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Nationwide marches set to protest Trump tax returns

Nationwide marches set to protest Trump tax returns
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Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend rallies on Saturday that are aimed at pressuring President Trump to release his tax returns.
The events, which will be held as the tax-filing deadline approaches, are one of a number of protests that have sprung up since Trump’s election, including the women’s march held the day after the inauguration.  The marches come eight years after Tea Party rallies on President Obama’s first Tax Day in office.  Trump’s tax returns are a long-running controversy from his presidential campaign.
In a sharp break with precedent, Trump has refused to release the documents, blaming an audit. But the IRS says that nothing prevents people from releasing their own tax information.  Here are five things to know about the tax marches.
The marches will span the globe  While the main march will take place in Washington, D.C., there are also events set for more than 150 other cities in the U.S. and abroad.  Events are planned in large cities such as New York City and Los Angeles, as well as in smaller cities in states that Trump won such as Billings, Mont., and Fayetteville, Ark. Internationally, protests are planned in cities including London and Tokyo.  THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>

Surprise! Now the establishment is praising Trump

Published on Apr 13, 2017
President Donald Trump is abruptly reversing himself on key issues like NATO, China and Russia. As he
approaches 100 days in office he appears to be increasingly embracing what he describes as his “flexibility.” (April 14)

President Trump is suddenly winning positive reviews from a Washington establishment that has often feuded with the White House.
Trump has evolved — or flipped — on a series of economic and foreign policy issues, including relations with Russia, NATO’s relevance, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen’s future, whether China is a currency manipulator and the usefulness of the Export-Import Bank.  The changes have generally warmed the hearts of former critics, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Washington Post columnists David Ignatius and Charles Krauthammer.
Just as important as the policy reversals is the sense that White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is losing influence in the West Wing at the expense of a more centrist group of advisers led by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.  “Donald Trump is finally doing what we’ve been hoping and America has been hoping he would do,” Scarborough declared on his Thursday broadcast. “You can tell, the National Security Council is not Steve Bannon’s play yard.”
National security adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary James Mattis have also seen their stock rise. Both men were involved in the decision making over last week’s airstrikes in Syria, another departure for a president who previously had signaled a reluctance to get involved in that conflict.   THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>

The Big Short – Recommended by John Michael Chambers.

To Those Who attend John Michael Chambers Presentation at The Highlands Tea Party On Tuesday Evening Or Wednesday;

John recommended a Movie all should see, it is a Paramount Picture you can watch in on Youtube for $2.99, below is the short for the The Big Short.

The Big Short: Watch 10 Dark and Hilarious Minutes From the Film

Published on May 11, 2016
Steve Carell asks awkward questions about sub-prime losses, Christian Bale realises it’s a completely fraudulent system and Brad Pitt finds a sure thing in this extended clip from the Oscar-winning drama which hits Digital in the UK on May 16.

You can rent the movie for $2.99 at this Youtube link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j13KSg4l9gM

The Big Short

Published on Dec 4, 2015
When four outsiders saw what the big banks media and government refused to the global collapse of the economy they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side Moneyball) and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale Steve Carell Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

How the Clintons Sold Out U.S. National Interests to the Putin Regime



by DEROY MURDOCK April 7, 2017 4:00 AM
Kremlin-crazed Trumpophobes snored as Hillary and Bill made Russia great again.

The Democrats and old-guard news media (forgive the redundancy) are pathologically obsessed with the hypothesis that Team Trump and Russia rigged last November’s presidential election. If Donald J. Trump so much as played Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slav on his stereo, these leftists deduce, he was in cahoots with the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, the same folks who spy a KGB agent behind every filing cabinet in Trump’s White House are aggressively apathetic about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s policies, decisions, and actions that gave aid and comfort to Russia. Hillary’s much-mocked “Russian reset” established the tone for the Clintons’ coziness with the Kremlin.
On March 6, 2009, during a trip to Geneva, she presented Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov a small, red button. Hillary thought it was emblazoned with the Russian word for “reset.” Her team mistranslated and the button actually read “overload.” Nonetheless, Clinton and Lavrov jointly pressed the symbolic button. And a new era in U.S.–Russian relations erupted. While visiting Moscow on March 24, 2010, Hillary explained the Reset’s purpose: “Our goal is to help strengthen Russia.”

Hillary said this in an interview with veteran broadcaster Vladimir Pozner of Russia’s First Channel TV network. Pozner is a Soviet-era relic who still communicates in barely accented English. During the Cold War, he popped up on American TV and radio programs and presented the views of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Pozner’s pleasantries made him and his totalitarian bosses seem blandly benign. The shadiest deal that the Clintons hatched with Russia is called Uranium One. This outrage should mushroom into Hillary and Bill’s radioactive Whitewater scandal.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446526/clinton-russia-ties-bill-hillary-sold-out-us-interests-putin-regime

National Review – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>

Illegals destroying federal lands, National Parks

Park Service: Illegals destroying federal lands, unsafe for camping

Illegal immigration and drug running have destroyed border parklands, further threatened two species on the endangered list and led federal officials to bar visitors and campers in areas considered too dangerous to visit, according to newly released reports.   In studies of two parks that make up less than 90 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service said that the areas have been ripped up with thousands of miles of unauthorized roads from vehicles that have crushed plants and animal habitat.
What’s more, fires started by illegals have burned hundreds of acres of forestland and mountains of drugs, trash and abandoned cars and trucks have been found.
The reports, written before the huge surge of illegal immigration in the final years of the Obama administration, were released to Secrets by Immigration Reform Law Institute, and back up the Trump administration’s push for a border fencing.   The 2011 studies of the impact of illegal immigration crossings on the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge were released to IRLI under the Freedom of Information Act.
The reports reveal that when fencing is erected, human and vehicle traffic drop dramatically and help the impacted areas recover. Just last week, the nation’s former top Border Patrol agent testified before a Senate committee that more recent fencing in the area cut illegal traffic 94 percent and “actually allowed for the rejuvenation of areas that had previously been devastated due to heavy illegal pedestrian and vehicular traffic.”
The focus on the damage done to protected ecosystems by illegal immigration could help the Trump administration push back on worries from environmental groups that a border fence or wall would hurt endangered species.  While those claims are based simply on concerns a wall would run through habitat areas of endangered species, possibly disrupting how they travel or grow, the two FOIA’d reports are in depth studies of the real impact of illegal immigration and demonstrate the value of a wall to protecting endangered species, rare plant life as well as visitors and campers.

Both agencies said that much of the damage is done by illegals traveling in cars and trucks, and especially when they get into chases with border agents.  The National Park Service, for example, said that fences “have reduced the illegal access by vehicles through the desert and have almost eliminated high speed pursuits on Hwy 85” that runs through Organ Pipe.  The FWS said with a fence, Border Patrol chases would be reduced. Damages, it said, “would not be occurring if illegal activity were not occurring in the area.”

Other key findings in the reports:   CLICK HERE TO READ MORE >>>>>

Last time a head was bowed in the White House in 8 years was in SHAME! Times Are Changing

What an uplifting sight to see people actually praying again in the White House.

“If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  1 Chronicles 7:14


Not Seen in the White House in Eight Years!

President Trump, his two eldest sons, Vice President Pence and wife Karen, Reince Priebus, and Justice Scalia’s widow Maureen and son Fr. Paul Scalia, among others, praying with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his wife Marie Louise in the White House.

The time taken to publicly pray for the Senate confirmation and future career of man who may become one of America’s top decision-makers for decades to come is a momentous occasion for Christians who considered Trump’s Supreme Court pick to be a primary reason for voting for him.

As the Supreme Court, and lower circuit courts, have increasingly pulled America away from Biblical principles, it is refreshing to see a presidential administration’s focus turned back toward God in helping lead our country.

Senator Marco Rubio eNEWSLETTER

Marco Rubio - U.S. Senator for Florida E-Newsletter



This week in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:
  • Marco wrapped up his week speaking with George Stephanopoulos on ABC This Week. Marco and Stephanopoulos discussed Syria and the Intelligence Committee investigation into Russia.
Watch Marco’s interview on ABC This Week here.
  • Marcosupported the airstrikes the United States conducted against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. “I salute the bravery and skill of the men and women of our Armed Forces who conducted this mission,” Marco said. “The strike against the Assad regime’s Shayrat Air Base will hopefully diminish his capacity to commit atrocities against innocent civilians.”
Watch Marco’s interview on Fox and Friends here.  
Watch Marco’s floor speech here.
  • Marcospoke at an event hosted by Victims of Communism. Rosa Maria Paya, the daughter of a murdered Cuban dissident, also spoke. Marco emphasized the importance of freedom and human rights, and honored the brave work of dissidents, like Rosa Maria’s father, throughout the world.  
Marco’s Meetings:
Marco’s legislation:
  • Marco and Senator Bill Nelson’s (D-FL) Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act passed the House and  now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
  • Marco and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), along with U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL),are leading a bipartisan, bicameral group of 47 members of Congress in urging President Trump to maintain a comprehensive effort across the federal government to combat Zika virus.
  • Marco and colleagues reintroduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, legislation that would combat sexual assault on college and university campuses by protecting students and strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions. “Sexual assault on college campuses is a crime that too often goes unpunished,”  said Marco. “We must hold colleges and universities accountable for ensuring the safety and well-being of their students. This legislation will protect and empower survivors, reform the way institutions handle sexual assault cases, and ultimately help ensure these cases are handled in the criminal justice system as the serious crimes that they are. I’m proud to be a part of a bipartisan coalition that is aiming to make our college campuses safer.”
For more ways to stay connected with Marco’s office, be sure to “like” his Facebook page, follow his office’s Twitter and Flipboard, check out his mobile apps, and subscribe to hisYouTube channel. You can also follow Marco on Twitter, @MarcoRubio.






How can we get rid of this two faced RINO he is a disgrace to the republican party?

Administration is “partially to blame” for Syria chemical attack, McCain says

Sen. John McCain appeared on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday, April 9, 2017.: ftn-mccain-0409.jpg

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WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said comments made by people in President Donald Trump’s administration are “partially to blame” for encouraging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s apparent use of chemical weapons on his people last week.
McCain responded to remarks that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made at the end of March, before the attack, including comments that the Syrian people would determine Assad’s fate, and that removing him from power isn’t a top priority.
“I think it probably was partially to blame,” McCain said. “And Secretary Tillerson basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy. As I said again, taking this action I support and was important.”   MSN – CLICK HERE FOR REST OF THE STORY


Shariah Law vs. the Constitution

Article VI: The Constitution is the supreme law of the land
Constitution: Article VI: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall
be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the
Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every
State shall be bound thereby”
Shariah: “The source of legal rulings for all acts of those who are morally responsible is
Allah.” (a1.1, Umdat al-salik or The Reliance of the Traveller, commonly accepted work of
Shariah jurisprudence); “There is only one law which ought to be followed, and that is the
Sharia.” (Seyed Qutb); “Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the
face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the
country or the nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of
its own ideology and program.” (Seyed Abul A’ala Maududi)
First Amendment: Freedom of religion
Constitution: First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ”
Shariah: Those who reject Islam must be killed. If they turn back (from Islam), take hold of
them and kill them wherever you find them.” Quran 4:89 ; “Whoever changed his [Islamic]
religion, then kill him” Sahih al-Bukhari, 9:84:57. In historic and modern Shariah states,
Shariah law enforces dhimmi status (second-class citizen, apartheid-type laws) on nonMuslims,
prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, building or
repairing churches, raising their voices during prayer or ringing church bells; if dhimmi laws
are violated in the Shariah State, penalties are those used for prisoners of war: death, slavery,
release or ransom.(o9.14, o11.0-o11.11, Umdat al-salik).
First Amendment: Freedom of speech
Constitution: First Amendment: Congress shall not abridge “the freedom of speech.”
Shariah: Speech defaming Islam or Muhammad is considered “blasphemy” and is punishable
by death or imprisonment.
First Amendment: Freedom to dissent
Constitution: First Amendment: “Congress cannot take away the right of the people “to
petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Shariah: Non-Muslims are not to harbor any hostility toward the Islamic state or give
comfort to those who disagree with Islamic government.
Second Amendment: Right to self-defense
Constitution: Second Amendment: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not
be infringed.”
Shariah: Under historic and modern dhimmi laws, non-Muslims cannot possess swords,
firearms or weapons of any kind.
Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Amendments: Right to due process and fair trial
Constitution: Fifth Amendment: “no person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise
infamous crime… without due process of law.” Sixth Amendment: guarantees a “public trial
by an impartial jury.” Seventh Amendment: “the right of trial by jury shall be preserved.”
Shariah: Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari: Muhammad said, “No Muslim should be killed for killing
a Kafir (infidel).” Non-Muslims are prohibited from testifying against Muslims. A woman’s
testimony is equal to half of a man’s.
Eighth Amendment: No cruel and unusual punishment
Constitution: Eighth Amendment: “nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
Shariah: Under Shariah punishments are barbaric: “Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they
are male or female, as punishment for what they have done – a deterrent from Allah.” Quran
5:38; A raped woman is punished:”The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication –
flog each of them with a hundred stripes” (Sura 24:2).
Fourteenth Amendment: Right to equal protection and due process
Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall
abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State
deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any
person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. “
Shariah: Under dhimmi laws enforced in modern Shariah states, Jews, Christians and other
non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims before the law. Under Shariah law, women, girls,
apostates, homosexuals and “blasphemers” are all denied equality under the law.

For more information on Shariah law vs. the Constitution:
Shariah: The Threat to America in paperback or kindle at amazon.com, or free download at

THE HILL SUNDAY SHOW – All the major headlines in one place – Enjoy

Haley to Russia: ‘We’re not going to have you cover for this regime anymore’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “This is something to let Russia know, ‘You know what? We’re not going to have you cover for this regime anymore. And we’re not going to allow things like this to happen to innocent people.'”
Read the full story here
Tillerson: Russia failed to ‘live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “I’m disappointed because I think the real failure here has been Russia’s failure to live up to its commitments under the chemical weapons agreements that were entered into in 2013,” Tillerson said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
Read the full story here
McMaster: Russia should question support for ‘murderous regime’ in Syria
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “Russia should ask themselves, ‘What are we doing here?’ ”  he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Read the full story here
Ex-NATO commander: Trump-Russia relationship ‘going downhill’
By MAX GREENWOOD  “I think the senior members of the Trump administration are beginning to realize that Russia is not a force for good in the world,” retired Adm. James Stavridis told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.
Read the full story here
Tillerson: Defeating ISIS ‘first priority’ in Syria
By MAX GREENWOOD  “It’s important that we keep our priorities straight, and we believe that the first priority is the defeat of ISIS,” Tillerson said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Read the full story here
Haley on Syria: No political solution with Assad in power 
By MAX GREENWOOD  “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime,” Haley said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Read the full story here
Kaine agrees with Haley: No political solution in Syria with Assad in power
By OLIVIA BEAVERS  Kaine said the Syrian leader is “tearing up the country.”
Read the full story here
Morell: ‘You cannot ultimately defeat ISIS without getting rid of Assad’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “Assad has to go,” Morell said. “They are connected.”
Read the full story here
Dem senator: US needs to go to the negotiating table with AssadBy OLIVIA BEAVERS  Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said Sunday the Trump administration should work toward a cease-fire in Syria before negotiating to find a more permanent political solution in the war-torn nation.
Read the full story here
Haley: Attack on Syria ‘one of the president’s finest hours’
By OLIVIA BEAVERS  “He wanted to know exactly what the facts and evidence was. He wanted to know what the options were, what the risks were, and the political strategy and solution side of it. After all of that he made a very, you know, strong decision and I think it was one that was very good for the world.”
Read the full story here
Tillerson: Rubio’s remarks ‘regrettable’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  Last week, Rubio said it was no coincidence a chemical weapons attack in Syria came after Tillerson made comments suggesting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could remain in power.
Read the full story here
Rubio hopes Trump reconsiders ISIS focus in Syria strategy
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  “I’m a bit concerned about the outlines of the strategy as I understand it. I think it’s based on assumptions that, quite frankly, are not the right ones,” Rubio told ABC’s “This Week.”
Read the full story here
McCain: Missile strikes on Syrian an ‘excellent first step’
By KYLE BALLUCK  “It’s now vitally important that we develop a strategy, we put that strategy in motion and we bring about peace in the region.”
Read the full story here
McCain: Trump aides ‘partially to blame’ for encouraging Syrian regime’s behavior
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “Secretary Tillerson basically saying the same thing after kind of contradicting himself and then saying the same thing argues vigorously for a plan and a strategy.”
Read the full story here
Graham: ‘I’ve never been more encouraged by the Trump administration’
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  “Accelerate the demise of ISIL, they’re a direct threat to the homeland, Assad’s not.”
Read the full story here
Cardin: We did not see ‘coherent policy’ from Trump on Syria
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported,” Cardin said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Read the full story here
Former Clinton aide: Trump doesn’t have a Syria strategy
By OLIVIA BEAVERS  “We’re spending a lot of time now guessing what the strategy is here, what is next, what the diplomatic plan is,” Jen Psaki told host Jake Tapper of CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Read the full story here
Sanders calls on Trump to come to Congress over Syria strikes
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  “I think he has got to come to the United States Congress. I think he has got to explain to us what his long-term goals are,” Sanders told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Read the full story here
Schiff hits Trump for striking Syria without congressional approval
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  Schiff on Sunday also said he hopes Trump’s decision to strike the Syrian regime enforces why the president should have a “responsible, respectful relationship with the intelligence community.”
Read the full story here
Gingrich: China ‘shaken’ by Syria strike
By MALLORY SHELBOURNE  “It also reminded people just who the most powerful country in the world is and the fact is that it’s not Russia. We’re vastly more powerful than the Russians are.”
Read the full story here
McMaster: ‘Prudent’ to send carrier strike group to Korean Peninsula
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior. This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear capable regime.”
Read the full story here
Cornyn: ‘There’s not going to be a shutdown’
By REBECCA SAVRANSKY  “I’m confident that we’ll come up with something that everybody can live with.”
Read the full story here







THIS ACTION ILLEGAL UNDER U.S. DEPT OF ED – Funding Islamic Course called “Access Islam”

From the Department of education web page; Laws and Guidelines: What Is Not Part of the Department of Education’s Role?

No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law. (Section 103[b], Public Law 96-88)

Thus, the Department does not
  • establish schools and colleges;
  • develop curricula;
  • set requirements for enrollment and graduation;
  • determine state education standards; or
  • develop or implement testing to measure whether states are meeting their education standards.

     Dump “Access Islam” from Public Schools

    Martin Mawyer United States
    The United States Department of Education has introduced an Islamic indoctrination program for the public schools, called “Access Islam.”
    The program contains 10 lesson plans that have students answering such questions as: “What do Muslim prayers sound like?” “What do the movements look like?” and “What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer?”  Classroom instructions have children learning the Five Pillars of Islam where students must “focus on learning about the core duties of Muslims” and are asked to “read about what it means to proclaim faith or belief as a Muslim.”
    The Education Department offers no similar learning material for Christianity, Judaism,  Hinduism or any other major world religion.  Just Islam.   This petition demands that the U.S. Department of Education dump its “Access Islam” program and acknowledge that it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.  The program, written for Grades 5 – 12, has students learning verses from the Quran and Hadith. Students must not only learn the verses, but give the religious “meaning” of those verses and explain how they use them in their daily lives.
    The program also includes a video presentation on how to perform a Muslim prayer, use a prayer rug and wash prior to praying.
    Students are also shown a video of a Muslim who converted from Christianity and claims Islam “is the true worship of God.” The video instructs children to “submit yourself” to Allah.  “Access Islam” is promoted to teachers through PBS LearningMedia.
    Students are assigned a project to “create posters about the Five Pillars of Islam for classroom display.”  Doing so, the instructional material says, will “help educate their schoolmates about Islam.”  “Access Islam” is nothing short of a Sunday school class on Islam and fails to meet any constitutional criteria for permissible education of religion in the public schools.
    In addition to the examples above, students are told to, “Describe the process of praying in Islam” and “Understand the importance of the Quran in daily worship.”  Clearly, none of these lesson plans, activities, questions or instructions would be permitted in the public schools if the subject was Christianity.
    Public schools would never have students reading the Bible, asking them to interpret scripture, demanding they use biblical scripture in their daily lives, have them examine what Christians say during prayer or instruct them to understand the Christian proclamation of faith.
    “Access Islam” is unconstitutional and should be dumped immediately by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Christian Action Network has issued a legal “Letter of Demand” asking the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to remove the material from public school use and to declare the program a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

AFP Freedom report & Policy Priorities


Hi John,As you may have heard, President Trump issued an executive order this week to begin the process of rolling back the so-called “Clean Power Plan” — an unprecedented regulatory overreach by the Obama Administration to increase the price of affordable, reliable energy from traditional sources. Americans for Prosperity believes this is a great step forward for lifting undue burdens on business and workers and ensuring government does not pick winners and losers in the marketplace.

Moving into next week, one of AFP’s projects, Concerned Veterans for America, is continuing to drive grassroots support for confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A confirmation vote is slated for Monday.

Below is a more detailed report on these and AFP’s “Top 3” policy priorities for the coming days. Please let me know if you have any questions.

For Freedom,


Luke Hilgemann
Chief Executive Officer
Americans For Prosperity
1310 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 700 Arlington, VA 22201  




  • Overview :
    President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday, March 28 unraveling the Clean Power Plan. “The clean power plan, which aims to cut emissions of CO2 and other emissions and was implemented in 2015, has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considered a challenge by Republican-led states and more than 100 companies. (EPA Secretary) Pruitt sued to halt the order while in Oklahoma. Trump’s intention, he said, was to bring back coal mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.” ( The Guardian , 03/26/2017)
  • Previously Released :
    • AFP letter of support for a CRA resolution disapproving of the Clean Power Plan, 10/29/2015 ( Link )
    • AFP letter of support for the CRA resolution disapproving of NSPS, 11/17/2015 ( Link)


  • Overview :
    Judge Gorsuch’s nomination will likely go to a vote early next week (Monday, April 3). Last Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Democrats will filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. In support of the confirmation effort, AFP has:

    • Made over 300,000 calls under the AFP and CVA brands to citizens in target states asking them to contact their Senators and urge them to confirm Neil Gorsuch without delay
    • Combined, activists have helped make over 20,000 direct constituent-to-legislator contacts using our digital platform, which allows citizens to utilize Facebook, Twitter, and email to contact their Senators in support of Gorsuch
    • Tens of thousands of activists tuned in to listen to CVA’s ” Future of the Courts ” tele-town hall series with Senators Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Joni Ernst
    • CVA has dropped two big waves of direct mail and launched a series of targeted web ads in support of Judge Gorsuch.
  • Previously Released :
    • “Gorsuch Passes the Test, It’s Time to Confirm Him,” CVA Post , 03/24/2016
    • “Nine Times Progressive Senators Made the Case for Quick Gorsuch Confirmation,” AFP Post , 03/03/2017 (Includes Senators’ Statements)
    • FPCC Video
  • See Also :
    • “Inside the Koch Network’s Push for Gorsuch,” National Review , 03/06/2017


  • Overview :
    Many speculate that with the Obamacare vote finished for now, Congress will turn to tax reform. The border adjustment provision in the current version of the House Republican tax plan is a corporate rate reduction that will be passed through as a $1 trillion tax increase on struggling American families. Americans for Prosperity was the first (c)(4) organization to publicly oppose border tax adjustments and is leading the charge in states across the country and on Capitol Hill against these tax increases.
  • Previously Released :
    • “Tax Reform Can Happen Without Border Adjustments”: AFP identified $2 trillion in wasteful spending, unnecessary programs, and tax giveaways which can be considered before any tax increase on Americans. ( Link )
    • “Holtz-Eakin: Trillion-Dollar Tax on Consumers Is Unnecessary for Pro-Growth Tax Reform,” FPCC Blog Post , 03/03/2017
    • “Border Adjustment: Myth vs. Fact,” FPCC Blog Post , 03/09/2017 ( PDF )
    • “Border Adjustment Tax Facing Trouble in the Senate,” FPCC Blog Post , 02/15/2017 (Includes statements by Senators re BAT)
    • “Fed Chairwoman Casts Doubt On ‘Border Adjustment’ Tax Wishful Thinking,” FPCC Blog Post , 02/21/2017
  • Research :
    • “Will Republicans Acquiesce to Liberal Principles?” Veronique de Rugy , 01/19/2017
    • “Why Trump is Right to Oppose Part of the House GOP Tax Plan,” Veronique de Rugy , 01/18/2017
    • “Why I’m Wary of the GOP’s ‘Border Adjustable Tax’ Plan,” Daniel Griswold , 01/10/2017
  • See Also :
    • “Why the Border Adjustment Tax Should Be Killed,” Barron’s , 03/18/2017
    • National Retail Federation: “Border Adjustment Tax Would Cost American Households Up to $1,700 In First Year Alone,” NRF , 02/03/2017 (Lays out specific stats for costs for families
    • Border Adjustment Tax: What You Need to Know,” CNN Money , 02/27/2017

Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight


Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight

Freedom Caucus poised for pivotal role in infrastructure fight

President Trump is escalating his feud with the conservative House Freedom Caucus, with his $1 trillion infrastructure package hanging in the balance.
The conservative caucus is sure to play a role in the legislative fight over rebuilding the nation’s roads, bridges and highways, something Trump promised to deliver during his campaign.
Massive federal spending on transportation has long given fiscal conservatives heartburn.
And Freedom Caucus lawmakers who support Trump’s infrastructure push may have to work extra hard now to convince fellow members to support the president’s proposal, especially after Trump stepped up his attacks on some lawmakers in the group this week.
But transportation leaders warn it would be a mistake to count out the support of the Freedom Caucus on infrastructure, assuming the measure is fully paid for with a palatable offset.  Numerous members sit on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and some are even lead sponsors on infrastructure investment bills — including one related to tax reform that appears to be gaining steam.THE HILL – CLICK HERE TO READ ON>>>>>



President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address to the Nation – April 1, 2017

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President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address to the Nation
Standing with Israel, Our Most Cherished Ally
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President Trump Restores Confidence in the American Economy
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President Trump meets with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
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President Trump and the First Lady Host the Women’s Empowerment Panel
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April 3rd: President Trump welcomes President Al Sisi of Egypt to the White House
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April 5th: President Trump welcomes King Abdullah II of Jordan to the White House
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April 6th: President Trump hosts President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago
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April 17th: President Trump and the First Lady host the 139th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn

Senator Marco Rubio’s Weekly Newsletter Week Ending March 31, 2017

Marco Rubio - U.S. Senator for Florida E-Newsletter

This week in the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio:

Watch Marco’s remarks here.

Marco’s Meetings:

Marco’s legislation:

  • Marcowelcomed Senate passage of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act (H.R. 353), which includes the  Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act he first introduced in 2015. The bill now heads back to the U.S. House of Representatives for further consideration. ” During the most recent hurricane season, we were again reminded of how imprecise our forecasting can be and the improvements we can still make to our storm tracking,”  said Rubio. “Getting the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act passed will help families, business owners and others better prepare for approaching hurricanes, and reduce unnecessary disruptions to their lives. I encourage the House to swiftly pass this bill and send it to the president’s desk to be signed into law.”

Marco in the news:

  • Marco tells Haiti, other nations, to defend democracy in vote on Venezuela Read theMiami Herald story here.
  • Marco discussed combatting the opioid epidemic in Florida and the OAS vote on Venezuela with Russell Rhodes onFOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay.

Watch Marco’s interview on FOX 13’s Good Day Tampa Bay here.

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Exclusive Video – Jackie Mason to Paul Ryan: If You Want to Save the Country, ‘Get Another Job’

In these trying times, Jackie Mason is the Voice of Reason

In this week’s exclusive clip for Breitbart News, Jackie weighs in on the GOP’s failed healthcare bill, explaining that Republicans in Washington were focused on “repealing and replacing” the wrong thing.   “When they were talking about ‘repeal and replace,’ they were stupid,” Jackie says. “They were talking about healthcare, they should have been talking about [House Speaker Paul] Ryan. If Ryan was repealed and replaced we would have had no problem today.”
Jackie — who was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in Ryan’s home state  — says he finds it odd that a Speaker of the House who is supposed to be some kind of “genius” can’t count correctly.  “You know what Ryan should do if he wanted to save this whole country? Get another job,” he says. “Find out something that you actually know. If there’s nothing like that, sit in the House and don’t bother anybody. Mind your own business, you’ll save the country.”
Meanwhile, Jackie says the old Republican excuse about not being able to get things done until they control all the branches of government is getting stale, and quickly. Watch Jackie’s latest clip above, and find the rest of his weekly clips for Breitbart News here.


Perez: ‘Trump Didn’t Win The Election’ — Republicans
‘Don’t Give A S**t About People’ [VIDEO]

New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Friday night said President Trump “didn’t win the election” and suggested his Republican Party doesn’t care about voters.  The comments by Perez, Labor secretary under President Obama, appear to leave little doubt about the direction in which he will try to take the struggling committee.
“Donald Trump, you don’t stand for our values. You didn’t win this election,” Perez said at the rally hosted by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, according to a video posted by The Daily Caller.  Washington Democrats have since 2010 lost control of the House, then the Senate and the White House in 2016.  FOXNEWS – IF YOU CAN STAND ANYMORE CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF THE STORY>>>>>

The Bill To Fix Health Care – Permanently

Let’s lay out the parameters for a bill, a fairly-modest update to my two previous missives on this point here and here (note the dates) and which can be easily turned into formal legislative language:
  • All providers must post, in their offices and on a public web site without any requirement to sign in or otherwise identify oneself to access it, a full and complete price list which shall apply to every person.  This instantly allows customers to compare pricing between providers for services and products in the medical realm.
  • All customers must be billed for actual charges at the same price on a direct basis at the time the service or product is rendered to them.  This immediately and permanently decouples “insurance” from the provision of care.  The current system of an “explanation of benefits” that often features a “negotiated discount” of some 90% is nothing other than an extortion racket and is arguably felonious — threatening to bankrupt someone if they don’t buy your “insurance” through a threat to charge them ten times as much certainly appears to be a criminal enterprise and, given that more than one entity is involved, looks like it meets the definition of Racketeering.  Insurance coverage may well cover some, part or none of a given bill, and nothing prevents an insurer from telling you in advance of your visit how much they will pay (if anything) for a given procedure or drug.  Indeed you should demand that information from them and use it as part of choosing where to obtain treatment but the bill still has to be rendered to you, you have to be the one to file the claim and everyone must pay the same price to the same provider for the same kind and quantity of product or service.
  • For a bill to be valid and collectible it must be affirmatively consented to in writing, with a disclosure of the actual price to be charged from the above schedule for each item to be provided whether good or service, prior to the service being performed or the good furnished, subject only to the emergency exception below.  A bill that is increased, has items added to it after consent is obtained, which contains any open-ended promise to pay without an actual price listed for each service or good prior to customer consent or is issued with no consent at all is deemed fraudulent and void. This instantly stops “drive-by” doctor charges in hospitals as just one example.  It also prevents charging $20 for an aspirin; nobody would tolerate being billed by the square for toilet paper in a hotel!  Hospitals will of course squawk that they cannot operate like this as they “can’t” figure out what is required until after-the-fact but that’s false; nothing prevents them from advertising “Appendectomy: $2,000” and that being the soup-to-nuts price.  In fact that’s exactly what the Surgery Center of Oklahoma does today so quite-clearly it both can and does work.  In addition this change will permanently and immediately put a stop to the ridiculous practice of defensive medicine (read below for the explanation.)  You would never accept a gas station that only displays the cost of your gasoline after you pumped it and varied that price based on who your car insurance was bought from or a grocery store that had no prices posted at all and only gave you a total after your groceries were taken out of the store and the transaction could not be refused.

  • No event caused by or a consequence of treatment can be billed to the customer.  This instantly aligns the interest of the customer in not having such an adverse complication (e.g. MRSA, etc) with the medical provider.  As it stands right now hospitals actually have an incentive for you to have a complication since they make more money if you do.  If you call me to fix your roof and I drop my ladder causing it to crash through your picture window I get to pay for the glass I broke through my ineptness.  The same must apply to medical providers.  For those who claim hospitals and similar can’t adopt such a model I point to the OKC surgery center, which does exactly this — and has a lower complication rate (gee, I wonder why when they have to eat it if they cause it….)


A Health Care Plan So Simple, Even A Republican Can Understand


It’s always impossible to repeal laws that require Ann to pay for greedy people, because the greedy run out on the streets wailing that the Republicans are murdering them.  Obamacare is uniquely awful because the free stuff isn’t paid for through income taxes: It’s paid for through MY health insurance premiums. This is unfortunate because I wanted to buy health insurance.
 Perhaps you’re not aware — SINCE YOU EXEMPTED YOURSELVES FROM OBAMACARE, CONGRESS — but buying or selling health insurance is illegal in America.
Right now, there’s no free market because insurance is insanely regulated not only by Obamacare, but also by the most corrupt organizations in America: state insurance commissions. (I’m talking to you, New York!)   Federal and state laws make it illegal to sell health insurance that doesn’t cover a laughable array of supposedly vital services based on bureaucrats’ medical opinions of which providers have the best lobbyists.
As a result, it’s illegal to sell health insurance that covers any of the medical problems I’d like to insure against. Why can’t the GOP keep Obamacare for the greedy — but make it legal for Ann to buy health insurance?
This is how it works today:
ME: I’m perfectly healthy, but I’d like to buy health insurance for heart disease, broken bones, cancer, and everything else that a normal person would ever need, but no more.
INSURANCE COMPANY: That will be $700 a month, the deductible is $35,000, no decent hospital will take it, and you have to pay for doctor’s visits yourself. But your plan covers shrinks, infertility treatments, sex change operations, autism spectrum disorder treatment, drug rehab and 67 other things you will never need.
INSURANCE COMPANY UNDER ANN’S PLAN: That will be $50 a month, the deductible is $1,000, you can see any doctor you’d like, and you have full coverage for any important medical problems you could conceivably have in a million years.
Mine is a two-step plan (and you don’t have to do the second step, so it’s really a one-step plan).
STEP 1: Congress doesn’t repeal Obamacare! Instead, Congress passes a law, pursuant to its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, that says: “In America, it shall be legal to sell health insurance on the free market. This law supersedes all other laws, taxes, mandates, coverage requirements, regulations or prohibitions, state or federal.”
The end. Love, Ann.
There will be no whining single mothers storming Congress with their pre-printed placards. People who want to stay on Obamacare can. No one is taking away anything. They can still have health insurance with free pony rides. It just won’t be paid for with Ann’s premiums anymore, because Ann will now be allowed to buy health insurance on the free market.   Americans will be free to choose among a variety of health insurance plans offered by willing sellers, competing with one another to provide the best plans at the lowest price. A nationwide market in health insurance will drive down costs and improve access — just like everything else we buy here in America!
Within a year, most Americans will be buying health insurance on the free market (and half of the rest will be illegal aliens). We’ll have TV ads with cute little geckos hawking amazing plans and young couples bragging about their broad coverage and great prices from this or that insurance company.   HUMANEVENTS -CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE STORY>>>>>


Noah’s Ark
In the year 2016, the Lord came unto Noah,
who was now living in America and said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over
-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.”
“Build another ark and save 2 of every living thing
along with a few good humans.”
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying:
“You have 6 months to build the ark before I will
start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.”
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah
weeping in his yard – but no ark.
“Noah!,” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain!
Where is the ark?”
“Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.”
“I needed a building permit.”
“I’ve been arguing with the boat inspector
about the need for a sprinkler system.”
“My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the
neighborhood by-laws by building the ark in my
back yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to
go to the local Planning Committee for a decision.”
“Then the local Council and the electric company demanded
shed load of money for the future costs of moving power

lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the
passage for the ark’s move to the sea. I told them
that the sea would be coming to us, but they would

hear none of it.
“Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban
on cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl.”
“I tried to convince the environmentalists that I
needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!”
“When I started gathering the animals the ASPCA took me to court. 
They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They
argued the accommodations were too restrictive and
it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in
a confined space.”

“Then the Environmental Protection Agency  
ruled that I couldn’t build the ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.”   “I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the
Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m
supposed to hire for my building crew.”
“The Immigration Dept. is checking the
visa status of most of the people who want to work.”
“The trade unions say I can’t use my sons. They
insist I have to hire only Union workers with
ark-building experience.”
“To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m
trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.”
“So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10
years for me to finish this ark.”
“Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine,
and a rainbow stretched across the sky.”

Noah looked up in wonder and asked,
“You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?”
“No,” said the Lord.
“The Government beat me to it.”


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