The Front Page Cover
 2016             The turth is the gold of today 
Featuring:
The three-cornered fight for the 
soul of the GOP
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
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 Iowan Votes Matter! 
It's Iowa Caucus Day! Finally, after months of talk, donations, debates and ads, the corn meets the harvester when Iowans cast their votes — or in terms of the Democrat caucuses, stand by their candidates. Iowa delegates make up only 1% of the total available delegates nationwide, but because the Hawkeye State holds its caucus first, it's the state that often sets the tone for the rest of the election. While the returns will start rolling in at 8:30 p.m. EST, the forecasts predict that Hilly Clinton will end up victorious, though if Bernie Sanders comes from behind for a win, it could handicap Clinton. The GOP race is mainly a competition between Ted Cruz and Donald slump-Trump, with slump-Trump favored with a 46% chance of winning, according to polling website FiveThirtyEight.
          This means the race may come down to whoever can run a better get-out-to-vote campaign. Cruz is burning the shoe leather in a get-out-to-vote campaign that features 12,000 volunteers going door to door. Meanwhile, slump-Trump is relying on the energy generated through his rallies to get his supporters — many potential first-time caucus-goers — out to their precincts tonight. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio, currently the GOP's third-place candidate, has seen a bump in the polls. Rubio really needs a stronger-than-expected finish to propel him forward to wins in future battleground states. Regardless of what happens, tonight is when the presidential race really gets its start.  -The Patriot Post
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 You Will Know Them By Their Fruits 
In this most unconventional election cycle, there have been a few things that have remained constant. One of them is the effort on the campaign trail to appeal to Christians.
          Call them by whatever name of the era — the "Moral Majority," the "Religious Right" and now "evangelicals" — those who generally affiliate with the Republican Party due to non-negotiable issues of their faith comprise a large number of voters. That's especially true in early contest states like Iowa and South Carolina.
          In the 2012 Iowa Caucus, those who self-identified as "evangelical" or born-again Christians in an entrance poll by Edison Research numbered 57% of all participants. The value of this group of voters is undisputed; yet winning the hearts and minds of these voters seems to be awkward for many campaigns, which, alone, should convey a message.             Evoking surprise from some candidates and their Beltway consultants, these voters are driven by their faith in the civic arena to pursue obedience in Christ's command to be "the salt of the earth" and "the light to the world." These same values voters aren't looking for a preacher but are sure quick to spot the inconsistencies of pandering politicians who fall back on props and catch phrases.
          A few weeks back when Donald slump-Trump took the platform at Liberty University, the audience of the Christian school, founded by evangelical stalwart and pastor Jerry Falwell, caught the real-estate tycoon making reference to a Bible verse in a manner that exposed his unfamiliarity with Scripture. Instead of quoting "Second Corinthians," slump-Trump referenced "Two Corinthians."
          Gaffe of the century? Hardly, but his cavalier dismissal of questions about his faith made it something to ponder.  -The Patriot Post
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 IOWA’S REAL JOB 
Every four years, Iowa bashing is style, especially for the supporters of candidates bound to lose. Why should Iowa go first? Why not a big state, or a more diverse state or a state that likes your candidate?           The simplest answer is that barring the development of some new system, some state will have to be the first one and Iowa has done a very good job over the past 40 years.Iowa has a special role to play in the presidential nominating process. While Iowans don’t always pick their parties’ nominees, they do cull the fields.
          After tonight, struggling campaigns will enter a death-watch phase, and some will even quit outright. And for a Republican field that has been as bloated as an omnibus spending bill passed at midnight on a voice vote, Iowa has never been more essential.  -Fox News
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Americans Deserve America-First
Immigration Policies, Candidates
 Rick Wells
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{constitutionrising.com} ~ Senator Jeff Sessions joined Lou Dobbs to discuss some of the symptoms of the anti-Americanism that has taken hold among the legislators and executive branch of this country... Dobbs sets up the discussion by citing the damage that Angela Merkel unilaterally inflicted on Europe through her invasion invitation and the millions more on the way. He also cites the open border invasion of the US from Mexico and nObama importing as many as 300,000 Islamists into the United States this year. Dobbs asks how important these issues are in this campaign, wondering why they aren’t getting the attention they deserve. Senator Sessions describes them as “very important,” and notes that the people of the United States need to understand “We cannot be the nation that accepts everybody from any war-torn area of the world. It just cannot be.” He says we need to try to help, close to their homes, and to help them get back home as soon as possible. It doesn’t need nor can it be help by making everyone a US citizen or giving them a visa into the country.
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Super Bowl 50 jihad threat
Robert Spencer
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{jihadwatch.org} ~ The FBI and local authorities have stepped up security surrounding Super Bowl 50, including F-16 fighter jets, helicopters and K-9 teams, CBS Local reported Wednesday... Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where the Super Bowl is to be held, can hold up to 68,500 people, and the threat of terrorism has increased in the wake of a growing terror threat worldwide…The threat of terrorism was raised throughout the world — in particular on “soft targets,” or civilian areas — following a spate of attacks that occurred Nov. 13, 2015, in Paris. At least nine Muslim terrorists, all of them Belgian or French nationals, descended upon the city, slaughtering 130 people in restaurants, cafes, a concert hall and a stadium. The attack on the Stade de France, a French sports arena, was foiled by security guards who did not allow the terrorists entry to the game, and security detail for the Super Bowl has been carefully monitoring the potential threat of a similar attack.       http://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/01/super-bowl-50-jihad-threat-f-16-f...
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Trio Of Traitors – nObama McCon-nell And Ryano To Scheme In WH Tuesday
 Rick Wells
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{constitutionrising.com} ~ There are always several anti-American assaults actively underway with lifelong communist Hussein nObama...  He hates everything about the United States with the exception of our easy access treasury, the way our system allows the corrupt to manipulate it, his current job as illegitimate usurper and our golf courses. Next week the trio of the three greatest domestic threats to the United States, nObama, Mitch McCon-nell and Paul Ryano, will get together to talk over their combined assault on the United States. nObama is rumored to be planning to sign the TPP next Monday, and it seems Ryano and McCon-nell are joining nObama to coordinate the associated attack. TPP subverts our Constitution, empowers foreign commissions over it as well as immigration policy and fraudulent climate spending and regulations. It also gives unfair and separate legal advantages to the money class while killing the American economy.
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Insider warns elites heading toward 
'one-world solutions'
 PAUL BREMMER
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{wnd.com} ~ The annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has just wrapped up after a focus on a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and other issues the global elites consider important to the entire world community... But an insider who once set up such conferences, has held a United Nations post, mingled with the top players in Washington and lists multiple foundation board memberships on his resume warns “old-fashioned values” are being left behind. “I think we’re moving in the direction of more and more globalism, which I would distinguish from globalization, which is more an integrated kind of trading and investment pattern,” said Theodore Roosevelt Malloch. He said the elites’ discussions of problems and solutions have taken on a global tone, as epitomized by Davos.        http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/insider-warns-elites-heading-toward-one-...
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Generals Fear Benghazi 2 in Libya
 F. MICHAEL MALOOF
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The late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
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{wnd.com} ~ As Washington prepares to take “decisive military action” in Libya against the alarming growth of ISIS, retired generals have told G2 Bulletin they are concerned that the United States may go it alone, according to a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin... They ask which allies, if any, will join a coalition and attempt to work with a Libyan government that barely exists. At a news conference last week, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said the U.S. is “looking to take decisive military action” against ISIS in Libya and that a decision would be coming “in weeks” but “not hours.” “It’s fair to say that we’re looking to take decisive military action against ISIS in conjunction with the political process” in Libya, Dunford said. “The president has made clear that we have the authority to use military force.”
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LA Police Warn Residents to Arm Themselves
Because of Long Response Times
Philip Hodges
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{constitution.com} ~ The Los Angeles Police Protective League – the labor union for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) – warned residents that they’d better “be able to protect themselves,”... because of long police response times resulting from being understaffed. According to the Police Protective League President Jamie McBride, in the West LA division on Thursday morning, there were only three patrol cars covering 65 square miles and 200,000 residents. He thinks there should be at least seven, two-man units patrolling the area. In an interview with the local CBS affiliate, Bride told reporter Randy Paige, “The citizens need to know they need to be able to protect themselves because if they call 911, we can’t guarantee we’re going to get there in time to help you…West Los Angeles, at the minimum, should have seven patrol units, two-man units working.” CBS2 reported:        http://constitution.com/los-angeles-police-warn-residents-to-arm-th...
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stump-Trump Slams Evangelical Leader
Vander Plaats on Twitter
Greg Richter
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{newsmax.com} ~ Republican presidential front-runner Donald stump-Trump unleashed a slew of Twitter attacks on Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats Sunday morning, the second time he has done so in less than a week... stump-Trump says that Vander Plaats, head of the Iowa-based Family Leader, asked him to stay in his hotels for free and also requested he speak at an event while seeking $100,000 for himself.  He made the same statements on Tuesday in a similar Twitter storm. At that time, Vander Plaats said he and his family stayed for free in stump-Trump's hotels because stump-Trump insisted he do so in hopes of getting his endorsement. When Vander Plaats instead backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, stump-Trump attacked, Vander Plaats said.        http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/trump-bob-vander-plaats-iowa-evange...
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How Many Times Has Hilly Lied
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{americanactionnews.com} ~ America Rising PAC just put out a devastating new ad chronicling all the times Hilly's lied about her server... Republican candidates have flip flopped on a number of issues, but imagine having to vote for a candidate whose entire legacy consists of lies, evasions, and criminal investigations. Let's hope the FBI gets to the bottom of this and prevents this criminal from returning to the White House.
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Navy Successfully Tests Common Control System On Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
Megan Eckstein
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A surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) is submerged in the water in preparation for a test to demonstrate the capability of the Navy’s Common Control System (CCS) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Wash. in December      2015. 
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{news.usni.org} ~ The director of unmanned warfare systems (OPNAV N99) will keep a particularly close eye on the Common Control System as it continues through development, after a demonstration last month proved that the system that was first tested on an unmanned air vehicle could also control an underwater vehicle, the director said Friday... Rear Adm. Robert Girrier said at an event co-hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute and Center for Strategic and International Studies that the Common Control System will be important to the Navy’s future portfolio of unmanned vehicles – in addition to avoiding the cost of developing unique command and control capabilities for each new unmanned system that comes along, CCS will provide a common user interface and the ability to match up new combinations of unmanned vehicles and payloads. N99’s role for most unmanned technologies will be to take requirements from around the fleet, find technologies to guide through the precarious advanced development and prototyping phase, and then turn the successful technologies over to resource sponsors – the the surface warfare directorate or air warfare directorate, for example – to buy and field.
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New Government Rule Could Make It
Harder for You to Buy Furniture
 Norbert Michel
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{dailysignal.com} ~ According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), new regulations are necessary to protect helpless consumers from predatory lenders... The chief villain in the CFPB’s tale is the payday lender, but the new rules will impact much more than payday advances. Every year, a variety of companies provide billions in credit through all sorts of small short-term loans that banks don’t provide. These products include, among others, payday advances, title loans, and what are traditionally referred to as installment loans. Many of the companies that provide these loans, particularly installment loans, have been around for more than a century precisely because they help people. Consumers use all types of small-dollar loans to help with all kinds of expenses, some of which arise unexpectedly. These various forms of credit give people access to products ranging from appliances and furniture to rent and emergency vehicle repairs. This means Americans could be out of luck next time they need to go buy a new couch, washing machine, or car.    http://dailysignal.com/2016/01/28/this-government-agency-is-crusadi...
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The three-cornered fight for the 
soul of the GOP
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
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{freedomsback.com} ~ It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday the only major democracy to do so, should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise. Indeed, the prospect of socialist Bernie Sanders, whatever his current momentum, winning the Democratic nomination remains far-fetched.
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The Dems would be risking a November electoral disaster of historic dimensions. Yet there is no denying how far Sanders has pulled his party to the left — and how hard the establishment candidate, Hilly Clinton, has been racing to catch up.
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The Republicans, on the other hand, are dealing with a full-scale riot. The temptation they face is trading in a century of conservatism for Trumpism.
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The 2016 presidential race has turned into an epic contest between the ethno-nationalist populism of Donald Trump and traditional conservatism, though in two varieties: the scorched-earth fundamentalist version of Ted Cruz, and a reformist version represented by Marco Rubio and several so-called establishment candidates — and articulated most fully by non-candidate Paul Ryan and a cluster of highly productive thinkers and policy wonks dubbed “reformicons.”
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Trump insists that he’s a conservative, but in his pronouncements and policies, conservatism seems more of a rental — a three-story penthouse rental with Central Park-view, to be sure — than an ideological home. Trump protests that Ronald Reagan, too, migrated from left to right. True, but Reagan’s transformation occurred in his 40s — not, as with Trump, in his 60s.
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In radically different ways, Trump and Sanders are addressing the deep anxiety stemming from the secular stagnation in wages and living standards that has squeezed the middle and working classes for a generation. Sanders locates the villainy in a billionaire class that has rigged both the economic and political system. Trump blames foreigners, most prominently those cunning Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese and Saudis who’ve been taking merciless advantage of us, in concert with America’s own leaders who are, alternatively, stupid and incompetent or bought and corrupt.
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Hence Trump’s most famous policy recommendations: anti-immigrant, including the forced deportation of 11 million people; anti-trade, with a 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods and a 35 percent tariff on U.S. manufacturing moved to Mexico; and anti-Muslim, most notoriously a complete ban on entry into the U.S. Temporarily only, we are assured, except that the ban applies “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” — a standard so indeterminate as to be meaningless.
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Trump has limited concern for the central tenet of American conservatism and most especially of the tea party movement — limited government. The most telling example is his wholehearted support for “eminent domain,” i.e. the forcible appropriation by government of private property. Trump called it “wonderful.”
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Trump has not yet called Vladimir Putin wonderful but he has taken a shine to the swaggering mini-czar who seems to run his trains on time. When informed that Putin kills opponents and journalists, Trump’s initial reaction was, “Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, also,” the kind of moronic what-about-the-Crusades moral equivalence that conservatives have railed against for decades. Although, to be fair, after some prompting, Trump did come out against the killing of journalists.
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Cruz is often lumped with Trump in the “anti-establishment” camp. That suited Cruz tactically for a while, but it’s fairly meaningless, given that “establishment” can mean anything these days. And given the huge gulf between the political philosophies of the two men. Cruz is a genuine conservative — austere, indeed radical, so much so that he considers mainstream congressional conservatives apostates. And finds Trump not conservative at all, as he is now furiously, belatedly insisting.
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My personal preference is for the third ideological alternative, the reform conservatism that locates the source of our problems not in heartless billionaires or crafty foreigners, but in our superannuated, increasingly sclerotic 20th-century welfare-state structures. Their desperate need for reform has been overshadowed by the new populism, but will make its appearance this year in Congress in Speaker Ryan’s promised agenda — boring stuff like welfare reform, health care reform, tax reform and institutional congressional reforms such as the return to “regular order.”
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Paired with a President like Rubio or Chris Christie or Carly Fiorina, to go long-shot, such an agenda would give conservatism its best opportunity since Reagan to become the country’s governing philosophy.
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Unless the GOP takes the populist leap. In which case, a conservative restoration will be a long time coming.
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SICK: New Jersey Awarded $3.8 Million In Financial Aid To Illegal Aliens


 A local news report revealed that the state of New Jersey awarded $3.8 million in financial aid to illegal immigrants during the 2018-2019 school year.

According to a report from NJ.com, the state of New Jersey gave $3.8 million in financial aid to 749 illegal immigrant students in the last academic year. More than a quarter of the funding went to 328 illegal immigrants that attend Rutgers University.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law last year that allowed illegal immigrants to apply for financial aid. Prior to the signing, illegal immigrants were permitted to apply to pay in-state tuition at public universities but they were not eligible for financial aid.

Murphy, who supports the spending, hit back at Republican critics by arguing that giving financial aid to illegal immigrants is compatible with American values.

“I’d even invite any of those folks who have that attitude, beginning with our president, to come on into this room and allow me or any of us to say, ‘This is the United States of America,’” Murphy said at the time.

David J. Socolow, executive director of the state’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, defended the state’s decision to offer financial aid to illegal immigrants.

“This financial assistance offers these New Jersey students a life-changing opportunity,” Socolow said in a brief comment.“The successes of these first 513 students, who are now attending county colleges, state colleges and universities, and independent institutions around the state, will have a positive impact on countless additional lives.”

According to the report, there is currently no limit on the amount of illegal immigrant students that are permitted to receive financial aid from the state of New Jersey. State lawmakers forecast that they will spend approximately $5 million on financial aid for illegal immigrants each year.

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