Saturday, April 20, 2019

By Reuters, April 19, 2019

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll.

By WND, April 18, 2019

Colorado’s hostility to the Christian faith of Jack Phillips for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple has been condemned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Now it appears the city of San Antonio could end up with a similar reputation, over a chicken sandwich.

By Reason, April 16, 2019

Concordia University in Canada had invited Harvard University Professor Harvey Mansfield to give the spring commencement address for its Liberal Arts College. The college's students study great books and Western thought, and Mansfield teaches these subjects, so one might think he was a good fit.

But then the university rescinded its invitation. Principal Mark Russell sent Mansfield a weaselly letter expressing regret that faculty and alumni "were unable to reach consensus as to what we wanted to achieve with this event." Russell lamented that the selection committee "acted in good faith but rather precipitously" when it invited him in the first place.

By FreeBeacon, April 17, 2019

Middlebury College has canceled a campus speech by conservative Polish Catholic philosopher Ryszard Legutko in response to planned protests by liberal activists.

A professor of philosophy at Jagiellonian University and a member of the European Parliament, Legutko was scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Vermont college's Alexander Hamilton Forum, delivering a lecture entitled "The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies." A member of the anti-Communist Polish resistance during the Cold War, Legutko warns that western democracy is also susceptible to creep towards totalitarianism.

By Town Hall, April 17, 2019

The New York City Police Department on Wednesday evening arrested a man who walked into St. Patrick's Cathedral with lighters and two gas cans an, one of which held gasoline. Officials said there was no fire but the man was emotionally disturbed, NBC News reported. 

"His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, that his car had run out of gas," NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller told ABC 7. "We took a look at the vehicle, it was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody and brought to the Midtown North station house." 

By The Hills, April 16, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that he believes socialism is gaining popularity because "capitalism has let a lot of people down."

"I think the reason we're having this argument over socialism and capitalism is that capitalism has let a lot of people down," the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said on CNN's "New Day."

By Daily Mail, April 19, 2019

Two of State's Attorney Kim Foxx's top deputies are set to leave her office amid growing turmoil over its handling of the Jussie Smollett case, including the officer who announced the prosecutor had recused herself.

Chief ethics officer April Perry, who also served as Foxx's chief deputy, and the head of the conviction integrity unit Mark Rotert will leave their posts next month, it has been confirmed. 

By Town Hall, April 19, 2019

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) issued a subpoena Friday for the Mueller report without redactions.  

“I have issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice for the full version of the Mueller report and the underlying evidence. The Department is required to comply with that subpoena by May 1," Nadler said in a statement. “I am open to working with the Department to reach a reasonable accommodation for access to these materials, however, I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in the dark, as they grapple with their duties of legislation, oversight and constitutional accountability.”

By The Gateway Pundit, April 19, 2019

Democrats flipped the US House in the midterm elections thanks to Anti-Trumper Paul Ryan, ballot-harvesting in California and the Mueller Special Counsel.

Democrats flipped the US House in the midterm elections thanks to Anti-Trumper Paul Ryan, ballot-harvesting in California and the Mueller Special Counsel.

By Sara A Carter, April 18, 2019

Back in March, Adam Schiff said that he had more than ample evidence showing collusion with Russia. He also have sustained that “[Impeachment is] not the end game. I think the speaker has made very clear that in the absence of compelling evidence that there isn’t going to be an impeachment.”

Meanwhile Schiff’s committee has continued to further probe Trump and investigate after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was delivered to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.

By Town Hall, April 19, 2019

A day after celebrating the Mueller report for finding “No Collusion – No Obstruction,” President Trump blasted certain parts of the 448-page document as “total bullsh*t.”

"Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue,” he tweeted Friday morning. “Watch out for people that take so-called “notes,” when the notes never existed until needed. Because I never agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the “Report” about me, some of which are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad). This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened…”

By NY Post, April 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – President Trump trolled his critics following the release of the Mueller report, joking that he was going to be in office for the next 10 to 14 years.

The president was hosting participants of the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride in the East Room and was given a trophy as a token of appreciation.

By Daily Caller, April 19, 2019

Two reports published Thursday add to the mystery of Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor at the heart of the Russia probe.

Special counsel Robert Mueller alleges in his report on the Russia investigation that Mifsud lied to the FBI about the timeline of his contacts with George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign adviser whom the FBI claims was the catalyst for the bureau’s collusion investigation.

By The Gateway Pundit, April 19, 2019

Sidney Powell was on the Mark Levin Show in January and discussed dirty cops and attorneys Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann from their years overseeing the Enron and Arthur Andersen cases.  Their actions were corrupt and criminal and cost the jobs, savings and careers of more than 85,000 individuals at Andersen and Enron.

By NY Post, April 19, 2019

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday night explained her false assertion to the media that President Trump dumped top G-man James Comey after “countless” FBI agents had lost confidence in him.

“I acknowledge that I had a slip of the tongue when I used the word ‘countless’ but it’s not untrue … that a number of both current and former FBI agents agreed with the president,” Sanders told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, according to The Hill.

By The Gateway Pundit, April 20, 2019

A man in a suburb of Seattle has been arrested and is being held on a $750,000 bond after allegedly raping a woman while posing as her Uber driver.

Israel Ramos-Islas, 34, was arrested last week in connection with a rape reported Dec. 16, 2018. He was charged Monday with first-degree rape.

By NY Post, April 157, 2019

They’re getting straight to the point.

Just days after the roof of Notre Dame cathedral went up in flames, France’s prime minister announced the country will invite architects from across the globe to submit designs for a new spire to top the Paris landmark.

By Reason, April 19, 2019

Whenever I write about complex public-policy problems, I hear from readers who ask something like this: "OK, wise guy, if you're so smart then tell me how we fix the problem."

Unfortunately, there aren't many vexing issues that can be resolved in an 850-word column or a 50-word email rebuttal. Most of California's myriad "crises" have been years in the making, and they will take years of unraveling—provided they are fixable at all.

By California Globe, April 19, 2019

‘You may qualify for health insurance through Medi-Cal even if you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national

Upon taking office in January, Governor Gavin Newsom announced he was proposing state-funded full scope Medi-Cal healthcare coverage to 138,000 illegal immigrant adults ages 19-26, as reported by California Globe.

Gov. Newsom now seeks to expand Medi-Cal, the state’s low-income health program, to everybody in California under age 26, regardless of immigration status. However, according to an April 17 story from the USC Center for Health Journalism Collaborative titled, “Will undocumented immigrants avoid new state health benefits?” that has been the rule for at least 27 years.

By Hollywood Reporter, April 19, 2019

Nearly a year after being kicked out of the Academy, Roman Polanski is suing to get back in. 

Polanski in May 2018 was expelled from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, along with Bill Cosby, as a result of the group's standards of conduct that were enacted after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. 

Friday, April 19, 2019

By National Review, April 17, 2019

Amid the weekly cavalcade of campus horrors, it’s easy to miss a story that will mark a major turning point in the campus free-speech crisis, whether for good or ill. The growing confrontation at the University of Arizona over students who disrupted a Career Day presentation by Border Patrol agents is not your run-of-the-mill campus outrage. Instead it’s that rare case where student disruptors are facing real consequences for their actions. This is in significant part because of a new Arizona law strengthening discipline for such disruptions. If the university holds fast and the disruptors pay a price for silencing others, the move will carry national implications. Yet if the growing rebellion by anti-free-speech students and faculty at UA gets its way, the university will back down, the border patrol will be permanently barred from campus, and the university president could lose his job. That would be a disaster for free speech, and would mark a new and dangerous turn in America’s campus crisis.

By The Hill, April 18, 2019

Let’s put aside whether we really want cheating on a test or lying on a resume to become a federal crime. And let’s also put aside whether we really want cheating on a test to result in federal prison time.  A larger problem with the criminal justice system is being exposed with the college admissions scandal — federal prosecutors are bullies. As we are seeing in the college admissions case, they bully defendants to plead guilty in at least 5 ways:

By Washington Times, April 17, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The elite academies that educate officers for the nation’s armed forces have begun to implement the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members.

The U.S. Naval Academy will ban people who are transgender from attending the school, beginning with the 2020 school year. The Defense Department confirmed that change to the Capital Gazette newspaper on Monday. The school in Annapolis, Maryland, currently accepts transgender students and retains midshipmen who transition to another gender.

By NewsBusters, April 17, 2019

On April 16 cartoonist Ben Garrison announced on Twitter that he had been banned by Instagram for supposedly “violating their terms.” But he said it more likely posting conservative speech Instagram didn’t like. 

The cartoonist gained renown for his comics supporting Trump during the 2016 campaign. He quipped that the real translation of his alert from Instagram was: “You're a threat to the Democrat narrative.” Shortly after he asked which type of conservatives and free thinkers they would come after next, eventually becoming “Anyone who disagrees with the #Democrat Narrative #censorship” as momentum builds for the “#2020Elections”

By The Hill, April 17, 2019

The fast-food chain Carl's Jr. this weekend will become the first fast-food restaurant to sell a CBD-infused burger.

The chain said in a tweet that it will sell a burger with "CBD-infused Santa Fe sauce" at one location in Denver and only on Saturday, which is also April 20, a popular day in cannabis culture.

By The Hill, April 18, 2019

North Korea on Thursday demanded that the U.S. keep Secretary of State Mike Pompeo out of future nuclear negotiations, instead requesting someone "who is more careful and mature."

Senior foreign ministry official Kwon Jong Gun was quoted saying in North Korea's KCNA news agency that whenever Pompeo “pokes his nose in, talks between the two countries go wrong without any results even from the point close to success.”

By The Hill, April 17, 2019

Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo told CNN on Tuesday night that he received dozens of death threats since special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation began.

Caputo, a 30-year veteran of Republican political campaigns, made the revelation on Anderson Cooper's prime-time program during a discussion previewing the release of the final Mueller report on Thursday.

By The Hill, April 17, 2019

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said Wednesday he’d be willing to go on Fox News Channel.

Speaking to reporters in a dusty parking lot behind a coffee shop following a campaign rally that attracted about 300 people, O’Rourke criticized Fox News Channel’s “practices,” but said he doesn’t want to “write anybody off in this country.”

By Forbes, April 16, 2019

It’s happening again. People who should know better are pointing to California’s current budget surplus as proof that the state, the world’s fifth largest economy, is in sound financial shape. That figure is also being used to support the claim that California’s relatively high tax burden and onerous regulations are not too problematic, as CNBC’s Robert Frank did on Squawk Box the morning after Tax Day. 

The surplus figure cited by Frank and others has two problems: it’s both misleading and paints an incomplete picture of the Golden State’s finances. The truth is that there is no revenue surplus had by California state government. In fact, the state’s long-run obligations far exceed projected revenue collections to the tune of $1 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities alone. When factoring in the cost of non-pension benefits for state workers, such as health care for retired government employees, the debt facing California taxpayers rises further. 

By KTLA, April 17, 2019

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who has been accused of paying bribes to get his daughters into USC, may have misrepresented his own college education to his parents.

Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Loughlin, have pleaded not guilty to charges that they paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters Isabella and Olivia into USC as rowing recruits. The sisters never crewed. They are still officially enrolled at the school.

By CNBC, April 17, 2019

Pete Buttigieg’s increasingly popular presidential run has drawn the support of more than two dozen top Democratic fundraisers, including people who bundled big-dollar donations for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during their White House bids, according to a list CNBC obtained from campaign aides.

The financiers on the roster range from former U.S. ambassadors to real estate executives, the latest evidence that the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s underdog bid to challenge President Donald Trump next year is catching on with Democrats as the party sorts through a crowded primary field.

By Washington Examiner, April 18, 2019

In the 1980s, when my teens wanted spending money of their own, they found jobs after school and in the summers. They worked in our town in pizza shops, the local movie theater, vegetable stands, and as lifeguards. Minimum wage in those days was under $5 an hour.

Once working, they were expected to put half of each paycheck into savings. They were then free to do what they wanted with the remaining money. We co-signed checking accounts for them and later co-signed for a credit card with a low limit, on which it was expected they pay anything charged. With low-paying jobs, our teens learned the basics of money management and the expectations of employers. They gained some monetary independence.

By Hot Air, April 17, 2019

If Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were worried that they wouldn’t have enough liberals on their side after Omar’s ongoing series of antisemitic comments, they can put their fears to rest. The hot new socialist crew now has one of the biggest liberals around (both physically and influentially) on their side in their battle with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Filmmaker Michael Moore has decided to throw his considerable weight into the arena on Team AOC’s side. (The Hill)

By The Libertarian Republic, April 17, 2019

Political identitarianism is on the rise on both the American right and left, and it is the most corrosive force facing our country.

The most obvious and overt of these to groups is the movement known as the “Alt-Right.”

The Alt-Right is a vile movement composed of racist filth with a rubbish political philosophy based in lies. They believe that America was founded to preserve whiteness, and it has failed to do so. Hyper-restrictionist immigration policies are therefore necessary, despite their economic and humanitarian illiteracy, and some of the movements progenitors argue that the only way to preserve whiteness would be an ethnostate.

By CNN, April 14, 2019

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on the Federal Reserve on Sunday, airing his frustration with the central bank.

"If the Fed had done its job properly, which it has not, the Stock Market would have been up 5000 to 10,000 additional points, and GDP would have been well over 4% instead of 3%...with almost no inflation," Trump tweeted.

By Western Journal, April 18, 2019

The Democratic Party is fracturing as left-wing lawmakers begin to embrace socialism, but Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan said that he’s “concerned” about the growing popularity of socialism in his party.

The Ohio representative and 2020 hopeful was asked about the growing trend of socialism in the Democratic Party on CNN’s “New Day.” 

By Town Hall, April 18, 2019

You already know by now Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on the 2016 presidential election has been released. 

In the 400+ pages of the report, some of which is redacted in order to comply with long held legal precedent and the law, there's a section about President Trump's reaction to the appointment of the Special Counsel in May 2017.

By Town Hall, April 18, 2019

Kellyanne Conway, White House Counselor and the first woman to successfully win the White House as a presidential campaign manager, sparred with reporters Thursday afternoon over the release of the Mueller report. 

“No collusion, and there was certainly no criminal conspiracy with any Russians,” Conway told the White House Press Corps. “We’re accepting apologies today, too, for anybody who feels the grace in offering them.”

By Town Hall, April 18, 2019

Speaking to reporters at the Department of Justice Thursday morning, Attorney General Bill Barr used stronger language than he has in the past to exonerate President Trump of collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. 

"The report details efforts by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company with close ties to the Russian government, to sow social discord among American voters through disinformation and social media operations.  Following a thorough investigation of this disinformation campaign, the Special Counsel brought charges in federal court against several Russian nationals and entities for their respective roles in this scheme.  Those charges remain pending, and the individual defendants remain at large," Barr said (bolding is mine). "But the Special Counsel found no evidence that any Americans – including anyone associated with the Trump campaign – conspired or coordinated with the Russian government or the IRA in carrying out this illegal scheme.  Indeed, as the report states, '[t]he investigation did not identify evidence that any U.S. persons knowingly or intentionally coordinated with the IRA’s interference operation.'  Put another way, the Special Counsel found no “collusion” by any Americans in the IRA’s illegal activity." 

By Town Hall, April 18, 2019

Well, the day has come. The Mueller report has been released and guess what; Attorney General William Barr’s summary was accurate. There was no collusion. There was no conspiracy. On the obstruction charges, there wasn’t enough evidence to bring forward formal charges. Here is where Democrats will make their last stand. Obstruction junction is ahead. It’s the only thing the Left can keep going from this clown show. I’m all for it. The longer the liberal media looks like idiots, the better it is for us. And if the Russian collusion myth was bad, the obstruction nonsense will be a whole other level. And yes, former Young Turks reporter Michael Tracey was there to provide brutal analysis on the report. Tracey is a progressive. He does not hide that fact, but he’s also an original Trump-Russia collusion skeptic. Line-by-line Tracey guts every linchpin of this whole myth that was peddled for two years by the Democrat-media complex.