Wednesday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: North Korea threatens to cancel U.S. meeting over American military drills with South Korea (Fox News)

Trump to ease sanctions on Chinese telecom (The Washington Free Beacon)

Haspel secures enough votes for confirmation to CIA (The Hill)

U.S. identifies suspect in major leak of CIA hacking tools (The Washington Post)

Nunes demands to know why Justice Department even opened investigation into Trump campaign (The Washington Times)

U.S. blocks UN statement calling for probe into Gaza violence (National Review)

DCCC hit with ethics complaint after secret recording released (The Washington Free Beacon)

Pennsylvania primary results show surprising Trump strength (Fox News)

Women sweep to victory in House primaries (Politico)

Cartels make $500 million a year from smuggling illegal aliens across U.S. border (The Washington Times)

Starbucks, Amazon panic after leftist Seattle city council passes crippling “head tax” (The Daily Wire)

Judge overturns California’s doctor-assisted suicide law (NBC News)

Californication: California STDs raging at all-time highs for third year in a row (NPR)

New data show California kids’ math achievement took a nosedive after Common Core (The Federalist)

University stops professor from giving women better grades for being women (The College Fix)

Humor: Things to do in the newly free bathrooms at Starbucks (PJ Media)

Policy: Congress is right to consider prison reform (The Daily Signal)

Policy: Critical amendments for the House farm bill (The Heritage Foundation) ~The Patriot Post


Andrew McCarthy Discusses The Ongoing Battle Between Congress and the Careerists Within the DOJ

by sundance

{ } ~ Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy appears on Shannon Bream’s television show… to discuss the ongoing battle between congress and the DOJ over information and evidence surrounding DOJ/FBI corruption in 2015, 2016 and 2017. It’s a good interview to watch because McCarthy has just read a large portion of the text messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok for THIS ARTICLE. As a result of reviewing the content, McCarthy is able to accurately frame his reference points and provides information that is divergent from the MSM preferred narrative. Again CTH reminds readers, despite thousands of articles written by MSM, you can count on one hand the number of journalists who have actually read through all 500+ pages (both releases) of text message communication between DOJ Lawyer Lisa Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok. It’s easy to spot who has not read them because the content of their articles is disputed by the underlying facts within Page/Strzok internal messages…



Controversial State Department Nominee In Trouble

by Bill Gertz

{ } ~ The nomination of Susan Thornton to be assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs is in trouble and may be withdrawn… according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Thornton remains acting assistant secretary and has been involved in arrangements for the presidential summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month. But her Senate confirmation as assistant secretary is stalled in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee despite being nominated six months ago and taking part in a contentious hearing Feb. 15. Thornton is facing criticism for conciliatory positions on U.S. policy toward China that conflict with the Trump administration’s new tougher line on Beijing…


Mueller may have a conflict — and it leads directly to a Russian oligarch


{ } ~ Special counsel Robert Mueller has withstood relentless political attacks… many distorting his record of distinguished government service. But there’s one episode even Mueller’s former law enforcement comrades — and independent ethicists — acknowledge raises legitimate legal issues and a possible conflict of interest in his overseeing the Russia election probe. In 2009, when Mueller ran the FBI, the bureau asked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to spend millions of his own dollars funding an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007. Yes, that’s the same Deripaska who has surfaced in Mueller’s current investigation and who was recently sanctioned by the Trump administration…



Democrats Work to Reinstate Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

by Rachel del Guidice

{ } ~ Democrats are expected to vote this week to re-establish internet rules, commonly known as net neutrality… promulgated by President Barack liar-nObama’s Federal Communications Commission. “This move by the Democrats threatens American ingenuity and the countless good-paying jobs created by internet startups,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal. “Some of America’s most innovative companies have resulted from an open and free internet. That’s why I support the FCC’s actions to restore internet freedom.” In 2015, the liar-nObama-era FCC imposed net neutrality restrictions on broadband providers and essentially banned any unequal treatment of data being sent on the web. The rules banned blocking or slowing content which effectively prohibited discounts and premium pricing…


Thousands of Gaza Hamas Thugs Attack Israel for $100 a Day

by Daniel Greenfield

{ } ~ Hamas supporters in Gaza held the world’s first peaceful protest with hand grenades, pipe bombs, cleavers and guns… Ten explosive devices were peacefully detonated. There were outbursts of peaceful gunfire and over a dozen kites carrying firebombs were sent into Israel where they started 23 peaceful fires. And Israeli soldiers peacefully defended their country leaving multiple Hamas attackers at peace. “We will tear down the border,” Hamas Prime Minister Yahya Sinwar had peacefully vowed. “And we will tear out their hearts from their bodies.” But the only hearts his terror thugs tore out were already bleeding with sympathy for Islamic terrorists. The Hamas mob chanted, “Allahu Akbar” and the genocidal racist threat of, “Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud,” a reference to the primal Islamic massacre of the Jews. While IDF soldiers held back the invaders, the jets of the IAF targeted the snake’s head striking Hamas compounds and outposts. By 5.30 PM, the Hamas organizers changed course and began urging the thugs away from further fence attacks…


Jerusalem ready to embrace the new U.S. embassy

by Ruth Eglash

{ } ~ The windy road leading up to the city was decorated with fluttering American and Israeli flags on Monday as signs everywhere declared “Trump, Make Israel Great.” A popular soccer team even renamed itself: “Beitar Trump Jerusalem.”

Jerusalem is ready – sort of – for the official opening of the U.S. Embassy.

The inauguration will take place at the site of the new embassy, which is really the existing consulate, just with a spanking new plaque. President Donald Trump will not attend but he will address the high-profile crowd, including his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and a host of political, religious and communal leaders, via live video linkup.

For most of Jerusalem’s residents, the wider Israeli public and the country’s leaders, it’s a cause for huge celebration.

At a celebratory breakfast in Jerusalem, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked called Trump the “Churchill of the 21st century.”

“He has reversed Chamberlain’s policy of capitulation and teaches the world that ‘the landowner has returned,’ ” said Shaked at an event attended by members of the visiting White House delegation. “Europe insists upon not learning from history. It closed its eyes to the strengthening of the Nazis; today it is choosing to close its eyes to the strengthening of Iran. In such a reality in particular, it is good that the leader of the free world is President Trump.”

A day earlier, at a special “Thank you America” event at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a crowd, including 250 visiting U.S. senators, congressmen, community and religious leaders that “tomorrow will be a historic day for our people and for our state.”

“President Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem affirms a great and simple truth: Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for the past three thousand years. It’s been the capital of our state for the past 70 years. It will remain our capital for all time,” said Netanyahu, who later hosted members of the official White House delegation at a celebratory dinner.

Israel feels vindicated by the administration’s decision to recognize its capital as Jerusalem. It declared sovereignty over the city 51 years ago following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, but most countries do not recognize Israel’s rule over the city, where a third of the residents are Palestinian. And most states say their embassies will remain in Tel Aviv until Israelis and Palestinians reach some sort of peace agreement.

“Outside of the U.S. and a few other countries, most of the world is against this move,” said Ayman Odeh, leader of the Arab faction in Israel’s parliament, who despite being invited to the opening ceremony is consciously objecting by boycotting the event.

“Most want to see peace created along the lines that existed in 1967,” he said. “This is a one-sided move that strengthens occupation and moves us further from peace.”

“This is a hostile act against international law and against the people of Palestine,” said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization. “It places the U.S. on the side of the occupying power.”

Palestinians are planning to protest the move at events planned throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said that security forces were on high alert for what is expected to be a tense few days.

On Tuesday, Palestinians mark the Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe,” a term used for the flight and expulsion of an estimated 700,000 Palestinians seven decades ago upon Israel’s creation. The day also draws large protests.

But the largest demonstrations will likely take place in the coastal enclave of Gaza, where there has already been several weeks of unrest, with some 49 Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers and more than 2,000 wounded.

In Jerusalem, those who arrived to celebrate the opening of the new embassy dismissed claims that the move undermines the chances for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Traveling with the official delegation, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that now was the “right time” to move the embassy.

“It’s been U.S. policy since 1995 and if you have a problem then need to take it up with God,” said Graham, referring to legislation approved by Congress. The legislation included a waiver allowing presidents to delay the move by six months at a time, which has been used by successive presidents until now.

“In a fractured Middle East now is the time for America to have Israel’s back,” said Graham. “If there ever are two states then maybe the Palestinians will make east Jerusalem their capital, only time will tell.”

“We’ve had presidents who promised to move the embassy but not kept their promise and they were praised, now we have a president who has kept his promise and he is criticized,” said Alan Dershowitz, a prominent lawyer who lately has proven an advocate for the Trump administration.

He said he did not believe the move undercut the process of reaching peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

“liar-nObama did that by not vetoing the U.N. resolution against Israeli settlements. Trump has revived the status quo and is ready to restart the process. But the Palestinians won’t get a state without negotiating,” said Dershowitz.

Also among those visiting are some prominent Christian Zionist and evangelical leaders who have been instrumental in shaping Trump’s Jerusalem policy. Some see the embassy move as fulfilling a divine prophecy.

Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor and megachurch Baptist preacher from Dallas, is scheduled to lead a prayer at the opening of Monday’s ceremony. Jeffress has caused controversy for disparaging views on other religions, particularly Islam.

But Mike Evans, an American Christian Zionist who runs the Friends of Zion center in Jerusalem and paid for the citywide banners celebrating Trump, says this is a “pragmatic move.”

“The embassy dedication is a statement of no longer tolerating evil and is a game changer for the Middle East,” he said.


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