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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Poll: Hillary Clinton Top Pick Among Democrat Voters

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would be the leading choice among registered Democrat voters for the White House if she jumped into the crowded primary field, according to a recently released poll.

The latest Harvard-Harris presidential poll shows Clinton at 21 percent support, edging out former Vice President Joe Biden with 20 percent. The survey shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in third place with 12 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) placing fourth at nine percent. Tied for fifth place with fice percent support are South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and former Secretary of State John Kerry, who has ruled out a White House bid of his own and recently thrown his support behind Biden.


Report: Over 40 Virginia Counties Now Second Amendment Sanctuaries

A report from CNN claims over 40 counties in Virginia are now declared as Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

On December 5, 2019, Breitbart News reported 23 counties had declared Second Amendment Sanctuary status, and numerous others were poised to make declarations at that time.

CNN reports the figure at over 40, citing a running tally of declarations complied by Gun Rights Watch.

Virginia Citizens Defense League’s Phil Van Cleave explained the sudden resolve of gun owners:


IG Report Proves Democrats Were Wrong, and Nunes Right, About FISA Warrant

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG)’s report Monday on the FBI’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants found that the agency misled the FISA court, though not due to political bias.

It also found that the decision to initiate an investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was adequately founded — although Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham disagree.

Both Republicans and Democrats claimed that the report corroborated their respective political narratives. Republicans said that President Trump’s rights had been abused, and Democrats said no political bias was shown.

In that sense, the report offered a political draw. But in one key respect, it came down heavily on the side of the Republicans — and against the Democrats: as Breitbart News’ Kristina Wong reported, it vindicated Republican concerns about abuse of the FISA process.

More than that, it refuted the central claims that Democrats made in 2018, when they issued a memo in response to then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who had issued a four-page memo raising concerns about “the legitimacy and legality” of the FBI’s approaches to the FISA court, and suggesting “a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.”

The Democrats’ memo made several factual assertions, many of which were partly or fully refuted in the IG report:

Governor Hogan Announces New Initiatives and Legislation to Address Violent Crime

More Prosecutors for Attorney General, New Juvenile Crime Strategy, $21 Million For Baltimore City and State’s Attorney, Tougher Legislation to Increase Sentences for Violent Gun Offenders
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today, at a press conference at his office in Baltimore City, announced a series of new initiatives and expanded legislation to get violent offenders off the streets and address the violent crime crisis facing Baltimore City:
  • Funding for 25 new prosecutors and support staff for the Attorney General to prosecute violent crimes.
  • $21 million in additional funding for Baltimore City and the State’s Attorney’s Office.
  • A new comprehensive juvenile crime strategy to curb youth violence in Baltimore City.
  • New and expanded legislation to increase tougher sentences for violent offenders who commit crimes with guns.
  • New legislation to strengthen penalties for those who intimidate witnesses and legislation to make restitution mandatory.
  • Legislation to publish sentencing records of judges in violent crime cases to hold judges more accountable for their sentencing decisions.
“Keeping Marylanders safe is my responsibility, and I’m going to keep providing the City with all the state and federal assistance and backup we possibly can in order to attack this violent crime crisis from all directions with everything we’ve got,” said Governor Hogan. “But I’m also going to keep holding City leaders accountable and ensure that we are working together and using every tool and resource at our disposal to track down, arrest, convict, and bring these violent criminals to justice. The time has come for Baltimore City to finally take back its streets and communities once and for all.”
New Initiatives and Additional Funding
More Prosecutors for the Attorney General to Prosecute Violent Crimes. In September, Governor Hogan directed the Attorney General’s Office to investigate and prosecute violent crimes, crimes related to firearms, and organized crime in Baltimore City. Governor Hogan announced today that the forthcoming Fiscal Year 2021 budget will fund 25 new positions in the Attorney General’s Office for additional prosecutors and support staff.
Additional Funding for Baltimore City’s Crime-Fighting Efforts. Governor Hogan is committing additional funding for Baltimore City’s crime-fighting efforts, including $9.2 million to increase community policing efforts; $4.6 million for the Baltimore Police Department’s records management system, lab information management system, and license plate reader technology; $2.4 million for the new location of the Baltimore Police Academy; and $1.9 million for the State’s Attorney’s Office for gun violence prosecution. 
New Comprehensive Juvenile Crime Strategy. Governor Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and Baltimore City leaders have formed a strategic partnership to curb youth violence in Baltimore City. The Department of Juvenile Services will align case management resources with Baltimore City police districts to create a better service delivery model. The collaboration will also develop a stronger youth accountability process to appropriately intervene and provide services and supervision.
Expanded Crime Legislation
Governor Hogan announced major crime legislation that he will introduce in the 2020 legislative session:
  • Governor Hogan will introduce the Violent Firearm Offenders Act to significantly increase tougher sentences for violent offenders who commit crimes with guns. This new and expanded legislation will increase penalties for: (1) those who repeatedly illegally carry firearms and for convicted gang members who illegally possess guns; (2) those who illegally transfer guns to people they know intend to use them in a crime; and (3) those who steal firearms, possess stolen firearms, or engage in straw purchasing.
  • Governor Hogan will re-introduce the Judicial Transparency Act, requiring the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy to publish sentencing records of judges in violent crime cases to hold the system more accountable to the public for sentencing decisions. 
  • Governor Hogan will introduce the Witness Intimidation Prevention Act to toughen penalties for witness intimidation resulting in serious physical injury or death, and expand the courts’ ability to admit statements made by intimidated witnesses under certain circumstances to all crimes. The governor will also introduce a measure to proritize victims and make restitution payments mandatory.
  • Additionally, Governor Hogan will introduce legislation to make victim restitution payments mandatory.
Historic Support for Baltimore City
The Hogan administration continues to provide historic levels of support for Baltimore City:
  • Since taking office, Governor Hogan has committed $6.32 billion for local aid to Baltimore City, including more than $1 billion for public safety and crime control efforts.
  • State warrant teams have identified and are actively working open warrants for 493 of the most violent offenders in the City. 
  • The state has placed more than 400 Parole and Probation agents into the Baltimore region, and put them in every police precinct in Baltimore City. 
  • Governor Hogan directed the Maryland State Police Aviation Command to send 10 helicopter crews to conduct law enforcement tactical missions over Baltimore City on an ongoing daily basis, providing additional support to police officers on the ground.
  • Governor Hogan launched a joint operation to send federal, state, and local law enforcement officers into the City to conduct a coordinated and aggressive surge resulting in over 3,300 arrests, including 259 of Baltimore City’s most violent offenders. 
  • Governor Hogan directed the Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland Transit Administration Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, and Maryland Capitol Police to establish a more visible police presence in high crime areas of the City. As a result, state police agencies have executed over 500,000 premise checks, served an additional 3,400 warrants, and recovered 158 handguns.

Harris Announces More Than $270,000 in Renewable Energy Awards to Eastern Shore Small Businesses and Farms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced more than $270,000 in awards through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development. The grants will be administered through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The following businesses and farmers received awards on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the installation of solar arrays and improvements in energy efficiency: $118,000 for the Samuel Parker family farm in Wicomico County, $46,225 for R&R Aquafarms, LLC in Caroline County, $44,541 for Teddy Bear Fresh Produce, LLC in Talbot County, and $61,250 for the Flintrock Corporation in Queen Anne’s County.

The projects will save enough electricity to power 84 homes. According to the USDA, “REAP funding can be used for renewable energy systems such as anaerobic digesters, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, wind and solar. It also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration.”

Congressman Harris made the following statement:
“Energy conservation is important to the health of the environment and our economy. As a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, I applaud the investment of these federal funds on the Eastern Shore. I will continue working to ensure that our small towns and rural communities receive help to grow and thrive with modern technologies. These awards will save energy, reduce electricity bills, and help make the Eastern Shore more economically competitive.”

Why All Blacks Should Be Voting for President Trump: Interview at Rally in Hershey, PA

California border agents find 11 Chinese nationals hiding inside appliances, furniture in truck from Mexico

Federal agents in California found 11 Chinese nationals hiding inside appliances and furniture that filled a moving truck crossing the border from Mexico over the weekend.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers stopped a 42-year-old male truck driver, a U.S. citizen, around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, located in the city of San Diego just north of Tijuana, the agency said in a statement.

CBP officers inspected the moving truck and referred the unnamed driver and his vehicle for a more intensive secondary inspection, the statement said.


Virginia Democrat Faces Constituents' Wrath Over Her Support for the Impeachment Inquiry

Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) got an earful from some of her constituents during a town hall on Sunday as she discussed why she supported the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Spanberger represents Virginia's 7th congressional district and won against Republican Dave Brat during the 2018 midterms. CNN reported Spanberger was highlighting votes where she voted with House Republicans when some in the audience wanted her to talk about the impeachment inquiry.

"My opinion of our inquiry is mine and mine alone. No one has pressured me to vote in any particular way from within the party. And I will not be pressured to vote in any particular way," she said. "The allegations against the president are incredibly, incredibly serious."


Rep. Jim Banks: Pelosi guilty of withholding aid for political purposes

Something remarkable happened Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted she is guilty of the very accusation levied (without evidence) at President Trump. Except, instead of being guilty of withholding aid to Ukrainians, Pelosi is guilty of withholding aid to Americans.

We had dual announcements made by Pelosi and Democratic leaders in the House Tuesday morning. First, they announced two articles of impeachment. Then, just an hour or two later, they announced we will finally pass President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

It was pretty convenient that Pelosi was able to counter detractors who dogged her for not getting anything done during impeachment. Maybe it wasn’t convenient at all. Maybe it was planned that way.


Marianne Williamson Falls for Hoax Saying Trump Pardoned Charles Manson

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson deleted a tweet in which she fell for a hoax about President Donald Trump pardoning murderer Charles Manson.

"There is something deeply sinister about Trump pardoning Charles Manson, even posthumously," the spiritual guru wrote in a late-night Sunday tweet. "Dog whistles of the very worst possible kind."

Needless to say, Trump did not pardon Manson, the cult leader who was found guilty of seven murders in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Even if Trump were so inclined, Manson was convicted in a California state court, and the president can only pardon federal crimes.


Democrat Counsel Daniel Goldman Refuses to Say Who Ordered Phone Snooping

House Intelligence Committee Democrat counsel Daniel Goldman refused Monday to answer questions from House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) about whether he or Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) ordered private phone logs to be matched to political targets and then published.

Goldman was testifying at a Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, presenting Schiff’s 300-page report, which was released last Tuesday. The report included phone records purporting to show communications involving Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (D-CA), journalist John Solomon, presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and others. The records were used to allege that Nunes — Schiff’s political rival — conspired to smear U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, a claim he denies.

During the opening of questioning by the Republican minority, Collins confronted Goldman about the decision to subpoena the phone records, to check the numbers against known individuals, and then to publish the logs.

Goldman was evasive, saying initially that the more important issue was the fact of the conversations themselves.

More here

LifeSite News Locked Out of Twitter After Using ‘Jessica’ Yaniv’s Birth Name

Pro-life website LifeSite News was locked out of its Twitter account yesterday after it referred to radical transgender activist Jessica Yaniv by his male birth name, “Jonathan.” According to Twitter, using Yaniv’s birth name is “hateful conduct.”

LifeSite news published a screenshot of Twitter’s message demanding that the tweet be deleted before the restoration of their account. A Twitter spokeswoman confirmed to Breitbart News that LifeSite’s account has been locked under Twitter’s “hateful conduct” policy. LifeSite News disputes that their tweet was “hateful.”

Via LifeSite News:

Twitter gave LifeSiteNews the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account immediately. But instead we have launched an appeal of the decision.

Twitter claimed that the tweet violated its rules, but didn’t specify which ones. Twitter cites three main categories in its rules: safety, privacy, and authenticity. The tweet about Yaniv was public knowledge, as it cited a tweet Yaniv posted himself. It was authentic, it was not “platform manipulation,” impersonation, a copyright infringement.

The tweet did not “promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people,” which Twitter says it prohibits.


Lisa Page sues FBI and DOJ, citing 'cost of therapy'

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is suing the FBI and Department of Justice, alleging that the government's publication of her salacious text messages with anti-Trump ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok constituted a breach of the Federal Privacy Act.

In the complaint filed Tuesday, the 39-year-old Page said she suffered numerous damages, including a "permanent loss of earning capacity due to reputational damage" and "the cost of therapy to cope with unwanted national media exposure and harassment" caused by the disclosure.

Page's complaint also sought reimbursement for "the cost of childcare during and transportation to multiple investigative reviews and appearances before Congress," the "cost of paying a data-privacy service to protect her personal information," and attorney's fees.

Her lawsuit does not contain an apology for her conduct, and she has long maintained that her anti-Trump views -- which she shared with Strzok using FBI phones even as the two played key roles in the Hillary Clinton and Russia probes -- did not affect her official duties.


Top universities should be taxed under ‘tax the rich’ logic

Despite all the political rhetoric, let’s be honest: Tax increases have never produced a single job — not a one.

Taxing the rich or middle class more and more has in reality cost many their jobs and even more a pay raise, all while reducing the amount of your take-home income.

Because it’s primary season, the candidates on the left are talking tough on taxing rich people, as if they are an evil class, which they are not.

But they have yet to talk about the richest of the rich — the one group so wealthy that changing tax policy or outright taxing them could literally solve millions of families’ financial problems.

College and university endowments — largely shielded from taxes by “not-for-profit” status as “educational institutions” — amount to hundreds of billions of dollars. It’s the biggest tax scam the world has ever known.


AOC is suddenly very attuned to anti-Semitism

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has repeatedly defended anti-Semite Ilhan Omar. She defended the Minnesota congresswoman when she accused American Jews of having dual loyalties, and she defended Omar again when she claimed that wealthy Jews control Republicans in Congress.

So, it's a bit rich that Ocasio-Cortez is now alleging anti-Semitism following President Trump’s address this weekend at the Israeli American Council National Summit. Trump began that event by noting his personal acquaintance with some of the summit's attendees. He also boasted about his decision to make good on the U.S. government’s longstanding commitment to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“So, we’re going to spend $2 billion, and one of them was going to buy a lousy location,” the president said.


Maryland uses surveillance, data to track motorists, traffic

Motorists in Maryland may be aware of the cameras that enforce speed and red-light violations, but the state’s tracking practices include other layers to assist in law enforcement efforts, and for traffic and planning purposes.

Through the different practices, Maryland collects both anonymous and identifiable information — depending on the method — about driving patterns, raising concerns for privacy advocates.

“I don’t think it’s really an issue of whether you have privacy in a particular moment in time,” said Dave Maass, senior investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that defends civil liberties in the digital age. “But rather whether the government — and companies — should be tracking you over time and space, and then storing and selling that information.”


'Set your price for a slave': History teacher placed on leave for 'culturally insensitive' assignment

An elementary school teacher in Missouri has been placed on leave after asking students to “set your price for a slave” on an assignment.

The fifth-grade teacher, who has not been named, teaches social studies at Blades Elementary School in St. Louis, according to KTVI. The question was given during an assignment based on prices for commodities in colonial America.

“You own a plantation or farm and therefore need more workers. You begin to get involved in the slave trade industry and have slaves work on your farm. Your product to trade is slaves,” the assignment reads. “These could be worth a lot.”


Biden Blames Staffers for Not Warning Him About Hunter’s Board Position

Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden on Friday blamed his staff for not warning him about the potential conflict of interest stemming from his son Hunter's position on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company.

"Nobody warned me about a potential conflict of interest," Biden said in an interview with NPR released Monday.

"I never, never heard that once at all," he added. "They should have told me."


Partisan hypocrites: Left-wing ‘LGBTQ rights' groups bash GOP anti-discrimination bill

Left-wing gay and transgender rights groups are simply overjoyed at the fact that a Republican member of Congress, Rep. Chris Stewart, just introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill.

Just kidding: They’re actually frothing at the mouth and melting down — reminding us once more that they are really just front groups for the Democratic Party.

The controversy stems from Stewart’s introduction of a new bill dubbed “Fairness for All.” It's a comprehensive, eminently reasonable update to federal civil rights law that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, yet carve out important exceptions to protect religious liberty. The bill comes with the backing of numerous conservative and religious groups, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church). It would have been unimaginable, even a decade ago, for such conservative institutions to spearhead an important gay rights campaign.


Attorney General Barr: FBI Ignored Exculpatory Evidence, Hid Information

During a portion of an interview with NBC’s Pete Williams that aired on Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Attorney General William Barr said the FBI ignored exculpatory evidence when obtaining FISA warrants in the investigation of any possible Trump campaign ties with Russia.

Barr said, “From day one — remember, they said, okay, we’re not going to talk to the campaign. We’re going to put people in there, rile them up and have conversations with people involved in the campaign because that way, we’ll get the truth. From the very first day of this investigation, which is July 31st, 2016, all the way to its end, September 2017, there was not one incriminatory bit of evidence to come in. It was all exculpatory. The people with the tapings denied it with Russia, denied the specific facts that the FBI was relying on. So what happens? The FBI ignores it, presses ahead, withholds that information from the court, withholds critical exculpatory information from the court while it gets an electronic surveillance warrant. It also withholds from the court clear cut evidence that the dossier that they ultimately relied on to get the FISA warrant was a complete sham.”

He continued..

House Sets Wednesday Vote for Farm Worker Amnesty, Creation of Powerless Workforce

The House will vote Wednesday to approve or reject a bill that offers fraud-prone amnesty for illegal migrants who claim to have worked on a farm.

The legislation also allows companies to import an unlimited number of replaceable H-2A visa workers to replace the illegals — and to replace any Americans who ask for decent wages or investment in machinery. The H-2A migrants could bring their families, and also apply for green cards.

Pro-migration Democrats and their constituency groups back the bill. Immigration reform groups oppose the bill, but it is being rushed through the House amid the uproar over impeachment.


Bloomberg News Is Breaking the Law by Only Investigating Trump, FEC Complaint Says

Bloomberg News announced that it would continue its tradition of not investigating its owner, Michael Bloomberg, even as he entered the 2020 presidential race. The outlet also claimed it would refrain from investigating the other Democratic candidates. Yet the outlet also announced it would investigate President Donald Trump, Bloomberg's potential competitor. According to a new Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint from the Media Research Center (MRC), this likely violates the law.

"Bloomberg News is making a mockery of legitimate journalism. They have consciously chosen to abandon their journalistic responsibilities in favor of what is politically convenient," MRC President Brent Bozell said in a statement. "This is a public declaration that Bloomberg’s newsroom is adopting media bias as an official policy,"

"This is not only categorically unethical, but potentially illegal, which is why we are calling for an investigation," Bozell added.


Dershowitz: Democrats Are Using Soviet Tactics to Take Down Donald Trump

On the latest episode of "Life, Liberty & Levin" on Fox News Channel, law professor Alan Dershowitz completely destroyed the Democrats' impeachment case against President Donald Trump. "They're searching for a crime... There is no case for bribery," Dershowitz told Levin.

Host Mark Levin asked Dershowitz about the meaning of "bribery." It has, he said, specific meaning. "It doesn't mean everything. It just doesn't necessarily mean this. What does it mean?"

Well, Dershowitz explained, "There are four criteria... We know it when we see it." For example, "when you pay a government official corruptly to perform an illegal act or an act that is motivated by money. But it can't operate when you're the president of the United States and you're conditioning or withholding money in order to make sure that a country isn't corrupt, and you're asking them to investigate. That just doesn't fit any definition of bribery — common law definition of bribery, statutory definition of bribery. However you define the constitutional word bribery, it just doesn't fit."

So, what are Democrats doing, then? "What they're trying to do is what the KGB under Lavrentiy Beria said to Stalin the dictator -- I'm not comparing our country to the Soviet Union, I just want to make sure it never becomes anything like that. Beria said to Stalin: 'Show me the man and I'll find you the crime.' And that's what some of the Democrats are doing. They have Trump in their sights. They want to figure out ways of impeaching him, and they're searching for a crime."


'End this': Republicans poised to call no witnesses during Trump impeachment trial in Senate

Senate Republicans do not expect to call witnesses President Trump might want to hear from most in an impeachment trial, conceding there are not the votes to summon key figures such as Hunter Biden and the unidentified government whistleblower whose complaint sparked the process.

Senate impeachment rules require a majority vote to call witnesses, and with just two out of 53 votes to spare, there is no “appetite” among Republicans to pursue testimony from people that Democrats blocked Republicans from subpoenaing during the House investigation. Indeed, Republicans might forgo calling witnesses altogether, saying minds are made up on Trump’s guilt or innocence and that testimony at trial on the Senate floor would draw out the proceedings unnecessarily.

“Here’s what I want to avoid: this thing going on longer than it needs to,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told the Washington Examiner. “I want to end this.”


AG Bill Barr Just Issued a Translation of the DOJ IG Report & It’s a Red-Hot Rebuke of ‘Intrusive’ Spying on Trump

“I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya

The Department of Justice Inspector General’s (IG) report into the FBI lying to the FISA Court to get warrants to spy on the Trump campaign is 433 pages. It took AG Bill Barr one paragraph to translate what all of it means in the real world. Oh, and don’t pick it up because you might burn yourself.
The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken. It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration. In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source. …[T]he malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the Inspector General’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process.
Because the IG has no right to subpoena and can’t lock anyone up, he can only refer people for prosecution. Currently, most of the people who conducted the abuse have been fired and were out of the purview of the IG.


BREAKING: Texas Navy base on lockdown; suspect in custody

A Texas Naval air station is on lockdown, and a suspect is in custody, military officials said Wednesday morning in the latest incident at an armed forces installation.

Details remain unclear, but the lockdown at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi comes on the heels of recent shootings at Naval bases in Hawaii and Florida.


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Education Department uncovers $1.3B in foreign university funding

An Education Department investigation revealed universities failed to report more than a billion dollars in foreign funding, which officials believe is only a sliver of the unreported overseas donations flowing onto campuses.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told the Washington Examiner she had launched a preliminary investigation into six universities but already turned up an alarming $1.3 billion in foreign funding over the past seven years from nations such as China, Russia, and Qatar that the schools hadn’t told the federal government about, despite their legal requirement to do so.

“It is already a reporting requirement for schools to report all foreign contributions. From my perspective, it’s a simple requirement: Report all foreign money you get.” DeVos said. “We’re going to continue to raise the flag on this, and we think, just given what we’ve seen scratching the surface, there’s a lot there that has gone undetected.”

DeVos said foreign funding is an administration-wide national security concern.

"We’re raising this issue and letting schools know that we’re going to be paying attention in ways that hasn’t happened before,” she said.

In a seven-page letter to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Education Department said the six investigations, still in their early stages, have revealed what acting general counsel Reed Rubinstein called "disturbing facts.” Rubinstein did not name the universities associated with each finding, citing the department's general policy not to comment on the status or results of current investigations. But the universities under review are Georgetown, Texas A&M, Cornell, Rutgers, the University of Maryland, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Trump DEMOLISHES Impeachment Narrative on Ukraine

Shortly after Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced the Democrats' two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the president responded with a blockbuster tweet demolishing the central claim in the impeachment narrative.

Nadler explained that Democrats were impeaching Trump for "abuse of power." He accused the president of having "solicited and pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 presidential election, thus damaging our national security, undermining the integrity of the next election, and violating his oath to the American people."

Trump responded to this directly.

"Nadler just said that I 'pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.' Ridiculous, and he know that it is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there 'WAS NO PRESSURE.' Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!"


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NEW: President Trump keeps his promise to fix NAFTA!

President Donald J. Trump has fought for better trade deals for American workers since his first day in office. In addition to new agreements with Japan, South Korea, and the European Union, the President has long argued that NAFTA must be reformed.

More than a year ago, he kept that signature campaign promise when he signed a modern, rebalanced trade deal with Canada and Mexico. And today, after a year’s worth of stall tactics, House Democrats have finally acquiesced to the will of the American people and agreed to vote on the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA).

That’s big news. It's time for Washington to put American workers first and get USMCA over the finish line!

When President Trump took office, he inherited all sorts of poorly negotiated trade deals that heavily favored global competitors over American citizens. Of all the agreements that put U.S. workers and businesses at a disadvantage, undoubtedly the biggest culprit was the outdated, deficient NAFTA.

For years, NAFTA rules have helped incentivize offshoring, which led to manufacturing jobs leaving the United States in bulk. As a result, politicians from both parties have called to reform our trade terms with Mexico and Canada ever since the deal first passed in the mid-1990s. As usual, Washington promised voters one thing and then did another.

It took President Trump to get Mexico and Canada to sign a new deal. Here are just a few ways it updates and improves NAFTA:
  • Auto and manufacturing: With new rules of origin, 75 percent of auto content must be produced in North America, stimulating U.S. vehicle and parts production.
  • Labor protections: Unlike NAFTA, labor rules are enforceable, not voluntary. Workers will benefit from provisions that incentivize the use of high-wage manufacturing labor—supporting better jobs for American workers.
  • Digital trade: USMCA includes the strongest terms on digital trade—a booming and growing sector of the U.S. economy—of any trade deal. NAFTA had none.
  • Farmers and ranchers: In just one example, USMCA protects our farmers by eliminating a loophole that allowed Canada to undersell American dairy products.
In short, Main Street won. Democrat leaders tried to stall, desperate to avoid giving President Trump a signature win on one of his core issues. But USMCA highlighted the divide between far-left Washington partisans and practical, results-minded local officials who supported the deal. In the end, a growing chorus of diverse voices—everyone from labor leaders to small business owners—finally forced Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand.

USMCA is a promise kept to America’s working class. For that, we should all celebrate.

Something to share: President Trump has fought for better deals since day one!

House Democrats make their 3-year impeachment scheme official

The Swamp outdid themselves today, surprising no one that Washington can always find a way to stoop lower than ever before. At a time when Congress’ approval rating is mired in the low 20s, House Democrats announced they will proceed with a partisan impeachment of President Trump—despite finding no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued the following statement in part to reporters today:

House Democrats have long wanted to overturn the votes of 63 million Americans. They have determined that they must impeach President Trump because they cannot legitimately defeat him at the ballot box. The Democrats’ use of a phone call with the president of Ukraine – with a transcript the President himself released – served as their excuse for this partisan, gratuitous, and pathetic attempt to overthrow the Trump Administration and the results of the 2016 election.

The announcement of two baseless articles of impeachment does not hurt the President, it hurts the American people, who expect their elected officials to work on their behalf to strengthen our Nation. The President will address these false charges in the Senate and expects to be fully exonerated, because he did nothing wrong.

Ultimately, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats will have to answer to their constituents for manufacturing an impeachment inquiry and forcing unfounded accusations down the throats of the American people.

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E. coli Infections Linked to Fresh Express Salad Kits Sold in Three States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning consumers of an E. coli outbreak linked to salad sold in three states and Canada.

The CDC’s press release read:

Do not eat or sell Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with this identifying information: UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best-before date up to and including 07DEC19. This information is printed on the front of the bag in the top right corner.

So far, eight people in three states have been infected with the sickness and three hospitalized. One person reportedly developed kidney failure, according to CBS Boston.

Monday, the agency advised consumers not to eat the contents of the kits and to throw the package away: