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D-Day at 75 — They Paid a Heavy 
Price for Our Liberty
Mark Alexander
scumbag-Elijah Cummings’s Wife Used Her 
Charity To Enrich Her For-Profit 
Company, Documents Show  
by Andrew Kerr
{} ~ House Oversight Chairman scumbag-Elijah Cummings’s wife has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars from her charity to her private for-profit organization... according to a previously undisclosed cost-sharing arrangement that multiple experts said raises red flags. Maya Rockeymoore scumbag-Cummings’s charity, the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS), paid her for-profit venture, Global Policy Solutions LLC, over $250,000 in “management fees” between 2013 and 2015, according to the charity’s audited financial statements covering those years. The management fees were paid in addition to a cost-sharing agreement where the charity pays for its share of equipment, personnel and other expenditures. Rockeymoore scumbag-Cummings’s charity is funded by companies with interests before her husband’s congressional committee, according to the Washington Examiner. “It’s self-dealing. It’s taking the charity’s resources and turning them into personal profits,” National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) investigator Tom Anderson told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “IRS law doesn’t allow a charity for this purpose. This isn’t for the public interest, this is for her personal interest. You can’t do that.” scumbag-Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, listed his wife’s LLC on his most recent financial disclosure reports as an asset worth between $250,001 and $500,000. The NLPC filed an IRS complaint against Rockeymoore scumbag-Cummings’s charity and LLC in May, alleging that companies with interests before the House Oversight Committee are potentially buying favorable treatment from the congressman through their donations to the charity...  
The United States Is a Pacific Power
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{} ~ Contrary to popular opinion, the United States has long been a Pacific potentate. Ever since the 19th century, when American settlers journeyed from their East Coast enclaves and into the great American West... the United States was destined to become a dominant force not only in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, but the Pacific Ocean as well. Years of cross-cultural ties, trade deals, and military alliances — as well as wars — have cemented America’s position as a Pacific power. The United States will need to emphasize these facts as it ramps up its Trade War against China. As the Trade War intensifies, Beijing will do — and say — anything it must to convince the world specifically, its Asian neighbors that its position is the legitimate one and the United States’ is not. Part of its claim will be that China is an actual Asian power whereas the United States is merely a poseur; another foreign, Western empire intent on colonizing and subjugating as much of Asia as it can. By reinforcing the claim that the United States is a Pacific power, Washington will be able to rebuff Beijing’s lies and solidify its Asian alliances. More importantly, there is a long history of mass immigration from the Asia-Pacific into the United States. Chinese immigrants helped to build the transcontinental railroad that permanently linked the American East Coast to its West Coast. After the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was passed in the United States, American industrialists began seeking out Japanese workers to replace their lost Chinese workers, prompting another explosion of immigrants from the Asia-Pacific. During this era, Japan was undergoing its Meiji Restoration, which culminated with Japan becoming the advanced imperial state that it was by the start of the Second World War. The political changes in Japan prompted some of its citizens to emigrate abroad — notably to the United States. The Japanese who emigrated to the United States not only became important industrial workers, but many of them were also superior farmers. Western American states, such as Hawaii, California, and Arizona, still enjoy the fruits and vegetables of the sophisticated irrigation methods that Japanese immigrants brought with them into the United States. Today, Asian-Americans comprise nearly six percent of the U.S. population. According to the most recent Census Bureau report, there are roughly 3.79 million Chinese-Americans, 3.41 million Filipino-Americans, 3.18 Indian-Americans, 1.73 Vietnamese-Americans, 1.7 million Korean-Americans, and 1.3 million Japanese. Asian-Americans are among the most productive American citizens today as well a fact that has apparently incensed Ivy League institutions, since many of these institutions have been caught discriminating against Asian-American students perceived to be too smart or “privileged”. In fact, the Asian-American population is among one of the fastest-growing, most important subgroups in the United States today. The various ethnicities and cultural inclinations of the Asian-American groups listed above have made an indelible mark on the wider American culture. They have made unique contributions — and continue to do so — and are highly influential for the socio-political makeup of the United States. As with so many other cultural subgroups in the United States, the Asian-American immigrants maintain close ties with their homelands and, because of these ties, the United States has deep cultural ties to the lands where these Asian-Americans emigrated from...
The Transatlantic Relationship on 
the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
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Space Force Nominee Warns Congress 
of Chinese, Russian Capabilities
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Lawmakers Want Navy to Take New Look 
at Destroyer Hybrid Electric Drive
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D-Day at 75 — They Paid a Heavy Price
for Our Liberty
Mark Alexander:  Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France code named Operation Overlord, which commenced in the early hours of June 6, 1944. It was the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Workers (NAZI) Party and its reign of terror across Europe — an epic battle in defense of American Liberty, and by extension, that of all mankind. On that day, and many bloody days that followed on the European and Pacific fronts, American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines purchased Liberty for the next generation at a very heavy human price. It is our sacred responsibility now to extend that inheritance to the next generation.

I invite you to learn more about D-Day in my column, “D-Day at 75: Two Flags and a Son’s Promise Kept.” Take time to view D-Day — Freedom Is NOT Free.

To mark the occasion, President Donald Trump spoke today at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. He said, “We are gathered here on Freedom’s Altar. On these shores, on these bluffs, on this day 75 years ago, 10,000 men shed their blood, and thousands sacrificed their lives, for their brothers, for their countries, and for the survival of Liberty. Today, we remember those who fell, and we honor all who fought right here in Normandy. They won back this ground for civilization. … 9,388 young Americans rest beneath the white crosses and Stars of David arrayed on these beautiful grounds.”

Appropriately, Trump noted, “More powerful than the strength of American arms was the strength of American hearts.”

On Memorial Day just past, I offered this advice to those who genuinely want to demonstrate their gratitude to all who paid the highest price for their Liberty and those who want to thank active-duty and veteran military personnel today for the freedom they have, and continue to defend, at great cost: Strive to be, first and foremost, an American citizen worthy of their sacrifice.

Watch composer John Williams’ moving “Hymn to the Fallen” while taking a visual tour of the only real estate Americans kept after WWII — just enough land to bury our dead. Listen to Taps at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” —John 15:13

On this and every day, please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces now standing in harm’s way around the world in defense of our liberty, and for the families awaiting their safe return.  ~The Patriot Post

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