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Operatives Sought, Offered Cash to Protest at Inauguration

The loony left has officially ‘jumped the shark’ just days ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump. A company in San Fran is now offering thousands of dollars to protestors who agree to disrupt the event and make a mockery of the inauguration.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

A San Francisco company has posted ads in more than 20 cities nationwide seeking protesters to demonstrate at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, offering to pay up to $2,500, The Washington Times reported.

“Get paid fighting against Trump!” bellowed the ad listed on the website backpage.com, The Times reported.

Demand Protest, calling itself the “largest private grassroots support organization in the U.S.,” is offering a retainer of $2,500 plus “our standard per-event pay of $50/hr, as long as you participate in at least 6 events a year,” The Times reported.

Though reports of paid agitators has been debunked as “fake news,” Demand Protest has a working phone number.

“We are strategists mobilizing millennials across the globe with seeded audiences and desirable messages,” a message reads on the website. “With absolute discretion a top priority, our operatives create convincing scenes that become the building blocks of massive movements. When you need the appearance of outrage, we are able to deliver it at scale while keeping your reputation intact.”

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Trump to Use Lincoln Bible for Inauguration Oath of Office

In a move that is being seen as symbolic in more than one way, Donald Trump will use Lincoln’s Bible in his swearing in this week.

The same Bible was used by Obama during his inaugurations. But now Trump will ‘reclaim’ it for Republicans, given that Lincoln was the first Republican president.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

President-elect Donald Trump will swear in as president on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln during his first inauguration as president.

The Lincoln Bible is currently part of the Library of Congress collection and was used by Obama to swear in as president after the 2008 and 2012 elections. Only Obama and Lincoln have used that copy of the Bible to swear the oath of office.

“In his first inaugural address, President Lincoln appealed to the ‘better angels of our nature,’” said Presidential Inauguration Committee Chairman Tom Barrack. “As he takes the same oath of office 156 years later, President-elect Trump is humbled to place his hand on Bibles that hold special meaning both to his family and to our country.”

According to a statement from the Inauguration committee, Trump will also use his family Bible that was given to him by his mother after he graduated from Sunday Church Primary School at First Presbyterian Church in 1955.

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Clinton Foundation Layoffs, Shuts Down Global Initiative

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s global political shakedown operation — which netted them hundreds of millions in donations from foreign governments and dubious six-figure speaking fees — is finally coming to an end now that the power couple are effectively out of power.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

The Clinton Foundation has announced that it’s laying off 22 staffers due to the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Daily Caller reported.

The layoffs will take place April 15 as part of a plan to offset criticism of the alleged pay-for-play schemes during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice the Clinton Foundation filed with the New York Department of Labor Thursday.

The layoffs were announced internally back in September leading up to the general election, Politico reported.

Employees had already started to look for or accept other positions at the time when the future of the organization was in doubt. It is not immediately clear how much of the staff will remain at the Clinton Foundation working in some other capacity.

Peter Schweizer, Breitbart News’ editor at large and author of the book Clinton Cash, predicted the foundation would implode before the organization announced its layoffs.

In Clinton Cash, Schweizer detailed how the foundation functioned as a pay-to-play system where it accepted donations from registered lobbyists, corporations, and foreign governments while Hillary Clinton used her authority as Secretary of State to grant favors to the foundation’s benefactors.

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More Dems Plan to Sit Out Trump’s Inauguration

The Hypocrisy Caucus, aka the Democrat Party, is leading the charge in the American left’s pity party by throwing an electoral fit and staying home during the inauguration of Donald Trump this week. Here’s the list so far.

Here’s more from Wall Street Journal:

The number of Democratic lawmakers planning to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony Friday is growing, with more joining in the boycott after the president-elect took to Twitter over the weekend to rebuke civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) for saying Mr. Trump wasn’t a “legitimate president.”

At least 20 lawmakers, all Democratic members of the House, have said they wouldn’t attend. Some are citing the president-elect’s past lewd comments about women and remarks about illegal immigrants; others, such as Mr. Lewis, cite accusations of Russian-backed hacking of political committees during the 2016 election.

“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Mr. Lewis told NBC in comments released Friday. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”

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In December, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) became one of the first to announce he wouldn’t attend, citing comments Mr. Trump had made about women, immigrants and people of color.

“I cannot go to [the] inauguration of a man who’s going to appoint people to the Supreme Court and turn back the clock on women and turn back the clock on immigrants and the safety and freedom that we fought for them,” Mr. Gutierrez said last month.

Other lawmakers who have said they wouldn’t attend inaugural events are Rep. Katherine Clark (D., Mass.), Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), Rep. Jared Huffman (D., Calif.), Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D., Calif.), Rep. Lacy Clay (D., Mo.), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.) Rep. Adam Smith, (D., Wash)., Rep. Barbara Lee (D, Calif.), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D, Ariz.), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.), Rep. José E. Serrano (D., N.Y.), Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D., N.Y.), Rep. Mark Takano (D., Calif.), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D., N.Y.), Rep. Judy Chu (D., Calif.), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) and Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D., N.Y.)

Mr. McDonough, Sunday on CNN, suggested Mr. Lewis and Mr. Trump work together on social policy.

“My hope would be that the president-elect would reach out to somebody as consequential and somebody who is such a leader as John Lewis, who has done so many things over the course of his life, to try to work this out,” Mr. McDonough said.

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House Makes First Moves to Repeal of Obamacare

Just days after GOP leaders in the Senate passed a bill to begin the process of repealing Obamacare, leaders in the House followed suit with a bill of their own designed to pave the way for a repeal that cannot be filibustered in the Senate.

Trump immediately cheered the move via Twitter.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

Congressional Republicans completed the first step Friday toward their long-promised repeal of Obamacare and now must find a way to unravel the massive healthcare law and try to replace it.

The House voted 227-198 Friday to adopt a budget resolution that would allow Republicans to push a repeal bill through the Senate without having to face a Democratic filibuster.

“The Unaffordable Care Act will soon be history!” tweeted President-elect Donald Trump earlier in the day. Trump campaigned on canceling President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, and he is pressuring lawmakers for quick passage of a replacement plan.

The road for Republicans will get much harder from here, when — as Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters this week — they will be “shooting with real bullets.” He’s among a group of Republicans who want at least a clear roadmap for a replacement before repealing the law.

Republicans must figure out which pieces of the Affordable Care Act they can repeal immediately, and what replacements or stopgap measures can be put in place. Healthcare industry groups have warned that repealing Obamacare without sufficient replacement plans could disrupt the individual market and jeopardize coverage for millions of people.

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‘Vote-a-Rama’ Ends in Senate With An Obamacare Repeal

Congress is heeding Donald Trump’s pressure to move quickly on his agenda. Yesterday the Senate powered through to a vote on a repeal of Obamacare in hopes of getting it through the House and onto Trump’s desk in just over a week.

And it could prove to be the beginning of the dismantling of Obama’s socialist legacy.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

The Senate is already rolling back President Barack Obama’s legacy.

It passed the continuing resolution, S. Con.Res. 3, that tears away the fees, taxes and subsidies from the 201o Patient Protection and Affordable Cart Act, Obamacare, shortly after 1:25 Thursday morning, 51-to-48.

All Republicans, except for Sen. Rand Paul (R.-KY), voted for the resolution. Paul criticized the budget resolution for not addressing the federal debt and for not having a companion replacement bill. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-CA), who is recovering from a scheduled medical procedure was absent from the chamber.

As senators waited for their names to be called by the clerk, Paul approached the clerk’s desk from side and whispered: “No.”

All Democrats and the two Independents who caucus with Democrats voted against the resolution.

Soon after they voted, virtually all Republicans left the floor. Among the handful staying behind were Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-KY) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R.-Texas), along with Sen. John R. Thune (R.-S.D.), Sen. Roy Blunt (R.-MO) in the front. McConnell sat quietly at his desk, but Cornyn stood tall in the well watching the votes come in.

All of the Democrats did not respond with their names were called off and they sat glumly with their armed crossed or their chins resting on their hand. When the Republicans were done, led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.), each Democrat attempted to make remarks with their vote.

The presiding officer, Sen. Cory Gardner (R.-CO) repeatedly ruled the Democrats out of order: “Debate is not in order during a vote.”

If Gardner was slow to start rapping the palm-held ivory gavel, Cornyn would say in a stern voice: “Point of order.”

Just before the Democrats were done, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-AL) appeared on the floor to cast his vote for repeal and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department stayed on the Senate floor until the voting was complete.

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Report: Obama Set for Pardon Frenzy Before Leaving

President Obama reportedly is poised to cap off his “Middle Finger Tour” in the final days of his administration with a flurry of presidential pardons ahead of the January 20th inauguration of Donald Trump.

And some of the names on his list have Americans up in arms.

Here’s more from Yahoo! News:

A Rastafarian prophet, a former Taliban captive and thousands of minor drug traffickers have one thing in common: Their names have been submitted to President Barack Obama for clemency before he leaves office in two weeks.

Some US presidents have used this regal power of leniency in a pointed way near the end of their term in office.

On the last day of his term in 2001, Democratic president Bill Clinton granted pardon in a highly controversial move to late fugitive trader Marc Rich, whose ex-wife had been a major donor to Democrats.

Sixteen years later, Obama is fielding pressure from all sides to grant unlikely pardons or commutations of sentences to people whose supporters say have been unjustly sentenced or sought out by the justice system.

Among them is Bowe Bergdahl, a US Army sergeant held captive for five years by the Taliban before his release in a prisoner swap, who is due to be court-martialed for desertion.

Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist convicted for the 1975 deaths of two FBI agents in what his supporters say was a setup, is also hoping to enjoy Obama’s good graces.

Then there’s Edward Snowden, who made the shattering revelation in 2013 of a global communications and internet surveillance system set up by the United States.

The 33-year-old, a refugee in Russia, is backed by numerous celebrities like actress Susan Sarandon and singer Peter Gabriel, as well as Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Trump Presses Congress to Fund Wall…Fast

According to insiders, Trump’s deputies are marching on the hill to pressure Republican members to set aside critical funds for a border wall to begin construction as early as April.

And it could set up an early intra-party battle.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

Deputies for President-elect Donald Trump are pressing Hill Republicans to appropriate funds by April for a quick start to the construction of a border wall, according to CNN.

The quick spending for the wall would be legally authorized by a long-standing 2006 law, which allows the federal government to build 700 miles of double-layer fencing on the border. 

“It was not done in the Obama administration, so by funding the authorization that’s already happened a decade ago, we could start the process of meeting Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to secure the border,” GOP Rep. Luke Messer told CNN.

But the Hill appropriations would break a promise, CNN says

The move would break a key campaign promise when Trump repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for the construction of the wall along the border.

In fact, Trump did not claim he would force Mexico to pay the initial costs, or the full costs of the wall, which likely will reduce the huge financial and civic costs imposed by illegal immigration on American communities.

Trump’s demand for quick funding from Congress may help the administration overcome back-room opposition from Democratic and GOP legislators who may try to slow and delay Trump’s border enforcement priorities.

So far, senior GOP leaders have promised they will support Trump’s demand for border security, but they have resisted growing public pressure — and his campaign promise — to reduce legal immigration and companies’ use of guest-workers.

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Newt: Obama’s Legacy Will ‘Disappear Within a Year’

Obama’s last-minute decrees and orders will go up in smoke along with his entire legacy within a year according to Newt Gingrich.

In a recent interview he cited Trump’s growing administration itching to undo much of Obama’s ‘accomplishments’ over the last eight years.

Here’s more from The Hill:

Wednesday on Fox News Channel, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicted once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as president, he will undo much of President Barack Obama’s legacy, which he attributed to Obama’s reliance on executive orders.

“What you’re watching is a man who realizes all of a sudden that like 90 percent of his legacy is going to disappear because he didn’t do the hard work of passing legislation, he didn’t reach out to the other side,” Gingrich said. “[Y]ou watch — starting the opening day when Trump starts to repeal all these executive orders, it’s going to be like one of those balloons that deflates. The Obama legacy is going to this, down to a core to 10 or 15 percent of what he originally did. The rest is all going to disappear within a year.”

Here’s the video:

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Harry Reid: People Will ‘Die’ if GOP Repeals Obamacare

Not to be discouraged by his retirement from the Senate, Dirty Harry Reid is at it again with his hyperbolic fits of rage.

In a recent interview with The Hill he vented that, if they repeal Obamacare, Republicans essentially will be responsible for murder.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told congressional Republicans that people will die if they repeal Obamacare, the Hill reported.

Reid also said that congressional Republicans do not have the “nerve” to roll back Obamacare.

“They don’t have enough nerve to repeal Obamacare. And if they do, they are just a lot more visionless than I can imagine,” Reid told The Huffington Post.

Republican leadership has vowed to repeal Obamacare within President-elect Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, but have said that it could take years before those who have access to health insurance because of the law will have to transition to a new program.

Obamacare supporters have said that repealing the law could destabilize the insurance market and leave consumers without health insurance.

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