Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Trump Effect: American Freed From Venezuela And North Korea Summit On Track








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IN OTHER NEWS: 

A MESSAGE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE

 President Donald J. Trump, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Annapolis, Maryland
May 25th

·       In recent years and even decades, too many people have forgotten that truth.  They’ve forgotten that our ancestors trounced an empire, tamed a continent, and triumphed over the worst evils in history.

·    ·       In every generation, there have been cynics and critics who try to tear down America.  It's not working too well lately. But in recent years, the problem grew worse.  A growing number used their platforms to denigrate America’s incredible heritage, challenge America’s sovereignty, and weaken America’s pride.
  
·  ·         But we know the truth, we will speak the truth, and we will defend that truth.  America is the greatest fighting force for peace, justice, and freedom in the history of the world. And in case you haven't noticed, we have become a lot stronger lately. 

·  ·         We are not going to apologize for America; we are going to stand up for America.  No more apologies. We are going to stand up for our citizens.  We are going to stand up for our values.  And we are going to stand up for our men and women in uniform. Because we know that a nation must have pride in its history to have confidence in its future. 

·  ·         We are the nation that built the highways; the railroads; the Empire State Building, in one year; the Golden Gate Bridge; and we are the nation that built the Panama Canal.  We trekked the mountains, explored the oceans, and settled the vast frontier.  We won two World Wars, defeated communism and fascism, and put a man on the face of the moon.  We cured disease, pioneered science, and produced timeless works of art that inspire the human soul.

·   ·        Each of you enters service at a truly exciting time for our country.  For we are witnessing the great reawakening of the American spirit and of American might. 

·    We have rediscovered our identity, regained our stride, and we're proud again.  Prosperity is booming at home, our economy is the strongest it's ever been, and our country has regained the respect that we used have long ago abroad.  Yes, they're respecting us again.  Yes, America is back.  

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THE WEEKS ACCOMPLISHMENTS:


·       ·    President Trump withdrew from the summit with North Korea after North Koreas bad faith actions.

·       ·    President Trump pardoned John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight Champion of the World.

·       ·    President Trump signed three civil service reform executive orders to streamline processes for removing poor-performing federal employees, to ensure greater accountability in the use of taxpayer-funded federal-employee-union time, and to better focus and accelerate collective bargaining with federal employees.

·       ·    President Trump signed legislation to give community and regional banks relief from Dodd-Frank’s burdensome and costly regulations.

·       ·    Secretary Pompeo laid out the Trump Administration’s new policy toward Iran by applying the strongest sanctions in history to stop the Iranian regimes aggression and halt their funding.

·    President Trump asked the Commerce Department to conduct a 232 Action investigation into whether our automobile industry was being undermined by imports, endangering our national security.


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 Click on the above to view a video link detailing the opening of the Jerusalem Embassy earlier this month. It features key interviews with our U.S. envoy and footage. We’re so proud of this team, and mostly, of our President. Another promise kept. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Trump pardons late black boxing champion Jack Johnson



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion, who was jailed a century ago due to his relationship with a white woman.

“I believe Jack Johnson is a worthy person to receive a pardon, to correct a wrong in our history,” Trump said.


In a case that came to symbolize racial injustice, Johnson was arrested in 1912 with Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife, for violating the Mann Act. The law was passed two years earlier and made it a crime to take a woman across state lines for immoral purposes.

Johnson died in 1946.



Boxer Jack Johnson. Courtesy LOC/via REUTERS

In signing the pardon, the president cited “tremendous racial tension” during the time Johnson was champion. “He really represented something that was both very beautiful and very terrible at the same time,” Trump said.

Actor Sylvester Stallone, famous as the star of the “Rocky” boxing-movie franchise, and former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis flanked Trump for the pardon in the Oval Office. In April, Trump tweeted that he was considering the pardon after talking to Stallone.

Earlier on Thursday, Stallone posted a photo of himself at the White House on Instagram with the caption “Waiting for the moment to go into the oval office for the pardon...”

In the Oval Office, Trump said of Stallone: “I love his movies.”

“This has been a long time coming,” Stallone said, adding that Johnson served as the inspiration for the character of Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and James Oliphant; writing by Lisa Lambert; editing by Cynthia Osterman and Tom Brown


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Van Jones Heaps Praise on Trump After Meeting on Prison Reform


By Cortney O'Brien |Townhall


Last week President Trump announced plans to embark on prison reform. Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is leading the effort.

They find themselves with an unlikely ally in the effort - CNN's Van Jones.

Jones was the first to admit the "surreal" experience of sitting across from President Trump at the White House after "beating up" on him for so long. Still, he agreed with everything the president said at the prison reform summit, he told CNN Monday.
  
"On this issue he has been tough," Jones said of Trump.

Included in Trump's proposal are steps to improve conditions for women in prison, to offer prisoners more privileges, and to smooth the process of releasing prisoners back into society.

"Prison reform is an issue that unites people from across our political spectrum," Trump said. "It’s an amazing thing. Our whole nation benefits if former inmates are able to re-enter our society adds productive, law-abiding citizens."

Trump showed a compassion for prisoners "the most liberal Democrat would have agreed with," Jones noted.

He said this despite being teased a bit by Trump during the president's prepared remarks.

The Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers, has endorsed the prison plan.

How great would it be if on this issue, they could work together to "help the least of these," Jones asked during his CNN appearance.

"Send a bill to my desk," Trump told his audience on Friday. "I will sign it."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

White House Email Blast: Here's What You Need to Know About MS-13 Animals


By Katie Pavlich|Townhall


In a span of 24-hours last week the media and Democrats falsely accused President Trump of calling illegal immigrants "animals" during a White House meeting. Some, but not all, corrected their stories after full context of his remarks were revealed. 

The president was referring to the transnational criminal street gang MS-13 as animals, which was obvious and correct at the time.




White House Press Secretary was inevitably asked about the issue during a briefing last week.

"The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gangs members who enter the U.S. illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws," Sanders said. "This is one of the most vicious, and deadly gangs that operates by the motto of 'rape, control and kill.' If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they're more than welcome to. Frankly, I don't think the term the president used was strong enough."

"MS-13 has done heinous acts. It took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and rip his heart out. 

It took an animal to beat a woman they were sex trafficking with a bat 28 times, indenting part of her body. 

And it took an animal to kidnap, drug and rape a 14-year-old Houston girl," she continued. "Frankly, I think that the term animal doesn't go far enough and I think the President should continue to use his platform and everything he can do under the law to stop these types of horrible, horrible, disgusting people."

Now, the White House is tripling down and sent out an email blast Monday morning detailing the heinous behavior of MS-13 members. 

WHAT: The violent animals of MS-13 have committed heinous, violent attacks in communities across America.

Too many innocent Americans have fallen victim to the unthinkable violence of MS-13’s animals.

THE SAVAGE FACTS: 

At the State of the Union in January 2018, President Trump brought as his guests Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas, the parents of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas. 

Police believe these young girls were chased down and brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members on Long Island, New York, in 2016. Suffolk County Police Commissioner stated that the “murders show a level of brutality that is close to unmatched.”

In Maryland, MS-13’s animals are accused of stabbing a man more than 100 times and then decapitating him, dismembering him, and ripping his heart out of his body. Police believe MS-13 members in Maryland also savagely beat a 15-year-old human trafficking victim. The MS-13 animals used a bat and took turns beating her nearly 30 times in total.

In Houston, Texas, two MS-13 members were charged after kidnapping and sexually assaulting one girl and murdering another. The two MS-13 animals laughed, smiled, and waved for cameras in court as they faced the charges.
New York communities have suffered tremendously from the abhorrent violence of MS-13. Nearly 40 percent of all murders in Suffolk County, New York between January 2016 and June 2017 were tied to MS-13.

In January 2017, MS-13 members were charged with killing and hacking up a teenager in Nassau County. MS-13’s animals reportedly saw the murder as a way to boost their standing in the gang. In April 2017, police believe four young men were brutally murdered by MS-13 animals on Long Island. One victim was a young man in town visiting family during an Easter week vacation. Just last month, in April 2018, MS-13 reportedly called for its members on Long Island to kill a cop for the sake of making a statement.

WHY: MS-13 is a transnational gang which follows the motto of “kill, rape, control” by committing shocking acts of violence in an attempt to instill fear and gain control.

MS-13 is a transnational gang that has brought violence, fear, and suffering to American communities. MS-13, short for Mara Salvatrucha, commits shocking acts of violence to instill fear, including machete attacks, executions, gang rape, human trafficking, and more. In their motto, the animals of MS-13 make clear their goal is to “kill, rape, control.” The gang has more than 10,000 members in the United States spreading violence and suffering.

Recent investigations have revealed MS-13 gang leaders based in El Salvador have been sending representatives into the United States illegally to connect the leaders with local gang members. These foreign-based gang leaders direct local members to become even more violent in an effort to control more territory.

President Trump’s entire Administration is working tirelessly to bring these violent animals to justice.

Animals, indeed.

As a reminder, Democrat and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is defending them.
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Unbelievable... Pelosi straight up defending MS-13.


"Does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person? Calling people animals is not a good thing."
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How Democracies End: A Bureaucratic Whimper


By Victor Davis Hanson| American Greatness


 This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
         ― T.S. Eliot


One strange trait of the die hard NeverTrump Republicans and progressives is their charge that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to democracy. Trump, as is his wont, says a lot of outrageous and weird things. But it is hard in his 16 months of rule to find any proof that Trump has subverted the rule of law.

Most of the furor is over what we are told what Trump might do, or what Trump has said, or which unsavory character in Europe likes Trump. These could be legitimate worries if they were followed by Trump’s anti-democratic concrete subversions. But so far, we have not seen them. And there has certainly been nothing yet in this administration comparable to the Obama-era efforts to curb civil liberties.

While we understand those on the left refuse to believe that a constitutional “legal scholar” like Obama would even think of allowing the executive branch to go rogue, it is indeed strange that in almost every NeverTrump attack on Trump’s conduct, there is almost no recognition or indeed worry that we have been living through one of the great challenges to constitutional government in our history.

Does anyone remember that the Obama Administration allowed Lois Lerner (“Not a smidgen of corruption”) more or less to weaponize the IRS to help the Obama 2012 reelection effort? Does anyone remember Eric Holder’s surveillance of the Associated Press journalists and Fox News’s James Rosen?

Why have conservative constitutionalists focused on what Trump has said rather than the strange treatment accorded to investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson by U.S. intelligence and investigatory agencies? Do we even remember the Benghazi pseudo-video narrative and the strange jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula?

Is there even curiosity about why and how the departing Obama Administration suddenly and vastly expanded the number of agencies that could have access to classified surveillance in its aftermath? 

Do we remember the more than 20 times Obama warned before reelection that he was not a “king” and, as a constitutional scholar, could not by fiat offer blanket amnesties? 

Do the authorities in California realize that they are resorting to the extralegal states-rights arguments that South Carolina on the eve of the Civil War and Alabama in the early 1960s used to nullify federal laws?

But stranger still is what we already know of the 2016 election, and the lack of outrage from constitutionalists, who daily warn us of what Trump might do—when we already know what the U.S. government has done in violation of civil rights, constitutional principles, and likely federal laws. 

So far there is no information that Stephen Bannon ordered taps on reporters, or that Nigel Farage was hired by Trump to find Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton, or that Stephen Miller requested the unmasking of surveilled names associated with the Clinton campaign and then leaked them to the press.

But we do know that U.S. officials, including the head of the FBI and chief deputies in the Justice Department, misled a FISA court to obtain intelligence surveillance on U.S. citizens, by providing information that they knew at the time, but did not disclose to the court.

That information, by their own private admission, was unverified, compiled by a foreign national whom they had used and fired as an unreliable informant.

They also admitted that the unverified information was paid for by the Clinton campaign, and served as the basis for news accounts that were used in circular fashion to verify to the court the dossier’s contents.

We do know that members of the Obama intelligence and national security teams—Susan Rice and Samantha Power among others—requested the names of American citizens surveilled (likely obtained through improperly obtained FISA warrants) to be unmasked. 

Then someone illegally leaked their names to the press to damage the Trump campaign and his presidential transition.

We do know that FBI Director James Comey, in succession, has admitted that he in singular fashion took notes of a confidential one-on-one meeting with the president.

Comey then briefed him on the existence of a campaign dossier on him and did not disclose that it was purchased by the Clinton campaign.

Comey also assured him that he was not the subject of a FBI investigation at a time either he or his subordinates were leaking the opposite to the media.

Then, after being fired, Comey leaked those memos (at least one of which was classified) to the media to ensure the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the president, who turned out to be a friend of Comey’s, Robert Mueller. 

Comey by his own admission has also stated that he calibrated the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton to the likelihood of her election to the presidency. FBI directors in a lawful society are not supposed to do such things.

We do know that the FBI placed some sort of an informant in the camp of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in association with gathering information about data used by a foreign national and a paid operative of the Clinton campaign, Christopher Steele, in his effort to collude with Russians against the campaign efforts of Donald Trump.

We do know that the deputy director of the FBI is currently under investigation for lying to federal investigators, on at least four occasions, about his own conduct in investigating candidate Hillary Clinton—at a time not long after Clinton-related political action committees gave several hundred thousand dollars to the political campaign of his wife.

We do know now that both James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, and John Brennan, head of the CIA, knowingly gave false testimony under oath to Congress. 

Clapper has previously lied about the surveillance of American citizens.

Clapper has lied about his knowledge of the Steele dossier.

Clapper likely also lied about leaking its contents. 

Brennan also had lied under oath to Congress about the U.S. drone assassination program.

Brennan lied about CIA surveillance of computers used by U.S. Senate staff.

Brennan lied about leaking the existence and promulgation of the Steele dossier.

Brennan lied yet again to Congress that the dossier was not used to prompt a CIA investigation into so-called collusion.

Again, the government’s two highest intelligence officials did not tell the full truth about their knowledge of the Steele dossier or their own roles in promulgating its contents. 

In a constitutional republic both such reprehensible officials who betrayed the public trust would be subject to criminal investigations for knowingly lying under oath to Congress and undermining the sinews of constitutional government.

We do know that senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr met with the architects of the Steele dossier and that at the time his wife was working on the Clinton-purchased Fusion/GPS Steele dossier, information not disclosed as required by the law on a federal form.

Mueller’s special investigatory team, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and the media have not yet found any credible evidence of Trump-Russian collusion. 

Indeed, it is more likely that the indictments and confessions of some Trump campaign officials and Michael Flynn, on counts having nothing to do with collusion, either will be dropped, retracted, or will not lead to convictions.

Why?

Because much of the information used against them was obtained by misleading a FISA court judge and through improper conduct at the highest level of the FBI.

There is a reason why over a half-dozen top FBI officials either have been fired, reassigned, resigned, or retired. 

We have not yet seen the inspector general’s full report, but its publication may lead to more departures from both the FBI and the Justice Department, if not to criminal prosecutions.

If the present constitutional crisis really involves high federal officials and former federal officials who were colluding with foreign governments, then we have ample evidence that:

1) Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation received large sums of money from Russian-related interests in association with ongoing requests to buy into companies that might control North American uranium stocks; 

2) John Kerry has met clandestinely with members and former members of the Iranian government to craft joint strategies to save the so-called Iran Deal, from which the president of the United States just withdrew; and 

3) Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired a foreign national to use sources from other foreign nationals to help subvert the campaign of her 2016 opponent.

We are all worried, on occasion, by nationalist and anti-democratic movements abroad in former democratic countries.

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[T]he current and chief threats to Western constitutional government are not originating from loud right-wing populists in Eastern Europe, or from Trump wailing like Ajax about the rigged deep state.

Rather, the threat to our civil liberties is coming from supposedly sanctimonious and allegedly judicious career FBI, Justice Department, and intelligence agency officials. It's coming from progressive and self-described idealistic former members of the Obama national security team, and anti-Trump fervent campaign operatives, all of whom felt that they could break the law.

The democracy killing  lawbreaking by this cabal included illegally monitoring American citizens, and seeking to warp federal courts and even the presidential election because such unsavory and anti-constitutional means were felt necessary and justified to prevent and then subvert the presidency of Donald J. Trump.
   
It is willful blindness for progressives and NeverTrump Republicans to overlook what has happened only to damn what has not happened. 

The dangers in America are not from transparent right-wing authoritarians (who are easily spotted in their clumsiness), but from mellifluous self-styled constitutionalists, whose facades and professions of legality mask their rank efforts to use any anti-constitutional means necessary to achieve their supposedly noble egalitarian ends.

This is the way democracies end—not with a loud boisterous bang, but with insidious and self-righteous whimpers.