U.S. Hits Iranian-Backed Militias in Syria with New Sanctions

by David Adesnik

{fdd.org} ~ The Treasury Department imposed terrorism and human rights sanctions today on two militias fighting in Syria under Iran’s direction… The Fatemiyoun Division and Zeynabioun Brigade both play leading roles in the Iranian-led force fighting on behalf of Bashar al-Assad, enabling him to remain in power and continue waging a war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives. The Fatemiyoun consists of Afghan Shiites, recruited mainly from the poor Afghan migrant community in Iran, which numbers roughly three million. Iranian sources claim that there are 12,000 or more fighters in the division, although this is likely an exaggeration. The scholar Ali Alfoneh has documented the death of more than 900 Afghan Shiites in Syria, based on public information about their funerals. In response to heavy casualties, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met publicly with the families of fallen fighters to express his gratitude and offer condolences. The Treasury Department noted that the Fatemiyoun’s ranks include child soldiers as young as 14. In October 2017, non-governmental organizations published evidence of the recruitment of child soldiers by the Quds Force of Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC-QF), itself sanctioned for terrorism since 2007. The Zeynabioun Brigade consists of Pakistani Shiites, who initially fought with the Fatemiyoun until they had sufficient personnel for their own unit. Older estimates suggest the Zeynabioun has 1,000 fighters or less, although Iranian sources claim as much as 5,000. Alfoneh has documented 158 Pakistani fatalities in Syria. Treasury’s announcement of sanctions said that the Zeynabioun recruits mainly “from among undocumented and impoverished Pakistani Shiite immigrants living in Iran.” Press reports indicate the brigade also recruits in Pakistan itself…  https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/01/24/u-s-hits-iranian-backed-militias-in-syria-with-new-sanctions/


Growing Number of Dems Buck Pulosi on Federal Worker Pay

by Haris Alic

A growing number of House Democrats are bucking Speaker Nancy Pulosi (Calif.) in support of GOP efforts to ensure federal workers get paid during the ongoing government shutdown… House Republicans introduced a motion on Thursday to supplant Pulosi’s proposal to reopen the government, offering in its place legislation to fund federal employee salaries until a permanent solution could be forged. Although it ultimately failed by a narrow margin of 214 to 200, the motion picked up more support from moderate and freshman Democrats than previous attempts. In total, 13 members of the House majority crossed the aisle to vote with their Republican colleagues. A similar motion from last week enticed the support of only 6 Democrats, while a nearly identical initiative on Wednesday garnered the backing of 10 Democrats. The growing defections have all come from Democrats who have been openly critical of Pulosi’s negotiating style. The vote, although unsuccessful, seems to signal Democrats are unsupportive of Pulosi’s recalcitrant opposition to any deal that includes funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Freshman representative Ben McAdams (Utah), who has expressed support for Democrats compromising with the president on some form of “barrier construction,” voted for the motion on Wednesday and Thursday, despite opposing it initially…  https://freebeacon.com/politics/growing-number-of-dems-buck-pelosi-on-federal-worker-pay/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=85a5705b67-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_24_11_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-85a5705b67-45611665


Attorneys: Iranian Court Decision on U.S. Hostages Imperils Many Americans

by Susan Crabtree

{freebeacon.com} ~ A ruling by Iran’s highest court against two U.S. citizens imprisoned there renders a broad category of U.S. citizens more vulnerable to being imprisoned if they travel to Iran or nearby countries… an attorney for the pair said Thursday. The ruling could also make family members of senior Iranian government officials who live and work in the United States vulnerable to being jailed and unjustly charged, the attorney, Jared Genser, said in a lengthy statement. Earlier this month, Iran confirmed that it had arrested and jailed U.S. navy veteran Michael White, who was visiting a woman he said was his girlfriend. The two met online about four or five years ago and he has traveled to Iran to visit her four times over the last several years, his mother told news outlets. There are at least 14 Iranian dual or foreign nationals that Iran has arrested and imprisoned since 2014, according to Human Rights Watch. Amnesty International puts the number at 15, including Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer Namazi, Chinese-American Xiyue Wang, and Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national and permanent U.S. resident. This is the second time an Iranian court rejected the Namazis’ appeals. The Namazis’ first appeals were rejected in August of 2017…  https://freebeacon.com/national-security/attorneys-iranian-court-decision-on-u-s-hostages-imperils-many-americans/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=85a5705b67-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_24_11_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-85a5705b67-45611665


Dem Rep scumbag-Admits to Leaking Trump Jr.’s Testimony

by Molly Prince

{dailycaller.com} ~ VHouse Intelligence Committee Chair scumbag-Adam Schiff defended himself Tuesday against Donald Trump Jr.’s accusation of leaking… by stating he didn’t “leak” testimony, but rather he exposed it. “That’s not a leak, it is exposure of his non-cooperation and his stonewalling of our committee,” scumbag-Schiff responded when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer confronted him about Trump’s allegation.“He’s been making this claim all along. What upsets Don Jr., and I can understand why he’s upset, is he was saying publicly, ‘I’m fully cooperating with Congress, I’m answering all their questions,” scumbag-Schiff said. “Then he goes before our committee and refuses to answer a whole host of questions, making completely fallacious claims of privilege, and we called him out on it as we have done with other witnesses.” Trump told Fox News earlier in the day he believes “there’s a 99.9 percent chance scumbag-Schiff is the guy” who has been leaking private testimony that he gave in 2017 when he appeared before the House Intelligence Committee to discuss the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting…  https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/22/adam-schiff-trump-jr-leak/


scumbag/liar-nObama Regime Still Making Deals & Meeting World Leaders Like They Are Still In Charge

by thewashingtonstandard.com

{thewashingtonstandard.com} ~ Recently, former Secretary of State hanoi-John Kerry called on President Trump to resign during a Tuesday appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland… While hanoi-Kerry’s statement has been carried by many media sources, as well as him being asked if he plans to run for president in 2020, no one is asking the most important question of all: Why is hanoi-Kerry still attending important world functions and meeting with world leaders? Since Donald Trump became president in 2016, both hanoi-John Kerry and Barack H. scumbag/liar-nObama have been traveling around the world, on our dime, acting as if they were still running the USA. Both attended the Climate Summit, met with world leaders in their own countries numerous times, and hanoi-Kerry even met with Iranian officials and other world leaders to try to save the nuclear deal President Trump scrapped. Presumably, the flight Nancy Pulosi, scumbag-Adam Schiff, and other Socialist Leftists were going to take recently on an extravagant world vacation disguised as a business trip to visit troops in Afghanistan and other stops in Egypt and Europe would have coincided with some of hanoi-Kerry’s itinerary. This means that key people in the former scumbag/liar-nObama Administration are still acting as if scumbag/liar-nObama were still president by making deals with world leaders. The meetup with hanoi-Kerry, scumbag/liar-nObama, and others by the Pulosi entourage tells us that the US is being governed by two factions. The legitimate government of the Trump Administration, but also the Defacto US government of the scumbag/liar-nObama reign…  https://thewashingtonstandard.com/obama-regime-still-making-deals-meeting-world-leaders-like-they-are-still-in-charge/


Restoring Common Census

by Arnold Ahlert: On Jan. 15, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to put a question regarding citizenship on the 2020 census. “Hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people will go uncounted in the census if the citizenship question is included,” the judge declared. People? More like many of the 22 million illegal aliens residing in America, if a recent study conducted by professors from Yale and MIT is accurate.

According to Furman, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, tasked with conducting the Census, dropped the ball. “In arriving at his decision as he did, Secretary Ross violated the law” and “the public trust,” the judge asserted. Furman further insisted the Administrative Procedures Act requires an agency to “consider all important aspects of a problem; study the relevant evidence and arrive at a decision rationally supported by that evidence; comply with all applicable procedures.”

According to Furman, Ross “fell short on all these fronts.”

Ross fell short? Furman, an appointee of Barack scumbag/liar-nObama, was forced to concede that Ross’s efforts are “not inconsistent with the Constitution,” and that the plaintiffs “did not carry their burden of proving that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was motivated by invidious discrimination and thus that he violated the equal protection component of the due process clause.” Nonetheless, Furman declared that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will suffer “a loss of political power and funds, among other harms,” if a citizenship question is included on the census.

Which NGOs? The plaintiffs included the New York Immigration Coalition, CASA de Maryland, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee/ADC Research Institute, and Make the Road New York. These are largely radical leftist organizations partially funded by taxpayers via government grants — grants that can be dependent on census totals.

In other words, it’s about money. Yet Furman also rejected Ross’s rationale for including the question. Ross wanted to promote enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Furman dismissed that concern as “pretextual,” adding that the citizenship question elicited “near uniform opposition to the addition of the citizenship question from stakeholders.”

The stakeholders to whom Furman refers are groups who wield influence over Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Race and Ethnicity. They are joined by other outside groups who reside within the Committee. Virtually all of them are radical leftist entities whose interests and objectives have little to do with the well-being of the nation as a whole.

Furman’s ruling is the first of many, as additional lawsuits filed by several states and cities are also aimed to block a question that hasn’t appeared on the Census since 1950.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, criticized the decision, saying, “I don’t see how a judge can say there’s something wrong with wanting to get data on the number of citizens and noncitizens in the country because that information is, I think, vital to having an educated debate about immigration policy.”

Who wants to have that educated debate? Certainly not the Democrat Party, half the GOP, Hollywood, academia, the media, or corporate America. All of them embrace the globalist agenda of open borders, sanctuary cities, and the ongoing dilution of immigration law enforcement efforts they deem “racist” and “xenophobic.”

And what about an educated debate about voting? The Washington Post’s David Gans asserts the Voting Rights Act is “in tatters” because in 2013 the Supreme Court eliminated the flagrantly outdated and unconstitutional idea that “racist” states still required “preclearance” to change their voting requirements. “Our democracy hasn’t been the same since,” Gans laments. “In 2018, as in past years, voter suppression ran rife.”

Not quite. Voter turnout for the 2018 midterm election hit a 50-year high. Moreover, according to Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Latinos increased their participation by 174%, and black Americans by 157%, compared to the previous midterm elections.

What’s really in tatters is the progressive Narrative that asserts any effort to clean up voter rolls or impose voter ID requirements is de facto racism. Yet as a Judicial Watch lawsuit against California revealed, data provided to and published by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission showed Los Angeles County with a voter a registration rate of 112% of its adult citizen population. The state has an overall registration rate of about 101% of its age-eligible citizenry.

California is hardly an outlier. According to a 2017 article by Deroy Murdock, there are 462 counties nationwide where the voter registration rate exceeded 100%.

There is nothing remotely racist about cleaning up this (often orchestrated) mess. Moreover, the real racism with regard to voting is the assertion that some Americans of particular ethnic groups or genders are inherently incapable of acquiring the same ID that everyone else is apparently capable of procuring.

The DOJ is unlikely to let Furman’s decision to stand. “Our government is legally entitled to include a citizenship question on the census and people of the United States have a legal obligation to answer,” Kelly Laco, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Reinstating the citizenship question ultimately protects the right to vote and helps ensure free and fair elections for all Americans.”

Does the Left want free and fair elections? The 1993 National Voter Registration Act and the 2002 Help America Vote Act require each state to maintain accurate voter rolls. Yet as the above evidence indicates, these laws are often ignored.

Yet there is something far more important at stake here: It is data from the U.S. Census that determines the number of members from each state who are elected to the House of Representatives. Thus, states with large numbers of illegal aliens will unconstitutionally gain members in that chamber, and deny citizens of other states of their rightful representation. Moreover, those same states will receive a disproportionately larger share of federal funding — which arguably incentivizes the addition of noncitizens to a state’s population.

Is that what the citizens of America want? “This ruling is a forceful rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities,” insisted the American Civil Liberties Union in a statement.

Immigrant communities are under attack? In the last couple of years, the Left has advocated for the elimination of the Electoral College, the reapportionment of the Senate to reflect population totals, same-day voter registration, ballot harvesting, and a repeal of voter ID requirements. In other words, leftists want mob rule enabled by an increasingly unidentifiable mob they insist would never, ever cast votes illegally.

“Inadvertently” or falsely registered voters, “dead” voters, voters registered in more than one state, or voters fraudulently casting ballots in places like California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, or Texas suggest otherwise.

The Census Bureau is required to finalize its 2020 questionnaire by June of this year. The Trump administration must seek a stay of Furman’s ruling at the Second Circuit Court. If that fails, the Supreme Court should accept an expedited review.

The alternative? The continuing devaluation of citizenship and Rule of Law. It doesn’t get more globalist than that. ~The Patriot Post



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