International, Issues, Politics

Time to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights?

Roger Simon is arguing that with the U.S. disengaging from Syria where a dictator reigns and Iran and Russia remain on the ground, now is the time for the U.S. to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. He writes: “Given the behavior of Syria’s horrendous dictator Bashar Assad…the Israelis would have to be completely insane to give up the Golan.” And he’s right. The more strategically secure Israel is against a totalitarian regime – backed by Iran – the easier it will be for the U.S. to continue backing them. What’s in Israel’s best interest is also in ours. Let’s get to it!

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Now that Donald Trump has signaled the departure of U.S. troops from Syria–to the consternation of many who were urging him to do it in the first place, no surprise–it’s a perfect moment to ease some worries and do something overdue literally for decades: officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Given the behavior of Syria’s horrendous dictator Bashar Assad–gassing women and children while destroying nearly his entire nation to “save” it and creating a refugee crisis that is turning Europe into the ghost of itself, not to mention allying with the homicidal terrorist maniacs in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah and, of course, Russia–the Israelis would have to be completely insane to give up the Golan.

Not even a nuclear bomb on Tel Aviv would get them to leave so Syria can once again rain artillery over northern Israel as they did for decades. Everybody knows that, but few in this country or Europe want to say it out loud.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

RBG Treated For Cancer, Speculation Explodes

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent a surgical procedure Friday to remove “two cancerous nodes” on one of her lungs. The nodes were discovered during tests to treat her rib fractures sustained in November after a fall. While we indeed wish no ill will on anyone, the continued health concerns for RBG keep the talk abuzz in DC laser-focused on whether and when she’ll retire. Her previous statements seem to telegraph that she may hold out until the 2020 election in hopes a Democrat wins and thereby replaces her with another liberal justice. Which means the converse may also be true: if President Trump wins reelection, RBG may call it quits giving Trump a third appointment and likely conservative majority on the Court. That’s why so much more is at stake in the coming months. Buckle up!

Here’s more from CNBC…

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery Friday to remove two malignant nodules from her left lung, the Supreme Court said.

It said she was “resting comfortably” after the surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and there was no evidence of any remaining disease.

“Currently, no further treatment is planned,” the court said in a statement.

Ginsburg, the eldest member of the court and the senior justice of its liberal wing, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests she received while being treated for rib fractures sustained in a fall last month. Both nodules were found to be malignant during an initial evaluation.

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Issues, Media, Politics

CNN’s “Journalist of the Year” Caught Faking News

Claas Relotius, CNN’s “Journalist of the Year” in 2014 has been caught making up his news reports and even creating fictional “characters” to add authenticity to his stories. “Claas Relotius, a reporter and editor, falsified his articles on a grand scale and even invented characters, deceiving both readers and his colleagues,” Der Spiegel reported. “This has been uncovered as a result of tips, internal research and, ultimately, a comprehensive confession by the editor himself.” The German media organization Der Spiegel apparently grew suspicious after a recent November report about “an American vigilante group that patrols the border between Mexico and the United States” when the coauthor started seeing red flags. We’re absolutely SHOCKED that CNN has yet to report the real news on its fake news “Journalist of the Year.”

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

A recent winner of CNN’s “Journalist of the Year” award has admitted to fabricating reports for years “on a grand scale” while at Der Spiegel, a German publication which warned other media organizations may have been affected.

“Claas Relotius, a reporter and editor, falsified his articles on a grand scale and even invented characters, deceiving both readers and his colleagues,” Der Spiegel reported. “This has been uncovered as a result of tips, internal research and, ultimately, a comprehensive confession by the editor himself.”

The publications said that suspicions grew after a November report by Relotius “about an American vigilante group that patrols the border between Mexico and the United States.”

A co-author on the report said that he observed Relotius’ behavior and grew distrustful, then reported what happened, which led to the publication confronting him.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Democrats to Bet 2020 on Beto?

Democrats are chomping at the bit to take down President Trump, but they may be putting all their eggs – or at least the nomination – into the wrong basket. According to rumors swirling from the DC Swamp, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is the white, male candidate of choice that the anti-male, anti-white Left thinks will be their “Kennedy.” Despite failing to be beat incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Left thinks he can win in 2020, and now “Draft Beto” is launching a million-dollar fund-raising drive to give the midterm loser a head start. Here’s the short version: Democrats could nominate an uber-liberal guy for whom $70 million wasn’t enough to convince Texans to put him in the U.S. Senate. This should be fun to watch.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

There’s something weird about Democrats: They love losers.

In 2016, they picked former Democratic nomination loser Hillary Clinton as their candidate. She promptly got crushed by a narcissistic reality TV show host by an Electoral College vote of 306-232.

Now — and we swear we aren’t making this up — the Democrats are eyeballing a guy who lost a Senate race in Texas as their go-to candidate for president in 2020.

The mainstream media will tell you the 2018 Texas race was close, oh so close. And it was — if you consider losing by 2.6 percentage points, which equals 214,921 votes, close. How much did Sen. Ted Cruz win by in November? If you filled the NFL’s largest stadium — which happens to be in Dallas, and holds a whopping 105,000 fans — then emptied it, then filled it again, you still wouldn’t reach the margin by which Cruz won. That may not be a world-class thumping, but it’s a pretty sound beating nonetheless.

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Big govt, Economy & Investments, Politics

AOC’s Green New Deal Weakens U.S. Against China, Russia

HotAir’s Jazz Shaw is crying foul over congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” for being both a naive pipe dream and also wholly devoid of energy security strategy. Under her “deal,” U.S. energy strategy would be moved as closely as possible to using 100 percent renewable energy. The U.S.’s dominant fossil fuel and nuclear power industries would be abandoned completely. Except here’s the catch: it depends on obtaining “rare-earth metals,” which are in short supply and mostly under the control of Russia and China. So, short of the U.S. colonizing massive asteroids orbiting the solar system in the near future, AOC’s plan would essentially hand over control of the globe to communists. Brilliant idea…or maybe that was the plan in the first place.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Every time you see congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showing up in the news, she almost always begins preaching the “Green New Deal” that she spoke of endlessly on the campaign trail. Under this plan, we would supposedly move the United States to 100% renewable energy (or very close to it) while shutting down the fossil fuel industry entirely. It’s a progressive wish list item which helped her gain traction throughout the midterms.

But just how “green” is this deal? There are a number of problems with it. For one thing, it shuts down nuclear power (which produces no greenhouse gases, by the way). That’s an element of the “deal” being pushed heavily by Bernie Sanders. Of course, when they shut down all nuclear energy in his home state they wound up having to burn oil to keep the power grid alive last winter. Super plan there, Bernie.

But the bigger crisis we’re looking at with the Green New Deal has to do with our ability to actually manufacture all the equipment required to generate that kind of energy. A new report from Leiden University in the Netherlands reveals one factor that progressives don’t seem to have considered.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas pulled the rug out from under Obamacare on Friday, deeming the Obama administration’s crowning achievement unconstitutional. Specifically, in Texas v. Azar, the new tax law nixing the “individual mandate” was determined to negate its prior constitutionality as ruled by the Supreme Court on the premise of being a “tax.” Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) predictably clutched his pearls declaring that if an appeal to the Supreme Court upholds this lower court ruling, it will be a “disaster for tens of millions of American families, especially for people with pre-existing conditions.” Starkly absent from Schumer’s consideration, unsurprisingly, are the tens of millions of Americans whose insurance premiums skyrocketed after Obamacare, leaving many to choose between health coverage and modern conveniences, such as food and shelter.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

A judge ruled Friday evening that Obamacare is unconstitutional, putting the future of the federal healthcare law in jeopardy.

The decision, issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas — a George W. Bush appointee — is likely to face an appeal to the Fifth Circuit. Obamacare will remain in place pending appeal.

The suit in the case, Texas v. Azar, was brought by 20 Republican state officials, who have asked that all of Obamacare be thrown out as a consequence of the new tax law, which zeroed out a penalty on the uninsured, known as the “individual mandate.” The officials argued that the penalty was central to making the rest of the law work, and that without it, the rest should crumble.

O’Connor appeared to sympathize with this argument in his opinion. He explained that he believed Congress would not have enacted Obamacare in the first place, with its various rules and taxes, without the mandate, and that the regulatory framework was intended to work together.

 

 

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Google Will Have “Dramatic Impact” on Elections

Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is warning that if left unchecked Google will end up “skewing elections.” Smith made the claim during an interview on Breitbart to discuss Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent hearing on Capitol Hill regarding political censorship. A key issue during the hearing was whether or not the Google search engine was manipulated to benefit “ideologically friendly” (NOT conservative) websites or results which then, of course, affects the flow of information to America’s voters. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) joined Breitbart News Daily on Thursday to talk about Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Smith said that if Google continues on the same course, it will end up “skewing elections.”

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) challenged Google CEO Sundar Pichai during a recent hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee on the topic of political censorship on the Google platforms, namely their search engine.

During the hearing, Pichai and Smith went back and forth about whether or not Google employees can manipulate the Google search engine to favor “ideologically-friendly” sites and disfavor other conservative sites.

PICHAI: “It is not possible for an individual employee or groups of employees to manipulate our search results. We have a robust framework, including many steps in the process.”

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Big govt, International, Politics

Left Pounces on Death of Girl at the Border

Instead of blaming the parents of a seven-year-old girl who died at the border for having had no food or drink for several days – despite the best efforts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and her ilk are blaming law enforcement as proof positive that the 6,000-strong caravan of “asylum-seekers” in Tijuana must be admitted into the U.S. “This is tragic. We need a full and thorough account of what happened before this 7-year-old girl died of dehydration and exhaustion in CBP custody,” Harris tweeted. Naturally, the leftist media is using the incident as “proof” the Trump administration hates children and migrants.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

In a true tragedy, a 7-year-old girl died last Friday after she and her parents, along with 160 others, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally and surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol agents December 6. Eight hours later, the Guatemalan girl suffered seizures and was flown to an El Paso, Texas hospital, The Washington Post reported.

The girl went into cardiac arrest and “was revived,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told the Post. “However, the child did not recover and died at the hospital less than 24 hours after being transported,” CBP said. The CBP also said the girl “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”

Now, one might think the parents of the young girl might bear the brunt of the blame. But to liberals and Democrats — especially those who want to run for president in 2020 — the blame goes squarely on President Trump and Republicans.

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Big govt, Politics

McCain’s Placeholder on His Way Out

Senator John Kyl (R-AZ) sent Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) a letter Thursday putting forward his resignation from the U.S. Senate, where he has served as the temporary placeholder for the late Senator John McCain, who died August 25 from brain cancer. Kyl, 76, has previously made clear his feelings that President Trump is his own worst enemy at times. What’s at issue here is whether or not the fight between the Senate and House will melt down into abject chaos. The lead-up to the 2020 election will be a scorched-earth campaign with little reprieve. Buckle up, folks.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) placeholder term to fill the seat of late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had barely started before it was over.

Kyl told Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in a letter delivered to the governor’s office Thursday that he felt it would be good for a replacement senator to make a fresh start with the 116th Congress beginning in January.

“Thank you for appointing me to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy created by John McCain’s death,” Kyl wrote, according to the Arizona Republic. “It has been an honor and a privilege to again serve the people of Arizona.”

“When I accepted your appointment, I agreed to complete the work of the 115th Congress and then reevaluate continuing to serve,” he added. “I have concluded that it would be best if I resign so that your new appointee can begin the new term with all other Senators in January 2019 and can serve a full two (potentially four) years. Therefore, I will resign from the U.S. Senate effective 11:59 p.m. EST December 31, 2018.”

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Big govt, Politics

Leftists Upset AOC Restricted from POTUS Race

Liberal political “news” website Vox just called for an overhaul of the U.S. Constitution…so that we can elect 29-year-old Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez President of the United States in 2020. According to Vox cofounder and senior correspondent Matthew Yglesias, “It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president.” Ocasio-Cortez at least showed enough sense to reject the starry-eyed flattery, tweeting, “How about… no.” We might remind Vox and friends that the framers – who were very astute – saw fit to set the age at 35 for a reason. Experience is sort of important.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Liberal political website Vox is getting accused of jumping the shark after publishing an appeal to “fix the Constitution ASAP” so that 29-year-old incoming Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can run for president – claiming “there’s no time like the present to start working to abolish arbitrary qualifications.”

Wednesday’s lengthy piece, “It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president,” declared that everyone from immigrants to recent college grads should be eligible.

Vox co-founder and senior correspondent Matthew Yglesias wrote that “phenomenon” Ocasio-Cortez “is the biggest star in the Democratic Party,” and therefore it is “completely ridiculous” that the Constitution makes anyone under the age of 35 ineligible to run for president of the United States.

“There’s nothing wrong with old people per se, but essentially everyone has lost a step or two both mentally and physically by their mid-70s,” Yglesias wrote. “The really awful thing about being old is that you just keep getting older over time.”

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