Tuesday Top Headline Summary

Media Editors: “Two political action committees founded by Rep. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. The cash transfers from the PACs — overseen by Saikat Chakrabarti, the freshman socialist Democrat’s chief of staff — run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of ‘dark money’ in politics. … Campaign finance attorneys described the arrangement as ‘really weird’ and an indication ‘there’s something amiss.’ They said there was no way of telling where the political donations went — meaning they could have been pocketed or used by the company to pay for off-the-books campaign operations.” (Washington Examiner)

“Speaker Nancy Pulosi and top Democrats will take floor action Wednesday in response to controversial remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar about Israel, the second such rebuke of the freshman Democrat from party leaders in recent weeks. … A resolution on the floor … would be an extraordinary public admonishment from House leaders, particularly against a member of their own party, and speaks to the seriousness with which Democratic leaders view the ongoing controversy.” (Politico)

“U.S. authorities detained more than 70,000 migrants last month, according to preliminary figures, up from 58,000 in January. The majority were Central American parents with children who arrived, again, in unprecedented numbers. During a month when the border debate was dominated by the fight over President Donald Trump’s push for a wall, unauthorized migration in fiscal 2019 is on pace to reach its highest level in a decade. Department of Homeland Security officials say they expect the influx to swell in March and April, months that historically see large increases in illegal crossings as U.S. seasonal labor demand rises. The number of migrants taken into custody last year jumped 39 percent from February to March, and a similar increase this month would push levels to 100,000 detentions or more.” (The Washington Post)

“California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the Trump administration’s new policy that could strip millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. California became the first state to sue over the policy, arguing that the rule would interfere with the practice of medicine and result in many providers going out of business. … Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) separately announced Monday that she would lead 20 states and the District of Columbia in filing a national lawsuit against the rule on Tuesday.” (The Hill)

“The nation’s top manufacturers have for the ninth consecutive quarter given the Trump economy a thumbs up, setting record industry optimism of the economy and predicting positive growth unseen during the scumbag/liar-nObama administration. The National Association of Manufacturers said big and small companies are overwhelmingly optimistic about future growth. In fact, the past nine quarters of have seen record optimism, with an average of 91.8 percent of manufacturers positive about their own firm, compared to an average of 68.6 percent during the last two years of the scumbag/liar-nObama administration.” (Washington Examiner)

War on women? “In an effort to address wage equity among women and members of minority groups, Google studied its own practices as it does every year. But the results showed the company was underpaying more men than women for doing similar jobs in software engineering.” (CNBC)

“Democrats in the U.S. Congress plan to unveil legislation on Wednesday to reinstate ‘net neutrality’ rules that were repealed by the Trump administration in December 2017. … The Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, voted in May 2018 to reinstate the net neutrality rules, but the House did not take up the issue before Congress adjourned last year.” (Reuters)

“The National Security Agency has quietly shut down a system that analyzes logs of Americans’ domestic calls and texts, according to a senior Republican congressional aide, halting a program that has touched off disputes about privacy and the rule of law since the Sept. 11 attacks. The agency has not used the system in months, and the Trump administration might not ask Congress to renew its legal authority. … Congress ended and replaced the program disclosed by [Edward] Snowden with the U.S.A. Freedom Act of 2015, which will expire in December. Security and privacy advocates have been gearing up for a legislative battle over whether to extend or revise the program — and with what changes, if any.” (The New York Times)

“Measles is spreading from New York to Texas to Washington state in the worst outbreak in years, but some state lawmakers want to take the vaccination debate in the opposite direction: Loosening rules covering whether kids get inoculated,” Politico reports. “In Oregon, state lawmakers will consider a so-called transparency bill favored by the ‘vaccine hesitant.’ New York is simultaneously considering eliminating and expanding exemptions that allow parents to opt out. One bill in Texas would prohibit the state from even tracking exemptions. The push to loosen the rules is occurring even as the U.S. has experienced more than 160 measles cases in 10 states since Jan. 1.” Meanwhile, NBC News says, “Another study finds no link between autism and measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.”

“Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday officially suspended his country’s obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in response to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the pact last month. Putin said Russia’s participation in the 1987 treaty, which was signed by Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, will end ‘until the U.S. ends its violations of the treaty or until it terminates.’ Last month, the Trump administration announced that the agreement would be terminated in six months unless Russia stopped violating it.” (National Review)

“A federal judge struck down a request Monday to expedite the case of a woman who is begging to return to America after leaving years ago to join ISIS. … At a hearing Monday at the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, [Hoda] Muthana’s attorney Charles Swift argued that her proceedings should be sped up because Muthana is facing danger at a refugee camp in Syria where she currently is residing with her 18-month-old son. But lawyers for the government say Muthana’s case is a ‘chain of speculation’ since it’s not clear what the conditions at the camp are actually like — a sentiment agreed upon by Judge Reggie Walton.” (Fox News)

Humor: Joseph Stalin posthumously identifies as strong woman of color to deflect criticism of socialist policies (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Hillsdale College associate professor Charles N. Steele says, “Most greenhouse gas emissions in the future will come from China and other developing countries that have no intention of restricting their economies with green socialism. Climate socialism will Venezuela-ize America if we adopt it. It must be utterly, completely rejected and defeated.”

Policy: “If you’re a parent in Virginia or Georgia where teachers have rallied, you could face the same situation. It all follows last year’s walkouts in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia. What is going on here?” Read The Resurgent’s explanation here.

~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/61563?mailing_id=4115&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pp.email.4115&utm_campaign=snapshot&utm_content=body

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Abortion and the Democrat Pagan Death Cult

by Rohini DeSilva

{ipatriot.com} ~ Abortions are another Holocaust; except this time, Americans are the perpetrators: When Germans learned the horrors of the Holocaust, they claimed they had no idea that Hitler was killing millions… And we all cried out, “Never again!” When the remains of 132 children who had been sacrificed in pagan rituals in Peru were discovered, we were shocked. Yet, we ourselves have allowed over 63 million babies to be slaughtered in America. And many claim they had no idea what was going on! We Americans think we are compassionate. Our Endangered Species Act provides protection for all kinds of species, with penalties and jail for disturbing even the eggs of Spotted Owls or Turtles. We protect Grouse, Eagles, Wolves, Bear, Fish, Delta Smelt, Butterflies, Foxes, Coyotes and even Alligators. We have “no kill” shelters for dogs and cats. But we won’t protect babies in the womb! Democrats, and their ally Planned Parenthood have worked assiduously to prevent the public from finding out what they are doing. “It’s not a baby, just a lump of tissue” was the con they used. But Abby Johnson proves that. even at 12 weeks, the baby is fully formed. “Pregnancy is a disease” they asserted, implying pregnancy must be “cured” by abortion. The liberals argued: if men can have sex with no consequences; to be fair, a woman too should have no consequences; hence they should be allowed to abort. They elevated Abortion to a sacrament and claimed an Abortion Clinic is a Sacred Place. They marched screaming vulgarities and wearing pussy costumes and hats. “A Woman’s Right to Choose!!” was the slogan with which they “empowered” women! “Empowered” to do what? To glory in their power to kill their own defenseless little baby! Grizzly bears, birds, and all other animals routinely defend their young with their lives. But Leftists have converted the human female into the only animal on earth that would willingly kill her young… https://ipatriot.com/abortion-and-the-democrat-pagan-death-cult/

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loose lips-Biden’s Betrayal of SEALs should Doom Presidential Run

by Daniel John Sobieski

{americanthinker.com} ~ Democrat loose lips-Joe Biden has been lurking in the 2020 presidential shadows being presented by those with their 2020 fingers crossed as an adult in the romper room of pubescent progressives… waiting for their Spartacus moments as they learn the complexities of basic math and leadership skills. loose lips-Biden was the top choice for 28 percent of likely Democratic primary voters surveyed in a recent University of Massachusetts Amherst poll, despite his not having declared a 2020 presidential bid. Yet while critics of President Trump’s foreign policy accuse him of a degree of recklessness and immaturity that place the nation’s security at risk, loose lips-Biden’s service in an administration that gave us the criminal negligence and incompetence of Benghazi, provides us with an example of why he should not be trusted with the nation’s security or the lives of its heroes. As author and attorney David Shestoksas points out in his review of Betrayed: The Shocking The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father, loose lips-Biden betrayed the heroes that killed Osama Bin Laden to further his political ambitions: On May 1, 2011, Aaron Carson Vaughn, member of America’s elite special operations force, Seal Team VI, called his father, Billy Vaughn and exclaimed: “Dad, we got him!”..  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/03/bidens_betrayal_of_seals_should_doom_presidential_run.html

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commie-Bernie Sanders’ Support For Socialist Dictators Is Disgraceful And Disqualifying

by Brad Polumbo and Patrick Hauf

{thefederalist.com} ~ During a CNN town hall on February 25, Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was asked point-blank if he thought Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is a dictator… He dodged the question, and has in the past refused to acknowledge the claim to power of Juan Guaidó, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition who is trying to restore democratic order. Just on February 23, Maduro’s forces opened fire on groups of Venezuelans attempting to receive humanitarian aid into the starving country. Over a two-day stretch, dozens were hospitalized and six people killed. Unfortunately, under the socialist Maduro regime, that’s just par for the course. It has arrested and killed protesters, tortured political opponents, and committed countless other human rights abuses. So it’s deeply disturbing that a self-described socialist politician like commie-Sanders can’t even bring himself to call Maduro what he is—a brutal dictator. But it’s not surprising. commie-Sanders has a long history as an apologist for socialist dictators around the world. Now that he’s running for president, it’s time to call out the senator’s record for what it is: disgraceful and disqualifying. His socialist sympathy stretches back to the Cold War. The senator was very fond of the Soviet Union, even bragging about his vacations there. He praised their communist youth programs and called their public transportation system “absolutely beautiful.” Never mind the estimated 20 million people who were murdered or starved to death under Soviet rule. For commie-Sanders, their state-run economy evidently made genocide worth overlooking… http://thefederalist.com/2019/03/04/bernie-sanders-support-socialist-dictators-disgraceful-disqualifying/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=3923116261-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-3923116261-83771801

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Facebook Hypocrisy on Islamist Terror Videos

by Meira Svirsky

{clarionproject.org} ~ Facebook decided that a film lauding Islamist terror doesn’t violate its “Community Standards.”… Clarion called out a film about a young Palestinian terrorist who murdered three people and wounded seven on an Israeli bus. The 25-minute film depicted the events leading up to the terror perpetrated by Baha Alyan, 22, and Bilal Ranem, 23, in 2015. They attacked passengers on the #78 bus in Jerusalem with a knife and gun, respectively. Alyan whom the film is about was killed in the attack and Ranem was injured. The film also includes a fabricated scene where actors, dressed up as Jewish settlers, kidnap and graphically murder a Palestinian boy a scout like Alyan was. A week ago, Clarion asked our readers to write to Facebook to get this film banned. In response, Facebook wrote back saying that the film “doesn’t go against one of our specific Community Standards.” Yet upon researching Facebook’s Community Standards, as detailed on its website, Clarion found the film indeed violates at least six of these standards… https://clarionproject.org/facebook-lauding-islamist-terror-fine-with-us/?utm_source=Clarion+Project+Newsletter&utm_campaign=719bcb38c3-Newsletter+4%2F3%2F19_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_60abb35148-719bcb38c3-6442509&mc_cid=719bcb38c3&mc_eid=b83b13a9b5

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Palestinians: No Peace or Reconciliation with the ‘Infidels’

by Khaled Abu Toameh

{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ In a recent move, Palestinians have begun resorting to Islam to justify their vehement opposition to normalization of relations with Israel… Palestinian leaders and activists have long cited political and nationalist reasons to explain their opposition to any form of normalization with Israel — but Islam is a new factor in the mix. The increased talk about the possibility of some Arab countries normalizing their relations with Israel has prompted the Palestinians to wage a campaign aimed at pressuring Arab leaders to refrain from embarking on such a move. The most recent campaign is titled: “Normalization is a Crime.” Palestinian Authority officials who are not known as particularly religious have been warning Arab states that normalization with Israel is tantamount to treachery. Mahmoud al-Aloul, Deputy Chairman of the Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah faction headed by Mahmoud Abbas, went as far as describing Arab normalization with Israel as a “stab in the back of the Palestinians.” Aloul and other Palestinian officials say they are opposed to Arab normalization with Israel because the Palestinians are afraid of being abandoned by their Arab bothers. Their main argument is that normalization with Israel should take place only after, and not before, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved… https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13827/palestinians-peace-infidels

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On to Caracas and Tehran!

by Pat Buchanan

{townhall.com} ~ To Caracas and Tehran!

In the Venezuelan crisis, said President Donald Trump in Florida, “All options are on the table.” And if Venezuela’s generals persist in their refusal to break with Nicolas Maduro, they could “lose everything.”

Another example of Yankee bluster and bluff?

Or is Trump prepared to use military force to bring down Maduro and install Juan Guaido, the president of the national assembly who has declared himself president of Venezuela?

We will get an indication this weekend, as a convoy of food and humanitarian aid tries to force its way into Venezuela from Colombia.

Yet, even given the brutality of the regime and the suffering of the people — 1 in 10 have fled — it is hard to see Trump sending the Marines to fight the Venezuelan army in Venezuela.

Where would Trump get the authority for such a war?

Still, the lead role that Trump has assumed in the crisis raises a question. Does the reflexive interventionism — America is “the indispensable nation!” — that propelled us into the forever war of the Middle East, retain its hold on the American mind?

Next week, Trump meets in Hanoi with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

While Kim has not tested his missiles or nuclear warheads in a year, few believe he will ever surrender the weapons that secure his survival and brought the U.S. superpower to the negotiating table.

Is Trump prepared to accept a deal that leaves a nuclear North but brings about a peace treaty, diplomatic relations and a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula? Or are American forces to be in Korea indefinitely?

Nancy Pelosi’s House just voted to cut off U.S. support for the Saudi war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Senate may follow.

Yet Trump is prepared to use his first veto to kill that War Powers Resolution and retain the right to help the Saudi war effort.

What is our vital interest in Yemen’s civil war? Why would Trump not wish to extricate us from that moral and humanitarian disaster?

At the Munich Security Conference, however, NATO allies Britain, France and Germany recommitted to the Iran nuclear treaty from which Trump withdrew, and to improve economic relations with Tehran.

Trump pledged months ago to bring home the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and half of the 14,000 in Afghanistan. But he is meeting resistance in his own party in Congress and even in his own administration.

Reasons: A U.S. pullout from Syria would abandon our Kurdish allies to the Turks, who see them as terrorists, and would force the Kurds to cut a deal with Syria’s Bashar Assad and Russia for their security and survival.

This week, Britain and France informed us that if we leave Syria, then they leave, too.

As for pulling out of Afghanistan, the probable result would be the fall of the Kabul government and return of the Taliban, who hold more territory now than they have since being overthrown 18 years ago. For Afghans who cast their lot with the Americans, it would not go well.

U.S. relations with Russia, which Trump promised to improve, have chilled to Cold War status. The U.S. is pulling out of Ronald Reagan’s INF treaty, which bans land-based nuclear missiles of 300 to 3,000-mile range.

Putin has said that any reintroduction of land-based U.S. missiles to Europe would mean a new class of Russian missiles targeted on Europe — and on the United States.

Today, the U.S. maintains a policy of containment of Russia and China, which are more united than they have been since the first days of the Cold War. We are responsible for defending 28 NATO nations in Europe, twice as many as during the Cold War, plus Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand.

We have troops in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and appear on the cusp of collisions with Venezuela and Iran. Yet we field armed forces a fraction of the size they were in the 1950s and 1960s and the Reagan era.

And the U.S. national debt is now larger than the U.S. economy.

This is imperial overstretch. It is unsustainable.

https://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2019/02/22/on-to-caracas-and-tehran-n2542034?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=02/22/2019&bcid=7220442bc3498cb5e2d68f3cb4d11680&recip=18305623

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