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Churchill’s Adversaries Weren’t His Enemies
by Peggy Noonan  
House probe of FBI-DOJ's alleged 
anti-Trump, pro-scumbag/liar-Clinton bias hits 
unceremonious end -- with no report
by Lukas Mikelionis  
{foxnews.com} ~ House Republicans unceremoniously ended their investigation into the way the FBI and the Department of Justice handled scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton’s email scandal... and the bias allegations against President Trump. The House probe was led by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Judiciary Committee and sought to look into allegations that the FBI and the DOJ were biased against Trump during the 2016 presidential election and favored scumbag/liar-Clinton’s candidacy. Two Republicans chairing the committees – Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Robert Goodlatte, R-Va. – said in a letter Friday that the DOJ must appoint a special counsel to investigate the “seemingly disparate treatment” of the investigations into scumbag/liar-Clinton’s use of private emails and Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.The letter came less than a week before the Republicans formally lose control of the House to Democrats, while both Gowdy and Goodlatte are retiring from politics. The Democrats have long criticized the Republican-led probe as a distraction from dirty cop-Mueller’s Russia investigation, with U.S. Rep. scumbag-Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, taunting Republicans for their unceremonious end of the probe. “This is how the House Republican effort to undermine dirty cop-Mueller by ‘investigating the investigators’ ends. Not with a bang, but with a Friday, buried-in-the-holidays whimper, and one foot out the door,” he wrote in a tweet...
Trump can build the wall 
without congressional approval
by Jerry McCormick
{patriotnewsalerts.com} ~ As the clock ticks nearer to a new year and a Democrat takeover of the House, Dems just got some bad news out of Washington... According to two USA Today columnists, President Donald Trump does not need Congress’ stamp of approval to get his border wall built.  Democrats have been fighting Donald Trump and the Americans who voted for him over the border wall since the day Trump took office. Even though legislation has been on the books for decades, Democrats have refused to give in. And even though Democrats like scumbag/liar-Bill Clinton, scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton, and even Barack scumbag/liar-nObama are on record demanding a border wall, they now act like they never said it. The man leading the current block of border wall financing, Sen. Chuck scumbag/clown-Schumer (D-NY), used to stand on the dais regularly demanding more border security. But today, he says it is immoral and refuses to work with President Trump to provide the funding needed for the border wall. But as it turns out, there is plenty of money in our government to pay for the wall. Better yet, President Trump does not need the cooperation of Democrat obstructionists to make it happen. When it became clear that the Democrats were not going to work with President Trump, the White House started to investigate pockets of funds available in various departments of the government...  https://www.patriotnewsalerts.com/trump-can-build-wall/
Trump says US nearing 'comprehensive' 
China deal after phone call with Xi
by Daniel Chaitin
{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ The U.S. and China appear to have taken another step back from a trade war after President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed good feelings following a phone call... Both leaders announced Saturday that "progress" is being made on a number of issues. "Just had a long and very good call with President Xi of China," Trump tweeted late Saturday morning. "Deal is moving along very well. If made, it will be very comprehensive, covering all subjects, areas and points of dispute. Big progress being made!" Soon after, state-run Xinhua reported that Xi said he and Trump "hope to push for stable progress of China-U.S. relations." The declarations come as talks to resolve the trade dispute between the two countries are expected to begin in January after Trump and Xi reached an agreement at the G-20 summit in Argentina on trade in early December that amounted to a temporary stand-down. Both sides are under pressure to reach a deal and end their ongoing trade war. The Trump administration has set a March 1 as the deadline before it hikes tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent, an increase from 10 percent. China has similarly lifted its 25 percent tariffs on U.S. auto imports, but said they are scheduled to return on March 31...  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-says-us-nearing-compr... 
Another Democrat Rips Into commie-Ocasio-Cortez,
Wishes She’d Just ‘Go Away’
{westernjournal.com} ~ Bummer. After espousing how much I loved Democratic New York congresswoman-elect commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for probably doing more harm to the far left than helping... it seems Democrats are catching onto the ruse. It was just days ago that outgoing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill expressed confusion  about all of the hype surrounding commie-Ocasio-Cortez.“I’m a little confused why she’s the thing,” McCaskill told CNN. It truly has been a bizarre surprise for many politicians and pundits as to how, exactly, commie-Ocasio-Cortez rocketed up to be one of the leftists’ favorite political figures. “I’m not sure what she’s done yet to generate that kind of enthusiasm, but I wish her well,” McCaskill said. The outgoing senator also offered some pearls of wisdom to the 29-year-old commie-Ocasio-Cortez. “The rhetoric is cheap,” she said. “Getting results is a lot harder.” But while McCaskill’s comments could stem from some form of bitterness — considering the timing of her ouster and commie-Ocasio-Cortez’s rise — other Democratic figures are starting to echo her sentiments. Joining McCaskill in her warnings of commie-Ocasio-Cortez is Democrat Doug Schoen. The 65-year-old former scumbag/liar-Clinton adviser is a Fox News contributor and seemed painfully aware of the damage commie-Ocasio-Cortez has wrought during her rapid ascent during an appearance on “The Five.”...  https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/another-democrat-rips-ocasio-cort...
Dems Plan Their Coup As the World Burns
by S.Noble
{independentsentinel.com} ~ Democrats aren’t concerned about illegal aliens pouring into the country without any screening whatsoever. They are happy about it and they all went on vacation... rather than do something constructive. The Dems are busy with one thing, however. They are busy releasing job postings seeking lawyers and legal staff to help aid their future investigations of President Donald Trump. Now that they have the House, they have subpoena power. Their plan is to continue the coup d’état. Nancy is basking away at an exclusive Hawaiian resort that costs $5,000 a night. A person answering the media contact number for Pulosi’s office identified herself as “press desk.” When asked about the vacation, she told the Washington Examiner: “I’m not allowed to talk about that.” She said she would pass on a message to the deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, who did not respond, the Examiner reports. Dems do find time to plan attacks on Republicans and the President. Democrats  advertised for legislative counsel with experience in: “criminal law, immigration law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, commercial and administrative law including antitrust and bankruptcy, or oversight work,” according to CNN. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is also seeking lawyers for “executive branch investigative counsel.” Congressional Democrats have said they will target Trump’s tax returns, his businesses, financial dealings, as well as former and current cabinet members who served under him...  http://www.independentsentinel.com/dems-plan-their-coup-as-the-worl...
Churchill’s Adversaries Weren’t His Enemies
by Peggy Noonan

{peggynoonan.com} ~ I didn’t intend to write on Andrew Roberts’s biography of Winston Churchill, because so many smart people have written on it so well. Also, I don’t belong to the Churchill cult. He was a great man, arguably the greatest of the 20th century, and right on the central question of his age, the meaning of Hitler. He had both political and literary genius, the first Western political figure of whom that could be said since Lincoln. He was brave and he was a visionary; he understood and wrote about the implications of splitting the atom long before it was split. He was also a person of titanic self-regard driven by a sense of destiny that occasionally verged on the half-mad. He made blunders for which others suffered and forgave himself too quickly and too much. And he was bloody-minded. “I love this war,” he confided to a friend at the height of World War I, when he was first lord of the admiralty. “I know it’s smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment—and yet—I can’t help it—I enjoy every second of it.”

He did. War was opportunity. He didn’t think the lights were going out all over Europe, he thought the lights were about to shine brightly on his name.

And yet. What a warm and splendid book Mr. Roberts’s biography is. It is intelligent and fluid; he doesn’t lard things up to show you the depth of his research, but tells you what is important, with verve and sympathy. As you read you trust his judgment.

It reminds me what a moving life Churchill’s was, and what a struggle. His father, who treated him as an afterthought, did not live long enough to admire him; his mother became fully invested in him only once she understood he was a winner and would reflect well on her. His response to their neglect was a love that looks very much like gallantry.

Mr. Roberts gives fresh attention to the meaning and origin of Churchill’s domestic policies, which were central to his political life and usually get short shrift.

This feels pertinent now. Some readers will have found themselves the past few years, even before Donald Trump, certainly since the wars and the crash of 2008, revisiting and questioning political stances and assumptions they’d previously held with confidence. That questioning has been playing out in this space since 2005. For some Republicans, the question has been whether to change the party or leave it. For some Democrats, it’s “Am I completely comfortable in a party that appears to be charging, culturally and economically, to the hard left?”

Churchill, elected to Parliament as a Tory and from an ancestral Tory family, crossed the aisle early in his career and joined the Liberals. He later rejoined the Conservatives. Mostly this was due to his sense of what was required at that moment in terms of policy. He had a shrewd sense of the lay of the land; for all his intellectual flights he believed in realism. Like a true aristocrat, Mr. Roberts notes, he was not a snob; he had a filial respect for and sense of responsibility toward “the masses.”

The proximate reason for his bolting the Tories was high tariffs; he was a free trader. But more was at play. His early political career was marked by a gradual coming to terms with the England he was seeing all around him and its ossified politics and parties. He had believed, in Mr. Roberts’s words, “that social reform was not the exclusive preserve of the Liberals but could be appropriated by what he called ‘the Tory democracy.’ ”

But they weren’t good at appropriating. Churchill came out for the progressive income tax, with total exemptions for the poor. He backed the “minimum standards of life and labour,” policies that came to be the basis of the modern welfare state.

But free markets and competition mattered to him. Social spending was desirable—“spread a net over the abyss”—but it depended on “the existing competitive organization of society.” We need private enterprises, he said, “and do not grudge them their profits.” He opposed socialism. Were the early Christians socialist in spirit and practice? “The Socialism of the Christian era was based on the idea of ‘All mine is yours,’ ” he said. The socialism of the Labour Party “is based on the idea that ‘All yours is mine.’”

When he turned on the Tories it was wonderful work. They and the “protectionist manufacturers” say they support tariffs “because they love the working man,” he said in a speech in Manchester. “They love the working man, and they love to see him work.”

He was vivid, not vague, about his changes of mind. He told voters, “I admit I have changed my party. I don’t deny it. I am proud of it.” He didn’t think the Tories were an especially moral lot, and he didn’t think they saw the nation or its needs clearly. “I am delighted that circumstances have enabled me to break with them while I am still young and still have the first energies of my life to give to the popular cause.” He told his constituents he had plenty of loyalty—not to a party, but to them.

Years later, when he popped back to the Tories—he had a way of joining each party just before it began its ascent—he acknowledged what people were saying behind his back, and defused it with laughter. “Anyone can rat,” he said, “but it takes a certain ingenuity to re-rat.”

He was candid in other ways. He rudely opposed women’s suffrage and said only “undesirable classes” of women wanted the vote. Suffragettes were rude right back, hounding him at his rallies and ringing bells to drown out his voice. He admitted he found it difficult to change his mind. “I was steadily moving forward to the position of whole-hearted supporter” of women’s rights, but he had been “much put off” by their efforts to curtail his speech and didn’t want to be seen “giving way” to such tactics.

It is good when politicians are frank about their opponents’ methods, and reasonable to admit you don’t want to appear to be bowing to them. Nobody likes to be bullied.

Something especially pertinent to this moment: Churchill was a warrior who threw insults like lightning bolts. He fought hard for his side. But he said political division “does not in my mind prejudice personal relations.” He was broad in his friendships, which encompassed figures of left, right and center. Mr. Roberts notes he was “privately affable” with friends and foes. He dined with the Fabian socialist Beatrice Webb. He separated politics from personal friendship, in part, Mr. Roberts implies, because he understood we are not only political beings. His openness was misunderstood by people “who assumed he was being insincere either in the friendship or in the politics. In fact he was being neither.” If he liked you or valued your mind, you were in.

This old style should be made new again.

And Merry Christmas. May you reconsider whether someone is really a foe, and if he is, dine with him anyway.

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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