Here’s Everything NOT Happening During Impeachment

Amid the unceasingly negative coverage of President Trump and impeachment by the former mainstream media, there is zero coverage of what Congress is not doing. What the Democrat-led Congress is not doing is keeping any of the promises it made during the 2018 midterm elections, when Americans flipped 40 seats and gave them control of Congress.

Instead, the Democrat energy has simply been what it was the previous two years when they did not have control — get Trump. That effort was through the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, which belly flopped, then obstruction, which went nowhere, and now it’s morphed to impeachment based on a Ukrainian phone call.

But Democrats actually made promises in 2018. Sure, a lot of us knew they had no real intentions of keeping those promises, they were wink-and-nod lies at the time. The primary reason they have not is because any of these would also be considered a victory for President Trump and Republicans. And it might make Trump look legitimate, and able to work with Democrats — which he actually is. But the Democratic Party, in its leadership at any rate, is all about getting Donald Trump.

However, millions of Americans did expect Democrats to keep their promises. So here’s a list of the major promises made through the Democratic Party’s informal 2018 platform, and most frequently by those running as moderates in Trump-won districts.

  • Democrats promised to work on new trade deals with the President because they knew those would be good for America, including many of their voters. They also knew that fair trade deals are popular with Americans. However, now that they are in power, Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to even bring to a vote the United States, Mexico, Canada (USMCA) trade deal that Mexico and Canada have already signed off on, even though it would most assuredly the pass the House, pass the Senate and go into law with Trump’s signature. This refusal actually fits with impeachment, because none of it is about what’s good for the country, and all of it is about getting Donald Trump.
  • Democrats promised to work with the Trump Administration and Republicans to lower drug costs, because Americans of every political stripe want to see that. But they have done nothing on that front. No legislation, no committee hearings on pending legislation. We’re now more than halfway through their term in control, and they’ve made no effort to do anything to lower drug costs. Perhaps they will during the spring and summer campaign season, but that would be just to use it in a way that they keep it as a political weapon in 2020 — rather than try to do what is right for Americans. Because it is all about getting Donald Trump.
  • Democrats promised to work with Trump and Republicans to pass infrastructure improvements. This is one of those pablum issues that the American people love, and therefore politicians love, but actually has very little meaning. The vast majority of capital improvements are done at state and local levels. But the promises are made every election cycle. And the Democrats did so. But with impeachment mania, they’ve done nothing on infrastructure. Because it is all about getting Donald Trump.
  • One of the fundamental requirements of Congress is to pass a budget each year. For many years under Obama and sporadically before and after that, Congress went to Continuing Resolutions (CRs) — which are irresponsible short-term spending bills to “keep the government open” and which are invariably larded up with special interest pork projects. Republicans had tried to push away from those, but now we are back to being stuck with them. Which means billions flushed down the hole and more media drama for no good reason.

In the irony of ironies department, the actual budget proposal they won’t pass includes $250 million for Ukraine aid. So Democrats are holding impeachment hearings in large part based on the delay of funding for Ukraine — over which they intone dramatically the gravity of Trump having done so. It was so, so very serious that the President would delay Ukrainian aid for even a few weeks. And yet their anti-Trump budget antics are delaying financial aid to Ukraine indefinitely.

Now compare this record to Trump’s record over three years:

  • 7 million new jobs, record low unemployment, all-time low unemployment for black and Hispanic Americans;
  • Hundreds of thousands of new manufacturing jobs that the previous administration said would never happen;
  • Extricating ourselves from the destructive Paris climate accords which have all but fallen apart now;
  • Ditching the terrible Iranian nuclear agreement and reinstituting sanctions on that murderous regime;
  • Markets at all time highs, which means pensions and retirement plans are healthy and growing;
  • Rebuilding the military that was depleted under the Obama Administration
  • Appointing Constitutional judges at every level. By the end of next year, Trump will have appointed, and the Republican Senate approved, about 30 percent of federal judges;
  • Renegotiating a much more fair trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

This is a very solid record of success for President Trump. Democrats have created no record of their own to run on. It’s no wonder they don’t want to run on records.

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VIDEOS: President Trump and the 45 Fest in Sunrise, Florida

President Trump changed his residence from New York to Florida. He is now registered in the Sunshine State as a Republican voter.

Here are two videos of President Trump and the 45 Fest held in Sunrise, Florida.

Commentary on 45 Fest in Sunrise, FL. Hat tip to Kirk Elliot.

GOP video of Trump Rally in Sunrise Florida.

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Republican National Committee Announces 2020 Convention Senior Staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. /PRNewswire/ — Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and Republican National Convention (RNC) President and CEO Marcia Lee Kelly today announced the senior staff team for next summer’s Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina – the “Queen City” – from August 24 to August 27, 2020.

“Thanks to Marcia’s leadership, the Republican National Convention will be organized by a group of highly accomplished individuals,” said McDaniel. “This group will work together to ensure the 2020 Republican National Convention will be an exceptional and first-class experience for everyone attending this historic event as we nominate President Trump for re-election,” said McDaniel.

“I’m thrilled to announce this group of talented individuals, each of whom brings a wealth of experience to the 2020 RNC,” said Kelly. “Their combined talents and enthusiasm will help ensure that next summer’s convention will be a wonderful and historic event for delegates, attendees, media, and the entire Charlotte region.”

Members of the 2020 Republican National Convention Senior Staff Team are:

  • Stephen “Max” Everett, Vice President and Chief Information Officer 

Everett joins the team for his sixth convention, having previously served as the Chief Information Officer for the 2004 and 2016 conventions. He brings over two decades of experience in providing innovative solutions and managing risk for both public and private sector organizations. Everett was most recently the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy, overseeing the Department’s information technology (IT) portfolio, serving as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Secretary, and leading various functions within the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Everett received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a J.D. from the University of Houston. As Vice President, Everett is responsible for the management, strategy, and execution of major convention initiations. As Chief Information Officer, Everett is also responsible for the convention’s IT infrastructure.

  • Christina “CC” Cobaugh, Chief of Staff and Director of Ticketing

This will be Cobaugh’s second convention, having previously worked on the executive team for the 2016 convention. She most recently served as the Executive Secretary and Policy Coordinator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative under Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer. Prior to joining the Administration, she served on the executive team for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee and was a policy analyst and Director of Business Development for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Cobaugh holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans. In her role as Chief of Staff, Cobaugh executes the convention’s overall vision, mission, values, and strategic goals. Additionally, as Director of Ticketing, Cobaugh is responsible for the management and distribution of all tickets to the 2020 Republican National Convention and to all related convention events.

  • Christine LeskoChief of Infrastructure

Lesko previously served as Director of Venues for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Senior Director of Major Events for the Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena, where she led the staff of the facility at “The Q” during the 2016 Republican National Convention. Lesko holds a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College. She is responsible for coordinating all infrastructure efforts related to the 2020 Republican National Convention including flow and signage, the general contractor, information technology, official providers, and media operations.

  • Thomas F. Maxwell III, Chief Financial Officer

Maxwell brings decades of experience on campaign finance issues and will be serving in his third Republican National Convention. He is the founder of MAXimum Compliance, LLC – a campaign finance consulting firm whose clients include members of Congress, political action committees, joint fundraising committees, Super PACs, National Party Committees, and non-profits. He has also served as the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and as a reports analyst at the FEC. Maxwell holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Southern Methodist University. For the 2020 Republican National Convention, Maxwell is responsible for managing the convention budget and serving as a steward for the COA’s treasury.

  • Dan McCarthyChief of Public Affairs and Director of External Affairs

McCarthy began his career with the 2000 Republican National Convention, followed by a stint with Victory 2000 on the Bush/Cheney transition team. In 2001, he joined the Bush Administration, serving in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. For the next decade, he worked for Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer company in the world, ultimately serving as Senior Director of National Affairs. McCarthy started his external affairs firm, DMM Strategies, to bring his significant and unique experience in both corporate and public policy to clients. Originally from Cleveland, McCarthy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. He serves as the primary point of contact and coordinator for all external groups interested in participating in the 2020 Republican National Convention.

  • Jonathan Oringdulph, Chief of Logistics and Director of Intergovernmental Coordination and Permitting

Oringdulph brings decades of logistics experience to the Republican National Convention. He has served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and has been assigned at the White House since 2004. He most recently served as the Director of Presidential Food Service and was responsible for programs supporting the White House Military Office. His military experience includes Navy Contracts Officer at Naval Air Systems Command; Flag Supply Aide to the Superintendent of the Naval Academy; a mobilization to Afghanistan as a logistics advisor; and Chief of Staff for Special Operations Command Forward, North and West Africa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as an MBA and a master’s degree in Project Management from Keller School of Business Management. Oringdulph serves as the 2020 Republican National Convention’s liaison to the city of Charlotte and is responsible for coordinating the logistics efforts of security, transportation, hotels and venues.

  • Whitney Nichols Andersen, Director of Media Operations

Andersen brings a wealth of experience in operations and logistics, having recently served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Director of Management and Administration in the White House. She previously served as the Assistant Director for Ticket Management and Fulfillment during the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee and was the Deputy Director of Operations during the 2016 Republican National Committee. Andersen holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from American University. She is responsible for directing all operational and logistical planning for traditional and digital media organizations for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

  • Anastasia Hardin-Cole, Director of Official Proceedings

This will be Hardin-Cole’s fourth consecutive convention, having previously worked in Media Operations and External Affairs for the Republican National Convention. She brings extensive business, communications, and political experience from her time with the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, various foreign affairs positions, and public affairs firms. Hardin-Cole attended Babson College in Wellesley, MA, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business, with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Global Business Management. Hardin-Cole manages a comprehensive 2020 Republican National Convention program in collaboration with the Executive Producer, the RNC, and campaign leadership.

  • Dustin Hendrix, Director of Transportation

Hendrix joins the 2020 Republican National Convention after serving in various capacities, including over two decades as a Naval Officer at the U.S. Department of Defense, an Aircrew Expert in conjunction with Boeing, and as the Commanding Officer of the Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility in Jacksonville, FL. Hendrix holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, an EMBA from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an M.S. from the University of Florida. Hendrix is responsible for the development and implementation of a transportation management plan for the convention in support of all events including media site visits, the Welcome Party, and all events scheduled during convention week.

  • Dee Dee Lancaster, Director of Logistics Flow and Signage

Lancaster has over two decades of experience developing strong strategic planning initiatives and logistics, resulting in successful events for her clients. Lancaster has worked with four Presidential Inaugural Committees, the Republican National Committee, and multiple Republican National Conventions. A New Orleans native, Lancaster holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She is directly responsible for mapping out the signage plan to ensure a well-branded and seamless wayfinding system for convention delegates and guests.

  • Joy LeeCounsel

Prior to this role, Lee served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration; Senior Counsel at a national public policy and advocacy organization; Associate Counsel at the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee; and a member of the legal team for the 2016 Republican National Convention. A native of South Korea, Lee earned her B.A. in Communications at the University of Maryland, and her law degree at Washington and Lee. She oversees the legal operations of the convention and ensures full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. In addition, Lee provides legal guidance on a wide range of issues, including regulatory compliance, risk management, contract negotiation, and intellectual property management.

  • Diandra LopezDirector of Delegate Experience

Lopez joins the convention team with an extensive work history, which includes management positions at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and VIP guest relations. Lopez organized the planning and execution of hotel events during the United Nations General Assembly, New York City Marathon, and Thanksgiving. Lopez is tasked with creating and executing an exceptional experience for the RNC delegates and stakeholders prior to, during, and following the convention. Lopez looks forward to applying her hospitality experience and leadership background to the 2020 Republican National Convention.

  • Mallory McGough, Director of Administration

McGough brings years of private management experience, having previously worked for several organizations, including Knock Knock Children’s Museum and the American Cancer Society, both in Baton Rouge, LA. Prior to that, she spent five years in Nashville, working in events and athletics operations management. McGough also worked for Congressman Pete Sessions, running his internship program in Washington, D.C., and serving as Grassroots Coordinator of his re-election campaign in Dallas. A Lake Charles, Louisiana native, McGough attended Louisiana State University and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communications. McGough also holds a master’s degree from Belmont University. For the 2020 Republican National Convention, McGough is tasked with coordinating daily operational functions, streamlining management systems, maintaining business efficiency, and overseeing human capital development.

  • Robert O’Donnell, Director of Security

O’Donnell has extensive experience as a senior security and law enforcement leader, with over two decades serving in the U.S. Secret Service and leading the Dignitary Protective Division. O’Donnell holds a bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Villanova University. He is directly responsible for the overall security plans for the Charlotte Convention Center, Spectrum Center, and any additional footprints associated with the 2020 Republican National Convention.

  • Russell Peck, Director of Community Affairs 

Peck has worked in North Carolina in various capacities and led campaigns throughout the East Coast, most recently serving as a Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee covering the Southeast United States, and as Campaign Manager for the Pat McCrory Committee both in 2016 and 2012. He is the former Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party and was a Senior Vice President of Mercury Public Affairs in Raleigh, NC. In 2019 he founded Oaklee Strategies, a North Carolina-based Public Affairs firm. Peck holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. He facilitates public and private sector engagement activities in order to advance the collaborative initiatives of the 2020 Republican National Convention and Host Committee.

  • Christopher Reese, Director of Executive Operations

Reese previously served as the Operations Manager and as a Staff Assistant in the Executive Office of the President. Prior to his time in the Administration, Reese served as Deputy Director of Treasury during the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from the University of Central Florida. Reese manages all operational, scheduling, and logistical activities within the Executive Office for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

  • James SampleDirector of Operations

Sample oversees all operational, technical, and maintenance support for the 2020 Republican National Convention. He has extensive large-scale event production and project management experience, having worked as the Senior Projects Manager for an exhibits and events design firm. Sample worked for the 2016 Republican National Convention as the Buildout and Permits Manager, and also served as an Event Manager at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. An Indianapolis native, Sample attended Indiana University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Culture. Sample oversees all operational aspects of the preparations for, and running of, the 2020 Republican National Convention.

  • Rebecca Wasserstein, Director of Hotels & Venues

Wasserstein brings a wealth of experience to her role, having most recently served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Travel Office. Prior to her time in the Administration, Wasserstein served as the Assistant Director of Credential Management during the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee and supported Media Operations during the 2016 Republican National Convention. Wasserstein’s resume also includes various campaign leadership positions in statewide, U.S. Senate, and Presidential campaigns. Originally from Cleveland, Wasserstein holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Ohio State University. In her role as Director of Hotels & Venues, she is responsible for overseeing all hotel and venue logistics from the initial contracting phase to the final group placements.

The 2020 Republican National Convention will be held at the Spectrum Center from August 24 to 27, 2020. Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to arrive in Charlotte for the event, including delegates, alternate delegates, members of the media, and other guests.

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Sanctuary Cities Continue To Obstruct ICE: Protecting criminal aliens while endangering innocent victims.

On November 22, 2019 Immigration and Customs posted a news release, ICE announces Montgomery County, Prince George’s County criminal offenders shielded by current non-cooperation policies.

Once again local supposed “law enforcement” officials of Prince George’s County and Montgomery County decided to ignore detainers lodged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

This is not the first time that these officials and other such officials have ignored detainers so that ICE could take these illegal aliens into custody to seek their deportation (removal) from the United States.

Clearly these officials refuse to learn the lessons even when their wrong-headed sanctuary policies result in the preventable death of a child!

In June of this year, FrontPage Magazine published my article, Politicians Must Face Consequences For Crimes They Enable.

That article included a link to a May 21, 2019 ICE press release, ICE seeks custody of teen murder suspects for a second time– Local jurisdiction failed to honor previous detainers which began with this excerpt:

BALTIMORE – Following the recent arrest of two unlawfully present teens suspected in the violent murder of a young girl in Maryland, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Baltimore are again seeking to take custody of the illegal aliens through the ICE detainer process following the Prince George’s County Detention Center’s (PGCDC) failure to cooperate.

Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce and Joel Ernesto Escobar, both Salvadoran nationals, were previously arrested on May 11, 2018 when they were arrested by Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) for attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted robbery, and other related charges. ICE officers lodged a detainer with PGCDC, however both were released on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE.

On May 16, 2019, PGCPD arrested the same individuals and charged them with first-degree murder.

The murder victim was a young teenage girl who would still be alive had the Prince George’s County Police Department cooperated with ICE.

Insanity has been defined as doing the same things the same way and expecting a different result.

My parents taught me that there are no errors in life, only lessons, provided that we learn from the situations where things go wrong.  However, for them, and for me, ignoring those lessons are utterly unacceptable!

The ICE press release that serves as the predication for my commentary today, noted that although they have issued detainers for aliens charged with a variety of serious violent crimes because of the non-cooperation policies of the police departments in question, it is likely that they will ultimately be released back onto the streets of the communities where they were arrested without appropriate notification being made to ICE.

When individuals are convicted for committing sex crimes they are placed on a registry of sex offenders to protect communities from their depraved and violent conduct.  You would think that all of our leaders in politics and law enforcement would agree that aliens who pose a threat to public safety and/or national security should be handed over to ICE when their jail sentences are completed to protect additional victims.

Check out the pending criminal charges lodged against these aliens below who are being shielded from ICE as noted in the ICE press release:

Montgomery County Detainers Currently Outstanding:

CARBALLOS-Morales, Manuel

Current charge(s): Sex abuse minor, 3 counts of sex offense 3rd degree

Arrest date: April 14, 2019

Detainer issued: April 15, 2019

Projected release date (if available): Unknown

RIVAS-Montano, Juan

Current charge(s): 2 counts Sex abuse minor, 2 counts child abuse molest exploit, 2 counts child abuse-2nd degree: 2 counts house, sex offense 3rd degree, 2 counts assault-2nd degree

Arrest date: November 5, 2019

Detainer issued: November 13, 2019

Projected release date (if available): Unknown

KIDLAT, Jaycob  Current charge(s):

Sex Abuse Minor (5 counts), Rape 2nd degree (9 counts) and Sex Offense 3rd Degree

Arrest date: May 30, 2019

Detainer issued: June 24, 2019

Projected release date (if available): Unknown

Prince George’s County Detainers Currently Outstanding:

MANSARAY, Alpha Ibrahimbah​

Current charge(s): Att 1st Deg Murder/Att 2nd Degree Murder/Assault 1st Degree/Assault 2nd Degree/CDS Possess-Not Marijuana/Possession with Intent To Distribute/Possession of CDS/CDS Possess Paraphernalia/Attempted To Elude Police Officer/Reckless Driving/Operating Vehicle With Unauthorized Window Tinting

Arrest date: September 24, 2019

Detainer issued: September 27, 2019

CABRERA, Luis Miguel

Current charge(s): Child Abuse Physical w/ Death, Child Abuse-Sexual, 2nd Degree Rape

Arrest date: September 10, 2018

Detainer issued: September 10, 2018

Projected release date (if available): Unknown

The oaths that elected officials, members of law enforcement agencies and our military are similar, requiring that they defend the Constitution and our nation to protect our nation and our citizens.  Indeed, frequently local police departments describe their mission statement simply as “To protect and serve.”

The obvious question is who is being protected by insane Sanctuary” policies?  Certainly not the hapless victims of the crimes that criminal aliens commit.

Sanctuary cities not only protect illegal aliens, including those with criminal histories.  In point of fact, Sanctuary Cities Protect Crooked Employers And Human Traffickers.  Exploitation of the vulnerable is anything but compassionate.”

Law enforcement officers are not provided with the latitude to only enforce the laws that they like and ignore those that are not to their liking.  Unlike patrons of restaurants who get to pick and choose from a menu, limiting their order to a few items, law enforcement officers are expected to enforce the laws, all of the laws, faithfully, objectively, fairly and dispassionately.

The biggest issue is that for the wealthy and powerful, the immigration system is not broken.  For them immigration has become a delivery system that delivers an unlimited supply of cheap and easily exploited labor, an unlimited supply of foreign tourists, and nearly unlimited supply of foreign students and finally, and of extreme significance considering that both political parties have members in key positions who are attorneys, an unlimited supply of clients for immigration law firms.

I laid out the magnitude of this underlying motivation for the failures of the immigration system in an extensive article, Sanctuary Country – Immigration failures by design.

The 9/11 Commission identified multiple failures of the immigration system as being directly responsible for the ability of international terrorists to enter the United States and then embed themselves in towns and cities across our nation as they went abMicout their deadly preparations.  The commission was clear that these failures of the immigration system including a lack of border security and the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States figured prominently not just in the terror attacks of 9/11 but in multiple other attacks and attempted attacks in the decade leading up to 9/11.

We have certainly seen additional terror attacks and massive levels of violent and deadly crimes committed by transnational criminals who easily gained entry into the United States and managed to hide in plain sight because of a lack of ICE personnel and resources that have been exponentially exacerbated by “sanctuary policies.”  While the open borders anarchists claim that they seek to “protect the immigrants” from ICE, in reality aliens who abide by our laws need no protection from immigration law enforcement officers.

Today Americans and immigrant communities need protection from two groups of individuals, criminal aliens and the politicians who protect and shield them from ICE.

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VIDEO: State Senator Joe Gruters — ‘Time to Enact e-Verify in Florida!’

In an email Florida State Senator Joe Gruters wrote:

Yesterday, I stood alongside Governor DeSantis and State Representative Cord Byrd in The Villages as the Governor called on the legislature to pass e-Verify during our approaching legislative session.

Having successfully passed and watched my Sanctuary City Ban legislation be signed into law earlier this year, I am fired up to help pass another importance piece of legislation combating illegal immigration in Florida.

Please read the article below and consider sharing it on social media. The more citizens that demand the passage of e-Verify, the better our chances are to enact it.

Thank you for being informed & engaged!

Joe Gruters
Florida State Senator

Watch the press conference with Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Gruters:

In a FloridaPolitics.com article titled Ron DeSantis wants E-Verify bill in 2020 for ‘public safety’ Renzo Downey reports:

Gov. Ron DeSantis asked the Legislature Monday to send him a bill this coming Session to require employers make E-Verify checks, saying it would make Florida communities safer.

Republicans Sen. Joe Gruters and Rep. Cord Byrd joined DeSantis in The Villages for the announcement. Gruters, chair of the Florida GOP, is co-sponsoring Sen. Tom Lee’s E-Verify requirement bill (SB 664) while Byrd intends to file a House counterpart.

“The reason this is so timely is twofold — It’s about fairness for lawful immigrants and native-born workers, and it’s about public safety,” DeSantis said.

Read more.

Many of those running for public office in the Florida House, Senate and for Governor have promised to implement E-Verify statewide. It appears that the E-Verify requirement bill (SB 664) is the best chance yet that it will become law statewide.

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Bloomberg Bought Virginia Legislators Introduce Confiscatory Gun Ban

Michael Bloomberg’s bought and paid for Virginia legislators have wasted no time introducing legislation that would make the Old Dominion’s gun laws worse than those of the billionaire’s home state of New York.

SB 16, introduced by Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, would create a total ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, like the AR-15. Even worse, the ban would even extend to common firearm parts. The restrictions included in the proposed legislation does not grandfather current owners. The legislation is clearly designed to be firearms confiscation, as current owners would be forced to dispossess themselves of their property or face a felony conviction.

Saslaw’s legislation provides,

It is unlawful for any person to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport an assault firearm.

Otherwise law-abiding gun owners found in possession of an “assault firearm,” even one they purchased prior to the ban, could be convicted of a Class 6 felony. A Class 6 felony is punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment.

The legislation lays out several criteria by which a firearm would be defined as an “assault firearm.” This includes,

  • A semi-automatic centerfire rifle with a fixed magazine with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.
  • A semi-automatic centerfire rifle with a detachable magazine that has one of the following characteristics:

(i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the rifle; (iii) a thumbhole stock; (iv) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (v) a bayonet mount; (vi) a grenade launcher; (vii) a flare launcher; (viii) a silencer; (ix) a flash suppressor; (x) a muzzle brake; (xi) a muzzle compensator; (xii) a threaded barrel… or (xiii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (xii)

  • A semi-automatic centerfire pistol with a fixed magazine capacity greater than 10 rounds.
  • A semi-automatic centerfire pistol with a detachable magazine that has one of the following characteristics:

(i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a thumbhole stock; (iii) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (iv) the capacity to accept a magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip; (v) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the pistol with the non-trigger hand without being burned; (vi) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; (vii) a threaded barrel… or (viii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (vii);

  • A shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
  • A semi-automatic shotgun with one of the following characteristics:

(i) a folding or telescoping stock, (ii) a thumbhole stock, (iii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the shotgun, (iv) the ability to accept a detachable magazine, (v) a fixed magazine capacity in excess of seven rounds, or (vi) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (v).

With this definition, SB 16 would outlaw America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15, along with countless other rifles, pistols, and shotguns that Virginians use for hunting, target shooting, and self-defense.

A knowledgeable firearms owner will take a look at the ridiculous definition and realize that such ham-handed legislation must be born out of petty vindictiveness or a complete ignorance of firearm technology, as there is no logical public safety rationale.

For example, the legislation is so broad that it would ban hunting guns like the Mossberg 935 Turkey shotgun for its “pistol grip.”

The ban would prohibit the possession of guns like this Model SP-10 Magnum Thumbhole Camo due to its thumbhole stock.

The ban would also capture guns such as this version of the Browning BAR Mark II Safari hunting rifle, as it has a detachable box magazine and a muzzle brake.

Moreover, the “any characteristic of like kind” language that appears after each list of prohibited features introduces an unacceptable vagueness into the definition of what does or does not constitute an “assault firearm.” Law-abiding gun owners would be forced to prophesy just how a court might interpret those unclear provisions.

As bad and senseless as the prohibition on certain firearms is, the proposed ban on firearm parts truly shows how Michael Bloomberg is cashing in on his political investment.

The legislation provides,

“Assault firearm” includes any part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert, modify, or otherwise alter a firearm into an assault firearm, or any combination of parts that may be readily assembled into an assault firearm.

This passage would appear to make all of the firearm parts listed under the various feature tests in and of themselves “assault firearms” and therefore prohibited. As the individual part is treated as an “assault firearm,” possession of such a part would be punishable in the same manner as a prohibited firearm, as a Class 6 felony.

Many firearms are modular. For instance, the same muzzle brake or flash suppressor could be used to turn a semi-automatic firearm into an “assault firearm” under the bill’s definition, or it could be used by a hunter or precision rifle shooter on their bolt-action rifle.

In recent years the popularity of the AR-15 platform has led to the adoption of AR-15 parts in other types of firearms. An example of this trend is the Ruger Precision Rimfire rifle. The firearm is a bolt-action rimfire rifle that accepts an AR-15 pistol grip. As the pistol grip part is a prohibited feature on a semi-automatic rifle that can accept a detachable magazine and is designed for use on a prohibited AR-15, the mere grip itself could be banned under this legislation.

SB 16 also bans the importation, sale, and transfer of standard capacity firearm magazines that are designed to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Many handguns commonly-owned by law-abiding citizens for concealed carry come standard with magazines that would be banned. Otherwise law-abiding gun owners who violate the magazine provision could be found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail.

All Virginia gun owners must organize to fight against Bloomberg-backed gun confiscation in the Old Dominion. In the coming days NRA will keep gun owners apprised of the latest developments in Richmond and the actions necessary to defend the right to keep and bear arms. In the meantime, please sign up to volunteer to help defeat this and other terrible legislation.

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PODCAST: The Impeachment Investigation — Middle Finger Politics — The Lie Of Socialism!

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TOPIC: The Impeachment Investigation

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4 Big Questions About the IG Report on FBI Surveillance of Trump Campaign

An internal watchdog’s report on Justice Department surveillance of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign is slated to arrive in early December—about the same time as a likely House vote on whether to impeach the president.

“Now what you’re going to see, I predict, will be perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country,” Trump said Friday of the pending report from the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Trump commented on the expected report and House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry in a phone interview with “Fox & Friends.”

Here is what’s known about what will happen next.


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1. What’s Going to Be in IG Report?

The report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the FBI’s actions in obtaining a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page will be released Dec. 9. Horowitz is scheduled to testify two days later before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The inpector general’s investigation reportedly will conclude that an FBI lawyer wrongfully altered an email regarding the application for the FISA warrant. The lawyer previously had expressed a strong anti-Trump bias, according to news reports.

However, these news reports say, Horowitz determined that there were proper legal grounds to seek the FISA warrant.

 2. Who Is Kevin Clinesmith?

The FBI lawyer in question reportedly is Kevin Clinesmith, who was identified as “Attorney 2” in the June 2018 inspector general’s report about the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to do official business as secretary of state.

Clinesmith worked with line FBI agents on the surveillance warrants targeting Page.

The coming report is expected to conclude that Clinesmith altered an email message that he received from another federal official. The report is expected to say that the FBI lawyer sent the altered message to supervisors who were working to obtain the FISA warrant, without informing them of the changes he made.

After Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Clinesmith sent a text message saying he was “just devastated,” and that “it’s just hard not to feel like the FBI caused some of this,” according to the previous inspector general’s report regarding the Clinton email probe.

Clinesmith’s texts apparently were referring to the FBI’s brief reopening of its email investigation weeks before Election Day.

“I am so stressed about what I could have done differently,” he also says in a text message.

In another message, Clinesmith wrote of Trump: “This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also [Vice President Mike] Pence is stupid.”

In another text exchange, Clinesmith wrote, “Viva le resistance.”

The IG report referred to the sender of these texts as “Attorney 2,” but he is widely reported to be Clinesmith.

At the time, Clinesmith said he only was expressing his personal views, which he said did not affect his work.

Clinesmith was part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team investigating a potential conspiracy between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. The probe found no evidence of conspiracy.

Clinesmith worked for the FBI’s National Security Branch, reporting to then-General Counsel James A. Baker, who also came under scrutiny for sharing classified information with the media. Baker was replaced and reassigned in December 2017, then resigned from the FBI in May 2018.

Baker reportedly met with a lawyer from Perkins Coie, the Seattle-based law firm representing the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election cycle.

3. How Does IG Report Affect Impeachment?

The IG report doesn’t have any legal connection with House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.

The lawmakers accuse Trump of pressuring the Ukraine government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in exchange for $391 million in congressionally approved military assistance.

However, the report due Dec. 9 could tie into a larger political narrative, said Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

“I don’t know exactly what to expect from the IG report, and I expect we’ll learn more,” Flaherty told The Daily Signal. “It does appear it will be critical of the anti-Trump sentiment in the DOJ and will help balance the debate.”

“The IG report is a vehicle for information that Adam Schiff does not want to talk about,” he said, referring to the California Democrat who is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s point man on impeachment as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Some Trump defenders contend that many of the allegations of the impeachment inquiry involve appointed State Department and intelligence officials having a policy disagreement with the president.

The IG report could buttress accounts of a bureaucratic push against Trump by appointed Justice Department officials during the campaign and after the election, said Curt Levey, a constitutional lawyer and president of the Committee for Justice, a conservative legal group.

“Even if the IG report demonstrates many felonies from inside the Justice Department, it doesn’t have anything to do with the impeachment investigation of Trump,” Levey told The Daily Signal. “What it could do is tie into a broader skepticism of the entire Trump impeachment process, and the perceptions it’s about getting Trump.”

4. How Will IG Report Affect Criminal Probe?

While the IG’s findings could have at best an indirect political effect on the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, they directly affect U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham’s criminal investigation into government surveillance of the Trump campaign.

As inspector general, Horowitz cannot bring criminal charges or issue subpoenas. Durham, who has a reputation for being a tough prosecutor in public corruption cases, can do both.

“Will the IG report show there was a major law enforcement effort to stop Trump? Was it illegal?” Levey said. “There is a lot of activity that is horrible, such as the Peter Strzok-Lisa Page texts. It was fireable, but it wasn’t illegal. With the FISA court, it depends. We might find something shocking, but [that] isn’t actually illegal.”

Levey noted that many investigations that are hyped—such as the Mueller probe—turned out to be duds.

Regardless of that, both sides should be concerned that federal law enforcement could be motivated by politics and attempt to influence an election, Flaherty said.

“It remains to be seen whether Horowitz’s testimony will be a general tongue-lashing or lead to indictments for wrongdoing,” Flaherty said.

Flaherty said he anticipates that Durham, in the ongoing criminal probe, will bring charges for making false statements to investigators and obstructing justice.

“I don’t think Durham will issue a report,” Flaherty said. “If we are going to see a narrative, it will come in the form of indictments.”

COLUMN BY

Fred Lucas

Fred Lucas is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast. Lucas is also the author of “Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections.” Send an email to Fred. Twitter: @FredLucasWH.

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Impeachment Trump vs Deep State – What’s Next?

We are now officially told by the President and by members of Congress that the long anticipated IGII FISA report will be released to the public on December 9, 2019. Timing and optics. The time has come.  We also are told that the IG Horowitz will be testifying before committee on December 11, 2019. This changes everything. This is now being treated as a criminal investigation. There will be indictments, charges and justice will be served.  IG Hororwitz, AG Barr and John Durham are now ready. Remember this, the hunters have now become the hunted. Let’s have a look at this.

Current Scene

The impeachment approach was DOA out of the gate soon as Schiff did his parody before the American people with the release of the transcripts by President Trump, oops-too late! And yes, Schiff will be indicted. This “sick puppy” is in serious trouble. What they have on him will make you sick. It’s coming folks, it’s coming.

As recent history has shown the world, this impeachment farce further imploded upon the deep state, the dems. and the fake news media. No witnesses, just disgruntled chosen operatives with no facts, no evidence whatsoever to lay a case for impeachment. All they did through this circus show, is implicate themselves and others. What a wonderful thing when your enemy is destroying themselves. Furthermore as part of this circus  and story telling hour led by treasonous Adam Schiff, is the manner in which it has been and is being conducted. Making rules along the way, changing the rules once broken and so forth and so on. There never was an official whistle blower and there never was anything to whistle blow. I stated this on October 9, 2019 in an interview with RT America. I enter at time marker 8:46

President Trump was on FOX NEWS last week just after the last impeachment circus charade basically stated that the upcoming FISA report will be “historic” and that this will be the biggest scandal in the history of our nation. We recently heard from Mark Levin, Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr and even Geraldo Rivera and so many others, who concur and conclude that this is in fact another sham, another failed attempt to remove and prevent the re-election of President Trump. Everything the deep state, the Democrats and the fake news media are doing is collapsing in on on them. The self created cascading avalanche that I have been talking about has just reached a new level. Wait until the second and third week of December!

Twelve Step Program

On June 13, 2018, I wrote an article tilted “Scale of Discovery and Action“. You can read the article. Below is the twelve step program which was discussed in the article. I bring this to your attention because we are now solidly at steps 6, 7 and 8 as forecast by me way back when, (in the thick of the seemingly hopeless Mueller investigation), with steps 9, 10, 11 and 12 on the near term horizon (2020 and beyond).

  1. We discover that something is not quite right and not quite good.
  2. Ask ourselves – Why all this havoc and chaos?
  3. Who is creating this?
  4. How are they creating it?
  5. Where are they geographically located?
  6. Expose their crimes and transgressions.
  7. Convene probes, investigations, grand juries and hearings.
  8. Conduct trials and or military tribunals.
  9. Enforce the law and the Constitution.
  10. Charge the individuals with their crimes.
  11. Hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law including execution if necessary for high crimes and treason.
  12. Eliminate and take all powers away from the Deep State and put in measures to prevent this from ever occurring again.

Winning With Impeachment

As stated above, the impeachment was DOA. Another set of reasons, besides what was mentioned above at the onset of this article to consider is, this charade has opened up Pandora’s Box. They boxed themselves in. Can you say “Burisma”? Had they known Trump was to release the transcripts, I bet they never would have proceeded, well at least not with the talking points they proceeded with. They would have conjured up some other angle, some other hoax. Too late. So they are dammed if they do and they are damned if they don’t.

If they do not go for a vote in the house following the impeachment inquiry hoax, well they lose. No impeachment. Egg all over their face. End of story. If they do proceed with a vote, A) They may not get enough votes in the house although I think they would) and B) This opens up the flood gates to an absolute victory for Trump and the Patriots. Why? Because this then allows for the Republicans in the senate to call upon witnesses under oath for questioning. Witnesses like Joe and Hunter Biden, Adam Schiff, and scores and scores of others. Lights out-game over. Senate hearings as part of impeachment alone would bring down the house. I discussed this on impeachment hearing eve with Will Johnson of Firepower. I enter here at time marker 1:06:36.

If it goes to a vote in the House and passes, it is DOA in the Senate and the President will NOT be removed from office and furthermore the “scar” of impeachment by the dems. in the house may be stricken from the records in due time because of the fact that how it was conducted was unconstitutional, and illegal.

Carry on Patriots we are winning with impeachment either way it goes. And yes, barring assassination (God forbid), and or rigging the election against Trump successfully this time vs. the unsuccessful 2016 attempt that I wrote about in a ground breaking and revealing chapter in my book, “Trump and the Resurrection of America“, as long as we do our part and vote and get others to do the same, it will be an historical popular vote and electoral college landslide for President Trump’s re-election. Then there is Don Jr’s. eight years, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

What’s Next?

So what’s next? Like I have commented on for quite some time in my articles and in my public speaking engagements, we can expect the following.

  • Actual suicides
  • More “suicided’s”
  • People becoming “fatally ill”
  • The guilty ratting each other out – every man and woman for themselves
  • More False Flags some of magnitude
  • Additional coup attempts and endless baseless attacks as last ditching desperate efforts
  • Potential take down of the robust economy and stock market valuations
  • More assassination plots and attempts will be thwarted and most not reported through mainstream channels

We must remember that AG Barr has re-instated the death penalty for a reason, (punishment for elected officials found guilty of treason is execution), and will take his battle to the Supreme Court if he must and he will win. We must also take note that Military Tribunals may soon be live streamed for the world to see. Yes, in my view there will be executions and prison for many. This will begin in 2020 and carry on for some years to come.

A key step towards the final blow to the Fake News (of which many will also be implicated due to their aiding and abetting a treasonous coup based upon their knowingly reporting of false information as journalists thus violating US Sec. Codes 2384 Seditious Conspiracy and 2385 Advocating the Overthrow of a Government), will be the airing of all this for the people of the world to see. Then they will know. So buckle down, real evil, sick and ugly things are being revealed. From dark, to light. Remember this is Trump, truth and the age of transparency. The rule of law reset has begun.

Remember This As We move Forward Now

We have IGII FISA report coming out in less than three weeks now. Then there is the Epstein case. This alone will bring down the deep state as I have written about long ago that pedophilia is the Achilles Heel of the deep state.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has been nailed and this opens up the heart of the matter with UK Royalty and will lead to the Mossad and others as well. We will soon see former President Clinton and scores of politicians left and right and on a global basis, the Hollywood elites, corporate executives, people in the media and so on, we will see them for who and what they are, criminals, Satan worshipers and pedophiles. You see, although Epstein has been “suicided”, we have the flight logs, NSA files, scores of witness reporting in daily, pictures and films. Oh yes films. You see Epstein had cameras everywhere. What ammunition this is to be released at the right time. They are in serious trouble and global support is coming soon for President Trump.

So there is IGII FISA, Epstein files and whichever direction this impeachment hoax takes us, we win. They are all going down. It’s either us or them and now the tables have turned. The hunters have become the hunted. Get ready for the show of a lifetime. You have a front row seat.

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This battle will rage on for the rest of our lives. Pray for our President and his family. No Trump-no hope. What we do right here, right now is for posterity. So when your children and grandchildren ask you “What were you doing when the global governance was being thrust down the throat of America and the world, what will your answer be? Freedom, it’s up to U.S.

House Democrats Make Impeachment a ‘Third-Rate Circus’

Editor’s note: House Democrats’ drive to impeach President Donald Trump sparks some strong sentiments from The Daily Signal’s audience. Here’s a sampling.—Ken McIntyre

Dear Daily Signal: I just read Katrina Trinko’s podcast interview with Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky on House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, and found it to be very enlightening (“Impeachment Evidence Not Even Close to Bribery, Heritage Legal Expert Says”). This Trump impeachment process is being handled exactly as von Spakovsky pointed out.

The problem I see is that the people of this country don’t know the legal powers of the president to do the kinds of things he is being accused of. I talked about this very thing with von Spakovsky at Heritage Action for America’s Regional Sentinel Summit a few weeks ago in Atlanta.

I always have depended on the vision and insight of our Founding Fathers to address any issue or problems this country has faced in the past and faces today. I have found that they already anticipated what the future would bring, but in the case of the impeachment process I think they made a mistake.


Congress is moving to impeach the president. But will their plan to remove him from office succeed? Find out more now >>


Our judicial system has someone in place who is supposed to be impartial, to make sure the laws are followed and that everyone gets a fair trial by judge and/or jury. In this case, however, we have the leader of the prosecution in charge of initiating a (fair) hearing and the defense being denied due process.

Hans von Spakovsky is right about what the Democrats are doing and right about what the president is doing. I just hope people recognize that these Democrats, while saying we must stand by our Constitution and support the principles our Founding Fathers established, are doing everything in their power to overturn our Constitution and replace it with a form of democratic socialism.

As president, Barack Obama pushed us toward socialism as no other president has, and the socialist Democrats would have really advanced if Hillary Clinton had been elected.—James V. Burnette, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Dear Daily Signal: I want to thank Fred Lucas for his daily summary report in The Daily Signal on the House impeachment hearings. I can’t force myself to suffer through this third-rate circus.

I also think Lucas deserves a long vacation once this is over. Call it PTSD prevention. Sitting and listening to this all day is like being forced to ride It’s a Small World at Disney World continuously all day long.—Stephen Regan, M.D., Lancaster, N.H.

***

As a practicing attorney for over 50 years, I have been deeply concerned about due process in reading and watching about the House’s impeachment proceedings.

Your article (“Everything You Need to Know About What’s Happening in Impeachment Process”) helped clear up some confusion on my part, but much remains. Thank you.—Alan J. Steinberg, St. Louis, Mo.

Dear Daily Signal: President Trump’s following on Twitter reached 66.6 million early this month. Given the apocryphal interpretation of this number, it might not hurt to ground its significance in some basic facts.

A few months ago, the size of Trump’s Twitter following broke his popular vote total in the 2016 election. Ever since, that number has been growing at a rate of over 34,000 a day.

Like clockwork, the number ticks up by 100,000 new followers every three days. Or a million a month. This has been happening regardless of the news of the day.

No matter what the latest impeachment accusation, charges of foreign policy incompetence, or cries of unpresidential behavior, Trump’s Twitter followers keep coming.

They show no signs of stopping, so if this trend continues, he will have over 78 million followers by Election Day 2020.

I am a retired software engineer, a former entrepreneur, and a writer of novels for middle-graders and young adults.

Not all of the president’s Twitter followers will be voters, or even Trump supporters, but the bulk of them probably are. Which means that every day, tens of thousands of voters are joining Trump’s coalition and are interested in hearing what he has to say.

No matter how they spin it, this is not good news for Democrats. Trump already has more Twitter followers than voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Those numbers did no good for Hillary, since evidently no one bothered to tell her about the Electoral College.

But it’s a good bet that Trump’s supporters are representative of the overall population, rather than the main population centers where Hillary focused her campaign.

Aside from sheer numbers, this trend highlights another fact. People like to read Trump’s tweets. They must, or they would not be subscribing to his Twitter feed at this staggering rate.

Maybe it is because Trump is giving them the real news. Every day. Without spin. Without hedging. Without lying. Without scripting.

He’s the first president in history to do this. Now we sometimes get the news before The New York Times or The Washington Post.

You know what? This is real freedom of speech. And we love it.—Rudy Vener, North Haven, Conn.

Dear Daily Signal: Nancy Pelosi is the queen of impeachment. The Trump impeachment process is often compared to the Nixon or Clinton impeachments. It is, however, more similar to the Bush impeachment effort.

Pelosi has been the House speaker or the Democratic leader for three years with President Donald Trump, and for every one of those years her caucus has tried to impeach the president. She may seem to be a reluctant impeacher, but prayers and exhibitions of inner turmoil aside, she is a politician who has determined that impeachment is a legitimate political tool.

It is not the first time she has used this tool. She used impeachment against President George W. Bush, and is now using it against Trump. That constitutes a pattern.

Pelosi’s first voted impeachment effort came when she was House speaker and Bush was in the White House. That vote, referring articles of impeachment (House Resolution 1258) to the House Judiciary Committee, occurred June 11, 2008.

The referral of articles of impeachment to the Judiciary Committee has yet to occur in the Trump impeachment effort.

Pelosi had been House speaker since January 2007, when the impeachment of Bush was already in high demand.

In 2005, Rep. John Conyers introduced House Resolution 635 to investigate wartime issues to determine whether impeachment was warranted. It failed, and further efforts were not supported by Pelosi, then the minority leader.

Democrats continued efforts to impeach Bush until Pelosi approved the vote on HR 1258 vote. The pattern of reluctance before approval was at work then and is at work now.

The Constitution’s provision for impeachment has been interpreted by Democrats and Republicans as appropriate for high crimes and misdemeanors, but not for political goals. The Bush impeachment effort speaks to a different interpretation.

The 35 articles of impeachment for Bush included articles on 9/11, the Iraq War, Medicare, global warming, use of signing statements, wiretapping, war with Iran, obstruction of justice (Valerie Plame), imprisoning children, and others.

It was a laundry list of points of disagreement that Democrats had with President Bush, not high crimes and misdemeanors. Pelosi presided over this vote, once again reluctant and once again moving forward despite her reluctance.

It seems she is not so reluctant to use impeachment after all.—James Smith, Virginia

Dear Daily Signal: What a scam. We have the best president we’ve ever had, who follows his heart, listens to the people, has done what he promised or is attempting to with all the distractions and hatred toward him by those in our government who want to rule the people, not lead the people.

To destroy our nation with lies, deceit, injustices, all the things that “We the People” have had to endure with nearly every other president in our history.

If President Trump were allowed to actually do his job instead of fighting the indignities of these people who are distracting our nation from realities, he could do some incredible things to make our country look great again, instead of being the laughingstock of the world.—Kacee Hayden

***

Dear Daily Signal: As chief point man for President Barack Obama in U.S. energy policy, Vice President Joe Biden used taxpayers’ money in the form of a $1.2 billion loan guarantee as leverage to interfere in the internal affairs of a foreign nation, Ukraine.

We saw the forced firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who apparently was investigating Biden’s son, Hunter, and his relationship with a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch’s energy company, Burisma.

Biden’s act of extorting influence from Ukrainian officials is on tape. His mandate: Either fire the prosecutor or no loan guarantee.

Yet both the mainstream media and many Democrats continue their collective state of denial of this pressurized wrongdoing in spite of a treaty between the United States and Ukraine to investigate corrupt practices.

This entire Ukraine mess fails to even begin to pass the smell test.

And all President Trump wanted in that July 25 call to Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was a favor: that Zelenskyy “look into” this corruption thing. Looking into something is not tantamount to digging up dirt. When does a favor become a threat?

Before releasing almost $400 million of taxpayers’ money to a Ukrainian government reputed for corruption, Trump wanted due diligence. There was no quid pro quo, as the transcript of the call manifests.

House Democrats’ entire impeachment process can only be characterized as one of the most colossal examples of legislative malfeasance perpetrated upon the American people in the history of the republic.

The clowns on Capitol Hill have yet to legislate fiscal year 2020 spending levels for agencies, departments, and programs of the federal government. These should have been in place and signed into law by the president by no later than Oct. 1.

A week before Thanksgiving, these politicians had yet to do anything toward completing the authorization and appropriations process, including funding for the armed forces.

As the House played its ongoing impeachment games, the Senate considered sending a stopgap spending bill back to the House for a vote to avoid another moronic government shutdown as the money runs out.—Earl Beal, Terre Haute, Ind.

Dear Daily Signal: No one seems to notice that the Drudge Report has been moving to the left on President Trump for a couple of months—the viewpoints/links lead to stories that favor the “resistance.”

One example is Drudge links on Nov. 17. There was no story that says that, so far, there is no evidence of impeachable offenses. Drudge was reporting anti-Trump stories, but seemed to be spiking viewpoints that counter the left’s bashing.

Either Matt Drudge has been letting someone else edit his page, or he has moved left in an effort to be more objective. Which is it?  If the latter, he’s gone too far, by spiking conservative voters’ viewpoints.—Lanelle Bracher Samms

***

The Democrats have decided they will prevail in taking over the government through a constant barrage of accusations and proceedings.

The American people are not interested. However, the average person on the street parrots the BS he or she has been fed. Very few ask important questions such as “Why doesn’t this add up?”

The long-term goal is to sacrifice a few Democrats in vulnerable places and take over the government by solidifying the stupidity everywhere else. Keep the focus on how bad President Trump is, and communism will prevail.

Barack Obama had a childhood mentor with a KBG handler, and remained chummy with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Hillary Clinton has close ties to those in the former Soviet Union. Nonetheless, the cry against Trump is “Russian collusion.”—Arthur Solvang, Willow, Alaska

***

As we heard in EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony Wednesday in the House impeachment inquiry, he clearly stated that President Trump told him he wanted “no quid pro quo” from Ukraine.

So why did The Wall Street Journal indicate the opposite in its lead story the next day? The sub-head states: “Sondland cites ‘quid pro quo’ between Ukraine probes and a meeting with the president.”

Why the biased coverage?—Kay Carson, Florida

***

Why can’t we impeach Nancy Pelosi? Surely real reasons can be found, including incompetence, obstruction of government functions, mental and moral insufficiency, and constitutional ignorance.

This tiresome and vicious interference with the smooth running of our country requires more than a timid pushback. A strong offensive is required, not martyrdom.—Elizabeth Ward Nottrodt, Baltimore

Chick-fil-A’s New Charities

Dear Daily Signal: Thank you for Daniel Davis’ outstanding commentary article with regard to Fortune 500 companies “driving” the culture war, and trying to out-virtue signal each other (“Chick-Fil-A, Your Compromise is Demoralizing”).

That’s exactly what’s happening, and its poisoning our culture and making it unfit for children. Davis’s analysis is accurate and his use of words to describe it excellent. Maybe it will convince Chick-fil-A to reconsider.—Randy Malcom, Limon, Colo.

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I expect The New York Times or CNN or MSNBC to put words in the mouths of others, but the news article about Chick-fil-A [from The Daily Caller News Foundation] is not up to the normal standards of The Heritage Foundation (“Chick-Fil-A to Stop Donating to Charities Criticized by LGBT Activists”). I believe I will reconsider my giving patterns.

I am disappointed in the headline; the article was better, but the headline is eerily similar to all elements of the mainstream media.. Sad.

How about a headline like “Chick-Fil-A Reevaluates Charitable Giving” or “Chick-Fil-A Foundation Announces New Charitable Giving Plans”? Or many other options.

My point, in part, is that The Heritage Foundation normally avoids such; it shares clear facts without mixing emotional content or making editorial comments.

In this case, in my opinion, the word choice was not totally accurate, as the refocus of Chick-fil-A’s giving priorities may include educational entities that hold to values aligned with those of, say, the Salvation Army. Think: Will all entities supported at some point by Chick-fil-A’s giving never be opposed by the LGBT activists?—John Bole

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Regarding Chick-fil-A’s decision, I’m contacting you to say that the Salvation Army supports homosexuals too. I am not opposed to feeding the hungry, including homosexuals. However, when it comes to giving them special rights, I am against it.

You have to draw the line. If you are a true Christian organization, you should not go beyond the giving of food as well as the giving of biblical direction.

If an organization such as the Salvation Army allows special rights to homosexuals, and doesn’t stand their ground, then they have truly caved in to the homosexual agenda.

If homosexuals are given special rights and privileges, with no one to speak out against their wickedness, then this allows for the continuation of their perverted ways. And because of the Salvation Army’s nondiscrimination policy and their desire not to speak out against homosexuality, that makes them hypocritical and they are in opposition to God’s holy word.

We as Christians are fighting against those who oppose God. We should not be funding those who oppose him.—Lisa Jenkins

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Thank you for Daniel Davis’ commentary, “Chick-Fil-A, Your Compromise is Demoralizing.”  The compromise Chick-fil-A made because of pressure brought by LGBT activists saddened me greatly.

I immediately recalled Genesis 19:4-11, the account of homosexual men coming to Lot’s house for the two men (angels) who were in the house. The homosexual men pressed hard against Lot to have the two men brought out to them so they could “know” them.

One of the angels pulled Lot back into the house and caused blindness to strike the men, making them weary of trying to find the door to Lot’s house.

I think that Scripture accurately depicts LGBT activists’ push against Chick-fil-A. However, neither the president or chief financial officer know Ezekiel 3:8-9, in which God states that he will make their face strong against the faces of their adversaries, and their foreheads strong as adamant stone against the flint faces of their adversaries.

As Davis pointed out in his article, Chick-fil-A has chosen to serve mammon rather than God. Unfortunately, mammon will not serve the company well. It is a huge mistake to run to the world for help. God is the only source of help we need. He never fails to provide for all of our needs in accordance with his riches in glory through Christ Jesus.

Therefore, God can meet the growth goals Chick-fil-A desires if management will seek him. God can put the company’s outlets in places that appear to be impossible to go and make them successful there.—Homer Crothers

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Fears That Citizenship Question Would Lower Response Rates Fizzle Out

One of the primary arguments made by those opposed to including a citizenship question on the 2020 census was that doing so would deter Hispanics, Asian-Americans, and other immigrants from participating. Preliminary results from the 2019 Census Test conducted this summer actually show it would have little impact on response rates.

“The major finding of the test was that there was no difference in self-response rates between forms with and forms without a citizenship question,” said Dr. Victoria A. Velkoff, the Bureau’s associate director of Demographic Programs, in an Oct. 31 blog post explaining the findings.

“Self-response rates from this test were similar to other mid-decade tests, including the 2018 Census Test conducted in Providence County, RI, which had a 52.3 percent self-response rate,” she continued.

For the households that received the questionnaire without the citizenship question, the response rate was 52 percent, while the response rate for those asked about citizenship, it was 51.5 percent, which falls within the standard statistical error range.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ March 2018 announcement that a question about citizenship status would again be included on the decennial census questionnaire was met with fearful rhetoric and lawsuits.

“This is a brazen attempt by the Trump administration to cheat on the census, to undermine the accuracy of the census and to attack states that have large immigrant populations — states, most of which just happen to be Democratic states,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) at an April 2018 press conference announcing the first lawsuit challenging the question’s inclusion.

New York’s Democratic Attorney General Letitia James predicted in April 2019 that “this question would incite widespread fear in immigrant communities and greatly impair the accuracy of the Census.”

After numerous lawsuits and lower court rulings, the Supreme Court heard arguments and issued a decision in June 2019 agreeing that the question itself is constitutional, but the pretext for adding it offered by Ross was not.

The Census Bureau moved ahead in June  with plans to ask almost 480,000 households in the U.S. to fill out test questionnaires  – some with and some without a question about citizenship.

The randomized test measured the impact of the inclusion of a citizenship question on self-response rates for the purposes of allowing the Census Bureau improve its plans for performing follow-ups with nonresponding households and public communications.

In July, President Trump announced he was abandoning efforts to get the question included by other regulatory means,

The report found no difference between forms with and without a citizenship question for internet and telephone self-response rates. With regard to those mail responses, the response rate for forms without the citizenship question were an insignificant 0.3 percent higher.

The results likely will not be enough to convince opponents. Responding to the results, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed suit against the Commerce Department, asserted that “There’s not enough information in today’s blog post to understand what precisely it means.”

Somehow, it is hard to believe there will ever be “enough information” to satisfy activist critics.

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While Americans sometimes take their democracy for granted, turnout shouldn’t be a problem in Hong Kong this Sunday. That’s when the region heads to the polls to choose their local leaders. Normally, foreign affairs reporter Gordon Chang pointed out, the district elections don’t attract very much attention. This time around, things are different. Five months into Hong Kong’s violent protests, the people want to be heard. And not just about their districts. About everything.Despite political banners in tatters and fears that Sunday’s elections will invite even more clashes with police, the people of Hong Kong plan to show up in force this weekend. “It’s is one of the few avenues we have left to express our voice,” said Lokman Tsui, a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong: “When you are continually and structurally being disenfranchised, you hold onto any right you have left.”

Thousands of miles away, American leaders are doing everything they can to give the locals more leverage. Led by congressmen like Chris Smith (R-N.J.), who’s been trying since 2014 to pass a bill just like it, the Hong Kong Rights and Democracy Act sailed through both chambers and is on its way to the president’s desk. What it does, Chris explained on “Washington Watch,” is lets China know that if they don’t support an autonomous Hong Kong, all of the special benefits and protections they currently enjoy will go away.

“When China got Hong Kong back from the U.K. they made solemn promises that Hong Kong would be autonomous–that human rights, as you and I understand [them]… would be enjoyed. [T]he basic law reads like our own Constitution. It’s just in the Bill of Rights. It is wonderfully written. And now it’s eroding under the current dictator, who wants to take religious oppression to Hong Kong itself.” But America has leverage, Smith explains. “Its economy is based on exports. Without exports, it will implode. We can impact those exports in a very serious way if we say there’s conditionality to having that special status for Hong Kong.”

Unfortunately, Chris pointed out, a lot of these problems started years ago when America gave away its biggest bargaining chip. “Bill Clinton gave away everything [with the permanent most favored nation trade status],” he lamented. “He was weak and vacillating. And in May of 1994, he delinked human rights from trade. And that’s when the Chinese government took the view of the United States that all we care about is profits and that the rule of law… and especially fundamental, universally recognized human rights are all negotiable. So he gave away the store. I believe May 26, 1994 was a day, frankly, we lost China.”

He’s right. Most people truly believed that trade would change China. And unfortunately, trade ended up changing American business more than China. We have sports leagues like the NBA refusing to speak up, because the regime threated to pull their pre-season games. Then there’s Hollywood, who’s embracing censorship as an acceptable price of putting more movies in Chinese theaters. Then there are American businesses, building factories with what can only be described as slave labor.

“People went on thinking if we just trade a little more, somehow China will matriculate from dictatorship to democracy. That has not happened. They’re now a global threat. And a threat to their own people. It’s unconscionable. The Uyghur Muslims, the Christians, the house church movement. [China is] on a tear. And Hong Kong is next.”


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VIDEO: Latest Islamist Tactic to Undermine Programs Preventing Extremism

Is it just an Islamist response to call programs preventing extremism part of the surveillance state — or is there more to it?

The answer may depend on which country we’re discussing and who is being brought to the table to have that discussion.

Over in the UK, Roundtable recently hosted a conversation that brought together four experts in the field — two of them Muslim — to talk about the progress and pitfalls of programs to prevent extremism.

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While there is a concern in the UK to make sure prevention programming doesn’t unfairly spotlight Muslims, the same standards don’t necessarily apply in the U.S.

To date, there is no national umbrella organization in the  U.S. for countering violent extremism as there is in the UK.

There is also no cohesive conversation on genuine concerns that can arise in such a space.

Yet in the U.S., instead of a conversation that moves the needle, we have Islamists and their allies setting the tone without participation from non-Islamist Muslims — meaning,  there is no nuance or balance in that conversation.

The most recent of these narrow dialogues will be hosted by the Muslim Student Association on November 25, 2019, in Minneapolis Minnesota. Speakers include Jaylani Hussein, CAIR-Minnesota’s Director, and Hassan Shibly, CAIR-Florida’s Director.

Hussein is a known provocateur and disrupter in Minneapolis. In 2017, he refused to condemn the terrorist organization Hamas. Hussein operates a CAIR chapter which includes members who have openly lamented that Hitler wasn’t alive to “add more casualties” to the Holocaust.

Two months ago, Hussein faced further public humiliation after the U.S. Census Bureau backed out of a town hall with CAIR-Minnesota after public backlash.

The director of CAIR-Florida, Hassan Shiblyis on record as saying that Hezbollah isn’t a terrorist organization. He supports sharia law for Muslim-majority countries. Shibly also entertains conspiracy theories that the U.S. government and Israel frame Muslims for terrorism. He twice posted a video on his Facebook page titled, “Former American Terrorist Denounces American Terrorism.”

Shibly also believes nationalism is a plot against Islam.

All of this is to also underscore that:

(a) There’s a need to have critical conversations about counter extremism programs, but they will never be had in a meaningful way if they only occur in spaces dominated by Islamists, and

(b) There’s a difference between countering violent extremism (CVE) and preventing violent extremism (PVE). CVE focuses on deradicalization programs whereas PVE looks to prevent radicalization from targeting vulnerable populations in the first place.

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‘Coup’ Concerns Suddenly Don’t Seem So Far-Fetched

For most of the last three years, Donald Trump’s critics have scoffed at supposed “conspiracy theories” that claimed a “deep state” of bureaucrats were aborting the Trump presidency.

We have been told the word “coup” is hyperbole that reveals the paranoid minds of Trump supporters. Yet oddly, many people brag that they are proud members of a deep state and occasionally boast about the idea of a coup.

Recently, former acting CIA chief John McLaughlin proclaimed in a public forum, “Thank God for the deep state.” Former CIA Director John Brennan agreed and praised the “deep state people” for their opposition to Trump.

Far from denying the danger of an unelected careerist bureaucracy that seeks to overturn presidential policies, New York Times columnists have praised its efforts to nullify the Trump agenda.


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On the first day of the impeachment inquiry, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff called his initial two witnesses, career State Department diplomats William Taylor Jr. and George Kent.

Far from providing damning evidence of criminal presidential behavior, Taylor and Kent mostly confined themselves to three topics: their own sterling resumes, their lack of any firsthand knowledge of incriminating Trump action, and their poorly hidden disgust with the manner and substance of Trump’s foreign policy.

Oddly, both had little clue that their demeanor and thinly disguised self-importance were a perfect example of why Trump got elected—to come up with new ideas antithetical to the conventional wisdom of unelected career bureaucrats.

Taylor and Kent announced that they are simply high-minded civil servants who serve the presidential administrations of both parties without bias.

But by nature, the huge federal bureaucracy counts on bigger government and more taxes to feed it. So naturally, the bureaucracy is usually more sympathetic to big-government progressives than to small-government conservatives.

Taylor and Kent cited their anguish with Trump’s foreign policy toward Ukraine—namely that it did not go through official channels and was too unsympathetic to Ukraine and too friendly to Russia.

If so, one might have thought the anguished bureaucrats would have similarly gone public during the Obama administration.

After all, Vice President Joe Biden took over the Obama administration’s Ukrainian policy at a time when his son Hunter Biden was knee-deep in Ukrainian affairs. As a consultant for a Ukrainian natural gas company, Hunter Biden made a reported $80,000 a month without expertise in either the energy business in particular or Ukraine in general.

Also, Trump’s policies have been more anti-Russian and pro-Ukrainian than those of the Obama administration. Trump armed the Ukrainians; Obama did not. Trump imposed new sanctions against Russia, used force against Russian mercenaries in Syria, beefed up NATO defenses, pulled the U.S. out an asymmetrical missile treaty with Russia, and pumped more oil and gas to lower world prices—much to the chagrin of oil-exporting Russia.

In contrast, Obama was the architect of “reset” with Russia that reached its nadir in a hot mic exchange in which Obama offered a quid pro quo, vowing more flexibility on issues such as U.S.-sponsored missile defense in Eastern Europe in exchange for Russia giving Obama “space” to concentrate on his reelection.

Trump’s critics have also radically changed their spin on “coups.” To them, “coup” is no longer a dirty word trafficked in by right-wing conspiracists. Instead, it has been normalized as a possibly legitimate means of aborting the Trump presidency.

Mark Zaid, the attorney representing the Ukraine whistleblower, boasted in two recently discovered tweets of ongoing efforts to stage a coup to remove Trump.

Retired Adm. William H. McRaven recently wrote an op-ed for The New York Times all but calling for Trump’s ouster—”the sooner the better.”

No sooner had Trump been elected than Rosa Brooks, a former Defense Department official during the Obama administration, wrote an essay for Foreign Policy magazine discussing theoretical ways to remove Trump before the 2020 election, among them a scenario involving a military coup.

In September 2018, The New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous White House official who boasted of supposedly widescale efforts inside the Trump administration to nullify its operations and subvert presidential directives.

Such efforts to oppose Trump are often self-described as “The Resistance,” a reference to the underground French fighters resisting the Nazis in World War II.

Trump’s opponents often have praised the deep state precisely because unelected career officials are seen as the most effective way to sabotage and stymie his agenda.

A “coup” is no longer proof of right-wing paranoia, but increasingly a part of the general progressive discourse of resistance to Trump.

In these upside-down times, patriotism is being redefined as removing a president before a constitutionally mandated election.

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