Wednesday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Senate leaders agree on possible path to reopening government (National Review)

Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate (Associated Press)

Hundreds of IRS employees are skipping work, which could delay tax refunds (The Washington Post)

President Trump is planning to proceed with State of the Union, but details up in the air (Fox News)

Hoyer breaks with Pulosi, says he would welcome Trump on House floor for State of the Union (The Daily Caller)

White House announces 51 judicial picks, including two for leftist 9th Circuit (Fox News)

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to review census citizenship case (The Daily Signal)

Covington Catholic High School announces closure over security concerns (The Daily Signal)

Covington kids to visit the White House (The Daily Wire)

Nathan Phillips rally attempted to disrupt Mass at DC’s National Shrine (Catholic News Agency)

Nathan Phillips did not serve in Vietnam despite claims to the contrary (The Resurgent)

lowlife-Kamala Harris raises $1.5 million in first 24 hours (Politico)

New York passes abortion bill, which will expand the state’s already liberal abortion regime to allow late-term abortions (National Review)

Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban ruled unconstitutional (Reuters)

Ironic: Record private jet flights into Davos as leaders arrive for climate talk (The Guardian)

Opposition launches protests to oust Maduro as U.S.-Venezuela tensions rise (The Washington Post)

Humor: Being outraged by stupid nonsense replaces baseball as national pastime (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Trump’s military transgender ban is more reasonable than you think (Washington Examiner)

Policy: How school choice is lifting thousands of kids across America (The Daily Signal)

~The Patriot Post


Democrats Dismiss Trump’s Political Concession, Demand More

by Neil Munro

{} ~ Democrats immediately rejected President Donald Trump’s offer of a work-permit amnesty for one million registered migrants in exchange for 230 miles of new border wall… The rejection came even though Trump’s offer angered his base by trading a DACA temporary amnesty for a wall. Also, Trump did not ask for the reform of the many catch-and-release rules which allow the cartels to profitably smuggle hundreds of thousands of poor migrants into the U.S. labor market, welfare rolls, and U.S. K-12 schools. The speech came after Trump had offered a series of smaller concessions in closed-door negotiations since Christmas. Democrats quickly dismissed the amnesty offer. Sen. Chuck Schumer also rejected the compromise, saying, “offering some protections back in exchange for the wall is not a compromise but more hostage taking.”…


AG nominee Barr: dirty cop-Mueller report may not be publicly ‘release-able’


{} ~ Democrats may have to surrender any hope of seeing Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller’s final report… especially if President Donald Trump’s first choice to become the next U.S. attorney general is confirmed. Answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, William Barr made it quite clear that the findings from dirty cop-Mueller’s report may not be “release-able.” And unfortunately for Democrats who want to see the president impeached, this is a completely justified legal opinion. The special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has been ongoing for 18 months now, and both Democrats and Republicans are anxious to see what dirty cop-Mueller’s team has uncovered. So far, only a handful of campaign and administration officials have been charged for ancillary offenses unrelated to collusion, and the smoking gun that Trump’s critics so desperately desire has failed to materialize. In fact, dirty cop-Mueller’s final report may never see the light of day. When asked about the pending dirty cop-Mueller report during the first day of confirmation hearings, Barr explained how he would be confined by the statutes governing a special counsel…


BuzzFeed’s Report Has Been Disputed By diryt cop-Mueller, But scumbag-Adam Schiff Is Going To Investigate Anyway

by Chuck Ross

{} ~ House Intelligence Committee Chairman scumbag-Adam Schiff said Sunday he will “absolutely” investigate allegations made in a controversial BuzzFeed article… even though the report has been directly disputed by the special counsel’s office. “Absolutely. Absolutely,” scumbag-Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked whether he would investigate allegations laid out in a BuzzFeed article published Thursday. “Congress has a fundamental interest in two things. First, getting to the bottom of why this witness came before us and lied, and who else was knowledgeable that this was a lie,” the California Democrat added. BuzzFeed reported former Trump attorney Michael Cohen told the special counsel’s office President Donald Trump instructed him to lie to Congress about his efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The website also reported documents and witness testimony would corroborate Cohen’s statements to prosecutors… scumbag-Schiff is one big idiot and should have never been elected.



Sen. scumbag-Durbin Co-Sponsored Plan To Protect Dreamers — Now That Trump Wants It, He’s Against It

by Virginia Kruta

{} ~ Democratic Illinois Senator scumbag-Dick Durbin came out against the border security proposal announced by President Donald Trump on Saturday… publishing a statement before the president even delivered his remarks. In his statement, the Senate Minority Whip explained that he could not accept the deal Trump offered. “I cannot support the proposed offer as reported, and I do not believe it can pass the Senate.” The president’s plan included a three-year extension of legal protections for DACA recipients and those in Temporary Protected Status (TPS) — concessions that mirror those proposed in December 2016 in the bipartisan Bridge Act. The Bridge Act was drafted to protect Dreamers after then President-elect Trump promised to tear up the scumbag/liar-nObama-era executive order that put DACA on the books in the first place… Another idiot.


Israel Air Force strikes southern Syria


{} ~ Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a projectile launched from Syria after Damascus accused Jerusalem of carrying out a rare daytime attack on the south of the country on Sunday… Pictures from Israel’s popular Mount Hermon ski resort, which was full of tourists enjoying the snow-filled hill, showed two trails from Iron Dome missiles while screams from children were heard in a video from the scene. The interception came shortly after the Syrian regime accused Israel of carrying out airstrikes in the south of the country, triggering air defenses that intercepted several of them. “A military source said that our air defenses had successfully engaged an Israeli aerial attack targeting the southern region and prevented it from achieving any of its objectives,” read a report by the official Syrian news agency SANA. Al-Manar, Hezbollah’s media network, reported the attack near Damascus but gave no further details. Syrian regime supporters said that a total of nine Israeli missiles were intercepted by regime air defenses. Russia’s Ministry of Defense, according to RIA news agency, said four Israeli jets fired seven missiles at the international airport, causing no injuries to Syrian nationals…


The Wall by the Numbers

by Brian Mark Weber: Historian Victor Davis Hanson recently wrote, “There are 11 million to 13 million Mexican citizens currently living in the United States illegally.” (It may be closer to 22 million.) He continued, “Millions more emigrated previously and are now U.S. citizens. A recent poll revealed that one-third of Mexicans (34 percent) would like to emigrate to the United States. With Mexico having a population of about 130 million, that amounts to some 44 million would-be immigrants. Such massive potential emigration into the United States makes no sense.”

Currently, the number of individual border apprehensions is decreasing, but the number of families crossing the border is increasing. This is due to the poor economic conditions and unstable political climate of Central American countries. The Washington Post reports that the percentage of border crossers that are families has increased from 55% to 64% in recent months.

The border runs for about 2,000 miles, with about a third of it running along the Rio Grande. In other areas, mountainous terrain makes it challenging to construct a wall. A wall, then, would be very helpful but would not alone solve the problem.

“Nearly half of all the unauthorized migrants now living in the United States entered the country legally through a port of entry such as an airport or a border crossing point where they were subject to inspection by immigration officials,” according to a Pew Research Center study. “As much as 45% of the total unauthorized migrant population entered the country with visas that allowed them to visit or reside in the U.S. for a limited amount of time.”

This prompts the question: Do we really need a literal wall stretching for 2,000 miles?

In April 2017, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, testified before Congress, “I will not advocate for 2,000 miles’ worth of border. That is just not necessary. But what I will advocate for is a border wall in strategic locations, which helps us secure the border. … The building of barriers and large fences, a bipartisan effort, allowed agents in part to dictate where illegal crossings took place and doubled how effective I was able to be in apprehending illegal border crossers.”

About one third of the 2,000-mile border already includes some type of barrier due to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which mandated nearly 700 miles of border fencing. Nearly all of that is already in place, but there are long stretches where the border is wide open. And since nearly 12 million people live along the border, the impact of illegal immigration is immediate and serious. As the president mentioned in his recent address to the nation, it’s not just about illegals taking American jobs but also about the flow of drugs across the border.

Jim Geraghty at National Review writes, “The good news for those who wish to see a wall built along the U.S.-Mexican border is that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has built seven miles of 30-foot-high wall in the past few months, and roughly 30 more miles of high fencing are slated for construction. The bad news is that there’s still a lot of border to go.” As of now, the funding isn’t there.

Carlos Ballesteros wrote at Newsweek early last year, “Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump has not been able to secure the funding — or the support — he needs to build his border wall.” He adds, “The border wall has become a serious wedge between Democrats and Republicans.” Twenty-eight days into a partial government shutdown over its funding, that’s an understatement. But what the president wants is reasonable.

Despite the fact that we have a third of the wall built, Stef W. Kight writes at Axios, “That still leaves more than half of the almost 2,000-mile border uncovered, and there are gaps and dilapidated fencing in the barriers that are in place. The fight that has shut down the government is basically about 234 miles of new border wall that President Trump wants, according to the Trump administration’s latest request.”

With Nancy Pulosi refusing to give in — she has threatened to cancel the State of the Union address — the president must continue to hold firm in the face of both wobbly Republicans and intransigent Democrats. Maybe his strategy is working. In recent days, some House Democrats have expressed a willingness to compromise with the president. Even House Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland recently admitted that a “wall that protects people is not immoral.”

With Democrats having been on board for a border wall in the past, it’s time to do what’s best for the American people. Trump’s request is minimal in its cost but critical in its ability to help us secure our southern border. ~The Patriot Post  


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