Thursday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: This just in: Deficit due to spending, not tax cuts, says Congressional Budget Office (The Resurgent)

Republicans kill resolution saying government shutdowns are bad (Washington Examiner)

Twenty-nine Republican representatives vote with Democrats to boost federal salaries 2.6% (Washington Examiner)

House Democrats reject GOP proposal to block raises for federal employees guilty of sexual misconduct (The Washington Free Beacon)

Virginia governor endorses murder of born-alive infants (The Daily Wire)

Three more large migrant caravans are headed for the U.S. (Townhall)

Department of Veterans Affairs unveils proposed rules extending more private care to veterans (USA Today)

U.S. to stop complying with nuclear pact with Russia after talks flop (Reuters)

European powers launch mechanism for trade with Iran (Reuters)

Illegal worker fired from Trump golf club to attend State of the Union with Democrat lawmaker (NBC News)

Washington, DC, now ranks #2 for millionaires (WTOP)

Federal Reserve holds interest rates steady, signaling cautious approach amid slowing economy (USA Today)

Rand Paul awarded more than $580,000 after he was attacked by neighbor (Fox News)

Disney is holding a pride parade at one of its theme parks (The Daily Wire)

Measles outbreak spreads to new states thanks to anti-vaccination campaigns (Hot Air)

Not humor: In rare moment of honesty, Democrats finally admit they support infanticide (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: From “safe, legal, and rare” to “dangerous, imposed, and frequent” (Washington Examiner)

Policy: Natural gas is doing far more than renewables to clean our air (Washington Examiner)

~The Patriot Post


Trump’s New Vision for Health Care

by John C. Goodman

{} ~ Have you ever wondered why you can’t talk to your doctor by phone or by email? Or why a doctor can’t examine you in your own home using a phone app?… Or why specialists at our top hospitals aren’t using telemedicine for long-distance examinations of patients all over the country? Or why it’s so hard to combine ordinary health insurance with a concierge doctor? In each of these cases normal market processes have been suppressed by unwise government policies. And, that’s just the beginning. It turns out that the most serious problems in the health care marketplace are almost always the result of ill-conceived public policies. Yet this observation is very rarely made in health policy circles. For most of the past half century, health economics has been dominated by the idea that private sector medicine has numerous flaws – flaws that must be corrected by government. Fortunately, the conversation is about to change. The Trump administration has produced an astonishingly bold document: Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition. This is the first time any administration has explicitly acknowledged that the most serious problems in health economics arise not because of market failure, but because of government failure. It is also the first time the federal government has committed to the idea of liberating the medical marketplace. In many ways the document builds on and extends ideas I first discussed in Regulation of Medical Care (Cato) almost four decades ago and that Gerald Musgrave and I discussed in Patient Power (Cato) almost three decades ago…


150 Conservative Stars Sign Doc Opposing New Dem Bill To Flood Voter Rolls with Illegals

by Jack Davis

{} ~ Legislation House Democrats are trying to ram through Congress under the banner of election reform is nothing more than a liberal power grab… according to a coalition of America’s conservatives. “Conservatives are united in opposing H.R. 1, the attempt by House Democrats to fundamentally undermine the American electoral system,” reads the memo posted on the website of the Conservative Action Project. The League of Women Voters has supported the legislation saying that it would replace local registration systems with one federal one; put federal limits on how states can go about redistricting; restore the Voting Rights Act a court said no longer needed to be enforced; Be wary of misleading labels, warns the group of 150 conservatives who signed the petition, headlined by former Attorney General Edwin Meese. “While they cloak the bill in terms of “restoring democracy” and “preventing corruption,” the legislation has one goal: to protect incumbents, at the expense of the First Amendment, federalism, and individual voter integrity,” the petition said. “H.R. 1 would cause sweeping and irrevocable damage to the free speech, privacy, and integrity that are central components to free and fair elections in America. We oppose H.R. 1 in the strongest terms, and urge all conservatives to do likewise,” it said. The proposal from House Democrats, which would have to also pass the GOP-controlled Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump to become law, has three strikes against it, the conservatives argue: it undermines the First Amendment, supersedes state rights; and converts the government from an observer of elections into an active player…


U.S. Oil Blockade Puts Existential Pressure on Maduro Regime

by Bob Adelmann

{} ~ Monday’s announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department that it would apply further sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PdVSA accomplished three purposes… First and most importantly, it ends the $25 million daily flow of desperately needed American dollars into Maduro’s treasury. Second, the blockade of oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries strengthens the position of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president. And third, it will greatly reduce the loyalty of Maduro’s military when he is unable to pay them. As a bonus, if Maduro retaliates by threatening Americans living in Venezuela and serving in the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, the “option” of U.S. military intervention to protect them will be activated. Here are the details: It’s not a true blockade in the traditional sense. If PdVSA continues to send crude to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, it will be accepted, but the Maduro regime won’t get the money. The proceeds will instead flow into an account that is “blocked” by the U.S. Treasury Department and held for the benefit of Juan Guaido’s interim government…



scumbag-Schumer Still Pointing Fingers of Blame at Trump for Holding Federal Workers ‘Hostage’

by Connor D. Wolf

{} ~ Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer (D-N.Y.) blamed President Donald Trump for the recent government shutdown on Tuesday… just a day before negotiations are to reopen. Trump helped end the record-long partial government shutdown of 35 days by signing a short-term spending bill late last Friday. The spending bill keeps the government open for another three weeks, allowing both sides time to negotiate a deal on border security. The conference committee to negotiate a deal is planning to meet Wednesday for the first time. “Thankfully, hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors are back on the job,” scumbag-Schumer told reporters at a press conference. “It is a relief to them above all, but to all of America. These are working people, they work so hard — and to use them as hostages to get something that has nothing to do with them was so wrong and I’m glad President Trump backed off.”… scumbag-Schumer is a liar.


lowlife-Harris: I’m an commie-Ocasio-Cortez Socialist; Cultural Marxism Foes Will Be Dealt With

by R. Cort Kirkwood

{} ~ Make no mistake about Senator lowlife-Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). She is not, as her looks and soothing voice might suggest, a moderate Democrat who just wants to do the right thing… She’s a hard-core leftist who, unlike out-of-the-closet totalitarian commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, hasn’t admitted what she really is. Since announcing her candidacy for president to the adoring coos of the leftist media, she has backed “Medicare for All,” proposed abolishing private health insurance, and has announced support for commie-Ocasio-Cortez’s crazy Green New Deal. Beyond all that, as she revealed in her presidential announcment, she’s a cultural Marxist bent on punishing those who oppose the anathemas she has declared upon racism, sexism, and all the other phony pathologies with which the Left is obsessed. lowlife-Harris is a hard-core, radical socialist…



American Socialists Unite Behind Tyrant Maduro

by Nate Jackson: Venezuela’s experiment with socialism has yielded predictable results, and the nation’s people are beginning to rise up against that tyranny. As our Thomas Gallatin noted last week, “On … the anniversary of the ousting of military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez in 1958, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaido, took the presidential oath before a massive crowd filling the streets of Caracas.”

President Donald Trump immediately moved to support Guaido diplomatically and tighten the screws on dictator Nicolas Maduro economically. The administration announced new sanctions yesterday against Petroleos de Venezuela, the state-owned oil company, which could result in $11 billion in lost sales.

Perhaps these U.S. moves — and National Security Advisor John Bolton’s warning that even military action is “on the table” to stabilize the country — explain why Guaido is still alive and holding rallies in Caracas.

So what are the Democrat socialism deniers saying about Trump’s moves against their preferred form of government?

commie-Bernie Sanders is “feeling the Bern,” declaring, “The United States should support the rule of law, fair elections and self-determination for the Venezuelan people. We must condemn the use of violence against unarmed protesters and the suppression of dissent. However, we must learn the lessons of the past and not be in the business of regime change or supporting coups — as we have in Chile, Guatemala, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. The United States has a long history of inappropriately intervening in Latin American countries; we must not go down that road again.”

That’s right. commie-Sanders is so worried about “regime change” that he’d rather support an anti-American murderous tyrant who stole the 2018 election.

And California Democrat Ro Khanna got a retweet of endorsement from commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for saying, “The U.S. should not anoint the leader of the opposition in Venezuela during an internal, polarized conflict.” Khanna might want to look up the word “anoint.” It was the elected Venezuelan National Assembly, not the Trump administration, that installed Guaido, and only after a protracted constitutional battle involving Maduro’s hand-picked Supreme Court dissolving the Assembly and reversing course only under international pressure.

Meanwhile, Demo Rep. Ilhan Omar decried “Trump’s efforts to install a far right opposition.” Wrong again — Guaido is actually center-left.

The history of Venezuelan socialism over the last few years is appalling. Is the Democrat position really that, no matter how bad an executive gets, “impeachment” is off the table? Keep that in mind as they #Resist the duly elected president of our own nation. A president, by the way, who’s leading a resurgence in economic freedom that stands in stark contrast to the Democrat/Maduro model. ~The Patriot Post


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