“More U.S. troops might be needed in Syria to support local fighters on the ground battling ISIS near their capital of Raqqa, the top U.S. general for American forces in the Middle East told Congress Wednesday.”More here. More US troops may be needed for fight against ISIS near Raqqa, general says
“The former Obama administration official who admitted earlier this month that her former colleagues tried to secretly gather intelligence on President Trump’s team was no low-level staffer.
Evelyn Farkas was once considered the most senior policy officer for Russia within the Pentagon, and she is now apparently defending the leaks that have been coming out of the Trump White House.” More here. Who is Obama administration official who spilled beans?
In Other News:
New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Additional Instances of Clinton Sending Classified Information through Unsecured Emails, Special Favors for Clinton Donors
“Tuesday, California’s Attorney General slapped two undercover investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) with a whopping fifteen felony charges. CMP instigated a Congressional investigation when they exposed Planned Parenthood’s baby part selling.
Bill McMorris from the Washington Free Beacon dug further and found that current Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, and former California AG, now US Senator, Kamala Harris, received thousands from Planned Parenthood supporters. Harris initiated the investigation into CMP while serving as California’s AG:” More here. Planned Parenthood Supporters Forked over $47K to Democrats Behind Undercover Investigator Charges
“The state of California is fine with undercover sting videos when investigators use them to expose cruelties done to animals. But if an undercover reporter does the same thing to expose the fetal organ trade, the Golden State will throw the book at them.” More here. California Is Fine With Undercover Sting Videos That Expose Animal Cruelty
“A physician who came to the U.S. from Pakistan will join the 2018 race for California lieutenant governor Wednesday, promising to run on his Muslim faith, immigrant past and career in medicine.” More here. Muslim immigrant to join California lieutenant governor race
“Donald Trump moved fairly quickly in the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the Scalia Seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The hearings have moved more slowly than many of us would have liked, but Mitch McConnell is promising an up or down vote by April 7, regardless of any attempts by Democrats to filibuster. Whether Republicans will exercise the Nuclear Option is a current media obsession.
Yet there is another aspect of the federal judiciary on which Trump can have a lasting legacy, the lower federal courts (appeals and district courts).
As previously mentioned, there are currently over 100 vacancies, and many more are likely to open up, Liberal nightmare: Trump could appoint half federal judiciary.
In mid-February The NY Times noted Trump’s opportunity, though the reaction from the Democratic base has been somewhat muted on that, perhaps because they are fixated on Gorsuch:” More here. Dem base not yet woke to approaching Tsunami of Trump lower court nominations
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