Wednesday Top Headlines

by Political Editors: Good news: U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter slowed less than expected, helped by the biggest gain in consumer spending in three years (CNBC)

More good news: U.S. energy exports hit record in 2017; petroleum and natural gas both hit all-time highs (CNS News)

At least 12 states to sue Trump administration over census citizenship question (The New York Times)

Orange County supervisors vote to join Trump’s fight against California “sanctuary” laws (Los Angeles Times)

China says North Korea’s Kim pledged commitment to denuclearization (Reuters)

Trump administration strikes trade deal with South Korea (NPR)

States brace for liar-nObamaCare sticker shock (The Washington Times)

Supreme Court takes new look at partisan gerrymandering (NBC News)

Al Sharpton’s half-brother charged in murder after marching against guns (Washington Examiner)

NRA PAC donations more than tripled in February (The Washington Free Beacon)

If the jackboot fits? A new epithet emerges for Parkland teens calling for more gun control: Nazis (The Washington Post)

Air Force risks losing third of F-35s if upkeep costs aren’t cut (Bloomberg)

From the annals of “settled science”: Scientists discover “new organ” hiding in plain sight (New York Post)

Backlash after Planned Parenthood branch tweets: “We need a Disney princess who’s had an abortion” (Fox News)

NFL owners finalize $90M social-justice deal without resolving protests (The Washington Times)

Policy: Facebook privacy scandal: why regulation is not the answer (Investor’s Business Daily)

Policy: A quiet win at the Department of Education (National Review) ~The Patriot Post


American who escaped Al Qaeda captivity says FBI, under Mueller and Comey, betrayed him

by Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne, Cyd Upson

{ } ~ After he escaped from Al Qaeda in Syria, American photojournalist Matt Schrier investigated his own kidnapping… and uncovered what he describes as a pattern of “betrayal” by FBI agents handling his case. Schrier is now asking hard questions of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who now leads the special counsel Russia probe, and former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May 2017. “Not every FBI agent is bad. Some are very good people,” Schrier told Fox News. “But the ones that are bad need to be weeded out. And the ones who let them be bad, and who turn their head, need to be exposed.” In an exclusive cable interview that first aired Monday on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, Schrier went in depth, sharing emails, financial records and formal letters of complaint, which backed up allegations that after he was taken hostage in 2012, the FBI monitored his accounts as Al Qaeda terrorists used his money to buy at least a dozen computers and tablets…



Bozell Announces ‘Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers’ Project: ‘Americans Deserve the Truth’

by Craig Bannister

{ } ~ The Media Research Center (MRC) has launched a new project: Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers… As major news outlets increasingly rely on leftist “fact-checkers” to verify the credibility of news, this MRC initiative will vigilantly ensure the fact-checkers themselves are reliable – or, expose them as liberal partisans if they aren’t. “In an era of ‘fake news’ and inaccurate reporting, it is important now more than ever that the fact-checkers themselves are exposed for their biases,” MRC President Brent Bozell said Tuesday in a statement announcing the project. Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers will rate the pronouncements of the so-called fact-checkers and call out their liberal dishonesty, Bozell said…


Were The ‘Favors’ This Social Media Giant Did For liar-nObama A Violation Of Federal Law?


{ } ~ It’s written by Hans A. von Spakovsky, a former Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission in 2006-7… And his read of the facts involved is that there WERE violations of Campaign finance law. Considering the criminal prosecution of Dinesh D’Souza, added to the frenzied attention we’ve been seeing with both data-mining this story involves ‘data’ the relentless hammering on election tampering, this could be a big deal. Cambridge Analytica is the scapegoat these days, but there is a far more serious instance of data-sharing. And the company made by the world’s youngest Billionaire played a significant role in that. But a more serious case of apparent misconduct involves Facebook data going to a different presidential campaign – this time in 2012. In this case, which is getting far less attention, Facebook reportedly voluntarily provided data on millions of its users to the re-election campaign of President liar-nObama…

Clash Quiz: Were The ‘Favors’ This Social Media Giant Did For Obama A Violation Of Federal Law?


FBI arrests man after suspicious packages mailed to DC-area military, government facilities

by Melissa Quinn

{ } ~ The FBI has arrested a man accused of sending multiple suspicious packages… to military installations and government facilities in the Washington, D.C., area, the bureau said Tuesday. The man, Tranh Cong Phan, 43, was taken into custody at his home in Everett, Wash., and is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday afternoon, according to the FBI. The FBI confirmed Monday it was investigating suspicious packages that were sent to mail processing facilities at Fort McNair, Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va. One package received Monday morning at the National Defense University at Fort McNair contained explosive material, which prompted an evacuation. That package tested positive for “black power and residue,” an Army spokesman said…


Stormy Daniels admits she lied about alleged Trump affair in previous statements


{ } ~ Daniels admitted on Sunday that she lied in previous public statements about her alleged affair with Donald Trump… The actress told 60 Minutes that she felt pressured to sign the nondisclosure agreement with Cohen before the presidential election. Daniels admitted to being untruthful in the public statement she issued in mid-January of this year, denying the affair. She had written at the time: I recently became aware that certain news outlets are alleging that I had a sexual and/or romantic affair with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago. I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false. My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more. She had again reiterated, “It never happened,” in a statement tweeted by Buzzfeed on January 30…


Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?

by Pat Buchanan

{ } ~ The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as “Mad Dog.”

Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be worth preserving and that war with Iran is a dreadful idea.

Yet, other than Mattis, President Donald Trump seems to be creating a war cabinet.

Trump himself has pledged to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal — “the worst deal ever” — and reimpose sanctions in May.

His new national security adviser John Bolton, who wrote an op-ed titled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” has called for preemptive strikes and “regime change.”

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo calls Iran “a thuggish police state,” a “despotic theocracy,” and “the vanguard of a pernicious empire that is expanding its power and influence across the Middle East.”

Trump’s favorite Arab ruler, 32-year-old Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calls Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei “the Hitler of the Middle East.”

Bibi Netanyahu is monomaniacal on Iran, calling the nuclear deal a threat to Israel’s survival and Iran “the greatest threat to our world.”

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley echoes them all.

Yet Iran appears not to want a war. U.N. inspectors routinely confirm that Iran is strictly abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal.

While U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf often encountered Iranian “fast attack” boats and drones between January 2016 and August 2017, that has stopped. Vessels of both nations have operated virtually without incident.

What would be the result of Trump’s trashing of the nuclear deal?

First would be the isolation of the United States.

China and Russia would not abrogate the deal but would welcome Iran into their camp. England, France and Germany would have to choose between the deal and the U.S. And if Airbus were obligated to spurn Iran’s orders for hundreds of new planes, how would that sit with the Europeans?

How would North Korea react if the U.S. trashed a deal where Iran, after accepting severe restrictions on its nuclear program and allowing intrusive inspections, were cheated of the benefits the Americans promised?

Why would Pyongyang, having seen us attack Iraq, which had no WMD, and Libya, which had given up its WMD to mollify us, ever consider given up its nuclear weapons — especially after seeing the leaders of both nations executed?

And, should the five other signatories to the Iran deal continue with it despite us, and Iran agree to abide by its terms, what do we do then?

Find a casus belli to go to war? Why? How does Iran threaten us?

A war, which would involve U.S. warships against swarms of Iranian torpedo boats could shut down the Persian Gulf to oil traffic and produce a crisis in the global economy. Anti-American Shiite jihadists in Beirut, Baghdad and Bahrain could attack U.S. civilian and military personnel.

As the Army and Marine Corps do not have the troops to invade and occupy Iran, would we have to reinstate the draft?

And if we decided to blockade and bomb Iran, we would have to take out all its anti-ship missiles, submarines, navy, air force, ballistic missiles and air defense system.

And would not a pre-emptive strike on Iran unite its people in hatred of us, just as Japan’s pre-emptive strike on Pearl Harbor united us in a determination to annihilate her empire?

What would the Dow Jones average look like after an attack on Iran?

Trump was nominated because he promised to keep us out of stupid wars like those into which folks like John Bolton and the Bush Republicans plunged us.

After 17 years, we are still mired in Afghanistan, trying to keep the Taliban we overthrew in 2001 from returning to Kabul. Following our 2003 invasion, Iraq, once a bulwark against Iran, became a Shiite ally of Iran.

The rebels we supported in Syria have been routed. And Bashar Assad — thanks to backing from Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Shiite militias from the Middle East and Central Asia — has secured his throne.

The Kurds who trusted us have been hammered by our NATO ally Turkey in Syria, and by the Iraqi Army we trained in Iraq.

What is Trump, who assured us there would be no more stupid wars, thinking? Truman and LBJ got us into wars they could not end, and both lost their presidencies. Eisenhower and Nixon ended those wars and were rewarded with landslides.

After his smashing victory in Desert Storm, Bush I was denied a second term. After invading Iraq, Bush II lost both houses of Congress in 2006, and his party lost the presidency in 2008 to the antiwar Barack liar-nObama.

Once Trump seemed to understand this history.


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