fired in self-defense killing all three.

April 3: Washington Post: Democrat Senators have enough votes to filibuster Gorsuch nomination
– Setting up the Nuclear Option
Senate Democrats secured enough votes Monday to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, making it all but certain that Republicans will change the rules of the chamber to ensure his confirmation later this week.  “This is a new low,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in response to Democratic opposition. But he also reiterated his vow that Gorsuch will be confirmed by Friday despite the likelihood of a filibuster. That’s because McConnell is prepared to invoke what is known as the “nuclear option” — a change in rules to allow ­Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed with a simple majority vote. With 52 seats, Republicans would then have enough votes to secure Trump’s first selection for the high court.

April 3: Yahoo.com: U.S. withdraws from U.N. fund
The State Department said on Monday it was ending U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund, the international body's agency focused on family planning as well as maternal and child health in more than 150 countries.  In a letter to U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, the State Department said it was dropping the funding because the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) "supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."  The cut marks U.S. President Donald Trump's first move to curtail funding for the United Nations and is likely to raise further questions about how deep those cuts will eventually go throughout the organization, where the United States is the top donor.

April 3: Fox News: Susan Rice: Unmasked Trump Transition Team Members
Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.   The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

April 3: Associated Press:  California State Senate okays state sanctuary cities legislation
California lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown.  It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally.  The state Senate passed the measure on a 27-12 vote, sending it to the state Assembly over the objection of opponents who said it endangers the public by shielding felons from being deported.

April 1: Fox News: Trump vs. Freedom Caucus: Caucus targeted in Social Media
The list of House Freedom Caucus members being targeted by President Trump for sinking Republicans’ ObamaCare overhaul plan grew Saturday when the White House singled out Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash for a primary defeat. 
“Donald Trump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan,” tweeted White House social media Director Dan Scavino Jr. “@justinamash is a big liability. #TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary.”

March 31: Fox News: Intelligence Official who released Flynn’s Name is high ranking
The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source said on Friday.   For a private citizen to be “unmasked,” or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.
“The main issue in this case, is not only the unmasking of these names of private citizens, but the spreading of these names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security or an investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election,” a congressional source close to the investigation told Fox News. 

March 27: Alabama.Com: One Sentence Bill to Repeal Obamacare introduced
U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) has filed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare. Or, as it is stated in the bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the bill uses just one sentence to do it. 
"Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted," the bill states.

March 26: Reuters: Obamacare may not explode immediately but it will fail
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Obamacare was "exploding" after Republican lawmakers shelved legislation that would have dismantled the healthcare law.   That's not going to happen this month. Probably not even this year.  The more than 12 million people who bought 2017 health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov and other websites the law created are not in danger of losing their healthcare or having their premiums go up right now, experts say.  But 2018 is another story.

March 26: The American Mirror: Pelosi confronted by constituents in townhall
Just how far left are the Indivisible activists?  Even Nancy Pelosi is too conservative for them.  The House Minority Leader found that out the hard way when her constituents attending a Saturday town hall meeting in San Francisco repeatedly shouted out and jeered as she said what they apparently thought were wobbly statements.

March 24: The Daily Caller: Pro Family Family wins: N.C. school can no longer teach boys it’s okay to dress like girls
There used to be a common phrase teachers and parents would use when school-aged boys acted up: “Boys will be boys.” Recently, a North Carolina school district tried to change that by teaching first graders that some boys should actually be girls doing so without notifying parents. It took a tipoff from a teacher and an effort by the group a pro-family group, the North Carolina Values Coalition to put an end to this madness.

March 24: Fox News: Trump says GOP Obamacare repeal failed because of Democrats, Now they must own it!
President Trump said Friday the White House “learned a lot about loyalty and the vote-getting process” following the dramatic failure of a Republican-backed bill that would have made good on a campaign promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  Trump said House Republicans were 10 to 15 votes shy of getting the bill passed.   Speaker Ryan pulled the bill minutes before a vote was to take place as it became apparent there weren’t enough votes for passage.

March 24: The Daily Caller: Britain’s response to terrorist attack?  Keep 90% of their police officers unarmed!
The officer stabbed in Wednesday’s terror attack in London was unarmed, like more than 90 percent of the British police force.  A cornerstone principle of the Metropolitan Police in London is that guns send the wrong message to communities by provoking crime rather than preventing it. Most officers are only equipped with batons, handcuffs, a mace and in some cases, stun-guns. A small number of specially-trained officers are the only ones carrying guns on patrol. These include counterterrorism police and some officers in high-risk areas like the Parliament

March 23: The Hill: Whip List on Gorsuch Nomination
Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) is urging Democrats to join him in opposing Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.   The question is whether Schumer's entire conference will follow him in a filibuster of the nomination, which would force Republicans to win 60 votes for his nomination.   Republicans have warned they will go “nuclear” and change the Senate's rules to force through the Gorsuch confirmation if Democrats block a nominee they say is fully qualified for the court.  Democrats, emboldened by opposition to Trump on the left, are still stinging over the GOP blockade against President Obama's nominee to the court, Merrick Garland.

Series of columns on the red snapper issueMarch 21: Galveston Daily News:  Five Part Series on Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for Red Snapper

March 17: The Hill: GOP revised healthcare bill
heads for a vote

The Trump administration and House GOP leaders are making two significant changes to their ObamaCare replacement bill as they seek to add to their whip count ahead of a critical Thursday vote.   The White House on Friday won support from conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) leaders by agreeing to give states the option to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients and to block grant Medicaid instead of the cap system in the bill.

March 17: The Daily Caller:
  Tillerson to North Korea: Military Action is on the Table!
Rex Tillerson told reporters in Seoul, South Korea Friday that a military response is “on the table” if North Korea takes military action threatening South Korean or U.S. forces.  “Certainly, we do not want things to get to a military conflict,” the secretary of state said in response to a question from CNN. “Obviously if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response.”

March 16: The Daily Signal: Two Obama-Appointed Judges got it wrong on the Trump Travel  Ban
Two federal judges, both nominated by President Barack Obama, have issued injunctions against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order temporarily restricting travel from six terrorist safe havens in the Middle East and Africa.  The decisions by Derrick Kahala Watson in Hawaii and Theodore David Chuang in Maryland should shock no one—not because the judges are correct, but because their decisions follow the same pattern as prior decisions in Washington state and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over the first order.  These rulings ignore or misinterpret federal immigration law that gives the president the clear authority to act and prior Supreme Court precedents that support the legality of the president’s actions.

March 16: The Daily Caller: House Judiciary Committee considers splitting 9th Circuit Court
The Judiciary’s subcommittee’s chairman, Darrell Issa (R-CA) said the court has become too unwieldy to operate efficiently. At 12,000 cases, the court hears twice as many appeals as the next largest circuit court per year. The court also has the largest geographic jurisdiction in the country, running as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Fully one-fifth of the country’s population sits in the 9th Circuit. As such, the court’s massive docket generates lengthy turnaround times in decisions and can make access to the courts challenging for average citizens.

March 10: Reuters: Obamacare Repeal clears hurdles, fate uncertain
The Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system cleared its first hurdles in Congress on Thursday, but its chances for passage looked uncertain and top Republicans scrambled to bring disgruntled conservatives aboard.  In the face of opposition by Democrats, healthcare providers and many conservatives, two House of Representatives committees approved the legislation that would undo much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, moving it closer to a vote before the full House.  The Energy and Commerce Committee voted 31-23 along party lines, with Democrats unified against it.  The tax-writing Ways and Means Committee similarly voted 23-16 before dawn to approve it after working 17 straight hours.

March 10: Politico: Congressional Budget Office may be the referee on Obamacare repeal and replace:
Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall was handpicked two years ago by top Republicans in Congress— including now Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price — to lead a nonpartisan office that will soon release its estimate of how many Americans the Republican health care bill will cover and whether it shrinks or balloons the federal deficit.  With the House repeal bill under attack by Republican moderates worrying about coverage and conservatives fuming about entitlements and spending, the CBO assessment will matter. It’s widely expected early next week.

March 7: Townhall.com: Analysis of GOP Obamacare Repeal
Compared to Obamacare, GOPCare reduces the role of the federal government in the healthcare system, gives more authority and flexibility to states, spends less, taxes less, regulates less, and coerces less. The individual and employer mandates are gone. Infamous tax hikes like the medical device tax are gone (and in other cases, delayed or reduced). Obamacare's subsidy system is dismantled by 2020 and supplanted with refundable tax credits for lower-to-upper-middle-income individuals and families, ranging from $2,000 to $14,000 annually.  This is not a universally-beloved solution on the Right, though some of its critics recently co-sponsored replacement legislation under which refundable tax credits were a centerpiece. Caps on tax-free contributions to Health Savings Accounts are also raised considerably, almost doubling under this bill.  The conservative Republican Study Committee is out with a pretty balanced memo on the positives and negatives of the draft legislation, noting several shifts towards more coverage and more spending over the weekend.

March 6: Fox News: Obamacare repeal and replace bill introduced
House Republicans on Monday evening released the text of their long-awaited ObamaCare replacement bill, proposing to eliminate the various taxes and penalties tied to the original legislation while still preserving certain patient protections.   Aiming to deliver on their signature campaign promise after several election cycles trying to reclaim control of Washington, majority Republicans unveiled what they call the American Health Care Act [Go to the text of the bill]. The sweeping legislation would repeal ObamaCare’s taxes along with the so-called individual and employer mandates – which imposed fines for not buying and offering insurance, respectively.   It also would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies, replacing them with tax credits for consumers. 

March 6: The Daily CallerFormer Obama spokesman won’t
deny the Trump campaign was bugged by Obama’s administration

When pressed by ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday, Josh Earnest opted not to categorically “deny that the Obama Justice Department” monitored Trump Tower during the 2016 election.  President Obama’s former press.

March 6: The Washington ExaminerCan the U.S. shoot down North Korean missiles?
After North Korea test-fired its latest medium-range ballistic missile last month, the Pentagon responded with a bold boast: If the missile had targeted the United States, Japan, South Korea or any other ally, the U.S. would have blasted it out of the sky.  "We maintain abilities to be able to respond quickly and intercept missiles from North Korea if they do pose a threat to us or our allies," said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.  That is no idle threat, insists Chris Johnson, spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency.  "We are absolutely confident in the system," Johnson said. "Based on our history of testing, we are confident that the system would be able to defend the United States."

March 6: ReutersU.S. Navy ship changes course to avoid Iranian vessel
Multiple fast-attack vessels from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps came close to a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, forcing it to change direction, a U.S. official told Reuters on Monday.  The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the IRGCN boats came within 600 yards of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, and stopped. The Invincible was being accompanied by three ships from British Royal Navy and forced the formation to change course. The official said attempts were made to communicate over radio, but there was no response and the interaction was "unsafe and unprofessional."

March 6: The Daily Caller: VA Inspector General promised not to mislead Congress; then did so
One week after promising to keep Congress and the public “fully and currently” informed, the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rewrote a report to remove evidence that a senior VA executive tried to steer a massive government contract to her husband’s employer. 

March 6: The Daily CallerSupreme Court sends transgender bathroom bill back to the lower court
The Supreme Court sent a landmark trans-rights case back to a lower court Monday, after the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era guidance allowing trans students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity in public schools.  The order ensures there will not be a major ruling in a trans-rights case before the Court adjourns in June.  The justices were scheduled to hear arguments in the case but instead the 4th circuit court of Appeals to rehear the case in light of the guidance document issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Feb. 22. The guidance advised schools that an Obama administration document on the issue had been rescinded. 

March 6: Fox News: GOP supports Trump new immigration order
Republican lawmakers largely endorsed President Trump’s revised immigration executive order on Monday and suggested it addressed concerns they had about the original measure, even as a coalition of Democratic attorneys general and civil rights groups prepared for a new round of legal action.  House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had voiced reservations about the original travel ban rollout, said the new version advances “our shared goal” of protecting the United States.  Another Republican critical of the original version, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, said he believes the revised order will “pass legal muster.”

March 6: The Daily CallerNY Times columnist encourages IRS agents to release Trump’s tax returns
A New York Times columnist is encouraging IRS employees to commit a felony by leaking Donald Trump’s tax returns to his newspaper.  “If you’re in IRS and have a certain president’s tax return that you’d like to leak, my address is: NYT, 620 Eighth Ave, NY NY 10018,” Nicholas Kristof wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Kristof, a liberal who writes about global affairs, was responding to a tweet from Vox.com editor Matt Yglesias who marveled that the IRS rarely leaks tax information.  One reason for that is because doing so constitutes a felony. The unauthorized release of an individuals’ tax returns is punishable by a fine of $5,000 and up to five years in prison. Leakers would also likely face a series of professional sanctions. 

February 23: Politico: Boehner: The GOP won’t repeal and replace Obamacare
Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not what’s going to happen” and that Republicans bill instead just make some fixes to the health care law.  Boehner, who retired in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando healthcare conference that GOP lawmakers were too optimistic in their talk of quickly repealing and then replacing Obamacare.
“They’ll fix Obamacare, and I shouldn’t have called it repeal and replace because that’s not what’s going to happen. They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it,” Boehner said.  The former speaker’s frank comments capture the conundrum that many Republicans find themselves in as they try to deliver on pledges to axe Obamacare but struggle to coalesce around an alternative.

February 23: The New York Times: Obamacare repeal has problems in the House as well as the Senate
Ever since Republicans got down to the business of repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has been singled out as the likely problem. Any plan that could zoom through the House would hit roadblocks among Senate Republicans, many of whom have resisted a wholesale repeal of the health law without a robust replacement plan.  But after weeks of loud protests, boisterous town hall meetings and scores of quieter meetings between members of Congress and health care professionals, patients, caregivers and hospital managers in their districts, it is becoming increasingly likely that a consensus in the House will be just as hard to reach.

February 23: McClathyDC: U.S. Military Considers Putting Troops in Syria
The top U.S. military officer declined repeatedly on Thursday to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President Donald Trump with “a full range of options” to combat the terror organization.  Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments at a Washington research center as the 30 days that President Donald Trump gave military leaders to develop a strategy to fight the Islamic State are almost up.  “I’m in the business of providing the president with options,” Dunford said several times at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. when repeatedly pressed on whether those choices would include conventional ground troops.

February 22: The UK Daily Mail: U.S. Nuclear Sniffer Plane Flies to Norway
A US Air Force 'sniffer' plane which took off from Sussex today was on a mission to find evidence of nuclear activity or explosion, according to strong rumors.  The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which is specially modified to collect atmospheric samples, flew out of RAF Mildenhall on operational sorties.  The specialist equipment enables the crew to detect radioactive debris 'clouds' in real time is believed to be heading towards northern Europe and the Barents Sea. News of the deployment comes amid claims Russia may be testing nuclear weapons, either to the east or in the arctic, after a spike in radioactivity was reported. 

February 21: Fox News: Military branches draft expansion plans to rebuild depleted force
From the Air Force to the Army, America's military service branches are busy preparing ambitious proposals to expand, as President Trump renews his pledge to rebuild a fighting force he says has become "depleted." "Our country will never have had a military like the military we're about to build and rebuild,” Trump said at last week’s press conference. “It won't be depleted for long."   The president made sent a fresh signal of his intentions with his choice for national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster – who for months has sounded the alarm about the declining state of the U.S. Army.

February 21: The Observer: Republicans Flail and Fail
On February 8, 2017, Matt Drudge tweeted, “No Obamacare repeal, tax cuts!” and “Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of tax cuts now.” Drudge was spot on.  This week, Sen. Rand Paul stormed out of a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan when he heard talk of keeping Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion intact and creating tax credits. Paul worried these tax credits would be a Republican-created entitlement program. Unfortunately, the leadership and establishment in the Republican party is incompetent. When you compare the accomplishments of President Barack Obama at the same point in his presidency as President Donald Trump, it shows that Republicans are not doing their job. 

February 21: The Hill: Trump Executive Orders to target Obama climate change and water regulations.
The White House is preparing executive orders targeting controversial Obama-era climate and water rules.  Through executive orders, President Trump will reportedly tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rewrite a 2015 rule that cracks down on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

He will also instruct the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to redo another 2015 rule that gives the federal government more regulatory power over waterways around the country. Along the way, he will also lift an Interior Department moratorium on federal land coal leasing.

February 21: Lifezette: Supremes to consider whether foreigners
have protections afforded US citizens when they are foreign soil

The Supreme Court on Tuesday is taking up a case that presents a critical question of law: Can a U.S. law enforcement officer be sued in American courts for the death of a foreigner outside the United States?  For most of American history, the answer to that question has been a clear and emphatic “no.” Courts for two centuries have held that constitutional rights do not apply to foreigners with no voluntary connection to the United States.

February 21: The Hill: 80% of Americans oppose sanctuary cities
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.  The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.  A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.  As it stands, hundreds of cities across the nation — many with Democratic mayors or city councils — are refusing to do so.

February 21: Fox News: Deadline Looms for Dakota Pipeline Protestors to Depart
Will they stay or will they go?  Several hundred activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline are under a court order to leave by Wednesday the construction site they've occupied since last year.  Faced with the prospect of spring flooding, some protesters are considering a move to higher ground, though not necessarily off the federal land. Some may move to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The leader of the tribe has urged protesters to leave.

February 19: USA Today: U.S. Carrier Deployed to the South China Sea
The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea on Saturday despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea. In a statement, the Navy described the launch as the beginning of “routine operations” in the South China Sea. China claims most of the sea as its own, despite overlapping territorial and jurisdictional claims from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei. On Wednesday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denounced advance news of the deployment at a news conference.

February 18: Reuters: Eight people flee U.S. for Canada, seeking asylum
As a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer seized their passports and questioned a man in the front passenger seat of a taxi that had pulled up to the border in Champlain, New York, four adults and four young children fled the cab and ran to Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the other side.   One by one they scrambled across the snowy gully separating the two countries. RCMP officers watching from the other side helped them up, lifting the younger children and asking a woman, who leaned on her fellow passenger as she walked, if she needed medical care.  The children looked back from where they had come as the U.S. officer held the first man, saying his papers needed to be verified.

February 18: Breitbart News: Trump invites supporter
on stage to speak at Melbourne FL rally

Trump returned to the site where he held one of many rallies in the Sunshine State — but this time as President of the United States. He was accompanied by his wife, first lady Melania Trump, before a crowd of at least 9,000 and another few hundred watching the rally on big screen televisions assembled outside the hangar on the airport grounds.

February 15: Houston Chronicle: Galveston Negotiate Cooperation Agreement with ICE
Commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-1, Commissioner Stephen Holmes opposed, to enter negotiations to eventually allow ICE to install a computer system at the Galveston County Jail that would allow deputies to more quickly identify inmates who are in the U.S. illegally.  Sheriff Henry Trochesset told commissioners that ICE would pay for the computer system and the training of deputies who will work with the agency.

February 15: The Daily Caller: Senate passes resolution rolling back Obama’s gun control rule
Five members of the Democratic caucus sided with Republicans Wednesday to roll back an Obama-era gun control regulation aimed at Social Security recipients. The Senate passed HJ Resolution 40, which reversed a last-minute regulation established by the Social Security Administration in December 2016 that allowed the agency to give information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System on recipients of disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income if the government concluded they were mentally unstable.  Those supporting the resolution argued the Social Security Administration rule was written too broadly and would ensnare those who were not dangerous to the public.

February 15: Market Watch: Inflation on the rise; most in four years CPI shows
The prices Americans pay for goods and services surged in January by the largest amount in four years, mostly reflecting a rebound in the cost of gasoline that’s taking a bigger chunk out of household incomes.  The consumer price index, or cost of living, rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.6% in January, the government said Wednesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted a 0.3% increase.

February 15: The Daily Signal: U.S. Economic Freedom Hits Historic Low
It’s already been eight years since the Great Recession, yet the U.S. economy has been just inching along, with its productivity flagging and millions being locked out of the labor market.  One critical underlying factor for this lack of economic dynamism has been the startling decline of America’s economic freedom, an unfortunate legacy of Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency.

February 15: Yahoo NewsTrump Promises Israel that Iran will never get the bomb
President Donald Trump hailed the United States' "unbreakable" bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon.  Trump's vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat. "With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel," Trump said.

February 15: The Daily Caller: Appointments to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals start Vetting Processs
The Trump administration is vetting candidates to fill two vacancies on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the New Orleans-based appeals court that includes Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.  Some of the candidates under consideration include Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor and Texas appeals court Justices Michael Massengale and Brett Busby.  The 5th Circuit is among the most conservative appellate courts in the country. Nine of the court’s 14 judges were appointed by Republican presidents.  Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz will both play major roles in the appointment process.

February 15: The Daily MailFlynn torpedoed by partisans who leaked top secret intelligence information
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his recently resigned National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was torpedoed by partisans who 'illegally leaked' intelligence material in order to harm him.  Appearing in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said 'the fake media' had fomented a scandal that wouldn't exist but for angry Democrats who were acting out in the wake of an embarrassing loss in November's presidential election.   “General Flynn is a wonderful man,” Trump said. “'I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media – as I call it, the fake media, in many cases.”  The leaking of intelligence information is a criminal violation.

February 14: The Week: Spies take down National Security Advisor Flynn -- Worrying
The United States may be much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was brought down.  The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America's democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn's ouster was a soft coup  engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats.  Unelected intelligence analysts work for the president, not the other way around. Far too many Trump critics appear not to care that these intelligence agents leaked highly sensitive information to the press — mostly because Trump critics are pleased with the result.

February 14: The Washington Times: Immigration Groups Demand
the Release of a
Dreamer-Gang Member Arrested
Immigration officials said Tuesday they are detaining an illegal immigrant Dreamer because of his gang ties, sparking a new round of protests from immigrant-rights groups who said President Trump is breaking his own promises by trying to deport the young man.  Daniel Ramirez, who was picked up by ICE agents late last week, was granted a temporary deportation amnesty by President Obama under his 2012 policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.  But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said he’s a “self-admitted gang member.” That puts him in violation of the DACA policy and would have made him a priority for deportation even under President Obama, much less Mr. Trump.

February 14: Reason.com: Blow to ObamaCare Individual Mandate:
The IRS has stopped requiring individual filers to indicate whether they maintained health coverage or paid the mandate penalty as required under the law.  Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement.  The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a "shared responsibility payment." The IRS was set to require filers to indicate whether they had maintained coverage in 2016 or paid the penalty by filling out line 61 on their form 1040s.  Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional.  Earlier this month, the IRS quietly altered its rules to allow the submission of 1040s with nothing on line 61.

February 13: The Daily Caller: Will sixty senators vote for Gorsuch and to protect the 2nd Amendment? 
With the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, Second Amendment supporters may be premature in celebrating.  The battle over the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is going to be a cakewalk compared to the fight over Gorsuch. What do you expect when the fight is for all the marbles? In this case, Gorsuch is a likely fifth vote to uphold the ruling made by the District Court in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that tossed a semi-auto ban and a number of other strict gun laws. He’s the fifth vote that secures the Heller ruling that recognized the Second Amendment as an individual right and which tossed out D.C.’s handgun ban. The McDonald case, which extended the prohibition on banning handguns to the states, would also be secure.

Sorry for the break in the coverage, we had a death in the family.

February 4: Associated Press: Republicans getting resistence from their party on corporate tax reductions:
Republicans face opposition to their plan to overhaul the way corporations pay federal taxes from within their own party.  Senator Hatch (R-UT) said "I'm not very enthused about it."  Another skeptic is John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.  Republican solidarity will be a key to success in passing this bill. 

February 4: L.A. Times: China lashes out at Secretary of Defense over South China Sea
The U.S. is putting regional stability in East Asia at risk, a Chinese spokesman said Saturday following remarks by President Trump's Defense secretary that a U.S. commitment to defend Japanese territory applies to an island group that China claims.  China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman called on the U.S. to avoid discussion of the issue and reasserted China's claim of sovereignty over the tiny uninhabited islands, known in Japanese as the Senkaku and Chinese as Diaoyu.

February 4: Fox News: Iran holds military exercises – Defies U.S. Sanctions
In apparent defiance of the new sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, Iran held a military exercise Saturday to test missile and radar systems.   The aim of the exercise, held in Semnan province, was to “showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions,”  Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards website said, according to Reuters.   The military drill comes a day after the White House imposed sanctions on Tehran for a recent ballistic missile test.

February 3: Fox News: China’s Trump Card:  Could they deploy it?
Candidate Donald Trump promised to bring jobs back to America, rebuild our military, and on trade get tough with China, which he said was “raping” our economy. President Trump may find his administration the victim of exactly the job-exporting policies he railed against and face the very real possibility that China could cut off U.S. access to 17 rare materials vital to our advanced aircraft and guided missile systems.

February 3: The Gateway Pundit: White House to file emergency stay request against Judge’s ruling on  refugees
On Friday a federal judge who has been a supporter of the radical and violent Black Lives Matters group halted President Trump’s temporary suspension of  immigration  from seven countries that have a history of terrorism.  In a matter of minutes the White House and Department of Justice responded to this latest development by saying that an emergency request is being filed to stop the judge’s nationwide halt of President Trump’s immigration order according to CNN.

February 3: Yahoo News: White House Investigation:  Leaks of Trump Calls to  Australia and Mexico
The White House is looking into details of how President Donald Trump's recent phone conversations with his counterparts in Australia and Mexico were leaked to news organizations.  Trump cut short a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after a discussion about a refugee swap deal.  In an earlier call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about paying for a wall on the southern U.S. border, Trump lightheartedly said he might send the U.S. military to Mexico to stop drug cartels. 

February 1: Sky News: Brexit divisions laid bare in heated Parliamentary debate
The first major Commons vote on the road towards the UK leaving the EU is to take place after MPs complete a marathon two-day debate on triggering Article 50.  At the end of the first day of the second reading debate on the bill, which went on until four minutes to midnight, almost 100 MPs had already spoken for and against.

Democrats boycottt confirmaation vote to stonewall Trump nominationJanuary 31: The Hill: Democrats boycott Senate
confirmation hearings in an attempt to block votes
on Trump nominees:

Senate Democrats on Tuesday refused to attend a committee vote on two of President Trump’s more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration, thus raising the question “Is this any way to govern?”

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection to head the Treasury Department. The pair had been among some of the more contentious selections to join Trump’s Cabinet.

January 31: The Hill: White House blasts Democrats for boycotting confirmation hearings votes:
The White House on Tuesday blasted Senate Democrats for delaying a confirmation votes on two of President Trump’s nominees by refusing to attend committee votes.   Press secretary Sean Spicer called the move an “outrageous” example of partisan obstruction. “The idea that these highly qualified nominees .. are being stalled because Democrats are boycotting the committee vote is outrageous,” he told reporters. “The mere idea that they are not even showing up for these meetings is outrageous.”

January 31: The Hill: Dakota Senator: The Army Corps of Engineers
has cleared the way for Dakota Access construction

The acting secretary of the Army has instructed federal officials to issue the easement necessary to build a controversial segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) said Tuesday. The easement in question would allow Dakota Access developers to build the pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, nearing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation in the state. 

January 31: The Los Angeles Daily News: Attackers Don’t Need Guns –
Knife Attack in LA outside CNN offices

An officer-involved shooting and an apparent stabbing have taken place near the CNN building in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Tuesday.  CNN reporter Maeve Reston witnessed some of the chaos and said on Twitter that she saw the suspect trying to stab people.  “Unclear how many stabbing victims there are, but suspect ran down Sunset Blvd. trying to stab people outside our CNN office in Hollywood,” Reston tweeted at 2:19 p.m.

January 31: The Houston Chronicle: Governor Abbott calls for an
emergency session to address sanctuary cities:
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday declared a ban on so-called sanctuary cities and sweeping reforms in the state's troubled child-protection system as top priorities for emergency action this legislative session.  "Elected officials do not to pick and chose which laws to enforce," Abbott said in his State of the State speech, insisting that state and local officials "must protect Texas" from deadly criminals.

January 31: Fox News: Acting Attorney General fired for refusing to do her duty
“Sally Yates deserved to get canned. Now, the bar association should consider yanking her license to practice law,” says one critic.  In defying President Trump’s executive order on immigration, the Acting Attorney General flouted the law and violated ethics that govern lawyers.

January 31: Fox Business: Trump Announces Nominee for the Supreme Court:
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night that Judge Neil Gorsuch is his pick to assume the ninth seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  With a record demonstrating a strong commitment to traditional Republican values, Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush. At 49 years old, Gorsuch would be the youngest Supreme Court Justice on the court in 25 years. 
Gorsuch reportedly favors states’ rights, limited federal government and a strict interpretation of the separation of powers.  This could cause issues for a president (like Obama and Trump) who have been relying upon executive orders.  It is unknown whether the Democrats will try to block the nomination but some have indicated that any of Trump’s nominations would likely be stonewalled by the minority party.

January 31: Fox News: Texas Landowners fight Federal government over “land grab”      
In 1941, Ken Aderholt's grandfather built a single-story brick house along the banks of the Red River – a shallow and serene waterway serving as the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma – where the Aderholts have farmed wheat and raised cattle for generations.  The federal government is now claiming the land the house sits on is public. It declared hundreds of thousands of acres of private land along the 116-mile stretch of river that Oklahoma and Texas share as government property. The sandy river has eroded and shifted – up to two miles in some places – over the last 100 years, and dry land where the river once flowed belongs to the government, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

January 31: Yahoo News: New FCC Chair vows to shrink broadcast industry regulations:
The new Republican chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, vowed to pare back outdated commission regulations, but declined to say if he will move quickly to overturn the Obama administration's landmark net neutrality rules.  One top priority is "to remove unnecessary or counterproductive regulations from the books," Pai told reporters Tuesday after he chaired his first meeting. "We want to make sure that our regulations match the realities of the modern marketplace."
Pai, who was tapped by President Donald Trump this month to run the FCC, in December vowed to take a "weed whacker" to unnecessary FCC rules. He opposed many rules imposed by the Obama administration, including net neutrality, broadband privacy and media ownership limits.

January 30: The White House: Two for One Deal: Controlling Costs
The President today issued an Executive Order which reads:  It is the policy of the executive branch to be prudent and financially responsible in the expenditure of funds. In addition to the management of the direct expenditure of taxpayer dollars through the budgeting process, it is essential to manage the costs associated with the governmental imposition of private expenditures required to comply with Federal regulations.  Toward that end, it is important that for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process.

January 30: CBS News Los Angeles: California to Consider Enactment of Statewide Sanctuary
California may prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, creating a border-to-border sanctuary in one of the nation’s largest states as the Democrat-controlled California ramps up efforts to battle President Trump’s immigration policies.  By taking this step California is risking the denial of all Federal funding for the state.  It was San Francisco, remember, that had an illegal alien who had  been deported five times shoot an unsuspecting visitor on a local wharf.

January 28: The New York Times: Federal Judge Blocks part of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration
A federal judge blocked part of President Trump’s executive order on immigration on Saturday evening, ordering that refugees and others trapped at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries. But the judge stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions.

Lawyers who sued the government to block the White House order said the decision, which came after an emergency hearing in a New York City courtroom, could affect an estimated 100 to 200 people who were detained upon arrival at American airports in the wake of the order that Mr. Trump signed on Friday afternoon, a week into his presidency.

January 27: The White House:  Trump places temporary hold on immigration from
possible terrorist connected nations:
Today the President issued an Executive Order placing a temporary hold on immigration from nations believed to a threat to the United States.  The hold will last for ninety days while a review of appropriate procedures is being conducted within the administration.

January 25: The White House: Trump Issues an Executive Order on Sanctuary
Jurisdictions Don’t Receive Federal Funding:

A Executive Order issued today says it is the policy of the U.S. government to deny – except as mandated by law – federal funding for jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable federal immigration laws.  It also calls for the prompt removal of those order to be deported and sets a policy of supporting victims and families of victims of crimes committed by removable illegal aliens.

January 25: The White House:  President Issues an Executive Order on Immigration:
The President’s Executive Order directs that: (1) a border wall will be constructed along the southern border of the U.S., monitored and supported by adequate personnel to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism;  (2) individuals apprehended on suspicion of violating Federal or State law will be held pending proceedings regarding those alleged violations;  (3) determination of individuals’ claims of eligibility to remain in country will be expedited; (4) individuals whose claims have been rejected will be promptly removed after civil or criminal sanctions have been imposed; and (5) the Federal government will cooperate with state and local law enforcement to enforce Federal immigration priorities.

January 21: The UK IndependentChina bracing for change in PRC/US Relations
China has reacted nervously to Donald Trump’s inauguration, with one state-controlled media outlet warning of “dramatic changes” and “fires” being lit by the new US administration.   International relations experts in China suggested the time had come for Beijing to make preparations for a sharp deterioration in relations with Washington.  Trump frequently hit out at China during his campaigning, branding the Beijing government “currency manipulators” and implicitly threatening a trade war.  His inauguration speech did not directly reference the country, but he spoke about foreign industries being “enriched” at the expense of American jobs.

January 21: Associated Press: Israeli Leader to Iran – Friends or Foe?
Israel's leader has recorded a conciliatory message to the people of Iran, saying, "we are your friend, not your enemy."  In the video uploaded to his Facebook page Saturday, Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the people of Iran in English, with Farsi subtitles. He says he will soon discuss with President Donald Trump how to counter the threat of an Iranian regime that calls for Israel's destruction, but that he distinguishes between the regime and the people.  "You have a proud history. You have a rich culture. Tragically, you are shackled by a theocratic tyranny," he says.

January 20:  The Daily Signal: Trump Signs Executive Order Curbing ObamaCare
Trump signed an executive order Friday evening “to ease the burden of Obamacare as we transition to repeal and replace,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.  “Potentially the biggest effect of this order could be widespread waivers from the individual mandate,” Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told The Washington Post. The executive order directs all agencies of the federal government that have responsibility for Obamacare to waive, defer, delay implementation of any provision or requirement of the act to the maximum extent permitted by law.

January 17: McClatchy News: Obama Does U Turn on National Security Leaks
With barely 72 hours left in office, President Obama Tuesday did an abrupt U-turn on his years-long assault on government leaks and showed leniency toward two military figures who’d helped make public highly sensitive secrets. Both Democrats and Republicans said they were bewildered – even angered – by Obama’s commutation of the 35-year prison term of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence specialist who turned over some 700,000 classified and sensitive diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

January 16: Reuters: U.S. Marines Deploy to Norway; Russians Not Happy!
Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia.  Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the deployment coincides with the U.S. sending several thousand troops to Poland to beef up its Eastern European allies worried about Moscow's assertiveness. 

January 16: Fox NewsTrump: Obamacare Replacement will offer insurance for everybody
President-elect Donald Trump revealed in an interview with The Washington Post that he’s almost finished with a plan to replace ObamaCare and vowed to have “insurance for everybody.”  Trump declined to reveal the pertinent details of the new health care plan, but told The Post in the interview published Sunday night that drug companies will be forced to negotiate on Medicare and Medicaid prices. He also plans to fight pharmaceutical companies over drug prices.

January 16th: The Galveston Daily News: Repealing all of Obamacare and Replacing it may be Challenging
The Insurance Mandate chilled growth and employment opportunities as companies moved full time jobs to part time in order to avoid the insurance mandate.  If Congress votes to remove the requirement for small businesses to provide this now extremely expensive benefit, then employees will need to purchase their own; a reality which was created for political gain will also reach into the voting booth.   The Republicans face an arduous task and may be blamed as they attempt to fix the legislative failure passed by Democrats in 2010. There’s an understanding among key Congressional leaders that a phase-out plan is the best solution but getting bipartisan support for it may be elusive.

January 16: Associated Press: Guns blazing as Unidentified Drone Buzzes Iranian Capitol
Sustained gunfire rang out over central Tehran on Monday afternoon as anti-aircraft guns targeted what officials said was a drone flying over the Iranian capital. The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Tehran Governor Isa Farhadi as saying that the gunfire targeted a drone near restricted airspace in the capital.  It wasn't clear who owned the drone, which he described as a quadcopter, suggesting it may have been operated by a local hobbyist or aerial photographer.  The drone apparently escaped intact.

January 16: Fox News: North Korean Defections increase among political elites
More North Koreans are fleeing their country for political reasons, rather than economic reasons, and an increase in defections by Pyongyang’s elite will ultimately weaken Kim Jong Un’s regime, South Korea’s unification minister said in an interview.  Defectors like Thae Yong Ho, the North Korean deputy ambassador in London, whose defection to Seoul last year was the most high-profile in nearly two decades. The support of North Korea’s top government officials is crucial to ensuring Mr. Kim’s continued rule.  More than 30,000 defectors from all walks of life moved south last year.

January 16: The Hill:  Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Oman
Ten prisoners being held at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to Oman. The detainees – whose names and nationalities have not been made public – are being transfered" for a temporary residency and out of consideration of their humanitarian situation," Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement reported by the state-run Oman News Agency.  There has been no announcement about the transfer from the U.S. government, but a defense official confirmed the transfer to the Washington Post.

January 16: Fox News: Clinton Global Initiative lays off workers as donations dwindle
The Clintons are moving ahead with plans to downsize their controversial foundation’s network of offshoots, a decision carried out as the powerful family’s political influence wanes and its once-lengthy donor list shrinks.  In a decision announced last week, 22 additional employees are being laid off from the Clinton Global Initiative – known for its annual glitzy gathering of high-powered leaders and celebs. The layoffs are tied to a decision to shutter CGI that originally was announced in an Aug. 22 letter from former President Bill Clinton.

January 16: The Wall Street Journal: Democrats Seeking Leadership without Divisions:
The Democratic fissures exposed in last year’s presidential primary campaign between Clinton and Sanders have roared back to life, with party officials wary the split will hamper their ability to fight President-elect Donald Trump.  The divide was in full view in Phoenix, where Democratic National Committee members from western states gathered over the weekend for the first of four scheduled “future forums” for candidates running to lead the party.

January 13: The UK Telegraph: Obama makes deal with the devil: Sudan Sanctions
Barack Obama was accused of making “a deal with the devil” after he eased sanctions against Sudan on Friday, reversing two decades of policy towards an Islamist regime that massacred its own people and sheltered Osama bin Laden.  The American president signed an executive order that, by relaxing a 20-year-old trade embargo on Khartoum, represents the culmination of a grand rapprochement by his administration towards “rogue” regimes like Iran, Cuba and Burma.

January 13: Fox News: Congress passes budget in preparation for repealing Obamacare 
The House voted 227-198 for the measure, following a vote in the Senate earlier this week.  The framework does not directly deal with repealing the Affordable Care Act. Rather, it would prevent Democrats from using a Senate filibuster to derail a future bill nixing and replacing the health law. That's critical because it takes 60 votes to end filibusters, and Republicans have only a 52-48 Senate majority.  The budget, does not need the president's signature, was considered a critical step for majority Republicans in their bid to work with the incoming Donald Trump administration in fulfilling vows to replace the health care law. 

January 13: CBS News: Paul Ryan: Trump mass deportations "not happening"
Congressional Republicans are working with the Trump transition team on a solution for immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday.  Hundreds of thousands of these immigrants gained temporary protections and work permits from President Obama. While campaigning for president, Donald Trump promised to undo those protections, putting the immigrants at risk of deportation, although he said last month he hoped to “work something out” to help them.

January 13: The Daily Caller: Trump Court Nomination may determine two important 2nd Amendment cases:
Trump promises to make his supreme court nomination within two weeks of taking office and it may be coming none too soon.  There are two 2nd amendment cases heading the court’s direction!

January 13: The Washington Examiner:  Pelosi Still Blames Bush for $9 Trillion in Debt
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed former President George W. Bush and the Republicans on Friday for the more than $9 trillion that has been added to the national debt under President Obama's watch.  Pelosi argued that under Obama, the annual budget deficit, which contributes to the national debt, has been reduced dramatically, and said that without Obama's work, the national debt would be even higher. She also mostly blamed Bush for not paying for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

January 12: Fox News: Clinton’s use of a Private Server is back on Page One!
This week the FBI posted on its website more than 300 emails that Clinton had sent to an unnamed colleague that had fallen into the hands of foreign powers. It turns out it was Sidney Blumenthal's computer and Clinton's secret emails that were hacked by intelligence agents from at least three foreign governments. Sources believe that the hostile hackers were the Russians, the Chinese and the friendly Israelis.  The revelations makes the case against Clinton far more serious than before because now harm can be shown. Trump AG nominee  Jeff Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee he would step aside from any further investigation of Clinton, which could be an acknowledgement that the investigation is seriously alive again.

January 12: Fox Business News: Clinton Email Criminal Investigation Reopened
The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton regarding her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State is back in the spotlight after the FBI recently released another batch of email documents.  “The FBI has demonstrated conclusively and beyond the doubt that states secrets that she sent to (former Clinton aide) Sid Blumenthal were accessed by hostile powers, Russia and China and friendly hackers, if there could be such a thing, the Israelis,” Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said.  According to Judge Napolitano, one of the metrics used by the Justice Department to decide on whether or not to indict someone is to ask if any harm has been done as a result of the actions by the accused.

January 9: The Galveston Daily News: The Obama's Legacy and Economics
Obama never figured out where growth comes from and the contribution freedom makes to its creation, much less how government controls and mandates hold back growth. He never understood wealth must be created through enterprise and innovation, trade and experimentation, by real people who need the freedom to take risks, unencumbered by a regulatory state.  Having a “nice” guy in the White House doesn’t equal economic well being!
In the end Obama’s policies not only cost his party the 2016 election but the Democrats lost over a 1,000 elections during his eight years in office.  Republicans now have total control in half of the states. 

January 6: CNS News: Record 95,102,000 Americans Not in the Labor Force since Obama took office:
Barack Obama's presidency began with a record number of Americans not in the labor force, and it's ending the same way.  The final jobs report of the Obama presidency, released Friday, shows that the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 14,573,000 (18.09 percent) since January 2009, when Obama took office, continuing a long-term trend that began well before Obama was sworn in.

January 6: The Washington Post: Hill Republicans willing to fund a southern border  wall,  despite the cost:  
Republicans on Capitol Hill say they don’t need to wait for Mexico to make good on President-elect Donald Trump’s central campaign promise: building a southern border wall.  In fact, they are happy to underwrite the wall themselves, at a potential cost of many billions of dollars.  The GOP’s willingness to fund Trump’s border wall with taxpayer money could put the party’s deeply held desire to rein in government spending in conflict with its long-standing goal of cracking down on illegal immigration and toughening border security. Nonetheless, many Republicans do not see an inherent conflict.

January 6: Fox News: California Congressman removes “Art” from Capitol Hill tunnel:
A Republican congressman took matters into his own hands Friday and personally removed a painting depicting police officers as pigs that a colleague had allowed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex.  “I was angry,” Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said. “I’ve seen the press [reporting] on this for about a week or so. … I’m in the Marine Corps. If you want it done, just call us.”

Hunter said he walked over to the artwork Friday morning with a few colleagues and unscrewed it. He then delivered it to the office of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the congressman whose office had allowed the piece to be displayed. The painting, hanging since June, was done by a high school student who had won Clay’s annual Congressional Art competition. The piece drew outrage, however, from law enforcement groups and fellow lawmakers. [See Related Story]

January 5: AOL NewsVeteran loses job  after missing work to be with his wife for son’s birth:
There are certain excuses that can seemingly get you out of anything -- the death of a loved one, a family member's wedding, and, of course, the birth of your own child.  Unfortunately, it seems we may need to scratch that last one off the list after a 3-year Army veteran from Concord, NH, was fired for skipping work to witness his son being born.

January 3: The Daily Caller: House Intelligence Chair: No Proof Russians hacked election to get Trump elected
The intelligence community has no proof Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election to get Donald Trump elected, according to the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  “There’s no proof that we have from intelligence sources that I’ve seen that show that the Russians were directly trying to help Trump,” said Rep. Devin Nunes during an interview with the Washington Examiner’s “Examining Politics” podcast Monday.
Nunes did not rule out that Russia possibly had a hand in the recent hacking of various political institutions. He noted that Russia is very much a major threat to U.S. interests and is capable of the “sophisticated” hacking required to breach U.S. government computer networks.

January 3: CNN Money: Ford cancels plans to move facility to Mexico
Ford is canceling plans to build a new plant in Mexico. It will invest $700 million in Michigan instead, creating 700 new U.S. jobs.  Ford CEO Mark Fields said the investment is a "vote of confidence" in the pro-business environment being created by Donald Trump. However, he stressed Ford did not do any sort of special deal with the president-elect.   "We didn't cut a deal with Trump. We did it for our business," Fields told CNN in an interview Tuesday.

January 3: The Washington Examiner: Lawsuits Pile Up Against Obama’s Transgender Rule
Lawsuits are mounting against the Obama administration's new requirements for transgender care, but the issue might turn in challengers' favor under the incoming Trump administration.  The Catholic Benefits Association, which represents more than 700 Catholic employers including many hospitals, filed a lawsuit in federal court Dec. 28 in an effort to get its members exempted from the rule. Five states and several other Christian healthcare providers are already fighting the requirement in another case against the rule. A Texas judge halted the rule over the weekend.  The rule, which went into effect Jan. 1, says that doctors can't refuse to provide medically necessary health services within their scope of practice because of a patient's gender identity. For instead, a gynecologist couldn't refuse to perform a cervical Pap test for a transgender man.

January 3: Reuters News Service: Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.  The team also asked about the department's capacity for expanding immigrant detention and about an aerial surveillance program that was scaled back by the Obama administration but remains popular with immigration hardliners. And it asked whether federal workers have altered biographic information kept by the department about immigrants out of concern for their civil liberties.

January 3: Fox News: Teens step forward to be pallbearers for Vet with no family
Navy veteran Jerry Wayne Pino died on Dec. 12th in Long Beach, Mississippi.  He was 70 years old. He was born in Baton Rouge and had no family when he passed away – he died alone.  Learning of this students from a local high school stepped forward to serve as pallbearers.   “It was the right thing to do,” 17-year-old Bailey Griffin told me. “He served our country. He fought for our rights. For him to be buried with nobody there was just sad. I told myself I was going to do it and I did it.”

January 3: McClatchyDC News: What ever happened to the smooth transition Obama promised?
“You better stop stealing money from your mother’s purse, young man, or I will punish you late this year or perhaps sometime in 2018,” said no parent who was serious about punishment. Yet that’s pretty much what President Obama did with his old-fashioned expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats over alleged political hacking by Moscow interests going back 18 months. In a very strange retro-response from a president​ who mocked Mitt Romney for suggesting in 2012 that Russia was America’s worst strategic threat. Obama said: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”  As has often happened when Obama shoots from the hip (think his red line in Syria, ISIS is a JV squad). 

January 2: The Galveston Daily News: The Electoral College Worked = A President is Elected
We read a lot about who won the popular vote.  The large vote differences in New York City, Los Angeles County, and San Francisco County, completely makeup that difference.  To allow the wishes of two or three populous cities/counties to dictate their views on the rest of the nation is exactly what the Founders wanted to prevent.  Our view?  The Electoral College worked as designed once again. 


December 30: The Washington ExaminerObama = 3,853 regulations 18 for every law passed by Congress!
lame duck administration poured on thousands more new regulations in 2016 at a rate of 18 for every new law passed, according to a Friday analysis of his team's expansion of federal authority.  While Congress passed just 211 laws, Obama's team issued an accompanying 3,852 new federal regulations, some costing billions of dollars.  The 2016 total was the highest annual number of regulations under Obama. Former President Bush issued more in the wake of 9/11.

December 30: The Independent Journal Review: Is this art? Really? And it’s in the U.S. Capitol!
A piece of art depicting police officers as pigs with guns terrorizing a black neighborhood is currently displayed proudly inside our nation's Capitol.  The untitled artwork, which supposedly symbolizes the unrest that followed the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, was selected as part of the annual Congressional Art Competition. It currently hangs in a tunnel between the U.S. Capitol building and Longworth House Office Building. (Editor’s note: Actually, unless there has been some major construction going on during the past 10 years, there is no tunnel between the Longworth Building and the Capitol.  You have to either walk to the Rayburn building where there is a tram/tunnel or the Cannon Building that has only a walkway/tunnel.)
The painting was selected on behalf of Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO). While it's unclear whether Clay personally selected “Untitled #1” as the winner, he offered heavy praise for the controversial painting.  Clay reportedly called the piece of art the “most creative expression that I’ve witnessed over the last 16 years” during remarks on the House floor.

December 29: The Hill: Obama announces economic sanctions against Russia:
On Thursday the Obama administration announced a slate of economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for what it called a widespread hacking campaign geared at interfering in the U.S. presidential election.  [See a related story on verifying there was hacking the elections] The sanctions target two of Russia’s main intelligence.

December 29: The Hill: Obama Under Pressure to Prove Russian Interference in U.S. Election:
The Obama administration is under intense pressure to release evidence confirming Russian interference in the presidential election before leaving office.  The administration up until now has provided little documentation to back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was attempting to interfere in the U.S. election. Nor has it corroborated subsequent leaks from anonymous officials contending that the CIA believes the campaign was an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure Trump’s victory.  [In a related story, Obama announces sanctions against Russia]

December 29: Yahoo News Obama left out of talks on Syria:
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart on Thursday to discuss the ceasefire in Syria due to come into effect at midnight, Erdogan's spokesman said in a statement.  The leaders also discussed upcoming talks about Syria due to take place in the Kazakh capital Astana, spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in the statement.  Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday. The Kremlin statement came after Moscow, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to broker a peace deal in the nearly six-year-old Syrian war.

December 29: Fox News: Eagles Quarterback buys shotguns for his entire offensive line:  
The Philadelphia Eagles offense is definitely set up to use a “shotgun” formation.  Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz bought each of his offensive linemen a personalized Beretta shotgun for Christmas, a twist on the time-honored tradition of a quarterback rewarding the men who keep him upright each week, ESPN reported.  The shotguns are being engraved with each player’s number on the butt of the weapon, which is believed to be a Beretta Silver Pigeon – a $2,000 model.

December 28: Grabien News: Kerry Admits US worked with Palestinians on UN resolution:
Secretary Kerry made the following statement about the UN resolution condemning Israel:  "And during the time of the process, as it went out we made clear to others including those on the Security Council that it was possible that if the resolution were to be balanced and it were to include references to incitement and to terrorism that it was possible the United States would then not block it, if it was balanced and fair. That is a standard practice with resolutions at the Security Council. The Egyptians and the Palestinians and many others understood that if the text were more balanced it was possible we wouldn't block it. But we also made crystal clear that the president of the United States would not make a final decision about our own position until we saw the final text."  Which he did and decided to take a walk.

December 28: The Washington Post: US funding of UN could be in jeopardy given the vote on Israel
Even before Donald Trump’s inauguration Congress is planning to escalate the clash over the U.N. Security Council’s anti-Israel resolution into a full-on conflict between the US and the UN. If Trump embraces the strategy the battle could become the Trump administration’s first confrontation with a major international organization. 
Obama’s decision to abstain on a vote to condemn Israeli settlements as illegal in the UN Security Council has Republicans and Democrats alike criticizing the United Nations and the U.S. government for allowing what Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) called “a one-sided, biased resolution.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee for the State Department and foreign operations, pledged to lead an effort to withhold the U.S. funding that makes up 22 percent of the U.N.’s annual operating budget.

December 28: Grabien News: Kerry says Israel can be either Jewish or Democratic but not both!
Secretary of State John Kerry declared Wednesday that Israel "can either be Jewish or democratic" but "it cannot be both."  Here is what he said…  "Today, there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states. But here is a fundamental reality. If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both. And it won’t ever really be at peace.  Moreover, the Palestinians will never fully realize their vast potential in a homeland of their own with a one state solution."

December 28: Yahoo News: Netanyahu: Kerry’s speech biased against Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East speech on Wednesday was biased against Israel.  In a statement in English issued by the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu said: "Like the Security Council resolution that Secretary Kerry advanced in the U.N., his speech tonight was skewed against Israel."   The Israeli leader said Kerry "obsessively dealt with settlements", which the United States strongly opposes, in the speech. Netanyahu accused Kerry of barely touching upon "the root of the conflict - Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries".

December 28: The San Jose Mercury-News: California DMV licensed 800.000 undocumented
immigrants: Impact on voting?
On the day that California officials implemented a controversial law that allows undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, DMV offices throughout the state were packed with immigrants looking to take advantage of the opportunity.  Two years after the implementation of AB 60 on Jan. 1, 2015, an estimated 806,000 undocumented residents have received driver’s licenses, according to Department of Motor Vehicles statistics this month. About 14,000 of these licenses were issued in November alone, the DMV said.

December 27: The Daily CallerKrauthammer: Trump should turn the UN into Condos
Conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer launched a verbal assault against the United Nations on Fox News Monday evening.  He claimed that the U.N. spends “more than half its time and energy and resources and bureaucracy trying to attack the only Jewish state on the planet, a tiny little spec, while genocide, mayhem, murder and terrorism is going on all over the world.”  He noted that if the U.N. “headquarters were in Zimbabwe, the amount of weight and coverage it would get would be zero.”  “I think that’s good real estate in downtown New York City,” he joked. “And Trump ought to find a way to put his name on it and turn it into condos.”

December 27: Yahoo NewsIsrael reducing ties with nations over UN Vote:
Israel's foreign ministry said Tuesday the country was "reducing" ties with nations that voted for last week's UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to settlement building in Palestinian territory. "Until further notice, we’ll limit our contacts with the embassies here in Israel and refrain from visits of Israeli officials to those states, and of visits of officials from those states here," said.  Israel has already called back its ambassadors to New Zealand and Senegal for consultations, and cancelled aid programs with the African state.  On Tuesday, Israel informed Angola it would be freezing its aid program there. 

December 24: The Daily Caller: It looked dismal 240 years ago when
Washington took daring action! Christmas 1776

General George Washington was facing a dilemma. He had limited supplies, desertions, and the prospects of ending enlistments looming.  He decided to mount a surprise attack in a snow storm during Christmas and against German troops (not British) in Trenton.  Miraculously things started to fall into place!  Reinforcements arrived and the hessian troops were not on high alert because of the bad weather and from their drinking the night before.  Washington’s attack was a complete rout with only three Americans killed and six wounded.  The attack boosted the morale of the beleaguered American forces that carried them through the end of the Revolutionary War.  

December 23: The Daily Caller:
“Perp” tries to hold up a Subway and gets bullet in the chest for his troubles:
Officials a Pittsburgh television station that the armed perpetrator entered the Subway store demanding cash, and that one of the two employees, who said he felt threatened, shot the robber in the chest.  “One of the employees who has a concealed carry permit and has a firearm apparently felt threatened for him and the other employees in the store, and shot the actor at least once,” Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Emily Schaffer said.  The would be robber fell to the ground but managed to drag himself out of the store to a man waiting for him in a car. The robber was driven to the hospital and is in critical condition.

December 22: The Washington Post: North Carolina Bathroom Bill Stands:
North Carolina lawmakers failed Wednesday to repeal a law regulating transgender people’s use of public restrooms, despite a special session ordered by the Governor for the  purpose of rescinding the law.  [Editor’s Note: Behind the scenes was an attempt to balance the economic pressure being put on the state by progressive leaning companies and others who are canceling events in state verses keeping the protections for women and children against sexual preditors in place. In the end the later won the debate.]  The legislature adjourned Wednesday evening after a brutal day in which Republicans feuded over whether to fully or partially repeal the measure and Democrats accused them of reneging on a pledge to eliminate completely the “bathroom bill,” which requires people to use the public restroom that matches the sex on their birth certificates regardless of their gender identities.

December 27: The Telegraph(UK): Israel urges Jews to leave France
Israel’s defense minister has urged Jews to leave France and move to the Jewish state as the Israeli government continued to lash out at the international community in the wake of a UN resolution criticizing its settlements in the occupied West Bank.   The Israeli government is also focusing on discrediting a French-hosted summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace scheduled to be held in January in the final days before Barack Obama leaves office. Netanyahu fears the summit will be used by the outgoing US president as a final chance to leave a mark on the Middle East peace process before Donald Trump takes over. 

December 26: Fox News: Rabbi uses Lighting of the National Menorah to Trash Obama U.N. Move:
The rabbi in charge of the National Hanukkah Menorah lighting used the ceremony, held Sunday just steps from the White House, to criticize the Obama administration's decision to allow the United Nations to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and portions of Jerusalem as illegal.  Rabbi Levi Shemtov, turned an Obama administration official's speech about "fighting darkness with light" on its head, evoking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and urging Jews not to despair about the "darkness" cast by the United Nations vote.

December 20: The Daily Star of London: Putin Orders a beefing up of security
Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday ordered his secret services to boost security at home and abroad after the killing of Moscow's envoy in Ankara and an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.  "I ask the special services to take additional measures to ensure security inside Russia and outside, to raise the security of Russian institutions and employees abroad," Russian news wires quoted Putin as saying to security bosses.   "And I ask you through channels of partnership to strengthen your work with the intelligence agencies of other states," Putin added.

December 20: The Sun: Merkel: You have their blood on your hands
The country’s far-right leaders have blasted the chancellor’s “open-door” immigration policy for sparking the attack in Berlin – and even her own party is putting the boot in. “These are Merkel’s dead,” Marcus Pretzell, chairman of the Alternative for Germany party in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, posted on Twitter. 

December 17: The New York Times: European Union faces another test as France is scheduled to hold elections:
Today the European Union is wobbling under the weight of problems encouraged in part by that unchecked expansion — stagnant economies, the euro crisis, new pressures from Russia and deep strains over migration, especially from newer members in Central and Eastern Europe. But a visit to villages in southern France is a reminder that the European Union faces yet another serious problem long in the making — a crisis of legitimacy — that is fueling right-wing, nationalist politics even in the traditional core of the bloc.

December 17: The Daily Caller: Lynch responds to Clinton Campaign Attacks on FBI
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending the FBI against allegations that the bureau mishandled investigations of email hacks of Democrats and focused too much attention on Hillary Clinton’s private email server. 

December 17: The Daily Caller: Obama make six-year appointments on his way out the door:
On his way out the door Obama quietly announced his presidential appointments of Dego Adegbile and Catherine Lhamon to six-year terms on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Both appointments are aggressive moves.   Obama previously nominated Adegbile to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, but a bipartisan group of senators blocked the nomination in 2014 due to Adegbile’s defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Adegbile’s appointment, which will not require congressional approval, left pro-police groups crying foul.

John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, called the appointment a “kick in the teeth to the cops.” Sam Cabral, president of the International Union of Police Associations, called the appointment a “slap in the face to every law enforcement officer in this great nation.

December 15: Yahoo News: UK denies post-Brexit trade deal could take ten years
The British government rejected a report Thursday that it could take up to ten years to agree a new trade deal with the EU after Brexit, a move that could leave businesses in limbo.  Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman insisted that Britain could negotiate its departure from the European Union and a new trading arrangement within the current two-year timeframe.

December 15: The Washington Times: Illegal migration levels hit new high 
More than 15,000 illegal immigrants traveling as families were nabbed at the U.S.-Mexico border in November — a massive increase that marks the worst November on record, and the second-worst overall, according to new statistics released Thursday by Homeland Security.  The number of children traveling without parents also ticked up, topping 7,000 for the month, but it’s the surge of families that’s straining the Border Patrol and testing the Obama administration’s resolve.

December 12: The Wisconsin State Journal: Final Count in Wisconsin Increases Trump’s Lead by 131 votes:
Wisconsin’s historic presidential recount ended Monday resulting in a net gain of 131 votes for President-elect Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Wisconsin Elections Commission said.  Trump added 844 votes to his total for the Nov. 8 election, while Clinton added 713.  Overall, the commission said, voters cast 2.976 million ballots. The recount resulted in a net increase of 837 ballots.

December 12: Bloomberg: Senate Majority Leader McConnell opposes Trump tax cuts and infrastructure spending:
President-elect Donald Trump’s race to enact the biggest tax cuts since the 1980s went under a caution flag Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned he considers current levels of U.S. debt “dangerous” and said he wants any tax overhaul to avoid adding to the deficit. During a news conference, McConnell also poured cold water on the idea of a massive stimulus package, effectively laying out markers on taxes and spending that that could cramp Trump’s ambitions.

December 12: Reuters: Top U.S. spy agencies don’t embrace CIA assessment of Russia hacking the election:
The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday.  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA's analysis of Russian hacking operations.  However, it has not endorsed CIA assessment that Moscow intended to boost Trump over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, said the officials.  The position of the ODNI, which oversees the 17 agency-strong U.S. intelligence community, could give Trump fresh ammunition to dispute the CIA assessment, which he rejected as "ridiculous" in weekend remarks, and press his assertion that no evidence implicates Russia in the cyber attacks.

December 11: Yahoo NewsTrump Dismisses Likelihood of Russian Meddling in U.S. Election
President-elect Donald Trump dismissed a brewing storm over Russian cyber meddling in the US election, rejecting as "ridiculous" US intelligence reports that Moscow tried to help him win the White House.  "I don't believe it," Trump said in a pre-recorded interview that was broadcast Sunday on Fox News.  But the controversy over the latest US intelligence consensus on Russia and Trump's skepticism of the findings dominated the conversation at a time of deepening political divisions over how to respond to the hacking attacks. Two top Republican senators -- John McCain and Lindsey Graham -- joined leading Democrats Sunday in calling for greater public disclosure about "recent cyber attacks that have cut to the heart of our free society."

December 11: Associated PressNetanyahu Willing to Work with Trump to undo the Iran Nuke Deal:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he believes U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will be a good friend to Israel and hopes the two countries can work together to dismantle the international nuclear agreement with Iran.  "I know Donald Trump," Netanyahu told CBS's "60 Minutes" in an interview scheduled to air Sunday night. "And I think his attitude, his support for Israel is clear. He feels very warmly about the Jewish state, about the Jewish people. There's no question about that."

December 11: The HillBartiromo:  It’s About the Economy Stupid!
Fox Business host Maria Bartirommo slammed the establishment and members of the media Sunday, saying they failed to see the economic issues that mattered to Americans during the presidential campaign.  “Obviously the elites, the establishment, the media, they had no idea what the people wanted and had no idea where the people were in terms of economic issues, in particular jobs.”

December 10: Lifezette: Attempted Hack of Georgia’s Election Database could be from a rogue DHS employee:
The Department of Homeland Security told members of congress Friday that a rogue federal employee may have been responsible for a November hack-attack that targeted the Georgia secretary of state’s system.  On Friday afternoon DHS initiated a conference call with members of Georgia’s congressional delegation to discuss the cyber-attack, a Capitol Hill staffer with knowledge of the call said.  

DHS officials said on the call that there were two possible explanations for the hack, the source said. Either a malicious third-party mirrored the DHS IP address linked to the hack — or someone within the department executed the attempted infiltration without authorization. DHS is currently investigating both possibilities.

December 9: The Daily Caller: Ohio Legislature Passes Campus Concealed Carry Bill
It could soon be legal to carry concealed weapons into daycare centers, colleges and private aircraft in Ohio.  The state legislature passed a bill Friday morning that provides the authorization;  it passed 22-8 in the Ohio Senate and 68-25 by state representatives.  The bill is on the way to Gov. John Kasich, who is expected to sign the legislation. In 2011, Kasich approved another bill that allowed concealed guns to be carried into state bars.  The legislation was swiftly approved following what many believe to be a terrorist attack at Ohio State University. Before being shot dead, Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove into a crowd, exited his vehicle  and began stabbing other students with a butcher knife.

December 9: The Daily CallerOne in Clinton Camp Warned She Would Lose and was Ignored:
A major figure in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign warned she was in danger of losing the election days before the vote, but was ignored by the rest of her staff, a new write-up in Politico says.  In the end, though, Jake Sullivan was vindicated entirely. Clinton’s “Blue Wall” in the Rust Belt crumbled, and she suffered shocking defeats in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin by a combined margin of less than 100,000 votes. Had she won all three, should would have been the president-elect. In the case of Wisconsin, she lost narrowly after not bothering to visit the state a single time during the general election campaign.

December 9: The New York Post: Losing Campaign Cost $1.2 Billion:
Hillary Clinton and her supporters spent a record $1.2 billion for her losing presidential campaign — twice as much as the winner, Donald Trump, according to the latest records.  The president-elect, who confounded critics during the campaign by saying there was no need to raise or spend $1 billion or more, ended up making do with $600 million.

December 9: The Daily Signal: How Trump can put an end to sanctuary cities:
Just a few weeks ago, President-elect Donald Trump said, “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars.”  During the Obama administration’s tenure, over 300 cities—including Houston and New Orleans—have provided safe haven for illegal immigrants, and over 170,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants who have been ordered to be deported remain at-large.  Ending these policies is not so much about imposing new and burdensome immigration laws, as about simple enforcement of our current laws and ensuring local law enforcement jurisdictions work collaboratively with federal immigration authorities when they come across criminal illegal immigrants.

December 9: The Daily SignalTwo largest land armies in Europe tiptoe toward the brink of war, then back off:
A planned missile test over the Black Sea spurs a Kremlin threat to shoot down the missiles and possibly target the launch sites.  An eleventh-hour compromise is reached, defusing an act of brinkmanship, which could have sparked an all-out war.  An episode between NATO and Moscow during the Cold War? Or, perhaps, the latest chapter in the contemporary conflict between NATO and Russia, which some have dubbed a “new” Cold War? Rather, the aforementioned sequence of events was the most recent episode in a nearly 3-year-old conflict, in which Russia and Ukraine—the two countries with the largest land armies in Europe—have repeatedly tiptoed to the edge of all-out war.

December 9: The Daily Signal: How Trump can put an end to sanctuary cities:
Just a few weeks ago, President-elect Donald Trump said, “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars.”  During the Obama administration’s tenure, over 300 cities—including Houston and New Orleans—have provided safe haven for illegal immigrants, and over 170,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants who have been ordered to be deported remain at-large.  But now there is optimism that something may finally be done to address this issue.

December 8: The Sun (of London)1,500 highly-trained ISIS terrorists in Europe are ready to launch attacks
An estimated 5,000 European ISIS fanatics went to Syria and Iraq and 15 to 20 per cent of them died on the battlefield.  Around 30 to 35 per cent have returned with “specific missions”, while the other half  remained in the battle theatre – which amounted to between 2,000 and 2,500 Europeans.  This means as many as 1,750 may have returned, based on the percentages listed in the report which EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove will present to EU interior ministers on Friday.

December 8: The Daily Caller: Why the Appointment of the Solicitor General is
Critically Important to Second Amendment Rights:

Not many people can name who the Solicitor General is, but keep this fact in mind: Five Solicitor Generals, including current Justice Elena Kagan, have become Supreme Court Justices since the office was established in 1870. Two members of the current Supreme Court, Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts, worked in that office.

December 8: Cyber Scoop: Georgia’s Secretary of State Claims DHS tried to breach the state’s firewall:
Georgia’s secretary of state has claimed the Department of Homeland Security tried to breach his office’s firewall and has issued a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking for an explanation.   Brian Kemp issued a letter to Johnson on Thursday after the state’s third-party cyber security provider detected an IP address from the agency’s Southwest D.C. office trying to penetrate the state’s firewall. According to the letter, the attempt was unsuccessful.   The office of the Georgia Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing the state’s elections.

December 8: The Hill: Clinton blast “Fake News” for her defeat
Hillary Clinton on Thursday decried the spread of fake news online, calling it an “epidemic” that Congress should take action against.  “The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” Clinton said during a speech on Capitol Hill.  Some Democrats have argued the spread of anti-Clinton fake news online contributed to her electoral loss to Donald Trump.

December 5: Associated Press: 2016 Election Opens the Door for Constitutional Changes
The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: change the U.S. Constitution.  The GOP now holds numerical majorities in 33 legislatures, one shy of the two-thirds required to initiate a convention on constitutional amendments. There is no credible talk of using that power for amendments on hot-button social issues, such as banning abortion or gay marriage. But conservatives have a list of bread-and-butter governing issues they would like to see enshrined in the Constitution.  One, to require a balanced federal budget, is already approaching the level of support that would trigger a convention. Beyond that, a major state-level push is planned during 2017 for a constitutional convention that could also consider amendments to impose term limits on members of Congress and rein in various federal powers.

December 5: Fox News: China flew Nuclear Capable Bombers near Taiwan airspace prior to Trump’s Call
Less than a week before President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan’s president over the phone, China flew a pair of long-range nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan for the first time.  On Nov. 26, two Chinese H-6 bombers, along with two escort planes flew around the island of Taiwan from mainland China, taking off and landing from two separate Chinese military bases.  The escort jets were used to collect radar information and conduct other surveillance on American allies such as Japand. The Chinese bombers stayed in international airspace, according to officials.

December 5: The Daily Caller: GOP Congressman Considering Concealed Carry Across State Borders:
Now known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, the bill would allow a person with a concealed carry license from one state to carry a concealed handgun in any other state that permits its resident to concealed carry, as long as the person is not banned from possessing or transporting a firearm under federal law. The bill excludes carrying “a machine gun or destructive device,” and the person must follow “the restrictions of that state.”

December 5: The Daily Caller: Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Transcripts of Obama
The nonprofit Judicial Watch watchdog group is suing the Department of Justice (DOJ) for FBI interviews with President Barack Obama and his key aides about former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat previously held by the commander-in-chief.  Judicial Watch announced its FOIA suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Monday after the DOJ denied its longstanding request for transcripts of FBI interviews between Obama and senior aides Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel.

December 4: Bloomberg: Netanyahu Wants to Discuss Iran Nuke Deal with Trump:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to renew his assault on the Iran nuclear deal when he meets with Donald Trump, whose opposition to the accord overarches growing questions about its fate.  The U.S.-president elect has called the U.S.-led Iran agreement the “worst deal ever negotiated” and plans to nominate one of its leading critics, retired Marine General James Mattis, as defense secretary. Adding to the tensions, the U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to extend the U.S. president’s authority to impose sanctions on Iran, drawing swift denunciation from Iranian authorities.

December 4: Bloomberg.com: Iran urges Obama to block extension of sanctions law:
Iran urged Barack Obama to block a law that would extend the U.S. president’s authority to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic, calling it a violation of the Iranian nuclear deal.  On Thursday, the Senate voted 99-0 to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, which authorizes a president to prevent investment in Iran’s energy sector and other sensitive industries. While Obama has waived most sanctions under the nuclear accord, congressional leaders said keeping them in reserve provides valuable leverage against Iran. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the bill won’t interfere with the U.S.-led nuclear agreement and he expected the president to sign it.

December 3: The Daily Caller: The Benefit of being Mr. Gray and Keeping a Low Profile
Part of responsible concealed carry is not looking for trouble, and the importance of doing so is two-fold. The first is that not looking for trouble means that trouble may not find you that easily. (Granted, it just might anyway; you never know what may happen.) The second is that a person who seeks out confrontation could be painted in a negative light in the wrong situation.  One aspect of not looking for trouble is – to some degree – adopting a persona sometimes referred to as “Mr. Gray” or a “gray person.” This means a person that blends in, doesn’t really stand out, doesn’t seem to demand the attention of others

November 30: Fox News 8: Is it Okay to Break the Rules, some would say yes!
A Minnesota high school cross-country runner was disqualified from her last high school race after coming to the rescue of a younger competitor struggling to cross the finish line. The eighth grader, Gracie Bucher, was trying to qualify for a state cross-country meet when she fell down.  Her chest tightened and legs gave way as she struggled to get up and cross the finish line that was just yards away.  The crowd was yelling don’t help her – because doing so would disqualify her and the person helping her from qualifying.  Then comes Liana Blomgren, a senior who without giving it a second thought stopped and helped Gracie across the finish line.  This was Liana’s last race but it didn’t matter.  She knew what was the right thing to do and did it!  It turns out Gracie had an undiagnosed case of mononucleosis and those watching got a really important lesson about sportsmanship!

November 30: Fox News: Pence: Obamacare is first thing out of the gate
Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Tuesday that repealing and replacing ObamaCare would be the first item on President-elect Donald Trump's agenda after Trump takes office early next year.  "It’ll be the first thing out of the gate," Pence said.   "The President-elect’s made it very clear. He wants the Congress when they convene in early January to take up the task of repealing and replacing ObamaCare first."    Pence called the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be secretary of health and human services, "very exciting and [it] should be a source of great encouragement to millions of Americans who know we’ve got to repeal ObamaCare, but we’ve [also] got to replace it with real solutions."

November 30: Fox News: Trump Effect?  Carrier to stay in the U.S. Keeping Jobs in Indiana:
President-elect Donald Trump didn't wait to be sworn in to stop an air conditioner manufacturer from pulling out of America, and his top aides say he'll turn up the heat on other companies planning to send jobs outside the U.S.  Carrier's announcement Tuesday that, after negotiations with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, it is reversing plans to close an Indiana factory shows the "Trump effect" is real, according to his backers. They say Trump can stop America from bleeding manufacturing jobs to Mexico, China and other places where labor is cheaper, taxes are lower and regulations are lax.

November 30: Fox News: Baier: What would Ike and JFK tell Trump about Cuban Relations?
On January 19, 1961, under the threat of a storm that would dump eight inches of snow on Washington D.C., President Dwight Eisenhower held a final transition meeting with his young successor, John F. Kennedy. One day before the inauguration, Eisenhower’s mind was on the looming threats to American security, and Cuba was high on that list.  There are  parallels between then and now, especially as we grapple with the implications of the death of Fidel Castro. 

November 29: Roll Call: Rural Democrats: Party Ignored Rural Communities, Suffered the Consequences:Democrats in rural America have a blunt message for the rest of their party: We saw the electoral disaster coming — and it’s your fault.  Strategists and party officials say their warnings about the party’s lackluster outreach to rural voters went unheeded by Democratic leaders for years, culminating in this month’s shock defeat to Donald Trump.   A presidential candidate who actually performed poorly in many cities and suburbs nonetheless scored an upset victory because of a surge in support from small towns and rural areas.

November 29: The Independent Journal: Students at Ohio State Seek Campus Carry following attack
In the wake of the horrific Ohio State University knife  incident that left 11 people injured and the suspect killed, an OSU student organization is taking matters into their own hands. Their right to self-defense, to be more specific.  Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus posted a public statement on their Facebook page and created an online petition via Change.org asking the Ohio Senate to revise HB 48. The law currently allows campus carry in Ohio, but delegates that decision to each individual school and reduces the penalty of having a gun on campus from a felony to a misdemeanor. Unlike the Texas version, of “campus carry,” Ohio State University was allowed to opt out of allowing permit holders to carry firearms on campus.

Sniper's Scope ViewOctober 25: Fox News: The Sniper of Mosul puts fear in ISIS fighters
A renegade sniper has been striking fear into the hearts of ISIS thugs in Mosul picking them off one-by-one a report claims.  The mysterious marksman is believed to be behind shootings in four separate neighborhoods in Iraq’s second largest city.  The sniper has been hunting down militants in broad daylight, with the most recent hit unfolding during a public beheading.  Iraqi media outlets on Monday reported the shooter had killed an ISIS executioner just seconds before he could behead a local teen who was accused of supporting resistance movements within Mosul.

November 17: The New York Post: How the Clinton Foundation brought down Hillary’s campaign:
The Clinton family foundation turned out to be a liability for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But it wasn’t foreordained. Here’s how it happened.

November 17: The Hill: GOP Opts for short term spending bill:
House Republicans on Thursday settled on a plan to fund the government through March 31 and avoid a final budget deal with President Obama.  Lawmakers decided during a closed-door meeting to back a path toward a short-term spending bill instead of a broad, year-end package. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) personally made the case for the short-term bill, pitching it as the preference of President-elect Trump, according to multiple lawmakers.  GOP leadership had been eying a continuing resolution, rather than a massive omnibus funding the government for a year, since Trump's election.

November 17: Financial Times: U.S. Tech Groups Doing Some Soul Searching after Big Election Loss (Facebook, Google, and Twitter getting push back over “Fake News”)
Facebook, Twitter and Google have each, in their way, been cast in an unflattering light. They stand accused of helping to circulate fake news and conspiracy theories, most of it favoring the Trump camp, that may have worsened what was already a deeply partisan battle. And the raucous debate on Twitter often tipped into outright harassment and hate speech.   Under attack from outside and within — their deeply liberal workforces were guaranteed to be unsettled by any suggestion they played a part in the Trump victory — they have engaged in soul searching and some quick responses.

November 15: OneNewsNow.Com: Pence could play an important role in defunding Planned Parenthood
During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump stood firm on defunding Planned Parenthood, but said he would only support stripping the funds if the nation's largest abortion-provider refuses to stop doing abortions. A fight over the funding is expected in Congress – but  American Life League (ALL) is hopeful that with Mike Pence as his vice president, Trump might be convinced to defund regardless.  "[Pence] was the guy who single-handedly in 2007 wrote the first amendment to a bill in Congress that specifically named Planned Parenthood and tried to take all the money away from them," explains ALL spokesman Jim Sedlak. "So Mike Pence is an absolute opponent of Planned Parenthood – and we're hoping that he will have an influence on Mr. Trump."

November 12: The Hill: There are Differences between Trump and Capitol Hill
but the reduction of regulations isn’t one of them!

Here are just a few of the regulations Congress and the new White House could focus on.  (1) The Clean Power Plan: Repealing the EPA’s plan which has been a centerpiece to outgoing president Obama’s climate change policy.  (2) The Clean Water Rule: Known as the Waters of the United States this rule expands the reach of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to include non-navigable waters such as a pond on a farmer’s land. (3) The Overtime Rule: Which goes into effect December 1st, increases pay for salaried workers who work more than 40 hours per week.

November 12: The New York Times: Obama’s Policies Face a Reckoning with History:
As he raced across the country before the election, Obama warned supporters about the stakes. “All the progress we’ve made over these last eight years,” he said, “goes out the window if we don’t win this election.”  Hillary Clinton, his anointed successor, did not win, and so now Mr. Obama will find out whether his prediction was just campaign hyperbole or if his legacy really has just gone out the window. Not only are specific initiatives like his healthcare and climate change programs at risk, but so, too, is the broader vision Mr. Obama articulated for America.

November 11: The Daily Caller: Anti-Trump Rallies Funded by Left-Wing “Charity”
A left-wing charity organization with unknown sources of money is providing the funding for protests around the country — some of which have turned into violent riots — that have threatened a divided nation’s ability to unify after a contentious presidential election.  The Progress Unity Fund is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization — the same classification as the Red Cross. The group’s mission is to “provide a progressive alternative to mainstream charities,” according to its IRS filings.

November 11: The Hill: Trump says he would be open to keeping an amended version of ObamaCare:
President-elect Donald Trump says he may not pursue a full repeal of ObamaCare upon taking office.   “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Friday in his first interview since his stunning victory Tuesday.   Trump seemed more set on repealing and replacing the law in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" set to air in full Sunday, and he said there wouldn't be a lull period between the two.

November 11: ABC News (Arizona): Anti Trump Protestor Paid $3,500 to rally against Trump
For months now, rumors have circulated that individuals were being paid to protest at rallies held by presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Today a man from Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills, AZ back in March has come forward to say that he was paid to protest the event.  “I was given $3,500 to protest Donald Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills,” said 37-year-old Paul Horner. “I answered a Craigslist ad about a group needing actors for a political event. I interviewed with them and got the part.”

November 11: The Daily Caller:  Californians once again vote for more crime and less freedom
In California, there were a large number of propositions on the ballot this year.  Prop 57, which passed by an overwhelming majority, would release thousands of “non-violent” felons [like those who have been convicted of rape, human trafficking involving sex acts with minors, domestic violence involving trauma, discharging a gun on school property, or failure to register as a sex offender] onto the streets of California.  These felons are now eligible for early release.

The voters of California also decided to
pass Proposition 63, which in addition to a few
other things, makes it illegal to purchase ammo
without a special permit.  This unconstitutional
proposition was pushed almost solely by
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.  It
was originally billed as the “Safety for All”
act, and Newsom found significant
assistance in funding the push to pass this
in anti-gun billionaire, Michael Bloomberg.

November 16: The American Mirror: Rio Grande Sector: Border Patrol Nabs 500 Illegals a day!
A recent Fox 7 feature is exposing the work life of U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley sector, a 1,254 mile stretch where they’re nabbing about 500 illegal immigrants flooding into the country each day.  Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Marlene Castro told the news site the traffic crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico is unrelenting and impossible to contain, despite the fact that most border jumpers willingly comply with officers.  “McAllen station is actually the busiest station in the whole country for illegal entries,” Castro said. “It’s been a group, and then five minutes later another group, and then half an hour later you’ll see another one.”

November 13: CBS News: Trump Outlines How Many illegal aliens may be deported:
President-elect Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration stance was a central part of his campaign message in 2016 -- and he said in an interview airing Sunday that he plans to immediately deport approximately two to three million undocumented immigrants.  “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes.” “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”   He continued by saying that after the border is “secure,” immigration officials will begin to make a “determination” about the remaining undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

November 11: The Star-Telegram: Officials: 150 Border Patrol Agents being sent to the Rio Grande Valley:
About 150 Border Patrol agents will be deployed to South Texas from Arizona, California and elsewhere to help process a spike in immigrants who have been apprehended after illegally entering the U.S., federal officials announced Saturday.  Agents from Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego will be temporarily reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley, and agents working another portion of the Texas border will join them, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

November 11: Washington Examiner: 1.4 Million Obama Amnesty Applicants on deportation list
Some 1.4 million illegals who followed Obama's request to sign up for two controversial amnesty programs could be among the first to face deportation under the new administration.  The reason: In exchange for getting into the two programs, they handed over their identities, home addresses, and admitted to being in the United States illegally, making them the easiest to find and legally deport.
— 1 million are from Mexico.
— 119,788 are from the three countries from which thousands of youths fled in the last three years, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

November 11: The Los Angeles Times: California and Trump on a collision course
over immigrants here illegally:

California is quickly becoming a battleground for immigration policy as a cross-section of leaders across the state vowed to fight any plans by President-elect Trump to deport thousands of people in the U.S. illegally.  Trump said during the presidential campaign that he’ll build a wall along the US/Mexico border and deport people in the country illegally. He is expected to unwind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an initiative by President Obama that protects immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children

November 10: Yahoo NewsCanadian PM says he’s willing to renegotiate NAFTA with Trump
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday he is willing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which US President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to change or scrap.  During the campaign, Trump called NAFTA the worst trade deal the United States has ever signed, while proposing protectionist measures to repatriate American jobs lost to free trade.  "If the Americans want to talk about NAFTA, I'm more than happy to talk about it," Trudeau said, adding that it was important to periodically reassess trade deals to ensure that they continue to be of benefit to Canadians.

November 10: The Lebanon Daily Star: Mexico says its ready to renegotiate NAFTA with Trump:
Mexico is willing to "modernize" the North American Free Trade Agreement with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration and Canada, but will not renegotiate the pact, the foreign minister said.  Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said NAFTA has "yielded great results" for the three nations, but that there is an opportunity to make it "more beneficial" to all.  "We are willing to talk about this with the new government and with Canada as well," Ruiz Massieu told CNN late Wednesday.  "We think it is an opportunity to think if we should modernize it, not renegotiate it, but to modernize it," Ruiz Massieu said.

November 10: McClathyDC: Trump Starts to Assume Power
No mistake, Trump is already working to erase major parts of the Obama Legacy from the history books.  He will be able to change some of Obama’s policies with a quick stroke of the pen. Others will be much more difficult, requiring justification to pass legal hurdles or buy-in from lawmakers on Capitol Hill or foreign leaders. “He can make a big difference at the outset of his administration, but it will take him years and support from dubious congressional factions and allies overseas to get a lot of other things done,” a former solicitor and deputy general counsel of the House of Representatives, Chales Tiefer, said.

November 9: Breitbart News: Anti Trump rallies organized by George Soros’s  MoveOn.Org:
Anti-Trump rallies – organized by MoveOn.Org and allies – were a move by the left wing George Soros organization to  show their continued rejection of President-elect Donald Trump. 
[See related story about protestor being paid to protest against Trump]

November 9:  Trust.Org/Reuters:  Iran exceeds Nuclear Deal,  IAEA Reports

Iran has exceeded a soft limit on sensitive material set under its nuclear deal with major powers, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Wednesday, hours after Donald Trump - who has strongly criticized the agreement - won the U.S. presidential election.  It is the second time Tehran has surpassed the 130 metric ton threshold for heavy water, a material used as a moderator in reactors like Iran's unfinished one at Arak, since the deal was put in place in January. It had 130.1 tons of the material on Tuesday, the watchdog said.  The last time Iran overstepped that mark was brief, passing without major criticism from the other countries that signed the nuclear deal last year. But there are questions about whether the incoming Trump administration will react to such incidents the same way.  The IAEA is policing the restrictions placed on Iran's nuclear activities under the deal it signed with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The agreement also lifted international sanctions against Tehran.

November 9: The Daily Caller:  The Joke’s on Us (The Mainstream Media)
Journalists flatly admitted they completely failed to understand the 2016 presidential election following Republican nominee Donald Trump’s win Tuesday.  “To put it bluntly, the media missed the story,” Margaret Sullivan wrote in The Washington Post.  “We were all wrong,” Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman wrote in Politico’s Playbook newsletter. “That seems obvious, right?  But we were more than wrong. We were laughably oblivious. The entire Washington political-media complex completely missed the mark. Not by inches or feet, but by miles.”  Jim Rutenberg added in The New York Times: “The news media by and large missed what was happening all around it, and it was the story of a lifetime. The numbers weren’t just a poor guide for election night — they were an off-ramp away from what was actually happening.”

November 9: Los Angeles Times:  Trump Victory ensures conservative Supreme Court
Donald Trump’s presidential victory preserves the Supreme Court’s narrow conservative majority by clearing the way for the new president to choose a jurist next year to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  And with Republicans maintaining control of the Senate, Trump will have a free hand in selecting someone with strong conservative credentials, confident his nominee will be confirmed.  The election dashes the hopes of liberals, who lost their best opportunity in more than 40 years to create a majority on the high court.

Election Night ReturnsNovember 8: Fox News: Election Night Returns
Clinton appears to have wn 228 Electoral Votes;
Trump has gotten 290, with 270 needed to win the election.  Not all of the returns are in at this point but it appears that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

Clinton appears to have garnered 60.8 million votes with Trump getting 60.3 million of the popular vote nationwide.
However, it is the Electoral Votes that determine the outcome of the election. The founding fathers set it up this way so that smaller states would have say in the selection of the President. 
[Editor's Note: Some states do not count absentee ballots unless the vote count is close.  Texas is not one of those states.  Absentee votes tend to favor Republican candidates. So it is entirely possible that Mr. Trump also won the popular vote in addtion to the Electoral Vote count.]

November 5: The Daily CallerWhat is an acceptable reason
to obtain a concealed carry permit in “May Issue” states?

May-issue states are known for making it difficult, if not impossible, for people to get a license to carry a gun, preventing millions of people from the means of defending themselves. Many of these states are also hotbeds of criminal activity, meaning the authorities only want police to deal with a problem that police clearly can’t entirely solve. To get a permit in restrictive states, a person usually has to show good cause to be issued a permit. What constitutes “good cause”? Usually, a person has to demonstrate that they face a real threat to life or property due to exigent circumstances or what they do for work, such as proprietors of jewelry stores. Mere self-defense may not be enough.  In real life the decision often rests with the issuing authority.

November 2: Fox News:
[video] Possible Conflict of Interest at the Department of Justice
A Justice Department official with close ties to Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta sent him a private email on non-government email accounts giving him a  "heads up" last year to warn that lawmakers might question witnesses about the presidential candidate's private emails, messages released Wednesday by WikiLeaks show. 

November 2: Politco: DOJ official gave Clinton a Heads Up about Emailgate
A senior Department of Justice official gave Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman a "heads up" about new developments related to Clinton's email use as secretary of state, according to hacked emails published Wednesday by WikiLeaks.  In May of 2015, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik emailed Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta to tell him about potential developments at an impending congressional hearing, as well as about a new development in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the emails Clinton turned over to the State Department from her private account.

October 30: Independent Journal Review:  Trump: Why Did AG Lynch threaten FBI Director Comey
before letter sent to Congress?

At a campaign rally in Colorado, Trump said again that Bill Clinton discussed more than “golf and grandchildren” with the Attorney General in the 39 minutes he spent with her aboard a plane on the tarmac in Arizona.  After citing a startling statistic that 97% of the Department of Justice employees' political donations go to Hillary Clinton, Trump put forth the proposition that Bill Clinton was offering Lynch an extension of her appointment as Attorney General.  Some political observers have gone further saying that for protecting Hillary Clinton from federal prosecution over her email practices might land her an appointment to the Supreme Court.

October 29:  Independent Journal Review: Attorney General Lynch Issued Dire Warning
to FBI Director Comey before he relaunched an Email Investigation:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and senior officials at the U.S. Department of Justice reportedly made it “abundantly clear” to FBI Director James Comey that they didn’t want him to inform Congress of the agency’s relaunched investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email use.  Lynch objected to the disclosure and urged him to follow DOJ protocol to avoid actions that could influence the outcome of a presidential election, ABC News reported, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.  Comey didn’t listen.

October 28: Real Clear Politics:  FBI reviewing investigation into Clinton emails
Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein comments on the FBI's shocking Friday afternoon announcement that they are reopening the investigation into Hilary Clinton's email server because new evidence has come to light.  Bernstein said “There's no question that the e-mails have always been the greatest threat to her candidacy for president, that her conduct in regard to the e-mails is really indefensible and if there was going to be more information that came out, it was the one thing, as I said on the air last night, actually that could really perhaps affect this election.

October 28: The Washington Examiner:  FBI sued over records of
Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch Tarmac Meeting in Arizona:

A conservative-leaning watchdog group sued the FBI Friday after the law enforcement agency ignored a Freedom of Information Act request for records related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Judicial Watch filed a FOIA on July 7 for documents that included "all records related to the meeting between Attorney General Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016."  Bill Clinton and Lynch met privately on a Phoenix tarmac in the final days of the email probe after they said their jets "unexpectedly" landed near each other.  While both parties claimed the meeting was purely social in nature, their visit sparked a fierce backlash among critics who accused Bill Clinton of attempting to tilt the outcome of the investigation in favor of his wife.

October 28: The Washington Free Beacon: Congress: Attorney General “Pleads the Fifth”
on secret Iran payments:
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is declining to comply with an investigation by leading members of Congress about the Obama administration’s secret efforts to send Iran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year, prompting accusations that Lynch has “pleaded the Fifth” Amendment to avoid incriminating herself over these payments, according to lawmakers and communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questionsabout how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered.  In an Oct. 24 response, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded on Lynch’s behalf, refusing to answer the questions and informing the lawmakers that they are barred from publicly disclosing any details about the cash payment, which was bound up in a ransom deal aimed at freeing several American hostages from Iran.

October 25: Gateway Pundit: Trump on Track to Win More Black Votes than Any GOP Candidate since 1960
In the past month the number of black voters for Donald Trump has increased significantly.  At the beginning of October 9% of African Americans supported Trump. 

October 25: Fox News: TEA Party-tied group calls for delay in Speaker Vote as Ryan Faces Unrest
An influential conservative group is urging the Republican-led House to postpone its looming leadership vote, potentially offering House Speaker Paul Ryan a chance to get his ‘house’ in order at a time when his detractors are renewing threats to oust him in the aftermath of the “chaotic” 2016 election.  The Tea Party-tied FreedomWorks sent a message Monday to the House Republican Caucus telling members to wait until December to decide on a speaker.  FreedomWorks leader Adam Brandon said Tuesday the push does not reflect support for Ryan; only a call for members “to reassess and reflect” after a “historically long, chaotic election cycle.”

October 17: Fox News: “Quid pro quo”: FBI files show top State official tried to
“influence” bureau on Clinton emails
A senior State Department official and friend of Hillary Clinton proposed a “quid pro quo” to convince the FBI to strip the classification on an email from Hillary Clinton’s server – and repeatedly tried to “influence” the bureau’s decision when his offer was denied, even taking his plea up the chain of command, according to newly released FBI documents.  (By changing the classification from Secret to unclassified it would make it appear that Hillary Clinton did not handle classified information on her personal server.)  Notes from an interview with an unnamed FBI official reveal the State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy tried to horse-trade with the FBI, offering additional slots for the bureau overseas if they would de-classify a particular email marked “SECRET.”

October 17: Liffezette.com: WikiLeaks: Politico Reporter Offered Clinton Camp Chance to edit story.
The latest trove of emails released by WikiLeaks Monday proves even further collusion between large, ostensibly mainstream media outlets and the Democratic Party.  In an astonishing email, Politico chief White House political correspondent and senior staff writer Glenn Thrush ran his latest article by Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta to make sure nothing offended the Clinton henchman.

The revelation comes on the same day as the release of a new report by the Center for Public Integrity, which showed that the vast majority of politically active journalists have donated money to the Clinton campaign.

October 17: The Daily Caller: FBI Agents say Director Comey stood in the way of the Clinton Email investigation:
FBI agents say the bureau is alarmed over Director James Comey’s decision to not suggest that the Justice Department prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information. According to an interview transcript agents are frustrated by Comey’s leadership.  “This is a textbook case where a grand jury should have been convened, but was not. That is appalling,” an FBI special agent who has worked public corruption and criminal cases said of the decision. “We talk about it in the office and don’t know how Comey can keep going.”

October 17: The Washington Times:  North Korea Warns it may use Nuclear Weapons on First Strike:
North Korea, angered by what it says are increasingly “aggressive” exercises in the South in conjunction with U.S. forces, said it will strike first with nuclear weapons if it feels threatened. North Korea also stated it will continue nuclear tests after its recent, 5th nuclear event and will continue ballistic missile testing. The North has launched over 20 ballistic missile shots in recent months as it strives to increase its ability to deliver payload on target.

October 15:  Star-Telegram: Texas investigating allegations of Voter Fraud
Less than a month before the Nov. 8 election, allegations of voter fraud in Tarrant County are under investigation by the state, prompting concern that the timing may intimidate some voters — and possibly lay groundwork for the Legislature to enact more restrictions on voting next year.  The complaints focus on mail-in ballots, which allow people to vote from their homes without any ID or verification of identity.  Some maintain that such voting is ripe for abuse and raises concerns about “vote harvesting,” in which people could fill out and return other people’s ballots.


October 12: The Washington Times: Clinton campaign mocks Catholics,
Southerners, and Latino’s in recently released emails

Long before Hillary Clinton called millions of Americans a “basket of deplorables,” her top campaign advisers and liberal allies openly mocked Catholics, Southerners and a host of other groups, according to newly released emails that offer a stunning window into the vitriol inside the Clinton world less than a month before Election Day. 

October 12: Breitbart News:
Hillary Tried to Silence me after the rape: Broaddrick
Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who accused Bill Clinton of raping her twice in a hotel room in 1978, recounted an alleged encounter with Hillary Clinton in which Broaddrick says the future presidential candidate attempted to intimidate her into being silent about the alleged rapes.  Broaddrick said she believed that Hillary Clinton knew that her husband had raped her during their encounter.

October 10: InfoWars: Wikileaks Emails: Clinton Campaign Insiders Fear Bill’s Sex Life could Sink Hillary:
A new Wikileaks email dump released today reveals that some Hillary campaign insiders are petrified that Bill Clinton’s sordid sexual past could severely damage Hillary’s chances.  The revelation is of particular note because it dovetails with Donald Trump holding a press conference yesterday before the debate with three of Bill Clinton’s sexual abuse victims.

Oct 10: The New York Post: Clintons nearly drove top staffer to suicide, email claims
Chelsea Clinton was “more concerned” about an article in The Post “about her father and a multitude of women over the years” than about the health of two senior Clinton Foundation officials — one of whom threatened to kill herself, according to an explosive WikiLeaks email released Monday.  In a December 2011 email exchange, Bill Clinton’s closest aide, Doug Band, told other Clinton aides that he had to talk foundation COO Laura Graham out of driving her car into the water on Staten Island because she was under such stress caused by “WJC and CVC as well as that of her family.” The reference appears to be to William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton and Chelsea Victoria Clinton.

October 9: Fox News: Trump has News Conference with Clinton Victims by his side:
Trump held a news conference a hour before the second debate and was flanked by Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick, who have each previously accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault. Some have also accused Hillary Clinton of intimidating them.   “Actions speak louder than words,” Broaddrick said. “Mr. Trump may have said some bad words but Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there’s any comparison.”  Also present was Kathy Shelton. Hillary Clinton defended the man who raped a then 12-year-old Shelton in 1975.  “Hillary put me through something that you would never put a 12 year old through,” Shelton said. “And she says she’s for women and children.”

October 9: The Daily Mail: Trump keeps his campaign alive with
barnstorming come back after confronting Hillary with four Clinton Sex Victims

The debate night that will be discussed for generations in Political Science classes – and Women's Studies seminars – ended with Republican Trump landing more punches than Democrat Hillary Clinton, and successfully deflecting attention successfully away from a two-day-old crisis about graphic sexual language that threatened to derail his White House bid.   Clinton established herself as a superior bureaucrat Sunday night with more mature knowledge of foreign policy minutiae and a more intelligible way of communicating details about how laws are made.  But Trump won on points in what has become the Year of the Outsider, playing to a national television audience that polls show are weary of Washington's same-old same-old and eager for new blood.

October 6: The Daily Caller: Hacker Releases “tons of emails” from Clinton Department Insider
A hacker has released thousands of emails taken from the personal account of Capricia Penavic Marshall, a key Clinton world figure who worked under Hillary at the Department of State.  Marshall’s central importance to the Clinton’s political operations was realized earlier this year by Citizens United.

October 6: Associated Press: Barely Half of Illegal Border Crossers are caught
Immigration authorities caught barely half of the people who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico last year, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report that offers one of the most detailed assessments of border security ever compiled.  The report found that 54 percent of people who entered illegally between border crossings got caught in the 2015 fiscal year. That's much lower than the 81 percent success rate that Homeland Security cited publicly using a different counting method.

October 6: Fox News:  FBI files reveal missing email boxes in Clinton case, allegations of evidence tampering:
Buried in the 189 pages of heavily redacted FBI witness interviews from the Hillary Clinton email investigation are details of yet another mystery -- about two missing “bankers boxes” filled with the former secretary of state’s emails.  The interviews released earlier this month also reveal the serious allegation that senior State Department official Patrick Kennedy applied pressure to subordinates to change the classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public.

October 5: The New York Times: Transcript of the Vice Presidential Debate

  • Pence: Clinton Team assumes the worst of men and women in law enforcement. We truly do believe that law enforcement is not a force for racism or division in our country.
  • Pence:  They call it comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill. We all know the routine. It’s amnesty. And you heard the last thing he mentioned was border security.
  • Pence: Donald Trump laid out a series of priorities that don’t end with border security. It begins with border security. (The Clinton team ends with or never gets to border security!)
  • Pence: Our primary threat today is ISIS. And because Hillary Clinton failed to renegotiate a status of forces agreement that would have allowed some American combat troops to remain in Iraq and secure the hard fought gains the American soldier had won by 2009, ISIS was able to be literally conjured up out of the desert, and it’s overrun vast areas that the American soldier had won in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

October 4: PoliticoObama’s DOJ drops charges against alleged broker of Libyan Weapons:
The Obama Administration is moving to dismiss charges against an arms dealer who is accused of selling weapons that were destined for Libyan rebels.  Lawyers for the Justice Department on Monday filed a motion in federal court in Phoenix to drop the case against the arms dealer, an American named Marc Turi, whose lawyers also signed the motion.  The deal averts a trial that had threatened to cast additional scrutiny on Hillary Clinton’s private emails as secretary of State, and to expose reported CIA attempts to arm rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi.

October 4: Fox News: California petitions to become first state to offer Obamacare to illegal aliens:
California’s health care exchange is requesting that it be allowed a waiver from ObamaCare regulations in order to allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance on the exchange – which would make California the first state to extend ObamaCare to illegal immigrants.  The Affordable Care Act technically bars illegal immigrants from insurance exchanges, but in June Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allowed the state to apply for a federal waiver to open Covered California to illegal immigrants living in California. The bill’s sponsor said such a waiver would allow 390,000 illegal immigrants to receive health insurance.

October 2: The Gateway PunditBlack Lives Matter Vandalizes Trump International in DC
– Liberal Media Completely Ignores Attack – Update with Video

Black Lives Matter activists are responsible for millions of dollars of public destruction and dozens of attacks on police and innocent pedestrians.  On Saturday Black Lives Matter goons defaced the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC.  The liberal mainstream media totally ignored the attack. A Google search on “Trump International Washington DC” finds only one article on the vandalism – by conservative media outlet Independent Journal Review.

October 2: Fox News: Judge Jeannie on Hillary and Supposed Support for Women
"What’s more offensive? Words or actions?" Judge Jeanine Pirro asked in her 'Opening Statement' on Saturday.  "The presidential election in 38 days comes down to the battle of political corruption versus truth—where one candidate chooses political correctness, [and] the other [is] brave enough to state the obvious," Pirro said on "Justice".   "One says things not politically correct: not run through the prism of the contemporary political lens. The other...carefully filters [her words] and then flat out lies to [our] faces," Pirro said, pointing to Hillary Clinton. 

Pirro particularly criticized Clinton for claiming to be a champion for women and families.  "You tell me what’s worse—name-calling or lying to grieving parents as their sons' bodies lay cold in caskets...and then turning around and calling those parents liars," she said, referring to allegations by Benghazi victim Sean Smith’s mother Patricia, who said Clinton lied to her about the circumstances of her son's death.

September 30: Politico: Clinton’s Take on Sanders; leaked 
Hacked audio of a conversation between Hillary Clinton and donors during a February fundraising event shows the Democrat nominee describing Bernie Sanders supporters as "children of the Great Recession" who are "living in their parents’ basement."  Speaking at a Virginia fundraiser hosted by former U.S. ambassador Beatrice Welters, Clinton says in a clip released by the Free Beacon that many of her former primary opponent's supporters sought things like “free college, free health care,” saying that she preferred to occupy the space "from the center-left to the center-right" on the political spectrum.

September 30: Fox News: Clinton’s Treatment of Women
Donald Trump’s campaign is signaling that Bill Clinton’s history of affairs and alleged sexual misconduct – as well as Hillary Clinton’s treatment of the women involved – is now fair game, after his Democratic opponent took the first shot by calling out his own negative comments toward women at Monday’s debate. 

September 30: Real Clear PoliticsTrump to Obama; Warning: Don’t Pardon Hillary
At a campaign rally in Novi, Michigan Friday evening, Donald Trump asked President Barack Obama not to "pardon Clinton and her co-conspirators" if any charges were filed related to the email scandal.  "Mr. President," Trump said. "Will you pledge not to issue a pardon to Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators for their many crimes against our country, and against society itself. No one is above the law."

September 30: McClatchy DC: Obama’s Political Correctness: Jerusalem isn’t in Israel… Right!
The White House forgot its own policy on Jerusalem Friday — at least temporarily.  The administration initially sent out a copy of President Barack Obama’s remarks at former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres’ funeral in Jerusalem, indicating that the remarks had been given in Jerusalem, Israel. But later Friday afternoon, the press office sent out a correction to the previous email, striking out “Israel” from the header of the transcript.

September 26: The HillSenate to vote on 9/11 veto on Wednesday:
The Senate is moving forward with a pledge by leadership to try to override President Obama's veto of legislation that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in court.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) set the vote on overriding the veto, along with two hours of debate, for Wednesday.  The showdown could end with lawmakers nixing the president's veto for the first time in his administration. 

September 26: The Hill: House to vote the week on contempt for former Clinton staffer:
The House will vote this week on a resolution to hold former State Department IT technician Bryan Pagliano in contempt of Congress, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday.  “We’ll be taking up contempt on Bryan Pagliano for his lack of attending,” McCarthy said, referring to a committee hearing Pagliano skipped.  McCarthy provided no further details on plans for the vote.  Pagliano was responsible for setting up Hillary Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.

September 26: UPI: State Polls: Trump Edging Out Clinton in Electoral College
Donald Trump would earn enough votes to win the presidency in the Electoral College based on UPI/CVoter's state tracking poll released Monday.  Trump would amass 292 votes and Clinton would get 246 with 270 needed to secure the oval office.  But the candidates' leads are narrow enough -- 5 percent or less -- in 12 states to classify them as swing states, meaning 156 electoral votes could be up for grabs. If the battleground states are not counted, the race would be tied 191-191.

September 24: The Daily Mail: Debate Rules: No Stepstool and No breaks for coughing or fainting spells
Short Hillary (5’4”) wanted to debate a tall Trump (6’2”) on a step stool, the Commission on Presidential Debates said no!  But Hillary will have a “custom-made podium” which will accommodate the difference in stature.  She also won’t get commercial breaks for any coughing fits or fainting spells.

September 24: The New York Post: Bill Clinton’s Gennifer Flowers will be front row center at the first debate!
When Hillary Clinton takes the podium at Monday night’s first presidential debate, she could be staring down an old romantic rival sitting in the front row.  Gennifer Flowers, who carried on a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton when he was attorney general and  governor of Arkansas, might attend the debate at Hofstra University as Trump’s guest.   “Ms. Flowers has agreed to join Donald at the debate,” her personal assistant, Judy Stell, wrote in an e-mail to BuzzFeed, according to the Web site.  It was a shot at Clinton’s decision to seat Cuban, a frequent Trump critic, in the front row as her debate guest, and a signal that the Republican nominee might dredge up past Clinton scandals as ammunition.

September 23: Politico: Obama communicated with Clinton on her unsecured server, FBI reveals
President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.  The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.  "Once informed that the sender's name is believed to be a pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: 'How is this not classified?'" the report says. "Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president's use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email."

September 22: The HillSenate GOP Leadership sets vote on clean CR to avoid Government Shutdown
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)  has scheduled a vote on what he says is a “clean” funding resolution to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.  Democrats say the bill isn’t good enough, creating a standoff with just days to go until government funding expires.  McConnell took to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to schedule a vote on funding the government through Dec. 9, prompting an angry response from Democrats, who accused the GOP leader of jamming them. [See a related Story on Congress and appropriations bills]

September 22: The Wall Street JournalClinton proposes 65% Estate Taxes
Democratic presidential candidate Clinton would levy a 65% tax on the largest estates and make it harder for wealthy people to pass appreciated assets to their heirs without paying taxes, expanding the list of tax increases she would impose on the top sliver of America’s affluent.  The estate-tax increase and other new proposals that Mrs. Clinton detailed on Thursday would generate $260 billion over the next decade, enough to pay for her plans to simplify small business taxes and expand the child tax credit, according to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which advocates fiscal restraint. [See related story on Clinton vs. Trump approach to taxes]

September 22: The Hill: Oversight Committee Holds Clinton IT aide in Contempt of Congress
The House Oversight Committee on Thursday morning voted on party lines to recommend that the House hold former State Department IT technician Bryan Pagliano in contempt of Congress.  Pagliano was responsible for setting up Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.  The former State Department employee declined to appear at an Oversight hearing on Clinton's server last week, in spite of a subpoena demanding his presence. The committee held a follow-up hearing on the same subject on Thursday morning, which Pagliano also declined to attend.

September 18: The Daily Signal: California Governor Considering Allowing Incarcerated Felons  to Vote:
California Gov. Jerry Brown is considering whether to sign a bill that would allow an estimated 50,000 incarcerated felons to vote, while continuing to deny the vote to others. The state legislature sent the bill to Brown’s desk and is a means to get around the language of the state constitution, which specifies the legislature shall prohibit improper practices that affect elections and shall disqualify those who are mentally incompetent or those imprisoned from voting.

Interview with Fox News Contributor from Minneapolis, Minnesota September 18: Fox News Video: Minnesota Reeling over
Terrorist Attack – Questioning Policies to bring Muslims to
the state, no questions asked

Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth said up to ten to fifteen percent of the Minnesota population are Muslim immigrants and many have not assimilated into the overall population.  The purpose of the immigration policy was “open arms no matter what.  It was open borders. It was the view of the world that the left has,” Hegseth contended. “Nobody ever voted on bring these people here,” he continued.  They are not placing them in the backyards of the elites! Donald Trump’s suggestion to push the pause button until they these immigrants can be thoroughly vetted is connecting with many Minnesotans. 

September 17: The Sunday Times:(of London): Britain to Block EU Armed Forces:
Britain will veto measures to build an EU army for as long as it remains a member of the union, the defense secretary has warned.  Sir Michael Fallon’s comments came as it emerged that France and Germany had drawn up a timetable to create a “common military force” that would rival Nato in army capability.  According to a document discussed by EU leaders at a summit in Bratislava yesterday, the European Commission will put forward proposals in December for the common military force, with the aim of agreement by June next year.

September 17: The Weekly StandardTensions Rising in Germany over Clashes Syrian Refugees:
Germany is blowing up again over migration. The Saxon town of Bautzen has, like dozens of similar places across Germany, a barracks for some of the million or two Middle Eastern migrants who have been streaming across the Mediterranean for the past year-and-a-half. People in Bautzen aren't used to foreigners, and now groups of young men have taken to congregating in city's central square, the Kornmarkt.

September 17: Yahoo.Com: Presidential Race Tightens in Projected U.S. Electoral College Vote:
An election analysis conducted in the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project shows that the race has tightened considerably over the past few weeks, with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump projected to win Florida, an essential battleground state, if the election were held today. 

September 16: The Daily Signal: Congress is set to cave into Higher Spending
It’s an all too familiar sight: It’s the end of the fiscal year, and Congress is scrambling to keep the government open after it has shirked its responsibility to pass the requisite 12 appropriations bills all year.  The end of the fiscal year is when Congress tends to throw fiscal responsibility out the window in order to avoid taking tough votes, especially before an election—and this year is no exception. [See related Column]

September 16: The Daily CallerTwice Arrested Illegal Alien Kills Sheriff’s Deputy in DUI
A twice-arrested illegal immigrant killed a Kansas sheriff’s deputy on Sunday, a source with knowledge of the case told The Daily Caller.  Adrian Espinosa-Flores, 38, was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter after he allegedly was driving drunk and crashed his pickup truck into a patrol car stopped on the side of the road. The crash killed Johnson County (Kansas) Sheriff’s Department Master Deputy Brandon Collins, 45.

September 15: The Daily SignalWhy the Congressional Freedom Caucus Cut a Deal with the GOP Leadership not to Impeach the IRS Chief:
Late Wednesday night, the House Freedom Caucus was just hours away from forcing a historic vote on impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.   Instead, the conservative lawmakers brokered a deal with the House’s Republican leadership to postpone a vote and hold a hearing. 

September 14:  Breitbart.ComDoctors Raise Concerns Over Clinton’s Pneumonia Diagnosis and Treatment:
Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons said “Most people with pneumonia are sick in bed and they have a fever and it’s very hard for them to be up and about.   I would have advised her to cancel the event.”

September 8: The Times (of London):  Brexit Vote Sparks New Revolt in EU States
Former communist states are planning to exploit the fallout of Brexit with a “counter-revolution” designed to block migrant deals and assert the power of national governments over Brussels.  Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, an influential diplomatic European Union bloc known as the Visegrad Group, will lobby together at a summit next week to ensure that national governments are put back in the EU’s driving seat.  The summit will gather all EU leaders, excluding Theresa May, in Slovakia’s capital to forge a new vision of Europe. It is expected to expose the rift.

Then Senator Obama in Muslum dressFlash Back: Politico: February 25, 2008Obama Slams “smear photo”
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accused the Clinton campaign Monday of "shameful offensive fear-mongering" by circulating a photo as an attempted smear. Plouffe was reacting to a banner headline on the Drudge Report saying that aides to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) had e-mailed a photo calling attention to the African roots of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).  "The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat front-runner dressed as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya," the Drudge Report said. The photo created huge buzz in political circles and immediately became known as "the 'dressed' photo," reflecting the Drudge terminology.

September 7: The Sun (of London): Putin Chauffeur Assassinated As Warning?
Putin’s presidential BMW was involved in a head-on crash in Moscow when a Mercedes veered from on coming traffic and smashed in to the President’s car.  Putin was not in the car at the time and reports are that the President’s driver was killed in the incident.  Pro-Putin Websites are claiming it was the work on Western spies.

September 7: IR Journal:  No Press Fanfare: Trump RV enters small rural northwest Florida
town to help storm victims.

Over Labor Day weekend, Hermine — which varied in strength from a tropical depression to a hurricane — dropped powerful winds and heavy rains all along the East Coast.  The storm brought havoc to the area and in the small northwestern Florida town the Trump RV rolled down main street with water, diapers, and essential supplies for the residences. Partnering with local law enforcement and veterans the RV’s crew then got out and starting help clear roadways.  No press conferences were held. No fanfare.  This is the second time in a month that the Trump campaign has reached out to those in need.  First in Louisiana and now in Florida.  It was a situation that both President Obama — who was vacationing in Martha's Vineyard during much of the flooding — and Hillary Clinton — who made a phone call to the Louisiana governor rather than visited — received harsh criticism over.

September 7: Sputniknews.Com: Russian Fighter Intercepts U.S. Navy Intelligence Gathering
Aircraft – Comes to within ten feet, U.S. Navy Says

A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US spy plane flying over the Black Sea, according to US Defense officials cited by the Reuters news agency.   The officials said that there were multiple interactions between two aircraft and called the intercept by the Russian jet "unsafe and unprofessional."  The incident lasted about 19 minutes and the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter came within 10 feet of the US Navy P-8 surveillance plane

September 7:  CNN:  FBI Defends Release of Clinton Email Probe and Documents
FBI Director James Comey is defending the bureau's Friday afternoon release of documents from the Hillary Clinton email investigation, saying "we don't play games" and that the documents were put out when ready.  In a memo to employees Wednesday, Comey said the decision to not recommend charges against the now-Democratic nominee wasn't a close call.  In recent weeks, Comey has met with groups of former FBI agents as part of his routine visits to field offices around the country.   In at least one recent such meeting, according to people familiar with the meeting, former agents were sharply critical of the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe and particularly the decision to not recommend charges against Clinton.  

September 6: Judicial Watch: Obama Spends another $10 Million to Register new immigrant voters
Months after the Obama administration spent $19 million to register new immigrant voters that will likely support Democrats in November, it’s dedicating an additional $10 million in a final push as the presidential election approaches. The money is distributed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Homeland Security agency that oversees lawful immigration, to organizations that help enhance pathways to naturalization by offering immigrants free citizenship instruction, English, U.S. history and civics courses. Officially, they’re known as “citizenship integration grants.”

September 6: The Daily Caller: Republicans on Capitol Hill Gain Confidence in Trump
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is pleased Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is holding up against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  “Trump is getting better,” Graham told reporters Tuesday pointing to the recent polling.

September 4: WND News: Homeland Security eyes overseeing November Elections:
As the Department of Homeland Security contemplates taking possibly unconstitutional power over the U.S. election system due to the threat of hackers, citizens should consider the fact that the agency itself was the victim of a major cyber intrusion that stole sensitive personal information of thousands of its employees, contends a former DHS officer.  That, combined with the politically correct approach to how that agency does its job should set off alarms, bells, and whistles.

September 4: The Daily Signal: How Liberal Judges Took Control of  70% of the U.S. Appeals Courts
On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America. After nearly eight years as president, he has delivered on one front by reshaping the federal judiciary.  That revolution has been comprehensive, dramatic, and under the radar.  When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fifty-five successful presidential nominations later, liberal majorities now control nine of those appeals benches, or 70 percent. 

September 4: PageSix.com: CNN’s Dr. Drew loses show after discussing Hillary’s Health!
Dr. Drew’s show was cancelled just eight days after he (Drew Pinsky) discussed Clinton’s health on a radio program, saying he was “gravely concerned not just about her health, but also her health care.”  CNN, the sister network to the one Pinsky’s program is on, “… is so supportive of Clinton, network honchos acted like the Mafia when confronting Drew,” inside sources have said.   

September 3: The Washington Examiner: From FBI fragments; Did Clinton’s Team
destroy evidence covered by a subpoena?
The incomplete records of the Hillary Clinton email investigation released by the FBI raise questions about the conduct not only of Clinton but of her top aides and the staffers working under their direction. Perhaps the most serious is whether the Clinton team destroyed evidence which they were under legal order to save and produce to congressional investigators. 

September 2: National Review: The Clinton Emails: The Gift that keeps on Giving!
Some of the notes from the FBI interview with Hillary Clinton are mind boggling reading.  Most bracing is the fact that Mrs. Clinton had her server wiped clean sometime between March 25 and 31, 2015, only three weeks after the New York Times on March 3 broke the story of the server system’s existence. David notes that, at the same time the Democrats’ Janus-faced presidential nominee was outwardly taking the position that she “want[ed] the public to see my email,” she was having her minions frantically purge her emails behind the scenes.  And remember; there were 30 Benghazi-related emails on the server she had purged, emails she never turned over to the Department of State while she continually claimed that the surrendered all of her government emails.

September 1: Judicial Watch: New Abedin emails reveal Clinton Foundation Executive Director
sought diplomatic passport from Clinton/Dept. of State:

Judicial Watch released 510 pages of new State Department documents, including a 2009 request by Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band for diplomatic passports for himself and an associate.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide Abedin responded to Band’s request positively, saying, “Ok will figure it out.”  The emails show Hillary Clinton forwarding classified information to Abedin’s unsecured, non-state.gov account.

September 1: Lifezette.com: Trump mulls over using seized-cartel assets to pay for the wall
To fund construction of a new U.S. border wall, Donald Trump and senior advisers are considering various ideas, including the use of assets seized from drug cartels and others in the illicit drug trade.

August 31: The New York Post: Clinton emailed classified information after she left the Department of State:Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned.  On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the “123 Deal” with the United Arab Emirates.  But the email, which was obtained by the Republican National Committee through a Freedom of Information Act request, was heavily redacted upon its release by the State Department because it contains classified information.

August 31: The American Mirror: Many empty seats and Hillary’s Speech to Veterans:
Hillary Clinton’s speech to the American Legion looked good for the cameras pointing towards the stage, but a crowd shot showed dozens of empty seats in the audience.  This was not as they were waiting for Clinton. She’s at the podium and on the big screen. This is during her speech. This was not as they were waiting for Clinton. She’s at the podium and on the big screen. This is during her speech.

August 30: CNNFBI to release report on Hillary Clinton email investigation
The FBI expects to publicly release in the coming days the report the bureau sent to the Justice Department in July recommending no charges in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, according to multiple law enforcement officials.   The release is in response to numerous FOIA requests including from CNN.   Also to be released is Hillary Clinton's 302, the FBI agent notes from Clinton's voluntary interview at FBI headquarters. The report is about 30 pages, and the 302 is about a dozen pages according to the officials.

August 30: The Daily Caller: Judge: State Dept. must
release Hillary’s Security Training Records or be Deposed:

A federal judge ordered the Department of State Wednesday to produce for The Daily Caller News Foundation the security training records of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin within two weeks, or face direct deposition of multiple government officials.  “I’m sure you can appreciate Mr. Lee, there is a certain time sensitivity on this issue,” U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon told Department of Justice Attorney Jason Lee, representing the State Department. “We’re looking down the barrel of a presidential election from now in two months.”

August 30: The Hill: Polls tighten in the Presidential Race
Donald Trump is gaining some ground on Hillary Clinton in the polls, leaving the Democrat with a smaller lead heading into the crucial month of September.  Clinton opened her largest margin on Aug. 9, when she had a 7.6 percentage point advantage over Trump in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls. At the time, she was consistently reaching 50 percent support.  But Clinton’s lead has shrunk since then, to 4.3 points and she’s fallen short of the 50 percent mark in the last six national polls. The Democratic presidential nominee has settled into the mid-40 percent range, presenting an opportunity for her Republican rival.  Despite the improving picture for Trump, Clinton remains the favorite to win.

August 30: The HillTrump to Meet with Mexican President in private meeting:
Donald Trump says he will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, hours ahead of a high-profile immigration speech the GOP nominee is scheduled to give in Arizona.  I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.  The Washington Post first reported Tuesday night that Trump was considering the last-minute trip to Mexico City. Trump tweeted confirmation shortly before he took the stage for a rally in Washington state Tuesday night, but he did not mention the visit in his remarks. 

August 30: The Daily Caller
: Obama’s Doctor thinks Hillary should undergo a thorough neurological examination
President Obama’s longtime doctor, David Scheiner, said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton should undergo a “thorough neurological examination” to see if she has lasting damage from a Dec. 2012 concussion she suffered after a fall.  Scheiner also raised numerous questions during an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett over Donald Trump’s health.
Clinton has claimed to be in good health as well. She released a two-page letter from her doctor which addressed her Dec. 2012 fall. Clinton suffered a concussion and a blood clot and was slow to recover.

August 30: Fox News: Clinton Team digging for ways to trip up Trump at debate
With the first presidential debate just a few weeks away, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has more than two-dozen staffers digging deep into Donald Trump's background and looking for ways to get under his skin.  Their quest for damaging

August 30: US News:
  A Candidate’s Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election
The presidential election could be delayed or scrapped altogether if conspiracy theories become predictive and a candidate dies or drops out before Nov. 8. The perhaps equally startling alternative, if there's enough time: Small groups of people hand-picking a replacement pursuant to obscure party rules.  "There's nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving in the Electoral College," says John Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, meaning the body that officially elects presidents could convene without the general public voting.

August 30: KXAN-ABC News: Trump outlines five things he wants with Mexico
In a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out his 5-step plan to improve relations with Mexico:  The meeting ended in a news conference.  The five items Trump wants to focus on are:  
(1) Ending illegal immigration, not just from Mexico but from Central American countries
(2) Having a secure border, which Trump says is a sovereign right and mutually beneficial
(3) Dismantling of the drug cartels and ending the movement of illegal drugs, weapons and funds across the border
(4) Improving NAFTA and
(5) Keep manufacturing wealth in our hemisphere.
Meanwhile Hillary Clinton attacks Trump for the visit with the Mexican President.  (Could it be because she didn’t avail herself of such an opportunity?)

August 30: The Washington Times: IRS doesn’t tell 1M taxpayers that illegals stole their Social Security numbers
The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday.  Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled — and fell woefully short anyway.

August 30: The Daily Caller:  VA Offers Anti-Corruption Whistleblower $305,000 to go away
After ethics officials blocked the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from firing a woman who refused to lie for top bosses, the bosses took a different tack: paying her $305,000 to quit and agree not to apply to the VA again.  Her bosses tried to force Rosayma Lopez to write a critical report to be used to terminate Joseph Colon, who had exposed the drunk-driving and illegal-prescription drug arrest of Dewayne Hamlin, director of the VA’s hospital in San Juan. When Lopez said she would stick to the facts, her bosses filed the termination paperwork intended for Colon against her instead.

Auguest 29: The Daily News: George Soros -- The man behind the throne:
Recently mega-billionaire, George Soros' emails were hacked. These emails were released to the public last week granting us a clearer view into Soros' left-wing Empire.  Soros is a private citizen, not a government official. He's rich, powerful and closely allied with Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He doesn't seem to hesitate in using his influence with her.  Recent ads by the Clinton campaign claim she will raise taxes on the rich and tax penalize companies who move jobs overseas. But what might Hillary Clinton do for Soros?  Her history suggests she will sell favors, as her husband Bill did, while the American taxpayers and unfavored businesses pay the bills.

August 28: The Times of Israel: Obama’s $400 Million Cash Iran Payout is unprecedented, legal experts say
No other transaction in US history has involved a planeload of bills (unmarked bills in foreign currency), say diplomatic historians, raising questions about payment timed to help free prisoners.  The $400 million cash delivery to Iran was alledgedly to repay a decades-old arbitration claim but according to legal and diplomatic experts may be unprecedented in recent US history and raises questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran.  The money was sent to Iran on Jan. 17, the same day Iran agreed to release the prisoners.

August 27: Breitbart NewsTrump Promises to “Swiftly” Remove Criminal Illegal Immigrants:
In Des Moines, IA, at an event with Senator Joni Ernst,Trump promises to start “removing criminal illegal immigrants” on day one.  That would include”… removing the hundreds of thousands of criminal illegal immigrants that have been released into U.S. communities under the Obama-Clinton Administration,” he stated.

August 27: The Daily CallerDCLeaks Website Down Twitter Suspended after releasing Soros Documents!
DCLeaks, a website that releases information on powerful political figures, has had the part of its website that dealt with a cache documents on billionaire donor George Soros taken offline. The @DCLeaks Twitter account had also been suspended from Twitter for reasons unknown.  The leaked documents had resulted in several damaging reports about the Soros Open Society Foundation organization; documents that “…shed light on one of the most influential networks operating worldwide.”   OSF had previously confirmed that the documents were legitimate. 
[See Column George Soros – The Man Behind the Throne (coming Monday!)]

August 27: Associated PressUS State Dept. to withhold Clinton calendars until after the election:
Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won't finish the job before Election Day.  The department has so far released about half of the schedules. Its lawyers said in a phone conference with the AP's lawyers that the department now expects to release the last of the detailed schedules around Dec. 30 (weeks after the November 8th election).  The AP's lawyers late Friday formally asked the State Department to hasten that effort so that the department could provide all Clinton's minute-by-minute schedules by Oct. 15. The agency did not immediately respond.

August 27: Infowars: Report: Google Censors “Hillary Clinton Health Problems” search results:
Google users who were attempting to search for information regarding the health of Hillary Clinton were given suggestions that had nothing to do with the issue; Twitter postings revealed this weekend.  Google users when typing in “Hillary Clinton’s he” were finding their auto-complete suggestions going to her ‘health plan” “healthcare plan” and “headquarters” while avoiding “health” or “health issues.”  By contrast Microsoft’s Bing.com and Yahoo’s search engines suggested links to discussions of Hillary Clinton’s health issues.  [Read the column on Questions about Hillary’s Health]

August 26: Facebook.Com: Mark "Oz" Geist Speaks about what happened: 13  Hours in Bengazi
During a speech to the Galveston County Republican Party "Oz" Geist (who was there during the attack on Benghazi in September 2012) said there were five guys guarding the State Department post in Benghazi when it was attacked. They were understaffed and under trained and they had a boss (Hillary Clinton) who continually blames others for her mistakes. He noted that the State Department diplomatic security personnel were not prepared for what they had to face. Throughout the entire engagement failed to fire a single shot.

August 24: The New York Times: Vet Kills Self in VA Parking Lot
A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of a Long Island VA medical center where he had been a patient.  He was pronounced dead after he shot himself.  The hospital is part of the Veterans Affairs medical system, the nation’s largest integrated single-payer health care organization, which has been under scrutiny since 2014, when the department confirmed that numerous patients had died awaiting treatment.  A study released by the GAO in April of this year indicated that the system had yet to fix its scheduling problems.

August 24: The Weekly Standard: Obamacare Website No Longer Addresses You Can Keep Your Doctor!
"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was President Barack Obama's signature catchphrase he used to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. Now Obamacare's flagship website, healthcare.gov, no longer even addresses the issue.

August 24: The Daily Mail: Jews Adept at Working American Political system
– Journal where Huma Abedin was assistant editor

An Islamic journal where Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's top aide, was assistant editor published an article accusing Jews of 'working the American political system' – and being aided by the 'memory of the Holocaust'.  Abedin, who is vice-chair of Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, spent 12 years as an assistant editor for Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs.  Her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is the journal's editor-in-chief and has been accused of espousing the views of the Muslim Brotherhood through the publication.  Huma Abedin's brother, Hassan, is an associate editor and her sister, Heba, is an assistant editor.

August 24: Real Clear Politics: Former UK Independent Party Leader:
Anything is Possible if enough Decent People Fight the Establishment:
Former leader of the UK Independent Party Nigel Farage, credited for Brexit, addressed the audience at a Trump campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday night. "You can beat the pollsters, you can beat the commentators, you can beat Washington," Farage said to cheers. "If you want change, you better get your walking boots on."  "Anything is possible if enough decent people want to fight the establishment.”

August 24: United Press InternationalTrump and Hillary: A one point spread:
The UPI/CVoter daily presidential tracking poll released Wednesday shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by less than 1 percentage point for the third day in a row.  The online poll shows 48.35 percent for Clinton to 47.48 for Trump.  Both candidates edged up slightly in the newest data compared to data collected a day earlier, though Trump has gained considerable ground on Clinton over the past seven days, the poll's full sample size.
Trump has gained 3.3 percentage points in the past week, while Clinton has lost 2.3 points, leaving the race in a virtual tie.  The UPI/CVoter online tracking poll surveys at least 200 people each day, leading to a sample size of at least 1,400 people during any seven-day span.

August 24: The LA Times: Clinton exploring the outer limits of fundraising
like no presidential nominee ever has
If there were a moment in this presidential race when Hillary Clinton could act on her stated outrage over the obscene amount of money in politics, it is probably now, having eclipsed her rival Donald Trump in terms of cash in the bank and blocked off his most direct paths to victory. But Clinton isn’t tapping the brakes.

August 24: Reuters: Chicago’s detective force dwindles as murder rate soars:
In a city with as many as 90 shootings a week, homicides this year are on track to hit their highest level since 1997. Chicago has one of the most stringent gun control laws on the books which all goes to show that gun control laws don’t seem to deter criminals from getting and using them.  Chicago, with a population of 2.7 million, has more shootings and homicides than any other U.S. city, according to FBI and Chicago police data, and more shootings by law enforcement than other major cities, according to police department figures on officer-involved shootings compiled by Reuters. Its police department is under federal investigation for the use of lethal force by its officers.

August 23: The Dallas Morning NewsFederal Judge Denies UT Professor’s Request to Block Campus Carry.
An effort by three professors from UT in Austin, TX, to block the implementation of the state's divisive campus carry law has failed, after a federal judge on Monday denied their request for a preliminary injunction.  U.S. District Judge Yeakel, ruled just two days before classes begin at UT, rejected the key arguments made so far against the firearms measure. Among those were the notions that allowing guns in classrooms violates free speech and equal protection rights.

August 21: The New York PostClinton Campaign Make Desperate Plea for Funds
Campaign manager Robby Mook has written a panicky pitch to Hillary Clinton supporters warning that fundraising numbers are dipping – even adding “that’s how elections are lost.” “Our poll numbers are holding steady, which is good. We’re growing our field organization, building out neighborhood teams in communities all over the country — which is even better,” Mook wrote. “But that’s happening at a time when our fundraising levels are, frankly, dipping.” Mook appears to attribute lower fundraising numbers with overconfidence.

August 21: The New York Post: American Journalism is Collapsing Before Our Eyes:
Donald Trump may fix his campaign and Hillary Clinton may become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.  The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand-in-hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations. 
The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America. The largest broadcast networks — CBS, NBC and ABC — and major newspapers like The New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

August 21: The Daily Caller: Germany’s Nationalist Party Wants to Give People the Right to Bear Arms
Frauke Petry, the leader of Germany’s nationalist party Alternative fur Deutschland, wants to give Germans the right to own guns in order to protect themselves.  Germany has some of the strictest gun laws in the world, and very few gun related deaths each year. After a man shot nine people with an illegal gun at Munich mall in July, politicians called for even tighter legislation.  Petry, on the other hand, wants to make guns more accessible for the people.  “Every law-abiding citizen should be able to defend themselves, their family and their friends,” Petry said in an interview with Funke Media Group Saturday.

August 21: Yahoo.com: Germany tells citizens to stockpile food and water over possible attacks
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.  Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism.  "The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days," the newspaper quoted the government's "Concept for Civil Defence" - which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry - as saying.

August 21: Yahoo.comGaza Militant Rocket hits Israel; Israel Responds
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket that landed in the Israeli border town of Sderot on Sunday and Israeli aircraft and tanks responded by shelling the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the army and police said.  The rocket caused no injuries or damage in Sderot, where it landed in a residential area, police said. An Israeli shell damaged a Beit Hanoun water tower and there were no casualties, local residents said.

August 19: Politico: Clinton must respond in writing to questions about her
use of a private email server – in person deposition denied:

A federal judge has rejected a request to force Hillary Clinton to submit to a sworn deposition in a suit related to her private email server, ruling instead that she must respond in writing to questions about the issue.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan said the conservative group Judicial Watch had not demonstrated that an in-person deposition of Clinton was necessary to attempt to clarify whether the former secretary of state set up the system in order to avoid complying with the Freedom of Information Act.

LA Times Presidential Campaign Poll Number ChartAugust 20: The Los Angeles Times:
Daily Presidential Polling Numbers

The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" poll tracks about 3,000 eligible voters until election day, asking on a regular basis about their support for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or other candidates as well as their likelihood of actually casting a ballot.  The data is updated each day based on the weighted average of poll responses over the previous week. That means results have less volatility than some other polls, but also means the poll lags somewhat in responding to major events in the campaign.

August 19: Lifezette.com: Trump Plays Role of President in Louisiana
In a move timed to complement his campaign revamp, Donald Trump today landed in Louisiana to witness first-hand the devastation wrought by flooding not seen there since Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast in 2005.  Trump’s arrival on the scene helps him on a number of levels; most importantly, it provides a dramatic contract to Hillary Clinton and President Obama, both of whom have neglected to visit the region where more than a dozen have died and tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes.

August 19: Foundation for Economic Education: An Insurance Giant
May Have Just Dealt ObamaCare a Death Knell:

American consumers figured out from the beginning that Obamacare wasn’t worth buying. Now insurance companies are wising up. Aetna is withdrawing from Obamacare exchanges in 11 states, following United Healthcare Group’s decision last April to leave 34 states. Which will be the next domino to fall?  In a well-functioning insurance market, such as for automobile accidents, insurance carriers craft countless plans to meet exactly the needs of millions of different individuals. But such is not so for Obamacare, which is seeing a major esclation in cost and deducttibles.  If we go to a single payer system it will only get worse!

August 19: US News: Sailor Denied “Clinton Defense” Gets a Year in Jail:
A former Navy machinist mate who admitted taking photos inside a nuclear submarine was sentenced to a year in prison Friday, with a federal judge rebuffing a request for probation in light of authorities deciding not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information on a private email server as secretary of state.

Kristian Saucier’s attorneys argued last week that Hillary Clinton had been "engaging in acts similar to Mr. Saucier" with information of much higher classification. It would be "unjust and unfair for Mr. Saucier to receive any sentence other than probation for a crime those more powerful than him will likely avoid," attorney Derrick Hogan wrote.  U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill sentenced Saucier to one year in prison and a $100 fine, along with six months home confinement, 100 hours of community service and a ban on owning guns, his legal team says.

August 18: Fusion.Net: Whole Families Fleeing El Salvador and Heading for the US
In 2014, a wave of unaccompanied kids from Central America caught the U.S. government off-guard when they flooded into Texas in record numbers, triggering what President Obama called an “urgent humanitarian situation.”  Two years later, a silent swell of a different type is starting to emerge on the U.S. southern border. And it could be a harbinger of another immigration crisis in the making.

August 18: The Daily SignalVoter Fraud is Real, Here are some examples:
The topic of voter fraud is popping up much more frequently.  Progressives insist that voter fraud is a myth, a charade meant to justify repressive voting laws. The facts, however, tell a different story: Voter fraud is real, and if we ignore it, we leave our ballot boxes open to fraudsters who would rather steal elections than risk losing in a fair and open contest.

August 18: Foundation for Economic Education: Why Luxury TVs Are Affordable and Health Care is Not?
Can you imagine this: You are feeling under the weather. You pull out your smartphone and click the Rx app. A nurse arrives in 20 minutes at your home. He gives you a blood test and recommends to the doctor that she prescribe a treatment. It is sent to the pharmacy down the street, which delivers it to your door in 20 minutes. The entire event costs $20.   Sounds nuts? Not so much. Not if health care were a competitive industry. As it is, medical care prices are up 105% in the last 20 years. This contrasts with the television industry, which is selling products that have fallen 96% in the same period.  The reason why is the lack of competition and government meddling in the health care market place.

August 17: Washington Free Beacon: Russia is launching air strikes
from Iran on antigovernment Syrian forces:

Russia launched a second day of air strikes against Syrian militants from an Iranian air base, rejecting U.S. suggestions its co-operation with Tehran might violate a U.N. resolution as illogical and factually incorrect.  State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Tuesday called the Iranian deployment “unfortunate,” saying the United States was looking into whether the move violated U.N. Security Council resolution 2231, which prohibits the supply, sale, and transfer of combat aircraft to Iran.  Russia bristled at those comments on Wednesday after announcing that Russian SU-34 fighter bombers flying from Iran’s Hamadan air base had for a second day struck Islamic State targets in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province, destroying two command posts and killing more than 150 militants.

August 16: The New York Times: Trump Questions Hillary Clinton’s stamina
First there was “low energy.” Now increasingly it’s “no stamina  As Mr. Trump faces an uphill battle in the general election campaign against Hillary Clinton, the Republican presidential nominee is trying to reprise the winning formula that got him this far, slipping it into rallies and speeches that his opponent appears too tired to lead the country.  In a prominent national security address on Monday, Mr. Trump could not have been more explicit when he said that Mrs. Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS, and all the many adversaries we face.”

August 16: Heatstreet.Com: One photo of Hillary propped up on a pillow is no big thing but
bunches of similar photos in different venues raises some eyebrows.

Hillary is being propped up by a pillow, and it’s hardly the first time this has happened. In fact, the former secretary of state used to include propping cushions on her list of demands during her lucrative time on the paid celebrity speaking circuit.  According to the Washington Post, for one speech at UCLA, a public university that she graciously offered a discounted rate of $300,000, Hillary demanded that “chairs be outfitted with two long, rectangular pillows — and that two cushions be kept backstage in case the chair was too deep and she needed additional back support.”

August 16: The Wall Street Journal: Official: US Withheld Cash Until Iran Released Hostages:
New details of the $400 million U.S. payment to Iran earlier this year depict a tightly scripted exchange specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran, based on accounts from U.S. officials and others briefed on the operation.  U.S. officials wouldn't let Iranians take control of the money until a Swiss Air Force plane carrying three freed Americans departed from Tehran on Jan. 17, the officials said. Once that happened, an Iranian cargo plane was allowed to bring the cash back from a Geneva airport that day, according to the accounts.
[See Column on this Issue]

August 16: The Washington Times: Trump pushes law and order agenda in direct appeal to black voters
Republican Donald Trump made his most direct appeal yet Tuesday for black voters in the presidential race, pushing forward an agenda to restore law and order and revitalize inner-city neighborhoods that he said suffer from years of misguided Democratic policies.  In a speech delivered not far from Milwaukee neighborhoods rocked by anti-police riots, Mr. Trump laid the blame for urban despair and conflict between police and minorities at the feet of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

August 16: The Washington Times: Black Lives Matter Cashes in with $100 million from Liberal Activists:
Rush Limbaugh this week said of five cops are shot, eleven targeted, this is not an example of protests.  These are riots.  “These are planned, strategic, timed riots. And they're usually tied to not a specific event, but to a cause.”  They follow a similar pattern to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.  Occupy Wall Street was “ literally manufactured with donor money and tried to make it look organic. …They created it. They manufactured it. They funded it. They chose the leaders. They planned the strategy. They orchestrated much of what Occupy Wall Street did.  Occupy Wall Street flittered away after it had served its purpose. They simply pulled up stakes. They stopped the funding, and it went away.”  Limbaugh suggests that the Black Lives Matter movement is basically the same and with the recent reports of an infusion of $100 million in cash, some are agreeing that he might be right.

For all its talk of being a street uprising, Black Lives Matter is increasingly awash in cash.  According to the Washington Times it has racked in pledges of more than $100 million from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute to what has become the grant-making cause du jour.  That funding comes in addition to more than $33 million in grants to the Black Lives Matter movement from top Democratic Party donor George Soros through his Open Society Foundations, as well as grant-making from the Center for American Progress.

August 16: Fox NewsState Dept. sought land deal with Nigerian firm tied to Clinton Foundation:
Shortly after Hillary Clinton left the Obama administration, the State Department quietly took steps to purchase real estate in Nigeria from a firm whose parent company is owned by a major donor to the Clinton Foundation, records obtained by Fox News show.  (Get the details).

August 16: Washington Free Beacon: Clinton: Illegal Tapped to
Run Voter Registration Drive is Tied to George Soros:

An illegal immigrant who was tapped by the Hillary Clinton campaign for a new effort to register Latino voters is tied to a multi-million dollar voter registration effort funded by George Soros.  The Immigrant Voters Win PAC was established to fund the Families Fight Back campaign. Soros and other liberal donors vowed to spend $15 million on the effort.  Soros cut a $3 million check to the PAC on March 11. He was the only funder of the PAC until late May when the Civic Participation Action Fund, a group that seeks to advance “racial equality, economic opportunity, and civic engagement,” added a $1 million donation.  [See Column about George Soros]

August 16: Pew Research CenterNearly half of refugees entering the U.S. this year are Muslim
The U.S. has received 28,957 Muslim refugees so far in fiscal year 2016, or nearly half (46%) of the more than 63,000 refugees who have entered the country since the fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2015, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. That means that already this year the U.S. has admitted the highest number of Muslim refugees of any year since 2002.

August 14:  The Washington TimesObama Administration provides Clinton’s
first line of defense amid scandals:

Just as stunning as the unending stream of reports of scandal and subterfuge that has come to define Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state is the Obama administration’s tireless effort to keep a lid on it.  Whether it’s the Justice Department taking a pass when afforded the opportunity to investigate or the State Department steadfastly defending every controversy, President Obama’s Administration has emerged as a first line of defense for the woman who would carry on his legacy.

August 14: The New York PostBill Clinton says the FBI is serving up a “load of bull”
Bill Clinton is accusing the FBI director of serving up “the biggest load of bull I’ve ever heard” — marking the first significant public comments from the husband of the Democratic nominee on the scandal that’s plagued his wife’s campaign for over a year.  Hillary Clinton has been under fire since it was discovered last year that she exclusively used her own server to conduct all her work related email on.

August 14: CNN: Congress to get FBI’s Clinton Interview Notes
Members of Congress will soon receive notes from Hillary Clinton's interview with the FBI over her private email server and they could be sent as early as Monday, according to sources.   The FBI does not have a complete transcript of the interview, FBI Director James Comey told Congress in long testimony earlier this summer. She was not under oath, he added. But members of Congress will have access to notes taken during the interview.  Several Republican lawmakers have requested the information after Comey's testimony.

August 14: The Washington ExaminerHillary drafts illegal dreamers to get people registered to vote
Hillary Clinton's campaign on Sunday announced a program to recruit undocumented "Dreamers" into a voter registration army even though they are not allowed to vote.  Celebrating the four-year anniversary of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Clinton launched "Mi Sueno, Tu Voto" (My Dream, Your Vote), to rally and "secure commitments" from immigrants who can vote.

August 14: Wisconsin Journal SentinelPolice Officer who shot black suspect was also black:
The Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an armed suspect Saturday is black, Chief Edward Flynn confirmed Sunday.  "We are concerned for his safety, he has been staying with relatives out of town."  Flynn said that based on his review of the body camera video, the chain of events leading to the shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith took 20 to 25 seconds.  "The individual was armed. The individual did turn toward the officer with the firearm in his hand. You can't tell when the officer discharges his firearm." Flynn said.

August 13: The Daily Caller: The Media are lying to hide Hillary’s animosity to the Second Amendment /
This is the state of “journalism” today. Members of the media who desperately want Hillary Clinton to be elected president are stooping to unprecedented lows, abandoning all pretenses of impartiality, forfeiting whatever remnant of credibility they might otherwise have, trying to prevent voters from realizing that Hillary Clinton fundamentally opposes the individual right to keep and bear arms.

August 12: Fox News: Carly’s Comeback? Is she eyeing a run for RNC Chair?
Former Hewlett Packard CEO and 2016 presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is reportedly eyeing up a new political run – this time to replace Reince Priebus as chair of the Republican National Committee – although some fear her refusal to back Donald Trump may hurt her chances.  A number of outlets, including Time and Politico, reported Tuesday that the Fiorina is mulling a bid to replace Priebus after the November election – and is reaching out to state party chairs offering to help “in any way” as a way of laying the groundwork for a run.

August 12: The Washington PostAmid tensions, Russia Deploys
Advance Surface to Air Missile System to Crimea/Ukraine

Russia has deployed an advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile battery to the Crimean Peninsula amid escalating tensions there, according to Russian news reports. The missile system, once operational, would be able to target aircraft deep into Ukrainian airspace.  The deployment of the road-mobile missile system has been planned since July, but its arrival in Crimea coincides with a flurry of military activity and rhetoric following claims from the Kremlin that two Russians were killed on the Crimean-Ukrainian border last week.

August 12: Fox News: Texas and 12 other states ask Court to stay the Obama Bathroom Directive:
Some 13 states led by Texas will ask a federal judge Friday to halt the Obama administration's order to allow transgender students in U.S. public schools to use the restrooms of their choice.  The hearing in Fort Worth is the latest in the battle between the federal government and various states opposed to the policy change. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor will hear arguments over the states’ request for a preliminary injunction to halt the Obama directive just weeks before school re-opens for the fall. It is not knowwn when the judge might issue a ruling.
The White House in May told the nation's public school districts that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their chosen gender identity or risk losing federal funding.

August 12: Fox News: Case Not Closed!  DOJ Investigating Clinton Foundation Emails
A fresh report that federal prosecutors are probing the Clinton Foundation revived speculation Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may not be past her email problems, but the Justice Department on Friday declined to confirm the account.  Despite the official decline, The Daily Caller reported that several investigations were being launched including one led by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Civil Frauds Unit that will focus on Clinton Foundation in New York.  The FBI had investigated the Clinton Foundation’s relationship with the State Department during then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s tenure, according to officials at the time.

 Hillary Cllinton being held upright by man while speakingAugust 10: The Gateway Pundit: Hillary Clinton Propped Up by Man to Keep From Falling Over while making a Campaign Speech:
A photo from April shows now-Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton being firmly held up by a man on her right side to keep her from falling over as she addressed an overflow crowd during a campaign stop in Los Angeles, while a man on her left side is seen urgently extending his arm to aid in propping up Clinton. Obscured behind Clinton is a third person whose extended hand can be seen reaching out to steady her left arm.

The man holding Clinton up has one hand clasping her right hand and his other hand grasping her bicep. Clinton is leaning forward speaking to the crowd using a microphone held in her left hand.

August 10: The Daily Mail: DNC’s Possible Leaker Murdered
The mystery surrounding the murder of rising Democrat star Seth Rich took a sudden sinister turn Wednesday with claims that he was responsible for the email dump that brought down close Hillary Clinton ally Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks, the organization that released the emails, announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to Rich's July 10 death, hinting that Rich was responsible for leaking the documents. The new theory suggests Rich, who was murdered in what looked like a botched robbery, was behind the leak. 

August 10: Breitbart News: Sen. Sessions talks about 20 Vetted Terrorist Refugees
The Obama Administration’s ongoing effort to admit tens of thousands of refugees from Syria and other hotbeds of terrorism endangers the safety of the United States and has already had dire domestic consequences, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest warns.  “Despite a clear nexus between immigration and terrorism, and warnings from top officials in his own Administration about their inability to properly vet refugees, President Obama remains in denial about the dangers that his policies pose to the United States,” Sessions said in a statement Wednesday. 

August 10: McClatchy News: U.S. Air Force Warns of Shortage of Pilots
The U.S. Air Force faces a shortfall of 700 fighter pilots by the end of the year and as many as 1,000 pilots within a few years, Air Force officials said Wednesday.  “It is a crisis,” said Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff. “Air superiority is not an American birthright. It’s actually something you have to fight for and maintain.”  Aggressive hiring by commercial airlines has helped thin the ranks of Air Force pilots, and lengthy deployments overseas, long separations from family and reduced flying time when back on U.S. soil have exacerbated the problem, Goldfein said

August 10: CNBC News: Billionaires Hoarding Cash
The world's billionaires are holding more than $1.7 trillion in cash — the highest amount since one firm began recording the measure in 2010.  Because of what they perceive to be growing risks in the economy and world, the world's 2,473 billionaires are keeping 22.2 percent of their total net worth in cash, according to the Wealth-X Billionaire Census.   The group has also benefited from the recent surge in so-called liquidity events from corporate acquisitions and mergers. Altogether, their cash hoard is now roughly the size of the Brazil's GDP.

August 10: CNN News: Clinton’s involvement with her foundation while
Secretary of State may have caused a blurring of the lines.

A top aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department traveled to New York to interview job candidates for a top job at the Clinton Foundation, a CNN investigation has found.  The fact that the aide, Cheryl Mills, was taking part in such a high level task for the Clinton foundation while also working as chief of staff for the secretary of state raises new questions about the blurred lines that have dogged the Clintons in recent years.   E-mails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act this week raise new questions about the intermingling of Clinton Foundation business, its donors and employees under Hillary Clinton's control as a public servant.

August 9: CNBC: Icahn: The “Archie Bunkers of the World” will support Trump on the Economy
Donald Trump is "right on" about the economy, Carl Icahan told CNBC on Tuesday, claiming the "Archie Bunkers of the world" will support the real estate tycoon after his pledges to cut taxes across the board.  "If he sticks with that economic theme, he should definitely win hands down, because I don't know why you wouldn't vote for him," Icahn said.  Trump  unveiled his economic vision in a speech on Monday.

August 8: Real Clear Politics: Video Discussing Possible Medical Issues Related to Hillary Clinton
The 'FOX News Medical A-Team' talks about a photo that caught internet buzz over the weekend from February that showed Hillary Clinton needing the help of aides to walk up a set of stairs and reports of Clinton health problems in general.

August 8: The Daily Caller: CNN asks: Will Trump Follow Drudge’s Lead and Question Hillary’s Health?
On CNN Newsroom Host Carol Costello and Donald Trump supporter Jeffry Lord discussed this past weekend’s banner on the Drudge Report that questioned Hillary Clinton’s health.

August 8: NBC News: Two Benghazi Parents sue Hillary Clinton for Wrongful Death and Defamation
The parents of two Americans killed in the 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court Monday against Hillary Clinton.  In the suit, Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, the parents of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, claim that Clinton's use of a private e-mail server contributed to the attacks. They also accuse her of defaming them in public statements. Smith was an information management officer and Woods was a security officer, both stationed in Benghazi.

August 8: The Morning News: Hillary Clinton’s Seizures: A Bizarre Neurological Disorder?
Hillary Clinton’s health condition is being questioned as the presidential campaign enters the ultimate stages.  Along with last week’s perplexing “short-circuit” comment, Clinton seemed to have been projecting bizarre, erratic behavior on the campaign trail. There were uncanny signs that left some to ponder with the thought that she might be seriously ill.   There have been times when Hillary Clinton seemed to have multiple convulsions on camera that look alike seizures. According to some reports this included a series of apparent and incomprehensible coughing fits.. The video focuses on strange eye movements and overreaction to external stimuli. It talks about reports that the  former Secretary of State has difficulties standing up after giving a speech. 

August 8: The Wall Street Journal: Money to Iran for Hostages Undermines Peace
Regarding your editorial “Obama’s Cash for Iran’s Hostages” (Aug. 4): “When is a payment for hostages not a ransom?” The answer is, “when the Obama administration says so!”  When is a tax not a tax?  The ObamaCare penalty for not buying mandated health insurance was absolutely not a tax before Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said it was a tax; and because it was a tax, it was constitutional.   President Obama breathed a sigh of relief and then respectfully disagreed, insisting again that the required payment to the government was not a tax.   When is a treaty not a treaty? Forget the Constitution. It’s when it is called an executive agreement on nuclear weapons between President Obama and Iran.  [See Column on this Issue]

August 6: The New York Post: Obamma paid $400 million in cash to Iran to get around laws:
By now everybody has heard that back in January, the Obama administration secretly airlifted a $400 million payment in foreign cash to Iran in the middle of the night, reportedly on the same day four American hostages were released.  In America, we have laws against funneling money to terrorist organizations. We have laws against laundering money. And we have banking laws.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest claimed these laws, along with sanctions, prevented the Obama administration from making the payment to Iran through a bank, or having the US Treasury wire the funds.

August 6: National Review: Did President Obama make a $400 million
payment to Iran as part of a Prisoner Release?

Outrage broke out this week over the revelation that Obama arranged to ship $400 million and converted into foreign denominations, reportedly in an unmarked cargo plane. The hotly debated question was whether the payment, which the administration attributes to a 37-year-old arms deal, was actually a ransom paid for the release of American hostages Tehran had abducted.  The Iranians have bragged that the astonishing cash payment was a ransom.   The hostages were released the same day the cash arrived. No matter how energetically the president tries to lawyer the ransom issue, if it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck …

August 5: The Economic Policy Institute:  Missing Workers
The missing part of the Labor figures:  In today’s labor market, the unemployment rate drastically understates the weakness of job opportunities.  This is due to the existence of a large pool of “missing workers,”  that is, potential workers who, because of weak job opportunities, are neither employed not actively seeking a job.  In other words, these are people who would be either working or looking for work if job opportunities were significantly stronger.  Because jobless workers are only counted as unemployed IF they are actively seeking work, these “missing workers” are not reflected in the unemployment rate.

August 5: The Daily Caller: Federal Judge Says IRS is Still Targeting TEA Party with Classsic “Catch-22”
A federal appeals court unanimously confirmed Friday that IRS officials targeted Tea Party and conservative non-profit applicants, with one of the judges calling the tax agency’s actions indefensible.   “It being plain to the Inspector General, the District Court, and this court that the IRS cannot defend its discriminatory conduct on the merits,” U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle wrote.

August 5: The Daily Caller: CNN's Trapper Calls Out Clinton for Email Lies
CNN’s Jake Tapper called out Hillary Clinton for lying about emailing classified information, insisting, “You’re entitled to your own opinions, not to your own facts.”  In a video made by CNN and FactCheck.org, Tapper destroyed Clinton’s recent claim on “Fox News Sunday” that FBI Director James Comey’s testified that her statements about her private email server were true.  Tapper replayed Comey’s congressional hearing testimony with Rep. Trey Gowdy, where the FBI director repeatedly debunked many of Clinton’s claims. 

August 5: The Daily Mail: Trump could have been right, propaganda film suggests Iran
did videotape cash delivery to Iran – Cash for hostages?
Iranian state-run media in Tehran did indeed videotape the arrival of a January 17 flight carrying $400 million in cash from the United States – and the money itself – judging from a documentary that aired the following month in the Islamic republic.   Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been in a firestorm of controversy since first claiming on Wednesday to have seen 'secret' footage of money being offloaded from an aircraft.

August 4: Breitbart News: FBI: July was 15th straight month of Record Background Checks:
The latest figures from FBI show that July 2016 was the 15th consecutive month of record background checks for gun sales.  The previous July record was set in 2015, when there were 1,600,832 background checks. But the FBI reports that July 2016 there were 2,197,169–an increase of nearly 600,000 checks.

August 4: Breitbart News: Speaker Ryan Running Scared in Primary Election?  No Debates, No open press events, Declining Fox News interviews:
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s policy record is collapsing among voters here under scrutiny from Republican challenger Paul Nehlen, so badly that Ryan is refusing to appear even on the Fox News Channel.  “We know Speaker Ryan, he’s been on this program many, many times,” Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy opened an interview with Nehlen on Thursday morning by saying. “We did invite Speaker Ryan to appear today, and he declined.” .

August 2: Sunshine State News: IRS Targeting, Remember?  DOJ Allowed A Flawed Investigation
Conservative Washington, D.C.-based watchdog Judicial Watch today released a letter from the Justice Department admitting a Democratic Party/Obama campaign donor and Justice Department attorney spent more than 1,529 hours investigating the IRS targeting conservative organizations in 2010 and 2012. According to Federal Election Commission records, Barbara Bosserman contributed $6,750.  Anyone expecting the Obama Justice Department and FBI investigations into the Obama IRS scandal to result in criminal charges were sorely mistaken. There were none -- not even one.

August 2: The Wall Street Journal: The United States Sent Cash to Iran as
Americans Were Freed “No Quid Pro Quo?”

The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January  release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.  Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

August 2: Charisma News: FBI Knew About IRS Targeting in 2013
Judicial Watch took a brief diversion from their usual political attacks on Hillary Clinton.  Their new targets are former IRS employee Lois Lerner and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Monday afternoon, Judicial Watch released a series of documents that provide the most concrete evidence to-date the IRS engaged in an "deliberate policy of burying conservative groups' tax exemption applications" in bureaucratic delays.  More than 100 documents were released by the watchdog. [Candidate Sargent disclosed the IRS targeting during a forum in Jefferson County March 2012 | Press Release]

August 2: Real Clear PoliticsTrump on Voter ID : People “Are Going to Vote ten times”
“I’m looking at all of these decisions coming down from the standpoint of identification/voter ID. And I’m saying, what do you mean? You don’t have to have voter ID to now go in and vote and it’s a little bit scary and I’ve heard a lot of bad things…  …The whole thing with voter ID identification I think is really – I mean people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe. Who knows?”

August 2: NewsMax: Clinton Strategy: Continue to Assert She Told the Truth Regardless of what is true!
Senior Clinton Strategist Joel Benenson appeared on MSNBC to refute the multiple stories — including in the left-leaning Washington Post — that accuse Clinton of continued lying about her server.  The Washington Post story accuses Clinton — and her campaign — of parsing the facts to give straight-faced assertions of being truthful.

August 2: Townhall.comFather of Benghazi Victim: Either Hillary is a liar or has a bad head injury.
Charles Woods, the father of Tyrone Woods, one of the Benghazi soldiers who was killed defending his fellow Americans on the night of September 11, 2012, had something to say to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday regarding her interview on Fox News Sunday. During her conversation with Chris Wallace, Clinton suggested she had not lied to the Benghazi victims’ families and told them the terror attack was actually the spontaneous reaction to an offensive internet video. She held no “ill feeling” toward the family members because their memories must just be fuzzy, she insisted.

August 2: National Review: Clinton’s Benghazi Debacle: Arm the rebels in Libya and Syria:
As U.S. armed forces attack ISIS in Libya, WikiLeaks is poised to remind us that ISIS is in Libya thanks to disastrous policies championed by Hillary Clinton as President Obama’s secretary of state. Also raised, yet again, is the specter of Mrs. Clinton’s lying to Congress and the American people — this time regarding a matter some of us have been trying for years to get answers about: What mission was so important the United States kept personnel in the jihadist hellhole of Benghazi in 2012? Specifically, did that mission involve arming the Syrian “rebels” — including al-Qaeda and forces that became ISIS — just as, at Mrs. Clinton’s urging, our government had armed Libyan “rebels” (again, jihadists) to catastrophic effect?

August 2: Fox NewsMaine restaurant won’t serve customers who like guns:
After the terror attack in Orlando, a restaurant owner in Portland, Maine, wanted to do something “outside the box” in order to solve the problem of “gun violence” in America.  So she wrote a post on Facebook.  Anne Verrill, owner of two Portland-area restaurants, wrote on Facebook that anyone who owns—or even supports an individual’s right to own—an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, may “no longer enter either of my restaurants, because the only thing I want to teach my children is love.”  The post was deleted after a bunch of people on the internet who like guns found out about it and threatened to boycott.

August 1: BBC News: New Texas gun control law allows concealed guns on campus:
A new law has come into effect in the state of Texas that allows students to carry concealed guns on campuses.  Students aged 21 or over who have a concealed handgun permit may take guns into classrooms, under the new law.  Texas has now become one of eight US states that allows students to carry guns into college buildings.
Many higher education officials and students are concerned the law may discourage students from attending universities in the state.  But supporters of the law argue it is "critical" to self-defense and upholding constitutional rights.

August 1: The Washington Post:  Democrat VP Candidate follows which way the winds are blowing on Gun Control
In more than two decades as a political figure in Virginia, a Southern state with a strong gun tradition and historically lenient firearm regulation, Democrat Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine has pivoted numerous times on guns, in style and substance, depending on the political climate, the office he sought and particular events.

August 1: NewsMax: Dish Network Loses Record Number of Subscribers Over
increased rates and decreased programming

Dish Newwork shares fell as much 4 percent to $49.91 in New York Thursday, and were trading at $50.40 at 9:39 a.m after reports that they have lost 281,000 subscribers in the last quarter. The stock had dropped 9.1 percent this year through Wednesday’s close. The results underscore the challenge Dish faces in trying to keep customers from ditching their traditional satellite-TV service for lower-priced, online-only options like Netflix or Hulu.

July 31: The Express (United Kingdom)  We Won’t Bury Normandy Terrorist
One of the terrorists who slit a Catholic priest’s throat in Normandy France will not be given a Muslim burial by locals who say they do not want to "taint" Islam.  Both men who entered the Normandy church acted in accordance as they slit 84-year old priest Fr Jacques Hamel's throat on the altar while he was conducting morning mass. Mohammed Karabila, imam of one of the town's mosques, told Le Parisien: "We're not going to taint Islam with this person.  "We won't participate in preparing the body or the burial."

July 30: The Daily Mail:  German Chancellor Merkel on the ropes as thousands protest her open-door immigration policy in the light of terrorist attacks:
Merkel's premiership is hanging by a thread today as thousands gathered to call for her resignation while a key political ally dramatically withdrew his support over immigration policy. More than 5,000 protested in Berlin and thousands more throughout Germany over the 'open-door' policy that many have blamed for four brutal terrorist attacks that left 13 dead over the last month.

July 29: Fox News: California risks $135 Million in grants over sanctuary cities
California state and local law enforcement agencies may have to choose between more than $100 million in federal aid and the “sanctuary city” immigration policies that supporters say are humane, but critics say fuel crime. 

July 29: CNN Money: Venezuela Forcing Citizens to work Farms given food
shortages and a collapsing economy

A new decree by Venezuela's government could make its citizens work on farms to tackle the country's severe food shortages.  That "effectively amounts to forced labor," according to Amnesty International, which derided the decree as "unlawful."

Russian Submmarines docked in portJuly 29: The Sun News (United Kingdom):
NATO  has no chance against New Russian Super Sub  Fleet!

A report by naval experts warns that Russia already has a small but sophisticated army of subs which are capable of launching missile strikes across the globe.  “It’s pretty scary to think about some of the types of missions.  “It’s probably the most shadowy part of the Russian undersea apparatus. It’s not operated by their navy, it’s operated by a separate branch of their Ministry of Defense.”

While the fleet is not as big as the Soviet Union’s former arsenal, the report says the new subs can dive deeper, and move quieter, than any ever before.  The nuclear-powered ships are armed with electronic warfare gear, long-range cruise missiles, torpedoes and mines.

July 27: Fox News: VA spent $20 Million on Art while veterans languished
A taxpayer watchdog group issued an oversight report on spending at the VA, finding numerous frivolous expenditures on artwork, including six-figure dollar sculptures at facilities for the blind.  While embroiled in scandals the VA apparently found money around that they could squander; as much as $20 million of it (with around $16 million being spent during the Obama Administration's terms in office)! 

July 26: The Daily Signal: 16 ObamaCare co-ops collapse, how about those that remain?
Since Obamacare’s rollout in the fall of 2013, 16 co-ops that launched with money from the federal government have collapsed.   The co-ops, or consumer operated and oriented plans, were started under the Affordable Care Act as a way to boost competition among insurers and expand the number of health insurance companies available to consumers living in rural areas.  Now, just seven co-ops remain [in Wisconsin,  Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts Montana,  New Mexico and New Jersey].  Despite the grim financial footing from previous years, health care experts agree that it’s likely some—though not all—co-ops may remain standing for at least a few more years.

July 24: The Sun [United Kingdom]: British soldiers told to scrub social media posts of evidence
they served in the Army in order to avoid being ISIS targets

Brit soldiers have been told to “scrub” their Facebook and Twitter pages of evidence they serve in the military in order to avoid being targeted by nutcase jihadists.  After a spate of terror attacks in France and Germany rocked Europe, Top Brass are determined not to see another Lee Rigby-style attack on a British hero by anyone inspired by the Munich or Nice attacks.  Troops are also warned to run in pairs off base after two Middle Eastern men armed with a blade tried to bundle an RAF airman into the back of a van in a feared abduction attempt this week.

July 23: The Hill: Clinton VP Pick could face Left’s Ire
The Virginia senator, chosen Friday to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where party leaders are hoping to send a message of unity — and highlight stark divisions in the Republican Party intensified by Donald Trump  — on the tails of a boisterous GOP gathering in Cleveland.  Kaine, for those purposes, is something of a gamble.  The moderate Democrat has backed abortion restrictions; supported fast-track authority for a controversial Pacific Rim trade deal; and just this week joined a push to deregulate some of the nation’s largest banks — all positions that are anathema to the liberals being wooed by the Clinton team heading into November.  Raising the stakes, the convention marks the end of a bruising Democratic primary contest between Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in which Sanders’s liberal supporters continuously bashed the former secretary of State for being too conservative on some of those same issues, including trade and her ties to Wall Street. 

July 23: Associated Press:
Political Scandals Linger as Philly Readies for Convention
The streets are freshly swept, the hotel rooms are pristine, the party invitations have gone out and extra police patrols are assigned.  Philadelphia is ready for the Democratic National Convention.  Tougher to clean up and shine, however, is the state's political image, tarnished by recent political corruption cases that have implicated many Democrats across the state.  [Longtime Congressman convicted of money laundering; Former State Treasurer pleading guilty to attempted extortion; the Attorney General awaiting trial on charges of leaking secret grand jury material; not to mention Hillary Clinton’s emails]

July 23: Breitbart.Com:
Progressives May Stay Home with Kaine Selection as VP Nominee
Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore was more than disappointed with Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) as her running mate, predicting Kaine would not excite the liberal base to go to the polls.  He contrasted Clinton’s pick with Indiana Governor Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, who Moore predicted would excite the GOP base.

July 23: ABC News:  Sanders Campaign Chief: Someone Must Be Held Accountable for what the DNC Emails Show:
Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said his team was "disappointed" by the emails from the Democratic National Committee leaked through WikiLeaks, which seemed to reveal staff in the party working to support Hillary Clinton.   "Someone does have to be held accountable," Weaver said during an interview with ABC News. "We spent 48 hours of public attention worrying about who in the [Donald] Trump campaign was going to be held responsible for the fact that some lines of Mrs. Obama's speech were taken by Mrs. Trump. Someone in the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the Trump campaign."

July 23: Associated Press:
Hacked Emails Show DNC Hostility toward Sanders:
A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton's nomination at the party's convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.  Several emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC officials scoffing at Sanders and his supporters and in one instance, questioning his commitment to his Jewish religion. Some emails also show DNC and White House officials mulling whether to invite guests with controversial backgrounds to Democratic party events.

July 23: The Hill: Dems vote down change to Super Delegate Rules
The Democratic Rules Committee voted down an effort to abolish the role of unbound super-delegates in the presidential primary process, dealing a blow to Senator Bernie Sanders. Many Sander’s Supprters see the super-delegate system as unfair.  An amendment failed before the committee Saturday by a vote of 108-58.  The amendment received vocal support during discussion from several people who characterized the super-delegate system as "undemocratic" and contrary to the principle of "one person, one vote."

July 23: The Hill: Green Party Still open to Sanders becoming their Presidential Candidate:
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein once again welcomed Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-VT) into her party, suggesting in a series of tweets that he could leave the party that “betrayed” him.   “If @BernieSanders repudiates the Democratic Party that betrayed him, I'd welcome him into @GreenPartyUS to continue the revolution,” Stein posted on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.   Stein’s comments come in the wake of a massive leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) this weekend that revealed party officials' plans to undermine Sanders's presidential campaign. 

July 23: The Hill: Clinton to call upon Black Lives Matter at Philly Convention:
The mothers of several African-Americans killed by police or gun violence will be put in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention. The Mothers of the Movement will put presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement at center stage.

Photo of Chinese Asault Aircraft CarrierJuly 23: Yahoo News:  China Completes the
World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft:

China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft after seven years of work, which it plans to use to perform marine rescue missions and fight forest fires, the Xinhua news agency reported.  The AG600, which is about the size of a Boeing 737 rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on Saturday. The plane was "the latest breakthrough in China's aviation industry." A plan for the development and production of the AG600 received government approval in 2009.  The aircraft has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km and can collect 12 tonnes of water in 20 seconds. It has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes.    China has been ramping up research into advanced new military equipment, including submarines, aircraft carriers and anti-satellite missiles, which has rattled nerves regionally and in Washington as China takes a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places like the South China Sea.

July 23: Reuters:
G20 Nations pledge to bolster defenses against BrExit headwinds
The world's leading economies will do more to lift global growth and share the benefits more broadly, top policymakers said on Saturday as they sought to deal with fallout from Britain's Brexit vote and counter dissatisfaction with globalization.  Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 nation are huddling in China's southwestern city of Chengdu this weekend to discuss how to confront global challenges exacerbated by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.  The specter of protectionism, highlighted by presidential candidate Donald Trump's "America First" rhetoric and talk of pulling out of trade agreements, also hangs over the meeting.

July 22: Yahoo News: Thousands flee Venezuela Seeking Food and Safety
Martin Gottwald, the United Nations Refugee Agency's representative in Colombia said a sizeable number of Venezuelans have entered Colombia probably never to return.  "If you consider that 100,000 people crossed the border to stock up on supplies at the weekend, if a minimal percentage, let's say 10 percent, stayed (in Colombia), we're already talking about quite large numbers," he said.  Venezuelans are also sneaking across the border even when it is closed, driven abroad by the economic crisis, violent crime and a health care system teetering on the brink of collapse.

July 22: The Daily CallerWikileaks Releases Nearly 20,000 Hacked DNC Email
Wikileaks has released nearly 20,000 emails it says are from the accounts of Democratic National Committee officials.  The release could cloud the upcoming Democratic party convention, which kicks off next week in Philadelphia.  It is unclear how Wikileaks obtained the records, but the release comes weeks after a hacker (or hackers) going by the name Guccifer 2.0 began releasing records obtained through the DNC’s computer systems. The hacker claims to be Romanian, but many suspect that the records were taken by a team of Russian hackers.  Guccifer 2.0 has said that they obtained DNC emails. Other documents released by the hacker(s) include internal planning memos and databases of Democratic donors.

July 21: PoliticoNewt Gingrich Explains Ted Cruz Comments:
Moments after Day 3 of the Republican National Convention ended, Sean Hannity sat down with Newt Gingrich to discuss Ted Cruz getting booed off the stage for refusing to endorse Donald Trump. "I had the text of what Ted Cruz was gonna say, and I thought it was funny," Gingrich said. "I mean, Ted gets up and he says, 'Look, vote your conscience for someone who will support the Constitution.' Well, in this particular election year, that by definition cannot be for Hillary Clinton. …there’s no other candidate that fits the criteria Ted Cruz set up."

July 19: The Hill: Several Democratic Senatorial Candidates to skip the convention:
When Democrats gather next week to crown Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee, some of the party's top Senate challengers won't be there.   A handful of Senate Democratic hopefuls are planning to skip the convention because of conflicting schedules or to campaign in their home states.  Representative Kirkkpatrick (D-AZ), Cortez Masto (D-NV), Kander (D-MO), and Feingold (D-WI) who are in competitive Senate races that could determine which party controls the upper chamber next year. Democrats needs to pick up five Senate seats — four if they keep the presidency — to win the majority.

July 19: The Daily Caller: Benghazi Survivor Says
Several Special Operators will Leave the Military if Clinton is Elected:

The best and brightest of the U.S. military and special operations community will quit if Hillary Clinton gets elected president, according to Benghazi survivor and former CIA operative John “Tig” Tiegen.  Tiegen witnessed firsthand the results of Clinton’s policy when he and his comrades in the Benghazi CIA Global Response Service Team defended U.S. consulate and CIA officials from a massive assault by radical Libyan jihadis Sept. 11, 2013. He has said Clinton’s failure as secretary of state during the Benghazi attack has caused many of the nation’s most elite special operations forces to quit their jobs — a problem that will only get worse if Clinton is elected. 

July 18: Yahoo.Com:  Foreign ownership of U.S. Debt Slips again in May
Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities fell for the second straight month in May.   The Treasury Department says total foreign holdings dropped 0.5 percent after slipping 0.8 percent in April.  Japan, the second-biggest foreign owner of Treasury securities, reduced its holdings by 0.8 percent. China, the biggest foreign investor in Treasurys, increased its holdings slightly.  The national debt is nearly $19.4 trillion and is expected to grow, which means the United States will need foreigners to keep buying Treasury securities.  Of the debt total, nearly $14 trillion is publicly traded on financial markets. The rest is money the government owes itself, including holdings in the Social Security trust fund.

July 18: Associated Press:  Document Shows Less Limits on Iran Nuke Work:
Key restrictions on Iran's nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran's ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press.  The confidential document is the only text linked to last year's deal between Iran and six foreign powers that hasn't been made public, although U.S. officials say members of Congress who expressed interest were briefed on its substance. The document allows Iran to expand its uranium enrichment program after the first 10 years of the nuclear deal.

July 18: YouTube: Rudy brings down the
house at the Republian Convention in Cleveland:
On Monday, the former Mayor of New York City, Rudy
Giuliani spoke the National Republican Party Convention
and brought the house down with standing ovations. 
Speaking about the police shootings and gives some
personal glimpses into Donald Trump.  He also
addresses radical Islam and the Obama Iranian
Nuclear Deal.  [16 minute Video]

July 18: The Washington Times: Victims of Illegal Immigrant Criminals
Plead for Border Security during Cleveland Convention

Often overlooked in the immigration debate, the families of victims of illegal immigrant criminals got their biggest stage yet with prime-time speaking roles Monday at the Republican National Convention, where they pleaded for a firmer hand in the White House to keep the country safe. “Only one candidate is serious about border security: Donald Trump,” said Kent Terry, brother of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. “He will give our heroic Border Patrol agents the resources and support needed to do their jobs. President Trump will make America’s borders secure again.”  Mr. Terry was joined on stage by two mothers and one father whose children were slain by illegal immigrants and who said it’s time their side of the immigration debate receives more attention.

July 18: The Daytona Beach News JournalEnough is Enough, Daytona Police Car Firebombed
The Daytona Beach Police Department may have been the target of anti-police backlash early Sunday morning when someone firebombed an unoccupied police squad car parked in front of a mosque.   Police Chief Mike Chitwood said they found a note at the scene that read “Black Lives Matter A. Sterling P. Castile (Expletive removed) the police.”  A Molotov cocktail. Was probably the weapon used and the firebombing caused more than $20,000 in damage to the unoccupied police cruiser.

July 18: WJZ-CBS Baltimore News: The Highest Ranking Officer in the Gray Case found innocent:
In the fourth acquittal of six cases brought against Baltimore police officers, a Baltimore Circuit Court Judge ruled that LT. Brian Rice was not guilty of the death of Freddie Grey.  Gray died on April 19, 2015, a week after he suffered a severe spinal cord injury while being transported in the back of a city police van. His death prompted riots last year in Baltimore. Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police president Gene Ryan called on City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to stop the prosecution against the three remaining officers.  Mosby was quick to jump to judgment and prosecute the six law enforcement officers; a decision that has fallen far short of its objective and which raises questions whether moving so quickly was a political and not a legal decision.

July 18: The Daily Caller: Clinton Foundation Ignored Good Governance Best Practices
Clinton Foundation officials have ignored virtually all of the “best practices” urged by good governance organizations for public charities, according to an investigation.  Most glaringly, for example, the foundation’s insular board of directors is unusually small, ranging from only two to no more than five members, all of whom are among President Bill and Hillary Clinton’s closest and richest friends.  The “good governance” movement in the nonprofit field has been gathering strength for two decades, but it clearly has yet to reach the Clinton Foundation. Most foundation boards have on average 15 members, according to a 2015 survey by Boardsource, a national organization working to strengthen nonprofit board leadership.

July 17: The Daily Caller: Baton Rouge  Cop Killer -- ISIS Connection
A YouTube account operated by Gavin Eugene Long, the 29-year-old black man who killed three Baton Rouge police officers Sunday morning, reveal  key insight into what might have motivated.  Videos on Long’s account show that he was a former Nation of Islam member. He also railed against “crackers” and made references to Alton Sterling, the black man killed by police in Baton Rouge on July 5.

July 17: Real Clear Politics: Cleveland Police Association Claims Obama “Has Blood on his Hands”
Detective Steve Loomis, President of the Cleveland Police Association, said that the shootings of police officers, from Dallas to now, started with what he deemed as a completely false narrative that police are 'racist.'  The president of the Untied States validated a false narrative and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the Media are pressing out there to the public — He validated with his very divisive statements And now we see an escalation. This has got to end. We need some leadership in this country to come forward and put an end to this.  It’s false narrative and people politicizing the false narrative that we have a President of the United States and the governor of Minnesota making a statement less than one day after the police involved shootings.

July 15: Bloommberg.com: An Upside-Down World Economy:
Japanese families seem to have a sudden affinity for home safes. In Germany, insurer Munich Re has stashed some 10 million Euros ($11.4 million) worth of its own cash into vaults.  Why the squirreling? Welcome to the upside-down world of modern monetary policy. In this new reality, borrowers get paid and savers penalized. Almost 500 million people in a quarter of the global economy now live in countries where interest rates measure less than zero.

July 15: The Daily Caller28-Page Bombshell – Saudi with Terror Ties Checked Security at U.S. Border, 1999
A Saudi national who was under investigation by the FBI checked a security checkpoint on the southwest U.S. border prior to the 9/11 attacks, according to 28 pages from a 2002 joint inquiry released by the House Intelligence Community on Friday.  The report  points to a 1999 incident on board an America West flight from Phoenix to Washington D.C. that investigators came to believe was a “dry run” for the 9/11 attacks.  A terror-connected Saudi national named Mohammed al-Qudhaeein was flagged for asking a series of suspicious questions during the flight. He also attempted to enter the cockpit of the airplane. Al-Qudhaeein and an associate were headed for a party at the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C., according to the report.

July 15: McClatchy DC:  For Black Gun Owners Gun Rights is a Civil Rights Issue
In February 2015, Philip Smith started a Facebook group to make space for the often-overlooked concerns of law-abiding, license-carrying gun owners who happen to be African-American.   Smith was tired of feeling conspicuous as the only black guy at the gun ranges he visited. Surely, he thought, there must be others out there, dealing with the same suspicions he faced when passersby glimpsed the Glock on his hip.  A year and a half later, Smith counts more than 11,000 members, representing all 50 states.

July 14: The Daily Signal: What’s  behind Obama’s obsession with the public option?
President Barack Obama is calling for the resurrection of his failed “public option” (a “Medicare-like” plan) to compete directly against private health  plans in his government-run health insurance exchanges.  “The public plan did not make it into the final legislation,” the president writes in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Now, based on the experience with the ACA [Affordable Care Act], I think Congress should revisit a public plan to compete alongside private insurers in areas of the country where competition is limited. Adding a public plan in such areas would strengthen the Marketplace approach, giving consumers more affordable options while also creating savings for the federal government.”

July 13: Fox News: Ex-Gitmo now released detainees linked to the bombing in Turkey
A former Gitmo detainee connected to last month’s ISIS attack on the Istanbul airport that killed 45 and injured more than 230 others was officially added to the U.S. government’s list of designated terrorists Wednesday.  The State Department confirmed to Fox News that Ayrat Nasimovich Vakhitov  was at the Guantanamo detention camps from June 13, 2002 until his transfer to Russia in 2004.

July 13: Fox News: FBI confirms special secrecy agreements for agents in Clinton email probe
The FBI has confirmed to a senior Republican senator that agents were sworn to secrecy -- and subject to lie detector tests -- in the Hillary Clinton email probe, an extensive measure one former agent said could have a "chilling effect." The measures show the extent to which the bureau has gone to keep additional details of the politically sensitive case from going public. While Comey has provided some information ‎on why the FBI did not opt to pursue charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch repeatedly ducked questions on specifics of the case at a House hearing Tuesday. 

July 13: The Wall Street Journal: Settlement of Syrian Refugees in the U.S. Accelerates
After a slow start, the influx of Syrians to the U.S. has accelerated in recent months, and annual arrivals are likely to reach 10,000 by the end of September, the amount that was promised by the Obama administration.   Last year, the U.S. pledge to resettle 85,000 refugees from all over the world in the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1, including at least 10,000 Syrian refugees.

July 12: The Daily Signal: 16th ObamaCare Co-Op Closes its doors
Update: Illinois’ Land of Lincoln Health announced Tuesday it will be closing its doors. The co-op became the 16th of 23 co-ops launched under Obamacare to collapse, following Oregon’s Health Co-Op.   Land of Lincoln Health received $160.1 million in loans from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  More than 54,000 enrolled in coverage from the co-op through March 31.  Another co-op is shutting down, becoming the 15th to do so and bringing the total number of federal loans given to the failed nonprofit insurers to more than $1.5 billion.
Oregon’s Health Co-Op announced last week it will no longer be able to continue operating and will be shutting down. The insurance company is the third in the state to struggle financially and Oregon’s second co-op, following Health Republic Insurance of Oregon, to close its doors.

July 12: The Daily Signal: Reasons Why the U.S. Military is in Trouble:
At a time when threats against America are growing, the U.S. military is facing a combat readiness crisis that jeopardizes its ability to protect the country. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-TX explained budget cuts coupled with continuing deployments have caused this ongoing decline.  He outlined five disturbing facts about the U.S. military.

July 11: The UK Daily Mail: Judge tells Hillary she has until Tuesday
to explain why she shouldn’t be required to testify in Federal law suit

Like a game of whack-a-mole, Hillary Clinton's secret email server scandal continues this week as the former secretary of state has just one more day to explain to a federal court why she shouldn't have to testify under oath about the system.    On Friday, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch submitted a request for permission to depose Clinton, along with two other current and former government officials, as part of the ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit looking into aide Huma Abedin's special employment arrangement with the State Department

July 11: Fox News: House Committee ask FBI to look into possible perjury over email server
House Committee asked the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia on Monday to investigate Hillary Clinton over her private email server while serving as secretary of state and determine whether she lied to Congress.  Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, chairman of the Oversight panel, and Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, head of the Judiciary Committee, said in a letter that "evidence collected by the FBI during its investigation of Secretary Clinton's use of a personal email system appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony."    "In light of those contradictions, the department should investigate and determine whether to prosecute Secretary Clinton for violating statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress, or any other relevant statutes," the two congressmen wrote..

July 11: The Washington PostIn Bashing Trump Ginsberg Crossed a very important line
Generally you don't hear a Supreme Court justice bashing political figures.  In fact, you generally don't hear a Supreme Court justice talking at all — much less about the big political issues of the day.  Most justices aren't Ruth Bader Ginsburg, though. And in a new New York Times interview,  Ginsburg didn’t hold back when it comes to the 2016 election.  Ginsburg is known for pushing the bounds of a justice's public comments but some say she just went too far.  "I find it baffling actually that she says these things," said Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh. "She must know that she shouldn’t be."

July 11: Real Clear Politics: Trump: I am the Law and Order Candidate
Donald Trump reacts to the police shootings in Dallas in a speech on veterans issues in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  "We must maintain law and order at the highest level, or we will cease to have a country. 100%, we will cease to have a country. I am the law and order candidate. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is weak, ineffective, pandering, and as proven by her recent e-mail scandal, which was an embarrassment, not only to her, but to the entire nation as a whole, she's either a liar or grossly incompetent. One or the other. Very simple," Trump said.  "Personally, it's probably both," Trump added.  

July 11: The Washington Times:  U.S. Senate Sets Record in Passing Bills
The Senate is off to its best year since 1990 by at least one measure, with more than 30 of its bills having been signed into law by President Obama.  Eighteen months into Republican control of the Senate, the upper chamber has settled into a new normal. The partisan fights remain, and senators aren’t spending much time on the floor debating bills — but they are passing them, and at a surprising clip.  All told, including the 31 Senate bills and 42 House-written bills,  Congress approved 73 measures that Mr. Obama signed into law from January through the end of June. That’s nearly three times the number of bills approved in the first six months of 2015 and 20 more than in 2014, which was the last year Democrats had control of the Senate.

July 9: Fox NewsPolice Group wants to have Dallas shootings investigated as a hate crime
The Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest group of sworn law-enforcement officers, is asking the Justice Department to “immediately” investigate the killing of five Dallas police officers as a hate crime. “The U.S. Department of Justice is always quick to insert itself into local investigations,” group President Chuck Canterbury said Friday. “Today we expect action just as swift. We want a federal investigation into those who were motivated by their hatred of police to commit mass murder in Dallas.”

July 9: Fox News: Prisoners in Texas Jail bust out to help unconscious jailer—Saved his life:
A jailer in Texas may owe his survival from an apparent heart attack to group of prisoners who saw him fall ill and busted out of a locked cell to call for help. A jailer in Texas may owe his survival from an apparent heart attack to group of prisoners who saw him fall ill and busted out of a locked cell to call for help.  The jailer was watching the inmates in the basement of the Parker County courthouse in Weatherford June 23 when he lost consciousness and fell to the floor

July 9: The UK Mirror: ISIS Shoots down Russian Helo Killing two pilots
ISIS militants have reportedly shot down a Russian helicopter over Syria.  The helicopter was attacking the advancing terrorist near Palmyra when it was taken down - according to the Russian Defense Ministry.  Early reports suggest two pilots on board the Mi-25 helicopter were killed.  A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry said: "The crew received a request from the Syrian unit's command to strike the advancing fighters.  "The captain, Ryafagat Khabibulin, made a decision to attack the terrorists.

July 9: The Hill: GOP Senator: Outrageous for Dems for blocking “Sanctuary Cities” bill:
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said the Senate Democrats' blocking of his "sanctuary cities" bill is "just outrageous."  Toomey vowed to keep fighting for the passage of the bill that would limit federal grant funding for cities that don't comply with federal immigration law.  Senators voted 53-44 on the bill Wednesday. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the procedural hurdle and formally start debate on the measure.

July 9: The Hill: Green Party Offers Sanders a Presidential Ticket
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says Bernie Sanders can run for president on her party's ticket if he wants.  “I’ve invited Bernie to sit down explore collaboration — everything is on the table,” she told the Guardian Friday. “If he saw that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counter-revolutionary party, he’d be welcomed to the Green party. He could lead the ticket and build a political movement.” Stein said she emailed Sanders about the offer but never received a response.

July 9: The Daily CallerHillary Has A New Defense for Sending Classified Information:
In the wake of the FBI investigation which found 110 classified emails that were classified at the time of sending, Hillary Clinton said on Friday that at the time, she did not “believe” they were put under that category.  CNN in an interview with Clinton asked if she would “acknowledge you were extremely careless” with her private server email setup while secretary of state.  She responded that she thought the FBI Director had answered that question.

July 9: The Hill: Green Party Offers Sanders a Presidential Ticket
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says Bernie Sanders can run for president on her party's ticket if he wants.  “I’ve invited Bernie to sit down explore collaboration — everything is on the table,” she told the Guardian Friday. “If he saw that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counter-revolutionary party, he’d be welcomed to the Green party. He could lead the ticket and build a political movement.” Stein said she emailed Sanders about the offer but never received a response.

July 8: Breitbart.com: Hillary Blames Whites for Deaths of Dallas Police Officers:
Hillary Clinton used a CNN interview to completely embrace the Democrats’ claim that white people and cops must change to help reduce the number of exchanges with police. “I will call for white people, like myself, to put ourselves in the shoes of those African-American  families who fear every time their children go somewhere, who have to have ‘The Talk,’ about, you now, how to really protect themselves [from police], when they’re the ones who should be expecting protection from encounters with police,” Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.  “I’m going to be talking to white people, we’re the ones who have to start listening to the legitimate cries coming from our African-American fellow citizens,” she said.

July 8: CNN: Obama says U.S. “not as divided as some have suggested”
Frankly acknowledging a "tough week" in the United States after anxious days of shootings and racial tensions, President Barack Obama said Saturday that he did not believe the United States was "as divided as some have suggested." "There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion about next steps," Obama said during a news conference in Poland. "But there's unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our communities to operate. This is not who we want to be as Americans."

July 7: Fox News:  Russia Sending its only aircraft carrier to Syria
Russia’s accident-prone aircraft carrier is set to be put to the test — if it gets there. Its history of embarrassing breakdowns may see an anticipated mission to Syria backfire.  It would be the first time a Russian aircraft carrier has ever engaged in combat.  The Admiral Kuznetsov carries far fewer aircraft than its US counterparts.  Turkish authorities are concerned that the waterways and airspace in the eastern Mediterranean is about to get crowded.

July 7: HotAir.comOversight Committee Questions FBI Director about Clinton Investigation
There was the exchange between Congressman Trey Gowdy and FBI Director Comey during a Congressional hearing.  On Monday Comey recommended not to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton because he could not conclusively prove that her violations of the statute were intended as opposed to only mishandling of classified information.  The statute itself does not require proof of intent in order to bring legal action (18 U.S.C. 793(f) but says you’re guilty and punishable by fine or up to 10 years imprisonment if you have been grossly negligent inn mishandling classified materials.   

July 6: Rasmussen Reports: Most Disagree with FBI Director’s Decision on Clinton’s Violations:
Most voters disagree with FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton. The FBI concluded that Clinton potentially exposed top secret information to hostile countries when she used a private e-mail server as secretary of State, but Comey announced yesterday that the FBI has decided not to pursue a criminal indictment in this matter. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey – taken last night - finds that 37% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the FBI’s decision. But 54% disagree and believe the FBI should have sought a criminal indictment of Clinton.

July 5: Federal Bureau of Investigations: Prepared Remarks by Director Comey
on Clinton’s Violations of Federal Law
There is evidence that Mrs. Clinton and her staff  were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.  For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails).

July 2: BreitbartNews.com: FBI Grills Hillary Clinton for Over Three Hours about Emailgate
Agents “Livid” about Bill Clinton/Lynch Meeting in Arizona

Hillary Clinton was interviewed by FBI agents for over three hours. Meanwhile this week Hillary’s husband, had a private meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch that brought serious scrutiny over the appearance of impropriety. The meeting occurred aboard a plane on a Phoenix airstrip and comes as the FBI, under the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the former Secretary’s use of an unsecured email server during her time as head of the State Department.

July 2: The Washington Post: Clinton’s FBI interview signals the last stages of the Criminal Investigation over Emailgate:
With the meeting with Hillary Clinton not over, the investigation is still not over: Agents and prosecutors will now have to compare what the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said Saturday to other evidence they have gathered, including from interviews with Clinton’s aides. They will also have to analyze how the facts of the case apply to various laws that might have been violated.

July 2: McClathchyDC News:
Indicted or Not, Clinton could still lose politically:
No matter how the FBI’s investigation into the handling of sensitive information on Hillary Clinton’s personal computer server ends, it likely will hurt her presidential bid.  If she is indicted, she will face further questions about her lack of honesty and perhaps even calls for her to step aside. If she isn’t indicted critics will accuse the Obama administration of letting her escape charges merely because they want her to win the White House.  However it is concluded, events this week underscored anew that Clinton is likely to emerge scarred. A new controversy over the Obama administration’s handling of the case and Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s refusal to hand it over to a special prosecutor far removed from the White House served as a reminder that critics would always say that political favoritism toward Clinton tainted any decision to clear her.

July 1: Breitbart News: Attorney General Lynch to accept FBI recommendations but still involved,
according to staff

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday that she will take a step back from the decision whether to charge anyone in the Hillary Clinton private email server probe. But a Justice Department spokeswoman quickly clarified her remarks, telling Yahoo News that top political appointees will remain involved in the investigation and that the attorney general will be “the ultimate decider.”

July 1: ABC News:  Russian War Ship Causes Close Encounter with U.S. Navy in the Med:
A Russian ship again made a close approach to a U.S. Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea in an encounter that American officials are labeling "unprofessional."  On Thursday, the Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudryy came within 150 yards of the guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto -- two weeks after the same Russian ship came within 315 yards of the American destroyer USS Gravely. The USS San Jacinto was operating near the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where it is conducting flight operations against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.

June 30: The Guardian: A Female Prime Minister?
Theresa May has launched her bid for the Conservative leadership, pledging that “Brexit means Brexit” and that there would be no general election before 2020.  The home secretary, who campaigned to remain in the EU, positioned herself as the candidate of stability and experience.  Asked for her pitch, she said: “I’m  Thersa May and I’m the best person to be prime minister.”  The event was electrified by Michael Gove’s surprise announcement just minutes before she stood up that he would run for the leadership because, he said, Boris Johnson was not a suitable candidate.

June 29:  The Daily CallerBill Clinton meets Privately with Attorney General Lynch;
Case against Hillary discussed?

Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton for a half-hour on her government airplane at the Phoenix airport on Tuesday, an Arizona news station is reporting.  The unannounced meeting, which comes as Lynch’s Justice Department is investigating the handling of classified information on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, came to light only when Phoenix’s ABC15 TV station asked Lynch about it during a press conference.  The Obama appointee told the TV station that she and Clinton did not discuss the investigation or any other government business. Instead, she says they talked about Clinton’s grandchildren and golf. 

June 29: Associated Press:  Clinton Aide: Hillary Didn’t Want Anybody to have Access to her emails
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the private emails that she mixed in with State Department emails on her private computer server to be accessible to "anybody," according to transcripts released Wednesday.  Abedin's comments provided new insight into the highly unusual decision by the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate to operate a private email server in her basement to conduct government business when she served as secretary of state. Abedin also said under oath that she was not aware whether Clinton personally deleted any emails during her tenure as secretary.

June 29: The Washington Examiner:  Federal Election Commission Moves to
Punish Conservative Media – it was stopped

Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the FEC voted in secret to punish Fox News' sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage.  It is the first time in history that members of the FEC voted to punish a media outlet's debate sponsorship, and it follows several years of Democratic threats against conservative media and websites like the Drudge Report.  The punishment, however, was blocked by all three Republicans on the commission, resulting in a 3-3 tie vote and no action.

June 28: The BBC: Bitter Exchanges in Parliament over EU Vote
A central figure in the Leave campaign, UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, was booed, called a liar and accused of using "Nazi propaganda".  Mr Farage shot back that the EU itself was "in denial".  An EU official close to the talks told BBC News the mood was "very, very serious" and a question mark hung over the UK's next presidency of the EU, due to begin in the second half of next year.  "The leaders are very interested in hearing the UK's timeline but everyone knows Cameron won't trigger Article 50 [the first formal step in the withdrawal procedure]," the source added.

June 28: Politico: Final Benghazi Report Released
After more than two years, Republicans delivered a final Benghazi Committee report that ripped the Obama administration's handling of the 2012 terrorist attack — but Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign dismissed the findings as "discredited" conspiracy theories.  The 800 page report was released on Tuesday, and marks the culmination of an investigation that has haunted the 2016 Democratic front-runner on the campaign trail, even as Clinton’s campaign has consistently slammed the probe as a political vendetta. But for all the partisan battling over the probe, the panel's final report — in keeping with Chairman Trey Gowdy's prior statements — offered new details of the attack and the nation's response but didn't focus on Clinton in particular.

June 28: Benghazi Committee: Final Report Released
Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC) released the following statement after the committee’s Majority released a mark of its investigative report:

“Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored.  When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done.

June 27: The Daily News:  Responding to Terrorism:
Last week we witnessed a big “show” by Congressional Democrats who staged a sit in, in the House of Representatives. The reason it was a “show” is that the legislation they wanted considered would have done nothing to stop the radical Muslim shooter in Orlando. Our response to terrorism should be to reject such political antics, to admit that guns don't kill people but people do, to focus our law enforcement resources on improving our intelligence gathering capabilities, and to refuse to cower to those who do such horrific acts.

June 27: The Washington Examiner:  Russia harasses U.S. diplomats in Moscow
with weak response from Washington.

"Over the past two years, harassment and surveillance of our diplomatic personnel in Moscow by security personnel and traffic police have increased significantly," said Elizabeth Trudeau, director of the State Department's Office of Press Relations.    The harassment, which was first reported in anonymous memos, started in 2014 after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia in response to their military intervention in Ukraine. American personnel felt intimidated and as if they were being watched even and their own homes.  According to the report, diplomats would often find their tires slashed or their homes broken into. On several occasions, diplomats would return home to find Russian agents had rearranged their furniture, or turn on all the lights and televisions before leaving. According to one diplomat, a Russian officer went so far as to defecate on his carpet.

June 24: The Daily Signal: Why Americans Should Celebrate the Britain’s Exit Vote:
The British exit campaign signals a new era of freedom for the British people.  After more than four decades of being shackled to the European Union, Great Britain has declared its independence.  Britain will no longer be subject to European legislation, with Britain’s Parliament retaking control. British judges will no longer be overruled by the European Court of Justice, and British businesses will be liberated from mountains of EU regulations, which have undermined economic liberty.  At last, Britain is free again to negotiate its own free trade deals, a huge boost to the world’s fifth largest economy.

June 24: The Daily MailBritain votes to leave the European Union
[Sovereignty, jobs and immigration policies all played a part in the voting]

The developments came after the Leave campaign stacked up 52 per cent of the votes - despite massive support for Remain in Scotland and London.  The Bank of England governor Mark Carney has attempted to reassure panicking markets this morning as the British Pound hit its lowest level against the US dollar for 31 years. Meanwhile Prime Minister Cameron said he had been 'proud' to serve as PM for the past six years but he said it would not be right for him to be the 'captain of the ship' while the UK negotiated its exit from the EU.  Mr. Johnson,  the former mayor of London and supporter of leaving the EU, said he believed the country now had a "glorious opportunity."   "We can pass our laws, set our taxes, entirely according to the needs of the UK economy… We can control our own borders, in a way that is not discriminatory but fair, and balanced and take the wind out of the sales of the extremists and those who would play politics of immigration… Above all, we can find our voice in the world again. A voice that is commensurate with the fifth biggest economy on earth."

June 24: Trump:  Statement by Donald Trump on UK EU vote:
The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.

June 23: The Telegraph:
  Leaving the UK: Contagious? 
Voters in France, Italy, and the Netherlands want a referendum too

Voters in France, Italy and the Netherlands are demanding their own votes on European Union membership and the euro, as the continent faces a “contagion” of referendums.  EU leaders fear a string of copycat polls could tear the organization apart, as leaders come under pressure to emulate David Cameron and hold votes. It came as German business leaders handed a considerable boost to the Leave campaign by saying it would be “very, very foolish” to deny the UK a free trade deal after Brexit. 

June 23: The Hill: Senate Majority Leader Quashes Senate Gun Control Effort
Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday cut the legs out from a bipartisan effort to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns.  [See related columnIn doing so he provided cover for vulnerable Republicans who wanted to be seen as supporting the effort, but did not want to cross the National Rifle Association. McConnell had promised a vote this week to moderate Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on her "bipartisan" measure barring people on two key terrorist watch lists from buying guns or explosives. 

June 23: The Foundation for Economic Education:
You Can’t Legislation a stop to the Orlando Shooting
The Orlando Pulse nightclub mass murder understandably has inspired calls for legal solutions to prevent such things in the future. It touches on the core reason people think we need government: to protect our lives from violence.  The legislative efforts focus on three different areas where some Americans desire more attention: the presence of Islamic radicals in our nation, the "hate speech" thought to possibly motivate such violence, and the ability to obtain the weapon used.

June 23: The Daily Mail: New Book by Secret Service Agent paints an interesting picture of First Lady Clinton:
A blockbuster book set for release on Monday paints Hillary Clinton as a shrewish and paranoid monster during her time as America's first lady – so mercurial and antagonistic that some U.S. Secret Service personnel protecting her 'literally went mad'.  'Many turned to alcohol, drugs, performance enhancers, affairs (sometimes at the workplace), and even prostitutes and other dangerous habits,' Gary Byrne writes in the forthcoming memoir 'Crisis of Character.'  And perhaps most ominously for the agency tasked with the safety of the White House and its occupants, he writes that a who cares mentality trickled down throughout the Service because of Hillary's carelessness with safety and security.

June 23: Associated Press: Supreme Court Shuts Down Obama Immigration Plan in Tie Vote:
The Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, effectively killing the plan for the rest of his presidency.  The outcome underscores that the direction of U.S. immigration policy will be determined in large part by this fall's presidential election, a campaign in which immigration already has played an outsized role.
People who would have benefited from Obama's plan face no imminent threat of deportation because Congress has provided money to deal with only a small percentage of people who live in the country illegally, and the president retains ample discretion to decide whom to deport. But Obama's effort to expand that protection to many others is effectively stymied.

June 23: Associated Press: Clinton failed to turn over key emails to State Department:
Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. During 20110 emails sent from Clinton's BlackBerry device and routed through her private clintonemail.com server in the basement of her New York home were being blocked by the State Department's spam filter. A suggested remedy was for Clinton to obtain a state.gov email account.  "Let's get separate address or device but I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible," Clinton responded to Abedin. 

June 22: The Daily CallerLeaked Docs show Hillary Luxurious Demands
Democratic National Committee documents leaked by a hacker Tuesday reveal that Hillary Clinton’s requirements to give a speech included a private flight and a luxurious presidential hotel suite.  One of the documents leaked is a form filled out by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation for the Harry Walker Agency. The Harry Walker Agency is a speaker’s bureau, which represented Hillary Clinton. On top of the $225,000 fee for her 20 minute speech, the agency gave the UNLV Foundation “standard travel expenses” for Clinton.

June 22: Associated Press:  Emails: State Department scrambled on trouble on Clinton’s Server
State Department staffers went into a full court press for weeks in 2010 over serious technical problems that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server.  Emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton's private server.   The emails were released under court order Wednesday to Judicial Watch.

June 21: The Hill: Democrat and Moderate Republican Senators Roll Out “bipartisan” Gun Control Bill
On Tuesday, Senators including liberal Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) rolled out a bipartisan bill aimed at stopping suspected terrorists from buying a gun, as lawmakers try to overcome a stalemate on the issue.  "Essentially we believe that if you are too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun," Collins said.   The legislation would allow the attorney general to block the sale of a gun if an individual is on the "no-fly" list or the so-called "selectee" list, which requires additional screening at an airport.  But what do process is involved with placing people on the “no-fly” list?

June 21: The Foundation for Economic Education: Good Reasons the Britain Should Leave the EU
Just as Americans wouldn’t want U.S. tax, immigration and regulatory policy to be controlled by an imaginary American Union office based in Latin America, many British don’t like their country being controlled by European Union bureaucrats in Brussels. Currently 60% of Britain’s laws come from Brussels not the UK. Instead of the Brits using the pound they are forced by the EU to use the metric system.  Workers are told by the EU how many hours they are allowed to work each week. The British are forced to live within the EU’s Emissions Trading System which drives up the cost of energy. These are just some of the reasons the British are considering leaving the European Union.

June 21: The McClathy DC Report:  A Few Good Men and Fewer Women
Six months after the Pentagon ordered all combat jobs open to women, seven female Marines are either serving in those posts or waiting to serve, and 167 are performing noncombat duties in front-line units, according to new data obtained by The Associated Press.  The numbers underscore the difficulty of integrating women into the demanding jobs, and reflect the small number of women who want to be combat Marines and can pass the new tough physical standards required to qualify.  So far this year those standards have weeded out most female hopefuls and have also disqualified some men.

Navy's SEARam Weapon
June 20: The Hill:

Navy’s SeaRAM Proves Itself During Exercises in the Med

The U.S. Navy SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System aboard USS Porter (DDG 78) in the Mediterranean Sea recently participated in live-fire testing to validate the system’s ability to defend U.S. Navy vessels including guided missile destroyers and littoral combat ships.  The Raytheon-built system batted two supersonic ballistic missiles out of the sky at the same time, in a test that validated its ability to protect the U.S. Navy’s new shallow-water fighters and other ships.

June 20: Fox News:
Supreme Court due to start announcing decisions this week:
The Supreme Court is set this week to begin announcing decisions on roughly a dozen remaining cases, including contentious ones on abortion and immigration. 
- AFFIRMATIVE ACTION:  Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The case could be a definitive, landmark ruling on the use of race in public university admissions. Justice Elena Kagan has already recused, meaning conservatives might have a 4-3 edge to cut back on such policies. Or Kennedy could side with his more liberal colleagues to uphold the school's diversity model.
- ABORTION ACCESS: Whole Woman's Health v. Cole. The constitutionality of a Texas law requires all clinics performing abortions in the state to be "ambulatory surgical centers" and that doctors performing abortions first obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
- EXECUTIVE POWER:  U.S. v. Texas. The case is a multi-state challenge to the president's use of executive power to block certain undocumented aliens from being deported, despite being in the country illegally.  A tie decision would essentially be a win for the states, since the lower courts have put the president's programs on hold.

June 19: The Daily Caller: ABC Hammers Senator Murphy on Orlando
ABC’s Jonathan Karl hammered Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy over his push for increased gun control in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack by a man who pledged his allegiance to ISIS, saying, “Your proposal would have done nothing.”  In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Karl said to Murphy, “You’re pushing a bill and have been pushing the bill that will be voted on on Monday to close the so-called ‘gun show loophole.’ Would that have done anything to stop the massacre in Orlando?”   “…[the Orlando shooter] didn’t buy those guns at a gun show. And he would have passed the background, he did pass a background check,” Karl said. 

June 18: Breitbart News: Texas: No Refugees who have not been vetted:
Texas officials responded to a notice from the federal government saying 25 percent more refugees would be placed in Texas than had originally been planned. The number of refugees would be increased to 11,020. Texas leaders also said the state will only accept refugees who have been fully vetted.

June 18: Valley Central: Border Agents see increase in border crossing:
Despite sweltering temperatures, Border Patrol has seen an increase in undocumented immigrants crossing the border.  Hundreds of immigrants continue to risk their lives attempting to cross the border, looking for work and a better opportunity. Two years ago, things were a lot worse when the Border Patrol saw a surge of unaccompanied minors and families illegally crossing the border mostly from Central America. Border Patrol says they've seen a 25% increase this fiscal year.

June 18: The Daily Caller:  Legendary baseball announcer destroys socialism on air!
Legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully absolutely destroyed socialism with a rant Friday night during the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Milwaukee Brewers.   “Socialism, failing to work as it always does. This time in Venezuela. You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden, there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello,” Scully said during the broadcast. 

June 17: The Washington Post: U.S. Gears Up to Power on first nuclear reactor
In an immaculate control room at the Watts Bar nuclear plant, green bars flash on a large screen, signaling something that has not happened in the United States in two decades.  As control rods lift from the water in the core, and neutrons go about the business of splitting uranium atoms, life comes to a new nuclear reactor — the first in the country since its sister reactor here was licensed in 1996.

June 17: Fox News: Gay Rights Groups say nothing about Clinton Foundation
contributions from counties that imprison Gays

The Clinton Foundation has accepted millions from Middle Eastern and other foreign governments that criminalize homosexuality – but prominent gay rights groups in America have stayed silent on the apparent disconnect between Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric and the donations.  "Unquestionably, they're not standing up for their principles," said Human Rights Foundation President Thor Halvorssen.  The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee frequently talks about her support for the LGBT community, while ripping what she describes as discriminatory policies in the U.S.

June 17:  Breitbart News: Obama Administration admiting over a million Muslims during presidency:
The Obama Administration is on pace to issue more than a million green cards to migrants from majority-Muslim countries, according to recently released government documents. Specifically, in the first six fiscal years of Obama’s presidency (FY2009 – FY2014), his administration issued 832,014 green cards to migrants majority-Muslim countries, the most of which were issued to migrants from Pakistan (102,000), Iraq (102,000), Bangladesh (90,000), Iran (85,000), Egypt (56,000), and Somalia (37,000).  The total 832,014 new permanent residents do not include migrants on temporary, nonimmigrant visas — which allow foreign nationals to come to the U.S. temporarily for work, study, tourism and the like. As the subcommittee notes, the number also does not include those migrants who overstayed the terms of their visas.

June 17: The New York Times: Iraqi Forces Enter Falluja
Iraqi forces quickly entered central areas of Falluja on Friday after weeks of battling the Islamic State and as thousands of civilians fled, overwhelming the ability of aid agencies to care for them. ISIS fighters gave little resistance as counterterrorism forces raised the Iraqi flag over the main government building in central Falluja.  Pro-government forces moved on to besiege the city’s main hospital, a key objective that in recent months has served as a headquarters complex for the Islamic State.  The rapid and unexpected gains suggested a shift in tactics by the Sunni ISIS extremists or perhaps a sign of their weakness, as they abandoned their dug-in positions and regrouped in western neighborhoods of Falluja. That allowed thousands of civilians, which aid groups had said were being held as human shields, to flee across two bridges over the Euphrates River beginning on Thursday.

June 15: InfoWars.com: Islamic Speaker: Killing Gays is a belief
held by many moderate Muslims

In light of the massacre of dozens of people at a gay club in Orlando, it’s worth re-visiting the comments of Islamic speaker Fahad Qureshi, who admitted that the desire to see homosexuals killed was a belief held by so-called “moderate” Muslims.  During a conference held in May 2013, Qureshi complained that the media often frames views such as “the death penalty for homosexuals” or the subjugation of women as only being held by radical Muslims.  “I always try to tell them that… ...these are general views that every Muslim actually has….every Muslim believes in these things,” says Qureshi.

June 15: RT News:  Senate Passes $602 Billion NDAA Bill with 85 votes for; Obama Threatens Veto
The US Senate overwhelmingly approved a $602 billion annual defense bill, despite President Obama’s threat to veto it because of its impediments to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.  Only 13 Senators opposed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill secured a strong victory.   Among those voting against were former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas.   The House of Representatives passed the measure in May in a 277-147 vote.

June 14: LA Times: Investigators say Orlando Shooter into Islamic State Propaganda; 
Staked out Disney World

Omar Mateen increasingly sought out Islamic State videos and other radical Islamist propaganda in the months leading up to his shooting rampage at an Orlando gay nightclub Sunday, investigators have found.  A counter-terrorism official said investigators had uncovered the material while reviewing Mateen's Internet search history. Mateen, who was killed by a SWAT team, pledged allegiance to Islamic State during the attack.  The inquiry broadened Tuesday, with investigators ranging as far afield as Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, survivors recounted the New York-born gunman – whose parents are Afghan immigrants – telling them he had gone on a killing rampage because he “wanted America to stop bombing his country.”

June 14: The Washington Times:  480,000 Illegal immigrants overstay visas
– Most not a priority for deportation

Immigration agents catch an abysmally small percentage of the illegal immigrants who arrived on visas but overstayed their welcome, authorities admitted to Congress Tuesday, describing a loophole that those around the globe are increasingly using to gain a foothold in the U.S.  At least 480,000 people overstayed their visas last year, adding to a backlog that’s reached some 5 million total, members of Congress said.

June 14: Business Insider: FLA. Governor: Obama called the French right after
the attack in Paris; We have yet to get a call from him!

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama has not called him after the worst terrorist attack on US soil since September 11, 2001 – an attack which took place in Scott's home state.  A lone gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS carried out one of the deadliest mass shooting in US history [but less killed than those massacred at Wounded Knee] early on Sunday morning when he opened fire at the Pulse nightclub. Forty nine people were killed in the attack.  It's typically commonplace for the president to call the governor of a state after such catastrophic events.

June 14: CBS News:  As if you didn’t expect it: Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary
calls gun control a critical element of national security

Just days after the terrorist attack in Orlando left 49 people dead and 53 wounded, Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that gun control is now a critical element of protecting the U.S. homeland and keeping Americans safe.   "We have to face the fact that meaningful gun control has to be a part of homeland security," Johnson said in an interview on  “CBS this Morning."  [Of course he said this… It’s part of the Obama Administration’s effort to disarm U.S. citizens]  "We need to do something to minimize the opportunity for terrorists to get a gun in this country."

June 13: The Global Post: Venezuela: People barter diapers for food
A kilo of pasta gets you a packet of diapers. A bag of flour buys a bottle of shampoo.  Short on basic supplies, Venezuelans have reverted to ancient shopping habits: bartering whatever they have.  This is the end result of the socialistic economic policies of Venezuelan leadership. 

June 13: Information Journal:  AR-15s are not Assault Rifles.  Here are the details:
In the wake of the Orlando massacre calls have been coming for the banning of “Assault Rifles.”  But by any definition of the term, the AR-15 is not an assault rifle.  What constitutes an assault rifle?  An assault rifle has selective fire meaning the user can toggle between a semiautomatic and automatic mode of operation.  The AR-15 is a gas-powered semiautomatic weapon and does not have an automatic setting. The AR-15 looks very similar to the M16, which is an actual assault rifle.  The AR-15 is not as powerful as one might think.  In fact, some states prohibit its use for big game hunting since it is not powerful enough to ensure a kill against large animals.

June 8: The Daily Caller:  DNC Platform Committee Member: Nobody Should Have a Gun
A member of the Democratic National Committee’s 15-person platform drafting committee said during a public meeting on Wednesday that she does not believe that “anyone should have a gun.”  Bonnie Schaefer, a former retail executive and a progressive philanthropist, said that more should be done to combat gun violence.  “I really don’t personally think anyone should have a gun,” she said.  The platform committee, which includes liberal and progressive leaders like former Attorney General Eric Holder, Center for American Progress executive director Neera Tanden, and Cornel West, a theology professor and radical Marxist who is supporting Bernie Sanders for president, met to set the Democratic party’s platform ahead of its July convention.

June 8: The Washington Examiner: Feds spend $20,000 to Settle each Refuge
Federal taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $20,000 just to settle each refugee and asylum seeker, who are then immediately eligible for cash welfare, food stamps, housing and medical aid, according to a new report on the "refugee industry."  The report provided federal budget figures showing that the government spends $19,884 on each refugee the U.S. takes in. 

June 8: The Washington Examiner: ObamaPhone Fraud Approaching $500 Million
The federal subsidy known as the "Obamaphone" program could be losing nearly $500 million annually to fraud, according to a top Republican on the Federal Communications Commission.  Commissioner Pai made the accusation Wednesday in letter to the Universal Service Administrative Company, referring to the FCC's Universal Service Fund, which provides a monthly $9.95 subsidy for telecom service to low-income consumers.  The subsidy is limited to one per "independent economic household," but telecom companies have the ability to override that restriction if applicants check a box stating they represent a separate household, even if they have the same address.  

June 8: The Daily Caller:  New Bill to Stop Executive Overreach
A House panel approved legislation Wednesday that would end a judicial doctrine the Obama administration regularly relies upon when promulgating new rules and regulations.  The Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA) repeals the Chevron doctrine, which requires that courts defer to a federal agency’s interpretation of the law unless their interpretation is “unreasonable.” Instead, the bill provides that a court should conduct a review of “all relevant questions of law, including the interpretation of constitutional and statutory provisions and rules” when evaluating federal rules and regulations.  Although the bill has little chance of becoming law it would bring back oversight.  When a rule is injuring citizens it would allow them to challenge it.

June 8: Fox Business: New Legislation: Vets Can Get Care Outside the VA
Rep. Rodgers (R-WA) the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, on Tuesday introduced a new bill in the House to completely overhaul how the nation’s soldiers receive care from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.  The solution: Start turning the sole, and worst, example of the federal government’s single-payer system back to the private sector. The new bill, which is gaining a groundswell of support, would turn the VA into a government-chartered nonprofit corporation, much like the hospital networks already operating in the private sector today. . [See Related Column]

June 8: The Hill: Senate Majority Leader McConnell aims to wrap up the Defense Bill
Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) is inching the Senate toward the finish line on an annual wide-ranging defense policy bill.  The Senate Republican leader moved to end debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday night. The $602 billion defense authorization broadly outlines policy for the Pentagon and military branches.  Unless senators can get a deal to speed things up, McConnell's move sets up an initial vote as soon as Friday. Senators will need 60 votes to move forward with the defense legislation.  

June 8: The UK Daily Mail: Gunmen Dressed in Suits Kill four in Israel
Gunmen dressed in dark suits have carried out a terror attack in Tel Aviv leaving at least four people dead.  Around six other people were wounded in the shocking shooting incident, which took place at the Max Brenner restaurant in the centre of the Israeli city.  One person, believed to be a four-year-old girl, was in critical condition, with Israeli police describing the shooting as an apparent attack aimed against Israelis. 

June 7: Yahoo News:  Migrants in Germany linked to 69,000 would-be or actual crimes
Migrants in Germany committed or tried to commit some 69,000 crimes in the first quarter of 2016, according to a police report that could raise unease, especially among anti-immigrant groups, about Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal migrant policy.  There was a record influx of more than a million migrants into Germany last year and concerns are now widespread about how Europe's largest economy will manage to integrate them and ensure security.

June 7: CNN Politics: Chinese Military Intercept of U.S. aircraft unsafe
A U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft flying Tuesday in international airspace over the East China Sea was intercepted in an "unsafe manner" by a Chinese J-10 fighter jet, several defense officials tell CNN.  The Chinese jet was never closer than 100 feet to the U.S. aircraft, but it flew with a "high rate of speed as it closed in" on the U.S. aircraft, one official said. Because of that high speed, and the fact it was flying at the same altitude as the U.S. plane, the intercept is defined as unsafe.  Officials said the RC-135 was on a routine mission.

June 7: Associated Press: Sanders “disappointed” that AP called the campaign
Bernie Sanders said Tuesday he was "really disappointed" and "upset" that The Associated Press declared rival Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee on the eve of primary elections in six states, adding a somewhat muted voice to the outrage expressed by many of his supporters.

June 7: The Gateway Pundit:  Clinton Caught Colluding with AP for Announcement prior to California Primary:
On Monday night – the day before California’s primary election – the Associated Press announced Hillary Clinton had finally secured enough delegates to win the Democratic Party nomination.  But now there is evidence that this announcement the night before the nation’s largest primary was planned days in advance.

June 6: Politico Sanders: Not so quick! Condemns Rush to Judgment on Clinton Nomination
Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Monday evening condemned the media for its “rush to judgment” in declaring Hillary Clinton the Democratic presidential nominee, saying super-delegates should not be automatically counted.  “It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of super-delegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,” Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs said.

June 6: Politico: FBI offers second secret filing in Clinton email suit
The FBI is offering a federal judge a second secret glimpse into the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The Justice Department asked a federal judge Monday to accept "additional details" under seal about how the FBI conducted its search for records a Vice News journalist requested under the Freedom of Information Act from the law enforcement agency about the probe it is conducting into Clinton's email set-up and how classified information came to reside in the Democratic presidential candidate's account.

June 6: Breitbart.News: Vet Fired by Time Warner for Lowering Flag to Half-Staff on Memorial Day
A North Carolina Marine Vet (Allen Thhornwell) who fought to defend U.S. interests in Iraq and Afghanistan, says he was “pink-slipped” for lowering his employer’s American flag to half staff.   He is demanding an apology from Time Warner Cable for him and his fellow veterans.  The company said it was disturbed by this American warrior’s “passion for the flag and his political affiliation,” a local newspaper reported.

June 6: The Galveston County Daily News: Disincentives to Improving Skill Sets
Often discussions relating to raising minimum wages center around business costs. In reality, there are deeper concerns. We contend that setting about to equalize the wages of the labor force through mandated wage increases violates human nature and, in the end, weakens our society and threatens to destroy its very fabric. Solutions, real solutions, and self worth are found in the concept that rewards should be paid to those who work hard and sacrifice. It is against human nature that those who contribute less should be rewarded more.

June 6: The Guardian: NATO War Games the largest in Eastern Europe
The largest war game in eastern Europe since the end of the cold war has started in Poland, as NATO and partner countries seek to mount a display of strength as a response to concerns about Russia’s assertiveness and actions.  The  ten-day military exercise, involving 31,000 troops and thousands of vehicles from 24 countries, has been welcomed among NATO’s allies in the region, though defense experts warn that any mishap could prompt an offensive reaction from Moscow. Russian jets routinely breach Nordic countries’ airspace and in April the spectacularly buzzed  the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea.

June 6: Breitbart News: Islamic State Shooting Civilians Fleeing Fallujah:
Brutal ISIS jihadists are shooting civilians trying to flee the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, a Norwegian Refuge Council (NRC) agency says.   Civilians are “being shot dead” by the Islamic State as they crossed the Euphrates River trying to flee Fallujah, where up to 50,000 civilians are believed to be trapped, including 20,000 children.  “Our biggest fears are now tragically confirmed with civilians being directly targeted while trying to flee to safety,” said Nasr Muflahi, director of Iraq’s NRC office, in a statement, adding that “armed opposition groups” were carrying out the shootings, the BBC reports.  “This is the worst that we feared would happen to innocent men, women and children who have had to leave everything behind in order to save their lives,” also said Muflahi.

June 5: The Washington Times: IRS Finally Reveals list of TEA Party groups that were targeted:
More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.  The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. But even as it answers some questions, the list raises others, including exactly when the targeting stopped, and how broadly the tax agency drew its net when it went after nonprofits for unusual scrutiny. There are also some indications that left-leaning groups were added to the IRS dragnet once the IRS realized they were being investigated.

June 5: Yahoo News: 80% of Swiss Vote No on guaranteed income for life:
Almost 80 percent of Swiss voters rejected a guaranteed monthly income Sunday.  Under the proposal, Swiss adults would receive a government check of $2,563 each month.   The Swiss overwhelmingly rejected the proposal believing it would cripple the Swiss economy by eliminating all motivation to work.  “If you pay people to do nothing, they will do nothing,” Charles Wyplosz, an economics professor at the Geneva Graduate Institute, said.  Other opponents say a guaranteed basic income would cause international implications.  Others who opposed the measure suggested that Switzerland with it high standard of living would become a magnet for billions of people who would try to move there. [Compared to its European counterparts, Switzerland’s economy is faring well. It had an impressive unemployment rate of 3.5% as of April, far below the Eurozone average of 10.2%.]

June 5: Associated Press: Philippine President-Elect: Public should use guns to kill drug dealers
The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods.  In a nationally televised speech late Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd in the southern city of Davao that Filipinos who help him battle crime will be rewarded.  "Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support," Duterte said, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country's police.

June 5: The Hill: Sanders Slams Hillary for taking millions
from foreign dictators while serving as Secretary of State:
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders criticized the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from foreign governments in an interview aired Sunday, calling it a conflict of interest.   "Do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of State and a foundation run by her husband collects many, many dollars from foreign governments — governments which are dictatorships?  "Yeah, I do have a problem with that. Yeah, I do," Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union."   When host Jake Tapper asked if he thought it was a conflict of interest, Sanders said, "I do."

June 3: Judicial Watch: DHS Moving Van Loads of Illegal Aliens Away from the Border
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.

June 1: Newsmax.com: Largest Texas Insurer Asks for Big ObamaCare Ratte Hike
Fresh problems for "Obamacare": The largest health insurer in Texas wants to raise its rates on individual policies by an average of nearly 60 percent, a new sign that President Barack Obama's overhaul hasn't solved the problem of price spikes.  Millions of customers will be shielded from price hikes by government subsidies, which typically cover more than 70 percent of the premiums. People who don't have access to a workplace plan can buy a policy directly on the health law's marketplaces.  But many consumers aren't eligible for the income-based subsidies and get no such protection. That demographic includes business owners, self-employed people and early retirees. Under the law, most Americans are required to have health insurance or risk being fined.

June 1: Chicago Tribune: Chicago closes out Deadliest May in 21 Years
A 15 year old boy was the 66th and final homicide victim last month, the deadliest May in Chicago since 1995 when 75 were slain, according to official Police Department records.  For the first five months of this year, 243 people have been killed, the most fatalities since 248 perished in 1999, a Tribune analysis of department statistics found. By the end of 1999, homicides totaled 643 that year.  Chicago police have said the violence has been stoked by gang conflicts and a proliferation of guns. The department has blamed most of the violence on a core group of about 1,400 people whom they have identified through the use of data analytics.  All this is an interesting commentary on a city that has one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

June 1: Politico:  Clinton IT assistant will plead the 5th at deposition
A former information technology adviser to Hillary Clinton plans to exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a deposition next week and wants to prevent any video recording being made of the session. Judicial Watch indicated Wednesday that it will resist the proposal to ban video recording.  "Judge Sullivan already put in place a mechanism that addresses these concerns," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in an interview. "There are always credibility issues that are raised by any assertion of the Fifth Amendment. This video, we believe will be helpful to Judge Sullivan in assessing the witness' demeanor when asserting the Fifth Amendment and in response to other questions." 

June 1: The Independent Journal: Ryan Decides to Support Trump for President:
Just as Hillary Clinton started giving a major anti-Trump speech on Thursday, news broke that Ryan had made his decision.  Ryan penned a column for the The Janesville Gazette, listing the various topics he has discussed with the presumptive GOP nominee.  At the end of the column, Ryan assured readers that he will indeed be supporting Trump in November.

May 31: The New York Post: Hillary’s Long Record of Lying; Keeping the Public in the Dark:
The last time she lived in the White House, Hillary Clinton was in charge of a health care task force that met in secret under a veil of lies. That episode highlighted the haughtiness, deceit and disdain for transparency that continue to cause trouble for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, as illustrated by the recent inspector general’s report on her email practices as secretary of state.

May 31: The Wall Street Journal: Hillary Clinton may not be the Democratic Party Nominee
There is now more than a theoretical chance that Hillary may not be the Democratic nominee for president.  How could that happen, given that her nomination has been considered a sure thing by virtually everyone in the media and in the party itself? Consider the possibilities.  The inevitability behind Mrs. Clinton’s nomination will be in large measure eviscerated if she loses the June 7 California primary to Bernie Sanders. That could well happen.  Another problem: In recent weeks the perception that Mrs. Clinton would be the strongest candidate against Trump has evaporated.

May 31: The Daily Caller:  20,000 Committed to Protest Hillary at Philadelphia Democratic Convention:
More than twenty thousand people have committed to protest Hillary Clinton’s likely nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — and that number is quickly growing.  The protesters are united in their support for Bernie Sanders, as well as their opposition to “a fraudulent Hillary nomination,” according to the group’s Website.  Protesters are encouraged to read documents one of which is titled “Civil Disobedience Training.” Another is titled “Health and Safety at Militant Actions” and includes tips on first-aid and withstanding tear gas.

May 30: Galveston County Daily News: Long Wait Times at the VA are like Disney World? Really?
Last week the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald  likened the wait times for veterans seeking medical treatment from VA facilities to the lines at Disney World; suggesting that how long a veteran needs to wait for a medical appointment is not a reasonable measure of service.  His contention was that satisfaction with the service should be the ultimate measure by which the Veterans Administration should be judged.   Is this just more double-speak from high level government officials in Washington?

May 26: Fox News: Less than ten percent of VA hires are doctors
A newly released study hammered the Veterans Affairs for spending a fraction of its budget on new doctors while devoting millions to lawyers and public affairs officials – as thousands of veterans were waiting for care.  The study from OpentheBooks.com shows that between 2012 and 2015, just one in 11 new hires were “medical officers.”  The findings are fueling criticism that the VA’s problems amount to more than just resources.  “What’s clear is that money is not the issue – the culture is,” said John Cooper, press secretary for Concerned Veterans for America.

May 26: McClatchyDC: Blue Lives Mater: Louisana to extend police to hate crimes protections
There’s a new movement percolating, a “Blue Lives Matter” push that seeks to raise penalties for violence against police and first responders but that also could serve as a controversial counter to the Black Lives Matter movement.  In Louisiana, the legislature has voted to expand its hate crime laws to include law enforcement and first-responders, in addition to victims targeted because of race, age, gender, religion or sexual orientation. The governor was signing it into law Thursday.  Similar proposals are pending in both the U.S. House and Senate and starting to creep into the 2016 campaign, framing a debate over law enforcement and its relationship with minority communities.  Police organizations say the increased protections are needed because they are under siege on the streets.

May 26: The Washington Post: Ryan has a fight on his hands he doesn’t want!
House Speaker Paul Ryan finds himself in the middle of yet another Republican civil war as the battle over LGBT rights has come to Congress.  On Wednesday moderate Republicans and Democrats joined together to adopt an amendment to the Energy and Water appropriations bill that would prohibit discrimination against homosexual and transgender federal contractors.   The Democrats then turned around to defeat the bill itself 305-112.  Republicans contend the maneuvers was done to create a campaign issue while ensuring the underlying measure did not pass.  The bill was an attempt by GOP leadership to go back to regular order where the 12 appropriation bills are passed instead of bundling everything together at the end of the year into a stop gap continuing resolution.   The defeat of this bill throws a monkey wrench into that process.

May 25: NewsMax: Hillary Hit by State Dept. IG over Emailgate
A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton for poorly managing email and other computer information and slowly responding to new cyber-security risks.   An Inspector General's review came after revelations Clinton exclusively used a private email account and server while in office. "At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act."

May 25: Politico: Hillary expresses worries about exposure of personal emails at the State Department
Hillary Clinton expressed concern in November 2010 about the risk of her personal emails becoming accessible after one of her top aides said they needed to discuss putting her on the State Department’s email system.  The revelation of the exchange between Clinton and Huma Abedin was included in a report from the State Department’s inspector general that was released to lawmakers on Wednesday. 

May 24: CNNHouse Republicans lay out the case for impeaching the IRS Commissioner
Republican lawmakers in the House used a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday to push for impeachment of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen for what they see as his breaching "every single duty he had."  Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis, who are both GOP members of the committee, said there are grounds to remove Koskinen based on what they called his dishonesty and betrayal of the public trust. The hearing is the result an investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups.  "Commissioner Koskinen had several duties. He breached every single duty he had," said Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said. GOP critics said Koskinen allowed back-up tapes containing potentially 24,000 emails to be destroyed while failing to inform Congress of the destruction of the tapes in a timely manner.  

May 22: NewsMax: Surprise: Washington State GOP Supports Cruz!
Despite his overwhelming position as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Trump is still facing some pockets of resistance.  On Saturday, the Washington State GOP’s convention awarded 40 out of 41 elected delegate slots to Texas Senator Ted Cruz who formally suspended his campaign several weeks ago.  Regardless of the convention vote the delegates are bound by party rules to cast national convention ballots based upon Tuesday’s primary results.  

May 21: The Hill: Dems Promise to Target House Republicans for LGBT Vote
Democrats are vowing to target House Republicans in tough reelection races who allegedly switched their votes to ensure a measure to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community wouldn't pass.  Democrats see the vote-switching as a prime way to counter those Republicans’ claims of independence from their leadership and paint them as hiding their actions from the public

May 21: UK Independent: Iranian Women Cut Hair and Dress like Men:
Women in Iran are cutting their hair short and dressing as men in a bid to bypass state 'morality' police who rigorously enforce penalties for not wearing a hijab.  A number of women have shared photos of themselves in public with their hair uncovered on Instagram and other social media. The women have cut their hair short in some images and in others are dressed in clothes more typically associated with men. 

May 21: The New York Times: Hillary’s the Nominee, Really?
She should have been able to finally savor shattering that “highest, hardest glass ceiling” — the one she gloried in putting 18 million cracks in last time around — when she attends her convention in Philadelphia in July.  Instead, she is reduced to stomping her feet on CNN, asserting her dominance in a contest that has left her looking anything but dominant. Once more attempting to shake off the old socialist dude hammering her with a sickle, Clinton insisted to Chris Cuomo on Thursday: “I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won’t be.”

May 19: Fox News: Search for EgyptAir flight continues; possible link to terrorism
An intense search continued Thursday in the Mediterranean Sea off Greece for wreckage of an EgyptAir flight that went down earlier in the day with 66 people on board, as multiple U.S. officials told Fox News that no explosion was detected by infrared satellites in the vicinity of the crash area.  There were conflicting reports throughout the day as to if any debris from the plane was spotted by search crews. Officials from EgyptAir initially said debris from the plane was found off the Greek island of Karpathos.  Later in the day, Ahmed Adel, Vice President of EgyptAir, told CNN the debris found Thursday was not from Flight 804.

May 19: Associated Press: Poll shows Two-Thirds of Americans would struggle to pay for a $1,000 Emergency
Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years after the Great Recession, Americans' finances remain precarious as ever.  These difficulties span all incomes, according to the poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

May 19: The Washington Examiner Judge orders ethics classes for “deceptive” DOJ attorneys:
A federal judge has ordered annual ethics classes for Justice Department attorneys as a punishment for being "intentionally deceptive" during litigation over President Obama's executive immigration orders.  "Such conduct is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word 'Justice,'" U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen wrote in a withering order released on Thursday.

May 19: CNBC: China: We are ready if U.S. stirs up any conflict in the South China Sea
China’s attempts to claim a nearly 1.4-million-square-mile swathe of open ocean are without precedent and probably without legal merit, but Beijing continues to assert its right to the economically critical zone — and increasingly puts its claims in military terms. Speaking to a small group of reporters in Beijing on Thursday, a high-ranking Chinese official made his warning clear: The United States should not provoke China in the South China Sea without expecting retaliation.

May 19: The Daily Beast: China ready to send Nuclear Ballistic Missile Subs to Sea
China’s about to join an exclusive club. After decades of development, 2016 could be the year the Chinese navy finally sends its ballistic-missile submarines —“SSBNs”— to sea for the first time for operational patrols with live, nuclear-tipped rockets. If indeed the Jin-class subs head to sea this year, China will achieve a level of nuclear strike capability that, at present, just two countries—the United States and Russia—can match or exceed.  “China will probably conduct its first SSBN nuclear deterrence patrol sometime in 2016,” the Pentagon warned in the latest edition of its annual report on the Chinese military. 

May 19: Yahoo.com:
  NATO finalizing military buildup to counter Russian Aggression
NATO foreign ministers were on Thursday finalizing the alliance's biggest military build-up since the end of the Cold War to counter what they see as a more aggressive and unpredictable Russia.  NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the two-day meeting would address "all the important issues" to prepare for a "landmark" summit in Poland in July. There, NATO leaders will formally endorse the revamp which puts more troops into eastern European member states as part of a "deter and dialogue" strategy, meant to reassure allies they will not be left in the lurch in any repeat of the Ukraine crisis. 

May 15: The Hill: 67% of jobs are created by small business
Small businesses drive our economy. Earlier this month, the country celebrated National Small Business Week, recognizing the 28 million small companies that create opportunities for millions of Americans through employment and innovation.  Their economic contributions are well known – small businesses create two out of every three new jobs annually and generate income for more than 50 percent of Americans who either own or work for them. Between 2009 and 2015, 67 percent of all job growth came from small businesses.  This underscores why policymakers need to do all they can to support these entrepreneurs and the jobs they create.

May 14: CNN: What is the North Carolina Bathroom Case About?
The legal controversy surrounding the NC bathroom bill is not about bigotry, it raises constitutional separation of powers issues, and may be a legal battle the Justice Department cannot win.  There is nothing in the Civil Right Act that spells out gender identification as a protected class but the Obama DOJ has consistently “interpreted” the protected class of “sex” as such.  But Congress made it clear that having separate but equal bathrooms for men and women is legal and not a violation of a person’s civil rights.  North Carolina’s HB2 proponents claim that since Congress was silent on the issue and did not specify “gender identification” as a protected class, HB2 falls within the jurisdiction of the states.   DOJ is acting upon its own interpretation to enforce the law and not on the law itself and that causes constitutional separation of powers issues.  It is clear that the Congress and only the Congress has the power to write laws and the Executive Branch and the Judiciary are not suppose to create law out of thin air.

May 13: NewsOne
: Obama’s Education Dept. Orders Schools to allow boys in girls bathrooms
Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina.  In issuing the guidance, the Obama administration is wading anew into a socially divisive debate it has bluntly cast in terms of civil rights. The Justice Department on Monday sued North Carolina over a bathroom access law that it said violates the rights of transgender people, a measure that Lynch likened to policies of racial segregation and efforts to deny gay couples the right to marry.

May 7: Fox News:  Army has fewest soldiers since after World War II
The number of U.S. Army soldiers on active duty has been reduced to its lowest since 1940, according to a published report.  The Army Times reported this weekend that the Army's end strength for March was 479,172. That's 154 fewer soldiers than the service's previous post-World War II low, which was reached during the Army's post-Cold War drawdown in 1999.  The current number is still well above the 269,023 soldiers on duty in 1940, the year before America entered World War II. However, the report says the active force has been reduced by more than 16,500 troops over the past year — the equivalent of about three brigades.

May 7: ABC News:   Senior Hillary Staffer: State Department is Appearing to missing some emails
The State Department said today it can’t find any of Bryan Pagliano’s emails from the time he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior information technology staffer during her tenure there.   Pagliano would have been required to turn over any official communications from his work account before he left the government. State Department officials say he had an official email account, but that they can't find any of those records and continue to search for them.

May 7: The Galveston County Daily News: Police: Driver shot would-be robber dead at McDonalds
A 37-year-old man was killed Saturday afternoon after he apparently tried to rob a father and his toddler son, who were in the drive-through of McDonald’s at the intersection of FM 518 and state Highway 3 in League City, police said.  Witnesses told investigators a man walked up to a Ford F-150 pickup truck and pointed a handgun at the driver about 2:10 p.m., police said.  The driver, who is a concealed handgun license holder, pulled out his handgun and shot the man multiple times, striking him in the chest, police said. The 37-year-old man, who’s name had not been released, was taken to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where he died, police said.  Neither the driver nor his 4-year-old son were injured during the shooting, police said. The mother picked up the boy, and the father was taken to the League City Police Department for questioning, police said. Detectives were still investigating the scene Saturday afternoon.

May 5: Judicial Watch: JW Lawsuit Uncovers More Clinton Email Withheld from the State Department
Judicial Watch today released 241 pages of new State Department emails that appear to contradict statements by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department and that she did not use her clintonemail.com system until March 18, 2009.  Clinton emails dating from February 2009 also call into question the validity of her statements.  Many of the documents go back as far as January of that year and were not turned over to the Department of State.

May 5: CNN: FBI Starts to interview Clinton Aides on Emailgate
Some of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, including her longtime adviser Huma Abedin, have provided interviews to federal investigators, as the FBI probe into the security of her private email server nears completion, U.S. officials briefed on the investigation tell CNN. The investigation is still ongoing.  In recent weeks, multiple aides have been interviewed -- some more than once, the officials said. A date for an FBI interview of Clinton has not been set, these officials said, but is expected in the coming weeks. Abedin has cooperated with the probe, the officials said.  The probe remains focused on the security of the server and the handling of classified information and hasn't expanded to other matters, the officials said.

May 5: The Daily Caller: Businesses Flee New York City as Mayor Boycotts Chick-Fil-A
Twenty-one companies in New York City have announced they are laying off workers and many are closing due to “economic” reasons as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s focus has been on targeting a company because of its views on marriage.  As de Blasio encouraged a boycott of Chick-fil-a because he said the company has “anti-LGBT” views, many New Yorkers are facing pink slips in the months to come.  A review of Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications filed with the state Department of Labor show 21 companies in the past four weeks alone have announced layoffs. Some are even closing shop altogether. The notices show a majority of these companies cite “economic” as the reason behind their decision.  Insurance giant AIG, in an amended notice filing, announced 108 workers at its Water Street location will be laid off, and an additional 132 at its other four locations in the city will also be given pink slips. The reason cited for the dislocation is “economic.”

May 4: The Washington Free Beacon: April marks 12th straight month of record gun sales:
This April saw the most gun-related background checks of any April on record, making it the 12th month in a row to achieve a high water mark for gun sales.  According to the FBI records they ran 2,145,865 checks through the National Instant Background Check System last month. That represents more than a 400,000 increase over the previous record set in April 2014. The trend of record-setting months began last May. In that period the background check system has seen records set for the most checks in a day, a month, and a year. Thus far 2016 is on pace to pass 2015 as the best year on record for gun-related background checks.

May 4: Fox News: Romanian Hacker: I breached the Clinton Server; It was Easy!
The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer” claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.  "For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer." Guccifer’s potential role in the Clinton email investigation was first reported last month.  The hacker subsequently claimed he was able to access the server – and provided extensive details about how he did it and what he found – over the course of a half-hour jailhouse interview and a series of recorded phone calls.

May 4: The Daily Caller: Federal Judge: Hillary Deposition May Be Necessary
A federal judge on Wednesday granted limited discovery to the watchdog group Judicial Watch in one of its lawsuits against the State Department and says that a deposition of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “may be necessary.”   U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan formally approved conditions that the State Department and Judicial Watch agreed to last month.  The conservative group is suing the State Department for records related to a special job held by Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, while she worked at the State Department.  In his ruling, Sullivan noted that “discovery is an extraordinary procedure” in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. But he said that “discovery should be permitted…when a plaintiff raises a sufficient question as to the agency’s good faith in processing documents in response to a FOIA request.”

May 4: The Daily Caller:  DOJ: North Carolina Transgender Bathroom Law Violates Civil Rights Act?
The Department of Justice has taken sides in the North Carolina transgender bathroom debate, and it will have major legal consequences.  Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in letter to North Carolina officials that House Bill 2 violates the Civil Rights Act and gave them until Monday to remedy the violation.  HB2 requires transgender people use the restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate and bans local governments from making LGBT ordinances. The law has been the source of national debate and multiple boycotts multiple boycotts.  If North Carolina refuses to comply it could lose millions of dollars.

May 4: The Hill: Illegal immigrant numbers skyrocket at Mexican border: 
Child migration is surging again.  The number of families and unaccompanied children apprehended on the southern border has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures from the Obama administration.   The numbers, compiled by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), reveal that child migration is on par with 2014 levels, when a wave of kids –– thousands of them unaccompanied –– arrived at the southern border. 

May 4: Yahoo.com: Russia warns of retaliation as NATO plans more deployments in Eastern Europe
Russia will reinforce its western and southern flanks with three new divisions by the year-end, officials said on Wednesday, threatening retaliation to NATO's plans to boost its military presence in eastern members Poland and the Baltic States.   While Moscow accuses the Western alliance of threatening its Russia's security, NATO says intensified military drills and its plans for increased deployments on its eastern flank are purely defensive after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 and backed separatist rebels in Ukraine.  U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Monday NATO was weighing up rotating four battalions of troops through eastern member states amid rising tension in the Baltic. 

April 29: NewsMax: Obama Announces More Gun Control Plans
President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.

April 24: The Hill: Clinton accentuates her gun control message
Hillary Clinton is accentuating her support for gun control in the run-up to Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Connecticut, the site of one of the worst school shootings in American history.  The former Secretary of State met last week in Hartford with the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and has launched ads in the state featuring victims of gun violence.  “I am here to tell you I will use every single minute of every day, if I’m fortunate to be your president, looking for ways to save lives so we can change the gun culture,” Clinton said to victims of the Newtown massacre in Hartford. 

April 22: The Daily Signal:  President Violates the Constitution Again by not sending the
Climate Change Agreement to the Senate for ratification:

Regardless of how you feel about “Global Warming,” “Global Cooling,” or “Climate Change” there is an underlying concern about the lawlessness of a President who commits the U.S. to agreements that will “hold every country accountable” if they fail to meet the agreement’s carbon emissions standards.  The White House has acknowledged that the agreement contains “legally binding” provisions designed to create a “long-term framework” that will force the United States and signatory countries to reduce carbon emissions for decades to come.  Despite these facts, President Obama has already announced he will not submit the Paris Climate Agreement to the Senate for advice and consent. Instead, the White House claims this signature environmental achievement of the president’s tenure is just an “international agreement” not meriting Senate attention.

April 21: The Daily Signal:
Abbott: The best we can hope for on the president’s unconstitutional
immigration plan is a tie vote in the Supreme Court

The governor of the state leading the legal fight against President Barack Obama’s executive actions protecting illegal immigrants from deportation predicted today that “the best we can hope for” is a deadlocked decision by the Supreme Court.   That’s the difference the vacancy on the court left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia makes, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said during a briefing for reporters.

April 20: Fox News: North Carolina High School Opens Indoor Shooting Range
Members of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at a North Carolina high school reportedly will be able to practice shooting at the school’s indoor range.  WRAL reported the Smithfield-Selma High School JROTC opened its 1,200 square-foot, six-lane, indoor shooting range last week. The program paid for constructions with the help of donations from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  The cadets will practice shooting with Daisy pump air rifles, but must undergo extensive training before they can participate in the activities at the range. 

April 20: The Daily Caller:
Proof Abortionist Have Broken Federal Law in selling Baby Parts
Former U.S. prosecutor Brian Lennon told Congress Wednesday “there is proof without a reasonable doubt” abortion clinics and a procurement company illegally profited from the sale of aborted babies.  “I believe a competent and ethical prosecutor could determine probable cause that both the abortion clinic and the procurement business violated the statute, aided and abetted one another in violating the statute and likely conspired together to violate the statute,” Lennon testified before the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. “In fact for five or six elements in the subsequent defense, in my opinion, there is proof without a reasonable doubt.”

April 20: The Hill: Obama warns against blocking Administration water rule
The Obama administration is warning Senate Republicans that their attempts to block a contentious water pollution rule through appropriations legislation puts the whole bill at risk. A senior administration official said Wednesday that if the GOP attaches an amendment to the spending bill for energy and water programs to defund the Clean Water Rule, Obama would veto the legislation.  The measure passed the appropriations committee nearly unanimously last week and enjoys bipartisan support.  But Senator Hoeven (R-ND) has told his colleagues he would sponsor an amendment to the bill that repeals the EPA’s Clean Water Rule.  Both the House and the Senate have voted in the past to overturn the rule.

April 20: The Independent Journal: Trump Wins NY but Must Have Been Heartbroken over these results:
GOP delegate frontrunner Donald Trump had one of his biggest nights of the Republican primary on Tuesday, winning 60.5% of the vote in New York state and at least 89 of the 95 delegates up for grabs.  Incidentally, the one place where the billionaire businessman did not win might carry a rather personal sting -- not winning in his own county or the Congressional District he lives in.

April 20: The Daily Caller: Proof Abortionist Have Broken Federal Law in selling Baby Parts
Former U.S. prosecutor Brian Lennon told Congress Wednesday “there is proof without a reasonable doubt” abortion clinics and a procurement company illegally profited from the sale of aborted babies.  “I believe a competent and ethical prosecutor could determine probable cause that both the abortion clinic and the procurement business violated the statute, aided and abetted one another in violating the statute and likely conspired together to violate the statute,” Lennon testified before the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. “In fact for five or six elements in the subsequent defense, in my opinion, there is proof without a reasonable doubt.”

April 20: The Hill: Obama warns against blocking Administration water rule
The Obama administration is warning Senate Republicans that their attempts to block a contentious water pollution rule through appropriations legislation puts the whole bill at risk. A senior administration official said Wednesday that if the GOP attaches an amendment to the spending bill for energy and water programs to defund the Clean Water Rule, Obama would veto the legislation.  The measure passed the appropriations committee nearly unanimously last week and enjoys bipartisan support.  But Senator Hoeven (R-ND) has told his colleagues he would sponsor an amendment to the bill that repeals the EPA’s Clean Water Rule.  Both the House and the Senate have voted in the past to overturn the rule.

April 19: CNBC.com: Saudi Arabia Takes ont $10 Billion Loan as Oil Sales Slump:
Saudi Arabia is raising $10 billion from a consortium of global banks as the kingdom embarks on its first international debt issuance in 25 years to counter dwindling oil revenues and reserves.  The landmark five-year loan, a signal of Riyadh's newfound dependence on foreign capital, opens the way for Saudi to launch its first international bond issue. It comes as the sustained slump in crude encourages other Gulf governments, such as Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman, to tap international bond markets.   

April 17: The Daily Caller: Wisconsin to Appeal Right to Work Ruling:
The Wisconsin Department of Justice plans to request Monday that a recent court decision to block a statewide right-to-work law be put on hold.  Dane County Circuit Court Judge  Foust ruled April 8 that right-to-work is unconstitutional. Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel disagreed with the decision and plans to appeal it after requesting it be put on hold. The law has been passed in 25 other states and upheld over the decades as a state’s right under the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act.  “We wholeheartedly disagree with (the) decision and final order,” Schimel said.  “We will seek a stay and immediately appeal the decision. I am confident the law ultimately will be upheld and Wisconsin will remain a Right-to-Work state.”

April 17: The Daily Caller:
Wisconsin to Appeal Right to Work Ruling:
The Wisconsin Department of Justice plans to request Monday that a recent court decision to block a statewide right-to-work law be put on hold.  Dane County Circuit Court Judge  Foust ruled April 8 that right-to-work is unconstitutional. Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel disagreed with the decision and plans to appeal it after requesting it be put on hold. The law has been passed in 25 other states and upheld over the decades as a state’s right under the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act.  “We wholeheartedly disagree with (the) decision and final order,” Schimel said.  “We will seek a stay and immediately appeal the decision. I am confident the law ultimately will be upheld and Wisconsin will remain a Right-to-Work state.”

April 17: The Hill: RNC: No changes likely to delegate requirements:
Republican National Committee Chair Priebus said Sunday the GOP isn’t likely to change a rule that requires candidates to have 1,237 delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination.  "Having a plurality of the delegates means the field has the majority. You have to have the majority, it's the United States of America," he said.  "The majority rules, and that is an American concept I can't imagine us turning our backs on."

April 17: Fox News: Trump’s Campaign Manager dismisses criticism that the Trump camp failed to understand delegate rules issued before their campaign began
Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski dismissed criticism, Sunday, about his team failing to understand GOP delegate rules and declared his candidate the party’s “presumptive nominee."  He said the Trump campaign indeed comprehends the rules.

April 16: The Hill:
Obama Immigration Actions Face Critical Day in the High Court:
Monday marks a critical day for President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, as his legal team makes arguments to the Supreme Court to allow them to go forward.   In oral arguments, the Obama administration will ask the justices to lift a lower court injunction that blocked the implementation of the programs, which would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.  A group of 26 states, led by Texas, will argue the injunction should be kept in place because Obama overstepped his authority and the programs would pose high costs on their governments.  A tie vote in the Supreme Court would leave the lower court injunction in place.

April 16: USA Today Low oil prices haven’t seemed to help the U.S. Economy:
Many analysts had anticipated that a dramatic drop in oil prices such as we’ve seen since the summer of 2014 could provide a big stimulus to the economy of a net oil importer like the United States. That doesn’t seem to be what we’ve observed in the data.  There is no question that lower oil prices have been a big windfall for consumers. Americans today are spending $180 billion less each year on energy goods and services than we were in July of 2014, which corresponds to about 1 percent of GDP. A year and a half ago, energy expenses constituted 5.4 percent of total consumer spending. Today that share is down to 3.7 percent.  But we’re not seeing much evidence that consumers are spending those gains on other goods or services.

April 15: Think Progress: Cruz sets goal of GDP of 5%
Jeb Bush was lambasted for promising that his presidency would have created 4 percent GDP growth. Republican candidate Ted Cruz is now going even further: he’s promising 5 percent growth or more.  On Friday, he told CNBC’s Squawk Box, “My object is a minimum of 5 percent GDP growth.” And he would get there, he said, through his tax plan, which does away with most of the tax code to institute a 10 percent across the board rate on all income, and 16 percent on businesses. “The numbers we’re estimating are, if anything, underselling the GDP impact” of his plan, Cruz said.

April 15: KESQ.Com (CBS News): Third Cross Border Tunnel Discovered in the Calexico Region:
A Border Patrol agent found a cross-border tunnel in Calexico while working along the International Border with Mexico on Thursday morning. Authorities with El Centro Sector Border Patrol said it's the third such tunnel discovered in Calexico in the past year, with the most recent being found three weeks prior.  The agent noticed a depression in the soil along the banks of the All-American Canal, and when he approached on foot, the soil began to give way, exposing a hole that was 18 inches in diameter.  The agent then noticed lumber and electrical wiring inside.

April 15: Alaska Dispatch News: NRA and Gun Safety Group Join the fight for guns on UA Campuses:
A bill in the state legislature that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on University of Alaska (UA) campuses has drawn attention from national organizations embroiled in broader debates over gun laws.  The bill, would eliminate the university’s authority to designate concealed gun-free zones on campuses. The legislation passed the Senate on April 7 and needs to clear one more committee before heading to the floor of the House of Representatives. 

April 15: NRA-Institute for Legislative Action: Mississippi Governor Signs Bill allowing for permit-less Carry:
Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed a bill allowing the carrying of handguns without a permit. The bill expands current permit-less carry options to include belt and shoulder holsters and allows church authorities to develop security programs that designate enhanced carry permit holders or those with military or law enforcement backgrounds to protect places of worship and receive the benefits of existing protections under the state’s “Castle Doctrine” law. In addition, the law prohibits state or local enforcement of federal executive orders or agency regulations not approved by Congress which conflict with the Constitution of the United States or the Mississippi Constitution.

April 11: The Galveston County Daily News: Economics 101: The Minimum Wage:
In order to survive, San Francisco is seeing many local businesses moving toward automation in order to reduce increased cost from paying workers more.  Self checkout stations at grocery stores and kiosks in restaurants for ordering food are becoming more frequent. With less services being provided by actual workers, less employees are needed.  This keeps costs down, but also reduces employment opportunities.  So with governments forcing even small businesses to pay artificially higher wages they’ll discover the unintended consequences that economists agree will be inevitable.

Here is a video that gives a first hand account
of what is happening to just one small business
owner in San Diego. She has reduced the number
of her employees from six to one. The next step
may be going out of business.

April 10: Real Clear Politics:  Obama: Clinton Didn’t “Intentionally” put America in Jeopardy!
President Obama when quizzed about the investigation by the FBI Justice Department into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server and non-government e-mail address said in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace that Clinton did not jeopardize America's secrets. Obama also guaranteed politics will not influence the outcome of the investigation. Obama contended she did not jeopardize America's national security, however was "careless" in terms of managing emails that she has owned. Obama said the scandal needs to be put in "perspective" as Clinton "served her country" and did an outstanding job.

April 10: Associated Press Iran Says Missile Program is non-negotiable
Iran's foreign minister said Sunday the country's missile program is not up for negotiation with the United States.  The missile program and "defense capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are not negotiable," said Mohammad Javad Zarif after meeting with his Estonian counterpart, Marina Kaljurand. He added that if Washington was serious about defensive issues in the Middle East, it should stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia and Israel.  A Saudi-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes and battling the Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen since March 2015. Iran also supports anti-Israeli militant groups.

April 9: The Washington Times:  B52s Deployed to the Middle East; First in 25 YearsB52 Arriving in the Middle East
The U.S. Air Force has deployed B-52 long-range bombers to the Middle East, for the first time since the Gulf War ended, to conduct strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, officials said Saturday.  An unknown number of B-52s will be based at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, the U.S. Air Force Central Command said in a statement. “The B-52s will provide the coalition continued precision and deliver desired airpower effects,” Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Combined Forces Air Component said. 

April 9: Politico: Trump Getting Trounced In Indiana and the votes haven’t been counted yet!
Indiana hasn’t cast its ballots for president yet, but Donald Trump is already losing.  Republican Party in the state will select 27 delegates to the national convention on Saturday, and Trump is assured to be nearly shut out of support, according to interviews with a dozen party leaders and officials involved in the delegate selection process. Anti-Trump sentiment runs hot among GOP in Indiana, and it’s driving a virulent rejection of the mogul among likely delegates.

April 9: The Hill:  Sanders Extends Winning Streak with Votes in Wyoming:
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won the Wyoming caucuses, giving him eight wins in the last nine contests.  Sanders won 56% of the vote but he and Hillary will split the state’s 14 delegates down the middle.  Even so, this give Sanders another jolt of momentum heading into the critical New York primary on April 19th.

April 8: NewsMax.Com: Cruz Adds Colorado Delegates in his march to the goal
Sen. Ted Cruz continued his Colorado winning streak Friday, locking up the support of 21 total delegates to the Republican National Convention, representing a majority of the delegates Colorado will send to Cleveland in July. Slates loyal to Cruz won every assembly in Colorado's seven congressional districts, which began April 2 and culminated Friday with 12 delegates selected. The Texas senator is well-positioned to pad his total Saturday, when 13 more delegates will be chosen at Colorado Republicans' state convention.  Of Cruz's delegates, only 17 were formally pledged to him, and in theory the other four could change their vote in Cleveland. But they were all included on the senator's slates and are largely state party officials who said they were barred from signing a formal pledge for Cruz but have promised to back him in balloting at the convention.

April 8: Breitbart News: Obama backs down over Fast and Furious Documents, Drops Executive Privilege Claims
The President, after years of fighting to hide Operation Fast and Furious documents, finally relented and officially dropped his claim of executive privilege over them.  “Four years after asserting executive privilege to block Congress from obtaining documents relating to a controversial federal gun trafficking investigation, President Barack Obama relented Friday, turning over to lawmakers thousands of pages of records that led to unusual House votes holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in 2012,” Politico reported on Friday. 

April 5: The Daily Caller: Obama: Landlords You Can’t Deny Housing to Criminals
The Obama administration released a warning Monday telling the nation’s landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse to rent to those with criminal records.  The Fair Housing Act doesn’t include criminals as a protected class, but HUD says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system.

April 5: Time:  Obamacare Just Made Filing Your Taxes Worse:
Some 150 million American businesses and individuals are expected to file taxes by this month, covering thousands of arcane provisions that determine how much you and your family will pay Uncle Sam and state governments this year.  But this filing season is the second in which Americans may have yet another—and bigger— tax bill to worry about: the one forced on us by the Affordable Care Act. It serves as a stark reminder of all the ways this law continues to harm American families and businesses, six years after it was signed.

April 5: The Hill:
Reid has plan to force vote in Obama Court Nominee
Senate Democrats say they may try to force a vote on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court with an unusual procedural tactic – A discharge petition. If successful they could bypass efforts to bottle up the nomination.   Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said last week that Republicans can’t stop Reid from at least attempting the maneuver.  But Republicans, by and large, have brushed off the pressure tactics. They argue that Reid took a different view in 2005, when Democrats were blocking then-President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees.

April 5: KRGV ABC News: Border Patrol Detains 102 People
More than 100 people are currently in custody. Border Patrol agents said they are suspected of crossing the border illegally near Fronton, Texas. That’s just west of Roma.  Agents were called out to the scene on Tuesday morning. They said more than 80 people were seen crossing the Rio Grande in rafts. Then, another large group made their way over.  In total, 102 people were caught. Border Patrol officials said 73 men, 12 women and 17 juveniles are in their custody.

April 5: Bloomberg: Trade Deficit Rises to a Six Month High
America’s trade deficit widened in February to a six-month high as an increase in imports exceeded a more modest pickup in shipments overseas.  The gap increased 2.6 percent to $47.1 billion in January, the Commerce Department reports.  The gain in exports was just the first in five months and highlights the squeeze on American manufacturers from a stronger dollar that’s made U.S.-made goods less attractive in a weaker global marketplace. A third straight increase in the deficit indicates trade will weigh on first-quarter growth.

April 5: The Hill: Treasury Tax Crackdown Creates Waves
The Treasury Department's crackdown on tax inversions reverberated through the political and corporate worlds on Tuesday.  Both Democratic White House hopefuls endorsed the effort from President Obama's administration.  Obama himself showed up at the White House briefing room to tout the new proposals, which are meant to prevent a company from lowering its tax bill by moving its headquarters overseas after merging with a smaller company. Such corporations usually change little beyond their official addresses. 

April 5: Politico: Trump Campaign in Disaray?
Donald Trump’s campaign is increasingly falling into disarray as the Manhattan billionaire braces for a loss in Wisconsin that could set him on course for an uncertain convention floor fight for the Republican presidential nomination.  Since March, the campaign has been laying off field staff en masse around the country and has dismantled much of what existed of its organizations in general-election battlegrounds, including Florida and Ohio.  Last month, the campaign laid off the leader of its data team, who did not train a successor.

April 2: Associated Press: Clinton’s Frustration Drags On
Hillary Clinton snapped at a Greenpeace protester. She linked Bernie Sanders and tea party Republicans. And she bristled with anger when nearly two dozen Sanders supporters marched out of an event near her home outside New York City, shouting "if she wins, we lose." After a year of campaigning, months of debates and 35 primary elections, Sanders is finally getting under Clinton's skin in the Democratic presidential race. After largely ignoring Sanders and focusing on Trump, Clinton is showing flashes of frustration with the Vermont senator.  The Clintons are annoyed that Sanders' approach seems to be rallying — and keeping — young voters by his side.

April 2: The Daily Caller: Whistleblower Alleges Vast Abuse within the IRS Union
Unionized government tax collectors have been subjected to consistent abuse and corruption from their labor representatives, according to an inside source.  Attorney Jane Kim has worked for the IRS in New York for roughly 12 years. She alleges that in her time working for the tax collection agency, she has seen rampant abuse and corruption from the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). She tried to expose the abuse, only to be ignored by officials at every level of the union.

April 2: The Hill: Sec Def Gates: Obama Double Crossed me
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he felt President Obama “double-crossed” him during his tenure over budget cuts to the Pentagon. In an interview Friday that explored the president’s approach to the military, Gates said Obama had promised him that there wouldn’t be any “significant changes” in the defense budget for a while.  When asked whether Obama kept to his word, Gates replied, “Well I think that began to fray. ‘Fray’ may be too gentle a word.” 

April 1: The Daily Caller: Long Time Clinton Aide “mortified” by what may
be in her emails to the Former Secretary of State:

Huma Abedin said in an interview this week that she has yet to read the emails she exchanged with her longtime boss, Hillary Clinton, but that she is “mortified” by what may be in them.  “Terrifying,” is how Abedin described the existence of the records in the public domain during an interview on the “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast.  “I confess I have not read anything that has become public,” said Abedin, who currently serves as vice chair of Clinton’s presidential campaign.

April 1: FEE.Org: California $15 Minimum Wage is a Terrible Experiment
The Washington Post reported on the deal to raise California's minimum wage in stages to a whopping $15 an hour by 2022.  In doing so they wisely titled the article, "The risks of California's minimum-wage increase."  Some economists believe that watching what happens in California may be a worthwhile experiment while others point out the guinea pigs that are being experimented upon are human beings!

April 1: MRCTV: White House Accused of Editing Our “Islamic Terrorism”  from French President’s Speech
The White House website has apparently censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.”  The White House allegedly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with the President and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence. Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.

March 29: Newsmax: Trump Campaign Manager arrested for battery against a member of the press
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager has been charged in Florida on Tuesday with simple battery, police records show.  The report from the Jupiter Police Department said Corey Lewandowski, 42, was charged for intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, a reporter at the time for the conservative news outlet Breitbart, against her will at a Trump campaign event on March 8.  "He was arrested this morning and released with a notice to appear," Adam Brown, a spokesman for police in the town in Jupiter said

March 28: The Daily Signal: California’s Future with a $15 Minimum Wage Hike:
California lawmakers and labor leaders are cheering a new deal that, if passed, raises the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, making the Golden State the first in the country to do so.  But labor experts are already warning that such a wage hike could lead to higher prices for consumers, more automation, and a drop in employment.

March 27: ABC News: Bernie Sweeps three states in a rout of Clinton:
Bernie Sanders did not just win all three states that voted this weekend -- Washington, Alaska and Hawaii -- he won them by overwhelming, impressive margins. The presidential hopeful won every county in Washington, and some of his biggest victory margins came from the state's most rural and traditionally conservative areas. The win will likely mean a fundraising boost for the small-donor driven campaign.

March 27: CNN Politics: Trump Threatens another Law Suit over Delegate Rules
Trump won the Louisiana primary by 3.6% but Cruz may end up getting more delegates as Rubio bows out of the race.  Cruz is also making gains with the five undeclared delegates. Trump is crying foul and is threatening to file a lawsuit.   Even these small number of delegates could be important for Cruz as he tries to overcome Trump’s 280 delegate lead.

March 27: Fox News: After big promises, House GOP facing the reality of not passing a budget and facing backlash
Few people in Washington think House Republicans this year will complete a budget. That’s a little astonishing.  Republicans have batted around dozens of ideas. They’ve conducted closed door meetings. Entertained options. And still, House Republicans aren’t much closer to solving the budget riddle than they were when conversations began over the winter.

March 27: The L.A. Times: Clinton Emailgate probe enters a new phase
as FBI interview of Clinton Looms on the Horizon:

Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases. Those interviews and the final review of the case, however, could still take many weeks, all but guaranteeing that the investigation will continue to dog Clinton’s presidential campaign through most, if not all, of the remaining presidential primaries.

March 27: Yahoo News: Suicide Bomber Targets Christians in Pakistan, Kills mostly Women and Children
A suicide bomber killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, at a park in Lahore on Sunday in an attack claimed by a Pakistani Taliban faction which said it had targeted Christians.  More than 300 other people were wounded, officials said.  The explosion occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park close to children's swings. The park is a popular site for members of Lahore's Christian community, many of whom had gone there to celebrate the Easter weekend holiday.

March 25: The Hill: Ted Cruz Could Gain in Louisiana After Loss there to Trump
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) could end up with ten more delegates from Louisiana then rival Donald Trump despite Trump winning by less than four points. Both got 18 delegates from the March 5th primary but  Cruz is likely to pick up five delegates left behind when Marco Rubio ended his campaign and these can support whomever they want.  Meanwhile Cruz has picked up some important positions on the convention’s rules committee.

March 25: The New York Times Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants may be vulnerable
As a dragnet aimed at Islamic State operatives spiraled across Brussels and into at least five European countries on Friday, the authorities were also focusing on a narrower but increasingly alarming threat: the vulnerability of Belgium’s nuclear installations. The investigation into this week’s deadly attacks in Brussels has prompted worries that the Islamic State is seeking to attack, infiltrate or sabotage nuclear installations or obtain nuclear or radioactive material.

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March 21: Galveston Daily News:
People Demanding Their Nation Back:
Angry rhetoric, especially without substance, has no place in campaigns and yet it’s commonplace these days.  Speaking to the issues, being truthful, developing trust, and keeping promises are important to campaigns!  Our advice to candidates at the national and local level…?  Keep it civil, keep it on the issues, and always remember, it’s never about you, it’s always about those you seek to represent!

March 20: Fox News: Speaker Ryan Gets Task of Leading the Unpredictable GOP Convention in Cleveland
All GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan wanted to do was lead the chamber’s Ways and Means Committee.   But the universe often stores very different plans for all of us, drafting us for roles we didn’t pursue. The speaker’s position entails a moonlighting gig as chairman of the 2016 Republican Convention. And that convocation, in Cleveland, could prove to be the most-rambunctious American political event in decades.  Ryan said repeatedly he didn’t learn that the speaker leads the convention until “a week” after he assumed his current assignment.  So much for reading the fine print.

March 20: The Daily Caller: Obama’s Court Nominee Shows anti-military Bent
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is facing allegations he is hostile to the military, after The Boston Globe unearthed details of his involvement with an anti-military effort during his days at Harvard University.  In 1973, Garland was a member of Harvard’s Committee on Housing and Undergraduate Life (CHUL), a student government body, which was preparing to hold a vote on whether to allow ROTC back on campus. [Harvard had banned ROTC in 1970 over opposition to the Vietnam War. ]  The vote never took place because the issue was taken off the table by the school’s administration.  The Judge’s personal feelings are unclear but it is clear he was prepared to go forward with the vote that would have continued the ban.

March 20: Fox News: More U.S. Marines headed for Iraq after attack on U.S. Forces
More U.S. military support troops are going to Iraq in the aftermath of an Islamic State rocket killing a Marine and seriously injuring others this weekend, the Pentagon said Sunday.  The attack occurred Saturday in the northern Iraq town of Makhmur, roughly 75 miles southeast of the ISIS-stronghold Mosul. 

March 19: USA Today: Port Arthur, Texas - Largest U.S. Refinery Now Belongs to Saudi Arabia
Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco appear to be getting a divorce, breaking up their joint venture in U.S.-based refining assets.  The two companies signed a nonbinding letter of intent, a plan that would divide up Motiva’s refineries between them. The refineries have a combined capacity of 1.1 million barrels per day and are all located close to each other. The breakup will allow Saudi Aramco to take over the Port Arthur refinery. Shell will take over the other two refineries, both located in Louisiana.

March 18: The Observer: Hillary Has an NSA Problem
The FBI has been investigating Clinton for months—but an even more secretive Federal agency has its own important beef with her.  If the FBI recommends prosecution and the Department of Justice fails to do so, there will certainly be leaks and the true information will come out. But regardless it will not solve the issue the National Security Agency has with her. [Read More]

March 16: CNN Money: Foreign Govt: Dumping U.S. Debt at Record Rate
In a bid to raise cash, foreign central banks and government institutions sold $57.2 billion of U.S. Treasury debt and other notes in January, according to figures released on Tuesday. That is up from $48 billion in December and the highest monthly tally on record going back to 1978.   It's part of a broader trend that gathered steam last year when central banks sold a record $225 billion of U.S. debt.

March 16: Yahoo News Israel launches first ever app to send distress calls for help
Israel on Wednesday became the first country to launch a nationwide platform in which emergency operators can see live video, chat via text messages and determine pinpoint location outdoors and indoors. Israelis can now use their smartphones to make live video distress calls to emergency responders.  If successful this could set a new standard for countries around the world.  Heretofore these kinds of services have been a puzzle to most emergency calling systems, which are outdated and only take voice calls.

March 16: The Washington Times Supreme Court Nominee is “very liberal” in his views on Gun Control
President Obama tried to tap a moderate to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but he ended up picking a fight with powerful Second Amendment groups that say Judge Merrick Garland has shown antipathy toward gun rights.  In one 2000 case, Judge Garland, who sits on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, upheld a Clinton administration effort to store gun-buyers’ records.  Later in the decade, he joined other judges in a failed bid to reconsider the landm*ark case that would eventually establish the Second Amendment’s protection of a personal right to bear arms.

March 14: PBS.org: Trump’s Violent Rhetoric
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump mused aloud about his feelings toward a heckler in Nevada: “He’s walking out like big high-fives, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face,” he said to a roar of approval from the crowd.  Then last week, one of his supporters allegedly did just that. John McGraw was  charged for sucker-punching a black protester in the face at a rally in Fayetteville, N.C. McGraw was later shown in a video saying that the best part of the rally was “knocking the hell out of that big mouth.” He added that if he saw the protester again, “we might have to kill him.”

March 13: The Wall Street Journal Trouble in Chicago – The Trump Rally
Donald Trump said Sunday that the unrest witnessed at recent campaign events is a result of planted protesters, but also shows voters’ anger. Mr. Trump, appearing on Fox News Sunday, repeatedly said no one at his rallies has been hurt. Uhnewju4 Fox showed videos of combatants yelling, pushing and swinging at each other at recent Trump events. Secret Service agents surrounded Mr. Trump on Saturday during a disturbance at an Ohio rally. On Friday, the Trump campaign canceled a Chicago event due to concerns about violence.

March 13: Fox News: Attack in Ivory Coast Resort: Sights Set on Obama Official
A deadly attack on a popular Ivory Coast beach resort Sunday that killed at least 16 most likely targeted a U.S. delegation led by the assistant commerce secretary, who was visiting the country, a diplomatic source in the region told Fox News.  Assistant Secretary of Commerce Marcus Jadotte was leading a group of Americans in Grand-Bassam, including college recruiters from the University of Florida. U.S. embassy officials from the capital city of Abidjan were also included in the group, according to the source. The delegation was supposed to arrive at the scene of the attack, Etoile du Sud, a hotel popular with Westerners. The delegation had not yet made it to the hotel when the attack occurred.

March 13: The Daily Mail Germany Voters punish Merkel over refuge open door policy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party was humiliated in key regional elections on Sunday as voters delivered their verdict at the ballot box about her open-door refugee policies.  Exit poll results in three out of 16 German states foretell a wipeout in next year's general election as the hard-right capitalized on public disquiet and altered the political landscape forever.

March 10: Breitbart: Benghazi Victim’s Mother: “Special Place in Hell for people like Hillary”
Patricia Smith, whose son Sean was killed in the 2012 terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, responded to Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement about her being “absolutely wrong” by saying there’s “a special place in hell” for people like Clinton “and I hope she enjoys it there” on Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Intelligence Report with Trish Regan.”

March 10: The New York Times: Former Putin Aide found dead in Washington DC:
Mikhail Y. Lesin was an advertising executive turned cabinet minister who helped carry out the state takeover of the country’s independent media.  Until late 2014 he ran the media wing of the state’s energy giant, Gazprom, before stepping down or, more likely, being forced out. He ended up in the United States, where he and his family owned properties in Los Angeles said to be worth far more than the salary of the former government minister. And then, in November, he was found in a hotel here in Washington of an apparent heart attack which actually may be a homicide!

March 8: The Daily Caller: Russia Warns North Korea if Nuclear Rhetoric Continues
North Korea’s provocative nuclear rhetoric has gotten so bad even the Kremlin has come out against the hermit kingdom, warning continued nuclear threats could justify an invasion.  The warning was issued in the form of a written statement from the Russian foreign ministry. It follows North Korea’s threat it would engage in a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” in reaction to the start of joint U.S.-South Korean war games Monday.

March 8: The HillSenators want to give Clinton Aide Immunity Deal for Testimony:
A pair of leading Republican senators are asking a former State Department official who reached an immunity deal with the Justice Department last week to answer their questions about Hillary Clinton’s private email server.   In a letter sent last week but released on Tuesday morning, Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Johnson (-WI) told the aide, Bryan Pagliano, that he should have no reason not to appear.Chuck Norris: Walker; Texas Ranger

March 8: Daily News:
Chuck Norris to Campaign for Ted Cruz
75-year-old actor, Chuck Norris, is set to appear at a rally in Concord for the Republican front-runner, along with Glenn Beck and retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin.

March 6: Yahoo News: Clinton Calls for Michigan Governor’s Resignation
For the first time, Hillary Clinton called for the resignation of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder during the Democratic debate Sunday night. “The governor should resign or be recalled,” Clinton said, staking out a bolder claim on the issue.  Sanders made the call for Snyder’s resignation in January and again at the debate, before Clinton was asked about Flint.

March 6: Detroit Free Press: Flint Michigan Water Issue: Fact Checking:
Claim: "It is raining lead in Flint and the state is derelict in not coming forward in not coming forward with the money that is required."
The state has made $67.4 available and the Governor has requested another $165 million.
Claim: The governor of Michigan has been derelict in a failure to respond quickly. 
Most experts agree this was a local government failure and the Governor acted as soon as he was made aware of the problem.

March 5: Bloomberg Politics: Trump still leads but Cruz is close behind.
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz got a split decision from Republican voters in four states Saturday that didn’t dramatically change the nomination race but did expose unrest among party conservatives who want an alternative to the celebrity real estate mogul as their presidential nominee.  Trump: Wins Louisana by 3 points and Kentucky by 4.  Cruz: Won Kansas by 25 points and Maine by 13.

March 2: The Hill: The White House Vetting Appellate Judge Kelly for Supreme Court:
The White House is vetting federal appellate judge Jane Kelly as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court, The New York Times reported Wednesday.  The report is a sign that President Obama is making progress toward choosing a nominee, which would open up a new phase in his election-year clash with Republicans over filling the vacancy left by deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.

March 2: The New York Times: FBI may question Hillary
Clinton faces legal hurdles from her use of a private computer server as secretary of state that could jar her campaign’s momentum in the months ahead.  Foremost among a half-dozen inquiries and legal proceedings into whether classified information was sent through Mrs. Clinton’s server is an investigation by the FBI, whose agents, according to one law enforcement official, could seek to question Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides and possibly the candidate herself within weeks. 

March 2: Fox News: Seoul:  North Korea Fires Short-range projectiles into the Sea
North Korea fired several short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast Thursday, Seoul officials said, just hours after the U.N. Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on Pyongyang in two decades for its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.  The North's launches also come shortly after Seoul's parliament passed its first legislation on human rights in North Korea.  Defense spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said the projectiles were fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan, adding authorities were trying to determine what exactly North Korea fired. The projectiles could be missiles, artillery or rockets, according to the Defense Ministry.

March 1: The Washington Post: Immunity to Staffer who set up Clinton Email Server
The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.  The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.

March 1: KRGV ABC News: Fewer Agents Projected to Patrol Border
The federal government will have fewer agents patrolling the border by next fiscal year.  It’s under the proposed budget released by the Department of Homeland Security. The agency is budgeting for 300 fewer agents in 2017 than they did for this fiscal year.  Since September, Border Patrol agents have been catching more unaccompanied children and families at the border.  For the 2017 fiscal year, Border Patrol plans to field a little more than 21,000 agents. By its projections, the agency pays $181,000 per year in operational costs for each agent.

February 27: Fox News: Marine who said Clinton Tried to Cover Up Benghazi; Removed from Campaign Rally
A man who claimed to be a Marine who had served for eight years with two tours in Iraq was booed by the crowd and removed Friday by police officers from a Clinton campaign rally in South Carolina. The man questioned former President Bill Clinton about his wife’s role in the Benghazi terror attacks.

February 27: The Hill McConnell to Senators: Run against Trump if he gets the nomination
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is advising vulnerable Republican senators to break with Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination, according to a bombshell New York Times report Saturday.  McConnell has reportedly advised Republicans that they can run ads against Trump to create separation from the polarizing GOP frontrunner if they believe it can help their reelection efforts.  The majority leader is also preparing to pitch the Senate as a necessary check to an inevitable Hillary  Clinton presidency if Trump is the GOP's nominee, according to the Times.  Republicans risk losing their 54-46 Senate majority with several vulnerable incumbents up for re-election this year. Republican analysts and pollsters have predicted dire consequences for Republican legislators if Trump wins the GOP nomination, stifling their re-election chances.

February 26: CNSNews:  The United States completes Ten Years without 3% Growth
The United States has now gone a record 10 straight years without 3 percent growth in real Gross Domestic Product, according to data released yesterday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  The BEA has calculated GDP for each year going back to 1929 and it has calculated the inflation-adjusted annual change in GDP (in constant 2009 dollars) from 1930 forward.

February 26: KRVG ABC News: Border Residents Concerned with Spillover Gunfire:
A Starr County community said they are tired of gunfire spilling over from Mexico.  Border Patrol reported shots fired on Friday morning. At around 8:30 a.m., neighbors in Refugio, a small community by Rio Grande City, said a dead-end street was full of Border Patrol agents and Department of Public Safety officials.    Resident Rene Garza said his community has learned to live with all the violence.  Garza said he grew up in the border community. “Before we wouldn't see shootings,” he said. “Now, if you stand here at night, you will hear shootings. It's normal.”  Garza said many of his neighbors won’t talk about the illegal activity, because they fear retaliation. He said he’s tired of looking the other way.

February 22: The Daily  Signal: Senate Republicans may follow Joe Biden’s (D-DE) advise from 1992
Months before the 1992 presidential election, Joe Biden urged fellow U.S. senators to shut down the nomination process and block President George H.W. Bush’s judicial picks from a confirmation vote.  Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), called on the Senate to follow what he dubbed “the Biden Rules.”   The lawmakers should leave Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court empty until a new president nominates a successor, Grassley said.“It’s the principle, not the person,” Grassley argued, quoting at length from remarks made 24 years ago by Biden when the vice president was a senator from Delaware. 

February  20: The Hill: Rubio: Now it’s a three man race
Marco Rubio declared Saturday night that the Republican presidential contest is now a "three-person race."   
Rubio is battling with Ted Cruz to finish second in the South Carolina primary, with votes still being counted late Saturday night. 

February 20: The Hill:  Jeb Bush Ends White House Bid
Jeb Bush is ending his bid for the White House after a disappointing finish in South Carolina’s primary.  Bush is in fourth place, well behind Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.  He announced to supporters that he would suspend his campaign in at-times emotional remarks from his headquarters in South Carolina.  Bush failed to finish any higher than fourth place in early GOP contests despite a campaign backed by outside groups spending millions on his behalf.

February 19: The Daily Signal: The Growing Treat of ISIS Unleashed – Weapon of Mass Distruction
The apocalyptic ideology that propels the Islamic State (ISIS) is by now well known. Much less widely known are the use of chemical weapons by ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the disappearance of radioactive materials in Iraq that could be used in a “dirty bomb,” a radiological weapon of mass destruction (WMD).  Reuters reported the disappearance of 10 grams of a “highly dangerous” radioactive isotope used to test oil and gas pipelines in southern Iraq, which Iraqi authorities fear may have fallen into the hands of ISIS. The Iridium-192 material, classified as a Category 2 radioactive source, could permanently injure people exposed to it for only a few hours, or kill people exposed to it longer.

February 18: The Daily Caller: Hillary Refuses to say she ever lied!
Hillary Clinton refuses to definitively say whether or not she has ever lied to the American people. During a Thursday interview with CBS’s Scott Pelley, Clinton said, “I don’t will believe I ever had of have” lied to the American people. Pelley began by asking Clinton, “You know in ’76, Jimmy Carter famously said, ‘I will not lie to you.'”  “Well, I will tell you, I have tried in every way I know how, literally from my years as a young lawyer, all the way through my time as Secretary of State to level with the American people,” Clinton claimed.

February 17: Fox News: California fights Fed Court Ruling against 10-Day wait period
California gun owners who have already passed background checks should not have to endure a 10-day waiting period every time they buy another firearm, according to Second Amendment advocates who are fighting the state in federal court for a second time in two years.  Blanket application of the Golden State’s longstanding waiting period was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in August 2014, but Attorney General Kamala Harris has kept it in place while the state appeals the ruling.

February 17: Fox News: Calls to VA Suicide Hot Line goes to Voicemail!
A suicide hotline operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs allowed crisis calls to go into voicemail, and callers did not always receive immediate assistance, according to a report by the agency's internal watchdog.  The report by the VA's office of inspector general says calls to the suicide hotline have increased dramatically in recent years, as veterans increasingly seek services following prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the aging of Vietnam-era veterans.

February 15th: The Galveston Daily News: Is Where Your are Born A Deciding Factor?
We -- the Three Musketeers -- believe those born to foreigners shouldn’t be granted U.S. citizenship without going through the naturalization process.  We recognize the immigration process is broken.  For example, at times, it fails to act humanly and leaves in limbo those allowed to enter our country, knowing full well they can never return.  It seems to us, however, that securing our borders, fixing the broken system and finding a balance between deporting every illegal and deporting none is in our national interest. 

February 13: Fox News: Justice Scalia Dies in Texas, age 79
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the judicial standard-bearer of the conservative movement and the court's most provocative member, died Saturday. He was 79.  The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of south Texas.  The service's spokeswoman says Scalia had retired for the evening and was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast.

"He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues," Chief Justice John Roberts said on behlf of the high court and and retired justices. "We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Maureen, and his family."  Scalia used his keen intellect and missionary zeal in an unyielding attempt to move the court farther to the right and to get it to embrace his "originalist" view of judging after his 1986 appointment by President Ronald Reagan.  

February 13: Fox News: Latest batch of Clinton emails; 81 are Marked Classified
The State Department on Saturday released more emails from the private server that Hillary Clinton used when secretary of state, including 81 that have now been marked as “classified.”  Clinton has denied any wrong-doing. However, her use of the private server and email accounts, from 2011 to 2013, is being investigated by the FBI. Last month, 22 emails were withheld in full because they contained "top secret" material.   The State Department plans to finish releasing all of Clinton’s emails by Feb. 29, a day before the critical Super Tuesday primaries. 

February 12: The Federalist:  Surprise! Health Insurance Costs to Spike 60% Thanks to ObamaCare:
A new Congressional Budget Office report estimates that private health insurance premiums will continue to balloon over the next decade thanks in large part to Obamacare.  By 2025, employment-based coverage (health-care insurance an employer offers) will cost 60 percent more than it does today. For a family, that increase costs to an average of $24,500 per year. For those with an individual plan, health-care costs will increase to cost an average $10,000 per year.

February 12: The Statesman: Tensions Simmer as Cubans Breeze Across the Texas Border:
A fast-rising influx of Cubans are crossing the border into Texas by the hundreds each day, approved to enter the United States in a matter of hours. They walk out to a Laredo street and are greeted by volunteers from Cubanos en Libertad, or Cubans in Freedom, a nonprofit. The volunteers help them arrange travel to their U.S. destination — often Miami — and start applying for work permits and such federal benefits as food stamps and Medicaid, available by law to Cubans immediately after their arrival.

February 12: The Daily Caller: Look Who Hillary Clinton Has Hired:
Presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign has expanded its team by bringing on a writer whose has previously written that those accused of sexual assault should automatically be treated as guilty, regardless of the actual evidence brought against them.

February 12: The Daily Caller: Jesse Jackson: Bernie Fought Back in Chicago During Civil Rights Movement:
Rainbow Push Coalition president Jesse Jackson said Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders was active in the Civil Rights movement in Chicago. Jackson said it might be too quick to dismiss Sanders’ civil rights activist background.

February 12: Yahoo News: ISIS shoots down  MIG 23 over Libya
A MiG-23 fighter of Libya's internationally recognized government was shot down Friday as it carried out air strikes on opposition positions in the coastal city of Benghazi, the military said.  A military source said the pilot survived having parachuted to safety, but his whereabouts were not immediately clear.

February 10: The Daily Caller: GOP Candidates on Guns: Who Backs Gun Rights?
Your gun rights are at stake in the 2016 election. That statement may take you aback – particularly after the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases – but those cases are hanging by a one-vote margin. The record of Christie and Kasich is checkered. Christie’s state is competing for the worst gun restrictions.  Trump and Carson supported the semi-automatic ban.  Bush and Fiorina have strong records in support of the 2nd amendment.  Rubio and Cruz also have very strong records as well. 

February 10: The Daily Caller: Women are changing the Gun Debate Conversation:
In what has become known as “the gun debate,”  it seems like women are often included in only two categories: as victims, and as statistics. What we see is women as the fastest growing demographic in the firearms and self-defense communities. This shift is even being noticed outside of the traditional firearms community. Even the mainstream magazine “Cosmopolitan” recently featured an article stating, “Concealed Carry Purses Are the New Hermès Birkins. It’s the bag trend you never saw coming.”

February 9: The Hill: Federal Judge Scolds Admin for Missed Email Release Deadline
A federal judge scolded the Obama administration on Tuesday for violating its pledge to release all of Hillary Clinton's emails by the end of last month. The “...government has put me between a rock and a hard place,” Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia said in response, “which is a position I don’t want to be in.”   Contreras can either “force them to disclose” the documents which have yet to undergo full redaction process, he said, or else risk further delaying release of the emails.   

February 9: The Daily Caller:  ICE Whistleblower Fired for failing to take DHS Hush Money!
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday dismissed an ICE whistleblower it was secretly released to reporters after she testified before Congress about her troubles with the agency.  Special Agent Taylor Johnson — who had a storied career until she irked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
by objecting to a visa program for foreign investors tied to the senator’s son — says she declined to take a $100,000 severance package because it included a non-disclosure agreement.

February 9: The Daily Caller:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Obama’s EPA Regulations
The U.S. Supreme Court just delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama’s global warming agenda by halting the implementation of a key EPA regulation on carbon dioxide emissions.  The court won’t allow the EPA to implement its so-called Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. This is a big win for the 29 states suing the federal government to stop a rule expected to cripple the coal industry.

“Five justices of the Supreme Court agreed with North Dakota and other parties that EPA’s regulation would impose massive irreparable harms on North Dakota and the rest of the country and that there was a substantial likelihood EPA was acting unlawfully,” an attorney representing the state of North Dakota said.

February 9: The Hill: Admin. Releases $4.1 Trillion Budget then Attacks Congress:
The White House on Tuesday unveiled a dead on arrival $4.1 trillion election-year budget and then immediately pivoted to attacking congressional Republicans on their own attempts to craft a fiscal blueprint.  The administration’s final wish list for Congress includes multibillion-dollar investments in areas such as clean energy, education and job growth, paid for mostly by tax hikes on big banks and the wealthy.  But in a surprise move OMB Director Donovan warned that some House Republicans who want to reduce spending further are threatening to “blow up” last fall’s $1.1 trillion spending deal, which imposes a top-line figure on 2017 discretionary spending.

ebruary 9: Fox News: Vet who lost leg in Afghanistan Set to Climb Mt. Everest
Marine Charlie Linville twice tried to climb Mount Everest but never made it due to devastating natural disasters on and near the world's highest mountain. But the Afghanistan veteran who lost a lower leg in combat is determined to reach the top -- hoping to serve as an inspiration to others.

February 6: Yahoo News: U.S. Federal Judge Grants an extension of the
injunction against release of anti-abortion videos:

A U.S. judge in San Francisco on Friday granted an extension of a preliminary injunction stopping the distribution of surreptitious videos taken by anti-abortion activists who alleged Planned Parenthood staff discussed the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue.  The judges’ action was taken until the National Abortion Federation case against the Center for Medical Progress -- claiming the Center for Medical Progresss illegally infiltrated and recorded the private meetings the had with Planned Parenthood -- is decided.

February 6th: Foundation for Economic Education:  Low-Skilled Workers Flee Minimum Wage States
What happens when, in a country where workers are free to move, a region raises its minimum wage? Do those with the fewest skills seek out the regions with the highest wage floors?  New minimum wage research by economist Joan Monras states that theoretically there should be a close relationship between the employment impact of rising minimum wages and the migration of low-skilled workers.  But instead of finding an influx of these workers the opposite is actually happening.

February 6th: The New York Times North Korea Launches Missile Test
Defying warnings of tougher sanctions from Washington, North Korea on Sunday launched a space rocket in a purported satellite program widely considered to be a cover for developing intercontinental ballistic missile technologies.  The rocket blasted off from Tongchang-ri, the North’s main satellite launch site near its northwestern border with China, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry, said. It is not clear that the rocket launch was successful.

February 6: The Daily Caller: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Second Amendment
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday overturned a federal district court decision that had upheld the 2013 State of Maryland Firearm Safety Act as constitutional under intermediate scrutiny review.  The court vacated the district court’s denial of the plaintiffs’ claims and remanded the case to the lower court, ordering that it apply the appropriate strict standard of review.  “We are greatly heartened by the Fourth Circuit panel’s ruling today,” said Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), one of the lead plaintiffs in this case. “As this important case goes forward, NSSF will continue to work with our co-plaintiffs to ensure that our citizens’ Second Amendment rights are protected and that the lawful commerce in firearms is restored in support of this constitutional protection.”

February 5: Fox News: Benghazi Committee Democrats Gave
$33K+ in bonuses while blasting the cost of said probe!

Democrats on the House committee probing the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks awarded tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staff, while at the same time repeatedly attacking Republicans over the rising cost of the investigation.  According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015.  While the bonuses make up only a fraction of the panel's total expenses to date, critics suggested they undermine the minority members' complaints about the budget.

February 5: The Daily Caller: Admin Takes Swing at GOP for not holding hearings
on the President’s [Dead on Arrival] Budget:
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) – the chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees – are opting not to hold hearings on President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget, saying inviting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan would not be a productive use of their time.  The president is slated to unveil his final budget request, which is expected to increase government spending, next Tuesday. Republican lawmakers said they will focus on their own proposal, criticizing the commander in chief’s past budgets as being detrimental to the economy.

February 1: Fox News: Cruz takes Iowa with 28% of the vote
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Iowa Republican caucuses Monday night, beating front-runner Donald Trump in a vital victory that could shake up the primary race.   Hillary Clinton is meanwhile clinging to a very narrow lead over Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side. 

February 1: The Daily Caller: Mills Refuses to Speak to State Dept. Investigators about Clinton Emails:
Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, refused to speak to investigators with the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General about her handling of a 2012 public records request for information about Clinton’s private email addresses that the agency falsely denied.  Mills was identified in a report about the mishandling of a Freedom of Information request for records pertaining to Clinton’s email account.  The report noted that the FOIA request was denied even though Clinton clearly had a personal email account which Mills and many other officials knew about at the time.

January 31: The Daily Caller: Clinton Non-Disclosure Agreement Could Obliterate Her Classified Email Defense:
Hillary Clinton was finally asked on Sunday about a non-disclosure agreement she signed in Jan. 2009 which completely undermines the defense she uses to downplay the existence of classified information on her private email server. But as is often the case with the Democratic presidential candidate, she dodged the question and gave an inconsistent answer.

January 31: The Hill: Sanders calls for tax hikes across the board – Will it cost him votes?
Bernie Sanders’s explicit call for tax hikes on the middle class is a political gamble that flies in the face of conventional political wisdom.  While academics and strategists believe Sanders’s calls to raise taxes across the board would be more harmful in a general election, some suggested it could cost him Democratic primary voters as well. Sanders, an Independent Vermont senator and self-professed Democratic Socialist, has proposed a number of tax increases, most of which target high earners and corporations.  But he has also called for paid leave and universal healthcare that would be funded in part by tax increases on the middle class.  “We will raise taxes. Yes we will,” Sanders said this week at a town hall in Iowa — just a week before the caucuses. Sanders is locked in a battle with Hillary Clinton to win the first contest in the Democratic primary.

January 31: The New York Post: Former IG: Hillary and State Department are Lying:
The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal e-mails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency e-mail address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says.

January 28: The Washington Free Beacon:  Russian Fighter Conducts Dangerous Intercept of U.S. Recon Aircraft
“On Jan. 25 an RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” Navy Capt. Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command, told the Washington Free Beacon. “We are looking into the issue.”

January 28: CNS News: Close to 50% of Union Members Worked for the Government in 2015
The percentage of American wage and salary workers who belonged to a union was only 11.1 percent in 2015, but the percentage of union members who worked for government was 48.9 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The 7,241,000 government workers whom the BLS estimates were members of unions in 2015 equaled almost half of the estimated total of 14,795,000 union-member wage and salary workers in the nation.  And these unionized government workers outnumbered the Census Bureau’s estimated 2015 populations for all but 12 of the states.

January 28: The Daily Caller: 300 Scientists Want NOAA to stop hiding its global warming data.
Hundreds of scientists sent a letter to lawmakers Thursday warning National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists may have violated federal laws when they published a 2015 study purporting to eliminate the 15-year “hiatus” in global warming from the temperature record.   These scientists were concerned that NOAA failed to observe the OMB [Office of Management and Budget] (and its own) guidelines, established in relation to the Data Quality Act.”

January 28: The Daily Caller: Donations from Trump Fundraiser will go to his personal charity:
Donald Trump says that the event he is holding Thursday in Iowa opposite the Fox News GOP debate will raise money to help veterans. But as the event’s donation website shows, the money will first go through Trump’s personal charity, which appears to have contributed more money to the Clinton Foundation than to veterans groups.  Trump set up donaldtrumpforvets.com Thursday morning after announcing that he would not be attending the final debate before the Iowa caucuses because Fox News refused to remove Megyn Kelly as a moderator. Trump and Kelly have feuded since the first GOP debate in August.

January 27: The Daily Caller: Veterans Group Tells Trump it won’t accept donations from his fundraiser
A military veterans group told Donald Trump they do not want his money from his fundraiser for vets.  Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff tweeted Wednesday he would turn away any donation that came from the fundraiser Trump is planning to speak at in lieu of participating in the presidential primary debate in Iowa Thursday.

January 27: The Hill: Trump refuses to reconsider boycott of Iowa Debate
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday night lashed out at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in his first appearance on the network since he announced he'd boycott the next GOP debate. He also refused to reconsider his decision to sit out the network's Thursday night debate – the last before the Iowa caucuses in five days – and said he'd move forward with his own competing event to raise money for wounded veterans.

January 25: Fox News Insider: Hillary Mocking FBI Emaill Probe Judge Napolitano said Hillary Clinton is mocking the FBI email probe. In order to get access to these kinds of document you need special codes that change hourly. So this could not have been just an oversight. It was a willful act to disregard highly sensitive classified material and to handle it as unclassified documents. "Even the FBI agents investigating Clinton's use of a personal server don't have access to those codes!" Judge Napolitano said.

January 24: News Max: Trump may skip Fox News Debate over Megyn Kelly
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump might skip Thursday's debate on Fox News Channel and hold his own televised town hall at the same time if the network doesn't drop Megyn Kelly from its team of moderators, his campaign manager tells New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman. . Trump has been calling on Fox News to drop Kelly, who is scheduled to join Chris Wallace and Bret Baier as debate moderators. The trio moderated the first GOP debate in which Kelly and Trump sparred over a question about his treatment of women. Trump took up the feud again last week with a serious of tweets saying Fox shouldn't allow Kelly on the debate stage because she is biased against him. Fox responded that Kelly would not be removed from the team of moderators.

January 24: The Washington Examiner: Immigration Prosecutions drop 36%
while detaining illegals in jail is down by 2/3rds

Criminal prosecution of immigration offenses over the past five years is down 36%, and the once-successful program of detaining illegal immigrants in state and local jails is in free fall, down by two-thirds, according reports from two federal agencies.  Justice Department statistics show that criminal prosecutions for crimes such as unlawful re-entry by an illegal in November totaled 4,861, down 13.2 percent over the previous month. Over the past year, that number is down 22.3 percent.  According to the Center for Immigration Studies which analyzed the data, that is a five year decline of criminal prosecutions.

January 24: The Hill: Pataki: Clinton’s Legal Issues will force consideration of an outsider: 
Former GOP presidential candidate George Pataki is predicting that Democrat Hillary Clinton's "legal issues" will force an outside candidate to jump into the 2016 White House race as a white knight. "People talk about the problems in the Republican Party, but I think Democrats have a bigger problem," the former New York governor said.  "Hillary Clinton is catering, the scandals just keep coming. She has grave legal issues that could totally prevent her from continuing her campaign, and the alternative is a self-avowed socialist who has never run anything.”  Pataki added that it would not surprise him to see an "outsider jump into the race" like Vice President Joe Biden, California Gov. Jerry Brown or Secretary of State John Kerry.

January 23: The Hill: Rubio’s 3-2-1 Early State Strategy, Unique but with some Risks:
Marco Rubio’s campaign appears to be coalescing around a unique and potentially risky strategy to catch fire in the GOP presidential primary, one that isn’t predicated on success in either Iowa and New Hampshire.  The strategy, disclosed earlier this week after conversations with multiple Rubio aides, has earned the nickname of the “3-2-1” strategy—third place in Iowa, second place in New Hampshire and first place in South Carolina. It’s an unconventional path in an unconventional cycle, with potential risks and rewards. 

January 23: The Hill: Glenn Beck endorses Cruz
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck on Saturday endorsed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for the White House.  He compared Cruz to the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, and gave him a compass that belonged to the first one, George Washington.  “I’d like you to hold onto that,” he said, passing Cruz the compass, “to make sure your compass is square and you stay true” to your values.   Beck said he had never endorsed a presidential candidate in his 40 years of broadcasting, but he made an exception because of the urgency of the moment.

January 23: The Hill: Cruz’s plan to beat Hillary?  Tell the truth!
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says he hates the conventional wisdom that the only way for a conservative to win a general election is to run as a “Democrat-lite.” “How do we win?” Cruz asked voters at an Exeter, N.H., rally earlier this week, according to the Associated Press.“Washington consultants always say ‘the way you win is you run to the middle.’ You run to the mushy middle, you blur the distinctions,” he added. “Every time we do that, we lose.”   The Texas senator said he prefers his approach, which he characterized as “telling the truth with a smile.”  “That’s how we win — with a clear contrast,” he said.

January 23:  Breitbart News Page and McLaughlin: The FBI will recommend Prosecution for Hillary:
Chicago Tribune Editorial Board member Clarence Page and “McLaughlin Group” host John McLaughlin predicted the FBI will recommend Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton face prosecution for mishandling classified information on Friday.  McLaughlin asked if Hillary would be prosecuted, to which Page responded,  “I’m going to say yes, but she won’t be indicted.”  McLaughlin responded, “I’m with you.”

January 23: The New York Times:  Mayor Bloomberg, Sensing Opportunity,
Considers Potential White House Bid:

Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race. His advisers and associates said he was galled by Donald Trump’s dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton’s stumbles and the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side.  Bloomberg, a billionaire has in the past contemplated running for the White House on a third-party ticket, but always concluded he could not win. A confluence of unlikely events in the 2016 election, however, has given new impetus to his presidential aspirations.

January 22: Fox News: Clinton Private Server Exposed Human Intel Sources
At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton's private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as "HCS-O," which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record.    Both sources are familiar with the intelligence community inspector general’s January 14 letter to Congress, advising the Oversight committees that intelligence beyond Top Secret -- known as Special Access Program (SAP) -- was identified in the Clinton emails, as well the supporting documents from the affected agencies that owned the information and have final say on classification. Dan Maguire, former Special Operations strategic planner for Africom, has said the disclosure of sensitive material impacts national security and exposes U.S. sources.  "There are people’s lives at stake. Certainly in an intel SAP, if you’re talking about sources and methods, there may be one person in the world that would have access to the type of information contained in that SAP,” he said.

2016 Annual March for Life in Washington, DCJanuary 22: The Washington Examiner: President Neglecting the rights of unborn children
It has become a tradition of sorts for presidents to release statements on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which established “a constitutional” right to abortion and legalized most abortions nationally.  And so it was with President Obama.  The president said the decision "affirmed a woman's freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health." While that's true for women who choose to abort a pregnancy, that's untrue for unborn baby girls, who make up roughly half the victims of abortion in America.  With about 1.2 million yearly abortions in the U.S., that's 600,000 girls who didn't get the freedom to make their own choices about their bodies and their health.  Obama concluded by saying: "In America, every single one of us deserves the rights, freedoms and opportunities to fulfill our dreams." The president seems to have a blind spot for the millions of unborn babies who have been aborted during his presidency and who will never have such opportunities, especially in light of the research that shows unborn babies can dream in the womb.

January 22: The Daily Caller: Chaffetz and Jordan go Ballistic when they learn the IRS
wiped clean yet another hard drive

Leading members of Congress are ripping IRS officials for erasing a computer hard drive after a federal judge ordered it to be preserved.  “The destruction of evidence subject to preservation orders and subpoenas has been an ongoing problem under your leadership at the IRS,” Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner Koskinen. “It is stunning to see that the IRS does not take reasonable care to preserve documents that it is legally required to protect,” Chaffetz and Jordan said.

January 20: The Daily Caller: Mikulski says she wants to avoid Constitution Arguments
during hearing on Obama’s Executive Gun Actions:

Senator Mikulski (D-MD) said at a Senate hearing Wednesday that she wanted to avoid getting “involved in constitutional arguments.” The only problem is that the hearing in question dealt with President Obama’s recent executive actions on guns, which many believe infringes on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.  Mikulski, an ardent supporter of gun control said she wanted to focus on solving the problem. 

January 20: Fox News: Fast and Furious rifle capable of taking down a chopper
found in El Chapo Weapons Cache

A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.  A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter.  After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.

January 19: Politico: Judge Rejects Obama’s Assertion of Executive Privilege over Fast and Furious Records
A federal judge has rejected President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to records pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, a gunrunning probe that allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to flow across the border into Mexico.  U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department's public disclosures about its response to the so-called "gun walking" controversy undercut Obama's executive privilege claim.

January 14: Associated Press: Migration of Jews from Europe to Israel hits all time high
Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading nonprofit group said Thursday, as France's beleaguered Jewish community grapples with whether to refrain from donning Jewish skull caps for their own safety.  The Jewish Agency, which works closely with the Israeli government and acts as a link to Jews around the world, told The AP that 9,880 western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 — the highest annual number ever. The figure is more than 10 percent over the previous year and over double the 2013 level.

January 14: The Hill: Rand Paul: I will not be silenced:
Presidential candidate Rand Paul released a video Thursday night during the GOP undercard debate — which he boycotted — saying he refuses to be silenced and that the Republican Party needs to allow "dissent" and a "diversity of opinion."  "I may have been excluded from the debate tonight, but I won't be silenced," he said. Without his voice, he added, the libertarian wing of the party "wonders if they need to look elsewhere, outside of the party for representation." 

January 14: The Hill: State Department: Ten Sailors Captured Not Covered by the Geneva Convention
The ten American sailors captured by Iran this week were not covered under protocols of the Geneva Convention because the United States is not at war with Iran, the State Department said on Thursday.  The determination means that the Obama administration will not accuse Iran of violating the convention’s protections for prisoners of war, as many critics accused Iran of doing with its treatment of the sailors.

January 10: News Max: Two VA Executives Finally Demoted for Scam
Two Veterans Affairs officials who had underlings pushed aside so they could take their jobs at their old pay with fewer responsibilities finally received demotions on Friday, Fox News reports,  but one lawmaker still wondered why criminal charged weren't filed against them.  The VA said Friday that "final action" to "demote" Diana Rubens of Philadelphia and Kimberly Graves of St. Paul from regional office directors to assistant director jobs in other cities.  Federal prosecutors said on December 24 that no charges would be filed against the pair, but has not responded to a message from Florida Rep. Jeff Miller about why they will not be charged.

January 9: Fox News: Clinton may have “coached” aid how to send fax to unsecured machine:
A recently released email from Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state appears to show her coaching an aide on how to send a fax on a non-secure system, renewing criticism about her perhaps skirting security measures.  Clinton wrote the email as part of an exchange in June 2011 that started when aide Jack Sullivan wrote to say his staff was having problems getting her documents on a secure fax.  Clinton responded by saying she hadn't received the documents and that Sullivan and his staff should “turn (the messages) into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send [it] nonsecure."

January 8: McClatchy News DC: At Least 1,340 Clinton emails contained classified information:
At least 1,340 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received contained classified material, according to the State Department’s latest update from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails. None of Clinton’s emails was marked as classified during her tenure, State Department officials say, but intelligence officials say some material was clearly classified at the time. Her aides also sent and received classified information.  Clinton has been under fire for months for exclusively using personal email routed through a private server while serving as the nation’s top diplomat. The FBI launched an inquiry into the handling of sensitive information after classified information was found in some

January 7: Fox News: North Korea and China Testing the U.S.
The White House no longer talks about “red lines,” but it seems more are being crossed every day.  From the Middle East to Asia, U.S. adversaries are taking provocative and aggressive actions, raising concerns they are feeling emboldened – ever since President Obama backed off the threat of military action against Syria’s Bashar Assad.   North Korea has now tested a fourth nuclear device under orders from Kim Jong Un. China over the weekend brazenly landed its first aircraft on a runway built atop one of its man-made islands in the South China Sea weeks after the U.S. indicated it had no plans to send warships there, and later flew a large civilian airliner to the artificial land mass.

January 6: WND News: Obama’s Executive Actions on Guns Coming on Tuesday
The White House announced it will unveil President Obama’s promised executive orders Tuesday morning on “common sense” gun control, but Second Amendment advocates and Republicans in Congress say “not so fast.”  They’re gearing up for a battle that will extend to the legislative branch and the courts.
Obama is expected to announce his unilateral plans to work around Congress to rein in gun sales and “make our communities safer,” according to a White House statement.

January 7: The Hill: Dept. of State Set to Dump more Classified Clinton emails
The State Department will release 2,900 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails on Thursday, after failing to meet a court-ordered deadline last week.  Thursday’s document dump is likely to be the second-to-last release of Clinton’s emails by the State Department, which has been ordered by a court to have the full 55,000 pages of emails to the public by the end of the month.   Forty-five of the emails in Thursday evening’s release have been deemed classified at some level, department spokesman John Kirby said, bringing the total number of emails with now-classified information up to 1,319.

January 7: The Washington Times: Missing U.S. Hell Fire Missile Turns Up in Cuba
One of the most advanced U.S. missiles was unintentionally shipped to Cuba in 2014, according to a report Thursday evening in the Wall Street Journal.  The Hellfire missile was supposed to be sent to Europe for a training mission, the Journal reported, cited “people familiar with the matter.” Shipping such a sophisticated weapon to a communist dictatorship with which the U.S. at the time didn’t have diplomatic relations and has been under U.S. embargo for a half-century would be among the worst mistakes of its kind in U.S. military history, the sources said. 

January 5: The Washington Examiner: Hillary Takes Credit for Obama Gun Plans
Hillary Clinton praised Obama's executive actions on gun control, claiming that his plans were influenced by her own proposals.  "I am very proud of President Obama's announcement today," Clinton said of the president's new series of executive actions. "In fact, I feel really good because I called for some of those measures a few months ago."  The former secretary of state has long touted gun control on the campaign trail, especially in the wake of recent mass shootings.

January 5: The Daily Caller:  Benghazi Soldiers: We believe the families, not Hillary
Three members of the security team who responded to the attack on the Benghazi annex on Sept. 11, 2012 say that they believe the families of the four Americans killed that day when they say that then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton blamed an anti-Muslim video for the attacks during private conversations.  Clinton has denied claims made by the relatives of State Department information officer Sean Smith, and CIA operatives Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods that Clinton blamed the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” during a Sept. 14, 2012 memorial service for the victims.

January 5: The Springfield News-Leader: Springfield Woman: Gun Rights Saved My Life
Katie Claxton said she was afraid for her life Sunday night when she was approached by a man wielding a large knife.  The Springfield woman said she cringes to think what might have happened if her husband hadn't pointed a gun at the man and scared him off.  "Our Second Amendment right to carry is what saved our lives," Claxton said. "If we didn't have our right to carry, I feel like we wouldn't be here today."

January 4: The Hill: Republicans eye DOJ Funding to block Obama Gun Orders
A powerful House Republican is threatening to block President Obama’s executive order on guns by defunding the Department of Justice (DOJ).  In a letter to Attorney General Lynch, Congressman Culberson (R-TX), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, warned against enforcing the new gun restrictions.  "The next twelve months will be an especially dangerous time for Americans who treasure our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Culberson said.

January 4: The Washington Times: Gun Background checks increased to a high in 2015
A record number of firearms background checks were conducted by the FBI in 2015 — equating to roughly 44 every minute. The agency reported Monday that it conducted a tltal of 23,141,970 checks last year, eclipsing the prior yearly record of roughly 21.1 million checks set in 2013.  The background checks are conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases from federal firearms licensees and for permits to carry guns, and while the checks serve as an indicator of gun sale trends in the U.S., each check does not always equate to a sale.

January 4: The Daily Caller: Unusual Clinton Payments to the DNC raise Conflict of Interest Questions:
Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee have an unusual agreement in which an entity she controls has paid millions of dollars to the political panel, even as its leadership plays a supposedly impartial role in fostering competition between the former secretary of state and her rivals for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. 
Clinton created a “joint fundraising committee” Sept. 10 that funneled big-money donations in excess of the per-campaign limit to the DNC. In the next 20 days, she raised and gave $600,000 to the DNC. Fourth-quarter 2015 fundraising reports haven’t been filed yet, but the total would be in the millions.

January 4: The Hill: Bill gutting Obamacare would save half-trillion CBO says
A GOP-led effort to repeal the biggest parts of ObamaCare would save more than a half-trillion dollars over a decade, the congressional budget scorekeeper said Monday.  Legislation to gut most of ObamaCare's mandates and taxes, known as Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, would reduce the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years, according to the bipartisan CBO.

January 4: Yahoo News: Saudi Arabia recruits Sunni allies in row with Iran:
Saudi Arabia rallied Sunni allies to its side in a growing diplomatic row with Iran on Monday, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.  Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, following Riyadh's example the previous day. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters Riyadh would also halt air traffic and commercial relations between the rival powers.

January 4: Yahoo News: Saudi-Ian Crisis a Reflection of U.S. Policy
Washington's single-minded pursuit of the Iran nuclear deal damaged its alliance with Saudi Arabia, experts say, and fed is escalating the crisis in the Gulf.  The United States failed to manage its traditional Sunni Arab allies in the region while it reached out to mend ties with their bitter Shiite foes in Tehran.  As a result, experts warn, Washington has suffered a loss of influence at a time when it needs to implement the nuclear accord and work with both Tehran and Riyadh to end the Syrian war.

January 1: The Daily Caller: Meat Packer Pulls Rug Out From Under Muslims over Prayer Dispute
A Cargill beef processing plant in Fort Morgan, Colo. has fired nearly 200 Somali Muslims who walked off the job last week in a dispute over the company’s accommodations of their prayer rituals.  The workers’ complaints were vague, but seemed to center on the amount of space and time that Cargill had made available for them to pray at the meat plant, which is located in northeast Colorado. Devout Muslims pray five times a day.  More than 200 workers, mostly Muslims from Somalia, either walked off the job before the second shift was set to begin at the plant on Dec. 21 or failed to show up to work the next day in protest of what they claimed were Cargill’s new, restrictive policies.
After the employees failed to show up to work for three days, Cargill fired them, in keeping with the company’s policies.  Cargill spokesman Mike Martin said that the plant could not facilitate a large prayer facility without disrupting operations.

January 1: The Hill:  Report: Obama plans to increase background check requirements
President Obama plans to increase background-check requirements for those who purchase guns from high-volume dealers, the Washington Post reported Friday.  The report comes on the heels of Obama’s announcement Friday morning that he will meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch “to discuss options” for reducing gun deaths in America.  The Post, citing unnamed people “familiar with the proposal,” said the White House will unveil the background checks and other policy specifics next week. Obama used his weekly radio address Friday to pledge a continued fight against “our epidemic of gun violence.

January 1: The Hill: Iran: As Long as the U.S. Supports Israel, we will continue our missile program
Iranian leaders are defiantly vowing to expand the nation’s missile program in the face of potential new U.S. sanctions.  “As long as the United States supports Israel, we will expand our missile capabilities,” said the Revolutionary Guards' No. 2 leader, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, Reuters reports. The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday that the Obama administration is delaying its planned sanctions over Tehran's missile program.

January 1: The Hill: Obama’s 2015 environmental/Climate Changes Heading for Trial
A slate of major environmental rules rolled out by the Obama administration in 2015 will face serious challenges in 2016, as opponents look to beat back the president’s ambitious policies — a core piece of his legacy.  Here are some of the biggest regulations that can be expected to be litigated in 2016.
(1) Clean Power Plan -- the climate rule for power plants, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation designed to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. It has met with scorching opposition from Republicans, commodity groups, businesses and utilities. Opponents argue the rule will cut carbon emissions at the expense of jobs and American energy bills, which could go up as states shift to cleaner energy mixes.
(2) Clean Water Rule  -- A federal court dealt a blow to another EPA rule in 2015 when it blocked implementation of a new rule setting regulatory authority over small waterways.  The so-called “Waters of the United States” rule looks to clarify which streams, wetlands and other smaller waterways the federal government has regulatory authority over. Opponents  argue the rule is overly-broad and an unjust expansion of federal power. Two separate federal courses have issued separate injunctions against the rule in 2015.

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