26 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-18-18

  1. This morning there was this:

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  2. Which was cleverly corrected by this:

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  3. Never-Trumpers will be hardest hit by this news…..

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/mcconnell-kills-unnecessary-bill-protecting-mueller-firing-senate/

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday he would not bring any bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller to the floor, calling it unnecessary.

    McConnell’s announcement effectively killed a bill meant to shield Mueller which was introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators, called the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.

    McConnell has previously stated he sees no need to have a bill protecting Mueller, who is spearheading the Russia investigation, and he repeated to Fox News host Neil Cavuto that he thinks President Donald Trump firing him would be a mistake.

    “That’s not necessary,” McConnell said. “There’s no indication that Mueller is going to be fired. I don’t think the president’s going to do that. Just as a practical matter, even if we passed it, why would we sign it?”

    “I’m the one who decides what we take to the floor. That’s my responsibility as the Majority Leader,” he added. “We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate.””

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  4. This is good news for Silver.

    Now he can be wrong for an even larger national audience. 🙂

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/nate-silvers-fivethirtyeight-is-moving-to-abc-news-1523986333

    “Statistics guru Nate Silver is leaving ESPN, but he’s staying under the Walt Disney Co. umbrella.

    FiveThirtyEight, the politics and news site Mr. Silver founded, is moving to Disney-owned ABC News after five years at the sports broadcaster, ESPN and ABC News said Tuesday.

    Taking on FiveThirtyEight is part of ABC News’s plans to fortify its political reporting in advance of the 2018 midterm elections, said James Goldston, ABC News president. He said the site’s partnership with ESPN had “run its course for both sides” and that ABC News would be a better fit for its emphasis on politics.”

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  5. Welcome to our world.

    And maybe next time the boy blunder you elected should think thru his invitations.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/04/16/quebec-hey-really-use-federal-help-influx-immigrants/

    “When I wrote about the upsurge in illegal immigration to Canada last month, I noted that the government was forced to spend nearly $200 million on increased border patrols. That came as thousands of new migrants came across the border each month to claim asylum. Today the Globe and Mail reports that the Candian province of Quebec is asking the federal government to chip in to help deal with the wave of migrants which is on track to nearly double the number that came across the border last year:

    The number so far this year has tripled to 6,074 from about 2,000 during the same period in 2017 and is forecast to increase significantly this summer, Immigration Minister David Heurtel said Monday.

    “Even the numbers we’re getting from the federal government show us that the situation is different, there’s going to be more asylum seekers, so we need a new plan,” he said.

    Heurtel said projections suggest there will be up to 400 crossings a day this summer, compared to 250 in 2017…

    The province said in addition to front-line services, there are other costs like health care and education that are stretched thin…

    Quebec is maintaining its request for additional funds to cover $146 million in unprecedented expenses from last year irregular border crossers, with this year’s price tag yet to come.

    There are a little over 8 million people in Quebec province so that $146 million is a chunk of change. The cost of welcoming all these immigrants is something that Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen seemed unwilling to discuss today, after he announced changes to immigration law that would make it easier for people with disabilities to seek asylum.”

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  6. More of Obama and the left’s ideas and policies are failing miserably……..

    https://hotair.com/archives/2018/04/17/report-violent-crime-sharply-since-broward-county-adopted-promise-program/

    “Broward County’s PROMISE program (which stands for Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Supports & Education) coincides with higher levels of violent crime among juveniles, even as levels of such crime have been falling statewide.

    Broward County adopted the PROMISE program in 2013 at the urging of the Obama Education Department. As Ed pointed out last month, based on a story by Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations, the move away from arrests even for repeat offenders appears to help explain why school shooter Nikolas Cruz was able to engage in violence and even bring bullets to school without any arrests or legal consequences. Sunday, Sperry published a follow up looking more broadly at the results of the PROMISE program. He found those results don’t match up with the claims of its supporters:

    Broward County now has the highest percentage of “the most serious, violent [and] chronic”juvenile offenders in Florida, according to the county’s chief juvenile probation officer…

    Within two years of adopting the discipline reforms, Broward’s juvenile recidivism rate surged higher than the Florida state average.

    The negative trends continued through last year, the most recent juvenile crime data show.

    Prosecutors and probation officers complain that while overall juvenile arrests are down, serious violent crimes involving school-aged Broward youths – including armed robbery, kidnapping and even murder – have spiked, even as such violent crimes across the state have dropped.

    Juvenile arrests for murder and manslaughter increased 150 percent between 2013 and 2016. They increased by another 50 percent in 2017. County juveniles were responsible for a total of 16 murders or manslaughters in the past two years alone, according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice…

    After Broward schools began emphasizing rehabilitation over incarceration, fights broke out virtually every day in classrooms, hallways, cafeterias and campuses across the district. Last year, more than 3,000 fights erupted in the district’s 300-plus schools, including the altercations involving Cruz. No brawlers were arrested, even after their third fight, and even if they sent other children to the hospital.

    Federal data show almost half of Broward middle school students have been involved in fights, with many suffering injuries requiring medical treatment.

    Because the students involved in the fights are considered “mutual combatants,” administrators tell parents they cannot be referred to police under the new discipline code.”

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  7. @8:28 I believe Comey was fired because although he cleared Trump privately, he refused to do so publicly, and so, left the impression of guilt with regard to Russia. Given Comey’s subsequent actions of leaking, I think it indicates ill will and a lack of good faith on his part.

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  8. Sabers are rattling in Asia. Looks like two of our favorite trade partners are at it again. Wasn’t all that free trade supposed to do away with these hostilities by convincing all parties of the advantages of living in economic harmony and love?

    BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China warned self-ruled Taiwan on Wednesday that it would “reap the consequences” of promoting formal independence, a red line for Beijing which claims the island as its own.

    Taiwan’s government hit back, saying it was a reality that the Republic of China, the island’s formal name, was a sovereign country and that no matter what China said it could not change this fact.

    Taiwan is one of China’s most sensitive issues. Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring what it considers a wayward province under its rule.

    Defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan in 1949 at the end of the Chinese civil war. Taiwan was a Japanese colony from 1895 until 1945.

    Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, newly appointed Taiwan Premier William Lai said he was a “political worker who advocates Taiwan independence”, but that it already was an independent country called the Republic of China and so had no need to declare independence.

    Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said in reaction that relations across the Taiwan Strait that separates them are not “country to country” relations, and there is no “one China and one Taiwan”.

    “Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory, has never been a country and can never become a country,” Ma said.

    “The mainland side resolutely opposes any form of ‘Taiwan independence’ words or action, and will never allow the historical tragedy of national separation to repeat itself. The consequences will be reaped for engaging in Taiwan independence separatism,” he added, without elaborating.

    Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said it did not matter what Beijing said, it was an “objective reality” that the Republic of China was a sovereign state.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-taiwan/china-says-taiwan-not-a-country-taiwan-says-china-needs-reality-check-idUSKCN1C20YF

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  9. Perhaps, but not before Trump’s 8 years are completed. At least with Haley we would not have to worry about the embarrassment of inappropriate tweets—but evangelical leaders would probably be on the ropes again eventually due to religious issues. However, if she can avoid ubiquitous sex scandals, even our conservative religious brethren will likely forgive her for being both Sikh and Methodist. Heresy is entirely forgivable, while sex never is…unless attached to the proper trade policies of course. ;–)

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  10. McMuffin has some problems of his own making. Nice to see this Never-Trumper exposed. It also makes clear how hypocritical several of his Tweets about Trump have been.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/04/never-trumper-evan-mcmullin-might-have-a-campaign-finance-mcproblem/#more-247469

    “The Daily Caller News Foundation has discovered that failed independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin may be violating campaign finance laws.

    The holier-than-thou candidate’s campaign ended in a boatload of debt and it appears he “has missed every deadline to file the required financial statements since then.”

    Almost a year ago to today, Fuzzy blogged about McMullin’s financial problems. The Salt Lake City Tribune noted that he still owed $670,000 to vendors, which could cause a problem for him if he ever wanted to run for office again.

    It looks like those money problems have not gone away and may be worsening.

    From The Daily Caller:

    McMullin’s committee was nearly $645,000 in debt just after the 2016 presidential election, according to a financial statement the group filed to the FEC in December 2016. By July 2017, it increased to nearly $670,000, that month’s filing shows.

    That was the last financial statement McMullin’s committee filed. Since then, the organization has missed three deadlines, including one that passed Sunday. The FEC has consequently sent the group warnings that it could face penalties if it doesn’t provide the necessary information.

    “It has come to the attention of the Federal Election Commission that you may have failed to file the above referenced report of receipts and disbursements or failed to file a report covering the entire reporting period as required by the Federal Election Campaign Act,” reads a February letter from the FEC.

    “The failure to timely file this report may result in civil money penalties, suspension of matching funds payments, an audit or legal enforcement action,” the letter continues. “The civil money penalty calculation for late reports does not include a grace period and begins on the day following the due date for the report.”

    McMullin’s campaign received four letters from the FEC before the February letter. The commission wanted to know “why it submitted amended versions of its financial statements with increased debt.” A letter in March 2017 about the filings from September 2016 noted that the forms included “an increase in debts owed to one or more vendor(s) totaling $339,389.57.””
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    You know who doesn’t file the required forms to the FEC? People with something, or donors, to hide.

    More here from The Daily Caller….

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/17/evan-mcmullin-campaign-finance-law/

    “An article from one year ago in The Salt Lake Tribune reported on McMullin potentially running for an open Utah Senate or House seat in the upcoming midterm elections.

    One of the primary issues McMullin would face, The Tribune reported, is his overwhelming debt.

    “From what I know, they do not have any capability or plans to pay all the vendors they still owe money,” said Tanner Leatham, a CEO of a Utah-based political consulting group that offered services to McMullin’s campaign and as of April 2017 was still owed more than $10,000. “They have told me they cannot pay us what they owe.””

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  11. You know Ricky, I was thinkin’ maybe you Never-Trumpers who encouraged his failure of a candidacy from the start should pitch in and start a GoFundMe page for the poor guy. Without you guys, he would have never done this. Seems like the right thing to do. 🙂

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  12. Or the RNC could contribute out of the millions it is raising to pay Trump’s attorneys fees. McMullin is a longtime conservative Republican.

    Or Trump could contribute out of his Slush Fund for Disgruntled Mistresses which would otherwise go to aging porn stars or Playboy bunnies or thugs hired to threaten such women to keep them silent.

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  13. “McMullin is a longtime conservative Republican member of an actual cult.”

    Fixed it for ya’.

    I could see the RNC maybe, but Trump should just tell him where to go…..

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  14. Perhaps Evan McMullin could persuade Stormy to be quiet more effectively than the thug who looks like Tom Brady.

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  15. Sure, let’s go with this……

    Sounds like a winning strategy…….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/04/democrats-give-us-the-house-so-we-can-raise-your-taxes/

    “In addition to their multiple calls for greater gun control, Democrats have found another message they believe is a winner for the 2018 midterms. They want to repeal the GOP tax cuts. They can’t stand the idea of people being allowed to keep more of their own money.

    Lewis K. Uhler and Peter J. Ferrara write at the Washington Times:

    New threat to tax cuts

    Congressional Democrats are campaigning for control of Congress in November on a pledge to repeal the recent tax reform tax cuts. That would increase taxes on working people and their employers, taking back the jobs, bonuses, pay raises, and economic growth and recovery that tax reform is already producing.

    Republicans are campaigning on just the opposite. They pledge to make the tax-reform tax cuts permanent, which they couldn’t do last year because not a single Democrat in Congress would vote for the tax cuts or to break a Senate filibuster.

    The contest over tax reform, which has become epic, was intensified by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to not seek re-election to Congress. Tax reform is his legacy as much as President Donald Trump’s, as it became that of Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy. The stakes for this November — and for America’s future well-being — are overwhelming…

    But repealing the tax-reform tax cuts — as Democrats pledge if their congressional majorities are restored this year — would reverse these middle-class tax cuts, replacing them with tax increases for the middle class instead. That would raise taxes on average middle-class families by more than $2,000 annually.

    Bernie Sanders may be an independent, but we all know which team he votes with, especially when it comes to spending other people’s money. Justin Caruso writes at the Daily Caller:

    Bernie Sanders’ Tax Day Message: We Want To Raise Your Taxes

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a super popular idea on tax day — repeal the Republican tax cuts and raise people’s taxes.”

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  16. In the “This is what collusion looks like” category we have this little gem.

    So quick question…..

    If the Russians are funding the US environmentalist groups, and said groups are donating money to numerous Democrats’ campaigns, are the Russians not money laundering in order to help fund US political campaigns thru willing co-conspirators at the Sierra Club and like minded groups?

    Sure looks like it.

    “With all the attention being paid to Russian “collusion” these days, it is remarkable that there has been so much focus on Facebook ads while far more serious meddling by Vladimir Putin goes mostly unremarked. In particular, Russia’s subsidizing of U.S. environmental groups, specifically those who oppose development of U.S. energy resources by blocking fracking and pipelines, has long been known but is too often forgotten.”
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  17. Not a fan of Justin Trudeau. His rhetoric rarely match the reality of his government.

    However, your link lacks context. Quebec has its own immigration policy as well all health and education expenses are the responsibility of the provinces. Quebec want financial compensation for a refugee problem not of their making. Hence they will exaggerate the cost and the role of Justin’s rhetotic.

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  18. The discipline issues in the education system is not a left/right issue. The application of the business model to education. The success of an administrator/principal is based on data. Thus discipline programs are implemented and in an attempt to look successful admin will often minimalize disciple actions that can be quantified.

    Last year my admin was told to implement a discipline program that was supposed to replace suspension and by focusing on counseling and teaching strategies eliminate problems when these kids reached adults. In order to appear successful she refused to suspend students and discoursged teachers ftom filing formal reports on violent incidents.

    This took place throughout our school district. Due to strong union support, teachers filed enough incidennt reports to have the program cancelled. However many principals are reluctant to discipline because they want to appear in control and large numbers of suspensions would indicate otherwise.

    This does not negate the very real concern of a school to prision pipeline. Intervention needs to occur as early as possible to avoid problems inn adulthood. However keeping students in school, using teachers as social workers and counselors is not the solution. If school boards truly want to break the pipeline, they would hire support staff, guidance counsrlors, etc.

    By keeping students in school despite behaviours in order to avoid “bad ” data, admin allows a school culture of low standards and the peer modeling of bad behaviour. These progrsms are correct when they say suspensions and other punishments don’t work on the chronic misbehaving student. What they miss is the fact that suspensions/punishment work for the other students.

    Again not a left/right issue but an issue of using a business model driven by data when dealing with children.

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  19. Finally. Now let’s get to it.

    https://saraacarter.com/breaking-lawmakers-make-criminal-referral-on-clinton-comey-lynch-to-doj-on-steele-dossier/

    “Congressional lawmakers made a criminal referral Wednesday to the Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions against former senior-level Obama administration officials, including employees of the FBI connected with the unverified dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as those involved in the warrants used to spy on a former Trump campaign volunteer, this reporter has learned. The lawmakers also made a criminal referral on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and threats made by her DOJ against the FBI informant, who provided the bureau with information on the Russian nuclear industry and the approval in 2010 to sell roughly 20 percent of American uranium mining assets to Russia.

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, along with ten other colleagues sent the letter Wednesday to Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray criminally referring former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for their involvement in the investigations into President Trump and alleged violations of federal law. FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text messages obtained by the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, were also included in the referral.

    “We write to refer the following individuals for investigation of potential violation(s) of federal statutes,” states the letter obtained by this reporter. “In doing so, we are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively. Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”

    The criminal referral also raises significant concerns regarding the Steele dossier, and the “presentation of false and/or unverified information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in connection with the former Trump aide Carter Page warrant application to conduct surveillance through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).” Page worked as a volunteer advisor for the Trump campaign and the information in the dossier was used in bulk by the FBI to obtain the warrants to spy on him.

    “Accordingly, we refer to DOJ all DOJ and FBI personnel responsible for signing the Carter Page warrant application that contained unverified and/or false information for possible violation(s) of 18 USC 242 and 18 USC 1505 and 1515b,” the criminal referral states. It refers to a letter drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to Sessions this March.”

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