Politics

EPA’s Pruitt to Begin Trump’s Process of Weeding Out Workers

Trump’s head of the EPA Scott Pruitt has been in the news quite a bit lately, and for good reason.

After taking the lead on pulling the U.S. out of a draconian international climate treaty, now he’s taking an axe to the EPA itself.

Making good on Trump’s promise to reduce the federal workforce, Pruitt has ordered the agency to follow through with major cuts to staff.

More than twenty percent to be exact.

Now lifelong bureaucrats are fighting back with claims of doom and peril if all of these ‘essential’ staffers are cut.

Typical.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with President Trump’s plan to begin cutting staff at the agency by the end of the fiscal year, according to an internal memo.

A special task force has been created to oversee the process, with workforce reductions, including an employee buyout program, slated to go into effect by the end of September, according to a memo issued by EPA Deputy Administrator Michael Flynn.

“Streamlining and reorganizing is good government and important to maximizing taxpayer dollars,” said EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman. “This includes looking at developing opportunities for individuals to retire early.”

An OMB memo “requires all agencies to begin taking immediate actions on near-term workforce reductions,” Flynn wrote. “In light of this guidance, we will begin the steps necessary to initiate an early out/buyout … program.”

Flynn said the “goal is to complete this program by the end of fiscal 2017,” which is Sept. 30.

EPA employs about 15,000 workers, 3,200 of whom are targeted to be cut under Trump’s budget blueprint.

Flynn noted that the EPA would not be ending a hiring freeze at the agency, despite the administration lifting the government-wide freeze this month.

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Media, Politics, States

Berkeley Reverses Decision to Cancel Ann Coulter Speech, But…

After a public uproar over the cancelation of Ann Coulter’s speaking event at UC Berkeley due to ‘security concerns’, administrators backtracked.

They announced late yesterday that they’ve rescheduled Coulter’s event…for May 2nd when students will already be out of school.

It’s a classic bait-and-switch move by leftists at the helm of one of the most liberal universities in the country.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’ve canceled the last three conservative speakers for the same alleged concern.

But Coulter is sticking to her guns and speaking on the original date.

It’s gonna be interesting.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Administrators at UC Berkeley have reversed their decision on Thursday afternoon to cancel an upcoming lecture by Ann Coulter.

However, Berkeley now wish to move the date of her appearance from April 27 to May 2, in a week when there are no classes at the college. Coulter has rejected the proposed change, and plans to speak on the original date as planned.

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Following violence that occurred at several political protests, Berkeley administrators announced on Wednesday that they had elected to cancel Coulter’s upcoming visit for the sake of protecting student safety.

Coulter said in an email to The Washington Post on Wednesday that the university had been “imposing ridiculous demands” on the event but that she and the UCB College Republicans still agreed “to all of their silly requirements.” She said she believes that her speech “has been unconstitutionally banned” by the “public, taxpayer-supported UC-Berkeley.”

“They just up and announced that I was prohibited from speaking anyway,” Coulter said, noting that her speech topic was to be immigration, the subject of one of her books. “I feel like the Constitution is important and that taxpayer-supported university should not be using public funds to violate American citizens’ constitutional rights.”

Despite the administration’s decision to cancel the event, Coulter announced that she would plan to speak anyway. “What are they going to do? Arrest me?” she said late Wednesday on the Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Politics

Mad Maxine Waters: Impeach Trump to Stop Border Wall

Just days after denying on MSNBC that she’s ever called for Trump’s impeachment, Mad Maxine called for Trump’s impeachment at a rally in LA yesterday.

But since she has yet to demonstrate an impeachable offense, her latest argument is that planning to build a wall to keep illegals from crossing the border crosses the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ because — wait for it — it’s “their country” too!

Yes, seriously, those words actually proceeded from her lips.

Apparently impeachment is now a tool for preventing the possibility of politically unpopular policies.

Here’s more from the American Mirror…

Fresh off claiming she never called for Donald Trump’s impeachment, Maxine Waters told a Los Angeles crowd on Tuesday that the president should be impeached so the border wall can be stopped.

Speaking to the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club at an LA church, Waters defended illegal immigrants, saying America is “their country.”

Talking about so-called DREAMers, Water said, “Can you imagine having been in this country for years, having gone to school.

“And the reason they call them DREAMers is because these are people who have hope. These are people who have gone to school. These are young people who want careers,” Waters said.

“These are people who are contributing to our society. And all of a sudden, they are thought to be folks who don’t deserve to be here and would be sent back to places they’ve never been. People they don’t know, systems they don’t understand,” she continued.

“This is their country,” Waters said, wagging her finger.

“But, we’ve got to resist that. We’ve not only got to resist that, we’ve got to stand up for our friends, for our neighbors,” she said.

Waters said it is “what God would have us do,” invoking the meeting location.

“I’m hoping and praying that this wall will never be built, and if we impeach him, we know it’s not going to get built,” Waters said as the audience laughed and clapped.

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Politics

Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Because of ‘Security Threats’

In a series of events eerily similar to the kerfuffle over Milo’s speaking engagement, UC Berkeley announced yesterday is has canceled an address by conservative firebrand Ann Coulter due to ‘security concerns’ in which the university cannot guarantee her safety.

But Coulter, ever the provocateur, insisted she’ll speak anyway.

Just last week Berkeley was ground zero for a violent clash between leftwing and rightwing protesters that left several people injured.

The event scheduled for next Thursday could get interesting.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s scheduled April 27th appearance at the University of California – Berkeley was cancelled by the school Wednesday due to apparent security concerns.

However, Coulter is still planning to speak on campus, regardless of the school’s stance.

In an email sent to students Wednesday, UC-Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell explained that the university had to scrap the event because they couldn’t provide a “safe and suitable venue.”

“Given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully — or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected — at any of the campus venues,” Greenwell stated, according to the Washington Examiner.

The university’s cancellation follows Berkeley becoming a hot-bed of political violence in recent months. Just last weekend, the campus town witnessed large numbers of right-wingers and left-wingers brawl in its streets. (RELATED: The Left Embrace’s Of Political Violence Backfires In Berkeley)

Famously, a February appearance by right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled after black-masked demonstrators rioted and assaulted dozens of bystanders.

Additionally, Berkeley cited “security concerns” as the justification for cancelling a speech by conservative writer David Horowitz last week.

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Politics

Dementia: Maxine Waters Claims She Has Never Called for Trump’s Impeachment

Mad Maxine Waters appeared on the Democrat Channel — aka MSNBC — to make the most outlandish fake-news claim to-date: that she never called for President Trump’s impeachment.

Well, of course not, except for last Saturday; and then two weeks prior to that; and also just days after the inauguration was completed.

But aside from those instances, Waters never, ever called for his impeachment.

She’s completely off her rocker, folks.

And she’s the spokeswoman for Democrat contempt of the White House.

Here’s more from Need to Know Network…

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) falsely claimed that she has never called for President Trump to be impeached during an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday.

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin asked Waters to name what impeachable offenses Trump has committed, after Waters hadtweeted earlier in the day, “The President is a liar, his actions are contemptible, & I’m going to fight everyday until he’s impeached.”

Waters could not name an impeachable offense that President Trump has committed. Instead, Waters discussed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Melvin asked Waters if it would be better for her to wait to call for Trump’s impeachment until all the facts are known.

“I have not called for impeachment,” Waters told Melvin.

Melvin pointed out to Waters that is exactly what she has done with her tweet.

There is also a long list of examples of Waters calling for President Trump to be impeached.

As recently as Saturday, Waters told a crowd in Washington, D.C., “I don’t respect this president. I don’t trust this president. He’s not working in the best interests of the American people … I will fight every day until he is impeached.”

In March, Waters tweeted: “Get ready for impeachment.”

“I hope [Trump’s] not there for four years. I hope that this man and who he is, the way that he has defined himself, the way that he is acting — I am hoping that we are able to reveal all of this. And my greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment,” Waters said during an interview in February.

It’s blatantly false for Waters to claim that she has never called for President Trump to be impeached, as the mountain of evidence shows.

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Elections, Politics

Georgia Dem: Can’t Vote for Himself, Doesn’t Live in District

He’s being hailed as the Democrats’ knight in shining armor, the prince who might just ride in to save the day from that evil King Trump who’s ruling the land with an iron fist.

His name is Jon Ossof, the erstwhile thirty-year-old pup who has a way with the ladies.

He’s the Democrat nominee to replace Congressman Tom Price who was appointed by President Trump as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

With Georgia voters heading to the polls today in the special election, Ossof had a bombshell dropped on him by none other than CNN: he can’t vote for himself because he doesn’t even live in the district he’s running to represent.

Oops, epic fail, Dems.

Here’s more from Need to Know Network…

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District faced questions on CNN Tuesday on the fact that he could not vote for himself due to residency issues.

“Mr. Ossoff, is it true that you cannot vote for yourself?” New Day host Alisyn Camerota asked.

“I grew up in this district. I grew up in this community,” Ossoff said. “No one knew there was going to be an election coming. I’ve been living with Alicia, my girlfriend of 12 years, down by Emory University where she’s a full-time medical student.”

Ossoff said that as soon as his girlfriend concluded her studies, he would move into the district.

“You don’t live in the district in which you’re running, so you will not be able to vote for yourself,” Camerota said.

“I grew up in this district. I grew up in this community. It’s my home,” Ossoff repeated.

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Politics

Mad Maxine Trolls Trump: ‘We’ve got to stop his ass!’

Congresswoman Maxine Waters has gone full ghetto this week with her latest trolling of President Trump.

In her one-person caucus to spearhead the impeachment of President Trump, she declared to a group of supporters at a DC fundraiser and protest event — which was literally called ‘Auntie Maxine’s Tax Day March’ — “We’ve got to stop his ass…I will fight every day until he is impeached.”

She went on to compare the Trump administration to the Ku Klux Klan, forgetting the obvious fact that the KKK was founded by members of the Democrat Party and in which a former Democrat Senate colleague served as a Grand Wizard.

Here’s more from the Grapevine…

U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, “Auntie Maxine” to us, continues to speak truth to power.

On Saturday, the California Congresswoman kept it real and succinct as she spoke on President Donald Trump: “We’ve got to stop his ass,” Rep.Waters said to a cheering crowd.

As noted before, Mama Max takes no tea for the fever, and, as a 78-year-old black woman in America, she done ran out of f—ks to give about 30 years ago.

According to Mic, Rep. Waters hosted an event/fundraiser at socially conscious watering hole, Busboys and Poets, a day before D.C.’s tax march.

The event was actually called “Auntie Maxine’s Tax Day March Open Mic Reception.”

The mic was indeed open, and Waters let her thoughts pour on our current commander in chief.

“He is a con man. He is someone who will do whatever is necessary to get over at the moment,” she says. She also urged attendees to become politically active.

Her rock-star status continues, as the very next day at the Tax March, she said she doesn’t trust the president and will not rest until he is outta here.

“I will fight every day until he is impeached,” she said to the usual cheers.

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Politics

Pruitt Ends Gym Memberships for EPA Bureaucrats

In less than a week Trump’s new head of the EPA Scott Pruitt is axing more useless, wasteful programs.

This time he’s discovered that for years under the Obama administration the agency has been spending big money on annual gym memberships for EPA employees, for which of course tax payers are footing the bill.

In one local office alone, employee gym memberships tallied up to nearly fifteen grand.

With offices all over the country, those numbers add up very quickly.

But not anymore. Pruitt killed the program calling it “rather expensive.”

Good riddance.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that the days of gym memberships being paid for by the American taxpayer are over.

Pruitt was on “Fox and Friends,” where he was asked about documents released Wednesday that show EPA employees spent more than $15,000 on gym memberships outside of the free services they were already being given.

“Well, the gym memberships ended yesterday, it was quite something to hear about that,” Pruitt said. He said the agency is investigating the matter, saying “it was the previous administration that granted those gym memberships,” which “were rather expensive.”

“It was something that needed to end.”

The gym payments were disclosed by the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform. A receipt from the purchase showed that the EPA office on the campus of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas had charged $14,799.63 one year ago to buy 37 “1 Year Super Sport” packages at 24 Hour Fitness.

The gym memberships were bought although the EPA employees have access to the university’s fitness accommodations.

Pruitt suggested that he will target that type of misappropriation of funds in his tenure.

“The key, with respect to how we restructure, is recognizing that Washington has become way too big. It has become way too consequential in the lives of Americans,” he said.

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Politics

Sources: Steve Bannon On His Way Out at the White House

For the last week rumors have been swirling in the media that portray President Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on shaky ground with the first family.

Though Bannon is largely credited with much of the turn-around success in Trump’s presidential campaign, his abrasive manner has reportedly rubbed Jared Kushner, son-in-law of the president, the wrong way.

Now insiders say that Trump’s public cold shoulder to Bannon will lead to his resignation, which could come in a matter of days.

Here’s more from Redstate…

This is not just a Twitter rumor. Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson was on Greta Van Susteren’s MSNBC show and said she has a source in the White House who says Steve Bannon is on his way out.

Greta sent this tweet out:

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This is all speculation but signs point to Bannon being shown the door in some way after he started knocking heads with Jared Kushner. I don’t care how long Trump has known Bannon, that’s a fight the family is going to win every single time. Kushner is Trump’s son-in-law and there’s just no way he’ll get pushed out in favor of Bannon.

There are reports Trump told the two to work it out but Joe Scarborough says things are not good:

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Politics

Biographer: Obama Called America ‘Racist’ in Unpublished Manuscript

An unauthorized biography of Barack Obama is nearing completion which promises to reveal quite a bit of hidden history about the former president that remained beyond public scrutiny for years.

The biographer argues that much of it would have ended Obama’s bid for the White House in 2008 had the information been discovered then.

Among the revelations is an unpublished manuscript from his college years in which Obama argues that America is a ‘racist society’ with a ‘racist ideology’.

Hmm, no surprise there.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Garrow, who spent a total of eight years working on the biography, told the Jamie Weinstein Show that if any of those revelations he discovered surfaced during Obama’s presidential run in 2008, the former president’s candidacy would have been derailed.

The historian said Obama wrote hundreds of pages for a proposed book along with his friend Robert Fischer in the early 1990s when the two were still in law school, but the manuscript was never published.

“Racism against African Americans continues to exist throughout American society, an admittedly racist culture,” Obama and Fischer wrote, according to Garrow. “Precisely because America is a racist society we cannot realistically expect white America to make special concessions toward blacks over the long haul. The greatest testimony to the force of racist ideology in American culture is that it infects not only the mind of whites, but the minds of blacks as well.”

Garrow said Obama reportedly wrote 140 pages on race in that manuscript, giving an insight into his thoughts as he left law school and was about to enter public life in Illinois.

He claimed that if Republican researchers got a hold of Obama’s manuscript during the campaign, it would have impacted him negatively in the campaign.

Garrow said people would be “profoundly astonished” at how much of Obama’s life has not yet been made public but added that it was not necessarily in a negative context.

He also questioned the accuracy of parts of Obama’s memoir Dreams From My Father, which was published in 2004.

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