The Political Career of
Donald Trump

Donald Trump, with all his well-known flaws, has won the 2016 election and has defeated both the Clinton machine and the news media.  Please forgive me for being poorly prepared for this outcome.  This page is a collection of news articles about Mr. Trump that was initiated six months before Election Day, and originally it was a collection of opinion pieces with one common theme:  Is this the best we can do?  I still don't think Mr. Trump was the best available candidate, but he was good enough to defeat Hillary Clinton (and the heavily biased news media), and that's really all that matters for now.

As I said weeks ago, at least Mr. Trump appears to want to make America a better place, even if he doesn't have political experience, whereas Mrs. Clinton appears to have sought the presidency strictly to advance her own personal power trip.  Mr. Trump comes across a loose cannon, whereas Mrs. Clinton was inclined to be a ruthless dictator.

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Media bias in Hillary Clinton's favor




Overview of (and reaction to) Trumps' victory:

Like Watergate 44 years ago, Obama's scandal slowly unfolds.  In his first bid for public office, President Trump defeated two political machines that between them had owned the presidency for two consecutive decades — the House of Bush and the House of Clinton.  He did so despite being outspent two-to-one, and despite media coverage that by the end of the election cycle was 90 percent negative.  President Trump did so by openly challenging the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, and the media.  He won because all three are losers who failed the people miserably in the 21st century. [...] The failures of the Washington Establishment paved the way for Donald Trump to win.

President Trump won the election by rejecting GOP orthodoxy.  Now he's embracing it.  Donald Trump had many advantages in the presidential election, from the divided field to the incompetence of his primary and general election opponents.  But unquestionably his greatest positive advantage was how he ditched traditional Republican notions on social programs.  Republicans have traditionally said that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid need to be cut, citing a supposed national debt crisis.  This was a tough line to sell — first because that argument is duplicitous claptrap, but more importantly, because all those programs are quite popular, particularly among enrollees.

The Left's Romance with Violence.  We hear the Left in their final agonies, vexed by howls and pinches in defeat — understanding now, a world too late, that they let America slip through their fumbling hands. [...] President Trump has shaken the political earth, and anything made of the Left's weak argument will fall of its own corruption.  In the aftermath of a transformative election, the American people have torn liberalism open to the bleeding center, and we are hearing the screams of a dying animal.  When those who have abused their power begin to act like victims — when the guilty cry foul — we know we have done a good thing.

Thousands expected at 'Not My Presidents Day' rallies.  A broad range of activists opposed to the month-old Trump administration used Monday's Presidents Day holiday to hold "Not My Presidents Day" rallies nationwide. [...] Many people carried placards — some of them strident, some amusing.  "I don't pay taxes to fund a golf weekend," said one, while others pleaded that Americans "Just say no to fascist pigs" and "NO! We refuse to accept a fascist America."

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If you object to paying for golf, not to mention annual vacations in Hawaii, you should read this page.

Obama PACs Bus Protesters To GOP Town Halls.  Political action committees that fundraised for President Barrack Obama during the 2012 presidential election, bused protesters to Republican town hall events nationwide earlier in February, according to a Sunday [2/12/2017] report from The Washington Post.  Democrats nationwide continue to search for ways to oppose President Donald Trump after the 2016 election, and they are digging deep into funding from years ago.  An unnamed pro-Obama super PAC organized protests at several town halls, going so far as busing protesters outside the member's districts.  Since super PACS were legalized in the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, this marks the first time that money raised to elect one president was used to undermine another.

Trump's Political Blitzkrieg.  Trump correctly discerned that ordinary citizens who desire nothing more than to be left alone to enjoy peace and while at an actual job or sitting by their undisturbed hearths are sick to death of constantly being roiled by the incessant demands of the latest approved victim of the month.  They are fed up with the constant assaults on authority and on their faith.  For them, the old tactics from radicals' playbooks dating from the 1960s have become merely irritating and meaningless liturgical chants rather than urgent and legitimate calls for justice.

This Is What Post-Christian Dissent Looks Like.  The people whose faces shone in 2008 have weeping eyes in 2016. Some can't function.  In the energy department, staffers are offered counseling.  At the EPA, they come to work in tears.  Some skip work entirely.  Colleges offer safe spaces and opportunities for "self-care," and even workers in "real America" are taking time off to gather themselves.  I'm getting reports from friends across the country of bosses and colleagues who are gone for days and return deeply depressed.  Celebrity buffoonery is off the charts, with extraordinarily wealthy and powerful actors casting themselves as the rabble-rousing heroes of the world's least dangerous resistance.

Rasmussen: President Trump's Approval Index Booms Up Since Inauguration.  While the media may be continuing their attacks on him, President Donald Trump is off to a strong start with the American people, according to his approval rating index from Rasmussen Reports.  In the four days since his inauguration on Jan. 20, President Trump's approval index has boomed upward a whopping seven points.  Back on January 20 — Inauguration Day — Trump's approval index was plus two points.  Now, four days later, it's plus nine points — after being plus four points on Monday.

President's 'dark' speech a ray of light for millions.  The inaugural speech was "dark" — that's the storyline among the Democrats and their allies in the Fake News industry.  It was "radical," "Hitlerian," or maybe Mussolini-ian — or both, according to Comrade Chris Matthews.  But mostly it was dark.  What else could it have been?  If it was all sweetness and light in America, how far would Donald J. Trump have gotten in his campaign?

Trump inauguration ratings second biggest in 36 years.  Donald Trump's inauguration ratings were the second-highest in 36 years, according to Nielsen.  The swearing-in of the 45th president was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks.  The only inauguration over the last three decades that tops Trump's number in the linear ratings?  Barack Obama's first inauguration back in 2009, which had a record-setting 37.8 million viewers.  So Trump was down from the last new president to take office.  But before that, to get an Inauguration Day number this high, you'd have to go all the way back to Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was seen by 41.8 million viewers (Nielsen released tracking for inauguration ratings back to 1969).

Definitive CNN Gigapixel Image of Crowd During Trump Inauguration Speech Confirms Sean Spicer Correct.  The New York Times and Trump Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, appear to be in an argument over the crowd attending the President Trump inauguration.  In the politicized era of jaw-dropping media bias, fake news and constructed Potemkin villages, does this come as a surprise.  Generally speaking, most intellectually honest political followers/researchers already anticipated a massive amount of DC-based hostility in all things related to President Trump.  After all, Hillary Clinton won the DC vote with 91%, and only 4% of DC residents supported Donald Trump.

'Breathing Exercises' In The Rose Garden Got The White House Through Election Night.  Breathing exercises in the Rose Garden and a steady stream of booze got the White House through election night, a communications staffer wrote in a story recounting his experience watching Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lose.  Pat Cunnane had been so confident Clinton would win that when he penciled in plans for former President Barack Obama to meet the president-elect that week, he wrote down her name in his calendar.  A few days later, he found himself "ugly crying" in the Oval Office as Obama gave the White House staff a pep talk about President Donald Trump's stunning victory.

8 Most Unhinged Inaugural Media Meltdowns.  Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States, having been sworn in by John Roberts, chief justice of the United States.  At least the hysterical denial and anger from his detractors and the media is over.  Maybe.  But as the moment approached, many in the mainstream media could not help themselves and disgraced journalism and themselves with over-the-top pronouncements of alarm and bitterness.  They fretted.  They sweated.  They worried.  And, of course, they made outrageous comments about Trump as the sand in the hourglass ran out.

The 75 Leftist Groups Trying to Stop Donald Trump from Taking Office.  This is the most comprehensive list of the leftist groups supporting the DisruptJ20 event designed to thwart President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters.  These are the anarchist cells, affinity groups, student consortiums, left-wing bookstores, propaganda distribution outlets, anti-American websites, hacker collectives, and other leftist groups on the shadowy edge of the worldwide radical movement that sees Trump's political victory as the main barrier to their goal of fundamentally transforming the world.  This is the far left of the far left — the anarchist, communist, and socialist organizations, some of which urge lawbreaking "direct action" including violence, arson, and intimidation.

The Real Reason John Lewis and Company Boycott the Inauguration.  When people "act out," it's often because a particularly raw nerve has been touched, some basic fear triggered.  And acting out is clearly what John Lewis and the umpteen (as of now 58) other Democrats are doing in refusing to attend the inauguration (Lewis apparently not for the first time).  They claim this is because Donald Trump is a racist, sexist, etc., etc., anathema to everything an "inclusive" America should be, and therefore unfit for the office.  Not only that, Vladimir Putin put him there.  But that's the surface of what's really upsetting them, what the shrinks call the "presenting complaint."  Deep down it's something else, something far more potent.  They're afraid Donald Trump might actually succeed.

Trump Gores a Sacred Cow, and Liberals Lament.  On the 20th of January, the dustbin of history will slam shut on the Utopian American Progressive Left. Followers, leaders, and philosophers of this dangerous and failed global movement will not go quietly, however; ideas die hard, and ideologies, movements, and political theories do not simply disappear overnight. Inauguration Day 2016 will mark perhaps the greatest political and cultural shift in American history as the Utopians of the Progressive Left kick and scream, wail and whine as they shuffle off into forced retirement and irrelevance. Perhaps not since Lincoln's trip to Washington in early 1861 to begin his first term has so much vitriol, so many official and unofficial attempts to derail and delegitimize the president-elect, been seen.

Trump's education secretary won't take a salary from taxpayers.  At her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday [1/17/2017], President-elect Trump's selection to lead the Education Department, Betsy DeVos, said she won't accept a salary, assuming she's confirmed for the job.  "If confirmed, I will only take a salary of $1, to be official, but I don't intend to take a salary either," DeVos said.  DeVos and her family are worth approximately $5.1 billion combined, thanks to their success building the Amway company.

And Now The Left's War On Normal Americans Truly Begins.  [Scroll down]  In Hollywood, the left is piling on anyone who refuses to completely reject Trump and, by extension, all of us normals.  Look at Nicole Kidman, who the fascists attempted to crucify for simply saying what Hillary Clinton had been saying right up until she lost — that you ought to accept the legitimacy of the winner.  Look at the death threats against a blind opera singer.  Look at those clowns lecturing us at their awards shows/narcissism orgies.  As the left always does, it is relying one fear to enforce its creepy conformity.

Church Won't Mention Trump in Prayers Because His Name Is 'a Dangerous Trauma Trigger'.  Pasadena's All Saints Episcopal Church will not mention Donald Trump by name in prayers, saying that mentions of the President-elect are "literally a trauma trigger to some people."  For years, the California church has offered prayers for people in positions of power, including President Obama.  The church will continue offering those prayers — but it will no longer use proper names, said rector Mike Kinman in a blog post, because "prayer should never be a trauma-causing act."

State Department Held Stress Workshops After Trump's Win.  The State Department held stress management sessions following Donald Trump's presidential election victory, providing employees tips for how to cope with change so they do not "become paralyzed by fear."  The workshops, titled "The Emotional Transition:  Managing the Stress of Change," were held by the State Department's Bureau of Medical Services on Dec. 8 and 14, just one month after the department's former boss, Hillary Clinton, was defeated.

Democratic Party Bullies try to Scuttle Trump's Inauguration.  This morning [1/15/2016] on Meet the Press, Democratic Party hack John Lewis said that he will not attend Donald Trump's inauguration because Trump is "not a legitimate president."  Shocking though it may be, this anti-democratic rhetoric is common in the Democratic Party, and many have taken it to an even lower level.  Never before in our history has one party been so petty as to try to interfere with the traditional celebrations that accompany a presidential inauguration, but that is what the Democrats are doing now.  Every performer who has agreed to participate in the inaugural has been bullied mercilessly by the Democrats, and most are unable to take the heat, or to sustain the financial loss that could result from a boycott.  One after another, they have either dropped out or declined to appear in the first place.  Opera singer Andrea Bocelli has withdrawn, saying he has gotten death threats from liberals.

The Inauguration War.  According to Gallup, the average presidential honeymoon lasts seven months.  This is a window when the losing party declares a partisan peace, allows the incoming president to pick his cabinet and launch the agenda his victory mandates.  Presidential honeymoons are not only a venerable American tradition they are one of democracy's pillars.  For generations they have been ceremonial supports for the peaceful transition of power, and the peaceful resolution of partisan conflicts.  Not this election year.

Obama accused of wrecking Trump's transition.  A leading House Republican charges that President Obama is implementing a "scorched earth" exit strategy aimed at undermining President-elect Trump first months while cementing his own legacy through a frenzy of midnight regulations.  California Rep. Darrell Issa also hit Obama's post-campaign effort to blame Russia for the outcome of the election, which has sparked some Democrats to suggest that the results are illegitimate.

Opera star Andrea Bocelli backs out of singing at Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats.  Opera star Andrea Bocelli backed out of singing at Donald Trump's inauguration after receiving death threats, The Mail on Sunday has learnt.  The revelation came as another singer — Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday — last night pulled out of the President-elect's festivities after being threatened and branded an 'Uncle Tom'.  When blind tenor Bocelli announced he would not sing at this Friday's celebration, it was widely reported it was because fans had said they would boycott his concerts and records.

Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out of Trump's Inauguration After Backlash.  Jennifer Holliday will not be among the performers during Donald Trump's upcoming inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C. [...] A day after the announcement, Holliday, 56, confirmed to ABC News that she would not be performing.  In an open letter addressed "To My Beloved LGBT Community," the "Dreamgirls" star apologized for her "lapse in judgment."

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Really?  Singing at a presidential inauguration is a mistake?  No, a man who thinks he's a woman is someone who has suffered a "lapse in judgment."

Why the left hates Trump so intensely.  The intensity of the hatred for a newly elected president faced by Donald Trump is equaled only by the reaction of the Confederacy to the election of Abraham Lincoln.  That ended up in civil war, a precedent that one hopes will not be equaled.  But there has been a remarkable fury at people who do not shun Trump:  boycotts of a company whose shareholder contributed to a PAC supporting Trump, attempts to pressure the president of a historically black college to prevent its marching band from performing at the inaugural, and hateful rhetoric at Hollywood awards ceremonies.  With much more to come.

The Real Reason Trump Won:  Part 1 of 4.  Trump and Hillary finished first and second in every state, even Utah, where Evan McMullin cleared 20 percent of the vote as a pure protest.  Gary Johnson and Jill Stein both gained votes from their 2012 campaigns, but mostly due to voter disenchantment with the existing options.  Trump ran what amounted to a third-party campaign, but he did so in the traditional American fashion of capturing control of one party.  And so, as unconventional as Trump was, he was the receptacle for the votes of most partisan Republicans as well as many voters who were open to a cyclical swing away from the party in power.  The gravitational forces of the two-party system proved larger than Trump himself.

Liberals Awake From an 8-Year Moral Coma.  We are awash in leftist, progressive, liberal mystics, telling us through tears and in panicked tones exactly what Donald Trump's presidency will look like and how it will end, before he has held the job for even one second.  In hysterics, they speak of the un-American things Trump will do in the future, and how "afraid" the leftists are of someone whose personal history shows no hint of the things they predict.  Bruce Springsteen expresses his concerns about competence, and the newly dark dynamic that Trump allegedly brings to politics.  Robert Reich produces instructional videos for mindless liberals about how Trump controls the media message, which is a harbinger of tyranny.  Where have these people been for eight years?

For Democrats, 2017 Will Be The Year of Living Stupidly.  As 2016 ends, progressives enter the new year terrified that Donald Trump will continue to run circles around them, and their epic meltdown is only going to get more epically meltdownier.  They've been shrill, stupid, and annoying for the last two months, but brace yourself for the next 12.  Fear is going to make them go nuts — not the fear that Trump will be a failure, but the gut-wrenching, mind-numbing fear that Donald Trump will be a success.

10 Things The Right Can Teach The Left About Accepting The Reality Of Trump Conservatives.  The media never for a moment considered how heartbreaking [Mitt Romney's] loss was for many Americans worried about the direction of the country.  But as the media overwhelmingly tend to the political left and chose not obscure their bias so much this round, we've been given daily examples of the difficulty folks on that side of the political divide are having with the reality of Donald Trump.  The crying, the protests, the riots, the subway art installations, the artist boycotts, the recount efforts, the organized and funded push to have the Electoral College do ... something, the media-fed conspiracy theories about Russian vote hacking.  Pundits on TV shake their head at everything Trump says and does, and journalists on Twitter react like rabid Pavlovian dogs to every utterance the president-elect makes.  Folks on the Right, regardless of how they feel about Trump, have been enjoying this meltdown.

Man Of The Year:  Chief Trump Strategist Stephen K. Bannon.  Trump won the primaries and eventually the election because, unlike Republicans before him, he refused to be intimidated by leftist witch-hunters and their reputation-burning attacks.  But Trump's very fearlessness, self-confidence and disregard for progressive bigotry — his indisputable strengths — came with a downside that threatened to undo him.  Even as he responded to the defamation from whatever quarter it came, his campaign message was pushed into the background until it was in danger of being altogether lost.  Questions began to be raised and not only by opponents.  Could Trump be presidential?  Could he stick to a winning message?

The Vast Cognitive Gulf between the Left and the Right.  From the top of the legacy media chain, the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, CNN, MSNBC, there is nothing but anger and accusations.  Someone must be blamed for their loss and it must not be their candidate.  No way.  There has to be a nefarious, outisde-of-the-campaign cause.  It was Comey, it was Russia, it was Wikileaks.

What Are They Afraid Of?  Now that Donald Trump has been elected, hope is gone.  That's more or less what Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey in a recent interview.  "We are feeling what not having hope feels like," she said.  There are millions of liberals feeling hopeless these days.  The left's fear of a Trump administration is like nothing seen since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, which reversed 50 years of liberal politics.  Not only are they bawling in public, threatening to relocate to Canada, and cuddling up with therapy dogs, but they've tried every undemocratic trick in the book to deny Trump the election.  Trump obviously threatens something of crucial importance to the left, but what is it?

Evidence emerging that Dems' disparagement of Trump victory is backfiring.  Sorry Dems, but you no longer have the ability to control the national discussion, even with the full-throated, near-unanimous support of the legacy media.  They, and you, have lost credibility, and are being ignored and rejected by enough people that you only harm yourselves.  Salena Zito, one of a handful of pundits to understand the Trump phenomenon, clearly sees what is going on as the Democrats continue their spiral into marginality.  Writing in the New York Post, she finds polling signs as well as anecdotal evidence that the Dems are driving away support.

Hope is dead.  Since the election of Donald Trump, America's confidence in the future has skyrocketed.  For the first time in years, people feel hopeful about the direction of the country.  But for Michelle Obama, hope is dead.  In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle declared an era of hopelessness has begun.  Ironically enough, it coincides perfectly with she and Barack vacating the White House.  For Michelle and Barack, America's sense of hope is directly tied to their own.

U.S. Economic Confidence Surges To The Highest Level That Gallup Has Ever Recorded.  The "Trumphoria" that has gripped the nation ever since Donald Trump's miraculous victory on election night shows no signs of letting up.  Tens of millions of Americans that were deeply troubled by Barack Obama's policies over the last eight years are feeling optimistic about the future for the first time in a very long time.  And it is hard to blame them, because what we have already seen happen since November 8th is nothing short of extraordinary.  The stock market keeps hitting record high after record high, the U.S. dollar is now the strongest that it has been in 14 years, and CEOs are personally promising Trump that they will bring jobs back to the United States.

The United States Of Crybabies.  The hyper-emotional reactions to Donald Trump's election occasioned much commentary about the state of America's millennials.  On college campuses across the country there were "cry-ins," group "primal screams," and designated "healing spaces."  The general mood was captured in a tweet from the student body president at American University:  "For those who viewed [the election outcome] as unfavorable, anger, sadness, grief, and frustration were brought to the fore.  It's important to note that those feelings are valid and justified.  People are scared and people are worried about their futures and their lives."

Gay Editor on NPR: LGBT Community More Scared After Trump's Election Than Pulse Shooting.  On Tuesday's [12/20/2016] edition of NPR's All Things Considered, the editor of Orlando's LGBT newspaper Watermark Billy Manes said that he and his community were more on edge and more likely to hide their identities after the election of Donald Trump than they were in the aftermath of the massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub.  In an end-of-the-year retrospective, host Ari Shapiro asked if Manes still felt the kind of fear he said he felt after the June shooting.  "I think almost more so," Manes responded.

Two Jackies and John.  Fresh on the heels of its scoop about women who cut off their hair to teach Trump a lesson, New York magazine is back with Phase Two in its stirring Stress-and-Grief-Management series, this time with eight therapists dealing with cases of Trump-Based dementia, as afflicting their clients and them.  All, it appears, can barely stop sobbing, including the doctors.  "Trump's election was a death of a sort to me and my clients," said one of them.

Democrats Descend into Madness.  It's been more than six weeks since Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election and Democrats are not yet fully reconciled to the prospect of a Trump presidency.  By endorsing just about every daft conspiracy theory that crosses their transom, liberals appear set on delaying that process of reconciliation for as long as possible.  Depending on how inclined toward charitability you are, former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's op-ed in the Washington Post on Friday [12/16/2016] claims that the FBI is either partisan, corrupt, or just plain riddled with incompetents.

Podesta refuses to say election was 'fair and free'.  Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on Sunday [12/18/2016] refused to say the presidential election was "free and fair."  Asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" if the [sic] he thought the election was "free and fair," Podesta demurred.

The Associated Press:  Still Bitter That Trump Won.  Democrats are still anguished over Hillary Clinton's defeat at the polls, and that includes the Democrats at the Associated Press.  Today's complaint is that Donald Trump isn't doing enough to unify the country:  "On victory lap, few signs Trump focusing on unified nation." [...] Remember the beginning of the Obama administration, when Obama said "I won," and "elections have consequences"?  And when the Democrats rammed Obamacare and the ill-fated "stimulus" bill through Congress with zero Republican input and zero Republican support?  Remember how the AP criticized Obama for not doing more to "unite a divided nation"?  No, I don't remember that either.

Maine Gas Distributor Won't Deliver to Trump Supporters.  An owner of a propane dealership in Maine is refusing to deliver gas to anyone who voted for President-Elect Donald Trump.  Michael Turner, owner of Turner LP Gas in Skowhegan, Maine, recorded a voicemail greeting that leaves little question as to his feelings for those in his community who supported Trump.  "Thank you for calling Turner LP Gas.  If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas — please find someone else," the message states.

The most amazing Trump Derangement Syndrome meltdown yet.  The American Left is clearly in crisis, with mental health becoming an issue on a mass level.  Watch the whole thing.  You won't be sorry:  [Video clip]

CNN's Rye:  Trump's Election 'Far From Legitimate,' 'That Guy Is Not My President'.  On Friday's [12/16/2016] broadcast of CNN's "AC360," CNN Political Commentator Angela Rye stated that "Donald Trump's election, in my mind, is far from legitimate."  Rye said, "Donald Trump's election, in my mind, is far from legitimate, at this point.  I have every issue with the world that the fact that Hillary Clinton gets closer and closer every day to three million vote — to a three million vote lead against Donald Trump.  I have every issue in the world with the fact that electors feel like they can't, in some instances, in good conscience, support this man as president.  I have every issue in the world with the fact that the intelligence community is questioning the legacy of legitimacy of this election.  If someone can hack into, not just our process — ."

Disgrace under pressure.  A month after the surprise election of Donald Trump in November (surprising to no one more than to Trump and Clinton), the losers are still working through the stages of anguish in ways that seem strange to many observers but of which they appear oddly proud.  Not only do they brag of the length and intensity of their bouts of sobbing — "crying as if someone died" was a common description — but, as New York magazine reported days later, professional women all over the country are making a brave stand to protest Trump's election by doing hideous things to their hair.  Because "the election results felt like an attack on minorities, women, and marginalized people in general," a "vegan chef" cut her hair off to send Trump a "message."  Others like her got buzz cuts, flat tops or tossed out their extensions, and went platinum, or black.

Trying to overturn a free and fair election.  The world has turned itself upside down.  Only yesterday the liberals and the left (the "progressives," as they want to be called) regarded the CIA as the locus of evil, the gang that couldn't shoot straight, forever poisoning gentle minds with a diet of conspiracy and tall tale. [...] Now the CIA, in the liberal/left's fevered dreams, is the last bulwark of the republic, the last remaining hope to turn the 2016 election result on its head and deprive Donald Trump of the victory he won.  The Russians, it now turns out, are just as bad as the conservatives said they were.

The Democrats' Days of Rage and Denial.  Donald Trump won while being relentlessly attacked with negative media coverage of his every lie and scandal.  He received a variation of every criticism ever thrown at a Republican presidential candidate — the alleged nuclear warmongering of Goldwater, the alleged ignorance of George W. Bush, the alleged erratic temperament of John McCain, the alleged plutocratic greed of Mitt Romney — and was elected anyway.  It's fascinating to see what infuriated partisans define as "fighting dirty."  Apparently the entire Trump victory can be attributed to this moral flexibility; it couldn't possibly reflect President Obama's record, a national appetite for change, or Hillary Clinton's agenda, character, and record.

Activists Tell Scientists To Download Climate Change Data Before Trump Deletes It.  Environmental activists are afraid the Trump administration will alter or delete data sets scientists use to track global warming after the president-elect takes control in January.  The accusation, first reported by Mashable, has gotten at least one climate scientist to create a list of climate data sets his colleagues don't want to see deleted.

Retired Female Marine Breaks Down Why Trump Won The White House.  Jessie Jane Duff is an energetic retired Marine who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump and believes the new administration will turn America from President Barack Obama's dangerous, failed national security and foreign policies.  A senior fellow at the London School for Policy Research and a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC discussing national security, veterans, military and economic issues, this Marine finds it "appalling" when "racist" epithets are cavalierly thrown at Trump supporters.

Hillary Clinton: hail to the thief.  Arguably at no time since the aftermath of the Civil War has there ever been a time when unity in America was more critical.  In a unique position to facilitate that unity, Hillary Rodham Clinton decided instead to champion divisiveness by actively questioning the outcome of the election.  For those who intimately know and understand the Clinton Playbook, this is business as usual.  There are never any real surprises with Hillary.  For the President-elect who has been remarkably magnanimous concerning his erstwhile opponent, this divisive tactic will make his enormous job all the more difficult.  And that is precisely the point.

Can You Imagine How Defrosted President Stompy Feet Is?  Nothing makes a miserable blame-casting leftist more filled with angst and teeth gnashing rage than to see people enjoying life.  The professional white-paper analysts are calling it the Trump effect:
  •   The stock market is soaring;
  •   domestic futures are through the roof;
  •   the KPI economic indicators are all pointing to the cusp of massive economic expansion;
  •   the first 24 hours of holiday sales are exceeding all expectations;
  •   and the consumer confidence index has had the largest single two-week surge in its history.

All This Silliness about Abolishing the Electoral College.  "How could this have happened?" the media pundit bemoans, as he looks over the foolproof election data that he disseminated prior to the election.  "How do I tell my daughter that America elected a racist, sexist bully?" the self-loathing, white-privileged mother cries, as she glances at her previous article about how a state law prohibiting confused men from entering what may be a little girls' bathroom is somehow tantamount to misogyny.  "Love trumps hate!" reads a banner among the rioters in the street, as they visit violence and destruction upon innocent people and businesses in their community.  Perhaps sillier than all of that, however, is the incessant mantra amongst all of these people about how Hillary may have actually won the election because she garnered more of the popular vote than Trump.

President-elect Donald Trump 'beats Hillary Clinton in Michigan by just 10,704 votes'.  President-elect Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton in the swing state of Michigan by just 10,704 votes, according to local reports.  According to unofficial results released on Wednesday by the Michigan secretary of state, Trump received 2,279,543 votes compared to Clinton's 2,268,839 in the closest race for President in Michigan's history.  The midwestern state gave Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson 172,136 votes, while Green candidate Jill Stein was selected by just 51,463 voters.

We Are in Good Hands with Trump.  For those of you pearl-clutchers on the right who haven't understood why Donald Trump is president-elect, here it is.  The man known for the phrase "you're fired" should actually be known for another talent, which is to size up people well and hire them to get things done well.  He's not just pretty good; it's a gift that needs to be seen for what it is, which is simple excellence in a time of mediocrity.

Donald Trump Will Prove to Be One of the Greatest and Most Consequential Presidents.  Will he get everything he wishes accomplished?  Of course not.  But he is wasting no time in moving forward and willing to make smart compromises to get things done.  On healthcare, he would keep two popular features of Obamacare — the guarantee of insurance for preexisting conditions and the ability to keep children on the family plan to age 26.  On immigration, he is open to some of the wall being a fence.  None of these things should be faintly surprising to anyone paying the slightest attention.  Trump has indicated, even told us at times, his stances are negotiating positions.  That's what businessmen do, in case you haven't heard.  And there's nothing America needs more right now than a businessman who can finally get things moving.

Scenes from the liberal meltdown.  Anti-Trump protests have spread to more cities and continue to turn violent.  In Portland Thursday night, rioters stoned police and vandalized businesses and cars.  Anyone expressing support for Trump has become the target of unrestrained venom:  There are calls to boycott New Balance — its sneakers have been publicly burned — because an official said Trump would be better on trade issues.  Meanwhile, the CEO of Grubhub, the online food-delivery service, demanded that employees who agree with Trump resign, because "you have no place here."  (He had to retreat:  His lawyers read him the First Amendment and noted that political discrimination also violates California law.)

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The Real Clinton Conspiracy that Backfired — The Worst Candiate in American History.  What is very clear putting all the emails together, the rise of Donald Trump was orchestrated by Hillary herself conspiring with mainstream media, and they they sought to burn him to the ground.  Their strategy backfired and now this is why she has not come out to to speak against the violence she has manipulated and inspired.

Anti-Trump Protesters and Their Five 'Demands'.  CNN has done America a great service by cataloging what it is exactly that the anti-Trump protesters want now that The Donald has gotten himself elected president.  Most of these same people were baying about accepting the results of the election when Donald Trump hinted he might not want to concede.  Well, these folks not only don't want to concede that Trump won fair and square, they want an entirely different result.

Dow posts best week since 2011 after Donald Trump election win.  U.S. equities closed mostly higher on Friday [11/11/2016], with the three major indexes posting their best weekly gains of the year on the back of a surprise Republican sweep.  "I think you're seeing a transition from a government that had its thumb on growth to a free economy," said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Baird.  "We're now looking at an economy that can reach its full potential."  The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 37 points higher, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains.  For the week, the Dow rose around 5.4 percent, marking its best weekly performance since December 2011.

5 Ways Trump Shows How To Win Elections.  [#3] Go Right Young Man:  Obama was much closer to Bernie Sanders than to Bill Clinton.  He promised to destroy coal jobs, defended wealth redistribution and turned "You didn't build that" into his mantra.  It was a long way from Hillary's ultra-cautious campaign.  And it worked.  Obama's left-wing base turned out for him.  Trump won by unapologetically going to the right and infuriating the left.  And it also worked.  Hillary hired plenty of Obama's people, but it was Trump who had truly learned the lesson of Obama's victories.  American elections are no longer won by going to the center.  Some of the most endangered senators had been centrists.  The Republican moderate strategy cost them two presidential elections.

Female Muslim immigrant who said she voted for Trump because she was tired of 'Obama dancing around radical Islam.  A Muslim woman who immigrated to America from India as a child has spoken out about why she decided to vote for Donald Trump — and has received threats and hate in the process.  Asra Nomani, 51, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, [...] said she knows Trump can be ineloquent at times but said she has no fears for herself in Donald Trump's America.  'The checks and balances in America and our rich history of social justice and civil rights will never allow the fear-mongering that has been attached to candidate Trump's rhetoric to come to fruition,' she wrote.

Quit Whining, Liberals.  You Brought Trump on Yourselves.  Last month, Project Veritas released a bombshell video about the violence at Trump rallies.  The Clinton campaign and Democratic Party operatives planned to incite that violence, and it backfired.  The Democrats intended that violence to dissuade Trump supporters and convince most Americans that there was something very wrong with him.  Instead, it merely convinced millions of Americans that Trump stands for something, in spite of strong opposition.  Just as liberal attacks that Trump is a "fascist" convinced Republicans that he was their champion, so the violence at his rallies convinced Americans he was a real political force.

How Trump won the presidency.  [Scroll down]  Clinton was a terrible traditional campaigner.  Her proposals were often detailed and small picture, intentionally tailored to appeal to the Democratic coalition's countless micro-communities.  That might work if Clinton had a gram of charisma.  Turns out, Barack Obama was too tough an act to follow.  So, despite his help, her money, his political veterans and her grassroots army, millions stayed home or switched sides.  When Clinton did break through in media, it was usually bad news reinforcing her wealthy insider image.  Constant coughing, then collapsing on camera on 9/11 didn't help.  And when Gallup said her name, the overwhelming response was "email."  She set up a private, unsecured email server in early 2009 to avoid government archiving and public scrutiny of her secretary of State and lucrative family Foundation connections.  That decision with its compounding lies, leaks and FBI probes has hemorrhaged for 20 months.  In that sense, the 2016 election outcome was indeed rigged — by Hillary Clinton.

RIP Clinton, Inc..  [Scroll down]  We conservatives do not think very much of Donald Trump either, and many of us expect to think less of him the more we get to know him.  His election may very well prove to be the equivalent of using a neutron bomb to clear out a cockroach infestation, or a ball-peen hammer to remove an achy tooth — but what a human toothache we had in Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Trump beat Clinton by spending less than half of the $521 million she plowed into contest.  Relying heavily on an unorthodox mix of social media, unfiltered rhetoric, and a knack for winning free TV time, the New York real estate magnate likely paid less than $5 per vote during his insurgent White House bid, about half what Clinton paid, according to a Reuters analysis of campaign finance records and voting data.

President-Elect Trump Did Not Create the Movement, It Created Him.  I don't know what the Trump years will bring, but I think there is a lot we can learn from how he made his way to the White House.  Meantime, though there is lots of water under the bridge, let's remember that he ran as a conservative.  Whether that is because he has become one or because he recognized he needed to adopt some conservative positions to be viable, we will find out in due course.

How Donald Trump broke the old rules of politics — and won the White House.  Donald Trump ran against himself and won.  The Manhattan billionaire who for decades boasted of his playboy lifestyle, stiffed contractors and vendors, hired illegal immigrants, eschewed churchgoing, embraced liberal causes, and counted Hillary and Bill Clinton as friends and allies pulled off one of the most brazen pivots in American history, selling himself to American voters as a populist hero who understood their frustrations and guaranteed a blizzard of wins.

Trump's victory is no surprise except to deluded elites.  Trump's victory is not just a revolt of the political Right.  Huge numbers of Democrats were appalled that Hillary Clinton was forced upon them by their own party establishment.  Bewildered elites in democracies everywhere are being rejected.  If they don't change tack, they consign themselves to oblivion.

Trump's triumph has crushed the lefty luvvies, useless pollsters, multicultural mafia and gender Nazis.  I was right.  Donald Trump won.  Not only did he win, he won by a convincing margin — turning America red with patriotic pride and the faces of commentators ever redder as they tried to explain how they had been so spectacularly wrong.  The news came as a shock to all those who have failed — yet again — to understand the feelings of regular Americans — people who want to work hard, keep their family safe and secure for the future.  Real people.  Not the loud voices in wealthy cities.  Not the multicultural mafia in the liberal heartland of LA or New York.  But in the towns, rural outposts and forgotten homes across the States.

Understanding Legislative Priorities Through the Eyes of the UniParty.  One of the more complex nuances to understand in this election cycle is the construct of the DC UniParty.  When it comes to substantive legislative priorities the Republican and Democrat parties are ideologically aligned.  It has been this way for decades and until recently almost everyone ignored the evidence.  Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency is the first time anyone has ever challenged the modern UniParty, essentially presenting a second party option.

Drudge, Breitbart See Massive Traffic Surges as NRO, Weekly Standard Melt Down.  Whatever you might think of Donald Trump as a candidate, it's clear there's a significant chunk of the American population with whom his message resonates.  For ostensibly conservative- and/or Republican-leaning sites like National Review and Weekly Standard to utterly reject Mr. Trump is curious, to be sure.  For the pro-life constituency, embracing the #NeverTrump position is to, in effect, support partial-birth abortions.  That is because rejecting Trump is tacit support for the ultra-progressive Obama/Clinton doctrine that states a baby can be ripped to pieces in the womb one second before birth.

Donald Trump vs. the Sleepwalkers.  Contrary to conventional wisdom, the world should hope for the election of Donald Trump next Tuesday.  American policy has become a fetid morass in which ideology and influence-peddling jointly serve to insulate its leaders from the real world.  It is not simply that America's leaders are out of touch, but that they are in continuous touch with a fictitious construct of the world that excludes the possibility of policy course correction.  America's policy elites are sleepwalkers in the way that historian Christopher Clark described Europe's leaders in August 1914 on the eve of the First World War.

British establishment eats its words after Donald Trump victory.  British politicians stand divided after Donald Trump's US presidential victory, with several being forced to eat their previous words and offer diplomatic gestures of congratulations.  Some UK lawmakers are being unusually candid about Trump's election, while others are carefully backtracking on comments made at a time when the idea of a Trump presidency seemed ludicrous.

David Brooks:  Trump Will 'Resign or Be Impeached within a Year'.  In his Friday [11/11/2016] column, New York Times columnist David Brooks speculates about a new political dichotomy and writes that President-elect Donald Trump will "resign or be impeached within a year."

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First of all, the Republican-controlled House is not going to send Articles of Impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate and get President Trump impeached.  But just in case, Vice President Pence should make it abundantly clear that if he has to take over as President, he will appoint Ted Cruz to be Vice-President.  That should stop the impeachment rumors overnight.

Donald Trump's Astounding Victory:  How and Why.  It didn't help that Clinton called half of Trump supporters "irredeemable" and "deplorables" and infected with "implicit racism."  They may have been shy in responding to telephone or exit polls, but they voted in unanticipatedly large numbers, at a time when turnout generally sagged.  At the same time, Clinton was unable to reassemble Obama's 2012 51 percent coalition.  Turnout fell in heavily black Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee.  Millennial generation turnout was tepid, and Trump carried white millennials by 5 points.  Unexpectedly, Trump won higher percentages of Hispanics and Asians than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

'Prediction professor' who called Trump's big win also made another forecast:  Trump will be impeached.  Allan Lichtman uses a historically based system of what he calls "keys" to predict election results ahead of time.  The keys are explained in-depth in Lichtman's book, "Predicting the Next President:  The Keys to the White House 2016."  In our conversations in September and October, he outlined how President Obama's second term set the Democrats up for a tight race, and his keys tipped the balance in Trump's favor, even if just barely.  At the end of our September conversation, Lichtman made another call:  that if elected, Trump would eventually be impeached by a Republican Congress that would prefer a President Mike Pence — someone whom establishment Republicans know and trust.

After Donald Trump victory, Oregonians submit ballot proposal to secede from the union.  The petition for this ballot measure has been withdrawn after overwhelming positive and negative responses.  Two days after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, two Portlanders have submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from the United States.  On Thursday morning, Jennifer Rollins, a lawyer, and Christian Trejbal, a writer, filed the Oregon Secession Act.

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I think if you look into these west-coast secession "movements" you'll find it's only a handful of noisy activists who are pushing the idea.


Trump's interaction with the news media:

No, Mr. President, the nation doesn't need new libel laws.  The New York Times is indeed disgracing itself with nonstop anti-Trump hysteria.  The lines between opinion, reporting and advocacy keep getting ever-fuzzier.  But fiddling with libel law — even if Congress and the Constitution allowed it — is not just the wrong answer, but a terrible one.  Everyone has the right to slam any media outlet — the John Crudele column the president cited was a harsh slap at the Times, and we've editorialized along similar lines.  But that give and take is all part of the debate.

Breitbart News denied Capitol Hill press credentials.  Breitbart News' request for Capitol Hill press credentials was denied until "more answers" can be provided on whether top White House adviser Steve Bannon has severed ties with the conservative website, according to a report on Monday [3/27/2017].  The Standing Committee of the Senate Press Gallery put the request on hold, citing the need for "more answers," the Daily Beast reported.  Larry Solov, president and CEO of Breitbart, sent a letter seeking permanent press credentials that confirmed that Bannon resigned from the news site in November 2016.

Trump vs.  Obama.  Obama is a coward.  Trump will call someone a name while Obama will anonymously source a smear through three levels of staffers, political allies and reporters.  Trump called CNN "Fake News" on camera.  Obama sourced Operation Rushbo, targeting Rush Limbaugh, through a variety of White House people and left-wing allies.  Trump will boot reporters he doesn't like.  Obama authorized secretly hacking the emails of a FOX News reporter.  Trump had an openly hostile conversation with the Prime Minister of Australia.  When Obama wanted to call Netanyahu "chickens***", he did it by having one of his people anonymously plant it with a reliable media sycophant, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, before later having a spokesman disavow it.  Poultry ordure doesn't smell any worse than that.  But Obama is very careful to launch dirty attacks without getting any on his hands.  The insults are anonymously sourced.  The retaliation comes out of the bowels of the bureaucracy.  And he only finds out about it from the media.  That allows him to retain what he cares about most:  his popularity.

Make no mistake, disclosing Trump's tax returns (and anyone else's) is a felony.  [Scroll down]  I am interested in the principles and policies that candidates and elected officials stand for, not how much income they earned or taxes they paid.  Others feel differently, of course.  But there is no question that the White House is right about what it said in the statement it released after MSNBC and a contributor at the Daily Beast, David Cay Johnston, published Trump's 2005 federal tax return:  "It is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns."  Take a look at 26 U.S.C. §7213, which Congress passed to protect the confidentiality of the returns filed by every adult American.  Section (a)(1) makes it a felony for any federal employee to disclose tax returns or "return information."  Violating this provision can land the offending bureaucrat in federal prison for up to five years and he can be fined up to $250,000 under the Alternative Fines Act (18 U.S.C. §3571).  But this law doesn't just apply to government employees.  It also applies to private individuals and entities such as Mr. Johnston.

Press tantrums on travel slots — does Tillerson need this?  The official traveling press pool accompanies the secretary of state on official trips to places abroad.  A group of reporters — as few as four or five or as many as a couple dozen — get onto the Air Force One-like plane to sit in their own section while the secretary takes his own quarters.  Payment for the trip ranges from $6,000 for a short trip to $20,000 or so for a longer one, and media must pay their own flight costs to Washington as well as hotel and food for their destinations abroad, with everyone staying in one hotel.  The State Department does get reimbursement for its role in putting these packages together, but make no mistake:  State does a lot of work to shuttle the press around to ensure they have many events and people to interview.  It's all put in front of the reporters as the entourage travels — so there are some major resources taken up for the press's benefit.

Backup theory:  Trump leaked his own tax returns?  It didn't take long for MSNBC and Rachel Maddow to go from hero to goat last night.  Now some want to move them from goat to ... victim?  After spending all day hyping an exclusive on Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns but delivering a prime-time "total nothingburger," as Chris Cillizza put it at the Washington Post, some are speculating that Trump set up Maddow by leaking the tax returns himself.

Seething U.S. Journalists Angered About Taking Commercial Flights To Cover Secretary Tillerson in Asia.  A Reuters filing en route to Asia showcases the bitterness, anger and seething rage of U.S. journalists who have been forced to fly First-Class Commercial to cover Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Asia trip.  State Department correspondents are used to the exclusive wide-body private charters of the U.S. federal government's airline fleet.  Previous heads of the Department of State have flown aboard Air Force 3.  Normally a Boeing 757.  At the very worst Air Force 3 would be a C17 Globemaster.  However, T-Rex is taking a smaller jet to Asia and only one journalist accompanies him.

What is Going On (Part III)?  I must admit I love Trump's pugnacious style.  I love how he treats the despicable corporate media.  I love how he responds to baseless accusations by his contemptible opponents on the left and right.  The representatives of the Deep State — Schumer, Pelosi, Obama, McCain, Graham, Kristol, CNN, NYT, Washington Post, MSNBC, Soros, and anyone else willing to confront Trump are met with disdain, contempt, and abuse from the president. [...] No punch is taken without two being thrown.  He will never conform to the way the liberal corporate media and his opponents want him to behave.  Twitter is the dagger he uses to avoid the fake news media filter and plunge into his opponents hearts.  The faux journalists despise his use of Twitter.

How Trump got the media to kill the Russian meme.  [Scroll down]  So with one Google search, we have evidence that the FBI and counter-intelligence agencies wiretapped Trump's staff and gave transcripts from the wiretapping to the White House.  That is spying on an opposition party's presidential campaign.  Quickly, the press realized what it had done.  It had leaped on a Trump trap.  Down and down the press fell.  So much so that by the time Chuck Todd interviewed proven perjurer James Clapper on "Meet the Press," the Obama-nauts were denying there was any link between Trump and the Russians.

Trump's fighting the media, not the First Amendment.  [Scroll down]  Was it Donald Trump that gave rise to talk radio and the new media industry?  Or was it a longstanding mistrust in mainstream media bias?  Clearly, the second.  Either way, it certainly isn't elected official's job to make the press' job easier past the point of liberty.  Criticism does not amount to a crackdown.  What the old media are dealing with now is little more than the kind of criticism that conservatives had to deal with under the Obama administration, when Obama blamed Fox News for the fact that Congress and the people wouldn't buy his agenda wholesale.

Someone tell the media it's just a job.  Every time Trump insults the national media, the public is made to endure a lecture on how important reporters are, how meaningful their place in society is. [...] Trump hasn't done a single thing to limit press freedom, though he has shown a personal delight in overseeing the inevitable emotional breakdown every time he calls the media "fake."  Everyone else watches this play out, mildly amused and entirely indifferent to how invalidated Trump's insults make reporters feel.

White House hand-picks select media outlets for briefing.  Among the outlets not permitted to cover the gaggle were news organizations President Trump has singled out for criticism, including CNN.  The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News were among the other news organizations not permitted to attend.

Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game.  For years journalists opined self-servingly under the guise of objectivity and got away it because Republicans were too afraid to shatter that illusion of objectivity.  They permitted the media to serve as the arbiter of what qualifies as "mainstream," "extremist," "racist," and so forth, and made sure to stay within the media-determined parameters of any discussion.  Donald Trump has blown up that absurd arrangement and is beating the media at its own game.  He labels reporters in the same way that they label him.  He upends their dishonest framing of debates by treating them as what they are, liberal partisans.

The Press vs. the President.  It is possible, if you are not mentally crippled, to hold your mind two non-exclusive ideas:  Donald J. Trump stinks, and the press stinks. [...] Those of us who have not entirely surrendered our neocortices to one cable-news tribe or the other are perfectly capable of criticizing Trump and criticizing the media.

Why the Media's Trump Lie Machine is Failing.  Every five minutes the many mouths of the media broadcast, type, post and shriek that President Donald J. Trump is a liar.  After months of this treatment, more voters find him truthful than them.  49% of voters believe that Trump and his people are telling the truth.  Only 39% believe that the media is.  The media's war on President Trump isn't hurting him.  It is destroying the media's own credibility.

10 Takeaways From Donald Trump's Jaw-Dropping Marathon Press Conference.  On Thursday [2/16/2017], President Trump gave a press conference variously described as morose, upbeat, combative, aggressive, brilliant, and unhinged.  Everyone could certainly agree on one thing:  it was wildly entertaining.  But it was also wild.

The Media Bulls Have Met Their Matador in Trump.  The press doesn't just have Trump Derangement Syndrome.  They now have full-blown Trump Psychosis.  And like most people with serious disorders, they are teetering close to the brink of self-immolation.  Nothing could have been more apparent in the president's press conference Thursday [2/16/2017].  Almost none of the reporters were able to muster up a question without sounding adversarial or biased.  One of them went so far as to pretend he was asking a neutral question, and then accused Trump of not being tough on anti-Semitism — the sleaziest canard on the block, and patently ridiculous given the president's actions.

Chuck Todd Doesn't Get it — Media Delegitimized Itself Before Trump.  Trump's press conference on Thursday [2/16/2017] was pure Trump.  The liberal media, which just a day before was complaining that Trump passed them over for questions, is now feigning shock.  Chuck Todd is aghast.

Most Politicians Fear the Media; Not So with Trump.  This week I watched a press conference with President Donald Trump and a room full of the international press corps, and as one who has been watching presidential press conferences for the better part of my 80 years, I'll have to say that I've never seen anything like it.  First of all, Trump totally controlled the event from start to finish, called out media outlets for what he considered dishonest coverage, refuted stories, networks and reporters, admonishing them to be honest in their coverage and just report the news instead of coloring it.  It seems most politicians fear the media, or at the very least they are afraid of offending their sensibilities resulting in negative coverage.  Not so with Trump, who spoke his mind, refused to let the reporters gain any kind of control or authority and limited their questions when he felt they had said enough.

CNN Reporter Compares Trump To Hitler While Her Boss Buys Obama Photos.  In the weeks after Donald Trump won the election, CNN chief Jeff Zucker watched as one of his employees compared the new president to Adolf Hitler.  At a White House press conference Thursday [2/16/2017], Trump declared that he was changing his moniker for the network from "fake news" to "very fake news."  There's been a ton of well-publicized drama between the two camps. [...] You may think Trump is too harsh on CNN.  But take a look at how the network treated Trump back in November.

Journalists Upset Trump Keeps Calling On Conservative Media.  President Donald Trump called on two conservative outlets during his joint press conference Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and journalists are not happy.

John Bolton Slams Chuck Todd's 'Un-American' Tweet: 'The Media Is Not Entitled to Worship'.  Fox News commentator and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton tore into NBC News host Chuck Todd over a Thursday [2/16/2017] tweet calling President Donald Trump's attacks on the press "un-American."

Mainstream media whines as Trump calls on less established news outlets.  During his press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump called on two news outlets:  WJLA a local ABC news affiliate, and the Daily Caller.  Both failed to ask him about the fate of his national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, who has been marred in a controversy that he spoke to Russian authorities before Mr. Trump took office.  And the mainstream media immediately pounced — saying Mr. Trump was picking favorites in order to avoid questioning on Mr. Flynn.

Mainstream Media's Trump Derangement Syndrome Epidemic.  The mainstream media, who gratuitously granted Trump nearly $3 Billion in free campaign advertising last spring and summer in order to assure his nomination, are now beside themselves that he actually won and that they placed all their chips on the worst presidential candidate in modern political history — Hillary Clinton.  For the first two weeks of the Trump presidency the media has repeatedly, breathlessly and hurriedly assured the American people of the facts on a policy or White House statement that turn out not to hold water once they are examined in the light of day.  It has been impossible to catalog the number of false and un-researched stories promulgated by the media over the past two weeks; [...]

White House publishes list of 78 terror attacks that the media 'ignored' - including Orlando, San Bernardino, Bataclan and Nice truck attack.  The White House has released a list of 78 terror attacks that the press had 'ignored' following President Donald Trump's claims that the media was 'very, very dishonest'.  The attacks dated from September 2014 to December 2016, all of which the president believed were 'underreported' as he put the blame on the media Monday.  Trump's administration said the attacks in Orlando, San Bernardino, Brussels, Nice and the Bataclan in Paris 'have not received the media attention they deserved' and released the list on Monday night [2/6/2017] as proof.

Trump: 'The Very, Very Dishonest Press Doesn't Want to Report' on Threat from Radical Islam.  In a speech today at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., President Donald Trump said that "the very, very dishonest press" doesn't want to report on the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorists determined to strike the homeland.  Trump also vowed that he would not allow "radical Islamic terrorism... to take root in our country."  "Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe.  You've seen what happened in Paris and Nice.  All over Europe, it's happening.  It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported, and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it," Trump said.

More about Islamic terrorist attacks that are reported as "isolated incidents."

White House ices out CNN.  The White House has refused to send its spokespeople or surrogates onto CNN shows, effectively icing out the network from on-air administration voices.  "We're sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda," said a White House official, acknowledging that CNN is not such a place, but adding that the ban is not permanent.

Trump is playing with the press.  Why are the relations between Donald Trump and the press so bad?  There are two reasons.  One is that Trump is a Republican, and the press consists overwhelmingly of Democrats.  But the other reason is that Trump likes it this way, because when the press is constantly attacking him over trivialities, it strengthens his position and weakens the press.  Trump's "outrageous" statements and tweets aren't the product of impulsiveness, but part of a carefully maintained strategy that the press is too impulsive to resist.

Trump Playing Rope-a-Dope with the Media.  Trump used Twitter much like a matador uses a red cape to engage and enrage the bull.  The media took the bait and obsessed over what Putin and the Russians might have done to influence the election.  Republican #NeverTrumpers like John McCain and Lindsey Graham chased the red cape too, adding fuel to the media stampede.  Meanwhile the president-elect was busy assembling his cabinet and other key advisors.  Sure, this was covered by the media but given scant scrutiny compared to stories of election hacking and Russian chicanery.  The media and their accomplices in both parties pounded away at the hacking story while Trump leaned against the ropes, absorbing the blows, conserving his energy, biding his time Waiting for the next round.

President Trump just forced the press to cover the March for Life.  One complaint over the weekend from pro-lifers was the Women's March got more publicity than the often larger annual March For Life events.  President Trump just changed that.  He made sure the media must cover the event, or look like fools.  I suspect he gave Fox News an excuse to carry it live.  Trump equals ratings.  Ratings equal coverage.  Coverage equals power.

Media elites howling as Trump admin considers expanding access to WH briefings beyond 49 elite insider journalists.  The mainstream media declared war on the candidacy of Donald Trump, with the New York Times leading the way in a front-page opinion column arguing that "you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century" and discard notions of "balance."  Now the entitled media elites are discovering that there is a price to losing a war, as the Trump administration is considering the White House briefing room out of its current quarters, where only 52 members of the White House Correspondents Association can be accommodated.  The imperious media stars are not amused.

Trump's Chumps.  The common thought is that Trump uses Twitter to go over the heads of the reporters who cover him to reach the public unfiltered.  Just as often, though, the reporters are his primary audience; the secondary audience is the general public, few of whom obsessively check a Twitter account the way reporters do.  But the public can distinguish between a tweet and the reaction to it.  For an ordinary person, the news isn't merely what Trump tweets, it's also the hyperventilation he provokes from the press.  The second is usually crazier than the first.

NY Magazine:  Trump 'Owns The Press' At First Press Conference.  Gabriel Sherman writes in New York Magazine that President-elect Donald Trump got the upper hand against the media on Wednesday [1/11/2017] by turning his first post-election press conference "into a debate over journalistic practices."

Trump Just Had the Best Press Conference in the History of Press Conferences.  Having watched the media destroy innocent people and move along, and conversely let a corrupt administration slide, Mr. Trump's indictment of the press is welcome.  There will be a time to worry about press freedom, but today is not that day.  Today, the media should do some soul searching and consider their own careless behavior.  Being loose with the facts, shamelessly biased (these were the people crying at Obama's last speech), and ideologically extreme leftist does not inform so much as alienate people who are trying to be informed.  Media reformation is necessary and if it takes Mr. Trump's stick and carrot to move them in the right direction — well, it's a start.

Hannity calls on Trump to freeze out the press.  Fox News commentator Sean Hannity said that until journalists admit to colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign, President-elect Donald Trump should reconsider granting traditional access to reporters. [...] Pointing to stolen emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Hannity said those assigned to cover the former secretary of state's campaign had failed to uphold the most basic requirements of their jobs.  "So until members of the media come clean about colluding with the Clinton campaign and admit that they knowingly broke every ethical standard they are supposed to uphold, they should not have the privilege, they should not have the responsibility of covering the president on behalf of you, the American people," added Hannity.

Trump begins implementing his presidential media strategy.  Donald Trump summoned a group of "30 to 40" television executives and anchors to the Trump Tower yesterday and began a sophisticated media strategy.  Naturally, he is already being underrated, and his enemies do not understand what is about to happen to them.

Press fumes as Trump breaks tradition.  Since he was elected two weeks ago, Trump has spent most of his time at his New York home in Trump Tower and at one of his golf clubs in New Jersey, where he has met with a steady stream of people who might join his administration.  But the press has bristled at the idea that the comings and goings are being broadcast.

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Whose fault is that?  Just because there's a pool camera in the Trump Tower lobby doesn't mean you have to put it on the air!  Just because you recognize someone boarding an elevator doesn't mean you have to spend the next few minutes in idle conjecture about what this sighting might mean.


Media bias against Trump:

Wash Post poll hides:  Trump still beats Clinton, 43%-40%.  A new Washington Post poll that declares President Trump as "the least popular president in modern times," waits until the second to last paragraph to reveal another tidbit:  He'd still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton if the election were held today and in the popular vote, not just Electoral College.  The poll found that Trump's polls continue to be upside down, with a 42 percent approval and 53 percent disapproval.

Trump says media won't give him credit for his accomplishments.  President Trump, who this week boasted at a Wisconsin tool factory that "no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days," said in a Friday morning tweet that he's not getting enough credit from the national media for all his successes.

Media Do Their Best To Turn Trump's 100-Day 'Honeymoon' Into Hell.  By now, it should be no surprise at all that the big media lean left and, at times, behave as if they were an arm of the Democratic Party, not a fair dispenser of news and commentary.  But a new report shows that, under President Trump, the problem has grown even worse.

The Liberal Media vs.  President Trump.  As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89% negative.  The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.  For example, President Trump's push to invigorate the economy and bring back American jobs received a mere 18 minutes of coverage (less than one percent of all airtime devoted to the administration), while his moves to renegotiate various international trade deals resulted in less than 10 minutes of TV news airtime.

Trump is warned that he can't just do what he wants.  The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne wrote an opinion article that lectures Donald Trump that he can't just do what he wants. [...] I do not recall Dionne writing warnings to Obama or objecting when:
  •   Obama continually changed tax provisions and other provisions of the ACA without going through Congress.
  •   Obama illegally robbed low-income housing funds from Fannie and Freddie Mac to fill in shortfalls at Obamacare.
  •   Obama couldn't get the DREAM Act passed through Congress so unilaterally implemented it anyway.
  •   Obama and the Justice Department allowed sanctuary cities to ignore immigration but sued states like Arizona that wanted to enforce the laws of the land.
  •   Obama allowed his secretary of state to continually violate security laws and personally corresponded with her on a non-secure server and pretending he didn't know.
  •   Obama lifted the travel ban and other restrictions on Communist Cuba without going through Congress.
  •   Obama agreed to a deal with the terrorist-sponsoring Iran without getting approval from Congress.
  •   Obama agreed to the Paris climate accord without getting approval from Congress.
  •   Obama refused to enforce immigration laws, clearly violating his oath of office.
  •   Obama continually blocked pipelines that had cleared regulatory hurdles.
  •   Obama had the EPA intentionally write regulations without going through Congress to bankrupt coal companies.
  •   Obama and Michelle took separate jets to their family vacations.

Mainstream Scream:  CNN's Acosta, 'We're not the opposition'.  This week's Mainstream Media Scream features regular White House target Jim Acosta, CNN's senior White House correspondent, knocking the criticism by claiming, "We're not the opposition party.  We are just trying to get at the truth." [...] Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick:  "Trump's lack of respect for much of the news media is just giving voice to the way many Americans feel, a view well-earned by journalists like Acosta who condescendingly proclaim an allegiance to 'the truth' but refuse to acknowledge the years of anti-conservative bias at CNN and elsewhere.  If Acosta wants to know why Trump's attacks resonate, he should look in the mirror."

3 Articles About Trump Legacy Media are Censoring.  But I'm sure their omissions are purely accidental.

Why Were Foreign Intelligence Agencies Spying on Trump?  How ironic that the media and the left are obsessing over Russian interference in our electoral process, and despite over a year of investigations, turned up no evidence of Trump-Russian collusion.  Yet here are many supposed allies, spying on American citizens in effort to influence a U.S. election, likely at the request of President Obama or his administration, as a means of circumventing the legal prohibition of American intelligence agencies spying on its own citizens.  Perhaps legal, as when parsing words in the manner of Bill Clinton, but certainly an abuse of power.  The question is why?

ABC, NBC Hail Tax Day Protests: 'Chicken' Trump vs. 'Determined' Leftists.  After all three broadcast networks celebrated left-wing Tax Day protests over the weekend, on Monday morning [4/17/2017], NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America continued to revel in the anti-Trump hate, touting footage of demonstrators launching nasty attacks against the President while applauding how "determined" they were to "get their message out."  On GMA, correspondent Mary Bruce noted how the White House was "buzzing with activity" ahead of the annual Easter Egg Roll, but immediately soured the festivities by insisting:  "across the country, a far less festive mood, from protesters now demanding the President do something they feel is far overdue."

CNN's Story Contradicting Devin Nunes on Susan Rice Is Based Entirely on Anonymous Sources.  [Scroll down]  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes [...] has been criticized for the way he handled and presented this information — not without reason — as he rushed to the press with it before handing it over to the rest of the intelligence committee.  As a result, Nunes has recused himself from the intel committee's Trump-Russia probe, but he's still looking into Rice's unmasking and the questionable conduct of the intelligence committee more generally.  However, Democrats on the committee have now seen the information that Nunes has, and no one denies that Rice is behind the unmasking.  CNN responded to the Rice revelation in a way that was frankly discrediting for a respectable news organization.  They refused to cover it, except to have their reporters overtly discredit it and even called it "false" in chryons.

Media Hype Sean Spicer Firing Demand by Obscure, Anti-Trump Anne Frank Center.  In its coverage of White House Spokesman Sean Spicer's controversial comments about Adolf Hitler and Syria, the news media is widely hyping remarks by the largely unknown, hyper-partisan, anti-Trump group calling itself the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. [...] None of the articles reviewed by Breitbart News provided any background on the Center with the exception of the Washington Post, which simply informed readers that the Center is a "frequent critic of the president."

Don't Fall for Morning Joe's Propaganda on Bannon.  Morning Joe has a mission:  Take down the President.  Watch the show — if you must — and you will get the idea rather quickly.  Every story and every guest are carefully crafted to create a sense of chaos and inevitable failure around the Trump White House.  And they have allies.  Scarborough and company are actively aided and abetted by the coterie of D.C. media stalwarts who regularly appear on the show.

Post-nuclear: Top news outlets won't credit Trump with Gorsuch victory.  All six top traditional news sites excluded Trump from their Gorsuch headlines.  ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Washington Post and New York Times censored any headline mention of Trump's biggest victory since taking office as a non-event.

Cernovich Explains How He Learned About Susan Rice.  Ever since Mike Cernovich dropped the bombshell report over the weekend outing Obama's National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, as the person behind the unmasking of the identity of various members of Trump's team who were 'incidentally' surveilled during the 2016 campaign, a report which was subsequently confirmed by Eli Lake of Bloomberg earlier this morning, everyone has been wondering who within the Trump White House or the intelligence community supplied him with such a massive scoop.  But, as it turns out, Cernovich didn't need a 'deep throat' within the NSA or CIA for his blockbuster scoop, all he needed was some well-placed sources inside of a couple of America's corrupt mainstream media outlets.  As Cernovich explains below, his sources for the Susan Rice story were actually folks working at Bloomberg and the New York Times who revealed that both Eli Lake (Bloomberg) and Maggie Haberman (NYT) were sitting on the Susan Rice story in order to protect the Obama administration.

Mainstream media deems Susan Rice unmasking bombshell 'another fake scandal'.  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says the report that former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice tried to "unmask" Trump campaign officials caught up in surveillance of foreign targets is "another fake scandal" being pushed by the White House and conservative media.  "There is no evidence of any wrongdoing," Mr. Cuomo said Tuesday [4/4/2017] on "New Day," reported the Media Research Center's Newsbusters.  "And in fact, if anything, the NSA asking for identities was a reflection of exactly how much traffic there was involving Trump people and foreign players.

A Beginner's Guide to the Trump/Russia Controversy.  First, and most importantly, did Russia actually "hack" the 2016 presidential election?  No, and the use of that term to describe what Russia did needs to stop.  The Russians hacked a few computers, but they did not "hack" an election.  The media's persistent insinuations otherwise are leading millions of Americans to believe that the Russians actually meddled with the election process itself, including with voting machines.  There is zero evidence that occurred.

The Misuse of Asthma as a Justifaction for EPA Rules.  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was one of the featured guests on Fox News Sunday yesterday.  Chris Wallace grilled him about President Trump's decision to scrap Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP).  The interview mostly consisted of Wallace reading Obama Maladministration talking points about the CPP and demanding that Pruitt explain how they were going to "prevent those terrible things" without the CPP.

CNN Hires Reporter Who Falsely Accused Trump of Making Racist Comment.  CNN has hired reporter April Ryan, who has repeatedly clashed with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in recent days, as a political analyst.  Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks' White House correspondent, is one of CNN's latest high-profile hires, according to Politico. Ryan was recently the center of controversy when she and Spicer got into a heated argument after the White House spokesman told her to stop shaking her head as he was answering a question.

Self-Busting Myths.  Most people recognize the markets are probably overvalued and a correction of some kind seems likely, particularly since there has been a wild, almost runaway bull market since Trump's election.  And yet every day the market drops 100 points is a signal the president is about to destroy the economy.

Government shutdowns: a tale of two media narratives.  [Scroll down]  So if the GOP is in the minority and they obstruct the passage of a spending bill, they get the blame.  But if they are in control and the Democrats are in the minority and out of the White House... the GOP gets the blame.  See how that works?

The Fake News Crisis.  Within living memory, in 1968, the Democratic Party had its convention in Chicago, Hubert Humphrey was their nominee, and there were riots in the streets. [...] There is one huge difference between what is happening now, and what happened back then.  In 1968, there was a culmination of real events that actually affected America.  In 2017, there are no real events causing this, just narratives made up from nothing by a leftist media that is more divorced from reality than anyone thought possible.
  •   The Russians colluded with Trump.
  •   Trump is Hitler. Stupid. And evil.
  •   Obama was wonderful, transparent, brilliant, perfect, and fully competent.
  •   Trump's tax returns will show he is unfit.
  •   He is a racist that wants to ban all Muslims.
  •   Kellyanne Conway is a ditzy uninformed waste of a woman.
  •   Hillary Clinton is a pure and honest heroine fighting for good.
Virtually 24/7, these and other very unreal narratives are being played to the American public by our pathetic left wing media.  In 1968, the news had a reality component.  Yes, there was liberal bias in the news, but at least the events happened.

'It's Our Job to Tell You What to Think'.  Every day brings new evidence that today's media are engaged in clandestine fifth column activities involving journalistic acts of sabotage, media malfeasance, blatant disinformation or media espionage conducted by secret sympathizers.  President Trump is engaged in a vicious counter-terrorism war with the media and the Democratic Party. [...] The Democrat Party, aided and abetted by their army of fifth column "journalists," are waging a clandestine war against the heart and soul of America.

Democrats Know the Election Was Legitimate but Persist in a Dangerous Fraud.  [Scroll down]  The media-Democrat indictment of Trump's election-rigging spiel was not rooted in patriotic commitment to the American democratic tradition of accepting election outcomes.  They said what they said because they fully expected to win — all the polls said so!  Hillary and her chums, Barack Obama included, would not abide a taint of illegitimacy affixing itself to her inevitable presidency.  Except she wasn't so inevitable.  So now, there is just one very inconvenient problem for the "Russia hacked the election" narrative, the tireless media-Democrat harangue since November 8:  Everything of substance that is known to the U.S. government about Russian meddling was already known in those pre-election weeks when Clinton and the Democrats were hailing the legitimacy of the process.  They've changed their tune not because the facts changed, but because they lost.  And what's their story now?  It's pretty much the same one they scalded Trump for telling.

NBC's Today Devotes Two-Minute Discussion to 'Old-School' Pence Policy.  In the wake of left-wing hysteria over Vice President Mike Pence avoiding going out to eat alone with a woman who is not his wife, NBC's Today seized on the story during Friday's show and devoted a nearly two-minute-long discussion to the topic, debating whether or not such marital fidelity was a "wise policy."

Who knows — maybe she IS a Democrat.
If Ivanka Trump Were A Democrat, She'd Be A Feminist Hero.  The media and public have scrutinized Ivanka Trump more than President Trump's own wife Melania. Perhaps due to a combination of her established public image and the divisiveness of her father's presidency, Ivanka has received repeated verbal public floggings.  She's either too feminist or not enough. Her family's presence in Washington DC causes trouble, but the Obamas are quiet neighbors.  She shouldn't get a title in the White House because only Bill Clinton was allowed to hire family members.  If she bakes cookies with her children for Purim, she's making a political statement through her religious beliefs.

How Obama's White House weaponized media against Trump.  Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Adam Schiff have both castigated Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his handling of the inquiry into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.  They should think twice.  The issue that has recently seized Nunes is of vital importance to anyone who cares about fundamental civil liberties.  The trail that Nunes is following will inevitably lead back to a particularly significant leak.  On Jan. 12, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reported that "according to a senior U.S. government official, (General Mike) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29."  From Nunes's statements, it's clear that he suspects that this information came from NSA intercepts of Kislyak's phone.  An Obama official, probably in the White House, "unmasked" Flynn's name and passed it on to Ignatius.

Liberal Media Narratives from JFK to Obama and Trump.  Just this week Time magazine came forth with an issue that featured a cover asking:  "Is Truth Dead?" The theme — the media narrative from a liberal media publication — was that truth no longer means anything.  It zeroes in on, but of course, President Trump.  Time editor Nancy Gibbs authors an essay that is titled:  ["]When a President Can't Be Taken at His Word["]. [...] "As citizens, it is vital that we be able to believe our President; it is also vital that we know what he believes, and why.  This President has made both a severe challenge."  Now.  One has to ask:  Where exactly has Ms. Gibbs, not to mention Time magazine and the rest of the liberal media, been for the last eight years of the Obama administration?  Do you recall the liberal media narrative that President Obama was a pathological, serial liar?  No?  Of course not.

Media Refuse to Blame Anti-Trump Protesters for Violence at Rallies.  Anti-Trump protesters launched violent attacks on supporters of President Donald Trump at rallies across California on Saturday [3/25/2017], but the media uniformly downplayed their role.  In headlines reporting the violence, media outlets either seemed to blame the Trump supporters for the violence, or used passive language that made the violence seem to have erupted as a natural consequence of the events.  Ironically, the text of the actual articles often made clear that anti-Trump protesters were to blame, but the headlines — which create a stronger impression, and are all that a casual reader may notice — uniformly refused to place blame where it belonged.

Law Takes a Holiday.  There are statutes that prevent federal intelligence and investigatory agencies from leaking classified documents.  No matter.  For the last six months, the media has trafficked in reports that Trump is under some sort of investigation by government agencies for allegedly colluding with the Russians.  That narrative is usually based on information from "unnamed sources" affiliated with the FBI, NSA or CIA.  No one has been punished for such leaking.  The leakers apparently feel that prosecutors and the courts do not mind if someone's privacy is illegally violated, as long as it is the privacy of someone they all loathe, like Donald Trump.

Media pretends wiretapping is mere "surveillance".  The Media-Democratic Party Governmental Complex refuses to admit that that the Obama regime wiretapped President Trump. [...] This is part of a pattern.  Barack Obama abused his power on James Rosen of Fox News, Sharyl Attkisson then of CBS, and numerous Tea Party groups.  The investigation of Trump's campaign was unprecedented.  I believe that President Obama through his minions ordered this as a means of framing Trump as a Putin puppet for post-election prosecution.  Obama wanted to exact vengeance for the whole birther nonsense, which bothers Obama no end.  However, Obama's plan to frame Trump fell through when we elected Trump president.

Obama's College Grades [are] More Secure Than State Secrets & Trump's Tax Return.  How is it that something as bland as an office seeker's academic records can remain inaccessible for almost a decade, but critical U.S. state secrets, and President Trump's tax return can be made available within months of his election?  It must be that Barack Obama's ideological soul mates, rather than risk embarrassing him with the kinds of academic revelations they'd routinely dug up on previous presidential candidates, chose to ignore any inclination towards investigative journalism.  Apparently they've saved the latter mentioned, pent up "journalistic curiosity", for their arch adversary, Donald J. Trump.

Media No Longer Considers the President Leader of the Free World.  Since the early days of the Cold War, the president of the United States has been known as the "Leader of the Free World."  According to several media outlets, this is no longer true.  The title originated in the late 1940s after World War II but did not become popular until the early 1950s.  The "free world" first consisted of the Allied powers that stood up against the Axis powers during the Second World War.  As the Cold War took shape, the free world became non-communist countries, led by the United States, that resisted the Soviet Union and pursued capitalism within their borders.  Since then, the president of the United States has been commonly referred to as the leader of the free world.

Preet Bharara's exit may not be what it seems.  Media narratives are all the rage these days, with readers getting more than just facts — they also get journalists' opinions on the larger scheme of things.  And when it comes to Preet Bharara's exit from the Manhattan US Attorney's Office, all the media narratives are pretty much the same.  To wit, Bharara was an independent and crusading prosecutor who was fired by President Trump for one of two reasons:  Trump wanted to protect himself from possible prosecution or was guilty of gross incompetence.  Either way, Bharara was the hero and Trump the villain.  The only wrench in the nursery rhyme is that other facts point to other possible conclusions.

Media Ignore Slanderous Accusation From Trump Taxes Reporter About First Lady.  The reporter who was lauded by the media for sharing Trump's boring 2005 tax return is not getting much attention for his politics but perhaps he should be.  While the networks this morning described David Cay Johnston as a "Pulitzer Prize winning reporter," they apparently didn't notice that he was a hard core liberal as well, like they would do with a reporter on the right.  Johnston is currently authoring an anti-Trump book and has tweeted thousands of tweets attacking Trump and the right.  Not to mention he is a contributor to the left-leaning Daily Beast and New York Times.  So maybe it should come as no surprise that the media is ignoring something salacious and slanderous Johnston said about the first lady last night [3/14/2017] on MSNBC.

Washington Post describes Trump golf course vandalism as 'daring act of defiance'.  California environmental activists vandalized one of Donald Trump's golf courses is Los Angeles over the weekend.  A video uploaded to YouTube shows a small group sneaking onto the course at night and carving a message into one of the greens which read, "No more tigers, no more woods."  While the vandalism itself is noteworthy, perhaps equally significant is the response of the Washington Post.  The Post published a news story whose opening line read, "A group of environmental activists pulled off a daring act of defiance."

Laughable MSM bias in coverage of US Attorney firings.  Face it:  the success of the leftist mainstream media depends on people being stupid and having no memory.  Do they actually think they can cover the same thing positively when a Democrat does it and negatively when a Republican does it, and people won't notice?  Apparently, they do, at least when it comes to the recent replacement of U.S. attorneys (all of whom serve at the pleasure of the president).  When President Bill Clinton did it, they were being "replaced" (as Politico would have it), but when President Donald Trump did it, Politico said they were "ousted."

CNN Guest Shoots Down 'Hysterical' Media Whining Trump Silent with Press.  Each weekend, CNN airs another edition of Reliable Sources where "ridiculous figure" and host Brian Stelter labels President Donald Trump an authoritarian dictator and whines about his war on the media, but on Sunday [3/12/2017] things were a little bit different.  Yes, Stelter continued to bemoan Trump, but this time he got pushback from The Baltimore Sun's media critic David Zurawik.  "One of the things that surprises me about the coverage so far of Trump, is it's a constant friction," he argued while noting that the media's complaining has reached a near "hysterical" level.

RussiaGate: Six Months.  No Evidence — It's Time for the Media to Put Up or Shut Up.  [Scroll down]  I just assumed that somewhere along the line some low-level Trump-staffer might be caught doing or saying something wrong on one of those Obama wiretaps.  Nope.  So after six silly months of this pathetic witch hunt, I am now willing to express something our corrupt media never will...  I was wrong.  So wrong, in fact, that the media has not only found less than nothing, what has been found is a Team Trump behaving responsibly and appropriately in their dealings with Russian officials.

Time Magazine's Schizophrenic War on Trump.  Let's follow this liberal media schizophrenia.  Trump is nuts to say that he was wiretapped — surveilled — by the Obama administration.  But there are "Revelations of contacts between Trump aides and Russian officials..." that clearly could not be obtained without surveillance of some type — by the Obama administration.  Which, of course, never did any such thing.  Except that it did, which is how Time and the rest of the mainstream media knows about these "revelations of contacts" in the first place.

When the media didn't care about secret talks with Russia.  Until the press uncovers audio of President Trump promising the Russian government anything that comes even close to what former President Obama did, it's time to stop behaving like the White House is paying its staff in rubles.  The only secret conversation between a White House official and a Kremlin operative that the public knows about and in which something absolutely questionable took place is the one from March 2012, when Obama told then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in the heat of the election, that he would have "more flexibility" to negotiate with Russia once re-elected.  Obama had made the mistake of whispering too loud into a live mic.

Trump-hating media's stupidest trick yet?  Efforts to propagandize against President Trump are reaching absurd levels.  The latest ridiculous meme attempts to portray the president as somehow idling away time from work — just as President Obama was criticized for doing — by sneaking away from the White House to the golf course.  No, I am not kidding.  The Hill is actually trying to imply this, without actually saying it.  As anyone faintly familiar with the Trump presidency so far knows, the man never stops working.  He seems to almost completely blend his personal life into his work.  Aside from family moments together, he has no leisure that I can see.  Every round of golf, every party, everything he does is work-related.

The Trump Economy Keeps 'Unexpectedly' Topping Forecasts.  Orders for capital goods were higher in December than forecast.  There were supposed to be 5.55 million existing-home sales in January.  The actual number was close to 5.7 million — which was the highest level since 2007.  Retail sales in January climbed 0.4%, where economists had predicted they'd advance only 0.1%.  At the same time, the Commerce Department revised the December sales increase upward to 1%.  Now, obviously we can't draw any broad conclusions from a few unexpectedly good economic results.  But it's worth pointing out that this is a dramatic change from the Obama years, when about the only thing that you could predict with any degree of accuracy was that the economy would underperform economists' predictions.  Month after month, sales figures, job creation, and a variety of other indicators would come in below forecast.

When Did Media Bias Become a Virtue?  The Trump administration is a challenge for all journalists because of the president's refusal to play by the normal rules of behavior.  His allergy to the truth, bizarre use of Twitter, and belief that he's entitled to say anything, no matter how awful or false, about anyone who criticizes him make it hard to take the time to be fair to him or his policies.  But many liberal journalists' prejudice is so great that they have come to believe that even a pretense of objectivity is unnecessary.  To the contrary, they think that nothing short of coverage designed to ridicule everything Trump's administration does is required.  But by acting in this manner, they are merely confirming the belief of senior White House adviser Steve Bannon that the media are the real opposition party and, as Trump described it, the "enemy of the American people."

11 Times Barack Obama Compared Slaves To Immigrants.  This week, liberals savagely mocked Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for allegedly comparing slaves to immigrants.  It looks like they've completely forgotten about all the times Barack Obama did the exact same thing.

Note To Ben Carson Bashers:  When Obama Called Slaves 'Immigrants,' You Showered Him With Praise.  In an unscripted talk to employees, newly minted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as immigrants, and the outrage was fast and furious. [...] Surely Obama's inept comparison raised hackles, too, right?  Well, not exactly.  In fact, Obama's remarks — which were contained in a written speech he read from a teleprompter at a naturalization ceremony on Dec. 15, 2015 — received widespread and fulsome praise.

Stopping CNN spies.  CNN just published the results of an outright espionage operation against the Trump White House, by pointing a vibration-sensitive camera at the window of the Oval Office.  This is an espionage technique, and it is obviously a major violation of national security laws.  CNN is gambling that any arrested "journalists" (spies) can be turned into martyrs against the Trump White House.  One obvious move is to have the perps arrested (which has to be done at some point).  But a much better strategy is to turn the CNN stunt against them.

All Roads Lead Back to Brennan.  It is "our job," not Trump's, to "control exactly what people think," gasped MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski last month.  This week's gasp from the media assumes a slightly different form and can be translated as:  It is our job, not Trump's, to push stories about the government investigation of Trumpworld.  For months, the media, drawing upon criminal leaks from Obama holdovers, has been saying in effect:  Trumpworld is under investigation for ties to Russia!  Then Trump says essentially the same thing on Twitter and the media freaks out.  Why does the latter merit condemnation but not the former?  Notice what is happening here:  The Obama holdovers are denying the import of the very stories that they planted.

Look Who Else Called Slaves "Immigrants".  The liberal mainstream media was waiting to pounce on anything that recently-confirmed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said, and that's precisely what they did this week after Carson referred to slaves as "immigrants" in a speech.  Interestingly enough, however, former President Barack Obama said the same thing... but, of course, the outrage didn't follow.

Revisiting Obama's Energy Lies.  These days, the press is carrying on a running battle with the Trump administration.  Pretty much every news story, every day, is intended to undermine President Trump and perhaps drive him from office.  The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press are the worst offenders, but almost every news outlet is in this category.  It wasn't always that way.  Until January, our press slavishly reported every pronouncement of the administration in power, sometimes reinforcing it, sometimes just letting it stand.  This was its own form of fake news:  Barack Obama and his minions would utter absurd pronouncements, and the press would report them as fact.

The fact-free Intelligence Community-Media trial of Trump by innuendo.  I don't know whether Donald Trump or his aides had any improper contacts with Russian Intelligence officers.  Neither do you, or the media.  The Intelligence Community might know, but they have provided zero facts either officially or through leaks to prove any improper, much less illegal, conduct took place.  Instead, we have trial by innuendo based on there being "contacts" between Trump campaign aides and Russian intelligence.

While You Weren't Looking, the Democrat-Media Election-Hacking Narrative Just Collapsed.  For months, the media-Democrat complex has peddled a storyline that the Putin regime in Russia hacked the U.S. presidential election. [...] It seems not to matter how objectively ill-conceived the Russian election-hacking claim is, or how woefully insufficient the purported Trump — Russia ties are to support an inference of campaign collusion in the hacking.  The specter of an investigation — breathless media reports of FISA-court applications, wiretaps, surveillance of agents of a foreign power, and mysterious servers; painstaking analysis of shady financial transactions involving Russian banks and funding streams — seems to make the outlandish conspiracy impossible to dismiss out of hand.

IBD/TIPP Poll:  Public Turned Off By Media's Relentlessly Negative Coverage Of Trump.  The mainstream media's open hostility to President Trump may be starting to backfire, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.  The poll found that 55% of the public says they've grown "weary from the media's persistently negative coverage of President Trump."  A roughly equal share (54%) also believe that the news media "has assumed the role of the opposition party, constantly opposing the president and his policies at every turn."

The Associated Press Springs to Obama's Defense.  After President Trump accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones during the election campaign, the Associated Press hurried into print a defense of the former president: [...] No one fits a lot of details into a tweet, but there is no doubt that Obama's Justice Department — the most corrupt and politicized Department of Justice in modern American history — obtained a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump associates, and possibly Trump himself, in the heat of the presidential campaign.  The Associated Press apparently didn't know this.

Media Hits Ivanka Trump For Possibly Not Keeping Kosher; Is Fine With Catholic Nancy Pelosi Promoting Abortion.  First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her family are quite possibly the highest-profile Modern Orthodox Jews in American history.  Ivanka, who converted in 2009, has spoken about how her family observes the Sabbath, keeps kosher, and celebrates various Jewish holidays together.  And now, for some reason, the media has taken it upon itself to become the "kosher police."  Take, for instance, this gem from the Washingtonian, where the writer took the mind-boggling step of phoning a chef to inquire about what Ivanka and her husband ordered for dinner. [...]

Suddenly, Trump Reading From A Teleprompter Is A Bad Thing.  For eight years, we were treated to the Greatest Orator Ever! speaking from a teleprompter.  Conservatives even came up with a name for Obama's teleprompter:  TOTUS.  Teleprompter Of The United States.  And discussed TOTUS as if it were alive.  There were lots of jokes about this, most in jest, some nasty.  Because, when it came down to it, Obama was barely able to speak in Adult without TOTUS. [...] [And now] Trump is being slammed for just reading a speech from a Teleprompter.  If you want incoherence, how about Obama unable to make his remarks because the teleprompter wasn't programed?  He was handed the speech, and still didn't give it.

More about Obama's addiction to teleprompters.

Presidential Payback For Media Hubris.  In just his first month in office, reporters have alread peddled dozens of fake news stories designed to discredit the President — to such a degree that little the now write or say can be taken at face value.
  •   No, Trump did not have an plans to invade Mexico, as Buzzfeed and the Associated Press alleged.
  •   No, Trump's father did not run for Mayor of New York by peddling racist television ads, as reported by Sidne Blumenthal.
  •   No, there were not mass resignations at the State Department in protest of its new leaders, as was reported by the Washington Post.
  •   No, Trump's attorney did not cut a deal with the Russians in Prague.  Nor did Trump indulge in sexual escapades in Moscow.  Buzzfeed again peddled those fake news stories.
  •   No, a supposedly racist Trump did not remove the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the White House, as a Time Magazine reporter claimed.
  •   No, election results in three states were not altered by hackers or computer criminals to give Trump the election, as implied by New York Magazine.
  •   No, Michael Flynn did not tweet that he was a scapegoat.  That was a media fantasy endorsed by Nanc Pelosi.
In fact, Daniel Payne of the Federalist has compiled a length list of sensational stories about Trump's supposed buffooneries, mistakes, and crudities that all proved either outright lies or were gross exaggerations and distortions.

Press coverage of Trump in first month of office: 88 percent 'hostile,' says new study.  There was no press honeymoon for President Trump during his first month in office.  A meticulous new study by the Media Research Center finds that 88 percent of the broadcast news coverage of Mr. Trump and his team was "hostile" during the first 30 days of office.  The coverage was intense and plentiful.  The study, which analyzed both tone and content for evening newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS, found that the "Big Three" networks produced 16 hours of coverage on the new president and his staff.  That is over half — 54 percent — of their total coverage for the month.

Former U.S. Attorney Claims FBI Has Names of CIA Leakers.  CIA officials know who has been leaking classified information to The New York Times and The Washington Post, and the officials have passed that information on to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a former U.S. attorney for President Ronald Reagan.  Joseph diGenova, the former U. S. attorney for the District of Columbia under Reagan, told LifeZette that in private conversations with CIA officials they confirmed they have the names of alleged leakers and have given the names to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The truth (and nothing but the truth) about leaks.  The leaks of confidential communications from within the White House may be a pain in the neck for the president, but they are not criminal.  And generally, a boss can look at an employee's cellphone, as long as the employer of the boss and the employee owns the phone — except when the employer is the government.  The Fourth Amendment insulates government employees from governmental reach into its employees' cellphones.  Absent an employee's waiving his Fourth Amendment rights, the government may not seize work-related (governmental) or personal phones without a search warrant.  Can the media publish these leaks?  In a word, yes.  The media may publish anything that is of material interest to the public, notwithstanding its level of secrecy or how it was acquired.

Just in time for Trump, George W. Bush lifts embargo on criticizing successors.  [Scroll down]  We want a fair, independent press that holds all politicians and both political parties accountable, but we have mainstream media that have declared war on Trump and attack him daily.  The mainstream media are not an independent, objective press.  The press is out to destroy Trump.  It is left-wing, pro-Democratic Party, and anti-Trump.

AP 'Fact Check' FAIL: Trump Claim on Terrorism and Immigration Correlates with Justice Dept.  Data.  [Scroll down]  So Trump is correct:  380 of 580 (65.5%, or just under 2/3) were in fact foreign born.  It is no mystery, contra the Associated Press, where this data came from.  And as you can note, all of these cases involved Category I, II, and III terrorism offenses.  That notwithstanding, some in the media and terrorism industry began throwing out other terrorism numbers from a number of difference sources with no reference to the Justice Department data cited by President Trump: [...]

Your Lyin' Media:  Kellyanne Conway in the Oval Office vs.  Clinton donors trashing the Lincoln Bedroom.  At an event celebrating historically Black colleges and universities that President Trump convened in the Oval Office, Senior White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway attempted to get a good angle for a photograph.  In doing so, she placed her feet on a couch.  Your very fake media erupted with fevered outrage, as Google News linked dozens of articles on the topic.

Obama put his feet all over the White House furniture
Leftists Triggered Over Kellyanne Conway Putting Her Feet on a Couch.  Fresh off their collective hissy fit over Donald Trump putting ketchup on his steak, anti-Trump leftists have now been triggered by pictures that show Kellyanne Conway putting her feet on a couch in the Oval Office. [...] Journalists chose to make the entire story about where Conway put her feet rather than talk about Trump's meeting with leaders of black universities and colleges.


The New York Times Rewrites History To Tarnish Trump Speech.  In a curtain raiser for President Trump's address to Congress this week, the New York Times tried to compare Trump's bumpy start to President Obama's supposedly "impressive" one.  But in doing so, the Times wildly distorts what actually happened in Obama's first month in office.

Poll Shows CNN Brand Plummeting.  [Scroll down]  "CNN's negative acceleration point happened in mid-October 2016, around the time Anderson Cooper interviewed Melania Trump, notably discussing her husband's famous 'Access Hollywood' tape," YouGov's Ted Marzilli notes.  "Also at that time, a local North Carolina Republican office was firebombed, causing conservative-leaning media to pounce on CNN for suggesting Trump's rhetoric spurred the incident."

Erin Burnett Says Talking to Russians is "Treason".  The media have gone so deep inside their echo-chambered moonbattery, they've convinced themselves that talking to Russians is a criminal act.

The Endless Culture War From The Left.  As you know, I am definitely no fan of Donald Trump, but the blindness and self-righteousness of the media is infuriating.  Willie Davis says that in politics, culture is all that matters.  This is something most in our national media don't get:  that a lot of Americans don't like them because they correctly estimate that journalists are not of their culture, and in fact view their culture with hostility, even contempt.

Media Coverage of New Transgender Directive Is Qualified as 'Fake News'.  Last week, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama-era directive on the way in which schools and colleges ought to accommodate transgender students, while instructing those institutions to continue to "protect all students and to encourage civility in our classrooms."  The ensuing media coverage was enough to make even a Trump skeptic think the president has a point when bashing "fake news."  If one read the nation's major papers over the next few days, Trump came across as an insensitive monster, bent on stripping legal protections from vulnerable students. [...] In its hysteria, the media coverage was remarkably light on context, explanation, and truth.

The truth about Trump's worrisome war on media.  If you read much of U.S. media these days, President Donald Trump is clearly an unbalanced man, a faux chief executive with no right to govern and ambitions to become a dictator just six weeks into the 208 of his first term.  Even the craziest unsourced rumor requires immediate sharing and counteraction.  If you're a Trump supporter, the man is telling truth to power and already proceeding methodically through implementation of a long list of campaign promises, including nominating a solid Supreme Court justice and a Cabinet of experienced pros to demolish the corrupt, bipartisan gridlock of Washington.

Poll: Majority thinks media too critical of Trump.  A majority of Americans believe news organizations are too critical of President Trump, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday [2/26/2017].  Fifty-one percent of Americans said the media is too critical of Trump, while 41 percent think news organizations have been fair and objective.  The poll also found that Americans are becoming more optimistic about where the country is headed, with 40 percent saying it is headed in the right direction.  In December, 33 percent felt that way, compared to 18 percent in July.

Chicago's ABC-7 Suspends Sportscaster Mark Giangreco for Calling Donald Trump a 'Cartoon Lunatic'.  Chicago's ABC affiliate suspended a popular local sportsman for attacking both President Donald Trump and America itself on Twitter by calling Trump a "cartoon lunatic" and America "a country full of simpletons."  Long-time sportsman Mark Giangreco raised eyebrows after last Sunday's [2/19/2017] mini tirade on Twitter, and by Thursday employer ABC-7 announced that the sportscaster was suspended saying in a statement, "Sports anchor Mark Giangreco's Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago's non-partisan editorial standards.  We've reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action."

Media complaining about 1st Amendment rights?  Really?  The media...
    ...didn't [care] when IRS targeted Obama's political opponents, clearly violating their free speech and political speech rights.
    ...have never cared when Congress, especially Democrats, have sought to limit political speech in violation of the 1st amendment.
    ...didn't care as the Justice Dept. and Democrat state A.G.s clearly threatened legal action against people who dared say the climate changes naturally, which obviously violated their free speech rights.
    ...had no concern at all when the Obama admin sued the Little Sisters of the Poor for daring to exercise their religious freedom.
But now they are concerned about the 1st Amendment when they are asked to tell the truth.

Billy Bush and Donald Trump's 'locker room talk' tape leaked by 'Today' staffer, report says.  The infamous "Access Hollywood" tape — in which President Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women by the hoo-ha — was an inside job, leaked by an NBC News staffer on Billy Bush's own "Today" show, multiple sources tell Page Six.  "The tape was leaked by the NBC News division, by somebody at the 'Today' show," says one source. [...] The leaker is still at NBC and has not been disciplined, says the source, who adds, "There was no investigation, no internal witch hunt by NBC into who leaked the tape.  It served their purposes."  Another "Today" insider insists, "The leak did not come from 'Today.'  It was leaked by somebody on the West Coast who hated Billy Bush and wanted to take him down."

April Ryan Defends Accusing President Trump of Racist Language He Never Actually Used.  Mediaite was the first to draw attention yesterday [2/21/2017] to a questionable statement of fact made by longtime White House correspondent April Ryan.  Ryan told Sean Spicer that while on the campaign trial, Donald Trump "said things like, you know, 'We made this country,' meaning white America, not necessarily black."  When Spicer denied he had said any such thing, Ryan insisted, "No, no, no.  He said that.  I heard him say that."  Looking back at that piece yesterday, I gave Ryan the benefit of the doubt.  I thought she perhaps had made a mistake and this would be quickly corrected.  I even left open the possibility that I was the one in error.  "I certainly don't think there was any malice," I wrote.  That was a mistake on my part.  The American Urban Radio Networks bureau chief came out and defended herself on Twitter, posting a link to a video that she claims backs up her accusation.  I simply don't know how you could present this video and accuse the president of racist language without malice.

How to Tell if News Is Really News.  Wake up, America!  You're being had.  Start asking the right questions.  How did the Democrats come up with that 40,000,000 uninsured Americans to pass Obamacare?  When CNN's Don Lemon asks his panel about how much the Trump family's secret service is costing taxpayers, ask him where's his research and why didn't he question that about Michele Obama's huge entourage when she traveled?

Chris Matthews and SPLC Fall for Hoax Even the NYT Says Is a Lie... Again.  [Scroll down] Chris and the Goofy Looking Dude said Trump and his ilk have been responsible for gajillions of acts of hatred and violence against everybody except white men, starting the day after the election.  In most newscasts, this is usually the time when they run a video that supports at least a little bit what they said.  This they did not do, at least not at first.  But when they did get around to giving a specific example of this nationwide tsunami of hatred and violence, the Goofy Looking Dude from SPLC reminded Chris how a woman in a hijab in a New York subway was attacked by the Trump acolytes on a mission of hate:  "37 percent of the perpetrators, as you said, either named President Trump by saying something like — you know — yelling to a woman wearing a hijab 'you go back to your country, now Donald Trump is President.  That kind of thing.'"  Chris nodded in knowing satisfaction.  That was the only specific example the Goofy Looking Dude could come up with.  And it was a lie.  A fabrication.  A hoax.

Washington Post adopts new motto, 'democracy dies in darkness,' says it has nothing to do with Trump.  The Washington Post has a new motto, displayed right below the paper's logo on its homepage:  "democracy dies in darkness."  It's a new thing for the paper, which never had a motto or slogan in its 140-year history.  Not through World War I, or the Great Depression, or World War II, or the Cold War, or Vietnam, or Watergate, or the War on Terror, or — or anything.  Through all that time, including the period when the Post was lionized for shining light on Watergate, did the paper have a motto.  But now, it is "democracy dies in darkness."  The paper debuted the slogan on Snapchat, and now it's on the website, and will appear in the printed paper in coming weeks, according to spokeswoman Molly Gannon.

NBC Creates 2 Videos of Children Bashing Trump.  NBC News released two videos on their website of children delivering personal messages to President Trump, with many of their statements criticizing the president a month into his presidency.  The video series, "Dear Mr. President:  Letters from the American Children," opens with a young boy excited about the prospect of a political outsider bridging the disconnect between the Washington establishment and the American people, but things go downhill from there.

The Editor says...
If you think those "letters" from "children" were actually letters from children, you are indeed naïve.

A Swedish Gaffe That Wasn't.  On Monday evening [2/20/2017], Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers made a meal out of the latest Donald Trump gaffe.  Trump was lambasted for saying that there had been a terror attack in Sweden on Friday night.  Since there had been no such attack, it prompted the usual avalanche of mockery in the president's direction.  But while Trump's vague language and willingness to fabricate facts to suit his talking points often justifies the brickbats thrown in his way, in this case there were two problems with the hilarity:  Trump didn't actually claim there had been a terror attack, and the facts about Sweden actually do back up his claim about a surge in violence by Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Media Sure It 'Heard' Sweden Comment Trump Never Said.  [Scroll down]  The truly glaring example this week was the succession of articles about Trump "lying" about a terrorist attack in Sweden.  It's been widely reported, even on the one paragon of truth in American politics, PJ Media.  There's only one problem.  It didn't happen.  Oddly, to most of the press, that doesn't even seem to matter.

Hurt Feelings?  CBS Ad Defends Itself as 'Real News'.  It sure sounds like CBS is getting defensive over Donald Trump's attack on "fake news."  A new ad for CBS This Morning on Monday [2/21/2017] featured a blazing graphic declaring the show "REAL NEWS."  Yet, the network has a history of fawning over Barack Obama and hammering Trump.  On February 2, CBS This Morning reporter Omar Villafranca lamented the "dream denied" for illegals after the "somber" 2016 election.

A Purblind Press, Unable To Admit Error, Boycotts the President.  What is utterly astonishing about the fierce contest between the national press and President Trump is that the press does not realize how despised it is by most Americans, and how richly, as a group (which contains many individual exceptions), it deserves to be despised.  For 18 months Donald Trump campaigned with great energy all over the country, swept most of the primaries, many by astounding margins against a large field of candidates, and made a point of denouncing the national media as biased, self-serving, and malicious myth-makers.  He referred to them hundreds of times as "liars," and directed the very large crowds that he drew to the press section, and his supporters shook their fists in unfeigned rage at the press gallery.  Did the complacent, bemused national press think they were paid plants or that it was all a spoof?

Sweden's Migrant Crime Wave Becomes Top National Story As Media's Lies Backfire.  In their quest to attack President Trump for any possible reason, the lying media made up a fake news story claiming Trump spoke of a non-existent "terror attack" which occurred Friday night [2/17/2017] in Sweden.  In fact, Trump never said there was a "terror attack" in Sweden, he said people should look at what's happening in Sweden to see how their country is being destroyed by "refugees."

Rev. Graham:  Trump Says 'What We All Know ... News Media Has Been Lying' — 'Fake News'.  Rev. Franklin Graham said President Donald Trump is correct about the news media today, that they lie and create "fake news," and added that the media should do what the Bible instructs, "You shall not circulate a false report" (Exodus 23:1).  "President Donald J. Trump has been saying what we all know — that the news media has been lying," said Rev. Graham in a Feb. 19 post on Facebook.  "In today's terminology, creating fake news."

No, Trump Never Said There Was A Terrorist Attack In Sweden.  This weekend the media was awash with stories suggesting that President Donald Trump claimed that a terrorist attack had recently occurred in Sweden during his speech at Saturday's [2/18/2017] rally in Melbourne, Florida.  Left-wing outlets ran numerous headlines and reports about Trump's statement, and the story was even a top trending item on Facebook:

Trump 4, Politifact 1.  Now that Donald Trump is president, our "fact checkers" have gone into overdrive.  Every day, they crank out news stories purporting to correct Trump's errors.  More often than not, the "fact checkers" are merely relating the other side — the Democratic Party's side — of the story.

Fake News:  Trump Never Said There Was A 'Terror Attack' Last Night In Sweden.  President Trump never said there was a "terror attack" last night [2/18/2017] in Sweden, but that didn't stop hundreds of fake news outlets from claiming he did.  During his rally Saturday, Trump said:  "Here's the bottom line, we've got to keep our country safe.  You look at what's happening.  We've got to keep our country safe.  You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden.  Sweden, who would believe this.  Sweden.  They took in large numbers.  They're having problems like they never thought possible.  You look at what's happening in Brussels, you look at what's happening all over the world.  Take a look at Nice, take a look at Paris."  Nowhere did he say there was a "terror attack."  He said "look at what's happening."

After 8 Years of Campaigner-in-Chief Obama, NPR Accuses Trump of 'Permanent Campaign'.  After eight years of Barack Obama putting his office into permanent campaign mode while keeping his campaign machinery in constant operation, NPR is accusing Donald J. Trump of waging a "permanent campaign."  In a February 17 article, NPR's Ron Elving claimed that the American people are tired of presidential campaigns that last too long, but "Now, they are confronted with one that refuses to end — even after reaching the White House."

It's Not Fake News, It's Lying, Leftist, Political Propaganda.  [I]t wasn't until the press began telling bold-faced lies intended to undermine and harm the candidacy of Donald Trump that it occurred to me that the press was telling outright lies, intentionally and with malice, in an attempt to defeat my candidate, Donald Trump, in his run for the presidency.  And after he became President the untrue stories got even more outlandish and more frequent and forceful as the leftist press attempted to destroy President Trump's administration before it could get off the ground.  At this point President Trump began putting a name to it, and it began to resonate with everyone how fabricated liberal news is.

New Poll Shows Voters Have 'So Much Distrust' of the Media.  Howard Kurtz says that the latest Fox News Poll shows that Americans are "so polarized" and that there is "so much distrust" of the media.  The poll, released Friday evening [2/17/2017], reflected that 45 percent of voters trust President Trump more than the media, while 42 percent say the media are more trustworthy.

The media's anti-Trump sources talk so much and say so little.  On every new article featuring leaks about the White House, editors should place a disclaimer:  Anonymous officials cited in this piece stopped short of justifying the havoc this story is about to create.  A flurry of would-be bombshell reports over the last week appeared to show more ties between President Trump and Russia or further demonstrate the supposed ineptitude of the Trump administration.  The stories depended entirely on anonymous "current and former U.S officials" who share a lot of tantalizing information then, strangely, clam up just as things are about to get good.

Hugh Hewitt: 'People in America Are Getting Tired of the 24/7 Pile-On' of Trump.  Radio personality Hugh Hewitt said that many Americans are exasperated by the media's attacks on President Trump.  He said, "The hair-trigger criticism of everyone is wearing out its welcome with America."  Even if you believe that Trump has been divisive, you still must admit that the media has been hitting him harder than anyone else.  They adored Obama, and seem to hate Trump.

CBS anchor John Dickerson:  Press ruined its reputation 'on its own'.  John Dickerson, anchor of CBS's "Face the Nation," disagrees with reporters who say President Trump is eroding the national media's credibility.  In a radio interview Friday [2/17/2017], conservative host Hugh Hewitt referred to the previous day's press conference at the White House in which Trump unloaded on the news media and told reporters in the room that the public cannot trust them.  "But that one comment, they don't trust you anymore, is a summation of where we are in America, because I really do think Manhattan-Beltway elites have lost the country," Hewitt said.  "They've lost it."  Dickerson agreed.

CBS' Dickerson:  Trump Not to Blame for Ruining Credibility With Public.  Friday morning on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, CBS' Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson appeared to talk about the latest cabinet picks and Thursday's presidential press conference.  In the discussion, Hewitt asked Dickerson what he felt about the public's fledgling perception of the press, and who was to blame for it.  Surprisingly, Dickerson didn't put the blame on the president, as the majority of the media have done.  The interview began with the radio host and news anchor talking about media "alarmism."  Hewitt brought up the media's little coverage of Trump visiting a Boeing plant today that Obama avoided for his whole two terms vs. the "noise" surrounding the press conference, Gorsuch nomination and Russia.  "I keep trying to focus on the signal, not the noise of the press conference," Hewitt began before criticizing the "media hand-wringing."

Report: Obama Loyalists, Led by Ben Rhodes, Orchestrated Flynn Ouster.  Last month, PJ Media's David Steinberg noticed that media had been covering the nothingburger about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's phone calls with Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak like it was the story of the century.  Meanwhile, media was ignoring truly explosive revelations about secret meetings between Obama administration officials and Iranian operatives concerning the Iranian nuclear deal.  It almost looked like Obama adviser Ben Rhodes' media echo chamber was still operational even after his boss had left office.  A U.S. intelligence official told NBC News that the FBI had found nothing improper in the eavesdropped telephone calls: [...]

Bumps in the Road:  Trump vs.  Obama.  The resignation of national security advisor Michael Flynn has the anti-Trump media declaring the new administration a "mess," in "turmoil" and thrown into "chaos."  Funny, these same Chicken Littles barely shrugged their shoulders during the turmoil-laden first 100 days of Barack Obama's first term.

The scandal-plagued Trump regime.  This week, the same people in the media and the Democratic party leadership who applauded then-senator Obama's world diplomatic tours in 2008 managed to take their first Trump administration scalp: that of General Michael Flynn — and based on little more than rumor and innuendo at that.  Meanwhile Obama is said to be plotting leftist resistance to Trump, the media is encouraging hate and violence against Republicans, thousands are publicly weighing a Trump assassination against what might have been had Beppo Romer and Nikolaus von Halem succeeded in ridding the world of Adolf Hitler in 1934, and an activist judiciary seems to be gearing up to partner with the bureaucracy to resist and reverse every policy and every initiative the American people want the federal government to act on.

The Media's Jihad Against the Trump White House Staff.  [Scroll down]  The elephant in the room in these stories about the Trump White House staff is not just that the liberal media can't stand the new president — it can't abide his agenda.  And watching one executive order after another pour out of the Trump White House that is at a 180-degree variance with the Obama-era and all things far Left, the media reflexively zeroes in on the Trump staff.  Thus the stories.  Steve Bannon is really the president.  Or, according to Time magazine, which has put him on the cover, he is "The Great Manipulator" of the President.  And he's a white supremacist.  Not to mention he's anti-Semitic.  Oh, and by the way, he's incompetent too.  Kellyanne Conway ignored Ethics Rules 101.  She has no integrity and she went out of her way to make the rich Ivanka even richer using her public position.  And so it goes through the list.  Does this not mean that at any given moment President Trump may in fact have a genuine problem with one of his staffers?  Of course not.

Why is Saturday Night Live News?  Every Sunday morning, the Associated Press has a news story about the prior evening's Saturday Night Live show.  Today's story is headlined Host Alec Baldwin, 'SNL' cast skewer Trump White House.  Well, yes, they do that every week.  Last Sunday's AP headline told us that someone I had never heard of — Melissa McCarthy — was mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer.  And it isn't just the Associated Press.  Many news outlets breathlessly recount the latest anti-Trump skits on SNL.

'The Washington Post' Trolls for Stolen Documents.  Wow.  The Post is openly admitting they will hide behind 1A protections in order to solicit stolen goods.  It's the perfect fencing operation!

Jeffrey Toobin Catching On — President Trump's Executive Order Wins by Losing.  There are two ways you can tell when moonbats are losing, one is subtle the other is obvious.  A subtle indicator is how the entire MSM apparatus switched (literally overnight on Thursday [2/10/2017]) from calling President Trump's executive order a "Muslim ban" to calling it a "Travel Ban".

Apparently there is a very fine line between "loose cannon" and "too reserved."
CNN Panel Whines:  Trump 'Whiffed' Statement on North Korea Launch, too Reserved.  News broke late Saturday night that North Korea launched a missile in a show of force during the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to the United States.  During a quickly put together media event PM Shinzo Abe spoke first to condemn the launch and was backed up with a brief statement of support from President Donald Trump.  But that wasn't enough for CNN's Inside Politics, whose Nia-Malika Henderson proclaimed, "He has talked tough, I think Trump, on Twitter about North Korea, but when it got to his time to be that tough person that we've come to know, he just kind of whiffed I think in many ways."

An Open Letter to the Mainstream Media's Anonymous Sources.  I'm not sure which of your stories stands out the most.  Is it the portrait you painted almost two weeks ago, of a president in his bathrobe compulsively watching the news?  Yesterday's story of a National Security Council in "turmoil," filled with staffers who "struggle to make policy" to fit President Trump's tweets?  The report in Politico that Trump's personnel concerns extend "beyond his embattled national security adviser" and that Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus may be on the chopping block, with "Trump campaign aides" drafting "lists of possible Priebus replacements"?  The CNN report that "multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials" have "corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent"?  The list goes on and on.  You've been leaking relentlessly since the very first days of Trump's presidency, making the president look like a "clueless child," as the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza put it.  Political Twitter amplifies your voice, with countless concerned citizens retweeting the stories you helped create, appending dire worries that "we're all going to die."

Pelley Opens 'CBS Evening News' by Calling Trump 'Divorced From Reality'.  "It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality."  Anchor Scott Pelley greeted "CBS Evening News" viewers with that line Monday night [2/7/2017].  Pelley opened the show standing in front of a photo of President Trump which bore the words "Reality Check."

European Conservative Parties Are Not 'Far Right'.  Europe's media constantly smear democratic conservatives as "extreme right" or "fascist."  That is a vicious lie, as you can hear for yourself by listening to video speeches on the web by European conservatives.  If you don't happen to understand their languages, you can listen to Nigel Farage, who sounds just like Trump.  But notice that the Fakestream in Europe can never allow conservatives to speak, not without smearing them in the same sentence.  Trump is a madman according to the media elites in Europe.  But then their own democratic populists are also ready to go for a new Hitler, if you listen to the establishment media.

MSNBC reporter asks if Trump will go down Putin's 'dangerous path' (and start killing opponents?)  Across every front of the culture war, the left is planting the notion that President Trump is on the way to becoming a dictator so that by implication, all means of opposing him are legitimate, even violence and insurrection.  Put that another way, they are ginning up an uprising, the romantic dream of the sixties left — the demographic group that dominates the leadership of the Democratic Party.  Readers are already familiar with the demonization underway, at home and abroad.  But consider the insidiousness of the question posed by NBC News's Katy Tur.

Oh, you mean like Andrew Breitbart?
MSNBC's Tur Suggests Trump Will Be Responsible for 'Suspicious Deaths' of Journalists.  MSNBC took its fear mongering smears of the Donald Trump administration to a dark new low Monday afternoon when reporter Katy Tur suggested the president's war with the media would start racking up actual casualties.  During an interview with Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican, Tur suggested Trump would take a page from Russian President Vladimir Putin's playbook and start targeting journalists for death.  "As we know, there's, since 2000, been a couple dozen suspicious deaths of journalists in Russia who came out against the government there," Tur reminded the Senator before unscrupulously suggesting Trumps distaste for the media would escalate, "Donald Trump has made no secret about going after journalists and his distaste for any news that doesn't agree with him here.  Do you find that this is a dangerous path he is heading down?"

16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won.  Since at least Donald Trump's election, our media have been in the grip of an astonishing, self-inflicted crisis.  Despite Trump's constant railing against the American press, there is no greater enemy of the American media than the American media.  They did this to themselves.

2 Minutes of Mainstream Media Backtracking Really Put 'Fake News' Into Perspective.  Since Trump's election, numerous mainstream outlets have propagated rumors or falsehoods before being forced to peddle them back.

USA Today Equates Steve Bannon with Islamic State Leader.  Monday's editorial in USA Today likens White House Chief Strategist and former Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, or ISIL) terrorist "caliphate."  The editorial argues that Bannon is like al-Baghdadi because both perceive a "clash of civilizations between Islam and the West."

Errors From The Press Are Piling Up In The Opening Weeks Of The Trump Administration.  Journalists can't seem to get their stories straight in the opening weeks of the Trump administration, whether in tweets or in articles where falsehoods have been spread almost daily.  The mistakes have not just been from newer liberal news outlets such The Huffington Post or BuzzFeed, but from legacy media like Reuters, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.  What follows are several botched stories or conflicting reports since President Trump took office.

German magazine sparks furor with cover of Trump beheading Statue of Liberty.  The magazine Der Spiegel has ignited controversy in Germany and elsewhere with a cover illustration that depicts President Trump as an ISIS executioner, brandishing a bloody knife in one hand and the head of Lady Liberty in the other, Reuters reports.

NYT tries to humiliate Trump by claiming he takes female hormones for hair.  Can you recall the NYT ever publishing salacious details about Obama's health?  Do we all not recall the New York Times' reticence to talk about Hillary Clinton's fainting spells and concussion?

'Alternative facts': A common legal term.  It has been rather shocking to observe the recent tidal wave of derision hoisted upon President Trump's senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway — shocking not because the derision is the deserved blowback for a foolish, embarrassing utterance, but because the derision has been so spectacularly off base.  The phrase "alternative facts" is used in law and is known to most lawyers.  I presume that this includes Ms. Conway, who received her degree from George Washington University Law School.  It therefore seems eminently possible that Ms. Conway knew exactly what she was saying.  Before we move on to some nonlegal examples of alternative facts, here is but one of many ways the concept can be employed in an actual case.

Trump's Executive Orders Are Nothing Compared To Obama's 'Pen And Phone' Abuses.  President Trump has apparently reignited the country's interest in civics.  How else to explain that rash of stories on the basics of "executive orders" and the limits of presidential power?  But where was all this concern when President Obama was egregiously violating constitutional limits on his authority?  Interest in "executive orders" is so widespread that Google currently has a separate category in its news feed devoted to stories about the topic.  Obviously, it's all been stirred up by Trump's controversial orders.  But Obama issued more executive orders out of the gate, some just as controversial.

Polls Show Public Backs Trump's Travel Ban.  After nearly a week of nonstop protests and vicious denunciations, the unhinged opponents of President Trump's terror-related travel suspension have managed to sway almost no one.  Three polls show that far more Americans support Trump's executive order than oppose it.  If you haven't heard of these polls, don't kick yourself.  The mainstream press isn't exactly parading them around.

Media freakout:  Another day, another media-instigated panic over Trump.  It seems the rate at which members of the press are circulating misleading "breaking news" stories alleging some nefarious action by the Trump administration has actually gotten worse since the inauguration.  On Thursday [2/2/2017], NBC News' Peter Alexander claimed the new White House had eased restrictions on Russia so that U.S. companies could go into business with the Federal Security Service.  As Alexander also noted to his nearly 100,000 followers on social media, the FSB is the successor of the dreaded KGB.

Trump Did Not Personally Kill an Iraqi Woman, Disappointing Journalists.  The news that President Donald Trump's travel ban killed an Iraqi Green Card holder sparked outrage from DNC-approved comediennes, people with Hashtag Resistance in their Twitter bios, and some of the nation's savviest political commentators, hard-nosed reporters, and even harder-nosed fictional TV anchors.

Defeated Media Elite Alienate Many With Anti-Trump Coverage.  After failing in its attempt to delegitimize and defeat Donald Trump through persistently negative coverage of the candidate throughout the recent campaign, the establishment news media might have been expected to acknowledge its failures and make some effort toward restoring objectivity to journalism.  However, the American public, which has lost confidence in the news media due to its antagonistic approach to President Trump and his supporters, has little hope that the media will cover the Trump presidency in a fair and objective way, according to the findings of a recent Investor's Business Daily/TIPP Poll.

Obama Bombed 5 Out Of 7 Countries Trump Banned — Media Didn't Care.  While the lying media is freaking out over President Trump's travel ban for seven Middle Eastern countries deemed security risks, they didn't [care] about Obama bombing them.  Though the media is currently in a tizzy because Trump's executive order held up around 300 people at airports, Obama's bombings were reported as completely reasonable to bring about peace.

NYT: Anything Obama Did Was Constitutional.  Anything Trump Does, Isn't.  A tiny handful were affected by this order — likely less than a dozen.  And the reason the judge didn't issue a "broader ruling on the constitutionality of President Trump's actions (for some reason, the Democrat Operators With Bylines at NYT can't seem to bring themselves to call him that) was simple:  The judge understood that Trump's Executive Order was perfectly constitutional.  I would further expect this temporary order to be overturned as soon as the Trump administration can lodge an appeal with an appellate court.

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'Forty-five percent of the media outright hate Trump'.  I thought it would be impossible for the MSM to treat a POTUS [president of the United States] with less objectivity than they did President Bush (43) but I was wrong.  Forty-five percent of the MSM is simply suspicious of President Trump.  Forty-five percent outright hate him.  Ten percent will adopt the appropriate "wait and see and report" attitude.

Brzezinski: Trump Won EV 'Fair and Square' — But He's Not 'Completely Elected By the People'.  On Friday's [1/28/2017] broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-anchor Mika Brzezinski argued that while President Donald Trump won the Electoral vote fairly, "this is a president who lost to Hillary Clinton... I think there's a lot of support he still needs to gain.  It's not a president completely elected by the people."

ABC Omits from Transcript Trump Shutting Down Muir on March for Life.  On Thursday afternoon, our friends at RedState flagged this peculiar development that ABC News transcript excluded an exchange from the David Muir-President Trump interview where Trump scolded Muir for the media's lack of coverage of the March for Life versus the Women's March on Washington.  With an eagle eye for this detail, RedState's "Streiff" provided a generous nod to Nicholas Fondacaro's blog from Wednesday night and concluded it'd be pertinent to check out the full transcript.  [Video clip]

Nets Cheer Left-Wing Protesters & Politicians 'Defying' Trump on Immigration.  All three network morning shows on Thursday hailed left-wing protesters and Democratic mayors across the country denouncing President Trump's executive orders on immigration and border security.  Co-host Matt Lauer led off NBC's Today by proclaiming:  "Breaking overnight... Protests across the country after President Trump orders a Mexican border wall to be built immediately."  Clips played of demonstrators chanting:  "Donald Trump has got to go!"

Local News Anchor Suspended After Cursing Out Kellyanne Conway.  Mike Jerrick, a Philadelphia-based television anchor, has been suspended after he used a curse word on air Monday to describe Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump.

Press Pretends to Fact-Check Trump, But Only Misleads Readers.  We have seen this pattern over and over:  Donald Trump says something that may be debatable or exaggerated, and in their quest to bring him down, reporters and editors publish "fact checks" that are more misleading than what Trump said in the first place.  It happens every day.  Yesterday [1/26/2017], Trump delivered a speech to a GOP gathering in Philadelphia.  He talked for around 27 minutes; you can see the full speech [elsew]here.  Apparently there wasn't much for reporters to take issue with, as purported fact checks focused on what he said about crime.

Flashback: WaPo Publishes Study That Claims Millions of Illegal Aliens Vote.  When The Washington Post's Phil Rucker describes Trump's belief that millions of illegal aliens voted as "his unsubstantiated theory; when CNN's Jake Tapper flaps his hands and screams "3 to 5 million illegal votes??; when PolitiFact DESTROYS Trump with a "Pants on Fire," it is all talking points and zero journalism.  However, the Unfied Message is pretty clear, and one we hear too often from these bullies:  the science is settled, beliefs outside the settled science are heresy.  Notice, though, how across all of these media outlets, everyone is on the exact same page in their panicked rush to shut down debate by declaring Trump a liar, and a liar with "zero evidence."  It all seems kinda coordinated, no?

Why are so many media people puzzled that Trump keeps bringing up illegal votes?  The MSM outlets are nearly unanimous that President Trump is "lying" and presenting "deliberate falsehoods" to the American public about illegal votes tipping the majority to Hillary Clinton in the election.  The mantra is that there is "no evidence," so Trump is "losing his credibility" and will no longer be believed.  (As if they cared about Trump maintaining credibility.)  All of these warnings about lies coming from a president come at the hands of media outlets that rarely if ever used the word "lie" with regard to President Obama's many prevarications on serious issues, such as the video causing the Benghazi attack and the Obamacare promise of keeping your plan and your doctor.  These were politically consequential lies that I do not recall CNN warning about, as this morning's newscast warned Trump about losing his credibility.

David Brock's Shareblue to Be 'Nucleus' of Multi-Platform Anti-Trump Media Entity.  David Brock, the Democratic operative who founded the left-wing Media Matters for America, plans to use a news entity he recently purchased as the nucleus of his efforts to delegitimize President Donald Trump, according to confidential documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Van Jones Leads CNN Assault on Trump.  In his blockbuster new film, "Civil War 2017," Trevor Loudon asks why the political left is so determined to destroy the Trump presidency.  Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center responds that Trump "doesn't back down from a fight," unlike previous "squishy" Republicans.  What's more, Trump has upended the "progressive coalition" by convincing millions of Democrats to abandon their union leaders and the Democratic Party.  Marxism is at a crossroads.  And so are its adherents in the media, such as Van Jones of CNN.  Jones is smart enough to know that Trump has tapped into the anger and discontent of American workers.  But at the same time, he is compelled to rally what remains of the progressive coalition against Trump.

Bourbons of the Press, Believed by But 15%, Straggle on in Defeat.  This week's issues themselves are not important; what is at issue is a contest between the attitudes of the press and the tactics of the administration.  The two signal facts, or "alternative facts" in the well-chosen parlance of the brilliant and engaging co-counselor and victorious campaign manager of the president, Kellyanne Conway, are that public approval of the national news media now stands at 14%, and the allegations the press are now making against the new administration are of no interest to any serious segment of the public.  As a result of these facts, the continued press assault on Donald Trump is much less dangerous even than when it failed to derail his candidacy for the Republican nomination and the election.

Journalists Predictably Freak Out Over Reinstated Reagan Policy on Abortion.  To start of his first week in office, Donald Trump spent the morning signing executive orders, one of which was reversing a pro-abortion policy from the Obama Administration.  The "Mexico City" policy, more commonly called the "Global Gag" policy by the left, bans federal funds from being given to organizations who pay for or promote abortions overseas.  It was originally enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984 and was rescinded in 2009 by President Obama.  Now eight years later, President Trump has reinstated the policy, and some liberal journalists' displeasure with the news came across in their reporting and their tweets.

Media Covers Trump's First Executive Orders With The Worst Camera Work In History Of Broadcast Journalism.  Donald Trump signed his first executive orders as president Monday morning, and for some reason, the cameraman the White House press pool assigned to cover the event appeared to have never operated a camera before.

Three Mainstream Media Lies on Trump's First Day.  The mainstream media lost no time in attempting to undermine President Donald Trump, as opposed to actually reporting information.  After eight years of kowtowing to Obama, they have suddenly discovered a civic responsibility to hold the government accountable.  But they are focusing on minutiae, and in some cases actually telling lies, both of omission and commission.  That risks alienating the public even further — making it harder, actually, for the media to act as watchdogs.

CNN's president has fired a warning shot at Donald Trump.  Don't mess with CNN.  That's the unvarnished version of a message that the network's president, Jeff Zucker, delivered to President-elect Donald Trump in an interview published on Thursday by New York magazine.  "One of the things I think this administration hasn't figured out yet is that there's only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that's CNN," Zucker said.  "The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN.  Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake."

Reuters editor defends photo of sparse National Mall during President Trump's inauguration.  A Reuters editor defended his photographer's disputed image of an underwhelming crowd to witness President Trump's inauguration, the same photo that enraged the new administration the following morning.  Jim Bourg, who assigned a photographer to scale the Washington Monument for a sky-high view of the swearing-in ceremony, slammed "inaccurate talk and allegations" he found circulating among his own Facebook friends.

Requiem for a Lightweight.  The mainstream media tried hard in the transition period to continue to wound Trump, sticking shivs in his proxies, his nominees.  The NYT published a demonstrably false article claiming Rick Perry didn't even know the scope of the duties of the Department of Energy; they promoted the Democratic falsehood that Tom Price had violated his ethics obligations.  The Washington Post headed a story "Trump picks former Governor Sunny Perdue, who once led a prayer for rain, as agriculture secretary," making that seem like an outlandish thing only a hick or primitive shaman would indulge in.

I Am Mad About The Protests and The PressThe protesters waited until the cameras were set up to begin "agitating."  They organized around the camera positions between D and 7th and K and 12th, and performed for the news crews.  We walked through those areas and there was no violence as the cameras were just getting set up after the inauguration events.  These were not just angry people.  They were trained, likely paid, agitators.  They were coordinated with with press so the crews knew exactly where to put there cameras.  The filming angles, shots and probably even the actions of the agitators were staged.  And the news ran with their footage over and over again.  The progression from "peaceful" protest, to confronting the police, to vandalism was set for maximum impact so people would focus on this and not the historic events taking place just blocks away.

Trump administration accuses media of playing down inauguration crowd size.  Donald Trump's administration has accused the media of inaccurate reporting over the size of the crowd at the president's inauguration, saying the event had seen the largest audience in history "both in person and around the globe".  White House press secretary Sean Spicer told a media briefing that there had been "deliberately false reporting" about the size of the crowd at Mr Trump's inauguration.  In particular, he said that photographs of the inauguration had been intentionally framed in a way to minimize the crowd.  "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," he said, but offered no evidence to support the claim.

White House slams 'shameful' reports downplaying inauguration crowds.  White House press secretary Sean Spicer blasted the media Saturday for its "dishonest" coverage of President Trump's inauguration, accusing journalists of skewing the discussion about crowd sizes in order to downplay the number of people who attended.  "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, highlighting the millions of people who watched the inauguration on television and online in addition to those who viewed it from the National Mall.  "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."

Newsrooms' latest low blows against Team Trump.  It's getting downright nutty, even vicious, in many newsrooms as Donald Trump's presidency is finally upon us.  Thursday alone brought several brazen bits of bias, not to mention downright sloppy reporting.  [For example,] A New York Times piece claimed Energy Secretary-designate Rick Perry had no idea a key purpose of the agency is to maintain US nuclear security.  But the story was unsourced and unattributed.  And the one person quoted by name says he was misinterpreted.  Plus, Perry's statement on the day he was nominated says flatly he looks forward to "safeguarding our nuclear arsenal."  (His state, Texas, has the nation's largest nuclear-weapons maintenance facility.)

4 Recent Examples Show Why No One Trusts Media Coverage Of Trump.  One may have hoped that the media would respond to their 2016 failures and resulting lack of credibility by reforming.  Instead, it seems that many in political media are quadrupling down on the mistakes that served them and their readers and viewers so poorly in the lead-up to Donald Trump's surprise victory in November.  It's impossible to track all the ways in which the media are leaning into their bias, their unnecessary hostility, and their abandonment of journalistic principles.  So let's just look at a few examples from the last few hours.  Many members of the media would like to imagine themselves as brave heroes who will valiantly fight the excesses of the Trump administration.  These examples show why people do not trust the media to tell the truth, much less hold anyone accountable for anything.

Media Malpractice In The Age Of Trump.  For eight years, it was virtually impossible to get reporters interested in legitimate Obama administration scandals.  Now, they are so eager to run scandal stories about the incoming Trump administration that they are making them up.  Two stories from major news outlets demonstrate this.

The Washington Post Takes Anti-Trump Bias To A New Level.  [Scroll down]  The story is about a Washington Post/ABC News poll that asks, among other things, whether Trump should sell his business to avoid any possible conflicts of interest while president.  Trump has taken steps to avoid these conflicts, although not to the satisfaction of some in the media — many of whom probably wouldn't be satisfied no matter what Trump did.  What did the poll find?  It found that most (52%) think the steps Trump has taken are enough to "separate Trump's business interests from his obligations as president."  On the other hand, only 42% said that Trump should sell his business.

CNN WARNS: Attack on Inauguration Could Justify Obama Administration Keeping Power.  This is the craziest thing I've ever seen on CNN — and that's saying a lot.  Wolf Blitzer broke out with a "developing story" about how if the inauguration is attacked and everyone died, the constitution actually says that an Obama cabinet member would legally become the president.  How am I supposed to take this?  Is this some kind of warning?

Liberal Journalists Rediscover Mission As Obama Leaves Office.  In an article published Monday [1/16/2017], Politico's Jack Shafer argues that Donald Trump has made reporters "free" to cover the presidency in a more aggressively critical manner than they did during previous administrations.  Reporters, Shafer says, "ought to start thinking of covering Trump's Washington like a war zone."

White House Correspondents Association Circles Echo-Chamber Wagons Against Trump Administration.  The White House Correspondents Association held a closed-door Town Hall event last Thursday to unite behind a singular ideological political narrative.  According to published reports of the event [via CNN ] the Association's prevailing theme was a rallying call there must be "unity" against the Trump administration. [...] Ah yes, the herd mindset must be retained if the echo-chamber is to battle united against a singular ideological adversary, President Donald Trump.

The AP Spins Lewis vs.  Trump.  Start with the headline:  "Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend."  Most people only read headlines, and this one gives no clue that it was Lewis, not Trump, who started the fight by saying on Meet the Press that Trump will be an illegitimate president.  And Lewis is identified as a "civil rights legend," not as a hyper-partisan Democratic politician, which is what he is.

Drug testing floated for White House press corps.  One proposal on dealing with the media that was pitched to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team calls for drug testing the White House press corps.  Trump's attacks on the mainstream media were a cornerstone of his campaign and last week he called BuzzFeed a "failing pile of garbage," but forcing reporters to undergo random drug tests would provoke a media meltdown.  The pee-in-a-cup proposal was one of 13 ideas one candidate for White House press secretary wrote in November in a confidential memo to members of the Presidential Transition Team's Executive Committee.

Left-wing media stunned that Trump hits back.  [Scroll down]  But here's what the corrupt media will not tell you:  BuzzFeed is nothing more than a political propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.  In June, the website terminated an advertising deal with the Republican National Committee because, as their CEO said, "The Trump campaign is directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States and the world."  Two days later, BuzzFeed's chairman, Kenneth Lerer, hosted a $33,000-a-ticket Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York City that President Obama attended.  Lerer already had a long history of donating to Democrats — since 2004, he's contributed almost a half a million dollars to Democrats, including $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in 2016.  It should be no surprise that, even after being exposed by President-elect Trump, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith is standing by the decision to publish what amounts to fake news in a desperate attempt to smear the next commander-in-chief.

Brzezinski Slams CNN and Buzzfeed For Letting 'Their Bias Get in the Way' With Russia Reports.  MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday [1/11/2017] has been wrestling with how to handle unverified reports that surfaced in the media yesterday evening, and cohost Mika Brzezinski called out two key media outlets for taking part in what she calls the same sort of behavior that many wrongly engaged with before the election.  Before President Barack Obama gave his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night, there was a dizzying array of reports regarding President-elect Donald Trump and his connections to Russia.  First, it a four-byline story from CNN:  "Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him," from Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper, and Carl Bernstein.  In it, CNN reports that both President-elect Trump and President Obama were presented with classified documents last week that suggested Russian intelligence had "compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump."

CNN Laments Being Unable to Hear a Good Speech 'Like This' from Trump.  Almost minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his farewell address Tuesday night, CNN jumped into whining about not being able to hear such deep speech from President-elect Donald Trump.  "Also as we think about the next president about to take office, I mean, their speaking styles could not possibly be any more different," noted moderator, Anderson Cooper, as unseen members of his panel laughed.  "We're not going to be hearing a speech LIKE THIS from a sitting president for the next four or eight years," he continued to bemoan, as CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash chimed in to glorify Obama's speech delivering acumen:  [Video clip]

WaPo writer ponders how to "remove Trump from office" before he's even sworn in.  Just in case you were wondering whether the owners of the Washington Post learned anything from the last election and their failure to stop America from voting for Donald Trump, fear not.  They haven't.  If there was any sort of change coming to the editorial board, they probably wouldn't have given a green light to Richard Cohen's column this week which carries the not very ambiguous title of, "How to remove Trump from office."

Reporters Obsessively Try to Get McCain to Say Trump Election Was Illegitimate.  Thursday afternoon [1/5/2017] on CNN, reporters from several networks surrounded Republican Senator John McCain and attempted to get him to call Donald Trump's election illegitimate.  McCain spoke to the reporters in the hallway immediately following a Senate hearing where Intelligence officials testified about the Russian hacking of the DNC this past Summer.  Ever since Clinton lost the election, the media has been desperately trying to pin her loss on Russian influence.  While the only thing that has been made evident is that Russia was able to access private DNC e-mails after DNC officials clicked on a phishing e-mail, somehow that means that Russia hacked the U.S. election, at least according to the media.  Immediately following the Senate hearing, reporters from CNN, CNBC, CBS and MSNBC swarmed around McCain and obsessively tried to get the Republican Senator to confirm their bias.

57 Days Later, Broadcast Morning and Evening News Haven't Called Obama 'Lame Duck'.  On November 5, 2008, the day after the election, CBS Evening News correspondent Chip Reid said of then-still-president George W. Bush, "he is now not only deeply unpopular, he's a full-fledged lame duck."  But in the 57 days after the 2016 election, the morning and evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC haven't used the term "lame duck" even once.  By avoiding this phrasing, the networks are giving post-election Obama a legitimacy they denied post-election Bush.  Instead of downplaying President Obama's role, the networks hyped disagreement between him and Trump, calling it a "turf war."

Zero Self-Awareness:  Chuck Todd Whacks Trump's 'Concierge Media Friends'.  On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday [1/1/2017], Chuck Todd devoted a whole hour to analyzing Trump vs. the Press, but he worked energetically to avoid the notion the media lost trust because it's seen as part of the Democratic National Machine.  There were no questions about whether they failed in being too soft on Hillary Clinton, because they never think they've been too soft on Democrats.

Midnight meltdown as tipsy Trump-hater Don Lemon has mic cut off by CNN.  CNN anchor Don Lemon has copped the honor of the first on-air Trump-hater meltdown of 2017, year one of the Trump presidency.  Sour Lemon's behavior was so disgraceful and out of place during a celebration of the New Year that the network brass cut his audio feed just after midnight when he began speak of "awful" 2016.

The Biggest Media Trend of 2016? Abject Humiliation of the Media.  For lots of high-profile media personalities, from Nate Silver to Nick Denton, 2016 dealt an enormous reckoning.  Michael Moore made some startling predictions, but few other liberal commentators saw what was happening.  Much of the pundit industrial complex spent the calendar year standing athwart history, yelling "It can't happen here" or "Trump is going to pivot any day now."  Clinton lost.

Top Ten Most Under Reported Stories of 2016.  [#3] The disappearing women — Trump accusers.  Isn't it interesting how the manufactured and promoted claims of dozens of women simply disappear once their usefulness is exhausted.  Where's the media follow-up stories on what, who, why and where are they now?  It's as if the entire media apparatus knew from the outset the story only held value in the short-term goal of taking down candidate Donald Trump.  Now, they simply just disappear as quickly as they originally surfaced.

Seven times the media compared Trump to Hitler.  The ultimate shutdown in politics is to compare a political opponent to Adolf Hitler.  And while Donald Trump may have changed much of what we know about politics, that truth lived on in 2016, even if it didn't stop the president-elect from winning.  Here are seven times, in no particular order, the national media compared Trump to Hitler. [...]

Anyone Who Reads About Russian Hacks And Donald Trump Should Read This First.  The reports on the intelligence community's (IC) alleged conclusion that Russia wanted President-elect Donald Trump to win the election have been, in a word, schizophrenic.  They're also drawing on some odd sourcing.

Kurt Eichenwald Further Explains His Claim That Trump Was Institutionalized.  [Scroll down]  So:  Eichenwald was making a joke, and "signalling to a source," but he also really believes that Trump was institutionalized in 1990.  The problem is that he can't prove it — it's merely "reporting process" — so he hasn't said so publicly.  Except for when he did say so publicly, but that doesn't count because he really doesn't like Tucker Carlson.  Now we know.  If Eichenwald genuinely believes that Tucker prevented him from explaining all of this on the air, then I'm glad to help make things right.

Democrats Already Accusing Trump Of "Treason" A Month Before He Takes Office.  This weekend you can catch a preview of what the next four years of mainstream media coverage of the Trump presidency will look like by checking in at the Boston Globe.  They've decided to run an op-ed piece penned by John Shattuck, a professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  Clearly not wanting to pull any punches or inject a level of nuance into the discussion, the title blares out at us, Donald Trump raises specter of treason.

This Insane Interview Between Newsweek Writer Eichenwald and Tucker Carlson Goes OFF THE RAILS.  Thursday [12/15/2016], Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk about his unsubstantiated accusations that Donald Trump was on amphetamine derivatives, and had a nervous breakdown in 1990. Within seconds, the interview began to go off the rails.  Carlson asked Eichenwald if he had any evidence to substantiate a tweet he sent on September 13, 2016, which reads:  "I believe Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, which is why he won't release his medical records."  The tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted, but not before numerous screenshots were taken.  Eichenwald never substantiated his claim regarding Trump, and on Thursday, Carlson tried to get to the bottom of it: [...]

Why the Media Can't Tell the Truth about Trump.  President Obama repeatedly trashed fossil fuel companies, banks, investment banks, insurance companies, drug companies, physicians, and others.  He intentionally bankrupted coal companies and for-profit colleges.  He and the Treasury Department unilaterally rewrote tax law to try to prevent companies from moving their headquarters.  The media and Democrats never had a problem with any of this, but if Trump jawbones companies that is unheard of.  Now that Trump has ripped into Boeing and Lockheed for costs, Democrats and the media all of a sudden care deeply about them.  This is the first time I can recall that the media and Democrats are worried about government interference with corporations.

CNN's Robert Baer:  We Should Have Another Election.  Well, that didn't take long.  The morning after the Washington Post's Friday evening [12/9/2016] story that a "Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House," a "deeply disturbed" Bob Baer, appearing on CNN Newsroom, when questioned as to whether "we should have another election," said that if it's true, "I don't see any other way than to vote again."

Reince Priebus Destroys Chuck Todd Over Russia Conspiracy Theories.  As the corrupt Democrat media complex continues to meltdown down, even a month after the election, Chuck Todd is still looking like the jackass he really is.  NBC of course is a leftist clown show ever since GE bought them.  The media's last gasp is to go back to pushing the Russia hacking conspiracy theories.  Fake News outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post are spreading fake news that the RNC was hacked and that Russia sat on the information.  Problem is for the media, The RNC was NOT hacked.

CNN's Stelter:  Trump Win a 'National Emergency'.  Those who expected the mainstream media to pause and reflect on its own biases following President-Elect Donald Trump's victory are surely disappointed.  It has become inescapably clear that rather than attempt to break free from the ideological echo chamber in which they exist, liberal journalists in the mainstream media are only doubling down on progressive propaganda — descending ever further into self-parody.

Russian "Meddling" In Election:  Most Overblown Story Ever?  It is certainly the most overblown story in a long time.  The casual reader of newspaper headlines might well believe that the Russian government hacked into voting machines, or something of the sort, to influence the presidential election.  But that is not the case.  If you read the Washington Post story, they are merely talking about the well-known hacks of Democratic National Committee and John Podesta emails.  The only news here is that someone at the CIA thinks the Russian government carried out the operation and did so in order to help Donald Trump win the election.

Did Russia Help Trump Get Elected?  Consider The Source(s).  There used to be a rule in journalism that reporters should consider the source before running with a story.  Like many other rules of journalism, that seems to have gone out the window when it comes to covering Donald Trump.  But "consider the source" should be the watch word when reading about news over the weekend that Russia interfered with the U.S. elections to get Donald Trump elected, particularly since the sources of this story are so unreliable.  The first source to be cautious about is the newspaper that published the bombshell story over the weekend: the Washington Post.

Anonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA's Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for Evidence.  The Washington Post late Friday night [12/9/2016] published an explosive story that, in many ways, is classic American journalism of the worst sort:  The key claims are based exclusively on the unverified assertions of anonymous officials, who in turn are disseminating their own claims about what the CIA purportedly believes, all based on evidence that remains completely secret.

The Stock Market vs.  The Media — Whom Do You Trust?  While the stock market rockets to new highs virtually every twenty minutes, the media continues to gasp with more and more dismay at Donald Trump's picks to fill his cabinet.  Today, as the Dow approaches 20,000, the Washington Post is moaning about the president-elect's choosing too many generals for important positions, as if all military minds automatically think alike.  The Post certainly wouldn't say that about, say, Muslims.  Nor would anybody who'd actually read a history book.

Remember when Obama had three generals on his team?  he nomination of Gen. John Kelly (USMC-Ret) for Secretary of Homeland Security has caused elite members of the DC and New York media to harrumph their way through deeply concerned opinion pieces about the disturbing influence of the military in President-elect Donald Trump's nascent administration.

Trump Owes The Media Nothing — Here's Why.  The media dropped the ball during the last campaign with its overwhelmingly negative coverage of the major candidates, especially Donald Trump.  That's not the conclusion of some disgruntled conservative media watchdog, but of a new report from Harvard University's impeccably liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.  You know when left-of-center media watchdogs see media bias against a conservative candidate it must be really egregious.  And the respected Shorenstein Center's report found that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took their share of hard hits by the media.  But Trump came in for especially vicious treatment.

WaPo: Trump Was Right About Overwhelmingly Negative Press Coverage.  One of the hallmarks of both the McCain and Romney presidential campaigns was the candidates' weakness in the face of hostile press coverage.  As has been mentioned many times, Romney essentially threw an entire election because he let debate "moderator" Candy Crowley lie for President Obama.  For many Republicans who weren't enthusiastic Trump supporters but wanted something to like about him, his refusal to give the media a free pass on their combative bias was the thing.  It was practically otherworldly to see a Republican presidential candidate expressing frustration over something that GOP voters have been angry about for decades.

An Orgy of Double Standards.  While the mainstream media was willing to excuse Barack Obama for everything he did, it is in full attack mode with Trump.  To be more precise, the press declared everything Obama did to be genius.  It seems to believe that everything Trump does signals incompetence and an absence of qualification.  Have you noticed that no one questioned the absurdly thin resume of Barack Obama?  Some of us have questioned the Trump qualifications, but how many people pointed out that Obama had no qualifications to speak of?  He had a few years as a backbench U.S. senator who accomplished nothing.  Trump has no experience in government but he has worked as an executive and has dealt with foreign countries for decades.  Trump's antics managed to make Obama look presidential, but Obama's resume makes Trump look qualified.

Who's More 'Authoritarian'? Trump or the Media Elite That Wants Him to Shut Up?  When Harry Truman said "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen," he was probably talking to politicians, and not to the press.  But it's become quite obvious in the nascent Trump era that the press simply cannot take the heat.  Criticizing the press isn't fair game.  It's a dangerous sign of an undemocratic temperament.  On Sunday's [12/4/2016] edition of the CNN Trump-trashing show called Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter insisted that the media needed to define Trump as a dictator, not a president:  "I talk to international correspondents who say to you, 'This is exactly what authoritarians do.  This is what strongmen do.  This is what happens in authoritarian regimes.'  I think we need to start using those words on TV, at least, to discuss the possibilities before us."

Flashback: When The Media Swooned Over Obama's Phone Call With Terror Sponsoring Iranian President.  Over the weekend President-elect Donald Trump took a phone call from the President of Taiwan.  The move set off a mainstream media firestorm of criticism, with many news anchors and pundits warning the acceptance of the call could damage U.S. relations with China. [...] Back in 2013 President Obama made direct contact with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with, you guessed it, a phone call.  The call was initiated by President Obama, not Rouhani.  Iran is listed as the world's largest state sponsor of terror by the State Department and before 9/11, its terrorism offshoot Hezbollah was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization in the world.  The outrage from the same media players panicking over Trump's call with Taiwan was absent.

Lies, [...] and LA Times editorials.  The Left, having no value for truth, honesty, integrity, or anything else besides getting their way of course, has no problem with printing absolute falsehoods like the ones in this editorial bemoaning the prospect of national concealed carry reciprocity.  It seems the Times is aggrieved that liberty and greater ability to self-defense might soon be coming[.]

Zakaria: 'Working-Class Whites' Vote On Emotion, Not Policy.  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign did not fail as a result of its subscription to unpopular left-wing policies, said left-wing CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday's [12/4/2016] GPS.  As is his custom, his introductory monologue was a reading of his weekly column at left-wing news outlet The Washington Post.  Despite declaring Hillary Clinton's victory as inevitable on October 16 ("Let's be clear.  Donald Trump will lose the election."), Zakaria now claims to understand President-elect Donald Trump's appeal.  He also now claims to know what Clinton could have done to win the presidency.  American voters aren't driven by policy, said Zakaria, but by emotion: [...]

How Trump Turned the National Media Into Impotent Hecklers:  Savor it.  It finally happened.  The national media no longer matters.  The entire institution has been rendered as irrelevant as a drunken fan in the cheap seats pretending to know more about the game than Kobe.  Sure, the media might still have the power to annoy.  But as far as how the players play, the institution is now just, well, belligerent jerks with no power, no sway, no influence.  Much of the credit does not belong to President-elect Donald Trump.  The media did this to themselves.

The Twin Pillars of Progressive Prejudice.  In media land, Donald Trump risked world peace by accepting a phone call from the democratically elected president of Taiwan; Barack Obama's talks with dictators and thugs such as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and Raul Castro were long overdue.  In media land, jawboning Carrier not to relocate a plant to Mexico is an existential threat to the free market; not so when Barack Obama tried to coerce Boeing to move to Washington State to produce union-made planes, or bullied a small non-union guitar company, or reordered the bankruptcy payouts of Chrysler and essentially took over the company.  In campus land, the election of 2008 was cause for ebullition; in 2016, elections by nature were traumatic as students were reduced to whining toddlers who needed cookies and milk.

At Walter Reed:  NYT Hailed Obama's 'Sacred Duty' to Troops, But Bush Staged Photo Op.  Presidential visits to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed should be non-political events worthy of non-partisan coverage, but the New York Times manages to shows its colors even in those solemn moments.  In the half-page "Obama's Sacred Duty:  Visiting the Wounded — Trips to Walter Reed Take Toll and Inspire" for Wednesday's [11/30/2016] edition, reporter Gardiner Harris brought a somber, emotional, personalized tone to the proceedings. [...] Yet the tone was quite more brusque and abrupt, almost guilt-tripping, when it came to former President George W. Bush's visits to the wounded at Walter Reed during the Iraq War, even down to the terse headlines, like this one from November 2004: [...]

They can dish it out but they can't take it.
CNN's Dana Bash Wishes Trump Would Stop Going After the Press.  CNN's Dana Bash reacted tonight to President-elect Donald Trump's big post-victory rally by lamenting how much he attacked the media.  Trump went on his usual attacks against the "dishonest media," this time mixing it with mockery of how much the press downplayed his chances of winning.  Bash said this in response:  [Video clip]

NYT Columnist Calls Trump 'Least Successful' Candidate Of Our Time.  New York Times columnist Gail Collins calls President-elect Donald Trump one of the "least successful" presidential candidates in American history in an op-ed Thursday [12/1/2016].  Although Trump pulled off an unprecedented comeback in the polls to win the election, Collins points to his loss in the popular vote as evidence he's actually one of the least successful candidates ever.  "The one positive effect of the recount, besides reassuring people who worry the Russians might be capable of hacking a massive American vote tally, is the way it reminds the nation, every day, that Donald Trump is one of the least successful successful presidential candidates in American history," she writes.

Tom Friedman, Apparently Straight-Faced, Claims Most of the Media Support Trump.  Chalk it up to the rigors of a book tour, if one is inclined to be charitable.  Otherwise this comes across as delusional.  New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, making the media rounds to flog his new book, [...] made an assertion on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on Nov. 22 that surely set off guffaws coast to coast.

Tensions rise at CNN as the network aims for Trump.  CNN is taking an increasingly negative approach toward its coverage of President-elect Trump, causing at least some tension within the network, inside sources told the Washington Examiner.  Trump, according to a New York Post story, told the network he wasn't happy with their coverage during an off-the-record meeting at his headquarters in Trump Tower this week.  Trump critiqued the news media at large during the meeting, but CNN was one of the top targets, according to the Post's report.

32 Times Establishment Media and Pollsters Assured the People of Donald Trump's Defeat.  From the time Donald Trump announced his White House bid, there has been no shortage of establishment media outlets predicting his defeat.  Indeed, as the weeks and months marked Trump's ever-apparent political preeminence, the pundits, pollsters, and prognosticators doubted and declared his collapse inevitable.  Even as Trump, a real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star, clinched the Republican presidential nomination, the affirmations of his failure kept coming.  The very establishment media and pollsters who benefitted from Trump's celebrity before branding him leader of a deplorable political base will stand against his governance.

Amanpour: Media Should Fight Trump Because He Might Start Putting Us In Cages.  CNN's chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour urged journalists Tuesday night to protect their profession from the "existential threat" of President-elect Donald Trump, who she implied might try to put the media in "cages."  Citing Trump's tweet about the media "inciting" some of the protests against him following the election, Amanpour warned gravely of authoritarian leaders who dismantle the free press and imprison journalists.

Flashback: Trump-Trashing Journalists Oozed Over Obama's '08 Transition.  During the campaign, the liberal news media did everything they could to prevent Donald Trump's election — including 91% negative coverage from the broadcast networks — but he won anyway.  Now, journalists are trashing the way Trump is handling his transition, as well as his early Cabinet picks.  But eight years ago, viewers heard a very different tone coming from the media, as journalists celebrated the election of Barack Obama, cheered the "brain power" of the "team of geniuses" he was assembling for his Cabinet, and tingled over how "cool" Obama seemed as he assumed the responsibilities of office.  With Trump, the media are touting the "continuing turmoil" in his transition, as ABC's Tom Llamas claimed on the November 16 Good Morning America.

Biased Press Continues To Misinform Public About Trump.  When the Pew Research Center asked the public who conducted themselves worst during the presidential campaign, the answer was ... the press.  But after promising to shape up after the election, the mainstream media are already back to their old games.

Trump's supposed 'Muslim registry' is just more fake news.  The first thing to know about Donald Trump's alleged proposal for a Muslim registry is that it isn't a Muslim registry.  This has been lost in a freakout that has some brave souls already promising acts of civil disobedience to disrupt and overwhelm the prospective registry.  The controversy tells us much more about how the media will cover the Trump administration — i.e., through the lens of fact-free hysteria — than about the administration's immigration enforcement agenda.  The source of the fracas is a comment from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Trump immigration adviser and (excellent) candidate for homeland security director, to Reuters.

The Press Suddenly Realizes a President's Life Is Opulent and Expensive.  Wait, now there are complaints about the expenses surrounding the security bubble around the president-elect? [...] Yes, we did go through a variation of this when Obama was elected.  Except the local papers had to file a FOIA request, and the complaints from the Chicago city government seemed pretty muted.

Why does the Wall Street Journal hate capitalism?  The Wall Street Journal today [11/18/2016] in an editorial demanded that President Trump hold a fire sale by selling off everything he owns in the next 73 days. [...] When George Washington accepted the job as president no one in their right mind demanded that he liquidate Mount Vernon.  President Trump already sacrificed for his country.  He donated up to $100 million to his campaign.  On top of that, he sacrificed potential earnings that, by the end of his first term, should easily top $1 billion.  Economists call this opportunity cost.

ABC, NBC Smear Trump's Cabinet Picks as 'Really Old White Group'.  As President-Elect Donald Trump's cabinet selection process continued move along Sunday morning [11/20/2016], the liberal media's claims of chaos behind the scenes seemed to give way to cries of racism on the network morning shows.  "So, there's a concern about lack of diversity so far in the hiring," bemoaned ABC's Paula Faris on Good Morning America, "We saw that he brought in Michelle Rhee and Nikki Haley, but is there really any likelihood of a pick who is not a white male at this point?"  Faris had posed her ridiculous question to ABC's Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, who on election night almost broke down in tears from Hillary Clinton's loss.

The Editor says...
Is there now something distasteful about being a white person?  The new president was elected to clean up the mess left behind by Barack H. Obama, the most incompetent and intentionally destructive president the country has ever had.  The new president seems to be inclined to hire the most competent people for his cabinet, rather than hiring people who represent a fashionable assortment of ethnicities and non-standard sexual lifestyles.

Trump must ignore the media and trust his gut.  Here's my advice to President-elect Donald Trump:  When it comes to the media, don't listen.  Ignore the haters.  These are the same people who, as WikiLeaks exposed, were openly colluding with Hillary Clinton's campaign in violation of every ethical standard they are supposed to honor and uphold.

Trump goes to dinner without media; wailing about 'lack of transparency' produces comedy gold.  How dare this madman simply "go" to the 21 Club and order a steak?  Who does he think he is?  Does he not know about the glorious "tradition" whereby the media is privy to the commander in chief's every move?

Emerging media narrative on Donald Trump:  Disarray and families torn apart.  By the way, President-elect Obama ditched his [media] pool in Hawaii eight years ago, and it wasn't treated as a national calamity.

Trump and the media.  Trump can't get anything right so far as the press is concerned, and can this be because this Conservative betrayed those Liberals by winning?  Yes it can — and already we can see where this is going for the next four to eight years.  Trump will have no choice but to give as good as he got, and he got it pretty bad from the moment he announced himself a candidate.  The tweet has been Trump's revenge, and it will have to remain so.  That's his news media against theirs.

Ritual of Ever-Present Coverage May Not Pass Muster With Trump.  Since Election Day, Mr. Trump has refused to let reporters accompany him to the White House, accused the media of inciting protests and tweeted accusations that The New York Times fabricated stories about his transition.  As a candidate, he vilified journalists by name and blacklisted news outlets that displeased him.  So when Mr. Trump ducked out to dinner Tuesday night without informing the journalists assigned to cover him, it struck White House reporters as a small but significant omen that cordial relations between the president and his press corps, a hallmark of the West Wing, were under threat.

Press dig in for long battle against Trump.  The national media appear to be digging in for a long fight with President-elect Trump, and are already issuing stern warnings about how the Trump administration should behave weeks before Trump officially takes office.  A group of press freedom and government transparency groups sent an open letter to Trump on Wednesday to call on him and his incoming administration to abide by the rules that traditionally govern the press-White House relationship.  "A great America depends on having sunlight on its leaders," said the letter, signed by the heads of the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others.  "We expect the traditions of White House press coverage to be upheld whether in Washington or elsewhere."

Former Obama Spokesman Threatens Trump Over Media Access.  In the continuing media saga/melt-down over President-Elect Donald Trump's audacity to eat a meal in a restaurant with his family we find the following quote from former Obama administration spokesperson Tommy "Dude" Vietor: [...] What's the media going to do Tommy, stop reporting on Trump?  Ignore Trump?

President Trump 1, WHCA 0.  President [elect] Trump trumped the press last night [11/15/2016], ditching them so he could have a nice steak with his family and friends (and maybe Ted Cruz).  The boo-hoo bears in the media complained. [...] We remember the 2011 White House Correspondents Association dinner in which the Washington Post invited The Donald, only to laugh at him as the president of the United States mocked him — live on national television.  Who's sorry now?

Hypocrisy: Nets Fret About Bannon; Gave Catholic-Hating Podesta a Pass.  Prior to the election, WikiLeaks produced e-mails in which Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta and other staffers denigrated conservative Catholics.  Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri suggested people became conservative Catholics because, "Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals."  Wow.  Sociology.  Aide John Halpin wrote to Podesta that conservative Catholicism is "an amazing bastardization of the faith.  They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy."

Media ready for Trump to fail.  Five days after Donald Trump was elected the next president, the national media that misread his popularity are now anticipating his likely failures and shortcomings.  And he hasn't even made it into office yet.

The New York Times can't improve until it admits bias.  The New York Times is so, so very sorry that its presidential election coverage was so, so very wrong.  Please have pity on them, Times publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr. begged his paper's readers the other day.  "We aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism.  That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor...," Sulzberger said in a letter.  Tell me, how is the paper going to "rededicate" itself to "honesty" if it can't even admit that it was dishonest during this past election?  The Times' coverage was blatantly slanted against Republican Donald Trump, so much so, in fact, that even its own Public Editor — who is supposed to be the referee of ethics — slammed her employer.

CNN still pushing fake story about Muslim attacked by Trumpsters.  CNN is the poster child for media bias and once again they don't disappoint. [...] This woman claimed that the men drove up, got out and attacked her.  That one was wearing a Trump 'Make America Great Again' cap and they beat her and robbed her, stealing her belongings and hijab.  She also said they hurled racial slurs at her.  She didn't realize there were cameras there and that they prove it never happened.  There were no other witnesses and it was labeled the hoax that it was.

ABC's Stephanopoulos:  Trump Civil Suit Conviction Could Be 'Impeachable'.  ABC's George Stephanopoulos raised the prospect of the impeachment of President-Elect Trump on Thursday's [11/10/2016] Good Morning America, as the morning show spotlighted the multiple civil lawsuits against the billionaire.  The former Clinton administration communications director underlined that "if he takes the risk of going to trial and he's convicted, that could be seen as an impeachable offense."  ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams corrected Stephanopoulos's faulty take:  "You can't impeach someone for stuff that they did before they became president."

Really?  Do you have 'Hundreds' of pictures?
Brian Stelter: 'Hundreds' Of Swastikas, Racist Attacks After Trump Win.  In little-noticed remarks Saturday [11/12/2016], "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter Saturday [11/12/2016] parroted data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, claiming that there have been "hundreds of cases of swastikas, of racist language, of harassment, of in some cases, assaults and bullying across this country" since Donald Trump was elected.

There Is No Violent Hate-Crimewave in 'Trump's America'.  [W]hile all sorts of horrible incidents are being reported on Twitter and Facebook... well, anyone can say anything on Twitter and Facebook.  The bulk of these stories are "friend of a friend" told me types.  But if men were really going around pulling knives on Muslim women on public buses in Trump's name, there would at least be local or campus news reports of it.  Same, too, for the alleged wave of transgender teen suicides which keep getting mentioned in media but for which no one can offer any evidence.


Cabinet and Senior White House Staff:

Scott Pruitt is ready to get the EPA back on track.  [Scott] Pruitt, like the president who appointed him, is determined to end Obama-era excesses, such as the all-pain, trivial-gain Clean Power Plan and the overreaching "Waters of the United States" rule that claimed the right to regulate even puddles.  Instead, the new administrator aims to focus the agency on actually finishing work it's been neglecting.  That includes bringing more of the nation into full attainment of clean air and clean water standards.  And also actually getting Superfund sites cleaned up — when many have been stalled for decades.

The Editor says...
If I were President, the EPA would be one of the first agencies to be terminated, because all 50 states have their own EPA equivalents.  California has six of them.

More Evidence That McMaster Shares Obama's Views on Islam and Terror.  Donald Trump's new national security advisor, Lt. General H.R. McMaster, has made troubling remarks — such as "the Islamic State is not Islamic" — that one expects from the D.C. establishment.  However a hearty endorsement that he gave to a 2010 book points to the totality of McMaster's views on security issues as being worse than simply his parroting politically correct memes on Islam.  The book in question is Militant Islamist Ideology:  Understanding the Global Threat.  Written by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, it was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2010.  I read and reviewed it back in 2012 and found its claims — many of which the Obama administration followed to disastrous results — to be incorrect and problematic.  For starters, Aboul-Enein asserts that only "militant Islamists" — ISIS types who behead, crucify, massacre, and burn people alive — are the enemy.  "Non-militant Islamists," however, are not.

Right On Cue, Soros-Financed MoveOn.Org Holds DC Protest Demanding Sessions' Resignation.  Right on cue, the George Soros-financed MoveOn.org progressive activist group on Thursday organized a protest outside the U.S. Department of Justice building calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The protest was organized fairly quickly.  It was held mere hours after reports surfaced that Sessions held two conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. while he was Alabama's senator and served on the Armed Services Committee.  Sessions maintains that the conversations did not concern the 2016 presidential campaign.  He served as an informal advisor to Trump during the presidential race.

Democrats are starting to sound like modern Joe McCarthys.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from any investigation involving last fall's election is prudent — but it won't satisfy the Democrats now channeling the ghost of Sen. Joe McCarthy.  Back in the '50s, the Wisconsin senator was famously accused of seeing a Russian under every bed.  And now Democrats seem to be conducting the same kind of "witch hunt" as his investigations of Soviet infiltration of the US government.

No, Ms. Pelosi, Attorney General Sessions did not commit perjury.  Napoleon Bonaparte once said, "from the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step."  There is nothing sublime about Nancy Pelosi.  Ridiculous, however, is an apt description.  At a news conference Thursday [3/2/2017], the former Speaker of the House denounced Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a liar, pronounced him guilty of perjury, and demanded his resignation.  This comes just days after she erroneously accused the Trump White House of obstructing justice.  Clearly, she's on a tear.  Who knew the democratic leader, who is not a lawyer, was such an expert on the law?

The Perjury Allegation against Jeff Sessions Is Meritless.  On the overwrought, partisan allegations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury in his confirmation-hearing testimony, let's cut to the chase:  There is a good deal of political hay to be made because Sessions made a statement that was inaccurate — or at least incomplete — especially when mined out of its context.  But the claim that his testimony was perjurious as a matter of law is wholly without merit.

The McMaster Pick:  Score One For The Swamp?  President Trump has confirmed that retired Lt. General H.R. McMaster is his new choice to be his National Security Adviser.  There have been indications that the Republican establishment has been trying to co-opt Trump and keep him from effecting the sweeping reform that he has promised, and this appointment could indicate that at least for the moment, these forces have gained the upper hand.

US Marshals guard DeVos after tense nomination process.  U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being guarded by the agents from the U.S. Marshals Service after a bruising nomination process, Politico reported.  Drew J. Wade, a spokesman for the service, told the magazine that he is not aware of these agents guarding an education secretary in the past.  The education secretary is traditionally guarded by a small security unit from the education department, the report said.  The report said that few other details are available about the security arrangement.  Despite her win, DeVos emerged bruised from her highly divisive nomination fight.

Elizabeth Warren Gets Mitchslapped.  Tuesday night [2/7/2017], the Democrats tried to show their base they're willing to get off the mat and get back into the ring, this time to unsuccessfully block one of their own, a man they all like personally, but have to now verbally destroy to satisfy their base, Jeff Sessions of Alabama.  Why?  He's going to be a rather effective Attorney General, and the left hates that.

Senate narrowly confirms Betsy DeVos as education secretary.  The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary Tuesday [2/7/2017] by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Pence casting a historic tiebreaking vote after senators deadlocked over her fitness for the job.  DeVos now takes the helm of the Education Department with questions about whether and how the polarizing fight over her confirmation will affect her power to advance the Trump administration's agenda.  The entire Democratic caucus of 48 senators voted against DeVos, as did two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who said they did not think that DeVos was qualified for the job.

Senate confirms DeVos with tie-breaking vote by Pence.  The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education by the slimmest of margins, capping off a rocky, high-stakes fight for President Trump's pick.  Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote on DeVos, breaking a 50-50 tie after Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) became the first Republican senators to oppose a Trump Cabinet pick, joining all Democrats.  Pence is the first vice president ever to cast a decisive vote on a Cabinet nominee.  The last time a vice president broke a tie in the Senate was 2008, when then-Vice President Dick Cheney voted on tax legislation.

Approve the Cabinet.  The great strategic problem with the Democrats is that when they win, they think they'll never lose again, and when they lose, they think they'll never win again.  When Barack Obama was in the White House, Democrats couldn't get enough of his "pen and phone" strategy to run roughshod over the separation of powers; apparently, it never occurred to them that a Republican president might make use of these same tools.  Now shut out of the White House and holding minority positions in both houses of Congress, Democrats are taking a scorched-earth approach to the president's nominations; apparently, it hasn't occurred to them that it is likely that a future Democratic president will face a Senate in which Republicans are a majority rather than a frustrated minority, and that it is entirely possible that a Republican opposition could do to most — or even all — of that future Democrat's Cabinet picks what they did to Merrick Garland.

Thank God for Kellyanne Conway.  She's one of the smartest, most kind, most thoughtful people you could ever hope to meet.  And the mass media are intent on destroying her.  Kellyanne Conway made history as the nation's first female manager of a successful presidential campaign.  Yet the mass media will not ever sincerely congratulate her as the woman who broke that glass ceiling.

From George Washington To Barack Obama:  Senate Democrats' Cabinet Blockade Has Never Been Seen Before.  The Senate Democrats' obstruction of President Trump's cabinet nominees has reached a record-setting level.  Yesterday [2/2/2017], ABC News reported:  "President Trump has more unconfirmed Cabinet nominees at this point in his term than all previous presidents combined." Senate Democrats have failed to a historical magnitude to offer deference to the president, running counter to what they argued for during previous administrations.

Donald Trump's pest control problem.  As a liberal Obama holdover, one can safely assume that Ms. Yates surmised that when Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, one of his first acts would be to let her go.  So, rather than doing the honorable thing and resign over her disagreement with President Trump, Ms. Yates chose a course of action transparently designed to make her a hero in the eyes of the left.

Democrats boycott vote on EPA nominee Scott Pruitt.  The boycott by Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee comes amid other attempts to hold up Mr. Trump's nominees.  In the case of Mr. Pruitt specifically, Democrats claim he's failed to answer substantive questions.  But Republican leaders say that excuse simply doesn't hold water.  "The minority may not like all of Attorney General Pruitt's answers, but he's given them answers," said Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican and committee chairman.  "Mr. Pruitt ought to get at least a vote."

Senate committee approves DeVos nomination.  The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Tuesday morning approved Betsy DeVos's nomination to lead the Department of Education.  DeVos was confirmed 12-11 along party lines.  Her nomination will now go to the Senate floor, where she'll need only need a simple majority to be confirmed.

Steve Bannon in 2010: 'Islam is not a religion of peace.  Islam is a religion of submission'.  President Trump's chief strategist, former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon, once dismissed the notion that Islam is a religion of peace, describing it in a 2010 radio interview as "a religion of submission."  Bannon made the comments on "Western Word Radio with Avi Davis," an online right-wing radio station.  In the segment, Bannon, who at the time served on the board of Breitbart, criticized former President George W. Bush for what he and fellow guest conservative columnist Diana West described as injecting political correctness into the federal government.

The Editor asks...
What did Mr. Bannon say that isn't absolutely correct?

What I Learned in Washington DC.  If you listen to the media you might have the impression that the Trump transition team is in complete disarray.  Talking with leaders of the transition team certainly didn't leave me with that impression.  They have broken the transition process down into over 30 departments and have created a "landing document" for each department.  The analogy they are using is that this process is like planning an invasion, and they are going to hand the landing document off to the "beachhead teams" who will then execute the plans.

Dems Force Trump's Ed.  Nominee To Answer 1,397 Questions In Writing — Obama's TWO Had 109, Combined.  Democrats are blocking the confirmation of Donald Trump's Secretary of Education nominee Betsy Devos by forcing her to answer 837 written, followup questions from her Senate confirmation hearing.  "Mrs. Devos' Senate opponents are grasping for straws," Sen. Lamar Alexander said of the decision in a post for Medium.  "We didn't have time to question her, they say, even though she met with each one of them in their offices, and her hearing lasted nearly an hour and a half longer than either of President Obama's education secretaries."

Trump's Nominees Face 'Unprecedented' Democrat Obstructionism.  President Donald Trump starts his first full week in the White House with just two Cabinet secretaries confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  That's the lowest number in decades and a sharp contrast from former President Barack Obama.  Trump's picks have fared worse than past Cabinet nominees.  Even though Trump enjoys a Republican-led Senate, Democrats have kept their promise to delay confirmation of his nominees, even if they lack the votes to ultimately defeat them.

Also posted under Leftist obstructionism.

Senate confirms retired Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary, breaking with decades of precedent.  The Senate confirmed James N. Mattis as President Trump's defense secretary Friday, breaking with decades of precedent by making a recently retired general the Pentagon's top civilian leader.  Mattis, 66, will lead the Defense Department's 1.9 million active-duty service members and reservists and oversee a budget of more than $580 billion as Trump prepares to expand the military.  He becomes the first senior military officer to serve as defense secretary since President Truman nominated Army Gen. George C. Marshall for the job in 1950, as the U.S. military struggled in the Korean War.  Many lawmakers and long-time foreign policy observers hope Mattis can be a moderating voice of experience in an administration that has notably few senior officials with national security experience in Washington.

Trump nominee Nikki Haley set to show skepticism about value of U.N..  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley pledged Wednesday to forcefully advance American interests as the U.S. ambassador at the United Nations after what she called a retreat from global leadership under the Obama administration.  Haley questioned the priorities and effectiveness of the world body,which President-elect Donald Trump has called a toothless debating society, but said she intends to "fix" what doesn't work.

THIS is going to "make America great again?"
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke defends expansive federal reach in land policies.  Rep. Ryan Zinke, the nominee to head the Interior Department, will cast himself Tuesday [1/17/2017] as a champion of the federal government expanding its reach over federal lands, in a move that could signal friction with his own GOP colleagues.  He also hinted, in testimony prepared for his confirmation hearing Tuesday afternoon, that President-elect Donald Trump's promised infrastructure plans will include money to shore up the crown jewels of the national park system, many of which are crumbling under a $12 billion maintenance backlog.  Mr. Zinke will call himself an "unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt," saying the former president "had it right" when he expanded the government's reach to millions of acres of lands.

Trump's pick for Education Secretary wants everyone to get a great education.  Dems hate her for it.  In Louisiana we enacted the biggest school choice statewide program in the country.  And in New Orleans every public school will soon be a charter school, allowing for real innovation.  There will be literally zero traditional public schools, and education is improving.  But let's be clear, this is Holy Grail for the American Left.  They will fight to the last gasp to stop anyone from delivering equal opportunity in education.  They attacked me for it every waking hour after we got our program enacted, in the same irrational and nasty manner they are now attacking Betsy [Devos].

What Betsy DeVos Should Tell the Senate.  One week from today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold its confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for U.S. secretary of education. [...] Her confirmation provides a golden chance to sketch out a principled vision of school reform and explain to a national audience just where school choice fits into that vision.  On the national stage, conservatives have long had trouble articulating a coherent, winning approach to education policy.  This is strange, because they have a sensible, appealing prescription to offer.  Here's what DeVos could say: [...]

Ted Cruz Challenges Media, Champions Truth Through Far-Left's Smear of Jeff Sessions.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz challenged the news media during Tuesday's confirmation hearing to tell the truth about his colleague Jeff Sessions' record on championing civil rights and fighting bigotry — in particular Sessions' role in sentencing a well-known Klansman to death and helping to financially bankrupt the Klan in the state of Alabama.

Cabinet hearings' only 'surprise' is Democrats' grandstanding.  Confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump's Cabinet picks are now under way and — despite some Democratic posturing — the nominees are acquitting themselves well.  The most blatant pandering came from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who essentially launched his 2020 presidential campaign with a broadside against Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions.  It was the first time a senator has ever testified against a sitting colleague at a confirmation hearing, but Booker sanctimoniously claimed he had to defer to his "conscience and country."  (As if Republicans don't care about either.)  Then again, the Cory Booker who accused Sessions of "hostility" to civil rights is the same senator who last year declared he was "blessed and honored" to work with Sessions in honoring '60s-era civil-rights activists.

Watch Ted Cruz Obliterate Leftist Senator Al Franken In Defense Of Jeff Sessions.  Al Franken attempted to paint Senator Jeff Sessions as a liar and a racist — accusations which are in direct opposition to the actual facts of Senator Jeff Sessions' remarkable law enforcement and legislative career.  Sessions was fighting against real racism when Franken was a third-rate comedian and writer on SNL.  How refreshing is it to see a conservative like Ted Cruz, a man who intellectually laps the likes of Franken many times over, come so quickly and forcefully to Senator Sessions' defense.  Perhaps the persistent rumors of a Cruz nomination to the Supreme Court remains a very real possibility in a Trump administration.  If so, America would be better for it.

'We Know in Alabama Who Jeff Sessions Is': Black Pastors Defend Trump's AG Pick Against Charges of Racism.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a "very decent man" who has "served well and whose track record speaks for itself," an Alabama pastor said on Capitol Hill Monday, as he and other black pastors spoke out in support for President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General.  "We know in Alabama who Jeff Sessions is," Bishop Kyle Searcy, senior pastor of the multi-racial, nondenominational Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, Ala., told CNSNews.com.

Sharpton Promises 'Season of Civil Disobedience' in Response to Sessions Nomination.  National Action Network president Rev. Al Sharpton promised a "season of civil disobedience" in reaction to the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general in the Trump administration.  Sharpton, an MSNBC host, said activists have planned a march in Washington on Jan. 14 during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to protest the Sessions nomination.  Sharpton recalled spending 90 days in jail for protesting on U.S. Navy land against military exercises on the island of Vieques in 2001 when George W. Bush was president, adding that civil disobedience usually works because it changes policy.

How Jeff Sessions would change the Justice Department.  On Tuesday morning attorney general-designate Jeff Sessions will become the first Trump nominee to undergo a Senate confirmation hearing.  It could be rough.  Democrats have spent weeks noting that Sessions — their colleague in the Senate for the last 20 years — was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 over charges he was "racially insensitive."  The outside groups and journalists that support Democrats have been less tactful; just Google "Sessions" and "racist."  But the key questions in confirming Sessions are not about what happened, or didn't happen, in the 1980s.  They are about what Sessions would do as attorney general.

Reaction To Trump's Team Proves Climate Alarmists Are The Real Deniers.  Today is the Day Against Denial, where climate change activists around the country are protesting President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks.  Activists will supposedly converge on U.S. Senate offices and demand that their senators "reject Donald Trump's reckless climate-denying cabinet nominees" particularly secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, and Energy secretary pick Rick Perry.

The Sessions Smear.  NAACP officials have already been arrested in an anti-Jeff Sessions protest and his confirmation hearing as attorney general is not until next week.  The Sessions confirmation battle is sure to generate lots of heat and very little light.  Sessions will likely prevail, but not before his name is dragged through the gutter in an execrable exercise in contemporary racial politics.  At least Sessions is familiar with how this works.  He went through the experience in 1986 when his nomination to a federal judgeship was rejected by a U.S. Senate committee on spurious grounds.

Scott Pruitt Applying Our Constitution Will Rein In Bureaucratic Abuses at the EPA.  Passions are exploding over Oklahoma's Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, becoming the Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Particularly, the Sierra Club is furious and has started an Alinsky-style assault of vilifying the nominee.

The Case for Scott Pruitt to Serve as EPA Administrator.  Scott Pruitt has established himself as a bold and principled conservative, unable to rest easy while the separation of powers is violated and legislative authority is taken away from the hands of Congress. He has a unique understanding of the unconstitutional regulatory branch and he would surely be pleased to see an environmental policy that works not only for the environment of the natural world, but also the environment of the American worker and consumer.  Voters sent a loud message to Washington:  Americans want change.  The status quo is not working and America can do better.  Regulatory overreach has become the status quo and has proven to have negative effects on Americans of every state and every class.  A country that respects the rule of law needs a law that is clear, realistic, and stable.

Pray for Jeff Sessions.  Everyone who believes in prayer should say some for attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.  Senator Sessions is experiencing the full wrath of the worst hateful lies that the modern Left and Democrat Party can conjure.  Lies, half-truths, and smears have become the strategy to attack his nomination.  The age of Obama has seen the rise of bricks-and-mortar operations with deep cash reserves designed to permanently transform the nation, and the Justice Department has been ground zero.  That's why Jeff Sessions is the perfect pick for attorney general, and that's why the liars on the Left are willing to smear this good man.  They've served up all their familiar charges against him from their phobia smorgasbord:  homo-, xeno-, Islamo- or trans-.  That's why the NAACP decided to trespass and occupy his Senate office — an action far worse than the one that landed James O'Keefe in jail.  Don't expect Loretta Lynch to do anything.  Who commits the crime is sometimes more important than what they did.  O'Keefe played for the wrong team.

National Sheriffs' Association Supports Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.  A little known fact most are not familiar with — within your local jurisdiction, unless removed by State legislative construct, the County Sheriff is the highest recognized constitutional officer in your area.

Schumer: "Democrats Will Resist Trump's Picks Vehemently!"  According to [a report in The Washington Post], Schumer told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will target Trump's pick for the head of State, Sen. Jeff Sessions for head of the Justice Department, and two other notable appointees.  Democrats will also target picks for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Democrats target eight cabinet nominees, threaten to drag out process.  Senate Democrats are vowing to stall action on eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees tasked with carrying out his economic, law enforcement and regulatory agenda, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Monday.  If carried through, the threat that could delay confirming the President-elect's choices for months.  Those targeted include secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, attorney general pick Jeff Sessions and health and human services secretary hopeful Tom Price.

Time for Trump's EPA pick to rein in the agency.  When Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is confirmed as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, he will inherit an agency that should be declaring victory in its 46-year battle for a cleaner, healthier environment.  The next administrator must focus on reining in an agency that has far exceeded its original mission.

Dissecting Slander:  The Untold Story of Jeff Sessions' 1986 'Borking'.  Decades-old racially charged allegations against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) parroted by the establishment media and a handful of far left Senate Democrats do not hold up under scrutiny, an extensive investigation conducted by Breitbart News has found.  There are essentially three central allegations the left levels against Sessions.  The first pertains to his involvement in a 1980s voter fraud case, which, evidence shows, Sessions prosecuted to ensure a fair elections for black Democratic citizens of the county.  The second involves allegations from a former assistant attorney, who was described by co-workers as a "disaffected" employee with a "bad attitude problem" and whose testimony was vigorously debunked by highly credible witnesses.  The third involves accusations from an ex-Department of Justice attorney whose credibility was brought into question after he was forced to recant portions of his testimony, in which he fabricated false allegations against Sessions.

Mucking Out the Justice Department.  Of Donald Trump's most prominent allies in the presidential campaign, Jeff Sessions is the last one standing.  Newt Gingrich is an outside adviser to Trump and occasional critic.  Chris Christie works full-time as governor of New Jersey.  Rudy Giuliani didn't get the position he wanted — secretary of state — and turned down several he didn't want.  Sessions, as Trump's choice for attorney general, has the job of draining the swamp at the Department of Justice and making DoJ great again.  It's going to be a grueling job with many facets.  The good news is that Sessions, a former U.S. attorney and Alabama attorney general before he was elected to the Senate in 1996, is familiar with all of them.

Freezing Cold?  Time to Rename the EPA the Conservation Agency.  As many have noted, global warming and, more generally, environmentalism have become the religion of the liberal.  Gaia has replaced God.  Whatever your opinion of the theological implications, scientific blindness and bias have been the results.  The economy has also suffered, especially for the working class.  What do we do about it?  Donald Trump has nominated someone more realistic — Scott Pruitt — for head of the Environmental Protection Agency currently dominated by climate totalitarians.

Donald Trump's Cabinet is awesome.  One of the many unprecedented things about the election of Donald Trump is what a black box he is.  The day after the election, I pinned the following message at the top of my Twitter profile:  "We still don't know what President Trump is going to do."  And it's true:  Trump likes being unpredictable.  He thinks of himself first and foremost as a dealmaker, and one of his key dealmaking tactics is to keep as many options on the table as possible.  This is why watching who he appoints to various Cabinet positions is so important.  They give us some flavor of what his administration is going to be like, and what his priorities might be.

Here's Why A Military Officer Might Be A Terrible Pick For The Next VA Secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump is considering a military flag officer to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), but a career military person would likely lack experience dealing with the civil service rules that have been the department's primary barrier to ending scandals.  Trump has said that he's taken longer to fill that department's top slot because its life-or-death challenges and long-running scandals make it so important.  But now there are only four Cabinet posts left to be chosen, and there is pressure to use the slot to shape a larger image of the administration.

John Brennan is completely unqualified to be Director of Central Intelligence.  Allegations that Brennan is a convert to Islam are based upon firsthand reports of those who served with him in Saudi Arabia.  Those allegations include that Brennan was the target of a Saudi intelligence influence operation, one outcome of which was Brennan's conversion to Islam.  At that time, Brennan was chief of station, a billet that is designed for an operationally trained officer with experience in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, which Brennan was not.  Brennan's background is that of an analyst, which may explain why he lacked the sophistication and experience to understand that he was being played by the Saudis in an influence operation.  Anyone so inept as to be oblivious to basic hostile intelligence tactics such as this influence operation is unqualified to be DCI.

Trump appoints even more skeptics.  Mazin Sidahmed at The Guardian has posted a handy list of Trumps Cabinet Picks.  The times have changed so much that it's not a case of "spot the skeptic" but a hunt to find any believers in the climate doctrine.  Make no mistake, things are very, very bad for the fans of human-caused-weather.  Almost every name on this list would be the "top target" of green protests if they had been the one appointee among the standard Obama-Clinton picks.  But almost all of them are drawing fire.

G.O.P. Resistance Builds to John Bolton as State Dept.  Deputy.  President-elect Donald J. Trump's extended deliberations over assembling a team to run the State Department are reviving some of the same debates that consumed the years of war and strife in the administration of George W. Bush.  And in some cases, the cast of rivals is even the same.  The conflict has come to a head over choosing a deputy to serve under Rex W. Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil chief executive whom Mr. Trump selected this week to be secretary of state.  Mr. Trump is weighing whether to choose John R. Bolton, a combative and strident advocate for an expansive American foreign policy who was closely aligned with Vice President Dick Cheney in the Bush administration.

Democratic Researchers Descend On Trump Nominees.  A leading Democratic opposition group, American Bridge, is gearing up to play a critical role in an effort to take down, or publicly taint, President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees by enlisting backup from Hillary Clinton's transition team and sharing in-depth research in meetings with key senators.  The super PAC, which also has a nonprofit arm, is digging into nominees' past statements, voting records, tax documents, and business ties in detail, passing along their findings to a group of senators and their staff members in an effort to coordinate attacks on Trump's nominees in confirmation hearings, the group's founder David Brock told BuzzFeed News, laying out his plans in an interview.

Perry, make Yucca Mountain great again.  The Obama White House made an unfortunate and ungracious choice in launching a preemptive attack on Rick Perry's nomination this week.  Spokesman Josh Earnest did his best deadpan as he disparaged the choice as one based on politics and not merit.  But what about President Obama's appointments of Ken Salazar, Kathleen Sebelius, Tom Vilsack and Janet Napolitano?  They were all lawyers without specific expertise in the issue areas of the departments they led.  But each, having experience as elected Democratic statewide officials, knew enough about their respective issue areas that their status as non-experts never really mattered.

Democrats Have No Room to Claim People Are Unqualified.  Eight years ago the Democrats nominated a man who had not even served a full term in the United States and whose primary job had been as a failed community organizer in Chicago.  He got elected President of the United States then promptly surrounded himself with career bureaucrats and non-profit devotees who had never had real jobs in their lives in the private sector.  And he used those people to try to regulate the private sector they neither understood nor had worked in.  Now, eight years later, their party is in ruin, the majority of states are held by Republicans, the House and Senate are held by Republicans, and the man they allowed into their party to seek their nomination this time left it once he lost.

Liberal media's hypocrisy about conservative women on full display in Politico hit piece.  She's unqualified.  She's a policy lightweight.  She worked as a typist.  She's not a thinker.  She's been raising kids since the '80s ... and at 65, does she even have the stamina for the office?  If the president-elect were Hillary Clinton and journalistic breadcrumbs like these were written about one of her female appointees, the howling accusations of ageism and sexism would be deafening.  But while the mainstream media and what passes today for the women's movement wasted no time lobbing such accusations at Donald Trump when he called Clinton's stamina into question, there has been only silence this week after Politico published a story by Michael Crowley about incoming Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland, entitled "Flynn deputy raises more doubts about Trump team."  It seems virtuous indignation is reserved for women of the liberal order exclusively.

Trump picks his Interior chief, a supporter of more drilling.  Edging closer to completing his Cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary Thursday, picking a man who should fit smoothly into an administration favoring more energy drilling and less regulation.

Rex Tillerson, Carbon-Tax-Backing Climate Change Believer.  What do you know about Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson based upon the coverage of him so far? [...] Has any of the coverage so far pointed out that Tillerson believes in climate change and supports a carbon tax?

A big 'whoops' for Donald Trump.  Arguably for the most important cabinet position, that of the secretary of state, third in line of succession for the presidency, Mr. Trump chose someone who may well have been Hillary's pick:  Rex Tillerson, supporter of Planned Parenthood, wrecker of the Boy Scouts of America, and a medal recipient from the KBG thug Vladimir Putin.  The nominee has no military or diplomatic experience. [...] Mr. Trump appears to have picked someone in his own image:  a tycoon and a deal-maker, a social liberal who succeeded in business.

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If Mr. Tillerson is not qualified for the job, or he comes with too much baggage, the Senate will send him back to Exxon.

Trump nominees face brutal hearings, but Senate rarely rejects Cabinet picks.  President-elect Donald Trump's nominees are headed for brutal confirmation hearings, and his choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state is shaping up to be the most grueling, but history shows that the Senate rarely musters the nerve to reject Cabinet picks.  Only nine Cabinet nominees in U.S. history have been defeated in committee or Senate votes, although 12 others have been withdrawn in the face of strong opposition.  The last time a nominee was defeated outright came in 1989, when former Sen. John Tower, President George H.W. Bush's pick for defense secretary, went down in a party-line vote in a Democrat-majority Senate.

Awkward: Dem critics of Jeff Sessions spent 20 years praising him.  A growing number of key Democrats raising questions about Attorney General-nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions have spent 20 years praising his character and bipartisanship, leading to a potentially awkward and hypocritical challenge at his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing.  A review of past public statements that show support and admiration for the Alabama senator includes words from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez who plans a spirited bid for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.

Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary.  President-elect Trump has tapped GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has represented Montana's at-large congressional seat for one term, to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior, according to an individual with first-hand knowledge of the decision.  Zinke, who studied geology as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon and served as a Navy SEAL from 1986 to 2008 before entering politics, campaigned for his House seat on a platform of achieving North American energy independence.  He sits on the House Natural Resources Committee as well as the Armed Services Committee.

Tillerson's Assault on Scouting.  [Scroll down]  Unless one takes a "Progressive" view of his faith or adopts some fringe religion, homosexual activity is forbidden.  If it is forbidden, how can one be "morally straight" or do one's duty to God while embracing it?  President-Elect Donald J. Trump recently announced he is considering Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department.  Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, was, among other things, the former head of the Boy Scouts of America and one of the people responsible for opening the BSA to homosexuals.  It was Tillerson who lobbied to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the BSA.

Tony Perkins pans Rex Tillerson pick to lead the State Department.  Evangelical leader Tony Perkins is raising concerns about Rex Tillerson, calling the nominated secretary of state the "greatest ally" liberals would have in the forthcoming Trump administration due to the oil and gas executive's stances on social issues.  President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday morning [12/13/2016] named Mr. Tillerson to be his secretary of state.  The Senate then decides whether or not to confirm.  Mr. Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council, pointed specifically to Mr. Tillerson's advocacy to allow openly gay youths to join the Boy Scouts of America and donations made by ExxonMobil, where Mr. Tillerson is CEO and chairman, to Planned Parenthood.

The DOE vs.  Ugly Reality.  Over at the Washington Post, Chris Mooney and the usual suspects are seriously alarmed by a memo sent out by the Transition Team at the Department of Energy.  They describe it in breathless terms in an article entitled "Trump transition team for Energy Department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings". [...] Oh — you mean like say the Attorneys General of a bunch of states holding up their lists of known "denier" organizations and tacitly urging the public to go after them?  You mean like government officials of a variety of stripes ranting about how "deniers" should be brought to trial or otherwise penalized?

Rand Paul Explains Why John Bolton Should Be 'Nowhere Close' to the State Department.  Former Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a strong opinion on John Bolton's candidacy to serve in Donald Trump's State Department.  The former UN ambassador is being considered for the No. 2 spot in the agency, yet Paul argues that Bolton's endorsement of the Iraq War disqualifies him from working in the administration.

Why on earth does Trump want Rex Tillerson at the State Department?  Up until this historical moment, the great powers have been unable to act in concert to help Islam find its way back to something resembling peaceful coexistence with the infidels of the world, and with modernity itself.  The reason is simple:  oil.  The Islamic nations have so far controlled so much of it that the West had no choice but to accept their funding of a jihad war for global dominance, as scripturally mandated but only intermittently acted upon by Muslims worldwide.  But now fracking and related technologies have lessened the chokehold, especially of Gulf nations, on the world's energy supply.  Maybe it is time for a new grand bargain.  The Gulf potentates stop supporting fundamentalist clergy, publications, and mosques overseas.  In return, they be allowed to continue a very profitable industry, one that their own citizens mostly do not directly manage.

Pruitt to Dismantle EPA Climate Agenda.  The goal is to use climate change as a means to increase government power over every aspect of our lives, what we make, how we make it, what energy we use, what cars we drive, even what food we eat.  The scientific record, as IBD notes, shows that climate change is a scam: [...] And now the high priests of the global warming religion are demanding what other false religions have demanded — human sacrifices upon their altar.  Pruitt is the right man to expose climate fraud and end the job and freedom-killing actions of the EPA.

How Can You Tell A Good Trump Pick?  By The Establishment Freakout.  An easy way to tell whether one of Donald Trump's leadership picks is a good one is to gauge the freakout level among the left.  By that measure alone, the person Trump is considering as head of the Food and Drug Administration would be an outstanding choice.  Jim O'Neill, whose name got floated this week, is a managing director at of Trump pal Peter Thiel's Mithril Capital Management.  In addition to private sector experience, O'Neill worked at the Department of Health and Human Services under President Bush.  But he's also — gasp! — a libertarian!

Trump's EPA pick is causing green heads to explode.  From E&E Legal:  "We are delighted with President-elect Trump's selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Mr. Pruitt has led the charge in recent years to confront head on the enormous federal regulatory overreach proposed by the EPA as epitomized by the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule.  As a litigator, he also understands how environmental fringe groups like the Sierra Club and the NRDC — who are bankrolled by renewable energy tycoons like Tom Steyer and George Soros — use the state and federal court systems to essentially create new laws through such schemes as 'sue & settle.'  It is also reassuring that President-Elect Trump has chosen someone from the state ranks, particularly a state so important to energy production, since it's the states and their citizens who are suffering the most by this Administration's out-of-control EPA. [...]"

Flashback: Obama had three 4-stars on his team and no one seemed to mind.  News outlets ran a spate of articles and columns in recent days reflecting a level of anxiety over President-elect Trump choosing a number of retired generals for top positions in his White House.  But in January 2009, President Obama appointed the same number of retired high-ranking officers to posts that Trump has so far.  Trump has reportedly named retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as his secretary of homeland security, which brings the number of retired generals to three.  Kelly would join retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as national security adviser and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense.

Trump's EPA Pick Spooks Liberals and the Environmental Lobby.  Liberals and the environmental left have gone into a tizzy over the selection of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's pick to head of the Environmental Protection Agency.  House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says the Pruitt nomination must be blocked "for the sake of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we will leave our children."  New York AG Eric Schneiderman says Pruitt is a "dangerous and an unqualified choice."  Independent socialist senator Bernie Sanders declares the Pruitt pick is not only dangerous but also "sad."  The League of Conservation Voters calls Pruitt not just a global warming skeptic but "an outright climate denier."

We Looked at Cabinet Picks Over the Last 40 Years.  Here's How Trump Stacks Up So Far.  A Daily Signal analysis of Cabinet nominations dating back 40 years reveals that President-elect Donald Trump is outpacing all of his predecessors, including George H.W. Bush, who was a sitting vice president at the time of his election.  Trump's selection of Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Nov. 18 made him the second-fastest president-elect in recent history to pick a Cabinet nominee.  He added another on Nov. 23 with Besty DeVos as education secretary.  In the fourth week of the transition, Trump has named five nominees:  Rep. Tom Price at the Department of Health and Human Services, Elaine Chao at the Department of Transportation, Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Department, Wilbur Ross at the Commerce Department, and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis at the Department of Defense.

The Left's Panic Attack Over Dr. Ben Carson.  The progressive Left's opposition to President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is predictably condescending, biased and hypocritical.  For example, out-of-touch Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Carson a "disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice."

Reports: Oklahoma AG tapped to lead Trump EPA.  President-elect Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a vocal opponent of the Obama administration's environmental policies, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to multiple reports.  Pruitt has opposed EPA climate rules and the Clean Power Plan for power plants, the signature policy of the president's agenda to combat global warming.  Pruitt is one of 28 attorneys general opposing the EPA plan in federal appeals court.

Donald Trump's Environment Chief Could be his Best Pick Yet.  Since Richard Nixon founded the EPA in 1970 — presumably as a cynical bid to greenwash his tarnished image at the height of the last eco-craze — the organisation has been run by a string of useless placemen and placewomen, who've done little that actually helps the environment, but plenty to burden the economy, consumers and business alike with more pointless regulation.  Typical of these was its first Administrator William Ruckelshaus.  A lawyer, by training, not a scientist, Ruckelshaus was the man responsible for instituting the America-wide ban on DDT.  He did this on no scientific basis whatsoever. [...] But the knock-on effects of the near worldwide ban that followed meant that DDT could no longer be used to control mosquito populations, which in turn led to an explosion in malaria, causing the death of millions.

Donald Trump hit for assembling team lacking executive experience to run massive federal agencies.  Forget "Team of Rivals."  President-elect Donald Trump is instead assembling what critics are calling a team of novices — government outsiders or politicians who have little executive experience at the helm of the kinds of massive federal agencies they'll be running.  Mr. Trump's pick of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the latest to rankle Democrats, who said the doctor's skill with a scalpel doesn't translate into managing an 8,300-person department that oversees fair lending, subsidized housing and neighborhood revitalization.

Democrats Prepare to Bork Tom Price.  Until a week ago, the adjectives most frequently applied to Georgia Rep. Tom Price were "mild-mannered" and "low-key."  This isn't surprising.  Like his father and his grandfather, he is a physician and thus trained to approach problems in a calm, analytical fashion.  However, now that President-elect Trump has picked Price to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Democrats and their accomplices in the media have suddenly discovered that he is a wild-eyed radical, an extremist who will use HHS to launch a "war on seniors," escalate the "war on women," and declare "war on the poor."

A Chance for School Choice?  Outraged liberal ideologues and the teachers' unions are reassuring themselves that Betsy DeVos won't be able to accomplish much as secretary of education.  They shouldn't be so sure.  Since Donald Trump tapped her for the job last week, the rumblings from the left about DeVos have been loud enough to signal that the public education establishment understands that it has something to fear.  Not since William Bennett led the Department of Education in Ronald Reagan's second term has the nation had a person in this position who could be counted on to push back against the unions in a manner that might actually make a difference.

How James Mattis As Defense Secretary Could Bust Our Deathly Political Correctness About Islam.  Is political Islam in America's best interests?  This question should be central to our strategy of fighting ISIS and Islamist terrorism in general.  Yet it's one that many political leaders would rather not answer, because of our politically correct climate.  But since Trump's transition team announced last week that it's considering retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense, this reluctance might fade.  In a speech given at the Heritage Foundation last year, Mattis spoke about America's position vis à vis political Islam.  Rather than equivocating on the matter in order to avoid saying something uncomfortable or politically incorrect, Mattis simply pointed out that America needs to make a decision about its stance toward this ideology.

Calling Jeff Sessions "racist" conveniently ignores the work he's done for Alabama's black community.  As liberal pundits continue their drumbeat against President-elect Trump, they have targeted some of his Cabinet selections, including Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.  Some of the attacks against Sessions hinge on hearsay from decades-old conversations that included racist terms.  If Sessions did use this language, it would obviously be reprehensible.  But disqualifying Sessions based on these words alone would ignore the hard work Sessions has done for more than 15 years to uplift the poor and vulnerable.

Veterans Affairs leader must be more than political ally.  In just about every one of his campaign rallies, how many times did we hear Donald Trump pledge, "We've gotta take care of our veterans, folks."  Now the former host of "Celebrity Apprentice" and future host of the White House is floating the names of Sarah Palin and Scott Brown, two of the most attractive and vacuous cabinet suggestions ever, for the post of secretary of Veterans Affairs.  The news did not sit well with either Tom Lyons or Dan Magoon, two veterans who endured combat on opposite ends of the generational divide.

Senate Democrats plan to 'Ashcroft' their good friend Jeff Sessions.  [Scroll down]  Sessions has, of course, seen it all, from both sides.  He was famously rejected by the committee in 1986 when he was nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court in Alabama.  (Many Republicans believe that Sessions' confirmation fight was a Democratic trial run for attacking the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork the next year, meaning Sessions was borked before Bork.)

Chuck Grassley wants hearing on Trump attorney general pick before inauguration.  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he intends to move quickly to hold a hearing on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.  Sen. Chuck Grassley said he intends to schedule a hearing on the nominee ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 20 swearing in, noting that hearings were previously held before inaugurations for Eric Holder and John Ashcroft.

Trump to pick Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary, he announced late Tuesday [11/29/2016].  Chao, a Washington insider who met with Trump on Monday, was the first Asian-America woman named to a president's cabinet when George W. Bush made her secretary of labor in 2001.

Border hawks riled after Trump meeting with Texas' McCaul for Homeland post.  Donald Trump's interview Tuesday with Rep. Michael T. McCaul for secretary of homeland security set off alarms for illegal immigration opponents who view the congressman as weak on border security and latently pro-amnesty.  Mr. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has repeatedly riled conservatives with what they describe as ineffective posturing against President Obama's lax enforcement of immigration laws.  His chief offense was co-authoring the 2015 Secure Our Borders First Act, which conservatives and activists reviled as a fig leaf to Democrats that included tough language but ignored the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. and kept too much decision-making in the hands of the Obama administration.

Trump to Nominate Georgia Rep. Tom Price as Health Secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price, a leading critic of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law, to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Trump to name Obamacare critic as health secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump says he plans to nominate Georgia Representative Tom Price, an ardent critic of Obamacare, to head the Department of Health and Human Services.  In a statement early Tuesday, Trump called Price "exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American."  One of Price's top priorities as health secretary will be to dismantle the sweeping health reform law that his two predecessors spent six years implementing.

Trump Nominating Betsy DeVos To Be Education Secretary.  Donald Trump announced Wednesday [11/23/2016] he has selected Michigan education activist and political megadonor Betsy DeVos as his nominee for secretary of education.  The pick will please backers of school choice initiatives, but has the potential to upset grassroots activists against Common Core.  DeVos was one of two major education figures who met with Trump over the previous weekend.  The other, former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, announced Tuesday she was not seeking a job in the Trump administration.  DeVos, a billionaire businesswoman, is also the chairwoman of the American Federation for Children, a conservative non-profit that promotes school choice around the country.

Betsy DeVos, the Right Choice for Education Secretary.  First under George W. Bush and the No Child Left Behind Act, then under Barack Obama and a long list of intrusive initiatives, the federal government's role in education has metastasized, growing more and more aggressively in recent years.  The Department of Education has bribed states with "Race to the Top" funds to adopt its standards, established prohibitive teacher-licensing requirements that keep competent teachers out of the classroom, and even inserted itself into the prosecution of on-campus sex crimes.  And what is there to show for it?  In October 2015, the semi-annual National Assessment of Educational Progress, the "nation's report card," showed no student progress in mathematics for the first time in 20 years and reading scores dropping for the first time in a decade.  Betsy DeVos will be a desperately needed shock to this inept system.

A Proper Contempt for the UN.  In the announcement that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will accept the role of American Ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump, there is plenty to celebrate.  The foremost of which is perhaps the contempt for the prevailing diplomatic culture in Turtle Bay inherent in the selection.

Obama Team In Despair Over Flynn Pick.  If you thought the handwringing among the cast of Hamilton over the impending Trump presidency was bad, it apparently does not compare to the growing despair among the Obama White House team.  What has them most upset?  The elevation of Steve Bannon or Jeff Sessions?  No, it turns out that the most "devastating blow" was the selection of a fellow Democrat, Lieutenant General Michael Fynn, as national security adviser.

Trump appoints Betsy DeVos to education secretary post.  President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he intends to appoint west Michigan GOP mega donor and philanthropist Betsy DeVos to be his education secretary, putting an ardent supporter of school choice in charge of the nation's education policy.

Trump picks Betsy DeVos to be education secretary.  President-elect Donald Trump has selected a charter school advocate and GOP donor from Michigan to be education secretary.

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How ugly will Democrats get in smearing Jeff Sessions?  Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, will likely face a tough confirmation fight.  What remains to be seen is how ugly those hearings will get.  No sooner had Sessions been named than the left — and much of the press — were tarring the Alabama senator as a racist.  The NAACP tweeted that he "supports an old, ugly history" when it comes to civil rights.  Most of this traces to 1986, when the Senate rejected his nomination for a federal judgeship, based on hearsay testimony from two lawyers alleging he'd made racially charged statements.

Here's why Jeff Sessions is the perfect pick for attorney general.  President-elect Donald Trump has picked Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as the 84th Attorney General of the United States — and he couldn't have made a better choice.  Throughout his career, Sessions has demonstrated unshakable commitment and fidelity to the Constitution, the rule of law, and protecting the freedom and liberty that is our birthright as Americans.  He has almost the perfect professional background to be the attorney general.  As the former U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Alabama under President Ronald Reagan, he gained practical experience in the most important prosecutorial work that the Justice Department is supposed to do every day:  enforce the criminal and civil statutes of the United States.

Mike Pompeo:  A Great Appointment.  So far, Donald Trump's appointments are going a long way to reassure observers like me, who worried that the GOP had nominated a candidate who was not a conservative.  Let's just say that anyone who puts Jeff Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is no liberal.  A less high-profile but equally stellar appointment is Trump's selection of Congressman Mike Pompeo, from Kansas, to head the CIA.  Pompeo is a brilliant guy who was valedictorian of his class at West Point, spent five years as an Army officer, went to Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, made money in business and then ran for Congress.

In Alabama, Jeff Sessions Desegregated Schools and Got the Death Penalty for KKK Head.  Now that Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, you're going to hear a lot of people dig up old accusations that Sessions is a racist.  In fact, CNN did so last night.  However, between the nature of the accusations and Sessions's actual record of desegregating schools and taking on the Klan in Alabama, it strains credulity to believe that he is a racist.  These accusations all center around the bruising judicial nomination process Sessions went through in 1986.

Mark Levin Takes Jeff Sessions' Leftist Borkers to the Woodshed.  Mark Levin made much of Trump's new pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on his radio show Friday night [11/18/2016].  The Alabama lawmaker has already come under intense scrutiny from the Left, having been labeled a racist.  But Levin quickly dispelled this heinous notion.  "He is a thoroughly decent human being.  He does not have a racist bone in his body.  He is a soft-spoken man.  He is an extremely intelligent man ... and he would make an outstanding attorney general of the United States," Levin said.  He then went on to say "we cannot tolerate" the witch hunts employed by the Left.

Democrats honed the dog whistle of racism on Sessions.  It all began with Jeff Sessions from Alabama.  Even before they coined a term for it — Borking — they did it to Jeff Sessions, a decent man with a stellar legal reputation as a fearless and tough but fair federal prosecutor down South.  In 1986, President Reagan nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to the federal bench.  The son of a general store keeper, Mr. Sessions was highly regarded for his intellect and devotion to the Constitution.  The American Bar Association deemed him "qualified" for the post.  But then he came to Washington and met the United States Senate for confirmation hearings. [...] Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — 17 years removed from leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die her watery death on Chappaquiddick Island — smelled injustice.  Liberal special interest groups in Washington had hatched a plan for Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to begin smearing Republican nominees to the federal bench.

The Borking Bullies of the Left.  [Scroll down]  [T]he Borking bullies of the left [are] gearing up for a savage trashing of Sen. Jeff Sessions.  Newspapers under their control are publishing glorious reminiscences of Sen. Ted Kennedy's opposition to President Ronald Reagan's appointment of Sessions to the federal court.  But anyone who bothers to study that Borking can quickly see what a Soviet-style show trial Sessions suffered.  Ted Kennedy's opening statement against Sessions was pitiful in its crudeness.  Kennedy thundered against Sessions on the most nebulous of charges — that he had the wrong "attitude," that he criticized the NAACP (so what?), that he made a handful of comments which liberals in the pocket of Kennedy construed willfully as racist.

Trump Cabinet Picks Incite Liberal Backlash.  President-elect Donald Trump's picks for three key Cabinet positions incited a chorus of denunciations from Democrats and liberal groups Friday [11/18/2016].  After announcing former Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon would be a top adviser earlier this week, Friday's selections further confounded conjectures that Trump would return to his moderate roots as he assembled his Cabinet.

Justice is served by the appointment of Jeff Sessions.  Donald Trump's appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general does a lot to signal the president-elect wants a no-nonsense, by-the-book Justice Department.  Sessions has been my friend for 30 years and my senator for 20 years.  His Justice Department will not meddle with local governments, it will be respectful and deferential to state legislatures and it won't look to make trouble with universities, school systems or private businesses.  Importantly, Sessions's appointment tells the United States' beleaguered law enforcement agencies help is on the way.  It also shows Trump wants to strike a blow to the corrosive, pretentious, sanctimonious political correctness his voters soundly rejected on Nov. 8.

Rep. Rohrabacher, Afghan expert, Putin friend, emerges as State pick.  With confirmation concerns increasing for President-elect Trump's top two picks to run the State Department, Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton, top officials are now considering California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a top House foreign policy expert, according to sources.  Rohrabacher, once a Reagan speechwriter and a House member since 1989, emerged Tuesday night as a possible Trump pick.  His views jive closely with Trump's on foreign policy, immigration and global warming.

Firings and Discord Put Trump Transition, Team in a State of Disarray.  ne week after Mr. Trump scored an upset victory that took him by surprise, his team was improvising the most basic traditions of assuming power.  That included working without official State Department briefing materials in his first conversations with foreign leaders.  Two officials who had been handling national security for the transition, former Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan and Matthew Freedman, a lobbyist who consults with corporations and foreign governments, were fired.  Both were part of what officials described as a purge orchestrated by Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump's son-in-law and close adviser.

Bias alert!
There seems to be a lot of talk in the news media about friction and upheaval in the Trump transition team, but I think it's largely overblown:  Individual players are always likely to drop out as the organization takes shape.

Trump vows to cut all lobbyists from transition team.  President-elect Trump's White House transition team has vowed to go lobbyist-free, after coming under criticism for staffing up on lobbyists despite campaign promises to fight the influence of special interests in Washington.  Vice President-elect Pence and the White House transition have signaled plans to clear out any lobbyists serving in official roles as they begin the 10-week transition process until Trump's inaugration on Jan. 20, according to a report from Fox News.

Michael Savage Warns Donald Trump: 'Rinse' Reince; He's 'Everything the Voters Rejected'.  President-elect Donald Trump should not select Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff, says Michael Savage, the national talk radio host and author of the new book Scorched Earth:  Restoring the Country After Obama. Priebus is "the enemy within," Savage warns.  "He's the RNC!  Everything the voters rejected," Savage tells Breitbart News.  "He will steer Trump away from every policy we sent him to D.C. to change.  He is the enemy within.  He is [Paul] Ryan, [Mitch] McConnell, and the Old Guard.  They do not want change.  'Out with the old, in with the new.'"

RNC's Reince Priebus Enlists In Democrats' War on Whites.  When Republican National Committee Chairthing Reince Priebus heard about a "War on Whites," he immediately enlisted.  Priebus condemned a Congressman in his own party, calling Mo Brooks's comments about Democrats waging a "War on Whites" as "obviously a pretty idiotic thing to say." [...] Indeed, if the GOP or the USA are to even have a future, it depends on overcoming political flunkies like Priebus and his unhinged anti-white allies in the Democratic Party.  Priebus has never won a campaign, losing a run for the Wisconsin state Senate ten years ago despite enjoying a fundraising advantage.  In the words of the man who beat him, Democratic state Senator Bob Wirch, "He was like a Paul Ryan without the charm... He played very well with businessmen, but they didn't like him at McDonald's.

John Bolton for secretary of state.  John Robert Bolton is the right person to take the helm of the State Department.  Donald Trump himself has praised Bolton and suggested him for the post.  Here I am going to tell you why his hunch was right, and why he must stay on that track.  Bolton is best for three reasons.  First, he is well versed in security matters, and we live in volatile times when security issues have come to overwhelmingly dominate U.S. foreign affairs and thus should be adeptly tackled in foreign policy.  Bolton is quite familiar with security threats, as he has been studying them and working to neutralize them for the greater part of his career.

Tea Party Patriots warn against Priebus for chief of staff.  President-elect Donald Trump hasn't yet publicly named a chief of staff, but already, a major tea party group is warning him against naming one of his reported top choices.  The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund warned against a "Washington insider" to run Trump's White House, specifically naming Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is said to be one of Trump's top two choices.  Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of TPPCF, told CNN in a statement that the group wants Trump to "drain the swamp."

Donald Trump Cabinet:  Anti-Black Lives Matter Sheriff David Clarke Eyed For Department Of Homeland Security.  Donald Trump's ascension to the White House means one of the president-elect's top priorities will be to name a cabinet to help lead the U.S. forward.  With the lingering threat of terror attacks in the U.S., the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security may take precedence for Trump.  One person reportedly under consideration for the position is David Clarke Jr., the Milwaukee County sheriff who made a national name for himself after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.  The 60-year-old African-American law enforcement official's reinforced his support for Trump by describing the protesters demonstrating against the president-elect "radical anarchists" Wednesday night [11/10/2016].

Myron Ebell Perfectly Suited for EPA.  Over the last eight years the Obama administration has abandoned this successful approach to environmental protection as envisioned by Congress.  Instead, they have turned to special interest groups to drive centralized planning.  Prime examples include the 2015 EPA Power Plan and the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.  These rules contain illusory flexibility to states when in reality they represent a huge shift of control from states to the federal government.  Even the current administration acknowledged that the power plan was symbolic and would do little to improve air quality.  The power plan would be expensive and shut down energy plants that have not yet been paid for, thereby stranding those costs with ratepayers.  It would harm the industrial sector by significantly increasing electricity rates, which would throttle manufacturing industries that require low energy prices to compete.

Donald Trump On D.C.: 'The Whole Place is One Big Lobbyist'.  President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to drain the swamp of Washington D.C., but he admits in a recent interview that he might have to rely on lobbyists to help his transition team.  During an interview with CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl, Trump admitted that he did have lobbyists on his team, but explained that it was the current state of the culture in Washington D.C.

The next great battle for conservatives:  Keeping RINO insiders out of the administration.  [For example,] Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) — potential pick for DHS Secretary:  There is no doubt that the issues of immigration and Islamic terror are the two biggest factors in Trump's win.  This is why it's so important to keep McCaul away from DHS.  As we've chronicled in this column, McCaul has done nothing to fight the open borders crowd, and in fact, proposed terrible immigration bills as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.  This is the exact sort of "bad experience" the voters want Trump to reject.  More importantly, McCaul has been a leader in the promotion of "Countering Violent Extremism," which is subversion agenda advanced by North American Muslim Brotherhood affiliates to obfuscate any mention of Islamic terrorism.  This is the very willful blindness that Americans so desperately wanted to change with the outcome of this election.


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Three Things President Trump Can Do to Reduce Dependency.  First things first:  The Trump administration should not allow states to continue waiving food-stamp work requirements.  These requirements have been a part of the food-stamp program (for non-disabled childless adults) since the Clinton-era welfare reforms of the 1990s.  However, federal regulations allow the Department of Agriculture to grant waivers if states request them.  Although federal law authorizes waivers only when the state unemployment rate exceeds 10 percent or a state has insufficient employment opportunities, states with unemployment rates as low as 4.5 percent are currently waiving work requirements.  With waivers in effect, food stamps quickly trap their recipients in dependency.  What incentive do struggling Americans have to find employment and raise their standards of living when they face no time limits or requirement to work?

There Is No Scientific Basis for the Paris Climate Treaty.  The Paris Climate Treaty is supposedly an attempt to keep global temperatures from increasing 2 degrees C, but this objective is based on political science, not climate science.  The goal is an arbitrary political target based on climate activists' demands for a number, no matter how dubious or fake, to use in their fundraising letters and to appear on their signs at protests.  There is no scientific evidence suggesting a warming of 1.9 degrees C is safe while 2.1 degrees C is not safe.  Climate models that forecast temperature increases of more than 1 or 2 degrees during the next century are not scientific.  They flunk the objective requirements of scientific forecasting.  They are educated guesses by activists whose credibility and livelihood depend on showing ever-increasing certainty of impending doom, even as their data point in the opposite direction.

Repudiating the Obama Vision for Higher Education.  We have a new administration.  This leftist agenda for higher education was embraced by a leftist White House and a leftist U.S. Department of Education under Arne Duncan.  Now we have some new, freedom-loving leaders in the Executive Branch, presumably people who believe that we are still the land of opportunity and wish to enlarge that opportunity.  The vision in the report must be repudiated and replaced.

Sessions Announces Illegal Aliens Who Illegally Re-Enter The U.S. Will Be Charged With a Felony.  Speaking from the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona Tuesday [4/11/2017], Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced major changes to Justice Department protocol when it comes to charging and prosecuting illegal aliens.  "For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned:  This is a new era.  This is the Trump era.  The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch and release practices of old are over," Sessions said.

Trump's Justice Department to end 'catch and release' immigration policy.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared "a new era" in immigration enforcement on Tuesday, saying his prosecutors will try to bring stiffer criminal charges against repeat illegal immigrants and smugglers as part of President Trump's crackdown.  Mr. Sessions said his enforcement priorities will end the "catch and release" practices of the Obama administration and give the Justice Department a more active role in stemming illegal immigration.

Trump White House Moves Forward With Plan Government Employee Union Dubs 'Dangerous'.  In six months, the Trump administration plans to produce a plan to shrink the size of government, eliminate programs, and reduce the federal workforce — and is seeking public input on how to proceed.

Justice Department Quits Pro-Transgender Lawsuit.  President Donald Trump's Department of Justice has dropped a 2016 pro-transgender lawsuit against the state of North Carolina, marking another success for mainstream advocates who wish to preserve normal single-sex facilities and institutions.  The lawsuit was filed in May 2016 by deputies working for President Barack Obama, who was ideologically opposed to any civic or legal recognition that men and women are biologically different as well as legally equal.

Jeff Sessions Will Actually Enforce Immigration Law — And It's About Time.  President Trump's newly installed U.S. attorney general, former Sen. Jeff Sessions, is doing something unique for a top U.S. law official:  He's actually enforcing immigration law.  What a concept.  On Tuesday of this week, Sessions highlighted a "get tough" strategy to curb illegal immigration as he visited the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales, Ariz.  Essentially, his plan boils down to this:  If you commit a crime, and entering the U.S. illegally is a crime, you might just end up in court.  Yes, we've heard the promises before, so we shouldn't be too surprised.  But now the promises are actually turning into policy.

Impeach Obama IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Now!  Koskinen has aided and abetted the Obama administration in covering up a scandal of monstrous proportion and severity — the chilling Obama administration scheme that involved former IRS employee Lois Lerner to deploy the awesome power of the IRS in order to cripple conservative groups and target conservative individuals and help President Obama win re-election in 2012.

GOP calls for IRS Commissioner Koskinen to be fired.  Congress's top tax expert led Republicans Wednesday [4/5/2017] in demanding President Trump fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, saying the tax agency cannot be repaired as long as he's at the helm.  "Trust in the IRS is hitting rock-bottom," the Republicans, led by Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a letter calling on Mr. Trump to take action.  The 15 committee Republicans said not only did the IRS destroy evidence from key figure Lois G. Lerner's computer in the tea party targeting probe, but the agency also "intentionally" made the tax experience painful for customers in order to make a political point to the GOP.

Reopen cases against corrupt leftists.  The nadir of honesty in the federal government was reached in the hyper-politicized Obama presidency.  The IRS was used shamelessly to punish conservative groups.  The Department of Justice opened countless "cases" against utterly innocent groups whose offense was to challenge the orthodoxies of leftism.  Indeed, it seemed at times as if the Obama administration viewed the whole federal government as little more than a scourge to be used against Americans who did not follow the party line.  That is the one thing no free government can stand.  When government is the enemy of much of the people, then government has no moral ground upon which to exercise its power.

Trump sets sights on net neutrality.  At a White House press conference on Thursday [3/30/2017], presidential spokesman Sean Spicer went out of his way to highlight the controversial topic and characterized it using the Trump Administration's favorite insults:  that it was a product of the Obama Administration and was developed by "bureaucrats in Washington."  Spicer noted that the previous administration had reclassified cable companies as "common carriers" and by doing so was "picking winners and losers" by "treating ISPs as different to edge providers such as Google or Facebook."  This was an "unfair regulatory framework" that he noted President Trump had "pledged to reverse."

Trump signs repeal of U.S. broadband privacy rules.  U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules, the White House said, a victory for internet service providers and a blow to privacy advocates.  Republicans in Congress last week narrowly passed the repeal of the privacy rules with no Democratic support and over the strong objections of privacy advocates.

Why Isn't Hillary Clinton in Jail?  Hear me out:  The most loving act President Trump can do for Clinton is give her the professional and institutional help that will uphold justice — and prevent her from further hurting herself or others.  Nearly nine in 10 Americans did not find Hillary to be "honest and trustworthy" going into the 2016 presidential election.  While we can't assess Clinton's mental state, we do know that uncontrollable lying (mythomania) is common among individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD).  Individuals with BPD may also sustain romantic relationships solely for utility (think Hillary's choice to cling to an unloving and unfaithful man in order to climb the political ladder).

Trumping Climate Hysteria With Facts.  With the new Trump administration poised potentially to reverse the Obama administration's global warming war on capitalism, energy production, states' rights, property rights, and human freedom, the ICCC-12 could not have come at a more critically-important time.  Although, as a candidate, Donald Trump pledged to withdraw the United States from the UN's Paris Accord on Climate Change, some of his advisers and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have sent contrary signals.

Why We Must Abolish the U.S. Department of Education.  In this video, The New American's correspondent Alex Newman, an educator and the co-author of a book on education, explains why it is essential that the unconstitutional and highly damaging U.S. Department of Education be shut down.  [Video clip]

Conservatives Demand IRS Commissioner's Head In White House Meeting.  An off-the-record White House meeting with roughly two dozen conservative leaders Wednesday [3/30/2017] included explicit calls for President Trump to fire IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, according to a source in the room.  White House conservative liaison Paul Teller organized the meeting Wednesday between Trump staffers and leaders of conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation and Judicial Watch.  Talk of Koskinen's firing was part of a larger discussion on clearing out Obama-era personnel from the executive branch where possible, the source said.

The Fall of Donald Trump (and Why It Ain't Happening).  The president has aggressively used his pen to deep-six many of Obama's most ruinous executive orders.  Notably, in the areas of illegals, energy, and climate.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is putting sanctuary cities on notice:  no federal funds if your city harbors illegals in defiance of the law.  The Homeland Security Department has sought proposals for border wall construction.  The president seeks to bulk up the U.S. Border Patrol and ICE.  The liberal Ninth Circuit can't block Trump's travel ban indefinitely.  Extreme vetting will happen.  The Keystone Pipeline will be constructed.  The coal industry's shackles are being smashed.  The president has consistently stated his goal:  U.S. energy independence.  He's only begun to free up the nation's energy industries.

Trump's Sweeping Executive Order on Climate Policy Has Been Sorely Needed.  As promised, President Donald Trump has issued an "energy independence" executive order to undo several of the Obama administration's climate change regulations.  To the benefit of all Americans who desire affordable, dependable energy, the executive order will help energy companies establish some independence from overzealous regulators.

House Votes to Block Obama-Era Online Privacy Rule.  The House voted Tuesday [3/28/2017] to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

A Plan to Reform Our Failing Universities.  America has reached a critical point where the contaminants will soon have sunk too deep to be flushed out.  A healthy civic life, cultural and economic resilience, innovation and invention, and a sense of national purpose all begin and end with education.  In the last analysis, nothing less than the 241-year republican experiment is at stake.  It is not a question of party policy; the Democrats are not Republicans and neither, on the whole, are the Republicans.  The responsibility for instituting real change in the vast education apparatus falls to those who still hold to Constitutional loyalties.  It may take a two-term Trump presidency and Betsy DeVos at her most determined to accomplish the feat.

13 states join brief in support of Trump's temporary travel ban.  Representatives from 13 states including 12 state attorneys general and one governor filed a motion in support of President Trump's temporary travel ban. [...] Those joining the brief included [Texas Attorney General Ken] Paxton plus AG's in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia.  Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi also joined.  The brief makes several arguments starting with President Trump's authority to make decisions about immigration, especially with regard to national security.  The brief also argues previous courts have erred in suggesting that non-resident aliens have rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Federal judge sides with Trump administration in travel ban case.  A federal judge in Virginia ruled in favor of the Trump administration Friday, declining to join other federal courts that halted the President's revised travel ban last week.  Two federal judges — one in Maryland and one in Hawaii — have blocked implementation of the core provisions of the travel ban, and it remains on hold nationwide.  Drawing on a litany of then-candidate Donald Trump's statements about Muslims during the presidential campaign, both of the judges concluded that the new executive order likely violates the establishment clause of the Constitution by disfavoring Muslims.

President Trump is right to propose slashing U.S. funding to the United Nations.  Globalists and Democrats shrieked last week, when President Trump proposed cutting American funding for the United Nations by 50 perecent.  The president dismisses the U.N. as a "waste of time and money."  That's the least of it.  U.S. taxpayers bankroll the U.N. with $10 billion a year.  Our hard-earned money perpetuates an organization that validates the most savage human-rights abusers on the globe, regularly votes against the U.S., and targets America's ally Israel for extinction.  Past American presidents have poured billions of our money into U.N. "peacekeeping" operations that prop up corrupt dictatorships and subject local populations to rape with stomach-turning frequency.  Women and children often have more to fear from the U.N.'s blue-bereted soldiers than the ravages of war.  President Obama fancied himself a citizen of the world.  Putting his naïve globalism into practice, he elevated the U.N. above American institutions, sidestepping Congress to seek U.N. approval of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

The Travel Ban Is about Vetting — Which Means It's about Islam.  When it comes to protecting the United States from the threats posed by radical Islam, it has never been about President Donald Trump's executive orders: the first one that was torpedoed by the radical judiciary in January, and the new and improved version that was suspended this week — the Lawyer Left having conveniently managed to shop its challenge to Barack Obama's fellow Hawaiian and Harvard Law School classmate Judge Derrick Watson.  The issue is vetting.  Each executive order was conceived as a temporary step, a "hold in place" measure while the permanent solution, vetting, was carefully crafted and ultimately implemented.  Now, just as the Left hoped, the temporary step has not only overwhelmed the permanent solution.  It has made the permanent solution much more difficult — perhaps impossible — to achieve.

The Reagan Approach to Crushing Radical Islam.  David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute noted:  "I think we must begin by recognizing that, although it pretends to be a religion, radical Islam is an ideology.  In this respect, it is the blood brother of atheistic communism.  Both systems treat artificial dogma as infallible truth and seek to impose it on all of humanity."  Yes, attacking the ideology was important in defeating communism and it is relevant as a tactic in the war against radical Islam.

Trump's Budget Chief Says Climate Research 'A Waste Of Your Money'.  President Donald Trump's budget director told reporters Thursday [3/16/2017] the White House was no longer spending money on climate change research because it's a "waste of your money."  "We're not spending money on that anymore," Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director, said at a press briefing while discussing the president's decision to dial back climate science research.  "We consider that to be a waste of your money," he added.  Trump released his congressional budget request Thursday, which contained several contentious reductions, including dramatic cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy.

Seniors Won't Starve if Meals on Wheels Loses Government Grants.  There are hundreds of Meals on Wheels organizations around the country, so it's hard to generalize, but overwhelmingly, the groups get the majority of revenue from charitable giving, not government funds.  In 2015, for instance, the national Meals on Wheels reported that government grants accounted for just 3 percent of its annual revenues of $7.5 million.  Meals on Wheels for San Diego County in California says that government grants made up just 1.5 percent ($68,534) of its revenues of $4.4 million. [...] As Matt Welch writes, we have gotten so used to increased government spending on everything that any cut to any program is automatically cast in apocalyptic terms.

Drain The Swamp:  ALEC Pushes For Civil Service Reform.  When President Donald Trump promises to drain the swamp of Washington D.C., people cheer loudly at his rallies.  But as we've seen for decades, firing government bureaucrats is easier said than done no matter how egregious or incompetent their behavior may be.  Major reforms are needed to truly rid the system of corruption and to return power of government to the American people.

Goodbye, Appalachian Regional Commission.  President Trump wants to end the Appalachian Regional Commission, a creation of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson that was meant to end the poverty and misery of a region that lagged behind the rest of the nation in income, education, health care, and transportation.  After 50-plus years, the area still lags behind the rest of the nation in income, education, health care, and transportation.  The area includes all of West Virginia and parts of twelve other states.  Its budget was $120 million in 2017.  County commissions appoint development offices, which grab federal grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission for projects that never seem to help the area, although well-connected politicos seem to do well.

Trump's Budget is an Attack On the Bureaucratic State.  So according to journalists, Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts are "big," "deep," "dramatic," "massive," and so on.  With each breathless adjective — often coupled with excellent verbs like "gut" and "slash" — they add to the apocalypticism that's engulfed the Left.  "Reading through the Trump budget," tweeted The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, "I feel as the Romans must have felt in 456 AD as the barbarians conquered and ushered in the dark ages."  Vox claimed that the budget plan is a proposal to "dramatically remake the federal government."  If only.  In perspective, all of this melodrama is over probably less than 1 percent of the national budget.

Trump wants $1.5 Billion for the wall and cash for the military but will slash foreign aid and eliminate funding for PBS and NPR.  President Donald Trump has released a budget plan that makes significant cuts to spending to fund his border wall and the military build-up he's been promising — and was called 'America First' by the official who wrote it.  Cut the deepest is the State Department, which is being slapped with a 28 percent reduction to its foreign aid division.  The Environmental Protection Agency and the Housing and Urban Development Department is also expected to suffer.  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides support to NPR and PBS — the broadcaster of Sesame Street — will see its funding phased out if Trump's budget makes it past the House and Senate over the objection of both conservatives and liberals.

Jeff Sessions Needs To Do More Than Just Fire Obama-Era Government Attorneys.  Part of Barack Obama's legacy is his ability to steamroll his opposition.  To many that power seemed to be rooted in his appeal to the media, which fawned over him despite his mistakes.  Instead of negotiating with Republicans, he was typically able to cut through their meek opposition.  The unseating of former House Speaker John Boehner was due, at least in part, to his inability to resist the administration during the debt hike crises.  Obama won those fights, and the media treated him like a sacred object of veneration.  Yet it still does not explain why he prevailed against a caucus of congressmen who were not living within media markets or receptive to the kind of pressure the administration could exert.  Indeed, if anything, the 2010 election results and anti-Obama sentiment should have made Republican resistance firmer, but instead it was shallow and weak.

GOP senators ask Tillerson to probe US funding of Soros groups abroad.  Republican senators are asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate claims that U.S. taxpayer money is being used to back left-wing billionaire George Soros' political meddling and similar efforts overseas.  A letter sent Tuesday asked for a probe into how U.S. funds are being used by agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to back left-wing political groups in other countries.  Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, one of the co-signers, even said foreign officials and political leaders have come to him with "reports of U.S. activity in their respective countries."

Trump to Drop Climate Change From Environmental Reviews, Source Says.  President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping directive to dramatically shrink the role climate change plays in decisions across the government, ranging from appliance standards to pipeline approvals, according to a person familiar with the administration's plan.  The order, which could be signed this week, goes far beyond a targeted assault on Obama-era measures blocking coal leasing and throttling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that has been discussed for weeks.  Some of the changes could happen immediately; others could take years to implement.  It aims to reverse President Barack Obama's broad approach for addressing climate change.

Scott Pruitt Is Absolutely Right About Carbon Dioxide.  For pro-free-marketers, the big bright spot of the Trump administration is the hatchet he's taking to the Environmental Protection Agency:  doing things like packing the agency with global warming skeptics and rolling back absurd new automobile mileage mandates.  The man in charge of this is new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who up to now has been cautious about saying anything that would express his skepticism that human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing global warming.  Except now he's done it.

Fire the IRS chief already, Mr. President.  Why is IRS Commissioner John Koskinen still in office?  A growing number of Capitol Hill Republicans want to know — and they have good reason to be troubled.  When he took over in 2013, Koskinen was supposed to "fix" the IRS — and in particular get to the bottom of the scandal in which the agency deliberately held up approvals for 75 conservative and Tea Party groups that had applied for legitimate tax exemptions.  Instead, what Congress and the public got from him was obstruction, open defiance and a refusal to discipline anyone at the agency.  Indeed, he seemed most concerned with running interference to shield the Obama administration from any embarrassment.

Trump wants UN funds cut more than 50 percent: report.  President Trump's administration has told the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of U.S. funding to United Nations programs, Foreign Policy reported.  The push for the drastic reductions comes as the White House is scheduled to release its 2018 topline budget proposal Thursday [3/16/2017], which is expected to include a 37 percent cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budgets.  It's not clear if Trump's budget plan, from the Office of Management and Budget, would reflect the full extent of Trump's proposed cuts to the U.N.

Federal Judge Blasts Unprofessional Behavior of Justice Department Lawyers.  Here we go again.  Another federal judge has scalded the unprofessional conduct of Justice Department lawyers inside the Civil Rights Division.  The first time it was perjury.  After that, it was unethical conduct in a trial against New Orleans police officers.  Now it's unprofessional behavior and bigotry toward the South in a federal court trial challenging Texas legislative districts.  United States Fifth Circuit Court Judge Jerry Smith has scalded a DOJ lawyer for misbehavior in the courtroom.  While it wasn't perjury this time, it was behavior Justice Department lawyers aren't supposed to do.  It's behavior Attorney General Jeff Sessions will notice and should address.

Pruitt Takes Control of EPA, Kills Global Warming Hoax, Gets Rid of "Social Justice" Dept.  New [EPA] director Scott Pruitt has come clean and admitted that he doesn't believe CO2 has anything to do with global warming, plans to dismantle the whole social justice department, and examine other money-wasting programs.  Firstly, Pruitt has recently fessed up to his beliefs and admitted that global warming is a hoax. [...] He also plans to eliminate the entire social justice department, which has very vague views of what it does, and taxpayers have had to waste money on.  The department deal with neighborhood complaints and ordinances, and looks into communities who may complain about "pollutants" in their air, food, or water, that may be coming from factories or businesses who are supporting the local economy.

Sessions asks 46 Obama-era US Attorneys to resign.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked dozens of U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Obama to submit their resignations, the Department of Justice announced Friday [3/10/2017].  U.S. attorneys are normally replaced at the beginning of new administrations.  Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the past administration, according to the Department of Justice.

Top Generals:  U.S. Has 'Squeezed' the Life Out of Aging Nuclear Deterrence Systems.  The U.S. military is relying on zero-hour modernization to maintain its aging nuclear arsenal as an effective deterrent against adversaries, according to two top U.S. generals.  Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the House Armed Services Committee that the United States cannot defer nuclear modernization without "significant risk" to its deterrent capabilities, particularly as other countries like Russia and China are working to revolutionize their forces.

Republicans want to know why Trump hasn't fired the IRS head.  Nearly two months into the Trump administration, the IRS commissioner House Republicans once threatened with impeachment remains on the job.  John Koskinen's continued tenure may be surprising, considering how aggressively Republicans went after him under the Obama administration.  But despite a sustained push by congressional Republicans to oust the IRS chief before his five-year term expires this November, President Trump so far has made no move to do so.  Just last week, Koskinen was seen in the Capitol and told Fox News he was there to meet with "old friends." Asked if he intended to stay on as commissioner during the Trump administration, Koskinen simply said, "They haven't talked to me."

Stunning Win — Exxon Mobil Will Invest $20 Billion Building New Refineries.  One of the missing elements in our quest for energy independence has always been the lack of oil refining capacity to produce gasoline and other fuel end-products.  Years of choking fossil fuel regulation, partly funded and supported by an alignment of special interests including foreign governments, OPEC and eco lobbyists, has created a situation where over half of our oil refining capability was eliminated.  With the election, and independence, of Donald Trump that course has changed dramatically.  Trump is not beholden to the lobbyists and special interests who pay for the U.S. to remain dependent on foreign oil and off shore refinement.

America's Path to Greatness:  Border Adjust Oil.  I believe a proper approach aligned with America's self-interest would look something like this:  [#1] Impose a border adjustment tax of 20% for imports of oil into the USA to level the playing field for the manipulated oil market.  All that the Federal Government has to do is to implement the oil border adjustment and the promised tax and regulation reductions including enabling private shale oil production on government lands.  Private industries will do the rest to make us energy independent by 2020.  [#2] Next, exit our military involvements in the Middle East.  If we are energy independent, we would have no rational strategic foreign policy interests in the Middle East.  USA money would no longer purchase imported oil which is the main revenue source to fund terrorism and dictatorships.  [#3] Phase out the government subsidies for solar power, wind power and electric vehicles.  [#4] In 2020 eliminate the Department of Energy and Congratulate Rick Perry on achieving energy independence.

It's worth every nickel, and more importantly, it is fully authorized by the Constitution, inasmuch as we are being invaded.
White House:  Border wall cost could run $25 million per mile.  The estimates of President Trump's proposed border wall run anywhere from $8 million to $25 million a mile, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in a radio interview Monday — though he said no decisions have been made on exactly what the wall will look like.  Mr. Mulvaney, speaking on the "Hugh Hewitt Show," said the White House will ask for some money in the next couple of weeks but won't know the details of the cost and construction until it prepares its 2019 budget, which won't be for another year.

No Wall, No Raids, Just Enforce the Employment Laws.  I admire immigrants.  They've traveled thousands of miles to build better lives in a strange land where many don't even speak the language.  They send much of the money they earn here back to their families in their homelands.  America could use more such courage, work ethic and selflessness.  I like seeing such people come to America — legally.  But the illegal kind is a different story.  Though they may be admirable in many respects, illegal immigrants are still breaking the law.  To say that they are merely "undocumented workers" is to say that an intruder in your house is merely an "undocumented visitor."  It sacrifices truth at the altar of political correctness.

Why Trump Should Quit the Dangerous and Immoral United Nations' International Treaty on Climate Change.  The New York Times is urging President Trump to ignore the facts and the evidence, and instead listen to the siren voices of his daughter Ivanka, his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the various assorted members of the Climate Industrial Complex who would prefer the U.S. to remain shackled to one of the most stupid and pointless agreements in American history.  They want him to keep the U.S. stuck in the disastrous and ill-advised United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Wilbur Ross:  We're 'up to our eyeballs' finding regulations to nix.  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday that he and others on the economic team of President Donald Trump "are up to our eyeballs" in their search for government regulations to be undone.  Trump, who campaigned on an economic message of growth and job creation, has made reducing government regulation a priority in the opening weeks of his presidency.  Just 10 days into his administration, the president signed an executive order mandating that for each new regulation put into effect, two others must be removed.  And last week, Trump signed an order requiring federal agencies to create regulatory reform task forces.

Sessions Promises to End Federal Harassment of Local Police.  Speaking this week to the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (shown) said the Department of Justice will end the Obama-era harassment of local police departments.  "We need to help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness, and I'm afraid we've done some of that.  So we're going to try to pull back on this," Sessions stated in giving the reason for this abrupt change of policy.  "I don't think it's wrong or mean or insensitive to civil rights or human rights.  It's out of concern to make ... people, particularly in poor communities, minority communities, live a safer, happier life."

Trump's team scraps Obama-era ban on lead bullets.  Hours after literally riding into town on a horse for his first day on the job, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday scrapped an Obama-era ban on hunting with lead bullets on federal lands.  The rule, put into place during the final days of the Obama administration, was cast as an attempt to prevent the lead poisoning of animals on all lands overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  But critics — including sportsmen's groups, gun rights organizations and a host of others at the federal and state levels — said it was designed to discourage hunting.  Mr. Zinke seemed to agree, signaling that he believed the rule hindered hunting and fishing for many Americans.

Donald Trump Orders Deconstruction of Obama-Era EPA Water Rule.  President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday effectively walking back the "Waters of the United States" rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Obama administration.  "EPA's so-called waters of the United States rule is one of the worst examples of federal regulation, and it's truly run amok," Trump said during the signing ceremony in the Oval Office.  Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses opposed the rule, as it allowed the EPA to regulate any water on a farmer's land.

The Bloated Military.  The military needs cuts just like every other government bureaucracy.  They waste money on administrators, overpriced contractors, and even on those occasions when they want to do the right thing and cut some waste, Congress insists they spend the money anyway.  The Defense Department asked Congress not to spend more on "Super Hornet" aircraft, calling it "unnecessary funding."  Congress appropriated the money anyway.  The military says a quarter of their bases serve no military need.  Congress appropriated the money anyway.

More Soldiers, Fewer Bureaucrats.  That is President Trump's budget proposal in a nutshell.  Trump's plan will include a "whopping" $54 billion increase in defense spending, according to the Associated Press.  That will take the defense budget a little more than half way to where it was when President Obama started cutting it in 2011.  The president's budget will "impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid," meaning pretty significant cuts for most federal agencies.

Obama administration neglected priorities to focus on climate change, new EPA chief says.  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Saturday [2/25/2017] said the Obama administration neglected would-be department priorities to pursue a climate change agenda and hinted that a rollback of some regulations could be announced as soon as next week.  "I wanted to send a message to those at the agency — there are some very important things that the EPA does for this country," Mr. Pruitt said on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference.  "There are air quality issues and water quality issues that cross state line[s]."

Trump Pentagon names the enemy:  It's ISIS, not ISIL.  ISIL has been vanquished — at least as an acronym in the administration of President Donald Trump.  The Pentagon has issued a directive that officials now use the more common term ISIS to refer to the terror group.  ISIL, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was the preferred acronym of the Obama administration.  Some senior State Department officials and military commanders in the field preferred to use the Arabic acronym Daesh, but ISIL appeared in all official documents and statements.

Amid Backlash, Conservatives Push GOP on Obamacare.  The Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders wrote off the Tea Party protests in the spring of the new president's first term as "astroturf" organizing, manufactured to look like a grassroots movement.  Democratic lawmakers were caught off guard by raucous demonstrations at town halls in the summer of 2009, and dozens would be swept out of office the following year.  Now, with a restive liberal base taking a page from the same playbook — and even earlier than their conservative predecessors — some conservatives are fighting back.

We conservatives didn't vote for the Trump kids or their leftist ideas.  You kids go home and let Daddy do his work.
Ivanka, Jared Intervened To Strip Language Critical Of The Paris Climate Accords Out Of An Executive Order.  Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, intervened to get a pending executive order stripped of language critical of an international climate agreement signed by President Barack Obama.  Kushner and Ivanka "intervened to strike language about the climate deal from an earlier draft of the executive order," sources familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.  Ivanka and her husband "have been considered a moderating influence on the White House's position on climate change and environmental issues," WSJ reports.  Now, the executive order will have no mention of the so-called Paris agreement.

Once again, we conservatives voted (reluctantly) for Donald Trump, not his wife or kids.
Inside Ivanka Trump's Campaign for a $500 Billion Child-Care Plan.  Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses, but with a price tag of as much as $500 billion over a decade she may have trouble finding support in Congress.  Members of the House and Senate met with the president's eldest daughter in the Roosevelt Room at the White House last week to discuss her proposed child care tax benefit, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting.  President Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would soon propose a comprehensive tax overhaul, without offering any details.

Report: Donald Trump Overrides Betsy DeVos' Support for Obama's Pro-Transgender Policy.  Donald Trump's education secretary opposed changing President Barack Obama's pro-transgender policy, according to a report in the New York Times, even though Obama's rules would have exposed the nation's single-sex institutions and civic groups to crippling lawsuits by gay advocacy groups.  But Attorney General Jeff Sessions prevailed in the closed-door dispute, and with aid from Trump, persuaded Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to support a reform of the Obama's pro-transgender policy.

Trump administration revokes Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools.  The Trump administration Wednesday [2/22/2017] revoked federal guidelines issued by former President Barack Obama that allowed public school students to use restrooms and other facilities corresponding to their gender identity.  A document submitted to the Supreme Court by the Solicitor General's office said that the Obama-era directive issued this past May did not "undergo any formal public process" or explain how the directive was "consistent with the express language of Title IX," the federal law outlawing sex discrimination in education and activities.

Trump's New Guidance Calls for Vigorous Immigration Enforcement.  The immigration-enforcement guidance issued by President Trump Tuesday morning [2/21/2017] patently aims to shift the presumption against deportation created by President Obama's guidance.  In 2014, under the guise of setting out "immigration enforcement priorities," Obama's Department of Homeland Security established a three-tier system for deportation.  This was quite advisedly done under the rubric of "prosecutorial discretion."  Federal agents were instructed to apply prosecutorial discretion as early in the evaluation process as possible, mindful of how sparse were resources to arrest, detain, and deport removable aliens.  The message was clear:  If an alien does not fit into the top tier, do not even bother to stop and question him, much less to arrest and commence deportation proceedings.

DHS secretary orders immigration agent hiring surge, end to 'catch-and-release'.  Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly moved Tuesday to implement a host of immigration enforcement changes ordered by President Trump, directing agency heads to hire thousands more officers, end so-called "catch-and-release" policies and begin work on the president's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.  "It is in the national interest of the United States to prevent criminals and criminal organizations from destabilizing border security," Kelly wrote in one of two memos released Tuesday [2/21/2017] by the department.  The memos follow up on Trump's related executive actions from January and, at their heart, aim to toughen enforcement by expanding the categories of illegal immigrants targeted for deportation.

Trump administration to repeal transgender school bathroom order:  Report.  The Trump administration will rescind an Obama-era order compelling public schools nationwide to permit restroom and locker room access on the basis of gender identity, the Washington Blade reported.  The Blade cites Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, who says she heard from "reliable sources" that President Trump has authorized the Education and Justice Departments to revoke the guidance.

Who Will Hold the IRS Accountable?  Americans don't toss and turn at night over fears of a hazy network of Russian hackers.  But they do fear letters from the IRS.  To their credit, a few conservative Republicans in the House still draw attention to the unresolved scandal at the IRS.  "Frankly in my view the most corrupt IRS commissioner that I've ever dealt with continues in my view to mislead Congress," according to Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.  "And until he's removed I don't think the IRS will ever regain its credibility."  Brady is referring to the still-unsacked John Koskinen, the Obama-appointed IRS commissioner who stonewalled Republicans during the Lois Lerner investigation.

Scott Pruitt's Game-Changing Call for Debate on Climate Science.  In light of charges by a former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist that agency researchers are manipulating data to support climate alarmism, Scott Pruitt — President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency — is right to call for open debate on the science.  At stake are trillions of dollars, countless jobs, and, if the climate scare is justified, the fate of the global environment.  The public needs to have confidence that this is not just a politically convenient crusade devoid of solid scientific support.

Terror plots against U.S. planned by foreign nationals in seven countries on Trump's ban list.  Nationals from seven countries listed on a travel ban issued by President Trump have participated in ongoing terrorist plots against the U.S., according to congressional and law enforcement reports that challenge the widely circulated media criticism that no one from those nations has ever staged an attack on American soil.  A Senate Judiciary Committee report last year found that of the 390 foreign nationals arrested on terrorist-related charges since the Sept. 11 attacks, 67 come from the countries listed in the travel ban.

Trump Won't Do What Is Necessary To Defeat ISIS Because That Would Be War.  Shortly after entering office, President Trump asked his staff for a "comprehensive strategy" to defeat ISIS within 30 days.  After all, this was one of his campaign promises — to do what the Obama administration had left undone.  As this deadline approaches, we should ask ourselves what would actually be required to destroy ISIS.  The reality is, it would most likely necessitate a holistic and long-term approach in Iraq along the lines of George W. Bush's 2007 surge.  But this would cost the president significant political capital, especially with a public that has little taste for overseas adventures.  Trump, despite his bluster, is unlikely to do this, which is why his "comprehensive strategy" on ISIS could be a non-starter.

President Trump Signs Bill Repealing Obama's Lame-Duck Coal Regulation.  Another Campaign Promise Fulfilled — People's President Trump signs a resolution of disapproval bill today eliminating one of President Obama's last minute regulations intended to cripple the coal industry.  Prior to signing the repeal, President Trump held a brief presser with legislators and some very happy coal miners.

Trump Says He Is Keeping His Promises to the American People.  The People Agree.  President Donald Trump said on Thursday [2/16/2017] that he has been delivering on his campaign promises and the American people overwhelmingly agree, according to a poll released early Thursday morning showing that a majority of people on both sides of the aisle agree with Trump on this point.  "I'm keeping my promises to the American people," Trump said in the opening statement of his Thursday press conference.  "One promise after another, after years of politicians lying to you to get elected."  "I'm here following through on what I pledged to do," he said.  "It's all I'm doing."

Secretary Rex Tillerson Begins Deconstructing 7th Floor "Shadow Government" at Dept of State.  The term "shadow government" is not a construct of critics; it's actually the term the professional bureaucrats within the 7th floor of the Washington DC based Department of State gave to themselves.  The career political operatives who reign within the State Department openly view themselves as a distinctly separate state governing authority, with no attachment to the policies or objectives of the United States presidency or any mere elected official therein.

It Has Begun, Tillerson Fires Most of the 7th Floor.  Americans were stunned to learn of the State Department rogue Shadow Government which operated in secret from the 7th floor.  They were behind the corrupt handling of the Clinton documents.  CBS News announced that Rex Tillerson, the new Secretary of State, fired most of the 7th floor policy makers who so famously called themselves the "shadow government".  Policy will be controlled by the White House, not professional diplomats, CBS stated.  CBS bemoans the loss of the shadow government's policy-making expertise.

Tillerson presides over abrupt shakeup at State Department.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reassigned a majority of the staff meant to work most closely with the top US diplomat in what career officials at the State Department fear is the start of a major reorganization.  The news sent shock waves through the agency and has left career officials on edge, in part because of its abrupt nature — taking place before their assignments end this summer and replacements have been found — and in part because these officials help the secretary, a government novice, work with policy experts throughout the building.

Report: 72 convicted of terrorism from 'Trump 7' mostly Muslim countries.  Since 9/11, 72 individuals from the seven mostly Muslim countries covered by President Trump's "extreme vetting" executive order have been convicted of terrorism, bolstering the administration's immigration ban.  According to a report out Saturday [2/11/2017], at least 17 claimed to be refugees from those nations, three came in as "students," and 25 eventually became U.S. citizens.  The Center for Immigration Studies calculated the numbers of convicted terrorists from the Trump Seven:
    — Somalia: 20
    — Yemen: 19
    — Iraq: 19
    — Syria: 7
    — Iran: 4
    — Libya: 2

An Alleged Muslim Spy Ring — Why Rex Tillerson Was Right To Clean House.  Shortly after Trump took office, and before Rex Tillerson was even confirmed as Secretary of State, a slew of State Department officials were removed from their positions (or were forced to resign) as part of an effort to "clean house" at the State Department. [...] And, just a few weeks after the fact, it appears we know why Tillerson was so quick to purge existing staffers:  he just didn't trust them.  It also appears his mistrust was more than justified.

There Are Still 117 Court Vacancies To Be Filled By Trump.  President Donald Trump's influence on the federal judiciary goes further than just filling one seat on the Supreme Court.  The president needs to fill 117 vacancies on various federal courts.  On Jan. 31, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  While this was certainly an important seat to fill, more than 13 percent of all lifetime judiciary positions remain vacant.

Four reasons why Betsy DeVos will be a welcome remedy for our nation's education woes.  As opinion pieces in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have argued, the overheated Democratic opposition is motivated by:  [#1] Some of their party's most deep-pocketed and powerful interest groups — teachers' unions — who realize that they will no longer have a near-monopoly on education.  [and #2] Their party's upper-middle-class suburbanite constituency, who understand that DeVos' charters and vouchers will be attractive to families with financial disadvantages, ethnic minority heritage, or ideological and religious convictions that differ from the mainstream.  In other words, private schooling will be accessible to children who are very different than the Democratic Party's upper-middle-class suburbanites.

Groups want Trump to close loophole allowing illegal immigrants to abuse tax credits.  Illegal immigrants need only one number to access billions of dollars in free taxpayer cash.  The Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) unlocks an exclusive gateway for non-citizens to receive monies meant for working, low-income Americans.  The nine-digit code was created by bureaucrats in 1996 for foreigners who had to deal with the IRS.  It allows people without a Social Security number, including those in the country illegally, to file taxes.  "It's just a farce to say it was created to collect taxes," Robert Rector, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News.  "It's nothing but a welfare program designed for illegal immigrants.  ITINS are for tourists or illegals.  No ITIN filer is eligible to work in the United States."

Border jumping per se is a crime, so it doesn't matter if that's their only crime.
Trump's 'criminal alien' deportation plan could remove 75 percent of illegal immigrants — including people whose only crime was border-jumping.  At least 75 percent of the people living illegally in the United States will be subject to deportation under President Donald Trump's new executive orders, an immigration expert said.  Simply hopping the border could get an immigrant kicked out, suggested Robert Mortensen, a retired career U.S. Foreign Service officer, writing for the right-of-center Center for Immigration Studies.  Mortensen, whose writing was first reported on by the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard, pointed to three key provisions in Executive Order 13768, which could impact the broad swath of illegal immigrants living in the country.

Tom Fitton Statement On The Confirmation of Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.  "When it comes to public policy, the Justice Department has been a locus of evil.  President Obama ruined the Justice Department.  Senator Sessions, now the Attorney General has to build it from the ground up, practically speaking.  On every public policy issue conservatives care about, the Justice Department has been on the other side and usually against the rule of law and helping corrupt politicians try get away with it.  So Senator Sessions really has to reorient the Justice Department to actually advance the interest of the American people and the rule of law, as opposed to subverting it. [...]"  [Video clip]

Kill Obama's Legacy Projects.  President Donald J. Trump simultaneously can advance his policy agenda, fortify the rule of law, and paint vulnerable Democrats into a corner.  How?  Rather than kill Obama's legacy projects unilaterally, Trump should invite Congress to help him scrap the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris agreement on so-called global warming, and the related Clean Power Plan (CPP).  This will force vulnerable Democrats on Capitol Hill to vote on these calamitous measures.

Trump Must Break Judicial Power.  When politicians don black robes and seize powers they do not have, they should be called out for what they are — usurpers and petty tyrants.  And if there is a cause upon which the populist right should unite, it is that elected representatives and executives make the laws and rule the nation.  Not judges, and not justices.

Sessions Sworn In as Attorney General as Trump Signs Three Executive Orders.  Vice President Mike Pence swore in Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general at the White House Thursday [2/9/2017]. Just prior to the ceremony, President Donald Trump announced three executive orders designed to restore safety in America.  "These executive actions continue to deliver on my campaign promises," the president said.  The orders instruct the Department of Justice to go after criminal cartels, to form a taskforce to reduce violent crime in the country and to implement a plan to stop crimes targeting law enforcement officials.

Obama appointees flee Pentagon; Trump left with scores of vacancies to fill.  The Pentagon has been stripped of almost all of its political appointees from the Obama administration, but an uncertain Senate future awaits the candidates whom President Trump will nominate to remake the armed forces in his image.  Of Mr. Obama's 163 political appointees at election time, who included Senate-confirmed service secretaries, undersecretaries and assistant secretaries, only 16 remain at the Defense Department, according to a Pentagon statement to The Washington Times.  The exodus might be considered normal in the transfer of power:  Political appointees are required to turn in their resignations in December.

Poll Collapses Media Narrative — Overwhelming EU Support for a Muslim Ban.  A stunning poll of ten European nations with over 10,000 respondents finds overwhelming support for a Muslim immigration ban within the EU.  In total 55% agree Muslim immigration should be stopped, only 20% disagree.

Americans Praise Trump's Executive Orders, Poll Shows.  President Donald Trump has evidently found a popular poll that isn't "fake news."  The commander-in-chief, under fire for and awaiting the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on his immigration ban, tweeted out a Morning Consult/Politico poll that shows a majority or plurality of Americans support his executive orders.  In particular, the results show that 55 percent of the 2,070 respondents support both revoking federal funding to sanctuary cities and the same percentage are for the ban that locked out immigrants for seven Muslim-majority countries.  In contrast, 33 percent disapproved of the sanctuary cities de-funding and 38 percent disapproved of the immigration ban.

New Poll Shows Most Americans Support President Trump's Immigration Ban.  Approval of President Trump's executive order that temporarily freezes immigration is on the rise.  According to a new poll conducted by Investor's Business Daily and TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, 51 percent of voters approve of the president's decision to temporarily restrict citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country, while 42 percent of Hispanics who were surveyed also approved.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie Launches Bill to Abolish Federal Education Department.  Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is introducing legislation that would abolish the federal education department.  The bill, H.R. 899, is only one sentence and states:  "The Department of Education Shall Terminate on December 31, 2018."

Trump's Travel Order Shields the U.S. from Real-Life Migrant Mayhem.  If President Donald J. Trump really wanted a "Muslim ban," as his manic critics insist, he would have barred from the Golden Door the citizens of Indonesia (Earth's most populous Islamic nation), Bangladesh, and Egypt, for starters.  Instead, of 51 Muslim-majority countries and territories, Trump has placed temporary travel limits on just seven:  Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  While some 205 million people are affected by this 90-day order, notwithstanding court orders to the contrary, just north of 1 billion people in those 44 other places are as welcome here as ever.  Some "Muslim ban."  Trump's executive order actually grants federal officials a grand total of three months to figure out how to give people from those seven states stricter scrutiny — not because they are Muslims, but because those spots are awash in militant Islam.

Trump's Visa Freeze Stands on Solid Legal Ground.  Reading through the dozen-plus complaints filed so far against the Trump visa freeze reminds one of the lawyers in ancient Greece who would parade the wife and children of the accused before the judge and jury to emotionally dissuade them from a conviction.  First among those here to carry on that tradition is probably Washington, the only state to file a complaint so far and the only complainant to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) that applies nationwide.  According to state attorney general Bob Ferguson, the state must "protect ... its residents, its employers, and its educational institutions" against the president, whose order is "separating" families, "harming" residents, and "undermining" the entire state in its interest to remain "a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees."  The parade of horribles continues.  Ferguson goes on to single out the "injuries" caused by the potential loss of H-1B visas to Washington-based tech behemoths Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia.  As immigration-control advocates know well, the sentimental exploitation employed by "immigration rights" activists has always been used to legitimize the cheap-labor lobby.  That marriage of convenience is on full display in Ferguson's complaint.

Video of Democrats Supporting Trump Immigration Position — A Reply to 84 Lumber's Support for Illegal Immigration.  On Super Bowl weekend, 84 Lumber produced a documercial containing their political appeal toward all Americans and demanding that our nation should fully support illegal mass immigration.  The building and supply company purchased a $15 million advertisement to air during the NFL championship football game.  The open border Democrat and progressive constituency has applauded the position of 84 Lumber, however there has also been massive back-lash from Americans who simply request the enforcement of borders and a reasonable immigration policy.

51% Back Trump's Temporary Ban On Refugees — IBD/TIPP Poll.  Despite almost nonstop criticism from politicians, prominent business leaders and the media over President Trump's decision to suspend refugees for 120 days, the public still supports Trump by a margin of 51% to 48%, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.

Trump Starts His Revolution As Reporters and Judges Scream.  The President will eventually almost certainly be upheld legally, given the immigration legislation from 1952 and the constitutional powers of the president, which his six immediate predecessors have used.  His abiding by the legal processes, if it does lead to judicial legitimization, will severely undercut his opponents.  Even if he is ultimately unsuccessful, he has made the gesture, which the apparent majority of Americans support as a national-security measure.  His opponents will bear the responsibility if there are any incidents that could arguably have been avoided if his measure had not been challenged.  Senator Schumer and others will regret their fatuous histrionics ("The statue of Liberty is weeping," as Mr. Schumer himself pretended to do).

Let's Get Real About the Trump Travel BanHysteria reigned last weekend over President Trump's executive order (EO) restricting travelers from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia).  These countries are located in the Middle East and North Africa.  There are a few aspects of this executive order that need to be reviewed.  This is not an attack against Muslim countries.  You all know that this is branding by the Left, but not real.  There are 46 other majority Muslim countries that were not included in the EO.  You probably also know that these countries were designated by the prior presidential administration as countries "of concern."

The Beginning of the End of EPA.  At the Republican National Convention last summer, the GOP approved a platform that stated:  "We propose to shift responsibility for environmental regulation from the federal bureaucracy to the states and to transform the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] into an independent bipartisan commission, similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with structural safeguards against politicized science."  It also says "We will likewise forbid the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide, something never envisioned when Congress passed the Clean Air Act." [...] Trump and the GOP are saying, finally, what millions of people have been thinking for a long time:  EPA has become the cause of, not the solution to, the nation's major environmental problems.  It's time to end EPA.

Meltdown at the EPA.  [Steve] Milloy, who runs the website JunkScience.com, has chronicled the scientific and bureaucratic abuse at the EPA for two decades, and he is thrilled by President Trump's plans to finally reform the EPA.  "I can think of no agency that has done more pointless harm to the U.S. economy than the EPA — all based on junk science, if not out-and-out science fraud," Milloy told me.  "I am looking forward to President Trump's dramatically shrinking the EPA by entirely overhauling how the remaining federal EPA uses science."  It looks like the EPA will be the agency hardest hit by the Trump sledgehammer.

The Spontaneous Demonstrations at Our Airports Were Carefully Planned.  Those "Spontaneous Anti-Trump Airport protests weren't Spontaneous at all," reports Investors Business Daily.  They were carefully planned by hard-core left-wing activist groups.  Professional organizers have been waiting for, and planning for Trump's orders on deportations, bans and detentions.  Trump made it clear early that he planned 'on day one' to issue a temporary ban on visas and refugees from countries where terrorism was rampant.  All these groups had to do was be ready when he made good on his campaign promise.  The news media was astonished, and rushed to report every last sign, shout, shouter, bullhorn and count the crowds.  Yet the groups planning the "spontaneous" protests had been eager to share, and claimed to be in "constant contact with lawyers' associations, lawmakers and reporters."  So how much was fact and how much was made up or wildly exaggerated?  How many times did you hear that it was a "Muslim Ban?"  It was not.  There was no Muslim Ban.

Make All Federal Employees Fireable.  The American people are paying for employees they can't even control.  Federal bureaucrats enjoy ludicrous protections that far exceed what average Americans can expect in their own jobs and thus isolate the bureaucracy from the will of the American people.  To correct this, Congress should pass a law to make all federal employees serve at will — just like Americans in the private sector.  If a bureaucrat underperforms, undermines policy, or is no longer needed, he should be dismissed.  Once upon a time, this was common sense.

Mike Pence vows to use 'all legal means at our disposal' to reinstate Muslim travel ban.  Vice President Mike Pence promised on Sunday [2/5/2017] that he will use 'all legal means at our disposal' to reinstate the suspended Muslim travel ban.  Pence said that Judge James Robart's decision on Friday [2/3/2017] that the ban was unconstitutional and had to be delayed was 'wrong'.  'From the outset of his campaign and administration, the president of the United States has made it clear to put the safety of the American people first,' Pence told Fox News Sunday.  'We are going to win this argument.'

Immigration.  First of all, let's get something straight: this isn't anything new.  President Obama in 2011 all but halted visas for Iraqis after two Iraqi immigrants were arrested in Kentucky on suspicion of terrorist ties.  Further back, the Chinese Exclusion Act was the first piece of American legislation meant to prevent a specific ethnic group from entering the United States.  The left's Patron Deity of Statist Assery FDR in 1942 turned away hundreds of desperate Jewish refugees on the SS Drottningholm, claiming they were a threat to national security.  It's a [deplorable] history, but I don't see the pearl-clutching condemners of Trump's recent Executive Order mentioning it in their current outrage about the halt to immigration.

Report: About 900 State Dept.  Officials Sign Dissent Memo on Executive Order.  About 900 State Department officials have reportedly signed on to a memo disagreeing with the Trump administration's refugee ban and block of people entering the country from a handful of Muslim-majority nations despite White House warnings that they should fall in line.

President Trump Stops Suicidal Immigration Policy — Left Goes Nuts.  President Donald J. Trump's finest hour in his first week in office came Friday when he announced that immigration from seven terrorist hotspots would be severely restricted for the next four months and banned entirely from Syria, the center of the Islamic State Caliphate.  This sensible policy about which President Trump spoke regularly during the campaign has induced mass hysteria in the establishment media and establishment opinion leaders, who apparently forgot, or didn't believe that this is a promise Donald Trump made to the American people during the campaign and that voters in 30 of the 50 states voted overwhelmingly for him preferred his position over the open borders promised by Mrs. Clinton.

Trump weighs additional immigration restrictions to weed out any who may need public aid.  The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the U.S. who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order.  A second draft order under consideration calls for a substantial shake-up in the system through which the United States administers immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, with the aim of tightly controlling who enters the country and who can enter the workforce, and reducing the social services burden on taxpayers.

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It's the law.  Read 8 USC §1182 for yourself.

This Is Why Donald Trump Is President.  A healthy majority of Americans still view the main stream media outlets as nothing more than propaganda machines for the establishment using disinformation and manipulation in a fashion comparable with Soviet-run journalism, collaborators in perpetuating a corrupt status quo.  President Trump exploited already-existing sentiments, spawned by non-representative government and an out-of-touch media, but a movement lacking a leader around whom we could rally, someone who would express our views and, if elected, implement those views as policy.  Americans flocked to Trump because the country had a de facto one-party state, where all the traditional means for the people to seek the redress of grievances were blocked by the self-absorbed, unaccountable, permanent political-media elite.

With the Bureaucracy, Trump's Got His Work Cut Out for Him.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, seemed like an utter fool when she said that ObamaCare would have to be passed before we knew what was in it.  When she said 'we,' Pelosi didn't just mean the American public or even all those Democrats who voted for ObamaCare without having read the bill.  She also included herself and other architects of that monstrosity.  That's because the ObamaCare law — like many others laws — will come to mean what the relevant bureaucracies say it means.  This is done through the regulatory power invested the government departments.

Trump Challenges The Internationalist Order.  After just one week in office, President Trump has made a good start at dismantling the internationalist order that for nearly a century has tried to weaken and subordinate national sovereignty and identity to globalist institutions.  The hysterical response of the global elites and this country's fellow-travelers tells us Trump is drawing blood.  Trump's executive orders and comments on securing our southern border, renegotiating NAFTA, and banning refugees from jihadist-infested countries — from a list drawn up during the Obama administration by the way — drew the usual blustering dudgeon.

Yes, The Trump Executive Order On Immigration Is Legal.  At National Review, lawyers Andrew McCarthy and Dan McLaughlin wrote about how the orders were legal and not all that much of a departure from Obama's immigration policy regarding refugees, visas, and national security — though McLaughlin added that he was troubled that the Trump administration was deluding America's tradition of taking in refugees and granting asylum to those who have been persecuted for a variety of sociopolitical reasons.  At the same time, he noted that the Obama administration also discriminated against Christian Syrian refugees, ended the wet foot, dry foot policy with Cubans fleeing their communist hell hole, and stopped processing Iraqi visas for six months in 2011.  Oh, and some of those visa applicants served as interpreters for the U.S. military and provided intelligence to our forces.  But a Democrat was in the White House, and as McLaughlin cited, Cubans are more conservative-leaning voters, therefore not a priority for liberals, nor are persecuted Christians in the Middle East.  It's not worthy of liberal outrage, but now with Republicans back in power — everything is triggering.

Trump's Executive Order is quite in order.  Feminists, Hollywood celebrities, and Democratic legislators have denounced President Trumps Executive Order titled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States." Demonstrators have surged at airports, class-action lawsuits have been filed, judicial restraining orders have been issued.  I do not view this Act as a "Muslim Ban" since 49 other Muslim-majority countries are not specifically excluded here.  Only seven failed Muslim states, well known for training Jihadists, as well as Iran, are named.  But I want to focus on something else that no one has mentioned.  As a feminist, scholar, and activist, I think this Order is long overdue.

Soros Bankrolling Effort to Stop Trump's Temporary Refugee Halt Order.  The flurry of anguished news stories and protests surrounding President Trump's executive action temporarily suspending "immigrants and non-immigrants" from "countries of particular concern" appears to be part of a coordinated PR effort financed by left-wing billionaire George Soros.  Rather than a complete "Muslim ban" as promised during the campaign, Trump's executive order contains moderate refugee restrictions, similar to those that have been implemented by President Obama.

Seven Inconvenient Facts About Trump's Refugee Actions.  [#1] It is NOT a "Muslim ban."  You will search the Executive Order in vain for mentions of Islam, or any other religion.  By Sunday morning, the media began suffering acute attacks of honesty and writing headlines such as "Trump's Latest Executive Order:  Banning People From 7 Countries and More" (CNN) and printing the full text of the order.  Granted, CNN still slips the phrase "Muslim-majority countries" into every article about the order, including the post in which they reprinted its text in full, but CNN used the word "Muslim," not Trump.  The order applies to all citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.  It does not specify Muslims.  The indefinite hold on Syrian refugees will affect Christians and Muslims alike. [...] [#6] The Executive Order is legal:  Those invoking the Constitution to attack Trump's order are simply embarrassing themselves.  The President has clear statutory authority to take these actions.  As noted, his predecessors did so, without much controversy.

Trump's Executive Order on Refugees — Separating Fact from Hysteria.  So, what did Trump do?  Did he implement his promised Muslim ban?  No, far from it.  He backed down dramatically from his campaign promises and instead signed an executive order dominated mainly by moderate refugee restrictions and temporary provisions aimed directly at limiting immigration from jihadist conflict zones.  Let's analyze the key provisions, separate the fact from the hysteria, and introduce just a bit of historical perspective.  First, the order temporarily halts refugee admissions for 120 days to improve the vetting process, then caps refugee admissions at 50,000 per year.  Outrageous, right?  Not so fast.  Before 2016, when Obama dramatically ramped up refugee admissions, Trump's 50,000 stands roughly in between a typical year of refugee admissions in George W. Bush's two terms and a typical year in Obama's two terms.

Ban of Muslims and Others Already U.S. Law: 8 U.S. Code 1182.  Anyone questioning U.S. ability to control who comes to this country isn't thinking.  What kind of country has not a single law to control their borders and keep their citizens safe?  Not the U.S. We don't use laws, but we have them.  A lot of pundits and politicians need to get over themselves.

President Trump's Immigration Ban is Magnificently Right.  President Trump kicked over a hornet's nest by imposing a 90-day ban on immigration from selected Muslim countries in keeping with his campaign pledges.  Andrew McCarthy, the federal prosecutor who convicted the blind sheikh and his accomplices of the first World Trade Center bombing, explains why the ban is legal — despite a federal judge's restraining order against implementation of the order.  I'll leave it to the legal experts to explain why this is yet another outrageous abuse of power by the judiciary.  The legal issues will be sorted out soon enough.  It's the right policy, despite liberal whining and some conservative complaints.

Trump's Order on Refugees:  Mostly Right on Substance, Wrong on Rollout.  On Friday [1/27/2017], Donald Trump signed an executive order halting admission of refugees for 120 days and halting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia — for 90 days while the federal government undertakes a review of admission procedures.  He has also imposed an annual cap of 50,000 refugees.  The instant backlash, which has culminated in thousands of protesters creating chaos at the nation's airports, is the result more of knee-jerk emotion than a sober assessment of Trump's policy. [...] In 2011, the Obama administration halted refugee-processing from Iraq for six months in order to do exactly what the Trump administration is doing now:  ensure that terrorists were not exploiting the program to enter the country.  No one rushed to JFK International to protest.  Also, the seven countries to which the order applies are taken from Obama-era precedents.  All of this said, Trump's order displays much of the amateurism that dominated his campaign.

Protester To Daily Signal:  Obama's Temporary Iraqi Ban In 2011 Was Fine Because I Love Him.  The president has stressed this is temporary.  He's also well within his constitutional authority to issue this order.  Moreover, they're nations that Obama included in his 2015 revision to the visa waiver program.  This isn't a ban either, though the Obama White House seems to have laid the groundwork for Trump's executive order by initially selecting the nations of concern.  Also, three of the seven nations in Trump's executive order are designated as state sponsors of terrorism.  Again, this isn't a Muslim ban.  People from Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, can still come here.

Democrats Tried To Block Thousands Of Vietnam War Refugees, Including Orphans.  Despite today's outrage over President Donald Trump's refugee executive order, many liberals in 1975 were part of a chorus of big name Democrats who refused to accept any Vietnamese refugees when millions were trying to escape South Vietnam as it fell to the communists.  They even opposed orphans.  The group, led by California's Gov. Jerry Brown, included such liberal luminaries as Delaware's Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, former presidential "peace candidate" George McGovern, and New York Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman.

Flashback to the '70s:  The left's view of refugees, then and now.  [Scroll down]  What drove the opposition to taking in refugees who had worked with or supported the U.S. during the Vietnam War and whose lives, therefore, obviously were at risk when Saigon fell to the Communists?  Was there any record of pro-U.S. South Vietnamese engaging in acts of terrorism against the U.S.?  Of course not.  Was there a concern about vetting them?  I doubt it.  If there was, it was not the stated reason for opposing their resettlement here.  The stated reason was concern that Vietnamese refugees would take American jobs or go on welfare.

Obama Actually Committed More Religious Discrimination than Any That Trump Is Accused of.  Any intellectually honest people who care about immigration should be far more upset with President Obama's immigration policies than President Trump's[.]  Syrian Christians constitute 10% of the Arabs in Syria, yet during the Obama administration, they constituted from .5% to 1% of the refugees permitted to escape into America from Syria.  It is patently obvious that Christians face far greater persecution in Syria and other Arab countries than Muslims, so the statistic described above demonstrates clear discrimination against Christians by the Obama administration, based 100% on religion and 0% on counter-terrorism.  If anything, Christians are less likely than Muslims to be members of ISIS or Muslim fundamentalists or terrorists.

Obama kicked out more migrants than any US president — critics slam anti-Trump protestors.  Outrage has erupted over the US President's controversial temporary executive order to halt refugees from seven Muslim countries, with thousands of protestors taking to the street across the world.  However opponents have been quick to highlight Barack Obama banned Iraqi refugees from entering the US in 2011 over terrorism fears.  Mr Obama's administration stopped processing all applications from Iraqi migrants over a six-month time period.

Rep. Keith Ellison: 'If They Can Ban Muslims, Why Can't They Ban Mormons...?'.  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said President Donald Trump's 90-day ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries is "a religiously based ban," and "if they can ban Muslims, why can't they ban Mormons."  "It is a religiously based ban, which is something that our — our Constitution says Congress shall make no law establishing a religion or abridge the free exercise thereof.  This is a violation of equal protection.  It's a religiously based ban.  If they can ban Muslims, why can't they ban Mormons, why can't they ban Seventh-day Adventists, why can't move into ethnic groups?" Ellison asked.

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Once again, for those of you who don't notice small details, it wasn't the Mormons who flew hijacked airplanes into office buildings on September 11, 2001.  And the Seventh-day Adventists aren't bent on world domination through violence.  And the Baptists don't make women wear headbags in public.  And the Catholics' most revered 7th-century prophet wasn't married to a 9-year-old girl.  And the Presbyterians don't encourage wife beating.

Trump's Reassertion of Common Sense is a shattering experience for death-wish liberals, bishops, and RINOs.  The grandstanding hysteria over Trump's travel ban on people coming from seven terrorist countries falls into the category of sound and fury signifying nothing, save the persistence of death-wish liberalism in our politics.  It happened so "abruptly," harrumphed the chattering class.  Really?  Trump has only been talking about the ban for over a year.  People in those countries had since his victory in November time to "prepare" for it.  Besides, since when has it been a constitutional right for peoples residing in terrorist hotbeds to travel inconvenience-free to America?

Mexican Official Threatens to Unleash Cartels, Flood U.S. With Drugs and Narcotics.  If people had doubts about the Mexican government being influenced and controlled by drug cartels, well, they can put that doubt away.  In a stunning segment on Fareed Zakaria's CNN broadcast today [1/29/2017] Mexico's former foreign minister, Jorge Castaneda, states the Mexican government is willing to counter U.S. President Donald Trump policy by unleashing drug cartels upon the U.S. border.

Another Promise Fulfilled — President Trump's Temporary Halt on Refugee Influx and Seven Nation Visa Suspension.  In yesterday's executive action (full script not yet released) President Trump suspended the visa travel program with Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days in order to assess the screening process for immigrants, and visitors.  Additionally, as reported by Reuters, President Trump put a four-month hold on the State Department refugee program, while the vetting process is reviewed and security practices put into place to enhance the screening process.

List of Trump's executive orders.  Since taking office, President Trump has looked to fulfill some of his campaign promises by using executive orders.  Here are the 17 orders he has signed so far: [...]

Trump's Executive Order on Refugees — Separating Fact from Hysteria.  To read the online commentary, one would think that President Trump just fundamentally corrupted the American character.  You would think that the executive order on refugees he signed yesterday betrayed America's Founding ideals.  You might even think he banned people from an entire faith from American shores. [...] So, what did Trump do?  Did he implement his promised Muslim ban?  No, far from it.  He backed down dramatically from his campaign promises and instead signed an executive order dominated mainly by moderate refugee restrictions and temporary provisions aimed directly at limiting immigration from jihadist conflict zones.

Report: Trump Halted $181 Billion in Regulatory Costs on First Day in Office.  In one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump effectively halted nearly $200 billion worth of regulations, according to a new analysis.  President Trump has taken aggressive action to curb regulations in his first week, promising to cut 75 percent or "maybe more," and signing an executive order Monday [1/30/2017] to cut two regulations from the books when every new rule is introduced.  The first move came in the form of a memo to all federal agencies from Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, freezing all recently finalized and pending regulations.  The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, found the action resulted in stopping rules that would cost the economy $181 billion.

Team Trump defends 'extreme vetting' at airports as Priebus and Spicer say just 0.0033 percent of international arrivals were stopped.  'Yesterday, what people need to understand is that 325,000 foreign travelers came into the United States' on Saturday [1/28/2017], Priebus said on the CBS 'Face the Nation' program.  'About 109 of those people were detained for further questioning because they came from the identified seven countries that the Obama administration and both houses of Congress have identified as being countries that harbor and train terrorists.  They were asked questions,' he said.

Trump's Exclusion of Aliens from Specific Countries Is Legal.  [Scroll down]  Federal immigration law also includes Section 1182(f), which states:  "Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate" (emphasis added). Section 1182(f) plainly and sweepingly authorizes the president to issue temporary bans on the entry of classes of aliens for national-security purposes.  This is precisely what President Trump has done.

Friendly Reminder:  Obama Selected The List Of Muslim Countries in Trump's Executive Order.  As the Left and some Republicans lose their minds over President Donald J. Trump's executive order on immigration, let's not forget that the list of concerned countries that the Trump administration outlined in the order is based on the one signed into law by the former Obama administration.

Law And Order Returns To The Border.  President Donald Trump is doing something incredibly rare for a politician in Washington, D.C. He is keeping his word.  Two of the most important of his campaign promises were to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into this country and to suspend the admission of "refugees" from countries prone to terrorism until a system of "extreme vetting" is put into place.

Trump mulls changing official unemployment rate.  President Trump is considering a move that would increase the official unemployment rate by a full point, and it's an idea that many liberals would be OK with.  That's because it wouldn't involve any workers losing their jobs.  Rather, the new administration is considering switching the calculation the Labor Department uses as the official unemployment rate in place of a broader definition of what constitutes unemployment.

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The President should make this retroactive to 2008 or earlier, to show an accurate picture of unemployment numbers and to highlight the improvement he makes, if any.

Extreme Vetting, Here We Come.  President Trump began to fulfill one of his signal campaign promises yesterday [1/27/2017] with the promulgation of an executive order addressing immigration from Muslim countries. [...] Information is to be gathered, reviewed and summarized during the periods of suspension so that policy can be conformed to the national interest of the United States.

Will the Trump DOJ Finally Launch a Criminal Investigation Into Planned Parenthood?  In late 2015, it was exposed through an undercover video investigation conducted by the Center for Medical Progress that Planned Parenthood was selling body parts of aborted babies, many of them late-term.  The investigation was extensive, with some videos showing abortion "doctors" pushing around baby brains in a petri-dish and discussing their market value.  Planned Parenthood, protected by the Democrat machine and the Obama Justice Department, denied the practice and cited any sale of tissue as necessary for medical research.  The organization wasn't criminally investigated, despite the selling of body parts being illegal under federal law.

Voter Fraud Truth.  A full-scale, non-partisan federal voter fraud investigation is long overdue.  I'm not aware of any systematic federal investigation of voter fraud — ever.  Initially, such an investigation would be a simple matter of analyzing voter registration databases against federal databases of aliens and deceased individuals.  Judicial Watch's Election Integrity team, headed up by Robert Popper, former deputy chief of the Voting Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, would be more than happy to help.

Former INS Agent:  Refugee Screening is to Process People, Not ID Terrorists.  Just discovered by a citizen activist is this May 2016 discussion about the pros and cons of admitting Middle Eastern refugees to the US at McCuistion, a non-profit organization.  We learned that The Foundation for Responsible Television has been producing the McCuistion Program for 20 years.  A.J. Irwin, a former Homeland Security agent and expert on terrorism describes the screening process that we have been told is so long and so thorough.

Trump's radical immigration plan: Enforce the law.  There's one fundamental difference between the new White House and the old when it comes to immigration:  Barack Obama ordered his administration not to enforce a number of immigration laws.  Donald Trump has ordered his administration to enforce them.  Trump's two immigration executive orders, issued Wednesday, are long, far-reaching, and complicated.  But perhaps the most consequential passage in the two combined orders is a single sentence:  "The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States."  That is the heart of Trump's immigration strategy.

Led by Republican Study Committee, 50 House GOPers tell Trump to fire IRS chief.  A faction of conservatives is circumventing leadership brass and calling directly on President Trump to tell IRS Chief John Koskinen, "You're fired."  Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., will make the ask.  The chairman of the Republican Study Committee has quietly but urgently been circulating a letter inside the GOP conference to build support.  He's now got 50 congressmen signed onto the letter.  While Trump has fleshed out his cabinet, so far, he's stayed hush about the fate of the IRS chief.  And conservatives really want Koskinen's head.  "You have the authority to remove Commissioner Koskinen," Walker writes to Trump, adding that "we encourage you to dismiss him in the most expedient manner practicable."

Three cheers for the State Department exodus.  Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson has lost his top echelon of staff before he even gets confirmed:  The whole senior contingent at State quit Wednesday.  Good.  Let's hope the same happens at Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, the IRS and a host of others.

Obama's Open Borders Policy Undone:  Trump Reverses Course.  Moving swiftly to fulfill his campaign promise to get the nation's illegal immigration problem under control, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on Jan. 25 that constitute an almost complete reversal of the Obama administration's nonenforcement and open borders policy.  From improving the physical barrier at our southern border to finally moving against sanctuary cities, these two executive orders put into effect a comprehensive program designed to secure our borders, implement interior enforcement, and reintegrate the assistance of state and local governments into federal efforts to enforce our immigration laws.  It has been a long time coming, but it seems to be finally happening:  The federal government is actually enforcing our immigration laws.

Trump's hard-nosed executive order asks what U.N. money is going for-and is it worth it?  [H]ow much money does the U.S. give to the United Nations, what is the money going for[,] and is it worth it?  The Administration's tough strategy is specifically aimed at reducing, rather than eliminating, U.S. support for the world organization and will not affect, at least in the short term, Washington's current dues-paying commitment to pay 22 percent of the U.N.'s so-called "regular" budget ($5.6 billion for 2016-2017) and 28.5 percent of its peacekeeping obligations ($7.9 billion) this year.

Next on Trump's List:  Rein in the UN Dictators Club.  Establishment globalists were right to be concerned about the fate of their schemes.  After a fast-paced first week of putting "America First" by targeting pseudo-"free trade" regimes and rogue regulatory agencies, President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to take on the United Nations.  Its swarms of agencies, programs, bureaucracies, conventions, and associated schemes are also in the crosshairs.  According to a January 25 report in the anti-Trump New York Times, which claimed to have seen a set of draft orders being prepared by the administration, Trump plans to drastically reduce the U.S. government's role at the UN and other international organizations.  He is also planning a review of sovereignty-stealing UN treaties, with a view toward restoring self-government in various policy areas and saving U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars.  Globalists everywhere are in a panic.

Did someone mention The UN?

Six Obama Gun Controls President Trump Can Undo.  On January 25 Gun Owners of America (GOA) released a list of Obama-era gun controls which President Trump can undo.  The controls range from those that can be stopped via executive action to those that will require broader administrative action and/or Congressional cooperation.

Trump eviscerates Obama's immigration policy in two executive orders.  With a couple of strokes of his pen, President Trump wiped out almost all of President Obama's immigration policies on Wednesday, laying the groundwork for his signature wall along the Mexican border, unleashing immigration agents to enforce the law and punishing "sanctuary cities" that try to defy federal law and thwart his deportation surge.  Left untouched, for now, is Mr. Obama's 2012 deportation amnesty that is shielding more than 750,000 Dreamers.  But most of Mr. Obama's other policies, including his "priorities" list that protected almost all illegal immigrants from deportation, are now gone.

Draft order:  Trump to halt U.S. entry from several Middle Eastern countries.  The document, which has been published by several news outlets and was obtained separately by The Hill, is titled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals."  It would suspend entry into the U.S. from select countries starting 30 days after the order is issued.  The countries in question include Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.  The White House did not immediately respond to questions from The Hill about the document.  But in an interview that aired Wednesday night [1/25/2017], President Trump seemed to confirm the details of the document.  Trump said the policy is not a "Muslim ban."

Trump to 'withdraw from climate & environmental accords along with UN funding cuts of 40%'.  Trump's new administration are set to review US involvement in international treaties and agreements and could cut United Nations (UN) funding by 40 percent — putting aid and peacekeeping operations across the world in jeopardy.  Speaking on Newsnight, New York Times analyst Max Fisher said the White House is mulling over two executive orders which would see a massive reduction in US involvement with international partners on a range of issues.

Trump threatens Mexico's biggest cash source.  Mexico's biggest cash cow is under threat from President Donald Trump.  The country's largest source of cash comes from Mexicans living in the United States.  That is now under the microscope after Trump issued an executive order Wednesday [1/25/2016] to start building a wall on the border.  During his campaign, Trump said multiple times that Mexico will pay for the wall.  He even threatened to halt or tax cash transfers — known as remittances — from the U.S. to Mexico if the country refused to pay for it.

Trump administration asks top State Department officials to leave.  Two senior administration officials said Thursday that the Trump administration told four top State Department management officials that their services were no longer needed as part of an effort to "clean house" at Foggy Bottom.  Patrick Kennedy, who served for nine years as the undersecretary for management, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Joyce Anne Barr and Michele Bond, and Ambassador Gentry Smith, director of the Office for Foreign Missions, were sent letters by the White House that their service was no longer required, the sources told CNN.

The Editor says...
That's a total of four people, not a house-cleaning.  And they didn't quit, they were fired.

Senior Management team of US State Department resigns in a possibly coordinated walkout.  The entire senior management team of the US State Department resigned on Thursday.  Responding to the reports, the US State Department said on Thursday that the outgoing Obama administration, in coordination with the incoming one, had requested that "all politically appointed officers submit letters of resignation" as is standard practice.

Fake News:  State Department Employees Quit En Masse, Fact They Were Fired.  On Thursday [1/26/2017], media outlets across the international spectrum ran with the story that top level State Department officials had quit rather than serve under President Trump. [...] CNN now reports that the Trump administration told undersecretary for management Patrick Kennedy, Assistant Secretaries for Administration and Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Joyce Anne Barr, and director of the Office of Foreign Missions Gentry Smith were all told to take a hike.  State Department assistant secretary for Europe Victoria Nuland was also shown the door.

Trump Fires Hillary's Benghazi Fixer.  The mainstream media's fake news operation is predictably spinning this as principled resignations by public officials who couldn't stand the idea of working under Trump.  Except that Patrick Kennedy, the biggest fish being forced out, had reportedly been begging to keep his job.  These were resignations in name only.  They were actually firings.

The Entire Senior Tier at the State Department Just Resigned.  The Trump administration just keeps bearing sweet fruit.  The entire upper management at the State Department just resigned.  This gives the GOP every incentive to expedite Rex Tillerson's confirmation.

Green Energy is a Charter For Crooks And Liars.  The Scam Must End Now.  When is the rest of the Western world going to catch up with Donald Trump and point out that the green emperor is wearing no clothes?  I ask as a concerned UK taxpayer absolutely sick to death of the vast sums of money that continue to be funnelled into the pockets of crooks, liars, spivs, chancers, con-artists and fantasists in the name of solving the non-existent problem of "climate change."

Report: Trump to restrict immigration from certain Muslim countries this Wednesday.  President Trump is expected to sign multiple executive actions on Wednesday [1/25/2017] that would tighten U.S. immigration policies with certain Muslim countries, according to a report Tuesday.  The signings are set to take place at the Department of Homeland Security.  The orders are likely to include restricting immigration from countries including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, Reuters reported.

Trump's $10 trillion stimulus plan.  All of Washington seems to be in cardiac arrest over the news reports late last week that President Donald Trump is planning a budget with $10 trillion of budget cuts over the next decade.  We can only hope and pray that the report is accurate.  Let's also hope that Mr. Trump has the backbone to stick with this plan to staple the stomach of the federal government.  This is an enterprise that has been borrowing $1 trillion a year for the past decade and is expected to continue to do so for years and decades to come.  The national indebtedness will soon exceed $20 trillion and everyone in Washington is denial about this mestastiszing cancer cell rather than ordering radiation therapy before it kills off the economy.

Pentagon Chief Weighing Options for Trump to Defeat Islamic State.  U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is leading an internal Pentagon review of options to propose to President Donald Trump to intensify the war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and ultimately defeat the jihadist group.  While campaigning, the president vowed to ask military leaders to formulate a plan within 30 days of taking office on how to defeat ISIS, which the president alluded to during his inaugural address last Friday.

Top Democrats Voted For The Border Wall Trump Is Building.  President Donald Trump will be able to order the construction of a wall on the Mexico border Wednesday with the stroke of a pen, because of a 2006 law passed with the help of Democrats including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.  The 2006 law authorized the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the southern border, as well as additional lights, cameras and sensors to enhance security.  Although former President George W. Bush signed the measure into law, the Democrat-controlled Congress that took over a few months later ensured it would never be completed by means of an amendment to a 2008 spending bill.

Trump Orders EPA To Take Down Global Warming Web-Page.  The Trump administration told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take down its global warming webpage, an anonymous EPA staffer said.  "If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," the staffer told Reuters Tuesday.  The staffer was not authorized to speak to the media and claimed EPA employees were scrambling to save data on the website.  The EPA's global warming webpage is currently still up as of Wednesday morning.  The page contains some links to EPA's data on carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as other greenhouse gas emissions and lists the effects the agency says global warming will have.  The site doesn't host much of the data, however, and only aggregates links to it.

Trump considering order to reopen CIA prisons for terrorism suspects:  Report.  President Trump is considering an executive order that would keep open the Guantanamo Bay prison and could lift a ban imposed by former President Obama on the CIA operating overseas clandestine prisons for terrorism suspects, according to a published report.  A three-page draft order, titled "Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants," would reinstate other policies from the Bush administration on the treatment of terrorism detainees, according to the New York Times, which obtained a copy of the draft.

EPA Expected To Be Hit With $800 Million In Budget Cuts.  The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a projected $800 million in budget cuts, as their facelift from the Trump administration continues.  The White House has all but issued a gag order on the EPA regarding social media posts, blogs, and press releases.  Needless to say, this seems to be the first steps in reining in the agency that has waged war on Middle America and introduced endless pages of regulations that has hurt American coal workers.

Trump administration deletes apology to LGBT people over government discrimination.  The Trump administration removed an apology from the State Department to the LGBTQ community for discrimination dating back to the 1940s, prompting criticism for advocacy groups.  Former Secretary of State John Kerry published an apology on the site for the department's past discrimination based on sexual orientation — but it has since disappeared from the site.

Will Trump's CIA Investigate Itself?  When President Trump was greeted with cheers and strong applause at CIA headquarters, you knew that Obama's CIA director John Brennan would decide to strike back.  The liberal media were quick to quote Brennan as saying that he was "saddened" and "angered" by Trump's remarks.  But where did these quotes come from?  Who provided them to the media?  The rest of the story sheds light on how politically partisan the CIA became under Brennan, and how rank-and-file CIA officers who want to "Make America Great Again" seem so happy that he is gone.

Trump makes his priorities clearer, and deportation of young immigrants has fallen off the list.  President Trump signaled Monday [1/23/2017] through a flurry of directives and pronouncements that he will put a priority on remaking U.S. trade and tax policy, even as he quietly backed away from a pledge to end protections for nearly 750,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.  The moves punctuated a busy first weekday for Trump's White House.  He also banned funding for groups overseas that refer women to abortion clinics and froze most federal hiring, in between meeting with business leaders and lawmakers.

The Editor says...
The anchor baby issue has probably been moved down the list, not off the list.

Trump signed presidential memoranda, not executive orders:  Here's the difference.  President Trump signed three high-level presidential directives on Monday, but they weren't executive orders.  Instead, they were styled as presidential memoranda, an increasingly common but lesser known expression of presidential power that came to replace many executive orders under President Obama.

Trump to sign orders reviving pipeline projects, sources say.  President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday effectively reviving the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, as a major builder said it will reapply to build one of the projects which had been stalled by the Obama administration under pressure from environmental and other groups.  The president said the projects would be subject to a "renegotiation of the terms."  But he made clear the government was resuming consideration for both pipelines, describing them as a potential boon to construction workers.

Sanders & Dems applaud Trump for pulling out of global trade deal.  President Donald Trump is being commended by former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) as well as some Democrats facing tough reelection campaigns, following his executive order removing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  "I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone," Sanders said in a statement Monday [1/23/2017].

U.S is OUT of controversial Trans-Pacific trade deal as Trump signs executive order.  President Donald Trump yanked the United States out of President Barack Obama's 12-nation trade pact today, making good on a campaign promise to negotiate a better agreement.  Trump signed an executive order Monday morning [1/23/2017] withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.  'We've been talking about this for a long time,' Trump said in remarks from the Oval Office on Monday as he signed the memorandum.  'Great thing for the American worker.'

Trump Signs Executive Order Reinstating Ban On Funding And Promoting Abortions Overseas.  President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday reinstating a Republican policy that would ban U.S. aid to groups that provide or promote abortions overseas.  Known as the "Mexico City policy" or the "global gag rule," the measure came one day after the 44th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Roe v.  Wade case that legalized abortion across the country.

This is America.  Speak English or leave.
New White House begins with English-only website as Team Trump breaks with Obama by nixing all Spanish-language content.  Donald Trump will not be 'El Presidente,' judging from the website his White House launched on Friday [1/20/2017].  The new whitehouse.gov, unlike the online home of the Obama administration, has no Spanish-language content.  Visiting the old White House website address for content 'en Español' brings Web surfers to an error page.

Spanish language content removed from White House website after Trump inauguration.  The site became an English-only site shortly after Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday.  The Spanish version of the White House page was created in the months following President Barack Obama's swearing-in in 2009.

Trump bans foreign aid to groups that provide abortions.  President Trump on Monday reinstated the "Mexico City policy," which bans U.S. foreign aid from any groups that provide abortions.  He issued the order on Jan. 23, one day after the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v.  Wade decision legalizing abortion.  The policy, changeable through an executive order, is typically flipped on and off depending on which party is controlling the White House and is usually done on the Roe v.  Wade anniversary.  President Reagan first enacted it in 1984, President Clinton rescinded it in 1993, President George W. Bush put it back in place in 2001 and then President Obama rescinded it again in 2009.

Five easy pieces [to add to the Trump agenda].  First, repeal Davis-Bacon.  This law, which was enacted in 1931 and purports to ensure that workers on public projects are paid the prevailing local wage, was in fact a pay-off to Big Labor for its support of the Democratic Party.  It costs taxpayers dearly.  By inflating labor costs, Davis-Bacon inflates overall construction costs for the federal government.  If the Trump administration and Congress are going to do an infrastructure bill to push the economy forward, repealing Davis-Bacon would increase its impact.  Repeal would also make the point that taxpayers should not be footing the bill to pay off special interests such as trade unions.  Repeal of Davis-Bacon could be included in a reconciliation bill.

"Travesty... We Have 23.5 Million Americans Aged 25-To-54 Outside The Labor Force".  While deregulation and simplifying the tax code obviously are constructive segments of the Trump plan, they are not the most important obstacles in the way of growth.  Neither is globalization.  Even the most ardent ''supply-sider" would admit that labor input is key to the outlook and this should really be at the top of the agenda — closing the widening and unprecedented gap between job openings and new hiring.

Trump White House vows it won't coddle 'the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter'.  On the campaign trail, Donald Trump cast himself as a law-and-order candidate who would always have the backs of local police, though he wouldn't meddle in their affairs.  On Friday, the White House website revealed that promise would be a pillar of his administration.  Under the heading, "Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community," the Trump administration promised a reduction in violent crime, a border wall to keep out illegal immigrants and "more law enforcement, more community engagement, and more effective policing."  The administration hinted at a crackdown on protests — "Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter," it said.

Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway Says Obamacare 'Penalty' Will End.  The Trump administration may stop enforcing the Obamacare requirement that most Americans carry health insurance even before Congress repeals the law, Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to the new president, said in interviews broadcast on Sunday [1/22/2017].  Such a move would take the teeth out of former President Barack Obama's health-care law and could destabilize insurance markets, analysts say.  It was not clear from Conway's remarks whether President Donald Trump would try to use his executive authority to make the change, which would be much faster than writing new regulations or waiting on lawmakers.

Trump moves to withdraw US from TPP deal on Day 1.  Newly installed President Donald Trump has moved swiftly to turn his fiercely nationalist "America first" inaugural speech into action, stoking unease abroad over the new direction the United States is headed under his leadership.  On Day One of his presidency, the White House moved to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.  The Obama administration's signature domestic programme, the Affordable Care Act, also fell victim to Mr Trump's move to unpick his predecessor's policies.

All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website.  At 11:59 am eastern, the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it.  At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming.  It's customary for www.whitehouse.gov to flip over to the new administration exactly at noon, but the only mention of climate on President Trump's new website is under his "America First Energy Plan" page, in which he vows to destroy President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which is a government-wide plan to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change.  To reiterate:  It is normal that the site is completely new; it is notable that climate change is not mentioned on any one of Trump's new pages.

Can Trump Win His Battle With The Unionized, Bureaucratic 'Deep State'?  Trump administration officials have let it be known that he'd like to slice 10% off spending and 20% off the federal bureaucracy, part of a broad effort to slash just over $10 trillion from federal spending over the next decade.  Not surprisingly, this has frightened bureaucrats.

President Trump halts new federal regulations.  President Trump put a hold on all new and pending federal regulation on his first day in office Friday, with a White House memorandum ordering federal agencies to subject the regulations to review by incoming secretaries.  Rolling back federal regulation was a top campaign pledged from Mr. Trump, who promised to impose a rule that two existing regulation had to be eliminated for each new regulation created.  He has said the regulations had a stranglehold on businesses and slowed job creation and economic expansion.

Trump announces regulatory freeze in first executive orders.  President Trump took a series of executive actions minutes after the inaugural parade concluded Friday evening, one of which was to place a regulatory freeze on all federal agencies until his administration provides further notice.  "The Trump administration will send a letter to all executive agencies tonight to immediately abide by a regulatory freeze," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters around 7:15 p.m. ET.

Trump administration takes aim at climate regs, sets agenda on WhiteHouse.gov.  While new President Donald Trump was laying out a short version of his agenda in an inaugural speech, his communications team was busy rewriting the White House website with a slew of new objectives including scrapping environmental regulations it claims kill jobs.  Among the commitments was immediate elimination of the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule, two administrative regulations Trump's predecessor, President Obama, considered environmental safeguards.  Team Trump deemed them "harmful and unnecessary policies" that hurt the economy and said so on the official Whitehouse.gov website.  "Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years," the website now states.

WhiteHouse.gov Takes Down Climate Page, Puts Up 'America First' Energy Plan.  Observers on Twitter noted Friday afternoon [1/20/2017] that the White House's page on climate change, a creation of the Obama administration, appears to have been taken down shortly after Donald Trump assumed the nation's presidency.  In its stead, the new White House published an explanation of what the Trump team is calling the "America First Energy Plan."  At press time, the link to the White House page publicizing a plan to combat climate change leads to a blank page.

Trump takes away FHA mortgage insurance premium cut not long after being sworn into office.  In one of the first undertakings of his administration, President Trump issued an administrative order to suspend one of the Obama administration's final acts.  The move undid the quarter-point decrease in the FHA mortgage insurance premium that was announced earlier in the week by outgoing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.  For most borrowers, it would have been a reduction to 0.60 percent from 0.85 percent.  The 25-basis point reduction — a basis point is 0.01 percentage point — would have made FHA mortgages more affordable just as interest rates were on the rise.

Trump and Obama's Legacy of Racism.  Day one.  Every Trump cabinet official will learn how the Obama administration has made racial resentment the major focus of everything they do.  And they have been doing that daily for eight years.  Job one:  The Trump brigade will have to decide whether to ignore it, pretend it is good, or rip it out by the roots.  Not one future cabinet member, or their boss at Trump Tower, has indicated they are aware of how widespread this is.

Trump Plans to Eliminate NEA, NEH, Cut Spending by $10.5 Trillion.  The Trump administration is seeking major cuts to federal spending upon taking office, with plans to eliminate agencies and programs to reduce the budget by over $10 trillion.  The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated, according to a new report on the administration's spending priorities published by the Hill.  Both arts agencies have budgets of roughly $147 million.  The NEA awards millions of dollars worth of grants for art projects each year, which have included plays about assassinating Christopher Columbus, food stamps, and gun-control activist lesbians, climate change poetry, and "Doggie Hamlet."

The Department of Energy has a fake name.  It's time to make things right.  Sometimes in politics, business and life you have to deal with the art of the possible, or, to use a Trumpism, the art of the deal.  There is a logical and politically achievable deal to be made here.  Leave DOE's overall budget as a battle for another day, and simply split up the organization along the lines suggested by its separate energy and military functions.  The myriad $20 billion activities involving nuclear weapons materials, propulsion, security, safety and cleanup are all vital.  But they belong within a clear non-cabinet-level Defense Nuclear Materials Agency (DNMA) comparable in rank to the EPA or Securities and Exchange Commission.  To dilute partisanship and enhance operational efficiency and safety, a DNMA should be structured like the SEC with five commissioners, of which no more than three can be from the same political party, and a chairman who serves five years after presidential appointment and congressional approval.

McCain plans massive boost in defense spending to restore military dominance.  Sen. John McCain called Monday [1/16/2017] for a massive boost in defense spending totaling more than $85 billion per year over the next half-decade, saying that is just the beginning of what it will take to restore the U.S. military to a dominant role.  The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman's plans, detailed in a white paper, are an important marker, laying out defense hawks' wish list as Congress prepares to debate budget priorities under the Trump administration.

Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers.  Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts.  Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through.  At least two so-called "landing teams" in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government.

Obama Fades Away As Trump Laughs At His Enemies.  While the helpless mainstream media frets over its irrelevance, Obama is left urging his minions to throw little tantrums out in the Deep State, trying to do just a little more damage to this country before he is finally exiled to comfortable obscurity.  But payback is a Pelosi; soon Trump's pen and phone are going to be wielded by the guy who Team Integrity has been calling "illegitimate" since the moment Hillary lost and it again became patriotic to question election results.  All that last-minute regulatory nonsense is getting overturned.  America will be a beacon of freedom to Cubans once again.  The Western land thefts will be undone.  We'll drill, baby, drill.  It's going to be awesome, as will the tsunami of liberal tears.

What Exactly Is Trumpism?  Donald Trump is hated by liberal Democrats because, among other things, he is likely to reverse the entire Obama project.  And, far worse, he probably will seek fundamental ways of obstructing its future resurgence — even perhaps by peeling off traditional Democratic constituencies.  The proverbial mainstream media despise Trump.  Culturally, he has become a totem of their fears: coarseness, ostentatiousness, flamboyance, and the equation of big money with taste and success.  His new approach to the media may make them irrelevant, and they fear their downfall could be well earned.

Winston Churchill bust set for Oval Office return by Donald Trump.  Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he intends to rip up Barack Obama's legacy when he takes office — ending the Trans-Pacific Partnership, redrawing Obamacare and loading up Guantanamo with "some bad dudes".  However, one expected action is likely to be less controversial, certainly in Britain:  that of restoring the bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.

10 Ways That Donald Trump Could Try To Reverse The Curse That Obama Has Put On America.  So it looks like we are stuck with UN Security Council Resolution 2334, but that doesn't mean that Trump can't do anything to try to address this matter.  Recently, a Breitbart article suggested five steps that Trump should take regarding Israel once he becomes president, and I would like to add another five to the list.

The Hunt for Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Should Start in the Executive Branch.  Last month, Washington Post reporters obtained confidential memos from the Department of Defense detailing an internal study from January 2015, which found $125 billion in administrative waste.  (Senator Jeff Flake's Wastebook, an annual catalogue of absurd federal spending, recently revealed one particularly egregious example:  The DOD spent $2 million to teach robots how to play jazz.)  And yet officials chose to bury the study and ignore its recommendations, said the Post, "amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget."  Trump would be wise to revisit the report's findings and implement the reforms it suggested, which are designed to reallocate funding to troops and weapons.

Facing North Korea and Iran, Trump Must Strengthen Nuclear Deterrence.  Like Big Brother in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un holds absolute power.  And Kim, the same as his father and grandfather, wants to forcibly unify the Korean peninsula under a xenophobic ideology of self-sufficiency.  Since the end of the Korean War, the Kims' wacky "Juche" ideology has sparked Western laughter as much as fear.  We have rightly assumed the Kims are deterred by their understanding that a conventional-arms conflict with America would destroy them.  While the U.S. has had to occasionally reinforce this conventional deterrence, it has been sustained for 60 years.  Unfortunately, the status quo is shifting.

Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda.  For six years, since they took back the House of Representatives, Republicans have added to a pile of legislation that moldered outside the White House.  In their thwarted agenda, financial regulations were to be unspooled.  Business taxes were to be slashed.  Planned Parenthood would be stripped of federal funds.  The Affordable Care Act was teed up for repeal — dozens of times.  When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate, much of that legislation will form the basis of the most ambitious conservative policy agenda since the 1920s.  And rather than a Democratic president standing in the way, a soon-to-be-inaugurated Donald Trump seems ready to sign much of it into law.

Trump Should Have a Celebrity-Free Inauguration.  By inviting talented unknowns to perform instead, the president-elect would send a powerful message.

Here We Go!  Republicans In Congress Turn On Trump — Make Move To Stop Border Wall.  And here come the charging RINOs!  Intent on stopping President-elect Donald Trump from building a wall on the border.  You'll recognize the names... it's the same [people] every single time:  Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski.  They join Turban Durbin on drafting a measure that would allow illegal alien children to stay in the US.  Uh, no.  In this particular instance, the sins of the father and mother are the sins of the child.  You cannot justify breaking the law because they are children.  They should stay with their family in their country of origin until they come here legally... the right way... through the front door, not the back.

Fix Immigration.  It's What Voters Want.  Donald J. Trump smashed many orthodoxies on his way to victory, but immigration was the defining issue separating him from his primary opponents and Hillary Clinton.  President-elect Trump now has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers.  Yet many powerful industries benefit from such immigration.  They're arguing that immigration controls are creating a low-skilled labor shortage.  "We're pretty much begging for workers," Tom Nassif, the chief executive of Western Growers, a trade organization that represents farmers, said on CNN.  A fast-food chain founder warned, "Our industry can't survive without Mexican workers."

Shocker! Trump Plans To Privatize The VA Just Like He Promised On The Campaign Trail.  News headlines this week screamed about how President-elect Trump is considering a plan to partially privatize the Veterans Health Administration.  Did nobody read his campaign website during the election?

Appeals court vacancies could give Trump the chance to transform judiciary.  When Donald Trump enters the White House on Inauguration Day, he will be able to fill more seats on the courts of appeals than President Obama did when he took office eight years ago, which could give him the chance to transform the judiciary into a more conservative branch of government.  The president-elect's preparation to fill the Supreme Court's vacant seat may be getting the most attention, but it's just "the tip of the iceberg," said Lena Zwarensteyn, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy's strategic engagement director.

Dem attorneys general threaten lawsuits, if Trump repeals climate plan.  A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general warned President-elect Trump on Thursday that he will face scores of lawsuits if he follows "misguided" advice to repeal President Obama's climate rules.  "We advocate that you reject misguided advice that the Clean Power Plan be discarded; advice that, if followed, would assuredly lead to more litigation," a group of 14 attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, said in a letter to the president-elect Thursday [12/29/2016].  The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of President Obama's climate change agenda, which nearly 30 states are challenging in federal appeals court with more than 100 industry groups.  A 10-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing the arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency's plan, which directs the states to cut their carbon pollution a third by 2030.

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For those of you who attended public schools, carbon dioxide is not carbon, nor is it a pollutant.

Trump Could Bring Home $2.6 Trillion in Offshore Profits.  At least $2.6 trillion in American corporate profits are parked outside the country, and President-Elect Donald Trump's major tax reform plan could bring it back into the United States — which could provide a big boost to the economy and federal revenue.  Trump's plan is part of his larger business tax plan to lower the corporate tax rate from a top rate of 35 percent down to 15 percent.

Trump considering 'public-private option' for VA reform.  President-elect Trump is considering a "public-private option" at the Department of Veterans Affairs that would allow all veterans to choose whether they want to receive care from the VA or from private doctors.  "We think we have to have kind of a ... public-private option, because some vets love the VA ... some vets want to go to the VA," a transition official told reporters at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday [12/28/2016].  "So, the idea is to come up with a solution that solves the problem.  And it's not the easiest thing in the world because you've got all these little kingdoms out there, which is hard," the official said.  "You know, in the federal government, it's hard to break things up and start over.  So, those are the types of things that people are talking about."

Cotton: Trump earned 'clear mandate' to stop illegal immigration.  Sen. Tom Cotton argued Wednesday [11/28/2016] that President-elect Trump has a 'clear mandate' to weed out illegal immigration and reform a system to prioritize American workers over unskilled, foreign workers.  In an op-ed in The New York Times, Cotton pressed that a large part of Trump's victory in November was due to his stance on the issue.  "President-elect Trump now has a clear mandate not only to stop illegal immigration, but also to finally cut the generation-long influx of low-skilled immigrants that undermines American workers," Cotton said, arguing that the immigration system skews toward the rich and powerful and their ability to bring in cheap, migrant workers in order to drive down wages.

Abolish the Department of Energy.  Why would anyone want to abolish the DOE?  According to one liberal commentator, it was because the department "was established during Jimmy Carter's administration and it perhaps sounds like it might have something to do with solar panels."  Jimmy Carter created it, all right, but solar panels were only a symptom of the real problem.  The DOE was conceived in dark and pessimistic beliefs and forecasts that have proven totally wrong.  As Obama might say, the DOE is on the wrong side of history.  As it stands the department needs to either be rethought or retired.

Republican attorneys general eager to dismantle Obama climate agenda under Donald Trump.  As soon as President-elect Donald Trump assumes office Jan. 20, Republican attorneys general who have spent the past eight years battling the Obama administration's climate change agenda will have a new role: supporting the Republican president's complex legal effort to roll back that agenda.  By contrast, states with Democratic leadership — such as California, where Gov. Jerry Brown has promised all-out war against Mr. Trump on global warming — will go from being environmental partners with the federal government to legal aggressors on their own.

Trump is the Exorcist of Political Correctness.  Ron Aledo, a retired U.S. Army officer and former senior analyst for the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), has written a provocative analysis of the U.S. election results, saying that Trump's victory was economic but also cultural.  He says that the Trump victory was "not only an incredible miracle as he won basically against all and everything, from CNN to furious non-stop (and something ridiculous) attacks from the Washington Post, the New York Times, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Hollywood, 90% of all U.S and European journalists, the establishment of both the Democratic and Republican parties and millions of brainwashed naive Millennials; but furthermore, Trump's victory is a real Counter-revolution of the Silent Majority against the brutality of the witch hunt of Cultural Marxism and Political Correctness."

Trump Should Quickly Rescind Obama's Drilling Ban.  In his enviro-extremism, President Obama is attempting to tie President-elect Trump's hands by blocking vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean and stretches of the Atlantic from oil and natural-gas drilling.  The gambit, announced by the administration on Tuesday, is part of an eleventh-hour wave by which Obama is flooding the regulatory zone:  Promulgating so many rules — of the unpopular, hard-left variety that Democrats dare not unveil before Election Days — that he hopes the Trump administration will find it too cumbersome to undo all of them.  The incoming president should not let his predecessor get away with it.  Obama's lawyers apparently believe they've found a loophole that could make the anti-drilling ban stick.  President Trump, however, will have the power to rescind it, and should do so promptly.

Gingrich: Obama's legacy will disappear within a year.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicted that most of President Obama's policies, and thus his legacy, will disappear within the next 12 months under the Trump administration.  "What you're watching is a man who realizes all of a sudden 90 percent of his legacy is going to disappear, because he didn't do the hard work of passing legislation," Gingrich said on Fox News.  Gingrich's comments were in response to Obama's recent advice to President-elect Trump, when he said Trump should go through the legislative process, "in part because it is harder to undo."

Trump team asks State Dept. what it spends on international environmental efforts.  Donald Trump's presidential transition team has asked State Department officials to disclose how much money it provides each year to international environmental groups.  It's the latest example of how the incoming administration is reassessing the U.S. government's approach to tackling climate change and other environmental priorities.  As part of a list of questions posed last week to the department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, according to multiple people familiar with the matter, the Trump landing team asked, "How much does the Department of State contribute annually to international environmental organizations in which the department participates?"

Schumer Says Trump's Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan 'Sounds Good to Me'.  Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says he likes the sound of President-elect Trump's proposal of a major infrastructure plan as long as it meets certain Democratic criteria.  "We think it should be large.  He's mentioned a trillion dollars, I told him that sounded good to me," Schumer told ABC News' Jon Karl and Rick Klein during their podcast "Powerhouse Politics."  But Democrats will insist that the package not be, for example, all tax breaks to investors.

Judicial Watch Wants Sessions to Root Evil Out of DOJ.  "When it comes to public policy, the Justice Department is a locus of evil," said Tom Fitton, who heads Judicial Watch.  He said he hopes the agency will follow his group's advice and put it through a cultural overhaul.  "It's just an aggressively ideological and 'what is it we can get away with' Justice Department," Fitton said.  "Sessions has a big fight ahead of him."  Fitton hopes the senator will "stop the war on police" — meaning, roll back the agency's intervention when police departments face steep public criticism, like in Chicago and Baltimore.  And if the department doesn't root out what Fitton believes is intractable internal corruption, his group will keep pushing.

Why Building the Wall Should Not Be Trump's No. 1 Immigration Priority.  Ironically, Donald Trump's marquee immigration proposal — a border wall, which Mexico will pay for — is the part of his immigration platform least likely to make much difference.  This is not to say it's infeasible or even ill advised.  Only about one-third of the border with Mexico has any kind of fencing, and half of that consists merely of low-rise vehicle barriers intended to stop truck traffic; anyone can easily climb over or under them (as I myself have done on many occasions).  And the president doesn't need further authorization from Congress to build a physical barrier, although he would eventually need additional funding.

The DOE vs.  Ugly Reality.  Over at the Washington Post, Chris Mooney and the usual suspects are seriously alarmed by a memo sent out by the Transition Team at the Department of Energy. [...] In any case, the Post put up a copy of the memo in the most idiotic form ever — ten separate individual pages, in image form without searchable text, printed sideways.  Thanks, guys, it's clear you've only posted them because you have to. [...] Here are the memo questions and my comments.  [#1] ["]Can you provide a list of all boards, councils, commissions, working groups, and FACAs [Federal Advisory Committees] currently active at the Department?  For each, can you please provide members, meeting schedules, and authority (statutory or otherwise) under which they were created?["]  If I were at DOE, this first question would indeed set MY hair on fire.  The easiest way to get rid of something is to show that it was not properly established ... boom, it's gone.

Say, What Are Warmists In Obama Administration Hiding?  They do not want their data and methods exposed for the junk science they are.  They don't want their cushy positions of prognosticating doom on the taxpayer dime threatened. [...] Team Trump will be digging in to the waste, fraud, junk science, cost over-runs, orphan departments with no accountability, and so forth, not just at the DOE, but other departments.  Business likes to run smoothly, without the massive redundancy and such.  Warmists had a good run on the public dole, but, that looks like it will soon end.

Two dozen states beg Donald Trump to abandon Barack Obama's plans to combat climate change.  Officials in 24 states have urged President-elect Donald Trump to kill the centrepiece of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat climate change and shut down coal-fired power plants.  The coalition requested the incoming Republican government undo the Clean Power Plan enacted by the current Democratic administration.  The law was designed to lower carbon emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants by 2030 to 32 percent below 2005 levels.

Trump's Urgent Job:  Clean Up the VA.  In 2014, the nation was horrified to learn that vets were dying while waiting for medical appointments, and VA staff were concealing wait times.  Now new patients are waiting even longer.  Recently, a vet with heart troubles died while waiting for a cardiology appointment at the Washington, D.C. VA.  Investigators concluded he would likely have survived had he been seen.  Meanwhile Democratic senators are still blocking a bill to hold VA executives accountable for these deadly failures.  What's wrong with firing liars and incompetents?  Democrats would rather side with the public service unions that fill their campaign coffers and turn out the vote.

From catfish to kombucha: It's not just Obamacare that conservatives want Trump to repeal.  House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., gave Trump's transition team a 21-page document listing the federal rules, regulations and executive orders implemented under Obama that the caucus wants either revoked or revised.  "These last 8 years, we have seen a disturbing trend of the federal government unnecessarily inserting themselves more and more into the lives of hardworking Americans — and the results have been economically disastrous," Meadows said in a statement.  "When the American people spoke on Nov. 8, they provided conservatives with an opportunity to restore order in our government and to remove the out-of-control bureaucratic red tape that so often stunts the growth of otherwise successful American [businesses]."

Trump: 'We Are Going to Say Merry Christmas Again'.  Tuesday [12/13/2016] at a stop on his "Thank You" tour in West Allis, WI, President-elect Donald Trump opened up his appearance by fulfilling a campaign promise regarding the use of "Merry Christmas" as a holiday greeting.

Go Big: Eliminate the Energy Department.  When created in 1977, DOE was given the responsibility for "the design, constructing, and testing of nuclear weapons, and ... a loosely knit amalgamation of energy-related programs scattered throughout the Federal Government."  Prior to DOE, the federal government played a very limited role in energy policy and development.  Presumed scarcity, excessive dependence on OPEC nations, distrust in markets, and the search for energy independence became the foundation for what is now a $32.5 billion bureaucracy in search for relevance.  A series of energy policies have done little to contribute to the abundance of affordable energy that fuels a growing economy.  What DOE has done is squander money on the search for alternative energy sources.  In the process, it enabled Bootlegger and Baptist schemes that enriched crony capitalists who are all too willing to support the flawed notion that government can pick winners and losers.  For 2017, a large chunk of DOE spending — $12.6 billion, or 39 percent — is earmarked to "support the President's strategy to combat climate change."

A How-to Guide for Rolling Back Obama's Regulatory State.  One of President-elect Trump's most encouraging campaign promises was his vow to tackle the regulatory state.  For hard-working Americans, it's essential that he keeps this promise.  The ever-growing regulatory state has harmed economic growth, job growth, and wage growth.  Since 1980, regulations have cost the economy $4 trillion, or about $13,000 per American.  During the Obama administration, over 600 major regulations have been issued, with a total cost exceeding $700 billion over his eight years.  But unraveling these regulatory burdens is not as simple as waving a pen or picking up a telephone.  That's why it's critical that Trump and Congress adopt a workable strategy to repeal harmful regulations from the Obama era.

It's refreshing to watch Trump mock the media and political correctness.  Wealth is created when governments get out of the way and let people trade as they please, within borders or across borders.  I don't want a "strong leader."  I want a president of this constitutional republic to preside over limited government and leave us free to lead our own lives.

U.S. Steel CEO: If Trump Eliminates Crazy EPA Regulations, We're Ready To Hire 10K in USA.  U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi is Ultra Bullish on the Trump Administration and bringing back new jobs to the United States.  Longhi said the steel industry is very confident and optimistic on Trump.  He said U.S. Steel could bring 10,000 jobs back to America if nonsensical environmental regulations are tweaked and scrapped.  [Video clip]

Trump Day One To-Do List:  Repeal $1.7 Billion Of Dodd-Frank Rules.  The Dodd-Frank financial "reform," passed by Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is arguably the most misguided and economically harmful piece of legislation ever imposed on the country (the second, arguably, is ObamaCare).  As we've noted in this space before, one of the main reasons the economy has been stuck in neutral for the past six years has been the millstone of a 2,300-page law that has spawned multitudes more pages of costly and economically foolish regulations.  The law has calcified the credit markets, forced community banks out of business, and unleashed an unaccountable, out-of-control agency that goes by the innocent-sounding name of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Memo to Ben Carson:  Push for a Repeal of the Community Reinvestment Act.  [Scroll down]  One idea, in particular, could signal that Carson understands the failure — not just in practice but philosophically — of the department he will head.  He could push for the outright repeal of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which mandates bank lending to low-income communities and low-income households.  Implicated by some in the 2008 housing-finance crisis, the problem with the CRA — and its much further-reaching regulatory progeny, the affordable-housing goals of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are directly overseen by HUD — is not its cost but its theory that capital markets will, by their nature, not serve the poor, and that the poor and poor neighborhoods are better off when lending to both is required.  Both ideas are wrong and ill serve those in whose name they are invoked.

How Trump Could Create Millions Of Energy Jobs.  President-elect Donald Trump wants to create millions of jobs by removing restrictions on American energy development, and the numbers seem to add up.  Trump pledged in late November to "cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy — including shale energy and clean coal — creating many millions of high-paying jobs."  A study found that the removal of drilling restrictions on federal lands and water could create 2.7 million energy jobs, while another 1.8 million could be created by encouraging hydraulic fracturing or fracking.  Since most of the damage to the coal industry has already been done, coal jobs are less likely to be created and only tens of thousands could potentially be generated.

Judge Jeanine:  Clinton Foundation is 'Bubbling Beneath the Surface'.  President-elect Donald Trump has said he likely won't appoint a special prosecutor to go after Clinton despite promising to do so during the campaign.  However Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of Fox News' Justice with Judge Jeanine, says there are plenty of reasons to move forward with a case.

Trump supports completion of Dakota Access Pipeline.  U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday [12/1/2016] said for the first time that he supports the completion of a pipeline project near a North Dakota Indian reservation, which has been the subject of months of protests by tribes and environmentalists.  A communications briefing from Trump's transition team said despite media reports that Trump owns a stake in Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, Trump's support of the pipeline "has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans."

Apoplectic Liberals Furious Over Trump's Proposed Economic Freedom.  It is going to take years to break through the false constructs of radical left-wing economic principles which have been sold by modern academia and corporate media.  However, eventually people will recognize once again that being allowed to keep their own money, the outcome of their own labor, is not an expense on government.

Donald Trump transition team mulling "Muslim registry" says immigration adviser.  Donald Trump may push through a controversial registry for immigrants from mostly-Muslim countries without seeking congressional approval, a member of his transition team has said.  Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and adviser to Mr Trump said the president-elect's immigration team are drafting executive orders that would allow the new White House to secure the rapid construction of wall along the border with Mexico.  Mr Trump's staff are ensuring that the department of homeland security could "hit the ground running" on issues that were key in the Republican's election campaign, Mr Kobach said.

Judge:  FBI must indict Clinton.  Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, said on Monday the FBI has collected enough to prosecute Clinton on one of the most serious charges of all: espionage.  Napolitano said the evidence the FBI has could be used to make a case for "failure to safeguard state secrets," and that's only the charges she would face for her private email server, which experts believe could have been penetrated by foreign hackers.  Napolitano admits he was concerned when Trump said he was willing to let Clinton slide.  "I don't think the decision to prosecute or not to prosecute should be a political one," he said.  "It should be a legal one."  That legal case is still growing as Clinton reportedly faces at least two other investigations: a public corruption case involving pay-for-play allegations from her time as secretary of state... and a probe into the shady activities of the family's charity.

Trump's Latest Cabinet Appointment Seeks To Dismantle Obamacare ASAP.  Republican Rep. Tom Price from Georgia is both a politician and a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon who has been among the most vocal and consistent critics of Obamacare, a legislative monstrosity that Price feels is denying Americans access to healthcare and forcing them, under fear of penalty, to pay for increasingly expensive health insurance they don't want or need.  Today [11/29/2016] it is being reported Congressman Price is to be the nation's next Secretary of Health and Human Services — a Trump pick that should send an undeniably clear signal to Congress and the American people that Donald Trump is very serious about taking on the trillions of dollars Obamacare mess.

Most Americans think Trump will keep his promise to repeal Obamacare and deport immigrants.  According to the survey, a joint effort by Harvard University's Center for American Political Studies and the National Research Group, 64 percent of registered voters said they believed Trump will be very or somewhat effective in fulfilling his campaign promises on immigration, infrastructure, taxes and healthcare.  A smaller group, 40 percent, believe he'll be successful in building a border wall between the United States and Mexico, an oft-repeated campaign promise with Trump telling his large crowds that America's southern neighbor would foot the bill.

A Memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The most urgent matter that Attorney General Sessions will face is that of deciding the fate of FBI director James Comey.  Comey was appointed in 2013 for a statutory term of ten years.  In principle, however, he can be removed by the president at any time.  President Bill Clinton removed FBI director William Sessions about halfway through his term on charges that Sessions had misused official resources.  Although President Clinton discharged Sessions for cause, the statute creating the FBI director does not limit the grounds for termination, and we believe that the president's constitutional authority of removal would allow him to fire Comey for any reason.  Rather than firing the FBI director, however, it is more likely that the president would first request his resignation.  We think that Director Comey should leave office for the good of the FBI and the nation.

An Infrastructure Agenda for the New Administration.  The best way for the new President to improve the nation's infrastructure is to remove the federal government from the equation through deregulation and funding reforms, not to follow his predecessor down the path of more government spending.

Federal workers worried about Trump plan.  In terms of policy, Trump has suggested a federal hiring freeze and hinted at eliminating or sharply curtailing an entire Cabinet agency, the Department of Education.

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Mr. Trump could also eliminate the Department of Energy and nobody would notice.  He could eliminate NASA and only the news media would care.  He could easily do away with the EPA, because all 50 states have their own EPA equivalent.

Build The Wall:  It Will Save Americans Trillions Of Dollars.  Each year, illegal Mexican migrant workers send $24 [billion] back to Mexico in cash transfers.  American employers paid them under the table and off the books with fraudulent identification.  They never paid taxes, FICA or Social Security on that money.  Their employers wrangled financial murder for the past 40 years.  While illegal alien workers transfer THAT much money annually, all legal and illegal immigrants account for $120 [billion] sent back to Mexico, South America, Africa and Asia.  In other words, immigrants from all countries bleed America financially to death.  At the same time, Mexico smuggles $50 billion annually of drugs into America across a non-guarded, non-existent border.  I've traveled the 1,952 mile Mexican-American border three times to witness that it allows anyone at any time to enter the USA in thousands of unguarded locations.

Donald Trump will never let Argentina take the Falkland Islands, veteran says.  Argentina will never be able to reassert its sovereignty claims over the Falkland Islands under the watchful eye of Donald Trump who will back Britain, a leading academic has claimed.  The UK is set to gain some very major assurances from the new President-elect, who will stand against sabre-rattling Argentinian officials in their desperate attempt to wrestle back control of the remote British Overseas Territory.  Ian Shields OBE, international relations lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and former RAF Group Captain, said the South American country will "absolutely not" be able to reach out to the US for help.

Lands activists urge Trump to revoke Obama's national monuments.  Western lands activists are urging Donald Trump to test the limits of executive power by revoking millions of acres that President Obama set aside as national monuments, setting up a landmark legal battle over one of the nation's most frequently used environmental protections.  Such a step would be historic.  No president has undesignated a national monument created by his predecessor, and it's unclear whether he has the authority to do so.  But Obama administration critics say now is the time to try to establish a precedent.  They say Mr. Obama has wildly abused presidential power in using the 1906 Antiquities Act to cordon off huge swaths of land and sea — mostly along the West and East coasts — to prevent energy exploration.  In total, he has earmarked at least 553 million acres of land and water as national monuments, far more than any other president.

Trump Says He Won't Take Clinton Investigations Off the Table.  In a meeting with New York Times reporters, President-elect Donald Trump said he would not take the investigations of the Clintons off the table.  Two reporters tweeted from inside the meeting, as Trump also expressed the view that Clinton "suffered greatly" and that it would be "very, very divisive for the country" to prosecute the Clintons.

Lock Her Up.  If there is anything more to Donald Trump than bluster, we have yet to see it.  Trump has not even been sworn in as president, and he already is walking away from campaign promises that are too hard to keep, starting with his pledge to pursue the case against Hillary Rodham Clinton, who violated national-security laws, lied about it, and very likely suborned criminal acts by others, including obstruction of justice.  Speaking in the jabberwocky that is the lingua franca of Planet Trump, Kellyanne Conway says that the president-elect already has turned his back on his swaggering campaign promise to put his opponent in jail for what are — let us keep in mind — serious crimes.

Trump Won't Pursue Charges Against Hillary:  "She's Been Through Enough".  After Trump stunned the nation during the second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, in which he quipped that under a Trump presidency "she would be in jail", and suggested that he would demand a special prosecutor probe into Clinton's email server and the Clinton foundation, moments ago MSNBC's Morning Joe reported, citing a source, that president-elect Donald Trump will not pursue any investigations into his former political rival Hillary Clinton "for her use of a private email server and the Clinton foundation."

Trump announces plan to kill regulations, spark coal production.  President-elect Donald Trump on Monday presented his plan to build a wall against new regulations and kill many of President Obama's energy-stifling rules.  In a video statement he said that a Trump administration would eliminate two regulations for every new one.  [Video clip]

Trump's Path to Obamacare Repeal.  On the stump, Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  Now obstacles are emerging on the left and right.  Democrats are sowing panic, falsely predicting that 20 million will lose coverage.  Newly elected Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer claims Trump will "rue the day" Obamacare is repealed.  Meanwhile, on Trump's right flank, House Republicans are pushing Medicare "reform" and taxes on workers' health benefits — unpopular ideas that will undermine Trump's political support and derail his agenda.  Here's the real deal about repeal.

REPORT: Trump Will Not Pursue Clinton Investigations; She's 'Been Through Enough'Morning Joe is reporting today [11/22/2016] that president-elect Donald Trump will not be pursuing any criminal investigations into his former political rival Hillary Clinton.  The report, first announced by Mika Brzezinski, comes just a week after a 60 Minutes interview where Trump indicated that he may not launch a full investigation into the Democratic nominee.  "I'm gonna think about it," he said at the time to Leslie Stahl.  "I don't wanna hurt them.  They're good people," he continued of the Clintons.

Trump Signals He Won't Pursue Legal Charges Against Hillary Clinton.  In order for the Trump agenda to gain quick passage, a Trump White House will need the help of at least some Democrats to do so.  That does not mean the matter of the still-ongoing FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation is concluded, though.  In fact, that investigation is rumored to be far-reaching and will continue regardless of the Trump administration's statements regarding Hillary Clinton's private email server, though Conway wants to make certain the investigation maintains a the appearance of being entirely independent of any influence from a Trump White House.

Trump backs away from some of his strident campaign promises.  President-elect Donald Trump abruptly abandoned some of his most tendentious campaign promises Tuesday [11/22/2016], saying he does not plan to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system or the dealings of her family foundation, has an "open mind" about a climate-change accord from which he vowed to withdraw the United States and is no longer certain that torturing terrorism suspects is a good idea.  The billionaire real estate developer also dismissed any need to disentangle himself from his financial holdings, despite rising questions about how his global business dealings might affect his decision-making as the nation's chief executive.

Trump letting Hillary off the hook his biggest mistake yet.  At first blush, Donald Trump's decision to swear off criminal investigations of Hillary Clinton didn't look like a good idea.  At second blush, it looks like a terrible idea.  The decision, dribbled out in a TV report and then confirmed by aide Kellyanne Conway, is too momentous to come in bits and pieces and from anyone other than Trump directly.  He made the pledge at a debate to appoint a special prosecutor, and it smacks of Washington-as-usual for the reversal to slither out the back door.

Source: Trump will not seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton.  This is just coming out this morning and it's only attributed on background to "a source" with knowledge of the transition team's thinking, but Donald Trump is supposedly not going to pursue any prosecution of Secretary Hillary Clinton over her email transgressions or even the pay to play activities of the Clinton Global Initiative.  The story popped up on MSNBC's Morning Joe during the first hour and it immediately prompted questions as to why this would be coming out now.  (To be fair, there wasn't a rush of other folks confirming the veracity of the source.)

Trump's climate plan might not be so bad after all.  Even ardent supporters acknowledge that the Paris treaty by itself will do little to rein in global warming.  The United Nations estimates that if every country were to make every single promised carbon cut between 2016 and 2030 to the fullest extent and there was no cheating, carbon dioxide emissions would still only be cut by one-hundredth of what is needed to keep temperature rises below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius).  The Paris treaty's 2016-2030 pledges would reduce temperature rises around 0.09 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century.  If maintained throughout the rest of the century, temperature rises would be cut by 0.31 degrees Fahrenheit.  At the same time, these promises will be costly.  Trying to cut carbon dioxide, even with an efficient tax, makes cheap energy more expensive — and this slows economic growth.  My calculations using the best peer-reviewed economic models show the cost of the Paris promises — through slower gross domestic product growth from higher energy costs — would reach $1 trillion to $2 trillion every year from 2030.

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The article immediately above is accompanied by a photo captioned, "Smoke billows from a factory in northeastern China."  But even a public school student can see that the vapor shown in this picture is dissipating and disappearing as it blows downwind, which means it's water vapor, not smoke.  I'd show you the picture, but it's the property of Getty Images, and the use of such a photo would come at a cost.  Many other articles on the subject of CO2 emissions have used the same deception.

Trump aide Kellyanne Conway:  No plan to pursue charges against Clinton.  During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, would join crowds of his supporters in chants of "lock her up!" and said to her face during a debate that if he were president, "you'd be in jail."  But now that he actually will be president, Trump says he won't recommend prosecution of Clinton, who he told New York Times reporters has "suffered greatly."  What's more, he said the idea of prosecuting Clinton is "just not something I feel very strongly about."

To 'Drain the Swamp,' Start With the Department of Justice.  As we approach the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, we can only hope that the Department of Justice under a Trump Administration is one that believes and, more importantly engages, in pursuing justice ethically, legally and with lots of common sense; and one that will institute department-wide accountability from both the top-down and bottom-up.  As someone that has worked in the criminal justice field for close to 35 years and strongly believed that I knew and understood our criminal justice system more than most, I am saddened to admit that I was wrong, but I am optimistic that with the right leadership and management accountability, for positive change in the Justice Department is in fact possible.

Hidden Ipsos Poll:  Public Strongly Backs Donald Trump's Plan To 'Pause' Legal Immigration.  A just-released poll shows that Donald Trump's campaign-trail immigration and labor policies have overwhelming public support, and strong opposition from just one-sixth of voters.  The Ipsos poll shows that only about one-in-six Americans strongly oppose Trump's policies towards immigrant labor, repatriations, sanctuary cities, Islamic migrants, employer oversight and his ground-breaking proposal to reduce legal immigration.

Repeal, Replace, Resist.  Republicans should have no trouble repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.  They can invoke the procedure known as reconciliation, which means only 51 votes in the Senate will be needed to kill the unpopular health insurance plan.  Since there will be 52 Republicans in the new Senate in 2017 and a Republican in the White House, repeal is a safe bet.  As for Obamacare itself, Republicans won't waste their time negotiating over saving any of it.  Senate Democrats want to keep the entire program alive by tinkering with its parts and bailing it out with billions in new funding.  Forget that.  Republicans are committed to a total replacement that emphasizes free-market incentives and patient choice.  Both of those features are anathema to Democrats.

Donald Trump Has 47.5 Million Bad Reasons To Support Obamacare Bailouts.  Last Friday afternoon [11/11/2016], Donald Trump caused a minor uproar in Washington when he signaled a major softening in his stance towards President Obama's unpopular health-care law.  "Either Obamacare will be amended, or it will be repealed and replaced," Trump told the Wall Street Journal — a major caveat heretofore unexpressed on the campaign trail.  Why might Trump — who not one month ago, in a nationally televised debate, called Obamacare a "total disaster" that next year will "implode by itself" — embark on such a volte face about the law?

Will Donald Trump channel Ronald Reagan to put an end to sanctuary cities?  More than 300 cities and counties have sanctuary policies.  For some, it is simply a political statement.  They have taken no real action to give sanctuary to people who are there illegally.  But other cities like San Francisco actively protect illegal immigrants.  They refuse to turn over people who committed low-level crimes to federal agents for deportation.  And when ICE asks for a "hold" on a prisoner, the city ignores it.  Often they walk free.  That is what led to the tragic shooting death of Kate Steinle in July of last year.  Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez of Mexico was in the U.S. illegally.  He had 7 felony convictions and was deported 5 times.  He kept slipping back through our border, seeking refuge in the safe haven of San Francisco.

How Trump Can Defeat the Establishment Bureaucracy.  Trump defeated the GOP establishment, won more primary votes than any Republican candidate in history, defeated the Democrat Party establishment, and the media establishment[.]  He has one more establishment he must defeat: the Washington bureaucracy and its nationwide administrative infrastructure.  This establishment was not elected.  It owes its existence and political influence to the manipulation of the Democrat Party.  So while he can appoint agency heads and try to execute his policy goals through them, he has an army of bureaucrats against him.

Trump Has Repeatedly Flirted with Ending the EPA — He Absolutely Should.  The $4-trillion-per-year federal government works incessantly against the private sector.  Likely no wing is more pernicious than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  On his way to prison for defrauding taxpayers out of more than $1 million, former high-level EPA official Jon Beale said that while at the agency he was:  "working on a 'project' examining ways to 'modify the DNA of the capitalist system.'  He argued that environmental regulation was reaching its 'limits' ... so he began working on his plan."  Thankfully that plan was eventually scrapped.  But how obnoxious is the EPA — and how much free time does it have — to even consider, let alone work on, such a plan?

Unified GOP to target Obama payday, retirement advice rules.  A top House Republican said Wednesday he is aiming to work with President-elect Trump to undo President Obama's pending rules on retirement advice and payday lending.  Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, outlined his priorities for the next Congress during a speech in downtown Washington and said he would aim to shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Reform of the Federal Reserve also "remains a top priority," Hensarling said.

Obama has just suffered one of the harshest repudiations on record.  Despite Obama's continued insistence on his own masterful handling of the economy, working class Americans handed the keys to the candidate who pledged to undo just about all of Obama's so-called achievements.  Trump vows to repeal ObamaCare, do a 180 degree turn on Obama's tax policy, undo Dodd-Frank, reverse course on his immigration policy, walk away from Obama's global warming agreements and heavy-handed regulations.

Top Trump immigration adviser predicts immediate change.  A key member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and a top adviser on matters involving immigration told FoxNews.com Monday the incoming administration will likely move to deport illegal immigrants upon arrest.  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a key player in several high-profile immigration measures and court cases, advised Trump on immigration during his campaign and will likely have a key role in shaping the new president's policies.  Kobach said Trump is likely to scrap the Obama administration's approach of deporting only those who have been convicted, a policy he said releases dangerous people back into U.S. communities.

Little-noticed law gives Trump unexpected power to undo the mischief of bureaucrats.  Nobody was counting on this.  Barack Obama infamously said that he would govern by a "pen and a phone."  He has circumvented Congress and the laws for years.  The Democrats (and much of the media, but I repeat myself) have not only given him a pass, but cheered him on.  Now it appears a seldom-noticed law might be a powerful tool that Trump can use to eviscerate much of the Obama legacy.

Trump Horrifies Liberals With Plans To Immediately Deport/Jail Up To 3 Million Illegals.  Leftists are trying to make a case that there aren't that many with criminal backgrounds, even when considering that crossing the border illegally is illegal.  They forget that roughly 40-45% of the illegals in the country overstayed their visas, which is even more criminal than those who jumped the border.  Regardless, this gives a good view into how Liberals will respond to the era of Trump, meaning meltdowns and severe opposition to everything he proposes, regardless of whether it is good policy or not.  Deporting those with criminal backgrounds?  How dare he!

Draining the Swamp Won't Be as Easy as You Think.  Consider what happened at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in 2000 as a case study.  The Civil Rights Division is the most powerful and radical part of the most powerful and radical federal agency.  In 2000, Clinton political appointees at the Justice Department did all they could in the two months between the election and the inauguration to sabotage any incoming agenda of the Bush administration.  These problems will manifest across the federal government, but this agency was the engine of the most radical Obama policies, so it deserves special attention.

Trump's Plan For Coal Country Is To Hollow Out The EPA.  President-elect Donald Trump's campaign to jump-start the coal industry is predicated on hollowing out the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to members of his transition team.  The EPA will be dialed back to focus solely on pollutants posing harm to public health and will cease its present extracurricular focus on agenda-centered pollutants supposedly causing man-made global warming, Kathleen Hartnett-White, a member of Trump's transition team, told reporters Monday [11/14/2016].  "He's very much for clean air and clean water," she said.  "But the better home for considering this discussion about carbon dioxide and climate is in the Department of Energy."

More about the EPA and coal and the EPA's war on coal.

Kerry: 'American People are Committed' to Keeping Paris Climate Agreement.  Secretary of State John Kerry wouldn't guess where the next administration would go with environmental measures, but said the American public would continue to demand action to combat climate change.  At a Sunday [11/13/2016] press conference with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Kerry said he didn't want to "speculate on what President-elect Trump's presidency is going to mean with respect" to the Paris climate agreement.  Trump said on the campaign trail that he wants U.S. participation in the agreement scrapped.

Brexit2 Signals the End of the Green Age.  Donald J. Trump comes into office with a plan to toss out most of what President Obama achieved on energy and the environment.  While vowing to "cancel" the international Paris climate accord Obama championed, Trump would also rearrange domestic energy and environmental priorities.  He wants to open up federal lands to oil and gas drilling and coal mining.  He wants to eliminate regulations he calls needless.  He would scrap proposed regulations for tighter methane controls on domestic drillers.  And he wants to shrink the role of the Environmental Protection Agency to a mostly advisory one and pull back the Clean Power Plan, Obama's proposed plan to push utilities toward lower carbon emissions.

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The Washington Post apparently sees this as bad news.  I certainly don't.  And I wish they would quit saying "carbon emissions" when they mean carbon dioxide emissions.  Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.

Obamacare Repeal:  Trump Has a Mandate.  Indeed, according to the first major post-election voter survey, "Seventy-four percent of Republicans say they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act when Donald Trump takes the White House."  And the desire to deep-six Obamacare is by no means limited to Republicans.  Recent public opinion polls indicate that a majority of Americans want to be rid of it.

Nuke 'Em:  Priming the Senate for Necessary Action.  If you're puzzled by the conflict between the Democrats' proclamations that they're willing to give President-elect Trump a chance and the many riots against Trump taking place every night since the election, don't be.  The fact that none of the Dems' leadership from Hillary Clinton on down have asked for calm and condemned the rioting is enough to prove that they've not missed a beat between Hillary's campaign and Mr. Trump's imminent presidency.  They're still in the "no justice, no peace" frame of mind.  Justice, to them, consisted of Hillary winning the election, and they won't allow anything resembling political peace because she didn't.

Now the Mexican President is Willing to Negotiate About Border Wall.  I guess Mexico isn't as opposed to the wall as the media would have us believe.  Mexico's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, was one of the first world leaders to reach out to President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory.  Nieto also seems very interested on meeting with Trump to speak about a few issues involving our two countries — so interested, in fact, that he would like to begin negotiations before Trump takes office!

Trump re-affirms plan to immediately deport 2 to 3 million illegal aliens.  President-elect Donald Trump said that he will incarcerate or deport up to three million illegal aliens upon taking office in January.  In a Sunday [11/13/2016] interview, Trump told "60 Minutes" that he is going to "get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate."

Trump: Criminals will be deported first.  Donald Trump will begin tackling the issue of illegal immigration by rounding up and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records, a group that he estimates at 2 million to 3 million people, the president-elect said in an interview to air Sunday night.  "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate," he said in the interview, to air on "60 Minutes" on CBS.  "But we're getting them out of our country; they're here illegally."

A mandate means you can ... and you'd better.  Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell need to get to work quickly, and they need to consider themselves mandated by the voters to make big things happen.  They need to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  They need to replace the tax code.  They need to make Washington a friend to domestic energy producers.  They need to adopt business-friendly economic policies and sensible monetary policies.  And they need to get spending under control, [...] Our national debt is approaching $20 trillion and unfunded entitlement mandates are more than $100 trillion.

Trump to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Organization.  Donald Trump will work to pass legislation designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, said Walid Phares, a foreign policy advisor for the president-elect.  Speaking to the Egyptian news outlet Youm7, Phares said the legislation, which was already approved by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this year and referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was held up due to the Obama administration's support of the group.  Clarion Project spearheaded a campaign to educate legislators and move the bill forward over the past year.  The bill currently has bipartisan support.

Trump victory is the end of the line for Obama judicial nominees.  Donald Trump's victory in Tuesday's presidential election makes it unlikely that dozens of President Obama's judicial nominees will ever take the federal bench.  Fifty-nine of Obama's nominees to the federal courts still haven't been confirmed by the Senate.  Thirty of these have already cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and are awaiting a vote on the Senate floor.  Three of the pending nominees — Julien Neals of New Jersey, Mary Flores of Florida and Edward Stanton III of Tennessee — have been in limbo for more than a year and a half.

Trump says he will 'immediately' deport two to three million illegal immigrants with criminal records.  President-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records from the country immediately — and has insisted that he will build his wall.  In his first extensive interview since he won the White House, Trump is reassuring his supporters that he will deport or incarcerate up to three million 'gang members' and 'drug dealers.'

Blue Nation Protesters.  This is a nation that has been held captive to the liberal dominated media, now discredited by the President-elect.  This is a nation that has been held captive to lies about "global warming."  The massive amount of commerce that has been denied and restrained by efforts of the Obama Administration are waiting to be unleashed by a President-elect that simply removes the restrictions.  The arguments of the left will have no purchase among those who voted for Trump and who will support him as he makes these changes to government policy.

Trump's Looking For Quickest Way Out Of Paris Climate Accord.  [Scroll down]  So, you have a global elitist scooting around the world on fossil fueled vehicles telling us how dangerous Hotcoldwetdry is while positioning an agreement crafted by global elitists as a mandate for action.  It was so important that it wasn't even put up for debate by Obama and Kerry to the duly elected legislative body of the U.S.  Many global elitists are thinking (praying, hoping?) that Trump will come around to their (global elitist) Warmist point of view.  They surely have another thing coming.  And we'll have a good laugh at the ensuing Cult of Climastrology meltdown when Trump negates U.S. participation in the Paris climate agreement.

Graham wants Trump to nominate Cruz to Supreme Court.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., recommended on Friday [11/11/2016] that President-elect Trump nominate fellow former GOP presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat.  "I'm here to tell my Democratic colleagues that I voted for Obama's nominees.  I expect them to give Trump's nominees a fair shake.  He won this election.  He will pick a conservative.  I would put Ted Cruz on that list," Graham told WYFF-TV on Friday, while at a Veterans Day ceremony at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Will Trump Launch Investigation Into Clinton's Many Crimes?  With FBI director James Comey again declining to recommend indictment of Hillary Clinton for her numerous crimes involving her illicit use of a private, unsecured e-mail server to send and receive classified information, many — including Clinton and Comey — seem to think the issue is settled.  Moreover, Clinton's defeat in the presidential election seems to be taken as a sign by many that it's time to move on and put the Clinton scandals behind us.  But neither Comey's cowardly blindness nor the election results set aside the fact that Clinton broke the law and endangered national security.  Candidate Donald Trump promised that President Donald Trump would have Clinton investigated by a special prosecutor.

Trump taps climate-change skeptic to oversee EPA transition.  President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the regulations it has put out under President Obama are "a disgrace." He has vowed to roll back Obama's signature effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, known as the Clean Power Plan, and to scrap a litany of other "unnecessary" rules, especially those imposed on the oil, gas and coal sectors.  The man planning how a Trump administration can obliterate Obama's environmental legacy is Myron Ebell, a Washington fixture who has long been a cheerful warrior against what he sees as an alarmist, overzealous environmental movement that has used global warming as a pretext for expanding government.

It doesn't get better than this.  Trump is one hundred percent skeptic, no pandering.  Finally, a leader says No to refueling the Global Green Gravy Train.  It will still take years to slow and unpack, because it is a pagan religion and a 1.5 Trillion Dollar industrial freight machine. [...] No wonder they are in tears.  The two main weapons of carbon-believers are the free money from government treasure chests, and coercion through namecalling.  Trump has control of the biggest treasure chest in the world and isn't afraid of being called names.

Trump can eviscerate Obama's policies by dropping lawsuits, revoking memos.  Forget about waiting for Congress — Donald Trump can eviscerate Obamacare and cripple President Obama's global warming framework all on his first few days in office by directing policy from the White House and ordering his Justice Department to drop lawsuits that the current administration is pursuing.  Lawyers said getting rid of the government's mandate that schools allow transgender students to choose their bathrooms could be as simple as retracting an Education Department letter, then letting judges know that is no longer the administration's position.

Trump Reveals Policy Goals:  "Building That Wall", End "War On Coal", Repeal Obamacare, Dismantle Dodd-Frank.  On his transition website GreatAgain.gov, the Trump team has laid out the framework of his initial policies with policies focused i) on American Security including as Defense and National security, Immigration Reform and Building That Wall, and Energy Independence; ii) Getting America Back to Work Again including Tax Reform; Regulatory Reform; Trade Reform; Education; Transportation & Infrastructure and Financial Services Reform; and iii) Government for the people including Healthcare Reform (Obamacare), Veterans Administration Reform and Protecting Americans' Constitutional Rights.

Roll Up Your Sleeves, Deplorables.  We do not have time to sit on our hands in our basket and bask in the thrill of victory.  We must begin right now to crystalize and articulate what we will demand of our newly elected Republican government — from the White House to the Congress — and be prepared to hold all of their feet to the fire.  Come January, it will be time for them to deliver.  A Supreme Court justice like Scalia?  The end of Roe and judicial games with marriage, "gender," and toilets?  Abolishing the Department of Education?  A patriotic, non-interventionist foreign policy?  A border?  Gun-owner rights?  An attorney general who doesn't persecute state and local law enforcement?  Trade deals that benefit Americans?

Mexico and Canada Announce Willingness to Renegotiate NAFTA.  Donald Trump is not yet president, and yet within 24 hours of winning the election both Mexico and Canada announce they are willing to begin renegotiation's of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). [...] This is EXACTLY what happens when you put a Titan of Industry back in charge of the biggest economy in the world.  As a non-politician industrialist Donald Trump has said for decades, the U.S. holds all the leverage in these negotiations.  He's right.

This Is Not Your Government.  Those who reside within the borders of the United States live under a despotic rule of Supreme Court justices, regulators, random judges, presidential decree and Fed policy.  There is no politician in the land responsive to the people.  This is how Donald Trump gained the Republican nomination, because folks were fed up with calling their congressperson seeking redress only to be sold out as soon as the votes were counted.  US citizens are not constituents in the normal vernacular, they are simply voters, you know, those folks who come around every two to four years and validate all of the larceny that has taken place in the past two to four years.

How to rebuild U.S. military might.  In order to rebuild the U.S. military the next president is going to have to do the following things with the economy.  The next administration must design a growth plan that will allow the U.S. economy to expand at a 3 percent to 6 percent rate per year.  Only Donald Trump's plan has the opportunity to do this.

Trump calls climate change 'hoax,' as Clinton vows to fight it.  Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer Americans starkly different views on global warming:  Clinton sees it as an urgent concern, while Trump dismisses it as a minor problem at most.  "There's never been a bigger contrast between the two candidates and the two platforms," said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of the League of Conservation Voters.

Donald Trump Declares Gay Marriage Debate 'Settled,' Uninterested in Overturning Supreme Court Decision.  President-elect Donald J. Trump recently stated that he considers the debate over same-sex marriage resolved due to the United States Supreme Court's 2015 ruling legalizing it nationwide.  In a Sunday [11/13/2016] interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS' "60 Minutes" program, Trump was asked about his views on the marriage definition debate.  "It's irrelevant because it was already settled.  It's law.  It was settled in the Supreme Court.  I mean it's done," stated Trump.


Protests / sore losers:

Donald Trump Jr.: I'm still waiting for celebrities who promised to move if Trump won to leave US.  Donald Trump Jr. is wondering why all the celebrities who vowed to leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidency haven't left yet.  "I'm still waiting for all those celebs here, who promised to do the same, to go!!!" the president's eldest son wrote in response to liberal French celebrities promising to move to Canada if far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen wins France's election in May.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to Step Down after his anti-Trump vow to hire 10,000 refugees backfired.  Howard Schultz, the current CEO of Starbucks, is weeks away from stepping down from his role at the giant coffee chain next month. [...] Earlier this year, Schultz made a vow to hire thousands refugees in response to President Donald Trump's first travel ban.  Trump supporters have called for a boycott of the chain since January 29, when Schultz vowed to hire 10,000 refugees over five years.

Columbia professors link 'cluster of suicides' to 'distress' over Trump.  Two Columbia University professors recently sent a letter to the institution's president that linked a "fog" of political suffering to a "cluster of suicides" by students.  Professors Robert Pollack and Letty Moss-Salentijn, the co-chairs of the Columbia Faculty Affairs Committee, contacted Columbia President Lee Bollinger on Feb. 24 about the need to help "faculty to reach into themselves and find strength to express themselves."

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If the government is your god, then you are like the foolish man who built his house upon the sand:  When the storms come, your house will collapse.

Ex-Obama Official Suggests 'Military Coup' Against Trump.  In a blog post for Foreign Policy magazine, Rosa Brooks, a former Obama administration official, outlined four ways to "get rid" of President Trump, including declaring him mentally unfit for command or carrying out a military coup.  Brooks is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, which is funded by billionaire George Soros's Open Society Foundations.  She served from 2009-2011 as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as a senior adviser at Obama's State Department.  Her posting is titled "3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020," although the piece actually outlines four ways.

Sarah Silverman calls for military overthrow of 'fascist' Donald Trump.  Actress Sarah Silverman called for a military coup against President Trump on Wednesday night [2/1/2017] in the midst of violent riots in Berkeley, California.  In a screaming all-capital-letters tweet exhorted her almost 10 million followers to "wake up & join the resistance," a term from World War II that anti-Trump rioters have used to define themselves.  She then outlined her preferred scenario for the violent overthrow of the legitimately elected government, still in all capital letters.

These Are the Groups Behind Those 'Spontaneous' Anti-Trump-Ban Protests.  News reports and TV broadcasts about the week's protests described the events as "spontaneous protests" mounted in response to the Trump administration's travel and immigration executive order.  But to Make the Road New York, and the groups like it across the country, there was nothing "spontaneous" about it.  As some observers and activists were quick to point out, these grassroots and professional organizers had been waiting and planning for this type of mass, direct action — ready-made to go viral on social media — ever since, well, Nov. 9.  From the moment Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the general election, they've been anticipating and mapping out their battle plans for Trump's orders on deportations, bans, and detention.

Celebrities Call For 'Total Hollywood Strike' Until Trump Resigns.  Rosie O'Donnell, Amy Schumer, Miley Cyrus and George Clooney are part of a group of celebrities calling for a total Hollywood strike "until Trump resigns".  A group of liberal Hollywood celebrities are threatening a "massive, all-round Hollywood strike" unless Donald Trump resigns.  Describing Hollywood as "the base of the entire modern American culture", the group also claims to be speaking on behalf of "all of humanity."

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Yes, please do shut down all motion picture production in Hollywood for at least the next four years.  This will enable America's impressionable young people to take a break from the endless stream of propaganda films and rediscover reality.  It would be beneficial for everyone to stay out of the theaters for a few years, instead of marinating their minds in depictions of promiscuity and gunfire that's accompanied by thousand-watt sound systems.  The so-called "stars" of Hollywood, after a few years without pay, might re-assess their perceived importance, too.

Trump-hating flag burners in Iowa absolutely, positively foiled.  The Supreme Court may rule that flag-burning is protected expression under the First Amendment, but that doesn't mean that it is acceptable to endanger ordinary citizens, who also have rights to express themselves.  In this case, with a fire extinguisher.  The national media is much less interested in what happens in Iowa City, Iowa than it is in New York, D.C., Los Angeles, and other parts of the Blue Bubble.  So we rely on the Iowa City Press-Citizen to learn about what happened when a couple of America-hating, Trump-hating protesters set multiple versions of Old Glory ablaze.

Video shows anti-Trump activists plotting to set off stink bombs, sprinklers at inaugural fetes.  Anti-Trump protesters are plotting to derail an inaugural ball by setting off stink bombs and the sprinkler system to force the evacuation of celebrants, according to an undercover video released Monday [1/16/2017].  The D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, part of the anti-inauguration umbrella group #DisruptJ20, plans to "ruin" the DeploraBall, a sold-out black-tie gathering Thursday night at the National Press Building, according to the Project Veritas investigation.

More than 30 Democratic lawmakers now skipping Trump's inauguration.  A growing group of Democratic lawmakers will boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration Friday as a protest of Trump's worldview and his criticism of civil rights icon John Lewis, congressman of Georgia[.]  There are now more than 40 House Democrats — 42, at last count — who have declared that they will not attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill this week.  The number rose sharply after Trump tweeted Saturday that Lewis is "all talk, talk, talk" and should "finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities."

Not much legitimate about more Dems bashing Trump.  Since Donald Trump's unexpected victory, Democrats have been trying to delegitimize his historic upset.  U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who sent shock waves through the media echo chamber this weekend when he said in an NBC interview, "I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president.  I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected.  And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton."  Former Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon went on CNN Friday [1/13/2017] to chime in as well.

A pattern of deeming Republican presidents 'illegitimate'.  It's a free country, and the nineteen (and counting) members of Congress who are planning to boycott President-elect Trump's inauguration are certainly within their rights.  So even is Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who said over the weekend that Trump's election (or his presidency) is "illegitimate." [...] But this is also part of a pattern.  Lewis and Lee, along with some other Democratic lawmakers at the time, also boycotted to make a point when President George W. Bush was inaugurated in 2001.  The Washington Post reported at the time that Lewis "thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in because he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president."

Inasmuch as Trump hasn't been sworn in yet, Mr. Lewis is correct.
John Lewis:  Trump isn't a legitimate president.  Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) doesn't plan to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next week, saying he doesn't believe Trump is a "legitimate president."  "I believe in forgiveness.  I believe in trying to work with people.  It will be hard.  It's going to be very difficult.  I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president," Lewis said in an interview for NBC News's "Meet the Press."

I'll Pay Liberals To Fulfill Their Promises To Leave.  As ministers go, Al [Sharpton] is unusual in that he has over $4 million in tax liens against him.  It seems the offering plate he passes around at the White House stays pretty empty.  Anyway, Al announced last year that if Donald Trump were elected, he would leave the country.  But he's still here.  I care about Al and want to help him with his travel plans.  So I hereby offer to buy him a one-way ticket out of the country if he promises never to return.

What no one wants to tell the anti-Trump celebrities (but should).  Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of The United States on Friday, January 20, 2017.  That's as much a fact as the sky being the color blue and the grass being green.  Similarly, you wouldn't argue that the Denver Broncos weren't the Super Bowl Champions or that the Chicago Cubs didn't win the World Series, and you can't argue that Donald Trump didn't win the election.  Trump won and there's nothing you nor anyone else can do to change that.  Asking people to sign a petition that urges congress to stand up to Donald Trump is childish and accomplishes absolutely nothing.  Instead of trying to fight the inevitable, how about giving the guy a chance?

Restaurant Won't Add Trump to Its Mural That Depicts Every President Since Eisenhower.  Mama Ayesha's in Washington D.C. has been serving Middle Eastern food in the Adams Morgan neighborhood since 1960. Over the last seven years, however, it's become known for something other than its food.  In 2009, artist Karla "Karlisima" Rodas finished a mural that it took him two years to paint that depicts the restaurant's founder, "Mama" Ayesha Abraham with every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower.  A quick location search on Instagram for the restaurant turns up more photos of the mural than of the food.

DC Private Schools Won't Take Kellyanne Conway's Kids.  Kellyanne Conway is worried establishment elites in Washington, DC, are so prejudiced against President-elect Donald Trump that she won't be able to get her kids into private school in the nation's capital. [...] Conway, who was Trump's campaign manager, is moving to DC to be counselor to the president.  Her husband, George, happens to be the lawyer who wrote the Supreme Court brief when Paula Jones sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer resigns, compares Trump to Hitler.  From the pages of the Salt Lake Tribune comes word of a distraught Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer.  Jan Chamberlin has resigned from the famed choir — rather than perform for Donald Trump's inauguration.  "Since 'the announcement,' I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony," she wrote in her resignation letter to the choir.

'You cannot eat here': Hawaii café riles residents with ban on Trump voters.  Honolulu's Café 8½ gets rave reviews on Yelp for its "Radiatore Verde" and "Italian stir fry," among other popular dishes at the eclectic mom-and-pop restaurant — but the response to its new 'policy' barring pro-Trump patrons has been decidedly more mixed.  A bright yellow, handmade sign posted on the restaurant's front glass door declares:  "If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here!  No Nazis."

Skowhegan propane dealer with anti-Trump message is not licensed to sell fuel.  A local propane dealer who said in a recent message that he won't sell to anyone who voted for President-elect Donald Trump has been delivering and dispensing gas without a state license for at least two years, state officials said this week.  Michael Turner, who operates of Turner LP Gas Service on Canaan Road, left a message for would-be customers on his company's voice mail, saying "If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas.  Please find someone else."  That message was left on a Friday, when the weather was bitterly cold.  The message goes on to say that the cost of gas remains $110 a bottle, with payment due on delivery.

Oracle employee resigns after CEO sides with Trump.  An Oracle employee has publicly announced his resignation via LinkedIn after learning that Safra Catz, CEO of the software firm, joined U.S President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.  In a post addressed to Catz on Monday [12/19/2016], George A. Polisner, who managed Oracle's Cloud services, described how he refused to help Trump "in any way."  Fierce opposition to Trump's retirement, social and economic policies led Polisner to resign from Oracle, which he referred to as "a once great company."

Why are Hollywood Libs such Poor Losers?  [T]hese real-life "play actors" who get paid outrageous amounts for pretending to have skills they don't have appeared in a PSA calling themselves "Unite for America" — really.  The PSA should be called "Sore Losers."  With the sound turned off, it looks like a Medicaid ad, but turned up, it is a bunch of whiney liberal "play actors" urging the members of the Electoral College to ignore the law, centuries of fair play and tradition, and do what they say, because Hollywood actors know what's best for us rabble.  What qualifies these people who have personal assistants, makeup artists, stand-ins, stunt men, plush motor homes, and their specific brand of chilled sparkling water and treats to even think for a second that they are qualified to comment on "real life" issues, much less subvert a longstanding election process?

Democratic women most likely to block 'friends' on social media over politics.  A survey shows a significant number of Democratic women are reacting to Hillary Clinton's unexpected election loss by blocking, "unfollowing" and "unfriending" people on social media who express political opinions they don't like.  Thirty percent of Democratic women reported cutting off online communication with someone for political reasons since the Nov. 8 election, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll published Monday.  They are more than twice as likely to blot out dissenting points of view from their social media timelines as Democratic men, who reported doing so at a 14 percent rate.

Hillary Supporter Admitted Himself To The Psych Ward On Election Night When He Realized She Was Losing.  A Hillary Clinton supporter admitted himself to the psychiatric ward on election night because he realized she was going to lose to Donald Trump.  Benjamin Ryan — considered a "Hillblazer" because he raised over $100,000 for the former Democratic nominee — detailed his suicidal nervous breakdown for the Huffington Post on Wednesday [11/30/2016].  He said he was "catatonic, plagued by involuntary jerking motions, speech patterns disjointed, weeping uncontrollably."

SPLC Has Perfected the Politicization of Hate Crimes.  After Hillary Clinton lost the election, she, her staff, and her supporters were sent reeling.  Many have yet to recuperate.  In times past, such distraught persons would be attended to by priests, ministers, and rabbis, but today they have been replaced by grief counselors and puppies.  Coloring books and playdough were given to soothe the anguish of law students at the University of Michigan, and therapists of every shade of grey were summoned to talk to the afflicted.  Others rioted.  They baited the police, beat up Trump supporters, destroyed property, and tied up traffic.  Some were pros — veterans of Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.  Others were brats:  affluent young men and women so bored with life that they spend most of their waking hours microanalyzing perceived microaggressions against them.  For relief, they take to the streets, providing it is not raining or too chilly.

Obama: If only young people voted, 'Hillary would have gotten 500 electoral votes'.  President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone in an interview the day after the election that was published Tuesday [11/29/2016] that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would've won if only young people voted.  "If you look at the data from the election, if it were just young people who were voting, Hillary would have gotten 500 electoral votes," Obama said.  "So we have helped, I think, shape a generation to think about being inclusive, being fair, caring about the environment."  He said young Americans "will have growing influence year by year, which means that America over time will continue to get better."

The Editor says...
Straw man alert!  "If only" covers a lot of ground.  Hillary would have won if only those who are dependent on monthly checks from the government had voted.  Hillary would have won if only unionized government workers had voted.  Hillary would have won if the residents of California had been the only ones voting.  None of that matters.  Donald Trump won an election in which the broadest possible cross-section of America voted.

Gitmo Prisoners 'Thought It Was the End of the World' on Election Night, Asked for Tranquilizers.  Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba "thought it was the end of the world" the night of the presidential election and asked their guards for tranquilizers and sleeping pills, CBS correspondent Margaret Brennan reported Thursday.  David Remes, the lawyer of one of the prisoners at Guantanamo, recounted to Brennan what his client told him about election night.  "He said that many detainees thought that it was the end of the world and felt terrible and that many detainees asked for tranquilizers, sleeping pills because they were so distraught," Remes said.

Spice retailer says Republicans embraced racism by electing Trump.  "The open embrace of racism by the Republican party in this election is now unleashing a wave of ugliness unseen in this country for decades," wrote Penzeys CEO Bill Penzey in an email to customers.  "The American people are taking notice." [...] Penzeys operates dozens of retail outlets in 29 states — along with a popular mail order business.  And many of their customers were outraged by the insinuation that people who voted for Trump are racist.

Trump and College Chaos.  If one needed more evidence of the steep decay in academia, Donald Trump's victory provided it.  Let's begin by examining the responses to his win, not only among our wet-behind-the-ears college students, many of whom act like kindergarteners, but also among college professors and administrators.  The University of Michigan's distressed students were provided with Play-Doh and coloring books, as they sought comfort and distraction.  A University of Michigan professor postponed an exam after many students complained about their "serious stress" over the election results.  Cornell University held a campus-wide "cry-in," with officials handing out tissues and hot chocolate.  One Cornell student said, "I'm looking into flights back to Bangladesh right now so I can remove myself before Trump repatriates me."  The College Fix reported that "a dorm at the University of Pennsylvania ... hosted a post-election 'Breathing Space' for students stressed out by election results that included cuddling with cats and a puppy, coloring and crafting, and snacks such as tea and chocolate."  The University of Kansas reminded its stressed-out students that therapy dogs, a regular campus feature, were available.  An economics professor at Yale University made his midterm exam "optional" in response to "many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over the election returns."

Tucker Carlson Confronts Business Owner Who Won't Do Business with Trump Supporters.  Tucker Carlson tonight faced off with a business owner who publicly declared that he won't do business with Donald Trump supporters.  Mathew Blanchfield, the CEO of 1st in SEO, wrote online, "If you are a Republican, voted for Donald Trump or support Donald Trump, in any manner, you are not welcome at 1st in SEO and we ask you to leave our firm."  Carlson pressed him tonight on why he would say something like that.  Blanchfield argued this is about the "moral principle" at hand and said he is not tolerant of bigotry or fascism.  He went on to say he strongly believes Trump is a fascist and while he would allow a Trump supporter into his home, a lot of what Trump does alarms him.

Another place to boycott:
New Mexico Business:  If You Support Trump, Get Out.  A business owner in Albuquerque has announced that, due to his opposition to "fascism," he will henceforth refuse to do business with Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump supporters.  According to KOB 4 News, Matthew Blanchfield runs the online marketing company 1st in SEO, and he's so upset about the presidential election he's willing to shed customers to show his disgust.

Democrat Goes Unhinged Over Trump On House Floor!  I've seen a lot of bad reactions to Trump becoming President, but this is by far the worst. [...] Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) couldn't stand it that Donald Trump has won the Presidency, so he has reverted back to a third-grade style of expressing himself where he is slinging insults and stomping his feet.

Scott Baio Tells Liberal Celebrities to Pack Their Bags and Move to Canada.  Scott Baio known for his role as Chachi Arcola in Happy Days has had enough.  In a video posted to Facebook he said[,] "I promise you something," "if you want to watch the best television that's on television right now, watch MSNBC.  You'll have a ball.  It's amazing.  The crying, the literal crying, the anger, the rage."  [Video clip]

Protesters get a lesson in democracy.  Have you noticed how many of the riff-raff can't wait to go in front of the TV cameras to announce in broken English that the reason they hate President-elect Trump is because they're illegal aliens.  Then they hold up their signs saying "NOT MY PRESIDENT!"  Well then, of course he's not your president.  You're from Guatemala, or maybe Honduras.  Last night, as a public service to the viewing public, Fox News Channel started running English-language subtitles under the anti-Trump sound bites.  I'm serious.

Boss tells pro-Trump employees to resign.  If you voted for Donald Trump, you may not feel welcomed at Grubhub.  The CEO of Grubhub, an online food delivery service, sent a company wide email Wednesday suggesting employees who agree with President-elect Donald Trump's behaviors and his campaign rhetoric should resign.  "If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here," wrote Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub.  "We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team."

Stars urge their fans to 'fight' after Trump win.  Many stars criticized Donald Trump for suggesting he might not accept the election results.  But now it's Hollywood who is having trouble accepting the results since the real estate mogul was elected president.  Lady Gaga, for one, is pushing for her fans to sign a series of petitions that would hand the presidency over to Hillary Clinton.

The Editor says...
There was already "a series of petitions" to select the next president.  They're called ballots.  You guys lost.  If you prefer to live under socialism, move to Venezuela.  (Bring enough lunch for everybody.)

Celebrities Melt Down: Protests, weeping, snarling, and sadness as stars 'grieve' over Trump victory.  [Actor James] Woods was one of a handful of celebrities in Donald Trump's camp all along.  For much of the election, Hollywood's liberal elite stars took opportunities to bash him and to swear they'd leave the country if he were elected.  Reaction now is ranging from anger to sadness.

Plot to impeach President Trump has already begun.  It is just one day since Donald Trump was elected President - but thousands of furious liberals are already plotting ways to remove him from office.  Within hours of the Republican's unexpected win over Hillary Clinton, people were calling for him to be impeached over claims of sexual abuse, fraud and racketeering.  Online searches for 'How to impeach a president' surged hours after the result, with the question seeing a 4,850 per cent rise on Google.

The Editor says...
If you have courtroom-quality evidence of a crime that will convince the Republican-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate, bring it on!  But keep in mind that Barack H. Obama wasn't impeached, even though there were numerous reasons to do so.

Anti-Trump protests erupt across the US.  Thousands of people took to the streets Wednesday night [11/9/2016] to protest Donald Trump's election, chanting anti-Trump slogans and wreaking havoc in major cities, according to Fox News, despite Hilary Clinton's call for unity and affirmation that she accepted Donald Trump as her president.  In Chicago, several thousand people marched in the streets, gathering outside Chicago's Trump Tower and chanting "Not my president!"  Similar protests erupted in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston, with thousands more flooding the streets chanting anti-Trump slogans.

Hollywood Leftists, Stop Being Racist And Move To Cuba.  A wide variety of entertainers (I use the term loosely) and other left-leaning Americans announced during the run-up to the election that they would leave the country if Donald Trump won the presidency.  It has become something of a standard campaign ploy for the Democrats; they actually think they can shock voters into choosing their candidate by posing the question:  "How can America survive without Alec Baldwin?"  Of course this election the stakes were even higher.  More famous people than ever banded together in their opposition of Donald Trump, promising to flee the Trump reign of terror.  They screeched about it desperately to anyone who would listen.  This is where things get complicated.  You see, none of the lefties thought Trump had a chance [...] of winning.


Trump vs the Deep State

How Many Countries Conspired Against Trump?  The Guardian adds to our knowledge of how the Obama administration and its allies overseas tried to discredit Donald Trump.  (For purposes of this post, I assume that everything the Guardian says is true, even though it is based on anonymous sources who are pursuing their personal and political interests.) [...] So just about every Western intelligence service was collaborating with the Obama administration in trying to elect Hillary Clinton.  Yet, amazingly enough, they failed.  The blindingly obvious point that the Guardian tries to obscure is that the combined assets of all of these agencies failed to find any evidence of collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Frivolous Case Against the House Intelligence Chairman.  Well it looks like the media won't have Representative Devin Nunes to kick around anymore.  This is the latest twist in the dueling investigations around alleged Russian ties to President Donald Trump's associates and the Obama administration's alleged politicization of the surveillance state.

Going Overboard with #Russiagate.  Democrats in Congress and their allies in the media have officially become obsessed with the alleged links between the Trump administration and Russia, and it has very little to do with concerns over the integrity of the electoral process or the fate of American democracy.  In reality, the president's opponents see the investigations into Trump campaign associates and hangers-on as an invaluable weapon.  With the electorate booting the Democratic Party completely out of power, what better way is there to undermine the administration and cast a cloud of illegitimacy over the duly elected commander-in-chief?

Why the 'Trump' State Department still loves George Soros.  The failure of the Trump administration thus far to staff up the executive branch is hurting the conservative policy agenda and thwarting the will of the voters.  And six Republican senators who asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to probe whether foreign aid is promoting a progressive agenda around the world just got an abject lesson in how.  They got their answer not from Tillerson or anyone around him, but from a mid-level career official at the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, Executive Secretary Joseph E. Macmanus.  He pretty much told the senators to take a hike.

Unravelling the Team Obama anti-Trump leak machine.  She didn't "leak," she only "unmasked."  This is former National Security Adviser Susan Rice's self-defense for having sought the explicit exposure, in highly classified intelligence documents, of the names of US citizens inadvertently caught up in American surveillance of Russian officials.  Moreover, she and her partisans insist, seeking and achieving this "unmasking" (from either the director of the National Security Agency or the FBI) was entirely within her legal right as national-security adviser.  I'll take her word for it, though if it had been so pristine, it's unclear why Rice had previously lied and claimed no knowledge of any of it.  According to Eli Lake of Bloomberg, Rice "requested the identities of US persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign."  Dozens of occasions.

FISAgate: The Question Is Not Whether Trump Associates Were Monitored.  [Scroll down]  Nunes's disclosures further suggest that the communications of others associated with Trump's campaign (perhaps even Trump himself) were also intercepted.  During the press conference, a reporter asked, Nunes, "Was the president [i.e., Trump] included in that incidental collection — his communication?"  Nunes responded, "Yes."  Based on the little that has been reported, the interception and handling of these communications seems more disturbing because, according to Nunes, they have nothing to do with any known government intelligence investigations of Russia.  Unless there is some legitimate connection to foreign activities, the specter of political spying hovers.

Nunes Did Nothing New By Viewing Raw Intel At The White House.  There is nothing new about House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes leaving the panel's secure room beneath the Capitol Building and heading to the White House complex or a related facility nearby to view raw intelligence, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  For years, intelligence committee chiefs have trekked to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue or to an intelligence agency to view such super sensitive intelligence material, because the congressional secure room can't handle such material.

Former Obama Official Describes Last-Minute Rush to Spy on Trump Team, Conceal Intel Sources.  A former top Obama administration official made a stunning admission during a panel discussion on MSNBC's Morning Joe this week.  Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under Obama, openly admitted that her colleagues had gathered intelligence on the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia before Donald Trump took office and then tried to hide the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.

Judge Andrew Napolitano Stands by British Surveillance Report in Return to Fox News.  Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke on Fox News, Wednesday [3/29/2017], making his first appearance on the network after pushing a controversial report in defense of President Trump's claims of wiretapping during the 2016 election.  Anchors Bret Baier and Shepard Smith previously said that Fox could not independently confirm the accuracy of Napolitano's claim that the British intelligence service GCHQ facilitated the wiretapping.  During Napolitano's spot on America's Newsroom today, Bill Hemmer noted that "you've had a few quiet days."  Hemmer then asked the judge whether he was still confident in the story, to which the Fox judicial analyst said yes.  [Video clip]

Comey, Senators Try to Convince America That Trump-Russia Probes Are Apolitical.  On Wednesday [3/29/2017], FBI Director James Comey and the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee attempted to boost people's confidence in the government's probes into Russia's election meddling — or at least distance themselves from the mess created by Nunes.  During the election, Comey criticized Hillary Clinton for her private email server and commented on the FBI's investigation numerous times.  Yet he only confirmed last week that the agency has been investigating the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia since July.  Comey has been accused of attempting to sway the election himself, or at least displaying terrible judgement.

Protecting Deep State:  Republicans and Democrats Refuse To Review Oversight Intelligence.  Chairman Nunes is the only member of the Intelligence Oversight Gang-of-Eight who has reviewed the executive level intelligence product which caused him concern.  Nunes alleged in the last week he received evidence that Obama administration political figures gained access to unmasked American identities through foreign intercepts involving the Trump transition team between November 2016 and January 2017.  Media and congressional leadership intentionally skip the obvious questions:  [For example,] Why don't the other seven members also go look at the same executive intel?

Stopping Trump's 'travel ban' a case study of the Deep State in action.  Democrats own the Deep State, that network of embedded bureaucrats, academics and media, judicial activists, and spooks that is operating to stymie, discredit, and ultimately remove from office a president that is a threat to their mutual agenda.  They are agreed that government should control more of life's essential functions, and that benign rule of the enlightened can reshape society to match their visions.  The Deep State's horror at the Trump victory has led it to act rashly and thereby expose itself to view.  Understanding that this cadre of activists covertly manipulates events ruthlessly, it is now time to collect case studies.

The Establishment Media Lied:  Trump Was Right All Along About Obama Admin Surveillance.  Since the moment President Trump released his now infamous Tweet accusing Obama of wiretapping him, the establishment media has done everything in their power to continually attack the White House while claiming that there is absolutely no evidence of any surveillance.  That line of disinformation was destroyed this week after multiple reports confirmed that the entire Trump team was most likely under surveillance, conducted while Obama was the president, right up until the day of the inauguration.  The media manipulation on this topic has gotten so blatant that a highly respected liberal law professor has even joined the argument, publishing a column in The Hill that not only confirms that Trump was right all along but also takes the mainstream media to task for purposefully misrepresenting Trump's original Tweet and the subsequent clarifications by the White House.

Will Smoking Gun Documents Vindicate Trump?  In the wake of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's statements to reporters on Wednesday [3/22/2017], the outline of what could become the biggest political scandal of the last 100 years is becoming clear.  Obama administration officials, possibly aided by Obama's January 2017 order expanding access to the NSA's raw signals intelligence data, are alleged to have misused the NSA's surveillance capabilities to spy on the incoming Trump administration.  The NSA's raw data includes names of US citizens, which are supposed to be "masked."  Obama officials allegedly "unmasked" the names of people associated with Donald Trump, and feloniously leaked information (which may have been true or false) about those individuals to reporters in order to damage the incoming administration.

Did Obama Surveil Trump?  Sure Looks That Way.  Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says that the Obama administration surveilled Donald Trump's transition aides and possibly Trump himself following November's election.  If true, it warrants a major investigation.  "I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community ... collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition," Nunes told reporters.  Nunes immediately came under intense criticism from congressional Democrats for his revelations.  What's both hilarious and sad is that these are the very same Democrats who have been nearly silent as a series of illegal leaks from the intelligence bureaucracy have made their way into the mainstream media, in a transparent attempt by unnamed intelligence officials to damage Trump's presidency.

Schiff Slimes Devin Nunes.  It is said that the Senate plays chess while the House of Representatives plays smash mouth hockey.  The revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes that, yes, members of Team Trump were in fact surveilled and the contents of their conversations and their names were recorded and disseminated set off ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff from the People's Republic of California.

Here's Why Nunes' Obama Spying Revelations Are Such A Big Deal.  In the last three months of the Obama presidency, significant personal information from and about the Trump transition was collected and widely disseminated at intelligence agencies, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.  Dozens of intelligence reports provided to Nunes by an unnamed whistleblower were floating around during the sensitive transition period following the election, he said.  The information collection itself may have technically been legal, but the failure to properly mask the information "alarmed" the California congressman, who notified the White House of the surveillance and dissemination of information on Wednesday afternoon [3/22/2017].  Many of the reporters present didn't seem to grasp the significance of what Nunes revealed.

Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says.  Republican congressional investigators expect a potential "smoking gun" establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.  Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon [3/22/2017] news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News.  The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretapped him in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.  The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

John Podesta, in bed with the Russians all along.  Was there anyone more pious, anyone more inclined to stroke his chin and intone for guarding national security in the wake of the WikiLeaks revelations than Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta?  Turns out the wily Democrat operative was neck-deep with the Russians he intoned against all along, through a Russian-financed company called Joule, according to a new report from the Daily Caller News Foundation.  The problem here is that the Russian oligarchs he's been consorting with are so dirty that even Putin is after them.  That blows apart Podesta's dishonest narrative about "Russians hacked the election" and rival Donald Trump supposedly colluding with them, but also the issue of Putin's supposed animosity toward Hillary Clinton, as cited by FBI director James Comey Monday.

Intelligence Reports Reveal Improper Political Surveillance of Trump, Transition Team.  A House intelligence committee investigation took a dramatic shift this week after newly disclosed intelligence reports suggested the Obama administration improperly gathered and disseminated secret electronic communications from President Trump and his transition team prior to inauguration.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, indicated that the administration used its foreign intelligence gathering authority to spy on the discussions of Trump and his transition team by improperly unmasking the identity of Americans who were swept up in foreign electronic spying.  "What I've read seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don't know that it's right and I don't know if the American people would be comfortable with what I've read," said Nunes, who uncovered the reports.

Report: NSA To Provide "Smoking Gun" Proof Obama Spied On Trump.  Yesterday [3/22/2017], Republican Devin Nunez Nunes held an explosive press conference outside the White House in which he told reporters that communications from the Trump team were picked up and disseminated within the government during the 2016 campaign.  Not surprisingly, the comments ruffled some liberal feathers and the mainstream media launched an immediate smear campaign calling for Nunes to resign his post immediately.

NSA Whistleblower:  NSA Spies On Congress, Supreme Court, White House, And Probably Trump.  NSA whistleblower Bill Binney, who left the intel agency in 2001, told Tucker Carlson not only was Donald Trump probably spied on but also members of Congress and the Supreme Court.  Binney also talked about NSA employees who spied on spouses and significant others to see if they were being cheated on.  Binney is a 30-year veteran of the National Security Agency.

Trump was right after all about the Obama administration wiretaps.  The curious thing about President Trump is that his method and language in communications often mask legitimate issues or concerns.  This may be such a case with the disclosure that indeed some Trump officials may have been subject to surveillance under the Obama administration.  Trump triggered this particular jump scare with the tweet on March 4 that he "just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory.  Nothing found.  This is McCarthyism!" He followed with such tirades as "How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process.  This is Nixon/Watergate.  Bad (or sick) guy!"  The media pounced and rightfully demanded proof to support such a charge.  When it was clear that no evidence would be produced, the media (again rightfully) pummeled the White House for failing to support one of the most alarming claims ever made by a president against a former president.

The Obama Plot to Sabotage Trump.  Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.  Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump's tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.  The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, "unmasked" their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked.  If true, this has the look and smell of a conspiracy to sabotage the Trump presidency, before it began.

The 11 questions you probably have about Rep. Nunes and Trump surveillance.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., made headlines this week when he told reporters the intelligence community incidentally collected information on Donald Trump's transition team following the Nov. 8 election.  The congressman's surprise claim raises many questions, including whether the alleged collection was legal and who was involved.  As the issue is a confusing one that likely won't disappear anytime soon, I've compiled a list of the 11 questions you most likely have about this chapter in the ongoing saga involving Trump and the intelligence community: [...]

What's really hidden deep within all this intel squabbling.  One of the tricks in political communications when experiencing difficult times is to drag several other issues into the fray, muddying the waters to distract attention from the main controversy.  That's what you're witnessing now in the arcane kerfluffle over wiretapping, eavesdropping, surveillance and congressional protocol.  So, let's clear things up.  Forget President Trump's unsubstantiated tweets about being wiretapped by a certain ex-president who's fled to French Polynesia for a month.  Forget about Russians and what they may or may not have done last year.  And ignore the manners expected of a House committee chairman.  In other words, disregard all the pots calling all the kettles black.  Here's what really matters:  During the waning days of the Obama administration U.S. intelligence was indeed monitoring the conversations of foreign persons of interest after the Nov. 8 election and before the Jan. 20 inauguration.  That's normal and actually encouraging given how many key things those agencies have missed in recent years.

In Defense of Devin Nunes.  One of the strangest turns in the story of Russia and the Trump campaign has been the recent outrage from Democrats over politicization of the investigation.  This all centers on Chairman Devin Nunes, the Republican who is leading the House Intelligence Committee's investigation.  He was an adviser to the Trump presidential transition.  The White House asked him last month to talk to a reporter to rebut news stories that alleged Trump associates had many contacts with Russian intelligence officers.  On Wednesday, Nunes briefed the president about new information he had regarding dozens of widely disseminated intelligence reports on the Trump transition.  He did this before he briefed his committee's Democrats.  All of this has prompted an outbreak of high dudgeon from the party of Clinton.  Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, says Nunes must choose whether he wants to lead a credible investigation or be a surrogate of the Trump White House.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Nunes is a "stooge."

Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping, and 7 Other Things You Should Know.  Yeppers, I said 100% vindicated, and those who disagree are either being stubbornly hyper-literal about the word "wiretap," or the placing of a "physical wiretap," or Obama himself placing the wiretap, or standing by the point Ben Shapiro makes that Trump is still wrong because the surveillance was "incidental."  I'll touch on the "incidental" issue at length in the points below, but to immediately address Ben's argument, even if the collection was incidental, once the unmasking and dissemination of that "incidental" information occurs, that is the Obama administration illegally targeting Trump using surveillance, and that is the exact same thing as outright spying.  And being illegally spied on was, of course, Trump's overall claim. [...] Not for a moment do I believe the Obama administration "inadvertently" or "incidentally captured" Team Trump communications.

The Trump surveillance scandal just blew wide open.  "We had an absolute bombshell" revelation about the Obama administration's surveillance of President Trump's team on Wednesday [3/22/2017], said Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin.  According to a report earlier in the day, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (D-Calif.) told reporters that members of the president's transition team, and potentially Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November's election, told reporters Wednesday [3/22/2017].  According to Nunes, not only was "significant information" gathered on the Trump team, but identities of those surveilled were unmasked in the process.  Levin called it "stunning" and put it into perspective, saying. "...this is in addition to the ongoing counter-intelligence investigation" announced by Comey that has been happening since July.

Freedom Watch Notifies Congress of "Deep State" Intelligence Whistle-Blower.  Freedom Watch notifies congress of a "Deep State" intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees were spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes.  Mr. Montgomery is trying to use a legal "whistle-blower" process and not follow the same approach as Edward Snowden.

House's Devin Nunes in Obama's 'Deep State' Crosshairs.  Democrats and jealous losers like Senator John McCain have ganged up on House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes for telling the truth about President Trump's personal email being illegally spied upon and read by someone whose reach may have gone as far as President Obama.  In fact, it might have been Obama himself.

How Team Trump's 'unmasking' by intel community may reveal illegal actions by Obama officials.  Trump presidential transition officials had their communications monitored and "unmasked" by the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday [3/22/2017], offering the first major piece of evidence of possible illegal activity by Obama officials against Donald Trump as president-elect.  Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, said Mr. Trump's own communications might have been monitored.  All of the information appears to have been scooped up legally and incidentally, meaning the Trump officials weren't the targets.  They may have been gathered by foreign intelligence and then shared with the U.S. under existing agreements, one lawmaker said.

Democrats Shouldn't Dismiss Nunes' Spying Claims So Quickly.  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters yesterday [3/22/2017] that members of Donald Trump's presidential transition team possibly Trump himself had been caught up in surveillance during the last days of the Obama administration.  Nunes says the surveillance, by both the FBI and NSA, looked to be legal "incidental collection" that had nothing to do with concerns over Russia collusion.  If true, this isn't the "wiretapping" of Trump Towers, as Trump claimed in his infamous tweet a few weeks ago, but it is spying in any commonly understood sense of the word.  The NSA routinely listens to calls and reads emails of Americans and collects other data "incidentally" from third parties, avoiding warrants.  Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, which has been found constitutional, states that government doesn't need a warrant to collect information on Americans as long as the target of the collection is a foreigner.

Nunes 'Unmasking' Report Vindicates Trump Claims on Surveillance.  House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced on Wednesday that he had learned that members of President Donald Trump's transition team had been under surveillance by the Obama administration, that individual names had been "unmasked" by the intelligence community, and that those names had been leaked to the media.  Nunes's information which he said he would deliver to the White House later vindicates the bulk of Trump's claims earlier this month.

Nunes: Trump transition members were under surveillance during Obama administration.  House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump's transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November's presidential election.  The White House and Trump's allies immediately seized on the statement as vindication of the president's much-maligned claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower phones even though Nunes himself said that's not what his new information shows.

Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says.  Members of the intelligence community "incidentally collected" communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon [3/22/2017].  House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said this produced "dozens" of reports which eventually unmasked several individuals' identities and were "widely disseminated."  He said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower — as President Trump has suggested.  Nunes also was unsure if then President-elect Trump was captured by the surveillance, which occurred in November, December and January.  "I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected intelligence," Nunes said.  Democrats quickly criticized him for his comments.

Obama Admin Loyalists, Government Insiders Sabotage Trump White House.  The Obama administration worked in its final weeks in office to undermine the incoming Trump White and continues to do so, according to multiple sources both in and out of the White House.  Behind the effort, these sources say, are senior government officials who previously worked under President Obama and remain loyal to his agenda.  These individuals leak negative information about the Trump White House and its senior staff to a network of former Obama administration officials who then plant this information in key media outlets including the Washington Post and New York Times.  Meanwhile, holdovers from the Obama administration are working to undermine the Trump administration's agenda through efforts to alter official communications, a number of administration officials confirmed in conversations with the Washington Free Beacon.

Chairman Devin Nunes:  Post Trump Debrief on Surveillance Discovery.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes conducts a press conference following his debrief with President Trump discussing the surveillance of the Trump transition team by former President Obama's intelligence community.

Independent Journal Review suspends Benny Johnson for role in publishing Obama story:  Report.  The Independent Journal Review (IJR) has reportedly suspended Chief Content Officer Benny Johnson and two editors for their role in publishing a conspiracy theory about former President Obama.  Alex Skatell, the conservative website's founder, suspended Mr. Johnson, viral editor Kyle Becker and content editor Becca Lower for publishing the report last week that suggested Mr. Obama may have influenced a Hawaii judge's ruling blocking President Trump's second travel ban, Business Insider reported.

The Conspiracy Against President Trump.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, the lack of integrity of the FBI, NSA, CIA, and Obama regime is evidenced by the sustained campaign of lies, distortions, and targeted "news leaks," that is, stories planted on the presstitutes by the intelligence services about Russian interference in the presidential election.  It is all about protecting the massive military/security budget and powers. [...] Trump cannot even count on the Republican Party.  Most Republicans are also dependent on political contributions from the military/security complex, and Republicans know that the intelligence agencies have all the dirt on them.  To fight for Trump is to expose themselves.

FBI bugged Trump Tower while probing Russian gambling ring.  There's truth to President Trump's claim that there was wiretapping inside his Midtown skyscraper during the Obama administration — only Trump wasn't the target.  The FBI listened in on phone conversations and monitored text messages between 2011 and 2013 while probing a gambling and money-laundering ring tied to the Russian mob that operated out of a 63rd-floor pad in Trump Tower, ABC News reported Tuesday [3/21/2017].  The $5 million condo, unit 63A, is located just three floors below the president's lavish, triplex penthouse.

Evidence Says Obama DID Wire Tap Trump's Campaign.  On Saturday morning President Donald J. Trump put a bee in the media's bonnet by tweeting how shameful it was that Obama tapped his phones during the late campaign for president.  It set off two full days of liberals acting shocked and outraged that Trump could say such a thing, got the media to covering for Barack Obama, and spurred weak kneed RINO Republicans siding with the left in attacking Trump.  So, what of all this?  Thus far, anyway, it seems completely true that Trump is right.  Obama did spy on candidate Trump.  The media went into a feeding frenzy on Saturday morning when President Trump tweeted out his accusation.

James Comey and the Art of the Shiv.  "I'd rather not be talking about this at all," Comey said.  "Now we are going to close our mouths and do our work."  Before Comey returned to his offstage role, he dropped enough bombshells to solidify his reputation as the most significant FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover.  Joined by his crusty sidekick, Adm. Michael Rogers, who heads the National Security Agency, Comey gave an artful lesson in how to stick a shiv into a sitting president without ever raising his voice or making a specific accusation.

The FBI's Coming Catch-22.  If the FBI finds evidence of some collusion or violation of U.S. laws, it's an epic scandal, will set up Democratic conspiracy theories for years, will take a sledgehammer to public faith in the Trump presidency... and everyone will rightly ask why the FBI couldn't uncover anything, or even inform the public about the investigation, until after the election.  [Indeed], not even until after the inauguration!  If the FBI doesn't find evidence of some collusion or violation of U.S. laws, it's an epic farce, where the Trump administration can rightfully ask where they can go to get their reputations back.

To Truly Beat The Bureaucrats, Trump Needs To Shut Their Agencies Down.  If there is to be real change in our form of government, the Trump administration needs to avoid the fatal flaw of previous Republican administrations: choosing to play the game by the Left's rules.  Nearly every Republican administration makes some changes, but mostly lightly exfoliates the elephant of the State.  These are temporary gains at best, small pauses in the seemingly inevitable march of government dominance.  Most Republicans don't seem to understand what we are up against, that the game is rigged against smaller government.

The Flynn Leak Was the Only Felony We Know Of, But I Won't Say Whether We're Investigating.  A Democrat congresswoman asked James Comey to explain the process of an ongoing investigation.  He said, "Well, that's pretty much what it is, it's an ongoing investigation."  She said, "Well, can you tell us how long it will take?" "Well, no."  "Well, can you give us the average time of an ongoing investigation?"  "Well, there is no average time.  Each investigation is its own investigation, and we never limit or prejudge.  We follow the facts.  We follow the evidence."  Well, they're following a lot of nothing right now.  Because there isn't any evidence.  None whatsoever.

Draining The State Dept.  Swamp:  Why It Must Be Job One for the White House.  President Trump has proposed a 31 percent cut in the State Department's budget, and the denizens of Foggy Bottom are howling.  All the usual delusions about diplomacy, foreign aid, "soft power," and "engagement" are being trotted out to rationalize the $47 billions of taxpayer money State spends.  What we don't hear about are examples of diplomatic successes that would justify maintaining an overfunded bureaucracy mired in internationalist received wisdom.  In fact, many of the defenses of "soft power" are positively surreal in their disconnect from reality.

Fox News Pulls Judge Napolitano Off Air Due To Prior Comments on UK Trump Surveillance.  Apparently Rupert Murdoch has taken action against Judge Andrew Napolitano as an outcome of his broadcast report on British Intelligence coordinating surveillance activity with the NSA[. ...] A few weeks earlier Napolitano was on Fox Business News saying President Trump was the first president to confront The Deep State.

F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump's Russia Ties, Comey Confirms.  The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, took the extraordinary step on Monday [3/20/2017] of announcing that the agency is investigating whether members of President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.  Mr. Comey's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee created a treacherous political moment for Mr. Trump, who has insisted that "Russia is fake news" that was cooked up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency.  Mr. Comey placed a criminal investigation at the doorstep of the White House and said officers would pursue it "no matter how long that takes."

The UniParty Congressional Swamp's Meaningless Political FBI/NSA Hearing.  The Congressional Intelligence Committee hearing today was everything we anticipated it would be.  Which is to say it was: insufferable political posturing, pandering and circular parseltongue swirling the drain of non-intellectual gobbledygook.  These types of congressional hearings are perfect feed pellets for media pundits to blather endlessly, wax philosophically, and engage in long-winded academic esoteric analyses contrasting the implied meanings of stop signs.  However, they are ridiculous for all other purposes.

Limbaugh on Comey Hearing:  Message to Trump Is Stop the 'Drain-the-Swamp Stuff' or Face Impeachment.  Monday [3/20/2017]on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh maintained a House Intelligence Committee hearing that featured testimony from FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers was meant to send a message to President Donald Trump and his administration.  Limbaugh argued that although there were some good questions from Republicans members during the hearing, it was meant to be a warning shot at Trump — allow Washington Republicans to run the town or face possible impeachment.

Yes, Obama Did Investigate Trump.  Straining at the tweet and swallowing the camel has become Washington's favorite pursuit, and it was on tiresome display at Monday's Congressional hearing with Jim Comey.  Out of it came two clashing headlines:  "Comey Denies Obama Ordered Wiretapping on Trump,"  "The FBI is Investigating Trump's Links to Russia."  In other words, the core claim underlying Trump's tweets is true:  people acting on the authority of Obama opened an investigation into Trump's campaign, then criminally leaked mention of it to friendly news outlets in an attempt to derail his election.  When is Obama going to apologize for that?

Oops! CNN accidentally confirms story that Brit intell passed along Trump communications to Obama admin.  Lawyers are trained never to ask a question of a witness if they don't already know the answer.  But it is quite different in journalism — at least in principle, if the principle is getting at the truth.  But alas, in these days of fake news and fanatical dead-ender opposition to President Trump, those MSM TV networks committed to driving Trump from office might want to consider retraining for their talking heads.  Make them more like lawyers, and avoid embarrassments like that suffered by CNN's Brian Stelter.  Courtesy of Grabien, here is a disastrous interview in which the guest, Larry Johnson, confirmed the story that Judge Andrew Napolitano told on air about British intelligence passing along surveillance data involving the Trump administration.

Comey confirms FBI probing Russia-Trump team links, disputes wiretap claim.  FBI Director James Comey, in an extraordinary House hearing meant to clear the air on a host of allegations relating to the 2016 campaign, confirmed publicly for the first time Monday [3/20/2017] that the bureau is probing Russian meddling in the race including possible "links" to the Trump team — while disputing the president's claim that his predecessor wiretapped him.  The FBI director was called to testify alongside National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers for a public session of the House intelligence committee.  Comey's testimony could serve to fuel tensions with the White House, which maintains there's no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

Trump's war with CIA was preceded by Kennedy's.  The New York Times, in a front-page story, said that the president "wanted to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds."  Whether that quote is accurate or not we don't know, but it makes sense that after the agency damaged the president's reputation so badly, he would react with such anger.  If you are a student of history, you already know that the president who swore a vendetta against the Central Intelligence Agency wasn't Donald Trump, but John F. Kennedy, and that although he did not abolish the agency before his assassination, he did fire its director, Allen Dulles, in an effort to gain control over what was considered a rogue agency that had forced Kennedy's hand in the Bay of Pigs disaster.

The Judicial Insurrection against Trump's Presidency.  If the judiciary is so hostile to Trump, then there is no reason to think that hostility will stop with the immigration executive orders.  So the fight over the executive orders may really be a proxy fight over whether Trump will be permitted to exercise the executive powers vested in the office.

Wiretaps, Media, and Judicial Skullduggery.  While the Democrats have abandoned the counterfactual claim that the Russians interfered with the election to help President Trump into office, Trump's claim that U.S. officials surveilled him still has legs.

Here are 23 ways Trump should follow up his wiretap claims.  President Trump is facing calls to retract and apologize for his sensational claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last year.  The chances of that happening are approximately zero, but Trump can meet his critics partway.  Here's what he should say: [...]

The Colossally Dishonest Swamp Attack On Dr. Sebastian Gorka's First-Rate Scholarship.  [Dr. Sebastian] Gorka's work deserves to be read, not attacked without merit.  The attacks we see seem to be the work of a small group of Obama partisans indifferent to the carnage caused on their own watch, based on their failed leadership and strategy.  They are likely still in shock at now being exiled from the swamp, but their own records speak to their responsibility for the rise of ISIS, and the spread of jihadist violence across the Middle East, North Africa and into the heart of Europe.  Now, they have launched a coordinated hit job against Gorka within weeks of his joining the administration.

Grassley: Officials withholding info on Russia probe.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday said federal law enforcement officials were withholding information in his committee's probe of ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.  Grassley was asked by The Washington Post whether FBI Director James Comey gave his panel the same information he gave the Senate Intelligence Committee.  "Every time they come up here for their nomination hearing and I ask them are you going to answer phone calls and our letters and are you going to give us the documents you want?  And every time we get a real positive yes!  And then they end up being liars!" Grassley responded.

Assange Claims Hillary, Intel Officials "Quietly Pushing A Pence Takeover".  Over the weekend we noted chatter that some saw Mike Pence as "the Deep State's insurance policy," and now, judging by tweets from Wikileaks' Julian Assange, that may well be the Clinton/Intelligence Officials plan. [...] No matter what one makes of Trump — or his administration and the policies that have been initiated thus far — the fact remains that Trump won the U.S. election.  The people working behind the scenes to oust him are not subject to democratic controls, nor are they working in the best interests of the American public.  We are left to ask ourselves exactly how renewing relations with Russia — a nuclear power — could possibly endanger American lives.  Either way, we are more or less left with two paths ahead of us.

How Investigating the Trump Campaign Backfired on Obama's Embeds.  Confirmations of the Obama administration's investigation of the Trump campaign keep trickling out.  Naturally, the media has shown no interest in them.  It wants evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, not evidence that Obama's embeds were sniffing around Trump's computer server — an abuse of power no different than LBJ wiring Nixon's campaign plane to see if he was colluding with the Vietnamese.  In light of these new confirmations, an honest media would have called James Clapper back to explain his elliptical denial.  "The FBI investigated a Trump server in its Russia probe," reports the online publication Circa News in a piece co-authored by John Solomon, the respected former Washington Post reporter and Washington Times editor.  Can Clapper deny that the FBI investigated a Trump server?  Can Comey?  Can Lynch?  Can Brennan?  They have all fallen silent.

The Beltway Assures Us the Deep State Doesn't Exist.  [Scroll down]  So is the 44th president setting up a permanent campaign against the 45th president?  Obama denies any such intention; he says that he and his family are remaining in Washington so that his youngest daughter, Sasha, can finish high school.  Of course, that explanation doesn't quite tell us why former White House consigliere Valerie Jarrett has moved into the Obamas' 8200-square-foot home in the swanky Kalorama neighborhood, just a couple miles north of the White House.  In fact, the real goal of the relocation, according to The Daily Mail, is to "oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment."

What is Going On (Part III)?  I must admit I love Trump's pugnacious style.  I love how he treats the despicable corporate media.  I love how he responds to baseless accusations by his contemptible opponents on the left and right.  The representatives of the Deep State — Schumer, Pelosi, Obama, McCain, Graham, Kristol, CNN, NYT, Washington Post, MSNBC, Soros, and anyone else willing to confront Trump are met with disdain, contempt, and abuse from the president. [...] No punch is taken without two being thrown.  He will never conform to the way the liberal corporate media and his opponents want him to behave.  Twitter is the dagger he uses to avoid the fake news media filter and plunge into his opponents hearts.  The faux journalists despise his use of Twitter.

Trump Needs to Fire Thousands of Deep State Government Employees NOW!  One of Trump's biggest problems is the thousands of Obama toadies still infesting the federal government both in Washington and in government offices elsewhere.  Because of this, the real era of Trump can't take effect.  Until these nests of insurrection are cleaned out, Trump won't be able to fully implement his agenda.  What I am saying is that if you work for the federal government, you need to be fired.  Over the last two months we have seen more leaks coming out of the deep state, left-wing, money wasting federal government than we've ever seen in American history and it's all aimed at destroying Trump and preventing him from cutting down the un-American administrative state.  If it wasn't clear before it is now; the federal government needs to be slashed to the bone.

The Environmental Protection Agency — Next Stop on a Guided Tour of the Deep State's Covert Resistance to Trump.  The EPA, of course, is right in the middle of the ongoing DC power struggle, which has spilled into open bureaucratic revolt.  On February 16, for example, The New York Times reported that EPA employees had brazenly been calling senators to urge them to vote against Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to head the agency.  It was, the Times' Coral Davenport observed, "a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the EPA."

FBI prepares hunt for the source of CIA documents published by WikiLeaks after latest catastrophic breach for the US intelligence community.  The FBI is launching a hunt to unmask the source of the CIA document leak which has rocked the US intelligence services.  Thousands of documents were suddenly published by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks yesterday [3/7/2017], purportedly revealing hacking tools which the CIA uses to break into devices such as phones, computers and smart TVs.  It the latest in an embarrassing series of revelations, and WikiLeaks has promised more to come.  Investigators are now carrying out a massive operation to find who released the documents, with the source likely to face a long jail term if caught.

The Beltway Conspiracy to Break Trump.  The president has reason to be enraged.  For what is afoot is a loose but broad conspiracy to break and bring him down, abort his populist agenda, and overturn the results of the 2016 election.  At its heart is the "deep state" — agents of the intel community, their media collaborators, and their amen corner in a Democratic party whose control of our permanent government is all but total.

Details of a Watergate-style conspiracy against Trump emerge.  President Donald Trump caused a media firestorm by claiming over the weekend that then-President Obama wire-tapped telephones at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the final leg of last year's election campaign.  Seeing the writing on the wall, tainted FBI Director James Comey promptly and publicly urged the Department of Justice to reject Trump's claims.  Although it is an attempt at a cover-up, it is an admirably transparent one.  Now the outlines of a Watergate-like conspiracy are emerging in which a sitting Democrat president apparently used the apparatus of the state to spy on a Republican presidential candidate.  Watergate differed in that President Nixon didn't get involved in the plot against the Democratic National Committee until later as an accomplice after the fact.  Here Obama likely masterminded, or oversaw someone like the diabolical Benghazi cover-up artist Ben Rhodes, masterminding the whole thing.

Hey, Clapper — If there were no FISA warrrants, what [...] were the FBI, CIA, NSA and the rest investigating?  It is only conservatives who are concerned about what they are reading in liberal media.  Have you you noticed that?  The media is very confounded right now, they are very confused.  They don't know whether to trash themselves, trash their colleagues, or what.  What did Obama know?  We know he knows this much:  everything you just read, he knew.  Because it's in the newspapers.  That is pretty big.  Number two, we know that if a FISA warrant was secured, it is very likely in his daily intelligence briefing or a call from the Attorney General or the director of the FBI the president would be given a heads up.  There's nothing illegal about it but he would have been given a heads up.

Jim Comey asserting power like no one in history.  Each day, FBI director Jim Comey goes to work in a federal building named for his most famous predecessor.  Yet for all his storied accomplishments and sordid controversies, J. Edgar Hoover never matched the singular feat of Comey.  Only Comey simultaneously investigated the top two presidential candidates during an election.  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each battled Comey last year while they battled each other for the Oval Office.  How's that for power?  Neither case led to charges, but that's almost beside the point.  Echoing Hoover's attitude, if not his methods, Comey is adept at using innuendo and leaks to remind the powerful that he cannot be ignored.

The Unbelievable Timeline of Leaks Relating to Donald Trump and Russia.  After each and every major event advancing Donald Trump's presidency, there is another leak to the media about Russia from within the intelligence community.  In the run up to the Electoral College; in the run up to the inauguration; and in the aftermath of President Trump's speech to Congress — each time he has positive headlines someone leaks information about Russia to the press.  That looks an awful lot like someone or some group is trying to delegitimize his Presidency through rumor and allegation.

Wikileaks CIA Dump Has Some Peculiar Timing.  A Wikileak of this sort is not only rare and specialized (when was the last time you saw a CIA secret splattered all over the Internet?) it was probably the work of Russian cyberspies, given that only the Russians are likely to have such capacity, as well as potential human penetrations on the inside.  If so, it means a Russian power game is now in play, with just the right timing to support it.  Consider the source of the Wikileaks again:  Julian Assange, someone who has repeatedly been accused of being a Russian agent based on the fact that his leaks (always accurate) consistently support Russian objectives.  He never leaks Russian secrets, just ours and those of our allies, generally to serve Russian aims.

NSA Whistleblower Backs Trump Up on Wiretap Claims.  President Donald Trump is "absolutely right" to claim he was wiretapped and monitored, a former NSA official claimed Monday [3/6/2017], adding that the administration risks falling victim to further leaks if it continues to run afoul of the intelligence community.  "I think the president is absolutely right.  His phone calls, everything he did electronically, was being monitored," Bill Binney, a 36-year veteran of the National Security Agency who resigned in protest from the organization in 2001, told Fox Business on Monday.  Everyone's conversations are being monitored and stored, Binney said.

Trump won't accept Comey's conclusion about Obama wiretap claim.  President Trump does not accept FBI Director James Comey's conclusion that former President Barack Obama did not order a wiretap at Trump Tower, a White House spokeswoman said Monday [3/6/2017].  "I don't think he does," deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's "Good Morning America" when asked whether Trump accepted Comey's denial.  The president "firmly believes that the Obama administration may have tapped into the phones at Trump Tower," she added.  Sanders also claimed news articles supported Trump's wiretapping allegation, even though none of the reports she was apparently referencing said Obama had ordered such surveillance.

Behind the collapse of the 'Russia Hacking' narrative, is panic spreading in the Obama camp?  [Scroll down]  By his tweet, President Trump forced the purveyors of this narrative to fiercely deny that any wiretapping took place at the Trump Tower.  It is a no-win situation for the president's enemies: either they repudiate their narrative of the last several months about Russia, or they admit that under President Obama, a spying effort was launched against the candidate of the opposition party.

Why Dems will regret a probe into Russian election hacking.  The investigation of Russian interference in the US election could turn into a big headache for the Democrats.  The phrase "Be careful what you ask for" comes to mind.  For months before the presidential election, I explained why the Democrats were making a big mistake by picking Hillary Clinton as their candidate.  And I correctly predicted that she would lose.  The Democrats didn't listen, and now their party is in shambles.  They aren't going to listen to me now either about the unintended consequences of an investigation of the Russians, but I'm going to explain anyway.

Long Knives.  This escalation represents a real threat to Obama.  Suddenly everything is out of control.  Nobody would have minded much if Trump had gone after one of Obama's henchmen — which is probably what was expected — but none can foresee how an exchange of blades between principals will end.  It is safe to say, however, that unless the combatants disengage, someone will get hurt.  It will be a terrible moment for American political civility when a king lies on the political floor.  The whole point of a peaceful transition of power is to prevent a clash between kings.  Yet the very tragedy the electoral process is intended to prevent is happening before our eyes.

FBI asked Justice Department to rebut Trump wiretap claims:  Report.  FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump's claim that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election.  Comey argued that the claim is false and must be corrected, but so far the Justice Department hasn't released any statement on the claim, the New York Times reported.  The House and Senate intelligence panels, at the White House's request, agreed to look into whether there was any government surveillance of political parties as part of a broader probe into Russian interference with the election.

Ex-Secret Service agent:  Media missing 1 huge wiretap point.  President Trump has caught plenty of flak from the establishment media and members of Congress for his weekend statement that his predecessor, Barack Obama, had Trump Tower wiretapped while Trump was still a candidate.  Some believe Trump is lying, while others think he may have pressured the FBI to tell him about an investigation against him.  But Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, says there's a third possibility no one is considering.

Exposing The Obama Deep State.  One is the elected President of the United States.  The other is the Anti-President who commands a vast network that encompasses the organizers of OFA, the official infrastructure of the DNC and Obama Anonymous, a shadow government of loyalists embedded in key positions across the government.  A few weeks after the election, I warned that Obama was planning to run the country from outside the White House.  And that the "Obama Anonymous" network of staffers embedded in the government was the real threat.  Since then Obama's Kalorama mansion has become a shadow White House.  And the Obama Anonymous network is doing everything it can to bring down an elected government.

Report:  Obama In Hiding After Former Secret Service Agent Outs Him in Wiretapping Claim.  Ever since Trump became president, Obama has been behind the scenes doing everything he can to cause massive chaos.  But setting up a shadow government and training his violent minions to take out Trump through his group Organization For Action (OFA) has just been the beginning of Obama's subversion tactics.  Over the weekend, we've learned that Obama secretly tapped Trump's phone throughout the 2016 presidential election in order to spy.  But unfortunately for Obama, his antics are about to blow up in a huge way after his former Secret Service agent just came forward with a huge bombshell, sure to tighten the screws even more on Obama's self-inflicted scandal.

The Enablers of Obama's Wiretapping Scandal.  [Scroll down]  Apparently, Barack Obama and his minions were supremely confident that Hillary Clinton would win.  Or if by any remote chance she did not, the assumption seemingly was that Trump and the Republicans would be their usual spineless selves and succumb to the customary intimidation tactics and would never retaliate once in office.  Additionally, the Democrats could count on the mainstream media never exposing their treachery.  Despite all their voluminous opposition research and Trump's own words, the Obama-Clinton cabal, brimming with overconfidence, refused to accept the reality that he was not a prototypical Republican or someone easily extorted.  Any cursory review of his business career and tactics would have disabused them of that mindset.

Is Obama the First U.S. President Ever to Try to Topple His Successor?  This post won't debate whether Trump or Obama are good or bad guys.  It will simply ask a historical question.

Investigate Obamagate.  Note well:  Watergate began with an attempt to wiretap phones — which is to say spy on the target, in this case the Democratic National Committee and its then-chairman, ex-JFK and LBJ aide Lawrence O'Brien.  On his radio show and in his Fox appearance, Mark Levin lays out eight specific examples of reporting by no less than the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the McClatchy news service, and Heat Street, the libertarian website.  Of all these sources cited, only Heat Street would be considered a "right-wing" site, as it is libertarian-oriented.  The rest, every one, are part of the left-leaning "mainstream" media in the United States and, in the case of the Guardian, the United Kingdom.  So, again, for the record, let's look at the stories Mark Levin has found that emphatically bolster President Trump's belief that the Obama Administration was spying on him.

For Obama, spying is nothing new.  In what has already been a historically bad year for Democrats, it just may be that they're about to lose again to Donald Trump, this time in a high-stakes game of Russian roulette.  The Dems' Putin smear was supposed to paint President Trump as a friend of the tyrant and beneficiary of Russian meddling in the election.  Instead, it is the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party, former President Barack Obama, who may take the fall.

Did Obama spy on Trump?  So President Trump set off a firestorm over the weekend with a series of tweets alleging that Obama had tapped Trump Tower.  But getting hung up on imprecise language in the president's tweets isn't the right way to look at things.  What seems to be at true is that the Obama administration spied on some of Trump's associates and we don't know exactly how much information was collected under what authority and who was targeted.  As former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy summarizes in National Review, the Obama Justice Department considered a criminal investigation aimed at a number of Trump's associates.  When they didn't find anything criminal, they converted the investigation into an intelligence probe under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Elements of that story have been confirmed by The New York Times, the BBC and McClatchy newspapers.

The evidence Trump was wiretapped laid out clearly by Mark Levin.  Yesterday [3/5/2017], in 14 short and exciting minutes of televised explanation, Mark Levin pointed out the evidence already on the public record indicating spying on President-Elect Trump.  In two early-morning segments on Fox and Friends, Levin cited chapter and verse with his characteristic high energy and incisiveness.  [Video clip]

ObamaGate Is a Lot More than a Hashtag.  [Scroll down]  So now we have Trump's bold, brash, "unhinged" Twitter accusations that Obama wiretapped him.  This came after Mark Levin, Breitbart, Andrew C. McCarthy, Louise Mensch and others I've forgotten about or am unaware of reported about two appeals to FISA courts (one denied last summer and one approved in October) for permission to tap phones in Trump Tower.  Did they happen?  It seems that tapping of some sort actually occurred because it was virtually acknowledged in tweets from Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who sprang to action only hours after Trump tweeted, writing:  "I'd be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping.  Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it."  Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, had almost simultaneously declared:  "Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen."  Ordered?  That's what we used to call plausible deniability and now is known as a wiggle word.

J. Christian Adams:  If It Happened, Trump Wiretapping Makes Watergate 'Look Like a Joke'.  PJM's J. Christian Adams was on Fox News' "Justice With Judge Jeanine" on Saturday [3/4/2017] to discuss allegations by President Trump that his campaign was "tapped" by the Obama administration.  The discussion was in response to Trump's Saturday morning tweet: [...] Judge Jeanine Pirro read a statement from an Obama spokesman claiming, "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen."  Pirro said that the operative word in that statement was "ordered."  Adams, a former Department of Justice official, agreed.  "That's exactly right," he said.  "There's a big difference between 'ordered' and knowing everything else about it."

Why Trump might suspect Obama bugged Trump Tower.  From the day Trump won election, his foes have waged a by-any-means-necessary campaign to overturn the results.  Officials (likely Obama-era holdovers) have broken the law and leaked what they hoped would be damaging info.  Groups tied to Obama have stirred up angry protests against Trump and other Republicans. [...] Remember, too:  Team Obama has a record of abusing power for political gain, as when the IRS targeted conservative groups.

Barack Obama's Trump Tower Wiretap Denial Reeks of Orwellian Doublespeak.  On Saturday [3/4/2017], President Donald Trump shook the world by accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election — a scandal comparable to "Nixon/Watergate."  While news outlets reported that Trump cited "no evidence" to support his claims, there is a disturbing trail of breadcrumbs suggesting that the Obama administration did indeed do this.  Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, denied these allegations, but the very denial was disingenuous at best.  In fact, one might even call it Orwellian.

President Trump owes Mark Levin a debt of gratitude.  Just a week ago, President Trump was embattled.  Democrats were lining up to go before cameras to ask, "Did [Trump associate X] meet with the Russians?  When?  What did they say?  We need a full investigation!"  Trump was clearly on the defensive.  And then, on Thursday [3/2/2017], all of a sudden, talk show host Mark Levin connected the dots.  He asked himself a simple question:  how did the media and Democrats know that Trump associates had talked to the Russians, however innocuous the contacts may have been?  The information had come from government leaks.  And how did the government know?  Quite obviously, it must have been monitoring members of the Trump campaign.

Josh Earnest Won't Deny Trump Tower Was Surveilled By Obama Administration.  When pressed by ABC's Martha Raddatz on Sunday, Josh Earnest opted not to categorically "deny that the Obama Justice Department" monitored Trump Tower during the 2016 election.  President Obama's former press secretary opened his interview by calling reports that "President Obama ordered a wiretap" false, yet backpedaled when the "This Week" guest host asked him to "categorically deny" that President Trump's campaign headquarters was under surveillance.

Russian Roulette.  Since the game is still in process, we cannot quite finish the chapter.  But we know how it starts.  It starts with groundless accusations that Donald Trump and/or his surrogates somehow "colluded," had illicit ties with, the Russians.  Maybe he helped them "hack the election." Maybe he is Putin's puppet.  We don't quite know.  But this calls for a "special prosecutor" (even though such a thing doesn't exist), a criminal investigation, the impeachment or at least the delegitimization of Donald Trump and all his works. [...] So far, there is no evidence of malfeasance, of anything improper or illegal.  But there is plenty of anchorless animus directed at Trump by the Democrats and their media pets.

'The Evidence Is Overwhelming': Mark Levin On Fox News Lays Out the Case On Obama's Spying.  Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin gave an interview on Fox News' Fox and Friends Weekend Sunday morning in which he laid out the case against the Obama administration use of "police state tactics" against President Donald Trump.  "The evidence is overwhelming," Levin said.  Using public records and mainstream media reporting, he showed how the Obama administration obtained a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump's presidential campaign last year.  The question is, to what extent did the Obama administration spy on Donald Trump's campaign?

What's Good For The Goose.  My advice to President Trump and team would be for them to tell Director Comey to go ahead and hold a press conference and deny the wire-tapping/surveillance himself.  And while he's at it, he can clear up all of the nonsense surrounding these ridiculous media assertions which appear to be based entirely on leaks from his FBI community.  Go ahead Director Comey, hold your own [...] press conference.  You did it for Obama and Hillary Clinton, do it again now.  Don't go looking to hide behind the skirt of Attorney General Jeff Sessions just because all of the eyes are upon you now.  I'd be telling FBI Director James Comey to defend his own [very] poorly run department.  The same poorly run politicized department that is apparently the primary source of all the leaks causing the trouble.

Yes, If Trump is Correct, Even Partially, Then President Obama Might Be in Big Trouble.  Robert Barnes at LawNewz has a well structured outline showing how current public information does indeed appear to lay out a solid case that President Obama manipulated the legal use of intelligence gathering tools to monitor candidate, then president-elect, Donald Trump.

Yes, There Could Be Serious Legal Problems if Obama Admin Involved in Illegal Surveillance.  President Trump recently tweeted claiming that former President Obama wiretapped him during his campaign.  One can only imagine how nuts the media would have gone if the roles had been reversed:  President Trump wiretapping either Obama or the Clintons, though his DOJ could have authority to do just that given the expansive leaks of intelligence information by Obama and Clinton supporters the last few months.  [Indeed], he could wiretap the media at this point, legally and legitimately, as the sources of these unlawful leaks, for which Obama himself set precedent.  Do liberals understand what Pandora's Box Obama opened up by Obama using the powers of the NSA, CIA and FBI to spy on his political opponents?  Even Nixon never did that.  If the stories are correct, Obama or his officials might even face prosecution.  But, we are still early in all of this and there are a lot of rumors flying around so the key is if the reports are accurate.

Lt. Col. Shaffer:  Potential Obama Wiretapping Is 'Soviet-Level Wrongdoing'.  Ret.  U.S. Army Intelligence Officer Tony Shaffer said potential wiretapping by a sitting U.S. president is "Soviet-level wrongdoing."  Lt. Col. Shaffer was a guest Saturday morning [3/4/2017] on "Fox & Friends Weekend" sharing his thoughts on President Donald Trump's early morning tweets accusing the Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower prior to the 2016 election.

Weaponized Government:  The Only Obama Legacy.  Here is what we know:  In June 2016, the Obama Administration, using flimsy evidence of Russian connections to the Trump campaign, made an initial request for electronic surveillance of Trump and his associates under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and its approval body the FISA court.  It should be noted that approval requires a very low standard of evidence.  Since its inception, the FISA court has permitted 99.7% of requests.  The fact that the initial request was denied, means that the basis upon which the request was made must have been extraordinarily weak or excessively broad or both.

Why yes, Obama did try to wiretap Trump Tower, and here are the details.  The timing of Trump's tweet is a little strange, but the facts are plain as day.  I don't really know why Donald Trump decided yesterday to tweet about the Obama Administration trying to wiretap Trump Tower.  But what was weird about it was not the content of the tweet.  It was the timing.  That this happened is not only beyond dispute, but it's been in the public's eye for weeks.

The Obama Camp's Disingenuous Denials on FISA Surveillance of Trump.  To summarize, reporting indicates that, prior to June 2016, the Obama Justice Department and FBI considered a criminal investigation of Trump associates, and perhaps Trump himself, based on concerns about connections to Russian financial institutions.  Preliminary poking around indicated that there was nothing criminal involved.  Rather than shut the case down, though, the Obama Justice Department converted it into a national-security investigation under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  FISA allows the government, if it gets court permission, to conduct electronic surveillance (which could include wiretapping, monitoring of e-mail, and the like) against those it alleges are "agents of a foreign power."  FISA applications and the evidence garnered from them are classified — i.e., we would not know about any of this unless someone had leaked classified information to the media, a felony.

Revenge of Obama's 'Former Officials'.  Just 24 hours after Trump's address, a series of troubling reports involving links among those in Trump's orbit to Russian officials reset the national discourse.  Those stories make for a trend, though, that has little to do with Trump and a lot to do with his predecessor.  The Obama administration's foreign-policy team seems to be campaigning to rehabilitate itself one leak at a time, and the press is helping.

Former Bush attorney general:  Trump right that there was surveillance.  Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Sunday said that President Trump is likely correct that there was surveillance on Trump Tower for intelligence purposes, but incorrect in accusing former President Barack Obama of ordering the wiretapping.  "I think he's right in that there was surveillance and that it was conducted at the behest of the attorney general — at the Justice Department," Mukasey told ABC's "This Week."  Trump on Saturday [3/4/2017] accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in New York City just before the November election.

FISA Is Not Law-Enforcement — It's Not Interference with Justice Department Independence for White House to Ask for FISA Information.  In my earlier post, I explained that the Obama camp is disingenuously responding to revelations that, during the presidential campaign, the Obama administration conducted an investigation, including wiretapping, against Trump associates and perhaps Donald Trump himself.  As I elaborated, one avenue of response is to conflate the Justice Department's two missions — law-enforcement and national security.  We can see this strategy playing out in the New York Times coverage of the controversy.

Chris Coons walkback:  "I have no hard evidence of collusion" between Trump world and Russians.  When Donald Trump sent out his series of tweets about alleged "tapping" of his phones and/or Trump Tower by Obama, the instant media reaction was that Trump made the allegation without presenting any proof.  As if proof were needed at the time of an accusation for a media that has put Trump on trial for the last 6-8 months based on innuendo about Trump campaign ties to Russia.  As pointed out repeatedly, there is zero proof in the public record of such media and Democrat accusations, and no proof was demanded by the media.

Fake News From the Associated Press on FISAgate.  Every time the AP mentions FISAgate, it includes this ritual defense of the Obama administration:  ["]Trump has offered no evidence or details to support his claim, and Obama's spokesman has denied it.["]  The AP's statement is false.  It is a classic instance of fake news.  Barack Obama's spokesman has not denied that "the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower last year."  He only denied that Barack Obama personally ordered such surveillance.  But that isn't the question.  Presumably, the order to conduct surveillance came from Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice.  But no one thinks that Lynch would have ordered the opposing presidential candidate's telephones tapped, or his computers hacked, without her boss's approval.

Huge Obama Scandal:  Illegal Surveillance/Election Tampering.  The Obama administration engaged in surveillance of Trump Tower communications during the 2016 Election.  With that fact now front and center, voters would do well to recall all of the "leaks" that were said to be coming from inside the then-Trump campaign.  Were operatives working under the direction of a then-sitting President of the United States, the source of those leaks?  Some are already suggesting YES, making what Barack Obama potentially did in 2016 MUCH WORSE than anything Richard Nixon did leading up to the Watergate scandal.  This is big.  This is the Obama Shadow Government now being exposed in real time:  [Video clip]

Worse Than Watergate!  Obama Administration Wiretapped Trump Tower Before the Election.  President Trump accused — based on evidence — former President Obama's administration of wiretapping phones in Trump Tower in New York City during the presidential campaign.  Former US Attorney Andy McCarthy says it's absolutely true.  The president made the claims in a series of tweets Saturday morning.  The tweets come after an article Friday on the right-wing news site Breitbart claiming that the Obama administration obtained authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign.  The article was information compiled by Mark Levin and based on research by former US attorney Andy McCarthy and others.

Obama wiretapped opposing presidential campaign using federal intelligence services.  If the reports are true — and they certainly appear to be — Obamagate is 100 times bigger than Watergate.  In short, a sitting president wiretapped the nominee of the opposition party, before the election, using the security apparatus of the federal government.

Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower Before the Election.  Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin opened his show Thursday night talking about the "phony scandal" plaguing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. [...] The "bigger scandal" here, Levin explained, is that we've had unelected Obama administration holdovers within intelligence agencies surveilling the Trump campaign and leaking information to the public, in hopes of getting Hillary Clinton elected.  Those are "police state tactics!" Levin said.

A Revolutionary "Deep State" Conspiracy Against Trump.  "This country is becoming unglued.  We're in the stage of a revolution here."  Attorney Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch says an "alternative government" in the intelligence community continues to target President Trump for the purpose of overthrowing his administration.  "These intelligence agencies are more powerful than the president himself."  Obama is the "Wizard of Oz" working behind the scenes against Trump, Klayman says.

Trump Asks If It's Legal for Obama to Wiretap Him — Here's the Answer.  The best that we can tell, Trump is referring to a Breitbart article which was published Friday night [3/3/2017] that makes reference to attempts by U.S. intelligence agencies to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers.  The interesting thing is that this isn't a new development.  In fact, several outlets including Mother Jones, The Guardian, The National Review, and Heat Street have been reporting on this alleged activity over the last couple of months.  Here is the best summary we could find of the Obama administration's efforts to wiretap Trump associates.

The "Alternative Government" Vs.  Trump.  President Trump gave a good speech on Tuesday night, but his presidency is still hanging by a thread.  Attorney Larry Klayman says an "alternative government" in the intelligence community continues to target him.  "These intelligence agencies are more powerful than the president himself," Klayman said on the Fox Business Network.  "They have the ability to blackmail people in this administration to the point that the American people's interests are going to be subverted."

Investigate and Prosecute the Press.  [Scroll down]  It is clear that he has inside information about the "alternative government," as attorney Larry Klayman calls this network of secret operatives, or the "Deep State," as others call it.  These are the "anonymous sources" who manipulate the press, reveal national security information, and threaten the foundations of our constitutional republic.  They are the real traitors, not the officials who had innocent conversations with Russians.  Does House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) have the guts to get to the bottom of this subversion of our democratic system?  Like President Trump, he says he is concerned about illegal leaks.  It's time for him to take action.  Otherwise, the illegal leakers will keep picking off our elected officials and those they appoint, using secret information they twist and distort for partisan political purposes.

Mark Levin to Congress:  Investigate Obama's 'Silent Coup' vs.  Trump.  Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama's administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump's presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.  Levin called Obama's effort "police state" tactics, and suggested that Obama's actions, rather than conspiracy theories about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election to help Trump, should be the target of congressional investigation.  Drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known.

The Shadow Government Timeline.  No matter which entrance hole you follow down into the labyrinth — eventually you end up finding yourself in the same chamber, the treasury.  Every motive seems to consistently boil down to money.

Donald Trump Rejects Intelligence Report on Travel Ban.  An intelligence report by the Department of Homeland Security contradicts the White House's assertion that immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries pose a particular risk of being terrorists and should be blocked from entering the U.S.  The report is the latest volley in a struggle between intelligence officials and the Trump administration that has rippled across several agencies.

The Deep State's Coup Against Trump.  The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has reportedly interfered in countless governments across the globe.  Now, the agency has also begun an intelligence coup within its own government.  Last week, Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced out of the Trump administration following leaks from the intelligence community that revealed he had misled the public and the administration on conversations he had with a Russian diplomat.  Major news outlets, the Washington Post and the New York Times, both reported on the leaks.  While the mainstream media has blasted Trump and Flynn for these alleged ties to Russia, some of the more astute journalists out there have taken a different approach.  Although he asserted the leaks were justified, prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald raised some very disturbing issues as to the possible motives behind the leaks:

The 'deep state' is real.  The 'alt right' is fake.  Here's a fact for the media to chew on:  The "deep state" is here.  As outlined in Foreign Policy, the concept of the deep state is nothing new.  But the Trump presidency may serve as the galvanizing force that links some of the formal established Democratic opposition forces, including MoveOn.org, government unions and Black Lives Matter with the informal deep-state cadre of disgruntled liberal bureaucrats, the hostile mainstream media and the usual suspects on the left.  It's a troubling phenomenon, with anti-Trump organizations and Democratic-aligned civil servants conspiring to actively work against the incumbent government.

Clinton Donor Quits CIA Because of Trump, Says Decision Not About Politics.  A CIA employee who contributed thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and who is a registered Democrat announced his decision to leave the agency in a Washington Post column published Sunday [2/19/2017], writing that his departure "had nothing to do with politics."  Edward Price resigned from the CIA last week and used the Washington Post to explain his decision that he could not "in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional."  Price wrote that his "decision had nothing to do with politics," and that he "would have been proud to again work under a Republican administration."  "As intelligence professionals, we're taught to tune out politics," Price wrote.

Hugh Hewitt:  Fire Obama's 'Deep State' Sleeper Cells Yesterday.  Conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt today [2/21/2017] pressed Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway to answer why the Trump administration has been so slow to fire Obama holdovers throughout the government.

Disgruntled CIA Officials Begin Self-Deporting From NSC.  The Washington Post has an op-ed today [2/20/2017] from someone who purports to have resigned from the CIA because his sensibilities can't stomach working for a Trump administration. [...] This kind of malarkey has been my gripe with the intelligence community for a decade.  They have simply been spoiled and pampered and praised to the point that they think they are the masters rather than the servants of the President, the Congress and the People.  They've managed to do that while not serving the nation particularly well.  Along the way, the CIA, in particular, has taken on a quasi-political role.

Seven Days in February.  Currently, the political and media opponents of Donald Trump are seeking to subvert his presidency in a manner unprecedented in the recent history of American politics.  The so-called resistance among EPA federal employees is trying to disrupt Trump administration reform; immigration activists promise to flood the judiciary to render executive orders inoperative.  Intelligence agencies had earlier leaked fake news briefings about the purported escapades of President-elect Trump in Moscow — stories that were quickly exposed as politically driven concoctions.  Nearly one-third of House Democrats boycotted the Inauguration.  Celebrities such as Ashley Judd and Madonna shouted obscenities to crowds of protesters; Madonna voiced her dreams of Trump's death by saying she'd been thinking a lot about blowing up the White House.  But all that pushback was merely the clownish preliminary to the full-fledged assault in mid February.

Watchdog Wants Obama Held Accountable for His "Soft Coup".  Sadly, many Americans are not aware of just how dangerous Barack Obama is to the Republic.  This is pure Alinsky.  Much of the leaking which is damaging the Trump administration is tied to Obama's last hour rule change which allows the NSA to send out unfiltered raw data to the other 16 agencies.  The agencies then decide how to use it.  It makes it almost impossible, if not impossible, to track the leakers.  Barack Obama likely knew they had this information on General Flynn and others.  He put the rule in place shortly before leaving office to allow the leaks.  This is a hole that must be plugged immediately.

Why Was the FBI Investigating General Flynn?  Anonymous intelligence officials (a category that may include the FBI — though we do not know who the leakers are) outrageously revealed to the New York Times that [National Security Adviser Michael] Flynn was subjected to FBI interrogation ("grilled," the Times says) and that the Justice Department suspects that Flynn did not provide truthful, accurate information.  That does not sound like a cordial, "open and consensual" conversation.  It sounds like an investigation.  Why would Flynn be the subject of an investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department?

The Obama-Bezos-CIA-WaPo Link Coincidentally Lurking Behind Those Intel Community Leaks.  [Scroll down]  But you could still kind of buy that it's coincidental factors making WaPo the path of least journalistic resistance, for the torrent of themed propaganda coming out, we are told, from intel community officials.  These are obviously unhappy officials, taking arms against the Trump administration from inside the U.S. government.  Not only that, but at least nine of them were clearly in the Obama administration — something WaPo (perhaps unintentionally) clarified in its 9 February story explaining that all of those sources had primary information from the time Mike Flynn had the supposedly controversial phone calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.  Which was when Obama was still president.  The rogue officials behind the leaks are from the Obama administration.  You can certainly buy the deduction that they'd know reporters at WaPo, and would, in their unhappiness, "leak scoop" to them.  (Even though it never turns out to actually be anything, other than innuendo.)  But it's really been noticeable that whatever the most sensational claim is, every couple of days or so, it's that claim that ends up being leaked through the Washington Post.

Chaffetz asks Justice Department watchdog to probe Flynn leaks.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz told Fox News' "The First 100 Days" Wednesday night that he would ask the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate leaks of classified information that led to the resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  The Utah Republican told host Martha MacCallum that "no matter where you are on the political spectrum, you cannot have classified information migrating out into a non-classified setting."

CIA Analyst: Obama, John Brennan, James Clapper and Ben Rhodes Behind the Flynn Leaks.  Former CIA analyst and retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer in an appearance on Fox Business said the leaks coming out of the White House will lead directly back to Barack Obama.  The Democrats and some anti-Trump Republicans want an investigation.  Shaffer said, "be careful what you wish for".  "I would put this right at the feet of John Brennan and Jim Clapper and I would go so far as to say the Obama White House was directly involved before they left," Shaffer said.  "Ben Rhodes and those folks... The Democrats are behind this and some of the Republicans are involved with the leaks.  So I say 'Bring it on!'  This is the kind of thing they do in police states.

The Deep State Targets Trump.  When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, "If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state."  To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful repository of our liberties.  Yet it was this regime, the deep state, that carried out what Eli Lake of Bloomberg calls "The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn."  And what were Flynn's offenses?  In December, when Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats, Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador.  He apparently counseled the envoy not to overreact, saying a new team would be in place in a few weeks and would review U.S.-Russian relations.  "That's neither illegal nor improper," writes Lake.  Vladimir Putin swiftly declared that there would be no reciprocal expulsions and U.S. diplomats and their families would be welcome at the Kremlin's Christmas and New Year's parties.  Diplomatic crisis averted.  "Great move ... (by V. Putin)," tweeted Trump, "I always knew he was very smart."  But apparently, this did not sit well with the deep state.

Judicial Watch Plans to Sue Agencies to Identify Obama Hacks Behind Disclosure of Flynn COMINT.  President Trump had a great response to the hysterical Democrat public relations flacks (you know, the guys who call themselves "journalists") who questioned his approval of Wikileaks' DNC disclosures during the campaign while decrying the wiretaps of Gen. Mike Flynn.  His point was exactly right:  John Podesta's Gmail account isn't a classified government system.  Hillary Clinton's private bathroom email server isn't a classified government system.  The wiretaps that helped take down Flynn related to his private (and, by the way, perfectly legitimate) conversations with foreign leaders.

I'm a Democrat (and ex-CIA) but the spies plotting against Trump are out of control.  Multiple reports show that my former colleagues in the intelligence community have decided that they must leak or withhold classified information due to unsettling connections between President Trump and the Russian Government.  Said an intelligence officer:  "I know what's best for foreign policy and national security... And I'm going to act on that."  Some of us might applaud this man, including a few of my fellow Democrats.  In their minds, this is a case of Mr. Smith Goes to Langley to do battle against a corrupt President Trump.  One small problem.  The intelligence officer quoted above was actually Aldrich Ames, a CIA traitor whose crime of treason in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in the compromise of more than 100 assets.  Many were tortured and executed as a result.

Hunt is on: Leakers pursued by Team Trump could face hard time.  President Trump has vowed to hunt down whoever is leaking classified information about him and his team, and if he succeeds in unmasking the sources of illegal disclosures, they could face hard time.  Trump himself has been plagued by leaks about his meeting schedule and phone calls to heads of state.  But the most damaging leaks to his month-old administration have been those that cost retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn his post as national security adviser.  Flynn had to resign after information came out about his December phone call to a Russian ambassador.

Donald Trump vs. the Deep State.  When one of two forces is going to win, if there's any moral difference between them at all, you have to stand for the better.  That's why I overcame my objections and voted for The Donald when the choice came down to him and a corrupt leftist who would surely have imperiled the American experiment at every level of government.  It was a painful decision but not a difficult one.  There's a similar choice to be made now.  The President or the Deep State.

The Lame Duck Timeline Strongly Suggests President Obama Set Up Intelligence Scheme To Undermine Trump.  Jay Sekulow outlines the case that President Obama set-up a plan for the intelligence community to target President Trump.  Specifically through the use of a lame-duck executive order, President Obama authorized multiple intelligence agencies to have access to Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) including phone call intercepts.

Trump launches bid to find leakers, as speculation surrounds Obama officials.  President Trump is setting out to uncover the saboteurs leaking damaging details about his administration, as speculation intensifies over whether current officials or a cabal of Obama lieutenants — or both — are turning the faucets.  One former senior intelligence official told Fox News he suspects ex-intelligence and other security officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were in some way involved in revealing details of Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Trump and the leaks.  After less than a month in office, President Donald J. Trump, who as a candidate embraced WikiLeaks and a torrent of leaks about his rival Hillary Clinton's campaign, has become a champion of government secrecy.  In a rowdy, 77-minute press conference Thursday, Trump said he had personally instructed the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into the leak of embarrassing information about his conversations with foreign leaders and former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn's contacts with Russia.  While it is unusual for a president to ask for such a criminal investigation, or to discuss it publicly, no law prevents him from doing so.  "It could be perceived as a political witch hunt," warned Susan Hennessey, a scholar at the Brookings Institution and former intelligence agency lawyer.

The CIA's affront to Trump.  The CIA has denied a security clearance to Trump National Security Council (NSC) official Robin Townley without any allegation, much less evidence of disloyalty to the United States.  Quite simply, it is because the CIA disapproves of Mr. Townley's attitude toward the agency, and this is unprecedented.  President Trump appointed Mr. Townley to coordinate Africa policy at the NSC.  The CIA did not want to deal with him.  Hence, it used the power to grant security clearances to tell the president to choose someone acceptable to the agency, though not so much to him.  This opens a larger issue:  Since no one can take part in the formulation or execution of foreign or defense policy without a high-level security clearance, vetoing the president's people by denying them clearances trumps the president.

The Left's Once Mighty Echo Chamber Is Losing Power.  The tricks the left used to nominate and elect a man who literally had no business running for any office — that's President Obama, who had no qualifications for the office — no longer work.  These same tricks were used to try to elect Hillary, they even doubled and tripled their usage of the echo chamber.  Yet Trump is now president instead of Clinton.  However, we now have a more sinister power rearing its ugly head in the out-of-control leftists embedded deep in the heart of our intelligence agencies and bureaucracies.  Trump is now fighting a multiple-front war for his transformative agenda.  He is facing an unhinged left, some remaining obstructionist fools in the GOP establishment, and a malevolently powerful deep state itself.

NSA Whistleblower:  Agency 'Absolutely' Tapping Trump's Calls.  William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official turned whistleblower, contended in an exclusive interview today that the National Security Agency (NSA) is "absolutely" monitoring the phone calls of President Donald Trump.  Binney was an architect of the NSA's surveillance program.  He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001 after spending more than 30 years with the agency.

FBI Randomly Releases Trump Real Estate Investigation Records From The 1970s.  The FBI on Wednesday released nearly 400 pages of records from an investigation it conducted on Donald Trump's family real estate company in the early 1970s.  The documents consist of interview notes, handwritten statements and FBI reports compiled during the bureau's investigation, which occurred between 1972 and 1974.  The FBI's investigation centered on allegations that the Trump Management Company, which was owned by Trump's father, Fred, discriminated against applicants for apartment rentals based on their race.

Michael Flynn and the revenge of the bureaucrats.  The resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday was the result of a coordinated effort by current and former U.S. intelligence officials to undermine the Trump administration using the disclosure of highly classified communications intercepts.  President Trump voiced his displeasure in a tweet Wednesday [2/15/2017] stating that misuse of the intercepts was un-American.  "The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by 'intelligence' like candy.  Very un-American!" the president stated.

US spies reportedly keeping intelligence from Trump.  Sensitive intelligence reportedly is being withheld from President Trump by U.S. intelligence officials because they are concerned that the information could be compromised.  The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday [2/15/2017] that in some cases officials opted not to show the president how they collected the information.  The paper, citing both former and current officials, said the decision to hold back information underscores the mistrust between the Executive Branch and spies.  Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he has heard about these concerns in the past.

Is This Trump's Watergate, Or Revenge Of The Swamp People?  President Trump may have come to Washington to "drain the swamp," but now he's finding out that it's full of nasty swamp creatures.  And, as he's also discovered, they bite.  The debacle over national security advisor Michael Flynn's sudden departure over his ill-advised contacts with Russian government officials shows that the Democrats in Congress and the bureaucrats that work with them mean to take as many scalps and do as much damage possible to Trump's barely 3-weeks-old presidency.  If they can fatally damage him early in his first term, all the better.

Flynn's fall should have the intel community in the hot seat.  Why did Michael Flynn resign after just 24 days as President Trump's national security adviser?  Never before had so little certainty fueled such a political frenzy.  What's known is that Flynn spoke with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, on Dec. 29, 2016, the same day President Barack Obama leveled sanctions against Russia for its alleged hacking during the US presidential election campaign.  US intelligence provided a transcript of that call to the FBI, which had been investigating Russian hacking.  In a breach of trust, someone in intelligence or law enforcement confirmed the call's existence to the media, and then detailed its contents in a further leak.

CIA broke the law to take out its critic General Flynn.  Make no mistake, we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government.  An agency that is widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics.  Almost certainly, its new head Mike Pompeo was not consulted.  Senator Chuck Schumer, of all people, laid out on January 2nd what was going to happen to the Trump administration if it dared take on the deep state — the permanent bureaucracy that has contempt for the will of the voters and feels entitled to run the government for its own benefit.

With the Bureaucracy, Trump's Got His Work Cut Out for Him.  During the Obama reign, the Federal Register grew by some 18,000 pages.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute estimated regulations cost the American people $1.9 trillion a year, which is more than 10% of GDP or about $15,000 per household.  Government regulations have gotten so that businesses and even individuals are almost guaranteed to be violating one regulation (or de facto law) or another.  Such an administrative state is what Alexis de Tocqueville had in mind when he defined soft despotism as a 'network of small complicated rules' that while maybe not obvious to the people, breed fear, uncertainty and doubt throughout society.  President Trump has promised to lasso government agencies and then bring back a constitutional understanding of their limits.


The clamor for Trump's impeachment (or worse) — beginning on day one!

Introduction by The Editor:
If you have courtroom-quality evidence of a crime, bring it on.  Otherwise, go home.  Better luck next election.

Oregon Man Dies Peacefully After Being Falsely Told "Donald Trump Has Been Impeached".  Would you attempt to bring someone happiness in their final moments in life, knowing full well that what you just told them was a lie?  Well, one Oregon woman thought this was a good idea and, because of it, her ex-husband died with a smile on his face.  According to an obituary for 76-year-old Michael Garland Elliott who passed on April 6, that last thing he heard was a comment from his ex-wife and best friend, Teresa Elliot.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'I Think It's In the Best Interest of My Constituents to Get Rid of (Trump)'.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said again on Friday she doesn't "honor" or "respect" President Donald Trump.  "I don't think that he deserves to be president of this great country.  I am very concerned about him.  And I really think he's dangerous," Waters told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."  Waters also said she thinks "it's in the best interest of my constituents to get rid of him."  The congresswoman backed up her poor opinion of the president by pointing to a "scathing" six-part series about Trump in The Los Angeles Times, and she once again said she believes he will be impeached.  In the meantime, she said, "I'm not going to be able to work with him."

Maxine Waters Now Saying That She Never Called For President Trump To Be Impeached.  This is rich, don't you think?  Especially the part when she says that she never called for President Trump to be impeached:  [Several video clips]

Maxine Waters Falsely Denies Calling For Trump's Impeachment.  California Rep. Maxine Waters is denying ever having called for Donald Trump's impeachment, a bizarre claim since she was recorded on video just this weekend leading a crowd of activists in an "Impeach 45!" chant.  In an interview on Tuesday [4/18/2017] with MSNBC's Craig Melvin, Waters was asked about a tweet she sent out earlier in the day saying that she was going to fight "everyday until [Trump's] impeached."  Waters said that allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government need to be investigated.

Maxine Waters rallies Tax March crowd for Trump's impeachment.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) renewed her call for impeaching President Trump during Saturday's Tax March in Washington.  "I don't respect this president.  I don't trust this president.  He's not working in the best interests of the American people," Waters said.  "I will fight every day until he is impeached," she added, before leading the crowd in chants of "impeach 45."  Waters has been among the most vocal critics of Trump in Congress, and she has repeatedly signaled that she would be willing to impeach the president.

Can Maxine Waters Even Spell Impeachment?  Some might ask why a confused Dem hack would become the voice of the "resistance".  A better question might be why not.  Maxine Waters has built her career on getting out there and yelling angrily about things.  That makes her perfectly qualified in a political atmosphere where all the left-wing wants is angry shouting.  Waters has picked up on the fact that anything involving impeachment is perfect prog-bait feeding the fantasy that President Trump will go away soon.

More about Representative Maxine Waters.

Fresno State Reports Own Professor for 'Trump Must Hang' Tweet.  Virulently anti-Trump professors — by which I mean "most professors" — feel pretty invincible.  After all, when a video recently surfaced of a professor comparing the election of Trump to a terrorist attack, the student filming it got punished.  So imagine Fresno State professor Lars Maischak's surprise last week when his tweet demanding President Trump be hung was reported to law enforcement by Fresno State's president: [...]

The "Resistance" Democrats Are A Terrorist Party.  What does #Resistance really mean?  It means the overthrow of our government. [...] Leftist media outlets are feeding the faithful a fantasy that President Trump will be brought down.  There is fevered speculation about the 25th Amendment, a coup or impeachment due to whatever scandal has been manufactured last.  This fantasy is part clickbait.  Leftist media outlets are feeding the worst impulses of their readers.

Professor: 'Trump Must Hang,' Republicans Should Be Executed For Each Immigrant Deported.  A history professor at California State University, Fresno, appears to have advocated for the death of President Donald Trump on Twitter.  Tweets from an account purportedly operated by Professor Lars Maischak call for Trump to "hang" in order to "save American democracy," and say the only "cure" for racist people is a bullet to their head.  The account is not verified, although the bio and interactions between the user and other Twitter users indicate it belongs to the professor.  "To save American democracy, Trump must hang," Professor Lars Maischak appears to have tweeted in February.

Fact Check:  Fresno Bee Lies About Professor's Call To Kill Trump.  There's a lot of talk about a post-truth society these days.  A post-truth society kicks in when there is no respect for even the most blatantly obvious facts.  Professor Lars Maischak, who teaches, among other things, Marx and Hegel, at California State University, Fresno, tweeted, calls to kill Trump and Republicans.  [Tweets]  Could the media possibly defend and whitewash this?  Do you even need to ask.  No leftist can do anything too terrible for the media to defend.

'He Needs to Be Impeached!' Joy Behar Freaks Out on the View.  During a segment talking about Russia, North Korea, and Trump's relationship with these countries on The View Monday [4/3/2017], host Joy Behar threw a temper tantrum, calling on the president to be impeached.  After reading out-of-context quotes from Trump about using nukes, Behar couldn't contain her rage any longer and demanded that Trump be "taken out of office," to roaring applause from the liberal audience.

Is the fall inevitable?  The euphoria conservatives felt from the November election has evaporated.  The left is at war with President Trump, the very left that has fully taken over the Democratic Party.  We know that the establishment media are in bed with the Democrats.  Even the establishment members of the Republican Party are colluding with the Democrats.  There seems to be no doubt that many of the Republicans on the Hill would love to see Trump unseated, and it would not matter to them if Mike Pence or Hillary Clinton or Paul Ryan were to take the reins.

Impeach Trump?  I Don't Think So.  The Left continues to relentlessly promote their lie that Trump stole the election by scheming with the Russians.  Their goal is to get enough people believing Trump's presidency is illegitimate that they can impeach him.

There weren't any clouds over Obama's head?
Schumer: No SCOTUS Appointment While There Is A Cloud Hanging Over Trump's Head.  As Republicans hail Judge Neil Gorsuch as an "outstanding" Supreme Court nominee, Democrats are lining up against him for partisan reasons.  "My view is very simple," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told a news conference on Tuesday [3/21/2017].  "And that is, there is a cloud now hanging over the head of the president, and while that's happening, to have a lifetime appointment made by this president seems unseemly, and there ought to be delay."

Lindsey Graham questions Gorsuch about impeaching Trump.  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday [3/21/2017] questioned Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch about what it would take to impeach President Trump.  The Republican senator used a portion of his time for questions at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing to probe Gorsuch about the impeachment process.  "In case President Trump is watching, which he may very well be, one you did a good job picking Judge Gorsuch," Graham said to laughs, "and number two — here's the bad part — if you start waterboarding people, you may get impeached.  Is that a fair summary?"

Veil Dropped on Congress-Impeach-Trump Plans.  No matter how much the Obama appointed Comey achieved in a long career with the FBI, he is now the wind-up doll sent out by the Democrats to force the impeachment of a duly elected President Donald Trump.  Now that talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh has said that claims of Russian election interference are just a cover for the real game being played; that Trump either stops this reform business he's got, stops this drain-the-swamp stuff, and starts letting the Republicans run the town again, or they're gonna impeach him", I can already sense the trolls getting ready to strike this column.

Offenses to be determined later.  Sounds like a lynching.
Maxine Waters tells Trump to 'get ready for impeachment'.  California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said that she's ready to impeach President Trump on his 61st day in office.  "Get ready for impeachment," Waters tweeted.

Ingraham: 'Let's Be Really Blunt, the Dems Want Trump Out of Office'.  Laura Ingraham said this morning that President Donald Trump made a "mistake" when he tweeted a now-dismissed allegation that President Obama spied on Trump Tower.  She said Trump must stick to facts and stay focused on working on the promises he made during the campaign, like the economy, health care and border security.

Anyone surprised Obama won't go away?  Trump has NONE of the benefits Obama enjoyed[:]  no political media, no sports media, no Hollywood, no print media, no Entertainment Industry. [...] We are up against the most radical lefties that have EVER been in power in America[.  T]hey detest what America stands for[.  T]hat's why Obama wanted to 'fundamentally change' it[,] and now they have been rejected by the American people and they've completely lost their minds.  They weren't supposed to lose!  These people are communists and their goal is to overthrow our president[,] and it absolutely cannot be allowed to happen.

Threat? George Takei under fire after calling Trump a 'menace' that must be gotten rid of.  Actor George Takei doesn't like President Trump, and frequently attacks him on Twitter.  But his latest attack on the president seems to be a bit more threatening than some of his online rants.  "A citizen making claims without evidence is a nuisance.  But if it's the President, it becomes a menace.  And we must be rid of menaces," he wrote on Sunday [3/5/2017].

Pelosi: Why Yes — We're Looking At Ways To Impeach Trump.  Yesterday [2/27/2017], House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held a prebuttal conference in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club.  At the presser, Pelosi was asked about impeaching Donald Trump, which is something that the progressive base of the Democratic Party is clamoring for Congress to do.  With a solid Republican majority, that's not going to happen.

Democrats Come Up With a Practical Way to "Banish" Trump:  Witchcraft.  Tonight [2/24/2017] is the big night:  all across the country, witches will gather to light candles and mutter incantations in hopes of evicting President Trump from the White House. [...] The idea is that these witchcraft events will continue until Trump is "driven from office."

Cruz: 'Do Democrats Understand They Need to Control the House to Impeach?'.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) [...] panned impeachment talk a month into President Trump's term.  "Impeachment is a constitutional function.  Yes, the left keeps talking about impeachment.  I mean, they were talking about impeachment before the inauguration," he said.  "And, you know, I think impeaching Obama in January probably would have been a mistake."  "So would retroactive impeachment be unconstitutional?  I don't know, but it would be fun... Do the Democrats understand they need to control the House of Representatives to impeach somebody?"

'Impeachment' talk flies at DNC chair debate.  The seven candidates for chair of the Democratic National Committee laid out their plans to lead the political party, including impeaching President Trump — a rallying cry even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said is not yet warranted.  One of the top contenders in the race, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., cited examples of actions Trump has taken in his first month in office that are worthy of being fired as commander in chief.  "I think that Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment.  On day one, he was in violation of the emoluments clause," Ellison said during a CNN town hall on Wednesday evening.

Keith Ellison at DNC Debate:  Trump's Already Done Things That 'Raise the Question of Impeachment'.  It didn't take long during tonight's DNC leadership CNN debate for candidates to get a question about impeachment.  Congressman Keith Ellison said, "Trump has done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment."  [Video clip]

Election of outsider Trump rankles federal bureaucrats.  War has been declared on President Trump.  It's actually a war against those of us who work for a living, pay taxes, don't collect a government handout, pay for our own health insurance and don't have lobbyists on the payroll.  Since the November election, it has been a nonstop barrage of hate from the Democrats and the mainstream media.  Not for one moment have they given our new president a honeymoon or one ounce of cooperation.  Some of these hyper-partisans even suggested impeachment before he was sworn into office.

Lefties keep showing off their civic ignorance.  Last week, cable news personality Sally Kohn tweeted what she called a "straightforward" plan that would eject Donald Trump and install Hillary Clinton into the presidency:  "1. Impeach Trump Pence; 2. Constitutional crisis; 3. Call special election; 4. Ryan v Clinton; 5. President Clinton."  Anyone with middle-school knowledge of the presidential chain of command should know that impeaching both Trump and his vice president would not, actually, lead to a "constitutional crisis" or a "special election."  It would lead directly [...] to President Paul Ryan.  Whom Clinton would be welcome to challenge in the next election.  Kohn is far from alone in broadcasting her ignorance of the political process.  Our so-called "elite" seems to be in desperate need of a remedial civics class.

Also posted under Liberals think you're stupid.

25th Amendment chatter:  Dems, pundits mull ways to remove Trump.  As President Trump finishes his fourth week in the White House, a number of opposition lawmakers, political commentators, and self-styled members of The Resistance are discussing ways in which the president might be quickly removed from office.  Some have talked about impeachment for quite a while, even before the Trump inauguration.  But that could take a long time, and it would require Trump to commit, and then be charged with and convicted of, "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" to meet the Constitution's standard for removing the president from office.

Democrat from ultra-liberal Portland, Oregon says he's looking at the 25th amendment because he fears for Trump's mental health.  A Democratic lawmaker says he's so concerned about Donald Trump's 'erratic behavior' that he wants to revise the 25th Amendment in case the president demonstrates that he does not have the 'mental and emotional capacity' to do his job.  Oregon Congressman Ed Blumenauer, who represents the liberal city of Portland, Oregon, says he sees a 'glaring flaw' in the wording of the amendment that was ratified in 1967 in response to JFK's assassination.  'For a mentally unstable, paranoid or delusional president, the 25th Amendment has no guarantee of its application.  In fact, it's likely that it would fail,' Blumenauer said in a speech this week on the House floor.

The Editor says...
Where was Mr. Blumenauer when the paranoid, delusional, narcissistic megalomaniac Barack H. Obama repeatedly spoke about his imaginary sons?

Notes On Flynn's Ouster.  I have a few thoughts about the resignation of Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn.  First, I'm calling it an "ouster" because it appears to be the result of a campaign against him.  Indeed, Eli Lake calls it a "political assassination."  Lake quotes Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, as follows:  "First it's Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus."  "Put another way," Lake adds (melodramatically?), "Flynn is only the appetizer; Trump is the entree."

Maxine Waters:  We need investigation to find evidence to impeach Trump.  Shades of Alice in Wonderland's Queen: "sentence first — verdict afterwards."  On Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, Dem Rep. Maxine Waters doubled down on her earlier statement that "my greatest desire is to lead [President Trump] right into impeachment."  Asked by Reid on what grounds she would impeach the president, Waters offered no evidence but said "I believe" there's a connection between Ukraine, Trump, and Russia, and "I think" Trump "colluded" with Putin during the election.  Concluded Waters:  "I think that it's there, we just have to dig deeper, do the investigation and find it."

US congresswoman advocates impeaching Trump because Putin's attacking... Korea?  Representative Maxine Waters has argued that US President Donald Trump will inevitably be impeached because of his alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin who she claimed is "advancing in Korea."  Waters, a 13-term Democrat from Los Angeles, has called for Trump's impeachment several times now, however she has yet to explicitly accuse the president of breaking the law.

Ethics-Tainted-Hater Maxine Waters, Calls For Trump Impeachment.  Gotta hand it to Maxine Waters, the California Congresswoman has never met a Republican she didn't hate, or a corrupt liberal movement she didn't love, but that doesn't stop her from spewing her venom in public.  Ms. Waters has been feasting on her hatred of Donald Trump ever since he won the election, even to the point of saying she would never meet with or work with the new president.  Last week she tweeted that she wanted to lead trump into impeachment (I don't understand how she intends to do that without meeting with him).

Maxine Waters Wants to Impeach Trump Because She Disagrees With Him, Or Something.  Democrats have been throwing temper tantrums on Capitol Hill since before President Trump was officially sworn in on January 20 and have given every indication we shouldn't expect their obstructionist behavior to end anytime soon.  Speaking to reporters Monday [2/6/2017], Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters said she isn't calling for Trump's impeachment... yet.

Obama Pentagon official says anti-Trump military coup now possible.  A former Defense Department official under the Obama administration has raised the specter of a military coup to remove President Donald Trump from power.  In an editorial penned for Foreign Policy, senior Pentagon policy official Rosa Brooks publicly suggested a military insurrection against the Trump administration may be the only option to oust one of the most divisive presidents in American history.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'I Haven't Called for the Impeachment — Yet'.  "I have not called for the impeachment — yet," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said of President Donald Trump at a Monday [2/6/2017] press conference.  "He's doing it himself."  On Friday, Waters said she hoped Trump would not serve for four years:  "And my greatest is to lead him right into impeachment."

Democratic Congressman:  If Trump Ignores Judges' Stays On Executive Order, We Should Consider Impeachment.  Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said that Congress should consider impeaching President Trump if he instructs members of federal law enforcement to ignore two stays that were issued by federal judges concerning his executive order on immigration, specifically the 120-day ban on anyone entering the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, three of which are designated by the State Department to be sponsors of terrorism.  Almost all of them are considered to be failed states.  Castro added that if Trump ignores these orders, it would be like living in a military junta.  Okay — let's dial down the hyperbole.  First, the executive order is lawful and constitutional.  Second, a Republican Congress is not going to impeach Trump for trying to enact national security measures, like border security.  Third, you're really stoking the liberal base for your possible 2018 run against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) aren't you, Joaquin?

Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro:  Impeach Trump over Refugee Order.  Texas Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro says Congress should draw up "articles of impeachment" against President Donald Trump over his executive order, which temporarily prohibits the arrival of Syrian refugees into the United States and halts entry of citizens from Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.  Castro's concerns, he says, stem from a fear that Trump will order the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) to ignore a federal judge's emergency stay, issued during the weekend, blocking the implementation of certain parts of the temporary refugee travel ban.

10 reasons why Trump should hate the media.  [#2] Minutes after Mr. Trump [was] sworn in, multiple news outlets ran Trump impeachment stories.
  •   Washington Post headline at 12:19 p.m. on Inauguration Day:  "The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun"
  •   Huffington Post:  "Here are the current betting odds on Trump being impeached"
  •   Time:  "There's already a campaign to impeach Donald Trump"
  •   New York Daily News:  "Here's how President Trump may have already set himself up for impeachment"

Confidential David Brock Memo:  Defeat Trump Through Impeachment.  A confidential David Brock memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon lays out the ways the Democratic operative plans to use his numerous organizations to take down President Donald Trump through impeachment.  Brock is currently at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. for a weekend conference with more than 100 major liberal donors.  Attendees are mapping out a course to combat the newly sworn-in president.  According to the private and confidential memo, Brock plans to defeat Trump "through impeachment," using American Bridge, his liberal super PAC, as the main vehicle to do so.

Maxine Waters Calls For Impeachment If Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia.  Monday on MSNBC's "Hardball," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said if President-elect Donald Trump or staff on his campaign had "collusion" or "exchanges of information," with Russian government officials about former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, that would justify impeachment.

The Editor says...
Apparently none of this was enough to warrant Barack H. Obama's impeachment, in Ms. Waters' opinion.

The conspiracy to impeach Trump already launched.  It should be crystal clear to all Americans that his political enemies are searching for any pretext to launch an impeachment effort to unseat President Trump, once they think it would have a chance of success.  Given the level of animosity toward Trump in his own party, and the possibility of midterm election losses for the president's party (the normal pattern in American politics), these efforts can't be dismissed as impossible.

Confidential David Brock Memo:  Defeat Trump Through Impeachment.  A confidential David Brock memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon lays out the ways the Democratic operative plans to use his numerous organizations to take down President Donald Trump through impeachment.  Brock is currently at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. for a weekend conference with more than 100 major liberal donors.  Attendees are mapping out a course to combat the newly sworn-in president.  According to the private and confidential memo, Brock plans to defeat Trump "through impeachment," using American Bridge, his liberal super PAC, as the main vehicle to do so.


Beneficial side effects / icing on the cake / fringe benefits, etc.:

LAPD: Deportation fears possibly impacting Hispanic crime reporting.  The head of the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday warned of a "strong correlation" between dramatic drops in violent crimes being reported by Hispanics in Los Angeles and fears of being deported, suggesting that the community may be avoiding contact with local law enforcement in the wake of immigration polices favored by the Trump administration.  Newly-released LAPD crime statistics for 2017 show that among Hispanics, reports of rape have dropped 25 percent while those of spousal abuse have decreased by 9.8 percent.  Similar reductions from the start of this year were not found in any other ethnic group, according to the LAPD numbers.

Foreign Applications Dip at Some Colleges Amid Fear of 'Trump Effect'.  The president of Portland State University, Wim Wiewel, met last week with 10 prospective students in Hyderabad, India.  But what started as a get-acquainted visit quickly turned into more of a counseling session, as the students expressed fears about coming to the United States this fall.  One student, who is Muslim, said his father was worried that America had an anti-Muslim attitude, Mr. Wiewel recounted.  "Several others said they were concerned about the 'Trump effect,'" he said in an email.  "I'd say the rhetoric and actual executive orders are definitely having a chilling effect," Mr. Wiewel wrote, referring to the Trump administration's travel ban.  Like many universities across the country, the Oregon university is getting fewer international applications.

WaPo Devastated As Illegal Immigrants Ditch Food Stamps "So Trump Won't Deport Them".  Caitlin Dewey of the Washington Post would like for you to know that she's super sad that "Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won't deport them."  No, that's not the title of a satirical article published on The Onion, Caitlin actually published a note describing her complete devastation when she discovered that, under a Trump administration, illegal aliens may unilaterally choose to stop breaking numerous federal laws, including multiple counts of identity theft as that's the only conceivable way an illegal immigrant could get food stamps in the first place, in order to avoid being punished for other federal laws they've already broken.

Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them.  Luisa Fortin sometimes sits up at night, wondering what her clients are eating.  She is the SNAP Outreach Coordinator for the Chattanooga Food Bank — but lately she has done less outreaching.  Her families, working immigrants in northwest Georgia, are spooked by the political climate, Fortin said.  Increasingly, she's being asked to explain how food stamps may impact immigration status, if not to outright cancel family food benefits.  Since mid-January, five of Fortin's families have withdrawn from the SNAP program.  One, the single mother of three citizen daughters, had fled to Georgia to escape an abusive husband.  Another, two green-card holders with four young children, were thinking of taking on third jobs to compensate for the lost benefits.  These families represent a small fraction of Fortin's caseload — she estimates she has signed 200 immigrant families up for SNAP over the past six months — but based on the calls she gets from other clients, she fears more cancellations are imminent.

Over at EPA, the Swamp Starts Draining Itself.  President Trump is attempting to fire-bomb the overinflated budget over at the corruption-plagued EPA.  And it looks to be having the intended effect:  draining the agency of overpaid, unnecessary Swamp Things.  Because at least one of them has elected to leave, rather than stick around and watch the agency he worships be chopped down to size.  Mustafa Ali, the founder of the EPA's "environmental justice office" has resigned from the agency.

EPA senior staff begin to flee amid budget fears.  A senior staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency resigned from the agency Thursday [3/9/2017] amid concerns that many of agency's programs will be shuttered under the forthcoming Trump budget.  The founder of the EPA's environmental justice office, Mustafa Ali, resigned Thursday [3/9/2017], saying he has never seen such a concerted effort to roll back programs with a track record of helping disadvantaged and low-income communities.

EPA environmental justice leader resigns, amid White House plans to dismantle program.  A key environmental justice leader at the Environmental Protection Agency has resigned, saying that a recent budget proposal to defund such work would harm the people who most rely on the EPA.  Mustafa Ali, a senior adviser and assistant associate administrator for environmental justice, has served more than two decades at the agency, working to ease the burden of air and water pollution in hundreds of poor, minority communities nationwide.  He helped found the EPA's environmental justice office during the early 1990s and became a key adviser to agency administrators under Republican and Democratic presidents.

Illegal border crossings decrease by 40 percent in Trump's first month, report says.  The number of people illegally crossing the U.S. southern border has dropped 40 percent in President Trump's first full month in office, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.  U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reported that the number of illegal border crossings dropped from 31,578 to 18,762 persons.  Kelly said border agents usually see a 10 to 20 percent increase in illegal immigrant apprehensions from January to February.

Starbucks Stock Rating Drops 80 Points After Announcing Opposition to President Trump.  Back in January Starbucks announced they were going to stand in opposition to President Trump; and to display their virtuous immigration bona fides they announced their intention to hire 10,000 refugees as employees in lieu of current American applicants for employment.  An almost immediate backlash began as pro-USA consumers and President Trump supporters turned away from the Starbucks brand.  As a consequence the Starbucks business model has been severely impacted.

Tough Trump policies credited for sharp plummet in illegal immigration.  Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in the weeks after President Trump took office, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said Wednesday, declaring an early victory from Mr. Trump's get-tough policies.  In addition to a drop in number of illegal immigrants nabbed while attempting to cross, Mr. Kelly also said they seen a dramatic spike in the rates charged by smugglers paid to sneak people into the US — surging $3000, to $8,000, since November.

Acting Director of USCIS Lori Scialabba Resigns at Homeland Security.  Lori Scialabba, the Acting Director at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security, "announced her coming retirement from federal service" on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the department has confirmed to Breitbart News.  Scialabba was number one on the list of eight Obama holdover bureaucrats identified by Breitbart News that President Trump "can fire or remove at Homeland Security."

Anti-Trump Employees Quit Jobs at Companies with Ties to Trump.  President Trump has gathered many CEOs and business leaders together since becoming president, but some of these company leaders are facing a backlash from their employees who don't support the president.  Employees are quitting their jobs at some of the companies that have come out in support Trump, Bloomberg News reports.

WSJ Editor Tells Reporters Who Don't Like Objective Trump Coverage To Leave The Paper.  Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker told his reporters Monday [2/13/2017] the paper would not abandon objectivity in its coverage of President Donald Trump, and directed them to find work somewhere else if they want to adopt a more oppositional tone.

The Longest Nooooo!  Maryland therapist Steven Stosny described a condition he terms "headline stress disorder", a more virulent version of the "election stress disorder" that he detected prior to November 8, 2016.  Ever since he won Donald Trump's been on the brain of his patients and it's not going away soon. [...] If former vice-president candidate Tim Kaine can be believed, the condition is real.  "Headline stress disorder" is particularly acute among liberals, some of whom are in a state of paroxysmal rage over Trump:  over what he is, stands for, how he looks, etc.

Leftists Go Nuts at the Thought of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary.  The intolerance of the "tolerant" left has never been more evident than during the many cabinet hearings this year.  The democrat vitriol has been on full display in virtual every hearing, but possibly none more contentious than that of nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos.  Although it may be a toss-up between her and Jeff Sessions [...]

Morale at Homeland Security has 'skyrocketed' under Trump.  When the House Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing in April 2015 titled "The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government," an agency manager at the Department of Homeland Security was called in to testify.  "[DHS] rests as the worst place to work among cabinet agencies," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said at the time.  The third largest federal department had just received an abysmal 44 percent score in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.  Fewer than half of its staff felt that morale, leadership and compensation deserved positive ratings.

At the Border Patrol, Trump lifts morale that was at an all-time low.  Despite Mexico's pledge to stem the flow of Central American migrants entering its country from bordering Guatemala, the numbers have increased over the past year.  The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the Southwest border jumped nearly 50 percent between fiscal years 2015-2016, from 39,970 to 59,692.  In the first three months of this fiscal year (Oct. 1-Dec. 31), 21,321 have already been apprehended, according to Border Patrol stats.  But it is the number of family units apprehended that is staggering.  Apprehensions jumped 95 percent between fiscal years 2015-2016, from 39,838 to 77,674.  The numbers for the 2017 fiscal year have already surpassed the total for 2015, with 44,843 apprehended the past few months, according to Border Patrol.

Trump's Climate Plans Just Made the Media's Heads Explode.  The occasion was a press conference hosted by the Global Warming Policy Foundation for Myron Ebell, head of the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency transition team.  Satan's Emissary, as liberals prefer to think of him.  Ebell had come to tell them about Trump's plans for the environment and energy, which I won't repeat here because you know them already.  No, the reason I went wasn't to hear what Ebell had to say but to watch how his audience reacted. [...] They hated it.

Sore Loser Leftists Try Moving to Canada, Get Rejected for Being Deadbeats.  One of the more entertaining aspects of the 2016 post-election season are the "threats" from the losing side to leave the country.  Leftists are refusing to share a country with Trump, so they are packing their stuff up and making their way up to the Canadian border.  That'll show everyone.  Except for the fact that Canada isn't interested in these people.

President Trump's Early Policy Follow Through Propels Dow to 20,000.  After a brief hiatus, the Dow Jones Industrial Average resumed its march toward 20000, crossing the elusive milestone on Wednesday [1/25/2017] as President Donald Trump demonstrates his seriousness about fulfilling campaign promises of lower taxes, less regulation, and more fiscal spending.  The blue-chip index's march to the psychologically-significant level has captivated Wall Street since Trump's surprise election in November, and comes just 64 days after crossing the 19000 threshold for the first time ever.

Where Are They Now?  These 23 Celebrities Said They'd Move If Trump Won.  Back in September, my colleague Catherine Dunn published this nice compilation of 23 celebrities who said they would be leaving the country if Donald Trump were elected president.  Given that Trump was indeed elected president and will be inaugurated on Friday, I thought it would be prudent to check in and see if any of these celebrities had stayed true to their word.  It's time to find out:  have they decided that America is actually already pretty great?

Good news!
28% of federal employees may quit their jobs when Trump assumes office:  Poll.  "More than one in four federal workers, or 28 percent, will definitely or possibly consider leaving their jobs after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch," according to the survey conducted by the Government Business Council and Government Executive, which both track the trends of the field.  Half said that Mr. Trump's business experience would "hinder his management of the federal government" while almost two thirds believe that his business relationships pose a conflict of interest.  Both points are also popular narratives within the Democratic Party as well.

The Editor says...
Turn in your pencil, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

"What kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year?"
George Soros lost nearly $1 billion in weeks after Trump win:  Report.  Billionaire investor George Soros lost nearly $1 billion after the stock market rallied following Donald Trump's surprise Election Day victory, The Wall Street Journalreported Thursday.  Sources familiar with the hedge fund manager's trading said he remained cautious going into the November election and then made the mistake of becoming more bearish immediately after Mr. Trump's win.  The stock market rallied on expectations that Mr. Trump's policies would boost the economy, causing Mr. Soros' trading positions to incur losses approaching $1 billion, sources told The Journal.

Beleaguered Small Businesses Set For Big Rebound Under Trump.  Small businesses and entrepreneurs have had a rough time of it for these past eight years.  New startups and entrepreneurial activity have pretty much been stagnant, weighed down by heavy regulation, high taxes and an economy that's just been stumbling along.  But in recent weeks, there are signs of renewal that could mark a turnaround in the fortunes of small business.

Self-deportation begins:
Mexican Nationals Returning Home and Staying There Ahead of Trump.  Fearing stiffer immigration enforcement in the coming months, approximately half of the Mexican nationals who had traveled through this city on their way to their hometowns claim they will not be returning to the United States, city officials said.  In recent weeks, the Matamoros city government has been preparing logistical and security measures to accommodate not only the returning travelers, but also for a possible increase in deportations, said Matamoros Mayor Jesus "Chuchin" De La Garza.  According to De La Garza, at least 50 percent of the Paisanos who have crossed through the three international bridges in Matamoros have reported to authorities that they will not be returning to the U.S. and plan on seeking jobs in Mexico.

Wealthy Obama Bundlers' Lives 'Upended' by Trump Move.  A group of wealthy elites who bundled millions for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns are having their lives "upended" because their ambassadorships at plum posts will end when Obama leaves office.  The New York Times reported that President-elect Donald Trump's transition staff has informed the State Department that politically appointed ambassadors must leave by Inauguration Day.  The Times called it a "break with precedent" to remove political ambassadors, many of whom received their posts by fundraising for Barack Obama, on schedule by Jan. 20.

We Found 15 Celebs Who Threatened To Leave After Trump's Win — Guess Where They Are!.  Dozens of celebrities threatened to leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president, but after his stunning upset on November 8, many of them rescinded their claims.  Since his win, Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and all their cohorts have been spotted still residing in the United States.

American Optimism Over Economy Surging with Trump Presidential Win.  A National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index revealed Thursday [12/15/2016] that "Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes" rose to its highest level since July 2005.  This most recent index jumped seven points to 70.  "This notable rise in builder sentiment is largely attributable to a post-election bounce, as builders are hopeful that President-elect Trump will follow through on his pledge to cut burdensome regulations that are harming small businesses and housing affordability," said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady.

The Case of the Leftie Who Actually Left.  We're used to the dreary quadrennial spectacle of various lefties declaring they will leave the country if this or that conservative wins the White House (even the compassionate variety of conservative puts them off, as we saw in 2000).  But, as we're also used to, the bums never do it.  Never follow through.  Never live up to their word.  They continue to hang on in what they consider to be the hateful US of A because they can't be as privileged, as plain fat, dumb, and happy, anywhere else.  They know it; we do too.

These 18 Celebrities Who Promised To Move If Trump Was Elected Can Get On That Now.  Like clockwork, every four years, in addition to hearing about how it's "the most important election of our lifetimes," we learn that this-or-that comedian or starlet will move elsewhere if the Republican candidate wins.  This year, of course, that angst reached Trumpian proportions. [...] Yet they never leave, do they?

Still waiting for the 19 celebrities who promised to leave America if Trump was elected to get out.  So far as I know, not a single celebrity, even from the D-list, has left the United States, as promised, if Donald Trump were elected.  Fair is fair:  Lena Dunham alone must have motivated thousands of voters to choose Trump, in order to be rid of her.  Let the Canadians deal with her.  I am a hard liner on getting them out of the country.  Every time one of these people appear in public, they should be asked why they are still inhabiting the United States.  Have they decided that Donald Trump is not so bad?  Or have they decided that nobody should ever pay attention to their promises and threats?

Democratic donors tell losing party they're not giving any more after it burned through their millions with nothing to show for it.  Donors to the Democratic Party burnt out after last month's catastrophic electoral losses.  Democrats lost the White House and failed to take enough seats in the House and Senate to constitute a majority, and their top donors have had enough.  'I may very well be done with political giving entirely,' John Morgan, a top Clinton fundraiser in Florida told The Hill.  'My message to anyone reading this is, "Don't call me, I'll call you."

Donors on Hillary Blowing The Election:  We Basically Lit Our Money on Fire.  Supporters of Hillary Clinton are still licking their wounds after her epic and unexpected loss to Republican Donald Trump.  In the aftermath we've seen the civil war in the Democrat Party re-emerge.  Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was challenged for her House minority leader position this week.  The DNC is searching for a new leader after interim Chairman Donna Brazil was allegedly screamed at during a staff meeting for losing the election and helping to rig the primary against Bernie Sanders.

Tired Dem donors feel like their money got burned.  Democratic donors stung by Hillary Clinton's upset loss in the presidential race feel like they just set their money on fire.  The sore feelings are a huge problem for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which is trying to rebuild its image and reinvigorate a defeated party in time for challenging midterm elections in 2018.  It's also a worry for top liberal activists as they prepare for war with President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP Congress that is hell-bent on rolling back President Obama's accomplishments.

More good news:
Teachers unions slam Trump's education secretary.  Two of the nation's largest teachers unions had nothing but criticism on Wednesday for President-elect Trump's decision to pick Betsy DeVos, an outspoken school choice advocate, to lead the Department of Education in his administration.  Trump announced the appointment in the early afternoon, describing DeVos as "a brilliant and passionate education advocate" who is committed to reforming the current public education system and demolishing "the bureaucracy that is holding our children back."  But the unions immediately opposed her.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Democrats' nightmare.  President-elect Trump's transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for Attorney General would set off controversy.  Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist — they're now using the Alabama senator's full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, to heighten the Old South effect — and now, as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they've turned to race again.  Here's why the effort to stop Sessions is likely to intensify as his confirmation hearings near.  Sessions is the Senate's highest-profile, most determined, and most knowledgeable opponent of comprehensive immigration reform.  Democrats are particularly anxious about immigration because of the unusually tenuous nature of President Obama's policies on the issue.

More Winning — Univision Lays Off 200 As Profits Collapse.  President-Elect Donald Trump did not start the credibility decline of main stream media, he simply greased the rails to speed up their irrelevance.

EPA, DOE Workers Post-Trump Election: 'Employees Were in Tears,' 'Downright Panic'.  People who work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy are having a hard time coping with the election of Donald Trump as president, with many reporting depression and some being advised to take sick leave, according to an article published Friday [11/11/2016] by Environment and Energy Publishing (E&E).  "U.S. EPA employees were in tears," the article stated.  "Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling.  "Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off," it stated.  "Others might retire early.  "And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory," the article said.

Hillary Clinton will never be president.  In the biggest electoral upset of living memory, unlikely Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump will be elected president of the United States, defeating his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.  AP, Politico, and Fox News have called the race.  With victories in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and even Pennsylvania, Trump won the key swing states to pull off the victory over the favored Clinton.  His Rust Belt victories in the Midwest pierced the Democratic firewall many thought would elevate Clinton to the presidency.

Celebs who said they'd leave country if Trump won.  Dozens of celebrities vowed to leave the country if Donald Trump won the White House, saying they'd flee to everywhere from Canada to Jupiter.  The threat is a common one after any election outcome:  Canada's immigration website crashed from heavy traffic as it looked increasingly likely that Trump would win.  But after the real estate mogul clinched the presidency in a stunning victory early Wednesday morning, some of those stars will face questions about making good on their promise.

Still Waiting On Amy Schumer, Rosie O'donnell, Spike Lee to Leave the Country After Trump Win.  At least twenty three so called "celebrities" promised to leave this country if Donald Trump won on Tuesday, which he did.  Here's a list of who promised to leave.

Celebrity Meltdown!.  One of the most gratifying aspects of this post-election morning is witnessing the (predictable) celebrity-meltdown in action.  Those in the entertainment industry who vowed to leave the country should Donald Trump be elected president include:  Cher (who vowed to move to Jupiter), Samuel L. Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart and the entire cast of The View, to name but a few.

Mexico's Slim clobbered as richest lose $41 billion on Trump victory.  Mexico's wealthiest person lost $5.1 billion in the wake of Donald Trump's stunning upset over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.  Carlos Slim, who is fifth-richest in the world, shed 9.2 percent of his fortune after the peso dove as much as 12 percent on the news.

Photos: L.A. street artist 'moving sale' posters for anti-Trump celebrities.  Los Angeles street artist Sabo didn't waste any time celebrating Donald Trump's victory on Tuesday night.  He took to the streets to post parody Sotheby's ads for celebrity "Election Day Sales" overnight.  Several leftist entertainers have vowed to move out of the country if Trump won the presidency, and Sabo is doing his part to help them keep their word.

7 celebrities who said they will leave the US if Trump is elected.  On Thursday pop superstar Will.i.am announced in an interview with CNBC that if Republican nominee Donald Trump wins the election, he plans to move to London.  And he is not the first celebrity to come forward with this claim.  Here are 7 other celebrities who've announced they would be so bothered with President Trump that they would leave America.  Trump supporters are likely willing to help them pack.

Mrs. George Stephanopoulos:  We Will Move to Australia If Trump Wins.  The wife of ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos declared that if Donald Trump wins, the couple is moving to Australia.  That's according to the Hollywood Reporter in a piece from Tuesday [11/1/2016] on how celebrities will react to the election.  Ali Wentworth is an actress, notable for appearing on Seinfeld and marrying Stephanopoulos.  She declared, "If Trump wins, we'll start looking at real estate in Sydney, Australia.  No crime, no guns."  The ABC anchor, it should be reminded, worked for Bill Clinton and secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

George Stephanopoulos's Wife:  We're Leaving America if Trump Wins.  The wife of prominent ABC news anchor George Stephanopoulos, Ali Wentworth, has claimed the couple will leave the country should Donald Trump become president of the United States.  Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Wentworth said that "If Trump wins, we'll start looking at real estate in Sydney, Australia.  No crime, no guns."

The Editor says...
I've never heard anyone claim that Australia is a land without crime.  There are criminals, indeed, and even with fewer guns per capita, Australians have their ways of dealing with thieves caught in the act.

A Democrat's Guide to Moving to Canada.  If you were one of the registered living or deceased Democratic voters who made a pledge that if Trump wins, you would be heading north of the border to escape the horrendous possibility of fewer taxes, less government intervention, and fewer handouts, this guide's for you.  A few tips before you head north.  First, if you do keep your promise, bundle up; 22 below zero isn't uncommon in some cities, but the frostbite scars and missing appendages will make you a living testament to your integrity and show all those people in the lower 57 states you are a person of conviction.  Summer isn't that hot, although highs of 113 degrees have been recorded, but the intense humidity helps you sweat and keeps you more comfortable.  Also, watch out for the state bird:  it is actually a mosquito.  Once you have crossed the highly secure border — if your paperwork is in order — great things await you.  If you are polygamous, each one of your wives can get welfare, too.

Defeat likely spells the end of Clinton Dynasty.  Hillary Clinton's second defeat in her quest for the White House — capped by a humbling concession speech Wednesday — may be the farewell for a family that has been Democrat royalty for nearly three decades.  The comeback kid, now 69 years old, is unlikely to get off the mat following her knock-down, drag-out battle with Donald Trump, Democratic strategists told The [New York] Post.  "Over," a party insider said of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who between them have held public office for nearly 30 years.  "No one wants to see anyone named Clinton ever again."

The Editor says...
I hope that includes Chelsea.

Sorry America, we're not leaving!  It is the first broken promise of the incoming Trump administration — and he didn't even make it.  Celebrities who had said they would quit America if he won have abandoned their promises before President-elect Donald Trump is even inaugurated.  Some dismissed what they pledged as a 'joke' and others simply went to ground when asked by DailyMail.com when they were packing up and heading to Canada or other countries.

Amy Schumer will stay in the US despite promise to leave if Trump wins election.  Amy Schumer said she was just joking when she said she'd leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president.  Schumer, a distant cousin of Senator Chuck Schumer, told BBC Newsnight in September she would move to Spain should Trump win.  "My act will change because I will need to learn to speak Spanish because I will move to Spain or somewhere," she said.  "It's beyond my comprehension if Trump won.  It's too crazy."  However, Tuesday morning [11/8/2016] she took to Instagram to inform fans she was staying in America.

Celebrity Meltdowns.  What are all these celebrities still doing here?  Didn't they promise us they were gone if Trump won?  So many of them said they were heading to Canada, street artist Sabo created a fake real estate company to help them move.  Now that it's time to make good on their promise they're strangely silent.  Amy Schumer has been the only one to comment and she says she was "just joking."

Celebrities, Have the Grace to Fulfill Your Promises.  Before any election, some celebrities threaten to leave the country if a Republican is elected.  Barbara Streisand, Whoopi and Cher are perennials, but they always weasel out.  Cher threatened to move to Jupiter — more dramatic, but easier to gainsay.  Miley Cyrus, whose fame results from being the example usually cited when someone speaks of the decay of society and examples of bad taste and no manners.  Samuel L. Jackson is famous for being in every movie ever made.  Other than that, there were some comedians I've never heard of, actors in dramas I have never seen.  All are welcome to depart, they will not be missed, and if they would refrain from giving their political opinions publicly, it would be deeply appreciated.  We really don't care what you think.

Al Sharpton:  I Was Just Kidding About Leaving The Country If Donald Trump Won.  Al Sharpton said he was just kidding when he said he was leaving the country if Donald Trump became president.  Just days after the Republican nominee was declared the winner, the civil rights activist said comments he made previously like that "he was reserving his ticket to get out of here if he wins" was "all in jest."

They might have no choice.
Good News: 35% Of Government Workers Might Quit If Trump Wins.  A new survey finds that more than a third of federal workers are threatening to quit their jobs should Donald Trump prevail in the presidential election.  If only that were true.

The best reason yet to vote for Trump:
Will Obama leave America if Trump's elected?  Aide refuses to deny rumors that the President is preparing to quit the US.  A White House aide has failed to deny rumors President Barack Obama is planning to leave the United States if Donald Trump wins the election.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked whether Obama was planning to flee abroad if Trump, a man he has said is unfit to hold the office, is elected President.

Brace Yourselves:  America is Losing 10 Celebrities.  Not for the first time, many distinguished actors, performers, and otherwise notable figures promised they would do the unthinkable if the wrong candidate got elected: they'd remove themselves from America and move to Mexico.  Check that, I guess it's Canada.  Anyway, it's an unusual threat if for no other reason than it's palpably narcissistic.  The implication, of course, is that if Americans are not careful, they'll lose the inestimable talents of these celebrities, some of whom actually have talent.

The Editor says...
Who cares if a misguided left-wing political activist knows how to sing?

23 great reasons to vote for Trump!
These 23 Celebrities Say They'll Leave The Country If Trump Is Elected.  Amy Schumer recently told BBC Newsnight that anyone who doesn't like Hillary Clinton is uninformed.  She went on to say that she would move to Spain if Trump was elected.  "It's beyond my comprehension if Trump won.  It's just too crazy," she said.  Okay then.  But Schumer's not alone in her anger.

The Editor says...
Yes, please do leave the country, renounce your citizenship, and agree never to return, in person or on film, on social media, on television, or other media yet to be invented.

Good News:  Streisand Says If Trump Wins, She'll Move to Australia.  Thanks, Babs, for reason #499 to vote for Donald Trump.  And Bon Voyage!

Streisand: I'll Leave The Country If Trump Wins.  Acclaimed singer Barbra Streisand is joining the list of disgruntled celebrities threatening to leave America if Donald Trump is elected president.  She made the comments during an interview with Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher during an Australian news program broadcast on Sunday.

Barbra Streisand claims she will relocate to Australia if Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton in US election.  Barbra Streisand revealed during an Australian TV interview that she will move Down Under if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States in November.  The 74-year-old actress, a lifelong Democrat who endorses Hilary Clinton in the US election, made the admission during an interview with 60 Minutes.  Barbra told Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher on Sunday she would consider relocating to Australia or Canada in the event of a Trump presidency.

The Editor says...
So-called celebrities sometimes "threaten" to leave the country if certain conditions are not met. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Unfortunately they never seem to follow through.

And the award for the worst election loser goes to ... every deluded millionaire celebrity who can't deal with the fact that America couldn't care less what they think.  [Scroll down]  My favourite was Chelsea Handler, who broke down and wept on live television in abject misery at the result.  One of the reasons for this despair may have been her pre-election pledge on Live with Kelly and Michael to go and live in Spain if Trump won.  'So all of these people that threaten to leave the country and then don't....' she clarified, emphatically, '...I WILL leave the country.'  No wriggle room for any ambiguous doubt there, right Chelsea?  Well, unless you're all mouth and no Hillary pantsuit, which is precisely what you turned out to be.

Lena Dunham won't move to Canada despite Trump win, blasts those calling on her to keep word.  Add Lena Dunham to the list of anti-Trump celebrities who won't be moving to Canada after all.  Miss Dunham, star of the HBO comedy series "Girls," took to Instagram to slam those calling for her to make good on her promise to leave the country if Republican Donald Trump won the presidency.

Irony: Liberals can't move to Canada because of their tough immigration laws.  Every presidential election, liberals threaten to move to Canada if their candidate doesn't end up in the Oval Office.  This year's election was no different with liberal celebrities like Raven-Symoné, Lena Dunham, and Bryan Cranston threatening to head to the Great White North if Hillary Clinton didn't take the presidency, or, rather, if Trump did.  Many liberal millennials made the same claim and a surge in traffic actually knocked Canada's immigration website offline after Trump was declared the winner.  There's just one problem with their plan:  Canada probably doesn't want them.

That makes one:  Hollywood's George Lopez insists he really will leave the country due to Trump.  It looks like comedian George Lopez may go where no other anti-Trump celebrity has gone by actually leaving the United States.  Unlike stars like Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer, who have since reneged on their vows to exit the country if Republican Donald Trump were elected, Mr. Lopez is doubling down, indicating he's in the process of buying a home elsewhere.

The Editor says...
I'm not a big fan of Mr. Lopez, but at least he's man enough to follow up on his promise and actually leave the country.


Flaws / disappointing decisions / flip-flops / bait-and-switch:

Great news — if you like Syrians:
Trump Is Resettling Syrian Refugees At A Much Quicker Pace Than Obama.  President Donald Trump called Syrian refugees a "great Trojan horse" during the 2016 campaign, but his administration has resettled them in a quicker pace than President Barack Obama did.  Since Trump was inaugurated, 1,401 Syrian refugees have been resettled, State Department figures as of Wednesday reveal.  This is more than double the 625 Syrian refugees resettled under President Obama in the same time frame last year.  The president has admitted about a third fewer refugees from all nations than Obama's State Department did in this time span, as he has resettled 10,565 refugees so far and Obama resettled 14,841.  Syrian refugees, however, were a particular focus of President Trump's when he was running for office.

Trump's Failure to Fill Key Government Posts Is Stalling Key Pipeline Projects.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is not the country's most well-known or controversial government agency.  But if you care about building natural gas and oil pipelines or expanding the American power grid, it's pretty important.  FERC consists of five members who can approve or reject plans for major energy-infrastructure projects.  The Trump administration has been slow to nominate candidates to some of the 600 or so significant positions in the executive branch, including the three empty spots on FERC, which has been short of a quorum since President Obama's appointed chairman, Norman Bay, resigned on February 3.

Conservatives Confused Why Koskinen Still Has Job at IRS.  Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was not leading the agency when it was targeting conservative groups that opposed President Obama's policies, but he was pretty uncooperative during Congress's investigation into the scandal during his own tenure.  It's for that reason Republicans are wondering why President Trump has not relieved him of his duties.  "President Trump should fire Commissioner Koskinen and replace him with someone that will bring integrity and competence to the IRS," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told Fox News on Tuesday [4/4/2017].  Fifty-four of Goodlatte's colleagues also penned a letter to the White House urging the administration to remove Koskinen.

An Estimated 36,000 Illegal Immigrants Have Received Amnesty Under Trump, As He Reneges On Promise.  Obama also launched Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), which is an amnesty for illegal immigrant parents of American citizen children, however, this has been blocked from implementation by court decisions.  President Trump said during an August speech in Phoenix that he will "immediately terminate" Obama's "illegal executive amnesties," but he has yet to do so.

Trump Admin to Host Convicted Palestinian Terrorist Despite Outrage.  The Trump administration says it will permit a Palestinian official known for endorsing terrorism and murder to enter the United States next week for a series of high-level meetings on the Israel-Palestinian peace process, a move likely to prompt outrage in the pro-Israel community.  The State Department confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon late Thursday [3/30/2017] that it intends to permit Jibril Rajoub, secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, to participate in meetings with U.S. officials next week, despite his repeated calls for terrorism against Israel and a 15-year stint in Israeli prison for committing terror acts.  A State Department official who spoke to the Free Beacon acknowledged Rajoub's radical rhetoric, but maintained he can serve a positive role in peace talks set to take place between Trump administration officials and a Palestinian delegation including Mahmoud Abbas.

Ann Coulter:  Trump 'starting to look like every other Republican administration'.  President Trump is straying from the platform that put him in the Oval Office, rendering his administration like any other Republican White House, Ann Coulter said Tuesday [3/21/2017].  During a radio interview for the "Sean Hannity Show," the conservative pundit rebuked House GOP leaders' measure to repeal and replace ObamaCare and slammed the president for backing it, urging him to stick to the issues that helped him win the election.  "Trump has got to get off this stuff and get off tax cuts and get back on the stuff that got him elected," Coulter said Tuesday.

This is exactly what President Hillary Clinton would have done.
President Trump's Proposed OMB Budget.  The President's 2018 Budget [...] Provides $3.7 billion for continued development of the Orion crew vehicle, Space Launch System, and associated ground system, to send American astronauts on deep-space missions.  To accommodate increasing development costs, the Budget cancels the multi-billion-dollar Asteroid Redirect Mission.

Trump Preserves the Export-Import Bank.  When early drafts of the Trump budget started to circulate after the inauguration, the Export-Import Bank — one of Washington's most notorious corporate-welfare programs — was among the agencies destined for the chopping block.  Now the actual budget is out, and the bank has been spared the ax.  The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney reports that this "follows many reports from congressional fans of Ex-Im that Trump had been persuaded to love the agency, which primarily subsidizes Boeing sales."  (Barack Obama underwent a similar transformation, denouncing the bank as "little more than a fund for corporate welfare" while he was running for president but fighting to preserve it once in office.)

Trump's White House follows Obama's lead telling court not to locate more of Clinton's emails.  President Trump's new administration isn't fighting any harder to have more of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails released.  In fact, based off of court proceedings this week, the Trump Justice Department is following the same playbook as President Obama's, with government lawyers saying they will continue to seek a dismissal of a Judicial Watch case that is trying to force them to locate more of Clinton's emails.  'It's incredible,' said Judicial Watch's head Tom Fitton to the Washington Post.  'They're taking the same position as the Obama administration on Clinton.'

Trump's State Department refuses to look for Hillary Clinton's emails.  Judicial Watch was hoping that "Team Trump" would also mean team transparency.  But the conservative watchdog group was disappointed Monday after State Department lawyers were still insisting — even under their new President Trump-appointed leadership — that they have no intention of trying to find any potential as-yet uncovered Hillary Clinton emails from her time at the department.  Given that Trump once joked that Russia should find Hillary's missing emails, it's an ironic twist for Judicial Watch that it can't get Trump's own State Department to cooperate.

Stuff like this is the reason Americans voted against Hillary Clinton.
White House:  Trump will enforce LGBTQ workplace protections.  The White House said early Tuesday that President Trump will continue to enforce an Obama-era executive order protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in the workplace.  "President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community," said a statement from his press secretary's office.

Trump to enforce Obama's LGBTQ anti-discrimination order.  President Trump will continue to enforce President Obama's 2014 executive order protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination while working as federal contractors, the White House announced Tuesday [1/31/2017].  "President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.  President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election," the White House announced in a statement.

The Editor says...
One thing this country does not need is a spineless, centrist, politically correct Uniparty that grants special rights and privileges to sacred cows because the party fears the castigation of the press or the onslaught of baseless litigation.  Homosexuality is perversion, and is not something to be normalized and legitimized by the federal government.

Loose cannon:
Trump launches a Twitter rant at the New York Times, hours after promising to be restrained online. Donald Trump fired off against his enemies on Sunday in one of his trademark Twitter sprees — hours after vowing to be 'more restrained' on social media.  The President-elect attacked The New York Times for its coverage of him, claiming it had cost them 'thousands of subscribers' since his election win.  In a flurry of tweets on Sunday morning [11/13/2016], he slammed the publication for its 'bad, poor and inaccurate' reports.  It swiftly responded to say subscriptions were up.

No It's Not Cool To Be 70 Going On 14.  It's really rich to hear Democrats rail on about Trump's indefensible womanizing talk (and actions).  But they have a point.  If the Republican Party is aligned with Godliness, what have we done nominating this clown as the paragon of family values and virtue?  They could just say "you guys are stupid" and be right.

This Is No Way To Elect A President.  Trump isn't stupid.  He personally may be a pig, but he's a smart man.  He's just shown himself to be stubborn when it comes to taking advice, undisciplined when it comes to messaging and unprepared (and either oblivious or delusional) for the level of scrutiny he'd face when it comes to running against a Democrat.

The Biggest Blunder of the 2016 Campaign.  [T]he members of the Republican National Committee had to know that the primary aspect of the Democrat' game plan was to crucify Trump with women.  Certainly Trump had to know, as a forty-year tabloid headliner, a 15-year reality TV star, books and interviews in which he boasted about his female conquests, and his own upbringing in a world of male chauvinism that hours of tapes and videos existed that would be used against him.

The coming Trump vs.  Clinton sex scandal showdown.  Consider Trump's reaction to reports on his lewd hot mic moment.  "This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago.  Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close," he said in a statement.  "I apologize if anyone was offended."

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Incidentally, nobody on television has mentioned this, but when the offensive remarks were made, Trump was a Democrat.

The Sun Is Setting on America as Founded.  The Party's current standard bearer, Donald Trump, has proposed further expansion and maintenance of the current central government as he has declared his support for 1) expanded government paid maternity leave and child care, 2) mandatory increases in the minimum wage, 3) punitive tariffs on imported goods, 4) retaliatory steps against business who relocate overseas, 5) taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, 6) leaving Social Security, medicare and all welfare programs in place with no reforms although all are heading for insolvency, 7) doubling the infrastructure spending as proposed by Hillary Clinton, 8) unilaterally abrogating treaties and agreements, 8[$frac12;]) the continued unfettered use of executive orders as he sees fit, and 9) limitations on free speech and changes to libel laws.  The Republican Party, regardless of whether Trump wins or loses, appears irreversibly committed to cementing its status as the socialist-lite party versus the Democratic Party's staunch socialist status.  There is little difference between them.

Trump Has Not Read The Constitution, Or The Bible.  In Trump's America, nobody gets the benefit of the doubt, except Trump.  And that's why I (like many others more important than myself) am willing to suffer losing some friendships or professional hardship to expose him as the shallow, small, corrupt man he is.

Never Trump, Now More Than Ever.  [Scroll down]  Ideas matter, and supporting Trump means advancing ideas I find not just wrong, but destructive.  I've defended the unborn my entire career; he praises Planned Parenthood.  I believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between husband and wife; he's a serial adulterer.  I believe America should lead the world in defense not just of its territorial integrity but also of civilization itself; he would retreat into glorified isolationism.  I believe that free trade has made America more prosperous and enriched the lives of its citizens; he threatens to start ruinous economic conflicts.


Intra-party friction:

Trump's final humiliation of the GOP.  When the news hit on Tuesday that the Trump campaign has washed its hands of fund-raising efforts two weeks before the election, the humiliation of the traditional Republican Party at the hands of Donald Trump was all but complete.  His refusal to help fill party coffers just as the last push for voters commences — which is an expensive process and requires cash on hand — is the perfect capper to 16 months in which Trump has gleefully terrorized weak-kneed Republican officials, forced them to comply with his wishes and then screwed them.

10 Signs That An All-Out Attempt Is Being Made To Sabotage The Trump Campaign.  We always knew that politics in America is a dirty game, and that the Clintons are the dirtiest players in the game.  And we always knew that the mainstream media was going to be in Clinton's corner, although it has been a shock to what degree they have completely abandoned any pretense of objectivity during this election cycle.  So it was always going to be an uphill battle for Donald Trump, but what he didn't anticipate was blatant and widespread sabotage of his campaign from within his own party.  In recent days it has become clear that the worst sabotage to the Trump campaign is being done by people that are supposed to be on his side.  It is being called "the Republican civil war," and I don't think that is overstating the case at all.

The GOP civil war is finally here.  And Trump is winning.  With the release of the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape and Donald Trump's subsequent drop in the polls, many already reluctant Republicans are now running for cover from him and his campaign.  House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain are the most prominent among them, and Trump has responded by calling them out individually on his Twitter feed.  The GOP civil war so close to erupting so many times during the course of the Trump campaign is finally here.  All because of a new drop in the polls that may or may not last very long.  There may be no winners in the end of this intramural battle, but the only one who can win is Trump.  And that's why Trump should not just continue to play up this growing rift with the establishment, he should play it up as much as possible.

Shedding Light On Years Of Terrible Blindness Among Conservatives.  Republicans [...] face a boatload of challenges and divisions that arose with the nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee.  Trump secured the nomination by being the outsider candidate who would take on the "establishment" and the political "ruling class" in Washington DC.  There is considerable irony in the fact that 14 million primary voters believed a Manhattan-based real estate billionaire who aligned himself with Democratic policies and politicians for three decades is the ideal person to fight the "ruling class," but it is where the GOP found itself.  Trump's nomination has created deep divisions within the party that may never be healed.

Trump's Curious Habit of Denigrating Fellow Republicans.  Donald Trump, who last week accepted the presidential nomination of the Republican party, suggested in an interview Tuesday with Bill O'Reilly that Republicans don't like to help people.  Trump made the claim during a discussion of the minimum wage, in which he said he'd both maintain the minimum wage and would raise it to $10 per hour.

Donald Trump Is Crazy, and So Is the GOP for Embracing Him.  Both Cruz and his father have vehemently — and repeatedly — denied any suggestion that the man in the photograph is the elder Cruz or that he was an associate of Oswald, contrary to Trump's claim.  That hasn't stopped Trump's innuendo.  In May, when he first raised questions about the elder Cruz, Trump said:  "What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the shooting?"  The Kennedy assassination is one of the most heavily investigated events in the past century.  Cruz's father was not implicated.  There is no evidence to support claims that he was ever in the presence of Lee Harvey Oswald or had a role in the Kennedy assassination.  And scholars who have studied those events have said without qualification that Cruz wasn't involved.  But Trump peddles his nonsense anyway.

Trump doubles down on anti-Cruz JFK assassination slander.  Sen. Ted Cruz was roundly condemned for not endorsing Trump in his convention speech.  But if it is true that the Texas firebrand doomed his political future, then Trump would have been wise to heed the advice of the Chinese military leader Sun Tzu, who said never to disturb your enemy when he is destroying himself.  Instead, Trump proved to be a sore winner and showed why Ted Cruz was right in withholding his endorsement.  There are few among us who, if someone slandered their fathers in a similar way, would not simply deck the miscreant.  Methinks Trump protested his innocence too much even as he defamed his opponent's father.


Accomplishments:

Report: Trump Rolls Back $60 Billion More in Regulatory Savings.  President Donald Trump and Congress have saved an additional $60 billion in regulatory costs by rolling back Obama administration rules, according to a new report.  The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released a report Tuesday documenting the most recent ways the administration and Congress have used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations.  The report found the recent repeal and delay of regulations could lead to $86 billion in net fiscal effects for taxpayers from deregulation.

Coal's Colossal Comeback.  Liberals have been saying that Donald Trump was lying to the American people when he said that he could bring coal jobs back.  Well, so far, he has delivered on his promise.  There's more good news for the coal industry.  Earlier this month, Peabody Energy — America's largest coal producer — moved out of bankruptcy, and its stock is actively trading again.  Its market cap had sunk by almost 90% during Barack Obama's years in office.  Arch Coal is also out of bankruptcy.  It turns out that, after all, elections do have consequences.  The Obama administration and its allies, such as the Sierra Club, tried to kill coal because of their obsession with global warming.  Regime change in Washington has brought King Coal back to life.

Trump Has All the Right Enemies.  Signing bills into law requires two branches of government; therefore, it isn't exactly fair to blame the Trump administration for a Republican-controlled Congress divided against itself.  Though Trump lacks a signature legislative accomplishment in his first 100 days [...] Trump has signed several meaningful pieces of legislation that thrilled different parts of his political base — a pro-life bill allowing states to strip money from Planned Parenthood; a bill repealing Obama-era anti-coal regulations; and a bill scrapping anti-gun rules signed by Obama.  These were core promises to conservative Republicans kept by President Trump.  And along the way, he nominated, and saw confirmed, Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

21,362 Illegal Aliens Arrested Under Trump So Far.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement has ramped-up arrests of illegal aliens during the first weeks of President Trump's term.  According to newly released statistics by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), originally requested by The Washington Post, arrests of illegal aliens increased 32.6 percent during the first several weeks of the Trump Administration.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 illegal aliens from January 20 through March 13, an increase of 5,258 from the same period in 2016.

Trump is reviving the energy industry Obama tried to kill.  Buried in an otherwise humdrum jobs report for March was the jaw-dropping pronouncement by the Labor Department that mining jobs in America were up by 11,000 in March.  Since the low point in October 2016 and following years of painful layoffs in the mining industry, the mining sector has added 35,000 jobs.  What a turnaround.  It comes at a time when liberals have been saying that Donald Trump has been lying to the American people when he has said that he can bring coal jobs back.  Well, so far he has.

Trump Won't Be Punked By Foreign Dirtbags Like Obama Was.  Donald Trump is in the process of doing what Barack Obama never did and what he and his coterie of pompous twits and political hacks masquerading as a foreign policy brain trust could never do.  Trump is establishing a successful foreign policy doctrine.  It's not precisely old school Republican doctrine. [...] Trump's policy is "America First."  Obama's policy was "Blame America First."  Obama employed force only after extensive agonizing and never in the amount required to actually win.  The Obama Doctrine was about staving off defeat just long enough so the next sucker would get stuck dealing with the resulting mess [...]

Trump Revokes Obama's Parting Gift to Planned Parenthood.  States will once again be able to defund Planned Parenthood after President Trump overturned an 11th-hour Obama administration regulation protecting funding for the nation's biggest abortion provider.  Trump signed into law on Thursday [4/13/2017] a bill reversing a Department of Health and Human Services regulation signed in December that prevented states from blocking funding for Planned Parenthood.  Obama's regulation reversed the policies of more than a dozen states that had prevented federal Medicaid dollars or other federal reimbursements from going to clinics that perform abortions.  Trump signed the legislation one month after he said that he would continue to direct taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood if it stopped performing abortions.  The organization performs more than 300,000 abortions each year — about one-third of the national total.

Trump Signs Resolution Overturning Obama Planned Parenthood State Funding Mandate.  President Donald Trump signed a resolution Thursday that overturns former President Barack Obama's rule that forced states to provide family planning grants under Title X to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.  In a signing ceremony that was closed to the press, Trump signed H.J. Res. 43, which allows states to withhold federal funds from facilities that provide abortions.  In attendance were Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Seema Verma, Susan B. Anthony president Marjorie Dannenfelser, and Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America.

American Resurrection.  The statistics on illegal immigration are in.  Apparently, the wave of illegals has been cut by 70% since Trump's inauguration.  And the Wall doesn't even exist yet.  So much for all those who said we couldn't halt this illegal flood.  ICE is deporting criminals (and leftists are squealing), sanctuary cities are going to lose a lot of funds, Lansing, Michigan, just voted to stop being a sanctuary city, overcoming their foolish mayor.

Ex-Obama officials say hesitation to use force in Syria, elsewhere, emboldened adversaries.  News of President Trump's response to the Syrian chemical attack left several Obama administration officials with a sense of frustration and a reluctant feeling of vindication.  Trump's decision to act swiftly and decisively, with an airstrike, was what they had wanted to see Barack Obama do in 2013 when he was president and the world learned of the Syrian government's chemical attack that killed some 1,400 people, including hundreds of children.  But Obama, they say, was too hesitant and too guided by a belief that dialogue was the way to deal with rogue leaders.  He preferred the olive branch to the stick in his efforts to appeal to leaders with dangerous instincts, they say.

Illegal Aliens Caught Committing "Minor" Crimes Are Now Getting... Arrested.  [Scroll down]  Perhaps they aren't the ones that Trump said he would go after, but, he's not sitting their approving each and every illegal who ICE goes to detain.  Furthermore, ICE typically picks up the low and no crime illegals because they have outstanding deportation orders already on the books.  Double furthermore, this same thing happened under Obama.  Because Obama was only going to micro-manage ICE operations so much.  Just because Trump said he would "prioritize" does not mean ICE won't pick up those with other crimes or no crimes.  And, really, is DUI not a serious crime?  When you drive under the influence, usually alcohol, you are drastically increasing the danger to other people.  Fraud usually involves stealing legal citizen's information, which can ruin their lives.  Oh, and none should be here in the first place.

Fear of Trump Makes Migrants Disappear From Mexican Border.  [President] Trump hasn't yet made good on his bombastic campaign trail promises.  The wall is still just a twinkle in his eye, and the deportation force hiring sprees haven't happened yet.  ICE agents have conducted raids targeting undocumented immigrants, but they aren't actually that different in scale from raids that happened during the early years of the Obama administration.  But the symbolism of Trump in the Oval Office and the threat of extended detention has already deterred many migrants.  Migrants are scared, explained Jose, a young Honduran man staying at the San Bosco shelter in hopes of getting to the U.S.  They might be less scared in the future, he said, but for now they're waiting.

Arrests of illegal criminals jumps 250% in one week.  As promised, immigration police have expanded their campaign to deport illegals with criminal records, announcing the seizure of 368 illegals in seven states and Washington, D.C.  That nearly a 250 percent increase over the 106 announced a week earlier.  The biggest seizures by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were in Texas, but they made arrests as far north as Wyoming.

Trump Blows Up Obama's Foreign Policy Straw Men.  President Trump did more than retaliate for Bashar al-Assad's illegal and inhumane use of nerve agents against civilians when he ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles to destroy al-Shayrat airbase in Syria.  He also detonated a few shibboleths of his predecessor's foreign policy.  First is the idea that President Obama's 2013 deal to remove Assad's weapons of mass destruction was a success.

President Trump's military strike against Syria is perfectly legal.  Senator Rand Paul may be a fine doctor, but his knowledge of the law and Constitution appears misguided.  He proved it when he accused President Trump of acting unconstitutionally by launching a military strike against a Syrian airbase without congressional approval.  Senator Paul is mistaken.  It is true that under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitutional [sic], only Congress has the power to declare war.  But a singular strike against a limited asset hardly constitutes war.  It is a military action intended to confront hostilities which does not rise to the level of a declared war as the Founders envisioned.

Trump administration revokes Obama-era directive blocking controversial water project.  The Trump administration issued a memo late last week revoking two federal directives implemented under President Obama that had blocked a controversial water project in California's Mojave Desert.  An acting assistant director at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rescinded two legal guidances that reinforced the agency's 2015 decision that Cadiz Inc. could not use an existing federal railroad right-of-way in its long-standing project to pump groundwater from the project's planned well field in the Mojave Desert and sell it to urban areas throughout Southern California that rely on the Colorado River Aqueduct.

Illegal immigration down 67 percent under Trump.  Illegal immigration across the southwest border is down more than 60 percent so far under President Trump, officials revealed Tuesday [4/4/2017], even before the first new agent is hired or the first mile of his promised border wall is constructed.  Mr. Trump took a victory lap over the "record reductions" in illegal crossers, saying he is already saving Americans' jobs by preventing them from having to compete with unauthorized workers.

Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies.  Amid the turmoil over staff shake-ups, blocked travel bans and the Russia cloud hanging overhead, President Donald Trump is steadily plugging away at a major piece of his agenda:  Undoing Obama.

Sessions says border crossings down 60 percent due to Trump's leadership.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Thursday that illegal border crossings "are down 60 percent due to President Trump's strong leadership."  Sessions gave a wide-ranging interview and said that the administration would look at other possible actions against so-called "sanctuary cities" after he announced this week that federal funds would be cut off to locales that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after detaining illegal immigrants.

Team Trump is already [effective] at the United Nations.  As US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley pointed out Monday [3/20/2017], only one country is subjected to regular scrutiny and condemnation in each of the three annual sessions of the 47-member Geneva-based human-rights body.  Guess which one.  "It's not Syria, where the regime has systematically slaughtered and tortured its own people," Haley said.  "It's not Iran, where public hangings are a regular occurrence.  It's not North Korea, where the regime uses forced labor camps to crush its people into submission.  "It's Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East."

Trump was right to fire Preet Bharara.  Fake News outlets portray Preet Bharara as a "storied prosecutor" who went after Wall Street and political corruption. [...] Obama appointed him as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, taking office on August 13, 2009.  His turf included Wall Street.  Under Bush 43, that office successfully prosecuted a score of CEOs.  Topping the list of those convicted was Ken Lay, CEO of Enron, who died before he could be sent to prison.  The rest did prison time.  But Obama changed that.  Through Preet Bharara, Barack Obama sold Get Out Of Jail Free cards to corrupt CEOs on Wall Street.

Preet Bharara 'fired': A phony scandal created by an Obama appointee.  In 2009, President Barack Obama asked for the resignation of George W. Bush-appointed U.S. Attorneys.  When he replaced virtually all of them, it was treated as nothing out of the ordinary.  That's because it wasn't.  In March 1993 President Bill Clinton had Attorney General Janet Reno fire 93 of the 94 U.S. Attorneys appointed by the prior administration.  (Only Michael Chertoff was retained, apparently at the request of Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J.)  Again, there was no outrage over these firings.  Yet today, Preet Bharara, Obama's U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is being portrayed by some as a political martyr because he was "fired" after he refused the Trump administration's request to resign along with the remaining 45 Obama appointees in the U.S. Attorney slots.

Saint Preet.  President Trump axed 46 Democratic political appointees this weekend whom Barack Obama had appointed as U.S. attorneys.  He asked for their resignations, but the guy in Manhattan refused to do the honorable thing.  So Trump fired Preet Bharara — whom the press immediately lionized.

Trump's Wall Is Already Paid For.  Critics of the border wall proposed by President Trump have said the cost is prohibitive under current budget and economic conditions, that no way is Mexico going to pay for it, and shifting funds away from the TSA, Coast Guard, and FEMA are counterproductive in terms of national security.  These criticisms ignore the costs to the U.S. in terms other than money — increased crime, overtaxed law enforcement, the drain on public resources such as education, medical care, etc., and the driving down of real wages through an endless supply of cheap labor.  In fact, thanks in large part to the mere threat of the wall, the sudden enforcement of existing law, and the stripping of funding from sanctuary cities by President Trump, illegal immigration has plummeted by 40 percent in February, a trend that if continued will reduce the costs and burdens of illegal immigration to the point that the benefits of enhanced border security, including the wall, will be more than paid for.

Repealing Obama.  Repealing and replacing Obamacare is nice.  But President Trump is doing so much more.  He is repealing and replacing Obama legacy of Obama's failure to improve the economy, of Obama's failure to balance the books, and of Obama's failure to protect the border.  President Trump rolled back jobless claims to their lowest since 1973, added 473,000 jobs, overseen double-digit improvements in the stock market since his election, collected $60 billion more in tax revenue than he has spent, and has seen new illegal immigration drop 40% in his first full-month in office.

Don't Look Now, But Trump Is Already Winning On Border Security.  Just by saying that he would strictly enforce immigration laws already on the books, President Trump is already on his way to solving the illegal immigration problem.  Imagine if previous presidents had done the same.  In February, border agents apprehended just 18,762 people at the U.S./Mexican border, a 40% drop from January, which was itself a 27% decline from December.  In fact, illegal border crossings have fallen every month since Trump won the election.  And February's number was lower than any month in the previous five years, according to data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

BUMMER: Did President Trump Just Nuke Obamacare with a Single Executive Order?  Earlier this month, the IRS made a seemingly insignificant change to its policy, undermining the Obamacare mandate in a very significant way.  For the last several years, individual filers were required by law to fill out line 61 of form 1040, which indicates whether you have maintained coverage or paid the penalty.  This is otherwise known as a "shared responsibility statement."  Taxpayers could also claim exemption by filing a 8965 form.  Tax returns that don't indicate coverage status (silent returns) were to be automatically rejected.  However, due to an executive order issued by President Trump, that line is now optional, making it incredibly difficult to enforce the Obamacare mandate.

America Is Safer, in Less Than a Month.  During the campaign, many who were slow to embrace Trump saw him as a mere showman, largely because he was already known for that.  I subscribed for a time to this view myself.  But there is more to Trump than this.  As any comedian or jazz musician can attest, good improvisation indicates fully rounded virtuosity.  The political showman who regards his TelePrompTer as essential is the one who deserves the word "mere."

State Dept. carries out layoffs under Rex Tillerson.  While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.  Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed.  These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary's office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered.  Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.  There are clear signals being sent that many key foreign policy portfolios will be controlled directly by the White House, rather than through the professional diplomats.

It's a bloodbath at the State Department.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is cleaning house at the State Department, according to a report.  Staffers in the offices of deputy secretary of state for management and resources as well as counselor were shown the door Thursday [2/16/2017], according to CBS News.  Many of those let go were on the building's seventh floor — top-floor bigs — a symbolically important sign to the rest of the diplomatic corps that their new boss has different priorities than the last one.  The staffing changes came as Tillerson was on his first foreign trip — attending a G-20 meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Trump has kept his promise:  Health insurance mandate is history.  President Trump has kept at least one of his campaign promises, effectively ending the mandate that required people to buy health insurance.  While approved by the Supreme Court, this mandate was unconstitutional because Americans cannot be compelled to buy health insurance, or to buy anything.  President Trump did not actually terminate the requirement to buy health insurance, but he tweaked the rules so enforcement is very unlikely to occur.

Trump, GOP Congress have already cut $2.8 billion in regulations.  Nearly $3 billion in Obama-era federal regulations have already been slashed by President Trump and Republicans in Congress, a benefit that also saves Americans 41 million hours of paperwork.  A new report from the regulation watchdog American Action Forum said that Trump's executive orders and congressional passage of cuts to regulation via the Congressional Review Act have saved $2.8 billion in potential costs.

Union Leaders Praise President Trump After Meeting — Cheer for Removal of TPP.  Union leadership met today [1/23/2017] with a pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-USA president.  Leadership from construction/manufacturing, pipe fitters, steel workers and industrial machinist unions met today with President Trump and exit the meeting with incredible praise for the respect he showed them.

Trump Wins Praise From Democrats on TPP Withdrawal.  One of President Trump's first moves as president is getting a big thumbs up from some of our more liberal members of Congress.  Senators Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), Bob Casey (D., Penn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) praised Trump today for signing an executive action to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Carrier Announces Deal With Trump To Keep 1,000 Jobs In Indiana.  The bigger story here is that:  A.) A U.S. President-Elect actually cares about blue collar jobs, and B.) United Technologies, ie.  Carrier's parent company, recognizes their best interests are now to focus on "America First".

Trump to reveal deal to keep nearly 1,000 Carrier jobs in Indiana.  Carrier had planned to move production from a key factory in that state to Mexico, taking with it the roughly 1,400 jobs of those who work at the Indiana plant.  But shortly after CNBC revealed that Donald Trump was expected to travel to Indiana on Thursday to announce that a deal had been reached, Carrier itself confirmed the agreement.

Trump Cuts Another Deal to Keep Jobs in America.  Earlier this month, Ford Chairman Bill Ford notified Trump that Lincoln scrapped a plan to move production of the MKC crossover south of the border, a decision that Ford acknowledged was influenced by the Republican's victory on Election Day.  On Tuesday evening, another target of criticism during Trump's run to the White House announced that an Indianapolis factory will remain open for business.  Carrier, maker of air conditioners and commercial refrigeration products, revealed on Twitter that it "reached a deal" with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to "keep close to 1,000 jobs" in Indiana.

Flashback June 2016: Obama Says Trump's Plan To Keep Carrier In U.S. Is Unrealistic.  At a town hall event hosted by PBS in June 2016, President Obama said it was unrealistic to try to neogtiate with companies to keep jobs in the U.S. Obama was responding to a question from an empoyee of Carrier Air Conditioners, who had announced months earlier that they were closing a factory in the U.S. and moving to Mexico.  Six months later, President-elect Donald Trump announced a deal with Carrier's parent company to keep the factory open.


Lies about President Trump:

Democrat tells child that Trump is more dangerous than a terrorist: report.  Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., told a sixth grader last week that she should be worried because President Trump is more dangerous than a terrorist.  During the Q&A portion of a town hall event held at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, Calif., DeSaulnier took a final question from 11-year-old Eden, according to a report published Saturday [4/22/2017].

'Shattered' Revelation:  Clinton Campaign Hatched Russian Hacking Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary's Loss.  The new Clinton campaign tell-all, Shattered:  Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, reveals how Hillary Clinton personally placed blame for her bruising defeat on Russian meddling "within twenty-four hours of her concession speech."  The blistering behind-the-scenes book, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, illustrates how Hillary Clinton furiously blamed her defeat on the FBI investigation into her private emails, Russian interference, and Trump's supposed support from "white nationalists."

How the Media Try to Lay Waste to the Trump Administration.  According to Barack Obama's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, there is "no evidence" that the Russians colluded with President Trump to swing the election.  And there is no evidence that the Russians interfered with election tallies.  Yet allegations of Russian connections have become an article of faith for the mainstream media and liberal comedy hosts.  But as we've pointed out on many occasions, Hillary Clinton's financial and business relations with the Russians far exceeded anything that could be attributed to Trump.

Liberal Pollster Tweets, Falsely, That Trump Didn't Go to Church on Easter Sunday.  He claims the tweet, which was factually inaccurate, wasn't factually inaccurate.  Because even though Trump did go to Easter service in Palm Beach, it wasn't on Trump's official Sunday schedule as released at around 8am.  But he did go.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria:  Were Obama Still President, He Would Have Ordered "Similar If Not Identical" Strike In Syria.  CNN's Fareed Zakaria discusses his experience with "Trump derangement syndrome," where people's hatred and anger towards the president is so intense that it impairs their judgment.  He talks about Obama speechwriters attacking Trump for doing exactly what President Obama would have done in Syria.

The Russiagate Scam Will Blow Up In The Democrats' Smug Faces.  As Hugh Hewitt says, this scandal has three silos.  The first silo is the question of whether the Russians somehow "hacked our election."  The second silo is whether any Trump people "colluded" with the Russians.  The third silo, the one patriots care most about since it's the one that isn't a ridiculous fantasy, is whether anyone in Obama's administration used our intelligence apparatus to spy on his and Hillary's political opponents.  The answers are "No," "No," and "Yes."

Obliterating the "Russia Meddled in the Election".  Last week The Duran's Alexander Mercouris thoroughly debunked the Russiagate narrative being spewed out by the Hillary aristocracy, Democrats, mainstream media, and anyone else with less than half a brain and zero deductive reasoning skills.  We strongly recommend you read the post, "Here's why the whole Russiagate scenario set out in Trump Dossier is totally absurd" to get a big picture explanation as to why the Russia election meddling story is fiction even too ridiculous for Hollywood.

Here's why the whole Russiagate scenario set out in Trump Dossier is totally absurd.  It has become increasingly clear over the last two weeks that the amateur sleuths who are driving Russiagate are taking the Trump Dossier prepared by the British ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele as their starting point.  This is despite the fact that the Trump Dossier is still "uncorroborated", and has been trashed by seasoned intelligence professionals like former CIA Acting Assistant Director Michael Morell.  Right from the first moment the Trump Dossier was first published I speculated that it might be the original source of the 'Russiagate' story.  Here is what I wrote about it on 11th January 2017, immediately after it was published

Grassley pressing FBI's McCabe in Trump-Russia dossier case.  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is poking around for more information on the spurious dossier leaked to the media ahead of President Trump's inauguration — this time, homing in on Andrew McCabe, the second in command at the FBI.  In a March 28 letter, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told FBI Director James Comey he wants a detailed description on the involvement of Deputy Director McCabe in the investigation of Russian ties to Trump associates.

The Burgeoning Market For Anti-Trump Hoaxes.  The insatiable demand for tales that embarrass the president is creating its own supply.  Case in point is the most recent KittenFeed story.  On Tuesday [3/21/2017], the New York Observer ran an exclusive piece with the headline:  "Trump Sics Lawyers on Teen for Making Silly Site Where Kittens Punch Him."  It claimed that a 17-year-old girl in San Francisco had received two cease-and-desist letters from the Trump Organization.  A multitude of other news sites, bloggers and social networks immediately ran with the story, which now appears to be a hoax.  Why would someone do this?  A clue is in the traffic to KittenFeed.com, which exploded once the story hit the web.

Susan Rice is the Wrong Person to Attack Trump's Credibility.  In a recent opinion column for The Washington Post, former United Nations ambassador and national security advisor to Barack Obama, Susan Rice, had the temerity to lecture President Donald Trump about telling the truth.  She writes that "our friends must be able to trust the word of the U.S. president."  This extends far beyond hypocrisy coming from a person who visited five Sunday talk shows to peddle administration falsehoods about the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya.  In addition, she served in those positions during a period of other disastrous foreign policy decisions — deceptively sold to the American people — such as the Iran nuclear deal and the entire Libyan debacle.

Four Major Holes In Rep. Adam Schiff's Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theory.  On Monday, Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on a House intelligence committee, delivered his opening statements at a hearing where he laid out the case for alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  Schiff repeatedly raised questions about alleged collusion between Moscow and members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  Here are four serious problems with Schiff's charges, which include wild conspiracy theories and heavy reliance on a questionable source: [...]

Senate Intelligence Dems Admit There May Be ZERO Evidence Of Collusion Between Russians And Trump Campaign.  As Guy wrote last week, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) has retreated from his claim that there's solid evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence agencies.  Now, his colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee also concede that there may be zero evidence of such activity after a month into their investigation.

Rep. Maxine Waters Walks Back Claim Russia Dossier Is 'Absolutely True'.  Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, walked back her claim on Thursday that seemed to confirm the existence of compromising tapes of President Donald Trump with Russian prostitutes without providing any evidence.  The congresswoman's office released a clarification on Thursday [3/9/2017] after she said on MSNBC earlier in the day that the sex allegations in an unverified dossier claiming that Russia has compromising information about Trump were "absolutely true."  An aide to Waters said that she had not leaked any classified or new information.

The Beltway Conspiracy to Break Trump.  At the heart of the case against Trump is what appears to be a Big Lie.  It is that Vladimir Putin and Russian intelligence hacked the DNC and John Podesta's email account, then colluded with Trump's friends or associates to systematically sabotage Hillary Clinton's campaign.  Therefore, Trump stole the election and is an illegitimate president.  In this city, Trump is looked upon as a border-jumper, an illegal alien.  Yet let us consider the constituent components of the charge.

MSNBC's Tur:  Like Putin, Trump Might Kill Journalists.  [Scroll down]  It is Tur who is heading down a "dangerous path."  I guess because Trump has a "distaste" for negative news coverage, he is going to start murdering journalists?  I guess she sorta forgot Obama's railing against Fox News for eight years.  Trump "has made no secret" of "going after" journalists because, as far as I know, he hasn't ordered an attack on any of them.

Political Correctness as a Tool of the Liberal Inquisition.  We hear from liberals that when President Trump and his followers speak of making America Great Again we mean Make America White Again.  This is a malicious falsehood.  It is specious and malevolent.  What we mean, as does Mr. Trump, is that America should once again be prosperous; that the middle class be revived and that good, manufacturing jobs be available so families can live with dignity; that family life and wholesomeness be once again exalted; that America be crime-free; that Americans be protected from terrorism and inhere a sense of confidence; and that our elected leaders, a president, love America instead of constantly castigating her.  No one I know wants an America where our African-American brothers and sisters are denied an iota of civil rights.

Liberals Suddenly Have Newfound Respect For The CIA.  Critics of President-elect Donald Trump appear to have found a new respect for the Central Intelligence Agency, after years of heated criticism.  Journalists highlighted the "insanity" of CIA Director John Brennan's rebuke of Trump's disparaging accusation of the intelligence agency's possible role in leaking a salacious dossier on his personal conduct.

Think Tank Appears To Cut Ties With Oppo Researcher Behind Trump Dossier.  A national security think tank appears to have cut ties with the head of the opposition research firm that is behind the unsubstantiated Donald Trump dossier published last week.  Glenn Simpson, who heads Fusion GPS, was listed on the website for the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC) as recently as this weekend.  He joined the Virginia-based think tank in 2009, at around the same time he quit as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal to start his own private intelligence firm.

The Assassination of Donald Trump.  In a way it's pitiful.  John Lewis, d. Ga.  Still nursing a head wound from 1966 or '67.  Saying Trump is not a legitimate President because the Russians uncovered that the DNC sabotaged Bernie Sanders' campaign.  Crazy.  So Trump fires back that Lewis is a loser.  That's schoolyard nothings except for the following.  The almighty New York Times calls Trump a racist for defending himself against a smear.  A black reporter at the Times writes an angry article about Trump as racist... not one fact in it.  But no one cares.


Other signals and noise:

Shep Smith: 'Fox News Cannot Confirm Judge Napolitano's Commentary'.  With all the attention on Fox News right now because of a report from Judge Andrew Napolitano about surveillance on Trump being conducted by British intel agency GCHQ, it didn't take long after President Trump's presser for Shep Smith to respond on Fox.  GCHQ is outraged that the White House shared this report, and when the president was confronted about his tweets today, he said, "You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox."  When Sean Spicer was asked about whether the White House apologized today, he indicated there was no apology and said, "I don't think we regret anything."

Russian Bank Claims Trump Server Story May Have Been a Hoax.  Shortly before the 2016 election, the anti-Trump media treated as a political bombshell a story that a Russian bank purportedly had communications with an email server tied to Trump's business empire.  The FBI concluded last fall that there was likely an innocuous reason for the "odd stream of activity," but some in the media kept clinging to the narrative, in hopes that a smoking gun would emerge to blow their RussiaGate conspiracy theory wide open.  As recently as last week, CNN reported that federal investigators and computer scientists were still examining whether there was a server connection between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank.  According to a new report in Circa News, Alfa Bank has told authorities that the mysterious communications have resumed — and that they have evidence it could be "the work of a hacker trying to create a political hoax."  They have asked the Justice Department to investigate, and have pledged to cooperate fully.

DOJ sends wiretap materials to congressional investigators.  Justice Department officials delivered materials to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Friday in connection to President Trump's claim that the Obama administration had his campaign headquarters wiretapped.  "The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election," Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN.  Investigators on both committees are currently working to determine whether evidence exists to substantiate Trump's claim.  The chairmen of both committees said separately earlier this week that they have yet to find proof that would corroborate the allegations coming from the White House.

Did Obama spy on Trump?  Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump's calls.  The NSA has given GCHQ full 24/7 access to its computers, so GCHQ — a foreign intelligence agency that, like the NSA, operates outside our constitutional norms — has the digital versions of all electronic communications made in America in 2016, including Trump's.  So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.  Thus, when senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this, they were probably being truthful.  Adding to this ominous scenario is the fact that three days after Trump's inauguration, the head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, stating that he wished to spend more time with his family.

Judge Napolitano:  Three sources tell Fox News that Obama used the British NSA to secretly surveil Trump.  Via the Daily Wire, that's quite a claim.  The president of the United States using a foreign intelligence agency to spy on the other party's presidential candidate, for the obviously illicit purpose of erasing any domestic paper trail of his actions?  "Scandal of the decade" material.  And yet it falls not to the Fox News investigative team to break the story but to legal commentator Andrew Napolitano — and not on one of Fox's marquee shows like O'Reilly or Tucker but on Fox & Friends and Martha MacCallum's program.

The Russia Insinuation Collapses.  he ignominious collapse of the Democratic claims and insinuations that Donald Trump was improperly connected to the Russian government has de-escalated the Democrats' campaign against the president — from a frenzied assault seeking impeachment and removal for a cause to be named later, to guerrilla war.  Russian collusion has vanished down the same deep hole as the charges of sexism, racism, and a will to autocracy.

How John Brennan and Some Brits Tried to Tip the Election to Hillary.  Christopher Steele is the former British spy who compiled the "garbage" dossier on Trump-Russia ties, as Bob Woodward put it.  That garbage dossier was cravenly and opaquely hyped by the American press until BuzzFeed released it, at which point the public could see its transparently ludicrous and uncorroborated contents.  The release of the dossier exposed the vague, heavy-breathing allusions to it by CNN and the "intelligence community" as nothing more than an idiotic smear against Trump.  Steele had been zealously working to blow up Trump's candidacy.  Such was his anti-Trump fervor that he furnished his late-hit services to the Democrats for free.  According to a story planted in the United Kingdom's Independent, "at the end he was working without pay."

Judge Napolitano:  Obama used British spy agency to spy on Trump.  Ok this is a pretty incredible story from Judge Napolitano on Fox News.  He alleges, via three intelligence sources who've come forward to Fox News, that Obama actually used the GCHQ — the British Intelligence Agency who he says has 24/7 access to the NSA's database — to get spy on Trump's phone calls during the campaign and his transition period to president.  [Video clip]

Judge Nap:  Obama 'Went Outside Chain of Command,' Used British Spy Agency to Surveil Trump.  The Justice Department on Monday asked lawmakers for more time to gather evidence related to President Trump's claim that former President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower's phones during last year's presidential campaign.  The House Intelligence Committee said it would give the Justice Department until March 20 to comply.  Current and former administration officials have been unable to provide any evidence of the Obama administration wiretapping Trump Tower, yet the president's aides have been reluctant to publicly contradict their boss.

Judge Napolitano says that British Intelligence provided Obama admin with surveillance data on Trump Tower phone conversations.  In a startling segment on the Fox News program The First 100 Days, Judge Andrew Napolitano told viewers that there will be no paper trail linking President Obama to any surveillance of telephone calls in Trump Tower during the presidential transition period.  (President Obama called it "wiretapping" even though no wires were involved.)  The reason is that British intelligence had access to NSA surveillance data — which captures every phone call in the United States — and were able to provide such intelligence to President Obama without a FISA court warrant or any other paper trail that would expose an American intelligence agency that used the same NSA data.

Former Democrat Congressman on Trump Wiretap Claims: 'It Happened to Me'.  Former Ohio Democrat Congressman Dennis Kucinich defended President Donald Trump's claims about being wiretapped by the Obama administration during the 2016 presidential election.  "It's important because there are people who are saying about President Trump's claim, 'Oh, it could never happen.'  Well, frankly, it happened to me," Kucinich told Fox News on Friday [3/10/2017].  Also on Friday, the former congressman penned an article on Fox News describing the incident — a phone call in his congressional office from a foreign leader had been tapped in 2011, and he listened to a recording of it in 2015.

Where Does FISAgate End Up?  Probably Nowhere.  If, as Democrats suggest, the Russian interference was significant and there was evidence of Trump-campaign collusion in it, it would have been irresponsible for the Justice Department and the FBI not to investigate, including by monitoring communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  But if, as Republicans counter, Russian interference was immaterial (some say nonexistent), and there was no real proof of Trump-campaign collusion in anything nefarious, then the "hacking conspiracy" was just a pretext for the incumbent administration to investigate the opposition party's political campaign, a stunning abuse of power.  Where does this all end up?  I suspect it goes nowhere.

Trump accuses Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower phones.  President Trump made a startling claim Saturday [3/4/2017] that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower phones tapped in the weeks before the November 2016 election.  In early Saturday morning tweets that began at 6:35 a.m., the president said the alleged wiretapping was "McCarthyism" and "Nixon/Watergate."  "Terrible!  Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory.  Nothing found.  This is McCarthyism," Trump wrote.

Is There More to the Flynn Story?  The American media is ignoring a story from London about the abrupt resignation of Robert Hannigan, the head of Britain's highly secretive Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which is the codebreaking equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).  Hannigan's resignation on January 23 surprised everyone, with only a few hours' notice provided to his staff. [...] The Hannigan resignation is not occurring in a vacuum, and some in the large and highly networked retired intelligence community have come to believe that it is connected to the investigation and downfall of Trump's first national-security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Why accusations about Trump and the Russians will go nowhere.  The recent controversy surrounding President Trump and his supposed ties to Moscow has always been a non-starter for me.  We are supposed to believe the word of unnamed intelligence officials ensconced in the Beltway suburbs without a drop of firsthand experience, busy leaking to reporters because they are upset about the result of the last election?  Already there's a motivation problem right there.  But I have my own experience that makes me think the whole thing is nonsense except as a partisan setup.

White House Pushes Back on Issa:  A Special Prosecutor For What?  Over the weekend former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who aggressively investigated the Obama administration on a number of issues, called for a special prosecutor to look into alleged ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. [...] Monday [2/27/2017] the White House hit back on that assertion, saying months of media reports have turned up nothing substantial and therefore an outside investigation in unnecessary.

Rand Paul:  Stop 'Hysteria of a Special Prosecutor' on Trump-Russia Probe.  Monday [2/27/2017] on the "The Mike Gallagher Show," while discussing the investigations into Russia's hacking during last year's presidential election, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said, [...] "Law enforcement ought to look into whether it happened.  I wouldn't really want a special investigator if all we're hearing is gossip in the media and nobody's presented any proof that there have been connections or that any law has been broken for that matter."

House Intelligence chairman says he hasn't found evidence of Trump team's ties to Russia.  Congressional Republicans are divided over how aggressively to pursue the allegations that President Trump's associates had contact with Russia, with some lawmakers calling for a full-scale look at the former national security adviser's communication with Russia while others say there is no evidence of such contacts.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) made clear that he was more interested in nefarious reports published in the news media than in alleged contacts between the Trump team and Russian officials, saying the focus of the House's probe would be on information leaks — which he called "major crimes."

Leaked Audio Reveals Anti-Trump Forces Manufacturing Hostile Town Hall.  Leaked audio from an anti-Trump protest group meeting reveals activists with anti-Trump group Indivisible plotting how to best manufacture a hostile environment at a town hall with Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on Friday [2/24/2017].  The audio, obtained by local radio station KPEL, reveals a coordinated effort to create the public impression that Cassidy's support for Trump is unpopular with his constituents.  The activists, who describe themselves as liberals in the audio, can be heard strategizing how to best turn a local town hall into a political victory.

Obama Lawyers Unite to Launch Legal Attacks Against Trump Administration.  Lawyers who worked with former President Barack Obama have formed a nonprofit called United to Protect Democracy, which aims at filing lawsuits against President Donald Trump's administration.  The group plans to investigate Trump, give information to the press to build the pressure for Congressional investigations, and eventually file lawsuits, Politico reported on Thursday [2/23/2017].  The leader of the group and former associate White House counsel Ian Bassin warned that democracies don't end quickly.  He said they often "decline over a period of years that happen through a series of much smaller steps," in an apparent suggestion that the Trump administration would contribute to that decline.

Why Are Trump's Approval Numbers Low?  Ask The Haters.  There several conflicting polls out about President Trump's approval rating.  But one thing is clear in all of them:  The only reason his numbers are low is because Democrats despise him.  The latest approval numbers come from the Pew Research Center, which found that Trump's overall approval rating in his first month in office is just 39%.  That's far below every other president since Reagan.

Senate Dems want details on Trump's use of personal smartphone.  A pair of Senate Democrats voiced concerns about reports that President Trump is using a unsecured personal smartphone, arguing it's a security risk.  Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Tom Carper (Del.) — two Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — released a letter on Monday to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking for details on the president's phone.  "The national security risks of compromising a smartphone used by a senior government official, such as the President of the United States, are considerable," they wrote in the letter.

The Threat to the Integrity of an Independent Judiciary.  President Trump's executive order on refugees was temporarily halted by a federal judge in Seattle without much in the way of legal reasoning, and it will shortly be ruled on again by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit, one of whom is an Obama appointee, another a Carter appointee.  If the rule of written law is the point of judicial independence, it shouldn't matter who appointed the judges, since their independence should produce uniform results regardless of their political leanings.  And if you believe this is the way courts actually work, then naturally it is outrageously improper for prominent political figures to harangue the courts in an effort to influence their decisions.  Trump has been doing a lot of haranguing.

Trump ally:  Reince Priebus in over his head, should be canned.  An ally to President Trump said the White House chief of staff is "in way over his head" and should be dumped.  Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media and a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, said Sunday that Reince Priebus is the "problem."  "I think there's a lot of weakness coming out of chief of staff," Ruddy told CNN's "Reliable Sources." "I think Reince Priebus [is a] good guy, well-intentioned, but he clearly doesn't know how the federal agencies work."

The Consequences of Trump's Bungled Immigration Order.  On Thursday [2/9/2017], the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court upheld a restraining order against Donald Trump's executive order temporarily halting refugee processing and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.  The Ninth Circuit is notoriously liberal, and its decisions are overturned 80 percent of the time by the Supreme Court, post-certiorari.  This latest decision is particularly egregious.  The court's reasoning is unsound, the authority it has arrogated to itself is unprecedented, and the consequences to national security are potentially serious.  The Supreme Court has good reason to overturn the Ninth Circuit's ruling.  But the fact that the White House finds itself requiring rescue by the high court demonstrates just how badly the administration fumbled its opening gambit.

CNN mocks Trump's list of terror attacks the media is hiding.  Earlier Trump said that the media was hiding a bunch of terror attacks because of their left-wing bias, and afterward Sean Spicer promised that they would supply the media with a list of these attacks.  Not surprisingly, the list includes attacks widely reported for days and days, and multiple spelling errors, because they take their job seriously.  The Muslim collaborators at CNN mocked the list, thereby clearly revealing themselves to be secret ISIS operatives: [...] There's always a kernel of truth, but Trump has to exaggerate wildly, delegitimize the honest criticism, and make us all look stupid in the process.

Mr. Trump doesn't seem to understand that stuff like this is why we voted against Hillary Clinton.
Vice-President Mike Pence says anti-LGBT discrimination has 'no place' in Donald Trump's administration.  [Vice-President Mike] Pence told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview aired Sunday that 'in the patriot's heart, there's no room for prejudice'.  The White House on Tuesday [1/31/2017] released a statement saying an executive order signed by Barack Obama to protect LGBT federal workers against discrimination would remain in place.

Ivanka Trump Promotes Gay and Transgender Rights.  She's been labeled the "Daughter-in-Chief" by the tabloids and, in this case, it appears to be the truth.  According to several news accounts that have not been denied or debunked, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, persuaded President Donald Trump to retain an executive order from the Obama administration that prohibits companies from doing business with the federal government unless they hire and promote open homosexuals and transgendered people.  The so-called "transgendered" are people confused about their "gender identity" who may be in various phases of transition to the opposite sex, in some cases involving gender mutilation and surgery.  In short, they are DNA deniers, a category of people considered to be engaged in immoral and perverted conduct by the standards of traditional morality and religion.

Trump Keeps Obama's Top Gay Rights Envoy at State Department.  The Trump administration has decided to keep President Barack Obama's top advocate for gay rights issues at the State Department in defiance of evangelical groups who called for his immediate expulsion, Foreign Policy has learned.  Randy Berry, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, is continuing "in his role under the current administration," a State Department spokesperson said on Monday [2/13/2017].

Judge Who Will Rule on Trump Travel Order Won ACLU 'LGBT Award'.  Judge Michelle T. Friedland, who is on the three-judge panel that will rule on President Donald Trump's executive order aimed at stopping terrorists from traveling to the United States, won the ACLU of Southern California's LGBT Award in 2009, according to the Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.  "She received the President's Pro Bono Service Award in 2013 from the State Bar of California and the LGBT Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California in 2009," Leahy said in the U.S. Senate on April 10, 2014, stating his approval of Friedland's confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Stay Alert, America:  The Worst Is Yet To Come.  It's early days yet, but President-elect Trump — like his predecessors — has already begun to dial back many of the campaign promises that pledged to reform a broken system of government.  The candidate who railed against big government and vowed to "drain the swamp" of lobbyists and special interest donors has already given lobbyists, corporate donors and members of the governmental elite starring roles in his new administration.  America, you've been played.

Trump Says White House Leaks Coming From Obama Admin Holdovers.  President Donald Trump pointed the finger at Obama administration holdovers at the White House and National Security Council for leaking information about private phone conversations he had with leaders of Australia and Mexico.

Report: About 900 State Dept.  Officials Sign Dissent Memo on Executive Order.  About 900 State Department officials have reportedly signed on to a memo disagreeing with the Trump administration's refugee ban and block of people entering the country from a handful of Muslim-majority nations despite White House warnings that they should fall in line.

Should Sally Yates Be Indicted?  No matter what your attitude about the substance of Donald Trump's executive order temporarily suspending visas from seven countries involved in terrorism, that an acting attorney general took it upon herself to disobey it is nothing less than the deliberate subversion of the rule of law in the United States of America.  She deserves to be indicted — or at least be disbarred.  Not only did Sally Yates announce she would not enforce the order, she gave absolutely no legal justification for her inaction.

Judicial Watch Statement on the Firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.  President Trump is to be commended for upholding the rule of law in firing Yates for her politicization of the Justice Department.

Trump fires acting AG for refusing to defend travel ban.  President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday just hours after she defied him by refusing to have the Justice Department defend his controversial executive order blocking people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.  The White House acted swiftly, issuing a statement declaring that Yates, who was appointed by former President Obama, had "betrayed" the U.S. government.  Trump selected Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to replace Yates until his attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), is confirmed by the Senate.  That vote could occur this week.

Why Yates Had to Go.  Like most Democrats, Yates objects to the president's executive order.  Fair enough.  But she is not a political operative, she was a Justice Department official — the highest such official.  If her opposition to the president's policy was as deeply held as she says, her choice was clear: enforce the president's policy or quit.  Instead, she chose insubordination:  Knowing she would be out the moment Senator Sessions is confirmed, she announced on Monday night that the Justice Department would not enforce the president's order.  She did not issue this statement on the grounds that the order is illegal.  She declined to take a definitive position on that question.  She rested her decision, rather, on her disagreement with the justice of the order.

Trump's PATCO Moment.  President Donald Trump's firing of a politically motivated official — now-former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, for her refusal to enforce the laws of the nation and carry out the administration's policy — harkens back to a previous president who faced a similar crisis at the beginning of his administration.  CNN has been framing this in its lower-third chyron throughout the evening as "the Monday Night Massacre" — a reference to President Richard Nixon's firing of both his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General when they refused to get rid of a special prosecutor who was investigating him — with the intent to paint Trump as an off-the-rails tyrant.  But even Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein, appearing on CNN late Monday night [1/30/2017], rejected the comparison his own network CNN was making to the Nixon administration's "Saturday Night Massacre."

High school teacher stages mock assassination of Trump.  A Texas high school art teacher has been placed on administrative leave after video surfaced showing her "shooting" President Donald Trump inside a classroom while screaming, "Die!"  The Secret Service field office in Irving tells me they are aware of the incident, but declined further comment.

Fears of diplomatic row as Donald Trump 'won't be lectured' by Prince Charles on climate change during visit.  Palace aides have been warned Donald Trump will not be "lectured" by Prince Charles about climate change during his visit to Britain, according to reports.  The President is due to visit the UK in June and be welcomed by members of the royal family.  But according to the Sunday Times, fears of a diplomatic row during the trip are mounting.

Secret Service spouses circulate petition calling for agent's firing.  The spouses of several Secret Service agents are circulating a petition calling for the immediate removal of the special agent who wrote on Facebook that she would rather face "jail time" than take "a bullet" for President Trump.  The spouses, who requested anonymity out of fear of retribution against their husbands and wives, are speaking out against the special agent in question, Kerry O'Grady, because they say they no longer have faith that she can lead the Denver district office where their spouses work.

Secret Service agent who suggested she won't take bullet for Trump on paid leave, report says.  A Denver-based Secret Service agent who reportedly suggested that she would rather go to jail than take a bullet for President Trump has been placed on administrative leave.  The Washington Examiner reported Friday that Kerry O'Grady, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Denver district, was placed on paid leave during an investigation.

Secret Service agent who suggested she wouldn't take 'a bullet' for Trump expelled from group for retired agents.  The premier association for former U.S. Secret Service agents Wednesday expelled the special agent who suggested she wouldn't take "a bullet" to defend President Trump because she considered him "a disaster" for the country.

Secret Service vague on action taken against agent who suggested she wouldn't take 'a bullet' for Trump.  The Secret Service is weighing how far to take its disciplinary action against a senior special agent who suggested she would rather do jail time than take "a bullet" for President Trump.  The agency on Tuesday said it has taken "appropriate action" against Kerry O'Grady, who is the special agent in charge of the Denver office, but has not indicated whether she has been placed on administrative leave, which would be forced leave with pay, a common first disciplinary step when the Secret Service is taking a behavioral incident seriously.

Senior Secret Service Agent Says She Would Allow Trump's Assassination.  Since when does a Secret Service agent refuse to protect the president which is their chief duty?  She needs to be fired immediately so she can start a new career [...]

Secret Service Agent Implies She Wouldn't 'Take a Bullet' for Trump.  It's Now Backfiring, Big-Time.  A senior U.S. Secret Service agent is under scrutiny after she shared several controversial Facebook posts excoriating President Donald Trump, at one point implying she would rather go to jail than "take a bullet" for Trump.  The Secret Service told The Washington Examiner that they are "looking into" the posts made by Kerry O'Grady, the special agent in charge of the USSS Denver district.  In an October Facebook post, O'Grady appeared to openly defy the Hatch Act, which bars some federal employees from advocating for a partisan political party, group or candidate, and proclaimed her support for Hillary Clinton.

Senior Secret Service agent suggests she wouldn't take 'a bullet' for Trump.  A senior U.S. Secret Service agent posted Facebook condemnations of President Trump during the past seven months, including one in which she said she wouldn't want to "take a bullet" for him.  She explained herself saying she viewed his presidential candidacy as a "disaster" for the country, and especially for women and minorities.

The Editor says...
The men and women of the Secret Service are supposed to be anonymous and apolitical.  And in any event, the President's bodyguards should all be men, because a man who hides behind a girl when the bullets start flying is not a man at all.

The first (and frivolous) lawsuit against President Trump.  If you're in the mood for a good chuckle, try reading the first lawsuit filed against the new president since he was sworn in.  The man hasn't even unpacked his collection of red silk ties... and already he stands accused of corruption while in office.  Predictably, the plaintiffs are a clique of law professors serving as "arm candy" for a liberal group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (an oxymoron, to be sure). Their pleadings read like a dime novel.  Or a comic book.

Enough already:  Back-of-the-napkin inaugural crowd analysis.  I had the privilege of attending the Trump inauguration, and I can assure you that there was no shortage of attendees.  While the MSM, spearheaded by The New York Times, attempts to spread half-truths and even full lies, they will also debunk their own garbage from time to time.  CNN was kind enough to release a gigapixel of the crowd, which shows a sea of humanity in the non-ticketed area as far back as allowed. [... But] Hillary Clinton eked out an 86.8% margin of victory in the District of Columbia to take its three electoral votes on election night. [...] Had she won, it is likely that a vast majority of those 282,830 bloated government-dependent voters would have spilled into the National Mall to see her ceremony, just as they did for Barack Obama on two occasions.

Notice the Transparently Absent — It's Who Was Not at The White House That Also Tells a Story.  Yesterday [1/23/2017] President Trump held a day of meetings with corporate business titans, CEO's, and also skilled labor union officials.  However, two men were transparently absent from both group meetings:  U.S. CoC President Tom Donohue, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  The reasoning for their absence is more sunlight upon the UniParty swamp.  Insofar as politics in DC is a false choice assembly of two political parties sharing the same goals and ideology, the uniparty, so too are Donohue and Trumka two sides of the same coin.

A Smithsonian Gift Shop Sells Anti-Trump and Pro-Hillary Paper Dolls.  The museum strives for an 'equal opportunity' apolitical approach.  Maybe it should strive harder.

Trump told leaders 'illegals' cost him popular vote.  President Trump's first White House meeting with congressional leaders was, by all accounts, a cordial affair.  But Trump apparently couldn't resist taking a jab across the aisle, telling the gathering of bipartisan leaders that he'd lost the popular vote only because of rampant voter fraud by "illegals," according to a pair of sources familiar with the conversation.

Ethics Group To Sue Trump, Claiming Constitutional Violations.  A group of ethics experts and constitutional scholars plans to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday morning, claiming that Trump is breaking the law by allowing his hotels and other businesses to profit from foreign governments.  Trump was pressed to divest his business holdings before he took office, but did not, instead passing day-to-day operations to his two adult sons.  The group, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, claims that Trump is breaking the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause.

Interior Department told to stop tweeting after unflattering retweets about Trump.  The Interior Department reactivated its official Twitter accounts early Saturday after an abrupt shutdown following shares of two tweets during the inauguration the agency considered unsympathetic to President Trump.  National Park Service spokesman Thomas Crosson, whose agency retweeted the offending tweets, apologized on Twitter for the "mistaken RT's from our account," referring to retweets.

President Donald Trump's Inauguration Speech Was A Declaration Of War.  President Donald J. Trump did not walk to the microphone in front of the Capitol today to salve wounds or mend hurt feelings.  There were no calls for unity or attempts to bridge the political divide.  After being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Trump issued a call to arms and declared war on the ruling class.

Bill O'Reilly:  Efforts to 'Delegitimize' Donald Trump 'Border on Sedition'.  On Wednesday night [1/18/2017], Fox News' Bill O'Reilly condemned the Democratic politicians who argue that Donald Trump is not a "legitimate" president, saying their comments bordered on seditious conspiracy.

Judge Dismisses Cheri Jacobus "Dummy" Lawsuit Against Trump.  In a decision made public Tuesday [1/10/2017], a New York judge dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against the Republican president-elect by a political strategist who said her reputation was trashed when he called her a "dummy" on Twitter.

Anti-Trump Derangement in Los Angeles Schools.  As Inauguration Day nears, "Post-Traumatic Trump Disorder" is ubiquitous.  Many of the president-elect's supporters "suffer" from excessive jubilance, bordering on ecstasy, while many of his detractors are wallowing in angst, panic, and rage, and the latter, PTTD group is making life miserable for children across the country.  Los Angeles may be ground zero for the disorder.  The United Teachers of Los Angeles — or, more aptly, the United Trump-Loathers Association — led by its radical, agenda-driven president, Alex Caputo-Pearl, is planning a major demonstration before school on January 19, the day before the new president is sworn in.  The demonstrators are being instructed to launch a tweetstorm to Trump (#schooltrump) and hold symbolic shields at school sites, to show that "educators are united with our students and our communities against Trump's racially charged and anti-immigrant proposals and that we will continue to fight attempts to privatize public education."

Why Trump is spot-on about the Russians and the election.  President-elect Donald Trump has recently questioned President Barack Obama's finger pointing at the Russians for election-related cyberattacks; and the current media and pundit frenzy alleging a Russian cyber-strike targeting Secretary Hillary Clinton in order to assure a Trump presidency.  President-elect Trump plans to press U.S. intelligence agencies to defend their conclusions, stating, "I know a lot about hacking.  And hacking is a very hard thing to prove.  So it could be somebody else.  And I also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation."  Having worked since 1995 as a first-responder to cyber-attacks, including serving 11 years as Chief of the SEC's Office of Internet Enforcement, I whole-heartedly agree with President-elect Trump.  His skepticism is not only appropriate and warranted — it's spot-on.

Hayden: Intelligence report a 'brick short of a load'.  Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and National Security Agency, said Saturday that the newly-released intelligence report describing Russia's efforts to undermine the US election was "a brick short of a load."  The report, released Friday [1/6/2017], outlines how Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to hurt Hillary Clinton and help President-elect Donald Trump by using by "an influence campaign" which included hacking Democratic groups and figures.

Ford cancels Mexico plant.  Will create 700 U.S. jobs in 'vote of confidence' in Trump.  Ford is canceling plans to build a new plant in Mexico.  It will invest $700 million in Michigan instead, creating 700 new U.S. jobs.  Ford CEO Mark Fields said the investment is a "vote of confidence" in the pro-business environment being created by Donald Trump.  However, he stressed Ford did not do any sort of special deal with the president-elect.  "We didn't cut a deal with Trump.  We did it for our business," Fields told CNN's Poppy Harlow in an exclusive interview Tuesday [1/3/2017].

Eichenwald: My Trump Mental Hospital Accusation Was A Joke And A "Signal" To A Source To Contact Me.  In his interview with George Stephanopoulos this morning [12/20/2016] [Newsweek senior writer Kurt] Eichenwald said his accusation that Trump was in a mental hospital was really a way to respond, in a joking matter, to FOX News Channel's coverage of Hillary Clinton's health.  Clinton was the 2016 Democratic nominee for president.  However, he did say there was a "reporting purpose for that tweet going out."  Eichenwald also said his joke, made on national cable news, was a "signal" to a source to contact him.

The Editor says...
This is a very common Democrat tactic:  They will say something outrageous, and if there are any objections, follow up a few days later with, "Can't you take a joke?Examples: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

Trump Is Already Ditching His Movement.  Beyond Capitol Hill, Trump has stocked his staff and his cabinet with establishment fixtures and billionaires.  His chief of staff is Reince Priebus, the former head of the RNC.  His cabinet nominees include long-serving generals, the longest-serving governor in the history of Texas, the CEO of ExxonMobil, and a former Goldman Sachs partner.  Sure, he has a sprinkling of insurgents in the ranks, but his early supporters — insiders in outsiders' clothing, such as Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani, and Chris Christie — are notable mainly for their absence.  Not one has yet earned a significant place by his side.  They hitched a ride on the Trump Train and were ushered off before the last stop.  If Trump didn't "burn it down," he sure didn't "drain the swamp."  In fact, just today Gingrich, interviewed by NPR, said, "I'm told he now just disclaims that.  He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore."  Well, how could he?  Government by Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil is government by the swamp, of the swamp, and for the swamp.  This isn't a revolution, it's a thoroughly conventional changing of the guard.

Update:
Gingrich says he 'goofed' by saying Trump discarded 'drain the swamp'.  Newt Gingrich on Thursday [12/22/2016] said he "goofed" by saying a day earlier that President-elect Trump had discarded his "drain the swamp" mentality.  "I want to report that I made a big boo boo," the former speaker said in a video he posted online.  "I talked this morning with President-elect Donald Trump.  He reminded me he likes draining the swamp.  I mischaracterized it the other day.  He intends to drain the swamp.  He even describes it as 'DTS.'"

The NeverTrump crowd is still a nuisance, and still wrong.  On issue after issue, for the last 20 years or so, the bipartisan Establishment has delivered policies that were not moderate, or even safe.  No rallying around the White House, or lectures about unity, for [Peter] Wehner.  Instead, in a column in The New York Times, he continues his attacks on the president-elect while celebrating what he calls the "ancient virtue" of moderation.  He fears that moderation is "out of step with the times, which are characterized by populist anger and widespread anxiety."  He's right about the anger and anxiety.  But, as usual, he's wrong in his diagnosis.  The voters didn't turn on the Clinton/Bush Establishment because it was too moderate — instead, they turned on it because it was too radical.

Obama warns Trump not to overuse executive orders.  With about one month to go before he leaves office, President Barack Obama gave some exit interview-type advice to his successor Donald Trump:  Don't rely too heavily on executive orders.  In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Thursday [12/15/2016] that aired in its entirety Monday on Morning Edition, Obama said it's preferable to work with Congress.

Psychiatric Professors Wonder If Trump Is Mentally Ill, Call For Neuropsychiatric Evaluation.  Judith Herman, M.D. is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Nanette Gartrell, M.D., was once at Harvard Medical School, too, in an assistant professor of psychiatry role.  Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D., on the other hand (read: coast), was an assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco.  What do they have in common?  Well, these high-ranking professors in the psychiatric field have all banded together to write a letter to President Barack Obama about their concerns that President-elect Donald Trump might have a mental illness that should preclude him from the office.

The Editor says...
Where was their concern when Barack H. Obama was nominated for the presidency?  Obama admits to years of marijuana and cocaine use, which could permanently impair his judgment, and he shows signs of being a raging narcissist.

Obama was never criticized for this, but...
Ex-CIA chief says Trump risks blame for an attack if he skips briefings.  Former CIA director Leon Panetta said on Wednesday [12/14/2016] that President-elect Donald Trump risked being blamed after any potential attack on the United States if he refused to receive more regular intelligence briefings.  U.S. officials told Reuters that Trump is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week — far fewer than most of his recent predecessors — but that his deputy Mike Pence gets briefings around six days a week.

Obama warns Trump on briefings: 'It doesn't matter how smart you are'.  President Obama urged President-elect Trump on Monday night to take as many security briefings as he can, no matter how smart he is.  On Sunday [12/11/2016], Trump dismissed criticism that he gets intelligence briefings only once a week, and said he only needs to be briefed when the situation changes.  "I'm, like, a smart person," he said.  "I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years."

Suddenly Obama cares about Intel Briefings.  Am I to understand that the President who avoided intel briefings at an alarming rate for eight years suddenly cares about intel briefings? [...] In case you've forgotten, let me remind you.  The Government Accountability Institute reported back in September 2014 that Barack Obama attended only 42.09% of his daily briefings since the day he was inaugurated.  The GAI also pointed out that in 2014 alone, Obama missed 62.5% of his Presidential Daily Briefings.

Donald Trump sold all stockholdings in June, spokesman says.  A spokesman for Donald Trump said the president-elect sold all of his stockholdings in June, which could help him avoid potential conflicts of interest.  The announcement comes after Trump on Tuesday morning said he wants to cancel the government's order for the development of a new Air Force One, citing a $4 billion cost.

Trump sells his stake in Dakota Access Pipeline developer.  Donald Trump has sold his entire stake in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company overseeing construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, a Trump spokeswoman told NBC News.  Trump's shares of the company created a possible conflict of interest for the president-elect, as his administration may determine the project's fate amid ongoing protests from Native Americans and climate activists.  Trump has supported the 1,172-mile pipeline and broader efforts to produce more fossil fuels in the United States.

'Panic in Progressive Park' — What If Trump Is Actually Good?  Reason for the panic — the dawning realization, repressed and often unrecognized though it may be, that Donald Trump may even a be a good president, possibly a great one.  Then what?  If anything could cause panic among liberals, progressives, and the media (apologies for the redundancy), that's it.

The latest parlour game — what will Trump do with his business?  In the 19th century, "parlour games" (yes, that's how it was spelled) were a popular way for gentlemen and ladies of leisure to amuse themselves.  The games often involved suspense, intrigue and a healthy dose of conjecture.  And so it remains today among the Washington elite as they speculate on what President-elect Donald Trump will do on December 15 when he reveals how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest by "leaving my great business."

Where are Trump Foundation Funds Actually Going?  A new 2015 IRS filing calls into question just how charitable the Donald J. Trump Foundation really is.  The forms, posted late Monday [11/21/2016] on nonprofit tracking site GuideStar and first discovered by the Washington Post, reveal the foundation has admitted to violating the legal ban on "self-dealing," meaning the charity's funds were improperly used by an insider, their friends or family members.  Representatives for the foundation checked "yes" on the section of the form asking whether assets had been transferred "to a disqualified person" in 2015 and in previous years.  In the case of the Trump Foundation, a disqualified person could include Trump himself, people close to him or even his businesses.

Experts: Trump's Conflict-of-Interest With His D.C. Hotel Raises Impeachment Concerns.  Steven Schooner, a law professor at George Washington University, raised serious legal concerns about Donald Trump and his ongoing interest in Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., especially after a report in The Washington Post that said foreign diplomats felt pressure to stay there.  He's not the only legal expert to raise constitutional questions.  "Why wouldn't I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, 'I love your new hotel!' Isn't it rude to come to his city and say, 'I am staying at your competitor?"one Asian diplomat told The Post.  During an appearance on MSNBC Monday morning, Schooner not only raised issues about the ethics of the situation, but also said that Trump could have an "impeachment issue because you have foreign states basically paying money to the Trump Organization by using their hotels."

The Editor says...
Can a president be impeached for perceived rudeness?  Or because he owns a business?  Who was the last president who owned a business at the time he was sworn in?

The president's hesitance to live in his residence:  Where's Dr. Seuss when we need him?
Will Donald Trump live in the White House?  Donald Trump is planning to spend as little time in the White House as possible, according to reports.  The president-elect's preference for his $100 million New York penthouse has called into question who will pay for the 90-minute commute to the capital by helicopter.  During the campaign trail, the businessman would often fly back late at night to his gold-bedecked luxury home in Trump Tower so he could wake up in his own bed.  The New York Times claimed that Trump is already having discussions with advisers about how many days of the week he is required to spend in the White House.




Editor's note:
The rest of this page is now undergoing reconstructive surgery, since it was compiled at a time when the Donald Trump candidacy was just an amusing sideshow and he wasn't expected to win.  Many on the political right — including The Editor — refused to consider the possibility of voting for Mr. Trump until the last minute, when it became apparent that the alternative was to allow the United States to fall under a corrupt socialist regime even worse than the one we already had.  I'm not especially proud of voting for Trump, but I am proud of voting against Hillary Clinton for the last time — I hope.


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