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Virginia Dem Scandal Spirals
by Thomas Gallatin  
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House Democrats’ Battle
 For Trump Tax Returns Begins  
by Evie Fordham 
{dailycaller.com} ~ House Democrats pushed legislation during a hearing Thursday that would require presidents and presidential candidates to release tax returns... in order to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns. “We have been called, we have been chosen to lead at this time in our history …” Democratic Georgia Rep. scumbag-John Lewis said in opening remarks at the hearing. “We will review whether a president, vice president or any candidate for these offices should be required by law to make their tax returns available to the public. In other words, we will ask the question: Does the public need to know that a person holding the highest office in our country obeys the tax laws?” scumbag-Lewis is the chair of the oversight subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, which held the hearing — its first on the subject of presidential tax returns. The presidential tax return legislation House Democrats want is part of a 571-page election reform bill, the “For the People Act,” also known as House Resolution 1... Its none of my business to know the Presidents tax return. Just as well as yours scumbag-Lewis.
Hearing erupts as Acting AG Whitaker calls 
time on Dem chairman: ‘Your 5 minutes is up’
by Brooke Singman  
{foxnews.com} ~ Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker stunned onlookers and lawmakers during an already-contentious House hearing Friday... when he tried to call time on the Democratic chairman after yet another line of questioning regarding Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller's Russia probe. The retort came after Chairman scumbag-Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., first said he wanted Whitaker to appear for a private deposition after the hearing and went on to ask Whitaker whether he had been “asked to approve any requests or action” for the special counsel. “Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up, so…” Whitaker replied as the hearing room broke out in gasps. “I am here voluntarily. We have agreed to five-minute rounds.” scumbag-Nadler, who even cracked a slight smile at the response, repeated his question, and Whitaker ultimately responded: “I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation.” The fiery back and forth follows a dramatic political prelude to the hearing itself, complete with threats by scumbag-Nadler to subpoena the witness and threats by the DOJ to boycott. Democrats are acutely focused on Whitaker's oversight of the dirty cop-Mueller probe, in his acting AG status while awaiting confirmation of President Trump's attorney general pick William Barr...  https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hearing-for-acting-ag-whitaker-eru...
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The Law Will Be on Trump’s Side If He 
Declares an Emergency to Fund His Wall
by JOHN YOO
{nationalreview.com} ~ It seems increasingly likely that President Trump will declare a national emergency at our southern border in order to access funds to build a wall... Last week, I had the pleasure of debating National Review’s very own David French on the legality of such a move in a Federalist Society-sponsored tele-conference. I wanted to take the opportunity to further explain my defense of Trump’s legal authority in response to David’s excellent points.  David and I agree that Congress has not placed any serious limits on the president’s power to declare an emergency and that the Supreme Court was unlikely to second-guess him. For much of our history, presidents have understood the Constitution’s grant of “the executive power” to include a power to declare national emergency. Thomas Jefferson effectively did so in response to Aaron Burr’s effort to raise a rebellion in Louisiana; Abraham Lincoln did so, with far more justification, at the start of the Civil War; FDR did so, with far less justification, at the start of his presidency in response to the Great Depression; and Harry Truman did so at the start of the Korean War. In 1976, Congress enacted the National Emergency Act in its burst of post-Watergate reforms designed to restrict presidential power. While the new law terminated most existing emergencies, it did not set out any definition of a national emergency or limit the president’s ability to declare one. The law only sets out the process for publication and congressional notification of the president’s declaration. So David and I agree that there are few limits on the president’s ability to declare an emergency for good reason. Indeed, every president since 1976 has used the NEA to declare a national emergency, several under circumstances far less immediate than this one, and the Supreme Court has never overturned one.  But David and I disagree on a broad conceptual question. I think he, and other prominent critics, view Trump’s apparently impending declaration through the lens of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952). In Youngstown, the Supreme Court reversed President Truman’s seizure of the nation’s steel mills, which a broad labor strike had closed. President Truman argued that steel was critical to the production of armaments needed for the Korean War. Writing for a 6–3 majority, Justice Hugo Black concluded that taking possession of private property — here, the steel mills — was a legislative function of government vested in Congress, not the president. Since Congress had rejected amendments to the federal labor laws that would have granted the executive such a power, Black concluded, Truman was without constitutional or statutory authority to seize the mills. According to David, a Trump declaration of emergency would amount to a similar act without legal authority...  https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/02/trump-border-wall-emergency-...
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Senators Who Condemned Kavanaugh 
Refused To Denounce Fairfax  
by Henry Rodgers
{dailycaller.com} ~ Democratic senators who condemned Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct allegations refused... to acknowledge the sexual assault allegations that have emerged against Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation Thursday. When asked if the same standard should be applied to Fairfax, a Democrat, as it was applied to Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings, the five Democratic senators asked, who all opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation due to the allegations, all dodged the question or acted like they had not heard about it, despite the fact it has been major national news for nearly a week. California Democratic Sen. Dianne Fein-stein, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and helped Kavanaugh’s accuser hire a legal team, told TheDCNF, “I don’t know Justin Fairfax.” When asked if the two should be compared she said, “No,” adding, “It’s really up to people in the area.” Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday that they “don’t have an investigation” into the accusations made by Fairfax’s accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson...Fein-stein and scumbag-Kaine are dodging the question.
Southcom Says Venezuelan Military 
‘Center of Gravity’ in Crisis
by Bill Gertz
{freebeacon.com} ~ The commander of the Southern Command said Thursday Venezuela's military and Cuban security personnel in the country are the "center of gravity" in the crisis... between competing governments in the capital city of Caracas. Adm. Craig S. Faller, the Southcom commander, also testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee, that the U.S. military is prepared to use force to protect Americans in Venezuela. "We are prepared to protect U.S. personnel and diplomatic facilities, if necessary," he said. The Trump administration has warned of unspecified "grave consequences"—including possible U.S. military intervention—if Maduro's forces resort to widespread violence against the pro-democracy opposition. A major concern is the large numbers of Cuban military and intelligence personnel providing security for Venezuela's embattled leftist leader Nicolas Maduro. Maduro, a supporter of communist-ruled Cuba, is fighting to remain in power after the United States and several regional and international states shifted official recognition from his regime to parliamentary leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself acting president of Venezuela...
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Virginia Dem Scandal Spirals
by Thomas Gallatin:  It’s a tough time to be a Democrat in Virginia. For the rest of the country, it’s been like watching an episode of “House of Cards,” only this is no fictional TV show. Wednesday provided the latest twist in what can only be described as a slow-motion political train wreck.

Following the initial revelation of Gov. Ralph Northam’s racist 1984 yearbook photograph and that in another yearbook he was known by the nickname “Coonman,” Democrats across the country were quick to call for his resignation. Many assumed Democrats were in the perfect position to prove their party’s commitment to “social justice.” However, almost immediately following Northam’s controversy, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax found himself knee-deep in his own scandal, this time over allegations of sexual assault. His accuser has released a detailed statement of her accusations. Suddenly, with Virginia’s top two Democrats facing growing pressure to resign, the question of succession was raised. According to the Commonwealth’s Constitution, should both Northam and Fairfax resign, the office of the governorship would fall to Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring.

For Democrats, should that worst-case scenario unfold, it would be painful, but at least a Republican wouldn’t take over. Or at least that was the thinking until Wednesday afternoon, when AG Herring admitted that he too had dressed in blackface once in 1980 when he was in college. Cue the outrage posse.

Suddenly, Virginia’s top three Democrats are all damaged goods — two racists and a sex offender. Ironically, one of the Democrats who had called for Northam’s resignation was none other than Herring, who stated on Saturday, “It is no longer possible for Governor Northam to lead our Commonwealth and it is time for him to step down. I have spoken with Lieutenant Governor Fairfax and assured him that, should he ascend to the governorship, he will have my complete support and commitment to ensuring his success and the success of our Commonwealth." So, if Herring does not resign for the same "crime,” would he not be outing himself as a total hypocrite and political opportunist?

And, to rub a little salt in the Democrats’ wound, guess who’s in line for the governorship should all three Democrats resign — Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty writes, “One under-discussed aspect of these revelations is that for once, we know that it’s unlikely that they’re being leaked by Republicans; if the GOP had this information, they would have used it during the 2017 campaigns. No, what’s much more likely is that Northam, Fairfax, and Herring or allies of the three men are leaking them against each other. Virginia’s term limit for governors means that the state is never more than four years away from an open seatand, considering the state’s rapidly changing demographics, if you win the Democratic nomination, the odds are no worse than 50-50 that you win. There are a lot of ambitious Virginia Democrats with sharp elbows.”

Finally, Mark Alexander observes, “I think Demos are regretting jumping on the resignation bandwagon because there are very likely other stupid yearbook photos, fraternity pranks, etc., in many backgrounds. The issue with the two blackface cases versus sexual assault are very different, and Northam’s fumbling story change compounds his problems, but the point is that just about everyone out there has stupid stuff in their past. Will the category of offense be widened from just the Demo favorites of race and #MeToo?”  ~The Patriot Post

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LOOK: Obama Declared National Emergencies 13 Times Including Swine Flu, Iran And Flint Water Crisis

President Trump is expected to declare a State of Emergency at the US southern border on Friday.

Declaring the immigration crisis a national emergency is overdue. Presidents have declared national emergencies for nearly 50 years.

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Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day. The Obama emergencies included the Swine Flu, Flint water crisis and Iran.

The Conservative Tribune reported:

As it turns out, there are currently 31 ongoing national emergencies over which the president wields certain authorities, the first of which has been in existence since 1979 and is one of only two emergencies declared by Carter.

There were a total of six national emergencies during former President Ronald Reagan’s tenure, as well as four more during the administration of former President George H.W. Bush, all of which have ended.

Former President Bill Clinton declared 17 national emergencies — six of which remain in effect — while former President George W. Bush declared 12 national emergencies, of which 10 remain ongoing.

Then we get to former President Barack Obama, who declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day. Thus far, President Trump has declared three active and ongoing national emergencies.

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