Monday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: March for Our Lives: Gun control ideas sound good, but are deeply flawed and won’t save lives (Fox News)

How many people attended March for Our Lives? Crowd in D.C. estimated at 200,000 — well below expectations (CBS News)

Rapper who performed at March for Our Lives was arrested for gun-related crime last year (The Blaze)

Narrative fail: Tons of “good guys with guns” protecting March for Our Lives gun control rally (The Daily Wire)

Justice Department proposes banning bump stocks, branding them machine guns (The Washington Post)

Trump to expel dozens of Russians over UK poisoning (The Hill)

Lawyers decline Trump legal team invite (AFP)

Trump threatens to veto, then signs, “ridiculous” spending bill (The Daily Signal)

U.S., China quietly seek trade solutions after days of loud threats (The Wall Street Journal)

Report: Governments increasingly use counterterrorism laws as means to curb human rights (The Washington Free Beacon)

Californians doing the once-unthinkable: Leaving California (Investor’s Business Daily)

Overhaul of U.S. telecoms database sparks fear of catastrophic failure (The Washington Free Beacon)

Humor: U.S. military announces plan to consolidate all wars into final, epic battle (The Onion)

Policy: Sons of divorce, school shooters (Institute for Family Studies)

Policy: Pruitt leads the way on regulatory rollback (Real Clear Policy) ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/54968-monday-top-headlines

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Trump Reinstates Ban On Gender Dysphoria Transgenders In Military

by rickwells.us

{ rickwells.us } ~President Trump has once again issued a directive stating the obvious to the libtard plagued modern world… this time he declared that only normal, mentally healthy people who know if they’re a boy or a girl will be allowed to serve in the military. A judge overruled President Trump’s previous ban because she thought, in her opinion, that it was unsupported by facts. The black-robed tyrant didn’t need any facts of her own, just her own viewpoints that were “more informed and superior” to those of the President and his military leaders. Now the ban is back in effect after a review by Secretary of Defense Mattis. President Trump released a new memo on Friday stating, “Transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria — individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment including medications and surgery — are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.”… https://rickwells.us/trump-reinstates-ban-transgenders/

VIDEO: https://video.foxnews.com/v/5757428133001

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UK: Islamization Full Speed Ahead

by Judith Bergman

{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ The UK is accelerating its Islamization at an ever-increasing speed… The desire of the British establishment to submit to Islam appears to be overwhelming. In a recent report, the Henry Jackson society exposed how the UK used taxpayer funds to support Islamist charities working against British society to the tune of more than six million pounds in 2017 alone. According to the report, “As the case studies in this report are illustrative rather than comprehensive, it is likely that this sum represents only the tip of the iceberg”. The report concludes, “Until more comprehensive action is taken, a network of Islamist extremists operating in the UK will continue to use charities and taxpayer money to fund the spread of divisive, illiberal and intolerant views within our communities”. Among the charities detailed in the report, are several Islamic charities involved in dawa outreach, proselytization, such as the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), as well as several charities connected to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, such as the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) and Islamic Relief. Deploying taxpayer money to support Islamic charities is not the only way in which the UK embraces Islamization… https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12011/britain-islamization

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Congress Piles Up Massive Debt, Putting Tax Cuts at Risk

by Adam Michel

{ dailysignal.com } ~ Fiscal restraint is dead in Washington, and no one seems to care… The March omnibus spending deal follows through on an agreement to spend significantly more over the next two years than any liar-nObama-era spending cap increase. Such a dramatic departure from fiscal sanity is reckless. The now-certain return of trillion-dollar deficits threatens to undermine Republicans’ most significant legislative accomplishment: tax reform. Unlike additional government spending, properly designed tax cuts let people keep more of their own money, allow the economy to grow, and lead to higher wages and better economic opportunities. Tax reform’s promise was simple. American families will send an average of 2,000 fewer dollars to Washington each year—a tax cut for America. Increased omnibus spending telegraphs the opposite message. Taxes won’t stay low for long…

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/03/22/congress-piles-massive-debt-putting-tax-cuts-risk/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=theinsider&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWXpjeE5XTXlNRGN3WXpBNCIsInQiOiJKQkt6T0dCTVwvSHpCWkN0alV0aXdsVXNJbWREeFwvR08zNkk0RFpqS1B3UnFWemVEYU1iRnJGNW1UUlFOcnlBNTZHY1R3XC9GRFd6Q2NiWStQeHBwb253V0JPUFZITVlhNThmaTJVVlhCaUxpMlEzVVJPZXFJckh0bWxGV0VXenpLdCJ9

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Bombshell reveal: A grand jury already is hearing evidence on DOJ and FBI scandals

by Thomas Lifson

{ americanthinker.com } ~ We are on the verge of a huge political explosion. While there have been calls for a special counsel to investigate the DOJ and FBI scandals… and many conservatives have been outraged at the seeming passivity of “Gentleman Jeff” Sessions aka Sessionzzz in some quarters, it now is clear as I have already figured that a grand jury far outside the Beltway already is hearing evidence dug up by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz, whose report is now believed to be coming in April. Following release of that report, expect heads to explode all over the media, all over the Deep State, and among NeverTrumps. The first hint that the wheels of justice already are turning came on March 7, when A.G. Sessions revealed to Shannon Bream… https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/bombshell_reveal_a_grand_jury_already_is_hearing_evidence_on_doj_and_fbi_scandals.html

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_3xGquX9ZQ

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Patriotism and the Three Scoundrels

by James Lewis

{ americanthinker.com } ~ The three biggest scoundrels of the swamp – Comey, Clapper, and Brennan – have been fired, which is a good start… And yes, it has to be said that there are good and decent, even patriotic people in the swamp, probably the majority, and that eventually, when the top layers get scraped off, we can look forward to more honest government. But even then, as Jefferson said, we have to keep a careful eye on people who have power without responsibility. And now the scoundrels are showing their true colors. Now they are openly political again, without the mumbo-jumbo of the D.C. front. So let’s examine the latest scream of defiance from John Brennan – because that might show who he really is. We know, from his own confession, that he voted for the Communist Party of the USA earlier in life, and no congressman has so far dared to ask him the relevant question: “Are you still a communist?”…

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/patriotism_and_the_three_scoundrels.html

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March Madness, Washington-Style

by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

{ jewishworldreview.com } ~ For the past few days, the nation’s media and political class have been fixated on the firing of the No. 2 person in the FBI, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe became embroiled in the investigation of President Donald Trump because of his alleged approval of the use of a political dossier, written about Trump and paid for by the Democrats and not entirely substantiated, as a basis to secure a search warrant for surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser who once boasted that he worked for the Kremlin at the same time that he was advising candidate Trump.

The dossier itself and whatever was learned from the surveillance formed the basis for commencing the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia by the liar-nObama Department of Justice, which is now being run by special counsel Robert Mueller and has been expanded into other areas. The surveillance of the Trump campaign based on arguably flimsy evidence put McCabe into President Trump’s crosshairs. Indeed, Trump attacked McCabe many times on social media and even rejoiced when Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him at 10 p.m. last Friday, just 26 hours before his retirement was to have begun.

Why the fixation on this? Here is the back story.

After the unlawful use of the FBI and CIA by the Nixon administration to spy on President Nixon’s domestic political opponents, Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978. This statute outlawed all domestic surveillance except that which is authorized by the Constitution or by the new Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

That court, the statute declared, could authorize surveillance of foreigners physically located in the United States on a legal standard lesser than that which the Constitution requires. Even though this meant Congress could avoid the Constitution — an event that every high school social studies student knows is unconstitutional — the FISC enthusiastically embraced its protocol.

That protocol was a recipe for the constitutional crisis that is now approaching. The recipe consists of a secret court whose records and rulings are not available to the public. It’s a court where only the government’s lawyers appear; hence there is no challenge to the government’s submissions. And it’s a court that applies a legal standard profoundly at odds with the Constitution. The Constitution requires the presentation of evidence of probable cause of a crime as the trigger for a search warrant, yet FISA requires only probable cause of a relationship to a foreign power.

In the years in which the FISC authorized spying only on foreigners, few Americans complained. Some of us warned at FISA’s inception that this system violates the Constitution and is ripe for abuse, yet we did not know then how corrupt the system would become. The corruption was subtle, as it consisted of government lawyers, in secret and without opposition, persuading the FISC to permit spying on Americans.

The logic was laughable, but it went like this: We need to spy on all foreigners, whether they’re working for a foreign government or not; we need to spy on anyone who communicates with a foreigner; and we need to spy on anyone who has communicated with anyone else who has ever communicated with a foreigner.

These absurd extrapolations, pressed on the FISC and accepted by it in secret, turned FISA — a statute written to prevent spying on Americans — into a tool that facilitates it. Now, back to McCabe.

Though the use of FISA for domestic spying on ordinary Americans came about gradually and was generally known only to those in the federal intelligence and law enforcement communities and to members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, by the time McCabe became deputy director of the FBI, this spying was commonplace. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is it really a court, given that its rulings are secret and it hears only the government and it rejects the constraints of the Constitution? has granted 99.9 percent of government surveillance requests.

So when McCabe and his colleagues went to the FISC in October 2016 looking for a search warrant to conduct surveillance of officials in the Trump campaign, they knew that their request would be granted, but they never expected that their application, their work and the purpose of their request — as far removed as it was from the original purpose of FISA — would come under public scrutiny.

Indeed, it was not until the surveillance of Trump and his colleagues in the campaign and the transition came to light — with McCabe as the poster boy for it — that most Americans even knew how insidiously governmental powers are being abused.

The stated reason for McCabe’s firing was not his abuse of FISA but his absence of candor to FBI investigators about his use of FISA. I don’t know whether those allegations are the true reasons for his firing or McCabe was sacrificed at the altar of government abuse — because those who fired him also have abused FISA.

But I do know that there are lessons to learn in all this. Courts are bound by the Constitution, just as are Congress and the president. Just because Congress says something is lawful does not mean it is constitutional. Secret courts are the tools of tyrants and lead to the corruption of the judicial process and the erosion of freedom.

And courts that hear no challenge to the government and grant whatever it wants are not courts as we understand them; they are government hacks. They and the folks who have facilitated all this have undermined personal liberty in our once free society.

The whole purpose of the Constitution is to restrain the government and to protect personal liberty. FISA and its enablers in both major political parties have done the opposite. They have infused government with corruption and have assaulted the privacy of us all.

http://jewishworldreview.com/0318/napolitano032218.php3

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