Monday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Trump signs memo ordering end to “catch and release” practices (The Hill)

Massachusetts U.S. district judge rules Second Amendment does not apply to “assault weapons” (Reason)

London’s mayor declares “knife control” policies to stop record murder rates (The Daily Wire)

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s key female advisor arrested for firearm possession (Free Beacon)

South Carolina secession bill introduced over gun rights (The Washington Times)

Trump threatens “Animal Assad,” Putin over alleged chemical attack in Syria (CBS News)

Iran threatens to restart nuke enrichment program in matter of days … as if they ever stopped (The Washington Free Beacon)

Xi takes center stage to defend China’s trade from Trump barrage (Bloomberg)

Trade appeasement: China puppet North Korea confirms talks on denuclearization (Bloomberg)

Tip of the iceberg — Facebook suspends another data analytics firm after CNBC discovers it was using tactics like Cambridge Analytica (CNBC)

Feds seize Backpage website, charge founder after human-trafficking investigation (USA Today)

Humor: Movement that demands forceful silencing of all opposing viewpoints unsure why nation so divided (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Understanding the hidden $1.1 trillion welfare system and how to reform it (The Heritage Foundation)

Policy: Trade wars have no winners, only badly damaged survivors (Investor’s Business Daily)

~The Patriot Post


Farrell – 99% Guarantee Sessions and DOJ Engaged in Classic Cover Up


{ } ~ Gregg Jarrett quotes critics of the appointment of John Huber to an as yet ambiguous and undefined position… as some sort of investigator into the misconduct at DOJ as he did on the day of the announcement, as window dressing. He says it’s clear to him that this was all just engineered by Rod Rosenstein to placate members of Congress and those who have been critical of the DOJ.” Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell describes the still unexplained position as “the usual condescending pat on the head.” He says, “If you read the announcement letter that the Attorney General sent over to Grassley” and two others, “he uses every word except investigate, prosecute. It’s all he’ll review and consult.”goodness sakes, where all the witnesses and documents are in Washington. Jarrett asks Farrell, “Do you think Jeff Sessions is in on it or is he just so utterly clueless that he doesn’t know the wool is being pulled over his eyes by Rod Rosenstein?” Farrell says he doesn’t know Sessions well enough to make that call, but that “the outcome, the results, the conduct is pathetic.”…



Understanding the Hidden $1.1 Trillion Welfare System and How to Reform It

by Robert Rector and Vijay Menon

{ } ~ The true cost of welfare or aid to the poor is largely unknown because the spending is fragmented into myriad programs… Current welfare is focused largely on increasing benefits and enrollments and redistributing income. Self-defeating behaviors that increase the need for assistance are rarely even mentioned. Policymakers should replace welfare’s current focus with a new set of interlinked goals: reducing self-defeating and self-limiting behaviors, increasing self-support, and improving true human well-being. Welfare reform should (1) require all able-bodied adult recipients to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving aid, (2) remove the substantial penalties against marriage within the welfare system, and (3) fund programs aimed at improving behavior on a payment-for-outcome basis rather than today’s fee-for-service basis…


France: Soon with No Jews?

by Guy Millière

{ } ~ A year ago, in Paris, on April 4, 2017, Sarah Halimi, an elderly Jew, was horribly tortured and murdered in her home in Paris… then thrown from her window by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is the greatest”) . She had reported to the police several times that she was the victim of anti-Semitic threats — in vain. Less than a year later in Paris, another elderly — and disabled — Jew, Mireille Knoll, was raped, tortured and murdered in her apartment by another Muslim extremist. Mrs. Knoll, a Holocaust survivor, had also contacted the police to say that she had been threatened. Again, the police did nothing. For months, the French justice system tried to cover-up the anti-Semitic nature of Sarah Halimi’s murder; the judge in charge of Mireille Knoll’s case at least recognized the anti-Semitic nature of her murder at once. Both women were victims of an anti-Semitic hatred that is rising quickly in France…


US blocks Arab-led UN call for independent probe of Gaza protests


{ } ~ The United States for a second week in a row blocked a UN Security Council statement supporting the right of Palestinians… to “demonstrate peacefully” and endorsing Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for an independent investigation into deadly protests in Gaza. Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters at UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening that 14 of the 15 council nations agreed to the statement, but the United States, Israel’s closest ally, objected. Mansour called the US rejection “very irresponsible,” saying it gave Israel “the green light to continue with their onslaught against the civilian population” in Gaza… Palestinians are not peaceful at all. Mansour you are lying and covering up the true facts.


ICE Employer Raid Captures 97 Illegals Working in Slaughterhouse


{ } ~ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted their largest workplace raid in a decade… at a meatpacking plant in Tennessee on Thursday, picking up 97 illegal aliens working in violation of immigration law. It’s not as if they and their employer haven’t been warned. Most of the illegals were Mexicans, with ten arrested on federal criminal charges and another on state charges. The remaining 86 were picked up for suspicion of being squatting in the United States illegally. Local illegal alien advocacy groups immediately flew into rage and outrage. Stephanie Teatro, Director of a group called the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, complained that the illegals in the state were frightened by the raid…


On the Trump-Russia Investigation and the Rule of Law

by Byron York

{} ~ Recently, I took part in a debate on the question “Does the Russia investigation endanger the rule of law?” I said yes.

First, a caveat. If “endanger the rule of law” means “destroys our legal order and threatens our democracy,” then no, I don’t think the Trump-Russia investigation does that. But if it means “involves our nation’s most powerful law enforcement and intelligence agencies in reckless political conduct that undermines our system of elections and the orderly transfer of power,” then yes, the Trump-Russia investigation does, in fact, endanger the rule of law.

Two incidents from 2016 and early 2017 point to the danger posed by overzealous Trump-Russia investigators.

The first is that the Justice Department used the Logan Act, which bars private Americans from conducting foreign policy, as a pretense to pursue an investigation against the Trump team.

The Logan Act was passed in 1799 and has never been used to successfully prosecute anybody. No one has even tried since the 19th century. It is, by any practical measure, dead — look up the legal concept of “desuetude.”

And yet, in the summer of 2016, some prominent Democrats began accusing Trump of violating the Logan Act. They said he broke the law by sarcastically encouraging Russia to release liar-Hillary Clinton’s famous deleted emails. Several called for hearings.

Then, after Trump’s victory, stunned and angry Democrats watched him prepare for the presidency — and prepare to undo many of Barack liar-nObama’s policies.

Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman introduced the “One President at a Time Act of 2016,” which would specifically subject presidents-elect to the Logan Act. Rep. John Conyers, then the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, asked the Justice Department to investigate Trump for a possible violation of the Logan Act.

All of that was just political posturing — not a threat to the rule of law. But unbeknownst to the public, the liar-nObama Justice Department was using the Logan Act as a pretext to take action against the incoming administration.

When intelligence intercepts picked up Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, talking to the Russian ambassador in late December, the liar-nObama Justice Department saw that as a possible violation of the Logan Act. It wasn’t; many foreign policy experts saw nothing wrong with that.

Nevertheless, four days into the Trump administration, Sally Yates, the liar-nObama holdover leading the Justice Department, sent agents to the White House to question Flynn, ostensibly on the suspicion that he might have violated the Logan Act.

It was that interview that ultimately resulted in Flynn pleading guilty to one count of lying to the FBI.

The bottom line is, the Flynn saga, which is at the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation, appears to have hinged on a trumped-up suspicion that a new administration had broken a centuries-old law that has never been prosecuted before — when, in fact, the new administration’s real transgression was to make clear it would throw away many of its predecessor’s policies.

The second incident that suggests the Trump investigation threatens the rule of law is the FBI’s use of the Trump dossier — a liar-Clinton campaign opposition research product — as a part of its counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

To compile the dossier, a Democratic law firm hired the opposition research group Fusion GPS, which hired a former British spy named Christopher Steele, who paid a number of Russian “collectors,” who then talked to other Russians, who provided gossip about Trump. The most spectacular gossip is the dossier’s description of Trump, in a Moscow hotel room in 2013, watching as prostitutes played out a kinky sex scene.

Steele took his material to the FBI, and the bureau agreed to pay Steele to keep gathering dirt on Trump — an astonishing development in the midst of a presidential election.

And even though the pay-for-dirt deal fell through, the FBI still incorporated the dossier into its Trump-Russia investigation. It was used as the basis to ask a secret court to grant a warrant to wiretap an American, Carter Page, in October 2016.

Now fast-forward to the transition. In early January 2017, intelligence chiefs James Comey, John Brennan, Mike Rogers and James Clapper traveled to Trump Tower to brief the president-elect on Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 campaign.

After the briefing, by a plan they had devised earlier, three of them left the room, leaving Comey alone with Trump. Comey gave Trump a summary of the dossier, including the Moscow sex scene.

Imagine that. The very first time the incoming president met the FBI director face-to-face, the FBI’s message was: We know about you and those hookers in Moscow.

In their new book “Russian Roulette,” authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn report Trump thought the FBI was blackmailing him:

“Trump had seen this sort of thing before,” they write. “Certainly, his old mentor Roy Cohn — the notorious fixer for mobsters and crooked pols — knew how this worked. So too did Comey’s famous predecessor J. Edgar Hoover, who had quietly let it be known to politicians and celebrities that he possessed information that could destroy their careers in a New York minute.”

The intel chiefs’ briefing of Trump soon leaked to the media. And the fact that top officials had seen fit to tell the incoming president about the dossier made it a legitimate news story. Within hours, Buzzfeed published the entire dossier on the internet.

As Sen. Charles clown-Schumer said as all this was happening: “You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you.”

With the Logan Act, liar-nObama holdovers used a dead law as a pretense to push the Trump investigation. With the dossier, they used unverified opposition research not only to investigate the Trump campaign, but to execute a clever maneuver to make the dirt public.

And this was all done by the nation’s top law enforcement and intelligence officials, targeting a new president. So yes, it is reasonable to say the Trump-Russia investigation endangers the rule of law.


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