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  • Nation of Islam Birmingham chapter leading Hoover boycott efforts

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    The Birmingham chapter of the Nation of Islam – which is deemed an “extremist,” “deeply racist, antisemitic” “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and led nationally by the infamous Louis Farrakhan – is heading up the boycott effort in Hoover in the aftermath of Emantic “E.J.” Bradford, Jr.’s death in an officer-involved shooting at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night.

    In a recent Facebook live video posted by Iva Williams, a spokesperson and the vice president for the activist organization led by self-proclaimed Hoover protest leader Carlos Chaverst, Jr., Williams confirmed that Tremon Muhammad, the student minister (pastor) for the Nation of Islam’s Muhammad Mosque No. 69 in Birmingham, is leading the boycott.

    He also detailed that the boycott is specifically meant to harm businesses owned by white people, with the activists planning on finding ways to help black-owned businesses in Hoover until their leases are up, at which time the businesses will be expected to move into majority-black areas of Birmingham.

  • AG Marshall: Prosecution of corruption remains a priority after Matt Hart’s departure

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    On Friday’s episode of Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall downplayed the departure of now-former Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart.

    Hart formerly led the AG’s Special Prosecutions Division and was perhaps best known for his prosecution of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.

    In the interim, Hart had become somewhat of a media darling, and Marshall’s critics had charged politics was a motivation in Hart’s resignation. Marshall dismissed those claims and touted Hart’s successor, Clark Morris.

  • Women’s clothier raises $4,500 for police, others with ‘#HooverStrong’ T-shirts sales

    Excerpt:

    There’s no question that the last two weeks have been trying for Hoover retailers in the wake of the tragic shooting at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night.

    With protests flaring up over dissatisfaction with law enforcement’s handling of the incident’s investigation, the circumstances have been trying for local retailers that were already dealing with the busy shopping season.

    However, one Hoover retailer is making the most of the situation.

8 months ago

Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers welcomes constituents to DC with first-of-its-kind approach

(Rep. Mike Rogers office)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and business as usual on Capitol Hill. A line extends out the door of the Rayburn House Office Building with a mix of tourists, convention attendees, lobbyist and congressional staffers waiting to clear security. They’re here for any number of reasons — a White House or U.S. Capitol tour, attend a committee hearing, or to just come to work.

Up and down the street out front, Independence Avenue, the buzz is all about French President Emmanuel Macron’s arrival to Capitol Hill. Macron and his wife were the honorees of President Donald Trump’s first State Dinner a night earlier, and Macron will be addressing a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in less than two hours.

Up a flight of stairs on what is technically the first floor, Rep Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and four of his constituents are huddled around a coffee table laid out with coffee and doughnut holes from Dunkin’ Donuts. Rogers is explaining his frustrations with the latest iteration of the farm bill, an ordinarily non-partisan piece of legislation. In this Congress, however, it is being used by his Democratic colleagues as a political tool, Rogers gripes.

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This is no different than what likely is going on in any other member’s House office. The exception is the attendees aren’t representatives of any particular interest group or lobby. They’re the respondents to an open invitation sent out to Rogers’ constituents in Alabama’s third congressional district that stretches from Cherokee County in northeastern Alabama south along the Georgia state line to Russell County and includes Anniston, Auburn, Opelika and Phenix City. The event Rogers is hosting is called “Mornings with Mike.” It’s somewhat in its infancy and has been held on Wednesdays while Congress is in session since February.

“It’s really more about what they’re doing,” Rogers said to Yellowhammer News. “I like to find out about their time here, why they’re here and what they’re going to see. They want to know what we’re doing, what the action of the day is.”

It’s an unprecedented approach to connecting with constituents. Rogers’ press secretary Shea Snider Miller says she is unaware of any other member hosting visitors in this regular fashion, and if they do, the member is often not a part of it.

“We want people to know what they should do if they’re going to come up here to visit is plan it at least four to six weeks ahead of time,” Rogers explained. “It is hard to get people in the White House if we don’t have at least that amount of time. There are security checks.”

In this capacity, Rogers’ office functions somewhat as a tour operator given most of those visitors want to see the White House and the U.S. Capitol. They have to come to Rogers’ office for those tours, but with the weekly event scheduled to be held every Wednesday while lawmakers are in town, it gives people from the third congressional district an opportunity to get face time with their member of Congress.

“It would be hit or miss when they come by if they get to visit with me because we’re all over the place,” he said. “I’m on three committees. I’m at hearings all the time, briefings. I got stuff on the floor, a bunch of fundraisers — I mean all kinds of stuff that we’re doing. We set this time aside so we could say, ‘While you’re here if you want to be sure to see Mike, this time is set aside, and he always comes to this. Otherwise, he may or may not be in the office when you come to your tour.'”

Rogers says he doesn’t hear too many complaints or concerns about politics or the federal government in these meetings.

“It’s usually very pleasant,” he added. “It’s all vacation.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

11 months ago

Gov’t shutdown forces cancellation of Alabama congressional town halls (Update: Mo Brooks town hall canceled as well)

(U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne/Facebook)

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(U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne/Facebook)

[Second update added, see below]

The federal government shutdown had perhaps its first noticeable impact on Alabama on Sunday. According to a tweet from Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) and later confirmed to Yellowhammer News by Byrne’s office, Byrne has canceled two town hall meetings scheduled for Monday.

One was to be held in Monroe County’s Frisco City and the other in Baldwin County’s Bay Minette.

At the other end of the state, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) had a town hall meeting scheduled for Monday as well. As of 10 p.m. local time, Brooks’ office had not responded to Yellowhammer News’ query about the status of the meeting scheduled to be held at Oak Park Middle School in Decatur for 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE, 10 a.m. CT: A spokesman for Brooks’ office told Yellowhammer News Monday morning the plan was for Brooks 6:30 p.m. CT town hall to go on as scheduled.

UPDATE, 4 p.m. CT: Per Mo Brooks’ office, the meeting is now canceled.

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

House Dems force vote on Bradley Byrne’s ‘Schumer Shutdown’ sign display on House floor

(Screenshot / CSPAN)

 

(Screenshot / CSPAN)

 

On Saturday Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) had a floor speech about the government shutdown interrupted because Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) claimed a poster he had on display was “disparaging to a member of the Senate.”

Byrne had a red poster featuring a 2013 quote from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) describing a shutdown as the “politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.”

Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), who was presiding over the House ruled the poster was allowed, to which Perlmutter appealed and insisted on a vote.

The House voted 224-173 to find Byrne’s poster was in order.

After the vote and Byrne resumed, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) interrupted and alleged Byrne was out of order upon referencing comments from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had described the previous House continuing resolution as “doggy doo.”

After some commotion on the floor, Lewis said, “We all need to be a little more human, a little more patient, and in order to have civility among all of us, I withdraw my objection.”

After that nearly 40-minute ordeal, Byrne completed his speech and yielded the floor.

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Bradley Byrne, Gary Palmer sign on to #ReleaseTheMemo effort — Claim document goes to ‘very foundations of our democracy’

U.S. Reps. Gary Palmer and Bradley Byrne
U.S. Reps. Gary Palmer and Bradley Byrne

 

In a letter penned to House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) urged the release of a memo to the public he claimed involved the FBI, the Department of Justice and President Donald Trump that went to the “very foundations of our democracy.”

“This important memo will be of interest to anyone who cares about America and our democratic system of government,” the letter read about the so-called #ReleaseTheMemo effort. “We are writing to request the immediate release of this document to the public, as well as any relevant ancillary information. The audience of this document should not be limited to Members of Congress — the American people deserve to know the information it contains.”

Sixty-five other lawmakers have joined the effort for the release of a memo which Gaetz’s claims will result in people going to jail. Among those are Alabama’s Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Ivey urges quick end to federal gov’t shutdown, says ‘no immediate impact on current state services’

(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)
(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)

 

In a statement released Saturday, Gov. Kay Ivey reacted to the federal government shutdown that began 12 hours earlier.  Lawmakers were unable to pass legislation to avert the shutdown by a 50-49 roll call vote, which required 60 votes to proceed to an up-or-down vote. That bill would have funded the federal government through February 16.

Ivey said she had called on Alabama’s federal lawmakers to seek a prompt resolution, but added that no state services would be impacted by the shutdown.

“I am disappointed in Senate Democratic Leadership in Washington for their failure to pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government,” Ivey said in the statement. “I have been in contact with Alabama’s Congressional Delegation and stressed the importance of avoiding a government shutdown. Although the shutdown should be ended quickly, so that important government services including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are funded, a shutdown will have no immediate impact on current state services. The business of Alabama state government will continue as usual, despite the inaction of liberal politicians in Washington.”

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Alabama’s congressional delegation reacts to the shutdown

United States Capitol (Photo: Eric B. Walker)
United States Capitol (Photo: Eric B. Walker)

Late Friday, lawmakers were unable to pass an eleventh-hour effort to thwart a government shutdown, and as the clock struck midnight, “nonessential” federal government activities ceased.

The Senate effort failed by a 50-49 roll call vote and required 60 votes to pass. The legislation would have funded the federal government through February 16.

Both of Alabama’s U.S. Senators, Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) and Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook), voted for the bill. Jones was one of five Democrats voting in the affirmative, a position he made known earlier in the evening.

In a statement released early Saturday, Shelby railed against his Democratic colleagues and accused them of “putting partisan politics” ahead of funding the government.

“It is unacceptable that Democrats would vote against a measure to keep our government open to do the work of the American people,” Shelby said. “I do not believe that shutting down the government is a solution to the problems we face as a country. A shutdown is destructive to the American taxpayer, no matter the circumstances. Republicans are working hard to keep the government running, and we also want to approve a long-term reauthorization of CHIP, which provides millions of children with needed health insurance coverage. While a long-term funding measure is preferred, this CR would allow Congress the ability to continue ongoing and proactive negotiations in an effort to approve a bipartisan, bicameral funding bill.”

“Democrats have chosen partisan politics over funding our government, funding our troops, and providing health insurance to low-income children and pregnant women,” he added. “The American people deserve better.”

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), who had been very active on Twitter in lead-up and the aftermath of the shutdown deadline, described the Democratic refusal to back the legislation “petty and ridiculous.”

“The so-called ‘resistance’ and Senate Democrats have shut down the entire federal government and put health care for over 85,000 Alabama children at risk over an unrelated illegal immigration issue,” he said. “This is petty and ridiculous, and I call on Senate Democrats to stop with the political games, come back to the negotiating table, and join us in passing a funding bill.”

Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) of Alabama’s 2nd congressional district expressed similar disapproval of Senate Democrats.

“While I continue to have serious concerns with short-term funding measures, I still voted in favor of the Continuing Resolution this week in the House because I believe it is critical that we keep the government open and running, especially as it relates to our military and reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),” Roby said. “I am deeply disappointed that Senate Democrats chose to let the government shut down over an unrelated immigration issue that does not have an immediate deadline.”

“My congressional offices will remain open to serve the needs of those I represent. I will continue working with my colleagues to work towards a solution to properly fund our government,” she added.

The congressman for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks), also condemned Democrats for “playing politics.”

“One of the fundamental purposes of our government is to provide for the common defense to protect our liberties,” Rogers said in a statement released early Saturday. “Unfortunately, Democrats chose illegal immigrants over our brave men and women who serve in uniform and forced our government to shut down. Their actions also hurt children across East Alabama and the country that rely on CHIP.  Playing politics with those who defend our freedom and the health care of the kids who need it the most is unconscionable to me.”

The lone member of Alabama’s delegation to vote against the continuing resolution was Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham). Sewell had made it her intentions known she would oppose the GOP’s efforts on Thursday. In a tweet early Saturday, she deemed the shutdown the “Trump shutdown” and called on Republicans to do their job.

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones bucks party over government shutdown

(Doug Jones for Senate/Facebook)
(Doug Jones for Senate/Facebook)

 

Democrat Doug Jones scored an upset victory in last month’s special election in no small part by convincing voters that he would pursue a moderate course and seek bipartisan consensus.

On one of his first opportunities to demonstrate it, he bucked his party Friday night over the government shutdown fight.

Jones joined most Republicans in supporting a short-term funding measure passed by the House of Representatives to keep the government operating through Feb. 16. But the measure fell well short of the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. That means nonessential functions of the federal government will shut down for the first time in five years.

Jones did not vote for the spending measure enthusiastically. He told the Associated Press that he was disgusted by the process but that he would “reluctantly” vote for it. He cited the need to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Alabama is one of a half-dozen states facing a critical shortage of federal funds for the program, which provides health coverage to children in lower-income families.

The Republican bill would have reauthorized the program for six years.

Four other Democrats, all of whom face potentially tough re-election campaigns this year in states that President Donald Trump carried, also voted for the bill. They were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota; Joe Donnelly of Indiana; Joe Manchin of West Virginia; and Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

The vote put Jones in a tough spot. Not only does Alabama face a CHIP funding shortfall, but shutting down the government likely is not popular in the state. But Democrats faced pressure to stick together in order to force concessions from Trump and Republicans on an unrelated issue — amnesty for the so-called dreamers, illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States as children.

Jones supports the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act, which would give permanent residency and a path to citizenship for that group. But he was unwilling to use a government shutdown as leverage.

Despite the Democratic defections, the measure got only 50 votes. That is because four Republicans also opposed the funding extension — Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona, who have worked with Democrats on amnesty; and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, who object to a seemingly never-ending series of short-term funding extensions without permanent funding for the fiscal year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also voted “no,” but only for parliamentary reasons. As a member of the winning side, he now can bring the measure back for a revote if Republicans and Democrats strike a deal over the weekend.

Brendan Kirby is senior political reporter at LifeZette.com and a Yellowhammer contributor. He also is the author of “Wicked Mobile.” Follow him on Twitter.

 

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11 months ago

Alabama’s GOP House delegation calls on Senate Democrats to pass CR; Democrat Sen. Doug Jones still undecided

United States Capitol

Late Thursday, Alabama’s Republican members of the House of Representatives issued a statement calling on Senate Democrats to allow passage of a continuing resolution that would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding for six years and fund the federal government through February 16.

The joint statement from Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope),  Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and Mike Rogers (R-Saks) deemed the Democratic obstruction effort “political games.”

“The House has acted to prevent a government shutdown and provide long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Unfortunately, it seems Senate Democrats are intent on blocking the bill and forcing a government shutdown, all over an unrelated immigration issue. This action would be both irresponsible and reckless. We urge the Senate to stop playing political games, pass this funding bill, and deliver certainty to the over 85,000 Alabama families who depend on the CHIP program to provide for their children’s health care needs.”

Also according to the release, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) will vote in favor of the bill. However, Mobile Fox 10’s Bob Grip says as of 9 p.m. local time Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) remains undecided.

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Law of unintended consequences: McConnell’s meddling in Alabama Senate election may have cost Kentucky Toyota-Mazda

(Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
(Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

 

Last week’s big announcement that Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor Companies would make north Alabama their choice for a $1.6 billion manufacturing facility that would create 4,000 jobs for the region was indeed a shot in the arm for the region’s economy.

Reportedly, Alabama’s primary competitor was North Carolina, which was at a disadvantage due to geography according to experts that watch economic development projects for that region.

However, another competitor vying for the plant was Kentucky, the site of another Toyota facility.

Almost immediately, members of the political commentariat in Alabama speculated one of the reasons for Alabama’s victory came because voters chose not to elect Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate last month.

“I don’t know whether anyone will answer the question, but I’d like to know whether Alabama would have won the Toyota-Mazda plant had Roy Moore won the #ALSen race last month,” tweeted AL(dot)com’s Kyle Whitmire, who is waging a “war on dumb.” “Word in the grapevine a month ago was no.”

That wasn’t just a theory brandished by left-wingers wanting an “I told you so” moment. Wednesday on his Birmingham Talk 99.5 radio show, the reliably conservative Leland Whaley said outright Moore’s defeat was a factor.

“The mistake we made was isolating that race and the whole country being fixated on us with that kind of candidacy,” Whaley explained. “And so, in no uncertain terms, and they didn’t say that out loud because they didn’t want to spook the field, they couldn’t tell anybody — I mean, they just all looked at their shoes when confronted with the possibility of him representing our state. But anybody that’s involved in that project will privately tell you that would have killed it. It was so marginal that anything takes this off the table and killed it.”

“And not only that – there were two other deals that suddenly were announced once we got past that election,” he added. “There was the Delta order for the Airbus planes – a hundred Airbus planes. A bunch of stuff started happening right about that time. I don’t think that’s coincidental. I think they were holding back because these corporations are very sensitive to image. They’re very politically correct. They don’t want to be associated with any of that nonsense. In that delicate world, which I don’t live in, but I’m connected to – I can see the rationale.”

There were all types of Monday morning quarterbacking that occurred on December 13, 2017, the day after Doug Jones’ election win. Many believe Moore was already at a disadvantage because of the war waged upon him by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund in his runoff race against Luther Strange.

Moore limped into last month’s election without much money and would later, as we all know, be plagued by sexual harassment allegations. Yet, he still only lost by 1.7 percent, roughly 21,000 votes.

Let’s suppose Moore had not had to face millions of dollars in attacks from the McConnell camp with everything being the same. Let’s also assume it was still Moore versus Strange in the GOP primary runoff. And let’s also say The Washington Post report about Leigh Corfman’s allegations was still published a month out of the December special election as it was.

Moore would have likely gone into Election Day without a fractured Alabama Republican Party. His contest against Doug Jones might not have been quite as prominent of a story, which might have meant lower turnout.

And without McConnell’s meddling, Roy Moore might have been elected U.S. Senator.

If indeed Alabama’s prospects were diminished with a Moore victory, the chances that Lexington, Ky. would have been the site of this week’s Toyota-Mazda announcement and not Montgomery, Ala. significantly increase.

Thanks for your help, Mitch McConnell. Every little bit counts.

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Report: Group seeks Alabama Republican Party censure of Richard Shelby

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

 

According to a story from Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, a group is seeking a censure resolution from the Alabama Republican Party’s executive committee against Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) for declining to support Roy Moore in last month’s special election against Doug Jones.

Jones defeated Moore by a 1.7 percent margin, nearly 23,000 votes, to become Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator.

“This week, three Moore supporters submitted a resolution to the Alabama Republican Party executive committee calling for Shelby to be censured,” Isenstadt wrote. “It argues that Shelby ‘publicly encouraged Republicans and all voters to write in a candidate instead of voting for the Republican Candidate Judge Roy Moore,’ and that his ‘public speech was then used by the Democrat Candidate in robocalls to sway voters to not vote for Judge Roy Moore.'”

According to Isenstadt, the effort is being financed by Dallas investor Christopher Ekstrom. Isenstadt describes Ekstrom as “a prolific GOP donor who has contributed nearly $300,000 to conservative and anti-establishment causes since 2012, according to federal records.”

Shelby’s decision to publicize his decision not to vote for Moore last month was used by Jones’ campaign in online, radio and TV ads against Moore.

According to the bylaws set by ALGOP’s executive, the rule governing support of candidates is as follows:

“Denying Ballot Access: This Committee reserves the right to deny ballot access to a candidate for public office if in a prior election that person was a Republican office holder and either publicly participated in the primary election of another political party or publicly supported a nominee of another political party. The provisions of this Rule shall apply for a period of six years after such person so participated. (This rule does not include all of the reasons for denying ballot access.)”

Shortly before the election, ALGOP party chairwoman Terry Lathan described Shelby as “a very good and supportive friend to the Alabama Republican Party,” adding that he was “a staunch conservative on issues.”

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Alabama Democrat Rep. Sewell ties MLK Day to tax policy in Democrats’ national weekly address

(Screenshot / YouTube)
(Screenshot / YouTube)

In this week’s national Democratic Party address, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) commemorated the upcoming Martin Luther King Day holiday and touted it as a time to emphasize income inequality given in her view King’s vision of equality included economics.

“Dr. King saw economic success for all Americans as a keystone of equality,” Sewell said. “He recognized that economic issues were civil rights issues. ‘The struggle for genuine equality means economic equality,’ Dr. King told a rally of sanitation workers in Memphis, barely two weeks before his death. He said, ‘For we know now that it’s not enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to integrate a lunch counter if he doesn’t have enough money to buy a hamburger?’”

Sewell railed against the tax legislation recently signed into law by President Donald Trump by maligning it for what she said favored the wealthy and not the middle class.

“An estimated 83 percent of the tax bill’s cuts go to the top 1 percent of America’s wealthiest households,” Sewell said. “Meanwhile, the tax bill’s temporary benefits for the middle-class workers evaporate after just a few years, resulting in a tax increase for 86 million middle-class families.”

According to an estimate from the Tax Policy Foundation, the bill will create 4,632 jobs in Alabama raise the middle-income family “by more than $519.”

Sewell remains convinced it is a net positive and vowed to fight for better legislation.

“Instead of simplifying the tax code or making it fairer, the GOP tax bill sticks working Americans with $1.5 trillion in debt in order to pay for corporate tax cuts,” she added. “While passage of the GOP tax bill will have tragic consequences for our working Americans, I can promise you this: I promise that our fight for middle-class Americans is far from over.”

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Why I now believe most Trump grass-roots supporters are patriotic Americans — not bigots, not political illiterates, not overreacting zealots

(Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

 

 

It is disheartening to see the ongoing rift between those conservatives supporting President Donald Trump and those opposing him — a rift that began before Trump and may survive his presidency.

Many conservatives opposed Trump’s nomination because they believed he was not a true conservative — not even really a bona fide Republican — but rather a narcissistic opportunist who wanted to take his game show hosting and self-promotional platform to a grander stage.

Many also thought that a Trump presidency, even if it would somewhat forestall the Obama-Clinton agenda, would not be worth the long-term damage it would do to the conservative movement. They believed a Trump victory would embolden the so-called alt-right movement, which they saw as Trump’s main base. They saw a mob-like mentality among many of his supporters, saying they were fueled by rage and would rubber-stamp every crazy idea Trump might pursue and also push him to pursue even nuttier ideas.

Admittedly, in the red-hot contentiousness of the primary campaigns, some of the alt-right types did surface as among the most vocal of Trump supporters. Trump supporters seemed to defend anything Trump said or did, even if indefensible.

I admit that during the primaries, I was concerned about Trump’s commitment to conservatism and worried that the justifiable outrage of many of his most ardent supporters at the direction the country was headed under Obama was clouding their judgment. Trump was not the answer to the quintessentially anti-conservative and fundamentally leftist Obama.

Then two things happened. The first was that Trump won the GOP nomination fairly and squarely. This meant that he would be facing off against Hillary Clinton, the most corrupt, self-serving and politically opportunistic presidential candidate in decades — someone who had tied herself to the far left and who promised to double down on the Obama agenda.

There is nothing to blunt one’s concerns about flaws in a GOP presidential candidate like the sober realization that unless he wins, the abominable Hillary Clinton will be the next president and drive America past the point of returning to anything resembling its founding principles. Only conservatives who didn’t view America’s trajectory with similar urgency could rationalize their refusal to vote for Trump against Clinton.

This same obliviousness to the urgency of our situation also led to GOP establishment inertia regarding the Obama agenda. The establishment’s insufficient energy and willingness to oppose him sowed the seeds of Trump’s rise to power. How ironic that the people who remain most opposed to Trump today are to some extent responsible for the emergence of such an unorthodox character to fill the void they helped to create.

The second thing is that I came to realize that I had misunderstood much of Trump’s grass-roots support. Yes, grass-roots voters were convinced that there was no difference between the two parties and that only an outsider like Trump could break the mold and inaugurate a new paradigm in Washington. But they were not a mob, and they saw something that others may not have seen.

This epiphany came to me when I was debating a longtime friend who is respected in the community and every bit as conservative as I am but had supported Trump from the beginning. I saw that he was not the exceptional Trump supporter but the typical one, someone who had not given over his critical faculties to runaway emotions but who genuinely believed that Trump, flaws and all, was the answer for these unusual times. As time passed, my epiphany was repeatedly confirmed: Trump supporters are patriotic Americans — not bigots, not political illiterates, not overreacting zealots — who just wanted our country and culture back. It’s that simple.

Based on my observation of those on the right who continue to oppose, even revile, Trump at almost every turn, I conclude that their ongoing opposition can largely be traced to disagreement on the two factors I describe — not to mention a healthy dose of stubborn pride, in some cases.

Many of them still deny the urgency in the Obama-Clinton agenda and seem to hold the average Trump supporter in contempt. Another irony emerges as to their willful blindness when it comes to the imminent dangers to America from the Obama-Clinton left. While they claim to have a monopoly on pure conservatism, they frequently hold hands in shared disgust with the leftists still pushing that agenda, and they often diminish the strides Trump has made toward rolling back Obama-era “progress” and advancing conservatism. Their opposition also goes beyond policy, as evidenced by their reflexive sympathy for Trump’s Democratic Russia-collusion accusers and their revulsion at conservatives pointing to Obama and Clinton corruption. To them, even to utter criticism against Obama and Clinton is “whataboutism” — an alleged effort to divert attention from Trump’s supposed corruption. What they don’t realize is their cries of “whataboutism” reveal their own version of the malady; when you!
point out a Trump success, they say, “What about his character?”

The Trump opponents have a variety of excuses to deny Trump credit for advancing this agenda and discredit those who foresaw the landscape better than they. They can’t stand his tone, his manners or his tweets. They view him as temperamentally and mentally unfit for office. Even when he achieves policy success after policy success, they childishly huff that it is only because other people besides Trump are running the White House — that he has delegated foreign policy matters and “outsourced” his legislative agenda. Come on, people.

Well, I don’t know whether Trump has morphed into a full-blown ideological conservative, but I do know that he’s largely governing as one — and an effective one at that, accomplishing some bold things that few other conservative presidents would have even tried.

Why are some never-Trumpers obsessively bogged down in evaluating Trump’s character and competence and preoccupied with sanctimoniously judging Trump’s supporters instead of admitting that Trump’s supporters are just rooting for America and that Trump’s policies are — to this point — moving us back toward the direction of the American dream?

This shouldn’t be a contest over who’s more conservative; it should be about what’s best for the United States. I’m pleased with how things are going. If the conservative movement doesn’t come together in the future, I don’t think it will be primarily the fault of the Trump supporters.

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11 months ago

Richard Shelby on Mitt Romney for U.S. Senate: ‘I hope he will run — I would encourage him to run’

Richard Shelby / Screenshot from The Hill
(Richard Shelby / Screenshot from The Hill)

 

 

Friday in an interview with The Hill, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) encouraged former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, to run for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Shelby told The Hill’s Molly Hooper that Romney would be a good “fit” in the Senate.

“I hope he runs,” Shelby said. “I have a lot of respect for Gov. Romney. I think he would fit in in the Senate. I think he would bring another strong dimension to the Senate and a lot of leadership qualities. So, I hope he will run. I would encourage him to run.”

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Federal Government cut 16,000 jobs in 2017

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The federal government employed 16,000 fewer people in December 2017 than it did in December 2016, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

State governments employed 19,000 fewer people in December 2017 than they did in December 2016.

However, overall government employment in the United States increased by a net 42,000 during 2017 because of the 77,000 jobs added by local governments from December 2016 to December 2017.

The federal government in December 2016 employed 2,819,000 people, according to BLS. By December 2016, that had dropped to 2,803,000—a decrease of 16,000.

State governments in December 2016 employed 5,085,000 people. But, by December 2017, that had dropped to 5,066,000—a decrease of 19,000.

Local governments in December 2016 employed 14,395,000. By December 2017, that had climbed to 14,472,000—an increase of 77,000.

With federal and state governments dropping a combined 35,000 employees during 2017 and local governments adding 77,000, net government employment in the United States increased by 42,000—climbing from 22,299,000 in December 2016 to 22,341,000 in December 2017.

In the years since 1939, according to BLS data, federal employment in December peaked in 1988, when it hit 3,156,000.

(By Terence P. Jeffrey, courtesy of CNSNews.com)

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11 months ago

An unfond farewell to un-statesman Orrin Hatch

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

 

 

The longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history announced this week that he will finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally retire.

That’s seven “finallys” — one for each of the consecutive six-year terms Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, served. He began his occupancy in 1976, when all phones were dumb, the 5.25-inch floppy disk was cutting-edge, the very first Apple computer went on sale for $666.66, the Concorde was flying high, O.J. Simpson was a hero, Blake Shelton was a newborn, the first MRI was still a blueprint, and I was a gap-toothed first-grader wearing corduroy bell-bottoms crushing on Davy Jones.

This encrusted longevity will be marketed by Hatch, 83, and his supporters as proof of his “statesmanship.” Indeed, The Atlantic magazine described him this week as “an elder-statesman figure in the GOP.” Newsweek likewise reported on the farewell announcement of the “elder statesman.” And Hatch’s own press minions have disseminated press releases quoting other entrenched politicians such as Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., hailing their boss’s “reputation as a statesman.”

But that word doesn’t mean what Beltway barnacles think it means.

Merriam-Webster defines a “statesman” as a “wise, skillful, and respected political leader.” Earning the approbation of other office-clinging politicians doesn’t make you a “respected political leader.” It makes you an echo-chamber chump.

Wise? Skillful? Hatch was a Big Government business-as-usual dealmaker. His wisdom was of the wet-finger-in-the-wind variety, claiming a Reagan conservative mantle during election cycles and then throwing constitutional conservatives under the bus once comfortably back in his well-worn Senate committee seats.

Hatch joined with his old pal Teddy Kennedy to create the $6 billion national service boondoggle and the $8 billion-a-year CHIP health insurance entitlement.

He preached about the “rule of law,” but was an original sponsor of the open-borders DREAM Act illegal alien student bailout, and, despite claiming to oppose it, he voted to fully fund the unconstitutional Obama amnesty during the lame-duck session.

He crusaded for “fiscal conservatism,” yet voted for massive Wall Street bailouts, 16 debt ceiling increases totaling $7.5 trillion, and scores of earmarks totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for porky projects. He ends his four-decade reign as the Senate’s top recipient of lobbyist cash.

And for the past two years, Team Hatch allies have spearheaded a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, squeezing donations from corporate donors and pharma and tech lobbyists to subsidize a “Hatch Foundation” and “Hatch Center” to commemorate the Hatch legacy.

“Statesman” isn’t a title earned by mere length of service. It’s not a cheap status conferred like an AARP card or IHOP senior discount. A politician who notches decades of frequent flyer miles back and forth between Washington and his “home” state, enjoying the endless perks of incumbency, does not acquire statesmanship by perpetual re-election and political self-aggrandizement.

The idea of amassing $4 million to $6 million campaign war chests, as Hatch did the past two election cycles, is antithetical to the ideal of statesmanship. In the days of Cincinnatus and George Washington, self-sacrifice and civic virtue marked true statesmen. Affability, which Hatch is credited with possessing by his backroom Democrat chums, was no substitute for the humility exhibited by statesmen who volunteered to relinquish power at the very height of it — not in its waning twilight.

So: Call Hatch a clock-puncher. Time-bider. Log-roller. Deal-cutter. Back-slapper. Call him most anything else now that he’s finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally called it a day.

Just please don’t call him “statesman.”

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on CRTV.com.

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11 months ago

Left-wing activists call on Nick Saban to speak out against Trump’s NFL anthem protest criticisms, decline White House invite

(RollTide.com & White House/Flickr)

(RollTide.com & White House/Flickr)

 

 

In a press release issued Thursday, the liberal activist group CREDO Action boasted about a petition it claims that more than 72,000 people have signed calling on University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban to speak out against President Donald Trump.

The petition encourages Saban to “disavow” Trump’s criticism of the National Anthem protests by NFL players and to pledge to decline an invite to the White House should Alabama emerge victorious in Monday’s college football national championship game against the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

“Take a stand against Donald Trump’s racism. Disavow his hateful critique of NFL protesters who are speaking out against systemic racism and police brutality. Affirm your players’ right to protest and pledge not to take your team to the White House if you win the national championship.”

CREDO Action is the advocacy arm of CREDO, a self-proclaimed “social change organization” and offers fundraising methods for other liberal groups.

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Steve Bannon was a complete non-factor in the Alabama Senate race, that includes Roy Moore’s primary win

(Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate/Facebook)

(Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate/Facebook)

 
 

Talking heads are using the Steve Bannon quotes slamming President Donald Trump and family as an opportunity to re-write the history of Alabama’s U.S. Senate race to make Bannon the state’s most important political figure.

That’s just not true, but Bannon makes a good boogeyman and, apparently, a better scapegoat.

The media, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and now even President Donald Trump are blaming the Senate loss on Breitbart’s leader:

“Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base — he’s only in it for himself.”

Why this matters: No one in Alabama voted for Moore in the runoff because Bannon came to the state at the last second and held a silly rally. Moore won the Republican primary because Gov. Robert Bentley appointed a fatally-compromised Luther Strange and McConnell spent millions of D.C. dollars destroying Rep. Mo Brooks. The “Bannon vs. the Establishment” narrative is a complete media creation.

The details:

— In a recent poll, 13 percent of Republicans said a Bannon endorsement would make them more likely to support a candidate, the same number said it would make them less likely.

— An earlier poll showed that 61 percent of respondents had a negative view of Bannon.

— Another poll had Bannon’s favorability at 11 percent.

— Bannon was fired from the White House on August 19th. No one thought Strange still had a chance to win the September 26th primary at that point.

— Had Roy Moore not been accused of being a child-molesting sexual predator, he would have easily won.

Dale Jackson hosts a daily radio show from 7-11 a.m. on NewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN and a weekly television show, “Guerrilla Politics,” on WAAY-TV, both in North Alabama. Follow him @TheDaleJackson.

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11 months ago

Watch: Doug Jones – ‘It’s going to be a tug-of-war both ways for my vote’

(MSNBC/YouTube)
(MSNBC/YouTube)

Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the newly sworn-in Sen. Doug Jones (D-Birmingham) suggested his vote would be up for grabs in the U.S. Senate.

Jones told host Joe Scarborough he was taking a cue from former Alabama U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin in that he would listen and do his best to reflect the mood of Alabama.

“I think that that is critical,” Jones said. “I made a promise during the campaign. I said it yesterday after I was sworn in — that I think the role of the senator, two roles — you got to listen and learn from your constituents, learning what they’re hurting about, what they’re concerned about. And the other part of that is also to try to use your office to educate folks. I’m going to try to do that as much — I don’t want to try to dodge people. I don’t want to run from folks like we’ve seen so much in the last couple of years. I think the only way to be effective is to be out there, to talk to people.”

“And again, we may not agree,” he continued. “We’re not going to agree on everything, but I want to listen to hear those concerns. I think that’s what people are looking for most — somebody that’s going to care about them, listen to their concerns. And they know — I was raised in politics by Senator Howell Heflin from Alabama. He was one of the great leaders, and he did that. He taught me how to listen. He taught me how to reflect Alabama. And that’s what I hope to do. I think it’s going to be a tug-of-war both ways for my vote.”

Jones went on to add the CHIP program and infrastructure as some of his possible early priorities and cited his long-time relationship with Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) to work to continue to bring military funding to the state.

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Roll Trump Roll! President to attend Alabama-Georgia national championship game

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Then candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Mobile, 2016

 

 

President Donald Trump will attend Monday’s college football national championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Georgia’ capital city, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein.

Bluestein cites “three people with direct knowledge of his plans” and says Trump will be hosted by Georgia native Pence chief of staff Nick Ayers and his wife, Jamie Ayers. First lady Melania Trump is also expected to be in attendance.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened her briefing by congratulating both schools.

“The president would like to start by congratulating two great teams from two great states both in the heart of Trump country,” she said. “We look forward to a fantastic National Championship between Georgia and Alabama next week.”

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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11 months ago

Do political gamblers call elections better than pundits?

(White House/Flickr & Pixabay)
(White House/Flickr & Pixabay)

 

President Trump is up 3 percent!

I refer to the betting odds. Gamblers (mostly in Europe because political bets are legal there) now give the president a 53 percent chance of finishing his first term.

That’s it — they barely think he’ll complete four years. This must seem wrong to Trump supporters, but when Trump won the presidency, the odds were significantly lower — many people thought he wouldn’t finish one term.

“He can’t take the criticism! He’ll get mad and quit! He’ll get bored and quit! He’ll return to making money! He’ll be impeached! Assassinated! He’ll get so angry that he has a stroke!”

I live in New York City, so I heard (and hear) all that and more.

Still, I thought the people saying he’d be gone in less than four years were wrong. So, I took bets from friends. So far, it looks like I’m winning.

You can follow the odds at ElectionBettingOdds.com, a site created by my associate Maxim Lott. He doesn’t create the numbers — just translates the bets into odds Americans can understand.

I know you Trump fans mock the betting odds. I read your comments on Facebook and Twitter: “Stossel the Fool, your website got Trump’s election wrong! Why trust your site now?”

Here’s why: Betting odds are more reliable predictors of future events than polls, pundits and everything else.

True, before Trump won, gamblers gave him only a 20 percent chance. But 20 percent isn’t nothing, and by election night ElectionBettingOdds.com recognized the truth faster than the TV commentators did.

As I write, the bettors predict that in this year’s congressional elections, Republicans will hold the Senate but lose the House.

In 2020, who will be elected president? Trump leads, but oddsmakers give him just a 29 percent chance.

His biggest competition among Democrats is, surprisingly, California Senator Kamala Harris. She has a 7 percent chance. Then Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. (Hillary Clinton ranks even lower: just 2 percent.)

His biggest rival overall is Vice President Mike Pence, at 8 percent.

Yes, it’s too early to predict this November’s results, let alone 2020’s. But watching the odds change is fun (they update every five minutes), and gamblers are the best guide.

Of course, I want a libertarian to win.

For my YouTube video this week, I asked Libertarian Party chairman Nick Sarwark, “Why bother competing? Last election, even though so many people hated both the Democrat and Republican, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson got less than 4 percent of the vote.”

“We tripled all previous records,” he replied. “In the 45-year history of the Libertarian Party, we’ve never had that kind of support.”

Not good enough, I said.

“Success is a long-term thing,” Sarwark assured me. “More people are seeing that when you elect Republicans you don’t get the sort of small government they run on. If you elect Democrats, you don’t get civil liberties. … Both parties are fighting over the ability to take your tax money and give it to their corporate special interest friends.”

But those two corrupt major parties keep winning!

“We’re growing and they’re dying,” replied Sarwark. “Voter registration identity with Republicans and Democrats is dropping. Voter registration identity with Libertarians is the only party that’s growing.”

Some Libertarians claim the party would have done better in 2016 had Gary Johnson been a better candidate. Some complained, “He’s too low-key. He sounded like he was stoned.”

“No one has the perfect combination of credibility, experience, purity of message,” replied Sarwalk. “He was the best candidate the delegates could have picked. And we had the best success that we’ve ever had.”

Win or lose, he added, Libertarians will remind Americans about basic principles we have in common: “The rights of the individual, the right to free speech, to keep and bear arms, limitations on the powers of government. We want a right to live our life and pursue happiness any way we choose — as long as we don’t hurt other people and don’t take their stuff. And the two old political parties, that’s not what they’re about. They’re about taking power and controlling you.”

John Stossel is author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed.”

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11 months ago

‘Morning Joe’ panelist: Expect ‘more Roy Moores’ to represent GOP in 2018

Josh Earnest on Morning Joe (MSNBC / YouTube)

 

Josh Earnest on Morning Joe (MSNBC / YouTube)

 

Former President Barack Obama’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest expects more “Roy Moores” to be on the ballot for Republicans in 2018, and referred to other potential GOP candidates as “crazy,” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday.

Morning Joe” Co-host Willie Geist asked if GOP Senate candidate Moore’s special election loss in Alabama was a rebuke on President Donald Trump, or a reprimand of Moore’s alleged behavior. Earnest pivoted to the upcoming midterms and took the question as an opportunity to disparage Republicans.

“There are going to be more Roy Moores in 2018. There are going to be crazy people who are running on the Republican side who do likely win primaries,” he said.

Earnest also believes the instability of Republican candidates will motivate Democrats to come out and vote, but said the party would have to find its own message, instead of relying on being anti-GOP.

“That is going to fuel some Democratic turnout and some Democrat enthusiasm and energy,” he said. “But Democrats are also going to need to center on their own message that does succeed in getting people motivated and energized. So they’re not just voting against something, but they’re also voting for something as well.”

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11 months ago

It’s been the ‘year of Trump’ but will war cancel Trump’s triumphs?

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President Donald J. Trump (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead/Flickr)

 

Asked what he did during the French Revolution, Abbe Sieyes replied, “I survived.”

Donald Trump can make the same boast.

No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early ’50s, nor Richard Nixon in Watergate, received such intensive and intemperate coverage and commentary as has our 45th president.

Whatever one may think of Trump, he is a leader and a fighter, not a quitter. How many politicians could have sustained the beatings Trump has taken, and remained as cocky and confident?

And looking back on what may fairly be called The Year of Trump, his achievements have surprised even some of his enemies.

With the U.S. military given a freer hand by Trump, a U.S.-led coalition helped expel ISIS from its twin capitals of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, driving it back into a desert enclave on the Iraq-Syria border. The caliphate is dead, and the caliph nowhere to be found.

The economy, with the boot of Barack Obama off its neck, has been growing at 3 percent. The stock market has soared to record highs. Unemployment is down to 4 percent. And Trump and Congress just passed the largest tax cut since Ronald Reagan.

With deregulation, which conservative Republicans preached to deaf ears in the Bush I and Bush II eras, Trump and those he has put into positions of power have exceeded expectations.

Pipelines Obama blocked have been approved. Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge has been opened to exploratory drilling. We have exited a Paris climate accord that favored China over the U.S.

Though Beijing’s trade surplus with us is returning to record highs, a spirit of “America First” economic nationalism is pervasive among U.S. trade negotiators.

The one justice named to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, appears in the Antonin Scalia tradition. And under Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Senate judiciary committee is moving conservatives and strict constructionists onto U.S. appellate and district courts.

Politically, however, the year brought bad news, with portents of worse to come. In November, the Republican Party was thrashed in Virginia, losing all state offices, and then lost a Senate seat in Alabama.

Given polls showing Trump under water and the GOP running 10 points behind the Democratic Party in favorability, there is a possibility the GOP could lose the House in 2018.

And though Democrats have three times as many seats at risk in 2018, the GOP losing the Senate is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Should that happen, the conservative dream of a recapture of the U.S. Supreme Court could swiftly vanish.

Recall: Democratic Senates turned down two Nixon nominees and Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork, forcing both presidents to name justices who evolved into moderates and liberals on the high court.

But it is in the realm of foreign policy where the real perils seem to lie. President Trump has been persuaded by his national security team to send Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, for use against the tanks and armor of pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Should Petro Poroshenko’s Kiev regime reignite the war in his breakaway provinces bordering Russia, Vladimir Putin is less likely to let him crush the rebels than to intervene with superior forces and rout the Ukrainian army.

Trump’s choice then? Accept defeat and humiliation for our “ally” — or escalate and widen the conflict with Russia.

Putin’s interest in the Donbass, a part of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union for centuries, is obvious.

What, exactly, is ours — to justify a showdown with Moscow?

In this city there is also a powerful propaganda push to have this country tear up the nuclear deal John Kerry negotiated with Iran, and confront the Iranians in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Persian Gulf.

But how much backing would Trump have for another U.S. war in that blood-soaked region, after Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria?

Who would stand with us, and for how long?

When Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel and pledged to move our embassy there, we had to veto a unanimous U.N. Security Council resolution condemning us. Then the General Assembly denounced the U.S. in a resolution supported by all our key NATO allies, Russia and China, and every Arab and Muslim nation.

A day later, Trump complained on Twitter that we have “foolishly spent $7 trillion in the Middle East.”

What then would justify a new $1 or $2 trillion war with the largest nation on the Persian Gulf, which could send oil to $200 a barrel and sink the global economy?

Cui bono? For whose benefit all these wars?

The Korean War finished Truman. Vietnam finished LBJ. Reagan said putting Marines into Lebanon was his worst mistake. Iraq cost Bush II both houses of Congress and his party the presidency in 2008.

Should Trump become a war president, he’ll likely become a one-term president.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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12 months ago

Did the FBI conspire to stop Trump?

Former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald J. Trump (Wikicommons)
Former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald J. Trump (Wikicommons)

 

 

The original question the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign was to answer was a simple one: Did he do it?

Did Trump, or officials with his knowledge, collude with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to hack the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and leak the contents to damage Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump?

A year and a half into the investigation, and, still, no “collusion” has been found. Yet the investigation goes on, at the demand of the never-Trump media and Beltway establishment.

Hence, and understandably, suspicions have arisen.

Are the investigators after the truth, or are they after Trump?

Set aside the Trump-Putin conspiracy theory momentarily, and consider a rival explanation for what is going down here:

That, from the outset, Director James Comey and an FBI camarilla were determined to stop Trump and elect Hillary Clinton. Having failed, they conspired to break Trump’s presidency, overturn his mandate and bring him down.

Essential to any such project was first to block any indictment of Hillary for transmitting national security secrets over her private email server. That first objective was achieved 18 months ago.

On July 5, 2016, Comey stepped before a stunned press corps to declare that, given the evidence gathered by the FBI, “no reasonable prosecutor” would indict Clinton. Therefore, that was the course he, Comey, was recommending.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, compromised by her infamous 35-minute tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton — to discuss golf and grandkids — seconded Comey’s decision.

And so Hillary walked. Why is this suspicious?

First, whether or not to indict was a decision that belonged to the Department of Justice, not Jim Comey or the FBI. His preemption of Justice Department authority was astonishing.

Second, while Comey said in his statement that Hillary had been “extremely careless” with security secrets, in his first draft, Clinton was declared guilty of “gross negligence” — the precise language in the statute to justify indictment.

Who talked Comey into softening the language to look less than criminal? One man was FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife, Jill, a Virginia state senate candidate, received a munificent PAC contribution of $474,000 from Clinton family friend and big bundler Terry McAuliffe.

Also urging Comey to soften the fatal phrase “gross negligence” was key FBI agent Peter Strzok. In text messages to his FBI lover Lisa Page, Strzok repeatedly vented his detestation of the “idiot” Trump.

After one meeting with “Andy” (McCabe), Strzok told Page an “insurance policy” was needed to keep Trump out of the White House.

Also, it appears Comey began drafting his exoneration statement of Hillary before the FBI had even interviewed her. And when the FBI did, Hillary was permitted to have her lawyers present.

One need not be a conspiracy nut to conclude the fix was in, and a pass for Hillary wired from the get-go. Comey, McCabe, Strzok were not going to recommend an indictment that would blow Hillary out of the water and let the Trump Tower crowd waltz into the White House.

Yet, if Special Counsel Robert Mueller cannot find any Trump collusion with the Kremlin to tilt the outcome of the 2016 election, his investigators might have another look at the Clinton campaign.

For there a Russian connection has been established.

Kremlin agents fabricated, faked, forged, or found the dirt on Trump that was passed to ex-British MI6 spy Christopher Steele, and wound up in his “dirty dossier” that was distributed to the mainstream media and the FBI to torpedo Trump.

And who hired Steele to tie Trump to Russia?

Fusion GPS, the oppo research outfit into which the DNC and Clinton campaign pumped millions through law firm Perkins Coie.

Let’s review the bidding.

The “dirty dossier,” a mixture of fabrications, falsehoods and half-truths, created to destroy Trump and make Hillary president, was the product of a British spy’s collusion with Kremlin agents.

In Dec. 26’s Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough writes that the FBI relied on this Kremlin-Steele dossier of allegations and lies to base their decision “to open a counterintelligence investigation (of Trump).” And press reports “cite the document’s disinformation in requests for court-approved wiretaps.”

If this is true, a critical question arises:

Has the Mueller probe been so contaminated by anti-Trump bias and reliance on Kremlin fabrications that any indictment it brings will be suspect in the eyes of the American people?

Director Comey has been fired. FBI No. 2 McCabe is now being retired under a cloud. Mueller’s top FBI investigator, Peter Strzok, and lover Lisa, have been discharged. And Mueller is left to rely upon a passel of prosecutors whose common denominator appears to be that they loathe Trump and made contributions to Hillary.

Attorney General Bobby Kennedy had his “Get Hoffa Squad” to take down Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. J. Edgar Hoover had his vendetta against Dr. Martin Luther King.

Is history repeating itself — with the designated target of an elite FBI cabal being the President of the United States?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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12 months ago

In its first year, Trump’s Interior Dept claims its legacy ‘second only to Teddy Roosevelt’

(Gage Skidmore/Flickr & Wikicommons)
(Gage Skidmore/Flickr & Wikicommons)

 

 

The Interior Department (DOI) has published a list of its accomplishments during President Donald Trump’s first year in office based on 10 principles, which include conservation, tribal sovereignty and responsible development.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s top priority is to “[c]reate a conservation stewardship legacy, second only to Teddy Roosevelt,” according to a DOI press release. The DOI said that goal had been met though a decision to increase access to public lands.

The DOI said it met this goal by opening “public access to the Sabinoso Wilderness which contains some of the most pristine sportsmen opportunities in the country” and expanding “hunting and fishing access on 10 National Wildlife Refuges,” as well as defending “a mineral withdrawal near the Grand Canyon and supports a withdrawal north of Yellowstone.”

All in all, the DOI has been one of the most successful of the Trump administration agencies, largely implementing the president’s plan to end the “war on coal” and promote “energy dominance.” The administration also put an emphasis on expanding access for sportsmen.

Zinke reversed several Obama administration policies he believed harmed public access to federal lands, including rescinding a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackles and signing an order to expand hunting and fishing access.

The Trump administration also moved to expand offshore oil and gas exploration, as well as wind energy use, and review the Obama-era decision to protect the Sage Grouse by putting millions of acres of land under stricter federal control.

“The President promised the American people that their voices would be heard and that we would prioritize American interests, and I’m proud to say that this year the Department of the Interior has made good on those promises,” Zinke said in a statement.

“We ended the war on coal, and we restored millions of acres of public land for traditional multiple use,” Zinke said. “We expanded access for recreation, hunting and fishing on public lands, and also started looking at new ways to rebuild our National Parks. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Next year will be an exciting year for the Department and the American people.”

Probably the most controversial Trump administration decision with respect to public lands was to shrink the boundaries of two Utah national monuments by more than 2 million acres.

Trump signed proclamations in December to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments, which were opposed by Utah Republicans and many locals living around the monuments’ borders.

For environmentalists, it was just another reason to oppose Trump’s public lands agenda. Environmentalists, tribal officials and the outdoor gear company Patagonia sued over the decision to shrink the monuments.

Environmental activists also mocked Zinke’s list of accomplishments, in particular his comparison with former President Teddy Roosevelt, who signed historic conservation laws.

 Zinke listed shrinking the Utah monuments as meeting Interior’s goal to “[r]estore trust and be a good neighbor.”

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