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“Documents released last week by a government watchdog group confirm that former President Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) improperly targeted conservatives in order to help him win the 2012 presidential election.
Evidence revealed by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is pouring in to expose underhanded techniques used by the Obama administration to stay in office by keeping his political opponents down.” More here. Proof: Obama IRS targeted conservatives to win in ’12
MariaBartiromo President Donald Trump on North Korea and his meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping. Video here. Trump on telling Chinese President Xi about Syria airstrikes
“President Trump declared Wednesday that U.S.-Russia relations “may be at an all-time low,” as he praised his top diplomat Rex Tillerson for working to address those tensions in Moscow – and left open whether ties between the two countries can be mended.
“Right now, we’re not getting along with Russia at all, we may be at an all-time low,” Trump said, during a White House press conference with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general” More here. Trump says Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low,’ praises Tillerson trip
“Because we all know the media never distorts or twists the words of people in this administration.” Tillerson Meets With Lavrov & Putin, Media Loses Its Mind
“Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Trump in a phone call Wednesday that Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, but wants to do so through peaceful means.
“Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.” More here. China’s Xi tells Trump he wants peaceful solution to North Korea
“Venezuelans in poor areas blocked streets and lit fires during scattered protests across the country on Tuesday night, and two people were killed during the growing unrest in the midst of a crippling economic crisis.” More here. Venezuela protests spread to poor areas, two more deaths amid unrest
“Hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad surprised Iran’s clerical establishment by registering for the May 19 presidential election, defying the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader’s warning not to enter the race.
Vilified in the West for his barbs against America and Israel and questioning of the Holocaust, the blacksmith’s son Ahmadinejad has upset predictions before by stealing the show in 2005 when he defeated powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a run-off vote.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei revealed last year that he had recommended to Ahmadinejad not to enter the contest. But after his registration on Wednesday, Ahmadinejad told journalists that Khamenei’s recommendation was “just advice”, Iranian media reported.
Khamenei praised Ahmadinejad as “courageous, wise and hard-working” after his re-election in 2009, which ignited an eight-month firestorm of street protests. His pro-reform rivals said that vote was rigged.” More here. Iran’s Ahmadinejad defies supreme leader to attempt comeback
CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (The Shelby Star) – “A 61-year-old man is going to prison after repeatedly raping, and ultimately impregnating a young relative.
The girl’s mother has also been sentenced to prison for not reporting her daughter’s allegations of abuse.” More here. ILLEGAL ALIEN RAPED GIRL 50 TIMES IN NORTH CAROLINA
“Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday that President Trump is using his business experience to cut the fat on Capitol Hill, even taking suggestions from American citizens on how to make agencies run more efficiently as the White House lifted its federal hiring freeze.
“We’re actually trying to bring this business attitude towards the way we run the government,” he said during an interview with Fox & Friends Wednesday morning” More here. Trump’s Budget Chief to Federal Agencies: Time to ‘Drain the Swamp’
“President Trump scrapped potential reforms to Social Security and Medicare while preparing his first budget request, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
Mulvaney, a fiscal hawk and former member of the House Freedom Caucus, said Trump quashed potential changes to Social Security, citing his campaign pledge not to touch the program.
“I laid to him the options that Mick Mulvaney would put on a piece of paper,” Mulvaney told CNBC in an interview that aired Tuesday. “And [Trump] looked at one and said, ‘What is that?’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s a change to part of Social Security.’ He said, ‘No. No.’ He said, ‘I told people I wouldn’t change that when I ran. And I’m not going to change that. Take that off the list.’” More here. Trump cut Social Security changes from budget proposal
“There’s no hard data to support the insanity of the Left’s child gender-confusion agenda – that’s why they ignore the fact that 80% of children who experience gender confusion grow out of it.” More here. Science with an agenda