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  2. Washington Examiner The Democratic Party has many irrational aspects, but its campaign against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is surely one of the worst. It could also cost them. DeVos, a Michigan native with a lifetime of educational philanthropy behind her, appeared before the House Committee on Education and Labor this week to explain her overhaul of a federal program that makes it more difficult for students to secure loans. But, within minutes, the hearing became personal. “When you approach a public school, you are protested. When you enter, you are booed,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson. “You are the most unpopular person in our government. Millions will register to vote in 2020. Many will vote to remove you more than to remove the president.” The program has suffered from a backlog for the past few years while the Education Department rewrote the rules for how to judge claims and clear the pile-up left by the Obama administration. Rep. Josh Harder, however, accused DeVos of intentionally stalling the program to make students’ lives worse.
  3. PJ Media Congress reached a "deal in principle" to fund the government through next year, a deal that includes at least some funding for the president's proposed border wall. This after Democrats solemnly swore they would not vote for "one dime" of wall funding. The Hill: It's not likely that too many Democrats will advertise the fact that their leaders completely caved to Trump and that they betrayed their far-left supporters. Otherwise, the government will shut down and no one wants to see who gets blamed by the voters for it. Trump still had to do a little horse-trading to get his wall funding.
  4. Breitbart More than 2,500 dead Americans remain on the voter rolls in Detroit, Michigan, according to a federal lawsuit filed this week. The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit in federal court this week against the city of Detroit for allegedly failing to maintain their voter rolls, including keeping more than 2,500 dead Americans aged 85 and older on the rolls. After obtaining voter data from the state of Michigan earlier this year, PILF researchers said they discovered that a number of registered voters had either “impossibly old” or “disqualifying young” date of births. In one case, for example, PILF researchers said they found that a registered voter stated they had been born in the year 1823. In addition to dead voters remaining on the voter rolls, PILF alleges that Detroit’s voter registration rate as of 2016 for the citizen voting-age population stands at 106 percent — indicating more voters on the rolls than those who even live in the city.
  5. Power Line John Hinderaker December 13, 2019 Tonight there was a rather large demonstration against Boris Johnson and the Tories in central London, I believe near Downing Street. Of course, Johnson hasn’t done anything since yesterday to justify the angry demonstration. Basically, the leftists were protesting the fact that they lost the election. Any outcome other than a left-wing victory is, to them, unacceptable. It looked very much like a similar demonstration in the U.S. of the sort that is described in the press as “mostly peaceful.” Protesters carried signs promising to “defy Tory rule,” just like the anti-Trump “resistance.” Other signs carried by the mob–entirely white, as far as I could see–decried racism. In Britain as in America, it is “racist” to disagree with a leftist, regardless of whether the subject at hand has anything to do with race. Here is a short video that shows the protest: (Snip)
  6. Dec. 13 2019 In 1958, traces of a pesticide were found in a batch of cranberries seventeen days before Thanksgiving. The announcement was the first of many "Food Scares" to face the nation. The History Guy remembers the history of US food regulation and the powerful impact of the Great Cranberry Scare of 1958.
  7. Fox Ne4ws The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether President Trump can be shielded from congressional and state subpoenas for his personal banking and accounting records, in what could be a major test of separation powers between the executive branch, Congress, and the states. At issue is the extent a sitting president can be subject to congressional oversight -- under "valid legislative purposes" -- of his private business dealings before he took office. The high court will also look at the extent a sitting president can be subject to state and local grand jury investigations and prosecutions. "We are pleased that the Supreme Court granted review of the President’s three pending cases," Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president, said in a statement. "These cases raise significant constitutional issues. We look forward to presenting our written and oral arguments." The justices held a private conference Friday, where they considered a New York state subpoena, and two other related appeals involving separate congressional subpoenas. A lower federal court had separately ruled Trump must comply with the subpoenas, but his personal lawyers had asked the Supreme Court to intervene.
  8. Yesterday
  9. My pleasure, as ever, Hauntess!
  10. ‘Hillary’s impeachment’, ‘crazy democrats (especially Butgieg’s 1st family)’, & ‘hidin’ from Biden’ were the ‘bestest’- thanks, Pookie!
  11. LOL! From your mouth to God's ears.
  12. Well, it passed Committee completely on Party lines. We'll see what happens in the full House. I'm pretty sure their will be quite a few Dems that are not going to fall in line. That would be something if it does not pass. But, as pointed out in the article that you posted on another thread - the only way that some of these people will actually answer for the crimes that have committed is to have Senate trail where Republicans can call witnesses and call them to account.
  13. @Geee Let me take a wild ass...the Democrats doubled down on stupid.
  14. Washington Times “Facts really do matter.” — Former FBI Director James B. Comey, April 26, 2018 President Trump is a stooge of Russia, a puppet of Vladimir Putin, we have been told from the beginning. He is a morally unhinged reprobate unworthy of the White House. You didn’t just hear this from anonymous bots in the sewer of Twitter or from unwashed hippie protesters clogging traffic in the street. We heard this from the most powerful perches of our government. It was all sourced directly to the highest offices of our Department of Justice and American intelligence services. These people were the pristine sources, lustily quoted by the most famous and legitimate political reporters and pundits in the country. The “Steele dossier,” they called it. I can remember when the first details of the dossier emerged and all the gullible doofuses in Washington snapped it up and whispered it around as gospel. First in bars, then the green rooms of television studios. And then out in the open in public. Sure, it was salacious. I mean, hookers urinating on a bed in Moscow? But we are talking about Donald Trump! Do you really want a guy like that in the White House? Of course, any remotely thoughtful or skeptical human — let alone a supposed “reporter” — would have balked at the whole sordid thing. And, you pray, so would any cop. But no. All the experts took every line of it and ran with it like it came right from Moses himself. Now there were some of us at the time who thought the whole thing was ridiculously stupid — not to mention highly doubtful. But not the Washington experts. Not only was it entirely gospel, it was also vitally important. So you, the innocent American citizenry, had to hear about it on an endless loop for going on four years now. Now we learn — from the same official corridors that took it so seriously in the first place — that the whole thing was entirely made up. Some of it was even made up in an actual bar, which is kind of hilarious if you think about it.
  15. Washington Examiner LONDON — When President Trump congratulated Boris Johnson on his landslide victory in the British general election, he was quick to move the focus to a trade deal. “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN!” Trump tweeted. “This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the EU. Celebrate Boris!” After weeks of purdah, when Trump tried his best to avoid riling British voters, he was free to praise the man he once described as “Britain Trump” and get on with the business of securing a trade deal. It reunites two leaders who have forged a close relationship based on a common appeal to blue-collar voters and a populist, anti-elite platform. Their bond and emerging partnership echo that of previous U.S. and British leaders, such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher or Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Trump said on Friday that Johnson's victory was a positive sign for his own reelection prospects, saying it "might be a harbinger of what’s to come in our country.” The emphatic result — returning Johnson with the biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher’s day — will be pored over by Republican campaigners with an eye on 2020.
  16. Judicial Watch (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today’s Judiciary Committee vote on the articles of impeachment: Today’s vote on the articles of impeachment was both a tragedy and a farce. Truly, it is a sad day for America because a grave injustice was committed. There is no abuse of power by President Trump, however, it is clear that abuses were committed against him by the DOJ, the State Department, the FISA court, and certainly by Democrats in the House. This impeachment scam was corruptly formed and is being corruptly pursued. A coup cabal has hijacked the House to violate the rights of President Trump and undermine our constitutional republic. It is not too late to “stop the coup.” Americans should call their members of Congress to share their views on this wild attack on self-government.
  17. American Thinker Socialists, globalists, and Jew-haters were soundly rejected by British voters yesterday, and that has got to worry United States Democrats, many of whom have embraced these political positions. Pollsters who had warned that the race was tightening were repudiated by voters who handed a historic landslide outcome to Boris Johnson’s Conservative party, which is now reckoned to end up with an 86 seat majority when all the results are tabulated. Even more pointed for the Democrats is the fact that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has dipped below 200 seats for the first time in almost a century and has lost seats in the industrial Midlands and North that have been secure for it for over a century. To be sure, the United Kingdom and the United States are not identical, so there are limits to the parallels that can be drawn, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that similar tectonic forces are at work in both nations. If you think this is mistaken conservative triumphalism, don’t take it from me, take it from lefty Jonathan Chait, writing in the New Yorker that “American Leftists Believed Corbyn’s Inevitable Victory Would Be Their Model.” The British election results, like any election result, is the result of unique circumstances and multiple factors. It is also, however, a test of a widely articulated political theory that has important implications for American politics. That theory holds that Corbyn’s populist left-wing platform is both necessary and sufficient in order to defeat the rising nationalist right. Corbyn’s crushing defeat is a decisive refutation.
  18. Trump: ‘We Have Agreed to a Very Large Phase One Deal With China’ President Donald Trump said that his administration has reached a “phase one deal” with China, adding that the two countries will immediately start negotiating a “phase two” trade agreement. “We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China. They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more.,” Trump said on Friday. The United States will maintain 25 percent tariffs on approximately $250 billion of Chinese imports, he said, adding that there would be 7.5 percent tariffs on about $120 billion of Chinese imports—marking a 50 percent reduction in those tariffs. Trump said that U.S. tariffs set to take effect on Sunday on about $160 billion of Chinese consumer goods will not be imposed in light of the deal.
  19. News Millennials Leaving Religion En Masse, New Studies Show Millennials are abandoning religion in numbers not seen in any other generation in modern history, according to a long-form piece on the subject by FiveThirtyEight. According to the study by Pew Research, four out of ten millennials “now say they are religiously unaffiliated,” and just as many millennials are as likely to identify as having no religion as they are with Christianity. The study recognizes millennials as those currently between the age of 23 and 38. Initial theories suggested that millennials were simply going through a phase in their youth that resulted in the increase in no religious affiliations, and that many of them would return to church at a certain age. However, while millennials have been returning to other traditions such as marriage and children at a later age than preceding generations, many of those older millennials still have stayed out of church. This could be explained by the fact that a significant portion of today’s millennials were not raised in religious households; according to an additional study on the subject by the American Enterprise Institute, 17 percent of millennials were raised in non-religious households. Thus, at least these 17 percent were always unlikely to eventually convert to a religion due to never having any experience with it in the first place.
  20. Breitbart Pop superstar Taylor Swift slammed music industry manager Scooter Braun on Thursday after he reportedly bought the rights to her music with what she claims was funding from the family of left-wing billionaire George Soros. Swift made the remarks during her acceptance speech for Billboard’s Woman of the Decade award Thursday evening, calling out the “unregulated world of private equity coming in and buying our music as if it’s real estate — as if it’s an app or a shoe line.” Braun, 38, recently purchased the independent record label Big Machine and the master rights to Taylor’s first six albums, which Taylor said was funded by the family of left-wing billionaire George Soros. “This just happened to me without my approval, consultation, or consent,” Swift said. “After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I’m told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital, and that Carlyle Group.”
  21. You're welcome, as always & the same to you, mass55th! Couldn't happen to a "nicer" soon to be ex-Speaker...
  22. Thanks Pookie!! What an uplifting scene to first see as I open today's toons...Nazi Pelosi getting a well-deserved smack-down! Have a great weekend!!
  23. Washington Examiner Sean Higgins December 13, 2019 Beijing and the White House announced Friday they had reached an agreement that would prevent new U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods from going into effect Sunday and reduce some existing tariffs. In exchange, China will increase its purchases of U.S. farm goods. "We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China. They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more," Trump tweeted. In a follow-up tweet, Trump said, "The Penalty Tariffs set for December 15th will not be charged because of the fact that we made the deal." The White House had previously been set to enact 15% tariffs on a further $156 billion worth of Chinese goods starting Sunday. (Snip)
  24. Alan Johnson tears into 'disaster' Labour campaign that 'betrayed working class'
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