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1  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / What is Your Burden? on: January 17, 2018, 06:17:38 PM
What is Your Burden?
From Timeless Grace Gems
George Mylne, 1864



Who has not a burden to bear in this world of burdens? All men have some burden or another — and they have the heaviest burden who think that they have none to bear.

Do you ask me, reader, what I mean? Why, is not sin a burden —  unpardoned sin? What man has such a heavy load upon his back, as he whose transgressions are not forgiven, whose sins are not covered — as he, who walks about with a burden on him which will sink him into the bottomless pit, if he has it not taken off him? And yet, for the most part, those are the very men, who do not feel the burden.

They don't see their sins — they don't see their danger. They are full of earthly pleasure — their heart is as light as a feather. What do such men know of the burden of sin? How can they value the Savior's words, "Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest?" (Matthew 11:28.) Poor souls, may God have mercy upon them! May He open their eyes to see their sin! May He cause them to feel their burden, before they sink under it, never more to rise! May He show them the way to Jesus, that the burden that is upon them may be taken off, and all their sins be cast into the depths of the sea!

Reader, shall I tell you what led me to write this tract? I was reading lately to some sick people in the fourth chapter of Nehemiah, and there I read, "The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed" 5:10. I spoke of it to them, and I thought it would be a good subject for you and I. You must have some burden to bear. Perhaps you feel it sorely — perhaps your strength is decayed. Let us see whether we can encourage one another out of the Word of the Lord.

Reader, what is your burden? Are your sins become heavy to you? Once you did not feel them — you did not know you had them. You carried them about with you wherever you went, but the Prince of the power of the air did not let you feel them — He made you walk with lightness of heart. He made you trip merrily along, as though you had no burden to bear. But oh, how things are changed! Now your "transgressions are with you, and as for your sins, you know them." (Isaiah 59:12.) "The yoke of your transgressions is bound upon you; they are wreathed, and come up upon your neck." Therefore you say, "He has made my strength to fail" — therefore your "sighs are many, and your "heart is faint." (Lam. 1:14, 22.)

Oh, reader, are you looking to Jesus? If so, why is your burden still upon you? Did He not bear your sins in His own body on the tree? (1 Peter 2:24.) Cannot you say, "The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all"? (Isaiah 53:6.) Why then do you take upon you what Jesus has taken from you? If He has borne the burden, why do you bear it too? Friend, this is not the way of grace — this is not the way that Jesus saves you. He saves you to free you — to take your burden from you. Walk, then, in your liberty — and go lightly in your grace. But if you cannot rejoice in your liberty, if you will bear your own burden still — no wonder that your strength is decayed — no wonder that your heart is gone. Don't you know that the weight of your sins made Jesus sweat drops of blood — it weighed Him to the ground? How then can you seem to bear the burden; and not faint beneath its load? Be wise, my friend — be hopeful, and believing. Open your eyes wide, and read the promises. Open your ear, and hear all that Jesus says to you — so shall your burden fall from your back. In the Cross you shall find liberty — in the Cross you shall have peace.

Reader, perhaps you know that God has had mercy upon you, and yet you feel a great burden upon you — the body of sin and death. Paul felt this burden. It made him cry out, "O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Romans 7:24. You feel your body a constant weight upon you. How often it makes your soul heavy! How much longer you would pray, and meditate on the word of God, if your body would only let you! How much it keeps you down! Sometimes you are sick — sometimes you are drowsy — you cannot do the things that you would. Your sinful body is like a great black curtain hung up between you and your God. Oh how often the strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed! How often you faint beneath the load!

And then there is the fleshly mind. The mind, that will go after the world, when you wish it to go after God — the soul which will cleave to the dust, when you desire to feel that you are risen with Christ — sitting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Then there are your tempers — your evil passions — that are ever at work  — refusing to be brought into captivity unto the obedience of Christ. Oh, my friend, all these things are indeed against you. How often they worry you! How much they wear you out! The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed — you are ready to faint.

Paul said, "Oh wretched man that I am!" But Paul said something more: "I thank God through Jesus Christ." (Romans 7:25.) He knew that God was able to help him — that He had helped him before — that he was ready to help him again. Paul looked to Jesus, who was strong to help — mighty to save. He felt the thorn in the flesh — it was a great burden to him. He thrice besought the Lord that it might depart from him. And what said God? "My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:7-9.) This was how Paul bore his burdens. Christian reader, this is how you must bear yours.

Oh how many burdens there are in life! Are you the father of a family? How many cares this brings with it! All your children to think of — to clothe and to feed, and to put out in the world — and if you are a Christian, their souls to think of — their sins to grieve you — their ignorance to instruct. This, no doubt, is a great burden. Are you fainting under it! Is your strength decayed?

Are you a widow with many children? How desolate you felt in the first days of your widowhood! How desolate it may be — you still feel! Have you much ado to find your children bread? How hard you work for them! In how many ways are you tired for them! Is the strength of the bearers of burdens decayed? Are you likely to faint?

Perhaps your time is occupied in teaching — you have many young scholars under your care. You have dull ones to bear with — idle ones to reason with — backward ones to bring on — mischievous ones to correct. What a worry you live in! How much is there to try your patience! You think you must give it up — that you can bear it no longer!

It may be your lot to work a shop — from morning to night to wait upon your customers — or yet to grow weary because no one comes to buy. Sometimes you are tired — often you are anxious — some customers are tiresome and hard to please — you often shut up shop with a fainting body, and a heavy heart — the strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed.

Are you a servant in some family — the only one to do all the work! Up late, and rising early — to cook — to wash — to sweep — to scour — the bell to answer — the table to spread. All to be done by you alone — all to come out of your own strength! Who can tell how weary you feel — how often you are likely to drop, from too much work!

Reader, you may be tried in some of these, or in many other ways. You may have a burden of sickness — of pain — of weakness — of depressed spirits — who can tell all the burdens? Who can count all the cares? But, whatever your burden may be, I hope you know how to bear it — and where to look for help. "The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him." (Psalm 25:14.) There is a secret strength laid up for God's people, that the world knows not of.

Oh, my heavy-laden friend, are you looking to Jesus? Is His name precious to you? Have you washed in His blood? Have you brought the burden of your sins to His cross — have you left the burden there? Then, bring to Him the burden of your sorrows — your weariness — and your cares. Will He not care for you? Will He not help you? Will He not put strength in you? Oh yes, Jesus is a true Helper — there is none like Him — all power is His — all kindness too.

Oh, you bearers of burdens, is your strength decayed? Lo "He gives power to the faint; and to those who have no might He increases strength." "Those who wait upon Him shall renew their strength." (Isaiah 40:29, 31.) Then cast your burden upon this mighty Jesus! He is pledged to sustain you — fear not, neither be afraid. (Psalm 55:22.)

Reader, there is a yoke that is easy, and a burden that is light. (Matthew 11:30.) I mean the cross of Christ. And why is Christ's yoke easy and His burden light?

1. Because it takes away the heaviest burden of all — the load of your sins. What is taken away, is surely light to bear.

2. Because it gives you strength to bear every other burden — so that the burden becomes no burden — Christ bears it for you.

3. He bids you do many things that flesh cannot do — He gives you many things to bear that flesh does not like — but then He Himself gives all the strength — so that it is not you that bear the burden, but Christ that bears it for you.

4. Because all the while He can fill your heart with joy and gladness.
2  Theology / Bible Study / Condemnation And Death -- Righteousness And Life on: January 17, 2018, 06:16:11 PM
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Condemnation And Death -- Righteousness And Life
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Contrasting the New Covenant with the Old, the Apostle points out that “the letter,” with its requirements and penalties, “killeth.” Therefore the dispensation of the Law is called “the ministration of condemnation” and “the ministration of death” (II Cor. 3:7,9).

The ministration of the Law began in a blaze of glory. Mount Sinai was “altogether on a smoke… as the smoke of a furnace.” There were thunderings and lightnings and an earthquake. There was the sound of a trumpet, “exceeding loud.” There was the glorious Shekinah cloud in which God Himself appeared and “spake all these words” (Ex. 19:9- 20:1).

But ere Moses had even come down from the mount with the tables of stone, the people were breaking the very first commandment, dancing like heathen about a golden calf. From here on the administration of the Law took on another aspect. Judgment had to be pronounced and penalties inflicted. Nor could any escape its just sentence of condemnation and death. What had begun in glory led but to gloom, “because the law worketh wrath…” (Rom. 4:15). “…for it is written: cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them” (Gal. 3:10).

But there can be no gloom associated with the ministration of the New Covenant, says the Apostle, for under it righteousness and life are administered to all who will receive them by faith. And this because the claims of the Old Covenant were fully met by Christ at Calvary. Thus the ministration of the New Covenant outshines the ministration of the Old in every respect.

But was not the New Covenant made “with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,” rather than with the Church of our day? Yes, but with Israel’s rejection of Christ and her temporary blindness the blessings of the New Covenant are now bestowed by grace upon those who do receive Christ. Hence, it was not Peter or the twelve, but Paul who, with his associates, was made an “able minister of the New Testament” (II Cor. 3:6).
3  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / Last week we had a lion in town! on: January 17, 2018, 06:14:35 PM
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Last week we had a lion in town!

(Letters of John Newton)

July 7, 1778
My dear friend,
Last week we had a lion in town. I went to see him. He was astonishingly tame--as friendly with his keeper, and as docile and obedient as a pet dog. Yet the man told me he had his surly fits, when they dared not go near him.

No looking-glass could show my face more justly--than this lion shows my heart! I could trace every feature--as wild and fierce by nature; yes, much more so--but grace has in some measure tamed me. I know and love my Keeper, and sometimes watch His looks that I may learn His will. But, oh! I have my surly fits too! Seasons when I relapse into the savage again, as though I had forgotten all.
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The Congressional Budget Office recently released its findings on the cost of granting amnesty to Dreamers, concluding that it would add $26 billion to the deficit over the next decade. So much for the economic benefit regularly parroted by the MSM. Steven Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies, also noted that the CBO “estimated that about one-third of the [DACA] adults … have not even graduated high school, and only about 15 percent have at least two years of college.” Camarota pointed out that “54.1 percent of households headed by native-born Hispanics access one or more of the welfare programs, and they tend to have poverty rates twice as high as the general population.”

While it is certainly understandable to have sympathy for those who were young children when their parents illegally smuggled them into the U.S., the fault for their current predicament lies not with American citizens, nor U.S. border laws, but with their parents. Where is the condemnation from Democrats and the MSM on those who blatantly broke U.S. law? It’s nowhere to be found; rather it is reserved solely for those Americans who dare to call for the upholding of our laws and national sovereignty. These American citizens are the ones Democrats and the MSM continually decry as heartless, bigoted and racist. Once again, it’s a case of feelings trumping facts.

Finally, as our Arnold Ahlert writes13, “It’s time to cut through the progressive hype with a couple of simple questions: Who doesn’t have dreams, and in what universe should the dreams of those who have no business being here supersede those of American citizens?”

Top Headlines14

90% of workers likely to see more money in paycheck next month (CNN Money15)

How tax reform will put more money in your wallet this year (The Daily Signal16)

Trump has kept many promises during his first year in office (Associated Press17)

Trump: “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview” (The Hill18.)

Trump administration resumes accepting DACA renewals after court ruling (The Wall Street Journal19)

American Psychiatric Association tells shrinks to stop armchair analyzing Trump (The Washington Free Beacon20)

Trump administration keeps Iran nuclear deal alive for now, but issues new sanctions unrelated to the agreement (The Washington Post21)

False Hawaii missile-alert feeds doubts about a real emergency (Associated Press22)

Illinois, New Jersey and New York are top states for outbound moves in 2017 (The Washington Free Beacon23)

Humor: Merciful Mark Zuckerberg allows three whole people to see conservative post (The Babylon Bee24)

Policy: The importance Martin Luther King Jr. placed on moderation (The Daily Signal25)

Policy: “Yes” to the FCC’s proposed Office of Economics (National Review26)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report27.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Martin Luther King Jr.6 — Statist policies have turned MLK’s dream into a nightmare.
Tech Totalitarians30 — “The federal government is no longer the main threat to your privacy and to your freedoms. Big corporations are.”
Life Expectancy Drops for a Second Year — Why?31 — As American culture has been deliberately degraded, more people seek escape in the form of painkillers.
Feminists: Lady-Part Hats Are ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Racist’32 — The activists’ anti-Trump apparel was silly before. Now it’s hilariously bad.
California’s Crude Court Attack on Oil Companies33 — Both the Golden State and New York City are targeting oil companies over climate change.
Traitor Manning Runs for U.S. Senate34 — One year ago, Obama commuted Bradley’s sentence. Obviously, it’s time for a political bid.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Gary Bauer: Now That’s Pathetic35
Kathryn Jean Lopez: Don’t Rage Against or With a Machine36
Tony Perkins: Public School Kids Get Assembly on Sex Changes37
George Will: In Oregon, Progressivism Spills Over at the Pump38
Burt Prelutsky: The Rise and Fall of Steve Bannon39
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion40.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “A reporter from The Daily Caller asked Pelosi to reconcile her claim of ‘Armageddon’ versus the reality of bigger paychecks and bonuses. Incredibly, she suggested that the bonuses were ‘pathetic,’ that the pay raises and other benefit increases were ‘crumbs’ and ‘insignificant.’ For the record, Nancy Pelosi is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. Perhaps a few extra dollars per hour is ‘insignificant’ to her. But to the millions of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, it is anything but ‘insignificant.’ No doubt a $1,000 bonus seems like ‘crumbs’ to Ms. Pelosi. That’s probably just a nice dinner at a fancy San Francisco restaurant for her and a few friends. But to millions of Americans who would struggle to pay for a $400 emergency, that $1,000 bonus is anything but ‘crumbs.’ Pelosi spends so much time flying back and forth from the DC Swamp to the San Francisco zoo that she has no idea how the typical family lives in ‘flyover country’ or the American heartland. Now that’s pathetic!”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” —Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968.)

For the record: “I really believe that if my uncle were here today, he would encourage us to find solutions to the problems, even women’s problems, and all problems, without having to do violence to babies in the womb.” —Alveda King

Reading between the lines: “I know personally about [Trump’s] feelings towards Haiti and toward Central America because … I went down there on a medical mission trip. I did about 200 cataract surgeries with a group of surgeons in Haiti and the same in Central America, and when we asked Donald J. Trump as a private citizen to support those trips, he was a large financial backer of both medical mission trips. So I think it’s unfair to sort of draw conclusions from a remark that I think wasn’t constructive … when I know for a fact he cares very deeply about the people in Haiti.” —Sen. Rand Paul

The BIG Lie: “When you reflexively refer to the press as the ‘enemy of the people’ or ‘fake news,’ that has real damage. It has real damage to our standing in the world. And I noted how bad it is for a president to take what was popularized by Joseph Stalin, the ‘enemy of the people,’ to refer to the press.” —Sen. Jeff Flake

Non Compos Mentis, part I: “This Hawaii missle [sic] scare is on YOU Mr. Trump. The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY. Shame on your hate filled self. YOU DID THIS!” —actress Jamie Lee Curtis

Non Compos Partis, part II: “I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination.” —actor Jim Carrey

Braying Jackass: “One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts. If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you are listening to NPR.” —Barack Obama

And last… “We should all be able to agree to two basic propositions: (1) It is inarguable that some countries are crappy. (2) It is bigotry to suggest that all people who want to immigrate from those countries to America are crappy.” —Ben Shapiro

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

If there’s one thing the media can’t quit talking about, it’s Trump’s supposed remark.
Who are the Dreamers anyway?
Tech giants present perhaps a greater threat to freedom and privacy than anything.
Traitor Bradley Manning runs for Senate in Maryland.
Feminists have decided their offensive lady-part hats are “transphobic” and “racist.”
California and New York City attack oil companies over climate.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject.” —George Washington (1787)

FEATURED ANALYSIS
The Real Demo/MSM ‘S—thole’ Agenda1


By Mark Alexander

Democrats and their MSM PR outlets2 have spent the last four days feigning outrage over a report by Jeff Bezos’3 tabloid, The Washington Post, regarding an alleged and disputed remark by Donald Trump4. You know the one…

As an update to our Friday post, “The Uncensored President and Press5,” here is the real takeaway about that spurious claim, and the intended political result.

It was CNN that blew up this unverifiable claim, mentioning or displaying the word “s—thole” no less than 40 times last Thursday. Predictably, Anderson Cooper then set up the Democrats’ “racist” claim: “The president of the United States is tired of so many black people coming to this country.” CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent and anchor, Jake Tapper, then ratcheted up the race-bait rhetoric: “You know who loved the quote? Racists. Racists such as David Duke [and] Richard Spencer [and] the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer…”

The rest of the mainstream media outlets then propagated the report and racist assertion as a matter of fact — just in time to coincide with upcoming MLK Day6 observances.

But on Friday morning, Tapper posted a “clarification,” which you have most likely not read: “The president did not refer to Haiti as a ‘s—thole’ country.‘” Tapper now claims, “There was a conflation of two different remarks by the president. When talking about 'temporary protected status’ countries as part of the immigration deal, it was mentioned that Salvadorans, Hondurans and Haitians have that status.” Tapper says his sources now say it was later when Trump allegedly made a remark about “s—thole countries” in a conversation related to Africa.

That may or may not be true.

Of his revision about the alleged Trump remark, Tapper insisted: “This does not make what he said any more acceptable.” Unintentionally, that may be true, because if Trump didn’t say it, the erroneous reports about it are all just that. Of course, what Tapper was really implying is that the truth about what Trump said does not matter — all that matters is the MSM’s transparent promotion of the Democrat agenda.

As we noted Friday, that agenda is to frame Trump as a “racist” and then cast his immigration and border security plans7 as racist.

For the record, having to walk back the initial claim with the “conflation of the two” excuse would be sufficient grounds for any journalist with an ounce of integrity, and any other media outlet propagating the original claim, to issue a full and unconditional retraction. Of course, no journalist with an ounce of integrity would have reported this alleged remark in the first place, which is why no such retraction has been forthcoming from CNN or any other media outlets, because advancing the Democrat agenda trumps the truth.

But what is really newsworthy here is how the Leftmedia promotes the Democrat political agenda. This “s—thole” story is a case study in MSM propaganda.

A day after WaPo’s original report, they led with this “news”: “Trump’s comments about African countries and Haiti drew condemnation from around the world Friday, putting the White House and Republicans on the defensive while casting doubt on hopes of resolving disputes in the coming weeks over immigration legislation.”

No, MSM reporting of the alleged comments as fact drew condemnation … and cast doubts on immigration legislation — as intended. Mission accomplished!

This whole charade was orchestrated because the political future of the Democrat Party8 depends on the wholesale import of immigrants — a population they label as a “victim class,” which they can then exploit as a dependent identity constituency and a dependable voting bloc. As Democrats have veered further left, their working-class base has diminished. Rather than pivot their agenda back to the political center, they have doubled down on legal status for illegal immigrants, which is to say they have just been pandering to blue-collar Americans in order to maintain their power.

Saturday, Trump posted a comment confirming the obvious: “The Democrats are all talk and no action. They are doing nothing to fix DACA. … I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA.”

Of course they don’t.

To that end, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) concluded, “You can’t have an immigration compromise if everyone is out there calling the president a racist. They’re actually destroying the setting in which anything meaningful can happen on immigration. … Some people in the media have just gone completely bonkers with ad hominem [attacks] on the president.”

Again, of course … that is the intended outcome!

Two conclusions about the “s—thole” case study:

First, I am astounded at the growing number of Americans who absorb MSM hyperbole like sponges — “news” that is patently designed to sell advertising and advance political agendas. As for what Trump did or did not say, nobody actually knows, because nobody in the MSM filling the public opinion troughs actually knows. This is all conjecture being advanced as absolute fact.

The great danger here is that too many media consumers don’t have the ability to discern what is and, more importantly, what is not genuine and relevant “news.” These media addicts are like pieces of driftwood afloat in the currents of the MSM’s s—tstorms. While there are plenty of ignorant members of Congress and MSM talkingheads, the “s—thole” story and others like it are strategically framed by clever colluding political and media strategists, who are playing the American people for fools.

Second, it is dangerous when an alleged and disputed remark can be wildly propagated as absolute fact by the MSM across the board, with no regard for what was actually said, and every regard for advancing revenues and political agendas.

Jeff Bezos has converted the once-respected Washington Post into a cheap fake news9 tabloid. I personally find this distressing because, even though left of center in its reputable days, WaPo featured outstanding genuine journalism. No longer. In 2015, Bezos converted it into the PR platform for Hillary Clinton’s10 2016 campaign, and it is now the Beltway’s Democrat propaganda2 flagship — a gross affront to the First Amendment11 that should concern all Americans.

The Real ‘Dreamers’12

By Thomas Gallatin

As Donald Trump and congressional leaders are ostensibly working toward a legislative solution to the DACA problem created by Barack Obama, it’s important to note exactly who these “Dreamers” really are. They are about 800,000 young adults brought here illegally by their parents, and are called “Dreamers” because of the acronym of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, which has never passed Congress. Thus, it’s not surprising that myths abound in the mainstream media’s reporting on Dreamers. Using language designed to blur the distinctions between legal or illegal and child or adult, the MSM paint Dreamers en masse as poor children abused by an “unjust” U.S. immigration system. On top of this all-too-sympathetic and simplistic description is the regularly repeated claim that the presence of these illegal Dreamers equates to an economic benefit outweighing any welfare burden the American taxpayer has been forced to provide. So, what is the reality?
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Between now and November, the degree to which President Trump is able to realize his bold vision for the country will have a significant impact on the election. That’s why speculation at this point should be taken with a grain of salt.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Congress Works on Contentious Surveillance Bill44 — The Long War continues and good tools are required, but constitutional rights must be protected.
Libel Laws and Trump’s Fight Against Fake News45 — He suggests that libel laws need to be strengthened because of fake news from a new book.
Consumers Find Seattle Soda Tax Distasteful46 — What happens when it costs $20 or more dollars — for Coke? You buy it elsewhere, of course. Welcome to federalism!

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Hans von Spakovsky: The Obstruction of a Vital Election Integrity Commission47
Scott Powell: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Is Already Delivering 48
Tony Perkins: The Women on Death’s Roe49
Jonah Goldberg: Why We’ve Let Actors Become Our Moral Guides50
Bill Wagner: Organization Behavior51
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion52.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer53: “Investigative reporter Sara Carter told Sean Hannity that three credible sources in the Department of Justice confirmed to her that the FBI did indeed use the discredited Trump/Russia dossier to obtain secret warrants from a special intelligence court to spy on the Trump campaign. Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid a law firm that in turn contracted with Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump. Fusion hired an ex-British spy who used Russian sources to compile a work of fiction filled with salacious lies. To put it another way, Hillary’s campaign indirectly colluded with the Russians to first defeat Trump and then to destroy his presidency before it could even get started. What makes this so serious is that they were aided and abetted by left-wing ideologues at the highest levels of America’s law enforcement and national security agencies. We should expect our enemies to try to upset our democratic form of government. That is something we can manage because Russia has been trying to upset democracies for a century. What we cannot tolerate are elements within the security apparatus of the United States putting their thumbs on the scale because of their ideology. That is a threat that goes straight to the core of whether we can maintain a constitutional republic and a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Though of all poses a moral pose is the most offensive, still to have a pose at all is something.” —Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Upright: “Those claiming that the president of the United States (Obama or Trump) is ‘overall’ more detrimental to press freedoms than the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Egypt or China not only denigrates those truly fighting for press freedoms in authoritarian nations but also shows us that they don’t really understand how American rights work to begin with. Because not only is the United States far more superior in its embrace of open political discourse than authoritarian states, or developing nations, or (nearly) every state in Middle East, the United States is superior to Western European nations, as well.” —David Harsanyi

Preach! “I don’t think we need more gun control; I think we need more idiot control.” —Sen. John Kennedy

Come again? “The one regret I have is that I should have spoken with Senator Grassley before [I made the Fusion GFS transcript public]. And I don’t make an excuse but I’ve had a bad cold and maybe that slowed down my mental facilities [sic] a little bit.” —Dianne Feinstein

Braying Jenny: “In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic. It’s so pathetic.” —Nancy Pelosi on how GOP tax reform has yielded significant raises and bonuses for American workers54

And last… “As a culture, we’ve elevated ‘authenticity’ to a new form of moral authority. We look to our feelings for guidance. Actors, as a class, are feelings merchants. While they may indeed be ‘out of touch’ with the rest of America from time to time, actors are adept at being in touch with their feelings. And for some unfathomably stupid reason, we now think that puts us beneath them.” —Jonah Goldberg

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FEATURED ANALYSIS
About Democrats’ ‘Certain Victory’ in 201831


By Brian Mark Weber

It’s not looking good for Republicans.

At least that’s what the mainstream media want you to believe. Then again, haven’t they been saying that during the entire first year of Donald Trump’s presidency? Heck, weren’t they predicting the same gloom and doom for Republicans in 2016? Nonetheless, Democrats are feeling good right now and boasting of their prospects in the next two elections.

True, Democrats aren’t all talk. Billionaire Leftist Tom Steyer32 is putting his money where his mouth is. As Ben Kamisar writes33 in The Hill, “Steyer plans to channel the money in the House effort, which he said would total at least $30 million, toward his advocacy group, NextGen America. Steyer, who has also funded a multi-million dollar ad campaign calling for President Trump’s impeachment, wants to use the $30 million to boost turnout among millennial voters across 10 states.”

Notably, however, Steyer has reduced his Demo graft — having dumped $74 million into the 2014 midterm when voters gave Republicans control of the Senate and their largest House majority since 1928. He then spent $91 million for Democrats in the 2016 election, when Republicans held their majorities and elected Donald Trump. And his $20 million on a campaign to impeach Trump resulted34 in only 58 of 435 House members voting to impeach — that’s $344,827.59 per vote.

Clearly, leftist billionaire bucks35 alone aren’t enough to win elections. If it were, The Pantsuit would be president. What message are the Democrats going to run on? Taking back your tax cuts? Taking away your doctor? Sending companies back overseas? Dialing the Dow back to 17,000? Pushing for peace with the Islamic State? Let’s face it: Their platform is higher taxes, bigger government and more illegal immigration. And loathing Donald Trump.

Indeed, Nancy Pelosi scoffed, “In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic. It’s so pathetic.”

Other issues Democrats face include betting on history (the minority party usually picks up seats in mid-term elections), hoping that Americans will see the election as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and counting on favorable polls. But it’s what Democrats aren’t looking at that could upend their hopes of taking back the Congress.

As it stands, Democrats lack a compelling message for fixing any major problem facing the country. The utter dearth of any agenda36 is astounding.

Yes, they’ve embraced a cynical and convenient crusade against sexual harassment, but they’re otherwise a rudderless opposition party. In the end, Dan Balz of The Washington Post asks37 a critical question: “As they begin what amounts to a three-year campaign cycle of midterm elections followed by a critically important 2020 presidential race, will Democrats be forthright in assessing and dealing with their own vulnerabilities?”

Democrats are still a party in denial.

They don’t get Trump, they don’t get why he beat Hillary Clinton, and they don’t get the Republican Party. Former Democrat aide Brent Budowsky suggests38, “On fundamental issues that motivate voters, the Trump Republicans include the entire upper strata of Republican leadership in the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. There is barely a dime’s worth of difference between the policies of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Roy Moore of Alabama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)”

Not a dime’s worth of difference? This is why Democrats lose elections. They make assumptions about what Republicans and their voters think, they tell pollsters about their assumptions, and then they come up with every conspiracy theory they can think of to explain their losses. There’s a world of difference between Trump and Ryan and McConnell (and 250 other Republicans). That’s why it took nearly a year for the Republicans in Congress to send a major piece of legislation to the president’s desk. They couldn’t agree on anything.

Peter Hanby raises some additional concerns for Democrats in stating39 that “partisan gerrymandering has lowered the number of competitive House seats, that most of the competitive Senate races are taking place in red states where Trump is more popular than the national average, that the economy is actually doing pretty well. All of them are true. The Senate map is particularly difficult terrain for Democrats, who would have to win in places like Arizona, North Dakota, Missouri, and Tennessee to take back the upper chamber.”

Reading headlines from leftist websites and newspapers is enough to dampen the spirits of any conservative these days, but reading beyond the headlines shows that there’s a lot of wishful thinking going on in Democrat think-tanks and media outlets. Still, Democrats really like their chances in the 2018 midterms.

Political science professor Eric Smith has projected a Democrat takeover of the House, and possibly the Senate, based on a model he “drew on a forecasting model originally developed by political scientists Michael Lewis-Beck and Tom Rice.” Smith writes40, “The model predicts that the Republicans will lose 38 seats in the House, a number that would give the Democrats a majority in the next Congress. But it’s important to note that simple models such as this one produce forecasts with real uncertainty. In this case, you can think of the forecast as having a ‘margin of error’ of 38 seats. Thus, a Democratic gain is likely, but the size of that gain is difficult to predict with confidence. Still, a House majority is very much within the Democrats’ reach.”

Is that all they can come up with? As for the GOP, the key will be whether they can keep their act together as they did on tax cuts.

Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, gives credence to this notion, opining41, “Trump has addressed this problem more directly than anyone since Ronald Reagan — in some ways, more than anyone including Reagan. He would drain the swamp. He would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education. He has rallied the people in direct opposition to their governing elite. He has appealed to the people directly in opposition to their government.”

But what about the Trump administration’s significant and numerous accomplishments, as outlined by Mark Alexander in “The Trump Effect3”? Arnn notes that we now have “a constitutional majority that controls all the popular branches at the federal level, soon to have a profound effect on the judiciary. In addition, his party advanced from a strong position in state legislatures and governorships. The party of Trump, if the Republican Party is that party, is in a position to make changes, as good or better a position as it has enjoyed since the Great Society.”
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IN TODAY’S EDITION

Yes, Trump is crude, but he’s got a point and Democrats have a counter strategy.
Facebook is once again working to influence what users see.
Democrats have grand visions of winning in 2018, but they ought to be cautious.
Congress is working on a controversial renewal of NSA surveillance.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)

IN BRIEF

The Uncensored President1


If you haven’t figured this out yet, Donald Trump2 tends to be unfiltered and uncensored. While we in our humble shop do not condone his coarse language or style, and see it as unbecoming the office he holds, the fact is Trump resonates with the majority of “blue-collar” Americans. As Mark Alexander noted in his profile on Trump3 Wednesday, “He is a New Yorker, and he’s always acted like an archetypal New Yorker — brash, boastful, profane and unpredictable.”

In regard to Trump’s now infamous “s—thole countries” remark, Alexander observed, “Trump should be credited with exercising restraint in his description of those countries.”

For the record, most of your Patriot editorial team members have traveled to some of the countries Trump was referencing (among others), and some of us have lived in them. We can corroborate first hand that Trump’s alleged remarks regarding Haiti, El Salvador and some countries in Africa are accurate — because they have been governed by corrupt tyrants for generations. That does not, however, mean that citizens from those nations coming here to make a better life have no value, as Trump crudely implied.

Joe Concha, media analyst for The Hill, noted: “This is how he speaks. He’s inelegant, yes. He’s unfiltered, yes. But what people like about him so much is that he’s authentic. … I don’t think one Trump supporter jumps to the other side because of this comment.” Actually, Trump’s remark will bring more working blue-collar Democrats, those who have been ignored by the Democrat Party for 30 years, onto the Trump train.

Predictably, Demos and their mainstream media outlets4 are feigning outrage that such a word was used in the White House. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who confirmed reports of Trump’s comments, wailed from the fainting couch, “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House and that Oval Office any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak.” What planet has he been on? Bill5 and Hillary Clinton’s6 undisputed tirades, as described by their Secret Service agents7, make Trump’s remarks sound like playground banter.

Of course, all the hyperbolic rhetoric8 on the Left is an effort to paint Trump as a racist.

Their strategy is to undermine Trump’s plans9 for immigration reform and border security. Democrats know that their political future depends on growing the immigrant population — a population they label as a victim class, which they can then exploit for votes. As Democrats have veered further left, their working-class base has diminished. Rather than pivot back to the political center, they have only doubled down on immigration, further rejecting the American worker in favor of the non-American.

On a final note regarding Haiti, it was Bill and Hillary Clinton who exploited the Haitian people10 for their own financial gain…

Facebook’s Feed Filtering11
By Christy Chesterton

In what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls “a major change in how we build Facebook,” the company announced Thursday that it plans to reduce publisher and brand content in news feeds while prioritizing what friends and family interact with. “Recently we’ve gotten feedback from our community that public content — posts from businesses, brands and media — is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other,” Zuckerberg wrote yesterday in a Facebook post. “Since there’s more public content than posts from your friends and family, the balance of what’s in News Feed has shifted away from the most important thing Facebook can do — help us connect with each other. We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being.”

Zuckerberg’s announcement was spurred in part by recent criticism from several former employees, including one who expressed “tremendous guilt” for his role in building the platform. “It literally is a point now where I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is truly where we are,” former Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya told Stanford business students last month.

In a rare move, Facebook addressed some of this criticism in a post12 questioning whether the amount of time spent on social media is good for us or drives us apart.

While concern about society’s dependence on social media is a very valid matter, Facebook’s announcement highlights the amount of control the platform has in determining what is “best” for your viewing pleasure. The move will likely have a significant impact on businesses and organizations (like ours) that depend on the platform to reach customers and readers. It’s no secret that Facebook has already been suppressing conservative news13. Perhaps that’s because they blame Liberty lovers for “ripping apart the social fabric”?

In fact, in addition to the news feed change, The Wall Street Journal reports14 that Facebook is considering “ranking news outlets based on some measures of credibility, such as public polling about news outlets, and whether readers are willing to pay for news from particular publishers.” Given Facebook’s aforementioned history15 with conservative sites, this bears watching.

Bottom line: Mr. Zuckerberg, if we’ve chosen to “like” a page, that means we want to see it. We don’t need or want you determining that for us.

Top Headlines16

House Republicans roll out immigration bill packed with border security and immigration reforms (The Daily Signal17)

White House pushes back after Gang of Six announces immigration deal (The Washington Times18.)

House votes to renew NSA spying, rejects reform push (The Hill19)

Trump renews call for Internet tax, making a veiled threat against Jeff Bezos’s20 Amazon (CNBC21)

Fiat Chrysler will move Ram production, 2,500 jobs to Michigan from Mexico (Fortune22)

Lawsuit filed against ObamaCare insurer over coverage (The Hill23)

Judge tosses NAACP lawsuit challenging Alabama’s voter ID law (The Washington Free Beacon24)

NFL investigates Oakland Raiders: May have hired white head coach before interviewing black one (The Daily Wire25)

Feminists are ditching “pussyhats” because they’re racist and transphobic (National Review26)

Humor: In historic compromise, border wall to be built around Hollywood (The Babylon Bee27)

Policy: Germany — the new poster child for climate change hypocrisy (The Daily Signal28.)

Policy: The middle class is better off now than it was decades ago (American Enterprise Institute29)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report30.
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And it wasn’t just the Bundys who were targeted. As The Intercept exposed33 last May, undercover FBI agents spent eight months in five states posing as filmmakers trying to build criminal cases against the rancher and many of his supporters.

Nineteen men were ultimately charged with multiple felony counts. The first trial took place last February. A mistrial was declared after jurors were deadlocked on most of the charges against six defendants, with two being found guilty of weapons and obstruction violations. When the other four were retried, two were acquitted on all charges, and the other two on most charges, and the jury again deadlocked on the remaining charges. Six other participants took plea deals.

The remaining trial, which includes two more Bundy brothers, David and Melvin, is slated to begin in Nevada next month. Ryan Bundy hopes the judge will set all the remaining defendants free. “The government has acted wrongly from the get-go,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Environmentalists, many of whom would like ranchers completely removed from government land, were furious with the decision. “These federal agencies have been patient and cautious to a fault in their prosecution of the Bundys and their accomplices,” wrote Erik Molvar, executive director of Western Watersheds Project, an environmental conservation organization. “It’s long past time to stop playing games with the prosecution of federal crimes, and instead lay all the facts on the table and let the judicial system work.”

The ones “playing games” were government officials, and the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility opened34 an investigation in December that will scrutinize the efforts of Myhre and two veteran Assistant U.S. attorneys, Daniel Schiess and Nadia Ahmed.

Unfortunately, in a reality that reeks of privilege, penalties for prosecutorial misconduct, even conduct as egregious as this, range from a reprimand to a suspension. In a better nation, there would be a better remedy — as in prosecuting the prosecutors.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Religious Liberty in Public Schools: You’re More Free Than You Thought39 — Louisiana sets out some important First Amendment guidelines for students.
North Korea’s Real Olympic Goal40 — Kim is angling to ease economic sanctions without losing face, all while feeding national pride.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Gary Bauer: A Brilliant Performance41
Terence Jeffrey: Pelosi’s ‘Immoral, Ineffective and Expensive’ Argument42
Larry Elder: Where’s Hollywood’s Apology for Donating to the Clintons?43
Cal Thomas: Oprah: The Latest ‘Messiah’?44
Ed Feulner: Some Cold Facts45
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion46.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Terence Jeffrey: “A wall is neither moral nor immoral any more than a baseball bat is moral or immoral. What matters is the purpose for which it is used. If Bryce Harper uses a bat to fairly hit a home run, that is a perfectly moral act. If another batter takes the same bat and deliberately hits an umpire over the head, that is an immoral act. If yet another batter, in a moment of unfettered rage, throws the bat into the stands — thus injuring a child watching the game — that is an immoral act. The Berlin Wall, which imprisoned people in a tyranny, was used by a Communist regime to immorally deprive people of their God-given rights. Walls constructed by the U.S. government at our Mexican border would aim at achieving a goal even Pelosi’s Democratic Party now claims to favor: securing that border. This is a just cause.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Dogma demand authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural kindness in favor of systematic hatred.” —Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Broken clock… “Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator. But the idea of a reality show star running against a talk show host is troublingly dystopian. We don’t want to create a world where dedicated public service careers become undesirable and impractical in the face of raw celebrity.” —Seth MacFarlane

Braying Jackass: “I’m Proud We Published the Trump-Russia Dossier.” —BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith in The New York Times

Facepalm: “Russian meddling in our elections is a clear and present danger. Fact. Unbelievably no one taking action to prevent harm. Whatever you think of possible Trump involvement all must demand that White House and Congress act to strengthen our electoral systems against the threat — NOW.” —Eric Holder (“Whoever was president in 2016 sure blew it.” —Ben Shapiro)

D'oh! “The Empire State Building is shining green tonight because it’s time to put our planet first. #DivestNY” —Mayor Bill de Blasio (“Shouldn’t they have just…um…turned the lights off instead?” —Eric Holthaus)

Alpha Jackass: “It was fascinating to watch ‘The Post.’ That story took place nearly 50 years ago, but there are many parallels with today obviously. … Today the world is suffering from the real Donald Trump. … This f—ing idiot is the president. It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes — the guy is a f—ing fool. … Our government today, with the propping [up] of our baby-in-chief — the jerkoff-in-chief, I call him — has put the press under siege, trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies.” —Robert De Niro

And last… “2008: VOTE FOR THE NOVICE BECAUSE HE GAVE A GOOD SPEECH! 2016: I just don’t understand how this could have happened, putting our nation in the hands of someone so inexperienced is an existential threat. 2020: VOTE FOR THE NOVICE BECAUSE SHE GAVE A GOOD SPEECH!” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

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Top Headlines5

Pelosi’s “Armageddon6” update: Walmart to raise its starting wage to $11, give some employees bonuses following tax bill passage (CNBC7)

Record GOP exodus from Congress (NPR8.)

Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements (The Washington Post9)

Administration will extend sanctions relief for Iran (Associated Press10)

Trump signs law to give Border Patrol better tools to stop smuggling of fentanyl (The Washington Times11)

Immigration agents target 7-Eleven stores in nationwide sweep (The Washington Post12)

IRS paid $20 million to collect $6.7 million in tax debts (The Fiscal Times13)

NYC mayor to sue “Big Oil” for causing Hurricane Sandy or something (Hot Air14)

Trump puts federal libel law on 2018 agenda, escalating complaints against media (USA Today15)

U.S. prison population drops for third year in a row (The Washington Free Beacon16)

Policy: A ludicrous ruling that Trump can’t end DACA (National Review17)

Policy: Keeping fossil fuels underground makes no sense (U.S. News & World Report18.)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report19.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
The Bundys and an Egregious Case of Prosecutorial Misconduct20


By Arnold Ahlert

In a stunning development further underscoring the corruption that exists at the highest levels of the federal government, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro threw out21 felony conspiracy and weapons charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, sons Ammon and Ryan, and co-defendant Ryan Payne. “The government’s conduct in this case was indeed outrageous,” Navarro explained22. “There has been flagrant misconduct, substantial prejudice and no lesser remedy is sufficient.”

How outrageous? Navarro dismissed23 the case “with prejudice” — meaning the government cannot try the case again on the same charges. And in a 30-minute explanation, the Barack Obama-appointed jurist ripped the conduct of the prosecutors and the FBI. She blasted the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office for willful violations of due process that included several misrepresentations to both defense attorneys and the court that showed “a reckless disregard for the constitutional obligation to seek and provide evidence.”

She was also troubled by the prosecutors’ “failure to look beyond the FBI file,” which she characterized as an “intentional abdication of its responsibility,” and wondered aloud how the FBI itself “inexplicably placed” or “perhaps hid” a tactical operations log referring to the presence of snipers outside Bundy’s home on a “thumb drive inside a vehicle for three years.”

Navarro also blasted prosecutors’ assertions that they weren’t aware such documents could help the defendants as “grossly shocking.” “The government was well aware of theories of self-defense, provocation and intimidation,” Navarro stated. “Here the prosecution has minimized the extent of prosecutorial misconduct.”

The seeds for Monday’s decision were sown on Dec. 20, when Navarro declared24 a mistrial in the case, citing six specific pieces of “potentially exculpatory” evidence the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office failed to disclose. They included records and maps of government surveillance; the presence of government snipers; FBI logs about pre-standoff ranch activity; reports about misconduct committed by Bureau of Land Management agents; and law-enforcement assessments going back to 2012 stating the Bundys posed no threat.

All six items were favorable to the defense and could have changed the outcome of the trial. Withholding them violated the Brady Rule25, named after the 1963 Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland26, where the Court’s majority ruled that failure to disclose such evidence violates a defendant’s right to due process. Navarro made it clear she agreed, despite former Acting Nevada U.S. Attorney and lead prosecutor Steven Myhre’s insistence no malfeasance was involved. “Failure to turn over such evidence violates due process,” she stated last month. “A fair trial at this point is impossible.”

It gets worse. Navarro’s ruling didn’t take into account an 18-page memo written by Special Agent and lead investigator Larry Wooten alleging that “prosecutors in the Bundy ranch standoff trial covered up misconduct by law-enforcement agents who engaged in ‘likely policy, ethical and legal violations,’” Arizona Republic reported27. Wooten claimed he “routinely observed … a widespread pattern of bad judgment, lack of discipline, incredible bias, unprofessionalism and misconduct” by government agents involved in the armed standoff between them and Bundy occurring 2014.

That standoff was largely precipitated by Bundy himself. It involved a dispute about grazing rights between Bundy and the federal government. The government rightly claimed Bundy owed public land use fees for decades of grazing his cattle on government land beginning in 1993, but Bundy refused28 to pay a sum that, between charges and fines, exceeded $1 million. He also ignored three court orders obtained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 1998, 1999 and 2013 requiring him to move his cattle off the disputed land.

In 2014, BLM agents working with the FBI attempted to impound Bundy’s cattle, and an armed standoff between the government and the defendants, who were backed by dozens of armed followers and militiamen, ensued. After a week, Bundy called it off, but he and the other defendants were charged with several offenses.

Thus, Bundy is no “hero.” Nonetheless, the incident highlighted Constitution-based questions that remain unanswered regarding29 the federal government’s right to claim vast swaths of territory in several states. In Bundy’s case, since the federal government owns 80% of Nevada, he would have been hard-pressed to graze his cattle anywhere else.

Moreover, some of the behavior demonstrated by BLM agents cannot be ignored. In addition to the aforementioned comments, Wooten’s report reveals they called Bundy and his supporters “deplorables,” “rednecks” and “idiots,” and demonstrated clear prejudice toward “the defendants, their supporters, and Mormons,” while implementing “the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale, and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible.”

The charges30 against the men also hinted at persecution rather than prosecution. Aside from obstruction, conspiracy, extortion and weapons charges, the government sought “five counts of criminal forfeiture which upon conviction would require forfeiture of property derived from the proceeds of the crimes totaling at least $3 million, as well as the firearms and ammunition possessed and used on April 12, 2014.”

In short, the government wanted to take almost everything the Bundys owned.

Even the conspiracy charges were iffy. Bundy sought help from his supporters because he claimed FBI snipers had surrounded his house. (And that’s never happened before31?) “Justice Department lawyers scoffed at this claim in prior trials involving the standoff but newly-released documents confirm that snipers were in place prior to the Bundy’s call for help,” reveals32 columnist James Board.
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IN TODAY’S EDITION

Will wasteful earmarks return? Some Republicans, Trump included, wouldn’t mind.
Kamala Harris is on the Demo 2020 shortlist, and she’s headed to a powerful Senate spot.
Cliven Bundy and Co. rejoice as federal misconduct spares them punishment.
Public school students have more religious liberty than they think.
North Korea’s real Olympic gambit is about prestige.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808.)

IN BRIEF

Republicans Flirting With Earmarks Again1


By Thomas Gallatin

Reminiscent of a scene from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, like men drawn to the power of the One Ring, Republicans are actively contemplating a return to that corrupting practice of pork-barrel spending known as “earmarks.” It was merely seven years ago that a GOP-controlled House finally banned the practice conservatives had long loathed. But now, Republicans are justifying the practice by highlighting how much good they could do.

Even President Donald Trump floated the idea, saying on Tuesday, “I hear so much about earmarks and how there was a great friendliness [among lawmakers] when you had earmarks. Of course, they had other problems, but maybe all of you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks. One thing it did is it brought everybody together.” Of course for Trump, who is more populist than fiscal conservative, he’s looking at eliminating roadblocks to his bigger agenda. His pragmatic instinct is to make deals in order to get that agenda done, and greasing the skids with earmarks makes deals easier.

But for congressional Republicans, the consequences of reversing course on such a politically potent issue could be significant, especially in what is sure to be hotly contested election year. As Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, warned, “The last time the Republicans ran a congressional earmark factory, they lost control of Congress. In 2006, when the Democrats took Congress, the No. 1 issue according to voters was pork and corruption. … It was a political disaster.” Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) pointedly noted, “We just had a political revolution launched against the swamp [across] the political spectrum all the way from Bernie to Trump voters. I don’t think any of those folks along that entire spectrum would be in favor of earmarks.”

Indeed, you don’t drain the swamp by feeding the swamp creatures.

The reason Republicans are even suggesting a return to earmarks is the fact that it can be an effective incentive for encouraging compromise and garnering votes from across the aisle. Essentially, it’s a legal way to buy votes, but the consequences are overspending, the creation of super-incumbents, bigger government and greater opportunity for waste and corruption. Like Frodo, Republicans need to drop talk of earmarks into Mt. Doom and be done with it forever.

Harris Brings Anti-Gun Stance to Judiciary Committee2

By Jordan Candler

There are two new Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and neither one shares an affinity for the Rule of Law. This week Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker joined the committee, which “handles judicial nominations and appointments to the Justice Department,” The Washington Post explains. But it’s Kamala Harris in particular who should most alarm originalists. For example:

Harris spent six years as California’s attorney general, a position she utilized to crack down on gun ownership. She oversaw Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2013 firearms proscription in which $24 million was set aside for the purpose of impounding guns. According to a Los Angeles Times report3 at the time, state officials’ justification for doing so was “to clear the backlog of weapons known to be in the hands of about 20,000 people who acquired them legally [emphasis added]. They were later disqualified because of criminal convictions, restraining orders or serious mental illness.”

She also advocated for additional firearm restrictions, writes Reason’s Brian Doherty4: “As attorney general, Harris tried to ensure that people couldn’t get carry permits for weapons in California merely for reasons as petty, to her mind, as that they felt they needed one. She has fought in court to ensure that only police officials should be able to decide whether a citizen can defend himself outside his home.”

Harris prefers to use emotional upheaval to advocate policy prescriptions. In reference to the Sandy Hook massacre, she stated: “They should have closed the chambers of Congress, on the House and the Senate side, and said, ‘All you members go in there, only you, and spread out the autopsy photos of those babies,’ and require them to look at those photographs. And then vote your conscience.”

And according to Doherty, “Harris is so uncomfortable with the Second Amendment she’s willing to jab at the First Amendment while hobbling it, as shown by her support as California’s attorney general for a state law restricting how handgun sellers can advertise. She so delights in pettily bedeviling gun owners that her department in California tried to enforce restrictions on how many guns could be purchased per month by those who hold certain special collectors’ licenses even though both the letter of the law and previous practice said they were exempt, and stuck to her lack of principle on the issue until she got sued over it in 2014.”

The role of the Senate Judiciary Committee should be to recommend nominees who abide by the Rule of Law regardless of their personal whims. Harris is completely the opposite — she will support nominees who abuse their roles just like she did in California. Her name is being highlighted as a possible candidate for the 2020 presidential election (as is Booker’s). The only thing that could be worse than elevating her to the Judiciary Committee would be putting her in the nation’s highest office.
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As the Trump-hating Washington Post declared in a headline: “Trump’s first year jobs numbers were very, very good.”

For the record, those bold black Americans who voted for Trump have been vindicated: The jobless rate for black workers dropped to the lowest level since 1972 31.

And “food stamp” rolls declined by more than two million in 2017.

Our economy, refueled in large part by enthusiasm for the future, is once again growing. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index is at a 17-year high, and the National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index is at its highest annual average in its history. Manufacturing orders and production are the strongest since 2004. And notably, Ram Truck just announced their production is moving from Mexico, back to Michigan32.

Even The New York Times has had to acknowledge33, “A wave of optimism has swept over American business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into the sort of investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation — and may finally raise wages significantly.” (One can only imagine the gnashing of teeth that took place prior to publishing that single sentence.)

The prospects of continued growth are being supercharged by the Republican passage of tax reform34, Donald Trump’s signature agenda achievement35. The package includes $1.5 trillion in tax cuts — almost 60% to families36, most of whom will now be able to file their IRS return on a single page. According to the most recent Treasury Department estimates37, “90% of people who get a paycheck are likely to see more in take-home pay, as soon as February.”

Of course, undermining the Democrats’ power to tax and spend is resulting in outrage38 and spurious claims of impending doom39. Reducing Democrats’ ability to seize and redistribute income undermines the greatest power they have. But despite all their hyperbolic exhalation40 about “ransacking the middle class41” and only “benefiting the rich42,” Republicans might remind them that at one time, the Democrats’ most revered leaders understood the benefits of lowering taxes.

John F. Kennedy, arguing for tax cuts in 1963, proclaimed, “It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power … an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.” On the relationship between taxes, income and revenue, JFK noted, “It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now. … A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. … As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. … A rising tide lifts all boats.”

Indeed, tax cuts do increase revenues43, and a rising tide does lift all boats44.

The positive effects of the Republican tax cuts are just beginning to emerge.

More than 100 companies have already announced that they’re providing bonuses and/or offering higher wages39 and improved benefits for their employees. A new study finds that more than a million workers45 will receive wage increases — and many more to come. And Walmart, one of the nation’s largest employers, just added their brand to the list of those boosting wages and bonuses46.

Even utility companies47 announced rate cuts for customers based on tax savings.

The Republican tax reform measures also repealed the so-called “Affordable Care Act48” individual mandate, which has been an onerous burden on many individuals and families. At the same time, the Trump administration is proposing rule changes that will extend health care options for 11 million uninsured49.

Economic growth will be boosted by record cuts in government regulations50 and new accountability measures. The Trump administration eliminated 22 regulations for each new one enacted, and Trump signed 15 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, more than any other president. Regulations are now at the lowest count51 since such recordkeeping began in the mid-1970s.

The rogue Environmental Protection Agency52, which was weaponized by Democrats to control and micromanage economic development, is being reined in, including a 50% cut in staff53 scheduled over the next three years.

Trump has unleashed energy development54 to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources.

And the so-called “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau55” is now under Republican management.

On the coattails of the U.S. economic recovery, the global economy grew at a faster rate than it has since 2011. That’s American leadership. The Trump administration has worked to close hundreds of billions in deals to sell American products abroad. And in recent months, foreign companies have announced $50 billion in new U.S. projects.

Trump is also putting American workers first by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, working to modify NAFTA, and saying farewell56 to the utopian socialists’ so-called “climate change57” treaty.

While economic strength certainly bolsters Liberty, Trump’s nomination of more than 70 conservative federal judges, including that of now-Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch58 for the seat vacated by the revered late Justice Antonin Scalia59, has been a critical step to ensuring Liberty for the next generation. Republicans confirmed a record-setting 12 conservative federal circuit judges.

The Trump administration is also implementing measures to restore law and order60, further dismantling organized crime, combating the opioid crisis, aiding local police and confronting human trafficking.

A strong economy also bolsters national security61.

The year in foreign policy has been favorable, unless you’re an adversary of the United States. The most notable advances in U.S. national security interests would certainly include Trump’s confrontation of China’s nuclear puppet, North Korea and Kim Jong-un62.

Just a few short years ago, we heard that “al-Qa'ida is on the run63.” And when that proved untrue, we heard that “we’ve contained them64.” Today, however, we can truthfully report that al-Qa'ida’s bloodier successor, the Islamic State65, founded in effect by Obama and Clinton66, is really on the run, having been largely eradicated from its rat holes in Iraq and Syria67. However, so-called “lone wolf68” Islamist sympathizers remain a daunting threat69 to Western Europe and the U.S.

Furthermore, there are emerging democracy movements around the world fueled by the knowledge that they will now have U.S. support. The most notable movement now underway is that challenging the terrorist-sponsoring Islamist theocracy of Iran70.

Democrats have thus far failed to derail Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda, although they have inflicted serious damage. Unfortunately, they have received a fair amount of help from Trump, who has a propensity to undermine his administration’s achievements with distracting petty social media disputes71.

That notwithstanding, it’s worth noting that, though the mainstream media has been overwhelmingly anti-Trump72 during his first year in office — versus Barack Obama’s14 overwhelmingly admiring media during his first year, and all that followed — their first-year approval ratings are virtually identical73, with both at 46%.

In his 1980 presidential debate with Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan74 did what he would often do in the years that followed: He talked over the mainstream media cameras and spoke directly to the American people. On this particular occasion, he asked, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” They were not, of course, and they thus entrusted Reagan with two presidential terms to right our nation’s course.

And he did.

This year, Republicans across the nation only need ask their constituents if they are better off than they were just one year ago, at the end of Obama’s eight long years of domestic and foreign policy failures75.

They should also remind their Democrat opponents what Reagan correctly declared: “You can’t be for BIG government, BIG taxes and BIG bureaucracy, and still be for the little guy.”

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The Patriot Post® · The 'Trump Effect' and the 2018 Midterm Elections
By Mark Alexander · Jan. 10, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/53368

“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry … has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who … have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

In the 2016 presidential election, what put Donald Trump over the top was middle America’s disgust with the status quo in Washington, both Democrat and Republican. Grassroots Americans from all walks of life1, who have been used, abused and discarded by both political parties, sent Donald J. Trump2 to DC with a mission — to drop a bomb on the Beltway political, bureaucratic and media entrenchments.

He did, and there’s plenty of fallout — most good and some not so good.

While the results have been positive for working Americans — those who sent Trump to DC — positive results are big political negatives for the Democrat Party3, and Democrats are determined to dwell on the negatives from now until November.

Is it too early to contemplate the 2018 midterm elections?

A New York second after Trump’s election4, Democrats and their affectionate mass media outlets5 began calculating a path to victory in 2018 and 2020.

Part of that collusion reflects their virtually indistinguishable ideology, but the perpetual election cycle — propagated by the mainstream media’s 24/7/365 endless loop of talkinghead political hyperbole — is also their most significant revenue generator, flooding their coffers with advertising and donor dollars.

I mention this to say that 99% of the media’s political chatter, which converts even the most mundane political claptrap into a “Breaking News Alert,” is still just claptrap.

However, now that 2018 is here, let’s take a serious reading from the political balance sheets to get some sense of Republican congressional opportunities and obstacles under Trump — beginning with the negatives on the left side of the ledger.

Democrats, unhinged over Hillary Clinton’s6 electoral loss, immediately claimed that she actually won the election because she got almost 2.9 million more votes than Trump. Of course, that claim can be chalked up entirely to Clinton’s more than 4.2 million-vote margin in one state, California — to say nothing of her votes stolen from Bernie Sanders7.

Fortunately, as legal and judicial scholar Hans von Spakovsky argued before the 2016 election, the Electoral College8 ensures that California does not run the nation.

But the second part of the “Clinton won” argument has been the most perilous for the Trump administration and Republicans.

Days after her defeat, the Democrats claimed collusion between Trump and Vladimir Putin, and they made that spurious claim the centerpiece of their effort to delegitimize Trump’s victory. So far, they’ve managed to get a lot of mileage out of that charade, compliments of their media outlets and a flood of fake news9. They also received a lot of help from Clinton’s billionaire socialist backers10.

But it was only after the May 2017 appointment of the once well-regarded former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor11 to investigate Trump that the claims began to lose traction.

Three months after Mueller’s appointment, serious questions about who crafted the Russia collusion setup12 finally surfaced. And it wasn’t until November, a long year after the claims first surfaced, that it became apparent that it was Hillary Clinton and her Democrat operatives who actually funded the Russian Fusion Collusion Delusion13. Moreover, it was propagated with the assistance of Barack Obama’s14 deep state operatives within the Department of Justice and FBI15.

Of course, Mueller can take his investigation anywhere he wants, and he will. But a proper investigation would instead reset its focus onto Clinton and the FBI’s political efforts to undermine Trump16 while Mueller’s FBI protégé, James Comey17, was at the helm. Let’s just say we’re not holding our breath.

So, while that investigation continues, what’s the Democrats’ backup strategy to undermine Trump/Republican favorability ratings across the nation ahead of the midterm elections?

Recall, if you will, that female majorities have elected every Democrat president since 1960 and have been a major force in midterm elections.

Thus, inciting female voter outrage to overturn Republican majorities in 2018 is a powerful and likely possibility.

Democrats are counting on their perennial political calculus that a majority of female voters are emotionally incontinent dupes18 and do not have the discernment to avoid being co-opted by emotive appeals. Thus, they’re going to make the “epidemic of sexual assault19” the centerpiece of the 2018 and 2020 elections, and they’ll float candidates like Oprah Winfrey20 to make their case.

Call it the “Roy Moore Strategy21.”

All the sketchy Trump sexual harassment claims and his admittedly offensive remarks about women will be revisited ad nauseam in an effort to coerce Republicans in the House and Senate to distance their campaigns from the president — and his agenda. The Democrats’ strategy, as noted at the outset, is to turn Trump’s positives into negatives and, in effect, campaign against peace and prosperity22 — against Making America Great Again.

Along the way, they’ll endeavor to portray Trump as “mentally unfit23,” accusing him of being, well, crazy. (What does it say about the state of the Democrat Party when it loses the presidency to a man who’s “mentally unfit”?) Trump, however, is a New Yorker, and he’s always acted like an archetypical New Yorker — brash, boastful, uncensored and unpredictable. In this respect, he’s “crazy” by their hypersensitive, Chardonnay-sipping standards.

Trump entered office with almost no experience in political protocols, and he’s unorthodox by virtually every Beltway standard. And while he isn’t crazy, he is driving Democrats crazy. Indeed, Trump Derangement Syndrome is just the latest manifestation of the well-documented pathology of the Left24.

Democrat prospects are bolstered by the fact that 36 GOP House members are vacating their seats25, but despite the fact they are already counting their victory, they have a long, uphill battle26 to retake the House. Retaking the razor-thin Senate majority is more likely, but Democrats are defending 25 seats this cycle, while Republicans are defending just eight.

Democrats dare not again underestimate Trump’s tell-it-like-it-is bravado — the bomb dropper — which won him the support of many grassroots Americans and disaffected blue-collar voters. Republicans seeking office in 2018 had also better take note27.

Despite all the noise marking Trump’s first year in office, the results have been impressive. Consequently, the positives on the right side of the ledger are a clear indication of what Democrats are up against — and what Republicans can successfully run on.

To recap in more detail, some of the Trump Effect positives I highlighted in “Year One of Making America Great Again28, here’s what Democrat Party3 hopefuls are facing ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

GDP topped 3% for the last two quarters of 2017. (In the 32 quarters of Obama’s "recovery,” only twice did he register a GDP of 3% or better.)

American businesses have created more than 1.7 million new jobs, including almost 160,000 manufacturing jobs and another 58,000 in mining and logging. And the number of illegal immigrants vying for American jobs, and at the same time lowering American wages, has declined significantly. (Illegal border crossings are now at a 45-year low29.)

The headline unemployment rate of 4.1% is the lowest mark in 17 years, though I note this benchmark with caution as there are many Americans who had to take subsistence jobs or had given up on looking for work over the previous eight years. The real unemployment rate is closer to 8%, though that is down 2% in the last year. Unemployment declined for workers of all educational levels30.
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It’s working, too. “The final border apprehension numbers of 2017, specifically at the southern border, undeniably prove the effectiveness of President Trump’s commitment to securing our borders,” said8 Tyler Houlton, the acting press secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “This administration has overseen a 40 percent decrease in 2017 compared with the last year of Obama’s presidency. U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions in Fiscal Year 2017 were at the lowest level in 45 years.”

Just as Richard Nixon was the only person who could conceivably go to China, perhaps Trump is the only person who can work with Democrats on immigration.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Lawsuit Exposes Google as Intolerant and Vindictive30 — It’s targeting conservative and white male employees simply because of their appearance and beliefs.
‘Raw Water’? Natural Isn’t Synonymous With Better31 — Selling Americans the snake oil of “raw water” is the absurd conclusion of rabid environmentalism.
More Americans Now Like European Sport32 — Under age 55, the preference is clearly now soccer over baseball. That’s terrible.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Star Parker: Trump Can Take Credit for Black Unemployment Drop33
Michelle Malkin: Time’s Up for ‘Temporary’ Alien Protection34
Walter Williams: Dirty College Secrets35
Ben Shapiro: The Virtue-Signaling Anti-Virtue Crowd36
Rebecca Hagelin: Sweatpants and Civility37
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion38.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Star Parker: “There’s plenty to celebrate in the December Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing black unemployment at 6.8 percent, the lowest ever since they started reporting the data in 1972. … Donald Trump was onto something when he asked blacks, during the presidential campaign, ‘What do you have to lose?’ … Black unemployment peaked at 16.8 percent in March 2010 during President Obama’s efforts to recover from the 2007-2008 economic collapse. But the irony is that the collapse was driven by government policies put in place to help low-income Americans to make housing purchases. … An ocean of new regulations on financial services, enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, was the Democratic Congress’ answer to their own misdiagnosed analysis of what caused the collapse. As a result, we had a slower-than-normal economic recovery. These are the discussions we need today. How do we get out of the big government mindset that has been a drag on our economy and has perpetuated economic underperformance in low-income communities? In this context, Trump is right to boast. He is bringing badly needed new thinking on issues concerning low-income America. It’s already making a difference.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “Andrew [Breitbart] saw [his] site as a weapon in the fight against what he called the ‘Democrat-Media Complex,’ destroying left-wing narratives crafted by the faux-objective media. Andrew believed that his site could play an outsized role in the culture war, and he saw culture as upstream of politics. And Andrew wanted to do so in the mold of the ‘happy warrior,’ not as the grim-faced, stubble-bearded force of darkness Bannon attempted to project. … Now, [Bannon] has nothing. He built a monument to himself, and it collapsed. … At least for today, it’s a good day for Andrew Breitbart. May they all be good days from now on.” —Ben Shapiro

Upright: “There’s no polite way to tell houseguests who’ve overstayed their welcome that it’s time to go, but perpetual amnesty for illegal aliens … will only beget more illegal immigration.” —Michelle Malkin

Non Compos Mentis: “Christopher Steele, who oversaw Russia desk for British intelligence, so loved America he ensured material he believed put her at risk made it to @SenJohnMcCain who hand carried, without judgement, to Director Comey. Patriots all. I’ll be damned to allow this to get twisted.” —John Weaver

Fear-mongering: “We have just 59 days to do our part to save our children from an endless cycle of crop-killing droughts one year, and rivers spilling their banks the next. To save salmon from dying in ever warming rivers, and our forests from being reduced to plumes of ash.” —Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee stirring fear into the legislature before it adjourns

And last… “Underlying this very rare opportunity for the public to watch our leaders hash out policy was the recent assertion in Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury, that the president repeats himself every 10 or 15 minutes and may be suffering from dementia. What we saw in the White House meeting on Monday was anything but a man suffering from any degenerative disease. Rather, it was a president taking on a room full of supporters, skeptical supporters, and outright critics and running one hell of a meeting.” —David Marcus

Join us in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

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Finally, just as we go to press, Darrell Issa (R-CA) announced he too will not seek re-election. Stay tuned as the exits get even more crowded.

Top Headlines6

Trump suggests two-phase immigration deal for “Dreamers” (Associated Press7)

Illegal entry at Mexican border at record low in 2017 (The Washington Free Beacon8.)

U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants (Reuters9)

Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, files lawsuits against Fusion GPS, BuzzFeed over infamous “dossier” (ABC News10)

FBI agents’ text messages spur congressional probe into possible news leaks (The Hill11)

Google’s new fact-check feature almost exclusively targets conservative sites (The Daily Caller12)

Bannon steps down as executive chairman of Breitbart News (Fox News13)

Success: EPA set to reduce staff 50% in Trump’s first term (Washington Examiner14)

33% of NFL fans say they purposely stopped watching this year (Hot Air15)

Humor: Littoral combat ship actually figurative combat ship (Duffel Blog16)

Policy: The wall is not enough. Here’s how to solve illegal immigration (The Daily Signal17)

Policy: Tax reform is keeping promise “Fight for $15” couldn’t (The Daily Signal18.)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report19.

FEATURED ANALYSIS
The Art of the Immigration Deal20


By Lewis Morris

President Donald Trump brought some focus to the immigration debate during a meeting Tuesday with key lawmakers (though notably absent were party leaders) over a fix to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other immigration reforms. Indeed, Trump did something far different from meetings Barack “I Won” Obama held with Republicans — he listened to both Republicans and Democrats and expressed the desire to reach a deal on how to both secure the border and the interior, as well as figure out how to handle the 800,000 or so young adults brought here by their parents — the so-called Dreamers21.

Recognizing the chasm that exists between the parties on immigration, Trump suggested a willingness to take on proposals in stages, focusing first on DACA and border security in what he called a “bill of love.” Despite his change in tone from mocking Jeb Bush for similar sentiments on the campaign trail, Trump has been pretty consistent on the substance of what he’s doing on the issue.

But decipher these remarks from the meeting: “I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with. I am very much reliant on the people in this room. I know most of the people on both sides, I have a lot of respect for the people on both sides, and what I approve is going to be very much reliant on what the people in this room come to me with. I have great confidence. If they come to me with things that I’m not in love with, I’m going to do it, because I respect them.”

The overall picture is far clearer than that, as we’ll see.

The meeting22 took place against the backdrop of a looming government shutdown, which will happen on Jan. 19 unless lawmakers can agree on a spending package to avert the first fiscal catastrophe of 2018. It also happened just as U.S. District Judge William Alsup, a Bill Clinton nominee operating in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, inside the sanctuary state23 of California, temporarily blocked Trump’s move to end the DACA program.

Initially, Democrats demanded that a DACA fix be part of any spending agreement that is reached to avert a shutdown. This should come as no surprise, as holding government solvency hostage in exchange for other legislative tidbits is a specialty among Democrats. Trump, following California Democrat Dianne Feinstein’s lead, suggested he would agree to a clean DACA fix, albeit adding that border security must be part of that clean deal, with a more comprehensive bill to come later.

As Trump put it during the meeting, “To me, a clean bill is a bill of DACA, we take care of them, and we also take care of security.” He also tweeted, “As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.”

This means funding the border wall, one of the most potent symbols of the Trump divide — it rallies his supporters and drives his critics mad. Never mind that some of the very Democrats who today oppose the wall voted to fund a border wall in 2006. Never mind that Republican and Democrat presidents and legislators have called for a stronger border for decades. Democrats can no longer stand the idea of such a measure now for two reasons. One, deep down, they know that Trump is not just paying lip service to the idea; he means to make it happen. And two, their real immigration strategy24 is an electoral gambit for votes. Don’t take our word for it — take their own words25.

DACA will expire March 5, thanks to a Trump executive order26 from 2017 ending the unconstitutional Obama-era program. Trump has indicated all along that he is open to a legislative fix to DACA, which is the way any such program should have come about in the first place. At this point, he may get that legislative fix and funding for the border wall along with it. Comprehensive measures to fix the visa lottery program and switch to merit-based immigration can come later.

What is taking place here is an elaborate chess game. Trump recognizes that his base is skeptical of any immigration deal with Democrats. And with good reason. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, put together by Democrats, led to decades of chain migration and a massive wave of illegal immigrants. Likewise, the 1986 immigration reform law led to millions more illegal immigrants after Democrats flat out broke a deal with President Ronald Reagan to increase border security in exchange for amnesty for the then-three million-plus illegals residing in the country.

Democrats have proven time and again they cannot be trusted on this (any?) issue. But in a deeply divided Washington, Trump likely can’t get a border wall or any other reforms without them. So, he must cut a deal.

If Trump is going to deal with slippery Democrats, he has to make sure Republicans have his back. This means proving his bona fides on immigration. Last year’s executive orders repealing DACA, instilling a ban on immigrants from known terrorist countries, Trump’s most recent action to refuse renewing27 Temporary Protected Status to 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been here since 2001, and a handful of other enforcement priorities all demonstrate the president’s willingness to get tough on immigration. And it also demonstrates his respect for the Rule of Law, which means a lot to Republicans, even if Democrats can’t really describe what that concept means.
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