~ Featuring ~
It's the Cronyism, Stupid 
by Nate Jackson
Wednesday Top Headlines 
by Political Editors:  Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser, resigns amid differences on trade policy (The Washington Post)
How the U.S. squandered its steel superiority — unfair trade practices of foreign nations had nothing to do with it (Bloomberg)
DOJ sues California over “interference” with immigration enforcement (Fox News)
Donald Trump right on immigration, gang violence, Sweden finds (The Washington Times)
CIA warns of extensive Chinese operation to infiltrate American academic institutions (The Washington Free Beacon)
DIA: China, Russia engaged in low-level warfare against U.S. (The Washington Free Beacon)
Stanford rejects College Republicans logo — because it includes an American flag (College Fix)
Surrounded by armed security, hypocritical celebs lecture America on guns (Fox News Insider)
Hero student of Parkland massacre files suit against Sheriff’s office and school (The Daily Wire)
Baltimore mayor pledges to send 3,000 students to anti-gun violence march (The Hill)
Study: Women leaving STEM fields to pursue “social justice” degrees (PJ Media)
Policy: Heritage ranked No. 1 globally for impact on public policy (The Heritage Foundation)
Policy: Be wary of North Korea’s sudden turn towards diplomacy (New York Post)   ~The Patriot Post
Intel Chairman Nunes Updates on Brennan,
Clapper, Dossier-FISA Investigation 
{ } ~ Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes gives America an update on his investigation into Democrat Deep State corruption and subversion... He begins with the dozen high profile Democrat officials he sent a list of ten questions to regarding the ill-gotten FISA warrants to spy on liar-Clinton and Democrat Party’s opponent, Donald Trump. Nunes says most of the twelve who have already been sent the letter have responded, “there are a few people who have asked for an additional week,” which was granted. He says, “There are a few people, though, that are not responding.” Nunes says, “They seem to have went dark. However, if they do not respond here shortly, they will be getting subpoenaed to appear before Congress to be treated with a deposition.” Martha MacCallum asks, “And did John Brennan and James Clapper respond to your questions?” Nunes replies that they did...
SOUTHCOM Tidd: China Making Aggressive
Investments in South, Central America
by John Grady
{ } ~ Chinese businesses are exploring land development deals near the Panama Canal and offering their skills in building the region’s information technology infrastructure... These are prime examples of Beijing’s stepped-up economic involvement in the Western Hemisphere, the senior American military official for Central and South America told reporters Monday. Speaking at a Pentagon press session, Adm. Kurt Tidd said the “economic competition” with the United States in Central and South America and the Caribbean is a demonstration of how other nations, including Russia and Iran, seek openings and influence in countries historically and physically close to the United States. Their goal, “is to undermine our partnerships,” he said. As an example, last summer, Panama broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan under pressure from China and established them with Beijing. Since then, one project the Chinese started, with a Belgian firm, is building a port and terminal for cruise ships near the entrance to the Panama Canal... 
Billionaire Paul Allen Finds 
Lost World War II Carrier USS Lexington
by Sam LaGrone
{ } ~ Billionaire-turned-explorer Paul Allen has discovered the missing wreck of the World War II carrier USS Lexington (CV-2)... at the bottom of the Coral Sea. The crew of his personal research ship R/V Petrel found the missing ship two miles below the surface and about 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia, he announced on Monday. “To pay tribute to the USS Lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor,” Allen said in a statement. “As Americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.”...
How Congress Can Provide Relief 
From Looming liar-nObamacare Mandates
by Whitney Jones 
President Donald Trump’s historic tax reform legislation repealed, among other things, liar-nObamacare’s individual mandate tax penalty... Effective in 2019, the IRS will no longer penalize Americans for not purchasing a federally approved health insurance plan. Unfortunately, Congress failed to repeal the even more economically disruptive employer mandate that forces businesses to pay tax penalties for not offering their employees liar-nObamacare’s required level of health benefits. The liar-nObamacare mandate requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide proof of insurance coverage to the IRS. Businesses face the risk of tax penalties if they do not provide government-stipulated “minimum essential coverage” to employees who work at least 30 hours a week... 
liar-nObama Mandate Threatened My 
College’s Right to Exist. Here’s How 
Religious Liberty Won.
by Diana Verm 
It was my time as a student at Wheaton College that helped me decide to become a lawyer... I never imagined that I’d have to spend six years of my legal career defending Wheaton’s right to exist. Thankfully, that six-year fight came to an end last week. The struggle began in 2011 when the liar-nObama administration tried to use the Affordable Care Act to force religious organizations to pay for drugs and services that violated their religious beliefs. Through an unconstitutional mandate, the government tried nine different ways to achieve the same goal: forcing religious schools, orders, nonprofits, and businesses to give up their religious beliefs as the price of admission to life in the public square... 

It's the Cronyism, Stupid 

by Nate Jackson:  A funny thing happened on the way to Delta Air Lines showcasing its “woke” political activism — it lost $40 million to the state of Georgia, where its Atlanta hub is. Delta was one of the numerous companies that, in knee-jerk response to the Florida massacre, dumped partnerships with the NRA. The shooting had nothing to do with the NRA, but grandstanding trumped common sense. As we noted at the time, Georgia Republicans responded almost immediately by refusing to restore Delta’s tax break.

          Erick Erickson explains, “Up until a couple of years ago, Delta had a special perk in the Georgia tax code. It was exempt from paying sales tax on aviation fuel. Other airlines had to pay the tax. Delta did not. When the state reassessed how it calculates and collects transportation taxes during the recession, Delta lost its perk. Delta has lobbied for it ever since.” And the air line won’t get it back.
          Now for the even funnier thing — because criteria for the NRA discount was so specific, just 13 Delta passengers ever bought tickets with it. Losing $40 million for 13 people works out to about $3 million per discounted ticket. In other words, these corporate do-gooders just made one really expensive virtue signal.
          Still, as much fun as schadenfreude can be, this leads us to the larger point that cronyist tax breaks are a fundamentally bad idea. Unfortunately, every state and governor, as well as every city and mayor and every elected official of either party anywhere in between, offers sweetheart tax deals to corporations for locating in that city or state. Bipartisanship! And this corrupt income redistribution leads to all kinds of ugly stuff. For one thing, Delta lobbies in Georgia for all sorts of leftist causes and against conservative ones — like the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Republican Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed in 2016. In this case, however, Delta probably has a case that Georgia Republicans are violating its “freedom of association” rights by using the tax code as retribution for a political stance. Neither would be an issue if it weren’t for such anti-free-market favoritism in the tax code.
          What Delta did was inexcusable political opportunism, but the greater fault lies with Georgia and every other state that favors big, leftist corporations at the expense of small businesses and American taxpayers.  ~The Patriot Pos

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CRIME!! -> ICE Deports Quarter Of A Million Illegal Aliens, 6K Gang Members In 2018

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in Fiscal Year 2018 deported more than 256,000 illegal aliens out of the United States, including about 6,000 suspected or known gang members.

Between September 2017 and October 2018, ICE agents deported 95,360 illegal aliens living throughout the interior of the U.S. and 160,725 illegal aliens who were caught by Border Patrol crossing into the country.

Most significant are the number of deportations ICE agents conducted for the more than 95,000 illegal aliens who were living throughout the interior of the country. There are anywhere from 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living across the U.S. at any given time, straining the capacity of ICE.

This year, though, ICE increased deportations of illegal aliens living in the U.S. by more than 45 percent since President Obama’s last year in office, when only about 65,000 illegal aliens living in the U.S. were deported.

The number of ICE deportations of convicted criminal illegal aliens and those with pending criminal charges has increased about 11.5 percent since Fiscal Year 2016, with more than 168,000 convicted criminal and suspected criminal illegal aliens being deported out of the U.S. this year.

In a tremendous increase, ICE hiked the number of illegal alien gang members deported by more than 185 percent compared to Fiscal Year 2016. This year, nearly 6,000 illegal aliens who are known or suspected gang members were deported out of the U.S. by ICE. Compare that to the only about 2,000 illegal alien gang members were deported in Obama’s last year in office.

Likewise, ICE deported a steady level of suspected or known illegal alien terrorists, totaling about 42 deportations for Fiscal Year 2018, a slight decrease from the 45 who were deported last year.

The ICE data also reveals the effectiveness of Trump’s visa sanctions on foreign countries refusing to take back their nationals. Throughout this year, the Trump administration placed visa restrictions on Cambodia, Cuba, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, as all those nations would not take their nationals back from the U.S.

This Fiscal Year 2018, after all five nations were hit with visa sanctions, the number of nationals deported to the foreign countries skyrocketed with a 279 percent increase in deportations from the U.S. to Cambodia, a 189 percent increase in deportations to Cuba, and a nearly 150 percent increase in deportations to Guinea.

As Breitbart News most recently reported, illegal immigration to the U.S. has continuously risen over the last three months to record levels. Last month, illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border soared to levels that the country has not seen since Fiscal Year 2014, when more than 51,500 illegal aliens tried to cross the border in April 2015.

Meanwhile, illegal immigration costs American taxpayers about $116 billion every year, and the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens — granted birthright citizenship — cost taxpayers about $2.4 billion annually. There are about 300,000 “anchor babies,” the common name for U.S.-born child of illegal aliens, born every year which exceeds U.S. births in 48 states.

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