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SC Lawmakers Focus on Fetal Personhood Legislation to Save Lives

South Carolina State Representative Josiah Magnuson is leading the GOP in a fight to recognize fetal personhood at the state level in order to “slay the dragon” of legalized abortion, and it’s part of a broader trend echoed by conservatives in 16 other states. “The only way to slay the dragon is through the heart of Roe v. Wade,” Magnuson explained. “We need to remember our goal-to end abortion.” Magnuson’s bill in particular recognizes that the right to life begins at conception, although it does make exception in instances where the mother is in danger of dying, and it also allows for contraception. “The Personhood Act will define life at conception so that all humans are protected under state law, regardless of age,” Magnuson said. “The dark trade must end. Now is the time to end abortion in South Carolina.”

Here’s more from PJ Media…

South Carolina GOP state Rep. Josiah Magnuson told the Spartanburg County Republican Party last month he’s tired of nibbling around the edges of legalized abortion.

“The only way to slay the dragon is through the heart of Roe v. Wade,” Magnuson explained. “We need to remember our goal — to end abortion.”

The pro-choice Guttmacher Institute trumpeted a warning in December picked up by Vice News — Republicans had pre-filed at least 17 state legislative proposals to limit abortions.

Among the 17 is Magnuson’s bill to recognize the right to life begins at conception, a concept known as fetal personhood. The legislation would outlaw abortion with very few exceptions.

Under Magnuson’s proposal, an abortion would be allowed if the mother was in danger of dying. But cases of rape and incest are not addressed in Magnuson’s proposal. Contraception and in-vitro fertilization would be permitted.

Magnuson’s legislation states “the rights of its citizens extend to each newly born and pre-born human being.”

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Hypocrisy on Morality

Morality for thee, but not for me.
That’s the Democratic Party’s elitist modus operandi when it comes to casting aspersions and judging President Donald Trump’s character, marital issues and moral compass but not their own.

Take the recent revelations surrounding the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and owner of the anti-Trump Washington Post. Bezos announced via Twitter this week that his 25-year marriage has gone bust, stemming from reports of a salacious affair the billionaire businessman allegedly had with a friend’s wife. Although both Bezos and his paramour have denied the illicit affair, according to reports their steamy sexts speak otherwise — indicating that The Washington Post’s owner could very well be no angel when it comes to marital fidelity. But that hasn’t stopped his newspaper from writing round-the-clock hit pieces against the president for the past several years highlighting Trump’s amorality.

“Trump is incompetent, impulsive and amoral. Heaven help us all,” read a Dec. 24 WaPo headline. Before that, there was the holier-than-thou doozy “Calling Trump ‘amoral’ gives him a pass,” published in 2017, which followed an opinion piece published two weeks prior, written by David Von Drehle, accusing the president of “supreme amorality.” These types of pieces — just a tiny fraction of the Trump character assassinations in the Post — are in addition to an unprecedented number of hours left-wing cable news programs and other liberal media outlets have dedicated to highlighting Trump’s 2006 sexual encounter with porn actress Stormy Daniels and other such stories.

All of this reveals that in much of America today, what is deemed moral or amoral largely hinges on political affiliation.
Then there’s the cesspool of liberal Hollywood hypocrites.

It’s well-known that La-La Land — in addition to inventing the infamous casting couch — is also home to some of the worst perverts, sex abusers and cheaters, including Harvey Weinstein, who’s currently facing criminal charges in New York for rape and sexual abuse. Yet the entertainment industry has the audacity to assail every fiber of President Trump’s moral disposition day in and day out. Hard to take these folks seriously when we know that many living in the land of fruits and nuts won’t be auditioning for the role of choirboy any time soon.

And then there are the mainstream media, which collectively downplayed former President Bill Clinton’s numerous affairs — including with Monica Lewinsky, a young, impressionable intern he engaged in extramarital sex acts with in the Oval Office. This is the same left-wing cabal that looks down on Trump’s marital infidelities while overlooking how John F. Kennedy, his brother Ted and countless other Democratic politicians left-wingers voted for strayed during their marriages, too.

It doesn’t take an Ivy league degree to see that in America today, there are two distinct sets of rules when it comes to what constitutes morality — one for Democrats and the other for Republicans.
A dual standard indeed.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Border Security Shutdown Fight Moves to the Senate

Unable to wear down President Trump from his border wall funding demands, Democratic lawmakers are now holding both chambers of the legislative branch hostage to their open borders agenda, beginning a “blockade” of all legislation in the Senate except for their “compromise” funding legislation. Democrats argue that their first order of business is reopening the government yet refuse any serious discussion about securing the border. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded that there is no point in voting on the Democrats’ half measures because President Trump has already refused to sign them. Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Senate Democrats on Thursday began a “blockade” of all legislation after Senate Republicans refused to consider two House-passed bills that would fund partially shut down government agencies without money for a border wall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Thursday morning blocked the two bills that were introduced by the two Democratic senators from Maryland, where thousands of federal government workers reside. Democrats made it clear afterward that they wouldn’t agree to take up any bills other than those to reopen the government.

“It’s my commitment to my federal workers and our country that the first order of business here should be the reopening of government,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md.

Democrats this week already blocked work on a pro-Israel bill, and they have suggested they will filibuster all bills other than spending bills for the nine federal agencies subject to the partial shutdown.

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Cuomo, Clinton: Promote Rapid “Reproduction Justice”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is holding his state’s budget hostage to the Left’s “Justice Agenda,” which includes making “reproductive justice” a constitutional right in the New England state. Specifically, Cuomo is teaming up with former New York Senator Hillary Clinton to push the Reproductive Health Act and Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (“free birth control for all”) just in time for the Jan. 22 Roe v. Wade anniversary. “It is critical that we codify the Roe v. Wade decision into state law, and to take it a step further, we will fight to pass a constitutional amendment that writes into the constitution a provision protecting a woman’s right to protect her own reproductive health,” Cuomo said Monday. Read more…

Here’s more from PJ Media…

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is vowing to make abortion a constitutional right in his state by saying he won’t approve a budget if the legislature fails to pass the Reproductive Health Act and Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act.

Former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is joining Cuomo in his push to get the bill passed in the next 30 days; it’s part of Cuomo’s “Justice Agenda” that he wants to see happen in the first 100 days of the legislative session, which begins Wednesday.

New York state Dems have said they want to pass the legislation in time for the Jan. 22 Roe v. Wade anniversary. Four days before the anniversary is the March for Life in Washington.

Cuomo argues that putting abortion rights in his state’s constitution is necessary “in this tumultuous time.” State senate Republicans have blocked the effort, including passage of the bill last year in the state assembly, but lost the majority in November elections.

 

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AOC Blasts Factcheckers for “False Equivalency” and “Bias”

For Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), consistency is beside the point in the midst of her nascent socialist revolution. She blasted PolitiFact and The Washington Post for what she called “false equivalency” and “bias” in their criticism of her political stances and arguments with the “Green New Deal” for its unaffordability and unrealistic aims. “Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday. “This is where false equivalency + bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/scientists, for example.”

Here’s more from Fox News…

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at fact-checkers just days after taking office, accusing them of “false equivalency” and “bias” toward her in their columns examining her statements.

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been called out by fact-checkers at a steady clip since her upset primary win last year over then-Rep. Joe Crowley. She’s apparently had enough. On Monday, she took aim at PolitiFact and The Washington Post fact-check unit for supposedly singling her out.

“Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday. “This is where false equivalency + bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/ scientists, for example.”

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Vermont Newspaper on Bernie 2020: “We Beg Him Not To”

“Bernie Sanders should not run for president. In fact, we beg him not to,” quoth an editorial in the Barre Montpelier Times Argus. Primary concerns aired against 2016 socialist presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) were his penchant for appearing more on the mainstream media than local news outlets and the likelihood that he will simply divide the Democrats’ ticket just like last time. “We fear a Sanders run risks dividing the well-fractured Democratic Party, and could lead to another split in the 2020 presidential vote,” the editorial continued. With that sort of anti-endorsement, we’re wondering if we should jump on the Bernie train. That said, the greatest threat to the Democrats may be that so many candidates will be vying for Bernie’s socialist base.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

A Vermont newspaper on Monday begged Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., not to run for president in 2020.

“Bernie Sanders should not run for president. In fact, we beg him not to,” said the editorial published by the Barre Montpelier Times Argus.

“That is an unfavorable opinion, especially among most Vermonters and progressives who support the platform that has come to define him,” the paper added. “But at this point, there are more things about another Sanders run at the White House that concern us than excite us.”

The paper said another Sanders run would divide the Democratic Party, as his run did against Hillary Clinton.

“We fear a Sanders run risks dividing the well-fractured Democratic Party, and could lead to another split in the 2020 presidential vote,” it said.

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Romney Has the Wrong Idea

Mitt Romney is the definition of bitter. Still reeling that Donald Trump is president and not him — after several failed attempts at the Oval Office — Utah’s freshman senator didn’t even wait to get sworn in to the new 116th U.S. Congress this week before taking a holier-than-thou swipe at his party’s standard-bearer.

In a self-righteous op-ed published in the left-leaning Washington Post — the same publication that once skewered him for strapping a carrier containing his Irish setter to the roof of the family car for a 12-hour road trip — Romney lectured the leader of the Free World about integrity.

In fact, the same Democrats and media who widely mocked and criticized the former Bain Capital executive when he ran against Barack Obama in 2012 — calling him an animal abuser and a vulture capitalist, as well as accusing him of being anti-immigrant and anti-women, with his clumsy “binders full of women” gaffe — are now lavishing praise on the mega-wealthy Mormon for insulting the president. Go figure.

In his head-scratching hit piece, Utah’s junior U.S. senator said Trump’s behavior is “evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office” while itemizing a litany of destructive actions he considers unbecoming of an occupant of the Oval Office. What President Trump’s millions of supporters know is that in some respects, Mitt Romney is right; the president has destroyed some things the past two years in office.

For example, the Islamic State’s deadly caliphate, which, under former President Obama, expanded dramatically not only in Iraq and Syria but also globally, executing and inspiring a series of horrific attacks in France, Belgium, Australia, Africa and beyond — including the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the worst terror attack against the gay community in U.S. history. Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State prior to the rampage, slaughtered 49 Americans and injured dozens more who were out enjoying life on a summer night in July 2016.

Before that, we saw the attack at the Boston Marathon, the massacre in San Bernardino and other attacks by Islamic radicals on our soil. Then the current commander in chief led the U.S. military in destroying 95 percent of the Islamic State’s caliphate. Today Islamic State militants occupy less than 3 percent of Iraq and 5 percent of Syria. So Trump’s leadership has liberated approximately 8 million Muslims who were controlled and oppressed by the savage regime.
Trump has also destroyed the high unemployment rate for all Americans, including women and minorities. Under Obama, the unemployment rate reached 10 percent. Today it’s less than 4 percent. The president has also destroyed job-crushing regulations, bad trade agreements and the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal, which gave the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism $150 billion in exchange for a false sense of security when it came to curtailing its clandestine nuclear weapons proliferation.

The U.S. economy has also thrived under Trump’s leadership, with the creation of over 4 million jobs providing hope and opportunity to countless Americans, many of whom struggled to make ends meet during past administrations. What Romney fails to realize is that if a few bad tweets or unseemly sound bites from the president are the price we must pay for all of the above — plus historic prison reform, rebuilding the military and other policies benefiting our nation — the overwhelming majority of Republicans would say it’s worth it. In fact, Trump’s overall approval rating is in line with those of past presidents who were re-elected, including Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Obama at similar points in their presidencies.

All the more reason politicians should be building bridges to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., not destroying them.
Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Democrats Prioritize Expanding Abortion Among Shutdown Legislation

On the first day of the new Pelosi House of Representatives, Democrats introduced a proposal to expand abortion as part of a “compromise” to end the partial government shutdown. The provision specifically targets the “Mexico City Policy,” which prohibits the international provision or promotion of abortion as “family planning.” The measure also includes a $32 million increase in funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), which has been linked to China’s “one-child” forced abortion policy. Lawmakers were at an impasse before Christmas after President Trump refused to back down from his demand for border security funding.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

House Democrats made the expansion of abortion one of their first orders of business in a bill that seeks to end the partial government shutdown.

The spending bill – to be voted on Thursday – would repeal a provision that bans non-governmental organizations – such as International Planned Parenthood – from providing or promoting abortions as a method of family planning overseas.

Known in the past as the Mexico City Policy, the provision is now known as the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy, and was instituted by President Donald Trump shortly after his inauguration in January 2017. Abortion rights advocates simply refer to the provision as the “global gag rule.”

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Big govt, International, Politics

Mexico Plans “Free Zones” To Stop Illegal Immigration

Newly inaugurated Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has a plan to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, and it doesn’t include a border wall. Rather, he intends to declare certain areas that are “no man’s land” as economic “free zones.” The goal for these 15-mile wide, 2,000-mile zones is to help reduce the incentive for Mexicans to emigrate to the U.S. The higher price point for goods and services in this zone could also make the trek less feasible for Central American would-be illegal immigrants. It’s an interesting theory. We’ll see how that works out.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has unveiled a new plan to curtail illegal immigration to the United States by focusing on creating economic “free zones” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

López Obrador, a leftist, announced the Tax Incentive Decree for the Northern Border Region which will create free zones near the border that are over 15 miles wide and will reportedly encompass approximately 2,000 miles. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the free zones will:

reduce income taxes from 30 percent to 20 percent
slash the Value Added Tax for goods coming into the country from 16 percent to 8 percent
boost the minimum wage 100 percent to 176 pesos ($8.80), and
make fuel prices the same as those in the the U.S.

 

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Guiliani: “Mueller Should Be Investigated”

Rudy Guiliani, former New York City mayor and now attorney for President Donald Trump, is calling for special counsel investigator Robert Mueller to be investigated for destroying text messages related to the Russia collusion case or lack thereof. During an interview with Hill.TV, Guilianni specifically made the accusation of destruction of evidence in reference to the text messages between since fired FBI agent Peter Strozk and fellow FBI employee Lisa Page. The pair were having an affair, and their anti-Trump pillow talk raised red flags of the prospect of collusion against Donald Trump’s campaign. Read more.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Two days after Christmas, former New York City mayor and President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told The Hill’s TV program that Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government, should be investigated for destroying text messages related to the case.

Giuliani was being interviewed by Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton when he accused Mueller and his office of destruction of evidence because the special counsel erased text messages between fired FBI agent Peter Strozk and the FBI employee he was having an affair with, Lisa Page.

“Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe,” Giuliani told Sexton.

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