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Church sued for refusing to host LGBT event

May 28, 2018

The former manager of an event center owned by a Catholic church is suing the church because it had a morals clause in its contract banning LGBT events.The dispute began three years ago when a group of African-American LGBT activists asked to use the Ambridge Event Center in Portland, Oregon.

The application was turned down because the center is owned by the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The church had a morals clause in the agreement under which Holladay Investors was managing it the center.

Ambridge manager Alan Peters apologized to the LGBT organization and said...Read More

 

US Warships Sail Near Disputed Islands In South China Sea, Officials Say

May 27, 2018

 Two U.S. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China after Beijing landed a nuclear-capable bomber and deployed missiles there, defense officials told Fox News on Sunday.

 The U.S.S Higgins, a guided-missile destroyer, and the U.S.S. Antietam, a missile cruiser, conducted "freedom of navigation" operations near the Paracel Island chain, including Woody Island, where Beijing has operated an airbase since the 1990s.

 "U.S. forces operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea. All operations are conducted in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Logan said in a statement to Fox News.

China's Defense Ministry said Chinese ships and aircraft were sent to urge the U.S. warships to leave Chinese territorial waters, Reuters reported. It added the warships entered without permission.

 The patrol near the contested island came days after the Pentagon disinvited Beijing from participating in a large multinational exercise next month following reports the country was again secretly beefing up its military operation and during an ongoing trade dispute.

China last took part in the bi-annual Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in 2014 and 2016, which dates back to the 1970s.

 US DISINVITES CHINA FROM MILITARY EXERCISES AFTER COUNTRY CONTINUES 'MILITARIZATION' OF DISPUTED ISLAND

The move came after Fox News exclusively reported that the Chinese military had deployed another advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of its contested islands in the South China Sea.

 Satellite images taken last Sunday by ImageSat International show two new launchers on the northern shore of the Island, next to a radar system, all covered by a camouflage net.

 The net is usually used to conceal stealthy activities that might interest other armies or security teams. It also makes it harder to identify what surface-to-air missile system it is. But ISI analysts think it's similar to the HQ-9 system that was deployed back in February 2016, and was first reported by Fox News. The HQ-9 air defense system, has a range of 125 miles, which would pose threat to any airplanes, civilians or military, flying close by.

 The U.S. vessels' maneuvering operations on Sunday were carried out near the islands of Tree, Lincoln, Triton and Woody, according to Reuters.

 Woody Island and the Paracel Islands are not part of China's man-made islands built atop former reefs in the Spratly chain further south.

 CHINESE LAND BOMBER IN SOUTH CHINA SEA, POTENTIALLY ESCALATING TENSIONS OVER DISPUTED ZONE

 The South China Sea remains a contested area, with surrounding countries - Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam - disputing China's territorial claims.

Earlier this month, China riled Vietnam and the Philippines by landing bombers on a disputed set of islands in the South China Sea.

 Pentagon officials told Fox News that U.S. forces operate in the region on a daily basis.

"We conduct routine and regular Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs), as we have done in the past and will continue to do in the future," Logan said.

 

Over 100 Conservatives Come Together

Call on Jim Jordan To Replace Paul Ryan as Speaker

 May 23, 2018

A coalition of more than 100 conservatives sent a letter to House Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio on Monday urging him to throw his name in to replace outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

“There must be a real race for Speaker of the House. Now. No backroom deals. A real race, starting this spring, to make every incumbent and candidate commit on the record, as a campaign issue, whether they’ll vote to save the Swamp or drain it,” the letter reads. “America needs you to declare yourself as a candidate for Speaker at once. We write to you on behalf of millions of Americans who want Congress to Drain the Swamp.”

Ryan rattled Capitol Hill in April when he announced he will retire from the House after nearly 20 years in Congress, telling reporters he wanted to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities.

Two of the top House Republicans — House Majority Leader...Read More

 

Trump Campaign FBI Informant Outed as Professor Stefan Halper

May 22, 2018

Several media outlets confirmed this weekend that the secret intelligence source being protected by the Department of Justice is none other than Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, a member of three former presidential administrations and a longtime asset for the FBI and the CIA. Halper reportedly had meetings with Trump campaign associates George Papadopoulos and Carter Page in the summer of 2016, apparently reporting back to the FBI with whatever he learned from those meetings.

The revelation of Halper brings to an end the mystery that captivated Washington for more than a week and inspired not one but several front page articles about the early days of the Trump/Russia investigation. It was in those articles that FBI sources confirmed that they had a guy who “infiltrated” the Trump campaign in the early days of the general election, but it was not clear to what extent that infiltration took place. It was also not clear – and still isn’t – what the purpose for Halper’s meetings ultimately was. Can we chalk his snooping up to proper FBI investigation techniques? Or was Halper sniffing around for reasons much more nefarious (read: politically motivated)?

Knowing that Halper spoke to Papadopoulos and Page, both of whom have come under close federal scrutiny, raises the question of whether or not Obama’s goons were trying to “set up” Trump campaign officials in an attempt to take down the whole operation. Or, if not take it down, at least come up with enough political dirt to make Trump’s campaign for the White House an utter lost cause. If it ever comes out that this was the case, Trump would be correct in calling it the greatest political scandal in American history.

The left, of course, says there’s nothing nefarious about any of this. Papadopoulos revealed to Australian spies that the campaign was sniffing around Moscow for Hillary dirt, that triggered a counterintelligence investigation, and everything after that was perfectly above board and legally justified.

Well, all we can say is: We’ll believe it when we see it. We’ll believe it when Mueller or any other federal entity comes up with one shred of evidence that says Trump “colluded” with Russia to steal the election. Because we’ve seen nothing of interest yet, and this investigation has been dragging on for two solid years. We have to think that if there was any “there” there, we would know it by now. In fact, we would have to believe that the CIA/NSA/FBI would have never allowed a compromised individual to become the President of the United States in the first place.

That’s why we just can’t bring ourselves to buy into the left’s narrative. And if we can’t buy into that, then we have to assume that this investigation began with the same political motivations it continues with to this day. That’s a problem. That’s a Watergate-sized problem. And it’s time for our beleaguered Attorney General to start getting to the bottom of it.

Source: Patriot News Daily

 

Charged Texas Shooter Cannot Face Death Penalty

May Even Be Paroled Due to Controversial Legislation

May 20,2018

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was charged Friday as an adult with capital murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer, but cannot face the death penalty, according to a 13-year-old Supreme Court decision.

 According to a report by criminal justice website The Marshall Project cited by USA Today, Texas has tried 17-year-olds like Pagourtzis as adults in state courts. But the Supreme Court’s 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision found that capital punishment was a violation of the Eighth and 14th Amendment prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment.

Moreover, SCOTUS ruled in 2012 that juveniles cannot face life in prison, either.

In other words, the teenager accused of killing eight students and two teachers as well as injuring 13 others could be eligible...Read More

 

Sanctuary Cities Undermine Law Enforcement and Endanger Our Communities

May 20,2018

SANCTUARY CITIES ARE UNDERMINING LAW ENFORCEMENT: Sanctuary jurisdictions obstruct Federal immigration enforcement efforts and put law enforcement at greater risk.

·        A “sanctuary city” generally refers to a State or local jurisdiction that refuses to cooperate with Federal immigration enforcement, often by rejecting “detainer” requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and refusing to share information relating to potentially removable aliens.

·        Detainers are used to request that a State or local law enforcement agency hold a criminal alien in local custody for up to 48 hours after their release on state charges to allow ICE to take custody of the alien and initiate removal proceedings.

·        State and local law enforcement agencies routinely detain suspects for violating Federal laws at the request of federal authorities.

·        The Constitution and Federal statues allow for ICE to detain illegal aliens, and for local police to do so at ICE’s request, relying on ICE’s determination of probable cause. ...Read More

 

Trump Demands Congress Stay In DC If Wall Funding Doesn’t Get Approved

May 15, 2018

It was the chant that echoed throughout Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign: “Build that wall!”

But even after he cleared the hurdle of getting elected, Trump had to know that getting a wall along our southern border wasn’t going to be easy from a Congress either resigned or eager to allow unchecked immigration.

It’s little surprise that a year and change into Trump’s administration, funding for the wall remains elusive. However, Trump has proven before he’s not the kind of man that forgets — and if he has his way, Congress won’t be going home for break until they provide funding for the “big, beautiful wall.”’

In a tweet Saturday, Trump proposed that if Congress couldn’t get funding worked out for his signature infrastructure project, as well as confirm more of his nominees, they should stay on Capitol Hill during the traditional August recess.

“The Senate should get funding done before the August break, or NOT GO HOME,” the president wrote...Read More

 

Former Navy Seal Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, Just Another Day in the Office

May 13, 2018

In the wake of recent attacks on acting CIA Director Gina Haspel, one former Navy SEAL had some choice words when it came to the CIA director nominee’s involvement in the use of enhanced interrogation techniques.

After serving for 13 years in America’s military — including three overseas deployments as a SEAL — and eventually becoming the successful founder and CEO of Bottle Breacher, Eli Crane has seen and endured much.

So when it came to Haspel’s career of fueling enhanced interrogations, which are currently being labeled as torture, the former SEAL claimed to be confused by the attacks on the acting director by lawmakers.

Haspel’s nomination for CIA director has recently come under fire, as she has ties to interrogation techniques that were used in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

Haspel ran a secret detention center in 2002 in Thailand ...Read More

 

School board warned about illegal obscene classroom instruction

May 13, 2018

A top-flight legal team has written a letter to the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona, warning that a sex-ed indoctrination program the district is considering is “illegal, obscene” and guilty of promoting “harmful sexual behavior to K-12 grade children.”

The Planned Parenthood-linked “Rights, Respect, Responsibility” programming for children references necrophilia, promotes abortion and homosexuality, and “imposes radical, unscientific, political ideas about gender and sexuality on impressionable children,” according to the letter from Liberty Counsel.

The legal team is representing parents in the district in advising the school board, led by president Buck Crouch, against the “comprehensive sex education” indoctrination being promoted by “Advocates for Youth,” which uses abortion-industry promoted “standards” that are based “upon the sex data of Alfred Kinsey, which included timed-with-a-stopwatch ‘orgasms’ for infants as young as two months old.”

“The Sunnyside Unified School District is hereby on notice of the many legal violations contained in the 3Rs curriculum. The board should reject the 3Rs curriculum in its entirety, and adopt true abstinence-based curricula which provides accurate information, and respects student and parent rights, consistent with Arizona state standards. There are many such,” the Liberty Counsel letter suggested. Read More

 

Maxine Waters explodes on House floor

I resent ‘making America great again

 May 11, 2018

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters doesn’t want to hear any talk about making America great, especially if it’s coming from a straight white man.

Waters went off the rails at a recent House debate when Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly had the audacity to suggest the country needed to shift focus from what divides to what unites.

“We are trying to make sure we are making America great every day in every way and the best way to do that is to stop stalking about discrimination and start talking about the nation,” Kelly said Tuesday, directing his comments to Waters. “We’re coming together as a people, in spite of what you say.”

Committee chairman Tom McClintock reminded lawmakers to direct comments to him, rather than each other, before yielding to “the gentlelady from California.” Waters ignored his request and immediately attacked Kelly, pointing to her special double victim status as a black woman.

“Mr. Kelly, please do not leave. Because I want you to know that I am more offended as an African American woman than you will ever be. And this business about making America great again, it is your president that’s dividing this country,” she said.

McClintock again requested that Waters respect the rules, which sent the 79-year-old politician into a tirade about Trump.

“I don’t appreciate that you did not interrupt him when he was making those outrageous remarks about him knowing more about discrimination than I know about discrimination,” Waters shouted. “I resent that and I resent the remark about making America great again.

“He’s down here making a speech for this dishonorable president of the United States of America. Having said that, I reserve the balance of my time. And no, I do not yield, not one second to you,” she yelled at Kelly.

She added an echo for dramatic effect.

“Not one second,” she shouted. “Not one second to you.”

The hearing centered on Obama-era anti-discrimination regulations for auto lenders, which Republicans and some Democrats voted to reverse. The measure, which was previously approved by the Senate, is now awaiting Trump’s signature, The Hill reports.

Source:  The American Mirror

 

What You Need to Know About the Surge in Illegal Border Crossings and the Failures of Our Current Immigration System

 May 10, 2018

From April 2017 to April 2018, the number of illegal border crossings more than tripled. April 2018 was also the second month in a row that saw more than 37,000 individuals apprehended after entering the country illegally along our Southwest border.  The need to enforce our laws, secure our border, and close our immigration loopholes has been further underscored by the recent arrival of a “caravan” of individuals seeking to enter the United States.

Efforts to remove aliens once they illegally cross our border are hampered by glaring flaws in current statutory law and activist judicial constraints. As a result, many aliens are apprehended and temporarily detained after illegally entering, only to be quickly released into the interior of the United States.

Historically, all family units apprehended at the border have been released with little more than a paper order to appear in court at a later date. Often, they never to appear. Current law also makes it virtually impossible to return most apprehended Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) to their home countries. Read More

 

Pompeo returning from North Korea with U.S. detainees

May 9, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that three Americans detained by North Korea are on their way home with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting.

They seem to be in good health,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

 

Mueller’s Secrecy is About to Cost Him His Case Against Russia

May 9, 2018

If we recall that Mueller was originally appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, then the charges his office brought against Russian companies and citizens earlier this year are the only evidence that he’s actually been doing his job.

Oh yes, he’s got a doozy of a case against Paul Manafort (for crimes that have nothing to do with the election). And yes, he seems to have wrung a guilty plea out of Michael Flynn (for lying to the FBI, even though the FBI “did not detect deception” when interviewing him). And he was apparently involved in some way in the Michael Cohen fiasco, which appears to have less to do with Russia and more to do with a porn star.

But as far as the actual SUBJECT OF HIS INVESTIGATION? Yeah, this was all he had.

And now, because his team is so determined to keep the nature of their investigation a secret, he could lose even that.

According to Politico, attorneys Eric Dubelier and Kate Seikaly, representing one of the Russian firms named in the indictment, have asked the court to provide “nonpublic details about the case and the investigation.” This would be a little thing called discovery, which the defense is entitled to. Politico phrased it as such: “The move appeared to be a bid to force Mueller’s team to turn over relevant evidence to the Russian firm and perhaps even bait prosecutors into an embarrassing dismissal in order to avoid disclosing sensitive information.”

But Mueller doesn’t want to do that because Mueller doesn’t give a damn about Manafort, Flynn, or these Russian charges. He has one big fish in mind and it’s the President of the United States.

Now he’s on the verge of having his highest-profile indictments dismissed because he thinks the office of the Special Counsel is above the law.

Things are not looking good for Mr. Mueller right now. This news comes hot on the heels of some damning comments from the judge in the Manafort case, who accused the special counsel’s team of being well astray from their Justice Department mandate by trying to tie decade-old crimes to the scope of their investigation. The judge in that case correctly surmised that the prosecutor was merely trying to get Manafort to flip on Trump and demanded that they provide evidence that Manafort’s crimes were within their jurisdiction. The special counsel is reluctant to provide that evidence. Either it doesn’t exist, or Mueller is again damning himself with his own secrecy.

As Andrew McCarthy noted in National Review this week, prosecutions rely on secrecy to some extent for success. But, as he said, there are things more important than secrecy, and the public’s faith in the President of the United States would be one of those things. It’s well past time for Mueller to lay his cards on the table: Is Donald Trump a criminal suspect or not?:

And if so, what is the crime?  

Source: Conservative Free Press

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Dallas forcing 25 member Jewish congregation to close

It appears the city of Dallas is forcing the closure of a 25-member Jewish congregation that has been meeting for a number of years in a suburban residence.

There’s no legal impediment to that – the zoning specifically allows religious use of properties.

But what the city is doing is refusing to approve parking arrangements for the few dozen attendees.

“City officials have failed to follow the laws that protect this small congregation from unreasonable regulations,” said Chelsey Younman, counsel for First Liberty Institute, which is working on the cause for Congregation Toras Chaim. Read More.

U. S. to Separate Families in Stiffened Approach to Illegal Border Crossings

May 7, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration plans to step up the prosecution of parents who cross the U.S. border illegally with their children, separating more families in hopes of deterring such crossings, officials said.

The policy has been under review at the Department of Homeland Security and was being announced in San Diego on Monday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Thomas Homan, who is acting as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“The Attorney General directed the U.S. Attorney’s offices to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for all offenses referred for prosecution” under a statute that bars illegal entry to the U.S., a Homeland Security official said.

Most of the adults who cross with children come from violence-ravaged Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and are seeking asylum in the U.S. Under the new policy, adults will still be able to apply for asylum, but they may be detained while their cases are considered.

Children will be treated as if they had arrived in the U.S. without an adult. Unaccompanied children from countries other than Mexico and Canada are placed with family or in shelters while their cases are considered by immigration courts, a process that can take years.

Under current policy, many families are released whole while their asylum cases are processed.

Hundreds of children have already been separated from their parents. The Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for separated children, puts the figure at 700 since October. The new policy formalizes this practice.

The new policy has been under discussion for months, but officials have held off in part because of the sensitivities of removing children from their parents.

Inside DHS, however, senior officials have argued that prosecuting parents for illegally crossing is the best way to deter future migrants. Under a decades-old federal court settlement, the government can’t jail immigrant children. So if the administration is going to jail adults, it must take the children away first.

Last month, 9,647 people traveling in families were apprehended at the southwest border, and almost 50,000 were since the start of the fiscal year.

This policy only applies to people who try to cross the border illegally, not those who arrive at ports of entry and request asylum.

Ahead of this announcement, the Justice Department said it was sending additional prosecutors to the border in anticipation of an increased workload.

Crossing the border without authorization is a misdemeanor for first offenses. It can be a felony for people previously removed from the U.S

The announcement was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

 

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement Regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Presentation on Iran’s Nuclear Program

May 1, 2018

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued a statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s revelations about Iran’s nuclear program:

“Today’s stunning revelations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu powerfully demonstrate why the Obama Iran nuclear deal is not just unfixable, but truly catastrophic. The Prime Minister’s presentation was remarkable—unprecedented—and worth watching in full. Through extraordinary intelligence operations, Israeli agents captured over 100,000 secret documents and files from Iran. These Iranian documents prove that (1) for two decades, Iran has conducted a clandestine nuclear weapons program; (2) Iran lied repeatedly, and brazenly, denying that secret program; (3) the Obama nuclear deal was predicated on that edifice of lies; and (4) Iran is today in violation of that deal.

“The national security consequences of the Obama Iranian nuclear deal are twofold: First, America has allowed billions of dollars to flow to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, a nation directly responsible for the murder of hundreds of U.S. servicemen and women. And second, those billions of dollars have also propped up a despotic regime and provided vast resources for ongoing ballistic missile tests designed to enable Iran to launch a nuclear weapon on the American homeland.

“In light of these astonishing Israeli revelations, the course before President Trump is clear. As the President has said repeatedly, this deal is a ‘terrible deal,’ even worse than many previously realized. The United States should therefore withdraw immediately, re-impose crushing sanctions, work to encourage our allies to do the same, and do everything necessary to insure that the Ayatollah Khamenei never — never — acquires the nuclear weapons to make good on his pledge of ‘death to America.’”

 

Limbaugh reveals BIGGER scandal from correspondents' dinner

May 1, 2018

Rush Limbaugh Monday revealed the “real ‘scandal'” of the weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner – not the “horrible and crude, not funny hatefest conducted by so-called comedienne.”

Monday’s reports were filled with reaction to Michelle Wolf’s diatribe at Saturday night’s event. But that’s not the real scandal, Limbaugh said.

The real one is that the White House Correspondents’ Association honored CNN and a couple of its reporters for writing about the Steele “dossier” last year. That’s the political opposition research document of unverified claims about President Trump.

It was used by Obama supporters in the Department of Justice to launch investigations into alleged “Russian collusion,” including the special counsel probe by Robert Mueller, which has found no evidence of collusion.

“The real news of the evening is that the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Association gave reporters Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez, and Carl Bernstein an award for their January 10th, 2017, report on the Steele dossier,” Limbaugh said.

“You know the story. Hillary Clinton, as in a work of art, commissions this thing as opposition research. She hires Fusion GPS, which then hires a law firm to make the payment to wash the money so that it’s not traceable back to Clinton. And they hire this Christopher Steele guy to go out and make up a bunch of garbage about Trump for the express purpose of using it as so-called legitimate intelligence on Trump that is designed to drive down public opinion on Trump so as to make it easy to get rid of him!” he said.

“So the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Association gave Jake Tapper, Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez with be and Carl Bernstein an award for their January 10th report on the dossier, 2017. Now, we now know, folks, that their report was nothing but dictation from James Clapper.”

Clapper at the time was director of national intelligence for Obama.

Limbaugh described him as “a left-wing hack. He is a partisan hack.”

The reporters “knew what they thought they knew” simply because Clapper leaked it to them, he said.

 

Paul Ryan defends Trumps Freedom Caucus attack

March 31, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday defended a tweet from that threatened the conservative House Freedom Caucus with political repercussions for blocking healthcare reform legislation.

"I understand the president's frustration," Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters who asked him about the tweet. "I share the frustration."

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "we must fight," the Freedom Caucus in the 2018 elections "if they don't get on the team & fast."

The HFC comprised the majority of "no" votes that last week sunk a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, a major campaign promise made by Republicans and Trump.

Ryan said House lawmakers are now close to working out a deal, but would not "put some kind of official deadline," on a second attempt at voting on a measure.

"It's very understandable that the president is frustrated that we haven't gotten to where we need to go because this is something we all said we would do," Ryan said. "So he is expressing his frustration. You all know he does that, in various forms, including Twitter and I understand his frustration."

Source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/paul-ryan-defends-trumps-freedom-caucus-attack/article/2618876

 

Ted Cruz says the Healthcare Bill ain’t gonna happen

 March 20, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz pointed out the inherent flaws with the House’s bill. The most glaring being that it doesn’t lower premiums and relies on eight Democrats to pass the lauded “Phase 3,” which has “all the good stuff.” He laid out the minimum for what an Obamacare repeal and replacement need to contain to be effective — including repealing the 12 insurance mandates, allowing premiums to be paid through Health Savings Account (HSAs) and opening insurance markets across state lines — and insisted it could be done in one fell swoop if taken up as a budgetary matter. 

Cruz hit on one very important point. If Republicans pass the House bill as is and then go around patting themselves on the back when they haven’t effectively changed anything — or worse, never get around to Phases 2 and 3 — then Americans will be ready to “tar and feather [Republicans] in the street and quite rightly.” 

Republicans ran on repealing Obamacare since the moment it was passed with the sole support of Democrats. If Republicans whiff with the repeal and replace, they’re going to be seen as...Read More

 

Rachel Maddow’s Rating in the Toilet after Trump Tax Publicity Stunt

March 18, 2017


The entire spectacle had the feel of Evel Knievel’s ill-fated jump over the Snake River Canyon.  For weeks, Knievel pumped enthusiasm into the stunt, even though, behind the scenes, his entire crew knew that act would never be completed.  Knievel pushed on, however, and launched his poorly assembled rocket into the skies above the Idaho where his parachute immediately deployed.  This left viewers and supporters utterly flabbergasted, angry, and feeling more than a little gipped.

Maddow’s meltdown was equally a flop.  Not only did Maddow lose the publishing race for these 2 pages of Trump’s 2005 tax return to Trump himself, Maddow’s 20 minute lead up to anything of substance was critically eviscerated as nothing more than a ratings stunt for the struggling liberal media outlet MSNBC.  Now, very predictably, the ratings for The Rachel Maddow show have been devastated, as Americans turn away from the sensationalism of the liberal media elite.

“Following her show on Tuesday night where she revealed President Donald Trump’s partial 2005 tax return — which ended up being a big win for the White House — Maddow saw her ratings plummet 36 percent the next day.

The ratings plummet even included a nearly double digit drop, nine percent, from the previous week.

“And among the key demographic of 25 to 54-year-olds, Maddow’s viewership dropped a staggering 54 percent, according to TVNewser, including a 16 percent drop compared to the previous week.

“Maddow’s main competition on Tuesday included Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewing Trump and a CNN health care debate with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. She bested CNN, but still lagged behind Fox by more than one million viewers.

“Maddow was widely mocked for her segment because it revealed that Trump made $150 million in 2005 and paid $38 million in taxes — equaling a tax rate of 25 percent — which demolished the Democrats’ theory that Trump is a tax evader.”

Even liberal pundits such as CNN’s Van Jones were forced to admit that Maddow’s ridiculous stunt did nothing but behoove President Trump, as it proved that he was paying his fair share of taxes during 2005 – a point of contention during the 2016 election for Hillary Clinton, who repeatedly insinuated that Donald Trump was not contributing to the nation via the IRS in the manner in which he should.

 

Donald Trump Takes The Axe to Sanctuary Cities in New Budget Proposal

By Andrew West

March 17, 2017

 Donald Trump has been opposed every step of the way by liberals as it pertains to the U.S. immigration reform, but the President is not planning to back down.

There is a very real, very serious threat facing our country in the form of illegal immigration.  Not only do illegal immigrants place unnecessary burden on our economy due to their less than stringent adherence to the United States’ tax code, but they also create a legal logistical nightmare for the nation as a whole.  Cities across the country are certainly not united and homogenous in their treatment of illegal aliens, with so-called “sanctuary cities” openly defying the President and the laws of our nation.

Now, Trump is taking aim directly at those outliers in his new budget proposal.

“Buried in President Trump‘s budget proposal released Thursday was an opening salvo against so-called sanctuary cities, local jurisdictions he promised to punish for refusing to cooperate with deportation officers.

“Trump wants to slash $210 million in federal reimbursements to state and local jails that hold immigrants convicted of crimes while in the country illegally. The Trump administration called the program ‘poorly targeted,’ adding that two-thirds of the money goes to only a handful of states, including California and Illinois, ‘for the cost of incarcerating certain illegal criminal aliens.’

 “The money, awarded by the Department of Justice, can make up a sizable portion of budgets for state and local police and sheriff’s departments.”

While Trump is facing a ridiculous crisis as it pertains to immigration, mostly due to the increasingly asinine vitriol spewing forth from the mouths of globalists agitators within our country, this move just goes to show that the President still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Source: http://constitution.com/donald-trump-takes-the-axe-to-sanctuary-cities-in-new-budget-proposal/

 

CNN drops congressman's feed as he spills the beans

March 8, 2017

 By: Chelsea Schilling

A U.S. congressman was abruptly disconnected from his CNN interview Monday just as he began citing statistics revealing 300 refugees admitted to the U.S. are being investigated by the FBI in domestic terrorism cases.

CNN correspondent Dana Bash was interviewing Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., on the issue of President Trump’s revised travel ban, which bars entry of individuals from a list of six terror hotbeds (Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syrian and Libya) for 90 days as the administration examines the vetting process.

Bash asked Taylor if he believes Trump’s ban is necessary for America’s security.

Just today, the FBI comes out and says that 30 percent, 30 percent, of their domestic terrorism cases that they’re investigating are from folks who are refugees,” Taylor replied. “It’s important not to label all refugees bad people, that’s not why I’m here, but …”

That’s when the feed suddenly cut out. Taylor’s face and voice were replaced by an image of colored bars and a loud buzzing noise.

“I was just going to say, congressman, it’s time to go, but I think the TV gremlins did that for us,” Bash said, smiling

Around the time of the biggest plummet, CNN host Carol Costello shut down Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson. Costello said the interview was “going nowhere” because Pierson didn’t respond to Costello’s line of questioning about Trump’s 2005 comments on the secretly recorded “Access Hollywood” tape.

WND reported in February when Trump’s war with CNN became more intense, as the president again labeled the network “fake news” and precluded his officials from making appearances on the cable giant.

In a meeting with black leaders at the White House for African-American History month, Trump commented on the “very hostile CNN community.”

“I don’t watch CNN,” Trump said. “I don’t like watching fake news.”


Source:  http://mobile.wnd.com/2017/03/cnn-cuts-congressmans-feed-as-he-spills-the-beans/#0Hp7T2I6fD4eIsrJ.99

 

Cruz Issues Statement Regarding President Trumps Executive Order to Facilitate Stronger Vetting Procedures for Refugees

March 6, 2017

 “As I stated when President Trump’s administration previously took the responsible step of acting to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our refugee programs, we live in a dangerous world. For eight long years the Obama administration remained willfully blind to the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, admitting tens of thousands of refugees whom the FBI expressly told Congress they could not be certain were not terrorists. That Obama policy made no sense, and it made America less safe. If we are serious about combating the threat of radical Islam, we must reform and strengthen our refugee programs to ensure proper vetting of those entering our country—especially when they are coming from nations that are hotbeds of terror. This is crucial to our national security and to protecting American lives, and it is a priority for which I have long advocated. 

"I commend President Trump for rejecting Obama's willful blindness. In contrast to the hysteria and mistruths that are still being pushed by the media, President Trump’s executive order implements a four-month pause in refugee admissions so that stronger vetting procedures can be put in place. This is a commonsense step that the American people overwhelmingly support. I am also pleased to see that lawful permanent residents will not be impacted by this order. 

“I will continue to call on Congress to pass legislation to further assist in these efforts.  For example, the executive order calls for greater influence from the states in this process, and the State Refugee Security Act that I introduced with Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) would do just that. This is a commonsense step to help keep us safe, and should be something that all senators and representatives, regardless of political party, can unite behind.”

Source: https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=3025

 

Ted Cruz Says The Sessions and Russia story is one giant nothingburger

 

By: Jordan Schachtel

 March 3, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas (A, 97%) appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday to defend Attorney General Jeff Sessions against allegations that he somehow committed wrongdoing by being in contact with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. prior to the 2016 election.

Sessions is under fire from establishment media outlets and Democrats, who have demanded he resign or recuse himself from investigations dealing with Russia.

“I think what we’re seeing is a lot of political theater,” Cruz said in response to a question involving whether Sessions was dishonest with members of Congress. “Everyone’s in high dudgeon about this meeting. This underlying meeting is a nothingburger. It’s what senators do everyday, meeting with foreign ambassadors. It’s part of the job”

“The notion that there was something somehow wrong with a senior senator of the Armed Services committee meeting with a foreign ambassador, I think that’s a nothingburger,” Cruz responded.

The Texas senator said that Sessions could have reworded his responses and been “more clear,” but, “at the end of the day, there’s no there there.”

MSNBC personality Willie Geist asked Cruz if he had any information regarding the conversations Sessions had with the Russian ambassador.

“Meeting with foreign ambassadors is part of the routine responsibilities of serving in the Senate,” Cruz responded. “I have no idea what was talked about in that meeting.”

“My understand is that Jeff met with twenty-five different ambassadors last year,” he said, adding some context to the issue.

As Conservative Review’s Rob Eno has explained, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not appear to commit any wrongdoing nor did he break any laws by speaking with the Russian ambassador to the United States before joining the Trump administration.

 See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/03/ted-cruz-the-sessions-russia-story-is-one-giant-nothingburger#sthash.44baShyE.dpuf

 

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ban of Assault Weapons

February 22, 2017

Maryland’s ban on 45 kinds of assault weapons and its 10-round limit on gun magazines were upheld Tuesday by a federal appeals court in a decision that met with a strongly worded dissent.

In a 10-4 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the guns banned under Maryland’s law aren’t protected by the Second Amendment.

“Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war,” Judge Robert King wrote for the court, adding that the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller explicitly excluded such coverage. Read More

 

U. S. Navy veterans flags burned to ashes

support pours in from Las Vegas community

Gina Lazara, Tom George
 

A 92-year-old veteran is heartbroken after three of his American flags and a U.S. Navy flag were burned to ashes.

William Barclay says he went outside to let his dog go to the bathroom Wednesday morning when he noticed his U.S. Navy flag was burned to ashes and one of his American flags was in shreds. He also saw the two American flags flying on his car were burnt to ashes too. Read More

 

Joint Statement from President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

February 13, 2017

President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held their first official meeting today in Washington, D.C. and affirmed their longstanding commitment to close cooperation in addressing both the challenges facing our two countries and problems around the world. 

No two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States.  We are bound together by our history, our values, our economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our citizens.  Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries. READ MORE

 

President Trump stood up for our law enforcement officers

trump pushed back against the rising tide of crime with three key Executive Orders

February 11, 2017

  • President Trump’s first Executive Order directs the newly installed Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who engage in crimes against law enforcement officers.
    • Our men and women in blue need to know that we are with them 100 percent as they patrol our streets.
  • Attorney General Sessions will prosecute criminals who target law enforcement officers to the fullest extent of the law, and recommend new laws to protect those who dedicate themselves to safeguarding our communities.
  • The Attorney General will evaluate the Department’s grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
  • President Trump’s second Executive Order establishes a task force, led by the new Attorney General, to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across America.
    • Over the last eight years, America has suffered from a declining focus on law and order. Crime reduction will be a White House priority.
  • President Trump’s third Executive Order re-focuses the Federal Government’s energy and resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations, such as drug cartels.
  • This Administration will upgrade the Nation’s information gathering about transnational organizations, like cartels. We will identify accurate information about these organizations, which threaten our public safety, and coordinate with domestic and foreign counterparts, to effectively combat the threat they pose.
  • The order will improve the speed and efficiency of removing aliens who are cartel members or who aid cartels in their criminal activities.
  • Under the order, the interagency Threat Mitigation Working Group will focus resources on disrupting transnational criminal organizations and preventing them from threatening our society. READ MORE

 

AG Jeff Sessions just declared war on crime

By: Chris Pandolfo

 February 09, 2017

In remarks following his swearing-in ceremony, Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to devote the Department of Justice to fighting the rising tide of violent crime in America.

“This is a dangerous permanent trend that places the health and safety of the American people at risk,” the nation’s new Attorney General said.

“We will deploy the talents and abilities of the Department of Justice in the most effective way possible to confront this rising crime and to protect the people of our country,” Sessions continued.  

Additionally, Sessions pledged to reverse the Obama administration’s policy of using so-called “prosecutorial discretion” to refuse to enforce the nation’s immigration laws. “We need a lawful system of immigration. One that serves the interests of the people of the United States,” the Attorney General said. “That’s not wrong, that’s not immoral, that’s not indecent.”

President Trump lamented rising crime rates in a speech delivered to a gathering of major city police chiefs Wednesday, noting that the overall murder rate in the US’s 30-largest cities climbed by “double digits” in 2016.

After swearing in the Attorney General Sessions, the president signed three executive actions “designed to restore safety in America” and to combat crime. 

President Trump is directing the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland security to “break the back” of criminal drug cartels and violent gangs committing crimes within the United States.

He has also asked the DOJ to form a taskforce on reducing violent crime in America, and to implement a plan to combat violent crimes committed against law enforcement officers.

View Video: https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/829724590842724352

See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/02/new-sheriff-in-town-ag-jeff-sessions-just-declared-war-on-crime?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=021017crcontentemail&utm_campaign=newslettertraffic#sthash.47LuXS29.dpuf

 

The Marco Rubio knockdown of Elizabeth Warren no liberal media outlet will cover

By: Chris Pandolfo

 February 08, 2017

In a speech you didn’t hear because it doesn’t make for good TV or reaffirm the liberal narrative, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (C, 74%) warned that tolerating Warren’s brand of slanderous rhetoric on the floor of the U.S. Senate undermines the institution and weakens our republic.

 “I want people to think about our politics here today in America,” Rubio exhorted his colleagues. “Because I’m telling you guys, I don’t know of a single nation in the history of the world that’s been able to solve its problems when half the people in the country absolutely hate the other half of people in that country.”

“This is not a partisan issue, it really is not” Rubio said. “Turn on the news and watch these parliaments around the world where people throw chairs at each other, and punches. And ask yourself ‘how does that make you feel about those countries?’ Doesn’t give you a lot of confidence about those countries.”

Rubio continued, saying the nation and the U.S. Senate is “flirting” with becoming the sort of place where reasonable disagreement and debate is dead.

“We are becoming a society incapable of having debates,” he warned his colleagues.

Criticizing both Republicans and Democrats for contributing to the kind of hyperbolic rhetoric that divides, and noting that he himself is guilty of such words at times, Rubio warned that the floor of the Senate must be a place where that behavior is not tolerated.

“If we lose this body’s ability to conduct debate in a dignified matter … then where in this country is that going to happen? In what other form in this nation is that going to be possible?”

View the video: https://youtu.be/kepdzLUNE64

  See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/02/the-marco-rubio-knockdown-of-elizabeth-warren-no-liberal-media-outlet-will-cover?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=021017crcontentemail&utm_campaign=newslettertraffic#sthash.bTriHvkE.dpuf

 

Senate GOP votes to silence Warren after speech against Sessions

February 8, 2017 

The Senate voted to bar Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) from speaking on the floor Tuesday night after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said her blistering comments about fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), President Trump's pick for attorney general, broke Senate rules.  

Senators rebuked Warren in a 49-43 party-line vote, rejecting Warren's push to overturn a ruling by Senate Republicans that she had violated the rules during a Senate floor speech.  

Warren needed a simple majority to overturn the ruling by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was presiding over the the Senate during Warren's speech.   

The move means the progressive senator won't be allowed to speak from the floor until after the Senate wraps up its debate on Sessions's nomination, expected to occur on Wednesday evening.  

The drama on the Senate floor comes after McConnell interrupted Warren's speech, accusing her of breaking the upper chamber's guidelines.  READ MORE

 

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

January 31, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States

“Last year, after the unexpected passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republicans drew a line in the sand on the behalf of the American people. Exercising our constitutional authority, we advised President Obama that we would not consent to a Supreme Court nominee until We the People, in the presidential election, were able to choose between an originalist and a progressive vision of the Constitution. 

“In November, the People spoke, clearly. They elected President Donald Trump, who had repeatedly promised to nominate a justice firmly committed to the following the law and the original understanding of the Constitution. Today, with the nomination of the Honorable Neil Gorsuch from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, President Trump has fulfilled that promise, and the rule of law will be all the better for it. 

“Like the renowned justice he is set to replace, Judge Gorsuch is brilliant and immensely talented. He has impeccable qualifications, having clerked at the Supreme Court, excelled in private practice, served at the highest levels of the Justice Department, and garnered a stellar reputation over the past decade as an appellate judge. More importantly, though, he also mirrors Justice Scalia in that he has a proven track record of honoring the Constitution, following the text of the law, and refraining from imposing his policy preferences from the bench. As a result of his fidelity to law, he has proven to be a champion of federalism, the constitutional separation of powers, religious liberty, and all of the fundamental liberties enshrined in our Bill of Rights. I couldn’t be happier with his selection.

“Indeed, I wholeheartedly applaud President Trump for nominating Judge Gorsuch. Our country desperately needs Supreme Court justices who revere the Constitution and are willing to elevate it over their own personal preferences, and Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated that faithfulness. Eleven years ago, the Senate was so confident in Judge Gorsuch’s abilities that it confirmed him by voice vote. In the time since, he has shown himself worthy of that distinction, and I would hope that my Senate colleagues give him the respect he deserves this time around, as well, and support his confirmation.”

 

Cruz Issues Statement Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order to Facilitate Stronger Vetting Procedures for Refugees

January 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent executive order to facilitate stronger vetting procedures for refugees:

"We live in a dangerous world, and for eight long years the Obama administration remained willfully blind to the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, admitting tens of thousands of refugees whom the FBI expressly told Congress they could not be certain were not terrorists.  That Obama policy made no sense, and it made America less safe. If we are serious about combating the threat of radical Islam, we must reform and strengthen our refugee programs to ensure proper vetting of those entering our country—especially when they are coming from nations that are hotbeds of terror.  This is crucial to our national security and to protecting American lives, and it is a priority for which I have long advocated. 

"I commend President Trump for rejecting Obama's willful blindness, and for acting swiftly to try to prevent terrorists from infiltrating our refugee programs. In contrast to the hysteria and mistruths being pushed by the liberal media, President Trump’s executive order implements a four-month pause in refugee admissions so that stronger vetting procedures can be put in place. This is a commonsense step that the American people overwhelmingly support.  The executive order also calls for the prioritization of religious minorities, a welcome change from an Obama administration that functionally discriminated against religious minorities, who are especially vulnerable to persecution and genocide.   

"DHS Secretary John Kelly was just confirmed overwhelmingly, and I have confidence that he will provide the leadership needed to properly implement these reforms. I am already pleased to see him announce that some legitimate concerns about the non-refugee aspects of this order are being handled properly, and that lawful permanent residents will be given priority in entering the country. 

"It is incumbent upon Congress to pass legislation to further assist in these efforts. Congress should pass the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Protection Act, to insure that all refugees are properly vetted.  In addition, the executive order calls for greater influence from the states in this process, and the State Refugee Security Act that I just introduced with Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) would do just that.  Both bills are commonsense steps to keep us safe, and should be something that all senators and representatives, regardless of political party, can unite behind."

 

NRA Applauds Vreeland v City of Knoxville Settlement

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the settlement reached in Vreeland v. City of Knoxville. This settlement strikes a reasonable balance between the right to carry firearms in public parks within Knoxville, as guaranteed by Tennessee law, and the city’s use of Chilhowee Park as a secure facility for private or ticketed events. At its core, this settlement reaffirms that individuals have the right to defend themselves with lawfully possessed firearms throughout Tennessee.

“This is an important settlement that reaffirms law-abiding Tennesseans have a right to defend themselves throughout the state,” said Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs, NRA-ILA.

Prior to the settlement of this lawsuit, the City of Knoxville prohibited such carry throughout Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center and in turn, a lawsuit was filed against Knoxville and its mayor to challenge the city’s ban on licensed concealed-carry in Chilhowee Park.

“Crime can happen wherever, whenever, and Tennessee law protects the right of residents to defend themselves the best way they see fit. With the conclusion of this legal matter, Tennesseans’ rights remain protected,” concluded Baker.

 

President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders on Immigration

1/26/2017

 Today Pres. Trump signed two executive orders that authorize the immediate construction of a wall on the southern border, stops federal funding to sanctuary jurisdictions and ends the catch and release policy.

The Border Security executive order authorizes the construction of a physical wall on the southern border. “The secretary of Homeland Security, working with myself and my staff, will begin immediate construction of a border wall," Pres. Trump said during a press conference at DHS headquarters.

This order also gives all officers and employees of the United States, including Border Patrol, access to all Federal lands in order to enforce immigration laws. It also ends the “catch and release” policy enacted by Pres. Obama. Under this policy illegal aliens were released once they filed their asylum claim instead of being detained until their immigration hearing.

Other key components of the Border Security executive order:

  • It calls for 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents.
  • Allows DHS to create more detention centers to house illegal aliens.
  • Directs Attorney General to hire more immigration judges.
  • Narrows credible fear designations for asylum applications.

The other executive order focuses on enhancing interior enforcement by prohibiting any jurisdictions that fail to comply with federal law from receiving federal funds. It also triples the number of ICE officers and replaces Pres. Obama’s Priorities Enforcement Program (PEP) with the Secure Communities program.

Other key components of the Enhancing Interior Enforcement executive order:

  • It calls for 10,000 new ICE officers.
  • Suspends visas from countries who refuse to take back their citizens.
  • Adds any illegal alien who has abused any program in order to receive U.S. public benefits to the enforcement priorities list.
  • Adds any illegal alien who has not complied with their final deportation order to the enforcement priorities list.
  • Charges the DHS Secretary to create a weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report that lists all current sanctuary jurisdictions and criminal actions committed by illegal aliens in those jurisdictions. This report will be made available to the public.

These two executive orders fully or partially address 7 out of NumbersUSA’s “10 Steps to Fix Our Broken Immigration System".

 

H R 7  No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017

January 24, 2017

 The Administration strongly supports H.R. 7. The legislation would prohibit any funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law to be expended for any abortion, or for direct payments to insurers for health benefits coverage that includes coverage for abortions. H.R. 7 also would prohibit the purchase of abortion coverage with matching funds from federally subsidized programs, including Federal and State Medicaid funds. The legislation would not relate to the treatment of any complication caused by or worsened by an abortion, nor to the treatment of abortions in the case of rape, incest, or preserving the life of the mother. This bill would continue to prohibit the Federal government from paying for affected procedures with the taxes of Americans who find abortion morally or religiously objectionable.

If the President were presented with H.R. 7 in its present form, he would sign the bill.

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/24/h-r-7-%E2%80%93-no-taxpayer-funding-abortion-and-abortion-insurance-full

 

Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees to be applied across the board in the executive branch. As part of this freeze, no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances. This order does not include or apply to military personnel. The head of any executive department or agency may exempt from the hiring freeze any positions that it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities. In addition, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may grant exemptions from this freeze where those exemptions are otherwise necessary.

Within 90 days of the date of this memorandum, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the Director of OPM, shall recommend a long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government's workforce through attrition. This order shall expire upon implementation of the OMB plan.

Contracting outside the Government to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted.

This hiring freeze applies to all executive departments and agencies regardless of the sources of their operational and programmatic funding, excepting military personnel.

In carrying out this memorandum, I ask that you seek efficient use of existing personnel and funds to improve public services and the delivery of these services. Accordingly, this memorandum does not prohibit making reallocations to meet the highest priority needs and to ensure that essential services are not interrupted and national security is not affected.

This memorandum does not limit the nomination and appointment of officials to positions requiring Presidential appointment or Senate confirmation, the appointment of officials to non-career positions in the Senior Executive Service or to Schedule C positions in the Excepted Service, or the appointment of any other officials who serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. Moreover, it does not limit the hiring of personnel where such a limit would conflict with applicable law. This memorandum does not revoke any appointment to Federal service made prior to January 22, 2017.

This memorandum does not abrogate any collective bargaining agreement in effect on the date of this memorandum.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

Refunds delayed for some early filers this tax season

Are you among the many Americans who file your taxes early so you can get your refund sooner? If you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) and expect to receive a refund, you’ll have to wait until after mid-February to get it.

That’s because a new law passed late last year. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) says the IRS cannot issue credits or refunds for an over-payment before Feb. 15, 2017 for any filer who claims the EITC or ACTC.

If you don’t file either of these credits, the IRS says your refund will likely be processed in the typical time frame of 21 days.

Refunds delayed may mean less fraudulent returns

While news of a delayed refund may not be music to your ears, the reasoning behind it is good. This change gives the IRS more time to review income tax returns and prevent fraudulent returns from being processed.

Too often, fraudsters file bogus returns before the actual filer can complete their taxes and claim credits like the EITC and ACTC.

Both the EITC and ACTC are refundable tax credits, which are particularly advantageous because they are beneficial even after reducing your tax liability below zero.

If the amount of these credits is more than the amount of taxes due, the difference will be given back as a tax refund.

Savvy criminals know that – and input numbers to make it look like they should get more money back.

Will you be affected?

If you file early and claim either of the credits noted, you may be affected.

If you’re not sure, start by determining whether you qualify for the EITC. You may be eligible to claim the credit if the following is true:

  • You have earned income
  • You, your spouse (if you’re married) and any qualifying children have a Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Your filing status is married filing jointly, head of household, qualifying widow(er) or single
  • You are a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year, a nonresident alien married to a U.S. citizen or a resident alien and filing a joint return
  • No one else can claim you as a qualifying child for the EITC
  • You do not have foreign earned income
  • Any income earned from interest, dividends or other investments is less than $3,400

If you do not have a qualifying child, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 25 and 65 at the end of the year
  • Have spent at least half of the year living in the United States
  • Not be the qualifying child of another person

The ACTC is based in part on the Child Tax Credit (CTC). A nonrefundable tax credit, the CTC allows you to claim a credit worth up to $1,000 per qualifying child. If you owe less income tax than the amount of the CTC amount, you may be able to claim the ACTC.

You can take the ACTC, a refundable credit, even if you owe little or no income tax. To qualify, you need to have earned more than $3,000 in income.

 

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