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Americas Hate and Bias:
When you think of the Republican Party, what comes to mind? If you’re like many Americans, you may associate the GOP with racism, sexism, and general inequality. It’s a commonly pushed narrative by left-leaning media and academia, but as former Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science Carol Swain explains, the Republican Party was actually responsible for nearly every advancement for minorities and women in U.S. history—and remains the champion of equality to this day.
For more than a year and a half, the media have gone all-in on reporting every possible angle of President Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia. No story update has been too small, no encounter with a Russian too inconsequential, and no anonymous source too sketchy to generate outsize coverage and histrionic claims from major media.
But as the Russian collusion story disintegrates, another interesting story ascends. Investigations by multiple congressional committees as well as an investigation by the inspector general of the Department of Justice have shown irregularities in the handling of the most politically sensitive probes in recent memory: the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information while secretary of State and the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged nefarious ties with Russia to meddle in a U.S. election.
During a recent rally in Washington, D.C., Sharia law advocate and Women’s March national co-chair Linda Sarsour had serious criticism for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), saying that she is is “tired of white men negotiating on the backs of people of color.”
Referring to recent debates in Congress regarding immigration reform, the Islamic activist said, “We are not bargaining chips. This is not a poker game.”
She added: “I also remember that I live in a country that was founded on the extermination of indigenous people.”
She also referred to President Donald Trump as a “fascist” and compared Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Gestapo — the secret state police of Nazi Germany — billed as a “A Day of Action Against Trump’s White Supremacy.”
As long as we open our eyes to God’s grace – and open our hearts to God’s love – then America will forever be the land of the free, the home of the brave, and a light unto all nations. #NationalPrayerBreakfast pic.twitter.com/1cwxs3l0uK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2018
President Trump, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, declared the U.S. a “nation of believers” as he told listeners that God’s grace could be seen in every facet of American society.
“America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer,” he said in Washington, D.C.
The full speech of todays National day of prayer by the President Donald J. Trump
The president addresses lawmakers and religious leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Fox News Video: President Trump: We are blessed to be Americans
In The News:
Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) will not seek re-election in 2018, reports Brian Bakst of Minnesota Public Radio.
Why it matters: Minnesota’s 8th district is among the most competitive in the country, with President Trump winning 54% of the vote in 2016. Nolan, who won by just 2,000 votes in the 2012 race, is the 17th Democrat to announce he will not seek re-election.
President Trump’s approval rating in one of the major daily tracking polls has improved significantly and is now higher than President Barack Obama’s on the same date of his first term.
The Rasmussen Reports daily survey released Thursday shows that Mr. Trump’s approval rating is at 48 percent, statistically tied with his disapproval rating of 50 percent.
By the time Nov. 6 rolls around, there will be at least 51 vacated House seats up for grabs — two-thirds of those are held by Republicans this term. The openings are significant because incumbents have outperformed non-incumbents of the same party in similar districts by about seven points in the last decade or so, per the New York Times.
A new report, from the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee claims that Obamacare’s major Medicaid expansion is helping to fuel the disastrous opioid epidemic that’s currently raging through American’s heartland.
Not all Medicaid users — or even a significant portion — are actively conducting their own drug trade, but the Committee points out that Obamacare was designed to greatly expand the Medicaid program, so that more, higher-income people have access to a fully government-operated health care program.
A $45 monthly fee could end up costing big labor billions. Public unions are getting nervous, while those who don’t like how they operate are claiming the free lunch may be over soon.
An explosive case regarding government employees and the First Amendment that the Supreme Court will hear on Feb. 26 could redefine the relationship between public unions and workers.
Petitioner Mark Janus works at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and didn’t like that a certain amount was deducted from his paycheck — he didn’t believe he should be forced to pay union dues or fees just to be allowed to work for the state. He didn’t agree with the 1.3 million-member AFSCME union’s politics, and so believed, under the First Amendment, he couldn’t be forced to contribute.
Muhammad Kaleem Arshad, M.D., 62, of New Orleans, Louisiana, Padmini Nagaraj, M.D., 60, of Kenner, Louisiana, and Joseph A. Haynes, 61, of New Orleans, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to receive illegal health care kickbacks and three counts of receiving illegal health care kickbacks. Arshad and Nagaraj were also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and five counts of health care fraud.
Three individuals were indicted in the Eastern District of New York for their alleged roles in a multi-year visa fraud scheme that brought Armenian citizens into the United States for profit.
Stella Boyadjian, 47, of Rego Park, New York; Hrachya Atoyan, 30, of Glendale, California; and Diana Grigoryan aka “Dina Akopovna,” 41, of the Republic of Armenia, were charged in a 15-count indictment unsealed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn with multiple counts of visa fraud and with conspiracy to defraud the United States, commit visa fraud, and illegally bring aliens into the United States. Boyadjian and Grigoryan are also charged with related money laundering charges, and Boyadjian is charged with aggravated identity theft. Boyadjian was arraigned yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein. Atoyan’s initial appearance for removal proceedings to the Eastern District of New York is scheduled for later today, in the Central District of California.
Las Vegas authorities are searching for a gunman suspected of shooting four people, killing two of them, within several days in random shootings police say targeted the homeless.
The most recent victim, a homeless man named James Lewis, was shot and killed while he was sleeping under a bridge, according to police and the coroner’s office. The Feb. 2 killing was caught on graphic surveillance video.
Remington Outdoor Co., the firearms giant owned by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, is speaking with lenders about a prepackaged bankruptcy filing, according to Reuters.
Why it matters: This might be the merciful end to an albatross of an investment for Cerberus, which over-leveraged, over-consolidated and completely misjudged political and reputational risk. It also could put jobs at risk for some of the company’s 3,000-plus employees.
“Jill was victimized by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact. The speed of disseminating information has carried mistruths about Jill as a person, which she was unable and unwilling to challenge. She became collateral damage in an already horrific story,” the family wrote in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Jill believed in the Movement. She supported every woman finally coming forward to share their dark truths and expose those who had committed previously unspeakable deeds. She was loyal. She was strong. Jill was many things, but she was not a liar.”
Deep State / Government Corruption:
An FBI informant involved in the controversial Uranium One deal has told congressional committees that Moscow paid millions to a U.S. lobbying firm in a bid to influence then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by helping former President Bill Clinton’s charities during the Obama administration.
The Washington Examiner also reported that investigations into the Obama State Department were ongoing in the dossier probe. York noted that Steele was seen as someone to keep handy among State Department officials, including Kerry, as a valuable source for intelligence on “all things Russia.” Obama State officials regularly handed out Steele’s written reports for private clients around the Department.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes revealed Kerry as the Obama state official. “There were comments over the weekend from people from within the State Department that said John Kerry had been briefed on the dossier–the new dossier whatever this new dossier is and that they also provided it to the FBI,” he said.
An Obama State Department official has acknowledged he had regular contact with the author of the controversial anti-Trump dossier – coming forward in an apparent bid to blunt expected criticism from the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
A Beltway adage has it that “it’s always the cover-up that’ll get you, not the original transgression.” Often, this proves to be true, especially in the case of Nixon, but even more recently, given the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton, which were over perjury and obstruction of justice, not actual abuse of power with a 22-year-old intern.
However, with the recent declassification of the Nunes and Grassley memos from the House and Senate, in this case the putative crimes are far more serious than a failed attempt to bug the private office of a political party. These crimes have the potential to
Dr. Sebastian Gorka for TheRebel.media: “I distill the essence of the newly released memo and tell you about key players whose names will be important to remember as you navigate through the malfeasance of Obama-gate.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration.
The Department of Homeland Security has drafted rules seen by Reuters that would allow immigration officers to scrutinize a potential immigrant’s use of certain taxpayer-funded public benefits to determine if they could become a public burden.
The Department of Justice today filed a complaint to revoke the naturalization of a Sudan native—who entered the United States on an F-1 student visa and gained lawful permanent resident status through the diversity visa lottery program—for violating and conspiring to violate sanctions imposed against Iraq under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), as well as obstructing Internal Revenue laws.
According to the complaint, Mubarak Ahmed Hamed violated and conspired to violate sanctions imposed against Iraq under the IEEPA from 1997 through July 21, 2000, the date of his naturalization. As the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), Hamed regularly authorized and transferred tax-exempt funds from IARA accounts in the United States to an account in Jordan controlled by Khalid Al-Sudanee, a/k/a Khalid Ahmad Jumah Al-Sudani, knowing that Al-Sudanee would transport such funds into Iraq.
Terrorism / islam / War on Terror:
Commentary / Opinion:
Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from someone else’s misfortune. Not wishing such on anyone, but instead enjoying a smile or a laugh when karma returns to bite someone on the rear end.
Today schadenfreude is in the midwinter air, blowing briskly over hapless Congressman Adam Schiff, a frequent flier on Sunday talk shows and cable news interviews. As the ranking member of the House Select Intelligence Committee, he is in the thick of the recently released memos revealing how Hillary Clinton bought her way under the tent of the Trump campaign via the Obama justice and intelligence agencies.
In contrast, even by his own accounting, President Trump is a proud streetfighter with sharp elbows. He can be decidedly crass in conversation and blunt and bold in business dealings. Over the years, his high profile divorces have become tabloid fodder.
But setting stylistic differences aside, the parallels between Paul Harvey and President Trump are quite startling, and explain, in large part, how both men were able to garner such a strong and loyal populist following.
Did you see this? They can even tell when you get out of the car. Google doesn’t have a camera in every home, but it does have a phone – and tracking mechanism – in millions of pockets. How much info is Google getting from your phone?
Facebook is gathering data to better assess what resonates with consumers through conversations on the platform. The “downvote” button is part of a short-term test that currently doesn’t affect ranking for the comment, the post or the page.
Why it matters: In an effort to create more meaningful engagement on its platform, Facebook wants to also emphasize meaningful interactions through comments.
The bigger picture: Paul — for whom YouTube ad revenue is reportedly a lucrative source of income — has been under pressure since his January decision to post footage of the body of someone who had committed suicide he had filmed on a trip to Japan. This week, according to The Daily Beast, he was slammed by activists for using a Taser on dead rats as part of another video.