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This is Not a Dare, The U.S. Will
Respond If North Korea Goes After Guam
by Katie Pavlich
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 Fusion GPS Thumbs Its Nose at Congress 
As the Russian election meddling investigation continues to roll on, a central player has begun to emerge that may turn the entire investigation on its head. That player is research firm Fusion GPS, the organization responsible for creating the debunked, fallacious and salacious Trump/Russia dossier that got the whole ball rolling.
          In July, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley subpoenaed Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, seeking to glean more information about the infamous dossier and related interactions with the FBI. Initially Simpson refused to testify, pleading the Fifth Amendment, but a deal was later reached in which the subpoena was withdrawn in exchange for Simpson's agreement to disclose "his involvement in creating the Trump dossier and interactions with the FBI" and "his alleged work with the unregistered foreign agents who met with the Trump family and campaign officials."
          Fast-forward to Thursday, when Fusion GPS turned over documents related to the Trump dossier. What was actually received by Senate Judiciary Committee, however, was described by spokesman George Hartmann as "mostly news clippings," not a record of Fusion GPS's substantive communications. In other words, this is what political strategist Dick Morris calls "a brazen disregard for a Congressional inquiry."
          Now the questions are mounting. What are Simpson and Fusion GPS seeking to hide? Who funded their work? After all the smoke being blown around about a supposed Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy, it now looks as if the embers from that fire are resting on the Democrat side of the fence.  ~The Patriot Post
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Dobbs, JW Farrell – Benghazi Not Going Away,
liar-Clinton Will Answer For Crimes
{rickwells.us} ~ Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch joins Lou Dobbs to discuss their recent victory over the deep state, delivered at the hand of a federal judge appointed by Hussein liar-nObama... ordering the State Department to search the email accounts of top liar-Clinton aides regarding the Benghazi crimes. The deliberate act of not checking the State Department’s .gov email server as a method of covering up the liar-Clinton cabal’s criminal actions is the first topic up for Dobbs and Farrell. Dobbs sets up the interview by commenting to his audience, “I know, you’re thinking, why would you not look first in the State Department server?” After congratulating Farrell on his major legal victory, Dobbs asks rhetorically, “Are we to infer that the liar-nObama administration did not go through the State Department servers for their email?” Farrell responded, “You are correct. They conducted a less-than-adequate search and that’s why the judge has ordered them to go back and do it the right way.”...  http://rickwells.us/dobbs-jw-farrell-benghazi-not-going-clinton-answer-crimes/
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Save Preemption for Imminent North Korean Attack

by Bruce Klingner
{heritage.org} ~ North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile capabilities are an existential threat to South Korea and Japan and will soon be a direct threat to the continental United States... Washington should make unambiguously clear that it will deter, defend, and if necessary defeat the North Korean military threat to ourselves and our allies. If it is determined that a North Korean missile flight might be directed at U.S. territory, the U.S. Administration should take all necessary actions to defend U.S. sovereignty and the American people. However, preemptive allied attacks should be reserved for convincing signs of imminent North Korean attack, not launched to fulfill pundits’ oft-spoken vows to shoot down North Korean missiles during test flights or while on launch gantries. The U.S. should be steadfast in its defense of South Korea, but preemptive attacks on test flights that do not clearly pose a security threat could trigger a war with a nuclear-armed state that also has a large conventional military force poised along the border with South Korea...  http://www.heritage.org/missile-defense/report/save-preemption-imminent-north-korean-attack?utm_s...
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Generation X Needs to Save America from Millennials
by Matthew Hennessey
{manhattan-institute.org} ~ Though one of its own sits yet again in the White House, the baby-boom generation, 78 million strong, is finally preparing to depart the scene. Theirs is a 40-year legacy of war, debt and cultural conflagration... The boomers won’t leave a vacuum when they go, however. The young and hungry millennials — roughly speaking, those between 18 and 35 — are licking their lips. Numbering 80 million, these tech-savvy kids are the largest generational cohort in American history, and they’re preparing to seize the commanding heights of the economy and culture. Given their size and cultural clout, the millennials could conceivably jump the queue, crowding out the more traditional priorities and preferences of the intervening Generation X, those roughly between ages 37 and 52 — and setting the terms of the national debate on everything from the economy to the future of free speech. Gen-Xers have often been described as reticent, certainly compared with the generations before and after them. It might be time to shed this habitual reluctance, however: If they don’t assert themselves soon, they risk losing their ability to influence the direction of the country...  https://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/generation-x-needs-save-america-millennials-10527.html?u...
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Fired NSC Aide Reveals Political
Warfare Operation Targeting Trump
by Bill Gertz
{freebeacon.com} ~ A White House National Security Council official has charged that leftist opponents of President Trump are engaged in political warfare operations designed to subvert his presidency and drive him from office... Rich Higgins, until recently director of strategic planning at the NSC, revealed the program in a seven-page memorandum produced in May that warns of a concerted information warfare campaign by the Marxist left, Islamists, and political leaders and government officials opposed to the populist president. "The Trump administration is suffering under withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the president," Higgins states...  http://freebeacon.com/national-security/fired-nsc-aide-reveals-political-warfare-operation-target...
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Congressman’s Letter Seeks Mueller
Testimony on Conflicts of Interest, Partisan Staff
{rickwells.us} ~ There are a few honorable men left in Congress who have the courage to do what should be automatic and support their President. One of them is Republican Rep Brian Babin of Texas... Babin is circulating a letter among his colleagues seeking support for his request that special counsel Robert Mueller appear publicly in one or more congressional hearings. Among issues that may be addressed are the many conflicts of interest of Mueller in the “investigation” as well as his methods of selecting his Inquisitors, who somehow just happened to be overwhelmingly anti-Trump, pro liar-Clinton and politically active. Babin’s letter was sent to every congressman on Thursday and invites them to cosign a letter that he will send to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley...  http://rickwells.us/congressman-letter-seeks-mueller-testimony-conflicts-interest-partisan-staff/
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This is Not a Dare, The U.S. Will
Respond If North Korea Goes After Guam
by Katie Pavlich
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townhall.com} ~ Speaking from New Jersey Thursday afternoon while seated next to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Vice President Mike Pence, President Trump told reporters North Korea will face consequences should they follow through with threats to attack Guam.

“Kim Jong Un has disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific. And with me he’s not getting away with it. He got away with it for a long time, between him and his family. He’s not getting away with it. This is a whole new ballgame. He’s not going to be saying those things and he’s certainly not going to be doing those things. I read about we’re in Guam by Aug. 15. Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody’s seen before, what will happen in North Korea," Trump said.

“It’s not a dare. It’s a statement. It has nothing to do with dare. That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam and he’s not going to threaten the United States and he’s not going to threaten Japan and he’s not going to threaten South Korea. That’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact,” he continued.

The comments came after Trump held a national security briefing on a variety of issues ranging from Afghanistan to Venezuela.

"A lot of decisions were made, it was a very important day actually," Trump said.

The president addressed Russia's expulsion of U.S. diplomats from Moscow, the FBI's raid on former campaign director Paul Manafort's home, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and more.
 

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Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.

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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