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04/24/2017 – Sessions: Dems will pass anything ‘as long as it doesn’t work’: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that Democrats will be to blame if the government shuts down at the end of the week. If funding for a wall on the southern border is included in the bill and Democrats block it, Sessions said they should get the blame. “It will be the Democrats who shut this government down to block the funding of the wall. That’s what the question is. Are they going to shut the government down?” he said in an interview on “Fox & Friends.” He also accused the minority party of not being interested in solving the nation’s problems.
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04/24/2017 – Trump to Set New Executive Orders on Environment, Energy This Week”:President Donald Trump this week will sign new executive orders before he completes his first 100 days in office, including two on energy and the environment, which would make it easier for the United States to develop energy on and offshore, a White House official said on Sunday.”This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines, innovations in energy production, and reduced unnecessary burden on energy producers,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
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04/19/2017 – To mark the 105 anniversary of the birth of regime founder Kim Il Sung. The regime showed off several new missile designs. Halfway through the two-and-a-half hour military parade that took place in Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korea showed off its next-generation military hardware. One commentator said “This is the first time North Korea has ever displayed such a range of their missile arsenal. We can see from today that North Korea’s missile technology has advanced far more than we had previously thought.” This is North Korea, so the fact that a “missile” is on display does not necessarily mean they are operational, or even that that they are in development. One observer suggested “I’m also sure that the missiles are not ready yet, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that North Korea is now developing ICBM’s. It might take a little more time than they want to, but there is no show of just models to deceive anyone.” But this is silly. During the 1960s, the Soviets were quite fond a dragging their rockets [aka “Rattling Their Rockets”] through Red Square. It turned out that possibly half of the displayed rockets were not what the West believed them to be. Frequently, the Soviets displayed prototypes that had lost competitions, while hiding the winning design that had entered production.
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04/19/2017 – Chaffetz won’t run for reelection: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will not seek reelection in 2018, he announced in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. “After long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for any office in 2018,” the House Oversight Committee chairman said.
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04/19/2017 – National security issues multiply for Trump: National security issues have multiplied for President Trump in recent weeks, with complex conflicts and problems abroad competing for his attention. Trump’s strike against a Syrian airfield prompted questions about his long-term strategy in the region. But those questions were usurped a week later when the military dropped the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, giving new attention to America’s longest war. Days later, attention shifted to North Korea, with fears mounting that the country could conduct its sixth nuclear test. The confluence of hot spots around the globe is testing Trump as he nears the 100-day mark of his presidency.
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04/08/2017 – Battle over sanctuary cities escalating Immigration hardliners are threatening to hold potentially billions of dollars in state grants hostage as they seek to compel so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal law enforcement officials. Legislators in 33 states have introduced measures to limit or prevent cities from acting as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Only one state this year, Mississippi, has enacted a ban on sanctuary jurisdictions, but several others, including Texas, Indiana, Iowa, Florida and Georgia, are advancing their own bills.
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04/09/2017 – Tillerson: Russia ‘Incompetent and Out-Maneuvered by Assad’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says there’s no “hard evidence” of Russian involvement in Syria’s chemical bomb attack, but charges Moscow’s been “incompetent” and “out-maneuvered” by Bashar al-Assad. In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” aired Sunday, Tillerson said in his visit to Russia this week, he’ll call upon Moscow “to fulfill the obligation it made to the international community when it agreed to be the guarantor of the elimination of the chemical weapons.” “Why Russia has not been able to achieve that is unclear to me,” he said. “I don’t draw conclusions of complicity at all. But clearly, they’ve been incompetent, and perhaps they’ve just simply been out-maneuvered by the Syrians.”
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04/02/2017 – Citing research, Democratic Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh turns against $15 minimum wage Standing behind a podium emblazoned with her city’s logo, last week Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, a liberal Democrat, reversed her position on increasing the minimum wage and announced her decision to veto legislation that would raise it. In a union questionnaire signed during her campaign for mayor, however, Pugh addressed the very initiative she would come to reject, writing at the time, “I am aware of the current initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City Council to $15 per hour and when it reaches my desk I will sign it.” It did, and she did not.
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04/02/2017 – McConnell: Gorsuch will be confirmed this week ; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, will be confirmed in the coming week. “Judge Gorsuch deserves to be confirmed,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Unanimously well-qualified by the American Bar Association, my counterpart, Sen. [Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.], once called that the gold standard.” McConnell continued to praise Gorsuch, saying the nominee will “ultimately” be confirmed. “Exactly how that happens … will be up to our Democratic colleagues,” he said. “I think it is noteworthy that no Supreme Court justice has ever, in the history of our country, been stopped by a partisan filibuster — ever.” When pressed on whether Gorsuch will have a confirmation vote by Friday, McConnell remained confident. “We’re going to confirm Judge Gorsuch this week,” he said. THE HILL – -CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
04/02/2017 – Schumer: It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said it does not appear President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, will get the 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle to his nomination. “It looks like Gorsuch will not reach the 60-vote margin,” Schumer said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “So instead of changing the rules — which is up to [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] and the Republican majority — why doesn’t President Trump, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate sit down and try to come up with a mainstream nominee?” Schumer said when a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, the nominee should be changed instead of the rules. Schumer said the Republicans are “acting like they’re a cat on the top of a tree.” THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
04/01/2017 – Under Trump, Pentagon Seizing More Control Over Warfighting: Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa. This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more authority to conduct offensive airstrikes on al-Qaida-linked militants. Next week it could be Yemen, where military leaders want to provide more help for the United Arab Emirates’ battle against Iranian-backed rebels. Key decisions on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are looming, from ending troop number limits to loosening rules that guide commanders in the field. The changes in President Donald Trump’s first two months in office underscore his willingness to let the Pentagon manage its own day-to-day combat. Under the Obama administration, military leaders chafed about micromanagement that included commanders needing approval for routine tactical decisions about targets and personnel moves. NEWSMAX – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>
04/01/2017 – Bill Last Week Was NOT Obamacare Repeal or Replacement: Congressman Louie Gohmert – Republicans have been promising to repeal Obamacare for seven years now. Some of us have proposed bills that had good provisions that would repeal Obamacare. In fact, we voted on a bill that would have been more of a repeal than this one through the House and Senate last year and put it on then-President Obama’s desk for signature. He vetoed the bill. But let’s be clear: the bill last week was NOT a repeal. It was NOT a replacement. It was an Obamacare tweak giving additional power to the federal government in hopes that our Republican Health and Human Services Secretary could make good changes. CLICK HER TO READ REST OF STORY>>>>>