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Trump is ready to deal. Are Dems?
by Marc A. Thiessen  
President Bush
Rest in Peace   
Fears mount: Putin’s Russia poised 
to seize more of Ukraine?
by Joel Gehrke
{} ~ Russia might be angling to take control of the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, a top Estonian defense official told the Washington Examiner... forecasting a move that would mark a serious escalation of the simmering conflict between the two neighbors. “This is part of Ukraine that has economic problems and social problems because of the conflict anyway, and so by squeezing the access to this area of Ukraine, they are making the social or economic conditions even worse and possibly, possibly trying to create some kid of social upheaval there,” Permanent Secretary Kristjan Prikk, the top civilian in the NATO member’s Ministry of Defense, told the Washington Examiner. Prikk visited Washington just days after Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and Azov. He said that incident entails a “very direct escalation” of the Ukraine crisis because it marks the first open clash between Russian and Ukrainian forces since the 2014 annexation of Crimea. More than 10,000 people on all sides have been killed in the related fighting in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow portrays the conflict has an intra-Ukrainian fight between Kiev loyalists and ethnic Russian separatists while reiterating its sovereignty over Crimea. Though Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Prikk and other officials from the Baltic region see real national security significance to the outcome of that conflict. “In a way, I would say Ukraine is doing the fighting for us there. They are in direct contact with Russian Federation forces there,” the permanent secretary told the Washington Examiner. “They are the ones that from time to time also cause losses to them. So, we shouldn't neglect this conflict.”...
Extraditing Gulen Would Betray American Values
by John Rossomando
{} ~ Extraditing dissident Islamist cleric Fethullah Gulen to Turkey would be a betrayal of American values and should be permanently off the table... President Trump says that handing over Gulen to Turkey is not under consideration "at this point." That's not good enough. NBC News  reported on Nov. 15 that administration officials were considering Turkey's request to extradite Gulen, who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1998. It cited two senior U.S. officials who said that the Justice Department and FBI were asked to reopen Turkey's extradition case against Gulen in October. Inquiries were made about his immigration status. This consideration reportedly aimed to placate Turkey by handing over Gulen in exchange for taking diplomatic heat off of Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Since the murder, Turkey has orchestrated a campaign of slow leaks and disclosures designed to keep the story in the news and to expose Saudi lies about what happened. The two leaders reportedly met privately for nearly an hour Saturday during the G20 summit. It isn't known whether the Gulen issue was discussed. Turkish officials previously requested Gulen's extradition after a 2016 attempted coup, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan baselessly blames on Gulen. He has gone from being an Erdogan ally to being his scapegoat...
Justice Department Sued For Docs On 
scumbag/liar-nObama DOJ's Efforts To Shut Down 
scumbag/liar-Clinton Foundation Investigation
{} ~ Don't think that with the raid on a scumbag/liar-Clinton Foundation / Uranium One whistleblower's home by the FBI... that it was for anything but to cover for scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. However, now government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice to obtain DOJ documents on the efforts of Loretta Lynch and those under her to shut down an investigation into the scumbag/liar-Clinton Foundation. The DOJ has routinely been passing deadlines for providing FOIA requests, as have other government agencies, such as the State Department. This has led to additional court costs through lawsuits in order to obtain them, and Judicial Watch has been at the tip of the spear in garnering this information. Keep in mind that it was this organization using the same methods of FOIA lawsuits that led to the disclosure of scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton's illegal private email server which she knowingly sent and received classified information through and that information was read by those without the proper security clearance, including her maid. Judicial Watch also reports that its FOIA lawsuits have been effective in breaking other stories with documentation...
Mattis Confirms America’s Biggest Fear About 
Putin, & It’s Absolutely Devastating
by John Salvatore
{} ~ Leftists feared that Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help candidate Donald Trump... Two years later and there’s still no proof. However, Russia did attempt to mess with America’s elections and have for some time. Now, Secretary of Defense James Mattis drops a big accusation against Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the recent midterm elections… Defense Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that Russian operatives attempted to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, apparently confirming for the first time that Moscow attempted to meddle in last month’s elections.  Mattis spoke of the relationship between the Trump administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin during an interview Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Mattis: “There is no doubt the relationship has worsened. He tried again to muck around in our elections this last month. We are seeing a continued effort around those lines.” He added, “This is a very complex situation because clearly Mr. Putin is a slow learner. He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating the animosity against his people.” “We’re dealing with someone we simply cannot trust.”...
Why Iran Funds Palestinian Terrorists
by Bassam Tawil
{} ~ In keeping with its long-standing policy of funding anyone who seeks to destroy Israel or kill Jews, Iran has decided to pay stipends to the families of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip... who were killed during attacks on Israel. The decision refers to the Palestinians who were killed while attacking Israeli soldiers during the weekly Hamas-sponsored riots along the Gaza-Israel border; they began in March 2018 under the banner of the "March of Return." What are the implications of the Iranian decision? The message that Iran is sending to Palestinian families is: "If you want money and a good life, send your children to die on the border with Israel." In other words, Iran is telling Palestinian families that the best way to improve their living conditions is by sending their children to kill or injure a Jew. This is a message that is likely to reverberate far and wide among Arabs, well beyond the Palestinians. The expansion of Iranian influence to the Middle East in general and the Palestinian arena in particular began during the scumbag/liar-nObama administration, which turned a blind eye to Iran's aggressive intentions, and later embarked on a policy of appeasement toward its mullahs. Under the scumbag/liar-nObama administration, the Iranians must have felt they had a pass to do whatever they wanted. That is evidently why, today, they are sitting not only in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, but also in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq. Recently, Gatestone reported how Iran was planning to take over the Gaza Strip. The article pointed out that the Iranians were strengthening their ties with Hamas and Islamic Jihad to ensure that the two terrorist groups maintained their tight grip on the Palestinian population there...
Trump is ready to deal. Are Dems?

by Marc A. Thiessen

{} ~ When Donald Trump first took office, many conservatives' greatest fear was that he would be too quick to cut deals with the Democrats. He had previously been a Democrat and had staked out heterodox positions on everything from spending to entitlement reform, the national debt, the minimum wage, trade and health care. During the 2016 campaign, Trump even endorsed universal health care, declaring, "This is an un-Republican thing for me to say I am going to take care of everybody and the government's gonna pay for it." Conservatives were aghast.

They need not have worried. Democrats showed little interest in negotiating bipartisan bills with President Trump. They preferred to be the "resistance." And their unrelenting opposition pushed Trump to the right. He knew that whatever he was going to get done, he would have to do it with Republican votes. So, he governed as a staunch conservative.sick-

But that is not his place of natural equilibrium. In his heart, Trump is a dealmaker, not an ideologue. And now, he's making clear that he wants to cut deals with Rep. sick-Nancy Pulosi, D-Calif.

It was overshadowed by his confrontation with CNN's scumbag-Jim Acosta, but during his post-election news conference, Trump made clear that he is willing -- even eager -- to buck House Republicans and work with sick-Pulosi and the new Democratic majority. On health care, for example, Trump stunned Republicans when he said he would be willing to support a bipartisan bill that passes with Democratic votes. "We'll get the Democrats and we'll get the Republicans, or some of the Republicans" (emphasis added), Trump declared. That's a remarkable statement. The president would sign a health-care bill that gets a majority of Democratic, but not Republican, votes.

Similarly, on taxes, Trump announced he was willing to revisit the terms of his signature legislative achievement -- his tax-reform law -- in exchange for a middle-class tax cut. Asked whether he would be willing to raise rates on corporations and the wealthy, Trump said, "I would absolutely pursue something even if it means some adjustment." That's a huge concession to the Democrats.

Indeed, Trump even said it was better that Democrats won control of the House because it frees him to negotiate. "If the Republicans won -- and let's say we held on by two, or one, or three -- it would've been very hard," Trump said, "... because there will always be one, or two, or three people that, for a good reason or for a bad reason, or for grandstanding come over and say, you know, 'Look, we're not going to along with this.' " With Democrats in the majority, he said, "we have a much easier path, because the Democrats will come to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for health care, a plan for whatever they are looking at, and we'll negotiate." Translation: Now I can tell the House Freedom Caucus to take a hike and compromise with Democrats instead.

The big question: Will House Democrats take him up on it? If they start firing shots at Trump, focusing on investigations and impeachment, he's going to fire back. But if they accept his outstretched hand, they will find he's willing to give Democrats a lot of things they want -- even over GOP objections.

Trump hopes sick-Pulosi becomes House speaker, because he thinks 
sick-Pulosi will be less interested in impeachment and more interested in deals. "She deserves it," he said at his news conference, adding, "If she has a problem, I think I would be able to very easily supply her the necessary votes" to become speaker. He knows sick-Pulosi will serve for only a few years and wants to secure a legacy. She wants to pass an infrastructure bill, fix and permanently secure scumbag/liar-nObamacare, and modify his tax cuts. And he seems willing to work with her to do all that. If anything, sick-Pulosi's challenge will be to control her own ideologues who want to use their newfound power to destroy Trump, not work with him.

But if Democrats are willing to make concessions, such as funding the border wall, they will find that Trump is willing to buck conservative orthodoxy and make major concessions to them. Indeed, if they play their cards right, they can rack up wins on everything from health care and taxes to infrastructure and even immigration.

But to do that, Democrats have to decide: Are they now a governing majority? Or are they a resistance? Because they can't be both.

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