In mid-February, our national debt reached $22 trillion, a new record for our country. Since President Trump took office in January of 2017, our debt has increased over $2 trillion. During the administration of President Obama, it increased from $10.6 trillion to $19.9 trillion. Thus, the national debt has more than doubled in 10 years and it is still increasing nearly $1 trillion per year.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the national debt for this fiscal year will be $897 billion and will top $1 trillion again in 2022. At that point, their forecast calls for the national debt to exceed $1 trillion annually for another seven years as the costs for Medicare and Social Security skyrocket with more Americans from the massive Baby Boomer generation retiring.
The Royal Australian Navy has honored the life the man in change of HMAS Melbourne (II) when the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Frank E Evans turned under the Australian aircraft carrier’s bow and was cut in half.
Captain John Philip Stevenson died on January 30, aged 98, after a career marked with distinguished service in war and peace, as well as tragedy and controversy.—MORE…
Jumping Ju-Ju Bones…. I’ll get a video and transcript downloaded soon, but boy howdy… Thirty years of President Trump -vs- China trade just roared to the surface in the Oval Office.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, AG Secretary Sonny Perdue, NEC Chairman Larry Kudlow, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Brandstad, Trade Adviser Peter Navarro with China’s Vice Premier Liu He, and multiple Chinese vice ministers/senior officials were all in the Oval Office for a discussion of current trade status…. and the outcome was epic.—More…
The pope’s off-the-cuff remarks came in response to an address by Dr. Linda Ghisoni, the undersecretary of the laity section of the Vatican’s Department of Laity, Family, and Life. Dr. Ghisoni delivered her remarks to the participants in a major Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse.
“Listening to Dr. Ghisoni, I heard the church talk about herself,” the pope said. “That is, we all spoke about the church, in all interventions. But this time it was the church herself that spoke.”—More….
French President Emmanuel Macron has floated the idea that those convicted for crimes of hate speech could be banned from social media networks permanently.
President Macron floated the idea at the annual dinner of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIR) saying that a new bill to fight against hate speech online was being tabled for May of this year broadcaster BFMTV reports.—More….
Special counsel Robert Mueller is disputing allegations that investigators gave CNN advanced warning of political operative Roger Stone’s arrest at his South Florida residence last month.
“The Special Counsel’s Office is aware of no information indicating that reporters were given any advance knowledge of a possible indictment from the Special Counsel’s Office,” prosecutors wrote in court filings in its response to Stone’s request to force the special counsel’s office to prove it didn’t tip off the news network.—More….
In a wild interview with Boston Public Radio, freshman Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) lambasted President Donald Trump and called for his immediate impeachment from office–while also ripping the president over the crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico and attacking federal law enforcement agencies.
Back in September, Pressley said she would “do whatever we can” to impeach Trump and remove him from office, the local public radio outlet noted, and now she feels the same way as she eagerly anticipates Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. But, she added without knowing what’s in Mueller’s forthcoming report, Trump has “lost all moral authority” to lead the United States of America.—More…
On Friday, Chicago police released a statement saying “two brothers” are being questioned about a reported attack on ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett. Detectives consider these brothers as “potential suspects” and have “probable cause” that they may have committed a crime.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
The statement, tweeted by police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, did not say what charges the brothers, both in their 20s, could face. On Thursday, police were describing them only as “persons of interest” and Guglielmi emphasized then that they were not suspects.—More….
The final remnants of Islamic State have left the group’s last pocket of territory in eastern Syria - as truckloads of fighters and their jihadi brides are seen being transported from the area.
The move came just hours after US-led coalition air strikes intended to pressure the militants targeted the area on the banks of the Euphrates River.—More….
President Donald Trump today finalized an administrative rule that would partially defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and deprive it of as much as $60 million in taxpayer dollars. This action adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.
The abortion chain receives about $50 million to $60 million in Title X funds annually, but that could change now that the new rules are being implemented. The administration’s changes to Title X family planning grants have angered the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, prompting a lawsuit, but they provide hope for life-affirming pregnancy centers, which can now compete with the abortion giant for the federal funds. - More…
Russia has accused the US of using aid deliveries to Venezuela as a ploy to carry out military action against President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
The Kremlin’s Foreign Ministry said America had deployed special forces and equipment near the South American nation and accused Washington of a ‘dangerous provocation’.—More…
Five members of the Congressional Black Caucus took a $60,000 trip to see Beyoncé and other stars perform in concert in South Africa late last year, according to congressional disclosure records.
The lawmakers were U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks of New York, Barbara Lee of California, Bobby Rush of Illinois, Terri Sewell of Alabama and Hank Johnson of Georgia, according to the data.—More…