Thursday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Paid vacation: Trump signs bill to pay government workers after shutdown ends (New York Post)

Pulosi struggles to keep Democrats united during government shutdown (The Washington Free Beacon)

Democrats offer measure to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour (The Hill)

FBI foils suspected terror plot on White House (The Daily Wire)

FBI records, emails, Social Security numbers exposed in massive data leak (Fox News)

Pentagon seeks to expand scope and sophistication of U.S. missile defenses (The Washington Post)

Rainbow Mafia pillories Karen Pence for teaching at Christian school (Reuters)

Trump celebrates Religious Freedom Day: “Innate to every human person” (The Daily Wire)

Six takeaways from new EPA chief’s confirmation hearing (The Daily Signal)

The Left attacks Trump’s pick to replace Brett Kavanaugh for her smart college writings (The Daily Signal)

Transgender activists gearing up to rewrite Harvard Medical School’s curriculum (The College Fix)

British PM Theresa May survives no-confidence vote a day after major Brexit defeat (Fox News)

Humor: Gillette now including free manly side bag with every purchase (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: No matter what happens politically, Britain must leave the EU (Investor’s Business Daily)

Policy: From caliphate to insurgency: ISIS is not going away (The Washington Free Beacon)

~The Patriot Post

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Understanding Why the Deep State Had to Take Down General Michael Flynn

by Frank Hawkins

{americanthinker.com} ~ Does the American public really understand what happened to Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn? Highlights of the case have been thoroughly exploited by the shallow, left-leaning media as a convenient avenue to attack President Trump… But important elements of the story remain largely buried from public view. The tragic political demise of this distinguished general who was President Trump’s initial national security adviser, one of the key jobs in the White House, has been well documented. Former FBI director scumbag-James Comey and the now disgraced upper echelon of the FBI and, subsequently, Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller maliciously trapped him, resulting in his ultimate prosecution and pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. Not only did Flynn lose an important and influential job in the White House, but they also bankrupted him with legal fees; threatened his family; and, worst of all, damaged the good name of a highly decorated military professional who served his country honorably and with distinction as a member of the American Intelligence Community. The despicable and unethical attack on Flynn immediately after his appointment by Trump was just one element of a shameful Deep State campaign to discredit and destroy the Trump presidency. As Trump’s national security adviser, Flynn had Trump’s ear. He was potentially the Deep State’s worst nightmare. Flynn knows in detail how the Intelligence Community and the FISA courts operate. With a 33-year military career, including heading up the Defense Intelligence Agency, Flynn was an existential threat to outgoing President scumbag/liar-nObama and his shameless and highly partisan CIA director, scumbag/commie-John Brennan, who cynically and criminally corrupted the Intelligence Community for political purposes on behalf of scumbag/liar-nObama and scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton…  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/01/understanding_why_the_deep_state_had_to_take_down_general_michael_flynn_.html

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The Left, the Wall, and the Truth

by Dennis Prager

{dailysignal.com} ~ Democrats and others on the left offer three reasons for their opposition to building a wall on America’s southern border. A wall is ineffective. A wall is too expensive. A wall is immoral… Each one is false, so false as to constitute lies. So, the only question is: Do Democrats and others on the left believe these lies. This question has plagued me all my life. Leftism is built on lies—and has been since Lenin. That’s why he named the Communist Party’s lying newspaper “Pravda” “truth”. Did my left-wing professors at Columbia University really believe the United States and the Soviet Union were equally responsible for the Cold War? Did they really believe one of the most genocidal regimes in history—which butchered tens of millions its own people, starved as many as 4 million Ukrainians, enslaved seven Eastern European countries under totalitarian rule, and created the monstrous North Korean communist regime—was no more responsible for the Cold War than the United States, the freest country in human history?…  https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/01/15/the-left-the-wall-and-the-truth/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT0dWbE4ySTJNMlV6WlRabCIsInQiOiJBUG1mcktSNmY0MUcrWVJkem5yWVpVQW54dExqM0lSSFhzSUhDdWtcL2owN1d5ZXVld3UreVpwRnd5dXlaWEZZWUdtdnU1cU9NalhCbHA4ZkhNbkk2QlhoVEZZRkIxMVhcL1ZLeWk2WXoyaTQ4ekVDbkhtcmNtVWxDcncxYU9KMHZOIn0%3D

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The President Isn’t Too Important To Be Indicted

by Ivan Eland

{thehill.com} ~ Throughout American history, progressives, conservatives and others have read into the U.S. Constitution things they have wanted to be in there but just aren’t… Some of those “others” have included unelected bureaucrats. Recently, with special counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign and the Justice Department’s Southern District of New York’s companion investigation into the Trump camp’s alleged illegal payoff of two women during that same campaign, the question of whether a sitting president can be indicted has once again surfaced the previous times were Richard Nixon in the early 1970s and scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton around the turn of the millennium. In both 1973 and 2000, the Justice Department issued policy decrees that a sitting president couldn’t be indicted. What might the Constitution’s framers say about this bureaucratic proclamation? The text of the Constitution does not prohibit the indictment of an incumbent president and even says a president can be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Technically, under the U.S. system of justice, which had its origins in Britain before the Constitution was written in 1787, to commit a crime in the eyes of the law, a person needs to be indicted and convicted by a jury of his or her peers…  https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/422474-the-president-isnt-too-important-to-be-indicted

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Read the Scientific American article the government deemed too dangerous to publish

by Robert Hovden

{muckrock.com} ~ In April 1950, the US federal government raided the offices of Scientific American Magazine to destroy every printed issue… “Three thousand copies already run off were burned, type was melted down, and every galley proof and script impounded.” Three years later, Fahrenheit 451 was published without knowledge of this incident. The banned magazine contained an article, titled “The Hydrogen Bomb: II” written by Professor Hans Bethe, the “wartime chief of theoretical physics at Los Alamos.” His article had an imperative purpose: To clarify technical misconceptions in the daily press and to “take up the moral … meaning of the bomb in the general framework of foreign relations”. In current times, it is hard to imagine Scientific American as a politically charged institution or that Ray Bradbury’s caricature of Cold War hysteria was ever realized. The government not only burned every issue of Scientific American but also questioned the magazine’s political allegiance. As a reliable Federal Bureau of Investigation source stated in Bethe’s file, “Scientific American runs the sort of stuff which the Soviets would like to see in popular scientific journal, including left-wing authors on atomic energy and security questions.” The same issue in question contained an article written by Albert Einstein…  https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2019/jan/09/fbi-bethe-banned-sciam/?utm_source=MuckRock+Wide+List&utm_campaign=aeaa4665e7-europa_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_20aa4a931d-aeaa4665e7-1204493769

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Trump Firing Comey Is No Obstruction of Justice

by Brian C. Joondeph

{americanthinker.com} ~ As the dirty cop-Mueller special counsel investigation is rumored to be winding down, the media are furiously spinning tall tales about President Donald Trump as a hedge against the dirty cop-Mueller report being a nothingburger… Politico is warning Democrats and NeverTrump Republicans to “prepare for disappointment.” Tamping down expectations, Politico bases its warning on inside sources: “defense lawyers working on the Russia probe and more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case.” Despite Politico’s pessimism, the New York Times remains ever hopeful that the dirty cop-Mueller report will be the pony under the Christmas tree that the media have been waiting for since Trump announced his candidacy for president in June 2015. Late last week was their latest “bombshell” report, claiming that federal law enforcement officials “became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” Funny how they had no concern over the scumbag/liar-Clintons and their money-laundering pay-to-play scumbag/liar-Clinton Foundation, who might “have been working on behalf of Russia against American interests” – such as half-million-dollar speaking fees to scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton for speaking to a Russian bank while his wife, as secretary of state, opposed sanctions on Russia…  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/01/trump_firing_comey_is_no_obstruction_of_justice.html

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The Contraception Mandate and Judicial Resistance

by Nate Jackson: “A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked the Trump administration from implementing a rule allowing employers to decline to offer contraceptive coverage on moral or religious grounds,” NPR reports. U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone expanded nationwide a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. that had applied only to 13 states and DC.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra applauded Beetlestone’s ruling: “The law [scumbag/liar-nObamaCare] couldn’t be clearer — employers have no business interfering in women’s healthcare decisions. [This] court ruling stops another attempt by the Trump Administration to trample on women’s access to basic reproductive care.”

Becerra and his cohorts prefer that the government coerce employers to provide for all health care without having any opinion about it. That’s because the leftist idea of “rights” is actually privileges often paid for by someone else.

Meanwhile, the Left does nothing but mock the idea of actual rights. For example, The Washington Post contemptuously notes, “The dispute centers on the issue of ‘religious liberty’ — an animating cause for social conservatives who are part of President Trump’s political base.” Yes, the leftist rag put religious liberty in scare quotes. That liberty is not, however, merely “an animating cause” for a political faction. Religious liberty is guaranteed by the Constitution. Health care paid for by someone else is not.

Another larger point here is that this is another example of something President Donald Trump was elected to do — appoint constitutionalist judges to fight back against the activist rulings of leftist judicial despots. Any number of Trump’s policies, from immigration to contraception to a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, have been blocked by judges who are, to borrow a phrase, animated by the anti-Trump base.

National Review’s David French illustrates the pattern:

Step One: The scumbag/liar-nObama administration uses its executive power to implement a progressive policy (such as DACA or the contraceptive mandate).

Step Two: The Trump administration uses its executive power to repeal the scumbag/liar-nObama-administration action and implement a more conservative policy.

Step Three: Progressive plaintiffs file suit in a friendly jurisdiction using dubious legal theories to seek a broad injunction against the Trump-administration action.

Step Four: Progressive judges join the #Resistance, write obviously flawed opinions, and seek to freeze

scumbag/liar-nObama’s policies in legal amber.

What’s more, the contraception mandate is not actually written into the scumbag/liar-nObamaCare law but rather its resulting regulatory outworking. In other words, it was an executive decision, as is Trump’s move to limit its scope. The same could be said for DACA and other policies Barack scumbag/liar-nObama implemented by executive fiat but activist judges are blocking Trump from undoing. It’s almost as if scumbag/liar-nObama’s wishes are these judges’ commands, while Trump has no authority to do anything. That kind of judicial despotism has nothing to do with Rule of Law and everything to do with a craven political agenda. ~The Patriot Post

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