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Trump should muster an international rescue of Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There are not enough teargas canisters or bullets in Venezuela to keep dictator Nicolás Maduro in power—precisely because his regime does not have the cash available to support its repressive apparatus and import food. 

Although Maduro’s Cuban and Russian masters are willing to see hungry Venezuelans beaten into submission, the international community is not.

There is an emerging consensus among key nations in the region and among bipartisan leaders in Congress that Venezuelans can resolve this crisis if they are able to choose a new government that will end violent repression, respect democratic institutions, and rebuild a free market economy.  Urgent action by the Trump administration can ensure this outcome.

By Guest Column -- Roger F. Noriega- Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story

Flip California, says Travis Allen, Candidate for Governor

California Governor Jerry Brown’s heir-apparent, extremely progressive left-wing Gavin Newsom, may not be a shoe-in, after all, when it comes to California’s 2018 race for Governor.  While Democrats say Gavin Newsom is a sure thing, we must remember they thought the same of Hillary Clinton.  Newsom has competition in Travis Allen, an energizing figure cut from a cloth similar to the one Donald Trump came from. . . at least in terms of attitude and fortitude.

In Southern California, major political candidates often forget about the Inland Empire, an area that is comprised largely of the heavily populated San Bernardino and Riverside metropolitan areas.  They instead tend to focus on Los Angeles, San Diego, a number of coastal communities, the Bay Area, and Sacramento.  Travis Allen, who has announced he’s running for Governor of the State of California, broke that tendency, and came out to Riverside on Thursday Night to address the area’s politically active movers and shakers at the Riverside County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting.

By Douglas V. Gibbs - Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story

U.S. Health Care Is World’s Best, Regardless of What The Left Says

This is the second in a three-part series.

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the content and tone of the political rhetoric leftist propagandists use to criticize the proposed GOP health care plans vis-à-vis ObamaCare. In part 2, we will describe the propaganda efforts used by progressives to cite dubious statistics to tar and misrepresent the U.S. health care system.

A recent commentary illustrates this propaganda. An article in The British Medical Journal entitled, “Medical error — the third leading cause of death in the U.S,” compares our “broken system” to those of other industrialized nations that purportedly are cheaper and better.

By Guest Column -- Miguel A. Faria AIM- Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story

Health care: Get back in there and fix this mess

President Trump had a plan all along in case Republicans failed to repeal and replace ObamaCare. And boy did they fail.

I suspected we might be going in this direction as soon as the Senate announced its intention to push aside the House-passed American Health Care Act and rewrite the bill. That spelled disaster all along, because you’ve got too many RINOs in the Senate who don’t really want free-market health care.

Susan Collins appears to be the biggest problem of all the RINOs. She insists that ObamaCare is “so interwoven” into the fabric of America that you can’t repeal it without a replacement, but she refuses to support any of the replacements.

By Herman Cain - Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story

No, Media .... 26 Million People Won’t Die if Obamacare is Repealed

Of a fallen tree all make kindling, says the old proverb. And like most refrains, it conveys an element of truth.

The fact that Republicans are having difficulty agreeing on a winning alternative plan to ObamaCare makes both the Senate and House proposals looming targets for critics.

The Left’s ultimate goal is to dismantle the American health care system and turn it into an instrument for people control — the government as single payer, in other words, fully socialized medicine “as in all other industrialized nations.”

By Guest Column -- Miguel A. Faria AIM- Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story

State Department Says No One Cares Anymore About Hillary’s Stupid Emails

Nate Silver undertook an interesting what-if project this week with a story on what would things be like if Hillary Clinton had been elected president.

Merrick Garland is on the Supreme Court, and Neil Gorsuch is not. Brian Fallon is the press secretary, and Sean Spicer is not. It is Hillary Clinton under investigation for ties to Russia, and not Donald Trump. Huma Abedin is the White House chief of staff.

Hillary feuds with the press. Her approval numbers at the six-month mark are lower than any president since the 1930s. She is more a caretaker than an implementer of bold new ideas. Congress went Republican, so her agenda goes nowhere. Most of what could be done through executive action was done by Barack Obama. And the press continues to hound her to show progress on something … anything.

By Guest Column -- Brian McNicoll AIM- Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Full Story

Why The Health Care Mess?

Yes, our politicians say they are diligently working to solve our health care crisis, but are they a major cause of our health care crisis?

The health care mess started in the mid 1960s when Medicare and Medicaid were adopted. At the same time, doctors started having to go through expensive licensing procedures beyond medical school. This increased their expenses and limited the amount of doctors entering the pool which reduced the quantity. Supply goes down, price goes up.

By Ray DiLorenzo - Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Full Story

You do realize, political class, that nothing important depends on who the White House press secreta

I’m not saying it shouldn’t be covered at all. We covered it. I’m not claiming no one in America knows the man’s name or face, because obviously some people do.

And I suppose there is some news value in understanding whether the White House is functioning smoothly or not, although I’m not sure much of what we think tells us that really does.

Having said all that, the coverage orgy of the political class over the resignation of Sean Spicer as press secretary reveals a lot (and nothing good) about the self-involved nature of the Beltway crowd and the national political media.

By Dan Calabrese - Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Full Story

The New Republic going full-commie

I’m old enough to remember when Fred Barnes wrote for The New Republic. Of course, back then Barnes wasn’t as conservative as he is now, but TNR was also a much more liberal-moderate magazine. It was far from the silly leftist rag that it has become.

Now it is on the verge of going full communist. The above showed up in my email box the other day.

This is the sort of advertisement you generally see on the websites of radical lefty groups where “travelling to Cuba” is a euphemism for a pilgrimage to pay homage to Fidel and Che.

By BombThrowers -- David Hogberg- Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Sen. McCaskill’s family foundation pays the Russians

As if Washington didn’t have enough Russian scandals, or supposed scandals, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has provided another one. The Washington Free Beacon’s Brent Scher recently reported that Sen. McCaskill used a philanthropic foundation that she and her husband, Joseph Shepard, created in 2013—the Shepard Family Foundation in St. Louis—”to pay for a dinner she attended at Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s Washington, D.C., residence” in honor of a Missouri congressman in 2015.

The Shepard Family Foundation supports many nonprofit organizations, most of them in Missouri.  But in 2015 it also paid $873 to the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, Scher reports, where Russian Amb. Sergey Kislyak is honorary chairman of the board.

By BombThrowers -- Michael E. Hartmann- Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

MUELLER EXPANDS HIS PROBE AGAIN

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is yet again expanding the scope of his off-the-rails investigation into the Left’s wacky Russian electoral collusion conspiracy theory by examining financial transactions even vaguely related to Russia involving President Trump’s businesses and those of his associates, Bloomberg News reports.

Honest observers recognize that with the election of Donald Trump, the longtime Russophiles of the morally flexible Left flipped on their traditional friends in Moscow faster than you can say Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact or Operation Barbarossa. Ignoring its own history of rampant seditious collaboration with Russia, the Left has now managed to convince many that any past or present connection a Republican has or had to Russia, however trivial, is somehow now retroactively evidence of treason against the United States.

By Matthew Vadum - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Trump should fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Swamp draining is not genteel work. And Jeff Sessions, the consummate gentlemen, has not yet displayed the grit required for that work.

As Senator Sessions from Alabama, he was a model of decorum, dignity and collegial demeanor in the U.S. Senate.  He was, and remains, loyal to his state, to his family, and to his oath of office—a good and honorable man.

His confirmation hearing—when friends and former colleagues from across the aisle directly, or indirectly, accused him of being a racist—should have been his wake-up call that political life inside the Trump administration would bring confrontations with ravenous D.C. Swamp creatures. But, if he took that wake-up call, he does not appear to have taken it to heart.

NJ Bill Enforces LGBT Agenda in Public Schools

TRENTON, NJ —A bill that directs the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to review and modify public school guidelines to accommodate and promote the rights of “transgender” students, in accordance with current State or federal laws and regulations, has passed the Senate and the Assembly and goes to the Governor for consideration. Liberty Counsel sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie encouraging him to veto the bill.

By Liberty Counsel - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

The Walmart Guy vs Anti-Capitalism Millennials

Though we have never met, I smiled recently seeing my favorite Walmart employee. For over ten years, I witnessed him gathering shopping carts in the parking lot. He is a white millennial who only has the use of one arm, walks with a severe limp and appears slightly mentally challenged. I once saw him leaving work driving a new looking compact car. My wife Mary prepared his taxes when she worked for a tax preparation company. I thought,“Hey, this brother has got it goin’ on—doin’ his thing.”

The Walmart guy could easily qualify for disability; sit home on his butt allowing taxpayers to take care of him. Far too many able-bodied millennials feel entitled, believing government should provide them free everything.

By Lloyd Marcus - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Rep. Maxine Waters will run for President. ...If millennials demand it

As every political junkie knows, the New Hampshire visit is traditionally seen as an early sign of an impending presidential run.  This weekend, for reasons no one seems completely able to fathom, Maxine Waters is heading to New Hampshire. This, of course, has tongues wagging. Everyone wants to know - is Maxine Waters, your favorite left coast crackpot, readying herself for a White House bid?

...Because that would be hilarious.

Unfortunately, we shouldn’t get our hopes up just yet. The Daily Caller asked Waters if she was planning to seek higher office, and she said “no.” ...Unless the hip, cool, youth culture of America wants her to.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Breaking: Sean Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary, forcing Melissa McCarthy to seek gainf

UPDATE: Reince Priebus has issued a statement saying he supports the Scaramucci hiring “100%.” So, it’s a question of who’s version you believe…

I doubt this one will come as a surprise to many people, but Sean Spicer has resigned as White House Press Secretary. If you’ve been observing the way this administration dysfunctions, this probably feels like something that’s been coming for a long time. The specific reason, it seems, is that Spicer is not a fan of President Trump’s decision to make Anthony Scaramucci the new White House communications director. As the New York Times reports:

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Kim Davis and Rowan County Not Liable for Attorney’s Fees

ASHLAND, KY - Today, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that neither Kim Davis nor Rowan County are liable for attorney’s fees over the marriage license issue that began in 2015. Judge Bunning did overrule the Magistrate’s Findings and Recommendations that concluded the ACLU was not entitled to any attorney’s fees because the plaintiffs were not the prevailing party. Bunning found that the temporary preliminary injunction entitled the plaintiffs to attorney’s fees and went on to rule that the Commonwealth of Kentucky would be liable to pay the fees and costs, not Kim Davis or Rowan County.

By Liberty Counsel - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Why I love schools that ban books

Let’s start here. In 2016, as US News reports, “The Portland Public Schools Board on Tuesday decided to ban any classroom materials that cast doubt on climate change. The resolution passed unanimously and requires that textbooks and other material purchased by the district present climate change as a fact rather than theory. Material will also need to present human activity as one of the phenomenon’s causes.”

This is good news. Why? Because a school system has asserted how it wants education to be managed. This is how children will be taught. No tap-dancing around the issue. Here it is. Boom. Out in the open. If you don’t like it, too bad.

If you don’t like it as a parent, take your child out of the Portland system. Launch home schooling. Start your own private school. Move out of Portland to another public school district.

By Jon Rappoport - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story