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It’s Happening: Health Insurance 
Will Soon Be Sold Across State Lines
by Katie Pavlich
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The Left Is Politicizing Sexual Assault
by Political Editors:  The New York Times recently reported that the leftist organization Media Matters, founded by David Brock, had spent $200,000 funding an effort in 2016 to bring down Donald Trump via allegations of sexual assault. The Times reports that leftist organizations are still “raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support accusers who come forward with charges against President Trump and members of Congress.”      Motivated by the success of the #MeToo movement, which has been credited in helping to expose and bring down famous and powerful men in Hollywood and the mainstream media, as well as prompt the resignation of members of Congress like former Democrat Sen. Al Franken, Brock and other leftists seek to do the same to Trump and Republican candidates. Just as Mark Alexander recently warned.

          California lawyer Lisa Bloom received significant amounts of funding as she sought “to encourage victims to bring forward similar claims against Republican politicians.” Her efforts “included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000,” The Hill reported. Bloom justified the funding claiming that it was needed in order “to ensure the safety” of the accusers.
          The fact of the matter is, this has nothing to do with concerns over the problem of sexual assault or harassment against women. Instead, it’s all about politics. In an American Bridge 21st Century Foundation internal memo from last year, Brock explains, “We are going to resist the normalization of Donald Trump. Trump has the legal authority, but we have the moral authority — and the moral responsibility to oppose him.” In other words, let the witch hunts begin.
          Ron Rotunda, a professor at Chapman University School of Law, noted, “These victims have serious stories to tell and we have to get justice for them. But we undercut that when people are paid for their testimony. It taints it. … The problem is, if a real victim accepts a payoff it undercuts their story. That’s just a fact of life.” The truth of the matter is, by politicizing the issue, Democrats are guaranteeing that it will be immediately assumed that every accuser must have some political motivation rather than a genuine pursuit of justice. In other words, fewer people will believe them. How does that help women who are real victims?  ~The Patriot Pos
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https://patriotpost.us/articles/53279

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20 groups that advocate 
boycotting Israel will now be denied entry
by Ruth Eglash
{jewishworldreview.com} ~ Members of 20 international organizations that promote a boycott campaign of Israel, known collectively as the BDS movement... will be banned from entering the country, according to a list published Sunday by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs. The list was created after Israel's parliament in March approved legislation that would deny entry visas to foreign nationals who publicly back or call for any kind of boycott - economic, cultural or academic - of Israel or its West Bank settlements. BDS, which stands for ''boycott, divest and sanctions," aims to pressure Israel into complying with international law vis-Ã -vis its policies toward the Palestinians. The movement discourages the purchase of Israeli goods, pressures international companies not to conduct business in Israel and urges celebrities not to visit or perform in the country...  http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0118/BDS_booted.php3
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The race to protect America's 
grid from electromagnetic attack
by Naureen S Malik
{jewishworldreview.com} ~ Federal agencies and utility executives recently held GridEx IV, a biennial event where officials responsible for hundreds of local utilities game out scenarios in which North America's power grid could fail... Potential calamities both physical and cyber are reviewed, with participant responses analyzed to better prepare for any future attack. This year, the event took on an added urgency given growing concern with a weapon straight out of the Cold War: an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, emanating from a nuclear blast-specifically, one delivered by a North Korean missile or satellite detonated miles above the Earth. Though GridEx IV didn't pose this exact scenario, industry experts concede there's no clear plan to deal with it. An EMP could damage electronic circuits over large areas, depending on the configuration of the weapon and how high it was detonated, though there's disagreement over how effective such a tactic would be. Scientists also emphasize that a nuclear bomb that hits a ground target is much more worrisome. Nevertheless, with North Korea's increasingly successful missile and warhead tests in mind, Congress moved to renew funding for the Commission to Assess the Threat to the U.S. from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack as part of the National Defense Authorization Act...  http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0118/electromagnetic_attack.php3
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Bruce Ohr Demoted Again – Removed From
Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force
{theconservativetreehouse.com} ~ The walls continue closing in. The STORY IS GETTING OUT. The Bigger media voices will eventually catch up to the story... Right now the scale of the story is so large, and the consequences so damaging to the Republic, they are scared to call it out… but that won’t last too much longer. They can’t ignore it much longer. As OIG Michael Horowitz and Congressional Investigators Nunes, Goodlatte, Grassley begin assembling the evidence against the corrupt DOJ and FBI officials, the current DOJ/FBI leadership begin working in concert to position the corrupt. Former FBI Counterintelligence #2, Peter Strzok, is now holding down a chair in the Human Resources Department;  FBI/DOJ Attorney Lisa Page, previously “Andy” McCabe’s legal aide – now carrying legal ebola, wanders aimlessly amid the halls of Main Justice; FBI Chief Legal Counsel Jim Baker is currently in charge of stapler inventory; FBI Asst. Director McCabe is trying to make it to retirement in March… and today the previously disciplined DOJ attorney Bruce Ohr takes another demotion...  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/08/doj-small-group-off...
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House Intel Committee Has Received All 
Docs On Trump Dossier From DOJ, FBI
by RICHARD POLLOCK
{dailycaller.com} ~ House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence members gained access to all Department of Justice and FBI documents... it possesses on the Trump dossier, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. The committee was able to review Friday all FBI and DOJ documents on the Trump dossier, former MI-6 British agent Christopher Steele who authored the dossier, and Fusion GPS, the political opposition firm that hired Steele. DOJ also provided liar-nObama administration applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which could approve the surveillance of the Trump transition team, according to a source with direct knowledge of the case. The information could serve as a key breakthrough in the committee’s investigation of Steele, Fusion GPS and the Russians who influenced the dossiers’ contents. The only exception to the release was an FBI one FD-302 document that FBI Director Christopher Wray showed only to Nunes. The document pertains to interviews of sources or suspects...  http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/08/exclusive-house-intel-information...
CNN Lib Gushes Congratulations To
“Dossier ll” Tabloid Writer For “Getting To Trump”
{rickwells.us} ~ The idea that Katy Tur, whose dad dresses up in women’s clothing and has changed his name from Robert Albert Tur to Hanna Zoe Tur... can have any credibility on the issue of mental fitness is hysterical on its face, but for it’s leftists at CNN, and men pretending  they’re women, including her dad, is part of their new perverted “normal.” Katy Tur sat on her throne of judgment in the MSNBC studios and gushed at the tabloid gossip writer the left has trotted out to carry the impeachment torch to the next phase, Michael Wolff. Wrapping up the interview after gullibly and dutifully accepting every anti-Trump claim in the staged point by point attack against President Trump as libtard gospel, Tur said, “Michael Wolff, it is a fascinating book, Fire and Fury.”...  https://rickwells.us/cnn-lib-gushes-getting-trump/
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It’s Happening: Health Insurance 
Will Soon Be Sold Across State Lines

by Katie Pavlich
{townhall.com} ~ Although the Trump administration and Congress have struggled to fully repeal liar-nObamacare, while putting a good dent in the law by repealing the individual mandate through tax reform, officials are finding new ways to lower costs and expand coverage to consumers. 

On Thursday, the Department of Labor announced a new rule proposal that opens the door to allowing insurance companies to sell plans and coverage across state lines. From Insurance News Net: 

In another move toward dismantling the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Labor announced a proposed rule to expand the offering of small business health plans, also known as association health plans. The proposed rule will be published Friday.

Under the proposal, small businesses and sole proprietors would have more freedom to band together to provide health insurance for employees.

The proposed rule applies only to employer-sponsored health insurance. This would allow employers to join together as a single group to purchase insurance in the large group market.

And here are the basic details from the Labor Department:

As proposed, the rule would:

Allow employers to form a Small Business Health Plan on the basis of geography or industry. A plan could serve employers in a state, city, county, or a multi-state metro area, or it could serve all the businesses in a particular industry nationwide;
 
Allow sole proprietors to join Small Business Health Plans, clearing a path to access health insurance for the millions of uninsured Americans who are sole proprietors or the family of sole proprietors.

The rule will be posted Friday, January 5 for public comment.

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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking:
It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail

Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.

At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.

The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.

Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.

“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.

“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.

“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.

Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.

That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”

Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.

Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”

It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.

Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.

TEA PARTY TARGET

Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.

Ammoland reports:

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

NJ.com adds:

Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.

He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.

He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.

In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”

David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:

To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.

Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)

“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”

Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.

Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.

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