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Blacklisting the NRA — And the 
Second Amendment
Mark Alexander
Maduro was 'ready' to leave Venezuela before 
Russia convinced him to stay, 
Pompeo tells Fox News
by Frank Miles  
{} ~ The U.S. has learned Venezuela's disputed president, Nicolas Maduro, was "ready" to leave the country amid protest violence and calls for his ouster... until Russia convinced him to stay, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Tuesday night. “He was ready to go,” Pompeo said on “Special Report.” “He was diverted by the Russians.” He did not give any further specifics on when this apparently took place. Pompeo also noted he wanted Maduro, whom he called a “thug,” to get back on that plane. The U.S. and about 50 other nations have taken the position that Maduro’s re-election last year was marred by fraud and that he is not the legitimate president of Venezuela, a once prosperous nation that has the world’s largest proven oil reserves.  The U.S. government said about 20,000 Cuban troops and agents have been working in Venezuela to prop up Maduro's government, a figure disputed by Cuba. Pompeo said the Cubans and Russians have been in direct opposition of Venezuela’s duly elected leader, Juan Guaido...
House Democrats Scuttle Plans for Corporate-Friendly, CAP-Approved Healthcare Bill
by Andrew Stiles } ~ Anti-establishment Democrats continue to assert their dominance in the House of Representatives. Congress on Tuesday will conduct its first hearing to discuss "Medicare for All" legislation... that would establish a single-payer healthcare system within two years. The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.) and Debbie Dingell (D., Mich.), is similar to legislation proposed by Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.)—and co-sponsored by every senator running in the Democratic primary—which envisions a slightly longer transition period of four years. It does not include details as to how the sweeping overhaul of the healthcare system would be funded. The potential cost of the "Medicare for All" proposal, and the inevitable backlash from the health insurance industry, has raised concern among some Democrats, including party leaders and more moderate members, including some freshman elected in swing districts. "How are we going to pay for it?" Freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood (D., Ill.) said during an interview with CNN in February. "What happens with private insurance? What happens to all types of coverage?" Accordingly, some Democrats had planned to reintroduce "Medicare for America" legislation on Tuesday. That plan, endorsed by the Center for American Progress, calls for a more incremental approach that would not eliminate the private insurance industry altogether, and would carry a more financially responsible price tag by comparison. Democratic presidential candidates, while speaking positively about more ambitious "Medicare for All" proposals, have also expressed varying degrees of openness to this approach—socalist-Beto O'Rourke in particular...  
Report Chris Cuomo’s group AntiFa 
possibly planned armed fight at the border
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Prosecutor In Charge of scumbag/liar-Clinton 
Email Probe Criticizesdirty cop-Mueller
by Bill Gertz } ~ The Justice Department's senior counterspy prosecutor who worked on both the scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton email probe and the initial Russian election meddling probe recently criticized... Special Counsel dirty cop-Robert Mueller for not completing his team's investigation. David H. Laufman, until recently chief of the counterintelligence and export control section of the Justice Department national security division, also defended the government prosecution of leakers, including the recent case of an anti-American former intelligence contractor who provided a top-secret document to a news outlet. "I can't substitute my judgement for that of dirty cop-Mueller's team," he said. "And I had to hand off my chapter of that investigation early on and so I'm not going to stand here and tell you whether I think the evidence does or doesn't warrant actual charges. But I do think it was wrong of the special counsel's office not to make the charging decision on obstruction—up or down." The redacted 428-page dirty cop-Mueller report concluded there were no Americans involved in the extensive Russian influence and hacking operation to influence the 2016 presidential election. On the question of whether President Donald Trump interfered with the special counsel probe, the report noted three questionable instances. They include Trump's order to White House counsel Don McGahn to end the probe; a request of Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland to draft a statement saying the president did not order Michael Flynn to discuss sanctions with Russia's ambassador; and a request to another aide to ask then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end his recusal of the Russia probe. None of the actions were carried out by the aides, who either declined or did not follow through on the requests...  
10,000 foreigners roaming in US illegally 
are from terror-sponsoring nations
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{} ~ More than 10,000 illegal aliens from terror-sponsoring nations live in the United States, Judicial Watch reports... They have already been deported or have deportation orders pending, but roam the country freely. Information obtained by Judicial Watch shows 10,340 non-detained illegal immigrants from Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea are on ICE’s national docket as of June 2018. Iran tops the list with 6,331, followed by Syria (2,128), Sudan (1,860) and North Korea (21). All four countries have been designated as sponsors of terrorism by the State Department. The U.S. government has determined that Iran is the “foremost state sponsor of terrorism”. Syria is also a hotbed of Hezbollah militants and Al Qaeda-linked jihadists. During the Syrian refugee crisis, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) admitted that dozens of Syrian nationals suspected of having terrorist ties slipped into the U.S. Along the southern border federal agents routinely encounter individuals from terrorist nations and DHS considers them one of the top threats to the United States. The government classifies them as Special Interest Aliens (SIA) and they are flowing north via Latin America in huge numbers thanks to established Transitional Criminal Organizations (TCO) that facilitate travel along drug and migrant smuggling routes...
Blacklisting the NRA — And the 
Second Amendment
Mark Alexander:  In San Diego last weekend, a sociopathic assailant walked into the Chabad of Poway synagogue and fired a weapon at congregants gathered there. He murdered a woman, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was attempting to shield Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was also injured.

The attack ended when Navy veteran Oscar Stewart and Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Morales, who were in the congregation, charged the assailant and chased him from the premise. Morales fired at the assailant. Stewart concluded, “It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.” Indeed it does.

Democrat Party principals were quick to blame Donald Trump for the high-profile attack. Yet they never take credit themselves for the epidemic of daily violence that occurs in their Democrat-controlled urban centers — the direct result of Democrat social policies.

Demos were also quick to reiterate their support for incremental measures that, in effect, repeal our Second Amendment right to bear arms — the First Civil Right and the first line of defense in support of Liberty against statist tyranny. The Second Amendment is “the palladium of the liberties of the republic,” and, as such, a primary target for the leftists, who constantly endeavor to erode our Liberties.

Demo presidential aspirant Sen. lowlife-Kamala Harris (D-CA) has taken the lead on this Liberty assault, founding her campaign on gun-control measures. Harris declared, “We need leaders in Washington, DC, who have the courage to speak the truth. … Upon being elected, I will give Congress 100 days to get their act together and have the courage to pass reasonable gun-safety laws, and if they fail to do it, then I will take executive action.”

Whenever a socialist Democrat says “speak the truth” or “reasonable gun-safety laws,” beware. While most of us can agree that some laws regulating firearm sales and possession are necessary in society, there are now about 25,000 federal, state, and local gun laws on the books, none of which will completely prevent a sociopath in a synagogue or urban center from killing people. But the Democrats’ political agenda is about constricting the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens, whom they view as a threat to unmitigated central-government power.

The premier organization advocating for the protection of our Second Amendment from encroachment by the Left is the National Rifle Association, which held its annual convention last week — amid assault from without and controversy from within.

President Trump addressed the NRA convention attendees, using the opportunity to announce that he was pulling the U.S. signature from UN Arms Trade Treaty. But the domestic assault on Liberty is a much more perilous attack on Liberty than that from foreign treaties.

Specifically, New York and California are using the power of the state to undermine the NRA, attempting to restrict its legal status, blacklist it with financial institutions, and press it ever-deeper into debt with legal costs. This is the new strategic assault template being adopted by the Left.

Framing the Left’s objective, New York Gov. Andrew scumbag-Cuomo says: “The NRA’s goal is to sell more guns, and they don’t care if they sell them to legal owners or to illegal owners. They want to sell more guns.” That is a lie on every level, but for leftists and their Leftmedia publicists, the truth is whatever they define it to be.

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre summed up scumbag-Cuomo’s agenda in remarks to NRA members: “The governor wants you, and wants your organization, the NRA, denied financial services. Simply put, the governor wants the NRA blacklisted.”

Trump cast his support for the Second Amendment, which he has consistently done as president, noting, “The NRA is under siege by scumbag-Cuomo and the New York State A.G., who are illegally using the State’s legal apparatus to take down and destroy this very important organization and others.”

The external challenges to the Second Amendment and the NRA come in a week when the organization was facing internal strife — as many organizations do when attacked from all sides. Organization president Oliver North resigned his post under duress and, on Monday, the NRA board unanimously renewed its support for LaPierre as CEO and elected Carolyn Meadows as its president.

As for the internal disputes, LaPierre is to the NRA what generational leader William F. Buckley was to National Review and Edwin Feulner was to The Heritage Foundation. The NRA is fortunate to have retained LaPierre. I have close contacts within NRA leadership, and I have known Oliver North since his years with Ronald Reagan’sadministration.

Without detailing this dispute, in which both sides raised reasonable concerns, suffice it to say that I am disappointed that Ollie took this dispute public. In short, it was an internal battle of titan personalities.

The bottom line: This is a perilous time for the NRA or its members to be distracted by internal division, which is precisely what the Left wants. For the first time in memory, virtually all Democrat presidential contenders and Demo senators across our nation are aligned against the NRA. In other words, they are all aligned against the Second Amendment, the last line of defense for American Liberty.  ~The Patriot Post  

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