After the Freedom Caucus stopped House Majority Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care bill from even receiving a floor vote, conservatives and libertarians were elated, but serious consequences may be on the way if White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s words are any indicator. Conservatives and libertarians hoping their health care victory would result in Trump embracing their agenda have reason to be concerned. Some very choice words made by White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon regarding the Freedom Caucus to the mainstream media cast serious doubt on the likelihood of an alliance forming between limited government advocates and the White House.
Before the Soviet Union imploded in 1989, liberals denounced conservatives as anti-Russian paranoids and supporters of emergency measures, even martial law. But that was then. Since the election of Donald Trump, liberals, especially of the Left Coast Hollywood variety, have peddled anti-Russian conspiracy theories involving Vladimir Putin supposedly getting Trump elected, and because of this foreign “assistance,” have asserted that Trump is an “illegitimate” president.
Infowars founder Alex Jones, best known for his bombastic pronouncements of government conspiracy, is apologizing for his coverage of PizzaGate, a theory deduced from Wikileaks disclosures which allege that Comet Ping Pong, run by the well-connected James Alefantis, was the hub of an elite child sex-trafficking network. “I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees,” Jones said. “We apologize to the extent our commentaries could be construed as negative statements about Mr. Alefantis or Comet Ping Pong, and we hope that anyone else involved in commenting on Pizzagate will do the same thing.”
President Donald Trump gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a $300 billion invoice for money her country owes the United States for military protection. The $300 billion invoice, which Trump reportedly handed over to Merkel during private talks in Washington, was described as “brilliant” by Jason Kessler of Unity and Security for America, a non-interventionist grassroots lobbying group. “We’re happy that the President of the United States is finally doing something to put America first,” said Kessler. “By giving Merkel the $300 billion invoice, Trump is highlighting the billions of tax dollars that Americans wasted defending countries like Germany that refuse to defend themselves.”
President Donald Trump today hammered the Freedom Caucus and two allied Tea Party organizations, the Club for Growth and Heritage Action, for their strident opposition to Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act (ACHA), which was aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare. On Twitter, Trump stated that “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood and OCare!”
Terror threats from ANTIFA leftists have put next weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Liberty Festival in jeopardy. After left-libertarians released a call to arms vowing resistance, bomb threats were allegedly called in to the Hilton in Harrisburg, who were forced to cancel the event. “To me, it is horrifying that in the United States a fringe group can get away with its threats of violence, but such is the world in which we live,” event organizer Steve Scheetz said in a public Facebook post explaining the situation. The entire controversy arose after a debate was scheduled between former Libertarian Party Senate hopeful Augustus Invictus and Will Coley of Muslims for Liberty on the issue of border security. ANTIFA-aligned left-libertarians took umbrage with the fact that Invictus, who they allege to be a fascist without any clear evidence, was allowed to speak at the event. Instead of finding a like-minded group that doesn’t respect the values of free speech and free expression, they declared war against the event instead. But not every libertarian…
The House Freedom Caucus scored a big political victory yesterday, as their fierce opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) prevented the controversial legislation from even bring brought up for a vote on the floor. “I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people,” Senator Rand Paul said in a statement. In spite of legislating from a different chamber, Paul was in the corner of the House Freedom Caucus from the start urging members to stand strong and even giving them pointers from President Trump’s signature book The Art of the Deal in a well-received publicity stunt.
Billionaire internationalist and philanthropist David Rockefeller died Monday at the age of 101. One of the most influential men of his time, Rockefeller had a direct hand in shaping global politics for many decades, but now his legacy looks very much uncertain. Rockefeller was the Chief Executive Officer of The Chase Manhattan Bank for many years and cultivated a vast fortune through international banking. He had an estimated value of $3 billion at the time of his passing. Additionally, he gave billions of his money to charitable causes that have endeared him to millions across the world. However, it is his political legacy that has drawn ire from critics across the spectrum.
After ISIS took credit for a knife and vehicle attack in Britain killing four innocent people on Wednesday, London mayor Sadiq Khan offered words of sympathy, but critics are focusing their ire on a controversial statement that he made last year about terror attacks being ‘part and parcel of living in a big city.’ The attack was allegedly committed by Khalid Masood, a UK native with a criminal record called by ISIS to be “a soldier of the Islamic State.” Police believe Masood’s killing spree was an act of terrorism, according to an ABC News report. In a post-attack statement, Khan urged vigilance.
The Libertarian Party has officially chosen “I’m THAT Libertarian” as the next slogan for their biannual national convention in remembrance of 2016 Presidential hopeful Marc Feldman, who passed away last year. He gave an impassioned speech that was widely seen as one of the highlights of the conference. At a tumultuous and divisive Libertarian National convention that caused bitter divisions within the party, Feldman’s unifying, passionate message was an across-the-board hit. A relative unknown at the time going up against several noteworthy competitors with national profiles, Feldman stole the show with his closing remarks – even his rivals were laughing and applauding. Tragically, he would pass away a month after the convention of natural causes at the age of 56.
FBI Director James Comey announced Monday that the agency will be pursuing an investigation regarding Russian influence on the last year’s Presidential election, including any possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump. This comes after reports that Democrats are backing away from their Russia claims. “I’ve been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” FBI Director James Comey said to the House Intelligence Committee. “That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
Judge Andrew Napolitano, libertarian jurist and media commentator, was suspended indefinitely from FOX News after controversy sprung up regarding his claims that British intelligence likely wiretapped Donald Trump on behalf of the Obama Administration before the election. The controversy originated from Napolitano’s Mar. 16 op/ed where he mentioned sources giving him intelligence indicating that British intelligence likely had wiretapped Donald Trump:
James O’Keefe of Project Veritas is releasing a series of videos for his ongoing Teachers Union Investigations that show hidden camera footage of union representatives boasting about engaging in highly corrupt and immoral actions. The first video of the series was released last week containing footage of New York State United Teachers senior counsel Mitchell Rubinstein talking at a holiday party in Dec. 2015. Rubenstein bragged about how he helped shield an alleged child rapist from criminal prosecution.
Tensions in the Middle East are boiling after Israel carried out air strikes against Syria last Friday, prompting retaliatory strikes from Syrian forces that have seemingly set the two governments completely at odds as ISIS fights for greater control. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims the Israeli bombs were targeted at Hezbollah, an Iranian organization that fought a war against Israel back in 2006. They struck a military site near Palmyra, an important battleground of the Syrian civil war. Syrian forces retaliated by launching ground-to-air missile strikes at Israeli jets, according to an Al Jazeera report. None of the air strikes caused damage, and one was intercepted by Israel’s missile defense system.
Actor Seth Rogen, who turned the usually well-trained Green Hornet character into a prat-falling clown, wants to turn the often violent, and masked, anti-Trump protesters into a “normal” part of daily life. Although not wanting to “insult people who voted for Donald Trump,” he wants to mainstream “the idea that a lot of people do not think that he is a good president, and do not think that he is bringing the country in a good direction, and not making it seem like some fringe, out-there thing that only really aggressive people who have whipped themselves into some sort of frenzy are expressing.”
For decades men, particularly of the white variety, have been blamed by feminists for everything wrong in society. But a lesbian/feminist writer is championing men. and is demanding that feminists do the same thing. In an interview with Broadly, Camille Paglia blasts those feminists who’ve taken over the women’s movement by “male-bashing” as “fanatics” and “borderline personalities.” Regarding the latter, Paglia cites the example of such “damaged” women as feminist Kate Millet for ruining feminist discourse (“her life has been an endless series of mental breakdowns”).
The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920, in response to the Woodrow Wilson administration’s jailing/and or deporting those who dared to speak out against World War I. Its focus was protecting freedom of speech, and in periods not amenable to such focus have defended striking workers, blacks, American Indians, Jehovah Witnesses, and even Nazis. But that was then. Now the ACLU has violated its history and gone partisan; in place of defending everyone’s right to protest, they have cherry-picked who should be afforded the most effort, and are selecting the issues that should be protested.
Say what you will about former Democratic congressman and uber-leftist Dennis Kucinich he is at least consistent about his views on wiretapping, so much so that he is actually supporting Republican President Donald Trump. In contrast to Nancy Pelosi, who once said of wiretapping under Obama that “people don’t mind giving up some rights in exchange for safety,” Kucinich, in a–ye gods–column for Fox News refuses to split hairs. Addressing the “contempt” that has greeted the President’s “assertion that his phones at Trump tower were tapped last year,” Kucinich has defended the claim based on his own experiences: … “I can vouch for the fact that extracurricular surveillance does occur…I was wiretapped in 2011 after taking a phone call in my congressional office from a foreign leader.”
Anti-Christian organizers tainted the largest “March 4 Trump” rally in the state of Michigan on Saturday after the primary event organizer denied scheduled speakers to speak at the rally, leaving many attendees feeling like their rights had been trampled upon in the state Capitol. Mark Gurley, Michigan Republican Party Grassroots Vice-Chair, was not even allowed to give the opening prayer by the event organizer, Tammie Trescone Schwartz. He had to give the prayer session with a portable microphone and speaker system brought to the event by a fellow activist. In addition, Pastor Phil Smith and Dave Agema, former State Senator and RNC Committeeman from the state of Michigan, were not permitted on stage to speak, apparently due to their Christian conservative beliefs.
Pro-lifers are perhaps more accustomed to disappointment than any other reliably Republican constituency. For years, the needle has stayed static on abortion regardless of which side holds power – the Bush administration managed no more significant limitations on abortion than did Obama. Given the inability of federal legislators to move the ball on abortion, many pro-life activists have turned their attention to the states, where increasingly red legislatures present the opportunity to drastically limit abortions and legally recognize the personhood of the preborn. Iowa is one example of a purple state whose legislature turned deep red in 2016, and the state has received national attention for its aggressive legislative agenda, which contains a number of pro-life initiatives including the holy grail of pro-life bills, life at conception. SF-253 would legally recognize the biological reality that life begins at conception, and would afford legal protection to the unborn. The bill makes no exceptions for rape or incest – corner cases that abortion defenders rally around – but does include carefully…
President Donald Trump had a strong performance Tuesday night during his speech to a joint session of congress. He began by going over many of his campaign talking points about taking care of veterans, rebuilding infrastructure, and bringing back jobs to U.S. shores. He laid out a strategy for immigration, saying: “We will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.” This is great. Building a border wall could be one of Trump’s most important and lasting achievements. As one of Trump’s keynote proposals, a wall will protect Americans and finally ensure that our border is secure. He continued on the topic of terrorism, saying: “It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.”…
The events at the International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) took a turn for the worse after the Saturday program concluded. Despite the ISFLC purporting itself to be an inclusive and diverse gathering, a hate attack took place in the morning hours that followed in the Marriott Wardman Park hotel where the event was held. John Lindley, self-described “anti-fascist” and Students for Liberty mainstay, sucker punched Turning Point USA ‘Latino Leadership Caucus’ member Cesar Subervi in the face in the hotel lobby on Sunday morning. After skirmishing the night before, the men were forced to be separated. The encounter prompted retaliation on behalf of Lindley the next morning when he sucker punched Subervi.
Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute, who achieved national infamy last year after he conducted a “Hail Trump” display that was seized upon by the mainstream media, sparked a large display of outrage at the International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) – just by merely showing up at the hotel bar! Invited by the recently-formed Hans Hermann Hoppe Caucus, Spencer appeared for an impromptu “breakout session” in the hotel bar where ISFLC was taking place. Receiving well over 50 attendees, Spencer’s appearance ended up being one of the most well-attended breakout sessions of the entire weekend, and created controversy, rocking the entire conference off its axis.
In an abrupt and unexpected maneuver, Sen. Rand Paul no-showed at the 2017 International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) in Washington D.C. tonight. The reason given by event organizers was that he was busy with an important Senate vote, but records suggest that no such vote was taking place. Wolf von Laer, President of Students for Liberty, claimed that Sen. Rand Paul couldn’t make the conference due to pressing Senate business. However, the United States Senate Floor’s Twitter account reported that the body had adjourned at 1:54 pm in the afternoon, leaving attendees to speculate about the real reason why Rand didn’t show up. Recent controversial decisions from Senator Paul to support border enforcement measures and confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General had spurred ire from left-libertarians. It was heavily rumored that a large walk-out of attendees would have happened when Rand went on stage to protest these actions.
Boy Scouts of America finally fell to the social justice warriors Monday night when it announced that it would welcome transgender ‘boys’ to the program. Unlike the social justice-savvy Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts have been long afflicted by the champions of so-called social justice. Their insistence on religious and traditional values has been challenged over and over. Despite winning every lawsuit in court, the BSA eventually capitulated to their demands. For years, the BSA held that openly homosexual individuals wouldn’t be allowed to join. In 2013, after tremendous controversy and criticism from both the Right and the Left, the BSA finally announced that it would accept openly homosexual boys into Boy Scouts of America while retaining the ban on gay adults. Finally, in 2015, the BSA decided to allow gay adult leaders.
On Sunday, a white supremacist entered the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre and opened fire on a group of Muslims engaged in evening prayers. This comes just days after President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order restricting immigration from several middle-eastern, Muslim countries. In the shooting, which occurred Sunday night, five people were killed and more were wounded. Just like the Charleston church shooting, the perpetrator of which I will not mention by name, this heinous crime was motivated by bigotry, plain and simple. The Charleston shooter shot and killed nine black churchgoers inside Emanuel AME church in 2015. His attack raised criticism of the Confederate flag, as he was seen on social media posing next to it with firearms. It’s worth mentioning, however, that the shooter didn’t have same affinity for old glory. Pictures surfaced showing him spitting on and burning the American flag. The first line of attack by the left in any shooting scenario is simple. Go after the guns. Unfortunately, this shooting occurred in…
Media bias is on full display as huge crowds of pro-lifers gather in Washington D.C. for the March for Life against abortion, which has been receiving, unsurprisingly, little to no media coverage. On Friday, during the 44th annual March For Life, pro-life activists filled the national mall in Washington D.C. to March in solidarity with the unborn victims of abortion. Taking place on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision creating the ‘right’ to an abortion, the March for Life is the largest annual demonstration in Washington.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing a wall to be built along America’s southern border. In addition, he banned “catch-and-release” of illegal aliens and took steps to limit sanctuary cities. In a Wednesday interview with ABC news, Trump promised that “construction of the border wall will begin in months.” He also affirmed the fact that Mexico will pay for the wall. He claimed that U.S. taxpayers will front the cost, being reimbursed by Mexico later on, saying: “I’m telling you that there will be a payment. It will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form.”
Republican President Donald Trump has been active since he took office last Friday. Wasting no time on priorities and fulfilling campaign promises, he has followed through on slamming the brakes on Obamacare enforcement and stepping up against abortion. If there was any doubt as to what kind of President he would be, these doubts are quickly being erased. Another topic appears to be getting addressed now as well, which is immigration and terrorism. According to reports, President Trump is preparing to sign executive orders restricting immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This undoubtedly will cause shockwaves among the political environment, which is already heated in Washington D.C. Since his inauguration, President Trump has faced ongoing protests including a massive Women’s March. Immigration caused a lot of controversy for him during the election cycle and will likely reignite criticism again. The immigration restrictions make sense, however.
For many, the thought of Donald Trump triggers a bitter and intense reaction. Though many of the Never Trump activists claim to be opposed to the vitriolic and violent rhetoric, there seems to be a growing use of the tactic in their own movement. This has been on full display again in Washington D.C., where the inauguration is mere hours away. Reports have noted numerous arrests have occurred as protesters storm the streets. Protesters are starting fires in the street, shouting obscenities, and otherwise projecting an aggressive and negative presence upon the nation’s capital as the transition of power wraps up.
The final weeks of the President Barack Obama’s administration have been marked by a tumultuous transition as the world inches closer to experiencing a Trump administration. Fears over Russian interference within the United States during the presidential election have evolved into full blown hysteria, involving a plot by Russian intelligence to use President-elect Trump as a puppet. Enter BuzzFeed.
The election of President-elect Donald Trump last month has awakened, what some people are calling, the “animal spirits” of capitalism. Anyone with a 401k or money in the stock market could tell you that things are going very well at the moment. The election of President-elect Trump and conservative, pro-market Republican majorities in the House and Senate represents a turning of the page from eight years of growing tax burden, government spending, and red tape. The Trump Rally, as some pundits are calling it, has resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumping 1,600 points since 2016’s election day. Such a large jump — well up into the nineteen thousands — has many market watchers discussing the prospect of the Dow breaking 20,000 points. The result has been nearly two trillion dollars in wealth generated for the tens of millions of Americans with money in the stock market.
The Second Amendment is among the most controversial topics in society, especially in recent years. With a number of shootings occur, the media and politicking partisans seize on every tragic opportunity to push a failed policy proposal. The idea is that with increased regulation and more difficulty in acquiring firearms, gun violence will decrease. It operates under the assumption that mass murderers and terrorists acquire their weapons through legal channels. In society, concealed carry and even carrying guns at all is under heavy assault from the gun control lobby. The argument here is that Gun Free Zones work and that by having a sign up that says “No Guns Allowed”, violence is deterred. This assumes that people who commit murder, which is against the law, will otherwise obey sign laws. We’re showed continuously that the disarming of society fails. Chicago, Illinois has consistently ranked among the highest in gun violence and crime, but while also having staunch gun control laws. The San Berardino, California terrorist attack occurred with guns…
The political landscape has become more emotionally charged than any other point in recent history. The battle between President-elect Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left many people even experiencing personal conflict over their political choices. President-elect Trump’s unconventional approach to politics left many concerned and even outraged by his words and actions. How will a Trump Administration turn out? One of the common criticisms of President-elect Trump during the presidential election was his use of violent rhetoric and supposed endorsement of aggressive tactics. This signaled a nasty future ahead with a man like him involved in politics. Liberals have reacted in horror, claiming that he is a threat to liberty, to minorities, and all Americans everywhere. But does the problem lie with the right wing and supporters of President-elect Trump?
The mainstream media has faced increasing scrutiny over the last year for its conduct, from both sides of the fence. Liberals allege that too much air time was given to President-elect Donald Trump, implying they legitimized a candidate who never should have taken off, let alone won the presidential election. Conservatives and libertarians suggest the media is still, as they long have been, biased against the right. Despite the difference in allegations, both sides of the spectrum seem to agree there is a credibility issue with the mainstream media. For all the allegations of pushing biased stories or overtly fake news, they have now topped themselves in a recent segment of “New Day.” Commentator and Former Central Intelligence Agency counterterrorism Phil Mudd stated Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange is “pedophile who lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.”
The Drudge Report is a popular conservative news website and has been among the right’s most popular Internet sites for decades. Founded by Matt Drudge, it has in the past rattled the Democrats by breaking stories such as Newsweek covering up a story about then-President Bill Clinton having an affair with an intern. Since this time, it has only further cemented itself as one of the biggest conservative news sites on the Internet. Now it has experienced the biggest DDoS attack in its history, according to site founder Matt Drudge. A Denial-of-Service attack occurs when the website servers are overwhelmed with requests that it temporarily overloads the website and even brings it down. This is often done in retaliation or to make a website unavailable to its target audience.
Podcaster Jason Stapleton recently took his loyal listeners to task in an unhinged rant released on his group’s Facebook page this past weekend. In his screed, Stapleton issued a simple ultimatum for the individuals in his group: bow to the state or face his wrath. “Some of you are nothing but agitators,” Stapleton proclaimed. “Arrogant, adult children who have nothing of value to add to this group or the liberty movement… Take caution in your posts and comments because any of the benefit of the doubt you might have received prior to today is gone.” Anyone who deals with libertarians on a regular basis on social media or elsewhere can understand Stapleton’s frustrations. If this rant were merely a release valve after a stressful day, that would be one thing. Unfortunately, Stapleton’s rant is little more than a thinly-veiled cover for an aggressive policy of censorship against differing viewpoints. In spite of Stapleton mentioning that he had respect for libertarian anarchists such as Tom Woods and Bob Murphy in…
Whenever it came to anything that he knew he shouldn’t have done, the comedian Flip Wilson used to say: “The Devil made me do it.” For the Democrats, it is the Russians who made us do it. More exactly, it is the Russians who made the Democrats lose on November 8. For a variety of reasons, it is particularly odd that the left, of all people, would take to peddling this notion that Donald J. Trump won, or was helped to win, by Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. In short, far from serving as an indictment of Trump, this narrative reflects poorly on the Democrats. First, if the Russians hacked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, as the Democrats swear, it is because they were able to do so. By now, everyone knows that Clinton—again, while Secretary of State—dispatched tens of thousands of emails, including and especially some that had been marked “classified,” over an unsecured, private server. Clinton compromised the security of every American man, woman, and…
Old habits die hard in the CIA. Overthrowing democratically elected governments is one of those bad habits, but this time it’s our government. Through anonymous sources in the Deep State, it is alleged in the George Soros affiliated Washington Post, that Russian hackers handed the White House to Donald Trump: “The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.” The Trump team hit back hard, pointing out that this is the same group that misled us with false stories of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, so why should we believe them now when they are trying to blatantly interfere in our electoral process? Julian Assange, who is in a position to know the facts, has categorically denied that there was any Russian involvement, and instead has stated that he did not receive hacked emails but leaked emails from insiders in…
Donald Trump announced this morning that he will nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. But Trump can’t expect to get Tillerson’s nomination through the Senate without a fight. In the days leading up to Trump’s official announcement, the Senate’s leading neocons – Lindsay Graham, Marco Rubio, and John McCain – all expressed opposition to Rex Tillerson. Tillerson also received critical coverage from leading neoconservative publications including the National Review and the Weekly Standard. So what is behind neoconservatives’ opposition to Tillerson?
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a conservative student group at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) filed a federal lawsuit against the school last Wednesday after the students faced discrimination and threats of arrest from campus administrators. University officials told members of the Turning Point USA chapter at the school that they could not hand out pocket constitutions and talk to students about the First Amendment because the members were not standing in one of the university’s two Orwellian “free speech zones.” GVSU police and administrators told club founder Tim McKeeby and member Joe Tucker that they would be arrested for trespassing if they didn’t cease their pro-free speech activism. In one incident, campus police told the students “if you continue to stay here, then we’ll need to arrest you.”
Time Magazine announced their 2016 Person of the Year this morning. Of all the politicians and figures considered this year, the editorial board gave Republican President-Elect Donald Trump the title. Time Editor Nancy Gibbs noted the unprecedented candidacy of Trump, referring to his unconventional campaign and impact on world events. This is certainly true, given that Trump from the beginning was never supposed to amount to anything. In a race that started out as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s to lose, it cycled through the contenders ranging from neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to Senator Ted Cruz as America lived in denial that Trump could actually do it. Regardless of whether individuals like the controversial businessman or not, this is a significant development and likely the right decision. His ability to be a newsmaker and conquer the headlines has been enormous. In just over a month, the Republican businessman and now Time Person of the Year will be taking over the Presidency for Barack Obama.
Long-time Communist leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro, is dead at the age of 90. It is believed that the cause of death was complications related to diverticulitis, a debilitating stomach condition he suffered from since 2006. Although Castro is dead, his legacy of authoritarian government will live on far beyond his death in Cuba. Castro was supplanted by his brother, Raul, who was instilled as President of Cuba in 2008 after Fidel’s health was waning. For many, Castro represented a brutal dictator who fully embodied the evils of totalitarian Communism. To others, he was seen as a Renaissance Man who stood strongly against American dominion and conquest for a great many decades. Fidel Castro came into power officially when he was installed as Prime Minister in 1959. After successfully disposing the despised US-backed leadership in a bloody revolution, Castro was able to stay in power despite a tremendous amount of intervention from the military-industrial complex. This earned Castro legendary stature in the minds of millions of individuals around the…
According to the Washington Examiner, concerns are increasing for President-elect Trump’s top two picks to run the State Department: Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton. Sources say the Trump transition team is now considering California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a leading House foreign policy expert. Rohrabacher, who once worked as a Reagan speechwriter and a House member since 1989, emerged Tuesday night as a possible Trump pick. He is much more aligned with Trump on foreign policy, immigration and global warming issues.
Months of electoral chaos, endless controversy, and furious insults have ended with the American people making their decision. Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump has been elected as the next President of the United States, in a stunning upset after many pundits had said this was Hillary Clinton’s coronation night. Trump’s improbable rise this election cycle has left the political mainstream and elite mystified. Since the early days of the wide open battle in Iowa, many had declared the controversial businessman to be a fringe candidate without a prayer. As he knocked other candidates out of the race and accumulated delegates, fear struck all of the detractors who underestimated. Could Trump win? The story was the same with the general election. Controversy after controversy didn’t stop the outsider-turned-contender. Pundits, career politicians and the elite all declared that he couldn’t win. For all his mean words and hurt feelings, America would never elect him. As the night dragged on, it became increasingly clear that this was not the case. The…
Just one day after Senate minority leader Harry Reid had the audacity to claim that FBI Director Jim Comey had broken the law by writing a letter to Congress updating them about the Hillary Clinton investigation, the Director is finding an unlikely defender in President Obama. Reid wrote an open letter to Comey on Sunday in which he claimed that the Director “may have broken the law”. Reid was referring to the claim that Comey had violated the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits executive branch officials from engaging in political activity. While Harry Reid is well known to be a political hack who never lets the truth get in the way of winning an election (I don’t have to remind Republicans about the time Reid knowingly lied about Romney not paying taxes), it is nice to see someone on the other side of the aisle not jump on the opportunity to turn everything into a partisan fight. Obama’s take on the issue is undoubtedly the strongest defense of…
During the morning briefing at the White House on October 31, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that the Obama administration would back FBI Director James Comey in his handling of the Clinton email investigation. Earnest stated that the White House would not “defend nor criticize” Comey and his handling of the newest development in Clinton’s email scandal. With regard to Comey’s intentions, Earnest stated that the White House “doesn’t believe that Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of an election,” and that he is taking the proper steps to seek justice. There has been much talk about the divisions between different sects of Obama’s executive branch. According to reports, the Department of Justice and FBI were at odds with each other about how the investigation of the Clinton Foundation was proceed, with Loretta Lynch’s DOJ pushing for the investigation to slowed or halted.
According to documents released by WikiLeaks, top Clinton State Department aide Jake Sullivan used a private email to discuss bringing down the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with the Secretary. In an email chain to Sullivan, John Podesta, Huma Abden and others, Clinton staffer Nick Merrill quotes what appears to be correspondence between himself and a New York Times reporter in which is he writes the following: many emails jake sent or received from the secretary were from his state.gov account. but he did send mrs. clinton an email in april 2012 from his personal account that outlined her leadership in bringing down the qaddafi regime. This appears to be yet another example of a potentially classified conversation being had over unsecured personal email. At the very least this is more evidence that the Clinton State Department had little regard for the rules regarding email use. The email was released during WikiLeaks’ “The Podesta Leaks” campaign. This is the 22nd installment of that campaign. More is expected to be…
On Sunday afternoon it was reported that the FBI has begun reviewing approximately 650,000 emails stored on a laptop computer owned by Anthony Weiner, husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. According to the Wall Street Journal’s report, “metadata on the device suggests there may be thousands sent to or from the private server that the Democratic nominee used while she was secretary of state,” an estimate much higher than the “three emails” that were originally reported by some outlets on Friday. This new inquiry, which began 11 days before the presidential election, “will take weeks at a minimum,” per the Journal. The FBI will be tasked with determining how many of the emails concerned Clinton’s campaign and foundation, how many were about State Department work, how many have already been turned over to the FBI on other devices, and finally, whether or not they contain “either classified information or important new evidence in the Clinton email probe.” Abedin has claimed that she does not know how her…
According to an email released this morning by Wikileaks, Clinton technology was compromised during a trip to China. This new information is courtesy of an email that Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym Anna James, sent to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in November of 2011. In the email, Podesta states that his delayed reply was due to being “in China and not accessing this account for security reasons.” Chelsea Clinton (Anna James) replies by saying “[t]hat makes good sense to me. Our technology was all compromised while there.” It is unclear if Hillary Clinton was on the trip or when the hack occurred. However, the server Hillary used for her emails was shared by others in the family and her closest advisers. It could’ve been hacked without her devices being directly compromised. This new evidence adds to the already mounting speculation that Hillary’s use of a unsecured private server to send and receive classified emails has compromised national secrets and potentially harmed national security. The email was released…