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 The Events of the Week -- Featuring: 
For Trump, Defense Hawk-Budget Hawk
Could Be Winning Combination
by Byron York
 A Grand Canyon-Sized Divide Between Democrats 
 and Christians 
Louis DeBroux: Eight weeks after progressive Democrats' world was rocked by the Earth-shattering, this-can-NOT-be-happening realization that tens of millions of "deplorable" Americans had turned out to vote for Donald Trump, thereby depriving Her Royal Lie-ness, liar-Hillary Clinton, of the presidency, they are still dredging the depths of the political ocean for answers as to why they lost.
          They blame FBI Director James Comey's re-opening of the liar-Hillary email investigation in the final days of the campaign. They also blame Russian hacking, though there is scant evidence for this (besides, had liar-Hillary not illegally used a private server to conduct official government business out of the reach of congressional oversight, the Russians would have nothing to hack). Still others blame sexism, "fake news," voter fraud, talk radio, or even liar-Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her pervert husband, former Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-Creepystan).
          A relative handful of introspective Democrat operatives have touched on a major reason for their loss, but it's one which the progressive Democrat leadership and their uber-leftist foot soldiers don't even see as a problem — the massive disconnect between the Democrat Party and America's evangelical Christians, which make up approximately one-fifth of the American electorate. To put that into context, Evangelicals (which are just one subset of professed Christians) are a larger bloc of voters in the U.S. than black voters and Jewish voters combined.
          Yet rather than court this critical demographic, Democrats and their "tolerant" base openly and defiantly mock and attack Christians as being the worst elements of humanity. Is it any wonder that Donald Trump, who openly admitted to serial adultery but promised to defend Christians, won a staggering 81% of the Evangelical vote?
          In a recent interview with The Atlantic, Michael Wear, former 2012 liar-nObama campaign director of faith-outreach efforts, got to the root of the Democrats' problem with Christians. "Liberals have been trying to convince Americans, and evangelicals in particular, that America is not a Christian nation," Wear explained. "The 2016 election was evangelicals saying, 'Yeah, you're right! We can't expect to have someone who is Christian like us. We can't expect to have someone with a perfect family life. What we can expect is someone who can look out for us, just like every other group in this country is looking for a candidate who will look out for them.'"
          The Democrat Party has become a bastion of leftist radicals, including those who are rabidly anti-Christian. Other than popping up in black churches just before elections to remind parishioners that if Republicans are elected, they will take away Social Security and Medicare, try to implement school choice (gasp!), or reinstate slavery (conveniently forgetting it was Democrats who defended the abhorrent practice), Democrats have little good to say about Christians in general, and Evangelicals in particular. What else would you expect of people who booed God at their 2012 national convention?
          liar-nObama famously described salt-of-the-Earth Midwesterners as "bitter" people who "cling to guns or religion."
          Lest one think these are isolated incidents taken out of context, consider the following:
          In a speech at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, the blood having barely dried from the murderous attacks by Islamist terrorists in Paris, liar-nObama lectured us about how Christianity is no better than Islam, trotting out the brutality of the thousand-year old Crusades as proof. liar-nObama haughtily declared, "Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ." liar-nObama conveniently forgot that the Crusades were a reaction of European Christians to Muslim hordes invading their lands, and also that it was Christian ministers who led the fight to end slavery in America.
          It was likewise the liar-nObama administration that used the power of the federal government to force The Little Sisters of the Poor, a charitable order of Catholic nuns, to provide as part of its employee health insurance contraception drugs, including abortifacients which trigger abortions in early pregnancies. The use of contraception, and especially abortion, are grave sins in the Catholic faith.
          liar-nObama also aided in the effort to force Christian bakers, florists, photographers and bed-and-breakfast owners, among others, to violate their faith by providing services for same-sex "weddings." He has routinely implied that holding true to the biblical definition of man/woman marriage is driven by bigotry and homophobia.
          His administration argued before the Supreme Court that religious organizations should be forced to hire employees not of their faith, and should be prevented from firing employees who violate their code of moral conduct. In a similar vein, the liar-nObama administration instituted health care regulations under the liar-nObamaCare monstrosity that stripped health care workers of conscience protections, effectively forcing them, for example, to participate in abortions or be fired, and possibly prosecuted.
          He pressured Evangelical pastor Louie Giglio to withdraw from offering the inaugural benediction because of his biblical views on marriage.
          Though anecdotal, to be sure, it's interesting that in eight years, not one of the White House "holiday" cards sent out by liar-nObama — who claims to be a Christian, even as he denigrates Christians — has ever included the word "Christmas."
          These are just a few of the dozens and dozens of examples of liar-nObama's hostility toward Christians (we won't even here address liar-nObama's contemptible treatment of Israel, our staunchest ally in the Middle East).
          In the present political atmosphere, it's nearly impossible for the far-left Democrat Party to find common ground with Middle America, much less devout Evangelical Christians. The Democrats openly loathe and mock Christians, are rabidly pro-abortion, reject any respect for or compromise on moral issues so important to religious people, and in short, they find us "deplorable."
          That creates quite a problem for Democrats who find themselves unexpectedly in the political wilderness, having lost control of the House, the Senate, the White House, and two-thirds of state legislatures. They are vehemently opposed to the beliefs and principles of the very people they need in their camp to regain political power.
          Democrats worship at the altar of the state, and as far as anyone can tell, they have no inclination to stop.  ~The Patriot Post
Trey Gowdy Put’s liar-nObama
On Notice…He’s Next
by William Smith
{} ~ Conservative hero Trey Gowdy recently sent a strong message to Barack liar-nObama, one liar--nObama heard loud and clear. And liar-nObama’s pissed... Trey stood tall with a national veteran’s group and brutally criticized lame-duck liar-nObama for his tragic neglect of the VA healthcare system. And for liar-nObama’s sickening retaliation against whistleblowers at the Internal Revenue Service and the VA. It is  now well known liar-nObama used the IRS to attack conservative groups. And while liar-nObama thought he got away with that crime, Trey Gowdy just put him on notice that no crime will go unpunished. Said Gowdy, “I don’t like bullies. Government against whistleblowers is an unequal fight. Free speech is the ability to speak truth to power without consequences.”...
liar-nObama Dismissive Arrogance Hurts
Support In Legacy Scramble
by Rick Wells
{} ~ Lou Dobbs has a few thoughts “as we’re only fifteen days from a Republican controlled White House and Congress, a Republican government, if you will.”... He notes, “The Republicans united in their need to urgently repeal and replace liar-nObamacare now. The left of course and ‘president’ liar-nObama have, well they’re so aggravated and they’ve energized themselves in what appears to be a quixotic effort trying to stop Trump, stop the Republican Congress, stop the Republican Senate, stop any Republican, block any legislation and any Trump nominee.” Dobbs observes how difficult it is to motivate liar-nObama to visit Capitol Hill, but his ticking clock and lack of legacy were enough to drag him down one more time, his first visit since June of 2015. liar-nObama was supposed to “cheerlead the Democrat hari-kari moment, the symbolism of Mr. liar-nObama’s presence was supposed to be powerful stuff, the cameras feeding on it.”...
Now What? UN Votes to Expel 400,000 Jews
{} ~ The United Nations Security Council vote regarding Israeli settlements, made possible to by the liar-nObama' administration's historic decision to abstain, has effectively nullified the Oslo Accords that had been based on the concept of bilateral negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah... By short circuiting direct talks on the most complicated of the 'final status' issues - the fate of over 400,000 Israeli men, women and children residing over the Green Line - the UN condemnation of the settlement enterprise is simultaneously a dramatic vote of confidence in the Palestinian narrative. As such, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been given the green light to pursue his policy of making the West Bank judenrein. How should the Israeli government proceed? On the Right, Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennet used the news out of New York to push for de facto annexation of large parts of the West Bank, promising to introduce legislation to extend sovereignty to a large settlement near Jerusalem. On the Left, opposition leader Isaac Herzog called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign, while Zionist Union number two and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni said that that the anti-settlement resolution was a direct result of the Regulation Bill that aims to legalize thousands of Jewish homes in the West Bank...
Gulftainer Scandal Connects liar-nObama,
the liar-Clintons and the Media
by Roger Aronoff
{} ~ In a recent column, I challenged the notion that the liar-nObama administration has been scandal free. This has been the assertion, most recently, of liar-nObama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, in a softball interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria... The media have covered for the multiple scandals that have occurred right under their noses, and this is nothing less than willful blindness. It has applied to the liar-nObama administration, the liar-Clinton Foundation and recent presidential campaign, as well as going back to the liar-Clinton administration. One largely overlooked scandal that ties together the liar-Clintons, Barack liar-nObama and the media’s willful blindness is the Gulftainer scandal. This clear case of malfeasance comes at the expense of national security and American safety. As we reported in 2015, a United Arab Emirates subsidiary company, Gulftainer USA, was granted a lease “at the vital national security hub of Port Canaveral, Florida.” Now a recent Occasional Paper from the Center for Security Policy (CSP) shows that Gulftainer’s parent company, The Crescent Group, is connected to Iraq’s illicit nuclear program, and may have benefited from associations with the liar-nObamas and liar-Clintons. CSP has done an excellent job connecting these very disturbing dots...
I CANNOT believe what liberals are planning
to do 5 days before the inauguration
by Lt. Col. Allen West
{} ~ If you haven’t been paying attention, there’s something very dangerous and nefarious happening with regard to the future of the state of Israel. In these final days before the exit of Barack liar-nObama... we see an all-out assault by the global, progressive, socialist Left, and their accomplices of despots, autocrats, and Islamo-fascists, to undermine the existence of Israel. On the Friday before Christmas, can you believe the liar-nObama administration abstained from the UN Security Council vote that condemned Israel over “settlements?” We must once again reiterate that term is used to delegitimize Israel’s right to build neighborhoods and communities for its people. How can it be that one single nation can be so vilified for its existence? And so, ol’ Barry Soetoro, as part of his scorched earth policy, has unleashed the hounds of hell by assisting in the creation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, and enabling it to pass. Then, liar-nObama dispatched his henchman, Secretary of State John hanoi-Kerry, to go on an almost 90-minute rant against Israel. If that’s what friendship looks like, Israel is gonna be far better off when liar-nObama departs. And what makes this particular brand of nomadic, violent, terror-prone Arabs so special to the left?...
For Trump, Defense Hawk-Budget Hawk
Could Be Winning Combination
by Byron York
{} ~ Donald Trump has an opportunity to chart a new course for Republicans on defense spending — a course that would combine GOP hawkishness with a budget-cutter’s approach to Pentagon waste.

Although falling as a percentage of the federal budget, defense is still the federal government’s largest single non-entitlement spending item — about 16 percent of the budget in 2016.

In recent years, the GOP’s position on defense spending has been one long protest against sequester limits. The nation should spend more on the Pentagon, Hill Republicans have argued. At times, GOP lawmakers have seemed considerably less concerned about the billions the Department of Defense throws away every year.

Trump can change that. While the president-elect still wants to spend more on defense, he has given just as high a profile to his desire to cut waste. It could be a popular combination.

Last week the CEO of Lockheed, Marillyn Hewson, traveled to Florida to meet with Trump to discuss cost overruns on the troubled F-35 fighter. Separately, Trump met with Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, who runs the F-35 program for the military.

“Troubled” does not begin to describe the F-35 situation. The plane has become the poster child for a bloated Pentagon bureaucracy, at nearly $200 billion over budget and many years behind schedule — “both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule, and performance,” in the words of GOP Sen. John McCain.

After Trump’s meeting with Hewson, the president-elect did not claim any concrete progress. “We’re just beginning,” Trump told reporters. “It’s a dance. It’s a little bit of a dance. But we’re going to get the costs down and we’re going to get it done beautifully.”

The F-35 is just the beginning. In early December, the Washington Post reported that the Pentagon “has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget.”

Anyone who even casually follows government affairs has heard such things for years. Back in 2012, then-Sen. Tom Coburn, the Republican scourge of government overspending, said he could cut $69 billion in Pentagon waste over a decade just by going after programs “where the Pentagon works that have nothing to do with defense.”

There will be plenty of people to tell Trump he can’t do anything about Pentagon waste. There already are. On Dec. 22, Politico published a piece premised on the notion that Trump planned to intervene in contracting “to score political points, reward his friends and punish his enemies.” Doing so, Politico reported, would “drive up prices for federal government purchasing overall.” The suggestion of contracting professionals interviewed by Politico was that contracting — “a technical, complex part of the government that is run by tens of thousands of career civil servants” — is better left the way it is.

The article did not really contemplate the possibility that Trump might actually want to impose controls on Pentagon spending to save taxpayers money.

When he met with Lockheed’s CEO, Trump also met with Dennis Muilenburg, head of Boeing, to discuss the cost of building two new 747s to serve as Air Force One. Trump famously stirred up the issue with a tweet claiming that the project’s “costs are out of control” and threatening to “cancel the order.” After the meeting, he said, “I think we’re looking to cut a tremendous amount of money off the program.”

Perhaps Trump can’t make much progress on either Air Force One or the F-35. (Critics have pointed out that the F-35 program is nearly finished, with contracts spread in congressional districts around the country; the only way to save money now, they say, is to build fewer of the planes, which would result in less bang for far too many bucks.) But there are many, many targets of opportunity for Pentagon waste-cutters. And going after waste would have three big benefits for Trump:

*Waste is objectively a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
*An anti-waste crusade would strengthen the Republican image of fiscal responsibility.
*It would keep a Trump campaign promise.

If he actually tried to tackle the waste problem, Trump would make many enemies, Republican and Democrat. But he would win the support of many voters.

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Newsweek’s Headquarters
Raided By The NYPD

The headquarters of Newsweek was raided by the NYPD Thursday morning. Police reportedly took photos of the magazine’s servers.

New York Post reports:

About two dozen NYPD officers and investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office raided the offices of Newsweek and its parent company, IBT Media, on Thursday.

IBT Media was co-founded by Jonathan Davis and Etienne Uzac. The IRS placed a $1.2 million federal tax lien against Uzac in December 2017.

The agents were said to be photographing servers in the offices, but not downloading any files at the offices on 7 Hanover Square, according to sources.

Few details have emerged from the raid.

“Looking into reports that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office @ManhattanDA raided Newsweek/IBT Offices today….sources say police have been there for hours. The DA has declined to comment,” tweeted reporter Avi Asher-Schapiro.

Newsweek is also in the news Thursday after an “insider” told The Wrap editor Jon Levine that the magazine has abandoned journalism for “rage clicks,” in the Trump-era.

“Newsweek was once a premiere media organization and an incredible springboard for young journalists hoping to grow a name for themselves,” the source told Levine.

“The company culture has turned the newsroom into a toxic work environment, while the publication has descended into a content farm for last-resort clickbait,” the source added.


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