Wednesday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Barbara Bush, former first lady, dead at 92 (Fox News)

Taxpayers are getting an extra day to file because of an IRS technical glitch (NBC News)

Cruz introduces legislation to make individual tax cuts permanent (The Washington Free Beacon)

Feds taxed and borrowed $4.47 trillion since last tax day; $12,737 for every man, woman, child in U.S. (CNS News)

McConnell quashes Trump’s plan to claw back spending deal (The Hill)

Mike Pompeo secretly met with Kim Jong-un to set up Trump meeting (The Washington Times)

Report: North and South Korea prepared to declare end of war (National Review)

FBI agent faces prison after pleading guilty to leaking classified documents to media — liar-Hillary Clinton and James Comey had no comment (The Daily Wire)

Judge buys FBI’s bogus rationale for hiding leaked Comey memos (The Federalist)

Starbucks to close 8,000 stores for an afternoon to give staff “racial-bias” training (ABC News)

Philadelphia Starbucks customer: Supposedly racist manager “is an SJW feminist of the highest order’ (The Daily Wire)

Dick’s Sporting Goods will destroy assault-style rifles pulled from shelves (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Supreme Court punts on data privacy case, thanks to the terrible CLOUD Act (Reason)

Tennessee legislature removes $250,000 dedicated to Memphis in budget as punishment for Confederate statue removal (The Tennessean)

One of the first Navy female fighter pilots — a devout Christian — landed Southwest flight with blown engine (The Daily Caller)

Policy: How to rein in student mobs (National Review)

  • Policy: Facebook’s use of data may annoy you, but IRS handling of your sensitive information is truly chilling (Reason) ~The Patriot Post

https://patriotpost.us/articles/55422-wednesday-top-headlines

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The Murderous Castro Regime Hands The Reins To Hand-Picked Communist Leader

by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

{ trevorloudon.com } ~ This coming Wednesday, Raul Castro will hand the Cuban communist baton to a hand-picked successor named Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57… This will be the first time in 59 years that one of the murderous Castro brothers has not led Cuba. Raul Castro is now 86 and his health is failing. He has been president of Cuba since 2008. Fidel toddled off to hell not long ago and his brother should join him shortly. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as prime minister starting in 1959 and then as president starting in 1976. He passed away in November of 2016. As founders of Cuba’s 1959 communist revolution, Fidel and Raul Castro directly shaped the country’s history and its role in power dynamics across the globe. Some have speculated on Díaz-Canel’s moderate views but, in the past year, he has taken an increasingly hard line, emphasizing the continuation of Cuba’s single-party political system and centrally planned economy. Diaz-Canal will be appointed by Raul Castro. He will not be nominated or elected. They don’t even bother with fake elections in Cuba like Russia does. Miguel Díaz-Canel is considered a rising star in the Communist Party. Little is known about him other than he has been in politics most of his adult life. It is a certainty he is a communist extremist just as the Castros were. He was the leader of the Communist Party of Cuba in the Villa Clara province between 1994 and 2003. His personal life is shrouded in mystery, but I have a feeling we are about to get a front row seat to his viewpoints and his political proclivities. For the past five years, he has held the title of first vice president — a title also once held by Raul Castro under the regime of his brother, Fidel… http://www.trevorloudon.com/2018/04/the-murderous-castro-regime-hands-the-reins-to-hand-picked-communist-leader/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NewZeal+%28New+Zeal+Blog%29

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Trey Gowdy Requests IG Horowitz Appearance Before House Oversight Committee May 8th, 2018

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy… has requested the appearance of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on May 8th, 2018: Hopefully, this is not cause for alarm. However, given the history of such activity; and specifically given the history of the engagements and motives of the participants involved in this request; it is a troubling development. The House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee is the official DC enterprise deployed when Washington DC interests identify a threat and maneuver their political UniParty alliances to eliminate the issue. Historic Oversight Committee references to Fast-n-Furious (Issa), IRS targeting (Chaffetz), and the origin of the Benghazi, Libya investigation are recent examples of outcomes therein…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/16/trey-gowdy-requests-ig-horowitz-appearance-before-house-oversight-committee-may-8th-2018/

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Dems ‘Taking Politics to an Extreme’ in Opposing Pompeo for Sec. of State

by Paul Crookston

{ freebeacon.com } ~ Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) excoriated Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday… for their opposition to confirming Mike Pompeo as secretary of state. In an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, Graham blamed Democrats for “taking politics to an extreme” by opposing President Donald Trump’s nominee. Graham discounted the possibility of the Senate voting Pompeo down when Hewitt asked, but he said it would be a travesty if the Senate ultimately rejects him. “If he doesn’t get confirmed, it will be a travesty,” Graham said. “I’ve never been more disappointed in my Democratic colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee.” He said opposition to Pompeo from Democrats on the committee was straining his relationship with them since he considers Pompeo’s qualifications obvious…  http://freebeacon.com/national-security/sen-graham-never-disappointed-democratic-colleagues-opposing-pompeo/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=453953d031-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-453953d031-45611665

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vkWLhvcfS0

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scum-George Soros Judge Demands All Cohen Records Placed In Federal, Searchable, Database

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ The Federal Judge, Kimba Wood, who is making decisions in the case against President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen… is the same person who officiated scum-George Soros wedding. Go figure. Today Judge Kimba Wood demanded, in open court, that attorney Michael Cohen state -on the record- the names of his clients….. Then, moments later, in a decision about the seized records taken by the FBI during their raid last week, Judge Wood demanded all of the Cohen records be transferred into a federal database so they could be searched, reviewed, categorized and then leaked more efficiently to the media. Explain to me again how the Mueller investigation is NOT political opposition research?…  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/16/george-soros-judge-demands-all-cohen-records-placed-in-federal-searchable-database/

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Joe diGenova Discusses James Comey, Scooter Libby and Trey Gowdy

by sundance

{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Interesting radio interview earlier this morning with Joe diGenova on WMAL… Mr. diGenova discusses his review of the James Comey interview and at 12:30 of the audio he enlarges the discussion of Scooter Libby with an interesting perspective of Trey Gowdy. Don’t forget the Office of Inspector General Horowitz, 39-page report on Andrew McCabe, is only the first of multiple OIG reports that will soon be released. The main report will cover the overall politicization of the liar-Clinton investigations by the DOJ and FBI; and the FISA court abuse by those same officials will follow thereafter. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/16/joe-digenova-discusses-james-comey-scooter-libby-and-trey-gowdy/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe5M8JPzUgk

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Trump: Prisoner of the War Party?

by Pat Buchanan

{ townhall.com } ~ “Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria.’ We convinced him it was necessary to stay.”

Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, “We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.”

Is the U.S. indeed in the Syrian civil war “for the long term”?

If so, who made that fateful decision for this republic?

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley confirmed Sunday there would be no drawdown of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, until three objectives were reached. We must fully defeat ISIS, ensure chemical weapons would not again be used by Bashar Assad and maintain the ability to watch Iran.

Translation: Whatever Trump says, America is not coming out of Syria. We are going deeper in. Trump’s commitment to extricate us from these bankrupting and blood-soaked Middle East wars and to seek a new rapprochement with Russia is “inoperative.”

The War Party that Trump routed in the primaries is capturing and crafting his foreign policy. Monday’s Wall Street Journal editorial page fairly blossomed with war plans:

“The better U.S. strategy is to … turn Syria into the Ayatollah’s Vietnam. Only when Russia and Iran began to pay a larger price in Syria will they have any incentive to negotiate an end to the war or even contemplate a peace based on dividing the country into ethnic-based enclaves.”

Apparently, we are to bleed Syria, Russia, Hezbollah and Iran until they cannot stand the pain and submit to subdividing Syria the way we want.

But suppose that, as in our Civil War of 1861-1865, the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, and the Chinese Civil War of 1945-1949, Assad and his Russian, Iranian and Shiite militia allies go all out to win and reunite the nation.

Suppose they choose to fight to consolidate the victory they have won after seven years of civil war. Where do we find the troops to take back the territory our rebels lost? Or do we just bomb mercilessly?

The British and French say they will back us in future attacks if chemical weapons are used, but they are not plunging into Syria.

Defense Secretary James Mattis called the U.S.-British-French attack a “one-shot” deal. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appears to agree: “The rest of the Syrian war must proceed as it will.”

The Journal’s op-ed page Monday was turned over to former U.S. ambassador to Syria Ryan Crocker and Brookings Institute senior fellow Michael O’Hanlon: “Next time the U.S. could up the ante, going after military command and control, political leadership, and perhaps even Assad himself. The U.S. could also pledge to take out much of his air force. Targets within Iran should not be off limits.”

And when did Congress authorize U.S. acts of war against Syria, its air force or political leadership? When did Congress authorize the killing of the president of Syria whose country has not attacked us?

Can the U.S. also attack Iran and kill the ayatollah without consulting Congress?

Clearly, with the U.S. fighting in six countries, Commander in Chief Trump does not want any new wars, or to widen any existing wars in the Middle East. But he is being pushed into becoming a war president to advance the agenda of foreign policy elites who, almost to a man, opposed his election.

We have a reluctant president being pushed into a war he does not want to fight. This is a formula for a strategic disaster not unlike Vietnam or George W. Bush’s war to strip Iraq of nonexistent WMD.

The assumption of the War Party seems to be that if we launch larger and more lethal strikes in Syria, inflicting casualties on Russians, Iranians, Hezbollah and the Syrian army, they will yield to our demands.

But where is the evidence for this?

What reason is there to believe these forces will surrender what they have paid in blood to win? And if they choose to fight and widen the war to the larger Middle East, are we prepared for that?

As for Trump’s statement Friday, “No amount of American blood and treasure can produce lasting peace in the Middle East,” the Washington Post Sunday dismissed this as “fatalistic” and “misguided.”

We have a vital interest, says the Post, in preventing Iran from establishing a “land corridor” across Syria.

Yet consider how Iran acquired this “land corridor.”

The Shiites in 1979 overthrew a shah our CIA installed in 1953.

The Shiites control Iraq because President Bush invaded and overthrew Saddam and his Sunni Baath Party, disbanded his Sunni-led army, and let the Shiite majority take control of the country.

The Shiites are dominant in Lebanon because they rose up and ran out the Israelis, who invaded in 1982 to run out the PLO.

How many American dead will it take to reverse this history?

How long will we have to stay in the Middle East to assure the permanent hegemony of Sunni over Shiite?

https://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2018/04/17/trump-prisoner-of-the-war-party-n2471473?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

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