Friday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Trump’s plan to fund border barrier fails; two Republican senators defect (National Review)

White House preparing emergency declaration to nab $7 billion for border barrier (Washington Examiner)

DHS to begin sending asylum seekers to wait in Mexico (The Washington Post)

Growing number of Democrats buck Pulosi on federal worker pay (The Washington Free Beacon)

Trump associate Roger Stone arrested, faces obstruction charge (Associated Press)

Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate Intelligence Committee (Washington Examiner)

CNN’s Jim Acosta to write book on media’s “victimization” by Trump (Hot Air)

Elizabeth dinky-Warren planning “wealth tax” on America’s rich (Fox Business)

Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump’s first two years (The Washington Post)

Iran’s nuclear chief again confirms Iran flagrantly violated nuclear deal (The Daily Wire)

Minimum-wage hikes in New York City cause restaurants to eliminate jobs, cut hours, raise prices (Reason)

Catholic leaders: Excommunicate Gov. evil-Cuomo over New York’s extreme abortion law (LifeSiteNews)

Humor — or is it? Ultrasound unable to detect heartbeat in New York State legislators (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Preparing for the next North Korea summit: What Trump needs from Kim Jong-un (Washington Examiner)

Policy: Under Trump, U.S. economic freedom rises significantly (The Daily Signal)

~The Patriot Post


When Will We Hold Them to Their Oath?

by John F. McManus

“Do you swear that you will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter — so help you God?”

{} ~ Each member of Congress — newly elected or reelected — must solemnly swear allegiance to the above oath at the beginning of each two-year session of Congress… Many do so in robotic fashion, placing as much value on the solemn words of the oath as would an actual robot. Some others possess varying degrees of loyalty to and awareness about the Constitution. But all are encouraged to look to their party’s leaders, not to the document itself, for guidelines about how they should vote on proposed legislation. In January 1993, during his very first day as a member of Congress, newly elected Congressman Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) somewhat angrily recounted his experience when he stood to swear the oath with his colleagues. He first told of his surge of pride and patriotism as he was about to make the solemn pledge. Immediately, however, he heard a colleague propose granting full congressional voting privileges to the delegates from Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Each of those areas is a part of the United States, but not a state. The Constitution grants full voting rights only to elected members from “states.” The regions named above are not and never have been states. Pombo’s colleague who made the proposal said it addressed a matter of “fairness, not constitutionality.” There’s no mention of “fairness” in the oath or in the Constitution itself. But “constitutionality” should be foremost in the considerations of any congressman. The wish to grant full voting privileges to delegates from non-states didn’t get very far. But Pombo admitted to experiencing a rather rude awakening about the lack of respect for the Constitution…


Mark Levin Calls Out Nancy Pulosi: ‘Radical Authoritarian’

by Michael Morris

{} ~ In a Facebook Note posted on Jan 23, 2019, nationally syndicated radio talk show host of “The Mark Levin Show,” TV host of Fox News “Life, Liberty & Levin,”… author and American lawyer Mark Levin called out Speaker of the House Nancy Pulosi, calling her a “radical authoritarian.” “Nancy Pulosi, radical authoritarian… ,” Mark Levin wrote as the headline for his Facebook Note, suggesting that “it is Pulosi, not Trump, who is the authoritarian.” Mark Levin’s remarks came on Wednesday after Speaker Nancy Pulosi responded to President Trump’s letter about his intentions to “honor the Speaker’s original invitation, made in a Jan. 3 letter, to deliver his State of the Union Address in the chamber of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Jan. 29,” reported “Pulosi quickly responded with a letter to Trump. It said: No you won’t.”Levin said the following about the tension between Speaker Pulosi and President Donald Trump: “Although Pulosi was elected as one of 435 members of the House, representing only San Francisco, she climbed her way to the top of leadership only to hijack the government appropriations process and shutdown part of the government; block the president from delivering the State of the Union address in the House for the first time ever; and, obstruct border security to protect the American citizenry and immigrants alike and uphold national sovereignty. It is Pulosi, not Trump, who is the authoritarian.”…


GOP allies Graham, McCarthy defend Trump against Pulosi in battle over State of the Union address

by Bradford Betz

{} ~ It was unclear exactly what prompted President Trump’s decision Wednesday night to postpone his State of the Union address… but earlier in the evening it seemed that two of his closest Republican allies — Sen. Lindsey Graham and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — were standing by the president in his battle with House Speaker Nancy Pulosi regarding plans for the speech. Graham, R-S.C., appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity,” said Pulosi had “become a nightmare for the Democratic Party” for her refusal to compromise with the president, and was dragging the party further to the left.“ She seems unreasonable, she seems to have a dislike for the president that is hurting the country, and this idea of not letting the president speak is really overplaying your hand. ”Graham said “more mainstream Democrats” have approached him this week, concerned about the “far-left rhetoric” in the House of Representatives, which Democrats control. He then commended the president for offering to extend temporary protected status for DACA recipients as a solution to end the partial government shutdown, which began more than a month ago…



Trump: I will give State of the Union when the shutdown is over

by Allison Elyse Gualtieri

{} ~ President Trump acquiesced to House Speaker Nancy Pulosi’s request, saying late Wednesday he would wait to give the State of the Union address until after the shutdown ends… “I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber,” he said on Twitter. The annual address, originally set for Jan. 29 per the California Democrat’s invitation, had become a political saga as the partial government shutdown dragged on to become the longest in U.S. history. Pulosi had earlier requested Trump postpone the address because of security concerns — more than 800,000 government employees, including those in the Department of Homeland Security and Secret Service, are working either without pay or are furloughed — and then said she would not bring a continuing resolution to the floor of the House to officially allow Trump to speak. Trump had said earlier Wednesday he would be at the chamber to give his address next week, then that he would find another venue. The White House has said there are no security concerns for the address…


The Looming Socialist Revolution on Capitol Hill

by Trevor Loudon

{} ~ The current Congress could become the most radical in American history. Once-marginalized “progressives,” socialists, and even Communist Party supporters… are taking the reins of several strategic congressional committees. Democratic Party leadership is bending to accommodate fired-up young radicals. How radical is the crop of Democratic congressmen? Avowed socialist Senator commie-Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has deemed the latest crop of radical recruits “the most progressive freshman class in modern U.S. history.” Socialists have been infiltrating the Democratic Party for decades — and the Republican Party on occasion. The situation has gotten gradually worse since the Vietnam War era. Democratic Party “moderates” have been mostly successful — with the help of the establishment media — in keeping a lid on their socialist wing for years, but the relentless pressure from open socialists, along with an increasingly indoctrinated populace, has finally blown the lid off the charade. Every election cycle the radicals have gained a little more ground. In 2018, a tipping point was reached. Mere “infiltration” is boiling over into a full-fledged scarlet-tinged socialist takeover. Today’s Democratic Caucus is divided into three main groupings: On the far left is the “Quad Caucus,” consisting of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). The second grouping is the centrist New Democrat Coalition (NDC), and the third consists of the comparatively “conservative” Blue Dog Caucus (BDC)…


Selective Outrage Over ‘Selectively Edited’ Videos

by Political Editors: By now you’ve probably already heard — the media botched the “confrontation” between Covington Catholic High School boys and a Native American in the aftermath of Friday’s March for Life.

But there’s an interesting parallel that Becket Adams detects regarding the video that prompted the knee-jerk reactions. He writes:

Selectively edited videos are bad. Except when they aren’t.

That’s at least one of the big takeaways from the press’ disastrous promotion this weekend of bogus allegations of racism against teenagers at the March for Life. They were harassed by an elderly Native American protester, after being berated and abused by a hateful sect known as the Black Hebrew Israelites, but their situation got really bad only because of a single, selectively edited video of the incident that took place the day after the March for Life.

Forgive my eyerolling as I think back to the high standard of proof that the national media set in 2015 following the release of the undercover Planned Parenthood tapes. A court has since concluded that those tapes were kosher, but the media described them as “selectively edited” when they were released.

The video in this story, in contrast, actually was selectively edited.

Adams concludes by rhetorically noting, “It’s just so weird that certain newsrooms developed a standard for verification that lasted exactly as long as it took for the Planned Parenthood fetal tissue scandal to blow over. Quite a mystery.” 

  ~The Patriot Post


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