Tuesday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Supreme Court to hear case on New York City’s restrictions on gun owners under Second Amendment (USA Today)

Supreme Court allows Trump restrictions on transgender troops in military to go into effect as legal battle continues (The Washington Post)

Trump’s proposal to reopen the government, sweetened with immigration provisions, is headed for Senate action, its prospects uncertain (Associated Press)

Locals help border agents survive the shutdown with free meals, zero-interest loans (Washington Examiner)

Illegal immigrant expected to face murder charges in Nevada killing spree (Fox News)

Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record (Reuters)

House Judiciary Committee Democrat: Kavanaugh will “likely” be investigated for perjury (National Review)

Lawyer for Covington Catholic High School families threatens lawsuits against media unless they retract false stories (PJ Media)

Leftist mobs doxx the wrong kid in aftermath of the media’s false Covington story (Townhall)

Democrats shut down Sen. Elizabeth dinky-Warren’s attempt to court Native American voters with casino bill (The Daily Wire)

While GOP punishes Steve King, anti-Semitic Democrat Ilhan Omar gets choice committee (The Epoch Times)

Former Planned Parenthood director says her pro-life organization has converted almost 500 abortion workers to be pro-life (CNS News)

Google must pay $57 million, France says — the first major penalty under a sweeping new European Union privacy law (Ars Technica)

American University’s multicultural room condemned as too inclusive of all races (The College Fix)

Humor: Press that sicced mob on teenagers based on 10-second video clip unsure why some people call them “fake news” (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: What “Trumponomics” is all about (The Daily Signal)

Policy: The Los Angeles teacher strike: Three things you should know (Foundation for Economic Education)

~The Patriot Post



Vice President Mike Pence -vs- FtN Margaret Brennan

by sundance

{theconservativetreehouse.com} ~ After President Trump put an offer on the table that was rejected by democrat leaders, Vice President Mike Pence appears on CBS Face the Nation to debate the stalemate with resistance advocate Margaret Brennan.  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/01/20/sunday-talks-vice-president-mike-pence-vs-ftn-margaret-brennan/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovurb5xam5k


The Vatican Surrenders to China

by Lawrence A. Franklin

{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ Pope Francis has surrendered partial control of the Chinese Catholic Church to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)… His Holiness agreed to grant the Party considerable authority over personnel matters. After decades of refusing to give China the right to appoint Catholic bishops, as a condition for normalization of relations, the Vatican finally conceded to the regime’s demand to allow the CCP a decisive role in the selection of bishops to head Catholic dioceses. The Vatican’s concession came despite the CCP’s continued persecution of the unofficial, independent, underground Catholic Church in China. Yet the Vatican probably does not view this as a defeat but rather as a means to an end. The diplomatic hierarchy of the Catholic Church may be confident that the truth of its spiritual message will endure long after the CCP dissolves into the same historical trash bin as other totalitarian ideologies have done. The Church’s consenting to fold its independent political posture into the Chinese regime’s Communist Party apparatus gives Beijing the authority to appoint bishops politically acceptable to the CCP. In granting China this right, the Vatican implicitly is recognizing the legitimacy of the regime’s CCP instrument to infiltrate and control Roman Catholicism in China, which is the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA)… https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13577/vatican-catholics-china


Top Homeland Security Dem breaks with party: ‘I would not rule out a wall in certain instances’

by Gregg Re

{foxnews.com} ~ House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., broke with some of his fellow congressional Democrats on Sunday… by acknowledging in an interview that he “would not rule out a wall in certain instances,” although he cautioned that the White House needs a better “plan” than simply using a wall as a “talking point.” However, House Speaker Nancy Pulosi, who preemptively rejected Trump’s proposed border wall compromise on Saturday as a “nonstarter,” has pledged not to fund the president’s border wall under any circumstances — and, Thompson suggested in an interview with ABC News’ “This Week,” Trump is stuck with her. “Mr. President, Democrats will work with you,” Thompson said. “But you can’t pick what Democrats you work with. We have picked our leaders, and you have to work with our leaders.” Thompson continued, “The notion that we can’t have barriers is just something that’s not true.”…  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/top-homeland-security-dem-i-would-not-rule-out-a-wall-in-certain-instances?utm_source=american-truth_org

VIDEO: https://video.foxnews.com/v/5991463424001/


Rep. Tlaib Requests Taxpayers Fund Her Anti-Semitism


{clarionproject.org} ~ Newly-inaugurated Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib just requested taxpayer money to fund a Congressional delegation to the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories in Israel… At the same time, her equally new colleague from Rep. Ilhan Omar was just appointed by her fellow Democrats to the prestigious House Foreign Affairs Committee. What do these events have in common and, more importantly, what do they portend for the Democratic Party? Both Tlaib (D-MI) and Omar (D-MN) are open supporters of the boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. The BDS movement aims to strangle the Jewish state economically while at the same time calls for the flooding of Palestinians into Israel to destroy the Jewish character of the state. According to the definition of anti-Semitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and officially adopted by the U.S. and 31 other nations, the BDS movement has been deemed at its core an anti-Semitic movement. This is because the movement “applies double standards by requiring of Israel a behavior not expected or demanded of by any other democratic nation.” For example, there are at least 100 land disputes across the globe that are not subject to “BDS” movements… https://clarionproject.org/rashida-tlaib-just-requested-taxpayers-fund-anti-semitism/


What It Takes to Become a Millionaire

by Chris Hogan

{prageru.com} ~ What’s the difference between America’s millionaires and the rest of us?… Chris Hogan, author of Everyday Millionaires, and his research team interviewed over 10,000 millionaires to find out, and what they discovered explodes a number of common myths.  https://www.prageru.com/videos/what-it-takes-become-millionaire

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


O’Rourke’s Coming Constitutional Crisis

by Michael Swartz: While Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is regularly in the news, it’s interesting to hear these particular words from him: “I trust the wisdom of people. And I’m confident — especially after having traveled Texas for two years — people are good, fundamentally, and if given the choice to do the right thing, they will; to do the good thing, they will.”

O’Rourke may or may not be running for president in 2020, but we can be certain that neither his previous comments on the “exhaustion” of the Constitution nor his favored “progressive” policies square with that bit about trusting people to do the right thing. Naturally, conservatives have had a field day criticizing Beto’s notion that the Constitution is an outdated document, but they’re also giving some thought to the state of our government and whether it’s even trying to keep the checks and balances that were designed into it. For example, Congress has repeatedly ceded authority to the president because it’s easier than taking tough votes.

Is congressional oversight really a thing of the past? For the cynic, perhaps so. Even the progressive Left gets it. This passage comes from one of their political bibles, the Indivisible Guide:

Constant reelection pressure means that MoCs [members of Congress] are enormously sensitive to their image in the district or state, and they will work very hard to avoid signs of public dissent or disapproval. What every MoC wants — regardless of party — is for his or her constituents to agree with the following narrative: “My MoC cares about me, shares my values, and is working hard for me.” [Emphasis added.]

Our nation came into being because men with deep foresight and a love of Liberty wanted to live their lives free from tyranny. They carefully set up a government with three co-equal parts in the hope that this would maintain a balance and keep one branch from dominating. But that freedom came with the vital responsibilities of diligence and morality, and as we became ever further removed from the generation that founded our nation, we backslid away from those twin supports. “It’s not my job” practically became the national mantra.

In the case of Congress, it meant figuring out ways not to have to take unpopular votes — and risking electoral defeat — by delegating its authority. Something had to fill the vacuum, and ambitious progressive chief executives have too often been happy to do so, winning elections on the emotional appeal of promising a life of ease to those who didn’t mind ceding just a little bit more of their freedom and fortune in the process.

Perhaps the earliest example of this was President Woodrow Wilson, whose election in 1912 (by a mere plurality of the vote thanks to a Republican Party torn between its own Roosevelt progressives and its Taft conservatives) ushered in a plethora of radical changes in the form and powers of government. In Wilson’s first term, the Constitution was changed to allow for taxation of income and direct election of senators, and the Federal Reserve was formed. Wilson’s second term brought with it Prohibition and women’s suffrage. All those changes, enacted within an eight-year period, permanently altered the direction of the American republic and set the stage for a century of eroded Liberty by way of, among other things, the New Deal, the Great Society, and scumbag/liar-nObamaCare.

Some might call what Wilson began “fundamental change,” but the problem with its evolution from Wilson to Barack scumbag/liar-nObama is something we’ve addressed before: “If you believe government has whatever power it desires and is the answer to every problem, as scumbag/liar-nObama clearly does, you should at least competently run it. Instead, systemic bureaucratic corruption and craven political considerations rule the day.” Career bureaucrats have thus jettisoned the Rule of Law for the rule of men.

Those who — perhaps naively — believed the days of incompetent progressive government were over when Donald Trump rolled into town have certainly been disappointed with his lack of progress in draining the Swamp. Surely many of those Trump believers were also confident the Tea Party would restore the vision of our Founding Fathers based on a single election only to be disappointed by the buck-passing excuse that their House majority only gave them control of one-half of one-third of the government. But that House majority added the Senate four years later and grabbed the White House in 2016.

So, the good people thought, finally, all the pieces are in place for reform that would restore our constitutional republic. But then the goalposts were moved again. The Republicans, we were told, would need 60 votes in the Senate to override Democrat obstructionism. And then came the 2018 midterms.

Given those grim electoral results, one might wonder whether the people even want a constitutional republic. In the midst of the 2017 scumbag/liar-nObamaCare battle, writer W. James Antle pointed out an inconvenient truth about modern America: “In practice, the American people want a much bigger federal government than the Constitution currently authorizes. Not long ago, a conservative wag quipped that if a president actually tried to enforce the Constitution’s limits on federal power, he or she would be impeached.”

On Jan. 3, 2019, articles of impeachment against President Trump were introduced in Congress. While it’s claimed that the impeachable offense is obstruction of justice, the reality is that Trump was obstructing the transfer of power to the unelected bureaucrats amassing their fiefdoms and making their favored friends wealthy on the backs of the long-suffering taxpayer. It’s a process that results in a few well-connected “haves” lording it over the many hapless “have-nots.”

If power is ceded to the unelected few, or if differences in philosophy become so great as to be irreconcilable, the last resort becomes violent revolution — and our nation has already tried that, twice. The harder and more necessary responsibility is for good people to demand that their elected representatives return to honoring their oaths of office and abiding by our foundational documents. Nothing short of that will suffice. ~The Patriot Post



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