Big govt, Courts, Politics

AG Barr Refuses to Stop Using the “S” Word

Attorney General Bill Barr doubled down on his use of the word “spying” to describe the Obama administration’s actions against the Trump campaign during a tense exchange with Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) on Wednesday. During testimony before the House Appropriations Committee in April, Barr alleged that “spying did occur,” sending the Left into a tizzy. Whitehouse claimed Barr could not use the term because it was “authorized” activity. “I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,'” Barr said. “My first job was in [the] CIA. I don’t think the word ‘spying’ has any pejorative connotation at all.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Attorney General Bill Barr sparred with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Wednesday over the AG’s use of the word “spying” to describe the actions the FBI took against the Trump campaign.

Barr alleged during his testimony to the House Appropriations Committee in April that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign as the FBI investigated alleged ties to Russia.

In addition to conducting surveillance on former Trump campaign official Carter Page, the FBI used informant Stefan Halper to make contact with three Trump campaign advisers.

Whitehouse grilled Barr about his use of the term “spying” in relation to those efforts, suggesting that the term was not accurate because the activities of the DOJ were “authorized.”

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Big govt, Politics

Human Traffickers Raked in Billions in 2017

The Left’s open borders agenda has been busted with the latest nonpartisan report from the Rand Corporation detailing how illegal immigrants being smuggled from Central America to the U.S. shelled out about $2.3 billion to traffickers in 2017. RAND researchers suggest that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ratchet up expanding its financial investigations of payments, including those being sent out from within the United States. Alternately, America could secure its borders and crack down on bogus asylum claims to dry up the cartels’ and smugglers’ customer pool.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Over the weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) doubled down on her assessment that VA hospitals are not in need of serious reform and, in fact, represent a functional example of a state-run healthcare system, calling the many stories that contradict her assertions, “myths.”

Ocasio-Cortez has been on a two-week campaign against a bill that would require major reforms to take place within the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system, calling the VA’s care “high quality,” and claiming that even semi-privatization of the system would plunge it into chaos because of the “for-profit healthcare industry,” according to The Washington Examiner.

In a series of remarks, Ocasio-Cortez insisted that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and that complaints about the VA mishandling patients and misappropriating funds, and of long waits for substandard care, are all “myths.”

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Big govt, Courts, Issues, Politics

Father Guilty of “Violence” for Rejecting Child’s Transgender Pronoun

Canadian Justice Francesca Marzari just found the father of a 14-year-old girl guilty of “family violence” after he refused to refer to his daughter as “he.” Upon issuing an order of protection, Marzari stated that the father could be arrested “immediately” and “without warrant” if he calls his daughter by her birth name, refers to her “as a girl or with female pronouns” directly or to third parties,” or suggests that his daughter is actually a girl and should “abandon treatment.” According to the report, the teen’s school counselor encouraged her to identify as a boy while in the seventh grade, and a doctor in turn encouraged hormone disruption. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

A British Columbia (BC) Supreme Court judge has found the father of a 14-year-old girl claiming to be transgender guilty of “family violence” because he continued to refer to his daughter as “she.”

An order of protection issued by Justice Francesca Marzari states the father, known as “Clark,” is subject to arrest if he attempts to “persuade” his daughter, known as “Maxine,” to “abandon treatment for gender dysphoria,” to call her by her birth name, or to refer to her “as a girl or with female pronouns,” either “directly or to third parties.”

The court order states the father’s arrest may occur “immediately” and “without warrant” by a police officer “who has reasonable and probable grounds” to enforce the order.

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Big govt, Elections, Issues, Politics

Bernie’s “Free the Felons” Voting Includes Terrorists

Socialist Bernie Sanders isn’t backing down from his plan to allow felons still serving time behind bars, even life sentences, to vote from their prison cells. To wit, Breitbart News compiled a list (pun intended) demonstrating just whose rights Bernie is preoccupied with restoring just in time for 2020. It includes Charleston Mass Murderer Dylan Roof, Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Olympic Child Molester Larry Nassar, Charlottesville Car Attacker James Alex Fields, Jr. to name just a few. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

This week, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) endorsed a plan that would allow felons serving time behind bars the right to vote from their prison cells.

“So, I believe people who commit crimes, they pay the price and they get out of jail, they certainly should have the right to vote,” Sanders said during a town hall. “But, I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

Initially, Sen. Kamala Harris said, “I think we should have that conversation” when asked about allowing convicted criminals to vote from their cells, but she has since backtracked on that statement, declaring that she actually opposes giving felons in prison the right to vote.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Sanders Once Declared Millionaires in Congress to be “Immoral”

Committed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders once upon a time campaigned against rich people representing us on Capitol Hill. In 1971, he called it “immoral” for members of Congress to be millionaires … except the sitting senator just released ten years of tax returns confirming his own millionaire status with a reported adjusted gross income of $1,062,26 in 2016 alone. Bernie defended himself to the New York Times as an exception to his own remarks, saying he “wrote a best-selling book.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stated while campaigning in 1971 that it is “immoral” that members of Congress are millionaires, according to a local newspaper article uncovered by CNN’s KFile.

Sanders told the Bennington Banner, a regional daily newspaper, he believes that the millionaires who purport to represent the people actually represent the interests of “their fellow millionaires,” which he asserts are “corporations and big business.”

Interestingly, the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist released 10 years of his tax returns in April, confirming his status in the millionaire class. The disclosure reported earning an adjusted gross income of $1,062,626 in 2016, $1,131,925 in 2017 and $561,293 in 2018.

While Sanders is a frequent critic of millionaires, he defended his six-figure income to The New York Times.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Sanders’ Plan: Allow Murderers, Rapists to Vote

Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is determined to swing 2020 to the Far Left with the help of incarcerated murderers, rapists, and even terrorists. No “vote” is off the table if it means defeating Donald Trump according to Bernie’s recent CNN town hall at which he endorsed allowing all convicted U.S. citizens to vote from behind bars. “I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy,” quoth Sanders. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) recent endorsement of giving voting rights to all American citizens who are currently in prison for local, state, and federal crimes would allow some 183,000 convicted murderers and 164,000 convicted rapists to vote from their jail cells.

In a CNN town hall this week, Sanders endorsed allowing all convicted U.S. citizens — regardless of their crime — to vote from prison.

“So, I believe people who commit crimes, they pay the price and they get out of jail, they certainly should have the right to vote,” Sanders said. “But, I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

SCOTUS To Hear Critical LGBT vs. Christians Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will be taking on three significant cases in its next term, all concerning where LGBT rights begin and those of Christians end. According to the Wall Street Journal: “The court’s calendar all but ensures decisions will come in the late spring or early summer of 2020, injecting a significant social issue-and the court’s role in resolving it-into the presidential election season.” Already, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh are regarded as a key swing bloc in what will be the first gay rights cases since Justice Kennedy’s retirement in the wake of the 2015 opinion legalizing same-sex marriage. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court added three key cases to its docket for next term — all of them impacting the intersection of religious liberty and gay and transgender employment protection.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

The Supreme Court will hear three cases concerning whether gay and transgender people are protected from discrimination on the job, marking the first major LGBT rights issue to reach the court since its 2015 opinion legalizing same-sex marriage.

Lower courts have differed sharply on whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits sex discrimination, necessarily covers sexual orientation or gender identity. Congress, unlike some two dozen states, hasn’t explicitly added those classifications to federal antidiscrimination laws.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

How Pete Buttigieg Could Hurt Trump in the Rust Belt

Pete Buttigieg is many things.

At just 37, he is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is a military veteran and a deeply religious gay man who is married but also enjoys sandwiches from (anti-same-sex marriage) Chick-fil-A. He is a Harvard-educated Rhodes scholar who speaks eight languages. He is the first ever millennial candidate for president and, so far, the only Democratic hopeful to appear on the “Fox News Sunday” show.

“I’m all of those things,” said Buttigieg — pronounced “Boot-edge-edge” — in an interview with the New York Post. “I try not to have any kind of attribute … be totally defining,” he added. Critics say these attributes are the very reasons why he can’t beat Donald Trump. His supporters say they are the very reasons he can.

Mayor Pete, as he likes to be called, strikes a tone that is kinder and less combative than the insult-driven politics of Trump and the Democratic Party’s far-left members. His boyish good looks, intelligence and military background are undoubtedly appealing, as is his faith.

“Scripture tells us to look after the least among us, that it also counsels humility and teaches us about what’s bigger than ourselves,” said Buttigieg, a devout Episcopalian. “It points the way toward an inclusive and unselfish politics that I strive to practice, whether I’m talking about my faith on the stump or not.”

Mayor Pete’s politics are already gaining traction. Since launching his exploratory committee to run for president on Jan. 23, he has already raised $7 million for his campaign. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 4 percent of Democrats would vote for him — the same number that supports Elizabeth Warren, who has been a U.S. senator for six years.
The fact that he was born and bred in the American Rust Belt is possibly his biggest asset.

“Our party can and should do better in the industrial Midwest,” Buttigieg said. “I’m convinced that so many people in this part of the country are already with us, much more than with the other party on issues, on substance, on policy.”
He said his experience in his hometown of South Bend proves there are solutions that work besides a “promise to turn back the clock.”

When Buttigieg was first elected to office in South Bend in 2011, the city was on its knees. Job growth was nonexistent, and like many Rust Belt cities with declining industry, it had been hemorrhaging jobs since the ’70s.
First, he improved the cosmetics of the town by demolishing more than 1,000 abandoned homes, and then he focused on revitalizing it by attracting hundreds of millions in private investment for commercial development.

You won’t find Buttigieg ridiculing fellow Midwestern voters or taking them for granted, the way Hillary Clinton’s campaign did in 2015. After the University of Notre Dame, based in South Bend, invited her to attend their prestigious St. Patrick’s Day event, her campaign declined, telling organizers that “white Catholics were not the audience she needed to spend time reaching out to,” as The New York Times wrote.

Trump would go on to win those white Catholic votes in 2016 — 52 percent of them, according to Pew’s exit polls, reversing the gains Democrats made when Barack Obama earned their votes in 2008 and 2012.

Even so, Buttigieg’s religious beliefs haven’t prevented him from taking progressive positions on major issues.
He supports abortions into the third trimester out of a belief in “freedom from government,” he said. And he won’t rule out tax hikes. “If the only way I can get all of us paid parental leave, universal health care, dramatically improved child care, better education, good infrastructure and, therefore, longer life expectancy and a healthier economy is to raise revenue, then we should be honest about that,” he said.

And although natural gas leads to good, solid jobs in the Rust Belt, he is a big booster of wind and solar power. “I think the goal still has to be focused on renewables,” he said.

But just because Buttigieg has a progressive platform doesn’t mean he’ll get an easy ride from far-left Democrats. Last month, the woke crowd at Slate questioned the young mayor’s credentials with a since-changed headline that read “Is Pete Buttigieg just another white male candidate, or does his gayness count as diversity?”

And just because Buttigieg is from the Rust Belt doesn’t mean he can win a general election in places like Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, especially when you compare his platform to Trump’s.

“He has to share their values on bread-and-butter issues like lower taxes, regulations and religious liberty,” warned Dr. G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. If he doesn’t, “it would be very difficult for him to win.”

But Jeff Rea, a former Republican mayor from another Indiana town and current president of the South Bend chamber of commerce, said nobody should count out Mayor Pete. He and Buttigieg have been on opposite sides on a number of projects but have “always found a way to come together for a solution.”

Buttigieg “is a very data-driven guy and also a very good man,” Rea added. “That has helped him win over voters who might not like progressive politics.” No mayor in history has ever run and won his or her party’s nomination for president, nor has anyone under the age of 43. Then again, no businessman had ever done it until Trump came along.
Michael Wear, the faith adviser to Obama, told me he thinks Mayor Pete has a chance.
“Things change,” Wear said. “And, in America, anything can happen.”

Salena Zito is a CNN political analyst, and a staff reporter and columnist for the Washington Examiner. She reaches the Everyman and Everywoman through shoe-leather journalism, traveling from Main Street to the beltway and all places in between. To find out more about Salena and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, Issues, Media

Faith Organizations Fight Anti-Conservative Censorship

The Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) are joining ranks with SPLCexposed.com, blasting the anti-Christian and anti-conservative media and tech industry and its alliance with the hate-mongering Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). A joint ad buy in the Wall Street Journal slammed SPLC as the real hate group after the organization declared FRC and AFA as “hate groups” for promoting Christian family values. The ad specifically urges Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, PayPal, CNN, and MSNBC to stop using SPLC “as their authority on hate and extremism.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Organizations promoting family and faith have purchased an ad in the Wall Street Journal that calls upon media and tech industry giants to stop aligning themselves with the disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) smears of conservative and Christian groups.

Family Research Council (FRC) purchased the ad in conjunction with the American Family Association (AFA) and in cooperation with SPLCexposed.com. The SPLC has declared both FRC and AFA as “hate groups” because of their promotion of Christian family and sexuality values.

The SPLC – notorious for its labeling of many conservative and Christian organizations as “hate groups” – has recently been accused of racism, corruption, and sexual harassment by employees, and several of the group’s top leaders have left the SPLC in the wake of those accusations.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

Texas Advances Bill to Protect Abortion Survivors

The Texas House of Representatives voted 93 to 1 to approve the “Born Alive” act, which is now heading to the state Senate for a vote. The measure will penalize doctors who fail to provide medical care to a newborn surviving abortion. The repercussions could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and possible prison time for gross negligence. According to a Dallas Morning News report, only one Democrat voted no, and the remaining 50 Democrats voted “present.” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

The Texas House of Representatives has preliminarily approved a measure that says any doctor who does not care for an infant born alive after an abortion will be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars and possibly serve prison time in cases of gross negligence, a report said.

The “Born Alive” act passed 93 to 1 mostly along party lines, the Dallas Morning News reported and will now advance to the state Senate.

Democrat Harold Dutton cast a “no” vote while 50 other Democrats voted “present, not voting.”

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