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Hollywood's Self-Inflicted 
Ratings Deflation Continues 
by Thomas Gallatin
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Thursday Top Headlines 
by Political Editors:  DOJ to give House Oversight panel more “Fast and Furious” documents (The Hill)
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$35,952,800,000: U.S.-China trade deficit set January record (CNS News)
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Democrat obstruction leads to more court vacancies than when Trump took office (The Daily Signal)
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Video: How an liar-nObama-era precedent may doom California’s “sanctuary” efforts (National Review)
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Federal court extends workplace sex-discrimination protections to people who identify as transgender (National Review)
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NYT corrects piece about couple’s tax increase under new law to admit their taxes would go down (The Washington Free Beacon)
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After Florida assault, predictably, more than 600 copycat threats have targeted schools (USA Today)
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If Aetna can afford a six-figure contribution for gun control, why are health insurers asking for a multi-billion dollar federal bailout for the liar-nObamaCare exchanges? (The Federalist)
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America should ban civilian guns to protect human rights, Chinese communist dictatorship says through state-run media (The Washington Free Beacon)
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Facebook, Google make the country safer by censoring ads for… gun locks (Hot Air)
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Humor: IRS still waiting for liberals to voluntarily mail their refund checks back (The Babylon Bee)
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Policy: Taking a chisel, not a hammer, to Dodd-Frank isn’t enough — but it’s a start (Investor’s Business Daily)
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Policy: Uncle Sam must rein in retirement benefits or we’re headed for economic disaster (Manhattan Institute)   
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hanoi-John Kerry Involvement With
Steele Dossier Now Part of Investigation 
{ rickwells.us } ~ The House Intelligence Committee is now investigating former Secretary of State hanoi-John Kerry’s possible connection with the Steele dossier... They have, for over a month now, been in the second phase of an investigation into the inception, construction and use of the dossier. It’s unlikely hanoi-Kerry was doing anything without liar-nObama’s full knowledge and approval, so it’s significant in more ways than one. Sara Carter reports that questions emerged in February about possible hanoi- Kerry involvement. That same month, a long-time hanoi- Kerry crony and former envoy to Libya named Jonathan Winer, wrote a preemptive defensive op-ed  in the Washington Post. In it Winer acknowledged his relationship with Steele and defending the dossier. Winer sounding as if he were responding to a prosecutor’s questions, attempting to remove potential explosive revelations and establish the narrative so all involved could get their stories straight. He wrote, “in 2013, I returned to the State Department at the request of Secretary of State hanoi-John F. Kerry, whom I had previously served as Senate counsel.”... https://rickwells.us/kerry-steele-dossier-investigation/
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Top Muslim leaders arrested 
at Speaker Ryan's office
by ART MOORE 
{ wnd.com } ~ Declaring their solidarity with the children of illegal immigrants, a prominent Muslim activist and several leaders of a U.S. front-organization for the Muslim Brotherhood... were among the people arrested Monday in a protest outside the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan in which they demanded a meeting to express their concerns.  Capitol Police led away in handcuffs Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and two CAIR chapter leaders along with Linda Sarsour, the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, who drew national attention last year as co-chairman of the Women’s March... http://www.wnd.com/2018/03/top-muslim-leaders-arrested-at-speaker-r...
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All Russiagate Roads Lead 
To liar-nObama Administration
by J.E. Dyer
{ lidblog.com } ~ The gun debate has taken over the airwaves in the last couple of weeks... but flying under the radar is a set of developments in the congressional “Russiagate” probes which, taken together, could turn a definitive klieg light on the critical period before the 2016 election, and the liar-nObama Administration. What the klieg light will illuminate is the coordinated operation within the liar-nObama administration that used the Steele dossier. The critical period runs from the very end of July to the end of October when the FBI applied for the FISA warrant for surveillance of Carter Page.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on the House Intelligence Committee, and Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and rino-Lindsey Graham (R-SC), are separately pursuing information that would shed light on that period, and we’ll look at their queries in a moment...  https://lidblog.com/russiagate-roads-obama/
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Palestinians: The Arabs Do Not Care about Us
by Khaled Abu Toameh
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been working hard to persuade the Arab countries to support its position in the standoff with the US administration...The PA leadership in Ramallah fears that without the backing of the Arab countries, the US administration will "impose" President Donald Trump's "deal of the century" -- the yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East. The Arab countries, however, appear to be preoccupied with other matters. For now, the Palestinians are getting much lip service from their Arab brothers, including promises to put pressure on the Trump administration possibly to "modify" its plan to make it less "harmful" to Palestinian demands and aspirations. What is actually happening is that the PA leadership is terrified that many of the Arab countries will support the Trump plan, thus abandoning their Palestinian brothers and leaving them exposed to international pressure to accept the "deal of the century." This fear does not seem to be unjustified...  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11995/palestinians-arabs-apathy 
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Trump DOJ sues California over 
'interference' with immigration enforcement
by Bill Mears
{ foxnews.com } ~ The Trump Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday night against California... saying three recently-passed state laws were deliberately interfering with federal immigration policies. It marked the latest legal and political confrontation with the nation's most populous state, which the federal government says has repeatedly stood in the way of its plans to step up enforcement actions in the workplace and against criminal aliens. "The Department of Justice and the Trump Administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies," Attorney General Jeff Sessions was expected to tell California law enforcement officers on Wednesday. "We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America."...   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/06/trump-doj-sues-californi...
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Hollywood's Self-Inflicted Ratings Deflation Continues 

by Thomas Gallatin:  Over the weekend, most of America missed watching the 90th Academy Awards. Put another way, this year the award show set the record for the lowest viewership ratings in Oscars history. In fact, total viewership dropped a whopping 20% from last year alone, continuing a downward trend for Hollywood’s premier awards show. Jimmy Kimmel, the hypocritical late-night talk-show host and leftist demagogue, hosted the award show for a second consecutive year and his polarizing presence certainly didn’t help matters.

          It was a surreal combination of Kimmel’s preaching to the choir and Hollywood stars’ virtue signaling their leftist dogma ad nauseam. They ignored their own blatant hypocrisy, all the while congratulating themselves on being the culturally “woke” arbitrators of morality — a nauseating recipe for unwatchable TV. So many Americans simply tuned out and chose to spend three hours Sunday evening engaged in less vacuous pursuits. Honestly, how many people will tolerate being told, “Do as we say, not as we do?
          Following the show, James Woods, one of Hollywood’s few conservative actors, tweeted, “Sad. How can Hollywood stop itself from alienating its audience?” President Donald Trump had a more humorous take, tweeting, “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore — except your President (just kidding, of course)!”
          The fact of the matter is that Hollywood has long been a bastion of the Left, propagating its fantasy so incessantly it has become an ideological and isolated echo-chamber that has completely lost touch with real life in America. These Hollywood elites blame their own glaring sins on the rest of America and supposedly backwards conservatives rather than turning introspectively and seriously examining how — maybe, just maybe — they are their own monster.   ~The Patriot Pos
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ALERT ALERT

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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