Tuesday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Russian envoy says relations with U.S. in crisis, retaliation likely (Fox News)

FBI investigating suspicious packages sent to government offices (The Washington Times)

FTC confirms it’s investigating Facebook (The Hill)

House judiciary committee subpoenas 1.2M documents reviewed by DOJ IG (CNS News)

The McCabe-Flynn double standard (The Wall Street Journal)

California to sue Trump admin over citizenship question in 2020 census (Fox News)

Orlando nightclub shooter’s father was FBI informant, say lawyers for killer’s widow (NPR)

House and Senate Dems introduce bill to require background checks on ammunition sales (The Hill)

Democrat NC sheriff hopeful apologizes for joke about taking guns away from people’s “cold, bare hands” (Fox News)

“Transgenderism” causing parents to choose unisex baby names (The New American)

Stormy who? Trump approval rating surges to highest point in nearly a year (The Washington Times)

Humor: Confirmed: 2018 spending bill includes $30 million for paying off Trump mistresses (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Lawmakers pile up massive debt, putting tax cuts at risk (The Daily Signal)

Policy: Congress should get past liar-nObamaCare, forget bailouts, and embrace real health reform (The Heritage Foundation) ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/54990-tuesday-top-headlines

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Marching Disarmament Snowflakes Can’t Define Mythical “Assault Weapon”

by rickwells.us

{ rickwells.us } ~ Nothing tells the story of how utterly stupid and easily led millennials and other followers of the Democrat mind-poison are… as well as the inane utterances that come out of their own uninformed mouths. Campus Reform attended the “March for Our Lives” on Saturday and vividly proved that point. The reporter begins by asking some of the attendees what kind of changes they would like to see implemented. Theoretically they must have some strong, informed position as their motivation for being out, away from home and demonstrating to change our government and trample on the rights of others. That isn’t the case for Democrat lemmings. Repeating chants are often as close to articulating their positions as they’re able to get. If they stray away from the confines of their nursery rhyme they get into trouble, as they demonstrated when asked the most basic of questions… https://rickwells.us/marching-disarmament-define-assault/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENN1eeyuLPY

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A London Meeting Before The Election Aroused George Papadopoulos’s Suspicions

by CHUCK ROSS

{ dailycaller.com } ~ Two months before the 2016 election, George Papadopoulos received a strange request for a meeting in London… one of several the young Trump adviser would be offered — and he would accept — during the presidential campaign. The meeting request, which has not been reported until now, came from Stefan K. Halper, a foreign policy expert and Cambridge professor with connections to the CIA and its British counterpart, MI6. Halper’s September 2016 outreach to Papadopoulos wasn’t his only contact with Trump campaign members. The 73-year-old professor, a veteran of three Republican administrations, met with two other campaign advisers, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned. According to a source with knowledge of the meeting, Halper asked Papadopoulos: “George, you know about hacking the emails from Russia, right?” Papadopoulos told Halper he didn’t know anything about emails or Russian hacking, the source said and spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. The professor did not follow up on the line of inquiry… http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/25/george-papadopoulos-london-emails/?utm_medium=email

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Tucker Finally Had Enough of David Hogg, Took Him Down on National TV

by CILLIAN ZEAL

{ conservativetribune.com } ~ In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the left has waged a proxy war on guns. And they’ve done so with child soldiers… The most prominent of these has been David Hogg. If you’ve been anywhere near a TV, computer, smartphone or newspaper these past few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly seen Hogg, whose only compelling argument is that he survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and that you need to listen to him. Fox News host Tucker Carlson has had enough of this line of thinking. On his Friday show, in an analysis of the rhetoric of David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez — two of the most vocal anti-gun Stoneman Douglas students — Carlson called them extremists who are “definitely not fit to be making policy for the rest of us.”… https://conservativetribune.com/tucker-finally-had-enough/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=CTBreaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=conservative-tribune

VIDEO at the site.

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Palestinians: Why Hamas Will Not Disarm

by Khaled Abu Toameh

{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is living in an illusion if he thinks that his rivals in Hamas would ever agree to lay down their weapons or cede control over the Gaza Strip… Hamas has no intention of dismantling its military and security apparatus. It also does not have any intention of allowing Abbas’s security forces to be stationed in the Gaza Strip. This refusal is why the “reconciliation” deal that Abbas signed with Hamas in Cairo in October 2017 will never be translated into facts on the ground. Hamas is prepared to give Abbas anything he wants in the Gaza Strip except for security control. Hamas has no problem allowing Abbas and his government to function as a “civil administration” in the Gaza Strip by providing funds and various services to government institutions there. If Abbas wants to pay salaries to civil servants in the Gaza Strip, that is fine with Hamas. If he wants to pay for fuel, water and electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip, that is also fine with Hamas…

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12095/hamas-gaza-weapons-control

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Trump orders expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence officials from US

by Katelyn Caralle

{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ President Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence officers from the U.S., senior administration officials announced Monday… in retaliation for Moscow’s use of chemical weapons against a former Russian spy in the U.K. this month. Out of the 60 Russians who are being ordered to leave the country, 48 work at Russian embassies and consulates and 12 at the United Nations in New York. The administration is also closing the Russian Consulate in Seattle. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement that said the Seattle consulate closure is due to its proximity to a U.S. submarine base and Boeing. Naval Base Kitsap, which is about a 90-minute drive from Seattle, houses the Navy’s West Coast-based Trident ballistic missile submarines…

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/trump-orders-expulsion-of-60-russian-intelligence-officials-from-us

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Authoritarianism for Me but Not for Thee

by David Limbaugh

{ townhall.com } ~ It’s funny how projection works. These hysterical Democrats calling for President Trump’s impeachment because of his dastardly “authoritarian tendencies” are the ones with authoritarian tendencies.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that the president commits an impeachable offense if his political opponents harbor an irrational fear that he has authoritarian tendencies — whether or not he has acted outside the scope of his constitutional authority, flouted the rule of law or done anything else that could be remotely construed as a high crime or misdemeanor. I didn’t, either.

But doesn’t it bother you just a little bit that the very people who are calling for Trump’s removal because they don’t like him or his policies want to put their own authoritarians in power, where they can actually flout the rule of law?

My chief complaint is not their hypocrisy, though it abounds among these sanctimonious progressives. It is that they are eager to twist the law to suit their political agenda while masquerading as sacred guardians of the Constitution.

Someone should ask these mob-thinking witch-hunters how they can contemplate impeachment without a colorable claim that Trump has committed an impeachable offense. Other than their incapacity for self-reflection, why are they demanding an official proceeding to remove the president based on what he stands for and things he says?

Granted, impeachment is largely a political matter, but riotous partisans shouldn’t be allowed to just make things up and ignore the plain language of the Constitution and the historical background informing its provisions. Sure, liberal activists who can find an emanation and penumbra behind every constitutional rock can distort any constitutional provision beyond recognition. But would anyone but a rabid authoritarian pretend that the Framers intended “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” to include any lawful conduct or tweet that could be exploited in bad faith to overturn the democratic will of the voters?

The less likely it appears that Trump did anything improper with Russia, the more desperate these Democratic authoritarians become. There is an inverse relationship between the amount of actual evidence against Trump and the intensity of the Democrats’ impeachment rhetoric. Old adages endure for a reason, and the Democrats are quite familiar with this one: “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.”

Everywhere we look, Democrats are pounding the table and yelling like hell. On MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders said Trump has “a strong authoritarian personality” and shows a “disrespect for democracy” in the U.S. His proof: Trump admires foreign dictators, and he disrespects democracy in terms of voter suppression, gerrymandering and his attacks on the media. Well, I hate to tell you, commie-Bernie, but one of the telltale signs of leftists these days is their adoration for dictators such as the Castros. I also regret to inform you that Barack liar-nObama declared war on Fox News and conservative talk radio without a syllable of protest from you or your comrades. And gerrymandering? Really? Nevertheless, it’s amusing for socialists to complain about authoritarianism when their lives are dedicated to consolidating governmental power to exercise authoritarian control over their subject citizens. But at least Sanders is not demanding impeachment — yet.

Liberal MSNBC host Brian Williams slammed Republicans for lacking the courage to discuss impeaching Trump. Unsurprisingly, the authoritarian-prone Williams didn’t cite any impeachable offenses.

Campus Reform reports that Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe is teaching a class that explores what impeachment and removal by other means might resemble in the Trump era. He has a new book coming out on the subject, and he was already calling for impeachment last May in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

In that essay, Tribe cited no impeachable misconduct on Trump’s part. He just groused about the “emoluments clause” — give me a break — and that “ample reasons existed” to worry about Trump even before he fired FBI Director James Comey. Tribe argued that the nation couldn’t afford to wait to begin impeachment proceedings. “To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.”

Soon after, Tribe said on MSNBC: “Letting him just sit out the time … is too dangerous for the country. We have to start an impeachment investigation in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee now while the FBI continues to do its work.”

Does that sound a bit authoritarian to you? Just begin the formal process to remove a sitting, duly elected president against whom there is no evidence of a high crime or misdemeanor. No big deal, right?

Not one member of the reckless cabal wildly calling for Trump’s impeachment — which includes leftists and parts of the never-Trump right — can cite an actual abuse of authority by Trump, much less a high crime or misdemeanor. President liar-nObama violated the Constitution and the rule of law for sport, and liberals didn’t care.

For the left, this isn’t about the Constitution, the rule of law or authoritarianism; it’s about getting rid of Trump at any cost to the Constitution and the rule of law — and by any authoritarian means necessary.

https://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2018/03/23/authoritarianism-for-me-but-not-for-thee-n2463742?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

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