February 22, 2017
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
Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the guns banned under Maryland’s law aren’t protected by the Second
“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
support pours in from Las Vegas community
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.
February 13, 2017
President Donald J. Trump and Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau held their first official meeting today in
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.
President Trump stood up for our law enforcement officers
trump pushed back against the rising tide of crime with three key
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.
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
General will evaluate the Department’s grant programs to make sure
they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement
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.
third Executive Order re-focuses the Federal Government’s energy and
resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations, such
as drug cartels.
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.
By: Chris Pandolfo
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
“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.
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
the Attorney General said. “That’s not wrong, that’s not immoral, that’s
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.
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
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
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By: Chris Pandolfo
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
brand of slanderous rhetoric on the floor of the U.S.
Senate undermines the institution and weakens our republic.
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.”
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.
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?”
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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.
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
needed a simple majority to overturn the ruling by Sen. Steve Daines
(R-Mont.), who was presiding over the the Senate during
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
The drama on the Senate floor comes after McConnell interrupted Warren's speech, accusing her of breaking the
upper chamber's guidelines.
January 31, 2017
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
“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.
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.”
January 30, 2017
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
"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
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
"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."
Monday, January 30, 2017
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
These two executive orders fully or
partially address 7 out of NumbersUSA’s “10
Steps to Fix Our Broken Immigration System".
January 24, 2017
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.
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
DONALD J. TRUMP
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
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.
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
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
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
You, your spouse
(if you’re married) and any qualifying children have a Social
Security Number (SSN)
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
earned from interest, dividends or other investments is less than
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