Tuesday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: EPA’s Scott Pruitt kills liar-nObama’s auto-emissions rules, huge fight coming (Washington Examiner)

Migrant caravan heading to U.S. border puts Mexico in tough spot with Trump (Reuters)

Trump Justice Department sets up quotas on immigration judges to speed up deportations (Fox News)

Border Patrol agents overwhelmingly support Trump’s wall in new survey (The Washington Times)

Contrary to hysterical Leftmedia reporting, there’s no ban on studying gun violence (National Review)

Merriam-Webster online dictionary changes definition of “assault rifle” after Parkland (The Federalist)

Dem senator reverses course on “assault-style weapons” federal ban (The Washington Free Beacon)

Fox News releases statement defending Laura Ingraham after attempted censorship of the Left (The Daily Wire)

Report: House Democrats exempted Pakistani IT aides from background checks (National Review)

Stocks’ second-quarter start is the worst since the Great Depression (Bloomberg)

Trump admin sues California over state bill on federal land rights (The Hill)

University event aims to combat “Christian privilege” (The College Fix)

Humor: Man recants belief in innate goodness of humanity after four seconds browsing YouTube comments (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Trump’s got it all wrong about Amazon (Fox News)

Policy: Why trade deficits really don’t matter very much (The Daily Signal) ~The Patriot Post



Pocahontas dinky-Warren on Warpath in China, Undermining President Trump

by rickwells.us

{ rickwells.us } ~ Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” dinky-Warren is borrowing another page from Hussein liar-nObama’s play book… She’s already lied about who she is, just as the mystery man from parts unknown who squatted in our White House did for eight years. Now she’s undermining American interests abroad, as Hussein liar-nObama did everywhere he went and loose lips-Joe Biden did when he visited Mexico and Central America to get the peasant pipeline primed and operational. Just as with liar-nObama, she’s taught law, including at Harvard, where she did so a their token wooden Indian. It’s amazing that, given the fluid nature of her DNA, she doesn’t also identify as a lesbian Kenyan Muslim, to more closely mimic her role model, the communist Democrat standard bearer… https://rickwells.us/pocahontas-warren-china-trump/

VIDEO: https://video.insider.foxnews.com/v/5761787544001


Dan Bongino Counters Anti-Sessions Narrative – Mark Levin Radio Audience Rejects

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ CTH was sent this link to a radio broadcast from last Friday March 30th. The content is, well, more than a little funny… Apparently Dan Bongino filled in for Mark Levin during a radio broadcast last Friday and attempted to share his conclusions from the latest news headlines of Jeff Sessions. The topic was news of AG Sessions publicizing his prior appointment of a federal prosecutor, and the ongoing investigation into the FBI and DOJ by Inspector General Horowitz and the prosecutor, John Huber . The outline of Bongino’s position will be familiar to you. However, after months of hearing Mark Levin and Sean Hannity criticizing Jeff Sessions, the Levin/Hannity audience was having none of it. Anything that runs counter to the SDS narrative is not real. It’s hilarious. Sessions bad… the world is ending… we don’t need no alternate facts here… we deal in outrage only… Muh Mueller… Seriously, it’s funny… https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/01/dan-bongino-counters-anti-sessions-narrative-mark-levin-radio-audience-rejects/

VOICE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6bnWFxeJwE


Chinese space station Tiangong-1 re-enters atmosphere, largely burns up

by Christopher Carbone & Samuel Chamberlain

{ foxnews.com } ~ A defunct Chinese space lab has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and mostly burned up… authorities in Beijing said late Sunday. It was not immediately clear if the remains of the space station, known as Tiangong-1, had been accounted for. Earlier forecasts had said only about 10 percent of the bus-sized, 8.5-ton spacecraft would likely survive re-entry, mainly its heavier components such as its engines. The U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command confirmed that Tiangong-1 re-entered Earth’s atmopshere over the South Pacific Ocean at 8:16 p.m. ET… http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/04/01/chinese-space-station-tiangong-1-re-enters-atmosphere-largely-burns-up.html

VIDEO: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5761842350001/


Trump Warns Mexico They Must Help Secure Broder – Stop Facilitating Invasion

by rickwells.us

{ rickwells.us } ~ As President Trump was making his way into church for Easter Sunday services… he stopped outside to take a photo and to answer a reporter’s question regarding a couple of tweets he’d sent out earlier on the subject of DACA and securing the border. In them President Trump noted that our enemies to the south are laughing at us as the invasion continues, to the point that they’re not even hiding it anymore, with Mexico giving a caravan of illegals from Central America free passage through their country to our southern border. He notes the fact that there was an ongoing discussion over amnesty, DACA and the general unwillingness or inability of Congress to secure our nation as all contributing the belief among the hostile invaders that we’re a paper tiger, that all they need to do is show up and they’ll be allowed to stay... https:///trump-warns-mexico-border/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-uizjCBEvY


Good Grief – House Democrats Waived Background Checks for Pakistani IT Aides Who Worked on Intelligence Committee

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Jumping ju-ju bones… THIS is stunning. Luke Rosiak is the subject matter expert when it comes to the Awan Brothers scandal.. and the use of Pakistani nationals for Information Technology assistance by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. His latest report is incredible. Apparently the 44 House Democrats who used the services of the Pakistani IT unit, hired them and exempted them from background checks. It should be noted these IT employees worked with some of the most sensitive national security secrets. Every one of the 44 House Democrats who hired Pakistan-born IT aides who later allegedly made “unauthorized access” to congressional data appears to have chosen to exempt them from background checks, according to congressional documents… https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/01/good-grief-house-democrats-waived-background-checks-for-pakistani-it-aides-who-worked-on-intelligence-committee/


Ted Kennedy’s ‘Darkest Hour’ Hits the Big Screen

by Michael Swartz: If it weren’t for a missed turn on a dark night, Ted Kennedy may well have been president during the 1970s. Instead, the nation was rocked in the summer of 1969 by yet another tragedy involving the Kennedy family, and that accident has become the subject of a new movie to be released Friday simply called “Chappaquiddick.”

A few years back, Mark Alexander summed up the accident on that fateful summer night in 1969: On the night of 18 July, Kennedy left a party [on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island] with an attractive young intern en route to a private secluded beach on the far side of Dike Bridge. Kennedy lost control on the single-lane bridge and his vehicle overturned in the shallow tidal water.

Kennedy freed himself from the vehicle, leaving his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, to suffocate in an air pocket inside the overturned car. Nine hours later, after sobering up and conferring with political advisors and lawyers, Kennedy called authorities to report the incident. Kopechne’s body had already been discovered.

To produce the new film about that fateful night, the creative team of writers Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, director John Curran, and Kennedy portrayer Jason Clarke leaned heavily on a 763-page inquest released the year following Kopechne’s death. This decision confines the narrative to the short time period between the night of the accident and Kennedy’s nationally televised mea culpa a few days later after he received nothing more than a suspended sentence from a local judge for leaving the scene of an accident.

So while critic Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter laments that Allen and Logan “have done their homework in organizing the material but haven’t brought an argument to the table that might have zapped the film to life,” others analyzing the film are relieved that the treatment of Kennedy wasn’t overly dramatic.

Director Curran contends that the perspective on the film will vary with one’s politics. “I realize that in this climate a viewer’s reaction to the film will be largely based on the political prism they watch it through. In that sense I endeavored to strike a very non-partisan, factual tone.” But that’s a bit of a cop-out, because the major facts of the story aren’t in dispute. As we have often said over the years, Kopechne’s life was snuffed out and Ted Kennedy spent the rest of his life trying to live down his decision to flee the scene. (As CNN put it to the derision of many Twitter followers, Chappaquiddick was “one of” Kennedy’s darkest hours.) We learned that the “Lion of the Senate” was cowardly when it most counted.

Because this incident was nearly a half-century ago and practically all of the major characters have passed away, it’s a wonder Chappaquiddick the movie was ever made at all. It did bring out the excuse to retell the Kopechne side by replaying a 1991 interview with a family member, but this morality tale reminds us of a bygone era where secrets could be kept secret.

As the reviewer McCarthy notes, “It’s impossible to watch this film without imagining how such an incident would be covered today; very likely, the young woman would not have died had there been cellphones, as she was apparently still alive in the submerged car for at least two hours, maybe three or four. But even more astounding was Ted Kennedy’s not reporting the incident for 10 hours, then the fact that a story that otherwise would have provided endless headlines became an afterthought when the first moon landing took place two days later.”

No one is expecting great things from this movie; in fact, it was bumped back from an original plan for a limited release late last year at a time when award-seeking movies are put out. But it is a reminder about how bad decisions can last a lifetime, even when you’re in a position where they can be covered up. While Ted Kennedy died in 2009 still in office as the senior senator from Massachusetts — having been re-elected seven times after the accident — the 1980 Democrat primary season was the closest he ever came to the presidential brass ring. Despite winning 12 states in the process, Kennedy was soundly beaten by Jimmy Carter at the Democrat convention, finally conceding the nomination there.

If Ted Kennedy were made of sterner stuff, maybe he would have freed Mary Jo Kopechne and the incident would have been soon forgotten, or even spun into an act of heroism guaranteeing a return to Camelot in the 1972 or 1976 presidential election. Whatever the results would have been for the nation, that’s surely a version of life’s movie Mary Jo’s grieving family would have preferred. ~The Patriot Post



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