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Trump Should Drain the EPA Swamp
by Susan Stamper Brown

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 Top Headlines 
Amid Trump's immigration crackdown, more Mexicans get visas to legally work in U.S. (Paywall — The Wall Street Journal)
Democrats turn against immigration point system when Trump gives support. (The Washington Times)
Asian immigrants buy the most expensive street in San Francisco for $90,000 — liberal natives are furious. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Union files federal complaints after Nissan worke
So much for "pro-choice" — Democrats divided over whether party should welcome pro-life candidates. (Fox News)
Gender re-confusion? Top London lawyer alters sex three times. (Daily Mail)
Maxine Waters: Ditto Head — Pence should be impeached after Trump. (The Hill)
Al Gore's "Inconvenient Sequel" meets with cool reception, placing 15th at box office. (The Washington Times)
New York confiscates innocent veteran's firearms. (The Washington Free Beacon)
Student fakes being black to get into medical school. (WJLA)
Policy: A conservative plan to rein in the administrative state. (National Review)
Policy: Workers score big in Canton, Mississippi. (Capital Research Center~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/digests/50659
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Vietnam Stolen Valor Lie From
Sen Blumenthal – Trump Reminder
{rickwells.us} ~ /As Senator Richard Blumenthal assumes a leading role in the Democrat/ establishment coup underway against President Trump... it seems like a good time to look at the controversial claims he made about having served in Vietnam. He claimed he had been in combat when he was actually a “toys for tots” specialist. Back when MSNBC was much more like a real news network, in 2010, Chuck Todd interviews two experts, Tom Davis and Martin Frost, on the situation in that Senate race involving Democrat and establishment henchman, Richard “Stolen Valor” Blumenthal. He plays a clip of Blumenthal deliberately lying about his not having served in Vietnam. Blumenthal says, “We have learned something very important since the days that I served in Vietnam.” He has never been to Vietnam, as most Americans are learning, yet he has the nerve and lack of integrity to accuse President Trump of misdeeds that there is absolutely no indication of, let alone any evidence....  http://rickwells.us/vietnam-stolen-valor-lie-sen-blumenthal-trump-r...
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Jeff Sessions Hammers
Rahm Emanuel Over Sanctuary City Lawsuit
by Chuck Ross
{dailycaller.com} ~ Attorney General Jeff Sessions had harsh words for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday after he and other city leaders announced a lawsuit against the Justice Department over its policy regarding so-called sanctuary cities... “They have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement — Federal, state, and local — and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents,” Sessions said in a surprisingly combative statement. “No amount of federal taxpayer dollars will help a city that refuses to help its own residents,” he added...  http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/07/jeff-sessions-hammers-rahm-emanuel-over-sanctuary-city-lawsuit/
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Researcher Claims To Have Evidence One Of EPA’s Most Successful Clean Air Rules Is Based On Fabricated Data
by Michael Bastasch
{dailycaller.com} ~ One of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) longest and most successful air pollution standards is based on a taxpayer-funded study plagued by “data fabrication and falsification,” according to a veteran toxicologist... Toxicologist Albert Donnay says he’s found evidence a 1989 study commissioned by EPA on the health effects of carbon monoxide, which, if true, could call into question 25 years of regulations and billions of dollars on catalytic converters for automobiles. “They claimed to find an effect when there wasn’t one,” Donnay told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “They even fabricated the methods they used to get their results.”...  http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/07/exclusive-researcher-claims-to-ha...
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Anthem pulling out of liar-nObamacare Market
by Nathaniel Weixel
{thehill.com} ~ Anthem BlueCross BlueShield will completely exit Nevada’s liar-nObamaCare exchange next year, the state’s insurance commissioner said Monday... The company had previously said it would only offer plans in three urban counties in the state, leaving people in 14 counties without an insurer for 2018. “We … remain optimistic that there will be coverage for consumers on the exchange throughout the state,” Nevada Insurance Commissioner Barbara Richardson said in a statement...  http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/state-issues/345617-anthem-to-...
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Maxine WATERS Supports BLACKS ONLY
Political Party – To Exercise Their POWER
{rickwells.us} ~ Racist Congesshag Maxine Waters made an appearance on “The Breakfast Club” radio show on Monday, where their “values” menu includes only black coffee... The host asks Waters an obvious question for someone with her overt hatred of white folks, “Do you think black people should start their own political party?” She answers with a less-than-forthright sounding, “No, not at this point.” Which effectively means she thinks it’s a great idea once they have ridden the white Democrat train as far as it will take them. She explains, “You’ve got to show that you’re willing and you’re able to put the numbers together and exercise your influence. We [sic] still not voting our influence yet. I think what we should do is organize our power, exercise our power, particularly in the Democrat Party, because that’s where most of us are.”...Who is racist now, Waters?  http://rickwells.us/maxine-waters-supports-blacks-political-party-e...
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Trump Should Drain the EPA Swamp
by Susan Stamper Brown
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townhall.com} ~ Like the road to Hell, liberal ideas are usually paved with good intentions. But, as Ronald Reagan once said, "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so." And all that vast “unknowledge” births monster government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency.

Today’s EPA is an agency gone-wild, filled with environmental extremists and deep state holdovers who have little accountability for their actions. They arrogantly create rules like the “Clean Power Plan” which the Institute for Energy Research [IER] said was filled with about as much junk as the EPA and its contractors pumped into Colorado’s Animas River in 2015.

EPA’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt, visited the Animas River site August 4 saying the agency “should be held to the same standard as those we regulate.” Pruitt said the liar-nObama administration “failed those who counted on them to protect the environment.” They also refused to pay claims to many of those they harmed due to “sovereign immunity.”

President Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” is happening organically with employees resigning over Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as well as his March 28 executive order mandating review of the Clean Power Plan which effectually triggers the skyrocketing electricity prices liar-nObama promised.

The EPA claimed the plan would “save” thousands of lives, probably as effectively as liar-nObama’s stimulus plan “saved” jobs. It was also supposed to improve the climate and our health, that is, barring more EPA-caused environmental disasters like the Animas River spill.

Environmentalists have gone bonkers over Trump mandating a review of this costly and burdensome plan, but were mysteriously silent when the Animas spill caused $400 million in economic damage when it sent 3 million gallons of tainted wastewater into rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

We are expected to ignore that the Clean Power Plan will, at best, reduce global temperatures by a negligible one hundredth of a degree, Celsius, according to the liar-nObama administration’s former Assistant Secretary of Energy, Charles McConnell.

The plan offers little mercy to millions of Americans burning wood to stay warm, imposing a ban on the sale and production of 80 percent of America's wood burning stoves. Forbes.com says, "Most wood stoves that warm cabins and homes from coast-to-coast can't meet that standard. Older stoves that don't, cannot be traded in for updated types, but instead must be rendered inoperable, destroyed, or recycled as scrap metal."

Or, maybe the EPA could just throw scrapped stoves down the Animas River.

In the aftermath of the toxic spill, and with infinitesimal accountability for its actions, this agency marches forward in an unrelenting mission to control our lives, one unlegislated regulation at a time.

A Wyoming man had to sue the EPA to get it off his back for building a stock pond on his property. He was threatened with $37,500 per day fines because “material” from his pond flows into other waterways. It mattered not that the “other waterways” is a manmade irrigation ditch where the water is used for agriculture. Nor did it matter that the Wyoming State Engineer's Office permitted the pond.

Certainly, the "material" from his pristine pond, fit for fish and waterfowl to flourish and cattle to drink, did not turn waterways a toxic Animas River orange.

We know by watching all those lousy pharmaceutical ads the cure is often worse than the disease. And so it goes with the EPA. Back in the 1970s, it banned mosquito-killing DDT after an overreaction to an unsubstantiated book. Scientists today credit tens of millions of needless malaria related deaths to the ban.

Seemingly, for every benefit derived from EPA meddling, there's a list of damaging side effects as long as the Animas River. If Trump wants to prove he really cares about the environment, he could start with this heavy-handed bureaucracy swamp in dire need of draining.

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ALERT ALERT

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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