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Dems challenge Trump judicial nominee over Knights of Columbus membership

by Andrew O’Reilly

{foxnews.com} ~ Two Democratic senators are scrutinizing a federal judicial nominee over his membership in the Knights of Columbus… drawing a stern rebuke from the Catholic organization. Sens. lowlife-Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, raised concerns about Omaha-based lawyer Brian Buescher’s membership as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s review of his nomination by President Trump to sit on the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, as first reported by the Catholic News Agency. In a series of questions sent to Buescher, Hirono asked whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him from hearing cases “fairly and impartially” and, if confirmed, whether he would end his membership in the Roman Catholic charitable organization. “The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” Hirono said in the questionnaire. “For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”… https://www.foxnews.com/politics/harris-and-hirono-question-federal-judicial-nominee-over-knights-of-columbus-membership?utm_source=american-truth_org

VIDEO: https://video.foxnews.com/v/5983258520001/

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Over a Dozen Criminal Illegal Aliens Released After Sheriff Vows To Go Against ICE

by CILLIAN ZEAL

{westernjournal.com} ~ Well, here’s a gambit that can only end well: A North Carolina sheriff has released over a dozen illegal immigrants from jail… in order to keep them from being deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker, a Democrat sworn in Dec. 3, had promised to end participation in the federal government’s 287(g) program, according to WRAL-TV. That involves transferring prisoners who were believed to be illegally in the country into ICE’s custody. “At this point, the sheriff is not going to be honoring those requests of detaining individuals from ICE,” legal adviser Rick Brown told WRAL. The move was made to foster trust between police and Hispanic communities, the station reported. We’ll certainly see how that works out, but that wasn’t the most attention-grabbing move that Sheriff Baker made. “Just two weeks after Baker was sworn in, 16 people under ICE detainers have been released after either serving their standard time or posting bond,” WRAL reported. “An additional 79 people remain in custody on state charges, but the sheriff said he will not honor those ICE detainers either.” So, let’s unpack that. First, as for the individuals who served “their standard time,” I can’t rightly say what they did or at least were convicted of doing. What I can say is that a) they’re in the country illegally and b) they’ve committed a criminal act... https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/dozen-criminal-illegal-aliens-released-sheriff-vows-go-ice/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriottribune&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance

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How the Europhiles are blowing up Britain

by Dan Hannan

{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ You want to know what’s going on in British politics at the moment? Frankly, cousins, it’s a bloody shambles… I would use stronger words, but American newspapers are more fastidious than their British counterparts when it comes to profanities. Overseas commentators look wonderingly at the chaos. What has happened, they ask, often with a hint of schadenfreude if they’re from Europe, to a nation that used to be famously level-headed? Have British politicians lost their minds? Are Brits experiencing some sort of collective nervous collapse? Mental health metaphors are rarely helpful in politics. We are not witnessing a moment of communal psychosis. What we’re seeing has an altogether simpler and more prosaic explanation, and it’s this: When members of Parliament decided to allow a referendum on European Union membership, it never occurred to them that people might disregard their advice and vote to leave. When the result came in, the establishment felt the rejection keenly. They refused to interpret it as a vote for more democracy or for a more global trade policy. Rather, they saw it as a rejection of everything that they — that is, the elites — had built up over decades. In company boardrooms and university common rooms and parliamentary committee rooms and civil service briefing rooms, there was a sense of injured disbelief. Rather than accept the verdict, a number of politicians, officials, and cartel business leaders immediately set to work to overturn it. Part of their strategy was to delegitimize the result “Leavers lied! Leavers cheated! Leavers took Russian cash!”, but the bigger part was to ensure that no equitable exit deal could be struck. And, in that aim, they have succeeded…  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/how-the-europhiles-are-blowing-up-britain?utm_source=WEX_News%20Brief_12/24/2018&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_News%20Brief

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How the Reformation Shaped your World

by Stephen Cornils

{prageru.com} ~ Can one man change the world? The life and work of Martin Luther prove the answer to that question is an unqualified “yes.” Stephen Cornils of the Wartburg Theological Seminary details the rebellion that fractured a centuries-old religion and changed the course of history. https://www.prageru.com/videos/how-reformation-shaped-your-world

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

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Build That Wall: Trump’s Latest Border Wall Message Is Leftists’ Worst Nightmare

by KARA PENDLETON

{westernjournal.com} ~ He did it again. President Donald Trump once again has taken to Twitter and made liberal heads explode, so to speak… This time he accomplished it with one tweet that was jam-packed with trigger points. Drones, the border wall and criminal illegal aliens were all addressed. While his tweet had a lot of support, the critics came out in droves. Not only did they hurl personal insults at the Commander-in-Chief, but they replied with a lot of typical liberal talking points, many of which had nothing to do with the topic at hand. Something commonly missed in the great wall debate is that the barrier is only one part of a far more comprehensive plan to help with national security. Erecting a wall along the border does not address problems with visa overstays or employers hiring illegal aliens. The wall has been an issue for many years. The current and potential future migrant caravan problems have only made it more urgent to address the wall issue now. Back in November, more than 100 migrants were arrested in Tijuana on criminal charges. That same month, a Homeland Security report indicated that at least 270 members of the caravan were known criminals and gang members…  https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trumps-latest-border-wall-message-leftists-worst-nightmare/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=patriotupdate&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance

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Battle Over the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

by Joseph Klein

{frontpagemag.com} ~ A bill called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act targets companies that participate in the Israel-bashing campaign known as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement… under economic pressure from international governmental organizations such as the United Nations. The bill has languished as the days remaining in this session of Congress tick down. Senators Ben Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, and Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, who are the chief sponsors of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, have tried to add the bill to a package of seven spending bills that needed to pass by last Friday to avoid a partial government shutdown. The bill got swept up in the political maelstrom swirling around the funding dispute with Democrats over President Trump’s border wall. The shutdown took place as the impasse continued past the midnight deadline. The bill declares that Congress opposes the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution of March 24, 2016, which urges countries to pressure companies to divest from, or break contracts with, Israel. The bill would also prohibit U.S. companies from participating in commercial boycotts that are fostered or imposed by international governmental organizations against Israel, adding to the existing laws making it illegal for U.S. companies to cooperate with the Arab League boycott against Israel. The language of the original bill was revised to clarify that the rights of individual U.S. citizens to engage in personal boycott activity, such as personal decisions not to buy a particular product based on where it came from, would continue to be protected. The bill covers only individuals or entities acting in an official commercial capacity. It targets those who refuse to deal commercially with persons doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories in compliance with boycott demands by member states of international governmental organizations such as the United Nations, non-member states (i.e., Palestine), the international governmental organizations themselves or their affiliated agencies. The penalties for violating the Israel Anti-Boycott Act are only monetary. There would be no jail time. “Our bipartisan legislation is a direct response to highly selective and discriminatory efforts to isolate Israel, such as those by the U.N. Human Rights Council,” Senator Portman said in a statement…  https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272336/battle-over-israel-anti-boycott-act-joseph-klein

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A Magic Pony Is the Wrong Horse to Back

by Peggy Noonan

{peggynoonan.com} ~ Fox News’ year-end poll is interesting. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they would vote today to re-elect President Trump, with 30% saying they definitely would. Thirty-nine percent say they expect him to be re-elected; 52% do not. At the same time, the president has a 46% job-approval rating, while 52% disapprove.

So the president’s approval numbers have been more or less steady, but not all those who approve of him are ready to vote for him again.

Possible reasons why are suggested deeper in the poll. The proportion who think the economy will be better a year from now has fallen 11 points since two years ago, to 45%—the most pessimistic outlook in Fox’s poll since January 2001. Fifty-one percent say the economy is either fair or poor; 47% see it as excellent or good.

Equally interesting, respondents approve of dirty cop-Mueller’s Russia investigation by 56% to 37%—a 19-point margin. Forty-eight percent say they believe the Trump campaign coordinated with the government of Russia in 2016, while 37% see no coordination. Four in 10 expect dirty cop-Mueller will find evidence of crimes, while just over half of those polled do not think they will be impeachable offenses.

In a way the president’s position is solid—his support is not melting down after the midterms and his party’s loss of the House—and in a way not solid at all. He’s not expanding his base. Voters who approve of his leadership give themselves plenty of wiggle room in terms of support, showing skepticism about the economy and open-mindedness on the dirty cop-Mueller probe.

The poll suggests that if the president fires Mr. dirty cop-Mueller, he will pay a hellacious price in public opinion, with even his core experiencing some bleed.

The poll left me thinking of what a high-ranking Republican who himself was once considered a possible president said last week in conversation in Washington. He knows the president and the White House, and he certainly knows politics. He speculated aloud on a hunch he’s had that Mr. Trump might not run for re-election. Think of it, he said. Unrelenting bad news is likely coming—final findings from Mr. dirty cop-Mueller, a new and hungry Democratic House, more investigations, little bipartisanship, economic uncertainty. It’s not going to be fun; the outlook for re-election will dim.

So, the politician said, imagine this: The president wakes up one morning and announces that, actually and amazingly, he’s accomplished everything he set out to do when he ran in 2016—cut taxes, appointed judges, faced off with China, made better trade deals, controlled immigration, improved the outlook for financial markets. “I accomplished in four years what other guys couldn’t do in eight!” the president says: “My work is done!”

And he’s gone. The politician thought this just might happen.

Since we’ve already begun to look toward 2020, a thought on what we’ve been doing the past few cycles.

Here is my concern: Politics is part theater, part showbiz, it’s always been emotional, but we’ve gotten too emotional, both parties. It’s too much about feelings and how moved you are. The balance is off. We have been electing magic ponies in our presidential contests, and we have done this while slighting qualities like experience, hard and concrete political accomplishment, even personal maturity. Barack scumbag/liar-nObama, whatever else he was, was a magic pony. Donald Trump too. socialist-Beto O’Rourke, who is so electrifying Democrats, also appears to be a magic pony.

Messrs. scumbag/liar-nObama and Trump represented a mood. They didn’t ask for or elicit rigorous judgment, they excited voters. Mr. Trump’s election was driven by a feeling of indignation and pushback: You elites treat me like a nobody in my own country, I’m about to show you who’s boss. His supporters didn’t consider it disqualifying that he’d never held office. They saw it as proof he wasn’t in the club and could turn things around. His ignorance was taken as authenticity. In this he was like Sarah Palin, another magic pony.

After two wars and an economic crisis, Mr. scumbag/liar-nObama gleamed with hope and differentness. This shining 47-year-old intellectual—surely he’ll turn things around. He’d been an obscure and indifferent state legislator who was only two years in the U.S. Senate when the move to make him president began. It was all—a feeling. He was The One. Mr. socialist-O’Rourke, who’s shooting up in the polls as a possible Democratic contender, is sunny, friendly, even-keeled. He reminds some Democrats of Bobby Kennedy—soulful, able to see and summon the things you like best in yourself. He even looks like a son of Bobby Kennedy. He is 46, has served only six years in the House, and before that was on the City Council of El Paso, Texas.

Our public political culture has given in too much to emotionalism. Last week at the George H.W. Bush funeral, which functioned as a two-hour portal into the old America, something was unsatisfying. Bush’s political life spanned 30 years. He had a way of seeing the world, thoughts and assumptions about it, a point of view, and these things had an impact on history. But most everyone speaking, and most in the pews, spoke not of the meaning of these things but of his personal qualities. That has its place, but we are talking history here, and the thoughts that produce it. The same was true at John McCain’s funeral.

We are highlighting emotions in our public life at the expense of meaning. And again, emotions are part of life and part of us, but only part, not the whole.

An exultant Chris Christie, cruising to re-election as governor of New Jersey in 2013, told me in an interview what writers don’t understand about modern politics. He said, “They misunderstand what people want from someone in political life right now.” Voters “want someone who’s going to solve their problems. And who’s gonna be practical. . . . And who has a philosophy that they can live with.” Pundits are always trying to check off issues on a list, “and I don’t think that’s what politics is. Politics is a feeling. It’s a visceral reaction to someone. Especially when you’re voting for an executive.”

I didn’t say so at the time, but I personally disapproved: Politics isn’t only a feeling, it’s about thought and judgment, it’s about matters of the head and the heart. But I remember after I quoted him the number of smart people who did not see it differently, who said that guy is pretty smart.

But sober judgment, serious accomplishment, deep knowledge and personal maturity are most important in our political leaders, because of the complexity of the problems we face. History will be confounded that at such a crucial time, trying to come up with a plan to address such issues as artificial intelligence and robotics and the future of work and a rising China and the stresses of the nuclear world, we kept choosing magic ponies and hoping for the best.

http://www.peggynoonan.com/a-magic-pony-is-the-wrong-horse-to-back/

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