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Nielsen out at Homeland Security

Nielsen out at Homeland Security

President Trump announced Sunday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will leave her post, ending a rocky run as the top official in charge of implementing the president’s hard-line immigration policies.  The decision, which Trump announced on Twitter, comes just two days after the president abruptly pulled back his nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because he said he wants “to go in a tougher direction.” The moves signal Trump is seeking to shake up his team amid frustration over the spike in migrant families crossing the southern border.
Trump tweeted that Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, will lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on an acting basis until a permanent replacement for Nielsen is chosen. In her resignation letter, which was obtained by Axios, Nilesen wrote that she had “determined that it is the right time for me to step aside.”
“I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse,” she wrote.  The president thanked Nielsen for her service and said he has “confidence that Kevin will do a great job!” But he did he explain what led to her exit.
Nielsen led the sprawling department’s efforts on immigration enforcement, disaster relief, election security and cybersecurity since December 2017. Nielsen took over for close ally, John Kelly, as the head of DHS after he vacated the role to serve as White House chief of staff. Kelly left the White House at the end of 2018.
During her tenure, Nielsen dealt with persistent rumors that her job was in jeopardy as the president often seethed about the increase in migrant families and unaccompanied minors entering the U.S.  Trump last November was set to fire Nielsen, who had privately expressed frustration about dealing with the president’s anger over the situation at the border. But her job security once again became tenuous after Kelly’s exit last December. Kelly was a mentor to Nielsen and defended her against attacks from Trump and White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, an outspoken immigration hawk, according to reports.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request to explain Nielsen’s departure, but it reportedly came after she met with Trump in the White House residence to discussion border security and immigration policy.  Nielsen also came under fire from Democrats for her role in defending the administration’s immigration agenda, which they have criticized as too cruel to migrant families.
Earlier this year, she became the public face of the administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of thousands of migrant families that illegally crossed the southern border.  Shortly news broke of Nielsen’s departure, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, released a statement slamming her tenure.
“Hampered by misstep after misstep, Kirstjen Nielsen’s tenure at the Department of Homeland Security was a disaster from the start,” Thompson said. “It is clearer now than ever that the Trump Administration’s border security and immigration policies – that she enacted and helped craft – have been an abysmal failure and have helped create the humanitarian crisis at the border.  It is truly unfortunate that Nielsen refused to take responsibility for her actions and was simply unable to lead and stand up to the President for his misguided, wall obsessed anti-immigrant agenda.”
Nielsen stood at the podium in the White House briefing room in June, where she insisted the administration did not have a policy of separating families and that only Congress could address the underlying issue. Within days of her remarks, Trump signed an executive order ending the practice. She also was a vocal defender of Trump’s controversial decision to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress and obtain funding for a border wall. Nielsen cut short an overseas trip this week to spend three days along the border, even making an appearance with Trump at a newly renovated section of border fencing in Calexico, Calif.
While she earned praise from the president for her performances, Nielsen could not escape Trump’s scorn as he sought to implement stricter immigration laws.  She also reportedly considered resigning in May after he lashed out at her during a lengthy tirade during a Cabinet meeting. Prior to her time in Trump’s Cabinet, Nielsen served in the George W. Bush administration in the Transportation Security Administration and on the Homeland Security Council.  Nielsen also worked in the private sector and academia with a focus on cybersecurity before she returned to the federal government to work as Kelly’s deputy both at DHS and at the White House.  Her departure will be viewed as a blow to DHS’s cyber policies and operations, which she often championed and publicly discussed. The site CyberScoop reported last year that Nielsen had been offered the top cyber job at the department, but that she was unable to make up her mind on whether to take up the post.
Nielsen was also a vocal advocate for improved election security as DHS sought to help state and local officials secure their elections after Russia interfered in the 2016 race.


One America News Network
House Sues Members Of Trump Admin. Over Emergency Declaration

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:20 AM PT – Sat. April 6, 2019
The Democrat-led House representatives files a lawsuit against members of President Trump’s administration over his national emergency declaration.  The lawsuit claims the president’s act violates the constitution’s appropriations clause, by taking money from funds reserved for other purposes.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., insists that Attorney General William Barr send to Congress the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller on the Russia probe with all its underlying evidence, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 4, 2019. She also defended the move by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., to demand President Donald Trump’s tax returns for six years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Reports said the lawsuit includes top secretaries and their departments, but does not name President Trump.  The national emergency was declared after Democrats denied the president’s request for border wall funding, causing the recent government shutdown.
Congress later passed legislation to block the act, prompting President Trump to issue his first veto.

Pres. Touts Relationship With Israel At Republican Jewish Coalition In Las Vegas

One America News Network

Pres. Touts Relationship With Israel At Republican Jewish Coalition In Las Vegas

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 3:10 PM PT – Sat. April 6, 2019
President Trump said the United States’ relationship with Israel is at its highest point in history.
Speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas today Saturday, the president touted the historic action his administration has taken to recognize Israel, and strengthen its place in the world.

President Donald Trump waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting, Saturday April 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
These moves include last month’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and last year’s opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. President Trump also pointed out republicans have not allowed anti-Semitism to take root in their party, compared to recent comments by some Democrats.
“And now the Democrats have allowed the terrible scourge of antisemitism to take root in their party and in this country,” said President Trump.  The president’s comments were referring to anti-Semitic tropes made by Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar. Democrats have been accused of failing to condemn her actions, and instead allow her to sit on the powerful foreign affairs committee.

Facebook Pushes For Speech Codes – But no Government control

WATCH: Facebook Pushes For Speech Codes

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:07 PM PT — Friday, April 5, 2019
As social media platforms continue to feel ramped-up pressure to control content, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is calling on the government to do more to classify and control political speech.
One America’s Ryan Girdusky has more from New York.
Facebook has come under fire for its speech policies from multiple players in multiple nations for manifold reasons – sometimes for taking down too much content, other times for not taking down enough. Now, Mark Zuckerberg is asking for someone to tell him what to do instead. That’s an understandable but potentially dangerous request.
Some have interpreted Zuckerberg’s calls for greater regulation of content moderation, along with comments from Facebook’s head of global affairs this past weekend, as requests for a worldwide standard-setting on speech. But any international rules would be formed in part by repressive regimes – putting the Internet’s future in the hands of autocrats. No one set of rules can work for all countries, and people’s ability to express themselves online should not become a geopolitical bargaining chip.
More likely, Facebook and its peers will be regulated country by country. That is more reasonable, though there are risks there, too. Australia has proposed throwing executives in jail if they let violent videos linger on their sites. Germany fines companies for illegal hate speech. Britain is considering hefty fines for “harmful content.” What “harmful” means is unclear – and that’s precisely the problem.
It is one thing for U.S. legislators to hold companies accountable for acting recklessly with regard to illegal content, such as incitements to violence, though that is the sort of regulation Zuckerberg almost certainly does not want. Letting legislators tell tech companies to ban even some categories of legal speech, on the other hand, would almost certainly be a violation of the First Amendment in the United States. Elsewhere, it would be a serious threat to free speech.
Facebook’s head of public policy clarified that Zuckerberg does not want the U.S. government to set speech rules, even if other countries might. Instead, he wants a third-party industry group to take charge. The threat is lower, but it could still be a way for Facebook to duck responsibility for its outsize role in society.
That is not the right way to go. Facebook already has rules. They’re called terms of service. The platform should own them, rather than ask someone else to. That will require rethinking what’s acceptable in response to tragedies such as the New Zealand shootings, and it will require working with academics, advocates and anyone else who has an interest in grooming the world’s information landscape. It will require transparency reports and appeals processes, like those Facebook is already refining. And, of course, it will require taking public positions on touchy topics and accepting the criticism that comes along. For platforms such as Facebook, that’s part of the job


On Joe McCarthy, Washington Post Gets It
Embarrassingly Wrong

Apr 06, 2019 01:00 am
These people never speak to Republicans in the real world, do they? Read More…

Immigration as Economic Warfare

Apr 06, 2019 01:00 am
The dominant force in American politics for the last two decades has been economic warfare against American citizens. Read More…

Are Democrats Pushing Sharia Law?

Apr 06, 2019 01:00 am
Even though Islam clearly hates homosexuals and suppresses women, Democrats overwhelmingly prefer Islam over Christianity.  Read More…

The Never-Ending Threat of Civil War

Apr 06, 2019 01:00 am
We and the Left are now two nations within one country. This is undeniable.Read More…

Four Question for Those Who Oppose the Electoral College

Apr 06, 2019 01:00 am
The debate surrounding this issue is another example of proponents avoiding the salient points.   Read More…

Can We Talk?

Apr 06, 2019 01:00 am
My best guess is that roughly half of us don’t care what the other half think or want, or more importantly, what motivates the other half of America to want the things they want.  Read More…



Heritage Action



Good Saturday Morning! This week, we hosted over fifty of our zealous Sentinels from across the country to lobby in support of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Representatives Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), as well as Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Trump aide Paul Teller spoke with our Sentinels about the importance of Members signing onto the Discharge Petition.

Rep. Scalise with SentinelsRepublican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) taking a selfie with Jessica and Sentinels

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to lobby Washington and fight for this important issue! And thank you to all those who made calls, participated in our #EndInfantide Tweetfest, have held signs at rallies, educated friends, and more!

The Discharge petition currently has 198 signatures—we helped set a record for the most first-day signatures on a discharge petition! We still need 20 Congressmen to sign onto the petition and bring us to the magic “218” number and force a vote—please use this link to see if your member signed!

Give your member a call and either thank them for their signature or urge them to sign onto this crucial petition. No baby who survives an abortion attempt should be left to die, this legislation would make sure a physician who denies care would be criminally punished.

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News from the Hill

  • In response to the President’s decision last week urging the courts to throw out all of Obamacare, House Democrats passed a resolution this week condemning the Trump Administration for “taking away American’s health care.” Heritage Action supports efforts to lower health care costs and expand choice for consumers. Check out Tim Chapman on Fox and Friends discussing this week.
  • Thursday, the House voted to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s Civil War. Congressional efforts to limit U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen will undermine U.S. security in the Middle East.
  • Due to Senate Democrats’ unprecedented obstruction in the nomination process, Senate Republicans passed S.Res.50, which will reduce post-cloture debate time for judicial and sub-cabinet level nominees.> > > Have you had the chance to sign our letter of support for education savings accounts for military families? If you or your family member has served our country please click here to sign the letter.

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Tom Fitton: Rep. Adam Schiff Should Step
Down–CANNOT Be Trusted to Handle
Classified Info

April 2, 2019- JW President Tom Fitton appeared on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on the Fox
Business Network to discuss how House Democrats are planning to vote on whether to
authorize subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe report.

Tom Fitton: Rosenstein’s Future is uncertain

Tom Fitton: Rosenstein Discussed a Coup

September 24, 2018- JW President Tom Fitton appeared on “After the Bell” on the Fox
Business Network to discuss whether there’s a bureaucratic coup at the FBI and
Department of Justice.





President Trump Arrives at US-Mexico Border in Southern California


President Trump touched-down in southern California Friday to tour recently constructed segments of his border wall; highlighting the importance of security throughout the region weeks after declaring the area a “national emergency.”
“Will soon be landing in Calexico, California to look at a portion of the new WALL being built on our…



BERNIE ERUPTS: Sanders Says Trump a
‘Racist, Sexist, Homophobe, Xenophobe,
Religious Bigot’


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders unloaded on President Trump during an incendiary speech in New York City Friday; viciously labeling the Commander-in-Chief a “racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe, religious bigot.”
“It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we have a president today who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is…



Big Dem names show little interest in Senate

Senate Democrats had the opportunity to recruit a murderer’s row of popular and tested candidates with proven fundraising abilities in a handful of key states up for election next year as they seek a path back to the majority.  But virtually all of those candidates have taken themselves out of the running, either because they see a bigger prize on the horizon, the White House, or because the allure of serving in the world’s greatest deliberative body is no longer what it once was.
Read the full story here


A Personal Note from Tim Wildmon - AFA President

A Personal Note from Tim Wildmon – AFA President

Victory report! More Trump judicial nominees to be confirmed…
Saturday, April 6, 2019
As you know, the Senate has been at a slow crawl when it comes to confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees. The main reason for this logjam is Democratic obstruction. Democrats have been using every tool possible to block the Trump agenda, including their demand of 30 hours for Senate floor “debate” on the President’s nominees.
On Wednesday, Senate Republicans led the charge to reduce the 30 hours of debate for lower court and executive branch nominees to 2 hours. The Senate used the “nuclear option” to establish a simple majority vote on the motion to proceed. This motion previously required 60 votes, but the “nuclear option” changed that requirement and lowered it to 51 votes. Two Republican Senators defected and voted with Democrats in opposition to the nuclear option: Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mike Lee (R-UT).
Historically, this debate time was only invoked on rare occasion and when there was a highly controversial nominee pending confirmation. After the 2016 election, Democrats resorted to using this tactic on nearly every Trump nominee.
In May of 2018 we notified our grass roots supporters of this problem urging them to ask their Senators to end this obstruction and lower debate time on judicial nominees. This rule change will expedite President Trump’s nominees and allow the Senate to continue putting conservative judges on federal courts across the country.
This might not have happened without your action. I want to thank you for remaining diligent in this battle for the soul of our country.
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Today’s Commentary —  Tucker Carlson — “Huckabee” preview — Democrats going insane waiting for Mueller report (read this instead)   — Fighting for Life — The Democrat field for President — American Taliban? — Quotes from American History — Senator Cotton urges the IRS to look into the SPLC — President Trump is wrong about this    — Evening Edition — Daily Verse
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is absolutely shredding his liberal competition these days.  Last week, his show alone pulled over a million more viewers than all the prime time shows on CNN put together (Remember when the “social justice” mob was going to shame his advertisers into canceling and drive him off the air?  That worked out swell.)  This video of the opening segment of his show last night will give you a good idea of why he’d doing so well: he dares to say what needs to be said in a time when few risk it – other than me, of course.  I’ve been saying exactly what I think and letting the triggered trolls make fools of themselves in my Twitter feed comments for years now.
Be sure to stay with it to the end to watch a parade of Democratic hopefuls groveling before Al Sharpton and vowing to sign a racial reparations payment bill.  Then read my other comment today about Al Sharpton with its link to blogger Jeff Dunetz’s rundown of Sharpton’s appalling history that these would-be Presidents are willing to overlook and tacitly embrace for votes.
With gratitude,
Mike Huckabee
By Mike Huckabee”Huckabee” preview——————————
This weekend’s new episode of “Huckabee” has all the great variety show entertainment of “Ed Sullivan” plus education, inspiration and a host who’s able to smile!  On the serious side, I’ll talk about saving Western civilization with Ben Shapiro, and how to argue without killing each other with Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, authors of “I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening.)” You’ll meet a Huck’s Hero who left a lucrative career to help impoverished youth in South Africa by teaching them a skill you’ll never guess.  Janine Turner will fill us in on her new Lifetime movie about Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, and her program to teach kids about the Constitution (classic country and the Constitution: two things today’s youth desperately need to know more about.)  And did I mention variety?  How about some hilarious-but-true news “In Case You Missed It,” the astounding acrobatics of “America’s Got Talent’s” Cristin Sandu, and a song by the Music City Connection that I promise will give you goosebumps.
It’s a “really big shoe,” and it’s all coming your way tonight at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and repeated at the same times on Sunday, only on TBN. To find your local TBN channel and stream previous episodes online, visithttps://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee


Democrats going insane waiting for Mueller report (read this instead)

By Mike Huckabee
Attorney General Bill Barr has said that the Mueller report will be ready to greet its eager public by mid-April. That’s only a week or so away. So why are Democrats embarrassing themselves by calling nonstop for its immediate and total release, even when they know perfectly well that it contains material –- classified records, grand jury proceedings, etc.— that would be illegal for Barr to make public. Barr has made it plain that he wants to be transparent and will turn over as much as he can, even though he’s not obligated to turn over anything at all. Trump is saying the same.
So why is House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler acting like he’s got a wasp in his underwear? (Apologies to the late Morey Amsterdam.)
There’s a clip of Nadler from a couple of decades ago that’s been making the rounds: Nadler argues that Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s report on President Clinton should NOT be released. It’s quite hilarious, considering that this time, Nadler wants every last unredacted word of the report on President Trump, even all the supporting documents (which I understand run into the millions of pages). At this writing, he’s readying the subpoena (which the DOJ will refuse, simply because complying with it would be breaking the law). Nadler’s hypocrisy is even worse when you consider that today’s special counsel statute is different from the independent counsel law that governed Ken Starr. Barr is not compelled to give the entire report (or for that matter, any of it) to Congress; Starr was supposed to.



Fighting for Life

By Mike Huckabee
Georgia legislators have passed a bill banning abortion after the baby has a detectable heartbeat, which is around six weeks, unless the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life or poses “substantial and irreversible physical harm” to the mother.
The bill is under furious attack from the pro-abortion movement, particularly from Hollywood.  The Writers Guild  and over 100 liberal actors and comedians so far (there’s a handy alphabetical list at the link) are threatening a boycott of Georgia if it becomes law.  Leaders of pro-abortion states such as Pennsylvania are seeking to cash in on the graves of unborn children by aggressively trying to poach Georgia’s lucrative film business (you stay classy, Pennsylvania Attorney Gen. Josh Shapiro – again, see the link.)


By Mike Huckabee
The Democrat field for President———————–
A piece of news that appeared in The Week Wednesday (and in my media outlets multiple times over the years) was this article by Bonnie Kristian entitled “Don’t Idolize Your 2020 Pick (my apologies in advance for the truly disturbing illustration of “Beto” O’Rourke as Jesus.)
Ms Kristian touches on an argument that I’ve been making for years: that the left has become more secular and hostile to religion, but they still feel a need for some force larger than themselves to worship. And so, they fill that hole in their souls by putting a religious-type faith in politicians; investing mystical powers in a series of false idols with feet of clay who will inevitably let them down…until they find the next one to elevate to savior status. She seems to think this is a recent phenomenon, citing Obama (“the Lightbringer” whose mere elevation to office would make the rising oceans start to recede) and “Beto” (cringe alert: there’s a photo of a young supporter in a crowd holding up a sign reading “Beto is our Christ.”)
In actuality, the roots of the deification of Democratic pols go back decades, from the photos of FDR and JFK next to pictures of Jesus and the Pope in supporters’ homes, to the “Kennedy/Camelot” narrative (remember, King Arthur was ordained by God to rule England) to Bill Clinton (a worshipful reporter gushed that “power crackled from his jeans”), and so on up to “Beto” with any number of similar tin gods who didn’t quite make it to the top tier of deities, plus those who popped up in other nations around the world. As I pointed out just recently, it’s no coincidence that Democrats are so awed by people who are “charismatic,” which is actually a religious term.



American Taliban?

By Mike Huckabee
Last May, Hofstra University’s president refused to give in to demands by leftist students to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson because he was a “slave owner and sexual predator.”  But on Friday, they renewed their demand to join the Taliban in tearing down historic icons, with one offering a speech that contained more “like’s” than a Facebook post of a cat playing the piano.  You can read about the whole thing here.



Quotes from American History

“I’m the ultimately responsible person in this organization. Other people can pass the buck to me, but I can’t pass the buck to anyone else.”
– Harry S. Truman


Senator Cotton urges the IRS to look into the SPLC

By Mike Huckabee
If you’ve been keeping up over the years with my newsletter, radio and TV shows, podcasts, and website and social media posts, then you might sometimes feel when watching the news that you’re seeing reruns.  It’s amazing how many “revelations” are being reported now that I’ve been telling you for years (Trump didn’t collude with Russia, Hillary did; there was a lot of resentment in America against coastal elites and it was going to elect Trump; etc.)  Now, today’s news brings us two articles at once that will give my longtime followers a feeling of déjà vu.
First up, there’s the news that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has written a letter to the IRS making the case that I’ve made for years that the Southern Poverty Law Center is no longer a legitimate champion of civil rights but has become a corrupt, partisan attack dog that defames traditional Christian and conservative organizations as “hate groups” and is no longer deserving of tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit status.



President Trump is wrong about this

By Mike Huckabee
When I disagree with President Trump, I have no qualms saying so, and here’s an example of where I think he’s wrong. He announced this week that the Republicans might wait until after the 2020 election to present a health care plan to replace Obamacare.



Evening Edition – April 5

By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!


Daily Verse (KJV)

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
– Hebrews 4:16
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