Tuesday, April 23, 2019

By The Guardian, April 22, 2019

Raging against the machine has taken Bernie Sanders a long way. In 2016, his disdain for “the establishment” and the “donor class” gave progressives a near-perfect foil to Hillary Clinton, who was cast as the “anointed” Democratic candidate for president.

Sanders was beaten in the primary but the senator and his allies clamored for and won changes to party rules they said were “rigged”. Now, the party’s role in choosing its nominee has been limited and a Sanders nomination is a very real possibility. At the top of early polls, the increasingly confident senator from Vermont is daring the “political establishment” to stop him.

By NY Sun, April 22, 2019

The Mueller Report, despite the best efforts of the chief author and his partisan investigative staff, is a bone-crushing defeat for the president’s enemies. There is not a whit of evidence that any American collaborated with any Russian to alter the results of the 2016 presidential election, and there is extensive evidence that the Trump campaign was the subject of enticements to collaborate and rebuffed all of them at all levels.

By Investigative Project, April 22, 2019

The United States Army was the villain in the "Black Hawk Down" incident in Somalia, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wrote in a 2017 Twitter post.

Omar, a Somali native elected to Congress last fall, was responding to a tweet that falsely described the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu as the worst terrorist attack in Somali history. The original tweet noted that 19 American soldiers were killed and 73 American soldiers were wounded.

By WND, April 22, 2019

Can bureaucrats change federal law simply by redefining the word “sex”?

The U.S. Supreme Court will address that question, having decision to take the case of a Michigan funeral home sued by a former male employee who demanded he be allowed to wear a dress to work.

By The Hill, April 22, 2019

Today marks the 50th Earth Day, an appropriate time to pause and reflect on how far things have come since April 22, 1970. It’s also an occasion to consider what past progress can teach us about today’s environmental challenges.

If an attendee of the first Earth Day could travel forward to our time, she would likely expect to find a world of bleakness, suffering and privation. After all, she might have read Paul Erlich’s 1968 book “The Population Bomb,” a best-seller predicting that, unless governments intervened to dramatically reduce human reproduction, hundreds of millions of people would starve every year by the end of the 1970s. Similarly, Life magazine predicted in 1970 that city dwellers would have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution by the end of that decade.  

By AP News, April 20, 2019

MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Madison Mendoza, her feet aching and her face burned by the sun, wept as she said she had nothing to feed her 2-year-old son who she’d brought with her on the long trek toward the United States.

Mendoza, 22, said an aunt in Honduras had convinced her to join the migrant caravan, which she did two weeks ago in the capital of Tegucigalpa. The aunt said she’d have no problems, that people along the route in Mexico would help as they did for a large caravan that moved through the area in October.

By Breitbart, April 22, 2019

Appearing Monday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s own Green New Deal will “ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers,” warning property owners will face massive fines unless buildings are retrofitted to reduce emissions.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: So talk about New York’s Green New Deal. Obviously, the one presented in Congress has actually caused a rift among Democrats. What are you doing in New York City? How does that provide a roadmap for Democrats and Independents and some progressive, forward-thinking Republicans nationwide?

By CNN, April 21, 2019

Washington (CNN)Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, plans to send 2020 Democratic presidential candidates a letter Monday, urging them to sign a petition condemning a state law that would require college students to be a permanent resident of the state to vote.

"I am asking every candidate for President to stand up for these students, condemning these tactics and protecting the integrity of New Hampshire's voting process by signing a petition publicly denouncing this voter suppression law," Shaheen, the state's senior senator, writes in a letter she intends to send to all 18 declared candidates Monday morning.

By CNN, April 22, 2019

(CNN)A Broward County sheriff's deputy is on "restricted administrative assignment" after a video surfaced that appears to show him slamming a teenage boy's head into the ground and then punching the teen in the head.

The video of the Thursday incident appears to show one Florida deputy spraying pepper spray in the face of a teen boy. As the teen appears to walk away with his hands on his face, the deputy follows him, grabs him and slams him to the ground.

By Breitbart, April 21, 2019

Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said there is enough evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to move forward with the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Water said, “The Congress really does have to step up to the plate.”

Monday, April 22, 2019

By SFGate, April 20, 2019

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces came under separate attacks from Islamic State militants and al Qaeda-linked insurgents in different parts of the country that killed nearly 50 soldiers and allied fighters, activists and a war monitoring group said Saturday.

In one attack, Islamic State militants ambushed Syrian government forces in the desert of central Homs province Thursday night, setting off two days of clashes that killed 27 soldiers, including four officers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

By Fox News, April 21, 2019

JERUSALEM – Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead?

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month's Israeli election, it sure seems that way.

On the campaign trail, Netanyahu ruled out Palestinian statehood and for the first time, pledged to begin annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank. His expected coalition partners, a collection of religious and nationalist parties, also reject Palestinian independence.

By Fox News, April 21, 2019

A woman who sparked a national uproar after berating a 74-year-old man wearing a “Make America Great Again" cap at a San Francisco-area coffee shop earlier this month was reported missing Friday, authorities said.

Rebecca Parker Mankey, 46, didn’t return to her Palo Alto home after a trip to Lake County, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said. She is believed to be in Aberdeen, Wash., based on cell phone activity that placed her there. Investigators believe Mankey was hiding out amid the negative attention received from the coffee shop incident.

By Inquisitr, April 20, 2019

In an interview broadcast on Friday, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh slammed former President Barack Obama, suggesting that he had failed to “protect” the United States from Russian election interference, The Washington Examiner reports.

Mary Anne Marsh, who once worked as a senior adviser for John Kerry, said that she does not “believe the Obama team and President Obama did enough” to prevent Russian election meddling. The Obama administration should have objected to Mitch McConnell, by issuing a resolution meant to address election interference, she suggested.

By Alter Net, April 20, 2019

It’s here. Finally. Or at least a highly redacted version if it. The long-awaited Mueller Report came in Thursday, leading to a virtual celebration among left wing pundits and politicians who clamored that there was now proof that Donald Trump’s administration is corrupt, unhinged, unethical and impeachable.

But seriously, who exactly is surprised by any of the findings in the Special Counsel investigation? Sure, there are a few unexpected details, but overall there is nothing in the report we didn’t know already. The fact that we are seeing stories run that Trump went on an expletive-heavy rant when he heard that Robert Mueller would be hired are almost laughable. Of course, he swore. He does it on Twitter regularly.

By SLTrib, April 06, 2019

Many people have written letters wanting to know the answer to Ron Molen’s recent op-ed piece, “How do reasonable people become gun zealots?”

I was a 29-year-old stay-at-home mom with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University when I became a gun zealot.

By the Hill, April 21, 2019

Tit-for-tat is the worst instinct in politics. Bad law begets worse law. Our worst vindictive instincts can undermine our most cherished liberties.

That’s what I had to tell myself, more than once, in reading the Mueller report’s analysis of the closest thing to “Trump-Russia collusion” in the 2016 campaign — the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting of June 9, 2016. Because if special counsel Robert Mueller is right, then there ought to be another withering two-year investigation, tout de suite, of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s far worse election-law violations.

By The Hill, April 20, 2019

President Trump swiped at Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Saturday after Romney criticized the president following the release of Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into Trump's campaign and Russian election interference.

In a tweet featuring a video compilation of clips from Romney's 2012 election night defeat, Trump quipped that Romney could "maybe" have beaten former President Obama in the general election had he spent as much energy fighting Obama as he does Trump.

By Conservative Daily News, April 20, 2019

During the 1960s, a radical author named Saul Alinsky wrote a book called “Rules for Radicals” that outlined 10 uncanny and evil rules for radicals to follow to win an election. One of those rules said ‘Find a target, isolate it, freeze it and destroy it.’ Another said ‘Blame others for your faults.’ Both of these were used against Trump in this last election. Hillary was a big follower of Alinsky and even wrote her college thesis on him.

By Fortune, April 20, 2019

When news first broke in July 2017 about the now-famous Trump Tower meeting, it looked like just the caught-in-the-act moment critics thought could ensnare Donald Trump.

The 20-minute gathering in Manhattan seemed to have everything: Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. The supposed promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton. The president personally dictating parts of a statement that smacked of cover-up.

By The Hill, April 20, 2019

Democrats ripped into Attorney General William Barr on Friday, signaling he'll be a focal point of their attacks on the Trump administration in the post-Mueller report world.

The Democrats say Barr bungled the handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and that he has repeatedly sought to protect President Trump, contrasting his comments about what the report said with the actual text that was released on Thursday.

By Reuters, April 20, 2019

(Reuters) - Vulnerable House Democrats, mindful of President Donald Trump’s continued strength among Republican voters, are using caution in how they respond to the special counsel’s report, which detailed Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation into Russian efforts to help him win the White House.

More than 30 Democratic representatives, many of whom are in their first term, represent districts that supported Trump in 2016. The party’s chances of keeping control of the U.S. House of Representatives likely hinge its ability to defend those seats.

By SF Chronicle, April 20, 2019

In the aftermath of Robert Mueller’s report, impeachment is turning into a major problem — for Democrats. They can’t agree on whether to pursue it.

The special counsel’s 448-page breakdown of Russian interference in the 2016 election offered detailed findings into how President Trump tried to sidetrack the investigation. Some of the Democratic Party’s most progressive members are sprinting down the path Mueller outlined, calling for impeachment proceedings after months of Democratic leaders telling them to keep quiet for fear of distracting from the party’s focus on kitchen table issues such as health care.

By The Sun, April 22, 2019

Ben Nicholson confirmed "perfect wife" Anita, son Alex, 14, and daughter Annabel, 11, were all killed in the horror Easter bombing attacks which rocked Sri Lanka.

The blood-soaked lawyer had earlier walked the streets of the capital and tragically searched hospitals for any sign of his family after they were caught up in the terror attack.

By Reuters April 20, 2019

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Saturday it had “deep concern” about armed groups that intimidate and extort migrants on the border, shortly after the ACLU and Democratic senators called for a probe into such citizen efforts to block migrants from crossing.

“These types of practices can drive human rights abuses of people who migrate or request asylum or refuge in the United States,” Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry said in a statement, referring to “militia groups” in New Mexico.

By Daily Wire, April 19, 2019

Determined to ignore House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said in March that she had no interest in attempting to impeach President Trump, the three fresman Congresswomen who have established themselves as the loudest members of the Democratic Party sallied forth yet again on Thursday, reacting to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report by demanding the impeachment of the president.

By Daily Mail, April 21, 2019

Sri Lanka's police chief warned of potential suicide bombing plots on 'prominent churches' from Islamic extremists ten days before today's attacks which killed 207 people, according to reports. 

Seven suspects have been arrested so far after the blasts hit high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring as many as 500 people.

By Zero Hedge, April 18, 2019

US Attorney Richard Donoghue asked a federal judge last month for permission to present a mountain of new evidence in the NXIVM sex-cult trial - including evidence of an "illegal scheme to exceed contribution limits to a presidential primary campaign," in the "hopes of obtaining political influence to advance their own agenda," according to a March court filing. 

"At the suggestion of a political operative, who has since pleaded guilty to an unrelated New York state bribery charge also involving campaign contributions, the contributions were “bundled” and presented to the candidate at a fundraising event attended by conspirators," the filing continues. 

By Washington Examiner, April 17, 2019

House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., invited White House senior adviser for policy Stephen Miller to appear before the panel next month, due to his involvement in the White House’s “troubling” immigration policies.

Cummings, who emphasized that he was inviting Miller to appear out of his own volition, argued it “made sense” for Congress to hear directly from Miller since he oversees all immigration and border affairs.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

By NY Post, April 20, 2019

True story: My wife and I both are former residents of New York City, and on a recent business trip there she was taking a nostalgic walk through the Upper West Side on a lovely fall day, talking to me on the phone about the possibility of moving back there. And then the crusty guy walking in front of her on the sidewalk stopped, dropped trou and took a dump right there on the sidewalk on Central Park West.

“Never mind,” she said.

By The Next Web, April 18, 2019

The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own ‘lifelike’ robot?

If you’re a Cornell research team, you’d grow

By Daily Wire, April 19, 2019

On Tuesday, Democratic president candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell took aim at the NRA, taunting them that they wouldn’t debate him. But NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch had a swift and blistering response, quoting from Val Kilmer’s immortal performance as Doc Holliday in the film “Tombstone” and firing back, “I’m your huckleberry.”

By NBC News, April 19, 2019

The redacted Mueller Report released Thursday mentions a murder mystery in Washington, D.C.

The special counsel blamed WikiLeaks for promoting the conspiracy theory about Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich’s death.

By Fox News, April 18, 2019

Former President Barack Obama should have done more to combat Russian meddling, even if Senate leadership refused to cooperate, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh said on Friday's broadcast of "The Daily Briefing."

Marsh, who served as a senior adviser to former Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., told Fox News host Dana Perino that she didn't "believe the Obama team and President Obama did enough."

By The Hill, April 19, 2019

Democrats have been living in a fantasy world since the clock struck midnight after November 8, 2016. Rather than accept reality and the results of historic victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election, Democrats have clutched to conspiracy theories.

The first fantasy was that the 2016 election was tainted by “fake news.” When that backfired, because after all it was the mainstream media that had to apologize for its biased coverage of the race, the narrative had to change. Democrats then settled on another conspiracy theory, hand woven by the Clinton campaign and deeply entrenched within the Obama administration Justice Department that was led by collusion truthers.

By Insurance News Net, April 19, 2019

She's fed up.

A woman who says Herman Cain engaged in an extra-marital affair with her and denied it is offering to describe "certain parts" of his body to the Senate Banking Committee if he doesn't withdraw his name from consideration for the Federal Reserve Board.

Ginger White said Thursday that Cain, a former restaurant executive and staunch Trump supporter, has no business taking a position at the most powerful central bank in the world.

By My Northwest, April 20, 2019

Do you think government cares about you as an individual? I guarantee you I know the answer. Government couldn’t care less about you. And that’s never more apparent than when you have a bunch of “snake oil salesmen” like Kshama Sawant and the rest of the socialists on the Seattle City Council touting the $15 minimum wage “because they care about the workers.”

By Texas Tribune, April 18, 2019

El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley are less than two weeks away from the scheduled opening of temporary detention centers that will each house up to 500 migrants who have crossed the border to seek asylum.

The facilities, commonly referred to as a “tent cities,” are the federal government's response to the ongoing crush of migrants, mainly from Central America, who continue to cross into Texas after traveling through Mexico.

By NPR, April 19, 2019

The women huddle for shelter from the rain under a corrugated iron roof, their long black cloaks dragging in the mud as they wait in line for food and pray for the return of the ISIS caliphate.

The squalid al-Hol camp, in the Kurdish-majority region of Syria known as Rojava, is filled with more than 72,000 people — most of them women and children who came out of the last piece of ISIS-held territory in Baghouz.

By Forbes, April 19, 2019

How serious an issue is climate change and what should be done about it? It is not surprising that Democrats and Republicans have different views about these questions as they do about so many issues today. But what is significant now is the depth of their differences on climate change and how much those differences have grown over time. In the April issue of AEI’s Political Report, we examined partisans’ views in recent polls and trends.