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Democratic Leaders, Why 
Do You Find Patriotism Divisive? 
by David Limbaugh  
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Wednesday Top Headlines 
by Political Editors:  The end of IRS targeting? Trump prepares to name a new chief tax collector (The Wall Street Journal)
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Senate leaders near two-year budget deal to prevent shutdown (The Hill)
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FBI lovers’ latest text messages: liar-nObama “wants to know everything” (Fox News)
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Tax cuts lowering consumer utility bills (Daily Signal)
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Just like the 9/11 hijackers, possible Saudi terrorist arrested by the FBI told his flight instructors he wanted to be a commercial pilot (Washington Examiner)
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DHS secretary: about 70 terrorists try to enter the U.S. daily — “that’s 500 a week, 2,000 a year” (CNS News)
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Democrats just picked up a seat that went for Trump by 28 points (The Resurgent)
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Report: Trump wants a big military parade in Washington (Hot Air)
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Conservative women leaders say Anita Hill defended liar-Bill Clinton and so should not lead sexual harassment commission (Los Angeles Times)
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From the dumb and dumber files: High school cancels musical after white student lands lead role (Fox News)
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Policy: Congress should ban government shutdowns (E21)
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Policy: The Founders had an answer to the “fake news” problem (The Daily Signal)   ~The Patriot Post
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Dick Morris – The Next Thing
TRUMP MUST Do Is FIRE ROD ROSENSTEIN 
{ rickwells.us } ~ Dick Morris says the next thing that must happen following the revelations in the Nunes memo... is that “Trump has got to fire Rod Rosenstein. That is the absolute key to his survival and to the survival of the marvelous changes he’s bringing to this country.”  “Rosenstein deserves firing,” Morris affirms, “Three times after the initial warrant was given, the FBI sought extension of the warrants approving their surveillance of Carter Page and probably of other Trump people. And they concealed from the FISA court that the dossier that they were using as the basis of that request was paid for by the liar-Hillary campaign, was nothing more than a campaign leaflet.” He points out that it was sold to the FISA court as the product of detailed espionage work, verified by the FBI.” Nothing could be further from the truth. He also describes their backup protection of producing news articles though Yahoo News as additional fabricated evidence...  https://rickwells.us/morris-trump-fire-rosenstein/
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The FISA Memo: “Worse Than Watergate” 
by Selwyn Duke
{ thenewamerican.com } ~ The abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior liar-nObama administration officials is “worse than Watergate.”... So said House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in January. King based his comments on his reading of the FISA memo, whose much anticipated release to the public occurred Friday. And since Watergate led to history’s only resignation of an American president, we should ask: is King’s pronouncement risible or right? Let’s contrast and compare. For a brief history, courtesy of History.com, the “Watergate scandal began early in the morning of June 17, 1972, when several burglars were arrested in the office of the Democratic National Committee, located in the Watergate complex of buildings in Washington, D.C. This was no ordinary robbery: The prowlers were connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign, and they had been caught wiretapping phones and stealing documents.” As for current events, the FISA memo relates the surveillance of former Donald Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. As Bloomberg reports, the “memo says that the FBI presented an opposition research dossier as evidence to a secret court for warrants to spy on Page beginning in October 2016. The bureau did not tell the court that this dossier was paid for by the Democratic Party and the liar-Hillary Clinton campaign through cutouts. Senior officials at the bureau and the Justice Department knew all of this, but declined to tell the judge who approved the warrant, according to the memo.”... https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/28191-the-fisa-... 
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Chuck Grassley Gives FBI Director Wray 
Until Tomorrow To Declassify His Memo 
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ The Federal Bureau of Investigation signed off on an unclassified version of the criminal referral by... Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman RINO-Lindsey Graham only after the White House declassified a House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) Majority memo largely based on the same underlying documents. Grassley is now calling on the FBI to update the classification of the referral to allow complete disclosure of important context from the documents on which it is based. “Seeking transparency and cooperation should not be this challenging. The government should not be blotting out information that it admits isn’t secret, and it should not take dramatic steps by Congress and the White House to get answers that the American people are demanding. There are still many questions that can only be answered by complete transparency. That means declassifying as much of the underlying documents as possible,” Grassley said...  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/02/05/chuck-grassley-give...
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President Trump Calls Out Anti-American
Democrats as “Treasonous” In Speech 
{ rickwells.us } ~ President Trump was once again politically incorrect on Monday when he drew attention to the Democrat misbehavior at his State of the Union Address... perhaps pushing the boundaries of the definition of treason a bit in doing so. Virtually everything they do is treasonous so if he were to over classify in this one instance there are plenty of others, like their conspiracy with the corrupt liar-nObama/liar-Clinton/scum-Soros Mafia and the Crooked liar-nObama DOJ and FBI in the use of fabricated evidence in an attempt to overthrow his Presidency. That more than fits the definition of treason. President Trump was speaking in Ohio, promoting the new tax law and midterm GOP candidates when he took the sullen globalists to the woodshed. They are unhappy over their failure to prevent his successes and return America to Americans and it showed...  https://rickwells.us/trump-labels-democrats-treasonous/
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Stock Market Plunges, But It’s Not Time To Panic
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Amb. Haley Blasts Russia Over New Syrian Chemical Weapons Use: ‘A True Tragedy’ 
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Prager U: Can Climate Models Predict Climate Change?
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Gingrich: scum-Adam Schiff Is Trying To Cover Up A ‘Terrible Situation’
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Dumb, Dumb scum-Durbin Admits Dems Should Have Disclosed They Paid For Dossier
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“Dead Broke” DNC Dismal Cash Flow Is “Part Of A Bigger Problem” For Dems
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Democratic Leaders, Why 
Do You Find Patriotism Divisive? 

by David Limbaugh 
{ townhall.com } ~ Did you ever think you'd see the day when a prominent political party would accuse the president of being divisive and exclusionary for saying "America" too many times during his State of the Union speech?

The American Civil Liberties Union made that very complaint. No, the ACLU is not the Democratic Party, but their positions on such matters are virtually indistinguishable. Besides, many prominent Democrats and media liberals made similar objections after the speech.

MSNBC host Joy Reid brazenly trashed traditional American values and institutions with her tweet accusing President Trump of trying to force the normalization of himself by using "terms of the bygone era his supporters are nostalgic for" -- namely, church, family, police, military and the national anthem.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pulosi called Trump's unapologetically pro-America speech, which was widely approved by the American people in flash polls immediately afterward, "dangerous."

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., who recently compared Trump's presidency to a time "right after the 1932 elections when Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor," took umbrage at Trump's statement that Americans, like the immigrants whose parents brought them here illegally as children, "are dreamers, too."

Fox News analyst Juan Williams was deeply disappointed by the speech, saying that this was an opportunity for Trump to reach across the aisle and bring us together but he didn't take it. More bizarrely, Williams said in response to Trump's statement that "Americans are dreamers, too," "David Duke and the KKK would love that." Seriously?

Obviously, today's Democratic Party at least its leadership has a problem with raw expressions of patriotism, because Democrats can't seem to look at America through anything but their distorted prism of Balkanized identity politics.

They assume that when Republicans promote church, family, police, the military, the national anthem and wholesomeness and goodness, they are somehow dog whistling to white supremacists, or some such nonsense. Democrats said Trump delivered a "wedge speech," one that "inflames the cultural divide."

Perhaps their habit of divining code language in our every pronouncement is simple projection. For all of Trump's faults, he pretty much says what he believes. His SOTU speech was no exception. Probably the most consistent message he delivered on the campaign trail was his belief in an America-first philosophy -- not certain groups in America at the exclusion of others but all Americans.

What these kvetching liberals can't grasp is that we conservatives don't view our heartfelt expressions of patriotism as exclusionary or divisive. Indeed, by definition they are not.

Liberals say we promote white privilege. We don't. They say our policies disfavor minorities, but they don't; they are race-neutral and aimed at lifting up all people. They say immigration enforcement advocates are driven by nativism and bigotry. We aren't; we are animated by a love for America and the American idea, which is enshrined in our founding documents. We don't believe that America is the greatest nation in history by accident, and certainly not because of ethnic demographics.

Rep. Joseph Kennedy, in the official Democratic response to the SOTU, audaciously quoted a U.S. motto, "e pluribus unum," meaning "out of many, one" -- though every other thing out of his mouth and that of his Democratic colleagues undermines that precept. Conservatives, though, actually believe in a melting pot and equality of opportunity and equal justice for all.

Sadly, Kennedy and his Democratic leaders view America only through race-conscious eyes. They are the ones who deliberately divide us, by constantly agitating over race, gender, sex, religion and any other category that will incite their base into a frenzy.

America was mired in a perpetual malaise under Barack liar-nObama, and the Democrats' goal, when liar-nObama's scapegoating of George W. Bush had finally extended even beyond the Democrats' willing suspension of disbelief, was to delude Americans into accepting economic stagnation as inevitable and the new normal.

Already, in one short year, with Trump's tax cuts, his deregulation, his business-friendly policies, his recommitment to America's domestic energy industries, and his overall contagious optimism and bullishness on America, this nation is roaring back, and Democrats are conspicuously vexed about it.

They have no viable alternative agenda; everything they tried under liar-nObama failed. Yet they're still promoting the same destructive ideas. That is why they have reduced themselves to ad hominem Trump slanders, bogus charges of collusion with Russia and blanket smears of conservatives as bigoted extremists.

Democrats are the ones who have become more extreme every year. Yesteryear's liberal extremism is far too conservative for today's Democratic Party. With Democrats' constant westward shifting of the goal posts, they regard mainstream conservatism as radical. Proof of their extremism and intellectual bankruptcy is their maniacal rhetoric, such as accusing Trump of being a dangerous dictator.

Their emotional breakdown over innocuous and uplifting presidential expressions of patriotism and traditional American values -- with their perception that such inherently unifying ideas are divisive and exclusionary -- screams volumes.

Such utterances of national pride cannot credibly be depicted as divisive. Likewise, Democrats' quest to force-fit identity-tinted lenses on all Americans so that we can see one another only as members of certain groups cannot be spun as uniting or constructive.

It would be refreshing if Democrats could at least be truthful about where they stand, but as of now, they are saying one thing and at the same time, well, saying another. Please keep it up through November, guys.

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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.

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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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