Thursday, April 19, 2018


By Daily Mail, April 15, 2018

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia used its perch as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on Sunday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional powerhouses vie for the upper hand in wars in Syria and Yemen.

Saudi King Salman told leaders from across the 22-member Arab League that Iran was to blame for instability and meddling in the region. He said Yemeni rebel Houthis, backed by Iran, had fired 116 missiles at the kingdom since Saudi Arabia went to war in Yemen three years ago to try and roll back Houthi gains there.

By The American Mirror, April 18, 2018

A white Starbucks barista probably violated company policy when she handed over a free coffee to a black man who demanded it in the name of race “reparations.”

Bryan Sharpe, who goes by “Hotep Jesus” on Twitter, filmed himself going into a Starbucks store to demand a “free coffee” because they’re “racist.”

By Reuters, April 15, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule debate on bills to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a move aimed at reviving a push that sputtered in the Senate in February.

Backers said they had 240 House members on board so far pushing for debate of four different bills to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Republican President Donald Trump ended on March 5.

By Town Hal, April 18, 2018

The FBI raided the office, residence, and hotel room of President Trump’s personal lawyer last week. Trump was reportedly furious, calling the raid a “disgrace” and an attack on the country. He also said it was part of a witch-hunt. The information that spurred the raid was reported to have come from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the DOJ’s probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in 2016. This information was not within the purview of the investigation, so he passed it onto fellow federal authorities. 

By Fast Company, April 18, 2018

In a story straight out of Spy vs Spy, unusual cellular activity has been detected around Capitol Hill, and now four U.S. Senators want some answers.

A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Homeland Security asking for details about the cellular activity. The surveillance activity is akin to so-called stingrays that are used by law enforcement agencies to trick suspects’ cellphones into revealing their locations, according to Reuters.

By Town Hall, April 19, 2018

Was the latest round of airstrikes in Syria a one-time hit to restore deterrence and stop the future use of chemical weapons, or was it part of a slippery slope of more interventions in the Middle East?

President Donald Trump was elected in part because he promised an end to optional wars, such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the Libyan misadventure.

By The Hill, April 18, 2018

Nikki Haley’s public spat with the White House has underscored Trump World’s obsession about the political ambitions of people in the president’s orbit.

Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, raised eyebrows Tuesday when she hit back at the White House after top economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused her of being confused when she prematurely announced new sanctions against Moscow on Sunday.

By The Hill, April 17 2018

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow on Tuesday walked back his suggestion that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was "confused" when she announced Sunday the Trump administration would unveil new sanctions against Russia. 

Kudlow and multiple other administration officials said Haley had jumped the gun when she said the U.S. would slap new sanctions on Russian companies with ties to the production of chemical weapons in Syria.


By Larry Elder, April 19, 2018

Fired ex-FBI head James Comey told ABC News "chief anchor" George Stephanopoulos that Donald Trump is "morally unfit to be president"? Think about this. Comey offered this assessment to Stephanopoulos, whose former boss, first candidate and then President Bill Clinton, was credibly accused of rape and sexual assault, had sex in the Oval Office with an intern, and then lied about it under oath, for which he was impeached.

But Comey tells Stephanopoulos that Trump is "morally unfit to be president"?

Also, Fox News' Sean Hannity, a staunch President Trump defender, got hammered for not revealing his relationship with Donald Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen. Hannity claims his relationship with Cohen did not rise to client-attorney, but that he had merely sought out Cohen's informal advice on real estate matters. Still, Hannity, now the face of Fox News, who at times has referred to himself as a "journalist," should have known that critics would cry "conflict of interest." So he should have disclosed the relationship out of abundance of caution.

Shouldn't "chief anchor" Clintonopoulos have also given full disclosure? Shouldn't he have informed the viewers that he was a top campaign aide for then-Gov. Clinton's presidential race; that he helped Hillary Clinton malign Bill's female accusers; and that after the election he served as a top aide to President Clinton?

Why didn't Stephanopoulos disclose that as a top campaign aide to Bill Clinton, he went on TV and accused Gennifer Flowers, a Clinton mistress, of lying? And yet with Comey, Stephanopoulos clenches his jaw in indignation over Trump's alleged treatment of women.

Stephanopoulos, in his Comey interview, never challenged the ex-FBI director's assertion that Trump is "morally unfit" to be president. Democratic icon President John F. Kennedy, according to former New York Times reporter and New Yorker contributor Seymour Hersh, had venereal disease for decades, slept with a mobster's mistress, partied with hookers in the White House, etc. But Trump's "morally unfit"?! Stephanopoulos never asked Comey how and why he found that Hillary Clinton lacked "intent" to violate the Espionage Act -- when the provision in question does not require intent. All it requires is "gross negligence."

If the goal of Comey's book was to defend his reputation, it's not working. Former New York Times statistician and writer Nate Silver tweeted: "It's also not particularly honorable, if you have information that you believe is of immediate and vital national importance, to wait to 11 months to release it until you can have a giant book launch and publicity tour around it."

If anti-Trumpers were hoping for a smoking gun, Comey didn't not deliver. First, he flat-out admits that politics colored his decision to re-open the Hillary Clinton email investigation days before the election. He writes: "It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls."

Second, Comey says he doesn't know if Trump broke the law. "I have one perspective on the behavior I saw," Comey writes, "which while disturbing and violating basic norms of ethical leadership, may fall short of being illegal."

Meanwhile, the Trump-Russia collusion investigation continues without, so far, evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, while the media's Trump Derangement Syndrome rages on. Anti-Republicanism has, of course, long been a staple of the mainstream political news media. In the 40-plus years The Washington Post has been endorsing presidential candidates, they have never endorsed a Republican. The New York Times has not endorsed a Republican president in 60 years -- since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. But this is a whole new level of hostility.

America would be on fire had President Barack Obama spent the first year and a half of his presidency battling bogus charges of Russian "collusion," and then an Obama collusion probe turned into an investigation about lying to investigators; expanded into an investigation of obstruction of justice; became an investigation of tax fraud; and morphed into an investigation about the validity of a nondisclosure agreement with a porn star with whom the President may or may not have had a sexual relationship with 12 years ago.

Even Democratic former President Jimmy Carter, a few months ago, offered this observation about Trump and his treatment by the media: "I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I've known about. I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation."

Comey is making millions, but his reputation is now in tatters. As for the hard leftists at MSNBC who accuse Hannity of violating journalistic standards, there is but a two-word response: Al Sharpton.

By Daily Wire, April 17, 2018

On Tuesday, a professor at Fresno State made highly outrageous comments celebrating the death of former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush and taking delight in the pain that George H.W. Bush is experiencing as a result of his wife's death.

According to her bio page at Fresno State, "Professor Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator" and serves as the "executive director of RAWI, the Radius of Arab American Writers."

By Daily Star, April 18, 2018

In a huge military parade to mark National Army Day, Iranian troops showed off the "Kamin-2" missile system as it was driven on the back of a truck through the streets of Tehran.

A low-altitude missile system, the "Kamin-2" is designed to confront military drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and low-flying planes.

By Breitbart, April 18, 2018

The main complaint against the street prayers came from an angry resident living on the Rue de Limare on which the Ibn-Badis Mosque is located, Magcentre reports.

The resident sent a picture of Muslim worshippers praying outside the mosque on the street asking, “Is this allowed by law? If not, what will be your action to ensure that Republican law is respected?”

By SacBee, April 15, 2018

President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will be anything but for about 1 million California taxpayers who will owe Uncle Sam more money a year from now.


They’re the Californians who will lose a collective $12 billion because the new law caps a deduction they have been able to take for paying their state and local taxes, according to a new analysis by the Franchise Tax Board.

By NBC News, April 18, 2018

Barbara Bush, the matriarch of an American dynasty spanning decades who was the second woman to be both the first lady and the mother of a president, died Tuesday. She was 92.

Her death was confirmed by Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the Bush family. The family said two days ago that Bush wouldn't seek any further medical treatment after a series of recent hospitalizations

By ABC News, April 17, 2018

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia used its perch as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on Sunday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional powerhouses vie for the upper hand in wars in Syria and Yemen.

Saudi King Salman told leaders from across the 22-member Arab League that Iran was to blame for instability and meddling in the region. He said Yemeni rebel Houthis, backed by Iran, had fired 116 missiles at the kingdom since Saudi Arabia went to war in Yemen three years ago to try and roll back Houthi gains there.

By USA Today, April 17, 2018

Starbucks' racial problems Monday weren't confined to Philadelphia.

As the coffee chain reels from the videotaped arrest two black men at a Philadelphia, another video emerged showing an African-American man being denied access to a restroom at a Starbucks location in southern California. 

By Gizmodo, April 16, 2018

On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could at least somewhat clarify Donald Trump’s complaints about Amazon “not paying internet taxes.” It will also decide if those cheap deals on NewEgg are going to be less of a steal.

The case concerns the state of South Dakota versus online retailers Wayfront, NewEgg, and Overstock.com in a battle over whether or not state sales tax should apply to all online transactions in the US, regardless of where the customer or retailer is located. It promises to have an impact on the internet’s competition with brick-and-mortar retailers, as well as continue to address the ongoing legal questions surrounding real-world borders in the borderless world of online.

By US National Review, April 16, 2018

While Duke historian Nancy MacLean has gotten most of the attention this year for her hatchet-job book on James Buchanan and those who believe in limited government, there have been some deplorable events at the Divinity School. In today’s Martin Center article, Professor John Staddon describes that school’s descent into the sheer madness of obsession with diversity.

By Daily Mail, April 17, 2018

Ronan Farrow was among a trio of journalists who won their outlets Pulitzer Prizes for breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal with reporting that galvanized the #MeToo movement and set off a worldwide reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace.

By The Hill, April 16, 2018

Federal and state governments are struggling to respond to the surge in opioid abuse, a devastating phenomenon that is taking an immeasurable toll on the country.

Tens of thousands of families, including those of officials working at the highest levels of government, have seen loved ones struggle with the disease of addiction.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


By National Review, April 15, 2018

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia used its perch as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on Sunday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional powerhouses vie for the upper hand in wars in Syria and Yemen.

Saudi King Salman told leaders from across the 22-member Arab League that Iran was to blame for instability and meddling in the region. He said Yemeni rebel Houthis, backed by Iran, had fired 116 missiles at the kingdom since Saudi Arabia went to war in Yemen three years ago to try and roll back Houthi gains there.

By US News, April 17, 2018

After one day of trial, the situation just took a bleak turn for Pastor Andrew.

At the conclusion of the first day of his trial – a day filled with video testimony of secret prosecution witnesses whose voices and appearances were disguised – the Turkish judge ordered that Pastor Andrew be returned to the notoriously overcrowded and grim prison, where Pastor Brunson was originally imprisoned. The judge refused to release Pastor Andrew.