Friday, May 24, 2019

By Town Hall, May 23, 2019

Speaking to reporters at her weekly press briefing Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tripled down on comments that President Trump is engaged in a cover-up, and said she regularly prays for him and called for an intervention.

Her remarks came 24 hours after President Trump abruptly canceled a White House meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about infrastructure. Speaking in the Rose Garden, Trump called for an end to congressional investigations so both sides of the political aisle can get to work on behalf of the American people. He cut the meeting short because Pelosi accused him of a cover-up just moments before it started.

By Town Hall, May 23, 2019

As Cortney covered earlier, during an interview with Fox News Wednesday evening, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway explained what went down after President Trump's infrastructure meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ended abruptly.

Pelosi clearly "can't control her temper" about the president, Conway said during a FOX News interview Thursday morning, adding that the speaker kept her car running before even walking into the White House.

By California Globe, May 23, 2019

At last count, California’s Democratic political leadership had filed four dozen lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s administration, reflecting differences on policies large and small.
For the most part, California’s legal allegations have been on target. However, Trump is on solid legal and logical ground in the latest conflict over the state’s disastrous foray into high-speed rail transportation.

By California Globe, May 23, 2019

California law seeks to remove firearms from the possession of people likely to misuse them. SB 55 by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would create a new class of misdemeanors that would result in a 10-year prohibition on firearms possession.  She theorizes that “gun violence” and death will be reduced if guns are kept out of the hands of people who, based on drug use and Driving Under the Influence convictions, are now determined to be at risk of future acts of violence. However, Jackson is only addressing legal gun owners in her bill.

However, the bill does not pass Constitutional muster, and will only add to the already 23,222 backlogged cases in the Department of Justice Armed Prohibited Persons System.

By Fox News, May 22, 2019

An Illinois judge on Thursday ordered "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case file unsealed, setting up the release of a wealth of information surrounding the controversial -- and often confusing -- case.

Cook County judge Steven G. Watkins' decision came months after a dizzying set of events: First, Smollett alleged he'd been the victim of a hate crime; after an extensive investigation, Chicago cops arrested Smollett and accused him of faking the supposed attack; and then, Cook County prosecutors suddenly dropped the charges against Smollett and his case was sealed.

By EW, May 23, 2019

Sylvester Stallone is dropping some major behind the scenes knowledge on his Instagram account.

The actor, 72, shared a photo of himself with turtles Cuff and Link on his Instagram page on May 5. In the post, he revealed they’ve been with him since his 1976 film Rocky.

By Forbes, May 23, 2019

There is a lot of debate around the minimum wage. Some see it as a fairly straightforward way to help low-income workers. Others emphasize the negative effect it has on employment. Fewer employment opportunities are bad in their own right, but the harmful effects of minimum wage increases are likely spilling over to entire neighborhoods.

There are two parts to this idea. The first is that minimum wage increases make it more likely that some businesses close. A recent study from Dara Lee Luca and Michael Luca examines minimum wage increases and restaurant closings (exits) in the San Francisco Bay area. They use data from Yelp to get a measure of restaurant quality and find that a $1 dollar increase in the minimum wage increases the likelihood of a lower quality restaurant (e.g. 3.5 star rating) closing by 10%.

By Real Clear Politics, May 23, 2019

Harvard philosophy professor Dr. Cornel West debates Blexit Movement founder Candace Owens on 'The Ingraham Angle.'

LAURA INGRAHAM, HOST: Now, we hear those lines all the time but here are the facts. Since President Trump took office, black unemployment has hit an historic low and currently sits at about 6.7 percent. And by the way, he's not satisfied with that. 

By NBC News, May 23, 2019

The Department of Justice announced 17 new charges against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange on Thursday, including a virtually unprecedented move to charge him with publishing classified material — a move that could pose challenges to First Amendment protections.

In a superseding indictment, a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, has accused Assange of breaking the law by inducing Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning to send him classified documents — and then publishing material that included the names of confidential sources who provided information to American diplomats.

By Newsweek, May 24, 2019

Colorado man who threatened to launch a murdering spree because he never had a girlfriend has been sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

Last month, Christopher Wayne Cleary pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted threat of terrorism. He was arrested on January 19 in Provo, Utah, after posting a message on Facebook warning he would carry out a shooting in a public place.

By Market Watch, May 23, 2019

As the Trump administration tries to change the U.S. immigration system, lobbying on immigration issues has ramped up to a near-record level.

The number of companies, trade groups or other organizations that disclosed efforts to influence Washington on immigration matters reached 646 last year — just below 2013’s all-time high of 647.

By Washington Examiner, May 23, 2019

Tuesday’s congressional hearing for Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson featured lots of angry Democrats saying nasty things about him and his department’s plan to deny public assistance to illegal immigrants.

At the hearing, held by the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., told Carson his proposal “would bring nothing but despair to thousands of American families.”

By CNN, May 23, 2019

(CNN)The first debates are coming.

In just over a month -- on June 26 and 27 in Miami, to be exact -- the 2020 Democratic presidential race will begin in earnest with as many as 20 candidates debating over two nights.

Until then, the race to be the Democratic nominee against President Donald Trump remains in a bit of a holding pattern. Candidates who have yet to qualify for the debate are doing everything they can -- raising money, mostly -- to ensure they don't get left off the stage on one of the two nights. Those who are comfortably in are working to keep from making any mistake(s) that would hurt their momentum going into Miami next month.

By WND, May 24, 2019

Many young people are not saving for retirement for a simple reason, apparently: They believe it’s a poor use of their money because the world as they know it won’t exist anyway, due to “climate change.”

MarketWatch reported some 88 percent of millennials accept that climate change is happening, and 69 percent say it will impact them in their lifetimes.

By Fox News, May 24, 2019

President Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. The memo read: "The heads of elements of the intelligence community... and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review."

By PJ Media, May 23, 2019

The left's long march to destroy the concept of religious liberty continues apace in America. On Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) blasted Michael Bogren, President Trump's nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, for his statements comparing Catholics who believe in traditional marriage to the Ku Klux Klan and radical Islam.

By Life News, May 23, 2019

Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.

Today, House Democrats refused a vote on the bill for the 50th time — reading the same statement they have read the previous 49 occasions that claims there is no bipartisan agreement to bring the bill up for a vote. Despite the claim, Republican leaders have repeatedly asked Pelosi and top Democrats to reach an agreement for the bill to receive a vote.

By The Atlantic, may 23, 2019

The call came in 2014, shortly after Easter. Four years earlier, Catrin Almako’s family had applied for special visas to the United States. Catrin’s husband, Evan, had cut hair for the U.S. military during the early years of its occupation of Iraq. Now a staffer from the International Organization for Migration was on the phone. “Are you ready?” he asked. The family had been assigned a departure date just a few weeks away.  

“I was so confused,” Catrin told me recently. During the years they had waited for their visas, Catrin and Evan had debated whether they actually wanted to leave Iraq. Both of them had grown up in Karamles, a small town in the historic heart of Iraqi Christianity, the Nineveh Plain. Evan owned a barbershop near a church. Catrin loved her kitchen, where she spent her days making pastries filled with nuts and dates. Their families lived there: her five siblings and aging parents, his two brothers.

By Washington Examiner, May 23, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said tornadoes are the latest climate change threat after a tornado warning was issued for Washington, D.C.

“There's people stuck outside. We need to get them out,” the New York Democrat said Thursday in an Instagram video after the city was placed under a tornado warning. “This is crazy.” 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

By FreeBeacon, May 22, 2019

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which works to elect Democrats to the House of Representatives, disbursed millions of its funds to Hillary Clinton's "resistance" group since late December 2017, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

The DCCC made the millions in payments to Onward Together, a nonprofit founded by Clinton following her loss to President Donald Trump, for its email lists. The payments from the DCCC to Onward Together began in December 2017. Since that time, the committee reported 25 transactions to Clinton's group totaling slightly more than $3 million, the filings show. The most recent payments from the DCCC to the committee were made in February.

By Fox News, May 22, 2019

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has flatly accused former FBI Director James Comey of mischaracterizing her statements by repeatedly alleging, under oath, that Lynch privately instructed him to call the Hillary Clinton email probe a "matter" instead of an "investigation."

Lynch, who testified that Comey's claim left her "quite surprised," made the dramatic remarks at a joint closed-door session of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees last December. A transcript of her testimony was released on Monday by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga.

By Fox News, May 18, 2019

Illinois Republicans unhappy at the influence the Democrat-controlled city of Chicago holds over the state are looking at trying to blow the Windy City out of the state altogether -- despite the long odds that such a push would face.

A new report by Pew Trusts' Stateline shines light on an effort by the state’s GOP to turn the state red by turning the blue city into its own state.

By Fox News, May 21, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could soon be left with no choice but to embrace calls from some within her party to impeach President Trump, one senior Democrat told Fox News.

The Senior House Democrat -- speaking on the condition of anonymity -- said, despite Pelosi’s repeated attempt to quell talk of impeaching the president, “isn’t going to be able to hold off on impeachment much longer.”

By Washington Examiner, May 19, 2019

From now on, the Trump-Russia affair, the investigation that dominated the first years of Donald Trump's presidency, will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of the Mueller report. Before the special counsel's findings were made public last month, the president's adversaries were on the offensive. Now, they are playing defense.

The change is due to one simple fact: Mueller could not establish that there was a conspiracy or coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to fix the 2016 election. The special counsel's office interviewed 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search-and-seizure warrants, and obtained nearly 300 records of electronic communications, and still could not establish the one thing that mattered most in the investigation.

By Washington Examiner, May 19, 2019

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said impeachment proceedings could bolster congressional efforts to obtain information the Trump administration won't release.

“It provides an additional tool,” the California Democrat told CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. “What we have been doing is we have been gradually escalating the tactics we need to use to get information for the American people. So we began by asking for voluntary cooperation, and that was not forthcoming. We followed with subpoenas, we followed with contempt. We may follow with inherent contempt, and we may have to follow with impeachment.”

By Ammoland, May 19, 2019

United States – ( One of the biggest threats to our right to keep and bear arms is not a gun ban like that proposed by Eric Swalwell. It’s not Cory Booker’s licensing scheme. Nor it is Kamala Harris promising to ban imports of modern multi-purpose semiautomatic firearms.

No, the biggest threats are various campaign reform laws, like the For the People Act that passed the House of Representatives earlier this year.

By Fox Business, May 21, 2019

Former White House Opens a New Window.  chief strategist Steven Bannon, in his first interview since Chinese state TV declared him to be the true enemy of the U.S., said China Opens a New Window.  is on edge. He believes the personal attacks on him are signs that they are in a total state of hysteria.

“It’s interesting,” he told FOX Business’ Trish Regan Opens a New Window. on Monday. “You know, both CCTV, which is the BBC of China, and also “The Global Times,” which is their tabloid of “The People's Daily,” which they used to attack -- I think this is the first time in living memory they have gone after a private citizen. That shows you how nervous they are.”

By Washington Examiner, May 20, 2019

A charity run by the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee and could have been used illegally, according to an IRS complaint filed by an ethics watchdog group.

Cummings, 68, a Maryland Democrat, is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His wife, Maya Rockeymoore, 48, is the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and briefly ran in the state's gubernatorial race last year. The couple married in 2008. Cummings was once heavily in debt — in part due to hefty child support payments to his first wife and two other women he had children with — but his financial situation has improved considerably over the past decade.

By National Review, May 20, 2019

In what may be his first major move to the left on policy as a 2020 presidential candidate, Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has endorsed repealing the Hyde amendment, a measure that prohibits federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is endangered.

“It can’t stay,” Biden said of the Hyde amendment during an exchange with an ACLU activist earlier this month. The video of the exchange was posted by the ACLU on Twitter on May 8th but has drawn little attention since then (it was flagged by Washington Post reporter David Weigel on Sunday evening).

By Reuters, May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez said on Tuesday it is time for Democratic leaders to allow an impeachment process to start against President Donald Trump, saying the administration’s obstruction of lawmakers’ oversight efforts gives them no choice.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far resisted calls for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings, instead backing continued investigations of Trump and his administration by numerous congressional panels instead.

By Washington Examiner, May 21, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed as "slanderous" Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg’s suggestion that Vice President Mike Pence is "homophobic."

“This is a fundamentally decent man who, just as I described, shares the administration’s view with respect to how every human being should be treated,” Pompeo told talk radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday. “To say anything different from that is both false and frankly slanderous.”

By Mediaite, May 22, 2019

It’s been repeated so often it’s taken as fact: Hate crimes have soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President Donald Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.

It’s a compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.

By Politico, May 21, 2019

On the eve of a highly anticipated meeting with Democrats at which President Donald Trump was expected to unveil a way to fund a $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, Trump instead put Congress on notice that it will have to take a backseat to a trade deal.

“Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong view that Congress should first pass the important and popular USMCA trade deal,” Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening.

By Daily Wire, May 22, 2019

On Tuesday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson had a contentious exchange with hard-left Congressman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) during which she insulted him by telling him he was “unqualified” for his job and said he was “carrying the water of what I believe to be one of the most morally bankrupt presidents in our nation’s history.”

By FreeBeacon, May 22, 2019

A cadre of former top Obama administration figures and their allies in Congress have been working to amplify anti-Trump talking points issued by a senior Iranian regime official in what sources have described as an effort by Obama's pro-Iran echo chamber to drive a wedge between President Donald Trump and his national security team.

As tensions mount between the United States and Iran, leading Democrats have become embroiled in controversy for widely repeating anti-Trump talking points first issued by Iran's hardline regime.

By FreeBeacon, May 22, 2019

Two members of the Democracy Alliance contributed seed money in 2017 to a new organization created to file hundreds of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in hopes of unearthing scandal on the Trump administration.

Recent IRS disclosures show $280,000 in combined donations from Democracy Alliance members Patricia (Pat) Stryker and Scott Wallace to the nonprofit American Oversight, which bills itself as the "top Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration."

By Larry Elder, May 23, 2019

In his book "Discrimination and Disparities," economist Thomas Sowell notes that a disproportionate percentage of first-born siblings become National Merit scholars compared to siblings born later, presumably because the first-born starts life with no sibling competition for parental attention. This, says Sowell, illustrates the absurdities of expecting equal results when equal results do not even occur within the same family among siblings raised under the same roof with the same parents.

When I was growing up in South Central Los Angeles, one of my closest friends was "Paul." We met in the second grade and attended the same elementary school, middle school and high school. Not only did we take many of the same courses with the same teachers, our houses were identical.

When I first invited Paul to my home, about a half-mile from his, he was astonished. "Whoever built your house," he said, "built mine, too." He was right. When I visited his house, I found that the only difference was that my house had one tiny additional window that his did not. Same schools. Same teacher. Same neighborhood. Same house design.

Paul was a gifted athlete. Name the sport, he excelled. He was a starting pitcher for the baseball team, the starting shooting guard for the basketball team and the starting quarterback for the football team. He picked up a tennis racquet, hit balls against a backboard for a few weeks and then made the tennis team.

His parents were divorced, making Paul was one of the few kids in the neighborhood at that time to come from what my parents called a "broken home." Paul saw his dad infrequently. He rarely spoke about him. When he did, it was not positive.

Paul had a problem with anger. For the smallest offense, he could tell someone off, friend or foe, sometimes even his basketball coach. One time, after Paul came late to practice again, his basketball coach threatened to bench him the following game. Paul barked back, "Either I play or we lose." He played. They won.

When the coaches from major colleges came to see Paul play basketball, his best sport, they were impressed. But then they asked the high school coach about Paul's character, whether he was "coachable." Paul's coach, concerned about maintaining his reputation with college coaches, told the truth. Paul, he said, was a "coach killer." Bye-bye, Notre Dame. Bye-bye, Duke. Bye-bye, UCLA.

Paul ended up going to a small local college, not known for basketball. Did he double down, get better in hopes of transferring to a powerhouse basketball school? Hardly. Paul sulked, blamed racism and spent his first year of college playing basketball halfheartedly — that is, when he wasn't smoking dope and opining on "the oppression of the black man in America."

I went off to college in the East. When I returned during the summer, I visited Paul, who by then had changed his name to "Jamal" to distance himself from the "slave" religion of Christianity. When I informed him that Arab slavers took more blacks out of Africa and transported them to the Middle East and to South America than Europeans slavers took out of Africa and transported to North America, he told me to stop reading "the white man's history." He insisted "racism" had wrecked his basketball career, a career he argued that, but for the racism he encountered, was destined for the NBA. "Paul," I said, "you and I lived in the same neighborhood, in houses designed by the same builder, went to the same schools, took the same classes, had the same teachers. Why didn't 'racism' stop me?"

When I was in law school in Michigan, I visited my aunt who lived in a suburb of Detroit. During one visit, a friend of hers stopped by. He was a black man, about 40 years old. He sat near my aunt and me as we discussed my law school classes. Suddenly, the man began to cry. I could not imagine what I'd said that could've caused such a reaction. "Sorry," I said, "did I say something to offend you?" He gathered himself. "No," he said. "I wanted to go to law school and become a lawyer. But I got sidetracked with 'jackassery,' hung around with a bunch of knuckleheads and just wasted my time."

It doesn't have to be like this. My father always told my brothers and me the following: "Hard work wins." "You get out of life what you put into it." "You cannot control the outcome, but you are 100% in control of the effort." And "before you complain about what somebody did to you, go to the nearest mirror and say to yourself, 'What could I have done to change the outcome?'"

And finally, my dad said: "No matter how good you are, bad things will happen. How you respond to those bad things will tell your mother and me whether or not we raised a man."

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By Town Hall, May 22, 2019

Did the FBI verify the Trump dossier? It’s a question that then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe refused to answer. The dossier is the piece of political opposition research compiled by former MI6 spook Christopher Steele that the Clinton campaign and the Democrats bankrolled. The intention was to find dirt on Trump. It was reportedly used as credible evidence to secure a FISA spy warrant on Carter Page, who briefly served as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. This FISA warrant was renewed at least three times from 2016 up until 2017. Was it verified? Given these glaring errors in the document itself, probably not. In fact, these errors could easily have been debunked by a simple Google search. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

By Vox, May 19, 2019

It’s been repeated so often it’s taken as fact: Hate crimes have soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President Donald Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.

It’s a compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.

By American Thinker, May 19, 2019

The polls were unanimous that the leftist Labor Party was going to defeat the conservatives (confusingly called “The Liberal Party”) in yesterday’s election and take over the government of Australia. As with the inevitable Hillary Clinton presidency, the polls were wrong.