Prime Minister’s Wife May Be Indicted

Sep 4, 2017

The wife of Prime Minister Netanyahu is likely to be indicted on corruption charges in the next ten days. Corruption charges were recommended by police in 2016. Sarah Netanyahu is suspected of fraud and breach of trust issues. She allegedly used public funds to buy food, pay for chefs, billed the government for hosing private events and used public funds for furniture. The results of a privately funded polygraph test were released on Saturday. The test showed that she was telling the truth about some of the charges against her. However, polygraph tests are not admissible in Israeli courts. Protestors gathered outside the home of the Israeli attorney general and demeaned that the Netanyahus be indicted. The prime minister is also under investigation for corruption and may be indicted in the future.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Channel-2-Sara-Ne...

Navy To Increase Patrol in South China Sea

Sep 4, 2017

The United States Navy will now schedule naval patrols in the South China Sea so as “to establish a more prominent presence in the region.” U.S. Pacific Command will conduct “freedom-of-navigation operations” two to three times a month in the region. China claims sovereignty over the waters and islands in the South China Sea. China seeks to have a dominate influence in the area and resents American warships in the area. During the Obama administration only four freedom-of-navigation operations were conducted. Since President Trump entered office, the U.S. has conducted three navigation operations. The increased naval operations in the South China Sea come as the U.S. is pressuring China to do more to reign in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and threats.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/us-navy-to-condu...

President To End DACA

Sep 4, 2017

President Trump will end DACA on Tuesday, though with a six month delay of enforcement. President Obama created the program to give illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as minors a way to obtain work permits. Nearly 800,000 people have received permits under the program. President Trump consulted with his Attorney General Jeff Session before deciding to end the program. Sessions reportedly told the president that Congress is responsible for the country’s immigration laws Speaker Ryan and many fellow Republicans support allowing so called Dreamers to remain in the United States. The six month delay would give Congress the time needed to write legislation and pass it before DACA’s protections expire.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/349095-...

North Korea Tests Hydrogen Bomb

Sep 4, 2017

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on Sunday. The government called the detonation a “perfect success.” The U.S. Geological Survey called the resulting earthquake a magnitude 6.3. North Korea says that its development of nuclear weapons “is part of a defensive effort to build a viable nuclear deterrent that can target U.S. cities. China’s government “expressed firm opposition and strong condemnation.” China called upon North Korea to “stop taking erroneous actions that deteriorate the situation.” President Trump tweeted, “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.” President Trump also took on South Korea’s government for trying to placate North Korea, tweeting, “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!” U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea of “a massive military response” if it threatens the U.S., territories, or allies. President Trump warned that the United States could stop trading with any country that does business with North Korea.
http://www.dailywire.com/news/20569/north-korea-co...

Europe on Track to Take in More Migrants

Sep 2, 2017

The United Nations Refugee Agency wants Europe to let in 380,000 migrants a year. The European Union is increasing the number of asylum seekers by 20,000 a year but the UN agency wants that number to increase by double digits. The EU has submitted a new proposal to accept migrants in Africa instead of having them make their way to Europe before being considered for asylum. A spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency said “Europe is very stable compared to other continents, there are more than one million refugees in Uganda alone. Germany this week “signed a new agreement with the Egyptians to open an asylum reception center in Egypt. The French are also considering reception facilities in Chad and Niger. At least one pro immigrant group is unhappy with Germany’s plan to open asylum centers overseas. A spokesman for ProAsyl said, It is inconceivable that the Chancellor has betrayed European values in such a way….”
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/09/01/un-refu...

Amazon Sued for Faulty Sunglasses

Sep 2, 2017

Amazon is being sued over faulty eclipse sunglasses that allegedly did not provide sufficient protection. Corey Payne and Kayla Harris allege that the sunglasses they bought through Amazon to watch the eclipse “failed to provide adequate eye protection and subsequently partially blinded the couple.” They claim to now suffer from “blurriness, a central blind spot, increased sensitivity, changes in perception of color, and distorted vision.” Amazon made an effort to remove faulty sunglasses prior to the eclipse, but Payne claims not to have received any warning from Amazon. The suit wants funding for “medical monitoring,” monetary damages, punitive damages, and legal fees and costs.
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/09/01/amazon-su...

President To Decide Fate of DACA

Sep 2, 2017

President Trump will make a decision by Tuesday about the illegal immigrants known as Dreamers. On the chopping block is President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Under President Obama, illegal immigrants brought to America as children were given legal status. During the campaign, candidate Trump seemed to indicate that he would “immediately terminate” DACA. However, after becoming president, Trump said that Dreamers “shouldn’t be very worried” about being deported. When the president failed to end DACA, ten state attorneys general announced in June that they would sue to end DACA if the government did not stop issuing permits by September 5. Under that scenario, the permits would expire over a two year period and the beneficiaries would revert to their pre-2012 status. It is unclear if Immigration and Customs Enforcement would take steps to deport them.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/31/...

California Looks To Cash In On Hurricane Aid

Sep 2, 2017

California’s politicians want to cash in on any legislation that sends emergency aid to Texas. California says that it needs $20 billion to repair the Central Valley flood control infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers said that California has a $65 billion deficit in infrastructure investment particularly in levees and flood control. California’s politicians have so far refused to spend state money upgrading the state’s flood control infrastructure. Environmentalists point out that “climate models unanimously project increased drought in the American Southwest.” And that money should be directed to preserve California’s coast line from rising sea levels. However, record rains over the winter have put increased pressure on the state’s flood control systems. More water flowing through the system earlier in the year has a significant impact on how California manages the system.
http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/08/31/cal...

No Border Wall, No Government Shut Down

Sep 2, 2017

The White House is backing away from its ultimatum to have the border wall funded or shut down the government. The prospects of getting the government’s budget finished by the end of September are remote. So Republicans plan to fund the government through a short-term funding deal. President Trump assured supporters in Arizona that the border wall would be funded. But the White House conceded late in the week that the $1.6 billion in border wall funding does not need to be in the short-term budget deal. The backdown comes as the House Freedom Caucus members said that they would support a continuing resolution even though it did not contain funding for the wall. The administration plans to press Congress for funding when the continuing budget resolution expires in December. However, Congress is notorious for passing endless continuing resolutions and not passing a full budget. It is possible that the president may be in the same position in December and have to forego funding for his wall.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/01...

Obama Is Most Expensive Ex-President

Sep 2, 2017

Former President Obama will cost taxpayers $1,153,000 in 2018. He will be the country’s most expensive ex-president. Under a law passed in the 1950s, former presidents receive an office, expenses, and a pension. The law was originally designed to lift Harry Truman out of poverty so that a former president would not live in squalor. Harry Truman cited his reverence for the office of the president and refused to cash in. However many ex-presidents do quite well after the presidency, including speaking events and book advances for their memoirs. Despite the high pay, taxpayer funded luxuries continue. President Obama’s 8,198 square foot office expense will cost $536,000 in 2018. He will receive a pension payment of $236,000. Former presidents also receive Secret Service protection for the remainder of their lives.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/31/ob...

Putin Warns of War

Sep 2, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of conflict between North Korea and the United States. “It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions,” wrote Putin. “Provocations, pressure, and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere.” Putin went on to warn that the region was “balanced on the verge of a large-scale conflict.” According to U.S. intelligence agencies, North Korea is preparing for a sixth nuclear test. Last week North Korea fired a missile over Japan towards Guam before breaking up in the ocean. Two days after North Korea’s show of force, the United States and South Korea conducted a mock bombing run by flying stealth fighters and two B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula. Putin wrote, “In Russia’s opinion the calculation that it is possible to halt North Korea’s nuclear missile programs exclusively by putting pressure on Pyongyang is erroneous and futile.”
http://nypost.com/2017/09/01/putin-warns-us-north-...

Elections Do Over In Kenya

Sep 2, 2017

Kenya will redo its election. In a precedent setting court case, the Kenyan Supreme Court nullified the election results. The Kenyan Supreme Court did not find wrong doing on the part of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. The court, however, did find that Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission “committed irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.” The court’s chief justice ruled the election “invalid, null, and void” saying that election observers “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the Constitution.” President Kenyatta said that he respected the court’s decision, but then criticized the justices saying “six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people.” Main opposition party leader, Raila Odinga cited irregularities and discrepancies and charged that seven million votes had been stolen. The two main parties agreed to hold new elections in the next 60 days.
http://freebeacon.com/issues/john-kerry-declares-k...

Juge Denies Senator’s Request

Sep 2, 2017

A federal judge overseeing the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez denied the senator’s request to pause his trial on days when the Senate has critical votes. “Menendez is entitle to no more and no less deference than any other defendant,” wrote Jude William Walls. “If the motion had been made by a defendant orthopedic surgeon who asked the court to recess to accommodate her operating room schedule, it would be denied.” With Senator Menendez out of the picture, Democrats will have a slightly harder time blocking Republican legislation. To date, Democrats have successfully used delaying tactics to slow down President Trump’s political appointments. It’s possible that the same delaying strategy could be used to delay critical votes until Menendez returns to the U.S. Senate. Menendez is accused of doing political favors in exchange for gifts, vacations, and campaign contributions.
http://freebeacon.com/politics/warren-menendez-pot...

Salt Lake Nurse Arrested for Following Law

Sep 2, 2017

On Friday, footage was released of a Utah nurse being arrested and manhandled by a Utah police detective. The arrest happened July 26th. Officer Jeff Payne was at University Hospital in Salt Lake City to get a blood draw from an unconscious patient. Nurse Alex Wubbels got her supervisor on speaker phone so the officer and everyone could hear and be certain of what was said. The unconscious patient could not give consent. He was not under arrest. And Officer Payne did not have an electronic warrant. The police department had agreed that at least one of these conditions had to be met before the hospital could cooperate with the police and allow a blood draw. Nurse Wubbels made it clear that she was doing what she was supposed to do. Although the supervisor was on the phone and giving guidance to Nurse Wubbels, Officer Payne made it clear that because Nurse Wubbels was the one saying, “No,” he had cause to arrest her. With video footage of the incident breaking Friday, the Salt Lake Police Department has been inundated with outraged tweets, emails, and phone calls demanding Detective Jeff Payne’s arrest and incarceration. So far the best the Salt Lake Police Department has been able to do is to promise a criminal investigation and to put Detective Payne on a taxpayer funded vacation, also known as Administrative Leave.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp...

SPLC Wants U.S. Military Bases Closed

Sep 1, 2017

The left continues it’s all our assault on America’s heritage, but in the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) they are really carrying it to the extreme. They are demanding that three of America’s most important military bases be shut down because they are named after Confederate leaders. That is not a misprint; they are not asking that the army change the names of Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, and Fort Hood; they are demanding that they be shut down.

With this type of demand the SPLC is now allying itself with America’s enemies in ISIS, North Korea, Iran, and Russia. Once again it has exposed itself as an organization that is not interested in justice, but in the destruction of the United States.

Liberals Attacking Dolly Parton

Sep 1, 2017

In another move to promote political correctness and shut down freedom of speech in the United States a Black Lives Matter sympathizer and writer for the left wing site Slate has launched an attack on dolly Paton an her long running, and highly popular dinner show “Dixie Stampede” According to the writer the use of the name Dixie makes the song and dance show racist.

In fact, the show is just a fun time for families and is totally apolitical. Country icon Charlie Daniels was quick to come to the defense of Parton tweeting that she “does more good in one day than u will in your whole misguided life".

Cold War Heats up on Diplomatic Front

Sep 1, 2017

In another sign that relations between Russia and the United States continue to deteriorate the U.S. has ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and cut back the number of its diplomats in New York and Washington D.C. The U.S. State Department has stated this action is in retaliation for the Russians telling America to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia in half.

The Russians have also continued to flex their muscles by flying nuclear bomb carrying aircraft close to American airspace, and fighters even closer to American military aircraft in international territory like the Mediterranean Sea.

SPLC has Questionable Offshore Accounts

Sep 1, 2017

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a non-profit left wing corporation that has raised millions of dollars to fight for justice and equality through litigation and education. In reality, it spends very little on litigation, but pays it top executives six figure salaries. The SPLC is best known for its “hate” map that puts the hate label on groups and individuals that disagree with its political agenda.

Now, it has learned that millions of dollars raised for its programs has been placed in off shore accounts in locations like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and the British Virgin Islands. There are numerous questions about the secretive and dubious corporations that are receiving and investing these funds.

Comey Prepared Statement Exonerating Clinton Months Ahead of Time

Sep 1, 2017

Former FBI director James Comey apparently prepared the statement exonerating Hillary Clinton and deciding not to prosecute her months before he actually delivered it to the press and public. According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) this information was developed through interviews with former Comey aides. He and other members of the committee have requested more information and documents from the new FBI director Christopher Wray.

If true, the decision not to prosecute Clinton was a political decision made while the investigation was still going on.

Obama’s Reportedly Looking at Expensive Property in Martha’s Vineyard

Sep 1, 2017

President Donald Trump is donating $1million of his personal money to the relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana. Some Hollywood stars are also making large donations; however that does not seem to the case with the Obamas. The former president tweeted his support for first responders and people helping other people and he provided a link to the Red Cross, but there is no indication he made a donation.

Part of the reason may be that according to sources, he and Michelle are looking to buy some multi-million dollar beachfront property in Martha’s Vineyard. This would be in addition to the two homes they already own. An Obama spokesman has denied this.

New Hurricane Develops in the Atlantic

Sep 1, 2017

It is the peak of the hurricane season that runs until the beginning of November and while Harvey still churns though the middle of the country as a tropical depression another powerful system is developing in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma is a category 2 storm that is expected to strengthen to a category 3 or higher over the next few days.

Its exact path is not known, but it is feared that it will enter the Caribbean and possibly become a threat to the United States Coast. The National weather Service will be closely monitoring this storm, particularly in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Texans Face Numerous Possible Health Problems

Sep 1, 2017

While the floodwaters are receding in some parts of Texas and Louisiana it continues to rise in other parts of the state such as on the Brazos River and other waterways head for record high crests. It may be weeks before many people will access their flooded homes, and when they do they will be facing additional problems such as contaminated water, lack of drinking water, the risk of diseases from mosquitos and mold, as well as shortages of critical needs such as medicine.

The recovery is expected to take years, not just weeks or months and will cost billions of dollars that Congress will have to appropriate.

Some Germans Want American Nukes Out Of Germany

Sep 1, 2017

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel supports removing the nuclear weapons that the United States stores in Germany. “Of course I am convinced that we need to finally start talking about demilitarisation again. In this regard, I agreed with Mr. Schulz’s point that we need to get rid of the nuclear weapons that are in our country.” The German Foreign Minister’s remarks echo those of Martin Schulz who is running for Chancellor in the upcoming elections. Last week Schulz said, “As Chancellor of Germany I would commit to having the nuclear weapons which are stored here removed from the country.” The United States is believed to have about 20 nuclear weapons in Germany. The United States has 34,000 troops stationed in Germany on various bases. Schulz is “deeply antagonistic towards the U.S. since the election of President Donald Trump.” In June he called the president an “autocrat.” Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party is leading in the polls and is expected to beat Martin Schulz’sSocial Democrat party.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/08/31/german-...

Corporate Tax Holiday With a Twist

Sep 1, 2017

The Trump administration is considering a type of tax holiday for companies that keep their overseas earnings overseas. President Trump on Wednesday said, “By making it less punitive for companies to bring back this money, and by making the process far less bureaucratic and difficult, we can return trillions and trillions of dollars to our economy and spur billions of dollars in new investments in our struggling communities throughout our nation.” However, what the president did not say was that the administration is considering a plan to make the tax holiday mandatory. Under the plan the tax deferral on overseas profits would be removed. All foreign profits would be considered to have been repatriated. However, the forced repatriated profits would be taxed at a preferential “transition” rate and be payable over several years. The government is attempting to move towards a system of territorial taxation. Under the system, U.S. companies would not be taxed by the U.S. government on their overseas profits. The tax plan has not been finalized and may change considerably after discussions with members of Congress.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/31...

HSS Slashes Obamacare Advertising

Sep 1, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services will sharply scale back funding for Obamacare advertising. The department expects to spend $10 million this year as opposed to the $100 million spent last year. “A health-care system that has caused premiums to double and left nearly half of our counties with only one coverage option is not working. The Trump administration is determined to serve the American people instead of trying to sell them a bad deal,” said a spokesman for HSS. Outside organizations which help people sign up for Obamacare will see a cut in funding. HSS expects to spend $36.8 million on the program. Democrats are using this latest information to accuse the administration of trying to make the Affordable Care Act fail. "The only reason for slashing the advertising budget by 90% is to suppress enrollment in an effort to destabilize the markets,” said Representative Frank Pallone.
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/348763-trump-...

Hungary Sends $476 Million Bill to EU

Sep 1, 2017

The European Union is furious that Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic refuse to accept Muslim migrants. Hungary has flatly refused to take migrants. Instead it has erected a “razor-wired fence” to keep migrants out of its territory. The fence has successfully “erased illegal immigration into Hungary.” The border is guarded 24 hours a day and zones have been set up to “detain asylum seekers.” Janos Lazar, the prime minister’s chief of staff announced that Hungary’s government is sending the EU a bill for $476 million saying the fence is “protecting all the citizens of Europe from the flood of illegal migrants.“If we talk about European solidarity, then we must also discuss the protection of borders. Solidarity must be applicable there, too,” Lazar said at a press conference. “That burden must also be shared.” The EU is taking legal action against the countries for not complying with EU directives.
http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/31/hungary-responds...

Snowflake Meltdown At Ole Miss

Sep 1, 2017

The world nearly came to a standstill for the students at the University of Mississippi “after a discarded banana peel was found hanging in a tree on campus.” A highly insensitive student confessed to discarding “the banana peel by throwing it into the tree when he couldn’t find a garbage can.” Rather than disregarding the banana peel as a piece of garbage, Makala McNeil, president of a black sorority, became “just sort of paranoid for a second” upon seeing the banana peel. “The overall tone was heavy. I mean, we were talking about race in Mississippi and in the Greek community so there’s a lot involved,” McNeil said. As word spread about the banana peel, students became agitated, others left the retreat in tears, and some no longer felt safe nor welcome. Ryan Swanson, the student who threw the banana peel, apologized for his insensitivity and thoughtlessness. “Although unintentional, there is no excuse for the pain that was caused to members of our community. I have much to learn and look forward to doing such and encourage all members of our community to do the same." The University of Mississippi plans an investigation and campus discussion of the incident. It might be cheaper and faster to just add more garbage cans around campus.
http://www.dailywire.com/news/20489/ole-miss-cance...

Comey Was Planning to Exonerate Clinton Much Earlier Than He Said

Sep 1, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress that the meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton in Lynch’s airplane was the deciding factor “to go public with the results of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.”
https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles...

However, Mr. Comey made the decision to exonerate Hillary Clinton many weeks earlier, in “April or May” of 2016, and before FBI agents had concluded their investigation. In a letter to FBI Director Wray, Senator Grassley wrote, “Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership.” This was done even before Mrs. Clinton was questioned on July 2nd. Senator Grassley went on to write, “Conclusion first, fact-gather second——that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”
http://www.dailywire.com/news/20503/uh-oh-new-evid...

Day of Prayer for Texas

Sep 1, 2017

Governor Abbott of Texas signed a proclamation on Thursday “declaring this Sunday, September 3, as a day of prayer in Texas.” The proclamation comes just after Hurricane Harvey has moved out of Houston. Governor Abbott signed the document “outside a heavily damaged church” in Rockport, Texas. The governor called on Texans to pray “as one united people for the future of this state, and future of this country; for healing and for hope, for rebuilding, and for the next great generation of Texans.” “It’s important that we remember that the greatest power that exists is the power of God, and the way that God can touch and move all of our lives,” said Abbott. “It was God acting through the lives of so many Texans who came to the rescue of other Texans,” he continued. After the signing of the proclamation, Vice President Pence said, "President Trump sent us here to say we are with you. The American people are with you," Pence said. "We are here today, we will be here tomorrow, and we will be here every day until this city and this state and this region rebuild bigger and better than ever before." Afterwards, Mrs. Karen Pence led the assembled crowd in prayer.
http://freebeacon.com/politics/abbott-declares-day...

Mattis Signed Orders For Troop Deployment

Sep 1, 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis signed the orders to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan. "Yes, I have signed orders but it is not complete. In other words I have signed some of the [orders for] troops that will go and we are identifying the specific ones.” Mattis did not say how many troops will be involved. But it is believed that up to 4,000 additional soldiers may be sent. Last week President Trump said that leaving Afghanistan would lead to “predictable and unacceptable” outcomes. He said that the military will “fight to win.” "From now on victory will have a clear definition: Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks before they emerge," said the president. Afghanistan is now America’s longest running war, and the deployment will only deepen American involvement in Afghanistan. Candidate Trump called on the United States to wind down its involvement in Afghanistan. But he changed his mind once he became president and influenced by the generals running the war.
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/mattis-sig...

North Korea Preparing to Test Nuclear Weapon

Sep 1, 2017

North Korea appears to be preparing an underground nuclear testing facility. American intelligence agencies believe that increased activity could “signal preparations for a sixth underground test blast.” Satellite “images of technicians and vehicle activities” indicate increased activity around North Korea’s test site. The test could happen on September 9 in celebration of the anniversary of North Korea’s founding. North Korea conducted two nuclear tests in 2016. The North Koreans were believed to be preparing to test a nuclear weapon in April, but the Chinese government pressured North Korea to hold back. The Trump administration has made private appeals to the Chinese to intervene with the North Koreans to stop current plans for testing. The United States recently imposed new economic sanctions on “10 companies and six people, including Chinese and Russians, for illicit trade in nuclear and missile goods to North Korea.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/30/no...

Russia Forced To Close Diplomatic Stations

Sep 1, 2017

The Trump Administration ordered the closure of several Russian diplomatic stations in the United States. The Russian consulate in San Francisco will be forced to close. Russian annexes in Washington D.C. and New York City will also be closed. The Russian government has until September 2 to close the sites. The closures comes in response to Russia ordering 755 American Embassy workers to leave Russia. The United States will not require that the officials operating in the diplomatic stations leave the country. They can be “reassigned to other diplomatic posts.” American officials are not trying to maintain diplomatic parity between the two countries. While each country will now have three consulates, Russia will be able to maintain many of its diplomatic and consular annexes “in an effort to arrest the downward spiral in our relationship,” said State Department spokesman Heather Nauert.
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-shutte...

Liberals Refuse to Condemn ANTIFA Violence

Aug 31, 2017

In a surprise move a prominent liberal Democrat, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, actually condemned the violence being committed by ANTIFA. She is the only Democrat in Congress to do so, since others remain silent about the group that openly attacks anyone that they disagree with. The mainstream media has also generally failed to condemn the group, with only a few exceptions.

A professor at Dartmouth University has actually written a booklet titled “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” and has called the use of violence by armed thugs against unarmed civilians as “legitimate”. He has been condemned by the university president, but has the support of most of his fellow faculty who as elitists believe that violence against the people they consider as the “unwashed masses” is legitimate.

Condemnation of Kindergarten Transgender Lesson Grows

Aug 31, 2017

Many parents were infuriated when they learned that a California school district had arranged for a five year old boy to “transition” to being a girl in front of an entire kindergarten class at Rocklin Academy Gateway School in Sacramento. Parents reported their children were confused and traumatized by what they saw.

Now some prominent psychiatrists and pediatricians are coming forward to criticize the whole incident as “social experimentation” that can be very dangerous to the normal gender development of young children. In fact, the experiment has already led to one five year old boy being sent to the principal’s office for “misgendering” the transgender child on the playground.

Southern Poverty Law Center Being Sued for Defamation

Aug 31, 2017

At least one conservative religious organization is fed up with the ultra-left wing group, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) using the “hate” group label in an attempt to destroy anyone who disagrees with their anti-American political agenda. What makes things worse in the eyes of many is that some main stream media organizations routinely repeat what the SPLC says without questioning it accuracy.

James Kennedy Ministries, that is a conservative Christian Media group has filed a defamation suit against the SPLC for falsely listing it in the categories of hate groups like neo-Nazis and white Supremacy groups. Another group falsely listed as a hate group by the SPLC is the Sons of Liberty, and it is considering joining the lawsuit.

Social Media Giants Working with Iran on Censorship

Aug 31, 2017

The giants in the social media world like Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube have all shown a propensity for censoring people who don’t agree with their liberal agenda for the United States. Now, they are being accused of going even further by working with the Iranian government to censor social media access in Iran to only those users and content approved by the government.

The Iranians are claiming that all three sites are agreeing to block or otherwise censor content that it considers immoral or immodest. Under the strict Sharia Law imposed by the Iranian dictatorship this would mean that most content would be censored.

Trump Calls on Congress to Move on Tax Relief

Aug 31, 2017

Without going into a lot of specifics President Trump used a speech in Springfield, Missouri to call for major tax reform legislation to be passed by Congress. In general, the President wants the tax code to be streamlined to make it easier to understand and comply with. He also wants middle class tax cuts and major corporate tax cuts so Americans can keep more of the money they make and corporations can spend more money creating jobs.

He directly challenged Congress to get it done, and called for a bi-partisan effort. However, Democrat leaders are already criticizing the plan as only benefiting the rich, when no specific proposal has even been offered yet.

Liberal Groups Exploiting Tragedy

Aug 31, 2017

Texas is a right to work state and left leaning labor unions like the SEIU and other groups have been working hard to change that. Now, in a move that many are already criticizing as exploitation of the Hurricane Harvey tragedy in Texas, these groups have set up a fund raising site called the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund. The site is allegedly to raise money to help people impacted by the hurricane.

However, if you read the fine print on the site you will see that the money is actually being raised to organize and fund the political agendas of the union and other various organizations. For example, Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the Women’s March, who has publically called for a “jihad” against President Trump, is supporting this phony fund raising effort.

Explosion Expected in Texas Chemical Plant

Aug 31, 2017

A chemical plant in Crosby, Texas located in Harris County, not far from Houston has been evacuated due to flooding and an impending explosion. The danger has also caused the evacuation of homes and businesses within a 1.5 mile radius of the plant. The plant is owned by Arkema and the CEO of the facility says that they expect the chemicals in the heavily flooded plant to catch fire and possibly explode.

He has also stated that there is no way to prevent that happening even if was possible to put people back in the plant. In addition to this chemical plant there are many others and oil refineries in the area that are closed.

Human Vultures Descending on Texas

Aug 31, 2017

Even as heroic rescue efforts continue throughout the coastal cities in Texas and Louisiana there are human vultures showing up to steal from people who have already lost too much. It is being reported in Houston for example, that individuals posing as firefighters or homeland security agents are ordering people to leave their homes that are then looted.

Other homeowners are being forced from their homes at gun point by looters. Texas has enhanced penalties that kick in for looting in this type of situation and people convicted can face sentences up to life in prison.

Governor Scott Walker Gets Behind Obamacare Repeal Effort

Aug 31, 2017

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is throwing his support behind the latest effort to repeal Obamacare. The new proposal would take healthcare out of the hands of federal bureaucrats and put it into the hands of states in the form of block grants. Senators Graham and Cassidy plan to introduce the legislation when Congress returns from its vacation in early September. Under the proposed legislation, each state would be able to innovate and craft their own solutions to healthcare. Governor Walker is planning to rally his other Republican governors behindthe effort to block grant healthcare to the states. According to Gov. Walker there are many Republican governors “who think sending more responsibilities and resources back to the states is directly what our founders intended in the Constitution.” The support and buy in of governors is thought to be crucial the bill’s passage. Governors can influence and persuade senators and representatives to support the bill. Governor Walker believes passage of the bill would get the support of voters and be a boon “for the GOP in next year’s midterm elections.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/30/exclusive-gov-scott-walker-backs-renewed-push-to-repeal-obamacare-a-winner-all-the-way-around/

Paul Ryan Gets The Okay to Condemn Antifa

Aug 31, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan got the permission he needed from HouseMinority Leader Nancy Pelosi to condemn Antifa as “left-wing thugs.” Since Charlottesville, Speaker Ryan has been careful to condemn neo-Nazi white supremacists. But the House Speaker drew the line at condemning violent leftists. After President Trump said that there were people on “many sides” responsible for violence in Charlottesville, Ryan took to Facebook to say, “There are no sides.” On Tuesday Nancy Pelosi issued a statement condemning Antifa’s violence in Berkeley. “The violent actions of people calling themselves antics in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.” That gave Speaker Ryan the freedom to finally issue his own condemnation of Antifa. His spokesman said, “Speaker Ryan believes, as is obvious, these individuals are left-ing thugs, and those who are committing violence need to be arrested and prosecuted. Antifa is a scourge on our country.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/30/following-nancy-pelosis-lead-paul-ryans-spokeswoman-finally-condemns-antifa-as-scourge/

Appeal Begins in Case of Man Convicted of Digging Two Ponds

Aug 31, 2017

Oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals began in the appeal of 78-year old Joseph Robertson. Robertson was found guilty of “digging two ponds in Montana, one on federal land and the other on private property, without a permit.” Joseph Robertson is serving an 18-month sentence for violating the Clean Water Act and for destroying federal property. Robertson thought he was digging the ponds on private property. The government accused him of polluting the “waters of the U.S.” “The nearest navigable river, the Jefferson, is 60 miles away.” The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers say that tributaries and wetlands where the ponds were built have a “significant nexus to traditional navigable waters.” Attorneys for Robertson say that the definition of “navigable water” is vague and “leads to violations of individual’s property rights.”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/30/78-year-old-man-imprisoned-for-digging-ponds-without-a-permit/


Confederate Flag Review By Supreme Court?

Aug 31, 2017

The Supreme Court may weigh in on the Confederate Flag. Mississippi has incorporated the Confederate battle flag into its state flag. In March the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the state can incorporate the Confederate flag into its state flag. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court. This week the court asked Governor Phil Bryant “to respond to a petition asking the justices to reverse” the March ruling. The attorney petitioning the high court argued that the Confederate symbol on state flags “violated the Constitution’s equal protection clause, given its association with slavery.” The Court’s request does not mean the Court will take the case. But “it shows that they are giving serious consideration to the petition,” said attorney Michael Scott. In 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that because “license plates constitute government speech,” the state could not be coerced into issuing a specialty license plate showing the Confederate flag.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/30/scotus-signals-interest-in-challenge-to-confederate-flag/

Trump Encouraged To Nationalize Rare Earths Mine

Aug 31, 2017

President Trump is being asked to nationalize the only remaining rare earth mine in the United States. America’s only rare earth mine was purchased by “an investor group that allegedly has ties to the Chinese government. The mine was one of the remaining assets of the bankrupt Molycorp Inc. China currently controls 97 percent of global rare-earth mineral production. “By buying up Mountain Pass, the Chinese have locked up the only operating rare earth mining operation outside of China,” said Michael Silver of American Elements Corporation. Rare earths are used in many military applications including antimissile defense systems, lasers, night vision, satellites and military aircraft. The Government Accounting Office said that the Defense Department does not have a plan for dealing with “potential supply disruptions.” American rare earths mining is “burdened by environmental and labor regulation” and cannot compete with China which has little to no regulation. China was able to keep prices below their cost of production and drive the American Molycorp into bankruptcy.

http://www.breitbart.com/economics/2017/08/30/exclusive-donald-trump-urged-to-nationalize-americas-only-rare-earth-mine/

FEC Complies With FOIA Request by Liberal Group in Record Time

Aug 31, 2017

The Federal Election Commission complied with a Freedom of Information Act request by the liberal Mother Jones news outlet. Reporter Andy Kroll asked for “all emails Don McGahn sent between July 2008 through September 2013 while he was an FEC commissioner.” The FEC complied in four months. It provided Mother Jones with 4,400 emails. Yet the 17 FOIA requests filed more than three years ago by many conservative groups are still languishing. The longest outstanding FOIA request was filed by the National Republican Lawyers Association six years ago. It seeks information relating to Democratic FEC commissioners and outside groups. The FEC has been sued “three times in two years for failure to comply with FOIA requests.” Rudy Takala of TheHill.com said, “A reasonable person could certainly be led to believe that the agency is responding to FOIA requests selectively.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/30/exclusive-feds-quickly-release-trump-lawyers-emails-to-liberal-group-bury-dems-records-for-years/

Federal Court Block Texas Sanctuary City Law

Aug 31, 2017

A federal judge blocked a law in Texas that banned sanctuary cities. The law as scheduled to go into effect on Friday. The law was regarded as the toughest “anti-sanctuary city law in the country.” Police were permitted to ask about the immigration status of people detained or arrested. Local law enforcement was required to honor detention requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And police chiefs and sheriffs who did not comply, could be removed from office. Under the federal judge’s injunction, most of the law cannot be enforced while an opposing lawsuit goes through the legal process. Police will still be permitted to ask about a person’s immigration status. State Attorney General Ken Paxton said that the legislation is sound and the he expects the legislation will ultimately be upheld. The law will serve as a “test case for how far states can go in compelling local governments to enforce immigration law.”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/30/breaking-federal-judge-blocks-texas-anti-sanctuary-law/

Thieving Politicians Tax Americans More Every Year

Aug 31, 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, Americans had more money confiscated from their paychecks by politicians than Americans spent on food and clothing combined. Adding to the injury, “the average tax bill for Americans increased 41.13 percent” from 2013 to 2016. The average federal, state, and local tax bills for Americans in 2016 was $10,489. This does not include the additional amount that Americans were forced to fork over to the government run Social Security Ponzi scheme. The average income for Americans before taxes in 2016 was $74,664. That is an increase from 2013 when the average American income was $63,784. Despite the record amount of wealth extracted from Americans, the federal government continuously spends more than it takes in and politicians complain that Americans are not taxed enough. In reality, politicians are the ones with the problem. There is no limit to their appetite for spending other people’s money.

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/bls-average-family-tax-bill-increased-411-4-years

Trial to Begin for Senator Menendez

Aug 31, 2017

Senator Robert Melendez will go on trial next week. He’s charged with bribery and corruption. The Department of Justice alleges that Dr. Salomon Melgen “began a pattern of treating Menendez to weekend and weeklong getaways in the Dominican Republic that would continue for the next several years.” Melgen and family members gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to the re-election efforts of Menendez. Prosecutors charge that Menendez took official actions in office that benefited the doctor. In a DOJ filing, prosecutors say, “Although Menendez did not pay Melgen back for the lavish gifts in money, he did pay him back using the currency of his Senate office to take official action to benefit the South Florida doctor.” Dr. Melgen was found guilty of defrauding millions from Medicare. The doctor still faces sentencing.

http://freebeacon.com/issues/prosecutors-menendez-bribes-wealthy-donor-office/

Support Grows For Bernie Sanders’ Bill to Expand Medicare

Aug 31, 2017

California’s freshman liberal senator, Kamala Harris announced that she will co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill saying that “it’s just the right thing to do.” Even though there is nothing in the Constitution saying so, the Senator Harris asserted, “[T]his is about understanding health care should be a right, and not a privilege.” Earlier Harris’ position had supported single payer “as a concept.” Even though government involvement in healthcare has been a financial nightmare for Americans and healthcare companies, Harris seemed to double down on expanding the government’s role. “It’s not only about what’s morally and ethically right; it also just makes sense from a fiscal standpoint or a return on investment for taxpayers.” Kamala Harris appears to be planning a run for the presidency in 2020. Her campaign has rented office space in Washington DC and is using the services of President Obama’s, Organizing for Action.

http://freebeacon.com/politics/harris-co-sponsor-medicare/

Major Efforts Launched to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Aug 30, 2017

As the disaster of Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate people in Texas and Louisiana, groups and individuals have come in to offer help. The usual charity and relief groups are there like the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and Samaritan’s Purse, among many others. Individual Americans are also pitching in like neighbors, friends, strangers, and loosely knit groups like the Cajun Navy from Louisiana. These are just people with their own boats.

Celebrities like Kevin Hart, Houston Texans pro football player J.J. Watt, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are also on board. Watt has already raised over $3 million. Notably absent from the list of groups and individuals working to help victims are Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, the Clinton Foundation, George Soros, and Michael Moore.

New York Times Celebrates Win in Palin Lawsuit

Aug 30, 2017

The New York Times newspaper is celebrating the fact that a judge has dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed by former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate. She sued the Times several months ago after it published an editorial containing an assertion that an ad run by Palin had resulted in the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. This story had been quickly discredited at the time yet the newspaper ran it again as if it had been factual.

It is very difficult for public figures to win defamation suits against the media, yet what probably save the New York Times in this case was the fact that it printed a retraction the day after it published the story for the second time.

Pentagon Mobilizing Additional Assets for Harvey Relief

Aug 30, 2017

The State of Texas has already activated all 12,000 members of its National Guard to assist in disaster relief following Hurricane Harvey. Now the Pentagon says it is preparing to activate up to 30,000 more guard members from around the country to assist, and may deploy a U.S, Navy amphibious assault ship as well as 24 more helicopters in addition to the 30 already deployed. It is possible that up to 100 helicopters will be deployed if needed.

In addition, the 14 looters already arrested in Houston may find that they face life sentences under a new Texas law providing for enhanced penalties for people who commit such crimes during natural disasters.

Liberal Media Blaming Global Warming and Republicans for Harvey

Aug 30, 2017

It was entirely predictable that eventually the mainstream media would get around to blaming Hurricane Harvey on global warming, or climate change, or whatever they are calling it this week. They are also claiming that Republican opposition to treaties like the Paris Accords contributed to the development of Harvey.

However, the media pundits have a real problem. So far, no reputable scientists appear to have come forward with this theory. Even those who believe in the concept of global warming, and they seem to be getting fewer all the time, are reluctant to blame a single storm on the theory. It is also difficult to understand how Donald Trump, who has been in office for only seven months, or Republicans who have only controlled Congress since 2014 can be blamed for Harvey.

Black Pastors Demand Removal of Statue of real Racist

Aug 30, 2017

Margaret Sanger is a hero of the liberals and the feminist left because she founded Planned Parenthood. A bust of her is prominently displayed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery as a hero of justice. Now, a group of black pastors is demanding that it be removed because Margaret Sanger was a true racist.

It is well documented that she considered blacks and other minorities as sub-human and feeble minded. She actively supported the concept of black eugenics and started Planned Parenthood as an organization meant to slow down and eventually eliminate the births of black children. As a result of this she was a hero to the Ku Klux Klan. To this day most of the abortion mills run by her organization are located in minority neighborhoods.

Liberals Go Berserk over FLOTUS’s Attire

Aug 30, 2017

While Americans in Texas were losing their homes, their belongings and in some cases, their lives, people from all over the country were rushing to help. This included the President of the United States Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania who flew to Texas to meet with local leaders and to reassure the people suffering.

So while this was going on, what were some of the liberal media and their crazy followers on twitter focused on; criticizing the president and First lady for their attire. Melania was attacked for wearing high heels as she boarded Air Force One, even though when she arrived is Texas she had changed into sneakers. Trump was criticized for wearing a “white” hat with USA on it. It was pointed out that for some being critical of the Trumps takes priority over everything else including compassion.

Should ANTIFA be Designated as a Domestic Terrorist Organization?

Aug 30, 2017

Calls are increasing for the violent ANTIFA organization to be designated by the Department of Justice as a domestic terrorist group. This follows the recent incident in Berkeley, California where a peaceful group of pro-Trump demonstrators were physically assaulted by masked ANTIFA members, with weapons and shields. There were many injuries, some serious, as Berkeley police stood by and watched.

This is the latest in a series of similar incidents around the country by a group that claims to be anti-fascist and anti-hate, but uses the classic tactics of Nazis and anarchists to push their political agenda. There is also growing evidence that some of these people are actually gang members paid by left wing groups supported by people like George Soros. Yet, the liberal mainstream media continues to label this group as anti-hate.

California Dem wants to Jail People who “Misuse” Transgender Pronouns

Aug 30, 2017

A California Senator from the San Francisco has introduced a bill that would jail individuals who work in elder care facilities who “willfully” misuse transgender pronouns. There is no real definition of what the term willfully means, and no real definition of what transgender politically correct pronouns are and what they are not.

Not only does this create serious first amendment concerns, but it could have implications for the elder care system in the state of California. If workers have to face the possibility of losing their jobs or even going to prison for using a pronoun that might offend someone they may choose to find another line of work. There is also a probability that volunteers who work at these facilities may stop coming.

Trump Reassures Texas Leaders

Aug 30, 2017

President Trump and the First Lady visited Texas yesterday making stops in Corpus Christie and Austin, Texas. He went to Corpus Christie because it was near where Hurricane Harvey made landfall late last Thursday night. It did not suffer the devastation that nearby cites received as in the cases of Rockport, Houston, and Galveston. The President avoided those areas so his visit would not disrupt ongoing rescue operations.

Trump reassured the leaders in Texas that they will get all of the federal help they need to recover. He was accompanied on the visit by key members of his cabinet including Brock Long, the head of FEMA, who predicted a long and difficult recovery, Trump is planning a similar visit to Louisiana later this week.

Professor Says Texas is Getting what it Deserves for Voting Republican

Aug 30, 2017

A liberal visiting sociology professor at the University of Tampa has been fired for tweeting that the people of Texas were getting what they deserved from Hurricane Harvey for voting Republican in the last election. Kenneth L. Storey said that the destruction being visited on the people of Texas was “instant karma” for the way they voted.

The tweet went out on Sunday and to its credit the University administration reacted swiftly by terminating the professor for his brutal comment, and issuing a statement saying that “it stands in solidarity with the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey”.

McConnell Pours Money Into Alabama Senate Race

Aug 30, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is making good on his promise to help incumbent senators. McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund has spent $2.3 million in the run up to the September 26 runoff election between incumbent Luther Strange and Judge Roy Moore. The majority of the spending has been spent on broadcast television advertising with the remainder going to advertise on cable TV, satellite, and radio. Although the spending has been extensive, all the major polls in the race put Moore ahead of Strange. The Senate Leadership Fund spent $4.2 million on behalf of Strange during the primary. The main effort in the primary was to keep Representative Mo Brooks from coming in second place. The Senate Leadership Fund has spent more money on the Alabama race than it spent in trying to win vulnerable Democratic seats in West Virginia and Missouri. Roy Moore is regarded as a supporter of the Trump agenda while Strange is more willing to support McConnell even if that means not delivering on the president’s priorities.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/29...

LA Legalizes Ultra-Compact Handguns

Aug 30, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to end the city’s ban on “ultra-compact” handguns. Under the ban, firearms dealers could not sell guns smaller than 6.75 inches in length and 4.5 inches in height. Dealers also could not sell holsters for such firearms. The ban was pushed because the compact guns were “the weapons of choice for criminals.” Gun rights groups said that the ban made it more difficult for “women, handicapped individuals, and other vulnerable citizens to get the guns they could use efficiently for self-defense.” Gun rights attorneys sent a demand letter to the City “pointing out that the ordinance was preempted because it conflicted with the state law regulating what handguns can be sold, and was therefore invalid.” Although the city of Los Angeles sought delaying tactics, gun rights attorneys “pushed the City attorney’s office until the City finally repealed the ordinance.”
http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/08/29/la-...

Continuing Resolution Gets Support From Freedom Caucus

Aug 30, 2017

The House Freedom Caucus is willing to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded to avoid a government shutdown even if it means no funding for the president’s border wall. “Most of the conservatives that I talked to are willing to … vote for a continuing resolution that just basically would not have wall funding in it — would continue the current stream of money that keeps the government operational while we work through and negotiate on the appropriations bill,” said Meadows. Mark Meadows who chairs the Freedom Caucus cited the need to keep the government running in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Meadows “offered his support for Harvey relief after Congress can gauge the ‘full amount of the damage’ in the Gulf Coast.” Meadows and the senators from Texas voted against funding aid to Hurricane Sandy victims. They cited the pork barrel spending that was attached to the bill as their reasons for voting against it. Meadows said, “As long as we keep the emergency relief really to support the people in need, whether they be in New York or Texas, I think you’ll find plenty of conservative support and certainly my support.”
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/29...

It’ll Be Awhile Before President’s Afghanistan Plan Can Be Implemented

Aug 30, 2017

Before the president’s Afghanistan plan can be implemented, the Pentagon has to make “critical military decisions.” “We’re just not there yet. There is work to be done here within the department and answers that need to be provided,” said a spokesman for the Department of Defense. Defense Secretary Mattie said that he is waiting for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to get him a plan. “We’ve obviously been discussing this option for some time. When he brings that to me, I’ll determine how many more [troops] we need to send in,” said Mattis. It’s estimated that the military will send 4,000 additional soldiers to Afghanistan. To date, 2,258 soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. 20,263 have been injured. President Trump backtracked from his campaign rhetoric to pull American troops out of Afghanistan. He gave no timeline on how much longer America would continue the war.
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/08...

Obamacare Repeal Effort Gaining Supporters

Aug 30, 2017

Rick Santorum’s plan to replace Obamacare with block grants to the states may be getting enough support from senators and representatives to actually pass through Congress. Senator Lindsey Graham said of the bill, “This is truly and fundamentally a different approach than Obamacare. It relies upon the concept of federalism.” He added, “We’re going to block grant the health care to the states.” In previous attempts to repeal Obamacare, Congress retained much of the infrastructure of the failing healthcare plan in place. The legislation merely trimmed around the edges but nothing fundamentally changed. By block granting to the states, each state would be able to create its own healthcare solution. States could create their own employer and individual mandates or not. States could create single-payer plans but no entity would be able to impose that on the other 49 states. States could borrow ideas from each other. Senator Graham thought that the key to getting repeal legislation through Congress is to have the support of governors.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/29...

Houston Teens Rescue 50 People

Aug 30, 2017

The flooding in Houston is bringing out the best in Texans. Four teenage boys, Thomas Edwards, Richard Dickason, and Liam and Declan Connor used Declan’s small fishing boat to rescue as many as 50 people and many pets. The boys heard people screaming for help. So “we began to pick people up and take them to a local Krogers, where other evacuees sought refuge. We were the only boat in the neighborhood until 2 o’clock, and we motored back and forth making trips to rescue as many people as we could,” said Edwards. “We rescued families, babies, dogs, rabbits, you name it,” said Edwards. “It was an incredibly surreal experience to take a boat down streets while trying to doge sunken cars and overhanging tree limbs.” “Someone said that in times like these, differences don’t matter because we are all in the same predicament,” said Edwards. “I thought it was incredibly valiant to see how the whole community banded together to save one another.”
http://www.dailywire.com/news/20342/heroes-you-sho...

Denmark Tip-Toes Into Tax Cutting Arena

Aug 30, 2017

Denmark’s government wants to make the country a more attractive place to work. But Denmark is one of the world’s most heavily taxed countries. The government is proposing cutting taxes to “make it cheaper to save toward retirement and reduce levies on cars.” The government won’t be rushing to slash taxes and government spending though. Instead it will tip-toe into the tax cutting arena. It is proposing to cut taxes by a mere $3.7 billion, and it will take until 2025 to phase in the proposed measures. The Finance Minister said, “we’re increasing the gains associated with working, we’re making it more attractive to work more and we’re ensuring that it’s more worthwhile to save up toward retirement.” By encouraging more people to work, the government expects more revenue from its value-added tax. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has called for America to be more like Denmark. No word on whether Denmark’s embrace of tax cuts will cause the senator to find a new high tax role model.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-29...

Court Pushed To Hear Second Amendment Case

Aug 30, 2017

The state attorneys general for 21 states asked the Supreme Court to decide a case involving Maryland’s assault weapons ban. Maryland has banned semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. If Maryland can get away with banning certain types of firearms, then it steps all over the Second Amendment according to West Virginia’s attorney general. "I hope that the Supreme Court hears this case so there are not undue restrictions on peoples' right to enjoy the Second Amendment. This matters not only for West Virginia, it matters for the entire country. The National Rifle Association said, “The popular rifles and standard magazines banned in Maryland are some of the best tools for self-defense. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will reverse this egregious decision.” The Supreme Court has not heard a case related to the Second Amendment in over seven years. In June, the Court let stand a case involving California’s concealed-carry law. Justices Thomas and Gorsuch dissented and exhorted the Court to do more to protect citizen’s rights under the Second Amendment.
http://freebeacon.com/issues/attorneys-general-ask...

Chinese Electronic Warfare

Aug 30, 2017

The collisions between American warships and merchant vessels has military experts wondering if China messed with American navigation systems to create the collisions. China has been a leader in developing electronic warfare capabilities. Its jammers, disruptors, drones, and cyber tools “can cause electronics to malfunction mysteriously, or to operate in ways that can cause them to self-destruct. The Chinese military has written extensively on “the use of electronic warfare.” It has developed “a distributed electronic warfare system that will be used to attack battle groups at sea.” China’s military industry has developed an “anti-Aegis defense system” specifically to combat American warships equipped with the Aegis system. So far the U.S. Navy has blamed mechanical failure and crew error on the collisions. But it is not ruling the possibility that the ship’s electronics were disrupted. China wants to remove American power from Asia. It sees the American Navy as interfering in China’s backyard.
http://www.atimes.com/ship-collisions-raise-specte...

Mattis Appoints Panel to Study President’s Transgender Order

Aug 30, 2017

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that transgender soldiers would be allowed to continue serving in the military while a Pentagon panel studies the issue. “Once the panel reports its recommendations and following my consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security, I will provide my advice to the president concerning implementation of his policy direction. In the interim, current policy with respect to currently serving members will remain in place,” said Mattis. In 2016 the Pentagon commissioned a study by the RAND Corporation to study the impact of transgenders in the military. The leftist organization provided the military with the outcome the administration wanted, namely that transgenders would cost the military about $8 million a year and the readiness impact would be negligible. This number was disputed by Representative Vicky Hartzler who believes the policy would cost the military $1.3 billion over 10 years. The president gave wide latitude to his Secretary of Defense to implement the ban.
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/mattis-all...

Dangerous Chemical Release Adds to Problems in Houston

Aug 29, 2017

Late yesterday afternoon residents of La Porte, Texas, and two other communities about 20 miles south of Houston were ordered to stay in their homes and shelter in place. This was due to a release of dangerous hydrogen chloride from a chemical plant apparently affected by the flooding in the area. Sheltering in place means shutting off the air-conditioning units and keeping all doors and windows shut.

The chemical can cause serious injury and even death if inhaled. Fortunately, the release was quickly contained and there were no reported injuries before the all clear was given. However, this is another indication of the dangers facing Texas residents for the foreseeable future.

MSNBC Host Tries to use Hurricane Harvey to Attack Trump

Aug 29, 2017

In what some people are calling the most bizarre left wing media attacks on President Trump, yet MSNBC host, Stephanie Ruhle questioned whether people in Texas would run the risk of being deported if they were here illegally and checked into a storm shelter. She made this assertion despite the fact that both the U.S. Border Patrol and Texas officials have stated that they were just interested in saving lives and no questions would be asked.

Then other left wing commentators went on to blame the hurricane on the fact that Trump’s budget cuts funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is a federal agency that monitors weather and ocean conditions, but it does not have any way to modify them. However, some Trump critics seem to believe that a hurricane can be bribed to change course or reduce its intensity.

Left Wing Media Blames Trump for Political Violence

Aug 29, 2017

Virtually any American who watches the images on television of violence like over the weekend in Berkeley, California will clearly see that the perpetrators of the violence are far left groups like ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter. The victims are not necessarily white supremacists, but police officers, reporters, and anyone who dares to disagree with the leftist political agenda.

Yet, despite this definitive evidence the liberal media continues to try and put the primary reason for the violence on the back of the President. For example, a recent piece by the liberal magazine “The Hill” says that President Trump’s rhetoric, both before and after the election is the cause of all political violence, even the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise, and others by a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Cowboys Quarterback Takes Patriotic Stand

Aug 29, 2017

At a time when increasing numbers of black professional athletes are showing their disdain for the country that gives the freedom to make millions of dollars, one prominent athlete is standing up against the tide. Dak Prescott, the popular young quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys football team, has said he is “not at all” tempted to join the protest.

Instead of kneeling during the national anthem, to protest whatever is the liberal politically correct thing to protest that week, Prescott proudly stands at attention with his hand over his heart because he says we can’t take freedom for granted and he wants to honor the flag and the people who have fought for it. So far, no member of the Cowboys has joined in any protest.

Venezuela Planning to Ban Social Media Content

Aug 29, 2017

In what some might see is a page from the playbook of the American left wing the government of Venezuela is planning to regulate the internet by banning social media posts that promote “hate or bigotry”. The translation of that appears to mean that the targets of the new law being considered by the unlawful Constituent Assembly include anyone who is critical of Nicholas Maduro and the socialist government of the country.

This is a hate speech definition similar to the language used by liberals in the United States to justify the censoring of legitimate conservative websites and posts that are critical of the Democrats or the liberal media.

Planned Parenthood Hammered by Federal Appeals Court

Aug 29, 2017

In the past several years a number of state governments have attempted to defund Planned Parenthood after the disturbing videos of the abortion group making arrangements to sell the body parts of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood has sued the states since it makes most of its money off of abortions and many of them are paid for by taxpayer funded state Medicaid programs.

Until now the federal courts have been striking down these laws, usually for spurious reasons. Now the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld such a ban adopted by the Arkansas Legislature. This decision comes after Congress passed legislation in April that set aside an Obama executive order to protect the abortion mill from being defunded.

North Korean Missile Flies over Japan

Aug 29, 2017

The Japanese news media are reporting that a missile fired by the North Koreans flew over northern Japan. This was apparently an intermediate range ballistic missile, but appears to have been larger than the three fired by the North Korean military over the weekend.

The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, continues to play what appears to be a dangerous game of chicken with the United States and its allies in the region. However, nothing he has done has caused the U.S. military to cancel or even scale back the joint military maneuvers going on with the South Korean military. This is undoubtedly frustrating for the North Korean dictator, and could result in even more erratic and dangerous behavior.

Harvey Moving Into Louisiana

Aug 29, 2017

While tropical storm Harvey is still dumping unprecedented amounts of rain on southeast Texas, including Houston and Galveston, the leading edge of the storm is moving further into the Louisiana. The city of Lake Charles, Louisiana has already experienced heavy rain, and now New Orleans and the state capital of Baton Rouge are feeling its effects.

The eye of the storm is actually moving back into the Gulf of Mexico where it will gather up even more moisture to dump on the states when it moves back onshore. The entire Texas National Guard of 12,000 has now been mobilized, and volunteers with boats have poured in from other states to assist in the massive rescue efforts. Trump has also signed a disaster declaration for Louisiana.

ANTIFA Stages Anti-Hate Rally by Beating People Up

Aug 29, 2017

ANTIFA responded to a free speech rally by a small group of conservatives in Berkeley with a so-called no-hate demonstration. The conservative demonstrators were peaceful and were not espousing racism. On the other hand, ANTIFA members showed up wearing masks and carrying various weapons and shields. Then they proceeded to attack the unarmed demonstrators and even attacked reporters.

Unfortunately, the police spent most of their time just watching instead of protecting the people being attacked by the fascist thugs. As a result a number of people were injured, some very seriously. Police only made a hand full of arrests.

Leftists Want to Ban Conservative Speakers in Berkeley

Aug 29, 2017

Berkeley, California’s Mayor Jesse Arreguin, wants UC Berkeley to cancel events for Free Speech Week in September. During Free Speech Week, a campus conservative group, Berkeley Patriot will be hosting several speakers opposed to the Left. Mayor Arreguin said, “I don’t want Berkeley being used as a punching bag. I am concerned about these groups using large protests to create mayhem. It’s something we have seen in Oakland and in Berkeley.” Arreguin wants the university to force Berkeley to rescind invitations to Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Steve Bannon. He said, “I obviously believe in freedom of speech, but there is a line between freedom of speech and then posing a risk to public safety. University spokesman Dan Mogulof said that the university does not have the legal right to “interfere with or cancel invitations based on the perspectives and beliefs of the speakers.” He pledged to make it a priority to keep the community safe as well as the snowflakes “who may feel threatened or harmed by what some of these speakers may espouse.”
http://www.dailywire.com/news/20352/berkeley-mayor...

Man Made Up Story About Being Attacked

Aug 29, 2017

The Navy seaman who said he was stabbed because of his neo-Nazi like haircut, made it all up. Joshua Witt was charged with making a false report. Initially he’d written “All I hear is, ‘Are you one of them neo-Nazis?’ as this dude is swinging a knife up over my car door at me. I threw my hands up and once the knife kind of hit, I dived back into my car and shut the door and watched him run off west, behind my car.” Witt’s Facebook post describing the incident went viral. But police investigating the alleged incident, found no video surveillance that showed the attack or assailants in the area. Video from a sporting goods store near the alleged crime scene showed Witt buying a knife. When confronted, Witt admitted that he’d “accidentally cut himself.” Witt is facing a possible one year in jail and a $2,650 fine.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/28...

Mexico Offers Aid To Texas

Aug 29, 2017

Mexico offered to help Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The head of Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry tweeted, “I just spoke to Gov. @GregAbbott_TX. We will provide all the help we can. Our full solidarity with the people of Texas.” In 2005, the Mexican government sent emergency supplies to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. While the United States and Mexico are at odds over the border wall and NAFTA, the offer appears to be a conciliatory gesture by the Mexican government. On Saturday, President Trump harshly criticized the NAFTA renegotiation calling both Canada and Mexico “being very difficult.” If President Trump interjected himself and accepted Mexico’s offer of help, he could claim the value of the aid as part of Mexico’s contribution to the border wall.
http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/28/mexico-o...

Letter Calls For Mitch McConnell’s Removal

Aug 29, 2017

Senate Conservatives Action, a political action committee, mailed a fundraising letter calling for Republicans to replace Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The letter was signed by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccineli. The letter goes into detail how McConnell is doing his best to undermine the president’s agenda on the border wall, healthcare, foreign aid, and term limits. Cuccineli wrote, “Mitch McConnell is now blaming the president for setting ‘excessive expectations’ when he was the one who set these expectations with years of empty promises!!!” The letter calls McConnell “a creature of the swamp.” And the letter points out that no matter how moderate, liberal, or flip-flopping, McConnell is pledging to help re-elect every Senate Republican. “Mitch McConnell doesn’t want President Trump to drain the swamp. He wants to keep rewarding his cronies with liberal policies and continue business as usual,” said Cuccineli.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/28...

No Single-Payer Litmus Test for Democrats

Aug 29, 2017

Bernie Sanders gave comfort to moderate Democrat incumbents saying that Democrats running for office in 2018 don’t have to support single-payer healthcare. Democrat Party officials were worried that Sanders’ supporters “might launch primary challenges against Democrats who do not back a single-payer plan.” Sanders did say, “You’re seeing more and more movement toward ‘Medicare for All.’ When the people are saying we need healthcare for everyone, as more and more Americans come on board, it will become politically possible.” The senator added that over time, Democrats will have to support single-payer if they want to win. He thought the Republican’s effort to overturn Obamacare changed the landscape. “People are saying ‘the ACA did some good things, and the Republicans wanted to throw 22 million people off of it. That’s an absurd idea to most people.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/348258-sanders-...

President Pledges Government Resources

Aug 29, 2017

President Trump vowed on Monday that Texas would get “every asset under my command” as Hurricane Harvey continued its destruction. The president made it clear that if there is a government shut down over border wall funding, Texas would still get everything it needs to recover. It’s expected that 500,000 people may be seeking disaster relief because of the flooding. The president praised Americans for working together to aid Texans. “Tragic times bring out the best in Americans character, strength, charity, and resilience. We see neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends and strangers helping strangers. You see that all over. You see it on television, such incredible work and love and teamwork. We are one American family. We hurt together. We struggle together.” The president plans to visit parts of Texas on Tuesday.
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/348330-trump-pre...

Conservative Try To Find Someone In White House To Talk To

Aug 29, 2017

The Trump administration has been so purged of conservatives and Republicans, that GOP members of the House and Senate do not know who to talk to in the White House. The legislative calendar will be full of difficult legislation that will need coordination with the White House. Reince Priebus “had spent years cultivating relationships on the Hill as chairman of the Republican National Committee” as well as reaching out to conservatives. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is respected but he does not have the relationships with members of Congress that is needed to work through the legislative process. The president is seen as increasingly relying on Democrats, including his daughter and son-in-law and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. Conservatives want the president to appoint a true conservative who has the president’s ear and a relationship with conservative lawmakers.
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/348000-republica...

Trump Organization Asked Putin’s Spokesman For Help in 2016

Aug 29, 2017

In late 2015, President Trump’s real estate business was attempting to license Trump’s name on a tower in Moscow. But negotiations stalled. So Donald Trump’s attorney and vice president of the Trump organization reached out to Vladimir Putin’s personal spokesman in January 2016 to ask for help. In early 2016, Michael Cohen asked that Putin’s spokesman contact him so that meetings could be arranged with “appropriate individuals.” No response was received, and the development deal “fell through two weeks later.” Cohen told congressional investigators that the deal was “nothing more than a routine business proposal.” Cohen said, “It should come as no surprise that, over four decades, the Trump Organization has received and reviewed countless real estate development opportunities, both domestic and international. The Trump Moscow proposal was simply one of many development opportunities that the Trump Organization considered and ultimately rejected.” President Trump has repeatedly denied that he had business ties to Russia.
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/348295...

Leftists Blame Hurricane on Oil Companies

Aug 29, 2017

Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks made it clear that he believes that the oil industry is the reason for Hurricane Harvey. On Monday he tweeted out, “Horrified at human toll of #HurricaneHarvey. Not sad about billions of damage to oil industry. Chickens coming home to roost. #ClimateChange. A few minutes later he tweeted, “US taxpayers should help people of Houston in light of this tragedy but not one dime to oil companies who helped cause it in first place.” The oil industry pays nearly $100 million a day in income taxes. The industry’s tax expense averages 48 percent in contrast to other S&P companies which have a tax burden averaging 28 percent. It’s tax revenues from the oil industry that will help pay for the cleanup of Houston and the Gulf area.
http://www.dailywire.com/news/20341/cenk-uygur-che...

North Korea Launches Again

Aug 29, 2017

North Korea launched a missile. It flew over Japan and landed in the water after breaking up into three pieces. North Korea sees the military exercises that the United States is conducting with its allies in the region as a threat. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “North Korea’s reckless action is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to our nation.” The prime minister is calling for a UN meeting to strengthen sanctions against North Korea. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “We’re going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign . . . working with allies and working with China as well to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table . . . .” The latest missile firing comes just weeks after heated verbal exchanges between North Korea and President Trump.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-28/north-kor...

Trump Preparing to Undo Obama Limits on Police

Aug 28, 2017

From the beginning of his administration Barack Obama kept up a verbal assault on local police departments for alleged racism. He backed up his constant criticism by putting limits of the availability of critical military equipment to police departments. He justified this by citing situations such as the shooting that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri when a white police officer shot a black man who it turned out had just committed a crime and then assaulted the police office.

When riots occurred in Ferguson Obama said he was disturbed by the police deploying with equipment obtained from the U.S. Military. He used an executive order to limit the practice, and that is now going to be reversed by President Trump who believes in law and order and supporting police.

Smuggling Tunnel Found in San Diego

Aug 28, 2017

While in the process of detaining some suspected illegals near the Otay Mesa port of entry on the border between Mexico and the United States near San Diego Border Patrol agents uncovered a major tunnel clearly used to smuggle illegals from Mexico into the U.S. This is the latest in the string of tunnels found on the border in the last several years.

Interestingly, the majority of the illegals picked up in this incident were Chinese instead of Mexicans or individuals from Central America. Many people believe this reinforces the need for the comprehensive approach to border security being pushed by the Trump administration that includes a border wall.

Houston Mayor Defends his Decision not to Order Evacuation

Aug 28, 2017

Democrat Mayor Sylvester Turner has defended his decision not to order the evacuation of Houston in the face of the predictions of horrendous flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Although he was not in a position to order the evacuation, Republican Governor Greg Abbott strongly encouraged it, but was contradicted by Turner.

Now, multiple assets are being deployed to save people in areas that had been predictably vulnerable to flooding as a result of the heavy rainfall that was caused by the storm. Turner said it was more risky to put several million people on the roads than to tell everyone to stay in their homes where many are now trapped.

Divisions Grow in the Democrat Party

Aug 28, 2017

As Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are crisscrossing the country pushing their socialist agenda that will probably doom their party in the 2018 elections, other Democrats are preparing to fight back. Will Marshall, the founder of the so-called neoliberal movement during the era of Bill Clinton and Al Gore has now stepped into the fray and formed a group called New Democracy.

It is designed to take the party back to what he considers its liberal roots that while progressive are not as blatantly socialist as the message coming from the Sanders/Warren wing of the party. However, he is apparently swimming upstream, at least for the time being, because no real moderate leader of the party appears on the horizon.

North Korea Surprises the U.S. Again

Aug 28, 2017

In another step forward by the North Korean military it has fired three short range ballistic missiles from a multiple launcher. This is apparently something else that U.S. intelligence agents were not aware that Kim Jong Un’s army was capable of. This pushes the United States closer to having to take some kind of definitive action to stop the North Koreans from actually being capable of putting a nuclear warhead on a missile that can reach U.S. territory including the continental U.S.

The Chinese don’t appear to be doing anything of significance to pressure Kim Jong Un and the Russians have made their own threatening gestures against the United States and its allies in the region by flying nuclear bombers near the Korean peninsula.

Left Wing Racist Insanity Continues

Aug 28, 2017

First the liberals called for the removal of monuments to the confederacy because they were “racist”. Then they started to call for the destruction of monuments to American history and our founding fathers like at Mount Rushmore and the Jefferson Memorial. Then the insanity progressed to ESPN removing an Asian/American announcer from calling a football game in Virginia because his name is Robert Lee.

Now, a leader of the Black Student Assembly has called for USC to get rid of its mascot because it is a white horse that happens to be named Traveler that was the same name as Robert E. Lee’s horse. Of course, the horse is ridden onto the field by a Trojan warrior. In addition, a theater in Memphis, Tennessee will no longer show the iconic, award winning movie “Gone with the Wind” because someone complained it was too sympathetic to the old south.

Sanctuary City Gets Woman Murdered

Aug 28, 2017

Santa Rosa, California is proud of being a sanctuary city. It is so proud that on August 3, 2017 it arrested an illegal alien named Nery Israel Estrada-Margos for beating up his girlfriend. When his name was entered into the system he was immediately recognized by ICE as a violent illegal alien they had been looking for so they notified the Santa Rosa police department to detain him until ICE could pick him up.

Instead, the police notified ICE agents that they were going to release him if he was not picked up within 16 minutes of the notification. For the Santa Rosa officials this was some kind of sick joke since they knew the nearest ICE office was 60 miles way. Now, no one is laughing because two weeks after his release Estrada-Margos murdered his girlfriend.

Massive Emergency Response to Hurricane Harvey

Aug 28, 2017

After the massive disaster from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in New Orleans and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast there was heavy criticism of the local, state, and federal governments. Officials were accused of being ill prepared for the storm and its aftermath, and having a tepid response to a storm that killed over 1,000 people, and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

Thus far, the response to what has occurred, and is still ongoing in Texas appears to be much better. The State of Texas has deployed over 3,000 Texas National Guard troops as well as numerous vehicles and aircraft along with state police to assist local first responders in search and rescue operations. Major assets have also been deployed by the U.S. government including FEMA teams and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Natural Disaster Continues to Grow in Texas

Aug 28, 2017

The devastation caused by powerful Category 4 Hurricane Harvey continues to grow despite the fact that the storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm. The problems continue because the storm has stalled over Texas and is dumping torrential rains on cities like Houston that are very flood prone.

Rain and flooding is also hampering the start of recovery efforts in cities like Rockport, Texas that was hard hit by the 130 plus winds that came with the initial landfall of Harvey. Unfortunately, the rain that has exceeded two feet in some places and is expected to continue for several more days, and dump as much as two more feet of rain onto already flooded areas,

Will 401Ks Be Taxed?

Aug 28, 2017

The Trump Administration says that it wants tax cuts. But it appears it is settling for tax shifting. Administration officials feel compelled to find ways to pay for “cutting both the individual and corporate tax rates.” The easiest way to pay for tax cuts is to slash government spending. But politicians hate spending cuts. Some ideas being discussed would be capping the mortgage interest deduction, ending the deduction of state and local taxes, ending the ability of businesses to deduct interest, and phasing out immediate deductibility of new equipment for small businesses. “One idea quietly being discussed would be taxing the money that workers place into their 401(k) savings plans up front.” Officials speculate that billions of dollars could be raised. When you have a government approved retirement plan, you are in partnership with the government. Politicians set the rules and can change the rules. What may not be taxable today, may be taxable tomorrow if politicians need the money.
http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2017/08/trump...

Push to Restart Oil Exploration

Aug 28, 2017

Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, signed an order that will assist restarting oil exploration and production in Alaska. Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve is estimated to contain 336 million to 1.7 billion barrels of oil. The Institute for Energy Research applauded Secretary Zinke’s actions saying that the Obama administration erected so “many hoops and barriers getting those resources out of the ground” that it “became cost-prohibtitive.” Alaska’s “1959 Statehood Act recognized natural resource development as critical to the state.” The land “was set up with the sole intention of oil and gas production, however years of politics over policy put roughly half” of Alaskas petroleum reserves off limits. The Trans-Alaskan Pipeline will also get a new lease on life. In its charter, if the pipeline was “no longer cost-effective or profitable” it was required to shut down. The ability to find and extract new sources of oil will mean Alaska will be able to keep putting oil into the pipeline and keep it operating.
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/feds-t...

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