Cyber Attack Continues to Expand

May 16, 2017

The massive cyberattack that started last Friday has continued and expanded with over 100,000 organizations in over 150 countries now affected. Organizations in the United States have now been affected as was feared, but so far on a limited basis. No particular source of the attacks has been identified, and multiple sources are still suspected.

It is also clear that the malware being used originated in the United States, apparently with the National Security Agency. If that is in fact the case then the information was probably leaked by someone inside the U.S. government, and that is a federal crime and possibly even rises to the level of treason. This will be the case if some foreign nation or group like ISIS is using this to extort money and/or damage the interests of the United States.

WAPO Accuses Trump of Revealing Secrets to Russians

May 16, 2017

The Washington Post has written what is claimed to be a major expose’ of President Trump stating that in a recent meeting with Russian diplomats at the White House trump revealed top secret U.S. intelligence information to the Russians. The Post as usual cites information from “current and former U.S. officials who are not identified. Democrats in Congress are having a field day with hysterical attacks on Trump.

However, there are several problems with the story that are being ignored. First, according to the President’s National Security advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster and other high level administration officials who were present for the entire meeting the story is entirely false. Second, if these unnamed current and former officials were not at the meeting how would they know what was said?

Bill O’Reilly Speaks Out About His Firing

May 16, 2017

In his first interview since being fired by Fox News, popular conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly told radio talk host Glenn Beck that his was a “hit” by well-organized left wing groups and individuals who are out to silence anyone that disagrees with them. O’Reilly says that he and his legal team are “methodically” investigating what really happened including the incredible pressure involving some actual threats made against his sponsors to get them to withdraw their support.

He also said that people will be “shocked” by what he and his people reveal over the next few months.

No Radiation Released by Tunnel Collapse, Hanford, Washington

May 15, 2017

After part of a storage tunnel caved in, the US Dept. of Energy declared an emergency at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington. The tunnel contained rail cars carrying radioactive waste to a storage facility. Workers noticed the collapse about 8:30 a.m. May 9. A section of earth of about 400 square feet caved in. The tunnels were covered by eight feet of earth; they have been used to store contaminated equipment since the 1950’s According to Randy Bradbury of the Washington Dept. of Energy, no radiation was released and no workers were injured.

Internal Battle at NSC over Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster

May 15, 2017

Word has leaked out that Steve Bannon is trying hard to get Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster out as National Security Advisor just as McMaster and Secretary of Defense Mattis are trying to talk Trump into sending another 3-5k troops to Afghanistan, America’s longest war. At the same time, McMaster is trying to consolidate power by removing people brought in by former advisor Michael Flynn. If the troop increase goes through, we’ll know McMaster won this fight.

Marines Set to Abandon "Every Man a Rifleman"

May 15, 2017

The Marine Corps Times is rightly upset that the Marines are thinking about not requiring all personnel to go through boot camp and qualify every year at the rifle and pistol range. The "Every Marine a Rifleman" has saved many lives when in war a cook’s camp or headquarters battalion is overrun. With every Marine trained to use a rifle effectively, cooks and clerks have been able to defend themselves. Now, some are insisting that to attract and keep tech savvy cyber-warriors, the Marines need to allow them to avoid boot camp and annual rifle training just like they do for Marine band musicians. If they do, they will be a huge difference between "real Marines" and people who simply wear the uniform but can’t fight. As a former Marine F-4 Pilot, I was very glad I had full combat training before flight training in case I got shot down over Vietnam. Let them hire tech people as civilian contractors, but don’t dumb down the real meaning of being a Marine for the sake of retention. In the same sense, here’s a great story about baseball coach John Scolinos about how you don’t change the size of home plate to accommodate people who can’t pitch well. He ends up relating it to what is happening in modern society and education. It’s a great read.

Woman Loses It

May 15, 2017

Wendi Wright of Orion County Tennessee was charged with felony reckless endangerment after pursuing Representative David Kustoff, striking the windows of his vehicle, and preventing his vehicle from leaving. His crime? Voting for the Republican healthcare bill. Before police arrived, Wright left the scene. But she posted the details of the incident on her Facebook account. She was arrested and taken into custody. She is free on a $1,000 bond and will be arraigned on May 15. RACIAL DISCRIMINATION SUIT AT CNN The news about sexual harassment and firings at Fox News is well known. But not so well known is class-action suit against CNN. The lawsuit against CNN alleges rampant racism at the company’s Atlanta headquarters. It claims “among other things that African-Americans receive lower performance ratings in evaluations, that there are dramatic differences in pay between similarly situated employees of different races and that the promotion of African-American employees is blocked by a "glass ceiling." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cnn-faces-growing-racial-discrimination-lawsuit-991036 So far, 175 people have requested to be part of the suit.

Nasa’s Incompetence

May 15, 2017

NASA’s manned space capsule, Orion, is behind schedule, getting more costly, and now more dangerous for the astronauts.The first unmanned blast off of the Orion capsule has been pushed back to 2019. NASA’s inspector general says that the agency has already spent $26 billon on the program. The first manned mission may not happen until 2022. The chance of a fatal accident during re-entry and landing is now calculated to be “nearly twice what it is projected to be for astronauts traveling in a Dragon capsule slated to be flown back from the space station by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp.” https://www.wsj.com/articles/nasas-plans-for-mega-... Given NASA’s past problems with the Mars Climate Orbiter, Mars Polar Lander, and Hubble Telescope, NASA would save the country billions of dollars by turning over its Orion technology to the private sector and exiting space exploration.

Private Property Confiscation In Germany

May 15, 2017

Private property rights in Hamburg Germany are under assault by government authorities. More than two million migrants have surged into Germany and are overwhelming the supply of available housing. A shortage of housing has been building for years with rent control laws so strict that construction firms would be unable to recover the cost of construction. To solve the self inflicted housing shortage, the Hamburg government is now seizing vacant property. Some commercial properties have been seized since 2015 and converted into housing. Now residential properties are being seized and renovated to house migrants. The costs of renovating the properties are being charged to the owners of the properties. In a throwback to East Germany’s Stasi spy agency, Greens and Socialists have created a hotline and website so “local residents can report vacant properties.” So far nobody in Hamburg has challenged the constitutionality of the law.

No Privacy For Drivers In California

May 15, 2017

Private companies can go ahead and keep scanning and recording the license plates of parked cars in California. A bill in the state senate would have given owners of cars the right to cover their license plates when parked, failed in a committee vote. Automated license plate reader companies “are collecting massive amounts of data on innocent people’s driving patterns and selling it for profit,” according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The information is used by law enforcement, financial lenders, insurers, and collections agencies. More worrisome is that the software might be programmed to reveal “real time alerts about a driver’s whereabouts.”

Healthcare

May 15, 2017

Over at Bloomberg, economist Tyler Cowen makes good observations about the political situation regarding Obamacare and Trumpcare. But Cowen leaves out any free market solution. America needs more doctors, surgeons, and nurses to provide competitive health care services. And more people competing for those services. Government restrictions on the health care industry keep prices high and prevents a free market for health care services from developing. SECRET SPYING ON CONGRESS Senator Rand Paul is asking the White House to investigate whether the Obama Administration ever surveilled or unmasked him. In an interview with Maria Bartiromo, Senator Paul revealed that two reporters have told him that the Obama Administration did look at Paul’s private information. Senator Paul went on to say that another Senator was also surveilled including his phone calls. “It’s about your own government spying on the opposition party, that would be enormous if true,” he said.If the Obama Administration did surveil political opponents it would be a constitutional crisis. Bigger than the Russian allegations.

Loyalty

May 15, 2017

Let’s hope the reports of President Trump asking for personal loyalty from former FBI Director Comey are fake news. In the American system of government, appointed and elected leaders swear to follow the Constitution. Not a person. The president is not a king or a dictator. He does not make the laws. He follows and enforces the laws. Our leaders are to set aside their personal interests and follow the laws. Requiring personal loyalty above loyalty to the Constitution would collapse yet another pillar of American strength and put us on the road to third world status.

Signs Pro Life Bill Restricting Abortion After 20 Weeks

May 15, 2017

The devide in the republican party continues. Abortion in Tennessee after the 20th week of pregnancy just became very difficult to legally justify, as a GOP-backed bill has been signed by a Republican governor. However, the attorney general, also a Republican, has called the law “constitutionally suspect.”

Restaurants Getting Hit By Increased Minimum Wage

May 15, 2017

At least 60 restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area have closed in part due to the increased minimum wage. Tipped employees are not exempt from the new minimum wage laws. Rising labor costs have eaten away at restaurant’s profitability. Instead of helping people make more money, people are losing their jobs. Minimum wage laws make it more difficult for low-skilled workers to find work. Forced to pay above market prices for labor, businesses will hire only the best people who add the most value. In turn, people who are willing to work are crowded out and don’t have the opportunity to learn skills to make themselves more marketable.

The Trump Tax And Spending Plan

May 15, 2017

The Trump tax plan may be a fiscal calamity in the making. Along with new spending on infrastructure and defense, ten trillion dollars of deficits are projected over the next ten years. It’s thought that rosy projections of wage and GDP growth will close the gap. However, when money is borrowed out of the economy to fund the deficit, it crowds out the private sector. This money would be used by businesses and entrepreneurs to create goods and services to benefit consumers and grow the economy. Government spending gets directed towards special interests, politicians and their cronies and into projects that the private sector would never fund.

Trump’s Tax Plan

May 15, 2017

The Trump tax cut proposal along with his push for increased defense and infrastructure spending may be a fiscal calamity in the making. The tax plan is based on rosy projections of wage and GDP growth that may not pan out. Money taxed out of the economy by the government ends up in the hands of special interests, politicians, and their cronies. Were this money kept in the economy, it would be used by businesses and entrepreneurs to create goods and services to benefit consumers.

Federal Prisosn May Be Filling Up

May 15, 2017

Changes are underway at the Department of Justice. Attorney General Sessions is sweeping away the Obama Administration’s relaxed rules on prosecuting drug offenses. Under these new rules, the toughest practices of the drug war will return. Now US Attorneys will be charging non-violent defendants in such a way so as to trigger long mandatory minimum sentences that packed federal prisons. Since becoming Attorney General, Sessions has renewed the push for federal contracts with private prisons in anticipation of increased incarceration rates.

This Week In History

May 15, 2017

On May 14, 1607, over one hundred English colonists landed in Jamestown, Virginia. The captains of the ships observed of their passengers, "Only 12 are laborers, ten or 12 are mechanics, while 48 are gentlemen, and there are no women." Carving out a living in the wilderness required hard manual labor. These English gentleman and their man servants did not know how to work. Apparently they were not willing to learn either. By the following year, 80% of the landing party were dead.

Ethical Swamp At The FBI

May 15, 2017

Leadership at the FBI can’t seem to get a break this week. With Mr. Comey’s firing, Andrew McCabe is now Acting Director. But it gets complicated. McCabe’s wife received $750,000 when she ran for state senate in Virginia from a Political Action Committee controlled by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.Governor McAuliffe is the target of a federal FBI criminal investigation that is being led by Andrew McCabe. Attorney General Sessions is seeking to relieve McCabe of this ethical quagmire by appointing an interim director to lead the FBI who won’t need Senate confirmation.

Press Brlefings Down The Drain?

May 15, 2017

President Trump promised to drain the swamp. We’re getting a clearer picture of what he meant. The President hinted at ending daily press briefings and replacing them with written responses to ensure accuracy. Closing the press briefing room and ending daily press briefings would not only save the government money but it would be a major step towards fulfilling another campaign promise to drain the Washington swamp. A White House focused on governing as opposed to combating the media is good for all Americans.

Gov. Jerry Brown Wants Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Defend Illegals

May 15, 2017

In a state where tax rates are already very high and budget shortfalls are common Governor Jerry Brown is calling for millions of dollars more from California taxpayers to provide legal aid to illegal aliens who face deportation by the federal government. Governor Brown is following the trend already established in liberal sanctuary cities like San Francisco, Las Angeles, and Sacramento to use taxpayer money from American citizens to defend people who have broken our laws, by entering our country illegally, sometimes on more than one occasion. The fact that many illegals also commit crimes against the legal citizens of California is apparently of no concern to Jerry Brown and his cohorts.

Second Wave of Cyberattacks Beginning

May 15, 2017

According to some British cyber experts, the massive cyberattack that occurred last Friday that affected governments, businesses, and hospitals around the world is just the beginning. A second wave of attacks is already occurring and they are coming from multiple unknown sources and will be mostly keenly be felt early in the work week as computers in many locations are turned back on. The attacks are using malware apparently stolen from inside the United States government, specifically the National Security Agency. The stolen malware was leaked to WikiLeaks, and is now in the hands of other sources. So far, the attacks have all occurred outside of the United States, but that is expected to change in the next few days and federal agencies are doing what they can to prepare.

ABC Cancels Show “The Real O’Neals”

May 15, 2017

After only two seasons ABC has finally seen the hand writing on the wall and cancelled its controversial sitcom “The Real O’Neals” The show came under fire immediately after its first segment because of what many groups such as the Media Research Center called its incredible bias against the Catholic religion and the shows’s pro-gay agenda. From the beginning very few viewers seemed to find any humor in the show and ratings tumbled. Despite this ABC renewed the show for a second season in order to continue to push the network’s far left political agenda. However, when pressure on sponsors continued to increase and ratings continued to fall the show was finally cancelled.

Obamacare Prices to Rise Again

May 15, 2017

Just days after major insurance companies Aetna and Humana announced they were pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges entirely, state insurance commissioners in some states have already started receiving requests for premium price hikes next year. Virginia and Maryland have reported requests for premium increases from 10% to over 50%.

These requests are coming amid the increasing loss of competition among the remaining companies. At least 40% of the counties in the country will have only one insurance company remaining in the markets, and some will have none at all, leaving consumers with virtually no options for purchasing health insurance under Obamacare that democrats continue to defend.

Schumer Supports Delaying Vote on new FBI Director until Special Prosecutor Appointed

May 15, 2017

New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democrat minority leader in the Senate has declared that he supports the demand by Senator Mark Warner of Virginia to try and delay the vote on any new FBI director, regardless of who it is, until a special prosecutor is appointed. They want this special prosecutor to investigate the alleged collusion between Trump and his campaign to influence the outcome of last November’s presidential election.

The fact that no evidence of any such collusion has been found does not matter. Many critics point out that Democrats are so obsessed with Clinton’s loss to Trump that they will do anything they can to disrupt the new administration even if it puts America’s intelligence community and law enforcement capabilities at risk. New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democrat minority leader in the Senate has declared that he supports the demand by Senator Mark Warner of Virginia to try and delay the vote on any new FBI director, regardless of who it is, until a special prosecutor is appointed. They want this special prosecutor to investigate the alleged collusion between Trump and his campaign to influence the outcome of last November’s presidential election.

North Korea Test Fires Another Missile

May 15, 2017

Just days after a new leader was elected in South Korea and expressed a desire to open a dialogue with North Korea, the NK dictator, Kim Jong Un responded by test firing another ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan not far from Russia. This seems to be another indication that the erratic dictator has not going to change his bad behavior and is going to continue his provocative and dangerous activities. American and South Korean military sources have yet to confirm the type of missile launched, but have stated that they do believe it was an ICBM.

Trump Approval Pulls Back Near Record Low

May 12, 2017

President Donald Trump's approval rating saw a small improvement after the missile strike in Syria last month but has pulled back near a record low in a new Quinnipiac University national poll. The poll found that 36 percent of voters approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, while 58 percent disapprove. Trump's approval rose to 40 percent in a poll conducted shortly after the attack on Syria but is now back near the record low of 35 percent seen in a poll released in early April Quinnipiac noted Trump is losing support among independents voters as well as white voters with no college degree and white men, which are important parts of his base. "There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. The poll also found that 58 percent of voters say Trump's first 100 days in office have been "mainly a failure," while 38 percent say they have been "mainly a success." The Quinnipiac survey of 1,078 voters was conducted May 4th through 9th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Hyundai And Kia Ordered To Recall 240,000 CarsSouth Korea's transport ministry has ordered automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. to recall 240,000 cars after a whistle-blower raised concerns about defects in twelve models made by the two automakers.The whistle-blower is a former Hyundai employee with 26 years at the company, who tipped off the government about 32 defects in the vehicles. The recall covers five of these defects.


The recall is the first compulsory recall ordered by South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for Hyundai and its affiliate Kia, after the two companies refused to act voluntarilyThe automakers had previously argued that the defects, including in parking brake warning lights, posed no danger to driving safety. The ministry has also asked prosecutors in Seoul to investigate whether the automakers allegedly covered up the five flaws that affect 12 models. The models subject to the recall include Hyundai's Avante compact, i30 hatchback, Sonata midsize sedan and Sante Fe crossover as well as the luxury Genesis G80 and EQ900 sedans, and Kia's Mohave, Sorento SUVs and the Carnival minivan.These vehicles were found to have problems with their vacuum pipes, fuel hoses, parking brake light problems and other faulty componentsIn response to the recall order, Hyundai and Kia said in a joint statement that they accept the decision and will take all necessary steps to repair or replace the faulty parts in the affected models as early as possible.The automakers are required to announce their recall plans through media and notify the owners of affected vehicles of their planned recalls within the next thirty days.Hyundai and Kia together form the world's fifth-largest car maker by sales. The companies are targeting sales of a combined 8.25 million vehicles in 2017, up from the 7.9 million units they sold globally last year.

U.S. Consumer Prices Rise 0.2% Amid Rebound In Energy Prices

May 12, 2017

After reporting an unexpected drop in U.S. consumer prices in the previous month, the Labor Department released a report showing that prices rebounded in the month of April. The Labor Department said its consumer price index rose by 0.2 percent in April after falling by 0.3 percent in March. The increase in prices matched economist estimates.

The uptick in consumer prices reflected a rebound in energy prices, which surged up by 1.1 percent in April after tumbling by 3.2 percent in March. Gasoline prices jumped by 1.2 percent in April following the 6.2 percent slump seen in the previous month. Natural gas prices also spiked by 2.2 percent. Excluding food and energy prices, core consumer prices inched up by 0.1 percent in April after dipping by 0.1 percent in March. Core prices had been expected to rise by 0.2 percent. Higher prices for shelter and tobacco were partly offset by lower prices for wireless phone services, medical care, motor vehicle insurance, apparel, used cars and trucks, recreation, and new vehicles. Consumer prices in April were up by 2.2 percent compared to the same month a year ago, reflecting a slowdown from the 2.4 percent growth seen in March. The annual rate of growth in core consumer prices also slowed to 1.9 percent in April from 2.0 percent in the previous month. Paul Ashworth, Chief U.S. Economist at Capital Economics, said, "To some extent, this new weakness in price inflation is due to competitive pressures rather than weak demand, so the Fed can afford to discount it." "But even under those circumstances, it increases the downside risks to our above-consensus view that the Fed will hike interest rates three more times this year," he added., the Labor Department released a separate report showing a bigger than expected increase in producer prices in the month of April. The Labor Department said its producer price index for final demand climbed by 0.5 percent in April after edging down by 0.1 percent in March. Economists had expected prices to rise by 0.2 percent. With the monthly increase, the annual rate of producer price growth accelerated to 2.5 percent in April from 2.3 percent in March. Prices rose at the fastest rate since February of 2012. Excluding increases in food and energy prices, core producer prices still rose by 0.4 percent in April and were up by 1.9 percent year-over-year.

U.S. Retail Sales Climb 0.4% In April, Less Than Expected

May 12, 2017

Retail sales in the U.S. increased by less than expected in the month of April, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday. The Commerce Department said retail sales climbed by 0.4 percent in April compared to economist estimates for 0.6 percent growth. However, the report also said retail sales inched up by a revised 0.1 percent in March versus the 0.2 percent drop originally reported. The increase in retail sales was partly due to a rebound in auto sales, with sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers rising by 0.7 percent in March after falling by 0.5 percent in February. Excluding the rebound in auto sales, retail sales rose by 0.3 percent in April, matching the increase seen in the previous month as well as economist estimates. Sales by non-store retailers, electronics and appliance stores, and building materials and supplies dealers saw significant growth. However, the upside was limited by decreases in sales by clothing and accessories stores, furniture and home furnishings stores, and general merchandise stores. Closely watched core retail sales, which exclude autos, gasoline, building materials and food service, edged up by 0.2 percent in April after climbing by 0.7 percent in March. The Commerce Department said total retail sales in April were up by 4.5 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

Paul Craig Roberts Wrong on North Korea

May 12, 2017

Sometimes Robert’s anti-globalism leads him to suspect that every enemy the globalists highlight must be false, which is isn’t true. He said,

"The North Korean "crisis" is a Washington orchestration... N. Korea has not attacked or invaded anyone in 64 years." Wrong. North Korea has attacked S. Korea or the US every couple of years. They shot dead a US Army major on the DMZ, shelled an Island city in SK, captured a US spy ship (USS Pueblo), and sunk various SK vessels. "N. Korea lacks the military strength to attack any country, such as South Korea and Japan, that is protected by the US." Wrong again. NK has a huge military and is very capable of invading SK. He says that, "China would not permit N. Korea to start a war." Well, not yet, but only because they aren’t ready yet, but NK is being preserved as the trigger event for WWIII. He thinks the entire NK controversy is designed by Washington to excuse putting in the THAAD ABM system into SK, close to China’s border. Sadly, neither does he think Russia or China are eventual enemies of the US

French Gang Up to Defeat Marine Le Pen

May 12, 2017

As I predicted, all the other parties joined together to defeat the surging right-wing, anti-globalist and anti-immigration National Front party led by Marine Le Pen. The victor, Emmanuel Macron, is a globalist and will make sure France doesn’t follow the UK into some form of Brexit. Le Pen is regrouping and will seek to redefine the movement by changing the name of the National Front party. The same thing happened in Austria and Belgium, where anti-EU political parties were barely defeated. This week the fragile coalition government in Austria fractured when the Deputy Prime Minister resigned, leaving an opening for the Freedom Party to call for new elections.

Democrats Say Trump Must Meet Demands Or Face Senate Shutdown

May 12, 2017

Democrats continued their efforts to slow down business in the Senate Thursday in order to pressure the Trump Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor for the Russia investigation and to give into other demands.

President Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review voter fraud and voter suppression.

May 12, 2017

The White House said the president's "Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" would examine allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration. Vice President Pence will chair the panel and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be vice chair of the commission.Donnald has vowed to investigate voter fraud. Democrats and voting rights groups called the panel a sham, arguing there are few, if any, credible allegations of significant voter fraud. They warned that the panel would be used to lay the groundwork for stricter voting requirements that could make it more difficult for poor and minority voters to access the ballot box. Even Obama publically admitted that both parties ingage in vote fraud!

Twitter CEO: “I believe it’s really important to hear directly from our leadership”

May 12, 2017

Twitter CEO: “I believe it’s really important to hear directly from our leadership” - it’s also critical to hold leaders accountable.

Jack Dorsey has revealed why he doesn’t plan on banning President Donald Trump from the microblogging service anytime soon — despite facing repeated calls from his detractors to do so. “I believe it’s really important to hear directly from our leadership,” he told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview posted online, adding that it’s also critical to hold leaders accountable. Conversations should be held “out in the open rather than have them behind closed doors,” Dorsey said. “If we were all to suddenly take these platforms away, where does it go? What happens?” Dorsey asked. “It goes in the dark, and I just don’t think that’s good for anyone.”

OPEC to U.S.: Please don't pump so much oil!

May 12, 2017

(CNN/Money) OPEC has asked a favor of other major producers: Please stop pumping so much and help us balance the market.

The unusual plea was issued Thursday in the cartel’s closely-watched monthly report, which found that global markets are still suffering from too much supply. The report said that balancing the market would “require the collective efforts of all oil producers” and should be done “not only for the benefit of the individual countries, but also for the general prosperity of the world economy.” It looks like OPEC is openly calling for the United States to participate in a Global Price fixing scheme.

Unemployment Levels Dropping Dramatically

May 12, 2017

When Donald Trump was campaigning for President he vowed to bring the unemployment rate down in the United States and there are new indications that this is happening. According to the latest figures from the Department of Labor as of April the number of Americans drawing unemployment benefits has dropped to its lowest number since 1988. This coupled with the fact that in the past four weeks new unemployment benefit claims have dropped to the lowest level since 1974. This is despite the fact the labor is force is much larger now. This is being seen by many economists as a sign that the recovery of the U.S. economy is speeding up.

ICE Leads Round-up of Gang Members

May 12, 2017

Over the past six weeks the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has led a task force of federal, state, and local agencies in a nationwide round-up of known gang members. This is the largest such operation ever conducted and has netted a total of 1,378 gang members accused of drug and sex trafficking, murder and rape, weapons smuggling and racketeering as well as immigration violations.

ICE reports that 933 of the individuals arrested were U.S. citizens while 445 were citizens from other countries all over the world and most were here illegally. During the course of this operation Attorney General Jeff Sessions publicly declared war on violent gangs such as MS-13.

Russian Jet Buzzes U.S. Navy Craft

May 12, 2017

The Russian military just can’t seem to refrain from playing dangerous games with the United States Military. The latest incident occurred when a Russian jet fighter flew within 20 feet of an American naval P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft operating over international airspace in the Black Sea.

While it is not unusual for Russian and American aircraft and even ships to interact in international waters and airspace, but an encounter this close is considered highly dangerous and provocative. When looked at from the perspective of Russian fighters and bombers flying into U.S. airspace near Alaska and Russian spy ships off of our coasts, it becomes obvious that Putin is testing America and its new President, Donald Trump.

Tom Perez Leads Demonstration Supporting James Comey

May 12, 2017

Last October newly elected Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez was one of the Democrats loudly demanding that FBI director James Comey be fired for his alleged betrayal of Hillary Clinton. In November, Perez was blaming Comey for Hillary’s defeat by Donald Trump. Now, he is out in front of the White House protesting the firing of someone he and other Democrats have repeatedly vilified.

Many in the mainstream media are supporting Perez, but other commentators are pointing out that the only possible reason for this is the fact that Comey was fired by President Trump instead of President Clinton.

Democrats Trying to Force Appointment of Special Prosecutor

May 12, 2017

Democrats in Congress are planning to use a discharge petition to bypass Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and force a vote on appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russian government to somehow steal the presidential election from Hillary Clinton. They would only need a hand full of Republican House and Senate members to join them to get it passed.

However, there are several potential problems with this. First, special federal prosecutors are usually appointed when someone has either been charged with a federal crime or is about to be. There is absolutely no evidence at this point that there was any collusion, must less that a crime was committed. In addition, the President can fire the FBI director at any time for any reason. Again, there is no crime.

Former Dem Representative Found Guilty of Fraud

May 12, 2017

Corrine Brown, a former Democrat member of Congress in Florida has been found guilty of 18 counts of fraud and tax evasion in a Federal court in Jacksonville, Florida. Brown took thousands of dollars out of her charity, One Door For Education Foundation Inc., for her own personal use. She was found to have spent the money on trips, shopping excursions and parties. Brown served in congress from 1993 until she lost her primary election in 2016. Others involved with the charity or on Brown’s congressional staff have also either entered guilty pleas or been found guilty in court.

Chaffetz Requests Justice Department Investigation of Comey Firing

May 11, 2017

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has asked the Justice Department to investigate President Donald Trump's abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. In a letter sent to Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday, Chaffetz requested an expansion of an investigation of actions by the Justice Department and the FBI in advance of last year's elections. "Previously I asked Inspector General Horowitz to review the FBI's actions in advance of the 2016 election," Chaffetz said in a statement.

"Today I sent a letter urging IG Horowitz to expand the scope of his review to include the decision to fire Director Comey," he added. "I look forward to receiving the IG's findings." The request from Chaffetz comes after Trump's surprise decision to fire Comey was revealed by the White House on Tuesday. Trump cited recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who based their recommendation in part on Comey's decision to publicize the results of the FBI's investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The move has generated considerable criticism, however, as it comes as Comey was leading an investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign. Democrats have argued that Comey's firing reinforces the need for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, although Republican leaders have rejected their demands.

​Workers Took Down a statue of Jefferson Davis in New Orleans

May 11, 2017

Early Thursday-152 Years and One Day After the Confederate President was Captured by Union Forces workers removed the 6-foot statue from its 12-foot pedestal and put it on a trailer to be moved to a city warehouse, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Police kept supporters and opponents of the move apart. The office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement saying the city had begun removing statues erected decades after the Civil War by the "Cult of the Lost Cause," which the office calls a "movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy.

Davis lived in New Orleans for years after the war and died there in 1889. In an earlier statement, the mayor said it was an "affront" to "literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal" in the city's public places, CNN reports. Statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and PGT Beauregard are also due to be removed, the AP reports. Another monument, commemorating whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government, came down last month . The city council voted to remove the monuments in 2015, but more than a year of legal wrangling followed. Orleans Parish judge Kern Reese ruled that the removal of the huge bronze statue of Beauregard on horseback can proceed, saying, "This has gone on an inordinate amount of time.

Matt Drudge: "BIG DANGER: Small Leaks Sink Ships!!"

May 11, 2017

Conservative journalist Matt Drudge tweeted Wednesday that President Trump's administration could very well be taken down by leaks. "We never got 1 damaging leak out of Obama White House staff in 8 yrs. Under Trump, they appear hourly," Drudge tweeted. "BIG DANGER: Small leaks sink ships!! Drudge then tweeted a link to an Axios story full of palace intrigue about the firing of FBI Director James Comey and commented, "Trump advisers leaking to media are now deliberately sabotaging presidency. Major house cleaning needed for survival. The Trump administration launched an unsuccessful effort in February to find leakers of damaging information.

Gun Owner Saves Florida Deputy Who Was Pinned Down By Criminal

May 11, 2017

New cell phone footage of an incident in Florida has gone viral. Deputy Dean Bardes was tussling with a man on the highway. The police officer was pinned down and feared for his life. But then a concealed carry holder named Ashad Russell approached and shot the suspect.

China Stockpiling Anti-ship Missiles in South China Sea

May 11, 2017

While tensions with North Korea continue to rise, China is fanning the flames of tension in the region by deploying sophisticated missiles in the South China Sea. These missiles are specifically designed to hit warships including those American naval vessels in the area. U.S. Intelligence has confirmed that images show the land based missiles deployed on Yulin Naval base on the island of Hainan that is part of a contested group of islands south of china and near Vietnam.

According to similar reports by Israeli intelligence the missiles are fully deployed and ready to fire.

Military Tribunals Being Used to Stifle Dissent in Venezuela

May 11, 2017

The situation in the socialist nation continues to deteriorate rapidly with people starving to death as the economy collapses. People have taken to the streets by the thousands to protest the actions of the government and call for change. Some have been killed by government soldiers and hundreds have been arrested.

Activists are now expressing increasing concern that many of those arrested are being placed in military prisons and tried by military tribunals, where they don’t have access to regular attorneys and are being charged with inciting rebellion and face up to 30 years in prison. Many of them are young students, and human rights activists are reporting that as many as 250 tribunals are being conducted every week.

DUI Hit and Run Suspect Deported 15 Times

May 11, 2017

A suspect in San Diego who has been arrested for DUI and a hit and run that caused serious injuries to a six year old boy had been reportedly deported 15 times. Six other family members were also injured in the crash. The suspect, a Mexican citizen named Constantino Banda-Acosta is a 38 year old who was mostly recently deported on January 18th of this year.

This was the 15th time he has been deported since 2002 which means he was deported an average of once a year yet always managed to sneak back in through the porous California southern border. The boy and his family were returning from a day trip to Disneyland.

Another Blow to Obamacare as Aetna Pulls Out

May 11, 2017

In another blow to the failing Obamacare Aetna Insurance has announced that it is pulling out of all of the Obamacare exchanges next year. In 2016 Aetna was selling plans in 15 states and suffering severe financial losses. This led to its decision to stop selling plans through the exchanges at all. According to HHS Secretary Tom Price “Aetna’s decision to completely withdraw from the Obamacare exchanges adds to the mountain of evidence that Obamacare has failed the American people”

Despite this overwhelming evidence that Obamacare cannot work Democrats continue to defend the broken law and impose it on the American people.

Dems Threatening to Shut down Senate over Comey Firing

May 11, 2017

Democrats in the United States Senate are threatening to use an obscure rule to essentially shut down the Senate if they don’t get a Special prosecutor appointed to investigate alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. They are claiming that the firing of James Comey by Trump is an attempt to stop the FBI’s investigation into the matter. The fact that even Senator Diane Feinstein has stated that there is no evidence of such collusion.

Commentators are pointing out that many of these same Senators would have applauded the firing if had been done by President Hillary Clinton.

ACLU Says Travel Ban is Unconstitutional Because it Came from Trump

May 11, 2017

While making an argument in the Fourth Circuit of Appeals ACLU lawyer Omar Jadwat made the extraordinary admission that the main reason the ACLU is opposing the travel ban is because it was issued by President Donald Trump. He further admitted that if the same Executive Order had been issued by a President Hillary Clinton the organization would not be challenging it because it would be considered Constitutional if it came from anyone other than Trump. He said that Trump’s language during the campaign is the only thing that they base the Constitutional claim on.

European Shares Mostly Lower As Dollar Dips On Comey Sacking

May 10, 2017

European stocks fell slightly on Wednesday as the dollar snapped a two-day rally in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. Tensions surrounding North Korea also triggered some profit taking after recent gains.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 index was down 0.2 percent at 395.04 in late opening deals after rising half a percent the previous day.

The German DAX was marginally lower and France's CAC 40 index was moving down 0.2 percent, while the U.K.'s FTSE 100 was up 0.1 percent despite a stronger pound.

French utility EDF fell marginally after reporting a slide in first-quarter sales.

HeidelbergCement fell 2.5 percent after reporting a first-quarter loss.

Roche Holding fell over 2 percent after its Tecentriq immuno-oncology drug failed in a late-stage clinical trial.

Insurer AXA rose half a percent on saying it plans to list part of U.S. operations in New York.

Dutch financial services company ING Groep rallied 2 percent after its first-quarter net profit topped estimates.

British life and health insurer Aviva rose about 1 percent after announcing the sale of its shareholdings in Spanish life insurance and pension joint ventures.

Barratt Developments soared 4 percent. The U.K. housebuilder said it expects pre-tax profit for the full year 2017 to be at the top end of current analyst estimates.

On a light day on the economic front, data published by the statistical office Insee showed that France's industrial production recovered at a faster than expected pace in March.

Industrial production grew 2 percent from February, when it declined 1.7 percent. Output was forecast to climb 1 percent.

Another report showed that France's trade deficit declined more-than-expected in March, as exports rose faster than imports.

FBI Director James Comey Dismissed By Trump

May 10, 2017

In one of the most stunning developments in the Trump administration's first 110 days in power, FBI Director James Comey was abruptly dismissed on Tuesday.

The administration attributed the decision to fire Comey to recommendations from the Justice Department that included disapproval of the way the FBI chief handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

A statement from the White House said President Donald Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

A search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

The move has generated considerable criticism, however, as it comes as Comey was leading an investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued that Comey's firing reinforces the need for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

"If an independent special prosecutor is appointed, there still can be some faith that we can get to the bottom of this," Schumer told reporters. "If not, everyone will suspect a cover-up."

Trump fired back at Schumer on Twitter, noting that the Democratic leader previously indicated he did not have confidence in Comey.

"The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!" Trump tweeted.

Trump claimed Comey had lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington and predicted lawmakers would thank him for firing the FBI director when things calm down.

According to a report from Politico, the president didn't call Comey to inform him of the decision but sent a private security guard to deliver the termination letter to FBI headquarters.

Comey was reportedly shocked to learn the news about his dismissal on TV while addressing FBI agents in Los Angeles.

Trump was enraged by the FBI chief investigating his associates and deliberated for more than a week before ousting Comey, Politico reported.

It is the third firing of a high profile Trump administration official following the dismissal of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Senate Votes To Confirm Scott Gottlieb As FDA Commissioner

May 10, 2017

In a largely party-line vote, the Senate confirmed drug industry insider Scott Gottlieb as the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.

The Senate voted 57 to 42 to confirm Gottlieb, with only five Democrats and Independent Senator Angus King, I-Maine, joining with Republicans to approve the nomination.

Gottlieb, who served as a deputy FDA commissioner in President George W. Bush's administration, spent years working as a consultant for drug companies such as GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Democrats have raised concerns about Gottlieb's close ties to an industry that he will now be in charge of regulating.

Gottlieb has previously been critical of FDA regulations and is expected to take steps to speed up the drug approval process.

Poll Shows Obamacare More Popular Than Republican Alternative

May 10, 2017

Republicans continue to move forward with a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the results of a Morning Consult/Politico poll show the GOP bill is less popular than the law they are attempting to replace.

Thirty-eight percent of voters strongly or somewhat approve of the Republican bill known as the American Health Care Act, although 44 percent strongly or somewhat disapprove of the measure.

In contrast, 50 percent of voters strongly or somewhat approve of Obamacare compared to the 42 percent that strongly or somewhat disapprove.

The poll unsurprisingly shows a significant partisan divide, with two-thirds of Republicans supporting the GOP bill and the vast majority of Democrats backing Obamacare.

Independents are about evenly split in their opinions on Obamacare, while a plurality disapproves of the Republican plan.

Morning Consult noted that many of the provisions of Obamacare are also more popular than their Republican alternatives.

The release of the poll results comes after the House voted 217 to 213 in favor of the Republican healthcare bill last Thursday, narrowly clearing the hurdle of the 216 votes needed.

Senate Republicans have indicated they plan to take their time in crafting their own legislation rather than vote on the bill that passed the House.

Democrats are likely to maintain their fierce opposition to any GOP proposal to repeal Obamacare amid expectations the strategy will benefit them in next year's midterm elections.

The Morning Consult/Politico survey of 1,996 registered voters was conducted May 4th through 6th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Mexico Death Toll Second Highest in the World

May 10, 2017

The deaths in the drug wars in Mexico have now put it in second place in the world in conflict deaths. It has surpassed Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and is second only to Syria. The Trump administration is well aware of these numbers and the fact that the increasingly violent cartels are increasing their operations in the United States and sending both gang members and weapons across our border at every opportunity.

There is also growing evidence that the cartels are assisting potential terrorists from other countries in crossing our borders, possibly with weapons of mass destruction.

Illegal Immigration Down 70% Under Trump

May 10, 2017

According to the Department of Homeland Security the number of people crossing the Southwestern border of the United States has decreased by 70% since Donald Trump became President as compared to the last year of the Obama administration.

In addition, in the month of April the number of illegal immigrant children fell below 1,000 for the first time in months.

In total during the month of April 11,129 illegals were apprehended and that was a drop from 12, 196 in March and a massive drop from the 43,251 in December 2016, the last month of the Obama administration. This has significantly reduced the financial pressure on the border states.

Pentagon Preparing to Expand Operations Against Taliban

May 10, 2017

President Trump is in the process of expanding the authority of the Pentagon to increase troop strength in Afghanistan and order additional use of air strikes. This changes the rules of engagement instituted by Obama that led to the United States allowing the resurgence of the Taliban and the expansion of Al Qaida and ISIS in the country.

This reverses the Obama tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The projected increase in troops will include about 3,000 more American soldiers that will expand the counter terrorism efforts and the support of Afghan troops with training and additional air support.

Harvard University to Hold Black Only Graduation

May 10, 2017

If a university anywhere in the United States was to announce the segregation of the graduation ceremony there would be hysteria on the left. However, that does not appear to be the case when Harvard University decided to hold a black only graduation. According to the university it is due to black students being subjected to “incidents of overt racism, microaggressions, passive racist comments, and the marginalization of minority experiences in both reading assignments and learning materials.”

Hence, Harvard liberals feel it is necessary to undo the decades long work of the civil rights movement to end racial segregation.

Iran Test Fires Torpedo in Strait of Hormuz

May 10, 2017

In another blatant provocation the rogue state of Iran has test fired a torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz where most of the oil used around the world is transported. This comes on top if the Iranian shadowing and threatening U.S. Navy warships in the area. Despite, receiving over 1.5 billion dollars from the Obama administration, Iran shows no indication of actually complying with the terms of the nuclear treaty.

It has also continued to support Assad in Syria, and terrorism in places like Yemen and Israel. When coupled with the missile tests that violated United Nations resolutions Iran is clearly a bad actor that continues to get away with it.

President Trump Has Fired FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017

In a move that has caught many by surprise President Donald Trump has fired James Comey as director of the FBI. Trump says he based the termination on the fact that he no longer believes that Comey could effectively continue to lead the country’s premier law enforcement agency.

Interestingly, Democrat leaders like Sen. Chuck Schumer, who had been highly critical of Comey and blame him for causing Hillary Clinton to lose the presidential election are now claiming the firing was to stop the FBI from continuing the investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The FBI and others have already stated they could not find any evidence of such collusion.

FDA Commissioner Vote

May 10, 2017

The Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday to confirm President Trump's Pick Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

President Trump Will Provide Heavier Arms to Syrian Kurds

May 10, 2017

President Trump will provide heavier arms to Syrian Kurds in a move certain to anger Turkey, the New York Times reports.

The US will supply YPG with things like anti-tank missiles and heavy machine guns so the Kurdish militia can help take Raqqa, a Syrian city serving as the capital of the Islamic State. According to the Washington Post, Defense Department spokesperson Dana White says YPG is "the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future.

Here's the problem: Turkey says YPG is tied to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, and both Turkey and the US consider the Kurdistan Workers' Party to be a terrorist group.

"We're going to sort it out," Defense Secretary James Mattis says.

Turkey is complaining about the US arming terrorists to fight terrorists.

Pastors Hailing President Trump’s EO on Religious Freedom

May 9, 2017

Religious leaders around the country are praising the latest Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump that allows church leaders to take political positions without threat of government sanctions. It also protects people from being persecuted for exercising their religious beliefs in their businesses. Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas has stated that Trump’s Executive Order has ended a “60-year-old governmental war” on religious freedom.

Atheists and other liberals are preparing numerous legal challenges against the order, but with Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court there is a real chance that the First Amendment will be declared alive and well again.

MS-13 Recruiting “Child” Soldiers

May 9, 2017

The most violent gang in the United States is MS-13 that was started in Las Angeles almost twenty years ago and has expanded to a membership of over 20,000 in 46 states. Its members are mostly from the Central American countries of El Salvador and Honduras. Many of them are here illegally and seek protection in sanctuary cities. They engage in all types of criminal activities and seem to specialize more and more in brutal murders of innocent victims.

The group is actively recruiting among the children coming here from these countries, many of them as unaccompanied minors. These children are often forced into the organization and then trained to be killing machines. That is why Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declared war on this brutal gang.

Black Female Columnist Fired for Defending NRA

May 9, 2017

Stacy Washington is a black woman working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who committed the cardinal sin apparently according to her bosses at the liberal paper. She dared to break from the party line and wrote a column defending the NRA from the left wing claim that the pro Second Amendment organization is worse than ISIS.

Washington wrote a passionate defense of the much maligned NRA and a week later was suspended from her job so she promptly quit. The paper claimed that their action against her was not because of the column, but because she had failed to disclose that she had done some unpaid promotional work for the NRA. In other words, she was being punished strictly for exercising her Constitutional rights.

Seventh Grade Student Suspended for Liking a Picture

May 9, 2017

The political correctness movement in public schools is getting totally out of hand according to many critics. A seventh grade student at a Trenton Middle School has received a ten day suspension for liking a picture of an airsoft gun posted on Instagram. The caption on the post said “ready” and the school administration claimed that by liking it the student had showed a propensity for violence.

They then sent a letter to parents claiming that they had uncovered an alleged plan by a student to bring a gun to school.

Texas Bans Sanctuary Cities

May 9, 2017

In a bold move that may set the tone for other states, the Texas legislature passed and Governor Greg Abbott has signed a law that the Governor says effectively bans sanctuary cities and counties in the state. It orders all cities and counties to fully follow federal law and assist in the detention of illegal aliens, primarily those who have committed other crimes while illegally in the country.

Cities and counties that fail to comply with the law can be fined up to $25,000 per day and local sheriffs or other officials can be subject to jail time for failing to comply with the applicable laws on detention of illegal criminals.

Trump Makes Ten Judicial Appointments That Please Gun Owners

May 9, 2017

President Donald Trump has made his first ten appointments of federal judges, and the choices appear to be pleasing to gun owners and others who support constitutionalist appointees. According to the Second Amendment Foundation all of the people tapped by Trump seem to be the type of judges that he promised to appoint while campaigning for President.

The promise to support the right to keep and bear arms was what led Trump to receive the earliest endorsement in a campaign ever given by the National Rifle Association. There are several key cases on the Second Amendment pending in the federal courts.

Fewer Girl Scouts in Kansas?

May 8, 2017

According to Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Kansas City archdiocese, Girl Scouts “… is no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel.” The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, is transferring its support to a Christian-based scouting program, American Heritage Girls. The Archdiocese of Kansas City includes Kansas City and much of eastern Kansas.

Members who consider Girl Scouts too liberal may join American Heritage Girls, which supports traditional family values and has no connection with abortion rights groups or with feminists. No more Girl Scout cookies?

Liberal Massachusetts Judge Helps Illegal Avoid ICE Detainer

May 8, 2017

In an unprecedented action a Democrat Judge in Massachusetts released an illegal alien from the Dominican Republic on $2500 bail despite the fact that he is a twice convicted felon who had already been deported once and is currently charged with rape. The prosecutors asked for $100,000 bail, but Judge Mary Beth Heffernan insisted on $2500 when she learned that ICE was issuing a detainer and coming to get him. When they arrived he was long gone and can’t be found. For this judge, protecting a convicted illegal from being detained and deported was more important to her than getting justice for an innocent young woman.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron Wins French Election

May 8, 2017

The new President of France is Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate who defeated Marne Le Pen by a wide margin. Macron inherits a French economy that is in shambles with high unemployment throughout the country. He will also have deal with the self-inflicted wounds caused by very lenient immigration program that has led to a series of disastrous terrorist attacks. Macron is considered a political outsider with a background in investment banking. It is hoped he bring needed changes that will rescue the French people from the socialist policies of his predecessors.

North Korea Arrests Another American for Hostile Acts

May 8, 2017

Kim Hak Song is an American citizen who worked at the Pyonyang University. He is the second American who worked there that has been arrested by the North Korean government for so-called “hostile acts”. It is a familiar charge, but specifics are never provided and it appears that simply being an American citizen is enough to justify your arrest in North Korea Other Americans who have detained have been subjected to mock trails and received lengthy prison sentences.

Stephen Colbert of CBS May Be in HUGE Trouble for NASTY Trump Statement

May 8, 2017

According to the Washington Post The FCC is scrutinizing Stephen Colbert's vulgar joke about President Trump on “The Late Show” this week, according to Chairman Ajit Pai, and will consider a possible fine.“I have had a chance to see the clip now and so, as we get complaints — and we’ve gotten a number of them — we are going to take the facts that we find, and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Courtand other courts, and we’ll take the appropriate action,” Pai said on Philadelphia radio station WPHT-AM.

Target ​Doubles ​Down on '​Gay' ​Pride ​Despite ​Losses in ​Bathroom ​War

May 8, 2017

Rainbow-themed merchandise reflects retail giant's aggressive LGBT stance WND.com Reports Despite the drastic financial blowback Target Corporation has been weathering since announcing its plan last year to allow men to enter women’s bathroom facilities, the retail giant is continuing full-speed ahead in its pursuit of LGBT social activism, all in the name of “inclusivity. ”For the second year, Target is using a #TakePride hashtag on social media to promote its rainbow-themed online merchandise. The retailer’s “pride” paraphernalia include tee-shirts, swim trunks, flip- flops, headphones, iPhone cases and an assortment of other products emblazoned with LBGT logos.

Convoluted Contest in Alabama

May 5, 2017

When Senator Jeff Sessions was made US Attorney General, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed Luther Strange to fill Sessions’ former seat. That whiff of sewage? Bentley was the central character in a scandal and Strange, Alabama Attorney General, was prosecuting him. Bentley resigned in April 2017.

Bentley’s successor, Gov. Kay Ivey, designated August 18 as the date for a special primary election to replace Strange. A runoff will take place on Sept. 26, and the general election will be held on Dec. 12.
Who are the candidates? First is Luther Strange, as noted, and a dark horse is former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Judge Roy Moore.
Moore was booted from the court for directing state probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals.
Many Alabamans view Moore as having a degree of decency seldom attributed to conventional politicians—Strange and Bentley, for example.
A recent poll shows Moore with 30 percent, Strange at 20 percent, and Rep. Mo Brooks with low double-digit support.
With over three months until the primary, anything can happen.

Alaska Senator Introduces Bill Break Up Court of Appeals

May 5, 2017

Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan and Senator Steve Daines of Montana have introduced a bill in the Senate to break up the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, calling the current circuit unwieldy. The Ninth Circuit covers all of the western states and 20% of the American population. It is staffed with mostly very liberal justices and its decisions are reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court over 80% of the time. Its justices were responsible for upholding the lower court ruling against Trump’s travel ban on refugees from certain countries until they were fully vetted.

Texan with Concealed Carry Permit Takes Down Crazed Shooter

May 5, 2017

When a crazed shooter entered a sports bar in Arlington, Texas and shot an employee. Before he could shoot anyone else a local resident who was in the bar with his wife, and had a concealed weapon permit. pulled his pistol and took out the shooter. The man is being hailed as a hero, and Second Amendment advocates are pointing to this case as proof that armed citizens can save lives.

House Barely Passes New Health Care Law

May 5, 2017

In a nail biter House Republicans passed the repeal and replace Obamacare bill with only two votes to spare. The bill will now go to the U.S, Senate where it is expected it will be heavily amended. A group of House and Senate members will then meet in conference to try and reconcile the two versions before it goes back for a vote in both Houses. Democrats are expected to oppose any versions and force Americans to live with the failing Obamacare.

For Republicans this is only the first step in fulfilling their pledge to the American people.

BOGUS CLAIMS ABOUT RUSSIAN NUKES IN OCEAN

May 5, 2017

This week a story hit the internet by a “former colonel” in the Russian military claiming that Putin is planting deep-sea 'mole nukes' near the US coast that are capable of causing a tsunami on the East and West coasts. The UK Daily Mail gave it front page coverage:

Viktor Baranetz said that in the event of a war, the bombs would be detonated and cause a tsunami that would wipe out much of the coastal US. Baranetz admitted there is no way for Russia to outspend America on defense, so the military is forced to go to extreme lengths to make sure they come out on top.

Other moves designed to outfox the US are nuclear missiles which can be steered in the air, meaning their trajectory cannot be calculated, he claimed. Baranetz made the astonishing claims in an interview with Russian paper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

'We are quietly "seeding" the U.S. shoreline with nuclear "mole" missiles. They dig themselves in and "sleep" until they are given the command... 'Oh, it seems I've said too much,' he interrupted himself by saying, before adding: 'I should hold my tongue.'

A Russian government spokesman dismissed Baranetz's claims, describing them as 'strange' and adding that the report should 'not be taken seriously.'

That’s right. This is a bogus claim. No Russian colonel would make such statements in public if true. He’d be dead within hours.

Besides, this strategy has no real military value compared to the costs. It would take planting nukes every 10 miles to blanket our eastern coastline, for example and use up valuable resources for very little military damage. Even if they only planted them outside military bases at Norfolk, Va., Kings Bay, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fl., such an attack would not damage the US ability to retaliate since most of our ballistic missiles are inland. Neither Russia or China are going to start a war by hitting a few military targets. They will do a massive pre-emptive strike on all US military first response targets because that’s the only way to limit the possibility of US retaliation. Anything less would be military suicide, and neither Russia nor China are stupid.

EU's Barnier Unveils Brexit Mandate

May 3, 2017

Divorce talks between the European Union and the UK will take time and may be painful, European Commission Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday, as he unveiled the EU's draft mandate for Article 50 negotiations.

"With our recommendation today, we are on track to make sure that the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union happens in an orderly fashion," Barnier said in Brussels.

"This is in the best interests of everyone. As soon as the UK is ready, we shall start negotiating in a constructive manner."

The directives were presented after leaders of the EU27 countries agreed on April 29 the political guidelines to be adopted for the talks.

The latest mandate complements the guidelines and provides the necessary details to conduct the first phase of the negotiations, the EU said.

The document details the two-phased approach and prioritizes those matters which are necessary to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU.

"Some have created the illusion that Brexit would have no material impact on our lives or that negotiations can be concluded quickly and painlessly," Barnier said.

"This is not the case; we need sound solutions. We need legal precision and this will take time," he said.

The UK must put a great deal of energy and effort into - citizens' right, the financial settlement and the new external borders, over the next weeks and months, the EU official said. That will increase the chances of reaching a deal, he added.

"The clock is ticking," Barnier warned, adding he wanted a cordial Brexit.

"The UK's decision to leave the European Union has now caused ten months of uncertainty...We need to remove that uncertainty. It is high time to start negotiating," Barnier said.

The Brexit talks will be difficult, he said, stressing on the need for the EU to remain "cool-headed and solution-oriented."

The EU has already rejected the UK wish to have talks simultaneously on exit and the future relationship with the union.

In a report on Wednesday, the Financial Times reckoned that the Brexit is set to cost the UK as much as EUR 100 billion, much higher than the EUR 60 billion estimated earlier.

Britain's Brexit Secretary David Davis responded in an interview to the ITV that the government will not pay that much.

Dismissing the idea of a Brexit bill as a punishment for the UK, Barnier said there would be only a settling of accounts.

Safeguarding the status and rights of citizens, both British and others, will be the first priority in Brexit talks, the EU said.

Financial settlement should be agreed before talks can progress in the second phase and solutions must be found to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, the EU added.

The recommendations will be presented to the European Council and is set to be adopted by the General Affairs Council on May 22.

The first formal meeting between the EU and the UK negotiators is likely to be in June, the EU said, given date of the General Election in the UK.

Barnier said he expects the first phase of talks to conclude around October next year.

The country will cease to be an EU member at midnight on March 29, 2018, unless the European Council decides unanimously to extend the two-year negotiating period.

Cherry-picking of the Single Market will not be permitted and the Union's four freedoms will remain indivisible, the EU reiterated.

The EU has also barred individual member states from holding Brexit talks with the UK.

Leaked reports suggested that a dinner last week between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the British Prime Minister Theresa May turned out to be a disaster. According to reports, Juncker was unimpressed by May's approach to Brexit talks.

Both Barnier and Davis, who were present at the dinner, dismissed such reports regarding the dinner, on Wednesday.

Trump Suggests Eliminating Filibuster In The Senate

May 3, 2017

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday the Senate should eliminate the current filibuster rules in order for Republicans to more easily pass legislation on key issues.

In posts to Twitter regarding a recent agreement on a long-term government spending bill, Trump indicated support for changing Senate rules to allow bills to advance with only a majority vote.

"The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!" Trump tweeted.

He added, "We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!"

The tweets from Trump come amid reports lawmakers have reached an agreement on a bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, avoiding a potential shutdown.

The agreement on the spending bill came only after Trump backed off demands over his proposed border wall and Obamacare payments.

Last Friday, Trump signed a stopgap spending bill providing funding for the government through May 5th as lawmakers continued to negotiate a longer-term agreement.

Republicans recently voted to change Senate rules to prevent Democrats from filibustering Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., has indicated he would be unwilling to change the filibuster rules on legislation.

Greece And Creditors Strike Deal On Bailout Reforms

May 2, 2017

Greece reached a deal with its international creditors early Tuesday, on reforms ranging from further cuts to pensions to less tax breaks, thus paving the way for the disbursement of the next tranche of funds from the EUR 86 billion bailout agreed in 2015 and the start of talks on a possible debt relief. The Greek government and lender institutions agreed a "preliminary echnical agreement" on reforms under the bailout deal, Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos announced on Tuesday. "There was white smoke," he said after overnight talks, in an allusion to the papal election.

Staff teams from the European Commission, the European Stability Mechanism, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund held talks with the Greek authorities on the policy package. Discussions over the release of the next bailout tranche totaling more than EUR 7 billion had stalled after a review mission to Athens returned in December without reaching a deal. The country is in dire need of bailout cash to meet debt repayment of more than EUR 7 billion due in July, or risk default. Welcoming the Tuesday's agreement, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said this will be "complemented by discussions in the coming weeks on a credible strategy for ensuring that Greece's debt is sustainable."

The Greek government hopes to legislate the agreed measures by May 16, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, a government spokesman, said. He described the latest deal as "balanced". The measures must be passed by the Greek parliament ahead of the euro area finance ministers meeting on May 22, when they may approve the disbursal of the emergency funds and agree to start talks on debt relief for the country. "The agreement reached overnight in Athens on the Greek Stability Support Programme is a very positive development following months of complex negotiations," Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, said.

"These new efforts agreed by the Greek authorities open the way for a rapid conclusion of the second review." The swift implementation of these commitments should enable the Eurogroup to endorse this agreement at its next meeting, he added. Under the deal, Athens has agreed to carry out pension cuts in 2019 and raise taxes, and privatize its energy market. Reports suggested that the Greek government and lenders are yet to have a concrete agreement on primary surpluses. Main opposition party the New Democracy voiced its opposition to the deal on Tuesday. The centrist To Potami party also attacked the Syriza's Alexis Tsipras-led government over the deal. It is widely expected that the government will be able get the deal approved by the parliament and avoid having an early election.

Executive Order has no teeth

May 2, 2017

On April 26 President Trump signed an executive order “Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education.” (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/26/presidential-executive-order-enforcing-statutory-prohibitions-federal) Based on the hullaballoo about the feds putting their muscle in every human endeavor, this Exec. Order might be considered a good thing. The title is encouraging, but don’t get your hopes up.

Section 1. Policy, consists of a run-on sentence that includes the words “preserve” and “Common Core State Standards initiative.” Search your memory—can you think of anything that is less helpful to real education than Common Core? Which likely means the executive order requires dentures—it has no teeth.

Protest against climate change

May 2, 2017

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington D.C. on Saturday in a protest against climate change. (Some claim the number of marchers exceeded 200,000; this has not been substantiated.) The march marked President Trump’s one-hundredth day in office. Trump has signed several orders aimed at making the EPA less regulatory. No tweets were evidenced from Trump…

Many creative signs waved included the following: “Good planets are hard to find,” “Make Earth Great Again!” “May the forest be with you,” “There is no planet B,” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Resist.”

The marchers, who circumnavigated the White House, slowed at the end of their lap as the temperature approached 97 °F. The gang of protesters gathered under trees to picnic at Lafayette Square, filling trash cans and garbage bags instead of leaving litter. Twenty-seventeen is the hottest April recorded for Washington, D.C.

Sonny Perdue Confirmed As Next Agriculture Secretary

May 1, 2017

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue was easily confirmed by the Senate as the next Secretary of Agriculture on Monday. The Senate voted 87 to 11 in favor of Perdue's nomination, with 35 Democrats joining with the Republicans in the chamber. Georgia Senator David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present," while Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., did not vote.

Perdue's confirmation nearly fills out President Donald Trump's Cabinet, with only Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta and U.S. trade representative nominee Robert Lighthizer awaiting votes.

Mnuchin Pledges Biggest Tax Cut In U.S. History

May 1, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed Wednesday that the tax reform plan due to be unveiled by President Donald Trump's administration later in the day would include the biggest tax cut in U.S. history.

Mnuchin said at an event hosted by The Hill that the tax reform plan would lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent. "This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country," Mnuchin said. Mnuchin declined to offer further specifics about the plan, which he is due to unveil along with White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn later in the day.

The Treasury Secretary said the House, Senate and administration are all "on the same page" on tax reform, although political observers note that the plan is likely to face opposition from Democrats and fiscal hawks. Mnuchin would not say how Trump's tax reform plan would be paid for but suggested subsequent economic growth would offset the cost.

Trump Agrees Not To Terminate NAFTA, To Renegotiate With Canada, Mexico

May 1, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he will not scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, and agreed with leaders of Mexico and Canada to renegotiate the trade deal.

During election campaign, Trump had said he intends to renegotiate the terms of the NAFTA agreement to get a better deal for U.S. workers. And if NAFTA partners do not agree to a renegotiation, then he will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to end the pact. Media reports on Wednesday had suggested the President was drafting an executive order to withdraw from the deal, signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America. "It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation," Trump said in a statement late Wednesday. "It is an honor to deal with both President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better."

He said later on Twitter that he received calls from the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada asking to renegotiate NAFTA rather than terminate. Trump added that he agreed to it, but warned that "if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA. However, he ended the tweet with a promising note that a deal is very much possible as the relationships are good. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have difference of opinion with Trump on a variety of issues concerning them. Nieto canceled a scheduled meeting with his American counterpart in January after Trump said that if Mexico is unwilling to pay for the planned border wall, then it would be better to cancel the Nieto's visit.

Trudeau, a Liberal leader, is polar opposite to tycoon-turned politician Trump. They are divided on mainly two issues - trade and immigration. Canada is worried over the U.S. President's pledge to renegotiate NAFTA. Trudeau is known as an advocate for free trade. U.S. is the main destination of Canada's exports. Trudeau was one of the first world leaders to respond to Trump's immigration ban, by saying Canada welcomes refugees who have been rejected from the U.S. The Canadian dollar traded higher against its major counterparts in the Asian session on Thursday, after Trump's statement soothing worries over reports of U.S. abandoning the deal.

Most Americans Say Trump Performing As Expected

May 1, 2017

As President Donald Trump approaches his 100th day in the White House, the results of a Gallup poll show that a majority of Americans think his performance in office has been about what they expected. Fifty-six percent of Americans said Trump has done about as expected as president, while 23 percent said he has done worse than expected and 19 percent said he has done better than expected. Majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents say Trump is meeting their expectations, although Gallup noted most Democrats disapprove of the president's job performance.

"Trump's performance as president is not surprising to the majority of Americans," said Gallup Poll Senior Editor Lydia Saad. "For better or worse, the majority are getting what they expected."

She added, "These views are highly partisan, however, so saying Trump is meeting expectations is far from an endorsement across all parties." Looking ahead, 39 percent of Americans think Trump will become a more effective president than he has been so far, while 34 percent think he will become less effective. Seventy-four percent of Republicans predict Trump will become more effective compared to the 65 percent of Democrats who think he will become less effective. The Gallup survey of 1,024 adults was conducted April 21st and 22nd and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Trump Warns Of Major Conflict With North Korea

May 1, 2017

President Donald Trump has warned the U.S. could face a major conflict with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump said in an interview with Reuterson Thursday. Trump said he wants to resolve the standoff with North Korea peacefully but argued a diplomatic solution is "very difficult."

Administration officials have declared an end to the "strategic patience" previous presidents have shown toward North Korea and said the use of military force against the communist nation is "on the table." In the interview with Reuters, Trump praised the efforts of Chinese President Xi Jinping in trying to rein in North Korea. "I believe he is trying very hard. He certainly doesn't want to see turmoil and death. He doesn't want to see it," Trump said of Xi. "He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well."

"With that being said, he loves China and he loves the people of China," the president added. "I know he would like to be able to do something, perhaps it's possible that he can't." Trump met with Xi at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida earlier this month and has had subsequent phone calls with his Chinese counterpart. A White House statement on a call between Trump and Xi earlier this week said the two leaders reaffirmed the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

Trump and Xi also committed to strengthen coordination in achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the White House said. Regarding other issues on the Korean Peninsula, Trump told Reuters he intends to renegotiate or terminate a free trade agreement with South Korea because of the deep U.S. trade deficit with the country. Trump also said he wants South Korea to pay the estimated $1 billion cost of the THAAD missile defense system.

Congress Avoids Government Shutdown With Stopgap Spending Bill

May 1, 2017

With a midnight deadline looming, members of both houses of Congress voted Friday to approve a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. The Senate approved the spending bill by voice vote not long after the House voted 382 to 30 in favor of the legislation. The bill, which now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature, funds the government through Friday, May 5th. extra week is expected to give lawmakers time to negotiate a longer-term bill that funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The Democratic support for the stopgap spending bill came as they backed down from a threat to oppose the bill unless there was a deal on a long-term measure.

An agreement on a longer-term spending bill is being held up by disputes over policy issues unrelated to government funding.Democrats are opposed to certain policy riders Republicans want to include in thebill on issues such as abortion, the environment, and financial regulations.

A dispute over a Democratic request to provide aid to Puerto Rico has also held up a deal, with Trump describing the assistance as a "bail out. "Another potential roadblock to a long-term agreement was lifted after Trump backed off demands over the proposed border wall and Obamacare payments.

Former President George H.W. Bush Released From Hospital

May 1, 2017

Former President George H.W. Bush was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday after being treated for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. Bush was admitted to the hospital for observation earlier this month due to a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest.

"President and Mrs. Bush are very pleased to be home spending time with family and friends and grateful for the outstanding care provided by his doctors and nurses," Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Bush was previously admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital in January to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia.

Majority of Americans Support Military Action Against North Korea if Necessary

Apr 28, 2017

A Fox News poll of registered voters in the United States shows that 51% of them believe United States military action may be required to prevent North Korea from continuing to develop its nuclear weapons program. In addition, Americans support such action by a 53 to 39 percent majority.

In addition, only 35 percent of voters think the Iran deal is a good one while 42 percent still believe it is a deal that is detrimental to the United States. It appears that in the case of North Korea Americans are beginning to recognize the danger posed by Kim Jung Un who is getting ever closer to being able to launch a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead that could hit the U.S.

Texas State Legislature Moves Closer to Defunding Sanctuary Cities

Apr 28, 2017

The state legislature in Texas appears to be poised to take the lead among other states in defunding and otherwise punishing sanctuary cities. A recent incident in Houston, Texas, a notorious sanctuary city, has helped push the legislation forward. Four previously deported violent gang members had been deported, but had returned to Houston here they knew they would be protected. They used the opportunity to kidnap two teenage girls who they held captive for weeks and continually abused and raped. Then they murdered one of them in a satanic ritual.

Both houses of the legislature have passed bills cutting funding for sanctuary cities, and authorizing possible criminal prosecution for authorities who refuse to enforce federal and state immigration laws. The bills are now in the process of being reconciled.

Liberal Groups Calling for Massive Protests Against Trump on “May Day”

Apr 28, 2017

May 1st has long been considered a leftist holiday celebrated as a national day of protest by “oppressed workers” and protests are usually organized by the Communist and Socialist parties and left wing labor unions. However, this year the protests are aimed primarily at the administration of President Trump, and will be joined by liberal corporations such as Google and Facebook who are going to allow employees to skip work that day to join in the protests.

Conservatives have been amassing proof for several years about the censorship of conservative thought and opinion by these two companies, and now there seems to be definitive proof of where they stand.

New York Times Blames Ann Coulter for Leftist Riot Threats at Berkeley

Apr 28, 2017

The far left New York Times has squarely placed the blame for left wing threats and violence at UC Berkeley on Ann Coulter, President Donald Trump, and conservatives in general. Apparently the Times believes that if conservatives would not continue trying to exercise the Constitutional right to free speech, and say things that left wing snowflakes find offensive the students and anarchists would not need to set fires, destroy property, and injure innocent people.

So the bottom line for the Times seems to be if everyone would just shut up, stop talking about the Constitution, and agree to do and say only what liberals tell them too there would be peace in the world.

Senate Democrats Blocking Key Veteran Bill Passed by House

Apr 28, 2017

At the same time that President Trump has prepared an Executive Order to clean up the Department of Veteran Affairs and get veterans the help they need, liberal senators are blocking a vote on a piece of legislation passed overwhelming by the House to do the same thing. The bill also allows for ways to quickly terminate employees who are incompetent are corrupt.

The reason Democrats are opposing it is to protect corrupt union members that have always supported Democrat candidates. They claim that protecting whistleblowers and veteran health might erode the collective bargaining rights of federal employee unions.

Push is on to Break up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Apr 28, 2017

The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is by far the largest of the 12 Circuit Courts of Appeal in the country. It has 29 judges which is over twice the number on any other circuit and has jurisdiction over 20% of the U.S. population. It is also by far the most liberal of the courts and has been accused of legislating from the bench rather than deciding cases based on the law and Constitution. As a result its decisions have been reversed by the Supreme Court over 80% of the time in recent years.

The ruling by the Circuit against Trump in the immigration case has caused Trump to favor breaking up the circuit into several smaller circuits. However, members have Congress have been pushing for this for year and not just because of the left leaning judges. The court is so large, covers so much territory, and has so many pending cases that getting a decision in some cases may take years.

Trump Moving to Limit Federal Government Involvement in Schools

Apr 28, 2017

For years parents and many teachers have been complaining about the role of the federal government in micro-managing public schools at the local level. The feeling has grown that federal regulations often do not consider the needs of individual schools that can best be managed by the states and local school boards.

President Trump has heard the outcry and is preparing to sign an Executive Order to stop the federal interference. He has been ably assisted in this area by his new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who has been a long advocate of less federal control of local schools as well as more school choices for parents.

Two American Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Apr 28, 2017

In a stark reminder to the American people that the war on terror is far from over the Pentagon has announced that two American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in a fire fight with ISIS terrorists, The deaths occurred in the same area where the U.S. dropped the massive MOAB bomb.

In addition, to fighting ISIS and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan, our troops are in harm’s way in Syria and Iraq as well as other parts of the world. That is the justification for Congress to increase the budget to the Pentagon that was decimated by the Obama administration.

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