Sunday, March 24, 2019

By NBC News, March. 23, 2019

They know when to hold 'em — and when to fold 'em.

President Donald Trump has derided the team Robert Mueller had assembled to probe Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election as "angry Democrats" operating a corrupt "witch hunt," but the group has a stellar track record of rooting out corruption — and of walking away when they don't have enough to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

By CNN, March. 23, 2019

50 days. How the caliphate fell, and what's next for ISIS 03:40
Eastern Syria (CNN)ISIS has lost its final stronghold in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces announced Saturday, bringing an end to the so-called caliphate declared by the terrorist group in 2014.

The coalition of Kurdish and Arab soldiers backed by US, British and French special forces said it defeated ISIS and fully liberated Baghouz in eastern Syria.

By CNN, March. 22, 2019

(CNN)Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the subject of the cover story of this week's Time magazine. In the piece about AOC, Joel Benenson, a Democratic pollster who polled for President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, is quoted in the story as casting a somewhat skeptical eye about those Democrats who view AOC's success as a blueprint for the broader party's future. "America isn't her district," Benenson told Time.

That quote intrigued me. I reached out to Benenson to talk about it as well as his broader thoughts on AOC and how she fits into where the Democratic Party is heading. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.

By Mercury News, March. 20, 2019

There’s long been a somewhat competitive relationship between the power of governors and legislators to make law and the ability of voters to overturn what the politicians wrought and/or make law themselves via the initiative process.

However in recent years that relationship has evolved from merely competitive to something approaching hostility.

By Washington Examiner, March. 19, 2019

IRVINE, Calif.— When Saga Zhou first moved to the United States from China in 2009, she steered clear of politics. The Communist Party rules supreme in China, so most Chinese immigrants bring a built-in aversion to political involvement.

But Zhou’s interest in politics was piqued as she began to see the American Left embracing policies that reminded her of those she’d fled in China.

By Big League Politics, March. 19, 2019

Another college is shaking after discovering “It’s Okay To Be White” posters near its campus, calling the police and releasing a statement condemning racism and bigotry.

Bates College in Lewiston, Maine had numerous signs placed on telephone polls around its campus, prompting students to contact the school’s administration, who in turn called the police and condemned “any attempt to incite hatred and bigotry based on race,” according to local media.

By Big League Politics, March. 23, 2019

Two Democratic lawmakers from New Jersey have found another scapegoat for their politically correct crusade against the evils of racism in society: Mark Twain’s legendary book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

These race-obsessed hucksters are triggered by the book’s uncensored content which includes racial slurs and attitudes of the late 19th century, the time period in which the book was written. These passages are considered abhorrent and unacceptable to these snowflake government officials.

By National Review, March. 22, 2019

The San Antonio city council has voted to block Chick-fil-A from opening a store in its airport to punish it for donating to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army.

No, really. Here’s the report, from Fortune:

Don’t plan on getting a Chick-Fil-A sandwich next time you fly through San Antonio Airport.

By Big League Politics, March. 23, 2019

Leftists are furious after the pro-America, pro-Christianity chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A gave nearly $2 million to organizations promoting traditional marriage.

The Salvation Army, Paul Anderson Youth Home, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes are all under fire from the tolerant left after Chick-fil-A gave nearly $2 million to the three organizations in 2017.

By The Blaze, March. 20, 2019

A man took to the microphone for the public comment period at last week's Seattle City Council meeting, looked at the members seated high in their chairs in front of him, and hit the elected officials with an observation that should've roused them to attention.

"It's real discouraging to come up here and see all the heads down, it's like," he said before presiding Councilmember Debora Juarez interrupted him, KTTH-AM reported.

By Fox News, March. 22, 2019

In some of his most revealing comments on why he decided against running for president, moderate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg cited his age -- but also took aim at the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

"To start a four-year job, or maybe an eight-year job, at age 79 may not be the smartest thing to do. But if I think if I thought I could win, I would have,” the 77-year-old billionaire media mogul explained.

By Hot Air, March. 23, 2019

Earlier this month I wrote about the new Bernie Sanders campaign’s spokesperson, an illegal alien protected under DACA. Maria Belen Sisa is the campaign’s deputy national spokeswoman. Now a complaint has been filed against Sanders claiming the campaign has violated federal election law. Belen Sisa isn’t the only illegal alien on the payroll. There are now three rather high profile staffers working for Bernie’s campaign.

By Western Journal., March. 23, 2019

A conservative group filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against 2020 hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders for potentially violating the law by hiring foreign nationals to his 2016 presidential campaign.

The Coolidge Reagan Foundation alleges that Sanders hired multiple foreign nationals in 2016 to “serve in advisory campaign positions,” which would allow them to directly or indirectly participate in the campaign’s decision-making processes.

By Bongino, March. 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s desired economic policies would cost more money than there is physical currency currently in circulation, and far eclipses our current national debt. Her proposed Green New Deal would cost at least $93 trillion according to a report from the American Action Forum – $36 trillion for universal healthcare, up to $44.6 trillion for guaranteed union jobs with wages high enough to support a family, $5.4 trillion to transition to a “low carbon electricity grid,” $1.3-$2.7 trillion for a net zero emissions transportation system, $1.6-4.2 trillion for guaranteed green housing, and $6.8-$44.6 trillion for a guaranteed job program.

By WND, March. 23, 2019

The atheist activist group Freedom from Religion Foundation is demanding that a school district in Texas censor private comments made by its teachers in their off hours.

The non-profit First Liberty, however, is advising the district “to simply ignore this unfounded complaint and recommit Greenville ISD to the protection of the private speech of the citizens it serves.”

By Fox News, March. 22, 2019

The Trump administration announced Friday that it is slapping new sanctions on more than two dozen Iranian individuals involved in the country’s nuclear and missile research programs, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Iran’s growing influence.

The Treasury Department said the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies affiliated with Iran’s Organization for Defense Innovation and Research, which is known to have been at the forefront of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

By Daily Wire, March. 22, 2019

Nearly four years after filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking all emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton and her staff via her unsecured private email server when she served as Secretary of State, Judicial Watch has finally received what appears to be the "final batch" of emails Clinton "tried to delete or destroy" that the FBI managed to recover. Among this newly uncovered batch of emails, which amount to over 700 pages of documents, Judicial Watch uncovered what appear to be five more email exchanges containing classified information.

By Washington Times, March. 23, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s historic decision to end his Russia probe on Friday without filing election conspiracy charges against any Trump associate is vindication for Devin Nunes.

A year ago, Mr. Nunes, a Republican congressman from California farm country cleared President Trump and his advisers in a report by the majority of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

By Breitbart, March. 22, 2019

Although it is not yet known what is in the report, and it could still contain information damaging to the administration, the revelation that there will be no new indictments suggests that the Russia collusion theory is a bust.

Yet since the summer of 2016, there were countless pushers of the narrative that President Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, specifically by conspiring with Russia to steal and distribute stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

By Washington Examiner, March. 22, 2019

Robert Mueller has delivered his report on the Trump-Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr. Sometime soon, perhaps within hours, Barr will send the report's "principal conclusions" to Congress. It will first go to the chairperson and ranking member of both the House and Senate Judiciary committees. It is unclear what will happen after that, but certainly other lawmakers will see the document, and there will be a steady stream of leaks of what is in the report.

The Mueller investigation is over, and it is apparently the case that Mueller does not recommend any new indictments.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

By CBS News, March. 23, 2019

Hours after Robert Mueller submitted his report on Friday evening, President Trump briefly spoke at a Republican party dinner in Florida — but made no mention of it. Mr. Trump and Melania Trump introduced Sen. Lindsey Graham, the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach County Republican Dinner at Mar-a-Lago. 

Mr. Trump walked onstage smiling and was greeted by cheers. He introduced Graham as "my real friend," according to video posted on social media. The event was closed to the press.

By Fox News, March. 22, 2019

MSNBC host Chris Matthews expressed outrage on Friday upon hearing reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had completed his Russia investigation and submitted it to the attorney general -- with further indictments not expected.

Matthews began his show by summarizing the breaking news, but stressed that Mueller handed his report to the Department of Justice “without ever directly interviewing the president of the United States.”

By Daily Wire, March. 22, 2019

On Friday afternoon, at 5 PM EDT, the Justice Department confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indeed turned in his long-awaited report on supposed Trump-Russia collusion. Attorney General William Barr then released a letter to the ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees informing them that he “may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.”

By Daily Caller, March. 22, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller handed his report off to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, just over four months after President Donald Trump fired former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

When Sessions was fired, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quick to claim that the president’s underlying motive was to get to Mueller — possibly even to prematurely terminate the investigation.

By LifeZette, March. 22, 2019

Perhaps it is no surprise, given how highly politicized things have become — but House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has rejected reports on Friday indicating that no more indictments from special counsel Robert Mueller will be forthcoming.
Schiff suggested he would call the special counsel to testify before a House panel if necessary to learn what is in the report that he spent n

By Daily Mail, March. 23, 2019

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff has said that he believes there will likely be further indictments from Robert Mueller as the full contents of his report are looked at in closer detail.

Schiff suggested he would call the special counsel before a House panel if necessary to learn what is contained in the long-awaited document.