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Pentagon: 'We successfully 
hit every target' in Syria
by Jamie McIntyre 
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Pentagon: US, allies launched 105 missiles 
in Syria, 'successfully' hit all three targets
by Joseph Weber

{ foxnews.com } ~ The Pentagon said Saturday that the U.S.-led allied missile strikes in Syria successfully hit all three targets... and have “significantly crippled” Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ability to make more chemical weapons. “I think we dealt them a severe blow,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Pentagon after the overnight bombing. “We’ve attacked the heart of the Syrians’ chemical weapons program.” McKenize identified the targets as Barzah Research and Development, the Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site and the Him Shinshar Bunker Facility. He also said 105 missiles were launched by air and sea. The strikes, in Douma, near Demascus, were launched in response to evidence that the Assad regime killed civilians in an April 7 chemical attack, the latest in country’s years-long civil war...  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/14/pentagon-us-allies-launc... .
Sen. Cory Booker Badgers 
Mike Pompero for Beliefs on 'Gay Marriage'
{ rickwells.us } ~ New Jersey Democrat Senator Cory Booker said back in 2013, “Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia... I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, “So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.” It’s unlikely that anyone would vote for Booker for any reason other than that he’s a flaming liberal, or a flaming something else. He’s a nut job vegan who, it seems, could seriously benefit from an Arby’s beef and cheddar and maybe a couple whiskey shots to lessen his tendencies towards reckless hysteria. The laughing stock of a Senator attempts to tie the views of Mike Pompeo on homosexuality to his prospective position as Secretary of State. Booker bizarrely badgers Pompeo for not sharing his own perversion, for not believing that it’s normal for two guys to be poking each other in the backside while claiming to be man and husband...  https://rickwells.us/booker-pompeo-beliefs-gay-marriage/
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European Immigration: Nuns Out, Terrorists In
by Douglas Murray
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ The behaviour of government departments in charge of immigration and asylum across Europe repeatedly demonstrate the truth of the late Robert Conquest's maxim... his "third law of politics" -- that the simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation "is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies". Last week it was reported in the Catholic Herald that a nun who was driven out of the town of Qaraqosh, on the Nineveh plains in Iraq, has been forbidden to visit her ill sister in the United Kingdom. Sister Ban Madleen was among those Christians who were forced to flee the largest Christian town in the area when ISIS entered it in 2014. She was among the thousands of Christians who fled the approaching jihadists and found refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan. There, she set up kindergartens to look after the children of other refugees who had also sought sanctuary in the Kurdish areas. A letter, seen by the Catholic Herald, from the UK Visa and Immigration division at the UK Home Office, stated that Sister Ban had not given evidence of her earnings as a kindergarten principal or shown enough evidence that her order of nuns would fund her visit. In any event, the letter claims that for these reasons, the UK authorities are not satisfied that Sister Ban's appeal to visit her sick sister is genuine. Therefore, she is denied entry, with "no right of appeal or right to administrative review."...
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IDF: Gazans hurl explosives, firebombs, 
burn Israeli flags, try to damage fence 
{ timesofisrael.com } ~ Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Friday hurled an explosive device and firebombs at Israeli troops deployed at the border... during what the Israel Defense Forces described as “several attempts” to damage the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and cross over into Israeli territory. The Hamas-run health ministry said a 28-year old man had been shot and killed and more than 100 others injured by live fire. Some 10,000-15,000 Palestinians were taking part in violent riots in five locations along the length of the border, the army said. In addition to trying to breach and cross the barrier, they carried out a number of attacks, including throwing Molotov cocktails and explosives at Israeli soldiers...
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Iranian drone shot down in 
northern Israel in February was armed with explosives 
by ALEXANDER FULBRIGHT 
{ timesofisrael.com } ~ Israel revealed on Friday that an Iranian drone that entered Israeli airspace in February after launching from an airbase in Syria was carrying explosives... The base was allegedly attacked by Israel on Monday, and reportedly saw the targeting of Iran’s entire attack drone weapons system — prompting soaring tensions between Israel and Iran. The Iranian drone shot down in February was carrying enough explosives to cause damage, military sources said. Its precise intended target in Israel was not known, they said. The February incident marked an unprecedented direct Iranian attack on Israel. Israel’s acknowledgement of the nature of the drone’s mission “brings the confrontation” between Israel and Iran “into the open” for the first time, Israel’s Channel 10 news noted. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day this week to warn Iran: “Don’t test the resolve of the State of Israel.”...
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DOJ Inspector General 
Michael Horowitz Releases OIG Report on Andrew McCabe
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ A picture was initially clear in March once we had the full timeline of the interviews with Andrew McCabe that led to his firing...  This Fox News report only confirms the obvious; however, it’s important to review the events to fully understand the scope of McCabe’s lying and also understand the reason for Lisa Page to be so angry. Remember, Lisa Page was a DOJ attorney assigned to the office of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe specifically to provide legal guidance. Imagine how pissed off she was when she discovered (July 2017) the Deputy FBI Director who told her to leak a story -on his behalf- to the Wall Street Journal, denied ever telling her to leak the story. It’s no wonder why Ms. Page told FBI Agent Peter Strzok to “never text her again”, and she quit working for the Mueller team several weeks before IG Horowitz informed Mueller about the conspiracy issues which led to Strzok’s removal...  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/13/breaking-doj-inspec....
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Pentagon: 'We successfully 
hit every target' in Syria
VIDEO:  https://www.dvidshub.net/video/594366/uss-monterey-launches-syria-m... 

by Jamie McIntyre 
{ washingtonexaminer.com } ~ The coalition strike on Syrian chemical weapons facilities was successful, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Saturday morning, saying all the missiles hit their targets.

"I can assure you we took every measure and precaution to strike only what we targeted ... and we successfully hit every target," chief spokesperson Dana White told reporters. "We do not seek conflict in Syria, but we cannot allow such grievous violations of international law."

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff, said the strike on Syria involved British, French, and U.S. air and naval platforms in the Mediterranean and Red seas, and the North Arabian Gulf.

U.S. strikes came from Air Force B1-B bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from the cruiser USS Monterey, destroyers USS Laboon and USS Higgins, and the attack submarine USS John Warner, McKenzie said.

In addition, the Pentagon said Syria’s efforts to shoot down allied planes and missiles were totally ineffective.

“We assess over 40 surface-to-air missiles were deployed by the Syrian regime," McKenzie said. "Most occurred after the last impact of our strike was over."

"Initial indications are we accomplished military objectives without interference from Syria," he said. "I'd use three words to describe this operation, precise, overwhelming and effective.”

The attacks took place at 9 p.m. Friday night Washington time, 4 a.m. in Syria, by U.S., British, and French ships and planes, which fired a total of 105 missiles at three separate targets.

The heaviest strike was against the Barzah Research and Development facility in the Damascus area, which was hit by 57 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea and 19 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles launched from American B-1 heavy bombers.

“We destroyed three buildings in Damascus, one of the most heavily defended air spaces in the world,” McKenzie said. “This is going to set the Syrian chemical warfare program back for years.”

Two other facilities near Homs including a command and control bunker were with by British and French missiles.

“The strikes went to the very heart of the enterprise, to the research to development, to storage,” White said. “We are very confident that we have significantly crippled Assad's ability to produce these weapons.”

The Pentagon said it had no reports of civilian casualties and suggested that by indiscriminately firing unguided missiles into the air in a futile effort shoot down allied planes, Syria risked killing some of its own people.

“When you shoot iron into the air without guidance, it will come down somewhere,” McKenzie said. “By contrast, the precise nature of our strike reduced the risk of collateral damage to civilians.”
 

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Clinton Donor And Tax Cheat Tied To Russia

“Do as we say, not as we do.”

That seems to be the slogan for Hillary Clinton and her political allies, and it’s especially apt in light of new information about one of Clinton’s largest campaign donors.

While the left is still trying to attack President Trump and his family over unproven business dealings and largely debunked connections to Russia, a new report indicates that it was Hillary Clinton’s team who were doing those exact things.

“Fox News has learned that one of the top donors to the ‘Hillary Victory Fund’ (HVF) in 2016 was a Los Angeles-based attorney who is alleged to have misused company funds to create his own $22 million real estate portfolio,” that outlet reported on Thursday.

“He has also been considered by California to be one of the state’s biggest tax cheats, and allegedly has ties to the (Russian) Kremlin,” Fox continued.

The man’s name is Edgar Sargsyan. His deep pockets greatly benefited Clinton’s campaign, with contributions of at least $250,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund in 2016.

He was also in charge of an elite fundraising dinner to benefit Clinton, where donors paid $100,000 per couple just to attend the ritzy event. But in true Clinton fashion, the money apparently went missing.

Sargsyan is now “being sued by his former company for allegedly diverting those funds to start his own real estate company,” according to Fox.

Now, people are asking hard questions about Clinton’s buddy Sargsyan, including whether his contributions were part of a pay-to-play scheme and if he had shady connections to foreign governments.

“Nobody gave to the Hillary Victory Fund out of the goodness of their heart or some generalized desire to help 33 random state parties,” pointed out attorney Dan Backer from the Committee to Defend the President.

“They did so to buy access and curry influence — something the Clintons have been selling for nearly three decades in and out of government,” he continued.

Trying to buy political influence is sadly common, especially when it comes to the Clintons. What is raising more red flags than normal, however, is the evidence that Sargsyan is no run-of-the-mill campaign donor.

“The really scary question is, what did this particular donor with this strange web of connections hope to buy for his quarter-million dollars?” Backer asked Fox News.

That web of connections is strange indeed.

The Committee to Defend the President is now alleging that SBK, a major Sargsyan-linked company “is an investment firm that is affiliated with United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and its international affiliate has business interests in Russia,” according to Fox.

“Among its dealings was a bid to finance $850 million for a major bridge project to connect Crimea with Russia,” the group claims.

“He worked for SBK, and SBK appears to have bid on some Crimean/Russian bridge project,” Backer said. “That’s usually an indicator of political favor and connections.”

It raises several chilling questions: Was Sargsyan paying a quarter million dollars to Clinton for political favors, and — more disturbingly — was that money actually from sources in Russia in order to smooth the way for its construction plans?

Nobody knows for sure. What is clear, however, is that there is a pattern of dirty money surrounding the Clintons, with the “Uranium One” and “Clinton Foundation” scandals just two of the most well-known examples.

“It reinforces how fast and loose the Clinton machine was when it came to ‘Hoovering up’ these megadonor checks, not just from questionable Hollywood and Wall Street elites but potentially from foreign influence peddlers using who knows what money,” Backer told Fox News.

“It reinforces the need to take a long hard look at not just the unlawful money laundering process, but the way in which they were solicited as well,” he continued. “The Clintons have never shown a great deal of concern for whomever it was cutting the checks — whether it’s foreign influence peddlers or Hollywood smut peddlers like Harvey Weinstein.”

If those claims are even partially true, then America dodged a bullet in November of 2016 — and it’s worth keeping the pile of foreign-connected Clinton scandals in mind the next time the left tries desperately to tie Donald Trump to Russia. Perhaps they should look in the mirror.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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