Wednesday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Trump’s 2020 budget delayed by shutdown (The Hill)

Economic growth paid for 20% of GOP tax cuts, new CBO data show (Investor’s Business Daily)

Pentagon will be sending several thousand more troops to the southern border (Associated Press)

In break with past policy, U.S. tells first asylum seeker to wait in Mexico (ABC News)

Georgia gubernatorial loser Stacey Abrams to give Democrat response to State of the Union (CBS News)

lowlife-Kamala Harris waffles on health care less than 24 hours after spurring outrage (The Daily Wire)

Virginia Democrats push for legalizing abortion during child birth (The Resurgent)

Polar plunge freezes Midwest with snow, dangerously cold air (Reuters)

South Dakota becomes latest state to pass constitutional carry (The Daily Wire)

FBI: Las Vegas shooter sought infamy, influenced by father’s memory (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

DC antifa leader arrested for multiple violent felonies out of a job at leftist nonprofit after his radical ideology was exposed (The Daily Wire)

Humor: Report: Americans totally unable to remember what they were outraged about last week (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: Banning government shutdowns is a terrible idea (National Review)

Policy: Why “Medicare for All” isn’t really Medicare at all (American Enterprise Institute)

~The Patriot Post


The Stunning Importance of What Devin Nunes Said Yesterday – Rosenstein Made President Trump Mueller’s Target

by sundance

{} ~ Devin Nunes dropped a bombshell yesterday in an interview with Maria Bartiromo. Many people are overlooking the implications of his speculation… and, more importantly how Nunes statement answers just about every contradictory question people have carried. Including: Why Rosenstein introduced dirty cop-Mueller to President Trump the day before he was appointed as Special Counsel? Why dirty cop-Mueller/Rosenstein are hiding the investigative origination letter? Why President Trump has NOT been able to declassify documents? and Why President Trump is, and will always be, hamstrung by the dirty cop-Mueller investigation? In short, Devin Nunes speculated that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein put the substantive allegations from the Fusion-GPS/Ohr/Steele Dossier into his investigative instructions that he gave dirty cop-Robert Mueller. If it is accurate that Rosenstein charged dirty cop-Robert Mueller with investigating the dossier claims; and if Nunes is accurate that the DOJ investigative target, a derivative of the dossier, is Donald Trump; well, everything starts to make a hell of a lot more sense. If the mandate given to dirty cop-Robert Mueller was to specifically investigate the sitting president of the United States as an active participant, and subsequent target, for a counterintelligence operation, then DAG Rod Rosenstein -and dirty cop-Mueller- would have to hide that mandate from everyone and anyone…



Justice Department Announces Criminal Charges Involving Chinese Company Huawei

by sundance

{} ~ According to the DOJ announcement released today three companies: Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Huawei Device USA Inc. and Skycom Tech Co. Ltd. are charged… with bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and conspiracy to violate IEEPA, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Huawei and Huawei USA are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice related to the grand jury investigation in the Eastern District of New York. Additionally Ms. Meng Wanzhou is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracies to commit bank and wire fraud. Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Wilbur Ross of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the National Security Division, announced the charges.



House Democrats Identify Top Republican Targets for 2020

by Joe Schoffstall

{} ~ The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have identified their top targets for 2020 and will zero in on 33 congressional districts… that are currently held by Republicans, according to a strategy memo. The target list, which was released Monday by CNN, was contained in a strategy memo from Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.), the chair of the DCCC. Within the memo, Democrats said they are now “gearing up for an aggressive effort to fortify and expand” their current House majority. “2018 was just the tip of the iceberg for Democrats,” said Bustos. “Today we are announcing our plan to go on offense and grow our New Democratic Majority. We have a clear path to expanding our Democratic Majority, and by putting our plans in motion earlier in the cycle than ever before, we are demonstrating to Democrats across the country that the political arm of House Democrats is operating in high gear from the start.” The 33 politicians the DCCC have identified as top targets for 2020 are as follows… Republicans need to gear up on these attacks and fight back.


Pakistan’s top court upholds Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal; Christian woman expected to seek asylum abroad

by Lukas Mikelionis

{} ~ Pakistan’s Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy… ruling that she is now free to leave the country where she’s facing death threats. Asia Bibi previously spent eight years on death row before being acquitted last October, now may leave Pakistan and join her daughters, who have fled to Canada where they have been given asylum. The top court’s ruling came after radical Islamic parties filed a last-minute appeal of the acquittal following days of protests, The appeal tried to overturn the ruling and send Bibi back to prison where she would be executed for blasphemy. Bibi’s lawyer, Saiful Malook, who had to flee the country over death threat, said the decision was a victory for Pakistan’s constitution and rule of law. The Supreme Court panel had “insisted on very strict proofs of blasphemy” and couldn’t find any in the case, he said…



Is the U.S. Seriously Taking the Taliban at Its Word?

by Aaron Kliegman

{} ~ Last Monday, a Taliban suicide bomber drove a captured American Humvee full of explosives into an Afghan military base in the central Wardak province… Taliban gunmen then stormed the base, where elite Afghan forces supported by the U.S. train. In the end, the Taliban killed more than 100 people. Yet the very next day, American officials met with Taliban representatives in Qatar for six straight days of talks to negotiate a peace deal to end the war in Afghanistan, now in its 17th year. Both sides agreed in principle to the framework of such a deal, the outline of which was publicized Monday. Many Americans will applaud this “progress” as one step closer to bringing the 14,000 American troops currently deployed in Afghanistan home. But the truth is that the framework is, in its current form, likely to fail, and it should raise questions and skepticism rather than optimism. The proposal could lead the United States to withdraw all of its troops in return for a cease-fire and the Taliban agreeing to talks with the Afghan government. According to Reuters, which received a draft of the peace plan, foreign soldiers would leave Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being signed. An anonymous senior American official told the wire service that Washington is committed to withdrawing forces, adding, “Of course we don’t seek a permanent military presence in Afghanistan.” The Pentagon, however, has not received instructions to plan a withdrawal. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday that, while the framework is “encouraging,” it is too early for the military to take any concrete steps. But there is more to the peace plan. The foundation supporting its weight is nothing more than a promise from the Taliban: that its hardened men, its Islamist fundamentalists would guarantee Afghan territory is never used by terrorists. “The Taliban have committed, to our satisfaction, to do what is necessary that would prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a platform for international terrorist groups or individuals,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief negotiator for the United States, told the New York Times. “We felt enough confidence that we said we need to get this fleshed out, and details need to be worked out.”…


First They Came for MAGA Hats…

by Arnold Ahlert: America has reached an inflection point. In a nation built on individual liberty and God-given rights, leftists have decided they should be the sole arbiters of what is or isn’t acceptable in modern society. With relentless help from the rank propagandists who have killed journalism, they have determined that anything that doesn’t comport with progressive dogma is not only wrong, but evil. Evil that can be completely dismissed at best — or eliminated, possibly violently, at worst. The current focus of their unrestrained rage is a red baseball cap with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” printed on the front.

Their hatred is raw and real. “Before he encountered Omaha elder Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial, Covington High School student Nick Sandmann had already taken steps to provoke and insult people of color,” writes NBC columnist Noah Berlatsky. “He’d put on a MAGA hat.”

Berlatsky’s overt bigotry, as in the ridiculous notion that he is a spokesperson for “people of color,” would likely be unsurprising to Eugenior Joseph. Last Mother’s Day, the 22-year-old black American was harassed by employees at a Miami Cheesecake Factory for wearing a MAGA hat. According to multiple eye witnesses, employers threatened Joseph with violence, called him names, and followed him to the bathroom. Multiple video clips and photos validate those eyewitness accounts.

As for MAGA, Berlatsky is equally blunt, asserting, “America was great when Trump fans could hurt others — especially non-white others — with impunity.”

Who’s hurting whom? In addition to Joseph, a quick search using the words “people attacked for wearing MAGA hats” yields a number of equally contemptible instances of people being harassed or assaulted, including a trans activist assaulted in Hollywood, a Brooklyn man attacked with a broken bottle in a Manhattan bar, a Texas teen assaulted at a Whataburger in San Antonio, and an Arizona man who had his ankle broken in a Tucson encounter.

Apparently such people automatically deserve such treatment. “It matters that they wore ‘Make America Great Again’ hats,” asserts CNN columnist Issac Bailey, referring to the Covington Catholic School teens subjected to one of the most contemptible media smear campaigns in modern history. Bailey is particularly incensed by the hat’s acronym. “When was America ‘great’? he asks. “When millions of black people were slaves? When hundreds of thousands of black men were sold to US companies via convict leasing? Maybe during the heart of Jim Crow, the height of lynching, or when black people struggling with drug addictions were viewed as criminals to be controlled, not fellow human beings needing help?”

How about when slaves were freed at a cost of 360,000 Union soldiers’ lives, or when Martin Luther King triumphed over the same Democrats who established the Ku Klux Klan, embraced Jim Crow, and opposed the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution — amendments banning slavery, guaranteeing due process and equal protection to former slaves, and granting black Americans the right to vote, respectively?

Like so many progressive propagandists, Bailey tells half the story because the other half is utterly inimical to his twisted agenda. It’s an agenda completely immune to hypocrisy as well. “Together, we can make America great again,” said scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton in 1991, using the phrase as a springboard for his presidential campaign. The same campaign over which the Left swooned.

Unfortunately, this toxic brew of rage and hypocrisy has found a home in the nation’s education system, where two generations of semi-literate, semi-numerate students who know next to nothing about history, civics, or the Constitution are nonetheless well-attuned to a single idea: America is an inherently flawed nation in need of “fundamental transformation.”

Fundamental transformation that leftists would like to impose by any means necessary. Thus it should surprise no one that Kentucky Democrat and House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Yarmuth not only showcased his contempt for the Covington students but the Constitution itself. “I am calling for a total and complete shutdown of teenagers wearing MAGA hats until we can figure out what is going on,” he tweeted. “They seem to be poisoning young minds.”

What is poisoning minds, young and old alike, is the Left’s ongoing determination to reduce America to series of tribes. “People become groups — and an individual’s own guilt or innocence beside the point,” warns columnist Katrina Trinko.

Individualism itself is also becomes beside the point, which is why the Left is obsessed with identity politics. The dissemination of propaganda becomes far more difficult when inconvenient “anomalies” conflict with The Narrative™. Better to sweep Eugenior Joseph and other equally problematic MAGA hat-wearing exceptions under the proverbial rug than allow them to “complicate” memes such as the one that white, Catholic, male, pro-life students wearing MAGA hats are privileged, backward, toxic, misogynistic, and deplorable.

Moreover, the assignation of guilt and the rush to judgment it engenders from our politically correct would-be masters is much more effective when it can be categorized — and collectivized. How collectivized? “I’m a New York Times reporter writing about #exposechristianschools,” tweeted New York Times reporter Dan Levin last week. Apparently starting from the assumption that Christian schools require some kind of exposure is what passes for unbiased information gathering at the Times.

Can “Two Minutes Hate” be far behind?

Sadly, nothing is new here. The collective demonization that inexorably reduces groups of people to sub-human status enabled the guillotines of the French Revolution, the gas chambers of the Nazis, and the gulags, torture chambers, and mass starvation and mass executions that took place in the Soviet Union and Communist China.

For far too many leftists, the MAGA hat provides a springboard for rationalizing similar sub-humanization.

Leading to what? In a seemingly unrelated story, Trump adviser Roger Stone was arrested last Friday morning in a pre-dawn raid conducted like a terrorist takedown by approximately a dozen FBI agents armed with AR-15s. The 66-year-old man was led away — in his pajamas. The orchestrated, circus-like atmosphere was conveniently captured by CNN reporters, who claimed “instinct” had them on the scene filming the arrest.

Stone’s alleged crimes? Five counts of making false statements, a count of witness tampering, and one for obstruction of official proceedings, but nothing related to collusion with Russia — and nothing warranting law enforcement tactics that make it clear the Special Counsel investigation is anything but even-handed.

How over the top was this raid? A federal judge ruled Stone was not a flight risk and he was released on a $250,000 signature bond that will cost him nothing if he shows up for his court proceedings.

Anyone still remember when such heavy-handed tactics were considered the hallmark of totalitarian regimes?

Dangerously, over the top has become the essence of progressive ideology. “You don’t let your kid wear a MAGA hat and then act offended when they get taken for a racist,” asserts columnist Mollie O’Reilly.

No, Ms. O’Reilly. You don’t get to champion the evisceration of the First Amendment and then act offended if someone takes you for a fascist.

Such odious reality elicits paraphrasing. “First they came for the MAGA hat, and I didn’t object because, I don’t wear one…”

Will history repeats itself? ~The Patriot Post


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