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April 20: The Independent Journal: Trump Wins NY but Must Have Been Heartbroken over these results:
GOP delegate frontrunner Donald Trump had one of his biggest nights of the Republican primary on Tuesday, winning 60.5% of the vote in New York state and at least 89 of the 95 delegates up for grabs.  Incidentally, the one place where the billionaire businessman did not win might carry a rather personal sting -- not winning in his own county or the Congressional District he lives in.

April 20: The Daily Caller: Proof Abortionist Have Broken Federal Law in selling Baby Parts
Former U.S. prosecutor Brian Lennon told Congress Wednesday “there is proof without a reasonable doubt” abortion clinics and a procurement company illegally profited from the sale of aborted babies.  “I believe a competent and ethical prosecutor could determine probable cause that both the abortion clinic and the procurement business violated the statute, aided and abetted one another in violating the statute and likely conspired together to violate the statute,” Lennon testified before the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. “In fact for five or six elements in the subsequent defense, in my opinion, there is proof without a reasonable doubt.”

April 20: The Hill: Obama warns against blocking Administration water rule
The Obama administration is warning Senate Republicans that their attempts to block a contentious water pollution rule through appropriations legislation puts the whole bill at risk. A senior administration official said Wednesday that if the GOP attaches an amendment to the spending bill for energy and water programs to defund the Clean Water Rule, Obama would veto the legislation.  The measure passed the appropriations committee nearly unanimously last week and enjoys bipartisan support.  But Senator Hoeven (R-ND) has told his colleagues he would sponsor an amendment to the bill that repeals the EPA’s Clean Water Rule.  Both the House and the Senate have voted in the past to overturn the rule.

April 17: The Daily Caller:
Wisconsin to Appeal Right to Work Ruling:
The Wisconsin Department of Justice plans to request Monday that a recent court decision to block a statewide right-to-work law be put on hold.  Dane County Circuit Court Judge  Foust ruled April 8 that right-to-work is unconstitutional. Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel disagreed with the decision and plans to appeal it after requesting it be put on hold. The law has been passed in 25 other states and upheld over the decades as a state’s right under the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act.  “We wholeheartedly disagree with (the) decision and final order,” Schimel said.  “We will seek a stay and immediately appeal the decision. I am confident the law ultimately will be upheld and Wisconsin will remain a Right-to-Work state.”

April 17: The Hill: RNC: No changes likely to delegate requirements:
Republican National Committee Chair Priebus said Sunday the GOP isn’t likely to change a rule that requires candidates to have 1,237 delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination.  "Having a plurality of the delegates means the field has the majority. You have to have the majority, it's the United States of America," he said.  "The majority rules, and that is an American concept I can't imagine us turning our backs on."

April 17: Fox News: Trump’s Campaign Manager dismisses criticism that the Trump camp failed to understand delegate rules issued before their campaign began
Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski dismissed criticism, Sunday, about his team failing to understand GOP delegate rules and declared his candidate the party’s “presumptive nominee."  He said the Trump campaign indeed comprehends the rules.

April 11: The Galveston County Daily News: Economics 101: The Minimum Wage:
In order to survive, San Francisco is seeing many local businesses moving toward automation in order to reduce increased cost from paying workers more.  Self checkout stations at grocery stores and kiosks in restaurants for ordering food are becoming more frequent. With less services being provided by actual workers, less employees are needed.  This keeps costs down, but also reduces employment opportunities.  So with governments forcing even small businesses to pay artificially higher wages they’ll discover the unintended consequences that economists agree will be inevitable.

Here is a video that gives a first hand account
of what is happening to just one small business
owner in San Diego. She has reduced the number
of her employees from six to one. The next step
may be going out of business.

April 10: Real Clear Politics:  Obama: Clinton Didn’t “Intentionally” put America in Jeopardy!
President Obama when quizzed about the investigation by the FBI Justice Department into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server and non-government e-mail address said in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace that Clinton did not jeopardize America's secrets. Obama also guaranteed politics will not influence the outcome of the investigation. Obama contended she did not jeopardize America's national security, however was "careless" in terms of managing emails that she has owned. Obama said the scandal needs to be put in "perspective" as Clinton "served her country" and did an outstanding job.

April 10: Associated Press Iran Says Missile Program is non-negotiable
Iran's foreign minister said Sunday the country's missile program is not up for negotiation with the United States.  The missile program and "defense capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are not negotiable," said Mohammad Javad Zarif after meeting with his Estonian counterpart, Marina Kaljurand. He added that if Washington was serious about defensive issues in the Middle East, it should stop supplying arms to Saudi Arabia and Israel.  A Saudi-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes and battling the Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen since March 2015. Iran also supports anti-Israeli militant groups.

April 9: The Washington Times:  B52s Deployed to the Middle East; First in 25 YearsB52 Arriving in the Middle East
The U.S. Air Force has deployed B-52 long-range bombers to the Middle East, for the first time since the Gulf War ended, to conduct strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, officials said Saturday.  An unknown number of B-52s will be based at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, the U.S. Air Force Central Command said in a statement. “The B-52s will provide the coalition continued precision and deliver desired airpower effects,” Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Combined Forces Air Component said. 

April 9: Politico: Trump Getting Trounced In Indiana and the votes haven’t been counted yet!
Indiana hasn’t cast its ballots for president yet, but Donald Trump is already losing.  Republican Party in the state will select 27 delegates to the national convention on Saturday, and Trump is assured to be nearly shut out of support, according to interviews with a dozen party leaders and officials involved in the delegate selection process. Anti-Trump sentiment runs hot among GOP in Indiana, and it’s driving a virulent rejection of the mogul among likely delegates.

April 9: The Hill:  Sanders Extends Winning Streak with Votes in Wyoming:
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won the Wyoming caucuses, giving him eight wins in the last nine contests.  Sanders won 56% of the vote but he and Hillary will split the state’s 14 delegates down the middle.  Even so, this give Sanders another jolt of momentum heading into the critical New York primary on April 19th.

April 8: NewsMax.Com: Cruz Adds Colorado Delegates in his march to the goal
Sen. Ted Cruz continued his Colorado winning streak Friday, locking up the support of 21 total delegates to the Republican National Convention, representing a majority of the delegates Colorado will send to Cleveland in July. Slates loyal to Cruz won every assembly in Colorado's seven congressional districts, which began April 2 and culminated Friday with 12 delegates selected. The Texas senator is well-positioned to pad his total Saturday, when 13 more delegates will be chosen at Colorado Republicans' state convention.  Of Cruz's delegates, only 17 were formally pledged to him, and in theory the other four could change their vote in Cleveland. But they were all included on the senator's slates and are largely state party officials who said they were barred from signing a formal pledge for Cruz but have promised to back him in balloting at the convention.

April 8: Breitbart News: Obama backs down over Fast and Furious Documents, Drops Executive Privilege Claims
The President, after years of fighting to hide Operation Fast and Furious documents, finally relented and officially dropped his claim of executive privilege over them.  “Four years after asserting executive privilege to block Congress from obtaining documents relating to a controversial federal gun trafficking investigation, President Barack Obama relented Friday, turning over to lawmakers thousands of pages of records that led to unusual House votes holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in 2012,” Politico reported on Friday. 

April 5: The Daily Caller: Obama: Landlords You Can’t Deny Housing to Criminals
The Obama administration released a warning Monday telling the nation’s landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse to rent to those with criminal records.  The Fair Housing Act doesn’t include criminals as a protected class, but HUD says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system.

April 5: Time:  Obamacare Just Made Filing Your Taxes Worse:
Some 150 million American businesses and individuals are expected to file taxes by this month, covering thousands of arcane provisions that determine how much you and your family will pay Uncle Sam and state governments this year.  But this filing season is the second in which Americans may have yet another—and bigger— tax bill to worry about: the one forced on us by the Affordable Care Act. It serves as a stark reminder of all the ways this law continues to harm American families and businesses, six years after it was signed.

April 5: The Hill:
Reid has plan to force vote in Obama Court Nominee
Senate Democrats say they may try to force a vote on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court with an unusual procedural tactic – A discharge petition. If successful they could bypass efforts to bottle up the nomination.   Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said last week that Republicans can’t stop Reid from at least attempting the maneuver.  But Republicans, by and large, have brushed off the pressure tactics. They argue that Reid took a different view in 2005, when Democrats were blocking then-President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees.

April 5: KRGV ABC News: Border Patrol Detains 102 People
More than 100 people are currently in custody. Border Patrol agents said they are suspected of crossing the border illegally near Fronton, Texas. That’s just west of Roma.  Agents were called out to the scene on Tuesday morning. They said more than 80 people were seen crossing the Rio Grande in rafts. Then, another large group made their way over.  In total, 102 people were caught. Border Patrol officials said 73 men, 12 women and 17 juveniles are in their custody.

April 5: Bloomberg: Trade Deficit Rises to a Six Month High
America’s trade deficit widened in February to a six-month high as an increase in imports exceeded a more modest pickup in shipments overseas.  The gap increased 2.6 percent to $47.1 billion in January, the Commerce Department reports.  The gain in exports was just the first in five months and highlights the squeeze on American manufacturers from a stronger dollar that’s made U.S.-made goods less attractive in a weaker global marketplace. A third straight increase in the deficit indicates trade will weigh on first-quarter growth.

April 5: The Hill: Treasury Tax Crackdown Creates Waves
The Treasury Department's crackdown on tax inversions reverberated through the political and corporate worlds on Tuesday.  Both Democratic White House hopefuls endorsed the effort from President Obama's administration.  Obama himself showed up at the White House briefing room to tout the new proposals, which are meant to prevent a company from lowering its tax bill by moving its headquarters overseas after merging with a smaller company. Such corporations usually change little beyond their official addresses. 

April 5: Politico: Trump Campaign in Disaray?
Donald Trump’s campaign is increasingly falling into disarray as the Manhattan billionaire braces for a loss in Wisconsin that could set him on course for an uncertain convention floor fight for the Republican presidential nomination.  Since March, the campaign has been laying off field staff en masse around the country and has dismantled much of what existed of its organizations in general-election battlegrounds, including Florida and Ohio.  Last month, the campaign laid off the leader of its data team, who did not train a successor.

April 2: Associated Press: Clinton’s Frustration Drags On
Hillary Clinton snapped at a Greenpeace protester. She linked Bernie Sanders and tea party Republicans. And she bristled with anger when nearly two dozen Sanders supporters marched out of an event near her home outside New York City, shouting "if she wins, we lose." After a year of campaigning, months of debates and 35 primary elections, Sanders is finally getting under Clinton's skin in the Democratic presidential race. After largely ignoring Sanders and focusing on Trump, Clinton is showing flashes of frustration with the Vermont senator.  The Clintons are annoyed that Sanders' approach seems to be rallying — and keeping — young voters by his side.

April 2: The Daily Caller: Whistleblower Alleges Vast Abuse within the IRS Union
Unionized government tax collectors have been subjected to consistent abuse and corruption from their labor representatives, according to an inside source.  Attorney Jane Kim has worked for the IRS in New York for roughly 12 years. She alleges that in her time working for the tax collection agency, she has seen rampant abuse and corruption from the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). She tried to expose the abuse, only to be ignored by officials at every level of the union.

April 2: The Hill: Sec Def Gates: Obama Double Crossed me
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he felt President Obama “double-crossed” him during his tenure over budget cuts to the Pentagon. In an interview Friday that explored the president’s approach to the military, Gates said Obama had promised him that there wouldn’t be any “significant changes” in the defense budget for a while.  When asked whether Obama kept to his word, Gates replied, “Well I think that began to fray. ‘Fray’ may be too gentle a word.” 

April 1: The Daily Caller: Long Time Clinton Aide “mortified” by what may
be in her emails to the Former Secretary of State:

Huma Abedin said in an interview this week that she has yet to read the emails she exchanged with her longtime boss, Hillary Clinton, but that she is “mortified” by what may be in them.  “Terrifying,” is how Abedin described the existence of the records in the public domain during an interview on the “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast.  “I confess I have not read anything that has become public,” said Abedin, who currently serves as vice chair of Clinton’s presidential campaign.

April 1: FEE.Org: California $15 Minimum Wage is a Terrible Experiment
The Washington Post reported on the deal to raise California's minimum wage in stages to a whopping $15 an hour by 2022.  In doing so they wisely titled the article, "The risks of California's minimum-wage increase."  Some economists believe that watching what happens in California may be a worthwhile experiment while others point out the guinea pigs that are being experimented upon are human beings!

April 1: MRCTV: White House Accused of Editing Our “Islamic Terrorism”  from French President’s Speech
The White House website has apparently censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.”  The White House allegedly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with the President and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence. Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.

March 29: Newsmax: Trump Campaign Manager arrested for battery against a member of the press
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager has been charged in Florida on Tuesday with simple battery, police records show.  The report from the Jupiter Police Department said Corey Lewandowski, 42, was charged for intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, a reporter at the time for the conservative news outlet Breitbart, against her will at a Trump campaign event on March 8.  "He was arrested this morning and released with a notice to appear," Adam Brown, a spokesman for police in the town in Jupiter said

March 28: The Daily Signal: California’s Future with a $15 Minimum Wage Hike:
California lawmakers and labor leaders are cheering a new deal that, if passed, raises the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, making the Golden State the first in the country to do so.  But labor experts are already warning that such a wage hike could lead to higher prices for consumers, more automation, and a drop in employment.

March 27: ABC News: Bernie Sweeps three states in a rout of Clinton:
Bernie Sanders did not just win all three states that voted this weekend -- Washington, Alaska and Hawaii -- he won them by overwhelming, impressive margins. The presidential hopeful won every county in Washington, and some of his biggest victory margins came from the state's most rural and traditionally conservative areas. The win will likely mean a fundraising boost for the small-donor driven campaign.

March 27: CNN Politics: Trump Threatens another Law Suit over Delegate Rules
Trump won the Louisiana primary by 3.6% but Cruz may end up getting more delegates as Rubio bows out of the race.  Cruz is also making gains with the five undeclared delegates. Trump is crying foul and is threatening to file a lawsuit.   Even these small number of delegates could be important for Cruz as he tries to overcome Trump’s 280 delegate lead.

March 27: Fox News: After big promises, House GOP facing the reality of not passing a budget and facing backlash
Few people in Washington think House Republicans this year will complete a budget. That’s a little astonishing.  Republicans have batted around dozens of ideas. They’ve conducted closed door meetings. Entertained options. And still, House Republicans aren’t much closer to solving the budget riddle than they were when conversations began over the winter.

March 27: The L.A. Times: Clinton Emailgate probe enters a new phase
as FBI interview of Clinton Looms on the Horizon:

Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases. Those interviews and the final review of the case, however, could still take many weeks, all but guaranteeing that the investigation will continue to dog Clinton’s presidential campaign through most, if not all, of the remaining presidential primaries.

March 27: Yahoo News: Suicide Bomber Targets Christians in Pakistan, Kills mostly Women and Children
A suicide bomber killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, at a park in Lahore on Sunday in an attack claimed by a Pakistani Taliban faction which said it had targeted Christians.  More than 300 other people were wounded, officials said.  The explosion occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park close to children's swings. The park is a popular site for members of Lahore's Christian community, many of whom had gone there to celebrate the Easter weekend holiday.

March 25: The Hill: Ted Cruz Could Gain in Louisiana After Loss there to Trump
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) could end up with ten more delegates from Louisiana then rival Donald Trump despite Trump winning by less than four points. Both got 18 delegates from the March 5th primary but  Cruz is likely to pick up five delegates left behind when Marco Rubio ended his campaign and these can support whomever they want.  Meanwhile Cruz has picked up some important positions on the convention’s rules committee.

March 25: The New York Times Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants may be vulnerable
As a dragnet aimed at Islamic State operatives spiraled across Brussels and into at least five European countries on Friday, the authorities were also focusing on a narrower but increasingly alarming threat: the vulnerability of Belgium’s nuclear installations. The investigation into this week’s deadly attacks in Brussels has prompted worries that the Islamic State is seeking to attack, infiltrate or sabotage nuclear installations or obtain nuclear or radioactive material.

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March 21: Galveston Daily News:
People Demanding Their Nation Back:
Angry rhetoric, especially without substance, has no place in campaigns and yet it’s commonplace these days.  Speaking to the issues, being truthful, developing trust, and keeping promises are important to campaigns!  Our advice to candidates at the national and local level…?  Keep it civil, keep it on the issues, and always remember, it’s never about you, it’s always about those you seek to represent!

March 20: Fox News: Speaker Ryan Gets Task of Leading the Unpredictable GOP Convention in Cleveland
All GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan wanted to do was lead the chamber’s Ways and Means Committee.   But the universe often stores very different plans for all of us, drafting us for roles we didn’t pursue. The speaker’s position entails a moonlighting gig as chairman of the 2016 Republican Convention. And that convocation, in Cleveland, could prove to be the most-rambunctious American political event in decades.  Ryan said repeatedly he didn’t learn that the speaker leads the convention until “a week” after he assumed his current assignment.  So much for reading the fine print.

March 20: The Daily Caller: Obama’s Court Nominee Shows anti-military Bent
Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is facing allegations he is hostile to the military, after The Boston Globe unearthed details of his involvement with an anti-military effort during his days at Harvard University.  In 1973, Garland was a member of Harvard’s Committee on Housing and Undergraduate Life (CHUL), a student government body, which was preparing to hold a vote on whether to allow ROTC back on campus. [Harvard had banned ROTC in 1970 over opposition to the Vietnam War. ]  The vote never took place because the issue was taken off the table by the school’s administration.  The Judge’s personal feelings are unclear but it is clear he was prepared to go forward with the vote that would have continued the ban.

March 20: Fox News: More U.S. Marines headed for Iraq after attack on U.S. Forces
More U.S. military support troops are going to Iraq in the aftermath of an Islamic State rocket killing a Marine and seriously injuring others this weekend, the Pentagon said Sunday.  The attack occurred Saturday in the northern Iraq town of Makhmur, roughly 75 miles southeast of the ISIS-stronghold Mosul. 

March 19: USA Today: Port Arthur, Texas - Largest U.S. Refinery Now Belongs to Saudi Arabia
Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Aramco appear to be getting a divorce, breaking up their joint venture in U.S.-based refining assets.  The two companies signed a nonbinding letter of intent, a plan that would divide up Motiva’s refineries between them. The refineries have a combined capacity of 1.1 million barrels per day and are all located close to each other. The breakup will allow Saudi Aramco to take over the Port Arthur refinery. Shell will take over the other two refineries, both located in Louisiana.

March 18: The Observer: Hillary Has an NSA Problem
The FBI has been investigating Clinton for months—but an even more secretive Federal agency has its own important beef with her.  If the FBI recommends prosecution and the Department of Justice fails to do so, there will certainly be leaks and the true information will come out. But regardless it will not solve the issue the National Security Agency has with her. [Read More]

March 16: CNN Money: Foreign Govt: Dumping U.S. Debt at Record Rate
In a bid to raise cash, foreign central banks and government institutions sold $57.2 billion of U.S. Treasury debt and other notes in January, according to figures released on Tuesday. That is up from $48 billion in December and the highest monthly tally on record going back to 1978.   It's part of a broader trend that gathered steam last year when central banks sold a record $225 billion of U.S. debt.

March 16: Yahoo News Israel launches first ever app to send distress calls for help
Israel on Wednesday became the first country to launch a nationwide platform in which emergency operators can see live video, chat via text messages and determine pinpoint location outdoors and indoors. Israelis can now use their smartphones to make live video distress calls to emergency responders.  If successful this could set a new standard for countries around the world.  Heretofore these kinds of services have been a puzzle to most emergency calling systems, which are outdated and only take voice calls.

March 16: The Washington Times Supreme Court Nominee is “very liberal” in his views on Gun Control
President Obama tried to tap a moderate to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but he ended up picking a fight with powerful Second Amendment groups that say Judge Merrick Garland has shown antipathy toward gun rights.  In one 2000 case, Judge Garland, who sits on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, upheld a Clinton administration effort to store gun-buyers’ records.  Later in the decade, he joined other judges in a failed bid to reconsider the landm*ark case that would eventually establish the Second Amendment’s protection of a personal right to bear arms.

March 14: PBS.org: Trump’s Violent Rhetoric
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump mused aloud about his feelings toward a heckler in Nevada: “He’s walking out like big high-fives, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face,” he said to a roar of approval from the crowd.  Then last week, one of his supporters allegedly did just that. John McGraw was  charged for sucker-punching a black protester in the face at a rally in Fayetteville, N.C. McGraw was later shown in a video saying that the best part of the rally was “knocking the hell out of that big mouth.” He added that if he saw the protester again, “we might have to kill him.”

March 13: The Wall Street Journal Trouble in Chicago – The Trump Rally
Donald Trump said Sunday that the unrest witnessed at recent campaign events is a result of planted protesters, but also shows voters’ anger. Mr. Trump, appearing on Fox News Sunday, repeatedly said no one at his rallies has been hurt. Uhnewju4 Fox showed videos of combatants yelling, pushing and swinging at each other at recent Trump events. Secret Service agents surrounded Mr. Trump on Saturday during a disturbance at an Ohio rally. On Friday, the Trump campaign canceled a Chicago event due to concerns about violence.

March 13: Fox News: Attack in Ivory Coast Resort: Sights Set on Obama Official
A deadly attack on a popular Ivory Coast beach resort Sunday that killed at least 16 most likely targeted a U.S. delegation led by the assistant commerce secretary, who was visiting the country, a diplomatic source in the region told Fox News.  Assistant Secretary of Commerce Marcus Jadotte was leading a group of Americans in Grand-Bassam, including college recruiters from the University of Florida. U.S. embassy officials from the capital city of Abidjan were also included in the group, according to the source. The delegation was supposed to arrive at the scene of the attack, Etoile du Sud, a hotel popular with Westerners. The delegation had not yet made it to the hotel when the attack occurred.

March 13: The Daily Mail Germany Voters punish Merkel over refuge open door policy
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU party was humiliated in key regional elections on Sunday as voters delivered their verdict at the ballot box about her open-door refugee policies.  Exit poll results in three out of 16 German states foretell a wipeout in next year's general election as the hard-right capitalized on public disquiet and altered the political landscape forever.

March 10: Breitbart: Benghazi Victim’s Mother: “Special Place in Hell for people like Hillary”
Patricia Smith, whose son Sean was killed in the 2012 terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, responded to Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement about her being “absolutely wrong” by saying there’s “a special place in hell” for people like Clinton “and I hope she enjoys it there” on Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Intelligence Report with Trish Regan.”

March 10: The New York Times: Former Putin Aide found dead in Washington DC:
Mikhail Y. Lesin was an advertising executive turned cabinet minister who helped carry out the state takeover of the country’s independent media.  Until late 2014 he ran the media wing of the state’s energy giant, Gazprom, before stepping down or, more likely, being forced out. He ended up in the United States, where he and his family owned properties in Los Angeles said to be worth far more than the salary of the former government minister. And then, in November, he was found in a hotel here in Washington of an apparent heart attack which actually may be a homicide!

March 8: The Daily Caller: Russia Warns North Korea if Nuclear Rhetoric Continues
North Korea’s provocative nuclear rhetoric has gotten so bad even the Kremlin has come out against the hermit kingdom, warning continued nuclear threats could justify an invasion.  The warning was issued in the form of a written statement from the Russian foreign ministry. It follows North Korea’s threat it would engage in a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” in reaction to the start of joint U.S.-South Korean war games Monday.

March 8: The HillSenators want to give Clinton Aide Immunity Deal for Testimony:
A pair of leading Republican senators are asking a former State Department official who reached an immunity deal with the Justice Department last week to answer their questions about Hillary Clinton’s private email server.   In a letter sent last week but released on Tuesday morning, Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Johnson (-WI) told the aide, Bryan Pagliano, that he should have no reason not to appear.Chuck Norris: Walker; Texas Ranger

March 8: Daily News:
Chuck Norris to Campaign for Ted Cruz
75-year-old actor, Chuck Norris, is set to appear at a rally in Concord for the Republican front-runner, along with Glenn Beck and retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin.

March 6: Yahoo News: Clinton Calls for Michigan Governor’s Resignation
For the first time, Hillary Clinton called for the resignation of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder during the Democratic debate Sunday night. “The governor should resign or be recalled,” Clinton said, staking out a bolder claim on the issue.  Sanders made the call for Snyder’s resignation in January and again at the debate, before Clinton was asked about Flint.

March 6: Detroit Free Press: Flint Michigan Water Issue: Fact Checking:
Claim: "It is raining lead in Flint and the state is derelict in not coming forward in not coming forward with the money that is required."
The state has made $67.4 available and the Governor has requested another $165 million.
Claim: The governor of Michigan has been derelict in a failure to respond quickly. 
Most experts agree this was a local government failure and the Governor acted as soon as he was made aware of the problem.

March 5: Bloomberg Politics: Trump still leads but Cruz is close behind.
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz got a split decision from Republican voters in four states Saturday that didn’t dramatically change the nomination race but did expose unrest among party conservatives who want an alternative to the celebrity real estate mogul as their presidential nominee.  Trump: Wins Louisana by 3 points and Kentucky by 4.  Cruz: Won Kansas by 25 points and Maine by 13.

March 2: The Hill: The White House Vetting Appellate Judge Kelly for Supreme Court:
The White House is vetting federal appellate judge Jane Kelly as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court, The New York Times reported Wednesday.  The report is a sign that President Obama is making progress toward choosing a nominee, which would open up a new phase in his election-year clash with Republicans over filling the vacancy left by deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.

March 2: The New York Times: FBI may question Hillary
Clinton faces legal hurdles from her use of a private computer server as secretary of state that could jar her campaign’s momentum in the months ahead.  Foremost among a half-dozen inquiries and legal proceedings into whether classified information was sent through Mrs. Clinton’s server is an investigation by the FBI, whose agents, according to one law enforcement official, could seek to question Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides and possibly the candidate herself within weeks. 

March 2: Fox News: Seoul:  North Korea Fires Short-range projectiles into the Sea
North Korea fired several short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast Thursday, Seoul officials said, just hours after the U.N. Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on Pyongyang in two decades for its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.  The North's launches also come shortly after Seoul's parliament passed its first legislation on human rights in North Korea.  Defense spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said the projectiles were fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan, adding authorities were trying to determine what exactly North Korea fired. The projectiles could be missiles, artillery or rockets, according to the Defense Ministry.

March 1: The Washington Post: Immunity to Staffer who set up Clinton Email Server
The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.  The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.

March 1: KRGV ABC News: Fewer Agents Projected to Patrol Border
The federal government will have fewer agents patrolling the border by next fiscal year.  It’s under the proposed budget released by the Department of Homeland Security. The agency is budgeting for 300 fewer agents in 2017 than they did for this fiscal year.  Since September, Border Patrol agents have been catching more unaccompanied children and families at the border.  For the 2017 fiscal year, Border Patrol plans to field a little more than 21,000 agents. By its projections, the agency pays $181,000 per year in operational costs for each agent.

February 27: Fox News: Marine who said Clinton Tried to Cover Up Benghazi; Removed from Campaign Rally
A man who claimed to be a Marine who had served for eight years with two tours in Iraq was booed by the crowd and removed Friday by police officers from a Clinton campaign rally in South Carolina. The man questioned former President Bill Clinton about his wife’s role in the Benghazi terror attacks.

February 27: The Hill McConnell to Senators: Run against Trump if he gets the nomination
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is advising vulnerable Republican senators to break with Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination, according to a bombshell New York Times report Saturday.  McConnell has reportedly advised Republicans that they can run ads against Trump to create separation from the polarizing GOP frontrunner if they believe it can help their reelection efforts.  The majority leader is also preparing to pitch the Senate as a necessary check to an inevitable Hillary  Clinton presidency if Trump is the GOP's nominee, according to the Times.  Republicans risk losing their 54-46 Senate majority with several vulnerable incumbents up for re-election this year. Republican analysts and pollsters have predicted dire consequences for Republican legislators if Trump wins the GOP nomination, stifling their re-election chances.

February 26: CNSNews:  The United States completes Ten Years without 3% Growth
The United States has now gone a record 10 straight years without 3 percent growth in real Gross Domestic Product, according to data released yesterday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  The BEA has calculated GDP for each year going back to 1929 and it has calculated the inflation-adjusted annual change in GDP (in constant 2009 dollars) from 1930 forward.

February 26: KRVG ABC News: Border Residents Concerned with Spillover Gunfire:
A Starr County community said they are tired of gunfire spilling over from Mexico.  Border Patrol reported shots fired on Friday morning. At around 8:30 a.m., neighbors in Refugio, a small community by Rio Grande City, said a dead-end street was full of Border Patrol agents and Department of Public Safety officials.    Resident Rene Garza said his community has learned to live with all the violence.  Garza said he grew up in the border community. “Before we wouldn't see shootings,” he said. “Now, if you stand here at night, you will hear shootings. It's normal.”  Garza said many of his neighbors won’t talk about the illegal activity, because they fear retaliation. He said he’s tired of looking the other way.

February 22: The Daily  Signal: Senate Republicans may follow Joe Biden’s (D-DE) advise from 1992
Months before the 1992 presidential election, Joe Biden urged fellow U.S. senators to shut down the nomination process and block President George H.W. Bush’s judicial picks from a confirmation vote.  Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), called on the Senate to follow what he dubbed “the Biden Rules.”   The lawmakers should leave Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court empty until a new president nominates a successor, Grassley said.“It’s the principle, not the person,” Grassley argued, quoting at length from remarks made 24 years ago by Biden when the vice president was a senator from Delaware. 

February  20: The Hill: Rubio: Now it’s a three man race
Marco Rubio declared Saturday night that the Republican presidential contest is now a "three-person race."   
Rubio is battling with Ted Cruz to finish second in the South Carolina primary, with votes still being counted late Saturday night. 

February 20: The Hill:  Jeb Bush Ends White House Bid
Jeb Bush is ending his bid for the White House after a disappointing finish in South Carolina’s primary.  Bush is in fourth place, well behind Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.  He announced to supporters that he would suspend his campaign in at-times emotional remarks from his headquarters in South Carolina.  Bush failed to finish any higher than fourth place in early GOP contests despite a campaign backed by outside groups spending millions on his behalf.

February 19: The Daily Signal: The Growing Treat of ISIS Unleashed – Weapon of Mass Distruction
The apocalyptic ideology that propels the Islamic State (ISIS) is by now well known. Much less widely known are the use of chemical weapons by ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the disappearance of radioactive materials in Iraq that could be used in a “dirty bomb,” a radiological weapon of mass destruction (WMD).  Reuters reported the disappearance of 10 grams of a “highly dangerous” radioactive isotope used to test oil and gas pipelines in southern Iraq, which Iraqi authorities fear may have fallen into the hands of ISIS. The Iridium-192 material, classified as a Category 2 radioactive source, could permanently injure people exposed to it for only a few hours, or kill people exposed to it longer.

February 18: The Daily Caller: Hillary Refuses to say she ever lied!
Hillary Clinton refuses to definitively say whether or not she has ever lied to the American people. During a Thursday interview with CBS’s Scott Pelley, Clinton said, “I don’t will believe I ever had of have” lied to the American people. Pelley began by asking Clinton, “You know in ’76, Jimmy Carter famously said, ‘I will not lie to you.'”  “Well, I will tell you, I have tried in every way I know how, literally from my years as a young lawyer, all the way through my time as Secretary of State to level with the American people,” Clinton claimed.

February 17: Fox News: California fights Fed Court Ruling against 10-Day wait period
California gun owners who have already passed background checks should not have to endure a 10-day waiting period every time they buy another firearm, according to Second Amendment advocates who are fighting the state in federal court for a second time in two years.  Blanket application of the Golden State’s longstanding waiting period was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in August 2014, but Attorney General Kamala Harris has kept it in place while the state appeals the ruling.

February 17: Fox News: Calls to VA Suicide Hot Line goes to Voicemail!
A suicide hotline operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs allowed crisis calls to go into voicemail, and callers did not always receive immediate assistance, according to a report by the agency's internal watchdog.  The report by the VA's office of inspector general says calls to the suicide hotline have increased dramatically in recent years, as veterans increasingly seek services following prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the aging of Vietnam-era veterans.

February 15th: The Galveston Daily News: Is Where Your are Born A Deciding Factor?
We -- the Three Musketeers -- believe those born to foreigners shouldn’t be granted U.S. citizenship without going through the naturalization process.  We recognize the immigration process is broken.  For example, at times, it fails to act humanly and leaves in limbo those allowed to enter our country, knowing full well they can never return.  It seems to us, however, that securing our borders, fixing the broken system and finding a balance between deporting every illegal and deporting none is in our national interest. 

February 13: Fox News: Justice Scalia Dies in Texas, age 79
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the judicial standard-bearer of the conservative movement and the court's most provocative member, died Saturday. He was 79.  The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of south Texas.  The service's spokeswoman says Scalia had retired for the evening and was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast.

"He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues," Chief Justice John Roberts said on behlf of the high court and and retired justices. "We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Maureen, and his family."  Scalia used his keen intellect and missionary zeal in an unyielding attempt to move the court farther to the right and to get it to embrace his "originalist" view of judging after his 1986 appointment by President Ronald Reagan.  

February 13: Fox News: Latest batch of Clinton emails; 81 are Marked Classified
The State Department on Saturday released more emails from the private server that Hillary Clinton used when secretary of state, including 81 that have now been marked as “classified.”  Clinton has denied any wrong-doing. However, her use of the private server and email accounts, from 2011 to 2013, is being investigated by the FBI. Last month, 22 emails were withheld in full because they contained "top secret" material.   The State Department plans to finish releasing all of Clinton’s emails by Feb. 29, a day before the critical Super Tuesday primaries. 

February 12: The Federalist:  Surprise! Health Insurance Costs to Spike 60% Thanks to ObamaCare:
A new Congressional Budget Office report estimates that private health insurance premiums will continue to balloon over the next decade thanks in large part to Obamacare.  By 2025, employment-based coverage (health-care insurance an employer offers) will cost 60 percent more than it does today. For a family, that increase costs to an average of $24,500 per year. For those with an individual plan, health-care costs will increase to cost an average $10,000 per year.

February 12: The Statesman: Tensions Simmer as Cubans Breeze Across the Texas Border:
A fast-rising influx of Cubans are crossing the border into Texas by the hundreds each day, approved to enter the United States in a matter of hours. They walk out to a Laredo street and are greeted by volunteers from Cubanos en Libertad, or Cubans in Freedom, a nonprofit. The volunteers help them arrange travel to their U.S. destination — often Miami — and start applying for work permits and such federal benefits as food stamps and Medicaid, available by law to Cubans immediately after their arrival.

February 12: The Daily Caller: Look Who Hillary Clinton Has Hired:
Presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign has expanded its team by bringing on a writer whose has previously written that those accused of sexual assault should automatically be treated as guilty, regardless of the actual evidence brought against them.

February 12: The Daily Caller: Jesse Jackson: Bernie Fought Back in Chicago During Civil Rights Movement:
Rainbow Push Coalition president Jesse Jackson said Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders was active in the Civil Rights movement in Chicago. Jackson said it might be too quick to dismiss Sanders’ civil rights activist background.

February 12: Yahoo News: ISIS shoots down  MIG 23 over Libya
A MiG-23 fighter of Libya's internationally recognized government was shot down Friday as it carried out air strikes on opposition positions in the coastal city of Benghazi, the military said.  A military source said the pilot survived having parachuted to safety, but his whereabouts were not immediately clear.

February 10: The Daily Caller: GOP Candidates on Guns: Who Backs Gun Rights?
Your gun rights are at stake in the 2016 election. That statement may take you aback – particularly after the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases – but those cases are hanging by a one-vote margin. The record of Christie and Kasich is checkered. Christie’s state is competing for the worst gun restrictions.  Trump and Carson supported the semi-automatic ban.  Bush and Fiorina have strong records in support of the 2nd amendment.  Rubio and Cruz also have very strong records as well. 

February 10: The Daily Caller: Women are changing the Gun Debate Conversation:
In what has become known as “the gun debate,”  it seems like women are often included in only two categories: as victims, and as statistics. What we see is women as the fastest growing demographic in the firearms and self-defense communities. This shift is even being noticed outside of the traditional firearms community. Even the mainstream magazine “Cosmopolitan” recently featured an article stating, “Concealed Carry Purses Are the New Hermès Birkins. It’s the bag trend you never saw coming.”

February 9: The Hill: Federal Judge Scolds Admin for Missed Email Release Deadline
A federal judge scolded the Obama administration on Tuesday for violating its pledge to release all of Hillary Clinton's emails by the end of last month. The “...government has put me between a rock and a hard place,” Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia said in response, “which is a position I don’t want to be in.”   Contreras can either “force them to disclose” the documents which have yet to undergo full redaction process, he said, or else risk further delaying release of the emails.   

February 9: The Daily Caller:  ICE Whistleblower Fired for failing to take DHS Hush Money!
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday dismissed an ICE whistleblower it was secretly released to reporters after she testified before Congress about her troubles with the agency.  Special Agent Taylor Johnson — who had a storied career until she irked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
by objecting to a visa program for foreign investors tied to the senator’s son — says she declined to take a $100,000 severance package because it included a non-disclosure agreement.

February 9: The Daily Caller:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Obama’s EPA Regulations
The U.S. Supreme Court just delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama’s global warming agenda by halting the implementation of a key EPA regulation on carbon dioxide emissions.  The court won’t allow the EPA to implement its so-called Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. This is a big win for the 29 states suing the federal government to stop a rule expected to cripple the coal industry.

“Five justices of the Supreme Court agreed with North Dakota and other parties that EPA’s regulation would impose massive irreparable harms on North Dakota and the rest of the country and that there was a substantial likelihood EPA was acting unlawfully,” an attorney representing the state of North Dakota said.

February 9: The Hill: Admin. Releases $4.1 Trillion Budget then Attacks Congress:
The White House on Tuesday unveiled a dead on arrival $4.1 trillion election-year budget and then immediately pivoted to attacking congressional Republicans on their own attempts to craft a fiscal blueprint.  The administration’s final wish list for Congress includes multibillion-dollar investments in areas such as clean energy, education and job growth, paid for mostly by tax hikes on big banks and the wealthy.  But in a surprise move OMB Director Donovan warned that some House Republicans who want to reduce spending further are threatening to “blow up” last fall’s $1.1 trillion spending deal, which imposes a top-line figure on 2017 discretionary spending.

ebruary 9: Fox News: Vet who lost leg in Afghanistan Set to Climb Mt. Everest
Marine Charlie Linville twice tried to climb Mount Everest but never made it due to devastating natural disasters on and near the world's highest mountain. But the Afghanistan veteran who lost a lower leg in combat is determined to reach the top -- hoping to serve as an inspiration to others.

February 6: Yahoo News: U.S. Federal Judge Grants an extension of the
injunction against release of anti-abortion videos:

A U.S. judge in San Francisco on Friday granted an extension of a preliminary injunction stopping the distribution of surreptitious videos taken by anti-abortion activists who alleged Planned Parenthood staff discussed the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue.  The judges’ action was taken until the National Abortion Federation case against the Center for Medical Progress -- claiming the Center for Medical Progresss illegally infiltrated and recorded the private meetings the had with Planned Parenthood -- is decided.

February 6th: Foundation for Economic Education:  Low-Skilled Workers Flee Minimum Wage States
What happens when, in a country where workers are free to move, a region raises its minimum wage? Do those with the fewest skills seek out the regions with the highest wage floors?  New minimum wage research by economist Joan Monras states that theoretically there should be a close relationship between the employment impact of rising minimum wages and the migration of low-skilled workers.  But instead of finding an influx of these workers the opposite is actually happening.

February 6th: The New York Times North Korea Launches Missile Test
Defying warnings of tougher sanctions from Washington, North Korea on Sunday launched a space rocket in a purported satellite program widely considered to be a cover for developing intercontinental ballistic missile technologies.  The rocket blasted off from Tongchang-ri, the North’s main satellite launch site near its northwestern border with China, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry, said. It is not clear that the rocket launch was successful.

February 6: The Daily Caller: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Second Amendment
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday overturned a federal district court decision that had upheld the 2013 State of Maryland Firearm Safety Act as constitutional under intermediate scrutiny review.  The court vacated the district court’s denial of the plaintiffs’ claims and remanded the case to the lower court, ordering that it apply the appropriate strict standard of review.  “We are greatly heartened by the Fourth Circuit panel’s ruling today,” said Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), one of the lead plaintiffs in this case. “As this important case goes forward, NSSF will continue to work with our co-plaintiffs to ensure that our citizens’ Second Amendment rights are protected and that the lawful commerce in firearms is restored in support of this constitutional protection.”

February 5: Fox News: Benghazi Committee Democrats Gave
$33K+ in bonuses while blasting the cost of said probe!

Democrats on the House committee probing the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks awarded tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staff, while at the same time repeatedly attacking Republicans over the rising cost of the investigation.  According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015.  While the bonuses make up only a fraction of the panel's total expenses to date, critics suggested they undermine the minority members' complaints about the budget.

February 5: The Daily Caller: Admin Takes Swing at GOP for not holding hearings
on the President’s [Dead on Arrival] Budget:
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) – the chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees – are opting not to hold hearings on President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget, saying inviting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan would not be a productive use of their time.  The president is slated to unveil his final budget request, which is expected to increase government spending, next Tuesday. Republican lawmakers said they will focus on their own proposal, criticizing the commander in chief’s past budgets as being detrimental to the economy.

February 1: Fox News: Cruz takes Iowa with 28% of the vote
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Iowa Republican caucuses Monday night, beating front-runner Donald Trump in a vital victory that could shake up the primary race.   Hillary Clinton is meanwhile clinging to a very narrow lead over Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side. 

February 1: The Daily Caller: Mills Refuses to Speak to State Dept. Investigators about Clinton Emails:
Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, refused to speak to investigators with the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General about her handling of a 2012 public records request for information about Clinton’s private email addresses that the agency falsely denied.  Mills was identified in a report about the mishandling of a Freedom of Information request for records pertaining to Clinton’s email account.  The report noted that the FOIA request was denied even though Clinton clearly had a personal email account which Mills and many other officials knew about at the time.

January 31: The Daily Caller: Clinton Non-Disclosure Agreement Could Obliterate Her Classified Email Defense:
Hillary Clinton was finally asked on Sunday about a non-disclosure agreement she signed in Jan. 2009 which completely undermines the defense she uses to downplay the existence of classified information on her private email server. But as is often the case with the Democratic presidential candidate, she dodged the question and gave an inconsistent answer.

January 31: The Hill: Sanders calls for tax hikes across the board – Will it cost him votes?
Bernie Sanders’s explicit call for tax hikes on the middle class is a political gamble that flies in the face of conventional political wisdom.  While academics and strategists believe Sanders’s calls to raise taxes across the board would be more harmful in a general election, some suggested it could cost him Democratic primary voters as well. Sanders, an Independent Vermont senator and self-professed Democratic Socialist, has proposed a number of tax increases, most of which target high earners and corporations.  But he has also called for paid leave and universal healthcare that would be funded in part by tax increases on the middle class.  “We will raise taxes. Yes we will,” Sanders said this week at a town hall in Iowa — just a week before the caucuses. Sanders is locked in a battle with Hillary Clinton to win the first contest in the Democratic primary.

January 31: The New York Post: Former IG: Hillary and State Department are Lying:
The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal e-mails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency e-mail address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says.

January 28: The Washington Free Beacon:  Russian Fighter Conducts Dangerous Intercept of U.S. Recon Aircraft
“On Jan. 25 an RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” Navy Capt. Daniel Hernandez, chief spokesman for the U.S. European Command, told the Washington Free Beacon. “We are looking into the issue.”

January 28: CNS News: Close to 50% of Union Members Worked for the Government in 2015
The percentage of American wage and salary workers who belonged to a union was only 11.1 percent in 2015, but the percentage of union members who worked for government was 48.9 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The 7,241,000 government workers whom the BLS estimates were members of unions in 2015 equaled almost half of the estimated total of 14,795,000 union-member wage and salary workers in the nation.  And these unionized government workers outnumbered the Census Bureau’s estimated 2015 populations for all but 12 of the states.

January 28: The Daily Caller: 300 Scientists Want NOAA to stop hiding its global warming data.
Hundreds of scientists sent a letter to lawmakers Thursday warning National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists may have violated federal laws when they published a 2015 study purporting to eliminate the 15-year “hiatus” in global warming from the temperature record.   These scientists were concerned that NOAA failed to observe the OMB [Office of Management and Budget] (and its own) guidelines, established in relation to the Data Quality Act.”

January 28: The Daily Caller: Donations from Trump Fundraiser will go to his personal charity:
Donald Trump says that the event he is holding Thursday in Iowa opposite the Fox News GOP debate will raise money to help veterans. But as the event’s donation website shows, the money will first go through Trump’s personal charity, which appears to have contributed more money to the Clinton Foundation than to veterans groups.  Trump set up donaldtrumpforvets.com Thursday morning after announcing that he would not be attending the final debate before the Iowa caucuses because Fox News refused to remove Megyn Kelly as a moderator. Trump and Kelly have feuded since the first GOP debate in August.

January 27: The Daily Caller: Veterans Group Tells Trump it won’t accept donations from his fundraiser
A military veterans group told Donald Trump they do not want his money from his fundraiser for vets.  Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder Paul Rieckhoff tweeted Wednesday he would turn away any donation that came from the fundraiser Trump is planning to speak at in lieu of participating in the presidential primary debate in Iowa Thursday.

January 27: The Hill: Trump refuses to reconsider boycott of Iowa Debate
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday night lashed out at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in his first appearance on the network since he announced he'd boycott the next GOP debate. He also refused to reconsider his decision to sit out the network's Thursday night debate – the last before the Iowa caucuses in five days – and said he'd move forward with his own competing event to raise money for wounded veterans.

January 25: Fox News Insider: Hillary Mocking FBI Emaill Probe Judge Napolitano said Hillary Clinton is mocking the FBI email probe. In order to get access to these kinds of document you need special codes that change hourly. So this could not have been just an oversight. It was a willful act to disregard highly sensitive classified material and to handle it as unclassified documents. "Even the FBI agents investigating Clinton's use of a personal server don't have access to those codes!" Judge Napolitano said.

January 24: News Max: Trump may skip Fox News Debate over Megyn Kelly
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump might skip Thursday's debate on Fox News Channel and hold his own televised town hall at the same time if the network doesn't drop Megyn Kelly from its team of moderators, his campaign manager tells New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman. . Trump has been calling on Fox News to drop Kelly, who is scheduled to join Chris Wallace and Bret Baier as debate moderators. The trio moderated the first GOP debate in which Kelly and Trump sparred over a question about his treatment of women. Trump took up the feud again last week with a serious of tweets saying Fox shouldn't allow Kelly on the debate stage because she is biased against him. Fox responded that Kelly would not be removed from the team of moderators.

January 24: The Washington Examiner: Immigration Prosecutions drop 36%
while detaining illegals in jail is down by 2/3rds

Criminal prosecution of immigration offenses over the past five years is down 36%, and the once-successful program of detaining illegal immigrants in state and local jails is in free fall, down by two-thirds, according reports from two federal agencies.  Justice Department statistics show that criminal prosecutions for crimes such as unlawful re-entry by an illegal in November totaled 4,861, down 13.2 percent over the previous month. Over the past year, that number is down 22.3 percent.  According to the Center for Immigration Studies which analyzed the data, that is a five year decline of criminal prosecutions.

January 24: The Hill: Pataki: Clinton’s Legal Issues will force consideration of an outsider: 
Former GOP presidential candidate George Pataki is predicting that Democrat Hillary Clinton's "legal issues" will force an outside candidate to jump into the 2016 White House race as a white knight. "People talk about the problems in the Republican Party, but I think Democrats have a bigger problem," the former New York governor said.  "Hillary Clinton is catering, the scandals just keep coming. She has grave legal issues that could totally prevent her from continuing her campaign, and the alternative is a self-avowed socialist who has never run anything.”  Pataki added that it would not surprise him to see an "outsider jump into the race" like Vice President Joe Biden, California Gov. Jerry Brown or Secretary of State John Kerry.

January 23: The Hill: Rubio’s 3-2-1 Early State Strategy, Unique but with some Risks:
Marco Rubio’s campaign appears to be coalescing around a unique and potentially risky strategy to catch fire in the GOP presidential primary, one that isn’t predicated on success in either Iowa and New Hampshire.  The strategy, disclosed earlier this week after conversations with multiple Rubio aides, has earned the nickname of the “3-2-1” strategy—third place in Iowa, second place in New Hampshire and first place in South Carolina. It’s an unconventional path in an unconventional cycle, with potential risks and rewards. 

January 23: The Hill: Glenn Beck endorses Cruz
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck on Saturday endorsed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for the White House.  He compared Cruz to the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, and gave him a compass that belonged to the first one, George Washington.  “I’d like you to hold onto that,” he said, passing Cruz the compass, “to make sure your compass is square and you stay true” to your values.   Beck said he had never endorsed a presidential candidate in his 40 years of broadcasting, but he made an exception because of the urgency of the moment.

January 23: The Hill: Cruz’s plan to beat Hillary?  Tell the truth!
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says he hates the conventional wisdom that the only way for a conservative to win a general election is to run as a “Democrat-lite.” “How do we win?” Cruz asked voters at an Exeter, N.H., rally earlier this week, according to the Associated Press.“Washington consultants always say ‘the way you win is you run to the middle.’ You run to the mushy middle, you blur the distinctions,” he added. “Every time we do that, we lose.”   The Texas senator said he prefers his approach, which he characterized as “telling the truth with a smile.”  “That’s how we win — with a clear contrast,” he said.

January 23:  Breitbart News Page and McLaughlin: The FBI will recommend Prosecution for Hillary:
Chicago Tribune Editorial Board member Clarence Page and “McLaughlin Group” host John McLaughlin predicted the FBI will recommend Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton face prosecution for mishandling classified information on Friday.  McLaughlin asked if Hillary would be prosecuted, to which Page responded,  “I’m going to say yes, but she won’t be indicted.”  McLaughlin responded, “I’m with you.”

January 23: The New York Times:  Mayor Bloomberg, Sensing Opportunity,
Considers Potential White House Bid:

Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race. His advisers and associates said he was galled by Donald Trump’s dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton’s stumbles and the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side.  Bloomberg, a billionaire has in the past contemplated running for the White House on a third-party ticket, but always concluded he could not win. A confluence of unlikely events in the 2016 election, however, has given new impetus to his presidential aspirations.

January 22: Fox News: Clinton Private Server Exposed Human Intel Sources
At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton's private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as "HCS-O," which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record.    Both sources are familiar with the intelligence community inspector general’s January 14 letter to Congress, advising the Oversight committees that intelligence beyond Top Secret -- known as Special Access Program (SAP) -- was identified in the Clinton emails, as well the supporting documents from the affected agencies that owned the information and have final say on classification. Dan Maguire, former Special Operations strategic planner for Africom, has said the disclosure of sensitive material impacts national security and exposes U.S. sources.  "There are people’s lives at stake. Certainly in an intel SAP, if you’re talking about sources and methods, there may be one person in the world that would have access to the type of information contained in that SAP,” he said.

2016 Annual March for Life in Washington, DCJanuary 22: The Washington Examiner: President Neglecting the rights of unborn children
It has become a tradition of sorts for presidents to release statements on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which established “a constitutional” right to abortion and legalized most abortions nationally.  And so it was with President Obama.  The president said the decision "affirmed a woman's freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health." While that's true for women who choose to abort a pregnancy, that's untrue for unborn baby girls, who make up roughly half the victims of abortion in America.  With about 1.2 million yearly abortions in the U.S., that's 600,000 girls who didn't get the freedom to make their own choices about their bodies and their health.  Obama concluded by saying: "In America, every single one of us deserves the rights, freedoms and opportunities to fulfill our dreams." The president seems to have a blind spot for the millions of unborn babies who have been aborted during his presidency and who will never have such opportunities, especially in light of the research that shows unborn babies can dream in the womb.

January 22: The Daily Caller: Chaffetz and Jordan go Ballistic when they learn the IRS
wiped clean yet another hard drive

Leading members of Congress are ripping IRS officials for erasing a computer hard drive after a federal judge ordered it to be preserved.  “The destruction of evidence subject to preservation orders and subpoenas has been an ongoing problem under your leadership at the IRS,” Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner Koskinen. “It is stunning to see that the IRS does not take reasonable care to preserve documents that it is legally required to protect,” Chaffetz and Jordan said.

January 20: The Daily Caller: Mikulski says she wants to avoid Constitution Arguments
during hearing on Obama’s Executive Gun Actions:

Senator Mikulski (D-MD) said at a Senate hearing Wednesday that she wanted to avoid getting “involved in constitutional arguments.” The only problem is that the hearing in question dealt with President Obama’s recent executive actions on guns, which many believe infringes on Americans’ Second Amendment rights.  Mikulski, an ardent supporter of gun control said she wanted to focus on solving the problem. 

January 20: Fox News: Fast and Furious rifle capable of taking down a chopper
found in El Chapo Weapons Cache

A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.  A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter.  After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.

January 19: Politico: Judge Rejects Obama’s Assertion of Executive Privilege over Fast and Furious Records
A federal judge has rejected President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to records pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, a gunrunning probe that allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to flow across the border into Mexico.  U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department's public disclosures about its response to the so-called "gun walking" controversy undercut Obama's executive privilege claim.

January 14: Associated Press: Migration of Jews from Europe to Israel hits all time high
Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading nonprofit group said Thursday, as France's beleaguered Jewish community grapples with whether to refrain from donning Jewish skull caps for their own safety.  The Jewish Agency, which works closely with the Israeli government and acts as a link to Jews around the world, told The AP that 9,880 western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 — the highest annual number ever. The figure is more than 10 percent over the previous year and over double the 2013 level.

January 14: The Hill: Rand Paul: I will not be silenced:
Presidential candidate Rand Paul released a video Thursday night during the GOP undercard debate — which he boycotted — saying he refuses to be silenced and that the Republican Party needs to allow "dissent" and a "diversity of opinion."  "I may have been excluded from the debate tonight, but I won't be silenced," he said. Without his voice, he added, the libertarian wing of the party "wonders if they need to look elsewhere, outside of the party for representation." 

January 14: The Hill: State Department: Ten Sailors Captured Not Covered by the Geneva Convention
The ten American sailors captured by Iran this week were not covered under protocols of the Geneva Convention because the United States is not at war with Iran, the State Department said on Thursday.  The determination means that the Obama administration will not accuse Iran of violating the convention’s protections for prisoners of war, as many critics accused Iran of doing with its treatment of the sailors.

January 10: News Max: Two VA Executives Finally Demoted for Scam
Two Veterans Affairs officials who had underlings pushed aside so they could take their jobs at their old pay with fewer responsibilities finally received demotions on Friday, Fox News reports,  but one lawmaker still wondered why criminal charged weren't filed against them.  The VA said Friday that "final action" to "demote" Diana Rubens of Philadelphia and Kimberly Graves of St. Paul from regional office directors to assistant director jobs in other cities.  Federal prosecutors said on December 24 that no charges would be filed against the pair, but has not responded to a message from Florida Rep. Jeff Miller about why they will not be charged.

January 9: Fox News: Clinton may have “coached” aid how to send fax to unsecured machine:
A recently released email from Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state appears to show her coaching an aide on how to send a fax on a non-secure system, renewing criticism about her perhaps skirting security measures.  Clinton wrote the email as part of an exchange in June 2011 that started when aide Jack Sullivan wrote to say his staff was having problems getting her documents on a secure fax.  Clinton responded by saying she hadn't received the documents and that Sullivan and his staff should “turn (the messages) into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send [it] nonsecure."

January 8: McClatchy News DC: At Least 1,340 Clinton emails contained classified information:
At least 1,340 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received contained classified material, according to the State Department’s latest update from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails. None of Clinton’s emails was marked as classified during her tenure, State Department officials say, but intelligence officials say some material was clearly classified at the time. Her aides also sent and received classified information.  Clinton has been under fire for months for exclusively using personal email routed through a private server while serving as the nation’s top diplomat. The FBI launched an inquiry into the handling of sensitive information after classified information was found in some

January 7: Fox News: North Korea and China Testing the U.S.
The White House no longer talks about “red lines,” but it seems more are being crossed every day.  From the Middle East to Asia, U.S. adversaries are taking provocative and aggressive actions, raising concerns they are feeling emboldened – ever since President Obama backed off the threat of military action against Syria’s Bashar Assad.   North Korea has now tested a fourth nuclear device under orders from Kim Jong Un. China over the weekend brazenly landed its first aircraft on a runway built atop one of its man-made islands in the South China Sea weeks after the U.S. indicated it had no plans to send warships there, and later flew a large civilian airliner to the artificial land mass.

January 6: WND News: Obama’s Executive Actions on Guns Coming on Tuesday
The White House announced it will unveil President Obama’s promised executive orders Tuesday morning on “common sense” gun control, but Second Amendment advocates and Republicans in Congress say “not so fast.”  They’re gearing up for a battle that will extend to the legislative branch and the courts.
Obama is expected to announce his unilateral plans to work around Congress to rein in gun sales and “make our communities safer,” according to a White House statement.

January 7: The Hill: Dept. of State Set to Dump more Classified Clinton emails
The State Department will release 2,900 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails on Thursday, after failing to meet a court-ordered deadline last week.  Thursday’s document dump is likely to be the second-to-last release of Clinton’s emails by the State Department, which has been ordered by a court to have the full 55,000 pages of emails to the public by the end of the month.   Forty-five of the emails in Thursday evening’s release have been deemed classified at some level, department spokesman John Kirby said, bringing the total number of emails with now-classified information up to 1,319.

January 7: The Washington Times: Missing U.S. Hell Fire Missile Turns Up in Cuba
One of the most advanced U.S. missiles was unintentionally shipped to Cuba in 2014, according to a report Thursday evening in the Wall Street Journal.  The Hellfire missile was supposed to be sent to Europe for a training mission, the Journal reported, cited “people familiar with the matter.” Shipping such a sophisticated weapon to a communist dictatorship with which the U.S. at the time didn’t have diplomatic relations and has been under U.S. embargo for a half-century would be among the worst mistakes of its kind in U.S. military history, the sources said. 

January 5: The Washington Examiner: Hillary Takes Credit for Obama Gun Plans
Hillary Clinton praised Obama's executive actions on gun control, claiming that his plans were influenced by her own proposals.  "I am very proud of President Obama's announcement today," Clinton said of the president's new series of executive actions. "In fact, I feel really good because I called for some of those measures a few months ago."  The former secretary of state has long touted gun control on the campaign trail, especially in the wake of recent mass shootings.

January 5: The Daily Caller:  Benghazi Soldiers: We believe the families, not Hillary
Three members of the security team who responded to the attack on the Benghazi annex on Sept. 11, 2012 say that they believe the families of the four Americans killed that day when they say that then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton blamed an anti-Muslim video for the attacks during private conversations.  Clinton has denied claims made by the relatives of State Department information officer Sean Smith, and CIA operatives Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods that Clinton blamed the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” during a Sept. 14, 2012 memorial service for the victims.

January 5: The Springfield News-Leader: Springfield Woman: Gun Rights Saved My Life
Katie Claxton said she was afraid for her life Sunday night when she was approached by a man wielding a large knife.  The Springfield woman said she cringes to think what might have happened if her husband hadn't pointed a gun at the man and scared him off.  "Our Second Amendment right to carry is what saved our lives," Claxton said. "If we didn't have our right to carry, I feel like we wouldn't be here today."

January 4: The Hill: Republicans eye DOJ Funding to block Obama Gun Orders
A powerful House Republican is threatening to block President Obama’s executive order on guns by defunding the Department of Justice (DOJ).  In a letter to Attorney General Lynch, Congressman Culberson (R-TX), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, warned against enforcing the new gun restrictions.  "The next twelve months will be an especially dangerous time for Americans who treasure our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Culberson said.

January 4: The Washington Times: Gun Background checks increased to a high in 2015
A record number of firearms background checks were conducted by the FBI in 2015 — equating to roughly 44 every minute. The agency reported Monday that it conducted a tltal of 23,141,970 checks last year, eclipsing the prior yearly record of roughly 21.1 million checks set in 2013.  The background checks are conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases from federal firearms licensees and for permits to carry guns, and while the checks serve as an indicator of gun sale trends in the U.S., each check does not always equate to a sale.

January 4: The Daily Caller: Unusual Clinton Payments to the DNC raise Conflict of Interest Questions:
Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee have an unusual agreement in which an entity she controls has paid millions of dollars to the political panel, even as its leadership plays a supposedly impartial role in fostering competition between the former secretary of state and her rivals for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. 
Clinton created a “joint fundraising committee” Sept. 10 that funneled big-money donations in excess of the per-campaign limit to the DNC. In the next 20 days, she raised and gave $600,000 to the DNC. Fourth-quarter 2015 fundraising reports haven’t been filed yet, but the total would be in the millions.

January 4: The Hill: Bill gutting Obamacare would save half-trillion CBO says
A GOP-led effort to repeal the biggest parts of ObamaCare would save more than a half-trillion dollars over a decade, the congressional budget scorekeeper said Monday.  Legislation to gut most of ObamaCare's mandates and taxes, known as Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, would reduce the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years, according to the bipartisan CBO.

January 4: Yahoo News: Saudi Arabia recruits Sunni allies in row with Iran:
Saudi Arabia rallied Sunni allies to its side in a growing diplomatic row with Iran on Monday, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.  Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, following Riyadh's example the previous day. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters Riyadh would also halt air traffic and commercial relations between the rival powers.

January 4: Yahoo News: Saudi-Ian Crisis a Reflection of U.S. Policy
Washington's single-minded pursuit of the Iran nuclear deal damaged its alliance with Saudi Arabia, experts say, and fed is escalating the crisis in the Gulf.  The United States failed to manage its traditional Sunni Arab allies in the region while it reached out to mend ties with their bitter Shiite foes in Tehran.  As a result, experts warn, Washington has suffered a loss of influence at a time when it needs to implement the nuclear accord and work with both Tehran and Riyadh to end the Syrian war.

January 1: The Daily Caller: Meat Packer Pulls Rug Out From Under Muslims over Prayer Dispute
A Cargill beef processing plant in Fort Morgan, Colo. has fired nearly 200 Somali Muslims who walked off the job last week in a dispute over the company’s accommodations of their prayer rituals.  The workers’ complaints were vague, but seemed to center on the amount of space and time that Cargill had made available for them to pray at the meat plant, which is located in northeast Colorado. Devout Muslims pray five times a day.  More than 200 workers, mostly Muslims from Somalia, either walked off the job before the second shift was set to begin at the plant on Dec. 21 or failed to show up to work the next day in protest of what they claimed were Cargill’s new, restrictive policies.
After the employees failed to show up to work for three days, Cargill fired them, in keeping with the company’s policies.  Cargill spokesman Mike Martin said that the plant could not facilitate a large prayer facility without disrupting operations.

January 1: The Hill:  Report: Obama plans to increase background check requirements
President Obama plans to increase background-check requirements for those who purchase guns from high-volume dealers, the Washington Post reported Friday.  The report comes on the heels of Obama’s announcement Friday morning that he will meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch “to discuss options” for reducing gun deaths in America.  The Post, citing unnamed people “familiar with the proposal,” said the White House will unveil the background checks and other policy specifics next week. Obama used his weekly radio address Friday to pledge a continued fight against “our epidemic of gun violence.

January 1: The Hill: Iran: As Long as the U.S. Supports Israel, we will continue our missile program
Iranian leaders are defiantly vowing to expand the nation’s missile program in the face of potential new U.S. sanctions.  “As long as the United States supports Israel, we will expand our missile capabilities,” said the Revolutionary Guards' No. 2 leader, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, Reuters reports. The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday that the Obama administration is delaying its planned sanctions over Tehran's missile program.

January 1: The Hill: Obama’s 2015 environmental/Climate Changes Heading for Trial
A slate of major environmental rules rolled out by the Obama administration in 2015 will face serious challenges in 2016, as opponents look to beat back the president’s ambitious policies — a core piece of his legacy.  Here are some of the biggest regulations that can be expected to be litigated in 2016.
(1) Clean Power Plan -- the climate rule for power plants, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation designed to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. It has met with scorching opposition from Republicans, commodity groups, businesses and utilities. Opponents argue the rule will cut carbon emissions at the expense of jobs and American energy bills, which could go up as states shift to cleaner energy mixes.
(2) Clean Water Rule  -- A federal court dealt a blow to another EPA rule in 2015 when it blocked implementation of a new rule setting regulatory authority over small waterways.  The so-called “Waters of the United States” rule looks to clarify which streams, wetlands and other smaller waterways the federal government has regulatory authority over. Opponents  argue the rule is overly-broad and an unjust expansion of federal power. Two separate federal courses have issued separate injunctions against the rule in 2015.

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